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Coming Into Focus
2007-09-19 14:03
by Cliff Corcoran
Note: The Bronx Banter blog has moved to bronxbanterblog.com.

The Indians completed their sweep of the Tigers this afternoon, giving the Yankees a five game lead (six in the loss column) in the Wild Card race with eleven left to play. Meanwhile, the win gave the Indians a half-game lead on the Angels for the second seed in the American League.

As for the division, even if the Yankees go 8-3 over the rest of the season (which essentially means they have to take three of four from the Blue Jays best pitchers and sweep one other series, though a win tonight would count for that sweep), the Red Sox will have to go 5-5 for the Yankees to take the division via the tiebreaker of their head-to-head record. That's not impossible, but it is unlikely.

Curiously, this is all beginning to feel like a replay of 2005 when the Yankees rallied from a poor start of the season behind an MVP season from Alex Rodriguez to take the division from the Red Sox via a tiebreak in the final two days of the season. That year, the Yanks, Sox, and Angels all finished with 95-67 records, while the Indians, who were ahead of both for the Wild Card with six games left, finished just out of it at 93-69. Of course, all of that late-season drama was for naught as both the Yanks and Sox got bounced in the ALDS and the White Sox went on to sweep their way to a World Championship.

Tonight Andy Pettitte looks to bounce back from his rough outing in the opener of the Boston series and hand the Yanks a sweep of the Orioles. As great as Andy has been in the second half, he has a 5.94 ERA over his last three starts and has allowed 27 hits in those 16 2/3 innings, nine of them going for extra bases. The Yankees need Pettitte to pitch the way he did in August (6-0, 2.36 ERA) in order to have a chance in the ALDS, no matter how the matchups shake out. Andy will make one more regular season start after tonight, after which he'll be in line for Game One of the Division Series. He needs to use these starts to sort things out.

Opposing Pettitte is Brian Burres, who has split time between the rotation and bullpen for the Orioles this year. Burres has been far more effective as a starter, the role he filled in the minors each of the last two years. He's also handled the Yankees well this year, limiting them to a run on four hits and three walks while striking out eight in 7 1/3 innings between one start (6 IP) and one relief appearance. In Burres' last start, his first since August 4, he held the Blue Jays scoreless over seven frames.

Comments (552)
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2007-09-19 14:50:46
1.   yankz
Andy will be fine today. Let's go Yankees
2007-09-19 15:48:24
2.   unmoderated
meaningless predictions:

andy: 7 IP 3 ER 7 H 1 BB
prof. farnsworth: 1 IP 1 ER 1 H 0 BB (solo HR to tejada)
mo: 1 IP O ER O H O BB

burres: 4 IP 5 ER 10 H 3 BB
oh-ree-ohs BP: 5 IP 4 ER 5 H 5 BB

melky - 3-5 in the leadoff spot
a rod - 2-4 HR
posada - 3-3 3 RBIs with a walk

2007-09-19 15:49:05
3.   unmoderated
oops, i guess the orioles BO will only pitch 4 innings.
2007-09-19 16:22:47
4.   Marcus
Chyll Will: "...."
2007-09-19 16:24:25
5.   vockins
2 I predict game stoppage for debris on the field.
2007-09-19 16:24:44
6.   Marcus
4 That was supposed to say (cricket, cricket)
2007-09-19 16:25:29
7.   rbj
3 You mean Orioles B*P* ?
It's too early to start celebrating, put the champagne back.
2007-09-19 16:25:40
8.   Marcus
5 Is debris the guy that stole Cano's hat in Fenway the other day? I was wondering what was keeping him from commenting lately...
2007-09-19 16:32:06
9.   Mattpat11
Fatso and Fruit Loops mentioned today that Vagitek has 30 extra base hits on the year. The man has 14 doubles playing half his games in FENWAY PARK.

Remember when people thought he was better than Posada?

2007-09-19 16:36:47
10.   Mattpat11
Okay, its time to start hitting Brian Burres.
2007-09-19 16:37:21
11.   RIYank
9 I do. And I remember when it was a reasonable thing to think, too. Well, anyway, it was reasonable to think they were comparable.
Also, Nomar. Nuff said.

Hey, do we want to make a run at this guy?
tinyurl.com/yo55ah

2007-09-19 16:38:06
12.   Mattpat11
11 Nomar?
2007-09-19 16:39:04
13.   Mattpat11
MATSUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUI
2007-09-19 16:39:40
14.   Mike T
At least someone can get around on this guy.
2007-09-19 16:40:16
15.   Mattpat11
And Varitek's best season is still worse that Posada's average season.
2007-09-19 16:40:29
16.   RIYank
Ah, Matsui-san. So glad to see you! Missed you for a few weeks.

Hey, Joe has given me the night off -- I think they feel like they have the WC locked up and don't need me -- so I'm checking out early. Have fun. Do the best you can, that's all I ask.

2007-09-19 16:45:11
17.   RIYank
12 Yeah, as in, "Remember when people thought Nomar was better than Jeter?"
2007-09-19 16:47:20
18.   Mattpat11
17 He may have been in certain respects, over a shorter time.

But anytime I hear Nomar's name, I'm going to picture a man pouting in the dugout during his team's most important game of the year.

2007-09-19 16:47:57
19.   Mattpat11
That was scary. The camera angle was poor and I couldn't tell what that ball did.
2007-09-19 16:51:57
20.   Zack
Wow, super slow night on the Banter...
2007-09-19 16:52:45
21.   randym77
Minky flashing the leather again. That was a pretty bad throw by Jeter.
2007-09-19 16:56:13
22.   Mattpat11
21 Cano's wasn't any good either.
2007-09-19 16:56:27
23.   Mattpat11
Blue Jays being no hit
2007-09-19 16:57:16
24.   randym77
The hazards of wearing baggy jerseys.
2007-09-19 16:59:25
25.   rbj
23 Wow, I didn't realize that Buchholz is no hitting the Blue Jays
2007-09-19 17:03:36
26.   Mattpat11
25 He is, in fact, going for his second straight no hit start.
2007-09-19 17:03:56
27.   3rd gen yankee fan
Well, Litsch is no-hitting Boston. S'only fair.
2007-09-19 17:04:39
28.   Mattpat11
So much for that. Big Hurt singles
2007-09-19 17:05:32
29.   JeremyM
28 Big Hurt is probably my favorite non-Yankee, what a career. I wish him and Griffey could've had about a thousand less injuries though.
2007-09-19 17:06:12
30.   Zack
27 I think you missed the point there...
2007-09-19 17:07:32
31.   Mattpat11
29 Agreed.

I wasn't a big Griffey fan for various reasons, but in the light of the steroid era, I have a new prespect for him.

2007-09-19 17:08:57
32.   Zack
Buttholz's success just goes to show how much Hughes has been impacted by the injury. When he was right, Hughes throws harder with better control and movement than the Butt (of course that velocity isn't enough to survive in mlb according to some).
2007-09-19 17:11:08
33.   Mr OK Jazz TOKYO
Morning meetings all week, can't follow the games!! MLB.com's grainy re-cap isn't the same...
Still holding out hope for the division title, they can do it with Matsui heating up.
2007-09-19 17:12:20
34.   3rd gen yankee fan
30 I think I did too, but oh well...
2007-09-19 17:12:48
35.   JeremyM
31 Yeah, I didn't like him because of the 95 DS when he kicked the Yanks ass (plus the whole George hurt my feelings as a three-year old bit), but, I feel the same way.
2007-09-19 17:16:04
36.   Mattpat11
35 Not to mention it wasn't George, but dead for a decade Billy Martin that kicked him out.
2007-09-19 17:16:57
37.   rbj
I got to see Griffey play in the Kingdome (shudder). An amazing player, saw him hit a check swing opposite field homer. True, it was the Kingdome (puke) but still amazing.

Dang, Nancy boy homers.

2007-09-19 17:18:22
38.   Mattpat11
Is there a reason we're not hitting Brian Burres?
2007-09-19 17:18:42
39.   Zack
Nancy Drew now has all of 9 Hrs...
2007-09-19 17:19:15
40.   Mattpat11
That ball took forever to get to A-Rod.
2007-09-19 17:22:48
41.   Zack
It would be really lame to lose this game
2007-09-19 17:23:13
42.   Mattpat11
I don't think I've ever seen someone throw temper tantrums on a baseball field as much as Jay Peyton
2007-09-19 17:23:38
43.   OldYanksFan
Double-single. Jays tie it at 1-1.
2007-09-19 17:24:04
44.   OldYanksFan
Oops... my bad. 1st and 3rd, no out.1-0 Sox.
2007-09-19 17:24:35
45.   Zack
42 Pukilis
2007-09-19 17:25:04
46.   Mattpat11
Tie game.
2007-09-19 17:26:21
47.   OldYanksFan
Bouncer to between 1st and 2nd. @nd baseman fields it... Buckholz slow to the bag... SAFE! 1st and 2nd, no out.

Wait (can't type fast enough)

2007-09-19 17:26:24
48.   OldYanksFan
Bouncer to between 1st and 2nd. 2nd baseman fields it... Buckholz slow to the bag... SAFE! 1st and 2nd, no out.

Wait (can't type fast enough)

2007-09-19 17:27:49
49.   OldYanksFan
Bunt to pitcher... throws to 3rd... throws it away! Run scores! Jays up 2-1. Man on 2nd, 1 out. Buckholz blows 2 plays in a row.
2007-09-19 17:27:55
50.   SF Yanks
That was the worst call I've ever seen over in the Sox/Jays game.
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2007-09-19 17:27:55
51.   Mattpat11
whats going on in Canada?
2007-09-19 17:28:24
52.   Zack
50 Which call?
2007-09-19 17:31:21
53.   Mattpat11
I'm completely confused
2007-09-19 17:31:42
54.   Zack
Wow, the YES broadcasts are so spot on with video footage, they really put all others to shame
2007-09-19 17:31:48
55.   Yankees Brasil
50 What happened?
2007-09-19 17:32:11
56.   SF Yanks
52 runner on third had his foot on the bag and moved it across the bag while Lowell had his glove on him. The ump wasn't even looking at his foot on the bag, and was just looking at Lowell and called him out.

I can't really put it into words. You have to see the replay though. Just ridiculous.

2007-09-19 17:33:45
57.   Zack
Why did they pull Butthole?
2007-09-19 17:35:03
58.   SF Yanks
The runner got to third and was just standing on the bag, sort of shifting his position by moving his foot a little, and was called out when Lowell's glove was one him. But the ump wasn't even looking at the bag, his foot never came off the bag, and I think Lowell may have removed the glove from him before he moved his foot anyways, so it shouldn't have mattered.
2007-09-19 17:35:17
59.   Marcus
Now would be a great time for a 3-R HR.
2007-09-19 17:35:31
60.   OldYanksFan
56 I thought the runner for some unknown reason lifted his foot off the bag.

And they take out Buckholz who's pitching well but made 2 fielding blunders. I like the J's chances now.

2007-09-19 17:37:14
61.   cult of basebaal
59 the way that a-rod has been going, now would be a great time for a hit ...
2007-09-19 17:37:47
62.   cult of basebaal
or a wild pitch ... thanks BB
2007-09-19 17:38:49
63.   Marcus
61 Indeed...
2007-09-19 17:38:52
64.   Zack
Close
2007-09-19 17:39:32
65.   randym77
Kind of an awkward slide there, Mink, but it worked.
2007-09-19 17:40:34
66.   cult of basebaal
those who are watching ... describe the a-rod out ... gameday shows a line drive caught at the fence ...
2007-09-19 17:40:47
67.   rbj
Dang. Only warning track power. Trade him.
2007-09-19 17:40:58
68.   OldYanksFan
Top of the Boston order goes down 1-2-3. Bottom of the 6th coming up.
2007-09-19 17:41:35
69.   rbj
66 Kay and I both thought it was going to be out. LF was backed into the wall.
2007-09-19 17:42:11
70.   randym77
66 That's what it was. A really nice play by Fahey to catch it.
2007-09-19 17:42:49
71.   3rd gen yankee fan
66 I sure thought it was going out, and so did a lot of people at the Stadium.
2007-09-19 17:42:55
72.   cult of basebaal
jesus christ ... jesse litsch's gameday photo makes him look like an extra from Children of the Corn ... people shouldn't have skin that color
2007-09-19 17:43:44
73.   cult of basebaal
thanks ... near miss makes me hopeful he's coming out of his mini-slump
2007-09-19 17:45:09
74.   weeping for brunnhilde
Hey, Team. Is it just me, or are you guys shocked that ball died like that?

I swear, I was certain it was long gone.

I'm usually not so badly fooled, so I'm wondering what the hell that was all about.

Wind?

End of the bat?

2007-09-19 17:45:47
75.   rbj
73 That's what I'm thinking too. A-rod's timing has looked off lately.
2007-09-19 17:46:33
76.   weeping for brunnhilde
66 Looked like your typical A-Bomb from A-Rod off the bat.

Long, majestic flyball that mysteriously died on the track.

2007-09-19 17:49:19
77.   cult of basebaal
73 although ... it did seem like an outside pitch according to gameday ... and he did pull it ... whereas when he's really going good he likes to drive that to right or right-center ... should he have gone with that one?
2007-09-19 17:51:40
78.   randym77
Roberts is quite the pest, isn't he?

BTW, anyone read this article, on "The Art of Thievery"?

http://tinyurl.com/2zdaqp

130 stolen bases in one season. Unreal.

2007-09-19 17:53:00
79.   fansince77
I don't like the way Yankees are playing tonight...very lazy and uninspired. They are in danger of losing to a team that doesn't really want to win. I hope they wake up NOW.
2007-09-19 17:55:31
80.   Mattpat11
Nancy is up again in Boston
2007-09-19 17:56:08
81.   Mattpat11
Someone should remind the Yankees that Burres sucks.
2007-09-19 17:56:58
82.   weeping for brunnhilde
77 Maybe, but I'm usually pretty sensitive to that kind of thing and I didn't notice anything funny.

79 Agreed. Suddenly it's a one-run game and Boston's still down.

JUG-U-LAR!

2007-09-19 17:57:59
83.   weeping for brunnhilde
I don't give a rat's ass that Manny's out of their lineup.

They're supposed to be built around pitching, so fucking pitch, don't bellyache.

2007-09-19 17:58:48
84.   SF Yanks
79 Lazy? In danger of losing? You do know they are winning right?

Wow, just can't please everyone I guess.

2007-09-19 17:59:17
85.   weeping for brunnhilde
Damn.

They're leaving it all on Andy's shoulders.

Today's a Jobaday, no?

2007-09-19 18:00:33
86.   weeping for brunnhilde
84 Well, it is a one-run game and we can't expect Andy to keep this up.

It would be nice to have some breathing room, is all, you know?

2007-09-19 18:01:02
87.   weeping for brunnhilde
One pitch, one out.

Nice.

2007-09-19 18:01:31
88.   Mattpat11
84 They're getting shut down by a bad pitcher.
2007-09-19 18:02:05
89.   Mattpat11
Shit of the Boston lineup mounting a rally
2007-09-19 18:02:17
90.   weeping for brunnhilde
I really despise the fact that Joba can't pitch in the middle of an inning.

What the hell is a light's-out, high strike-out pitcher out of the pen if he can't come in to put out a fire?

2007-09-19 18:02:20
91.   OldYanksFan
1st and 2nd, 2 out for Boston. Bobby Red Kielty up.
2007-09-19 18:02:22
92.   cult of basebaal
2 on, 2 out for boston ... c'mon Litsch, you opie-howard looking fucker
2007-09-19 18:03:32
93.   weeping for brunnhilde
That's two.
2007-09-19 18:03:42
94.   Mattpat11
Kielty hit by a pitch. Bases loaded for Lugo
2007-09-19 18:04:04
95.   weeping for brunnhilde
Btw, I've not said this in a little while, but Andy's a golden god, lest we forget.
2007-09-19 18:04:44
96.   cult of basebaal
88 which always means that the yankees are rolling over like cheese-eating, surrender monkeys and jaking it like dogs! c'mon SF, get with the official banter poster program here!
2007-09-19 18:04:46
97.   Mattpat11
Casey Janssen in for Lugo
2007-09-19 18:04:53
98.   rbj
Man, where'd all the anger come from suddenly.
2007-09-19 18:05:08
99.   weeping for brunnhilde
Fucking Lugo hit one out last night.
2007-09-19 18:06:20
100.   Mattpat11
Strike one on Lugo
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2007-09-19 18:06:26
101.   Mattpat11
1-1
2007-09-19 18:06:33
102.   fansince77
84 sorry mr. you can't criticize anyone but in case you didn't realize it the Yanks are the team they are because they set the standard higher than just "winning" part way through the game. No I am not satisfied and I am sure they are not either. As a ball player one expects to be held to a higher standard.
2007-09-19 18:06:38
103.   Mattpat11
2-1
2007-09-19 18:06:39
104.   weeping for brunnhilde
98 Who's angry?
2007-09-19 18:06:45
105.   SF Yanks
86 I agree.

But lazy? Did we all the sudden forget, that baseball happens, a lot? Plus the game's not over yet... Lazy? So every time we only score 2 runs against a bad pitcher in 6 innings, it's considered lazy. Ok, just checking. I have to remember that. Sorry to interrupt.

2007-09-19 18:07:03
106.   weeping for brunnhilde
Ha!

Ohhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!

Andy's a golden god!

2007-09-19 18:07:23
107.   weeping for brunnhilde
And Boston's retired!!!!!
2007-09-19 18:07:38
108.   fansince77
Andy knows what's up.
2007-09-19 18:08:24
109.   SF Yanks
102 And which players is it, that are appearing lazy to you?
2007-09-19 18:09:42
110.   fansince77
86 Ok- unfocused might be a better word. Look at the abs tonight and tell me they have been focused. I know it is hard to expect it every night...but here at Banter- we do. We do every single night.
2007-09-19 18:10:27
111.   rbj
104 fansince77 is.
This is a nice, crisp ballgame to me. Yanks winning, RS losing. Can't win 12-0 every night.

Now, bring Andy out for the 8th?

2007-09-19 18:10:39
112.   weeping for brunnhilde
105 No, not every time.

I won't comment about this game in particular, because I've not been watching it closely enough, but I think you can tell when a team is being, if not lazy, certainly unfocused, which amounts to the same thing.

It's subtle, of course, but I honestly think that if you watch the game pitch-by-pitch you can spot things like mental lapses, bad approach, etc.

2007-09-19 18:10:41
113.   RIYank
107 Did you see it?
Lugo hit a grounder to short... booted!... recovers, throws out Lugo. Who wasn't running hard out of the box because it was a 'routine grounder'.

(I'm supposed to take the night off from baseball, but, yeah, I'm hooked.)

2007-09-19 18:11:26
114.   OldYanksFan
Little bloop to SS... takes a hop and the SS, with plenty of time, decides to barehard it. He bobbles it to the ground! Picks it up.. fires to 1st... OUT by a c*nt hair! Meanwhile, on the replay, they show Lugo jogging out of the box, and then pouring it on when he sees the bobble. He would have been safe by 2 steps if he had run hard.

But why run? It's only bases loaded, 2 out, 7th inning, down by 1, on a 3 game losing streak.

Man, I wish they fined these guys heavily.

2007-09-19 18:11:47
115.   RIYank
111 No. Joba. Right?
2007-09-19 18:12:26
116.   weeping for brunnhilde
111 No. Joba.

If Joba could be brought in mid-inning, I'd say start with Andy.

But it's against the rules.

Andy got that last K and now it's time for him to enjoy his success.

2007-09-19 18:13:03
117.   RIYank
114 No! Don't fine them! We want them to do that. Yeesh.
2007-09-19 18:13:22
118.   weeping for brunnhilde
113 Really?

Ha!

See, that's lazy!

2007-09-19 18:13:45
119.   RIYank
115 116 Right down to the punctuation!
2007-09-19 18:13:53
120.   rbj
115 Joba's available. But bring Mo or Joba for the ninth & save the other guy?

Er, scratch that as tomorrow's an off day.

2007-09-19 18:15:23
121.   fansince77
111 Not angry at the Yanks- frustrated that we are not getting better at bats and driving the ball - yes. Annoyed/Angry at SFYank for thinking 2-1 is a nice place to be and we should be calm and enjoying it in a game like this- yes.
2007-09-19 18:15:37
122.   weeping for brunnhilde
110 That's what made 1998 happen.

Every.

Single.

Night.

2007-09-19 18:15:51
123.   RIYank
You all should hear the talk about Manny these days. (Ever since the Sox' Division lead started running rapidly down the drain.) He's faking his oblique injury. He's already quit. And, my favorite, "Jeter is hurting too but he won't let Torre take him out."

RSN is awesome when the team is stinking.

2007-09-19 18:16:08
124.   cult of basebaal
joba for the 8th, mo for the 9th
2007-09-19 18:16:10
125.   weeping for brunnhilde
Nice job, Melk!

Come on, Derek, hit the gap!

2007-09-19 18:16:58
126.   fansince77
Let's go Derek...time for a drive!
2007-09-19 18:17:53
127.   JeremyM
114 Wow, I would want to kill someone if a Yankee did that. This might sound lame, but I remember Andy freaking Fox winning a game by hustling his butt off on a routine grounder to first in 1996 and coming around to score--the Yanks ended up rallying to win a key game, against Baltimore I believe?
2007-09-19 18:18:45
128.   Mattpat11
127 Matsui and Cano in Detoit a few weeks ago. They lost footraces to Todd Jones.
2007-09-19 18:19:19
129.   Mattpat11
Elsbury, Midget, Fat Man coming up.
2007-09-19 18:19:31
130.   weeping for brunnhilde
I swear, he wasn't giving Andy the outside corner.
2007-09-19 18:20:06
131.   JeremyM
128 Yeah, true, but doesn't sound as blatant as Lugo's, with the sacks filled.
2007-09-19 18:20:24
132.   RIYank
Well, we ought to see the O bullpen next inning, anyway. What really surprises me is that they didn't tag Burres the third time through the order. He seems like the kind of guy you get a bead on and destroy.
2007-09-19 18:20:28
133.   Mike T
That last strike to Jeter is showing as noticeably outside on Gameday. How did it look on TV?
2007-09-19 18:20:33
134.   fansince77
wow. that was around the plate- but I have to admit that it is hard to complain seeing how many big outside strikes Andy has gotten tonight.
2007-09-19 18:20:55
135.   weeping for brunnhilde
119 I know! :)
2007-09-19 18:21:28
136.   Mattpat11
133 He's called it all night.
2007-09-19 18:22:14
137.   rbj
133 Jeter didn't like it -- looked kinda close to me, something you should foul off w/ 2 strikes on you.
2007-09-19 18:22:14
138.   RIYank
Wow, Andy's still in. I'm very surprised. Like Weeping, I figured Joba would start just because he can't enter in the middle.

But there's an out, and now five to go. Hmmmm. Mo if Andy needs help, Joba to close? Is that sacrilege?

2007-09-19 18:22:15
139.   weeping for brunnhilde
Shat the fuck??

Is Joe prepared to break The Rules?

What the hell is Joba doing up?

And more to the point, I really wish he were on the mound and not in the pen.

2007-09-19 18:22:19
140.   SF Yanks
112 But you admit to not even watching the game closely yet you agree that they are playing lazy and uninspired.

I see Robbie having mental lapses all the time. He can get lazy. Melky doesn't run all out to first sometimes. Lazy. Abreu in right field sometimes. Lazy.

Sucking does not equal lazy.

102 I harp on players all the time. Check through previous game threads over the years if you need some proof. I just happen to stick with things I can actually spot. You know, instead of calling the team unfocused if they happen to be losing. But, to each his own. But hey, sometimes I can watch a game and feel the team is generally tired. I guess that night is tonight for you and I should respect that. Just as long as it's not used in every loss.

2007-09-19 18:22:47
141.   fansince77
C'mon Andy...one pitch at a time, one out at a time.
2007-09-19 18:24:44
142.   Mattpat11
Elsbury singles. Midget up.
2007-09-19 18:24:53
143.   RIYank
Huh.
I guess we can give that 3baseman a post-season roster spot anyway, even though he can't hit. Anymore.
2007-09-19 18:24:57
144.   weeping for brunnhilde
Holy FUCK!!!!!!!!

Alex!

Fucking Alex.

And great, great fucking pitch, Andy!!

Sheer beauty, all around.

Stretch by Dougie, too.

2007-09-19 18:25:30
145.   weeping for brunnhilde
I love Andy.

I love him.

2007-09-19 18:26:15
146.   weeping for brunnhilde
143 ha ha ha hah ah ah ah ah ah h ah ah a!!!!!!

I guess we can at that, eh?

2007-09-19 18:26:18
147.   RIYank
Ellsbury lead-off single. Dusty flies out. Janssen still pitching.
2007-09-19 18:26:18
148.   Mattpat11
Pedroia flies out. Man on first one out for Fatty
2007-09-19 18:26:21
149.   rsmith51
140 I remember Bernie used to run out ground balls all the time, but he looked pretty bad on some pop-ups when he didn't run hard. One in the playoffs that I recall. Not trying to ride Bernie, but it stood out because he always seemed to run out routine grounders.
2007-09-19 18:26:26
150.   monkeypants
Nice stretch by Minky. Bad call by ump at 1B? Umpires seem in a hurry to end game (see Jeter's last AB).
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2007-09-19 18:26:52
151.   Mattpat11
Blue Jays bring in an apparent serial killer to face Ortiz.
2007-09-19 18:26:57
152.   fansince77
140 I am done with you SF...you want to win the argument or the game? Leave me in peace...

Mandsfccsaidtvz has that "go go gadget stretch" getting extra outs tonight- love it. And have to think deeply about upside at 1st base.

2007-09-19 18:26:58
153.   rbj
My groin hurts on that stretch.

And good to get Joba in in the middle of an inning.

2007-09-19 18:27:19
154.   Mike T
Well this is a first. Let's see how the kid does with the inning already started.
2007-09-19 18:27:24
155.   RIYank
I'm gonna leave the reporting to you, mattpat.
2007-09-19 18:27:36
156.   weeping for brunnhilde
Oh my God, is Boston really going to lose?

I don't want to jinx anything, but I'm practically salivating, over hear.

Ortiz up, Ellsbury at first, one out, top eight.

2007-09-19 18:27:45
157.   weeping for brunnhilde
here
2007-09-19 18:27:56
158.   OldYanksFan
One out, one on for Papi.
2007-09-19 18:27:59
159.   monkeypants
Fun problem: Andy, Joba, or Mo for the ninth? Probably not Andy. Almost certainly Mo, unless Torre wants to rest him.
2007-09-19 18:28:03
160.   Mattpat11
Strike One.
2007-09-19 18:28:24
161.   weeping for brunnhilde
Meanwhile, who the hell's pitching?

Joba, really!

Fuck, there goes Joe's job.

He broke The Rules!

2007-09-19 18:28:38
162.   SF Yanks
121 "...for thinking 2-1 is a nice place to be and we should be calm and enjoying it in a game like this-. "

Did I say this is a nice place to be?
Did I say you should be enjoying it in a game like this?
did I say you need to be calm?

Those types of remarks are getting old. If you want to debate/discuss something that I said that you don't agree with I would be happy to. But don't put words in my mouth.

2007-09-19 18:28:52
163.   monkeypants
Whoa...I thought the inning was over! Gotta pay more attention.
2007-09-19 18:28:54
164.   weeping for brunnhilde
Did you see that fastball?
2007-09-19 18:28:56
165.   Mattpat11
Fatty Flies Out
2007-09-19 18:29:11
166.   weeping for brunnhilde
Fuck!@!

I want blood!

2007-09-19 18:29:19
167.   RIYank
Jesus. Scott Downs really does look like he stole his face off a WANTED poster. But, he murders Papi, so no complaints.

Now I'll just enjoy Joba...

2007-09-19 18:29:46
168.   weeping for brunnhilde
ha ha hah ah h aha h aah ah ah ah ah !!!!!!!!!!

Blooooooooodddddddd!@!

ha ha ha hah ah ah ah 1!!

2007-09-19 18:29:47
169.   RIYank
Yum.

YUM YUM YUM!

2007-09-19 18:29:49
170.   Mattpat11
Lowell up.
2007-09-19 18:29:58
171.   rbj
Beauty!
2007-09-19 18:30:19
172.   Mike T
Nice, a 4 pitch sit-down.
2007-09-19 18:30:22
173.   3rd gen yankee fan
Ye gods. So happy he's on OUR team.
2007-09-19 18:30:27
174.   fansince77
Joba doba do and a donut too.
2007-09-19 18:30:49
175.   rsmith51
Easy for me to say, but I wouldn't take my bat off my shoulder with 2 strikes. He seems to always go to the slider just off the plate. I would force him to throw his fastball.
2007-09-19 18:31:03
176.   Shaun P
Where's that link to order that Joba t-shirt now? Hot damn!
2007-09-19 18:31:04
177.   monkeypants
159 OK, let me rephrase: who comes out for the ninth, Joba or Mo? If it's Joba, does he rest for two days, or only one?
2007-09-19 18:31:40
178.   Mattpat11
Strike one on Mike.
2007-09-19 18:31:43
179.   weeping for brunnhilde
175 I think maybe they think that is the fastball.
2007-09-19 18:32:34
180.   Mattpat11
strike 2
2007-09-19 18:32:45
181.   rbj
And Lowell Ks!
2007-09-19 18:32:54
182.   monkeypants
179 Maybe they're all lazy, indolent, and undisciplined?
2007-09-19 18:32:55
183.   Mattpat11
Lowell Ks.
2007-09-19 18:33:09
184.   weeping for brunnhilde
Why not let Mo and Joba share the closer role?

That really might take some needed pressure off Mo.

Why not?

2007-09-19 18:33:32
185.   SF Yanks
177 Why not Mo? I think it has to be Mo.
2007-09-19 18:33:49
186.   weeping for brunnhilde
182 :) Could be.
2007-09-19 18:34:03
187.   Mattpat11
Nancy, Varitek and Hinske in the ninth.
2007-09-19 18:34:25
188.   Dark Knight
howdy from la paz again. why bring andy out for 8th, up to 90s in pitches, when joe knows he'll replace andy for joba to face mora who was 2-2 against andy? and, yes, order me a joba shirt.
2007-09-19 18:35:31
189.   monkeypants
185 No reason per se. If Torre wanted to give Mo a couple of days off, he could just stick with Joba. But four outs might create a ripple in the Joba Rules Universe (two days off or one). I guess with the off day tomorrw, Torre felt he had a free out with Joba tonight.
2007-09-19 18:35:39
190.   Mattpat11
188 Why not?
2007-09-19 18:35:48
191.   SF Yanks
188 Hello Batman. Glad to have you back. ;)
2007-09-19 18:36:01
192.   weeping for brunnhilde
Oh, I hate this knuckle-dragger.
2007-09-19 18:36:08
193.   RIYank
177 But you're right, how do the Joba Rules work now, with inning fractions on the table?

Maybe let him get two outs and have Bruney finish! That would be cool.

2007-09-19 18:36:37
194.   OldYanksFan
If it's Mo, why Joba for 1 out? I guess with tomorrow an off day, there's nothing to lose. Joba is good for Friday.
2007-09-19 18:36:39
195.   weeping for brunnhilde
Ok, Alex.

Time to snap out of it.

2007-09-19 18:36:48
196.   rbj
188 I believe Torre wanted Joba to have the experience of coming in in the middle of an inning.

I'd like to see the Yankees bat around. Twice. Bring in Bruney for the ninth.

2007-09-19 18:37:01
197.   monkeypants
188 There is an organizational limit on the total number of innings Joba can pitch this season. if Torre was confident in Andy until he got to Mora, I have no problem with saving 2/3 of an inning on Joba's total.
2007-09-19 18:37:04
198.   weeping for brunnhilde
I think Alex should shorten his swing these days.
2007-09-19 18:37:23
199.   SF Yanks
A 2-1 win here with a 1-2 loss for the Sox would be Swwee..... I'll shush now until everythings over.
2007-09-19 18:38:35
200.   weeping for brunnhilde
Alex looks awful.
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2007-09-19 18:38:47
201.   Mattpat11
Alex Rios walks.
2007-09-19 18:38:58
202.   3rd gen yankee fan
ewwwww, that elbow shot was gross.
2007-09-19 18:39:10
203.   Sliced Bread
188 It is Book One, Chapter 2: The Progression of Joba

After finally surrendering His first run, Joba was ready for his next test: entering an inning in progress. He was successful.

Thanks Be To Joba

2007-09-19 18:39:21
204.   RIYank
198 I think he should be holding his swing back. Remember, he's said about other slumps that he was hitting the ball six inches too far out in front?
2007-09-19 18:39:53
205.   weeping for brunnhilde
Excellent.

Ok, let's bring Jorgie home!

2007-09-19 18:40:00
206.   Dark Knight
197 really, the organization will fractionalize innings for joba's availability? bizarre. btw, you have love technology, watching the game on mlb.com in a hotel room in la paz, monitoring banter.
2007-09-19 18:40:07
207.   OldYanksFan
It's scary to see Bad ARod this time of year.
Jays with the leadoff hotter on.
Big Hurt up.
2007-09-19 18:40:10
208.   monkeypants
193 maybe Torre did this to even out that fractional inning he had when he "threw at" Youkilis?

196 Is this really the experience of entering in the middle of the inning? I think they wanted to avoid having him come in with men on base (and so starting from the stretch). if he was already warming, there is no fundamental difference b/t starting the inning or coming in with two outs and no one on base.

2007-09-19 18:40:30
209.   Mike T
Alex Rios and Jorge Posada both hit by pitches within about a minute.
2007-09-19 18:40:51
210.   SF Yanks
193 I would guess it has a lot to do with how many pitches he throws. If he's thrown a lot of pitches in one inning before but only got one day of rest, then threw roughly the same amount of pitches but over an inning and an out or two, I would say he gets one day off. Whatdoyathink?
2007-09-19 18:41:12
211.   weeping for brunnhilde
204 Ah, yes, maybe it's that timing device of his, that foot-tap thing.
2007-09-19 18:41:22
212.   Mattpat11
2-1 on Big Hurt
2007-09-19 18:41:57
213.   Shaun P
This ump is horrible. Gameday shows so many of those "called strikes" as way off the plate!
2007-09-19 18:42:02
214.   Mattpat11
2-2
2007-09-19 18:42:28
215.   Mattpat11
Rios steals second.
2007-09-19 18:42:31
216.   weeping for brunnhilde
Come on, big Frank!
2007-09-19 18:42:40
217.   Mattpat11
3-2
2007-09-19 18:42:41
218.   RIYank
Hideki hit hard all night; too bad that wasn't one of the successful ones.

Ok, up to Mo!

2007-09-19 18:42:45
219.   Shaun P
Rios steals second, full count on Big Hurt
2007-09-19 18:42:56
220.   weeping for brunnhilde
Cowards!
2007-09-19 18:43:04
221.   RIYank
Timlin walks the second batter after hitting the first one. Control boy.
2007-09-19 18:43:16
222.   rbj
208 Not really, but it's a baby step forward, especially with it being a one run game.

Or maybe they just want to keep him sharp, he'd otherwise have four days off. Keep him ready for the playoffs.

I'm really just speculating here.

2007-09-19 18:43:25
223.   Mattpat11
Big Hurt walks. Hill up, 1st and 2nd, no out.
2007-09-19 18:43:56
224.   weeping for brunnhilde
Sacrifice is successful, second and third, one away.
2007-09-19 18:44:10
225.   OldYanksFan
Frank walks. 2 on, no out. Its Timlin time!
Sac bunt is good. 2nd and 3rd, one out.
2007-09-19 18:44:23
226.   RIYank
Bunted to second and third, now one out. I like that bunt, good move.
2007-09-19 18:44:37
227.   weeping for brunnhilde
Come on, Mo!
2007-09-19 18:44:49
228.   Sliced Bread
213 No question the umps have an 11pm table at Elaine's with some stewardesses.
But I agree with a most of the calls off the outside corner. Too close to not fight off, or drive into play.
2007-09-19 18:45:00
229.   OldYanksFan
Hey... anyone who is watching the Sox game also watching the Yankees?
2007-09-19 18:45:07
230.   Shaun P
Big Hurt walks! Gagne won't pitch; Okajima is out; does Francona dare go to Papelbon?

203 And now, thanks be to Mo!

2007-09-19 18:45:13
231.   RIYank
IBB, now loaded for the rookie Lind.
2007-09-19 18:45:19
232.   rbj
Ohhh, second & third, one out in bottom of the 8th in Canada. Oy, IBB to load 'em
2007-09-19 18:45:33
233.   weeping for brunnhilde
Strike one.
2007-09-19 18:46:01
234.   weeping for brunnhilde
Strike two.

(I love the way Mo's leg does that little flutter as he comes set, btw.)

2007-09-19 18:46:06
235.   Mattpat11
3-0 on Zaun.
2007-09-19 18:46:13
236.   SF Yanks
229 Yes, and also doing work at the same time, plus posting here.
2007-09-19 18:46:29
237.   weeping for brunnhilde
In on the hands, fouled off.
2007-09-19 18:46:32
238.   Mattpat11
IBB for Zaun
2007-09-19 18:47:06
239.   SF Yanks
234 Yup!
2007-09-19 18:47:14
240.   Mattpat11
Tejada's a ham. That was nowhere near him.
2007-09-19 18:47:18
241.   weeping for brunnhilde
NIce, Mo!

Tejada hits the dirt, brushed back.

2007-09-19 18:47:32
242.   Shaun P
YES! Timlin intentionally walks Zaun to load the bases with just one out! Do these people know nothing? I remember two games vs the Sox where the Yanks won because they walked a guy to load the bases, trying to get that elusive double play. But the increase in the odds of the other team scoring far outweights the odds of getting the double play.
2007-09-19 18:47:41
243.   weeping for brunnhilde
Nice Sunday hop to Derek.

One out.

2007-09-19 18:47:42
244.   RIYank
230 He does! Papelbon to try to save the day!

Interesting.

2007-09-19 18:47:49
245.   Mattpat11
Papelbitch in.
2007-09-19 18:48:07
246.   rbj
This is why I need picture in picture.
2007-09-19 18:48:22
247.   weeping for brunnhilde
Strike one, looking.

Right over the dish.

2007-09-19 18:48:25
248.   yankz
Just got in...how the hell is it this close?!
2007-09-19 18:48:46
249.   Mattpat11
That was fugly.
2007-09-19 18:48:55
250.   weeping for brunnhilde
Jam shot, fuck, fuck, falls fair.

Fuck.

Markakis in with a double down the right field line.

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2007-09-19 18:49:00
251.   Mattpat11
Where the fuck was Abreu on that?
2007-09-19 18:49:06
252.   RIYank
242 I was thinking the same thing!

I just hate the IBB there. It puts incredible pressure on the pitcher.

Oh, crap. Goddam bloop double. ARRHHHHH! (Talk like a pirate day.)

2007-09-19 18:49:07
253.   SF Yanks
Awww, c'mon Moses.
2007-09-19 18:49:14
254.   OldYanksFan
Papsmear in. 1 out, bases loaded.
2007-09-19 18:49:30
255.   Shaun P
246 They ought to let you have two Gameday windows open at the same time - I lose 20 seconds waiting for the game to load up when I switch between them.

244 245 Geez Terry, the last time you brought Paps in to get more than 4 outs, you regretted it later. Let's hope history repeats itself!

243 Thanks be to Mo!

2007-09-19 18:49:36
256.   Sliced Bread
248 Thanks Be To Joba
2007-09-19 18:49:43
257.   yankz
OK, freaking out again.
2007-09-19 18:49:49
258.   weeping for brunnhilde
Fuck.

I don't like Millar here, not one bit.

2007-09-19 18:50:08
259.   cult of basebaal
248 the yankees lack moral fibre, evidently ...
2007-09-19 18:50:22
260.   Mattpat11
258 Nope.
2007-09-19 18:50:32
261.   weeping for brunnhilde
0-2 to Millar.
2007-09-19 18:50:37
262.   SF Yanks
248 Because they are playing lazy, uninspired, and unfocused. Don't ya know?
2007-09-19 18:51:11
263.   RIYank
255 You can have two Gameday windows open at once.
2007-09-19 18:51:29
264.   weeping for brunnhilde
Fuck.

Millar really can hit.

2007-09-19 18:51:30
265.   OldYanksFan
Paps with the K. 2 out.
2007-09-19 18:51:39
266.   bartap74
Love the fact that Boston is going to Papelbon so early. It smacks of panic and tires him out for the playoffs.
2007-09-19 18:51:42
267.   yankz
259 262 Are people really saying that shit again?
2007-09-19 18:51:53
268.   SF Yanks
I don't have a good feeling about this.
2007-09-19 18:51:54
269.   Mattpat11
Lind Ks.
2007-09-19 18:52:29
270.   3rd gen yankee fan
267 HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
2007-09-19 18:52:30
271.   weeping for brunnhilde
Up and in, 1-2.

How's Mo going to put him away?

Outside?

2007-09-19 18:52:40
272.   Mattpat11
This isn't going well.
2007-09-19 18:52:48
273.   weeping for brunnhilde
Missed outside.

2-2.

2007-09-19 18:53:04
274.   weeping for brunnhilde
Yes!!!!!

Fuck!!!!!!

Yes, he went!!

2007-09-19 18:53:07
275.   SF Yanks
267 X--------X

That's my mouth sealed.

2007-09-19 18:53:24
276.   monkeypants
259 Hey, you're using my material!

; )

2007-09-19 18:53:29
277.   OldYanksFan
3-0 for Paps.
2007-09-19 18:53:36
278.   Shaun P
255 How? I did it by opening IE and Firefox, but I'd rather not use IE.

C'mon Paps, walk him . . .

C'mon Mo, get him out . . .

2007-09-19 18:53:40
279.   RIYank
274 It was close.
Mo will get him with a cutter in...
2007-09-19 18:53:40
280.   weeping for brunnhilde
Millar just won't die.

He's dangerous.

2007-09-19 18:53:56
281.   3rd gen yankee fan
CMON RUSS!
2007-09-19 18:54:00
282.   OldYanksFan
3-2 bases loaded.
2007-09-19 18:54:14
283.   Mattpat11
One more, Mo.
2007-09-19 18:54:20
284.   weeping for brunnhilde
Phew.

Exhale.

2007-09-19 18:54:21
285.   rbj
2 Down. One to go.
2007-09-19 18:54:28
286.   OldYanksFan
GRAND SLAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2007-09-19 18:54:29
287.   SF Yanks
Oh, thank you Mo. Just one Mo please!
2007-09-19 18:54:33
288.   rsmith51
Grand Slam off of Paps.
2007-09-19 18:54:44
289.   yankz
I guess Jeter just lucked into that bomb, and Arod lucked into that single?
2007-09-19 18:54:45
290.   cult of basebaal
1 more, mo!
2007-09-19 18:54:50
291.   Sliced Bread
Goodbye, Millar.

And Mo said to the pig, "You shall not enter this house!"
The swine was slaughtered, and the wine was poured.

Thanks Be To Mo

2007-09-19 18:54:52
292.   Mattpat11
GRAND SLAM!
2007-09-19 18:54:53
293.   weeping for brunnhilde
That was right over the dish.

Wow, that was pretty hittable-looking.

2007-09-19 18:54:57
294.   OldYanksFan
GRAND SLAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
GRAND SLAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
GRAND SLAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
6-1 TORONTO!!!!!!!!!!!!!
COMMON MO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2007-09-19 18:54:58
295.   monkeypants
Well, even if Mo can't hold this, it's looking mighty grim for the mighty Sawx tonight.
2007-09-19 18:54:59
296.   rbj
Russ Adams granny!
2007-09-19 18:55:12
297.   SF Yanks
286 Yes!!!!
2007-09-19 18:55:12
298.   weeping for brunnhilde
Yayyyyyy!!!!!!!!

HA!

Papplebon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

uahj hhadhfikdjfal;dskjdsakl;jfdsakl;fdsajkl;fdsaj;fdsklajfdsa;lkjfds

2007-09-19 18:55:13
299.   Shaun P
THAT A BOY RUSS ADAMS!!!!

And Mo too, of course.

2007-09-19 18:55:14
300.   cult of basebaal
GRNAD SLAM, ADAMS!!!!

YESSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!

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2007-09-19 18:55:17
301.   yankz
288 Most beautiful words ever spoken.
2007-09-19 18:55:17
302.   RIYank
SALAMI!!!!

Papelbon blows it.

This is just too sweet.

2007-09-19 18:55:30
303.   Mattpat11
Huff hits Mo.
2007-09-19 18:55:42
304.   Mike T
Russ Adams clears 'em. Toronto 6-1 Boston.
2007-09-19 18:55:48
305.   3rd gen yankee fan
WHOA!!!!!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!
2007-09-19 18:56:00
306.   weeping for brunnhilde
2-1.
2007-09-19 18:56:06
307.   pistolpete
I can't wait to hear the crowd reaction on the Sox score...
2007-09-19 18:56:09
308.   yankz
PLEASE just get this out Mo PLEASE
2007-09-19 18:56:10
309.   Dark Knight
russ adams!!! 17 career HRs, 2 off RHPs, and he slams paps!! oh, i wish i were in a sox pub.
2007-09-19 18:56:11
310.   Marcus
Papelbagne!
2007-09-19 18:56:33
311.   cult of basebaal
according to gameday, this ump's strike zone is bullshit
2007-09-19 18:56:34
312.   pistolpete
303 That was the whole point of my argument the other night, fwiw.
2007-09-19 18:56:47
313.   Marcus
Papelbagne!
2007-09-19 18:56:52
314.   Mattpat11
One more strike, Mo.
2007-09-19 18:56:52
315.   weeping for brunnhilde
Come on, Mo, one more...
2007-09-19 18:57:23
316.   Yankee Fan in Chicago
Where the heck were those first 2 pitches to Huff? Looked like friggin strikes on Gameday, not even close to being balls. C'mon blue.
2007-09-19 18:57:49
317.   monkeypants
311 I've only watched for a few innings and it has been cray-zeee.
2007-09-19 18:57:49
318.   RIYank
278 Shaun P., the problem is that when you try to open a new one, it replaces the old one, right?

If you have the URL for a Gameday, it's easy. You just open two new tabs and put their URLs in by hand. Another way to do it is to open a new tab and go to the Gameday you want using HISTORY. You can probably come up with other work-arounds yourself.

2007-09-19 18:58:08
319.   pistolpete
And that's what I wanted to hear. C'mon, Mo, get the K and blow the roof off the joint.
2007-09-19 18:58:18
320.   rsmith51
311 Hasn't been too noticable except just off the plate. From what I can tell, it appears to be going both ways.
2007-09-19 18:58:36
321.   weeping for brunnhilde
Ohhhhhhhh!!!!!!!\

Fuck you, ump!!!

You wrung up Derek on that same pitch, asshole!

2007-09-19 18:58:38
322.   3rd gen yankee fan
Look at that crowd!
2007-09-19 18:58:38
323.   yankz
I have no idea how I survived these games before finding BB.
2007-09-19 18:59:26
324.   cult of basebaal
pitch 1 and 3 (which were balls)were BOTH at the knees and lined up with pitch 3, which was a strike

pitch 2 was above the knees and right down the middle, C'MON fuckwit!!!

2007-09-19 18:59:30
325.   RIYank
Making this interesting.
2007-09-19 18:59:30
326.   Mattpat11
Okay. Go for Hernandez.
2007-09-19 18:59:32
327.   weeping for brunnhilde
Ok, not the worst thing, by any means.
2007-09-19 18:59:39
328.   yankz
#*$)(@#$)#
2007-09-19 18:59:45
329.   pistolpete
This sucks. Just get the gawd darned game over with already...
2007-09-19 19:00:09
330.   3rd gen yankee fan
Mariano's teasing us.
2007-09-19 19:00:15
331.   weeping for brunnhilde
Inside, 1-0.
2007-09-19 19:00:20
332.   rsmith51
Go after him, Mo!
2007-09-19 19:00:20
333.   pistolpete
That was a strike to Tejada.
2007-09-19 19:00:28
334.   yankz
OMG
2007-09-19 19:00:42
335.   Mattpat11
Losing the zone, Mo.
2007-09-19 19:00:44
336.   weeping for brunnhilde
Fuck, he's missing.

Inside, 2-0.

2007-09-19 19:01:08
337.   Mattpat11
two more.
2007-09-19 19:01:12
338.   weeping for brunnhilde
Oooohh.

Right over the dish.

2007-09-19 19:01:13
339.   SF Yanks
330 I hope that's all it is.
2007-09-19 19:01:14
340.   yankz
Feels like Mo's recent WHIP doesn't match up with his recent ERA
2007-09-19 19:01:28
341.   Mattpat11
one more.
2007-09-19 19:01:36
342.   pistolpete
Love the Sox updates by Kay - he's doing batter by batter now...

C'mon Mo - END IT NOW.

2007-09-19 19:01:39
343.   Yankee Fan in Chicago
The 5th pitch was a strike too acc to Gameday. I don't think Mo threw a ball that whole friggin atbat until the last pitch.
2007-09-19 19:01:44
344.   weeping for brunnhilde
2-2.

Breathe, breathe, breathe...

2007-09-19 19:01:44
346.   OldYanksFan
Boston loses!
2007-09-19 19:01:51
347.   yankz
ONE MORE MO PLEASE
2007-09-19 19:01:52
348.   Shaun P
321 Bud ought to stop worrying what crappy middle reliever used what steroid in 2002 and start focusing on the shitty umpiring that is killing MLB in 2007.
2007-09-19 19:01:52
349.   Mattpat11
Boston loses.
2007-09-19 19:01:59
350.   rbj
Saux lose
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2007-09-19 19:02:06
351.   3rd gen yankee fan
LET'S GO YANK-EES!
2007-09-19 19:02:23
352.   weeping for brunnhilde
Aggggggggh.

Damn, he can't put 'em away tonight.

2007-09-19 19:02:31
353.   SF Yanks
Go up high Mo!
2007-09-19 19:02:41
354.   yankz
ONE MORE MO PLEASE
2007-09-19 19:02:53
355.   Mattpat11
END THIS
2007-09-19 19:03:02
356.   rsmith51
I wouldn't agree that they are all strikes, but he often does get those calls.
2007-09-19 19:03:14
357.   weeping for brunnhilde
Agreed, cimb the ladder!
2007-09-19 19:03:21
358.   yankz
28 pitches
2007-09-19 19:03:22
359.   pistolpete
My stomach can't take this. Penne alá Vodka tonight and it's churning...
2007-09-19 19:03:24
360.   weeping for brunnhilde
Oh, you pigfucker!
2007-09-19 19:03:31
361.   rsmith51
What the heck was that?
2007-09-19 19:03:31
362.   RIYank
No way! That was strike three!
2007-09-19 19:03:35
363.   Mattpat11
This umpire needs to be fired.
2007-09-19 19:03:44
364.   Shaun P
firemikereilly.com?
2007-09-19 19:03:55
365.   weeping for brunnhilde
Oh God...
2007-09-19 19:04:23
366.   bartap74
Jesus Christo!
2007-09-19 19:04:25
367.   yankz
Go-ahead run in SP
2007-09-19 19:04:27
368.   3rd gen yankee fan
what

the

hell.

2007-09-19 19:04:29
369.   rsmith51
Does Mo need some time off? What's with these walks?
2007-09-19 19:04:44
370.   Mattpat11
worthless sack of shit umpire. DO YOUR FUCKING JOB.
2007-09-19 19:05:03
371.   Dark Knight
bizarre, paps and mo in 2-1 games, bases loaded. show paps how it's done mo!
2007-09-19 19:05:10
372.   Marcus
This is ridiculous. GET AN OUT.
2007-09-19 19:05:29
373.   Mattpat11
369 Ks that aren't being called.
2007-09-19 19:05:33
374.   yankz
Replace a .191 hitter with a .194. Nice.
2007-09-19 19:05:36
375.   RIYank
Uh.
Moore? Batting .194, never seen Mo before??
2007-09-19 19:05:58
376.   weeping for brunnhilde
Up and in, Mo, up and in.
2007-09-19 19:06:04
377.   monkeypants
WTF!?! In hindsight the decision to go to Joba for only one out appears mistaken.
2007-09-19 19:06:17
378.   Mattpat11
Ball three was in the same place as strike two here.
2007-09-19 19:06:28
379.   pistolpete
YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!
2007-09-19 19:06:31
380.   C2Coke
Now, Can Joba close tomorrow if necessary? given his little work load and all today?
2007-09-19 19:06:35
381.   cult of basebaal
YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2007-09-19 19:06:37
382.   rbj
YESSSSS!

Mo, you are such a tease!!!!!

2007-09-19 19:06:40
383.   yankz
Oh thank you god
2007-09-19 19:06:41
384.   rsmith51
Phew! Maybe Joba should pitch 2 next game.
2007-09-19 19:06:48
385.   SF Yanks
HOLY MOSES!

THANK YOU!

1 GAME!

I LOVE YOU ALL!

2007-09-19 19:06:48
386.   yankster
oh thank you.
2007-09-19 19:06:48
387.   Mattpat11
YES!
2007-09-19 19:06:49
388.   3rd gen yankee fan
YES!!!!!!!!!
2007-09-19 19:06:52
389.   Yankee Fan in Chicago
1 1/2!
2007-09-19 19:06:57
390.   Marcus
Moore decided to sit back and enjoy the end of the game like the rest of us.
2007-09-19 19:07:12
391.   C2Coke
Mo, thank you! But really, why did you have to tease us?
2007-09-19 19:07:30
392.   cult of basebaal
380 sure, joba can close on off-days all he wants ...
2007-09-19 19:07:32
393.   weeping for brunnhilde
One and a fucking half!!!!!!!!!!1

aaaahdklfdsajkl;daj;;kfdsdddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddd

2007-09-19 19:07:32
394.   Dark Knight
wow. see, mo was watching gameday, knew paps blew it with bases loaded, loaded them himself, just to show us all. love the mo!
2007-09-19 19:07:43
395.   monkeypants
374 Tht's the kind of managing that shows the o's haven't given up on the season!

Yay Mo!!!

2007-09-19 19:07:45
396.   Shaun P
Praise be to Mo!!

1.5 games back - damn!

2007-09-19 19:07:46
397.   Mike T
380 I think the Yanks are off tomorrow.
2007-09-19 19:07:58
398.   bartap74
All of a sudden, the division title is a realistic goal. Remember, all we need to do is tie Boston's record.
2007-09-19 19:07:58
399.   RIYank
Thanks be to Mo.
2007-09-19 19:08:11
400.   pistolpete
Mo is the new Dave Righetti. Remember how often Rags used to do that to us?
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2007-09-19 19:08:12
401.   3rd gen yankee fan
godDAMN it's nice to be the hottest team in the majors!
2007-09-19 19:08:16
402.   Mattpat11
The Toronto Blue Jays have been eliminated from playoff contention.
2007-09-19 19:08:25
403.   OldYanksFan
We gain 4 games in 4 days against BOTH the Sox and Detroit!
The WC is in but in the bag. Magic number is 5. I CAN"T WAIT to watch the NESN post game show. WHAT PLEASURE!
2007-09-19 19:08:31
404.   bartap74
380 Proctor's closing tomorrow. It
2007-09-19 19:08:46
405.   Schteeve
Strikes 1 and 2 were low.
2007-09-19 19:08:49
406.   3rd gen yankee fan
I gotta post it too:

1.5!!!!!!!!!

2007-09-19 19:08:49
407.   williamnyy23
I think Mo was making absolute sure that the vets Huff and Hernandez were not going to beat him.
2007-09-19 19:09:21
408.   C2Coke
392 Oh, fine, you caught me...
2007-09-19 19:09:24
409.   yankz
385 AMEN!

OH MY GOD 1.5 OUT

2007-09-19 19:09:58
410.   Dark Knight
was moore the best they had off the bench? 70 lifetime ABs, .200 vs RHP, although a statistically insignificant but interesting 1-3 AB with bases loaded. what a nigth. 1.5. oh the joy, oh the joy.
2007-09-19 19:10:23
411.   weeping for brunnhilde
My God!

I feel like we just won the World Series.

I just ran down the block like a fucking loon screaming, "One and a half, one and a half!!" and laughing like a madman.

I ducked into my little bar down the block and said to the bartender, whom I didn't know from Adam, "Did you see that, one and a half?"

"I don't want to hear it, get out of my bar!"

So I said once more, with feeling, "One and a half!!!!! ah ah aha ha ha "

And I pointed and laughed before fleeing for my life.

Dude was not amused, poor bastard.

2007-09-19 19:10:25
412.   Bama Yankee
Hey Red Sox Nation:
Those objects in your rear view mirror are closer than they appear...
2007-09-19 19:10:39
413.   yankz
402 Have you ever been happier? :)
2007-09-19 19:10:45
414.   Shaun P
Damn. I can't believe it. The division race is not over. Damn!

Sorry to be a little somber, but you know who's got to be loving this from his seat waaayyy up in the bleachers? Jim Dean. Wish he could be here to share it with us.

2007-09-19 19:10:45
415.   RIYank
Three straight amazing baseball nights. Just beautiful. Nine games in three days go our way!
2007-09-19 19:11:45
416.   williamnyy23
Off day or not, Mo shouldn't pitch on Friday. The playoffs are now a reality, so a fresh Mo must be a priority. He threw 33 pitches today, so I'd like to see him get at least 2 days off.
2007-09-19 19:11:56
417.   yankz
411 HA! That's awesome.

I know I'm all Debbie Downer, but we have to get through the Toronto team that just schooled the Choke Sox.

ric, where for art thou now?

2007-09-19 19:12:27
418.   weeping for brunnhilde
407 Very nice point.
2007-09-19 19:12:39
419.   rbs10025
411 If I tried that, I'd be 86ed. My favorite bartender is a Sawx fan. It's her only imperfection.
2007-09-19 19:12:40
420.   Sliced Bread
The Book Of Mo: Chapter 13
The Closer To God

It was not enough for Mo to humble the swine with thunder, and violent rotations of his arm.
He wanted them to know lightening. He wanted them to be enlightened by His effortless superiority.
He was successful.

Thanks Be To Mo

Play that Sinatra

2007-09-19 19:12:40
421.   RIYank
402 How is that possible? Don't they have Lyle Overbay?
2007-09-19 19:12:43
422.   Flip Play
I read you guys all the time and it has been very tense in my apartment for the last ten minutes. Thanks.

And congrats Pettitte on your 200th!

2007-09-19 19:12:51
423.   Dark Knight
412 nice. crazy endings. just nuts. one and a half.
2007-09-19 19:13:29
424.   pistolpete
Anyone see all the columnist quotes on NoMaas?

BEAUTIFUL!

2007-09-19 19:14:00
425.   weeping for brunnhilde
Oh my God, what a beautiful game.

Andy's 200th, remember?

Wow.

I feel exuberant right now.

2007-09-19 19:14:06
426.   Shaun P
410 Moore, in the minors at least, showed quite a bit of power - slugged .526 at AAA this year, was regarded highly when with the Cubs. If I'm the O's, I'd take him hitting against Mo over Fahey (career high in HRs: 3) any day.
2007-09-19 19:14:37
427.   RIYank
420 Very nice. (But it's "lightning". Unless you meant he wanted them to know about getting lighter.)
2007-09-19 19:14:58
428.   yankz
AND CONGRATS ON #200 ANDY!
2007-09-19 19:15:16
429.   Sliced Bread
427 Thanks Be To Spellcheck
2007-09-19 19:15:17
430.   weeping for brunnhilde
415 Wow. A fucking bonanza.

It's so nice to capitalize.

2007-09-19 19:15:46
431.   williamnyy23
Also, knowing Mo, I am sure he was being extra careful with Pettitte's 200th. If you watched the pitches that missed, they all pretty much hit Posada's location. This wasn't an instance of Mo missing his spots (when that happens, he usually leaves balls over the plate), but Posada/Rivera using the Fahey spot as the safety route.
2007-09-19 19:16:16
432.   weeping for brunnhilde
We did play good D.

What a nice little game.

2007-09-19 19:16:18
433.   RIYank
426 Not me. The chance of Moore hitting a really long ball there must have been about 1/100. Never faced that cutter in his life.

Anyway, the O's didn't have a lot of good options, obviously.

2007-09-19 19:16:47
434.   OldYanksFan
The NESN Post game replays Lugo dogging it.
"If he runs that out, it's a tie game, and the whole complection of the game changes. He knows it, the Sox know it, and all the fans know it"
Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!
2007-09-19 19:17:25
435.   weeping for brunnhilde
422 Hey there, flip, don't be a stranger!
2007-09-19 19:17:54
436.   RIYank
430 Yes, It Really Is.

(nice to capitalize.)

431 I think you're right. He went and gave Andy a hug afterward, and handed him the ball.

2007-09-19 19:18:23
437.   RIYank
Welcome, flip. Join in next time.
2007-09-19 19:19:18
438.   weeping for brunnhilde
I guess that non-homerun by Alex was off the end of the bat.
2007-09-19 19:19:32
439.   Raf
Jeez, Griffey just can't catch a break
2007-09-19 19:19:46
440.   weeping for brunnhilde
Mientkiewicz is downright balletic with those stretches.
2007-09-19 19:19:49
441.   RIYank
Ah, Mattpat I see you jumped on Bob Timmerman's fastball at the Griddle...
2007-09-19 19:20:50
442.   yankz
436 IT REALLY IS!
2007-09-19 19:20:52
443.   weeping for brunnhilde
14-8.

Nice season, dear Andy.

Welcome home.

2007-09-19 19:20:59
444.   Shaun P
422 Though once you're in, its hard to get out! =)

435 weeping, if I had said to you three months ago that the Yanks would come all the way back to be just 1.5 games out - and 1 in the loss column - with 10 to play, would you have believed me?

I don't think I would have believed me!

2007-09-19 19:21:24
445.   Flip Play
435 437 Thanks. I'm a NY transplant in LA, so I only see the games when they're national... but I'll be here in the postseason.
2007-09-19 19:21:40
446.   Raf
439 Watching the Cubs-Reds game on ESPN. Griffey fields a ball in RF, and when he steps to throw, something gives, and Griffey underhands the ball to the IF, and collapses in the OF.
2007-09-19 19:21:52
447.   nemecizer
Wow.

1 game in the loss column.

Wow.

2007-09-19 19:21:52
448.   RIYank
So, when Mo entered the game, this thread had 230 comments. Then we got about 150 while he pitched, and now another sixty or seventy postgame. Pretty cool.
2007-09-19 19:22:12
449.   yankz
And the Banterers rejoiced and were merry, for the streets of Boston had flooded with the urine and tears of a million grown men.
2007-09-19 19:22:29
450.   Mattpat11
441 How could I not?
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2007-09-19 19:22:32
451.   weeping for brunnhilde
444 Amazing, isn't it?

I mean Christ Jesus.

Remember when whoever the fuck was stole home on us?

Remember how ill we all felt?

2007-09-19 19:23:14
452.   yankz
How awesome is our Captain? Never once did he say something like, "We're feeling comfortable in the Wild Card lead" or "Boston's got a great team, they'll be tough to catch." Not once. It was always, "We have to keep playing well. We're not giving up on the division."
2007-09-19 19:23:33
453.   Mattpat11
445 You could always Gameday it. Alot of us do.
2007-09-19 19:23:52
454.   weeping for brunnhilde
449 ha ha ha hah ah aha ha ah ah !!!!
2007-09-19 19:24:20
455.   yankz
451 That was because the pitcher and catcher were lazy. He unfocusedly lobbed a changeup, and the catcher slapped his ass instead of tagging him.
2007-09-19 19:24:30
456.   RIYank
449 Sodom.
Aw my gawd.
Francona has gawta go. And we need Yuke back, pronto. Fuck Manny.
2007-09-19 19:25:23
457.   yankz
445 I've been Gamedaying. Tons of people around here keep us updated on details and other games as well. It's a fun time. But totally addicting. And we don't really have much patience for "Trade Arod!" posts (unless they're sarcastic). Just a warning.
2007-09-19 19:25:47
458.   Raf
414 I can't help but wonder if in some way he's partially responsible for this.
2007-09-19 19:25:52
459.   SF Yanks
455 HaHaa.
2007-09-19 19:25:59
460.   RIYank
455 It's impossible to steal home against the virtuous man.
2007-09-19 19:26:35
461.   Shaun P
451 That, and the ill-fated Colorado-SF road trip too. Or did that steal happen during that road trip? It all seems like years ago now.

449 Lo, and the men tore their hair and rent their garments. For even their beloved Sox finally winning the Serious in 2004 did not relieve New England of its inferiority complex when it came to the Yankees.

2007-09-19 19:27:30
462.   Mattpat11
The key, now, is to beat Toronto three of four. They're not good, and they're due for a let down after that series.
2007-09-19 19:27:36
463.   pistolpete
446 What's going on with Griffey? Did he come out of the game?
2007-09-19 19:28:04
464.   Shaun P
458 Its as good an explanation as any other.
2007-09-19 19:28:21
465.   yankz
462 Everybody knew they were done, but I'm wondering if being mathematically eliminated will weigh down on them. Can't help.
2007-09-19 19:28:23
466.   SF Yanks
457 That's the reason I love this place. It seems to be, for the most part, pretty level-headed, well grounded, yada yada.
2007-09-19 19:28:56
467.   weeping for brunnhilde
455 460 ha ha hah ah aha ha!
2007-09-19 19:29:36
468.   yankz
466 There is definitely a higher baseball IQ around these parts (I'm not including myself, because that would make me a loser). It has to be the registration. It confuses most of the trolls/12-year olds.
2007-09-19 19:29:42
469.   Mattpat11
455 Actually, that was largely due to Pettitte having his back to the play and no one alerting him to the problem, which was really another reason why that steal was a low point.
2007-09-19 19:29:49
470.   weeping for brunnhilde
414 Hear, hear.
2007-09-19 19:29:50
471.   Ken Arneson
1 1/2 is...

http://catfishstew.baseballtoaster.com/archives/257940.html

2007-09-19 19:30:22
472.   wsporter
What was that noise? It sounded like an entire nation crapping the bed. Weird; it woke me up!
2007-09-19 19:30:23
473.   Shaun P
462 And two of their three scariest pitchers (McGowan and Burnett) both threw tons of pitches vs the Sox, which ought to make them less effective against the Yanks.
2007-09-19 19:30:46
474.   yankz
471 Oh come on Ken, let us enjoy the moment, even if it is premature.
2007-09-19 19:31:07
475.   weeping for brunnhilde
420 :)
2007-09-19 19:31:43
476.   yankster
can't wait to see the postseason odds tomorrow. Those numbers were pretty depressing about a week ago, like 3% championship. Today the yankees had a 10% chance. Tomorrow has to be a whole different ballgame. In 24 hours The loss difference has changed by 50%!
2007-09-19 19:31:48
477.   yankz
472 He's back!
2007-09-19 19:32:19
478.   Shaun P
472 MFD - welcome back! You're just in time for the good part!
2007-09-19 19:33:39
479.   yankz
Yanks have nothing to lose at this point. If they don't catch Boston, whatever, they weren't supposed to anyway. But if they do...oh god, if they do...

All the pressure's on you, Boston. Don't choke.

2007-09-19 19:34:00
480.   Mattpat11
Torre just said he'd keep going out to babble to Mo if it'll get the job done.
2007-09-19 19:34:48
481.   weeping for brunnhilde
479 :)

Precisely so.

2007-09-19 19:36:08
482.   yankz
The most recent Jeter interview online:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwzlg6erxIw

2007-09-19 19:36:25
483.   RIYank
472 Yo! Cool!
So this is what it takes to bring you back.
2007-09-19 19:36:47
484.   3rd gen yankee fan
God I love September baseball.
2007-09-19 19:37:03
485.   weeping for brunnhilde
Oh, I missed something--what happened to Jason?
2007-09-19 19:37:56
486.   Jersey
Holy smokes. Three terrific nights in a row. We sweep, and our two competitors get swept. And now a day to rest....soooo sweet. SO sweet.
2007-09-19 19:38:10
487.   weeping for brunnhilde
Interview with Andy coming up...
2007-09-19 19:39:01
488.   RIYank
479 House money.
2007-09-19 19:40:33
489.   Raf
463 Yes, he's out of the game. Looks like he pulled/tore his groin again...

Pretty good game in Chicago. Cubs are about to close it out, and Houston just tied the Brewers. Fun race to watch, the NL Central.

2007-09-19 19:42:08
490.   Sliced Bread
472 Woo hoo! wsporter!

I was just about to make a statement for the record that's of no consequence at all.

I don't think I've ever said anything as foolish as Steve Phillips has uttered, but to put it mildly, I've been unfairly rough on Doug Out since long before he got here.

Let me now state before this honorable tribunal of Bronx Banterers -- to the best of my knowledge, observations, and analytical ability Mr. Doug Mientkiewicz (spellcheck) is a first baseman of the first order.

The New York Yankees would well-advised to include Mr. Mientkiewicz in their postseason playbook.

Sincerely,

Sliced Bread
Bronx Banter

472 Look! It's wsporter!

2007-09-19 19:43:32
491.   Mattpat11
The other key. We only have to tie Boston. They have to beat us.
2007-09-19 19:43:34
492.   yankz
Stolen from LoHud: "Dang – even if we don't win the division, we're making RSN sweat. As Spongbob once said to Mr Crabs (and fake Mr. Crabs) – "I'd be nervous if I were you"."

Gotta love it.

Also, it seems Peter Gammons has written an article about Captain. Anyone actually pay for ESPN Insider?

2007-09-19 19:43:45
493.   weeping for brunnhilde
Andy: "I wouldn't want anybody out closing games, I guarantee you, other than him."

So sweet.

Andy has a good heart.

2007-09-19 19:43:52
494.   RIYank
Hey, what Yankee fan still wants to get the Indians in the first round?
I think the Angels are the much easier team these days. Cleveland is so well balanced, a great team.

Second best team in baseball.

2007-09-19 19:44:30
495.   Ken Arneson
474 Sorry, I didn't mean for it to spoil your fun; I was just trying to give y'all some additional ways to run around your neighborhoods shouting "1 1/2!"
2007-09-19 19:44:42
496.   Mattpat11
490 You may not being saying that in a week when he's in one of his 0-15s.
2007-09-19 19:44:58
497.   weeping for brunnhilde
Andy: "Sometimes this game is just crazy."
2007-09-19 19:45:19
498.   Mike T
As hard as this may be to believe, ESPN is mocking Red Sox fans on Sportscenter, and mocking them pretty good too.
2007-09-19 19:45:24
499.   pistolpete
485 MRI on his bruised right foot, came up negative.

I'm rolling with laughter reading all the love for Stink. At the start of the summer most members on this board wanted him off the team.

2007-09-19 19:45:42
500.   pistolpete
499 Unless I'm missing the sarcasm. ;-)
Show/Hide Comments 501-550
2007-09-19 19:45:57
501.   pistolpete
498 How so?
2007-09-19 19:46:44
502.   yankz
495 Ah, ok. Thanks! To the bars!
2007-09-19 19:47:32
503.   Mattpat11
492 I can't imagine paying for Peter "Defective Baseball" Gammons "insight"
2007-09-19 19:47:51
504.   weeping for brunnhilde
"Can't worry about them...we have to worry about ourselves."

ha ah hah aha ah !!!

"Yeah, he's old too. He pitched here, went somewhere else, came back and got 200."

ha hah ah ah aha ha ah ah ah !!!

Derek has a great wry wit when he lets himself be loose.

2007-09-19 19:48:50
505.   weeping for brunnhilde
499 Oh, was that the HBP, or am I making that up?
2007-09-19 19:49:18
506.   yankz
503 Me neither, I was hoping to get lucky. He does, however, have amazing access to players, and I wanted to see what he said about the Captain. The article is titled something like "Only winning matters to Jeter"
2007-09-19 19:51:16
507.   Mattpat11
506 He has amazing access to players, but if he's just going to lie and say whatever he wants anyway, what difference does it make?

Remember his feud with Carl Pavano over who Assbruise grew up rooting for?

2007-09-19 19:52:13
508.   Mike T
501 Stuart Scott: "Wait, what's that sound? It sounds like a million Red Sox fans crying. It's ok, come on down off that ledge..."

"Come on, 14 1/2, 2 1/2, does it really matter?....ok, yes it does."

It was good stuff, mostly because it's so unexpected on that network.

2007-09-19 19:52:58
509.   yankz
507 That's all true, but I know he loves Jeter. A couple years ago he wrote an article about how baseball needs to save itself, and that it needed to find another Jeter, who is the best representative for the game.

I remember one other thing from that article: he noted that Albert Pujols went an entire spring training without striking out.

2007-09-19 19:53:32
510.   RIYank
I have WEEI on. Mikey's Show.

RSN is as predicted -- they think the Sox will be eliminated in the first round of the play-offs.

"I know this. On Sept. 4th, the Red Sox were seven games in front... maybe they don't deserve to win the division. To lose three in a row to Toronto, nothing from anybody... it's a lifeless bunch of losers."

This is heaven, pure heaven.

2007-09-19 19:53:49
511.   weeping for brunnhilde
I love this kid.

Joba's a really good kid.

2007-09-19 19:54:00
512.   wsporter
Hey guys, I had this really weird dream. We fell like 14.5 games out. Boston was stomping our ass. People were screaming that Mr. Torre and B-Cash should be fired. Half our starting staff was on the DL. Guys were dropping like flies. It was anarchy. It was unbearable. Wow, no more Mexican food that close to bed-time for me ever again.

So, what's going on?

2007-09-19 19:55:04
513.   weeping for brunnhilde
509 Really?

That's an amazing feat.

2007-09-19 19:55:14
514.   RIYank
Next caller:

Where's Manny? We should make one of those books like "Where's Waldo?" He takes September off.

Host: He's a loser! I think Manny's a loser.
I hope this team doesn't make the play-offs.

2007-09-19 19:55:39
515.   pistolpete
[508[ Oh that does it, I'm leaving ESPN on for the rest of the night until I see that replayed...
2007-09-19 19:56:28
516.   weeping for brunnhilde
512 :)

Hey, ws.

Welcome back.

2007-09-19 19:56:42
517.   RIYank
512 Wild.
But it's okay, don't worry. There are no monsters. Jeter is captain, and Mo is in His Heaven.
2007-09-19 19:57:15
518.   Mattpat11
510 Well, lets be honest here. The lost 3 in a row to a Blue Jays team that didn't even have Lyle Overbay
2007-09-19 19:57:16
519.   weeping for brunnhilde
514 ha ha hah aha ah ah ah ah ah ah!!!

Oh, how delicious.

Where's Manny?

ha ha hah ah ah ah ah ah ah!!!

Poor things, man.

Poor things.

2007-09-19 19:58:41
520.   Sliced Bread
492 I don't subscribe, but I heard Gammons on Kay's radio show this afternoon.
He has always admired Jeter in a less than begrudging Red Sox fan way, but lately, his admiration seems more to do with Manny's inability to play in September. I don't recall exactly what he said (interrupted by a phone call) but he expressed admiration for Jeter's, and Rodriguez's ability to show up, which we know has become a neglected skill among some baseball stars.
I'm not judging Manny, as I'm not up on what his situation is, but through and between Gammo's words it sounded like he was less in awe of Jeter, and more disappointed in the Boston slugger.

For what it's worth Kay was going to talk to Gammons about the Mets, Sox, and Yanks, but only covered the struggling teams during the ten minute plus segment.

2007-09-19 19:59:19
521.   Mattpat11
http://imgsrv.weei.com/image/DbLiteGraphic/200709/1521807.jpg
2007-09-19 20:00:18
522.   Mattpat11
does weei stream?
2007-09-19 20:03:19
523.   yankz
520 Ah, thanks.

I'd just like to remind everyone of this (Cliff, we're holding you to it):

http://bronxbanter.baseballtoaster.com/archives/679891.html

Some good comments there in the end. I went on one of my worst ESPN/FOX bashing tears ever.

Also,

"1478. tommyl
Just remember, all of us who were here tonight, optimistic or bitching, never, ever can be called fair weather fans. Anyone who can continue watching after last night and that 5th, good to be with you guys. "

It's been a great year with you all.

2007-09-19 20:04:21
524.   RIYank
522 I think so. I'll check.
2007-09-19 20:06:04
525.   RIYank
523 I remember that!

Mattpat, yeah, it's at www.weei.com.

2007-09-19 20:07:26
526.   Mike T
Scott van Pelt: "Red Sox Nation is collectively beginning to faint."

Stuart Scott: "Anybody need a hug?"

2007-09-19 20:08:58
527.   Schteeve
523 I agree with that. Watching this season unfold with you folks has made it a lot more enjoyable.

Let's see it through to #27!

2007-09-19 20:09:47
528.   Schteeve
526

Chet Harper: Sweet Sassy Moelassy!

2007-09-19 20:10:53
529.   RIYank
Yankz (et al.), that June 1 game was a great moment. Was that when it all began to turn around?

And it reminds me that this whole season would have been a lot more depressing, when it was depressing, and a whole lot less fun, and it sure has been fun, without Bronx Banter. And I mean Alex, Cliff, Emma, but the commentors maybe even more.

2007-09-19 20:13:19
530.   RIYank
Okay, I'm finished. Boy, it's soooo nice to go into the day off with the memories of the last three days! Mmmmmmmm.

See youse Friday if not before.

2007-09-19 20:16:02
531.   pistolpete
523 I'd like to take full credit for calling that A-Rod HR, thank you very much. See comment 1304. :)

Night all. Wish I knew some Sox fans to needle tomorrow, but the only one I knew at work just actually left for another job a few weeks ago.

Maybe he knew this was coming?

2007-09-19 20:18:01
532.   Sliced Bread
512 Warning. Re-entry to the Banter might be difficult, wsporter. Talk to your doctor if, after two threads, you suffer from nausea, anxiety, or extremely negative Red Sock vibes.

Couple of things you need to know:

At some point this summer, Scott Proctor's arm literally broke free of the Yankees, flew across the country and landed in Anaheim, or Los Angeles... same thing, right?

Um, Alex Rodriguez hit, like, 17 times better than Scott Brosius and Yankee fans finally took notice.

Mariano Rivera's 12 year lease on The Hammer Of God almost expired, but He re-newed it, and the Yankees negotiated a two-for-one deal. The Hammer is being shared with a kid named Joba, who only appears to us only when certain Rules allow.

Those are the main things you missed Yankee-wise, while you were missed around here.

Oh, and Jorge Posada put a bold exclamation point on his countersuit against Varitek before the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Mr. Posada's favor that it could never be discussed again.

2007-09-19 20:20:34
533.   Mattpat11
I finally listen to WEEI and they're talking college fucking football?

I want to hear weeping and gnashing of the teeth

2007-09-19 20:22:40
534.   weeping for brunnhilde
520 90% of life is showing up.
2007-09-19 20:25:06
535.   yankz
The turning point was definitely HA!Gate.
2007-09-19 20:26:46
536.   yankz
Friday: Beckett-Kazmir

Saturday: Matsuzaka-Sonnanstine

Sunday: Wakefield-Jackson

If Kaz is on, that game could turn out ok. If Sonnanstine can only channel that magical pitcher somewhere deep inside him...

2007-09-19 20:28:20
537.   wsporter
532 Cool

Yeah Slice, what's with the children running all over the field. Johba, Kennedy, Hughes? It looks like we raided the Boy's Town varsity team.

2007-09-19 20:29:34
538.   Shaun P
529 Hear, hear!

535 That's when the history books will say A-Rod made the team his.

Good night all - can't wait to see the Boston papers in the morning!

2007-09-19 20:30:03
539.   yankz
Yankees before HA!Gate:
.270/.348/.424 (.772 OPS)
21-29, .762 OPS against, 4.61 ERA

Since:
.297/.371/.485 (.856 OPS)
66-35, .753 OPS, 4.37 ERA

(Yes, I know I'm being completely arbitrary.)

2007-09-19 20:31:42
540.   weeping for brunnhilde
523 "1478. tommyl
Just remember, all of us who were here tonight, optimistic or bitching, never, ever can be called fair weather fans. Anyone who can continue watching after last night and that 5th, good to be with you guys. "

Yes, I remember this comment vividly.

And here we are.

Win, lose, or draw, it has been a great season.

That said, let's go all the way. I'm starting to taste it.

2007-09-19 20:34:34
541.   JeremyM
540 I remember it as well, great stuff; funny thing is I saw some stuff in there I wrote but I only vaguely remember that crap.
2007-09-19 20:36:29
542.   weeping for brunnhilde
535 Agreed.

Alex' remark? "We won the game and that's what matters."

Hear, hear, Alex.

2007-09-19 20:44:42
543.   Sarasota
the last 5 games with Dougie at 1st base have been a revelation for this team.
2007-09-19 20:51:28
544.   yankz
Here's Andy:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8HbvSwnX22k

2007-09-19 20:57:47
545.   seamus
Too early to celebrate, but I enjoyed taunting a friend red sock fan at the bar tonight upon seeing the scores. :)
2007-09-19 21:01:00
546.   weeping for brunnhilde
Alex responding to HA!, for a rip-roaringly funny stroll down memory lane:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iErO9MZclDc

2007-09-19 21:01:36
547.   weeping for brunnhilde
545 Too early, indeed, but it sure feels good.

:)

2007-09-19 21:06:17
548.   kdw
544 Thanks for posting, listening to Andy it's like he never left.
2007-09-19 21:31:04
549.   Chyll Will
Sometimes, reading you guys and gals can bring a tear to the eye. This is the missing link. >;)
2007-09-19 22:05:36
550.   Mattpat11
And another thing.

People keep saying "The Yankees will have to go 7-3 while Boston goes5-4!" or some such nonsense, which makes it look a lot harder than it is.

Just look at it this way. If after Saturday, we have this thing tied up, wipe everything out. Clean slate.

Yankees vs Red Sox, seven games left for each team, advantage Yankees because of the tie break. We just have to match them over seven games. Both teams could go 0-7 and we'd win the division.

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2007-09-19 22:37:44
551.   BklynBmr
No game tomorrow? I feel like firing up 'There Used to be a Ballpark Here' by 'Ol Blue Eyes.

550 Thank you! Well put! I've had Sawx and Tiger fan buds p*ssing in my ear since June about "Well, the Yanks would have to play .800 ball and the Sox would have to play .500 ball, and yadda, yadda, f'n yadda...

HA!

I knew there was a reason I never gave a crap about math and probabilities in school. Because it's a lie! ;-)

2007-09-19 22:53:44
552.   BklynBmr
New England motorists are hatin' life right about now.

http://tinyurl.com/29bkh3

Let's hope their situation continues to deteroriate...

2007-09-20 06:48:00
553.   weeping for brunnhilde
550 551 Or, as Sterling would say (bless him, the old dork), "That's why you have to play the games!"

No use reducing the thing to a formula, just watch each game like it's the only game on earth, day in, day out, and hope.

I'm not thinking about the next ten or whatever it is, just the next game. As Derek says, we just have to worry about ourselves, which is to say, win the next game and then worry about the game after that, where Boston is, etc.

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