Baseball Toaster Bronx Banter
Respect the 'Stache
2008-07-09 08:50
by Alex Belth


I have a friend at work who has been goading me to grow a mustache for a few years now but my wife won't have any of it.  I've never had a mustache, only a dirty upper-lip when I'm too lazy to shave for a few days.  In fact, I knew an Italian kid in the seventh grade who had to shave more then than I do today.  My father (pictured above in the late '80s with his old friend Wally Hill), on the other hand, always wore a mustache.  It was as much a part of him as his nose.  There are only a few occasions I can remember when he didn't have a 'stache, and he looked odd, not himself, without it. 

Jason Giambi looks great with a mustache.  (So awful, it's great, as Scott Rolen said.)  The greasier and scrubbier Giambi looks, the better, as far as I'm concerned.  (From Page 2, here is David Puner's look at the great Yankee 'staches of all-time.) Of course, Giambo's mustache has caught on and become a real hit.  This afternoon, the Yankees are giving away fake black mustaches to the first 20,000 fans that pass through the turnstiles.

The Bombers are going to need more than an amusing promotional gimmick to survive another start from Sir Sidney Ponson.  It would be great for the Yanks to take another game from the first-place Rays, but I'm sorry if I'm not brimming with confidence in New York's starting pitcher.

It could be a long, hot afternoon.  Let's hope the 'stache power kicks in for the home team and they roll to their fourth-consecutive win. The offense needs to get the Led out.

Let's Go Yan-Kees! 

Comments (308)
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2008-07-09 09:37:20
1.   Cliff Corcoran
That Purner column is from Jason's last mustache attempt two years ago, but I love the YanksBlog Top 10 facts. Good stuff.

Here's hoping we get the bad Edwin Jackson today and the Yanks win a slugfest as a counterbalance to yesterday's pitchers duel.

2008-07-09 09:44:19
2.   Patrick
Thanks Alex and Cliff. :) Much appreciated.
2008-07-09 10:00:47
3.   standuptriple
Maybe if they put one of those 'staches on Sir Sidney it will fool the Rays into thinking he's a new pitcher? Kind of like putting a 'stache on a pig?
Heading for vacation this week. I've got my 'stache ready to scare the nieces and nephews in Yosemite.
2008-07-09 10:07:19
4.   Yankee Fan In Boston
3 i'd be happy if i was the one who was fooled on that one.
2008-07-09 10:20:42
5.   Just fair
My friends and I go camping every summer. About 4 years ago everyone decided it would be fun to grow staches. We spent 2 days laughing at one another due to the fact it looked like a porn actor convention. And the stories told about the looks everyone received at work leading up to the trip were priceless.
2008-07-09 10:22:58
6.   Sliced Bread

Giambi with the RBI

2008-07-09 10:23:19
7.   ms october
the stache just drove in a run - i respect it
2008-07-09 10:26:24
8.   Just fair
Twinkies up 3-0 on Beckett and the Sox in the 1st. That's a shame. : )
2008-07-09 10:28:27
9.   williamnyy23
Sydney Ponson is a time bomb.
2008-07-09 10:29:42
10.   tommyl
Anyone know how to get the strikezone box back on the new Gameday?
2008-07-09 10:29:47
11.   Shaun P
I think this Pontoon is sinking. Does anyone have a patch handy?

Wait a moment - what does "Longoria singles on a sharp ground ball to Jeter, deflected by A-Rod" mean? They booted it?

2008-07-09 10:30:09
12.   ms october
9 that will be one severe grease fire
2008-07-09 10:31:16
13.   Shaun P
10 Not sure; its been missing for a while.

I wish that the viewing angle didn't creep around when my mouse moves over the screen.

2008-07-09 10:32:58
14.   standuptriple
10 I've migrated over to the CBS Sportsline version. May be worth kicking the tires.
2008-07-09 10:34:03
15.   ms october
14 is ponson pitching over there?
2008-07-09 10:34:34
16.   Eirias
2008-07-09 10:35:03
17.   Yankee Fan In Boston
skin o' the teeth. i have a bad feeling about this.
2008-07-09 10:42:56
18.   williamnyy23
Not to revive the Gardner debate from last night, but all the talk has been about Long trying to get him to use his legs, which is really a basic fundamental of hitting. If he hasn't figured that out by age-24, I am not sure what makes him a prospect. Speed alone is useless in the majors.
2008-07-09 10:49:13
19.   pistolpete
Well, at least he got the 2 outs first this time...
2008-07-09 10:52:26
20.   Sliced Bread
Skidney! nice job!

is it too late for Francona to add Ponson to his All-Star roster?

2008-07-09 10:52:35
21.   Yankee Fan In Boston
CYdney ponson!

(that felt dirty.)

2008-07-09 10:52:38
22.   standuptriple
What the? 3K's? Who is that clean-shaven man on the bump?
2008-07-09 10:53:39
23.   ChrisS
Who was that guy pitching and what did he do with Sir Sidney?

8 not to revive it either, but yikes. Gardner is not getting a good start to his MLB career.

2008-07-09 10:57:30
24.   Sliced Bread
too early to call Gardner the Great White Hype, but I think his name inspires better negative headlines than positive ones (isn't that usually the case?):

Gardner's Manure
Gardner In The Weeds
Waiting For Gardner To Bloom

But I'm rooting for him. His speed could be very useful.

2008-07-09 10:58:47
25.   Sliced Bread
A-Rod a threat to steal (your wife) here...
2008-07-09 11:02:06
26.   Yankee Fan In Boston
25 canseco couldn't have delivered that any better himself.
2008-07-09 11:02:37
27.   pistolpete
C'mon, Jorge. Patience!
2008-07-09 11:05:12
28.   dianagramr

BP2008 loved his speed, but thought he would never make it given his absolute lack of power. (yes, even lack of doubles power)

2008-07-09 11:06:25
29.   ny2ca2dc
18 I had the same thought.
2008-07-09 11:06:47
30.   pistolpete
Why do I have zero confidence in Posada in a big spot these days?
2008-07-09 11:07:50
31.   OldYanksFan
Does ARod practice that slide? Amazing!
2008-07-09 11:09:20
32.   Yankee Fan In Boston
pinpoint ponson.

the guy's accuracy is astounding.

2008-07-09 11:10:25
33.   Sliced Bread
Jason having a helluva hair day thus far
2008-07-09 11:11:32
34.   OldYanksFan
If Jason can fall on it, he can catch it!
2008-07-09 11:16:57
35.   williamnyy23
30 I am not sure. He has a .919 OPS with RISP, .890 with 2 outs and RISP and .851 in Late & Close.
2008-07-09 11:17:04
36.   ny2ca2dc
frikin Houdini. 4 shutout innings from Ponson is an absolute gift. If need be, the 'pen can finish this game, now it's on the offense to get some runs.
2008-07-09 11:18:35
37.   standuptriple
4IP, Twice through the lineup, 0ER. I'll take it. Let's warmup the BP and take the house $.
2008-07-09 11:19:37
38.   pistolpete
35 Total or for the last month or so...?
2008-07-09 11:20:58
39.   ny2ca2dc
37 Jinx 36 . More or less.
2008-07-09 11:21:28
40.   OldYanksFan
Fuggin Minn. gives up 3 2-out hits in a Boston 4 run rally. Sox up 4-3.
2008-07-09 11:22:47
41.   tommyl
Hey guys, you might want to score. Somehow I don't think Snacks Pontoon is going to pitch a shutout.
2008-07-09 11:23:12
42.   pistolpete
40 I'm convinced they have Fenway rigged with some sort of hydraulic system to tilt the field in desired directions whenever the Sox are batting.
2008-07-09 11:24:18
43.   williamnyy23
Damn...that would have been a big out.
2008-07-09 11:24:18
44.   standuptriple
39 I owe you a Coke. More or less. It's like the beauty of a tornado. Looks good from far, but destruction is going to happen.
2008-07-09 11:24:42
45.   williamnyy23
That play wasn't even close! He was out.
2008-07-09 11:26:40
46.   OldYanksFan
45 Foot not on bag.
2008-07-09 11:26:48
47.   ny2ca2dc
I vote for Giese to start warming.

That's how Girardi makes these decisions, right, by polling the banter?

2008-07-09 11:27:09
48.   pistolpete
What just happened? They failed to turn the DP?
2008-07-09 11:27:11
49.   OldYanksFan
44 No Coke. Pepsi.
2008-07-09 11:28:27
50.   pistolpete
49 And to round it out, I'll read off Ponson's breakfast this morning: Cheeseburger cheeseburger cheeseburger cheeseburger
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2008-07-09 11:29:15
51.   ny2ca2dc
Man these guys are fast.
2008-07-09 11:29:25
52.   OldYanksFan
Man, Minn, had Beckett on the rails. Up 3-0 after 3, and Beckett with 68 pitches. Lets hope they continue to work the SP.
2008-07-09 11:30:11
53.   pistolpete
Wonder how many around-the-horns have been turned on this team, if any...
2008-07-09 11:31:07
54.   Sliced Bread
Molina fo-fa-fina!
2008-07-09 11:31:45
55.   Sliced Bread
Thou shalt not steal against Jose!
2008-07-09 11:32:30
56.   ny2ca2dc
Crikey Molina can throw. Welcome to your starting catcher, at least until there is a better option (Matsui) for DH than JoPo.
2008-07-09 11:33:16
57.   weeping for brunnhilde
Hey, Team!

Good game yesterday, good game today, so far.

How 'bout that Molina, eh?

And Ponson!

2008-07-09 11:33:54
58.   ChrisS
Hose-ay's lack of a bat would be so much easier to tolerate if there weren't two other holes in the line-up and GOJ (although Robbie and Jetes are coming around).
2008-07-09 11:35:24
59.   Sliced Bread
one of these days, Garner'll hit one to the other side of the dirt... but for now...
love ya, Wheels!
2008-07-09 11:38:07
60.   tommyl
Steal, steal, steal
2008-07-09 11:41:13
61.   Sliced Bread
Gardner digs... and steals!
2008-07-09 11:43:38
62.   Raf
61 He's so fast, it's ridiculous. Hopefully he can steal 3b sometime during Abreu's AB
2008-07-09 11:43:46
63.   ny2ca2dc
man that speed is tantalizing. Now if only he could manage 270/360/400
2008-07-09 11:43:52
64.   pistolpete
a 2nd run would be paradise at this point.
2008-07-09 11:44:43
65.   OldYanksFan
Steve, at WW, wonders why Bobby is still batting 3rd. Giambi can't run, but I wonder if you swap Jason and Bobby, if Jason sees better pitches with ARod behind him.

Minn. is playing pretty good ball. I thought they got a poorish deal for Santana. Could they be a better team now? If they kept Santana, would they be leading their division.

2008-07-09 11:45:54
66.   Sliced Bread
62 it's such a different look for this team, I'll happily ignore his lack of power until one of the big boppers comes back.

ack.. A-Rod whiffs out the inning with Wheels on third.

2008-07-09 11:46:47
67.   Sliced Bread
65 the way Robby's been hiting this month, perhaps he and Bobby should switch.
2008-07-09 11:48:52
68.   cult of basebaal
evidently, all speed is in vain when a superstar pees down the barrel of your scoring opportunity ... or some such thing.

speaking of which, what's the score? the internet is like 90% broken for me today, i can't to any of the sports sites to check it.

2008-07-09 11:49:10
69.   OldYanksFan
ARod seems distracted. Thinking of Madonna's sweat soaked, shimmering breasts again?
2008-07-09 11:49:35
70.   Raf
65 I don't know why everyone isn't moved up in the order; I see nothing wrong with Jeter leading off, or Rodriguez batting 3rd.

Having said that, the order probably has something to do with stacking the hitters L-R

2008-07-09 11:49:44
71.   Sliced Bread
ah, the timer just popped on the turkey.
1-1 game
2008-07-09 11:50:14
72.   pistolpete
2008-07-09 11:50:26
73.   Raf
68 1-0 Yanks, top 7
2008-07-09 11:50:30
74.   tommyl
I know sportsline just went scrrewy. Alex Rodriguez homered to right off Ponson for the Rays? Was there a midgame trade or something?
2008-07-09 11:51:24
75.   Raf
73 well, so much for that
2008-07-09 11:51:30
76.   Yankee Fan In Boston
is anybody warming up in the pen?
2008-07-09 11:51:40
77.   Sliced Bread
scary-ish fly ball to the track in right center for out #1

here's Floyd..

2008-07-09 11:51:59
78.   Eirias
74 Yeah, they gave us Iwamura in return.
2008-07-09 11:52:18
79.   williamnyy23
I hope Girardi is watching...that's three ropes in a row. Ponson has shown a propensity to lose it fast and it looks like he has lost it.
2008-07-09 11:52:34
80.   Yankee Fan In Boston
thanks, melky. i just messed my drawers in fear.
2008-07-09 11:54:08
81.   Sliced Bread
Floyd hits a laser to center... Melky runs in... reaches up.. it's over his head.. snags it.

Ponson's looking shakier than a bobblehead on the Belt Parkway right now..

but he gets out of it...


meno male, as we say in Italiano

2008-07-09 11:54:34
82.   pistolpete
Ponson does not pitch the 7th. Thank the good Lord for 1 run surrendered and call it a day, Joe.
2008-07-09 11:55:24
83.   OldYanksFan
Beckett w/100 pitches after 5. Sox up 4-3, bottom 5th at Fenway.
2008-07-09 11:55:41
84.   weeping for brunnhilde
69 I know, I'm quite concerned about this whole mess.

No good can come of this, as far as Alex' play is concerned.

Let's just pray he remembers to wear his headphones and tune out the nonsense.

2008-07-09 11:56:36
85.   Max
Memo to offense: six innings of 5 hit, one run ball from a tenth starter against the division leaders is a gift. Take
2008-07-09 11:58:13
86.   Sliced Bread
anybody see who was warming up? I looked away for a moment...

surely, somebody is warming up...

right, G?

2008-07-09 11:58:47
87.   Sliced Bread
ah, there's Veras now.
I'm cool with that... I think
2008-07-09 11:59:40
88.   pistolpete
Anyone else realize that if Jackson K's one more guy in this inning without giving up any more hits or walks, he and Pontoon will have the exact same line?
2008-07-09 11:59:57
89.   Raf
83 Veras-Farns-Mo sounds about right.

84 I'm not worried about it. Don't think it will be as much of a distraction as some make it out to be.

85 You may want to send that memo again...

2008-07-09 12:00:28
90.   williamnyy23
Jackson has made so many bad pitches in this game, but not one hitter has been able to make him pay. You can add this game to the growing pile of pathetic performances from this team.
2008-07-09 12:04:53
91.   Raf
6-3 Sox... They're near impossible to beat @ the Fens.
2008-07-09 12:07:25
92.   Sliced Bread
it it 'Stache Day or Rash Day at the Stadium? Either way, this game is making me itch.
2008-07-09 12:08:13
93.   tommyl
91 Fortunately they seem to be much easier to beat away from home.
2008-07-09 12:11:25
94.   standuptriple
You know boys, if you score a run before the bottom of the 9th @ home you don't have to play that half of the inning. It's like getting a 1/18th bonus for the day. (Maybe that will motivate them)
2008-07-09 12:12:59
95.   Sliced Bread
atta, Melk!

ropes a leadoff single to right

2008-07-09 12:13:46
96.   Sliced Bread
Molina sac'tastic bunt there
2008-07-09 12:13:52
97.   standuptriple
Melky wants a raise! (and maybe the early bird special)
2008-07-09 12:13:55
98.   williamnyy23
You have to hit Betemit here.
2008-07-09 12:14:10
99.   Sliced Bread
pitching change
2008-07-09 12:14:26
100.   Max
93 I think they play a lot more games at home after the break.
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2008-07-09 12:15:05
101.   cult of basebaal
bottom 8 now?
2008-07-09 12:15:35
102.   pistolpete
100 And Shrek is coming back too. Fantastic.
2008-07-09 12:15:45
103.   ny2ca2dc
If they bring a lefty in, do you go christian? one scrub over another?
2008-07-09 12:16:08
104.   standuptriple
100 They've had 44 @ home (counting today)already.
2008-07-09 12:16:32
105.   pistolpete
98 Ugh.
2008-07-09 12:17:21
106.   standuptriple
103 Didn't Gardie have a better BA against LH in the minors than Christian?
2008-07-09 12:17:45
107.   Sliced Bread
101 seventh

Gardner up.. 1 out.. Melk on 2nd

2008-07-09 12:18:32
108.   cult of basebaal
107 grassy-ass
2008-07-09 12:18:40
109.   ny2ca2dc
106 I think you're right. I agree with Girardi here, save the possibility of hitting Betemit for either Molina or Gardner later.
2008-07-09 12:18:46
110.   Sliced Bread
The Constipated Gardner... whiffs watching
2008-07-09 12:19:18
111.   williamnyy23
I am sorry, but Gardner looks totally overmatched. Having his bat in the lineup, not to mention in the leadoff slot, is a liability.
2008-07-09 12:19:51
112.   rbj
I've been real busy today, but do my eyes deceive me, Sir Fudgie has pitched well?
2008-07-09 12:20:49
113.   Yankee Fan In Boston
112 he's been getting into and out of messes. it hasn't been pretty, but he got the job done.
2008-07-09 12:21:02
114.   pistolpete
112 Well enough!
2008-07-09 12:21:24
115.   Sliced Bread
112 yes, actually. but seems the Yanks STASHED their bats for 'Stache Day.
[punches self in face]
2008-07-09 12:21:49
116.   standuptriple
You think Jetes ever uses the line "Want a little Captain in you?"
2008-07-09 12:22:44
117.   nick
Gardner's not ready.....send him back down after the break, please....
2008-07-09 12:22:48
118.   ny2ca2dc
Maybe they should've had Melky steal, then have Jose bunt him to third, then squeeze with Gardner.
2008-07-09 12:23:02
119.   Yankee Fan In Boston
116 i hope so.
2008-07-09 12:23:03
120.   rbj
116 I doubt he uses the word "little". Otherwise, Bravo!
2008-07-09 12:24:22
121.   williamnyy23
That was a hanger and Jeter took it. Instead of complaining, he should be kicking at himself for not destroying it.
2008-07-09 12:24:37
122.   Sliced Bread
3-2, payoff....

c'mon Jeets!

grinds a foul ball into the dirt at his feet.

slices a curve ball back to the wall...

fuck! caught looking...

pitched looked high to Jeter... could have gone either way.

like I said.. fuck

2008-07-09 12:26:09
123.   Yankee Fan In Boston
that pitch was easily a strike. in jeter's defense, it looked like he was asking where it was after grimacing in deserved shame.

you have to take a hack at that one.


2008-07-09 12:27:49
124.   standuptriple
Not Farnsworthless. He just pitched 3 days ago!
2008-07-09 12:31:25
125.   williamnyy23
Abreu's fear of the wall is comical.
2008-07-09 12:31:37
126.   Eirias
Abreu touched the wall! We're going to win this game now.
2008-07-09 12:32:01
127.   Sliced Bread
holy shit... Abreu makes a high flying grab at the track to get F'wacker the eff outta there!
2008-07-09 12:32:20
128.   Raf
126 With the heart of the order coming up, we can only hope.
2008-07-09 12:33:02
129.   OldYanksFan
91 Well, we have to pass Minn for the WC anyway.... so we will just have to take case of the sox ourselves.
2008-07-09 12:33:02
130.   nick
We can NOT waste all this good pitching...this game must be ours!
2008-07-09 12:33:31
131.   weeping for brunnhilde
125 Yes, it is.

Fortunately, he made the play regardless.

2008-07-09 12:33:55
132.   Sliced Bread
123 it was up in the questionable zone... but Jeter should have crushed it, instead of thinking free pass.
2008-07-09 12:34:20
133.   williamnyy23
Can someone have a good AB, please?
2008-07-09 12:35:00
134.   williamnyy23
Not Abreu
2008-07-09 12:35:27
135.   Sliced Bread
let's go, Borderline! snap out of it!
2008-07-09 12:35:31
136.   Eirias
At least Sterling doesn't get to say "how often do you see a player get a hit after making a good defensive play, it is clockwork."
2008-07-09 12:36:34
137.   Sliced Bread
0-2 count, Vogue...
wake up!
2008-07-09 12:36:35
138.   pistolpete
136 I thought the rule was that they always led off the next inning after making a great play...
2008-07-09 12:36:42
139.   Raf
second pitch in ARod's AB was a bit low, according to gamecast.
2008-07-09 12:37:14
140.   Yankee Fan In Boston
the score is 7-5 boston over the twins in the bottom of the 6th, if anyone cares. (somebody here just asked me to check, so i thought i'd pass that along.)
2008-07-09 12:37:30
141.   Sliced Bread
2-2 count
whaddaya say, Evita?!
2008-07-09 12:38:08
142.   Sliced Bread
crap... stinkin' crap
2008-07-09 12:38:38
143.   tommyl
Oh man, was that as close to a double as it looks on Gameday?
2008-07-09 12:39:31
144.   Yankee Fan In Boston
143 upton was there, but caught it below the waist on the run... close, but probably a single unless it got by him.
2008-07-09 12:39:50
145.   OldYanksFan
Mo in for the tie game? We have the bottom of our order in the 9th.
2008-07-09 12:40:19
146.   Sliced Bread
'Stache down swinging....
[itch, scratch]
2008-07-09 12:41:20
147.   williamnyy23
At what point does Girardi try to mix things up and completely change the batting order. I know he doesn't have much to work with, but perhaps a change would help out.
2008-07-09 12:41:25
148.   weeping for brunnhilde
This game is painful to watch.
2008-07-09 12:42:09
149.   Sliced Bread
143 not really. Madge didn't get a great swing on it.
2008-07-09 12:42:33
150.   tommyl
149 Madge?
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2008-07-09 12:42:38
151.   williamnyy23
145 With Longoria leading off, I wouldn't take the chance of trying to squeeze another inning from someone other than Mo.

Unfortunately, the awful Yankees offense has squandered a great pitching effort.

2008-07-09 12:44:19
152.   OldYanksFan
Thank God! Let's hope Mo is efficient and can go 2.
2008-07-09 12:44:25
153.   Sliced Bread
150 British tabloids call Madonna that for some reason. Shoot me in the foot for bringing that to this here Banter.
2008-07-09 12:45:16
154.   pistolpete
Ok, Foxsports took a crap. Someone's gotta fill me in play by play now.
2008-07-09 12:45:29
155.   Raf
152 Let's hope the offense wakes up, and Mo only needs to go 1.
2008-07-09 12:46:37
156.   williamnyy23
The better not get beat by Gomes stealing bases again.
2008-07-09 12:46:50
157.   Yankee Fan In Boston
a one out walk, gomes comes in to run.
2008-07-09 12:47:04
158.   Sliced Bread
Mo leadoff walk... 4 pitches to Floyd.. one questionable... Gomes, yes Gomes in to run...

double play anyone?

2008-07-09 12:47:13
159.   Yankee Fan In Boston
(the walk was to floyd.)
2008-07-09 12:48:02
160.   williamnyy23
Come on Jason...get in position!
2008-07-09 12:48:36
161.   Yankee Fan In Boston
molina almost gets gomes at 1B.
2008-07-09 12:49:00
162.   Sliced Bread
Navarro misses bunt attempt.. snap throw to first... just misses the diving Gomes.

Navarro hits can o corn to Melk... who nearly runs into Gardner in left center.

Hinske up...

2008-07-09 12:49:12
163.   pistolpete
Navarro always scares me. Exhaling now...
2008-07-09 12:50:42
164.   Yankee Fan In Boston
mo is down 0-2 to hinske and molina walks out to chat with him.
2008-07-09 12:50:54
165.   Yankee Fan In Boston
2-0... sorry
2008-07-09 12:51:50
166.   weeping for brunnhilde
It never gets old, does it, friends?
2008-07-09 12:52:56
167.   Sliced Bread
Mo whiffs Hinske

to the bottom of the 9th we go.

RBI, anyone?

2008-07-09 12:53:06
168.   weeping for brunnhilde
Just watching that ball drift over that outside corner, as if guided by angels.

The hitter, as defenseless as a lamb.

2008-07-09 12:54:18
169.   rbj
I'm predicting 9th inning heroics for Jorge here.
2008-07-09 12:54:58
170.   Yankee Fan In Boston
169 he's due.
2008-07-09 12:55:27
171.   OldYanksFan
15 pitches for Mo.
Minn. blows a bases loaded, 1 out chance.
2008-07-09 12:56:02
172.   OldYanksFan
Remember when Posada took a lot of walks?
2008-07-09 12:56:33
173.   pistolpete
171 Hey, sounds familiar!
2008-07-09 12:57:11
174.   rbj
pinch run for Jorge?
2008-07-09 12:57:15
175.   Sliced Bread
leadoff walks are good...

Justin Christian runs for Po.

2008-07-09 12:58:04
176.   Sliced Bread
Robby squares to bunt...
Meacham prepares to wave Christian home from first on sac bunt
2008-07-09 12:58:30
177.   pistolpete
Howell's ESPN pic is absolutely goofy.
2008-07-09 12:58:43
178.   Eirias
Gardner actually struck out on purpose last time so that he could have another game-winning, walk-off hit.
2008-07-09 12:58:49
179.   Yankee Fan In Boston
176 it is funny because it is sadly plausible.
2008-07-09 12:59:33
180.   Sliced Bread
Cano gets the bunt down! Cano gets the bunt down! Do you believe in miracles?!
2008-07-09 12:59:41
181.   Chyll Will
Beautiful bunt. Now let's make it count...
2008-07-09 13:00:18
182.   rbj
And crud, I have to leave to bring the dog to the kennel while I'm in Portland OR for a week.
2008-07-09 13:00:33
183.   pistolpete
Whew, glad it was a bunt and not a pop-up to Howell as it appeared on GameCast...
2008-07-09 13:01:40
184.   OldYanksFan
Why would you give up a good hitter with Molina and Melky coming up?
2008-07-09 13:01:53
185.   pistolpete
Let's go, Melky — end this so Sterling can get to that post-game spread.
2008-07-09 13:02:13
186.   williamnyy23
Why would you bunt your lone hot hitter to set up Melky, Molina and Gardner!
2008-07-09 13:02:18
187.   ny2ca2dc
So now it's up to Melky and Molina / Betemit (/Gardner)... I'm not sure about that bunt. Maybe just let Cano swing away...
2008-07-09 13:02:36
188.   Rob Middletown CT
Yeah, why bunt there?
2008-07-09 13:02:50
189.   Sliced Bread
185 Sticky Fingers Sterling... ick.
2008-07-09 13:03:26
190.   ny2ca2dc
Again, maybe if he could've stolen 2nd, then Cano bunting to third might have made sense...
2008-07-09 13:04:07
191.   Yankee Fan In Boston
melky was about a day late on that swing.
2008-07-09 13:04:20
192.   pistolpete
Ok then...Mo for the 10th and Edwar up for the 11th.
2008-07-09 13:04:29
193.   Chyll Will
He just can't lay off those high fastballs...
2008-07-09 13:05:04
194.   ChrisS
190 They haven't been real keen on running on Navarro, have they?
2008-07-09 13:05:28
195.   Sliced Bread
Wheels Gardner safe at third!
Steal Of The Century!

walk off sac fly, anyone?!

c'mon Melk.. Get itup and out there kid!

2008-07-09 13:05:31
196.   Chyll Will
Ah! I'm surprised Meacham didn't wave him home...
2008-07-09 13:06:16
197.   Sliced Bread
oh, Melk.... K's schwinging..
2008-07-09 13:06:24
198.   Chyll Will
195 (Psst... Jason Christian >;)
2008-07-09 13:06:26
199.   pistolpete
195 Thought it was Christian...
2008-07-09 13:06:31
200.   cult of basebaal
193 he's only 23, maybe he's got a growth spurt left ... then they'll be belt high meatballs!
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2008-07-09 13:06:35
201.   OldYanksFan
Melky MUST just slap the ball. Anything that is CONTACT!
2008-07-09 13:07:01
202.   OldYanksFan
2008-07-09 13:07:07
203.   Sliced Bread
196 heh.

Here's Molina to drive in the gamer...
whaddaya say, Jose?!

2008-07-09 13:07:14
204.   ny2ca2dc
2008-07-09 13:07:31
205.   weeping for brunnhilde
This is intolerable.
2008-07-09 13:07:47
206.   pistolpete
Ok, what'd he do?
2008-07-09 13:07:58
207.   OldYanksFan
2008-07-09 13:07:59
208.   Rob Middletown CT
205 I take it, then, that our situation has not improved.
2008-07-09 13:08:06
209.   williamnyy23
That was a horrendously managed inning by Torre. He wastes one of his better hitters to set up three poor hitters...and then doesn't use his only PH.

Girardi is a bad manager. Period.

2008-07-09 13:08:20
210.   Raf
Is Moeller still on the team?
2008-07-09 13:08:35
211.   Sliced Bread
[198-199] all these fast kids look alike to me.

to the 10th...

2008-07-09 13:08:41
212.   Chyll Will
2008-07-09 13:09:16
213.   Yankee Fan In Boston
208 a li'l pop up (and out) from jose.
2008-07-09 13:09:30
214.   williamnyy23
209 Believe it or not, the mention of Torre was a Freudian slip. Girardi has cost the Yankees almost as much as this crappy offense.
2008-07-09 13:09:56
215.   OldYanksFan
Please let it be Mo for the 10th......
2008-07-09 13:10:05
216.   ny2ca2dc
Why the hell wasn't Betemit up to hit for Moeller - using Christian as a PR for Po means Betemit can't PH for Gardner, so... wtf. saving Betemit to hit for Christian would be crazy, given the situation in the bottom of the ninth...
2008-07-09 13:10:27
217.   pistolpete
209 Ah, that would explain the awfulness. Torre is actually still managing the team! ;-)
2008-07-09 13:10:45
218.   Chyll Will
209 Uh-oh. Does anyone have a remedy for flashbacks, or is this something William's gonna have to ride out?
2008-07-09 13:10:49
219.   Rob Middletown CT
Girardi has been strange with the bunt. He's bunted when it makes little sense, and he avoided the bunt when it made sense. I like his BP management, but the bunting thing is pissing me off.
2008-07-09 13:11:01
220.   OldYanksFan
Could Melky be any worse? Jesus!
2008-07-09 13:11:43
221.   cult of basebaal
209 i sure would like to attend one of his post-game pressers ... just one ... well, they'd probably ban from the locker room after it ... WTF is the point of carrying 2 backup that can't hit if you don't minimize the damage of starting them, by pinch hitting for them in high leverage situations?
2008-07-09 13:11:49
222.   Andre
I take it this has not been a good 1-1 game? I was optimistic when I saw that Ponson did not give up any runs
2008-07-09 13:11:52
223.   Sliced Bread
214 as well as he's been hitting, and despite the lack of pop behind him, I was okay with the Cano bunt...

they were a sac fly, and then a base hit away from winning... the hitters didn't come through. it's on them, not Girardi in my book.

2008-07-09 13:12:37
224.   weeping for brunnhilde
220 Not really.
2008-07-09 13:12:58
225.   williamnyy23
219 There are easily 5 games that Yankees would have had a much better chance to win if Girardi knew how to employ a bunt. I've seen enough to be convinced that he is not a bright strategic manager. Why can't the Yankees find and hire someone who is? Maybe only having three interviews for one of the biggest jobs in sports was a mistake.
2008-07-09 13:14:17
226.   Sliced Bread
the way the bats have been.. we may need Mo to go until the sun sets tonight
2008-07-09 13:14:19
227.   Yankee Fan In Boston
225 has willie been given a job in the organization yet? now would be a great time to secure him as plan b.
2008-07-09 13:14:42
228.   williamnyy23
223 They weren't really a sac-fly away until the SB. I am sorry, but when you bunt to set up Melky and Molina you are begging to fail in your objective. Managing is about putting your players in a position to succeed. Girardi arranged his players in such a way as to maximize the chances of failure.
2008-07-09 13:14:45
229.   Yankee Fan In Boston
jeez... mo makes it look so easy.
2008-07-09 13:15:19
230.   weeping for brunnhilde
223 I gotta agree with the others: Cano was our only hope.

Have Gardner or Christian or whateverthehell his name is steal second and take your chances with Cano.

Of course, they could have walked Cano in that case...

Either way, it's on Melky.

You have to make contact.

You have to make contact.

Especially that pitch. There was nothing nasty about it. No crazy breaks or movement. Just heat right over the dish.

2008-07-09 13:15:28
231.   standuptriple
227 Willie couldn't get his guys to hit either.
2008-07-09 13:15:35
232.   cult of basebaal
yay! the internet's back! now i can join the fun!
2008-07-09 13:16:07
233.   Eirias
Walk-off homer by Gardner. Book it.
2008-07-09 13:16:44
234.   cult of basebaal
233 inside-the-park homer!
2008-07-09 13:16:53
235.   Rob Middletown CT
225 I think that's an exaggeration. 5 games? I dunno about that.

That said, I'd love it if Girardi learned to grasp the basic cost-benefit of bunting: you do it in high-leverage spots with bad hitters. Otherwise, swing away.

2008-07-09 13:16:58
236.   Yankee Fan In Boston
231 was he any better at subbing in an optimal fashion? i didn't really watch too many of the mets' games.
2008-07-09 13:17:09
237.   pistolpete
233 Obviously you're talking about this happening on some planet where the laws of gravity aren't as strict as they are on Earth. ;-)
2008-07-09 13:17:12
238.   tommyl
233 That would be so beyond awesome.
2008-07-09 13:17:19
239.   Sliced Bread
228 I think the plan was for Christian to steal 2nd... (didn't Cano take a few before he laid it down) and the bunt would have gotten Christian to third. I think Girardi was managing for the sac fly, and given how sleepy the bats have been today, I had no problem with it. He got the sac fly setup he was looking for.
2008-07-09 13:17:23
240.   Eirias
234 How else would he get a homer?
2008-07-09 13:17:41
241.   OldYanksFan
I'm done with Melky. He doesn't even know how to choke up a bit and put the bat on the ball. Always a hard swing, usually at balls over his head. I'm tired of him. He just doesn't understand this game.
2008-07-09 13:17:57
242.   pistolpete
Holy crap, 12-5 Sox.
2008-07-09 13:18:26
243.   ny2ca2dc
It'll come down to ARod
2008-07-09 13:18:45
244.   OldYanksFan
Meanwhile, the Sox are taking BP off the Twins. 13-5.
2008-07-09 13:19:33
245.   weeping for brunnhilde
How many times is Gardner going to take that pitch?
2008-07-09 13:19:39
246.   Sliced Bread
230 yeah, I see what you guys are saying. Maybe Robby could have changed the outcome...

bottomline, the bats have sucked 'stache today.

2008-07-09 13:19:45
247.   williamnyy23
Gardner is not a major leaguer.
2008-07-09 13:19:53
248.   Yankee Fan In Boston
245 one time too many.
2008-07-09 13:20:25
249.   ny2ca2dc
Could Gardner ever not meekly K
2008-07-09 13:20:51
250.   OldYanksFan
well... that was Mannylike.
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2008-07-09 13:21:07
251.   Yankee Fan In Boston
250 HA!
2008-07-09 13:21:29
252.   Rob Middletown CT
Still trying to draw walks, is he?
2008-07-09 13:22:05
253.   cult of basebaal
brett, bubby ... it appears that you run like mercury ... and hit like venus ... the statue that is ... the one without the arms.
2008-07-09 13:22:08
254.   Chyll Will
240 B.J. Upton head-butts a fly ball, a la Canseco?
2008-07-09 13:23:43
255.   pistolpete
254 That would imply Gardner somehow lifted the ball over an infielder's head. Or the bat off his shoulder, for that matter.
2008-07-09 13:24:19
256.   Sliced Bread
oh, man is Abreu ever due for a 'stache
2008-07-09 13:24:50
257.   cult of basebaal
c'mon lemmiwink, you fat hairless hamster!!!
2008-07-09 13:26:18
258.   Chyll Will
255 Iwamura cycle-kicks it to Upton, who head-butts it...
2008-07-09 13:27:10
259.   pistolpete
258 Alá Pélé, in 'Victory'...? I like it!
2008-07-09 13:27:33
260.   Sliced Bread
fuck yeah, Bobby!
2008-07-09 13:27:47
261.   weeping for brunnhilde

Smoked that fucking baseball!!1

2008-07-09 13:27:50
262.   williamnyy23
Yes Bobby...that was one fastball too many!
2008-07-09 13:28:04
263.   pistolpete
WE WIN!!!!
2008-07-09 13:28:12
264.   Chyll Will
258 Oh, I was THISCLOSE !!! >;)
2008-07-09 13:28:42
265.   Sliced Bread
drives it to the gap in left center...
Jeter wheels it home!

Meacham not a factor... no throw to the plate..

Yanks win!

Give that man a stache!

Bobby! Bobby! fuck yeah!

2008-07-09 13:28:43
266.   cult of basebaal
it's all about knowing when to break out the big guns! 257
2008-07-09 13:28:51
267.   ny2ca2dc
See guys, look what happens when ya grind out at bats!!!!

Boo Ya!

2008-07-09 13:28:57
268.   tommyl

Yes! Swept the Rays with Ponson pitching and Kazmir going for them in one game. That feels damn good.

2008-07-09 13:29:11
269.   Eirias
259 Stallone would have saved Abreu's double.
2008-07-09 13:29:33
270.   Rob Middletown CT
2008-07-09 13:29:44
271.   Yankee Fan In Boston
i love the tony soprano celebration in the stands.
2008-07-09 13:29:53
272.   Sliced Bread
265 right center... whatever

fuck yeah, Bobby!

2008-07-09 13:30:02
273.   pistolpete
And all the Yankees fans stand up and cheer anyway...?
2008-07-09 13:30:26
274.   tommyl
See what happens when you foul pitches off and walk?
2008-07-09 13:31:41
275.   OldYanksFan
"I was swinging too hard at first, then I choked up a little bit and just tried to make contact."
2008-07-09 13:32:52
276.   Chyll Will
274 Your teammate gets assaulted with Gatorade?
2008-07-09 13:33:54
277.   weeping for brunnhilde
Bobby reports having choked up there, trying to make contact.

You hear that, Melky?

241 I have to agree. I've been a big fan of Melky and have advocated giving him time to grow.

I'm now convinced that no growth will take place.

Time to ship him somewhere, the moment it's possible to do so.

Fortunately, he still contributes with the glove and the arm, so we can't just give him away, but that's the direction we need to be moving in now.

I too am tired of him.

2008-07-09 13:34:50
278.   Alex Belth
2008-07-09 13:35:51
279.   ms october
271 hahaha

275 weeping will be in heaven.

nice win - and i got home just in time to see bobby's hit.
hopefully the bats will break out a bit more againts pittsburgh and maybe even toronto.

2008-07-09 13:35:54
280.   pistolpete
Now that the euphoria's worn off, ugh, we just let Boston creep a little closer to first.
2008-07-09 13:37:29
281.   Chyll Will
278 Wow, and I was just about to ask you for fifty bucks... Whatta pal!
2008-07-09 13:38:03
282.   weeping for brunnhilde
279 Indeed! :)

Meanwhile, someone needs to sit Melky down and teach him how to hit.

Or at least bunt.

Or something.

(God I hate this; I don't like being so bitter about a guy I like, but really, enough is enough.)

2008-07-09 13:38:24
283.   weeping for brunnhilde
281 You kill me, Will.
2008-07-09 13:38:44
284.   Chyll Will
280 One thing at a time, Pistol. Baby steps to the All-Star Break...
2008-07-09 13:40:23
285.   Chyll Will
279 Your prediction came true, Cassandra 283 . Can I get some Lotto numbers while you're at it? >;)
2008-07-09 13:40:26
286.   Yankee Fan In Boston
284 the clock is ticking.
2008-07-09 13:41:00
287.   pistolpete
284 Sorry, but a well-pitched game by Ponson with a ton of crappy ABs kinda makes me feel like I need a shower.
2008-07-09 13:41:57
288.   Alex Belth
I have a four-word Musical post in honor of Mr. Rivera all set to go for tomorrow morning...

Man, that was a good win.

Got to love winning. You know, it's better'n'losin!

2008-07-09 13:44:11
289.   ms october
282 :} - i hear you - i love melky, but watching him swing at fastballs at his head is beyond frustrating - i think oyf made a good point last night - melky really lacks the fundamentals and baseball understanding - i still feel he can become something more, but damnit melk - choke up once in awhile and make contact - instead of throwing water on bobby learn from him!!!

johnny!!! matsui!!! come back soon please.

2008-07-09 13:44:35
290.   Travis08
Best record in Yankee pitcher-starts, 1995-2008, minimum 5 starts:

0.833 Sidney Ponson 5-1
0.833 Tyler Clippard 5-1
0.750 Aaron Small 9-3
0.727 Randy Keisler 8-3
0.714 Joba Chamberlain 5-2
0.695 Chien-Ming Wang 66-29
0.683 David Wells 84-39
0.667 Esteban Loaiza 4-2
0.667 Jon Lieber 18-9
0.667 Jose Contreras 18-9

2008-07-09 13:45:23
291.   Chyll Will
287 So, is the glass half-full or half-empty?
2008-07-09 13:47:32
292.   pistolpete
291 See 288 . I'll take it!
2008-07-09 13:48:48
293.   nick
289 I'm pretty convinced that Melky is picking up, has picked up, bad habits from Cano; or, to be more precise, habits that work OK (albeit leading to long frustrating slumps) if you have Cano's talent, but don't work at all with Melky's hitting abilities...look at Melky's steady loss of plate discipline over his MLB ain't pretty.

I'd send him down for three weeks as soon as Damon is ready: get him away from Cano and rework his approach. three weeks will also give more than enough time to test Gardner; he won't totally kill us against righties, I suspect--we can carry his non-bat as long as Melky's isn't there as well...

2008-07-09 13:48:49
294.   ms october
291 uh it's dirty - who cares :}

290 thanks for the snacks tracker travis :}

2008-07-09 13:54:11
295.   ms october
293 interesting thought. though it was so short lived it couldn't have really mattered, when the braves sent francouer down to work on his swing, he asked to go to double a because that coach he felt that coach could really help him, and had sone so before - i hope there is someone in the yank organization, especially one that could communicate well with melky that he could go to when damon comes back and as you say rework his approach
2008-07-09 13:55:02
296.   Chyll Will
294 Funny you should call it that, I was ready to say that Wang and Wells' records are like a pineapple and a watermelon compared to the others' cherries and oranges...

Ha, and Weeping would've cared to know about the dirty glass before I killed him with it >;)

2008-07-09 14:00:47
297.   tommyl
290 That Small number can't be right. For one thing in decisions alone Small was 10-0 in 2005.
2008-07-09 14:02:50
298.   Travis08
297 Two of Small's wins in 2005 came in relief. The Yankees went 8-1 in Small's starts that year and 1-2 in 2006.
2008-07-09 14:05:14
299.   dianagramr

Can I hazard a guess?

"That's our Mo, Rays" ?

2008-07-09 14:06:57
300.   Chyll Will
285 I hate explaining jokes, but just so you know I wasn't being a jerk >;)

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2008-07-09 14:12:58
301.   ms october
300 :} nah - wouldn't think that
especially after the tasty fruit salad 296
2008-07-09 14:19:25
302.   Travis08
Today was the 49th regular season game since 2005 that Mariano has pitched more than one inning.

Since 2005, Trevor Hoffman has pitched 215 consecutive games of 1 inning or fewer.

2008-07-09 16:39:20
303.   OldYanksFan
Some VERY good news from PeteAbe:
The Blue Jays put Dustin McGowan on the DL today with a shoulder issue. Their starter for Sunday is now the ever-popular TBA. The Yankees also will miss A.J. Burnett and Roy Halladay.
2008-07-09 16:46:52
304.   OldYanksFan
Ph.... any kudos to Cashman for signing Fat Pussy Toad II?
2008-07-09 17:03:26
305.   weeping for brunnhilde
302 That's a great stat. So revealing.

304 Not yet...give it a couple more starts.

2008-07-09 17:31:49
306.   Shaun P
303 Beware the URPs of July!

More good stuff from Pete Abe - Moose in 'stache (sounds like a line from Dr Seuss):

2008-07-09 18:22:39
307.   rbj
Kei's line tonight, so far: 4 IP, 4 H (1 HR to Timo Perez), 1 BB, 3K. Not bad. Kinda toss up as to whether I'd rather see him or Ponson pitching for NY. I'd still put them both ahead of Pavano.
2008-07-09 18:57:06
308.   tommyl
307 More important is Aceves' line:

3 2 0 0 0 2

Not bad for his first AAA start and coming back from a groin pull. The Mexican League kid could be for real. At AAA right now we have Aceves, McCutchen and IPK. Hughes soon to join I hope, but we'll see. That's depth.

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