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Doc Halladay, I presume?
Frankly, that might not be such a bad thing with a travel day tomorrow, particularly when we know that Henn is not going to pitch well as compared to Halladay.
I want the Yanks to win 100 games and to have home field advantage, but I also want them to be fresh. I'd tell Giambi to take the next week off and play Sheff at first.
QUESTION: Does everyone hope that the Yanks get the Paper Tigers or the Twins in Round 1? I'd personally rather have the team with the low OBP, High K'ing offense, young pitchers, and kids who've never been in the playoffs (who the Yanks went 5-2 against) than Johan & Company (who the Yanks went 3-3 against).
Melky Cabrera LF
Robinson Cano 2B
Bobby Abreu RF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Hideki Matsui DH
Bernie Williams CF
Aaron Guiel 1B
Miguel Cairo SS
Wil Nieves C
Sean Henn P
2) Yeah, it doesn't look good for the Yankees with Henn going against Halladay, but what you never know.
Reed Johnson LF
Alex Rios RF
Vernon Wells CF
Troy Glaus 3B
Bengie Molina C
Aaron Hill 2B
Lyle Overbay 1B
Jason Phillips DH
John McDonald SS
Roy Halladay P
Tony Womack? Nope. Tino's career post-season numbers. A-Rod?
And A-Rod's NEVER had on OB% lower than .378 in any Yankee post season series. Giambi's stats from 2004? He has none. He was left off the roster.
Give us all a break with the A-Rod bashing Tino. And ESPN, please, I beg you, stop mischaracterizing the Verducci piece. You had Verducci on and he said it wasn't a negative piece, and A-Rod said he didn't have a problem with a single word in the SI piece and Giambi's like a brother. So what's the problem?
Going on 15 minutes into Sportscenter - 14 minutes on A-Rod. If you are going to do a story about the story at least get the initial story right. Tony Kornheiser is talking about it and he admitted he hasn't even read it.
I'll let other people who saw it weigh in.
Cano needs 38 more plate appearances to qualify for the batting race, with 11 games left.
If Torre rests Cano for one more game, Cano would need 3 PAs in two games and 4 PAs per game in the other nine games. That should be no problem.
But, if Cano misses 2 games and only plays in seven, he'd need 5 PAs in 2 games and 4 PAs per game in the other 7.
The Yankees are rumored to have reached an agreement with the Scranton Red Barons, but so far there is no official announcement.
The Twins 1-0 over Red Sox. Go Twins!
*(not that race has any real meaning, biologically)
34 Race is a social construct!
"OLIVER Platt will have to get a shave and a haircut - he's been cast as George Steinbrenner in the ESPN miniseries of "The Bronx Is Burning," Jonathan Mahler's best seller, subtitled "1977, Baseball, Politics, and the Battle for the Soul of a City." The story sets the Yankees pennant race that summer - capped by Reggie Jackson's three consecutive home runs in Game 6 of the World Series - against the hunt for the Son of Sam killer, a blackout which erupted into full-scale looting and the brutal race for mayor between Ed Koch and Mario Cuomo. Variety reports that John Turturro will play Yankee manager Billy Martin."
34 Trying to be tactful and not use the term, "race," I did a crappy job with my question. Latino usually means people from Latin American heritage. Like you said, they can be from a variety of ethnic backgrounds. I'm not even clear about what the term, "Hispanic" refers to any more. However, like you said, people from Spain are Europeans, but I don't think that they are considered Hispanic.
When A-Rod says that he is biracial what does he mean in terms of his parents? Is one of his parents of European heritage and the other Indian or African heritage? I just don't know a lot about his family background.
I think A-Rod's mom was one of those descendents (from the Iberian penninsula) and dad's forebearers were from Africa (but then, all our ancestors were from Africa, if you go back far enough).
I hate race based classifications. Really meaningless.
I don't know much about A-Rod's family, either, but he sure looks biracial.
Not that you can tell all that much by looking at people. One thing that's come out of those DNA tests that are so popular now for genealogy and such...most people have mixed ethnic backgrounds, even when they think they don't. And looks are not a good guide. People who thought they were black find they have no African ancestry at all. People who thought they were pure European find there's a big chunk of African or Asian blood in their family somewhere. I'm tempted to try it myself, just to see if anything interesting shakes out of the woodpile.
44 Okay, thanks.
I swear I heard that and then dead air for a minute.
41 Looks like Mekhi Phifer is already angling for the role ;-)
Willie Randolph could almost play himself...
Terrence Howard would do Reggie the most justice, not because he's the hot name. He's a real talent, no offense to Omar and Mehki. Any other casting ideas?
I certainly agree from an "all men are created equal/before the law" perspective, but there are one or two areas of life (genetic screening for certain diseases, use of some particular medicines) where it can matter.
I would think the important issue here is A-Rod's socioeconomic history - iirc his dad abandoned the family and he had a rough childhood.
Anyway, the post-season can't come soon enough.
And in 63, I kinda meant can't...
Uh-oh, what's up with Halliday? Did anyone see it?
70 Someone tell FOX that the Yankees are not trading A-Rod.
Please tell your producers and your shadow warrior Steve Phillips to have a nice cup of STFU, Banter Brand.
(Kaye was just talking about Abreu feeling that if the Phillies didn't win it was his fault, but he doesn't feel that pressure here.)
Reflexive action on my part.
So of course, it's Bruney warming now...
That being said, I see EDSMHP pitching within the hour.
And while I type that, Bruney's up.
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Though I gotta said, I never had much confidence in him, even when he was healthy.
Halladay left due to an injured arm. That doesn't sound good, I hope he's ok.
Bernie from the right side is a beautiful thing.
Thank you in advance, Ken.
175 Wouldn't we be more surprised if we don't see EDSP?
Oh wait. Proctor, duh.
185 Definitely creepy as hell.
Does anyone think the Yanks will celebrate as soon as they find out in the clubhouse, or wait until their next win?
Though I'll take it...
248 I hope so. I'd be more than ok if Jeter gets MVP and Cano gets batting title.
See: Columbus Clippers
Sheffield at 1B. ;-)
Oh, I'm rooting for the Tigers to win their division.
2 outs to go...
276 Enjoy the celebration and the pops!
Thanks, Twins. 9 division titles in a row - woo-hoo!
To a unbelieveable division crown and yet more legendary feats to be witnessed in the post season!
Now let's get the homefield, hope and pray everyone stays healthy, and give 'em hell!
Let's go, Yank-ees!
Shoot, with the off day tomorrow, I say they all ought to enjoy themselves. Except Carl Pavano. He doesn't deserve any champagne. At least not the good stuff. A bottle of warm Cold Duck, maybe, but not the good stuff.
314 No problem. You should consider using Mozilla Firefox which is a more efficient browser with more security.
They look happy, right?
Robby and Melky were standing with their arms around each other, bouncing up and down in tandem, and spraying champagne.
Stupid ESPN: the Yankees clinching the division in an awkward way. Screw you. Haters.
Can ESPN please give the A-Rod story a rest and show the celebration?
And now Mo's doing it.
330 Yea! It'd be so nice to see Cano and Melky ten years later like Jeter and Jorge now.
337 You are probably right. LOL!
Johnny D in the playoffs while the Red Sox watch him at home. I love it.
And thanks to all Banter mates for sharing this season together. I am sure we will have some excellent moments in the next 1.5 months to come.
I must say, Jeter looks ten years younger now. He looks like he's 22 again.
355 I keep telling myself that he is 22, so he has another 15 years to play.
Jeter: "Well we've hugged before, we've been together a while."
Now stupid Bob Lorenz commented on it too.
I think they're going to be showing that Jeter/A-Rod hug a lot. They're making a big deal about it.
Oh, well. It will give the "Chokeback Yankees" people more material. ;-)
381 It's really great for him, and he really deserves to be in the playoffs. He finally gets his chance.
I think they'll post video on MLB.com. They did last year.
ESPNNews showing the Mariano interview now...
Mo is being interviewing now. He thinks about winning. This is all so great.
I haven't seen Matsui at all, but I see tons of Japanese media in the background hunting for him...
As the celebration slowed, reliever Kyle Farnsworth took note of the fact that the Red Sox would occupy the same sodden room tomorrow. "The best thing is Boston has to come in here next," he said. "It's the smell of victory they've got to smell. You can print that."
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