Baseball Toaster Bronx Banter
The Blue Jays
2006-08-01 12:20
by Cliff Corcoran

Bobby Abreu and Chris Wilson make their Yankee debuts tonight as the Yanks begin a three-game series at home against the third-place Blue Jays. Since taking two of three from the Yankees in Toronto a little over a week ago, the Jays have gone 2-5 on a West Coast swing against the Mariners and A's, dropping their post-Hillenbrand record to 4-6. The Blue Jays did not make a deadline deal, but they did get Alexis Rios back in the line-up this past Friday only to go 1-2 against the A's over the weekend.

As far as the starting pitchers go, tonight's game is a rematch of the opening game of that last series, which the Blue Jays won 7-3 behind a strong performance by A.J. Burnett (7 1/3 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 HR, 1 BB, 6 K), while beating up on Jaret Wright (2 2/3 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 2 K). Burnett followed that outing by getting rocked by the M's for six runs (five earned) on ten hits over four innings in his next turn. Wright, meanwhile, gve up four runs (three earned) on five hits and a walk in Texas in his last outing.

Myself, I can't wait to see the new Yankees decked out in their home pinstripes, regardless of the outcome, this is a banner night for Yankee fans.

Toronto Blue Jays

2006 Record: 57-48 (.543)
2006 Pythagorean Record: 58-47 (.549)

Manager: John Gibbons
General Manager: J.P. Riccardi

Home Ballpark (2005 Park Factors): Rogers Centre (102/102)

Who's Replaced Whom?

  • Alexis Rios (DL) replaces Chad Mottola (minors)
  • Ryan Roberts (minors) replaces Russ Adams (minors)
  • Dustin McGowan (minors) replaces Casey Janssen (minors)

Current Roster:

1B – Lyle Overbay (L)
2B – Aaron Hill (R)
SS – John McDonald (R)
3B – Troy Glaus (R)
C – Bengie Molina (R)
RF – Alexis Rios (R)
CF – Vernon Wells (R)
LF – Reed Johnson (R)
DH – Frank Catalanotto (L)


S - Gregg Zaun (C)
L – Erik Hinske (UT)
R - Jason Phillips (C/1B)
R - Ryan Roberts (IF)


R – Roy Halladay
R – A.J. Burnett
L – Ted Lilly
R – Shaun Marcum
R – Dustin McGowan


L – B.J. Ryan
R – Justin Speier
L – Scott Schoeneweis
L – Scott Downs
L – Brian Tallet
R – Brandon League
R - Jeremy Accardo

DL: L – Gustavo Chacin, R – Pete Walker

Typical Lineup:

R – Reed Johnson (LF)
L – Frank Catalanotto (DH)
R – Vernon Wells (CF)
R – Troy Glaus (3B)
L – Lyle Overbay (1B)
R - Alexis Rios (RF)
R – Bengie Molina (C)
R – Aaron Hill (2B)
R – John McDonald (SS)

Comments (624)
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2006-08-01 14:04:19
1.   randym77
Abreu's in, Wilson isn't:

Johnny Damon CF
Derek Jeter SS
Jason Giambi 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Bobby Abreu RF
Jorge Posada C
Bernie Williams DH
Melky Cabrera LF
Miguel Cairo 2B
Jaret Wright RHP

Beam was sent down to clear roster space.

2006-08-01 14:07:26
2.   Dan M
Craig Wilson, that is, not Chris (must have Kris on the mind). And the Jays took 3 of 4 if memory serves, not 2 of 3.
2006-08-01 14:11:17
3.   tommyl
Ugh, Bernie at DH? against a good RHP. What happened to moving Bernie back to the role for which he was originally envisioned? Why not trot Wilson out there.
2006-08-01 14:11:18
4.   Dan M
Bernie the DH against a right-hander? I miss Aaron Guiel already.
2006-08-01 14:13:14
5.   Alvaro Espinoza
3 I believe his splits showed him to be pretty inferior against righies.
2006-08-01 14:13:24
6.   tommyl
Memo to Joe:

Bernie's OPS against RHP: .678
Craig Wilson's against RHP: .762

To me: 762>.678

See how easy that was?

2006-08-01 14:13:58
7.   randym77
4 Did Guiel ever start as DH? He was glued to the bench most of the time, except when Joe felt like making weird substitutions.

Wilson hits lefties better than righties, which may be why he's sitting tonight.

I think I'd still put him in at 1B and DH Giambi, though. Righty be damned.

2006-08-01 14:14:08
8.   tommyl
5 see 6, if choosing between bad and worst, pick bad.
2006-08-01 14:15:24
9.   Ron Burgundy
Andy Phillips hits righties better than Wilson or Bernie, he should be in there. And by there, I mean righties, and ONLY righties. Lefties kill him.

But alas, Bernie is in there, against a righty, and a righty with a 98 MPH fastball at that. Add to the fact that Abreu and Giambi should be switched and I'm already pissed off to no end at Torre.

Face it folks, we're fooling ourselves if we think Joe won't play Bernie everyday no matter what.

2006-08-01 14:15:54
10.   tommyl
7 Wilson at 1B and Giambi at DH would be the ideal lineup. Its too bad Guiel had to go down, he would be the obvious DH tonight.
2006-08-01 14:16:29
11.   Alvaro Espinoza
8 No real argument here but I can't get worked up about Wilson's exclusion.
2006-08-01 14:16:36
12.   Ron Burgundy
9 Andy has a .775 OPS VS. Righties.
2006-08-01 14:18:06
13.   tommyl
9 Phillips against RHP: .775 . Based on the small sample size that's about dead even with Wilson. I say give the new guy a chance right away. Bernie will be a black hole tonight most likely.
2006-08-01 14:18:12
14.   randym77
10 Maybe so, but Joe would never do it. Perhaps because of his high strikeout rate, Joe pretty much used Guiel as a "break glass in case of emergency" pinch-hitter.

Even if Guiel were still around, it would be Bernie in tonight.

2006-08-01 14:21:31
15.   tommyl
14 I just don't understand this Bernie love. I mean I know how good Bernie used to be. I love him to death and root for him like crazy but there are these pesky things called facts and one of those is that Bernie stinks against righties these days. Joe has to be aware of this. On the whole I think Torre is a great manager but these things just piss me off.
2006-08-01 14:21:34
16.   Bob B
Thank goodness Beam was sent down...........he had loser written all over him on the mound
2006-08-01 14:23:21
17.   tommyl
14 Right, so its so much better to have Bernie GIDP over and over again. I'm beginning to think when Sheff or Matsui comes back he will DH Matsui and pull Melky so that Bernie can play LF everyday. Its retarded and the equivalent of if Joe had trotted Ruben Sierra out everyday to start in '96. He didn't because he realized Ruben sucked as an everyday player. Why he can't see that with Bernie is beyond me.
2006-08-01 14:23:43
18.   randym77
15 Joe has admitted that Bernie is the player closest to him. He admits he writes Bernie's name into the lineup every day, unless one of his assistants suggests that Bernie needs a rest.

I love Bernie, but I'm starting to wish he'd retire. Until he does, Joe's going to be playing him a lot more than he should.

2006-08-01 14:26:09
19.   tommyl
18 I realize that, but he's killing the team. Its one thing to play him when there aren't any good options available, but in this case there are at least two better choices and its obvious.

Like I said, I love Bernie to death. He could K every time from here on out and I'll still love him, but you don't get points for being nice in baseball. Bernie should be Darryl Strawberry or Ruben Sierra at this point.

2006-08-01 14:33:27
20.   Bob B
Bernie has, in limited time gotten 43 RBI's in a year where he was supposed to be just a bit player. He comes through just as he did year after year during his prime-just not as often. That's where the Bernie-Love thing is. The team from 1996-2001 that had such a phenomenal run was Bernies team and Paul O'Neal's team......not Derek Jeter's. And I'm not putting down the captain by saying that. Now it's Jeter and A-Rods team. When they win soemthing, there will suddenly be A-Rod love.
PS how do you guys get the # you're responding to to come up?
2006-08-01 14:35:33
21.   Ron Burgundy
17 Because Bernie has so much experience and veteran presence and leadership. And because Joe is a total retard.
2006-08-01 14:37:06
22.   Ron Burgundy
20 Just put the number of the post you're responding to in []. And yes, we all love Bernie, and he has gotten RBIs, but he's still pure crapola against righties. He mashes lefties, but righties murder him, especially those with 98 MPH fastballs.
2006-08-01 14:37:09
23.   Dan M
7, 14: Guiel was more than an emergency PHer: he started a couple of games a week in right, and even hit us a few home runs.
2006-08-01 14:38:23
24.   rsmith51
20 Bob, put the number in brackets. I can't complain too much. It could be Bernie and Andy instead of Bernie and Abreu. And Bernie is not playing the field, which should help some.
2006-08-01 14:45:14
25.   Bama Yankee
1 Thanks for the lineup Randy, I hope you realize that I was having some fun with you on the last thread about posting the lineups (it took you 7 minutes, you're slipping ;). Seriously, I do appreciate you posting the lineup for us. Without it, what would everyone gripe about until the game starts?
2006-08-01 14:46:43
26.   randym77
23 Guiel was supposed to be the starting RFer whenever a righty was on the mound.

Yes, Joe did start him in RF occasionally. But obviously, that is not going to happen now, with Abreu on the roster. So all that's left is pinch-hitter.

2006-08-01 14:56:56
27.   ScoobyGoo
2006-08-01 14:57:17
28.   Shaun P
15 Very well put, tommy.

The scariest thing with Bernie is the rumor that he wants to play in 2007. I don't blame him for playing until they pry the bat out of his cold, dead hands - but c'mon dude, take one for the team and retire when this year is done.

2006-08-01 14:58:14
29.   Dan M
26: yes. But your earlier posts stated that Joe HAD used him as an "emergency pinch-hitter" when he was on the roster prior to this weekend, which is what I was responding to.
2006-08-01 15:01:19
30.   Dan M
Nevermind, Randy, I understand your point now. My bad.
2006-08-01 15:01:37
31.   randym77
29 I said "pretty much" as an emergency pinch-hitter. ;-) He did occasionally use him for other things.

At least with Craig Wilson on the roster, we won't be seeing Aaron Guiel at 1B any more.

2006-08-01 15:06:15
32.   Dan M
Or Miguel Cairo (I pray).
2006-08-01 15:06:51
33.   randym77
Craig Wilson took batting practice, at least. His hair has been cut.
2006-08-01 15:09:35
34.   RichYF
How is Wilson not in there? Oh, I know why. He didn't get traded at 8PM last night, and this isn't a 1PM start. Joe only starts "new" guys if they have no time to sleep/adjust. Hell, he's had 2+ days.

I agree on Bernie. We all love him, and he's really not playing poorly. In fact, his bat has been pretty solid. However, NOT against righties and NOT against 95+ MPH pitching. He just looks ugly out there.

Also, there is NO way Guiel DHs on this team, EVER. Just like there's no way Andy ever DHs. Bernie sucks in the field, so we're lucky he's not starting in RF (and he really shouldn't ever, EVER again).

Quick Poll:
Over or under 25 GS for GOB for the rest of the season?

2006-08-01 15:14:45
35.   C2Coke
I was reading some previous comments from the last thread. May I just say,

"I can feel that BB excitement coming out of my monitor, y'all!"

And of course, knowing Torre, he just can resist giving Bernie the DH spot instead of PH. But once again, thanks to Cashman, those days with
Johnny Damon
Derek Jeter
Jason Giambi
Alex Rodriguez
Jorge Posada
Melky Cabrera
Nick Green
Miguel Cairo
Andy Phillips

2006-08-01 15:16:18
36.   C2Coke
Cliff, I hate to say it, but didn't the Jays take 3 outta 4?
2006-08-01 15:16:49
37.   SF Yanks
Where do you guys get player splits against RHP & LHP?
2006-08-01 15:19:42
38.   tommyl
37 Lots of places, but I looked those up this time on ESPN's page (ducks as spitballs come his way).
2006-08-01 15:20:10
39.   SF Yanks
Hey C2Coke, can you grab me a Pepsi?
2006-08-01 15:20:16
40.   randym77
37 I use ESPN. They've got "quick splits" on the main player pages, and well as more detailed splits on another tab.
2006-08-01 15:24:10
41.   bobtaco
28 Hopefully he decides to retire on top when the Yankees win it this year...
2006-08-01 15:26:06
42.   Ron Burgundy
Oh, snap, ESPN just got bitch-slapped. Sheff said he would fully accept DH'ing. So much for that "controversy."
2006-08-01 15:26:23
43.   C2Coke
And of course what I meant to say was Torre can't resist.

34 I am just afraid that Wilson sees more bench time than Bernie.

2006-08-01 15:27:32
44.   tommyl
What's frustrating is that Bernie could be such a weapon off the bench, especially against lefties. You could say PH for Cairo in an important spot and then bring in Green to play defense the next inning. I wonder if Cashman sometimes gets frustrated when he constructs the roster a certain way and Joe just ignores it.

Playing Bernie against a righty is the equivalent of bringing in Myers to deliberately pitch to a righty. Its just dumb. Maybe we need an acronym for Bernie's role like LOOGY, say PHALHP. What do you guys think?

2006-08-01 15:28:34
45.   C2Coke
39 I am a die-hard Coke fan, but let me ask Britney Spears or Christina Aguilera for you. Don't say I don't have love for fellow BB posters!
2006-08-01 15:28:57
46.   Ron Burgundy
43 Wilson will see A LOT more bench time than Bernie....
2006-08-01 15:30:12
47.   C2Coke
41 But then, Torre will persuade Bernie back because he helped win the WS...
2006-08-01 15:36:23
48.   randym77
Sheff says he's learning to play 1B.
2006-08-01 15:37:00
49.   tommyl
48 Where?
2006-08-01 15:46:06
50.   standuptriple
34 I'll take $20 on the over. It's going to be at least 30.
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2006-08-01 15:46:24
51.   Ron Burgundy
47 Don't make me think of that. Good God, Joe really would do that.

49 Tampa or during team workouts and practice before games probably.

2006-08-01 15:47:05
52.   Ron Burgundy
34 WAAAAAAY over. Bernie will be an everyday player no matter what.
2006-08-01 15:49:02
53.   tommyl
51 I meant where did 48 read that?
2006-08-01 15:50:15
54.   randym77
49 Sheff spoke with the press today. As reported by YES, he said he's willing to DH or move to 1B, and is already working on learning 1B.
2006-08-01 15:51:35
55.   seamus
Dotel is pitching tonight! Cano was supposed to do a fake game - any word on that?
2006-08-01 15:51:40
56.   RZG
Can't you guys just enjoy the game? The first 20 messages are all complaints (I gave up reading at that point).
2006-08-01 15:53:11
57.   tommyl
54 Thanks! That's great news, seems Sheff really wants to stay a Yankee.
2006-08-01 15:57:17
58.   Ron Burgundy
54 Great News. IF Sheff and Matsui heal up and return to form in time for a (possible and hopeful) October playoff spot, our line-up would be pure, straight-up, murder.
2006-08-01 15:59:12
59.   Max
56 I'm amazed at the chatter and general chippiness of everyone here myself in the last 36 hours or so. But I guess it's a good thing when you acquire some good players and plug some major holes.

If Wright gets bombed and Abreu has a shaky start, I'm afraid the Banter will go seriously bipolar. But I'm just as excited as anyone that we have a better looking offense, and that maybe (BIG maybe), life for the Yankees beyond the 3rd starter won't be such a black hole.

2006-08-01 15:59:14
60.   SF Yanks
56 It's what we do and we have fun doin it.
2006-08-01 15:59:38
61.   tommyl
From the Pinstriped Bible:

It has also been suggested that Williams will see a good amount of time at DH against righties. That would mean Phillips doesn't play, with Giambi playing first, and would also send Wilson to the bench. Such a move would make very little sense given how little Williams has hit from the left side. Wilson is better. Guiel is better. Like maintaining playing time for Phillips, keeping Williams in the lineup against righties will undo some of the benefit of these deals.

2006-08-01 16:04:03
62.   Ron Burgundy
61 Now we just have to beat it into Joe's useless brain.
2006-08-01 16:06:10
63.   randym77
Sigh. I'm starting to wish Bernie would be abducted by aliens for a couple of months, just so Joe can't write his name on the lineup card.
2006-08-01 16:11:02
64.   eephus
As great as this trade is (at least in theory – knock on wood), is anyone else feeling a little bittersweet? I've gotten kind of attached to the scrappy lineups we've been running out there. While I would never, EVER say that Aaron Guiel or Bubba Crosby or Andy Phillips or even Melky should play over Abreu, Sheffield, or Matsui, there's something very satisfying about winning with a lineup that theoretically shouldn't win -- which as Yankees fans we hadn't experienced much in recent years.

Of course there's nothing satisfying about missing out on the playoffs by a game or two for lack of runs, so I'm certainly not complaining about the trade. I just feel a pang now that all the spare parts that got us to this point are going to have to be cleared out to make room for the big guys.

2006-08-01 16:11:05
65.   Alex Belth
I watched the dang BP show tonight, the extended outtake of the Abreu press conference. I think Cliff's Sosa call is dead to rights. Abreu's face is more square, and he's more handsome than Sammy, but they could definitely be related. Plus, he speaks in a heavy Spanish accent that is so warming and familiar to a New Yorkers ears--pronouncing the Yankees, 'Jankees.' I love that.

Speaking of a square jaw, Wilson is a real straight laced Irish looking guy. (Is he Irish? Or German or something Scandinavian?) He spoke about it being bittersweet leaving the only professional team he's ever known in Pittsburgh. But he was naturally pumped to be playing for the Yankees in the heat of games that matter for the first time in his pro career.

I don't know if Abreu will be a flop or a hit. I know that I've always liked him, or at least the idea of him. I understand why Verducci thinks Abreu could be a flop, but that's okay. If you've coveted a guy as long as I--and other Yankee fans--have coveted Abreu, you've just got to be excited about the possibilities and don't dwell on what could go wrong.

Abreu talked about playing hard and blah, blah, blah, but I got the impression that being around hard-working, tone-setting stars like Jeter, A Rod, Giambi, Matsui, Mo, etc. is going to bring out the best in the guy.

Whatta ya say, couple of few hits off his old boy Burnett tonight?

2006-08-01 16:11:17
66.   randym77
Wow, the roll call is really coming through loud and clear tonight.
2006-08-01 16:11:22
67.   militello
Varitek is going to have surgery on his knee. No word yet how long he'll be out.
2006-08-01 16:12:51
68.   BklynBmr
66 The place seems juiced tonight. I wonder why...
2006-08-01 16:14:24
69.   Alex Belth
Doesn't Frankie seem to wearing the Yankees out on a regular, or worst semi-regular basis?

Nice Tandori Red glove their Bob.

2006-08-01 16:14:42
70.   randym77
64 Yes. I'm thrilled at the trades, of course, but I've gotten very attached to our scrappy lineup of kids and castoffs.

I'm also a little nervous about how the new guys will transition to the more competitive AL.

2006-08-01 16:15:37
71.   Alvaro Espinoza
67 I'm sad to hear that as I normally look forward to his prowess for hitting into double plays.
2006-08-01 16:16:02
72.   Alex Belth
The thing I like about Glaus is that he's got a memorable swing. That huge, ginormous Hurricane cut is both fierce and hilarious...
2006-08-01 16:17:04
73.   Simone
A scoreless 1st inning from Wright? I'm stunned.
2006-08-01 16:19:46
74.   AbbyNormal821
A glorious, albeit hot-as-crud evening to you all!
Go Yanks!
2006-08-01 16:21:42
75.   Yankee Fan in Chicago
67 Mirabelli with an ops of .589. Think the Sawx are regretting giving up Shoppack to get Coc Chanel, who they then tried their best to trade away at the deadline, but no one would take him?
2006-08-01 16:23:01
76.   Yankee Fan in Chicago
73 The numbers against Wright by the top of the Jays lineup are ugly ugly ugly. We better score some runs tonight.
2006-08-01 16:24:52
77.   Ron Burgundy
Oh come on, Burnett has been getting lit up lately. And we can't even get anyone on? Jeez...
2006-08-01 16:27:19
78.   Yankee Fan in Chicago
76 You have to get down to Aaron Hill to find someone hitting less than .300 against him, and many are mashing at .500 or more.
2006-08-01 16:27:37
79.   Ron Burgundy
Wright being Wright
2006-08-01 16:27:39
80.   tommyl
77 First inning, relax. A-Rod and Abreu (man I'm starting to like saying that) due up.
2006-08-01 16:27:48
81.   rsmith51
77 Abreu is going to be the first base runner today apparently.
2006-08-01 16:28:05
82.   Ron Burgundy
78 That's not good.
2006-08-01 16:28:33
83.   Cliff Corcoran
I very much agree with the complaints about Bernie starting, but jeepers 77, you can't handle a 1-2-3 first inning after the events of the last three days? Wow.

Proctor's rockin' a Red Bull in the bullpen. Make your own jokes.

2006-08-01 16:29:08
84.   Ron Burgundy
81 What about A-Rod?

No seriously, would it have killed Joe to do the thing that makes the most sense and switch Abreu and Giambi in the line-up.

2006-08-01 16:29:46
85.   GoingDeep
Abreu will homer today! = Positive
Wright looks bad = Negative
2006-08-01 16:30:31
86.   Ron Burgundy
83 Oh, I can handle it. It's just that with Wright pitching and the Blue Jays hitters all owning him, and Burnett pitching bad lately, I would've liked some runs there to maybe ease up the game.
2006-08-01 16:31:46
87.   Yankee Fan in Chicago
84 I said this at the end of the other thread, but I'd bat Abreu 2nd and Jeter 3rd, following by Giambi and then A-Rod. Yeah you get the 2 lefties leading off, but both Johnny Baseball and Abreu are hitting at least .300 vs lefties this season.
2006-08-01 16:32:57
88.   kylepetterson
85 - Wright will have thrown 150 pitches by the middle of the 4th = Negative
2006-08-01 16:34:05
89.   rsmith51
84 It's not as egregious(sp?) as leading off with Soriano, but I would have batted Abreu third. Of course, to optimize the lineup, Damon wouldn't be batting lead-off.
2006-08-01 16:34:24
90.   AbbyNormal821
{88} True...waaaaay too many pitches, methinks!
2006-08-01 16:35:13
91.   rsmith51
Cap'n Clutch.
2006-08-01 16:36:38
92.   AbbyNormal821
Friggin' Wright...good Lord!
2006-08-01 16:37:03
93.   kylepetterson
I wish gameday would have the little batter fall over when he's hit by a pitch
2006-08-01 16:37:50
94.   rsmith51
93 That would be kind of amusing. As long as the batter wasn't badly hurt, of course.
2006-08-01 16:38:48
95.   Ron Burgundy
John McDonald?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
You have to be kidding me...
2006-08-01 16:39:01
96.   kylepetterson
Wright's the kind of guy who I could see losing a no-hitter, which, btw has happened 4x before.
2006-08-01 16:39:05
97.   AbbyNormal821
Wright sucks...

:::GASP::: did I just say that out loud???


2006-08-01 16:39:42
98.   rsmith51
I saw McDonald's BA and OPB and thought "This guy is going to get a hit."
2006-08-01 16:40:08
99.   kylepetterson
94 - then it would just be hilarious.
2006-08-01 16:40:42
100.   rsmith51
Cmon , Wright. Make Mr. Russo look like a fool(At least more than he already does.)
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2006-08-01 16:42:02
101.   kylepetterson
At leasted we're owned by the Jays this year and not the Devil Rays.
2006-08-01 16:42:32
102.   Ron Burgundy
101 And at least they own the Sawx too...
2006-08-01 16:42:33
103.   randym77
Wright is apparently having his first inning during the second inning tonight.
2006-08-01 16:42:46
104.   SF Yanks
already at 46 pitches and counting...
2006-08-01 16:43:03
105.   Cliff Corcoran
I can't get to burned up about where Abreu hits. When you have .400+ on-base guys like Jeter, Giambi and Abreu, not to mention the solid OBPs of Damon and Rodriguez, you can shuffle 'em up and it won't make much difference. I'm just glad Joe's staggered the lefties. My only complaint is that hitting Bobby 5th will increase the misconception that he's supposed to hit dingers. I can see that leading to some unfulfillable expectations like the one's the bandwagonners have for Rodriguez, and we know where that leads. Hitting him in the 1-2-3 spots puts more emphasis on his average and OBP than on his HR totals. But absent the mook factor, 5th is fine.
2006-08-01 16:43:26
106.   AbbyNormal821
Wright is NOT making it through the 5th, unless he has a couple of 1-2-3 innings.

God, he's pissing me off!!!

2006-08-01 16:44:09
107.   Ron Burgundy
If Burnett has an easy 1-2-3 inning here, I will vomit.
2006-08-01 16:45:03
108.   AbbyNormal821
Grady Sizemore just doubled in Beantown.

Please, Cleveland - don't choke tonight

2006-08-01 16:46:03
109.   AbbyNormal821
Boston pitcher is at 43 pitches in the top of the 2nd...maybe he's related to Wright???
2006-08-01 16:46:30
110.   kylepetterson
I find Wright kind of endearing. He's kind of like Huey Lewis and the News. Sure they suck, but how many of you can honestly say you don't turn the radio up just a little bit when they come on. It's the power of love, baby.
2006-08-01 16:46:50
111.   AbbyNormal821
and CC Sabathia of Cleveland is only at 19 pitches!
2006-08-01 16:47:10
112.   mikeplugh
Hey y'all.

It's summer break in Japan, but I'm at my desk. The best part is that no one else is around and I can "watch" the game on Gameday.

No worries. We're going to score a bunch tonight.

2006-08-01 16:48:45
113.   Cliff Corcoran
Wow, Bobby is fast!
2006-08-01 16:49:10
114.   rsmith51
Love the hustle, Bobby.
2006-08-01 16:49:30
115.   mikeplugh
Inauspiscious debut, but there plenty more game to go....

I was kind of hoping he'd hit a home run, just to shut everyone up and then go back to doubling and walking a lot. ;)

2006-08-01 16:49:40
116.   SF Yanks
Trade him... he sucks... why did we ever get Bobby anyway... can't even get a hit
2006-08-01 16:49:52
117.   kylepetterson
113 - I'm watching gameday, so he just sat there....smiling at me.
2006-08-01 16:49:56
118.   Cliff Corcoran
110 Dude, Huey rocks. It's heart and soul, man!
2006-08-01 16:50:25
119.   Cliff Corcoran
116 Now that is sarcasm.
2006-08-01 16:50:26
120.   mikeplugh
Beltran homered AGAIN.
2006-08-01 16:50:45
121.   Mattpat11
AJ Burnette is throwing a perfect game.
2006-08-01 16:51:10
122.   randym77
110 In the case of Wright, "Stuck With You" is more like it.
2006-08-01 16:51:10
123.   AbbyNormal821
(107) - Ron...better get your barf on! LOL!
2006-08-01 16:51:14
124.   Ron Burgundy
Well, I better go stick two fingers down my throat and do that thing I said I'd do if Burnett had an easy 1-2-3 inning.

What the hell? I thought we were supposed to kill guys with good fastballs like Burnett. And he's been getting killed lately.

Whatever, we get him second time through the order.

2006-08-01 16:51:37
125.   rsmith51
118 I like Huey as well.

120 If we had Beltran, we probably never would have gotten Abreu.

2006-08-01 16:52:39
126.   Simone
These kind of starts are just killing the bullpen. I wonder if Ponson is available tonight.
2006-08-01 16:53:07
127.   rsmith51
124 That is the beauty of our lineup, it can strike at anytime.
2006-08-01 16:53:51
128.   mikeplugh
Simone...Ponson must be available, but I think Wright will keep us in it. He may give up 3 or 4 over 6, but we'll be right there by the time he's yanked. Watch.
2006-08-01 16:54:34
129.   Cliff Corcoran
Kaat is on craack about this Wells for the Triple Crown thing.
2006-08-01 16:55:58
130.   Cliff Corcoran
125 Not true, we'd have never gotten Damon, and much as I've really enjoyed Damon this season, I'd take Beltran and his big contract over Johnny in a heartbeat.
2006-08-01 16:56:33
131.   mikeplugh
If anyone EVER gets a Triple Crown again it will be Pujols. I did say, "EVER".
2006-08-01 16:56:56
132.   Mattpat11
117 You should be thankful its Abreu and not like John Lackey or Kevin Mench. Those faces staring back could give nightmares.
2006-08-01 16:57:43
133.   mikeplugh
130 True Cliff.

Beltran was getting booed this season. Can you imagine that? A-Rod take note.

2006-08-01 16:57:53
134.   Ron Burgundy
Oh man, that was not fun. You know, those SubWay subs may look good when you eat 'em, but the stomach does some terrible things to 'em...
2006-08-01 16:59:22
135.   Cliff Corcoran
Did someone say AJ's pitching a perfect game? That can't be right, can it? A perfect game?
2006-08-01 17:00:56
136.   mikeplugh
135 Yup he's the 900,000,273rd player in MLB history to carry a perfect game into the 3rd inning. Astounding!
2006-08-01 17:00:57
137.   mikeplugh
135 Yup he's the 900,000,273rd player in MLB history to carry a perfect game into the 3rd inning. Astounding!
2006-08-01 17:01:25
138.   AbbyNormal821
Does anyone else want to throw stuff at the boneheads who sit behind home plate waving at the camera???
2006-08-01 17:01:27
139.   mikeplugh
So astounding I said it 2ce.
2006-08-01 17:01:34
140.   Cliff Corcoran
134 I eat Subway 4-5 days a week for lunch and, despite a sensative stomach I have no problem with any of them. I fully endorse their food.
2006-08-01 17:03:01
141.   AbbyNormal821
Damn you Wells...damn you to H-E-Double Hockey Sticks!!!
2006-08-01 17:03:04
142.   Ron Burgundy
Silly Kay, Bernie's playing time will NOT be affected. We know Joe will always find a spot for him.
2006-08-01 17:03:06
143.   Cliff Corcoran
Kay and Kaat are saying Giambi 1B and Bernie DH is the plan, with Wilson spotted against lefties. They better be making that up.

Great catch by Wells to keep the perfect game intact.

2006-08-01 17:03:42
144.   randym77
140 I think that was a joke (see 107)
2006-08-01 17:04:25
145.   AbbyNormal821
3-0 Cleveland - Casey Blake just homered! Go Indians!
2006-08-01 17:04:27
146.   Ron Burgundy
140 So do I, I was joking about doing that thing where I throw up if Burnett has an easy 1-2-3 inning. Love that Bourbon Chicken sub.

I hate Wells, both of them.

2006-08-01 17:04:37
147.   Mattpat11
I have a serious question. Is it THAT GOD DAMN hard to read a bat off a ball in the Stadium? I've sat in some of the worst seats there, and I don't have the problem most of the stadium seems to have. If a ball is hit in the air at all, a good chunk of the crowd thinks its gone.
2006-08-01 17:05:59
148.   AbbyNormal821
2006-08-01 17:05:59
149.   mikeplugh
Casey Blake with his 3rd homer in 2 days to put the Tribe up 3-0.
2006-08-01 17:06:37
150.   Alvaro Espinoza
147 Matt - Every crowd in every stadium in America does the same thing 162 games a year.
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2006-08-01 17:06:46
151.   randym77
LOL! Our new and improved lineup of superstars, and it's the #9 hitter who gets on!
2006-08-01 17:06:51
152.   mikeplugh
2006-08-01 17:07:33
153.   Yankee Fan in Chicago
It's the Cairo and McDonald show tonight folks.
2006-08-01 17:07:50
154.   Cliff Corcoran
144 Sorry I missed the vomit humor.

147 Just watch the outfielders.

2006-08-01 17:08:45
155.   Ron Burgundy
Runs please...

154 It's alright..

2006-08-01 17:08:50
156.   BklynBmr
151 Bubba will probably get the GWRBI...
2006-08-01 17:08:51
157.   Mattpat11
150 I should have said stadium in general. And I consider myself one of the worst ball off bat readers on earth, but when I go to the ball park, wow.
2006-08-01 17:09:06
158.   Simone
mikeplugh, good that you are here. What is the latest on Yulieski Gourriel? Thanks.
2006-08-01 17:09:43
159.   Ron Burgundy
Oh, Jesus H. Christ!!!
Why can't we hit bad pitchers?!
2006-08-01 17:11:18
160.   Mattpat11
Memo to Damon: Three strikes are bad. One tries not to collect strikes when at the plate. Swinging often lessens the chances of getting a strike.
2006-08-01 17:11:30
161.   Alex Belth
Man, so Burnett is horseshit half the time but he looks like an Ace against the Yanks. Very sharp through three.
2006-08-01 17:11:37
162.   mikeplugh
158 Hi Simone.

Gourriel is currently with the national team playing in Holland. I haven't seen any box scores so I'm not sure of the latest.

He was the MVP of the Cuban league after his historical season, but Sancti Spiritus got knocked out of the playoffs in the semi-final round by division rival Industriales.

The next season doesn't start for a little while yet. The Cubans do the rounds of international competition about now.

2006-08-01 17:11:55
163.   Mattpat11
159 Because we wont swing. Hard to hit when you dont swing.
2006-08-01 17:11:56
164.   Stormer Sports
........and the Boston comeack commences. 3-1 Tribe, Ortiz on second and no out.
2006-08-01 17:12:30
165.   Alex Belth
C'mon Jared, hold it together, now...
2006-08-01 17:13:21
166.   Cliff Corcoran
Bruce Sutter is just not a Hall of Famer. I'm sorry.
2006-08-01 17:13:35
167.   Stormer Sports

I'm not worried about Jaret. I thing he'll go 6 tonight. What worries me is the offense.

2006-08-01 17:14:13
168.   Stormer Sports

Tell me about it. Why don't the writers just spit in a bucket and throw it in Goose's face.

2006-08-01 17:15:13
169.   Alvaro Espinoza
157 I hear ya. It used to bug me too but I surrendered to it as an inevitability. And when you look around the stands it's understandable - lots of kids, females (no offense, like Ron Burgundy, I LOVE the ladies) and a lot of inebriated patrons who are easily excitable.
2006-08-01 17:15:17
170.   Mattpat11
Kaat is just relaying a Bud Selig story and I want to tell Bud to shut up.
2006-08-01 17:15:56
171.   Alvaro Espinoza
168 oh OH!!!
2006-08-01 17:16:19
172.   JeremyM
166 I agree completely. What a boring year for the Hall, but next year makes up for it with Gwynn and Ripken.
2006-08-01 17:16:27
173.   Mattpat11
168 They're saving that for Jim Rice.
2006-08-01 17:16:34
174.   SF Yanks
73 and counting...
2006-08-01 17:17:09
175.   Stormer Sports

Ok ok, I take it back.

2006-08-01 17:17:22
176.   Maz
166 Did you not see Sutter play. Sutter is most definitely a Hall of Famer. One of the most dominant closers of his time. You can thank him for the splitfinger fastball.
2006-08-01 17:18:09
177.   Stormer Sports
Actually I thank his pitching coach, who taught it to him.
2006-08-01 17:18:10
178.   randym77
167 I'm worried about Wright. I think it will be a miracle if he goes 6. He's already at 75 pitches.
2006-08-01 17:19:15
179.   Stormer Sports

I think me spokey too soon.

2006-08-01 17:20:22
180.   Mattpat11
Hinske's smug ass annoys me. He reminds me of Trot Nixon.

So so players who think they're something special.

2006-08-01 17:20:27
181.   Stormer Sports
I think I'll just watch the Boston game while Wright is pitching. It's earier on my stomach.
2006-08-01 17:20:28
182.   AbbyNormal821
Kaat actually read my mind! He gets to a 1-2 count and then can't finish it off!

Wow...a strikeout, but i still don't take back what I just said!

2006-08-01 17:20:58
183.   Ron Burgundy
This is gonna be a looooooooong night...
And can Cleveland score some off Jason Johnson already and actually WIN their game?
2006-08-01 17:21:46
184.   AbbyNormal821
2006-08-01 17:22:04
185.   Ron Burgundy
Oh jeez, I don't see how in the world we're gonna win this game.
2006-08-01 17:22:09
186.   Stormer Sports
Yep, I'm just going to watch the Boston game during the top half of all innings.
2006-08-01 17:22:57
187.   Alvaro Espinoza
That 2-2 pitch to Zaun - fork ball/screw ball/cut fastball/whatever - really is the key for Wright. He was snapping it off great agains Philly last month.

Alas, tonight's problem is the same as always: too many pitches up in the strike zone.

2006-08-01 17:23:02
188.   mikeplugh
185 Woah, man. It's 1-0 still.

We're going to win this game.

2006-08-01 17:23:09
189.   kylepetterson
holy crap, don't tell me i'm right. (no pun intended)
2006-08-01 17:23:44
190.   Simone
162 Thanks. I didn't think that the rumors that he defected were true.
2006-08-01 17:23:58
191.   randym77
Anyone stirring in the bullpen yet?
2006-08-01 17:24:05
192.   Simone
162 Thanks. I didn't think that the rumors that he defected were true.
2006-08-01 17:24:20
193.   Mattpat11
This should be the series where we bury Toronto. God damnit Wright.
2006-08-01 17:24:31
194.   mikeplugh
190 I haven't heard that, but I'll look into it. I wish!
2006-08-01 17:24:52
195.   Alvaro Espinoza
182 That's been a pervcasive issue w/ Yankee starters for some time now - Unit when he struggles, Moose moreso last year than this one but it's always the same - strike 1, strike 2... CRACK...
2006-08-01 17:24:56
196.   Stormer Sports

Who cares! I would settle for more pitches IN THE STRIKE ZONE!

2006-08-01 17:25:08
197.   AbbyNormal821
Hey...he DOES know where the strike zone is!
2006-08-01 17:25:58
198.   randym77
It's Villone up in the bullpen.

Wright gets out of it, but I dunno how much left in the tank he's got.

2006-08-01 17:26:06
199.   Alvaro Espinoza
And what do you know? That last pitch was DOWN in the strike zone.
2006-08-01 17:26:15
200.   mikeplugh
NO defection. All rumors. Check it out.

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2006-08-01 17:26:22
201.   Ron Burgundy
188 Yeah, but the bullpen is gonna be gassed tonight and our line-up can't hit Cy Burnett.

Maybe they'll have better luck second time through.

2006-08-01 17:26:51
202.   Stormer Sports
You think?
2006-08-01 17:26:51
203.   Cliff Corcoran
192 Peter Abraham confirmed those rumors were not true a few days ago.
2006-08-01 17:27:03
204.   randym77
194 He didn't defect. It was reported on ESPN, but it wasn't true.
2006-08-01 17:27:15
205.   Mattpat11
2006-08-01 17:28:34
206.   BklynBmr
Can't believe this hack is tossing a shutout...
2006-08-01 17:29:40
207.   AbbyNormal821
Get on base, Jeet - let the big guys do the rest.
2006-08-01 17:29:42
208.   Ron Burgundy
2006-08-01 17:30:11
209.   mikeplugh
Way tah staht it off Cap'n.
2006-08-01 17:31:27
210.   Mattpat11
Maybe this is all part of Wright's strategy. He bored Burnett to the point where he cannot throw strikes.
2006-08-01 17:31:38
211.   Ron Burgundy
Giambi keeps missing his pitch.
2006-08-01 17:32:08
212.   BklynBmr
OK, Cap!
2006-08-01 17:32:12
213.   AbbyNormal821
Go Jeet...nice steal!
2006-08-01 17:32:23
214.   mikeplugh
Looks good.
2006-08-01 17:32:32
215.   Ron Burgundy
That'll do.
2006-08-01 17:32:44
216.   randym77
Yeah, Jeet!

But you give me a heart attack sliding in head first like that...

2006-08-01 17:32:48
217.   kylepetterson
210 - "If I can keep him on the bench for 45 minutes at a time, maybe......"
2006-08-01 17:33:19
218.   Alvaro Espinoza
Would have been funny if Jeter whipped out his cologne on the close-up of the ump's safe call at 2nd.
2006-08-01 17:33:22
219.   AbbyNormal821
215 and so will that!! Nice on, G-man!
2006-08-01 17:33:29
220.   Ron Burgundy
A-Rod, seriously, just hit a single, that's it.
2006-08-01 17:33:42
221.   AbbyNormal821
Hey..I finally got the underline bracket-thingy right!
2006-08-01 17:33:42
222.   BklynBmr
Don't anybody say it. And you know what I'm talkin' about...
2006-08-01 17:33:53
223.   mikeplugh
Dah dah dah dah daaaaaaaaaah...I'm lovin'; it.
2006-08-01 17:34:24
224.   AbbyNormal821
I personally think that having Abreu here will take (hopefully) some pressure of A-Rod...
2006-08-01 17:34:44
225.   mikeplugh
Rattled, ya think?
2006-08-01 17:34:48
226.   BklynBmr
223 LOL!
2006-08-01 17:34:58
227.   Alvaro Espinoza
224 Only A-rod can take pressure off of A-rod.
2006-08-01 17:35:43
228.   rsmith51
Turn him loose...
2006-08-01 17:35:43
229.   Ron Burgundy
Or, he takes a walk.
2006-08-01 17:35:47
230.   Mattpat11
what in the hell happened there?
2006-08-01 17:36:13
231.   randym77
2006-08-01 17:36:24
232.   BklynBmr
OK, yeah — A-Rod!!!
2006-08-01 17:36:25
233.   rsmith51
Opposite field ARod, lovin' it.
2006-08-01 17:36:27
234.   AbbyNormal821
YAY! Alex! Smack that ball! Yippee skippee!
2006-08-01 17:36:35
235.   mikeplugh
2006-08-01 17:36:35
236.   Mattpat11
Hinske sucks.
2006-08-01 17:36:45
237.   Ron Burgundy
I wish Giambi had speed, then he would've scored too.

A RIPPED RBI Double for A-Rod.

2006-08-01 17:36:49
238.   Alvaro Espinoza
Geez Louise!!! Why did Kaat even consider Kay's asinine query - "Do you turn him loose?"???


2006-08-01 17:37:02
239.   BklynBmr
Kudos to Torre for green-lighting him...
2006-08-01 17:37:26
240.   kylepetterson
Ortiz would've RBI'd 7 runs on that double.
2006-08-01 17:37:31
241.   Simone
Yeah, A-Rod! You show 'em.
2006-08-01 17:37:41
242.   Mattpat11
2006-08-01 17:38:03
243.   rsmith51
Bobby is a good baseball name.
2006-08-01 17:38:09
244.   eephus
Ha, I love how pumped Tony Pena was after A-Rod's hit. I want him and Larry Bowa to get their own reality show.
2006-08-01 17:38:25
245.   Ron Burgundy
I'm not liking the strikezone they're giving Burnett.
2006-08-01 17:39:06
246.   rsmith51
It's like having 2 Giambi's.
2006-08-01 17:39:20
247.   BklynBmr
Zone is tight, but at least this ump is consistent...
2006-08-01 17:39:24
248.   Mattpat11




2006-08-01 17:39:49
249.   AbbyNormal821
hell, i'd take just a single from Abreu as well!
2006-08-01 17:40:09
250.   Ron Burgundy
246 But one hits doubles. Just sayin'.
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2006-08-01 17:40:28
251.   Cliff Corcoran
This is classic Abreu here. He's a speedy version of Giambi with less power, but more patience.
2006-08-01 17:40:56
252.   kylepetterson
And Giambi is 100% on stolen bases.
2006-08-01 17:40:58
253.   BklynBmr
250 And can actually run...
2006-08-01 17:41:13
254.   AbbyNormal821
Work it, Bobby!!!!
2006-08-01 17:41:45
255.   Cliff Corcoran
Apologies to 246 for 251
2006-08-01 17:41:52
256.   AbbyNormal821
Zaun, you ass-clown!
2006-08-01 17:42:24
257.   BklynBmr
Nice AB, Bobby!
2006-08-01 17:42:27
258.   mikeplugh

.500 On Breu Percentage for the Yanks.

Burnett 36 strikes, 34 balls

2006-08-01 17:42:33
259.   RIYank
A real Yankee at-bat for Bobby Abreu.
Welcome to New York.
2006-08-01 17:42:44
260.   AbbyNormal821
Maybe Gibbons will get tossed from another game!
2006-08-01 17:42:53
261.   Mattpat11
GREAT at bat, Bobby.
2006-08-01 17:42:54
262.   randym77
What an at bat.
2006-08-01 17:43:00
263.   Ron Burgundy
2006-08-01 17:43:09
264.   Yankee Fan in Chicago
Hey, I like this Abreu kid. Where'd he come from?
2006-08-01 17:43:18
265.   AbbyNormal821
Bring 'em home, Jorgie!
2006-08-01 17:43:19
266.   rsmith51
Maybe Abreu's speed will work in the 5 hole. He can steal a base in front of some singles hitters.
2006-08-01 17:43:52
267.   Cliff Corcoran
Dreadful swing by Jorge on the 0-1.
2006-08-01 17:44:26
268.   rsmith51
255 You were more eloquent, Cliff.
2006-08-01 17:44:59
269.   Alvaro Espinoza
267 Dreadful AB all around :(
2006-08-01 17:45:10
270.   Yankee Fan in Chicago
If Bernie gidp's, so help me . . .
2006-08-01 17:45:16
271.   Cliff Corcoran
From 3rd to 1st: Giambi, Rodriguez, Abrue, more speed the farther you get from home. I like that.
2006-08-01 17:45:23
272.   AbbyNormal821
What was that pitch Posada just swung at? He seems to always strike out on those pitches the dip down at the last minute!
2006-08-01 17:45:49
273.   RIYank
Joe's a genius, no doubt about it.
2006-08-01 17:45:52
274.   AbbyNormal821
2006-08-01 17:45:52
275.   mikeplugh
Decidedly unclutch Jorgie. Way to expand the strikezone.
2006-08-01 17:45:54
276.   tommyl
Ok, Joe's right, I'm wrong and happy to be. GO BERNIE!!!
2006-08-01 17:46:04
277.   randym77
Joe is obviously brilliant, putting Bernie in as DH tonight.
2006-08-01 17:46:20
278.   Sean
Bernie Bernie Bernie!!
2006-08-01 17:46:20
279.   Ron Burgundy
Oh, whatever. Good Job Bernie. Bases-clearing Double.
2006-08-01 17:46:23
280.   BklynBmr
Get this old man off the team, now!
2006-08-01 17:46:28
281.   Alvaro Espinoza
Bernie is 2 for 2 in hitting ropes tonight.
2006-08-01 17:46:31
282.   Stormer Sports
Yea, you clowns are right. Bernie is killing us.
2006-08-01 17:46:32
283.   mikeplugh
Oh Bernie. GOB. Why do we doubt you so?
2006-08-01 17:46:36
284.   sabernar
Wow, that Bernie sucks! Only a double?!?!
2006-08-01 17:46:37
285.   Cliff Corcoran
I knew he was going to swing at the first pitch, but I though he'd GIDP like 270. Okay, so Joe's the genius again, right?
2006-08-01 17:46:46
286.   Max
All the haters in posts 1 to 100 have some serious crow to eat.
2006-08-01 17:46:47
287.   Mattpat11

We're going to miss that man.

2006-08-01 17:46:49
288.   Yankee Fan in Chicago
It's like a said earlier . . . Bernie's absolutely great against righties . . . no reason not to dh him tonight . . .
2006-08-01 17:46:51
289.   rsmith51
What the heck do we know? Has Bernie been playing better from the Left side recently?
2006-08-01 17:47:47
290.   RIYank
Hey, nice way to tie Mattingly for career doubles. Bernie gets that ball, for sure.
2006-08-01 17:48:29
291.   randym77
282 Bernie was killing us. But now he's not in the outfield any more.
2006-08-01 17:48:51
292.   JeremyM
I'm loving Abreu right now, how big was that walk? Off to a very good start.
2006-08-01 17:49:14
293.   Ron Burgundy
282 As long as Bernie is a DH and VS. lefties, he's not killing us.
2006-08-01 17:49:40
294.   rsmith51
292 Taking pitches out of the arm of the pitcher.
2006-08-01 17:49:41
295.   tommyl
286 We don't. 2 ABs is a rather small sample size. Bernie will get hits against righties, but that doesn't mean he's your best option.

And I said before, I love Bernie, while he shouldn't be playing as much as he is, the fan in me will root for him every single AB.

2006-08-01 17:49:47
296.   Ron Burgundy
Burnett has to be gassed by now. And hopefully Wright got some rest.
2006-08-01 17:50:59
297.   rsmith51
Why isn't Burnett throwing more fastballs?
2006-08-01 17:51:03
298.   Ron Burgundy
Can the Indians keep this lead?
2006-08-01 17:51:50
299.   RIYank
292 Just what I was thinking. (Although I was thinking, "adds a run, and gives the Bombers another at-bat to try to score Bernie".)
2006-08-01 17:52:11
300.   mikeplugh
How do you like that. Burnett went from perfect game to crapping the bed in a blink of an eye. That's OBP baby. Yeah, you know me.

Burnett has thrown just about as many pitches as Wright now and has less strikes.

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2006-08-01 17:52:22
301.   Stormer Sports


2006-08-01 17:54:17
302.   Ron Burgundy
301 Damn, I was hoping they could.
2006-08-01 17:54:46
303.   Mattpat11
AJ threw a temper tantrum. Someone must have pulled on his nipple ring.
2006-08-01 17:55:00
304.   Max
298 One of those classic scoreboard watching nights where momentum changes by the quarter hour. Neither lead is safe (Yanks or Sox) with only four to five innings gone.
2006-08-01 17:55:08
305.   Alvaro Espinoza
Looks like an awful call by the home plate ump in the BOS-CLE game w/ Youk trying to score. But since it went against BAHSTIN...


2006-08-01 17:55:23
306.   randym77
300 Burnett blames the umpire.
2006-08-01 17:55:31
307.   RIYank
Well, Manny just singled with two on, but Youk. thrown out at home. End of inning (fifth).
2006-08-01 17:56:03
308.   Mattpat11
Just take this fool out.
2006-08-01 17:57:44
309.   Mattpat11
Did the umpire just whistle at Posada?
2006-08-01 17:57:58
310.   Ron Burgundy
DIAF Catalannanfggasgrgbgfbbdfb....
2006-08-01 17:59:32
311.   Ron Burgundy
Whew. DP.
2006-08-01 17:59:51
312.   Alvaro Espinoza
Back in '02, that would have been a Jiffy Lube double play on the radio side!
2006-08-01 18:00:26
313.   mikeplugh
100 pitches and counting....
2006-08-01 18:01:45
314.   AbbyNormal821
THere you go, Wright...big strike out!

I'm still pissed at you though!

2006-08-01 18:01:46
315.   Mattpat11
Should Jaret Wright really be wasting pitches?
2006-08-01 18:02:19
316.   mikeplugh
Vernon "Triple Crown" Wells just looked at "triple strike".
2006-08-01 18:02:49
317.   Ron Burgundy
Hold this down bullpen.
2006-08-01 18:03:43
318.   Stormer Sports
Sabathia looks to be in control this inning, and the game. It will be in the bullpen's hands in beantown.
2006-08-01 18:05:26
319.   mikeplugh
Okay. Million dollar question....

Wright threw 5 innings with a WHIP of 1.2, and an ERA of 1.80 tonight. It's not a quality start if it ends here, but the Jays really did nothing against him.

Do you think it was a success? Would you take that from him every 5 days if he could give it to you?

I would at this point, although I'd like the 6th inning too. 5 innings of 1 run ball is okay by me for a guy who is almost on the scrap heap.

2006-08-01 18:06:28
320.   Yankee Fan in Chicago
Just saw this:

Meet the Sawx new backup catcher -- Ken Huckaby, 35, is batting .207 (45-217) with two homers and 16 RBI in 68 games with Pawtucket this season. Makes Mirabelli look like Posada.

Sawx also designated HeeSeop Choi, who's been pvery poor at Pawtucket for assignment. Worth a shot for us?

2006-08-01 18:06:30
321.   Stormer Sports

That is some expensive scrap metal you're buying over there.

Hell yes I'll take it every 5 days!

2006-08-01 18:09:10
322.   randym77
319 I like the numbers, but having watched the game, I have to say he was lucky. He almost gave up a grand slam. The ball was about a foot foul.
2006-08-01 18:09:29
323.   Ron Burgundy
Damn these 5.00 ERA relievers...
2006-08-01 18:09:34
324.   Yu-Hsing Chen
I like Choi's potential, though i doubt he will be passed up all the way until us.
2006-08-01 18:09:45
325.   Knuckles
I /don't/ heart Huckaby.
2006-08-01 18:10:20
326.   Stormer Sports

Hell fucking no! He is a bum. I live in LA now and believe me, after watching him on a regular basis for a few years, there is nothing good that can come from having He Sop Choi on this team, unless they are trying to boost Kimchi sales at the Stadium.

I couldn't believe there were people that thought he could help this team at the beginning of the season.

2006-08-01 18:11:17
327.   mikeplugh
322 True. I know he pitched poorly in some respects, but he didn't give up the grand slam. Almost only counts in horse shoes and hand grenades.

One night he'll give up the granny and we'll have to hit our way back to a win, but there will also be games like tonight when he gives up one run.

Whatever the case, he kept a very good offensive team off the board.

2006-08-01 18:11:33
328.   rsmith51
320 Is that the same guy that tackled Jeter off third base a couple of years ago?
2006-08-01 18:11:37
329.   Yankee Fan in Chicago
326 Um, I was thinking in Columbus or Trenton or even working out in Tampa getting his stroke back.
2006-08-01 18:11:45
330.   Mattpat11
319 As long as they decline the contract for next year.
2006-08-01 18:12:10
331.   Stormer Sports

Choi has had potential for 10 years now.

2006-08-01 18:12:15
332.   murphy
if we were talking about this on sunday, i may have said choi was worth a sho; but cashman made moves that allow us to simply ignore guys like choi once they're DFA'ed.
2006-08-01 18:12:51
333.   Alvaro Espinoza
319 He threw a lot of line drives that found gloves tonight.
2006-08-01 18:13:49
334.   mikeplugh
On Hee Seop Choi....I say no. Wilson is plenty for us. Why on Earth would we need a guy that can't crack a regular lineup spot on a National League club?

If you want a Korean firstbaseman go after The Lion King, Seung Yeop Lee, who is about to be the MVP in Japan and is making a run at the all time homer mark of 56....

2006-08-01 18:14:05
335.   pistolpete
Heh - I'm still getting giddy just hearing Abreu's name in any context tonight...

"Fly ball to Abreu..." ::shiver::

2006-08-01 18:14:14
336.   JeremyM
Any chance Stinnett ends up in Boston?
2006-08-01 18:15:04
337.   RIYank
319 Definitely, though 322 randy is right about his getting away with it.
One run in five innings, it's more than adequate. I mean, I'd love to have a really good pitcher, another C-M W, but for a #4 it's fine.
2006-08-01 18:15:31
338.   randym77
327 I think what bothers me about Wright is that he makes it look so hard. He always seems to be struggling. And whether he gives you five quality innings or gets spanked and driven from the game in the 2nd inning seems to be a matter of chance.
2006-08-01 18:15:54
339.   Stormer Sports
Tribe up 4-1 now. Top 7 no out, one on.
2006-08-01 18:16:08
340.   Ron Burgundy
336 Most likely. They really liked taking our rejects in 2004 and 2005, as we did with theirs in 2004 and 2005. Maybe they'll take Kelly and find out as much about our pitchers as they can.
2006-08-01 18:16:10
341.   mikeplugh
Boston down 4-0
2006-08-01 18:16:43
342.   mikeplugh
2006-08-01 18:17:06
343.   RIYank
Victor Martinez knocks in Hafner, 4-1 Tribe. Craig Hansen pitching... could've been in Atlanta.
2006-08-01 18:17:13
344.   pistolpete
Damn, too bad it wasn't Melky, Damon then Abreu - '7', '8', '9' just looks so neat in the scorebook.
2006-08-01 18:17:16
345.   Ron Burgundy
OK, I know Craig Hansen has a lot of potential, but for all the ESPN and Gammons praising of him as the next MO, he's been crap for a year and a half already.
2006-08-01 18:17:17
346.   rsmith51
341 I don't think any Red Sox runs should cound either, but it is 4-1.
2006-08-01 18:17:54
347.   murphy
i miss sal fasano's moustache.
2006-08-01 18:18:48
348.   rsmith51
Yankees love the state of Pennsylvania this week.
2006-08-01 18:18:51
349.   BklynBmr
336 He knows all of our signs. We'll have to kill him...
2006-08-01 18:18:52
350.   mikeplugh
I love Ron Villone. I mean that in the most manly way possible.


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2006-08-01 18:18:59
351.   pistolpete
339 And this means what? Post about it when it's actually over and Cleveland puts them away. ;-)
2006-08-01 18:19:51
352.   randym77
Did Fasano shave off his mustache?
2006-08-01 18:20:36
353.   Ron Burgundy
To repeat my point, Craig Hansen was overhyped by ESPN.
2006-08-01 18:21:14
354.   mikeplugh
How I love 5-1. It's all good with the Tribe today.
2006-08-01 18:21:42
355.   pistolpete
Good job, Alex. Way to 'muscle' it.
2006-08-01 18:21:53
356.   RIYank
RBI single, Casey Blake out trying to take second, 5-1.
Oh, sorry pistol ;-)

Alex! Here we go, we need to keep pace with Cleveland's lead...

2006-08-01 18:22:11
357.   Ron Burgundy
A-Rod 2-3.

Bobby Up.

2006-08-01 18:22:25
358.   pistolpete
354 Mike are you in Japan right now? What bloody time is it? :-O
2006-08-01 18:22:31
359.   mikeplugh
A wheelie from A-Rod, popping the clutch.

Sorry, that was my own little Sterling moment.

2006-08-01 18:23:12
360.   mikeplugh
358 It's 10:22am at my desk.
2006-08-01 18:23:47
361.   mikeplugh
10:22am on Wednesday the 2nd that is.
2006-08-01 18:24:10
362.   Yankee Fan in Chicago
Abreu still hitless. Still not a "real Yankee"(tm). Booo. Boooo. Boooooooooo.
2006-08-01 18:24:39
363.   Mattpat11
Its a pop up people. Pop up. Look at the outfielders. Look at the batter. Look at the BALL.
2006-08-01 18:24:44
364.   pistolpete
Pavano: "And this is where I fell off the couch at home and got a Pringles potato chip lodged in my elbow..."
2006-08-01 18:25:57
365.   murphy
so, mike 361, what's it like in the FFUUUUUUTTTUUUUURRREEEEE?
2006-08-01 18:26:24
366.   Ron Burgundy
DIAF Zaun.
2006-08-01 18:26:29
367.   pistolpete
Man, that was ugly - A-Rod should just have run right through him...
2006-08-01 18:26:36
368.   Stormer Sports
Shame on you Larry Bowa.
2006-08-01 18:26:43
369.   mikeplugh
Posada's been bad tonight. No big deal, but his at bats haven't been very good.
2006-08-01 18:26:57
370.   Mattpat11
Should havr un him over. Oh well.
2006-08-01 18:27:05
371.   tommyl
IBB of Bernie. Wow, it is 1998.
2006-08-01 18:27:14
372.   AbbyNormal821
361...don't tell us (incl. 365)! I want to be surprised!


2006-08-01 18:27:15
373.   seamus
IBB to Bernie!
2006-08-01 18:27:38
374.   BklynBmr
357 Please use tabloid sportswriters conventions when referring to an A-Rod performance. Proper usage is 'A-Rod is only 2-3'...
2006-08-01 18:27:56
375.   tommyl
Tribe up 5-1.
2006-08-01 18:28:05
376.   Stormer Sports

Other than Arod vs. Tex I, I don't think I've ever seen Arod come in hard at home. I hate to say it but that reminded me of the slap play in the ALCS.

2006-08-01 18:28:29
377.   mikeplugh
365 It's scary.

369 I know that Posada got a hit. Not a bad at bat. Gameday said he made an out on a pitch way outside, but I later learned that it was A-Rod out at home. I may live in the future, but Gameday keeps me slightly in the past to balance things out. ;)

2006-08-01 18:29:00
378.   Stormer Sports

I meant Tek, sorry.

2006-08-01 18:29:11
379.   Ron Burgundy
I bet ESPN and the tabloids will focus 100% on Alex getting thrown out at Home.
2006-08-01 18:29:18
380.   RIYank
Damn, nice job by Jorgie, too.

Apparently Dotel threw a scoreless inning tonight.

Hm. Okay, I don't understand baseball. Why walk Bernie, exactly?

2006-08-01 18:29:26
381.   Yu-Hsing Chen
make them pay Melky ;)
2006-08-01 18:29:29
382.   murphy
end of 7 in beantown. 5-1 injuns.
2006-08-01 18:29:30
383.   Simone
Ugh, did Bowa send Alex? It is on you, Melky.
2006-08-01 18:30:03
384.   mehmattski
Wow, its the sixth inning and almost 400 comments. Is this some sort of Banter record? What a great day to be a Yankee fan, methinks.
2006-08-01 18:30:15
385.   tommyl
376 He could have tried to run him over, but he got tagged by about a millimeter. He almost avoided it. He's 2-3 with an RBI double. I'll give him a pass :)
2006-08-01 18:30:23
386.   BklynBmr
361 If I give you a few stock symbols, can you tell me how they close?
2006-08-01 18:30:32
387.   Yu-Hsing Chen
380 I'm guessing because Bernie's hot tonight, and Melky is not.. and this give them a force play.... and Melky doesn't hit it out of the park that much either... but let's hope Melkman make them pay
2006-08-01 18:30:35
388.   tommyl
2006-08-01 18:30:45
389.   Ron Burgundy
384 It will be if we win and the Sawx lose.
2006-08-01 18:31:10
390.   RIYank
Now it turns out A-Rod should've held up.
The selfish, stat-padding pig.
2006-08-01 18:31:29
391.   AbbyNormal821
Come on, Miggy-Man...bring in at least one more!!!


2006-08-01 18:31:30
392.   Stormer Sports

To be fair, plays like Arod's at home can be crucial in the playoffs. He and Posada had to do a better job than that. If you are going to go home on a play like that, you have to expect to have to plow into the catcher, otherwise, DON'T GO!

2006-08-01 18:31:38
393.   Ron Burgundy
DIAF Cairo.
2006-08-01 18:31:39
394.   murphy
i am gonna miss melky when matsui comes back.
2006-08-01 18:31:41
395.   mikeplugh
2006-08-01 18:32:20
396.   Simone
Yeah, Melky. Ugh, Miggy. Next time.
2006-08-01 18:32:22
397.   Stormer Sports

To be fair, plays like Arod's at home can be crucial in the playoffs. He and Posada had to do a better job than that. If you are going to go home on a play like that, you have to expect to have to plow into the catcher, otherwise, DON'T GO!

2006-08-01 18:32:41
398.   randym77
Well, I guess it worked. Bernie would probably have hit another bases-clearing double. ;-)
2006-08-01 18:33:35
399.   murphy
Inglet (who the...?) HR, cleveland up 6-1!!!

not even papi can hit a 6 run HR/

2006-08-01 18:33:52
400.   mikeplugh
392 I agree, but you made the point yourself. Plays like that can be crucial in the PLAYOFFS. Not with a 3 run lead on August 1st against the Blue Jays. They made a mistake sending him and he didn't go in hard, but I'd rather see him in the cleanup spot for the stretch run than with Varitek on the sidelines scratching each other like little girls.
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2006-08-01 18:33:54
401.   singledd
Joe Inglett homers (2) on a fly ball to right field.
Tribe up 6-1 in the 8th
2006-08-01 18:34:39
402.   mikeplugh
6-1 is music to my ears. Hang in there Yanks. 1st place is waiting for us.....
2006-08-01 18:34:40
403.   Stormer Sports
Was it Zaun who crippled Jeter? If it was, all the more reason to up-end the bum.
2006-08-01 18:35:12
404.   Yankee Fan in Chicago
400 Yep, and can you imagine the headlines if A-rod goes in hard, separates a shoulder or destroys a knee? With the Yanks up by 3 in the 6th? He'd be run out of town.
2006-08-01 18:35:39
405.   SF Yanks
2006-08-01 18:35:47
406.   AbbyNormal821
DAAAAAYUM! Nice catch!!!!
2006-08-01 18:36:38
407.   SF Yanks
Nice comment Kaat!
2006-08-01 18:36:56
408.   RIYank
Yah, Tribe is now battering the new Sawx bullpen arm.
2006-08-01 18:37:10
409.   Dimelo
403 It was Ken Huckaby that crippled Jetes....he's the new backup for the we better watch out.
2006-08-01 18:37:13
410.   AbbyNormal821
Oh wussy!!!
2006-08-01 18:37:15
411.   Stormer Sports

Small sample size I guess. However, in the playoffs vs. the Sox, Arod had the baseline and should have levelled Arroyo, but didn't then either. I guess I'm just going on what I've seen from him, but he doesn't seem to be able to think on the run.

And by the way, every game is crucial right now, or there ain't no playoffs.

2006-08-01 18:37:41
412.   mikeplugh
403 It was Ken Huckaby that separated Jeter's shoulder. He was promptly DFAed if I recall.
2006-08-01 18:37:42
413.   Simone
400 Hey, little girls put A-Rod and Varitek to shame when it comes to fighting. :)
2006-08-01 18:37:56
414.   SF Yanks
He said... that ball flying at you is like a butterfly you're trying to swat in the air, except only its coming faster and weighs a lot more.
2006-08-01 18:38:39
415.   seamus
another oustanding performance by Villone.

And who is thisguy Proctor? I haven't seen anyone by that name in like 5 days!

2006-08-01 18:39:36
416.   marc
So let's see, cleveland 6-1 in the 8th. I wonder how many more runs they need to make it bullpen and Papi proof
2006-08-01 18:39:39
417.   mikeplugh
413 And they remove their masks too, if I remember correctly. ;)
2006-08-01 18:39:42
418.   Ron Burgundy
Doctor Proctor. Just get this out, PLEASE.
2006-08-01 18:40:16
419.   Stormer Sports
The Assman Cometh!
2006-08-01 18:40:17
420.   tommyl
415 I think he might have pitched once or twice in April?
2006-08-01 18:40:58
421.   mikeplugh
Papi with a clutch fly out. Is that worth 6 runs on ESPN? I think it might be....
2006-08-01 18:41:01
422.   seamus
how long before we see a pitcher with some sort of helmet or face mask? I could see them wearing something like they do in basketball. I'm actually thinking of jarett wright here - remember all those hits he caught with his head last year?
2006-08-01 18:41:11
423.   Ron Burgundy
Ah shit...
2006-08-01 18:41:13
424.   rsmith51
I would have traded Proctor for Abreu in a heartbeat and kept Matt Smith. I guess that is why Cashman is the GM.
2006-08-01 18:41:19
425.   SF Yanks
There has been a crow on the field at fenway for about an hour now... and it can't fly away... kinda funny
2006-08-01 18:42:36
426.   AbbyNormal821
Ortiz just flied out for the 1st out, bottom of 8th...yay! Sabathia at 97 pitches...good job!
2006-08-01 18:42:37
427.   Yankee Fan in Chicago
I really don't like to see Proctor facing the tying run.
2006-08-01 18:43:00
428.   Ron Burgundy
425 It symbolizes their fading season, I hope.
2006-08-01 18:43:04
429.   AbbyNormal821
Must Michael Kay be a perpetual harbinger of doom!?!
2006-08-01 18:43:18
430.   Alvaro Espinoza
425 Isn't that Ben Affleck?
2006-08-01 18:43:46
431.   pistolpete
Ron, I must have missed the post where you explained what DIAF stands for - lil' help?
2006-08-01 18:43:49
432.   mikeplugh
Hey Cliff. Is this a situation that the people over at BP would say Mariano should enter the game?
2006-08-01 18:44:11
433.   marc
Geeze, if wells gets up he has a habit of beating us.
2006-08-01 18:44:33
434.   Ron Burgundy
431 Die In A Fire. We use it on a lot.
2006-08-01 18:44:58
435.   pistolpete
2006-08-01 18:45:11
436.   Alvaro Espinoza
2006-08-01 18:45:11
437.   AbbyNormal821

OK - I like this dude!

2006-08-01 18:45:28
438.   seamus
my god that was close!
2006-08-01 18:45:32
439.   marc
2006-08-01 18:45:33
440.   mikeplugh
Thanks Proctologist.
2006-08-01 18:45:33
441.   Ron Burgundy
Whew...that was way too close.
2006-08-01 18:46:03
442.   Yankee Fan in Chicago
How close was that? What happened? Is Abreu a "real Yankee (tm)" now?
2006-08-01 18:46:10
443.   Stormer Sports
Please God, don't pull Sabathia Mr. Wedge, for the love of all that's Holy, don't do it!
2006-08-01 18:46:16
444.   Yu-Hsing Chen
whew... okkkk... right on in front of the wall will do this time too I guess... eek
2006-08-01 18:46:48
445.   AbbyNormal821
443 i was JUST thinking the same thing!!!
2006-08-01 18:46:53
446.   Alvaro Espinoza
434 A little violent, no?
2006-08-01 18:47:04
447.   mikeplugh
Abreu did a somersault into the stands and kicked the ball 20 feet into the air, back into play, before diving headfirst into the foul pole to catch it with his teeth!!!!!!!
2006-08-01 18:47:07
448.   RIYank
Manny doubles, C. C. has thrown 101 pitches. But he's facing the next batter.
2006-08-01 18:47:32
449.   AbbyNormal821
at least they won't have Manny & Papi in the 9th again! that's a big WHEW! right there!
2006-08-01 18:47:56
450.   Stormer Sports
Yankee fans in the corners and at the wall are getting way too many hands into the field of play these days! Please prove that you are smarter than that, please.
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2006-08-01 18:48:09
451.   Ron Burgundy
446 No, not really. We don't REALLY want whoever we criticize on the Mediots threads to DIAF, just saying. The GameThreads don't have many DIAFs.
2006-08-01 18:51:04
452.   AbbyNormal821
Jeter do it again!
2006-08-01 18:51:39
453.   RIYank
Let's go get that batting title.
2006-08-01 18:51:41
454.   Ron Burgundy
2006-08-01 18:52:07
455.   rsmith51
A little early for Andy? I think I like Wilson playing first and getting pulled for Andy.
2006-08-01 18:52:15
456.   Dimelo
Looking at John Gibbons, I definitely think he could have kicked Shea Hillenbrand's ass. Actually...I wish he would have.
2006-08-01 18:52:21
457.   seamus
Gibbons doesn't look at the splits huh?
2006-08-01 18:52:34
458.   mikeplugh
Why did Joe elect to remove Giambi, anyone? A little early for that no....?
2006-08-01 18:52:38
459.   RIYank
Sabathia strikes out Lowell, now up to 109 pitches with two out in the eighth.
I like a tired Sabathia better than, well, anybody in the Cleveland bullpen. No closer auditions tonight, please.
2006-08-01 18:52:56
460.   tommyl
Does Gibbons not realize Andy is better against righties?
2006-08-01 18:53:12
461.   Alvaro Espinoza
No joy in Met-ville.
2006-08-01 18:53:22
462.   rsmith51
456 My money is on Hillebrand. He was smart to decline, though. Beating up an old man is not cool.
2006-08-01 18:53:24
463.   singledd
Sox done in the 8th. 6-1 Tribe. Sox with 7-8-9 in the 9th.
Looking GOOD!
2006-08-01 18:53:31
464.   mikeplugh
Boston goes quietly in the 8th.
2006-08-01 18:53:39
465.   Ron Burgundy
A Righty who throws only fastballs VS. Andy Phillips. Gibbons must not be good with math...
2006-08-01 18:53:50
466.   randym77
I bet he just wants to rest Giambi and his bad knee.
2006-08-01 18:54:07
467.   RIYank
Ah, Pena grounds out. Sabathia throws 111, presumably done.

I think Giambi was stiff or pulled something his last at-bat.

2006-08-01 18:54:11
468.   Stormer Sports
Am I crazy, or what that Chad Curtis in the press box?
2006-08-01 18:54:24
469.   AbbyNormal821
Unless Cleveland chokes on a 'Phillips' (are we still using that phrase, by the way?) in the 9th, I'd say that game is theirs!
2006-08-01 18:54:41
470.   rsmith51
466 Isn't that what DH is for?
2006-08-01 18:55:11
471.   AbbyNormal821
Let's just say it - Jeter rocks the house!
2006-08-01 18:55:17
472.   Ron Burgundy
461 Ha-Ha. Their Sandman has a lot to learn....

Jetes with the SB.

2006-08-01 18:55:27
473.   mikeplugh
Oh Captain, my Captain.
2006-08-01 18:55:44
474.   tommyl
Haha, Gibbons is an idiot. Nothing like making a move against the percentages.
2006-08-01 18:55:45
475.   RIYank
Andy Philips!
Nice play by, uh, Rios, or whoever that is.
2006-08-01 18:56:00
476.   Ron Burgundy
Can we keep this lead? Can the Indians keep their lead?
2006-08-01 18:56:24
477.   AbbyNormal821
That's OK, A-Rod...we'll take it!
2006-08-01 18:56:25
478.   tommyl
A-Rod gets it in. Not pretty, but we'll take it. It's Bobby time!
2006-08-01 18:56:27
479.   mikeplugh
Yup. Gibbons is an idiot. Nice work Andy.
2006-08-01 18:56:30
480.   RIYank
Cheap RBI, but I'll take it!
Was MacDonald thinking about going home?
2006-08-01 18:56:53
481.   rsmith51
Good day for ARod.
2006-08-01 18:56:57
482.   sabernar
I missed something. Why did Phillips pinch hit for Giambi? Or was he just a defensive sub?
2006-08-01 18:57:04
483.   Yankee Fan in Chicago
Clutch ground ball out rbi by A-rod.
2006-08-01 18:57:10
484.   randym77
You know, if Andy hit lefties as well as he used to, he'd be hitting pretty well overall.
2006-08-01 18:57:21
485.   Ron Burgundy
That'll Do.
2006-08-01 18:58:28
486.   pistolpete
I was actually hoping the game would be closer so the Jays would bring in Ryan and I could laugh at his odd-shaped head.
2006-08-01 18:58:56
487.   marc
CC Sabathia a stud tonight for Cleveland. 1 run, 10 hits through 8 after about 112 pitches. Hopefully a 5 run lead will hold up. Yank's holding up their end so far
2006-08-01 18:59:07
488.   Ron Burgundy
Aw, no hit for Bobs. Damn, well, there's always tommorrow.
2006-08-01 18:59:23
489.   singledd
469 Correct nomenclature:
a 'SteveyPhillips'
2006-08-01 18:59:32
490.   RIYank
I swear I didn't see those two "we'll take it"s before I sent mine.

And Abreu's pinstripe OBP drops to .333.

2006-08-01 18:59:34
491.   AbbyNormal821
Willingham of the Marlins just hit a walk-off home run off Billy Wagner. Mets lose!
2006-08-01 18:59:40
492.   randym77
482 Andy came in as a defensive sub at the top of the 6th.
2006-08-01 19:00:11
493.   pistolpete
Think the Cleveland announcers have said this yet: "Those aren't boos, they're 'Chooooos'..."


2006-08-01 19:00:25
494.   Stormer Sports
That Crow is seriously cracking me up. I am going to call it a Raven and say its bad luck.
2006-08-01 19:00:30
495.   Simone
The dummies aren't booing Abreu already, are they?
2006-08-01 19:00:44
496.   SF Yanks
Turn to the Boston game... Hillarious!!!
2006-08-01 19:01:13
497.   AbbyNormal821
489 Thanks for the clarification.
2006-08-01 19:01:16
498.   marc
486 That's definitely a be careful what you wish for
2006-08-01 19:01:24
499.   pistolpete
491 Bonus!
2006-08-01 19:01:34
500.   Ron Burgundy
491 Generally, I don't care. But it always warms my heart when the Mutts lose and their very own "Sandman" blows the save and loses the game.
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2006-08-01 19:01:50
501.   randym77
494 "When will Boston win the World Series again?" Quoth the raven, "Nevermore."
2006-08-01 19:02:03
502.   RIYank
Bottom of the ninth in Fenway. Tell you what, if Papi does bat, it's going to be bad news.
2006-08-01 19:02:13
503.   Stormer Sports

Why don't they just pick it up? Is John Henry a Vegan PETA boy or something?

2006-08-01 19:02:22
504.   singledd
Pitcher Change: Fernando Cabrera replaces C. Sabathia
2006-08-01 19:02:26
505.   Ron Burgundy
Ah crap...
2006-08-01 19:02:28
506.   rsmith51
What's up with Farns?
2006-08-01 19:02:30
507.   mikeplugh
Crisp, Mirabelli, and Gonzales up in the 9th. Heh heh.
2006-08-01 19:03:00
508.   randym77
495 They booed him after his first at bat.

Welcome to New York, kid!

2006-08-01 19:03:06
509.   RIYank
Hm, Proctor on a very short leash, please.
2006-08-01 19:03:17
510.   Ron Burgundy
501 Definitely. That would be nice.
2006-08-01 19:03:22
511.   Simone
Cough, cough ... anyone else noticed that Proctor is giving up hits?
2006-08-01 19:03:35
512.   rsmith51
507 I will save my "Heh, heh" for after the game.
2006-08-01 19:04:42
513.   Ron Burgundy
We just need 5 outs. Indians just need 2 outs.
2006-08-01 19:04:59
514.   Yu-Hsing Chen
Proctor's command is crap tonight... everything is either right down the middle or out of the strike zone....
2006-08-01 19:05:10
515.   singledd
Coco Crisp flies out to center fielder Grady Sizemore.
2006-08-01 19:05:23
516.   AbbyNormal821
Nice DP!
2006-08-01 19:05:41
517.   pistolpete
1 away, 2 to go in Boston.
2006-08-01 19:05:46
518.   RIYank
Sweet DP. Glaus is slow, I didn't realize how slow.

Cocoa flies out, two to go.

Oh, nice Scotty, very nice.

2006-08-01 19:05:46
519.   Ron Burgundy
We needz 4 outs. Injuns need 2 Outs.
2006-08-01 19:05:50
520.   rsmith51
514 With two innings tonight, Proctor won't pitch tomorrow.

Will he?

2006-08-01 19:05:57
521.   Yu-Hsing Chen
But he gets a DP... ahhh well whatever works ...
2006-08-01 19:06:48
522.   Ron Burgundy
We needz 3 outs. Geronimos need 2 outs.
2006-08-01 19:06:54
523.   AbbyNormal821
OK- Cabrera has completely lost the strike zone in Boston.
DO NOT LET ORTIZ get to the plate...
CRAP! Kapler walked1
2006-08-01 19:06:59
524.   Yu-Hsing Chen
520 It's Wang tomorrow, so chances are he won't need to....
2006-08-01 19:07:24
525.   Mattpat11
Skippy can kick that Toronto Ball boy's ass.
2006-08-01 19:07:40
526.   RIYank
Proctor: 4 outs, 15 pitches, 11 strikes.
Like that much.

Gabe Kapler walks. F*.

2006-08-01 19:07:47
527.   pistolpete
Uh oh, 1 on in Beantown - this is like the beginning of a horror movie where the girl goes into the abandoned house with a flashlight...

"Hello? Anyone home...?"

2006-08-01 19:07:49
528.   Stormer Sports
6-3 Boston. Can still get Ortiz to the plate.
2006-08-01 19:08:15
529.   singledd
Boston Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell left the game due to an injured foot/ankle.
2006-08-01 19:08:25
530.   AbbyNormal821
Mike Lowell out of the game...yet ANOTHER Red Sox injury...has a new curse begun?
(insert evil laugh here!)
2006-08-01 19:08:35
531.   Ron Burgundy
Injuns suck.
2006-08-01 19:08:41
532.   RIYank
Oh, god, A-Gon homers. 6-3.
2006-08-01 19:08:58
533.   singledd
Alex Gonzalez homers (9) on a fly ball to left field. Gabe Kapler scores.
Tribe up 6-3, 1 out in the 9th.
2006-08-01 19:09:18
534.   AbbyNormal821
Muther-F'er! 2 run home run for Gonzalez. You Boston bastid!
2006-08-01 19:10:19
535.   Yankee Fan in Chicago
Well, at least Papi can only be the tying run . . .
2006-08-01 19:10:34
536.   pistolpete
OMFG - if Youkilis and Loretta both get on, I swear I'll kick in my TV...
2006-08-01 19:10:42
537.   Simone
See, the Indians are crap.
2006-08-01 19:10:45
538.   Ron Burgundy
Indians aren't winning this...Jesus H. Christ they suck.
2006-08-01 19:11:11
539.   pistolpete
Ok, whew. Still not out of the woods, but at least no walkoff & plate dive for Big Poopi.
2006-08-01 19:11:12
540.   RIYank
Youkilis out, two down.
I'm Gamedaying this -- some of you are obviously watching the Sawx game, huh?
2006-08-01 19:11:23
541.   rsmith51
It's over, heh heh.
2006-08-01 19:11:51
542.   pistolpete
YESSS!!!! It's OVER for the SAWX.
2006-08-01 19:11:57
543.   singledd
Kevin Youkilis flies out to left fielder Jason Michaels.

Mark Loretta bunt grounds out, pitcher Fernando Cabrera to first baseman Casey Blake.


2006-08-01 19:12:00
544.   Simone
The Yankees have to handle their own business when they play the Red Sox. No counting on sucky teams like the Indians. Weren't the Indians supposed to be an up and coming team? Right.
2006-08-01 19:12:05
545.   Ron Burgundy
God Bless Smallball and Mark Loretta. Loretta is an idiot. Bunt round out to end the game.
2006-08-01 19:12:45
546.   Stormer Sports
Chicago up 3-2 over KC.
2006-08-01 19:12:56
547.   pistolpete
Ok, I'm sick of these Lovitz Subway commercials now.

WHY is Farnsworth going in to close the game? WHY.

2006-08-01 19:13:14
548.   seamus
that was a clutch bunt!
2006-08-01 19:13:20
549.   RIYank
I think the Banter commenters could go 6 for 11 against the Cleveland bullpen.
But Loretta bunts out, whew.
2006-08-01 19:13:28
550.   rsmith51
545 It wasn't a bad idea, if he went towards third or first he might have had a chance.
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2006-08-01 19:13:47
551.   Simone
Sucky Cleveland comes through. Now the Yankees have to win this game.
2006-08-01 19:14:42
552.   singledd
ChiSox up 3-2 in the 7th.
Minn DOWN 8-0 in the 7th.
A Pretty good Tuesday, all-in-all.
2006-08-01 19:15:01
553.   AbbyNormal821
Go Farnsy - roll 'em up and smoke them birds!
Bring the heat!
2006-08-01 19:15:38
554.   Stormer Sports
What happened in the Twins game?
2006-08-01 19:15:56
555.   pistolpete
Is it me or does Jeter not make it look as effortless with his throws as he used to?
2006-08-01 19:16:18
556.   RIYank
I like Farns in this situation. If he looks wild, then Mo, obviously.
Farns' speed is above the temp tonight. Triple digits.
2006-08-01 19:17:16
557.   RIYank
Twins down 8-0 in the eighth.
2006-08-01 19:17:40
558.   Stormer Sports


2006-08-01 19:17:56
559.   singledd
Mybe this was posted earlier, but both Tek and Trot are on the 15 day DL. Lowell may be injured also.
2006-08-01 19:18:26
560.   pistolpete
Can we rename him 'FarnsworthWHILE' if he gets em' 1-2-3?
2006-08-01 19:18:30
561.   rsmith51
What's Cap'n laughing about?
2006-08-01 19:18:38
562.   Alvaro Espinoza
555 Yeah, but he's got his own cologne!
2006-08-01 19:18:40
563.   AbbyNormal821
555 Come on now, he IS 32 after all!

{wink, wink!)

2006-08-01 19:19:09
564.   pistolpete
559 Hold on, I gotta break out my 'world's smallest violin'...
2006-08-01 19:19:27
565.   Yu-Hsing Chen
finally the luck turns around ...

well it's 5:1 not exactly a save situation.. using him in this situation is good.

2006-08-01 19:19:28
566.   Ron Burgundy
One. More. Out.
2006-08-01 19:19:44
567.   AbbyNormal821
564 I'm breaking out the champagne & shot glasses!
2006-08-01 19:19:50
568.   Stormer Sports
Highway 101. Mike Ness is proud of Farny!
2006-08-01 19:20:06
569.   pistolpete
Can I say I absolutely LOVE the fact that we have a guy that throws over 100 mph...?
2006-08-01 19:20:26
570.   RIYank
Okay, Kyle!

And the Yanks take over first place by percentage points.

2006-08-01 19:20:32
571.   AbbyNormal821
2006-08-01 19:20:50
572.   randym77
We're #1!
2006-08-01 19:20:54
573.   rsmith51
569 So did Mike Wohlers...
2006-08-01 19:21:39
574.   seamus
someone needs to teach Farnsworth a El duque style loogie. Can you imagine...

101 fastball
99 fastball
56 loogie

they might hit it out, but it would be funny as hell!

2006-08-01 19:21:40
575.   Stormer Sports
Thank you Theo Epstein, thank you, thank you, thank you!
2006-08-01 19:21:57
576.   Stormer Sports
Thank you Theo Epstein, thank you, thank you, thank you!
2006-08-01 19:22:08
577.   pistolpete
Thanks for keeping first place warm for us, Boston.

Pack your things and be out by tomorrow...

2006-08-01 19:22:28
578.   Ron Burgundy
Sawx lose. We Win. AL East is tied, but we lead by winning percentage points. ESPN in panick mode and sucking their thumbs.
2006-08-01 19:22:42
579.   RIYank
569 It ain't the heat, it's the motion. (But it is cool, I agree.)
But whatever it is, he's bringin' it since the All Star Break, huh?
2006-08-01 19:23:11
580.   Stormer Sports
Bernie Baseball + Donnie Baseball = Pure Class
2006-08-01 19:23:50
581.   rsmith51
579 Farns is our own version of Nuke LaLoosh.
2006-08-01 19:24:06
582.   singledd
NEW YORK -- Gary Sheffield embraced Bobby Abreu's arrival with the New York Yankees, saying he would shift to first base if needed.

"I gave him a hug. I wanted him to feel welcome," Sheffield said Tuesday after Abreu reported to the Yankees, who acquired him in a trade with Philadelphia two days earlier.

This was discussed already, correct?

2006-08-01 19:24:06
583.   Dimelo
Is anyone else FUCKING psyched, excited and absolutely crazy about our YANKS???? The next 59 games are going to be great....FUCKEN YEAH!!!!

Let's win this bitch this year!!!!!!!!
I want to hear people tell me how we bought another championship and I want to reply with two very simple words, F- YOU!!!!

2006-08-01 19:24:59
584.   pistolpete
583 I usually reply with, "Yeah, and...?"
2006-08-01 19:26:04
585.   Stormer Sports
Sheffield took practice at 1B last year. He also offered to play third on numerous occassions. I still say, it he's healthy, 13 mil. is a small price to pay to keep him next year.
2006-08-01 19:26:09
586.   mikeplugh
I had to step away just as things were getting good. Blast!

Yanks in 1st, Tek and Nixon out. Huckaby and Wells in. What a beautiful day. Gotta soak this one in a bit.

2006-08-01 19:28:17
587.   seamus
so, boston gets rocked and yankees take first place lead, so what is gamenight talking about? ortiz and walk off hits.
2006-08-01 19:28:46
588.   3rd gen yankee fan
583 I'm deliriously happy. I can feel it, I know you guys can feel it, and not only that, it's backed up by stats! WE'RE GONNA KICK SOME A$$!!!
2006-08-01 19:29:31
589.   rabid stan
583 Or "So you think everyone should follow the Royals' example?"
2006-08-01 19:29:48
590.   bobtaco
586 and Lowell apparently?!
2006-08-01 19:30:56
591.   seamus
"Who is playing first base for us?" Sheffield said playfully. "If he can do it, I can do it."

best Sheff quote of the day! :)

2006-08-01 19:32:29
592.   Dimelo
I really want Sheff back. I love his tenacity. The only thing that would make me love Sheff more is if he went and ripped Chris Russo's throat out and then force fed it to Mike Francesca. BUT...even if he didn't do THAT...I'd still like him on the Yanks next year.
2006-08-01 19:36:12
593.   RIYank
587 I'm actually beginning to enjoy that, in a perverse way.
2006-08-01 19:40:20
594.   Jeteupthemiddle
ok, I'm gonna shamelessly plug my blog. I started it mostly to pass the time when I'm bored.

Anyway, I made a post tonight comparing the top VORP players from the Yankees and the Red Sox; however, I have no idea what any of it in, I really don't know what I found (I like to think it just confirms my opinion that the Yankees are better than the Sox (duh)) but I really have no idea.

Figured, I would throw it here for the statisticians better than me.

2006-08-01 19:42:50
595.   randym77
Liriano scratched from his next start. Rumor is he's going on the DL.
2006-08-01 19:43:42
596.   Ron Burgundy
596 Damn, I was hoping he'd get the ROY Award.
2006-08-01 19:44:56
597.   seamus
596 is that a circular reference?
2006-08-01 19:47:21
598.   RIYank
504 Statistician better than you, that's not me. But it looks good.

Here are a couple of interesting stats from tonight:
1. Wright throws 103 pitches in five innings; the pen threw 49 the rest of the way.
2. The BoSox were 1-for-9 with RISP tonight.

2006-08-01 19:48:00
599.   RIYank
Sorry, I meant 594.
2006-08-01 19:48:26
600.   RIYank
Giambi cramped up a little, should be okay tomorrow.
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2006-08-01 19:51:57
601.   Ron Burgundy
WOW. 600 posts. Is this a record?
2006-08-01 20:03:54
602.   randym77
601 I don't think so.

Speaking of records...we now have the second best record in MLB. Only Detroit is ahead of us.

2006-08-01 20:07:45
603.   Ron Burgundy
602 But haven't you heard? We were finished two months ago! The Red Sawx have already won the Division.
2006-08-01 20:10:46
604.   rsmith51
On ESPN right now, it said:

Boston 63-41 -
Yankees 62-41 .5

I kid you not.

They are fixated on the Red Sox.

2006-08-01 20:14:18
605.   yankeemonkey
604 I saw that...I was like, WTF? They did say Yanks were ahead by % points....guess the graphic was just a Freudian slip, eh?
2006-08-01 20:22:34
606.   RIYank
603 True, and sad. And, we can't win the wildcard, even, because that is guaranteed to come out of the Central.
2006-08-01 20:27:47
607.   rabid stan
They got it right at
2006-08-01 20:28:35
608.   murphy
ok. it's fixed over at espn. it now says we're in first.


2006-08-01 20:28:39
609.   ric
"They are fixated on the Red Sox. "

do you guys hear yourselves? YOU are fixated on the Red Sox. do you have real friends or only internet friends? you guys chat online all night like a bunch of schoolgirls.

2006-08-01 20:30:53
610.   RIYank
By the way:

Sawx new acquisitions underperforming...
Yanks newby with key at-bat...
Sawx tanking, Yanks winning, first place changes hands, Red Sox Nation shifting into Panic Mode...

Yep. It's August.

2006-08-01 20:31:47
611.   yankeemonkey
Off the Facade reports Cano may be back by this weekend. Awesomeness!
2006-08-01 20:31:47
612.   rabid stan
609 Well Mr. Pouty-pants, at least we're filled to the brim with girlish glee, pathetic internet existence or not.
2006-08-01 22:39:16
613.   brockdc
612 Let's hear it for the Yankees AND our pathetic Internet existence: WHOOOPEEEEE!
2006-08-01 23:03:09
614.   Stormer Sports

Here Here! I never liked real live people anyway.

We move into first place the day after Cashman makes the deals of the year, a Raven bounces around Fenway to portend dark days ahead, and Arod and Bernie have a big night. The Stars are aligning my friends.

2006-08-02 00:35:13
615.   yankz
I've always found it hilarious and ironic when people insult others for being online...while they themselves are online.
2006-08-02 04:39:00
616.   Chyll Will
615 Haven't you seen "House of Flying Daggers"? Hilarious irony is strictly forbidden!!! It will make your bullpen implode.

Maybe we could all go to Waikiki and make friends... [151, et al]

(um, I don't know how to do that tinyurl thing...)

2006-08-02 05:19:07
617.   Sliced Bread
616 Chyll,

Go to and paste the cumbersome link in the space provided. The site converts it into a tinyurl thingy.

The Red Sox appear to be moving in the same direction as Fidel this morning. How grim.

2006-08-02 05:20:15
618.   Sliced Bread
... for them.
2006-08-02 05:30:57
619.   ric
"I've always found it hilarious and ironic when people insult others for being online...while they themselves are online. "

to use an appropriate metaphor, "he who enjoys the occasional beer is not an alcoholic"

now continue painting each others toenails!

2006-08-02 06:02:38
620.   Sliced Bread
619 He who continually sucks, and bites the beer bottle is both tipsy, and toothless. Got that, Gummy?
2006-08-02 06:15:45
621.   rbj
So ric posts at: 2006-08-01 20:28:39 609 (that's what, 8:30 last night)
and then again at: 2006-08-02 05:30:57 619
(5:30 this morning)
I think the time stamps are a bit off, say three hours, but it is interesting that ric is posting late last night and again early this a.m. But he doesn't have a problem, no siree!

Ric, denial ain't just a river in Egypt.

2006-08-02 06:28:23
622.   ChuckM
That's because alcoholics go to meetings. LOL
2006-08-02 07:35:32
623.   Chyll Will
617 Thanks, Sliced! Give'em Hell, and the 4 train as well...
2006-08-02 10:01:22
624.   Schteeve
609 LOL! Dood you are in idiot LOL!OMGZWTF?!BBQ!



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