Baseball Toaster Bronx Banter
April Fools
2008-04-01 11:02
by Cliff Corcoran

My wife and I trekked out to Yankee Stadium yesterday, shelled out about $25 a piece on train and subway fare, then and sunk another $25 or so into some eats at the ballpark as we sat in the cold, misting rain for two and a half hours waiting for a ball game that was never played. Back in New Jersey this afternoon, the rain seems to have finally ceased and the sun is starting to filter through the still-overcast sky, but I'm not going back to the Bronx tonight. My wife is working late and, frankly, I'm too worn out and pissed off from our journey yesterday to bother, even though they should actually play the final Opening Day game in Yankee Stadium history at 7:05 tonight.

If you told me that, with tickets in hand, I'd pass up the opportunity to go to this game, I'd tell you you're crazy, but I'll only jump through so many hoops. As our president once said, "Fool me once, shame on . . . shame on you. Fool me . . . you can't get fooled again." No, I got to sit in the old Stadium yesterday and contemplate the finality of this season for the old yard. I got to see the bunting lining the face of the stands. I got to see the old familiar faces in the right field bleachers and chow down on the best Italian sausage in the Stadium, and I'll be back there on Sunday to see Chien-Ming Wang match up against a star pitcher from a division rival, so I don't need to endure the cold, the wind, and the remaining wet, and I don't need to endure the crowds or the four-hour round trip on public transit necessitated by the parking crunch created by the construction of the new Stadium.

I will, however, happily and eagerly tune in the high-definition broadcast on YES from the warm and convenient comfort of my living room. I've also happily passed on my tickets to a good friend (and reader), so as to not rob anyone of the opportunity to see the game in person.

The Yanks will do tonight what they intended to do yesterday, complete with ceremonies and fanfare, and though my bitterness over the team's mishandling of yesterday's game keeps telling me it will lack some of the excitement we all expected yesterday because of the delay, the fact that it will be played at night under the lights, and the fact that the stands are unlikely to be full due to others who were similarly either unable or unwilling to alter their Tuesday schedules, deep down I doubt it will be diminished much at all.

Most of all, the game still promises a stellar pitching match-up, with ace Roy Halladay taking the mound for the Blue Jays and groundballer extraordinaire Chien-Ming Wang starting for the Yankees. Given the fact that the ground has been softened by two days of rain, if both men are on their game, their outfielders may need to find new ways to occupy themselves in the pastures this evening. I, for one, would love something along the lines of this two-hour and eight-minute gem from three Aprils ago, provided it concludes with the opposite result.

While we're still waiting for the first pitch, here are a few items worth mentioning from the past few days:

Andy Pettitte threw six dominant innings in Sunday's minor league intrasquad game, getting up to 77 pitches and staying on schedule for Saturday's start against the Rays. Ian Kennedy also pitched well in that game for the other squad. LaTroy Hawkins is now wearing number 21 in tribute to Roberto Clemente (he had worn Roger Clemens' and Robinson Cano's old number 22 in camp). Though Bob Sheppard won't be on the mic until at least June, he'll still be introducing Derek Jeter via tape (I continue to wonder if the Yankees have been working on a Bob Sheppard voice replication program behind the scenes). Chad Jennings provides the Yankees' minor league rosters in one easy-to-scan post.

Much to my delight, Robinson Cano moves up to the sixth spot in Joe Girardi's lineup, with Posada and Matsui to follow. Meanwhile, the Blue Jays will be starting Shannon Stewart in left today over Matt Stairs, but have still not put Stairs (hip flexor) on the DL. Their plan yesterday was to give Stairs two-days of rest by sitting him on Opening Day before the scheduled off-day today. I assume they're still sticking to that plan, which would mean they'll play tonight with a three-man bench of John McDonald, Buck Coates, and Rod Barajas. Still, using Stairs as a lefty pinch-hitter late in the game could be awfully tempting.

Another Blue Jays note, they'll debut new road jerseys tonight. When the Diamondbacks decided to look like the Astros, the Jays inherited the distinction of wearing the ugliest uniforms in the majors. The new block text on their road grays is a modest improvement over the script they've worn since 2004 and recalls the font from their previous design, but does nothing to rid the team of that dreadful italicized number font, their monstrously stupid "angry bird" "J" logo, nor the logo/script combo on their home jerseys that leaves out half the team name, all of which are awkwardly oversized to boot. I still can't figure out why they abandoned their championship look, which was a tasteful redesign of the uniforms they'd worn for their first decade, which, incidentally, will be revisited with an alternate throwback this year. Those throwbacks would look pretty slick (even with the historically inaccurate belted pants) if the players actually wore uniforms that fit correctly.

Final note, the Yankees have never played (and now never will) a regular season game in Yankee Stadium in March. I guess we shoulda known.

Comments (286)
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2008-04-01 14:36:25
1.   Bagel Boy
Any one know if the game is on ESPN tonight?
2008-04-01 15:01:12
2.   mehmattski
1 Don't think so, they've got the Women's NCAA tourney on ESPN and the NIT on the deuce.
2008-04-01 15:06:40
3.   JL25and3
0 Cliff, I was feeling the same way you are. I work only a few blocks from the Stadium, but after yesterday's ordeal, tonight's forecast didn't arouse much enthusiasm. I figured I'd rather miss the game than deal with another rain delay, or with sitting in a drizzle.

But the threat of rain goes away after the cold front passes through - and looking west from here, I can see the front clearly, and it's close. That means the temperature is going to plummet, but at least it won't rain...

2008-04-01 15:07:23
4.   Bob Timmermann
The day after Opening Day is usually an off day for most teams to take care of rainouts. So it's not like ESPN could have expected much action today.
2008-04-01 15:35:52
5.   cult of basebaal
game going to start on time, or is still raining?
2008-04-01 15:48:31
6.   ny2ca2dc
listen to PeteAbe's recording of JoeG - they're souring on the idea of needing a long man in the pen. Amazing to have guys that don't get stuck in their thinking. Awesome.
2008-04-01 15:49:38
7.   Just fair
It cracks me up how they are playing The Empire Strikes Back music during these intros.
2008-04-01 15:57:50
8.   bartap74
That's got to be the worst rendition of the Star Spangled Banner I've heard at Yankee Stadium.
2008-04-01 16:00:32
9.   rbj
Grr, I hate that EI doesn't have the pregame.
2008-04-01 16:00:44
10.   vockins
8 I don't think the poor kid thought he'd have to rehearse with a 350ms delay on his voice. I feel bad for him.
2008-04-01 16:05:25
11.   Zack
Finally ponied up this year for EI after noticing the tiny price deferential between and EI. Still don't really have the hang of it or a feel for it, but man oh man, watching the games on tv is so much better than on my cpu
2008-04-01 16:06:49
12.   ny2ca2dc
I am not impressed with the new 1.2k stream on 90" projected screen will do that to a source, but it doesn't look any better than the 800k stream. Bueler?
2008-04-01 16:07:01
13.   vockins
That Avis ad rules.
2008-04-01 16:08:05
14.   Alex Belth
Oh, whatta ya hear, whatta say? Happy first pitch and Happy Opening Day, y'all.
2008-04-01 16:09:11
15.   mehmattski
Thank you, Extra Innings!

Game time! Go Yankees!

2008-04-01 16:10:36
16.   Zack
Nice start: a weak ground ball!
2008-04-01 16:10:53
17.   SF Yanks
My hands are sweating!
2008-04-01 16:11:48
18.   rbj
Dang, I missed first pitch. What was it?
2008-04-01 16:13:16
19.   Zack
18 strike
2008-04-01 16:14:58
20.   rbj
19 Thanks.
2008-04-01 16:15:05
21.   OldYanksFan
Cheap dribbler down the 3rd base line for a single
2008-04-01 16:15:28
22.   OldYanksFan
the Banter is back!
2008-04-01 16:16:35
23.   SF Yanks
2008-04-01 16:16:39
24.   Zack
Nice, cheap DP!

Woah, Rios is ROCKING the Mohawk!

2008-04-01 16:16:52
25.   rbj
That's an atypical Wang double play!
2008-04-01 16:17:08
26.   mehmattski
Is anyone else having trouble loading Gameday?

Only one worm killed so far. Where was Rios going on that ball? Did he think there were two outs?

2008-04-01 16:17:36
27.   Just fair
Just what the Wanger ordered. D-P.
Nice mohawk on Rios. Great baserunning, too.
2008-04-01 16:17:54
28.   Zack
I'm already sick of the EI "commercials." For those who have had it before, do they ever change them, or do I have a year of two commercials to watch over and over again?
2008-04-01 16:18:07
29.   Alex Belth
What was Rios thinking there?
2008-04-01 16:18:53
30.   Yankees Brasil
26 I'm having trouble with, damn slow so far.
2008-04-01 16:18:59
31.   mehmattski
28 I think this is only for the first week, where a lot of services provide EI for free, to convince you to buy for the whole season. I remember plenty of local tv commercials throughout the season. Guisseppe Franco, and everything.
2008-04-01 16:19:23
32.   SF Yanks
Quick work of Damon there.
2008-04-01 16:20:53
33.   Zack
31 Ahh, Guisseppe Franco. I feel better now, I mean, if Guiseppe Franco puts his name on EI, it MUST be good...
2008-04-01 16:20:55
34.   SF Yanks
The ump flinched big time on that almost 3rd strike.
2008-04-01 16:22:22
35.   Zack
Why is it that Halladay dominates the Yanks and sucks vs the Sox? There is almost a 2 run career ERA difference between his stats vs the two teams...
2008-04-01 16:22:43
36.   mehmattski
First hit of the season! Go Bobby!
2008-04-01 16:23:47
37.   Zack
A-Rod baby!
2008-04-01 16:23:58
38.   mehmattski
First extra base hit of the season! First run of the season! Woo! Feel the baseball!
2008-04-01 16:23:59
39.   rbj
2008-04-01 16:23:59
40.   Alex Belth
Hey Now!
2008-04-01 16:24:37
41.   Yankees Brasil
Hey, nice player we have there...
2008-04-01 16:25:22
42.   Zack
What was that about out-earning the whole Marlins team? Is there any doubt that the fault of that is on the Marlins??
2008-04-01 16:25:47
43.   SF Yanks
Halladay now has a 13.5 ERA for those wondering... sorry couldn't help myself.
2008-04-01 16:28:03
44.   rbj
Hm, I guess the Giuseppe Franco endorsed ad is earth-friendly, they're recycling the same one from last year.
2008-04-01 16:29:19
45.   Zack
Damon can't even reach second from ten feet behind 3rd :)
2008-04-01 16:31:49
46.   mehmattski
I'm pretty tired of the "stats on opening day" statistics. What about hitting streaks on the second day of the season? The sixth? The tenth?
2008-04-01 16:31:59
47.   SF Yanks
A bunch of weak ass hits...
2008-04-01 16:32:25
48.   rbj
CMW is getting ground balls, they just have seeing eyes.
2008-04-01 16:32:57
49.   Yankees Brasil
All those cheap hits, poor Wang.
2008-04-01 16:35:52
50.   rbj
Giambi made a play in the field!
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2008-04-01 16:36:27
51.   OldYanksFan
Wow... Rolen out already, for 6 weeks.
2008-04-01 16:36:38
52.   Zack
Wow, is that ever a cheap run?

Is it just me or does Zaun look like he just walked in from living off the streets of NYC?

2008-04-01 16:38:15
53.   OldYanksFan
Crap - MLB.TV is at least 60 seconds behind rbj
2008-04-01 16:40:22
54.   mehmattski
Who is that man with range to his left, and what has he done with Derek Jeter?

Who is that man with fielding ability, and what has he done with Jason Giambi?

2008-04-01 16:42:07
55.   monkeypants
Hmmm...Frank Thomas rumbles home on a dribbler to first, where Giambi opts to flip the ball to second. That's elegant baseball.
2008-04-01 16:42:11
56.   mehmattski
Robby Cano, goin the other way! Where's weeping?!?
2008-04-01 16:43:15
57.   SF Yanks
Wait, why's Cano on first?
2008-04-01 16:43:35
58.   SF Yanks
Ah who cares now.
2008-04-01 16:43:47
59.   OldYanksFan
56 Make that 90 seconds.
2008-04-01 16:44:12
60.   Zack
Wow, after Cano's awesome hit, then two utterly crappy ABs
2008-04-01 16:44:26
61.   SF Yanks
Has CMW even had time to sit down yet?
2008-04-01 16:44:53
62.   mehmattski
56 He singled hard off of Scutaro's glove, and it bounced into short left field. The broadcast booth was still finishing up their tribute to Bobby Murcer.

Then Posada (double play ball) and Matsui (weak grounder) swing at pitches out of the strike zone and the inning is over in about two minutes total.

2008-04-01 16:45:11
63.   RIYank
Wow, Halladay really didn't deserve such an easy inning.
2008-04-01 16:46:54
64.   RIYank
60 Posada hit the ball well, it wasn't a crappy AB.
2008-04-01 16:47:39
65.   mehmattski
That was the grittiest strikeout in the history of baseball.
2008-04-01 16:49:24
66.   SF Yanks
62 Thanks.
2008-04-01 16:50:17
67.   SF Yanks
Who scares you more, Vernon or Rios? I'd have to go with Rios.
2008-04-01 16:52:27
68.   fansince77
methinks the Jetes gotta something to prove this year.
2008-04-01 16:54:24
69.   mehmattski
67 I think Wells will bounce back this year. He's still walking and striking out at the same rate, so maybe he just had an off year.
2008-04-01 16:59:12
70.   mehmattski
Good call by the ump, Jetes was out.
2008-04-01 17:00:58
71.   monkeypants
That sorta stunk. Is that the NL ball that Girardi brings?
Just kidding. I too would have sent Jeter with two outs.
2008-04-01 17:01:44
72.   zanderthegreat
65 I agree. It takes some real character to be able to strike out like that. I'm sure he went back to the dugout and promptly added some intangibleness to the feeling in the dugout.
2008-04-01 17:03:30
73.   mehmattski
Does anyone have $228 burning a hole in their pocket? Because the 2008 NY Yankees site is currently unsponsored. Gotta get some pro-Yankee thing up there before someone else does...
2008-04-01 17:03:39
74.   rbj
2008-04-01 17:03:45
75.   OldYanksFan
I have a feeling that our LFer this year might be GOJD.
2008-04-01 17:04:22
76.   SF Yanks
Thank you Brian Cashman for that catch.
2008-04-01 17:04:57
77.   mehmattski
Ummmmm... Melky = very yes.
2008-04-01 17:05:03
78.   rbj
Melky going the other way!!
2008-04-01 17:05:37
79.   Yankees Brasil
2008-04-01 17:06:21
80.   Chyll Will
Sweet as Carnation Melk...
2008-04-01 17:06:23
81.   SF Yanks
And that one.
2008-04-01 17:07:36
82.   zanderthegreat
No milking way!!!!
2008-04-01 17:07:56
83.   OldYanksFan
Santana NEVER would have made those 2 plays.
2008-04-01 17:08:45
84.   mehmattski
2008-04-01 17:09:20
85.   Chyll Will
That can be Melky's signature move... catch, then slip-n-slide dive!
2008-04-01 17:09:48
86.   zanderthegreat
Well, thats Halladay for ya'
2008-04-01 17:09:50
87.   Yankees Brasil
Way to make him work guys!
2008-04-01 17:13:04
88.   OldYanksFan
It's nice to say the right thing, but timimg matters.
"Alou, now with the Mets, said he wouldn't have caught the now-infamous pop foul in the 2003 National League Championship Series that hit the heel of Bartman's hand in the eighth inning of Game 6, prolonging an inning in which the Marlins later rallied for the lead. Florida went on to win the series."

Mets down 4-0 after 2. Looks like everybody is Pedro's daddy.

2008-04-01 17:13:11
89.   mehmattski
So, if we're going to consider the renovated stadium a separate facility for trivia questions, does that mean this current stadium is The House That Dan Ford Built?

2008-04-01 17:15:23
90.   Mr OK Jazz TOKYO is not working!!! am missing Opening Day after paying $120 for the service...GRRR!!! Thanks to all of you for the commentary, makes the Gamecast on ESPN easier to accept.
2008-04-01 17:15:42
91.   Yankees Brasil
Walks Scutaro(!) and them let him have second when we had him caught stealing. Bad baseball.
2008-04-01 17:18:31
92.   mehmattski
Clearly, that weakly hit ball was just an intangible thing that stats-geeks like me just wouldn't understand. He must be setting up his teammates to get all the glory, because he is such a professional.
2008-04-01 17:21:17
93.   Orly Yarly NoWai
Wee! Just back from the compsci lab to enjoy some baseball (and Banter, of course). How's it been so far? Wang look sharp?
2008-04-01 17:21:48
94.   SF Yanks
C'mon Wanger, hold it at 2 runs.
2008-04-01 17:22:14
95.   mehmattski
93 Wouldn't call it sharp, a few fly balls that Melky had to track down. On the other hand, both of the Jays runs have scored in innings where the baseball hardly left the infield.
2008-04-01 17:23:08
96.   Mr OK Jazz TOKYO
is Wang on a pitch count? at 70 through 5 is not bad..but I fear a Farnsworth sighting on Opening Day will give me high-blood pressure...
2008-04-01 17:23:15
97.   monkeypants
OK, time for the bats to wake up...
2008-04-01 17:23:45
98.   zanderthegreat
92 Are you kidding?! You cant see how the team looked pumped up and inspired after that play?? I mean, c'mon, the guy is like, what, 4'2"? Give him a break.
2008-04-01 17:24:45
99.   rbj
96 Now, was that really necessary? Yanks will take 5 - 2 lead, and we'll have a Joba sighting and a Mo sighting on Opening Day.
2008-04-01 17:25:07
100.   Mattpat11
This is one team I do not enjoy losing to. It makes them think they're good.
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2008-04-01 17:27:50
101.   yankeemonkey
100 What teams do you enjoy losing to?
2008-04-01 17:28:48
102.   Mr OK Jazz TOKYO
101 I feel sorry for the Royals..don't mind giving them some sympathy wins
2008-04-01 17:32:19
103.   Orly Yarly NoWai
101 I like losing to the Trenton Thunder.
2008-04-01 17:32:30
104.   SF Yanks
Eckstein throws like a gir... i mean a ret... like somebody that doesn't know how to throw.
2008-04-01 17:34:43
105.   Chyll Will
101 VT should have gotten a sympathy run at least...
2008-04-01 17:35:34
106.   SF Yanks
Wanger's missing pretty badly with his pitches now.
2008-04-01 17:35:42
107.   SF Yanks
Wanger's missing pretty badly with his pitches now.
2008-04-01 17:36:14
108.   Chyll Will
104 (psst! try a pitchback >;)
2008-04-01 17:36:15
109.   SF Yanks
Woah, how'd that happen?
2008-04-01 17:36:37
110.   Eirias
Blanton for Rivera? Fail.
2008-04-01 17:37:00
111.   Mattpat11
2008-04-01 17:37:05
112.   Humma Kavula
Easy inning. Wang needed that.
2008-04-01 17:37:44
113.   Chyll Will
Is this a joke? A Fox Business Dow Recap??
2008-04-01 17:37:55
114.   SF Yanks
108 Like a pitchback! Wait, what?
2008-04-01 17:38:08
115.   Orly Yarly NoWai
112 What happened? I can't watch...
2008-04-01 17:38:24
116.   Just fair
Pedro just tweaked a hammy for the Mets. Bottom Third.
2008-04-01 17:39:57
117.   SF Yanks
What do ya say guys? Time for the bats to come alive or what?
2008-04-01 17:40:31
118.   Humma Kavula
115 Nine pitches. Grounder to third, grounder to short, grounder to second.
2008-04-01 17:41:11
119.   Chyll Will
116 Yeah, way to contribute to the cause there...

114 What?

115 Three groundball outs, fairly quickly...

2008-04-01 17:41:27
120.   Alex Belth
Nice, tough at bat so far for Melk...
2008-04-01 17:41:30
121.   rbj
117 We may need to get the Bat Signal up and running.
2008-04-01 17:41:41
122.   Mattpat11
112 Some strange ugly man and some mildly hot woman appeared on my TV to yell at the Yankee fans
2008-04-01 17:42:10
123.   mehmattski
121 The Melkman delivers!
2008-04-01 17:42:13
124.   Mattpat11
2008-04-01 17:42:15
125.   bartap74
2008-04-01 17:42:15
126.   Alex Belth
Nice! Man, that is a kind of pop fly horsehit dinger that must drive a pitcher crazy
2008-04-01 17:42:18
127.   rbj
Melky does it with wood and leather!
2008-04-01 17:42:28
128.   Yu-Hsing Chen
yikes. Doc already at 64 pitches? good thing Melky's making him work here.
2008-04-01 17:42:41
129.   SF Yanks
Damn that makes me happy! Go gettem Melk!
2008-04-01 17:42:46
130.   weeping for brunnhilde
Hey, Team!

Happy Opening Day, take 2!


Did I miss anything of note?

2008-04-01 17:42:49
131.   Yu-Hsing Chen
Melky Mantle
2008-04-01 17:42:49
132.   Mr OK Jazz TOKYO
2008-04-01 17:42:54
133.   mehmattski
113 That woman can recap my Dow anytime. I mean, what?
2008-04-01 17:43:05
134.   Alex Belth
curtain calls are one of the single most annoying things in creation...sit down, the game is just tied. Jeez.
2008-04-01 17:43:34
135.   monkeypants
About the softest hit homer you'll ever see.
2008-04-01 17:43:49
136.   Orly Yarly NoWai
119 That's the Wang I like. Thanks.
2008-04-01 17:44:01
137.   weeping for brunnhilde
134 Grouch.
2008-04-01 17:44:02
138.   Chyll Will
LALALALALALALALALA MELKY!! Damn, he's playing some other game today, huh?
2008-04-01 17:44:03
139.   Just fair
Sweet ab's by the Melkman tonight. Hardly offering at many of Doc's nast pitches, and getting good swings on the strikes. And 315 and a half foot homeruns.
2008-04-01 17:44:08
140.   mehmattski
130 You missed a hard single to left by Robby Cano. I was looking for you around then.
2008-04-01 17:46:26
141.   Chyll Will
134 Alright Mystery Comment Zone, what have you done with our B?
2008-04-01 17:47:19
142.   monkeypants
134 Agree totally.
2008-04-01 17:47:33
143.   weeping for brunnhilde
(Meanwhile, 'cross town, Pedro's injured, evidently.)
2008-04-01 17:47:38
144.   Orly Yarly NoWai
In pointless fantasy baseball news, I just traded Jeff Francour for Hawpe and Phil Hughes. God I love Phil.
2008-04-01 17:48:01
145.   Just fair
I hope all of the off season trade bait has as good an opener as Melky.
2008-04-01 17:48:32
146.   Mr OK Jazz TOKYO
134 Fukudome's dinger for the Cubs yesterday though..worthy of a curtain call. Besides, give Melky his moment, he's a young'un
2008-04-01 17:48:58
147.   weeping for brunnhilde
140 Yay!!

142 Me too, in principle, but man--Melky, Opening Day!

2008-04-01 17:49:31
148.   monkeypants
pitch count for wanger?
2008-04-01 17:50:17
149.   weeping for brunnhilde
Fuck, Melky almost made that catch!

Damn, he really almost had it!

2008-04-01 17:50:42
150.   Chyll Will
139 Still counts...

I don't get it. Jet Li said he was through with kung fu period pieces, but here he comes with Jackie Chan in "Forbidden Kingdom"... and though the plot reads kind of like a hack job, I still wanna see it...

Aw, Melk. Well, at least he didn't get hurt on that play...

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2008-04-01 17:51:11
151.   bartap74
144 Heck of a deal. I would have traded Francour (sp?) for Hawpe straight up.
2008-04-01 17:51:23
152.   Yankees Brasil
Giambi, quick like a cat!
2008-04-01 17:51:35
153.   Chyll Will
What the hell, Giambi Can't Jump? >;)
2008-04-01 17:51:43
154.   monkeypants
Giambi flashing the leather??!!
2008-04-01 17:51:57
155.   Knuckles
I'm glad we decided to go with the defensive 1B at the expense of a little offense this year!
2008-04-01 17:52:08
156.   yankeemonkey
Wonder what CMW's pitch limit is today...
2008-04-01 17:52:10
157.   rbj
150 Jackie Chan + Jet Li = must see, I don't give a rat's patooie about plot or anything.
2008-04-01 17:52:51
158.   Just fair
Giambi looks like he's trying to wear his hat ala Jaba. If he keeps making plays like that, straight brims all around.
2008-04-01 17:52:58
159.   Eirias
Is Giambi the next Mattingly?
2008-04-01 17:53:43
160.   mehmattski
The first Mound Visit of the season for Girardi!
2008-04-01 17:54:23
161.   Eirias
Jet Li's "Once Upon A Time..." series and "Fist of Legend" are masterpieces of the Kung Fu genre.
2008-04-01 17:54:24
162.   mehmattski
That, my friends, is a Quality Start™.
2008-04-01 17:54:53
163.   Yankees Brasil
Good job Wang!
2008-04-01 17:55:16
164.   rbj
162 How do you do superscript?
2008-04-01 17:55:22
165.   monkeypants
That's probably it for Wang. Now, Joba and Mo?
2008-04-01 17:56:22
166.   monkeypants
164 That's probably a special character. Like ™ or ¢ or ∂.
2008-04-01 17:57:22
167.   Eirias
164 He cannot tell you; it is a Trade Secret©.
2008-04-01 17:59:22
168.   mehmattski
162 I'm on a Mac, it's Option-2. In fact, I wonder if I can enter a whole bunch of other crazy characters:


2008-04-01 17:59:56
169.   Knuckles
Now if Jason could start beating the shift...
2008-04-01 18:00:00
170.   Chyll Will
157 The lady playing the White Haired Assassin has already scored an endorsement deal with Mercedes Benz. Hey, I'd have preferred Zhang Yimou to helm a pairing like this; he was brilliant putting Chow Yun-Fat and Michelle Yeoh together, as well as pitting Jet Li against Andy Lau...
2008-04-01 18:00:14
171.   weeping for brunnhilde
Halladay reminds me of RJ, actually.

The body language, the scowl, the grimace...

2008-04-01 18:00:44
172.   Jeb
Hey everyone and happy opening day. Just thought I'd chime in and say that I don't think that the Yanks had a single 7 inning start all of April 2007. Its certainly possible but I don't remember any.

If Arod scores here, its bring on Joba and Mo and drive home safely (or take the 4 train home safely).

2008-04-01 18:00:55
173.   Yu-Hsing Chen
if we get the lead here. bring in Joba. if not . let Wang back out
2008-04-01 18:00:58
174.   mehmattski
2008-04-01 18:00:59
175.   mehmattski
2008-04-01 18:01:33
176.   rbj
168 Ah. Guess there isn't a similar thing for Windows.
2008-04-01 18:02:07
177.   Mattpat11
I think Wang's line might be a little better than his performance, but I'll take it.
2008-04-01 18:02:16
178.   weeping for brunnhilde

Now we're cooking with gas.

2008-04-01 18:02:50
179.   mehmattski
No bunt. Excellent.
2008-04-01 18:03:19
180.   Jeb
173 good plan. What's everyone think of bunting here?
2008-04-01 18:03:20
181.   monkeypants
Oh great...Canadian TV lost video feed and went to commercial just as Giambi walked.
2008-04-01 18:04:24
182.   mehmattski
Nice baserunning by Giambi. Stopped so that Eckstein couldn't tag him (how gritty!) and then eluded the return throw.
2008-04-01 18:04:32
183.   Jeb
Well we got the result of a bunt.
2008-04-01 18:04:34
184.   Orly Yarly NoWai
Isn't Omega supposed to go last?
2008-04-01 18:05:00
185.   Eirias
Well, I'll ask exactly one fantasy baseball question. So if I had to pick up one Free Agent pitcher between Gorzelanny, Marcum, Maddux, Greinke, Meche, and Garland, who do I choose?
2008-04-01 18:05:08
186.   rbj
Who knew Jason could move like that?
2008-04-01 18:05:28
187.   weeping for brunnhilde
180 I love bunting, but I'd not have bunted Robby there.

He's too good.

2008-04-01 18:05:38
188.   Eirias
184 Yes, why?
2008-04-01 18:05:52
189.   Jeb
Girardi wins first game as Yanks manager on matsui squeeze?
2008-04-01 18:06:21
190.   rbj
Ugh. No, yes!
2008-04-01 18:06:29
191.   monkeypants
Ooooh, lucky on that shoulda-coulda-woulda DP ball off of Matsui's bat.
2008-04-01 18:06:31
192.   mehmattski
185 In order: Maddux, Meche, Marcum, Greinke, Garland, Gorzelanny. Any other M or G pitchers you want me to put in order?
2008-04-01 18:07:53
193.   weeping for brunnhilde
Halladay's totally like Johnson.

Ugly mug.

2008-04-01 18:07:58
194.   Orly Yarly NoWai
188 Because it's not in 168?
2008-04-01 18:08:22
195.   Eirias
192 Guthrie? Garza? Micah (Owings)?
2008-04-01 18:08:44
196.   Jeb
185 Gorzelanny

Fuck halladay bitching about melky.

2008-04-01 18:09:26
197.   Alex Belth
Guess Halladay gave Melky his own version of the sit down curtain call there. Made him look foolish.

Yanks catch a break. Now, Joba and Mo need to do their thing thing.

2008-04-01 18:10:23
198.   Zack
Alright, heading up to 200 posts on opening (night), all is well in the world :)

I am doing a roto style fantasy league for the first time after years of head to head, which I hated for baseball. I'm not sure I've mastered it yet, or even really figured it out, but I was able to at least get IPK (as well as Hideki, Mo, and Wang)

2008-04-01 18:10:33
199.   mehmattski
Jah-Ba! Jah-Ba! Jah-Ba!
2008-04-01 18:10:55
200.   Alex Belth
I don't blame Halladay for yelling at Melky at all. Those premature curtain calls are 1000% bush league, I don't care how de riguer they've become. Especially early in the game. Especially when the game is only tied. And especially when the ball is hit 316 feet.
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2008-04-01 18:11:01
201.   Chyll Will
161 I could live without Fist of Legend; too derivative. Of his work technically outside of Kung Fu, I like 'Hero' and 'My Father is Hero'.
2008-04-01 18:11:31
202.   Just fair
Michael Kay said that Doc yelled at Melky when he came out for his curtain call. Too damn bad he didn't get him a second time.
123 here Joba.
2008-04-01 18:11:50
203.   Zack
Its great and all to see the fans get so pumped to se Joba trot in the BP, but man oh man would it be so much cooler to see him give way to say, Ohlendorf in the 8th after 7 innings of shut out, 10k ball
2008-04-01 18:12:27
204.   Orly Yarly NoWai
201 Hero is an amazing film.
2008-04-01 18:13:19
205.   Zack
So what do you think, will Joba be working on his other two pitches in the BP, or will it strictly be FB, Slider? That curve is a narsty pitch in and of itself
2008-04-01 18:13:21
206.   monkeypants
How was pitch #2 not a called strike?
2008-04-01 18:14:03
207.   Zack
And he answered my question with what looked like a change?
2008-04-01 18:15:09
208.   Eirias
201 ,204 I'll respectfully disagree about Fist of Legend, but Hero is indeed an outstanding film.
2008-04-01 18:15:14
209.   Yu-Hsing Chen
yeah, they really should tone down those curtain calls.
2008-04-01 18:16:13
210.   Mattpat11
2008-04-01 18:16:35
211.   Chyll Will
204 I must admit, I cry every time I watch it. (For those who don't know what I mean, try to picture Giambi squeezing with the bases loaded...)
2008-04-01 18:17:06
212.   Zack
209 Yeah, its gotten to the point where any HR that takes a lead or ties the score after the 5th gets a CC, which really defeats the whole point
2008-04-01 18:17:39
213.   Orly Yarly NoWai
211 How many outs?
2008-04-01 18:18:04
214.   Mattpat11
202 I don't have a problem with the curtain call, but dont run out in the middle of his rotation.
2008-04-01 18:18:19
215.   Mattpat11
214 *windup
2008-04-01 18:19:23
216.   Jeb
No defensive replacement for Giambi? I realize stinky minky and Andy are gone, but why not go to Wilson?
2008-04-01 18:19:27
217.   Mattpat11
That's Joba's pickoff move?
2008-04-01 18:19:55
218.   Chyll Will
213 Does it really matter?
2008-04-01 18:20:13
219.   Orly Yarly NoWai
214 That's a little tacky.
2008-04-01 18:20:48
220.   mehmattski
216 I think Giambi is just fine at 1B, and if the Yankees should blow the lead, his bat is essential.
2008-04-01 18:21:06
221.   Orly Yarly NoWai
218 Might as well make this hypothetical scenario as detailed as possible.
2008-04-01 18:21:42
222.   Chyll Will
216 You, sir, must have missed him skying for that line drive a couple of innings ago >;)
2008-04-01 18:22:45
223.   Mattpat11
219 I doubt it was intentional, but he should have been paying more attention.
2008-04-01 18:22:55
224.   Zack
Wow, nice sequence to Thomas!
2008-04-01 18:22:59
225.   rbj
I think the CC was for the 2 Web Gems + HR. Still, I don't care for it all the time, just like endzone dances or sack dances. Act like you've done it before & will do it again.

Joba Rules!

2008-04-01 18:23:07
226.   Mattpat11

But Joba, don't taunt the Big Hurt.

2008-04-01 18:23:48
227.   Just fair
Joba was throwing 97 mph spitballs at his first grade teacher when Big Frank was breakin' in. Or something like that.
2008-04-01 18:24:15
228.   Zack
Joba needs to learn to get that energy up when he starts too. I think he had it before he moved to the BP, be he himself said this ST that it was harder when he started...
2008-04-01 18:24:17
229.   monkeypants
At the same time, I could do with a little less of the fist pumping à la Papelbon.
2008-04-01 18:25:34
230.   monkeypants
OK, let's suppose that the 'O" scores a run or two. Would you pitch Joba for two, or bring in Mo regardless. In other words, how exactly will they use Joba in the BP before transitioning him to the rotation?
2008-04-01 18:25:47
231.   Chyll Will
221 2 outs... hypothetically.
2008-04-01 18:26:51
232.   Chyll Will
That had triple on it as soon as Wells went into a dive...
2008-04-01 18:27:02
233.   Zack
230 If I had my druthers, I'd go joba for two, but they won't. And if they are really going to use him as the "8th inning guy" which is stupid in its own right, then the 20 straight games demand you only use him for one I think...
2008-04-01 18:27:32
234.   Orly Yarly NoWai
231 Bottom nine?
2008-04-01 18:27:41
235.   Just fair
Baseball's not golf. Theatrics, though, are far less annoying when the guys doing it are wearing your stripes.
2008-04-01 18:28:27
236.   Jeb
222   You, sir, must have never heard that old saying about blind squirrels and acorns >;)
2008-04-01 18:28:30
237.   Zack
Oh God, its one of "those" innings...
2008-04-01 18:28:36
238.   Mattpat11
Well, this is becoming a letdown.
2008-04-01 18:28:52
239.   Mr OK Jazz TOKYO
230 why not pitch him two? let him become a new Goose that can go 2 or 2&1/3 innings..will help keep Mo fresh.
2008-04-01 18:29:01
240.   Chyll Will
231 Okay, how about leading off with a triple and not scoring?
2008-04-01 18:29:50
241.   Just fair
What's most annoying is a lead off triple and leaving him at third. Shouldn't Girardi have coached up Jeter and Abreu more? : )
C'mon Giambi.
2008-04-01 18:31:03
242.   OldYanksFan
Giambi bunt down 3rd?
2008-04-01 18:31:32
243.   rbj
2008-04-01 18:31:34
244.   Jeb
Well I'd pinch hit for Giambi with Ensberg here and then sub in Wilson. But what do I know, Jason kills lefties, right?
2008-04-01 18:31:37
245.   Chyll Will
236 I was think of when Mattpat said it last year >;)

234 Extra innings.

2008-04-01 18:32:01
246.   yankeemonkey
2008-04-01 18:32:20
247.   Mattpat11
Well, that failed
2008-04-01 18:32:28
248.   OldYanksFan
That is VERY depressing.
2008-04-01 18:32:51
249.   rbj
Come on, what with climate change and pollution concerns and energy costs increasing, the Yankees should not be wasting lead off triples.
2008-04-01 18:32:57
250.   Orly Yarly NoWai
245 He's going to try to bunt but pull back in time to take a HBP. What does that count as?
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2008-04-01 18:33:30
251.   Mattpat11
245 The Farnsworth Theorem?
2008-04-01 18:33:37
252.   Zack
Joba's got himself an addidas commercial already?
2008-04-01 18:33:42
253.   Jeb
246 that's cool. I'm just more of a tinkering bench jockey.
2008-04-01 18:33:50
254.   OldYanksFan
This is when I start wondering what I have in the medicine cabinet...
2008-04-01 18:34:49
255.   Mattpat11
I pray the Joe Giardi show is a talk show with a big desk, whacky music, and Joe Girardi's zany yelling/reading cue cards style.
2008-04-01 18:35:20
256.   OldYanksFan
I don't see a lot of empty seats. Youz?
2008-04-01 18:36:29
257.   Chyll Will
241 "Hey Derek, you better go the other way on this or you walk to Manhattan" doesn't quite have the same motivation as "You drive him in or Alex drives you home... after the game." Maybe he should have tried the latter?
2008-04-01 18:37:38
258.   Just fair
The title of this thread is quite apropos. We wait six months to live and die with every pitch. Nice K, Mo. 2 More now.
2008-04-01 18:37:48
259.   Mr OK Jazz TOKYO
255 With the set from Rupert Pupkin's basement, with the cutouts of Liza and Dolly Parton?
2008-04-01 18:39:04
260.   Chyll Will
250 Bush...
2008-04-01 18:39:14
261.   Mattpat11
259 YES.
2008-04-01 18:39:28
262.   rbj
Two down, one to go.
2008-04-01 18:39:44
263.   monkeypants
I'm out of practice. I thought he got better wood on that ball, but it was just a can of corn to CF.
2008-04-01 18:40:13
264.   Just fair
Keep the w's coming, new Joe.
2008-04-01 18:40:33
265.   rbj
Woo Hoo! Yankees Win!!!!!
2008-04-01 18:40:34
266.   Mattpat11

Baseball is back, ladies and gents

2008-04-01 18:40:40
267.   Jeb
Ballgame over!! Yankees win!!! Theeeeeee Yankees win!!!!

[cue the music] "start spreadin' the news..."

2008-04-01 18:41:03
268.   yankeemonkey
Man, that felt gooooooood!
2008-04-01 18:41:19
269.   Chyll Will
250 More to the point, very much like the ending of "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" if you were down by two runs...
2008-04-01 18:42:38
270.   Zack
Ahhhh, all is well again
2008-04-01 18:42:44
271.   Chyll Will
Well, we win! Good, we could use about a hundred more of those >;)
2008-04-01 18:43:03
272.   Jeb
Not only did a starter go 7 innings in April, but Mo didn't have to wait weeks for a save AND the Yanks won a 3-2 game (maybe it was 2006 but it took the Yanks months to win a game when scoring 3 runs or less).
2008-04-01 18:43:18
273.   Yankees Brasil
Nice win guys! See yall tomoroow! Let's do this again!
2008-04-01 18:45:11
274.   Chyll Will
273 Bring root beer...
2008-04-01 18:46:15
275.   OldYanksFan
Ah.... that old familiar feeling of elated nausea. It doesn't get any better then this.
2008-04-01 18:47:37
276.   fansince77
I'm just so happy when we beat Halladay- he is such a stingy bastard...very good win. The kind of win that gets you saying...we didn't even shine and we beat quality! Good times.
2008-04-01 18:48:33
277.   Alex Belth
Nice W. Hopefully, the first of many.
2008-04-01 18:49:50
278.   RIYank
Damn, that was fun.

I know we're looking forward to some Joba starts later in the season, but it's just hard to beat that comfortable feeling of him and Mo waiting to finish a game.

Also, Robbie smokin' in April? How great would that be?

2008-04-01 18:52:25
279.   Bama Yankee
Dear Baseball,

It's good to have you back. It's almost like you never left.


Bama Yankee

P.S. It would be nice to see the Yanks win the Serious in the last year of the Stadium.

2008-04-01 18:55:47
280.   Just fair
Hey, Yes set. The Rockies called and they want all of their purple back.
2008-04-01 18:57:19
281.   ms october
279 i'll sign that letter

happy for the win, but annoyed i missed it as i just got back from a conference and my flight got delayed - so missed the whole game but it sounds like some good things happened in game #1 - so 161 to go then the ps

2008-04-01 18:59:21
282.   yankeemonkey
Wow, did they time the game perfectly. It's started raining pretty hard here on the UWS just now.
2008-04-01 18:59:49
283.   mehmattski
279 Word. And good luck to Memphis in the tourney- if they win, you win the Griddle pool. It would be nice to have a Yankees fan on the sidebar...
2008-04-01 19:06:41
284.   Bama Yankee
283 Thanks. I came real close in that pool last year too (I'm not sure what I would have done with those Dodger tickets though). Maybe this is my year. Picking all four #1's to make it to Final Four finally paid off... ;-)

I hated to see your boys get knocked out early (if Bama is not in the tourney, I usually pull for Duke).

2008-04-01 20:34:38
285.   tommyl
Just got back in from the game (thanks painfully slow 4 train). Amazing game, couldn't ask for a better opening day experience. Some impressions:

-Great plays by Melky. That CC was for both the plays and the HR

-Giambi looked, um, nimble. Not only that catch he made, but he made a great play on the bases to avoid that DP. Gave the Yankees a run.

-Loved seeing Girardi come out to the mound, give a quick pep talk and then head back in, and he jogs fast out to the mound.

-Stadium went nuts, I mean absolutely nuts when Joba came in. On the second batter (Rios I think) they were screaming "Joba, Joba." Also, they have a new graphic on the side scoreboards, when Joba Ks someone, they show a picture of Jabba the Hut, with "Strike 1" "Strike 2" then "Strike 3" scrolling up Stars Wars style. Not creative, but cool.

-My only qualms was having Bruney up in the pen, but maybe that was an in case Wang couldn't get out of the inning reliever. Joba was up in between innings, even when it was tied. The other was that I'd have PH for Giambi in the 8th with Duncan against the lefty, but that's minor.

I get home, just in time to see Juan Pierre foul out for the Dodgers. Its a good day :).

2008-04-01 22:48:35
286.   underdog
Speaking of April fools, y'all can have Larry Bowa back if you want him. Comes wholesale and with his own helmet. Slightly used. Tends to get angry but can be sedated with elephant tranquilizers. Inquire within asap.

Other than that, things are good.

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