Sox Gamers/Postmortems

Angels – Red Sox Gamer IV

Dice-K not looking much better than his Yankee counterpart so far. Wakefield's time as a starter may not be done yet.

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General Yankees Humor

Unintentional Hilarity, Thy Name Is Dallas

Dallas Braden, that is, who seems to be the only person on the planet who hasn't moved past what can arguably be called the smallest of Alex Rodriguez's several faux pas. (Faux pass'? Fauxes pas?). He said some unintentionally funny things in his initial interview after the game ("I don’t have a handful of wins. I only have three. Do the math, A-Rod."), but nothing compares to his most recent series of unfortunate comments.

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"…I was always told if you give a fool enough rope, he'll hang himself, and with those comments, he had all the rope he needed."
Braden actually said this with a straight face without realizing he was carrying behind him about 30 feet of that figurative rope.
"I think he's probably garnered a new respect for the unwritten rules and the people who hold them close to their game. But I think you're right, we don't do much talking in the 209 (a reference to Stockton, Calif., where Braden went to high school)."

Indeed quite a perplexing statement, since all Braden has done since then is talk. And talk. And talk. And referring back to his last comment, even if he were to take action, it would result in at the very least a swift 10-game suspension, since he has talked about doing it. Talk about hanging yourself with your own rope. Like, in three different ways.

"He's an individualistic player. He plays for the name on the back of the jersey, not the front. I don't know if he's noticed, but he doesn't have a name on the back over there so he should play for the name on the front [c]over."

So what is Braden's point? He even knows A-Rod doesn't have a name on the back of his jersey. So he plays for no one? That actually sounds kind of true, given Alex's new-found "I don't really give a damn" attitude in regards to the media. However, I kind of doubt Braden's mind can think an extra layer deeper. He can't even get the first one right.

So, the real question here is: have we finally found a major leaguer who's dumber than Jonathan Papelbon? At least Papelbon seems to know he's not all that smart and just runs with it. Braden just looks to be one of those guys who tries to look tough but ultimately fails:

Yup, I think we've got him pegged. No wonder A-Rod thought it was funny.

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Who Has The Worse Lineup Today?

Apparently it's make the worst lineup possible day for our two beloved clubs. Yankees are without Granderson and A-Rod. Red Sox are without Ellsbury, Cameron, Beltre, and Martinez. Lineups follow:

Jeter SS
Johnson 1B
Teixeira DH
Swisher RF
Cano 2B
Posada C
Thames LF
Gardner CF
Pena 3B

Red Sox:
Scutaro SS
Pedroia 2B
Drew RF
Youkilis 1B
Ortiz DH
Lowell 3B
Varitek C
McDonald LF
Van Every CF

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Sox Gamers/Postmortems

Red Sox go to Canada – Sox/Jays Gamer I

Sox currently lead 1-0 3-0 5-0 and have already squandered a bases-loaded, no-out opportunity capitalized on an early bases-loaded opportunity.

Who would have thought Jason Varitek would have more HR and RBI than Victor Martinez at this point of the season?

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Yanks Gamers/Postmortems

Rangers – Yanks Gamer II

It's Burnett vs Feldman on a dreary day in da Bronx.

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Yanks Gamers/Postmortems

Hughes Re-Re-Begins His Career As A Starter – Yanks/Angels III

Well, this is a big deal for Hughes and the Yankees. The Yankees need Hughes to be at least serviceable this year in order to slot him in next year's rotation, and Hughes needs to be at least serviceable in order to give the Yankees reason to trust him with a rotation spot.

So far, so good. Hughes' fastball is sitting 92-94, and he's spotting it well. His curveball has bite, and he's sprinkling in his cutter. We have yet to see his much-talked-about changeup, but with the stuff he's showing so far, he won't need it.

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Still Still Getting Used To This Thing


Yankees home opener and 2009 WS ring ceremony. Among the players on the 2009 team that are not on the Yankees anymore, Jerry Hairston Jr. flew from San Diego to get his ring, and now-Angel WS MVP Hit-Deki Matsui got a very nice ovation from the fans and the team itself.

For actual baseball, it's Pettitte (who also received a very nice ovation) vs E. Santana, and Nick Johnson already has his first homerun of the season.

For more images of the rings, visit, where you can also view all the different World Series rings dating back to the 1922 Giants victory over the Yankees. 
Yanks Gamers/Postmortems

Yanks-Rays Gamer III

It looks like it's going to be a fun time on the bases for the Rays today. The worst the Yankees can do on this road trip against two of the top teams in baseball is go 3-3.

But maybe they'll go 4-2.