It Hurts, Doesn’t It?

Your hopes dashed, your dreams down the toilet. And your fate is sitting right besides you.

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Last bag of dimes, needing a nut straight.

33 comments… add one
  • Better lighting and a faster shutter speed would have made that flushing toilet photo more dramatic.

    I'mBillMcNeal August 13, 2008, 7:29 pm
  • Seriously, you’re not out of it.
    YOU’RE NOT!

    I'mBillMcNeal August 13, 2008, 7:30 pm
  • Youk leads off with a double in the 2nd.

    Devine August 13, 2008, 7:32 pm
  • Oops, wrong thread.
    Also, don’t despair, Gerb! You’ve got them right where you want them. You’re the Yankees, and this is what you do.

    Devine August 13, 2008, 7:33 pm
  • Is that an albino loaf I see somewhere in that pool?

    SF August 13, 2008, 7:42 pm
  • Frankly, I’d rather see the Yankees concede the season as opposed to rushing Joba back. We’re not going to win without him – that’s been proven as of late – but it’s silly to take a chance with his arm when there are so many other things that the Yanks are doing to shoot themselves in the collective foot. My expectations were low this year anyway, so I’m not disappointed if they get an October off.

    nettles August 13, 2008, 7:50 pm
  • > Better lighting and a faster shutter speed would have made that flushing toilet photo more dramatic.
    And a big 3-7 shaped turd twirling down the drain, maybe a couple pubes clinging on the rim?
    Stole the photo from wiki something something to which I should have given credit, but yeah, it’s nothing special, which is the point.

    attackgerbil August 13, 2008, 11:33 pm
  • He beat me… Straight up… Pay him… Pay that man his money.

    LocklandSF August 14, 2008, 9:06 am
  • yep, the season’s over for yf’s…while there may still be games left to play, and they’re not mathematically eliminated, the sad reality is that the math doesn’t work…for all of their troubles, the sox and rays keep chugging along, while the yanks are more spitting and sputtering…just not enough games left to put together the kind of run they need, and no signs of consistently good play…even little stein seems resigned to the fact and has started talking about next year, without bashing this year’s edition…hmm…whaddya know, the guy actually says something that makes sense without the fire and brimstone, and nary a mention here…no post, nuthin’…no surprise i guess…

    dc August 14, 2008, 9:48 am
  • Pack it in and start counting those pennies out for C.C. and Texeira!!! Goodbye Moose, Pettitte, Fat Bobby, Thong Stache, Pavano, Sexson, Pudge, Pontoon, Rasner, Betemit (hopefully…
    Hankenstein said they would do whatever was necessary…I believe him.

    krueg August 14, 2008, 10:07 am
  • I am biased, of course, but I imagine that Yankees fans might, down the road, look back at this year (and perhaps last year) and wonder how such a drab, unlikeable group of players was assembled on such an enormous budget. There have been Sox teams like this – the Carl Everett years for example, where you take a quick peek at the names on the roster (Jose Offerman!?) and wonder “how did I ever get excited?”. This Yanks team has that quality to me, excepting a few guys (Joba, Mo, etc.). I watch enough Yankees baseball to value the “watchability factor”, even for a team I want to fail. But this team, with all the injuries, is full of characters that are very difficult to watch – Rasner, Abreu to an extent, Pudge, and the rest of the rag-tag pitching crew. Not a “fun” team at all, even when they weren’t skidding.

    SF August 14, 2008, 10:31 am
  • “Not a “fun” team at all, even when they weren’t skidding.”
    Tell me about it. They’ve never had that feel about them of winners…and surprise, they aren’t.

    krueg August 14, 2008, 10:36 am
  • “…I watch enough Yankees baseball to value the “watchability factor…”, …”…this team, with all the injuries, is full of characters that are very difficult to watch – Rasner, Abreu to an extent, Pudge, and the rest of the rag-tag pitching crew. Not a “fun” team at all, even when they weren’t skidding…”
    i couldn’t agree more sf…no, you’re not biased, just speaking the truth…in addition to the injuries, guys like jeter are having lackluster seasons, and arod is excrutiating to watch…despite his talent, he’s not fun at all, and we got what?, 9/10 more years?…ugh…honestly, i have more “fun” from a “baseball fan” perspective, if not a “yankee fan” perspective, watching your red sox…i’m jealous really…

    dc August 14, 2008, 10:47 am
  • I think “watchability” is also somewhat relative to winning. I won’t disagree, this is a very vanilla team with little to no personality. I will disagree on Pudge though. Say what you’d like about his possible PED issue, but even at his advanced age makes the game fun behind the dish. From all accounts he’s a hard worker and during the game he’s always getting after it. Abreu agreed. Rasner agreed. I think some of that will change in the off season. Adding a guy like CC would not only give you an ace, but a personality.
    There are two other players I want gone, Cano and Cabrera. I never agreed with the Cano is a slacker because he always looks to be loafing, mostly because I am sure I was blinded with results. But on August 14th 2008 I am officially ready to write him off. Yesterday’s play at 2B made me lose it. There is no fire, there is no drive, he’s nonchalant and on the outside looks like he could care less. Say what you want about Pedroia, but I never heard anyone say that about him. As for Cabrera he’s awful. He adds nothing to this team other than defense. He hits for zero power, his OBP% is awful, his OPS is awful. Enough is enough, either trade him or designate him as your 4th OF’r. Yes I know he’s young, but I have seen enough.

    John - YF August 14, 2008, 10:48 am
  • John: Cano pisses me off too but for me its more Melky. We need a real CF’er. I wonder what free agents are out there for next season? Let me check…

    krueg August 14, 2008, 11:21 am
  • Outfielders:
    Left fielders
    Moises Alou (42)
    Garret Anderson (37) – $14MM club option for ’09 with a $3MM buyout
    Milton Bradley (31)
    Emil Brown (34)
    Pat Burrell (32)
    Carl Crawford (27) – $8.25MM club option for ’09 with a $2.5MM buyout
    Adam Dunn (29)
    Cliff Floyd (36) – $2.75MM club option for ’09 with a $0.25MM buyout
    Luis Gonzalez (41)
    Raul Ibanez (37)
    Kevin Mench (31)
    Jason Michaels (33) – $2.6MM club option for ’09
    Craig Monroe (32)
    Jay Payton (36)
    Wily Mo Pena (27) – $5MM club option or $2MM player option for ’09
    Manny Ramirez (37)
    Juan Rivera (30)
    Center fielders
    Rocco Baldelli (27)
    Mike Cameron (36) – $10MM club option for ’09 with a $750K buyout
    Jim Edmonds (39)
    Mark Kotsay (33)
    Corey Patterson (29)
    Right fielders
    Bobby Abreu (35)
    Casey Blake (35)
    Cliff Floyd (36) – $2.75MM club option for ’09 with a $0.25MM buyout
    Brian Giles (38) – $9MM club option for ’09 with a $3MM buyout
    Ken Griffey Jr. (39) – $16.5MM club option for ’09 with a $4MM buyout
    Vladimir Guerrero (33) – $15MM club option for ’09 with a $3MM buyout
    Brad Wilkerson (32)
    YIKES!!!

    krueg August 14, 2008, 11:24 am
  • Krueg – They won’t sign anyone of any substance for CF. Not with Austin Jackson being so close. I would rather them just play Damon in CF for his final season and let Matsui and Nady play the corners. If it’s not Matsui, it may be Nady in Left and Abreu (I know you hate to hear that) in RF, with Damon in CF.

    John - YF August 14, 2008, 11:36 am
  • on cano: “There is no fire, there is no drive, he’s nonchalant and on the outside looks like he could care less”
    I was at the yanks/sox game 7/26. Cano got caught stealing as the second runner in a double steal attempt (was the last out of the inning). Totally loafing it to second assuming the throw was going to third. Not that I was upset – got us out of the inning! :)

    dw (sf) August 14, 2008, 11:44 am
  • John: ugh…another season of Fat Bobby???? Brutal. You’re probably right. I just think missing the playoffs is really going to light a fire under Hankenstein, Cash and Girardi. No question that Cash and Girardi will be on the chopping block next year…
    So then C.C., Texeira and some bullpen help?

    krueg August 14, 2008, 11:48 am
  • Yeah he is a talented young man, but he just doesn’t seem to have the necessary drive. I can’t stomach Youk or Pedroia, but those guys always seem to be busting it. They always seem to be giving their team all that they have, I don’t get that feeling from Cano. I would rather have a scrappy, excitable, less talented player that runs the bases well and plays great defense.

    John - YF August 14, 2008, 11:50 am
  • Don’t forget ARod admiring his hits and not hustling…happened a lot this year.

    krueg August 14, 2008, 11:51 am
  • They always seem to be giving their team all that they have, I don’t get that feeling from Cano. I would rather have a scrappy, excitable, less talented player that runs the bases well and plays great defense.
    Question: do you mean that you’d rather have a less talented and scrappy player than Cano, or are you implying that Pedroia/Youk are scrappy and less talented? I don’t want to jump to any conclusions, as I am not sure the inclusion of those two guys in your first comment has anything to do with your second.
    But, for the record from my standpoint, the fact is that Pedroia and Youk have now proven themselves to be tremendously talented. It appears to me that Pedroia is, in fact, an elite-type player at the second base position.

    SF August 14, 2008, 1:31 pm
  • Speaking of Pudge being fun to watch…
    I don’t know what game it was, a week or so ago, but the base runner was trying to score and Pudge got the throw, so the base runner decided to make a smash a grab out of it. Running full speed in to Pudge, giving it everything he had.
    Pudge didn’t move a millimeter, like the guy ran directly in to a brick wall. My jaw dropped, I hadn’t really seen anything like that in a long time. Pure entertainment.

    LocklandSF August 14, 2008, 1:35 pm
  • “It appears to me that Pedroia is, in fact, an elite-type player at the second base position.”
    No kidding, the next time somebody says he’s “almost as good as David Eckstein,” I’m going to lose it. Scrappy Eckstein wishes he had Dusty’s tools.

    LocklandSF August 14, 2008, 1:39 pm
  • If people viewed hand-eye coordination as an innate skill, something born with and not learned, then Pedroia would be seen as more talented than gritty.

    Nick-YF August 14, 2008, 1:43 pm
  • nady will be arbitration eligible at the end of this year. he’s had just over 5 years of MLB service and will be in the 8-9 million dollar range after arbitration. that’s a significant jump from the 3.3 million he’s getting this year. might wanna start factoring that in.
    no one has mentioned carlos quentin. he’s on a one year deal currently with no options. gotta think he might be a viable option for both teams.

    sf rod August 14, 2008, 2:56 pm
  • No mention of Tek’s divorce yet?

    Devine August 14, 2008, 3:22 pm
  • They have to get Nady signed…seems like he wants to stay and the bright lights of NY don’t seem to faze him. An extra $5 million a year is nothing. I think Marte’s option is $6 million??? You can get two solid players for the price of one sorry-ass Fat Bobby!!!

    krueg August 14, 2008, 3:31 pm
  • i haven’t heard any YF’s talking about the catcher situation for next year. it’s no guarantee that posada returns as the same player he’s been. you’d figure the yanks would be better served to obtain a catcher in the offseason and use jorge as a DH opposed to entertaining rameriz talks.
    jim edmonds would be a great one year bridge to jackson in CF. chances are he’ll be looking for a multiyear deal coming off an unexpectedly excellent season.

    sf rod August 14, 2008, 3:33 pm
  • “or are you implying that Pedroia/Youk are scrappy and less talented?”
    Not at all SF. I was complementing the Sox on the play and heart of both Youk and Pedroia in my first comment. In my second I was just speaking in general. I was in no way implying anything towards those two players.

    John - YF August 14, 2008, 3:46 pm
  • Sabres have the most games of any team in the NHL on Versus this coming season…I’m starting to feel better about this season now. Since the Yankees won’t be in the playoffs this year, I won’t have any conflicts with Sabres games…I had to split my concentration between the “Joba Midges Game” and the home opener for the Sabres last year…they both lost for the record. Shit night.

    krueg August 14, 2008, 4:35 pm
  • I was in no way implying anything towards those two players.
    Didn’t think so, but wasn’t sure, thanks for clarifying.

    SF August 14, 2008, 6:13 pm
  • Per the Post:
    Going into yesterday’s action, in order to catch the Rays, the Yankees needed to go 29-12 while Tampa Bay posted a 21-22 ledger the rest of the season. That’s .707 ball from the BombersNew York Yankees . Does anybody expect them to win at that clip? Do you really believe the Rays are going to play sub-.500 ball for the remainder of the season?
    To snag the Red Sox, the Yankees must go 26-15 while the defending world champions go 20-21. That’s .634 for the Yanks, who haven’t shown any sign of playing that well. And do you think the Red Sox are going to lose more than they win across the final six weeks?
    It’s over.

    krueg August 15, 2008, 12:24 pm

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