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Game 1
2006-08-18 08:23
by Cliff Corcoran
Note: The Bronx Banter blog has moved to bronxbanterblog.com.

Before I get into the specifics of Game 1, the guys over at NoMaas posted a very quick list of the starters' ERA+ figures that shows how evenly matched the starters are for this series. Cleaning it up a bit, it looks like this:

Game 1: Wang (118) v Johnson (65)
Game 2: Ponson (51) v Lester (115)
Game 3: Johnson (92) v Beckett (93)
Game 4: Mussina (128) v Schilling (122)
Game 5: Lidle (98*) v Wells (77)
*ERA+ with Phillies only

That chart shows what we already sort of knew, which is that the final three games are very evenly matched, while today's double-header is evenly mismatched. Given the inequity in today's pitching match-ups, Game 1 becomes unusually important for the Yankees. Because they'll be at a tremendous disadvantage in the nightcap (both because of the pitching matchup, but also because Sal Fasano will likely grab the second-game-of-a-doubleheader/night-game-before-a-day-game-start), they need to win this afternoon's contest. Of course, if they do that, then the same pressure will be applied to the Red Sox in the nightcap, but in either case, if one team gets swept today, it will need to sweep the next three days to pull out a series win.

The Yankees faced Jason Johnson in the Bronx back in mid-June when he was with the Cleveland Indians, touching him up for six runs on ten hits, including a pair of homers by Johnny Damon and Andy Phillips, in 5 2/3 innings. That was Johnson's penultimate start for Cleveland before being placed on waivers and claimed by the Red Sox. Since joining Boston, Johnson has turned in just one quality start in five tries, that coming against the post-trading deadline Devil Rays. Most recently those cheery O's tagged him for seven runs in 5 1/2 innings. All totaled, Johnson has posted a 7.20 ERA, a 1.80 WHIP, and an 0-3 record while donning the crimson hose.

As for Chien-Ming Wang, as he's passed his career high innings pitched total he's also hit something of a rough patch. Wang threw a career high 157 innings last year between the minors, majors and his lone postseason start. In his third and fourth most recent starts, both Yankee wins, Wang threw 17 scoreless innings allowing just six hits, but by the end of that stretch he had totaled 156 innings pitched on the season. In his two starts since then, both Yankee loses, he's posted this line: 10 1/3 IP, 20 H, 9 R, 2 HR, 4 BB, 4 K. That's a 7.84 ERA and a 2.32 WHIP. He's now at 166 1/3 innings pitched, a new career high.

To make matters worse, even before he got to his previous innings limit, he'd struggled on the road. Just one of those last two starts came on the road, yet his road ERA is 5.16, due in large part to a .321 opponents' batting average, which leads to a 1.60 WHIP. He's also allowed as many home runs on the road as at home despite having thrown only two-thirds as many innings away from the Bronx. This is all rather unsettling heading into something of a must-win game.

Wang has faced Boston three times this season. The first came at Fenway, where he allowed three runs on six hits and four walks in five innings. Many, including myself, argued at the time that Wang should have pitched longer in that game as he had settled down in the later innings, was victimized by several weak bloopers, and was at just 77 pitches when Joe Torre removed him from a 3-3 tie for the just-activated Aaron Small, who would go on to lose the game. The Sox then roughed Wang up but good in his next start against them at Yankee Stadium, scoring seven runs on nine hits, including a Manny Ramirez home run, in six innings. Wang got his revenge just two weeks later, however. Again pitching at home, Wang scattered eight hits while holding the Red Sox to just one run over seven innings at which point Kyle Farnsworth and Mariano Rivera shut the door on a 2-1 Yankee win. That last start and Johnson's incompetence are about the only reason's for optimism this afternoon. Here's hoping the Yankees give us a few more.

Courtesy of diligent reader Randym77, here are the line-ups:

Yankees:

L - Johnny Damon, CF
R - Derek Jeter, SS
L - Bobby Abreu, RF
L - Jason Giambi, DH
R - Alex Rodriguez, 3B
L - Robinson Cano, 2B
S - Jorge Posada, C
R - Craig Wilson, 1B
S - Melky Cabrera, LF

Red Sox:

S - Coco Crisp, CF
R - Mark Loretta, 2B
L - David Ortiz, DH
R - Manny Ramirez, LF
R - Kevin Youkilis, 1B
R - Mike Lowell, 3B
L - Eric Hinske, RF
R - Javy Lopez, C
R - Alex Gonzalez, SS

Comments (1003)
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2006-08-18 09:12:57
1.   C2Coke
Cliff, you are really on fire today. Again, greatly appreciated.
2006-08-18 09:17:29
2.   KBT
I want to stuff a bloody sock in Steve Phillip's mouth.
2006-08-18 09:19:05
3.   Schteeve
I have to admit, I'm fired up about this series. GO YANKS!!
2006-08-18 09:20:25
4.   Ron Burgundy
ESPN is really going crazy with this. Chill out espen, it's a regular-season series. And even you guys know the Yankees are a better team.
2006-08-18 09:21:01
5.   Ron Burgundy
3 I'm not. If we do anything less than win 4 of 5, this is a complete failure.
2006-08-18 09:23:32
6.   KBT
4 There's only so much Mo Clarett/T.O. drivel they can muster up. Time to show all the past Yanks/Blosox highlights.
2006-08-18 09:24:17
7.   JL25and3
BTW, I'd like to point out that the pitching matchup for the first game is Wang v. Johnson. Bit of a pissing contest there?
2006-08-18 09:24:30
8.   C2Coke
3 I don't know if I am fired up or my blood pressure is shooting up.

Is it too much to ask for the YES feed instead of ESPN? Now let's all pray.

2006-08-18 09:25:38
9.   Ron Burgundy
7 Not even. Wang is loaded up on Gatorade and all ready to fire. Johnson is all dry having wondered the desert for the past couple of months.
2006-08-18 09:25:56
10.   randym77
5 Good gravy. I think your expectations are a bit high. I'll be happy to win the series.
2006-08-18 09:27:05
11.   KBT
Is it me or is Tim Kurtcheon (sp?) slightly pro NY?
2006-08-18 09:27:51
12.   Kirribilli Yankee Fan
8

I hope it is the YES feed as I live in Athens, GA and have given up ESPN for the most part as outside of a few personalities it has transpired over the last 10 years to become Stuart Scott and the others thinking they are the story....

I do miss Harold Reynolds as he was pretty knowledgable

2006-08-18 09:29:16
13.   rbj
Lucky me at work this afternoon. Get good old gamechannel instead of the bloviating Boston barmaids at ESPN.

5 Ron, you are setting yourself up for failure, demanding four of five. That is a tall order even if it were KC. Boston does have a good team, Yanks are on the road. 2 of 5 leaves NY in front, with 3 in the Bronx.

2006-08-18 09:30:12
14.   Zack
7 Yeah, but our Johnson is almost 7 feet...And we have a 6 foot 3 inch Wang too...They only have one 6 ft. 6 inch Johnson (which kind of makes me sad that Johnson vs. Johnson didn't happen, that would totally be the ultimate showdown...two Johnsons over 6 1/2 ft...Yikes...)

Okay, sorry, had to be done...

2006-08-18 09:30:37
15.   Kirribilli Yankee Fan
speaking of ESPN has anyone over the age of 30 ever looked at that magazine ? It should serve as a test for illiteracy and ADD...
2006-08-18 09:33:05
16.   Ron Burgundy
10 We are a much better team than them, thus we should win big-time. But I DO realize that with that Little League ballpark, nothing is safe.
2006-08-18 09:35:09
17.   Ron Burgundy
15 Hell, I still have a subscription for that that doesn't expire for another 3 years or so, and it was up-front payument.

Hey look, an interview with "Big Papi" on ESPN! I did NOT expect that! With his ONE World Championship, he is Larry Bird, only in baseball.

2006-08-18 09:38:22
18.   eephus
Anyone else at work and debating the wisdom of getting a beer or two at lunch? I want beer goggles before I listen to Sterling and Waldman. Er... beer headphones.
2006-08-18 09:39:32
19.   Kirribilli Yankee Fan
17

Send them a letter telling them you can read and thus do not fit their market, perhaps they will send you a check and terminate the subscription

2006-08-18 09:39:38
20.   randym77
I'm not convinced we're a much better team than they are. As Cliff's breakdown showed, it's pretty damned close.
2006-08-18 09:41:57
21.   Zack
The thing about Ortiz is, try as I might, its pretty hard to dislike the guy. He might be big, fat, and pretty lazy, but thats not so bad, plus he seems like a genuinely good guy. Always smiling, good clubhouse guy, does a lot for charities etc...

But what really gets me, and makes me root against him (besides him being a Red Sox and scaring me to death, but I have rooted for Sox before, like Nomah, who I always liked no matter what), is the media overkill, blatent bias, and ignorance of the stats. Okay, we get the point, he has hit a lot of "clutch" HRs etc. But they play him up like he is the best player in MLB, which, as we all know, is nowhere near the truth. Just looking at Cliff's earlier stat comparison proves that, since Giambi's EQA is shockingly the same. Throw in Thome, Hafner, and hell, Manny, and there are far more MVP candidates. Throw in Mauer and Jeter, and there are even more in the race. Without Manny, who knows what Ortiz's #'s would be, but I can guarantee he wouldn't get so many meatballs...

No this has all been discussed time again, I know, but it really does get in the way of enjoying a really fun player to watch...

2006-08-18 09:49:26
22.   Ron Burgundy
21 Pretty much agree 100% there. If it wasn't for the non-stop ESPN "Papi is teh CLUTCH!!!!!111111" and "Papi is a HOF!!!!!!" idiocy.
2006-08-18 09:49:57
23.   C2Coke
20 Obviously, we would love to believe that we are a better team, but I agree with you, randym77. I think we are only but definitely a better team in terms of personality. (HA, how long before a Sox fan shows up here?)
2006-08-18 09:50:14
24.   Schteeve
18 I'm at work which is a travesty in and of itself, because I was supposed to be on the golf course this morning, but got called in to prep for a meeting that I just found out has been postponed until the end of next week. You could say I'm a little pissed. Not only that, I'm forced to follow the game on GameCast.
2006-08-18 09:51:25
25.   Schteeve
20 Check out SG's anyalysis over at RLYW for another point of view.
2006-08-18 09:51:26
26.   unmoderated
i'm stuck in a hot storage building all afternoon sorting paperbacks.

at least i have a crappy boombox that picks up an AM broadcast of the game from 60 miles aways.

Le*CRACKLESTATICCRACKLE*t's Go Yank*crackleSTATICcrackle*ees!

2006-08-18 09:51:43
27.   Chyll Will
14 Gotta admit, that would be one hell of a pissin' contest... (while I sip my cup of STFU)
2006-08-18 09:52:31
28.   randym77
23 And some Red Sox fans agree. On the pre-game show, they said a Boston fan yelled at Jeter during BP: "Derek, you're a class act!" (He laughed and waved in response.)
2006-08-18 09:54:46
29.   Schteeve
28 Because he is, of course, a class act.
2006-08-18 09:55:37
30.   C2Coke
28 To me, somehow, that incident is pretty much equivalent to the scene in Fever Pitch of which a female fan yells to Damon, " Johnny Damon, you got the sweetest ass in the league!"
2006-08-18 09:56:20
31.   KBT
ESPN's top yanks/sox moment: Sox win '04 ALCS. Shocker.
2006-08-18 09:56:26
32.   JL25and3
18 I also have the pleasure of listening to the John and Suzyn show at work. I'm hoping for the Yankees to go way ahead early so I won't have to endure the whole broadcast.
2006-08-18 09:57:04
33.   dwight45
8 12 Don't know if you are talking about mlbtv.com or Extra Innings. Here's the Extra Innings schedule and feed for the rest of the month. (Fox and ESPN carrying this weekend's Sat. and Sun. games, respectively).

Today
1pm at Boston NESN
8pm at Boston NESN
Monday
1pm at Boston NESN
8/22
10pm at Seattle FSNW
8/23
10pm at Seattle FSNW
8/24
10pm at Seattle YES
8/25
10pm at Angels FSW
8/27
3:30pm at Angels FSW
8/29
7pm Detroit YES
8/30
7pm Detroit YES
8/31
1pm Detroit YES

2006-08-18 09:57:45
34.   Schteeve
31 In the history of the rivalry, I agree with them. It was when "The Curse" ended definitively.
2006-08-18 09:59:23
35.   KBT
34 I thought the curse prevented them from winning a WS, not getting TO the WS.
2006-08-18 10:00:10
36.   randym77
From LoHud:

>> Torre said his plan was to catch Jorge Posada in Game 1 today, tomorrow and Sunday and have Sal Fasano catch the other two games.

Hideki Matsui has told Japanese reporters that he is starting to wonder whether he will play this season. <<

2006-08-18 10:00:11
37.   Schteeve
35 Ok but they had to go through us to win their first WS since 1918. So in the history of the rivalry, I still agree with ESPN.
2006-08-18 10:00:19
38.   bp1
25 Love the Giambi vs "Snaggletooth" comparison. Heh heh heh ....

So Cliff has Jeter better than AGonz on Defense, but GS has it flipped? Color me confused.

2006-08-18 10:00:35
39.   C2Coke
Now Shall we all say it together?

Let's Go Yankees!

2006-08-18 10:01:55
40.   Howie
What do you think of this 5 games in 4 days format for a playoff series? I know MLB/FOX would never go for it. And the travel logistics might make it impossible. But, it would be exciting and intense to see in a first-round series.

Teams would be forced to throw at least 4, probably 5 starters out there, so teams with 2 hot starters wouldn't have the advantage that they do now in the playoffs. It would add the March Madness intensity factor because you wouldn't have a chance to catch your breath.

I'm stuck at work today so it's Gamechannel and BB for me.

2006-08-18 10:02:08
41.   Schteeve
Let's Go Yankees!
2006-08-18 10:03:11
42.   Travis
Steve Phillips in the ESPN booth. Shoot me now.
2006-08-18 10:04:49
43.   JL25and3
14 The Yankees should have filled the last roster spot by calling up J. B. Cox.
2006-08-18 10:05:17
44.   KBT
38 Papi is the left hitting twin of Florida from "Good Times"
2006-08-18 10:06:16
45.   randym77
YES just ran a "Ortiz or Jeter" for MVP segment.
2006-08-18 10:08:25
46.   Mattpat11
Well, lets play five.
2006-08-18 10:08:45
47.   C2Coke
No such luck. MLB.TV has no YES feed. 42 I might need be shot as well.
2006-08-18 10:11:33
48.   Kirribilli Yankee Fan
32 18

I can understand but down here in Athens, GA I got a choice between ESPN and NESN on MLB Extra Innings......So ESPN it will be..

was hoping for YES...

2006-08-18 10:11:34
49.   C2Coke
I am blessed. YES feed on TV, who knew? Check back later. Enjoy the games, y'all.
2006-08-18 10:12:02
50.   Mattpat11
Someone needs to tell Al that no matter how good the intent is, the phrase "he fell down" always has a negative connotation
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2006-08-18 10:12:18
51.   JL25and3
Nice start.
2006-08-18 10:12:28
52.   Travis
Damon might have been able to score there. Great start.
2006-08-18 10:12:36
53.   Ron Burgundy
Lead-off triple, Hi-Oh!
2006-08-18 10:13:20
54.   Mattpat11
This is the telling point. If Damon somehow doesn't score, its going to be one of those games for us.
2006-08-18 10:13:20
55.   nick
oh man--imagine a play at the plate on Damon to begin the series--that would've fired people up...
2006-08-18 10:13:22
56.   randym77
Yeah, Johnny! Make Crisp look silly.
2006-08-18 10:14:46
57.   JL25and3
21 yeah, he seems like a nice guy, but there are also things I can dislike about him. I hate the posing and pointing up to the sky when he hits a homer. And I think it was my nephew who first pointed out his tendency to take several minutes to walk back to the dugout after a K, like the ump has some nerve to call him out.

Without the hype, those things wouldn't bother me so much. But with the hype, they give me a couple of other excuses.

2006-08-18 10:16:14
58.   mehmattski
RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRiiibi!
2006-08-18 10:16:21
59.   Travis
Miracle! A run without benefit of a homer.
2006-08-18 10:16:45
60.   Schteeve
12 pitches, no outs.
2006-08-18 10:16:53
61.   bp1
Happiness would be knocking out this guy early and burning out the BoSox bullpen this afternoon.
2006-08-18 10:17:13
62.   nick
43 this is getting like one of those hot stove games old men play..."ok, guys, all-time penis pitching staff...."--Jeter! nice AB--
2006-08-18 10:17:16
63.   Kirribilli Yankee Fan
Getting into the Sox pen early in a 5 game set would be sweet.....
2006-08-18 10:17:20
64.   Ron Burgundy
Hi-Oh! We score!
2006-08-18 10:17:51
65.   rsmith51
I think I would be testing Javy's arm behind the plate today.
2006-08-18 10:18:09
66.   yanklifer
can't emphasize how much we need to take advantage of this situation
2006-08-18 10:18:24
67.   mehmattski
what part of steal second does jeter not understand
2006-08-18 10:18:42
68.   Mattpat11
Youkillis is one fugly son of a bitch. I think he's uglier than The Unit.
2006-08-18 10:18:49
69.   Mattpat11
Youkillis is one fugly son of a bitch. I think he's uglier than The Unit.
2006-08-18 10:18:52
70.   Kirribilli Yankee Fan
this johnson guy is no Cy Lowenen or Lopez those twin aces from Baltimore
2006-08-18 10:18:58
71.   Travis
3 at-bats, 3 shots.
2006-08-18 10:19:53
72.   Kirribilli Yankee Fan
68

his head is Mench-esque

I think everyone should let this stiff toss 8 pitches before getting your hit off him

2006-08-18 10:19:55
73.   Schteeve
67 the part where you don't manage the Yankees.
2006-08-18 10:20:27
74.   nick
so has everybody else started automatically figuring out possible situations for A-Rod two or three batters in advance?
2006-08-18 10:21:06
75.   SF Yanks
Don't the ESPN guys sound depressed that the first 3 Yanks have reached? They seem all down now. But watch how happy they seem when the sawx do something.
2006-08-18 10:21:22
76.   Schteeve
This guy could end up throwing 50 pitches this inning.
2006-08-18 10:21:35
77.   yanklifer
74 lol, of course.
2006-08-18 10:21:47
78.   Travis
Please don't hit into a DP.
2006-08-18 10:21:58
79.   mehmattski
73 Yeah, I was confused, I thought I was playing MLB 2K6. But 2-1 count to Abreu, I thought it would have been the perfect time for a Don Zimmer-like hit and run at least.
2006-08-18 10:22:36
80.   Mattpat11
67 To be honest, Alex Gonzalez aint much better.
2006-08-18 10:22:47
81.   bp1
Geez, Michael Kay. Enough with the "A-Rod was almost a Red Sock" stories. Do we gotta hear that every time?!?
2006-08-18 10:23:17
82.   rsmith51
79 Generally you shouldn't start using strategy until either the other pitcher get's someone out or you're facing an elite pitcher.
2006-08-18 10:23:27
83.   Schteeve
79 I think hitting and runnign with a guy like Abreu up is bad strategy. It forces him to swing at a 2-1 pitch.
2006-08-18 10:24:25
84.   JL25and3
62 I've been playing those games since before I was old. Dick Pole makes the team twice.
2006-08-18 10:24:27
85.   standuptriple
Kay needs to be tranquilized and put out to pasture.
2006-08-18 10:24:53
86.   Mattpat11
The YES Camera and the shadows are making Giambi and A-Rod look like the biggest badasses on earth. They both look about a foot taller and 50 pounds heavier, and much darker.
2006-08-18 10:25:09
87.   Kirribilli Yankee Fan
All I hope for now with A rod is not to mess up too bad....one of the best talents in the game...making the most coin and I sit hear praying for no major E or DP
2006-08-18 10:26:02
88.   Ron Burgundy
Giambi and A-Rod really screwed up there. Our two best hitters. DAMN IT!
2006-08-18 10:26:05
89.   Travis
Consecutive pop-ups on hittable pitches...ugh.
2006-08-18 10:26:16
90.   Kirribilli Yankee Fan
HE JUST SUCKS....HE DOES NOT EVEN LOOK CLOSE
2006-08-18 10:26:20
91.   Zack
Well is this indicitive of our problems of late or what...2 on, no outs, can't get runs in...
2006-08-18 10:26:32
92.   rsmith51
7-pitch ab and no DP, sadly I see this as a positive.
2006-08-18 10:26:34
93.   mehmattski
83 It wouldn't be a typical hit and run, and 82 I don't think its strategy either, I think Jeter has the green light to go whenever he feels like it. And when the opposing pitcher has never had a caught stealing against him, the runner has only been caught three times all season, and the catcher has only thrown out three guys all season, there's almost no risk. I hope in later innings Jeter, Abreu, Melky, etc start to take advantage.
2006-08-18 10:26:40
94.   standuptriple
Come on Robbie! Pesky-time!
2006-08-18 10:26:41
95.   randym77
Unfortunately, I think we're stuck with Kay. Kaat is supposedly retiring after the end of this season.
2006-08-18 10:27:07
96.   Alvaro Espinoza
Not sure why A-rod insists on staring at fastballs down the middle.
2006-08-18 10:27:50
97.   Mattpat11
Oh crap. It is going to be one of those games, isnt it?
2006-08-18 10:28:01
98.   nick
damn it--30 pitches, but it's not like the bullpen is any worse than this guy....
2006-08-18 10:28:07
99.   Schteeve
Lame, we let that joker off the hook.
2006-08-18 10:28:10
100.   Alvaro Espinoza
And the big guns let Johnson off the hook...
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2006-08-18 10:28:12
101.   yanklifer
huge waste
2006-08-18 10:28:12
102.   unpopster
end of first inning with ONLY one run -- this is definitely going to come back and bite us!!!!
2006-08-18 10:28:15
103.   Ron Burgundy
So, we get two on, no outs, our #4, #5, and #6 hitters up. And the RUNNERS DON'T EVEN ADVANCE. PATHETIC. And again against one of the worst pitchers in baseball. They're still asleep.
2006-08-18 10:28:30
104.   Travis
96 A-Rod got 2 hanging curveballs on that AB; if he were in a groove, it would be 4-0.
2006-08-18 10:28:41
105.   Kirribilli Yankee Fan
it will be something to see if fragile Alex can get over this nightmare season..

hopefully with the help of his "life coach" and therapist he can get it back....

he looks completely lost and was NEVER clutch or tough to start with...

2006-08-18 10:28:57
106.   rsmith51
98 Remember it is a 5 game series so any pitches they can get off this staff is a good thing in the first 2 games.
2006-08-18 10:29:41
107.   nick
77 LOL? well, more like VIM [vomit in mouth]
2006-08-18 10:29:54
108.   Mattpat11
96 Its going to get MUCH more fun on Sunday and Monday when they start doing it against Schilling and Wells.

The strategy has always been against them take take take take take take take take take and then be dumbfounded when they strike out on four pitches.

2006-08-18 10:30:11
109.   Alvaro Espinoza
What's Cano's BA w/ runners on base?
2006-08-18 10:31:04
110.   mehmattski
ooo, good sac bunt, Coco! Oh wait, there wasn't anyone on base...
2006-08-18 10:31:08
111.   Ron Burgundy
Thanks Coco Chanel.
2006-08-18 10:31:23
112.   Ron Burgundy
109 Lower than mine.
2006-08-18 10:32:13
113.   Travis
109 Going into today, .238.
2006-08-18 10:33:16
114.   Ron Burgundy
This is where our pathetic offense wasting opportunities bites us in the ass.
2006-08-18 10:33:21
115.   Mattpat11
Oh shit. Here they come.
2006-08-18 10:33:47
116.   Schteeve
Oritz's head is gigantic. It's kinda scary.
2006-08-18 10:33:48
117.   hensley
MattPat, bringing the cheer as always. Look, the strategy should be to take take take. One reason they lost the 2004 ALCS is the stopped taking pitches. Work the pitcher, burn the bullpen early in a 5 game series = Good strategy.
2006-08-18 10:33:51
118.   KBT
Didn't Johnson get those same outside pitches called strikes?
2006-08-18 10:34:14
119.   Mattpat11
Wow.

But here comes Manny.

2006-08-18 10:34:23
120.   bp1
Papi pop up. Love it. Hands sweaty. Scary Manny up. Reach for rolaids.
2006-08-18 10:34:26
121.   Schteeve
Oh look David Ortiz made an out and didn't even advance a runner.
2006-08-18 10:34:36
122.   standuptriple
105 Maybe Alex needs a new/better therapist? George may even foot the bill.
2006-08-18 10:34:40
123.   Ron Burgundy
Teh Clutch Pig Bapi pops-out. Wait, according to ESPN, that was clutch because it rallied the troops.
2006-08-18 10:34:40
124.   mehmattski
109
Cano, 2006 runners on:
152 AB, .283/.311/.382
runners in Scoring Position:
84 AB, . 238/.283/.369
None on:
157 AB .359/.396/.561
Overall:
310 AB .326/.356/.471
2006-08-18 10:34:49
125.   Alvaro Espinoza
Thank you Coco and Papi for making outs on 1st pitches!
2006-08-18 10:34:50
126.   JL25and3
Wow - Ramirez is 8 for 12 against Wang? Small sample size be damned, that's amazing.
2006-08-18 10:35:09
127.   eephus
Take it easy guys, we do have the lead after all. If it makes you feel better, my irritating Sox-fan boss is cursing in his office right now.
2006-08-18 10:35:27
128.   Ron Burgundy
118 Fenway has its own umpiring crew.
2006-08-18 10:35:54
129.   LI yankee
just walk him!
2006-08-18 10:36:45
130.   Kirribilli Yankee Fan
now batting Mel Gibsons favorite 1b...Youk !
2006-08-18 10:37:27
131.   Travis
How did he NOT swing there?
2006-08-18 10:37:29
132.   kylepetterson
There are few people in baseball that I don't like. Schilling (in part because he looks like Uncle Joey from Full House) and Manny Ramirez are on the top of that short list, though.
2006-08-18 10:37:46
133.   Ron Burgundy
Amazing how having your own umpiring crew can be helpful.
2006-08-18 10:37:54
134.   KBT
Oh come on, that was strike 2 on Pukelis.
2006-08-18 10:38:57
135.   nick
this guy thinks Abreu and Melky have average arms out there?
2006-08-18 10:39:13
136.   mehmattski
Steve Phillips: "The arms in the Yankees' outfield aren't very good. Bobby Abreu in left has an OK arm, Johnny Damon doesn't throw well at all. Melky Cabrera, well he's just average in left."

DIAF Steve Phillips

2006-08-18 10:39:42
137.   KBT
Is that dip in Youk's mouth or just a bulldog's underbite?
2006-08-18 10:40:08
138.   Travis
135 136 I was just about to post the same thing. I think the Steve Phillips auto-text is still stuck on the 2004/2005 Yankees.
2006-08-18 10:40:51
139.   Ron Burgundy
Steve Phillips, is it really THAT hard to look and see that Melky has 11 OF Assists? Pure, IDIOT.
2006-08-18 10:41:00
140.   standuptriple
136 Wheneever Phillips is talking I just assume he's from Bizzaro World.
2006-08-18 10:41:28
141.   mehmattski
138 Lets hope that Phillips and the Red Sox baserunners/base coaches get their information in the same place, resulting in a plethora of outfield assists.
2006-08-18 10:41:40
142.   randym77
136 The YES guys say the same thing. Well, maybe they give Abreu a little more credit. But they don't have much respect for Melky's arm.
2006-08-18 10:41:52
143.   KBT
DIAF? Die In A Fire?
2006-08-18 10:41:54
144.   yanklifer
Steve Philips prob thought Mo Vaughan's arm was above average to give him that contract
2006-08-18 10:42:21
145.   Mattpat11
117 They lost the ALCS because Gordon and Rovera blew games. They lost the ALCS because we were too nice to bunt on Curt Schilling. We lost the ALCS because Brown and Vazquez melted down in the biggest game of their lives.

Schilling and Wells don't walk a lot of people. Hell, they don't throw a lot of balls period. They're always amongst the leaders in thrown strikes and lowest walks. If you go up there looking to do nothing but take, chances are you're down 0-2.

And yeah, knocking the pitcher out is always good. But knocking out the pitcher in thr fifth with one run and 100 pitches is much less favorable than knocking him out with six runs in the second. We took and took and took and took and took and took against Javier Vazquez, and boy-o, did he throw a lot of pitches. Of course, he held us to two runs and won the game, but we got a moral victory of knocking him out after five.

2006-08-18 10:42:26
146.   Zavo
For those watching, is Wang elevating his pitches? Odd for him to get three fly ball outs in an inning.
2006-08-18 10:42:37
147.   Ron Burgundy
Oh, you have got to be kidding me...
DIAF Home Plate Umpire.
2006-08-18 10:42:40
148.   standuptriple
138 Between Wendell Kim and their last 3B coach (drawing a blank) maybe they have.
2006-08-18 10:42:58
149.   Schteeve
What do you expect from Phillips. He was the GM for the ugly step sister in the Big Apple. He refused to auntie up for A-Rod and has been defensive about it ever since, plus he wasn't the most well liked GM by his peers. All that explains why he constantly bad-raps the Yankees. Also, he's a dick.
2006-08-18 10:43:07
150.   rbj
Dang, 140+ posts and it's still the first inning? The toaster is going to be working overtime today -- scratch that, this whole weekend.
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2006-08-18 10:43:13
151.   Zack
Actually it looks like is sinker is starting too low, so he is compensating by trying to throw it higher...Too many balls...
2006-08-18 10:43:25
152.   standuptriple
148 Whoops, I meant 141
2006-08-18 10:43:35
153.   Kirribilli Yankee Fan
someone talk me through this whole pitch count...pitched too many innings... one batter relief specialist (Myers)....

These guys do not throw any harder than when I was a kid 70's / 80's and guys pitched 200-300 innings regularly...Goose and Lyle came in for two inning saves...

If anything these players took worse care of themselves and were not the lifting gym rats like Fragile Farnsy who is a durable as a chocolate Easter bunny around a stoner..

It is just nonsense that Wright and these guys are commended for a 6 inning start like they should win an award..."he has heart" for 21m for 3 years what he has is a part time job...

a real joke

2006-08-18 10:44:04
154.   Schteeve
148 Dale Sveum.
2006-08-18 10:44:52
155.   Travis
148 Dale Sveum
2006-08-18 10:45:56
156.   standuptriple
154, 155 Yes, how could I forget. It was a long night.
2006-08-18 10:46:01
157.   Mattpat11
148 Dale Sveum
2006-08-18 10:46:38
158.   Zack
Anyone else get the "we let this bum off the hook and now will score at most one more run off him" feeling? I hate that crap...
2006-08-18 10:46:39
159.   mehmattski
148 Dale Sveum

(thought i'd join the party)

2006-08-18 10:46:57
160.   JL25and3
145 Come on. Everyone knows they lost the ALCS because ARod isn't clutch.
2006-08-18 10:47:12
161.   Schteeve
Interesting fact, I was not aware that Melky was a switch hitter until about 3 minutes ago.
2006-08-18 10:47:15
162.   LI yankee
148 Dale Sveum
2006-08-18 10:47:20
163.   Travis
6 straight outs against this crappy pitcher. Not good.
2006-08-18 10:47:22
164.   standuptriple
Wow. I guess he made a good impression.
2006-08-18 10:47:25
165.   Ron Burgundy
I've seen this game already, and I know how it ends. Pathetic joke. Third day in a row they're making some piece of crap with an ERA over 6.00 look good.
2006-08-18 10:47:35
166.   Mattpat11
Well, I'm certainly glad that no one swung at strikes down the middle in the first. It sure did us good in the second
2006-08-18 10:47:54
167.   randym77
Lowell jumps into the Yankee dugout to make the catch. (Crap! Snakes in a plane!)
2006-08-18 10:48:36
168.   weeping for brunnhilde
Ah, fuck Lowell.

That was a nice play.

Those not watching, he drifted over to the third base dugout after Melky's pop-up, went to the edge of the steps, reached out with his glove for the ball, caught the ball, and only then allowed his body to fall gracefully down the steps.

Beautiful piece of balletic athleticism.

2006-08-18 10:48:51
169.   Schteeve
Ron Burgundy, why exactly do you watch baseball? You don't seem to enjoy yourself very much.
2006-08-18 10:48:51
170.   berty1027
posada, wilson and cabrera gotta do a lot better than an 8 pitch inning.
2006-08-18 10:50:20
171.   mehmattski
Mike Lowell February 1, 1999: Traded by the New York Yankees to the Florida Marlins for Mark J. Johnson, Ed Yarnall, and Todd Noel (minors).

Just thought I'd throw that out there. Of course, no one could have predicted 1) Lowell would have blossomed 2) recovered awesomely from testicular cancer and 3) recovered once again from a 2005 "slump"

2006-08-18 10:50:38
172.   standuptriple
I remember the days when I was in college (96-99) when my buddy and I used to chant "pitch-count" en-route to beat-downs. I don't know why that mentality left the team. It seemed to work pretty well.
2006-08-18 10:50:44
173.   berty1027
169 he watches it for his report on the 6 o clock news...
you stay classy san diego
2006-08-18 10:50:53
174.   nick
153 "These guys do not throw any harder than when I was a kid 70s/80s"...well, all due respect, but how do you know?....Think about this: if most guys today could throw 300 inning seasons without long term ill effects, what team wouldn't go to a four man rotation, 3 guys in the bullpen, mop-up man, and platoon like crazy? The last three guys on every pitching staff stuck....But today's game wears down starters. Check the ERAS of that White Sox staff this year--wanna bet that Ozzie destroyed at least a couple of those guys?
2006-08-18 10:51:21
175.   Zavo
I thought Wilson had a good eye and took walks. We have certainly not seen that player as of yet.
2006-08-18 10:51:23
176.   Mattpat11
Speaking of strategies we employ against the Red Sox that never, ever work, who wants to bet the strategy to get manny out next time up is a high fastball? We tried that multiple times the last time we went to Fenway.

Hinske annoys me. He reminds me of Trot Nixon. The "do you know who I am" type of middling player.

2006-08-18 10:51:55
177.   Ron Burgundy
169 I enjoy it. And if we get shut down by a good pitcher, well what can you do? But when you get shut down by pitchers with ERAs OVER 6.00 for THREE straight days...
2006-08-18 10:52:04
178.   Zack
169 You can't tell me that you actually enjoy these yanks-Sox games do you? I hate them, for oh so many reasons...

Case in point, Hinske...infuriating...

2006-08-18 10:52:24
179.   randym77
And Hinske lives up to his billing...
2006-08-18 10:52:39
180.   standuptriple
175 I thought I saw that Wilson has yet to take a BB since becoming a Yank. This ain't the Bucs and it ain't the NL, Craig.
2006-08-18 10:52:58
181.   Travis
171 Lowell had a great April and May, but has slumped offensively since then.

http://tinyurl.com/q96nj

He's still playing Gold Glove-caliber defense, however.

2006-08-18 10:53:01
182.   Schteeve
This is purely based on my own shaky recollection but when he was with Toronto didn't Hinske kill the Yanks?
2006-08-18 10:53:14
183.   eephus
168 Thanks for that. Any chance you'd consider applying for a job as color commentator over on CBS 880?
2006-08-18 10:53:15
184.   JL25and3
OK, I know I'm beating a fallen horse here. But when Suzyn Waldman says that "Hinske has always been hard on Wang," I can't help it.
2006-08-18 10:53:34
185.   Schteeve
Also, this game is going to take like 5 hours.
2006-08-18 10:54:18
186.   Mattpat11
182 He may be like Chone Figgins where he doesnt hit anyone else.
2006-08-18 10:54:50
187.   Zack
171 Didn't we get David Wheathers in that trade too? Not that it makes it any better...
2006-08-18 10:54:57
188.   Marcus
I don't like the look of this so far. Too many fly balls. ANyone watching the game care to enlighten us Gameday-ers with how he is looking? I'm not too optimistic.
2006-08-18 10:55:22
189.   standuptriple
185 And have a 2K post list.
2006-08-18 10:55:23
190.   weeping for brunnhilde
Nice hitting by the lefty to go the other way.

Sometimes I think the secret to baseball is just so easy: hit 'em where they're pitched.

If you do that, you'll never strike out with risp and you'll likely not pop up.

Why can't our guys change their approach with 2 strikes?

Who taught these people how to play baseball, I often wonder.

Fundamentals, man.

It's ok to be a superstar yet still be able to rely on fundamentals when the occasion demands it.

I know, I'm a curmudgeon, and I'm only 33, but really, it's just exasperating to see other players do so effortlessly what our guys do rarely.

2006-08-18 10:55:34
191.   LI yankee
Does he not have much control right now? Wang seems to be throwing a lot of balls (hee-hee)
2006-08-18 10:56:02
192.   rbj
Seem to be an awful lot of flyballs for Wang today (I'm "watching" on gamecast)
2006-08-18 10:56:14
193.   Mattpat11
ton of flyballs.
2006-08-18 10:56:14
194.   Alvaro Espinoza
188 I was thinking the same thing (got Gameday on too). Where are the ground balls?

We'll see. Here comes the top of the lineup...

2006-08-18 10:56:55
195.   nick
174 typo in that last sentence...I stuck.
2006-08-18 10:57:16
196.   standuptriple
190 I think only Ichiro and a handful of journeymen know how to hit w/2 strikes anymore. It's all about the HR's and the next $ now. The arbitrator doesn't emphasize 2-strike hits.
2006-08-18 10:57:20
197.   Zack
Lot of fly ball outs for the Wanger...
2006-08-18 10:57:31
198.   zgveritas
so far the worms look safe today.
2006-08-18 10:57:32
199.   Andre
Is Wang wild today? More balls than strikes (or is that normal for him and I just never noticed it before)
2006-08-18 10:57:37
200.   mehmattski
182 2006 overall: .264/.353/.513
vs NYY: 19 AB, 2 HR, .368/.429/.737
2003-2005 overall: .250/.324/.411
vs NYY: 173 AB, 3 HR, .221/.320/.364
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2006-08-18 10:57:41
201.   JL25and3
187 July 31, 1996: Traded by the Florida Marlins to the New York Yankees for Mark Hutton.

A year later they traded Weathers for Chad Curtis, so that's not bad.

2006-08-18 10:57:43
202.   Travis
182 Hinske's stats against the Yankees (.256/.344/.412) are pretty much the same as his career stats (.259/.337/.437).

http://tinyurl.com/s2xh4

2006-08-18 10:58:14
203.   Schteeve
178 I enjoy them immensely. This is a pennant race for crying out loud. Head to Head, Toe to Toe, Mano a Mano with our chief rival.

They are gut wrenching at times sure, but these kinds of games are what baseball is all about in my opinion. If I didn't enjoy these games, I'm not sure what games I should enjoy. An April game against the D-Rays?

2006-08-18 10:58:19
204.   weeping for brunnhilde
Nice hitting by the lefty to go the other way.

Sometimes I think the secret to baseball is just so easy: hit 'em where they're pitched.

If you do that, you'll never strike out with risp and you'll likely not pop up.

Why can't our guys change their approach with 2 strikes?

Who taught these people how to play baseball, I often wonder.

Fundamentals, man.

It's ok to be a superstar yet still be able to rely on fundamentals when the occasion demands it.

I know, I'm a curmudgeon, and I'm only 33, but really, it's just exasperating to see other players do so effortlessly what our guys do rarely.

2006-08-18 10:58:57
205.   randym77
Wang has left a few sinkers up, but I think the main problem is he's still trying to get used to the strike zone. The ump is kind of squeezing him.
2006-08-18 10:59:51
206.   Zack
Ugh, good lord, can we please hit this guy. Not only are we not hitting, we aren't really taking many pitches. I swear, if for the third straight game we score less runs than the pitcher's bloated ERA, I will go crazy...
2006-08-18 11:00:01
207.   mehmattski
171 That's what I had always remembered too, but no, Weathers came over at the trade deadline, 1996, for Mark Hutton... and was traded to the Indians less than a year later for Chad Curtis
2006-08-18 11:00:14
208.   Mattpat11
yep. one of those games.
2006-08-18 11:00:18
209.   nick
christ, I hate to bitch this early, but why are guys like this turning into Greg Maddux against the Yanks so much lately?
2006-08-18 11:00:21
210.   Ron Burgundy
You gotta be kidding me, after throwing 29 in the first and getting in deep trouble, Johnson is now back to a normal pitch-count and has retired 8 Yankees in a row pretty easily.
2006-08-18 11:00:50
211.   rbj
184 That reminds me of the joke about the smut on Leave it to Beaver, where the mom asks the dad "Don't you think you were a little too hard on the Beaver last night?"
2006-08-18 11:01:38
212.   standuptriple
Now is the time to shine Bobby, Jason and (even you) A-Rod.
2006-08-18 11:02:01
213.   Mattpat11
210 But we made him throw 29 pitches! Don't you see the logic in not swinging at the fat strikes? We made him throw a lot of pitches. If Giambi or A-Rod would have hit those pitches 8 miles, it would be several less pitches.
2006-08-18 11:02:03
214.   SF Yanks
210 Ya know, I used to not really like all the negativity from you, but I have changed. I welcome it with open arms now. You pretty much say what I think. (but I know I shouldn't type) So keep on keepin on. Besides, it's funny in a pessimistic sorta way.
2006-08-18 11:04:02
215.   JL25and3
A walk!

I wonder if that was the first time Jason Johnson has ever retired 8 straight batters.

2006-08-18 11:04:21
216.   mehmattski
I wonder if this game will be over before the nightcap is scheduled to start...
2006-08-18 11:04:22
217.   hensley
213 I am very grateful you are not managing the Yankees. You seem to have a rudimentary understanding of the game.
2006-08-18 11:04:29
218.   Zack
211 They didn't really say that did that? That is just way to obvious...
2006-08-18 11:04:35
219.   berty1027
what an addition by cashman. i am so comfortable with abreu up there. isnt he just always down in the count and drawing 5-10 pitch walks?
2006-08-18 11:04:36
220.   Ron Burgundy
214 Look, if this was a genuinely good pitcher doing this, I would have no complaints. I mean, because it would be a good pitcher shutting us down. But it's one of the worst pitchers in baseball, with an ERA over 6.00, and for the third straight day.
2006-08-18 11:04:49
221.   nick
214 you know, that's a good way to take it--Ron Burgundy is suffering for all of us--stay gloomy, Ron!
2006-08-18 11:05:31
222.   Ron Burgundy
I hate this umpire. I truly do. He might as well have a Sawx jersey and cap on.
2006-08-18 11:05:51
223.   Travis
221 So Ron Burgundy is our Christ-figure?
2006-08-18 11:05:53
224.   Zack
It would be great to get to the Sox BP early today, to negate their offday...hint hint...Ok, I'll just say it: Chase this bum from the darn game!!
2006-08-18 11:06:21
225.   LI yankee
Many of these called strikes are below gamecast's strike zone.
2006-08-18 11:06:57
226.   Travis
Alex Gonzalez with a successful pin of Bobby Abreu.
2006-08-18 11:07:18
227.   Zack
Man this seems like a wacky strike zone...
2006-08-18 11:07:22
228.   Schteeve
225 I noticed the same thing on strike one to Giambi.
2006-08-18 11:07:33
229.   Ron Burgundy
221 But I don't want to! Why can't they hit one of the worst pitchers in baseball?! Over the past 3 days, we have faced: Adam Loewen, Rodrigo Lopez, Bruce Chen, Russ Ortiz, and Jason Johnson and totalled 4 runs.

Really, DIAF umpire.

2006-08-18 11:07:37
230.   randym77
Nice deke. Fooled Abreu into thinking the ball was in his glove.
2006-08-18 11:07:42
231.   mehmattski
225 The first strike to Giambi and the payoff pitch to Abreu were pretty much in the same spot. The second strike to Giambi was off the plate AND down... meh.
2006-08-18 11:07:48
232.   nick
Part of me thinks "don't steal and take the bat out of Giambi's hands"--logically, I want A-Rod up with two on, but emotionally?

I have become ESPN's bitch. I hate myself.

2006-08-18 11:07:52
233.   Ron Burgundy
My God this team is a joke.
2006-08-18 11:07:57
234.   Zack
Man, that Jason Johnson, what an ace! Making it look easy...
2006-08-18 11:09:01
235.   randym77
225 But Wang is not getting anything low. :-P
2006-08-18 11:09:06
236.   weeping for brunnhilde
219 Agreed wholeheartedly. I'm very comfortable with him up there, like Matsui when he's in a grove.

How did Jason swing through that pitch?

How?

2006-08-18 11:09:21
237.   Ron Burgundy
Who the fuck am I kidding, we're gonna get ass-fucked. If we can't hit the worst pitchers in all of baseball in three days, what are we gonna do against average guys like Beckett and Seanez and Timlin?
2006-08-18 11:09:36
238.   Alvaro Espinoza
My buddy said Giambi missed a meatball on strike 3.
2006-08-18 11:09:55
239.   kylepetterson
The good news is: A: We're leading. B: We're probably going to get to Boston's bullpen early in the 1st game of a 5 game set.
2006-08-18 11:10:05
240.   standuptriple
At this rate maybe Jeter gets to him in the 6th.
2006-08-18 11:10:06
241.   Schteeve
233 This team is a first place joke last I checked. The bats are in a collective slump. It happens. Color me not worried.
2006-08-18 11:10:23
242.   Kirribilli Yankee Fan
153

confused..what do you mean "how do you know they threw as hard ? " simple Ryan, JR Richards, etc...all pumped gas...

honestly I think we are looking at guys who are concerned (probably rightfully so) more about extending their careers with 11-10 5.34 ERAs that net 3 year $9m deals rather than going all out...

How can Farnsworth not pitch two days in a row ?

How can Wright be only good for 5 innings on a great day for him...?

2006-08-18 11:10:41
243.   randym77
229 That's the way it is with the Yanks. They have no trouble with Cy Young winners, but struggle against the no-name guys.
2006-08-18 11:11:06
244.   Mattpat11
217 Perhaps. I just think that when you have a shitty pitcher on the ropes and he's throwing fat strikes, its time to hit them.

I realize its not cool to say that a walk isn't as good as a hit. But it is, in fact, not. A double is better than a walk. a triple is better than a walk. a homerun is better than a walk. an rbi single is better than a walk. a single that moves a man first to third is better than a walk. But walks have become sexy so no one can say that. And you know what? that doesn't even bother me as much because at least a walk is productive.

What REALLY pisses me off is this new philosophy that all that matters is the amount of pitches seen. Somehow A-Rod and Giambi's 8 pitch pop ups were more valuable to the team than a second pitch homerun.

2006-08-18 11:12:54
245.   Zack
Wright is only good for five innings because he seems to implode immediately after...
2006-08-18 11:13:55
246.   standuptriple
245 5IP or 100 pitches, whichever some first. He's like a damn Yugo.
2006-08-18 11:14:01
247.   weeping for brunnhilde
244 Well said, Mattpat.
2006-08-18 11:14:41
248.   LI yankee
Looks like Wang finally got a Johnson call on that first strike to Loretta
2006-08-18 11:15:09
249.   Zack
Ugh, seeing as Wang is giving up a ton of flyballs and doubles, and we have no BP, can we please score some runs sooner or later...With Ortiz and Manny coming up with one out, so much for our lead...
2006-08-18 11:15:09
250.   Travis
I hate this stadium.
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2006-08-18 11:15:15
251.   Ron Burgundy
241 In a 5-game series with a 1.5 lead against the Sawx in their Little Laague park and our our offense completely dead, I am a little conserned. Add to that the fact that the umpire has a bigger strikezone for Jason Johnson and that Wang keeps getting fly-balls, and I'm downright in need of some Scotch.
2006-08-18 11:15:30
252.   SF Yanks
237 Havn't you noticed? It's like last year, they tend to do better against actual cy youngers
2006-08-18 11:15:45
253.   Kirribilli Yankee Fan
245 try leaving work today at 2pm and tell your boss that is it "I am imploding and will have Steve down the hall finish up"

That is crap that this guy is given a pass because he implodes after 5 innings..

There really is no expectation for this guy to become a full-time starter ever again...

2006-08-18 11:16:03
254.   rsmith51
I think that if I were Francona, I would have batted Hinske fifth.
2006-08-18 11:17:05
255.   Travis
Ortiz is 0-2 with RISP today. No one will notice.
2006-08-18 11:17:41
256.   Zack
i don't think anyone gives Wright a free pass...We just take him for what he is...5 pretty good innings on average is better than 6 crappier innings...We just need a long reliever better than Ponson...
2006-08-18 11:17:51
257.   SF Yanks
243 Didn't see your post. Great minds.
2006-08-18 11:18:14
258.   eephus
253 Hey, I might actually try that.
2006-08-18 11:18:22
259.   LI yankee
255 It didn't happen in a clutch situation, so it doesn't count anyways
2006-08-18 11:18:26
260.   nick
242 Ryan might be the hardest throwing pitcher of all time, in terms of never taking anything off his fastball, but I still think it's a tough question. Guys walk a lot more now=more pitches per inning...I think you're right about career length concerns, though.
2006-08-18 11:19:09
261.   Kirribilli Yankee Fan
Yanks RISP is better than Bostons ? Amazing as the Yanks have recently been crap with RISP....
2006-08-18 11:19:21
262.   Travis
253 Try chewing tobacco and spitting on the floor of your office. I don't think the situations are comparable.
2006-08-18 11:20:07
263.   weeping for brunnhilde
255 True enough. He did hit the ball hard his second time up, though, fwiw.
2006-08-18 11:21:27
264.   Zack
Well, looks like its our starter who will be out early and our BP that will have to be streched, rather than the guy with the 7 ERA...
2006-08-18 11:21:27
265.   Alvaro Espinoza
263 And it's worth a lot. Means he's seeing the ball well.
2006-08-18 11:22:05
266.   nick
Man, I'm gonna go on record and say I'm very worried about Wang for the rest of the year. He looks tired. I would skip him a turn in the rotation....not possible, I know, but....
2006-08-18 11:22:24
267.   JL25and3
260 And J. R. Richard, his teammate, may have thrown even harder. Add in his size and his scowl, and I don't know if anyone's ever been more intimidating.

He didn't have Ryan's curve, though.

2006-08-18 11:22:45
268.   Travis
Whew.
2006-08-18 11:22:50
269.   Zack
Thank you Mike Lowell for swinging at the first pitch!
2006-08-18 11:23:07
270.   Alvaro Espinoza
I'll take the out but was it hit hard?
2006-08-18 11:23:22
271.   yanklifer
fly ball after fly ball after line drive
2006-08-18 11:23:32
272.   Kirribilli Yankee Fan
262

I dunno we got a guy in our office using HGH and Andro and he is pretty productive and rides his bike really fast well

2006-08-18 11:24:04
273.   Ron Burgundy
OK, can we like, I dunno...SCORE SOME RUNS!!!???
2006-08-18 11:24:12
274.   randym77
Wang doesn't seem to pitch well at Fenway. All things considered, I think he's doing okay.

But I'm wondering if maybe they should have gone with Karstens instead of Beam. A guy who can go long.

2006-08-18 11:24:13
275.   Schteeve
So instead of constant complaining, can we tip our hat to Wang for hanging in there so far and keeping Boston's rallies from reaching the scoreboard. Or is that too much to ask?
2006-08-18 11:24:15
276.   Kirribilli Yankee Fan
Wang is in for 6 or 7 innings no matter what he gives up....
2006-08-18 11:25:12
277.   Travis
270 No. Weak fly ball to shallow right.
2006-08-18 11:25:12
278.   Kirribilli Yankee Fan
this game is like watching a drunk chase a balloon on the edge of a cliff....
2006-08-18 11:26:27
279.   Alvaro Espinoza
275 I can't see the actual game but from the looks of it on Sportsline, he's more lucky so far than anything else.

I'm all for a little more positivity though.

2006-08-18 11:27:19
280.   Zack
There we go A-Rod, lets get this started!
2006-08-18 11:27:19
281.   Travis
Unclutch single by A-Rod.
2006-08-18 11:27:23
282.   Alvaro Espinoza
277 Grr... Sportsline said "Line out to right".
2006-08-18 11:27:28
283.   Ron Burgundy
Stop the Presses!
We got a hit off Greg Maddux!
2006-08-18 11:28:06
284.   Zack
Oh good Lord, this is just pathetic...
2006-08-18 11:28:22
285.   LI yankee
Cano...that big green thing in left field is your friend
2006-08-18 11:28:26
286.   Mattpat11
ugh
2006-08-18 11:28:29
287.   SF Yanks
I feel like throwing up..
2006-08-18 11:28:42
288.   Ron Burgundy
I hate this team. Way to go Robbie.
2006-08-18 11:29:06
289.   weeping for brunnhilde
What's with all these weak-ass rounders?

Alex hit a weak-ass grounder that amazingly found its way through the whole and then Cano hit a weak-ass chopper to get doubled up.

I'm mystified.

2006-08-18 11:29:15
290.   Zack
Come on, whether or not you think the Yanks will break out the big bats later on, there is no way you can say that this is anything but inexcusable...there is only so far you can take the "these guys are just pitching the games of their lives" argument time again...
2006-08-18 11:29:20
291.   mehmattski
I'm back at "work" now, "entering data." I would really like to know how the pitch data is entered into ESPN's gamecast, if its automatic based on thier "K-Zone" technology, or if there's some guy in charge of putting the pitches up. Because if its the latter, he needs to be fired. Or the ump does. Either one, really.
2006-08-18 11:29:32
292.   randym77
Robbie with runners on. Snakes on a plane!
2006-08-18 11:29:37
293.   nick
this fucker is pitching well: hitting spots, throwing slop, changing speeds: he's making our guys look bad, they're not doing it to themselves
2006-08-18 11:29:38
294.   Kirribilli Yankee Fan
wait...Cano is supposed to be on 1b when A Rod grounds into a DP...they got their roles wrong

Jason "Walter" Johnson is settling down...what a joke

2006-08-18 11:30:42
295.   nick
and we just got lucky, cause that was strike 3 on Jorgie...
2006-08-18 11:30:43
296.   tocho
that was a great play by loretta
2006-08-18 11:30:56
297.   Alvaro Espinoza
Cano is unfortunately proving that he should not be batting in an rbi spot. Swings (and makes contact) with too many balls.
2006-08-18 11:31:02
298.   weeping for brunnhilde
275 Indeed, indeed.

I've no beef with Wang.

Let's go YANK-ees!

2006-08-18 11:31:05
299.   JL25and3
294 The DP is still ARod's fault, obviously. If he were clutch, Cano would have gotten a hit.
2006-08-18 11:31:08
300.   Zack
See, the Yanks need to hit a HR to score runs, and Johnson is a sinkerballer...eve if a crap ass one...ergo, no HR, ergo, no runs...
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2006-08-18 11:31:26
301.   mehmattski
294 Yup, pretty sure its still 1-0 Yankees. I'd be more concerned about Wang than about the Yankees' offense...
2006-08-18 11:31:30
302.   Ron Burgundy
293 He also has an ERA over 6.00, as did Rodrigo Lopez, Adam Loewen, Bruce Chen, and Russ Ortiz. There's a reason they get molested by the rest of the league: They're the worst pitchers in the legue.
2006-08-18 11:31:43
303.   tocho
C'mon we need at least 5 more pitches in this inning
2006-08-18 11:32:30
304.   Zack
Nevermind the fact that between the last three pitchers, we have shown an amazing inability to make contact with breaking balls...Its like we are in jv baseball and freeze in wonder: "waht the heck was that, that ball just did something crazy, I better not swing at it, since if I do, I'll just look bad"
2006-08-18 11:32:33
305.   LI yankee
Well at least Johnson is at around 80 pitches, and remember that's the most important thing
2006-08-18 11:32:42
306.   Ron Burgundy
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGH!!!
I can't take this bullshit anymore. Screw this, I'm gonna watch a DVD. Hell, we all know these fucktards will blow this thing.
2006-08-18 11:33:01
307.   sam2175
Does anyone else feel that Wang is trying not to throw a strike? He is apparently throwing a shutout throwing more balls than strikes.

He is behind every hitter. He is unbelievably shaky today, and yet he has gone unscathed in terms of giving up a run.

I just hope that he keeps somehow not giving up a run.

2006-08-18 11:33:11
308.   hensley
244 I get what yer saying, it's frustrating to be patient w/o purpose, and the plan above all should not be to only draw walks. But we've been playing right into J Johnson's plans by swinging early in the count since the 1st. Look at Cano in his at bats.
2006-08-18 11:33:41
309.   Mattpat11
I was wondering where the real Randy Johnson went. Apparently to Boston
2006-08-18 11:33:53
310.   Zack
307 I really hope you just knocked on wood...
2006-08-18 11:34:36
311.   tocho
here's for a nice 1-2-3 inning by the wangster. 7-9 pitches
2006-08-18 11:34:40
312.   Kirribilli Yankee Fan
the Sox are going to get 6 or 7 innings out of this retread bum....that is amazing given he was on the ropes on the 1st inning...
2006-08-18 11:34:57
313.   Zack
Ah yes, Hinske, forgot he was a freaking all star...So, who's not worried about Wang again?
2006-08-18 11:35:49
314.   Zack
307 This is totally your fault :)
2006-08-18 11:35:56
315.   tocho
who is this guy? and what did he do to CMW?

who is this guy? and what did he do to Hinske?

2006-08-18 11:36:32
316.   Kirribilli Yankee Fan
it will be a looooong September if Wang is toasted in mid-August....
2006-08-18 11:36:34
317.   mehmattski
Interesting how when Wang gets out of a bases loaded jam, its kudos to Wang... but when the Yankees strand baseruners... all the blame is on the Yankees' hitters. I realize its a fan bias thing, but some of the people here really need to lighten up. After all, last year the Red Sox got shut down by Alois Troy Leiter. Sometimes stuff happens.
2006-08-18 11:36:50
318.   Schteeve
313 I'm not worried about Wang.
2006-08-18 11:37:21
319.   hensley
I can't believe all these fly balls by Wang. It's like he's a completely different pitcher today.
2006-08-18 11:37:27
320.   Schteeve
Dear Coco Crisp,

That sideways hat thing went out like two years ago.

Love

Me.

2006-08-18 11:37:31
321.   Travis
Red Sox manufacture a run with outs. Unusual.
2006-08-18 11:37:36
322.   Zack
With both Not as Big Johnson and Lester the Molester pitching today, there is no reason what so ever that we shouldn't be burning their BP...
2006-08-18 11:37:53
323.   sam2175
310

I just did, but it didn't matter, tie ballgame.

Wang is throwing like crap today, and Yankees are hitting like crap.

I would be amazed if the Yankees end up winning this one.

2006-08-18 11:38:13
324.   Mattpat11
308 Just blindly taking in the first is probably why he's still in the game. Giambi hits a three run homerun and A-Rod follows it up with a solo shot on those meatballs they took, and its just as good as taking a million pitches and knocking him out in the fifth. Significantly better, actually.
2006-08-18 11:38:40
325.   JL25and3
317 Except that Wang has been a good pitcher most of the year. Johnson has been horrible - and the Yankees beat him all over the Stadium in June.
2006-08-18 11:38:49
326.   nick
318 But are you worried about the Beaver?
2006-08-18 11:39:39
327.   Zack
317 The thing is, that this is the game we are supposed to win, not just win, but win easily. It only gets harder and worse from here. Remember, Ponson is pitching tonight, so expect about 2 innings from him, maybe 9 runs...This is our best matchup, by a lot, in a very unfriendly park.
2006-08-18 11:40:16
328.   randym77
317 It's Alois Terry Leiter.

And I can't believe I know that...

2006-08-18 11:40:37
329.   tocho
317 i agree, Johnson is pitching very well. mixing speeds and junk all over the place, but keeping them off-balance.

the giambi K was great (junk, junk, fastball, junk, fastball).

now, lets go and get this over with with a nice rally here!! I'm looking at you wilson!! look at the new guy from the red sox, let's go!

2006-08-18 11:40:59
330.   Kirribilli Yankee Fan
320 that is pretty funny, when i first saw that photo I thought the Sox were helping the community with a Special Olympics outing....
2006-08-18 11:41:03
331.   Mattpat11
320 it never was in style.
2006-08-18 11:41:16
332.   Schteeve
326 Well my gf actually got a call from her gynecologist earlier this week, so in fact, yes, I am slightly worried about the Beaver.
2006-08-18 11:42:24
333.   mehmattski
325 327 Orrrrr you could just let the baseball players play the baseball games instead of sitting around speculating. I'm not saying that I'm not frustrated by the team's performance; what I'm saying is that y'all are way too reactionary. Sometimes good pitchers have bad games, sometimes bad pitchers have good games. How much of that is due to the pitcher, how much to the batter, and how much to luck? I'd say its 25%, 25%, 50%, on any given night. If you want a predictable outcome, baseball is not your game.
2006-08-18 11:42:27
334.   Zack
Ah yes, that magical breaking ball...
2006-08-18 11:42:40
335.   Schteeve
Was that strike looking to Craig Wilson really low?
2006-08-18 11:42:50
336.   sam2175
Wilson, an automatic K today.

Damn!

2006-08-18 11:43:14
337.   Mattpat11
Wilson stares at the Whatever it was by Walter Johnson right down the middle for strike three.
2006-08-18 11:43:59
338.   Zavo
Maybe Wilson should have come up with the "injury" while Andy played in this series.
2006-08-18 11:44:05
339.   Zack
333 Wait, what part of being a fan don't you understand? "Let the basebal players play the baseball games instead of sitting around speculating?" What would be the point of that, I might as well just watch something else...
2006-08-18 11:44:10
340.   Travis
335 No. Backup curveball.
2006-08-18 11:44:10
341.   tocho
335 that was a perfect 2-2 pitch there. this guy is pitching today. DAMN
2006-08-18 11:44:17
342.   mehmattski
Wilson for Chacon is beginning to look like a bit of a wash. Hurry back, SCUBA Sheff!
2006-08-18 11:45:12
343.   Mattpat11
333 Honestly, how many times can we say "well, the awful pitcher just had a good game"?
2006-08-18 11:45:12
344.   zgveritas
Why can't the Yankees hit bad pitchers? I am starting to get worried...
2006-08-18 11:45:21
345.   Schteeve
339 You know if we all start turning on each other, the Red Sox Terrorists have already won.
2006-08-18 11:46:01
346.   Ron Burgundy
342 At this point, Sheff is our 1B next year along with the combo of Giambi/Abreu/Matsui and has a place on the team.
2006-08-18 11:46:04
347.   JL25and3
333 True. As John Sterling says several times a game: "Baseball is THE most unpredictable game."
2006-08-18 11:46:06
348.   berty1027
i am gonna be sad next year not seeing too much of melky, not that im complaining about damon, abreu, matsui, and maybe a lil sheff at 1b, but i love watchin the kid play everyday
2006-08-18 11:46:15
349.   tocho
C'MON JD!! show those guys what they're missin'
2006-08-18 11:46:19
350.   Zack
[Wacky Dance]
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2006-08-18 11:46:20
351.   Travis
JOHNNY!
2006-08-18 11:46:21
352.   nick
go Johnny go!
2006-08-18 11:46:26
353.   SF Yanks
Johnny Baby!!
2006-08-18 11:46:27
354.   sam2175
JOhnny D! Long live the moustache!!!
2006-08-18 11:46:33
355.   randym77
Go, Johnny, Go!

And the boos rain down....

2006-08-18 11:46:33
356.   weeping for brunnhilde
A little fly ball.

Wow, I didn't think that was going out!

Thank you, Johnnie Damon!

2006-08-18 11:46:36
357.   Mattpat11
much better.

What is that, 19 HR?

2006-08-18 11:47:06
358.   weeping for brunnhilde
Damon gave a little shake of his head too, apparently he didn't expect it to go out either.
2006-08-18 11:47:13
359.   Schteeve
Johnny PESKY!
2006-08-18 11:47:18
360.   berty1027
take that boston. JOHNNY DAMON!
2006-08-18 11:47:21
361.   Marcus
DAM-A-LAM-ON-DING-DONG!!!!!
2006-08-18 11:47:32
362.   Zack
Damon has such an ugly, one handed swing that I never understand how he generates any power...
2006-08-18 11:47:57
363.   Travis
The best (possibly the only good) thing about the ESPN broadcast: the super-slow-mo replay of a swing.
2006-08-18 11:48:02
364.   JL25and3
346 Man, don't tell me that. One of the things I liked about the Abreu deal was no more Sheffield.
2006-08-18 11:48:20
365.   Zack
Ok, 5th inning, 95 pitches, lets chase him here!
2006-08-18 11:48:22
366.   Ron Burgundy
OK, now we got something. Just keep doing the OBP and HR thing.

The porn-'staches are condusive to HRs apparently.

2006-08-18 11:48:56
367.   Mattpat11
363 K zone rules too.
2006-08-18 11:49:01
368.   tocho
Johnson is toast. get your sucky bullpen going francona!!
2006-08-18 11:49:02
369.   Ron Burgundy
A-Rod will hit a 500 Foot Grand Slam this inning.
2006-08-18 11:49:10
370.   mehmattski
333 As a fan I like to play with statistics, analyze what could have been done differently, cheer when my team does something good and my spirits sink with the team's failures. What I don't do is fret over the things I, and no one in the universe, has any control over- like whether or not the Yankees hitters pick up Johnson's breaking ball... like whether or not a fly ball drops in or is caught in certain Web Gem fashion... like write off a game after a couple of innings or even before it starts! Meanwhile, as I write this, Johnny Damon proves my point...

Never, ever write a game off before its over. The 2006 Yankees (See May game vs Rangers) are perfect proof of that.

2006-08-18 11:49:15
371.   sam2175
Jeter on, I think they have a nice 1-2 tandem going today.

Let's go Bob-by!

2006-08-18 11:49:26
372.   rbj
Dam. I come in late, the Yanks are up 1 - 0, then I have to go do some work and now it's 3-1. Maybe I shouldn't watch the rest of the game, Yanks don't seem to score when I do.
2006-08-18 11:49:31
373.   Schteeve
If this were a wrestling match Circa 1989 Hulk Hogan would be wagging his finger in someone's face and shaking his head right about now.
2006-08-18 11:49:40
374.   Zack
Love it, Bobby A!
2006-08-18 11:49:40
375.   Travis
367 I don't think they have K-Zone today, or at least, I haven't seen it.
2006-08-18 11:49:54
376.   nick
332 Bronx Banter reaches a new level of intimacy....
2006-08-18 11:49:57
377.   SF Yanks
Lets get it going now. No letting up!
2006-08-18 11:50:17
378.   weeping for brunnhilde
Ok, here we go.

Notice how Abreu hit it where it was pitched?

Notice the result?

Just saying.

:)

2006-08-18 11:50:24
379.   Travis
And that's it for Johnson.
2006-08-18 11:50:52
380.   standuptriple
Johnny be good! I love how him and Cano are killing my buddy who has Abreu and Giambi this week. You know, cause I can't root against them.
2006-08-18 11:50:56
381.   sam2175
Johnson gone? How many pitches for him today?

Mission accomplished, sort of. Starter gone early in the game. Hopefully has an impact this evening.

2006-08-18 11:51:07
382.   AbbyNormal821
Hey all! Damn - I love Johnny Damon!!! It must be so sweet every time he does something like that in his former "home"
2006-08-18 11:51:16
383.   tocho
francona and his red pijama
2006-08-18 11:51:22
384.   Schteeve
376 Well, someone asked.
2006-08-18 11:52:18
385.   Shaun P
I think I've wondered into Bizzaro-Banter. 20 minutes ago I was reading through the comments quickly to catch up, and I was sure the Yanks were down by a few given the negative tone . . . and then I found out the score was 1-0 Yanks.

Now its 3-1 Yanks with 2 men on and 1 out and there's partying in the streets!

Let's keep the hope alive folks - there's a lot more baseball left to be played!

2006-08-18 11:52:21
386.   JL25and3
Wow, that's one short leash on Johnson.
2006-08-18 11:52:38
387.   Travis
Here comes another pitcher with a 6+ ERA. Let's see what happens.
2006-08-18 11:52:47
388.   LI yankee
2 HRs, 1 3B, 1 2B and 3 RBIs in these past 2 games for JD
2006-08-18 11:52:53
389.   Cliff Corcoran
Why did I have Snyder listed as a lefty? Appologies, previous post has been fixed.
2006-08-18 11:52:55
390.   berty1027
4.1 ip. 95 pitches. 7 hits. 3 er. 2 bb and 3 ks.

not too bad. im happy with seeing bostons middle relief in the 5th inning. where em down boys. its gonna be a long series!

2006-08-18 11:53:20
391.   Mattpat11
373 Giambi needs to nail the three punches.
2006-08-18 11:53:26
392.   rbj
Memo to Yankees: Please score lots of runs today, if only to help Ron Burgundy. Otherwise his head may explode.
2006-08-18 11:53:49
393.   sam2175
Come on G-man! Power of moustache!
2006-08-18 11:54:07
394.   Travis
389 Maybe because Snyder is a switch-hitter?
2006-08-18 11:54:11
395.   mehmattski
This Snyder guy looks like he last pitched in Williamsport. And the talking heads were getting on the Yankees for playing KC rejects (Guiel and K. Wilson). Ugh. Research reveals he used to play for UNC-CH... Tarhole AND Red Suck? Now I HAVE to hate him.
2006-08-18 11:54:28
396.   nick
Just amazing in a key game like this, we get to see two 6+ ERA guys in a row...
2006-08-18 11:54:32
397.   Zack
370 I do all that, and I don't care HOW a ball is caught as long as it is or isn't. But, for me, baseball is a game of constant conversation, strategy, second guessing, and dialogue. Having grown up practically at the stadium, I treat all games like I was still there, in discourse with everyone around, either bitching or cheering...Add that with growing up in a family with a long history of pessimistic fandom, and I can't help but gripe...I am not overly negative in the shade of Ron, I think, nor am I a diehard rationalist, and I don't really get overly worked up over individual moments, but there are certain things that infuriate me: Torre's BP management, not hitting crappy pitchers, Steve Phillips, John Sterling etc...
2006-08-18 11:54:52
398.   Cliff Corcoran
389 Possibly.
2006-08-18 11:54:59
399.   Travis
Giambi finds a hole. 4-1.
2006-08-18 11:55:10
400.   Mattpat11
Come A-Rod. whip them into the ropes
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2006-08-18 11:55:13
401.   sam2175
Yes! Giambi singles, 4-1 Yankees.
2006-08-18 11:55:21
402.   Shaun P
Yee-hah! Run scoring play!

OK A-Rod, its your turn!

2006-08-18 11:55:36
403.   Ron Burgundy
392 Well, they're helping out a bit.
2006-08-18 11:55:37
404.   Eirias
369 Sorry Ron, I'm not sure he is going to pull this off.
2006-08-18 11:56:07
405.   Zack
Come on A-Rod!
2006-08-18 11:56:12
406.   mehmattski
385 Welcome, Shaun. Before the Damon homer, I was trying (in vain) to keep things positive. I'm sure Ron Burgundy still thinks we'll blow this though.
2006-08-18 11:56:32
407.   nick
384 yeah, I did :)
2006-08-18 11:56:51
408.   JL25and3
385 Fortunately, we're immune to cognitive dissonance.
2006-08-18 11:57:09
409.   Zack
Well, a sac fly doesn't really do anything, but it was a good swing and drive at least...
2006-08-18 11:57:17
410.   standuptriple
Come on! Go for the juggular!
2006-08-18 11:57:29
411.   Ron Burgundy
DAMN IT! He just missed another HR.

406 With this ballpark, I'll be confident only if we have a 7-run lead into the 8th.

2006-08-18 11:57:41
412.   holmesy007
time to make the sox pay for picking up a royals reject... i think the yankees finally learned that lesson.

arod flied out, bobby at 3rd, giambi at first for cano..

2006-08-18 11:58:28
413.   Zack
Didn't Cano kill the Sox last year? Come on Robby!
2006-08-18 11:58:37
414.   Travis
Snyder's stuff is, if anything, worse than Johnson's.
2006-08-18 11:59:10
415.   sam2175
Snyder just throwing random junk, and hoping some of them find the plate.

Yankees need to capitalize here.

2006-08-18 11:59:29
416.   nick
397 "pessimistic fandom": great post. Did you grow up with the frustrating early 80s teams? I did--it took me years to understand my dad's sense that the Yanks were SUPPOSED to win...
2006-08-18 12:00:11
417.   Eirias
Leiter for President!
2006-08-18 12:00:41
418.   mehmattski
397 I suppose we're not all that different. The only thing that bothers me is assuming a 1-0 lead in the fourth = loss, or that an inferior pitching matchup that hasn't occured = loss. Other than that I'm right with you. Let's keep the [Wacky Dance] rate high!
2006-08-18 12:01:13
419.   berty1027
nice long rest for wang who sits at 59 pitches
2006-08-18 12:01:13
420.   sam2175
Anyway, some cushion for Chien-Ming, hopefully he throws some strikes now.
2006-08-18 12:01:13
421.   Ron Burgundy
No seriously, Robbie, I LOVE your hitting with the bases empty. But can you please get a hit w/RISP?

But whatever, a lead is a lead, let's keep this.

2006-08-18 12:01:14
422.   Shaun P
406 Its nice to know someone else is keeping positive! Where's tocho - he's always good for staying hopeful even in the worst of situations. Which this is far from!
2006-08-18 12:02:11
423.   JL25and3
416 And I grew up with the mid-late 60's teams. I've never taken winning for granted.
2006-08-18 12:02:41
424.   Zack
416 Yeah, but my family has alway been fairly reactionary too, goes back a few generations, but the 80's certainly set me up to never expect the best, and count on the worst...Some way of looking at life...Maybe I am a buddhist, or Samuel Beckett...
2006-08-18 12:03:06
425.   weeping for brunnhilde
409 Agreed. Fine ab.
2006-08-18 12:03:14
426.   berty1027
Giambi - 3 LOB
AROD - 4 LOB
Cano - 5 LOB

Rest - 0 LOB

4,5, and 6 hitters need to produce just a little bit more. at least giambi got that rbi.

2006-08-18 12:03:26
427.   berty1027
Giambi - 3 LOB
AROD - 4 LOB
Cano - 5 LOB

Rest - 0 LOB

4,5, and 6 hitters need to produce just a little bit more. at least giambi got that rbi.

2006-08-18 12:03:28
428.   Cliff Corcoran
Joe's gotta have a quick hook with Wang here. They need this game.
2006-08-18 12:03:31
429.   KJC
396 "we get to see two 6+ ERA guys in a row"

The Yanks should have a >3 run lead against these AAA pitchers...

2006-08-18 12:03:57
430.   sam2175
I think Wang's pitches are not sinking today, for whatever reason. He has an awful lot of flyballs today.

That's more like it, 1-2 on Loretta.

2006-08-18 12:04:31
431.   tocho
422 right here shaun, see 329 only happy thoughts.

Now, this inning is crutial for CMW.

2006-08-18 12:04:39
432.   berty1027
quick hook is tough when you are in a 5 game set, even if you do need a game. but i sort of agree that we need this one bad
2006-08-18 12:04:55
433.   nick
key inning here: Wang gets past the big dogs once more and we'll have a real good shot...
2006-08-18 12:05:09
434.   sam2175
K for Wang! Beautiful pitch to get Loretta.
2006-08-18 12:05:23
435.   mehmattski
416 The late 80s, early 90s teams were how I got my start with the Yanks, which is how I can claim beyond a reasonable doubt that I am not a bandwagon Yankees fan (despite being only 12 in 1996). My dad's devotion to the Yankees was paramount... in fact, the first time I ever heard him curse was when Junior Griffey scored the winning run to win the 1995 ALDS.
2006-08-18 12:05:29
436.   Zack
423 And heck, you are a positive force as the family goes...
2006-08-18 12:05:49
437.   JL25and3
430] On the radio, they're saying that Wang just isn't throwing his sinker, mostly sliders. They're not sure why.
2006-08-18 12:05:55
438.   Ron Burgundy
Ortiz is just saving it for the 9th inning, right ESPN?
2006-08-18 12:06:02
439.   Travis
Ortiz jammed. 2 outs.
2006-08-18 12:06:28
440.   standuptriple
You can almost hear the Sox fans grumbling about Damon already. Lovely.
2006-08-18 12:06:48
441.   Shaun P
Wang K's Loretta, 1-pitch ground out by Ortiz - that's what I'm talkin' 'bout!
2006-08-18 12:07:24
442.   Zack
428 Agree Cliff, gotta go for broke with this game and then deal with tonight when it comes. Win now...
2006-08-18 12:07:56
443.   nick
this ump sucks: the 0-1 and the 0-2 were the same pitch...
2006-08-18 12:08:00
444.   JL25and3
Sterling: "You know Wang, he's from the inscrutable East. That's as much emotion as he's showed."
2006-08-18 12:08:30
445.   randym77
Wang is actually settling down some. The reason people were so negative was Wang was pitching in out of trouble like crazy in the early innings.
2006-08-18 12:08:34
446.   holmesy007
416 - I'm with ya, one of the first yankees games i remember was righetti's no hitter in the early 80's.... and it was pretty much downhill till '95.

wanger will make manny the dredhead sit the F down.

2006-08-18 12:08:35
447.   Zack
Well, who didn't see that ocming after the no call?
2006-08-18 12:08:41
448.   weeping for brunnhilde
Orientalism from Sterling.

I quote, "You know Wang, from the inscrutable east..."

Meanwhile, homerun by Manny because Wang didn't get the call that led Sterling to comment on his racial characteristics.

2006-08-18 12:09:02
449.   Mattpat11
I don't think I've ever actually seen a player talk an umpire in to calling a strike a ball. Verbally convince him.

I'm fully in favor of firing that man.

2006-08-18 12:09:03
450.   Ron Burgundy
Shut UP RSN, Johnson was getting a k-zone bigger than David Wells the entire game. And after callig a strike a strike, the HP ump is an idiot and goes right back to squeezing Wang. And instead of striking out looking, Ramirez hits a HR. Really, screw you Tony Randazzo.
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2006-08-18 12:09:15
451.   JL25and3
436 It's true. At times I'm downright hopeful.
2006-08-18 12:09:17
452.   Shaun P
431 Keep 'em coming, tocho!

OK, now its 4-2, but that's Manny for you. Gameday had all those pitches low and away - were they sinkers or not? Just wondering . . .

2006-08-18 12:09:35
453.   nick
A-Rod's with leather!
2006-08-18 12:09:41
454.   tocho
was that a pop-up foul ball or a HR? stupid ballpark
2006-08-18 12:10:30
455.   berty1027
thought we had a nice inning. manny being manny
2006-08-18 12:10:36
456.   LI yankee
2 more innings from Wang would be luscious
2006-08-18 12:10:49
457.   Kirribilli Yankee Fan
love seeing Ortiz and Manny up with no one on...that is the way to beat this team..
2006-08-18 12:10:52
458.   sam2175
HR for Manny on a tough pitch, hat tip.

Nice play by A-Rod to end the inning.

4-2 Yankees.

2006-08-18 12:10:53
459.   Ron Burgundy
Amazing, the ump literally gave the Sawx a run. See, this is where DIAF is actually to soft.
2006-08-18 12:11:34
460.   standuptriple
Let's get the bottom third in on this hit-a-thon.
2006-08-18 12:11:41
461.   weeping for brunnhilde
454 Hey, fair's fair. Damon got the same break earler, what can you do?
2006-08-18 12:11:46
462.   Ron Burgundy
458 He actually struck out in that at-bat, but the ump didn't call a strike because Manny told him not too. Funny how that works.
2006-08-18 12:12:01
463.   Kirribilli Yankee Fan
shit the TiVo factor had me two minutes behind the Manny HR...
2006-08-18 12:12:02
464.   Cliff Corcoran
Huge play by Rodriguez there. If Youkilis reaches and that inning gets extended Joe might be forced to take Wang out right there. Instead he's through five and will face the 6, 7, 8 hitters in the sixth, which is officially Everyday Scottie Proctor territory. They're also set up to get Proctor in and out without having to face Ramirez. They've got Myers for Ortiz and Farnsworth and Rivera rested. Big big big out to end that inning.
2006-08-18 12:12:18
465.   Kirribilli Yankee Fan
shit the TiVo factor had me two minutes behind the Manny HR...
2006-08-18 12:12:22
466.   berty1027
going to be tough if we need to use farnsworth and mo in the first game.
2006-08-18 12:13:13
467.   Zack
Anyone else see Hinske as the next RSN irrational fan "dirt dog" favorite?
2006-08-18 12:13:18
468.   JL25and3
459 Have to let that go. Bad calls happen (cf. Jeffrey Maier). Good teams win anyway.
2006-08-18 12:13:18
469.   Travis
That would have been a HR in the Stadium.
2006-08-18 12:13:24
470.   Ron Burgundy
454 Damon's went to the farthest part of RF, over 390 Feet. Manny's was at first a K, but then went all of 302 feet for a HR.
2006-08-18 12:13:57
471.   Cliff Corcoran
466 Not at all. Get the win, let the nightcap be a house money game and start fresh tomorrow with Villone having had a full day off.
2006-08-18 12:13:58
472.   weeping for brunnhilde
468 Agreed.
2006-08-18 12:14:04
473.   holmesy007
i'll shut up now... marley, er, manny just homered but they're out of the inning.
2006-08-18 12:14:44
474.   Kirribilli Yankee Fan
466

agreed..with these two bums the Sox are rolling out there we need to rip the game open a bit and give the pen a break....

Snyder and Johnson are pure waiver trash

2006-08-18 12:14:44
475.   Zack
I think the big reason that the bottom of our order hasn't left anyone on base is that they haven't gotten anyone on base...

Terrible inning there for the Yanks..7 pitches retch...

2006-08-18 12:14:53
476.   weeping for brunnhilde
470 Fair enough. Still, I never expected Damon's ball to go out and it did.

Point taken, though.

2006-08-18 12:15:14
477.   Ron Burgundy
Now Kyle Snyder is Cy Young?
2006-08-18 12:16:15
478.   Kirribilli Yankee Fan
They just got Snyder to replace Arroyo in the team photo
2006-08-18 12:16:56
479.   Mattpat11
I still can't get over that. a player actually told an umpire not to call a strike and he listened.
2006-08-18 12:17:09
480.   Cliff Corcoran
477 Yes, Ron, because he had one 1-2-3 inning against the bottom of the order he's Cy Young.

I'm going to turn away from the computer now.

2006-08-18 12:17:14
481.   KBT
Can I get a STFU for talking-Babe-head?
2006-08-18 12:18:25
482.   Ron Burgundy
480 No, just saying, 7 pitches was a bit too weak against Snyder. I thought, maybe someone has a nice long at-bat, fouls some pitches off.
2006-08-18 12:18:28
483.   Kirribilli Yankee Fan
Wang...two more innings please...
2006-08-18 12:19:01
484.   Zack
Cripes, and here comes MVP Hinske...
2006-08-18 12:19:08
485.   Cliff Corcoran
Crap, this was my big fear. Hinske as the tying run.
2006-08-18 12:19:16
486.   Ron Burgundy
Dude, you do NOT walk Mike Lowell and his still barely hanging on to .800 OPS.
2006-08-18 12:19:35
487.   Kirribilli Yankee Fan
Little League World Series

Saudi Arabia vs. British Columbia

Now you talk about a rivalry !

2006-08-18 12:19:35
488.   nick
I wouldn't give Wang the go-ahead run...
2006-08-18 12:20:06
489.   Eirias
281 Amen! (Nod, Nod, Nod)
2006-08-18 12:21:35
490.   Cliff Corcoran
Is Proctor warming?
2006-08-18 12:21:41
491.   Mattpat11
Hinske does suck, right? Are the Yankees unaware of this?
2006-08-18 12:22:05
492.   Zack
Oh please, this is rediculous, Wang really needs to get through this inning...
2006-08-18 12:22:10
493.   Ron Burgundy
Christ on a Cracker, gime me a break.
2006-08-18 12:22:21
494.   berty1027
f--king hinske.
f--king wang.
2006-08-18 12:22:22
495.   tocho
3 doubles by hinske. unreal.
2006-08-18 12:22:40
496.   randym77
Yes, Proctor's warming.
2006-08-18 12:22:49
497.   holmesy007
SNAKES ON A MF'ING PLANE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2006-08-18 12:23:08
498.   Travis
1 out.
2006-08-18 12:23:24
499.   Zack
Torre will get to do what he has really always wante dto do today, pitch proctor twice in the same day!
2006-08-18 12:23:24
500.   nick
491 Hinske has a, what, 850 OPS? Unfortunately he's a significant pickup for them...
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2006-08-18 12:24:33
501.   Zack
Nice play JD! bad throw JD!
2006-08-18 12:24:37
502.   Travis
Great play by Damon there. If Bernie's in center, it's a tie game.
2006-08-18 12:24:41
503.   Cliff Corcoran
HUGE play by Damon!
2006-08-18 12:24:42
504.   Ron Burgundy
Damon saves one, but a run scores anyways. DAMN IT!
2006-08-18 12:24:45
505.   randym77
I guess Hinske's numbers against Wang aren't a fluke of small sample size.

Nice catch by Damon.

2006-08-18 12:24:55
506.   sam2175
Damon!!!

What a signing for this year, I am a total convert now.

2006-08-18 12:25:11
507.   Mattpat11
well that could have been worse
2006-08-18 12:25:14
508.   The Giambino
Come on Wang!!
2006-08-18 12:25:31
509.   Kirribilli Yankee Fan
501

you cannot complain about the throw...anyone was scoring on that catch

2006-08-18 12:25:46
510.   The Giambino
One more baby...
2006-08-18 12:25:57
511.   The Giambino
YES!!!!!!!!
2006-08-18 12:26:22
512.   Travis
And Wang works out of it with minimal damage. I would let him pitch to Loretta, then go to Myers for Ortiz in the 7th.
2006-08-18 12:26:29
513.   berty1027
maintains the lead going into the 7th. is it looking liek proctor, farnsworth, mo? i am watching on gameday
2006-08-18 12:26:31
514.   Zack
Nice escape Wanger! Gotta give props to second and third no outs and only one in!

Now, I assume EDSP comes in?

We need to score a whole bunch here to chase Snyder, they need to go into their real BP in this game...

2006-08-18 12:26:48
515.   LI yankee
Ok, top of the lineup now needs to have a feast
2006-08-18 12:26:51
516.   Cliff Corcoran
Top of the order. Need some insurance here, boys. In part because Manny's due up third next time and he's 3 for 7, all home runs, off Proctor.
2006-08-18 12:26:52
517.   holmesy007
deep breath everyone... yankees still have the lead. hopefully they'll score a few more in this little league park
2006-08-18 12:26:57
518.   Ron Burgundy
If this is the only game where we had a huge edge, and we can barely hang on and keep the lead, how are we gonna do in the other 4?
2006-08-18 12:27:01
519.   berty1027
wang is only at 87 pitches though. but 2,3,4 coming up in bot 7
2006-08-18 12:27:28
520.   hensley
MLB.tv must be 5 minutes behind you guys. Just only now saw the last out of the 6th.
2006-08-18 12:27:30
521.   sam2175
This has been a very atypical CMW outing, the amount of flyballs have been exorbitantly high.

I am guessing he has not been able to get his sinker going today for most part. Hasn't done poorly considering that.

If he goes oe more inning that would be tremendous. But my guess is he will not start the seventh, with Loretta, Ortiz and Ramirez due up.

Need some more cushion now.

2006-08-18 12:27:52
522.   atc
I've been out of the loop for the last two days and I'm just logging in for the first time today and haven't had a chance to read thru the posts. When did the Sox get Hinske?
2006-08-18 12:27:55
523.   Zack
Oh, but, EDSP should NOT pitch to Manny, no way...
2006-08-18 12:27:58
524.   The Giambino
Come on Johnny! Big fat juicy double please...
2006-08-18 12:28:15
525.   tocho
JD will start the rally again!!
2006-08-18 12:29:23
526.   Kirribilli Yankee Fan
more runs....please....more runs...

If A Rod hits a bomb this inning I will take back everything I have ever said about Pavano (for me to take back all I have said about A Rod will take a lot more than a 1 HR)

2006-08-18 12:29:32
527.   The Giambino
Wang is history - for sure...
2006-08-18 12:29:41
528.   Ron Burgundy
Ah, the "Yankees Suck" chant. How classic. And where's that 10-year grace period Sawx fans? Drunkard morons.
2006-08-18 12:30:11
529.   The Giambino
Goddamnit
2006-08-18 12:30:39
530.   Zack
Its kind of scary how much Snyder really does have the Arroyo look going...See, give a baseball player the chance to do their own style, and without fail, they make themselves look like high schoolers just able to grow facial and long hair...
2006-08-18 12:30:46
531.   nick
Wang has not given up a single or get a double play in 6 innings....87 pitches, still, I wouldn't let him start the 7th...maybe one batter then Myers?
2006-08-18 12:30:48
532.   rbj
522 They opened up a box of cracker jacks yesterday -- and they were disappointed they didn't get one of those rub on tatoos.
2006-08-18 12:31:12
533.   The Giambino
Is stupid Bennifer in the stands?? What a jerk-off.
2006-08-18 12:32:00
534.   sam2175
Heh, a break, Lowell's vacuum finds a hole for a change.
2006-08-18 12:32:20
535.   Zack
I just can't stand the thought of EDSP pitching to Ortiz and Manny, but on the other hand, I don't really feel like seeing Myers pitch to Ortiz either...This also sets them up to most likely come up in the 9th too...
2006-08-18 12:32:26
536.   Kirribilli Yankee Fan
528

this 2004 issue is going to haunt us for at least a generation before the rivalry assumes it correct place of us being the hammer and them being the nail..

it is hard to live with, especially when i see these bandwagon Sox fans with their pink Sox hats who do not know who Rich Gedman is

2006-08-18 12:32:33
537.   randym77
More flyballs than groundballs is highly unusual for Wang.

Hinske was acquired yesterday, I believe. This is his first game with the Sox.

2006-08-18 12:32:33
538.   The Giambino
No out recorded!!!
2006-08-18 12:32:57
539.   holmesy007
wow... lowell making an error is definately a break.
2006-08-18 12:33:05
540.   Ron Burgundy
Reminder, Kyle Snyder is pitching guys. RUNS PLEASE!
2006-08-18 12:33:09
541.   The Giambino
Bobby looks like a drug dealer on Gameday.
2006-08-18 12:33:31
542.   rbj
Boo, A-Rod, you suc-- er wait, another player besides Alex makes an error? I thought only he did that.
2006-08-18 12:33:45
543.   nick
or go Wang--Myers--and then Farns in the 7th, Proctor for the 8th? if Joe takes those #s Cliff quotes seriously....
2006-08-18 12:33:48
544.   tocho
I hate Snyder. only junk
2006-08-18 12:34:01
545.   sam2175
So, Snyder is throwing everything in the 60's.

Basehit Abreu, first and second.

Come on Giambi!

2006-08-18 12:34:41
546.   JL25and3
Sterling: "I know I tend to be melodramatic..."
2006-08-18 12:34:58
547.   Ron Burgundy
Oh yeah, the Fenway Faithful are waxed.
2006-08-18 12:35:19
548.   nick
530 I know: the Yanks are the only MLB team without eight goateed white guys...
2006-08-18 12:35:20
549.   unpopster
Sterling is right, these 2 atbats by Giambi and Arod will determine the game.

...would love to see Arod finally come thru big time and maybe even put this game out of reach....that is ofcourse unless Jason hits into a DP.

2006-08-18 12:35:29
550.   tocho
here comes the 3-run HR that will let us all exhale
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2006-08-18 12:35:32
551.   Kirribilli Yankee Fan
does anyone else believe that the curse was broken by the Red Sox having their greatest player ever beheaded after his death and stored in a 55 gallon drum in some suburb of Phoenix ?

They realised Williams was not coming back and sacrificed him to the gods

2006-08-18 12:36:33
552.   Zack
yes!!
2006-08-18 12:36:45
553.   nick
Giambi! HUGE run...
2006-08-18 12:36:47
554.   atc
HUGE!!
2006-08-18 12:37:01
555.   Ron Burgundy
This is where A-Rod hits a "meaningless" Home-Run, right?
2006-08-18 12:37:06
556.   sam2175
Yes, Giambi comes through again!

5-3 Yankees.

2006-08-18 12:37:08
557.   Cliff Corcoran
Very nicely done, three well-placed singles = one insurance run. That's great hitting.
2006-08-18 12:37:20
558.   rbj
Yes, Jason!
2006-08-18 12:37:26
559.   unpopster
oh, Arod, oh Arod, do not foresaken us!!!
2006-08-18 12:37:44
560.   tocho
550 or the RBI single, followed by the 3-run HR that will let us all exhale
2006-08-18 12:37:45
561.   Travis
557 Wasn't Jeter's ball an error?
2006-08-18 12:37:48
562.   holmesy007
snyder is finally showing his true colors...ROYAL BLUE!
2006-08-18 12:38:02
563.   cult of basebaal
c'mon slappy mangina!
2006-08-18 12:38:02
564.   Zack
I would go with the Wang-Myers approach, and then just walk Manny. Just don't pitch to him
2006-08-18 12:38:08
565.   weeping for brunnhilde
557 Indeed, Cliff, indeed.

Nice to see, eh?

2006-08-18 12:39:06
566.   The Giambino
The Giambino is the real freaking deal!!
2006-08-18 12:39:24
567.   JL25and3
Is that clutch?
2006-08-18 12:39:25
568.   Zack
Clutch-Rod!
2006-08-18 12:39:33
569.   Mattpat11
A-ROD~!
2006-08-18 12:39:42
570.   Cliff Corcoran
561 Yup. Sorry.

Another nice hit, another insurance run, with Manny helping the runners move up. Good stuff.

2006-08-18 12:39:42
571.   Ron Burgundy
A "garbage time" RBI double for A-Rod.
2006-08-18 12:40:00
572.   sam2175
Yeah A-Rod, that's more like it baby!

So kirribilli, hopefully not another word from you today on A-Rod.

2006-08-18 12:40:07
573.   weeping for brunnhilde
Wow!!!!!

Alex comes through, and there goes Manny being Manny!

Thank you, Alex, thank you!

2006-08-18 12:40:09
574.   The Giambino
RUN-SCORING PLAY!!!!!!!!!!!!1
2006-08-18 12:40:10
575.   Eirias
Who is EDSP?
2006-08-18 12:40:10
576.   unpopster
thank you Alex Rodriguez.
2006-08-18 12:40:23
577.   Travis
An error by the third baseman leads to a multiple-run rally, but it doesn't fit into the storyline.
2006-08-18 12:40:37
578.   atc
I'm not asking for much here...just get the guy in from third.
2006-08-18 12:40:37
579.   Eirias
Who is EDSP?
2006-08-18 12:40:38
580.   The Giambino
RUN-SCORING PLAY!!!!!!!!!!!!1
2006-08-18 12:40:38
581.   Zack
And Delcarmen has to pitch too, which is good...Although I'd rather see Snyder in for a few more batters...
2006-08-18 12:40:41
582.   The Giambino
RUN-SCORING PLAY!!!!!!!!!!!!1
2006-08-18 12:40:48
583.   rbj
There you go, just padding your stats, A-Rod
/jk.
2006-08-18 12:40:50
584.   berty1027
there we go!!!!! thats what we need from the 4 and 5 spots!
2006-08-18 12:40:50
585.   holmesy007
awesome for arod!!! 6-3 yankees now
2006-08-18 12:41:00
586.   holmesy007
awesome for arod!!! 6-3 yankees now
2006-08-18 12:41:17
587.   tocho
560 or the RBI double, followed with the 3-run HR that will make us all exhale (this seems to be working)
2006-08-18 12:41:30
588.   Ron Burgundy
DelCarmen VS. Cano is just SOOO a mix for a 3-Run Home-Run.
2006-08-18 12:41:33
589.   RIYank
577 Was it really an error?

That double is the disadvantage of playing so shallow, as Manny does.

2006-08-18 12:41:38
590.   Kirribilli Yankee Fan
A Rod ! YES !

we have seen false starts before but MAYBE he is starting to come out of it...

I am glad Francona came to get Snyder as we will need that guy tomorrow...

2006-08-18 12:41:42
591.   KBT
HA! Manny being Manny.
2006-08-18 12:41:54
592.   Cliff Corcoran
With a three-run lead they can leave Wang (at 87 pitches) in there to face the big guys and hopefully not have to use either Proctor or Farnsworth at all.
2006-08-18 12:41:54
593.   Ron Burgundy
That last Geiko commercial was actually funny, unlike the other celebrity ones.
2006-08-18 12:41:54
594.   nick
551 http://www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occam's Razor
2006-08-18 12:42:01
595.   JL25and3
579 Everyday Scott Proctor
2006-08-18 12:42:20
596.   tommyl
Stat padding again A-Rod. Its not like the 7th inning, against the Sox, at Fenway with two on and a 2 run lead is an important situation.
2006-08-18 12:42:24
597.   berty1027
now a single, and we can see wang last 8 innings and possibly only use one extra arm today
2006-08-18 12:42:29
598.   rbj
579
EveryDayScottProctor
2006-08-18 12:42:39
599.   Cliff Corcoran
588 Why? Delcarmen's been solid for them. He's their third best reliever easily.
2006-08-18 12:42:46
600.   Kirribilli Yankee Fan
572

agreed....

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2006-08-18 12:42:52
601.   mickey1956
Boy there is a lot of posts here today for a day game. Who are the Yankees playing this weekend?
2006-08-18 12:42:52
602.   The Giambino
Nine outs and it's 2½ games with a freaking game in the hand!!
2006-08-18 12:43:06
603.   Eirias
595 Good to know.
2006-08-18 12:43:14
604.   DarrenF
Trivia question that nobody you know will get right: "Which NY third baseman has the most runs batted in in 2006?"
2006-08-18 12:43:21
605.   RIYank
579 Every Day S. Proctor.

By the way, hi to all -- I've been following the game but just logged on.

And, I'll be happy with a Cano single.

2006-08-18 12:43:26
606.   Zack
EDSP is just my abbreviation for Every Day Scott Proctor...Mostly, I am just lazy...
2006-08-18 12:43:27
607.   Ron Burgundy
Cano, hit a double, or a single, NOW.
2006-08-18 12:43:35
608.   Travis
589 Unless they've changed the official scoring (and the scorer at Fenway is really hesitant to give anyone an error, so it still might happen), it was an error.
2006-08-18 12:43:56
609.   Zack
YES, nice timing RIYANK!!
2006-08-18 12:44:04
610.   atc
That works too
2006-08-18 12:44:06
611.   nick
yes! Cano with RISP!
2006-08-18 12:44:07
612.   KBT
Cano: hitting machine
2006-08-18 12:44:16
613.   The Giambino
Come on Cano!
2006-08-18 12:44:28
614.   The Giambino
RUNNING SCORING PLAY!!!!!!!!!!!
2006-08-18 12:44:28
615.   Cliff Corcoran
Robbie blows it open. I love it when a plan comes together. Five-run lead.
2006-08-18 12:44:31
616.   berty1027
CANO!!!!
2006-08-18 12:44:34
617.   The Giambino
RUN-SCORING PLAY!!!!!!!!!!!
2006-08-18 12:44:37
618.   Ron Burgundy
Cano Can-Do. Nice.
2006-08-18 12:44:42
619.   Kirribilli Yankee Fan
CANO !

YES !!!!!!

He and Melky are just fun to watch....

Now hopefully Torre does not bring Mo in for a two inning save

2006-08-18 12:44:47
620.   The Giambino
8-3!!!
2006-08-18 12:44:52
621.   tocho
manny being manny delcarmen
2006-08-18 12:44:53
622.   sam2175
8-3 Yankees.

Cano RBI, his numbers with RISP improving.

1000 career runs for Giambi, not bad for a guy who cannot run.

2006-08-18 12:45:09
623.   LI yankee
THE BATS ARE ALIVE!! THEY'RE ALIVE!!
2006-08-18 12:45:10
624.   holmesy007
RI Yank, your timing is impecable... a single you ask, and you shall recieve
2006-08-18 12:45:12
625.   cult of basebaal
ROBBIE!!!!
2006-08-18 12:45:19
626.   Ron Burgundy
Screw Manny.
2006-08-18 12:45:32
627.   unpopster
that's it baby, keep hitting their bullpen.

Me thinks this game is over because Francona will probably leave Delcarmen in to take a hit for the rest of the pen.

2006-08-18 12:45:37
628.   Kirribilli Yankee Fan
for a non-athletic type in the field that was a nice play by Manny
2006-08-18 12:45:47
629.   tommyl
C'mon Robbie.

I came back to my office. What did Steve Phillips say when A-Rod came through in the clutch? So far my favorite annoying/moronic statements:

1. When A-Rod popped out, Phillips claimed he was pressing. When Ortiz did the exact same thing it was because even the best can't come through everytime.

2. There was no, I mean zero, zip mention of that diving play by A-Rod which saved at least a run and possibly Wang's start.

A-Rod is having a great game so far. 2-4, with a near miss for the HR to center and stellar, clutch defense.

2006-08-18 12:45:53
630.   zgveritas
Leave Cano in for one more inning now
2006-08-18 12:46:08
631.   The Giambino
Farnsworth for the save. No doubt.
2006-08-18 12:46:13
632.   Travis
Unless the Yanks go up more, I don't want to see T.J. Beam until the 9th. I still remember that horrific loss in Washington.
2006-08-18 12:46:23
633.   Zack
I would def. advocate Wanger pitching the 7th, but I don't think Torre will let it be...
2006-08-18 12:47:38
634.   The Giambino
With Craig Wilson batting, Robinson Cano steals (4) 2nd base!!
2006-08-18 12:47:57
635.   Cliff Corcoran
I love this! Error, single, single, double, single, hard out, single . . .
2006-08-18 12:48:07
636.   rbj
629 How bad is Steve Philips? When John Kruk becomes the voice of reason on A-Rod, you know things are really bad.
2006-08-18 12:48:45
637.   Jen
Every time I take my headphones off to answer the phone (I'm listening on the radio), the Yanks score. Not that I'm complaining, but it woulda been nice to hear some of it.
2006-08-18 12:48:51
638.   Kirribilli Yankee Fan
he has got to let him start the 7th ? no ?
2006-08-18 12:49:46
639.   Travis
629 But the Yankees are winning 8-3, which means there were no clutch situations in the game, at least by ESPN standards.
2006-08-18 12:50:05
640.   JL25and3
629 I guess now that there's a 5-run lead, Rodriguez's single isn't clutch anymore
2006-08-18 12:50:06
641.   cult of basebaal
so ... wang starts the 7th, no?

gotta try and squeeze another inner (or more) to save up for the nightcap, right?

2006-08-18 12:50:15
642.   Zack
Jen, I think you have it backwards, you need to leave the headphones off clearly!
2006-08-18 12:50:25
643.   Ron Burgundy
DAMN IT! Hard out by Melky.

OK, our pitchers just need to pitch 3 scoreless innings and we have Game 1.

2006-08-18 12:50:45
644.   The Giambino
4-run inning! Nice, very nice.
2006-08-18 12:51:17
645.   Cliff Corcoran
That inning was heavenly. It's a beautiful day and I'm home from work due to summer hours with the windows open watching the Yankees rack 'em up against the Sox. Doesn't get much better.
2006-08-18 12:51:24
646.   Zack
Wang should pitch the 7th AND be allowed to work around a little bit...Don't panic, but keep a short leash. Not the one guy on leash, just a short one...
2006-08-18 12:51:44
647.   holmesy007
alright, time to shut down the 2-3-4 hitters
2006-08-18 12:51:44
648.   Jen
642 Yeah, but what if it's the same for when the Sox are up and they too score when I'm not listening.
2006-08-18 12:51:54
649.   tommyl
636 I stopped watching to go back and "work" but he was awful. At one point he claimed to analyze how Manny was a Yankee killer, then they showed his stats against the Yankees, which were basically precisely his typical season numbers (it was over 171 games). So basically, Manny is good against everyone. Great analysis there, a hall of famer is a good player.

Also, he discussed how Ortiz clearly deserves the MVP because he leads in HR (a valid point) and RBIs (which is retarded) and that even though Jeter plays the field at a gold glove level, Ortiz's numbers are so much better than everyone else's he deserves to be MVP. I guess that .283 batting average counts more if you play for Boston.

2006-08-18 12:52:12
650.   Schteeve
643 I'm no math whiz, but I think our pitchers need to pitch 3 innings in which they give up a total of 4 runs or less.
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2006-08-18 12:52:17
651.   rbj
637 Quick everyone, call Jen.
2006-08-18 12:52:41
652.   zgveritas
Time for defensive substitution A-Rod out Phillips in at 3b. C'mon Joe
2006-08-18 12:52:52
653.   The Giambino
Wang stays in the game. :-/
2006-08-18 12:53:02
654.   Zack
648 Hmm, good point...

Wanger is in, come on guy!

2006-08-18 12:53:24
655.   sam2175
He needed that strike first pitch. The umpire is inconsistent.
2006-08-18 12:53:26
656.   holmesy007
wang back out for the 7th
2006-08-18 12:53:36
657.   monkeypants
641 Yep, but I'd keep the leash short. these Sox have an odd way of coming back at Fenway, and one could envision Papi doing damage in the 7th AND the 9th.
2006-08-18 12:53:49
658.   Travis
652 I know you're kidding, but Phillips went on the DL today with an "injury."
2006-08-18 12:53:58
659.   Zack
Phillips is on the DL...

Ugh, leadoff double, Joe will def. bring in Myers here, and then Proctor for Manny, I can't watch!

2006-08-18 12:53:59
660.   zgveritas
Time for defensive substitution A-Rod out Phillips in at 3b. C'mon Joe
2006-08-18 12:54:00
661.   rsmith51
Does anybody know if the game tonight is on Extra Innings?
2006-08-18 12:54:07
662.   Schteeve
652 That's insane.
2006-08-18 12:54:20
663.   randym77
Very short leash for the Wanger.
2006-08-18 12:54:36
664.   cult of basebaal
best laid plans of mice and men ... thanks wang
2006-08-18 12:54:39
665.   tommyl
652 Gonna be hard with Andy on the DL.
2006-08-18 12:54:47
666.   Cliff Corcoran
I don't agree with pulling Wang here. He's not pitched well, but with a five-run lead they can absorb a Papi homer here. Why not give Wang a shot, he's gotten him out three times already.
2006-08-18 12:54:52
667.   Eirias
Myers is alive?
2006-08-18 12:55:08
668.   holmesy007
loretta double, wang is out, myers in.

here's to hoping myers looks better than he did yesterday

2006-08-18 12:55:08
669.   Zack
Wanger handled Ortiz all game, I woudl say leave him in. Now, Torre is FORCED to bring Proctor in to face Manny, which after the inevitable Myers walk, will mean scary times...
2006-08-18 12:55:23
670.   The Giambino
Why is he still in the game?????
2006-08-18 12:55:30
671.   rsmith51
6 2b by 2 players off the same pitcher. Amazing.
2006-08-18 12:55:31
672.   Kirribilli Yankee Fan
Myers....this is the sole reason we carry this guy on the roster...how much did he end up pitching yesterday ? and why ?
2006-08-18 12:55:38
673.   randym77
Andy's on the DL. It would have to be Nick Green if you want to do a defensive substitution.

Nick's better on D than Andy, anyway.

2006-08-18 12:55:40
674.   Cliff Corcoran
This pitching change doesn't happen if Myers isn't on the roster. That is, Joe lets Wang face Ortiz w/o a dedicated LOOGY tempting him.
2006-08-18 12:55:42
675.   sam2175
Myers better get one out. Manny vs. Proctor the will mean an 8-5 game.

I mean, as a worst case scenario, which is likely.

2006-08-18 12:56:32
676.   JL25and3
This is the only reason they signed Myers. He better get this out.
2006-08-18 12:56:54
677.   tommyl
666 An apt number for that post Cliff. I agree with you. On the plus side it limits Wang's innings a bit. Gotta preserve your starters too.

Maybe Myers to Dotel?

2006-08-18 12:56:57
678.   Javi Javi
Let's go LOOGY.
2006-08-18 12:57:18
679.   Zack
I don't have a problem whatsoever with Joe going for the win here, I just don't know if this is the best way to do it!
2006-08-18 12:58:05
680.   The Giambino
This is no good. We need to get Big Papi out. NOW!
2006-08-18 12:58:32
681.   Zack
Man this ump is inconsistant...
2006-08-18 12:58:35
682.   Mattpat11
Loretta always looks so unhappy.
2006-08-18 12:59:10
683.   Mattpat11
Loretta always looks so unhappy.
2006-08-18 12:59:12
684.   Zack
glad to eat crow there! Is there any reason NOT to IB manny here?
2006-08-18 12:59:18
685.   Kirribilli Yankee Fan
21 innings all season for Myers...but that makes it all worth it...

walk Manny ?

2006-08-18 12:59:29
686.   Travis
A few more of those, and Myers will have justified his place on the roster.
2006-08-18 12:59:33
687.   The Giambino
Pheeew...
2006-08-18 12:59:34
688.   JL25and3
Sterling on Myers: "If he's not amazing, I don't know what is."
2006-08-18 12:59:55
689.   sam2175
Proctologist versus Manny.

I would have liked Dotel here, just to see how he fares.

2006-08-18 13:00:16
690.   holmesy007
do we know torre or what???? proctor in to pitch to manny..... ugh
2006-08-18 13:00:16
691.   rsmith51
684 5 run lead, turning over the lineup sooner. I think there are reasons.
2006-08-18 13:00:16
692.   Cliff Corcoran
Well, Myers got 'im, so yeah 675, 8-5 after Manny's second homer of the game.
2006-08-18 13:00:21
693.   tommyl
I have a bad feeling about this...
2006-08-18 13:00:28
694.   nick
652 Or IBB, set up 2 vs Manny, save Myers for a possible higher-leverage situation (as opposed to 8-3, one man on)
2006-08-18 13:00:32
695.   singledd
'The Bobby' has a .925 OPS as a Yankee.
The 'Robby Curse' w/RISP seems to be broken.
We HAVE to win this one, because a loss would be unbearable.

While the Schill/Moose matchup looks even on paper, Schill has been much better in the last month. Wells has also pitched very well, as a number of unearned runs have scored in his games.

This is the BIG game of the series.
A must win.
Lets Go Yankees.

2006-08-18 13:00:43
696.   Javi Javi
If you consider salary per pitch, Myers has to be the most highly paid player in baseball.
2006-08-18 13:01:43
697.   tocho
684 well, the 5-run lead, if he homers its 8-5 which is not bad, if you put him on, then its another runner that can potentially score in another HR.

I would walk him with a 2-run lead

2006-08-18 13:01:51
698.   Travis
696 I think Carl Pavano has that title locked up.
2006-08-18 13:01:58
699.   LI yankee
Why not walk Manny? It worked twice before with 1 out a shaky Wang in there
2006-08-18 13:02:18
700.   RIYank
671 Even more amazing -- by a big margin -- because the pitcher is C-M W.
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2006-08-18 13:02:25
701.   Zack
Ok, lets all admit it, that was the last thing we expected to happen there!
2006-08-18 13:02:42
702.   rsmith51
696 Did you forget about Glass Carl?
2006-08-18 13:02:45
703.   greenfuzz
Myers isn't really taking someone elses roster spot. We've no one else good who could be on there.

Nice out by Proctor

2006-08-18 13:02:53
704.   Kirribilli Yankee Fan
I am exhausted already game 1...7th inning..
2006-08-18 13:03:01
705.   Travis
Proctor's got the 'stache going.
2006-08-18 13:03:23
706.   tommyl
698 Actually this year he mathematically does so far. Let's see, Pavano's salary/0 = undefined!

Yes, Carl Pavano has reached a special mathematical territory. Even mathematics doesn't know what to make of him.

2006-08-18 13:03:27
707.   rbj
If the score stays 8-3, do you bring Mo in for the 9th?
2006-08-18 13:03:34
708.   Zack
Holy Shnikies, talk about effective pitching, yay EDSP!!
2006-08-18 13:03:47
709.   rsmith51
701 Pleasant surprise...
2006-08-18 13:03:50
710.   Javi Javi
698 I forgot about Mr. Fragile Butt.
2006-08-18 13:04:19
711.   holmesy007
705 - seriously???? damon looks like he has a 'stache trying to come in... what's with this?????
2006-08-18 13:04:20
712.   Kirribilli Yankee Fan
703

you would go out and get someone....

the guy should be the closer in Columbus with Red Sox games circled on his calendar..

2006-08-18 13:04:46
713.   rsmith51
707 No freakin' way, but he should be a little warmed up.
2006-08-18 13:04:49
714.   Travis
707 No.
2006-08-18 13:04:50
715.   tommyl
Damn, ESP is lights out. That was impressive.
2006-08-18 13:05:42
716.   JL25and3
708 All that, and you haven't even had to waste a Wacky Dance yet.
2006-08-18 13:05:53
717.   rsmith51
Who is this Proctor fella? He is looking pretty good.
2006-08-18 13:06:12
718.   dwight45
661 8 p.m. NESN feed
2006-08-18 13:06:35
719.   Zack
I did use one [Wacky Dance] after Damon's HR, it was called for...
2006-08-18 13:06:49
720.   tocho
707 I would not bring him in to start the 9th if they are still 8-3
2006-08-18 13:07:04
721.   Travis
Youkilis's foot was off the bag there.
2006-08-18 13:07:27
722.   rsmith51
718 Thanks, Dwight. Better than MLB gameday. I can always provide my own commentary.
2006-08-18 13:07:55
723.   tommyl
711 If they think it'll bond the clubhouse together for the stretch run, I don't care. Just keep kicking the shiznit out of the Sox.
2006-08-18 13:08:19
724.   Kirribilli Yankee Fan
a 1-2-3 8th would go along way towards to not facing Ortiz and Manny until they each hit 500 foot hrs off Ponson tonight
2006-08-18 13:08:44
725.   sam2175
So, Proctor has got a couple of high leverage outs.

Next up, Lowell, HInske and Lopez. So should the Yankees run Proctor out again?

Perhaps, there being two games today. Better to conserve on arms if you can.

Hopefully Farns and Mo do not get used.

2006-08-18 13:08:57
726.   RIYank
Abreu, excelente! Arriba!
2006-08-18 13:09:19
727.   holmesy007
723 hey, if it worked for donnie...
2006-08-18 13:09:43
728.   tommyl
Man, this Abreu guy sucks. Maybe my initial reaction to the trade was slightly off? :).

Lets all put our hands together for Cashman once again.

2006-08-18 13:10:03
729.   nick
707 NO--Joe would, though, except that we're playing two today...
2006-08-18 13:10:07
730.   holmesy007
abreu is 4 for 4. booyah!! thanks cash-man!
2006-08-18 13:10:30
731.   tocho
so, who pitches the 8th? proctor? and if so, who the 9th.

is it beam territory or should they still use the good silverware, I mean bullpen?

2006-08-18 13:11:01
732.   tommyl
725 Why not? You warmed him up which means he's burned anyways and he's thrown 3 pitches so far. Proctor pitches the 8th and Beam or Dotel can pitch the 9th.
2006-08-18 13:11:29
733.   Mattpat11
Abreu really seems to bring his A-Game against the Sox.
2006-08-18 13:11:30
734.   Kirribilli Yankee Fan
do you think Steinbrenner is awake for this ?
2006-08-18 13:11:42
735.   Zack
If it wasn't a double header, I would def. say Mo for the 9th in an 8-3 game, and even so, considering that Ponson is pitching tonight, Mo prob. won't be needed, but on the other hand, might as well keep him rested if possible...He hasn't pitched in at least two games already...
2006-08-18 13:11:52
736.   Cliff Corcoran
I'd be tempted to try Dotel, Bruney and Beam here with a five-run lead. That or just let Proctor finish the whole thing and save everyone else.
2006-08-18 13:12:15
737.   LI yankee
Good job boys...this is the situation where you take pitches and wear their BP out
2006-08-18 13:12:44
738.   Travis
The Red Sox are bringing in a reliever whose name ends in a "Z," so I feel pretty confident about this game.
2006-08-18 13:12:55
739.   JL25and3
732 Joe figures he can pitch Proctor another inning now, three in the nightcap, and still have him fresh for the weekend.
2006-08-18 13:13:23
740.   Howie
Is Abreu officially a True Yankee?
2006-08-18 13:13:35
741.   Kirribilli Yankee Fan
728

Are you Aaron Guiels dad ?

I am not sure how you could hate the trade when we gave up nothing....the guy was going to be a slight upgrade from Guiel and Bernie out there

2006-08-18 13:13:44
742.   randym77
Torre says Dotel is off-limits today.
2006-08-18 13:14:03
743.   rsmith51
736 I would be tempted as well, but this is really a must win game.
2006-08-18 13:15:19
744.   sam2175
Fourth pitcher in for the Sox. Importantly, the next pitcher is Jon Lester, who has not been able to give the Red Sox too many innings.

So, Red Sox bullpen should be in pretty bad shape going in tomorrow if the Yankees can drive Lester off the game quickly.

Some moron keeps calling "E-Rod" at every A-Rod AB. NESN world, sigh.

2006-08-18 13:15:22
745.   rsmith51
742 Probably wise with his injury history.
2006-08-18 13:15:37
746.   tocho
736 I agree, but dotel has pitched back-to-back games.

i would not use rivera or farnsworth today

2006-08-18 13:16:07
747.   nick
so the media are blaming the fans for booing A-Rod--hmmmmm--look in the mirror, guys?
2006-08-18 13:16:34
748.   tommyl
741 I initially didn't like it because I thought Abreu hadn't waived his option year and it could handicap the team. Once I found out that he did, I was ecstatic.

736 In principle, but even if Proctors closes it out, if tonight's game is close I could see Joe running him back out there. Maybe we can change his nickname to TADSP.

2006-08-18 13:16:38
749.   Zack
I still imagine a Proctor 8th, Rivera 9th, just because thats how Joe does it...
2006-08-18 13:16:46
750.   Ron Burgundy
What did Steve Phillips say about that A-Rod K?
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2006-08-18 13:17:11
751.   Kirribilli Yankee Fan
I could have gone for another meaningless 3 run hr from him....he is looking at career high E's and K's
2006-08-18 13:19:06
752.   rbj
Geez, I don't think we reached this level of comments last year until the playoffs.
2006-08-18 13:19:07
753.   Zack
Ugh, and now with MVP Hinske...
2006-08-18 13:19:20
754.   holmesy007
proctor back in for the 8th
2006-08-18 13:19:41
755.   nick
OK, let's see if we can retired The Great Hinkse today...
2006-08-18 13:19:41
756.   rsmith51
751 Maybe he will save a 3 run hr for another game this series.
2006-08-18 13:19:57
757.   tocho
744 yeah, but they mainly used their scrubs.

they still have Hensen, Timlin, Papelbon and even Tavarez for the nightcap.

I saw Foulke warming up but I think he's still not activated.

2006-08-18 13:20:17
758.   Schteeve
I think the bullpen's work in the 7th ought to earn it a pat on the back.
2006-08-18 13:20:25
759.   Travis
Farnsworth warming.
2006-08-18 13:21:14
760.   Zack
Woah, we got out MVP Hinske!
2006-08-18 13:21:28
761.   sam2175
Beautiful breaking ball for Proctor. 1 out. 1 on for Lopez.
2006-08-18 13:21:44
762.   tocho
farnsworth is warming up........
2006-08-18 13:22:49
763.   Zack
Yug, this is not going well, and now "Manny Ortez" will have to come up too, which means Mo will have to come in...sigh..Come on Boys!
2006-08-18 13:23:33
764.   tommyl
757 Rumor is that Johnson will be dropped and Foulke activated between games. Crafty move by Epstein to basically add another pitcher to the roster for the series.
2006-08-18 13:23:35
765.   monkeypants
Hoo boy. A base hit and things get scary. Can this team ever not use five pitchers?
2006-08-18 13:23:49
766.   Ron Burgundy
Can we just get FIVE OUTS without giving up a run?
You can't let Lopez, Gonzales, Crisp, or Loretta beat you, or Hinske for that matter.
2006-08-18 13:24:23
767.   mehmattski
Man, what a difference 400 or so comments makes. Where's Chicken Little when we need him?
2006-08-18 13:24:52
768.   Schteeve
Don't bet against Proctor.
2006-08-18 13:25:07
769.   Zack
I love you EDSP!
2006-08-18 13:25:17
770.   sam2175
K's for Proctor. Gonzalez badly fooled on the second, bat flying.

Crisp retired, Proctor strands two at scoring position.

2006-08-18 13:25:24
771.   Travis
Sox are 0 for 15 with RISP today.
2006-08-18 13:25:25
772.   monkeypants
OK! Now, do you dare send Proctor out for the ninth?
2006-08-18 13:25:54
773.   tocho
only breaking balls for the K there
2006-08-18 13:26:42
774.   tommyl
Do we bring in Beam and throw him to the lions?
2006-08-18 13:26:55
775.   Ron Burgundy
Whew. NEVER Doubt The Proctologist.
2006-08-18 13:27:09
776.   Kirribilli Yankee Fan
5 run lead...let Proctor start the 9th...
2006-08-18 13:27:09
777.   Schteeve
Considering the fact that the Yankees have been without Sheff and Matsui since May, and that Randy's been a shadow of his former self, and that A-Rod has been a 'complete bust' this year and yet the Yankees are still in first place, the amount of hand wringing and pessimism blows my freaking mind.
2006-08-18 13:27:10
778.   yankz
Is this the record for most comments?
2006-08-18 13:27:19
779.   mehmattski
772 No, absolutely not. This is why TJ Beam is here. Beam... then break the Mo glass in case of emergency. That's all I want to see here.

I just saw that in my fantasy league, a rival manager just dropped Tom Glavine to pick up... Scott Proctor.

2006-08-18 13:27:26
780.   tommyl
What? Gabe Kapler replaces Manny Ramirez? Isn't he due to bat 3rd in the 9th?! Is he hurt or is Tito smoking crack?
2006-08-18 13:27:38
781.   nick
771 so surely ESPN will speculate on their lack of clutchitude...
2006-08-18 13:27:53
782.   Ron Burgundy
774 I think he can hold a 5-run lead. With Seanez, it may be a 15 run lead.
2006-08-18 13:27:55
783.   Travis
Kapler in for Manny. Wow.
2006-08-18 13:28:11
784.   Kirribilli Yankee Fan
777

pre 2004 I am laughing now...it is a different world now

2006-08-18 13:29:45
785.   mehmattski
778 Day game vs the Red Sox in a pennant race. Pretty much the perfect storm for comments round these parts.
2006-08-18 13:30:24
786.   tocho
783 i would hope manny pulled something on that diving catch.... other than that I cannot see the logic there.
2006-08-18 13:30:42
787.   Kirribilli Yankee Fan
Manny batted after that tumbling catch ?
2006-08-18 13:30:56
788.   nick
little league game up on the scoreboard...gotta love Fenway....
2006-08-18 13:31:47
789.   Zack
Have we ever broken 1,000 posts, that would be insane?
2006-08-18 13:31:56
790.   Ron Burgundy
Oh come on, how is Cano's SB scored a deffensive indifference?
2006-08-18 13:32:07
791.   Kirribilli Yankee Fan
these ESPN idiots are acting surprised that Torre has not called off the dogs...
2006-08-18 13:32:19
792.   Travis
787 Yup, and popped up to left.
2006-08-18 13:33:18
793.   JL25and3
777 It gives us a great opportunity to be pleasantly surprised.

Of course, then we'll just start bitching about the second game.

2006-08-18 13:33:23
794.   randym77
I think we have broken 1,000 posts.
2006-08-18 13:33:34
795.   mehmattski
Ruuudy Ruuuuuudy Ruuuuuudy. You and your negative WXRL. Please pitch many innings.
2006-08-18 13:33:41
796.   tocho
784 we lost our inocence...
2006-08-18 13:34:12
797.   nick
I'll take a few runs here--do I sound greedy?
2006-08-18 13:34:13
798.   Travis
WILSON WALKS!
2006-08-18 13:34:19
799.   randym77
Craig Wilson finally draws a walk!
2006-08-18 13:34:45
800.   Schteeve
Bases chucked for Melky
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2006-08-18 13:34:53
801.   tommyl
Melky Grand Slam. I can sense it.
2006-08-18 13:34:53
802.   Cliff Corcoran
790 Because the defense was indifferent to it.
2006-08-18 13:34:59
803.   sam2175
First walk for Wilson as a Yankee. Bases loaded, 0 outs.

D'oh!

2006-08-18 13:35:03
804.   rsmith51
Wilson with the walk. Hope he keeps that up.
2006-08-18 13:35:04
805.   Ron Burgundy
Bad AB by Melky.
2006-08-18 13:35:07
806.   eephus
795 Yes, but only as long as he leaves some playing time for Tavarez.

My Red Sox fan boss just stormed out of the office. Man, is that sweet.

2006-08-18 13:35:15
807.   Travis
Beam warming.
2006-08-18 13:35:18
808.   JL25and3
785 I wouldn't be contributing except that (a) I'm at work, and (b) school is out, so there isn't much for me to do. LIke you said, perfect storm.
2006-08-18 13:35:21
809.   tommyl
...or not.
2006-08-18 13:35:22
810.   eephus
795 Yes, but only as long as he leaves some playing time for Tavarez.

My Red Sox fan boss just stormed out of the office. Man, is that sweet.

2006-08-18 13:35:30
811.   Schteeve
Bases chucked for Damon
2006-08-18 13:35:40
812.   Zack
Beam and Farns up, lets go with Beam, no that we are up by 7! Yeah JD, POTG!
2006-08-18 13:35:44
813.   Cliff Corcoran
What in allsortsofcursewords is Joe doing warming up Farnsworth?!?!?!?!
2006-08-18 13:35:49
814.   monkeypants
Hmmm. Let's say the Yanks score three or four runs here. How about this plan--Ponson for the ninth and thene let him start tonight (four or five inning limit)?

Crazy, I know, but I'm playing Tony LaRussa here.

2006-08-18 13:35:54
815.   sam2175
Gotta love Johnny talk show!
2006-08-18 13:35:54
816.   Ron Burgundy
804 Wilson keeps doing that and we're good.

The Fenway Faithful are wasted. Ha-Ha.

2006-08-18 13:36:16
817.   RIYank
Man, Damon is throwing the old BOOs in their faces today.
2006-08-18 13:36:22
818.   Zack
AS much as I dislike ESPN, their slow-mo shots are amazing...
2006-08-18 13:36:22
819.   tocho
beam, beam, beam, beam
2006-08-18 13:36:42
820.   holmesy007
awesome, johnny is shutting up the fenway 'faithful'
2006-08-18 13:36:57
821.   Ron Burgundy
Nice.
2006-08-18 13:37:06
822.   Travis
Prediction: Hinske will never play another day game in right in Fenway.
2006-08-18 13:37:14
823.   nick
793 here's the good spirits test--did anyone have time to bitch about Melky swinging at the first pitch? I haven't updated.....
2006-08-18 13:37:19
824.   weeping for brunnhilde
Remember when Paulie lost that ball in the sun, when was it, back in '99?

Only game the lost that year?

2006-08-18 13:37:32
825.   Cliff Corcoran
Now they're embarrassing them. Beautiful.
2006-08-18 13:37:47
826.   tommyl
Ladies and gentlemen, the Great Eric Hinske!
2006-08-18 13:38:02
827.   mikeplugh
Hey y'all.

It's 5:30am in Japan, and I woke up to 'Gameday' this 1st game about 2 innings ago. I'm tired, but thrilled to see this apparent win in the bag thanks to Johnny Damon.

Copyright True Yankee

Looking forward to the second game too. Ponson's gonna pull a Leiter. That's the new expression for a piece of crap pitcher coming into Fenway in a Yankee uniform and defying all logic to win a game.

2006-08-18 13:38:35
828.   wsporter
Hinske is the lord.

Steve Phillips is the greatest GM of all time, all freaking time. You can ask him, he'll tell you.

2006-08-18 13:38:44
829.   LI yankee
I guess that ass kicking yesterday really did fire them up
2006-08-18 13:39:09
830.   Cliff Corcoran
Abreu has had a hell of a day, but no RBIs yet.
2006-08-18 13:39:25
831.   nick
OK, please tell me Farns is back down...
2006-08-18 13:39:48
832.   mikeplugh
Wow....how'd they get Abreu out?
2006-08-18 13:40:06
833.   Schteeve
Farnsworth better not come in to this damn game.
2006-08-18 13:40:10
834.   tommyl
830 That's why Ortiz deserves the MVP. He wills other batters to get on base when he knows he's going to hit a double.
2006-08-18 13:40:14
835.   Cliff Corcoran
829 I think the Sox's crappy pitching and poor performance with RISP has fired them up.
2006-08-18 13:40:15
836.   Mattpat11
What the hell was that? Why did Hinske fall down? Not going to argue, though
2006-08-18 13:40:34
837.   The Giambino
True Yankee, I agree. I got 100 Danish Kroners on Yankees to win Game #2.
2006-08-18 13:40:36
838.   Ron Burgundy
830 If he keeps getting on base like this, I'm OK with the lack of RBIs.
2006-08-18 13:40:40
839.   JL25and3
828 Now he can say that Rodriguez's hit wasn't clutch. He's a genius.
2006-08-18 13:41:09
840.   randym77
822 I dunno, 3 for 4, all doubles, is hard to resist.

He got the error, but it could have happened to anyone. Just lost it in the sun.

2006-08-18 13:41:17
841.   tocho
827 I'm with you. Ponson will be fine tonight. lester will be out in the 3rd. inning after craping his pants.
2006-08-18 13:41:29
842.   Mattpat11
What the hell was that? Why did Hinske fall down? Not going to argue, though
2006-08-18 13:41:40
843.   hensley
Timlin, Tavarez, Foulke (?), Hansen still in the pen for the nightcap. They'll need them with Lester on the mound. Even with Ponson going for us, I like our chances with that.
2006-08-18 13:42:22
844.   Kirribilli Yankee Fan
it has got to be Beam in the 9th, no ?
2006-08-18 13:42:24
845.   mehmattski
827 Don't tell that to Zach or Ron Burgundy, who have already give the Yanks a L tonight, so I guess they won't have to play the game.

This result makes my decision easy. With less pressure to win the nightcap, I can, with good conscience, go see some Mother F---in snakes on a Mother F---in plane!

2006-08-18 13:43:31
846.   Cliff Corcoran
Nice long inning at the bat to take some spring out of the Sox fielders' legs.
2006-08-18 13:44:16
847.   The Giambino
Save the energy, Giambi!!
2006-08-18 13:44:22
848.   Kirribilli Yankee Fan
200 pitch day for the Red Sox...nice work
2006-08-18 13:44:47
849.   Cliff Corcoran
843 No Foulke, check the previous post for the roster.
2006-08-18 13:45:11
850.   Travis
Bases loaded for A-Rod up 11-3. Can anything good come of this?
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2006-08-18 13:45:14
851.   The Giambino
11-3! Ridicolous...
2006-08-18 13:45:15
852.   tommyl
Giambi, stat padding with his walking.
2006-08-18 13:45:18
853.   sam2175
Great, a 2 GS cushion.

Can we see Beam now please?

2006-08-18 13:45:29
854.   mikeplugh
Yeah Giambino.

How many years until we're allowed to start the '2004' chant?

2006-08-18 13:45:32
855.   Schteeve
I love Jason Giambi.
2006-08-18 13:45:32
856.   mehmattski
Jason Giambi with a 9 pitch walk, up 10-3 in the ninth inning of an August double header... its that kind of sticktoitiveness that's going to win us the division.
2006-08-18 13:45:42
857.   tommyl
I know its stat padding but I'd love it if A-Rod hit a grand slam here.
2006-08-18 13:46:10
858.   Ron Burgundy
843 Timlin, Tavaerz, Hansen, and Foulke? They might as well be coming in with a gallon of gasoline and matches.
2006-08-18 13:46:12
859.   Travis
849 Isn't there a possibility Foulke will be activated for Game 2?
2006-08-18 13:46:24
860.   randym77
849 Yeah, but as someone previously mentioned, it's rumored the Sox were going to DFA Johnson after this game, and activate Foulke.

Though maybe Johnson pitched well enough to save his job...

2006-08-18 13:46:29
861.   tommyl
854 When others start the 1994 chant for the Rangers ;)
2006-08-18 13:46:42
862.   sam2175
Seanez sweating through his cap.
2006-08-18 13:46:53
863.   Cliff Corcoran
Seanez at 39 pitches.
2006-08-18 13:46:59
864.   nick
wow! I take it back--defense of A-Rod, vs a hypothetical Jeter situation...
2006-08-18 13:47:19
865.   Kirribilli Yankee Fan
they are talking about dropping Johnson and adding Foulke for tonight
2006-08-18 13:47:19
866.   mehmattski
854 For credibility's sake, I say we have to win at least 3 WS before they win another. Let's start with this year. Of course, chanting 2004 doesn't have as good a rhythm to it. Damn.
2006-08-18 13:47:19
867.   rsmith51
See what happens when you walk, Craig? You score...
2006-08-18 13:47:46
868.   Ron Burgundy
There is nothing A-Rod can do here and not be criticised, sad.
2006-08-18 13:48:03
869.   tocho
sox relievers have really worked today, they should be out for the game tomorrow as well.

let's hope the relievers for tonight also get a high work out

2006-08-18 13:48:20
870.   Zack
845 First off, its ZacK, come on now...

And I never said the Yankees were going to lose toay, anywhere. I just said that their early performance was unacceptable. They proved me wrong, but I would like to think it, clearly, has something to do with my urging them on...Some people root in some ways, others in other ways. Something very unique to the east coast is their live and die by baseball mentality, and living here in SoCal, I long for that back...

2006-08-18 13:48:20
871.   unpopster
849 Cliff, Sterling and Suzyn said earlier that Jason Johnson will be sent down after game 1 and Foulke would probably be called up.
2006-08-18 13:48:27
872.   Travis
Best possible outcome - A-Rod walks, Seanez has to keep pitching.
2006-08-18 13:48:28
873.   The Giambino
12-3!! This is nuts!!
2006-08-18 13:48:36
874.   mikeplugh
Clutch walk.
2006-08-18 13:48:41
875.   Kirribilli Yankee Fan
this is getting pretty fun to watch.
2006-08-18 13:48:52
876.   tocho
868 he could walk.
2006-08-18 13:49:26
877.   mehmattski
868 A two run single, or a walk, would do nicely.

Where's Mattpat11, with the doubting of working the pitch counts? Grind it out boys, grind it out.

2006-08-18 13:49:37
878.   tommyl
860 4.1 innings, 4 ER is saving your job? That is a great commentary on the Sox pitching.
2006-08-18 13:49:45
879.   rsmith51
I agree with Francona. Let Seanez pitch until his arm falls off.
2006-08-18 13:50:10
880.   Ron Burgundy
Ha-Ha...this is funny.
I REALLY hope the other 4 are just like this.
2006-08-18 13:50:14
881.   mikeplugh
Seanez up to 45 pitches.
2006-08-18 13:50:20
882.   nick
835 Don't you believe in "momentum," Cliff?
2006-08-18 13:50:45
883.   Cliff Corcoran
Awesome, Cano finally fouls out and a Sox fan smacks it away, the inning continues . . .
2006-08-18 13:51:10
884.   mehmattski
872 I don't know, I think this means that Seanz won't be able to pitch the rest of the series, which is actually bad for the Yankees. More innings for Julian Tavarez, though.

Come on, keep batting, get JD his double for the cycle!

2006-08-18 13:51:17
885.   Kirribilli Yankee Fan
Seanz is closing in on a start
2006-08-18 13:51:49
886.   Zack
Cano almost went with the Bo Jackson, break the bat over the knee angle...
2006-08-18 13:51:53
887.   Travis
Beam coming in.
2006-08-18 13:51:58
888.   sam2175
Yes, Beam is out for an inning.
2006-08-18 13:52:18
889.   The Giambino
Why did you swing at that, Cano??? Ah, who cares...
2006-08-18 13:52:20
890.   rsmith51
Who is in the 9th? Beam?
2006-08-18 13:52:48
891.   Cliff Corcoran
882 Not in baseball.

So are you guys trying to tell me that they might activate Folk?

2006-08-18 13:53:13
892.   Ron Burgundy
Darn it Robbie, that wasn't a strike.
OK, T.J. Beam has a perfect opportunity to just pitch a 1-2-3 inning.
2006-08-18 13:53:42
893.   Schteeve
889 Because Cano loves to swing the bat. He's one of those Soriano/Vlad kinda guys.
2006-08-18 13:53:49
894.   mikeplugh
TJ Beam's Gameday photo is enough to scare the Red Sox into going 1-2-3.

Like a troll.

2006-08-18 13:54:00
895.   mehmattski
886 You mean like David "Mr. Clutch" Ortiz did when Mo struck him out earlier this season?
2006-08-18 13:54:10
896.   tommyl
Its Bat Boy! Go Bat Boy go!
2006-08-18 13:54:12
897.   Cliff Corcoran
884 Agreed, which of course is why Francona was doing the right thing.
2006-08-18 13:54:40
898.   Zack
Good to see TJ "Bat Boy" Beam in...
2006-08-18 13:54:58
899.   Ron Burgundy
894 He looks like skeletor.
2006-08-18 13:55:44
900.   Zack
This is prime Pena HR time...
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2006-08-18 13:55:51
901.   C2Coke
4 Hour game against Red Sox, solid start by Wang, good performances by the Yankees bullpen, poor pitching by Red Sox

all equals to

900 posts on Bronx Banter.

2006-08-18 13:56:04
902.   mehmattski
Next on Sportscenter: the Yankees lead 12-3 in the bottom of the ninth but it was all a bunch of stat padding. David Ortiz hit a clutch 10 run homer in the ninth, as per a rule change that any Ortiz homer can be worth any number of runs, as needed.
2006-08-18 13:56:15
903.   JL25and3
870 Some people just don't get it...
2006-08-18 13:56:43
904.   Cliff Corcoran
Beam isn't nearly as unattractive as his photos. I think he just has an unfortunate smile.
2006-08-18 13:56:43
905.   Zack
Now, imagine Beam with a 'stache! 'Zounds!
2006-08-18 13:56:44
906.   standuptriple
Is Seanez pitching himself out of the entire series? That can't be good for the Yanks.
2006-08-18 13:57:00
907.   tommyl
Oh, for chrissake. Just throw fastballs down the middle.
2006-08-18 13:57:42
908.   mikeplugh
Barney Rubble up for the Sox
2006-08-18 13:58:33
909.   standuptriple
200 pitches by Boston is a perfect way to start this series.
2006-08-18 13:59:44
910.   tommyl
906 Just more innings for Julian "Wall Masher" Tavarez
2006-08-18 14:00:18
911.   mikeplugh
C'mon Bat Boy....you have a 9 run lead.
2006-08-18 14:00:18
912.   tocho
get mo in
2006-08-18 14:00:33
913.   standuptriple
My next question, will the afternoon editions of the Boston papers already declare the season over?
2006-08-18 14:01:04
914.   Cliff Corcoran
Oy, strikes, T.J., c'mon. Just one more out.
2006-08-18 14:01:15
915.   Zack
Come on Beam, I think everyone wants this game over, just get it done...
2006-08-18 14:01:44
916.   tommyl
See 907 fastball.down.middle.
2006-08-18 14:02:13
917.   Travis
Jeter given a hit on that fly ball to Hinske. The Boston scorer remains the friendliest in baseball.
2006-08-18 14:02:20
918.   Zack
What? They gave Jeter a hit on that Hinske play? What are they smoking!!

Ugh, come on TJ, just end this...Don't temp Joe...

2006-08-18 14:02:32
919.   Eirias
DO NOT PUT IN FARNSWORTH
2006-08-18 14:03:02
920.   mikeplugh
Beam sucks.
2006-08-18 14:03:35
921.   tommyl
Oh man, come on! Just get an out. Couldn't we have traded Beam instead of Smith?
2006-08-18 14:03:46
922.   randym77
Man, you can see Damon's experience with the Monster. He knew just where the ball was going to bounce.
2006-08-18 14:04:58
923.   mehmattski
870 Zack, sorry about the name mixup, I blame the Saved By the Bell reruns. But I was specifically referring to your post in 327, where you had already written off tonight's start. I'm really not trying to criticize you as a fan... Personally I'm more interested in saying things like "Well, the offense will pick him up" after an error rather than something like "Well, this game is lost." (Hypotheicals, not actual quotes). For the most part I enjoy your posts, and I was not trying to single you out, but along with Schteeve, Shaun P, and others, I think there are a few of us here not enjoying all the negativity.
2006-08-18 14:05:03
924.   nick
882 joke--hence the scare quotes--I agree with you 100%...
2006-08-18 14:05:30
925.   Zack
Joe Torre has quite an unpleased look on his face right now...
2006-08-18 14:05:30
926.   tocho
916 he certainly listened to you guys there
2006-08-18 14:06:18
927.   Cliff Corcoran
Finally! Nice win, Yanks.
2006-08-18 14:06:46
928.   Ron Burgundy
Well, this was fun. Let's do this 4 more times. Hi-Oh!
2006-08-18 14:07:31
929.   tommyl
926 What are you talking about? He walked Kapler. Walking anyone with a 9 run lead is inexecusable. That led to the run when Youkliss doubled.
2006-08-18 14:07:39
930.   mikeplugh
Sweet.

4 from Ponson
2 from Villone
1 from Farnsworth
1 from Dotel
1 from Mo

Double header sweep, 12-4; 7-5

See you all later.

2006-08-18 14:07:50
931.   holmesy007
good game, good game. let's hope ponson give the team a chance tonight!!!!

YANKEES WIN.. THEEEEE YANKEEEEEES WIN!!

2006-08-18 14:08:02
932.   Zack
923 Don't worry, not offended. I try not to be overly negative, and attempt to stick more to frustration, rather than the DIAF seat of the pants freak out...
2006-08-18 14:08:19
933.   LI yankee
Oh no! we might not get to a 1000 posts!

Let's discuss a solution for the middle east

2006-08-18 14:08:36
934.   randym77
Beam is not quite ready for prime time.

Dunno who else we could have called up, though.

2006-08-18 14:08:39
935.   wsporter
Beam extended himself a little, maybe Ponson will take MikeP's suggestion and do the Leiter thing.

Nice Win!!! 209 sawx pitches. OUCH.

2006-08-18 14:09:37
936.   Zack
930 DO you think Villone can pitch today after 2 yesterday and about 34134 the previous few days? he might be offlimits...We can def. get another 3 from proctor though, come on...
2006-08-18 14:10:19
937.   tocho
929 the double came off a fastball right down the middle.

anyway, great win here. must make them pay tonight!!

2006-08-18 14:11:33
938.   randym77
936 Torre said Dotel is the only one off-limits today.
2006-08-18 14:12:52
939.   standuptriple
936 I think Joe has Proctor lined up for at least 3IP in the nightcap.
Fine W, gents. I'll probably miss the 2nd game. I'm heading to meet my new niece. She must be a good luck charm!
Go Yanks!
2006-08-18 14:13:05
940.   Max
930 I didn't think Villone or Dotel would be available today.

So we won the game we were supposed to win, and very nicely at that. Now let's see how the Sox do with the game they're supposed to win. They saved their "best" relievers, and we're going to be throwing out arguably the worst pitcher on either team (though Seanez and Tavarez are close). Should be interesting if we can find a way to get to Lester.

2006-08-18 14:14:18
941.   yankz
939 Nah, Proctor's set to start tomorrow, and then again on Monday.
2006-08-18 14:15:17
942.   Javi Javi
941 Proctor could go use his left arm and pitch the other two games.
2006-08-18 14:16:05
943.   Ron Burgundy
A Red Sox fan interviewed on ESPN. In text on the bottom, it said his name an "Red Sox fan since 2004." Hmm, I wonder....
2006-08-18 14:16:15
944.   rbj
933 I think Dave Barry or Scott Adams had the solution: air conditioning.
1 down, four to go :-))
Missed the end of this game, had to leave work & go walk the dog. Now I'm going to miss the nightcap, got tix for the Mudhens game.

Go Yankees!

2006-08-18 14:17:14
945.   LI yankee
942 A switch pitcher? hmm that would be useful
2006-08-18 14:17:28
946.   Kirribilli Yankee Fan
any update on Matsui ?

He was supposed to get some news today

2006-08-18 14:18:33
947.   C2Coke
946 Does showing Matsui's face in the dugout by YES count?
2006-08-18 14:19:08
948.   randym77
946 Peter Abraham said Matsui told the Japanese media he might not be playing this season.
2006-08-18 14:20:35
949.   Zack
Wouldn't it be nice in these stupid "whos the mvp" discussions to actually use some of the stats we toss around here? In ESPN, "if the season ended today, Ortiz would be the hands down mvp" That, and his team wouldn't be in the playoffs...
2006-08-18 14:21:44
950.   Zack
And then they go on to say that only "a few clutch hits" would get Jeter ahead of Ortiz...
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2006-08-18 14:23:46
951.   Kirribilli Yankee Fan
945

Ponson starts to get blown out early and he should be brought another glove by Guidry to allow him to toss with his left arm...

Torre can send the entire pen to Daisy Buchanans on Newbury St. to watch the nightcap and get some rest....then Ponson's bloated carcass can be DFA in the morning

2006-08-18 14:26:46
952.   rbj
Heh, the "disco riot."
2006-08-18 14:32:02
953.   Eirias
951 I've always wondered why more young pitchers don't try to be ambidextrous hurlers.
2006-08-18 14:32:06
954.   standuptriple
I love the ESPN headling "Head Start" but if Boston had won in this fashion my money would be on "Boston Massacre".
So transparent, Worldwide Leader. We'll play your game.
2006-08-18 14:32:15
955.   mehmattski
Was Jeremy Schaap bred to have an ESPN voice? It really bothers me, for some reason.
2006-08-18 14:34:05
956.   holmesy007
i'm pretty happy with the results, epsn made note of lowell snapping his 70 game errorless streak. glad it was against the yanks.
2006-08-18 14:39:10
957.   Bama Yankee
941 & 953 Check out this article on Switch Pitchers:
http://tinyurl.com/9zuct
2006-08-18 14:41:08
958.   Zack
It is nice to see that after all of the Lowell for All-Star and whatnot talk out of Boston early, his #'s have been returning to where his slowing bat speed proves they should be...
2006-08-18 14:53:20
959.   Zack
Don't make me post 41 more times just to break 1,000! I have nothing else to do!
2006-08-18 14:54:23
960.   Fred Vincy
OK, Zach, I'll contribute.

Woohooooo! 1 down 4 to go!

2006-08-18 14:57:46
961.   mehmattski
960 It's ZacK... come onnnnnn.... ;-)

For the rest of the posts, we should debate whether I should

A) Stay in my apartment and watch the NESN feed of game 2 on mlb.tv
B) Go see Snakes on a Plane

2006-08-18 14:58:07
962.   Schteeve
I
2006-08-18 14:58:14
963.   Schteeve
am
2006-08-18 14:58:20
964.   Schteeve
very
2006-08-18 14:58:27
965.   Schteeve
happy.
2006-08-18 15:01:38
966.   mehmattski
Wow, thanks Sportscenter, I had no idea that the Yankees and Red Sox had a rivalry, and had no idea that there were so many crucial moments. Its montages like yours that really remind me what's important in sports.

/sarcasm

2006-08-18 15:02:08
967.   Bama Yankee
961 I vote for A.
2006-08-18 15:02:14
968.   holmesy007
961 How about watching the game on NESN and adding your own Samuel L Jackson commentary?
2006-08-18 15:03:38
969.   Bama Yankee
961 If Ponson tanks, you can still catch the late showing of B.
2006-08-18 15:04:05
970.   Schteeve
968 A-Rod you better get a got-damn hit right now mothafucka! Shiiit.
2006-08-18 15:05:45
971.   holmesy007
970 You're sending in Mo? Thats all you had to say!!!

If one sox player gives another sox player a footrub, they're definately gay

2006-08-18 15:06:36
972.   Schteeve
Somebody tell that fat mothafucka to start throwin some mother fuckin STRIKES!
2006-08-18 15:07:52
973.   holmesy007
I think the SLJ commentary would work great if Sheff were playing. They both seem to have that badass attitude.
2006-08-18 15:08:58
974.   wsporter
961 Isn't the MLBTV NESN broadcast and "Snakes On A Plan" is the same thing? Can you get beer at the movie theatre?
2006-08-18 15:09:14
975.   Fred Vincy
Zach, right.

mehmattski, come on, Snakes on the Plane tomorrow night....

2006-08-18 15:15:08
976.   Javi Javi
957 That has to be an April's fool story. I would like to see the special 6 fingered glove used by the switch pither. I love MlB's rules regarding switch pitching. Last time I make ridiculous comments on posts.
2006-08-18 15:52:31
977.   mehmattski
Well, SOaP has won, mostly thanks to the (female) company during the movie. Movie's at 7, so I should be back in time to see Ponson wrapping up the shutout.
2006-08-18 16:08:53
978.   SF Yanks
Almost there guys... couple more posts...
2006-08-18 16:14:15
979.   unmoderated
i have been released from the storage building! one hundred and twenty-two boxes later, i am free. i guess the yankees won or something, my reception crapped out soon after wang thought he struck out ramirez then gave up the homer.

game two, i'm ready. got the corn on the grill and burgers on the way.

2006-08-18 16:16:39
980.   LI yankee
Come on guys 20 more posts. Is there a better way to inspire a Yankee victory with a 1000 post thread?
2006-08-18 16:18:00
981.   LI yankee
...Yankee victory THAN with...
2006-08-18 16:28:42
982.   SF Yanks
umm... ahem... go Yankees...
2006-08-18 16:29:54
983.   SF Yanks
If I have to I will single-handedly get to 1000.
2006-08-18 16:31:24
984.   SF Yanks
Roses are Red
Violets are blue
Lets go Yankees
I hate the Sawx.
2006-08-18 16:31:46
985.   unmoderated
have we talked about Frank Menechino yet?
2006-08-18 16:34:07
986.   SF Yanks
Did you hear the sad news? Bill Buckner tried to kill himself the other day by jumping in front of a bus. Luckily it went right through his legs.
2006-08-18 16:35:07
987.   unmoderated
i guess not.
we signed him to a minor league deal.
2006-08-18 16:35:21
988.   SF Yanks
985 I dont thinks so... Blue Jays right?
2006-08-18 16:36:14
989.   SF Yanks
What is the difference between a Fenway Frank and a Yankee Frank?
A: You can get a Yankee Frank in October!
2006-08-18 16:37:17
990.   unmoderated
http://tinyurl.com/hblfj

last item.

2006-08-18 16:41:50
991.   LI yankee
So who will have the privilege of getting the 1000th post?
2006-08-18 16:45:10
992.   SF Yanks
Shouldn't have said that... now there's going to be a fight for it.
2006-08-18 16:46:25
993.   LI yankee
Let's just give it to Cliff
2006-08-18 16:46:31
994.   SF Yanks
Lets
2006-08-18 16:46:47
995.   SF Yanks
Go
2006-08-18 16:47:03
996.   SF Yanks
Yankees!
2006-08-18 16:47:25
997.   SF Yanks
I'm down to let Cliff have it.
2006-08-18 16:47:57
998.   LI yankee
No pressure Cliff on making it good...no pressure
2006-08-18 16:50:07
999.   SF Yanks
Where u at Cliff?
2006-08-18 17:26:35
1000.   Ken Arneson
1000!
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2006-08-18 17:26:59
1001.   Ken Arneson
1001! (Just testing, since this broke...)
2006-08-18 17:31:36
1002.   Ken Arneson
Turns out the template engine has a default maximum of loops it will iterate through: 1000. I reset the number to 5000 and now it's happy again.

Now don't go trying to create a 5,000 comment thread just to give me more busy work.

2006-08-18 17:32:51
1003.   Cliff Corcoran
Well, because Toaster was unprepared for a 1000 comments, 1K wound up going to Ken, though I think that's fitting.

My 1000th comment would simply have thanked you all for reading and participating in this site. You help make Bronx Banter what it is.

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