Baseball Toaster Bronx Banter
Howell They Do It?
2007-09-26 15:48
by Cliff Corcoran
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The Yanks have only one more team left to eliminate in order to clinch the Wild Card. If the Yanks win, or the Tigers lose, they're in. Chien-Ming Wang takes the hill, looking for more support than he got last time out, when Roy Halliday shut down the Yanks, wasting a strong outing by Wang. Jay Ken Thurston J.P. (as in James Phillip) Howell takes the mound to try to stop them. Howell went 1-4 with a 7.36 ERA in eight starts in June and July. He's made one start since being recalled with expanded rosters, turning in a strong outing in Anaheim (6 IP, 2 R, 8 K), but took a hard luck loss as the Rays only managed one run against Ervin Santana and company.

Shelley Duncan gets the call at DH as Matsui gets a rest. Duncan hits seventh, pushing Cano and Posada up. The rest is the usual.

Comments (354)
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2007-09-26 16:12:07
1.   Yanks Fan in Chicago
Let's go Yanks! The Wild Card is fine by me.
2007-09-26 16:13:06
2.   rbj
After April, I would have been very happy with a Wild Card showing.

I am happy.

2007-09-26 16:16:33
3.   rbj
Via Peter:
"The players who have been on the roster all season met for 36 minutes before the game to vote on playoff shares"

Does Pavano get a full share?

2007-09-26 16:22:13
4.   Yankees Brasil
Not a good start.
2007-09-26 16:26:31
5.   OldYanksFan
3 Yes... He gets a full share of his salary and 1/162nd of a normal PS share (for opening day).
2007-09-26 16:30:14
6.   rbj
5 LOL! I didn't know they could go down to that small of a share.

Um, guys, you haven't wrapped up the WC yet. Please try and win a game soon.

2007-09-26 16:31:25
7.   Mattpat11
Twins beating Tigers
2007-09-26 16:32:40
8.   RIYank
7 Oh goodie. I'm so glad the M's lost yesterday -- we can back in.
2007-09-26 16:36:22
9.   Mattpat11
8 Get in how you can.

Wang looks awful

2007-09-26 16:37:14
10.   cult of basebaal
9 as in not sharp?
2007-09-26 16:42:28
11.   Mattpat11
10 he's giving up linedrives
2007-09-26 16:44:25
12.   RIYank
Maybe he's settled in. A K and two grounders.
The fast ball is pretty fast, and the sinker is diving. I believe he had placement problems.
2007-09-26 16:44:27
13.   Yankees Brasil
9 The Yankees look awful when they face the Rays or the O's
2007-09-26 16:45:19
14.   Mattpat11
bases loaded no out for tigers
2007-09-26 16:45:39
15.   RIYank

BB, E, BB, and the Tigers load the bases with nobody out against Santana without a hit.

2007-09-26 16:46:40
16.   RIYank
Santana punches out Hessman.
2007-09-26 16:46:48
17.   Mattpat11
One out
2007-09-26 16:49:56
18.   RIYank
Santana walks in a run!
2007-09-26 16:50:52
19.   Mattpat11
walked in a run
2007-09-26 16:51:21
20.   SF Yanks
What Kay just said really bothers me. The Yanks are one of the worst teams against left handers. CC Sabathia isn't your typical left hander either. Although the plus side is, it could end up being one of those reverse-locks.
2007-09-26 16:52:26
21.   SF Yanks
What's with the Yanks not being able to hit LH pitching?
2007-09-26 16:53:27
22.   RIYank
Rabelo doubles.
4-3, runners on second and third, one out.
2007-09-26 16:54:18
23.   Yankees Brasil
21 I understand not being able to hit Santana or Sabathia, but J.P. Howell?? Horrible.
2007-09-26 16:54:56
24.   RIYank
Polanco retired on a liner to second, runners stay put. Two down.
2007-09-26 16:56:25
25.   RIYank
Santana recovers and whiffs Raburn. The Twins hold on to the lead, barely.
2007-09-26 17:01:51
26.   Emma Span
18 I didn't think Santana was physically capable of doing that.

If the Twins are shopping Santana, what would you guys give up for him? I'd be inclined to say anyone and everyone short of Joba, but then I have a deep and longstanding obsession with Santana and am probably not capable of thinking clearly about this.

2007-09-26 17:06:15
27.   RIYank
Jeter wants to win.
2007-09-26 17:06:49
28.   SF Yanks
26 I just couldn't give up Joba, especially if he threw up a respectable ERA. I don't think it's worth it, but what do I know.
2007-09-26 17:08:11
29.   RIYank
26 My gut reaction is the same as yours. But, no, on further thought, I wouldn't trade Hughes. Anybody else, though.
2007-09-26 17:11:07
30.   Mattpat11
get it in the air robbie
2007-09-26 17:11:57
31.   Mattpat11
good enough
2007-09-26 17:12:59
32.   RIYank
No. We only want earned runs. Give that one back.
2007-09-26 17:13:28
33.   Mattpat11
Thames ks
2007-09-26 17:14:03
34.   Mattpat11
Kay, 29 teams go home unhappy
2007-09-26 17:15:00
35.   RIYank
Rain in Detroit. Twins 4-3 after three.
2007-09-26 17:19:54
36.   Mattpat11
Navarro has a Reed Johnson
2007-09-26 17:20:37
37.   cult of basebaal
wow ... quiet night here at BB
2007-09-26 17:22:32
38.   cult of basebaal
36 i wouldn't say that about my worst enemy ...
2007-09-26 17:23:13
39.   Mattpat11
Don't walk navarro
2007-09-26 17:24:21
40.   cult of basebaal
sigh ... will you please stop walking devil rays now?
2007-09-26 17:25:30
41.   Mattpat11
these ray uniforms are hiedous
2007-09-26 17:26:36
42.   RIYank
Wang definitely got lucky there. If that was his 'bad inning', okay.
I bet Joe throws the real pitchers at them today if we have the lead after six. Even after five, maybe.
2007-09-26 17:30:52
43.   Mattpat11
Lets get some extra runs
2007-09-26 17:31:12
44.   cult of basebaal
42 oh, you're such a sunshine boy; everybody knows that shabbadoo is actively trying to lose games!

why, i'll just bet we'll see henn, wright and desalvo tonite!

2007-09-26 17:33:24
45.   cult of basebaal
way to go stinky, only a wily veteran like you could expertly survey the opposing infield and single out the man primed to botch an infield grounder!
2007-09-26 17:34:14
46.   Mattpat11
We're being dominated by Lovey Howell
2007-09-26 17:35:04
47.   cult of basebaal
sigh ... somebody needs to go find some sort of portable vise and help melky pull his head out of his ass ... good christ, enough lousy at-batys already
2007-09-26 17:35:17
48.   Mattpat11
44 Jeff Karstens

You give me a better answer

2007-09-26 17:36:37
49.   Mattpat11
get it in the air
2007-09-26 17:37:16
50.   Mattpat11
like that
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2007-09-26 17:40:03
51.   cult of basebaal
49 wow! you must have a magic line of communication directly into derek's brain.

just like that portal into the mind of john malkovich!

quick! tell him to give jessica alba The Shocker!!!

oh, wait ... she's dating Dane Cook now, forget about it ...

2007-09-26 17:42:12
52.   Mattpat11
2007-09-26 17:42:38
53.   JeremyM
If I remember right, Howell had a few good innings last time before imploding.
2007-09-26 17:43:00
54.   Mattpat11
2007-09-26 17:43:54
55.   Mattpat11
2007-09-26 17:44:08
56.   williamnyy23
Sit down, Mr. Bruney. It's wild card time!
2007-09-26 17:44:21
57.   Shaun P
54 And here's more!


They ain't losing tonight!

2007-09-26 17:44:22
58.   JeremyM
53 See, implosion right on schedule! Just call him the Demolition Man.
2007-09-26 17:44:51
59.   JeremyM
53 See, implosion right on schedule! Just call him the Demolition Man.
2007-09-26 17:45:24
60.   cult of basebaal
48 dude, it's joey joe joe shabbadoo, a monkey flinging shit at a dartboard could manage a bullpen better than he does ...

although, maybe that's not fair ... in double blind tests, shit-flinging monkeys do pick stocks better than Wall Street Stockbrokers ...

in other news, never mind that shit, here comes THE POSTSEASON!!!

2007-09-26 17:45:25
61.   Shaun P
56 Not him again.

I just figured out why the Banter is so quiet. Everyone (most everyone) in the City is over at the BP event at Columbia listening to Alex, Cliff, et al.

Wish I was there too, but I'm glad to be here!

2007-09-26 17:45:30
62.   JeremyM
I hope the Tigers get EI in the clubhouse:)
2007-09-26 17:46:14
63.   cult of basebaal
2007-09-26 17:46:36
64.   Shaun P
51 Not that I really pay attention to these things, but I thought she was with Cash Warren?

Way to go Shelley D, solidify that PS roster spot!

2007-09-26 17:47:30
65.   Jersey
Duncan keeps it rollin! "Heeeyyy yooouuu guuuyyyyys!"
2007-09-26 17:49:20
66.   Mattpat11
2007-09-26 17:50:29
67.   Shaun P
Stinky Minky keeps the ball rolling!

The Tigers are toast. Anyone know how long its been delayed? I have Santana pitching in fantasy tonight, and I need a good long start with lots of Ks to help me stay in first place!

2007-09-26 17:50:29
68.   cult of basebaal
of course, the irony of this all is that the more runs we score, the more likely it is we'll actually have to watch desalvo, clippard, wright, bruney, karstens or henn in this post-season berth clinching game
2007-09-26 17:50:58
69.   cult of basebaal
2007-09-26 17:51:29
70.   Shaun P
Add Brian Gorman to the list of umps who don't give a damn about the strike zone. That first pitch to Melky was over the lefty batter's box, and he called it a strike!
2007-09-26 17:51:52
71.   OldYanksFan
A Boss sighting! Cool!
2007-09-26 17:52:00
72.   weeping for brunnhilde
65 The Electric Company?

Man, now that's a non-sequitur, albeit an awesome one!

Heeeyyyy yoooouuuu guyyyyyyyyys!!!!!!!!

That feels good, even if have no idea why I'm crowing it!

2007-09-26 17:52:18
73.   Shaun P
And the fifth pitch was even further left! What a #%)#$&*).
2007-09-26 17:52:23
74.   Mattpat11
Ecko really should brand both sides of that ball
2007-09-26 17:52:55
75.   cult of basebaal
make that an extra large vise for melky ... yikes!
2007-09-26 17:54:31
76.   randym77
It's scary, but these days I'm actually more confident with Minky at the plate than Melky.
2007-09-26 17:54:39
77.   JeremyM
72 I'm thinking Goonies--Shelley is Sloth apparently. I like it! BABY RUTH?!?!
2007-09-26 17:54:51
78.   Mattpat11
Let Wang pitch into the 7th so he can get 200 IP
2007-09-26 17:55:45
79.   weeping for brunnhilde
77 No, no, no. Definitely not Goonies.
2007-09-26 17:57:55
80.   Mattpat11
2007-09-26 17:58:22
81.   ihrtstrayrod
well that hurts a lot less now
2007-09-26 17:58:43
82.   cult of basebaal
well, better solo homers than walks ...
2007-09-26 17:59:26
83.   Mattpat11
82 Indeed
2007-09-26 18:00:22
84.   Shaun P
79 I think Jeremy is right, weeping.

2007-09-26 18:03:26
85.   Mattpat11
2007-09-26 18:05:30
86.   RIYank
Nice finish for Wanger. Is he done? Or one more?
2007-09-26 18:05:42
87.   Shaun P
Wang with the K!
2007-09-26 18:06:40
88.   RIYank
Yeah, one more, although we could go Viz for one, Joba for two, and Mo for the ninth.
2007-09-26 18:08:42
89.   Emma Span
61 Except me, your substitute recapper.

Hopefully Cliff and Alex get home in time to watch the yanks clinch -- knocking on wood...

I want this game Farnsworth-proofed as soon as possible. I know Farnsworth isn't available tonight; I just mean Farnsworth-proof in the existential sense.

2007-09-26 18:11:12
90.   RIYank
89 Oh... now that Alex and Cliff figure they have it wrapped up this year, they're giving you a little extra playing time, huh? That's kind of patronizing, frankly.


I say we have Farnsworth start tomorrow's game. It would be kind of like a victory lap.

2007-09-26 18:11:12
91.   cult of basebaal

and jobmoviz don't pitch in this game up by 7 runs ...

2007-09-26 18:12:30
92.   Mattpat11
91 DeSalvo will give up five
2007-09-26 18:12:57
93.   Mattpat11
WTF was that?
2007-09-26 18:13:13
94.   Mattpat11
2007-09-26 18:13:29
95.   RIYank
Oh, and really, in the existential sense, can anything truly be said to be Farnsworth-proofed? We are but flesh, animate clay, in a world not our own and ultimately meaningless and absurd.


Still, things improve when we score a shitload of runs.

2007-09-26 18:15:10
96.   RIYank
93 I like to think that if Farnsworth were a fielder, he would be Delmon Young.
2007-09-26 18:18:29
97.   Mattpat11
2007-09-26 18:18:44
98.   williamnyy23
Way to get an RBI for your buddy, Jeter!
2007-09-26 18:19:02
99.   RIYank
Posada nails another rbi.
I think I'll start drinking now, but in a good way. Let's see what I have that's celebratory.
2007-09-26 18:19:04
100.   Shaun P
89 Of course the Yanks are going to clinch tonight - Emma is doing the recap!

Good things always seem to happen when you're around, Emma. ;)

95 And the LORD said:

Verily, to Farnsworth-proof a game, ye must follow my ways, and just score a shitload of runs, and you will know that I am the LORD.

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2007-09-26 18:19:21
101.   williamnyy23
Was Jeter blowing a bubble as he slid into home? Pretty cool.
2007-09-26 18:19:41
102.   pistolpete
Love that Jeter slide. I loved the Bernie slide into 2nd even more.

::Warming up the DVR for the post-game celebration::

2007-09-26 18:20:55
103.   Shaun P
102 Hurray for pistolpete! Hurray for pistolpete's DVR!

99 Hurray for beer!

2007-09-26 18:21:06
104.   cult of basebaal
it's scrubeenie time!

or at least should be ...

2007-09-26 18:21:30
105.   Emma Span
90 Anything I can do to help the team!...

I came home from work the other night to find a note scrawled in Alex's handwriting that read, "know your place, rook."

And speaking of the Mets, they just blew a five-run lead against the Nationals. Unbelievable. The Yankees' bullpen could be a lot worse, guys -- Willie Randolph would kill to have Chris Britton right now.

2007-09-26 18:22:03
106.   Emma Span
100 Bless you and your highly selective memory.
2007-09-26 18:23:04
107.   RIYank
100 Amen.
2007-09-26 18:24:21
108.   randym77
Minky. You can't stop him. You can only hope to contain him.
2007-09-26 18:24:35
109.   3rd gen yankee fan
Ridgway has an ERA of 108. hee hee
2007-09-26 18:25:23
110.   rufuswashere
Funny how this game started out ... an unknown pitcher holding us to one hit, Wang looking only fair, frustration building ...

Now here we are, 12-2. Go Melk man, bases sacked for you.

2007-09-26 18:25:29
111.   Shaun P
106 Hurray beer! ;)

Seriously Emma, it has been great to have you on the Banter.

Hurray Robbie (Can he get to 100 RBI?! Not that it matters, but that would be awesome!)

Hurray Minky! (Can you possibly hit postseason pitching?)

2007-09-26 18:26:40
112.   RIYank
103 I decided on Riesling. (I don't have any champagne -- well, I do, but none that I'm willing to open.)

106 No, Shaun's not relying on his own memory. We've been tracking it. You're the Joba Chamberlain of relief writers -- when you write the game thread everybody instantly becomes supremely confident.

2007-09-26 18:27:04
113.   pistolpete
103 Hooray for school! Hooray for me!
2007-09-26 18:27:20
114.   Shaun P
The ump is being nice - no way the second pitch to Melky was a ball.

Poor Melky - only he and the MVP don't have a hit. Yet.

2007-09-26 18:27:46
115.   cult of basebaal
yeeesh, cabrera is swinging death right now
2007-09-26 18:28:42
116.   pistolpete
Anyone watching this Fox News break on YES?

A special shoe for Native Americans?!!!

2007-09-26 18:29:17
117.   BklynBmr
Hmmm. Now I'm wonderin' about a post season spot for Melky. I just dunno... Bwaaahahahaha!
2007-09-26 18:30:33
118.   RIYank
Over the past two weeks, Melky's OPS is .344. Not his OBP, his OPS.
2007-09-26 18:31:58
119.   3rd gen yankee fan
Hey everyone, there's a pic of George with the fans here... he doesn't look too bad...

2007-09-26 18:32:06
120.   Mattpat11
Ridgeway's era is 189
2007-09-26 18:33:20
121.   BklynBmr
116 Saw that. Just when I thought there was nothing new under the sun. Yeeesh...
2007-09-26 18:34:13
122.   Emma Span
By the way, just felt I should point out that Jeff Ridgeway's ERA is now 189.000
2007-09-26 18:34:23
123.   Kered Retej
I'm just catching up now on GameCast, and I know we need to win today to clinch, but does Wang really need to be out there in a 12-2 game (especially with Joba and Mo both available, right?)? Of course, I also thought that a 5-0 lead was pretty solid, so what do I know?
2007-09-26 18:34:24
124.   Mattpat11
wang has pitched 199.1 innings
2007-09-26 18:35:37
125.   Mattpat11
122 Indeed
2007-09-26 18:38:21
126.   RIYank
124 I say we let him get one out, then bring in Viz. (Gotta be careful if he allows a base runner, though, because of those GIDP chances.)
2007-09-26 18:38:38
127.   BklynBmr
119 God Bless 'im. Long live The Boss!
2007-09-26 18:39:09
128.   Mattpat11
126 199.2 IP?
2007-09-26 18:40:24
129.   RIYank
128 Yeah. I feel that's more aesthetically pleasing than 200.

Also, I'd like Bobby to get no more rbi this season, same idea.

2007-09-26 18:40:27
130.   williamnyy23
122 I guess the AL is winning its battle with Ridgeway.
2007-09-26 18:40:49
131.   williamnyy23
DJ has his 100 runs, by the way.
2007-09-26 18:41:59
132.   RIYank
Joba is going to pitch today.
2007-09-26 18:42:21
133.   Mattpat11
130 And of all people, A-Rod is his one out
2007-09-26 18:43:20
134.   williamnyy23
132 I wouldn't bother. Assuming the "audition" doesn't go well, would that really be the basis for not going back-to-back in the playoffs?
2007-09-26 18:44:43
135.   RIYank
134 No, it's not evidence. It's practice. At least that's how I understand the move.
2007-09-26 18:45:11
136.   Kered Retej
134 Isn't the idea to get him more "acclimated" to pitching on consecutive days, rather than an audition?
2007-09-26 18:47:08
137.   williamnyy23
136 I'm sure that's the theory, but I don't see how he can get acclimated by doing it once. I'd prefer to not tempt fate, but it's probably not a big deal one way or the other.
2007-09-26 18:48:02
138.   cult of basebaal
It's Joba Time!!!
2007-09-26 18:48:47
139.   pistolpete
After the game I think A-Rod should run around the clubhouse, sneaking up behind teammates with champagne in their hands and yelling "HA!", causing them to spill it.
2007-09-26 18:48:55
140.   RIYank
Oh, thank you, Melk man!
2007-09-26 18:49:01
141.   pistolpete
2007-09-26 18:49:29
142.   RIYank
Okay, he's forgiven for striking out twice in the fifth inning.
2007-09-26 18:49:36
143.   williamnyy23
Wow...had Pena homered against Wang and Chamberlain in the same game, it would have been one of the more impressive accomplishments this season.
2007-09-26 18:50:16
144.   3rd gen yankee fan
2007-09-26 18:52:01
145.   cult of basebaal
did melky actually bring one back???
2007-09-26 18:54:16
146.   RIYank
So, Ridgeway has got exactly one MLB batter out in his career: A-Rod.

Ruggiano has exactly one hit in his MLB career: against Joba.

Go figure.

2007-09-26 18:55:08
147.   williamnyy23
By the end of today, every NL division could be separated by one game. Who says pennant races are dead? It seems as if the NL has taken after the NFL in terms of parity (aka mediocrity).
2007-09-26 18:55:13
148.   pistolpete
146 Maybe he saw him in the minors?
2007-09-26 18:55:21
149.   weeping for brunnhilde
101 ha ha hah a!!

I know!

I noticed that too and pointed it out to the wife.

The two of us just cracked up in awe and she marvelled, "Man, I want to be Jeter!"

2007-09-26 18:55:49
150.   BklynBmr
I love/hate how Joba starts strolling to the dugout, head down, 'my job is done', after what appears to be the final out of an inning in progress. The ball could be in the air or heading toward an infielder, but he's heading for the bench. Interesting...
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2007-09-26 18:55:59
151.   cult of basebaal
heh ... remember when jay witasick was the answer to our bullpen woes???

that didn't last very long ...

2007-09-26 18:56:27
152.   weeping for brunnhilde
116 Yup. And then when they showed Joba in the pen the wife mused that maybe he was sporting the new Nike for Indians.

What a world, eh?

2007-09-26 18:56:50
153.   Mattpat11
Oh no
2007-09-26 18:57:04
154.   Max
145 Don't think so. He just timed his leap with his back against the wall to prevent a double. The ball was smoked so it wasn't like he had a lot of time to react. Nice play.
2007-09-26 18:57:21
155.   weeping for brunnhilde
151 ha ha haha!

No, it didn't.

Game fucking 6.

2007-09-26 18:57:41
156.   williamnyy23
Why not take Posada out here?
2007-09-26 18:59:01
157.   pistolpete
156 After last night, would you? ;)
2007-09-26 18:59:22
158.   weeping for brunnhilde
Nice to see you around, Emma.

I've missed you.


2007-09-26 18:59:24
159.   Raf
150 I guess it's better than a full sprint in the middle of a play like Pascual used to do :)
2007-09-26 18:59:45
160.   Shaun P
First pitch to Cano, at least two inches off the plate - called strike.
2007-09-26 18:59:59
161.   pistolpete
9-4 Detroit. Tonight would have been really depressing if we had a repeat of yesterday.
2007-09-26 19:00:47
162.   Shaun P
156 Joe wants all the regulars on the field to celebrate, I'll bet.

Watch Mo pitch the 9th, just so he can get the last out.

2007-09-26 19:01:17
163.   williamnyy23
157 Even I would have no problem emptying the bench now.

Kay probably hit the nail on the head. He wants to be on the field when they clinch. For a man who has won as much as Jorge, that really strikes me. I think it shows how passionate he is about winning.

2007-09-26 19:02:03
164.   BklynBmr
151 I remember that well. It was a drawn out process of who the 'savior' would be that year, and just the next in a series of deft moves (D. Justice, et al.) that would go on forever. Guess that ended right there, huh?
2007-09-26 19:03:13
165.   williamnyy23
Let me be the first to wish Sheffield a pleasant off season. For fun, I think I'll go back and read his early season gloating.
2007-09-26 19:03:25
166.   RIYank
Ridgeway's ERA / Chamberlain's ERA = 450.

My brother wants to know whether there has ever been a higher (real, finite) ERA ratio of two pitchers in the same inning.

2007-09-26 19:03:34
167.   pistolpete
Mink trying to take out Giambi and ensure that starting 1B job for the playoffs...
2007-09-26 19:03:35
168.   Shaun P
163 I guessed that 162 without the benefit of the TV (I'm Gamedaying while I work.)
2007-09-26 19:04:25
169.   vockins
So after all of my anxiety, I didn't get in the PS ticket selection lottery.

If anyone got in and is going to pass on the opportunity, please drop me a line at vockins at yahoo. I don't even know if it's possible to transfer, but I'm willing to try anything.

If you've got tix you just want to dump, I'm willing to give that a shot, too. Thanks!

2007-09-26 19:04:58
170.   williamnyy23
166 Interesting...I'd like to see the answer. that really what you want to be doing up 12-2?

2007-09-26 19:05:15
171.   pistolpete
Was Giambi chugging Red Bull on the bench? What made him think he could make that?
2007-09-26 19:05:55
172.   Raf
155 The game was pretty much over before Witasick entered the game.
2007-09-26 19:07:24
173.   Max
Giambi taking a page from the Jorgie book of how to run the bases as foolishly as possible. Foreword by Bernie Williams.
2007-09-26 19:07:39
174.   randym77
Giambi is not as fast as he thinks he is.

Where's Jaret "Wheels" Wright when you need him?

2007-09-26 19:07:56
175.   BklynBmr
165 Yeah, but you ain't him...

Couldn't happen to a suriler guy. He and Bonds* should mob over the winter. Go skiing, skydiving, something like that...

2007-09-26 19:08:19
176.   williamnyy23
Wang is going to miss 20 wins by 1 victory yet again...I'm sure Moose could commiserate. Still, I'll sign up for 19 every season.
2007-09-26 19:08:26
177.   fansince77
I don't so much mind Giambi hustling and showing he's game to make something happen there. Dumb? yes. Bad. Not so much.

Hey y'all I feel like we've been holding our breath for a long time. I am about to exhale and thanks to all for helping me get through this roller coaster of a Reg Season. Looking forward to Season II and having my life disrupted through much of October!

2007-09-26 19:09:00
178.   pistolpete
Oh great, now we can't count on Viz.
2007-09-26 19:09:05
179.   Mattpat11
jesus christo
2007-09-26 19:09:34
180.   fansince77
Well, Viz looks good so far.
2007-09-26 19:09:48
181.   cult of basebaal
hmmm ... couldn't the viz still use some time off here ... what with the shoulder and all?
2007-09-26 19:09:59
182.   Mattpat11
Ron Jeremy up
2007-09-26 19:10:07
183.   williamnyy23
Yahoo! is having a devil of a time dealing with the Cleveland/Seattle game in which the Indians are the home team in Safeco. The box score kept advancing and retreating all night, but now it is reporting the Mariners winning 12-4. Also, it seems as if both teams swapped rosters, as Yahoo has Ichiro leading off for Cleveland. If that's the case, I am glad we'll be playing the Indians.
2007-09-26 19:10:24
184.   Cliff Corcoran
This just in:

Cleveland wins Game 1 of their double header, the Angels lost. the Indians have five games left including tonight's night cap and have four fewer loses than the Angels. The Yankees magic number for playing the Tribe, not the Halos, is 2 (any combo of Cle wins and LAA loses).

2007-09-26 19:10:36
185.   Mattpat11
181 He'll get a week
2007-09-26 19:10:56
186.   cult of basebaal
would it be too much to actually give Ollie a real chance one of these days? one that doesn't stop after the 1st out that he gets???
2007-09-26 19:11:48
187.   Max
178 179 180 Matt de Salvo is saying to himself "I could do that!"
2007-09-26 19:12:28
188.   Mattpat11
183 You want to face ichiro?
2007-09-26 19:13:34
189.   Mattpat11
187 with six more walks
2007-09-26 19:13:35
190.   williamnyy23
184 Becareful what you wish for...I am not looking forward to seeing C.C. twice.
2007-09-26 19:13:37
191.   RIYank
176 Here's what we do.
Bring Wang into a tie game. He gets at least two outs to end the inning. Abreu homers and we keep the lead.

That way, it's Abreu's 100th rbi, Wang's 200th inning, and Wang's 20th win, all in one little package.

2007-09-26 19:14:38
192.   RIYank
Viz just needs more rest.


2007-09-26 19:15:19
193.   williamnyy23
Viz is putting a real crimp in an otherwise feel good night. Instead of giving him another tune-up, I'd rather shut him down for the final four games and hope his rested shoulder is ready for the post season.
2007-09-26 19:16:14
194.   cult of basebaal
192 nah, he just needs to rub some dirt on it and go back out there ...
2007-09-26 19:16:52
195.   williamnyy23
188 No. But the 8 hitters who follow him...Yes.
2007-09-26 19:18:33
196.   Mattpat11



2007-09-26 19:20:27
197.   Emma Span
158 You too weeping!

Anyone else slightly worried about somebody losing an eye to a champagne cork, or an arm to Shelley Duncan's enthusiasm, during the postgame celebration?

2007-09-26 19:21:06
198.   pistolpete
190 I still think we stand a better chance than against LAA. Scioscia always seems to know the exact move to throw our entire defense into complete chaos.

Personally, I couldn't take bowing out to the Angels 3 times in the past 6 years. Twice to Cleveland in 10 years would be somewhat more palatable.

Not that I'm expecting us to lose.

2007-09-26 19:22:29
199.   RIYank
Melky reaches safely! That's everybody.

Oh, all those new guys in the line-up. Well, that's all the starters.

2007-09-26 19:23:59
200.   williamnyy23
198 Ultimately, if the Yankees play well, I think they'll beat both. For that reason, I kind of prefer the Indians because it means no west coast trips. Still, I think people are mistaken if they think Cleveland will be easy.
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2007-09-26 19:24:39
201.   williamnyy23
Shea Stadium might be torn down a year early.
2007-09-26 19:26:22
202.   williamnyy23
Come on Abreu...get 100.
2007-09-26 19:26:27
203.   3rd gen yankee fan
Wow. Mets/Bily Wagner completely Melting down. GNats score 2 in the 9th.
2007-09-26 19:27:14
204.   pistolpete
Ah, to be transported back to 1996 when it didn't matter!
2007-09-26 19:27:30
205.   Cliff Corcoran
201 That's where I am now (ironically). I can't believe what I'm watching.
2007-09-26 19:28:07
206.   RIYank
I don't think the west coast trip is a big deal. And though I agree that CC is the pitcher we least want to face, don't forget that we might not get him twice even if we do play Cleveland.

But, finally, I think it's a crap shoot. So I'll take anybody -- the important thing was to get into the play-offs!

2007-09-26 19:28:15
207.   pistolpete
So who gets the back page tomorrow if the Mets lose while the Yanks clinch?
2007-09-26 19:28:27
208.   BklynBmr
190 The devil we know versus... the devil we know. Hey, if the Yanks are on their game, it matters not who we draw. Me, I want the Halos in the first round. Enough is enough. It's time to punk the Rally Monkey. If not now, when?

Just depends on what Yankee team incarnation appears in October...

2007-09-26 19:28:39
209.   williamnyy23
205 Are you sitting with the ghost of Jack Buck?
2007-09-26 19:28:54
210.   pistolpete
206 No, not if we beat them 3 straight!
2007-09-26 19:30:18
211.   williamnyy23
206 I don't know...those long plane rides aren't much fun.
2007-09-26 19:30:25
212.   BklynBmr

Daily News: Mutts
Post: Yanks
NYT: Red Sox

2007-09-26 19:30:32
213.   pistolpete
208 I'd prefer the Halos in a 7-game series - if we absolutely have to face them, that is.

More time to adjust to all the scrappiness.

2007-09-26 19:30:39
214.   williamnyy23
Oh Bobby! Arod has enough need to save him any.
2007-09-26 19:31:02
215.   RIYank
210 Or even in four. I mean, we might get the series with the old format, right? The Red Sox would get to decide. Which format would they choose against the Angels?
2007-09-26 19:31:59
216.   williamnyy23
207 Mets losing is a bigger story.
2007-09-26 19:32:25
217.   RIYank
211 They're a lot more fun on the Yankee charter, I'm betting.
2007-09-26 19:32:36
218.   williamnyy23
Grand Slam here and maybe we can get Jorge to 100.
2007-09-26 19:33:04
219.   Mattpat11
What the hell is happening to the Mets?
2007-09-26 19:33:19
220.   RIYank
Jorgie needs eleven rbi for 100. Maybe he can pick up a handful here.
2007-09-26 19:34:21
221.   RIYank
Nope. Ten feet shy of a grand.

Okay, the moment we've been waiting for: Mo closes the deal!

I hope everyone here at the Banter is standing.

2007-09-26 19:34:32
222.   BklynBmr
Mo? Appropo!
2007-09-26 19:35:29
223.   Mattpat11
Mets lose.
2007-09-26 19:35:36
224.   williamnyy23
217 Yes...I'm sure (although not '86 Mets fun). Still, they could be facing...NY to LA...LA back to NY...NY back to LA...(and if they win)...LA to Cleveland or Boston.

That's not a fun travel log in a week's time.

2007-09-26 19:36:22
225.   williamnyy23
223 Who would have thought Pedro would needed to save the Mets season?
2007-09-26 19:37:38
226.   williamnyy23
I wonder if Ruggiano likes to hit the cheese?
2007-09-26 19:37:45
227.   Mattpat11
2 more outs
2007-09-26 19:37:51
228.   Shaun P
225 Who would have though the Mets' season would need to be saved period?

221 Not yet, but as soon as I walk upstairs to the TV I will.

2007-09-26 19:37:53
229.   Emma Span
Only in Tampa is the ad behind home plate for a background check service.
2007-09-26 19:38:00
230.   RIYank
MLB not quite as easy as Ruggiano was thinking.
2007-09-26 19:38:12
231.   williamnyy23
226 Guess not.
2007-09-26 19:38:21
232.   Emma Span
Only in Tampa Bay would the ad behind home plate be for a background check service.
2007-09-26 19:38:45
233.   BklynBmr
233 "F the Mutts, oh, won't you come on out and... F the Mutts"...
2007-09-26 19:39:00
234.   pistolpete
Uh oh, Giambi and Duncan conspiring about the celebration...
2007-09-26 19:39:44
235.   Emma Span
Apparently so shocking I had to post it twice.
2007-09-26 19:39:48
236.   Mattpat11
1 more
2007-09-26 19:39:50
237.   pistolpete
2007-09-26 19:40:06
238.   BklynBmr
That's the only arm in MLB that gets out #2...
2007-09-26 19:40:29
239.   williamnyy23
Well deserved celebration minutes away...
2007-09-26 19:40:35
240.   RIYank


2007-09-26 19:40:36
241.   Raf
there it is!
2007-09-26 19:40:36
242.   BklynBmr
237 Jumping!
2007-09-26 19:40:38
243.   Mattpat11
2007-09-26 19:41:16
244.   3rd gen yankee fan
WOO HOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! we goin to da playoffs!!!!!
2007-09-26 19:41:30
245.   BklynBmr
Here come the Yankees...
2007-09-26 19:41:36
246.   pistolpete
That Jeter/Pettitte hug just made me well up a little bit.
2007-09-26 19:41:44
247.   williamnyy23
Here come the Yankees...let's get behind and cheer the Yankees...they're gonna learn to fear the Yankees...everyone knows they play to win 'cause their the New York Yankees!!!
2007-09-26 19:42:33
248.   yankz
There will be playoff baseball in the Bronx!
2007-09-26 19:42:36
249.   BklynBmr
F Steve Phillips!
2007-09-26 19:42:49
250.   yankz
246 Any chance all of this will be on YT? ;)
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2007-09-26 19:43:06
251.   williamnyy23
Duncan...don't hurt Moose!!
2007-09-26 19:43:31
252.   yankz
249 And everybody else in the MSM! The below .500 at the break Yankees are going to the playoffs!
2007-09-26 19:43:38
253.   Mattpat11
Over there, over there,
Send the word, send the word over there -
That the Yanks are coming,
The Yanks are coming,
The drums rum-tumming
So prepare, say a pray'r,
Send the word, send the word to beware.
We'll be over, we're coming over,
And we won't come back till it's over
Over there.
2007-09-26 19:43:50
254.   fansince77
Joe is such an emotional Italian guy it cracks me up, reminds me of my dad, tears welling for just about any moment of pride...Ok I am a wuss like that too.
2007-09-26 19:44:10
255.   pistolpete
I started the recording from the beginning of the inning - I'll get everything up there from the clubhouse as well.

It might take me until the end of the weekend to edit it all, but you'll see it before the playoffs!

2007-09-26 19:44:22
256.   wsporter
When I think about where we were and where we are this very satisfying. "There and back again" indeed.

Let's Go Yan-kees

2007-09-26 19:44:24
257.   ny2ca2dc
Boo Ya!
2007-09-26 19:44:50
258.   williamnyy23
Hail to the Red Skins...Hail Victory...Braves on the war path...fight for Old D.C.!

Ok fine, it doesn't apply.

2007-09-26 19:45:01
259.   JeremyM
Honestly, I'm as happy about this as any of the division titles. Bring on October!
2007-09-26 19:45:13
260.   yankz
255 You're the best.
2007-09-26 19:45:33
261.   JeremyM
255 Can't wait to see it.
2007-09-26 19:45:52
262.   fansince77
Ladies and gentlemen...(in Bob Shepard's voice) Now batting...the 2007 playoff bound New York Yan-kees.
2007-09-26 19:47:05
263.   Shaun P
Moose jumping on Shelley, piggyback style, was awesome. Damn, I am very glad Extra Innings had the YES feed tonight!
2007-09-26 19:47:18
264.   williamnyy23
Can't wait for the playoffs, but I am going to enjoy 4 meaningless games before jumoing into the pressure cooker.
2007-09-26 19:47:23
265.   claybeez
This is fantastic. I am really happy.
2007-09-26 19:47:52
266.   fansince77
First time in almost 10 years I feel like we've got everything to gain and nothing to lose going into the playoffs! This year we are the Angels and Tigers. But better and with a week of rest.
2007-09-26 19:47:59
267.   pistolpete
Do you guys want all the postgame blather before the champagne recorded too?
2007-09-26 19:48:36
268.   3rd gen yankee fan
256 Heck yeah. Congrats Yankees!!!! What a year! Let's not have another rollercoaster like this for a long time.
2007-09-26 19:48:45
269.   JeremyM
264 I'm with you, I love the playoffs just as I love fall, but I hate what follows: cold, cold winter and no baseball.
2007-09-26 19:49:05
270.   BklynBmr
255 Brah — please! EI cut off the YES broadcast as usual. Do what you can. You have no idea how much your efforts will be appreciated. Man, what a season...

Let's go, Yan-kees!

2007-09-26 19:50:01
271.   SF Yanks
Wow, I wasn't thinking too much about this, but as soon as Cano caught that ball, it hit me all at once.... a beautiful thing.
2007-09-26 19:50:05
272.   fansince77
What to look forward to in these 4 meaningless games-

Abreu's 100
Jeter's hit total for the year
Joba- one or two more times
Cano's RBI's pushing 80
A few more hits from Jorge
One bomb and 3 more RBI's for AROD

And if none of it happens...who gives a shit!

2007-09-26 19:50:41
273.   pistolpete
So who soaks Kim Jones this year? I vote Duncan...
2007-09-26 19:51:03
274.   ric
congrats yanks- what an incredible second half to the season to make the playoffs when many peeps left em for dead.
2007-09-26 19:51:28
275.   JeremyM
267 It's up to you, whatever you're comfortable with, but I wouldn't mind seeing it. Thanks for whatever you put up though.
2007-09-26 19:51:33
276.   Mattpat11
start desalvo tomorrow
2007-09-26 19:52:55
277.   Emma Span
263 I've never heard Al Leiter sound so surprised: "Look at that... MOOSE is clowning around... Wow!"

Man, the entire bullpen just nailed Roger with about 9 bottles of champagne.

2007-09-26 19:53:04
278.   pistolpete
I'm probably doing what I did last year - everything except ol' Boob Lorenz.

Got a great shot of Clemens getting soaked and having to be led by the hand by Posada because he couldn't see anything...

2007-09-26 19:54:14
279.   vockins
It's stating the obvious, but it's pretty insane that they're spraying champagne on each other considering what the first eight weeks were like. Congrats Yanks. Congrats us. #27!
2007-09-26 19:54:40
280.   Jen
Did Minky cuss right before they went to the first commercial? I thought I heard him say something like "Man that's f*cking cold".
2007-09-26 19:55:44
281.   3rd gen yankee fan
I'm down for 27!!!!!
2007-09-26 19:56:08
282.   claybeez
2007-09-26 19:57:09
283.   3rd gen yankee fan
Man, the books that will be written about this season...
2007-09-26 19:57:40
284.   wsporter
I'm stuck with MLB here so I didn't get the YES feed. It sounds like the boys were pretty happy; wish I could have seen it. They sure have earned it. I am proud of them.
2007-09-26 19:58:08
285.   pistolpete
BTW I'm recording the YES HD feed - widescreen baby!
2007-09-26 19:58:09
286.   vockins
2007-09-26 19:58:32
287.   yankz
286 Eh, if you must.
2007-09-26 19:59:41
288.   BklynBmr
27 is a nice round numba...
2007-09-26 20:00:00
289.   Shaun P
267 pistol, you're the man, you do whatever you can, and we will all appreciate it.

274 Thank you, ric. We'll see if we see your boys in the LCS.

256 Still round the corner, MFD, there may wait

A 27th Serious ring, wouldn't that be great?

And though we oft have waited long

Cursing the Yanks when they did wrong

The day may come at least when we

See 11 more Yankee wins, and the Serious victory.

(with a thousand apologies to Mr. Tolkien)

285 Hurray for HD!

2007-09-26 20:02:05
290.   yankz
I know they're not really all that strong of a team (compared to the dynasty years), but you can't really feel bad about this team in October. Winning it all is the only fitting way to end this wacko season
2007-09-26 20:02:09
291.   wsporter
I just realized this makes my tickets this weekend meaningless. Damn! :-)
2007-09-26 20:02:19
292.   pistolpete
Wow Joe just got DRENCHED.

Joba in the background on that - I actually had to stop and think about if he was legal or not...

2007-09-26 20:03:22
293.   pistolpete
Took all of two minutes to make him cry. :)
2007-09-26 20:03:46
294.   Mattpat11
11 more
2007-09-26 20:04:37
295.   BklynBmr
290 Just depends which version shows up. It's one and out, or 27. I got a feelin' it won't be one and out...
2007-09-26 20:05:47
296.   wsporter
289 Hobbit lover! It's takes someone as rare and refined as a Dutchman to link Tolkien and Lardner in verse. Nice job.

28 in 08!!!!!

2007-09-26 20:05:50
297.   Emma Span
Aww... Joe Torre gets nailed by Cano and Cabrera and starts crying. "You LOVE them. I can't help it."

Bullpen management be damned, I have many warm fuzzy feelings for Joe Torre. Kim Jones quotes the veterans praising him, and he REALLY starts crying.

2007-09-26 20:06:18
298.   yankz
Um, my uh, friend here, he wants to know...what's Kim Jones wearing?
2007-09-26 20:06:36
299.   BklynBmr
Oh, sh*t, here goes ESPN already with what they do. Where's the remote...
2007-09-26 20:07:42
300.   Mattpat11
297 I was furious with him last night, but I do love the guy
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2007-09-26 20:07:51
301.   yankz
292 Whoa, I thought BB was a Star Wars community, and we all know about the nerd divide. THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, BABY!
2007-09-26 20:08:19
302.   pistolpete
298 White t-shirt, bikini bottoms, chugging a magnum between questions.
2007-09-26 20:08:30
303.   yankz
299 I would write ESPN a giant thank-you letter if they replayed Phillips' "analysis" and made him own up to it.
2007-09-26 20:08:46
304.   yankz
302 LOL!
2007-09-26 20:10:07
305.   yankster
302 thanks, I needed to know that too.

Thanks to all for a great season. BB is second only to the Empire itself.

2007-09-26 20:10:41
306.   pistolpete
303 Better yet, A-Rod runs up behind him at the desk on 'Baseball Tonight', douses him with champagne and messes up his perfect hair.
2007-09-26 20:11:27
307.   Shaun P
297 Me too.

303 I would start watching SportsCenter again.

Now the Mets HAVE to get in, so Phillips has to eat the whole thing, and not just half. Can you imagine if the Mets miss out? The man will never shut up.

2007-09-26 20:11:27
308.   yankz
306 It's gotta be a toupee. He's just dumb enough to get a white one.
2007-09-26 20:12:05
309.   yankster
Wow, talking to suzyn, doug could hardly keep it together.
2007-09-26 20:12:19
310.   yankz
307 I had this team on the right track...they ruined the dynasty I built...Scott Kazmir is nothing!
2007-09-26 20:12:38
311.   williamnyy23
Edwar is pretty weird. Man, they are having a lot of fun in that clubhouse...more so than I can remember.
2007-09-26 20:12:58
312.   wsporter
Who is Phillips?
2007-09-26 20:13:01
313.   pistolpete
Shot of the night - Igawa strolls by behind Abreu in nothing but a towel and shower slippers.


2007-09-26 20:13:47
314.   pistolpete
Gotta go guys, battery on the laptop's at 5% - have a good night all!
2007-09-26 20:14:19
315.   yankz
313 "Why is everyone celebrating?"

312 Stevie P., the greatest GM ever fired.

2007-09-26 20:14:54
316.   3rd gen yankee fan
Man with all this crying, I'm really looking forward to pete's clips! Thank you pete! booo hoo hoo hoo hoo!
2007-09-26 20:15:26
317.   pistolpete
Maybe that's how they do it in Japan, who knows!
2007-09-26 20:15:44
318.   BklynBmr
303 I hope they keep that tool around. The "network" has become a joke and he's the head clown on baseball. It's really great television, I only wish it was as self-important as it is now back when I hoisted a bong or two. Monty Python wouldn't have had a chance...
2007-09-26 20:16:54
319.   wsporter
315 Oh, for a minute I thought he might have been a former incompetent GM who wasn't any better at running a MLB club and judging talent than he was at cheating on his spouse. Glad I was wrong.
2007-09-26 20:17:30
320.   Shaun P
296 We are a Renaissance-type bunch, us Dutchmen, aren't we? ;)

312 Steve Phillips of ESPN (sigh), who boldly predicted back in the middle of August that "neither the Yankees nor the Mets will make the playoffs."

He also declared Melky to be nothing more than a 4th OF, saying "there are a million Melky Cabrera's out there". This was because he couldn't believe the Yanks wouldn't trade Melky and Ian Kennedy for Gagne.

313 Not the image I wanted in my mind. Where's that Kim Jones post again? Ah, much better!

2007-09-26 20:20:49
321.   Shaun P
Good night all - Hughes tomorrow for 5, followed by Clippard for 4, then DeSalvo on Friday, Chase Wright on Saturday, and Moose on Sunday in a short tune-up start.

Wonder who will get to manage this year's last regular season game. Posada? Would Torre let one of the pitchers (Pettitte or Mo) do it?

2007-09-26 20:20:59
322.   yankz
What's the betting that Shelley pulls the towel down?
2007-09-26 20:21:08
323.   tommyl
Just wanted to check in and say its been a tremendous regular season here with you guys. Thanks to all of you and a moment of silence for Jim Dean.

On to the Indians!

2007-09-26 20:21:31
324.   williamnyy23
DJ is playing it pretty cool...he doesn't seem nearly as happy as everyone else. Jeter is the ultimate professional. He has one goal and fun isn't allowed until it has been achieved.
2007-09-26 20:22:06
325.   yankz
321 Pettitte might be the pitching coach. I can see Posada managing. Or if Joe doesn't like his chances of coming back, it'll be Jeter, though I seriously doubt it.
2007-09-26 20:22:44
326.   wsporter
320 After watching that clown make that prediction my 9 year old son said "Dad, that guys an idiot."

I really love my kid. (not just for that)

2007-09-26 20:22:56
327.   Mattpat11
Joba is a bit of a lush
2007-09-26 20:23:19
328.   weeping for brunnhilde
We did it, Team.

We did it.

2007-09-26 20:23:59
329.   Mattpat11
324 And good for him
2007-09-26 20:24:10
330.   weeping for brunnhilde
327 :)

Or more like a frat boy.

But I love him anyway.

2007-09-26 20:29:53
331.   3rd gen yankee fan
:::moment of silence for Jim Dean:::
2007-09-26 20:33:06
332.   yankz
Boss's statement:

""I'm elated we have clinched the playoff spot.

After a tough first half of the season when everyone seemed to lose faith except for our players and our fans, the team has really stepped up and shown themselves to be the champions that they are. With hard work and determination, we were able to clinch a playoff position and are now heading into our 13th consecutive postseason. I congratulate our players, Joe Torre, and Brian Cashman. I really like the mix of veterans and younger players who have contributed to this comeback. It has been exciting to watch them play, coalesce and pull together. The fans and I look forward to the team accomplishing our ultimate goal -- bringing a world championship back to New York.""

2007-09-26 20:33:24
333.   yankz
If I were the Yanks, I would dedicate this to Jim Dean, Joe Torre, and Daniel Cabrera.
2007-09-26 20:51:23
334.   Knuckles
Can I get a Hell Yeah?

What a damn season.

2007-09-26 20:56:20
335.   Eirias
334 Hell Yeah!
2007-09-26 20:56:32
336.   weeping for brunnhilde

I'm so happy.

They fucking stole home against us, Jorgie and Alex botched that fucking rundown, and yet, here we are.


I love Joe. I nearly started crying when he did.

Well done, boys, well done.

The New York Yankees.

2007-09-26 21:07:20
337.   Mike T
Don't know if this was mentioned yet, but the Wall Street Journal took one of their rare detours into the sports world with a piece on Joba the Great in Wednesday's edition. I only subscribe to the print edition, and not the website, or I'd post the article here.
2007-09-26 21:20:09
338.   Knuckles
Robbie's smile was a mile wide on that last pop-up; I thought his cheeks were gonna squeeze his eyes shut and he'd miss the ball...
2007-09-26 21:58:29
339.   yankz
Via "A horde of teammates trapped Alex Rodriguez and emptied their bottles over his head, chanting, "Superman!" amid his squeals of protest."

But yeah, Will Leitch, they don't really like him.

2007-09-26 22:00:25
340.   yankz
"One face was missing from the initial mob scene. Starting pitcher Kei Igawa had somehow managed to slip into the shower room unnoticed, but it didn't last for long. His catcher, Jorge Posada, crept up to the bathroom door, hollered his name and made sure Igawa got a good taste of what was taking place in the clubhouse."

Wow. Igawa seems like a really introverted guy. Nice to know they're trying to get him to relax.

2007-09-26 22:05:00
341.   yankz
For those of us who can't wait for pistol, has audio of Torre and Posada. It's incredible.
2007-09-26 22:24:09
342.   yankz
And here's Arod:

2007-09-26 23:00:32
343.   Mattpat11
340 He may have felt awkward celebrating an accomplishment he had so little to do with.

I don't mean that as a bashing post

2007-09-26 23:08:31
344.   pistolpete
Ok, here it is boys - It's 2am and I'll be exhausted tomorrow, but anything for the BB crowd:

The audio's lower in certain clips and I made the mistake of fiddling with my DVR in the middle of the DVD recording during the final out, but otherwise this is EVERYTHING.


2007-09-27 00:59:59
345.   thelarmis
wow! wahoo! fuk yeah! yankees baseball! october playoffs! 13 straight years! 27 = heaven!

i had to teach late tonight. my phone was dying and had to be turned off. i had no clue what was going on. after work, i turn my cell on, hoping to have some service, and find a text -- from my friend, stuart - cult of basebaal - from the bronx banter. it read: Welcome to the postseason! holy fuckin' shit!!!

it's been a tough, trying season. i couldn't have made it without the wonderful community here at Bronx Banter. i'm proud to be a Yankees fan and equally as proud to be a tiny part of the great family here. thanks to all of you!

thanks to yankz and pistolpete for the audio/visual/links, most appreciated! : )

i head to NY tomorrow to visit my fam and i can't wait to be in Yankeeland. i'd like to say i have a good feeling about this, but then again, i had a good feeling last year. i do really think we can do it. here's to 11 more wins come the calendar flip!


2007-09-27 01:03:48
346.   thelarmis
OT: ooh, sorry for the off-topic post. my childhood best friend (neither of us live in NY anymore), is performing in NYC this weekend. i know there's lotsa music lovers on this board...

he runs an excellent A Cappella group called The Ex-Boyfriends. they'll be playing at the Mercury Lounge in the Village this Saturday from about 7:30-9:15pm. i'm not positive if i'll make it, but i hope to. they're really impressive. i'll be checking in from my folks house, so if any of you think you'll make it, it would be cool to share a celebratory beer...

2007-09-27 01:04:36
347.   thelarmis
oh, and one more thing...


2007-09-27 01:20:50
348.   thelarmis
man, it really does seem the players truly adore Torre. for all his bullpen faults and some other head scratching ways, you can't deny the results he's gotten over the last dozen years. we can bitch and moan all we want, but i'd feel fine if he's back next season.

if we had the regular season we just had and girardi, mattingly, valentine, whomever, was at the helm - we'd all be WAAAAAAAY more furious than we were. there'd be a BIG lump in our collective throats.

the veterans seem to love him. the kids seem to love him. 90 wins and playoff berths seem to love him. what's another season? or two. just sayin'...

2007-09-27 04:36:27
349.   Raf
340 ,343 I guess it bears reposting

2007-09-27 04:40:53
350.   Raf
349 31. Not intend to join the division title beer shower. Tried to be unnoticed in the corner of the locker room and happily distributed the beers to all his teammates. Unfortunately he finally got his teammates' attention and instantly got knocked out by the beer shower. Scheduled appointments for following days were all cancelled because of that. (Note: Igawa is probably the most vulnerable player to alcoholic beverage in the world.)
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2007-09-27 05:19:43
351.   Sliced Bread
That's beautiful, Alex, but will you still love us in November? Please?

The Third Baseman via Pete Abe:

"This feels like home. It's hard to believe that I played for another two organizations. So much has happened to me here, adversity, some success, that I feel like anything but New York feels weird for me now."

Watching Rodriguez with the team (his team) last night it's hard to imagine him not wanting to stick around.

Now, go get that ring, Alex!

2007-09-27 05:36:57
352.   nemecizer
347 That game really was the turning point. HA!
2007-09-27 06:13:03
353.   JeremyM
344 Awesome stuff pete, thanks man!
2007-09-27 06:28:57
354.   yankz
Pistolpete- you rule.

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