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That Sinking Feeling
2008-05-31 15:29
by Alex Belth
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Dear Chien-Ming,

I have really enjoyed watching you pitch over the past few years. I know that you have run into a little bit of trouble recently and I just wanted to let you know that we're still behind you and that we'll be rooting for you tonight. Who cares that ground balls tend to zip through the infield out there in Minnie. Do your thing, Strech.

Sending all my best,

Alex

p.s. Let's Go Yan-Kees!

Comments (368)
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2008-05-31 15:52:13
1.   Jeb
just win, baby. we're 7-2 and we'll be over .500 after tonight. Things will really crank up for us in June and July.
2008-05-31 16:01:58
2.   Dimelo
Man, all this humidity, threat of hail and thunderstorms in the NY area has frightened the bejesus out of me and forced me to bring out my bong.

Bong hits for Wang!!!! Bong hits for Wang!!!!

Let's go Yanks!!!

2008-05-31 16:05:44
3.   mehmattski
I'm just glad there's a Saturday evening game that I can actually watch. Take that, FOX!
2008-05-31 16:11:54
4.   mehmattski
My theory is that approximately 63% of Boof Bonser's skill stems from hitters laughing too hard at his stupid, stupid nickname.
2008-05-31 16:22:26
5.   ny2ca2dc
I wonder if Wang is having a fingernail issue or something. His command in May has not been what it was in April, or normally is.
2008-05-31 16:25:30
6.   mehmattski
Wang is leaving everything up. This could end badly.
2008-05-31 16:27:22
7.   ny2ca2dc
Seen any sliders Matt?
2008-05-31 16:27:24
8.   51cq24
5 maybe he's upset that his reign as yankee ace is coming to an end
2008-05-31 16:28:33
9.   ny2ca2dc
8 Lets not get ahead of ourselves!
2008-05-31 16:28:47
10.   Dimelo
Is it me or are there are more commercials than normal?
2008-05-31 16:29:12
11.   mehmattski
7 The pop-out from Gomez came on a slider. I don't know what the RBI single pitch was, Gameday called it a changeup at 86 mph. Everything else was fastball, and were high-thigh and up.
2008-05-31 16:29:48
12.   51cq24
10 perhaps your timing is off 2
2008-05-31 16:33:34
13.   mehmattski
Matsui-san! Missed a homer by about two feet.
2008-05-31 16:35:43
14.   mehmattski
Matsui didn't feel like tagging on that?
2008-05-31 16:47:00
15.   mehmattski
There were a lot more pitches down in the second. Unfortunately, the pitch to Delmon Young was not one of them.
2008-05-31 16:53:53
16.   Just fair
Steal, Damon, Steal.
2008-05-31 16:54:00
17.   mehmattski
A stolen base! Wow!
2008-05-31 16:54:01
18.   nick
gentlemen, we MUST drive this ridiculously named right-handed pitcher to the showers forthwith!
2008-05-31 16:54:19
19.   Just fair
Hit, Jeter, HIt.
2008-05-31 16:55:20
20.   mehmattski
RBI, Abreu, RBI
2008-05-31 16:56:24
21.   mehmattski
Psst! Bobby! He's pitching you down and away! Perhaps hit one to left field?
2008-05-31 16:58:02
22.   mehmattski
21 YES!
2008-05-31 16:58:27
23.   mehmattski
Testing this new ability that Just Fair and I have:

HR, A-Rod, HR!

2008-05-31 16:59:26
24.   Mattpat11
Just tuned in to see that hit.
2008-05-31 16:59:45
25.   Just fair
Now we're talkin'. Boy, it will be interesting to see how long Matsui leads the league in hitting batting behind A-Rod. Frightening stuff for the Boof.
2008-05-31 17:01:54
26.   mehmattski
Sigh. That 3-1 fastball was Alex's pitch. Now he's going to throw that curveball and A-Rod's going to swing and miss.
2008-05-31 17:02:37
27.   Just fair
23 He just missed that 3-1 pitch. Well, it was worth a shot.
Singles are aok, however.
2008-05-31 17:02:42
28.   Mattpat11
WOOHOO
2008-05-31 17:02:55
29.   mehmattski
23 26 I'm happy to be wrong on both accounts. No need for a stat-padding homer!
2008-05-31 17:03:22
30.   weeping for brunnhilde
Just ftr, I could watch line drives all day long.
2008-05-31 17:03:25
31.   aronneil
23 What happened to your new powers?
2008-05-31 17:04:18
32.   mehmattski
Two stolen bases in one inning! Who are these guys? I guess A-Rod's leg is okay.
2008-05-31 17:04:52
33.   mehmattski
Single to right, Hideki, Single to right!
2008-05-31 17:05:46
34.   mehmattski
Okay, the powers are dwindling. I'm using them too much. I'll put them on the shelf until Farnsworth comes in...

Ok, CMW, time to throw some sinkers at the knees.

2008-05-31 17:07:14
35.   ny2ca2dc
30 Let's agree on line drive home runs
2008-05-31 17:07:16
36.   OldYanksFan
2 I hate to hear about hits when Wang pitches, but in your case, I'll make an exception. 2 out RBIs for ARod!
2008-05-31 17:09:28
37.   Just fair
Damnit, Wang. These walks are going to kill you. And us.
2008-05-31 17:11:28
38.   rbj
Just spent the past hour on the back porch enjoying some nice warm weather for a change. Mudhen announcers are still going on about Ben Broussard -- Yankees signed him a day before the Hens' Jeff Larish got called up, leaving the Hens short a firstbaseman.

Is Ben that good?

2008-05-31 17:11:48
39.   mehmattski
Bunt single from the catcher. Don't see that every day.
2008-05-31 17:12:09
40.   OldYanksFan
Manny with 499.
Junior with 599.
2008-05-31 17:14:44
41.   Just fair
Those 227 hitters will get ya everytime.
2008-05-31 17:14:48
42.   mehmattski
Now would be a good time for the first double play of the game.
2008-05-31 17:15:16
43.   Just fair
Please don't hit it to Giambi.
2008-05-31 17:15:34
44.   mehmattski
41 Both times, Cuddyer swung at pitches out of the strike zone. Granted, they were both elevated, but I don't know what else Wang can do there.
2008-05-31 17:17:48
45.   Mattpat11
I just don't like Cuddyer. He has that Lyle Overbay thing where people act like he's much better than he is.
2008-05-31 17:19:12
46.   mehmattski
45 Really? I've only heard good things about his throwing arm, which is pretty strong and accurate. I don't think anyone is jumping up and down about a career .268 hitter.
2008-05-31 17:19:41
47.   Just fair
45 Have you seen the Blue Jays lately? Man, I think they've finally turned the corner. : )
2008-05-31 17:23:26
48.   mehmattski
Today's theme: opposite field hits.
2008-05-31 17:25:19
49.   Mattpat11
46 Whenever the talking heads listed reasons why the Twins would win the last few years, he was always lumped in with Morneau, Mauer and Santana.
2008-05-31 17:35:53
50.   Mattpat11
I'm also not a fan of his fake tan
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2008-05-31 17:37:31
51.   Just fair
How many bullets can the Wanger dodge? ! more, hopefully.
2008-05-31 17:37:57
52.   OldYanksFan
Those bong hits have obviously effected Wang.
2008-05-31 17:39:07
53.   Just fair
[52} How do you get bad grass on turf?
2008-05-31 17:42:14
54.   rbj
Chien-Ming certainly isn't being Wangderful Tonight.
2008-05-31 17:47:23
55.   OldYanksFan
Wang on the bong in a golden thong?
2008-05-31 17:47:43
56.   Jeb
william -- we're walking (if you're out there).
2008-05-31 17:48:28
57.   Just fair
Puntu's goof bade Boof's shutout go poof.
2008-05-31 17:48:37
58.   Jeb
55 that was doobie-licious
2008-05-31 17:50:16
59.   Jeb
Is this the Yankees or the 50's go-go sox?
2008-05-31 17:56:26
60.   OldYanksFan
59 Remember George's Yankee roadrunners?
2008-05-31 17:56:36
61.   cult of basebaal
52 maybe he was freaked out by the pirate cheerleaders and the homerun slugging bear
2008-05-31 18:00:32
62.   Jeb
60 was that the '82 team with Collins, Smalley, Griffey and Mumphrey...the team that was going to steal bases and run all over and won 79 games?
2008-05-31 18:01:21
63.   Jeb
Wanger the K artist!
2008-05-31 18:01:24
64.   cult of basebaal
nicely done doodle!
2008-05-31 18:05:36
65.   Jeb
love that lead-off walk!
2008-05-31 18:06:45
66.   Jeb
c'mon Ron Jeremybi get a hit!
2008-05-31 18:08:56
67.   cult of basebaal
man, that 'stache giambi's got is great ... feel the power of the porn-stache!!!
2008-05-31 18:09:52
68.   Jeb
ok, do we bunt here to avoid the DP?
2008-05-31 18:10:09
69.   Just fair
Robbie's due for a money-shot.
2008-05-31 18:10:31
70.   Jeb
DP = Double Play and NOT something else!
2008-05-31 18:11:01
71.   Just fair
Pre-mature. Immature on my part.
2008-05-31 18:11:37
72.   cult of basebaal
67 though i suppose, in another sense, it heralds the end of an era, george no longer rules with his iron fist ... the king is dead, long live the king ... or kings, in this case
2008-05-31 18:11:57
73.   cult of basebaal
69 keeping with the porn theme?
2008-05-31 18:12:51
74.   OldYanksFan
Giambi is just SO on the ball. Will any luck he would be batting 30-40 points higher.

62 Yeah... early 80's teams I think. The were a bunch of games in (1980?) when our opponants ran circles around us. King George was so pissed he decided to re-build the Yankees on speed. An idiotic idea, but that's how knee-jerk reactional George was.

2008-05-31 18:12:56
75.   cult of basebaal
grrrr ... somebody's gotta straighten cano out and soon, his pitch selection is just fucking awful
2008-05-31 18:13:17
76.   3rd gen yankee fan
Other teams must relish the bottom of our order. Oh, and the top too.

You can pornify that as you like.

2008-05-31 18:14:21
77.   Jeb
74 and don't forget the great Steve Kemp whom the Yanks got in 1983...oh and before him (maybe 79 or 80) the great Ruppert Jones.
2008-05-31 18:14:57
78.   Just fair
MOLINA. Who needs Jorge? Oh yeah, we do.
2008-05-31 18:15:05
79.   OldYanksFan
Pornify?
2008-05-31 18:15:08
80.   cult of basebaal
77 well, in kemp's defense, it turned out he wasn't line drive proof
2008-05-31 18:17:04
81.   Jeb
72 I'm not sure. When George was at his craziest lots of Yanks had staches (Munson, Jackson, Chambliss, Catfish, Gator, Goose, Sparky, Dirt Tidrow, Figgy, etc.). Damn I love those names!
2008-05-31 18:17:31
82.   cult of basebaal
man giambi and molina, hard to find a slower combo on the bases
2008-05-31 18:17:55
83.   rbj
Wow, Jason actually scored. Usually it takes a triple for him to score from third.
2008-05-31 18:18:13
84.   Just fair
Gimbi had to Dirk Diggler down the third base line.
2008-05-31 18:18:14
85.   Jeb
80 what do you mean? Did he have a high BABIP before NY or did he get hurt on a line drive or something else?
2008-05-31 18:18:44
86.   OldYanksFan
Man... Giambi is FAST!
2008-05-31 18:20:09
87.   OldYanksFan
81 No so funny when George benched Mattingly and wanted to trade him for having long hair.
2008-05-31 18:22:19
88.   OldYanksFan
Man... 1/3 of the season done, and Jetes has 2 HRs and a .690 OPS. we may be at the end of a era.
2008-05-31 18:23:02
89.   Just fair
Somebody best hide Jeter's razor.
2008-05-31 18:25:06
90.   Jeb
Dirt Tidrow is my favborite baseball nickname of all time.
2008-05-31 18:25:27
91.   OldYanksFan
Has anyone noticed that TB has been getting some VERY good pitching of late? The idea of them finishing above us in the standings is a bit sickening.
2008-05-31 18:25:59
92.   cult of basebaal
85 as i recalled, he caught a line drive in the face during BP one day and was never quite the same ... he had vision problems that led to his early retirement... though looking at baseball-reference, he was never the great player i had thought he was before coming to the yankees
2008-05-31 18:29:52
93.   cult of basebaal
oh goody, petey says that scary fly ball guy is coming back up ... i know it's easy on the 40 man roster machinations, but i just can't see karstens as a useful major league pitcher, even as a mere innings sponge
2008-05-31 18:30:05
94.   Jeb
91 I have. I know that I'm probably drinking Yankee Kool-aid, but I really think the Rays will fade once the bright lights of a pennant race hit them.

They've got a lot of wood to chop between now and September and a LOT of games with the Yanks and Sawx (not to mention the Jays) ahead of them. IN fact, they're about to hit a road trip at Boston, at Texas and at the Angels. Let's see how they look then.

2008-05-31 18:31:01
95.   Just fair
Abrue has got to catch that ball. Give me a freakin' break.
2008-05-31 18:31:10
96.   Mattpat11
What the hell was that?
2008-05-31 18:31:18
97.   Jeb
92 wow, I remember that now. I remember being "giddy" when the Yanks got him and even "giddier" when they unloaded him
2008-05-31 18:32:48
98.   cult of basebaal
gah!
2008-05-31 18:33:22
99.   OldYanksFan
Manny hits #500 in Baltimore.
2008-05-31 18:34:36
100.   cult of basebaal
well, edwar, here's a chance to move up the bullpen food chain ...
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2008-05-31 18:36:12
101.   Mattpat11
99 Good for him.
2008-05-31 18:37:05
102.   Just fair
On the bright side, Giambi did not Duncan it into left field.
2008-05-31 18:37:21
103.   OldYanksFan
Man... Giambi makes a perfect throw and Jeter throws it away? Cripes!
2008-05-31 18:37:57
104.   Jeb
102 no comment
2008-05-31 18:41:25
105.   Just fair
I think the boys are going to need at least 4 more runs.
2008-05-31 18:41:39
106.   Mattpat11
What is unlikely about a Nelson/Snoop friendship?
2008-05-31 18:41:46
107.   Jeb
That's okay, we're into their pen now. Let's light them up!
2008-05-31 18:43:29
108.   Eirias
What is the difference between an 9-to-3 curve and a slurve?
2008-05-31 18:43:42
109.   Jeb
106 willie nelson and snoop dogg?
2008-05-31 18:43:59
110.   Eirias
"a," rather
2008-05-31 18:48:31
111.   RIYank
Hey youse.
Isn't this just like the Twinkies, to nibble you to death?
2008-05-31 18:50:29
112.   rbj
106 They both like the herb, and I bet they're into more different kinds of music than what they play.

Willie did get cowboys and hippies to sit together

2008-05-31 18:50:39
113.   RIYank
Can't complain about that B.A. AB.
2008-05-31 18:54:19
114.   ny2ca2dc
Hell ya, more edwar. The Thermometer has really done no wrong this year. Instructive for the cases of Hughes and IPK, hopefully.
2008-05-31 18:54:34
115.   Mattpat11
I fucking hate Cuddyer
2008-05-31 18:55:50
116.   OldYanksFan
Edwar up to his old tricks...
2008-05-31 18:55:55
117.   ny2ca2dc
I fucking jinxed him. shit.
2008-05-31 18:56:19
118.   cult of basebaal
fugger buck
2008-05-31 18:56:55
119.   Mattpat11
Jose Veras?
2008-05-31 19:01:02
120.   OldYanksFan
The was an odd pitching change. 2 outs, bases empty. WTF?
2008-05-31 19:01:13
121.   ny2ca2dc
boy is this a tedious game
2008-05-31 19:01:14
122.   cult of basebaal
nice to see veras picking up where he left off last night
2008-05-31 19:01:15
123.   pistolpete
Does Abreu have a cigar in his pocket tonight or something?
2008-05-31 19:01:39
124.   cult of basebaal
120 the genius of girardi?
2008-05-31 19:02:08
125.   OldYanksFan
KC loses 12 in a row and finally wins against CC and the indians. Baseball is such a random game.
2008-05-31 19:06:55
126.   Jeb
thank goodness we didn't pick up this twins lefty when he was waived by the tribe.
2008-05-31 19:06:57
127.   pistolpete
I guess Cano thinks he earned back the right to swing at awful pitches again.
2008-05-31 19:08:01
128.   ny2ca2dc
great swing robinson. god. Cano back to his april ways it seems
2008-05-31 19:08:03
129.   JimCobain
I'm sure Abreu would have made the same diving catch, there.
2008-05-31 19:09:31
130.   cult of basebaal
man, robbie just looks lost right now ... his body language when he hit that was awful
2008-05-31 19:10:07
131.   pistolpete
120 Same change for the Twins, heh — and against Molina to boot.
2008-05-31 19:11:44
132.   Mattpat11
Cuddyer and his fake n bake are really starting to annoy me. Now that spazzy rolling catch was a "great play" and not someone salvaging a routine popup.
2008-05-31 19:12:55
133.   ny2ca2dc
130 In every one of his at bats. I know I'm overreacting, but i wonder if the league has just found his holes...
2008-05-31 19:13:01
134.   Jeb
Farnsworth or Hawkins? Which one will will trust to lose this one?
2008-05-31 19:13:10
135.   OldYanksFan
131 Twins went LHP to RHP. We went young, untested RHP to young, untested RHP.
2008-05-31 19:13:49
136.   pistolpete
133 The glove is still there, thankfully.
2008-05-31 19:14:22
137.   OldYanksFan
134 Not sure, but I think it's Farnsworth's turn.
2008-05-31 19:14:41
138.   pistolpete
135 True, but how many times in the history of his career do you think Molina's had a pitcher changed on him?
2008-05-31 19:15:14
139.   OldYanksFan
Robbie's main holes are in his head. Pitchers don't beat him, he beats himself.
2008-05-31 19:15:53
140.   pistolpete
Veras looks like a guy at a carnival trying to win a stuffed animal.
2008-05-31 19:17:32
141.   JimCobain
140 He got the big stuffed panda that inning.
2008-05-31 19:17:57
142.   Just fair
140 Ha. That's funny.
2008-05-31 19:20:01
143.   Mattpat11
Run.
2008-05-31 19:20:20
144.   Jeb
don't the twins have a hawkins or a farnsworth?
2008-05-31 19:21:00
145.   Jeb
143 no shit -- gotta steal here.
2008-05-31 19:21:49
146.   Just fair
It amazes me that guys continue to jab at the ball while they are tyring to bunt. Piss Poor.
2008-05-31 19:22:21
147.   Mattpat11
Nathan doesn't seem to have his fake tan anymore.

For a while this was a team of Hulk Hogans.

2008-05-31 19:22:23
148.   Jeb
146 you'd think they'd teach fundamentals in the minors
2008-05-31 19:22:46
149.   Mattpat11
Run.
2008-05-31 19:24:03
150.   Just fair
148 It's been awhile since Damon has been in the minors, though. But c'mon. Give about good 10 bunts during bp.
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2008-05-31 19:24:46
151.   Mattpat11
Unbelievable.
2008-05-31 19:24:54
152.   pistolpete
Figures.
2008-05-31 19:25:19
153.   pistolpete
How about a nice HR to break out of the funk, Cap?
2008-05-31 19:25:57
154.   Just fair
Run once. Run twice. Then don't run. Makes perfect sense to me. WTF!!
2008-05-31 19:26:45
155.   Jeb
150 minors, spring training, BP etc. If Damon knew how to bunt we'd have a runner at second instead of 2 outs. This games is starting to feel like a loss...not quite, but starting to. Aren't the boys tired of being a sub .500 team?
2008-05-31 19:26:51
156.   Mattpat11
Kyle is ready. I'm not.
2008-05-31 19:26:54
157.   Just fair
Farnsworth is ready. Are YOU ready?
2008-05-31 19:28:31
158.   nick
frankly I'd rather not see Kyle step up at this juncture...
2008-05-31 19:28:39
159.   Jeb
157 um...he also pitched LAST NIGHT...game over guys we lose...
2008-05-31 19:28:58
160.   pistolpete
155 It feels like an extra-innings loss, to be specific.
2008-05-31 19:29:40
161.   Just fair
Hmmmm. Joe Mauer currently has zero home runs.
2008-05-31 19:30:30
162.   Mattpat11
160 Farnsworth coming in now.
2008-05-31 19:31:03
163.   Mattpat11
161 Oh god.
2008-05-31 19:31:29
164.   mehmattski
And thus ends the "Mo in a tie game on the road" era.

I smell walk off... 3... 2...

2008-05-31 19:32:00
165.   Mattpat11
"we'll see if his stuff is someone diminished"

from last night? Is Kay pretending his pitched well because he got the next three guys out?

2008-05-31 19:33:33
166.   Just fair
165 No, but he's pretending he sometimes might have to pitch 3 games in a row. Hey, Kyle. There's 1.
2008-05-31 19:33:50
167.   Eirias
When does anyone expect one of the Yankees' AAA relievers to be called up (Cox, Patterson, et al. 2008)?
2008-05-31 19:34:12
168.   pistolpete
wow, didn't think Mauer would chase that...
2008-05-31 19:35:05
169.   pistolpete
HEY, Giambi! Ugh, that high through made my heart skip a beat.
2008-05-31 19:35:23
170.   pistolpete
169 High throw
2008-05-31 19:37:11
171.   pistolpete
Thank you Kyle for the 'free baseball'. :)
2008-05-31 19:37:14
172.   Just fair
Credit where credit is due. Good job, Kyle.
2008-05-31 19:37:20
173.   Mattpat11
Another three months of Farnsworth there
2008-05-31 19:37:48
174.   Jeb
1-2-3 for Goose Farnsworth! We'd better score some fucking runs here or we're going to end up seeing Sparky Hawkins before too long.
2008-05-31 19:37:53
175.   JimCobain
Yikes... Farnsworth might have looked good enough for Girardi to use him for a second inning of work if the Yanks fail to score.
2008-05-31 19:39:26
176.   Mattpat11
Does Reyes have the mumps?
2008-05-31 19:39:27
177.   Jeb
man, I would like to win one tie road game in extra innings...just once...please! Put us over .500 PLEASE. No double plays
2008-05-31 19:40:09
178.   Jeb
175 bite your tongue...it's sparky hawkins for the 10th.
2008-05-31 19:42:38
179.   JimCobain
Nice AB by Arod, let's put him in motion and see if we can't squeak out a run...
2008-05-31 19:42:49
180.   Just fair
Over the baggy, Matsui.
2008-05-31 19:43:21
181.   pistolpete
179 There he goes!
2008-05-31 19:43:34
182.   Mattpat11
That was pretty.
2008-05-31 19:43:59
183.   JimCobain
dunk one in, Mats and let's get Mo up.
2008-05-31 19:44:14
184.   Mattpat11
That wasn't.
2008-05-31 19:44:18
185.   pistolpete
Shite
2008-05-31 19:44:25
186.   JimCobain
Ah shit, Alex, on 2-0, dammit!
2008-05-31 19:44:47
187.   Just fair
greedygreedygreedy
2008-05-31 19:46:27
188.   Jeb
that's fucking typical
2008-05-31 19:47:44
189.   Jeb
here comes Sparky Hawkins.
2008-05-31 19:48:52
190.   Just fair
So...Chris Britton making a name for himself again.
2008-05-31 19:48:54
191.   mehmattski
189 You mean The Dorf.
2008-05-31 19:49:13
192.   Mattpat11
Nothing like a chest high sinker
2008-05-31 19:50:00
193.   Jeb
189 oh even better. He's been a model of consistency. I just love Rollie Ohlendorf
2008-05-31 19:50:11
194.   OldYanksFan
Did ARod do that on his own, or did Girardi call it? Mats and Giambi up. Taking that chance seems foolish.
2008-05-31 19:50:23
195.   Eirias
190 Am I a bad person that I want this game to go long enough that they have to put him in?
2008-05-31 19:50:24
196.   pistolpete
190 I hope Britton's at least getting his money's worth at the catering table after the games he's up.
2008-05-31 19:51:01
197.   Just fair
191 I know it's Ohlie. Just referencing that Britton is in the pen just to keep the guys company out there.
2008-05-31 19:52:25
198.   mehmattski
164 ...1

Death.

2008-05-31 19:52:58
199.   Mattpat11
190 New York Yankees: No Fatties Need Apply
2008-05-31 19:53:03
200.   mehmattski
198 Wow. How was that not a home run?
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2008-05-31 19:53:08
201.   pistolpete
198 Almost!
2008-05-31 19:53:22
202.   Eirias
198 Destroyer of Worlds.
2008-05-31 19:54:02
203.   Eirias
I see. Let us put the bunter on.
2008-05-31 19:54:05
204.   Just fair
Well that was close. Dodged a homer off the Dodge baggie.
2008-05-31 19:54:06
205.   Eirias
I see. Let us put the bunter up.
2008-05-31 19:54:10
206.   mehmattski
Oh god, again with the intentional walks in extra innings. This is a stupid move.
2008-05-31 19:54:47
207.   OldYanksFan
Dodged a bullet. Do we live to see another day?
2008-05-31 19:55:01
208.   mehmattski
This is going to be a squeeze, isn't it. Blech.
2008-05-31 19:55:12
209.   Eirias
With a SINKER-BALLER.
2008-05-31 19:55:13
210.   JimCobain
Can we escape one of these jams for a change?
2008-05-31 19:55:45
211.   nick
with TWO outs? IBB?? to the 9 hitter???
2008-05-31 19:56:26
212.   mehmattski
This 0-2 pitch better be nowhere near the strike zone.
2008-05-31 19:56:36
213.   JimCobain
Don't throw a strike.
2008-05-31 19:56:36
214.   pistolpete
Wow, someone wants to win the game. That pitch was carp!
2008-05-31 19:56:45
215.   Just fair
I can live with being beat by the big names. But middling lil' dudes like Gomez getting the winning hit is too much to bear. So that K was nice.
2008-05-31 19:56:50
216.   Eirias
Oh Lord, Yes!
2008-05-31 19:57:00
217.   mehmattski
Whoa. Edwar gives up his first run of the game, and Ohlendorf strikes out the side? Bizzaro world!
2008-05-31 19:57:16
218.   Mattpat11
Sometimes its better to be lucky than good, I suppose.
2008-05-31 19:57:21
219.   pistolpete
214 or 'crap' — the 0-1 pitch, that is.
2008-05-31 19:57:28
220.   nick
carp?? as in, "dude was throwing carp out there"?
2008-05-31 19:57:35
221.   JimCobain
Nice!!!
2008-05-31 19:59:08
222.   nick
"we had no chance: their closer was throwin minnows"...or "that guy really throws bass!"
2008-05-31 19:59:10
223.   cult of basebaal
well, i can see why we elected to pitch to gomez ... yeesh
2008-05-31 19:59:40
224.   JimCobain
Rincon. We've beaten him before.
2008-05-31 19:59:49
225.   Mattpat11
Rincon vs Giambi. Winner gets HGH
2008-05-31 19:59:59
226.   mehmattski
222 No, Brian Bass pitches for the Twins.
2008-05-31 20:00:41
227.   Jeb
196 Britton appears to be getting his money's worth at the table. That's why the yanks won't play him --- because he's a pig. Terry Forster was a pig (I think Letterman called him a fat tub of goo), but he could pitch....
2008-05-31 20:01:09
228.   pistolpete
I had such high hopes for that groundball. Oh, Robbie.
2008-05-31 20:01:10
229.   mehmattski
Wait. The shortstop is allowed to make a play on a ball directly over second base? That's unpossible!
2008-05-31 20:01:45
230.   Eirias
Has anyone, and I'm sure someone has, broken their patella by snapping their bat?
2008-05-31 20:01:54
231.   pistolpete
222 Guidry threw a 'dead fish' ball, no?
2008-05-31 20:02:10
232.   cult of basebaal
226 and randy bass played for them too ... but not kevin
2008-05-31 20:02:30
233.   Just fair
The later this goes, the worse it is going to end.
2008-05-31 20:02:51
234.   JimCobain
Heart of the Twin order, time for Mo?
2008-05-31 20:03:06
235.   Eirias
229 It is a special exception given to teams under the luxury tax.
2008-05-31 20:03:54
236.   cult of basebaal
231 his slider had more bite than a piranha!
2008-05-31 20:04:07
237.   Jeb
234 Time for Mo...so Sparky Hawkins will come in to lose the game.
2008-05-31 20:04:12
238.   Mattpat11
Oh no
2008-05-31 20:04:33
239.   Eirias
Ahh, Ohlendorf again. This seems... unwise.
2008-05-31 20:04:34
240.   mehmattski
What part of Ross Ohlendorf Isn't a Long Reliever doesn't Girardi understand?
2008-05-31 20:05:04
241.   JimCobain
Oh well, keeping Ollendorf in there was another way to go.
2008-05-31 20:06:06
242.   Eirias
240 But MLB 2K8 says he is!
2008-05-31 20:06:14
243.   Mattpat11
I just saw the universal hand signs for "big balls" and "big penis"
2008-05-31 20:06:23
244.   mehmattski
237 Losing the game with a mediocre reliever on the mound, while the best closer in history rots on the bench waiting for a hypothetical save situation.... is one of the most illogical common manager moves on the planet.
2008-05-31 20:06:58
245.   JimCobain
C'mon baseball gods serve up a double play ball...
2008-05-31 20:09:48
246.   fansince77
so Joe G is trying to lose this game too?
2008-05-31 20:10:28
247.   fansince77
Seriously why the fuck is this fool in there and NOT mo? I don't get it? I dont get it? I dont get it? I dont get it?
2008-05-31 20:10:34
248.   JimCobain
Game over. Fuck.
2008-05-31 20:10:55
249.   fansince77
Is there anyone out there that doesn't know how this is about to turn out?
2008-05-31 20:10:58
250.   Mattpat11
246 Remember that one game in Tampa last year when Torre just got bored with a game and brought in Karstens?
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2008-05-31 20:11:10
251.   Just fair
So, this will be over shortly. I am most disappointed in the Wanger. He let this one slip away....
2008-05-31 20:11:44
252.   Mattpat11
Ross' shirt is billowing. Should that be inside a dome?
2008-05-31 20:11:51
253.   mehmattski
247 Because the last time he put in Mo in a tie game on the road, Hawkins lost the game in the 12th! Recent past results outweigh logic! I'm going to fold my aces cause I just lost with them last hand! I'm not going to double down with a pair of kings, last time the dealer won both!
2008-05-31 20:11:54
254.   fansince77
I fucking hate when we throw in the towel with our best on the bench. Fuck Fuck Fuck. and now we all have to watch the inevitable basehit that ends the game.
2008-05-31 20:11:54
255.   Eirias
Triple Play? Please?
2008-05-31 20:12:06
256.   Max
WTF is with Ohlendorf still being in the game? At least Proctor and Quantrill had arms worth driving into the ground -- Girardi's fascination with Ollie for multiple innings is just reckless and brain-dead by comparison.
2008-05-31 20:12:38
257.   mehmattski
253 I meant split the kings. I don't play a lot of blackjack...
2008-05-31 20:13:11
258.   Just fair
255 3-5-3 Now that would be something to tell the grandkiddies.
2008-05-31 20:15:32
259.   Just fair
Jeb, Cuddyer wants you so badly for you to like him.
2008-05-31 20:16:35
260.   JimCobain
Now a hit would really hurt.
2008-05-31 20:16:50
261.   Eirias
I must say, Ohlendorf is certainly bringing the K's.
2008-05-31 20:17:02
262.   fansince77
Great. Now please bring in Mo. Now.
2008-05-31 20:17:18
263.   Eirias
261 Not that this isn't obvious on its face.
2008-05-31 20:17:20
264.   Mattpat11
Don't lose to Jason Kubel.
2008-05-31 20:17:41
265.   mehmattski
Ross Ohlendorf, career:

Pitches 1-25: 115 PA, .274/.330/.453 6 HR
Pitches 26-50: 46, .293/.383/.439 1 HR

So he just seems to walk more hitters as he keeps pitching. Which is true in this inning.

2008-05-31 20:20:28
266.   pistolpete
This is bizarro world.
2008-05-31 20:20:36
267.   JimCobain
Can we score a fucking run, please.
2008-05-31 20:20:48
268.   Just fair
Glad I'm not a Twins fan. Thanks for the excitement, Ohile.
2008-05-31 20:20:56
269.   weeping for brunnhilde
Wow.

I am very impressed by 'Dorf.

2008-05-31 20:21:21
270.   fansince77
That felt like Bambi on ice that inning-- talk about dodging the bullet.
2008-05-31 20:22:01
271.   JimCobain
268 Eh. We've had more than our share of 1st and 2nd no outs and not scoring this year. Let some else experience that joy.
2008-05-31 20:22:31
272.   Max
Not pretty nor efficient, but 45 pitches in two innings and he gets out of trouble. Go figure.
2008-05-31 20:22:48
273.   pistolpete
And there's Hawkins. Yanks need at least 6 here.
2008-05-31 20:23:17
274.   Eirias
After Hawkins? Does he jest?
2008-05-31 20:23:26
275.   Jeb
wow Ohlie pitched out of that one. Unreal. Of course, if Butterbean Britton blows this game we'll NEVER see him pitch again.
2008-05-31 20:23:39
276.   JimCobain
Hey there's Britton! He's eating and not pitching, perfect.
2008-05-31 20:24:28
277.   Jeb
259 I like him for striking out.
2008-05-31 20:24:45
278.   Mattpat11
276 I missed that
2008-05-31 20:25:31
279.   Mattpat11
Run.
2008-05-31 20:26:23
280.   JimCobain
278 Had a shot of him in the bullpen eating sunflower seeds. Fantastic.
2008-05-31 20:26:37
281.   Jeb
good thing Sparky hawkins is warming up.
2008-05-31 20:28:00
282.   Just fair
Jeter is 3 for his last 32 or 42. Whatever the case, I heard Suzyn Waldman say earlier he had a 12 game hit streak end last night. Jeter is amazing.
2008-05-31 20:28:40
283.   mehmattski
Fly ball, Abreu, Fly ball!
2008-05-31 20:29:23
284.   cult of basebaal
281 unfortunately, given the way latroy's been starting fires when pitching recently, sparky's a waaaay too apt nickname
2008-05-31 20:29:24
285.   weeping for brunnhilde
Oh, bullshit!

That was no strike one to Abreu.

2008-05-31 20:29:28
286.   JimCobain
Get Damon in, now!!!

Jesus, Bobby has been getting some bad calls tonight.

2008-05-31 20:29:35
287.   Just fair
Don't make me puke in my mouth, Abrue, don't make me puke in my mouth.
2008-05-31 20:29:44
288.   Mattpat11
At least Briton is built like a mailbox. Colter Bean was big and fat, but all frumpy with wide hips and a big ass. He was one of the least athletic looking men I've ever seen.
2008-05-31 20:29:54
289.   Jeb
twins announcers said Jeter is 4-5 lifetime against rincon before his at bat..did he get a hit (MLB.TV is delayed)
2008-05-31 20:30:06
290.   Mattpat11
Hit it in the air.
2008-05-31 20:30:31
291.   Mattpat11
289 Indeed.

BOBBY!

2008-05-31 20:30:31
292.   JimCobain
Bobby!!!
2008-05-31 20:30:39
293.   weeping for brunnhilde
Line drive up the gut.

God, that's beautiful.

2008-05-31 20:30:50
294.   mehmattski
OMG, a rally! They got the run in from third with less than two outs! Hawkins takes a seat! Woooooo!
2008-05-31 20:32:15
295.   Jeb
who is that player wearing #42 loosening? And why did Sparky Hawkins sit down?
2008-05-31 20:32:15
296.   Just fair
Maybe Britton can carry one of those raised throne/chair things they used in the old days for kings and emperors to bring in Mo.
By the way, if any of you know what the hell I am talking about, I would be glad to learn the term.
2008-05-31 20:32:16
297.   weeping for brunnhilde
294 Chopper by third, grounder up the middle, line drive to center.

Like clockwork.

2008-05-31 20:32:31
298.   JimCobain
More. I want more!
2008-05-31 20:32:36
299.   thelarmis
boBBy baseball!!!

c'mon a-rod, make this game hawkins-proof...

2008-05-31 20:32:59
300.   doslobo38
Go Bobby...now that's the way the 1,2,3 hitters should look!
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2008-05-31 20:33:17
301.   Mattpat11
I really hate him.
2008-05-31 20:33:39
302.   weeping for brunnhilde
Holy fuck, Cadduyer can throw.

Man, what a rocket.

2008-05-31 20:33:57
303.   JimCobain
296 I think it's called a chariot.
2008-05-31 20:33:58
304.   mehmattski
296 The one the Pope uses is called the Sedia gestatoria.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sedia_gestatoria

2008-05-31 20:34:11
305.   cult of basebaal
296 it's not quite what you're thinking of, but a palanquin would do the trick
2008-05-31 20:34:15
306.   thelarmis
295 nice! mo will make my beer taste better and add alcohol content : )
2008-05-31 20:34:26
307.   Just fair
301 That's how I feel about Reed Johnson.
2008-05-31 20:35:49
308.   Mattpat11
307 Not a fan of Reed Johnson either. He cannot possibly think that looks good.
2008-05-31 20:36:21
309.   Jeb
I think that Sparky Hawkins should come in anyway to give him some confidence. Plus there's a young kid wearing Mickey Rivers's number who'd make a fine defensive replacement at first base.
2008-05-31 20:36:28
310.   Just fair
Thanks all. I picture 4 guys being used to carry one. But I think Britton can handle it. Mo's pretty lithe.
2008-05-31 20:36:35
311.   weeping for brunnhilde
Giambi's going to unload.
2008-05-31 20:36:57
312.   Mattpat11
Was there something wrong with ball three that I didn't notice?
2008-05-31 20:38:07
313.   mehmattski
This game just got a lot fishier.
2008-05-31 20:38:59
314.   cult of basebaal
310 he could be blaster to mo's master!
2008-05-31 20:39:59
315.   Jeb
Is Ryan Bass related to Steve Trout? Sorry, I'm feeling punchy!
2008-05-31 20:40:38
316.   Eirias
It is, how do I say this? Oh yes, ON!
2008-05-31 20:40:48
317.   weeping for brunnhilde
Oh well.

Here comes our Mo.

2008-05-31 20:42:05
318.   OldYanksFan
That bears repeating:
Here comes Mo.
2008-05-31 20:42:36
319.   Mattpat11
WHY IN FUCK is Betemit in the game?
2008-05-31 20:42:42
320.   JimCobain
Wait. Wilson is in for defensive replacement? Hey Cashman what does that tell you?
2008-05-31 20:42:55
321.   Eirias
317 Do you cry for Sieglinde as well?
2008-05-31 20:43:52
322.   Jeb
the benefit to this game is we've gotten to see all their relievers. The twins announcers said they've played several extra inning games recently. We've still got our secret weapon Butterbean Britton for tomorrow.
2008-05-31 20:44:21
323.   Just fair
School's in session. When I call your name, please say K.
2008-05-31 20:44:33
324.   weeping for brunnhilde
Mariano Rivera, ladies and gentlemen.
2008-05-31 20:44:38
325.   JimCobain
322 And LaTroy, let's hope he stays a secret weapon for a while.
2008-05-31 20:44:44
326.   Jeb
319 well, seriously he is better than Jason and also better than another exceedingly popular young man whose family blogs on the banter.
2008-05-31 20:44:55
327.   Eirias
320 This tells Cashman that Matsui is leading the league in average as a DH and that Giambi is 13th in the entire AL in VORP.
2008-05-31 20:45:05
328.   Mattpat11
320 That Girardi is drunk.
2008-05-31 20:45:05
329.   Jeb
322 forgot him.
2008-05-31 20:45:15
330.   OldYanksFan
325 Or just a secret...
2008-05-31 20:46:06
331.   weeping for brunnhilde
He deserved that 0-2.

Whatever, two out.

2008-05-31 20:46:30
332.   Just fair
That's why. WORD.
2008-05-31 20:46:34
333.   Mattpat11
326 Wilson Betemit routinely misses throws to him. He's better than no one.

...Er, nevermind.

WOOHOO!

2008-05-31 20:46:38
334.   weeping for brunnhilde
Ha!

The defensive replacement!

Wow!

Clockwork!

2008-05-31 20:46:40
335.   JimCobain
Man, that Wilson is good with the glove ;)
2008-05-31 20:48:21
336.   cult of basebaal
319 HA!
2008-05-31 20:48:40
337.   weeping for brunnhilde
321 Not so readily, but she's pathetic enough.
2008-05-31 20:48:51
338.   Jeb
333 he's got to be better than #17. Sorry, I know that he's God and he should be batting .800 with adjusted BABIP and I won't criticize him ever again, but Wilson for all his faults plays better defense.
2008-05-31 20:49:09
339.   JimCobain
Did Abreu just say "shit"? That was a fun little moment.

For those of you without YES. Cano came up behind Abreu who was being interviewed live by Kim Jones and doused him with cold water. Abreu was caught by surprised.

2008-05-31 20:49:23
340.   Mattpat11
336 I like being wrong
2008-05-31 20:49:24
341.   Eirias
Time to watch some Wire in the Blood.
2008-05-31 20:50:07
342.   Dimelo
Long f-ing game, my brain is fried. Anyone have any Oreo's or Ben and Jerry's Chubby Hubby Ice Cream they'd like to share?
2008-05-31 20:51:00
343.   Mattpat11
338 I honestly believe that Jason Giambi is the best defensive first baseman on the 25 man roster.

Basically by default.

2008-05-31 20:51:07
344.   Eirias
And look who is in 4th in the AL. The ascent begins.
2008-05-31 20:51:14
345.   Jeb
I know Joe made some questionable decisions tonight but I like how the bullpen held together. We really have a great chance to win 3 of 4 and if we really focus and take these games 1 at a time we could sweep.
2008-05-31 20:52:15
346.   JimCobain
343 I agree.

The point I was making was maybe there should be someone on the bench that is better at fielding the first base positon than Duncan or Betemit.

2008-05-31 20:52:49
347.   Jeb
343 Seriously, you might be right about that. But I think that if Betemit isn't #1 he's at least #2 and the other fella is the worst.
2008-05-31 20:52:54
348.   Mattpat11
Oh fuck.

UPDATE, 8:44 p.m.: It appears Jeff Karstens is headed to the majors. He was lifted after four innings in his start for Scranton tonight (4 6 2 2 2 2).

2008-05-31 20:53:42
349.   Jeb
346 no question. they should have re-upped Stinky Minky (by the way that's a harsh nickname I didn't invent!)
2008-05-31 20:53:45
350.   Mattpat11
347 And then there's Morgan. I think he might be number two.
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2008-05-31 20:54:05
351.   JimCobain
348 Don't worry, read on:

UPDATE, 10:38 p.m.: Not so fast on Jeff Karstens. Chad Jennings reports that Karstens left the game tonight because he felt tightness in the groin muscle that he popped in spring training.
So the long man on Tuesday will be … Dan Giese? Not the K-Man. No, it's can't be.

Well ok if it's Igawa we need to worry.

2008-05-31 20:55:01
352.   Mattpat11
351 I panicked too early. I really should have kept reading.
2008-05-31 20:55:05
353.   Jeb
348 who goes down? Chris Britton?
2008-05-31 20:55:56
354.   Jeb
351 just drop Traber and put Giese on the 40 man.
2008-05-31 20:56:48
355.   Jeb
350 forgot about morgan. He hasn't played in a LONG time.
2008-05-31 20:57:54
356.   Mattpat11
355 He was pretty glacial when he did play, but he could be reasonably expected to catch throws.
2008-05-31 20:57:57
357.   Jeb
Damn it's so nice to win a game that we should have lost cause we've lost a bunch that we should have won.
2008-05-31 20:57:59
358.   JimCobain
That was a good win, guys. Let's do it again tomorrow!
2008-05-31 20:59:11
359.   Mattpat11
BTW, 25 IP, 11 H, 2 BB 1 ER 24 K

Yeah, he's good.

2008-05-31 21:01:36
360.   Jeb
358 AGREED! But let's win 14-0 okay? I want Arod to homer three times and Jeter twice if that's okay with you guys.
2008-05-31 21:02:02
361.   Jeb
359 who are you referring to? Giese?
2008-05-31 21:02:33
362.   rsmith51
349 Mr. 65 OPS+ He would have been playing way too much if he was on the team, hurting their already anemic offense.

Giambi has an OPS+ of 155.

2008-05-31 21:04:57
363.   Jeb
362 UM Minky had a 107 OPS+ last year. It's not great but it's acceptable with his defense.
2008-05-31 21:06:44
364.   Jeb
362 and we currently have a backup first baseman who can't play defense and has a 39 OPS+ (Of course, I realize we can't count any of his at bats -- except for his 9 hits -- because of BABIP, but damn that really sucks).
2008-05-31 21:07:17
365.   Mattpat11
361 Mo
2008-05-31 21:08:57
366.   Jeb
365 gotcha and that is pretty good. I hope he gets Cy Young consideration this year. If Willie Fucking Hernandez who went 33 for 33 in saves won the MVP over Mattingly in 1984, then Mo should get CY consideration at least.
2008-05-31 21:15:38
367.   Mattpat11
Is Girardi saying they didn't win the game?
2008-05-31 23:17:47
368.   3rd gen yankee fan
Hey. We won!

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