Our Pal Sal: Yanks-Rangers III

In their last of three against Texas this evening, the Yankees throw Jaret Wright, who was torched for 4 runs before achieving an out in his last start in Toronto. We assume the Ranger hitters are salivating. But the Yankee hitters have reason for their own bit of optimism: they’ll be facing rookie lefthander John Rheinacker, who’s 1-2 with an era over 6 in his last four starts. Not clear whether the newly acquired Sal Fasano will be in the field, but rumor is that Johnny Damon will return to the lineup. Thegame preview on the official Yankee website suggests that the player to watch tonight is, um, Miguel Cairo, which does not exactly inspire confidence. The folks at MLB.com can focus on him. As usual, we’ll be keeping an eye on Derek and Alex, among others, as the Yanks go for the sweep tonight.

Some additional good news: Scott Kazmir, whom the Yankees were scheduled to face on Friday, has been sidelined by the DRays. And from the sublime to the ridiculous: Dusty Baker pulled Mark Prior this afternoon, nevermind that he was pitching a no-hitter in the seventh against the Mets. Much to discuss. Do it here.

262 comments… add one
  • tonight’s game should go on for 6 hours.

    Nick-YF July 26, 2006, 5:03 pm
  • With box Sox teams losing this is the perfect opportunity to inject the Yanks right into the playoff picture, both for the wild card and division title. Unfortunately, we have a crappy, crappy, crappy starter on the mound who would be the biggest waste of money in the Cashman regime were it not for the fact that Carl Pavano sucks even harder.
    Mets won again, then. Question: when was a last time that a team who had their division wrapped in July won the World Series? Strikes me that momentum is what’s needed going into the playoffs, and when your momentum’s spent in mid-season, it’s very hard to get it going in October.

    Sam July 26, 2006, 5:08 pm
  • Sam: excuse the memory fallout, but didn’t the 2000 yanks lose 16 of 18 going into the playoffs?

    YF July 26, 2006, 5:15 pm
  • Didn’t the White Sox do that last year?

    Nick-YF July 26, 2006, 5:20 pm
  • Dunno about the Yanks, YF, but with the White Sox last year, yes they were on a skid, but they were pushed to the end by the Indians, right? They had to get their act together in the end.
    And even if the Yanks floated into the playoffs with no mo in 2000, that’s still six years ago…
    Just saying, is all.

    Sam July 26, 2006, 5:24 pm
  • the line-up per Peter Abraham:
    Johnny Damon CF
    Derek Jeter SS
    Jason Giambi DH
    Alex Rodriguez 3B
    Bernie Williams RF
    Andy Phillips 1B
    Melky Cabrera LF
    Sal Fasano C
    Miguel Cairo 2B
    Jaret Wright RHP

    Nick-YF July 26, 2006, 5:34 pm
  • Well what does 2004 tell us about momentum? In the playoffs, the Yanks take 3 from the Sox, they crush them, they have momentum. Then the tables flip. The Sox take four, the move on. Momentum is a fragile beast, and chance is sometimes as great a factor as talent.

    YF July 26, 2006, 5:34 pm
  • Keep your eye on Cairo!

    YF July 26, 2006, 5:35 pm
  • I think I did a Yanks-Phils gamer this season that said that any line-up where Fasano was a starter deserved to lose. I also said that the same thing about a line-up featuring Cairo as a starter. Wow. This is what injuries do I guess.

    Nick-YF July 26, 2006, 5:40 pm
  • YF – too true. Though 2004 also stands as the greatest comeback in US sports history, so it’s hardly a typical example. More typical, I think, is the fact that teams that have had to fight to the end of the season for their playoff spot have won the last five World Series.
    Basically, I’m looking for reasons why the Mets won’t win it all this year.

    Sam July 26, 2006, 5:55 pm
  • They play in the NL and so their record is skewed to make them look like one of the 3 best teams. In reality if they played in the AL East, they’d be competing with the Jays for 3rd place. There’s your reason.

    Nick-YF July 26, 2006, 5:57 pm
  • Thanks, Nick!

    Sam July 26, 2006, 6:03 pm
  • Sam: They’re the Mets. That’s reason enough.

    YF July 26, 2006, 6:10 pm
  • Really, just look at the Mets’ record against the AL East this year. They were wins 10, 11 and 12 for the Sox during that brilliant interleague run… People have stopped talking about the Mets as an unstoppable force since the AL punched the NL in the nose and stepped on its glasses…

    Paul SF July 26, 2006, 6:47 pm
  • Here’s something bound to irritate yanks fans: after last night the yanks had the fourth-best record in baseball but are out of the playoffs. My apologies for going ESPN on you.

    I'm Bill McNeal July 26, 2006, 6:49 pm
  • Just wait ’til tonight, Bill. The wild card lead will be theirs!!!! *manic laughter*

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 6:58 pm
  • Yeah, that’s true. I didn’t factor in the White Sox loss today. By the way, does this White Sox skid remind anyone of the ’78 Red Sox?

    I'm Bill McNeal July 26, 2006, 7:01 pm
  • Sorry. I just dated myself.

    I'm Bill McNeal July 26, 2006, 7:02 pm
  • How the Worst was won: M’s get Ben Broussard.

    I'm Bill McNeal July 26, 2006, 7:37 pm
  • And why does Buster Olney insist that the Red Sox are interested in Julio Lugo? Why would they want him and what would they do with him?

    I'm Bill McNeal July 26, 2006, 7:39 pm
  • Has any trade rumor that Olney perpetuates ever turn out to be true?

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 7:40 pm
  • Off to diner….back by the 5th, i hope….

    YF July 26, 2006, 7:49 pm
  • Damon leads things off with a single up the middle. By the way, does anyone else get annoyed when commenters use “a little cutter” expression? What, is there a big cutter? A medium cutter? Meh.
    Meanwhile, the Captain goes the other way to put 2 on with no outs.

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 8:10 pm
  • Giambino flies out for the first out. Oof. Damon tags and goes to third.

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 8:14 pm
  • ARod grounds into a force, Damon out at home.
    Bernie singles to left, but they hold Jeter at 3rd. AP up, works the count to 3-2.

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 8:19 pm
  • Andy comes through!!! 2-0 NYY.

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 8:20 pm
  • Melky grounds into a force to end it, bases left loaded…A 2-run lead for Jaret Wright is hardly enough.

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 8:23 pm
  • Stop the presses, Wright is throwing strikes! A nice clean inning, in fact – Ks GMJ looking, gets Kinsler on a groundout to SS, Young on a groundout to 3rd (fielded flawlessly by ARod). Eat your hearts out, ESPN!

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 8:30 pm
  • Ron Jeremy…err, Sal Fasano starts off the 2nd with a solid single.

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 8:32 pm
  • Steinbrenner:
    Brian! Come into my office!
    Cashman:
    Yeah boss.
    Steinbrenner:
    Get me that Fasano guy.
    Cashman:
    If I get you Fasano you’ll stop trying to trade hughes and cano and 10 million dollars for Abreu?
    Steinbrenner:
    Fine. But get me that kid…he reminds me of the 70s for some reason.

    walein July 26, 2006, 8:34 pm
  • Hahahah!
    So cool that Sal kept the ‘stache…

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 8:35 pm
  • Fasano, wide take-out slide into second base. Jeter down the right field line, too hard and played too well to score Damon. Second and third for Giambi.

    walein July 26, 2006, 8:36 pm
  • Giambino looks awful at the plate.

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 8:37 pm
  • Giambi sucks so badly right now.

    walein July 26, 2006, 8:37 pm
  • Yesterday: 7 runs on 4 hits. Today: 2 runs on 6 hits (so far). I liked yesterday’s efficiency better :(

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 8:39 pm
  • This inning will tell us what night Wright is going to have…uh oh, not a good start.

    Sam July 26, 2006, 8:42 pm
  • Jaret “….I’m not Jaret Wright….” Wright is back to his normal self as he walks Teixeira to start the Rangers 2nd.

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 8:42 pm
  • Kevin “I own Wright” Mench steps up with 2 on and no outs….Ick.

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 8:43 pm
  • Who didn’t see that one coming? 2-2.

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 8:44 pm
  • Okay, looks like YF was right in his post – this is gonna be a loooong game.

    Sam July 26, 2006, 8:45 pm
  • I don’t mind a long game – as long as Da Bombers come out on top.

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 8:48 pm
  • Whew….Wright limits the damage, 2-2 going into top 3rd. Boy, those LOBs early in the game sure do come back to haunt you, don’t they…

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 8:50 pm
  • Two quick outs, followed by Andy’s second hit of the night. Could it be AP is heating up again?! Could it be the ARod kiss was the slumpbuster? Get ESPN on the line, pronto.

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 8:56 pm
  • How can ESPN not have a decent camera angle on that?

    walein July 26, 2006, 9:00 pm
  • Well, it all comes to nought anyway. I have a bad feeling about this game…

    Sam July 26, 2006, 9:02 pm
  • YM: I’m more concerned for Andy. If ARod really starts producing, would everyone start wanting to kiss Andy on the head each game? Superstitions can be dangerous things.
    … imagining Sal Pasano lumbering over to Andy, “Take off your cap, rook.”.. shudder.

    attackgerbil July 26, 2006, 9:18 pm
  • Blalock scores Teixeira easily on a double to left center; Damon had no chance at it.

    attackgerbil July 26, 2006, 9:23 pm
  • LOL, Gerbil. Either that, or everyone will want ARod to kiss *them*…To think, one day we might see ARod smooching Sheff!
    .
    .
    .
    Shudder.

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 9:30 pm
  • Sorry Sal. I can’t even spell his last name right, even though he came through with a hit in his first at bat.

    attackgerbil July 26, 2006, 9:31 pm
  • Giambino continues to stink it up at the plate. Ugh. Dare I say it, did his HGH shipment get lost in the mail, or what?

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 9:33 pm
  • A-Smooch? PeckRod? Alex Rodrikiss? Pucker Rodriguez?
    Shift happens to Giambi 4-3.
    Nice Job by Álex on a single to left over Young.

    attackgerbil July 26, 2006, 9:33 pm
  • YM – don’t go there! Let’s put it down to Jason’s hard work…and now he’s just a bit tired.

    Sam July 26, 2006, 9:35 pm
  • I like Alex Rodrikiss, personally. Very NYPost-ish.
    God, this game is loooooong….9:30 and they’re only through 4.1.

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 9:37 pm
  • Rheinecker gets the hook in the fifth with runners at first and second after walking Bernie.

    attackgerbil July 26, 2006, 9:38 pm
  • Giambi doesn’t get paid 20+ mil a year so that he can “get tired” and drop 20 points in average over the past month.
    Meanwhile, the ESPN team is non-stop about A Rod. Now, after he gets his single, they decide it’s time to come up with a hypothetical where Derek Jeter would come out and make a statement to the media about getting off of A Rod’s back. This is outrageous!

    walein July 26, 2006, 9:39 pm
  • Riiiiiight, Sam. Sure.
    Folks over at BB came up with “URPS” for Unknown Rookie Pitcher syndrome; i.e., Yanks being unable to hit no-name rooks. So true.

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 9:39 pm
  • I’ve got the YES broadcast on, none of the ESPN crap.
    AP with a GIDP. Meh.

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 9:41 pm
  • Wow, Young made a great play. Of course, ESPN starts talking about Texiera “digging it out”…i hate ESPN (unless it’s Hersch).

    walein July 26, 2006, 9:41 pm
  • DP ends the threat. Walein – I have been on the verge of throwing my drink glass through the screen on at least 4 occasions this game.

    attackgerbil July 26, 2006, 9:41 pm
  • I’d like to come up with a hypothetical where ARod would come out and tell ESPN to go f*** themselves.

    Anonymous July 26, 2006, 9:42 pm
  • How come you can watch the game on ESPN, Walein?

    Sam July 26, 2006, 9:42 pm
  • I’m waiting for ESPN to come up with a money graphic that they drop on the screen everytime a big-contract guy is up.

    walein July 26, 2006, 9:42 pm
  • West coast…moved here last year. Yes, it’s killing me.

    walein July 26, 2006, 9:43 pm
  • Now they are questioning “the tenor” of Jeter and Rodriquez’ relationship.

    walein July 26, 2006, 9:44 pm
  • Okay back from dinner in the fifth, as advertised. Right in time for a double play. 4-2 Texas. Had the joy of watching Blaylock’s shot to the wall, and then Wright’s WP on the bar tv as I was on my way out the door.
    Why is Wright allowed that mouth full of chaw? What’s up with that, Steinbrenner? A mouth full of cancer causing tobaccy is okay, but a harmless ‘stache is verbotten? What gives?

    YF July 26, 2006, 9:44 pm
  • I’ve wondered that, too, YF. Are you sure it’s not just a fistful of Big League Chew?

    Sam July 26, 2006, 9:45 pm
  • Also, they jsut told me that “fans are going to support production” right after they say that the reason Giambi is being supported by fans is the homeruns and the rbis…AND THEN…to top it off, and I’ll stop ESPN reporting after this, they start saying that the booing has nothing to do with the media, themselves included!!!!! Wow.

    walein July 26, 2006, 9:46 pm
  • Wow, an easy inning for JW. “…I am not Jaret Wright….”

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 9:46 pm
  • Who’s the commentary team, YM?

    Sam July 26, 2006, 9:46 pm
  • Perhaps Giambi would hit again if use of the term “Giambino” (the most trite thing I have ever heard) was prohibited. What Yankee idiot mouth came up with that, anyway? Sterling or Kay? And you know it’s bad with the idiot mouths at ESPN parrot it.

    I'm Bill McNeal July 26, 2006, 9:46 pm
  • Who’s the commentary team, YM?

    Sam July 26, 2006, 9:47 pm
  • Jared chews on bark that Gator picked for him from Central Park.

    walein July 26, 2006, 9:47 pm
  • Murcer and Singleton. Not the greatest, but at least Steve Phillips/Joe Morgan-free.

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 9:47 pm
  • I think it was Sterling with the Giambino thing. Remember, he also coined the immortal “BamTino”, too.

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 9:49 pm
  • Sorry – I meant Walein on ESPN.
    I’m watching YES as well. I like Murcer – up to a point – but he makes a lot of errors. I fear he’s going senile.

    Sam July 26, 2006, 9:49 pm
  • Walein: I heard Jeter is a Carreras fan where Rodriguez is a Pavarotti guy. They argue about their tenor constantly. Mars and Venus. What can you do?

    attackgerbil July 26, 2006, 9:50 pm
  • YES is blacked out for me too; I’m on EPSN. Wretch.

    attackgerbil July 26, 2006, 9:51 pm
  • Sam: Wright should be muching on Minor League Chew.

    YF July 26, 2006, 9:52 pm
  • Hmmm. Texas: 4 runs on 4(!) hits. Yankees: 2 runs on 9 hits. Oh boy.
    Also, is this the game Wright finally breaks the 100 pitch barrier? He’s at 85 currently.

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 9:53 pm
  • Gerbil, who’s the commentators on ESPN?

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 9:53 pm
  • Dumb and Dumber.

    walein July 26, 2006, 9:55 pm
  • ?
    And to answer my own question…nope, he gets the hook after a 1-out single to Tex.

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 9:56 pm
  • YM: Eric Karros and Dave O’Brien

    attackgerbil July 26, 2006, 9:57 pm
  • Yuck. But hey, no Steve Phillips!

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 9:58 pm
  • Villone with a good k.

    walein July 26, 2006, 10:01 pm
  • YF – agreed. Has he pitched enough innings to trigger the third year of his contract? We could really use that $7m to help us outbid the Mets for Zito.
    Injured or healthy, Wright’s just not very good.

    Sam July 26, 2006, 10:02 pm
  • From what I heard, Yankees have a 3rd year buyout for like $4 million if he spends 60(?) days on DL. Otherwise, it’s a 3 year deal. Not like they’d be saving much with a buyout, either.

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 10:05 pm
  • Awww…now they’ve got Murcer and Kenny on KissCam. Can Bob Sheppard be far behind?

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 10:07 pm
  • Here’s a time for us to put it together, though I have no faith in Giambi being a part of that right now.

    walein July 26, 2006, 10:07 pm
  • Will Torre blow our minds and make Jeter bunt?

    walein July 26, 2006, 10:08 pm
  • I predict ARod hits a grand salami this inning.

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 10:10 pm
  • I don’t understand that at all. Why would you hit and run?

    walein July 26, 2006, 10:11 pm
  • ….Or not. Shit.

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 10:11 pm
  • Strike ’em out, throw ’em out. What a great nice this is shaping up to be….

    YF July 26, 2006, 10:11 pm
  • Strike em out throw him out. I do NOT like that third strike. Very very generous call.

    attackgerbil July 26, 2006, 10:12 pm
  • Not anymore, YM. Ugh.

    Sam July 26, 2006, 10:12 pm
  • Jeter gets called out on a close but definete strike three and Damon is thrown out by about two feet.

    walein July 26, 2006, 10:12 pm
  • Barajas reset his mitt at least half a foot after the catch. HORRIBLE call.

    attackgerbil July 26, 2006, 10:13 pm
  • As for Wright, i’ve been wondering about guys like him and Ponson and Russ Ortiz – given that each of them has failed – and failed horribly at more than one club during their careers, do you think there will still be GMs stupid/desperate enough to sign them? None of these guys have any place on a big league club.

    Sam July 26, 2006, 10:13 pm
  • Well…I have to agree with you AG on the replay, that wasn’t even close. Fucking Giambi stinks some more.

    walein July 26, 2006, 10:13 pm
  • That strike three to Giambi was HIGH. This is pathetic. It crossed the zone above the letters.

    attackgerbil July 26, 2006, 10:13 pm
  • Easy there Mr. Sterling.

    I'm Bill McNeal July 26, 2006, 10:14 pm
  • *(&(*()P()_!#$#$@!
    Time for Jason to warm the bench for a few games.

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 10:14 pm
  • Sooth from YM! Dick Cheney has a better prognosticatory record. But the insurgency’s on it’s last legs, right?

    YF July 26, 2006, 10:14 pm
  • Sam, I think Wright would make a passable middle reliever.

    attackgerbil July 26, 2006, 10:15 pm
  • Sorry…I tried.
    That strike zone certainly has been moving around.

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 10:16 pm
  • Good play by ARod to start the seventh on a sharp grounder from DeRosa.

    attackgerbil July 26, 2006, 10:16 pm
  • Nice play by A Rod. Perfect time for the commentators to start talking about A Rod’s “problems.”
    And off they go on more A Rod.

    walein July 26, 2006, 10:16 pm
  • Wright as a middle reliever? But he always gets tattooed in the first? He’d make a great locker room attendant. Maybe.

    YF July 26, 2006, 10:17 pm
  • I don’t mind it when it’s a big zone, or when it’s a small zone. It’s when it’s a drifting zone when I lose the handle.

    attackgerbil July 26, 2006, 10:17 pm
  • I predict gas prices will fall to $1.50/gallon next week. Also, the Middle East is on the verge of a permanent cease-fire.

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 10:17 pm
  • What are the ESPN bums going on about now?

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 10:19 pm
  • YF: That’s been his recent pattern for sure. However, I think he could adjust when he knows he only needs to bring 2 innings of the really strong stuff as opposed to punching his current Francais-esque 5-inning work week.

    attackgerbil July 26, 2006, 10:19 pm
  • Turns out if he hadn’t left Texas he would never have problems. Texas is where the heart is…this is based on some kind of special psychic knowledge.
    A Rod < Texas as HD Thoreau < Walden

    walein July 26, 2006, 10:20 pm
  • Oh. Right. Of course. ESPN now has a full-time psychologist on staff?

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 10:21 pm
  • One night the ESPN clowns say Rodriguez should tell everyone to go to hell and get off his back, then they sit around and nit pick him to death the next night. I’d love to see him go postal on them. I’d love to see anyone go postal on the ESPN clowns.

    I'm Bill McNeal July 26, 2006, 10:21 pm
  • And now…after talking about how A Rod still has supporters in TX they proceed to show nothing but mean-spirited signage about said Rod.

    walein July 26, 2006, 10:22 pm
  • Did ARod run over ESPN management’s dog?

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 10:23 pm
  • Wow. That was a shot.

    walein July 26, 2006, 10:23 pm
  • HAH! I’d have been right if not for the DP and Giambi’s suckage!!

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 10:24 pm
  • Fortunately, a bizarre bubble-wrap incident in 97 damaged my hearing to the point where I can tune out the prattle on ESPN and focus on reading the posts here instead.
    ARod with a sweet, sweet swing. How effortless did that look, even though it traveled 430 feet. Beautiful swing. Trade that, Phillips.

    attackgerbil July 26, 2006, 10:24 pm
  • Alex! That’s our MVP!

    YF July 26, 2006, 10:24 pm
  • Not sure which ESPN mouth this was: “I think it’s safe to say he’s out of his slump, now.”
    So now a solo homer when you’re trailing by 2 is a slump-buster? Um, OK.

    I'm Bill McNeal July 26, 2006, 10:25 pm
  • Anything ESPN had to say about that shot?

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 10:25 pm
  • Turns out…they’ve just announced on ESPN that A Rod is out of his slump. I’m guessing they meant this past week’s slump, and not the past month where he lead the team in RBIs.

    walein July 26, 2006, 10:25 pm
  • YM: So close!

    YF July 26, 2006, 10:25 pm
  • Thank goodness.
    Bill, that’s a close-and-late situation :) i.e., clutch.

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 10:26 pm
  • ESPN had nothing significant to add except that Bernie Williams was on deck when ARodhit the dinger.

    attackgerbil July 26, 2006, 10:26 pm
  • Alex is lucky those kids didn’t get hurt diving for the ball, or ESPN would have been on his jock for that, too.

    YF July 26, 2006, 10:26 pm
  • AP with a 3-hit night, saving his job for…..

    YF July 26, 2006, 10:27 pm
  • Much smooching should ensue from this point on.

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 10:27 pm
  • Hehe. I think they’re looking into Charges of facilitating trespassing of minors.

    walein July 26, 2006, 10:28 pm
  • I’m not taking on A-Rod.
    I’m belittling ESPN mouths for their tortured logic.
    It generally takes more than one hit.

    I'm Bill McNeal July 26, 2006, 10:28 pm
  • Nooo! Don’t bunt!!

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 10:28 pm
  • Melky can’t bunt it seems.

    attackgerbil July 26, 2006, 10:29 pm
  • Leche: not much for the bunting.

    YF July 26, 2006, 10:29 pm
  • Bowa to Leche: DONT F’ING BUNT.

    YF July 26, 2006, 10:30 pm
  • MELKY!!!!

    attackgerbil July 26, 2006, 10:30 pm
  • That’s why!!!!
    LECHE!!!!!!

    YF July 26, 2006, 10:30 pm
  • LECHE!!! Bunt this!!!

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 10:30 pm
  • Melky!

    walein July 26, 2006, 10:30 pm
  • Now, Fasano is primed for the beginning of what will be known as the Sal Fasano Era.

    walein July 26, 2006, 10:32 pm
  • Melky is Papi-clutch.

    YF July 26, 2006, 10:32 pm
  • Now THAT is a good bunt.

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 10:32 pm
  • I have to say that Sal Fasano looks great in a Yankee uniform.

    attackgerbil July 26, 2006, 10:33 pm
  • Not everyone can make the pitcher almost throw away a sac bunt. The Fasano era is upon us!

    walein July 26, 2006, 10:33 pm
  • Guiel for Cairo. Nice move from Torre.

    YF July 26, 2006, 10:33 pm
  • Posada Wally-Pipped by our pal Sal?

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 10:33 pm
  • Sal Fasano’s initials give me pause. Is he a plant?

    YF July 26, 2006, 10:34 pm
  • WP! 6-4. Thank you Texas!

    YF July 26, 2006, 10:35 pm
  • LMAO, YF.
    Melky scores on a wild pitch. I love this kid.

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 10:35 pm
  • Fasano in Cordero’s head, makes him throw wild scoring Melky.

    walein July 26, 2006, 10:35 pm
  • Oooh.. good catch YF, on the initials. Their eyes are many. Loose lips kiss Phillips.
    Sorta rhymes.

    attackgerbil July 26, 2006, 10:36 pm
  • OK, why didn’t Showalter bring in Otsuka for a 2-inning save? It’s nice of him to let the Yanks back in the game, but isn’t this game fairly important for the Rangers as well?

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 10:36 pm
  • Right at Mench to retire the side. ARod, that was a beautiful swing to start that rally.

    attackgerbil July 26, 2006, 10:37 pm
  • And yay to the bottom of the order for coming through in the clutch.

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 10:38 pm
  • WTF, TJ Beam?? Where’s Farnswacker?

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 10:40 pm
  • Not sure what the story is with this? Why is Proctor warming?
    Farns hurt???

    YF July 26, 2006, 10:42 pm
  • YES is speculating that’s what happened….

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 10:43 pm
  • Karros: “If they get all their guys kicking on the same cylinder..” and then he tailed off. Way to mangle a metaphor.

    attackgerbil July 26, 2006, 10:43 pm
  • Beam lead-off walk. Jeez. Yanks have trouble holding an 8 run lead against these guys. This spells trouble…..

    YF July 26, 2006, 10:44 pm
  • Heh.
    2-inning save for Rivera with a day off tomorrow? Is that unreasonable to ask?

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 10:45 pm
  • A Beam-Fasano battery? How did we get to this?!

    YF July 26, 2006, 10:45 pm
  • Proctor looks resigned in the ‘pen

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 10:46 pm
  • Karros: “The only way you will get that familiarity, that experience, is by going out there and playing.”
    No comment.

    attackgerbil July 26, 2006, 10:46 pm
  • Mo’s pitched a lot recently. Meanwhile Beam is walking the side around….

    YF July 26, 2006, 10:46 pm
  • Ohshitohshitohshit.

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 10:47 pm
  • Ground rule double saves a run. Mo, we need you. Now.

    attackgerbil July 26, 2006, 10:48 pm
  • Sometimes building from within doesn’t work. Like with TJ Beam.

    YF July 26, 2006, 10:48 pm
  • Asking Everyday Scotty to bail them out…well, every day. Not fair.

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 10:49 pm
  • YF: I have a great feeling about Fasano. To coin a new word, I would call it “Brosian.”

    attackgerbil July 26, 2006, 10:49 pm
  • Oopsie.

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 10:51 pm
  • Young right through the legs and up the middle. Looks like the Beam gambit didn’t quite work.

    YF July 26, 2006, 10:51 pm
  • Of course I had a great feeling about Barbaro, John Kerry, and Dexie’s Midnight Runners.

    attackgerbil July 26, 2006, 10:52 pm
  • Well, Torre returned the favor by not using Mo in this situation. Boooooo!

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 10:52 pm
  • Michael Young is one clutch player.

    Hudson July 26, 2006, 10:53 pm
  • Gerb: I gotta say, I do too. He looks like he should be batting in a lineup with Donnie and Pags. Supposedly he’s a decent guy, which isn’t surprising considering how long he’s been around the league with his skill set.
    Can we get an out please?

    YF July 26, 2006, 10:53 pm
  • Um. What is Joe doing?

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 10:53 pm
  • Rivera is always ready to go (except when cleating). What gives? Day off tomorrow. I don’t get it.

    attackgerbil July 26, 2006, 10:53 pm
  • Why isn’t Myers in there for Blalock?????

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 10:54 pm
  • Oh come on. This is ridiculous.

    YF July 26, 2006, 10:54 pm
  • YF: Totally. He’s a throwback player, and I love it.

    attackgerbil July 26, 2006, 10:54 pm
  • ARGH

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 10:55 pm
  • Dismal.

    attackgerbil July 26, 2006, 10:56 pm
  • Ok, what’s on Discovery Channel?

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 10:57 pm
  • Melky got a bad jump on that flare. Loaded, nobody out.

    attackgerbil July 26, 2006, 10:57 pm
  • Was that Chacon coming in?

    attackgerbil July 26, 2006, 10:57 pm
  • More hits. And here comes Chacon, in case there’s not enough gas on the fire.

    YF July 26, 2006, 10:58 pm
  • Is this Proctor’s way of saying he doesn’t want to be traded for Betemit?

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 10:58 pm
  • All of a sudden this game went to pieces. I don’t understand….

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 10:59 pm
  • Okay. Two minutes to Jon Stewart.

    YF July 26, 2006, 10:59 pm
  • I don’t often blame Torre for losses, but this one is completely and totally on him.

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 11:00 pm
  • Chacon is to loaded with no outs as … napalm is to Robert Duvall in Da Nang

    attackgerbil July 26, 2006, 11:00 pm
  • Is Rivera hurt or something?

    I'm Bill McNeal July 26, 2006, 11:00 pm
  • Fasano with a great stop on an attempted WP by Chacon.

    attackgerbil July 26, 2006, 11:01 pm
  • Bill: that’s what I wonder as well. How is that 1-2 not a strike? Must have been low but cmon.

    attackgerbil July 26, 2006, 11:03 pm
  • I don’t get it….even if Farns is hurt, why not bring in Myers for Blalock instead of leaving a clearly ineffective Proctor in there to get bombed?

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 11:03 pm
  • Chacon!!!! I take it all back. Great reaction on the 1-3 DP.

    attackgerbil July 26, 2006, 11:04 pm
  • !!!!
    Chacon puts out the fire. Go figure.

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 11:04 pm
  • Chacon is the new stopper.

    walein July 26, 2006, 11:04 pm
  • Heart of the order coming up in the 9th. Do they have another comeback in them?

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 11:05 pm
  • That’s a great fielding play. Comebacker snagged in the air on reflex, checks the bases and sees he has the play at first for the DP. Beautiful fielding.

    attackgerbil July 26, 2006, 11:05 pm
  • i believe it was miller who anoited a-rod “out of his slump”. i’m gonna hold out. i know he has some disappointment left in him for the 9th.

    sf rod July 26, 2006, 11:06 pm
  • Could this be the beginning of a long journey to respectability for Mr. Chacon? Great play.

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 11:06 pm
  • Wow. Come on, boys.

    YF July 26, 2006, 11:06 pm
  • Incredible composure by Chacon on that play. *applause*

    attackgerbil July 26, 2006, 11:06 pm
  • Would be nice for the bats to pick up the pitching….

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 11:07 pm
  • “You have to feel that the momentum has switched back to the Yankees” – Karros
    What??!!! They just lost the lead. I am dumbfounded.

    attackgerbil July 26, 2006, 11:08 pm
  • hello everybody! Hanging out with walein at his apt. I see we have a good one.

    Nick-YF July 26, 2006, 11:08 pm
  • Pinch hit for Giambi!

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 11:08 pm
  • Captain singles.
    Giambi, you are SO overdue.

    attackgerbil July 26, 2006, 11:09 pm
  • DP or K?

    I'm Bill McNeal July 26, 2006, 11:09 pm
  • I can’t believe those idiots get paid for saying this sort of crap.

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 11:09 pm
  • Will Giambi come through?

    Nick-YF July 26, 2006, 11:09 pm
  • Hey Nick, Walelin.
    GIAMBI!!!

    attackgerbil July 26, 2006, 11:10 pm
  • the answer is YES!!!!

    Nick-YF July 26, 2006, 11:10 pm
  • HOLY SHIT!

    YF July 26, 2006, 11:10 pm
  • Gerbil, you got any tips on the stock market?

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 11:10 pm
  • He killed it!!!

    attackgerbil July 26, 2006, 11:10 pm
  • Nick and Walein = good luck charms.

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 11:10 pm
  • walein just skipped out of the room

    Nick-YF July 26, 2006, 11:10 pm
  • Now we’ll find out if Mo is hurt.

    I'm Bill McNeal July 26, 2006, 11:10 pm
  • But now will we get Mo?

    YF July 26, 2006, 11:11 pm
  • this is a real post-modern hang out session. I haven’t said a word to him yet.

    Nick-YF July 26, 2006, 11:11 pm
  • YM: I heard Standard Oil is going places!
    Giambi MURDERED it.
    Cmon, Alex Rodrikiss!
    Mo up in the pen.

    attackgerbil July 26, 2006, 11:11 pm
  • Nick is now confined to Walein’s for the rest of the season.

    YF July 26, 2006, 11:12 pm
  • Would be nice for ARod to provide some cushion….Especially if Mo is not available.

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 11:12 pm
  • remember when giambi had personality?
    remember when damon had personality?
    i’m sorry sal, you used to be cool.

    sf rod July 26, 2006, 11:12 pm
  • MO!!! Playoffs here we come….
    And Alex gives the tabs something to bitch about.

    YF July 26, 2006, 11:13 pm
  • we grew up sleeping in a bunk bed together. There’s no need to go back to those days. He was a cruel older brother.

    Nick-YF July 26, 2006, 11:13 pm
  • They just showed Mo in the ‘pen. That Joe Torre, he’s a genius ;-)

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 11:13 pm
  • by the way, worst announcing team ever?

    Nick-YF July 26, 2006, 11:13 pm
  • Nick Green with perhaps the least impressive at bat of the season. Headed back to the dugout before that thing even reached the mitt.

    YF July 26, 2006, 11:14 pm
  • F*** the tabs. Without his HR we aren’t even here. I’m sure ESPN is having a field day with it though.

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 11:14 pm
  • Remember when Johnny was an Athletic?
    Remember when Manny was an Indian?
    I’m sorry baseball, players want to get payed.

    attackgerbil July 26, 2006, 11:15 pm
  • Sal still has the ‘stache. The ‘stache is all that matters. Sal is cool in our book.

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 11:15 pm
  • time to eat pizza with the bro and his girl. Will watch but no comment. Go Mo!

    Nick-YF July 26, 2006, 11:17 pm
  • Bon appetit, Nick.

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 11:18 pm
  • Remember when the Sox were 86-time losers? Ah, but for the good old days….

    YF July 26, 2006, 11:18 pm
  • Mo in to finish it out against Barajsas. Misses for ball one. Fastball for strike one. Jammed in on the hands, fouled up third for strike two.

    attackgerbil July 26, 2006, 11:19 pm
  • 1 down.
    Take us home, Gerb….

    YF July 26, 2006, 11:19 pm
  • 1-2 close. Called a ball. 2-2 is popped up to Green at second for 1 away.

    attackgerbil July 26, 2006, 11:20 pm
  • Ouch, YF. That’s low.
    I love it!

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 11:20 pm
  • What a strange game this is….

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 11:21 pm
  • Teach those SFs to troll in our thread.

    YF July 26, 2006, 11:21 pm
  • 2 down.

    Anonymous July 26, 2006, 11:21 pm
  • Rivera gets a strike against Matthews, then is low for a ball. Great pitch for a strike and Matthews stairs at the ump. Not a good thing to do in the middle of the count. The 1-2 is strike three looking.

    attackgerbil July 26, 2006, 11:21 pm
  • Urk. Kinsler with a 2-out single to bring up Young.

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 11:22 pm
  • Kinsler grounds up the middle, doing what every rookie should do and swings at the first pitch to lay wood on the ball. That’s the way to get to Mo. Single up the middle. Young to the plate.

    attackgerbil July 26, 2006, 11:22 pm
  • My ulcer is acting up again.

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 11:23 pm
  • stop living iun the 20th century YF.

    sf rod July 26, 2006, 11:24 pm
  • Young fights off a fastball foul.

    attackgerbil July 26, 2006, 11:24 pm
  • sf rod, how’d that game go this afternoon?

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 11:25 pm
  • The 0-1: Rivera pitches out as Guzman holds. 1-1.

    attackgerbil July 26, 2006, 11:25 pm
  • Yeah, MO!!!!

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 11:26 pm
  • Easy 6-3 to end the game. Nice Jeets, Mo. ARod, welcome back to where you never left.

    attackgerbil July 26, 2006, 11:26 pm
  • Okay. I’ll live for today. Yanks win. Sox lose.
    Yanks now 1 down in the loss column to the BoSox, 1 up over the ChiSox for the WC.
    ….and to all a good night.

    YF July 26, 2006, 11:27 pm
  • aw. it was nice. thanks for asking.

    sf rod July 26, 2006, 11:28 pm
  • The Sal Fasano era has officially begun. Fear the ‘stache!
    Also, Chacon should seriously be player of the game. He saved their asses there.

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 11:28 pm
  • Good night all. Interesting night of baseball. “I live for this.”™ Yo! ESPN! Pay me, DITCHES! Stitches? Mitches Williamses?

    attackgerbil July 26, 2006, 11:31 pm
  • good comeback win. maybe the tightening of divsion will prompt some better banter over on the sox game threads. yank fans do your part. g-nite.

    sf rod July 26, 2006, 11:35 pm
  • ‘Night sf-rod.
    Final bit of good news: Toronto currently losing to Seattle 6-1 after 4. Let’s all hope that holds up. Definitely an interesting game tonight…

    yankeemonkey July 26, 2006, 11:38 pm

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