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Power Outage
2006-05-16 13:38
by Cliff Corcoran
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Just when the Yankee offense appeared to have hit a low point, scoring a mere dozen runs in its last five games, with Matsui and Sheffield on the DL and Damon and Giambi slumping, things have gotten worse. Giambi, who left yesterday's game after tweaking his neck while making a nice diving play, will get the day off tonight, resulting in a line-up that looks like this:

L - Johnny Damon (CF)
R - Derek Jeter (SS)
R - Alex Rodriguez (3B)
S - Jorge Posada (C)
L - Robinson Cano (2B)
S - Bernie Williams (RF)
R - Andy Phillips (DH)
R - Miguel Cairo (1B)
S - Melky Cabrera (LF)

Yeouch! That just may be the weekest line-up the Yankees will field all season prior to the eastern division and wild card being decided. If it's not, this team is in a whole hill of trouble.

Complicating things further, having just praised Andy Phillips defense at first over the weekend and having lost a game on a dropped ball by Miguel Cairo last week, Joe Torre has opted to put Cairo back in the field with Phillips mired at DH. Maybe having Cairo as your DH is embarassing, but the Yankees lost to the A's on Sunday while Oakland had Antonio Perez, who was 0 for 2006 entering that game, at DH. That's not to say that sort of thing is to be emulated, but if there's no one else available (Ken Macha was dealing with a similar laundry list of aches and pains), a manager should at least try to field his best possible defense.

Speaking of which Bubba is riding pine because the Yanks will be facing the left-handed John Koronka, which also means we get the old-school version of Bernie Williams tonight, making the above line-up a tad less pathetic. Koronka has indeed been absolute murder on lefties thus far this year (they're hitting .154/.244/.231 against him), and solid overall (4-1, 3.65 ERA, 5.08 K/9, 2.44 BB/9, 0.81 HR/9). The Yankees avoided him in Texas last week.

Shawn Chacon goes for the Yanks following a brief, walk-addled start against the Red Sox last week (5 BB, 1 K in 4 2/3 IP). Save for his ugly walk rate, Chacon's numbers are very similar to Koronka's (4-1, 3.68, 5.89 K/9, 4.66 BB/9, 0.74 HR/9).

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2006-05-16 14:07:15
1.   Bill
My speculation is that since there is no IF reserve on the bench (what a team this is!), Joe is afraid of losing an infielder during the game (managers worry about this sort of thing)and preserves the option (assuming Giambi is well enough to stanbd out at first) of moving Cairo without losing the DH.
2006-05-16 14:21:18
2.   Rob Gee
The best part of the line-up - no backup IF'er and 2 OF's riding the pine. I don't know about you, but is it wrong to hope someone else gets dinged so we can see the wackiness that ensues?

This is the one night, Cliff, where Thompson would have been better than Reese. He may have just played.

2006-05-16 14:24:20
3.   Rob Gee
1 True but then who is your 1B without losing the DH or playing Giambi? GOB? Then Bubba to RF?

Shoot, that's silly if Cairo's playing first because of that maybe. Why not just DH Bernie and get the better defense in RF with Bubba and hope he gets one hit?

2006-05-16 14:33:26
4.   wsporter
3 Yeah I like Bernie better at DH and Bubba in left if it comes to that.

Pena's had a pretty good week at Columbus. Durazo is about to get released. Any takers?

2006-05-16 14:43:42
5.   Shaun P
2 The problem is that Cairo can play 2B, 3B, and SS - at least in theory. So if Cano, Jeter, or A-Rod go down, then probably Cairo moves to their spot, Posada goes to 1B, and Stinnett comes in to catch.

Phillips can, in theory, play either 2B or 3B, so the Yanks would be covered if Andy played 1B and Cairo DH'd.

Playing Cairo at 1B and DH'ing Andy is just inexcusable.

2006-05-16 14:52:16
6.   Rob Gee
To Torre, minor league innings mean nothing. He's never seen Andy play 2B or 3B, so therefore Andy can't play 2B or 3B.
2006-05-16 14:57:34
7.   rbj
What's the weather situation? Any chance of the game getting rained out?
2006-05-16 15:08:34
8.   randym77
Weather looks pretty good. I don't think it will be rained out. There may be a few showers during the game.

I am so sick of this rain. Though not as sick as those New Englanders must be.

2006-05-16 15:10:06
9.   Shaun P
7 At least according to rbj, looks like the game will be played in full.
2006-05-16 15:11:06
10.   IowaBoy
Why would you have Phillips batting before Melky? Phillips seemingly hasn't had a hit for weeks.
2006-05-16 15:21:43
11.   Levy2020
I agree with 5 and 10. Also, when is it acceptable to give up on Phillips as a regular contributor relative to Cairo? So far, his numbers aren't close, but I can easily see an argument that it's related to the number of MLB-level at bats. How many is a good number to start making judgments?
2006-05-16 15:34:02
12.   rilkefan
"Phillips seemingly hasn't had a hit for weeks."

He's gotten 11 ABs this month...

"How many is a good number to start making judgments?"

A simple way to estimate the accuracy of a counting stat (like batting average) is to evaluate one over the square root of the number in question. For example, if a batter has 30 hits in 100 at bats, one can estimate his average to be 0.300 +/- 18% - the guy might be a 0.350 hitter or a 0.250 hitter based on that sample. 100 hits gives you 10% accuracy.

Andy's 1-for-11 tells you diddly.

2006-05-16 15:35:20
13.   randym77
I just noticed that Andy Phillips is the definition of "AAAA." Literally. Look it up in Wikipedia, and there he is:

I haven't quite given up on him yet, but I have a feeling the Yankees have. Or are close to it.

2006-05-16 15:55:30
14.   sam2175
12 Statistically, you are absolutely right. That is why, when projecting player potential, it is important to mix scouting with available data.

The BA based on 11 ABs or perhaps 50 ABs says you nothing, however, his nature of swing and his capacity of adjustment does. If Andy does not get consistent playing time (which he has not got), he might not be able to work on the adjustments necessary. But there is also a possibility that he has too many holes in his swing, and it may be futile to make him work on them.

I am an Andy supporter, and still remain one. However, I have to admit I am not as high on him as I was before. He needs to make good of whatever opportunities come his way, and time reallly is running out for him.

2006-05-16 16:08:30
15.   Rob Gee
13 Nice.
2006-05-16 16:14:54
16.   unmoderated
just like that.
2006-05-16 16:15:55
17.   Rob Gee
ugh. is it too early to turn off this game?
2006-05-16 16:16:15
18.   randym77
Arrghh. This is not looking good.
2006-05-16 16:16:50
19.   Rosbif22
what happened?
2006-05-16 16:17:11
20.   Schteeve
the state of the Yankees right now is making me throw up in my mouth a little bit.
2006-05-16 16:17:39
21.   Bill
The crowd already seems very dispirited. Both here and at the park.
2006-05-16 16:19:39
22.   IowaBoy
At least he didn't walk anybody. But, don't major league pitchers understand the need to pitch from ahead, rather than behind? To me, it is less about ability and more about having the guts to throw the ball for strikes. I hope Gator makes that point.
2006-05-16 16:20:54
23.   IowaBoy
What is the matter with JD? He and Arod are looking like AAAA players... maybe AAA.
2006-05-16 16:21:50
24.   randym77
The Force was not with Obi-Shawn in the first inning.
2006-05-16 16:22:04
25.   Schteeve
I think A-Rod can "earn his stripes" byu carrying this offense for the next however long it us until Sheffield and Giambi get back.
2006-05-16 16:22:35
26.   Bill
Whatever happens, blame Arod.
2006-05-16 16:24:13
27.   IowaBoy
Earn his stripes? How about just carrying his own weight. $25 million worth. Not exactly doing that now batting less than 300 and striking out every time there are men on base.
2006-05-16 16:27:04
28.   rilkefan
14 - statistically speaking, AAA performance is quite predictive of ML performance. If he has holes in his swing, his minors numbers should have been lower.

The strategy in which one calls up a guy to a new level and gives him scattered ABs is probably not the wisest.

Had just been thinking, good time for Giambi to send one out. Oh well.

2006-05-16 16:27:48
29.   Bill
Hey, Arod walked the leadoff hitter!
2006-05-16 16:30:10
30.   Schteeve
I'm not blaming A-Rod for anything. I meant, "earn his stripes" in the eyes of the dopes who thinks he's a choker or whatever. I'm a big A-Rod fan.
2006-05-16 16:32:38
31.   rilkefan
27 - you won't be aware of this, not having followed baseball before this year, but A-Rod won the MVP (Most Valuable Player) award last year. And batting average is not a good indication of value.
2006-05-16 16:34:53
32.   Bill
Damn Arod. Hit the number 9 hitter on a 2-2 count.
2006-05-16 16:35:39
33.   dwight45
27 To quote the NY Times on Saturday's game: "He (A-Rod) has certainly been productive at critical moments in the past week, when wrist injuries put Hideki Matsui and Gary Sheffield on the disabled list. Rodriguez has hit home runs in the past three Yankees victories to put his team ahead to stay."

Iowaboy, why not head over to the boards and enjoy the alternative yankee universe with the rest of the fanboys?

2006-05-16 16:36:17
34.   IowaBoy
I know he won the MVP. But he is not playing like it now that SOMEONE needs to step up. He certainly isn't yet.
2006-05-16 16:36:50
35.   Rob Gee
32 Nice.
2006-05-16 16:36:58
36.   tocho
Leiter-Chacon is annoying. I was high on him last year but right now his games are painful.

I think most of the problems stem from his "fastball" sitting at 85mph, instead of 90mph as he used to throw. they just keep fouling it off, thus the high pitch count and tremedous amount of balls in play.

as somebody had suggested maybe I'll take a flyer on this game.

2006-05-16 16:37:10
37.   efb
I think we need to relax and see if the Yankees can grind this out for a couple of days.

I wonder what all those who thought Giambi should have been cut last year around this time are thinking now. Happy that he is out of the lineup?

We'll be OK. Let's hope Melky starts to hit. I don't think he has an X-Base hit yet. I am rooting for one tonight.

2006-05-16 16:37:38
38.   IowaBoy
I am a big ARod fan too. But, am a bit frustrated by the last few games, particularly with him and JD.
2006-05-16 16:37:40
39.   singledd
I may be wrong, but I think we pay ARod around 16 mil.
I may be wrong, but I think we pay Jetes around 19 mil.
Moose, RJ and Giambi make more then ARod (I think).

ARod is the best offensve bank-for-our-buck on this team (not including Cano and the other kids).

2006-05-16 16:39:56
40.   randym77
I must say, the YES boards are brutal. I usually don't go over there, but I peaked in this week. Yikes. A-Rod bashing left and right, but no one is safe. There was one thread blaming Jeter for Matsui's injury. Yes, really. They claimed if he hadn't had that error earlier in the inning, it never would have happened, so it was all his fault.
2006-05-16 16:40:49
41.   Bill
Not to rub salt in the rapidly-opening wound that is Mr. Chacon, but has anyone noticed Ramon Ramirez's performance so far this year?
2006-05-16 16:43:08
42.   JeremyM
Yuck. Time to go mow the lawn.
2006-05-16 16:43:33
43.   Rob Gee
Bubba makes that catch.
2006-05-16 16:43:39
44.   randym77
Aaron Small is warming.
2006-05-16 16:44:47
45.   randym77
43 Agreed. I think he'd have made the one in LF, too.

Note to Joe: play Andy when Wang's on the mound, and Bubba when Chacon is.

2006-05-16 16:45:31
46.   Rob Gee
How many more of these games before we trade Hughes, Duncan, and Melky for Abreu?
2006-05-16 16:45:49
47.   Simone
Well, this sucks. Ugh. It is only the 2nd inning though.
2006-05-16 16:46:00
48.   Yankee Fan in Chicago
Well, this frees up an evening. Even if Small manags to hold em -- yeah right -- the chances of this lineup putting six runs on the board, after the showing of the last two games is slim and none.

Let's go O's.

2006-05-16 16:46:14
49.   randym77
And it gets worse...
2006-05-16 16:46:18
50.   Zack
Love it when our pitching provides the impetus for an offense to break out of its doledrums...Lets hope it works for us too...

And our defense sucks, oh well, time to pretend the game isn't on

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2006-05-16 16:46:29
51.   Rob Gee
Could Bubba be in left for that one too?
2006-05-16 16:47:22
52.   fgasparini
Ha, it's like a fairytale! Chacon turns into a pumpkin, Yankees hit like Three Blind Mice without the big guys.

It could be a long summer, Yankee fans...

2006-05-16 16:47:43
53.   dwight45
48 Unfortunately, Sox are up by 2 after jacks by Manny and Trot.
2006-05-16 16:47:56
54.   randym77
Forget that. How long before we trade Hughes, Duncan, and Melky for Dontrelle Willis? Only we'd probably have to throw Cano or Wang in, too...
2006-05-16 16:49:29
55.   randym77
51 It could. As long as he didn't collide with Jeter. Which happened last year, on a similar play. Heck, last year the ball fell much closer in, and Bubba got there. Unfortunately.
2006-05-16 16:50:16
56.   Rob Gee
Any bets on whether we see Erickson tonight?
2006-05-16 16:50:37
57.   Rob Gee
This inning?
2006-05-16 16:50:42
58.   Paul in Boston
Wow this hurts.

Anyone else think we're about to watch this once-great team head for a big, long slide? Could we be heading back to the 1980s/early 1990s? Lots of stars but not a good team?

2006-05-16 16:51:05
59.   kylepetterson
HOLY CRAP! What is going on!??!?!
2006-05-16 16:51:36
60.   tocho
all right now, so no men on base, they should get out of this inning pretty quickly now.
2006-05-16 16:51:42
61.   fgasparini bad.
2006-05-16 16:52:49
62.   Rob Gee
Really, why Erickson? Really????

And after tonight, Small too...

2006-05-16 16:52:51
63.   fgasparini
Maybe Small will get sent down?
2006-05-16 16:52:53
64.   randym77
Meltdown on the mound by Chacon. It was bound to happen sometime. He was really living dangerously last time.
2006-05-16 16:52:59
65.   kylepetterson
I'm thinking it takes another 30 - 40 minutes to get out of the inning...
2006-05-16 16:54:33
66.   Rob Gee
Really Colter Bean couldn't do better? Matt Smith? Rasner? Mendoza? At least there are options...

Great ovation by the crown there.

2006-05-16 16:54:54
67.   tocho
22-0 v the tribe a couple of seasons ago doesn't seem like a long shot for the hard hitting RANGERS and their amazing pitching.
2006-05-16 16:55:18
68.   Zack
Think Torre gets the message that Small sucks?
2006-05-16 16:55:50
69.   tocho
66 nice to see the crowd shares our humor.
2006-05-16 16:56:14
70.   JeremyM
He doesn't suck, he's just hiding an injury.
2006-05-16 16:56:16
71.   yankz
Oh my god...I just checked checking out.
2006-05-16 16:56:42
72.   randym77
I'm afraid we're going to need a replacement for Randy Johson. Not gonna find that down on the farm.
2006-05-16 16:56:44
73.   fgasparini
Remember in '96 when the Yanks were down to the White sox by 8 afer two innings and came back to win? Pettite had been shelled a couple days before and pitched a lot of innings to get the win in relief? I'm getting the details wrong but that was the gist...
2006-05-16 16:57:48
74.   IowaBoy
Well, two game out this time of year.... could be worse. Kinda makes the rest of the game tough to bare, tho.
2006-05-16 16:58:45
75.   Zack
Do you think the crowd will applaude Bernie like that all year?
2006-05-16 16:58:56
76.   tocho
Dontrelle and Hudson are at it if anyone here wants to watch a good game.
2006-05-16 16:59:32
77.   Yankee Fan in Chicago
Hey with Sturtze on the disabled list, at least Small was able to step right in and continue the tradition of allowing a homer to the first batter faced.

As for a long 80s-style decline, with Cano on board all ready, and a several good and very young prospects in Charleston and Tampa who should be ready for the show right about the time tha contracts to ARod, Damon, and Matsui run out, I dont think the future is bleak at all.

2006-05-16 16:59:39
78.   vockins
Good lord, what happened? I turn the tv off to eat with my kid and there's seven runs out of nowhere.
2006-05-16 17:00:53
79.   randym77
Andy!!! Yeah!
2006-05-16 17:01:35
80.   vockins
Hey, Andy gets his.
2006-05-16 17:01:37
81.   JeremyM
Well, on the bright side we should get to see Kevin Reese play a little bit today.

Actually, a comeback is not out of the realm, stranger things have happened.

2006-05-16 17:01:40
82.   Zack
Go Andy
2006-05-16 17:02:11
83.   kylepetterson
The vomit actually went back down for a second...
2006-05-16 17:02:23
84.   tocho
41 would you fill us in on his numbers?
2006-05-16 17:02:30
85.   fgasparini
Game Played on Sunday, May 12, 1996 (D) at Comiskey Park II

NY A 0 0 0 2 2 5 0 0 0 - 9 13 1
CHI A 1 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 8 10 1

I remembered wrong about Pettitte....BOB WICKMAN got the win. Mariano pitched 2.1 in relief.

2006-05-16 17:03:24
86.   JeremyM
I think Pettite pitched in relief in extra innings against Baltimore that year, and the Yanks won in inning 14 or so.
2006-05-16 17:04:19
87.   fgasparini
MIG-GY! That ol' team spirit comes through. Take that, pantywaist statheads!

Please note I am being sarcastic.

2006-05-16 17:04:20
88.   Zack
Oh well
2006-05-16 17:04:42
89.   JeremyM
Ugh, I hate double plays with guys on 3rd, even in 9-1 games.
2006-05-16 17:04:50
90.   Rob Gee
70 Nice.
2006-05-16 17:07:26
91.   Rob Gee
77 For more pain, enjoy those prospects now, and then watch the Yanks trade them for Reggie Sanders.
2006-05-16 17:07:32
92.   randym77
Well, Cairo got that one.

Maybe they'll play better now that the game is seemingly out of reach. Less pressure.

2006-05-16 17:08:37
93.   fgasparini
86 Yes...

Game Played on Wednesday, May 1, 1996 (N) at Oriole Park at Camden Yards

NY 0 3 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 - 11 20 4
BAL 1 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 6 13 4

Facts: Pettitte did pitch 3 for the win.

Wetteland pitched the a tie game on the road. What was ddifferent about closer usage 10 years ago for Joe?

Mariano did not apppear; Pettitte pitched the bottom of the 15th. Why not? Possible he had been used a lot, I didn't check.

2006-05-16 17:09:06
94.   kylepetterson
at least the Suns are playing tonight....
2006-05-16 17:09:10
95.   randym77
Oh, gawd. Melky looks really lost out there. He's not used to the wall.
2006-05-16 17:10:28
96.   fgasparini
93 Also, four errors apiece? Let's not complain about the 2006 defense too much.
2006-05-16 17:10:51
97.   tocho
Its nice for the rangers to get BP thrown tonight by Small, he can bring in his high-cheese at 83mph. swooosh
2006-05-16 17:13:36
98.   kylepetterson
only 1 run that inning. that's great. road to victory.
2006-05-16 17:15:15
99.   kylepetterson
I hate Gameday 'cause when they're way behind like this they're still smiling like they don't care. jerks.
2006-05-16 17:15:44
100.   randym77
Nice work, Jeet! Good baserunning, too.
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2006-05-16 17:16:22
101.   fgasparini
99 S'funny.
2006-05-16 17:17:04
102.   Stormer Sports

If it makes you feel any better, Damon was yucking it up at 1st base with Tiexiera! Fucking Boston Flunky smiling when you're down by 9. Putz! Make another error why dont you, overpriced lead-off who should have been moved to left years ago.

2006-05-16 17:18:41
103.   Stormer Sports
Hey, Nets also blow a 10 point lead early. hmm.
2006-05-16 17:19:58
104.   Stormer Sports
Hey, at least Jete never gives up. Take a note Arod.
2006-05-16 17:20:16
105.   rabid stan
Wow. Just checked in.

This is pretty disgusting.

Hey, I bet Chacon was cool on the mound though, right?


2006-05-16 17:20:38
106.   fgasparini
Well, maybe Torre can rest the regulars and get the kids some innings...
2006-05-16 17:21:10
107.   Stormer Sports
Hey guys. I came in late. Did Melky look inept, or simply inexperienced out there?
2006-05-16 17:21:29
108.   Yankee Fan in Chicago
Hey, isn't this when A-rod is supposed to be doing his hitting (in a blow-out)? Someone better tell him.
2006-05-16 17:21:45
109.   randym77
It's only the 2nd inning. You'll be sorry if they come back and you miss it. ;)
2006-05-16 17:22:03
110.   Stormer Sports

Yea, Shawn had his hat brim just right and firm and tilted just so tonight.

2006-05-16 17:23:35
111.   Paul in Boston
Melky dove to his right to get a ball that was around 6 inches out of reach from his glove. As with his memorable error in CF at Fenway (Trot Nixon inside-the-park HR), the problem was that he let the ball go by him. But of course LF is different from CF, so he recovered and they got Texeira at 3rd.
2006-05-16 17:23:39
112.   Stormer Sports
Yankee fan in Chicago,

I wont be sorry, I'll be surprised. Going to be a long summer.

On a happier note, I have Pedro going in my fantasy league this Friday. At least Ill pick up some points.

2006-05-16 17:24:02
113.   randym77
Nice hit, Jorgie. He's the best batter on the team this month.
2006-05-16 17:24:36
114.   Simone
And so the rally begins ...
2006-05-16 17:24:55
115.   Stormer Sports
Didn't we score 8 against Oakland in bottom 9 in the late 90's sometime?
2006-05-16 17:26:16
116.   Stormer Sports
Nice swing, no worries Robbie, that's 8 rows deep at Texas.
2006-05-16 17:27:08
117.   randym77
We scored, what, 13 runs in one inning last year?

There's stirring in the bullpen. Seven run lead and they're pulling their starter this early?

2006-05-16 17:28:17
118.   fgasparini
Of all the words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these:

"Bernie Williams grounds out softly..."

2006-05-16 17:30:21
119.   Stormer Sports
To be fair, Texas has a much better lineup than we do tonight.
2006-05-16 17:31:10
120.   fgasparini
119 No doubt about that. These guys can hit, except Barajas.
2006-05-16 17:31:45
121.   Paul in Boston
Just think this game started with 2 outs in top of the 1st inning, no baserunners ...
2006-05-16 17:32:31
122.   Stormer Sports
Ok, so let me get this straight, we need Erickson in long relief, so he is going to bring in Small and Villone?
2006-05-16 17:32:34
123.   randym77
Looks like the Yanks haven't given up.
2006-05-16 17:33:13
124.   tocho
99 that's the only good thing said about the ballgame tonight.

"what are you smiling about Aaron, you're about to give them the runs back"

2006-05-16 17:33:24
125.   kylepetterson
anybody else actually looking forward to Wright starting again?
2006-05-16 17:33:51
126.   randym77
Small is on the mound now. I think they're going to pull him, though. Though maybe not, since he got out of it.
2006-05-16 17:34:47
127.   kylepetterson
Wow. NO RUNS!?!?! We could pull a horrible loss out yet!
2006-05-16 17:34:49
128.   fgasparini
124 He's smiling about his Major F'in League paycheck. And wouldn't you?

125 Scary, I had the same thought...

2006-05-16 17:35:36
129.   Stormer Sports

I am. I am not terribly worried about Chacon. I am worried about our bullpen and Randy Johnson. Dotel is a question mark and Meat is as well. Farns thinks throwing a hanging curve on an 0-2 count makes sense which scares me to death.

2006-05-16 17:37:12
130.   fgasparini
2006-05-16 17:37:24
131.   randym77
129 Which is why we aren't going to mortgage the farm for an outfielder. We have more pressing needs.
2006-05-16 17:37:50
132.   Stormer Sports
The Yankees are the San Antonio Spurs. Great, but old, slow, and incapable of keeping up with the adjustments other teams have made. Can anyone say pitching, speed, and defense. Of which we have none.
2006-05-16 17:38:11
133.   fgasparini
Oh well.
2006-05-16 17:38:24
134.   tocho
128 touché
2006-05-16 17:39:00
135.   randym77
Yay, Melky!
2006-05-16 17:39:37
136.   Stormer Sports
Lets see how hard he tries to pull it here.
2006-05-16 17:40:14
137.   Stormer Sports
Damon, dont pull it you putz!
2006-05-16 17:40:16
138.   kylepetterson
I personally like the idea of having a young defense-minded outfield. Anybody know where we could get guys like that?
2006-05-16 17:41:32
139.   fgasparini
Seriously, this lineup, right now? Is probably one of the worst in baseball. Like, I know DJ and Damon are better hitters than this over the season, but they're ice-cold the last couple weeks.
2006-05-16 17:41:47
140.   tocho
Melky's picture at gameday was taken when a line drive was hit right towards him and he's still deciding whether he dives or not.
2006-05-16 17:44:05
141.   Stormer Sports
If they have no plans to pick up Sheffield's option, the best and only deal would be to deal Sheff and cash for a solid pitcher. I dont want to see any young talent traded away for some bum like Torii Hunter, Reggie Sanders or Craig Wilson.
2006-05-16 17:45:35
142.   Stormer Sports
Looks like Small could be shaking the rust off.
2006-05-16 17:45:39
143.   randym77
140 LOL!

That's almost as bad as Sturtze's "deer in the headlights" look.

2006-05-16 17:46:11
144.   fgasparini
140 YES, poop.
2006-05-16 17:47:52
145.   Stormer Sports
Nets up by 5, 7:00 to go in the second.
2006-05-16 17:48:10
146.   tocho
Scrolling through gameday's pictures (let's not be kidding ourselves here, the yanks are not coming back), Reese's picture was taken when he had a black eye. talk about bad luck there. Stinett has no neck at all.
2006-05-16 17:50:04
147.   kylepetterson
Reese's looks like a mugshot.
2006-05-16 17:50:38
148.   fgasparini
146 Love that Reese picture. Da kid's scrappy! Get him out there, we need some MOXIE on this club!
2006-05-16 17:51:27
149.   kylepetterson
"What kind of league were you playing in?"

"California Penal."

"Never heard of it. How'd you end up playing there?"

"I stole a car."

2006-05-16 17:51:38
150.   fgasparini
Just for laughs, is Giambi available to pinch hit, just in case?
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2006-05-16 17:52:03
151.   Stormer Sports
Here we go. Get 'em home!
2006-05-16 17:52:41
152.   randym77
Man, what is with these just-inside-the-park almost-homers? That's the third one tonight off the base of the wall.
2006-05-16 17:53:30
153.   fgasparini
Are the people posting to BB while the Yanks are down 7 the loneliest people in the world? Or are we the BEST FANS EVER???
2006-05-16 17:53:30
154.   Stormer Sports

They all have Bonds power tonight.

2006-05-16 17:54:37
155.   Stormer Sports

I'm at work man, what should I do? I say we are the best fans ever dammit! How are things with the work, did things slow down with that?

2006-05-16 17:54:51
156.   rilkefan
Chacon hits a double.
2006-05-16 17:54:57
157.   fgasparini
Obviously, we are the BEST FANS EVER. Go Jorge!
2006-05-16 17:55:29
158.   randym77
Hey, they're only down five now. The game's in reach!
2006-05-16 17:55:38
159.   Stormer Sports
Why must this team toy with me and make me believe they can come back?
2006-05-16 17:55:40
160.   fgasparini
155 Finishing a strenuous project...I am at work now though.
2006-05-16 17:55:49
161.   rilkefan
Baltimore coming back.
2006-05-16 17:56:28
162.   tocho
153 check that, 5 runs down
2006-05-16 17:56:38
163.   fgasparini
Stranger things have happened...who though the WSox would pull it out against the Twins?
2006-05-16 17:56:57
164.   fgasparini
Although this would be stranger, actually...
2006-05-16 17:57:16
165.   Paul in Boston
Bernie walks. Not seeing much of that this year, note the low OBP.
2006-05-16 17:57:30
166.   Stormer Sports
Hey, anyone remembr Buck giving that "How to Cork a Bat" primer on Baseball tonight a few years back?
2006-05-16 17:58:42
167.   Stormer Sports
Nets only up by 3 with Shaq at 3 fouls, why cant this team capitalize on anything? They were up by 8 when Shaq went to the bench!
2006-05-16 17:59:05
168.   fgasparini
Wow, 4.2, 5 run lead, bottom of the order up, and the Rangers pull the starter.
2006-05-16 17:59:41
169.   Stormer Sports
Buck thinks the team is on its heels, lets take advantage!
2006-05-16 17:59:43
170.   randym77
They're pulling Koronka at 5-2/3 innings. Guess they're scared of even the bottom of our weak lineup.

Go, Andy! Nice double.

2006-05-16 18:00:28
171.   Stormer Sports
It sure would be nice to lead Sportscenter with a positive rather than every 5 days when RJ starts!
2006-05-16 18:00:55
172.   tocho
the O's are rallying against the fat bastard, he's given up 4 runs in the 5th, might not get out of it... love it when that fat idiot gets smacked around.

should have sent bernie home on that... oh well 2nd and 3rd 2 outs

2006-05-16 18:01:02
173.   fgasparini
See 130
2006-05-16 18:01:12
174.   wsporter
Finally, that lad is starting to hit. You go Andy.
2006-05-16 18:01:15
175.   Stormer Sports
Base hit and its 3 runs, come on Miguel, make me proud!
2006-05-16 18:01:40
176.   Stormer Sports
2006-05-16 18:02:12
177.   tocho
stupid cairo
2006-05-16 18:02:21
178.   fgasparini
See 133
2006-05-16 18:02:40
179.   Stormer Sports

You have to send Bernie there. Put some pressure back on them. You have to take a shot there. Where is Sojo when you need him?

2006-05-16 18:02:50
180.   Zack
terrible ab by cairo, HUGE difference between 10-7, and 10-5
2006-05-16 18:03:04
181.   Paul in Boston
If Cairo had knocked in those two runs, I would have been very tortured that they actually had a chance tonight ... as it is, it's still a 5 run lead, so I paradoxically feel much better.

What am I saying. Boo hoo.

2006-05-16 18:03:49
182.   JeremyM
Hey, that was the most energetic strike out I've ever seen, lay off Cairo.
2006-05-16 18:04:45
183.   Zack
This is the kind of game where Joe comes away feeling good about Small, even though he gave up 4 runs...
2006-05-16 18:05:39
184.   tocho
what the hell is small doing out there again. he's running out of luck
2006-05-16 18:06:42
185.   tocho
182 you're absolutely right, he even gave himself a hand after the K. that's invaluable
2006-05-16 18:06:52
186.   fgasparini
Lay off Small. His ERA's down to 9.
2006-05-16 18:07:02
187.   Stormer Sports
Note to Cashman: You were right, Pedro's got nothing left. We'll see our mistake in all its glory on Friday.
2006-05-16 18:07:52
188.   Stormer Sports
Oh Clueless Joe, why waste a bunch of pitchers in this game?
2006-05-16 18:08:55
189.   Stormer Sports
Yikes, Nets blow 10 point 1st half lead, now down by 3.
2006-05-16 18:09:21
190.   Stormer Sports
Yikes, I spoke too soon, Murray ties it up.
2006-05-16 18:11:02
191.   Zack
Oh geez, please be ok Jorge!!!
2006-05-16 18:11:19
192.   Stormer Sports
I hate to say this, because it was Jorge, but how refreshing is it to see a runner actually go in hard at home these days?
2006-05-16 18:12:06
193.   JeremyM
Speaking of getting hands after screwing up, anyone else get annoyed when a guy misses a free throw and gets high fives? And after Duncan missed the potential game-winner last night, he was getting high-fives again. Just strange.
2006-05-16 18:12:28
194.   fgasparini
Bet that was exciting on the TeeVee...
2006-05-16 18:12:34
195.   Zack
Did you see Prince Fielder the other day, he almsot destroyed Greene at home?
2006-05-16 18:12:34
196.   fgasparini
Bet that was exciting on the TeeVee...
2006-05-16 18:12:39
197.   wsporter
Say what you will about Jorge but he is one tough SOB.
2006-05-16 18:13:28
198.   randym77
Was it really necessary for Teixeira to go in that hard, shoulder down like that? This isn't friggin' football, and Jorgie's not Lawrence Taylor.
2006-05-16 18:13:33
199.   Zack
Its actually impressive how much Jorge has been blocking the plate these last two years...A few seasons ago he would NEVER have been there for that play
2006-05-16 18:13:36
200.   Stormer Sports
Am I the only one that finally firgured out why Charles Barkely has no clue what he is saying during his commentary, now that we know he is betting on the games?
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2006-05-16 18:15:22
201.   fgasparini
The Melkman delivers!

Boy, that was lame.

2006-05-16 18:15:28
202.   Stormer Sports

That's how the game is supposed to be played. It aint badminton a la Jason Kendall. Its most players that are wrong, not Teixeira.

2006-05-16 18:16:56
203.   Zack
Actually, I'm not sure it says in the rules either way whether you are "supposed" to ram into the catcher...
2006-05-16 18:17:05
204.   tocho
the captain will deliver.
2006-05-16 18:18:10
205.   randym77
Jorgie has learned to block the plate. But man, did he pay for it there. He went flying. Landed six feet away. His mask flew off. He was not happy. His face is kind of messed up.

I can't help but remember the Varitek collision. Jorgie seemed all right during the game, but was so stiff the next day he couldn't play. He was out for several days, IIRC.

2006-05-16 18:18:34
206.   randym77
Yee-hah! Capt. Clutch!
2006-05-16 18:18:56
207.   Zack
2006-05-16 18:19:18
208.   fgasparini
2006-05-16 18:19:30
209.   JeremyM
Oh man, please don't lose 10-9 now!
2006-05-16 18:19:33
210.   wsporter
This is the Captain speaking.
2006-05-16 18:20:05
211.   Zack
Love that Chacon is still there rooting them on
2006-05-16 18:20:30
212.   Simone
And the Captain delivers.
2006-05-16 18:20:57
213.   tocho
209 are you kidding? there are taking this one on this inning and not looking back.
2006-05-16 18:21:28
214.   Zack
Nice to see the big mouth getting smacked around too, 6-5 Boston
2006-05-16 18:21:57
215.   Simone
At this rate that he is pulling pitchers, I expect Buck will be pitching by the 9th.
2006-05-16 18:23:14
216.   randym77
Proctor's warming. Cheez Whiz.
2006-05-16 18:23:27
217.   Zack
Joe is determined to rip Proctor's arm off
2006-05-16 18:23:38
218.   vockins
This is going to be a goddamn heartbreaker if they don't pull this out. What a ride, though.
2006-05-16 18:23:53
219.   Schteeve
I don't care if Derek Jeter isn't "clutch" or whatever, Derek Jeter is f'n Superman.
2006-05-16 18:24:07
220.   randym77
C'mon, Jorgie. Pretend it's Teixeira's head.
2006-05-16 18:24:41
221.   yankz
204 Psychic. Go Captain Clutch!
2006-05-16 18:25:22
222.   yankz
219 Hell yes.
2006-05-16 18:26:26
223.   kdw
210 Funny.
2006-05-16 18:26:37
224.   randym77
Let's go, Jorgie. Someone in the upper deck wants a souvenir!
2006-05-16 18:26:46
225.   efb
3-2 on Posada. Send the runner? I say yes.
2006-05-16 18:27:38
226.   randym77
Posada gets the BB. Up to Robby now.
2006-05-16 18:28:54
227.   Zack
damn Robbie, very bad out...not able to get that productive that its close, do we revert to our old selves?
2006-05-16 18:29:03
228.   efb
If Bernie hits a 3 run home run we will win this game but he will play everyday for the rest of the year. I don't know what to root for...
2006-05-16 18:29:20
229.   randym77
Anything but a DP, Bernie!
2006-05-16 18:29:50
230.   rsmith51
228 Don't worry, just hope for a single or walk. Bernie won't hit a 3 run homer.
2006-05-16 18:30:38
231.   randym77
228 The perfect solution, an RBI double. ;-)
2006-05-16 18:30:42
232.   Zack
2006-05-16 18:31:10
233.   efb
231 - I am with you. Cool.
2006-05-16 18:31:10
234.   singledd
Bernie will be batting cleanup tomorrow
2006-05-16 18:31:14
235.   wsporter
Well this is just getting plain silly.
2006-05-16 18:31:25
236.   fgasparini
Holy Flurking Schnitt.
2006-05-16 18:31:35
237.   JeremyM
Awesome. Come on Andy, keep it up.
2006-05-16 18:31:53
238.   Zack
Ok, the Bernie love parade is getting a bit rediculous, much as I love the guy
2006-05-16 18:31:58
239.   yankz
Oh my close...
2006-05-16 18:32:18
240.   Simone
Yeah, Bernie! SuperGuitarMan?
2006-05-16 18:32:49
241.   Schteeve
Did the stadium go nuts when Bernie hit that double?
2006-05-16 18:33:57
242.   yankz
2006-05-16 18:34:16
243.   Zack
2006-05-16 18:34:30
244.   rsmith51
Strike 2 was pretty ugly for Andy.
2006-05-16 18:34:31
245.   Simone
It's on Cairo now. Just get one more run in this inning, please.
2006-05-16 18:34:56
246.   JeremyM
Gamecenter had that one as going right down the heart of the plate.

Up to Mr. Energy again...

2006-05-16 18:35:06
247.   singledd
Phillips had the walk. Got anxious. One reason Torre likes experience.
2006-05-16 18:35:09
248.   fgasparini
I'm not doin' it a third time.
2006-05-16 18:35:40
249.   randym77
Yes, the stadium went nuts. They chanted his name until he had to acknowledge them standing there on 2B.
2006-05-16 18:35:43
250.   yankz
Jeter needs a triple for the cycle...

Oh, and even after the K, Phillips should be starting at 1B for the rest of the week.

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2006-05-16 18:35:48
251.   rsmith51
246 Sounds about right.
2006-05-16 18:36:06
252.   Mattpat11
Things always go so well for him until the breaking ball rears its ugly head.
2006-05-16 18:37:25
253.   fgasparini
2006-05-16 18:37:25
254.   rsmith51
Way to go, Miggy!
2006-05-16 18:37:33
255.   Zack
2006-05-16 18:37:34
256.   wsporter
I don't believe what I just saw.
2006-05-16 18:37:39
257.   rbs10025
2006-05-16 18:37:53
258.   randym77
246 It did go right down the center of the plate, but it was a breaking ball. Andy thought it was too high, then it dropped right in.

Miggy baby!

No power outage here...

2006-05-16 18:37:57
259.   singledd
Holy Shit!
2006-05-16 18:38:00
260.   Simone
Unfreakingbelieveable! I'm so happy.
2006-05-16 18:38:41
261.   JeremyM
Holy shit. Little Egypt, aka Bizarro Jeter, aka Mr. Energy, aka the Human Red Bull comes through.
2006-05-16 18:38:44
262.   wsporter
Baseball is the greatest game on earth. How great is this. Damn that's some stuff.
2006-05-16 18:38:50
263.   vockins
2006-05-16 18:38:53
264.   Zack
Love to see the fans just go nuts, can't even comprehend it
2006-05-16 18:39:37
265.   Zack
Buck Showalter is def. going after the buffett after the game, no matter the outcome
2006-05-16 18:39:50
266.   fgasparini
262 Yes, you're right.
2006-05-16 18:40:12
267.   rsmith51
Please, please do not put in Erickson. I am begging you, Torre.
2006-05-16 18:40:40
268.   Zack
He will def go with proctor here
2006-05-16 18:41:16
269.   Simone
Is the Stadium going wild?
2006-05-16 18:41:27
270.   tocho
204213 don't worry guys, our pen will hold it till the end.
2006-05-16 18:41:38
271.   vockins
267please god
2006-05-16 18:41:41
272.   Mick S
Bizarro Jeter..hahaha! Classic. That is as good as someone's comment awhile back about Sweet Lou on Red Bull.
2006-05-16 18:42:07
273.   Schteeve
I can't wait to see the look on Cairo's face when he pulled in to second on that double. He gets so fired up.
2006-05-16 18:42:30
274.   Simone
After all this complete and totally great rally, plueeze let the bullpen hold.
2006-05-16 18:43:00
275.   randym77
Yes, the Stadium is really going wild. They've been getting into it since the rally started.
2006-05-16 18:43:16
276.   JeremyM
Someone else here came up with Bizarro Jeter a while back, but I was reminded of it the other day when the g/f said "he looks like Jeter--sort of."
2006-05-16 18:43:39
277.   fgasparini
2006-05-16 18:43:43
278.   Yankee Fan in Chicago
Ah, the always beloved lead-off walk.
2006-05-16 18:44:03
279.   vockins
well, that didn't last long.
2006-05-16 18:44:08
280.   rsmith51
2006-05-16 18:44:14
281.   Zack
No surprise here, Proctor's total overuse coming back to haunt...

Bubba takes over for Melky rather than bernie yet again

2006-05-16 18:44:52
282.   randym77
Dammit. How long are you going to leave Proctor in there, Joe?
2006-05-16 18:45:03
283.   fgasparini
Well, that sucked.
2006-05-16 18:45:11
284.   rsmith51
Didn't Proctor pitch yesterday for no apparent reason?
2006-05-16 18:45:15
285.   Zack
Couldn't last could it? Sigh
2006-05-16 18:45:28
286.   Simone
F'ing Proctor!
2006-05-16 18:45:59
287.   rsmith51
And Erickson is warming...
2006-05-16 18:46:12
288.   Zack
Oh, don't worry everyone, Erickson is gonna come in
2006-05-16 18:46:19
289.   tocho
the stadium is really quiet now...
2006-05-16 18:47:20
290.   Paul in Boston
Kaat's got it right ... Proctor's running on fumes.
2006-05-16 18:47:29
291.   fgasparini
Also, I'm being openly mocked at work for following a baseball game on-line.
2006-05-16 18:47:47
292.   Simone
Damn, what a downer! One minute I'm ecstatic now I'm totally pissed off.
2006-05-16 18:47:53
293.   Zack
Singleton is being very careful to not come out and say that Joe's total abuse of the bullpen is the problem
2006-05-16 18:48:09
294.   JeremyM
Talk about demoralizing. Boy could Dotel come in handy tonight.
2006-05-16 18:49:04
295.   rsmith51
Torre is going to have to give Proctor 4 games off.
2006-05-16 18:50:13
296.   JeremyM
No, you don't get understand. Proctor just needs to work through this so he'll be in 10 of the next 11 games, just like Sturtze.
2006-05-16 18:50:31
297.   randym77
Well, if anything, this game shows it's not the freakin' outfield we have to worry about it. It's the pitching. And how the bullpen is managed...
2006-05-16 18:51:22
298.   tocho
this is not fair on the proctor, he's finally having a good year and torre puts him in no-win situations.

but, as maximus would say(yell) "HOLD THE LINE"

2006-05-16 18:51:34
299.   singledd
Who next? Villone? Who replaced Sturtz?
2006-05-16 18:51:47
300.   Simone
The Yankees' problem has always been the pitching.
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2006-05-16 18:52:22
301.   RichYF
This isn't Proctor's fault. This is 100% Joe Torre's fault. Proctor has been up or in every game for like 2 weeks. He doesn't get a break. As soon as he walked that first pitcher he should have been pulled. Joe Torre just robbed this team of a great comeback. Let Villone pitch. Erickson was obviously the best option out of AAA, so he should be #1 in our bullpen these days.

We didn't deserve this game, but to have it blown by a terrible managerial decision a la the Paul Quantrill era is just irritating.

2006-05-16 18:52:26
302.   fgasparini
Villone pitched already. Welcome Scott Erickson.
2006-05-16 18:53:11
303.   singledd
Quite honestly, I trust Bernie more then Melky in a high-pressure AB.
2006-05-16 18:53:30
304.   randym77
I think Erickson's coming in next. The Sturtze replacement.
2006-05-16 18:54:28
305.   rsmith51
Maybe Proctor can pitch the eighth as well.
2006-05-16 18:54:53
306.   singledd
Mo for 2 innings? Maybe Farns for the 1st out or 2?
2006-05-16 18:55:51
307.   randym77
I don't think Proctor can pitch the eighth. Frankly, I think they were pushing it making him get this last out.
2006-05-16 18:56:23
308.   rsmith51
306 Not unless the Yanks have the lead, but that is the way I would go. Mo for the eighth and ninth and Farns after that. And Erickson after that.
2006-05-16 18:56:51
309.   rsmith51
307 I was joking.
2006-05-16 18:57:04
310.   wsporter
Ok get back here. Top of the lineup.
2006-05-16 18:58:31
311.   randym77
309 Well, I'm afraid Joe will be tempted to do it. Scotty was looking pretty good toward the end there.
2006-05-16 18:59:07
312.   Zack
Please lineup, make up for Joe Torre's faults!
2006-05-16 19:00:17
313.   Simone
Okay, let's continue the rally, guys.
2006-05-16 19:00:49
314.   randym77
And BTW, I am very relieved that Bubba called Jeter off that fly ball, rather than bowl him over as he had a regrettable tendency to do last year. ;)

Nice hit, Johnny D.

2006-05-16 19:01:39
315.   fgasparini
Gameday says error...I'll take it.
2006-05-16 19:01:50
316.   Zack
Niiiiice, though having Jeter bunt there to begin with is insane when he is 3 for 2
2006-05-16 19:02:37
317.   wsporter
This just looks like one of those wierd and wonderful nights at the old building. Jesus I wish I was there.
2006-05-16 19:02:49
318.   Simone
GameDay is frozen. What's going on?
2006-05-16 19:03:19
319.   fgasparini
This game is crazy. I'm having an effin heart attack. Seriously, my left arm is numb.
2006-05-16 19:03:19
320.   rilkefan
"he is 3 for 2"

Cap can violate causality!

2006-05-16 19:03:19
321.   Simone
It's working again.
2006-05-16 19:03:32
322.   wsporter
Was Jetes going to beat that throw?
2006-05-16 19:04:28
323.   Zack
oh A-rod, tisk tisk tisk
2006-05-16 19:04:28
324.   fgasparini
318 Mine is fine, try quitting the program and restarting.
2006-05-16 19:04:31
325.   randym77
Jeter on 1st, Damon on 3rd. A-rod at the plate. A-Rod was up 2-0 and struck out on a check swing. But it got Jeet to 2B.
2006-05-16 19:04:42
326.   Simone
Let's go, Jorgie!
2006-05-16 19:05:39
327.   Zack
320 If anyone could do it, it would be Jetes!
2006-05-16 19:05:47
328.   Schteeve
they are stupid if they don't walk A-Rod here.
2006-05-16 19:05:55
329.   fgasparini
320 Nice one.
2006-05-16 19:06:03
330.   randym77
322 It was close. I think he would have beaten the throw anyway, just because the bunt was perfect and he's so speedy.
2006-05-16 19:07:03
331.   marc
at least they broke up the possible double play
2006-05-16 19:07:07
332.   Simone
fgasparini, that actually worked. Thanks.
2006-05-16 19:08:38
333.   Zack
Wow, you know its a crazy day when the Yanks get productive outs!
2006-05-16 19:08:50
334.   randym77
And Jorgie ties it up. C'mon, Robbie!
2006-05-16 19:08:56
335.   rsmith51
So if Jeter scores on a wild pitch, does that make ARod clutch for moving Jeter to 2nd?
2006-05-16 19:09:51
336.   singledd
1st and 3rd, no out, heart of the order up. Only 1 run? I guess it could be worse... but we should have put it away.
2006-05-16 19:09:57
337.   Zack
Texas can only have their closer left, right? I mean, it seems like Buck has spent more time on the mound than chacon did!
2006-05-16 19:10:53
338.   Mattpat11
I cannot be the only one who saw 1st and 3rd, no out and A-Rod and Posada coming up and started cursing.

I knew Alex would do something new an absurd to not knock the runner in. It was almost a game to see what it would be.

Posada got the job done though

2006-05-16 19:11:37
339.   Mattpat11
I cannot be the only one who saw 1st and 3rd, no out and A-Rod and Posada coming up and started cursing.

I knew Alex would do something new an absurd to not knock the runner in. It was almost a game to see what it would be.

Posada got the job done though

2006-05-16 19:12:35
340.   Zack
man A-Rod cannot win at all. In a 12-2 game, he still gets grief!
2006-05-16 19:12:49
341.   Zack
oops, 12-12
2006-05-16 19:12:58
342.   rilkefan
"I cannot be the only one who saw 1st and 3rd, no out and A-Rod and Posada coming up and started cursing."

There are many people with silly ideas out there, so probably.

2006-05-16 19:13:11
343.   rsmith51
339Even a double play would have knocked the run in.
2006-05-16 19:13:58
344.   randym77
Cano walks. Film at 11.
2006-05-16 19:14:41
345.   Simone
Can Bernie do it again?
2006-05-16 19:14:56
346.   Schteeve
Another chance for Andy to endear himself to the Skip.
2006-05-16 19:15:34
347.   Schteeve
First part of that post should have read, "Is it too much to ask for..."
2006-05-16 19:16:19
348.   sabernar
That 4th ball to Cano must have been BAD for him to walk. I'm guessing is was way low or outside (or inside).
2006-05-16 19:16:22
349.   Simone
Nope, but at least the game is tied.
2006-05-16 19:16:28
350.   rsmith51
I hope Rivera is in there when we come back from commercial. Saving that it better be Farnsworth...
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2006-05-16 19:17:14
351.   randym77
348 Actually, it wasn't. It was just outside. The kid is learning, I tell ya.
2006-05-16 19:18:01
352.   Mattpat11
I cannot be the only one who saw 1st and 3rd, no out and A-Rod and Posada coming up and started cursing.

I knew Alex would do something new an absurd to not knock the runner in. It was almost a game to see what it would be.

Posada got the job done though

2006-05-16 19:18:20
353.   wsporter
That was a nice patient AB by Cano. It looked like he tried to take one the other way off the lefty and layed off those breaking balls he used to swing over. The increments are small but they're steady.
2006-05-16 19:19:36
354.   rsmith51
352We get the point, Matt. :-)
2006-05-16 19:21:24
355.   tocho
O's down to their last outs v Papelbon. If he holds on the m...f... fat bastard gets the win.
2006-05-16 19:22:04
356.   randym77
Man, Farnsworth made short work of that.
2006-05-16 19:22:36
357.   fgasparini
Hey Stormer...if that IS your real name...still PO'd about Farns?
2006-05-16 19:22:38
358.   rsmith51
Wow, a pitcher who doesn't give up runs. Pretty rare tonight.
2006-05-16 19:22:38
359.   tocho
2006-05-16 19:23:24
360.   Simone
Nice job, Kyle.
2006-05-16 19:24:32
361.   rsmith51
Man, look at 7-9. Not bad.
2006-05-16 19:25:02
362.   rsmith51
Is Giambi going to PH?
2006-05-16 19:27:11
363.   tocho
I think both teams are exhausted. I know I am. could be a long extra innings game.
2006-05-16 19:27:17
364.   Zack
And Joe being Joe, Proctor/Sturtze/Small can give up immediate HRs infinite numbers of times and still be called on the next day, but a kid/rook like Phillips has a bad game and they are disappeared...
2006-05-16 19:27:39
365.   efb
Question: assuming Yankees don't score in the 8th. Bring in Mo or leave in Farnsworth? I suggest leave in Farns, he should be able to pitch more than one inning with his low count last inning. Thoughts?
2006-05-16 19:29:13
366.   Zack
Tough call efb, i think its a no-win situation...either choice has potential pitfalls
2006-05-16 19:29:42
367.   rsmith51
I would probably go with Mo since the Yanks have top of the lineup coming up in the bottom of the ninth. I wouldn't argue seeing Farns again, though.
2006-05-16 19:30:08
368.   tocho
so, do you bring in Mo for the 9th. of Farns who threw just 9 pitches.

bottom of the order coming up for texas.

2006-05-16 19:30:31
369.   rsmith51
I would have put Farns in the game to start the seventh, but that's just me.
2006-05-16 19:31:14
370.   randym77
With the top of the order coming up, we should be able to score one run.

Assuming Mo can hold them...

2006-05-16 19:31:29
371.   tocho
enter night, exit light
2006-05-16 19:31:38
372.   wsporter
I bring in Mo too. Top of the order comming up bottom of the 9th.
2006-05-16 19:31:54
373.   Bill
I'd have stuck with Farns for one more since this will mean Erickson loses it in the 10th.
2006-05-16 19:32:19
374.   tocho
BTW boston won
2006-05-16 19:32:50
375.   rsmith51
373 Good point, though I think Mo could go 2, if necessary.
2006-05-16 19:33:27
376.   tocho
I'm happy with the decision as well, you have to gamble with your best pitcher.

Farns was great though, pure heat

2006-05-16 19:35:27
377.   fgasparini
Bunting? That's nuts.
2006-05-16 19:36:21
378.   Bill
377 sure is with your 8 and 9 coming up
2006-05-16 19:39:32
379.   tocho
c'mon k
2006-05-16 19:40:58
380.   Mattpat11
I hate to say it, but Mo really hasn't looked great all year.
2006-05-16 19:41:08
381.   Zack
Oh come on Mo, what is up with him lately?
2006-05-16 19:41:28
382.   tocho
is this the "What is wrong with Mariano Month"?
2006-05-16 19:42:03
383.   Zack
7-9 bb to k? that ain't Mo
2006-05-16 19:42:08
384.   JeremyM
It's like having John Wetteland back.
2006-05-16 19:42:18
385.   Benjamin Kabak
Rivera's killing me here. Killing me.
2006-05-16 19:42:35
386.   Mattpat11
Yep, saw that coming. I'm pretty sure he's blown every tie game he's been brought in to. That's VERY alarming.
2006-05-16 19:42:35
387.   Bill
At some point people will notice that he hasn't been very sharp all season. What happened to the K's?
2006-05-16 19:42:36
388.   fgasparini
2006-05-16 19:42:39
389.   Zack
382 When stuff like this happens, yes it is
2006-05-16 19:43:04
390.   Benjamin Kabak
Farnsworth threw 9 pitches. That's all I'm going to say.

Chalk up another L in the Torre column.

2006-05-16 19:43:14
391.   BklynBmr
381 We are now in the era of 'Full Pack' Mo. Still better than most, but it is what it is.
2006-05-16 19:43:15
392.   JeremyM
Except we're going on the second month of that period now.
2006-05-16 19:43:30
393.   tocho
very frustrating. runners in 2nd and 3rd 1 out.
2006-05-16 19:44:04
394.   yankz
Rod Barajas? .225 Rod Barajas?! PLEASE score in the 9th to win this, it would SUCK to lose this game after the great comeback.
2006-05-16 19:44:33
395.   Zack
I have confidence Mo will get it together, just has to get that cutter to cut a bit more...
2006-05-16 19:44:33
396.   fgasparini

I'll blame him for a lot but it's hard to second guess this one, for me. Mariano is our best pitcher...can't argue too hard. Mo just didn't have it.

2006-05-16 19:45:10
397.   rsmith51
Mo has been pretty crappy in tie games, though it is usually the second inning that he is touched up.
2006-05-16 19:45:31
398.   Schteeve
2006 will go down as the year Mariano Rivera became human.
2006-05-16 19:45:44
399.   Zack
Ok, so, lets win this now
2006-05-16 19:46:25
400.   Yankee Fan in Chicago
What'd the double look like?

Cheap flare down the line or hit hard?

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2006-05-16 19:46:37
401.   rsmith51
Is this the game that ARod becomes a "true" Yankee?

Just kidding.

2006-05-16 19:46:51
402.   JeremyM
Maybe Sturtze can teach Mo the cutter, and return the favor?

The weird thing is he was untouchable in spring training, granted if he was coming in late he was facing scrubs, but still.

2006-05-16 19:47:06
403.   tocho
the way this game is going, there's no doubt in my mind that the yanks win it, with a walk-off HR PH by Reese. In all seriousness, they will not let us down after overcoming the largest margin in franchise history.
2006-05-16 19:47:26
404.   Benjamin Kabak
396 If the Yankees come back to tie it again, Scott Erickson will pitch the 10th. Think about that for a second.

Mo just hasn't had it all season. His k/9 is 4.50 compared to a career average of 8.05. He's given up a few more hits than innings pitched now. What's wrong with him?

2006-05-16 19:47:26
405.   SF Yanks
Do we get REALLY annoyed if they lose or do we chalk it up as a good one. I know what i'm gonna do!!!
2006-05-16 19:48:02
406.   Simone
This is it, guys. You can do it, I believe.
2006-05-16 19:48:05
407.   Benjamin Kabak
400 It was a line drive just fair down the line.
2006-05-16 19:48:54
408.   Simone
If they lose, it was meant to be given how Chacon pitched.
2006-05-16 19:48:56
409.   fgasparini
404 Maybe he's just getting old. Who knows? It happens.
2006-05-16 19:49:05
410.   Benjamin Kabak
405 There's no such thing as a "good one." It's a loss in the standings on a night when Boston overcame another crappy start by Curt Schilling. I wouldn't say this was a "good one," but it's not ever yet.
2006-05-16 19:49:05
411.   BklynBmr
Here we go, Yan-kees...
2006-05-16 19:49:26
412.   Zack
Good start, good start
2006-05-16 19:49:38
413.   fgasparini
I really hope they win it here. Don't know if I can take extra innings.
2006-05-16 19:49:42
414.   randym77
It was hit pretty hard. Got past A-Rod and Bubba had to dig it out of the corner.
2006-05-16 19:49:50
415.   tocho
here we go!! c'mon cap, I know you'll deliver
2006-05-16 19:49:56
416.   Bill
Don't bunt. We're down to Erickson
2006-05-16 19:49:57
417.   Zack
Damon has to steal..dont bunt Jetes
2006-05-16 19:50:14
418.   Benjamin Kabak
409 I would buy that if this was a trend. But last season, his K/9 IP was at 9.19 and opponents hit just .177 off of him. It's a drop off of Big Unit proportions.
2006-05-16 19:52:47
419.   Simone
If Mariano is done, damn, it was a hell of run. There was never ever any doubt that a game was over when he came in a game. He was truly the Hammer of God.
2006-05-16 19:53:17
420.   Zack
Well, at least it was productive
2006-05-16 19:53:36
421.   BklynBmr
Kitty: "No walk-off wins for Yanks this year"...

It would be cool if A-Rod could change that right now... or at least set it up...

2006-05-16 19:53:54
422.   tocho
I can smell the walk-off HR by a-rod
2006-05-16 19:54:32
423.   Zack
Damn, A-Rod hammered that, but just right at him...sigh
2006-05-16 19:54:46
424.   Benjamin Kabak
DAMMIT. A-Rod did all he could. That sucks.
2006-05-16 19:54:54
425.   Zack
Sigh, oh well, don't look good
2006-05-16 19:56:01
426.   Benjamin Kabak
Damon should have stolen second earlier in this inning. Why Torre won't run him is beyond me. A-Rod's lineout could have been a game tying sac fly.
2006-05-16 19:56:21
427.   Simone
If Jorge can't do it, no one else that follows can.
2006-05-16 19:56:46
428.   Zack
Pitching around Jorge for that reaason it seems
2006-05-16 19:57:15
429.   BklynBmr
2006-05-16 19:57:23
430.   Bill
2006-05-16 19:57:29
431.   Zack
2006-05-16 19:57:29
432.   randym77

Told ya he was our best hitter this month....

2006-05-16 19:57:35
433.   Rob Gee
My god....
2006-05-16 19:57:57
434.   JeremyM
I'm stunned right now. Incredible.
2006-05-16 19:57:57
435.   weeping for brunnhilde



2006-05-16 19:58:03
436.   Simone
Jorgie!!!! Jorgie!!!!

The Yankees win!!!! The Yankees win!!!!

2006-05-16 19:58:12
437.   Zack
Excuse, I have to go run out into the street screaming now!!!!
2006-05-16 19:58:22
438.   wsporter
It does not get better than that this time of year. Oh boy, no it doesn't.
2006-05-16 19:58:23
439.   rsmith51
A new Yankee classic...
2006-05-16 19:58:34
440.   Simone
What a fucking game! What a game! I'm losing my mind. LOL! I love this game.
2006-05-16 19:58:42
441.   BklynBmr
That was the ONLY way this Yankeeography could end! Jorgie! Jorgie! Jorgie!
2006-05-16 19:58:53
442.   Zack
Swollen face and all!
2006-05-16 19:59:42
443.   Rob Gee
440 Nice.
2006-05-16 20:00:39
444.   randym77
Told ya if you bailed out early you'd regret it. ;-)

I was thinking Jeet for POTG, but now it has to be Jorgie. Not only the walkoff homerun, but he really took one for the team when Texiera flattened him. I think he's going to have a black eye tomorrow. Looks like his face is swelling around the eye/cheekbone.

2006-05-16 20:00:47
445.   vockins
Thank God Jorge is a Yank. Insane!
2006-05-16 20:01:12
446.   wsporter
Man how about the boys up and over the railing like that. I said it before, I'll say it again, Baseball is the best game. You can't do that any place else.
2006-05-16 20:01:53
447.   rsmith51
To think I was going to turn the game off in the middle of the second...
2006-05-16 20:01:54
448.   fgasparini
Unreal! Thank you all for sharing...
2006-05-16 20:02:05
449.   rilkefan
So much for the power outage.

And just in time for me to make dinner.

Thank you, Jorge.

2006-05-16 20:02:36
450.   Zack
Man I love this game!
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2006-05-16 20:03:19
451.   tocho

I'm glad we watched this game together guys. I feel I just went to war with you.

What a game. and to think about the sarcastic cheers and comments during the first innings....

2006-05-16 20:03:19
452.   Zack
So much for the titel of this thread!
2006-05-16 20:03:35
453.   yankz
Shouldn't Stormer be coming around telling us how the Yankees always give up and never come from behind anymore? :P


2006-05-16 20:03:40
454.   Simone
I get to see the highlights on SportsCenter now. I just saw Texeira crashing into Jorgie who got his back with the winning home run.

Baseball is simply an incredible game!

2006-05-16 20:04:17
455.   rsmith51
This sub-optimal lineup scored 14 runs. I guess that tells you about the Ranger pitching.
2006-05-16 20:04:24
456.   singledd
I'm speechless.
Instant classic.
Posada and Jetes come up big.

A GREAT Team win!

2006-05-16 20:05:31
457.   wsporter
It's great Jorge got it after getting knocked on his butt like that. F that crap, you can't come into THIS house and play that. Now get your Texas ass out-a-here
2006-05-16 20:05:36
458.   yankz
Man, this is so corny, but some guys on this team just show you how you can never, ever give up.
2006-05-16 20:06:03
459.   Simone
This was a totally fun game thread. Night all.
2006-05-16 20:06:41
460.   singledd
I wish we could drink together (over the net). A game like this needs to be celebrated. As good a win as I've ever seen.

When Mo gave up that run, it was like a nail in the coffin.

What a win!

2006-05-16 20:09:29
461.   randym77
They picked Jeter for POTG. Fair enough. He's certainly came out of his slump with a roar tonight.
2006-05-16 20:09:59
462.   BklynBmr
460 I'm hoisting one for the Banter and the Bombers right about now. What a night!
2006-05-16 20:11:02
463.   wsporter
I don't see how you can't name Jorge but I'll never complain about the Captain getting it.
2006-05-16 20:13:04
464.   Paul in Boston
I confess I stopped watching/following when Rivera gave up that run in the 9th. Just too much. OK, I'm a chicken.

Checked back in to the thread, and saw post #429 up there, and couldn't believe it. What an incredible game.

2006-05-16 20:14:00
465.   Zack
460 462 So True! I wish I were back in NYC right now in a bar just going nuts!
2006-05-16 20:14:13
466.   marc
no way can you write this shit. What other games have no f'ng clock? Curling? I'll stick with baseball.
2006-05-16 20:18:29
467.   Knuckles
What a damn game. Rode my bike to and from work tonight so got home late enough that it was 9-0.

Fiancee says, what's the point, they can't come back right? I say, hey it's early, plenty of time.

Click back and forth between her American Idol.

Creeping back...storming back...tied up...holy s!

Sweet sweet win. Wishing I was back home in NJ watching with dad/bro/buddies.

Tips my (well earned) beer back to the Bronx Banter gang...

2006-05-16 20:19:32
468.   BklynBmr
465 Damn, Zack, me too! It's great, but it just ain't the same as being 'back home' when stuff like this happens...
2006-05-16 20:21:29
469.   randym77
Kitty thinks the problem tonight was that Proctor has been used too much and Mo hasn't been used enough.

Maybe tomorrow Wang will get a chance to pitch a complete game...

2006-05-16 20:25:52
470.   wsporter
This beats any one I have ever seen by a long way. Say what you will about this goup but there's some stones in there. I was proud of that 1996 to 2001 bunch because they could do things like this. It's nice to know this team has it in them. Think I'll have another Guinness.
2006-05-16 20:30:19
471.   wsporter
469 Kitty should go drink a bowl of milk and have a seat in his litter box. Wait till tomorrow for the cold light of day and the harsh analysis.
2006-05-16 20:45:39
472.   randym77
Jorgie disses Chacon in his post-game interview. He said everyone on the team did something to help win the game..."except the starting pitcher."

Poor Shawn. He looks really bummed.

2006-05-16 20:57:18
473.   Stormer Sports

I will GLADLY eat my words tonight! I knew there was a reason I was looking foward to the youngsters getting in there!

2006-05-16 20:59:25
474.   rabid stan
Speaking of eating words...105
2006-05-16 21:00:51
475.   Stormer Sports

Do you suppose that means Chacon shook him off and didn't listen to him? Hell, what do Jorge and his 4 rings know anyhow!

2006-05-16 21:07:01
476.   yankz
Stormer, glad to hear it! I'm STILL feeling the ecstasy from that walk off job
2006-05-16 21:14:06
477.   randym77
475 I'm not sure what he meant, really. Whether it just slipped out, or if he really meant it as a dig.

Chacon said the problem was that none of his pitches were working.

Small credited Jorgie for fixing his pitching tonight. He said after the hit and the walk, he kind of freaked and started trying to throw the ball harder. Jorge came out to the mound and he said, "Stop trying to throw hard." He did, and it worked.

2006-05-16 21:34:08
478.   Yu-Hsing Chen
Chacon's bruised shin from last outting (remember the 2 out bases loaded combacker? ) was probably what really got him off today... wouldn't be too overly worried about him for now.

I like Small's performance after the first two batter.... if he can settle down and be effective again mayber there is hope that Proctor's arm won't fall off before the all star break after all...

2006-05-16 21:40:17
479.   wsporter
Dumb ass Baseball Tonight Stat: First time in history that a team came back from 9 or more runs down and won the game on a walk off homerun.

Well, I guess I can sleep soundly knowing that's the case.

2006-05-16 21:53:39
480.   brockdc
Just finished watching the Tivo version. Holy crap, I'm exhausted. The only thing I regret is that I wasn't on the thread with you guys.

BTW, Stormer, I would've been eating crow big time too.

Go Yanks!

2006-05-16 22:18:24
481.   Zack
I love going back to the end of the game on this thread. I fully admit eating my words! Just as I finish typing that they are pitching around Jorge since no one after him could win it, the thread just exploads! Ahh, man, amazing how a game like that can just change everything...
2006-05-17 03:33:31
482.   randym77
478 That bruised shin could have been the problem. They did mention something about it on YES. However, Chacon was living pretty dangerously his last time out, too. Better to be lucky than good, I guess, but still.

I'm so jazzed I could hardly sleep last night. What a rush. An instant classic - with no Matsui, no Sheff, no Giambi.

The "weak" lineup didn't seem to hurt us. Jorge batting cleanup worked out brilliantly. He is our best hitter right now, and while I don't expect it to last (he's always been streaky), playing the "hot hand" paid off this time.

Maybe having "kids on deck" was even a help. They had reason to keep playing hard, even when the game seemed out of reach. There's something to be said for having a few wide-eyed, hungry players on the team. The first hint of a rally was started at the bottom of the order, with Andy and Miggy. I think that motivated the jaded veterans, if only in a "if they can hit this guy, so can I" kind of way. ;-)

2006-05-17 05:41:08
483.   jayd
Such a weird night... I was passing in and out of sleep, waking up every time to see the Yanks come back, dozing off thinking they had it, awakening again to find that the score was what 13 to 12? How did that happen? I thought it was 12 to 11 or whatever.

Finally Jorge's blast and off to sleep again -- that play at the plate was incredible. I always forget that I am watching the Yogi of his time and never appreciate all that Jorge does.

Oh, by the way, if Curt is having an "off time" then I am not buying into Randy being "finished" and an "old man". So lets stuff that talk. The Unit will return.

2006-05-17 06:06:36
484.   Shaun P
So I turn on the game when its 10-3 and see them come back to 10-5. Then I watch them get 2 on in the 6th with no outs, so I decide to Tivo the rest of the game.

I watch the game this morning. I went through all the ups and downs, couldn't believe Villone came out after facing 1 batter, that Mo came out in the 9th and gave up a run.

The problem with Tivo is that, everytime you fast forward, you see how much time is left. So now its bottom of the 9th, 2 outs, Damon on second, and Tivo says there's about 3 minutes left. "Dammit," I think to myself, "they lost. I can't believe they #(&#in lost."

Then Jorge homers. I love this game.

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