Baseball Toaster Bronx Banter
Bannanna Peele Appeale
2008-08-16 06:50
by Alex Belth

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The Bronx Bummers are at it again this afternoon. At this pernt, you've got to laugh to keep from cryin. Here's hoping they give something, anything to cheer for today.


Let's Go Yan-Kees!

Comments (185)
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2008-08-16 07:34:22
1.   tommyl
C'mon team, if you win, we can all go out for some frosty chocolate milkshakes!
2008-08-16 07:41:11
2.   ChrisS
1 Sounds good to me. I may go get one even if they don't win.
2008-08-16 08:06:39
3.   weeping for brunnhilde
I'm looking forward to seeing what new and exasperating feats of futility this team can execute today.

I know, maybe they should all get drunk before the game and have the grounds crew set up a keg somewhere in short centerfield.

For every put-out, the fielders involved each have to take a deep swig.

That'd be entertaining, no?

Oh, and maybe they should wear clown shoes.

2008-08-16 08:14:18
4.   rbj
3 Or maybe, instead of having the keg at third, put it at home. You only get a beer once you score. The team can get to third, it's the last ninety feet that's the problem.

Nice thing is, the game isn't on Extree Innings so I won't be subjected to the futility. Thanks, Fox.

So lots of lying on the couch, pumping fluids while I try and recover from strep throat.

2008-08-16 08:22:07
5.   williamnyy23
If a Yankee game in mid-August is played without any playoff implications...does it make a sound?
2008-08-16 08:41:12
6.   weeping for brunnhilde
4 Ouch, strep is horrible. I had it when I was a kid and it was really just hell. I remember not being able to drink despite being desperately thirsty.

I bid you a very speedy recovery.

2008-08-16 08:50:27
7.   williamnyy23
4 Well, the Yankees aren't likely to give you anything to cheer about, so at least you know you can take it easy on your throat.
2008-08-16 09:37:46
8.   williamnyy23
Joe Girardi's repetitive mantras are so uninspiring that it's easy to see how and why a team would tune him out.
2008-08-16 09:51:55
9.   dianagramr
You COULD watch the very fun Little League World Series all day long on ESPN and ABC.

Those boys actually can execute the fundamentals.

2008-08-16 09:56:23
10.   tommyl
9 They also seem to care about baseball
2008-08-16 10:01:30
11.   dianagramr

No "Operation Shutdown" here ...

2008-08-16 10:04:13
12.   williamnyy23
9 They also all have better swings than Brett Gardner.
2008-08-16 10:07:43
13.   OldYanksFan
Well Gentlemen... here we are again. Masterbating until we bleed, with little chance of cuming. Tis a sad state of affairs.
2008-08-16 10:12:03
14.   dianagramr
I'm trying to decide who is the lazier RFer, Guillen or Abreu.
2008-08-16 10:14:55
15.   williamnyy23
Good to see Cano not wasting his maximum effort. Girardi has the boys playing hard right out of the gate.
2008-08-16 10:16:16
16.   OldYanksFan
Cano. Don't know, can't do.
2008-08-16 10:17:26
17.   OldYanksFan
My guess is Cano doesn't want to hurt himself until he can spend his $30m.
2008-08-16 10:18:08
18.   weeping for brunnhilde
Oh, man. I'm not watching (yet); what'd Robby do this time?
2008-08-16 10:30:05
19.   tommyl
18 Does it matter?
2008-08-16 10:32:52
20.   dianagramr
D'backs need a 2nd baseman .... can we get Conor Jackson in return?
2008-08-16 10:39:21
21.   cult of basebaal
i'm afraid i've gone over to the dark side

if this team isn't going to make the playoffs ... and i'd say that probability is less than 5%, then i want losing and lots of it

i figure we've got to finish below .500 to be guaranteed a bottom 15 finish ... which is where we'll need to be to secure a protected 1st round pick

we play today, we get one step closer to a high draft pick today

c'mon everybody ... say it with me!

2008-08-16 10:48:38
22.   cult of basebaal
well, if melky was Hacky McHeadfirstslide ...

then i suppose gardner really ought to be Slappy McGirlyswing

2008-08-16 10:58:55
23.   OldYanksFan
Hey... how about this agenda.
We lose every game left except we win the 6 against the Sox. Is that something to root for?
2008-08-16 10:59:09
24.   cult of basebaal
WTF? jeter was in the box.
2008-08-16 11:01:52
25.   cult of basebaal
23 yeah, especially if those 6 losses would knock the Sox out of the WC.

"now that is a noble cause!"

2008-08-16 11:02:08
26.   OldYanksFan
I say 5-2-3 DP. You?
2008-08-16 11:03:06
27.   Jeb
nice station to station team. The Angels would have already scored 2 in this situation.
2008-08-16 11:04:30
28.   Jeb
27 of course, while the Angels would have scored two, we're not going to score at all.
2008-08-16 11:06:49
29.   monkeypants
26 Good call on Giambi.
2008-08-16 11:07:16
30.   Jeb

I still hate this team.

2008-08-16 11:07:43
31.   cult of basebaal
that's the way we roll, baby!
2008-08-16 11:08:11
32.   vockins
2008-08-16 11:09:45
33.   OldYanksFan
I missed it. I stepped outside a minute because... well.... it was HAILING like a bastard. DP for Giambino?
2008-08-16 11:11:14
34.   cult of basebaal
Snacks is pissed at the offense. 'Course you can't plunk your own hitters, so watch out KC!
2008-08-16 11:11:24
35.   Just fair
b double o. Jeez Louise and F$#@ a duck. Unfathomably bad.
2008-08-16 11:11:45
36.   OldYanksFan
Wow... we are ALMOST as good as KC.
2008-08-16 11:13:05
37.   Jeb
Interesting the Royals can go first to third on a single, but we can't even with our fastest runner.
2008-08-16 11:15:28
38.   Jeb
36 no we're not, they're much better. We're Kansas City's bitch. If they win today or tomorrow they win the season's series.
2008-08-16 11:18:08
39.   cult of basebaal
jesus! where did this ponson come from?
2008-08-16 11:18:48
40.   OldYanksFan
This may sound nuts... but bring IPK up and let him pitch. He can get 6 starts... that don't matter... and maybe get his confidence up enough for next year... or showcase him for tradebait. Same with Phil.

At least me might get to see AJax and some other kids in 2 weeks.

2008-08-16 11:18:56
41.   monkeypants
Sterling is in rare form now. he's blathering on about not scoring with the bases juiced. And he just came up with this profound conclusion: "On the whole, the biggest problem the Yankees have this season is that they don't score enough runs."

Wow...go out on a limb there. I mean, it's balsy to pick ONE fault out of the many: not enough runs scored, too many runs allowed, yeah, not scoring more than you allow.

2008-08-16 11:19:18
42.   Jeb
I like this Andy Warhol wanna be physics professor in the MLB.TV commercials.
2008-08-16 11:23:26
43.   monkeypants
A quick question or two--I can hear the Stadium PA announcer in the background on the radio, and it sounds a lot like Bob Shepard. Is he back?

Also, I know that Shepard has one or two back-ups who sound a good bit like him. But I went to a game a couple of weeks ago, the crazy game against the Angels, and the PA announcer sounded totally different: younger and too "excited." Not the same somber, weighty style. Who was that, I wonder?

2008-08-16 11:24:34
44.   monkeypants
43 Sheppard, of course.
2008-08-16 11:24:41
45.   Just fair
How many times have you seen a batter take a big swing and miss, wind up hanging over the top of the plate, and the catcher has to iterally throw the ball over the batter's head to nab a base runner? That happens a lot and a call is never made. That Jeter-Damon play should have been a non call. IMO. The ump must be bored watching this team as well. Hey look, another dp.
2008-08-16 11:24:44
46.   rbj
Just checking in. Sounds like I'm not missing anything. Did get the front lawn watered using the sprinkler -- and now I'm exhausted. Being sick sucks.

US beats Croatia in water polo!

2008-08-16 11:26:01
47.   cult of basebaal
45 there was definite contact.

umps sees contact, there's going to be a call.

2008-08-16 11:28:40
48.   cult of basebaal
Dammit jeter, you obviously didn't get the memo!
2008-08-16 11:29:24
49.   weeping for brunnhilde

So I finally put the game on to find it's already the sixth inning(!), we've not scored a single, solitary run (no surprise, there) and that (yet again!) Ponson, of all people, turns out to be our strong suit.


2008-08-16 11:32:04
50.   OldYanksFan
NEW YORK -- Yankees manager Joe Girardi was optimistic Saturday that injured right-hander Joba Chamberlain could be back soon, but a timetable still hasn't been set.
The same goes for designated hitter Hideki Matsui, who homered in Class A Tampa's doubleheader Friday.


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2008-08-16 11:37:55
51.   OldYanksFan
It would be nice if JD and ARod picked up their BAs, as Pedroia leads the AL and Youk is 2nd. (This must be our year for all kinds of humble pie. Also, Moose in 10th in th AL in ERA. Lester is 9th).
2008-08-16 11:38:02
52.   cult of basebaal

SMILE when you say it!

2008-08-16 11:38:37
53.   Just fair
Ponson HAS been a huge disruption to the clubhouse. All the guys are super-pissed that he's been, you know, performing. How can they expect to hit with a Knighted cast-off from Texas on the hump for them every 5 days. Sheesh.
2008-08-16 11:40:03
54.   Jeb
"brett gardner will lead it off"....that's kind of like saying "1 out and Damon up"
2008-08-16 11:40:04
55.   Jeb
"brett gardner will lead it off"....that's kind of like saying "1 out and Damon up"
2008-08-16 11:41:02
56.   monkeypants
Did Gardner just get a base hit, for extra bases, that left the infield?
2008-08-16 11:43:12
57.   Jeb
56 doesn't matter b/c we won't score...sigh.
2008-08-16 11:43:18
58.   monkeypants
Steal home!!
2008-08-16 11:48:42
59.   weeping for brunnhilde
43 I don't think so, mp. To my ear, it's one of his clones (and I have a pretty good ear).
2008-08-16 11:52:52
60.   monkeypants
59 I figured as much.

Now, who was that yokel they got to do the game on August 3? That dude was no clone, and he sucked.

2008-08-16 11:59:21
61.   cult of basebaal
another nice job by blue ... thanks!

still, shitty pitching by marte to walk a guy after getting ahead like that.

2008-08-16 12:03:26
62.   OldYanksFan
We are making fun of how bad these guys are playing... but really... it's almost unbelieveable. I mean, it's hard to play this badly if you are trying. Stunning.
2008-08-16 12:13:44
63.   Just fair
Has the radio broadcast changed the 4th batter hits a grand slam inning to the 3rd batter grounds into a triple play inning, yet?
2008-08-16 12:14:11
64.   OldYanksFan
It is now 10 minutes since my last post.
2008-08-16 12:18:13
65.   OldYanksFan
X-Man now getting into the 'Yankee thang'...
2008-08-16 12:18:21
66.   randym77
I wasn't expecting the game to be on. It's pouring rain here. Start building an ark kind of pouring.
2008-08-16 12:18:40
67.   Just fair
64 2 minutes since the last dp. : (
2008-08-16 12:20:29
68.   Just fair
Hustlin' all the way. Atta boy, Robbie.
2008-08-16 12:21:21
69.   OldYanksFan
Shit... there goes the shut out!
2008-08-16 12:21:26
70.   cult of basebaal
hmmm ... RIPPER obviously did NOT get the memo
2008-08-16 12:21:51
71.   OldYanksFan
66 Where are you?
2008-08-16 12:24:57
72.   rbj
Yes, Indonesia wins the men's doubles in badminton!
2008-08-16 12:25:53
73.   cult of basebaal
2008-08-16 12:29:42
74.   cult of basebaal
jesus ... one of these days The Sierra Club's gonna put a hit on JD ... BAT-KILLER!!!
2008-08-16 12:34:59
75.   cult of basebaal
uh-oh ... the span of emma's spell has been broken ... cody is no longer her man of mystery.
2008-08-16 12:52:09
76.   Alex Belth
I don't care if the game is tied in the 9th, you still have to bring Mo in...
2008-08-16 12:53:02
77.   Alex Belth
C'mon A Rod!
2008-08-16 12:53:35
78.   Alex Belth
A Rod over agressive on the 2-0 count, hacking...oy.
2008-08-16 12:54:14
79.   Alex Belth
eeewww, takes the next pitch which looked awfully damn close to a strike.
2008-08-16 12:54:43
80.   Alex Belth
Ransom! He's gunna do it.
2008-08-16 12:55:09
81.   Alex Belth
Aw, dag, Betemit.
Really, shoot. dp or strike out?
2008-08-16 12:55:16
82.   yankee23
79 Gameday placed it just above the knees and right down the pipe. Seems like a strike to me.
2008-08-16 12:56:41
83.   Alex Belth
2-1, the count is in Betemit's favor...
2008-08-16 12:57:32
84.   Alex Belth
Count is full...he's gunna whiff.
2008-08-16 12:58:15
85.   Alex Belth
Hiya! Bases juiced.
2008-08-16 12:58:41
86.   cult of basebaal

bah-dunh, bah-dunh!


bah-dunh, bah-dunh!

2008-08-16 12:58:43
87.   Alex Belth
Got to figure Nady is going to come through here and drive home the go ahead run.
2008-08-16 12:59:06
88.   Mattpat11
So, pop up and long fly ball or double play?
2008-08-16 13:00:30
89.   yankee23
Nah, Nady hasn't made the full transition to 2008 Yankee baseball yet. He's still got some actual RISP skillz left.
2008-08-16 13:03:07
90.   Just fair
C'mon balk, er, past ball, er, wild pitch.
2008-08-16 13:03:15
91.   cult of basebaal
89 exactly, nady's still thinking, "i came over from the fucking pirates for this??? awww, HELL NO!!!"
2008-08-16 13:03:15
92.   OldYanksFan
A couple of more errors here and we could win this one!
2008-08-16 13:04:27
93.   OldYanksFan
One from the Cano play book....
2008-08-16 13:04:32
94.   Alex Belth
full count...oy!
2008-08-16 13:04:43
95.   yankee23
92 Or a couple more erratic fastballs...
2008-08-16 13:04:59
96.   Alex Belth
Right down the pipe.
2008-08-16 13:05:09
97.   Mattpat11
Flyball to the warning track coming up.
2008-08-16 13:05:30
98.   Alex Belth
gotta be redemption robbie
2008-08-16 13:05:35
99.   OldYanksFan
Nady swings at a 1-1 pitch at his shoulders. Run should be in already...
2008-08-16 13:06:20
100.   Mattpat11
This team really is an embarrassment.
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2008-08-16 13:06:25
101.   Alex Belth
2008-08-16 13:07:04
102.   yankee23
I feel like a 2-out squeeze would've had a higher probability of being successful.
2008-08-16 13:08:53
103.   Alex Belth
edwar will blow it
2008-08-16 13:10:15
104.   Just fair
Instead of the old headache excuse, Yankee wives are now telling their hubbies that their bases are loaded.
2008-08-16 13:10:29
105.   yankee23
103 Oh for sure. I would imagine the official scorer has already left.
LP - Ramirez, E
2008-08-16 13:10:45
106.   OldYanksFan
We didn't score??? SHOCKING! I am shocked! I can hardly speak.
2008-08-16 13:11:20
107.   yankee23
Serves up a fat one to DeJesus perhaps? Then strikes out the remaining batters.
2008-08-16 13:11:41
108.   OldYanksFan
Nady really blew his AB.
2008-08-16 13:12:17
109.   Mattpat11
Twice in this game, the Yankees had the bases loaded with less than two outs. Twice in this game I was hoping for a fucking BALK because I knew otherwise the Yankees would shit the bed.

I was right both times.

2008-08-16 13:12:53
110.   Mattpat11
108 The Yankee way.
2008-08-16 13:13:42
111.   cult of basebaal
109 we play today ... we get 1 game closer to a protected pick today ...
2008-08-16 13:14:04
112.   yankee23
After 80 years, being a "True Yankee" is almost beginning to mean something different.
2008-08-16 13:14:37
113.   Mattpat11
Just bring in Marte to lose it already. I could be sleeping.
2008-08-16 13:15:01
114.   Alex Belth
Hey a dp!
2008-08-16 13:17:05
115.   Mattpat11
Christ, he was already in and I forgot. That's how boring this team is.
2008-08-16 13:17:06
116.   cult of basebaal
and i think that was the 1st good throw i've seen from pudge as a yankee ... even though it wasn't that good ...
2008-08-16 13:18:27
117.   OldYanksFan
I find this game interesting and I will continue to watch. I'm excited. I really want to see if we can score an earned run!
2008-08-16 13:21:59
118.   Just fair
Will J.C get a 2nd chance?
2008-08-16 13:22:53
119.   Jeb
please someone tell me Gardner bunts here.
2008-08-16 13:24:07
120.   Just fair
119 He's trying.
2008-08-16 13:24:54
121.   Just fair
Failed hit and run. WTF?
2008-08-16 13:24:55
122.   randym77
Maybe Gardner isn't a good bunter.
2008-08-16 13:31:13
123.   OldYanksFan
Obviously, Girardi is going for the big inning here.
2008-08-16 13:33:03
124.   randym77
2008-08-16 13:33:18
125.   Jeb
Derek being Derek.
2008-08-16 13:33:37
126.   weeping for brunnhilde
That's why you bunt with first and second.
2008-08-16 13:34:09
127.   Mattpat11
Joe Girardi really makes you appreciate Joe Torre.
2008-08-16 13:34:13
128.   OldYanksFan
2008-08-16 13:35:33
129.   OldYanksFan
2008-08-16 13:36:20
130.   Mattpat11
My prediction: Girardi puts on a stupid, non-sensical play in the 10th to make up for the ninth.

Hit and run with Wilson Betemit is my guess.

2008-08-16 13:36:33
131.   OldYanksFan
Kaye says: Girardi kinda gets burned.
2008-08-16 13:38:17
132.   rsmith51
Why do they bunt when they shouldn't bunt and don't bunt when they should?

First inning bunting is ridiculous. Why give an out to a pitcher who hasn't proven he can get you out.

1st and 2nd in the bottom of the ninth with no outs tied...

Of course, maybe Girardi remembered that this team can't score a runner from third with less than two outs in a close game.

2008-08-16 13:39:13
133.   OldYanksFan
130 Nah! Abreu walks and Girardi has ARod try and bunt him over.

Robbie says: Hey Bobby! Make pretend me is a wall! Stay away! You stink with the glove!

2008-08-16 13:39:50
134.   OldYanksFan
2008-08-16 13:40:38
135.   Mattpat11
132 Why would you pinch run for the trail runner down one in the bottom of the ninth and then refuse to put on some kind of play?

Why would you sit the league's batting leader in the middle of a losing streak?

The same reason Joe Girardi does everything else he does.


2008-08-16 13:41:38
136.   rsmith51
134 Touche, OldYanksFan, Touche...

Or the ever reliable reach on an error.

2008-08-16 13:42:16
137.   Mattpat11
136 I'm still holding out for the balk.
2008-08-16 13:43:04
138.   Jeb
you guys are so pessimistic. I still think we can upset the Royals.
2008-08-16 13:43:45
139.   OldYanksFan
Guys... I DON'T get Yankee postgame. Would someone please post what Girardi says to not bunting in the 9th. I'm anxious to see how creative his answer is.
2008-08-16 13:44:55
140.   joe in boston
134 good one OYF ... oops did you really just post #134 ????!!!!!!!!
2008-08-16 13:45:54
141.   Mattpat11
139 Its going to be that Damon is fourth in the league in hitting.

Of course, that didn't stop him from sitting Damon when he was first in hitting, but Johnny's shoulder needed a rest on the astroturf or something equally absurd.

Don't apply logic to Joe.

2008-08-16 13:46:07
142.   rsmith51
I can't remember the last time Betemit had a HR.
2008-08-16 13:46:22
143.   cult of basebaal
Shadows are falling and I've been here all day
It's too hot to sleep time is running away
Feel like my soul has turned into steel
I've still got the scars that the sun didn't heal
There's not even room enough to be anywhere
It's not dark yet, but it's getting there
2008-08-16 13:47:28
144.   Jeb
This is going to be like the 1980 USA Hockey team upsetting the Russians for the Gold. The Royals came in here all brash and cocky; we almost beat them last night and we might beat them today. We've managed to keep the score close anyway.

Thank goodness we're done with them tomorrow.

2008-08-16 13:49:41
145.   Mattpat11
This team is a chore.
2008-08-16 13:50:53
146.   Mattpat11
The Yankees need to fire Michael Kay and find someone, anyone that can read the ball off the bat. At no point did that ball look fair.
2008-08-16 13:51:38
147.   OldYanksFan
ZERO earned runs on 7 Hits in 10 innings.
2008-08-16 13:52:41
148.   OldYanksFan
146 Kay? He isn't near the top of the list.
2008-08-16 13:53:12
149.   thelarmis
143 bob dylan - time out of mind. nice one, cult! : )
2008-08-16 13:57:47
150.   Mattpat11
Poor woman. Recovering from an illness and being forced to watch this drek.
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2008-08-16 13:59:08
151.   cult of basebaal
149 i emailed alex and told him that was what he should have used for the title of yesterday's game thread ...

"It's not dark yet, but it's getting there ..."

2008-08-16 14:01:57
152.   randym77
Hey, remember when Gardner hit that walkoff single? Maybe lightning will strike again.
2008-08-16 14:02:02
153.   Mattpat11
Well, someone is hitting Peralta
2008-08-16 14:05:56
154.   randym77
Man, those shadows are brutal.
2008-08-16 14:07:13
155.   thelarmis
151 it's an apt title. that's a brilliant dylan record...

pretty soon, the game thread title is gonna be:
"it's all over now, baby blue"

2008-08-16 14:10:34
156.   cult of basebaal
at least we cleared the pitcher's spot ...
2008-08-16 14:11:11
157.   rsmith51
At some point, we are going to have to hope for a "2008 Rockies-style" finish to the season. Especially if we keep losing to the Royals. Of course, by we, I mean the Yankees and not me.
2008-08-16 14:17:53
158.   Mattpat11
The inning started with "3 Outs" on the YES Screen.

Oddly appropriate.

2008-08-16 14:20:45
159.   Jeb
How is Captain Double Play supposed to GIDP with nobody on>?
2008-08-16 14:28:18
160.   cult of basebaal
ah. it always comes down to alex ...
2008-08-16 14:28:31
161.   Mattpat11
Kay you fucking moron. At what point did that look like it might not land fifty rows into the seats?
2008-08-16 14:40:08
162.   Alex Belth
this is a new form of torture...
2008-08-16 14:40:42
163.   Jeb
This game is so much fun. Only the 2008 NY Yankees could make Joel Peralta look good. I can't wait to see how we lose.
2008-08-16 14:42:46
164.   randym77
This game is never going to end, is it?
2008-08-16 14:42:55
165.   williamnyy23
Arod has been as bad (and that's a relative term for Arod) as any point in 2006.

This team continues to find ways to embarass itself. Again, even if they win, the Yankees should walk off the field ashamed. The season is over, but I still think changes should be made to set a tone for the off season. Girardi has tolerated pitiful play all season, and the organization has tolerated pitiful managing. Is it any wonder that the team is pitiful?

2008-08-16 14:45:17
166.   williamnyy23
139 Girardi's postgame is the same...he says he had a reason and the team is trying and they'll start winning tomorrow. I've tuned out Girardi...I'm sure most of the players have as well.
2008-08-16 14:53:53
167.   Jeb
zaftig---something fat chicks call themselves so they'll sound exotic
2008-08-16 14:54:34
168.   rbj
The game isn't over yet?! What the h-e-double hockey sticks is going on?!
2008-08-16 14:55:10
169.   williamnyy23
Can't the Yankees and Royals just agree to call this game a tie?
2008-08-16 14:59:12
170.   cult of basebaal
c'mon SLAPPY!!!
2008-08-16 15:00:29
171.   Jeb
come one gAAAArdner.
2008-08-16 15:00:32
172.   williamnyy23
I've been thinking about ways the Yankees can best prepare for 2009, and one thing that seems to make sense is to pick up Giambi's $22mn option and then trade him. After a pretty solid season, I can see more than a few teams willing to sign Giambi to a 1-yr, $12mn deal. Now, Giambi might hold out for more than 1 year, which would limit his suitors. That's where the Yankees option comes picking it up, they make him a 1-year player. Then, they deal him to a team and pick-up $10mn of the cost (which is really only $5mn because of the buy-out). If you could get a very good prospect for Giambi, it might be worth the $5mn cost.
2008-08-16 15:02:11
173.   randym77
152 I'm psychic!
2008-08-16 15:03:13
174.   cult of basebaal
SLAPPY MAKES THEM HAPPY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2008-08-16 15:03:33
175.   tommyl
Gardner already has more game winning hits than Melky this year, or at least it seems that way.
2008-08-16 15:04:18
176.   randym77
Gardner is 3 for 5 with a walk today. Can't ask for more than that.
2008-08-16 15:12:38
177.   weeping for brunnhilde
My kid was right!

He asked me who I thought was going to win and I said I didn't know, but I didn't think it would be us.

He said he had a feeling we'd win and I commended him for keeping the faith.

Gardner's ball trickled through the hole and he got excited and smiled and turned to me and said, "I told you!"


We actually won a baseball game, how about that?

Excruciating to watch, from beginning to end, but we won.

2008-08-16 15:47:18
178.   joe in boston
177 Funny, my kid said the same thing. Is it good that a 5 1/2 year old has more faith in the Yanks than me ?
2008-08-16 16:24:35
179.   JL25and3
177 I don't know...I was there, sitting through that ridiculousness, and I find it hard to say that the Yankees "won." Really, it was just a momentary failure to suck.
2008-08-16 16:34:46
180.   JL25and3
Among other things, I thought that was a terribly managed game, and the 9th-inning non-bunt wasn't the worst of it

For one thing, Christian should have been in there running for Pudge. Yes, if the run didn't score Molina would have to come in and there would be nobody at all left on the bench - but when exactly was he planning to win the game?

And he would have had more of a bench if he hadn't taken Giambi out for Ransom - in the 8th inning of a tie game, when you know you're not going to let Ransom bat anyway?

Girardi's much-praised bullpen management was also, frankly, piss-poor. The way that game was going, he absolutely had to leave either Bruney, Veras or Ramirez in for another inning, at least to start. He squandered his bullpen too early, just as he did his bench.

Bad, bad job.

2008-08-16 16:35:40
181.   weeping for brunnhilde
178 Wow, same age, too (mine's six in Nov.)! The Fans of the Future with Mystical Powers of Divination in the Present!

179 Agreed, but hey, there comes a point where we just have to take what we can get and be, if not thankful, exactly, relieved, or momentarily staved off, or some such thing.

2008-08-16 16:46:27
182.   joe in boston
181 strange, mine will be 6 alson in Nov (23rd). Brought him to his first game 2 1/2 weeks ago (Joba's win vs Balt). Maybe he's a good luck charm ?!?!?!
2008-08-16 16:47:43
183.   joe in boston
whoops - I mean "also" not alson ....
2008-08-16 20:34:28
184.   weeping for brunnhilde
182 Wow, cool! Did he enjoy it? Mine's been to a handful of games (a couple Yankees games, but mostly minors and college), and he enjoys them. Comments on the action and everything.

Nothing in this world like a five-year-old.

2008-08-17 04:15:02
185.   joe in boston
184 Yup, we had fun. Wife and 3 1/2 year old son also went (wanted them to be able to say they were in the "old" park when they older.

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