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2008-06-17 12:58
by Cliff Corcoran
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San Diego Padres

2007 Record: 89-74 (.549)
2007 Pythagorean Record: 90-75 (.553)

2008 Record: 31-40 (.437)
2008 Pythagorean Record: 29-42 (.408)

Manager: Bud Black
General Manager: Kevin Towers

Home Ballpark (multi-year Park Factors): Petco Park (91/91)

Who's Replacing Whom:

Tad Iguchi replaces Marcus Giles
Jody Gerut replaces Jim Edmonds, who replaced Mike Cameron
Edgar Gonzalez replaces Geoff Blum
Paul McAnulty inherits Jose Cruz Jr.'s playing time
Tony Clark replaces Russell Branyan
Justin Huber replaces Terrmel Sledge
Scott Hairston inherits Milton Bradley's playing time
Michael Barrett is replacing Josh Bard (DL) in the lineup
Luke Carlin is filling in for Barrett on the bench
Edgar Gonzalez is replacing Tad Iguchi (DL) in the lineup
Craig Stansberry is filling in for Gonzalez on the bench
Randy Wolf replaces David Wells and Clay Hensley
Josh Banks replaces Justin Germano, Brett Tomko, and Jack Cassel
Cha Seung Baek is filling in for Chris Young (DL)
Bryan Corey replaces Doug Brocail
Mike Adams replaces Scott Linebrink and Joe Thatcher
Carlos Guevara is filling in for Kevin Cameron (DL)

25-man Roster

1B - Adrian Gonzalez (L)
2B - Edgar Gonzalez (R)
SS - Khalil Greene (R)
3B - Kevin Kouzmanoff (R)
C - Michael Barrett (R)
RF - Brian Giles (L)
CF - Jody Gerut (L)
LF - Paul McAnulty (L)

Bench:

S - Tony Clark (1B)
R - Justin Huber (OF)
R - Scott Hairston (OF)
R - Craig Stansberry (IF)
S - Luke Carlin (C)

Rotation:

R - Jake Peavy
R - Josh Banks
R - Cha Seung Baek
R - Greg Maddux
L - Randy Wolf

Bullpen:

R - Trevor Hoffman
R - Heath Bell
R - Cla Meredith
L - Justin Hampson
R - Bryan Corey
R - Mike Adams
R - Carlos Guevara

15-day DL: R - Tadahito Iguchi (2B), S - Josh Bard (C), R - Chris Young, L - Shawn Estes, R- Kevin Cameron
60-day DL: R - Mark Prior, R - Tim Stauffer

Typical Lineup:

L - Jody Gerut (L)
R - Edgar Gonzalez (2B)
L - Brian Giles (RF)
L - Adrian Gonzalez (1B)
R - Kevin Kouzmanoff (3B)
L - Paul McAnulty (LF)
R - Khalil Greene (SS)
R - Michael Barrett (C)

Trevor Hoffman, baseball's career saves leader, has surpassed former record holder Lee Smith's career mark by more than 60 saves, but the events of last fall may have established a very different legacy for the Padres' closer. On September 29 of last season, Hoffman was on the mound in Milwaukee's Miller Park, one strike away from clinching the Padres' third-straight playoff berth. Instead, he gave up history's most ironic game-tying triple to Tony Gwynn Jr. as the Padres went on to lose in eleven innings. Two nights later, Hoffman got a second chance. In a one-game playoff to decide the NL Wild Card, the Padres and Rockies had been knotted at 6-6 since the Padres rallied to tie the game in the eighth. Finally, in the top of the 13th, San Diego pulled ahead 8-6, and manager Bud Black handed the ball to Hoffman for the final three outs. Hoffman barely got any. The first three men he faced picked up extra base hits to tie the game, then, after an intentional walk to Todd Helton, Hoffman finally got the first out of the inning and the final out of the Padres season on a season-ending sac fly by Colorado futility infielder Jamey Carroll.

After twice coming so incredibly close to the postseason in 2007, the Padres quickly sank to the bottom of the AL West standings in 2008, bottoming out on May 24 with an 18-33 (.353) record, 12 games behind the defending division champion Diamondbacks. Hoffman isn't to blame for the Padres struggles this year, and he received undo blame for the team's inability to put away their Wild Card opponents earlier in the 2007 season, but those two season-altering blown saves coming in such quick succession will be hard for most baseball fans to forget, and continue a career-long trend of poor performances in decisive situations. Hoffman's first-ever playoff appearance came when he entered a tie game in the Padres' best-three-out-of-five NLDS series against the Cardinals in 1996. At that point, the Cardinals were leading the series 2-0 and looking to finish a sweep, while the Padres were clinging to life thanks to a game-tying home run by Ken Caminiti in the bottom of the eighth. Hoffman walked the second man he faced and gave up a two-run home run to the third. Half an inning later, the Padres' season was over.

The Padres returned to the playoffs in 1998 and Hoffman picked up a win and three saves as the Friars made their way to the World Series against the Yankees. In Game 3 of that series, Hoffman entered in the eighth inning to protect a one-run Padres lead after Randy Myers had walked leadoff batter Paul O'Neill. Just as in 1996, Hoffman walked the second batter he faced and gave up a decisive home run to the third (Series MVP Scott Brosius). The Yankees would win that game and the next to sweep the Padres.

Seven years passed before the Padres got back to the postseason. Hoffman did no harm in the team's 2005 and 2006 NLDS losses, pitching one scoreless inning in each, but 2007 brought the bad memories of 1996 and 1998 flooding back.

It's worth mentioning that Hoffman has faced the Yankees just three times in his 16-year career. The first was that 1998 World Series appearance. The second saw him retire two of the three batters he faced in an interleague loss to the 2002 edition of the Bombers. The last was a game in 2004 which both Alex and I attended. In that game, Hoffman got the ball in the ninth with a 2-0 lead following a taught pitching duel between Javy Vazquez and David Wells, making his return to the stadium. This time Hoffman got the first two outs, but Hideki Matsui cracked one straight over my head in the right field bleachers to cut the lead in half and Kenny Lofton followed immediately with a game-tying pinch-hit tater. The Yanks went on to win in 12.

I'm spending all this time on Hoffman because the interaction of his failures with both the biggest moments in the last 15 years of Padres history and the Yankees is far more interesting than the Padres team he joins in the Bronx tonight. The good news for the Pads is that they've pulled their nose up a bit, going 13-7 since May 25, though facing the lowly Nats and Giants and taking advantage of the foundering Mets at Petco with a four game sweep in which they outscored the Mutts by just five runs total had a lot to do with that. The Pads are 3-3 since the Mets left town and are 3-3 on the road over that stretch. On the season they've managed to make good use of their home park, going 20-18 in there spacious stadium, but they've been an abysmal 11-22 (.333) on the road, where their team ERA spikes by 1.73 runs, but their offense fails to respond, scoring just 0.11 more runs per game in more run-friendly environments.

That said, first baseman Adrian Gonzalez (.328/.372/.635 on the road) is a major threat and a budding superstar, 37-year-old Brian Giles seems to have found the fountain of youth (.345/.444/.487 on the road), and facing Jake Peavy tomorrow night won't be much fun, even if Darrell Rasner rebounds from his shaky outing in Oakland.

Tonight, is a battle of veteran lefties as Andy Pettitte faces off against Randy Wolf. Wolf has been great in his last six starts (3-1, 39 1/3 IP, 33 H, 6 BB, 35 K, 2.29 ERA), but four of those came at home and he has a 5.31 road ERA on the season. Pettitte dominated the A's in his last start, but has been inconsistent all year and has a 6.25 ERA in six home starts this season.

With Shelley Duncan in Scranton and Morgan Ensberg having recently signed with Cleveland, Girardi has made no consessions to the lefty in his lineup tonight, though the Yankees have added one to the bullpen by bringing back Billy Traber to take Chien-Ming Wang's spot as Dan Giese moves into the rotation. Pete Abe says Traber has a new slider. He doesn't say if it's a better slider.

More good stuff from Pete:

Mussina wrote "The ice cream is back" on his message board. The Moose made a deal with Girardi that if he got to 10 wins, they'd put the ice cream freezer back in the player lounge. Now there are incentives for 12 wins (donuts) and 15 (candy, maybe).

Mussina went on one of his Dennis Miller-riffs on how he's pitched well for so long on Mountain Dew, donuts and M&Ms. It was very funny.

Comments (169)
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2008-06-17 15:43:44
1.   monkeypants
0 Cliff,

Who's pitching tonight, Moose or Pettitte?

2008-06-17 15:50:08
2.   Cliff Corcoran
1 Damnit! Pettitte. hold on . . .
2008-06-17 15:52:11
3.   Cliff Corcoran
fixed
2008-06-17 15:54:14
4.   mehmattski
Hopefully the Yankees crush Wolf today and n so doing quash the ideas of Yankees fans that he is a good trade target...
2008-06-17 16:12:38
5.   mehmattski
Ah, the Andy pick off... nice!
2008-06-17 16:13:08
6.   Yankees Brasil
Dandy Andy.
2008-06-17 16:13:57
7.   Just fair
The Padres must have a top notch advance scout. : )
I am baffled that Andy continues to make it look so easy.
2008-06-17 16:19:42
8.   mehmattski
Although, I'm fairly certain that Cliff wishes the Yankees would trade for Wolf. The headline puns alone would make it worthwhile....
2008-06-17 16:25:05
9.   Chyll Will
Good ol' Tony Clark. Man, he's so gray he makes Felipe Alou look like his son Moises' kid brother >;)
2008-06-17 16:27:49
10.   Chyll Will
Doubt? No, there was no doubt about that one...
2008-06-17 16:28:11
11.   mehmattski
A-Bomb!
2008-06-17 16:28:18
12.   Yankees Brasil
Wow, what a shot.
2008-06-17 16:31:10
13.   Chyll Will
That was a weird swing on that foul, as though he was already on his way back to the bench.
2008-06-17 16:32:04
14.   mehmattski
G-Bomb!
2008-06-17 16:32:35
15.   Yankees Brasil
It's BP now.
2008-06-17 16:32:58
16.   monkeypants
Wow, Sterling is making an otherwise enjoyable inning very hard to listen to.
2008-06-17 16:33:15
17.   Chyll Will
Mustachioso!
2008-06-17 16:33:45
18.   ms october
wow, arod and giambi are just swinging the bat so great

but on another note i may scream if michael kay brings up paul o'neill's italian vacation again

2008-06-17 16:34:17
19.   mehmattski
16 How so?

(I have EI... YES feed but for some reason no commercials. Just the way I like it- Guisseppe Franco-free!)

2008-06-17 16:35:17
20.   Chyll Will
Finally, a pitch Cano couldn't swing at (easily)...
2008-06-17 16:37:08
21.   ms october
i like the giambi moniker chyll - mustachioso

19 i don't miss the commericials but i find that music really annoying

2008-06-17 16:37:31
22.   Chyll Will
18 Leiter's with him, too. Would that make it an excellent adventure or a bogus journey?
2008-06-17 16:38:13
23.   ms october
22 maybe a bogus adevnture :}
2008-06-17 16:38:34
24.   Chyll Will
21 Thank you... il mustachioso it is >;)
2008-06-17 16:40:22
25.   mehmattski
Kouzmanoff hurt himself fielding pre-game grounders! That's unacceptable risk! Fire all the coaches who made him work out before the game!
2008-06-17 16:42:35
26.   Chyll Will
25 And send Bobby Meacham down to AAA, just for the hell of it (he must be used to it by now...)
2008-06-17 16:43:08
27.   cult of basebaal
wow ... petey's got some great stuff up over at lohud

it's more from the good cop/bad cop show ... this time ... good cop hal!

"I think we're going to stick to the young guys. We're always out there looking, researching, doing our recon work, and we'll continue to do that. Losing Wang hurts us, he's our ace, but the good news is it looks like he's going to be back before the end of the season, and I know we'll need him.

We've had a lot of injuries this year and every one of them's upsetting, but you strengthen your resolve and keep pushing forward. We've been good at that all year and we'll continue to do that, and we'll be there at the end."

Hal rocks, he's the Michael to Hank's Sonny.

2008-06-17 16:45:05
28.   mehmattski
Andy Pettitte, strike out machine!
2008-06-17 16:46:08
29.   Chyll Will
27 Yeah. He might be the only Steinbrenner who actually knows what a baseball is...
2008-06-17 16:47:16
30.   cult of basebaal
plus this, which is just freaking great ...

Mussina wrote "The ice cream is back" on his message board. The Moose made a deal with Girardi that if he got to 10 wins, they'd put the ice cream freezer back in the player lounge. Now there are incentives for 12 wins (donuts) and 15 (candy, maybe).

2008-06-17 16:48:44
31.   dianagramr
29

a baseball???? its that thing that makes the Steinbrenners all that money .... right?

2008-06-17 16:49:26
32.   mehmattski
31 No, that would be barges.
2008-06-17 16:50:32
33.   dianagramr
32

"barges? ..... we have no stinkin' barges!" :-)

2008-06-17 16:51:39
34.   mehmattski
Triple! Man, I love triples.
2008-06-17 16:52:32
35.   cult of basebaal
THAT'S HEADLEY!!!

/ harvey korman

2008-06-17 16:53:10
36.   Chyll Will
31 For baseball people, they sure know a lot about municipal tax-free bonds...
2008-06-17 16:58:25
37.   3rd gen yankee fan
30 That is hilarious. Good for Moose!
2008-06-17 16:59:10
38.   mehmattski
Wow... what a catch by Melky!
2008-06-17 16:59:26
39.   Chyll Will
Twinkletoes! Good catch!
2008-06-17 17:00:52
40.   ms october
39 man you are on fire tonight.
2008-06-17 17:02:11
41.   Just fair
How often do you see a great catch on a 3rd out only to have the DH walk to lead off the next inning?
2008-06-17 17:04:19
42.   mehmattski
G-Bomb, Part Deux!
2008-06-17 17:04:28
43.   Just fair
The DANICIN' BEAR!!
2008-06-17 17:04:51
44.   3rd gen yankee fan
OH YEAH!
2008-06-17 17:05:08
45.   Yankees Brasil
Now that's a legit one.
2008-06-17 17:05:28
46.   Chyll Will
Lo ha ripetuto, mustachio dell'IL!
2008-06-17 17:05:45
47.   mehmattski
4 Prophecy fulfilled!
2008-06-17 17:08:08
48.   mehmattski
How to know if you're not a good pitcher, part 429:

Robinson Cano hits a double.

2008-06-17 17:08:22
49.   Chyll Will
47 And then some >;)
2008-06-17 17:08:26
50.   Just fair
I still love ya' Robbie.
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2008-06-17 17:09:05
51.   3rd gen yankee fan
48 Harsh! But true.
2008-06-17 17:12:13
52.   Just fair
Bases loaded. Jeter's up. Hope no one gets a freak injury.
2008-06-17 17:13:03
53.   mehmattski
These Stansburys taste like STANSBERRIES!
2008-06-17 17:13:12
54.   Chyll Will
Nerrrrrrrrrrr-vous! >;)
2008-06-17 17:13:12
55.   monkeypants
19 Sorry, wandered off to make dinner. Nothing out of the ordinary: bombastic announcing, stupid HR call catch phrases, etc. I have only listened to about three games this year, and whenever I do, I end up turning it off by the fifth or sixth inning.
2008-06-17 17:13:51
56.   monkeypants
52 And did you know that Jeter has never hit a Grand...oh, wait...
2008-06-17 17:15:07
57.   Chyll Will
Poor guy...
2008-06-17 17:16:12
58.   Chyll Will
57 Make that poor guys...
2008-06-17 17:17:17
59.   mehmattski
Things I did not know Dept:

Craig Stansberry is the first major leaguer in history born in Saudi Arabia.

2008-06-17 17:17:19
60.   Just fair
But Wolf, what horrible pitches you have.
Better to stink up the joint in my first ever apperance my dear.
2008-06-17 17:18:41
61.   mehmattski
60 Better to convince Yankee fans I'm not a good replacement for Wang, m'dear.
2008-06-17 17:18:46
62.   Just fair
59 and SIr Sidney Ponson is the only MLB player to punch a Judge in Aruba, his home country. : )
2008-06-17 17:23:39
63.   mehmattski
Six strikeouts in 4 2/3? Who is this, and what has he done with Andy Pettitte?
2008-06-17 17:29:23
64.   Chyll Will
62 And people said MIL-ton Bradley had an attitude >;)
2008-06-17 17:30:16
65.   cult of basebaal
63 more like, 0 runs in 6 innings, who is this, and what has he done with andy pettite?

=)

2008-06-17 17:30:43
66.   cult of basebaal
err, 5ips
2008-06-17 17:32:08
67.   Chyll Will
65 Better still, can he pitch twice through the rotation for a few weeks?
2008-06-17 17:35:30
68.   Chyll Will
Sure we can get by without trading for a frontline pitcher, and you know why?

Cuz Hal 3000 said so! >;)

2008-06-17 17:35:42
69.   mehmattski
65 Easy now, it's only the fifth inning.

Remember last start when I was trying to calculate Pettitte's Game Score, and whether he could beat Wang's 82, top for the Yanks this year.

He's at a 66 now through just five innings. If he gets through the eighth, he could end up above 80 easily.

2008-06-17 17:45:22
70.   Just fair
Good 4 u, alex
Pete
2008-06-17 17:45:32
71.   nick
nice throw from Alex...
2008-06-17 17:45:53
72.   mehmattski
Andy's curveball is just unfair tonight.
2008-06-17 17:45:53
73.   Chyll Will
Mm, dat himma 3rd baseman, yeh >;)
2008-06-17 17:47:04
74.   Chyll Will
Andy's on a mission tonight. Donuts?
2008-06-17 17:48:53
75.   mehmattski
Game Score Update: 72, tying Darrel Rasner's start against Baltimore on May 21 for fifth best this season. As long as he continues to have more outs than baserunners, he'll continue this pace towards best start by a Yankee this year.
2008-06-17 17:48:54
76.   Just fair
Bartolo Colon to the 15 D.L.
2008-06-17 17:50:28
77.   RIYank
76 Yeah, they lost their Colon, we lost our Wang. It's tough all over.
2008-06-17 17:51:17
78.   Chyll Will
Yunnow, the Chrysler Building always freaks me out when I look at it up close...
2008-06-17 17:51:18
79.   mehmattski
77 Where's Jon Prostate when you need him?
2008-06-17 17:51:20
80.   RIYank
By the way, everyone's in an awfully good mood tonight here, I see!
2008-06-17 17:52:08
81.   Mr OK Jazz TOKYO
80 Ohayo gozaimasu! yeah, great to sit down at work and see a 7-0 game in progress. Can we always play the National League please??
2008-06-17 17:52:53
82.   Chyll Will
77 I thought of something really really naughty to not say about that >;)
2008-06-17 17:54:19
83.   Chyll Will
79 He's working at Gerber Foods now, making strained peas...
2008-06-17 17:55:57
84.   Chyll Will
Cliff was right, Brian Ponce De Leon Giles did find a fountain of youth somewhere...
2008-06-17 17:59:46
85.   mehmattski
Yeah that was not a strike. Oh well- 8 Ks for Andy!
2008-06-17 18:01:32
86.   mehmattski
Ok, that's enough of the changeup, Andy.
2008-06-17 18:01:59
87.   Just fair
DIck Cox
1925-1926
2008-06-17 18:04:23
88.   Mr OK Jazz TOKYO
87 all this potty talk is making me crack up at my desk, can we go back to Pavano jokes, pastajetergogonzola and Melky base-sliding comments please?
2008-06-17 18:05:20
89.   SF Yanks
86 So what's the game score at this point?
2008-06-17 18:05:47
90.   Chyll Will
Il Mustachioso flashin' and flossin'...
2008-06-17 18:06:08
91.   Yankees Brasil
Is Andy done for the night?
2008-06-17 18:06:21
92.   RIYank
65 Okay, now.
2008-06-17 18:06:41
93.   SF Yanks
91 Well, he's at 103 pitches.
2008-06-17 18:07:08
94.   mehmattski
Game Score update: 75, good for third this season behind Wang's two good starts in April.

That's 103 pitches from Andy, I think it's iffy whether he comes out for the 8th. The most he's thrown this year is 116, so maybe its a "short leash" scenario. Or, with the Wang injury maybe Girardi will play it safe in a 7 run game and call it a night.

2008-06-17 18:07:30
95.   Chyll Will
87 Whatta stud...
2008-06-17 18:07:47
96.   mehmattski
92 Except now it's 7 innings!
2008-06-17 18:09:46
97.   Just fair
Would it be reading too much into who Joe G. brings in from the pen first? Will it be for work or to save the important dudes for a later date? And Vera it is.
2008-06-17 18:10:31
98.   RIYank
96 Yeah, damn, that was fast.
2008-06-17 18:11:58
99.   Just fair
Run, Manny, Run. Shoulda been a triple.
2008-06-17 18:12:11
100.   mehmattski
Nice shot by A-Rod!

Even better shot by the camera man, of Giambi twirling his 'stache!

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2008-06-17 18:12:21
101.   Chyll Will
97 En vino Veratas...
2008-06-17 18:13:13
102.   RIYank
97 'Vera'? Are you trying to start something, or was that a typo?
2008-06-17 18:13:38
103.   mehmattski
Ok now I feel bad for Stansberry.
2008-06-17 18:14:14
104.   RIYank
101 Can't wait till Chien-Ming comes back so we can 'try on' a Vera-Wang combination.
2008-06-17 18:14:56
105.   mehmattski
Vera! Vera! What has become of you?

Does anybody else in here feel the way I do...

2008-06-17 18:17:07
106.   Just fair
105 102
Stow it, Vera. : )
Mel's Diner. My 80's tv mojo shines again.
2008-06-17 18:17:42
107.   Chyll Will
104 What's this we $#!+ you talk about... >;)
2008-06-17 18:18:07
108.   Mattpat11
As much as I love the idea of fixing this problem from within, coming from Brian Cashman, that screams Kei Igawa.
2008-06-17 18:19:13
109.   RIYank
107 {head slap} Of course. You're an Yves St. Laurent guy!
2008-06-17 18:19:22
110.   dianagramr
104

I step away for a while, and the puns and corny jokes just explode! ..... sigh

2008-06-17 18:20:32
111.   Chyll Will
108 I for one would not be Okei with that...
2008-06-17 18:20:49
112.   dianagramr
104

Of course, I stepped away to the Edith Head ...

2008-06-17 18:21:21
113.   Mr OK Jazz TOKYO
106 Dyn-o-mite!!
..but don't you call me Johnson...
2008-06-17 18:21:31
114.   nick
hmmm--so Veras is our setup guy AND the last guy out of the pen?
2008-06-17 18:21:56
115.   RIYank
110 Yeah, you wish you started it.
Come to think of it, you did have that "stinkin barges" line.
2008-06-17 18:22:11
116.   Just fair
Igawa think we won't see him again.
2008-06-17 18:23:39
117.   Chyll Will
110 Speaking of explode, was anyone else lucky enough to see the huge fireworks display over the East River Saturday night?
2008-06-17 18:24:15
118.   dianagramr
cue Mr. Mackey from South Park

"Your pitchin' in the majors is bad, m'Kei?"

2008-06-17 18:25:00
119.   Mattpat11
116 I've heard that repeatedly over the last two years
2008-06-17 18:25:12
120.   dianagramr
Kay just made it sound like Randolph died ....
2008-06-17 18:27:37
121.   RIYank
Why?
The Giles hit wasn't a bad pitch.
2008-06-17 18:27:47
122.   Just fair
119 Propaganda 101. Repeat it enough times and it becomes fact. : )
2008-06-17 18:29:15
123.   mehmattski
121 Must. Use. LOOGY. Can't. Resist. Temptation.
2008-06-17 18:31:29
124.   dianagramr
123

William Shatner school of managing?

2008-06-17 18:31:34
125.   Raf
114 Veras hasn't pitched in a while
2008-06-17 18:33:48
126.   nick
nifty!
2008-06-17 18:34:15
127.   Chyll Will
"Hey Derek, is this how you used to do it?" >;)
2008-06-17 18:34:17
128.   Just fair
Traber just came up. May as well use him here and in the ninth. Re-wet them feet.
Hot Damn, A-Rod Jetered it to Bettemit. Who did not Bettemit it.
2008-06-17 18:34:19
129.   OldYanksFan
Well, I am a little late to the fair.
It appears Andy and Co. have survived without me.
My only contribution therefore is: Gotta luv the big lug!
2008-06-17 18:34:22
130.   nick
he wanted to give the new LOOGY a test right away...
2008-06-17 18:35:52
131.   RIYank
76 Yeah, they lost their Colon, we lost our Wang. It's tough all over.
2008-06-17 18:36:18
132.   RIYank
Uh. No idea what happened their. Weird.
2008-06-17 18:36:55
133.   Chyll Will
127 Yeah Alex, and that's why I got one, two, three, um four rings?" ;P"
2008-06-17 18:38:51
134.   Chyll Will
132 Well, I still will not say the naughty thing I would have said >;)
2008-06-17 18:39:19
135.   mehmattski
128 I think we'll see Ohlendorf in the ninth.
2008-06-17 18:40:15
136.   Chyll Will
A most unjeterian swing there...
2008-06-17 18:40:21
137.   3rd gen yankee fan
You guys are hot hot HOT tonight! I'm LMAO.
2008-06-17 18:40:31
138.   RIYank
134 Okay, I'm gonna try one more time later.
2008-06-17 18:42:27
139.   RIYank
136 But that may have been the jeterianest we've seen in a while!
2008-06-17 18:43:45
140.   Chyll Will
139 Course correction, bah!
2008-06-17 18:45:38
141.   RIYank
I'm not convinced that a single one of those pitches to Abreu was in the strike zone.
2008-06-17 18:46:01
142.   Chyll Will
Kay's getting excited, he said "9,11 and 0 for the Yankees..." Somebody hand him a transistor radio with a broken knob stuck on 880AM...
2008-06-17 18:47:11
143.   Just fair
140 Does it have anything to do with one of the Dover brothers?
2008-06-17 18:47:21
144.   mehmattski
Ugh. Four days in a row last week wasn't enough work for Mo? Now he's coming in with an 8-run lead in the first game of the homestand?
2008-06-17 18:47:37
145.   RIYank
Uh.
That's not Ross Ohlendorf.
2008-06-17 18:48:25
146.   RIYank
Why not have Farns pitch to a few batters, so Mo can get the save??
2008-06-17 18:48:58
147.   mehmattski
141 According to gameday, the first pitch was the closest, but the rest were well outside the zone.
2008-06-17 18:49:21
148.   dianagramr
146

heh!

2008-06-17 18:49:34
149.   Chyll Will
143 Don't tempt me, Frodo >;)
2008-06-17 18:50:21
150.   dianagramr
As long as Rivera doesn't have to run the bases ....
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2008-06-17 18:51:33
151.   dianagramr
Wow .... Hoffman and Rivera have exactly 1,000 saves between them.
2008-06-17 18:52:10
152.   Just fair
149 First Jeter and A-Rod. Now Frodo.
Ring fetish?
2008-06-17 18:53:02
153.   RIYank
150 Oh, not funny.
2008-06-17 18:54:02
154.   Chyll Will
152 It must've started with the Vera Wang pun and settled in the back of my mind, doggone it...
2008-06-17 18:54:11
155.   RIYank
Damn.
It's hard to have your heart in complaining about putting Rivera in here, when you then get to watch him pitch.
2008-06-17 18:54:48
156.   ChrisS
Is there any worse place to be than 0-2 against Rivera?
2008-06-17 18:54:55
157.   mehmattski
Five in a Row! Woohoo!
2008-06-17 18:55:05
158.   Chyll Will
See, that's what Joe was going for, the back-to-back shutouts...
2008-06-17 18:55:05
159.   RIYank
Wow.
2008-06-17 18:56:08
160.   3rd gen yankee fan
Season high point!
2008-06-17 18:56:11
161.   Just fair
Hey, good stuff. First back to back shutouts in 3 years. Did not reach 500 until Mid July of last year. Crazy.
2008-06-17 18:59:07
162.   Chyll Will
156 On the Major Deegan right afterwards?
2008-06-17 18:59:16
163.   dianagramr
OK .... off to watch that basketball game
2008-06-17 19:01:18
164.   Chyll Will
163 Bah humbug! >;)
2008-06-17 19:03:28
165.   Chyll Will
156 Hmm, would you rather be on the subway or on the expressway right after a Yankee game?
2008-06-17 19:07:15
166.   Raf
156 Subway. It's not too bad if you're heading uptown :)
2008-06-17 19:08:12
167.   Raf
166 dyslexia acting up again, that was directed at 165
2008-06-17 19:36:08
168.   Sonya Hennys Tutu
It's way too late and I'm way too tired (and lazy) to read through the prior 167 comments, but has anyone drawn the line and declared this to be the night Cano figured it out?

Also, anyone notice that that Giambi fella can really hit?

2008-06-17 19:49:11
169.   Chyll Will
168 No, yes zzzzz...

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