Baseball Toaster Bronx Banter
Who's Managing This Club, Mr. Whipple?
2007-04-13 17:23
by Cliff Corcoran

The A's and Yankees played a thrilling eleven-inning game last night, but let's skip straight to the action in the eighth inning, as it was in the top of the eighth that the worm turned for the Bronx Bombers.

With the game tied 4-4, Oakland manager Bob Geren called on his ace set-up man Justin Duchscherer to face the heart of the Yankee order. Alex Rodriguez singled on Duchscherer's first pitch. Jason Giambi followed by yanking a double into the corner in right field, pushing Rodriguez to third. Joe Torre sent in Kevin Thompson to pinch-run for designated hitter Giambi at second base with Jorge Posada coming to the plate. Posada worked a 2-1 count then hit a blistering liner directly at first baseman Todd Walker for the first out. Geren then elected to have Duchscherer intentionally walk Robinson Cano to load the bases, thus allowing Duchscherer to Doug Mientkiewicz with a force at every base.

At this point Mientkiewicz was 0 for his last 18 with just one walk over that span. In his three previous at-bats in this game he had struck out and hit into two double plays, the first a line-drive to left that doubled up Posada at first, the second a conventional 4-6-3 that plated a run, but otherwise killed a bases-loaded, no-out rally in the sixth.

Now, if you're Joe Torre, or even Yankee bench coach Don Mattingly, what do you do in this situation.

If your answer is anything other than "squeeze bunt," you lose, and so did the Yankees.

Torre had Mientkiewicz hitting away. Duchscherer's first pitch was a ball, high over the plate. His second was a strike right down the middle, belt-high, a perfect pitch to bunt. His 1-1 offering was an inside strike just below the belt, and even better pitch to bunt. Mientkiewicz swing and hit a flare just over the mound. Duchscherer scrambled to make the catch, but the ball tipped off his glove, then bounced and glanced off his bare hand. Duchscherer fell to the ground, smothered the ball and, from a sitting position, threw home to nail Alex Rodriguez, who had been forced to hold up to avoid being doubled off had Duchscherer made the catch.

The Yankees had two chances to score the go-ahead run in the eighth inning via an out. After Posada's bad luck left them one more chance and their worst hitter at the plate, the Yankees had no excuse not to take the almost sure thing of a squeeze bunt, but refused. It ultimately cost them the game.

This refusal to attempt the squeeze has been consistent during Joe Torre's tenure as Yankee manager. The most famous instance was in Game Four of the 2003 World Series, the infamous Jeff Weaver Game. With the score tied at 3-3 in the top of the eleventh, the Yankees had runners on second and third with the pitcher's spot due up. Much like the A's last night, the Marlins walked pinch hitter Juan Rivera to face Aaron Boone, who, other than his ALCS-winning homer, had struggled mightily throughout postseason. A squeeze bunt would have given the Yankees the lead with Mariano Rivera available to pitch the bottom of the eleventh. Instead, Torre had Boone hit away. He struck out, John Flaherty popped out to end the inning, and the Yankees lost both the game and the series.

This year's Baseball Prospectus annual has managerial statistics dating back to 2004. In over the last three seasons, the Yankees under Torre have zero successful squeeze attempts. They did attempt one squeeze last September, but it came after the division had been sown up in a game the Yankees were already leading 4-1. Derek Jeter was the runner at third and Andy Cannizaro was the batter. The Devil Rays identified the play and pitched out, nailing Jeter at the plate. That the Yankees lack the fundementals to successfully execute the squeeze bunt is as much the fault of Torre and his coaching staff as his failure to call for the play in a situation that required it.

Melky Cabrera followed Mientkiewicz with a groundout to leave the bases loaded and the score tied. Mike Myers, Luis Vizcaino and Brian Bruney combined to keep the game tied through the next three innings, but after Bruney struck out Jason Kendall to start the eleventh, he surrendered a booming triple to dead center by rookie Travis Buck. Mark Ellis was hitting away when Brian Bruney's second pitch hit him square between the shoulder blades. Bruney then fell behind 2-0 on Nick Swisher, who had tied the game in the seventh with a solo homer off Kyle Farnsworth. The Yankees correctly opted to put Swisher on, setting up the very same situation that greeted Mientkiewicz in the eighth. The A's won the first game of the 2003 ALDS on a squeeze bunt by catcher Ramon Hernandez, but, like the Yankees, declined to employ the tactic here, despite having Bobby Kielty at the plate hitting left-handed, the side from which he's hit .229/.332/.349 on his career.

The A's had Kielty swing away. He fell behind 0-2 on a foul and a swing-and-a-miss, then hit a low hopper to the right of the drawn in Mientkiewcz at first base. Mientkiewicz dove and smothered the ball, but, throwing almost from his stomach, was unable to get off an accurate-enough throw to force Buck, who crossed the plate with the winning run.

The A's got lucky. In identical situations, both teams had terrible hitters in squeeze bunt situations but declined to call for the squeeze. In both cases, the hitter put the ball in play weakly in the infield (there's some irony for ya). Kielty's was placed just right and stayed on the ground, allowing the runners to break. In other words, it was an unintentional squeeze bunt. Mientkiewicz's was also placed just right, but stayed in the air, forcing the runners to hold. That was the difference in the ball game.

Earlier in the game, Kei Igawa looked good, working down in the strike zone, getting ahead of hitters, and throwing all of his pitches for strikes. There's still room for improvement. He wasn't particularly efficient, throwing 95 pitches in 5 1/3 innings. He'd also miss badly on occasion. A pitch up to Eric Chavez turned into a two-run homer, closing a 4-1 lead to 4-3 in the bottom of the sixth, but Igawa only allowed two other hits and a pair of walks on the night.

On the flip side, the Yankee hitters, Mientkiewicz included, had a great approach against Dan Haren, taking pitches and forcing him to work deep into counts. Right off the bat in the first inning, Johnny Damon and Bobby Abreu took him to full counts and Alex Rodriguez worked a walk. By the time the Yankees had loaded the bases with no outs in the third, Haren had thrown 58 pitches, the last two men to reach base being Damon and Jeter who drew walks on a total of 15 pitches. By the time he got the last out of that frame, Haren had thrown 72. He was done after five innings having tossed 107 pitches.

In injury news, Carl Pavano reported some tightness in his forearm near his elbow and has been bumped to Tuesday. Darrell Rasner starts in his place tonight, but, according to Kim Jones, the blisters on Rasner's index finger and thumb were still visible yesterday. Those blisters hurt his ability to throw his off-speed pitches, including the nasty curve which makes him so effective. Uh oh.

Mike Mussina did some running yesterday and will throw a light bullpen tomorrow. Joe Torre hopes to make a final decision on whether or not to place him on the DL before the team leaves Oakland.

Jeff Karstens will start for single-A Tampa on Monday and could be activated afterwords, setting him up for a start next weekend in Boston.

Chien-Ming Wang will throw in extended spring training today and has a minor league start scheduled for Thursday. That would put his next turn on April 24. The Yankees have said all along that Wang will need two rehab starts, but if Wang looks good enough and the problems with Carl Pavano's forearm and Mussina's hamstrings haven't resolved themselves, I wouldn't be surprised to see Wang pitch for the Yankees on the 24th.

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2007-04-14 12:08:20
1.   seamus
why is squeeze bunting the only option in that situation? A squeeze likely would of ended up with the same result, so I don't see how that makes a big difference. A pinch hitter, maybe. I agree that we should use it more often, but it wasn't the only option that was better than Dougie swinging away.
2007-04-14 12:10:19
2.   Ken Arneson
Not that your point in general about the lack of squeezes is wrong (I have the same feeling about the A' need to do these things every once in a while just to make people defend it), but Justin Duchscherer isn't the best pitcher to try a squeeze off of when there's a force active at home plate. He lands in good fielding position, and he's cat-like quick coming off the mound, as evidenced by his ability to run up and back down the mound to try to catch Mientkiewicz's little popup. So I can see why Torre wouldn't want to risk that in this particular situation.

Personally, I thought both Mientkiewicz and Kielty should have been pinch-hit for in their bases-loaded plate appearances.

2007-04-14 12:23:52
3.   Ken Arneson
Also, Ramon Hernandez' bunt in the 2003 ALDS wasn't really a squeeze--there were two outs when Hernandez bunted, so he had to beat it out for a single. He bunted mostly because Bill Mueller was playing him deep at third base. If they give it to you, you need to take it.

On that note, I loved the bunt attempt by Giambi in the eighth(?), where he made Chavez move over from his shift. Those little games within the games are what make baseball so much fun.

2007-04-14 12:50:12
4.   Chyll Will
Where was Josh Phelps when all of this happened? Is he injured? Because if you put him in for Scrabble in a bases-loaded situation, you could hope for even a sac-fly. Even if he strikes out, at least you put a superior bat in that situation and gave it your best shot, or so it would seem...
2007-04-14 12:58:54
5.   Jim Dean
Me, I see Minky hitting in all three pinch hitting spots as the standard Torre M.O.:

Test them early and test them often

When he's unfamiliar with a player, Tea consistently puts hitters and pitchers in difficult situations. The reason being: If they produce when the heat is on then he can count on them later.

He's done it through the years. Just as there have been the Womack and Phillips and Sturtze and Bruney games, last night was the Minky game. That 0-fer-5 (with 7 LOBs) lost the game much more than anything else.

It should have been Phelps in one of those situations. That it wasn't was Tea testing his player. Hopefully that's the last we see of that. But even Womack got a solid six weeks of failure. And he at least had a .650 OPS in April.

2007-04-14 13:13:52
6.   Cliff Corcoran
The way I see it, when all you need is one run to either tie a game or break a tie in the late innings, and a squeeze is your highest percentage play, which I believe it was in that situation, you have to squeeze. You just have to. The risks involved in having Duchscherer or Chavez (who's also a great fielder) field the ball well enough to get the force at home are no greater than the risks involved that the batter, be it Mientkiewicz or Phelps, will make an unproductive out (be it a K, a pop up, a grounder that allows the force at home, or a double play). Maybe if you have one of your stars at the plate you can hit away and hope for a sac fly at worst, but give the options, a squeeze was the only way to go.
2007-04-14 13:15:15
7.   Cliff Corcoran
5 I also think Torre's being a little to literal about the lefty-righty thing given Minky's early struggles and that's why he didn't send Phelps up for Minky in that spot.
2007-04-14 13:15:58
8.   Chyll Will
5 So that's to say he really doesn't give a crap about April; yours is the only reasoning that makes sense. If Scrabble gets as much time as Woemack, then he really doesn't like Phelps, much as he didn't like Kenny Lofton. It would also point towards why Phelps has been around the league so much?
2007-04-14 13:18:03
9.   Chyll Will
6 There is that, too... >;)
2007-04-14 13:29:14
10.   rsmith51
Torre had the option of pinch hitting when Scrabble was facing Embree in the 6th(I think). I really thinks Phelps should get a chance to prove that he can or cannot hit enough to start 2/3 of the games.

The L/R thing shouldn't really matter because Scrabble can't hit either pitcher these days. Unfortunately the Yanks mainly face RHPs. I think if Phelps didn't have that glaring error in the first series, he might be getting more playing time.

2007-04-14 13:32:29
11.   seamus
6 I don't see the squeeze as the highest percentage play in that situation.
2007-04-14 13:38:56
12.   Bama Yankee
I'm with you Cliff, I was thinking squeeze in that situation.
2007-04-14 13:40:50
13.   rsmith51
11 If you are going to have Scrabble batting, I think squeeze is the way to go.

However, I think Phelps, Thompson, or even Cairo would have been better in that situation.

2007-04-14 13:46:07
14.   Vandelay Industries
Looks like the Sox are going to get on the board for RNC Chairman Schilling.
2007-04-14 13:57:46
15.   Bama Yankee
14 I think he likes to be called "Bled Zeppelin"...
2007-04-14 13:58:19
16.   Vandelay Industries
Gary Matthews Jr. misreads ball to center off Varitek's bat. 2 Runs score on error.
2007-04-14 14:05:25
17.   Chyll Will
16 Did he think it was a prescription or a subpoena?
2007-04-14 14:07:09
18.   Vandelay Industries
I hate to say this, but Francona certainly understands how to use his best weapon out of the bullpen. "I want him to have some say so as to the outcome of the game," using him for "pivotal innings and outs." "Sometimes its a save sitaution in the 9th, but sometimes you don't get to the ninth [if I don't use him earlier]."

Hats off to you Terry.

2007-04-14 14:16:41
19.   Chyll Will
Boy, you guys are sssllllooowww today >;)
2007-04-14 14:23:04
20.   Vandelay Industries
Is Mike "Lorri" Scioscia smoking crack?
2007-04-14 14:50:49
21.   Chyll Will
20 Are you watching a game or "The Sopranos"?

(yep, it's about that time...)

cricket, cricket...

2007-04-14 15:03:47
22.   Vandelay Industries
Anyone catch Gange Last night. First appearance, gives up a bloop hit, K's Suzuki, and then saws off Beltre into a DP.

The Dodgers are going to regret not keeping him. Especially considering the low cost. The Yankees should have made a run at him as a set up guy if he was willing. I think he is going to be lights out this year. 159 saves in 3 years for a bad club, hmm. Injury or no injury, for that price, give it a go.

2007-04-14 15:10:21
23.   Vandelay Industries

I just enjoy watching Mike Scioscia over-manage. It makes me smile. He yanks Carrasco for a bunch of scrubs in the 4th inning with 1 out?

2007-04-14 15:15:36
24.   Chyll Will
Certainly not a Tony move...
2007-04-14 15:36:14
25.   Zack
Gagne will be hurt again within three months, mark it down...

I understand that Farnsworth has a huge contract and therefore there is somewhat of an obligation to pitch him (not in games that matter at this point), but Minyk doesn't even have that, so Joe, sit the guy.

2007-04-14 15:37:09
26.   seamus
Abraham just posted the lineups. Torre finally benched Dougy. Phelps is in tonight.
2007-04-14 15:37:49
27.   OldYanksFan
"The A's and Yankees played a thrilling eleven-inning game last night"

Er.... Cliff.... For those of us who kept our tired asses up until 2:00 AM EST, I think very few us were 'thrilled'.

Even before the final bell tolled, I think discusted might be more apt.

"The A's and Yankees played a discusting eleven-inning game last night"

There, that's better!

2007-04-14 15:56:47
28.   OldYanksFan
5 I agree Jim... but as opposed to purely 'testing', I thinks it's Joes way of hoping that said player will come through, and get back on tract. To PH for Doug with KT or Phelps is certainly gonna let Minky know Joe has no faith in him... and maybe Joe did NOT want to send that message.

It also happens to pitchers. Painful as it is, sometimes you have to let one guy decide the fate of the game. I don't know if I would have PH for him, as both KT and Phelps haven't batted much.

I think the squeeze would have been a great idea. I think in general, our team sucks at bunting, and there's no excuse for that. Even with 9 B.Bonds on the field, each should be able to bunt successfully if called upon to do so.

The Red Sox pitching is looking VERY good. Papi hits #3. All in all, the Yankees need to get their shit together.

2007-04-14 16:10:53
29.   BklynBmr
Apologies if this has been brought up, but if not, don't be surprised if last night's hero Travis Buck gets drilled in the ribs tonight. After the game a local reporter asked the rookie if was thinking triple all the way, and he said something to effect of "Well, of course. Johnny Damon doesn't have much of an arm".

Accurate? Sure, but I'm guessing one of the vets will pull him aside and teach him a little something about how to conduct yourself in the bigs.

I don't know if this made the Yanks' bulletin board or not, but I do know if it did and Moose was pitching, nothing would happen. Rasner on the other hand, I'm not so sure ;-)

2007-04-14 16:39:42
30.   OldYanksFan
"Cano on fast track to Yankee greatness"
Some interesting stuff... good read
2007-04-14 16:47:38
31.   Ken Arneson
29 Yeah, Buck might get brushed back, and perhaps deservedly so. But on the other hand, don't get it too close to the head, because the last thing the Yankees need is for someone to get a 99mph Rich Harden fastball in the ribs in retaliation on Sunday.
2007-04-14 16:54:30
32.   yankz
30Great, great article. The kid's definitely in line to be my favorite player, once Jeter and Mo are gone.
2007-04-14 16:55:01
33.   Cliff Corcoran
29 Busting a guy for hot dogging is one thing, but busting him for being honest with the press? I just didn't see what was so inflammatory about what he said. If the Yankees throw at him, they're in the wrong and it'll only lead to getting more of their own players hurt. It's stupid and I hope it doesn't happen.
2007-04-14 16:56:48
34.   flycaster
First time commenter. Been lurking for awhile and have been largely impressed with the discourse. A comment on the squeeze bunt issue: IMO any concern about the fielding ability of the pitcher or infielders is misplaced. The way the play was taught to me, and the way I still believe it works, if the batter gets the bunt down it's basically impossible to throw the runner out. Even if he one-hops it to the pitcher who happens to be Spider Man. It's too late to get him. True, with the force being in order it's slightly more possible to get him, but only if the runner has failed to get an adequate jump. So I agree with Cliff, a squeeze attempt there would have been nice.
2007-04-14 17:02:06
35.   Cliff Corcoran
26 I see he's sitting Posada today instead of tomorrow. Smart move as Harden's a far better pitcher than Blanton. Word to Josh Phelps.
2007-04-14 17:03:07
36.   Cliff Corcoran
34 Oh, and, flycaster, thanks for joining in the Banter.
2007-04-14 17:05:09
37.   chris in c-bus
I didnt read through all the comments so maybe it's old news, but espn repors Wang pitched 5 no-hit innings against Tampa minor leaguers in his first rehab stint today...
2007-04-14 17:09:33
38.   seamus
37 haven't seen it posted here. Peter Abraham has more details on his site. 5innings, but all two seam fastballs. Wang declared himself ready to return but the team in insisting on a start where he uses all of his pitches.

34 welcome flycaster! (you a fisherman?)

2007-04-14 17:12:24
39.   yankz
I feel so bad for Pete Abraham. Great blog, idiot commenters. Someone just proposed a Farnsworth for Lidge trade.
2007-04-14 17:15:02
40.   seamus
39 i don't read the comments there. Pete posts great info, but I come here for the conversation.
2007-04-14 17:18:11
41.   yankz
40I read them when I need a laugh.
2007-04-14 17:22:17
42.   BklynBmr
31 You're absolutely correct that the last thing the Yanks need is a heater in any of their creaky ribs. There was a nice sidebar in the Chron the other day about Buck, and how geeked he was to make the team, genuine youthful exuberance. I'm sure he was unprepared for that moment and spoke before he thought it out.

33 Of course it's stupid, but if it happened it wouldn't be because he was "being honest", it would be 'Hey, rook — you diss my All-Star teammate, here, welcome to the Show." We're not taking about a Mensa convention here. I'm sure any vet in earshot had to wince when he heard that, and pulled him aside for a little chat. Let's hope that's that.

2007-04-14 17:43:14
43.   flycaster
38 Yeah, I work in order to support my fishing and baseball habits. (How do you make the prior comment notation show up in blue?)
2007-04-14 17:45:33
44.   seamus
42 put the numbers in brackets like this [ 38 ] but without the spaces.
2007-04-14 17:45:54
45.   seamus
i meant 43 in 44
2007-04-14 17:51:40
46.   Vandelay Industries
39 How about Fanry and cash for Chris Duncan? I know I know . . . but we are going to need an actual bat off the bench at some point.
2007-04-14 17:52:16
47.   rbj
Glad I went to the Mudhens game yesterday and not today -- currently there's a snow delay. And now gameday has minor league games so we can all track Phil Hughes' games.
2007-04-14 17:54:42
48.   OldYanksFan
I hope the boys are good and pissed and plan to slaughter the A's this game. Not a nice sentiment, but I need some smart, aggressive play to make up for last night.

And lets see what Phelps can do.

2007-04-14 17:54:55
49.   Vandelay Industries

Karstens is about ready to make a start if need be, no?

2007-04-14 17:58:15
50.   Yu-Hsing Chen
I love Cano, but that article is way over the top, he's not A-rod, and he should not slide over to 3rd until he can't play adequet defense at second.
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2007-04-14 18:06:12
51.   Max Nomad
50 Third is more difficult to play than 2nd. But true, A-Rod he is not, and will not be. Cano does have his fair share of detractors.
2007-04-14 18:06:20
52.   flycaster
44 Thanks. Here's hoping Rasner can throw his good curveball tonite.
2007-04-14 18:08:22
53.   Max Nomad
Matt Desalvo's AAA line tonight: 6 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 8 SO
2007-04-14 18:09:41
54.   rbj
Hey, it's bright out where the A's play. What is that?
2007-04-14 18:09:53
55.   seamus
2007-04-14 18:10:09
56.   seamus
54 a full moon?
2007-04-14 18:12:16
57.   rbj
56 Could be. I've heard rumors about a "moon"
2007-04-14 18:17:24
58.   yankz
Do I start Harden tomorrow? His numbers vs the Yanks are nothing special, but he's been great this year (including the spring).
2007-04-14 18:18:46
59.   rbj
Argh! Derek, Derek, Derek.
2007-04-14 18:19:07
60.   yankz
Damn, I thought we were over that.
2007-04-14 18:19:23
61.   Yu-Hsing Chen
oh lord.... Jeter has turned into A-rod this year
2007-04-14 18:24:04
62.   Max Nomad
This could be a nightmare game
2007-04-14 18:24:22
63.   OldYanksFan
Jeter was looking at 3rd base.
They are pounding Rasner!
2007-04-14 18:24:56
64.   Max Nomad
Melky nails him!
2007-04-14 18:25:49
65.   seamus
bummer, but nice throw melky!
2007-04-14 18:26:22
66.   OldYanksFan
Our BP won't even be able to crawl after this game.
2007-04-14 18:27:02
67.   Max Nomad
66 seriously
2007-04-14 18:27:03
68.   seamus
57 i've heard tell in the lore of years gone by of some bright orb that brightens the skies called a "moon".
2007-04-14 18:28:09
69.   yankz
Yikes. 3 pitches?
2007-04-14 18:28:10
70.   Yu-Hsing Chen
this is going to be a long night, arragh
2007-04-14 18:29:04
71.   seamus
not good.
2007-04-14 18:29:55
72.   seamus
giambi is the pop up king of 2007.
2007-04-14 18:30:15
73.   Max Nomad
Somebody take a few pitches, Blanton usually throws a lot of them and he's gonna end this inning averaging less that 13 pitches and inning (the "good" number per inning)
2007-04-14 18:31:27
74.   BklynBmr
You keep hearing how this lineup has the ability to overcome the shaky pitching but with the expection of the A-Rod's walkoff game, who have we out-slugged so far?
2007-04-14 18:33:06
75.   C2Coke
72 Let's just say his is the pop up king of April. We all know how his performance fluctuates every month.
2007-04-14 18:33:08
76.   Max Nomad
74 We destroyed the twins the first two games. I think the yanks lead the league in runs.
2007-04-14 18:33:36
77.   C2Coke
74 No one?
2007-04-14 18:34:16
78.   yankz
What I'd give to get off to a roaring start...
2007-04-14 18:34:29
79.   Max Nomad
Team is asleep tonight!
2007-04-14 18:34:35
80.   C2Coke
76 True, but the Twins so did not have their best pitchings in those two games.
2007-04-14 18:34:58
81.   rbj
Criminies, what's up with the infield tonight?
2007-04-14 18:35:04
82.   seamus
ugh. cano?
2007-04-14 18:35:39
83.   seamus
they are hitting rasner hard.
2007-04-14 18:35:42
84.   OldYanksFan
I'm sick already. League the league in errors.
2007-04-14 18:35:48
85.   BklynBmr
76 The two Twins wins were quality starts from Yankees pitchers. I was referring to the bats overcoming poor pitching (and sloppy fielding)...
2007-04-14 18:36:34
86.   Max Nomad
Great efficient inning for rasner. let's go yanks
2007-04-14 18:36:34
87.   yankz
Is suckiness contagious?
2007-04-14 18:36:36
88.   rbj
Hah, it's A-Rod who shows 'em how to do it.
2007-04-14 18:37:29
89.   BklynBmr
88 Just thinkin' that...
2007-04-14 18:38:05
90.   Max Nomad
85 Yes, but I'd chalk that up more to being able to pitch agressively because of a lead than really pitching well. Might be wrong. Pettitte did look good.
2007-04-14 18:39:19
91.   seamus
88 I am starting to wonder if we've entered the twilight zone. Does it appear to you that the stars are misaligned?
2007-04-14 18:40:14
92.   seamus
damn. too bad phelps wasn't a faster runner.
2007-04-14 18:40:22
93.   Max Nomad
At least phelps gave'em a 5 pitch AB. But fucking Melky swinging on the first pitch!
2007-04-14 18:42:21
94.   rbj
91 Stars? Do they reside behind the grey sky that is over head? And the Mudhen's game tonight has been postponed due to snow. No word on whether they'll be moving to Milwaukee.

Seriously, can any fans come up with a better chant than "Yankees suck"?

2007-04-14 18:42:48
95.   BklynBmr
90 Very true on the aggressive pitching, you can pitch to contact, etc... It just seems the offense tanks the same night we get a poor pitching performance. They could bust out with 5 or 6 runs at any given time, but cripes, let's see it!
2007-04-14 18:43:39
96.   rbj
OK, the Yanks aren't catching any breaks tonight. Time to break out the bourbon.
2007-04-14 18:44:04
97.   Max Nomad
95 I would not be surprised if they were tired from last night. It was a demoralizing game. Arod can't carry the team forever. The team knows they should have won last night, and thats tough to let go.
2007-04-14 18:44:09
98.   seamus
94 apaprently not. it is the most popular chant in baseball, or at least it appears that way.
2007-04-14 18:44:16
99.   C2Coke
94 Apparently not. Then again, in today's case so far, can you blame those fans?
2007-04-14 18:44:48
100.   BklynBmr
94 I love it when you hear the chant at Fenway, when the Sox are playing the Royals or the D-Rays...
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2007-04-14 18:46:29
101.   Max Nomad
100 I was at a Fenway game like that, when the Sox were playing the Tigers during the 100 loss seasons.
2007-04-14 18:47:10
102.   yankz
Gotta love those inferiority complexes.
2007-04-14 18:47:24
103.   rbj
99 LOL, though it should be amended to "Yankees defense sucks"
2007-04-14 18:50:34
104.   BklynBmr
97 No doubt — and probably not accurate, but I have a theory that all NY teams historically are less than .500 combined on West Coast trips. I haven't done the math, but it just seems like the Yanks, Giants, Knicks, etc., have tough times out here.
2007-04-14 18:54:14
105.   seamus
I wonder how much time they spent researching for a stat where the As lead the Yanks.
2007-04-14 18:55:30
106.   C2Coke
It's very rare to see Johnny that upset after an AB, in fact, it's rare to see him upset at all.
2007-04-14 18:55:40
107.   seamus
this is sooooooo boring.
2007-04-14 18:56:20
108.   seamus
106 the players seem uptight. melky wasn't smiling like he usually does after a big play either.
2007-04-14 18:57:06
109.   rbj
Good night all. Time for channel surfing.
2007-04-14 18:57:26
110.   yankz
I hate that GameDay is the only one that doesn't get stuck.
2007-04-14 18:57:44
111.   C2Coke
Well, today's game it going fast.
2007-04-14 19:00:20
112.   Max Nomad
Man, Melky conquering LF tonight
2007-04-14 19:06:42
113.   seamus
Rasner seems to have gotten things under control a bit. now, we seriously need to put together some good at bats. cy blanton cannot shut us down.
2007-04-14 19:06:49
114.   Max Nomad
2007-04-14 19:07:04
115.   Max Nomad
2007-04-14 19:07:14
116.   C2Coke
112 Looks like it.

Now that was a little funny in this boring game. FSN just showed a shot of the YES booth with Singleton and Flaherty. Singleton is somehow smiling like he's enjoying the game, and Flaherty is standing up while talking like he's ready to bolt at anytime...

2007-04-14 19:07:29
117.   seamus
yeee haaawwww!
2007-04-14 19:08:25
118.   Max Nomad
Hitting Blanton hard this inning
2007-04-14 19:08:34
119.   C2Coke
How many more times is Arod coming up? Can he tight the score by hiting a homer each time?
2007-04-14 19:08:48
120.   yankz
I think Alex Rodriguez is illegal in most states.
2007-04-14 19:10:10
121.   seamus
i really frackin' hate oaklands foul territory.
2007-04-14 19:10:10
122.   Max Nomad
OK, here we go.
2007-04-14 19:13:58
123.   Max Nomad
Nice, ball four, 2 on, one out for melk
2007-04-14 19:14:58
124.   Max Nomad
2007-04-14 19:15:42
125.   Max Nomad
...why di I feel so alone all of a sudden?
2007-04-14 19:15:58
126.   kdw
Melky!!! Nice to see and good timing.
2007-04-14 19:16:07
127.   its430
2007-04-14 19:16:41
128.   OldYanksFan
2007-04-14 19:17:21
129.   Max Nomad
128 What?! Sorry. When you're alone for so long, you get paranoid...
2007-04-14 19:18:47
130.   OldYanksFan
You're the only one not crying...
2007-04-14 19:20:20
131.   Max Nomad
Damn, Damon, what was that?
2007-04-14 19:20:57
132.   kdw
Wow, Damon is having a tough time at the plate.
2007-04-14 19:21:14
133.   OldYanksFan
He was guessing. Guess he guessed wrong.
2007-04-14 19:23:32
134.   OldYanksFan
Anyone know how many pitches Ras has? It would be nice if he could go 6.
Looks like a game now anyway.
2007-04-14 19:25:36
135.   C2Coke
134 I agree. I feel like I've been watch a bunch of guys sleepwalking or something for the past hour.
2007-04-14 19:25:47
136.   seamus
how did kendall get on? i think mlbtv missed the end of commercial again.
2007-04-14 19:27:20
137.   C2Coke
136 You mean it missed the first AB? Yep, it did.
2007-04-14 19:27:45
138.   Max Nomad
136 single
2007-04-14 19:28:08
139.   seamus
137 ok. thanks. i thought maybe i was so sucked into my book that i somehow missed it.
2007-04-14 19:28:39
140.   seamus
[138[ and thanks
2007-04-14 19:29:45
141.   C2Coke
134 About 70 pitches thus far.
2007-04-14 19:31:09
142.   Max Nomad
141 Yea. If he stays under 80 for the inning, he's good for 6.
2007-04-14 19:33:44
143.   claybeez
Rasner doing a nice job.
2007-04-14 19:34:01
144.   yankz
I hope the Yankees score 19 runs so Piazza can hit a meaningless HR next inning.
2007-04-14 19:34:25
145.   Yu-Hsing Chen
hmm, there i go playing some video games and i look back and find .. huh we're back in this thing?
2007-04-14 19:35:09
146.   OldYanksFan
Jetes, Abreu, ARod, Giambi...
Let's get 'er done!
2007-04-14 19:37:46
147.   yankz
All right, Arod for the tie it is.
2007-04-14 19:39:52
148.   yankz
2007-04-14 19:42:53
149.   yankz
Who the hell writes for these CBS "glog" things? A recent entry:

"A=Rod to good now..waa I won't pitch to him."


2007-04-14 19:45:15
150.   seamus
149 waa= crying baby sound? kind of funny actually.
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2007-04-14 19:46:14
151.   claybeez
Come on. Are you kidding me? He's in a groove with only 77 pitches thrown.
2007-04-14 19:46:25
152.   BklynBmr
A's announcer: "Torre comes out and that's it for Rasner, who has been on a roll..."
2007-04-14 19:47:35
153.   yankz
Oh...this is the person who wrote that comment:

Picture is kind of sort of adult content.

2007-04-14 19:47:58
154.   its430
What are you doing Joe? There are only two pitchers in our BP who didn't throw last night. And one of them is Saint Mo.
2007-04-14 19:48:20
155.   yankz
Wait, wtf? Rasner finally starts to put it together, and he's gone, replaced by a kid who's pitched a lot and soon has to start a game?! WTF Torre.
2007-04-14 19:48:35
156.   claybeez
Seems like over-managing to me. Not that Henn hasn't been excellent.
2007-04-14 19:48:44
157.   monkeypants
I sometimes just don't understand Torre, or whoever actually runs the team.
2007-04-14 19:50:38
158.   claybeez
Joe Torre is bewildering. Anyway, Henn does his job. Could he be moved back to SP, if needed? It seems like he has the confidence to get big league hitters out now. How about his stuff?
2007-04-14 19:51:04
159.   its430
Well, in all fairness, brief reality check: It could've been Ron Villone coming in
2007-04-14 19:51:41
160.   JeremyM
This is ridiculous, Rasner rolling and he gets pulled with less than 80 pitches thrown and a taxed bullpen? Come on.
2007-04-14 19:52:05
161.   yankz
159 Gee, thanks.
2007-04-14 19:52:32
162.   claybeez
If someone's arm falls off, it will soon be Villone coming in.
2007-04-14 19:55:08
163.   nyyfan22
Dammit. mlb radio just quit on me. Now I'm sans baseball. Ugh.
2007-04-14 19:55:40
164.   yankz
"Cano walked."

I'm going blind.

2007-04-14 19:56:39
165.   BklynBmr
I dunno, maybe Joe wanted Rasner to depart on a definite high note, given the way he felt after getting yanked in his first start. Henn was been very good, but with pen situation, this is a gamble...
2007-04-14 19:56:52
166.   Max Nomad
Jorgie's up
2007-04-14 19:57:26
167.   claybeez
Damn. They gotta start falling more often for Melky.
2007-04-14 19:57:43
168.   BklynBmr
Was Swisher's dive for WebGems or what?
2007-04-14 19:58:42
169.   claybeez
165 I know that's done. But, it seems to me it happens at the end of an inning or at the first sign of trouble. Rasner was in a groove.
2007-04-14 19:59:04
170.   yankz
165 He needs to stop caring about his players' feelings and start caring more about winning.
2007-04-14 19:59:15
171.   claybeez
Where'd that hook come from?
2007-04-14 20:00:14
172.   claybeez
2007-04-14 20:00:14
173.   Max Nomad
tie game!
2007-04-14 20:00:44
174.   BklynBmr
169 Agreed, maybe Joe was fearing a long ball or something, but that was curious...

167 I thought Melky's shot was a gapper all the way...


2007-04-14 20:00:46
175.   yankz
See what happens when ya pinch hit, Joe!
2007-04-14 20:00:49
176.   ny2ca2dc
Hip F-in Hip!
2007-04-14 20:00:54
177.   claybeez
Robbie testing his wheels these days.
2007-04-14 20:01:04
178.   Yu-Hsing Chen
jorge for the HOF!!
2007-04-14 20:01:18
179.   Max Nomad
damon up with jorgie as the lead run
2007-04-14 20:02:06
180.   Max Nomad
Oh god, what if its another xtra innings?
2007-04-14 20:02:21
181.   Max Nomad
{180} Myers goes 5?
2007-04-14 20:03:13
182.   ny2ca2dc
pinch hitting with Jorge always a good move!

I just got home to watch the game; from the gameday play by play looks like Rasner roughed up a bit in the first but then was ROLLING, and Henn brought in a little early but he's keeping it going. Bats pretty silent. Nice to see Phelps in against a righty (maybe last nights pathetic showing by Mink got him on the shit list)...

Missing anything?

2007-04-14 20:03:39
183.   BklynBmr
181 Or Cairo...
2007-04-14 20:04:02
184.   claybeez
Do the A's always have a sidearmer/underhander?
2007-04-14 20:04:13
185.   Max Nomad
i love jorgie
2007-04-14 20:05:48
186.   yankz
Kevin Thompson has more RBI than Scrabble. In 20 less at bats.
2007-04-14 20:06:07
187.   OldYanksFan
No seeable reason to yank Ras.
I'll guess he was on a pitch count.
2007-04-14 20:06:18
188.   C2Coke
181 5 pitches?
2007-04-14 20:07:03
189.   Max Nomad
Anyone miss mink now?
2007-04-14 20:07:03
190.   C2Coke
187 They are being super careful with all starters?
2007-04-14 20:07:32
191.   BklynBmr
Uffh! Tino, we still miss ya, brah!
2007-04-14 20:07:57
192.   claybeez
Phelps needs a touch of work at 1st. Just a touch.
2007-04-14 20:08:21
193.   BklynBmr
188 That's all it'll take to end the game ;-)
2007-04-14 20:08:32
194.   yankz
Great. Two months of Scrabble, coming right up.
2007-04-14 20:08:35
195.   C2Coke
It wasn't the first time we've seen that failed scoop by Phelps, right?
2007-04-14 20:08:56
196.   yankz
WTF is going on, Larry Bowa?
2007-04-14 20:09:02
197.   OldYanksFan
Minky catches that one.
Does it cost us the game?
2007-04-14 20:09:30
198.   Max Nomad
I'm gonna shoot myself if proctor lets the runners score. I want a DP and a K.
2007-04-14 20:09:35
199.   monkeypants
192 True, but it would be nice if Jeter made an accurate throw. Great, now Henn gets pulled after a shouldabeen out and a grounder through the hole. Sigh.
2007-04-14 20:09:54
200.   BklynBmr
The S.F. Giants have four first basemen, we barely have one!
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2007-04-14 20:10:05
201.   ny2ca2dc
a real first baseman would be nice right about now...
2007-04-14 20:10:47
202.   C2Coke
EDSP indeed. Good to know some people never change. Torre and Proctor in this case.
2007-04-14 20:11:27
203.   Max Nomad
great break on the bunt
2007-04-14 20:11:46
204.   BklynBmr
Joe is a genius...
2007-04-14 20:12:06
205.   OldYanksFan
I wonder where we would be is we had decent defense. It's hard to blame Cash/Torre for wanting at least one glove on the field.

And it get worse when Mats comes back.

2007-04-14 20:12:19
206.   C2Coke are these so-called first basemen better than Giambi?
2007-04-14 20:12:54
207.   yankz
Imagine if Moose was pitching. I imagine he'd be turning the Yellow Pages to "H" for "Hit Men" right about now.
2007-04-14 20:13:05
208.   Simone
Given Jeter and Giambi's challenges, the Yankees need a good 1st baseman. One that is at least 6 feet and smooth around the bag.
2007-04-14 20:13:15
209.   yankz
All more...
2007-04-14 20:13:24
210.   nick
god...I hate agonizing games in April--couldn't nausea at least be postponed until fall games?
2007-04-14 20:13:35
211.   yankz
Nobody liked my Scrabble and Ohlendorf for Pujols suggestion?
2007-04-14 20:13:48
212.   OldYanksFan
By the way...
FSN? What is that?
Related to Fox?
2007-04-14 20:13:52
213.   monkeypants
206 Well, Minky catches the ball but goes 3 for 68. Phelps misses the ball. Giambi misses the ball and gets hurt on the play.
2007-04-14 20:14:02
214.   BklynBmr
Would be nice to a complete first sacker there, in the Mattingly and Tino mode. Dangerous at the plate and a glove that saves 50 errors on the infielders...
2007-04-14 20:14:03
215.   yankz
Fox Sports Network, isn't it?
2007-04-14 20:14:18
216.   C2Coke
207 ROFL! That's a good one.
2007-04-14 20:14:19
217.   Max Nomad
proctor throwin 96
2007-04-14 20:14:44
218.   monkeypants
212 Fox Sports Northwest, I believe.
2007-04-14 20:14:52
219.   BklynBmr
212 Fox Sports Network, series of regional networks...
2007-04-14 20:15:39
220.   yankz
216 Why thank you
2007-04-14 20:16:05
221.   Max Nomad
Arod rocks my world
2007-04-14 20:16:12
222.   claybeez
Nice work, Proctor.
2007-04-14 20:16:26
223.   C2Coke
213 But if Giambi goes back to his "hot-hitting" self, it might be worth it, no? Big if, I know, just let me dream.
2007-04-14 20:16:27
224.   BklynBmr
A-Rod = cool, calm, collected...
2007-04-14 20:16:43
225.   ny2ca2dc
beautiful frigin throw! see, phelps can grab one uh dem!
2007-04-14 20:16:43
226.   seamus
wooo hooo!
2007-04-14 20:16:48
227.   Simone
Nice, Proctor.
2007-04-14 20:16:54
228.   Yu-Hsing Chen
Nice job by Proctor.. whew.
2007-04-14 20:17:02
229.   3rd gen yankee fan
Nice work out of a jam eh?
2007-04-14 20:17:17
230.   yankz
All right, Arod for the lead THIS inning.

Then you let him pitch the rest of the game and put Cairo at 3B.

2007-04-14 20:18:32
231.   seamus
212 see 219 definitely Fox Sports Network. E.g. I get FSN Pittsburgh.
2007-04-14 20:19:18
232.   Max Nomad
Jetes' slumping a bit
2007-04-14 20:20:04
233.   Max Nomad
They changed the error from Phelps to Jeter
2007-04-14 20:20:34
234.   Max Nomad
Abreu on first for Arod
2007-04-14 20:20:49
235.   OldYanksFan
All 3 A's runs are UNearned (and almost a 4th). This shouldn't be close.
2007-04-14 20:20:58
236.   ny2ca2dc
ok, here we go
2007-04-14 20:21:03
237.   BklynBmr
232 Could be wrong, but have we lost all the games Cap has errored in?
2007-04-14 20:21:09
238.   claybeez
Looks like the gold glove is a thing of the past.
2007-04-14 20:22:45
239.   claybeez
Didn't we have Embree last season? Or was that 2 seasons ago? Didn't he suck?
2007-04-14 20:23:44
240.   Max Nomad
239 Yea, he alternates year to year good and bad. He was great for SD last year
2007-04-14 20:23:54
241.   yankz
Fuck you, CBS Game Center.
2007-04-14 20:24:21
242.   BklynBmr
239 Both bad dreams, I've tried to block 'em out. I think it was last year...
2007-04-14 20:24:32
243.   Max Nomad
2007-04-14 20:24:45
244.   yankz
Ah, damn.
2007-04-14 20:25:45
245.   Max Nomad
ah crap
2007-04-14 20:26:41
246.   Simone
I didn't even know that Bobby Abreu stole bases.
2007-04-14 20:26:43
247.   ny2ca2dc
well, at least that means giambino will be up with no outs...
2007-04-14 20:26:59
248.   its430
Wow. the boys are bipolar tonight aren't they.
2007-04-14 20:27:16
249.   C2Coke
How many pitchers the Yanks have left?
2007-04-14 20:27:26
250.   Max Nomad
246 Seriously? That's a huge part of his game. I always liked him in the lead off spot.
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2007-04-14 20:28:06
251.   yankz
246 Wait, really?

247 Why is that better than with a run on?

2007-04-14 20:28:20
252.   C2Coke
248 I wouldn't know since I've only seen the depressed side so far...
2007-04-14 20:29:40
253.   nick
ok, 99 for Proctor, sez the radio--a good sign...
2007-04-14 20:29:50
254.   Simone
Nope, I had no clue.
2007-04-14 20:31:37
255.   C2Coke
253 99? whose gun does it belong to? On FSN's gun, Proctor is consistently hitting 94/95, which is pretty good.
2007-04-14 20:32:05
256.   yankz
I swear to god, if the Yankees lose another extra innings game with Mo rotting on the bench...
2007-04-14 20:32:29
257.   ny2ca2dc
251 just trying to think positive...
2007-04-14 20:33:23
258.   yankz
You know, I thought of a good slogan to counter the RSN idiocy. How about "Champion Up?"
2007-04-14 20:33:41
259.   Max Nomad
2 gone. LOOGY in?
2007-04-14 20:34:04
260.   BklynBmr
Scotty's on a roll, time to yank 'em ;-)
2007-04-14 20:34:06
261.   nick
hmmm, so Myers here, and then--could we see Mo in the 9th in a tie game? who's left?
2007-04-14 20:34:10
262.   C2Coke
256 You will try and bribe Ken into choking Torre in the dugout tomorrow? I don't think Ken would ever go for it though...
2007-04-14 20:34:23
263.   claybeez
Proctor has come a long way.
2007-04-14 20:35:04
264.   ny2ca2dc
It'll be Mo fo Sho. or Farnsworth (though the no back to back thing could work in our favor here)
2007-04-14 20:35:43
265.   C2Coke
261 As we've established earlier on here at the Banter, there is Arod and Cairo left to pitch.
2007-04-14 20:36:23
266.   Max Nomad
264 Nah, Torre said Viz is available, no Farns
2007-04-14 20:36:32
267.   BklynBmr
258 I like that! It puts everything and everybody in proper perspective. A little more inspiring than Hip Hip's 'Grind It' a few years back, too...
2007-04-14 20:37:11
268.   ny2ca2dc
264 err, or viz
2007-04-14 20:37:20
269.   Max Nomad
Why is Myers always at 3-2?
2007-04-14 20:37:21
270.   Max Nomad
Why is Myers always at 3-2?
2007-04-14 20:38:08
271.   ny2ca2dc
oh god, i can see it now, what if joe pinches minky for phelps?! could it happen?!
2007-04-14 20:38:15
272.   seamus
i frackin hate myers
2007-04-14 20:38:16
273.   C2Coke
Great, we went from a rolling Protor who was constantly hitting 95 to a Myer who can't find the home plate.

Mo looks like he can't be more bored...

2007-04-14 20:41:23
274.   nick
255 The Oakland gun I think--Susyn called out 98 on a couple other fastballs he threw..
2007-04-14 20:41:31
275.   seamus
273 maybe Mo needs to join a fantasy league so he can do something baseball related?
2007-04-14 20:41:57
276.   Max Nomad
2007-04-14 20:43:00
277.   yankz
267 Thanks! I try.
2007-04-14 20:43:31
278.   yankz
275 I bet he wouldn't even draft himself. 15 saves at this rate.
2007-04-14 20:44:15
279.   nick
265 yeah, I know...and the radio crew were talking during the 5th about how Mo just couldn't get into a game lately, how bored he was....
2007-04-14 20:45:47
280.   nick
275 ah, too true...
2007-04-14 20:45:59
281.   Max Nomad
good to lead off with Giambi so to show a lot of pitches
2007-04-14 20:46:21
282.   yankz
Maybe Jeter and Cano are new BFF's. All their light night sleepovers, playing video games and watching late night Showtime, must be affecting their defensive games.
2007-04-14 20:46:41
283.   C2Coke
275 Perhaps, because right now he has his hood on and is blowing Bubblegum on the bench.
2007-04-14 20:47:36
284.   yankz
You know, the Vizier has a Wanglike 2 K in 7.1 IP...
2007-04-14 20:47:59
285.   seamus
283 I wonder if Mo started drafting his fantasy team in the bullpen if Joe would notice...
2007-04-14 20:48:42
286.   seamus
285 i'm picturing him sitting there with a laptop and printed stat sheets.
2007-04-14 20:50:06
287.   Mattpat11
Did Singleton just say Mienkiewicz has a bat? What does he intend to do with it? Softshoe?
2007-04-14 20:50:28
288.   BklynBmr
FWIW: Just ran a quick errand, listening to it in the car, A's radio guy gave this stat: Mike Myers leads MLB history in the following stat: for a pitcher facing only one batter in a game...
2007-04-14 20:50:36
289.   ny2ca2dc
nice at bat robinson
2007-04-14 20:51:04
290.   Max Nomad
a 2ND walk to cano? twilight zone?

And Minky's comin' in?

2007-04-14 20:51:06
291.   ny2ca2dc
2007-04-14 20:51:10
292.   Yu-Hsing Chen
Cano with 2 walks, whats the world comming to?
2007-04-14 20:51:18
293.   yankz
What bizarro world is this? Cano walks twice?
2007-04-14 20:51:30
294.   Mattpat11
Cano with a two walk game. This is very exciting.
2007-04-14 20:51:35
295.   nick
ok, so if I'm managing the A's here, I bring in the righty to draw Minky off the bench, inducing the double play...
2007-04-14 20:51:41
296.   claybeez
Minky to PH for Phelps? You have to be joking? Even if he manages a hit, you still have to be joking.
2007-04-14 20:51:47
297.   seamus
290 no frackin minky! what the hell is joe doing?
2007-04-14 20:51:57
298.   yankz
OldYanksFan, you still around? I have a YouTube video you'll absolutely love...
2007-04-14 20:52:15
299.   ny2ca2dc
290 seriously? damnit! This is a GIDP waiting to happen, at least phelps would probably get it in the air. didn't we have enough of minky's GIDPs & near-GIDPS yesterday!
2007-04-14 20:52:19
300.   tommyl
I'm sorry, did Cano morph into Abreu or something? Great AB!

Argh, please, please, please do not pinch hit Minky. He's 0-21, against righties!

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2007-04-14 20:52:25
301.   C2Coke
288 He is trying to change that stat by walking people so he gets to face at least one more...
2007-04-14 20:52:45
302.   claybeez
YES showed Minky loosening up with a bat and before commercial a dumbfounded Phelps headed to the dugout.
2007-04-14 20:52:55
303.   seamus
301 lol! nice one.
2007-04-14 20:53:00
304.   Max Nomad
295 Actually, that might not be far from the truth, since Embree faced Arod, whos better than phelps
2007-04-14 20:53:05
305.   Mattpat11
Isn't the operative word "hitter"?
2007-04-14 20:53:12
306.   monkeypants
296 I can't tell if Torre is insane, profoundly lazy, or just kinda mean-spirited.
2007-04-14 20:53:33
307.   claybeez
Joe wants to get fired.
2007-04-14 20:53:35
308.   ny2ca2dc
god damnit, my worst fears!
2007-04-14 20:53:43
309.   OldYanksFan
3 walks for Cano. When he can work a walk, he's really dangerous!
2007-04-14 20:53:52
310.   Max Nomad
phew, no DP
2007-04-14 20:53:53
311.   Mattpat11
I hate him.
2007-04-14 20:54:20
312.   ny2ca2dc
what a shock
2007-04-14 20:54:22
313.   Mattpat11
Is it too early to waive Doug?
2007-04-14 20:54:35
314.   claybeez
Melky needs to find the gap.
2007-04-14 20:54:37
315.   seamus
310 it is scary, that that was desired outcome.
2007-04-14 20:54:37
316.   tommyl
Well, that Minky PH worked out well.
2007-04-14 20:54:37
317.   yankz
Out of the infield!
2007-04-14 20:55:32
318.   Max Nomad
ah fuck
2007-04-14 20:55:41
319.   Mattpat11
Did the slowest man on earth just try to steal a base?
2007-04-14 20:55:59
320.   BklynBmr
Robbie out? I wanna see that again...

301 LOL!

2007-04-14 20:56:01
321.   seamus
319 cano isn't slow.
2007-04-14 20:56:07
322.   claybeez
Wow. Did he go slo-mo the last 10 feet?
2007-04-14 20:56:38
323.   C2Coke
2007-04-14 20:56:43
324.   Max Nomad
great. more free baseball if we wanna win. The bullpen is gonna die. Mo's GOTTA come in soon. Lest we face the wrath of farnsworth
2007-04-14 20:56:44
325.   its430
F. I thought he was there. That ump has blown calls all night
2007-04-14 20:56:45
326.   yankz
309 Hey OldYanksFan, here it is:

Actually, any Yanks fan will enjoy it.

2007-04-14 20:56:56
327.   Yu-Hsing Chen
wow, Minks having some pretty shitty luck
2007-04-14 20:57:20
328.   Zavo
I wonder if that is the first time in major league baseball history that a guy on an 0-21 streak was called on to pinch hit.
2007-04-14 20:57:34
329.   BklynBmr
Robbie out. No doubt. Great throw by Kendall...
2007-04-14 20:58:36
330.   nick
man, all of our middle relief is on a 100 inning-pace.
2007-04-14 20:58:36
331.   Mattpat11
327 I think he may just suck.
2007-04-14 20:58:45
332.   rsmith51
Good thing we are saving Mo for those 8 run games.
2007-04-14 20:58:47
333.   monkeypants
325 No, good call--he was clearly out on the replay.
2007-04-14 20:58:56
334.   C2Coke
325 Nope. Cano was out alright.
2007-04-14 20:59:06
335.   BklynBmr
328 Good call. I'd like to know that, too...
2007-04-14 20:59:17
336.   tommyl
Tie game on the road syndrome too. Is anyone else as frustrated with the managerial moves as I am right now?
2007-04-14 20:59:55
337.   yankz
If only my elementary school classes were like this:

2007-04-14 21:00:00
338.   rsmith51
328 0-21 with a track record of sucking and no power. Has a nice glove, however.
2007-04-14 21:00:54
339.   rsmith51
336 Well he did a good job of PH Posada in the 7th.
2007-04-14 21:01:27
340.   BklynBmr
331 and 332 are why is this the best place to 'watch' a Yankee game online ;-)
2007-04-14 21:01:27
341.   C2Coke
336 Frustration doesn't even begin to describe it.
2007-04-14 21:01:44
342.   monkeypants
Torre : Vizcaino = Billy Martin : Cecilio Guante?
2007-04-14 21:01:54
343.   rsmith51
Isn't the starter RH? Minky could have come in after Phelps batted and they still could have gotten his glove in the game.
2007-04-14 21:02:03
344.   tommyl
339 That's a no brainer. PH Minky is unforgivable. He's 0-21 against almost all righties, so lets bring him in against Street.
2007-04-14 21:02:19
345.   ny2ca2dc
336 these two games together, plus the late hour(s), uh, ya
2007-04-14 21:02:53
346.   Max Nomad
damn walks
2007-04-14 21:02:53
347.   C2Coke
340 Word.
2007-04-14 21:03:23
348.   tommyl
345 My gf gave up, she heard I wanted to watch the end of the game and promptly went to bed.
2007-04-14 21:03:23
349.   rsmith51
Makes me wish Pinella was managing these guys.
2007-04-14 21:03:40
350.   Harley
Frustrated? Joe is managing one year too many. (Actually, two.) His refusal to do anything not inscribed in the Joe Torre Mysterious Book of In-Game Strategy drives me nuts.

Rivera sits, watches, sits, watches. Cripes, Torre already flushed one World Series with this crap. You'd think at some point he'd learn.

Anyhoo. Yeah. Frustrated about sums it up.

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2007-04-14 21:04:21
351.   Max Nomad
fucking abreu again
2007-04-14 21:04:24
352.   rsmith51
Man, our defense sucks.
2007-04-14 21:04:49
353.   claybeez
Joe is saving Mo for the next blowout...when he needs to get some work in ;)
2007-04-14 21:05:05
354.   tommyl
Argh, FOUR errors? We don't deserve to win this game.
2007-04-14 21:05:05
355.   ny2ca2dc
abreu not so good at the edges of his range, or coming in, eh
2007-04-14 21:05:12
356.   OldYanksFan
Bush fucking league
2007-04-14 21:05:47
357.   seamus
our pitching would be ok tonight if not for our fielding.
2007-04-14 21:05:59
358.   its430
The breaks have turned against us.

(Paging Drs. Mystique and Aura, you're needed on the field)

2007-04-14 21:06:02
359.   yankz
This is beyond embarassing.
2007-04-14 21:06:03
360.   tommyl
What's up with Jeter this year btw? He's got a ton of throwing errors already.
2007-04-14 21:06:21
361.   BklynBmr
351 I almost miss Sheff's terrifying robo-arm snags out in right...
2007-04-14 21:06:26
362.   Max Nomad
love the viz
2007-04-14 21:06:37
363.   C2Coke
More errors than runs scored. Enough said.
2007-04-14 21:06:39
364.   claybeez
Hopefully, the offense will end our misery.
2007-04-14 21:06:48
365.   seamus
yay! yay!

I like Vizcaino.

2007-04-14 21:07:19
366.   nick
it's so frustrating--the greatest reliever of his generation, only a few years left--I WANT TO SEE MO PITCH, TORRE, YOU _______
2007-04-14 21:07:39
367.   BklynBmr
351 Didn't you request some 'free baseball' eariler?
2007-04-14 21:07:47
368.   Simone
Nice job, Vizcaino. The offense will win the game and Mo will close it out.
2007-04-14 21:07:49
369.   Max Nomad
ok, melk and the top of the order
2007-04-14 21:08:10
370.   rsmith51
361 In Abreu's defense, Sheffield would have played that one on 2 hops.
2007-04-14 21:08:14
371.   Ramone
Remember when closers were called "firemen"? You'd bring in your best reliever in a critical late inning situation, and not wait until a save situation arose.

Credit to Vizcaino, but who leaves the best reliever in the history of baseball on the bench when the winning run is on 2nd?

2007-04-14 21:08:50
372.   C2Coke
Tomorrow is an afternoon game right? Prepare to see more sleepwalkers.
2007-04-14 21:09:06
373.   yankz
I'm telling you guys, watch the videos, they're the highlight of this fucking game.
2007-04-14 21:09:12
374.   Max Nomad
oh, and jorgie, too
2007-04-14 21:09:20
375.   Harley
Well, exactly. Heck Gossage entered some games in the third inning. But in this case it's a two-fer. Joe leaves his best pitcher on the pine. And manages to wreck Vizcaino's arm before the All-Star break.


2007-04-14 21:09:23
376.   OldYanksFan
I'm not sure that should be ruled an error, but it was in his glove. In 2009, Abreu and Giambi will be gone, and maybe ARod too.

We'll have to be the go-go Yankess again.
I say sign ARod through 2013.

2007-04-14 21:09:29
377.   nick
I've just been told that Farnsworth is up...
2007-04-14 21:09:42
378.   yankz
I had something witty to say, but it's late and I'm pissed so I forgot. I blame Torre.
2007-04-14 21:09:51
379.   Mattpat11
2007-04-14 21:09:57
380.   rsmith51
The sad part is if the Yanks win, it will reinforce this stupid behavior on Torre's part. If Torre brings in Farns instead of Mo, I will ____.
2007-04-14 21:10:06
381.   Max Nomad
farns is warming.....
2007-04-14 21:10:11
382.   monkeypants
Ah, Farnswhacker is warming...

Torre = zombie.

2007-04-14 21:10:18
383.   ny2ca2dc
oh my god farns is up
2007-04-14 21:10:18
384.   tommyl
Farnsworth warming. Well at least I won't have to stay up too late.
2007-04-14 21:10:50
385.   yankz
I think I need to borrow Mussina's phone book.
2007-04-14 21:10:57
386.   Max Nomad
2007-04-14 21:11:13
387.   OldYanksFan
These games are so late, and these guys are so tired, Jetes said ARod could sleep over tonight.
2007-04-14 21:11:17
388.   Harley
No, no, no. Farnsworth?
2007-04-14 21:11:23
389.   C2Coke
377 Somebody tell the Yanks, just wave the white flag, it's easier and everyone can go to bed early.
2007-04-14 21:11:24
390.   ny2ca2dc
2007-04-14 21:11:49
391.   OldYanksFan
Posada should be well rested for tomorrow.
2007-04-14 21:11:50
392.   its430
Hip Hip!

That's it...Jorge doesn't play prior to the 7th for the rest of the year.

2007-04-14 21:12:27
393.   tommyl
C'mon Johny, just a little to the right, prevent Joe from making a retarded pitching move.
2007-04-14 21:12:53
394.   C2Coke
387 Only if he hits another game winning HR.
2007-04-14 21:12:57
395.   its430
Damn. That was our chance to get rid of Farnswacker - nice try anyway Damon.
2007-04-14 21:13:22
396.   BklynBmr
387 Ain't late out here. No one should be tired. Get it done, Yanks!
2007-04-14 21:13:39
397.   tommyl
Street is nasty btw.
2007-04-14 21:13:42
398.   Max Nomad
damon is dyin'
2007-04-14 21:13:57
399.   rsmith51
Fearless prediction-

Jeter HR...

Mo blows save(just kidding.)

2007-04-14 21:14:19
400.   C2Coke
Damon had a look on his face, after he looked at the bullpen as if he was thinking, "we must end this now and have Mo pitch instead..."
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2007-04-14 21:14:29
401.   yankz
Maybe that's why he's doing so well?

Jeter, on Opening Day: "All right Alex, you hit 10 HR this month, and then we'll have a sleepover. Make it twelve and we'll stop at Blockbuster first."

2007-04-14 21:15:10
402.   C2Coke
400 A look still doesn't cut it, apparently.
2007-04-14 21:15:42
403.   Max Nomad
yes! a break!
2007-04-14 21:16:01
404.   yankz
Isn't it incredibly sad that we root for a run so we don't have to see a pitcher?
2007-04-14 21:16:17
405.   rsmith51
Well this is exciting...
2007-04-14 21:16:18
406.   BklynBmr
'bout time we get a break like that. Now let's make 'em pay, Yanks!
2007-04-14 21:16:29
407.   yankz
Do your thang and walk, Bobby...
2007-04-14 21:16:38
408.   Max Nomad
mo is warming
2007-04-14 21:16:49
409.   BklynBmr
A Mo sighting!
2007-04-14 21:17:01
410.   tommyl
Walk to Abreu, A-Rod wins game.

I can't believe they are discussing this, you walk someone to get to A-Rod?! A-Rod?

2007-04-14 21:17:08
411.   rsmith51
Sadly, I am hoping for a wild pitch, but a single will be fine, too.
2007-04-14 21:17:14
412.   C2Coke
404 Whatever it takes for the right person to be sitting on the bench.
2007-04-14 21:17:36
413.   tommyl
Quick, PH Miguel Cairo, he's a rightie
2007-04-14 21:17:45
414.   monkeypants
408 As a PH for Posada?
2007-04-14 21:17:51
415.   yankz
Whoa, besides Razzle Dazzle, the rest of the Yanks' pitchers tonight have only given up 1 hit combined.
2007-04-14 21:18:25
416.   Max Nomad
arod: gw walk
2007-04-14 21:18:44
417.   tommyl
413 I was joking
2007-04-14 21:19:07
418.   OldYanksFan
If ARod comes up, I say he walks.. then a grand salami for Giambi.
2007-04-14 21:19:12
419.   seamus
417 we figured that out.
2007-04-14 21:20:01
420.   Max Nomad
2007-04-14 21:20:24
421.   BklynBmr
Wow. A few of those were some close pitches for the hometown closer not to get the call...
2007-04-14 21:20:28
422.   seamus
they didnt' just pitch around abreu to get to arod did they?
2007-04-14 21:20:36
423.   tommyl
Let's go A-Rod, single, walk, lucky Jeter error, its all good.
2007-04-14 21:20:36
424.   Mattpat11
A walk is good enough here, Alex.
2007-04-14 21:20:37
425.   C2Coke
Arod: Do you want to have a sleepover with the Cap'n or Farnsworth?
2007-04-14 21:21:21
426.   yankz
2007-04-14 21:21:22
427.   Max Nomad
2007-04-14 21:21:25
428.   tommyl
Damn, good try Alex
2007-04-14 21:21:35
429.   Mattpat11
well that sucked. Tell me Kyle isn't coming in.
2007-04-14 21:21:41
430.   ny2ca2dc
2007-04-14 21:21:43
431.   rsmith51

Can we at least have Mo come in now?

2007-04-14 21:21:44
432.   yankz
425 Jeter brings supermodels; Farnsy brings hunting rifles and country music.
2007-04-14 21:21:48
433.   nick
oh Alex--you could have saved us from Farnsworth...
2007-04-14 21:21:57
434.   tommyl
Ah, Farnsy, I don't even care if he blows the game, just don't walk the first batter.
2007-04-14 21:22:01
435.   BklynBmr
If I hear one boo...
2007-04-14 21:22:27
436.   OldYanksFan
Bad pitch. Too high. Would have been a ball.
2007-04-14 21:23:22
437.   nick
and that moron Susyn Waldman blabbing about how Joe has no choice here and "has" to use Farnsworth--
2007-04-14 21:23:31
438.   rsmith51
Well, he did HR today. The defense is what is killing them today.
2007-04-14 21:23:32
439.   yankz Friend of Yogi Bear. No relation to the famous catcher.
2007-04-14 21:23:33
440.   Mattpat11
Oh shit. Here he is.
2007-04-14 21:24:11
441.   rsmith51
Torre with his second beyond questionable move of the night. I don't see this ending well.
2007-04-14 21:25:05
442.   yankz
441 It's at least the third.

1) Extending Scrabble's o-fer streak.
2) Not bringing in Mo.
3) Bringing in Farns.

Although yeah, I guess 2 and 3 could be considered the same thing.

2007-04-14 21:25:28
443.   C2Coke
How many innings does Torre think the game is gonna be?
2007-04-14 21:25:40
444.   tommyl
1 on, but at least he didn't walk him. What's the over under on how many outs Farnsy gets before blowing the game?
2007-04-14 21:26:12
445.   rsmith51
At least Farns is throwing strikes today...
2007-04-14 21:26:15
446.   Mattpat11
444 two. He'll tease us
2007-04-14 21:26:38
447.   rsmith51
If Farns is in trouble, any chance we see Mo?
2007-04-14 21:26:44
448.   tommyl
445 You mean two of them?
2007-04-14 21:26:51
449.   bobtaco
444 One.
2007-04-14 21:27:14
450.   nyyfan22
Suszsysun Walkman: One mistake to Mike Piazza, and we're all going home.

Ugh.. ya think?

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2007-04-14 21:27:16
451.   ny2ca2dc
445 95 mph strikes... where's da 98-99?
2007-04-14 21:27:27
452.   its430
Damn Jete. Stick a fork in him? He couldn't even do a Jeter-Jump-Throw.
2007-04-14 21:27:28
453.   Mattpat11
stop wasting our time. Just blow the game and get it over with.
2007-04-14 21:27:41
454.   C2Coke
447 I think Guidry will come on to pitch before Mo does.
2007-04-14 21:27:57
455.   rsmith51
448 Yesterday, he went to 2-0 on each of the hitters, I belive.
2007-04-14 21:28:19
456.   Mattpat11
454 I'd rather than than Worthless.
2007-04-14 21:28:26
457.   BklynBmr
439 That's acceptable ;-)

If this goes how I fear it's going to go, I can't wait to read tomorrow...

2007-04-14 21:28:42
458.   rsmith51
454 I fear that you are correct.
2007-04-14 21:28:49
459.   yankz
Then maybe Donnie can play 1B? No way he fields worse than Phelps, no way he hits worse than Scrabble.
2007-04-14 21:29:45
460.   Mattpat11
459 I don't think I could hit worse than Mientkiewicz. You have to get a hit by accident every once in a while.
2007-04-14 21:29:59
461.   ny2ca2dc
if we can get thru this, at least old dinardo is next, should be able to rock him
2007-04-14 21:30:04
462.   Max Nomad
shitshitshit 2-0
2007-04-14 21:30:06
463.   rsmith51
Oh crap, 2-0 to Chavez...
2007-04-14 21:30:11
464.   tommyl
455 You mean like that?
2007-04-14 21:30:21
465.   yankz
455 Um...
2007-04-14 21:30:26
466.   C2Coke
459 He'd probably hit better than the current Giambino as well.
2007-04-14 21:31:01
467.   Max Nomad
461 my thoughts too
2007-04-14 21:31:06
468.   seamus
466 giambi is in a slump. minky just stinks.
2007-04-14 21:31:44
469.   yankz
Just pretend it's Fatass Papi, Farnsy.
2007-04-14 21:32:23
470.   Max Nomad
2007-04-14 21:32:45
471.   yankz
Big f'in surprise. 2-0.
2007-04-14 21:33:03
472.   rsmith51
STOP GETTING BEHIND 2-0!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2007-04-14 21:33:16
473.   ny2ca2dc
that fastball was up to 97 at least
2007-04-14 21:33:42
474.   yankz
I am so sick of seeing "Pickoff attempt to first"
2007-04-14 21:33:54
475.   Max Nomad
2007-04-14 21:34:01
476.   bobtaco
nice job
2007-04-14 21:34:10
477.   tommyl
Hmmm...that was very lucky. Getting a K on a high, hanging slider.
2007-04-14 21:34:14
478.   ny2ca2dc
2007-04-14 21:34:16
479.   seamus
2007-04-14 21:34:16
480.   rsmith51
Good thing the A's offense sucks.
2007-04-14 21:34:20
481.   yankz
Typical Farnsworth. Where are those complimentary Bronx Banter Rolaids?
2007-04-14 21:34:34
482.   Zack
Well, just checking in. I still that Mo still hasn't pitched, beyond all comprehension. I mean, clearly Joe really just will not use him...
2007-04-14 21:34:37
483.   Max Nomad
say it with me now: DI NAR DO
2007-04-14 21:35:12
484.   seamus
i have this problem. I've stayed up this late, so I cannot possibly go to bed yet. But i;m tired as hell. c'mon yanks!

(also finished my beer and do i dare open another?)

2007-04-14 21:35:24
485.   tommyl
Is there anyone else left in the BP besides Mo? Proctor, Myers, Henn, Viz, Farns. Ahhh, Bruney.
2007-04-14 21:35:31
486.   BklynBmr
No way I can quit smoking anytime soon...
2007-04-14 21:35:43
487.   tommyl
484 Yes, the answer is always yes
2007-04-14 21:36:22
488.   yankz
Babe Ruth, on 9/30/27: "60 home runs. Let's see some other son of a bitch do that."

Times change, huh?

2007-04-14 21:36:42
489.   BklynBmr
484 Not only open that one, keep one or two more cold. Trust me...
2007-04-14 21:36:56
490.   Zack
Sooo, why did Joe pull Rasner when he did, was he struggling?
2007-04-14 21:37:00
491.   yankz
487 I feel ya.
2007-04-14 21:37:20
492.   yankz
490 Of course not, that would make sense...
2007-04-14 21:37:37
493.   Max Nomad
mo is warming
2007-04-14 21:37:38
494.   ny2ca2dc
if giambi gets on, do we see KT pinch running? would that be smart?
2007-04-14 21:38:14
495.   yankz
Was that on a 3-0 pitch?
2007-04-14 21:38:27
496.   C2Coke
490 Joe wanted at least 11 innings for tonight's game. Not only he pulled Rasner, he also pulled Proctor who was on the roll.
2007-04-14 21:38:31
497.   Zack
Thats what I suspected. I turned it off to watch a movie in the 5th, checked back right before Nieves' hit, and turned back in just now to see Farns. K Walker...

Its like last night all over. Can Joe possibly allow Mo not to pitch tonight too?

2007-04-14 21:38:31
498.   Max Nomad
if the game goes too long, like 15 innings, pettitte or igawa is in, and someone is calledup tomorrow
2007-04-14 21:38:34
499.   nyyfan22
484 Dude, I'm at work - HAVE ANOTHER BEER!
2007-04-14 21:38:36
500.   yankz
Come on, kiddo.
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2007-04-14 21:38:36
501.   BklynBmr
Another 40 foot blast for Jason... Man, is he due...
2007-04-14 21:38:39
502.   rsmith51
490 I assume rhetorical, but my guess that a lefty was about to bat. I think he had pitched 70+ pitches.
2007-04-14 21:38:41
503.   nick
It's like John Sterling thinks it says in the fucking rule book that a "closer" cannot pitch if it's not a save situation...these two are Torre's enablers, it's a dysfunctional family--
2007-04-14 21:39:08
504.   yankz
498 You haven't heard? Cairo can play 9 positions. True story.
2007-04-14 21:39:10
505.   bobtaco
Does Giambi look like a guy whose Faustian bargain is just about up?
2007-04-14 21:39:29
506.   Zack
hey yanks, lenny Dinardo sucks ass. YOu know this...
2007-04-14 21:39:59
507.   Max Nomad
huge game for robbie
2007-04-14 21:40:00
508.   Mattpat11
There we go Robbie.
2007-04-14 21:40:11
509.   yankz
Cano reaches base for the 4th time.
2007-04-14 21:40:13
510.   rsmith51
Outstanding night for Cano(other than the error)
2007-04-14 21:40:21
511.   ny2ca2dc
atta boy cano
2007-04-14 21:40:29
512.   tommyl
Minky game winning HR
2007-04-14 21:40:31
513.   Zack
Oh God, and Minky is playing, oh Lord...
2007-04-14 21:40:33
514.   ny2ca2dc
who smells GIDP!!!!!!!!!????????
2007-04-14 21:40:40
515.   Mattpat11
Aw shit. Mienkiewicz.
2007-04-14 21:40:50
516.   seamus
ok, the vote was overwhelming. i opened another beer.
2007-04-14 21:41:05
517.   OldYanksFan
I say sac bunt, and see if Jorge can bring Cano in.
2007-04-14 21:41:09
518.   yankz
Can Shelley Duncan play D?
2007-04-14 21:41:26
519.   Mattpat11
Oh good.
2007-04-14 21:41:28
520.   tommyl
2007-04-14 21:41:37
521.   yankz
Hey, that's two in a row out of the infield!
2007-04-14 21:41:41
522.   rsmith51
0-23, shocking. Too bad he couldn't have done that yesterday.
2007-04-14 21:41:44
523.   Zack
Well, since Minky got the ball out of the infield, does that give Torre reason o play him another week since he "might be turning a corner?" yug
2007-04-14 21:41:54
524.   Max Nomad
Even Minky is just unlucky sometimes...
2007-04-14 21:41:59
525.   ny2ca2dc
we should win this one - their good RPs are burned, we have Mo. next inning top of the order (maybe plus JoPo).

another lazy fly for mink

2007-04-14 21:42:17
526.   tommyl
Hey, if you combine his ST stats, what is Minky hitting? Is he below 0.010 yet?
2007-04-14 21:42:20
527.   rsmith51
Gotta be Mo?
2007-04-14 21:42:25
528.   OldYanksFan
well.... at least Minky is making good outs......
2007-04-14 21:42:42
529.   Harley
Moral victory.
2007-04-14 21:42:53
530.   monkeypants
Man, the bottom of the lineup is a sinkhole right now.
2007-04-14 21:43:21
531.   Max Nomad
530 Jorgie's batting 9th
2007-04-14 21:43:40
532.   yankz
Joe has to go all Coach Gordon Bombay on them and make them do drills until the wee hours.
2007-04-14 21:43:46
533.   rsmith51
A couple of Minky's hits in the first games were pretty weak, too. If he was unlucky, he would be under .100. Oh he is? Never mind then.
2007-04-14 21:43:57
534.   C2Coke
525 But we also have Torre.
2007-04-14 21:44:05
535.   OldYanksFan
If Mo pitches the 11th, who pitches the 12th?
2007-04-14 21:44:09
536.   BklynBmr
527 Only if you wanna win...
2007-04-14 21:44:45
537.   rsmith51
I heart Mo.
2007-04-14 21:44:51
538.   yankz
No way!
2007-04-14 21:44:53
539.   Zack
Mo can go two, just for tonight...
2007-04-14 21:45:39
540.   tommyl
Ahhhh, Mo, I love watching you pitch.
2007-04-14 21:45:43
541.   monkeypants
Breaking News! Torre has slipped into a coma and been taken to a local hospital! Mattingly now managing; uses Rivera in a tie game!
2007-04-14 21:45:48
542.   BklynBmr
535 That's what Joe has been saying all series. At this point, who give a _____?
2007-04-14 21:46:09
543.   C2Coke
Mo is in not because Torre feels this is the only way to win but he is the only reliever left or that Mo's warmed already...
2007-04-14 21:46:20
544.   Zack
Ahh, a sawed bat, the Mo I know and love
2007-04-14 21:46:20
545.   tommyl
Woah, I forgot how fast Mo is.
2007-04-14 21:46:25
546.   Max Nomad
mo's gonna rally the troops
2007-04-14 21:46:25
547.   seamus
i know i'm preaching to the choir, but Mo hasn't pitched since tuesday and isn't monday an off day? So why did it take so long?
2007-04-14 21:47:00
548.   C2Coke
535 CAIRO!
2007-04-14 21:47:37
549.   Zack
The stupid save rule is the bane of our existence!
2007-04-14 21:47:52
550.   yankz
uhoh. Rust?
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2007-04-14 21:47:56
551.   monkeypants
531 After he PH for Nieves. Meanwhile, Cabrera and Phelps/Minky...
2007-04-14 21:48:19
552.   Max Nomad
watch out for the hit and run here
2007-04-14 21:48:21
553.   C2Coke
547 Because Torre wanted 11 innings for extra practice.
2007-04-14 21:48:22
554.   ny2ca2dc
great; 2 straight strikes called balls
2007-04-14 21:49:23
555.   rsmith51
Somebody really needs to write a book on how to properly use a closer. If I was running the team, I would generally not use him with a 3 run lead. I would use him in tie games.
2007-04-14 21:49:26
556.   BklynBmr
Shoot two, Yanks!
2007-04-14 21:49:31
557.   Zack
Is there a rule against cutting your hair on the A's?
2007-04-14 21:50:06
558.   Mattpat11
Could Igawa pitch an inning tonight? He seems to be the only even reasonable guess for s atarter with Pettitte tomorrow and Mussina and Calamity Carl hurt.
2007-04-14 21:50:09
559.   C2Coke
This game was supposed to end long ago, anyone else is hungry like I am?
2007-04-14 21:50:10
560.   Max Nomad
come ooooon dp
2007-04-14 21:50:34
561.   Harley
rsmith, yep. Better in the tie game than the 4-1 meaningless save. But that's an orthodoxy Joe will never let go of. Ever. The only reason Mo is in tonight is last night. Joe simply had no choice.
2007-04-14 21:50:45
562.   yankz
559 Starved.
2007-04-14 21:51:00
563.   its430
Do you see how far Kendall is choked up on the bat?
2007-04-14 21:51:32
564.   Max Nomad
557 Swisher is growing long to donate it to cancer patients. His grandma died of cancer last year.

Sweeet jump by jete

2007-04-14 21:51:34
565.   C2Coke
558 At this rate, Wang will have leave Tampa tomorrow.
2007-04-14 21:52:03
566.   Zack
I have a feeling Moose will go on the DL tomorrow, that, or KT will be sent down and Britton or the like will show up...
2007-04-14 21:52:04
567.   BklynBmr
557 Cowboy Up Lite™...
2007-04-14 21:52:18
568.   yankz
Stink is at .125 for the year?
2007-04-14 21:52:19
569.   rsmith51
Maybe Minky can pitch, he definitely can't hit.
2007-04-14 21:52:50
570.   Zack
Well thats cool of Swisher, but doesn't cut it for the rest :)
2007-04-14 21:53:15
571.   Zack
Where's Wade Boggs and his knuckleball when you need him?
2007-04-14 21:54:06
572.   yankz
Mo's already at 16 pitches. FINISH HIM
2007-04-14 21:54:15
573.   Max Nomad
I know mantle pitched in a couple games..
2007-04-14 21:54:19
574.   yankz
2007-04-14 21:54:42
575.   rsmith51
Might be a good time to discuss who will be the Yankees starting 1b in game 1 of the ALDS.
2007-04-14 21:55:07
576.   Max Nomad
574 Scutaro is clutch as shit
2007-04-14 21:55:09
577.   yankz
Hey, Boggs had a K/9 of about 8...
2007-04-14 21:55:19
578.   monkeypants
And THATS why we have Minky.

That was sarcasm.

2007-04-14 21:55:29
579.   ny2ca2dc
someone call up jose canseco to pitch the 12th.

i hate it when these bastards make mo pitch more than 1 or 2 pitches per batter. the nerve! just go sit down and dont waste our time!

2007-04-14 21:55:36
580.   bobtaco
Damon needs to do something here. He has been invisible this series.
2007-04-14 21:55:37
581.   seamus
2007-04-14 21:55:56
582.   yankz
575 We already decided. Don Mattingly.
2007-04-14 21:56:29
583.   yankz
Check out Boggs' ERA+ for 97:

2007-04-14 21:56:29
584.   rsmith51
I heard ARod did some pitching in HS.
2007-04-14 21:56:32
585.   Zack
575 Karim Garcia?
2007-04-14 21:56:37
586.   Max Nomad
582 Yea. Guidry to start.
2007-04-14 21:56:48
587.   yankz
Wasn't he the QB?
2007-04-14 21:57:15
588.   Mattpat11
Come on Jorge.
2007-04-14 21:57:31
589.   bobtaco
Bruney is warming up.
2007-04-14 21:57:50
590.   BklynBmr
570 Swisher seems to be trying a tad too hard to be the 'fun guy', knowing exactly when the camera is on him... it comes off a little too obvious.
2007-04-14 21:57:58
591.   C2Coke
582 I swear I had "575 Donnie Baseball? " typed but didn't click submit.
2007-04-14 21:58:02
592.   Zack
Well, looks like it will be Bruney until closing time. Me, I think Mo can do two, but when Joe decides something must be so, it is so...
2007-04-14 21:58:04
593.   yankz
17 pitches for Mo and he looked shaky. I must say I'm worried...
2007-04-14 21:58:20
594.   Max Nomad
DiNardo dueled Wang last year for 7 IP I remember
2007-04-14 21:58:41
595.   bobtaco
2007-04-14 21:58:43
596.   Zack
Close Jorge, close
2007-04-14 21:59:00
597.   yankz
591 Haha. Great minds.
2007-04-14 21:59:17
598.   Zack
Wow, ugly game for Damon
2007-04-14 21:59:18
599.   C2Coke
586 Might as well have Torre at C, so someone else can manage...
2007-04-14 21:59:40
600.   yankz
Damon K, Jeter 1B, Abreu BB, A-Clutch with the bomb.
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2007-04-14 21:59:58
601.   Max Nomad
damon has 3 ks
2007-04-14 22:00:16
602.   tommyl
575 Maybe Tino is still available? He can't be worse than Minky, and if someone is going to suck, at least he'll bring back some good memories.
2007-04-14 22:00:21
603.   yankz
600Psychic so far...
2007-04-14 22:00:34
604.   Mattpat11
Go Go Johnny Damon.
2007-04-14 22:00:45
605.   ny2ca2dc
598 regression to the mean. he can't hit .450 all season... ya! way to take one boy-o!
2007-04-14 22:01:13
606.   its430
That's one way to break a cold streak.
2007-04-14 22:01:25
607.   yankz
Um wtf just happened? CBS is shitting the bed in the 11th hour.
2007-04-14 22:01:40
608.   ny2ca2dc
606 better than a fat chick....
2007-04-14 22:01:41
609.   Zack
WOuldn't it be great if we could just bust out for like 4 runs this inning?
2007-04-14 22:01:42
610.   BklynBmr
Let's go, Cap. Make up for those E's ;-)
2007-04-14 22:02:10
611.   Max Nomad
crosby is so goofy
2007-04-14 22:02:16
612.   Mattpat11
602 Mattingly and Torre can play first. One of them has to be able to hit better than Mientkiewicz.
2007-04-14 22:02:19
613.   Zack
Wow, that was a very weird play that somehow was still almost a dp...
2007-04-14 22:02:51
614.   yankz
2007-04-14 22:03:11
615.   Mattpat11
Jeter should be running.
2007-04-14 22:03:25
616.   BklynBmr
A's announcers saying Mo is done for the night...
2007-04-14 22:03:54
617.   monkeypants
Gotta send Jeter here, I think.
2007-04-14 22:04:24
618.   Zack
Bobby A> has looked pretty bad tonight too
2007-04-14 22:04:27
619.   Max Nomad
fuck me this is a long game
2007-04-14 22:04:32
620.   Mattpat11
614 Does a fielders choice raise your OBP?
2007-04-14 22:04:51
621.   BklynBmr
Another 60 foot blast from this vaunted offense...
2007-04-14 22:04:52
622.   3rd gen yankee fan
I cannot believe the Yankees cannot hit Lenny DiSucko.
2007-04-14 22:05:08
623.   yankz
I never used to mind the A's, for the way they used to crap out against the Yanks back in the glory day. But these two games are just so infuriating...
2007-04-14 22:05:09
624.   bobtaco
I see this ending in tears again.
2007-04-14 22:05:27
625.   seamus
our hitters are in one of their collective slumps that they like so much.
2007-04-14 22:05:35
626.   Max Nomad
620 No, it's the same as an error.
2007-04-14 22:05:59
627.   Zack
Well, Mo will sit on the bench, Bruney should really only pitch 1 inning max but Joe will ask him to just keep going until his arm falls off, and our offense will continue to be in the coma its been in since game three in Minn...
2007-04-14 22:06:00
628.   C2Coke
The next call they make is not to the bullpen but to Tampa.
2007-04-14 22:06:00
629.   Mattpat11
2007-04-14 22:06:24
630.   nick
Mo threw 17 tonight--Bruney threw 38 last night.....
2007-04-14 22:06:28
631.   monkeypants
Poll: Why is Mo out of the game?

A. Torre had a hot tea and remembered the game was tied.
B. He's hurt, proably hamstring.
C. He can only go one inning because he hasn't gotten enough work lately.

2007-04-14 22:06:44
632.   yankz
If they're going to lose, please let it be a walk-off HF from Piazza. Maybe one of my teams can do well today...
2007-04-14 22:07:12
633.   Zack
Joe swore a tthe start of the year that Mo would only do 1 inning per game. And when Joe says something like that he sticks to it come hell or high water...
2007-04-14 22:07:36
634.   C2Coke
624 Those tears is the result of sleep deprivation.
2007-04-14 22:08:19
635.   3rd gen yankee fan
631 A.
2007-04-14 22:08:28
636.   seamus
bruney is a beast!
2007-04-14 22:08:50
637.   Max Nomad
633 Which is why proctor was pulled too
2007-04-14 22:09:05
638.   yankz
All right, I'm starting Harden tomorrow.
2007-04-14 22:09:23
639.   C2Coke
631 B should not have been given as a choice period. Too dangerous to play with fire.
2007-04-14 22:09:39
640.   OldYanksFan
632 Because if Mo gets hurt, we can just hand our cletes to the Red Sox. Good enough?
2007-04-14 22:09:42
641.   Max Nomad
Imagine being sleep deprived and having to catch the ball jeter just did
2007-04-14 22:09:44
642.   randym77
Wow, I can't believe this game is still going on. I finished doing my taxes (hallelujah!), and decided to check and see if the Yanks won. But the game's not over.

Kinda brutal, after last night...

2007-04-14 22:09:46
643.   ny2ca2dc
631 d) because he's Mo, and keeping him healthy is more important than winning this game
2007-04-14 22:10:02
644.   rsmith51
This is quite the clinic on how NOT TO SCORE RUNS.
2007-04-14 22:11:23
645.   nick
bruney! way to chuck it..
2007-04-14 22:11:28
646.   seamus
i'm too tired for a woo hoo...
2007-04-14 22:11:28
647.   BklynBmr

D. Joe digs the "Torre Losses' thing on NoMaas...

2007-04-14 22:11:29
648.   yankz
Fucking Katie Couric's voice comes up between every inning on CBS Game Center.
2007-04-14 22:11:34
649.   monkeypants
643 Oh, I get it. That probably explains him not being used in last nights game, but his inning of work in a recent blowout. Yep, makes sense to me.
2007-04-14 22:11:35
650.   bobtaco
Seriously, who pitches the 13th? I guess Myers was used already. I missed that.
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2007-04-14 22:11:40
651.   C2Coke
642 Don't say we didn't warm you but this is worse than your tax.
2007-04-14 22:11:42
652.   Zack
This game has officially reached suckatude. It's boring, killing our pitching staff, we have little shot of winning, and its exactlly like last nights game...
2007-04-14 22:12:52
653.   yankz
2007-04-14 22:12:56
654.   Max Nomad
come on arod
2007-04-14 22:12:56
655.   Zack
Bruney pitches until his arm falls off I suppose. Or Proctor comes back out but pitches with his left arm wearing Jeff Nelson's jersey with a little fake mustache glued to his upper lip...
2007-04-14 22:13:10
656.   BklynBmr
648 Almost enough to make ya a Mutts fan...
2007-04-14 22:13:12
657.   C2Coke
650 Cairo or Arod. Yes, Myer pitched, so did every other reliever.
2007-04-14 22:13:22
658.   OldYanksFan
Meanwhile, Bruney has to finish the game. With 3 starters hurt, we can't afford to mess with Iggy.

I guess we can complain about how Torre overuses his BP. Ciuld have left Ras in for a few more batters.

I feel sorry for Bruney.
Lets hope ARod or Giambi can save his arm.

2007-04-14 22:13:35
659.   seamus
i asked this last night, but can anyone watching mlb-tv tell me what those little blobs chasing the baseball pacman are suposed to be during commercial breaks? I'm guessing gloves but hoping for a second opinion.

on another note, arod seems homer happy.

2007-04-14 22:14:32
660.   Max Nomad
walk walk walk please
2007-04-14 22:14:34
661.   seamus
What is amazing is that torre has abused our pen tonight but they have been collectively lights out thus far. unbelieveable performance.
2007-04-14 22:14:52
662.   yankz
Damn, is that 3 K?
2007-04-14 22:14:57
663.   Zack
The A-Rod of that at bat was very similar to the A-rod of last year
2007-04-14 22:15:20
664.   BklynBmr
655 Cairo. I'm tellin' ya, it's gonna be Cairo...
2007-04-14 22:15:21
665.   C2Coke
659 I don't know but I take it as a hint to find whatever to watch on Youtube.
2007-04-14 22:15:43
666.   yankz
Torre should offer a G to whichever 1B can get a hit first. Cairo included.
2007-04-14 22:16:10
667.   Max Nomad
2007-04-14 22:16:12
668.   Zack
2007-04-14 22:16:18
669.   seamus
if we don't score now, the game is over, right? I mean, no way we can shut them down for more than one inning without more pitchers.
2007-04-14 22:16:19
670.   bobtaco
2007-04-14 22:16:20
671.   3rd gen yankee fan
659 I think they're supposed to be gloves but man they could have been done better!
2007-04-14 22:16:21
672.   Mattpat11
2007-04-14 22:16:24
673.   nick
2007-04-14 22:16:26
674.   C2Coke
664 I meant 659, speaking of sleep deprivation...
2007-04-14 22:16:26
675.   claybeez
!Por Fin!
2007-04-14 22:16:42
676.   yankz
Oh HELL yes! Pay up, Joe 666
2007-04-14 22:16:44
677.   ny2ca2dc
2007-04-14 22:16:54
678.   3rd gen yankee fan
aaaaah -- are we done yet?
2007-04-14 22:16:58
679.   Max Nomad
okok, that was nice, but the games not over yet. gotta save it with a dead bruney too
2007-04-14 22:17:13
680.   kdw
Giambi!!! Now if Bruney can get through 1 more.
2007-04-14 22:17:17
681.   thelarmis
656 nothing is that bad.

i just got home from work. at least we tied it, but this is getting ridiculous. i was hoping for an a-rod walk, stolen base and scored run on base hit... jason'll probably walk, then get lifted. i hate the FOUR errors part. ugh.

2007-04-14 22:17:23
682.   BklynBmr
Due. He was due...

Now, who's gonna protect this?

2007-04-14 22:17:38
683.   Zack
Well, I guess Bruney is back out for next inning, get er done Brian
2007-04-14 22:17:45
684.   bobtaco
Jason said something really funny to Jeter and Abreu. They were cracking up on the bench (A's broadcast)
2007-04-14 22:17:55
685.   Chyll Will
656 ...zzzzz hey, it's a good cartoon zzzzz...
2007-04-14 22:17:59
686.   yankz
I'd send Bruney back out and then not pitch him till Tuesday.
2007-04-14 22:18:11
687.   BklynBmr
Pad it, Yanks. Pad it...
2007-04-14 22:18:14
688.   yankz
5th Time on base for Cano aka Hit Machine
2007-04-14 22:18:15
689.   rsmith51
Bruney should get a paid vacation if he pitches another scoreless inning.
2007-04-14 22:18:33
690.   thelarmis
ahhhh, i can't see what happened. the online scoreboard is stuck on 3 balls. i hate 'watching' games like this...
2007-04-14 22:18:34
691.   seamus
671 thanks. that is what I was thinking.
2007-04-14 22:18:37
692.   OldYanksFan
Cano is a machine!
2007-04-14 22:18:53
693.   Mattpat11
2007-04-14 22:18:56
694.   Yu-Hsing Chen
FINALLY, thank you Jason
2007-04-14 22:19:18
695.   thelarmis
i'm guessing homer. thanks guys!


2007-04-14 22:19:23
696.   Max Nomad
What was all this about Minky being a contact guy? Fuck.
2007-04-14 22:19:27
697.   Zack
Umm, why did we jut hit and run, and why is Minky totally unable to even do that right?
2007-04-14 22:19:28
698.   rsmith51
Is that 3 CS for Cano today?
2007-04-14 22:19:33
699.   Mattpat11
Mientkiewicz fucking sucks. Make contact you ass.
2007-04-14 22:19:42
700.   yankz
Oh come on Robbie!
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2007-04-14 22:19:59
701.   yankz
Yeah Mink! Reaching base, woohoo!
2007-04-14 22:20:13
702.   bobtaco
Let's get 0-23 Doug started by calling a hit and run. Nice logic, Joe.
2007-04-14 22:20:20
703.   3rd gen yankee fan
Holy shit!!! Minky takes one! Best of all possible solutions!
2007-04-14 22:20:28
704.   monkeypants
Minky is hopeless, and Torre is just plain mean by making him hit and run.

Ah, HBP. THAT'S why we got Minky.

2007-04-14 22:20:29
705.   seamus
best thing minky has done all week!
2007-04-14 22:20:29
706.   C2Coke
684 We don't have to sleep on the bench now (you know, save the trip back to the hotel).
2007-04-14 22:20:30
707.   randym77
It wasn't Robbie's fault. It was a hit and run.

It wasn't really Minky's fault, either. That was a tough pitch to make contact on.

2007-04-14 22:20:31
708.   rsmith51
Minky got on base. Hit and run with a guy that can't hit.
2007-04-14 22:20:32
709.   OldYanksFan
Minky finds his groove!
2007-04-14 22:21:21
710.   3rd gen yankee fan
All right, this oughta be interesting.
2007-04-14 22:21:23
711.   yankz
Damn. It's been a long (but hilarious) night at the BB.
2007-04-14 22:21:37
712.   yankz
Oh and FUCK YOU Katie Couric!!!
2007-04-14 22:22:14
713.   yankz
Mo's in the clubhouse picking up Bruney so his fantasy team can get a save.
2007-04-14 22:22:58
714.   Mattpat11
I'm glad we found something Doug can do. No, not run a hit and run. Stand there and get hit.
2007-04-14 22:23:16
715.   Max Nomad
i'm nervous
2007-04-14 22:23:21
716.   3rd gen yankee fan
I just flipped the bird to that little kid on mlbtv.
2007-04-14 22:23:24
717.   OldYanksFan
Traveling and playing out west is tough on these old guys. Now, 24 innings over the last 2 nights, and a day game tomorrow.
Can Pettitte go 7? Farns in the 8th, Mo to close?

Tomorrow should be interesting.

2007-04-14 22:23:32
718.   yankz
Babe Ruth was an underwear model?
2007-04-14 22:23:42
719.   Max Nomad
713 a win
2007-04-14 22:23:51
720.   seamus
713 lol!
2007-04-14 22:23:57
721.   thelarmis
do. not. walk. the leadoff man!!!! dammit...
2007-04-14 22:24:02
722.   OldYanksFan
Now Bruney can't find the plate.
2007-04-14 22:24:03
723.   Zack
ANd all of a sudden, Gator runs on to the field to wild applause, grabs Bruney's mitt, and takes over, striking out the side!

Or, Bruney walks the lead off man and theres nothing we can do...sigh

2007-04-14 22:24:10
724.   yankz
Oh ya-fucking-hoo.
2007-04-14 22:24:11
725.   rsmith51
Bruney looks pretty gassed out there. Who woulda thunk it?
2007-04-14 22:24:18
726.   Max Nomad
717 henn and myers are available
2007-04-14 22:24:19
727.   yankz
Oh ya-fucking-hoo.
2007-04-14 22:24:23
728.   thelarmis
2007-04-14 22:24:27
729.   bobtaco
man, this sucks.
2007-04-14 22:24:43
730.   yankz
726 No they're not, they've already pitched.
2007-04-14 22:24:45
731.   3rd gen yankee fan
2007-04-14 22:24:55
732.   Simone
I should have called it a night before this inning.
2007-04-14 22:24:59
733.   Mattpat11
726 They've both been in
2007-04-14 22:25:32
734.   yankz
719 Oh yeah, true dat.
2007-04-14 22:25:40
735.   thelarmis
731 subliminal. me likey!
2007-04-14 22:26:04
736.   Chyll Will
712 (whapping yankz on nose with rolled up newspaper) No... zzzzz...
2007-04-14 22:26:17
737.   BklynBmr
Brun, don't be Aaron Small v2.0 — please...
2007-04-14 22:26:39
738.   Zack
Ugh, a dropped popup not good (not that it was an easy play)
2007-04-14 22:26:40
739.   Mattpat11
Well, that will come back to haunt us.
2007-04-14 22:26:43
740.   bobtaco
2007-04-14 22:26:44
741.   yankz
736 What, just cuz I hate her talking between every inning?
2007-04-14 22:26:53
742.   seamus
735 not dp al dp that dp subliminal dp, really dp.
2007-04-14 22:26:57
743.   Simone
Who is left in the pen? If the worse happens.
2007-04-14 22:26:58
744.   BklynBmr
Dayum, Hip! Good try, that was close...
2007-04-14 22:27:07
745.   monkeypants
Don't know how accurate it is, but the YES gun shows Bruney hitting only about 89-91 right now.
2007-04-14 22:27:09
746.   C2Coke
717 Farns three days in a row? That may be the funniest joke today.
2007-04-14 22:27:40
747.   Zack
Can we pull the "Rookie of the Year" hide the baseball and pretend the rosen bag is the ball trick to get the guy on first out?
2007-04-14 22:27:40
748.   monkeypants
Don't know how accurate it is, but the YES gun shows Bruney hitting only about 89-91 right now.
2007-04-14 22:28:36
749.   Max Nomad
730 733 I meant for tomorrow
2007-04-14 22:28:49
750.   yankz

"I dare you to run. What are you, chicken?"

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2007-04-14 22:28:56
751.   monkeypants
Sorry about the double post--not sure what happened there.
2007-04-14 22:28:58
752.   BklynBmr
743 If the worse happens, it won't matter, huh?
2007-04-14 22:29:16
753.   C2Coke
743 No one, and I am not joking. It's gotta be Igawa or Pettitte.
2007-04-14 22:29:17
754.   Mattpat11
Does bruney have a breaking pitch?
2007-04-14 22:29:24
755.   Zack
Man was that too close
2007-04-14 22:29:47
756.   randym77
There were a couple of games last year that went 18 innings. What the heck did they do for pitching in those?
2007-04-14 22:29:50
757.   thelarmis
now the DP...
2007-04-14 22:29:53
758.   ny2ca2dc
thank you huge ass ballpark
2007-04-14 22:30:21
759.   C2Coke
745 Even slower with FSN's gun.
2007-04-14 22:30:39
760.   Max Nomad
one moooooore
2007-04-14 22:30:44
761.   bobtaco
2007-04-14 22:30:45
762.   Zack
Ok, one more scary fly ball out and we can all go to bed Mr. Bruney!
2007-04-14 22:30:49
763.   Mattpat11
That looked a lot worse than it was.
2007-04-14 22:30:50
764.   yankz
2007-04-14 22:30:54
765.   Simone
753 In that case, I believe in Bruney.
2007-04-14 22:31:03
766.   ny2ca2dc
again, thank you huge ass ballpark....!!!!!!
2007-04-14 22:31:04
767.   3rd gen yankee fan
2007-04-14 22:31:09
768.   Chyll Will
741 ...zzzzz I took it as an inhumane suggestion. zzzzz...
2007-04-14 22:31:31
769.   seamus
ok. The Ass announcers declared that a homerun.
2007-04-14 22:31:38
770.   yankz
Now that punk rookie...
2007-04-14 22:31:54
771.   claybeez
2 strikes. Everybody up!
2007-04-14 22:31:57
772.   Max Nomad
please don't homer please dont homer
2007-04-14 22:32:12
773.   ny2ca2dc
he's pressing; put him away with a breaking ball
2007-04-14 22:32:31
774.   Zack
2007-04-14 22:32:37
775.   Max Nomad
2007-04-14 22:32:40
776.   bobtaco
2007-04-14 22:32:42
777.   claybeez
Bruney is the man!
2007-04-14 22:32:42
778.   nick
2007-04-14 22:32:46
779.   Mattpat11
Well, that was fun ladies and gentlemen.
2007-04-14 22:32:48
780.   seamus
The A'ss are dorks with their hats up in the air.
2007-04-14 22:32:48
781.   randym77
thank you, brian bruney
2007-04-14 22:32:53
782.   yankz
2007-04-14 22:32:58
783.   monkeypants
Great game! Now, I think Bruney is starting tomorrow.
2007-04-14 22:33:01
784.   ny2ca2dc
PAYBACK! f ya!
2007-04-14 22:33:01
785.   3rd gen yankee fan
Bruney has balls of steel.
2007-04-14 22:33:09
786.   Simone
Thank you, Bruney. The Yankees win!!!! The Yankees win!!!! Night all.
2007-04-14 22:33:15
787.   thelarmis
771 i stood!



2007-04-14 22:33:15
788.   Zack
Bruney k's the kid, pumps his fists, rips off his head and eats his brains...oh wait...
2007-04-14 22:33:20
789.   seamus
780 i am overtired and getting petty. YAY!
2007-04-14 22:33:43
790.   kdw
Yes!!!! Bruney's the man. Now if Andy can have a good game tomorrow and really eat some innnings.
2007-04-14 22:33:53
791.   Yu-Hsing Chen
2007-04-14 22:34:02
792.   seamus
i love Bruney. Three Cheers for the pen!

hip hip hooray!

hip hip hooray!

hip hip hooray!

2007-04-14 22:34:19
793.   OldYanksFan
Man... credit to Cashman for getting Bruney. What a find.
2007-04-14 22:34:32
794.   C2Coke
Bruney and Giambino, the men who made "going to bed" possible for all of us.
2007-04-14 22:35:32
795.   randym77
I read somewhere that Andy's on a strict pitch count.
2007-04-14 22:35:37
796.   seamus
794 umm, sounds kind of inappopriate.
2007-04-14 22:36:06
797.   seamus
795 so long as it is 150, that is ok.
2007-04-14 22:37:02
798.   C2Coke
795 We will think about tomorrow tomorrow.
2007-04-14 22:37:47
799.   rsmith51
I think Mo can go tomorrow, but only 1 inning or Torre's head will explode.
2007-04-14 22:38:22
800.   BklynBmr
Nice job, Bruney!

Notes: Any A's hit over the infielders head is gone, according to these A's announcers. Please. They've been calling games here for years. Maybe it's global warming, I dunno, but they're jumping out of their seat screaming with every fly ball that ultimately lands in an outfielder's glove 30 feet before the fence. My heart is in my mouth in the first place, but the amateur hour soundtrack does not make it easier...

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2007-04-14 22:39:32
801.   Chyll Will
796 ...zzzzz what size bed is larger than a King? That would have to be one helluva bed zzzzz...
2007-04-14 22:39:36
802.   OldYanksFan
I picked the wrong week to stop doing speed...
2007-04-14 22:39:38
803.   rsmith51
Jason and Johnny have a Magic and Issiah thing going?
2007-04-14 22:39:59
804.   C2Coke
799 Say if Pettitte makes 6 or 7, and Mo takes 1. Any takers on Proctor and Bruney splitting the rest of the innings?
2007-04-14 22:41:36
805.   yankz
801 Czar? Monarch? Mariano Rivera?
2007-04-14 22:42:15
806.   yankz
804 3 to 2 for.
2007-04-14 22:43:41
807.   Chyll Will
800 ...zzzzz maybe everyone gets a free Big Mac if the A's hit ten HRs zzzzz...
2007-04-14 22:45:47
808.   BklynBmr
796 You're right. Someone needs to be fired for this ;-)
2007-04-14 22:46:14
809.   Chyll Will
803 ahem, see comment 796 right away!
2007-04-14 22:48:16
810.   Chyll Will
805 Space Pope! zzzzz...
2007-04-14 22:48:50
811.   yankz
You know what pisses me off? People spelling Gehrig "Gherig."
2007-04-14 22:49:38
812.   rabid stan
799 Henn, Myers and Rivera. Those are your relievers. Viz, Proctor and Bruney get to ice their arms while Farnsworth thinks about what he's done.
2007-04-14 22:49:45
813.   thelarmis
4 errors, 3 caught stealings and missed hit-and-runs, piss me off...
2007-04-14 22:51:44
814.   yankz
812 He's sleeping over at Arod's tonight. (See about 400 comments ago.)
2007-04-14 22:53:59
815.   Chyll Will
811 ...Lou!
2007-04-14 23:00:53
816.   Chyll Will
...zzzzz uh-oh, the crickets are coming, sound the alarm Paul Revere... um, I mean Hillary Swank zzzzz...
2007-04-14 23:02:17
817.   yankz
Hey man, I'm watching these wonderful YouTube videos on old Yankees I found. How else do you think I discovered 718?
2007-04-14 23:03:58
818.   yankz
"Torre said he took Mientkiewicz aside and explained the situation, saying that the move is not permanent. Mientkiewicz is batting just .125 in 24 at-bats and has not had a hit on this road trip.

"He certainly understands," Torre said. "In the next day or so, we'll get him back in there. Right now, he's fighting himself."


2007-04-14 23:14:46
819.   Zack
818 Man, sometimes I just want to beat Joe over the head saying over and over 'you...just...don'"
2007-04-14 23:33:39
820.   yankz
Yeah, tell me about it.
2007-04-14 23:42:56
821.   Vandelay Industries
Great game! I miss Bernie. I mean, Mientkiewicz, Phelps, Cairo et al. It is not a workable situation down the line. Either DH Phelps and get Giambi back at 1B so we can see what Phelps has, or just start Phelps at 1B and use Mientkiewicz as late inning defense, also to see what Phelps has. Any other course of action is running in place. That long loopy swing of his isn't built for concistency ay the big league level, but maybe he can add some pop to the lineup. Mientkiewicz has been around for a long time and the club should know what to expect of him. I am sure he is trying his best, he's not a bad guy, but I don't see how starting Mientkiewicz serves us down the line this year. Finding out what Phelps has will better prepare the team to formulate a plan going forward as far as possible aquisitions are concerned, and better position us leading into the trade deadline.
2007-04-14 23:49:17
822.   yankz
Man, Melky really has a gun.
2007-04-15 05:26:28
823.   OldYanksFan
I should be noted that our 6th pitcher and entire BP pitched last night. 13 innings, NO earned runs.
2007-04-15 06:02:00
824.   C2Coke
823 The Yanks' bullpen besides Farns (he's the same old same old) has truly been amazing thus far. It's the defense that's shocking...
2007-04-15 06:11:53
825.   C2Coke
"[Bruney] was also, as he said, at "the end of the line" -- if the game had kept going deep into the night, Torre suggested that utilityman Miguel Cairo might have taken the mound, but the Yankees were glad it never came to that. "

This is from the Yankees' website, no joke.

2007-04-15 06:49:38
826.   jkay
Torre is a genius
2007-04-15 07:10:19
827.   yankz
That is HILARIOUS. All night we were joking about it- imagine if it had actually happened.
2007-04-15 07:46:48
828.   OldYanksFan
You just don't hear a lot about him, but 23 year old 3rd baseman Miguel Cabrera, is quite the stud.

.928 career OPS, .998 last year, close to 1.500 with a BA over .400 so far in 2007.

I mean the kid's 23 and already on of the 10 best players in the game.

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