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2007-08-18 07:19
by Alex Belth
Note: The Bronx Banter blog has moved to bronxbanterblog.com.

Rain delayed Friday night's game for just over an hour, and for the rest of the night, the field was swarmed by moths. I don't recall ever seeing that at The Stadium before. Time was called when a moth flew into Jorge Posada's eye, otherwise, they didn't interfere with the game.

I had a good feeling about the Yanks last night, didn't you? Soup to nuts, it just felt like a game the Bombers would win. I wasn't the only one feeling good--the crowd at the Stadium was intense, the atmosphere like that of a playoff game. Yankee fans know how important these games are, and remember the sting of losing to the Tigers last October.

After watching Mike Mussina flirt with the edges of the strike zone the night before, it was immediately comforting to see Andy Pettitte pound the strike zone, early and often. As a Yankee, Pettitte was 66-32 in starts after a Yankee loss coming into the game. When it was all said and done, the Bombers rolled to a 6-1 win.

The Yanks got the breaks. Down 1-0 in the third, the Yanks had runners of first and second with two out when Bobby Abreu's seemingly routine ground ball to short hit the lip of the infield grass and hopped over Carlos Guillen's glove, allowing the tying run to score. Alex Rodriguez hooked Nate Robertson's next pitch to left. On TV, I thought it might have gotten enough of it to poke it over the seats for a home run. But the ball hit off the end of Rodriguez's bat and didn't have the distance. However it landed just fair before bouncing over the fence for a double.

The Yanks never looked back. Andy Phillips, who has not been hitting at all recently, had three hits and two RBI. Jason Giambi hit a couple of long home runs. The second dinger went a-way up in the upper deck, a truly monstrous shot. Pettitte pitched eight innings and Joba Chamberlian cleaned-up the game in the ninth (he allowed a single to Magglio Ordonez and struck out Pudge Rodriguez with a slider to end the game).

Gary Sheffield was booed each time he came to bat. He was revered when he played in New York, in spite of what some fans thought about his mouth. And I think he would have been received much differently now if he hadn't blasted Torre in public.

Another thing that I've been meaning to mention, only because there haven't been any screaming headlines about it in these parts. In a contract year, Mariano Rivera is having the worst season of his career. I've been avoiding calling it like it is for a while now, but the numbers don't lie, do they?

Welcome Back to the Five-and-Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean

Finally, on a personal note, Cliff and I would like to echo Emma's recent comments about Bronx Banterite Jim Dean who passed away last month. Jim was watching the Yankee game, hanging in the Bronx Banter comments section when his heart gave in. Neither Cliff nor I were on-line at the time. Jim knew his baseball and loved to provoke conversation and arguments. I didn't know Jim personally, but my dad died earlier this year, so I'm familiar with the feelings that surround death these days.

I want to send our deepest sympathies to Jim's family. It is humbling to discover that one of our own has passed, especially in our midst, so to speak. It could happen to me or you anytime. The fact that he died while hanging with us on the Banter chokes me up. I don't know how to honor the moment exactly, but in a strange way--and I don't mean to sound trite--it feels like an honor that he would be with us during his last moments. His spirit remains with us. Next time Torre makes a lousy bullpen move, we'll be thinking of you, J.D. and how you won't be resting easy about it. We'll make sure to give 'em hell on your behalf.

Let's Go Yan-Kees!

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2007-08-18 08:37:33
1.   tommyl
I said it in the last thread, but well it can't be said enough: You'll be missed Jim.

If only he was still around to complain everytime Kyle is brought in and Britton languishes in the minors. At least he'd be happy to see Cairo DFAed.

2007-08-18 08:40:34
2.   unmoderated
i didn't see that earlier.
wow.
2007-08-18 08:42:55
3.   mehmattski
Wow... I went away for a couple weeks and my favorite Yankees site lost a valuable contributer. Rest in peace, Jim Dean.
2007-08-18 08:45:06
4.   Yu-Hsing Chen
Alex, i want to bring up something i find fun.

Cameron Maybin, born 4/4/1987 ,

A+ (FSL) 304/.393/.486

Austin Jackson, born 2/1/1987
A+ (FSL) 325/.370/.552

Is it just me, or has Jackson gotten no respect. people rave about Maybin like no tomorrow.. but Jackson is hardly getting any notice.

2007-08-18 08:46:41
5.   RIYank
I missed a couple of days, too, but I just went back and read the threads. Good bye, Jim. I just love the idea of the Jim Dean Memorial Bench, Cashman's tribute!
2007-08-18 08:47:22
6.   Chyll Will
Absolutely sweet, Alex. If I might add, I talked with Uncle Woodrow about JD, and among other things, he said something I knew I had to pass along to everyone here:

"It does not matter if you are rich or poor, it's the people you know or whom you are acquainted with that makes your life what it is, for better or for worse. This is very apparent when you lose someone."

That said, we've all had a good life here, and I would hate to lose any of you. God Bless, JD, I'll be teasing you >;)

2007-08-18 08:50:26
7.   mehmattski
It's sad to think that Jim never got to witness the DFAing of Cairo and the trade for Betemit and the dedication to keeping Shelley Duncan around. Perhaps Cashman knew about Jim and did all of that in a tribute to Jim.
2007-08-18 08:56:25
8.   seamus
Well said Alex. I've been thinking those feelings and unable to clearly express them in words. An image of Jim (or what I imagine him looking like) spending his last moments on the banter is sort of etched in my head every time I visit. It is somewhat haunting, but very endearing. The urge to argue with him again continues to nag as well.
2007-08-18 09:02:29
9.   seamus
1 funny thing is, the use of farnsworth seems to echo jim dean's wishes more. When did he last pitch the 8th inning in a close game?
2007-08-18 09:42:57
10.   Zack
4 Jackson's been coming down to earth a lot more, but even so, I think the difference is that Jackson has done that all this season, and is seen as a work in progress: tons of raw ability, but hasn't spent much time playing the game etc. Maybin is seen as the complete package from the start. However, if Jackson can finish the season on a bit of a hot streak, I think you may find a lot more hype for him..
2007-08-18 09:58:01
11.   yankz
Let me guess, this one's going to be blacked out on mlb.tv too?
2007-08-18 10:08:18
12.   Jen
Re: the moths last night, I saw a few bats flying around too (and not the wooden kind). It must have been like a buffet out there for them.
2007-08-18 10:20:11
13.   matt nokes forever
Checked in and couldn't believe the threads. You will be missed, Jim. Well said Alex, Emma and Cliff. Here's to the JDMB forever.
2007-08-18 10:20:11
14.   Yu-Hsing Chen
10 unless i'm mistaken the minor league season is close to an end anyway, he's current OPS is still considerablly better than that of Maybin's in A+ and unless he completely bombs to the finish line, should finish around Maybin's range or above.

Even during his recent slump he's still walking and not striking out much, both very good signs that he'll get over it soon enough.

2007-08-18 10:24:04
15.   Bob Timmermann
11
The game is on Fox and it should be shown to most of the country. I would assume the Midwest, aside from Michigan and Ohio, will get the Cardinals-Cubs game.
2007-08-18 10:24:41
16.   matt nokes forever
Here's the lineup according to LoHud:

Cabrera CF
Jeter SS
AbreU RF
Rodriguez 3B
Matsui LF
Posada C
Giambi DH
Cano 2B
Phillips 1B
Clemens RHP

Let's win another one for Mr. Dean. I feel like there should be a black armband on every post, like the boys are doing for Lidle this year.

2007-08-18 10:26:53
17.   cult of basebaal
i believe the issue is re: maybin and jackson is that maybin has consistently producted similar numbers in the minors, while jackson has struggled at every stop until this one. Hell, most people were scratching their heads at his promotion to A+ ball this year, since his line in A ball wasn't anything particularily good

I would say that people (from what i've read on the inter-tubes) want to see it repeated before they consider the gains AJ's made as consolidated and a new level of performance established ...

wait and see, but his steps forward are a big boost to the hitter's side of the farm system

2007-08-18 10:30:24
18.   matt nokes forever
17 Speaking of the hitter's side of the minors, any idea if that Jose Tabata wrist injury (which apparently is ending his season after needing surgery) is the type that might have long term effects?
2007-08-18 10:32:40
19.   cult of basebaal
18 supposedly recovery is pretty straightforward ... not expected to have a negative longterm impact, hopefully it will clear up the wrist issues he's had the last 2 seasons ...
2007-08-18 10:33:08
20.   Mike T
I imagine the ghost of Jim Dean sitting in the dugout right next to Torre, screaming at him everytime he disagrees with a move Torre makes.
2007-08-18 10:38:14
21.   yankz
20 Nah, he's in George's house, trying to get him to fire the GM.
2007-08-18 10:39:24
22.   matt nokes forever
BTW, nice to see Melky back is center and batting first after quickly-becoming-the-most-overpaid-reserve-in-baseball Johnny Damon posted another 0-for in the leadoff spot.

Anyone else think Jetes might need a day off? He's 4 for his last 25 (one of them being that walk-off dribbler past the mound against the O's) with 1 BB against five Ks and a handful of GIDPs. He just seems to me like he's not comfortable out there.

2007-08-18 10:40:26
23.   yankz
22 Definitely. With Betemit being the RHP masher that he is, Jeter should sit. Seems like ages since his last XBH.
2007-08-18 10:40:52
24.   matt nokes forever
21 He's lurking in the bullpen, tying POSKF's shoelaces together once the game gets into the eighth inning every night.
2007-08-18 10:41:20
25.   yankz
Also, does anybody else think it's extremely likely that Damon gets dealt this offseason? I don't think he has any kind of NTC...
2007-08-18 10:43:29
26.   matt nokes forever
25 The problem is that we won't get much back and we will have to eat most of his contract anyway. Who's going to pay that much for a rapidly breaking down, didn't even have an arm in his prime 30-something centerfielder. Plus, he's going to probably have to move to left soon anyway and he really doesn't have the power numbers for that.
2007-08-18 10:46:58
27.   cult of basebaal
25 thanks for the lead-in yankz ... anyone who hasn't should head over to LoHud and read the notebook on JD ... in which he says the following ...

"I think they can pretty much pencil Melky in as the everyday center fielder for a number of years. Bobby (Abreu) becomes a free agent. (Hideki) Matsui is here for two more years. Jason (Giambi) is here for another year. We'll just kind of have to wait and see."

Manager Joe Torre said he would think the statement about Cabrera would be true, although he did mention another possibility in the developing Brett Gardner at Triple-A Scranton. And Torre understands why Damon would ponder where his career is going here.

i think we might see some gardner in september, in part to see if the Yankees think he's ready to contribute next year ... my gut says that unless abreu tanks horribly in september, he'll be around again for 1 more year, probably platooning with Duncanstein

i think it's better than even odds that JD is moved this offseason, we eat some contract and we'll get something decent in return ... i don't think he will complain at all if he goes somewhere decent and gets to start in return

2007-08-18 10:48:05
28.   Chyll Will
Well folks, I'm taking another sabbatical so I can recharge my creative juices. This has been a tough week and looking back, I've not been on my game, so I'll stop annoying you guys for a while... enjoy!
2007-08-18 10:50:12
29.   cult of basebaal
28 charge up and come back ready for the stretch drive, my friend ...
2007-08-18 10:54:07
30.   Mattpat11
Pettitte would have had a complete game shutout if not for whatever the hell Phillips did on the Inge double. We're in good shape pitching wise if everyone can live up to their potential
2007-08-18 10:59:13
31.   cult of basebaal
26 well, in a world where matt morris can get traded at his full salary for something more than a bucket of warm spit, anything is possible

myself, i'd target minnesota ... they're going to lose hunter, leaving them essentially 2 holes in CF and LF ... they don't really have anyone in the minors to take over, JD fits with their style of play ... hell, even if they resigned hunter, they'd probably be very interested in having him for LF ... this is a team that employeed Shannon Stewart in that spot, don't forget ...

2007-08-18 11:07:56
32.   OldYanksFan
"but in a strange way--and I don't mean to sound trite--it feels like an honor that he would be with us during his last moments."

Not only NOT trite, but you and Cliff created something truly important that witnessed a truly important moment.

The fact that Jim spent his last breaths here, gave Kate a place to come where Jim was part of a family. Gave her a chance to share her burden with us, and in return receive so many well wishes. A place to be able to trace Jims last minutes, and to know Jim was amongst friends and doing what he loved to do during his last minutes on earth.

It is so hard to deal with death, as Kate must be doing now. In a time of grief, you grasp at any shreds of solice you can find. And I believe Alex, you and the Bronx Banter family has given Kate a tiny piece of solice to hold on to.

So without me being trite, I will guess that Jim went out just like he came in... kicking and screaming, and literally as a true Banterer and a Yankee Fan to the end.

And the old joke is that every man, when he has to go, wants to 'go with his boots on', if you catch my drift. However, Jim found a pretty darn good close second.

Actually, if and when I have go go, I wouldn't mind following Jim's lead at all.

I think you should be very proud Alex. Bizarre as it is, I think you have given something important not only to all of us, but to Jim, and Kate, as well.

2007-08-18 11:23:36
33.   OldYanksFan
27 Actually, I was just about to bring up this very issue as a 'horse that has not been beaten enough yet'. What to do about Johnny Damon.

There were a number (of idiots?) over at Lohud that think JD should full time DH and Giambi should be used exclusively as a PH. Compained that be brought us 'bad chemistry' and that it's his presence that has cause our little mini-slump. That he was 'clogging up' the DH spot. (Excuse the 'idiots' remark, but I am in disbelief at much of what what said about Jason).

I personally think Shelly is a 'ShaneFlash-in-the-pan), but I do want to see what he can give us. Betemin also has value. Would Jim Dean believe we have TOO MUCH talent now on our JDMB... and that playing time would become an issue?

My thoughts are that I don't believe EITHER JD or Giambi can be really effective playing 1/2 time. I think playing them both, compromises them both. I think Jason has shown he MUST play everyday-ish as our DH, and at 1st when possible to get JD in.

As 27 states, while I don't want it to be so, I think JD is the odd man out. If he can TRULY maintain a positive attitude as a PR, PH and infrequent DH and OF, he definitely has value to us. But can he do that?

2007-08-18 11:26:56
34.   matt nokes forever
32 Well said. I only hope that I can go out on my own terms, or at least be around those things that truly bring joy to my life. Family, friends, baseball, the Yankees. Whatever it is in life that makes living not feel like work should be embraced and lauded. Kudos to you, Alex and Cliff. You helped build something genuine.

31 True... but just remember that not every team is the inept Pirates. I don't think there's a question that we'll have to swallow some of the paycheck, but I think you're right with the Twinkies. Plus, that do have an arsenal of arms over there, possibly some that could plug into our BP.

2007-08-18 11:44:52
35.   Schteeve
The timing of Jim's passing is so propinquitous. Many of his beefs with the team were addressed and then he seemed to vanish. Maybe his work here was done.

RIP Jim, you were a true presence, and that continues after your untimely passing. My sincere condolences to his loved ones.

2007-08-18 11:51:11
36.   seamus
Damon is not Tony Womack. Damon could start for a lot of teams, and would bring a very healthy attitude and veteran presence that a lot of, particularly younger teams, could use. While we may have to pay part of his salary or something, I believe that we can turn around and get talent for Damon.
2007-08-18 12:10:02
37.   OldYanksFan
Wow... a Black Gomer Pile
http://tinyurl.com/37ty59
2007-08-18 12:12:52
38.   matt nokes forever
36 .256/.353/.358 and turning 35 this offseason after an injury-plagued 2007. Don't get me wrong, I don't think JD is done; I just don't think there's too much leverage with what he's putting out there right now to get anything above a few low-level, long-term, high-upside types of project players.
2007-08-18 12:16:12
39.   seamus
38 oh, I disagree. most teams will be aware, and Cashman will be plenty prepared to remind them, that this is weighed down by a horrific start and he has hit much better since. Add career stats and a good physical...

Of course, if he hits .230 for the rest of the season, this could change. But I expect him to finish around .270 with a respectable OBP. In other words, enough to maintain high value.

2007-08-18 12:17:36
40.   seamus
38 keep in mind, that anyone who acquires him at thispoint, is only acquiring a 2 year contract, not a 4 year deal. And that most teams don't have lineups like the Yankees do. I feel that he has value.
2007-08-18 12:22:49
41.   rilkefan
35 "propinquitous"

I don't think that's a word, but your point is well-made.

2007-08-18 12:38:56
42.   OldYanksFan
40 Agreed. The guy is still can run and work the count. Since he's having a down year and the Yanks might not need him, I think he will be perceived as underpriced.
Lets say the Yanks picked up $3/m/yr.
While it's nuts, you can't get too many quality players for 2/$20 these days.

I don't think he's perceived like he was 2 years ago, but I believe he still commands some respect.

2007-08-18 13:00:33
43.   yankz
Count me in on the Damon-can-be-moved bandwagon. Besides, you're going to be paying him to rot anyway. Why not pay him less and get a useful player while you're at it?
2007-08-18 13:01:59
44.   cult of basebaal
Fox Sports and Dane Cook ... a perfect marriage

[/sarcasm]

meanwhile, if i hear one more talking head pontificating (as kevin kennedy just did) that joba's place is in the bullpen next year (as a fucking setup man) i'm gonna start channeling jim dean ...

you don't take a guy with the stuff and stamina to be the next roger clemens, who's done nothing but DOMINATE hitters at every level he's pitched, AS A STARTER, with almost no injury concerns ... and waste him to get three outs in your bullpen ... and you certainly don't before you at least you give him a chance to succeed or fail as a starter in the bigs ...

arrgh!!!

2007-08-18 13:04:17
45.   Eirias
44 Exactly.
2007-08-18 13:04:27
46.   matt nokes forever
Magglio Ordonez looks like the Spanish Sideshow Bob with that thing living underneath his helmet.
2007-08-18 13:06:39
47.   seamus
44 So, after watching Farnsworth all year, you still think those 3 outs are a "waste"?

While I think his stamina is a valid point behind his being used as a starter, I don't think his potential value in the pen as an alternative should be overlooked. It isn't entirely unreasonable to see value in using him there.

That said, I expect him in the rotation.

2007-08-18 13:06:59
48.   RIYank
Yo.
Roger looks good, but that Sheffield guy can go get a low pitch, huh?
2007-08-18 13:07:00
49.   matt nokes forever
Nice inning by Roger. Maybe that extra time off from the suspension was a well-needed rest for the stretch run.
2007-08-18 13:09:25
50.   matt nokes forever
C'mon, Melky. Gotta get the 'O' going early and often against this guy.
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2007-08-18 13:13:21
51.   RIYank
Because we've watched Rivera for a decade, and also seen other teams' closers, it's hard for us to think of a really good reliever as 'wasted' because he isn't throwing as many innings as a starter.
But I think it's probably true. He's more valuable as a starter... ASSUMING he can dominate starting the way he can in relief.
2007-08-18 13:15:07
52.   cult of basebaal
47 i didn't say there wasn't value, but joba's potential value as a starter is of much greater worth than his value as an 8th inning guy ...

and besides, we are going to have a TON of bullpen options (and good ones) next year ... ramirez, henn, britton, bruney, veras, beam, ohlendorf, etc, etc, etc ...

i don't put starters (let alone somebody i think has the stuff to be a true #1) in the bullpen when there are viable alternatives ... if the yankees had brought up hughes and put him in the pen to solidify it, would you be arguing that he should be kept there?

2007-08-18 13:17:34
53.   RIYank
By the way, there is such a word as 'propinquitous', but it means 'nearby'.
2007-08-18 13:19:09
54.   cult of basebaal
another nice one from K-lemens!
2007-08-18 13:20:57
55.   seamus
54 did i miss something? or are you referring to the 1st inning?
2007-08-18 13:23:49
56.   cult of basebaal
take your pick of any of the 4 ks so far ...
2007-08-18 13:24:38
57.   OldYanksFan
Listen... as someone who wants the Red Sox to LOSE, are they a more dangerous team with Papelbom as a starter or as a closer?
2007-08-18 13:25:10
58.   RIYank
55 , see 35 , 41 .
2007-08-18 13:25:17
59.   OldYanksFan
Why isn't Giambi batting 5th? or 3rd?
2007-08-18 13:25:44
60.   RIYank
57 Closer.
But that's partly because we just don't know how good a starter he would be.
2007-08-18 13:28:07
61.   RIYank
Oh, sweet.
I was just thinking, "If he throws pitches like that to Giambi they'll end up in the stands."
2007-08-18 13:28:55
62.   cult of basebaal
HOR-HEY!!!
2007-08-18 13:29:59
63.   RIYank
What the hell was Inge doing???
2007-08-18 13:30:38
64.   cult of basebaal
oops!
2007-08-18 13:30:52
65.   3rd gen yankee fan
We luv da bloops.
2007-08-18 13:32:09
66.   3rd gen yankee fan
53 Maybe he meant 'propitious.'
2007-08-18 13:34:11
67.   fansince77
Don't worry Tiger Pitcher Man "Durbin many times dis year Jorge come through with a big hit!"

Of course dat May'bin an out with a real outfielda'

2007-08-18 13:34:29
68.   mehmattski
Aww, I saw the Tigers' pitcher's name was "Durbin" and i was really hoping his first name was "Tyler." But alas, he is not a unique and beautiful butterfly.
2007-08-18 13:34:35
69.   fansince77
Fuckin' Inge worm of a hit.
2007-08-18 13:36:26
70.   seamus
watching maybin is like watching melky when he first came up. Someone made that point last night, and I think that play was an echo.
2007-08-18 13:36:43
71.   RIYank
Oh, nice H&R. I have to admire that.
2007-08-18 13:36:58
72.   fansince77
Ya gotta give Leland credit...He is a ballzy manager.
2007-08-18 13:38:04
73.   RIYank
I'd happily take a GIDP for a run.
2007-08-18 13:38:12
74.   cult of basebaal
yeah, me three, great call by leland ...
2007-08-18 13:39:03
75.   RIYank
... though the K is nice, too!

Okay, how about a GIDP now.

2007-08-18 13:39:46
76.   fansince77
Let's get two - no- I'll still be happy with only giving up one this inning. We've been tatooing the ball against the Whirling Durbish so far.
2007-08-18 13:40:06
77.   cult of basebaal
MR SPLITTY!
2007-08-18 13:40:31
78.   RIYank
76 Yeah, but you don't really want to face Sheff and Mags with men on base. The GIDP would be big here.
2007-08-18 13:43:02
79.   fansince77
"Clemens intimidates hitters and Umpiyers..." McCarver is such a dumb ass!
2007-08-18 13:44:20
80.   fansince77
Time for the third first move - "see/saw"
2007-08-18 13:45:07
81.   fansince77
Just keep picking off Maybin - you'll get him eventually.
2007-08-18 13:45:08
82.   seamus
oh, I realized my earlier confusion. I had paused the dvr and forgot that I did it. Couldn't figure out why y'all were seeing things before me! :)
2007-08-18 13:45:46
83.   seamus
wow. THAT was awesome!
2007-08-18 13:45:49
84.   fansince77
That was great fucking play- Now Inge has to go get his ribs X-RAYED!
2007-08-18 13:46:28
85.   cult of basebaal
YES!!!!!!!!
2007-08-18 13:46:36
86.   matt nokes forever
Who needs the GIDP when we can break out the high school bag of tricks with the 1st and 3rd play?! That was sweet.
2007-08-18 13:46:37
87.   mehmattski
78 How about a KRDDP (K and Run Down Double Play)?
2007-08-18 13:46:53
88.   fansince77
The Phillips pick off and that play could be defining moments in the Yankee season. Andy and Roger and Jorge...talking it over and coming up with some serious veteran shit for a serious situation. I LOVE THIS TEAM!
2007-08-18 13:48:22
89.   cult of basebaal
i don't think i've ever seen that work, even back in little league ...
2007-08-18 13:50:02
90.   fansince77
How many balls have been hit hard today...quite a few- just keep plugging baby!

Melk

2007-08-18 13:50:24
91.   RIYank
Yeah, that was better than a GIDP. It's fun to outsmart the other team. Especially a little twit like Inge.
2007-08-18 13:50:33
92.   fansince77
Guess he Inged off of third base a little too far!
2007-08-18 13:50:42
93.   thelarmis
i had to log online just to say WOW and HOLY SHIT! what a fantastic play!

leche!

i'm hoping the cubs-cards stay in a rain delay, 'coz wonderful FOX will switch to that here in atlanta as soon as it's a go : /

ok, back to lurk mode (practice mode, really). carry on...

2007-08-18 13:51:09
94.   RIYank
90 Most of them, I agree. Maybe all except for Giambi's double!
2007-08-18 13:52:23
95.   fansince77
God Jeter is in a Funk.
2007-08-18 13:52:40
96.   matt nokes forever
Wow... DJ just can't buy a hit lately. Gotta get him a day off tomorrow.
2007-08-18 13:53:12
97.   thelarmis
BOLLOCKS!!! and there it is. no more yankee game for me. soooo frustrating. argh...
2007-08-18 13:53:18
98.   matt nokes forever
95 4 for his last 26 with just one BB... yes, that is most definitely a funk
2007-08-18 13:55:17
99.   RIYank
Good walk!
2007-08-18 13:55:40
100.   fansince77
OK A ROD - Now is a good time.
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2007-08-18 13:56:10
101.   RIYank
Crud.
2007-08-18 13:56:51
102.   fansince77
That first pitch to AROD should be in North Queens right now!
2007-08-18 13:58:03
103.   fansince77
Of course I am not sure if that means he would have fouled it back really far or hit a 90,000 foot homerun.
2007-08-18 14:01:51
104.   RIYank
Whoa.
That Hot Zone for Magglio was pretty impressive.
2007-08-18 14:03:18
105.   fansince77
I love what Clemens is doing to Sheffield- reminding him what Yankee Stadium dirt tastes like.
2007-08-18 14:04:12
106.   RIYank
Roger is trying to help A-Rod in the MVP race.
2007-08-18 14:04:14
107.   matt nokes forever
104 Not as impressive as that fastball on the black, though!
2007-08-18 14:04:33
108.   yankz
Magglio Ordonez has the worst hair in baseball.
2007-08-18 14:04:50
109.   RIYank
This is McCarver, right?
2007-08-18 14:05:13
110.   RIYank
104 No, the best.
2007-08-18 14:08:44
111.   matt nokes forever
shit
2007-08-18 14:09:13
112.   RIYank
111 Seconded.
2007-08-18 14:09:44
113.   matt nokes forever
fuck
2007-08-18 14:09:50
114.   thelarmis
in dire need of a DP
2007-08-18 14:11:07
115.   thelarmis
fuck. and roger's throwing a lot of pitches. on pace for 6 innings, i guess...
2007-08-18 14:11:14
116.   RIYank
114 Uh, that's going to be difficult. (With two outs.)
2007-08-18 14:11:18
117.   yankz
Already 6 H for Detroit.
2007-08-18 14:11:58
118.   RIYank
Oh, you (thelarmis) were behind, right?
2007-08-18 14:13:48
119.   thelarmis
118 on the game situation? yeah, most likely. i've got a crappy espn boxscore/gamecast. slow, slow, s l o o o w. damn FOX took the game from me. : /
2007-08-18 14:13:54
120.   matt nokes forever
115 Gonna be another no decision for Roger, and we're gonna need another strong day from the pen. Specially with no Joba available, the other middle relievers will need to step it up.
2007-08-18 14:15:20
121.   thelarmis
ooh, it's raining again in chicago. pretty hard. hopefully there'll be another delay and i'll get the yanks game back...
2007-08-18 14:19:28
122.   RIYank
That was a crappy inning. I expected a walk from Giambi, but he was swinging at bad pitches.

120 We have Vizcaino and Edwar available, though. Wow. No Mo, no Joba, and we still have the possibility of some good relief pitching?!?!

2007-08-18 14:21:08
123.   rbj
Ah, so that's why Maybin's up.
2007-08-18 14:21:20
124.   seamus
122 isn't Mo available?
2007-08-18 14:21:25
125.   matt nokes forever
123 Wow.
2007-08-18 14:22:55
126.   yankz
Wow. Cameron fucking Maybin.
2007-08-18 14:24:17
127.   williamnyy23
I'm really suprised Chad Durbin is quieting the bats.
2007-08-18 14:25:55
128.   RIYank
124 In a pinch, I guess. Joe wants to give him another rest day. Because of the three unMo-like outings.
2007-08-18 14:26:12
129.   thelarmis
i'm afraid this is all my fault. the 1st time i made a business call, i got off the phone and it was 1st & 3rd, nobody out. now, i go to make another biz call and come back in and we're down 2-1. no more damn fon for moi...
2007-08-18 14:26:51
130.   RIYank
127 I think we'll be okay. There have been a lot of hard outs. Robbie, Jorgie. Ummmm. Not sure. I feel like there have been a lot.
2007-08-18 14:27:14
131.   cult of basebaal
that was a blast for a 19yo ... dead center ... yikes
2007-08-18 14:27:58
132.   matt nokes forever
130 Don't worry. This is CHAD DURBIN we're talking about here. It is possible to go off for a few quick runs in a blink.
2007-08-18 14:28:01
133.   thelarmis
127 our 2-5 is a combined 0-7 w/ a BB, thus far. not good...
2007-08-18 14:28:26
134.   cult of basebaal
i'm alright with the bully set-up ... viz and edwar are ready ... and i think edwar's changeup will really give the tigers fits ... them being a good FB hitting team and all ...
2007-08-18 14:28:27
135.   RIYank
131 They said he'd hit a 494 foot homer in high school. Of course, that wasn't off Clemens. The pitch wasn't bad, either -- outside edge of the plate. But that kid has long arms, and he extended them.
2007-08-18 14:29:00
136.   williamnyy23
132 Let's not wait too long.
2007-08-18 14:29:29
137.   seamus
128 ok. thanks
2007-08-18 14:29:32
138.   cult of basebaal
more mccarver inaninity ... yeesh
2007-08-18 14:29:45
139.   williamnyy23
133 Jeter seems to be in a bit of a slump.
2007-08-18 14:31:00
140.   williamnyy23
Geez...and 8 pitch 4th and no 2 outs before you can blink.
2007-08-18 14:31:43
141.   Yu-Hsing Chen
oh shit, what are they doing
2007-08-18 14:31:50
142.   williamnyy23
Wow...13 pitches to get through the 4th and 5th...does someone have dinner reservations?
2007-08-18 14:31:58
143.   cult of basebaal
argh ... chad durbin ... more USPS* again today

*unknown shitty pitcher syndrome

2007-08-18 14:31:59
144.   RIYank
Yeah, okay, now I'm getting concerned. We have to hit Durbin next inning, or he'll torture us for nine.
2007-08-18 14:32:07
145.   Yankees Brasil
great thing we have our first basemen trying to bunt for a hit..
2007-08-18 14:34:05
146.   Yu-Hsing Chen
145 against I-rod of all people too, i mean if it was Piazza or something might have made a little sense...
2007-08-18 14:34:19
147.   matt nokes forever
Are we back out in the field already? WTF?!
2007-08-18 14:36:18
148.   cult of basebaal
144 well, if they're up by 1 in the 9th, i believe it's todd jones time ... i feel pretty good with that matchup ...
2007-08-18 14:37:20
149.   OldYanksFan
142 That really sucks. It's like giving the opposing pitcher a shot of Instant-HGH. Donny needs to talk to our guys about that.
2007-08-18 14:37:49
150.   JeremyM
This is all my fault guys, whenever I'm working and a game is going, I look forward to it as it theoretically will help me pass the time better. Unfortunately, they always find ways to frustrate me beyond belief. Seriously, Phillips tries to bunt and they can't put up runs against Durbin?
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2007-08-18 14:38:53
151.   yankz
8 K's for Rocket
2007-08-18 14:39:39
152.   matt nokes forever
151 And no run support.
2007-08-18 14:39:55
153.   yankz
Fact*: Durbin is directly descended from Tom Seaver.

*not a fact.

2007-08-18 14:40:26
154.   williamnyy23
Arod is in a bit of a fielding slump.
2007-08-18 14:41:27
155.   RIYank
Edwar is up and throwing.
2007-08-18 14:41:44
156.   matt nokes forever
153 Is that Joba Chamberlain disguised as Chad Durbin?! I knew there had to be some explanation.
2007-08-18 14:41:53
157.   cult of basebaal
edwar up in the bully!
2007-08-18 14:42:09
158.   matt nokes forever
155 Clemens at 102 pitches... this is probably it regardless.
2007-08-18 14:43:00
159.   yankz
6 pickoff throws
2007-08-18 14:43:07
160.   RIYank
Oh, fug. FUG.
2007-08-18 14:43:49
161.   cult of basebaal
ARGH!!!
2007-08-18 14:44:09
162.   matt nokes forever
And here comes the rookie again.
2007-08-18 14:45:24
163.   cult of basebaal
FUCK!
2007-08-18 14:45:28
164.   RIYank
Hooooo boy. That was a big mistake. BIG mistake.
2007-08-18 14:46:01
165.   OldYanksFan
Bad time for Roger to do that... on an 0-2 count no less.
2007-08-18 14:46:10
166.   thelarmis
welcome to the big leagues, kid. let's get out of this just down by 1...
2007-08-18 14:46:34
167.   matt nokes forever
164 What do you mean? Loading the bases after having two out and no one on?
2007-08-18 14:46:39
168.   RIYank
Whew.
2007-08-18 14:46:50
169.   rbj
Well I'm off to watch the Mudhens. I just hope there'll be a bunch of long faces there as the Yankees come back to win.
2007-08-18 14:47:00
170.   matt nokes forever
168 Seconded.
2007-08-18 14:47:04
171.   cult of basebaal
WHEW!!!
2007-08-18 14:47:37
172.   thelarmis
alright, middle of the lineup is due. it's time...
2007-08-18 14:47:47
173.   RIYank
167 Uh. Well, I wasn't counting that as one mistake. (Just hitting the Rook on an 0-2, of course.)
2007-08-18 14:48:37
174.   RIYank
168 170 171 WHEW!!!!!!!

Take that.

2007-08-18 14:49:30
175.   Ravenscar
That's it, Roger, your pitch wasn't good enough to get him out last time, so maybe you can break his wrist.

I apologize for that lurking comment, but that's just babyish on Clemens, in my mind. I hope Maybin hits a foul ball off Clemens' skull in the dugout next time.

2007-08-18 14:50:06
176.   RIYank
Hm. Bring in Casey, the lefty, when Roger is about to leave? Leyland is a mysterious man.
2007-08-18 14:50:24
177.   OldYanksFan
Time for Jetes to snap out of it...
2007-08-18 14:50:59
178.   RIYank
175 You think Clemens was trying to hit him??? That's nuts.

Uh oh. Farnsworth is warming up.

2007-08-18 14:51:34
179.   RIYank
Okay, here we go! Now a walk, and we're off and running.
2007-08-18 14:52:12
180.   3rd gen yankee fan
I cna't believe that Torre is going to trust this game to friggin Farns.
2007-08-18 14:52:20
181.   seamus
175 you think he hit him on purpose? that doesn't make sense.
2007-08-18 14:52:39
182.   yankz
175 What else is babyish: thinking Clemens would intentionally bean him, on an 0-2 pitch, to load the bases in a one-run game, after being suspended his last start for beaning a guy.
2007-08-18 14:53:50
183.   yankz
Yahoo Captain!

180 Wait, Edwar's not going to come in?

Is my GameDay really far behind?

2007-08-18 14:54:50
184.   OldYanksFan
Jeez... if we have to put up with Sox trolls, can they at least send one over with some common sense (if there is such a thing)?
2007-08-18 14:55:35
185.   RIYank
183 Farns is warming. You aren't behind. Abreu is still batting.
2007-08-18 14:56:31
186.   JeremyM
184 I think he's a Tigers fan, the name rings a bell, maybe from last year's playoff series.
2007-08-18 14:56:33
187.   RIYank
YEAH BOBBBBBBBY!
2007-08-18 14:56:36
188.   yankz
184 I believe (s)he's a Mets fan, so not quite that bad.

The Sox trolls only return when the AL East lead is >5 games.

2007-08-18 14:56:45
189.   seamus
i can't believe that was a homerun!
2007-08-18 14:57:15
190.   yankz
Heck yes!

We want Edwar!

2007-08-18 14:57:18
191.   3rd gen yankee fan
sweet.
2007-08-18 14:57:21
192.   thelarmis
boBBy baseball!!!
2007-08-18 14:58:05
193.   OldYanksFan
It is sometimes better to be lucky then good :-)
2007-08-18 14:59:11
194.   thelarmis
188 yankz is right - ravenscar is a Muts fan. which is pretty bad in my book ; )
2007-08-18 14:59:36
195.   OldYanksFan
"Stupid is as Stupid does"... no matter what team you root for.
2007-08-18 15:00:13
196.   RIYank
That's right, Ravenscar is a Mets fan, I remember.
2007-08-18 15:01:27
197.   yankz
194 Oh, don't get me wrong, bad in my book too. But I'd rather hang out with a Mets fan than a Sox. Aren't most of us like that?
2007-08-18 15:02:19
198.   Ravenscar
Hey oldyanksfan - I've been posting here infrequently and respectfully as a New Yorker for awhile, and I'm not a Red Sox fan.

I'm sorry that not kissing every member of your team's ass makes me unwelcome here and by default a Red Sox fan. Despite the fact that actual stats have not proven him to be as much of a headhunter as everyone says, he's never been known to control himself when people are able to hit him. Did he whack him on purpose? No. Did he have the ego to pitch inside and not care if he hit a rookie because he felt he could get the next guy out? That's not at all unusual. If that seems SO unlikely, I just don't think you've been watching him pitch for, say, the last 20 years.

Now, kindly eat me.

2007-08-18 15:02:20
199.   OldYanksFan
197 Are those my other choices?
2007-08-18 15:03:41
200.   Ravenscar
Er, thanks for remembering, guys? ;-)

BTW, I love Edwar Ramirez, and felt awful the way Torre not-used and abused him last time.

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2007-08-18 15:03:43
201.   RIYank
198 Now answer the question:
Do you actually believe Clemens hit Maybin intentionally, with two on and two out in a one-run game, count 0-2?
2007-08-18 15:04:32
202.   JeremyM
I know a Mets fan that met Clemens at some Air Force base visit, got an autograph and picture, said he seemed like a nice guy, and STILL hates his guts!
2007-08-18 15:04:48
203.   yankz
198 Someone actually conducted a study to see if Roger Clemens was a headhunter? Had to have been a Mets fan.

Now, kindly go away.

2007-08-18 15:04:59
204.   Zack
Why would Joe bring in Farnsworth in a one run game? sigh
2007-08-18 15:05:11
205.   OldYanksFan
201 "Stupid is as Stupid does"... even for Mets fans
2007-08-18 15:06:12
206.   thelarmis
197 absolutely, yankz! in fact, i'm not ashamed to admit that my favorite player as a kid - after thurman died - was mookie wilson. i liked hubie brooks, too. just didn't like the mets. my godfather was the VP of the muts while torre was the manager so i got to spend a lot of time at the stadium and stuff. was pretty cool, even if it wasn't 'my' team. in fact, i once held a sign that read "There's only 1 NY team" with a Yankees logo on it! : )
2007-08-18 15:06:56
207.   RIYank
Oh, sorry, you did say he didn't do it intentionally.

What does that mean, though, that he had the "ego" to pitch the kid inside???

2007-08-18 15:07:27
208.   OldYanksFan
I think he had a better shot at Posada.
2007-08-18 15:07:57
209.   thelarmis
nice! anything to make this a bit more kyle-proof would be greatly appreciated!
2007-08-18 15:08:05
210.   RIYank
Look at that, a cruddy bullpen pitcher has the ego to pitch Giambi inside!
2007-08-18 15:08:21
211.   yankz
206 I just love that the Yankees, despite playing in the major leagues and sucking for a long time, have a solid chance of, once again, finishing with the best record in the city.

Oh, and I hate Jose Reyes. A-rod is the most "exciting" player in the game, whatever the fuck that means.

2007-08-18 15:08:52
212.   yankz
207 Only cocky pricks come inside. Humble guys leave it out over the plate.
2007-08-18 15:10:11
213.   RIYank
Hm, kid can't throw, huh?
2007-08-18 15:10:56
214.   OldYanksFan
Bad throw. Maybin was at deep short. Melky has him by 10 feet! Kudos for Cano!
2007-08-18 15:11:24
215.   RIYank
212 Right. Like everything else in baseball, it's all a matter of character.
2007-08-18 15:11:32
216.   thelarmis
robbie!

even though he's not a rookie anymore, i still like the nickname someone here at the banter came up with in his chase for rookie of the year:

Rob-Roy!

2007-08-18 15:13:02
217.   RIYank
Farnsworth is going to pitch the seventh. We need another run or two.
2007-08-18 15:13:50
218.   OldYanksFan
ARod figured he was going to be thrown out. See him stick out his tongue in surprise?
2007-08-18 15:14:27
219.   alterity
ooooh jason grilli. . .my little brother used to play little league with him.

but he sucks

2007-08-18 15:14:56
220.   tommyl
Is there some reason that Ramirez can't go 2 innings today?

I guess Cashman is going to have to take away yet another Joe Torre Toy (JTT).

2007-08-18 15:15:31
221.   RIYank
219 That's cool.
It's also cool that he sucks, though.
2007-08-18 15:16:08
222.   RIYank
Clutch, Andy!
2007-08-18 15:16:14
223.   OldYanksFan
Wheels Posada scores!
2007-08-18 15:16:45
224.   matt nokes forever
Andy, Andy, Andy!
2007-08-18 15:17:25
225.   RIYank
Hey, Clemens is in line for the win.
Knock on wood.
2007-08-18 15:17:48
226.   Ravenscar
What I am saying is that Clemens was not as concerned about hitting Maybin as he should have been because the next guy up is Granderson, who he kills. The ego is not in pitching inside but in not caring what happened if he did.

But you're right. Roger has no ego, he didn't care that a rookie got an HR off him, he's not like that.

Sorry to interrupt.

2007-08-18 15:17:56
227.   thelarmis
keep it rollin', fellas!

219 cool, indeed. on both accounts!

2007-08-18 15:18:48
228.   yankz
226 Give it a rest, I seriously doubt anybody even cares anymore.
2007-08-18 15:19:17
229.   alterity
221 exactamundo
2007-08-18 15:19:43
230.   yankz
However, I do expect a Yankee to get plunked by a Tigers pitcher sometimes soon. Most players seem to think like Ravenscar here.
2007-08-18 15:20:58
231.   rsmith51
What's the bullpen situation today? I guess Mo's available for an inning.
2007-08-18 15:21:41
232.   yankz
231 I'm guessing FarnsVizMo.
2007-08-18 15:21:47
233.   Ravenscar
Oh my god, Farnsworth?
2007-08-18 15:21:56
234.   williamnyy23
Why? It appears Edwar is still behind Farnsworth in the pecking order, which means the Yankees chances of winning close games is diminished.
2007-08-18 15:22:07
235.   RIYank
226 Uh huh.
I think we get it. You have a grudge, and you took the opportunity to take a shot.
2007-08-18 15:22:07
236.   OldYanksFan
No. His major problem is BALL FOUR!
2007-08-18 15:22:15
237.   tommyl
231 Mo is nto available for the near future. I'm guessing Edwar pitches the 8th (and maybe 9th) and then Viz for the 9th. Just guessing though.

Knowing Joe, this isn't a good "situation" for Edwar so he'll bring in Villone after Farnsworth.

2007-08-18 15:22:34
238.   Zack
Sigh, joe just really really wants to trust Farns and his veteranness
2007-08-18 15:23:18
239.   bobtaco
Quasi-Mop Duty... That's a new good nickname for Farns, no?
2007-08-18 15:23:41
240.   RIYank
236 Cute.

Mo could pitch, but Joe did say he wanted to give him a rest.
I think Farns before Edwar might mean that Edwar is ahead of Farns in the pecking order. Try to think like Joe thinks.

2007-08-18 15:24:13
241.   rsmith51
238 I would like to trust Farns, too. My eyes tell me otherwise...
2007-08-18 15:24:31
242.   matt nokes forever
239 Three run lead against a team with a solid "O" is not mop or quasi-mop. And this game is not Farnsworth-proofed yet.
2007-08-18 15:24:56
243.   RIYank
Why not Villone or Henn against Casey, by the way?
2007-08-18 15:25:22
244.   rsmith51
If he walks Casey....
2007-08-18 15:26:04
245.   yankz
243 It appears that Casey has the exact same OPS vs righties as lefties this year.
2007-08-18 15:26:15
246.   bobtaco
242 I'm just commenting on what McCarver said...
2007-08-18 15:26:22
247.   RIYank
Farns against Sheff. I smell a home run.
2007-08-18 15:26:37
248.   yankz
Yeah, just checked B-R. He does.
2007-08-18 15:26:52
249.   rsmith51
Way to go Farns! You got out a pretty average hitter. We'll take it.
2007-08-18 15:27:06
250.   matt nokes forever
Fastball hitter against fastball pitcher... this could end badly with Sheff up there.
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2007-08-18 15:27:07
251.   bobtaco
Maybe Farns could hit Shef and get suspended...
2007-08-18 15:27:17
252.   thelarmis
i would've started the inning w/ edwar. see if he could go 2. farns is just gonna let the tiggers back in this thing. dammit. : /

and the mayor gets impeached! there's 1...

2007-08-18 15:27:32
253.   RIYank
245 Ah.
Okay, but you figure Joe knew that? ;-)
2007-08-18 15:28:14
254.   Ravenscar
OK, I admit I didn't expect this from Farnsworth. That was good calling from Posada, I think.
2007-08-18 15:28:15
255.   cult of basebaal
well, that earned farnsworth some love from the fans at the stadium ...
2007-08-18 15:28:16
256.   yankz
WHOA!
2007-08-18 15:28:38
257.   RIYank
Awesome!

Let's shoot Farns through waivers now, his trade value is positive!

2007-08-18 15:28:49
258.   yankz
If he can strike out Magglio...
2007-08-18 15:29:07
259.   cult of basebaal
246 actually, mccarver said that ... and then contradicted himself in the same breath by saying it wasn't mop up duty

impressive!

2007-08-18 15:29:25
260.   matt nokes forever
Who is this guy and what has he done with Kyle Farnsworth?!
2007-08-18 15:29:47
261.   matt nokes forever
WTF?!?
2007-08-18 15:29:52
262.   thelarmis
251 that's awesome!
2007-08-18 15:29:55
263.   RIYank
254 In this you were not alone.
2007-08-18 15:30:10
264.   Ravenscar
That inning will keep Edwar sitting for another 2 weeks, I'm afraid.
2007-08-18 15:30:11
265.   alterity
with farnsworth, does anyone else have that "i hope he does it because we need to win but i hope he fails so he's not around later" feeling, much like with cairo previously?
2007-08-18 15:30:14
266.   yankz
OH MY GOD
2007-08-18 15:30:24
267.   cult of basebaal
wow ... if worthless could actually pitch like that most of the time ... we'd have an even nastier bully ... big IF i know ...
2007-08-18 15:30:40
268.   bobtaco
Well, maybe Farnsworth is finally learning to pitch. He looked like he took a little off during that Magglio AB. If he could just learn Edwar's changeup, then you would have something there...
2007-08-18 15:30:42
269.   thelarmis
WOW, i doesn't believe it! i 1-2-3 for farnsy w/ k's on both sheff and mags. cool!
2007-08-18 15:30:58
270.   Simone
Wow, what an inning from Farnesworth. It started off with "oh, oh" and ended really well. The crowd was so behind Farnesworth. They were willing him to get those outs. Nice.
2007-08-18 15:31:05
271.   yankz
Seriously, Cash needs to get Littlefield on the phone right now.
2007-08-18 15:31:43
272.   rsmith51
Who is this pitcher, and what happened to Farnsworth?
2007-08-18 15:31:59
273.   yankz
Magglio: 0-4 with 3 K's
2007-08-18 15:32:00
274.   cult of basebaal
wow ... glad to know that the yankees care so much about our servicemen and women, past and present, that they celebrate them with canned kate smith ...
2007-08-18 15:32:08
275.   matt nokes forever
Kyle's stock will never be higher than it is right at this moment in time. Wow.
2007-08-18 15:32:32
276.   rsmith51
260 Sorry, didn't refresh ...
2007-08-18 15:32:46
277.   RIYank
265 For sure.
2007-08-18 15:33:06
278.   yankz
Whoa- for some reason I thought A-rod had been slumping this month, but he has a 1.033 OPS.
2007-08-18 15:33:25
279.   matt nokes forever
276 I assume you didn't refresh b/c you were still in shock and awe. And trust me, it needed to be said twice.
2007-08-18 15:33:26
280.   rsmith51
274 Any guess when they will stop playing it?
2007-08-18 15:34:47
281.   yankz
Jeter, however, is at .702. Ugly.
2007-08-18 15:35:36
282.   yankz
Moreover, Jeter only has 3 XBH this month.
2007-08-18 15:35:59
283.   bobtaco
281 Jeter is playing like 89 year old Phil Rizzuto this month...
2007-08-18 15:36:41
284.   alterity
277 i HATE feeling like that. as i said earlier this season to a friend of mine: "everytime cairo gets a base hit i die a little inside". replace "cairo" with "farnsworth" and "gets a base hit" with "pitches effectively" and there you go, because i just kow he's gonna be run out there in the postseason (godwilling) on the basis of a dozen or so decent, trust-inducing appearances and promptly blowup while calling everyone bleeping idiots.
2007-08-18 15:37:19
285.   OldYanksFan
oooooh... how did he miss that pitch?
2007-08-18 15:37:34
286.   matt nokes forever
284 I'm detecting some tension. I think you might have trust issues.
2007-08-18 15:37:58
287.   OldYanksFan
280 When Kate Smith dies?
2007-08-18 15:40:19
288.   RIYank
Viz for the eighth. Edwar for the ninth?
2007-08-18 15:40:41
289.   yankz
287 Are you kidding? What better way to commemorate her death?
2007-08-18 15:41:03
290.   OldYanksFan
"The Chicago White Sox made another step toward retaining veteran pieces to their team, signing right fielder Jermaine Dye to a two-year, $22 million contract extension."

In light of this, what's 2 years of JD worth?

2007-08-18 15:41:07
291.   thelarmis
288 i sure hope so...
2007-08-18 15:41:18
292.   cult of basebaal
anyone see the game-ending, game-saving, home-run robbing catch in the LLWS yesterday?

gotta say, that was one of the best baseball moments i've seen this year ...

2007-08-18 15:43:27
293.   yankz
288 Wouldn't it be more "Joe" to bring in the rookie for the 8th and Viz for the 9th? Makes me think we'll see Mo.
2007-08-18 15:44:36
294.   yankz
Anyone seen this funny Rocket/Cingular ad?

http://youtube.com/watch?v=GEd3pS1jXJ4

2007-08-18 15:45:14
295.   RIYank
293 Hmmm. Now you're thinking like Joe.
But, if Viz gets out with no damage, I bet it's Edwar.
2007-08-18 15:46:10
296.   cult of basebaal
293 we'll only see edwar if the yanks score at least 1 run and it isn't a save situation to start the 9th ... it's the Way of the Wheel!
2007-08-18 15:51:46
297.   yankz
Come on, Viz!
2007-08-18 15:53:23
298.   JeremyM
I was really scared that the rookie was going to have a chance to drop a 3-spot on the board- good job Viz.
2007-08-18 15:54:01
299.   cult of basebaal
alright boys, score some runs, let mo rest another day!!!

and ... i want to watch edwar on TV for once, dammit!!!

2007-08-18 15:55:58
300.   thelarmis
296 cult - i have to head out for a gig in a minute. i'll miss the 9th. i'm running low on my texting package though. if you think of it, could you possibly just send me a text when the game ends - let me know if edwar pitched and we won? that would rule and i sure would appreciate it. i'm playing a new venue and it's a nice place, so i don't think they'll have tv's w/ the scores and stuff... thanking you!
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2007-08-18 15:56:44
301.   bob34957
How about an original thought: McCarver is an azzzzzzzzzzzhooolllllle!!!!

God Bless Dion Sanderssss!!!!

2007-08-18 16:01:06
302.   Marcus
Unearth me, baby.
2007-08-18 16:03:20
303.   fansince77
I would like to do the opposite of "unearthing" McCarver.

IOW - I wouldn't mind "earthing" him.

2007-08-18 16:04:28
304.   yankz
I knew it'd be Mo. It's just so Joe.
2007-08-18 16:07:28
305.   yankz
Welcome to the bigs, kid.
2007-08-18 16:07:33
306.   Yankees Brasil
Nice K!
2007-08-18 16:11:21
307.   JeremyM
I guess Mo really wanted to lock horns with Sheffield, that's why he walked Casey.
2007-08-18 16:11:28
308.   yankz
He did this on purpose, like in Major League. He wanted Sheff.
2007-08-18 16:11:55
309.   fansince77
ballgame. Nice job sheffsuck
2007-08-18 16:12:50
310.   yankz
307 Nice.
2007-08-18 16:14:21
311.   cult of basebaal
welcome back, good mo!

angels up 1-0 over boston in the 1st ... let's go halos ...

see y'all later

2007-08-18 16:21:34
312.   williamnyy23
According to the Boston Globe, the Red Sox might be getting Arizona's Chris Carter from the Nationals in return for Wily Mo Pena.

I can only wonder what Jim Dean would have said about that. For those who don't remember, Jim was high on Carter and thought the Yankees should have gotten him in the Randy Johnson deal.

2007-08-18 16:30:13
313.   JeremyM
312 At the end of the year? Because otherwise, the Yanks can block it, can't they? For the time being, I hope, anyway:)
2007-08-18 16:33:58
314.   williamnyy23
313 Right...the player wont be announced until after the season and it would involve the D-backs in a three way segment.
2007-08-18 16:36:50
315.   Mattpat11
I slept through the game. Its sounds like a good one.
2007-08-18 16:39:35
316.   Marcus
312 i was thinking the same thing. The funny part, I thought was how rotoworld described the situation:

"According to the Boston Globe, the Red Sox might be getting Arizona's Chris Carter from the Nationals in return for Wily Mo Pena.
Leave it to the Red Sox to try to turn a seemingly minor deal into a three-way trade. Carter, who turns 25 next month, is batting .328/.385/.531 for Triple-A Tucson. The first baseman is expendable in Arizona, so the Nationals might have a deal in place to get him in return for a pitching prospect. It's unclear whether the trade has any chance of being completed now or if it will have to wait until October, when waivers with no longer be a factor."

The kicker of course is that they may have only traded him for a prospect and thought an old Randy J. wasn't enough.

2007-08-18 16:40:49
317.   yankz
From the official site:

---Nicks and knacks: Derek Jeter is ailing somewhat, Torre said, though the captain isn't about to reveal much of what's bothering him.

While Jeter spends a fair amount of time in the trainers' room each day to prepare, a day off is in his near future. Entering play on Saturday, Jeter was hitting .323, but had just four hits in his last 21 at-bats.

"I think he's a little beat-up," Torre said. "He got hit in the leg the other day [against Baltimore], and that's been slowing him a little bit. We'll look to spell him here and give him a day off in the next couple of days."

2007-08-18 16:47:48
318.   Yankee Fan in Chicago
38 Cheeseburgers gives it up to the Halos. 4-0 thru 1 1/2.
2007-08-18 16:50:32
319.   Mattpat11
317 Fine plan.
2007-08-18 16:51:12
320.   Zack
312 316 Well, if you remember, the DBacks gm is a former Sox protege and we certainly don't have to go over again the way the DBacks gave Schilling to the Sox...

The fact that any team would give the Sox ANYTHING for Wily Mo, let alone a decent prospect, amazes me. But Washington is hardly a real organization, and, as already said, Arizona certainly has shown itself willing to help the Sox before...

2007-08-18 17:14:54
321.   JeremyM
320 Yeah, Arizona gave us the Unit, that helped the Sox in almost the same way Gagne is helping the Yanks.....
2007-08-18 17:29:03
322.   RIYank
I'm looking forward to finding out which nickname is more popular on New England radio this week: "Going, Going, Gagne" or "Nancy Drew". They'll be happy to be rid of W-Mo, that's for sure.
2007-08-18 17:46:30
323.   Yankee Fan in Chicago
Weaver pulling a Weaver and doing his best to give back every bit of a 5 run lead in 1 inning. Damn, I hate that family.
2007-08-18 17:46:52
324.   RIYank
Wow, that Angels 5-0 lead disappeared fast.
2007-08-18 17:47:23
325.   Yankee Fan in Chicago
Crap, and there it goes. Granny on the 1st pitch to Fatpapi. 6-5 Sawx.

Effin Weavers. Everything they touch turns to crapola.

2007-08-18 17:48:42
326.   Yankee Fan in Chicago
And you'd think that Sciosa maybe would've thought about lifting Weaver, what with the 4 straight hits and 2 runs w/o an out to begin the inning.
2007-08-18 17:58:05
327.   JL25and3
314 For that matter, no Arizona deal has been made at this point. That part might or might not happen.
2007-08-18 17:59:09
328.   JL25and3
315 I was there, and...meh. It was a nice win, but I didn't find it all that interesting a game.
2007-08-18 19:15:50
329.   JeremyM
Maybe they'll run Gagne out there to close this game out....
2007-08-18 20:51:23
330.   Mattpat11
The White Sox suck ass.
2007-08-18 21:07:06
331.   Mike T
330 I am watching that game as well. Apparently, depending on the Angels and the White Sox to win on the road, or in the White Sox case, win at all, was simply unrealistic. Granted the Sox game isn't over yet, but it's 7-3 Mariners in the bottom of the 7th.
2007-08-18 22:00:11
332.   Yankee Fan in Chicago
So one of the mf Weavers blows a 5 run lead to the Sawx to screw us, and the other mf beats the White Sox, for the Mariners. Damn Weavers.
2007-08-19 12:57:58
333.   C2Coke
I was away for a bit and only read the news just now. Jim Dean, we will miss you!

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