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The weatherman says we're going to get summer storms this afternoon. Hopefully, they get the game in. I expect the Yankees to knock the hell out of the ball today, don't you?
Cincinnati chili is pretty good, and when I make mine I follow a very similar recipe, but I usually make it much spicier- substitute chili powder and cumin for brown sugar and allspice, and add some jalapenos, or if I'm feeling bold- habeneros.
A fun thing to in a group of people... if someone reveals they've been to Cincy, ask them: "Did you have a three-way?" Everyone else will look at you like you're nuts, and hopefully the Cincy traveler will get it....
A three-way, of course, refers to having noodles topped with chili topped with cheese. It's pretty decadent, even without the risque name.
Hmmm. So many choices.
It is raining a little bit here in the BX, but no storm yet...
Unfortunately for the Yanks, the kids did find their way to the Stadium, thanks to a woman in Brooklyn who gave them directions. (Must have been a Dodgers fan.)
He never even got a chance to play in Yankee Stadium again.
I really hate this team sometimes.
Seriously dude, you seem to get really, really angry...I worry about you.
And yes, if they get swept by the horrendous Reds, it does ruin the winning streak. Because the New York Yankees refused to show up in the first two months of the year, if they want to get anywhere this year, they can not lose series to, let alone get swept by, the dregs of baseball. They were handed a gift and pissed it away.
Somewhere in an alternate universe, on the Cincy Chatter blog, a poster named Mattpat12 has a coronary.
Now, you are correct that it would be easier to pad their record against the bad teams, but sooner of later they will need to beat the Rays and the Sox. If not, they will not make the PS, or they will lose in the PS. That is independent of the games against the Pirates and Reds. So in the end, I just won't get too upset about which teams they lose to.
i suppose cincinnati style chili is okay, but the problem is that most 'natians don't bother to hand make the chili, they use skyline from the can
and skyline chili is a war crime against humanity's tastebuds
vile and pernicious
anyway big, Big, BIG moment for Andy there.
like sam cassell's giant nadded testicle dance BIG
Huh? I haven't seen a positive let alone hopeful post from you all season.
They're out of it this season, but I wouldn't be surprised at all if they're in the post-season next year.
I need a drink.
It also doesn't explain why the Yankees couldn't score in the last four innings yesterday or why they're playing keystone kops defense
Paging Mr. Hughes, paging Mr. Hughes. ;)
59 I couldn't agree more. Remember we have Pittsburg and Muts coming up, another 7-3 run could be right around the corner.
And oh yeah, it's 0-0 in the bottom of the 5th.
Seriously, do you even know the concept of patience? I note with 52 that you were rarely in the comments during the winning streak. Do you only enjoy pain?
well you know you have to drive it deep to get giambi in and advance jorge.
Let's... go... Rain! (Clap clap clap).
Lets's... go.... Rain! (Clap clap clap).
And yes, I know patience. I patiently waited all of April for this team to show up. I patiently waited through May. Because they didn't, gimme games in June became important.
Someone is hitting him.
But if he figures it out - and he's as heralded a prospect as Hughes - the Reds rotation will be really scary.
Why the hell not.
Stu Miller wasn't "blown off the mound." Miller has always just said that when he went into the stretch, a gust of wind hit him and that caused him to jerk a bit and that caused a balk.
It wasn't like Miller was picked up and dropped into the seats of Candlestick.
and now we'll see the tarp, methinks.
But, if you were to tell me that on June 1, that seven of those eight losses would come (2) losing the last two games of a series you were winning 2-0 (2) Spitting a series at home with Kansas City and (3) getting swept at home by the Reds, I would say the Yankees dropped the ball and missed the biggest opportunity they had to get back in the race.
And you would be wrong, because they have gotten back into the race: .5 behind OAK and 4.5 behind TB for the WC, 5 behind BOS for the division, with 87 games to play.
Five games out with 87 to play is not out of the race.
And 97 is correct. I do not remember any patient, hopeful comments from you in April and May. Most of them were like the ones in this thread. Your optimism is rarer than a Carl Pavano start.
Cueto has struggled a bit, but he's done much better since Dusty Baker told him to quit shaking off the catcher.
i'd bet play resumes within an hour
Maybe I was a little too optimistic about the team.
So basically, you expected the 2008 Yankees to play at levels as high or higher than the 1998 Yankees for the month of June. And when they failed to do so, playing only .600 baseball for the first 20 games of June, you are disappointed, angry, upset, and worse of all, you have lost your famous optimism.
Your expectations are crazy.
I expected them to beat certain teams more than they lost to them, most notably Kansas City and Cincinnati at home. If that's crazy, then I'm just way to optimistic about this team and their abilities.
If you unrealistically expect a four game sweep, even of the Royals, you are only setting yourself up only to be disappointed.
bottom 6,1st & 2nd, 2 out, pitching change
ah edwar in - no hrs today please
"Yankees: Brian Cashman will attempt to patch up Chien-Ming Wang's loss with Sidney Ponson for the time being. If that doesn't work, he'll move on to something more serious. If he wants a front-line pitcher, he's going to have to part with Melky Cabrera, and all indications are that he doesn't want to do that."
If there's a GM in baseball who will accept a package headlined not by Cabrera rather than one of the Big Three... then I think you have to make that trade. Brett Gardner can probably fill in for the +4 or so VORP that Melky has in CF.
But I think Cafaro has an opinion of Melky that is higher than that of most baseball GMs.
"Indeed, his only eccentricity, if it can be called that, is his extensive private library of adult videos. His refreshing ability to laugh self-deprecatingly about his porno collection, reporters say, is one reason why fans and even nonfans have taken to him so much."
at least i know what to start the conversation with if i ever meet him ...
Get your whiskey ready, Banterites.
I didn't ask them to put .762 winning percentages up against five separate teams. I asked them to win 16 of 21 games for a .762 winning percentage over three weeks.
because obviously, this team is powered by porn !
you've got giambi and his porn 'stache!
and matsui with his porn stash!!!
3 @ PIT
4 @ NYM (well, one at home)
3 vs TEX
3 vs BOS
2 vs TBR
3 @ TOR
Please think about that 18 game stretch and come up with what you expect the Yankees won-loss record to be. I will then bookmark your comment and if the Yankees exceed it, you will be expected to post optimistic things about the Yankees.
And the Yankees fans give him a standing ovation.
Ok, get Mo up now. Enough of this tomfoolery.
Not so much for Farns to make that play. Dickhead.
93 on TV, 101 on the board.
awwwwww, that's so nice of the Wacker, giving up a HR to junior in his last stadium at bat
what a big sweetheart
now MO gets a save opp, too!
I also think the record in the next 18 games is partially dependent on whether they're stupid enough to call up Ponson.
So Kyle looks at himself and then feels pain. Damn, I thought only Pavano could do that...
He put in Kyle Farnsworth.
The point was that you are expecting this Yankees team to be better than what the best dynasty teams could do. You're writing this team off less than a weekend after a seven-game winning streak. You're assuming a sweep before the game is over. You're saying the Yankees aren't picking up ground when it's possible that when the Yankees play again on Tuesday, they'll be only 3.5 games behind.
Do you think the Yankees should win more than 12 of those games? Even with Ponson?
Just as they are ready to go, Mo steps off the mound and Jorge goes out to talk with him.
Valentin has an open stance and he is standing far off the plate.
Fastball, low, ball one.
Fastball, low and outside, called strike.
Cutter, inside, popped back foul.
Posada goes out again.
Fastball, low and away. They are trying to catch him looking, he's so far off the plate, but Mo missed location.
Cutter, over the plate, little tapper to the right side. Mo pounces off the mound, grabs the ball and runs to the bag himself.
181 If he were a Blue Jay, you know what that would be called >;)
(Sorry, couldn't resist.)
now were's talking about kyle farnsworth's aching balls
this banter has gone to hell!
well, unless you're robinson cano
vicente padilla is 10-3 and K-Rod picked up his 30th save already... i hope junior gets 9 more homers to pass sosa.
shit sox tied it at 2. crap.
As someone who has followed the Yankees since '65, and seen some very, very dark days, the attitude these 2 express is embarrassing to me as a fan. I have met Sox fans who are more flattering about the Yankees then these guys.
I was just channeling my Yonkers roots.
It is the Cards LFer, as Coco ends up on third, on what is called a triple. Game now tied, 2 out, man on 1st, Nancy Drew up. Oops. Stolen base, man on 2nd.
Toronto broke their 7 game losing streak today. They may not had scored a run all week.
TB down 3-2, bottom of the 9th. Let's hope lastnight does not repeat itself.
Drew walks. Manny up.
Corey Patterson. Fastball, called strike. Fastball, outside, 1-1. Cutter, up and in, hacking, 1-2. Fastball, up and in. Shoot, that almost hit Patterson in the hand. 2-2.
Worm burner to Jeter. Steps on second, throw to first is JUST late. Jete's was robbed. He looked out at first. Close.
That was scary. Someone is really going to get hurt by a broken bat sooner rather than later. Fastball, away, misses, 2-2. Another fastball, this one better, lower--pee at the knees, called strike three!
As for those 18 games, I'll say 10-8. I'm not happy with the number, but that's about as good as I think the team is.
cards outta the inning. 3-2 boston. last licks against paplelips...
oakland up early...
thank you MO! Yanks win!!! : )
that said, there are loads of folks who pay for the real deal. amanda's texas underground (in nashville) would be a good place to check, but i looked for jonah online somewhat recently and couldn't find him...
hmmm, maybe check "not so modern drummer". i'm sorry i don't know more about vintage gear and their worth. you could call the folks at Long Island Drum Center to see if they could give you a ballpark figure or, at least, some places to check...
but, i would say, if you've got 5-7 of those ludwigs, w/ hardware, and everything is in good shape, then yeah, you should be able to find someone to give you some good $ for them. tell 'em you'll throw in farnsworth at no extra cost! : )
However, I've been a fan of his ever since I saw him in a Pirates game. Ryan Freel knocked himself out diving for a ball. NoHo picked up the ball and surreptitiously slipped it in the unconscious Freel's glove, and it ended up being ruled a catch.
duncan walked. 4 pitches, i believe. paps first walk at the fens this year. adam kennedy up. ugh. strike 1.
i know the gear i like and keep it kinda simple...
I've not seen that movie in over a decade.
Might be worth a revisit.
1 out in the 9th.
my drum studio is already really filled up. i might need to add another hardware bag and i've been threatening to have a fusion kit custom made for me, but i just don't really have the room right now.
my nephew in queens is just starting to play, but he's not ready for a monster kit like yours!
they actually have vintage drum conventions and stuff. i'm sure they blow through boston at some point. you could also try and sell 'em to a kid at berklee or something...
leadoff card on base top 10th. blooper into the triangle in short center...
paps out, oki in...
So, another squandered lead-off double!
First of all, I was the poster who said your expectations were crazy, not OldYanksFan or Mehmattski.
Second of all, there is a difference between hoping that the team makes a run a some point this season and demanding that it come at a specific point in the season--indeed, demanding a specific win total against given teams over that stretch of games.
You invoke the 17-6 stretch from last season, a .740 winning %, basically winning 3 out of 4 for 20+ games. Long stretches of .750 baseball are unusual, even for the best teams. So expecting such a streak at a specific point in the season is merely setting yourself up for disappointment. This is not to say that the 2008 Yankees won't snap off such a run. At the same time, I can't be too upset about the current stretch since the Tornoto series at the beginning of June: 13 wins in 19 games over six series, or .680 winning %.
Thirdly and finally, my main point is that you have never, as far as I have seen, posted one positive comment this entire season--your posts seem to range from bitter to resigned to angry to disappointed. Have you found no joy or pleasure in watching games or following the team this season?
(jk jk jk)
to quote strother martin, "what we have here ... is failure to communicate. some men, you just can't reach, so you get what we had here today. and i don't like it anymore than you men ."
329 : )
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