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Boston Red Sox V: One More Time, With Feeling
2008-08-26 13:25
by Cliff Corcoran
Note: The Bronx Banter blog has moved to bronxbanterblog.com.

In recent years, as the Yankees have found themselves fighting an uphill battle toward the postseason in the final weeks and months of the regular season, I've often stressed the importance of the team controlling it's own destiny. Any time a team either holds a potential playoff position, or has more games remaining against the team they're trailing than the number of games by which they trail that team in the standings, they control their own destiny. In those cases, all the team in question needs do to make the playoffs is match their rival's record against third-party opponents and take care of business in their head-to-head matchups.

Right now, the Yankees do not control their own destiny.


Team Record Games Ahead Games v. NYY
Tampa Bay Rays 79-50 9.5 6
Boston Red Sox 75-55 5 6
Chicago White Sox 75-56 4.5 4
Minnesota Twins 74-57 3.5 0
New York Yankees 70-60 - -

Despite having six games left against the Yankees, the Rays have put the AL East out of reach. Meanwhile, it would behoove Yankee fans to root strongly for the second-place Twins to overtake the division-leading White Sox in the Central, as there's some chance of the Yankees gaining control over their Wild Card destiny before the Chisox visit the Bronx in three weeks provided it's Chicago and not Minnesota that they're chasing. As it stands, however, the only opposing team over which the Yankees have any meaningful control is the Boston Red Sox, who come to the Bronx tonight for a three-game series that will be the last meeting between the two rivals at Yankee Stadium.

The Red Sox are limping into town. Josh Beckett was supposed to start tonight, but has been scratched due to numbness in his pitching arm. J.D. Drew hasn't played in more than a week due to back pain and is likely headed to the DL. Already on the disabled list is third baseman Mike Lowell, and replacing Beckett tonight is Tim Wakefield, who will be activated from the DL to make the start. Despite these set-backs, the Sox have played well in August, posting a .667 winning percentage, their best single-month mark of the season. Still, they remain vulnerable. The Yankees took two of three from the Sox at Fenway at the end of July. This week, the Bombers really need to sweep.

Consider that idea of controlling one's own destiny. If the Yankees sweep the Sox, they'll wake up Friday morning two games behind Boston with three games remaining at Fenway and right in the thick of the Wild Card race (the White Sox are off Thursday, so a sweep would also move them within four games of Chicago with those four head-to-head games remaining). However, if the Yankees lose just one game in this series, they'll wake up on Friday four games behind Boston with those three left to play. With a single loss in this three-game series, the Yankees will forfeit their control over their rivals, leaving them completely at the mercy of the teams ahead of them in the standings.

No Excuses

It's been a rough season for the New York Yankees, but if they think the Red Sox have had it any easier, they're wrong. It all started with Curt Schilling's season-ending biceps injury at the outset of spring training. Since then, Beckett, Wakefield, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Clay Buchholz, and Bartolo Colon have all spent time on the DL. Lowell is currently on the DL for the second time this season, he's joined there by Julio Logo, who has missed more than a month with a quad tear. Drew has avoided the DL thus far but could land there any day, and David Ortiz missed two months due to a wrist injury. In the bullpen, Mike Timlin and David Aardsma have made repeat visits to the DL. Both Alex Cora and Sean Casey hit the DL for several weeks as April turned in to May, and Casey has sat out the last week with a stiff neck.

That's just the injuries. Buchholz, the Red Sox's answer to Joba Chamberlain, struggled upon his return from injury and has since been demoted due to poor performance. Julian Tavarez pitched his way off the team entirely. Though he enters this series coming off a solid week and a half, Jason Varitek was hitting just .212/.304/.338 for the season on Aug 15. David Ortiz came off the DL to face the Yankees on July 25 and hit well in his first week, but without Manny Ramirez hitting behind him, he's batted .237/.376/.421 in August with just three home runs.

Of course, Ortiz's struggles likely have more to do with his wrist than who's hitting behind him. To begin with, it's not Jason Bay, Ramirez's replacement in left field, but Kevin Youkilis who is now hitting behind Ortiz, and Youkilis has hit .333/.397/.621 since moving to that spot in the order. Bay bats behind Youkilis and has thus far done an excellent job of matching Ramirez's production for the Sox this season:

Manny w/ BOS: .299/.398/.529
J. Bay w/ BOS: .333/.385/.529

The Sox have turned over their four, five, and six-place hitters since last facing the Yankees in late July--replacing Ramirez, Drew, and Lowell with Youkilis, Bay, and Jed Lowrie--but their offense has only improved over that span, with Lowrie chipping in with a .343/.425/.600 line since taking over for Lowell two weeks ago.

Still, the Red Sox are vulnerable. With Lowrie and company moved into the middle third of the order, the bottom third looks like what the Yankees had been running out there much of the season. Also, with Beckett out of this series, the pitching matchups give the Yankees hope.

Untitled
Wakefield and Pettitte debuted with their current teams in 1995. They first faced each other in May 1997.

Wakefield comes off the DL tonight to face Andy Pettitte. The Yanks touched up Wakefield for six runs in 5 1/3 innings on July 26. In that same game, Pettitte struck out seven Sox in six innings and surrendered just one earned run. Over his last three starts, Pettitte has posted a 3.00 ERA and struck out 14 in 21 innings against six walks and no homers. Tomorrow, Sidney Ponson faces Paul Byrd. Ponson's two worst outings as a Yankee were his last and his last against the Red Sox, but the Yankees scored nine runs in 12 innings against Byrd over two starts earlier in the year, when Byrd was with Cleveland.

Those two games set up a potential pitching duel on Thursday as Jon Lester, who was rocked by the Blue Jays in his last start but has dominated the Yankees in two starts this year (17 IP, 14 H , 2 R, 3 BB, 16 K), takes on Mike Mussina, who has a 3.00 ERA, and 24 Ks against 4 walks and a homer in 33 innings over his last five starts and threw six shutout innings at the Sox in early July, the last time he faced them at the Stadium.

This is easily the most important series the Yankees have played all season, which is exactly as it should be. Whatever happens, the Red Sox's final visit to Yankee Stadium will be one worth watching.

Boston Red Sox

2008 Record: 75-55 (.577)
2008 Pythagorean Record: 77-53 (.590)

Manager: Terry Francona
General Manager: Theo Epstein

Home Ballpark (multi-year Park Factors): Fenway Park (106/105)

Who's Replaced Whom:

Jason Bay has replaced Manny Ramirez
Alex Cora has replaced Mike Lowell (DL) in the lineup
Jeff Bailey (minors) has replaced Lowell on the roster
Coco Crisp has replaced J.D. Drew (back) in the lineup
Paul Byrd has replaced Clay Buchholz
David Pauley has replaced Craig Hansen

25-man Roster:

1B - Kevin Youkilis (R)
2B - Dustin Pedroia (R)
SS - Jed Lowrie (S)
3B - Mike Lowell (R)
C - Jason Varitek (S)
RF - Jacoby Ellsbury (L)
CF - Coco Crisp (S)
LF - Jason Bay (R)
DH - David Ortiz (L)

Bench:

L - Sean Casey (1B)
R - Jeff Bailey (1B/OF)
R - Kevin Cash (C)
L - J.D. Drew (RF)*

Rotation:

R - Josh Beckett
R - Tim Wakefield
R - Paul Byrd
L - Jon Lester
R - Daisuke Matsuzaka

Bullpen:

R - Jon Papelbon
L - Hideki Okajima
R - Manny Delcarmen
L - Javier Lopez
R - Mike Timlin
R - Justin Masterson
R - David Pauley

15-day DL: R - Mike Lowell (3B), R - Julio Lugo (SS), R - Bartolo Colon, R - David Aardsma
60-day DL: R - Curt Schilling

Typical Lineup:

L - Jacoby Ellsbury (RF)
R - Dustin Pedroia (2B)
L - David Ortiz (DH)
R - Kevin Youkilis (3B)
R - Jason Bay (LF)
S - Jed Lowrie (SS)
S - Jason Varitek (C)
L - Alex Cora (SS)
S - Coco Crisp (CF)

*unlikely to play due to back spasms

Comments (312)
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2008-08-26 14:07:55
1.   tommyl
I'll be there tonight. Should be an interesting game, lets hope our actual lineup can hit that knuckler. Either way, I anticipate a pretty charged atmosphere tonight, hopefully for the good.
2008-08-26 14:08:19
2.   tommyl
0 Cliff is that a Buffy reference in the title? Its pretty close...
2008-08-26 14:12:14
3.   Shaun P
1 Hope you see a win! I doubt I'll make it to the Stadium one more time, and I think my only regret will be never seeing Mo close out a win at home.

Now, if only I had the YESHD feed for tonight, instead of the NESNHD feed . . .

2008-08-26 16:10:21
4.   Eirias
Baseball Armageddon indeed.
2008-08-26 16:21:21
5.   mehmattski
Positively Demonic!
2008-08-26 16:22:23
6.   Schteeve
Nice start.
2008-08-26 16:27:52
7.   mehmattski
John Kerry really needs to run political ads in Boston? Isn't he up by like 30 points?
2008-08-26 16:29:08
8.   OldYanksFan
Man... the home plate ump sucks tonight.
2008-08-26 16:33:42
9.   Just fair
All the BB's at the game? The way things are in today's world, does anyone think next year's stadium will be around in 80+ years. Will we actually see a 2nd stadium opening in 40- 50 years. Just typing aloud. Nice hits, Sox, Bleh. Fuck.
2008-08-26 16:37:36
10.   nick
god, you'd think Sterling had never seen two weak hits in a row: what a bore he is...
2008-08-26 16:37:52
11.   randym77
9 I think it may still be around. As long as NYC isn't underwater from global warming. :) Sports is eternal.

Whether there will be a new stadium built then, who knows. I could easily foresee a future where the money simply isn't available.

2008-08-26 16:42:58
12.   Just fair
Jose, Jose, jose, jose, jose, jose. Repeat 3 times.
2008-08-26 16:50:20
13.   nick
suck it up, Andy...
2008-08-26 16:54:36
14.   its430
It is empty in here isn't it?
I'm stuck with Gameday tonight.

What's the problem with Andy? Still getting squeezed or is he missing his spots?

2008-08-26 16:55:42
15.   OldYanksFan
Andy is not so dandy tonight. The bats better come alive.
2008-08-26 16:58:35
16.   OldYanksFan
Anybody think the Yanks are taking a chance, planning to make so much money on these $1,000+ seats? If they don't keep winning, I wonder if they will still be the 'In' thing, and if corporations will still spend huge dollars to have suites.

I can remember when 30,000 was a huge crowd.

2008-08-26 17:01:12
17.   randym77
16 I'm kind of a recent convert to baseball, but I was talking to a friend of mine the other day who remembers when you could get tickets for $5 and sit right behind home plate. It was like being a Pirates fan or something.
2008-08-26 17:02:18
18.   Start Spreading the News
16 Only 30,000 in the new stadium will probably be the equivalent money of a sellout in the old stadium.

"Tickets for the best seats at the 85-year-old Yankee Stadium, which sold for $1,000 a seat this season, will jump at the new ballpark to $2,500; in other areas of the stadium, they will range from $135 to $500 for season tickets. "
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/26/sports/26tickets.html?

2008-08-26 17:02:26
19.   Alex Belth
Dag, frustrating game so far. Andy's not getting killed but he isn't great either. That DP by A Rod sucked.

I think it's quiet in here because heads must be on vacation, etc.

2008-08-26 17:03:58
20.   Alex Belth
Who are these Red Sox? Cash? Where's our Manny?
2008-08-26 17:04:47
21.   Alex Belth
This home plate ump Jim Reynolds is BRUTAL. Walk the 9 hitter. Smooth, Andy.
2008-08-26 17:04:57
22.   Just fair
16 One of the NY TImes article links earlier mentioned how some dude had season tickets to the Yankees, Jets, and Giants. I'm sure it has something to with his business, b/c I have a hard time believing he's got 81 baseball games and 16 football games a year. Who knows? There's a lot of $ floating around the NYC that I've got nothing to do with.
2008-08-26 17:06:09
23.   Schteeve
16 I have a feeling they are overestimating demand based on some pretty sketchy demand projections.
2008-08-26 17:06:28
24.   Alex Belth
Wow, Pettitte is getting steamed at Reynolds.
2008-08-26 17:07:06
25.   Just fair
Goddam ump. Andy's thrown at least 4 pitches that have been better strikes than Cano's strike 2 call. A-hole.
2008-08-26 17:07:39
26.   Alex Belth
Funny, that Girardi waited long enough on the mound for Reynolds to make a move just so he could tell Reynolds a thing or three.
2008-08-26 17:08:14
27.   Alex Belth
Yanks bitching gets them a call there. LOL.
2008-08-26 17:09:16
28.   Just fair
Unbelievable. Strike 3 was way outside. Peer pressure is king.
2008-08-26 17:09:20
29.   Schteeve
I know it's blasphemy to say this, but I like the cut of Pedroia's jib.
2008-08-26 17:09:57
30.   Alex Belth
More runs, please. I have a bad feeling that Wake if going to settle into a groove here...
2008-08-26 17:10:15
31.   randym77
Andy gets out of it, and give the ump a piece of his mind as he heads into the dugout.
2008-08-26 17:10:44
32.   Schteeve
30 Giambi hasn't homered yet.
2008-08-26 17:14:20
33.   Alex Belth
Crud! You knew that was hooking foul.
2008-08-26 17:14:43
34.   Just fair
29 And I like Youkilis' cute bald head and sharp goatee. : (
2008-08-26 17:14:45
35.   Alex Belth
Hey, a walk. Cool. Let's bash this sombitch!
2008-08-26 17:16:01
36.   Alex Belth
Hey piss off Michael Kay, it was deep but it wasn't THAT close to going out. He got way under it...balls.
2008-08-26 17:16:27
37.   randym77
They're bashing him, but they're not quite going out.
2008-08-26 17:16:37
38.   Alex Belth
dammit.
2008-08-26 17:17:10
39.   nick
There are no words to express my feelings for Sterling....
2008-08-26 17:17:33
40.   Schteeve
Whose pen do you like in this game?
2008-08-26 17:19:34
41.   Alex Belth
Woof. Didn't have the sound. Thank goodness.
2008-08-26 17:19:57
42.   Alex Belth
Nick, what did Sterling say?
2008-08-26 17:20:42
43.   Alex Belth
"He was a tough out, he was gritty..." Got to love it.
2008-08-26 17:21:32
44.   nick
repeated false alarm home run calls--two that inning, for Nady's foul and Matsui's ball....

he's also still obsessing over the two soft first-inning singles off Andy...

2008-08-26 17:22:06
45.   Just fair
If Sox fans had as much dismay for O'Neil as I have for Youkilis, well, I don't know what....
2008-08-26 17:22:50
46.   Alex Belth
Pettitte showing some real emotion here. Cool.
2008-08-26 17:22:58
47.   Jeb
Why is there a sox advertisement for "Yawkeywaystore.com" at the banter? If they want to advertise here, fine, but who in the hell thinks Yankee fans want to buy any Red Sux gear?
2008-08-26 17:23:35
48.   Chyll Will
40 Uni-Ball...
2008-08-26 17:23:58
49.   Alex Belth
Nick, I think there should be some level of purgatory, some ring of Dante's Inferno that Sterling should have to suffer for his horrible tendency to botch those homer calls...
2008-08-26 17:24:53
50.   Alex Belth
Jeez, Andy you were looking improved here, now yer in another jam...
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2008-08-26 17:24:59
51.   Chyll Will
47 Pyromaniacs?
2008-08-26 17:25:32
52.   Schteeve
Can someone please tell me that Cano had no shot at Lowrie's ball?
2008-08-26 17:26:13
53.   Alex Belth
Jesus Christ. That bs bloop. Molina's got to nail that guy at third.
2008-08-26 17:26:33
54.   Alex Belth
Scratch that, Abreu's got to hit the damn cut off man.
2008-08-26 17:27:02
55.   Chyll Will
Lowrie was obviously out (sigh)...
2008-08-26 17:27:14
56.   Schteeve
47 Because internet ad-serving isn't as smart as it should be.
2008-08-26 17:27:19
57.   Alex Belth
Close one at third. Ump wa out of position. Bang Bang though.
2008-08-26 17:27:47
58.   Jeb
51 perhaps, but it "feels" more like their obsession with the Yankees and their fans. "Hey I know let's advertise at Bronx Banter, uh-huh uh-huh [Beavis and Butthead styled laughter] that will show them."

It's kind of like cheering 'Yankees suck' at a Patriots game.

2008-08-26 17:27:56
59.   Just fair
I cannot f@#$ing believe that this freakin' Mickey Mouse line-up is doing this!
2008-08-26 17:28:52
60.   Schteeve
58 No. It's part of an ad network buy. I'm sure they have no idea it's on this site.
2008-08-26 17:29:05
61.   Mr OK Jazz TOKYO
late to work again
Yankees-Red Sox, what's going on?
help me with a haiku? (5-7-5 or 3-5-3 ok!)
2008-08-26 17:29:21
62.   Just fair
That's a shame.
2008-08-26 17:29:26
63.   Alex Belth
I officially hate this ump, and I hate these two out pussy hits.

GIAMBI! YOU MORON

2008-08-26 17:29:55
64.   nick
we just stink....
2008-08-26 17:29:59
65.   weeping for brunnhilde
Your 2008 New York Yankees, ladies and gentlemen.
2008-08-26 17:30:25
66.   Jeb
I just threw up in my mouth. A lot.
2008-08-26 17:30:31
67.   51cq24
alex, did you get to talk to ted berg at all? he's a funny guy.
2008-08-26 17:30:37
68.   Alex Belth
61,

What's going on? Yanks playing with their heads in their coolo once again. Pettitte got squeezed, Sox picked up cheap o hits, Yanks suck.

2008-08-26 17:30:54
69.   weeping for brunnhilde
59 They're hitting the ball where it's pitched.
2008-08-26 17:31:13
70.   Jeb
Booooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!
2008-08-26 17:31:22
71.   Alex Belth
67, I did talk to Berg for a few minutes. I liked him. He seems like a funny dude.
2008-08-26 17:31:25
72.   Chyll Will
Oooo-kay, that was NOT fun. I'll be back later. >:'
2008-08-26 17:32:03
73.   weeping for brunnhilde
Jason and Knoblauch should go out for drinks after the game.
2008-08-26 17:32:15
74.   nick
let's put Sterling in some special purgatory where he's forced to listen to his own resonant voice repeating his own damn home run call over and over....not hell, mind you: 500, 000 years should be quite sufficient.....
2008-08-26 17:33:26
75.   Eirias
Dylan Thomas holds that we must rage against the dying of the light. I'm raging against other things right now.
2008-08-26 17:33:52
76.   Chyll Will
74 Can he take a few players with him?
2008-08-26 17:34:13
77.   Mr OK Jazz TOKYO
68 ugh..just opened GameDay...still, the Sox pen doesn't scare me, we can come back in this one!!
2008-08-26 17:34:13
78.   Mr OK Jazz TOKYO
68 ugh..just opened GameDay...still, the Sox pen doesn't scare me, we can come back in this one!!
2008-08-26 17:34:18
79.   Schteeve
I remember when I used to scoff at being down by "only" 4 runs. Those were the days.
2008-08-26 17:36:45
80.   Mr OK Jazz TOKYO
79 yep..am trying my best to be positive (aided by an all-natural banana, kiwi and peach smoothie made at home...it's helping, barely...)
2008-08-26 17:37:21
81.   weeping for brunnhilde
79 Weren't they, though?
2008-08-26 17:38:27
82.   Jeb
For God's sake we've got to have Jeter steal now!
2008-08-26 17:38:28
83.   Mr OK Jazz TOKYO
all right Captain, let's get this party started!!
2008-08-26 17:38:42
84.   Schteeve
80 You don't want to know what I'm drinking.
2008-08-26 17:38:43
85.   Just fair
C'mon guys. Beat this flutterballer around and then kill the bullpen. This game's kinda important, ya' know. Maybe A-Rod will wake up a knock one out here.
2008-08-26 17:39:11
86.   Chyll Will
NOW they realize that Wakefield's throwing BP?
2008-08-26 17:39:17
87.   Mr OK Jazz TOKYO
please please please please please please no GIDP...
2008-08-26 17:39:25
88.   Schteeve
Now Alex is going to try to hit a home run, and we all know how that movie ends.
2008-08-26 17:39:25
89.   nick
so they blew the call on the Lowrie play, Sterling tells us....."if", "if" "if"--story of the damn season....
2008-08-26 17:39:41
90.   Jeb
Why can't Jeter steal on Wakefield? It should be first and third. This is maddening.
2008-08-26 17:39:48
91.   weeping for brunnhilde
Great swing, Alex.
2008-08-26 17:40:15
92.   Schteeve
holy shit, what are you swinging at dude?
2008-08-26 17:40:57
93.   Mr OK Jazz TOKYO
Jayzus..that knuckle ball is 66 mph...
2008-08-26 17:42:41
94.   Just fair
84 Absinthe? Nice ab, Alex. Bollocks!!
2008-08-26 17:43:01
95.   OldYanksFan
ARod is killing us.
2008-08-26 17:43:41
96.   OldYanksFan
You never swing at a mid-low pitch. You wait for something up.
2008-08-26 17:44:39
97.   OldYanksFan
Shit--- Jason just missed it.
2008-08-26 17:44:53
98.   Schteeve
94 Battery Acid, actually Miller Lite.
2008-08-26 17:45:08
99.   Jeb
95 so much for Kabbalah power. Fuckin' Madonna.
2008-08-26 17:45:56
100.   weeping for brunnhilde
Not one run.

(Except Damon's I know, but I'm talking about a rally.)

Pathetic.

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2008-08-26 17:46:20
101.   Schteeve
Disheartening. At least we're a run closer.
2008-08-26 17:46:25
102.   nick
Alex and Jason, 0-6, lots of runners stranded: again, it's a micro-fucking-cosm of this lousy season...
2008-08-26 17:46:55
103.   Just fair
Those harmless flyballs to the outfield sure are pretty. Oy.
2008-08-26 17:48:03
104.   Alex Belth
Alex and Giambi are, in the immortal words of Joe Pesci, a pair of "blowjob hacks."
2008-08-26 17:48:06
105.   OldYanksFan
2 men on, ARod and Giambi up. NOTHING! Same old shit, NOTHING has changed.
2008-08-26 17:48:37
106.   Alex Belth
Rally? What's a rally?
2008-08-26 17:50:28
107.   Mr OK Jazz TOKYO
104 Goodfellas?
2008-08-26 17:51:40
108.   Mr OK Jazz TOKYO
and Dusty McSpunkalot walks...sigh...
2008-08-26 17:52:17
109.   Just fair
I don't like this Ortiz matchup. Keep it at 3 runs, Bruney.
2008-08-26 17:53:06
110.   Alex Belth
Now, Bruney is looking like a putz. C'MON Go after Ortiz already you wimp.
2008-08-26 17:53:45
111.   Alex Belth
Bust him inside now and get that double play ball.
2008-08-26 17:54:10
112.   Alex Belth
That's right, the fat man is too slow to catch up to your heat, meat.
2008-08-26 17:54:54
113.   Mr OK Jazz TOKYO
105 5 LOB and 1 GIDP..it really does seem like they kill a rally every game...
2008-08-26 17:55:07
114.   Alex Belth
Two walks in a row. Now, for Youk to bury them.
2008-08-26 17:55:44
115.   Alex Belth
Yanks showing signs of cracking. That pitch was inside.
2008-08-26 17:55:47
116.   Mr OK Jazz TOKYO
please drill Youkilis in his fat ass before giving him something to hit in the gap...
2008-08-26 17:56:53
117.   Mr OK Jazz TOKYO
Gameday has Bruney at 95...why is he walking guys with that gas????
2008-08-26 17:57:28
118.   Alex Belth
Pick your poison...
2008-08-26 17:58:04
119.   Alex Belth
walks the goddamn bases loaded. Here comes the bases clearing double to the left field gap.
2008-08-26 17:58:19
120.   Just fair
No Manny. No Drew. No Lowell. Walk dustbin, half a wrist, and Shrek. F#$# ME running. I can't take it.
2008-08-26 17:58:33
121.   nick
our outstanding bullpen, a team strength...
2008-08-26 17:58:40
122.   weeping for brunnhilde
I have a bad feeling about this.

At least if Bay hits it out I can turn my focus to the convention.

2008-08-26 18:00:01
123.   Mr OK Jazz TOKYO
122 good god won't that be even MORE depressing..Joe "Change, Yes We Can" Biden...think i need some of what Schteeve is drinking..
2008-08-26 18:00:34
124.   weeping for brunnhilde
123 :)
2008-08-26 18:01:30
125.   Dimelo
This game sucks!!!
2008-08-26 18:01:54
126.   Mr OK Jazz TOKYO
Lowrie kind of looks like Screech from Saved by the Bell..
2008-08-26 18:02:37
127.   Mattpat11
This is the Brian Bruney I remember.
2008-08-26 18:03:11
128.   OldYanksFan
WHY CAN'T BRUNEY JUST THROW STRIKES?????
2008-08-26 18:03:56
129.   Mattpat11
123 I really, really like the dynamic of Obama shrieking about the Republicans being racist while Archie Bunker rounds out his ticket.
2008-08-26 18:05:57
130.   Just fair
126 I saw Screech do stand-up about 2 years ago. He plays as blue as possible. That may not be your thing, but I laughed a few times.
Not too thrilled with Pettitte tonight. I don't care how unlucky he was.
2008-08-26 18:09:02
131.   Mr OK Jazz TOKYO
123 really, a shockingly "insider" choice from someone who talks about "change"..the Repub conference will of course bee even more nauseating...sorry for political chat! back to Saved By the Bell..

130 he does stand-up? i wonder what happend to Mr. Belding and Slater..guess only Kelly went on to bigger shows...

2008-08-26 18:09:42
132.   Chyll Will
126 Does he REALLY look like him in the face?
2008-08-26 18:10:13
133.   Alex Belth
Nice job by the bats...this is a fun one...another fun one. I just took two aspirin, man.
2008-08-26 18:10:49
134.   Alex Belth
My wife swears that Paulie O'Neill is Screech.
2008-08-26 18:10:55
135.   Chyll Will
132 Or should I say "on"?
2008-08-26 18:13:31
136.   Alex Belth
boooo
2008-08-26 18:14:03
137.   Mr OK Jazz TOKYO
132 only seen his picture on Gameday..and this doesn't look like a game worth watching on archive this evening so...

134 hahah! my wife, with zero knowledge of baseball before we met, said the other day "you always say how great A-Rod is but he seems to strike out whenever I am watching.."..sigh...

2008-08-26 18:14:29
138.   Chyll Will
136 Well, there IS Halloween in October...
2008-08-26 18:15:10
139.   Start Spreading the News
Grrrrr. I have tix for tomorrow and Thursday's game. I was hoping it would be more meaningful. But I guess it won't be now.
2008-08-26 18:15:29
140.   randym77
The Pawtucket Red Sox were the big winners when the IL All-Stars were announced today:

http://tinyurl.com/6xaxka

The SWB Yankees were completely shut out.

2008-08-26 18:17:22
141.   Alex Belth
I also really have come to dislike Coco freakin Crisp.
2008-08-26 18:17:24
142.   Just fair
Whenever Cereal has two hits in a game it blows. Whenever my dog hides in another room things are not going well. The boys have it to come back. You gotta believe!!! Or drink Labatt's.
2008-08-26 18:18:20
143.   cult of basebaal
i come not to praise "your 2008 yankees", but to bury them ... it's been a long time coming ... but tonite might very well be ... "it"

all our "old friends" are in the house tonite ... lousy starting pitching, lousy relief pitching, poor situational hitting, poor hitting with RiSP ...

YAY!

2008-08-26 18:18:53
144.   Mr OK Jazz TOKYO
who the #$%& is Jeff Bailey??

is that what Sox fans think when we run out Cody Ransom and Tyler Klippard?

2008-08-26 18:23:26
145.   cult of basebaal
from petey:

UPDATE, 8:40 p.m.: A-Rod said last week that the Yankees had to treat every game like it was the playoffs. That would explain his one RBI in the last seven games.

~~~~~~~~~~~~

yeah, that's about right ...

2008-08-26 18:24:04
146.   randym77
144 Chad Jennings thinks Cody Ransom should have won.

Tyler Clippard is now a Nat. And so, weirdly, is once again a Columbus Clipper.

2008-08-26 18:24:13
147.   Mr OK Jazz TOKYO
it's the RISP prblem that really burns..wasn't the offense supposed to score 1000runs?? even with Posada out and Matsui missing most the year..how could the lineup fail so badly this season??
2008-08-26 18:26:06
148.   randym77
145 LOL.

It's mean and unfair, but I can't help laughing.

2008-08-26 18:26:44
149.   cult of basebaal
awesome! pinch hit "punchless pudge", that'll do the trick, joey joe joe jr!!!
2008-08-26 18:26:55
150.   williamnyy23
I think this pitiful effort by the Yankees should finally lay to rest any further delusions that this team is still a playoff contender. Not matter how much Micheal Kay pumps this series up as Baseball Armageddon, these games are merely the Yankees chance to knock the Sox out of the playoffs. The Yankees had their Armageddon against the Tigers/Royals/Orioles/Rangers et al.
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2008-08-26 18:27:28
151.   Just fair
The Sox #2-8 hitters have scored a run a piece. Ugh. Gottta have hits in the right order. Or get Damon 10 ab's.
2008-08-26 18:28:39
152.   OldYanksFan
There are a lot of reasons for our poor season, but how many games have we lost because BOTH ARod and Giambi choked with men on? 5, 7, 8, 10? We have had SO many chances. Men on, less then 2 out and the heart of the order up.

I really believe if their RISP equaled their OPS, we would be ahead of the Sox. Tonight AND for the season.

2008-08-26 18:28:45
153.   Chyll Will
Dude, former Portland Trailblazer Kevin Duckworth died. Too young...

http://tinyurl.com/5art34

2008-08-26 18:28:50
154.   Max
I'm struggling to see how Pudge is an improvement over Moeller.
2008-08-26 18:30:47
155.   cult of basebaal
154 it seemed such a good idea at the time ... best laid plans of mice-n-cashman and such
2008-08-26 18:31:08
156.   Just fair
Back to back, baby!!
wild pitches.
2008-08-26 18:31:37
157.   OldYanksFan
I'm not in NY, but I imagine the media will spend the entire off-season bashing/questioning ARod. He deserves it. He's not the only choker this year, but certainly the biggest.

Boston has NO BP.
ATTACK!
ATTACK!

2008-08-26 18:31:53
158.   Mr OK Jazz TOKYO
153 wow..he was too young indeed..i remember bein gin high school and betting my friend that Portland would beat the Bulls because their big men were better..never been to Portland but they seem to have a real family vibe with their ex-players...
2008-08-26 18:32:02
159.   cult of basebaal
jesus the umping been awful ... tonite and for the season ... bring on our roboump overlords.
2008-08-26 18:32:48
160.   OldYanksFan
A DP here will spare ARod from killing us again this game.
2008-08-26 18:34:37
161.   Mattpat11
It always comes down to A-Rod
2008-08-26 18:35:09
162.   Alex Belth
I wish I could call a home run here. I wish I could. But I can't. I can call a double play easily, a strike out, sure. Hell, I can even get all optimistic and call a single, but...ugh.
2008-08-26 18:35:21
163.   Mr OK Jazz TOKYO
i'm going to go Spinal-Tap drummer if he GIDP here..
2008-08-26 18:35:33
164.   Alex Belth
Mr OK Jazz Tokyo, keep your wife away from this at bat...!
2008-08-26 18:35:43
165.   nick
A-Rod here, of course: what horrible irony can we predict?
2008-08-26 18:35:54
166.   Just fair
Well, here's the '08 legacy for Alex. Just find a hole,
brotherman. I don't care if it's one of your patented infield singles. Keep the line moving as they say.
2008-08-26 18:36:10
167.   Jeb
Don't worry everyone, Arod will pop up here. Then Giambi will "just miss one" and we'll be down 7-3 still.

"The glass is not just half empty, it's dry: The story of the 2008 Yankees"

2008-08-26 18:36:41
168.   cult of basebaal
and it comes down to arod ... it ALWAYS seems to come down to arod ...

i wish i had any confidence, or even hope, that alex would come through right here ...

2008-08-26 18:36:47
169.   OldYanksFan
BANTER POOL! BANTER POOL!
Strike out: 3:1
Pop out: 7:3
Ground out: 4:3
DP: 3:7
Hit: ?????????
2008-08-26 18:37:05
170.   Mr OK Jazz TOKYO
Justin Masterson..damn, how many of these good young, clean-cut skinny white-kid players do the Sox have in their system? I feel like we're facing the Russian reserve tanks coming from over the Urals..
2008-08-26 18:37:12
171.   Just fair
Take a strike. See what's what.
2008-08-26 18:37:38
172.   OldYanksFan
GO THE OTHER WAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2008-08-26 18:37:56
173.   Mr OK Jazz TOKYO
164 no tape-delay viewing tonight, promise!
2008-08-26 18:38:16
174.   randym77
Boooooooooo!
2008-08-26 18:38:27
175.   OldYanksFan
I AM FUCKING SICK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2008-08-26 18:38:45
176.   Knuckles
MF'er...
2008-08-26 18:38:56
177.   OldYanksFan
IT'S A NIGHTMARE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2008-08-26 18:38:58
178.   Alex Belth
I am speechless.
2008-08-26 18:39:15
179.   Mattpat11
forchristsakes
2008-08-26 18:39:16
180.   cult of basebaal
just hit the ball hard, alex ... that's all i ask for ... no need for a homerun, just a hard hit ball ... please?!?!?!?
2008-08-26 18:39:17
181.   Jeb
167 oh wait, I was actually being overly optimistic.
2008-08-26 18:39:27
182.   williamnyy23
It is becoming impossible to defend Arod this season. He has nearly erased all of the good will from last year.
2008-08-26 18:39:44
183.   Mr OK Jazz TOKYO
163 Ka-BOOOOOM.........
2008-08-26 18:39:52
184.   Dan-el
our season in microcosm. i hate him, i really do.
2008-08-26 18:39:55
185.   OldYanksFan
100 writers just got their story.
2008-08-26 18:39:59
186.   cult of basebaal
180 yeah, guess not. thanks, man ... thanks alot.
2008-08-26 18:40:38
187.   Just fair
Dear A-Rod,
I could do that.
Sincerely,
Wegottoplaylikeeverygameisaaplayoffgame..
ps. It's harder than you think to type without using the space bar. arghghghghghahgahgahaghghagh
2008-08-26 18:41:01
188.   Mattpat11
A-Rod needs to stop playing in even numbered years.
2008-08-26 18:41:32
189.   OldYanksFan
I'm waiting for Cano to go back to the warning track for one of those.
2008-08-26 18:42:01
190.   Mattpat11
187 Well, no you couldn't. But you'd strike out and only make one out.
2008-08-26 18:43:30
191.   weeping for brunnhilde
What is there left to say, really?

Is Alex listening to his headphones this year?

What the fuck is this guy's problem?

2008-08-26 18:43:47
192.   williamnyy23
The fans are really giving it to Arod...as great as he is, I just can't see a Pujols or a Manny being so prone to being a victim of the mental part of the game. I wonder if it is a good thing to be committed to him for the next nine years.
2008-08-26 18:44:05
193.   Just fair
190 I've grounded into plenty of dp's in my lifetime. So there. : )
2008-08-26 18:45:12
194.   OldYanksFan
Our 1 thru 3 have 6 hits.
Our 4 thru 6 have ZERO hits
Our 7 thru 9 have 3 hits.
2008-08-26 18:46:51
195.   Mattpat11
Oh god.
2008-08-26 18:46:56
196.   OldYanksFan
When it rains it pours....
2008-08-26 18:48:06
197.   Just fair
Giambi became such a stellar picker of shorthops b/c if he didn't pick 'em in Oakland, he'd have to run a long way.
-Michael Kay (not tonight)
2008-08-26 18:49:35
198.   Alex Belth
I know it's stating the obvious but Alex is a great player but clearly not the kind of great clutch hitter that you get in Pujols or Manny or even Vladi. As great as he is, there is something obviously disappointing or no, lacking there...hard to say what or why.
2008-08-26 18:49:44
199.   OldYanksFan
I stepped out. There's a commercial on now. Out of the inning or pitching change?
2008-08-26 18:50:39
200.   cult of basebaal
ya know, if getting divorced leads you to play with your head up your ass, maybe you should stop schtupping mannish strippers and women who've seen more traffic than the holland tunnel, ya think, arod???
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2008-08-26 18:50:53
201.   Schteeve
I think that A-Rod at bat was the last nail in the coffin.
2008-08-26 18:52:26
202.   OldYanksFan
198 I can relate. I'm a choker. When I'm relaxed, I'm on my game(s). But when I get nervous... when I think... the body doesn't function right.

ARod wants it soooooo badly. You know that. But there is too much noise in his head. His head betrays his body.

2008-08-26 18:53:08
203.   Mr OK Jazz TOKYO
198 Pujols just always seems SO locked in..A-Rod, as great as his obviously is, gets rattled..i see him being redeemed with a WS winning dinger in 2016 as a DH for the Mariners...
2008-08-26 18:53:42
204.   Schteeve
198 Alex isn't it pretty simple? A-Rod thinks more than those dudes. I guarantee you he is smart and aware enough, that as he stepped into the box for that at bat, he thought to himself "this is the entire season right here." When you think in situations like that, you become aware of your mechanics and process, and when you become aware of that, you stop doing what comes naturally.

He's too thinky for his own good.

2008-08-26 18:54:04
205.   dianagramr
good evening all .... I've missed most of the carnage I see
2008-08-26 18:54:16
206.   DarrenF
198 Check out Vlad's playoff stats sometime.
2008-08-26 18:54:51
207.   Just fair
Papelbon for 6 outs? 5? 4? C'mon, Matsui. Make it interesting. I have a few hairs left to pull out.
2008-08-26 18:55:23
208.   Schteeve
206 Good point.
2008-08-26 18:56:41
209.   Mr OK Jazz TOKYO
Japanese battle right here...will see this on reply 200 times tonight for certain..cmon Matsui!!
2008-08-26 18:56:55
210.   Mattpat11
Hells Bells?
2008-08-26 18:57:04
211.   Jeb
I'm as down on Arod as anyone else, but I think that Andy pitched like a nut filled turd tonight and that's whw we're losing 7-3.
2008-08-26 18:57:06
212.   Chyll Will
Yunnow, we can blame A-Rod til next season, but this season was a team effort. I wouldn't really be surprised to find out that these guys are ALL tired of each other. This is not really a team to be proud of, regardless of whether they make it to the playoffs or not. Coming back in the race is still doable, but I don't know why I care with these guys...
2008-08-26 18:57:19
213.   Schteeve
If the 2008 Yankees were a character from fiction, who would it be?
2008-08-26 18:57:42
214.   Max
198 People hammered Torre for batting A-Rod 8th in that playoff game...it probably could have been handled much better, but it tells you a lot about Alex's personality and demeanor that he prompts such moves, no matter how great he is.

It's a broken record at this point, but it's still unbelievable how lost he gets in the most critical situations.

2008-08-26 18:57:46
215.   Jeb
209 do you speak Japanese?
2008-08-26 18:58:18
216.   Schteeve
i find this a sporting move from Tito.
2008-08-26 18:58:33
217.   Mattpat11
204 A-Rod needs Manny's special candy
2008-08-26 18:59:44
218.   Mr OK Jazz TOKYO
215 yep
2008-08-26 19:00:41
219.   Mr OK Jazz TOKYO
Matsui always has good ABs..cmon, put one in the short-porch!!
2008-08-26 19:01:32
220.   Schteeve
so much for that.
2008-08-26 19:01:58
221.   Jeb
213 Daisy Buchanan from "The Great Gatsby" -- looks good, but has no integrity and will ultimately disappoint you.
2008-08-26 19:02:19
222.   Schteeve
On the bright side we've got Cano and Farnsworth coming up, so that'll suck.
2008-08-26 19:02:37
223.   Alex Belth
Cano is so going down on strikes here...
2008-08-26 19:02:41
224.   Schteeve
I meant Farnsworse.
2008-08-26 19:02:44
225.   dianagramr
Averages with 2 out and RISP, since 2000 (minimum 700 such plate appearances)

Player BA OBA Slug%
MRamirez .328 .486 .611
GAnderson .305 .377 .478
Carlos Lee .288 .374 .524
MTejada .285 .372 .459
ARodriguez .281 .430 .526
THunter .276 .331 .473
CDelgado .261 .448 .538
Mike Lowell .260 .375 .481
Pat Burrell .247 .393 .470
ABeltre .245 .355 .429
JPosada .237 .396 .417
Andruw Jones.211 .367 .384

2008-08-26 19:04:26
226.   OldYanksFan
225 What's ARod with RISP... NOT 2 out RISP?
2008-08-26 19:05:46
227.   Mattpat11
This team sucks.
2008-08-26 19:06:37
228.   Schteeve
Does Pudge even have a hit since joining the Yanks?
2008-08-26 19:07:27
229.   dianagramr
226

All outs, RISP, since 2000:

.298/.416/.560

2008-08-26 19:08:11
230.   Jeb
228 I'm watching on MLB TV and he hasn't batted yet, is he already out?
2008-08-26 19:08:36
231.   Just fair
Yay, team.
2008-08-26 19:09:55
232.   OldYanksFan
ARod in the last 3 years, 2005-2007:
RISP: .308 .434 .554 .988
Runners On: .309 .419 .603 1.022
Cl&Late: .294 .393 .520 .913
BasesLoaded: .469 .508 .918 1.426

No problems there. IT MUST BE MADONNA!
ARod is NOT a good Jew.

2008-08-26 19:09:56
233.   dianagramr
228

Before tonight, 10 for 46 as a Yankee

2008-08-26 19:10:50
234.   Chyll Will
213 Garfield... old, fat, and not nearly as entertaining as he used to be.

Or The Family Circus: stuck in a time warp and way out of touch with reality.

(I'll think of more...)

2008-08-26 19:11:13
235.   Jeb
213 221 "They were careless people, Arod and Giambi — they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made…"
2008-08-26 19:12:10
236.   Mattpat11
Was that the Jeter family at the bottom of the screen?

I think Britton gets fatter every time I see him.

2008-08-26 19:12:29
237.   Jeb
"Fat" pitch by Britton...haha
2008-08-26 19:12:35
238.   Eirias
Sorry guys. I want to be wrong, but I think the turkey time popped this game.
2008-08-26 19:13:47
239.   Jeb
236 he's turned into a conglomeration of Terry Forster and Flounder from Animal House.
2008-08-26 19:15:09
240.   Mr OK Jazz TOKYO
213 Charles Foster Kane..started out with ideals and became a bloated, popmpus mess with no friends, spending money wildly and ending up alone in an over-priced tomb...
2008-08-26 19:15:10
241.   OldYanksFan
Man, Britton got fat(er)! I guess he doesn't take his career as seriously as Bruney.
2008-08-26 19:15:41
242.   Mattpat11
He's still in better shape than Colter Bean. That man had a satchel ass.
2008-08-26 19:16:09
243.   nick
the myth of Pettite as big game pitcher (established by that 1-0 World Series win over Smoltz?) dies hard...
2008-08-26 19:16:27
244.   Just fair
213 Terrence or Phillip. "Blame Canada. Blame Canada."
2008-08-26 19:17:41
245.   yankee23
Man, that was seriously Patthettic.
2008-08-26 19:17:59
246.   Mattpat11
243 I had a nice chuckle a few years ago when John Smoltz called him the best playoff pitcher of the generation.

John Smoltz said this.

2008-08-26 19:18:02
247.   Jeb
213 how about Dorian Gray? Seemingly young and virile, but with a picture of themselves in the attic that's aging beyond belief.
2008-08-26 19:19:17
248.   Chyll Will
213 Gollem. Seems he was good maybe five hundred years ago...
2008-08-26 19:19:41
249.   Alex Belth
Just looking at Ponson with that scared look in his eyes right now is so freakin depressing.
2008-08-26 19:20:04
250.   Mattpat11
247 I'm pro Dorian Gray references.
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2008-08-26 19:20:25
251.   cult of basebaal
242 i'd say he's either livan-like ... or reuschel-eske
2008-08-26 19:20:40
252.   Jeb
249 he's just so drunk that he's wild eyed.
2008-08-26 19:21:58
253.   cult of basebaal
252 he's just been killing two birds with 1 stone ... he's been snacking on rum cake in between innings ...
2008-08-26 19:22:09
254.   Alex Belth
A Rod has to get up against Paps to end the game and hear the boos...or he gets up and singles...
2008-08-26 19:22:11
255.   Mattpat11
249 Just looking at Sidney Ponson is depressing.
2008-08-26 19:22:45
256.   Jeb
250 Great novel. I'm still convinced that Daisy Buchanan represents the 2008 Yankees though, although maybe they're actually better represented by Myrtle Wilson -- a corpse ripped open by a fast moving car named Boston.
2008-08-26 19:22:57
257.   Chyll Will
249 Remember when this team had flaws you could be proud of?
2008-08-26 19:23:38
258.   Mattpat11
How far is Jeter from Ruth?
2008-08-26 19:24:39
259.   Jeb
256 it was a yellow rolls royce, but I'm calling it Boston for our purposes.
2008-08-26 19:24:48
260.   Alex Belth
See, unless Bobby hits into a dp, we'll get to hear A Rod booed once more.
2008-08-26 19:26:17
261.   Alex Belth
I really want to think of some good fictional reference but I'm dumb with disappointment and anger and frustration I just can't think straight.
2008-08-26 19:26:26
262.   Jeb
Bobby draws a walk here and Arod hits into the DP. The boos will be delicious.
2008-08-26 19:26:40
263.   Chyll Will
258 Literally, figuratively, emotionally or (phbbt) statistically?
2008-08-26 19:26:41
264.   Alex Belth
See, here we go with the boos.
2008-08-26 19:27:19
265.   cult of basebaal
i'm calling it, bobby gets on ... alex GiDP to close the game ... and the season.
2008-08-26 19:27:57
266.   Mattpat11
Just end it
2008-08-26 19:28:02
267.   Alex Belth
Nice replay just to make it hurt more now.
2008-08-26 19:28:13
268.   dianagramr
Curious George ...
2008-08-26 19:28:23
269.   Chyll Will
261 America's Mayor! >;)
2008-08-26 19:28:24
270.   Alex Belth
Here comes the strike out.
2008-08-26 19:28:38
271.   Jeb
261 for some reason I initially kept thinking of Bob Ewell from "To Kill a Mockingbird" but there was no way that could work unless Yankee fans are Arod's daughter and we're put Cashman on trial for Arod's sins....Hey it does kind of work.
2008-08-26 19:29:22
272.   Mattpat11
Of course.
2008-08-26 19:29:25
273.   Jeb
271 put = putting
2008-08-26 19:30:01
274.   Mattpat11
Is Hillary babbling yet?
2008-08-26 19:30:09
275.   Jeb
KABBALAH!
2008-08-26 19:30:21
276.   randym77
Booooooooo
2008-08-26 19:30:33
277.   Alex Belth
What a shocker.
2008-08-26 19:30:43
278.   Just fair
Old Yeller.
2008-08-26 19:30:45
279.   Jeb
274 talk about someone with an aging picture in the attic!
2008-08-26 19:31:40
280.   Mattpat11
279 That suggests she hasn't aged horrendously in front of our eyes.
2008-08-26 19:31:52
281.   weeping for brunnhilde
I wonder if it might help Alex to relax a bit if we batted him ninth and someone passed him a joint in the on-deck circle.
2008-08-26 19:31:56
282.   Alex Belth
This team, as Bart Giamatti once said about the game, is designed to break your heart...make you furious, kick your TV in, drink too much, beat your kids.
2008-08-26 19:32:13
283.   cult of basebaal
270 yup ... wish i could have put money down in vegas on that outcome ...

ok ... that's it ... i'm done for a while ... in fact, i'm done until phil or joba start again ... see y'all in september ... or, perhaps even march ...

2008-08-26 19:32:23
284.   Chyll Will
273 You need to work on your putting...
2008-08-26 19:32:50
285.   nick
ok, we'll be starting the new stadium with a clean slate.
those ballclubs of the early 21st century that couldn't quite do it will be a distant memory.....right?
2008-08-26 19:35:01
286.   weeping for brunnhilde
285 Yeahh, that's the ticket!
2008-08-26 19:38:26
287.   Chyll Will
285 Have you ever been to a brand new abbatoir?
2008-08-26 19:38:57
288.   JL25and3
Well, that blew.
2008-08-26 19:39:08
289.   Mr OK Jazz TOKYO
think I'll get some poison-puffer fish (fugu) and a barrel of sake tonight...
2009 ahoy!
2008-08-26 19:40:18
290.   Alex Belth
Dude, I Still Dig A Rod. He's still my boy. Like everyone elese, I'm horribly frustrated with him. I take his failures too personally, and already I'm bracing myself for battle at work tomorrow. Still, he's my boy.
2008-08-26 19:42:03
291.   Chyll Will
289 This team needs a fugu. A BIG one.
2008-08-26 19:44:01
292.   dianagramr
291

Will Hideki Irabu suffice?

2008-08-26 19:44:48
293.   Max
290 I'm actually more ticked with Andy than I am with A-Rod, as bad as he was. Andy just bit the big one (though I know he got squeezed a bit) against a far from stellar lineup.
2008-08-26 19:45:25
294.   Chyll Will
289 What if the wine at the Last Supper was really sake? It makes much more sense when you think about it...
2008-08-26 19:45:40
295.   Alex Belth
Again, it's all on...Sir Sidney Ponson. Screw this, I'm drinking tomorrow night, and I don't even drink.
2008-08-26 19:47:53
296.   Chyll Will
292 Nah, too fatty...
2008-08-26 19:49:09
297.   Alex Belth
Meanwhile, Mets about to close out the Phils...
2008-08-26 19:49:50
298.   Chyll Will
295 Ask for Christ sake, it'll make a new man out of you...
2008-08-26 19:51:42
299.   Alex Belth
Anyone got ANYTHING good to say? I need a pick me up...
2008-08-26 19:53:03
300.   Alex Belth
Hey, fucking A, at least I jinxed the Mets...
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2008-08-26 19:53:17
301.   Chyll Will
299 Anything?
2008-08-26 19:53:25
302.   Alex Belth
At least for the moment...Phils tie the game with two out in the 9th.
2008-08-26 19:54:42
303.   Alex Belth
Wow, what a play by Jose Reyes to save the game...for now...
2008-08-26 19:57:29
304.   Mr OK Jazz TOKYO
299 no Wang, No Posada, No Matsui, No Hughes, half-of Joba, IPK stinks..and they made till end of August..not too bad...??

ok, i can't think of anything...here's to 2009!

2008-08-26 19:59:05
305.   Chyll Will
"If there is to be peace in the world,
There must be peace in the nations.

If there is to be peace in the nations,
There must be peace in the cities.

If there is to be peace in the cities,
There must be peace between neighbors.

If there is to be peace between neighbors,
There must be peace in the home.

If there is to be peace in the home,
There must be peace in the heart."

- Lao Tzu
G'nite >;)

2008-08-26 20:01:37
306.   Chyll Will
213 Karim Garcia?
2008-08-26 20:04:50
307.   OldYanksFan
299 Mooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooose
2008-08-26 20:18:11
308.   randym77
Um...September callups in a week. The return of Chad Moeller and Shelley Duncan? And the boneheaded Melky, of course...
2008-08-26 20:34:18
309.   OldYanksFan
Hey! If Melky is a bonehead, that makes him a Melkbone!
2008-08-26 20:46:33
310.   randym77
309 LOL. I like it. This team is going to the dogs anyway...
2008-08-26 21:07:46
311.   Vandelay Industries
How many season's off the five now had Arod needed to be moved down in the order, three? I agree with Alex, I will still pull for him, but athletes who are too much in their own heads are almost never successful when it counts. Many other Yankees share the blame, but many other Yankees didn't personally demand 275 mil. and incentives. For that, he is to be held more responsible for seasons such as this. As in any profession, those who are highly paid are expected to contribute proportionally. Tim Duncan he aint. Hell, he isn't even Barry Bonds at this point. In fact, I'd rather Bonds keep the record than a head case pussy. Get some therapy already.
2008-08-26 21:59:30
312.   thelarmis
305 i'm late to this nightmarish party, but in case anyone is still reading comments... cult, your post reminded me of this:

If there be righteousness in the heart,
There will be beauty in the character

If there be beauty in the character,
There will be harmony in the home

If there be harmony in the home,
There will be order in the nation

If there be order in the nation,
There will be peace in the world

-- Confucius

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