Baseball Toaster Bronx Banter
Where's Aaron Burr When You Need Him?
2006-07-21 13:21
by Cliff Corcoran

Last night's match-up of Mike Mussina and Roy Halladay was the sort of pitching confrontation people circle on their calendars weeks ahead of time, but while it did turn out to be a low-scoring, one-run game, it was ultimately a disappointment for more reasons than the ultimate result.

For one thing, the best pitching duels are the ones that reach the last three innings in a tie or with a one-run lead with neither team having scored more than three runs (a rule I just made up). But last night the Yankees broke a scoreless tie in the third when Miguel Cairo singled, stole second and scored on a Johnny Damon double, then added single runs in the fourth (Alex Rodriguez double, Posada single, Bernie RBI groundout) and fifth (Melky infield single followed by a Toronto error on a stolen base attempt that sent Melky to third and a Cairo sac fly that plated him). With a three-run lead after four and a half innings and Mussina cruising (just two Blue Jay base runners, both on singles, one that didn't leave the infield, and six strikeouts through five), the suspense had gone out of the game. This appeared to be the Yankees' night.

Then Aaron Hill led off the sixth with a double. He was moved to third on a groundout by John McDonald as the Blue Jay order turned over to face Mussina for a third time. With Reed Johnson up, Joe Torre played his infield back, willing to trade Hill's run for an out, but Johnson hit a hard grounder right at Alex Rodriguez at third, giving him an easy play at home with Hill going on contact. Rodriguez fielded the ball cleanly, but his side-arm throw home tailed to the left of Jorge Posada who, once again frozen by the prospect of a charging base runner, failed to make a full effort to catch the ball. Hill was safe because of Rodriguez's bad throw and Johnson went to second because of Posada's failure to glove the ball, though only Rodriguez received an error on the play.

That play opened the doors for the Jays, who promptly plated Johnson when Frank Catalanotto dumped a single into shallow right. Vernon Wells followed with a soft single to left and both Catalanotto and Wells scored on a rocket double down the third base line by Troy Glaus that gave Toronto a 4-3 lead.

From there Mussina settled down, retiring the next (and last) five batters he faced. Meanwhile, Roy Halladay was doing the same. When Derek Jeter lined out to second for the second out of the eighth inning, Halladay had retired the last six men he had faced, but despite his having thrown just 93 pitches his manager didn't want him to face Jason Giambi with a mere one-run lead. Four outs away from victory, John Gibbons replaced Halladay with dominating lefty closer B.J. Ryan.

Giambi took Ryan's first four pitches to run the count even at 2-2, then poked an outside pitch through the shortstop hole vacated by the shift for a two-out single. Joe Torre sent in Bubba Crosby to run for his lumbering DH, and Ryan pitched around Alex Rodriguez, issuing a five-pitch walk to the Yankee third baseman, who never took his bat off his shoulder. Ryan's next pitch bore in on the righty-hitting Jorge Posada, snapping his bat off at the handle, but Posada was able to get enough of it to loop it into left for a game-tying single. Having blown the lead, Ryan struck out Bernie Williams on three pitches to end the inning with the go-ahead run on second.

With the game tied, Torre turned to Scott Proctor in the ninth despite the fact that Mike Mussina had thrown just 92 pitches through seven and had retired the last five men he had faced. Fortunately, Proctor was able to pitch around a two-out Wells single in the eighth and, after a Ryan similarly stranded a one-out walk to Melky Cabrera, worked a perfect ninth. Seemingly discovering a miracle cure for Jeff Weaver Syndrome, Torre next turned to his own dominating closer, Mariano Rivera. Rivera set the Jays down in order in the tenth. The eleventh was another story.

After the Yanks went down in order to Justin Speier and Brian Tallet in the tenth and eleventh, Frank Catalanotto lead off the eleventh with a 0-2 single off Rivera, but was then gunned down by Posada as he tried to steal second. With one out, Rivera's first pitch to Vernon Wells was a ball inside, but the second hung over the plate and Wells crushed it over the wall in left for a game-winning home run, the first off Rivera since Bill Mueller took Rivera deep almost two years ago exactly in the game best remembered for Rodriguez's fight with Jason Varitek. Thus, in a game that looked like a must-see pitchers' duel, neither starter factored in the decision, and two of the best closers in the majors gave up the lead. Yuck.

Oh, and if you think I'm disappointed because my team just happened to lose, check out my take when the Yankees lost a pitchers duel to Halladay and the Jays that actually lived up to the hype.

Tonight the Yankees get their first look at A.J. Burnett in a Blue Jay uniform. Burnett, one of the more misguided signings of the offseason, has already had two stints on the disabled list due to torn scar tissue in his surgically repaired right elbow (Burnett had Tommy John surgery in 2003). Between those two stints he made two undistinguished starts (10 IP, 12 H, 7 R, 4 HR, 2 BB, 10 K). Since being activated in late June he's made five more with results varying from shutting out the Nationals to giving up seven runs in 4 1/3 innings to the Phillies (or, perhaps worse, six runs in six innings to the Royals). The similarly injury-prone Jaret Wright, who followed up his career-best 10 strikeout game against the Devil Rays by striking out just one White Sox in an otherwise solid outing, takes the hill for the Yanks. If this game ends without either pitcher wincing and walking off the mound while holding their right arm like a dead puppy I'll be impressed. That said, wouldn't it be fun if this turned out to be the pitchers' duel last night wasn't?

Comments (457)
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2006-07-21 13:57:41
1.   Shaun P
As much as anything else, I'm just looking forward to leaving the dissection of last night's loss in the past. I'm also curious to see if Chacon will come into the game should Wright make an early exit. He (Chacon) hasn't pitched since July 4th! I know Torre wants to use him as the "long man" but that's a long time in between pitching to live MLB hitters.
2006-07-21 14:03:59
2.   rsmith51
Anybody have any information on potential trades? I would rather have Abreu rather than Soriano, but I wouldn't want to give up much in the way of prospects for either.
2006-07-21 14:14:07
3.   Simone
I just saw a replay of A-Rod's throw. Jorge clearly was trying to block the plate and reach for the throw at the same time. This whole "Jorge was frozen and didn't try hard to catch the ball" does not accurately describe what happened.

Jorge had the plate blocked properly.
If A-Rod had made the proper throw, the runner would have been out by a mile. You can't bitch about Jorge not blocking the plate and when he does, blame him for not anticipating that his 3rd baseman is making an errant throw.

2006-07-21 15:01:31
4.   randym77
Damon CF
Jeter SS
Giambi DH
A-Rod 3B
Posada C
Guiel RF
Phillips 1B
Cabrera LF
Cairo 2B

Joe's letting Guiel play. Yay!

2006-07-21 15:16:11
5.   BklynBmr
4 As my eyes quickly scanned the lineup, the 'Ca" and "2B" jumped out of the 9th name and for a split millisecond there I thought 'YES!'... then snapped out of it. Robbie sounds another 10 days away...

Guiel hits his way into the 6 hole. Interesting...

Let's go, Yanks!

2006-07-21 15:30:26
6.   Southern Yankee
I usually enjoy and agree with Cliff's post-game analysis but this Posada slur really hurts. Jorge doesn't deserve to be sacrificed to hide another E-Rod mistake. I'm really disappointed in the way this is being reported to those who didn't see for themselves!! I am by the way a supportive A-Rod fan.
2006-07-21 15:31:18
7.   randym77
Hasn't the six-hole has been pretty much his usual spot? Though sometimes Andy's before him instead of after.
2006-07-21 15:35:57
8.   Stormer Sports

I hear ya! Funny though, when the playing of Guiel elicits a "YAY" we must be in bad shape.

I don't see a "blockbuster" trade coming down the pike this year. We may pick up Sanders, but that's the extent of it. Abreu won't be moved this season, to the Yankees or anyone else for that matter. We don't have the chips to get Sori and Schmidt and Zito aint moving.

I for one like our chances if we can keep it close into August.

Alex Rodriguez
Sheffield (Late August)

If we cannot compete for the AL East and Wild Card with that group down the stretch, we don't deserve to be there.

2006-07-21 15:39:16
9.   BklynBmr
7 I'm sure you're right, when I think Guiel, I think pinch-hitter...

Anyone catch Cashman on the Jim Rome radio show this morning? I couldn't get out of an f'n meeting. Just wonderin'...

2006-07-21 15:39:56
10.   yankz
8 that a lineup? Because I think Sheffield would retire before he bats 8th.
2006-07-21 15:40:15
11.   Stormer Sports

Agreed. Jorge did nothing wrong during that play. Not to mention he has been providing clutch hits and solid pitch calls and throwing out runners as of late. There is a case to be made that he is the most valuable player on this team right now.

Arod threw the ball away. I support him, but that error had nothing to do with Posada. He was blocking the plate as the runner was bearing down on him. What should he have done, become plastic man in the .5 second he had to make a decision on the errant throw?

2006-07-21 15:41:22
12.   Stormer Sports

It's not the lineup, it's just the players we should have on the field down the stretch. Trying to assuage the panic around here.

2006-07-21 15:41:54
13.   MVB
Come on! Rodriguez's throw was way offline! Posada didn't have a chance to even get leather on it!

""Jorge Posada who, once again frozen by the prospect of a charging base runner...""

What???? Don't you remember the Texeira play a cpouple months ago??? Posada stood there like a rock, knowing he was gonna get crashed in to! He had a good, on-the-line throw by Derek Jeter, and he made the play.

Why blame Posada for A-Rod's terrible throw? In the past, Rodriguez has made that play correctly, and Posada has gotten the runner! 100% Alex Rodriguez's fault.

Bad call by you, man.

2006-07-21 15:44:11
14.   Max
I don't run this forum, but slurs like "E-Rod", "Pay-Rod", "Slappy" and others really taint the atmosphere. New ballgame...let's try to start fresh, as I'm sure the players are trying to do.
2006-07-21 15:44:45
15.   randym77
LoHud reports that the Yanks were glued to the TV, watching a police chase in Houston:

>> Not much going on before the game. The Yankees watched that truck evading police in Houston for a while on CNN. Everybody was getting on Bubba Crosby, who is from Houston.

"That your father Bubba?" Johnny Damon said. "My brother," Crosby replied. Mariano Rivera, of all people, couldn't take his eyes off the screen. Who knew the greatest closer ever loved police chases? <<

And good news on Dotel: doc didn't find anything wrong. He'll continue to pitch.

2006-07-21 15:46:18
16.   Stormer Sports

It's typical. We should all lighten up on Arod, while bashing Posada for doing nothing wrong is utterly acceptable? I agree that this Arod mess is out of hand, but I will not make excuses for him at the expense of another player.

2006-07-21 15:48:14
17.   BklynBmr
8 Ditto, Storm. It's almost like the past off-season, where I was glad we didn't make a major move just to make a move. Sori would/could be a difference maker, but I wouldn't do a Hughes+ deal for him either.

There's no 'gotta get him' bat out there, everyone is flawed in one sense or another. Let's pay Donnie M. double overtime and get him to step up his work with this offense.

Bolster the pitching if we can, but yeah, if we can't roll with the lineup you listed, hat's off to Boston.

2006-07-21 15:55:23
18.   Stormer Sports
I love that MLB Extra Innings is sure to air almost every damn game while they are selling their product during the free preview, then revert to shanking two or three games per week once they have the money.
2006-07-21 16:01:18
19.   Stormer Sports
What the fuck does "Game Dropped" mean?
2006-07-21 16:02:13
20.   BklynBmr
19 Just what I want to know. Never saw that before...
2006-07-21 16:02:41
21.   tommyl
19 No sh@t! What's up with that?!
2006-07-21 16:03:26
22.   BklynBmr
Those rat bastards...
2006-07-21 16:03:50
23.   Stormer Sports
Well, I guess it's the Mets tonight. That blows, they should not be permitted to drop a game at game time, that's ridiculous.
2006-07-21 16:04:14
24.   SF Yanks
What the f_ck is with this garbage? Game dropped! You gotta be kidding me. Holy shit I'm pissed. This is straight bull$#!+
2006-07-21 16:04:45
25.   Stormer Sports
I told you everyone hates the Yankees, even InDemand.
2006-07-21 16:07:17
26.   murphy
for the record: i have a potty mouth.

however: there might be people trying to follow this game through filtered internet access. i have personally been shut out many a time during the school year.

again, i curse like a sailor on my couch, but let's try to stick with what tommyl did in 21 on the board so no on needs to miss out.

2006-07-21 16:09:18
27.   tommyl
26 Agreed, but in others defense, I am mighty angry myself right now. For us out of towners, the game was "dropped" from coverage literally 10 seconds before 7pm.
2006-07-21 16:09:20
28.   murphy
i hate that black is incorporated into the toronto's unis. looks corny. sorry, FO, there's no way to make a blue jay look tough.
2006-07-21 16:09:40
29.   BklynBmr
26 f&#@ off, murph...


2006-07-21 16:11:53
30.   tommyl
Can everyone on here please take a moment and email the indemand people? This treatment is absurd.
2006-07-21 16:13:10
31.   murphy
url, 30
2006-07-21 16:15:04
32.   tommyl
Here you go:

2006-07-21 16:15:27
33.   SF Yanks
Ok guys...and gals if any present. Now that I've cooled off a bit I'm going to need some, not necessarily play-by-play but some game explanations if possible. Don't have to of course, but it would help a little bit. I thank you in advance. Go Yanks!
2006-07-21 16:16:10
34.   tommyl
Thankfully I'm moving back to NYC in a month.
2006-07-21 16:16:28
35.   Ron Burgundy
It'd be nice if Giambi could like get a hit instead of K'ing for once now. It's just that he's been striking out and not walking or hitting so much the last month or so.
2006-07-21 16:16:59
36.   Stormer Sports
What is Jete, like 0 for his last 10?
2006-07-21 16:17:20
37.   tommyl
Wow, watching this on gameday is so much better than live. I'm glad I spent those 200 bucks.
2006-07-21 16:17:48
38.   kdw
33 In case you need a translation, runner on 3rd with less than 2 out and Giambi couldn't make contact to get the run in. Ugh.
2006-07-21 16:18:25
39.   Stormer Sports

I think he needs some playing time in the field.

2006-07-21 16:19:07
40.   Ron Burgundy
Oh, for Pete's sake. Terrific, offense has fallen back into eternal slumber.

Oh, Cano, oh GodZilla, where art though bastards?

2006-07-21 16:19:37
41.   randym77
Burnett has a nasty breaking ball tonight. Mixed with his 99 mph fastball, he's pretty tough to hit.
2006-07-21 16:19:41
42.   JeremyM
Nice job from the 3 and 4 hitters.
2006-07-21 16:20:18
43.   tommyl
Does anyone know why the game was dropped?!
2006-07-21 16:21:01
44.   Ron Burgundy
When (actually, at this point more like IF) Cano and Matsui return:

1)Damon - CF
2)Jeter - SS
3)A-Rod - 3B
4)Giambi - 1B/DH
5)Posada - C
6)Matsui - RF
7)Cano - 2B
8)Andy/Pena - 1B/DH
9)Melky - LF

2006-07-21 16:21:06
45.   Tarheel
The Toronto announcers on XM were just slamming Moose for his comments last night. They said that Moose talked about "how well I was pitching for the first 5 innings" and then proceeded to throw Alex under the bus. Pretty funny to hear the away announcers taking up for Alex.
2006-07-21 16:22:25
46.   Ron Burgundy
42 True. But for some damn reason, only the #4 hitter gets criticized by the fans and media. I'm all for criticizing, just do it fairly and include Giambi, who has been nothing short of brutal the last month.
2006-07-21 16:22:50
47.   randym77
Wright is having his typical rough first inning.
2006-07-21 16:23:11
48.   SF Yanks
38 thanks
2006-07-21 16:24:49
49.   fansince77
AROD should have that first ball easily.
He's playing like a wuss period.

Wright in trouble in the first.


2006-07-21 16:24:58
50.   Stormer Sports

I am baffled! All he said was that Arod isn't right and needs to get back to where he should be. Pretty inocuous, but inocuous doesn't get people to tune in, now does it? I thought his comments about Damon and Bernie warranted a sanction. Not because of what he said, but what he intimated. Grow some balls and say it, don't pussy foot around. Moose is the one who couldn't get the Jay's out after the E.

Remember, Moose is a FA at year end.

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2006-07-21 16:25:06
51.   Simone
Jeter is clearly slumping. Giambi hasn't really been consistent.

Wright is his typical 1st inning disaster.

2006-07-21 16:25:08
52.   SF Yanks
And were off to the scoring races...
2006-07-21 16:25:28
53.   Ron Burgundy
This game off to a blazing start...
2006-07-21 16:25:41
54.   randym77
Reggie Sanders has been placed on the DL. One more player we won't be getting.
2006-07-21 16:26:35
55.   Stormer Sports
Maybe it's a blessing that the game was dropped.
2006-07-21 16:27:00
56.   BklynBmr
43 I just emailed InDemand asking why. Probably hear back from them next week...
2006-07-21 16:27:01
57.   Mattpat11
A-Rod has broken me. And Giambi taking that 2-1 pitch was infuriating.

I expect nothing from Wright, so I cannot be too disappointed.

2006-07-21 16:27:48
58.   BklynBmr
54 Best news of the evening so far...
2006-07-21 16:28:25
59.   tommyl
54 WasWatching today had a chart showing that Reggie Sanders is less productive than Bernie Williams. Fine by me.
2006-07-21 16:28:26
60.   JeremyM
Well, looks like Chacon will get to throw tonight.
2006-07-21 16:28:30
61.   Tarheel
WTF is wrong with Wright?
2006-07-21 16:28:41
62.   randym77
YES announcers just blamed every hit this inning on the turf.

Though not that one...

2006-07-21 16:28:44
63.   murphy
why did damon pick the ball up at the wall when melky has the gun??
2006-07-21 16:29:08
64.   Yankee Fan in Chicago
Giambi hitting by month:

Apr -- .344/.554/.852
May -- .233/.386/.422
June -- .256/.358/.695
July! -- .196/.329/.411

Funny that, Arod's are the opposite, weak April and June, strong May and July.

Anyone in a fantasy league, pick up Giambi in August. Til then . . .

2006-07-21 16:29:50
65.   Ron Burgundy
Oh, boy...
WTF, we gain 3 games on the Sawx in the span of 4 days and now we give them back EVEN FASTER!

AH, we can still win this, I think...

2006-07-21 16:29:55
66.   Stormer Sports

In Giambi's defense, watching as many games as I have, it appears he isn't getting the calls at the plate that he has in years past. His strike zone seems to have widedned a bit. Unclear as to why that might be, but it seems to be happening to Arod as well. I hope Selig is happy he let the Umps walk, now we are stuck with sporadic umpiring in a league that for years had bar none the best officiating in any professional leauge.

2006-07-21 16:31:09
67.   murphy
an out! yaaaaaaaaaay!
2006-07-21 16:31:12
68.   BklynBmr
55 I think you're right. I'll just sit here and get brainwashed by Sterling for the next three hours. There's nothing wrong in Yankeeland, there's nothing wrong in Yankeeland, there's nothing wrong in Yankeeland... I'm sure I'll feel better then.
2006-07-21 16:31:17
69.   tommyl
Um, an out would be a nice thing. Maybe those indemand folks were trying to spare us the pain.
2006-07-21 16:31:23
70.   Yankee Fan in Chicago
Well, I wanted to watch Monk tonight anyway . . .
2006-07-21 16:31:25
71.   Ron Burgundy
64 The OBP is what bother me ith Giambi there. Even last year, when he was hitting .230, his OBP was still always .200 higher and always above the .400 point.
2006-07-21 16:31:51
72.   singledd
An OUT. An OUT. My Kingdom for an OUT.
2006-07-21 16:32:05
73.   Mattpat11
61 He's Jaret Wright
2006-07-21 16:32:44
74.   Simone
Boy, does this suck.
2006-07-21 16:33:06
75.   Mattpat11
70 Oh, I forgot Monk was tonight. Psyche is very good as well.
2006-07-21 16:33:44
76.   randym77
71 Yeah, his eye just doesn't seem to be as sharp. He's letting very hittable pitches go by, and swinging and missing a lot more than he used to.
2006-07-21 16:33:53
77.   Ron Burgundy
And let me guess, A.J. Burnett will summon the spirit of his past and pitch a CG shutout just to piss me off...
2006-07-21 16:34:27
78.   Simone
I forgot Monk was on. I love Psych also.
2006-07-21 16:34:50
79.   murphy
whew i can't remember that last time i have been so excited to get out of the first.
2006-07-21 16:36:55
80.   Ron Burgundy
Let's hope Burnett Pulls a Beckett and throws nothing but arrow-straight fastballs.
2006-07-21 16:38:04
81.   randym77
Jorgie's been pretty hot lately.
2006-07-21 16:39:40
82.   Stormer Sports
How long before Jete starts getting booed at home if this streak continues?
2006-07-21 16:40:35
83.   murphy
please, stormer, let's not give anyone ideas.
2006-07-21 16:40:36
84.   Ron Burgundy
This gonna be one of those nights?
2006-07-21 16:40:42
85.   randym77
Burnett is breaking bats left and right tonight.
2006-07-21 16:40:58
86.   Mattpat11
How did Posada get on?
2006-07-21 16:41:18
87.   singledd
6 When Stinett made that bad throw to 2nd that allowed then runner to go to 3rd, it was definitely a bad throw and his error. However, the 2nd baseman (Cairo) who is trying to make the tag and an out, needs to see when that is NOT going to happen and simply block the throw, forgetting about the out. Same thing with a 1st baseman. If it's a bad throw, forget about the out at first, come off the bag, and make sure the ball doesn't get by you.

Yes.. easier said then done. A fast jugement and quick play must be performed.

ARod made a bad throw and it was HIS error. If was not Jorge's fault... but it would have been a smart and good play if he realized when he saw the throw was off line, that there would be no play at the plate, and his job was NOW simply to catch the ball.
So it was not Jorge's fault, but he could have made a better play.

2006-07-21 16:41:31
88.   BklynBmr
81 GameDay Audio cut out for a bit. How did Jorgie get on?
2006-07-21 16:41:42
89.   randym77
84 One of those nights for a stirring come from behind victory. :)
2006-07-21 16:42:04
90.   murphy
posada hit a laser up the middle and advance to the phillips groundout.
2006-07-21 16:42:34
91.   randym77
88 Broken bat hit up the middle.
2006-07-21 16:42:34
92.   Stormer Sports
I'm watching the Detroit game. Wow, I forgot what a team that plays smart defense and does the right things on offense looks like.

Good luck Yanks, I can't deal with another bad loss. I'm out!

2006-07-21 16:42:51
93.   Ron Burgundy
89 Hope so...
2006-07-21 16:43:02
94.   BklynBmr
90 Thanks, murph...
2006-07-21 16:43:57
95.   murphy
i stayed at the gym an extra 45 minutes yesterday to watch the sox/tigers game. it was thrilling to watch two "young" ball clubs play with so much pride on the line.
2006-07-21 16:45:14
96.   AbbyNormal821
See? It's games like these that make me change the channel when the opposing team is at bat...I just can't bring myself to watch the carnage unfold!
51 - I hope it is only a 1st inning disaster.
Blue Jays up in the 2nd - gotta turn on House Hunters on HGTV
2006-07-21 16:45:23
97.   BklynBmr
91 Thanks, randym.

OK. Either Wright settles down and we claw back or Damon is pitching by the 8th inning...

Lets. Go. Mariners.

2006-07-21 16:45:31
98.   C2Coke
Wright-con is dealing, two lead-off men in scoring position already left on base. Friends, we gonna have a great night.
2006-07-21 16:46:44
99.   Stormer Sports
It would be nice to see what Chacon has after all this rest. If Jaret is near 90 in the 5th, does Joe go to Chacon if we are still getting beat?
2006-07-21 16:47:17
100.   Ron Burgundy
Oh, come on.
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2006-07-21 16:47:41
101.   Stormer Sports
LOL. Wright doesn't have it tonight.
2006-07-21 16:47:44
102.   BklynBmr
96 LOL! After a Yanks win, it's straight to ESPN to relive it. After a loss, it's straight to HGTV, Discovery, History Channel, etc. Anything but baseball...
2006-07-21 16:48:49
103.   BklynBmr
99 90 runs or MPH?
2006-07-21 16:49:07
104.   murphy
99 90 in the 5th? was that a typo? i think you meant "if jaret is near 90 in the 3rd..." : )
2006-07-21 16:49:19
105.   JeremyM
Put Chacon in, he can't be worse. Well, OK, yes he can.
2006-07-21 16:50:27
106.   Ron Burgundy
Sweet Lincoln's Mullet!
An Out!
2006-07-21 16:51:36
107.   Stormer Sports
90 pitches, well, if he makes it to the 5th. I am off ESPN cold turkey. Look, they are just piling on with sensational crap (Not to mention they have become a joke with all the ads and silly promos) about the Yankees. We are the 4th best team in the AL. With the coverage, you would think we are in 1st place. They should be covering the W SOX and Detroit, not the Yankees. I think ESPN has fallen prey to having no competition, no reason to put a good product out there.
2006-07-21 16:51:45
108.   AbbyNormal821
102 - I will go and check the Gameday on my computer from time to time - this I admit! Somehow it's less painful seeing the pencil-drawn batters just standing there then watching the actual batters on the tube!
Yankees need a Starbucks Red-Eye to jolt their asses into getting some runs! (DAMMIT!)
2006-07-21 16:51:49
109.   BklynBmr
A goose egg??? OK, let's get a run or two and make it a game!
2006-07-21 16:52:59
110.   murphy
hey. after that speedy 2nd inning, wright has only thrown one more pitch than burnett.
2006-07-21 16:54:26
111.   Stormer Sports

Yea, but 4 runs may as well be 40 with our offense.

2006-07-21 16:54:58
112.   yankz
OK, I just got back...and this blows.
2006-07-21 16:55:40
113.   singledd
Jetes and ARod carried the team in May.
And yes, bit players chipped in.
Jetes and Giambi carried the team in June.
And yes, bit players chipped in.
However, when Jetes AND one of our 2 impact guys are not hot together, the rest of the team is NOT enough to score what we need to win consistantly.

Hence the need for another impact bat.
ID, Jorge and Cano have all has ggod years. But this team has been riding Jetes, Giambi and ARod. To gamble that 2 of these guys will be hot at one time for the rest of the year, is to gamble with the PS.

I myself am not a gambler. I would rather get Abreu or Sori, and enjoy the 30 or so RAA they would bring us this 2nd half.

And I believe ARods problems have a trickle down effect on the team.

2006-07-21 16:57:04
114.   BklynBmr
107 "I think ESPN has fallen prey to having no competition, no reason to put a good product out there." Bingo. It's too bad Fox Sports is even more annoying, they're the nearest entity with any kind of reach on cable.
2006-07-21 16:57:05
115.   murphy
go, go slappy damon!!! i tried hard to hate this guys, but he'd really been solid. and i give him mad props for playing through some minor injuries.
2006-07-21 16:58:01
116.   Stormer Sports
Aint going to happen. There are at least 5 teams ahead of us with more to give than we do to snag Abreu or Sori. The only way we get Abreu is with a contract extension, and that won't happen.
2006-07-21 16:59:23
117.   murphy
113 et al, sori is a hacker with a bad rep. do we REALLY need that right now? he's also a free agent after this season. he would be a bad move right now.
2006-07-21 16:59:57
118.   randym77
Great hustle from the Captain.
2006-07-21 17:00:10
119.   AbbyNormal821
Go Jeet! Way to hustle!
2006-07-21 17:00:15
120.   yankz
I'll take it...
2006-07-21 17:01:02
121.   AbbyNormal821
2006-07-21 17:01:09
122.   Stormer Sports

Tell me about it. I remember when you could get some insight and thoughtful analysis on ESPN. It's nothing more than a reactionary tabloid now with Stuart Scott pretending he grew up in the hood and more pinstriped suits than the Heisman ceremony. Take away Outside the Lines and the main network has nothing to offer an intelligent fan.

2006-07-21 17:01:11
123.   Mattpat11
oh christ, here we go.
2006-07-21 17:01:12
124.   yankz
Back to back HR would be an answered prayer right about now
2006-07-21 17:01:55
125.   tommyl
Man, Giambi is really in a slump at this point. Much worse than A-Rod. He needs to get back on track ASAP.
2006-07-21 17:02:09
126.   singledd
Jetes did his thing. Now Giambi or ARod must do their rhing.
2006-07-21 17:02:11
127.   murphy
please, ARod, silence your critics... NOW!
2006-07-21 17:02:25
128.   Ron Burgundy
Giambi, yet again. But it's A-Rod's fault.
2006-07-21 17:02:42
129.   AbbyNormal821
2006-07-21 17:02:57
130.   AbbyNormal821
2006-07-21 17:03:00
131.   randym77

2000TH HIT!!!

2006-07-21 17:03:04
132.   Stormer Sports

He needs to play the field. Joe doesn't get it. I will gladly trade Phillips and his .250 to see if some field time can straighen out Giambi.

2006-07-21 17:03:11
133.   Ron Burgundy
Atta Boy.
2006-07-21 17:03:17
134.   murphy
2006-07-21 17:03:41
135.   BklynBmr
Yes!!! An A-Bomb!!!!!
2006-07-21 17:03:41
136.   randym77
That's A-rod's 450th homer. He's the youngest player to reach that milestone.
2006-07-21 17:03:42
137.   murphy
(except he did it on the road, so it wasn't clutch) ; )
2006-07-21 17:03:44
138.   tommyl
There we go!
2006-07-21 17:03:47
139.   Simone
114 122 Everything thoughtful on ESPN when Dick Schaap died.

Yeah, Alex. You show us all.

2006-07-21 17:03:49
140.   kdw
Love that!!!!! Finally something A-Rod can feel good about!!
2006-07-21 17:03:56
141.   yankz
H*LL F*CKING YES! (is that edited enough?)
2006-07-21 17:04:16
142.   AbbyNormal821
NOW this is a f'ing game.
2006-07-21 17:04:18
143.   Stormer Sports

Wait, I thought Phillips was a fat white cock, no?

2006-07-21 17:04:34
144.   tommyl
Hey anyone who can see, was it a bomb or a just clearing?
2006-07-21 17:04:36
145.   mickey1956
"And on that note we cue the music"
2006-07-21 17:04:57
146.   Mattpat11
There really is something to be said for expecting nothing. I expected nothing and I got a PRESENT~!
2006-07-21 17:05:23
147.   Jen

134 Heh.

2006-07-21 17:06:17
148.   murphy
144, it was SMOKED!!!
2006-07-21 17:06:24
149.   C2Coke
Arod gets his breather when he's not in NYC. Way to remember #2000 !
2006-07-21 17:06:46
150.   singledd
History made.
Now it's time to win the game.
I have faith in Wright.
His 1st inning always sucks. Today was just worse then usual.
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2006-07-21 17:06:48
151.   BklynBmr
On A-Rod's 450/2,000 — Sterling: "He did it in one Swell Foof" meaning to say 'one fell swoop', of course... Hey, everyone is giddy, right now...
2006-07-21 17:06:49
152.   Peter
137 Yeah, it didn't even tie the score either. He's just stat padding again.
2006-07-21 17:07:02
153.   Stormer Sports

Good for him. 450 HR. I couldn't believe my discussion yesterday when I was trying to put Ted Williams in perspective. Arod should finish with 700+ HR, 3200+ Hits and 500+ SB's while playing short and third. I just don't think anyone outside beantown can think Williams can match that.

2006-07-21 17:07:19
154.   randym77
It was definitely a BOMB.
2006-07-21 17:08:16
155.   tommyl
Does anyone else realize that A-Rod's crappy season has is OPS at .901, better than Jeter and second only to Giambi?
2006-07-21 17:08:27
156.   singledd
143 You're right. I degree from here forward, the expression is: He can suck a PHILLIPS.
2006-07-21 17:08:34
157.   randym77
416 feet, according to Kay.
2006-07-21 17:08:37
158.   Jen
Didn't he hit HR #400 in Toronto as well? Or was that Sheff?
2006-07-21 17:09:57
159.   yankz
400 was in Milwaukee I believe.
2006-07-21 17:10:09
160.   AbbyNormal821
OK - back to Gameday and HGTV for this half of the inning - "Hot Grills/Cool Patios" is on...yippee skippee!
2006-07-21 17:10:43
161.   singledd
153 If ARod gets there, he will be #3 in history. #2 if you eliminate HGH players.
2006-07-21 17:11:47
162.   yankz
OK, J-Wright, keep 'em in this...I smell a Guiel bomb coming up.
2006-07-21 17:12:24
163.   BklynBmr
156 Seconded. A 'Phillips' is hereby now a c@ck. BB Man/Woman Law. Any other confirmations?
2006-07-21 17:12:48
164.   kdw
160 I'm glad to hear someone else does that. I kind of feel guilty, muting and going to Gameday because it's too painful to watch the pitching.
2006-07-21 17:13:41
165.   Stormer Sports

People need to remember that he is only 31. If he gets on track there is no reason he shouldn't hit 755+ with 3000+. Only one player, Palmero, I think, has 500+ and 3000+. And he has just barely 500 and just barely 3000. Just to put it in perspective.

2006-07-21 17:14:02
166.   Mattpat11
158 Sheff was TO, A-Rod was Milwaukee
2006-07-21 17:14:10
167.   murphy
wait wait wait, 163 STEVE phillips is a the fat white c@ck. A (as in andy) phillips is fine.
2006-07-21 17:14:42
168.   Mattpat11
165 Eddie Murray definitely has 3000 and 500.
2006-07-21 17:14:57
169.   yankz
How about we just call it an ESPN, so we don't soil Andy's name?
2006-07-21 17:15:00
170.   BklynBmr
162 A 'Guiel-ded' missile?

Sorry, that's bad enough for Sterling to glom onto. My bad...

2006-07-21 17:15:16
171.   Stormer Sports
Detroit is putting on a clinic for us on how to get runners home with less than two out. They make it look so easy.
2006-07-21 17:15:47
172.   Tarheel
Hank Aaron had 3800+ hits and 755 HR.
2006-07-21 17:17:13
173.   yankz
170 You should be ashamed! LOL, it was a very funny post.
2006-07-21 17:17:20
174.   murphy
but bonds is the only guy to ever go 500/500, yes? if ARod could do that AND get 3000 hits AND wind a gold glove at 3B...
2006-07-21 17:17:21
175.   Stormer Sports

I stand corrected. Although he only has 504. Still puts it in perspective.

2006-07-21 17:17:22
176.   Mattpat11
Jaret Wright sucks.
2006-07-21 17:17:27
177.   BklynBmr
167 Glad cooler heads are prevailing here. Excellent point. We have to rethink this...
2006-07-21 17:17:33
178.   yankz
God damm1t Wright.
2006-07-21 17:17:51
179.   Jen
159 That's right, thanks.
2006-07-21 17:18:06
180.   Stormer Sports

He should have won it last year.

2006-07-21 17:18:16
181.   yankz
De nada
2006-07-21 17:18:40
182.   Tarheel
Wright can't stand prosperity
2006-07-21 17:19:00
183.   C2Coke
176 I think Wright needs a new word to define him. 'Sucks' simply just doesn't cut it.
2006-07-21 17:19:06
184.   tommyl
A-Rod, where is that 5R HR we need?
2006-07-21 17:19:39
185.   AbbyNormal821
F**K! Come on Wright - just throw a freakin' double play ball!
2006-07-21 17:19:54
186.   Tarheel
I like Ponson better than this "phillips", "espn", or whatever else you want to call it.
2006-07-21 17:20:37
187.   Stormer Sports
That's why you don't walk the leadoff hitter Jaret. I don't care if you get hit, just don't give them away you moron.
2006-07-21 17:21:21
188.   Tarheel
I wonder what the percentage of lead off walks that score. It must be 75%+.
2006-07-21 17:22:12
189.   Tarheel

See if you can close it out now--big dawg!!

2006-07-21 17:22:15
190.   AbbyNormal821
YAY! At least if they lose (WHICH THEY WON'T) - they can blame Wright and not A-Rod this time around!
2006-07-21 17:23:17
191.   Stormer Sports

I think it's in the mid 60%'s. For the Yankees it must be like 30% this year. Wright K's Hill. Now if he doesn't walk Glaus, we could be within 1, not 2.

2006-07-21 17:23:59
192.   Tarheel
190 Don't you know that everything is Arod's fault?
2006-07-21 17:24:14
193.   C2Coke
Do we just automatically lower our standard when Wright is pitching now?
2006-07-21 17:24:27
194.   murphy
naaah, 190, it's Arod's fault. he shoulda hit a 6 run HR in the first and pitched for wright. he's so no clutch... ; )
2006-07-21 17:25:06
195.   tommyl
192 I blame A-Rod for my rec league soccer team losing last night. Where was he? no goals, not even a shot.
2006-07-21 17:25:43
196.   Ron Burgundy
Ah shit...
2006-07-21 17:26:13
197.   murphy
i blame ARod for my failed marriage and unhappy childhood...
2006-07-21 17:26:15
198.   Tarheel
Come on Joe!! He is bringing in a pitcher that hasn't pitched in 3 weeks to face a bases loaded situation? This can't turn out good.
2006-07-21 17:26:28
199.   fansince77
The right time to pull right would have been before the game-Torre. Wright's leash has been way too long for way too long- he just flat out sucks.
2006-07-21 17:26:29
200.   fansince77
The right time to pull right would have been before the game-Torre. Wright's leash has been way too long for way too long- he just flat out sucks.
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2006-07-21 17:26:30
201.   C2Coke
I am out of medicine for my heart, will check back later. Good night and good luck.
2006-07-21 17:26:31
202.   randym77
Chacon. Oy, vey.

Help us, Obi-Shawn, you're our only hope...

2006-07-21 17:26:43
203.   Simone
Which one of George's cronies recommended the Yankees sign Wright?
2006-07-21 17:27:06
204.   Marcus
193 We don't lower the standard, just the expectation. Just like everyone raises expectations for A-Rod.
2006-07-21 17:27:16
205.   Stormer Sports
Well, now we see how Wright performs against one of the best offenses in the game. Not well.

Come on Shawn!

2006-07-21 17:27:48
206.   Tarheel
I think that Arod is totally responsible for global warming, tension in the middle east, and high gas prices. If Arod were traded from NY gas would probably go down to $1.50/gal.
2006-07-21 17:28:13
207.   AbbyNormal821
Me scared, mommy!
2006-07-21 17:28:22
208.   kdw
For the love of all that's holy and good. It's a sad time when I'm relieved to see Chacon coming in with bases loaded. Talk about a chance to prove your critics wrong....
2006-07-21 17:28:25
209.   murphy
i just flipped over the mets game during the break. did y'all know that cliff floyd comes to the plate to the theme from sanford and son?
2006-07-21 17:28:41
210.   Stormer Sports

I heard today that Arod has been firing Missles at Haifa.

2006-07-21 17:29:12
211.   BklynBmr
210 OJ just found the real killer: A-Rod.
2006-07-21 17:29:16
212.   Tarheel
209He kind of looks like Lamont.
2006-07-21 17:29:31
213.   AbbyNormal821
...on second thought - you think Chacon is going to throw a couple of "F/U" pitches to show that he still belongs in the rotation?
I can't watch! I just can't!
2006-07-21 17:29:53
214.   tommyl
I still think we let Giambi pitch. He did in highschool and then he'd be playing the field instead of DHing.
2006-07-21 17:30:03
215.   singledd
163 Minor correction:
A 'Phillips' is hereby now a 'fat white c@ck'. BB Man/Woman Law.
Not to be confused with a Morgan.
A 'Morgan' is a 'fat black c@ck'. BB Man/Woman Law.
(although please understand I can NOT give personal veracity to 'fat'.)
2006-07-21 17:30:14
216.   BklynBmr
Where have the Yanks been keepin' this Chacon guy?
2006-07-21 17:30:15
217.   Tarheel
Osama is hiding out in Arod's NY apartment.
2006-07-21 17:30:15
218.   Stormer Sports
2006-07-21 17:30:22
219.   Marcus
A-Rod convinced Adam to eat the apple.
2006-07-21 17:30:22
220.   Mattpat11
263 We wanted someone younger and less injury prone than pedro. So we signed him and Pavano.
2006-07-21 17:30:24
221.   tommyl
If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.
2006-07-21 17:30:35
222.   AbbyNormal821
WHEW! I can take my stomach out of my throat now!
2006-07-21 17:30:49
223.   murphy
211, my gut = busted.
2006-07-21 17:31:03
224.   Stormer Sports

Arod is responsible for high gas prices.

2006-07-21 17:32:16
225.   Mattpat11
The answer to the trivia question is Lofton and Williams.
2006-07-21 17:32:47
226.   Stormer Sports

Not signing Pedro and Beltran, letting Contreras go and signing Damon (I can let that one slide) and signing Pavano is eveidence enough to me that Cashman is far far far less competent than most think.

2006-07-21 17:33:09
227.   singledd
215 Please use in a sentence.
"Fortunately, in that inning, Chacon did not suck a Phillips.
2006-07-21 17:33:20
228.   tommyl
220 That is so funny to read. Its sad but true.
2006-07-21 17:33:41
229.   Stormer Sports

Where does a boy have to go on a Friday to get his Phillips lubed?

2006-07-21 17:34:11
230.   Mattpat11
Beltran wanted way too much money and Contreras was awful for another full year after we got rid of him. Waiting two and one half years in a four year deal for any kind of result is absurd.
2006-07-21 17:35:37
231.   AbbyNormal821
224 - A-Rod is also responsible for Hillenbrand being DFA'd
2006-07-21 17:35:44
232.   tommyl
230 But getting Loaiza in return?

To me, the two biggest mistakes were letting Pettite and Leiber go. Leiber would be a solid 4 or 5 man in our rotation.

2006-07-21 17:35:47
233.   Stormer Sports
Beltran at 99 mil. for what, 7 years? That was too expensive? Not to mention he WANTED to play here. It's not much more than we are paying Damon per year, and might I add, he's Carlos fuc&ing Beltran!
2006-07-21 17:36:06
234.   singledd
229 Morgan's house?
2006-07-21 17:36:24
235.   AbbyNormal821
BAM!!!! Go Melkman!
2006-07-21 17:36:46
236.   Stormer Sports

Especially after paying him for a full year when we knew he would be injured for that year. It made no sense not matter how you look at it.

2006-07-21 17:37:28
237.   yankz
A-Rod is the reason the Yankees lost the '01 series. He was channeling negative energy from Texas.
2006-07-21 17:37:41
238.   Tarheel
Melky is becoming a pretty good base stealer.
2006-07-21 17:38:00
239.   Mattpat11
232 Pettitte wanted no part of the Yankees. There are rumors that he was "taking in the attractions" in New York and Laura Pettitte wanted him home. That and the elbow that he insisted there was nothing wrong with.
2006-07-21 17:38:07
240.   Stormer Sports
Arod was caught this morning shuttling Illegal Immigrants into California.
2006-07-21 17:38:19
241.   AbbyNormal821
Wow...just checked Miggy's career stats...this dude is NOT a HR hitter!
2006-07-21 17:38:23
242.   Tarheel
Arod was on the grassy knoll in Dallas in '63.
2006-07-21 17:38:26
243.   Ron Burgundy
Melky is awesome.
2006-07-21 17:38:31
244.   tommyl
236 I've never been able to figure out the motivation for the move. It sometimes baffles me when the team starts quibbling over a million or so a year for a proven player. If you are willing to just throw money around on superstars, why not overpay a small amount for a solid role guy?
2006-07-21 17:38:59
245.   tommyl
Run Melky! Run!
2006-07-21 17:39:19
246.   BklynBmr
215 murphy brings up a good point in 167 — we don't want to drag Andy Phillips into this. Too much explaining. I dunno, let's discuss it. "That SOB is a 'stevephillipssucker" might be cumbersome. Maybe not. Let's hear some ideas...

A 'Morgan' works for me. Maybe we add 'stumpy' somewhere into the offical language.

2006-07-21 17:39:46
247.   AbbyNormal821
242 - HOLY CRAP! THAT made me do a "snorty laugh!"
2006-07-21 17:40:20
248.   Tarheel
F*%$ you Miggy.
2006-07-21 17:40:43
249.   AbbyNormal821
A-Rod was flying the Enola Gay over Hiroshima
2006-07-21 17:40:49
250.   Stormer Sports
Beltran was what, 25, 26? No excuse for not pulling the trigger there. Sure, Cashman has no trouble paying Kevin Brown 17 Mil., giving Johnson 3 years at 16 mil., but Beltran 99 mil for 7 years, oh hell no, he can't do that. Cashman is a baffoon in my opinion, no doubt about it.
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2006-07-21 17:40:58
251.   tommyl
239 I have heard some of these rumors, I've also heard Pettite was upset that the Yankees didn't treat him better during the negiotating process. Maybe he would have come back, maybe he wouldn't, but it was a mistake to not do everything to keep him, elbow and all. I mean does anyone remember Pavano even throwing a pitch?
2006-07-21 17:41:01
252.   murphy
why don't we just call it a "stumpy morgan"? sounds like 19th century british pub slang.
2006-07-21 17:41:35
253.   Stormer Sports

I am pretty sure we can't use "Morgan" to describe a fat white cock, no?

2006-07-21 17:42:07
254.   tommyl
Relax, A-Rod gets to bat again and AJ is over 80 pitches.
2006-07-21 17:43:12
255.   Stormer Sports
Arod was seen this past weekend harvesting Poppies in Afghanistan.
2006-07-21 17:43:13
256.   singledd
Pedro: Do you honestly think he would do what he did last year in the A.L. East. This year? Next year? 2008?
Beltran: Big, big mistake.
Contreras: I wanted to keep him, but we did invest a lot of time in him, and we needed someone who could win now
Damon: HATED IT at the time
Pavano: Boston wanted him too. Best name out there. Overvalued at 10 mil, worth 8 mil, but still a good talent.
KEEP (but it just didn't work out. That's life)
2006-07-21 17:44:12
257.   Ron Burgundy
Pitch 1 - Ball
Pitch 2 - Ball
Pitch 3 - Ball
Pitch 4 - Ball

Frank Catalanotto walks.


2006-07-21 17:45:55
258.   singledd
P.S. Mercenary Bronx Bombers? Of 14 AL teams, we are SEVENTH in HRs. (TB is sixth). We need another HR hitter (who will eventually replace Shef).
2006-07-21 17:45:56
259.   Tarheel
Lead off walk again.....Wells at the plate....this looks bad. I am so glad that Joe brought in the rustiest pitcher on the staff.
2006-07-21 17:46:00
260.   Mattpat11
Oh boy
2006-07-21 17:46:00
261.   Stormer Sports

He's Pedro. He'd certainly be better than Wright! Not mention he's what 33, 34 years of age. He's not 40 for Christ's sake. When you can sign Pedro, you sign him, period.

In Wright's defense, wasn't he at an ERA of 3.00 his last 5 starts?

2006-07-21 17:47:44
262.   Mattpat11
It really is sort of funny now.
2006-07-21 17:47:49
263.   BklynBmr
252 I love it. Right up there with Monty Python's 'Spiney Norman'...

253 You're right. The rat b@stard S. Phillips has earned his own. We'll figure it out...

2006-07-21 17:47:58
264.   murphy
damn. so much for his 3 run HR.
2006-07-21 17:47:59
265.   Stormer Sports
We need, we need, we need, we need. Look guys, what we need and what is available are two disctinct things. We are not getting Soriano and we are not getting Abreu unless we extend his contract, making the non-signing of Beltran or Pedro look even more irresponsible. It aint happening.
2006-07-21 17:48:08
266.   Ron Burgundy
A-Rod now has to hit a GS...
2006-07-21 17:48:22
267.   tocho
a-rod and his salary are responsible for the hunger in Africa...

a-rod designed Rogers Center and the metrodome, he is responsible on all accounts for missing that ball. If they end up losing this game, it was because he did not catch it. it will be the highlight of all baseball shows tonight and tomorrow

2006-07-21 17:48:22
268.   randym77
Gawd. Another bad throw from A-Rod. Another error.

This after he missed that popup because he couldn't see it.

2006-07-21 17:48:35
269.   AbbyNormal821
UGH! Poor A-Rod...I think he's cursed!
2006-07-21 17:48:58
270.   Mattpat11
261 He's still Jaret Wright. You know what you're getting with him.
2006-07-21 17:49:31
271.   tommyl
What was the error?
2006-07-21 17:49:57
272.   Ron Burgundy
When the shit hits the fan...
2006-07-21 17:50:15
273.   AbbyNormal821
2006-07-21 17:50:27
274.   Mattpat11
267 The Skydome had nothing to do with it. He lost it in the actual night sky.
2006-07-21 17:50:40
275.   Stormer Sports
I'd almost be happier if Arod was injured. If the cause of this is mental, he could be in for a long road ahead, and no telling where it may lead.

Joe needs to DH Alex for a few games and land Giambi at 1st. He has to get a break from the fielding follies.

2006-07-21 17:50:46
276.   murphy
y'know. i only get to watch about 4 games a month on TV. why did this have to be one of them?
2006-07-21 17:51:07
277.   Mattpat11
271 Exactly what you think it would be. He flung the ball at first sidearmed.
2006-07-21 17:51:07
278.   Tarheel
at least Arod can still catch.
2006-07-21 17:51:13
279.   randym77
271 Bad throw. Again.
2006-07-21 17:51:21
280.   yankz
How's this for a pick me up: Ponson will also pitch in this series!
2006-07-21 17:51:27
281.   tommyl
What the?! What was that?
2006-07-21 17:52:14
282.   Ron Burgundy
277 It's not a "mental" thing so much as a stupid habbit like a kid sucking his thumb.
2006-07-21 17:52:44
283.   murphy
this is embarrassing. are the blue jays really this good?
2006-07-21 17:53:01
284.   yankz
Ah, A-rod. When it rains...
2006-07-21 17:53:07
285.   Stormer Sports
Get Chuck Knaublach on the horn, ASAP!
2006-07-21 17:53:31
286.   Tarheel
This could be Chacon's last appearance in pinstripes.
2006-07-21 17:53:32
287.   randym77
What a disaster. Even the usually solid Guiel bobbles the ball.
2006-07-21 17:53:36
288.   tommyl
How did we turn a sac double play?
2006-07-21 17:53:53
289.   AbbyNormal821
275 - Amen. A-Rod needs time off!
2006-07-21 17:54:12
290.   Ron Burgundy
Even if we win on an A-Rod Grand Slam, the error will STILL be the ONLY story from tonight, with the 450 HR and 2000 Hit being washed out.
2006-07-21 17:54:16
291.   fansince77
C'mon this babying of AROD stuff has got to stop- he keeps making the SAME FREAKIN MECHANICAL ERROR- dropping his elbow and throwing unecessarily from underneath- THAT'S JUST LAZY! LAZY! LAZY! let's stop making excuses for him...
2006-07-21 17:54:22
292.   Marcus
283 They've got a solid offense, but the problem is Chacon and Wright are that bad.
2006-07-21 17:54:38
293.   AbbyNormal821
Think David Cone would come out of retirement???
2006-07-21 17:54:38
294.   Stormer Sports
Arod did have an easy ride in the press in Seattle and Texas. I would almost expect this in his first year, but his third, following a gold glove caliber season last year, I just don't get it.
2006-07-21 17:55:39
295.   murphy
288 sac fly, throw home, phillips cuts it off as run has already scored, sees wells off bag between second and third, ARod tags wells in rundown.
2006-07-21 17:55:56
296.   randym77
288 Guy at 2B thought the throw was going home. Instead, it went to 3B. He got caught in a rundown. A-Rod didn't even try to throw the ball. Just ran him down and tagged him.
2006-07-21 17:56:03
297.   Ron Burgundy
Great Odin's Raven!
An Out!
2006-07-21 17:56:08
298.   singledd
I bring this to the house for an official vote:

A 'SteveyPhillips' is hereby now a 'fat white c@ck'.
A 'StumpyMorgan' is hereby now a 'fat black c@ck'.

Please NOTE the use of upper case and used as demonstrated above.

Yea or Nay?

2006-07-21 17:57:48
299.   Stormer Sports
Iwas kind of hoping Arod could clear this up while he was away from the Yankee fans at home, guess not.
2006-07-21 17:57:56
300.   Tarheel
290That error didn't cost any runs. His play was at 1st, so even if the out was made the guy was still on 2nd. Wells was then doubled off in the run down. But you are still right, this will probably overshadow the 2000/450.
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2006-07-21 17:58:07
301.   Cliff Corcoran
298 I just logged on, so I have no idea what you guys are on about here, but I can't say I'm terribly pleased.

Meanwhile, anyone still think this team needs a bat more than they need a starting pitcher?

2006-07-21 17:58:34
302.   tommyl
291 We're not babying, though we feel bad for him. The question is why he keeps making the error. Is he nervous about making the throw and guiding it? It sometimes seems like the difference between A-Rod and Jeter is that Jeter makes a bad play and knows next time he'll get it right, whereas A-Rod seems to linger on it.
2006-07-21 17:58:44
303.   AbbyNormal821
Isn't it time for Burnett's arm to fall out of the socket???
2006-07-21 17:58:57
304.   murphy
wow, singledd. you have put a LOT of thought into this but i like it. : )
2006-07-21 17:59:40
305.   singledd
Please note: a 'StumpyMorgan' is a more derogatory term then a 'SteveyPhillips', simply because women usually prefer a StumpyMorgan.

Thus, JDs throw home sucked a SteveyPhillips; whereas Wrights performance sucked a StumpyMorgan.

2006-07-21 18:00:15
306.   randym77
298 Can we tone it down just a little? I know this is a frustrating night, but kids read this blog.
2006-07-21 18:00:24
307.   tommyl
301 Cliff, I never did. Maybe we should have a post on what 4 and 5 starters are out there.
2006-07-21 18:00:29
308.   murphy
301 it's all good, and not nearly as offensive as it sounds.

also... i think the yankees needs:
(C) a bat AND a SP

2006-07-21 18:01:12
309.   BklynBmr
298 Hear, hear. On both counts. Case sensitive use is imperative — good point.


2006-07-21 18:01:20
310.   yankz
This fu*king sucks, but you have to believe Jeter and Giambi will eventually get hot again...
2006-07-21 18:02:08
311.   tommyl
C'mon Giambi, just walk, A-Rod will drive you in.
2006-07-21 18:02:10
312.   Stormer Sports
Serenity Now!
2006-07-21 18:02:24
313.   Ron Burgundy
Fuck. We're basically dropping 3 in a row straight out of nowhere.
2006-07-21 18:03:30
314.   AbbyNormal821
I predict that the Yanks will have a MUTHA rally in the...7th inning!
As Ramses said unto Moses (or Yul Brynner said to Chucky Heston) in "The 10 Commandments:
"So let it be let it be done"
If not, a plague of locusts on my house!
2006-07-21 18:03:32
315.   singledd
301 Cliff, did we lose the last 2 games on (lack of) Pitching or (lack of) hitting?

However, I'm for better pitching if we can get it, but we can't (I don't think). Maybe next year with Hughes.

2006-07-21 18:03:37
316.   Tarheel
Has there ever been a Yankee hitter that is as hot and cold as Giambi has been this year?
2006-07-21 18:03:55
317.   fansince77
Did somebody drop the Yankees heart on the floor and step all over it? No heart on this crew right now. None at all.
2006-07-21 18:04:13
318.   Stormer Sports
Get Giambi some playing time at 1st Joe. He needs to feel like he is part of the game. He isn't Frank Thomas, he's an actual baseball player.
2006-07-21 18:04:28
319.   Cliff Corcoran
308 Can't have your cake and eat it too, Moif.
2006-07-21 18:04:37
320.   kdw
308 That's debatable. And not the pitching vs. hitting part. :)
2006-07-21 18:05:02
321.   unmoderated
good job, AbbyNormal.
i like a little positivity.
2006-07-21 18:05:18
322.   Tarheel
317 It all comes down to one thing...pitching. This team will only go as far as the pitching will take it. The offense can't make up for these sorry ass pitchers.
2006-07-21 18:05:23
323.   murphy
another leadoff BB. 3 in a row!!!
2006-07-21 18:05:46
324.   BklynBmr
312 LMAO. How's the Tiger game going? ;-)
2006-07-21 18:05:50
325.   Marcus
I see Chacon has graduated from the Jaret Wright School of Lead Off Walks.
2006-07-21 18:06:16
326.   unmoderated
there's some D.
2006-07-21 18:06:31
327.   randym77
Very nice DP!
2006-07-21 18:06:38
328.   murphy
308 buh buh buh but i was raised during the steinbrenner years when we could have ANYTHING we wanted... (sniffle)(sob)
2006-07-21 18:06:48
329.   AbbyNormal821
HOLY CRAP - a double play ball...
2006-07-21 18:06:55
330.   yankz
These BB's get ugly after a while (base on balls, not Bronx banter)
2006-07-21 18:07:06
331.   yankz
Although, that was sweet!
2006-07-21 18:07:41
332.   Stormer Sports

The Tigers are up 7-1 because of solid pitching and timely offense. You know, those things the Yankees used to have. You can't win forever, which is why I tried to savor every moment of those 4 championships.

2006-07-21 18:07:47
333.   Tarheel
I wish they would hit about 5 or 6 in a row to 3rd so Arod can get out of this funk.
2006-07-21 18:07:47
334.   Mattpat11
What the hell is on Reed Johnson's chin?
2006-07-21 18:07:54
335.   Cliff Corcoran
301 Wed was hitting. Last night they got Moose a lead on Halladay and he couldn't hold it, then they evened it up against B.J. Ryan and Mo blew the game. You can't blame the hitting there, and you can't complain that Moose and Mo aren't getting the job done. You just have to eat that one.
2006-07-21 18:08:28
336.   yankz
I'm wondering when teams will start bunting to 3rd to test his arm.
2006-07-21 18:08:32
337.   AbbyNormal821
2006-07-21 18:08:34
338.   Tarheel
334A Morgan
2006-07-21 18:08:40
339.   randym77
Okay, that wasn't bad, Chac. Something to build on.
2006-07-21 18:09:58
340.   Cliff Corcoran
The Gameday pitch chart on Johnson's strikeout is awesome, decending diagonally from up and in to low and away, pitches 1 2 3 and 4. Cool.
2006-07-21 18:11:37
341.   Stormer Sports
335 I would almost always favor aquiring pitching over hitting. Unfortunately, no one will be available to us this season. Well, no one worth giving up any prospects for. Zito aint moving and neither is Schmidt. Livan is getting shelled. We are stuck with what we have.

We could grab Abreu of we are willing to pay him and extend his contract, but I would recommend against that.

2006-07-21 18:11:56
342.   Tarheel
Am I crazy because I feel sorry for a 31 year old multimillionaire whose plays baseball for a living?
2006-07-21 18:12:26
343.   yankz
If A-Rod gets hot, he can reach 40 home runs, which is nothing at all to complain about. If i did the math right, he's on pace for ~37 right now, which would still be very good.
2006-07-21 18:12:44
344.   yankz
Of course, the K's suck.
2006-07-21 18:13:44
345.   Mattpat11
37 homeruns isn't worth the paperwork of the trade. We got that from Soriano.
2006-07-21 18:14:52
346.   Max
Burnett at 90+ pitches and he just mows down the heart of our lineup. Not looking good for a comeback.
2006-07-21 18:15:08
347.   Tarheel
345 PLease don't compare Arod with Sori. There is no comparison.
2006-07-21 18:15:09
348.   AbbyNormal821
I think AJ's arm is starting to come off the hinges...
2006-07-21 18:15:13
349.   singledd
The Yanks are 5th in ERA. Red Sox 7th (better record then us), White Sox 8th (better record then us). The R & W Sox are ahead of us in BA, HR and OPS.

Yes, in general, great pitching beats great hitting. In general. But not every team, not every year.

But the issue is not generalizations but WHO WE CAN GET.

Also, great pitching usually means great pitching in 2 or 3 out of 5 games. Great hitting is 5 of 5 games.

But again, in the Pitching vs. Hitting debate, WHO CAN WE GET this year?

2006-07-21 18:15:44
350.   Ron Burgundy
343 And he can jump right to 40 with one of those patented multi-homer games he likes so much.
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2006-07-21 18:15:49
351.   yankz
Aaron Boone on 3rd with Soriano, or A-Rod and Cano? Easy choice for me.
2006-07-21 18:16:53
352.   Mattpat11
345 If we wanted an infiedler who couldn't field and would hit 37 homeruns, we'd stick with Soriano.
2006-07-21 18:17:22
353.   randym77
349 "But again, in the Pitching vs. Hitting debate, WHO CAN WE GET this year?"

I fear the answer to that is "nobody." No one that would be a real difference-maker, anyway.

2006-07-21 18:19:03
354.   BklynBmr
332 Exactly. Living through both the '64 to '76 drought, and the '81 to '96 nightmare, I forced time to slow down and drink in every minute of the '96 to '00 run — and told every youngblood Yankees fan I knew to do the same. It already seems like 10 years since we hoisted that trophy.
2006-07-21 18:21:31
355.   AbbyNormal821
Cool - Chac gave up a double. Here I was worried he'd be inconsistent!
2006-07-21 18:23:25
356.   Stormer Sports
354 . . . and we did it with a team far less talented than this one, by the numbers. Baseball has changed, but 200 million dollars guarantees nothing.
2006-07-21 18:26:10
357.   murphy
bye bye, chacon. (maybe forever?)

(and i don't remember the last time 3 runs felt like and overwhelming deficit)

2006-07-21 18:29:02
358.   AbbyNormal821
Overbay's picture on the Game Day makes him look like Sling Blade. Just an observation...don't mind me!
2006-07-21 18:29:25
359.   Tarheel
If they can get out of this inning with no damage, I think they rally to win.
2006-07-21 18:29:46
360.   murphy
i like the way you talk...
2006-07-21 18:30:47
361.   AbbyNormal821
359 - You got that right!
2006-07-21 18:31:18
362.   AbbyNormal821
2006-07-21 18:31:51
363.   Tarheel
I was at the Stadium last year for Chacon's first start against the Angels. Boy, he has come so far.............
2006-07-21 18:31:59
364.   randym77
I actually think Chacon did okay, all things considered. He hasn't pitched since the 4th of July, so it's understandable his control wasn't as sharp as it could be.
2006-07-21 18:33:58
365.   Tarheel
2006-07-21 18:34:18
366.   yankz
What was the year where our boys had all those come from behind wins? We need one now!
2006-07-21 18:34:52
367.   Ron Burgundy
366 It wasn't a good year...2004...
2006-07-21 18:35:09
368.   yankz
Oh...never mind then :)
2006-07-21 18:35:39
369.   murphy
Some folks call it a sling blade, I call it a kaiser blade.
2006-07-21 18:36:10
370.   Marcus
AJ's over 100 pitches, it's time to send him to the dugout.
2006-07-21 18:36:48
371.   Ron Burgundy
What's the point of this?

Defensive switch from designated hitter to designated hitter for Bengie Molina.

2006-07-21 18:36:57
372.   Marcus
369 Mmm hmmm. I'd sure like some french-fried pertaters, mmm hmm.
2006-07-21 18:37:05
373.   BklynBmr
364 Also, it was better to put Chacon in a game still in question, rather than total garbage time. Given all else, it definitely could have been worse...
2006-07-21 18:37:24
374.   Ron Burgundy
371 *That was on GameDay
2006-07-21 18:37:30
375.   Tarheel
He is mowing them down.
2006-07-21 18:37:52
376.   Marcus
Wow, Melky must have forgot he was up to bat.
2006-07-21 18:38:12
377.   AbbyNormal821 locusts are coming...bzzz...bzzz


2006-07-21 18:38:44
378.   Ron Burgundy
Well, I'm done for tonight. That sucked balls.
I doubt the M's will even put up a fight against the Sawx.
2006-07-21 18:38:54
379.   Max
Burnett pitching like he has something to prove...unlike our offense.
2006-07-21 18:39:51
380.   yankz
Top of the order in the 8th, with a (hopefully?) tired Jays pen. Bring your rally caps...
2006-07-21 18:40:01
381.   Tarheel
Why, oh why, do I put myself through this torture every night?

What happened to all the 10 hit games?

What happened to the march to 1000+ runs?

Boy, does that sweep of the Chisox seem so long, long, long ago.

2006-07-21 18:40:22
382.   randym77
Burnett is looking stronger than ever. Sheesh. Andy down on three swings, Melky down looking at three pitches.
2006-07-21 18:41:50
383.   Max
380 If RJ can throw 120 pitches, why can't Burnett keep going? He literally threw 7 pitches or something that last inning.
2006-07-21 18:43:48
384.   yankz
He has a history of being fragile...
2006-07-21 18:46:38
385.   Tarheel
RALLY TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Let's go, boys!!!!!!!!!

2006-07-21 18:47:18
386.   AbbyNormal821
Rally hat on!!!
2006-07-21 18:47:18
387.   AbbyNormal821
Rally hat on!!!
2006-07-21 18:47:21
388.   Max
And Villone shows our sorry fifth starters how to pitch.
2006-07-21 18:47:50
389.   BklynBmr
Here we go, Yan-kees. Here we go!
2006-07-21 18:47:50
390.   AbbyNormal821
OOPS! - Twice as many runs will now be scored???
2006-07-21 18:50:08
391.   singledd
381 Robinson ShefSui happened.
A ShefSui is a two headed, pin striped monster who annually hits 55 HRs, drives in some 230 runs and has a 1.750+ OPS. We now instead have a 2 header GOBMelkDud rodent who will hit 20 HRs, 135 RBI and an OPS of 1.460.

Figure it out.

2006-07-21 18:50:41
392.   AbbyNormal821
Did that last pitch to Damon look high to anyone else????
2006-07-21 18:51:49
393.   AbbyNormal821
2006-07-21 18:52:13
394.   Tarheel
Rally, Rally, Rally,.....way to go (finally) Jete.
2006-07-21 18:52:22
395.   murphy
ok giambi... here's your moment.

break out of your slump... NOW!!!

2006-07-21 18:53:27
396.   Tarheel
This joker has a 6+ era. Maybe, just maybe...........
2006-07-21 18:53:47
397.   KBT
Is it just me or does anyone else feel more comfortable with Villone pitching than Wright? It's like, once Wright gives up his first hit I think, "OK, bring in Villone."

And someone just slap Arod already. My 9yo has better throwing mechanics at this point. In fact, last night after the piss poor throw home that started the rally for Toronto, my son said, "dad, he had him pegged, what's he doing?" To which I replied, "he's was throwing it to his life coach sitting behind the backstop."

2006-07-21 18:54:21
398.   BklynBmr
392 Wish I could have seen it. I made the mistake of subscribing to InDemand's Extra Innings Package, where you get only the games they feel like showing you...
2006-07-21 18:55:03
399.   Tarheel
Does anyone remember when Giambi hit .340 with the A's? Where did that guy go?
2006-07-21 18:55:15
400.   singledd
OK. Walk and an ABomb. Lets GO!
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2006-07-21 18:55:48
401.   AbbyNormal821


2006-07-21 18:56:33
402.   Max
399 Yankee Stadium may have someone new to boo when the Yanks return from this trip...
2006-07-21 18:56:40
403.   Tarheel
398 Every time the Fri game is on a local channel in NY (ch 9, I think), they don't show the game. I don't understand why.
2006-07-21 18:57:15
404.   Mattpat11
Did A-Rod have an anchor attached to his ass on that play?
2006-07-21 18:57:23
405.   murphy
that sucked alot.
2006-07-21 18:57:37
406.   AbbyNormal821
Pray that the Red Sox lose tonight...GO SEATTLE!!!!
2006-07-21 18:57:59
407.   Tarheel
So much for the rally.
2006-07-21 18:59:01
408.   yankz
I think A-Rod is the only player I've ever wanted to succeed more than my favorite player, Jeter. I just want the guy to do what he's capable of :(
2006-07-21 18:59:05
409.   singledd
For what it's worth, Giambi is on pace for 50 HRs and 136 RBI. Can anyone remember who most recently had numbers this good?
2006-07-21 19:00:10
410.   murphy
409 ARod, last year.
2006-07-21 19:01:36
411.   Max
406 Abby, I might do some scoreboard watching, but I am really praying for this team to snap out of its funk. If they do so, the other things will fall into place.
2006-07-21 19:01:49
412.   Mattpat11
If we lose this, the sweep of the white sox means nothing.
2006-07-21 19:02:05
413.   BklynBmr
403 Exactly. That's not the 'every game, every night' advertising promise of the EI package. Last year, if memory serves correct, most Friday night and/or weekend games vs Boston were not aired.
2006-07-21 19:02:50
414.   singledd
410 ARod 2005 - 48 HRs and 130 RBI
2006-07-21 19:03:50
415.   murphy
414 now you're splitting hairs.
2006-07-21 19:04:39
416.   Tarheel
Joe needs to have a team meeting right after this game..before showers or food..and tell these guys to get their heads out of their asses, man up, and play ball.
2006-07-21 19:06:22
417.   SF Yanks
412 It's weird how a couple days ago I had so much confidence that they're going to make the playoffs. And now its gone.
2006-07-21 19:07:00
418.   yankz
Allll righty then.
2006-07-21 19:07:01
419.   Mattpat11
Well I've seen enough of Kris Wilson.
2006-07-21 19:07:04
420.   Tarheel
Why is Wilson even in the game? Has Joe thrown in the towel?
2006-07-21 19:07:21
421.   murphy
and that, my friends, is what they call adding insult to injury.

glaus is so unclutch.

2006-07-21 19:07:39
422.   SF Yanks
417 I know that's a drastic thought but sometimes ya just can't help it.
2006-07-21 19:07:55
423.   Max
On cue, I was going to say that the only 2 pitchers who haven't pitched well since we got killed by the Indians 19-1, are Jaret Wright and Kris Wilson. Say hello to both of them as we lose our 3rd in a row.
2006-07-21 19:07:56
424.   singledd
If we don't score in the 9th, we will have scored 18 runs over the last 5 games. Pitching aside, is this enough?
2006-07-21 19:07:56
425.   AbbyNormal821
411 - agreed! They're just playing like SUCH boneheads tonight and it's so frustrating.
2006-07-21 19:10:17
426.   AbbyNormal821
411 - agreed - it's just so frustrating to watch these guys play like bonehead. I mean...MAJOR suckage happening tonight!
2006-07-21 19:10:19
427.   singledd
Papi hits 33. Sox 1-0 in the 1st. Bad omen.
2006-07-21 19:10:30
428.   BklynBmr
Can I have a baserunner, please?
2006-07-21 19:10:45
429.   AbbyNormal821
OK - my PC is all FUBAR!!!
2006-07-21 19:12:18
430.   Tarheel
On second thought, Joe should let Bowa have that team meeting.
2006-07-21 19:12:19
431.   fansince77
Wow the yanks look like a bunch of f'n quitters!
2006-07-21 19:12:27
432.   AbbyNormal821
2006-07-21 19:12:37
433.   Mattpat11
It takes TALENT to make a 5-0 post allstar game start mean nothing.
2006-07-21 19:12:51
434.   singledd
3 games in a row when we bite a StumpyMorgan. Very depressing.
2006-07-21 19:13:19
435.   BklynBmr
3 straight! fu&king A-Rod...

Hey — ebb and flow. We'll pick it up.

2006-07-21 19:14:15
436.   Mattpat11
I know know know someone is going to use the extra inning games as an excuse for two of the three losses. As if the Mariners and Blue Jays didnt play extra innings too.
2006-07-21 19:14:28
437.   AbbyNormal821
Joe Torre is going to be ripping some new buttholes tonight. This game just plain sucked. No fire from the Yanks AT ALL!
Wright sucked, Chacon sucked, the players all sucked! Even A-Rod's newest milestones are sucked up in all the suckage!
2006-07-21 19:17:09
438.   BklynBmr
PUBLIC HEALTH WARNING: Boycott ESPN tonight for your own mental health, and the physical safety of those around you.
2006-07-21 19:19:09
439.   singledd
To quote Cashman: "right now, we are not a post season team".
2006-07-21 19:19:49
440.   KBT
Let me guess: Arod struggles AGAIN! Lets go to Kruk for some more over-analysis...
2006-07-21 19:21:23
441.   KBT
I think the worst thing about this Arod crap is that every Sox fan I know is absolutely loving it.
2006-07-21 19:25:28
442.   BklynBmr
441 You mean the ones who were beside themselves about acquiring him before "management" decided against it?
2006-07-21 19:27:49
443.   KBT
Yeah, them.
2006-07-21 19:28:21
444.   KBT
2006-07-21 19:30:32
445.   KBT
I'd say move him to the outfield like the Nats did with Soriano, but he can't seem to handle pop-ups either.
2006-07-21 19:33:39
446.   Stormer Sports
Wow, I'm glad I went grocery shopping.

And no, 18 runs in 5 games is not enough. We flat out stunk up this series. No excuses, just bad play all the way around.

Let's see if Joe gets his head out of his ass and puts Giambi at 1st for a few games and DH's Arod for a few games as well. I have faith that Joe understands that Phillps is not an every-day 1st baseman, let alone an every-day player of any kind.

Cano, Mats, we need you guys badly. Get well soon.

2006-07-21 19:34:31
447.   yankz
That has to suck. Two major accomplishments, all with one swing, and it still won't get people off his back because they lost and he made an error.
2006-07-21 19:38:50
448.   Stormer Sports

Exactly! They play the game to win, not to pile up stats. I wouldn't be talking about any accomplishments following a sweep at the hands of the Blue Jays. No one deserves to have their name mentioned after this disaster. Buck up little Arod, it's been this way in NY for over 100 years, get over it already. Same for you Jete and Giambi. Play like you at least pretend you want to win.

2006-07-21 19:42:11
449.   singledd
GOB: 6 HRs
MelkDud: 4 HRs
AGon: Red Sox, worst hitting SS in AL? Hits his 7th HR.. Sox up 3-0.
I need to throw up now and go to bed.
2006-07-21 19:49:00
450.   BklynBmr
Hey, this too shall pass. A-Rod is too good a player, he'll straighten it out. If he went through a stretch like this in Seattle or Texas, you would have never heard about it. F the writers who "cover" this team and lay into Alex with no original thought other than 'everyone else is doing it, so here's my take'.

It's epidemic, from the NY Times to "bloggers" sitting there in their underwear pounding away at helpless keyboards. This too shall pass. The 'noise' will be tuned out. Sooner or later, it always is.

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2006-07-21 20:15:22
451.   Mattpat11
447 You know what? When you make the same error, for the same reason time and time and time again, you deserve to get shit on. STOP FUCKING THROWING LIKE THAT.
2006-07-21 20:28:05
452.   yankz
451 Yeah my post came out a bit wrong. I'm not defending his errors. I'm just saying, he did some great things today too, and it would be nice if the media and fans recognized them.
2006-07-21 21:15:42
453.   Stormer Sports
Hey Arod,

Ninety percent of this game is half mental, the other half is physical.

Yogi was right after all.

It sure is interesting, well, that something can get so stuck in your head, that no matter what you do, you cannot get the body to respond correctly. I do feel for the guy. It's not like there is much he can do about it. I can only become angry when a player is doing something within his control. It's not like it can't be remedied, but fixing the body is a whole lot easier than fixing the mind . . . and NY isn't the easiest place in the World to do it.

2006-07-21 21:55:36
454.   Stormer Sports
Hillenbrand to the Giants--woo hoo!
2006-07-21 23:28:41
455.   BklynBmr
454 Good move — Giants will need a 'character' guy after Bonds does the perp walk.

Padres just won the division.

2006-07-22 02:54:23
456.   Stormer Sports
I thought the Dodgers would run away with that division at the beginning of the season.


They had a talking bottle of Mikes Hard Lemonade on Sportscenter tonight.

2006-07-22 05:13:31
457.   AbbyNormal821
Interesting article on the Yanks website with Moose defending A-Rod. I wouldn't call it an about-face from the other comments, but he certainly clarified what he meant and also gave an excellent insight as to what A-Rod is dealing with, comparing it to a child being scolded every time they spilled a glass of milk. It doesn't help him, it only makes him feel worse.

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