In with the Rod, Out with the Thong: O’s-Yanks Gamer IV

There was a time when the Yanks welcomed the O’s to NY to perform ritual division-lead cushion-building thrashings.  Alas, the last-place Yankees are no longer looking down on anyone in the AL East, for it is they who dwell in the cellar.

This past weekend added insult to injury.  On top of watching Morgan Ensberg brought in as the ”Big Bat” off the bench during a mini-rally in the 9th in Saturday’s loss to the Mets; and the humiliation of having Met fans outnumber Yank fans in the Stadium by the end of Sunday’s clunker; those of us living in NY have had to endure three full days of stories about the fact that Jason Giambi wears a gold lamé thong.  Mmmmm…let that image sink in.

Get it…“sink in”…at least we get something for $23 million.

If you are having trouble holding your lunch down while reading the above then you might not want to read on.  The Yankees are 2nd to last in the AL in starters’ ERA and 3rd from the bottom in runs scored.  Good thing hitting and pitching aren’t everything.

Against lefthanded pitching our team BA (.225) is 29th out of 30 in the majors.  And we YFs can be forgiven if we can’t recall what an offensive rally looks like.  We’ve pushed across fewer runs with RISP (123) than every team but one in the majors.  Thank goodness for San Diego, which trails us in both categories.

But all is not lost.  We’ve been here before.  As the NYT points out today, our mid-May record is better than it was in ’05 and ’07, when the Yanks rallied to play in October.

And tonight, A-Rod rides triumphantly to the rescue (preferably in boxers).  Besides, Daniel Cabrera can’t pitch lefty and Mike Mussina — our hottest pitcher over the past month (yes, our hottest pitcher) — takes the mound to finesse his old team to sleep before blowing them away with 86-mph heat.

Clearly the worm is preparing to turn.  Comment away.

71 comments… add one

  • The losing has to stop at some point, right? Why not tonight? We are the New York Yankees damn it!!!
    Prediction: Yankees- 8 O’s- 2
    ARod- 3-5, HR, 2 RBI’s
    Moose- 6.2 innings, 6 hits, 2ER, 5 K’s, 1 walk

    krueg May 20, 2008, 3:50 pm
  • > The losing has to stop at some point, right?
    Yes. September 29th.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2008, 4:08 pm
  • > The losing has to stop at some point, right?
    Yes. September 29th.

    Seriously, this could have been posted by any given Sox fan pre-2004. What is going on in this topsy-turvy world of ours where Yankee fans have lost their swagger, where the god-given right to victory is no longer the territory of loudmouthy (not you, Gerb!) New Yawkers!??!

    SF May 20, 2008, 4:11 pm
  • It’s not so much swagger for me. I have never really every assumed anything in regards to victory. For me it’s more a case of them just being boring to watch. This is not a fun team minus Posada and Alex. I am sick of watching Molina and Moeller, Duncan and Betemit and (gulp) even Ensberg. There isn’t the same excitement there has been in years past and honestly I don’t know what it is.

    John - YF May 20, 2008, 4:16 pm
  • Victory is our God-given right, hence the complaining (which is also our God-given right, not to mention our supreme talent).

    DR May 20, 2008, 4:17 pm
  • I predict nobody wins or loses tonight.

    Nick-YF May 20, 2008, 4:20 pm
  • Checking in before boarding my plane…
    “Yes. September 29th” Cruel and unusual AG.
    I predict a 50% chance of the game being rained out tonight and a 30% chance that by the time I return on Saturday, the Yankees will have acquired David Wells…or his equivalent.

    IronHorse (yf) May 20, 2008, 4:21 pm
  • Well Nick, as you have astutely pointed out in the past, the loss column is everything. A rain out is a victory of sorts.

    DR May 20, 2008, 4:22 pm
  • “There isn’t the same excitement there has been in years past and honestly I don’t know what it is”.
    Amen to that John. For me it is not because they aren’t bashing the ball. HRs are nice, but the bigger issue is that they are just simply anemic. No rallies to speak of. Surprisingly inactive on the basepads given what many (including myself) expected of a Girardi team. No big ace-personality to set the tone for the team (love Wang, but the tone he sets for a team, if any, is one that requires a defibrilator).
    In the end, truth be told, none of that would matter if they were winning consistently. So yeah, all that and they keep losing. And in a way that feels like a 2-run deficit early in a game (a frustratingly common occurence) is somehow Mt. Everest.

    IronHorse (yf) May 20, 2008, 4:26 pm
  • Gerb:
    Get going on that Sox gamer, please. Thank you.
    Seriously. We need you, man.

    SF May 20, 2008, 4:35 pm
  • pretty amazing posada went 12+ years without going on the DL. you can’t really fault the yanks for not foreseeing it, but it has to hurt to have “lefty masher” morgan ensberg eating a roster spot. for the cost of morgan and re-uping molina, any of the following could have been had at a savings;
    Johnny Estrada
    Ramon Castro
    Rod Barajas
    Paul Bako
    Jason Kendall
    Jason LaRue
    Brad Ausmus
    Damian Miller
    Miguel Olivo
    Kelly Stinnett

    sf rod May 20, 2008, 4:42 pm
  • Anytime someone tees up an infinitive, swing for the fences.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2008, 4:47 pm
  • SF: okay, but my mitochondrians are pretty tapped after last night.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2008, 4:49 pm
  • Shelley Duncan couldn’t have done it better.

    IronHorse (yf) May 20, 2008, 4:50 pm
  • Kelly Stinnett is still living?

    SF May 20, 2008, 5:06 pm
  • chicks dig the grammatical long ball.
    and to be fair….
    shelley duncan couldn’t have done it any worse either.

    sf rod May 20, 2008, 5:08 pm
  • I don’t think Ramon Castro was really ever on the market. He re-signed with the Mets pretty quick, and I don’t think they were ever out of touch on a new deal.
    Not that he would have been much help, since he’s been hurt for the Mets most of this season.

    FenSheaParkway May 20, 2008, 5:13 pm
  • What is going on in this topsy-turvy world of ours where Yankee fans have lost their swagger, where the god-given right to victory is no longer the territory of loudmouthy (not you, Gerb!) New Yawkers!??!
    For the record, I attempted to answer this question some time ago.

    Paul SF May 20, 2008, 5:39 pm
  • I agree John…being that baseball is my distant third favorite sport behind football (obviously, even though the Dolphins haven’t mattered in a DECADE) and hockey (Sabres are the Marlins on the NHL, minus the championships!) it is very hard to watch the Yankees at this point. I used to love the fact that no matter how badly the Fins and Sabres choked/sucked…i always had my Yankees to fall back on. Those days may be behind me now!!! The Yankees are un-watchable! It’s not the losing, teams lose, it’s the manner in which they are losing. No rallies, no comebacks, no anything…BOR-ING!!! ARod is going to have to earn his $$$ the rest of the year…we’ll see what he’s made of now. Unfortunately, without him, we aren’t winning dick…

    krueg May 20, 2008, 5:41 pm
  • WOW…that thread was garbage Paul.

    krueg May 20, 2008, 5:42 pm
  • Aw, that thread is hysterical, Krueg!

    SF May 20, 2008, 5:47 pm
  • I’m a tortured sports fan SF…hell, I’m from Buffalo, the land of losing!!!

    krueg May 20, 2008, 5:48 pm
  • garbage in terms of all the back and forth fighting I meant…should have clarified!

    krueg May 20, 2008, 5:49 pm
  • Sabres fan, eh? Are you old enough to have been a fan of Mike Foligno, probably in my top 5 all-time most hated hockey players? Ulf Samuelsson was another, along with Mats Naslund (or any Canadien from the late 70s through the early 90s, before I stopped watching the NHL).

    SF May 20, 2008, 5:51 pm
  • Hey, a Yankee gamer with more than eight posts! IronHorse is the magic man!!

    SF May 20, 2008, 5:52 pm
  • OF COURSE I remember old #17!!! The jump after he scored…the broken nose. Yep, Foligno was an old favorite of mine. Andreychuk, Housley, Barrasso, John Tucker, the great Gilbert Perrault…all those old guys. They couldn’t win the Cup either! Take it you are a Bruins fan? We had a killer rivalry back in the 80′s…couldn’t get past you guys in the playoffs.

    krueg May 20, 2008, 5:57 pm
  • Typepad wakes up just in time for me to note the Yankees are down 5-0 in the top of the first.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2008, 7:31 pm
  • Fuck this team…why even watch? Good thing I have really great pot…

    krueg May 20, 2008, 7:32 pm
  • 6-0 as Bynum strokes one to right.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2008, 7:32 pm
  • To be clear, Bynum stroked a single, not a dinger, but it doesn’t matter much. Jeter’s error on Scott looms large, in a sense, but the O’s still had to hit ‘em, which they have.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2008, 7:34 pm
  • Roberts triples, 7-0 Orioles.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2008, 7:35 pm
  • Ohlendorf in.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2008, 7:38 pm
  • go Moose!

    TJ May 20, 2008, 7:39 pm
  • Top of the first inning is finally over. I guess I’ll watch the bottom to see ARod.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2008, 7:41 pm
  • Cabrera starts Damon off with three straight balls, then a strike taken. Damon singles to right to lead things off.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2008, 7:44 pm
  • I want to go to Krueg’s house.

    YF May 20, 2008, 7:45 pm
  • Then Jeter “makes up” for his throwing error with a 6-4-3. Bloody hell.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2008, 7:46 pm
  • Abreu flies out to right. Crap, I have to sit through the top of the second now if I want to see Alex bat.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2008, 7:47 pm
  • finally…krueg and i agree on something…the herbal solution to cure your ills.
    how does mussina give up 7 with only 1 being earned while only 1 error was committed? has to be the wackiest line score i’ve seen from a pitcher in a while.

    sf rod May 20, 2008, 7:51 pm
  • I think we all know what Krueg was doing when he made his “prediction” at 3:50. KRUEG!
    meanwhile, don’t bogart that….

    YF May 20, 2008, 7:52 pm
  • oh. my. god. damon with an ugly, ugly error, luke scott again the batter. 8-0 orioles.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2008, 7:55 pm
  • can’t wait for hank’s comments tomorrow. heck, why wait.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2008, 7:56 pm
  • This will be your big comeback game.

    Brad May 20, 2008, 7:57 pm
  • Now a wp pushes scott to third.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2008, 7:57 pm
  • okay, I said that when I thought it was only seven. It’s nine now, so I take it back.

    Anonymous May 20, 2008, 7:59 pm
  • Hernandez walks.
    Btw, the error on Damon with Scott batting was with two outs, as was the one in the first. Now a base hit for Jones to plate another O. 9-0 Baltimore, first and second. Bynum hits one deep, the crowd goes sarcastically crazy for the Yankees ending the top half of the inning.
    ARod coming up.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2008, 8:00 pm
  • ARod steps to the plate in the bottom of the second, down by nine. First pitch is a grounder to Mora, who throws wide to first for an E-5. Should have been easy.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2008, 8:02 pm
  • Godzilla takes away. The 1-0 is lined right at Mora who throws to second to force ARod but Matsui is called safe at first; he was out by half a stride.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2008, 8:04 pm
  • (grounded at Mora)
    Giambi shatters his bat and drops a quail into shallow left to make it first and second, one out to Cano.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2008, 8:05 pm
  • Cano down swinging on a 2-2 pitch at his ankles. Blech.
    Melky up with two away.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2008, 8:07 pm
  • Cabrera gives Melky a shave, then misses away to make it 3-1. The a fly to deep left center, caught to end the inning. Okay, going to feed the lad his dinner and hope I can find a beer somewhere in this house.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2008, 8:10 pm
  • Cabrera hits Jeter hit on the left hand, solid, on the back of the hand between the knuckles and wrist. f***. Solid, solid hit; sounded awful. He’s taken out of the game. F****!

    attackgerbil May 20, 2008, 8:24 pm
  • Losing 10-0, Jeter gets drilled in the wrist…Boy IH you are doing a bang up job bringing the luck tonight! LOL
    To make the night worse the Knicks get the worst pick they could possibly get, #6. Meanwhile the Bulls, a team full of potential All-Stars gets the #1 pick.
    Next up back to back no hitters for the Sox and the Celtics will win by 20.

    John - YF May 20, 2008, 8:32 pm
  • John: They were only down 9-0 when Jeter came out; Milllar homered in the top of the fourth. Such a pessimist you are. ;)
    ARod down on a weak 4-3 in his second at bat, which Matsui then parrots.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2008, 8:37 pm
  • Giambi looks at five straight pitches to go down looking, as Cabrera retires the Yankee fourth in order. Last pitch was back door inside corner; nice pitch. Giambi barks about it. Meh.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2008, 8:40 pm
  • I had to break out the Giant Superbowl pictures to keep me from guzzling the entire bottle of Kettle One!

    John - YF May 20, 2008, 8:42 pm
  • Nice inning by Hawkins. That inside corner is good and fat tonight.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2008, 8:45 pm
  • Cano first pitch pop out to left.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2008, 8:47 pm
  • Melky punched out looking for two down in the fifth.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2008, 8:48 pm
  • And Molina with a weak grounder 4-3 on his first pitch, ending the fifth.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2008, 8:49 pm
  • Ugliness.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2008, 9:10 pm
  • I guess ARod still has his swing. Abreu singles, and Alex takes it out to center.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2008, 9:19 pm
  • ag- your 9:10 post say’s it all.

    sf rod May 20, 2008, 9:25 pm
  • Giambi singles just to the left side of second. Bizarre. Then Cano swings on the first pitch again, flying out to center.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2008, 9:26 pm
  • Melky grounds out 543 to send it to the eighth.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2008, 9:27 pm
  • Luke Scott has been in the middle of EVERYTHING tonight.
    - Reached on Jeter’s throwing error
    - Reached on Damon’s fielding error
    - Didn’t get beaned by Hawkins despite LaTroy’s efforts
    - Goes upper deck with a two run shot in the 8th to make it 12-2

    attackgerbil May 20, 2008, 9:44 pm
  • Rivera in for some work. Leadoff single but finishes the O’s quickly.
    Put me out of my misery, Yankees. But no, Abreu singles to lead off. Duncan flies to right, and then Matsui singles to the right side to make it first and second to Ensberg.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2008, 10:04 pm
  • Ensberg comes through and hits the first pitch into the 463. Final O’s 12, Yanks 2.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2008, 10:05 pm
  • Game took 2:54.. felt like twice that long.
    I wonder how many games Hawkins is going to get for zipping one upstairs at Luke Scott’s noggin.

    attackgerbil May 20, 2008, 10:11 pm
  • Wow, just saw the sportscenter replays of the fight. Looked like Moose got ahead of almost every single batter, but couldn’t put them away once ahead.

    Atheose May 20, 2008, 11:39 pm
  • I had to step away from the game for awhile…*cough*, *cough*…looks like the game ended up as expected. I did get ARod hitting a HR right!!!! Terrible, just terrible…really harshing my mellow.

    krueg May 20, 2008, 11:52 pm

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