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Judgment Day
2005-10-01 10:04
by Cliff Corcoran
Note: The Bronx Banter blog has moved to bronxbanterblog.com.

The winner of today's game will clinch a tie for the American League East. If the White Sox win in Cleveland, the loser of today's game will clinch a tie for the American League Wild Card.

The Yankees and Red Sox are each sending their best pitchers to the mound. At Yankee Stadium on September 11, Randy Johnson pitched seven shutout innings to defeat Tim Wakefield 1-0 on a first-inning home run by Jason Giambi off a Wakefield curve ball, with Tom Gordon and Mariano Rivera nailing down the win.

Giambi starts at DH today after making a crucial throwing error in last night's loss. Tino Martinez gets the start at first, batting behind Robinson Cano, who hits sixth after having one of just three Yankee hits off Wakefield three weeks ago. Bernie's in center. Flaherty's behind the plate.

For the Red Sox, Kevin Millar's in at first. Bill Mueller moves up to the six spot ahead of catcher Doug Mirabelli. With Gabe Kapler out for the year with an Achilles injury, Trot Nixon stays in the line-up against Johnson and drops to eighth.

Comments (595)
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2005-10-01 10:19:41
1.   HomeDePo
YANKEES SUCK! GO JAYS!!!
2005-10-01 10:21:46
2.   Bob Timmermann
This is America and we don't put no extra "e" in "judgment".
2005-10-01 10:25:17
3.   HomeDePo
1 - AND TRIBE!!
2005-10-01 10:27:02
4.   rbj
I don't care about what we gave up, I don't care about the record so far, I don't care about the money. Win today Randy. Make the Soxes your bitches.
2005-10-01 10:28:26
5.   randym77
Looking good! They couldn't touch Wakefield last time, but Jeter starts off with a single.
2005-10-01 10:29:35
6.   murphy
"everyone runs on damon"? jesu christe, mccarver. i want cable even more now.
2005-10-01 10:29:53
7.   rbj
Good start so far.
2005-10-01 10:31:17
8.   Mattpat11
that line foul may have been Jasons shot.
2005-10-01 10:32:24
9.   rbj
Good slide ARod, rbi for Jason
2005-10-01 10:33:23
10.   Mattpat11
and that may have been sheff's
2005-10-01 10:33:35
11.   randym77
First blood drawn! Jeter scores. A-Rod out, but breaks up the DP by sliding into Renteria.
2005-10-01 10:35:16
12.   Mattpat11
the knuckler should be illegal
2005-10-01 10:35:22
13.   rbj
Sweet cooking, Sheff.
2005-10-01 10:36:00
14.   Mattpat11
Except when Sheffield hits them out, of course
2005-10-01 10:36:27
15.   Mattpat11
Actually, I guess that was his fastball
2005-10-01 10:36:30
16.   Cliff Corcoran
How loud did y'all yell on that Sheff dinger? Me? Pretty damn loud.
2005-10-01 10:36:31
17.   randym77
SHEFF! Someone on top of the Green Monster has a souvenir. Wakefield tried to slip a fastball in. Bad move with Sheff at the plate.
2005-10-01 10:37:37
18.   randym77
I live in an apartment complex. My downstairs neighbor is a Red Sox fan. I heard screams of agony when Sheff hit that one. :)
2005-10-01 10:37:46
19.   Mattpat11
Okay, come on Unit
2005-10-01 10:39:34
20.   Harley
Oh Lord. Sutcliffe last night, McCarver today. Where's that SAP button?
2005-10-01 10:42:06
21.   Cliff Corcoran
Bob, I have a bad habit of using English spellings. Not sure where I picked 'em up, but they always look right to me.
2005-10-01 10:42:48
22.   atc
At least there's no Jay Payton to face anymore
2005-10-01 10:44:12
23.   Cliff Corcoran
At least the Yanks got more than one run in the first.
2005-10-01 10:44:36
24.   Stormer Sports
Ground ball Ortiz, lets go!
2005-10-01 10:45:32
25.   Stormer Sports
That is what I'm talking about!

Randy is going to be en fuego today!

2005-10-01 10:45:36
26.   Mattpat11
This started off poorly, but it may end better
2005-10-01 10:45:36
27.   murphy
ortiz K: that was the greatest thing ever.
2005-10-01 10:45:51
28.   randym77
Big strikeout for Big Papi.
2005-10-01 10:46:32
29.   Cliff Corcoran
I hate having shadows come into play with a game like this.
2005-10-01 10:46:33
30.   Stormer Sports
You guys see Jorge say " Fuck you, just call the game" after accusing the Ump last night of being inconsistent and poor?
2005-10-01 10:46:51
31.   Mattpat11
Heh, Cliff, I have to keep stop myself from writing "theatre"
2005-10-01 10:47:24
32.   Mattpat11
damnit
2005-10-01 10:47:40
33.   Mattpat11
damnit damnit damnit.
2005-10-01 10:47:48
34.   Cliff Corcoran
Damn FOX cameraman made me think that went foul.
2005-10-01 10:47:49
35.   randym77
Dammit.
2005-10-01 10:48:04
36.   Stormer Sports
Maybe it was "Whatever, just call the fucking game" not sure, but it made me smile.

The HR RJ is back! God Dammit! Come on, why groove one belt high middle in there?

2005-10-01 10:48:59
37.   Zack
And the game swings immediately, better score a lot more runs
2005-10-01 10:49:03
38.   atc
Sterling just called it "and it's gonna be a foul ball....that's called fair." Was it clearly fair?
2005-10-01 10:49:23
39.   rbj
Good news is we're hitting Wakefield. Get those runs back next inning.
2005-10-01 10:49:25
40.   Mattpat11
he should have just walked Manny to face Millah
2005-10-01 10:49:46
41.   Stormer Sports
This is where the Yankees lose their confidence and throw up 6 goose eggs. Come on guys, get back on the horse!

Seriously though, why groove a belt high fastball with 2 strikes?

2005-10-01 10:49:59
42.   randym77
I think it went right over the foul pole.
2005-10-01 10:50:11
43.   Mattpat11
Okay, we just need to pile on now.
2005-10-01 10:50:45
44.   Zack
We can't let Wake settle down, or else Randy will have to keep it a3-2 game for the rest
2005-10-01 10:51:09
45.   Mattpat11
Why pitch to Manny when MILLAR is on deck? Dont IBB him, but dont give him anything decent
2005-10-01 10:52:38
46.   nick
the 2 strike home, absolutely Randy's biggest problem this year.......so whattya think about the Tino-Bernie-Flaherty bottom end--an improvement? here's hoping--
2005-10-01 10:53:04
47.   rbj
Tino!
2005-10-01 10:53:14
48.   Stormer Sports
Lets go. Good Ab Tino!
2005-10-01 10:53:15
49.   Mattpat11
at least we're hitting Wake pretty well today
2005-10-01 10:53:43
50.   Stormer Sports
Who goes Monday if neccessary, Chacon?
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2005-10-01 10:53:58
51.   rbj
Bernie, baby!
2005-10-01 10:54:06
52.   Mattpat11
BERNIE!

Thank God for Millar

2005-10-01 10:54:13
53.   Cliff Corcoran
46 so far so good!
2005-10-01 10:54:14
54.   Stormer Sports
Lets get some more runs here. Get to their pen!
2005-10-01 10:54:27
55.   Mattpat11
Stormer, i think its Chacon vs. Brandon
2005-10-01 10:54:43
56.   Cliff Corcoran
Yes, Stormer, Chacon on Monday if it comes to that.
2005-10-01 10:55:39
57.   Cliff Corcoran
C'mon, Flats, an RBI out would do just fine here.
2005-10-01 10:55:45
58.   Stormer Sports
Good Cliff. I like our chances with our Ace going Monday.
2005-10-01 10:55:53
59.   Yankee Fan in Chicago
Manny was hitting sub-Mendoza against RJ Matt, and Manny's been terrible vs lefties all year long.

Unfortunately, of the 7 hits he now has against him, 3 are home runs.

2005-10-01 10:56:41
60.   Cliff Corcoran
Perfect. Two of those from Jorge yesterday and it's a whole different ballgame.
2005-10-01 10:56:41
61.   Mattpat11
Okay, Flats, good job.
2005-10-01 10:56:42
62.   rbj
Good job Flaherty. Derek, pick up Bernie.
2005-10-01 10:56:46
63.   randym77
I'll take the sac fly. :-)
2005-10-01 10:56:51
64.   Stormer Sports
Look at that arm, sheesh, please tell me Cash and the boys don't want him in Center next year.
2005-10-01 10:57:17
65.   Mattpat11
Immagine if Jorge was able to do that last night
2005-10-01 10:57:23
66.   JVarghese81
I wasn't able to watch any of the game last night and I'm convinced it was my fault that the Yanks lost. I am the goat. Actually, I did catch the nning in which Jeter homered when I stopped in at a circuit city on my way home...so I pledge to sit on my ass and watch the WHOLE thing today.

And the results are showing :)

2005-10-01 10:57:30
67.   Mattpat11
Good job Jetes
2005-10-01 10:57:44
68.   Cliff Corcoran
Men on second and third, two RBI sac flies. I'll take it. 5-2 Yanks. Very nice.
2005-10-01 10:57:54
69.   Stormer Sports
That is solid baseball. That is what I asked for beginning today. I like it, keep it up.
2005-10-01 10:59:04
70.   rbj
Told ya we'd get those runs back. Now Unit, shut the Sox down.
No score in Chicago
2005-10-01 10:59:54
71.   Stormer Sports
Arod is certainly going out with a wimper at the plate. I like his agressiveness on the bases, but he needs to show more pop at the plate.
2005-10-01 11:00:24
72.   Mattpat11
Yeah Cliff, I agree. Ideally you'd like hits, but especially with the bottom of the order up, I'll take two sac flies
2005-10-01 11:00:39
73.   Zack
When was the last time the Yanks had two sacrifice flys for two runs in an inning, thats good baseball, and getting the runs right back, me likey
2005-10-01 11:00:57
74.   Cliff Corcoran
Time for Unit to clamp down.
2005-10-01 11:02:00
75.   Mattpat11
not good.
2005-10-01 11:02:10
76.   atc
How's the strike zone been so far?
2005-10-01 11:02:16
77.   Mattpat11
Christ, randy
2005-10-01 11:02:51
78.   watziznehm2
Don't give it back again...
2005-10-01 11:02:51
79.   Stormer Sports
Cliff,

So, what do you think about tomorrow? If Moose goes down, you think Joe will go to Jaret? That's my guess, although you would think Small would be available for two. I sure hope Joe hasn't fallen in love with Proctor.

Walk, what the F Randy?

2005-10-01 11:03:01
80.   sam2175
Ummm, Randy, please stop walking the lead-off guy. Why walk Buell (courtesy Cliff, I love that!).
2005-10-01 11:03:10
81.   joe in boston
Cliff: How loud ? (#16). Well I'm down in the Tampa area visiting my folks and my dad just yelled at me to keep the noise down (they live in a kind of "del Boca Vista" condo setup here....

Nice to be 45 and still getting yelled at by your dad.
Go Yanks !

2005-10-01 11:03:53
82.   rbj
Homina homina homina.
2005-10-01 11:04:21
83.   Stormer Sports
joe in Boston.

Does your Dad have a pen that writes upside down?

2005-10-01 11:06:10
84.   Mattpat11
Soup says that the Yankees brought in Joe Ausanio to throw them a knuckler
2005-10-01 11:06:35
85.   murphy
hmm... guess arod wasn't playing far enough to his left...
2005-10-01 11:07:19
86.   Mattpat11
Damnit Jeter
2005-10-01 11:07:52
87.   Mattpat11
and here comes a Damon Walk.
2005-10-01 11:08:07
88.   Mattpat11
Christ on a cracker
2005-10-01 11:08:49
89.   Mattpat11
We're in bad shape.
2005-10-01 11:08:59
90.   sam2175
Allright Randy, quit bullshitting!

If you dont like the ump, suck it up, and execute your pitches!

2005-10-01 11:09:05
91.   murphy
...candlesticks...
2005-10-01 11:09:19
92.   Mattpat11
Jeter's play threw Randy off
2005-10-01 11:09:31
93.   Stormer Sports
Matt,

That is too funny, Ausanio? I went to high school with him, he was the hometown hero for a while.

I am not a shrink, but I think Randy has the self destuctive gene, no? I'll lay 10-1 that Papi makes it to the plate this inning.

2005-10-01 11:09:38
94.   rbj
Actually McCarver, I think it is being scripted by the umps.
2005-10-01 11:09:46
95.   Yankee Fan in Chicago
Damon us hitting .133 against RJ, and he's been walked twice. The only batter in the lineup who hits Randay is Reneteria, and he's got the bases juiced. Thanks Randy.
2005-10-01 11:10:02
96.   Mattpat11
we're fucked.
2005-10-01 11:10:21
97.   Cliff Corcoran
Anyone half willing to see Renteria walk to see Ortiz make the final out of the inning with the bases jacked or am I on crack?
2005-10-01 11:11:01
98.   Stormer Sports
Randy is a head case sometimes, and this is one of them.
2005-10-01 11:11:04
99.   randym77
RJ is getting really steamed at about the strike zone.

Come on, one more out, Randy!

2005-10-01 11:11:13
100.   Mattpat11
crack, Cliff. Crack
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2005-10-01 11:11:30
101.   Stormer Sports
Cliff,

You are on Crack! I'll take that, thanks!

2005-10-01 11:11:35
102.   Zack
Another bs ump, but Randy, don't get tossed
2005-10-01 11:11:53
103.   murphy
(murphy showers due to excess sweating/shitting himself)
2005-10-01 11:11:59
104.   rbj
Phew.
Sixth and seventh for Gordon, eighth and ninth for Mo?
2005-10-01 11:12:02
105.   Alvaro Espinoza
Exhale...
2005-10-01 11:12:02
106.   Mattpat11
thank Christ.

Now I want some more runs and a bunch of 1-2-3 innings from randy

2005-10-01 11:12:26
107.   sam2175
Phew!!!
2005-10-01 11:12:31
108.   JVarghese81
Wow...hey, he did umm...strike out the side. (trying to look at the positive!)
2005-10-01 11:12:49
109.   Yankee Fan in Chicago
51 pitches through 2 innings. Dammit.
2005-10-01 11:12:50
110.   marc
51pitches through two innings for Randy but he gets the third out leaving bases loaded
2005-10-01 11:12:51
111.   unpopster
are the umps on the Sox payroll this weekend? JESUS FUCKIN CHRIST!!!
2005-10-01 11:13:27
112.   singledd
My God... I just turned on.
Whats goming on with Johnson?
OK......... strike 3. Omigod!
Is RJ shit today?
51 pitches?
Will he go 6?
Tell me whats happening.
This is as scary a 3 run lead as I've ever seen!
2005-10-01 11:13:28
113.   Cliff Corcoran
No runs in that inning, but Randy's pitch count is a disaster: 51 after 2. Good news? Ortiz and Ramirez start the inning. No chance of them hitting as the tying run.
2005-10-01 11:14:32
114.   marc
At least he had his mechanics to throw that third strike after throwing hissy fits multiple times.
2005-10-01 11:14:43
115.   nick
i can't stand this....7 more innnings.....it'll be dry heaves before long...
2005-10-01 11:15:06
116.   Stormer Sports
Cliff,

The good news is if Randy settles down, Joe will gladly let him go 120-130 today.

2005-10-01 11:15:22
117.   randym77
Man, those shadows are awful. I don't remember it being this bad the last time we played in Fenway.
2005-10-01 11:15:50
118.   Mattpat11
damnit.

I want some more runs. Come on Sheff

2005-10-01 11:15:54
119.   singledd
Has RJ been as bad as it looks?
2005-10-01 11:16:37
120.   Mattpat11
Good point Stormer.
2005-10-01 11:17:06
121.   Mattpat11
damnit Sheff
2005-10-01 11:17:44
122.   Mattpat11
we cant let Wake settle in
2005-10-01 11:18:02
123.   unpopster
pitches called strikes for Wake are being called balls for Randy!!

MATSUI!!!!!!

2005-10-01 11:18:06
124.   Stormer Sports
Matsui! Matsui!
2005-10-01 11:18:10
125.   sam2175
Matsui, baby!!!!
2005-10-01 11:18:15
126.   murphy
GOOOOODZZZZIIIIIILLLLLLLLLAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!
2005-10-01 11:18:18
127.   Mattpat11
MATSUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII
2005-10-01 11:18:29
128.   Yankee Fan in Chicago
Matsui is a baseball god.
2005-10-01 11:18:35
129.   rbj
Go go Godzilla.
Keep scoring runs guys until we're up by three touchdowns.
2005-10-01 11:18:35
130.   randym77
BANZAI! Home run for Godzilla!
2005-10-01 11:19:02
131.   marc
Matsui takes the knucler DEEP 6-2
2005-10-01 11:19:15
132.   Mattpat11
Okay. Now we need a one two three from randy
2005-10-01 11:19:22
133.   Stormer Sports
Come on West Virginia, trample VT! Ooops, wrong game . . .
2005-10-01 11:19:28
134.   unpopster
this is a HUUUUUGE inning for Randy -- Ortiz, Manny and Millar.
2005-10-01 11:19:45
135.   Cliff Corcoran
Six runs off Wakefield through three? Outstanding. I can't believe I'm freaked about Johnson making this hold up.

Becky just called while driving home from work: "Home Run Matsui! Home Run Matsui!"

2005-10-01 11:20:15
136.   Stormer Sports
Joe Ausanio. Who said nothing good ever came out of Kingston, New York!
2005-10-01 11:21:42
137.   randym77
RJ has struggled, but it's been more emotional than anything else. He's really ticked at the umpire.

Mattpat...I share your enthusiam, really, but could you refrain from posting words that long? It stretches the screen and makes the whole thread impossible to read.

2005-10-01 11:21:50
138.   singledd
I seen Wake give up runs early and settle down and shut the door. I hope we can take advantage and get him gone before he gets his 'feel' back. For this game AND tomorrow, wearing out their pen is crucial.

I see we hit 2 sac flies to score 2. I wonder how many games we would have won if we could have done this in other games.

2005-10-01 11:21:55
139.   Stormer Sports
Mats needs what, 4 RBI for 120?

There goes Ortiz. Settle the fuck down Randy!

2005-10-01 11:22:04
140.   Mattpat11
FUCK The Fat man his a lead off double.
2005-10-01 11:22:05
141.   Mattpat11
FUCK The Fat man his a lead off double.
2005-10-01 11:22:05
142.   unpopster
right now, Ortiz is the MVL...Arod has done nothing this wknd
2005-10-01 11:22:14
143.   unpopster
um, MVP
2005-10-01 11:22:37
144.   joe in boston
Stormer,

Nah, no he IS the President of the Condo board (really!)

2005-10-01 11:22:46
145.   Mattpat11
Yep, Stormer, Mats has 116
2005-10-01 11:22:58
146.   nick
Randy, Randy--c'mon man! I don't have TV--what's wrong? Just the zone? Or no fastball today?
2005-10-01 11:23:12
147.   singledd
Please. No LONG Woooooooooooooords!
(add a space in there if necessary)
2005-10-01 11:23:20
148.   unpopster
Randy is getting nothing called on the corners.
2005-10-01 11:23:34
149.   Mattpat11
Manny attacks the yankees! :)
2005-10-01 11:24:06
150.   atc
What's the mvl? Most valueable loser?
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2005-10-01 11:24:15
151.   sam2175
Hey, A-Rod throws out Ramirez keeing David at second.

Who said that A-Rod did not do anything again?

Scored runs, stole bases.

2005-10-01 11:24:21
152.   Mattpat11
im sorry single, I just noticed how bad that was before
2005-10-01 11:24:41
153.   singledd
Is RJ only good when he pitches against us?
2005-10-01 11:25:23
154.   Mattpat11
that could have been bad fellas. Get on the ball.
2005-10-01 11:26:37
155.   unpopster
THAT WAS STRIKE THREE!!!!!!!!!!!
2005-10-01 11:26:39
156.   Mattpat11
you CANT walk Millar
2005-10-01 11:26:43
157.   Stormer Sports
How do I get the screen back to normal?
2005-10-01 11:26:57
158.   Mattpat11
SHEFF
2005-10-01 11:27:04
159.   sam2175
Good job, Sheff.

Keeps Ortiz at second.

2005-10-01 11:27:19
160.   rbj
Nice catch Sheff.
And can we get some real umps, or at least ones not paid off.
2005-10-01 11:28:07
161.   atc
I love 1 pitch outs
2005-10-01 11:28:17
162.   Mattpat11
all said a 12 pitch inning
2005-10-01 11:28:36
163.   randym77
For now, hide comments 101 to 150, where MatPat's looong word is.

Eventually, it will scroll off automatically.

2005-10-01 11:28:53
164.   Yankee Fan in Chicago
White Sox, 1st and 2nd, no outs.
2005-10-01 11:30:32
165.   rbj
Go Sox. Score some runs.
And keep scoring Yankees.
2005-10-01 11:30:39
166.   Alvaro Espinoza
FOX can NOT be serious w/ this b.s. split screen right now!
2005-10-01 11:30:47
167.   Mattpat11
runner at first and second for Chicago with one out.
2005-10-01 11:31:03
168.   murphy
what the hell is FOX doing?
2005-10-01 11:31:13
169.   Cliff Corcoran
FOX gives us a TIMO PEREZ at-bat in split screen rather than showing us the game they're supposedly broadcasting? WHAT THE *(&$#!!!
2005-10-01 11:32:05
170.   Mattpat11
Why is Timo Perez allowed to still play baseball?
2005-10-01 11:32:09
171.   randym77
That split screen sucked. I hope they don't keep doing that.
2005-10-01 11:32:17
172.   murphy
it was like watching baseball on MSNBC. if FOX does that again i will physically kill them!
2005-10-01 11:32:45
173.   Zack
Looks like Wake has settled down, sigh
2005-10-01 11:32:50
174.   Mattpat11
i dont like sending Randy right back out there
2005-10-01 11:36:47
175.   Zack
Fox is doing it again...grrrr
2005-10-01 11:36:56
176.   Stormer Sports
Why are they showing me a division game in a division that has already been decided?
2005-10-01 11:37:03
177.   randym77
They're doing it again!!!

@#$%!!!!

Who do I call to complain?!

2005-10-01 11:37:04
178.   murphy
does anyone have a FOX customer service number?!?! i want to make threatening phone calls.
2005-10-01 11:37:18
179.   rbj
Bang. Don't worry Mruphy, we'll be your alibi.
Honest, officer, he just went into the kitchen for beers.
2005-10-01 11:37:48
180.   Cliff Corcoran
That's it, FOX has to be destroyed, they CANNOT do this split screen crap every time the Tribe or Chisox have a man in scoring position. I'm so angry I can't even explain it.
2005-10-01 11:38:06
181.   atc
Murphy, when you call, ask if they can pop the game on in the DC area for me. Thanks.
2005-10-01 11:38:11
182.   Mattpat11
He is throwing an assload of pitches.

Come on, throw strikes to Trot

2005-10-01 11:38:27
183.   Stormer Sports
Great, show me 2 games, so I cannot watch 1.
2005-10-01 11:38:58
184.   Mattpat11
SHEFFF!
2005-10-01 11:38:59
185.   Cliff Corcoran
Sheff just made a tremedous diving catch, but you need a magnifying glass to see it.
2005-10-01 11:39:01
186.   Zack
Well, just missed a nice play by sheff, good thing I get to listen to these ass clowns instead
2005-10-01 11:39:02
187.   Stormer Sports
Sheff with a diving catch, that I didn't get to see.

Fuck Fox! How can they be so inept?

2005-10-01 11:39:11
188.   unpopster
THIS IS HORRIBLE...i couldnt tell if mirabelli hit a home run or fly ball out....and now I couldnt tell whether Trot's ball was out ornwhat!!!
2005-10-01 11:39:24
189.   randym77
This is terrible. Arrrghhhh.
2005-10-01 11:39:25
190.   murphy
just sent fox an email - i will send one every minute they do this.
2005-10-01 11:39:38
191.   Mattpat11
Oh Christ. Here comes the Damon walk.

Where the hell was Jeter?

2005-10-01 11:39:39
192.   claybeez
Anyone got a # so I can scream at Fox?!!!
2005-10-01 11:39:53
193.   Stormer Sports
At the very least, shouldn't the sound be with the Yankee game. The game they advertised?
2005-10-01 11:40:05
194.   rbj
It could be worse for ya'll. The Toledo station is only showing C. vs. C. Thank God for Detroit.
2005-10-01 11:40:28
195.   unpopster
oh my god, they're sticking with this split screen??? are they morons?
2005-10-01 11:40:48
196.   Mattpat11
I didnt know Casey Blake got hits.
2005-10-01 11:41:26
197.   Mattpat11
FUCKING TIMO
2005-10-01 11:41:32
198.   Stormer Sports
Fox (310) 369-7761.
2005-10-01 11:41:34
199.   Zack
This is fuckign rediculous, okay there is a fucking runner in scoring position in Boston, go back to that fucking game
2005-10-01 11:41:35
200.   unpopster
WE CAN'T EVEN SEE THE FUCKING COUNT!!!!!!
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2005-10-01 11:42:14
201.   randym77
Murphy, what's the e-mail address?

If anyone has a phone number, post that, too, please.

2005-10-01 11:42:27
202.   jameson and water
Ugh . . . time to put on 880 I guess.
2005-10-01 11:42:31
203.   Mattpat11
hes gonna walk Damon again
2005-10-01 11:43:19
204.   rbj
No runs for Boston.
2005-10-01 11:43:38
205.   atc
How come when we have an ace, "best pitcher who ever lived" pitching for us, I never feel comfortable, but when that type of pitcher is pitching against us, we can't do anything?
2005-10-01 11:43:38
206.   murphy
good work, stormer. i look forward to calling. now can someone tell me what happened for the last inning?
2005-10-01 11:43:42
207.   Mattpat11
Well, no runs but 300 more pitches. I assume that as long as they dont score, randy's going seven either way.
2005-10-01 11:44:03
208.   Stormer Sports
Fox is programmed for entertainment, not sports, it's cash that carries the day!

They won't stop doing that until the game ends. They have a file on me I'm sure, after all the calls I have made in the past.

2005-10-01 11:44:29
209.   randym77
Well, whatever happened, Boston didn't score.

But I am seriously ticked off. Gawd, I hate Fox with the intensity of a thousand white-hot suns.

2005-10-01 11:44:43
210.   murphy
i was just hitting the feedback link at the fox tv website. askfox@foxinc.com probabaly useless, but it was easy and quick.
2005-10-01 11:45:25
211.   Mattpat11
we can clinch tonight, so Im forced to root for Chicago. Come the fuck on White Sox
2005-10-01 11:45:56
212.   Zack
As Buck says "while you were in Cleveland, plenty happened here" well no shit, too bad we didn't get to see it
2005-10-01 11:47:16
213.   Mattpat11
I dont even know who some of these people in the White Sox lineup are.
2005-10-01 11:47:27
214.   Zack
At least we got to see A-Rod shut up the crowd
2005-10-01 11:47:34
215.   Mattpat11
MVP
2005-10-01 11:47:34
216.   murphy
MVP! MVP! MVP! MVP!
2005-10-01 11:47:38
217.   rbj
I think I'm going to need some Pepcid.
Ha! Take that Papi.
2005-10-01 11:47:41
218.   Stormer Sports
Arod! Not in the ninth, no good for the MVP I bet.
2005-10-01 11:47:47
219.   randym77
A-Rod hits one out of the park.

MVP! MVP! MVP!

2005-10-01 11:47:47
220.   BklynBomber
There's your MVP, ladies and doberman...
2005-10-01 11:47:56
221.   Fred Vincy
Take that, Papi!
2005-10-01 11:48:44
222.   Cliff Corcoran
Stormer, is there a way to get past the automated system? I can't. FOX has ruined this game for me. I'm totally out of it. Rodriguez just homered and I didn't even notice because I'm so irate over missing the last inning. I'm tempted to just shut the game off. I can't calm down over this.
2005-10-01 11:48:51
223.   Stormer Sports
I cannot believe they picked up Stanton. Can we trade Stanton for Embree...lol.
2005-10-01 11:49:04
224.   murphy
oh how i would love to tear up stanton and his washed up curve ball. psst, mike, it's not called a curve ball if it doesn't break.
2005-10-01 11:49:33
225.   Jen
Fuck yeah, bitches!
2005-10-01 11:49:40
226.   Cliff Corcoran
Hey, when did it get to be the fifth inning? I WISH I COULD TYPE IN EVEN LARGER CAPS - HOLY LIVING FUCK AND I ANGRY!!!
2005-10-01 11:49:51
227.   Stormer Sports
Cliff,

You can try the local affiliate, but on a Saturday it's tough. They just don't care.

2005-10-01 11:50:07
228.   Zack
Cliff, you can't bail now, just try to stay calm. Just take Fox with a grain of salt and stay the course. We need all our karma
2005-10-01 11:50:28
229.   Mattpat11
keep piling on Sheff
2005-10-01 11:50:44
230.   Cliff Corcoran
I'm so pissed that even if the Yankees win this game I'm not sure it will make me feel better. Please, someone talk me down.
2005-10-01 11:51:34
231.   Mattpat11
Carl Everett sucks
2005-10-01 11:52:27
232.   Stormer Sports
Cliff.

It's just Fox, they are a bad sports outfit. So long as no runners get on in Cleveland, we'll be ok. It's all about a 5 run lead. This game is ours, just stay on point, and scream into the Fox answering service once or twice, you'll feel better.

2005-10-01 11:52:42
233.   billm
They didn't go over to the other game when the White Sox had first and second, so maybe there is some hope.
2005-10-01 11:52:49
234.   atc
Don't bother with the local affiliate. They have absolutely no say. Bill Simmons acutally HAD a good idea in one of his columns - why the hell can't they put the other games on FX or Fox News or something like that?
2005-10-01 11:53:02
235.   singledd
Poll question. Please port your thoughts:
1) Should we have an infield shift on Papi?
2) If we maintain at least a 2 run lead by the 7th, do we put Bubba in for D and lose Bernies bat?
2005-10-01 11:53:23
236.   Mattpat11
okay. Now we just need a quick inning from randy
2005-10-01 11:53:29
237.   BklynBomber
It Buck correct? — We win, Tribe loses today and AL East is ours?
2005-10-01 11:53:41
238.   BklynBomber
"Is"
2005-10-01 11:53:41
239.   rbj
Cliff, if the Yankees win they're at least playing Monday, or they're the AL East Champs (they win the tie with Boston). It'd be real sweet to win it in front of the Red Sox fans.
2005-10-01 11:53:45
240.   Stormer Sports
Get a 1 2 3 here, you have to believe Francona will go to the pen. Lets get to the pen baby!
2005-10-01 11:54:49
241.   singledd
On Fox: Ever watch their News? What do you expect for these Jamokes? NASCAR folk don't like the Yankees or Red Sox.
2005-10-01 11:54:50
242.   Jen
Wait, so was everyone getting the split screen of the games during the 4th or did they completely go over to the game in Cleveland in some places?
2005-10-01 11:55:40
243.   Stormer Sports
Bklyn,

Yes Fox is correct. The Tribe would be 2 out, behind us. The best they could do would be tie with Boston and force a one game playoff with Boston for the Wild Card.

2005-10-01 11:56:45
244.   rbj
Yes #237 Bklyn. Cleveland would be two behind in the loss column with one to play. Then, even if Yanks and Sox tie, we win the east because we've won the season series.
2005-10-01 11:56:49
245.   Mattpat11
okay...
2005-10-01 11:57:20
246.   Stormer Sports
However,

If the Yankees win today and tomorrow, and Cleveland does the same, Boston is out. That is my dream scenario!

2005-10-01 11:57:20
247.   Zack
HUGE quick inning for Randy
2005-10-01 11:57:40
248.   randym77
It was a split screen for me, but the sound was the freakin' Cleveland game. And the Yankees game was showing in a square about the size of a postage stamp.
2005-10-01 11:57:42
249.   Fred Vincy
5 pitch inning. Hooray!
2005-10-01 11:57:48
250.   claybeez
Show 'em that D Mr. MVP!!!
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2005-10-01 11:57:49
251.   Mattpat11
He REALLY needed that.
2005-10-01 11:57:51
252.   rbj
1 2 3.
C'mon Godzilla.
"Oh, no there goes Boston"
2005-10-01 11:58:57
253.   Zack
Cliff, just think about how nice that quick inning was, maybe grab a beer if thats your thing, and concentrate all your focus on matsui coming up.
2005-10-01 11:59:27
254.   BklynBomber
Thanks Storm and rbj — my mind has been mush the last 72 hours — even more so than normal...
2005-10-01 11:59:56
255.   singledd
It Buck correct? — We win, Tribe loses today and AL East is ours?

If the Indians lose and we win, they are 2 back with one to play. If the Sox win tomorrow, both Yanks and Sox beat Cleveland by 1 game, so the East is Division and WC.
Why we don't play Boston for the 'Division', I'm not sure. I guess we get the Division because we (will have) won the season series.
We would also play the Angels (I think) as Chicago with the best record plays the WC.

In this case, the WC gets a break, playing and traveling to Chicago instead of CA.

2005-10-01 11:59:57
256.   Mattpat11
wake is out of the game.
2005-10-01 12:00:34
257.   Cliff Corcoran
Okay, I'm going to take some deep breaths and have lunch now that I've sent some 50 copies of the same angry ranting email to FOX.

So what's the game situtation? 7-2 Yankees. Top six. Stanton in. Johnson at 90 pitches. Wow. That's mighty fine!

Oh, but Boston fans are going to say ARod's homer was typical pile on stuff.

2005-10-01 12:00:45
258.   JVarghese81
Who was asking for Stanton earlier??
2005-10-01 12:00:50
259.   BklynBomber
#246 — Storm: Same here . FUCK the "be careful what you wish for" cliche...
2005-10-01 12:01:04
260.   Stormer Sports
Lets hope Mike shows some loyalty here.
2005-10-01 12:02:08
261.   Stormer Sports
I would gladly trade Embree for Stanton.
2005-10-01 12:02:09
262.   singledd
Man... gotta post fast with this group.....
2005-10-01 12:02:22
263.   Mattpat11
fuck, That was sort of embarassing
2005-10-01 12:02:40
264.   Zack
How come Stanton never threw like that for us?
2005-10-01 12:02:42
265.   BklynBomber
See the look on Stanton's face? Even he couldn't believe that K...
2005-10-01 12:02:43
266.   Mattpat11
we really need the White Soz to score here
2005-10-01 12:02:52
267.   murphy
despite what happened yesterday: can we please have Jorgie hit in the 7,8,9th inning once randy's work is done?
2005-10-01 12:03:16
268.   rbj
Stanton, if you gave away the secret handshake you're dead.
2005-10-01 12:03:34
269.   BklynBomber
OK, Rob ROY! Let's get it started...
2005-10-01 12:03:37
270.   Mattpat11
Nice job Robbie
2005-10-01 12:03:56
271.   randym77
Robby, baby!
2005-10-01 12:04:49
272.   Zack
Dammit Robbie
2005-10-01 12:04:58
273.   sam2175
237

Buck is dead right. We lead the Sox 10-8 in that case, and win the tie-break.

Cleveland can lose today, I can root for White Sox if we win.

2005-10-01 12:05:02
274.   Stormer Sports
What was that?
2005-10-01 12:05:18
275.   murphy
he's a rookie, all right. : (
2005-10-01 12:05:21
276.   BklynBomber
Nice time for another brain freeze, Robbie... Damn!
2005-10-01 12:05:22
277.   Mattpat11
Damnit Robbie. You're not fast enough to take a lead
2005-10-01 12:05:36
278.   rbj
Good hustle for a hit, but then a rookie blunder. Robby, Robby, Robby.
2005-10-01 12:05:46
279.   Zack
Hey, Flaherty has donemore today for the team than posada did yesterday
2005-10-01 12:07:16
280.   murphy
so if i decided to buy MLBTV for october and the yanks are in the playoffs, are all the games balcked out for me?
2005-10-01 12:07:19
281.   Mattpat11
Come on randy, another five pitch inning
2005-10-01 12:07:20
282.   sam2175
What is it with Timo and FOX?
2005-10-01 12:07:30
283.   Zack
Uh oh, now we are totally in Cleveland, hope its just for the ad break, but I have a bad feeling...think they tied it up but they wont show us the score b/c they are Fox
2005-10-01 12:07:51
284.   Mattpat11
White Sox tie it
2005-10-01 12:08:10
285.   Stormer Sports
All tied up in Cleveland.
2005-10-01 12:08:47
286.   randym77
Okay, now I'm getting the Cleveland game, no split screen. I assume because they're on commercial break for the Yankees.

We better switch back soon, though. Grrrrr.

2005-10-01 12:09:03
287.   Zack
Fuck, they are doing it again!!!
2005-10-01 12:09:08
288.   Stormer Sports
There is about a 50% chance they wont even cut back to the Yankee game.
2005-10-01 12:09:25
289.   BklynBomber
FUX Sports sucks!
2005-10-01 12:10:28
290.   Stormer Sports
Cleveland up 4-1!
2005-10-01 12:10:38
291.   rbj
Fuck you Fox.
2005-10-01 12:10:40
292.   Zack
Dammit now after a three run HR for Chicago they have gone full screen!!!!!!!! Fuck you!!!!!
2005-10-01 12:10:55
293.   BklynBomber
Of course that seals Iguchi's ROY award...
2005-10-01 12:10:56
294.   Sean
Damn FOX, well i got radio but still stupid FOX
2005-10-01 12:10:57
295.   randym77
GODAMMIT. Split screen again. WTF are they doing?

ENOUGH WITH THE BASEBALL INTERRUPTUS, YOU PRICKS!!!

2005-10-01 12:11:40
296.   Mattpat11
4-1 Chicago!
2005-10-01 12:12:04
297.   Mattpat11
4-1 Chicago!
2005-10-01 12:12:05
298.   Stormer Sports
Swing inning? Why did Joe Buck's father procreate?
2005-10-01 12:12:23
299.   rbj
Unit's heating up.
2005-10-01 12:12:40
300.   Mattpat11
4-1 Chicago!
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2005-10-01 12:13:34
301.   Mattpat11
4-1 Chicago!
2005-10-01 12:14:34
302.   rbj
I'd rest Moose. Let Leiter start.
2005-10-01 12:14:50
303.   Zack
Nice call by randy to point down for the call
2005-10-01 12:15:14
304.   BklynBomber
Run it up, Yanks! Run it up!
2005-10-01 12:17:01
305.   BklynBomber
#302 — Definitely rest Moose if all ends well today. Hell, start Womack...
2005-10-01 12:18:00
306.   Mattpat11
Id start Leiter tomorrow if we clinch as well
2005-10-01 12:18:37
307.   BklynBomber
Nixon should be fined daily for that %#$#@ hat...
2005-10-01 12:18:44
308.   Zack
Nixon's jersey looks gross, has he ever washed it?
2005-10-01 12:19:25
309.   singledd
I hate Fox! However, an Indians loss is SOOOOOO important. Imagine... if Yanks/ChiSox win today, tomorrow is a total rest day for players and pen. Compare that to needing to play tight games tomorrow and possibly Monday. If things go well, we have a totally rested team heading for CA.

While the Indians looked unstoppable, the pressure has gotten to them. No way they should have lost yesterday. Scored only 1 run in 12 innings. Today they are pressing and not hitting. I do not expect they will come back.

Lets hope Cleveland loses before we win. That way we can celebrate AT FENWAY both today AND tomorrow!

2005-10-01 12:19:41
310.   Stormer Sports
Start De Paula, rest everyone else but Embree and Proctor!
2005-10-01 12:19:45
311.   Zack
We have to go for the juggular today and tomorrow, 5 runs today is not enough
2005-10-01 12:20:51
312.   Zack
Besides, we want to play to eliminate the Sox
2005-10-01 12:21:24
313.   Cliff Corcoran
Okay, I've settled down, thanks in part to some yummy PB&J, and I've just realized that the Yankees are 18 outs (9 in Boston, 9 in Cleveland) from clinching the AL East.
2005-10-01 12:22:38
314.   BklynBomber
We're looking a little too relaxed here... Zack, correct — 5 runs in this bandbox are nothing to sit on. Let's hope Randy can take it right to Mo...
2005-10-01 12:22:49
315.   Mattpat11
Okay, we need one more quick inning from randy
2005-10-01 12:22:51
316.   Stormer Sports
A nice little 40 minute Drive to Anaheim for me, yippee! At least I get to go, even if I cannot be home in NY!
2005-10-01 12:23:49
317.   Stormer Sports
Jeter looked bad. I love the guy, but there is never anything to smile about following strike three looking.
2005-10-01 12:24:04
318.   Maniakes
I'd say put both Moose and Wright out there for 2-3 inning each. Give them enough work to stay fresh, but not enough to tire out. It'd also give Torre & co. an extra data point on how available Moose and Wright are for the postseason.
2005-10-01 12:24:18
319.   marc
between that focking split screen and some computer problems I can't I'm enjoying the game that much but hopefully I'll be enjoying the results shortly. Assuming we win the division it sounds like Boston is likely to get in as the WC and we could meet up again.
2005-10-01 12:25:00
320.   rbj
More runs please.
2005-10-01 12:25:06
321.   Zack
Shit, see thats why 5 runs is not enough!! Now its only 4...keep Randy in tho
2005-10-01 12:25:10
322.   Mattpat11
damnit. Okay, four run lead
2005-10-01 12:26:10
323.   Stormer Sports
Randy is giving up far too many HR's this year.
2005-10-01 12:26:23
324.   Zack
Jesus people, stop this overconfidence, we are only up by 4 in the 7th, this is Fenway park here!
2005-10-01 12:26:45
325.   rbj
I meant more runs for the Yankees, please.
2005-10-01 12:27:43
326.   marc
shit, I guess a red line is a little better than a catwalk
2005-10-01 12:27:51
327.   Mattpat11
Two down. Just get Edgar out and force Manny ortex to start an inning
2005-10-01 12:28:27
328.   Stormer Sports
Mo for 2?
2005-10-01 12:28:59
329.   Mattpat11
Good. Papi and Manny cant tie it in the 8th
2005-10-01 12:29:05
330.   Zack
Okay, so starting the 8th, I keep Johnson in there to pitch to ortiz and Manny, and see what happens, no?
2005-10-01 12:29:28
331.   Fred Vincy
Can I take back everything bad I ever said about Randy Johnson?
2005-10-01 12:30:09
332.   Mattpat11
4-2 now in Cleveland
2005-10-01 12:30:38
333.   Zack
And, now that cleveland is about to tie it up, we really need to stop the overconfidence, and the Yanks need some runs, since nothing is set in stone now...
2005-10-01 12:30:39
334.   Stormer Sports
4-3 Sox, all plans for tomorrow on hold!
2005-10-01 12:30:42
335.   marc
4-3 now Chisox I think. we better win tody
2005-10-01 12:31:01
336.   Mattpat11
4-3 in Cleveland. Chicago is falling apart
2005-10-01 12:31:05
337.   atc
Fuck, Cleveland cuts it to 4-3
2005-10-01 12:31:44
338.   BklynBomber
Randy should start the 8th, keep a close eye on him and go right to Mo if need be...

C'mon A-Rod, get that run back!

2005-10-01 12:32:06
339.   Cliff Corcoran
318 is exactly right.
2005-10-01 12:32:18
340.   murphy
i'm with you, zack. give him the ball. this is the randy johsnon we paid for.
2005-10-01 12:32:34
341.   Stormer Sports
Gotta go to MO! Gotta!
2005-10-01 12:33:09
342.   Cliff Corcoran
C'mon, Chisox!
2005-10-01 12:33:33
343.   marc
MVP double
2005-10-01 12:33:48
344.   rbj
Lead off 2 bagger for ARod.
2005-10-01 12:33:49
345.   murphy
he hits the ball so damn hard. aRod is just ridiculous. ok - this REM shit ir hilarious.
2005-10-01 12:34:00
346.   Zack
Unnecessary Fox fan cam set to "everybody hurts"
2005-10-01 12:34:03
347.   Mattpat11
Nice job A-Rod. We need to get AT LEAST Rodriguez in
2005-10-01 12:34:15
348.   randym77
Nice hit, A-Rod!

MVP! MVP! MVP! MVP! MVP!

2005-10-01 12:34:40
349.   Mattpat11
Sizemore Ks to end the inning
2005-10-01 12:34:57
350.   Cliff Corcoran
119 pitches, I give Randy Ortiz, then go to Gordon.
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2005-10-01 12:35:06
351.   Stormer Sports
Time to pile on and guarantee a win here!

Cleveland down, shew!

2005-10-01 12:35:10
352.   singledd
ARod double. This run could break the Sox spirit! Let's get it!
2005-10-01 12:35:10
353.   singledd
ARod double. This run could break the Sox spirit! Let's get it!
2005-10-01 12:35:32
354.   Stormer Sports
Randy or Mo, that is all. We must have this game!
2005-10-01 12:37:01
355.   Zack
Well, if Buck and McCarver don't like REM, I guess I can't either...
2005-10-01 12:37:37
356.   rbj
Yes, Randy to start the eighth, then go to Mo. It does keep Gordon fresh for tomorrow if needed. C'mon Jason.
2005-10-01 12:37:39
357.   BxSparksNYC
Fox has got to be the worst....
2005-10-01 12:38:27
358.   BklynBomber
C'mon, Jason — AT LEAST a productive out here...
2005-10-01 12:39:13
359.   Zack
And Buck is saying that Francona has had it so hard this year, due to pitching injuries...please! Look at the Yankees' staff!!
2005-10-01 12:39:51
360.   BklynBomber
Shit...
2005-10-01 12:40:34
361.   randym77
They're walking Sheff. Chickens!
2005-10-01 12:41:24
362.   BklynBomber
Make 'em pay, Zilla!
2005-10-01 12:41:26
363.   Zack
Time to put in Bubba in either center or left, no?
2005-10-01 12:41:29
364.   marc
Intentional walk to get to Matsui. I think that will turn out a mistake for bosox
2005-10-01 12:42:01
365.   BklynBomber
That'll work...
2005-10-01 12:42:22
366.   rbj
Oh, man. Freaky hit Matsui.
Fly ball Cano, at the least.
2005-10-01 12:42:37
367.   Stormer Sports
Hell, Sheff is as much an MVP as Ortiz.
2005-10-01 12:42:42
368.   randym77
All right, Godzilla! Bases loaded for Cano.
2005-10-01 12:43:03
369.   Zack
YEEEAH, I'll take it
2005-10-01 12:43:11
370.   murphy
YES!!!
2005-10-01 12:43:19
371.   Stormer Sports
Rente-Wronga!
2005-10-01 12:43:23
372.   marc
run scores still bases loaded
2005-10-01 12:43:34
373.   rbj
Yes, put Bubba in CF.
Good hustle Robby, way to make up for getting picked off.
2005-10-01 12:43:36
374.   BklynBomber
Nice baserunning fient by Mats!
2005-10-01 12:44:18
375.   Stormer Sports
Finally, the Yanks get a call! Feels like it has been two years since we got a call like that.
2005-10-01 12:44:40
376.   murphy
let's watch francona get tossed.
2005-10-01 12:45:01
377.   BklynBomber
Grab some pine and shaddup, meat.
2005-10-01 12:45:12
378.   marc
for a moment I tought they may reverse that call as Matsui ran out of the baseline
2005-10-01 12:45:16
379.   Stormer Sports
Sit down Franky!
2005-10-01 12:45:59
380.   rbj
He wasn't trying to tag Matsui.
2005-10-01 12:46:01
381.   Sean
Matsui this season against lefties

AB 207
AVG .353
OBA .392
SLG .580

2005-10-01 12:46:24
382.   marc
Dinardo's been tough. I wouldn't mind seeing him get knocked out here
2005-10-01 12:46:32
383.   BklynBomber
Mats got into Renteria's head for a split sec, beautifully executed...
2005-10-01 12:47:08
384.   Stormer Sports
Even if Mats stops in the line and Edgar throws to first, they are still all safe, sit down!
2005-10-01 12:48:14
385.   randym77
Matsui got away with one there. But I don't feel too bad, what with all the lousy calls the Yanks have gotten. Like they say - it's all part of the game.
2005-10-01 12:48:32
386.   Stormer Sports
Come on with some Bernification!
2005-10-01 12:48:34
387.   murphy
wow! is buck right? bernie: 2out,RISP, .322?
2005-10-01 12:50:25
388.   randym77
Tom Gordon is warming. But it looks like Randy's coming back in for now.
2005-10-01 12:50:33
389.   rbj
Ortiz can't beat us here.
Homina homina homina.
2005-10-01 12:51:26
390.   Stormer Sports
Fans never had a chance to thank Pedro, what? Huh? Those freaks had a shiny new apple in Schilling, that is why they threw Pedro out with the trash. Bad fans, bad team, bad city, it's that simple. They didn't appreciate Pedro because they all have the baseball IQ of Ben Affleck! I've been there enough to know. These are the same fans that think Manny's miscues are "cute."
2005-10-01 12:52:26
391.   Mattpat11
Hafner hits a double
2005-10-01 12:53:00
392.   Stormer Sports
Cleveland is about to take the lead, ugg! 2nd and 3rd, 1 out.
2005-10-01 12:53:40
393.   Stormer Sports
Bases juiced and one out in Cleve.
2005-10-01 12:53:42
394.   Yankee Fan in Chicago
To whomever said above that Cleveland couldn't comeback today:

WTF is wrong with you!

2005-10-01 12:54:19
395.   BklynBomber
Kudos, Big Unit! Just what the Boss ordered! Now let's hold this lead, Yanks!
2005-10-01 12:54:44
396.   Cliff Corcoran
If Gordon's on, I have him finish this game.
2005-10-01 12:56:07
397.   rbj
Good point Cliff. Unless he gets in trouble, naturally. Save Mo for tomorrow, if needed.
2005-10-01 12:56:30
398.   randym77
Okay, I just went to MLB.com/comebackaward to vote for Giambi.

You have to be a male 35 or older in order to win the grand prize. Why is that? They only want winners who look like they might be taking Viagra?

2005-10-01 12:57:33
399.   Cliff Corcoran
Hey, huge situation in Cleveland and no split screen! They got my email!
2005-10-01 12:57:50
400.   rbj
Chicago holds. 4-3 going to the ninth.
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2005-10-01 12:58:03
401.   Mattpat11
White Sox get out of it.
2005-10-01 12:58:08
402.   Fred Vincy
White Sox wiggle out of bases loaded one out in bottom of eighth!
2005-10-01 12:58:19
403.   Mattpat11
thats not good
2005-10-01 12:59:44
404.   Stormer Sports
Oh boy!

Sox get out of it!

Fuck you Manny! How come no one ever calls Manny out on gazing at his HR's? Especially the meaningless ones!

2005-10-01 12:59:51
405.   murphy
thats nothing, boys and girls. just an empty little solo shot.
2005-10-01 12:59:56
406.   Cliff Corcoran
I'm not sweating that Manny homer. I thought it might happen. Yanks are up four and they just cleared Ortiz and Manny. Shouldn't have to see them again today.
2005-10-01 13:00:42
407.   rbj
That's all right, Just need to get five outs from the next seven guys.
2005-10-01 13:00:43
408.   randym77
Damn. That was some hit. I can't believe he hit that pitch.
2005-10-01 13:00:57
409.   marc
cleveland fails to score. shit manny just blasted one. bring Mo in now
2005-10-01 13:03:03
410.   murphy
i am with you, stormer. if i hear "manny being manny" one more time, i am gonna lose my shit. what a scumbag.
2005-10-01 13:03:36
411.   Stormer Sports
I just don't understand why Manny doesn't continually get beaned for admiring his shots. MLB certainly has pushed the limits of family entertainment. They really should bean him more often.
2005-10-01 13:03:45
412.   unpopster
one of these days, Manny needs to eat a 95mph fastball.
2005-10-01 13:04:39
413.   Stormer Sports
Bad example for the kids. Not running out hits, poor play in the field and no want to improve it becuase hey, "I hit Home Runs."
2005-10-01 13:06:18
414.   rbj
Three outs from the next five guys. Warm up, Mo, and hopefully you can be watching tomorrow while eating a nice prime rib.
2005-10-01 13:06:26
415.   marc
strike 3 gordon limits the damage
Cleveland coming up in bottom of the 9th
2005-10-01 13:06:29
416.   atc
Let's see how the Met's fans and media feel about "Manny being Manny" next year
2005-10-01 13:07:49
417.   Stormer Sports
unpopster.

It shouldn't even be a question. If he did that against Pedro or Gibson, or even Clemens, he gets beaned for sure. I just don't get it. That is how baseball works. The only thing I like about Varitek is that he runs like a banche on HR's. You don't show up the pitcher, and that is what Manny does. I would not be adverse to beaning him in the helmet, it's just unprofessional NFL crap that he pulls, and he deserves what he gets, even if it ends his career.

2005-10-01 13:08:45
418.   BklynBomber
Why not hit Posada there?
2005-10-01 13:09:02
419.   Stormer Sports
Manny aint going anywhere. The Sox team will have to pick up like 10 mil. in salary to make it happen, it aint happenin.
2005-10-01 13:09:20
420.   Stormer Sports
How about a cycle for Arod?
2005-10-01 13:10:05
421.   Stormer Sports
2 Outs to go in Cleveland.
2005-10-01 13:11:17
422.   marc
A-Rod 3/4 with single, double and homer.wow sounds like an MVP especially if we hand on to win Jeter single, nice
2005-10-01 13:12:14
423.   Stormer Sports
1 out to go in Cleve!
2005-10-01 13:12:31
424.   rbj
One out to go in Cleveland.
2005-10-01 13:13:31
425.   rbj
Chicago Wins!
2005-10-01 13:13:45
426.   Stormer Sports
Thanks Ozzie! Sox win!
2005-10-01 13:14:17
427.   randym77
Cleveland lost.

Let's go, Yankees!

2005-10-01 13:14:18
428.   Cliff Corcoran
White Sox win. Yanks and Bosox just clinched a tie for the Wild Card, Yanks can win the division with three more outs.
2005-10-01 13:14:46
429.   singledd
Un-fucking-believable.
Cliff... can you drop a quick note to Steve Goldman for all of us? Remind him who he is writting about!
2005-10-01 13:15:19
430.   Stormer Sports
Just Arod being Arod, a complete player, hmm!
2005-10-01 13:16:05
431.   Stormer Sports
Here rookie rookie rookie . . .
2005-10-01 13:16:08
432.   rbj
Smoke one out Jason.
2005-10-01 13:16:31
433.   singledd
Cleveland loses 5 of their last 6 after winning 9 of 10. WOW. Yankee magic?
2005-10-01 13:17:52
434.   Stormer Sports
We have to win tomorrow to force the Sox to play an addittional game.
2005-10-01 13:18:30
435.   BklynBomber
This is it, my brothers...
2005-10-01 13:20:18
436.   murphy
wait a minute? why does buck keep saying we are three outs from the AL east title? did tomorrow' game get cancelled or is my math that bad?
2005-10-01 13:20:36
437.   singledd
I can't imagine Ozzie will field much of a team tomorrow. A Cleveland win and Red Sox loss puts the Sox in Cleveland for a playoff game. Kills the off-day for both teams, and used us theor pitching.

Will Torre put a team on the field tomorrow? Aside from pride, we (if we win today) have as much as we can get (aside from a more tired opponent). Will we rest tomorrow, or play for the win?

CLIFF..... jump in! Who plays tomorrow?

2005-10-01 13:20:36
438.   Cliff Corcoran
With a chance to win the division by getting three outs from the bottom of the Red Sox order, I can excuse going to Mo with a four run lead.

Singledd, what are you writing about?

2005-10-01 13:20:43
439.   Yankee Fan in Chicago
Stormer: Before we win tomorrow we have to win today. Chickens. Hatched. Before. Count. Don't/etc.
2005-10-01 13:21:27
440.   Paul in Boston
C'mon Mo, make it quick! I want my life back ... at least temporarily!
2005-10-01 13:22:35
441.   Mattpat11
damnit Robbie, nows not the time. Fuck
2005-10-01 13:22:41
442.   Stormer Sports
Mo will get it done!
2005-10-01 13:22:42
443.   rbj
Fuck, hit off of Cano's glove. Very tough play.
Homina homina homina ^2
2005-10-01 13:24:05
444.   rbj
One down.
2005-10-01 13:24:19
445.   Cliff Corcoran
Murphy, because Cleveland lost, the Yankees will clinch with a win because Cleveland can't catch them. Cleveland can only catch Boston if Boston loses, but that would make the Yanks the division winners as well. If Boston wins, Cleveland is eliminated and the Yankees win the tie-breaker for the division (today would give them ten wins in 19 head-to-head games with the sox).
2005-10-01 13:24:33
446.   BklynBomber
Wow. The sound of that off Nixon's bat stopped by heart for a sec...
2005-10-01 13:25:10
447.   Cliff Corcoran
If Boston wins tomorrow that is.
2005-10-01 13:26:13
448.   BklynBomber
Don't do that to me, A-Rod!!!!!
2005-10-01 13:26:27
449.   rbj
Geez, Alex, are you trying to give me an ulcer?
2005-10-01 13:26:36
450.   Cliff Corcoran
That was actually a great save by Rodriguez
Show/Hide Comments 451-500
2005-10-01 13:27:26
451.   murphy
oh. so i have misread all of the scenarios you (and ESPN) have posted? i feel so much better.
2005-10-01 13:27:44
452.   Stormer Sports
Here we go, Mo with 1 to go. I like it! From worst to first, who wouldda thunk it?
2005-10-01 13:28:09
453.   BklynBomber
Time to crank up 'ol Blue Eyes...
2005-10-01 13:28:19
454.   Jen
YEEEEEAAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!!!!!
2005-10-01 13:28:30
455.   rbj
YESSSSS!
WoooHoooo!
2005-10-01 13:28:36
456.   Stormer Sports
Holy Shit. Al East Champs. I almost cannot believe it.
2005-10-01 13:28:41
457.   randym77
Whoo-hoo! Yankees win!
2005-10-01 13:28:48
458.   claybeez
Hell Yeah!!!
2005-10-01 13:29:11
459.   Cliff Corcoran
I'm in shock. Now that they've done it, I don't think I ever really believed they would.
2005-10-01 13:29:13
460.   murphy
that fucking ruled! who'da thunk. i am gonna go back and read all of this blog from july and giggle to myself.
2005-10-01 13:29:34
461.   Mattpat11
AL East Champion NEW YORK YANKEES
2005-10-01 13:30:57
462.   randym77
Murphy - I don't think anyone expected Cleveland to collapse the way they have. That's what changed everything.
2005-10-01 13:30:58
463.   atc
CONGRATULATIONS EVERYONE!!!! Now let's win the whole bleeping thing!!
2005-10-01 13:31:01
464.   rbj
Grosse Gott, but this season has been a struggle, nailbiter. I'd given up at times. Just freaking incredible.
2005-10-01 13:31:18
465.   Stormer Sports
Me too Cliff, me too.
2005-10-01 13:32:12
466.   Stormer Sports
Sheffield the softy, awwwwww! He just needs love, that is all. I still stick by the Sheff.
2005-10-01 13:32:38
467.   The Colonel
So how do we line up the rotation?
2005-10-01 13:33:09
468.   Fred Vincy
Hooray!

Thanks Cliff and Alex for providing us a home!

2005-10-01 13:33:09
469.   Nick from Washington Heights
Well, this is going to make it harder to study for the GRE this next month. But I'll take it!

A-Rod: MVP

Cy Young: Mariano

This victory seals it in the minds of those foolish voters. The Ortiz talk is now done. Good night!

2005-10-01 13:33:13
470.   randym77
Joe Torre was practically sobbing. He could hardly talk.
2005-10-01 13:33:15
471.   jameson and water
Brilliant, just brillianr. Worth all the sweat!
2005-10-01 13:34:09
472.   weeping for brunnhilde
Hero of the game, Flaherty who, with his buck-whatever average, made and all-too elusive productive out in a huge spot. Had we gotten a couple of those last night...

That was such a beautiful inning to behold. The team operated like the well-oiled Yankee machine of old and it was good.

2005-10-01 13:34:43
473.   Stormer Sports
Time to exact some payback on Anaheim!
2005-10-01 13:34:48
474.   yankee fan in Hollywood
Just to put my two cents in.....

GO YANKEES !!!!!!!!!!!!!

BUT IT DOESN'T END HERE FELLAS...LET'S TAKE THE RED SOX OUT OF THE PLAYOFFS AND TAKE IT ALL THE WAY FOR CHAMPIONSHIP # 28 !!!!

2005-10-01 13:35:22
475.   randym77
Ortiz was pretty much a bust today.
2005-10-01 13:35:29
476.   Hank
See guys? There was never anything to worry about was there? This whole thing is absolutely amazing. Watching them celebrate out on the field, it was almost like they had won the World Series. Nice to see.
2005-10-01 13:35:47
477.   Stormer Sports
Maybe we should all throw Joe an apology and a hearty Good Luck?
2005-10-01 13:36:10
478.   Jen
OK, now we need Texas to beat the Angels tonight to clinch the second seed in the playoffs.
2005-10-01 13:36:39
479.   Sean
YANKEES!!!! WOOHOO!!!
2005-10-01 13:36:54
480.   tommyl
Yes! I still can't believe it.

And for you guys bitching about Fox coverage, if you live in Philly you can't even watch the game. They blocked it out from extra innings and every sports bar in town. They showed reruns of Stargate SG-1. I kid you not.

2005-10-01 13:37:22
481.   BklynBomber
#478 — It never ends, huh? ;-)
2005-10-01 13:37:30
482.   Simone
Wonderful. I didn't think the Yankees would make the playoffs, much less win the division. I'm thrilled to be dead wrong and happy to eat a whole heap of crow. Hats off to the Yankees. Did you see Joe crying? He and Jeter hugging was adorable. They have been through some baseball wars together.
2005-10-01 13:38:03
483.   singledd
Cliff.... tomorrow's game. Do we go for a win, or rest our boys? Use our pen... or let it go? Unlike Chicago, I don't know if we can win with our 2nd string.
2005-10-01 13:39:15
484.   Cliff Corcoran
474 That would be quite a feet seeing as they only have 26 championships now.

Stormer, if Cleveland wins the Wild Card (still possible with Cle & NY wins and a Cle one-game playoff win) the Yanks play Chicago.

2005-10-01 13:40:23
485.   mikeplugh
It's 5:30 in the am here in Japan and I got up for a beautiful game this morning. I called it here at BB in early September when we were about 4 out. Thank God I wasn't a jinx.

I haven't been able to bring myself to check this board during the Yanks/Sox to this point because I couldn't take the stress of the moment to moment updates, but I wanted to check in to say Bronx Banter and the New York Yankees are both Champions!!!!!!!

Congrats all. Now on to the WS!!!!!!

2005-10-01 13:42:52
486.   Shaun P
What a game! What a season! From 11-19 to AL East Champs! I'm sorry I wasn't here to go through the game today with the rest of you - but I can't wait to read through all the comments.

I'm wearing my Yankee hat around the rest of the weekend!

2005-10-01 13:43:18
487.   Max
You guys thought you had it bad with the FOX split screen. I'm in Dallas for a wedding, and couldn't even sneak updates early in the game because AM radio around here has nothing but college football.

I finally rush back to the hotel to catch the final, and the Holiday Inn TV system lost their FOX feed. I can't get broadband in my hotel either, so I end up finally catching Mo closing out the division on a 12kbps Real Audio feed from WCBS.

I can't believe it --F----ing DIVISION CHAMPS BABY! I had figured it would come down to Sunday, so I actually set up my flight back to Boston on Sunday so that I would have a few hours in Atlanta (my connecting city) to watch the game somewhere in the airport...how's that for being irrational?

2005-10-01 13:44:00
488.   Cliff Corcoran
Singledd, you have to pitch Mussina to find out what he has. The rotation is set for Chacon, Wang & Johnson to start the ALDS. If Moose is aces tomorrow, I give him Game 4 (if nec.) and put Small in the pen. If Moose struggles, I keep Small in the rotation.

As for the line-up, I sit Sheff & Giambi because of their recent injury issues. Maybe DH Matsui. So that's say Crosby and Lawton in the OF corners and Tino at 1B. Otherwise I start everyone else, it would be nice to force Cle and Bost to play on Monday.

2005-10-01 13:45:04
489.   Paul in Boston
What a relief. These past few days have been just unbelievably tense, and this AM was pure despondency. Bronx Banter-ites, we have our lives back, at least temporarily!

Small Re: Steve Goldman. I think he's a great writer -- one of the best baseball writers on the net -- and that he was wrong about his predictions doesn't diminish my respect for his work one bit. This was an extraordinary comeback, and no one could predict it!

2005-10-01 13:45:43
490.   marc
pretty good interviews going on the NY radio feed
2005-10-01 13:47:22
491.   singledd
Its a tough call. Tough to beat Boston without Giambi and Sheff. I want to beat Boston, but Jetes and ARod have played about the whole season. Plus, we probably have to fly to CA? Who has home field between Yanks and Angels?
2005-10-01 13:48:29
492.   jameson and water
Did Bobby Murcer just say that Alex put a "notch on his bed" for MVP?! Heh!
2005-10-01 13:48:29
493.   Stormer Sports
Cliff,

I have a feeling we'll be playing in Anaheim, just my gut.

2005-10-01 13:48:43
494.   Stormer Sports
Cliff,

I have a feeling we'll be playing in Anaheim, just my gut.

2005-10-01 13:51:00
495.   Stormer Sports
Cliff.

I like Moose in the pen if he's hurting. Yank him early if he struggles tomorrow, and put him the pen for the ALDS.

2005-10-01 13:51:31
496.   marc
Yankees division champs with one on the great comwbacks
A-Rod MVP
Giambino comeback player of the year
cano rookie of the year
Mo-Cy Young winner (OK, unlikely)
Torre-manager of the year, overcomes both tremendous adversity and the nattering nabobs of negatism on this board
2005-10-01 13:51:58
497.   boo
Re: Yanks- Angels home field.

If they end up with the same record, the Angels have the tiebreaker. For that to happen the Angels have to win today and tomorrow and the Yanks have to lose tomorrow. Otherwise Yanks have homefield in the first round.

Re: Mussina

I agree with Cliff. Start him and see what he has. He says he needs work to be ready so lets give him some work.

2005-10-01 13:52:24
498.   Alvaro Espinoza
Phrase question a little differently: If the Yanks are up in a tight game tmrw and CLE is winning, do you go Flash-Mo to eliminate these BOS punks???

I would love that.

2005-10-01 13:52:39
499.   rsmith51
Ok, I guess now we can talk about the post-season roster.
2005-10-01 13:52:57
500.   marc
Yankees division champs with one on the great comwbacks
A-Rod MVP
Giambino comeback player of the year
cano rookie of the year
Mo-Cy Young winner (OK, unlikely)
Torre-manager of the year, overcomes both tremendous adversity and the nattering nabobs of negativism on this board
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2005-10-01 13:53:34
501.   rsmith51
Gotta give manager to Guillen or Wedge. Torre didn't win a lot of games on his own.
2005-10-01 13:53:47
502.   Popcult
What a relief! As for rest, it would be great for the regulars, but how sweet would it be for Cleveland to win tomorrow and the Yanks to win/completely knock Boston out of the playoffs on their own field? It wouldn't make up for last year, but it would take away a lot of the sting. I say go all out tomorrow, except maybe pitch Jaret Wright instead of Moose.
2005-10-01 13:55:06
503.   Cliff Corcoran
Coming into today the Yanks were a game up on Anaheim. Angels would have to win today and tomorrow combined with a Yankee loss to get homefield (that would tie them and the LAAoA own the season series). One more Angels loss or a Yankee win tomorrow would give the Yanks homefield over LA. Meanwhile, Chicago has clinched homefield throughout.
2005-10-01 13:56:01
504.   Alvaro Espinoza
Whoops - my bad: BOS is guaranteed a game on Monday. Can't knock them out.
2005-10-01 13:56:58
505.   randym77
OMG, I've never seen this side of Randy Johnson. He's...laughing.
2005-10-01 13:57:39
506.   Cliff Corcoran
Marc, Robbie's ROY is far more unlikely than Mo's CY. I think Mo could have a very legit shot at the CY. I don't think Cano will win the ROY, in part because he's simply not been the best rookie in the AL this season, he has far more competition than many in NY realize.
2005-10-01 14:00:56
507.   weeping for brunnhilde
502--"how sweet would it be for Cleveland to win tomorrow and the Yanks to win/completely knock Boston out of the playoffs on their own field? It wouldn't make up for last year, but it would take away a lot of the sting."

Winning tomorrow is semi-critical, but not for redemption or retribution or any of that jazz. Simply put, I don't want to see Boston again on the other side, do you?

2005-10-01 14:01:55
508.   rbj
#488 Cliff. I agree. I'd sit Posada too, two more days off for a catcher are big bonus points this time of year. Limit Moose to no more that 5 innings, even if he's no hitting 'em. And absolutely no GorMo. I don't want to see them anywhere near Fenway tomorrow.
Put Embree in, see how the crowd reacts.
2005-10-01 14:01:58
509.   Stormer Sports
weeping.

That is what I am hoping for.

2005-10-01 14:02:17
510.   Rob
what a tremendous job by not only the stars, but all the unsung guys. thank you aaron small, thank you shawn chacon. playoffs here we come!
2005-10-01 14:04:10
511.   boo
It's Mo vs. Colon (although Santanna should be in the mix he won't be) for Cy Young.

It's probably Gomes vs. Street for ROY. (Iguchi should get mention but won't)

2005-10-01 14:04:14
512.   Stormer Sports
We also have to see if Wright has anything in the tank. I like Reynold's anaylsis of Wright, that he pitches better in high stress situations when he is fired up, and he has a hard time beginning games because of this.

I say Wright could be perfect in mid-relief in a close game. Just a thought.

2005-10-01 14:09:35
513.   Cliff Corcoran
I'd be happy to see Wright get a look in relief (hopefully at the end of the game because Moose is croooozin'). I would prefer not to see Gordon or Rivera, but the Yanks do have Monday off. If they go to the ninth with a slim lead . . . maybe. But probably not.
2005-10-01 14:10:12
514.   Nick from Washington Heights
All the players pronounce "Wang" as it's spelled. I thought it was Wong. Is this just a case of cultural insensitivity on the part of some jocks?
2005-10-01 14:10:49
515.   Nick from Washington Heights
Mussina just said he's going to pitch the 1st game of the ALDS.
2005-10-01 14:11:57
516.   Cliff Corcoran
The thing about winning tomorrow is it would take wins by the Indians tomorrow and Monday to eliminate the Sox. The Yanks can't do it by themselves, so they can't take too many risks to win tomorrow.
2005-10-01 14:13:07
517.   Nick from Washington Heights
I like the Yanks tomorrow. This team hits better when loose.
2005-10-01 14:13:13
518.   Cliff Corcoran
515 If that's the case . . . wow. I hope either he's wrong or I am.
2005-10-01 14:13:38
519.   rsmith51
Jeter
ARod
Giambi
Sheffield
Matsui
Posada
Williams
Cano
Martinez
Crosby
Sierra
Flaherty
Johnson
Mussina
Small
Chacon
Wang
Rivera
Gordon

6 spots available...
Bellhorn
Womack
Proctor
Leiter
Wright
Embree

Who did I miss that should be there?

2005-10-01 14:14:24
520.   Cliff Corcoran
Torre sez "Wong"
2005-10-01 14:16:39
521.   Nick from Washington Heights
Mussina said he overheard that he was pitching, so I guess that's close to the definition of hearsay.

He said that Torre wanted to see what he had for the playoff run. He'd get the hook early if he has nothing and probably won't see much action in the post-season (that's my interpretation).

2005-10-01 14:17:28
522.   marc
Torre said he didn't know before he came to the ballpark that he could win the division and then his statman told him. I guess you guys who have YES are hearing a lot more.
2005-10-01 14:19:01
523.   Cliff Corcoran
Embree and Leiter over Sturtze? They've all been crap, but Leiter didn't even throw a strike when called upon yesterday.

Shit, Torre just said no Moose tomorrow. Wright's starting. Man, Moose better have been breaking of some nasty knucklecurves in his last bullpen, starting a five game series out 0-1 is baaaaad news.

2005-10-01 14:19:19
524.   rbj
Proctor's looked good in 3 of his last 4 appearances, but only for 1 (that is one, O-N-E, Joe) inning.
2005-10-01 14:20:41
525.   rsmith51
I forgot Sturtze
2005-10-01 14:21:20
526.   marc
Wow, we lose the first game and we clinch the division in the second and celebrate on the boston field. Wo would of thunk it.
2005-10-01 14:21:46
527.   Popcult
It's def. pronounced "Wong". I'd like to think they just forgot how to say Chien-Ming Wang's name b/c they're so excited about winning the pennant. Hopefully, in a few years we'll all be pronouncing it the right way-just like it took a while to pronounce "Pettitte".
2005-10-01 14:23:39
528.   Cliff Corcoran
Popcult, exactly. I said peh-TEET for a while in '95 and even early '96.
2005-10-01 14:24:51
529.   marc
they may know it's wong but don't they call him wanger or something as a nicknme
2005-10-01 14:25:12
530.   rsmith51
I would prefer not to have Leiter in a 5 game series. Unfortunately Torre doesn't trust any bats outside of the ones that are on my list. I think Phillips should DH/1B against LHP, but that isn't going to happen.
2005-10-01 14:26:12
531.   rsmith51
Jeter pronounces Cano, Canoo or Canoe
2005-10-01 14:27:22
532.   Harley
So what's the rotation for the ALDS?

Mussina, Chacon, Johnson, Wang?

2005-10-01 14:28:36
533.   rsmith51
Sounds right, Harley.
2005-10-01 14:29:27
534.   randym77
#510 - Good point. This year, the Yankees were saved by the little guys. They looked old and tired at the beginning of the year, and new blood like Cano and Wang really seemed to energize the whole team.

I can't believe the Yankees offered both Wang and Cano to the Diamondbacks for Randy Johnson. And the Diamondbanks didn't want them. Thank heaven.

2005-10-01 14:30:22
535.   Max
I'm happy as can be, and am still trying to get broadband restored in my hotel room so that I can enjoy the MLB.TV archived broadcast.

However, my jaw dropped when I heard Moose say he's starting Game 1. Shouldn't he get a short try-out tomorrow, followed by Wright? I can't believe he would get thrown out there in a high pressure situation after his last horrendous start.

2005-10-01 14:31:06
536.   rbj
Check out http://www.nomaas.org/
I really like the Sheffboyardee one.
2005-10-01 14:31:22
537.   rsmith51
I really don't like Leiter. Anybody watching Yes Network.
2005-10-01 14:36:45
538.   Cliff Corcoran
I give Leiter credit for saying, derisively in reference to his first start with the Yanks against Boston, "well I had one moment."

Moose in Game 1. Wow. Awful decision by Torre, just brutal. Cripes. I hope I'm wrong.

I assume the starters will be Moose, Unit, Wang and Chacon, but no idea in what order. Moose in 1 and Randy probably in 3, but otherwise, dunno.

Wang would be on regular rest for Game 2.

2005-10-01 14:38:07
539.   Harley
If not Moose, then...?

The only possible change would be to flip Chacon and Mussina. Unless you're willing to drop Moose altogether and put Small in the rotation.

2005-10-01 14:38:28
540.   randym77
That Sheffboyardee thing is a hoot!

I was watching YES. Leiter is okay. He's different, but I like him, even if his pitching often drives me nuts. The Yankees rag on him for his age, by asking him how he pitched to Babe Ruth.

2005-10-01 14:40:15
541.   Harley
I take it back. I suppose you could go with Chacon in one, and Wang in two. Then Johnson. Then, well-hidden, sorta, Mussina.

But it ain't gonna happen. See all the love for Joe on the field after the game? That's cuz he sticks with veterans, usually longer than he should. But that's the way he manages.

2005-10-01 14:42:43
542.   rsmith51
Yes, he had one moment. I just took his comments to mean that he wanted it to be more about him, but I guess you could say he wished he contributed more. Either way I don't see how he could help this team as Wright and Small give them 2 long reliever and Proctor would be just as good as Embree or Leiter at pitching to lefties. Though Leiter's numbers against lefties this year are actually pretty good.
2005-10-01 14:47:38
543.   marc
Sterling early in the year made it pretty funny. He said it's spelled WANG but pronounced WONG so if you call him WANG you would be Wong (as in wrong)
2005-10-01 14:47:41
544.   randym77
Yes, I think he just meant he was disappointed that he hadn't done better for the team. I got the feeling he was uncomfortable being interviewed, since he hasn't done much for the Yankees lately, and he knows it.
2005-10-01 14:49:25
545.   randym77
I bet it's actually WAHNG, but WONG is the closest the average American can get.
2005-10-01 14:51:00
546.   rsmith51
Good point, Randy. I suppose it would be uncomfortable in this situation, but if he wants to be a politician he has got to work on his speaking skills.
2005-10-01 14:55:29
547.   rbj
I still don't believe it. The team was so crappy for so long, to pull it off like this, wow.
And they've already voted on shares, I wonder if Brown got a half or full share. Though really, he should offer a refund.
I'd go Chacon, Wang, Unit, Moose/Small (using those last two as a tag team). Wright in the pen.
2005-10-01 14:55:46
548.   rilkefan
My wife doesn't like me jumping up from the game to check out this blog but now she's napping and I get to say "Woo-hoo!" for the record here, so: Woo-hoo!
2005-10-01 14:57:38
549.   rsfaa
"and he deserves what he gets, even if it ends his career.
-Stormer Sports"

First you say manny is a bad example for kids, then you say you're ok if someone ends his career.

Class act. I guess every team has a few.

2005-10-01 14:58:07
550.   rsmith51
Moose/Small may be a tag team in game 1.
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2005-10-01 15:00:43
551.   rsmith51
So the Yankees are the #2 seed so they host the Angels?

Cliff,

How has Moose been against Anaheim? I have a feeling that he would perform better against the White Sox.

2005-10-01 15:01:04
552.   marc
canoe, cano, wang, wong, it's starting to sounds like a comedy act but let's face it they're ballplayers not linguists and I suspect the first pronunciatin or derivative nickname that gets repeated twice in the clubhouse ends up sticking the rest of the year. I'm sure Mussina pronounces everything correctly because he uses that Stanford brain to cogitate about every name the way he does every pitch.
2005-10-01 15:05:24
553.   marc
I like that idea of a Moose/Small tag team. For one thing I don't trust Moose yet that he's really physically sharp AND has his stuff
2005-10-01 15:09:51
554.   rbj
If Cleveland's the WC, we play them, right? Chicago can't play them, same division, so they get the worse record of NY - LAA. If Boston's the WC, Chicago gets them, and NY gets LAA?
Is this correct?
2005-10-01 15:13:41
555.   BklynBomber
#536 rbj — Thanks for the link! That site is hilarious, a a lot more fun to go through after todays results.
2005-10-01 15:42:58
556.   pdc7
CONGRATULATIONS YANKEES FANS EVERYWHERE....
Cliff and Alex thank you..I am enjoying this so much today.. What a turn of events huh? Lets enjoy this today and rally for the postseason. We got some payback to give to the Angels as well for 2002..I am so proud of this team. Suck on it Red Sox Nation. Alex for MVP... Go Yankees..
2005-10-01 15:44:16
557.   markp
obviously if you can start Mussina in game one, you do it. He's been a very good post-season pitcher. Chacon and Small have had a nice run, but that doesn't mean they've moved ahead of Moose.
I would consider give Moose an inning or two tomorrow to keep the rust off.
I certainly wouldn't play any of the regulars tomorrow (and I doubt Torre will)-they haven't had a day off in too long to not take advantage of winning today.
2005-10-01 16:06:31
558.   BklynBomber
According to mlb.com, here's the possibilites:

If both Boston and Cleveland win ...
The Yankees would still own the AL East title, due to having a 10-9 edge in regular-season play with the Red Sox. And the Red Sox will be the Wild Card and play at Chicago on Tuesday.

If Boston wins and Cleveland loses ...
The Yankees are AL East champions (see above) and the Sox own the Wild Card and play at Chicago on Tuesday.

If Boston loses and Cleveland wins ...
The Yankees are AL East champs. The Red Sox host the Indians Monday in a one-game playoff for the Wild Card.

If Boston and Cleveland both lose ...
The ultimate clarity: The Yankees win the AL East and the Red Sox are the Wild Card and open at Chicago on Tuesday.

2005-10-01 16:16:52
559.   randym77
What about homefield advantage? Is there any benefit to the Yanks if they win tomorrow? (Other than possibly forcing the Sox to play a tiebreaker.)
2005-10-01 16:21:10
560.   rilkefan
The scenario where the Sox and Indians have to play an extra game sounds good to me, especially if the less dangerous team wins. Not sure which team that is, though.
2005-10-01 16:33:56
561.   BklynBomber
Chicago clinched the homefield throughout the AL playoffs, so the Yanks outcome tomorrow makes no difference there...

Yanks need Texas to beat the Angels tonight or tomorrow to ensure homefield in the event we meet the Halos, no matter if we win or lose tomorrow. If the Yanks and Halos finish with the same record, the Angels will get the homefield via their 6-4 record against us in the regular season...

If Boston gets the Wild Card and beats the Angels, and if we eliminate Chicago, we would hold the homefield over Boston...

2005-10-01 16:42:09
562.   BklynBomber
In short, other than possibly forcing Boston to play on Monday, the only scenario-altering thing that a Yanks win tomorrow would have is ensuring homefield in a potential matchup with the Angels...
2005-10-01 17:11:20
563.   randym77
Thanks! Guess this means tomorrow's game will be nice and relaxing.

Though it would be nice if we could beat Boston with our scrubs, like Chicago did to Cleveland. :-D

2005-10-01 17:25:50
564.   randym77
The Red Sox blog at Boston.com has these two lines on the Fox split screen:

//So, how you all enjoying that Cleveland-Chicago game on TV?

Way to go, Fox. //

2005-10-01 17:38:50
565.   Zack
I had to go to a meeting this afternoon, I put it off aas long as humanly possible, but left with Bernie about to bat in the 8th and showed up late. It was torture. No radio around here even talking about it, just USC football and the Padres (I like the Pads, but they are my national league team, which is so far below the Yanks). So I had to hope for the best until someone told me (who came later on) that the Yanks had indeed clinched. Thank God!

Good to see everyone is still posting and excited!

I can't believe Torre would be so stupid as to start Moose in game 1, but then again, I guess I can believe it. It seems like a very very unfortuante move, whereas if he starts tomorrow, you can see what he has. So who pitches tomorrow, DePaula? if thats not throwing in the towel than what is? Joe, please don't do this. I guess it would be Wright

I think it is worth trying to win tomorrow and seeing what we have in Moose and Wright, and forcing the Sox to push themselves, in addition to the fact that I would much rather face the White Sox than the Angels. Oh well, this is Torre...

Ortiz will hit a few HRs tomorrow and "tie up" his MVP status, but we all know that today is the day that really mattered. I am so happy, and so in shock

2005-10-01 17:49:19
566.   Zack
The espn article on the Yanks says Wright is replacing Moose, its official. Torre, you better be right about this
2005-10-01 17:57:30
567.   Zack
Hey Cliff/Alex, can we make this picture a header for a post, its so poetic:
http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/photos?photoId=877336&gameId=251001102
2005-10-01 18:17:40
568.   randym77
I'm sure there will be a very quick hook waiting for Moose, if he doesn't pitch well.
2005-10-01 18:39:37
569.   BklynBomber
// Good to see everyone is still posting and excited! //

Mad love to Cliff and Alex for keeping the Banter Extra Innings Lounge open 24/7... all is right with the world once again — the Pinstripes are playing October baseball — where wives, girlfriends, better halfs, kids, pets, bosses, clients, whoever... either join in or take a back seat and keep their F'n mouths shut ;-)

In terms of our first round opponent, I rather see the White Sox. Even though we may end up with home field over the Halos, I don't think the Angels fear us on any level. A lot of that squad that KO'd us in '02 is still there and they've beaten us more than we've beaten them since '98. Add in a emotionally drained Yankee team that may have to deal with red-eye coast-to-coast flights, etc... who needs it?

Not to say (or disrespect) the ChiSox 'fear us' — but I like the way we match up with them, plus a few intangibles like the Sox suddenly on the biggest stage with everything on the line, where I'm thinking/hoping the poise element might be in our favor.

Update: No help from the Rangers yet, Angels up 6-1 in the 5th...

2005-10-01 19:34:03
570.   BklynBomber
Still scoreboard watchin':

In Texas: Rangers close it to 6-5, bottom 7, second and third, 2 out... pitching change for the Halos...

2005-10-01 19:43:20
571.   Shaun P
Bklyn, I was sure I was the only still here - you beat me to the 6-5 Angels still leading post. =)

BTW, after Iguchi's HR today that helped us win the division, I'd be A-OK if he won ROY over Robbie. Probably Huston Street or Joe Blanton really deserves it, based on performance, but I'd be surprised if either on them won.

2005-10-01 19:43:26
572.   BklynBomber
Pat Shields brought in to face Sori... who goes down lookin'. Funny moment: Shields delivery takes him off the mound toward third base, he throws the pitch and starts trotting to the dugout before the ump even signals the call...

Top 8: Ex-Yank Juan Rivera drops one inside the right field foul pole for an HR. Back to 7-5 Halos...

2005-10-01 19:47:29
573.   BklynBomber
Shaun, thankfully the joint never closes ;-)

Agreed on Robbie — hard to make a solid case given both some other great performances and the ever-present NY-bias from sportswriters...

2005-10-01 19:53:45
574.   Shaun P
Bklyn, its one of the things I love most about this place. =)

Stupid Shields - two out, no one on for Texas - argh! He's been terrible the last couple months, why did he have to remember how to pitch now?

Hey, DeRosa just singled - hopefully Texas can get the top of the order up!

2005-10-01 20:07:05
575.   Shaun P
If anyone is paying attention still, Gary Matthews Jr tripled off K-Rod - with one out now in the bottom of the 9th, Teixeira, Blalock, and Sori due up. We might get that 2nd seed locked up yet tonight - the best ending to a great day.
2005-10-01 20:07:40
576.   Shaun P
Now Teixeira tripled - 8-7 Angels, still only 1 out, Blalock, Sori, and maybe Mench coming up!
2005-10-01 20:12:25
577.   watziznehm2
Bklyn good to know that there is still someone here, but whats the scenario where we can play the Chisox? If Cle wins the WC, we would play them right and if the Sox win the WC, they would play the Chisox. Am I missing anything?
2005-10-01 20:25:24
578.   Shaun P
watziznehm2, I don't think we can play the ChiSox in the 1st round (curses). Yanks would have to be the 3 seed in the AL and Cleveland would have to win the WC = they'd be the 4 seed, couldn't play 1 seed Chicago 'cause they're from the same division = Chicago plays 3 seed (ie Yanks).

BUT for Cleveland to win the WC, we need to beat Boston tomorrow - and one more Yankee win makes us the 2 seed. I guess the question becomes whether where we play the Angels on Tuesday - the Bronx, or wherever the hell the Angels are these days. ;)

2005-10-01 20:26:52
579.   Shaun P
So, long story short, I think you've got it covered right. I could be wrong though - its pretty late, and I'm pretty tired.

Guess we'll fall a few comments short of 600 tonight. Should be fun to watch tomorrow's game - I'm really hoping Torre lets Bernie manage.

2005-10-01 20:28:49
580.   watziznehm2
Yeah thats what I thougaht, thanks for confirming. Damn the Halos just won, so we need to win tomorrow to get homefield advantage.
2005-10-01 20:32:04
581.   BklynBomber
8-7 Angels, final. Sori let us down twice tonight! No loyalty ;-)

watz — For us to open against the ChiSox, we would have to beat Boston tomorrow — while the Tribe wins against Chicago — which would force the do-or-die one game playoff for the Wild Card in Fenway on Monday. If Cleveland wins that game, we would open against Chicago and the Tribe would play the Angels in the opening round...

In short, if Cleveland pulls it off and gets the Wild Card, MLB rules state that a WC team cannot play it's Division Champ in the opening round (just like Yanks and the Red Sox last year)...

My head is spinnin'... 99% sure that's correct

2005-10-01 20:43:07
582.   BklynBomber
#579 — Shaun, great thought about Bernie! In all the madness surrounding today, who was thinking about that? Good call, hope Joe is reading!
2005-10-01 20:54:21
583.   mikeplugh
I hope we don't have to fly to LA to start the playoffs. I hate that trip. The Yankees always seem to come out sluggish.

Whatever the case, I think we will prevail in that series. Likewise, I don't fear Chicago despite the pitching. The Sox are the only team that give me the willies.

Anaheim is certainly tough and I think we'll have a fight ahead of us, but they aren't the same team they were in 2002 to me. Vladdy is a monster, but the rest of their guys aren't as scary as they were a few years back....with the exception of K-Rod.

Chicago doesn't scare me at all either. Their starters have been super tough all year, but somehow I think the Yankees will handle them.

Imagine another 7 game series with the Red Sox. Ugh. Will any of us survive that?

2005-10-01 21:02:31
584.   PeteyNice
Bklyn:

We cannot play the White Sox in the first round. If Boston is the Wild Card they would automatically face the White Sox. If Cleveland is the Wild Card that means we beat Boston tomorrow so we'd have a better record than Anaheim and thus we would play Cleveland.

2005-10-01 21:13:14
585.   BklynBomber
PeteyN — Thank you for the short and sweet! I had a feeling it was less complicated than it actually is when I was trying to construct that... playoff scenarios and astrophysics have always screwed me up ;-)
2005-10-01 21:41:56
586.   Zack
Well, I think home field is a vvery major factor to play for tomorrow, especially cxonsidering this team's home/road splits. So considering that, I would go all out tommorow Joe. The Yanks are the second best team in the majors behind the Sox, and just barely behind the Sox, so us at home is so much better than us on the road. Especially with those f'ing "thinder sticks' and the stupid rally monkey. eww
2005-10-01 22:00:20
587.   mikeplugh
I'm curious about the lineup. I think it sounds like a bunch of the regulars want a shot at knocking the Sox into Monday. My best guess is that Torre will go heavy on rookies and backups though. Here's a couple of lineup scenarios I think could play out.

1. Competitive

LF Matsui
CF Bernie
RF Crosby
1B Tino
2B Cano
SS Escalona
3B A-Rod
C Posada
DH Sierra

2. Rest-oriented

LF Lawton
CF Womack
RF Crosby
1B Phillips
2B Cano
SS Escalona
3B Bellhorn
C Nieve
DH Matsui

2005-10-01 22:17:49
588.   mikeplugh
Looking at the 1st lineup, I think I should qualify it by saying that A-Rod, Posada, Matsui and the other (semi) regular players would likely only play into the 5th or 6th before opting for a younger group. Kind of a 2-3 at bat chance to put the lights out on Schilling and the Sox before giving way to Bellhorn, Nieves, Lawton, and the younger kids.
2005-10-02 00:04:55
589.   Stormer Sports
We will play Anaheim. Not to worry about the Halos boys. We will win tomorrow, or the Indians will, assuring a one game playoff for Boston, which they will likely win. If we lose and Cleveland loses, the Sox go to Chicago.

I just don't see all unfolding to get Cleveland in. They have to win tomorrow, and win at Fenway the next day. They had a great year but are sputtering, and they would have to face the Red Sox at Fenway.

It seems to me that the Yankees will face the Angels, and the Sox will face the Sox. I'd bet on it.

2005-10-02 01:48:15
590.   mikeplugh
Stormer,

Not sure if I'm reading you wrong, but to clarify....

The Indians must win tomorrow AND the Red Sox must lose for the playoff to occur. If the Sox win they're in. If the Tribe loses and the Sox win, tough beans for Cleveland.

I hope we take care of our half of that equation, because I'd love to see Coco Crisp, Jhonny Peralta, Ben Broussard, and Victor Martinez get their crack at Matt Clement on 3 days rest. We should only be so lucky. Go Yanks.

2005-10-02 01:49:45
591.   mikeplugh
I meant to say....If the Tribe wins and the Sox win it makes no difference. The Sox eliminate Cleveland simply by virtue of their own victory.
2005-10-02 04:37:13
592.   randym77
Mike, I like your "competitive" lineup. Posada should be pretty well-rested, what with getting every RJ start off. Getting a chance to play with less pressure on might do him good. As long as he doesn't get Varitekked again.

I would DH Matsui, though. He won't want to miss the game entirely, but he could probably use some rest.

And yes, leave A-Rod in. Give those Beantowners a look at what a real MVP looks like. ;-)

2005-10-02 05:08:06
593.   mikeplugh
Randy...

I would like to DH Matsui also. It's a rare opportunity to do so with Sheff, Giambi, and Jeter resting. Not sure how Torre will play this one.

I'm guessing that the pitching will determine everything. We may get half a game of competitive hitters, but it will ultimately be up to Wright, Leiter, Mendoza, Felix Rodriguez, Embree, and maybe Mariano if the game is saveable at the end.

2005-10-02 05:35:10
594.   Shaun P
PeteyNice, thanks for putting it much better in 584 than I did above!

Re: today's lineup, at some point I'm pretty sure I heard Torre mention that he'd do what most of his vets wanted - ie, if Jeter wants to play today, Jeter plays. I hope the slightly banged-up crew (Cap'n, Sheff, and Giambi) are rested - giving us mike's 'competitve' lineup, very nice! - but I bet Jeter and Sheff see some action today. Not a full game, but at least 5 innings.

Of course, if Bernie ends up managing, who knows what will happen? IIRC, Sierra managed the last game last year - here was the lineup:

1. Jeter ss
2. Rodriguez 3b
3. Sheffield rf
4. Matsui lf
5. Williams cf
6. Giambi dh
7. Olerud 1b
8. Cairo 2b
9. Navarro c
Halsey p

Except for Navarro catching, I think that was the standard lineup at the end of the year. Note also that most of the regulars didn't play the 2 previous games.

2005-10-03 08:56:06
595.   Schteeve
I was moving this past weekend and still don't have my internet hooked up at home, I'm bummed I didn't get a chance to follow the game in this thread, Congratulations Yankees! I never doubted you guys. (Ok that's not completely true.)

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