Baseball Toaster Bronx Banter
Looking For Signs of Life
2007-04-07 07:35
by Alex Belth
Note: The Bronx Banter blog has moved to

It is an overcast, brisk spring day in New York. The sun is trying to peak out. Kei Igawa is on the hill for the Yanks this afternoon. Time for the bats to bomb away.

Comments (382)
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2007-04-07 08:09:46
1.   Cliff Corcoran
After three games:

Yankee starters: 12 1/2 IP, 2.27 WHIP, 8.76 ERA

Yankee relievers: 14 2/3 IP, 0.95 WHIP, 1.84 ERA

2007-04-07 08:12:02
2.   Cliff Corcoran
Yankee offense: 6 1/3 runs per game

Yankee defense: awful

2007-04-07 08:44:22
3.   OldYanksFan
After three games:
Red Sox fans: Hopeful.
Yankee fans: Disgusted.

Once again, ya gotta love ESPN for their thoughtful, BALANCED coverage. From their website:
"Inept Mussina mauled as O's smash Yanks"
"Mussina mauled as Orioles turn fortunes against Yanks"
Inept? Mauled? Did anyone set Contraras the other day? He just 'Lost'.

And for the best news:
"Mike Mussina lasted only four innings against Baltimore, which makes 2007 the first time in Yankees history that their starting pitcher failed to throw at least five innings in each of the team's first three games of a season"

2007-04-07 09:00:49
4.   OldYanksFan
Sorry to Beat a Dead Horse Dept:
For a little reality check on the Captain's defensive abilities, I would refer you to:

2) "Time For Jeter To Follow A-Rod & Nomar - And Move Off Short" from WasWatching.

Even another GG can't make this stuff go away.

2007-04-07 09:53:09
5.   Cliff Corcoran
4 In Jeter's defense (no pun intended), I don't think what we've seen over the past three games has been an accurate picture of his defensive abilities. Even fielders can slump, and I think that's what's going on here. He may still be in inferior fielder at his best, but mental mistakes and poor throws have never been an issue with him, though they've been so thus far this week.
2007-04-07 09:56:32
6.   seamus
4 like Cliff says, jeter's play this week is a different issue entirely from the debate over his general defensive abilities. He just looks off compared to how he usually plays shortstop.
2007-04-07 09:58:54
7.   OldYanksFan
7 Agreed. This week he has been horrible. Normally, he is just bad (....ground ball.... juuuust past the outstretched glove of Jeter).
2007-04-07 10:05:37
8.   OldYanksFan
ahhhhhh.... it's Saturday. Fox's first televised game of the day is at 4:00. That's why the Yankees game at 1:00 is blacked out from MLB.TV

That makes sense, right?

2007-04-07 10:07:53
9.   atc
I love how the Orioles announcers make it seem like the Yanks and O's are these HUGE rivals. That idiot Buck Martinez also pointed out that the Birds surely have the Yanks' attention after last night's game. Give me a freaking break.
2007-04-07 10:08:23
10.   SF Yanks
Is anyone getting the game anywhere? Any secret sources? :(
2007-04-07 10:10:04
11.   Emma Span
Dear God... Yanks-O's, Igawa versus STEVE TRACHSEL?! The length of this game is going to set all kinds of records...

A lot of guys share the Human Rain Delay nickname, but nobody earned it like Trachs. I've always suspected that the new rule limiting time between pitches was designed specifically with him in mind.

2007-04-07 10:10:56
12.   atc
10 Yes, in DC. This might be the first time I've ever been happy to get a Baltimore telecast.
2007-04-07 10:14:34
13.   brockdc
10 XM.

Mora homers. 1-0 O's.

2007-04-07 10:15:08
14.   atc
13 That was Markakis or however you spell it
2007-04-07 10:17:09
15.   Bama Yankee
10 I'm getting it courtesy of the "bobtaco" technique that worked last year.
2007-04-07 10:22:10
16.   Vandelay Industries


I remember that, but I had EI last year and didnt use it. Do you mind refreshing my memory on how to get the game to work on


2007-04-07 10:24:35
17.   SF Yanks
15 AHHH, it still works. Can you please send me the link. You can do it by email if you want. :)
2007-04-07 10:24:54
18.   claybeez
2007-04-07 10:25:13
19.   SF Yanks
I didn't think it still worked and didn't bother with it last night.
2007-04-07 10:25:26
20.   Jim Dean
Dammit Arod - in the first inning!?
2007-04-07 10:26:04
21.   Vandelay Industries

If you get it to work, Can you email me the link?

2007-04-07 10:26:16
22.   SF Yanks
18 You can't say wow! and not tell me what happened.

This sucks.

2007-04-07 10:26:28
23.   kylepetterson
Just padding the stats...jerkass..
2007-04-07 10:27:21
24.   SF Yanks
21 Yeah.
2007-04-07 10:27:46
25.   seamus
woohoo. I also temporarily forgot about how to get mlbtv to work. got it and at the higher resolution. What do folks think of the higher resolution feed? Seems smoother for me. Not just the picture, but the actual feed. (That is probably due to my change from verizon dsl to comcast cable internt).
2007-04-07 10:28:10
26.   SF Yanks
20 Error??
2007-04-07 10:29:01
27.   Orly Yarly NoWai
26 Judging by the score, I'd guess a two-run homer.
2007-04-07 10:29:14
28.   seamus
26 try 2 run HR
2007-04-07 10:29:15
29.   Vandelay Industries

What is the link to get it to work?

2007-04-07 10:29:38
30.   SF Yanks
Alright guys, please, I was the 2nd damn person to know about the thing.

25 Thanks for rubbing it in.

2007-04-07 10:29:39
31.   seamus
28 a no doubter to boot.
2007-04-07 10:29:54
32.   Orly Yarly NoWai
You know, as an announcer, Joe Morgan is better than Buck Martinez.
2007-04-07 10:30:08
33.   seamus
i can e-mail the link if folks give me their emails
2007-04-07 10:30:30
34.   SF Yanks
27 Well I'm not looking at the score, I'm focused on getting this game.
2007-04-07 10:30:40
35.   Vandelay Industries
Sterling made it sound as if it bounced off the facade.
2007-04-07 10:30:53
36.   SF Yanks

Thank you!!!

2007-04-07 10:31:18
37.   Vandelay Industries
33My email is

Thanks man.

2007-04-07 10:31:19
38.   SF Yanks
36 that's zero zero
2007-04-07 10:31:37
39.   Orly Yarly NoWai
Quest is in a bit of a jam; 1st and 2nd with none out.

Patterson at the dish. 0-1.

2007-04-07 10:32:10
40.   Bama Yankee
16 & 17
Email me at:

bama_yankee2 AT yahoo DOT com

I will try to send it to you.

2007-04-07 10:32:16
41.   seamus
36 37 just sent...
2007-04-07 10:32:33
42.   Orly Yarly NoWai
Big looping curve inside, 1-2.
2007-04-07 10:33:37
43.   Orly Yarly NoWai
Patterson singles to right; bases juiced.
2007-04-07 10:35:34
44.   Bama Yankee
36 37
Sorry, I was a little slow. Looks like seamus has got you covered. Good luck.
2007-04-07 10:35:38
45.   Orly Yarly NoWai
Quest bounces a fastball to Gomez; 1-0 with none out and the bases loaded.

Strike inside with a fastball. 1-1.

Offspeed pitch high for a ball. 2-1.

High fastball popped up to Doug Out; 1 away.

2007-04-07 10:35:43
46.   unmoderated
igawa gets a an easy pop up. no runs.
2007-04-07 10:36:35
47.   SF Yanks
44 I sent you an email Bama, I'm not getting much luck here.
2007-04-07 10:36:57
48.   Vandelay Industries


2007-04-07 10:37:48
49.   seamus
47 didn't work?
2007-04-07 10:38:52
50.   Orly Yarly NoWai
Alberto Castilla takes a fastball away (92mph) for a strike.

Fastball up and in for a ball. 1-1.

Blew an inside fastball past Castilla for a swinging strike. 1-2.

Fouled something off. 1-2.

Castilla Ks on the fastball. 2 away.

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2007-04-07 10:38:52
51.   seamus
Igawa with the K!
2007-04-07 10:40:44
52.   Orly Yarly NoWai
1-1 to Roberts after a ball and a foul.

Almost hit him! 2-1.

Boo... Roberts almost went around, but the 1st base up says no. 3-1.

Damn. Walks him on a low fastball.

Tied at 2 as Igawa walks in the run.

2007-04-07 10:41:15
53.   brockdc
What's the deal with XM preempting broadcasts with commercials in the middle of the action?
2007-04-07 10:41:35
54.   SF Yanks
I got it guys. Thank you. I had to upgrade to the HD one. But it's all good now. Thank you both very much.
2007-04-07 10:41:42
55.   Vandelay Industries

He'll get better. Gulp.....I hope.

2007-04-07 10:42:00
56.   OldYanksFan
Gameday looks like a video game. I don't like it. Anyone have a better alternative?
2007-04-07 10:42:41
57.   brockdc
2007-04-07 10:43:03
58.   seamus
crap! Igawa hasn't looked terrible, but he hasn't done the job either. 5-2 Os
2007-04-07 10:43:04
59.   Vandelay Industries
Wow! That was UGLY!
2007-04-07 10:43:14
60.   Orly Yarly NoWai
Curveball low for a ball to Melvin Mora. 1-0.

Looked like a changeup away, which Mora pops foul. 1-1.

Curveball blooped to right for a 3 run double. Doug Out couldn't reach it. Jeter drops Abreu's throw, allowing Roberts to score and Mora to tag.

5-2 Os. 2 out. Guidry is out there.

2007-04-07 10:43:19
61.   vockins
Good lord, Jeter.
2007-04-07 10:43:24
62.   seamus
56 i don't like it either.
2007-04-07 10:43:27
63.   unmoderated
ugh. this is some ugly baseball.
2007-04-07 10:44:27
64.   seamus
54 good to hear. your welcome.
2007-04-07 10:44:50
65.   unmoderated
x 2
2007-04-07 10:45:05
66.   Orly Yarly NoWai
Low fastball to Markakis for a strike to make it 1-1. I missed the first pitch while being angry.

Another low fastball; 1-2.

Little tapper for Markakis, Quest bobbles the ball, Markakis safe.

1st and 3rd, 2 out.

2007-04-07 10:45:22
67.   seamus
wow. seriously. did we do fielding drills in spring training?
2007-04-07 10:45:44
68.   OldYanksFan
Hard to hate a pitcher for an opposite field bloop.
2007-04-07 10:46:07
69.   Vandelay Industries
What will it be? "Yankees set new MLB mark for errors in April"
2007-04-07 10:46:16
70.   OldYanksFan
OK. I can hate him for that.
2007-04-07 10:46:25
71.   BklynBmr
Yikes! Are we on pace for 11-19 yet?
2007-04-07 10:46:29
72.   vockins
67 These games have been Keystone Kops in the field. Ridiculous.
2007-04-07 10:47:14
73.   Orly Yarly NoWai
Miguel Tejada up with two on and two out.

Quest over to first. Markakis safe.

High fastball for a ball. Igawa's control seems to be pretty bad; he better get better and soon.

Fastball inside for a ball.

Tejada flies out to right and slams his bat in disgust.

Finally out of the inning. That was a disaster.

2007-04-07 10:47:29
74.   OldYanksFan
'Watching' a game on gameday is dehumanizing. Are there any radio feeds available on the net? Please speak up if you know a better way.
2007-04-07 10:48:01
75.   Vandelay Industries

What's your email?

2007-04-07 10:48:05
76.   seamus
74 all i know is to sign up for mlb audio or tv.
2007-04-07 10:48:11
77.   Orly Yarly NoWai
68 But I can be upset with Alphabet Soup for not getting to it, and with Igawa for throwing the ball basically everywhere but where he wants to.
2007-04-07 10:48:33
78.   BklynBmr
74 Gameday Audio on $14.95 for the season...
2007-04-07 10:49:36
79.   Vandelay Industries

Oooops. I thought you had Yea, just sign up for gameday audio. You get the WCBS feed.

2007-04-07 10:50:01
80.   unmoderated
74 - last year, i bought the gameday audio package for $15.00, you can hear sterling and waldman anywhere with an internet connection.

you can also google 'yankees radio network' and see if any of the radio stations simulcast on the web. or, see if you get any of the stations listed.

2007-04-07 10:50:14
81.   OldYanksFan
2007-04-07 10:50:16
82.   Orly Yarly NoWai
Matsui takes a curveball inside for a strike.

Takes another curveball outside for a strike. 0-2.

Fastball low and away, Matsui taps it and Castilla throws him out at first.

One gone.

2007-04-07 10:51:26
83.   OldYanksFan
I already have MLB.TV
It's blacked out by Fox!
2007-04-07 10:51:37
84.   Simone
Yesterday I said the Yankees will need 10 runs to win a game, now I'm thinking 20 runs.
2007-04-07 10:52:26
85.   Paul in Boston
Since discussing the game is too depressing, what is the "bobtaco" technique?
2007-04-07 10:52:30
86.   Orly Yarly NoWai
Strike with the fastball to Posada. 0-1.

Posada grounds an offspeed pitch to the firstbase side, way foul. 0-2.

Looked like a changeup or bad curveball away for a ball.

Fastball high, ball. 2-2.

Fastball on the inside corner, and the ump makes a big show of calling him out. Total bullshit; that was a ball.

2 away.

2007-04-07 10:53:09
87.   OldYanksFan
This is torture. I can't imagine 3 hours of this. F*CKING FOX!
2007-04-07 10:53:31
88.   Orly Yarly NoWai
MCI takes a strike low and in.

Grounds out, 1B to P.

That was fast. 5-2 Os.

2007-04-07 10:54:22
89.   Vandelay Industries

Check your email.

2007-04-07 10:54:31
90.   seamus
83 I may not be the only one, but I just e-mailed you the info you need to watch
2007-04-07 10:54:33
91.   Bama Yankee
85 We only share it through email, to keep the folks at from finding out.
2007-04-07 10:54:56
92.   Orly Yarly NoWai
Posada should have had a ball three on that last pitch. That's going to bother me for a while.
2007-04-07 10:55:22
93.   seamus
89 haha. guess we both helped.
2007-04-07 10:56:11
94.   Orly Yarly NoWai
Quest low and away with the fastball, ball one to Huff.

Huff fouls off a fastball. 1-1.

Curveball up, flies out to left center. Melky makes the catch.

1 out.

2007-04-07 10:56:19
95.   OldYanksFan
Bronx Banter Lotto:
What Date is Hughes called up?
What day is it reported that Cashman has offered his firstborn male child to Clemens?
2007-04-07 10:57:42
96.   Orly Yarly NoWai
Fastball to Millar popped up and out of play to the third-base side.

WAY high fastball, over Millar's head for a ball.

Millar takes a fastball deep to left, Matsui with the easy catch.

2 gone.

2007-04-07 10:58:01
97.   Mattpat11
I can't say how proud I am of the Keystone Kops and their effort this year.
2007-04-07 10:58:08
98.   Orly Yarly NoWai
1) Not soon enough.

2) Not soon enough.

2007-04-07 10:58:16
99.   Eirias
Thanks, Bama Yankee
2007-04-07 10:59:01
100.   Orly Yarly NoWai
Patterson fouls a pitch off for a ball, then gets jammed inside. 0-2.

Igawa nails him in the shoulder. Damnit, Quest. Settle down!

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2007-04-07 10:59:29
101.   Mattpat11
Fine job on that Igawa signing, Cash. How many millions did we spend for the honor of seeing this?
2007-04-07 11:00:28
102.   mikeplugh
Igawa is not ready for prime time today. I woke up for this?!
2007-04-07 11:01:24
103.   Vandelay Industries
So who is first out of the pen today? They used Henn, now who is the long man?

That is a good question, why isn't Hughes already up? Don't the Devel Rays have more than 6 guys on their roster younger or the dsame age as Hughes? Treat him like a fragile egg, and he will perform like a fragile egg.

2007-04-07 11:02:12
104.   Orly Yarly NoWai
2 out, Gomez up.

Quest over to first, Patterson back standing up.

Quest bounces a fastball low, and Posada blocks it. 1-0.

Igawa goes over to first with a different move, Pattersonb back standing up.

Quest AGAIN to first, Patterson back.

Offspeed pitch down and in, low for a ball.

Quest to first, Patterson back. Buck smugly claims he can sense Igawa going to the base.

Patterson to third on the hit and run as Gomez singles to left.

2007-04-07 11:02:15
105.   Mattpat11
2007-04-07 11:02:19
106.   seamus
it isn't exactly like they've rocked igawa around. time will tell of course.
2007-04-07 11:03:03
107.   Orly Yarly NoWai
103 Do we REALLY want to emulate the Rays?
2007-04-07 11:03:19
108.   OldYanksFan
89 God Bless you! God bless your children! God bless you ancestors!

I didn't have the 700 version, but I upgraded for the extra $5. God Bless Vandelay Industries (whatever that may be).

Tell me, should I save that link for future Saturdays?


2007-04-07 11:04:08
109.   Vandelay Industries

No, of course not. But I think they can remove the nipple from Hughes' mouth already.

2007-04-07 11:05:19
110.   Vandelay Industries

You are welcome. Vandelay Industries is a subsidiary of Kramerica Inc.

Too much Seinfeld I suppose.

2007-04-07 11:05:20
111.   Orly Yarly NoWai
Alberto Castillo up, 1-1 count as Igawa bounces a ball in the dirt. Again.

Strike with the heater up and in. 1-2, 2 away.

Big curve just a bit low and in; 2-2.

Big curve again just a bit in, 3-2, 2 out.

K with the heater. No runs that inning.

2007-04-07 11:05:52
112.   brockdc
Hell, yes. Now let's score some runs!
2007-04-07 11:06:19
113.   kylepetterson
Anyone else miss Jaret Wright.
2007-04-07 11:06:23
114.   Orly Yarly NoWai
109 In the minors, I think so, but I'd rather not see him until later this year. That's what my head says. My heart says "AUGH! QUEST, you're killing me!"
2007-04-07 11:06:34
115.   OldYanksFan
And thank you too: (whoever you are).

And God Bless Bronx Banter! This place really rocks!

And God Bless Tiny Tim (I guess).

2007-04-07 11:07:48
116.   seamus
115 oh yeah, that would be me.. your welcome.

tiny tim is nice enough. worth the blessing..

2007-04-07 11:08:05
117.   OldYanksFan
I think it's still to early to judge Iggy. Of all thinks, he has always had good control. I think he's pressing.
2007-04-07 11:08:44
118.   Vandelay Industries
And thanks to Bama Yankee.

Go Auburn...Go Tigers....War Eagle!

I had to throw it in there, my bro goes to Auburn....just teasing.

2007-04-07 11:09:00
119.   OldYanksFan
P.S. This 700 version is major better then the old 400.
2007-04-07 11:09:17
120.   Bama Yankee
115 Don't forget bobtaco, he is the one who figured it out, IIRC.
2007-04-07 11:09:50
121.   seamus
119 agreed. I was worried about how my older emac woudl do with it, but it looks and runs great.
2007-04-07 11:10:18
122.   Orly Yarly NoWai
2-1 to Melky, as I took a break for Doritos, and he fouls a pitch off to the RF side. 2-2.

Trachsel bounces a fastball. 3-2.

Melky grounds a fastball hard, right to the 3rd baseman, and he's thrown out at first.

2007-04-07 11:10:55
123.   Orly Yarly NoWai
Cano takes a curve and a fastball for two strikes.

Strikes out on a changeup low and away.

2007-04-07 11:11:04
124.   OldYanksFan
Man... Melky looks bad. Last year he had nothing to lose. Now, he just does not look confident up there. Opinions?
2007-04-07 11:11:24
125.   Vandelay Industries
Melky looks pretty lost up there.
2007-04-07 11:11:50
126.   Mattpat11
Its so comforting to see no one can hit Steve Trachsel.
2007-04-07 11:12:27
127.   Orly Yarly NoWai
Jeter takes for a strike.

Changeup high and away, ball. 1-1.

Jeter hits it deep to center, and Patterson makes the catch at the wall.

5-2 Os.

2007-04-07 11:13:00
128.   Orly Yarly NoWai
I thought Melky took a pretty decent swing, actually.
2007-04-07 11:13:05
129.   Bama Yankee
118 You had to go and mention the "A" word.

Actually, my brother went there too. It is not a bad school, I just don't like the football team (especially since they have won the last five iron bowls).

2007-04-07 11:13:14
130.   OldYanksFan
Anybody else want to see Jetes start pulling the ball some?
2007-04-07 11:13:28
131.   Mattpat11
Oh good, time for the Japanese Victor Zambrano to come back out again.
2007-04-07 11:14:03
132.   Vandelay Industries
Anyone else out there hoping the Cubs with Piniella bring down the house and run away with the Central this year?
2007-04-07 11:15:04
133.   Mattpat11
1 with Smoltz, two with Glavine, 3 with Maddux.
2007-04-07 11:15:55
134.   OldYanksFan
Not that I WANT to see commercials on MLB.TV, but considering how money hungry they are, aren't they losing a LOT of advertising revenue (like millions and millions)?
2007-04-07 11:16:12
135.   Orly Yarly NoWai
Kei bounces another one. Blaugh.

Fastball for another ball. 2-0 to Roberts.

Third fastball fouled off. 2-1.

Fat-ball low and in. 3-1.

Even the MASN guys are talking about Dice K. Since when did beating the Royals become this big a deal?

Roberts fouls another one off, then Igawa walks him. Blaugh. This is frustrating.

2007-04-07 11:16:17
136.   Mattpat11
132 No, not even a little. Can't stand the Cubs. Anyone that would embrace a "lovable loser" image bothers me.
2007-04-07 11:16:57
137.   Vandelay Industries

Not to mention they, my bro included, seem to have blacked out the whole scandal from a few years back. Wht can't I get a job at that car dealership. I am actually a WVU fan, so life has been pretty good the past few years. We did actually beat the SEC Champ two years ago.

What ever happened to your QB who came out that year? I liked that kid and thougt he would perform well in the NFL.

2007-04-07 11:17:18
138.   OldYanksFan
Between innings, I mean.
2007-04-07 11:17:48
139.   Vandelay Industries

I am just pulling for Piniella. I have always thought he is about a good a manager of baseball as there has been in decades.

2007-04-07 11:17:55
140.   Orly Yarly NoWai
Igawa has started the first two batters of the inning with offspeed pitches in the dirt.

Now a fastball up and away.

God this is annoying. 2-0.

Mora takes it to left for a HR. 7-2 Os.

2007-04-07 11:18:26
141.   OldYanksFan
Hari Kari time
2007-04-07 11:18:56
142.   Orly Yarly NoWai
I'm done with the play-by-play; maybe Quest's luck will change.
2007-04-07 11:19:32
143.   Vandelay Industries
Oh boy......Is Jimmy Key available?
2007-04-07 11:20:09
144.   Mattpat11
oh well. its only one game. Hopefully Hughes is on the express.
2007-04-07 11:20:12
145.   OldYanksFan
You know what I'm pissed about? I haven't seen one, no less 14, articles picking Alex apart for wearing high socks. NOW HOW SICK IS THAT? What is wrong with his head?
2007-04-07 11:21:14
146.   monkeypants
Hmm. Maybe the Yanks should go about this diferently, and just start the game with relievers going four or five innings, then turn to the 'starters' depending on the score.
2007-04-07 11:21:27
147.   Vandelay Industries

I like the high socks.

2007-04-07 11:22:37
148.   OldYanksFan
Yes... me too... but on ARod? HOW SICK IS THAT? What is wrong with his head?
2007-04-07 11:23:18
149.   Vandelay Industries
Am I missing something? Didn't Karstens look a whole lot better than Rasner last year? Or does he have a nipple in his mouth too?

OOops, was he included in a trade, brain freeze?

2007-04-07 11:25:32
150.   Mattpat11
I got the trivia question right. Thats exciting.
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2007-04-07 11:25:46
151.   bartap74
Didn't the 98 team have a similarly poor start? Far too early to panic, but this is still tough to watch. I mean, it's Steve Trachsel for God's sake. They can hit this guy, can't they?
2007-04-07 11:26:12
152.   Orly Yarly NoWai
148 It's part of his clever disguise.
2007-04-07 11:26:19
153.   OldYanksFan
OK.... I'm sorry for babbling... but 4 games at home, against 2 of the worst teams in the league? Is this the curse of bootlegged MLB.TV? The curse of no-more-sleepovers-at-Jeters-house? The curse of Japanese sloppy seconds?

It's still the 4th. Pray for heavy snow.

2007-04-07 11:27:39
154.   seamus
thank god for arod!
2007-04-07 11:27:46
155.   Orly Yarly NoWai
Yay for A-Rod!
2007-04-07 11:27:48
156.   bartap74
Hey, this Rodriguez guy is pretty good.
2007-04-07 11:28:17
157.   Orly Yarly NoWai
153 Won't work; we don't have the Human Brain Delay.
2007-04-07 11:28:26
158.   Bama Yankee
137 Yeah, those guys have selective memory down there.

If you are a WVU fan you were probably not too happy with us for trying to get your coach. I never really thought he would leave Morgantown (especially to come to Alabama). I think Rodriguez is a very good coach, but I don't think he would have been happy in Tuscaloosa. Hopefully, for us, Saban will do a good job. He has already gotten some of our rotund linemen into shape.

2007-04-07 11:28:40
159.   OldYanksFan
Another HR lost to death valley.
2007-04-07 11:30:12
160.   OldYanksFan
OK! Lets go Mats. 5 run HR right now!
2007-04-07 11:30:18
161.   Orly Yarly NoWai
Oh no.




2007-04-07 11:30:40
162.   OldYanksFan
Oh. My. God.
2007-04-07 11:31:27
163.   bartap74
Is Cairo really the best pinch hitter we can muster?
2007-04-07 11:32:08
164.   Orly Yarly NoWai
First, there was Fire Joe Morgan.

Now, there is Chastise Joe Torre.

2007-04-07 11:32:19
165.   monkeypants
Game 4, and Cairo is already the first option off the bench.
2007-04-07 11:32:31
166.   Orly Yarly NoWai
163 A better question is why the hell are we PHing for Mats?
2007-04-07 11:33:08
167.   Vandelay Industries

Good luck with Saban. For your sake I hope he performs. I, for one, don't think much of Saban, either personally or as a coach. I thought Bama could have made a much better choice, but big time SEC football schools seem to prefer names over substance.

What happened to Matsui?
Is this where Joe pinch runs for

2007-04-07 11:33:56
168.   OldYanksFan
Must. Demote. A. BP. Guy. And. Bring. Up. KT.
2007-04-07 11:34:28
169.   Vandelay Industries

We have no bench. I hope Phelps does well. I am just happy I dont have to argue with folks like last year, who thought Andy Phillips was a baseball player.

2007-04-07 11:34:40
170.   kylepetterson
168 Are you kidding? Not until our starters can pitch at least 6 innings.
2007-04-07 11:34:45
171.   Orly Yarly NoWai
Jorge for hooray!
2007-04-07 11:35:19
172.   Orly Yarly NoWai
We need to ask for some 27-man rosters.
2007-04-07 11:35:23
173.   Vandelay Industries
Can you say, CONTRACT YEAR!
2007-04-07 11:35:45
174.   unmoderated
170 that's what i was thinking. cant we get pavano to toss a few?

wait, did i just say that?

2007-04-07 11:36:38
175.   OldYanksFan
Must. Not. Have. Melky. And. Cairo. In. The. Same. Outfield. And. Lineup.
2007-04-07 11:36:46
176.   monkeypants
166 Did he bat for Matsui or Melky? In either case, soes that mean Cairo goes into the OF? Or Damon? And if Damon, why not PH Damon?
2007-04-07 11:37:00
177.   OldYanksFan
TAKE A WALK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2007-04-07 11:38:06
178.   OldYanksFan
Mats MUST be injured. Can there be any other explaination!
2007-04-07 11:38:31
179.   Orly Yarly NoWai
176 He went in for Matsui.
2007-04-07 11:39:56
180.   OldYanksFan
Mats hasn't run the bases or touched the baseball. What could have happened? Bad Sushi?
2007-04-07 11:40:06
181.   Vandelay Industries
That has been his problem his entire career. Doug, you cannot pull that outside pitch....go with the pitch....go with it.
2007-04-07 11:40:50
182.   monkeypants
179 Still, if Damon is not healthy enough to PH and then go into to CF, then he should be put on the DH. Once again (like last year with Sheff), the refusal to DH a player leaves the team plaing a man short--a particularly dangerous situation any time Cairo is in the vicinity.
2007-04-07 11:42:25
183.   Vandelay Industries

Come on now. You know Torre will grant any wish a veteran makes....

2007-04-07 11:43:55
184.   Vandelay Industries
Where is El Duque? Oh, that's right, Cashman didn't think he was worth 2 million a year...
2007-04-07 11:44:55
185.   Bama Yankee
167 169 Ouch, first you bring up Auburn. Then you tell me you don't like Saban (I actually understand that one) now you have to dog my boy Andy Phillips. What's next, you gonna say something bad about Bear Bryant? ;-)
2007-04-07 11:45:28
186.   OldYanksFan
The Good news:
ARod .411 with a slugging% over 1.000.

The Bad news: Global warming. No snow today.

2007-04-07 11:48:10
187.   Vandelay Industries

Naaaa, I have fond memories of Bear. I am sure this will make you even more unhappy, but I actually really enjoy watching SEC games, and am pulling for you guys to become more competitive, but I am really pulling for Spurrier and South Carolina. Blasphome I'm sure.

But seriously, Andy Phillips, come on man. He should be selling insurance with Tommy Maddox.

2007-04-07 11:48:22
188.   OldYanksFan
Sitting at home.
Laughing, laughing, laughing.

Unless JD is ready to play tomorrow, I think we have to bring up KT. We can lose one guy from the BP for a few days.

And no report on Matsui what-so-ever. Isn't that strange?

2007-04-07 11:51:09
189.   OldYanksFan
Bad, bad news.
KT must come up.
(Bernie: Laughing, laughing, laughing.)
2007-04-07 11:51:48
190.   monkeypants
188 Better, DH retroactive and keep the BP, at least until someone goes six or seven. Eerily, Igawa may have just had the best start so far--at least he went 5.
2007-04-07 11:52:55
191.   Vandelay Industries
Yea Cashman, Phelps, Cairo, Doug M., are much better options than Bernie.... I could understand if we had someone who can play, but we don't.
2007-04-07 11:54:56
192.   monkeypants
191 come on, that's not fair. Bernie i not a better option than Melky, which is the only roster spot he would be fighting for. Unless Bernie can play 2b (Cairo) or 1b (Phelps), it would be even worse to have him in the roster.
2007-04-07 11:57:33
193.   OldYanksFan
Here comes EDBB.
2007-04-07 11:57:42
194.   Vandelay Industries

Point taken. However, we do not need a DH who is fully capable of playing 1B making 21 milllion. We have three guys at 1B for no reason. Not to mention that Giambi's BA is much higher when he plays defense! WE do not need Doug M. and Phelps. We can always pick up a defensive 1B later in the year.

2007-04-07 11:59:38
195.   yankz
Could this be some kind of systematic problem? As in, it's not that the pitchers suck, it's just that they weren't ready because of a poor spring training? I mean, I didn't expect them to dominate or anything, but no one saw this coming.
2007-04-07 11:59:49
196.   Vandelay Industries
Where was this Bruney when I had him in my fantasy league when he was with AZ?
2007-04-07 12:00:31
197.   OldYanksFan
I believe that Giambi is a Pavano when he plays the field. His D is bad, but I think keeping him healthy is why he is DHing.
2007-04-07 12:00:32
198.   monkeypants
194 Three 1b IS very poor roster construction, no doubt about it.
2007-04-07 12:01:57
199.   Bama Yankee
187 I actually like Spurrier more now than I did when he was at Florida. I didn't even mind it when the rumors were flying that Bama was trying to get him as our coach.

As for Andy, you might be right. However, as I have said in other threads, he did have a couple of great months last summer. I will also admit that I see his Yankee career through Crimson colored glasses.

BTW, you asked about former Bama quarterback Brodie Croyle earlier. He might get his shot this year at Kansas City. Let's just hope he does more with that shot than Andy did last year with the Yanks.

2007-04-07 12:02:51
200.   rabid stan
195 The defense has hurt all of them. Andy and Pavano each lost 3 outs to errors, and even when plays haven't been ruled errors, they've been pretty ugly.

Moose has been the only one to just look bad.

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2007-04-07 12:02:54
201.   Vandelay Industries
Not to mention that Cairo cab play 1B as well if need be.
2007-04-07 12:04:02
202.   OldYanksFan
198 Do you consider Ortiz a 1st baseman? We have 2 1st baseman and one DH.
2007-04-07 12:04:22
203.   yankz
What was that old mantra? Oh yeah, "Pitching and defense, pitching and defense."
2007-04-07 12:05:34
204.   rabid stan
200 Well, Igawa has been bad too, but if Mora's pop-up lands five feet away from where it did in any direction, he's spared three runs from his line and maybe is still pitching.
2007-04-07 12:07:34
205.   rabid stan
Trachsel can go 7 at this rate.
2007-04-07 12:07:48
206.   Vandelay Industries

Croyle, that's right. I happen to think he is going to a solid to excellent NFL quarterback. I know there wasn't that much hype arond him given the others that came out that year, but I watched him closely, and think he has the tools to succeed in the NFL. College is not the same, and he has the skills you need in the NFL. But what do I know, there are people out there who still think Eli Manning and Matt Lienart are QB's. Go figure. I am really curious to see if theRaiders take Russell, as they should, or blow it again and take a clown like Quinn.

2007-04-07 12:09:11
207.   monkeypants
202 Fair enough, but that is pretty inflexible roster-wise. At least in Boston Youkillis can sorta play 3B. The Yankees are trying to cut things too fine: a 12 man staff b/c they have Meyers, a full-time DH, two 1B (one apparently for defense?), a no-hit super sub, and and a no-hit back-up C. Thus, if just about anything goes wrong, the team is hamstrung (no pun intended).
2007-04-07 12:09:49
208.   OldYanksFan
April 7th and the Yankees are playing so badly we are talking about football.
Very, very depressing.
2007-04-07 12:10:03
209.   Vandelay Industries

Giambi has exponetially more games played at 1B than Ortiz over the last three seasons. Ortiz is a DH who doesn't want to play 1B. Giambi is a 1B who doesn't want to simply DH.

2007-04-07 12:11:49
210.   Vandelay Industries

Not football, big time SEC and college football. Yankee baseball is the only sport I would rather watch than Div. 1A football.

2007-04-07 12:11:51
211.   rbj
Sorry I'm late to the party -- not a fun party so far. What's up with Matsui being out of the game?
2007-04-07 12:12:38
212.   rabid stan
211 Hamstring strain. Lame.
2007-04-07 12:12:50
213.   Bama Yankee
206 I hope you are right about Croyle. You are right about Jamarcus Russell, that guy is the real deal.

BTW, are you the same guy who used to post as Stormer Sports?

2007-04-07 12:16:10
214.   OldYanksFan
207 I absolutely agree. But:
1) This is Giambi, circa 2007. What do you do, dump him?
2) While Cairo is not good, this is why we need him.
3) How many innings did Myers pitch last year? And how effective was he against lefties anyway? With all our young power arms, I say dump Myers and get a real player for our bench.

The other question is how bad is Phelps at first? I think if he plays everyday, he hits. But I don't know if he is a liability in the field. (and God knows we can ill afford another liability in the field).

I personally play Phelps everyday so we can at least know if we need Minky, or can dump him in a month and beef up our bench.

Anyway, Mats is on the DL and KT is probably coming up.

2007-04-07 12:16:31
215.   yankz
Dude, you guys interviewed Malcolm Gladwell! I can't believe I've never seen that.
2007-04-07 12:16:37
216.   seamus
206 Quinn will be a much better pro than Russell. Russell looked good because he faced the handicap Quinn had to make up for all year - one of the worst secondaries in college football. Russell has talent, but was inconsistent against medicore defenses and will struggle in the NFL. The lovefest for Russell reminds me of a few other QBs who were a bit overblown coming into the NFL because of "arm strength" and showed nothing in the NFL, including one who got picked too high because he threw the ball through the goal posts at the combine.
2007-04-07 12:18:28
217.   Bama Yankee
208 Sorry about all the football talk. The way today's game is going there is not much Yankee stuff worth discussing today. Also, it is only two weeks until I go down to Tuscaloosa to watch my Crimson Tide play their spring game, so I guess college football is on my mind a little.
2007-04-07 12:19:55
218.   seamus
217 hey, got into it
2007-04-07 12:19:58
219.   Vandelay Industries

No. That was my cousin, he turned me on to the site.

2007-04-07 12:21:35
220.   monkeypants
214 I agree with your sentiment, but not with your exact solutions:

"1) This is Giambi, circa 2007. What do you do, dump him?"

No, keep Giambi and ONE 1b, whoever hits better, regardless of which side of the plate or defense.

"2) While Cairo is not good, this is why we need him."

No, this is why we don't need him. Torre will always go to Cairo first, no matter what options there may or may not be. Rather, this is why we need another OF on the bench, whether he comes by way of one 1b or DL one of the injured OFs.

"3) How many innings did Myers pitch last year? And how effective was he against lefties anyway? With all our young power arms, I say dump Myers and get a real player for our bench."


2007-04-07 12:22:41
221.   OldYanksFan
Myers pitched 30 innings in 2006 to a tune of 3.23 ERA. Not bad, but needed this year? As Jim Dean says, we have 37 RHP studs chomping at the bit. Do we needs Myers more then a decent bench player?
2007-04-07 12:25:58
222.   rabid stan
Alright, Melky.
2007-04-07 12:26:17
223.   rbj
212 Thanks rapid stan. Terrible pun.
2007-04-07 12:28:23
224.   rbj
221 At this point, Yankees need a starter.

Paging Roger Clemens, paging Roger Clemens. Roger Clemens to the white courtesy phone, please.

2007-04-07 12:28:58
225.   Bama Yankee
219 The reason I asked was that I had a similar discussion with Stormer last fall. He mentioned that he had a brother at Auburn and he was also a Brodie Croyle fan. Those two things are rare combinations (most people who have any connection with Auburn do not care much for the all the hype that surrounded the former Tide QB). You, me and Stormer might be the only three people who fit that mold.
2007-04-07 12:30:32
226.   Vandelay Industries

Once Russell gets his footwork straight, he will be outstanding. Quinn is just one more overhyped ND player who didn't beat a single top 10 oponnent his entire tenure at ND. He certainly has had no good perfornances against big time ranked programs since Weiss has been there. If they weren't ND, they wouldn't even have played in a bowl game last year, and you saw what happened to them in the bowl they did play in. Don't get me wrong, I hope the kid does well, I just don't see it happening.

2007-04-07 12:32:54
227.   Vandelay Industries

That's how my bro got to Auburn. My cousin also goes there, and wooed my brother with thoughts of $5 all you can eat ribs, $1 beers and all the 18 year old blonde women you could ever want.

2007-04-07 12:33:36
228.   OldYanksFan
Hey Guys.... New thread.... over at:
2007-04-07 12:34:49
229.   Vandelay Industries

Hey guys....To Michael

2007-04-07 12:36:24
230.   Vandelay Industries
Look at the bright side, the bullpen can be analyzed by the coaches, as they are getting plenty of work.

When does Karstens come off the DL?

2007-04-07 12:37:46
231.   yankz
228 Why wouldn't you just ignore football posts? As long as the hosts of the blog don't have a problem with it (dunno if they do), and they're not offending anyone, why is it a problem?

Hopefully this ends the Cano as leadoff experiment.

2007-04-07 12:40:23
232.   Vandelay Industries

Is this where I begin talking about how bad Petrino is going to be in Atlanta?

Just kidding. Sorry if the football talk bothered Old Yankee Fan. Durning a game like this, when there isn't much to really say, it provides a pleasant diversion from us getting out butts beat.

2007-04-07 12:41:49
233.   OldYanksFan
229 Good one.
Ok. Horrible game. Not much to talk about. Suggestions:
1) Trashing ARod. Those socks. Really.
2) What supermodel Jetes takes his frustration out on tonight
3) Office Pool: When does Minky hit his first ball out of the infield
4) How many millions on Rogers contract have these first 4 games cost us.
5) Office Pool: Bernies next call to Joe
6) ARod. Those Sox.
7) Could it be Gia Allemand
8) Office Pool: Brian Bruney's next day off
9) When questioned about his defense, when does Jeter next say "I got no problem with ARod"
2007-04-07 12:44:47
234.   Vandelay Industries
I for one am going to withhold any negativity until the end of April, hoping it turns around soon.
2007-04-07 12:45:11
235.   rabid stan
Rivera up.
2007-04-07 12:46:28
236.   Vandelay Industries
I think Roger wants to ride in on a white horse. This means he wont even consider signing until much later in the year, and will keep everyone hanging until then.
2007-04-07 12:49:13
237.   rabid stan
A-Rod works a walk back from an 0-2 count. Not Clutch. We pay him to win games in the bottom of the eighth with one runner on and four down.
2007-04-07 12:49:16
238.   Orly Yarly NoWai

That is all.

2007-04-07 12:49:23
239.   rabid stan
2007-04-07 12:50:07
240.   OldYanksFan
Addendum to List:
Office Pool: Date: Jeter's first line drive
Office Pool: Date: Melky's first line drive
Office Pool: Date: first 'Fire Joe Torre' article
Office Pool: Does Mo get a Save opportunity before the ASG

Addendum to Addendum:
Is Giambi the man!

2007-04-07 12:50:21
241.   yankz
I'm guessing HR...CBS is stuck.
2007-04-07 12:50:31
242.   Orly Yarly NoWai
DAMON!!! Whooo-hooo!
2007-04-07 12:50:48
243.   Orly Yarly NoWai
241 3-run shot to right.
2007-04-07 12:51:04
244.   yankz
243 Thanks.
2007-04-07 12:51:16
245.   JimCobain
Not that I am complaining but why would Baez even throw one near the strike zone with Cairo on deck, I know there are no outs but jeez... but hey, I'll take it!
2007-04-07 12:51:19
246.   tommyl
I love how mainstream people are still down on A-Rod, he's currently, leading the team in BA, HR, and OPS, its clear every loss is his fault.
2007-04-07 12:51:47
247.   monkeypants
So, Damon can PH--and he must be able to play the field. This is a perverse use of the bench.
2007-04-07 12:51:54
248.   OldYanksFan
Question for Joe Torre: Why not PH Damon for Melky so he is up in FRONT of Abreu, ARod and Giambi?
2007-04-07 12:52:09
249.   JimCobain
Sorry didn't realizze Damon was available off th bench...
2007-04-07 12:52:21
250.   Vandelay Industries
Is Joe taking his medication?
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2007-04-07 12:53:08
251.   Orly Yarly NoWai
248 Because Cairo sucks.
2007-04-07 12:53:12
252.   Vandelay Industries
Sheffield went deep in the motor city.
2007-04-07 12:54:02
253.   OldYanksFan
246 If that is for me, if you read my past posts, you will see I am ARod's biggest supporter. My comments were purely in jest on a horribly bad day until...


2007-04-07 12:54:07
254.   rsmith51
Is Damon up? Cairo is on Gamecast.
2007-04-07 12:54:39
255.   Bama Yankee
228 Instead of football, we could talk about global warming... ;-)

Just kidding man, sorry for the football talk. Now that the game is close again, I am sure we will get back to baseball.

2007-04-07 12:55:50
256.   Orly Yarly NoWai
254 Damon just Ked in place of Cairo.
2007-04-07 12:56:32
257.   rabid stan
I hate Melvin Mora.
2007-04-07 12:56:51
258.   rsmith51
If Posada reaches, does Phelps PH? I think so.
2007-04-07 12:57:50
259.   Vandelay Industries
Posada is hitting everything hard.
2007-04-07 12:58:31
260.   OldYanksFan
255 I'm only kidding. I hate football, but am a firm believer in free speech... especially here at the Banter.

Damon was wasted there. Already one out. Could have been used in the 9th for either Minky or Melky (Minky or Melky, ha ha!)

Mr. Torre. You made a boo boo.

2007-04-07 12:58:36
261.   Orly Yarly NoWai
M. O.
2007-04-07 12:58:37
262.   tommyl
253 No it wasn't directed at anyone on here. It was directed at "mainstream" media and people on other blogs. People sometimes forget if you're batting .338 with the bases loaded, that means 2/3 of the time you get out.
2007-04-07 12:59:54
263.   tommyl
253 It wasn't directed at you, or anyone on here. I had just read some mainstream media accounts and some comments on another blog, it pissed me off. Apologies if it came off that way.
2007-04-07 13:00:18
264.   tommyl
Sorry for the double post, my computer is being a bit fussy.
2007-04-07 13:00:30
265.   OldYanksFan
It's Mo. Not a save situation. Out-of-the-box thinking by Torre. Brilliant!
2007-04-07 13:00:41
266.   yankz
Cano better get a hit. For both of my teams.
2007-04-07 13:00:51
267.   tommyl
Argh, XYZ leading off the next inning? Glad we only needed defense at 1B.
2007-04-07 13:02:27
268.   yankz
How dare he
2007-04-07 13:03:06
269.   tommyl
265 Its not out of the box, its that Mo needs some work. He always does this early in the year, don't get your hopes up.
2007-04-07 13:03:37
270.   rsmith51
267 Well, the Yanks are averaging over 6 runs a game this year.
2007-04-07 13:04:14
271.   yankz
Mo's K/9 goes down from 27.
2007-04-07 13:04:34
272.   tommyl
270 Doesn't change the fact that he's leading off the 9th down by a run. He might get on, but I'd still feel more comfortable with an actual hitting first basemen.
2007-04-07 13:05:27
273.   Orly Yarly NoWai
269 He uses Mo occasionally in tie games; he's not as bad as, say, Grover.
2007-04-07 13:06:40
274.   tommyl
273 True, but in this case I'd bet its more that he hasn't pitched since Monday, with the rainout and then the ahem...amazing pitching in the past few games.
2007-04-07 13:06:55
275.   Orly Yarly NoWai
"Bynum came in for Kevin Millar, so Millar's bat no longer in the lineup."

" Millar's 'bat' no longer in the lineup."


2007-04-07 13:07:15
276.   Orly Yarly NoWai
274 Probably.
2007-04-07 13:08:27
277.   OldYanksFan
263 I mean this literally. I am sick to my stomach about all the pure crap written about ARod. Here's some more garbage (link compliments of M.Plugh):,0,6773387.column

However, read the COMMENTS about the article. Good stuff. I got one in there.

2007-04-07 13:08:52
278.   Orly Yarly NoWai
2007-04-07 13:09:55
279.   rsmith51
Please put Phelps in...
2007-04-07 13:10:21
280.   Orly Yarly NoWai
277 Yeah, that article is pretty awful. Did Mike post that, or did I see that on someone else's site?
2007-04-07 13:11:38
281.   rsmith51
2007-04-07 13:12:13
282.   OldYanksFan
Mike did a good hack job on the hack. But the comments section is really refreshing.
2007-04-07 13:12:42
283.   rsmith51
Cashman said it wasn't a strict platoon. It looks to me like a strict platoon.
2007-04-07 13:12:45
284.   rabid stan
2007-04-07 13:13:30
285.   yankz
Please, Cano, just homer. For the Yankees, and for me.
2007-04-07 13:13:42
286.   Orly Yarly NoWai
2007-04-07 13:14:14
287.   yankz
Walk-off time
2007-04-07 13:15:24
288.   OldYanksFan
This guy throws hard!
2007-04-07 13:17:04
289.   Orly Yarly NoWai
Yes it hit him, and the only reason the bat head went around is because he was trying to get out of the way.


2007-04-07 13:17:08
290.   yankz
CBS is stuck again...what'd Jeter do?
2007-04-07 13:17:23
291.   Vandelay Industries
What a horseshit call.
2007-04-07 13:18:50
292.   OldYanksFan
Same game. Different flavors of torture.
2007-04-07 13:18:53
293.   Orly Yarly NoWai
290 He just walked.

Originally, he was given a HBP, but the 1st base ump said that he swung (no) and he was given a foul ball (also no; he was hit on the hand).

2007-04-07 13:18:54
294.   yankz
OK Abreu, draw a walk so A-rod can launch another one.

Please god, do not let Arod end this game.

2007-04-07 13:19:06
295.   tommyl
C'mon Bobby!
2007-04-07 13:19:12
296.   yankz
293 Thanks
2007-04-07 13:19:31
297.   rabid stan
Ugly. Right in the knee.
2007-04-07 13:19:36
298.   Orly Yarly NoWai
294 You kinda got your wish, though it looks like Abreu is muy ouched.
2007-04-07 13:20:00
299.   OldYanksFan
ARod. 9th inning. 2 out. Of course.
2007-04-07 13:20:09
300.   yankz
It's funny how this somehow always seems to work out. Arod either wins it, ties it, or ends it. No pressure.
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2007-04-07 13:20:23
301.   tommyl
A-Rod up with the bases loaded. Its amazing how he gets the opportunity to win or lose this game, after going 2-3 with a HR and a double already.
2007-04-07 13:20:26
302.   Orly Yarly NoWai
Paging K.T.....

Paging K.T.....

2007-04-07 13:20:34
303.   3rd gen yankee fan
PLEASE AROD!!!! don't blow it!!!
2007-04-07 13:20:52
304.   Vandelay Industries
What is with these Baltimore pitchers these past few years? They keep plunking our guys!
2007-04-07 13:20:56
305.   yankz
Imagine starting a Cairo/Melky/KT outfield.
2007-04-07 13:20:57
306.   Orly Yarly NoWai
299 Bases loaded down one. Gotta love it.
2007-04-07 13:21:15
307.   OldYanksFan
Take the Walk!
2007-04-07 13:21:58
308.   Orly Yarly NoWai

Come on Arod...

2007-04-07 13:22:19
309.   Orly Yarly NoWai
2007-04-07 13:22:28
310.   rabid stan
2007-04-07 13:22:44
311.   yankz
2007-04-07 13:22:55
312.   OldYanksFan
2007-04-07 13:23:07
313.   tommyl
What happened?!
2007-04-07 13:23:09
314.   vockins
2007-04-07 13:23:10
315.   yankz
What happened what happened what happened
2007-04-07 13:23:11
316.   Vandelay Industries
Holy Shit!

Holy Cow!

YES YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2007-04-07 13:23:27
317.   Orly Yarly NoWai
Ow, my hand hurts. Note to self: even when A-Rod hits a walkoff GRAND SLAM TO CENTERFIELD, it's a bad idea to slam my (broken) hand into the wall in ecstacy.

It's worth it. WOOOOO HOOOOOO!

2007-04-07 13:23:30
318.   BklynBmr
Eat that, A-Rod haters!
2007-04-07 13:23:30
319.   3rd gen yankee fan
OH MY GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2007-04-07 13:23:44
320.   kdw
A-Rod grand slam.
2007-04-07 13:23:47
321.   dianagramr
Grand slam to end it

(guess he IS clutch)

2007-04-07 13:23:54
322.   3rd gen yankee fan
2007-04-07 13:24:07
323.   thelarmis
2007-04-07 13:24:07
324.   rbj
Gee, it was looking so bad I took the dog for a walk. Just came back.

Obviously the Yankees need to trade A-Rod.

2007-04-07 13:24:10
325.   seamus
2007-04-07 13:24:12
326.   rsmith51
Just like Arod, hitting a 4 run homer, when a 2 run homer would suffice.

Just kidding.

I gotta catch the highlights.

2007-04-07 13:24:16
327.   yankz
OH HELL YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2007-04-07 13:24:36
328.   claybeez
Got to be kidding. Who's writing this?
2007-04-07 13:24:39
329.   yankz
2007-04-07 13:24:56
330.   yankz
I wish I could be there to hear the cheering.
2007-04-07 13:25:07
331.   seamus
wooooo hoooooo! and to think my wife tried to disrupt to discuss kitchen flooring!
2007-04-07 13:25:37
332.   vockins
Dead center, black seats grand slam!!!
2007-04-07 13:26:39
333.   dianagramr
Hmmm .... Sizemore or A-Rod for week 1 MVP?
2007-04-07 13:28:06
334.   thelarmis
espn woulda given ortiz a 5-run shot...

fox just showed the HR during the braves-muts game. he crushed it into the lower right portion of the black, dead center. he was so elated, like a little kid, rounding 1st base. really nice to see. he could barely contain himself as he approached 3rd base. the team was running and grinning, waiting to greet him at home. truly warms the heart. go alex!

2007-04-07 13:28:17
335.   tommyl
A-Rod is now batting .389, with 3 HR and a 1.506 OPS. And Jeter has more errors ;)
2007-04-07 13:29:01
336.   Max Nomad
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah. Like that guy in the coke commercial. Feels SO good.
2007-04-07 13:30:13
337.   yankz
God is messing with me for my semantics error in 294
2007-04-07 13:30:28
338.   Orly Yarly NoWai
I love how the MASN guys are trying to say that Abreu jumped into that pitch on purpose. Maybe he did; it was, after all, BEHIND HIM.
2007-04-07 13:30:58
339.   Vandelay Industries
Is Bonds sitting out?
2007-04-07 13:31:28
340.   OldYanksFan
Did anyone think that was deep coming off the bat? Looked like a flyout to CF.

I thinks that's ARod's 4th HR, isn't it?

2007-04-07 13:32:01
341.   tommyl
340 Yes.
2007-04-07 13:32:22
342.   Vandelay Industries

They got a big break on the Jete HBP. They should give it a rest. Jim Palmer should have stayed at home after retiring, I liked him before I actually heard him speak. Orel Hershiser he is not.

2007-04-07 13:32:57
343.   rbj
So is Alex now "officially" a "true" Yankee. Or can we put that whole "who is a true Yankee" crap to bed?
2007-04-07 13:33:01
344.   OldYanksFan
Currently on the ESPN site:
"Orioles tee off on Igawa, Yanks"


2007-04-07 13:33:08
345.   brockdc
A-Rod just beat the living crap out of the bad joo-joo that was pervading this game.
2007-04-07 13:34:05
346.   thelarmis
340 yeah, it wasn't one of his 'seeming' pop-ups that carry out, but it certainly didn't seem like he got it all. although, from his initial reaction, he knew it was out right away. he's soooo powerful.

old friend, craig wilson is up here in the atl. struck out swinging...

2007-04-07 13:34:35
347.   OldYanksFan
ya see... ya see... never the need to talk football here.
It MUST be the socks!
2007-04-07 13:35:02
348.   BklynBmr
ESPN Headline? I'm guessing: Igawa Shelled, Matsui Hurt; O's Lose
2007-04-07 13:35:27
349.   nemecizer

I was at the game and left early because it was freezing in Row W at the top. What a mistake to leave.


2007-04-07 13:35:38
350.   Vandelay Industries
Stay healthy Arod, and make all this Bonds hoopla moot!
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2007-04-07 13:36:13
351.   OldYanksFan
This is truly the Yankee experience.
OK.... who's signing my petition to Cashman to KEEP AROD NO MATTER WHAT!
2007-04-07 13:36:30
352.   nemecizer
BTW, Bruney looked very good. He consistently hit 93-96 on his fast ball and when it hit the glove it was LOUD. 3K's in an inning is a beautiful thing.
2007-04-07 13:37:17
353.   seamus
The ESPN headline was already "ARod Slam Wins in the 9th" or something like that at least 5 minutes ago.
2007-04-07 13:37:55
354.   thelarmis
any word on matsui's hamstring? i was late to the game thread and just am now seeing he was hurt early on. ugh.
2007-04-07 13:38:03
355.   Simone
Nice to come home to this win. Yep, I called the 10 runs needed to win a game.
2007-04-07 13:38:48
356.   Vandelay Industries
Anyone watching the Dodger game?

How the hell can a ball hit the wall in foul territory and then go over the wall and be a HR? That makes no sense. There certainly should be something in the rules to prevent such a perverse ground rule.

2007-04-07 13:39:43
357.   OldYanksFan
It WAS (three minutes ago)... and I quote
"Orioles tee off on Igawa, Yanks"

Take that ESPN!
Take that Wallace!
Take that N.Y. Times!

Now... if only ARod can do something about this stupid Global Warming!

2007-04-07 13:41:57
358.   rbj
357 It is still there for me, even with hitting "refresh".

A-Rod game winning hits make ESPN sad :-(

2007-04-07 13:45:18
359.   seamus
ok, espn had to include this in their recap?

"Rodriguez homered twice, doubled and drove in six runs. Two days earlier, he popped out with the bases loaded to end the eighth in a 7-6 loss to Tampa Bay, a performance reminiscent of his October flop."

huh? And he won the game 4 days ago. they'll do whatever they can to make ARod seem unclutch.

2007-04-07 13:45:18
360.   OldYanksFan
Its on the MLB page, as opposed to the ESPN home page
2007-04-07 13:48:12
361.   OldYanksFan
359 I'm surprised they didn't mention some HR Ortiz hit last year. What a bunch of jerks at ESPN.

And that pitcher was throwing serious smoke.
Abreu has GOT to be hurting.
Our OF is hurtin' for certin'

2007-04-07 13:48:42
362.   Orly Yarly NoWai
359 It sells, I guess. I almost wrote a nasty note on the A-Rod story over at the FanHaus, but I chose not to. Bleh; the MLB section they have sucks.
2007-04-07 13:52:27
363.   OldYanksFan
From that same article on THE AROD GRAND SLAM.

"New York paid $26 million for Igawa's rights and signed him to a $20 million, five-year deal, just after the Red Sox bid $51 million for Matsuzaka and agreed to a $52 million, six-year contract. While Matsuzaka is viewed as an ace, Igawa is a back-end of the rotation pitcher.

While Dice-K throws 95 mph and has a commanding array of pitches, Igawa topped out at 91 mph and usually was around 89."

Is ESPN owned by the freakin' Red Sox?
How did Dice-K get in this story?

2007-04-07 13:53:12
364.   alterity
to be fair, the recap on espn is from the AP. and they don't call it "conventional wisdom" for nothing. to break free of convention you have to have a spark of intelligence, something that few sportswriters possess it seems.
2007-04-07 13:56:03
365.   BklynBmr
364 AP feeds can be edited, btw...
2007-04-07 13:56:40
366.   Orly Yarly NoWai
"The Red Sox paid a truckload of money for a potential ace, and the Yankees paid 40% of that for a solid lefthander."


2007-04-07 13:56:45
367.   Max Nomad
It's not ESPN that wrote about how much A-Rod fails, it's the Associated Press. This time, anyway. We'll see what the Olneys and Neyers and Starks, and Boston-blowing Gammonses have to say soon....
2007-04-07 13:57:57
368.   Orly Yarly NoWai
366 Oh yeah; I forgot to add: "While the Red Sox traded two of their top prospects for an overrated former DL-partner of Carl Pavano, the Yankees have Phil Hughes waiting in the wings."
2007-04-07 13:58:51
369.   Orly Yarly NoWai
367 I will hear no wrong where Gammons is concerned. Can't wait for HatGuy, Chass and the Curly-Haired Boyfriend, though.
2007-04-07 14:00:46
370.   yankz
Why are you guys reading the bullsh1t on ESPN when there are wonderful blogs writing infinitely better stuff?
2007-04-07 14:01:28
371.   Max Nomad
Don't get me wrong, I love reading Gammons. I think he's really insightful and a great writer. But he DOES have a bias for the Sawks and sometimes it shows.
2007-04-07 14:02:18
372.   OldYanksFan
So ESPN... THE Leader in Sports... has to quote word for work what the monkeys at AP write? Very professional. Wouldn't want to inconvenience them and have a decent professional sports writer write there stuff.

Its OK. Not even ESPN can cold my mello.
Anybody know what time BBTN is on?

2007-04-07 14:02:24
373.   Max Nomad
Just don't get me started on Steve Phillips, Joe Morgan, and Kruk. I mean, puh-leez.
2007-04-07 14:04:40
374.   OldYanksFan
370 That is the truth! ESPN and their ilk have a limited lifespan, thanks to great sites, of which this is one of the best.

What a difference one swing makes in my day and my evening.

2007-04-07 14:08:20
375.   yankz
I only watch ESPN for games, on mute, and I never visit their website now that I've learned has projected pitching matchups days in advance as well.
2007-04-07 14:10:48
376.   Max Nomad
And while I'm at it: Tim McCarver is coloring the Mets/Braves game, and in true fashion, keeps calling Matt Diaz "Mike."
2007-04-07 14:13:33
377.   OldYanksFan
God... my only regret is that I can't go out drinking with you guys.

What a freakin' game!

2007-04-07 14:19:44
378.   Vandelay Industries
The Giants should just have a big blue recycle bin outside their stadium where ball clubs can just come and place there old washed up players in. It would save the Giants time in actually going out and signing them.
2007-04-07 14:26:00
379.   OldYanksFan
The YES site has the same crappy, RedSox poluted AP article on their site, The YES site! I mean, can't they write their own stuff? Is the Sports industry really this lazy? This is insulting to us fans.
2007-04-07 14:51:20
380.   3rd gen yankee fan
379 Where did you ever get the idea that MLB cares about the fans???
2007-04-07 14:58:36
381.   OldYanksFan
Christ! Even the NY Times is running that same crappy article. At least they got a cool picture.
2007-04-07 15:13:16
382.   Zack
All I can say is, as my only game of the year, back in NY just for the weekend, what a great game to go to! I have seen them lsoe the last two years, and going into the 9th, I was ready for it to be another crappy game. And even when A-Rod was up, with 2 strikes, I was feeling the doom. He swings, I can't see the ball until I see Patterson going back, and then everyone just goes nuts! Man was that a great 9th inning!!!!

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