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What Fresh Hell Is This?
2006-07-18 14:13
by Cliff Corcoran
Note: The Bronx Banter blog has moved to bronxbanterblog.com.

Temperatures reaching 100 degrees, a threat of thunderstorms, Alex Rodriguez (toe) and Jorge Posada (four straight starts) out of the line-up, and Sidney Ponson on the mound for the Yankees? My hat is off to the fans who chose to sit through that in person tonight.

For what it's worth, things have been quite heavenly for the Yankees recently. They've won eight of their last nine, easily their best stretch of the year, they're tied in the loss column with the Red Sox, just 2.5 games behind Chicago in the Wild Card chase, and, with a winning percentage two points better than the Mets', have a better record than every team in the National League. In fact, only two teams have lost fewer games than the Yankees thus far this season and the Yankees have a 6-1 record against those two clubs (the Chisox and Tigers).

Keep reading that paragraph as Sir Sidney gets a right pounding at the hands of an exceedingly average Mariners' line-up tonight. It will help. As might the fact that The Big Ponson Toad is going up against Joel Pineiro, who's been down-right Ponson-like of late.

Comments (513)
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2006-07-18 14:38:24
1.   randym77
It's Bernie, not Guiel. Even against a RHP.

Johnny Damon CF
Miguel Cairo 2B
Derek Jeter SS
Jason Giambi DH
Bernie Williams RF
Andy Phillips 1B
Melky Cabrera LF
Nick Green 3B
Kelly Stinnett C

2006-07-18 14:40:22
2.   Alvaro Espinoza
Today is Torre's bday. He turns 66. He wears the number six and the year is 2006.

Is there any way the Yanks DON'T win 6-0 tonight???

2006-07-18 14:43:31
3.   C2Coke
What's with Cairo batting second? Someone mentioned a few days ago that the Yanks had the worse lineup that day in a long time. Now how about this one??

I have already decided my routine tonight. Some re-runs of Raymond and Friends, dinner, repeat Cliff's paragraph about 100 times, then check back the Yanks around 9:45ish. It will be easier to accept whatever the outcome.

2006-07-18 14:43:45
4.   Ali Nagib
Or maybe they'll LOSE 66-6....you just never know in a sport as capricious as baseball.
2006-07-18 14:45:31
5.   C2Coke
6 Way too many "six" in one night. Then again, it may all be suitable scenes for the Fresh Hell.
2006-07-18 14:46:22
6.   C2Coke
And of course by 6, I meant 2.
2006-07-18 14:52:15
7.   rbj
Ah good. I've got Aikido tonight so I'll miss the first half of the game.
2006-07-18 15:04:33
8.   Bill
Is there any actual medical information regarding A-rod? Or is he just being benched for the balance of the homestand to clear his head?
2006-07-18 15:07:41
9.   randym77
We should be getting an A-Rod update soon.
2006-07-18 15:11:34
10.   randym77
And here it is, from LoHud:

>>Joe Torre reports that X-rays were negative on Alex Rodriguez's left foot. It's just sore and he expects him to play tomorrow afternoon.<<

2006-07-18 15:12:08
11.   yankz
Why the hell would Bernie start in a lineup as pitiful as that one?

Of course, now he's going to go 3-4 with a 2B tonight to make me eat crow.

2006-07-18 15:13:34
12.   Gagne55
And not only do the Yankees have a winning % greater than the Mets, it's been done against far tougher competition. There are at least 6 teams in the AL who would capture the number 1 seed in the NL. Not even the Mets would make the playoffs if they played in the AL.
2006-07-18 15:22:02
13.   Sliced Bread
I have a feeling the Fresh Prince of Hell Air is going to keep the Yanks in the game...

oh, sorry, that feeling was just gas.

And like Johnnie Cochran said, A-Rod "If the toe's ok, you must play!"

2006-07-18 15:36:02
14.   yankaholic
If ARod is coming back tomorrow... Posada should be in there.. he could have been given off tomorrow..

any why not Melky at #2??

egads.. this has an L all over it.. i would love to eat my words tho..

2006-07-18 15:37:00
15.   Bama Yankee
13 We might see Will Smith pitching long relief before the game is over...
2006-07-18 15:59:29
16.   unmoderated
a bold prediction:

sir sidney sexy goes five full, throws 110 pitches, walks four, srikes out three, gives up six hits and one run.

stinnett is 1-4 with a three-run homer.

nick green is 2-4 with a walk, run and a SB.

villone gives up a solo shot to ichiro leading off the 7th.

final: yankees 4, mariners 2.

2006-07-18 16:02:15
17.   Dimelo
I may be crazy in thinking that having the lineup distributed evenly, some bad hitters at the top and bottom, so they all at the bottom aren't automatic outs. It's easier for Cairo to hit with men on base and if Damon gets on then you can use Cairo to bunt him over and/or hit behind the runner or even set-up a hit-and-run.

I like it....You're with me crappy lineup. Happy B-Day Torre.

2006-07-18 16:11:44
18.   singledd
3 My lineup had ARod, but Guiel instead of Damon. However, this one 'wins' in the field of suckatude.

Wow, looks at Torre's lineup tonight.
He's gonna lull the Mariners into a false sense of security.

Torre. Genius. Pure genius!

2006-07-18 16:13:25
19.   randym77
I gather Bernie's in there because he has good numbers against Piniero. Probably why Miggy's in the two-hole, too.
2006-07-18 16:18:29
20.   Dimelo
Where is Sir Lancelot so he can gut the shit out of this so called Knight on the pitching mound?
2006-07-18 16:18:31
21.   randym77
Sigh. I miss Jorgie already.
2006-07-18 16:18:37
22.   singledd
From what I hear, compared to 2 years ago, Sir Toad has appeared to turn the corner. He's lost some weight, and people on the Yanks say he has a good attitude.

He's nervous and a little wild, but his stuff doesn't look bad. He needs 2 decent innings to lose the butterflies.

2006-07-18 16:19:28
23.   unmoderated
ah well.
2006-07-18 16:19:48
24.   randym77
Ugh.
2006-07-18 16:19:52
25.   kylepetterson
16 - oops
2006-07-18 16:20:03
26.   singledd
Looked like we might escape. Crap.
2006-07-18 16:20:26
27.   Dimelo
Wow...Sexson has a OBP south of .300. Man...he's tall, white and with power version of Tony Womack.
2006-07-18 16:20:41
28.   kylepetterson
is it just me, or does karl everett have the gayest stance ever.
2006-07-18 16:21:11
29.   Simone
Well, that wasn't good.
2006-07-18 16:22:26
30.   AbbyNormal821
YEESH! 3-0 already? Think it's just 1st inning nerves? Dear God I hope so!
2006-07-18 16:22:56
31.   Schteeve
28 I don't think there are any openly homosexual baseball players, so I'd have no way of knowing what a "gay" stance looks like.
2006-07-18 16:23:06
32.   Cliff Corcoran
Sidney Ponson is bad.
2006-07-18 16:23:59
33.   tommyl
Why is Miguel Cairo batting 2nd? Why? Why? Why?
2006-07-18 16:24:11
34.   kylepetterson
31 - more of the schoolyard "gay" verses the "dude who likes dudes" gay.
2006-07-18 16:24:17
35.   AbbyNormal821
ICK! Bad swing, Miggy...
2006-07-18 16:24:20
36.   tommyl
32 So is Miguel Cairo
2006-07-18 16:25:05
37.   Schteeve
THis is going to be one of those 17-7 things I think.
2006-07-18 16:25:32
38.   AbbyNormal821
Go Giambi! One swing - tie it up!
2006-07-18 16:25:39
39.   kylepetterson
jeter is clutch.
2006-07-18 16:25:55
40.   AbbyNormal821
...or maybe 2 swings?
2006-07-18 16:26:04
41.   Dimelo
Leave Miggy alone...
2006-07-18 16:26:18
42.   yankaholic
37did u chk our lineup??
2006-07-18 16:26:20
43.   AbbyNormal821
Wild pitch? I'll take that!!
2006-07-18 16:27:31
44.   BklynBmr
That'll work...
2006-07-18 16:27:53
45.   Schteeve
42 yep, but Piniero is really bad.
2006-07-18 16:29:30
46.   yankaholic
45 i wud take that... thts y i wud hv had Jorgie in today
2006-07-18 16:30:22
47.   singledd
30 3 runs on 1 hit. It's not like he's getting slaughtered (yet).
2006-07-18 16:31:57
48.   Dimelo
I like that Torre gave Posada a day off. Torre was an ex-catcher, if anyone knows the abuse a body takes when catching it is Torre. I think he made the right move here. Why do people think that all these guys are robots? You have to manage them as valuable commodities.
2006-07-18 16:32:53
49.   AbbyNormal821
True, 47

Hmmm - a strike out...interesting. Can we loop that last at bat for the next 7 innings?

2006-07-18 16:32:57
50.   Zack
Maybe its a good thing that, in continue its tradition this year of complete and total suckatude, my mlb.tv won't get past "buffering"
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2006-07-18 16:33:59
51.   randym77
I think a lot people expected Posada to get Saturday off, since it was a day game after a night game.
2006-07-18 16:34:49
52.   AbbyNormal821
PICK OFF!!! WOOHOO!
2006-07-18 16:35:17
53.   Cliff Corcoran
I think Jones was safe. The tag was a hair late.
2006-07-18 16:36:04
54.   randym77
Nice! Maybe this won't be so bad after all.
2006-07-18 16:36:51
55.   Schteeve
Was that the first Yankee pick off since Andy Pettitte was here?
2006-07-18 16:36:59
56.   yankaholic
48 i get that... but with ARod out.. could have worked him in as a DH or given him off tomorrow..
2006-07-18 16:37:17
57.   randym77
Sweet Homer Alabama!

Sometimes, swinging on the first pitch is good thing...

2006-07-18 16:37:24
58.   AbbyNormal821
Yeah...this game methinks will be very intersting...

Go Andy! Deflected in the open net (or glove as it were!)

2006-07-18 16:37:42
59.   kdw
Andy!!!!!
2006-07-18 16:38:32
60.   randym77
55 No. Villone had one, not long ago.
2006-07-18 16:38:38
61.   AbbyNormal821
Oh hell yeah!
2006-07-18 16:38:46
62.   BklynBmr
A-Rod who? ;-)
2006-07-18 16:40:08
63.   AbbyNormal821
Hell, if the game keeps going the way I hope - Stinnett may even have a good night with the bat!
2006-07-18 16:40:54
64.   AbbyNormal821
...or maybe not!
2006-07-18 16:41:06
65.   Schteeve
Kelly Stinnett is in his fifties, right?
2006-07-18 16:42:40
66.   SF Yanks
65 early 60's
2006-07-18 16:43:35
67.   Schteeve
Damon's a bum. He sucks in the clutch. Let's trade his pansy ass.
2006-07-18 16:44:09
68.   singledd
63 Optimisim YES. Insanity NO.
2006-07-18 16:46:37
69.   tommyl
Anyone else think Stinnett looks like a soccer hooligan?
2006-07-18 16:47:07
70.   yankaholic
67 for Juan Pierre and todd walker
2006-07-18 16:48:06
71.   BklynBmr
70 Or a Johnny Walker with Perrier...
2006-07-18 16:48:55
72.   Schteeve
71 Or Jimmie Walker and Perry Como
2006-07-18 16:49:06
73.   singledd
Shawn Ponson!
2006-07-18 16:49:53
74.   AbbyNormal821
Stinnett looks like one of those Russian wooden dolls that starts out big and then you open one up and there's a smaller one...and so on...and so on...
Seriously, put a scarf around his head and he looks like my great-grandmother Channah!
2006-07-18 16:49:59
75.   yankaholic
russ ortiz gave 3 hrs in a row
2006-07-18 16:50:17
76.   yankaholic
....to the A's
2006-07-18 16:50:57
77.   randym77
No trading Johnny D. He's the best dancer on the team. ;-)

SportsCenter had a segment tonight about a boy with Crohn's disease whose dream was to meet Derek Jeter. Make-A-Wish made it happen. He ended up spending a day at Yankee Stadium, not only with Jeter but with the whole team.

The kid started break dancing on the field during batting practice, and Johnny Damon came up and taught him some moves!

2006-07-18 16:52:02
78.   Schteeve
77 I have to admit I'm a sucker for that Make a Wish series on SC.
2006-07-18 16:53:04
79.   BklynBmr
Jeter is only concerned with running up his BA. Selfish and overrated...
2006-07-18 16:54:20
80.   BklynBmr
See, padding his stats again...
2006-07-18 16:54:42
81.   Dimelo
77 Yeah, I saw that. That was a pretty cool segment from ESPN. That kid was so calm and cool, Jeter and the Yanks defintely made him feel like he was part of the team. Good for him...
2006-07-18 16:56:29
82.   yankaholic
Is there anything more frustrating to a base runner than when he steals.. only to see the batter walk..

ofcourse.. u cant predict anything.. still frustrating

2006-07-18 16:57:27
83.   Schteeve
you know what's even more frustrating than that...
2006-07-18 16:58:35
84.   singledd
Might we have some late in the game PH heroics from ARod? Wouldn't that be sweet.
2006-07-18 16:58:47
85.   BklynBmr
83 Amen.
2006-07-18 17:01:54
86.   Ron Burgundy
Alex Rodriguez will win this game with a walk-off Home-Run. It's fact, because I said so.
2006-07-18 17:07:37
87.   Dimelo
Wow....I'm actually starting to get impressed.
2006-07-18 17:07:45
88.   singledd
Correct me if I'm wrong. Because of Miggy's error, all 3 runs are unearned? And Sir Toad has a 1 hitter after 4?

Might Cash have done it again?
Cash. Genius. Pure genius.

2006-07-18 17:08:45
89.   randym77
Yikes. The radar shows some really bad thunderstorms headed toward NYC.
2006-07-18 17:08:53
90.   Dimelo
When did the anchorman Ron Burgundy join us? First time I see hime. Welcome....
2006-07-18 17:09:15
91.   Ron Burgundy
Sir Sidney must have loaded up on the best stuff the clubhouse minibar had, because he is just knocking down this team from Seattle that I had never heard of before.
2006-07-18 17:09:47
92.   kylepetterson
88 - gameday is calling them earned.
2006-07-18 17:09:52
93.   Dimelo
I though Miggy's error was in the 2nd inning. Sexson hit his HR in the first. I thought that was the sequence of events.
2006-07-18 17:10:43
94.   Ron Burgundy
90 Joined a short while ago. I come to this land from the NoMaas.org and MVPMods.com forums. I have gained much wisdom in my time at NoMaas.org.
2006-07-18 17:11:12
95.   Zack
Man, andy is really slow!
2006-07-18 17:11:57
96.   BklynBmr
93 Correct. The 2 walks set up the 3 run HR...
2006-07-18 17:12:52
97.   BklynBmr
95 Those were some barrel legs chuggin' up that line...
2006-07-18 17:13:22
98.   kylepetterson
nick green looks like he's 60 in gameday.
2006-07-18 17:13:56
99.   kylepetterson
and possibly a robot.
2006-07-18 17:14:21
100.   singledd
My bad. Still a one-hitter and a good showing, all-in-all considered.
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2006-07-18 17:15:41
101.   Ron Burgundy
OK, I know, it's a AAA line-up, but the man on the mound has a 6 ERA. Even a AAA team should be able to hit that.
2006-07-18 17:16:40
102.   Dimelo
Where are they lately, Carl Pavano?
2006-07-18 17:17:58
103.   singledd
Cano out AT LEAST another week (according to Kaye)? He was due back last weekend. This might be bad.
2006-07-18 17:19:25
104.   randym77
All right, you have to admit, that was a good AB for ol' Kelly.
2006-07-18 17:19:25
105.   singledd
Posada is available to PH also.
Man, what a great bench we have tonight!
2006-07-18 17:19:27
106.   BklynBmr
A Giambi-esque AB for Sinnett... except for the infield hit.
2006-07-18 17:21:20
107.   randym77
103 I'm not surprised. They always seem to underestimate how long it takes hamstring strains to heal. They thought Bubba would be on the shelf for a week. It was almost a month.
2006-07-18 17:27:52
108.   yankaholic
Cashman keeps insisting that Pavano will be back sometime in August.. i just donno how, does he mean back in AA by August?
2006-07-18 17:28:32
109.   kylepetterson
108 - I think it means back on the DL
2006-07-18 17:28:51
110.   Ron Burgundy
Why do we have 2 runs off a pitcher with an ERA close to 6? Bad line-up or not, this is one of the worst pitchers in the AL.
2006-07-18 17:30:47
111.   yankaholic
110 i think the M's are repeating the same thing..

is this the guy that got cut twice.. but they chuckle atleast we have a 3Run HR

2006-07-18 17:31:22
112.   randym77
I don't think he's bad so much as inconsistent. He'll give up six runs one game, one the next.

We seem to have caught him on a good ngiht. So far.

2006-07-18 17:31:24
113.   yankz
Holy sh-t, Ponson is ugly. (I just checked in). This game looks winnable...which would be a miracle.
2006-07-18 17:33:11
114.   JeterChrist
110 2 runs in 4 IP, that's a 4.50 ERA, against the lineup we're throwing out there right now that includes LH Bernie, Stinnett, Cairo, Cabrera, Phillips and Green (albeit with 2 hits). That's pretty much pitching to form.
2006-07-18 17:33:17
115.   Simone
The Yankees have had their chances to score. The game is actually closer than I thought it would be at this point as it is still winnable.
2006-07-18 17:34:44
116.   Simone
Was there really no back up catcher better than Stinnet out there?
2006-07-18 17:34:45
117.   Ron Burgundy
We had a damn good chance to score, but then Bernie happened.
2006-07-18 17:36:08
118.   yankaholic
116 At 5 mill we cud have had Molina for one year...
2006-07-18 17:36:29
119.   Ron Burgundy
116 Will Nieves seems like an OK option over in AAA. Can he possibly be worse than Stinnett?
2006-07-18 17:37:05
120.   yankaholic
117 When pressed, Joe Torre conceded, he will never pinch hit for Bernie..
2006-07-18 17:37:20
121.   singledd
116 Piazza could have been had for a song. Our worst off-season non-move.
2006-07-18 17:37:34
122.   Sliced Bread
Hmm. Ponson is wearing #24. Did he eat Tino?
Toad's schvitzing like a wet sprocket. Let's hope this doesn't turn into a luau.
2006-07-18 17:37:44
123.   Ron Burgundy
Nice to see Damon, Jeter and Giambi overwhelmed by the amazing Joel Pineiro. The other guys I get. But why are Damon, Jeter, and Giambi mowed down like minor leaguers by a pitcher with an ERA close to 6?
2006-07-18 17:38:38
124.   yankaholic
123 coz they are pressing.. oh wait.. only ARod presses..
2006-07-18 17:39:13
125.   chris in c-bus
evenin', yankee fans...
2006-07-18 17:39:25
126.   singledd
Soz up 1-0 after 5. I don't think we can count on KC to win a game at Fenway. I really don't want to lose any ground.

Aside from 1st inning control jitters, Sir Toad has been good.

2006-07-18 17:39:26
127.   JeterChrist
Because its 100 degrees here, I'm not too sharp today, but Miguel Cairo is batting 2nd tonight and Lefty Bernie is playing over Guiel?

There's an easy solution to not pinch hitting for Bernie, and that's don't play him unless a lefty is starting.

2006-07-18 17:39:53
128.   randym77
123 Hey, not everyone can hit like Kelly Stinnett, Nick Green, and Andy Phillips.
2006-07-18 17:40:39
129.   randym77
127 Record against the pitcher, I think. Both Bernie and Miggy have a good record against Pineiro.
2006-07-18 17:40:48
130.   yankaholic
127 u mean a sensible platoon.. wunder if Torre thought abt it
2006-07-18 17:42:11
131.   chris in c-bus
Andy! what a snag!
2006-07-18 17:42:12
132.   randym77
All right, Andy, that makes up for last night...
2006-07-18 17:42:16
133.   claybeez
Way to go, Andy!
2006-07-18 17:42:21
134.   BklynBmr
... and Ponson was at the bag!
2006-07-18 17:42:52
135.   JeterChrist
Not signing Piazza was pretty bad, I thought Ramon Hernandez would have been an interesting fit as well, given the dire state of catching in the system ahead of Montero, G-Rod, and Sanchez.
2006-07-18 17:42:56
136.   Ron Burgundy
130 Platoon Bernie? That's insane! Why, he's a Gold Glove-winning, Batting Title-contending, professional hitter with good plate discipline.
2006-07-18 17:43:47
137.   BklynBmr
132 Andy could be on the DL now if that throw found his grill. Lucky...
2006-07-18 17:44:53
138.   JeterChrist
129 I'm sure Bernie has some good numbers vs. a lot of pitchers that he won't hit well against now. Any pitcher Cairo handles is a nice bonus.
2006-07-18 17:44:55
139.   randym77
130 Oh, he thought about it. That was the point of getting Guiel. He just can't quite bring himself to write Guiel's name on the lineup card that often.

He was also planning to DH Bernie more often (benching Andy and putting Giambi at 1B).

But I suspect Andy's making that difficult. He's really put it gear since the break.

2006-07-18 17:45:51
140.   chris in c-bus
My bad if bringing up old news, but it looks like Hughes had another dominating start...
5 IP, 3H, 9K

As for Ponson, even if we lose at least we wont have to burn up the pen...He's headed to the 7th on just over 80 pitches...Of course, this is assuming he doesnt rush into the clubhouse, down a 5th, and punch a judge in the face in between innings...

2006-07-18 17:46:30
141.   Ron Burgundy
Our 5-6-7 hitters coming up. Usually, that would mean Sheffield, Matsui, and Cano. Instead, it means Bernie, Andy, and Melky. Sigh...
2006-07-18 17:48:13
142.   BklynBmr
This game is getting into a quick rythmn. Too quick. Let's make some noise, Yanks!
2006-07-18 17:48:30
143.   JeterChrist
139 I wonder if that's the same line of Joe's thinking that keeps Kris Wilson and Bubba Crosby in New York, and Thompson, Smith, and Beam in Columbus.
2006-07-18 17:48:35
144.   singledd
While anything can happen, we are playing without FIVE of our starting lineup. Pretty hard for any team to win under those circumstances.
2006-07-18 17:51:17
145.   randym77
143 I think Wilson's still on the roster because he's their fallback if Ponson couldn't handle it. He's a starter. Smith and Beam are not.
2006-07-18 17:52:18
146.   rsmith51
Is ARod available to pinch-hit?
2006-07-18 17:52:44
147.   marc
Ponsion has a 3 hitter going. Our line-up is just too sucky. OK, one of those hits was a 3 run homer but it's still a 3 hitter.
2006-07-18 17:52:55
148.   randym77
146 Yes.
2006-07-18 17:53:13
149.   yankz
At least he ate the innings too...
2006-07-18 17:53:18
150.   BklynBmr
Nice throw by Green...
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2006-07-18 17:53:41
151.   JeterChrist
145 So Basically the line of thinking there is that if the starter in 1 game really really blows it, we have a back up starter to stop the bleeding, and another one ready in case he can't stop the bleeding in Chacon? Instead of acclimating 2 young arms that could help Mo down the stretch?

As I say that, Wilson is warming up. Awesome.

2006-07-18 17:53:46
152.   Dimelo
141 Those guys are not here. No sense talking about those guys.
2006-07-18 17:54:55
153.   Ron Burgundy
146 Yes, probably. And as I have already announced, he will win this with a walk-off home-run.
2006-07-18 17:56:21
154.   vockins
Any chance on a trade for Bob Wickman? I'd like to see a Ponson to Bean to Wickman rotund round.

I hope no one made that stupid joke already.

2006-07-18 17:57:34
155.   yankaholic
151 wait ur asking so many tuff qns to Joe...easy its his Bday...

come on Joe... time to get Escalona to the bench over Andy

2006-07-18 17:58:25
156.   Max
These are the times where you have to really grit your teeth and say there's plenty more of the season left. Tossing a mickey mouse lineup and a tenth rate starter out there, and losing ground to just about everyone as a result (RS, WS, Jays, Twins)...sigh.

I just wish it were a Halladay or a Santana that was applying the kill...not a Pineiro.

2006-07-18 17:59:02
157.   randym77
151 I think Wilson may be headed back to Columbus, now that Ponson's proved he can do it.

They are obviously not going to use Chacon until he gets his curveball fixed. He's dead weight on the roster right now. But they still think he could be what he was last year, so they aren't going to DFA him. They may trade him, if the right deal comes along.

2006-07-18 17:59:46
158.   marc
I hope this is going to be the real Ponson and not just one impressive game when motivated to impress the new team. The guy used to be a damn good pitcher. Well, Joe taking him out while there's still a good taste in everyone's mouth. Damn, we should still be able to win this game
2006-07-18 18:01:31
159.   AbbyNormal821
Rock on, Ronnie!
2006-07-18 18:01:46
160.   Chofo
It´s a Miracle is we win this game. My mind set is that we are going to bed with a 1.5 games behind in the East. This game was lost since the line-up card was written.
2006-07-18 18:02:34
161.   Sliced Bread
Warts and all, Toad did ok.

Nice ovation.

Rally time.

2006-07-18 18:03:53
162.   bnoj
Any reason why Joe Torre put in Ron Villone instead of Mike Myers to face Ichiro in the 7th? Not that I am against the Villone move, he's a lefty too, but I'd figure that Myers would be pitching in a spot where a LOOGY would be perfect on the mound.
2006-07-18 18:04:00
163.   Ron Burgundy
Jon Lester was pitching a ShutOut.
2006-07-18 18:04:19
164.   randym77
I really wish Joe had put Guiel in instead of Bernie. Bernie's playing way too often.
2006-07-18 18:04:19
165.   Dimelo
Man, is this game over....I can't believe the amount of sulking over a 2 run lead. I never let those thoughts enter my head.
2006-07-18 18:05:28
166.   randym77
162 Saving Myers for later, maybe.
2006-07-18 18:06:21
167.   BklynBmr
The Yanks have been shutout for the last four innings...
2006-07-18 18:06:38
168.   yankaholic
165 nah.. jus hving fun at our lineup... going into april.. cud u hv seen this...NO..so fun n sarcasm actually makes it easy to digest
2006-07-18 18:06:56
169.   BklynBmr
The 'The MFn Stick' GREEN!!!
2006-07-18 18:07:16
170.   AbbyNormal821
Nice hit by Green...
2006-07-18 18:07:24
171.   AbbyNormal821
Nice hit by Green...pray for a pitching meltdown by Seattle!
2006-07-18 18:07:38
172.   randym77
Wow. Nick sure isn't hitting like a guy with a .122 average.
2006-07-18 18:07:41
173.   yankaholic
jorgie time
2006-07-18 18:08:02
174.   Ron Burgundy
Nick Green?
2006-07-18 18:08:04
175.   AbbyNormal821
..that's because his average is .140...tee hee!
2006-07-18 18:08:05
176.   BklynBmr
165 Don't go anywhere, Dimelo...
2006-07-18 18:09:01
177.   Ron Burgundy
$50 says that runner on 2B with NO Outs doesn't score.
2006-07-18 18:10:05
178.   yankaholic
177 BOOOOO
2006-07-18 18:10:55
179.   Dimelo
I'm here...just stay focused ladies and gents. We will win.

I'll raise your $50, Ron Burgandy.

2006-07-18 18:11:17
180.   singledd
This is another reason not getting Piazza was such a poor move. Poor Jorge can never get a full day off. However, if they knew ShefSui would go down, they would have gotten Mikey.
2006-07-18 18:12:02
181.   Ron Burgundy
178 Well, we've stranded dozens of lead-off triples and hundreds of lead-off doubles this year...
2006-07-18 18:12:09
182.   AbbyNormal821
Crap! Dammit, Jorgie! GGGRRR!!!
2006-07-18 18:12:39
183.   Ron Burgundy
179 Agreed. A-Rod will hit a walk-off HR.
2006-07-18 18:13:13
184.   randym77
175 LOL! He may be getting off the Interstate soon if he keeps this up.

What a night Nick's had. I think if Torre tried to pinch-hit A-Rod for Nick, he'd be booed.

2006-07-18 18:13:20
185.   BklynBmr
177 That better be a reverse jinx you're workin' up there...
2006-07-18 18:14:17
186.   yankaholic
181 scored many of them too... see its post stretch time... so just hoping to cash the ducks on the pond now...
2006-07-18 18:15:09
187.   Ron Burgundy
185 I don't even know. I hope it's a jinx.
2006-07-18 18:15:23
188.   Dimelo
185 Yeah it better be, Mr. Burgandy.
2006-07-18 18:15:32
189.   Alex Belth
This lefty is pretty good. You can count on Damon to put together tough at bats. Down 0-2, goes full, before he Ks.
2006-07-18 18:15:47
190.   Dimelo
YES!!!!
2006-07-18 18:15:51
191.   BklynBmr
2-out rally time, boys...
2006-07-18 18:15:51
192.   AbbyNormal821
Crap!!! DAMMIT JOHNNY!!!!

OK - here's A-Rod...

2006-07-18 18:16:40
193.   AbbyNormal821
I think A-Rod should KICK a friggin' home run with that bum toe!!! What? It could happen....
2006-07-18 18:17:20
194.   Alex Belth
What are the odds that A Rod does does something big here?
2006-07-18 18:17:22
195.   Sliced Bread
Now batting... SUPER TOE!
2006-07-18 18:17:36
196.   Dimelo
Let's go ARod, Clap-clap-clapX3!!!!!
Let's go ARod, Clap-clap-clapX3!!!!!
Let's go ARod, Clap-clap-clapX3!!!!!
Let's go ARod, Clap-clap-clapX3!!!!!
Let's go ARod, Clap-clap-clapX3!!!!!
2006-07-18 18:18:08
197.   Ron Burgundy
GO! A! ROD!
2006-07-18 18:18:18
198.   yankaholic
194 can i say tht in 5 mins...
2006-07-18 18:18:23
199.   Alex Belth
The crowd is giving it up pretty good for Rodriguez. That kid was pitching well. Think Hargrove made the right move bringing in Soriano?
2006-07-18 18:18:57
200.   randym77
"We love you, A-Rod, even more than Jeter."
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2006-07-18 18:19:25
201.   yankaholic
has AGOD pinch hit before??
2006-07-18 18:19:47
202.   Dimelo
Oh yea. Soriano vs. ARod is the right move.
2006-07-18 18:20:06
203.   JeremyM
Yes, he's 0 for 5 in pinch hit tries.

I've never wanted someone to make it 1 for 6 so badly in my life.

2006-07-18 18:20:13
204.   Ron Burgundy
Just Do It
2006-07-18 18:20:34
205.   Alex Belth
Soriano has the advantage vs. A Rod. The high cheese. I expect A Rod might whiff.

Only the sixth pinch hit at bat of A Rod's career.

crowd guzzing. First pitch, breaking ball, right over the plate.

Strike one.

Fastball, popped up to shallow left. Some fans were booing before the ball even fell in the shortstop's glove.

2006-07-18 18:21:04
206.   Ron Burgundy
Daaaaaamn...
2006-07-18 18:21:04
207.   yankaholic
177 BOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
2006-07-18 18:21:13
208.   BklynBmr
194 Well, it was big pop up... Dayum. And screw the boo-birds, too...
2006-07-18 18:21:17
209.   Dimelo
Oh well...he still has the 8th and 9th. The Yanks just made Hargrove use his best lefty out of the pen. Soriano is in the game. All that leaves is Putz as a quality arm there. Or am I missing someone?
2006-07-18 18:21:19
210.   AbbyNormal821
Ah, CRAAAAP!

Now all the...'scuse me for saying this...d**kheads who were JUST cheering are booing him...un-f'ing-believable!!!

2006-07-18 18:21:47
211.   Alex Belth
Dag.
2006-07-18 18:22:18
212.   Dimelo
I'm glad he's in there....let's get this fielding crap out of the way now.
2006-07-18 18:22:19
213.   JeremyM
How can fans be so stupid? Cheer and then boo? Come on.
2006-07-18 18:22:24
214.   Zack
Can't really expect more than 2 runs from the lineup today, but still., this team today deserves to be booed, lazy showing by the O, collectively...

With Boston up 1 on KC, looks like we are headed back to a game and a half out.

2006-07-18 18:23:02
215.   Ron Burgundy
I was 100% Sure that lead-off double wouldn't score. And I was right. That's just plain SAD.
2006-07-18 18:23:07
216.   Sliced Bread
205 I think the ball was still ascending upward when the booing started. Sick.
2006-07-18 18:23:11
217.   Max
An exhilirating weekend series for the Yanks, full of crisp, well-played ball, followed by a descent into the twilight zone this week. What a bizarre pair of games.

I just hope Mr. Torre had a bash for his 66th over the weekend, because there ain't much to celebrate so far in this sludgefest.

2006-07-18 18:23:20
218.   Alex Belth
Still got two chances, good reliever or not. And there goes Beltre hitting a double. Oh, sheeeeeet.
2006-07-18 18:24:26
219.   rsmith51
I was thinking that they should have just bunted Stinnett and saved Posada for later.
2006-07-18 18:24:28
220.   Alex Belth
C'mon Villone, settle down...
2006-07-18 18:24:29
221.   randym77
210 I really think it's just become one of the things to do in Yankee Stadium these days.
2006-07-18 18:24:53
222.   yankaholic
218 we hvnt had a walkoff win in a while... so today is designated as W-O-W..
2006-07-18 18:25:59
223.   Ron Burgundy
A-Rod will somehow win this with a walk-off HR. I KNOW IT.
2006-07-18 18:26:16
224.   Dimelo
214 Deserves to be booed? How can people say this about this team? Are we suppose to imagine the Yanks will win every game? And last I checked this game ain't over.

I've played fastpitch baseball and slow pitch softball, some days playing slow pitch softball we manage to pop up every 5 balls per inning. Are the Yanks just suppose to beat up on these guys because they are the Yanks? The effort it is there and no matter what I'm still happy the way this team played. Was the outcome what I wanted? I don't know, it ain't over yet.

2006-07-18 18:26:50
225.   yankaholic
223 u better get this rite.. else.. well theres tomorrow
2006-07-18 18:26:52
226.   BklynBmr
Flaherty is already a pro's pro in the booth. Good insight and knows when to shaddup...
2006-07-18 18:27:11
227.   BayRidger
Stick a fork in 'em...
...now the only hope is that Papelsmear blows it = no hope at all.
2006-07-18 18:28:53
228.   Dimelo
Eso Eh...Villone!!! Uno Mas!!
2006-07-18 18:29:41
229.   Dimelo
226 Yeah, I like Flaherty in the booth. I thought it was O'Neil at first.
2006-07-18 18:29:47
230.   yankaholic
227 let him save those blown-saves for the 5 game WWE with us

now lets win this

2006-07-18 18:30:40
231.   AbbyNormal821
I'd still rather the Yanks be 1 1/2 out than 3 1/2 or 4 - don't forget they were 5 1/2 out in the middle of August last year. White Sox are kicking the crap out of Detroit 7-1 top of the 9th.
2006-07-18 18:31:14
232.   BklynBmr
Over in Boston. Combined 1-hitter by Lester and Pap...
2006-07-18 18:31:29
233.   Dimelo
Who's dis guy named, Eduardo Perez?
2006-07-18 18:31:48
234.   yankaholic
231 detroit has used up a lot of its weak schedule..

time to face some music

2006-07-18 18:31:50
235.   Ron Burgundy
This Won't End Well.
2006-07-18 18:31:57
236.   marc
there's too much damn strategy. If I want to see a million little strategy moves I'll root for a NL team
2006-07-18 18:32:18
237.   BklynBmr
229 LOL! I had to double check before posting that. They sound a lot alike...
2006-07-18 18:32:19
238.   AbbyNormal821
Ew!...Kris Wilson????
2006-07-18 18:32:20
239.   AbbyNormal821
Ew!...Kris Wilson????
2006-07-18 18:32:38
240.   AbbyNormal821
OK - didn't mean to post that twice (or maybe I did???)
2006-07-18 18:32:59
241.   Max
232 Fine by me. It proves that they can overwhelm the opposition when it's a National League team or the Kansas City Royals.
2006-07-18 18:33:34
242.   AbbyNormal821
I take back what I said about Wilson...both times!
2006-07-18 18:33:44
243.   Ron Burgundy
232 And ESPN will be all over that to declare Lester the next Unit and Paperboy the next Clemens and glorify the Sawx' incredible pitching that 1-Hit the ROYALS. Hell, we 1-Hit the Mets, and that went by quieter than a mouse on ESPN.
2006-07-18 18:34:10
244.   yankaholic
is this Perez that Perez tht causes Randy to wet his pants??
2006-07-18 18:34:55
245.   AbbyNormal821
Jeet and Giambi are up next, right?
2006-07-18 18:35:27
246.   BklynBmr
241 I hear ya. Can't wait until August 18th when we can directly affect our place in the division...
2006-07-18 18:35:58
247.   yankaholic
texas put a 5 spot on toronto.. blue jays arent ready are they?
2006-07-18 18:37:10
248.   AbbyNormal821
Smoke that mutha to right field, DJ!!!
2006-07-18 18:37:14
249.   marc
Jeter will get on and Giambino will homer him in
2006-07-18 18:37:16
250.   BklynBmr
243 Oh, yeah. The hate parade does not end on that network...
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2006-07-18 18:38:09
251.   Max
So un-clutch.
2006-07-18 18:38:16
252.   AbbyNormal821
Uh..Jason? Can you please hit one of those monster HR's...NOW???
2006-07-18 18:38:33
253.   BklynBmr
Let's get one this inning at least! C'mon Jason...
2006-07-18 18:39:35
254.   AbbyNormal821
SO not good....
2006-07-18 18:40:10
255.   Dimelo
Rafael Soriano makes hitters strike out as if they were Alfonso Soriano.
2006-07-18 18:40:46
256.   singledd
That was a fat pitch to Giambi. He just missed it. Crap.
2006-07-18 18:40:58
257.   AbbyNormal821
F/U Jones!!!
2006-07-18 18:41:13
258.   BklynBmr
Ohhh, for a split second there.... damn!
2006-07-18 18:42:15
259.   AbbyNormal821
It...just...can't...end...like...this!
2006-07-18 18:46:09
260.   AbbyNormal821
MUST get Posada to the plate in the 9th. (can't believe I'm agreeing with Kaat)
2006-07-18 18:47:16
261.   AbbyNormal821
Looks like Toronto may lose their game.
2006-07-18 18:47:19
262.   Ron Burgundy
Damn, Game as good as done.
2006-07-18 18:47:46
263.   singledd
Look... lets face it... if we played our lineup and lost. it would be Bronx Kool-aid time. Its JD, Jetes, Jason and Junk.
2006-07-18 18:49:41
264.   BklynBmr
I'm not bailing on this one by any means. This is proving to be one resilient, scrappy squad. I wouldn't put it past 'em... We get the tying run to the plate, and go from there...
2006-07-18 18:51:32
265.   JeremyM
Well, I thought Wilson would be a gas can, but he did the job. Still, a bizarre move.
2006-07-18 18:52:52
266.   AbbyNormal821
Please tell me Seattle's pitcher will throw like his last name??? LOL!
2006-07-18 18:53:08
267.   AbbyNormal821
OK - here we go!!!!
2006-07-18 18:53:20
268.   randym77
All right, Andy!
2006-07-18 18:53:26
269.   BklynBmr
Man, Andy is fast ;-)
2006-07-18 18:54:14
270.   AbbyNormal821
Melky-man could use a big hit tonight too!
2006-07-18 18:55:14
271.   AbbyNormal821
Rain coming in...we need a walk-off ala Giambi!!!
2006-07-18 18:55:37
272.   BklynBmr
Put one up in the wind, Melky!
2006-07-18 18:56:34
273.   Ron Burgundy
In The Name of Love, make that runner score.
2006-07-18 18:57:33
274.   AbbyNormal821
Good Lord...I can't stand it!!
2006-07-18 18:57:45
275.   Dimelo
Who plays 2nd once the Yanks tie this bitch?
2006-07-18 18:58:04
276.   AbbyNormal821
BASE HIT! YAY AARON!!!
2006-07-18 18:58:07
277.   BklynBmr
Aaaaaaaaaaron!
2006-07-18 18:58:24
278.   Dimelo
Come on Jorgie....juice one here.
2006-07-18 18:58:26
279.   JeremyM
Yanks will probably lose DH and put Phillips at 2nd, I guess? It would be a nice problem to have.
2006-07-18 18:58:31
280.   randym77
Rough night for Melky.

But Guiel for Green? :-/

Brilliant! Torre is brilliant!

2006-07-18 18:58:52
281.   BklynBmr
275 We gonna WIN it, brah...
2006-07-18 18:58:59
282.   AbbyNormal821
Jorgie - you punch the crap out of that ball!!!!
2006-07-18 18:59:19
283.   Ron Burgundy
275 Good Question...
2006-07-18 18:59:38
284.   AbbyNormal821
Posada got game against the Putz
2006-07-18 19:00:03
285.   BklynBmr
Sing it, Jorgie: "I'm Walkin-Off in the Rain"
2006-07-18 19:00:11
286.   Dimelo
Ugh...why is Pavano in the dugout? Shouldn't he back at his job at the Vermont Teddy Bear company, he's the man behind the "Busted Tush and No Heart Bear".
2006-07-18 19:00:29
287.   Dimelo
Eso eh...Eso eh...
2006-07-18 19:00:32
288.   AbbyNormal821
Hooray! Double play ball buh-bye!!!
2006-07-18 19:00:41
289.   randym77
Jeez, it's pouring.
2006-07-18 19:00:55
290.   BklynBmr
286 LMAO!
2006-07-18 19:01:01
291.   Bama Yankee
275 Andy can play second.
2006-07-18 19:01:59
292.   AbbyNormal821
When did Jeter turn into Mother Theresa? LOL
2006-07-18 19:02:15
293.   Dimelo
YES!!!
2006-07-18 19:02:17
294.   AbbyNormal821
GO JORGIE!!!!
2006-07-18 19:02:47
295.   AbbyNormal821
Don't be such a baby, Hargrove!!!
2006-07-18 19:02:50
296.   randym77
Wow, pokey Posada beat the throw?
2006-07-18 19:03:05
297.   Sliced Bread
Posada! Infield hit! Sink this Putz!
2006-07-18 19:03:21
298.   Ron Burgundy
Wishes for win.
2006-07-18 19:03:27
299.   Dimelo
Oh well. Bad calls are a part of the game.
2006-07-18 19:03:38
300.   AbbyNormal821
God, if they don't tie up...
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2006-07-18 19:04:16
301.   BklynBmr
296 Well, not reeeeeeally...
2006-07-18 19:04:27
302.   Dimelo
It's all being setup for ARod to win this bitch!!!
2006-07-18 19:04:27
303.   SF Yanks
Just a flyout will due... nothing major... Please.......pretty please
2006-07-18 19:04:29
304.   Ron Burgundy
Umps owe us anyways after two games we lost because of umps.
2006-07-18 19:04:34
305.   Max
Anybody getting a feeling how this is going to be playing out, especially with that pinch hitter in the 2 spot? Let's just hope a DP doesn't ruin the fun.
2006-07-18 19:04:44
306.   AbbyNormal821
If they win, think this one will be on Yankee Classics?
2006-07-18 19:04:59
307.   singledd
If they tie it, we will have a LONG rain delay. God, I wish we could pinch run for Posada.
2006-07-18 19:05:19
308.   AbbyNormal821
TIE GAME!!!! WOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
2006-07-18 19:05:19
309.   BklynBmr
Johnny B. Goode!!!!!!!!!
2006-07-18 19:05:23
310.   Dimelo
YES!!!
2006-07-18 19:05:49
311.   SF Yanks
Thank you Johnny D!!!
2006-07-18 19:05:53
312.   randym77
Nice work, JD!

Oh, no. It's A-rod's turn...

2006-07-18 19:05:55
313.   AbbyNormal821
Which one of you called A-Rod as the game winning batter????
2006-07-18 19:06:21
314.   singledd
HOLY SHIT!
What kind of lineup will we put on the field now?
2006-07-18 19:06:32
315.   JeremyM
If it stays tied, I would put one of the OFers at first--Bernie I guess. Because that's what's important right now....
2006-07-18 19:06:49
316.   AbbyNormal821
Steal 2nd, Jorgie!!!!!
2006-07-18 19:07:04
317.   singledd
Jeeeeeeeeezzzzzzzzzz
They're Booing after ONE pitch!
2006-07-18 19:07:17
318.   Ron Burgundy
313 ME!!!
2006-07-18 19:07:28
319.   randym77
Yikes. It's raining cats and dogs.
2006-07-18 19:07:31
320.   Yankee Fan in Chicago
John-ny Base-ball! John-ny Base-ball!
2006-07-18 19:07:51
321.   AbbyNormal821
EEK! Big lighting & thunder outside my apartment window...the rain has hit Queens!!!
2006-07-18 19:07:55
322.   JeremyM
{317] These fans are killing me.
2006-07-18 19:08:18
323.   singledd
If ARod put one it the gap, poor Jorge will have to run like the wind on this wet ground.
2006-07-18 19:08:18
324.   Dimelo
Johnny Drama couldn't have scripted this....what the fuck!!! 3 - 1 count and they are putting the tarp.
2006-07-18 19:09:12
325.   AbbyNormal821
Oh, man!!! COME ON!!!! Fast moving rain though...get out of da Bronx!
2006-07-18 19:09:25
326.   randym77
Rain delay.

I'm kind of surprised they let the game go on with the lightning and all. NFL games are suspended when there's lightning, for the safety of the spectators as well as the players.

2006-07-18 19:09:33
327.   JeremyM
How in the hell do they call the game there? At least finish the at bat, where's the harm? Hmm, any calls from Boston to Selig to New York...?
2006-07-18 19:10:18
328.   Ron Burgundy
That's just horrible. I will kill this ump.
2006-07-18 19:11:39
329.   singledd
Well girls.... anybody got plans for later tonight? We could be here a while.

If they call the game with it tied, what happens?
Start over?
Continue the game in the 9th?
Anybody know?

2006-07-18 19:11:46
330.   randym77
It really was pouring. I think they did the right thing. It was getting dangerous on the field.
2006-07-18 19:12:30
331.   BklynBmr
Anyone in the Big Apple hear a weather report?
2006-07-18 19:12:51
332.   unpopster
hey guys...it's been almost 10 minutes since the tarp was put on in the Boogie Down Bronx and it's STILL raining here in NJ. We're in for a looooong rain delay.
2006-07-18 19:13:19
333.   singledd
327-328 Nope. Good call by the Ump. The Mariners should not HAVE to lose the game because its so slippery. It really should have been called right after Damon tied it.
2006-07-18 19:14:52
334.   Dimelo
You all were saying the Yanks were going to lose....you are all so f'ing fickle. hahahahahah
2006-07-18 19:15:17
335.   AbbyNormal821
it's thundering like a mo-fo in Forest Hills...the radar of the storm on weather.com looks ugly!
2006-07-18 19:15:36
336.   Max
You just can't make stuff like this up. A-Rod with an amazing shot at redemption, 3 ball count, rain coming down like crazy as they try to get the ninth inning in, and they finally call time before he gets his shot. Unbelievable.
2006-07-18 19:16:35
337.   BklynBmr
329 I could be wrong here, but since the full inning could not completed the score would revert to the last full inning played. I hope I am wrong. I'll try to look it up...
2006-07-18 19:17:34
338.   randym77
334 Whadday mean, "all"? I didn't say the Yanks would lose.

Yeah, our lineup looks more Columbus Clippers than Bronx Bombers. But look at the hits. They seem to be concentrated at the bottom of the lineup...

2006-07-18 19:17:57
339.   Sliced Bread
Not yet, Mystique and Aura. Thunder and Lightning, and then you go on.

Yanks haven't lost a game since Sir Pantsalot joined the team. Why start now?

2006-07-18 19:19:45
340.   Bama Yankee
Hey Randym, great line back in 57! That truly was a sweet homer for my boy from Alabama and a great stab at first to go with it (where's the guy that made fun of his D last night?).
2006-07-18 19:19:48
341.   randym77
They'll finish the game. Radar shows a small but intense storm. Hopefully it will pass quickly.
2006-07-18 19:20:06
342.   joejoejoe
317 Ten years of winning has turned baseball's smartest fans into baseball's most childish fans. It's time for somebody like Jeter or Bernie to tell the boobirds to buy a clue because they don't know baseball. You can't boo every mistake in the game, it makes you look like a fool. Mike Schmidt had 27 errors in 1980 and won the Gold Glove. Alex Rodriguez is the reigning MVP. The Yankees pay 3 other players more money than A-Rod. It's getting to be embarrassing to a Yankee fan and lumped with the Boo-Rod idiots.
2006-07-18 19:20:17
343.   singledd
Check out the forcast:
Variable clouds with thunderstorms. A few may be severe. Storms may produce large hail and strong winds.
LARGE HAIL??????
2006-07-18 19:20:26
344.   monkeypants
314,315 Well, there are only two options, really: 1. Andy to 2B and Giambi to 1B, lose the DH. 2. Andy to 2B and an OF to 1B, keep the DH.

Torre would go with 1, which is probably the better move. Sure, the P will have to bat, but that could probably be hidden, and do you really want Bernie at 1B?

2006-07-18 19:21:56
345.   singledd
Who do we have left on the bench? Anybody?
2006-07-18 19:22:11
346.   Bama Yankee
339 Great line Sliced!
2006-07-18 19:23:30
347.   Dimelo
No range needed at 1st, right?
2006-07-18 19:23:33
348.   JRNYY
Waldman just said someone saw Damon putting on a 1st base glove, so I guess Bubba in center
2006-07-18 19:23:41
349.   Alex Belth
No matter if they win or lose, the ninth inning was one of the highlights of the year. Not only because of the rally but because it was perfectly scripted, coinciding with the rain. New Yorkers have been broiling for days. Mercy, here comes the rain, thunder, lighting, Yankee rally. At one point, they showed one of the young Mariner relievers sitting in the rain out in the bullpen. A towel over his head. Him peeking out from underneath it. The crowd rocking. Exciting for everyone.

Then classic A Rod moment. Driving rain. Getting worse. Game delayed with him up and a 3-1 count. A Rod returns to the dugout. A look of mock digust on Jeter's face. Then suddenly he's smiling in that free and easy, utterly relaxed way he gets when he's on the field, or in the dugout.

Terrific stuff.

2006-07-18 19:24:48
350.   yobi
On the radio it sounded like Hargrove was stalling to get to the rain, and I said that before his conference on the mound ("uh, get him out"). Did TV shed any light?
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2006-07-18 19:27:22
351.   singledd
Can anyone get a really specific BRONX forcast? Can anyone living near the stadium give us a 'window' weather report?
2006-07-18 19:30:19
352.   randym77
There's no one left on the bench except pitchers.

Are you serious? Damon's playing 1B? Has he ever played 1B before?

2006-07-18 19:30:28
353.   singledd
General manager Brian Cashman said Friday that Robinson Cano (hamstring) will not begin a minor league rehab assignment until next week. Cano, who has been out since June 25, was initially expected back a lot sooner. He's already missed 14 games. Jul. 15 - 10:23 am et

Octavio Dotel (elbow) pitched a perfect inning Saturday for Single-A Tampa. Dotel will likely make four or five more appearances before the Yankees consider activating him. He could join the pen before the end of the month

2006-07-18 19:33:28
354.   Dimelo
352 Damon played all the bases when he was busy taking hits from the bong...which reminds me....now is the perfect pause to go and take a few tokes. I'll be right back.
2006-07-18 19:35:26
355.   BklynBmr
329 If I'm reading the Official MLB Rulebook correctly (Official Rules: 4.00 Starting and Ending a Game) — it looks like if the game is called off tonight, it will be a 'suspended' game and continued from the point where it was called, most likely before the start of tomorrow night's regularly scheduled game.
2006-07-18 19:36:46
356.   Tarheel
Any predictions on Arod's at-bat when the game resumes? I think he will walk. Then Jeter grounds out. Extra innings.
2006-07-18 19:37:30
357.   randym77
Tomorrow's a day game, isn't it?
2006-07-18 19:38:34
358.   Tarheel
357 Right on.
2006-07-18 19:40:55
359.   randym77
356 A-Rod walks. Jeter hits a walkoff homer, thereby giving A-Rod even more of a complex.
2006-07-18 19:42:55
360.   eephus
351 Not exactly, but it's sure coming down here in northern Brooklyn.

The way this season has been going, we should all just be thankful that A-Rod wasn't struck by lightning.

2006-07-18 19:43:55
361.   monkeypants
359 A-Rod hits a double that should score Jorge, but the latter is such a bad base-runner that he gets thrown out--thus proving that A-Rod is not clutch.
2006-07-18 19:46:43
362.   singledd
360-361 Funny Stuff. Is this rain gonna blow over?
2006-07-18 19:50:08
363.   joejoejoe
356 A-Rod hits home run. Yankees win.

In bottom of the 1st of next game A-Rod strikes out to end inning and is booed loudly.

2006-07-18 19:51:57
364.   randym77
I think the rain will blow over. People upwind of the storm said it was about an hour of pouring rain, thunder, and lightning, then it stopped.
2006-07-18 19:52:09
365.   yankaholic
356 ARod hits Walkoff.. gets railed on ESPN that it was not clutch.. because the count was 3-1 and 0-2..
2006-07-18 19:52:28
366.   yankaholic
.... 0-2 is the only clutch hit...
2006-07-18 19:54:22
367.   Tarheel
363 Sadly, if this does happen, I think you are right about the booing tomorrow.
2006-07-18 19:54:24
368.   yankaholic
.. and Steve Phillips would say, "Now ARod has stopped taking pitches.." " i think they shud trade him"
2006-07-18 19:55:24
369.   BklynBmr
Game resumes, A-Rod homers. Gets booed for hitting it now and not before the 2 hour delay when he had the chance. That no-clutch rat bastard...
2006-07-18 19:56:24
370.   monkeypants
365 A-Rod hits walk-off HR, but story is overshadowed on ESPN by update on Peter Gammons and Karl Ravech story on how, despite going 0-3, Ortiz did the 'little things' to help the Sox win 1-0 tonight.
2006-07-18 19:56:24
371.   JRNYY
Completely off topic but during the rain delay but did you guys see this article over at Newsday. Funny how everyone assumed the Boss meant Abreu with those comments the other day about the guy he liked the most but it was really Sori

http://tinyurl.com/qbp7w

2006-07-18 19:56:47
372.   Tarheel
I hate, HATE, Steve Phillips. HATE, I say.
2006-07-18 19:58:09
373.   C2Coke
369,370 Arod must be doing some after game readings here. That could explain why he's still so pressed.
2006-07-18 19:59:44
374.   Tarheel
Any word on the weather in the Bronx? It is just a hot summer night here in good ol North Carolina. Will the game begin soon, or should I just head to bed?
2006-07-18 20:00:08
375.   singledd
Man.... A-Rod is really a lightning rod.
Love him or hate him, we/everybody can't stop talking to him.

While many here thought S.Phillips comments about trading ARod were idiocy, I thought he made some good points. The main point being that all this shit effects ARods game. That ARod may eventually get really sick of the non-stop bullshit he puts up with. That no matter what he does in NY, it's not enough.

His point was that ARod might WANT a trade, because it is effecting him, his performance and his place in baseball history. Imagine ARod in Minn. or Oakland. He would be a God, and maybe still play on a winning team.

It's possible that the NY fans and NY media will beat this poor guy till he bleeds. He might not be able to take it. He does not have to re-up his contract. I believe he has the option after his 7th year.

2006-07-18 20:02:03
376.   BklynBmr
373 If he was reading BB, he would relax. There's 99% mad love for A-Rod here. He'd take the 'un-clutch' posts for what they are: the hardcore goofing on the hatracks...
2006-07-18 20:04:23
377.   Tarheel
375 He isn't going anywhere. I am convinced that the booing isn't affecting him as much as everyone thinks. Maybe at first, but now it has become so rediculous, he is probably seeing it as just that.

Look at tonight, huge ovation when he was introduced as a PH, then (mild) booing when he popped out. (Amazing that there were no boos when Jeter and Giambi K'd right before Arod.) Booing Arod has just become the "cool" thing to do at the Stadium, just part of the game like the roll call.

2006-07-18 20:04:23
378.   Tarheel
375 He isn't going anywhere. I am convinced that the booing isn't affecting him as much as everyone thinks. Maybe at first, but now it has become so rediculous, he is probably seeing it as just that.

Look at tonight, huge ovation when he was introduced as a PH, then (mild) booing when he popped out. (Amazing that there were no boos when Jeter and Giambi K'd right before Arod.) Booing Arod has just become the "cool" thing to do at the Stadium, just part of the game like the roll call.

2006-07-18 20:05:03
379.   kdw
375 On an earlier BBTN, Phillips' theory was that while A-Rod would never ask for a trade, the Yankees may need to explore one this winter because the booing brings down the rest of the team and really stresses out everyone. Sounds to me like Phillips' theory is trade him, whether it's because he wants it or the team needs it. He just likes stirring things up.
2006-07-18 20:05:43
380.   C2Coke
anyone know if the rain has stopped yet?
2006-07-18 20:06:37
381.   militello
according to the radar, rain should stop around a quarter to one, so I think we can expect the game to resume around a quarter after one.
2006-07-18 20:08:14
382.   Tarheel
379 Yeah, it really looks like it is bringing down the rest of the team. They are playing as hard this year as they ever have. This team is very scrappy. Phillips is an idiot.
2006-07-18 20:08:27
383.   C2Coke
376 Don't I wish he was really reading BB.
2006-07-18 20:11:43
384.   randym77
A quarter to one! Yikes.

That's kind of rough, considering they've got a day game tomorrow. (And some of us have to work!)

2006-07-18 20:12:56
385.   singledd
ARod is effected by the booing. He is effected by everything said about him. After his big walk-off HR, he admitted the booing bothered him.

He has been playing Un-ARod like for a while. 3 throwing errors? This is all head stuff.

His gave up his (SS) position to come here. He wants to win. He has taken a back seat to Jetes. He has been very cool in everyway. He has done his part.

I just don't think this booing and intense scrutiny shit can continue for his entire tenure here. I think it jeapordizes his desire to play in NY.

I don't think we, the fan and the media should take it for granted that he will retire as a Yankee.

What.... will he be booed right up to his 500th HR. When he is at 499, will he booed at every AB before he hits 500? This shit effects him... don't kid yourself.

2006-07-18 20:15:27
386.   C2Coke
Game is on.
2006-07-18 20:16:12
387.   C2Coke
386 That was meant for a question mark.
2006-07-18 20:18:14
388.   C2Coke
They just showed a picture of the Stadium, doesn't seem like it's still raining badly.

385 I think what the Yanks or the Boss really needs to do is to bring in abother 20mil+/year guy to the team. Arod will happily share all that attention like Giambi did.

2006-07-18 20:18:49
389.   SF Yanks
386 not on EI
2006-07-18 20:19:25
390.   C2Coke
381, 384 If that's really the case, will they just suspend the game?
2006-07-18 20:21:55
391.   hensley
A-Rod has a .990 OPS in July. I say, keep up the booin.
2006-07-18 20:22:06
392.   Jetersgirl
Hello everyone. I've been reading for quite a while and I enjoy this site. I agree that this booing is crazy. I actually went on to his website and sent him an email saying the majority of fans don't think the way these clowns in the stands do.
2006-07-18 20:23:17
393.   randym77
I think the rain will end soon. Within half an hour, if not sooner.
2006-07-18 20:26:18
394.   tocho
while we wait, I think Ponson was pretty good tonight. take away the 1st inning and he was really dealing.

our expectations were really low and I think he delivered a good game. If he can do that once every two starts he will be fine

2006-07-18 20:29:05
395.   kdw
394 I agree but would like to see another couple of consistent starts before getting too excited. It seems like a first game with the adrenalin and a new team can sometimes provide a boost that's not sustainable (I was excited about Leiter's first start too).
2006-07-18 20:29:47
396.   markp
good job Jetersgirl. I hope he realizes a lot of us think the booing is absurd.
2006-07-18 20:32:08
397.   Ron Burgundy
OK, can we just have the A-Rod walk-off like I predicted so I can go to sleep?
2006-07-18 20:33:45
398.   Jetersgirl
I live in NH and it's pretty bad when you hear sux fans saying they are starting to feel sorry for him.

As for Ponson I think his start was encouraging as well but I would like to see that effort against a team with a little more offensive power before I get excited.

2006-07-18 20:36:29
399.   singledd
398Jetersgirl... I am in Weare, where are you?
2006-07-18 20:37:34
400.   markp
he's certainly had an interesting career. Two decent years, one bad one, two pretty good ones, and now half way through a third consecutive bad one. He still has velocity. I wonder what the problem is (is his weight hurting his command? He's always looked heavy to me.)
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2006-07-18 20:37:59
401.   Jetersgirl
singledd-I'm in Rochester
2006-07-18 20:41:10
402.   Zack
Hey, we should all emaill A-Rod and tell him to start reading the Banter, he'll understand the real love...
2006-07-18 20:42:11
403.   singledd
401 Thanks. Nice to know there is someone else surrounded by the enemy.
2006-07-18 20:44:11
404.   kdw
Anyone in NY have an update on the rain?
2006-07-18 20:45:47
405.   JRNYY
404 15-20 mins til it resumes
2006-07-18 20:46:10
406.   AbbyNormal821
I'm ready to pass out - this after i just woke up after dozing for the last 40 minutes on my couch!! I can't stay awake anymore.

I'm setting the VCR to tape the next 2 hours of YES and keeping the faith that htey'll win it! Goodnight all!

2006-07-18 20:48:12
407.   Jetersgirl
No problem. I'm trying to convert people to make this a better place to live.
2006-07-18 20:48:14
408.   kdw
Seriously, starting in just a few minutes? I might be able to make that if it really starts then and not in like an hour and 15 to 20 minutes.
2006-07-18 20:51:35
409.   Jetersgirl
I hope Alex ends it really quick. But if not the good thing is Torre hasn't used any key pitchers from the pen with the exception of Villone. where as Seattle may be hurting. Unless they have any minor leaguers we haven't seen yet.
2006-07-18 20:55:35
410.   OrtizTheYankFan
Hopefully this picks up on EI, right now it's just the game schedule. I also heard thunder rolling in to Boston a few minutes ago so hopefully electricity stays on long enough to see the game
2006-07-18 20:56:48
411.   kdw
Radio broadcast says it's live in 5 minutes.
2006-07-18 20:57:30
412.   BklynBmr
At least EI changed the background graphic and that irrating music...
2006-07-18 20:58:31
413.   OrtizTheYankFan
Not where I am, I still have the schedule, seriously calling the game 2 outs in the 9th was the dumbest thing I've ever seen.
2006-07-18 20:59:28
414.   BklynBmr
410 EI should. They've come back on after longer delays than this one. As long as it says 'Rain Delay', we're good...
2006-07-18 21:01:34
415.   SF Yanks
412 Yeah... with more irratating music.
2006-07-18 21:02:23
416.   Cliff Corcoran
Game on.
2006-07-18 21:02:36
417.   randym77
It's starting!
2006-07-18 21:03:23
418.   Jetersgirl
Yeah it's on
2006-07-18 21:03:44
419.   BklynBmr
It's on EI here...
2006-07-18 21:04:45
420.   marc
Farnsy will come in if needed in the 10th
2006-07-18 21:05:53
421.   OrtizTheYankFan
Checking at first...what an ass
2006-07-18 21:06:34
422.   OrtizTheYankFan
Oh A-Rod
2006-07-18 21:07:04
423.   Cliff Corcoran
That looked outside, but fair play considering the call on Posada at first.
2006-07-18 21:07:22
424.   SF Yanks
that didn't take long
2006-07-18 21:08:06
425.   BklynBmr
That did look clearly outside... A-Rod calmly saying "No way, no way"...
2006-07-18 21:08:07
426.   randym77
Oh, boy. Bernie at 1B? Damon at 1B?
2006-07-18 21:08:43
427.   Cliff Corcoran
Damon at first, Phillips at second. Zoinks!
2006-07-18 21:09:22
428.   rsmith51
Hopefully there will be fly outs.
2006-07-18 21:09:45
429.   singledd
Mo might be the best OFer the Yanks have available.
2006-07-18 21:10:58
430.   rsmith51
No lead-off walks, please.
2006-07-18 21:11:18
431.   singledd
We need to end this fast. Our defensive alignment is a little scary.
2006-07-18 21:11:33
432.   Jetersgirl
Come on Farns
2006-07-18 21:11:50
433.   randym77
It's not really the outfield I'm worried about.
2006-07-18 21:12:02
434.   BklynBmr
Mariners have been playing a lot of free baseball lately. Hopefully it'll catch up to them tonight (and tomorrow)...
2006-07-18 21:12:32
435.   Jetersgirl
Nice catch Bernie
2006-07-18 21:12:43
436.   OrtizTheYankFan
Great catch Bernie...I'm feeling good about this
2006-07-18 21:12:48
437.   Cliff Corcoran
Great positioning there on Bernie, he had him played just right.
2006-07-18 21:12:57
438.   BklynBmr
433 Good call ;-)
2006-07-18 21:13:29
439.   Zack
Well that was a Bernie induced play if I have ever seen one...
2006-07-18 21:13:41
440.   marc
Farnsy doesn't sound great. Bring Mo in
2006-07-18 21:13:42
441.   singledd
We need strikes!!!!!!!!!!
2006-07-18 21:13:54
442.   Cliff Corcoran
Phillips to Damon, two outs. Clean play.
2006-07-18 21:13:56
443.   Jetersgirl
Phew that had me a tad bit nervous
2006-07-18 21:14:07
444.   randym77
Not bad!
2006-07-18 21:14:54
445.   Jetersgirl
Nice triple digits
2006-07-18 21:15:00
446.   BklynBmr
100, then 101mph by Farns...
2006-07-18 21:15:51
447.   Jetersgirl
Come on Cap hit a walk off so we can go to bed
2006-07-18 21:16:59
448.   singledd
No HRs please.
Single, bunt, SB and Sac fly.
2006-07-18 21:17:17
449.   OrtizTheYankFan
I'm convinced Farnsworth is one of the top 1 inning pitchers in the league. When he places that fastball late in the game at 99+ who the hell is gonna catch it?
2006-07-18 21:18:24
450.   BklynBmr
Is the AL rule that an inning cannot begin after 1:00AM?
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2006-07-18 21:18:32
451.   Jetersgirl
Sorry I guess I jinxed it
2006-07-18 21:18:46
452.   marc
Shit Beltre is killing us in the field
2006-07-18 21:19:45
453.   yankaholic
450 yes.. but i thought that was playoff rule

acc to the rule.. game continued on next day..

2006-07-18 21:20:24
454.   randym77
450 I think so. The top of an inning can't begin after 1:00am.
2006-07-18 21:20:44
455.   BklynBmr
453 Thanks, yank...
2006-07-18 21:21:51
456.   BklynBmr
454 Thanks, randym. Jason was trying to make that a moot point...
2006-07-18 21:22:44
457.   BklynBmr
Here we go...
2006-07-18 21:23:03
458.   randym77
The GOB comes to life when it matters.
2006-07-18 21:25:02
459.   Jetersgirl
How many RISP have we stranded tonight?
2006-07-18 21:25:23
460.   Cliff Corcoran
Too bad Andy couldn't get it done there. Proctor's coming in. Kiss this baby goodbye.
2006-07-18 21:27:29
461.   marc
Sexson up. This is scary
2006-07-18 21:27:36
462.   SF Yanks
460 Why do you say that? He's been alright lately.
2006-07-18 21:27:56
463.   tommyl
I can't wait for Steve Phillips to point out that A-Rod should be traded again. Of course, I'm sure he'll also point out that: Jeter, Giambi, Damon, Phillips weren't clutch either and should be traded.
2006-07-18 21:28:03
464.   randym77
Looks like Joe now realizes Farnsy is strictly a one-inning wonder.
2006-07-18 21:28:05
465.   BklynBmr
459 Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - A Phillips 1, J Damon 2, B Williams 1, A Rodriguez 1.
2006-07-18 21:28:35
466.   tommyl
460 Nope, but it will be when Chacon comes in.
2006-07-18 21:28:36
467.   Cliff Corcoran
Damon caught that one fine too.
2006-07-18 21:29:16
468.   Jetersgirl
465 thanks
2006-07-18 21:29:37
469.   BklynBmr
462 Half of the folks here jumped ship on this one in the 7th inning...
2006-07-18 21:29:48
470.   Cliff Corcoran
462 Proctor has been a liability since mid-May.
2006-07-18 21:31:39
471.   Jetersgirl
Got him one more
2006-07-18 21:32:39
472.   tommyl
470 It brings up an interesting question Cliff: What's worse, any Proctor inning or a second Farnsworth one?
2006-07-18 21:32:56
473.   eephus
Personality-wise, Damon is really a natural first baseman. As long as he keeps remembering to look up from his conversation in time for the pitch...
2006-07-18 21:35:33
474.   BklynBmr
Good job, Proctor!
2006-07-18 21:35:36
475.   Jetersgirl
Wow. This game has gone on so long Jetes getting facial hair.
2006-07-18 21:37:13
476.   randym77
Well, they seem to be having fun, anyway.
2006-07-18 21:37:50
477.   BklynBmr
Bottom third = winnin' time, baby...
2006-07-18 21:38:34
478.   randym77
Walkoff homer for Melky!
2006-07-18 21:38:40
479.   Cliff Corcoran
473 Nice play by Damon to go up and get a high pick off throw by Proctor.

472 Best I can do is this:

Farnsworth on pitches 16-30: .295/.415/.432 . . .

MELKY!!!

2006-07-18 21:38:42
480.   OrtizTheYankFan
God I love Melky
2006-07-18 21:38:51
481.   marc
melky again
2006-07-18 21:38:56
482.   BklynBmr
M.E.L.K.Y.
2006-07-18 21:39:22
483.   tommyl
Yeah, we should definitely trade Melky for Craig Wilson. That'd be awesome.
2006-07-18 21:39:32
484.   yankaholic
GOD THis is UN..Bleeping Believable
2006-07-18 21:40:52
485.   BklynBmr
Never, EVER, count this crew out...
2006-07-18 21:40:56
486.   Jetersgirl
They best not trade him. Melky rules!!!!!!!!!!!
2006-07-18 21:41:16
487.   kdw
Melky!! And Proctor gets the win...
2006-07-18 21:41:39
488.   tommyl
I heart Melky.
2006-07-18 21:42:16
489.   Cliff Corcoran
483 I think that Melky might have just become unavailable.
2006-07-18 21:42:56
490.   Max
469 I had this game written off when the line-up card was submitted. Thanks goodness for reverse mojo and the optimism of the diehards here for a truly memorable and weird game.
2006-07-18 21:45:39
491.   randym77
He was what, 0 for 4 tonight? Then this. What a game!

Did you see Damon catch Melky's helmet and spike it? I think he wants to be a wide receiver as well as a first baseman. ;-)

2006-07-18 21:45:42
492.   Jetersgirl
I'm glad I didn't go to sleep! Sweet dreams all. Work tomorrow will be rough but it was worth every minute.
2006-07-18 21:45:43
493.   claybeez
What a way to end it. Thank you Melky. Seems like the team concept many felt was lacking last year has found its way back this season. Everyone is stepping up. It makes the feel even sweeter.
2006-07-18 21:45:59
494.   claybeez
What a way to end it. Thank you Melky. Seems like the team concept many felt was lacking last year has found its way back this season. Everyone is stepping up. It makes the wins feel even sweeter.
2006-07-18 21:46:29
495.   Cliff Corcoran
483 I think that Melky's trade value just went up.
2006-07-18 21:47:02
496.   tommyl
489 Should have been all along.
2006-07-18 21:47:03
497.   singledd
Wow
2006-07-18 21:47:17
498.   claybeez
Oops. Doble-post and a correction (wins).
2006-07-18 21:48:45
499.   rilkefan
Abreu's future earnings potential just took a big hit.
2006-07-18 21:49:27
500.   BklynBmr
490 Hell yes, Max. You can't hold the ball and run out the clock in our game. You keep it close and the more often than not, the ghosts will show up. They were here tonight, for sure, possessing the first base ump for a split second there, and that's all we needed. ;-)

Man, I love this team...

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2006-07-18 21:55:03
501.   randym77
494 I agree. Everyone is stepping up. (Literally - there was almost no one left on the bench.) This game was so long I almost forgot what happened before the rain delay, but they just showed the highlights, and wow. Ponson was POTG, deservedly so. Nick Green, of all people, was 3 for 3 will two doubles. Andy had a great night, with that homer and some sparkling defense. Etc.
2006-07-18 22:08:18
502.   kdw
Waldman's post-game is funny. Apparently Damon told Torre a few weeks back that he'd played 1st in Oakland and could help out if needed. Not so true, he played 1st in little league, but he didn't want Torre to be nervous if he needed Damon at 1st. After the rain delay, he volunteered to catch so Posada could rest, which cracked up the dugout. You can see why he's so liked, and he has fun out there to boot.
2006-07-18 22:09:30
503.   BklynBmr
Bristol Bias; Vol. VII, No. MXXII —

ESPN's Karl Ravich: "Ponson's outing probably looked at as a success in New York..."

2006-07-18 22:30:40
504.   Yu-Hsing Chen
Instant super classic... Torre is really toe to toe with Leyland in manager of the year so far.
2006-07-18 22:41:18
505.   Yankee Fan in Chicago
503 Of course the Sawx would sacrifice the first born son of every New Englander for a game like that from their # 5 starter (whomever that is this turn thru the rotation). Now that I think about it, they'd probably do the same if they could get that kind of start from their brilliant # 2 man, Mr. Beckett, he of the many tape-measure homers against.
2006-07-18 23:17:57
506.   BklynBmr
504 Excellent point, Yu-Hsing. Hard to see it happening, though, no matter what happens. Most sportswriters who cover the Yankees think they are smarter than Torre, and most of those who don't would cut off their typing fingers before giving props to anything Yankees.

505 Media Rant, Continued: It's interesting to hear how some contending teams were hot and heavy on Ponson, but how the Yanks take particular sh*t for signing him. SF Chron senior sportswriter/lightweight Bruce Jenkins: "How low can the Yankees sink?".

F*CK — As I write this, SportsCenter is on. The lead-in to tonight's highlights was A-Rod's game from Hell Monday night put to opera music with the errors. Then how well Nick Green did as his 'replacement'. Then the pinch hit pop up from tonight, gleefully reporting how the boo birds feasted on it. More reserved on his K after the rain delay. But they hammered him Monday night on the errors and ABs, yet felt compelled to repeat it again tonight but this time with expanded production values. F them.

2006-07-19 01:56:27
507.   Adam B
That was such a great game. I was there in person and stayed for the whole game. The crowd towards the end felt like an MSG crowd in the way that they did not stop making chants and clapping. I'll be writing a blog entry on it soon in my blog. (Not trying to be a shill, but just a lot that I want to write about, so I'll include it in there.)

By the way, something not related to the outcome that bothered me: With at most 5k people left after the delay, some people went down to the main level trying to get into the field championship boxes. But Stadium security crew, refused to let them do so. Doesn't matter to them, I guess that the crowd ended up looking sparser than it could have.

2006-07-19 02:42:31
508.   Stormer Sports
I think the best thing about the season thus far is how fun it has been to watch, once the initial shock of the injuries to Sheffield and Matsui dissipated.

It is by no mistake that the team looks so genuinely happy when things go well, they actually are. I understand that fielding a team akin to the one we are fielding right now may not be a recipe for a Dynasty, but a team chock full of youngsters will have fun--especially when they're winning--and that rubs off on real fans.

If the Yankees could find the right mix once Matsui gets back, we can certainly win the whole thing this year, no doubt about it. The pitching has been rock solid of late and if Ponson can eat up innings and keep his ERA under 5.00, we have a good staff, failing tomention that Wang may actually be our best pitcher. Good stuff tonight!

I kind of felt like last years team reminded me of the 2003 Lakers, all talent and no fire. That's not to say that they didn't want to win, but you have to have that youth around to keep things light as the season begins to wear on you.

BKLYN,

Great stuff about the media. They are just playing to the lowest common denominator. They are begging for ratings ans playing up to the large contingent of Yankee haters out there. What do you expect the sportswriters to write, thoughtful, well reasearched, insightful columns? Seriously man, most are just hacks who couldn't string enough coherent words together to get the jobs they really wanted.

2006-07-19 04:25:22
509.   RichYF
507 URL for your blog?

To say Ponson was a bust would be ridiculous. 6.2 innings and he really only made that one bad pitch. Has he earned the right to pitch again? Yes. I'll take 4 runs in 6.2 from a 5th starter any day. Also, great job by the bullpen to keep the runs off the board

2006-07-19 05:37:44
510.   JeremyM
espn is ridiculous. The webpage doesn't even have the Yanks game anywhere on the front page-of course there is a summary of the Boston win to click on. They are really trying to create a story from this A-Rod deal. Why don't they set his walk-off earlier this year to the opera? Or how about him stealing third and taking home on a wild pitch in the playoffs against Minnesota a couple years ago? I wish he was the kind of guy that could internalize this stuff and use it for fuel, but I don't know that's the case.

A-Rod is like Richie Rich, the poor little rich boy. I actually feel sorry for a guy making that kind of cash.

2006-07-19 07:11:52
511.   dpmurphy
Yankee Fan in Chicago: "Of course the Sawx would sacrifice the first born son of every New Englander for a game like that from their # 5 starter"

Our number 4 starter has an era under 3 and threw a one hitter in 8 innings last night. You do actually watch the games don't you yankee fan in chicago?

2006-07-19 09:39:21
512.   yankeemonkey
Yes, but what about your #5 starter??
2006-07-19 11:23:01
513.   Adam B
Sorry RichYF, forgot to put that link up. It's techwiz2.wordpress.com

I still haven't done the entry but I'll have it up before 7PM and I'll have photos up before the end of the day.

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