Baseball Toaster Bronx Banter
Enough of Dis Love Makin, Whatta Ya Say We Hit?
2008-04-10 12:32
by Alex Belth

I was on the Upper West Side last night and walked through my father's old neighborhood. It's funny how quiet Broadway can get in spots in the high 80s and 90s. It almost feels desolate at times. But when the traffic has ceased temporarily, there is a stillness that falls over the streets, that is welcoming. You can still hear a hum of noise, and then a stray siren in the distance or a horn from the upper floors of a nearby apartment building.

I thought I heard a familiar tune as I crossed 96th street but wasn't aware of it until I got to the next block and saw a man in a beret and an overcoat playing a flute. Just outside of what used to be the Wiz. And now--I didn't notice--I still don' think anything is in that spot, making it even more isolated. There was a Beatles songbook on a music stand in front of him. The flute case was open at his feet (red velvet) and he was playing "And I Love Her," almost painfully slowly; the mournful sound of his instrument echoed throughout the vicinity. I could still hear him playing, faintly, fading, several blocks away.

I stopped in at Sal and Carmine's on 101rst street for a couple of slices. Sal and Carmine's is my childhood pizza jernt--though they used to be in another spot---and I still go back when I can. Sal and Carmine are both old, wrinkled and cranky, but they warm up to you if they know you a little bit. The pizza is too salty but I love it. I prefer my slices lukewarm when I'm on the go. I finished one of them when I got the 103rd street subway station and then started to dog the second one as I waited on the platform for an uptown train. I was thinking of you guys. Dag, I better house this slice, I can't get on a train with food after my rant this morning. The slices didn't give off any smell becaue they were cold, but that made the dough doughier and harder to chew. When the train came, I was down to the crust, but my jaw was killing me (only one other thing I can think of can make your jaw ache like that--think Shelley Duvall and Woody in Annie Hall).

Yo, Royals fans must be pleased, huh? And why not? Their team has handled the slow, old guys from New York for two consecutive days and they are going for the sweep tonight. Andy Pettitte is sure to hear it but good from them. He'll need to get used to it, of course but I doubt he'll be bothered by it.

I know I sound like a broken record, but I feel good about the bats tonight. Something's gotta give.

C'mon, let's get somthing cookin fella, wouldya, hah?

Comments (222)
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2008-04-10 15:08:20
1.   tommyl
Abreu sits, Giambi sits. Posada the DH, Matsui in RF. A-Rod up to the 3-spot, Melky up to Jeter's old digs. Ensberg gets the nod at 1B. Very interesting. Too bad Shelly isn't still here, would be nice to see Ensberg at first and Shelly in RF against a lefty.
2008-04-10 15:11:06
2.   Raf
1 Girardi's "house money" lineup?
2008-04-10 15:13:52
3.   tommyl
2 No, its a lefty. Sitting Abreu and Giambi makes sense then. Without Shelly, the best remaining hitter against lefties is Matsui, he has a stronger arm than Damon, so he plays RF. Cano has to play, but he's been struggling anyways and Melky is the switch hitter so he moves up. I'd still sit Posada and just let him rest, but Girardi knows his condition better than I do.
2008-04-10 15:14:41
4.   tommyl
2 Also, should have said this before. They've lost two (or three) in a row and have been anemic at the plate. Now is not the time for house money. House money is good when you've won five in a row and are cruising.
2008-04-10 15:39:57
5.   Eirias
4 Because not using a "house money" lineup has worked well so for? One of the things I like about Girardi, in his very brief tenure, is his desire to shake things up a bit.
2008-04-10 15:48:18
6.   Cliff Corcoran
The lefty (converted reliever John Bale) prevents me from griping about AG starting over Betemit, as Wilson's of little use from the right side (AG should at least be able to carry Wilson's career line of .232/.281/.351 batting right). Of course, Melky's of little use from the right side, too, (.250/.317/.324 last year) but he's gotta learn. That said, he doesn't have to learn in the two-hole when Robinson Cano hit .328/.374/.490 against lefties last year.
2008-04-10 15:53:43
7.   weeping for brunnhilde
Umm, Alex?

The ways of your mind must be tortuous ones indeed, or I may be obtuse, or both, but that was one non-sequitur of an All in the Family clip.

But whatever, it was great. I felt like a kid again, it's been a long time.

2008-04-10 15:57:39
8.   Sliced Bread
Man, I was just a kid, but I don't remember "All In The Family" bringing in Sammy Davis Jr. How'd I miss that? That was an awesome piece. Damn, could they have ever had a better guy play Archie? Not a chance.

Let's go, Pett! No peeves tonight, baby!

2008-04-10 16:01:02
9.   Sliced Bread
inter-sexin'. Holy shit that's funny.
2008-04-10 16:02:04
10.   weeping for brunnhilde
8 I know, I know, O'Connor was perfect.

Archie Bunker was such an iconic figure to me that I invoked him in my college admissions essay.

Ah, the good old days.

2008-04-10 16:03:23
11.   weeping for brunnhilde
Btw, don't sweat it, Team, Andy'll come big. He is, after all, a golden god, is he not?

Of course, Like Mike, he can't hit for the guys too, so they'd best score some fucking runs.

2008-04-10 16:03:42
12.   Shaun P
6 Why hit Cano 7th, behind Molina? I mean, Molina's been hitting ok, and Robbie not so much. But even trying to shake things up, that just seems silly.
2008-04-10 16:05:35
13.   Shaun P
11 weeping, your threating optimism always makes me laugh. "Don't sweat it, Team . . . they'd best score some fucking runs." Perfect.
2008-04-10 16:07:11
14.   Alex Belth
Archie just popped into my head when I was finishing...ah, the beauty of the internet. Just googled his fat ass, went to You Tube and saw they had that fat segment from the classic Sammy episode and zip zip zip, Chef of the Future with some treats for my peeps.
2008-04-10 16:12:20
15.   weeping for brunnhilde
13 14 :)
2008-04-10 16:24:18
16.   Just fair
Stifle it with the cold bats, will ya.
2008-04-10 16:49:55
17.   unmoderated
i just tuned into the weather channel, and man it looks scary out there in KC.

i am really looking forward to tonight's game, man... we need this one. rain gods, you hearin' me? bugger off!

2008-04-10 16:51:45
18.   3rd gen yankee fan
Weather here is extremely unsettled. T-storms movin through quick. Just had a sunshower and some small hail.
2008-04-10 17:10:24
19.   weeping for brunnhilde
"The knock on church has been that he's tried to pull everything, but there, because of the situation, because of the pitch, he took it the other way." --Mets' Gary Cohen

You hear that, Jason?

It's really not rocket science, ffs.

2008-04-10 17:17:40
20.   SF Yanks
Sit down Johnny. Ugh.
2008-04-10 17:17:41
21.   weeping for brunnhilde
Atta boy, Johnny!
2008-04-10 17:20:37
22.   ny2ca2dc
uh boy, not a good start so far...
2008-04-10 17:20:54
23.   Shaun P
Well, that was a quick top of the 1st.
2008-04-10 17:21:09
24.   SF Yanks
Picking up right where we left off I see. Actually, I'm going to try and be optimistic tonight. Good hacks fellas, you'll get em next inning!
2008-04-10 17:22:03
25.   Eirias
5 They sure do like proving me wrong, no?
2008-04-10 17:22:35
26.   fansince77
OK...note to self-- post at least one positive comment tonight. one positive comment. OK here goes: "at least we made him throw 10 pitches."
2008-04-10 17:22:47
27.   Shaun P
24 I admire your optimism. I can't find a silver lining in that inning, except that no one grounded into a double play.

My thoughts now are all sarcastic, along the lines of, "Oh, have a plane to catch now, have we?"

2008-04-10 17:23:02
28.   Cliff Corcoran
19 Have you seen any Yankee games this year? He's been going opposite field plenty. In fact, it hurt him twice at the Stadium with 390-foot shots to the left center gap that stayed in the park, one of which was caught. Besides, he ain't playin' today anyhow.
2008-04-10 17:26:09
29.   williamnyy23
28 He has tried to go opposite field a few times, but I wouldn't say he has done it "plenty". I think what 19 is referring to are those times when the defense is giving him a hit on a ground ball to third and he doesn't seem to want to take it.
2008-04-10 17:26:40
30.   Eirias
There are good people on the DL? Illuminating commentary, Mr. Sterling.
2008-04-10 17:27:12
31.   Shaun P
Well, seems Rick Reed is calling the pitch 2 inches off the plate a strike too.

And again! (to German)

And again! (to Teahen)

These umps are unreal.

2008-04-10 17:27:20
32.   SF Yanks
27 Yup. Sarcasm is running through my veins right now, but I'm doing all I can from letting it bleed out.
2008-04-10 17:28:13
33.   williamnyy23
Here we go again...
2008-04-10 17:28:32
34.   SF Yanks
Deep breaths...
2008-04-10 17:28:35
35.   Zack
And here we go, once again we are down, which these days seem insurmountable.
2008-04-10 17:29:05
36.   fansince77
way to hit that cutoff man in deep left JD. Don't think we had a shot anyway but...damn that is a girlie arm.
2008-04-10 17:30:05
37.   Zack
2008-04-10 17:30:22
38.   Just fair
Holy crap, he hit the bull.
2008-04-10 17:30:30
39.   weeping for brunnhilde
28 Ok, Cliff, if you say so.

I've not seen it yet.

We'll see...

2008-04-10 17:31:05
40.   Shaun P
31 And another (2nd pitch to Butler).
2008-04-10 17:32:08
41.   fansince77
oh bullshit that was strike three!
2008-04-10 17:32:38
42.   Mattpat11
I see we're losing.
2008-04-10 17:33:34
43.   Knuckles
Gload has a 600 game hitting streak against the Yankees going here.
2008-04-10 17:33:37
44.   williamnyy23
Is rain in the forecast? Will it be coming before the 5th inning?
2008-04-10 17:34:53
45.   Shaun P
44 I could have sworn Gameday had "light rain" as the current conditions when the Yanks were up, but now it says, "Cloudy".
2008-04-10 17:36:04
46.   Zack
It would be really nice to win this game, since the thought of Moose pitching in Fenway tomorrow seems destined to reignite the dormant Sox bats...
2008-04-10 17:36:29
47.   weeping for brunnhilde

Ok, this is our game now.

I mean it, you watch.

2008-04-10 17:36:35
48.   Just fair
I have a pet peeve. It's a 30 pitch 1st inning.
2008-04-10 17:37:49
49.   Shaun P
Cripes - 30 pitches for Pettitte! Why couldn't the Yanks do that to Bale?
2008-04-10 17:38:10
50.   OldYanksFan
hmmmmm... seems Cloudy here at the Banter...
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2008-04-10 17:38:32
51.   Zack
Isee by watching the Sox-Tigers game that that animal on top of Magglio Ordonez's head is still there and seems to have grown. Same thing for the one on Youkilis' chin.
2008-04-10 17:39:45
52.   Just fair
Theoretically, if Pettitte throws nothing but strikes, this game should be over in about an 90 minutes.
2008-04-10 17:39:58
53.   williamnyy23
With the team struggling, I am not sure how wise it is to sit one of the few guys who is hitting.
2008-04-10 17:40:16
54.   Zack
Hey look, Bale is throwing the game of his life!
2008-04-10 17:40:56
55.   Mattpat11
So this John Bale is a can't miss rookie sensation, right?
2008-04-10 17:41:55
56.   OldYanksFan
Matsui reaches out about 2 feet so he could pull that feeble grounder.
2008-04-10 17:41:57
57.   Just fair
Molina for president.
2008-04-10 17:42:00
58.   Mattpat11
2008-04-10 17:42:36
59.   3rd gen yankee fan
Maybe if we all get really PO'd at the same time it'll create a disturbance in the magnetic field surrounding the Yankees and flip the hitting switch. ? I'm ready!
2008-04-10 17:42:56
60.   Zack
so can we just chalk this whole series up to a jet lag from traveling from NY to KC?
2008-04-10 17:43:16
61.   williamnyy23
Alberto Gonzalez currently leads the Yankees in OPS+.
2008-04-10 17:43:42
62.   OldYanksFan
I am watching the Sox. There is no doubt in my mind that the toughest job in baseball is catching Wakefield.
2008-04-10 17:43:56
63.   SF Yanks
You really can't blame the Yankees. They are facing TOUGH pitching. This Bale guy is an absolute STUD with TREMENDOUS stuff. Almost Johan like.
2008-04-10 17:44:12
64.   Zack
holy crap, Cano walked. Something is wrong.
2008-04-10 17:45:04
65.   ny2ca2dc
Cano walked! This is a good omen!
2008-04-10 17:46:11
66.   Mattpat11
Oh good.
2008-04-10 17:46:13
67.   williamnyy23
Ensberg really seizing his opportunity!
2008-04-10 17:46:15
68.   Just fair
Ensberg is officially a Yankee.
2008-04-10 17:46:16
69.   Zack
Ahhh, nothing sweeter than the called strike three to end the inning. Oh wait, wrong team
2008-04-10 17:47:09
70.   tommyl
65 Only to lead to the inevitable K looking with men in scoring position. Schweet...I'm trying really hard to stay positive, but c'mon, its John freakin' Bale.
2008-04-10 17:47:27
71.   fansince77
in fairness - KC pitcher got two calls in that at bat.
2008-04-10 17:47:30
72.   Mattpat11
68 I'm glad we made a point of putting the righty in so he could do that.
2008-04-10 17:48:36
73.   SF Yanks
68 Good one!
2008-04-10 17:49:03
74.   Just fair
72 At least he didn't pull his groin.
2008-04-10 17:49:31
75.   Mattpat11
That was not a good curve.
2008-04-10 17:50:44
76.   Zack
Wow, that ball probably should have been a HR
2008-04-10 17:51:24
77.   tommyl
Tony Pena Jr. HR, calling it now.
2008-04-10 17:51:42
78.   Zack
I swear this team tries to bunt more than I've ever seen
2008-04-10 17:52:13
79.   Just fair
Pena Sr.'s gotta be dying inside for his son. I hope he gets his act together soon. Not tonight, of course.
2008-04-10 17:52:16
80.   dianagramr

"The Yanks found an MRI machine in Kansas City and got Derek Jeter inside it. It was simply a precaution, and the results were about what everyone expected. Jeter has a mild quad strain. The location is high and medial, near where many might call it a groin injury, but the images did show that it's a small, Grade I+ tear in his quad. Jeter's first step has never been his strength, but this is the type of thing where his "baseball IQ" should help."

2008-04-10 17:52:18
81.   williamnyy23
Molina really has an exeptional arm. I wonder what he and Yadir would be clocked at.
2008-04-10 17:52:20
82.   Shaun P
40 And, going back in time, the third pitch to Molina. And the pitch Ensberg was called out on would have hit him in the thigh, if he was a lefty. Un-frickin-believable.

And the first pitch to Gload. I don't care if he's being consistent or not, that damn pitch is NOT a strike (pet peeve). Why won't these umps call the strike zone properly?

2008-04-10 17:53:47
83.   OldYanksFan
Actually, Mrs. Molina has an exeptional arm.
2008-04-10 17:55:27
84.   tommyl
Miguel Cairo, thanks for that.
2008-04-10 17:55:36
85.   OldYanksFan
If you guys need a little cheering up, try to catch a Big Papi AB on TV. The guy is just lost.

And speaking of just lost at the plate, JD doesn't even look like a major leaguer. Hope it's just a slump.

2008-04-10 17:56:18
86.   Shaun P
Much better there, Andy. Only 8 pitches that inning.

82 And the first pitch to AG.

61 Abreu is first on the team in AVG, Matsui 2nd, Molina 3rd. AG was tied with Abreu until that last PA.

2008-04-10 17:57:10
87.   OldYanksFan
Has anyone signed Bonds yet?
2008-04-10 17:57:44
88.   Mattpat11
79 When Cone said "we can see why Tony Pena is in the big leagues" I assumed we were going to see the first page coaches box.
2008-04-10 17:58:04
89.   tommyl
2 outs, ok, now lets get a single, a walk, and then another strikeout!
2008-04-10 17:59:14
90.   Zack
Holy crap a run! From melky!
2008-04-10 17:59:25
91.   Mattpat11
Melky Cabrera is tied for the team lead in home runs.
2008-04-10 17:59:32
92.   Zack
Off a lefty!
2008-04-10 17:59:36
93.   SF Yanks
Thata boy Melk!
2008-04-10 17:59:40
94.   Shaun P
2008-04-10 17:59:57
95.   weeping for brunnhilde
I'm amazed that went out.

Nice job, Melk!

2008-04-10 18:00:03
96.   Zack
And then A-Rod makes sure to restore order by grounding out on the first pitch
2008-04-10 18:00:05
97.   Just fair
Melky will never have any power. : )
2008-04-10 18:00:05
98.   tommyl
I'm sorry, did Melky just reach out and hit a homerun to centerfield?! Holy cow.
2008-04-10 18:00:15
99.   Cliff Corcoran
That was just Melky's third major league homer as a right-handed batter. Nice to see.
2008-04-10 18:01:30
100.   tommyl
At least that A-Rod workout is paying off for someone tonight.

Wow, I'm impressed. If Melky hits like this the rest of the season it could definitely be a breakout. That was impressive.

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2008-04-10 18:02:35
101.   SF Yanks
Gathwrong really bugs me.
2008-04-10 18:03:08
102.   3rd gen yankee fan
MELKY! Love that kid.

We're starting to get a huge lightning storm about 5 miles to the west. When it starts raining here, it'll be about 5-10 minutes from Kaufmann.

2008-04-10 18:03:32
103.   Mattpat11
96 And he was thrown out by about 15 feet too. I thought it would be a little closer than that.
2008-04-10 18:05:31
104.   williamnyy23
That's an awful walk by have to go right after German.
2008-04-10 18:09:13
105.   Shaun P
86 And then German's PA: 1st and 4th pitches were called balls; they were right over the plate (according to Gameday). The 2nd and 5th pitches were called strikes; they were outside (according to Gameday).


104 German is the one guy on this team who, prior to this year, has a history of actually walking.

2008-04-10 18:09:23
106.   Zack
103 Nah, why bother, we all knew the result off the bat...
2008-04-10 18:10:19
107.   Zack
Well that ended nicely
2008-04-10 18:11:14
108.   williamnyy23
Awesome play by Arod...think about how hard it is for a 2B to pivot off the bag and throw to 1B. Now, imagine him having to do it from 3B!
2008-04-10 18:12:07
109.   williamnyy23
If the Yankees are going to keep losing, I think they have an obligation to can these Giuseppe Franco commericals.
2008-04-10 18:12:31
110.   Cliff Corcoran
105 That's an exaggeration, but it's true that German's OBP is his best feature as a ballplayer.
2008-04-10 18:13:34
111.   3rd gen yankee fan
Pouring rain here in downtown KC...
2008-04-10 18:13:44
112.   ny2ca2dc
Anybody notice the new Yahoo! logo on the MLB.TV. Yahoo! & MLB struck a deal today,
2008-04-10 18:13:51
113.   weeping for brunnhilde
Nice hit there, Jorgie!
2008-04-10 18:14:06
114.   weeping for brunnhilde
And Hideki!
2008-04-10 18:14:16
115.   Zack
Wait, back to back hits with no outs? I didn't think that was possible! Nice running by Jorge too!
2008-04-10 18:15:25
116.   ny2ca2dc
Po got wheels!

K then GIDP?

2008-04-10 18:16:57
117.   Zack
So typical
2008-04-10 18:17:17
118.   weeping for brunnhilde
I'll take it.

He didn't K, and that's good enough for me.

2008-04-10 18:17:53
119.   fansince77
Jesus - even when we do something good it sucks.
2008-04-10 18:17:56
120.   weeping for brunnhilde
Hey, we got the one!
2008-04-10 18:17:57
121.   Mattpat11
The Yankees are...winning?
2008-04-10 18:18:52
122.   ny2ca2dc
christ. at least a run scored - that's a change from earlier.
2008-04-10 18:19:44
123.   Shaun P
118 I'd rather Molina did K, instead of grounding into a DP.

But hey, the Yanks have a lead!

2008-04-10 18:20:13
124.   OldYanksFan
Should I be happy about that?
2008-04-10 18:20:41
125.   Mattpat11
Thunderstorm warning until 9. QUICK. GET THROUGH FIVE INNINGS.
2008-04-10 18:22:37
126.   Just fair
This ain't your daddy's strike zone. If Glavine or Maddux were rookies this year, would either of them have ever sniffed 250 wins?
2008-04-10 18:22:54
127.   Zack
125 Because of the way this season has been working, it won't happen.
2008-04-10 18:24:16
128.   Mattpat11
2008-04-10 18:24:22
129.   fansince77
I am sorry but Pettite is getting squeezed while Royals get two inches on outside corner- Petitte struck him out.
2008-04-10 18:24:31
130.   Zack
Like I said, rain delay. They delay it now, before a single drop has fallen, yet yesterday, when it was POURING, no delay
2008-04-10 18:25:15
131.   Zack
This is designed to screw the Yanks. God hates them clearly. Now Pettitte won't come back out and its back to the BP
2008-04-10 18:25:22
132.   bartap74
Yesterday, the Royals are up, the Yankees are down and even though it's pouring, there is no rain delay. Today, no rain, but the Yanks are up, and we have a delay
2008-04-10 18:25:40
133.   Mattpat11
The Kaufman grounds crew looks like a group of 19 year olds
2008-04-10 18:26:28
134.   OldYanksFan
Prophylactic tarp?
2008-04-10 18:26:51
135.   williamnyy23
My meterology skills tell me this shouldn't last more than 20-30 minutes.

I wonder if that means Andy is toast.

2008-04-10 18:28:43
136.   Just fair
What did they used to show during the 80's rain delays on WPIX? Am I wrong in envisioning Little Rascal and Three Stooges reruns.
2008-04-10 18:30:26
137.   williamnyy23
136 At times...I also recall the Odd Couple and Honeymooners. The best is when they would show that 1978 Highlight film hosted by Bill White.
2008-04-10 18:33:04
138.   3rd gen yankee fan
130 Mmm, it was't really pouring yesterday, I sat through it. Just a light rain. Today it sure is pouring.
2008-04-10 18:34:47
139.   OldYanksFan
Sox up 4-3 in the 7th.
2008-04-10 18:43:37
140.   Shaun P
135 Guess it depends on how long the delay lasts. I'm guessing this is the Yanks' only trip to KC this year, so they are probably going to try like heck to get this game in.

If Pettitte doesn't come back, and they play a full 9 innings, the pen will be OK. Say Ohlendorf for a couple, Hawkins for one, Joba for two, and Mo for one to close it out. Traber could probably come pitch to one lefty if needed too.

2008-04-10 18:45:10
141.   Orly Yarly NoWai
Plus, from what I've heard, the crew has gotten an earful for not delaying the game yesterday, so it makes sense that they'd be a little jittery about rain today.
2008-04-10 18:45:39
142.   SF Yanks
Game is back on.
2008-04-10 18:45:59
143.   Sliced Bread
nice pick, Pett!
2008-04-10 18:46:47
144.   Just fair
In my head, Cone just said, "Kennedy's j.o.last night was longer than that rain delay. And a no doubt pick-off from Pettitte."
2008-04-10 18:49:15
145.   Mattpat11
140 As much as I'm pulling for Hawk now, I do not want him anywhere near a one run game.
2008-04-10 18:49:28
146.   Shaun P
Well done, Ensberg!
2008-04-10 18:50:00
147.   Mattpat11
144 You're a big baby. You're not invited to showtime anymore.
2008-04-10 18:50:49
148.   Zack
Good, nice short rain delay and Pettitte back out...

Gosh, a bunt just to get to Damon? I think I have more faith in AG at the moment

2008-04-10 18:51:06
149.   Shaun P
Grr . . . a little early to sac bunt, even with the way the offense has been struggling, IMHO.
2008-04-10 18:51:40
150.   Just fair
Since it's always so frustrating to watch someone not be able to bunt, that was good on Al. Hey Damon, a 5 game hitting streak. Holy cow!
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2008-04-10 18:51:41
151.   Mattpat11
Even when we get a hit with RISP....
2008-04-10 18:52:49
152.   Just fair
147 HA!
2008-04-10 18:53:34
153.   Zack
Melkman is the offense tonight!
2008-04-10 18:53:39
154.   Mattpat11
2008-04-10 18:54:06
155.   Just fair
#28 in in your programs, #1 in your hearts. The melkman.
2008-04-10 18:54:17
156.   fansince77
The Melk is delivered twice today.
2008-04-10 18:54:40
157.   Shaun P
Thank you, Melky!

OK MVP, do yer thing here (that is, don't make a damned out!)

2008-04-10 18:54:55
158.   Sliced Bread
4th outfielder my ass. kid's a stud.
2008-04-10 18:55:04
159.   Mattpat11
Why is A-Rod standing in a haze?
2008-04-10 18:55:32
160.   Mattpat11
Well, we got a run out of it
2008-04-10 18:56:45
161.   fansince77
That's a keeper but when is AROD going to make the adjustment and stop pulling every pitch? He is best when he goes up the middle.
2008-04-10 18:57:10
162.   Just fair
I think they moved the centerfield camera behind the fountain.
2008-04-10 18:57:40
163.   Shaun P
158 Yeah, a million guys out there like our Melky. Whatever you say Mr. Fake Press Conference Guy. Whatever you say.
2008-04-10 18:59:08
164.   Sliced Bread
163 and Melk's hard slide saved the dp,got A-Rod the RBI. stud.
2008-04-10 19:07:18
165.   Mattpat11
2008-04-10 19:08:15
166.   Just fair
Move over Joe Mauer, here comes Molina.
2008-04-10 19:09:09
167.   Shaun P
165 Man, he has turned out to be a heck of a find or what?

105 And the 1st pitch to Molina - over the plate, ball. 4th pitch, almost the exact same location, called strike.

2008-04-10 19:13:59
168.   Mattpat11
Andy went down like he was shot. I was sure he got hit.
2008-04-10 19:14:31
169.   ny2ca2dc
amazing catch. wow!
2008-04-10 19:17:39
170.   Just fair
If ifs and buts were Pettitte's pitches in the 1st inning, he'd be in mighty fine shape. Nearly just getting killed notwithstanding. He had it all the way.
2008-04-10 19:18:44
171.   SF Yanks
Woah! Nomo still pitches?
2008-04-10 19:19:12
172.   Shaun P
Hideo Nomo? Now I've seen everything.
2008-04-10 19:21:09
173.   Just fair
NomoMania v. Melkymania
2008-04-10 19:26:59
174.   ny2ca2dc
ziller vs nomo should be cool
2008-04-10 19:30:13
175.   ny2ca2dc
2008-04-10 19:30:37
176.   Zack
THink we can score more than 4?
2008-04-10 19:32:04
177.   Sliced Bread
almost decapitated again. that's enough for Pett, now, right?
2008-04-10 19:33:00
178.   Sliced Bread
damn, busy night for Pett. Not easy being the stopper.
2008-04-10 19:37:16
179.   ny2ca2dc
Wow, right to Joba - cool with me, we need this win.
2008-04-10 19:38:47
180.   Zack
Pettitte gave us just what we needed, thanks Andy!
2008-04-10 19:40:37
181.   Raf
171 Yep. Nomo has been bouncing around, I saw him pitch winterball.

Seems to have packed on quite a few pounds.

2008-04-10 19:41:55
182.   dcpi
Jaba Jaba Hey!
2008-04-10 19:43:29
183.   ny2ca2dc
Damon is the most awkward good baseball player I've ever seen.
2008-04-10 19:47:24
184.   Mattpat11
I texted my vote for the first time ever
2008-04-10 19:48:23
185.   williamnyy23
Cano looks like he is giving away ABs.
2008-04-10 19:50:16
186.   Zack
Didn't Angel Berroa beat out Matsui for rookie of the year? what a joke that turned out to be
2008-04-10 19:54:23
187.   Mattpat11
186 The AL ROY's for 2002-2004 were all busts.
2008-04-10 19:57:01
188.   tommyl
Shelley Duncan tonight was 4-5 with HR, 3 2B and 3 RBI for Scranton tonight. Man I can't stand seeing him in AAA.
2008-04-10 20:05:50
189.   Just fair
J.O. jokes, sniper jokes. Cone and K. Hernandez should do Fox's sat. games.
2008-04-10 20:08:14
190.   SF Yanks
2008-04-10 20:09:23
191.   Just fair
Joba = nasty. I pity any AAA player if they actually follow through and send him down to "stretch him out" this summer.
2008-04-10 20:09:55
192.   fansince77
2008-04-10 20:10:48
193.   williamnyy23
Kind of wish Joba didn't throw 24 pitches heading into Boston.
2008-04-10 20:13:15
194.   Just fair
I kind of wish scoring 4 runs vs. K.C. wasn't considered a mind blowing accomplishment.
2008-04-10 20:14:30
195.   Just fair
I mean 5 runs. Look out, Mickey.
2008-04-10 20:14:44
196.   tommyl
Hey, this A-Rod kid isn't so bad. Maybe this will be his breakout year.
2008-04-10 20:15:11
197.   Chyll Will
That was sweet.
2008-04-10 20:15:14
198.   williamnyy23
194 Especially against Bale and Nomo. Bannister and Greinke are both good pitchers, but this game should have been a blowout.
2008-04-10 20:16:48
199.   Just fair
2008-04-10 20:17:06
200.   tommyl
Guess he can still bat. Sit Mo down?
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2008-04-10 20:17:27
201.   tommyl
198 6 runs
2008-04-10 20:18:09
202.   Chyll Will
KS: " Maybe the offense is starting to come together..."

Maybe because it's Nomo?

2008-04-10 20:18:32
203.   tommyl
So apparently, Joe Girardi is a genius.
2008-04-10 20:18:54
204.   tommyl
202 Booooo, stop ruining it for me. They are hitting the ball, let me enjoy it.
2008-04-10 20:19:15
205.   wsporter
Little known fact: Nomo means 'slump buster' in Japanese.
2008-04-10 20:21:11
206.   Chyll Will
204 Don't boo me, boo Matsui. He ruined the trifekta...
2008-04-10 20:21:27
207.   Mattpat11
Good spot for the Hawk.
2008-04-10 20:22:44
208.   Just fair
Attention Yankee lineup, you are all invited to Showtime tomorrow.
2008-04-10 20:22:45
209.   Mattpat11
or not. Get Mo some work.
2008-04-10 20:24:32
210.   Chyll Will
Joba = Strikes
2008-04-10 20:24:49
211.   tommyl
Um, wow, that was a hell of a throw.
2008-04-10 20:25:20
212.   Just fair
Have I said lately that we should leave A-Rod at 3rd regardless of what happens to Jeter this week or the distant future.
2008-04-10 20:25:40
213.   williamnyy23
209 I odn't have a problem with Mo pitching here to get some work, but I wouldn't let him throw more than 15 pitches unless he happened to put men on base in doing so.

The Yankees have some pretty fancy non-pitching arms. I'm sure Arod, Melky and Molina could light up the gun.

2008-04-10 20:25:57
214.   Mattpat11
211 yep
2008-04-10 20:26:24
215.   tommyl
213 I'm beginning to think of A-Rod as Bugs Bunny from that old cartoon. You know, play every position, run the bases and hit every time.
2008-04-10 20:29:24
216.   Mattpat11
I don't understand the Ross Gload thing. We are aware that he's really not very good, right?
2008-04-10 20:29:59
217.   tommyl
What's wrong with Mo? I thought he threw 95-96. He's only hitting 92 on the gun. Should we be worried? ;)
2008-04-10 20:30:25
218.   Just fair
Yikes. Game over.
2008-04-10 20:30:42
219.   williamnyy23
216 I am sure the lack of lefties plays into it, but that's just a statstical blip.
2008-04-10 20:40:40
220.   Mattpat11
The old dudes in the rotation both have 3.09 ERAs
2008-04-10 20:51:29
221.   tommyl
Joe's interview, logic behind the lineup changes. I do not understand...
2008-04-10 21:18:43
222.   Keith R A DeCandido
Wow, Sal & Carmine's! That takes me back. I lived on 100th Street for six years, and I had lunch there as often as I could. Glad it's still there and that Sal & Carmine are still at it.

Salty, my ass -- it's the best pizza in New York. And I don't say that lightly....

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