Baseball Toaster Bronx Banter
Crusing for a Bruisin'
2008-04-09 12:28
by Alex Belth

Everything is cool. The Yankees aren't scoring any runs and I haven't had a tantrum...yet. I watched the end of yesterday's game and saw Alex Rodriguez strike out for the fourth time. He was caught looking in his first three at bats against B. Banny, and fell behind the count quickly his fourth time up. Then he fouled off a few pitches and laid off another couple of sliders just off the plate. I had a great feeling that he was going to hit the ball hard. That something good was about to happen. I generally don't feel that way about him, which says more about me as a nervous fan of my hometown team, than it does about Rodriguez. But he eventually chased a ball out of the zone and went down swinging.

Someone is going to pay and soon. With our heroes Jeter and Posada* hurting, it's up to the rest of the boys to get the lead out. That's easier said than done, particularly with Mr. Grienke on the hill for the Royals tonight. Here's hoping Ian Kennedy comes through with a nice effort.

Let's Go Yan-Kees.

According to Will Carroll at BP:

The Yankees got more bad news than just the Captain's injury this week, as Posada had more problems with his shoulder. He couldn't complete a game behind the plate, and now his swing is even more affected by the pain, eliminating DHing as an alternative option. Worse, Peter Abraham is reporting that Posada says his arm feels "dead," noting that the problem is at the back of the shoulder. The Yankees will send Posada for imaging and tests, and have made the call for a replacement, fueling speculation that he's headed to the DL. It's too early to put a real expectation on how long he'll be out, though it's not too early for some pundits to already start pinging Brian Cashman for re-signing an older catcher. I'd remind them that this is a new injury and that Posada wasn't showing this issue in spring training. Posada actually points to an awkward throw that he made on April 1 as the root cause of this injury.

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2008-04-09 14:04:38
1.   Rob Middletown CT
I had my first tantrum yesterday. Phil struggling was tough b/c I'm rooting so hard for him to be great. The offense not getting the bit hit against Bannister was brutal (Cano going down on a 3-2 pitch with the bases juiced... killer). Getting home and seeing Molina back behind the plate b/c Posada had been pulled... defensive lapses...

That put me in a foul mood. I said some silly things. Loudly.

2008-04-09 14:05:07
2.   tommyl
So what's the roster move? Jeter DLed? Duncan down? Or, risky: DL Posada, Gonzo starts. If Jeter can't go by Friday, then also DL Jeter and call up Moeller.
2008-04-09 14:17:46
3.   3rd gen yankee fan
Banter representin' at the game tonight. Kennedy better be good! Otherwise he'll hear it from me! See yas later.
2008-04-09 14:22:47
4.   Max
I came late to the pet peeves thread, but I just had to chime in that I can't deal with food on subways either, most especially hot food. On nice trains like the Acela, yeah. But eating on the subway is like eating in the bathroom -- I don't want to be around it.

And here's hoping for a much better outing for IPK tonight.

2008-04-09 14:26:06
5.   tommyl peeve. The guy who sits in front of me at a baseball game who just has to stand up, like, totally, for every play, ya know?
2008-04-09 14:51:20
6.   Schteeve
I also have a pet peeve involving people who boo rookie pitchers during their second start of the season, no matter what the results. :)
2008-04-09 14:51:42
7.   yankeemonkey
My baseball-related pet peeve: The Wave. 'nuf said.
2008-04-09 15:06:42
8.   yankeemonkey
Lineup per Abraham:

Damon DH
Cano 2B
Abreu RF
Rodriguez 3B
Matsui LF
Giambi 1B
Molina C
Cabrera CF
Gonzalez SS
Kennedy RHP

No DL for Posada or Jeter. Still no word on who got sent down for AG.

2008-04-09 15:10:43
9.   tommyl
8 Apparently, Ensberg might have a "mysterious" knee injury. Uh huh, that sitting on the bench sure does cause cramps, huh?
2008-04-09 15:15:46
10.   yankeemonkey
9 Yeah, no kidding. Someone should remind him to eat a banana before the game!
2008-04-09 15:15:49
11.   ny2ca2dc
9 Seriously. I'd really rather them option Shelly so he can at least get some at bats, and no tomfoolery needed. whatever.
2008-04-09 15:21:47
12.   Schteeve
I think Alberto Gonzalez is a younger Miguel Cairo. I don't get the love for him.
2008-04-09 15:24:29
13.   ny2ca2dc
12 What love? I mean, he's got a funny name and all, less so now that he's the Former Attorney General, but does anyone love the guy? Even really like him? meh.

And I kind of think Miggy Cairo is AG's upside. Cairo at least had that one good year.

2008-04-09 15:27:44
14.   yankeemonkey
Aww come on, guys! Let the kid show what he's got first before discarding him. AFAIK, Cano wasn't exactly tearing it up when he got called up, was he? Now, I'm not saying Gonzalez will be any good, but he deserves a chance to show what he's got.
2008-04-09 15:32:12
15.   Cliff Corcoran
14 I was a big Cano doubter back in 2005, but he actually was tearing it up when he was called up (.333/.368/.574 at Triple-A prior to his promotion). Also, Cano came up age age 22. Gonzalez is 24 and hasn't hit at Triple-A yet. What's more, from what little I've seen of him, I strongly doubt the positive reports about his fielding. I'd prefer they stick with Betemit at shortstop.
2008-04-09 15:33:09
16.   tommyl
14 The year Cano was called up he put up this line in AAA: 333/.368/.574 in 114 PAs before coming up to the Yankees.

Gonzo hit: .247/.300/.362 in AAA last year.

They are also the same age (25). I don't think there's much of a comparison. Gonzo clearly projects as a future UIF or all glove, no stick SS. He is not Derek Jeter Jr.

2008-04-09 15:33:36
17.   tommyl
15 Damnit, you beat me to it!
2008-04-09 15:38:40
18.   yankeemonkey
OK, fine, you win. AG sucks. But could he be worse than Betemit has looked the past few games? It's just a few games until Jeter comes back, he's not going to get Pipped.
2008-04-09 15:41:17
19.   tommyl
18 On defense, no, but he won't be all that much better. On offense, no, he won't look worse, but he also won't look any better. Betemit on the other hand might hit a ball to the outfield given the chance.

I agree with Cliff, the whole point of Betemit is that he's a plus bat as a UIF. If you're not going to use him as such, what's the point?

2008-04-09 15:42:15
20.   Cliff Corcoran
18 Other than the bad plays on attempting basestealers (which are admittedly significant), how as Betemit looked bad? You mean at the plate? He did have an RBI single yesterday. I think there's more promise of Betemit contributing on offense, and I'm not troubled by his defense unless that trouble applying tags repeats itself in another game.
2008-04-09 15:43:54
21.   tommyl
20 Ha, I win this time ;).
2008-04-09 15:47:33
22.   Cliff Corcoran
Also, I know clutch stats are meaningless, but both of Betemit's hits this year have come with me on and he hit .339/.440/.596 with men on base last year.
2008-04-09 15:51:22
23.   yankeemonkey
20 I meant at the plate, yes.
2008-04-09 15:59:16
24.   yankeemonkey
Per Pete:

UPDATE, 6:51 p.m.: Stunning news from Joe Girardi. It seems that Ensberg injured his left ankle on Monday. This was probably news to Ensberg until he was told about it today. The Yankees will announce their move after BP but that's what it'll be, Ensberg placed on the 15-day disabled list.

So Jose Molina will catch with Jorge Posada his "hopefully we don't have to use him" backup.

2008-04-09 15:59:18
25.   Mattpat11
I am in a much better mood tonight.
2008-04-09 16:07:23
26.   cult of basebaal
don't know if folks have seen this ... the link went up a couple of hours ago on BBTF ...

2008-04-09 16:08:40
27.   yankeemonkey

Is anyone else getting a still shot of Shea on SNY, instead of the actual game? I've got sound, but no picture.

2008-04-09 16:28:38
28.   Mattpat11
Who and/or what is Chris Shearn?
2008-04-09 16:36:53
29.   Jeterismyhomeboy
I'm a little sad that I missed the pet peeve post. I am only 19 (very young for the Banter crowd, I know), and I have a ton of pet peeves. I'm destined to be the female equivalent of "get off my lawn!" at the age of 30.

I hope Ian has a better outing than the last one. I haven't watched the archived game yet, but I'm sure it was all about location. Hopefully the HP ump this time around knows what a strike-zone is. Yesterday was atrocious for everyone. I felt bad for Alex because he K'd on balls twice. I mean, he's Alex Rodriguez! Doesn't baseball code say that his veteran presence + excellent knowledge of the strike zone mean that he gets the calls?

Hopefully DJ will be back by Saturday then. I don't look forward to a Sox series with no Jeter and no Po.

2008-04-09 16:45:02
30.   mehmattski
The Tigers are really struggling. But, I have no sympathy for them, picked as the front-runner in the American League with such an "unstoppable" offense.

Through 7 games:
Runs Scored: 15
Runs Allowed: 44

The situation could be much worse, my fellow Banterers.

2008-04-09 16:51:08
31.   williamnyy23
30 I think I had them at 85 wins in my preseason standings, so I am not surprised they have struggled. Still, 0-8 is pretty rough.
2008-04-09 16:56:20
32.   mehmattski
31 Yeah I was never as impressed with the Tigers' whole team as some. The pitching staff is Verlander and a lot of junk, particularly Dontrelle Willis, who is a disaster in the American League already. The lineup is strong 3-4-5, but also fragile, and Sheff has already missed a few games. Mags is bound to regress after last season, and the Ghost of Pudge continues to get worse. I wouldn't be surprised if they finish fourth or worse in runs scored.
2008-04-09 16:58:16
33.   rbj
24 You sure it wasn't splinters in his butt.

22 Also, I know clutch stats are meaningless, but both of Betemit's hits this year have come with me on and he hit .339/.440/.596 with men on base last year.

Cliff, I didn't know you made the team. Congrats! And can you get me one of Jeter's castoffs?

2008-04-09 17:01:59
34.   tommyl
Nope, its Shelly Duncan who's been optioned to AAA. Sigh, I do not approve of this mood. I hope Gonzo proves me wrong by being Ozzie Smith with the glove and knocking a few runs in tonight.
2008-04-09 17:02:51
35.   mehmattski
24 Now PeteAbe is saying that Duncan is getting sent down. This makes absolutely no sense to me. If Jeter has to go on the DL, then you can't recall Duncan for 10 days. Why not just DL Jeter now, rather than playing short two players? It can't be all pride, can it?

In addition, SS-Rodriguez,3B-Ensberg is still better than SS-Gonzales,3B-Rodriguez. Just sayin'.

2008-04-09 17:03:39
36.   williamnyy23
34 I think that's more about getting Shelley some playing time and back into the swing of least I hope so.
2008-04-09 17:05:18
37.   williamnyy23
35 If Arod could still play SS, it would make perfect sense, but every quote I have read suggests even he has some doubts about that. The last thing the Yankees need is to screw up Arod's head.
2008-04-09 17:06:52
38.   Dan-el
Brian Bruney starting (!), not Kennedy.

Just announced by Singleton on pregame.

2008-04-09 17:07:13
39.   Just fair
Brian Bruney starting. Geez, the shit is hitting the fan.
2008-04-09 17:07:28
40.   yankeemonkey
38 Whaaaaaa....?
2008-04-09 17:09:23
41.   Dan-el
Cone says Kennedy was throwing a little gingerly during long toss ... not sure if there was anything else.
2008-04-09 17:09:38
42.   Mattpat11
What the hell else can go wrong?
2008-04-09 17:10:56
43.   mehmattski
I'm gonna guess that this out of the Dodgers-Giants playbook, where earlier this season both Chad Billingsley and Tim Lincecum were held out of their starts because it was supposed to rain.

The plan backfired since the rain held off and both pitchers entered the game in the third and pitched through light rain...

2008-04-09 17:11:02
44.   Sliced Bread
maybe if we all chant "Paul O'Neill" the madness will stop.

who's with me?!

punches self in face

2008-04-09 17:11:22
45.   rbj
Jeter, Posada, IPK? Looks like I picked the wrong game to stop smoking.
2008-04-09 17:12:41
46.   tommyl
What?! Oh dear lord...this is not good...
2008-04-09 17:12:54
47.   Mattpat11

I just realized who is going to take Kennedy's spot.

2008-04-09 17:13:43
48.   mehmattski
The KC announcers on FSN haven't said a word about Kennedy. What's the word on YES?
2008-04-09 17:13:44
49.   williamnyy23
Cano is killing the offense..why can't this guy figure out April?
2008-04-09 17:14:46
50.   monkeypants
35 Again, I have been advocating Jeter for the DL. I may et be proven wrong, but now we have a Jeter who can't play on the bench instead of Duncan.
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2008-04-09 17:15:27
51.   yankeemonkey
48 YES doesn't know why IPK is out. Hopefully the thunderstorm hypothesis is true.
2008-04-09 17:15:36
52.   williamnyy23
50 Yes...but if Jeter can play in a day or too, it's a sacrifice you have to make.
2008-04-09 17:15:55
53.   mehmattski
49 And May.
2008-04-09 17:16:00
54.   Yankees Brasil
There's our killer Offense, nice start!
2008-04-09 17:16:29
55.   Mattpat11
My good mood is ruined.

It will go further south when the I-Word is on the team tomorrow.

2008-04-09 17:16:42
56.   williamnyy23
It seems like the Yankees are starting this game behind.
2008-04-09 17:17:59
57.   williamnyy23
Uh oh...Bruney looks wild.
2008-04-09 17:18:01
58.   tommyl
Rain, please rain, right now.
2008-04-09 17:18:06
59.   Dan-el
I am praying that maybe, just maybe, Horne will be called up instead of Igawa if Kennedy has to miss a start. Horne last pitched on the 5th.
2008-04-09 17:18:12
60.   Just fair
1st career start. How many innings can we expect if he does not shit the bed? 4 max. Bleh. Get Igawa up here. : )
2008-04-09 17:18:26
61.   Yankees Brasil
55 You mean Igawa? Man, I hope not.
2008-04-09 17:19:12
62.   weeping for brunnhilde
Umm, errr, uhhh...that's not Ian Kennedy!

What the hell's going on?

2008-04-09 17:19:58
63.   tommyl
I know it wasn't fair to expect a perfect season, but in the second week, Jeter, Posada, Giambi and now Kennedy?
2008-04-09 17:19:59
64.   monkeypants
38 etc.

The only bright spot with Bruney starting is that it shows Girardi et al will use the BP more flexibly. Hopefully that means the obsession with carrying a designated long man has been overcome. We'll know more about how different things are (or are not) this year if Igawa gets called up.

2008-04-09 17:19:59
65.   Yankees Brasil
Nice play by Bruney.
2008-04-09 17:20:21
66.   Mattpat11
59 60 61 Please. There are ladies present.
2008-04-09 17:21:13
67.   Mattpat11
This game broke Abraham's blog.
2008-04-09 17:21:57
68.   Dan-el
"The reason why Kennedy did not start this game is because rain is 40 minutes away." - Singleton


2008-04-09 17:22:03
69.   williamnyy23
The scratch is weather related...this could really back fire.
2008-04-09 17:22:19
70.   Dan-el
It actually just started raining now.
2008-04-09 17:22:22
71.   rbj
Phew, rain's about 40 minutes away. Thus Bruney, not IPK. Still, I picked the wrong game to stop drinking.
2008-04-09 17:22:35
72.   williamnyy23
69 could really pay off!
2008-04-09 17:22:54
73.   Mattpat11
Oh thank god.
2008-04-09 17:22:59
74.   tommyl
68 PeteAbe claims he's injured...please let Kenny be right. Please dear lord.
2008-04-09 17:23:12
75.   mehmattski
71 I picked the wrong game to quit amphetamines.
2008-04-09 17:23:51
76.   williamnyy23
74 I think Pete was just guessing there.
2008-04-09 17:24:09
77.   mehmattski
KC announcer called our shortstop "Alberto Castillo."

Ummmm, no. Good try though!

2008-04-09 17:24:49
78.   tommyl
75 You picked the wrong game to quit heroin.

Christ, its the 9th game of the season and I'm this nervous already?

2008-04-09 17:24:52
79.   Sliced Bread
Paul O-Nee-ll!
2008-04-09 17:24:59
80.   Just fair
Too bad a tornado wasn't coming. They could have thrown Pavano out there and hoped for the best.
2008-04-09 17:25:08
81.   williamnyy23
The irony with Cone saying the Yankees are going to be aggressive as indicated by the scratch is Joe Torre already did the same thing this season...the only difference is it came back to haunt him. The Giants also pushed Lincecum back as well in the same game.
2008-04-09 17:25:49
82.   Sliced Bread
Paul O-Nee-ll!

punches self in face

2008-04-09 17:26:02
83.   Dan-el
Nice job Bruney.
2008-04-09 17:27:26
84.   williamnyy23
Hmmm...I have a thought...why not always play games backward...use your middle relievers at the beginning, the starter in the middle and the closer when needed late? Maybe pitching low leverage innings would be "easier" for lesser pitchers?
2008-04-09 17:28:25
85.   williamnyy23
Joe Girardi...Weather Genius!
2008-04-09 17:28:33
86.   seamhead
well it is pouring
2008-04-09 17:30:27
87.   wsporter
76 Yeah he was just guessing but he does it with such great authority and aplomb doesn't he? Such a stylist.

Turns out it's going to rain and they didn't want to waste his start. Who knew? Not Pete I guess :-)

2008-04-09 17:30:28
88.   monkeypants
84 On a similar note, I have posted before that I would have started Rivera for game 7 in 2004--work backwards and hope to get a lead.
2008-04-09 17:30:53
89.   williamnyy23
I just checked the NWS radar...this game has a great chance of being rained out.
2008-04-09 17:31:54
90.   tommyl
87 Better than Coney talking about his ginger long toss.
2008-04-09 17:32:15
91.   Mattpat11
Call this game
2008-04-09 17:33:03
92.   RIYank
81 Geez, really? Did Torre ever do that for us? I certainly don't remember it.
2008-04-09 17:33:14
93.   Zack
Just getting in. I see the weather is nice and the offense is kicking in :/
2008-04-09 17:33:50
94.   RIYank
Tigers have come back and now lead.
2008-04-09 17:33:58
95.   OldYanksFan
More News: That nice kid Lester pitched 3 dominant innings. With a 2-0 in the forth, he gives up 4 runs. Pussycats 4 - Sox 2.
2008-04-09 17:34:23
96.   williamnyy23
92 Nope...unfortunately for Torre, the rain held off and he finally brought in Billingsley. Almost immediately, the rains came and Billingsley only pitched 1/3 inning. The Giants did the exact same thing with Lincecum and, incredibly, brought him back after the rain delay.
2008-04-09 17:34:27
97.   tommyl
Well, this is certainly better than Joe with the Marlins starting (I forget his name) and then putting him back in after a long rain delay. Guess he is learning, excellent.

Call the game

2008-04-09 17:34:44
98.   Yankees Brasil
Please call this game, before we lose it 1-0 in five innings.
2008-04-09 17:34:54
99.   Zack
Wait, WTF, Bruney is pitching? What is going on?
2008-04-09 17:35:03
100.   fansince77
State of affairs on the ninth game of the season: Banter fans all hoping for rain vs. Kansas City.

Nuff sed.

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2008-04-09 17:35:25
101.   tommyl
96 You should stop trying to apply logic to anything the Giants do. Its just not worth it. Crazy ass team from top to bottom.
2008-04-09 17:35:45
102.   williamnyy23
97 Josh Johnson. See 96 . The Giants actually did the same thing to Lincecum.
2008-04-09 17:37:01
103.   williamnyy23
101 The Giants have the worst offense I have ever seen.
2008-04-09 17:38:15
104.   tommyl
100 Hahahahahaha, I can't stop laughing.

Still, its better than watching Kei Igawa pitch, no?

2008-04-09 17:38:27
105.   Zack
Wow, between the rain and the crappy KC feed, I can't see crap from the CF cam
2008-04-09 17:38:46
106.   williamnyy23
PLEASE CALL THIS GAME! and tomorrows...and eveyr game until Jeter and Posada get healthy!
2008-04-09 17:39:22
107.   tommyl
Wait a minute, this is Brian Bruney? 3Ks already?
2008-04-09 17:39:28
108.   Zack
But, on the plus side, Bruney looks really good thus far this season. Of course, he did last season at this point to, but who needs a pessimist at this point?
2008-04-09 17:39:38
109.   rbj
My worry is that Bruney gets messed up now for the next three months.
Looks like I picked the wrong game to stop crystal meth.
2008-04-09 17:40:19
110.   tommyl
103 I dunno, my little league mets one year had a pretty bad hitting team. My friend Nicole sometimes forgot when she was due to bat.
2008-04-09 17:40:46
111.   seamhead
traber up
2008-04-09 17:41:02
112.   tommyl
108 Well, Bruney is currently half the man he was at this time last year ;).
2008-04-09 17:41:11
113.   williamnyy23
You know Bruney wants to get 5 innings in!
2008-04-09 17:41:12
114.   Zack
I do wonder why Joba didn't start, which once again makes me a bit nervous in terms of getting more and more locked into the "8th inning guy" crap
2008-04-09 17:41:30
115.   Yankees Brasil
CY Bruney!
2008-04-09 17:41:31
116.   Mattpat11
Call the game already
2008-04-09 17:41:54
117.   Biscuit Pants
4 K's in 2 . . .
2008-04-09 17:41:55
118.   RIYank
Jesus. Bruney. Holy something.
2008-04-09 17:41:57
119.   fansince77
Another plus side observation- Bruney 10 pounds lighter looks his age. I thought he was about 35 last year. In shape Bruney + long hair > fat Bruney + buzz cut.
2008-04-09 17:42:18
120.   williamnyy23
110 Does Nicole still play? If so, have her call Brian Sabean.
2008-04-09 17:43:03
121.   williamnyy23
119 Only Bruney could look more "clean cut" going from a shaved head to long locks.
2008-04-09 17:43:27
122.   dianagramr
Posada's MRI result .... shoulder strain ....

2008-04-09 17:43:38
123.   williamnyy23
If this game is PPD, the Yankees could use IPK tomorrow and have Pettitte open the Red Sox series.
2008-04-09 17:44:51
124.   tommyl
114 You're kidding right? Its about to rain there, conditions are poor. Is it worth it to risk Joba in that situation? What if he slips on the mound? I don't think this has anything to do with being the "8th inning guy." He's already pitched in the 7th and pitched multiple innings.
2008-04-09 17:45:05
125.   RIYank
114 But Bruney in this low leverage situation makes more sense. I mean, if the game is wiped, it's as low-leverage as games get.

I know what you mean, though, get some long work to start to stretch Joba.

2008-04-09 17:45:07
126.   Mattpat11
123 Which turns Mussina/Josh into Wang/Josh
2008-04-09 17:45:08
127.   dianagramr

Well .... Tiki Barber retired ... what did you expect?

Oh ... THOSE Giants!

2008-04-09 17:45:30
128.   tommyl
Jorge who?
2008-04-09 17:45:36
129.   weeping for brunnhilde
I sure do love this Molina.

Did you guys see that?

2008-04-09 17:45:36
130.   Mattpat11
2008-04-09 17:46:01
131.   yankeemonkey
Molina en fuego!
2008-04-09 17:46:09
132.   Yankees Brasil
Aight, let's win this game 1-0 in five innings.
2008-04-09 17:46:50
133.   mehmattski
Molina must be a mudder.
2008-04-09 17:47:30
134.   williamnyy23
127 The NY Giants could score more runs than the SF Giants!
2008-04-09 17:47:47
135.   fansince77
Can we do one thing right and move Molina over... please!
2008-04-09 17:48:26
136.   williamnyy23
Bad job by Melkey.
2008-04-09 17:48:26
137.   Just fair
How many at-bats did Nieves go without a base hit last year? I just remember him getting thrown out at 2nd when he finally did. Nice job, Melky. G-DAMMIT
2008-04-09 17:48:29
138.   tommyl
Alright, Gonzo, here we go. Two run HR. I want to see it.
2008-04-09 17:49:10
139.   Zack
124 It has more to do with, as 125 said, stretching him out. Its a perfect chance really. If Bruney can do it, Joba can do it. Theres babying and then theres babying. I mean, really, if it was about just throwing someone out there to avoid injuring the important guys, through Kyle out there...
2008-04-09 17:49:10
140.   OldYanksFan
I HATE watching outfielders running in the rain. The mere though of it could cause a Damon leg injury.
2008-04-09 17:49:15
141.   fansince77
135're right. Too much to ask for- a weak ground ball to second.
2008-04-09 17:49:33
142.   tommyl
Well, it was out of the infield at least...
2008-04-09 17:49:45
143.   Just fair
I see a pop out in Damon's future.
2008-04-09 17:50:11
144.   Zack
This offense is offensive...
2008-04-09 17:50:19
145.   Mattpat11
138 Close-ish, i guess
2008-04-09 17:50:27
146.   williamnyy23
143 Past performance does not guarantee future results!
2008-04-09 17:51:10
147.   williamnyy23
The umpire thought it was strike 3!
2008-04-09 17:51:15
148.   OldYanksFan
Has JD hit the ball well yet this year?
2008-04-09 17:51:45
149.   Zack
148 Has anyone?
2008-04-09 17:51:49
150.   Mattpat11
There you go Johnny.
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2008-04-09 17:51:52
151.   williamnyy23
Pathetic AB by Damon...wonder how long the offense is going to struggle?
2008-04-09 17:51:58
152.   Just fair
[146[ The ump just proved you incorrect. 2 punch outs in the same at-bat
2008-04-09 17:52:09
153.   Yankees Brasil
The Giants might have a better offense than we do.
2008-04-09 17:52:31
154.   OldYanksFan
JD doing a good job not getting hurt in that AB.
2008-04-09 17:52:39
155.   rbj
So are the Yankees and Tigers in some sort of perverse competition to see who's offense is worse?
2008-04-09 17:53:38
156.   williamnyy23
153 Low blow.
2008-04-09 17:53:46
157.   Just fair
152 ] Why do i have so much trouble with these things? I stink.
2008-04-09 17:53:51
158.   Zack
I see Jon lester is up to his usual as many BBs as Ks, 82 pitches through 4 kind of start...
2008-04-09 17:54:21
159.   williamnyy23
155 Rockies look like they want to get in on that action too.
2008-04-09 17:56:24
160.   Sliced Bread
Traber has a nice little hitch in his delivery.
2008-04-09 17:57:07
161.   tommyl
Jose Molina is hitting the ball well.
2008-04-09 17:57:23
162.   Zack
Billy Traber appears to be the man
2008-04-09 17:57:25
163.   Mr OK Jazz TOKYO
Late checking in, what's the deal with Bruney and not Kennedy? That "rain" quote is a joke right?
2008-04-09 17:57:59
164.   fansince77
Yeah, Bruney was doing way too well. Get him out of there!
2008-04-09 17:58:13
165.   tommyl
It is refreshing to actually use every pitcher in our pen. Last year this would be a "long man" pitching, who would give up 2 runs, get pulled after 1 1/3 innings and then we'd see Scott Proctor in the game.
2008-04-09 17:58:29
166.   Sliced Bread
anybody catch that little hiccup he has, little stutter as he releases?
2008-04-09 17:58:30
167.   mehmattski
163 Nope. Holding Kennedy for the inevitable double-header tomorrow.
2008-04-09 17:58:33
168.   rbj
163 Nope. Holding IPK back, don't want the starter to get rained out.
2008-04-09 17:58:59
169.   Zack
Yeah, i shouldn't have posted that.

So b/c our offense is so offensive, they are managing to burn through our BP despite the impending doom rain.

2008-04-09 17:59:24
170.   fansince77
Grudzadsasdlfiefweknfk is a pretty good hitter downchathink>
2008-04-09 17:59:24
171.   seamhead
167 weather is supposed to be worse tomorrow. that's why their playing in the pudles
2008-04-09 17:59:31
172.   Just fair
Anyone want to start a Wade Boggs CLAP CLAP CLAP chant with me to let AG know how disgusted we are with him wearing #12. Or Joel Skinner perhaps.
2008-04-09 18:00:07
173.   dianagramr
Pavanomas warming up in the pen ....
2008-04-09 18:00:24
174.   williamnyy23
The radar has a lot of color from Texas all the way north to Missouri.
2008-04-09 18:00:56
175.   Biscuit Pants
2008-04-09 18:01:27
176.   Biscuit Pants
meant that for 173
2008-04-09 18:01:45
177.   tommyl
173 Its not that surreal yet. Diana, stop dropping acid, its not good for you.
2008-04-09 18:02:19
178.   Zack
Ok, maybe Traber isn't the man
2008-04-09 18:02:24
179.   williamnyy23
Yikes...walks the lefty to face the righty.
2008-04-09 18:02:55
180.   seamhead
177 picked the wrong game to ask Diana to stop taking acid
2008-04-09 18:02:59
181.   fansince77
Yeah - good idea...walk the lefty to get to the righty who can make it 3-0 with one swing.
2008-04-09 18:03:08
182.   dianagramr

But hey .... it would be great .... he'd get the call ... trip coming out the bullpen doorway, and sprain an ankle!

2008-04-09 18:03:34
183.   williamnyy23 can it start raining again??
2008-04-09 18:03:35
184.   Just fair
173 176 Please see 80
2008-04-09 18:03:55
185.   Zack
Wow did I think that was hit a lot further than it was
2008-04-09 18:03:57
186.   fansince77
180 picked the wrong game to start changing my underwear.
2008-04-09 18:04:04
187.   monkeypants
I'm not watching the game--just checking on gamecast now and again. Why did he pull Bruney? Did he use lots of pitches?
2008-04-09 18:04:55
188.   tommyl
182 I actually think Pavano is at the level where his mere presence on the field would cause other players to fall down in pain. Sort of like a radiation field.
2008-04-09 18:05:05
189.   williamnyy23
187 I am sure Girardi didn't want to stretch Bruney out too far and lose him for an extended period. I agree with that decision.
2008-04-09 18:05:44
190.   Sliced Bread
I think if not for that slight hitch in Traber's delivery that would have been jacked.

C'mon now, bats!

2008-04-09 18:06:34
191.   seamhead
farnsworth up in the pen
2008-04-09 18:06:43
192.   tommyl
We do have an offense right? I'm beginning to forget what these...hits is what you call them?...look like.
2008-04-09 18:06:52
193.   williamnyy23
For some reason, when Cano struggles like this, it makes me angry. I don't have a similar reaction with the other players.
2008-04-09 18:07:42
194.   Zack
The offense obviously WANTS this game to be official, as they are wasting no time in making outs
2008-04-09 18:08:19
195.   dianagramr
Farny sighting!
2008-04-09 18:08:34
196.   rbj
Aw crud, Farnsworth warming.
2008-04-09 18:08:50
197.   seamhead
187 I agree with 189 Bruney only pitched more than 2 inning once in his career in 2006.
2008-04-09 18:08:52
198.   Mattpat11
2008-04-09 18:09:00
199.   Sliced Bread
wait, missed something. had to give the dog some water. Do the Yankees start every inning with 2 outs now?
2008-04-09 18:09:41
200.   tommyl
Well, A-Rod gets one, now Matsui can ground out and Farnswacker can pitch.
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2008-04-09 18:11:17
201.   rbj
Hmm, should the Yankees put Pavano in the pen when Farnsy is warming -- then they both can go on the DL.
2008-04-09 18:11:18
202.   tommyl
199 Yes, its a new rule implemented by MLB since everyone likes the Red Sox better. The idea was originated in the ESPN offices ;).
2008-04-09 18:12:02
203.   Zack
Sure would be nice for this team to play a game somewhere warm or inside
2008-04-09 18:12:49
204.   tommyl
And now they call the game?
2008-04-09 18:13:19
205.   Mattpat11
Was matsui waiting for the call on the pitch that bounced to him?
2008-04-09 18:13:32
206.   tommyl
Ah no, I was wrong. Plenty of time for Giambi to K.
2008-04-09 18:13:44
207.   dianagramr
Giambi .067 BA / .318 OBP


2008-04-09 18:13:52
208.   Zack
They're just putting more guys on base so that they don't have to walk as far to get to their fielding positions...
2008-04-09 18:14:03
209.   tommyl
205 I think he thought they were going to call the game after his AB.
2008-04-09 18:14:10
210.   Sliced Bread
Giambi's swing is more like mime these days...
2008-04-09 18:14:20
211.   Zack
Freaking awful
2008-04-09 18:14:26
212.   Just fair
Good time for your 2nd hit of the year here Giambi. Or you could pop out. Bulocks.
2008-04-09 18:15:03
213.   weeping for brunnhilde
You know, I'm barely paying attention here, but man, this game feels like it's not really happening.

There's something surreal about it...

2008-04-09 18:15:27
214.   Just fair
210 He does look like he's trying to get out of an invsible box.
2008-04-09 18:15:58
215.   Mr OK Jazz TOKYO
Giambino with the deep drive...caught next to third base
2008-04-09 18:16:09
216.   Yankees Brasil
We could really use a hitter like Bonds right now.
2008-04-09 18:16:23
217.   williamnyy23
Giambi and Cano were hitting so well in ST...I wonder what happened?

Butler scares me in this inning...I really hope this isn't going to be a 5 inning loss.

2008-04-09 18:16:42
218.   Mattpat11
Artsy shot of Cone and Singleton
2008-04-09 18:17:18
219.   fansince77
I was about to post something but then realized...I have no words. Bye.
2008-04-09 18:17:54
220.   monkeypants
216 If the Yankees signed him he would be injured by now. I'm no great fan, but I wouldn't wish that on him.
2008-04-09 18:17:54
221.   Sliced Bread
Did Kenny just call him Farnswacker or do I just hear it that way now?
2008-04-09 18:18:09
222.   SF Yanks
217 But I'll take a 5 inning win.
2008-04-09 18:18:39
223.   williamnyy23
It seems as if the goal is to play an abbreviated game. I really hope someone doesn't get hurt just because the Yankees don't come back to KC.
2008-04-09 18:19:22
224.   Zack
This was obviously the secret plan. Make the game lat until Kyle, who will give up runs inevitably, and then play 1/2 more of an inning until it is an official game
2008-04-09 18:19:25
225.   ny2ca2dc
165 I miss Everyday Scotty. Poor bastard...
2008-04-09 18:19:43
226.   Mr OK Jazz TOKYO
from what you all describe, i can't wait to get home and watch this on, sounds dreamy...
2008-04-09 18:19:57
227.   Just fair
I'll use this time to simply say, just leave A-Rod at third already. I don't care how long Jeter is out. The mvp is finally comfy in the Bronx, no point messing with him again. Splash down, Abreu. Good try.
2008-04-09 18:20:30
228.   williamnyy23
The infield is all shiny...this is kind of silly.
2008-04-09 18:20:51
229.   williamnyy23
Molina's throwing has been ridiculous.
2008-04-09 18:20:53
230.   Zack
hey look at that, our SS caught the ball!
2008-04-09 18:20:56
231.   Mattpat11
There is standing water in the infield.
2008-04-09 18:21:02
232.   mehmattski
Krazy Kyle needs Lasik something fierce. Could he possibly have missed the approximately 10 billion ads for it?
2008-04-09 18:21:05
233.   OldYanksFan
I know that small sample size means virtually nothing, but it's kinda nice to watch Big Papi come to the plate with this line:
.103 .278 .207 .485 (and 0-3 tonight)
2008-04-09 18:21:17
234.   rbj
Molina! OK, who was calling for Piazza?
2008-04-09 18:21:18
235.   weeping for brunnhilde
Umm, there's quite the lake over around second base.

And is that Farnsworth?


I've never seen anything like this before.

It's fucking opposite day.

2008-04-09 18:21:24
236.   Sliced Bread
Molina fo fa fina!

punches self in face

2008-04-09 18:21:55
237.   Zack
Ok, this game has officially entered bizzarro land. Lot of good getting to this point will do if nobody scores...
2008-04-09 18:22:26
238.   SF Yanks
I have ZERO faith in Farnsworthless, even with 2 outs... bases empty...and Wil Nieves batting...
2008-04-09 18:22:36
239.   Just fair
Definitely get 2 of each animal ready. Another 1,2,3 from Farsny. Not typical with the caught stealing and all. But we'll take it.
2008-04-09 18:23:12
240.   ny2ca2dc
nice frigin CS, nice frigin K. Holy shit, is this the sign of the apocalypse? Only if AG gets a HR.
2008-04-09 18:23:14
241.   Zack
So, um, now that its heading into the 5th, Kennedy better pitch a bunch of innings tomorrow if there's a game...
2008-04-09 18:23:33
242.   Sliced Bread
239 2 of each animal... and weather worthy of an ark, to boot!
2008-04-09 18:24:38
243.   seamhead
And to end this no-typical wacky game Molina, Cabrera and Gonzalez will rally to win the game.
2008-04-09 18:25:00
244.   monkeypants
52 Very late reply...

If Jeter is only out for a couple of days, why trade 10 days of Duncan for two days of Gonzalez? You suffer with two days of Betemit, I would think.

Sorry, I'm beating the very dead horse. But it's tough to stay engaged with this game for some reason.

2008-04-09 18:25:03
245.   Just fair
The highlight from Boston was nice to see due to the score as well as the sight of dry ball game.
2008-04-09 18:25:44
246.   Zack
Wow, this team cannot even buy a hit
2008-04-09 18:26:42
247.   SF Yanks
When was the last Yankee home run? Hideki at the stadium? Why does it seem like forever?
2008-04-09 18:26:54
248.   Sliced Bread
anybody switching back and forth to Fox: is Pavano taking part in "Idle Gives Back?" Seems he'd be up there with Seacrest at such an event.
2008-04-09 18:27:17
249.   Mr OK Jazz TOKYO
ok, am WAY late on this as usual but..Mike Pagliarulo has a blog? That's been quoted for his analysis on pitch counts, etc?? When did this happen??? Is Steve Balboni out there blogging on fielding mechanics??? Banter-ites, please tell me I am mis-informed...
2008-04-09 18:27:22
250.   Mr OK Jazz TOKYO
ok, am WAY late on this as usual but..Mike Pagliarulo has a blog? That's been quoted for his analysis on pitch counts, etc?? When did this happen??? Is Steve Balboni out there blogging on fielding mechanics??? Banter-ites, please tell me I am mis-informed...
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2008-04-09 18:27:27
251.   Just fair
Hey Grudzy, 1 more buddy.
2008-04-09 18:27:27
252.   mehmattski
A little ahead of yourself there, Mark. Wishful thinking, I guess.
2008-04-09 18:28:19
253.   SF Yanks
Jeter who?
2008-04-09 18:28:22
254.   Zack
Hey, a double for AG ain't bad. But once again, the inning began with 2 outs
2008-04-09 18:28:22
255.   Just fair
Thatta boy Alberto.
2008-04-09 18:28:30
256.   tommyl
2008-04-09 18:28:36
257.   Mattpat11
There you go Alberto.
2008-04-09 18:29:07
258.   SF Yanks
A simple base hit Johnny, that's all, not asking for much.
2008-04-09 18:29:08
259.   mehmattski
Gonzo? Really?

Japan, Mexico, China... now MLB is continuing its international inroads by playing their first game in Bizzaro World.

2008-04-09 18:29:40
260.   Sliced Bread
Gonzalez... is this the kid who does the commercial with the orange car? whatever it's called... and he has a cologne... goes through starlets like underwear?
2008-04-09 18:29:45
261.   Zack
Damon might s well stay in the dugout and just forfeit his ABs, at least that way theres no chance of injury
2008-04-09 18:30:11
262.   ny2ca2dc
Way to put those accusations of corruptions and political influence re: prosecutor firings behind you and just hit doubles 'berto.
2008-04-09 18:30:20
263.   Just fair
Damon has just not inspired much confidence as of late. But that goes for just about everbody.
2008-04-09 18:30:30
264.   monkeypants
244 That'll show me!
2008-04-09 18:30:40
265.   Mattpat11
Nice swing Johnny. We wasted Alberto's 2008 hit.
2008-04-09 18:30:50
266.   tommyl
Maybe they don't understand baseball. You see, you try to score as many runs as you can. Its not golf.
2008-04-09 18:30:57
267.   SF Yanks
What's 2 out RBI look like? Don't think I've ever seen one.
2008-04-09 18:31:00
268.   ny2ca2dc
261 Then Girardi would have to DH
2008-04-09 18:31:09
269.   williamnyy23
Damon looks to be right on last season's pace. Unfortunately, Cano is right there with him.
2008-04-09 18:31:11
270.   Zack
Just awful
2008-04-09 18:31:22
271.   weeping for brunnhilde
I knew Damon was going to strike out.

I said to the spouse, "He's going to strike out."

And so he did.

Can't we all just cancel the game now and pretend it was a bad dream?

2008-04-09 18:31:50
272.   Mattpat11


2008-04-09 18:32:00
273.   ny2ca2dc
267 I thought after 2 outs you have to surrender by waving meekly
2008-04-09 18:32:09
274.   Zack
I really don't think there's anything else we can say/joke/bitch about this offense that a) hasn't already been said and b) isn't true
2008-04-09 18:32:19
275.   Sliced Bread
Damon gives me fucking dead arm.
2008-04-09 18:32:25
276.   fansince77
258 I would have taken a foul ball.

Oh look I found some words.

2008-04-09 18:32:50
277.   SF Yanks
Are we in the Twilight Zone or this actually occurring? So strange.
2008-04-09 18:33:05
278.   Just fair
We're kind of running out of pitchers here if this games goes 9. Is it possible Kennedy finishes a wet game he did not start becasue it was wet?
2008-04-09 18:33:27
279.   monkeypants
Hmmm...when do we start to panic about Damon being cooked? then we can get on the Brett Gardner bandwagon--sign me up!
2008-04-09 18:33:29
280.   Yankees Brasil
Aight team, let them have the win, it's not like we are going to score anyways. Might as well go home early.
2008-04-09 18:33:29
281.   williamnyy23
Game Over....nice.
2008-04-09 18:33:30
282.   Zack
Oh, well, there it was. Inevitable. I hate this team and I hate kyle Farnsworth
2008-04-09 18:33:31
283.   ny2ca2dc
Just remember what Alex says: some day (soon [?]), some pitcher will pay for this offensive slumber. some day..........
2008-04-09 18:33:32
284.   Just fair
That's fthe farsny we all love.
2008-04-09 18:33:39
285.   Mattpat11
That's the useless Kyle Farnsworth I remember.
2008-04-09 18:33:42
286.   dianagramr
Buck buck goose!
2008-04-09 18:33:55
287.   Zack
So is there any doubt they will cancel this game now?
2008-04-09 18:34:10
288.   SF Yanks
Farnsworth being Farnsworth. What do you bet they call the game now?
2008-04-09 18:34:14
289.   fansince77
Wow- did ANYONE See THAT coming?
2008-04-09 18:34:14
290.   weeping for brunnhilde
I'm growing angry.

I don't even quite know why.

This is all just too disorienting. It's one thing to not hit, it's another to not hit during opposite day. Too, too jarring.

2008-04-09 18:34:27
291.   dianagramr
A-Rod giving Beltre an early run for Gold Glove this year.
2008-04-09 18:34:35
292.   williamnyy23
I really hope the umps are committed to playing 9 innings regardless.
2008-04-09 18:34:43
293.   Zack
Just when I thought that last night's game deserved the "most annoying" title, along comes today
2008-04-09 18:35:09
294.   weeping for brunnhilde
I can't even see the bloody field!!!
2008-04-09 18:35:30
295.   williamnyy23
Why didn't the Yankees think about this bunting thing?
2008-04-09 18:35:32
296.   Sliced Bread
As one of the few Farnswacker supporters on this blog I say:
Book this goon a one-way to Scranton already!
2008-04-09 18:35:43
297.   Yankees Brasil
When are gonna get rid of Farnsworth?
2008-04-09 18:35:47
298.   Zack
I don't even know whats going on anymore. Balls leaving the park, bunts, outs, strikes. Through all the haze that is the KC feed, I could be watching football...
2008-04-09 18:35:47
299.   ny2ca2dc
At least there are no midges
2008-04-09 18:36:10
300.   monkeypants
287 That would be the best thing, really. put us all out of our misery and save a pitcher or two.
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2008-04-09 18:36:19
301.   Mattpat11
296 I'm still baffled that anyone can call themself a Farnsworth supporter.


2008-04-09 18:36:37
302.   Shaun P
Plus sign pound sign asterisk exclamation point!!! (I'm trying to curb my swearing around the kids, as my oldest is starting to repeat everything we say.)

My timing is horrible. There's the run that will let the umps call this one. Standing water in the infield, huh? What a mess.

2008-04-09 18:36:38
303.   dianagramr
and Kennedy IS warming up in the pen ....
2008-04-09 18:36:46
304.   Just fair
It's too bad Damon or Melky did not consider bunting. I guess they did not want to waste their uber-productive ab's.
2008-04-09 18:36:58
305.   Zack
Is there anyone less likable on the Yanks than farnswacker?
2008-04-09 18:37:01
306.   SF Yanks
I absolutely cannot fathom a reason for Worthless still being on the roster. It blows my mind.
2008-04-09 18:37:15
307.   weeping for brunnhilde
Ok, you know what?

Let's win this fucking baseball game.

No more sideshow. I'm going to sit down and focus instead of taking potshots and we're going to win.

This is our bloody baseball game!

2008-04-09 18:37:22
308.   Mattpat11
297 We've pretended that this is working for two years. Why would we stop now?
2008-04-09 18:37:24
309.   wsporter
KK had no chance to make a play on that ball, I'm not sure Molina did either but . . .
2008-04-09 18:38:02
310.   Zack
Well, yup, if Kennedy comes in, this game is officially the worst ever. Screw it, he's already wasted now that he's warming up...
2008-04-09 18:38:16
311.   Sliced Bread
301 I'm a dumbass sucker for his stuff, Cashman and I are afflicted with the same condition, Girardi's got it too. It's like the runs...
2008-04-09 18:38:22
312.   williamnyy23
Leaving Farnsworth in is conceeding the game.
2008-04-09 18:38:35
313.   Mattpat11
2008-04-09 18:38:51
314.   Mr OK Jazz TOKYO
Why can`t Farnsworth just be released? Surely they can eat his salary...
2008-04-09 18:39:18
315.   Zack
311 Farnsworth's Revenge?
2008-04-09 18:39:23
316.   ny2ca2dc
313 100+ MPH!@@!@!@!111212!@!@!@!!!!!!!
2008-04-09 18:39:34
317.   Just fair
2008-04-09 18:39:34
318.   SF Yanks
Gathwrong getting greedy.
2008-04-09 18:39:37
319.   Mattpat11
311 The pin-straight fastball?

I like Molina.

2008-04-09 18:39:43
320.   williamnyy23
Molina didn't even gun that one.
2008-04-09 18:39:45
321.   Shaun P
Is Krazy Kyle trying to make a point with all the pickoff throws? And of course, now Gathright steals . . .

I'm still flummoxed that they sent Duncan down to call up AG. WTF? They'll play without a real BUC, but they can't live with Betemit's glove at SS, especially given his bat? Bah.

2008-04-09 18:39:58
322.   Zack
Thank God, enough of that Gathright nonsense. If there is a poster child for the over-hyping of stolen bases, its him. Or Juan Pierre I guess
2008-04-09 18:40:19
323.   Sliced Bread
Molina! Fo Fa Fina!

punches self in face

this is starting to hurt, so I'll stop...

2008-04-09 18:41:10
324.   Shaun P
Jose Molina! A BUC who can play on both sides of the ball.

Jim Dean would be so proud, I think.

2008-04-09 18:42:10
325.   ny2ca2dc
Fuck ya, another CS! fuck ya! i think Molina has half of Farns's outs, no?! perfection.

Though if 2 months ago we could've signed up for 5 inning on 1 run ball from the BP 'spot starting' a game, we'd take it, poopy-head annoying Farns notwithstanding. So get the last out, and lets move along.

2008-04-09 18:42:30
326.   williamnyy23
Farnsworth is awful.
2008-04-09 18:42:52
327.   SF Yanks
I wouldn't mind if every Yankee took their hardest swing on each pitch trying to hit a home run. At least it would be entertaining, and hell, they might get a hold of one. What else have we to look forward to?
2008-04-09 18:42:59
328.   Zack
Its official, this game has driven me to drink, as I crack open a beer. Sigh.
2008-04-09 18:43:02
329.   Shaun P
Dear Kyle,

You've yet to throw a slider for a strike this inning. Do you think that maybe means something?

Kind regards,
Bronx Banter

2008-04-09 18:43:10
330.   Sliced Bread
319 but it's not always straight...
only sometimes... like when they hit it 450 feet.

I think this is the game where me, Cashman, Girardi, and the other two? Farnswacker supporters surrender our fanclub cards to the proper authorities.

2008-04-09 18:43:15
331.   dianagramr
$6 million per year reasons you can't release him .... even the Yankees wouldn't eat THAT much.
2008-04-09 18:43:24
332.   ny2ca2dc
douche a marouche
2008-04-09 18:43:28
333.   Yankees Brasil
We better hope somebody tries to steal a bag so we can get the last out.
2008-04-09 18:43:42
334.   Zack
Supposidly according to the KC feed that last pitch was 53 MPH
2008-04-09 18:43:45
335.   OldYanksFan
Farnsworth should be promoted to mop-up man soon. Girardi won't let many games get away.
2008-04-09 18:43:47
336.   rbj
Ah, I get it, Farnsy wants to save IPK & the rest of the pen by coughing up the game right here. Umps will give the Yankees the top of the sixth, then call the game.
2008-04-09 18:43:48
337.   Mattpat11
321 I don't think the Yankees are all that impressed with Wilson's bat to the point that it should override an inability to catch throws.
2008-04-09 18:43:57
338.   Just fair
129 hitter + Farnsworth = please hand me the meth.
2008-04-09 18:43:57
339.   RIYank
Jesus Farnsing Kripes.
2008-04-09 18:44:21
340.   ny2ca2dc
hey look, a slider for a strike!!!! holy shit! dead center down main street, but a strike!
2008-04-09 18:44:29
341.   weeping for brunnhilde
You know?--Farnsworth is not good.

Not good.

2008-04-09 18:44:30
342.   Zack
Oh God, make it stop! MAKE IT STOP!!! IT HURTS!!! THE HORROR, THE HORROR!!!
2008-04-09 18:44:41
343.   SF Yanks
I'm not having fun anymore. I HATE Worthless.
2008-04-09 18:44:43
344.   williamnyy23
An 0-2 slider over the middle of the plate...Girardi takes a hit for this one. By keeping Farnsworth in, he is wrecking the whole strategy and setting the Yankees back for the whole week.
2008-04-09 18:44:45
345.   wsporter
I really don't like Farnsworth.
2008-04-09 18:44:52
346.   Mattpat11
330 Its not always straight?


2008-04-09 18:44:55
347.   dianagramr
NOW can we see Pavanomas up in the pen?
2008-04-09 18:45:30
348.   weeping for brunnhilde
Just as Cone is saying, "You know, maybe this'll get Farnsworth going, this is the perfect spot for him...low pressure innings, yadayadayada."
2008-04-09 18:45:38
349.   Zack
So, with kennedy warmed up, he pretty much is shot for tomorrow, no?
2008-04-09 18:46:05
350.   RIYank
And I was actually feeling mildly optimistic until that hit.
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2008-04-09 18:46:24
351.   Shaun P
331 I don't know, Diana. Remember when they cut Stanton and Groom lose in 2005? IIRC, Stanton made $4M, and Groom must have made at least $1M. Kyle makes $5.5M this year. What's another $500K to make a problem disappear?
2008-04-09 18:46:43
352.   williamnyy23
Two runs seems near impossible for this Yankee lineup.
2008-04-09 18:46:48
353.   weeping for brunnhilde
Listen, Team, listen, I know it looks bad, but 2 runs!

We'll get 'em back.

We're winning this baseball game.


2008-04-09 18:46:53
354.   Mattpat11
347 What?
2008-04-09 18:47:19
355.   ny2ca2dc
HOWEVER, we're one scorless (or 1 run) inning from a quality start from the BP. Would would've not signed up for that, having known Joba and Mo were both not involved?!?! Farns eats balls, for sure, but this isn't an awful BP performance so far, not by a long shot. This is on the offensive Offense.
2008-04-09 18:48:00
356.   rbj
Farnsworth pitching. Looks like I picked the wrong game to stop committing suicide.
2008-04-09 18:48:07
357.   weeping for brunnhilde
Btw, in all seriousness, is there an official word about IPK, or is the rain thing speculation?

Either way, can someone break down the rationale for me?

2008-04-09 18:48:21
358.   Zack
355 I think that makes it even worse, actually
2008-04-09 18:48:33
359.   SF Yanks
If the tarp comes on is the game automatically called, or is there a chance of a delay? Anyone know?
2008-04-09 18:48:37
360.   weeping for brunnhilde
There we go, Robby.

(Robby should never be allowed to bat with runners on, btw. Maybe he should be a lead off guy...)

2008-04-09 18:48:46
361.   williamnyy23
355 No doubt...this game is still on the offense.
2008-04-09 18:48:54
362.   Shaun P
That a boy Robbie! That's the spirit! Makes weeping's hope 353 come to life!
2008-04-09 18:49:02
363.   OldYanksFan
Why when we are looking at a 5 inning game does JG bring in Farnsworth in the 4th? Although I don't know if Dorf is available, and LaTroy ain't much better. What a horrible day to play this game.
2008-04-09 18:49:02
364.   Yankees Brasil
Cano with a hit! Who would have thought?
2008-04-09 18:49:20
365.   weeping for brunnhilde
Come on Bobby, Alex, take control!
2008-04-09 18:49:21
366.   Zack
356 Yeah, don't worry, this game will knock you right back off the wagon...
2008-04-09 18:49:41
367.   Sliced Bread
351 right you are, sir, and believe me, Girardi and Cashman's misguided faith in Farns has less to do with money, and more to do with this debilitating affliction we've been suffering from.

Please don't mock us.

Won't any of you help... please?

2008-04-09 18:50:11
368.   williamnyy23
Geez Greinke looks really good...but so has everyone who has faced the Yankees this year.
2008-04-09 18:50:14
369.   OldYanksFan
A HR this inning means they can suspend the game and finish it tomorrow.
2008-04-09 18:50:26
370.   weeping for brunnhilde
I think I'm going to be ill.
2008-04-09 18:50:27
371.   Zack
Oh my God, it keeps getting worse and worse. How is this possible???
2008-04-09 18:50:27
372.   ny2ca2dc
358 The offense will start clicking (for fuck's sake i hope so), which means the biggest liability, the BP, ain't as bad as we had feared. So that's good.

As long as the boys start hitting.... Cano! that's a bit more like my boy. I'm all with whoever said they get annoyed with Cano struggling - it's cosmically imbalanced.

2008-04-09 18:50:54
373.   Just fair
If I throw my current laptop against the wall does anyone have an extra?
2008-04-09 18:51:11
374.   Mattpat11
351 I've said this for two years.
2008-04-09 18:51:32
375.   williamnyy23
Bobby can bunt...the ground is wet...might have been a good idea.
2008-04-09 18:52:20
376.   ny2ca2dc
27 1 Dude, were you here last year?!!?! ;)
2008-04-09 18:52:34
377.   Shaun P
363 Princeton Dorf has got to be unavailable, after his 3 inning stint yesterday. So, what I'm wondering is, who the heck comes out to pitch the bottom of the 6th? Joba for 2 and Mo for 2, and hope to God IPK can pitch 7 innings tomorrow? And the offense scores a boatload?

Or have Pettitte start, as scheduled, and bring IPK for a long stint if needed?

Dammit Bobby - that is NOT how hope comes to life!

2008-04-09 18:52:39
378.   OldYanksFan
A DP this inning means they can call the game and we can start drinking tonight.
2008-04-09 18:52:41
379.   Zack
Well, Fark it, we shoulda started Kennedy I guess...Or not brought in Farnswacker
2008-04-09 18:52:56
380.   Zack
378 Start?
2008-04-09 18:53:01
381.   Yankees Brasil
Maybe our players are tired of all the running in ST and are taking the first month to rest.
2008-04-09 18:53:32
382.   Mattpat11
Who the hell are these people?
2008-04-09 18:53:46
383.   ny2ca2dc
I'm breaking out the bourbon. will anyone join my in a Maker's Mark?
2008-04-09 18:53:49
384.   williamnyy23
Man, I wish this was 1998.
2008-04-09 18:53:52
385.   JeremyM
381 Yeah, it looks like Torre running a "country club" had nothing to do with the last few years of slow starts.
2008-04-09 18:54:22
386.   Mattpat11
We're wasting Ian kennedy on THIS?
2008-04-09 18:54:36
387.   OldYanksFan
You have to bring in IPK, and keep him in until game over. You can't totally fry our BP for the next 2 games. This game could be called at anytime.
2008-04-09 18:54:39
388.   Shaun P
374 I think the Yanks are better off with Britton, or Albaladejo, or Edwar, or Patterson. Its past time for Farnsworth to go.
2008-04-09 18:54:46
389.   Zack
I really really hate this game
2008-04-09 18:54:51
390.   weeping for brunnhilde
Wait, now he comes in?

I'm so, so confused.

2008-04-09 18:55:05
391.   Mr OK Jazz TOKYO
Really, please eat the money. Please!! Farnsworth just has no clue on how to harness his stuff, it's painful to watch
2008-04-09 18:55:13
392.   williamnyy23
It can get worse...if IPK gets beat up, it will be adding insult to injury.
2008-04-09 18:55:38
393.   Mattpat11
388 No Edwar. Not until he gets another pitch.
2008-04-09 18:55:47
394.   Just fair
The silver lining would be for Kennedy to throw 3 shutout innings. If he bombs, well, he's got company. Like the starting 9.
2008-04-09 18:56:07
395.   dianagramr
Let's not turn Ian Kennedy into Josh Johnson .... please!
2008-04-09 18:56:14
396.   Shaun P
383 You figure out how to send it through the 'Net, and I'm there. My whiskey/bourbon-sipping glass is ready. Probably no sipping tonight tho.
2008-04-09 18:56:23
397.   weeping for brunnhilde
I do agree with Cone that Joe II's move is admirable in its gutsiness.

I'll be curious to see how this kind of inventiveness unfolds. Man, 180 degrees different from Torre.

2008-04-09 18:56:30
398.   Sliced Bread
It's ten pm. Do you know where your offense is? It's in the trunk of a fucking car... rotting... now, here's Rosanna Scotto and Ernie Anastos with some more news that will scare the shit out of you...
2008-04-09 18:56:30
399.   Mr OK Jazz TOKYO
I'm real confused too about Girardi's thinking here..
2008-04-09 18:56:51
400.   williamnyy23
388 I think that's the key point. The Yankees do have other potentially viable options. It's not like the alternative is Scott Erickson.

By the way, I wonder how Chris Britton feels?

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2008-04-09 18:58:12
401.   Mr OK Jazz TOKYO
398 Oh man, Ernie Anastos and Rosanno're making me homesick! Was the "there's that news van again" right behind them?
2008-04-09 18:58:28
402.   Mattpat11
Ian, don't give this team a reason to bring him back.
2008-04-09 18:58:48
403.   Shaun P
393 Yeah, but still - Farnsworth is a one-pitch pitcher too. I'll take Edwar's change-up over Kyle's straight heat any day. At least Edwar can fool some people.

400 Scott Patterson, too.

2008-04-09 18:58:53
404.   Zack
Holy crap Hideki is terrible in LF
2008-04-09 18:59:13
405.   Mattpat11
2008-04-09 18:59:15
407.   tommyl
Ugh, I give up on this game. This is painful.
2008-04-09 18:59:25
408.   williamnyy23
Matsui is a joke in LF.

IPK is starting to worry me.

2008-04-09 18:59:28
409.   weeping for brunnhilde
Keystone cops.

Oh my God.

I can't take it.

I just can't take it.

2008-04-09 18:59:56
410.   Just fair
Just not good Masui-son. Thought he was out at first, but he was definitely safe.
2008-04-09 19:00:12
411.   weeping for brunnhilde
405 Jinx.
2008-04-09 19:00:28
412.   51cq24
i think he was out at home, got tagged on the foot
2008-04-09 19:00:28
413.   ny2ca2dc
400 Do you have a line on Scott Erickson? That would be a coup!

Man, 'Sui fucked that up...

2008-04-09 19:00:39
414.   dianagramr
maybe Ian Kennedy doesn't like coming in in the 6th inning?
2008-04-09 19:00:55
415.   Sliced Bread
Now seems like a good time to bring this up. Has Matsui's Bridezilla materialized, or does she still only exist in the form of a sketch, warranty info, and operating instructions?
2008-04-09 19:01:04
416.   williamnyy23
Yikes...I am starting to think using IPK today is a good thing because it means he wont pitch again this week.
2008-04-09 19:01:10
417.   Zack
Wow, and 392 horrifyingly coming true. This game has moved from bizzarro world into Land of the Dead. We are stuck in a full on zombie movie
2008-04-09 19:01:14
418.   dianagramr
I think the tag was a whiff over the foot ...
2008-04-09 19:01:32
419.   mehmattski
Yeah, laugh it up, Giambi. Real funny stuff going on. Why not get a hit, jackass?
2008-04-09 19:01:36
420.   OldYanksFan
We can't let Matsui play LF. Why is he there instead of JD?

Thank God I can watch the Sox in (hopefully) a losing effort.

2008-04-09 19:01:38
421.   Mattpat11
403 We know Edwar can't do the job either. I really don't see the point of the paperwork.
2008-04-09 19:01:49
422.   weeping for brunnhilde
This reminds me of the game when they stole home.

I have a bad feeling about this.

Please, let's not let this game spiral out of control, let alone the next couple of weeks.

Suck it up, guys, and don't embarrass yourselves out there!

Fight back!

2008-04-09 19:01:56
423.   Shaun P
Just so long as he doesn't walk Tony Pena, Jr.




2008-04-09 19:01:57
424.   Zack
415 Well, he does love his porn
2008-04-09 19:02:11
425.   rbj
Feh! Good night all.
2008-04-09 19:02:13
426.   williamnyy23
Sign Bonds!
2008-04-09 19:02:30
427.   weeping for brunnhilde
414 :)

Perhaps not.

2008-04-09 19:02:57
428.   Zack
419 Uh oh, things are getting ugly out here. Better call in backup security...
2008-04-09 19:03:25
429.   ny2ca2dc
417 Speaking of Zombie movies, did you know that dog's can't look up?

415 Dude, "warranty info, and operating instructions", that's priceless. LOL!

2008-04-09 19:03:28
430.   weeping for brunnhilde
419 Ha ha hah ah aha ha ah!!!

Oh, man, I'm glad I missed that.

2008-04-09 19:04:05
431.   Dan-el
IPK topping out at 88-89
2008-04-09 19:04:30
432.   Shaun P
415 Sliced, you really are on a roll today, man. Thanks for the laughs - again.
2008-04-09 19:05:08
433.   OldYanksFan
How come the infield in not playing in?
2008-04-09 19:05:18
434.   Just fair
The boys can still pull it out. First their heads out of their a's, and then the game.
2008-04-09 19:05:19
435.   weeping for brunnhilde
Nice pitching, Ian.

Good job.

Let's get two more now and roar back.

2008-04-09 19:05:31
436.   williamnyy23
I don't think the Yankees have topped 4 runs more than 1 time this year.
2008-04-09 19:06:19
437.   OldYanksFan
I SAID!!!! How come the infield in not playing in?
2008-04-09 19:06:23
438.   weeping for brunnhilde
434 That's the spirit, jf, that's the spirit!!
2008-04-09 19:06:37
439.   williamnyy23
433 No idea...that 4th run is close to putting the game out of reach. Lots to question tonight.
2008-04-09 19:06:43
440.   Mattpat11
The only way to keep sane is to pretend April games don't count like the Yankees seem to do every year
2008-04-09 19:06:54
441.   weeping for brunnhilde

Thank you, Melky.

Man, that scared me.

Ok, one more, Ian, one more!

2008-04-09 19:07:23
442.   Shaun P
436 No time like the present, then!

Well done, IPK. One more, dude, one more out.

2008-04-09 19:08:26
443.   williamnyy23
At least the Red Sox are playing as badly as we are.
2008-04-09 19:08:27
444.   weeping for brunnhilde
Ok, here we go.

Nice pitching, Ian.

(I really like this Ian, btw., things really could have gotten out of hand, but he got the job done. That's really impressive.)

2008-04-09 19:08:53
445.   Shaun P
Thank you, IPK. Now, where are those bats?

Over there? Good. Burn 'em; they suck.

2008-04-09 19:09:03
446.   OldYanksFan
Tigers threatening to break their perfect record with 2 more in the top of the 8th. 6-2 Pussycats.
2008-04-09 19:09:31
447.   williamnyy23
440's not 11-19...yet!
2008-04-09 19:10:32
448.   williamnyy23
The Yankees have drawn 18 walks!!
2008-04-09 19:10:50
449.   OldYanksFan
The Yankee OFer REALLY need to watch films of Murcer playing CF. Matsui should not be allowedn the grass.
2008-04-09 19:10:56
450.   weeping for brunnhilde
You can't hit a four run homerun right now, Hideki!
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2008-04-09 19:11:54
451.   Sliced Bread
thanks fer the laughs re: Bridezilla. Recycled that joke from a few days ago, but I'm starting to seriously believe he married an animatronic doll.
But, you know, she's a kind of a looker so who are we to judge, right?
All the best, 'Sui!
2008-04-09 19:12:55
452.   williamnyy23
With the shift and a wet infield, why wouldn't Giambi bunt?
2008-04-09 19:12:58
453.   weeping for brunnhilde

Love those popups!

Love 'em!

Atta boy, Jason!

2008-04-09 19:13:37
454.   weeping for brunnhilde
452 'Cause he's a real man, that's why.
2008-04-09 19:13:39
455.   Mr OK Jazz TOKYO
451 the press here is INSANE when it comes to Matsui, Ichiro and Daisuke, so him pulling out the sketch drawing was his way of gently giving the press the finger.
2008-04-09 19:14:49
456.   Mr OK Jazz TOKYO
Giambino now batting .059....
2008-04-09 19:15:04
457.   mehmattski
449 The lunatic is on the grass.
The lunatic is on the grass.
Remembering games and daisy chains and laughs
Got to keep the loonies on the path.
2008-04-09 19:15:16
458.   dianagramr
how bout we release Giambi and put Farny at first base?
2008-04-09 19:15:39
459.   williamnyy23
I have to be honest...I am not frustrated by this game because it has felt like a loss from the pre-game. Guess that's why I was rooting for a rain out.
2008-04-09 19:16:42
460.   dianagramr

ding ding .... we have a winner!

2008-04-09 19:16:49
461.   ny2ca2dc
453 You mean there's not an altitude limit to the ballpark? I though if you popped it up high enough it was an HR. WTF? No wonder the boys are struggling!

At least there are no midges...

When is Mariano going to pitch?

2008-04-09 19:16:53
462.   weeping for brunnhilde
Please, someone tell me we won't be shut out.


2008-04-09 19:16:59
463.   williamnyy23
Nice to see the Jays give it up...AL East Champion Orioles?
2008-04-09 19:18:02
464.   weeping for brunnhilde
456 Excellent! So nice to see his Tampa flirtation with the left-centerfield gap is bearing fruit.

(God, I could just scream.)

2008-04-09 19:18:20
465.   Schteeve
Let me get this straight, IPK was supposed to start. Didn't start because of rain, Bruney started, and then IPK came on in relief in the 6th? Is that right? Am I tracking? Am I the only one who thinks that might be crazy?
2008-04-09 19:18:30
466.   williamnyy23
Without looking...who can name at least 5 players in the Giants starting lineup tonight?
2008-04-09 19:18:46
467.   pistolpete
Ummm, did anyone else hear what Cone just said?
2008-04-09 19:18:56
468.   bartap74
Did Cone just say that Kennedy was "jerked off?"
2008-04-09 19:18:57
469.   dianagramr
did cone just say kennedy got jerked off warming up in the bullpen before the game?
2008-04-09 19:18:58
470.   williamnyy23
Did Cone, of all people, say Ian got "jerked off"? That just made my night.
2008-04-09 19:19:42
471.   weeping for brunnhilde
461 Ha ha hah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah !!!

Oh, God, at least we can still laugh.

2008-04-09 19:19:59
472.   Mr OK Jazz TOKYO
466 Rowand, Durham,...umm....the guy with a lot of consanants in his last name...that guy fom the DR....
2008-04-09 19:20:07
473.   pistolpete
465 If there'd been a significant delay, it wouldn't have been crazy. KC would have lost Greinke and we would have our starter fresh and ready to go...
2008-04-09 19:20:11
474.   williamnyy23
467 468 Yes...and Coney should know :)
2008-04-09 19:20:24
475.   Mattpat11
466 Is Pedro Feliz still on the team?
2008-04-09 19:20:28
476.   ny2ca2dc
465 Pretty much. I don't get the complaint though - if the game had been called after 1-2 innings, we'd be calling Girardi a genious, and even this way theres likely no harm/foul. The NON-JoMo-BP pitched 5 2-run innings - I'll take that every night!
2008-04-09 19:20:47
477.   pistolpete
469 470 Ok, glad someone else heard it too. ;-)
2008-04-09 19:20:56
478.   weeping for brunnhilde
467 About getting "jerked off?"

Yeah, I thought I'd imagined that.

2008-04-09 19:21:46
479.   Chyll Will
(468-470) I suppose that would explain "for nothing" right now...
2008-04-09 19:21:48
480.   dianagramr

najai morgan?

2008-04-09 19:22:00
481.   Sliced Bread
462 I'm afraid they'll be shutout... unless the swarthy mobster asphyxiating them with a pillow as they sleep has mercy.
2008-04-09 19:22:14
482.   SF Yanks
466 I can. I live hear.
2008-04-09 19:22:21
483.   Zack
Man, those comments in a row about what Cone said are priceless, especially coming from the man with first hand knowledge!
2008-04-09 19:22:36
484.   SF Yanks
482 *here
2008-04-09 19:22:45
485.   williamnyy23
BTW...Velez, Rowand, Winn, Molina, Lewis, Castillo, Aurilla, Bocock and Sanchez.
2008-04-09 19:23:16
486.   dianagramr
Matsui needs to cut the ends of those laces on his glove ...
2008-04-09 19:23:36
487.   Shaun P
466 Winn. Rowand. Molina (Bengie). Brian Babcock (who I only know thanks to Joe Sheehan). Durham.

My guess is either Fred Lewis or Rajai Davis is playing, too.

474 Man, I should have TiVo'd this game for that line alone! How long 'til it hits the 'net?

2008-04-09 19:23:46
488.   williamnyy23
483 And second hand as well.
2008-04-09 19:23:56
489.   Schteeve
476 Actually outside of Hawkins, the entire BP has been pretty decent so far. Traber especially has been a very pleasant surprise.
2008-04-09 19:24:19
490.   Mattpat11
483 Have I missed something?
2008-04-09 19:24:31
491.   williamnyy23
487 It'll be on youtube in about 10 minutes.
2008-04-09 19:24:50
492.   ny2ca2dc
466 My buddy from home is really losing sleep about our hometown Giants - Poor Matt Cain, a legitimately quality pitcher, is likely again to lose a million games 2-1. Poor fuckers.

But I always remind my boy that at least they have Rowand and Zito! And for cheap!

2008-04-09 19:24:59
493.   mehmattski
485 I think I would have gotten Rowand, Winn, Molina, and Aurilla. Not five, and I only would have gotten Molina because I saw someone making fun of an offense that has Benji Molina hitting cleanup.
2008-04-09 19:25:48
494.   dianagramr
468 469 470

THAT would explain why he didn't start warming up again till the 5th inning. He needed time to recover for another go at it! :-)

2008-04-09 19:25:53
495.   williamnyy23
493 Bengie that's a BUC!
2008-04-09 19:26:55
496.   Mr OK Jazz TOKYO
492 Hey! Rowand is a "gamer" who "knows how to win"!! Can't get the pennant without guys like that!
2008-04-09 19:27:41
497.   Zack
490 I think you can put it all together.
2008-04-09 19:28:32
498.   mehmattski
Quick, over/under on the length of the Yankees 8th inning: three minutes. Who's got the over?
2008-04-09 19:28:33
499.   Zack
490 Or, just check out the Cone entry here:
2008-04-09 19:28:58
500.   ny2ca2dc
496 "ole Blood 'n Guts Rowand".... counting the days 'till his retirement... and loving the view into McCovey's Cove...
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2008-04-09 19:29:47
501.   ny2ca2dc
498 Um, under. I'll PM you the address to mail the money.
2008-04-09 19:29:57
502.   Shaun P
497 Let's see, Coney's fun in the Mets' pen happened when, 1990? 91? As Mattpat11 told us earlier this year he just turned 21, he might be a little too young to remember it.

I was a teenager at the time, so you bet I remember it. ;) (No offense, Mattpat)

Nice pitch, IPK! Well done!

2008-04-09 19:29:57
503.   Chyll Will
490 According to Cone, IPK has a new warmup routine before starts...
2008-04-09 19:30:05
504.   SF Yanks
498 How about, over/under: 10 pitches
2008-04-09 19:30:11
505.   Sliced Bread
481 must.... fight... back...
must... move... pillow...
need... air... breathe...

C'mon bats!

2008-04-09 19:30:30
506.   williamnyy23
499 Cone said to her, "You're a big baby. You're not invited to showtime anymore."


2008-04-09 19:31:51
507.   mehmattski
The KC broadcast just had the "In-Game BoxScore" start flowing across the screen. It had every Yankee at 0-0. Fresh start, everyone!

Wait, there's a guy on base, but there aren't two outs. Is that allowed?

2008-04-09 19:31:52
508.   SF Yanks
Over/under: how many pitches until inevitable double play?
2008-04-09 19:32:02
509.   OldYanksFan
It Tigers up 6-2 at Fenway, top of the 9th.
Is there a Yankee game tonight?
2008-04-09 19:32:43
510.   williamnyy23
No Betemit?
2008-04-09 19:33:15
511.   Zack
Ok, now we are actively TRYING to get ourselves out, WTF!
2008-04-09 19:33:26
512.   SF Yanks
508 What was that? 3 pitches?
2008-04-09 19:33:33
513.   Chyll Will
508 I had three in my mind...
2008-04-09 19:33:52
514.   Zack
Whts that, the 4th two out double tonight?
2008-04-09 19:34:10
516.   pistolpete
Do the restaurants in KC close early or something?

Oh look, it's Johnny "too little, too late" Damon.

2008-04-09 19:34:21
517.   Mattpat11

Well then.

2008-04-09 19:34:29
518.   Sliced Bread
l'il bingo... rally time...

oh, good a fucking double play.

we now rejoin the asphyxiation alreay in progr... what? Damon! It... is... alive!

2008-04-09 19:34:38
519.   williamnyy23
508 2 Pitches was it?

No idea why you don't hit Betemit there...this is Girardi's first game with some glaring errors.

2008-04-09 19:34:47
520.   mehmattski
10 pitches, in three minutes and 30 seconds.
2008-04-09 19:34:53
521.   ny2ca2dc
510 Good point. I'd rather Girardi PH more. Couple times last week I would've rather seen Ensberg than Gimabi.

Christ. looks like the 'under' on the DP wins.... is this a record setting GIDP pace or what?!!

2008-04-09 19:35:00
522.   SF Yanks
This is the most pathetic attempt at trying to win I have EVER seen.
2008-04-09 19:35:00
523.   Zack
This offense really looks dead. Just totally dead. I don't get it.
2008-04-09 19:35:03
524.   Sliced Bread
flush this fucking terd
2008-04-09 19:35:19
525.   Just fair
Turn away for a half hour, turn the game back on and the 1st thing I see is Melky and his bonehead running into a double play. Wonderful. Nice double, then automatic out from Cano. Are we ever going to face a non Cy Young candiate this year?
2008-04-09 19:35:49
526.   fansince77
OK it's official-

Right now-- ROBBIE SUCKS.

2008-04-09 19:35:53
527.   ny2ca2dc
Where's my fucking mone
2008-04-09 19:36:06
528.   Zack
517 Yup, those were the days
2008-04-09 19:36:47
529.   Zack
The Banter is up over 500 super pissed comments...
2008-04-09 19:39:13
530.   Chyll Will
Man, this is where the Sominex went. G'nite...
2008-04-09 19:39:22
531.   Shaun P
529 4 doubles tonight, and no runs. And 3 GIDP!

Oh, and Farnsworth doing what he does best - give up runs.

2008-04-09 19:39:28
532.   williamnyy23
529 As David Cone would say to the collective Banter faithful: "You're a big baby. You're not invited to showtime anymore."
2008-04-09 19:39:48
533.   SF Yanks
Silver lining: Kennedy looking sharp for 1 inning.
2008-04-09 19:40:11
534.   williamnyy23
I don't think the Yankees played this many under 3 hour games all of last year.
2008-04-09 19:41:06
535.   Shaun P
Wow, Fairchild's strike zone is wider than Wegner's. Think someone wants this game to end already?

My lord, imagine what it will be like tomorrow - game starts 8:10 PM EDT, and its travel day for the umps too.

2008-04-09 19:41:06
536.   Chyll Will
529 ...527 says it all.
2008-04-09 19:41:25
537.   Mr OK Jazz TOKYO
532 That line is NEVER going to get old..
2008-04-09 19:41:26
538.   ny2ca2dc
Dudes, I go to refill my old fashon'd glass, and i catch a called third strike to end the inning?!!? WTF?! Nice IPK (i assume, save 2 more CS's by Molina)!!!
2008-04-09 19:42:18
539.   Chyll Will
533 IPK Rules, you say?
2008-04-09 19:42:43
540.   williamnyy23
537 Maybe that should be this year's "Ha!"?
2008-04-09 19:42:57
541.   dianagramr
Its "Shake" Yabuta time ....
2008-04-09 19:43:16
542.   Just fair
Kennedy could have thrown 8 innings and given up 1 effin run and it wouldn't have mattered.
2008-04-09 19:43:57
543.   Zack
540 Except creepy instead of "bush league"
2008-04-09 19:45:54
544.   weeping for brunnhilde
Is it over yet?
2008-04-09 19:46:06
545.   SF Yanks
539 Yeah, pitch 3 simulated innings in the pen then start the game.
2008-04-09 19:46:33
546.   ny2ca2dc
OK alex, hit a 5 run homer, you pussy
2008-04-09 19:46:49
547.   pistolpete
Anyone else expecting a mammoth HR right now from Alex?

Oh well, single - heh

2008-04-09 19:46:55
548.   Just fair
2008-04-09 19:47:02
549.   mehmattski
Well at least someone keeps hitting the ball hard. Time for a meaningless home run, methinks.
2008-04-09 19:47:41
550.   Mattpat11
game ending dp coming up?
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2008-04-09 19:48:08
551.   SF Yanks
547 I was completely.
2008-04-09 19:48:38
552.   SF Yanks
550 Only fitting.
2008-04-09 19:48:52
553.   pistolpete
Oh look, another Japanese pitcher that we don't have that's actually pitching effectively.
2008-04-09 19:49:10
554.   Mattpat11
I can't even look at Cone any more.
2008-04-09 19:49:16
555.   Chyll Will
548 That was more of a 'ha' or a 'heh'...

545 And lose the fluffer...

2008-04-09 19:49:45
556.   mehmattski
Pinch hit for Giambi? Please?
2008-04-09 19:49:48
557.   pistolpete
553 I stand corrected thus far.
2008-04-09 19:50:10
558.   williamnyy23
554 "You're a big baby. You're not invited to showtime anymore."

Sorry...can't help myself.

2008-04-09 19:50:13
559.   Mattpat11
553 That was an I-word-y performance.
2008-04-09 19:50:57
560.   Chyll Will
Damn. Trey's too smart to test his resolve...
2008-04-09 19:51:00
561.   weeping for brunnhilde
556 Who've we got?
2008-04-09 19:51:06
562.   mehmattski
Paging Morgan Ensberg... paging Morgan Ensberg...
2008-04-09 19:51:10
563.   Just fair
Pinch hit Posada for shits and giggles.
2008-04-09 19:51:18
564.   SF Yanks
I take back what I said. A fitting ending would be to score 3 runs, load the bases, then get picked off at first to end it.
2008-04-09 19:51:19
565.   Mattpat11
558 You have to imagine it in a pouty voice too.
2008-04-09 19:52:35
566.   Just fair
Oh man, he crushed that one.
2008-04-09 19:52:35
567.   Mattpat11
another pop up.
2008-04-09 19:52:49
568.   Chyll Will
Infield HR...
2008-04-09 19:52:55
569.   tommyl
Yay, great offense from the Giambino. What's he batting now? .0 something?
2008-04-09 19:52:55
570.   williamnyy23
Was Giambi's plan really to hack away at the first pitch? Really?
2008-04-09 19:52:57
571.   mehmattski
UGH Does Morgan Ensberg even play for this team? Why is Giambi batting against a lefty? Hell, why is Giambi playing baseball?
2008-04-09 19:53:10
572.   weeping for brunnhilde
Gobble gobble.


Another one, Jason!

You see how high that thing went?

Man, that's gotta count for at least three!

Four, actually, if you invoke the old popout on the first pitch, no fucking around rule.

2008-04-09 19:53:14
573.   Yankees Brasil
And Giambi pops up, no surprise there.
2008-04-09 19:53:30
574.   mehmattski
569 .056
2008-04-09 19:53:32
575.   pistolpete
Molina will walk, Melky will pop up the first pitch to short RF.
2008-04-09 19:54:03
576.   ny2ca2dc
ANOTHER ALTITUDINAL HR!!!! wait, that rule is still false. fak
2008-04-09 19:54:17
577.   mehmattski
The woman in green behind the plate is very annoying.
2008-04-09 19:54:32
578.   Mattpat11

"You're a big baby. You're not invited to showtime anymore."

2008-04-09 19:54:37
579.   tommyl
I know its small sample size and all, but at what point do you cut bait on Giambi. He's OPSing under .500.
2008-04-09 19:54:37
580.   williamnyy23
Not sure how to explain letting Giambi bat, except that decision wasn't as bad as letting AG bat. This is a game Girardi didn't help the team.
2008-04-09 19:55:16
581.   weeping for brunnhilde
That's right, Jose, hang in there!
2008-04-09 19:55:17
582.   Mattpat11
"it worked out. Until Kyle Farnsworth go into the game"
2008-04-09 19:55:30
583.   Chyll Will
Ya think Joe's ready for a talk?
2008-04-09 19:55:47
584.   dianagramr
Giambi would have good hangtime for a punter ...
2008-04-09 19:55:56
585.   SF Yanks
Well done Yanks.


2008-04-09 19:56:01
586.   weeping for brunnhilde
Great game, Team, great game!

Whew, nothing like watching a nice, crisp baseball game!

2008-04-09 19:56:05
587.   williamnyy23
I hope it rains tomorrow.
2008-04-09 19:56:13
588.   OldYanksFan
Sox lose. We are still ahead of them, so all is not lost.
2008-04-09 19:56:14
589.   Just fair
3 more days like this one and we'll be tied with Detroit. Just sayin. bad dreams.
2008-04-09 19:56:25
590.   Chyll Will
581 You were looking at those inspirational posters again, huh?
2008-04-09 19:56:25
591.   weeping for brunnhilde
582 I know.
2008-04-09 19:56:51
592.   mehmattski
Yeah, at least the Yankees lost to a first place team. The Sox lost to the worst team in baseball!
2008-04-09 19:56:59
593.   Yankees Brasil
Shutout by the Royals, rock bottom? Or is it the sweep tomorrow?
2008-04-09 19:57:36
594.   weeping for brunnhilde
590 :)

I was serious, he got up there and did his best, fouled off a couple.

2008-04-09 19:57:55
595.   pistolpete
Hm, Rangers won - that should have been the game I watched tonight...
2008-04-09 19:58:51
596.   ny2ca2dc
Great, now i have to watch a tivo'd epidode of "Ax Men" to calm down.
2008-04-09 19:59:20
597.   tommyl
You know what? I can't even remember what a rally looks like anymore. We go down a run, and I seriously don't think we can make it up.
2008-04-09 19:59:23
598.   weeping for brunnhilde
Wait a minute...I just had a deja vu...didn't something happen to us last year when we went into KC?

Or maybe I'm imagining things, but didn't some Kansas City series figure into the slop fest last April?

Did we get swept there or something?

2008-04-09 19:59:56
599.   mehmattski
The Orioles, Royals, Marlins, and Brewers are all in first place...

...lock the door, and throw away the key... there's someone in my head, but it's not me...

2008-04-09 20:00:14
600.   bartap74
598 The Yankees only lost one game to the Royals all last season.
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2008-04-09 20:00:23
601.   fansince77
Has there even been a gratifying WIN this year...this is pathetic. The Yanks seem like they are up there to get the game over with. My patience watching these games is over with. We need more concentraton, more adjustments, more focus.
2008-04-09 20:00:26
602.   Mattpat11
We do have a new board catchphrase. This may be a net positive.
2008-04-09 20:00:27
603.   Chyll Will
594 Jose Molina, Billy Crystal on line 1...
2008-04-09 20:00:46
604.   JeremyM
{598} They were swept by KC in KC a couple years back, the Yanks won every game last year against them.
2008-04-09 20:01:53
605.   tommyl
601 Opening day, that was a great game and very satisfying. Since then, no.
2008-04-09 20:03:18
606.   OldYanksFan
It's still really early guys. Shit weather. We are still going to the Post Season. Bank on it.
2008-04-09 20:04:30
607.   Shaun P
578 Clearly, that applies to Morgan Ensberg as well.

580 I am not impressed with Girardi today. Not with the roster move; failing to pinch hit for AG; and especially failing to pinch hit Ensberg for Giambi vs a LHP. That's exactly the situation to use Ensberg.

So what if Hillman goes to a righty? He's just burned his only available lefty reliever (I assume Mahay is unavailable tonight), and unless he's bringing in Soria - which he wouldn't - its not like the other guys are unbeatable either.

Still, its early, but I expected more out of Joe G.

2008-04-09 20:05:21
608.   weeping for brunnhilde
600 Well there you have it!


2008-04-09 20:05:54
609.   Mattpat11
606 April Games don't count?
2008-04-09 20:08:04
610.   Yankees Brasil
606 I just hope the team doesn't give us excuses like that. You know, the weather is the same for both teams taking the field.
2008-04-09 20:13:00
611.   weeping for brunnhilde
"He just doesn't seem to think very well through how to put away hitters."--Cone
2008-04-09 20:15:39
612.   weeping for brunnhilde
Joe II coming up...
2008-04-09 20:17:15
613.   Bruce Markusen
The Yankees' roster decisions continue to be confounding. The team hasn't been scoring runs, so they promote the light-hitting Alberto Gonzalez from Triple-A, let him play the entire game, and bypass an obvious opportunity to pinch-hit for him in the late innings.

Why not just bring back Miguel Cairo, for crying out loud?

With regards to Ensberg, what is the point of having him on the roster? Is there a clause in Giambi's contract that he can't be pinch-hit for?

Not a good game for Girardi...

2008-04-09 20:17:43
614.   Shaun P
611 Who, Krazy Kyle?
2008-04-09 20:19:04
615.   Sliced Bread
I have a question for Girardi:

Joe, Bob Lorenz looks like he can hit better than Giambi. Could he play first?

2008-04-09 20:29:32
616.   weeping for brunnhilde
"We didn't score any runs and you can't hit if you don't score."

"I don't think our approach is bad, we're just not getting the results."


2008-04-09 20:30:06
617.   weeping for brunnhilde
I like this Kennedy kid a lot.

Good head on his shoulders.

2008-04-09 20:30:29
618.   weeping for brunnhilde
614 Who else.
2008-04-09 20:31:25
619.   weeping for brunnhilde
615 Ha ha hah ah a a h ah ah ah ah!!
2008-04-09 20:33:04
620.   weeping for brunnhilde
Jesus, Johnny, your hair is out of control.


2008-04-09 20:34:29
621.   Shaun P
John Bale, tomorrow's Royals starter, is a lefty. If Ensberg is at 1B, and Betemit is at SS, some of my faith in Girardi will be restored. If AG is at SS, and Giambi at 1B - hey, its not like Bale is Johan Santana, right - I will be upset. Especially if Girardi's reasoning is to build up Giambi's confidence.

Not that I have a problem building up Giambi's confidence. But why does the same logic not apply to Betemit? Because Giambi was once a league MVP? Why should Betemit, the starting BUIF, ride the bench when the starting SS is out? Because he botched a couple of throws? In a game were the entire team made some pretty poor plays with the gloves?

I'm cranky, but I'm hopeful. Andy is due for a good start, right?

2008-04-09 20:37:53
622.   Shaun P
618 Thinking isn't Kyle's problem. (Besides, isn't the catcher calling the pitches?) Its execution. He's go to execute his pitches, so that his slider, you know, slides, and so that his fastball actually moves a little (and goes somewhere where the hitter isn't likely to smack it over the fence).

Of course, Kyle's been having this problem, off and on, for years now . . .

2008-04-09 20:40:26
623.   weeping for brunnhilde
622 Yup.

Another whole season of this.


2008-04-09 21:05:23
624.   3rd gen yankee fan
Ok that was one poopy, wet, cold, lousy game! UGH!
2008-04-09 21:47:21
625.   Mattpat11
621 If the starting shortstop, whomever it may be, isn't going to hit, there are worse ideas than putting the guy who catches throws in the game.
2008-04-09 22:00:00
626.   mehmattski
621 Wilson Betemit, career:

vs RHP as LH: 810 PA, .266/.345/.460
vs LHP as RH: 231 PA, .232/.281/.351

That's as extreme as it gets. Betemit better not play tomorrow, that would be a mistake. I do like Ensberg at first though.

2008-04-09 22:08:47
627.   Adrian
I don't know about y'all, but I'm rooting for the other guy:

2008-04-10 01:37:36
628.   Yu-Hsing Chen
John Bale sucks, it would be a disgrace to not hit him.

he does however, kill lefties, Abreu / Giambi / Damon would have some serious trouble with him. though Abreu's been on fire and Giambi seem to be doing better than his # suggest . I'd sit Damon and play Ensberg at first.

Alberto isn't much of a bat, though with the way Betemit's been struggling might as well play the man with the awsome glove. plus he can't suck much more than Betemit's career line against lefties anyway

2008-04-10 05:27:02
629.   horace-clarke-era
Wow, 629 posts on an April game! Does this say more about the Banter Band or the Yankees slow start?

I'm with OYF, the cagey veteran. Of course April games count but of course April is always filled with weirdness, both weather-related and player-related.

Yes, the Yanks were terrible last night and have been at bat almost all year so far. Do the panic-buttoneers here really think they'll spend 6 months not hitting? That yelling and shredding garments will cause Hitting to Happen?

Or are we ready for the Fire Sale of Overpaid Veterans? (I'm in an all-caps mood, it seems.) The pitching was fine on a terrible night. Farnsworth is what he is, unreliable, but my bet is we live with him in 5th/6th/7th inning roles for awhile, so it is going to matter if the coaches can keep/restore his confidence. Same for LaTroy the Burning Man.

I'm amused to see the first embers of Fire Joe Girardi show up so soon after rapturous 'Girardi Ball' posts. We're beginning to sound like the worst caricatures of impatient baseball fans. Consider Boston, the Tigers, Cleveland.

April is strange. Accept it as one accepts the universe. Do not urge the signing of Mike Piazza. Dump not on Damon. Say 'Ommm' a few times.

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