Baseball Toaster Bronx Banter
Rodriguez Roast
2007-09-09 08:26
by Alex Belth

When he reaches first base, Alex Rodriguez holds his right hand just over his heart as he rotates his left shoulder. He's been doing this for about a month now, presumably stretching-out a jammed shoulder. I was going to mention this routine the other night. It's not that Rodriguez is faking being injured, just that is he can't help but call attention to himself. It's the insecurity of the A-student who needs to be reminded how smart he is.

In his second at-bat last night, Rodriguez planted a fastball over the center field wall for his 50th homer of the season. As he was rounding the bases, the entire Yankee bullpen stood and began immitating Rodrgiuez, rotating their shoulders. Some of his teammates were doing the same when Rodriguez reached the dugout. Smiles all around. After the game Rodriguez showed good humor about being ribbed. "I've never seen a team make more fun of one guy than this team," Rodriguez said, smiling. "That was pretty funny."

Comes with the territory, big boy. Rodriguez hit a second home run--and narrowly missed hitting a third--as Andy Pettitte pitched a good game and the Yankees cruised to an 11-5 win over the Royals. The Bombers have won the series. A win today would be a great way to cap the weekend.

Let's Go Yan-Kees!

Comments (341)
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2007-09-09 08:45:38
1.   yankz
Like that douchebag in class who asks questions whose only purpose are to reveal how much extra material he's been reading.
2007-09-09 08:48:33
2.   rilkefan
"just that is he can't help but call attention to himself"

Mindreading - five yard penalty.

2007-09-09 08:56:35
3.   OldYanksFan
Random thoughts:
... I am surprised there is not more Banter on the "Jeter situation". I see this as a fairly major issue, as I expect JT to handle it poorly, by playing Jetes as opposed to resting him until the PS.
... We are 1/2 game behind the Mutts.
... Cleveland is 2 games behind the Angels. If they overtake LA, we play Cleveland (not LA) in the first round. For all reasons, including travel, this would be really nice.
Anyone know who we play if LA and Cleveland finish with the same record?
... Only 2 AL Central teams are over .500. Who'ld have thunk it?
... AVG .339 | HR 18 | RBI 91 | OBP .419 | SLG .572
Chase Utley. Some pretty sick numbers... for a 2nd baseman who missed 25 games to injury.
2007-09-09 09:18:35
4.   Chyll Will
1 It's like watching a bad cartoon that won't turn off!! Actually, a good way to make it stop is whenever the perpetrator asks a question, someone random should shout out, "Scooby-Dooby-Dooooo!"
2007-09-09 10:05:56
5.   Eirias
I apologize, but I must note something. Lets go Jets!
2007-09-09 10:06:21
6.   JL25and3
4 Would that make David Eckstein Scrappy-doo?
2007-09-09 10:52:38
7.   Mattpat11
Lets get 18 for Wang
2007-09-09 10:54:07
8.   Chyll Will
6 Indeed, very good. That will make the rounds on Banter, but if it ends up on E$#@, I'll blame you >;)
2007-09-09 10:54:44
9.   Robert the Robot
Can't wait for the game to start, maybe, just maybe I'll get a chance to buy some hair grease from Giuseppe Franco......
2007-09-09 10:54:48
10.   Yankee Fan in Chicago
Betemit instead of the former Atty Gen'l with Wang on the mound?

Is Torre afraid Gonzo's slick glove will show up Pastadiving Jeter?

2007-09-09 11:02:12
11.   Chyll Will
5 Nice drive by Pennington in the 2nd Qtr; 10 plays, 6-6 for 66 yrds, TD, score 7-all. Good game so far!
2007-09-09 11:05:11
12.   Raf
10 I think it may be a case of offense vs defense.
2007-09-09 11:05:58
13.   Robert the Robot
Damn! There he is! I'm going to order a crate of hair grease for Mr. Torre. When Giuseppe Franco is done with him he'll be looking like the Caveman from the Geico commercials!
2007-09-09 11:06:08
14.   Yankee Fan in Chicago
12 Right, and with Wang on the mound we need the defense in the infield, not an extra bat.
2007-09-09 11:07:17
15.   Chyll Will
"Johnny Damon was a Royal... was a good friend of mine..."
2007-09-09 11:08:03
16.   Chyll Will
13 What channel are you watching?
2007-09-09 11:09:48
17.   Robert the Robot
16. YES network on satellite.....
2007-09-09 11:10:17
18.   yankz
Anybody else having login issues with
2007-09-09 11:13:11
19.   Max
I just really want the Ms to take one from the Tigers today. It would be nice to have a four game margin in the loss column going into the stretch of our road trip involving the Blue Jays and Sox. I'm definitely antsy regarding the Jays given the pitching we're throwing out there.
2007-09-09 11:13:52
20.   joe in boston
1 ... or the parent at "Back to School" night (I'm a high school math teacher) who asks a specific math question to show the other parents how much he "knows"...
hey, great write up Alex - I've been wondering about that shoulder swing that Alex has been doing. I also love seeing the
"Let's Go Yan-Kees" at the end - I don't know why but I love it - here's hoping for a sweep today !
2007-09-09 11:14:48
21.   Chyll Will
17 Hmm... they must have different commercials on cable, or I've suppressed the memory (likely) >;)
2007-09-09 11:15:05
22.   yankz
20 I hope you return fire with an even more complicated one.

What level math?

2007-09-09 11:16:44
23.   mehmattski
21 Can't imagine how you've missed them, they average at least once per inning.
2007-09-09 11:16:57
24.   Raf
14 Given his H/R splits, it may not be a bad idea to get an extra bat in the lineup...

Then again, given Betemit's L/R splits, it may have been a good idea to get AG in there

2007-09-09 11:18:52
25.   Raf
21 Could be. I'm watching YES on Cablevision, and I haven't seen the commercials yet. I have been seeing a lot of the anti-smoking ads...
2007-09-09 11:19:23
26.   Raf
jeez, that was a shot
2007-09-09 11:19:51
27.   rbj
Good God.
2007-09-09 11:19:52
28.   yankz
Gameday is lying to me and says Arod just homered again. But I know that just is not possible. Stupid Gameday.
2007-09-09 11:19:53
29.   mehmattski

I have the game on mute while I listen to the Jets' game on NFL Field Pass. I had to make sure that wasn't a replay.

2007-09-09 11:20:21
30.   seamus
he is an A-God!
2007-09-09 11:20:24
31.   Chyll Will
I have no words >;)
2007-09-09 11:21:28
32.   seamus
and the shoulder turns!
2007-09-09 11:21:40
33.   Chyll Will
25 Those are just plain nasty...
2007-09-09 11:21:43
34.   OldYanksFan
Alright already... now he's just showing off!
2007-09-09 11:22:46
35.   Mattpat11
2007-09-09 11:23:06
36.   Chyll Will
32 Wait until the fans pick it up... I would make a cool commercial out of that, like that El Duque - David Cone commercial...
2007-09-09 11:23:06
37.   yankz
In his last 26 AB, Arod has EIGHT home runs. That's what, almost a 200 HR pace for a full year?
2007-09-09 11:23:07
38.   fansince77
I love that AROD is getting to that pitch on the inside. I think alex can handle that inside fastball. He has taken the scouting report and turned it around. Wouldn't be suprised if teams go away for the rest of the season...You'd be nuts to keep coming inside. The special thing about this guy is that he will adjust to the outside also. He may wind up being the best ever.
2007-09-09 11:23:12
39.   seamus
wow, that is the kind of thing I do playing softball (have ball roll under glove).
2007-09-09 11:23:16
40.   bobtaco
We play today, we win today das it.

I overslept, so I am a bit late, but I'm going to keep the mojo going by posting it.

2007-09-09 11:23:41
41.   Mattpat11
Come A-Rod. Ten more and you make Sosa and McGwire go away.
2007-09-09 11:24:27
42.   Zack
Have I mentioned that A-Rod=A-God?
2007-09-09 11:24:47
43.   Raf
33 Yeah, they are, but it seems they show them every commercial break so I can't get away from them.

Seem to get a lot of North End Liquor ads too

2007-09-09 11:25:05
44.   Zack
A-rod has literally been carrying my fantasy team in the playoffs, but, like with the Yanks, I just don't think he's enough by himself, though he is trying
2007-09-09 11:26:24
45.   Robert the Robot
Can't you just FEEL the Yankee Nation rubbing their shoulder! Take THAT Giuseppe!
2007-09-09 11:27:24
46.   rbj
Off to mow the lawn. Back in about an hour & 2 more A-Bombs.
2007-09-09 11:27:49
47.   JL25and3
41 Sosa and McGwire? The way he's going, he might hit 22 more and get rid of Bonds as well
2007-09-09 11:28:14
48.   fansince77
the difference between Arod this year and arod last year is he is staying back on the inside fastball. He is not on his front foot but rather is letting the ball get to him and hitting it off his back foot- hence shorter swing- hence see the ball longer- hence MASHULATE!
2007-09-09 11:28:35
49.   JL25and3
44 Of course not. That's because he's not clutch enough.
2007-09-09 11:28:39
50.   mehmattski
Hey, remember when people thought Zack Greinke was a good pitcher?
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2007-09-09 11:28:40
51.   yankz
With Giambi hitting the way he is, I'd rather have gone with the defense lineup.
2007-09-09 11:29:34
52.   yankz
7 HR in 5 games, right?
2007-09-09 11:30:01
53.   Mattpat11
47 62 will get rid of Bonds, Sosa and McGwire's single season marks. He needs some time to truly rid the game of Barry Bonds.
2007-09-09 11:30:11
54.   joe in boston
22 This year (my 19th) - an Honors Algebra II for Sophs, 2 low-level Topics Math for Seniors, and 2 Functions/Stats/Trig for college prep jrs. OK, enough math - back to the game !
2007-09-09 11:30:28
55.   fansince77
Oh about "the little things" in baseball that don't show up in a boxscore- How about ABREU'S HUSTLE on that possible double play? This is about the third time this season I remember him keeping an inning alive like that and us scoring runs. AWESOME.
2007-09-09 11:30:41
56.   Chyll Will
43 They just did it again. By the way, i like the North End Liquor ad with the guy putting up all the decorations, sitting down, smiling and nodding his head waiting for the party to start... next week. I hate the others though, typical cable-access...
2007-09-09 11:31:07
57.   Max
I turned on just to see A-Rod bat, and I swear I thought they were showing highlights from yesterday when I heard the crack of the bat, just after a replay of Bobby's stolen base. Unreal.
2007-09-09 11:31:29
58.   mehmattski
Thou Shalt Not Steal!
2007-09-09 11:31:44
59.   Chyll Will
Nice throw by Jorge!
2007-09-09 11:33:10
60.   bobtaco
53 Didn't Bonds hit 73?
2007-09-09 11:33:12
61.   yankz
54 Nice. I'm kind of a math nut.
2007-09-09 11:33:40
62.   yankz
7 pitches
2007-09-09 11:36:27
63.   Chyll Will
54 Quick question, do you attend the CollegeBoard workshops for AP teachers? My current temp job involves registering teachers for those...
2007-09-09 11:37:54
64.   Chyll Will
Who was asking for the Mariners to take a game? Ask and thou shalt receive... (10-5 so far)
2007-09-09 11:39:26
65.   weeping for brunnhilde
Wow, that was some display of power by Betamit.


2007-09-09 11:39:47
66.   Raf
53 Actually, ARod would get the AL mark with 62
2007-09-09 11:40:43
67.   Chyll Will
65 His homer yesterday went further than A-Rods in center. He's got pop.
2007-09-09 11:41:20
68.   yankz
Great trade, Cash.
2007-09-09 11:43:02
69.   weeping for brunnhilde
67 Abreu hit a couple of those a few weeks ago, iirc. Out of left field (ha ha ha) he hit like two or three out to dead center in the space of a week or so.
2007-09-09 11:43:15
70.   yankz
Proctor's been pretty good for LAD (126 ERA+). Good for him.
2007-09-09 11:43:16
71.   fansince77
GEEESH! Lefty Bettimit your number # 9 and Jeter not in even in the lineup - what a lineup- what a lineup.
2007-09-09 11:44:12
72.   weeping for brunnhilde
Come on, Leche, nice and easy, up the gut!
2007-09-09 11:44:21
73.   yankz
Either Melky or Abreu must get on...
2007-09-09 11:45:51
74.   weeping for brunnhilde
What was Abreu's low point this season?--around .240? .230, even?
2007-09-09 11:45:55
75.   fansince77
Melk really sucks in those situation- usually a strikeout or a pop-out
2007-09-09 11:47:10
76.   yankz
Everyone hold your breath...
2007-09-09 11:47:12
77.   weeping for brunnhilde
75 Eh, he hit the ball hard in that ab, caught a bad break.

I can't complain there...

2007-09-09 11:47:52
78.   SF Yanks
Hey Chyll, thanks for the explanation and link to that thread on wsporter. Very interesting. I can't see why he'd leave the Banter because of it but to each his own I guess. Now I'm off to Google O.Henry...
2007-09-09 11:48:00
79.   weeping for brunnhilde
Gutsy pitch, kid.

Right over the dish.

2007-09-09 11:48:06
80.   joe in boston
63 Nope, sorry Chyll - haven't taught any AP courses in awhile .... I taught AP Calc many moons ago ....lately I've kinda evolved into the college prep/low level stuff (I'm one of the few who can handle those kids ) and coaching Cross Country and Track
2007-09-09 11:48:14
81.   Chyll Will
Greinke's paying with fire...
2007-09-09 11:49:37
82.   yankz
Someday Greinke will tell his kids he struck out the great A-God during his magical run.
2007-09-09 11:50:07
83.   mehmattski
74 .233 on May 27
2007-09-09 11:50:14
84.   yankz
I hope Arod isn't cooling off!!!!!!!
2007-09-09 11:51:26
85.   weeping for brunnhilde
78 Ever watch the Honeymooners?

One episode was taken from an O. Henry story.

Gift of the Magi.

The one where Ralph sells his bowling ball to buy Alice a Christmas gift and Alice buys Ralph a bowling ball bag, which of course he can no longer use because he's sold his bowling ball.

2007-09-09 11:52:37
86.   Chyll Will
78 No problem, I'm here to help. I don't think he really left; maybe he's lurking, he's a busy guy. At any rate, that seemed more like a dramatic flourish than anything else. I'll bet it came from an O. Henry story...

80 Nope, s'okay, just asking Stay in shape, Coach! >;)

2007-09-09 11:53:06
87.   yankz
What's the difference between PFX and BRK?
2007-09-09 11:53:22
88.   fansince77
At some point McLellan needs to ask himself-"hmmm- why am i ALWAYS in the middle of controversial calls"- talk about a guy with a huge EGO!
2007-09-09 11:53:50
89.   JL25and3
78 What did I miss?

I know the wsporter - O. Henry connection. But what was the thread to which you refer?

2007-09-09 11:53:55
90.   weeping for brunnhilde
83 Cheers.

"Oh, Fuck!"

That was the Butler's reaction to popping the ball up.

I say the same thing when I pop up in softball, but you have to be careful, they can throw you out for profanity.

Hard to just suck that up, though.

2007-09-09 11:54:02
91.   joe in boston
85 Listen, that is my favorite episode ! I remember sitting next to my dad watching that show - I was 5-6 years old or so, I think it might have been on Friday nights .... my dad (God rest his Yankee lovin soul) loved that show ....
2007-09-09 11:54:57
92.   weeping for brunnhilde
88 The check swing, you mean?

He looked like he swung, to me.

2007-09-09 11:55:10
93.   yankz
I'd like to re-re-remind everyone that it was I who solved The Second Great Bronx Banter Mystery. The first is yet unsolved (Who and where IS Rob Gee?)
2007-09-09 11:55:55
94.   Chyll Will
87 Three letters?
2007-09-09 11:55:57
95.   yankz
16 pitches through 2 for Wang.

62 for Greinke.

2007-09-09 11:56:47
96.   yankz
Actually, there is an even older mystery, one that can't be solved. I'm sure you all know which one I'm referring to.
2007-09-09 11:57:50
97.   weeping for brunnhilde
91 :)

Good old channel 11, eh? Yankees, Honeymooners, Star Trek.

Big mistake of them putting the Yanks on Sportschannel instead. It was a major factor in my falling away from baseball for many years until my early twenties.

2007-09-09 11:58:48
98.   weeping for brunnhilde
Hideki's wrists looked strange on that swing.

Like they didn't break at all.

2007-09-09 11:58:52
99.   seamus
95 i was just going to post that. ridiculous!
2007-09-09 11:59:02
100.   Chyll Will
Jets let their guard down after halftime, Patriots punishing with 3 touchdowns in 3rd (sigh)
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2007-09-09 11:59:45
101.   yankz
Oh come on, why did they change their approach vs. Greinke?
2007-09-09 11:59:53
102.   weeping for brunnhilde
96 Negative, do tell, if you're so inclined.
2007-09-09 12:00:32
103.   yankz
102 All right...who is Karim Garcia?!
2007-09-09 12:01:25
104.   Chyll Will
89 JL, check the end of yesterday's game thread for details >;)

Yes Yankz, you were right >;)

2007-09-09 12:01:27
105.   yankz
An 11 pitch inning for Greinke.
2007-09-09 12:02:44
106.   Chyll Will
103 where's Bama when you need him...
2007-09-09 12:03:48
107.   SF Yanks
85 I want to say I haven't seen it, but that episode sounds familiar...or maybe I read some O. Henry and don't remember...

86 Completely off topic, but I remember your first day on the Banter. I forget what post Alex had written but it was a good one. Everyone proceeded to tell stories similar to what he had written and you had a good one of your own thus introducing yourself to the Banter. I don't know why that stuck in my memory but nevertheless...

Sorry for the OT. Back to the game.

2007-09-09 12:04:29
108.   weeping for brunnhilde

Nice play, Chien-Ming.

2007-09-09 12:04:50
109.   Chyll Will
105 Actually, I think he settles down after the first couple of innings. It's good we got some off him early.
2007-09-09 12:05:04
110.   weeping for brunnhilde
That was really a beautiful play.

No wasted motion, cool under pressure.

2007-09-09 12:05:16
111.   yankz
107 I remember that one too.

I can recall my own first comment, and I personally think it's hilarious. A struggling Randy Johnson was seen assisting the ballboy with sweeping up the dugout. I commented that he was finally earning his paycheck.

2007-09-09 12:05:19
112.   seamus
Wang had to use 4 pitches on that guy.
2007-09-09 12:05:54
113.   SF Yanks
89 Sorry.... this was the thread where it went down.
2007-09-09 12:06:23
114.   weeping for brunnhilde
Do you think Chien knew he had just enough time to get the runner out, or do you think he just decided that he'd not rush and hope to get the runner out?

Because at some point he had to decide how to handle the transfer.

2007-09-09 12:06:57
115.   yankz
109 Good call. His OPS against drops off a cliff after the 2nd inning.
2007-09-09 12:07:18
116.   weeping for brunnhilde
103 Heh heh heh heh.
2007-09-09 12:07:47
117.   SF Yanks
113 Whoops, forgot to post the link.
2007-09-09 12:08:22
118.   Chyll Will
107 Thanks; I have a much deeper retelling of that on my blog now, if you're interested.
2007-09-09 12:10:47
119.   SF Yanks
118 Didn't know you had a blog. Definitely interested, what's the link?
2007-09-09 12:10:54
120.   Chyll Will
111 I saw that one >;)
2007-09-09 12:12:07
121.   Chyll Will
119 I promised not to say too often, but the others can tell you...
2007-09-09 12:12:18
122.   weeping for brunnhilde
111 Ha ha ah aha h ah aha ha haa ha!

I'm so glad we sloughed him off.

2007-09-09 12:14:51
123.   Chyll Will
Jets tack on another one, down by 2 going into the 4th qtr...
2007-09-09 12:15:29
124.   Chyll Will
What, already??? Dag!
2007-09-09 12:15:57
125.   mehmattski
123 The D looks pretty bad so far. Doesn't look in the cards today.
2007-09-09 12:16:54
126.   Chyll Will
125 Yeahhh (sigh)
2007-09-09 12:17:20
127.   yankz
What's a duckworth?

About $550,000, am I right?!

2007-09-09 12:17:36
128.   Chyll Will
124 How many pitches for Greinke?
2007-09-09 12:17:44
129.   SF Yanks
111 That's funny, I can't remember mine. I've been here for roughly 3 years and I'm so sporadic. I'll come everyday for 3 months, then I get so swamped that 2 months will go by without reading a single post.
2007-09-09 12:18:26
130.   weeping for brunnhilde

Damn, that's not fair.

Another well-struck ball by Leche.

That one hurt.

2007-09-09 12:18:51
131.   rbj
I'm back, doesn't look like I missed much. No more HRs for A-Rod? Damn slacker.
2007-09-09 12:19:28
132.   SF Yanks
121 Ummm...nobody's telling me. You want to email it to me, or... I don't know.
2007-09-09 12:19:29
133.   yankz
128 90, yeesh.
2007-09-09 12:21:25
134.   weeping for brunnhilde
I just had a nightmare vision wherein this Gathwright character winds up with California.

Can you imagine?

2007-09-09 12:21:34
135.   Chyll Will
"I wahnt yew tah theenk abowt thet ev'ry toime you smioke... Ev'ree toime... "
2007-09-09 12:23:08
136.   Chyll Will
Check out "Mom & Pop Story" from my earliest posts. >;)
2007-09-09 12:23:35
137.   yankz
Freaking Ross Gload
2007-09-09 12:23:38
138.   Mattpat11
This Ross Gload thing isn't funny anymore.
2007-09-09 12:24:43
139.   Chyll Will
133 Well, they got what they wanted, but damn. I thought six innings at best...
2007-09-09 12:25:24
140.   weeping for brunnhilde
135 ?

That's really funny, but I have no idea what it means.

2007-09-09 12:26:39
141.   weeping for brunnhilde

Another slider?

He made him look silly.

2007-09-09 12:26:45
142.   yankz
2007-09-09 12:26:58
143.   weeping for brunnhilde
Man, Chien is such a fucking stud.
2007-09-09 12:27:17
144.   weeping for brunnhilde
Strike 1!

A good ole Mariano strike.

2007-09-09 12:28:22
145.   weeping for brunnhilde

Ok, slider, here?

Or is that too predictable?

2007-09-09 12:28:39
146.   weeping for brunnhilde
Slider in.

Now what?

2007-09-09 12:29:18
147.   weeping for brunnhilde


What do we do here?

2007-09-09 12:29:50
148.   weeping for brunnhilde

Damn it.

Ok, now we have a situation.

2007-09-09 12:31:09
149.   weeping for brunnhilde
Ok, 1-1.

I say go fastball away, slider in.

2007-09-09 12:31:34
150.   weeping for brunnhilde
Fuck, except that's the problem, he can't spot that fastball.


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2007-09-09 12:31:59
151.   rbj
Damn. Double damn.
2007-09-09 12:31:59
152.   weeping for brunnhilde

Damn it.



2007-09-09 12:32:32
153.   weeping for brunnhilde
151 Jinx.
2007-09-09 12:32:33
154.   Chyll Will
135 YES psa's about smoking. An Aussie surgeon displays a huge piece of crap clogging a smoker's artery in her neck. It's meant to disgust, but I can't help but laugh at how deadly serious the surgeon is juxtaposed with his accent. Who thinks of these things? It's like Mad TV lampooning an Outback Steakhouse commercial...

Ah well, the game's interesting now.

2007-09-09 12:32:35
155.   Mattpat11
The most frustrating thing is we continually let the horrid Ross Gload cause these problems.
2007-09-09 12:33:12
156.   SF Yanks
It's weird how with one swing of the bat my mood can change.
2007-09-09 12:34:18
157.   yankz
2007-09-09 12:35:04
158.   Yankees Brasil
Ugly pitching by Wang this inning..
2007-09-09 12:35:08
159.   yankz
He's still only at 50 pitches...and Arod will bat this inning.
2007-09-09 12:35:23
160.   weeping for brunnhilde
Chien really fucking works out there, btw.

Wow, nice slider.

KC's really lucky to have gotten those three.

What happened in that inning? Single, single, walk, double?

2007-09-09 12:35:27
161.   Raf
140 Nonsmoking ad... Apparently, smoking causes gangrene.
2007-09-09 12:35:32
162.   Chyll Will
He's still getting ground balls, but they're hitting harder. Seems like we're always pretty sluggish in adjusting?
2007-09-09 12:36:27
163.   Mattpat11
Okay. Lets just take the lead back here.
2007-09-09 12:36:28
164.   weeping for brunnhilde
158 But not really so ugly as all that.

For a bad inning, that's a pretty good inning.

He could have gotten out of it just as easily.

2007-09-09 12:37:16
165.   Mattpat11
164 He was throwing some pitches that no one was going to swing at repeatedly.
2007-09-09 12:37:29
166.   weeping for brunnhilde
163 Yes, let's.
2007-09-09 12:37:34
167.   Max
160 Yeah. Apart from Yankee-killer Gload, the real dagger was that walk to Teahen. Wang looked like he just complately lost his focus there.
2007-09-09 12:37:45
168.   Mattpat11
For Christ sakes.
2007-09-09 12:37:54
169.   weeping for brunnhilde
Ah, fuck.

That's a lot of hard-hit outs we've made.

2007-09-09 12:38:15
170.   Chyll Will
161 That too >;)
2007-09-09 12:39:00
171.   weeping for brunnhilde

Good lord, Alex.


God damn.

2007-09-09 12:39:32
172.   Raf
161 And the other one in YES's rotation
2007-09-09 12:40:11
173.   Chyll Will
We will score this inning.
2007-09-09 12:40:18
174.   weeping for brunnhilde
Look at these guys kick the ball all over the joint.

And look at Alex's batspeed.


2007-09-09 12:40:29
175.   yankz
What a bum
2007-09-09 12:40:31
176.   SF Yanks
It would really be a dagger in the back if we lost this game. Let's hope that doesn't happen.
2007-09-09 12:40:45
177.   mehmattski
Wait. A-Rod hit the ball, but it didn't end up over the fence. I am not familiar with this "single" concept. Please help!
2007-09-09 12:41:10
178.   weeping for brunnhilde
That was like a nice tennis stroke.
2007-09-09 12:41:11
179.   SF Yanks
The Man. The Myth. The Machine.
2007-09-09 12:41:54
180.   Chyll Will
177 Don't worry, it was a double >;)
2007-09-09 12:42:45
181.   weeping for brunnhilde
That's all she wrote for Duckworth.
2007-09-09 12:43:08
182.   Chyll Will
179 Don't forget my cartoons when you go there, too >;)
2007-09-09 12:43:25
183.   SF Yanks
I would consider this a must win with IPK, Franchise, and Clemens going the next 3.
2007-09-09 12:43:53
184.   weeping for brunnhilde
I'm sorry, but I can't stop marvelling at that stroke.

That was a thing of beauty.

2007-09-09 12:44:21
185.   Chyll Will
161 Right on cue...
2007-09-09 12:44:39
186.   Raf
You know, we could turn these PSA sightings into a drinking game...
2007-09-09 12:45:19
187.   weeping for brunnhilde
NIce and easy, Jorgie, up the middle!
2007-09-09 12:45:41
188.   SF Yanks
182 That was the first thing that caught my eye, and the first thing I started reading :)
Definitely a bookmarker-er.
2007-09-09 12:45:55
189.   weeping for brunnhilde

Oh, what a fucking beautiful stroke!!


Nice and easy!

2007-09-09 12:46:17
190.   Chyll Will
183 Moose is scheduled in Rocket's place for now.

173 Told you so >;)

2007-09-09 12:46:17
191.   mehmattski
173 Correct.

180 Incorrect. Single and an error, for those scoring at home.

2007-09-09 12:46:26
192.   yankz
Wow. Jorge is awesome.
2007-09-09 12:46:29
193.   Raf
Teahen having a bad day in RF
2007-09-09 12:46:40
194.   SF Yanks

wait...we have two of em?

2007-09-09 12:46:42
195.   fansince77
Hip, Hip...
2007-09-09 12:46:47
196.   weeping for brunnhilde
That was so huge, just what the doctor ordered.
2007-09-09 12:47:18
197.   Chyll Will
186 Ew, who'd wanna drink anything after seeing that??
2007-09-09 12:47:24
198.   yankz
196 What she said.
2007-09-09 12:47:55
199.   weeping for brunnhilde
195 Jor-ge!
2007-09-09 12:48:25
200.   Mattpat11
I'm a prophet
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2007-09-09 12:48:33
201.   weeping for brunnhilde
Why is Robby's butt moving away from that outside pitch like that?
2007-09-09 12:48:44
202.   weeping for brunnhilde
Oh, God, not again.
2007-09-09 12:49:07
203.   Mattpat11
I despise Ross Gload.
2007-09-09 12:49:44
204.   Chyll Will
196 What, the one in 135 ?
2007-09-09 12:49:53
205.   fansince77
They gotta change AROD's single to a double...there is no way the left fielder, fields, spins and throws him out at second? Not from the gap...
2007-09-09 12:50:11
206.   Raf
197 Drinking is fine, it's smoking that kills ya...
2007-09-09 12:50:16
207.   weeping for brunnhilde
198 Pssst, she's a he. ;)
2007-09-09 12:51:26
208.   SF Yanks
190 Ooohhh boy... that's right. Even more reason to nail this puppy down.
2007-09-09 12:51:41
209.   yankz
207 I was being lazy; it was a Michael Scottesque "that's what she said" joke.
2007-09-09 12:51:43
210.   Max
205 I agree, but the way the Royals have been kicking the ball around, they automatically assume incompetence. But it would been a double.

Man, we would be up six or seven runs if not for Gload.

2007-09-09 12:52:11
211.   weeping for brunnhilde
205 It's a tough call, I think. It was in the gap, but it was also hit hard, so it got there fast and didn't get too deep.
2007-09-09 12:53:14
212.   weeping for brunnhilde
205 I mean, before he kicked the ball away, I was still wondering how the play would unfold; I presumed there would be a play.
2007-09-09 12:53:34
213.   Mattpat11
211 It would have been a close play had he not overrun the ball.
2007-09-09 12:53:38
214.   yankz
211 See 198

And with that, I'm out. Goodbye.

2007-09-09 12:53:48
215.   weeping for brunnhilde
209 Well that's funny, then. :)
2007-09-09 12:55:31
216.   Chyll Will
206 If you can drink after watching a big piece of crap coming out of someone's neck, or looking at toes that look like burnt french fries, you win >;)
2007-09-09 12:55:50
217.   weeping for brunnhilde
You know?

Chien-Ming is more than a stud.

He's becoming a golden god too, like Andy.

I mean, how awesome is it that he can turn into a strike-out pitcher and just start using a completely new pitch midstream?

When he can't spot the fastball, he really goes to that slider, and effectively!

That's really remarkable.

2007-09-09 12:56:25
218.   Chyll Will
216 Oh well, bottoms up! >;)
2007-09-09 12:57:45
219.   Raf
216 I've dated nurses & EMT's and have friends & family who are cops, firefighters, and servicemen. Takes a lot to faze me...

There's a shot!

2007-09-09 13:02:25
220.   Chyll Will
219 Hey, me too. Only thing is, I don't drink. How about taking a bite from a Tower Isle beef patty? It looks about the same...
2007-09-09 13:03:24
221.   SF Yanks
WOW, he's only at 60 pitches!
2007-09-09 13:04:15
222.   weeping for brunnhilde
I think Flaherty just referred to "Carl Farnsworth"'s being available today.

Good old Carl.

2007-09-09 13:05:17
223.   weeping for brunnhilde
Oh, damn.

Come on, Chien!

2007-09-09 13:05:42
224.   Chyll Will
222 That would be "The Thing With Two Heads"?
2007-09-09 13:06:39
225.   weeping for brunnhilde

Wow, how smooth, Robby!

Excellent, boys, excellent.

2007-09-09 13:06:55
226.   Chyll Will
Wow, KC didn't run too hard on that play, huh?
2007-09-09 13:07:20
227.   weeping for brunnhilde
224 ha ha ha hah aha ha !
2007-09-09 13:08:39
228.   weeping for brunnhilde
Four pitches.

Did he throw the slider at all in that AB?

All fastballs, right?

2007-09-09 13:09:23
229.   weeping for brunnhilde
Slider, Chien, slider!
2007-09-09 13:09:56
230.   weeping for brunnhilde
2007-09-09 13:12:37
231.   Chyll Will
Looks like we'll be 4 up tonight if we hold on...
2007-09-09 13:13:41
232.   Mattpat11
O's tied the game. Shitface still in.
2007-09-09 13:17:56
233.   Mattpat11
Okay, lousy Baltimore Bullpen, just pitch a clean top of the 8th.
2007-09-09 13:19:59
234.   Mattpat11
Nancy up.
2007-09-09 13:26:02
235.   weeping for brunnhilde
Oh, come on!!

That was a strike!

2007-09-09 13:26:18
236.   Mattpat11
Nancy stole second. Vagitek is up.
2007-09-09 13:26:22
237.   weeping for brunnhilde
Oh, no, fucking Gathwright.
2007-09-09 13:27:06
238.   Mattpat11
Villone and Edwar in a close game?
2007-09-09 13:27:41
239.   weeping for brunnhilde

That was close.

Very, very close.

2007-09-09 13:28:25
240.   Mattpat11
runner on third 2 outs for Coco Chanel
2007-09-09 13:29:14
241.   weeping for brunnhilde
238 Well, should we roll the dice with Chien for another one?

If we do, they could easily put up another three-spot in a hurry, with the way he's throwing.

Whatever we do, in other words, will likely involve drama.

Pick your poison.

2007-09-09 13:29:31
242.   Zack
Wang is the man
2007-09-09 13:29:49
243.   Mattpat11
Coco singles. Shitface is gonna get his 18th win.
2007-09-09 13:30:00
244.   weeping for brunnhilde
Hopefully the sticks will do some business and it'll all be moot.
2007-09-09 13:30:31
245.   weeping for brunnhilde
242 Yes he is.
2007-09-09 13:30:41
246.   Mattpat11
241 Edwar and Villone are no good. Gotta stick with the horse that brought ya.
2007-09-09 13:32:28
247.   weeping for brunnhilde
241 Fair enough, just don't expect a smooth ride.

Nice job, Jorgie!

2007-09-09 13:32:48
248.   fansince77
No way should Wang NOT START the eighth. He is still capable of a nine pitch inning- he's been streaky all day- Good innings with a few bad---DONT TRUST THIS GAME TO FARNSSHMUCK!
2007-09-09 13:33:19
249.   Mattpat11
Edwar and Villone wouldn't have been smooth either.

Stink contributes.

2007-09-09 13:33:57
250.   fansince77
Only problem with that bunt - is that it will take a triple to score Posada.
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2007-09-09 13:34:26
251.   weeping for brunnhilde
Bunt there?

I don't know.

I guess, but I don't feel great about it.

Ohh, nice!!




Sacrifice, basehit up the middle.

Nice and easy.

2007-09-09 13:34:37
252.   fansince77
Or some high grass...hah!
2007-09-09 13:34:45
253.   Zack
Good job Robby!
2007-09-09 13:35:22
254.   weeping for brunnhilde
249 No, they certainly would not.
2007-09-09 13:36:14
255.   weeping for brunnhilde
252 :)
2007-09-09 13:36:23
256.   Max
Wow, small ball worked with Jorge at second and first pitch swinging by Cano. I half expect to see pigs flying outside my window now.
2007-09-09 13:36:23
257.   fansince77
Personally I think pork is a bettemit than given credit for...

Venison is overated.

2007-09-09 13:36:40
258.   weeping for brunnhilde
Can Mo get five outs?
2007-09-09 13:37:10
259.   weeping for brunnhilde
257 Ohhhh, my God.


2007-09-09 13:38:26
260.   fansince77
Can we take this guy Bale to the playoffs with us...when i played summerball we always got to take a couple of ringers at the end of the season to help us in other regions. Go Hawks!
2007-09-09 13:38:47
261.   Ravenscar
I'm imagining Farns re-enacting the Nicholson scene from THE SHINING for Bronx Banter.

"Heeeeeeeere's JOHNNY!"

2007-09-09 13:38:52
262.   Mattpat11
Come on Markakis
2007-09-09 13:39:48
263.   fansince77
Wang chung one more inning!
2007-09-09 13:40:49
264.   Ravenscar
I haven't watched the game, I was wondering how Betimit has looked at SS. Any troubles? I would think him kinda lumbering for that position.
2007-09-09 13:41:11
265.   fansince77
Oh shiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit.

I would feel better with Farns at short and the new kid on the mound.

2007-09-09 13:42:17
266.   Mattpat11
Okajima with a 1-2-3 8th, protecting Shitface's lead.
2007-09-09 13:42:54
267.   Zack
Baltimore is such a waste of a team...except against us...
2007-09-09 13:43:21
268.   weeping for brunnhilde
Wow, check out old Carl Farnsworth.
2007-09-09 13:44:01
269.   weeping for brunnhilde
Man, even the ump was impressed.

You catch that little leg-action frisson there, when he punched him out?

2007-09-09 13:44:05
270.   RIYank
Farns looks good!

I was watching our local gridiron team take on the Jets. Missed #52, dammit.

2007-09-09 13:44:14
271.   fansince77
Imagine if Farns emulated Wangs windup? Batter would have to change their shorts between atbats. Slow, Stop...squirt.
2007-09-09 13:45:17
272.   Ravenscar
Not even a hiccup from Farns. Impressive.
2007-09-09 13:45:24
273.   Mattpat11
Everytime Farmadooke succeeds it raises his stock, which is a bad thing for us.
2007-09-09 13:45:42
274.   SF Yanks
Dare I say, Farnsworth's been looking really good the last few days?
2007-09-09 13:45:44
275.   RIYank
Good Farns is here.
Too bad/good thing he can't throw two innings.
2007-09-09 13:45:45
276.   Zack
Good inning for Farns, now we will see him a lot more, sigh
2007-09-09 13:45:48
277.   weeping for brunnhilde
Carl Farnsworth.

As I live and breathe.

Does this mean Joe and Guidry are going to rely on him again for real in October?

2007-09-09 13:47:04
278.   rbj
Local station has Lions at Raiders -- I think there oughta be a law against such bad football.
2007-09-09 13:47:44
279.   fansince77
272 backup...agreed he did a great job- but AGOD makes a sweet play and changes the tone of the So while no hiccup, certainly a little harmless gassy burp.
2007-09-09 13:48:03
280.   SF Yanks
277 How do you forget his name so easily? It's Karol Farnsworth.
2007-09-09 13:48:26
281.   RIYank
Hey, maybe we can trade Farns in the off-season, if his stock is high.
2007-09-09 13:49:05
282.   weeping for brunnhilde

Soria just made mincemeat of Leche.

2007-09-09 13:49:11
283.   Mattpat11
281 We won't.
2007-09-09 13:49:31
284.   RIYank
Ooooh, I get to see an A-Rod ab after all!
2007-09-09 13:50:00
285.   Mattpat11
Huff leads off against Papelbon. He's been productive since the beginning of August.
2007-09-09 13:51:09
286.   weeping for brunnhilde
284 They keep tying him up today. Three K, I think?
2007-09-09 13:51:27
287.   RIYank
Damn. I was hoping Bobby would walk, so A-Rod would be sure to see some good pitches.
2007-09-09 13:51:47
288.   weeping for brunnhilde
284 Ah, but he had the most beautiful single.

Nice two-strike, short stroke.

So clean, so violent.

2007-09-09 13:52:57
289.   RIYank
Oh well.
2007-09-09 13:53:20
290.   Mattpat11
Huff popped out
2007-09-09 13:54:21
291.   fansince77
That was so Edwar's first inning as a Yankee.
2007-09-09 13:54:35
292.   Mattpat11
Mora singles.
2007-09-09 13:54:55
293.   Mattpat11
Shannon Moore up.
2007-09-09 13:55:48
294.   weeping for brunnhilde
One pitch, one out.
2007-09-09 13:57:02
295.   Mattpat11
Moore strikes out.
2007-09-09 13:57:10
296.   RIYank
294 Just like Friday! Next batter he should get in two. Then he strikes out Smith.

Guess not...

2007-09-09 13:58:30
297.   RIYank
Boy, it's really, really good to have Old Mo back. Damn. Mo plus Joba plus some partly-effective supporting relievers, that's a good feeling.
2007-09-09 13:59:26
298.   weeping for brunnhilde

I wanted that 2-2.

2007-09-09 13:59:35
299.   Mattpat11
Who the hell says second division any more?
2007-09-09 13:59:54
300.   Mattpat11
Shitface wins.
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2007-09-09 13:59:59
301.   weeping for brunnhilde
297 It really is.
2007-09-09 14:00:52
302.   weeping for brunnhilde
And there's your ballgame.
2007-09-09 14:01:00
303.   RIYank
I can't believe he threw three balls to Smith.

Well, no perfection for Mo today. Let's finish this now!

2007-09-09 14:01:19
304.   Mattpat11
And there we go.

Wang and Shitface get 18 on the same day. Do they face each other in Boston?

2007-09-09 14:01:29
305.   pistolpete
300 I don't think Wang deserves to be called shitface, do you? ;-)
2007-09-09 14:01:32
306.   RIYank
And before I even hit 'submit', he did.
2007-09-09 14:02:11
307.   rbj
Nice sweep.
2007-09-09 14:02:34
308.   Mattpat11
The key is the Yankees cannot be fooled by the hype. Toronto is no good. Make the world realize that.
2007-09-09 14:02:42
309.   Eirias
Why can we not play KC more often? I would not be adverse to, say, twice as many games against them...
2007-09-09 14:05:25
310.   OldYanksFan
297 I don't know. I would be nice to have GOOD Farns pitch the 6th or 7th innings in the PS. Good Farns, Joba and Mo make for some short games.
2007-09-09 14:06:45
311.   OldYanksFan
Wow... senility again. Thats 273 NOT 297 . I'll just go take a little nappy now.
2007-09-09 14:11:15
312.   Mattpat11
310 If you believe such a thing exists. This team has been suckered in by "Good Farns" before only for "Regular Farns" to return.
2007-09-09 14:16:04
313.   RIYank
304 Yes, unless something happens to throw off the sync.
2007-09-09 14:23:15
314.   OldYanksFan
FWIW: Over his last 10 games: 9.2 IPs, 2 ERs, 1 HR.
Good Splits are: (BA/OPS)
VS. RIGHT: .241/.667 HOME: .232/.695
So at the stadium, he's been decent.. and even better against righties. When he doesn't walk guys, he's OK.
I'm not ready to marry him, but there are times we will need him. Wouldn't it be nice if he came through? IF we actually do have a good Farns, we actually have a pretty good BP... especially with 2 off days out of 7.

At minimum, Joba can give us 2 innings in game 1, 1 in games 3 and game 5, and 2 in game 6. And I venture to say, if needed, we will see him in game 7.

2007-09-09 14:24:23
315.   OldYanksFan
Is Wang even in the running for the CY?
2007-09-09 14:25:06
316.   Mattpat11
He's no good. I have no reason to think or expect that will suddenly change for any noteworthy length of time.
2007-09-09 14:25:35
317.   Mattpat11
315 He'll get votes.

I hope Sabathia gets it.

2007-09-09 14:39:46
318.   Raf
315 If he is, it's because of his W-L record, his other number don't really stand out; don't even think they're top 10
2007-09-09 14:44:40
319.   Zack
Sabathia won't get it, Beckett will, just because its all about the hype, and Boston is excellent at that, with ESPN in bed with them
2007-09-09 14:53:42
320.   3rd gen yankee fan
273 , etc. You guys would have been proud of me. I was at the game on Friday and was sitting in the front row near the end of the 3rd base line. So when Farnsworth trotted out I screamed at him, Farns you suck, get off my team! Then I was completely embarassed when he had a decent inning.

312 My greatest concern is that Joe will trust him in the postseason with a 7 run lead and he'll blow it. I do not trust this guy one whit.

As a personal highlight, Guidry waved to me before the game on his way out to the bullpen. I idolized this guy when I was a kid. How cool. Also I have pics of Joba wearing a pink NY backpack. Beatiful weather for baseball here this weekend, Yankee fans everywhere, even had some Section 39 imitators. Made it feel almost like home.

2007-09-09 15:02:52
321.   OldYanksFan
320 Joe will not trust him, but may have to use him. The PS could be 19 games. You can't burn your BP the first week. We don't know how Viz will be. Basically, aside from Mo and Joba, who can we rely on?

Will we move IPK or Hughes to the BP and go with a 4-man rotation? Will Moose will be in the BP too? Is Moose in the rotation and both Hughes and IPK in the BP?

In any event, Farns will most likely see some innings. It's not a matter of trust, but need. Do you trust either of the B&B boys more?

2007-09-09 15:06:10
322.   Mattpat11
321 This is why I would have gotten rid of him weeks ago.

Now we're stuck with him. He's a bad late inning reliever, and nothing that happened in the last month is going to convince me otherwise.

2007-09-09 15:08:04
323.   SF Yanks
321 Hughes and/or Kennedy should definitely be in the post season rotation. You can't trust Moose at this point. These last few weeks should give us enough information on which one stays in the rotation (IPK or Hughes) if not both.
2007-09-09 15:14:07
324.   Mattpat11
Its a happy problem.
2007-09-09 16:48:54
325.   yankz
Below .500 at the AS Break, the Yankees have now clinched at least a .500 season. Wow.
2007-09-09 16:59:39
326.   RIYank

David Pinto has upped A-Rod's chance of breaking the AL season HR record to 16.5% (yesterday morning it was about 3%).

And the White Sox were eliminated from play-off contention today (see Bob Timmerman's discussion on The Griddle).

2007-09-09 17:17:54
327.   monkeypants
Just one question: is it a coincidence that the Yanks' largest play off lead coincides with the return of Minky?
I think not.
2007-09-09 17:40:40
328.   Mattpat11
Its the effect of Stinkapalooza.
2007-09-09 20:17:32
329.   yankz
Giants are putting up a fight against a better team. Eli's thrown for 297 yards so far, 3 TD.
2007-09-09 20:20:28
330.   yankz
I say that right before his 4th. DAL 38, NYG 35 with 4 minutes to go!
2007-09-09 20:24:48
331.   yankz
2007-09-09 20:30:54
332.   monkeypants
331 The Giants are hopeless, again. Thankfully the Yanks look to make the postseason, making the long dark period between MLB seasons at least a little shirter.
2007-09-09 20:32:19
333.   pistolpete
330 You're watching the game too, huh?

I guess I'm in the minority of people actually enjoying it.


2007-09-09 20:33:23
334.   seamus
Giants defense looks horrible. But Eli looks great. Or did until he left with a bruised shoulder. Not good at all.
2007-09-09 20:33:30
335.   yankz
Wait, why is Eli not in the game?
2007-09-09 20:33:46
336.   yankz
334 OK thanks, missed that.
2007-09-09 20:34:02
337.   yankz
And yeah, damn shame that Eli has a great game, only to be undone by the D.
2007-09-09 20:34:48
338.   pistolpete
335 Bruised shoulder on the two point conversion attempt.

334 The Cowboys secondary is pretty horrible too, fwiw. If they have to face a team with a decent defense, they're in big trouble.

2007-09-09 20:47:39
339.   monkeypants
333 I've watched the Giants my whole life, and have rarely enjoyed watching them over the years. In fact, I rarely enjoy watching the NFL, though I find myself with the game on in teh background. Frankly, though, in the last few years the Giants have taken it to a new low in entertainment value, unless you're into watching how many different, spectacular ways a team can find to lose.
2007-09-09 20:52:40
340.   pistolpete
339 Well, actually I enjoyed it because I'm a Dallas fan.

Sorry, man. Tough break with Eli and Jacobs - you hate to see that in the first week of the season.

Although it could always have been worse - it could have been a spinal injury - yikes!

2007-09-09 21:09:30
341.   monkeypants
340 Right--I picked up on that. I was just pointing out the the terms "enjoy" and "Giants" and "NFL" rarely coincide in my conceptual universe. It must be nice, though.

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