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2008-03-13 08:52
by Cliff Corcoran
Note: The Bronx Banter blog has moved to bronxbanterblog.com.

Yesterday was just embarrassing. Home plate umpire Chad Fairchild should have been embarrassed for ejecting Heath Phillips for a wild up and in pitch that lightly brushed Evan Longoria's jersey and loaded the bases with the Yankees already trailing 2-0 in the first inning. Crew chief and first-base ump Jerry Crawford should be embarrassed for tossing Bobby Meacham for keeping the peace in the second-inning fracas. Indeed, the umpires were so embarrassed they didn't even talk to the media after the game.

Shelley Duncan should be embarrassed for spiking Akinori Iwamura, even if all he was trying to do was recreate his glove-punting slide against John McDonald in Toronto last year (though that could have been seen as part of the ongoing "Ha!" dispute surrounding Alex Rodriguez).

Rays manager Joe Maddon should be embarrassed for calling Duncan's slide "borderline criminal" after defending Elliot Johnson's collision with Francisco Cervelli over the weekend.

Joe Girardi clearly was embarrassed and had a chat with Duncan about it (though Tyler Kepner has a slightly different interpretation than Pete Abe's).

The embarrassment continues today as the Yankees' starting lineup features Billy Crystal leading off at DH on the day before his 60th birthday. Crystal cracked that DH stands for "Designated Hebrew." You know Crystal's career is in trouble when he's stealing material from Ron Blomberg. Still, credit Girardi with coming up with the best way to minimize the Crystal distraction. Crystal will lead off, not play the field, and should be replaced by Johnny Damon when the lineup turns over (Damon, still nursing his bruised toe, has said he's to follow Crystal at DH today). In fact, I wouldn't be surprised to see Damon pinch-run for Crystal if by some miracle the actor finds his way on base (most likely by taking one to the ribs from Pirates starter Paul Maholm, which is how our buddy Goose says he'd approach the at-bat).

Most embarrassing of all, however, is the fact that all of this has distracted anyone from updating us on Stump Merrill's condition after the 64-year-old coach took a thrown ball to the face during batting practice yesterday. Well, almost everyone. Brian Hoch wins the good guy award today by letting us know that Stump is resting comfortably at the hospital. Sounds like he'll be just fine. Hopefully after today's first inning, Yankee camp will be back to normal as well.

Comments (136)
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2008-03-13 09:39:06
1.   standuptriple
Posted in last thread, but instead of rehashing the sins, let's try and find a resolution...

You know what I'd really like to see come out of this, an increased attention to the art/science/footwork/placement of the catching position. A mandate (in Spring) could be made that a call from, say the 3B, that a throw home could result in a close play, allowing the catcher to cut off the throw and leave the plate. That would be an acceptable solution, no? Also, I learned when I was 13 the (for lack of a name) Pivot-and-stick-your-left-leg-out, while applying the tag, sending the runner to a violent encounter with the dirt. I think that there are a lot of sloppy defensive catchers out there and I would welcome an opportunity to see the finer defensive points of the position emphasized.

2008-03-13 09:43:37
2.   Cliff Corcoran
1 I don't really follow your descriptions, but regarding that sticking your left leg out move, that's how Posada had his leg shattered in the minors and why he wouldn't block the plate until Girardi became bench coach in 2005 and worked with him on it.
2008-03-13 10:11:27
3.   Alex Belth
Not for nothing, but great post by Cliff here. My man is in mid-season form these days, don't you think?
2008-03-13 10:12:49
4.   mehmattski
I'm home in NJ for a few days, so this is the first Yankees action I've seen this year. I'm actually turning off the conference tourneys to watch, which is a big deal for me.
2008-03-13 10:14:25
5.   Sliced Bread
3 word. Well done, Cliff.
2008-03-13 10:18:43
6.   mehmattski
Those are some really ugly uniforms the Pirates have on.
2008-03-13 10:19:10
7.   Cliff Corcoran
Thanks, guys. Pete Abe has more on Stump:

"Stump Merrill was back at Legends Field today with a nasty cut on his lip. He lost a tooth and needed a root canal but is otherwise OK."

2008-03-13 10:19:59
8.   weeping for brunnhilde
Jesus, beautiful breaking ball by Moose there.

CAlled strike three.

2008-03-13 10:20:41
9.   weeping for brunnhilde
3 Most certainly.

I love the "embarrassment" theme. Deftly done.

2008-03-13 10:21:43
10.   weeping for brunnhilde
4 Hooray!

Happy 2008!

2008-03-13 10:22:20
11.   Bama Yankee
3 Mid-season form, indeed. Although, I'm of the opinion that the posters here never have an "off"-season form. That is one of the things that makes this place so great: you can always count on quality posts (non-baseball topics and conflicts of interest [remember Rob Gee ;-) ] included).
2008-03-13 10:25:33
12.   weeping for brunnhilde
Crystal ahead, 2-1.

3-1.

2008-03-13 10:26:23
13.   Shaun P
3 Here, here!

7 There are worse things than losing a tooth and having a root canal, but still - ouch.

2008-03-13 10:26:45
14.   weeping for brunnhilde
Strike three.

Two nasty pitches bearing in on his hands to get him.

2008-03-13 10:26:54
15.   williamnyy23
Just for the record, I am not embarassed by either Duncan or Crystal. I don't think the Yankees are either.
2008-03-13 10:27:32
16.   mehmattski
And that's that.

Talk about embarrassing, if that Pirates pitcher had walked Billy Crystal. Would be an automatic ticket back to the minors.

2008-03-13 10:32:08
17.   williamnyy23
16 Pirates and embarrassing seem to go hand-in-hand.
2008-03-13 10:32:16
18.   Sliced Bread
I have to admit seeing the players laughing and having a good time with Crystal was a better payoff than I expected.
I still don't like it, but it made the fun-loving sucker in me smile. What can I say? I'm a mush.
2008-03-13 10:33:26
19.   weeping for brunnhilde
18 Softy.
2008-03-13 10:34:01
20.   mehmattski
Moose's curve looks sweet today. If he can improve his offspeed stuff, the lack of fastball velocity won't be as much of a problem.
2008-03-13 10:35:02
21.   weeping for brunnhilde
Mike's looking good out there.

Mixing pitches really nicely, hitting spots.

2008-03-13 10:36:58
22.   weeping for brunnhilde
NIce running catch by Matsui.

Terrible pitch by Mike, though. Way too much of the plate and up for a fastball with no velocity.

2008-03-13 10:37:59
23.   williamnyy23
After a brutal August, Moose was pretty solid in September. I don't think it is far fetched to think he can be a league average starter.
2008-03-13 10:41:07
24.   weeping for brunnhilde
A nice Matsui special, tapped to first.
2008-03-13 10:42:46
25.   standuptriple
2 I wasn't aware of that. Seems like you're damned if you do, damned if you don't, which further emphasizes my call for strong defensive fundamentals at the catcher position. Sadly, the focus on offense from that position seems to take precedent. I would love to see more I-Rod's in the league than Piazza's. Perhaps Jorge's late-coming into the position made him a little gun-shy. Making the transition from any other position is not easy, but I would say that 3B is the closest (mainly because they are more prone to blocking the ball/staying in front).
3 Yes, the moderators are looking like it's going to be a career year. Is it too early to start chanting "M-V-P"?
2008-03-13 10:44:12
26.   mehmattski
I had to check the calendar to make sure this wasn't a regular season game. Did anyone order the URP?
2008-03-13 10:44:27
27.   weeping for brunnhilde
Wow! Cone just said that O'Neill has some Rizzuto in him, based on O'Neill's folksy grumping away about standing on line in Cincinnati.

You know what?--he's totally right.

O'Neill's got that same corny lovable folksiness.

Very apt, Coney.

2008-03-13 10:46:48
28.   weeping for brunnhilde
Another terrible pitch by Mike.

"Fastball" right down the middle, skied to Melky.

Dangerous, dangerous pitch.

2008-03-13 10:47:55
29.   williamnyy23
Cone also did a good job of pointing out that Molina could very well be Moose's personal catcher this season.

Speaking of backups, the Sox have reportedly released Mirabelli. I wonder who catches Wakefield?

2008-03-13 10:49:16
30.   weeping for brunnhilde
29 Billy Crystal?
2008-03-13 10:49:54
31.   mehmattski
29 Don't worry, some team will sign him and then the Red Sox will trade a top prospect for Mirabelli, who will then have a police escort to Fenway.
2008-03-13 10:50:31
32.   williamnyy23
30 It looks as if he could hit better than Mirabelli.
2008-03-13 10:50:44
33.   Alex Belth
I like J. Gomes but I think it's funny that he said he "nearly went gangster" on Shelley Duncan. What does that mean exactly? It's like when people casually say, "That's so ghetto," even though they've never been to one. I'm not saying that Gomes hasn't had a hard background, but ugh, real gangsters don't talk about "going gangster" now do they?
2008-03-13 10:51:08
34.   Sliced Bread
29 Not sure how Moose will feel about that, but I imagine he understands it's time to accept he's a #5 type, and no longer gets the ace treatment.
2008-03-13 10:52:56
35.   weeping for brunnhilde
33 :)

MTV generation.

2008-03-13 10:52:59
36.   williamnyy23
34 Actually, I think Moose might like having Molina.
2008-03-13 10:53:59
37.   Shaun P
26 Maholm?
2008-03-13 10:54:02
38.   Josh Wilker
29 : As of right now it'll be good-glove/no-bat Kevin Cash.
2008-03-13 10:54:35
39.   mehmattski
Woo, a hit! From a backup catcher!
2008-03-13 10:54:36
40.   Sliced Bread
36 perhaps, but probably not run support-wise.
2008-03-13 10:54:46
41.   weeping for brunnhilde
My man Molina!

Just poking it through the hole on the right side, a la Luis Sojo.

I like this Molina a lot.

2008-03-13 10:54:58
42.   williamnyy23
I agree 100% with O'Neill and having been saying since the Cervelli incident...Maddon bears most of the responsibility for this situation escalating.
2008-03-13 10:55:56
43.   Shaun P
36 I agree, but from an offense point of view, shouldn't all the big guns be in the lineup when the guy likely to be the worst of the starters is pitching?
2008-03-13 10:56:16
44.   tommyl
42 For those of us scoring at um, work. It'd help if you told us what you are agreeing with :).
2008-03-13 10:56:37
45.   weeping for brunnhilde
43 Good point.
2008-03-13 10:56:58
46.   Sliced Bread
33 yeah, I don't know much from gangster myself, but what I saw from Gomes was more "Lord Of The Dance" than Sonny Corleone.
2008-03-13 10:57:15
47.   mehmattski
43 Except that usually the BUC goes in day games following night games, along with a number of other substitutions.

I don't know, maybe I'm stuck in the Torre days. Perhaps we won't see the House Money lineup as much with Girardi, who may be more willing to spread around the days off.

2008-03-13 10:57:58
48.   tommyl
Ok, here's a question. If the other Joe was still managing this team, would Crystal have a shot at making the roster? He's a veteran with lots of great clubhouse charisma.
2008-03-13 10:58:45
49.   weeping for brunnhilde
47 Ah, ye goode olde House Money lineup.

Where have you gone, Joe Torre, mehmattski turns his lonely eyes to you.

2008-03-13 10:59:55
50.   weeping for brunnhilde
48 Ha ha ha hah ah ah aahh a ah !!

He's also from NY, knows the media, knows how to handle himself.

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2008-03-13 11:04:25
51.   mehmattski
So, what's the etiquette for normally "unmentionable topics," during Spring Training? There's plenty of fans who can't follow the game. Should we let them in on the secret?
2008-03-13 11:05:22
52.   Shaun P
48 But is his belly full of guts, or a nice MLT, where the mutton is nice and lean and the tomato is ripe?

49 What's that you say, weeping for brunnhilde? Joe Torre's left and gone to LA, hey hey hey, hey hey hey.

2008-03-13 11:06:08
53.   weeping for brunnhilde
YES just said Moose's 10+ wins for twelve seasons is an American League record.

How can that be?

All those 300 game winners and none of them has accomplished that?

Craziness.

2008-03-13 11:09:20
54.   tommyl
51 Secret? What secret?
2008-03-13 11:10:22
55.   tommyl
Well, Moose is through 4 no hit innings. Still I'm worried at the 1K and 3/8 GO/FO ratio. Were there a lot of well hit balls?
2008-03-13 11:13:34
56.   3rd gen yankee fan
Yahoo sez Schilling is out at least until the All-Star break. (heh)
2008-03-13 11:13:37
57.   mehmattski
55 Not just no hit...

Most of the fly balls have been weak popups, no further than 200 feet. There was one humpback liner that Cano caught in the first.

2008-03-13 11:14:09
58.   weeping for brunnhilde
55 A couple. I think he got away with a little bit of undisciplined hitting that's helped him out, but in fairness, I also think he's kept them off balance enough to get away with a few poorly spotted fastballs.

Against a better team I think he gets hit around a little: those mistakes would have been tatooed.

2008-03-13 11:15:01
59.   Max
33 Alex, the bastardization of hip hop vernacular and its infiltration into mainstream society has been going on for a while. Besides, this country has long loved colorful expressions of macho swagger, whether they're rooted in Westerns, Mob movies, or cop thrillers. Doesn't surprise me that gangsta rap would provide fertile ground for mainstream society to plunder.

Not that I approve or anything, just not surprised.

2008-03-13 11:15:38
60.   weeping for brunnhilde
Oh my God, what a beautiful changeup to start off Laroche.

He just waved futily at that.

0-1 curve, floats right in there, taken for strike two.

0-2 in the dirt.

1-2.

2008-03-13 11:16:07
61.   weeping for brunnhilde
Fastball paints the inside corner.

Strike three.

2008-03-13 11:17:39
62.   weeping for brunnhilde
2-0 fastball down and in hit hard, but foul.
2008-03-13 11:18:28
63.   Sliced Bread
I'm fully aware it's a ST game v the Pirates but it still kills me to see empty seats behind home plate. I see at least 7 of them. what a waste.
2008-03-13 11:18:39
64.   mehmattski
Wow. Who was that, and what has he done with Mike Mussina?

15 up, 15 down.

2008-03-13 11:18:48
65.   weeping for brunnhilde
Man, another big fat fastball just popped up to Derek.

They must be way off balance because man, that was a fat pitch.

2008-03-13 11:21:03
66.   Just fair
Gomes must think going gansta' must mean trying to make one of the worst "from behind" tackles I have ever seen.
Yeesh. Ugliness all around.
2008-03-13 11:22:17
67.   weeping for brunnhilde
There we go, Hideki!

Laces it into the left field corner.

That's the spirit, Hideki!

No weakass grounders to the right side, please!

2008-03-13 11:26:41
68.   Sliced Bread
man, Shelley looked pissed at himself on the bench there, like he wanted to slide spikes-high into himself, and punch himself in the face.

He probably needed a day off. Where's Ensberg?

2008-03-13 11:27:56
69.   Bama Yankee
53 That does seem crazy. But a cursory search reveals that Moose's consistancy is actually pretty impressive. Most of the big-time AL wins leaders & consistant pitchers had a bad year during the middle of their career (Walter Johnson 1920, Lefty Grove 1934, Jim Palmer 1974, Jack Morris 1989). Clemens got caught by the '94 strike. Jim Kaat was the closet one I could find was Jim Kaat who had 14 seasons in a row.

Interesting stuff...

2008-03-13 11:29:08
70.   mehmattski
Rivera is not picking up where Mussina left off.
2008-03-13 11:29:22
71.   weeping for brunnhilde
Oh, fuck.

Mo's pitching and he has to be upstaged by a Crystal interview.

Timing, guys!

You couldn't wait until the scrubs are in?

Back-to-back groundball singles, btw.

One through the left side, the other through the right side.

First one hit farily well, the second just trickled through.

Shut up, Billy!!!!

2008-03-13 11:29:33
72.   Sliced Bread
Might this be the only time this season we see Mussina pass the ball to Rivera?
2008-03-13 11:31:30
73.   Sliced Bread
71 really. you had your moment, Billy. It's Mo time, fluffer.
2008-03-13 11:32:41
74.   mehmattski
Sac bunt followed by a chopper down the first baseline, and the runner gets caught between third and home.

Rivera's got one more inning, right? Cause that was wholly unsatisfying. This is probably the last I'll see the Yanks until opening day!

2008-03-13 11:33:09
75.   weeping for brunnhilde
Mo gets a nice tapper back to Duncan with the infield in (previous batter laid down a sac), who checked the runner, stepped on first, then turned around to find the runner in no-man's land.

Duncan to Molina to Alex, who ran down the runner and applied the tag.

Side retired.

2008-03-13 11:34:50
76.   Sliced Bread
good throw by Shelley. Giambi throws that one to the empty seats behind the plate.
2008-03-13 11:35:17
77.   weeping for brunnhilde
74 You think? I'd doubt it--does he normally work two in the spring?
2008-03-13 11:36:42
78.   mehmattski
77 I know he normally has one game each spring where he goes a few innings to "stretch it out."
2008-03-13 11:36:43
79.   weeping for brunnhilde
76 No kidding. A nice strong, true throw. And good presence of mind and then footwork to record the out and spin around and throw.

Melky (from the right side) dunks a liner into left for a leadoff single.

2008-03-13 11:37:20
80.   weeping for brunnhilde
78 Let's hope this is one of those games.
2008-03-13 11:37:35
81.   Sliced Bread
a couple decent lines by Crystal there (something like):

"I was up in Steinbrenner's office and thought he was going to trade me for Seinfeld."

Melky strokes a basehit and Billy quips, "Was that me?"

Interview over. Moving on....

2008-03-13 11:38:03
82.   Shaun P
73 74 75 Thanks for the updates, guys.
2008-03-13 11:38:11
83.   weeping for brunnhilde
81 Moving on...
2008-03-13 11:39:37
84.   weeping for brunnhilde
Terrible ab by Derek.

Weak hacks.

Fooled on hard breaking stuff by the lefty.

2008-03-13 11:40:31
85.   weeping for brunnhilde
82 That's why we get paid the big bucks, Shaun.
2008-03-13 11:43:37
86.   mehmattski
The right fielder is wearing #96. Ah, spring training. :-)
2008-03-13 11:44:40
87.   mehmattski
Karstens is leaving everything up. Double and a single in four pitches.
2008-03-13 11:45:28
88.   JL25and3
I think Jonny Gomes is one of the best stories in MLB. I'll cut him a ton of slack, anytime.
2008-03-13 11:46:55
89.   weeping for brunnhilde
Oh no!

Now Cone's referring to "Generation Tres, so to speak."

Nooo!!

2008-03-13 11:47:12
90.   weeping for brunnhilde
Wow!

Hell of a play at the plate!

He's outta there!

2008-03-13 11:47:20
91.   Bama Yankee
Minky!
Wait... he plays for the other team now... ;-)
2008-03-13 11:48:31
92.   Bama Yankee
91 Obvisously, I'm behind the rest of you guys...

(good play at the plate)

2008-03-13 11:48:36
93.   mehmattski
Hmm... Gardner's throw was on target but fairly weak, despite coming from short center field. I was surprised the throw beat the runner.
2008-03-13 11:48:38
94.   Sliced Bread
Christ, Karstens would make a hitter outta Crystal today.

Meaningless game and all but I sorta really wanna win this one.

hey, a play at the plate without incident! whaddaya know?

2008-03-13 11:48:38
95.   Raf
33 ,59 Urban dictionary has some pretty funny definitions on the word "gangsta"
2008-03-13 11:48:57
96.   wsporter
Gardner is making me very happy this spring.
2008-03-13 11:50:47
97.   Sliced Bread
93 was it a weak throw or did it take a high hop off the turf? either way it was bang-bang and the Yanks caught a break on a poorly timed slide by the runner. we'll take it.

stop the bleeding, Karstens!

2008-03-13 11:51:26
98.   Raf
Somebody way want to get on Gomes' Wiki entry...
"During spring training in 2008, on March 12, Gomes rushed to the defense of Akinori Iwamura when the latter was spiked by Shelley Duncan of the New York Yankees, flinging himself at breakneck speed headfirst into a surprised and highly intimidated Duncan at the beginning of a bench-clearing brawl. He was ejected, as well as Duncan and two Yankees coaches."
2008-03-13 11:54:16
99.   Sliced Bread
by the way, that was Chad Moeller protecting the plate and getting the tag down.

Pay that Ransom! home run!

2008-03-13 11:54:44
100.   mehmattski
Byun-hung Kim continues his inability to get out even the weakest-hitting Yankees.

I think Ransom should keep #67, let Crystal keep #60 after that homer.

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2008-03-13 11:54:52
101.   wsporter
97 I disagree with Mehmattski 93 , it looked like a good throw. Low, on a line through the cut-off spot one hop between the mound and home directly to Moeler. It looked like it had good juice on it. I can't find a problem with the throw.
2008-03-13 11:55:03
102.   Bama Yankee
98 I dont think that Shelley is "highly intimidated" by anyone (especially Gomes)...
2008-03-13 11:56:11
103.   Sliced Bread
Robbie with the two run jack to deep right!
2008-03-13 11:56:22
104.   tommyl
102 Shelly should just high five all the Rays for playing good old fashioned hardball. That'd teach'em.
2008-03-13 11:56:36
105.   mehmattski
97 Well, it did bounce off the turf, on the second base side of the mound. Considering how close Gardner was, you'd think he could fire a strike.

My new cheer for Robinson this year:

"Yes we Can... o!"

2008-03-13 11:56:57
106.   wsporter
Got to love Robby.
2008-03-13 11:57:54
107.   Bama Yankee
104 LOL. Good point.

Cano... CaYes

2008-03-13 11:58:31
108.   JL25and3
98 Btw, the Wikipedia article mention the heart attack and his best friend's death, but not the time spent in a homeless shelter growing up.
2008-03-13 12:01:01
109.   OldYanksFan
Molina against lefties is at least near Posada. Against righties, he is about the worst in the league.... basically useless. Posada is also slightly better against righties then lefties. Shouldn't this be a factor in when Molina plays?

OPS
Against last3 2007
Lefties
.Molina 0.770 0.853
Posada 0.827 0.942

Molina against righties/last 3 years: .562

2008-03-13 12:02:37
110.   mehmattski
Kim is not a good pitcher.
2008-03-13 12:03:20
111.   weeping for brunnhilde
Oh, damn! I missed Robby.

Where and how did he hit it?

Screaming line drive into the corner, or flyball?

2008-03-13 12:03:25
112.   wsporter
Gardner is making me very happy this spring.
2008-03-13 12:04:30
113.   weeping for brunnhilde
Just saw the brief replay.

Down and in and he just turned it around.

Dude has some quick hands.

2008-03-13 12:04:41
114.   Sliced Bread
96 Gardner strikes again! steal third!

re: Gardner's throw. 101 105 I think we all agree it was outstanding by Bernie, Damon standards.

2008-03-13 12:05:05
115.   weeping for brunnhilde
110 You don't say.
2008-03-13 12:05:56
116.   Sliced Bread
111 as I recall, pitch was a little low, on the inner-half of the plate. Robby opened his stance and golfed it high, far, gone.
2008-03-13 12:06:54
117.   Sliced Bread
make 114 for 112 too
2008-03-13 12:12:42
118.   mehmattski
Karstens will definitely go in the "Who Didn't" section of Cliff's writeup. All over the place, too many smacked hits.

Personally, I'd rather have Joba be the "long reliever" rather than Karstens. It keeps Joba in the mindset of starter (his long-term future with the team) by pitching multiple innings. But that will never happen.

I also got to listen to WFAN for the first time in a long while, driving in yesterday. Francesa, Russo, and Steve Somers are all way misguided about Joba's future. There's no way a great setup man is more valuable than a solid starting pitcher. Made me wish that Alex and Cliff had a radio show :-)

2008-03-13 12:16:26
119.   tommyl
I wonder if Joe would consider using Joba as a 2-3 inning reliever once a week or so. Maybe backing up Kennedy/Hughes/Moose, figuring at least one of them will not make 7 in a given turn through the rotation. The problem with that plan I guess is that he may not get as regular work. So long as they are committed to making Joba a starter later on, I don't really care if he sets up or is the long man. I'm just worried about him turning into a Papelbon situation.
2008-03-13 12:19:35
120.   Sliced Bread
uh, Doug Out...Yankee Killer. tie game.

c'mon Yanks!

2008-03-13 12:26:31
121.   Sliced Bread
c'mon blue! stop squeezing our guy!

ah, fack! 2-run hit...

sucks for Traber.

2008-03-13 12:32:03
122.   Sliced Bread
Ransom guns 'em down with a poor man's version of the Jeter throw.

last licks.

Nick Green drives one to the track in straight away center. Nice reach by the CF.

2008-03-13 12:33:46
123.   Sliced Bread
122 bottom of the 8th, dummy.
2008-03-13 12:34:09
124.   Sliced Bread
123 who you calling, dummy?
2008-03-13 12:34:24
125.   Sliced Bread
[crickets]
2008-03-13 12:36:05
126.   Bama Yankee
I'm still around (off and on, mostly off). I actually got a kick out of 123 & 124 . Funny stuff.
2008-03-13 12:36:58
127.   Simone
I'm pleased to hear that Stump is doing well.
2008-03-13 12:45:33
128.   OldYanksFan
So.... how horrible was Billy leading off and then out of the game?
2008-03-13 12:52:14
129.   Sliced Bread
128 you missed it? Billy's battery-operated coffee bean grinder spooked a herd of cattle (Tampa's beef country, yo) started a stampede and the entire first string of the Yankees was injured. I warned them it was a bad idea to bring a guy like that around the campfire.
2008-03-13 12:52:47
130.   Sliced Bread
126 hey, thanks, Bama. I just got back to the game myself.
2008-03-13 12:54:20
131.   Sliced Bread
game.

Crystal's going to wear that uniform for a few weeks now.

2008-03-13 12:57:49
132.   rbj
Finally got the line score from Yahoo sports. It appears that Byung-Hyun Kim is the gift that just keeps giving.
2008-03-13 13:12:29
133.   Bama Yankee
129 LOL.

131 I hope he washes it... ;-)

2008-03-13 16:36:37
134.   Zack
Wow, Spring training for the Banter seems to be right on schedule. Working up to 150 posts for a game-ish thread, which puts it right on track for the normal 300 or so for the regular season. Good work crew! And thanks to folks like Duncan, Maddon, Crystal, and all the rest for giving us good BP fastballs to whack around...
2008-03-13 18:20:46
135.   weeping for brunnhilde
128 ACtually, he looked all right. He worked the count to 3-1, the 1 being an actual foul ball to the right side.

He was finished off, though, swinging through two nasty cutters (I think they were) with sick action in on the hands.

2008-03-13 19:41:17
136.   Mattpat11
135 When you factor in that he's a 60 year old actor, I'd say he looked great. Actually making contact with the ball was really impressive, and he certainly didn't embarrass himself.

I also don't understand why people were so upset about this. It was a little bit of fun during spring training for a great guy. And when you look at some of the degenerates that have played real regular season baseball for the New York Yankees, Billy Crystal is nor the man I'd call the biggest disgrace to the uniform.

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