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The Kansas City Royals
2006-04-11 06:48
by Cliff Corcoran
Note: The Bronx Banter blog has moved to bronxbanterblog.com.

The Yankees may have started the 2005 season 11-19, but they hit rock bottom at 27-26 following a three-game sweep at the hands of the Royals in Kansas City. Though the Yanks got their revenge at home in August with a three-game sweep of their own, I'm sure the humiliation in KC is still fresh in the minds of the returning members of last year's Bombers. Coming off a disappointing roadtrip in which they went 2-4 due to a pair of one-run loses, I imagine the Yankees are unusually fired up for the lowly Royals.

The Royals are once again the worst team in baseball, though in their defense they do have three solid arms in their bullpen (Burgos, Sisco and Dessens, and will have a fourth when Mike MacDougal gets back from the DL), and four solid bats to kick off their lineup (DeJesus, Grudzielanek, Sweeney and Sanders, though DeJesus could miss the entire Yankee series due to a strained left hamstring). They might even get something useful out of tomorrow and Thursday's starters Jeremy Affeldt and Denny Bautista, but that's the extent of it and everything's relative to how bad the team was last year.

Looking at the members of the 2005 Royals who have been replaced on the 25-man roster for 2006 the thing that jumps out at me when is that only Shawn Camp has surfaced with another major league team. Ruben Gotay, Chip Ambres, Aaron Guiel, J.P. Howell, Leo Nunez and Kyle Snyder all remain in the Royals system but failed to break camp with the team (in part due to the Royals own mismanagement). Terrence Long, Super Joe McEwing, Alberto Castillo, Jose Lima and Brian Anderson are all major league vets who appeared with various teams as non-roster invitees this spring, but failed to catch on. D.J. Carrasco likely saw a similar future for himself and signed with Japan's Kintetsu Buffaloes in February. That these eleven men, nearly half of the Royals 2005 roster, failed to make another team is, to me, proof that the Royals are essentially operating at replacement level.

Meanwhile, the thing Yankee fans will best remember about today's Royals starter Joe Mays is that he was the guy who gave up Hideki Matsui's opening day grand slam in 2003. Here's hoping we see a repeat of that today.
Kansas City Royals

2005 Record: 56-106 (.346)
2005 Pythagorean Record: 60-102 (.370)

Manager: Buddy Bell
General Manager: Allard Baird

Home Ballpark (2005 Park Factors): Kauffman Stadium (99/99)

Who's Replacing Whom?

  • Reggie Sanders replaces Terrence Long
  • Mark Grudzielanek replaces Ruben Gotay and Joe McEwing
  • Doug Mientkiewicz steals playing time from Matt Stairs and Chip Ambres
  • Shane Costa inherits Aaron Guiel's playing time
  • Paul Bako replaces Alberto Castillo
  • Esteban German replaces various marginal bench players
  • Scott Elarton replaces Jose Lima
  • Joe Mays takes over for Zack Greinke
  • Denny Bautista inherits D.J. Carrasco and Brian Anderson's starts
  • Jeremy Affeldt takes over J.P. Howell's starts
  • Elmer Dessens replaces Leo Nunez
  • Luke Hudson replaces Shawn Camp
  • Steve Stemle inherits Kyle Snyder's innings

Current Roster

1B – Doug Mientkiewicz (L)
2B – Mark Grudzielanek (R)
SS – Angel Berroa (R)
3B – Mark Teahen (L)
C – John Buck (R)
RF – Emil Brown (R)
CF – David DeJesus (L)
LF – Reggie Sanders (R)
DH – Mike Sweeney (R)

Bench:

L – Matt Stairs (1B/OF)
R – Tony Graffanino (IF)
L – Shane Costa (OF)
R – Esteban German (IF)
L – Paul Bako (C)

Rotation:

R – Scott Elarton
R – Joe Mays
L – Jeremy Affeldt
R – Denny Bautista

Bullpen:

R – Ambiorix Burgos
L – Andy Sisco
R – Elmer Dessens
R – Mike Wood
L – Jimmy Gobble
R – Luke Hudson
R – Steve Stemle

15-day DL: L – Mark Redman, R – Mike MacDougal
60-day DL: R – Zack Greinke, L – Bobby Madritsch

Typical Lineup

L – David DeJesus (CF)
R – Mark Grudzielanek (2B)
R – Mike Sweeney (DH)
R – Reggie Sanders (LF)
L – Doug Mientkiewicz (1B)
R – Emil Brown (RF)
L – Mark Teahen (3B)
R – Angel Berroa (2B)
R – John Buck (C)

Comments (246)
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2006-04-11 07:22:52
1.   Shaun P
Wow. If DeJesus misses today's game, Wang ought to have an easy time of things, no? That's an awful lineup once you get past Sanders.
2006-04-11 07:31:19
2.   kylepetterson
After going 2-4 SI.com has the yanks @ #11 on their power rankings. Don't get me wrong, there were some really bad play(er)s, but I am really excited about this season. Everybody talks about "if Randy can stay healthy they have a chance". If we get Randy and Moose? I don't think 2-4 has looked this good for a while.
2006-04-11 07:34:05
3.   Zack
Bernie batting 9th again for the hometown crowd. For his (hopefully) last opening day, Joe can bat him 9th today, no problem...
2006-04-11 08:03:04
4.   nickb
As quite possibly the only Royals fan that reads the Toaster, I just had to make a comment when I saw my team listed so prominently at the top of the lineup. Considering the humiliation that the Yanks suffered at the Royals hands in KC last year and the fact that the Royals still suck, this looks like a colossal beat-down in the making. Here's hoping the Yanks show a little mercy and merely defeat the Royals rather than destroy them.
2006-04-11 08:43:07
5.   tocho
Oh no, the voice of god will not be present today for the first opening day since 1951... will the game count anyway, it shouldn't.
2006-04-11 09:14:08
6.   Bob Timmermann
"Attention please. Attention please. Announcing for Sheppard, Bill Hall. Hall, PA announcer."
2006-04-11 09:34:20
7.   Sliced Bread
The loss of Sheppard isn't the only reason this game might have to be played under protest by the Yankees.

With Grudzielanek and Mientkiewicz, the Kansas City club exceeds the maximum number of letters and unpronouncable names a team is allowed to employ in its starting lineup.

2006-04-11 09:48:11
8.   Sliced Bread
Introducing the Royals, Jim Hall is doing his best Bob Sheppard imitation. He has Sheppard's cadence down, but the voice of a mere mortal thing is working against him.
2006-04-11 09:56:42
9.   Sliced Bread
Damon greeted by an enthusiastic roar of approval, not quite as loud as the greetings for Rivera, and Torre who preceeded him, but seemingly as vigorous as the cheers for Jeter and Rodriguez that followed.

Letting the Star Wars theme music play out was a bit much.

2006-04-11 10:10:54
10.   BklynBomber
Section 39 sounds ready to go...
2006-04-11 10:11:56
11.   rsmith51
Are they going to play GBA or Take me out to the ballgame?
2006-04-11 10:14:05
12.   BklynBomber
11 Hey, this is a family show ;-)
2006-04-11 10:25:34
13.   Sliced Bread
Damon double, Jeter ground to short, Sheffield ground to third, Rodriguez walks, Giambi homerun! Yanks up 3-0
2006-04-11 10:25:48
14.   BklynBomber
OK, Giambi!!!
2006-04-11 10:25:56
15.   randym77
Woot! Giambi's first homer of the year!
2006-04-11 10:27:39
16.   rbj
I can hear Gee-am-bino! in my head. Gamecast is ok, but I'd at least like to have a radio on.
2006-04-11 10:29:05
17.   Sliced Bread
Golfs the 0-2 pitch over the right centerfield wall. Nice!
2006-04-11 10:30:31
18.   jedi
Matsui :::shakes head::: what a rally killer!

j/k!

2006-04-11 10:31:55
19.   rbj
OK,
so what's up with The Voice of God? Broken hip? Is it serious? Is this a bad omen?
1998: 1-4 start, piece of the stadium falls
2006: 1-4 start, Mr. Shepard is hurt.
?????
2006-04-11 10:34:47
20.   randym77
Looked like he was out to me. Nice throw by Jorgie anyway.
2006-04-11 10:36:04
21.   Shaun P
rbj 19, I read that the Voice of God 'threw out' his hip, and that he's supposed to be back for the next homestead in a couple weeks. Doesn't sound bad at all. Speedy recovery Mr. Sheppard!

I had the radio on in the car while at lunch, and it was worth hearing 'Giambino!' to know he launched one. BTW, the Bleacher Creatures called for Bernie for a long time - did he ever come out? Sterling and Suzyn didn't say.

2006-04-11 10:36:16
22.   BklynBomber
19 Here's a snip from YES Network:

NEW YORK (AP) -- Public-address announcer Bob Sheppard's authoritative voice was missing from the New York Yankees' home opener for the first time since 1950 because of a hip injury.

Sheppard threw out his left hip Monday night at his Long Island home, the Yankees said before Tuesday's game against Kansas City. He will miss the three-game series against the Royals and hopes to be back April 21.

---

Doesn't sound too bad...

2006-04-11 10:39:59
23.   rbj
Phew, not bad then. Of course at his age anything can be serious.
not thinking about it
2006-04-11 10:40:56
24.   Shaun P
Let's see, 6 outs so far for Tiger Wang - 5 groundouts, 1 K. Not bad at all.

Nice hit, Jorgie - and the new gamecast on espn.com is pretty cool.

2006-04-11 10:42:20
25.   standuptriple
The Yanks can't accomodate Mr. Sheppard? It's not like he has to run the bases. They could wheel him in. Come on! 1950!
2006-04-11 10:46:39
26.   randym77
21 They didn't say on YES. They showed Bernie coming to stand on the top step of the dugout, and said the Bleacher Creatures were chanting for him, but they didn't say if he ever acknowledged them.
2006-04-11 10:49:05
27.   Alex Belth
Cliff is one of those bleacher creaters today. Go Giambo!
2006-04-11 10:49:28
28.   Shaun P
3 Royals up, 3 Royals ground out. Wang is in fine working order today.
2006-04-11 10:52:08
29.   Shaun P
I wonder if more of the usual crowd is in actual attendance today 27? Pretty quiet around here for the home opener, in the middle of the workday no less.

randy 26, at least from what I could hear, the chanting for Bernie went on a good 3 or 4 minutes. Maybe longer. I think the Creatures know its probably the last home opener for the grand Mr. Williams, and are giving him his appropriate due.

2006-04-11 10:53:16
30.   randym77
They just showed a sign that said, "Johnny, welcome to NY. Where winning doesn't take 86 years." Snerk.
2006-04-11 10:55:20
31.   Knuckles
Anyone have a link to a relatively small-sized Gamecast/tracker? Yahoo used to be collapsible to a roughly 2"x2" window, which was perfect for work.

ESPN, MLB, and Yahoo, while all nice, are a little too blatant for the moment.

2006-04-11 10:59:56
32.   Count Zero
"Damon double, Jeter ground to short, Sheffield ground to third, Rodriguez walks, Giambi homerun! Yanks up 3-0 "

Not to be a nudge...but...that should read:

"Damon double. Jeter ground to second, advancing Damon to third with 1 out. Sheffield ground to third, Damon scores. Rodriguez walks, Giambi homerun! Yanks up 3-0 "

But this time, it pays out despite the fact that they borked it up. The Giambi HR covers the blemish. And that's why this team continues to develop and maintain bad habits. 3-0 or not, they misplayed that inning.

2006-04-11 11:02:00
33.   weeping for brunnhilde
I actually posted this in the previous thread before I realized that this was the active game thread. So I'm reposting it here:

Mechanics question: what causes a batter to pop the ball up? Bernie pops up balls he used to drive. Is this a function of declining vision? Declining batspeed? Declining strength?

You pop the ball up when you don't hit it squarely, obviously when you get under it. But what is the precise mechanical failing that causes someone to do this consistently?

Anyone know?

2006-04-11 11:03:57
34.   randym77
31 You're lucky you can follow the game at work. All the sports sites are blocked at my office (including this one). Except USA Today - for some reason their sports section isn't blocked.

I'm playing hooky today. Tomorrow I'll be following the game via USA Today's plain text.

2006-04-11 11:07:43
35.   Shaun P
And Mays walks in run #4! For a moment, I thought Cliff's comment in his preview (Mays giving up Godzilla's '03 opening grand slam) might be eerily prescient.
2006-04-11 11:08:13
36.   Sliced Bread
That's nudging, Count 32 - but you're right, Giambi erased that first inning mini clinic in 'how not to execute small ball.'

However, Yanks just walked in another run to make it 4-1, so there's hope for small ball in the Bronx, after all. Mays lost the plate and is off to the showers.

2006-04-11 11:09:28
37.   Shaun P
Knuckles, it not pitch-by-pitch, but excite has a resizable play-by-play log:

http://tinyurl.com/hq3yd

2006-04-11 11:09:41
38.   Knuckles
34
My first job out of college (1999) I worked for Mellon and they blocked any and all entertainment related sites. If you accessed one, it would come up this bright green "Not Authorized" screen. Fun stuff.

What type of company do you work for? I'd have thought by now that most offices would realize that some freedom of web access is OK.

2006-04-11 11:09:44
39.   Mattpat11
Isn't it much more fun wheb we're doing things right?
2006-04-11 11:10:45
40.   BklynBomber
Well, that sucked...
2006-04-11 11:12:43
41.   Knuckles
Thanks ShaunP, not bad.
2006-04-11 11:14:30
42.   Mattpat11
Shit. Sanders still scares me.
2006-04-11 11:14:53
43.   BklynBomber
1 You said it, ShaunP...
2006-04-11 11:15:48
44.   BklynBomber
Graceful, Jason. Graceful...
2006-04-11 11:16:12
45.   Shaun P
Every Sanders has his day, Bklyn. Still, 10 outs for Wang, 9 by groundout, 1 by K. I'll take that any day of the week, and twice on whatever days Wright is pitching. ;)
2006-04-11 11:18:06
46.   randym77
Dammit. C'mon, Wang, pull yourself together.

38 I'm an engineer. We use a filtering service, so it's not really my bosses who decide which sites are permittable and which aren't.

2006-04-11 11:18:51
47.   Shaun P
Is someone watching this one on TV? What happened on the Brown's double? Way over Damon's head or misplayed?

And what's up with the wild pitches? Tiger's fault, or Jorgie's?

Not seeing the game on TV is a detriment sometimes.

2006-04-11 11:19:27
48.   Mattpat11
The last one was labeled a passed ball on sportsline
2006-04-11 11:19:33
49.   BklynBomber
This game is getting far too interesting than it should be...

I'm feelin' ya on Wright, ShaunP...

2006-04-11 11:20:49
50.   Mattpat11
This isn't happening
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2006-04-11 11:28:51
51.   Mattpat11
This isn't happening
2006-04-11 11:29:12
52.   Mattpat11
This isn't happening
2006-04-11 11:34:41
53.   BklynBomber
47 The double was over Damon's head without much arc to it. I don't think he could have gotten to it if he stayed with it...
2006-04-11 11:36:09
54.   BklynBomber
Maybe it's just me, but for the last 10-15 minutes, this site has been slower than Giambi going from first to third...
2006-04-11 11:36:12
55.   randym77
It was over Damon's head. He played it off the wall.

Dunno if Jorgie should have gotten that ball, but Wang was missing his targets in that inning. Flustered by that homer, I think. Hopefully, he'll pull himself together.

2006-04-11 11:36:29
56.   Shaun P
What, Cano and Bernie both on base with no outs? Or Damon, who had yet to make an out, sacrificing them over - WITH NO FRICKIN' OUTS IN THE INNING AND THE HEART OF THE ORDER COMING UP?!?!?!

I said it before - this small ball bullsh-t has to got to end.

2006-04-11 11:37:55
57.   Shaun P
Bklyn, I've experienced the same thing 54. espn's gamecast has also been slow, though its funny to watch it catch up.

I see Wood has Mays-walking-itis. Very nice.

2006-04-11 11:39:17
58.   BklynBomber
No. That did not just happen.
2006-04-11 11:40:44
59.   randym77
This site was completely 404 for me for awhile.
2006-04-11 11:42:10
60.   Sliced Bread
I missed the Wang implosion. Yikes.

Cano runs out an infield dink for a base hit, Bernie (nice at-bat) rips a single through the right side, Damon sac. bunt advances runners to 2nd and 3rd, Jeter walks, bases loaded for Sheff...
3-2 pitch... pop up... Bernie caught napping at 2nd... double play... UGH! Sickening.

2006-04-11 11:43:36
61.   BklynBomber
Sheff begins with a 3-0 count, bags full... pops up to just behind short, Bernie wanders off second and an alert Barroa (sp?) doubles him up. Un-f'n-believable.
2006-04-11 11:43:58
62.   Knuckles
You just canNOT put two guys on base with no outs and the top of the order coming up, and fail to score one run. This is like 2005 again.
2006-04-11 11:44:34
63.   Sliced Bread
Wang gets back on track with a 1-2-3 5th.
2006-04-11 11:44:58
64.   randym77
I guess Bernie wasn't kidding when he said he found it hard to concentrate on the game when he was DHing. :-P
2006-04-11 11:47:12
65.   rbj
I work in an academic library so there is no filtering. Afternoons I'm on reference, so it is hard for me to get other work done; once I'm into a project I invariably get interrupted.

And Wang's in trouble. Grrr.

Update, I guess we're overloading the system, I tried posting this a couple of innings ago.

2006-04-11 11:47:17
66.   Shaun P
ARGH
2006-04-11 11:48:31
67.   Paul in Boston
I was always a terrible baserunner when I played baseball. I also play the guitar, and am too old. I guess I have a lot in common with Bernie these days...
2006-04-11 11:48:44
68.   BklynBomber
64 No sh-t! If he has his uni on inside out tomorrow, it's time to sit him...
2006-04-11 11:49:20
69.   Sliced Bread
64 I also find it difficult to concentrate on the game, Bernie... when I'm throwing my shoes at the TV!

No excuse for getting picked off at 2nd like that.

2006-04-11 11:51:14
70.   fgasparini
For those following at work, MLB.com has (or used to) a mini-version of its game tracker, though I can't find that function just now--maybe they eliminated it. But you can manually adjust the window to be smaller. I like the MLB tracker best anyway.
2006-04-11 11:51:18
71.   Shaun P
Knucles 62 - its similar to '05, but not alike. In '05 the outs would have come by weak pop outs, fly balls not deep enough to score anyone, or strikeouts. Now, the manager GIVES them away by having guys needlessly sacrifice with NO OUTS IN THE FOURTH FREAKIN' INNING AGAINST THE KANSAS CITY FREAKIN' ROYALS.
2006-04-11 11:52:46
72.   Shaun P
Sorry, Knuckles, didn't mean to omit the second k there.
2006-04-11 11:55:16
73.   Shaun P
On a tangential note while my blood pressure goes down - Bronson Arroyo hit another home run today! Unreal.
2006-04-11 11:58:02
74.   Mattpat11
Wang has looked really bad in bith his starts this year.
2006-04-11 11:59:16
75.   Mattpat11
Why is the human white flag warmin up?
2006-04-11 12:00:19
76.   Mattpat11
If we lose to the fucking kansas city royals, this team dserves all that shit it gets
2006-04-11 12:01:22
77.   Mattpat11
Ug
2006-04-11 12:02:25
78.   Shaun P
Matt do you mean 75 that PROCTOR is up in the bullpen? There goes my bp again . . .
2006-04-11 12:02:42
79.   Sliced Bread
71 Shaun P, the Damon sac. bunt was textbook baseball... but, you're right, the situation (2 on, no out) called for checkbook baseball, as in, a $13 million dollar batter is at the plate, with a $15 million dollar guy on deck. You don't bunt, or punt, you go for the kill.
2006-04-11 12:03:00
80.   Paul in Boston
This is gonna hurt ...
2006-04-11 12:03:07
81.   Shaun P
What's up with these infield singles/bunt singles?

A double play is nice, but giving up another run is not.

2006-04-11 12:03:36
82.   Zavo
Can anyone who is watching this explain how they reached on an infield single and a bunt in back to back ABs?
2006-04-11 12:04:26
83.   Mattpat11
Okay, minimal damage. Can we hit the crappy Kansas City pitching NOW?
2006-04-11 12:05:17
84.   Mattpat11
78 He was up and then sat down after the double play
2006-04-11 12:05:20
85.   Shaun P
nick, so far you're getting your wish 4, and then some.

Well Bernie, time to make up for your blunder with a nice non-out. I don't care what the hell you do, just don't make an out.

2006-04-11 12:06:54
86.   Mattpat11
Elmer Dessens is still in baseball?
2006-04-11 12:07:34
87.   Knuckles
Robbie: These are not major league quality hurlers- make them throw pitches.
2006-04-11 12:07:57
88.   Mattpat11
2005 all over again
2006-04-11 12:09:23
89.   Mattpat11
What an inning.
2006-04-11 12:09:59
90.   Shaun P
That's not what I wanted, Bernie.

Hey Joe - time to bolt Bernie's behind to the pine, ya dig? FREE ANDY PHILLIPS!

2006-04-11 12:11:28
91.   Andre
isn't it time to go to the bullpen? I would think there's some value in trying to win the home opener. Farnsworth for 1.5 innings, Mo for the other 1.5?
2006-04-11 12:11:46
92.   Sliced Bread
3 up, 3 down. Cano, Williams, and Damon were no match for Elmer Dessens. Wow.

Here's Sturtze...

2006-04-11 12:12:55
93.   randym77
82 Well, Michael Kay said Wang's sinker is "too good." I think he meant the ball rolls so slowly when it's hit it doesn't get to the fielders fast enough.

Though one of them should have been an out. (It was very close, so I can forgive the call.)

2006-04-11 12:13:21
94.   tocho
its getting late pretty early for the yanks.

they HAVE to win this game today.

2006-04-11 12:13:38
95.   Shaun P
Sliced, I'll take Sturtze over Proctor any day. 92 Just as long as he has a short leash.
2006-04-11 12:14:28
96.   Sliced Bread
Sturtze? Hurtz! 1 pitch, 1 run. Ouch!

Bring in Farnsworth, Joe, while we have a chance!

2006-04-11 12:14:44
97.   BklynBomber
Nice.
2006-04-11 12:15:26
98.   Mattpat11
Yay Tanyon. Just get Proctor up. I don't care anymore. I may care less than the Team does.
2006-04-11 12:15:48
99.   BklynBomber
Can Sturtze be hit for the cycle in four pitches? I think so...
2006-04-11 12:15:52
100.   Knuckles
Nothing like seeing "In-play, run-scoring play" on the first freaking pitch to Shane freaking Costa.
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2006-04-11 12:16:16
101.   Zavo
This is really making me ill already.
2006-04-11 12:16:35
102.   tocho
OK, this IS 2005 all over again but I seriously doubt another miracle will happen.

what the hell is wrong with these guys!

2006-04-11 12:16:50
103.   Shaun P
I take it back 95. Proctor might have gotten an out before he gave up a home run to Shane Costa.

Two balls, no strikes for Sturtze. Where the hell is Farnsworth? Hell, I'd even take Villone right now.

2006-04-11 12:17:48
104.   JohnnyC
Ah, that's what Spring Training is for...playing golf while other teams are finding out what they have going into the season. Now we understand what "uneventful" means when describing a Yankee ST.
2006-04-11 12:17:51
105.   Sliced Bread
Deep breath, deep breath... need oxygen.

Another hit surrendered by Sturtze. Proctor and Mike Myers getting ready in bullpen.

6-4 Royals in the 7th..

Hey, how about Farnsworth while we have a chance, Joe?

2006-04-11 12:17:57
106.   Simone
What the hell is going on? It is ugly deja vu.
2006-04-11 12:18:11
107.   randym77
Groan. It's deja vu all over again.
2006-04-11 12:21:10
108.   tocho
7-4 bye bye
2006-04-11 12:22:27
109.   BklynBomber
If it was against any other pitching staff, I'd say we'd have a chance to get back into this. Not this one, though...
2006-04-11 12:22:32
110.   JohnnyC
This was the guy Torre was counting on to share set-up duties with Farnsworth?
2006-04-11 12:23:30
111.   JohnnyC
Wayne Franklin is still out there, Joe.
2006-04-11 12:24:53
112.   Sliced Bread
Memo to the programmers at YES: please don't cut back to the game after this commercial! Isn't there another Foxwoods spot you can show us? How about a Yankeeography? Hell, I'd even rather watch a "Centerstage" at this point.
2006-04-11 12:25:14
113.   Knuckles
The only hope I can take from this crap is that Big Stein gets pissed and finally sends Torre out into the sunset, hopefully with Bernie riding side-saddle behind him.
2006-04-11 12:25:28
114.   rbj
Grumble grumble grumble.
-kicks dog-
(fortunately dog is at home)
2006-04-11 12:25:47
115.   vockins
Jesus H Christ. I knew there was a reason I didn't call in sick to go to the game today.
2006-04-11 12:26:43
116.   tocho
lets hope ronan is clutch today and fires up Jets, sheff and arod for 3 runs.
2006-04-11 12:27:28
117.   jedi
See, no need to worry...

And you all thought Bill Hall would do a bad job on opening day. The guy is a natural!

=/

Does it help to say Bronson Arroyo has the same number of homers, Sheffield and Giambi combined?

2006-04-11 12:27:53
118.   Sliced Bread
Myers stopped the bleeding.

OK, perhaps the voice of Ronan Tynan can inspire a 3 run comeback. It's not too late for the hometeam, right Ronan, right?

2006-04-11 12:29:55
119.   Mattpat11
i hate them all. Its a passionate, viral hate.
2006-04-11 12:30:27
120.   Shaun P
If I were Brian Cashman, this is what I would do as soon as this game were over.

1. Drop Miguel Cairo from the 25 and 40 man rosters; replace him with Felix Escalona.
2. Designate Bubba for assignment (who would claim him?). Call up Kevin Thompson.
3. Call Joe. Tell Joe, in no uncertain terms, that Phillips better be in the lineup at DH or 1B every game for the next month. And that Bernie's new role is PH, and nothing more. Make clear that Thompson is the fourth OF.
4. Find someone who is a better pitcher than Tanyon Sturtze. Get that pitcher - be it a trade, waiver claim, or a recall from AA or AAA. Tell Joe the new guy is his next-to-last option out of the pen. That he and Proctor better be pitching only in huge blowouts or its the 14th inning and there's no one else. Then, option Sturtze to the minors, or if that's impossible, designate him for assignment.
5. Congratulate self for undoing most of the more egregiuos missteps from this past offseason and for putting manager on the right track.

2006-04-11 12:30:51
121.   Knuckles
Top o' the order. Let's have 2 quick singles and a nice sac bunt by Sheff.
2006-04-11 12:31:14
122.   Mattpat11
Can someone hit Elmer motherfucking Dessens?
2006-04-11 12:31:30
123.   rbj
The Yanks better get some runs this inning. There's a reason you open up the home portion against the Kansas City freakin' Royals. (with apologies to the KC fan here.)

I can't wait to read Cliff's wrap up of this

2006-04-11 12:32:28
124.   jedi
how about a quick groundout?
2006-04-11 12:32:28
125.   Shaun P
Knuckles - 121 ROTFLMAO!
2006-04-11 12:32:41
126.   Mattpat11
I dont even know where to begin
2006-04-11 12:32:45
127.   Shaun P
Knuckles - 121 ROTFLMAO!
2006-04-11 12:33:57
128.   nickb
No apologies needed. I'm quietly enjoying my one freebie for the year. ;)
2006-04-11 12:34:11
129.   Simone
I can't believe the season just started and they are already making me want to stick a fork into my forehead to dull the pain.
2006-04-11 12:34:57
130.   kylepetterson
Does Sturtz have some dirt on Torre or something?
2006-04-11 12:35:23
131.   Shaun P
123 I hope Cliff is enjoying the nice weather, and the experience of watching a game live at Yankee Stadium. Because if I were him, I would have had a heart attack by now.

Hey Joe, how about telling Giambi to try to bunt his way on to start the 8th? Gotta inject some smallball here before its too late, right, score some runs, right?

2006-04-11 12:35:36
132.   Sliced Bread
Jeter groundout, Sheff K's with a weak hack (0-4) and is booed, A-Rod strikes out looking. Yanks go quietly in the 7th.
Sliced Bread swallows tongue, refuses resuscitation.
2006-04-11 12:36:29
133.   Mattpat11
A-Rod? You don't want to be here today? Go the fuck home and dive in your money like Scrooge McDuck for all I care. Just don't waste our time here. I'm sure there's SOMEONE on the bench willing to swing thr bat.
2006-04-11 12:37:55
134.   Start Spreading the News
someone ask for proctor?
2006-04-11 12:38:34
135.   Shaun P
ALLLLLLLLRIGHT! Joe's decided to put this one way out of reach, without even asking Giambi and Matsui to bunt. Heeeeeeeere's Proctor!

I am absolutely sick.

2006-04-11 12:38:53
136.   BklynBomber
Emil, Elmer, Gobble are beating the crap out of Vinny, Louie and Spike. Go figger.
2006-04-11 12:39:15
137.   vockins
Proctor. Jesus.
2006-04-11 12:39:54
138.   rilkefan
133 - I had forgotten that a K looking counts for two outs.
2006-04-11 12:39:58
139.   Mattpat11
Is this Joe's way of saying "get this schlub off my team"?
2006-04-11 12:41:28
140.   Mattpat11
133 I want one rational explanation for strikeouts looking right down the plate. Is the player hoping the umpire doesn't notice? There is NO justifcation for strikeouts looking.
2006-04-11 12:41:51
141.   domvjr
I don't know, but Procter hasn't pitched badly in his last two outings. Sturtze, should be buried, never to see the light of day again.
2006-04-11 12:42:05
142.   BklynBomber
Proctor is just layin' it over the plate.
2006-04-11 12:43:11
143.   Shaun P
OK mattpat 140 - he got fooled. Happens to everyone, even that 'clutch' warrior Papi Ortiz.

I don't mind K's looking anymore than I mind any other kind of out. They're all equally bad to me.

2006-04-11 12:43:40
144.   Mattpat11
141 Dont say that. The more people begin to trust Proctor in blowouts the more likely it is he gets more time.
2006-04-11 12:45:14
145.   Mattpat11
143 BY WHAT? The right down the middleness of it? Same thing with Damon the the other night. What the hell ever happened to protect the plate? What the hell pitch are they waiting for?
2006-04-11 12:45:36
146.   BklynBomber
Nice glove, Jorgie...
2006-04-11 12:47:52
147.   randym77
Nice work by Posada. I thought he was going to kill himself, trying to catch a fly ball near the dugout. He had to step around some bats without looking down, and ended up making the catch near the top of the dugout steps.
2006-04-11 12:48:50
148.   Shaun P
Man, I know the Yanks can't win 'em all, but these are the games that really irk me. Losing to great pitchers on good teams happens. Losing to Joe Mays and the Royals ought to be a crime.
2006-04-11 12:49:06
149.   BklynBomber
Get on base, Jason!
2006-04-11 12:50:19
150.   BklynBomber
Go deeeeeeeep, 'Zilla!
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2006-04-11 12:50:45
151.   Shaun P
Command 149 and ye shall receive, Bklyn! Or something like that. ;)
2006-04-11 12:50:52
152.   rbj
At least Giambi's done his part. Please tell me he's being pinch run for, and Philips will play 1st.
2006-04-11 12:51:00
153.   BklynBomber
That'll work... now gap one, Jorgie!
2006-04-11 12:51:12
154.   Sliced Bread
Go figure. Proctor made the Royals look like, well, the Royals. He did the job, but didn't inspire much confidence -- Gave up a LOUD foul ball that was a split second away from being a home run, and the final out, a pop up behind the plate, should have been launched to Staten Island.

Let's go, Giambi...ah, a lead off walk, perhaps Phillips should run for him, Joe.... Joe?... Joe?

Ah, Matsui singles... hey, how about somebody running for Giambi, Joe? ... Joe? Joe?

2006-04-11 12:51:58
155.   Knuckles
Plz put Andy in for Bernie if the LHP stays in there.
2006-04-11 12:52:14
156.   Shaun P
Rally! Rally! Rally!

Dear Mr. Torre,

Please, for the love of all that is holy and good, don't let Bernie bat against Andrew Sisco and his upper-90s fastball. PLEASE let Andy Phillips bat in his place.

Sincerely,

Bronx Banter

2006-04-11 12:52:50
157.   BklynBomber
154 Thinking the same thing, Slice. But we may need Jason for one more AB...
2006-04-11 12:54:37
158.   Shaun P
Dear Mr. Torre,

Please, before you get any more cockamanie ideas, don't have Cano try the ole' sacrifice. We're asking nicely here.

And if that doesn't work, we're begging. Wailing, even.

Sincerely,

Bronx Banter

2006-04-11 12:55:19
159.   BklynBomber
Big hit, Cano...
2006-04-11 12:55:38
160.   Shaun P
A thousand apologies to Batgirl, who pulls off that "Dear so-and-so" letter much better than I do. It just seemed appropriate at the time.
2006-04-11 12:56:49
161.   BklynBomber
That could have been worse. Lucky AB for Robbie...
2006-04-11 12:56:53
162.   Simone
Okay, there is hope here.
2006-04-11 12:57:14
163.   Sliced Bread
Good job, Cano. I think all his contact has been to opposite field today.
2006-04-11 12:57:39
164.   BklynBomber
Ohhh, that call was a make-good on Cano's...
2006-04-11 12:57:54
165.   randym77
C'mon, Bernie. You can redeem yourself here.
2006-04-11 12:58:03
166.   Shaun P
I'll take it. Someone tell me that Bernie is not batting against Sisco. I can't bear to look.
2006-04-11 12:58:29
167.   randym77
All is forgiven, Bernie! :)
2006-04-11 12:59:28
168.   Simone
Bernie! Let's go, Johnny Damon.
2006-04-11 12:59:34
169.   Shaun P
Yeah for the run, but I'm sure that Bernie's single there will validate Torre playing him for another month or three.

Nonetheless, a win is a win is a win. Let's go Yanks!

2006-04-11 12:59:38
170.   Marcus
On the way into left center, that ball said "Don't say bye to Bernie just yet!"
2006-04-11 13:00:11
171.   rbj
OK Johnny, time to be a hero. . .
2006-04-11 13:00:23
172.   rilkefan
(Since he won't say it himself)
Bernie to certain people: Bite me.
2006-04-11 13:00:56
173.   Knuckles
Consider me dumbfounded. Cano had better score, and someone should be running for Bernie, stat.
2006-04-11 13:01:12
174.   Shaun P
What a strange move by Bell - take out the lefty Sisco to bring in a righty (albiet the closer Burgos) to face the lefty Damon.

Damon, you better be a-swingin' here, and not a-buntin'.

2006-04-11 13:01:22
175.   Sliced Bread
Right, Bklyn. Cano got lucky there.

Oh, Bernie comes through! Rips a strong REDEMPTION RBI SINGLE from the right side.

Down 1 run. This is NOW OFFICIALLY, UNEQUIVOCALLY A MUST WIN GAME.

2006-04-11 13:01:33
176.   kylepetterson
I'm watching on Gameday - Did we give Sisco a standing O?
2006-04-11 13:01:53
177.   BklynBomber
Earn your stripes, Johnny!
2006-04-11 13:02:47
178.   BklynBomber
Just a single, Cap...
2006-04-11 13:03:09
179.   Shaun P
OK, Cap'n, its your turn. Work the ol' magic here.
2006-04-11 13:03:09
180.   Sean
Homerun Baby woohoo
2006-04-11 13:03:22
181.   BklynBomber
OK, that'll work, too ;-)

JETES!!!!!!

2006-04-11 13:03:26
182.   randym77
Woot! Mr. Clutch comes through. ;-)
2006-04-11 13:03:34
183.   Marcus
Damon earned his pinstripes right there.
2006-04-11 13:03:41
184.   kylepetterson
clutch
2006-04-11 13:03:49
185.   Sliced Bread
CAPTAIN JETER! 9-7 YANKS! SPARES US THE "APRIL FOOLS" HEADLINE! JEE-TER! JEE-TER! JEE-TER~
2006-04-11 13:03:53
186.   Shaun P
I LOVE YOU DEREK JETER!!!
2006-04-11 13:03:54
187.   42YrOldRookie
aw shit
2006-04-11 13:03:55
188.   Sean
Yea baby!!!
2006-04-11 13:03:59
189.   Marcus
Jeter said "Hey Johnny, I think this is what you meant to do."
2006-04-11 13:04:28
190.   Simone
The Captain strikes again!
2006-04-11 13:04:39
191.   nick
o baby!
2006-04-11 13:04:43
192.   Marcus
He pulled it too, how about that. I heart DJ!
2006-04-11 13:04:51
193.   uburoisc
And now I get to see Mariano. Whooo Hoooo!
2006-04-11 13:04:59
194.   Shaun P
186 in a dignified, brotherly kind of way.

OK, now I'm envious of Cliff. Get Mo up in the pen and crank up the Metallica!!

2006-04-11 13:05:44
195.   BklynBomber
Was it 2004 we had something like 65 come from behind wins? I can take the first 7 of games like this if that'll happen again. WOW! Der-ek Jete-r!
2006-04-11 13:05:56
196.   BklynBomber
Was it 2004 we had something like 65 come from behind wins? I can take the first 7 of games like this if that'll happen again. WOW! Der-ek Jete-r!
2006-04-11 13:06:45
197.   nickb
So much for my one freebie...
2006-04-11 13:06:55
198.   domvjr
What's up with Sheff. If he is looking for the Yank's to pick up his extension, he is sure going about it the wrong way! Could the Steroid crap flying around him, be affecting his play?
2006-04-11 13:07:06
199.   Simone
De-rek Je-ter! De-rek Je-ter!

Let's go, Mo!

2006-04-11 13:09:04
200.   BklynBomber
Uno.
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2006-04-11 13:09:24
201.   Shaun P
nickb 197 - sorry man. We might all complain a lot, but nothing ever surprises us with this team.
2006-04-11 13:09:35
202.   Knuckles
Listened to the first inning in my car at lunch, 3-0 Yanks.
Intervening innings followed on gamecast at work.
Ran down to my car when they put Burgos in, and Jeter homers.

I think I have a new weekday-game tradition, my job be damned.

2006-04-11 13:10:46
203.   nickb
201. Nothing surprises me with my team either. We're very creative in finding ways to lose.
2006-04-11 13:11:35
204.   nick
3-run homer 2, smallball 0......
2006-04-11 13:11:46
205.   rbj
Woo hoo DJ!
C'mon Mo.
Still, it should not be this difficult to beat the Royals, the hitters need to make contact, not always swinging for the fence. And the inf. needs to really be on its toes when sinkerballer Wang is on the mound. And ok, it is Opening Day, but in Wang's starts, Giambi DHs and Philips plays first.
2006-04-11 13:12:04
206.   Shaun P
Knuckles, get back to your car before they blow this one, would ya? ;)
2006-04-11 13:14:03
207.   Shaun P
C'mon Mo, double play now. Or a K. Whatever - just get 2 more outs!
2006-04-11 13:14:26
208.   Alex Belth
C'MMONNN, Mo. Turn two boys!
2006-04-11 13:17:20
209.   BklynBomber
Sweet! Mo looks strong...
2006-04-11 13:17:58
210.   BklynBomber
Bust that bat, Mo!
2006-04-11 13:18:21
211.   Shaun P
Just one more . . .
2006-04-11 13:19:25
212.   Sliced Bread
good call, nick 204

HELL-O, MO! Yanks win!

suggested headline over full-page photo of Jeter follow-thru:

CAPTAIN CRUSH BROILS ROYALS

2006-04-11 13:20:21
213.   Shaun P
Phew! That was a little too close for comfort.
2006-04-11 13:20:25
214.   BklynBomber
Yes! 9 home openers in a row. Just announced: longest home opener streak in AL history!
2006-04-11 13:20:28
215.   randym77
And Mo fields the last one himself.

I hope Cliff didn't go home early. :)

2006-04-11 13:20:37
216.   rbj
Yessss, Mo!
2006-04-11 13:20:48
217.   domvjr
Not great on style points, but a win is a win is a win.
2006-04-11 13:21:10
218.   rabid stan
Anybody know the deal with Sweeney's injury? Gameday ain't so clear on that kind of thing. It would be a pity if he's really hurt. Always struck me as a decent guy.
2006-04-11 13:21:46
219.   Alvaro Espinoza
Or...

"JETER SAVES YANKEES BACON"

2006-04-11 13:22:47
220.   randym77
Mo hit Sweeney in the hands with a pitch. He's getting X-rays.
2006-04-11 13:23:30
221.   Alvaro Espinoza
Here's a sad fact. This game just became a "Yankee Classic" much to 11's chagrin.
2006-04-11 13:23:59
222.   BklynBomber
218 On the 'Extra Innings' cable package, the broadcast stops moments after the last out, so no post-game, etc. The only comment on that was by O'Niell, that he'd probably be hitting the X-ray machine...
2006-04-11 13:26:33
223.   Sliced Bread
9-7. Saved by a Jeter field goal -- and Proctor gets the win.

Just as we all predicted.

2006-04-11 13:26:41
224.   rabid stan
Thanks guys
2006-04-11 13:26:45
225.   Alex Belth
A sure-fire stinker an hour and a half ago, that would surely be accompanied by a host of critical articles tomorrow, is now destined for "Yankee Classic on Yes." Go figure. Way to go, Jetes. I didn't see it, but I heard it was a bomb.
2006-04-11 13:27:58
226.   Alex Belth
215. I would be SHOCKED if Cliff left early. He's just not the type. I could be wrong, but I'd doubt it. Go Bernie too. Huge hit. And Giambo, nice day, big fella.
2006-04-11 13:28:33
227.   Alvaro Espinoza
Friend said it was more like (insert Dr. Evil voice) a "laser".
2006-04-11 13:30:20
228.   BklynBomber
225 A 'no-doubter'.
2006-04-11 13:32:34
229.   BklynBomber
Catalanato just hit a 2-run HR off Folke at Fenway, making it 5-3 Sox, top 8...
2006-04-11 13:34:36
230.   bnoj
Why wouldn't Joe Torre pinch run for Jorge Posada in the 8th when he walked onto first, loading the bases? Isn't a situation like this the reason as to why Torre has 3 catchers at his disposal? If he's not going to pinch run for Posada, the Wil Nieves/Koyie Hill spot on the roster is basically useless.
2006-04-11 13:34:50
231.   standuptriple
I too would be surprised if Cliff exited early. He is one of the faithful. But since we're on the subject I feel it's time to come clean. I left after the Yanks got their AB's in the 9th v. Oakland on Opening Night. Do I need to say some "Hail Yoggi's" or something? Or do I get a pass? The A's DID score in the 9th.
2006-04-11 13:40:32
232.   vockins
What the hell happened? I go to the accounting office, come back and the Yanks are up by two? I got to visit them more often! Wow!
2006-04-11 13:40:35
233.   Schteeve
And the legend of Captain Clutch was once again enervated to drive the bookish, straight out of their minds.
2006-04-11 13:43:17
234.   randym77
223 Yeah, but it's worth it! :-D
2006-04-11 14:15:27
235.   Simone
I just saw the game's highlights on ESPN. Loved seeing Giambi and Jeter's home runs. The crowd went wild when DJ hit his homerun. I almost jumped out of my seat all over again.
2006-04-11 14:24:07
236.   BklynBomber
OK, we're tied for both second and last place. Not that we can do much about it until we play 'em, but I don't want to see the Sox' 6-1 suddenly jump to, say, 18-4, while we play win two, lose two. Yanks need the March Madness mentality — every game counts as this season begins to settle in.

Chacon should be up for tomorrow's start after that first outing and no reason for the bats not to remain confident. We should sweep this series.

2006-04-11 14:57:39
237.   Mick S
Where is the Senator?

"Former Yankees catcher John Flaherty, who retired with Boston during spring training, started as a pregame and postgame announcer for the YES Network"

2006-04-11 16:51:33
238.   mikeplugh
The Senator was sitting next to Michael Bloomberg on the 1st base line. He looked SUPER into the game. Wonder if he already misses it.

I'm glad he's sitting in the stands as much as I like the guy.

2006-04-11 17:19:52
239.   yankz
Great win. Jeter is without a doubt my favorite player ever.

Were the pessimists right about Wang?

2006-04-11 17:45:23
240.   randym77
Senator Al cleans up good. I hardly recognized him in that suit and tie.

I think Wang just needs some seasoning.

2006-04-11 18:34:30
241.   Shaun P
Hours later and I still can't believe the Yanks came back and won. Can't wait to see the highlights on ESPN.

Tomorrow, with another game at 1ish, we get to do this all over again!

2006-04-11 19:26:30
242.   markp
"And the legend of Captain Clutch was once again enervated to drive the bookish, straight out of their minds."
The same Derek Jeter who ended more close Yankee losses last year than any other Yankee?
I love DJ, but his "clutch" hitting is vastly overrated by some here and elsewhere.
2006-04-11 22:48:38
243.   mikeplugh
Regardless of the whole "clutch" thing....Jeter is the face of the Yankees in the modern era, and has surpassed every alumnus of the team in terms of popularity, with the exception of possibly Dimaggio and Mantle.

In baseball, moments define athletes rather than statistical data. The data will ultimately help us all understand success and failure, and is useful in analyzing the chances of success for a team. It does not, however, stand the test of time in the minds of fans and loyalists. It's the reason why, no matter how many home runs he puts up in a Yankee uniform, A-Rod will never be considered a better player in the eyes of many Yankee fans.

Everyone knows the impact he has on the game, but Jeter's dive into the stands, relay at the plate against Oakland, HR on opening day, and so on...will basically bronze his legend in our hearts forever. It's not measurable, but it's so important to remember when we think of baseball as a yardstick for history.

2006-04-11 23:04:42
244.   markp
I have to disagree. The current young fans see Derek that way, but there's no way he's even come close to the popularity of some previous players, especially Babe Ruth. I can't imagine Lou Gehrig needs to take a back seat to DJ, and guys like Thurman Munson, Reggie Jackson, and Ron Guidry in the 70's and Yogi and Whitey were extremely popular in the 50's and 60's.
2006-04-12 03:02:36
245.   mikeplugh
Don't misunderstand me markp. I may have been a bit unclear.

There's no way that Jeter remotely approaches the universal popularity of Ruth or Gehrig in their day. Those guys were Michael Jordan, and that mantle is spread out among several sports and markets in 2006.

I'm simply saying that Jeter is the most popular Yankee among people who are alive today. The modern era Yankee fan has been won over by Derek Jeter. There are probably some pockets of older fans who still worship at the alter of Mickey Mantle (think Billy Crystal) and their are some even older fans that go for Dimaggio. Among anyone under the age of, say, 45 Jeter is a runaway favorite.

2006-04-12 05:54:39
246.   Knuckles
mike, i'd revise that estimate to people under 20. you'd be surprised at the variety of favorite yanks out there. me and my bro for example still think donnie baseball is the be all end all of modern yankees, and we think even now he'd be a good late innings defensive replacement for jason.

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