Baseball Toaster Bronx Banter
One Day a Real Rain is Gunna Come...
2006-07-19 05:12
by Alex Belth

As I walked to the subway last night I saw a middle-aged man wearing a Yankee cap and a navy blue t-shirt that read: "Got Melky?" I complimented him on his shirt. Dude was the first person I thought about early this morning when Melky Cabrera's solo home run won the game for the Yankees in extra innings, 5-4.

Sidney Ponson wasn't terrible but Joel Piniero was better. (Both bullpens were strong.) The Yanks trailed 4-2 in the ninth when it began to rain. After the heat we've suffered through in New York for the last few days, the rain was welcome. And just as the Yanks started to rally, the rain started to fall. The crowd--as if speaking for all of New York--started to cheer, both for the team and for the rain. Andy Phillips doubled. Thunder clap. The fans roar. Winds swirling like mad. Aaron Guiel, pinch hiting, singled to right scoring Phillips. Lighting. More cheers.

And then, a gift. The Yanks lucked out when Jorge Posada was called safe legging out a ground ball. He was clearly out. Instead of two outs and a man on third, it was one out, men on the corners. Johnny Damon followed and slapped the first pitch into center for a sacrifice fly, tying the game.

Alex Rodriguez did not start but entered the game late as a pinch-hitter (Nick Green played third and collected three hits). In the seventh, Rodriguez popped up to the shortstop. Before the ball landed, the boo birds began to howl. Now, Rodriguez was up in the ninth with two outs and a runner on first. The rain poured down, a real summer thundershower. The crowd cheered Rodriguez. But with the count 3-1, the umps called for the tarp. Derek Jeter was due up next. As the players filed into the dugout, Jeter had a look of mock disgust on his face (though the Yankees were lucky the umps let them play as long as they did). Seconds later, he was smiling, that broad, easy smile of his that we only see on the field or in the dugout but never when addressing the press.

Rodriguez would have to close to two hours to think about things before he got back in the batter's box. When play resumed, he swung at a slider and then was caught looking by a fastball on the outside part of the plate. The boo birds had mercy--or most of them had gone home already. Perhaps the rain temporarily refreshed them. Two innings later, Cabrera ended it. What a joyous way to end the game as well as the heat wave. As Cabrera approached the plate, he tossed his helmet into the air with both hands--a move that has become customary these days. Johnny Damon caught the helmet and happily spiked it into the ground behind home plate.

The energy in the stadium in the ninth inning will go down as one of the most memorable moments of the year for me. And how about Johnny Damon playing first and Andy Phillips playing second base? The Yanks steal a win and remain a half-game behind Boston. Not a bad way for Joe Torre to celebrate his 66th birthday.

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2006-07-19 05:46:28
1.   rbj
IIRC, there were 2 Ks before A-Rods pop up, and two after. I'd have to say mighty fine pitching by the M's bullpen.
And I went to bed once the tarp came on.
2006-07-19 06:00:14
2.   jalexei
I have to say, while Sir Sid clearly benefited from some decent defense (Philips snagging that double down the line), and the walks were a bit troubling, there were some good long stretches where his stuff looked really nasty.

A couple times the amount of late movement caught even Stinnett off guard.

I went to bed with the tarp as well, but having seen Sid pitch as well as he did, I was content with the loss, and ready to tip my cap to the Seattle bullpen - a bizzaro win at 12:40 am is just icing on the cake...

2006-07-19 06:13:59
3.   Emy
Perfect summary, Alex! That was so Hollywood in the 9th with the thunder and lightning bringing on the Yanks rally.

After sitting in the stagnant heat the last couple nights the rain felt great!

2006-07-19 06:22:44
4.   Knuckles
I. Love. The. Yankees.

Whatta game, dunno what else to say.

2006-07-19 06:32:04
5.   monkeypants
Hmmm...Torre remembers that Andy can play 2B. Now, if they would just call up someone who can hit a little until Cano gets back...
2006-07-19 06:37:38
6.   Sliced Bread
Good friend of mine was at the Stadium last night.

From the air-conditioned chill of my basement, I thought about him almost with pity as the game got underway. Sir Pantsalot was off to his expectedly terrible start, it was a murderous 100 degrees, and Joe had deployed a mid-March split-squad lineup that would surely make Pinero look like Johan Santana. (Cliff covered these hellish conditions in his pregame).

Five and a half hours later, I had zero pity for my friend, who, no doubt, was one of the few thousand lucky, soggy fools who witnessed a wild game, and rode out the storm, waiting for the Melkman's early morning delivery.

Don't 'cha love gettin' lucky?

Can't wait for lunch. I'm having "20 Games Over .500" on rye.

2006-07-19 06:43:16
7.   Paul in Boston
Went to bed last night with the score tied 4-4; then, as is often the case when this happens, I have a vivid dream that the game ends in a Yankee loss -- with specific details, such as a home run off Proctor, a failure to get the winning run in with the bases loaded and less than 2 outs in the 12th inning, etc. Funny how I NEVER dream that they win.

Of course my wife thinks I'm crazy to dream about the Yankees at all, but that's another story.

2006-07-19 06:48:20
8.   Dimelo
Alex, why are you linking to a Boston Globe piece where you put up above: "He was clearly out"? There was nothing about last night's Yankee win there. Probably just mistake...
2006-07-19 06:49:23
9.   Shaun P
I waited an hour into the rain delay and then had to get some sleep. My 7-month old daughter hasn't been sleeping well lately, and I probably shouldn't have waited that long to get to bed.

Imagine how thrilled I was to wake up and find that, not only did the Yanks win, but my daughter slept through the night as well. Here's to another win today!

2006-07-19 06:52:49
10.   Jetersgirl
One of the brightest parts of the game is that we didn't have to use Mo. So he will be a bit rested if he is needed today.
2006-07-19 07:07:58
11.   singledd
"Of course my wife thinks I'm crazy to dream about the Yankees at all, but that's another story."

It would seem to me your wife is lucky that the only Mistress you dream of wears pinstripes.

2006-07-19 07:13:43
12.   Sliced Bread
9 Shaun P, it's probably just the pressure of the impending trade deadline, and concerns about the fifth man in the Yanks' rotation that have spoiled your baby girl's sleep.

Here's hoping she gets another good night of rest after today's matinee. Sweep dreams.

2006-07-19 07:20:56
13.   Simone
I was thrilled to wake up this morning to discover that the Yankees had won the game. Yeah, Jorgie was out. The Yankees caught a lucky break. I loved Melky's walk off and his joyous reaction. Good win.

Sir Sidney wasn't bad once he settled down. He kept the game in hand and the Yankees had a chance to win which the most one can ask from the 5th starter. We'll see how he does his next time out.

2006-07-19 07:26:26
14.   Paul in Boston
11 Who said it was the "only" mistress!

But just wondering: Does anyone ever dream the Yankees win? Maybe it's because I started being a fan in the mid 1960s, a famously horrible period in Yankee history.

2006-07-19 07:32:54
15.   Jetersgirl
14 The only Yankees dreams I have involve Jeter and he's not playing baseball!
2006-07-19 07:34:35
16.   singledd
It has been fantastic watching this rag-tag team surpass all expectations and play the way they have. And it's possible that if a healthy Cano continues on track and a healthy Dotel spells relief, we are in a decent position.

However, considering the law of averages, I still don't want to bet the PS and WS on our current roster. It's possible that ShefSui may come back and be productive, but looking at the history of wrist injuries and considering the time missed, I wouldn't count on it. Matsui batting .270 with an OPS of .800 will help, but not that much. At least it will get Bernie off the field.

I checked out Beltran's numbers after he hit yet another slam yesterday. We are eating 34 mil/year of RJ/Pavavno/Wright (who are producing about 15 mils worth) and we were worried about 'overpaying' Carlos 14 mil/year. Literally one of the biggest offseason mistakes in Yankee history.

Abreu is way overpaid, and he is not a star, but he is an impact player. Swapping Abreu for Bernie is a major upgrade on offense, defense and the bench. No matter what happens, the pennant race will be close, and if we win the AL East, there is still a long PS ahead. I think Abreu could be the difference. I'd rather have Sori, but he looks out of the picture now (although Cashman is sneaky smart).

The Sir Toad deal rivals last years Small aquisition, except Small never really had much talent. Ponson is a guy with decent talent who is a head case. He is not an Ace but that's what the O's hoped for. It seems the contract and position went to his (already questionable) head. But emotionally, he seems to be back on track. I think he is really glad not only to have a second chance, but to have it with the Yankees. Kudos to the much maligned Man-of-Cash.

No question that this teams is much, much more fun to root for without it's typical mercenary lineup. Cashman's commitment to the Farm makes the future look much brighter.

I remember one (non Yankee fan) writer talking about a dream infield of:
Nick the Stick, Soriano, Jetes and Henson.
Well, it was not to be... but in a few years we will hopefully see some young studs: Hughes, Tabata, Duncan and that young stud Catcher we just signed.

I think Ponson will be a decent #5... maybe even #4. Wright appears be be getting slowly, consistantly better. It we can get one impact bat and Dotel and team stay healthy, we are in a pretty good position.

2006-07-19 07:35:12
17.   singledd
14 I'm trying to be polite here...
2006-07-19 07:36:14
18.   singledd
15 Finally this Blog is graced with some female sensibilities....
2006-07-19 07:36:33
19.   JL25and3
I had an even worse vision than the Yankees merely losing. I went to bed feeling certain that the rain would continue and the game would be called. Then it would revert to the end of the 8th, Mariners win 4-2.

I was astonished at how well Sir Sidney did. I'm willing to cut a little slack for first-inning jitters; but even so, he pitched into the 7th and kept the team in the game. He keeps doing that, we've got a fifth starter. I was down on him, hated the idea of seeing him in pinstripes, so now I guess I have to eat my words, or eat crow, or eat my hat. Or I would, except that Sidney's probably eaten them already...

2006-07-19 07:37:05
20.   singledd
15 Have you ever seen a game at THE Stadium?
2006-07-19 07:43:43
21.   Alex Belth
Yo D,
That's my bad, re: the link. I ment to use a Seattle link there and the Boston one for the Red Sox mention at the end. I'll try and correct that later on. Good lookin.
2006-07-19 07:45:58
22.   Dimelo
15 What are you guys doing in the dream? I bet it's something innocent like a ballon or pillow fight. :)
2006-07-19 07:50:39
23.   JL25and3
14 I grew up in the same period. Those were dark, dark days.

16 I would much rather have Abreu than Soriano. Abreu might not be a star, but he probably should be. He's very much like Beltran in that he does everything well but doesn't dominate in anything. I know his rep in the field isn't good, but I don't know how much of that is Phillie fans. In everything else, Abreu produces at a high and very consistent level.

Soriano, on the other hand, is a streaky player having far and away his best year. I don't trust him to maintain this level of production, because he's never done it before. He's extremely capable of laziness and lackadaisical play. I definitely wouldn't want to sign him to a long-term, big-money contract.

2006-07-19 07:50:53
24.   Aviezer
Do you guys realize what happened last night. We started a lineup that included Nick Green, Kelly Stinett, Miguel Cairo, Bernie Williams, Andy Phillips, and Melky Cabrera and we won. Not only that but we won with our #5 starter pitching. Imagine what it will be like when Matsui and Cano come back. As well next year our bech is going to be awesome. Cabrera, Green, Ciaro, a backup catcher who has a arm and can hit a little, Bernie maybe to pinch hit. Combined with better defence. phillips at first and Cano bieng much better than in his first season. Go yanks
2006-07-19 07:51:42
25.   AbbyNormal821
Imagine my delight after setting my VCR last night to tape the remainder of the game(yeah, still have one of them dinosaurs!) and waking up this morning, checking the end of the game and seeing that they won!

Melky's reaction was awesome - adorable actually - just like the giddy kid that he is! I like how they mobbed him and then he just darted for the dugout - as if to say "dudes, let's get the hell out of here! We've GOT to get some sleep!"

2006-07-19 08:01:14
26.   randym77
What a game. I stayed up so late I ended up taking a day off work today. Just as well. Now I can watch the day game today. ;-)

YES picked Ponson as POTG, but watching the replay this morning, I have to say POTG was Andy Phillips. Ponson was good, but he put the Yanks in a hole to begin with.

It was really tough, because so many players contributed last night, but Andy really stands out.

A home run. And a sparkler of a defensive play. And a hustle double in the 9th that eventually became a run. And solid play at 2B (when he'd never played 2B in the majors before).

Johnny Damon would be my second pick. Pushed the tying run across and kept hope alive. And he played 1B for the first time in his major league career...and saved Scott Proctor an error!

Honorable mention to Villone, Posada, Wilson, Guiel, Farnsworth, Proctor, Melky, the first base umpire, and Mother Nature. ;-)

2006-07-19 08:02:05
27.   Jetersgirl
20- I have not been fortunate enough to see a game at the stadium yet. I plan on making a trip with my two sons before they move to the new one.

22- Not quite innocent but there are pillows around.

2006-07-19 08:05:36
28.   Jetersgirl
I suffered through sportscenter this morning to see the make a wish series with Jeter. The child got to meet many of the Yanks and we were able to see some of the goofing around that goes on behind the scenes. It was a good piece. Did anyone else see it.
2006-07-19 08:06:05
29.   singledd
15 I think I have found the perfect outlet for your Jeter related thoughts. Please check out:,,1823110,00.html

I also highly recommend everybody else check this out. Just shows you what happens in a country without MLB!

2006-07-19 08:11:18
30.   singledd
15 I have been wanting to take in a game at Yankee Satdium for years, but it's too long a haul to do on my own. I have even thought of posting a quick website to try and Network Yankee Fans north of Boston to see if maybe we could do some games together, or at least meet for drinks and watch a game.

I don't want to use BB as my personal vehicle, but if you have an interest, drop me a line at:

2006-07-19 08:12:40
31.   randym77
28 Yes, I saw it. It was a lot of fun.

I liked the part where Jeter introduces the kid to Bernie. He says something like "He's our oldest player. Your dad used to watch him when he was a kid."

Bernie looks at Jeter and says, "That ain't right."

And when Reggie tells Jeter (about the kid), "He's never seen me play!"

Jeter replies, "I've never seen you play, either."

The segment ends with Bubba Crosby telling the boy that when he gets big and strong, maybe he can be a Yankee, too. (Was I the only one thinking, "When are you going to get big and strong, Bubba?" ;-)

2006-07-19 08:13:48
32.   SF Yanks
14 The dreams I have about the Yankees are them winning the world series. Right now I'm up to, I think, they have won 8 out of their last 9. Each dream adds a world series win. Its strange, and it seems so real that when I awake I get pissed that its not true. Like when you win the lottery in a dream only to wake to an empty piggy bank sitting next to you.
2006-07-19 08:26:08
33.   Zack
So I was looking at the Yes network's page, and they have an article on potential Yankee trades, and like everything else out there, it ends with the line: the Yank's are guaranteed to make one or two moves before all is said and done, or some such quote.

I see that line everywhere, and its obviously a result of the last 4 or so years,, but it always kind of pissess me off. It combines two of the worst aspects of Yankeeness: the mindless thought that we are entitled to everyone in mlb at whatever cost, and the demand that the Yanks sacrifice everything for any chance of a player. To me, yes, the Yanks could use some help, but I hardly think it is a foregone concluusion that the Yanks will make a trade, let alone that they should.

I know that it is the media needing a story, but hopefully Cash's new role will do away with some of that mentality, as has been rehashed many a time here

2006-07-19 08:26:35
34.   Jetersgirl
29- I'm married so I already have an outlet but thanks for thinking of me.

31- Too funny about Bubba. But it was exciting to see that they are all loose and having fun. I cracked up when he said that about Bernie. Johnny Damon was trying to teach the poor kid some dance moves and I don't think the kid wanted to learn the moves he was showing him.

2006-07-19 08:26:54
35.   BklynBmr
29 "Just shows you what happens in a country without MLB!" LMOA! That was the last thing I expected. Great find...
2006-07-19 08:27:02
36.   Jen
27 I scored a really good seat last night. Here's a picture for you Jetersgirl.

I'll have more up once I finally get my blog entry finished.

2006-07-19 08:27:03
37.   seamus
31 - I'm pretty sure Bubba is big and strong enough to kick your and my butts! :)
2006-07-19 08:30:34
38.   Shaun P
28 31 My wife and I watched it, too. Said my wife, "The kid is meeting Don Mattingly for the first time and he calls him 'Don'?!"

I also liked Reggie's line about how "If you have an hour or so, Steven, I'll tell you all about me!" I almost busted my gut laughing at that one. The older he gets, the more I like Reggie.

2006-07-19 08:32:55
39.   Schteeve
The only Yankee dreams I have are about the hour I spent in an absolute mob outside the Stadium after the Aaron Boone game. It was the most surreal hour of my life. I will never forget it.
2006-07-19 08:34:06
40.   vockins
Anybody have a single for today's game? I'm at dvockins at cgsh dt com. Thanks!
2006-07-19 08:34:22
41.   Schteeve
Also, after seeing that Make A Wish piece on SC, I really really like Damon, he seems like a complete goofball, probably a lot of fun to have in the clubhouse.
2006-07-19 08:35:51
42.   Shaun P
33 Re: trade rumors, Reggie Sanders is having some groin trouble, which I hope will mean the Yanks don't get him.

I was very tempted to work singledd's 29 link into that statement, but I restrained myself. I'll leave that to Sliced or one of the other resident comedians.

Anyone else figure they're going to get little to no work done this afternoon?

2006-07-19 08:44:34
43.   Zack
And good old Selena Roberts has a lovely article with the lead in "Why does it always seem as if A-Rod is posing? As if all sound bites are orchestrated, as if all photo-ops are a manipulation?" Ugh, I really wish the moron media would just shut up. And she sucks anyways to boot...
2006-07-19 08:44:51
44.   randym77
34 Actually, he did want to learn the dance moves.

I first heard about the Make A Wish thing reading a newspaper article from the kid's home town. I don't usually watch SportsCenter, but watched it yesterday after reading the article.

The kid specifically mentioned the dance steps Damon tried to teach him, and said he was still practicing.

37 Probably. I'm just amused at how sports writers are always going out of their way to mention how small Bubba is. He must looks smaller in person than on TV.

2006-07-19 08:45:46
45.   Jetersgirl
36- Thanks for the picture I guess you had good seats.

39- I can't even imagine being at that game. I woke the entire house up the husband and kids had retired much earlier. I will never forget it.

2006-07-19 08:50:24
46.   YankeeInMichigan
19 I believe they changed that rule about 20 years ago. Now they only revert to the last full inning if no lead change has taken place. In this case, they would have resumed the game in progress. I was wondering why they didn't just say "go get some sleep and we'll resume tomorrow at 12."
2006-07-19 08:58:30
47.   Jetersgirl
44- What a cute kid :) He wasn't star struck or anything acted like he hung out with them all the time.
2006-07-19 09:06:54
48.   randym77
Looks like "Nick the Stick" made an impression. ;-)

Damon CF
Jeter SS
Giambi DH
ARod 3b
Posada C
Philips 1B
Melky LF
Guiel RF
Green 2B

2006-07-19 09:09:11
49.   C2Coke
Looks like everyone's still pretty hyped from last night's game. Let's hope the players are too for the game in an hour.

Trades or no trades, I just hope we can keep the pitching staffs after ASG The Way They ARE. Yes, all of them, pitching the way they are.

2006-07-19 09:12:33
50.   BayRidger
37. I look at Bubba Crosby and think, there's a guy who would have gotten more respect pre-juice.
On an unrelated note(actually who knows), Bubba and Berkman played in the same college program in Texas.
A friend of mine who is from that area said that it was Bubba who was thought to have had the brighter baseball future back then. Didn't turn out that way.
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2006-07-19 09:15:07
51.   singledd
OK Boys and Girls.... PREDICTION TIME.
Todays Question:
Mr. Mullets final line:
RJ will go ____ innings and give up ____ earned runs.

I say 2 runs in 6 innings (pretty safe)

2006-07-19 09:15:22
52.   C2Coke
The lineup hasn't looked that good in a while now. So basically, Posada had 3 hours off?
2006-07-19 09:16:04
53.   BklynBmr
Looks like Joe is getting the bat he wants. I hope Cashman is right about this one:

2006-07-19 09:16:28
54.   Sliced Bread
42 I wasn't going to, er, touch singledd's 29 link, but since my middle name ain't "restraint"...

How is that mass-masturbation event any different than the mass circle-jerk which takes place every day in Red Sox Nation?

You figure the self-pleasuring participants will be smarter and better-looking than the hideously stupid, wank-til-you're-blind Boston fan, but other than that? Sounds like just another icky "Give Yourselves A Hand Day" in Redsoxville.

Let's go U-nit! (sweep, sweep, sweep-sweep-sweep!)

2006-07-19 09:17:08
55.   C2Coke
51 2 runs in 7. But wait, is today still considered as a hot day?
2006-07-19 09:17:24
56.   Jetersgirl
I guess Posada's hand is ok. Thank God.
2006-07-19 09:18:35
57.   C2Coke
54 ROFL!
2006-07-19 09:20:34
58.   Fred Vincy
3 in 7 -- all solo homeruns and at least 2 in one inning.
2006-07-19 09:20:39
59.   Jetersgirl
54- Hilarious! 56 is not related to your comment at all he got hit on the bare hand last night just wanted to clarify.
2006-07-19 09:22:39
60.   C2Coke
59 I think your explanation just made it more hilarious.
2006-07-19 09:38:49
61.   randym77
56 Erp. Posada a late scratch. It's Stinnett.
2006-07-19 09:42:07
62.   Bama Yankee
54 I knew we could count on you Sliced.
2006-07-19 09:45:06
63.   C2Coke
62 Slice is surely our comedian here on the BB.

61 I am hoping it's just Torre decided to give him more rest. And then pinch-hit him later if needed. I refuse to think about that foul ball and his hand.

2006-07-19 09:49:00
64.   C2Coke
Anyone also heard about Dotel's possible return next week?
2006-07-19 09:53:42
65.   Yankee Fan in Chicago
Over/under on homers yielded by Beckett this afternoon? I hope it's more, but I'm gonna say only 1, given that his home record is much better than his road, and that he's facing the Royals.
2006-07-19 09:53:44
66.   Schteeve
Mike Riley was the POTG last night.
2006-07-19 09:56:22
67.   C2Coke
New game thread is on.
2006-07-19 09:58:01
68.   tommyl
54 He has proven experience.
2006-07-19 15:57:02
69.   kdw
36 And you got Jeter's best side, too. Thanks.

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