Baseball Toaster was unplugged on February 4, 2009.
Who do the Yankees play this weekend again?
BTW, I absolutely love Shef's comments about Arod and the Sox. But I hope the team backs him and Arod should things get ugly. Something tells they will. It seems to me that this Yankee team has rallied around each other over the last few months and things will be very different if a Yankee gets plunked.
Where the Arod/Varitek fight may have woken the Sox up last year, I think a similar incident would do the same for the Yanks.
I feel like things aren't as tense anymore between us and the Sox this year - like the Sox finally beating us last year broke some of that tension. ARod and Damon shook hands during the All-Star game intros, and it looked actually pretty genuine to me...
Apparently the early start is due to the ESPY Awards which are coming on after the game.
Alex: I think the ESPY's are on Sunday night
Sad that a Yanks/Sox game takes 2nd
place to that "awards" show
Cliff: I agree about Damon making nice to the
Yanks for next year. He might not be
bad for us - yet, how about that arm ?
Is anyone else just sick and tired reading
Lupica's trashing of the Yanks ?! (And their fans I might add). He seems to think every Yankee fan is a latecomer/front runner rich guy/girl. Doesn't he realize many of us were raised Yankee fans by our dads/family - and also suffered through the late 60s and 70's (and the mid 80s-90's) before we enjoyed our run. He is a boor.
Who honestly watches that crap? 14 & 15 year old kids without their drivers license. Put the ESPYs on a Fri/Sat night, not instead of a key divisional baseball game and up against the Simpsons/Family Guy/HBO slot.
I think the FCC should revoke ESPN and MTV's rights to the letters S and M, respectively.
I was a little curious why Torre would start Sturtze again on Monday. Doesn't that mean we lose him from the bullpen for 4 important games, all to let him pitch 3-4 innings on Sunday.
Just seems odd to me. I would rather see him get the opportunity to pitch a solid 6th/7th innings 1 or 2 games. Any thoughts?
1. Before the pre-game ceremonies, Arod was one of the last players out into the dugout. Meanwhile, Mo was a clown in the dugout. Bouncing the ball around and laughing/smiling with all the other AL players. You could tell that he was enjoying himself and the other players really love him.
2. Damon was announced first, then Arod, and then Ortiz and Manny. Standing on the 3rd base line sandwiched between those three Sox players, I worried for Arod's safety.
3. With every player announced, Arod clapped along with the rest of the stadium. But when Varitek was announced (he was warming the pitcher up in the bullpen), Arod stopped clapping and stood still. I found that VERY telling about his feelings for Tek.
4. Arod looked great at the plate. So did Ortiz. Manny looked horrible, hitting into a DP and then striking out.
5. Yankee players were loudly booed by the whole stadium -- even Mo.
6. Lastly, while it seemed that almost every team was well represented by fans in jerseys, there were just way too many Red Sox jerseys, hats and t-shirts in the crowd. Yankee fans were insulted and ridiculed while walking around the stadium. Wow, the whole baseball world hates us.
My luck, I ended up sitting next to a Red Sox fan.
And Lupica is an ass. Best just to ignore him.
I can dream can't I?
I wonder what happens if Sheffield gets swiped at again in the right field corner. Me thinks Mr. 'Tude won't be holding himself back this time.
I am not a big fan of Detroit sports fans, myself. I wonder what they would have done if Jeter had been there. They hate the Yankees, but most of them adore him. They may have exploded from the pressure of deciding whether to cheer or boo. I just rolled my eyes when I saw them clapping when Mo was making Ensberg look like a fool. Ass swipes.
JohnnyC, I thought that Lupica was a Mets fan growing up. You are right, that he was a Yankee fan as a kid and turned out to a Yankee hater is quite disgusting. He is nothing more than a loud mouth obnoxious venomous little man. If George actually took the time to "stall" Lupica's pathetic career then my respect for George has increased a 1000 fold.
Remember when the Espy's used to be in the "Best Save By a Goalie" or "Best Catch by an Outfielder" vein, rather than "Best Male Athlete"?
If? With Arroyo pitching tonight, I'm afraid you mean "when" (even if it isn't on purpose).
"I feel like things aren't as tense anymore between us and the Sox this year"
I agree, but it's still more tense than against any other team. I don't think the ALCS is the only reason for this, either -- the fact that the Orioles are actually a threat this year keeps the AL East from being the typical 2-horse race.
"the Yankee that really gets under their skin is Matsui. Not that they dislike him as an individual, but [he] always gets the big hits and clutch performance"
As a Sox fan, I totally agree with that.
Well, that's true: I wouldn't mind Matsui (or Mo) in a Sox uniform. It's not a hate like the hatred for A-Rod or Jeter...it's a respectful hatred. ;)
Gulp. I think the title for this season is A Series of Unfortunate Events.
Maybe TBD can make the start tomorrow and still get in a solid six for the Monday Rangers game. He's usually lights out after the All Star break.
Is Pavano coming back from the DL for sure this weekend? I guess Wang's injury is gonna really put some pressure on Cashman and Co. to wrap up the Chacon trade; we just need bodies at this point.
We may need two pitchers this weekend against Boston. Not good.
I certainly hope Wang gets good new from Dr. Andrews. I love watching him pitch.
If Wang is gonna really be out long-term, we need to find some way of trading for someone like A.J. Burnett, though I am aware that we have very little to offer from our minor-league system to make such a trade.
Question: we're in pretty dire straits right now, so if the opportunity presented itself to acquire someone like Burnett, what do you think about trading Cano? It would kill me but ... we have practically no tradeable chips. Maybe we can dangle Colter Bean? (The Yankees seem so averse to calling him up.)
It probably had more to do with the fact that Wang has had shoulder surgery in the past.
Chacon is not the answer, and I hate to say it, but I don't think Burnett is either. How would trading for him be any different than trading for Weaver, Vasquez or the rest?
We can only hope that if the Yanks bothered to make it 'retroactive' to 5 days ago, that they think/hope this will be better within '15' days.
What a bummer!
We are somewhat of a longshot as it is. We simply don't have the depth to lose anyone (other then Womack, etc) to injury.
Man... I hope RJ steps up.
Chacon, Burnett, Corey Patterson, and Junior.
"...and purchased the contract of right-hander Tim Redding from Triple-A Columbus of the International League....Redding, who was acquired in the trade that sent reliever Paul Quantrill to San Diego, was 0-5 with a 9.10 ERA with the Padres. Darrell May, who allowed seven runs in 4 1/3 innings in his first start with New York on Saturday, also was acquired in the deal."
0-5!? 9.10 ERA?! Seven runs in 4 and a third!? JohnnyC, can I bum a smoke?
ESPN lists the projected starters as Mussina, Redding, Sturtze, and Wang. Replace Wang with Johnson and we can hope for two.
This isn't whining. It's just understanding that there is no more damaging loss to a team's chances than the stability of its starting rotation. And in a four-game series like this one? That's rarely a problem you can overcome with mashing.
Nice to know I'm well-liked, tho'.
WHEN did this happen? Wang seemed fine and free of pain in his last start. Does anyone have any information?
Thanks, I've gone into panic mode a bit. Why can't someone useless ever get hurt? I mean this season is now reduced to hoping Brown and Pavano get healthy?
Hopefully they don't make an idiotic trade for someone like Burnett (who will likely pitch two games and get hurt anyways). I'd say pick up Leiter as a spot starter/long relief man if Wang is truly down.
That said, Wright and Sturtze getting hurt early in the year is what gave us Wang in the first place, so injury giveth and injury taketh away . . .
True. Injuries to starting pitching often make or break a season and are by far the hardest gaps to fill midseason. I am hoping Wang just has tendinitis or inflammation and will be back in a start or two. If that's the case, we have a shot.
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