Malkovich. Malkovich? Malkovich! Rangers-Yanks Gamer I

Kei Igawa: “You see the world through Roger Malkovich’s eyes. Then after about 15 minutes, you’re spit out into a ditch on the side of the Tampa Bay Turnpike! “

While watching ESPN’s “broadcast” of the Yankees’ game last night (I thought there were two teams playing?) I was transplanted to the restaurant scene from Charlie Kaufman’s and Spike Jonze’s brilliant movie. Everywhere I looked, every word I heard, was Clemensvich. I suppose that is the way of things. There are approximately 110 games to play for the Yankees during the regular season in which Roger Clemens will have no actual say whatsoever. As a matter of fact, there is one starting shortly at the Stadium, but even then, we find the conversation turning around to Texas, and as much of a reach as that is, it will be mentioned.

The Yankees have had success against the Rangers this year, sweeping their first series, and tonight they look to continue their until-recent winning ways (oddball blowouts and grand larcenies aside) as Andy Pettitte hopes for run support and for the pen to hold, allowing his record to translate into something more befitting of a de-facto number one pitcher that has so far thrown 36 innings and six starts for two decisions. It’s three games at the stadium with the Washington Senators V2 Texas Rangers as M. Wood fills in for Millwood (kindred soul, nursing his hurt hammy) on the bump. The Yankees are juggling their batting order a bit, as Bobby Abreu will now try to work out his issues form the 7-hole. Line-ups in the extended, comment away.

Texas
J. Hairston Jr. cf .243
M. Young ss .233
M. Teixeira 1b .265
S. Sosa dh .240
H. Blalock 3b .275
V. Diaz rf .200
I. Kinsler 2b .276
N. Cruz lf .209
G. Laird c .190
 
NY Yankees
J. Damon cf .250
D. Jeter ss .352
J. Giambi dh .305
A. Rodriguez 3b .350
H. Matsui lf .273
J. Posada c .351
B. Abreu rf .256
R. Cano 2b .259
D. Mientkiewicz 1b .211
76 comments… add one
  • Early this morning, I wrote a section for inclusion in this gamer thread on the topic of where the Yankees were at this point of each season of the Joe Torre era. Steve Lombardi beat me to the publishing punch; in his article he notes that the Yankees have been down like this similarly in ’05. A couple weeks ago, I wrote a hack-job psychology piece that concluded, “So yes, it’s only April, until it isn’t.” Well, it isn’t.

    attackgerbil May 8, 2007, 7:07 pm
  • Ya, would be feeling much better had we swept Seattle. And we should’ve. The 15-11 is obvious, but we didn’t get any timely hits yesterday. Ah well.
    Let’s see if we can sweep Texas again..

    Lar May 8, 2007, 7:17 pm
  • These DP’s continue to piss me off. Grumbles.

    Lar May 8, 2007, 7:20 pm
  • Wow, huge inning there for Pettitte. Great job getting the strikeout and popout after Matsui lets a bloop hit drop in front of him. Guess he’s not so into diving for balls anymore, huh?

    Andrew May 8, 2007, 7:33 pm
  • No matter where you hide him in the lineup a rally finds Abreu to be killed.

    Michael May 8, 2007, 7:40 pm
  • Ok. He can’t even get a hit right. Too hard to score Posada and the piano he is dragging from 2nd.

    Michael May 8, 2007, 7:41 pm
  • Andrew – that’s harsh! =P
    AP throwing lots of strikes, but seems like the Rangers are more patient this time around – 40 pitches on 2.1 inning for AP thus far.
    Wood used 39 pitches in 2 IP, so hopefully the Yanks are working him enough to break through! (Yes, I said this yesterday too..)

    Lar May 8, 2007, 7:48 pm
  • Oh ya, that’s 40 pitches with 12 balls. Great ratio, but still lotsa pitches. Might be skewed by the fact that Young was up though, but still.

    Lar May 8, 2007, 7:50 pm
  • Owned Teixiera at that AB though.

    Lar May 8, 2007, 7:51 pm
  • At least Abreu’s arm is still okay, throws the super-fast Sosa out at the plate. Keeps the score 1-0.
    Miensktatewi hits a single. AP with 50 pitches after 3. Hope he gets some quick outs, or it’s another 5 inning affair..

    Lar May 8, 2007, 7:58 pm
  • pull it, cap’n
    -andrews

    Anonymous May 8, 2007, 8:01 pm
  • DJ doubles in a run, so he’s in scoring position with less than 2 outs.
    And then Giambi strikes out. Let’s go ARod!

    Lar May 8, 2007, 8:03 pm
  • Took one for the team, I guess. Let’s go Matsui, man on first and second, two outs. First base was open, but it probably wasn’t intentional.

    Lar May 8, 2007, 8:05 pm
  • Matsui comes through, somewhat. Runs are runs, and here’s the hot hitting Posada at bat.

    Lar May 8, 2007, 8:07 pm
  • Andrews:
    Out of curiosity, are you having difficulty with Typepad, such that you can’t put your handle in? I’d like to fix this for you, if possible.

    SF May 8, 2007, 8:09 pm
  • How’d that happen, Lar? Just out of curiosity; an Ibanez-esque play?

    desturbd1 May 8, 2007, 8:09 pm
  • Who grounds out. Wood at 64 pitches through 3. Obviously, I’m hoping for the Yanks to tack on a few. Or a lot. Say, 8-1 would be nice.
    But end of 3, it’s 3-1 Yanks.

    Lar May 8, 2007, 8:09 pm
  • Where all the Yankee fans at? Grumbles. Well, I’m getting off work, so checking back in a few. Gooo Yanks!

    Lar May 8, 2007, 8:11 pm
  • SF, I hope you read this before you read my latest comment on the sox thread :)
    Yes, when i use my handheld, even though i sign in, my handle won’t come through.

    Anonymous May 8, 2007, 8:18 pm
  • Hmm. Not sure I can help you then – I can’t even post from my own handheld. Typepad has actually banned me from my own blog somehow when I try to post via Blackberry, so you’re in better shape than I am.
    PS: I responded to your comment over in the “first place thread” ;-)

    SF May 8, 2007, 8:20 pm
  • Doing the Daddy job tonight. Sorry I’m not watching the game, so I have to ask: Pettitte has six hits through four? What’s up with him?

    attackgerbil May 8, 2007, 8:20 pm
  • Dumbass fan costs a run on the sharp *literally.. broken bat* shot by Damon that instead is a GRD with Mink at third. ARRGH.

    attackgerbil May 8, 2007, 8:22 pm
  • Jeter hits a grounder “with eyes” through the 5-6; Damon out at the plate on the throw and tag after Minky scored; where’s Gerry when we need him?

    attackgerbil May 8, 2007, 8:23 pm
  • No fear gerb. DJ picks up the fan, who likely was tossed out like he deserves.

    Michael May 8, 2007, 8:23 pm
  • ” Typepad has actually banned me from my own blog somehow ”
    wow!
    -andrews

    Anonymous May 8, 2007, 8:24 pm
  • beautiful play by mink
    -andrews

    Anonymous May 8, 2007, 8:25 pm
  • sort of…
    -andrews

    Anonymous May 8, 2007, 8:26 pm
  • Doug just made me forget everything I’ve ever said about his bat in that inning.

    attackgerbil May 8, 2007, 8:29 pm
  • nice leather!!!
    _andrews

    Anonymous May 8, 2007, 8:30 pm
  • arod’s swing looks so much more compact this year
    -andrews

    Anonymous May 8, 2007, 8:35 pm
  • Andrews, did you lose the Typekey login as well as just a generic comment signature?
    I’m looking up your IP and seeing what I can see from our side.

    attackgerbil May 8, 2007, 8:37 pm
  • The H&R works as Jorge advances Godzilla to third on a single pulled on the grounder off first with Teixeira holding the bag.

    attackgerbil May 8, 2007, 8:38 pm
  • gerb, yes. this device worked fine until a couple of weeks ago…
    -andrews

    Anonymous May 8, 2007, 8:40 pm
  • Dougie is coming around gentlemen….Pheww!

    Triskaidekaphobia May 8, 2007, 8:41 pm
  • Abreu is AWFUL lately…..

    Triskaidekaphobia May 8, 2007, 8:42 pm
  • nice half inning, fellas. 8-1 yanks
    -andrews

    Anonymous May 8, 2007, 8:50 pm
  • Hey, look! Both our teams are leading 8-1 in the 6th! Eerie…heh.

    desturbd1 May 8, 2007, 8:52 pm
  • kay sure knows how to kill a good vibe – i would love to punch him in the teeth…
    -andrews

    Anonymous May 8, 2007, 8:52 pm
  • Not to be an instigator but why is there no mention of good ol’ Red Lights comments on WEEI today? So much to say…..

    Triskaidekaphobia May 8, 2007, 9:01 pm
  • free pass for life, perhaps, trisk?
    -andrews

    Anonymous May 8, 2007, 9:04 pm
  • Free pass from whom? YFSF? Or other SFs? I think Paul took Curt apart pretty fairly earlier today, at what point does it become a bit of an echo?

    SF May 8, 2007, 9:07 pm
  • Did anyone actually here what he said?
    I heard the interview on the Dan Patrick Show. It really was amazing….

    Triskaidekaphobia May 8, 2007, 9:08 pm
  • hear….sorry

    Triskaidekaphobia May 8, 2007, 9:09 pm
  • You talking about Bonds? Who cares, should we be surprised he thinks Bonds deserves to get booed? He was wrong when he said that Barry actually admitted to using steroids and cheating on his taxes/wife, but ah…none of that is very much in question.

    desturbd1 May 8, 2007, 9:12 pm
  • http://www.weei.com/pages/268228.php
    This should take you right to the interview.

    Triskaidekaphobia May 8, 2007, 9:12 pm
  • Wow, so when we criticize our own, we’re vilified for being bitter and negative, and when we don’t we’re accused of giving free passes. Seems like we’re boxed in, no?

    SF May 8, 2007, 9:13 pm
  • SF, if you think paul “took curt apart” you’re delusional. It was mildly critical of him, and very critical of “chb”. Please.

    Anonymous May 8, 2007, 9:19 pm
  • Who cares?
    He came out and said that Bonds admitted to cheating on his taxes, his wife and the game of baseball. Nobody dislikes Barry Bonds more then me, but you can’t put words in peoples mouths and claim it to be factual in that type of forum. Everytime he opens his mouth with these judgemental holier then thou comments it makes me sick. Stop pretending to be the ambassador and or spokesman for MLB and it’s fans.
    (and before you make this out to be a Sox/Yankees thing, check out how hard I was on A-Rod prior to th season with all his chatting)

    Triskaidekaphobia May 8, 2007, 9:19 pm
  • What i really want to know is why this fu%4er thinks he has to shoot his big f^%king mouth off about every topic. SHUT THE F%%K UP SCHILLING!

    Anonymous May 8, 2007, 9:22 pm
  • …you guys are talking about two different issues here. Trisk was talking about the interview Schilling did today where he talked about Bonds, SF and anon seem to be referring to his Clemens comments and their clarification.
    Trisk, you’re right, he shouldn’t have said that Bonds has admitted it. Definitely not cool. But really, would it surprise you if it were a mistake? I think that’s at least a good possibility, and given the way the press covers Bonds, I wouldn’t be surprised if a lot of people think all that stuff’s been confirmed. He’s in the game, and really should know better…but I just don’t think it’s THAT big a deal.
    And about him “shooting off his mouth;” he does these interviews once a week and answers what they ask him. The money he gets goes to charity. So tough sh*t if you don’t want to hear him talk.

    desturbd1 May 8, 2007, 9:23 pm
  • that was me
    -andrews

    Anonymous May 8, 2007, 9:24 pm
  • No, that’s wrong. Paul is highly critical of Schilling, without question. I don’t see the point: are we supposed to tear down every stupid comment from every player who wears one of our two uniforms?
    I am tired of this crap, YFs calling out SFs for not pissing on their own players, SFs pissing on YFs for being hypocrites. It’s garbage. Some of our recent commenters at the site have seemed to infect the rhetoric, and it’s infuriating. Can we get back to discussing baseball intelligently and stop this stuff?

    SF May 8, 2007, 9:30 pm
  • Listening to the complete interview right now.

    Triskaidekaphobia May 8, 2007, 9:30 pm
  • “. So tough sh*t if you don’t want to hear him talk.”
    You’re missing the point, i think. My problem is that he seems to think that because he’s well known, the usual rules about what is acceptable to say don’t apply. Just because the guy has a forum does not mean that it’s okay to spread what amounts to heresay.
    and i’m not talking about the clemens issue..
    -andrews

    Anonymous May 8, 2007, 9:31 pm
  • Whoops. My bad, andrews; didn’t mean to type that…
    I know, he shouldn’t have presented Bonds’ transgressions as fact. But how often does he misconstrue things this badly? I’m curious as to why the EEIdiots interviewing him failed to correct him, and also whether or not we’ll get something of an explanation at some point if this is blown into an issue.

    desturbd1 May 8, 2007, 9:35 pm
  • SF I seriously hope that was not meant for me? I haven’t been here all day and if it was talked about I wasn’t privy to it. That is why I asked why I didn’t see a thread dedicated to this comment.
    As for commenting or tearing down EVERY comment one of our players make please take a look at the thread history and then maybe you will see why I was amazed not to see anything written.
    A-Rod Parsed
    Why Does Joe Torre Hate Us?
    A-Rod: Jeter and I are not B.F.F. anymore
    Mussina Calls Pavano Out
    IMO what he said was a big deal, he put across the idea that Bonds admitted to 3 things that to the best of my knowledge he has never admitted publicly.
    But as usual I will apologize for bringing up a topic for us to talk about because it has upset the Sox fans who are for some odd reason reading the Yankee thread.

    Triskaidekaphobia May 8, 2007, 9:42 pm
  • “. Paul is highly critical of Schilling, without question.”
    No, he’s mildly critical, giving the guy what amounts to a pass because of his feud with DS. And no, we’re not supposed to tear down every stupid comment made by all players of either of our teams. My beef is that with someone who is a stupid quote factory like schilling, most sf posters on this site, unlike the vast majority of other baseball fans, refuse refuse to acknowledge as much.
    The refusal on both sides to “call a spade a spade” is what is affecting the discourse. Yes, it is quite infuriating.
    -andrews

    Anonymous May 8, 2007, 9:44 pm
  • “most sf posters on this site, unlike the vast majority of other baseball fans, refuse refuse to acknowledge as much.”
    Talking about me, I presume? It was a stupid quote. I’m just not particularly bothered by athletes speaking to the media, and I don’t think this was done maliciously. It was just…stupid. And I’d rather athletes say what they mean then spout cliches.

    desturbd1 May 8, 2007, 9:55 pm
  • What I want to know is: why does Curt Schilling feel that he has the right to publicly pass judgement on another player’s character? Is he god? Is he perfect? Unless the answer to either of those questions is yes, then the guy is way out of line here.

    Anonymous May 8, 2007, 9:56 pm
  • Schilling’s a blowhard. Do a google search on this site. I think you’ll find plenty of SFs, this one included, calling him on it. At this point it’s the equivalent of calling A-Rod self-involved or narcissistic. It’s very boring, no?

    SF May 8, 2007, 9:59 pm
  • No, d1 i’m not talking about you in particular.
    I just feel that schilling thinks he has a right to cross a line that most professionals won’t cross. I’m all for atheletes speaking their minds, just not at the expense of their peers.
    -andrews

    Anonymous May 8, 2007, 10:01 pm
  • i didn’t see the interview, and won’t bother, so i’ll take everyone’s [here] word for what schilling said about bonds…it’s not news that curt likes to talk and sometimes crams a foot [or at least a couple of toes] in his mouth…he’s got his own blog for crying out loud…just because most fans dislike bonds doesn’t mean it’s open season to denigrate the guy with unsubstantiated accusations…still not clear what his motivation was…somebody needs to remind him that the more you talk the more vulnerable you are to criticism and challenges…

    dc May 8, 2007, 10:10 pm
  • That’s a valid point. I do wonder how his comments were taken across baseball. That said, I think Bonds’ stature and the record he’s about to break makes him something of a fair topic for discussion. Not like Schilling’s dishing on clubhouse drama or telling anyone anything they don’t already know, he’s dealing with the same stuff we’ve all already heard. Just giving his 2 cents on it. I think that’s at least a little different.
    dc, basically someone asked–this wasn’t unprompted–if Schill thought Boston fans had a reason to boo Bonds later this season. Schilling said something to the effect of, ‘well he’s admitted doing all these things (steroids, cheating on his wife and his taxes) and you look at the way Selig and Aaron are handling it, and he more or less has been a discrace to the game, so fans are going to do what they want to do.’ He also basically called Barry a bad person. In my mind, the only thing wrong with what he said was that he presented those accusations as admissions, which they were not…they’re just accusations with lots of evidence behind them.

    desturbd1 May 8, 2007, 10:16 pm
  • I don’t like bonds either. But,
    in america you are innocent until proven guilty. Bonds has not been convicted of any wrongdoing yet.
    What evidence are you speaking of? At this point it’s all heresay.
    This reminds me of Schilling’s boast before he went before congress. When the heat was on, he admitted it was all bs.

    Anonymous May 8, 2007, 10:30 pm
  • ” At this point it’s the equivalent of calling A-Rod self-involved or narcissistic. It’s very boring, no?”
    Completely different issue; no, it’s not boring when the guy keeps pushing the envelope with this bs.
    -andrews

    Anonymous May 8, 2007, 10:35 pm
  • …ESPN just said that Schilling is calling for Bonds’ name to be wiped from the record books and/or banned. They also said that he promised not to give Bonds anything to hit if he still hadn’t broken the record.
    Not even close to what he actually said. Not even in the same zip code. He said he didn’t have a problem with fans booing Bonds, and when asked if he’d give Bonds a pitch to hit out if history was on the line, he said, “Not on purpose. Hell no. I don’t want to be Al Downing.” I would imagine this is the kind of thing going through his head when he rants against the media.
    He shouldn’t be surprised when people take his comments this far out of context, and probably should have learned by now to watch what he says a bit more carefully. And saying Bonds admitted to all those things was stupid. But it’s already clear this is going to get blown way the hell out of proportion; according to Phillips, this is just a HUGE distraction to the team right now and could really affect their play.

    desturbd1 May 8, 2007, 10:41 pm
  • You heard it here first, the next time A-Rod or Rocket make some dumb comments and they will all we have to say is “It’s very boring, No?”

    Triskaidekaphobia May 8, 2007, 10:44 pm
  • “And saying Bonds admitted to all those things was stupid.”
    and saying that he cheated on his taxes and cheated on his wife was stupid. And saying he is a bad person is stupid.
    Honestly, I don’t think this will affect the team that much, but the sox should tell this asshole to cool it; so should the players union.
    I mean, really, how many of you would pass that kind of judgement on one of your business peers in the press? I know I wouldn’t, no matter how much I disliked someone – it makes you look stupid and petty at the very least.

    Andrews May 8, 2007, 11:00 pm
  • To get back to the much more pleasant topic of this thread, it’s good to see our SP starting to stabilize, guys.
    Good night – got to sleep off last night’s late gig.
    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Andrews May 8, 2007, 11:06 pm
  • Why is calling someone a bad person for cheating on his wife/taxes a stupid thing to do? Sorry, this is just a difference of opinion here, but I just don’t have a problem with that part of it. And it’s not like Bonds is the guy who works a few floors down from him…this is a little different then talking smack about your cubicle neighbor.
    “so should the players union.”
    Bonds isn’t in the Union, so they’re probably cool with it. :-)

    desturbd1 May 8, 2007, 11:08 pm
  • i think the difference d-1 is that unless there is proof of these allegations, or an admission by bonds, nobody, especially a fellow ballplayer should throw them around as if they were facts….i just think it’s a little comical…last week there was all kinds of outrage about the bloody sock allegations, but this week it’s ok for curt to insinuate someone’s guilt about much more serious charges…

    dc May 9, 2007, 9:14 am
  • Few Quotes from Schilling:
    “If you haven’t figured it out by now, working in the media is a pretty nice gig. Barring outright plagiarism or committing a crime, you don’t have to be accountable if you don’t want to. You can say what you want when you want and you don’t really have to answer to anyone.”
    I am pretty sure calling someone a cheater (taxes, spouse and the game of baseball) contradicts the above quote wouldn’t you say? Especially being that he offered his knowledge as FACT when in actuality Bonds has never admitted to any of these things.
    “The media hacked and spewed their way to a day or two of stories that had zero basis in truth. A story fabricated by the media, for the media.”
    “Take Gary Thorne, John, Jack Joe or whatever his first name is, Heyman, Karen Vescey, Woody Paige, CHB, Jay Marriotti, Bill Plaschke, and a host of other people that litter the media landscape, and put them all on an island somewhere.”
    If only we could put you on that same Island Curt…..
    “It’s 2007 and this team has got a great thing going. The last thing we need is an idiotic distraction that shouldn’t even exist.”
    That’s my favorite, I can’t add anything to that one it’s priceless all by itself!

    Anonymous May 9, 2007, 9:50 am
  • Sorry Fellas that was me.

    Triskaidekaphobia May 9, 2007, 9:51 am
  • excellent post trisk.
    I wonder if curt knows the meaning of the word hypocrite?
    -andrews

    Anonymous May 9, 2007, 9:58 am
  • “Why is calling someone a bad person for cheating on his wife/taxes a stupid thing to do?”
    “And it’s not like Bonds is the guy who works a few floors down from him…this is a little different then talking smack about your cubicle neighbor.”
    The problem here is that he’s not just talking trash with friends; he’s going on the record in the press. Big difference.

    Anonymous May 9, 2007, 10:07 am
  • me
    -andrews

    Anonymous May 9, 2007, 10:08 am

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