It was not, perhaps, his most stirring message to the troops, but at least George is backing his warriors—for the moment:
The season is still very young, but up to now the results are clearly not acceptable to me or to Yankee fans. However, Brian Cashman our general manager, Joe Torre our manager and our players all believe that they will turn this around quickly. I believe in them. I am here to support them in any way to help them accomplish this turnaround. It is time to put excuses and talk away. It is time to see if people are ready to step up and accept their responsibilities. It is time for all of them to show me and the fans what they are made of. Let’s get going. Let’s go out and win and bring a world championship back to New York. That’s what I want.
by General Yankees · 16 comments
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Although it’s more compelling drama, the Yankees’ miserable April would not be possible without some heady play by the Boston Red Sox, who will enter May tomorrow guaranteed to have their largest-ever division lead after the first month of the season — at least 3.5 games.
At 16-8, the Sox have baseball’s best record and are in first place by a wider margin than any other team. Hey, it’s April, but which team would you rather be right now?
There’s plenty to be happy about in Sox Nation. There’s also some concerns being masked by the gaudy record and overshadowed by the Bronx soap opera. Five things to like and three things to not like about the first month:
by General Red Sox · 65 comments
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A lovely eulogy for Josh Hancock, along with a commentary on the strange nature of fandom, from Will Leitch of Deadspin.
by Miscellany · 2 comments
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We should never talk about his job. He’s been doing a great job. He’s been doing a great job this year.—Derek Jeter
That “we” was ostensibly meant to entail the media, but it was clearly a message to a certain other party. The Torre-Jeter bond is one of the most fascinating in the history of the game. The Yankees can ill-afford to irreparably harm the team’s relationship with its superstar shortstop; that would create a serious long-term PR problem at a time when the Mets are already a media darling. That new stadium isn’t going to just fill up by itself. Which is not to say the team must be hostage to its manager, whose performance has hardly been above reproach this season, though making him the scapegoat for the team’s lousy results thus far seems grossly unfair. “It that’s what happens, that’s what happens,” said Torre of a possible firing. We hope it doesn’t come to that. Next week he will celebrate his three-decade anniversary as a Major League manger. We look forward to raising a glass in his honor
by General Yankees · 30 comments
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Something must change. The Yankees, who just lost two of three (5 of 6 on the season) to the Red Sox, are definitively in _last_ place, and (through “channels”) have Stein=Steamed. Torre has had ample opportunity to prove himself worthy of this lineup, and should obviously be damn thankful for the pitching that he was given this year. Lineup is not hitting lately? A whack-a-mole rotation and pen so far into the tank that publicly humiliated starters get called on to save the game one day after their demotion and loss of face only to emerge a hero? Yankee pitchers giving up long balls like business cards at an Amway convention? Joe’s fault. Heads. Must. Roll. Case in point: last night, Karstens got his leg broke by the first pitch of the game to Julio Lugo; there goes Torre leaving a guy in there too long in a knee-jerk reaction to make up for the quick leash he’s had on the other guys this year, and by dumb luck the patsy gets the win. Talk about abusing your pitchers. Obviously, he should have swapped out for Igawa after the anthem and prior to the first pitch after demoting him if he knew a thing or two. What was he doing starting three rookies consecutively this year anyway, _and_ calling up Hughes? Moron. Look at the total lack of extra-base hits across the lineup as of late (prior to “pad my stats” ARod hitting as a _god_ distracting attention from what was a team’s losing record before he finally returning to near-earth orbit), not to mention the fact that there were three guys hitting south of .230 playing in a “must” game this afternoon. Torre’s clueless. Gone, I say, Yes, gerbil says he’s out. However, he read in a picture book that this is a democratic society, and what gerbil wants is not necessarily what gerbil gets, despite his keen insight. Who do you vote off the show, in this week’s episode of “You’re Fired!”
f) Billy Martin
g) Alex Rodriguez
h) Ronan Tynan
i) Kate Smith
j) Bob Sheppard
k) Michael Kay
l) Himself (nope, not an option; that’s Somebody Else’s job)
m) Nobody (see g)
o) He falls back asleep
by Yanks Gamers/Postmortems · 35 comments
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For all the desperation in Yankeeland, the team throws its ace to the hill this afternoon in a bid to take the rubber game with arch-foe Boston. Chien-Ming Wang is 0-1 with a 5.68 era, but those numbers are a bit of a distortion on what was a quality first appearance last Tuesday in Tampa, at least until the beleaguered bullpen got hold of it. He faces Julian Tavarez, the decidedly weak link in the Sox rotation, at 0-2, 8.36. A win today might well settle things in the Bronx. A loss could lead to ugliness. Rationally, a single game in April should not bear so much weight given a 162 game season that ends rougly half a year from now. That’s the way it goes in NY. Comment on today’s action right here. Lineups after the jump.
by Sox Gamers/Postmortems,Yanks Gamers/Postmortems · 246 comments
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The Yanks finally put a halt to their skid yesterday. Kei Igawa redeemed himself with a fine outing, Jorge homered, and Mo nailed down the win. This is how things were supposed to work. But the coast is not entirely clear. The pitch that knocked out Jeff Karstens in the first inning of the game actually fractured his leg; no surgery necessary, but the Yanks lose another starter. Also, Johnny’s back is barking. Morre critically, Torre’s job remains in jeopardy. “I think he’s going to wait and see what happens this weekend, and then we’ll see,” said The Boss’s mouthpiece, Howard Rubenstein. So, George is still hovering. A big game today, then. A win will probably quiet the forces of doom. Another loss and all bets are off. Thankfully, Wang will be on the hill.
by Yanks Gamers/Postmortems · 2 comments
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Yesterday we brought you images of what remains of New York’s oldest ballpark, Brooklyn’s Washington Park. While we were exploring that old relic last week, regular YFSF commenter Andrews took on the opposite side of Prospect Park to the site that was once home to Ebbets Field, where Jackie Robinson broke into the majors 60 years ago. You’ll recognize those hallowed names in these photos, but we can’t imagine Jackie would be pleased. Lipstick on a pig, as they say.
by Ballparks,History · 1 comment
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Yes, it has come to this. The Yanks have dropped 4 straight to the Sox, 7 straight overall, and find themselves in the AL East cellar. A calamitous season opening from the starters, due to injury and plain old ineffectiveness, led to an overused bullpen (except for underused closer Mariano Rivera). Now the bullpen is tired out (except for Mo, who’s rusty), and the starting staff is still unreconstructed. Alex Rodriguez, who has personally carried the team, has cooled off a bit. Bobby Abreu has been rally death. The back end of the order dormant. The papers are sniping at Torre. You get the feeling the team may never win again, and today they throw rookie Jeff Karstens to the Red Sox wolves. Longtime nemesis Tim Wakefield goes for the Sox. He’s given the Yanks fits over the years; they really need to make something happen against him today. Certainly, it’s not hard to imagine Alex getting back on track against a floater over the plate. We’re hoping for a big day from him, and hope the rest of the team follows suit. Comment on all the action right here.
[Ed. note: This post by YF; sorry for the confusion]
by Sox Gamers/Postmortems,Yanks Gamers/Postmortems · 281 comments
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Extant is actually a stretch. The retaining wall pictured above is the last standing vestige of Washington Park, home to the NL’s Brooklyn franchise from 1898 to 1913. That wall, which now encloses a Con-Ed facility, runs along Third avanue between Third and Fourth streets in Gowanus, an amorphous industrial neigborhood sandwiched between Park Slope and Carroll Gardens. The ballpark that once occupied the site was a lovely affair, with a covered grandstand and seating for nearly 20,000. A previous Washington Park, just a block away, had been home to that same Brooklyn team in its earlier affiliations; the boys were occassionally referred to as “Gowanucians.” Fans came from the surrounding neigborhoods—the area was known generally as “South Brooklyn” back then—and from Manhattan, an easy commute across the then-new Brooklyn Bridge. A few more shots of that beautiful old wall:
by Ballparks,History · 8 comments
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This is way late, and I apologize for that. Without further ado, our very own Brad:
Now that ESPN has figured out all the problems with the scoring, we’ve had what appears to be our first week (or so) of games without any problems. Josh continues to absolutely dominate us on a daily basis, but we maintain hope. Rod is closing in every day thanks in large part to Ian Kinsler, who clearly made off with some of Manny’s mojo the last time Boston was in town.
There’s quite the pack in the middle that juggles back and forth on a nightly basis, and hopefully it stays that way; competitive leagues are always more fun that blowout ones. No real surprises, less the newly crowned Mr. April of course, but there are some real nice young players out there making a real difference in the scoring. Hanley Ramirez (no real surprise) is racking up points on par with his infield counterpart at third base, and young John Maine from NY has put up some pretty impressive numbers as well.
Overall, things are going as we expected. Manny, Ryan Howard and King Albert have been huge disappointments to date, but we all know that’s going to turn around at some point.
So here are the way things stand as of Monday night:
by General Baseball · 4 comments
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We don’t imagine we’ll be able to post many more game threads involving both of our teams with this kind of title. But for this evening, which we hope remains dry, we’ll leave it hanging out there, if only to needle (yep, it’s a needle, YFs, pointing out that the Yankees are in last place. Cellar dwellers. Bringing up the rear. On the outside looking in. Whatever synonym/epithet you care to use, it’s true. They’re in last. At least for a few more hours).
More seriously (and yes, we kid: we aren’t willing to even think about gloating over an April standings lead, nor are we willing to overlook the fantastic lineup the Yankees put on the field every day for fear of seeing a scoreboard that indicates a seven run deficit and Joel Pineiro pitching, all in the third inning), we look forward to seeing Daisuke Matsuzaka pitching this evening. It will be interesting to see how Daisuke adjusts (or if he adjusts) after last week’s plodding and difficult effort against the Bombers. Certainly we Sox fans expected a little more out of our new star and tonight will be a good test; a second appearance against an offensive juggernaut in less than a week, on enemy soil. Yankees fans can look forward to their best starter taking the hill in Andy Pettitte in the friendly (at least to them) confines of the House that Ruth Built with a lineup that finally looks as it was designed. Consider this your game thread for tonight’s action. Lineups after the jump.
by Sox Gamers/Postmortems,Yanks Gamers/Postmortems · 428 comments
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That’s blues-singing fool Jim Dolan. He owns the New York Knicks. Since he took over the ownership of the team, the team has sucked.
(Guitar solo time. Count 80 seconds…and we’re back.)
Jon Heyman reports that Dolan is interested in buying the Yankees if the franchise is put up for sale in the future (with George’s health apparently failing and no clear line of succession in place, the sale of the Yankees is a possibility.)
Dolan has Knicks fans singing the blues. Will he soon have Yanks fans doing the same?
by General Yankees · 12 comments
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The Phil Hughes Era began with a loss last night. “Early Arrival to the Yanks Ends with Early Exit” announced the Times this morning. A cursory glance at his line isn’t too impressive: 4.1 innings, 7 hits, 4 runs, a wild pitch, and a loss. On the other hand, he struck out 5, walked but one, showed an impressive arsenal, and was unafraid to challenge even the Jays’ toughest hitters. Some notes:
-Hughes had an easy time with the back end of the Jays’ lineup
-He had much more difficulty with Alex Rios, Frank Thomas, and, especially, Vernon Wells.
-His fastball, as noted by Orel Hershiser, can be a bit flat—a danger if not set up and located properly. He did, however, show a fastball that rided in on righties.
-His use of a straight change and the big hook to unsettle the timing of opponents was awfully impressive.
-1 of those runs should have been unearned, but Miguel Cairo was not charged with an error he deserved. A better bullpen job might have prevented another run from scoring.
We look forward to improvement in his future outings; certainly it was a promising beginning to what we all hope will be a spectacular career.
Our grade: B-
by Yanks Gamers/Postmortems · 34 comments
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As the Sox and Yanks look to begin another big series in the Bronx tonight (in Brooklyn right now it is pouring, so fingers crossed), we took a quick journey around some Yanks and Sox blogs. Here are some highlights:
by General Baseball,General Red Sox,General Yankees · 64 comments
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