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  • Any chance you can photoshop pinstripes onto that pic?

    A YF April 18, 2008, 7:57 am
  • Manny is a bad, bad man. Survivinggrady.com has a video of his second homer off of Mussina, he CRUSHED that thing.

    Atheose April 18, 2008, 8:08 am
  • Yeah, but not as far as Alex crushed his the night before ;)

    A YF April 18, 2008, 9:16 am
  • Even John Sterling couldn’t resist getting excited by Many’s home runs. First time in my life I’ve never been annoyed by one of his home run calls. ;-)

    Paul SF April 18, 2008, 9:31 am
  • Yeah, but Sterling is a moron.

    A YF April 18, 2008, 10:08 am
  • Sterling gets excited by routine fly balls.
    Michael Kay has reverted to cheering for the opposing team, in his bid to get national attention. He’d fit right in with the morons at ESPN. Please, Yankees, get rid of him. I can understand Sterling, he has a monument in monument park, a perfect timbre for radio, and has been with the Yankees forever. But Michael Kay is an absolute embarrassment to the ballclub. Every single person is in agreement on this.

    AndrewYF April 18, 2008, 10:39 am
  • I actually don’t get the Michael Kay hate. I’m not saying he’s great, and he is a pretty big goofball (his puns are groaners a lot of the time)…but he’s always prepared, into the games, and pretty much just plays straight man to the ex-ballplayers he shares the booth with.
    And Kay is already an ESPN employee – he has a drive-time radio show in the greater NY area on 1050. I listen to Mike and the Mad Dog though…

    Mark (YF) April 18, 2008, 10:57 am
  • Manny is a monster…no question.
    Conversely, Moose is garbage…no question. Make him into glue already.

    krueg April 18, 2008, 11:22 am
  • I’ve taken to listening to Kay’s ESPN show on XM as I drive home from work. I actually like it, although he spends too much time talking about a mediocre Mets team. But he comes off as intelligent and knowledgable, even if he does ride the fence most of the time. …
    Sterling might be an institution, but he’s a caricature of himself now. The fact that he makes no attempt to make Suzyn a credible part of the broadcast and just comes up with idiotic home run calls (A-Bomb … the Melk Man … Giambino. ick. please.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 18, 2008, 11:29 am
  • I thought Kay and Sterling were the perfect foils for each other. Their egos balanced out. Now they’re both really bad, IMO.
    Kay and Sterling seem to delight in misfortune (and Paul nails one example). It gives them something to bitch about. And Sterling did plenty of bitching about pitching to Manny.
    On the subject, I gotta say I dig Remy and what’s his face. Sure, they’re biased. But much less so than many other announcers. As I pointed out to my wife on Wed, you can barely hear the hurt in their voices when something bad happens to their team. Meanwhile, Remy has quite the second career as ad pitchman. Every other commercial on NESN has his smiling mug.

    A YF April 18, 2008, 11:31 am
  • “he’s a caricature of himself now”
    Well said. On Waldman though, she legitimately has nothing meaningful to add. Her sole purpose is to stroke Sterling’s ego.

    A YF April 18, 2008, 11:32 am
  • AG are you a closet sox fan?

    sam-yf April 18, 2008, 11:35 am
  • I saw a great movie last night called “Deliverance”. An Ivy League educated crossword-puzzle doing egghead wanders into the woods and is greated by a dreadlocked man-child who bends him over a stump and…oh, sorry – that was the Yanks-Sox game I was watching.
    Saying Manny owns Moose is like saying water is wet.
    People walked Barry Bonds at bizarre times when he was the hottest hitter in baseball. Well Manny is hotter off Mussina than any hitter off any pitcher I can ever remember. Walk him! First base isn’t open? Walk him! Less than 2 outs? Walk him!
    If you don’t want to give the IBB, then just pitch around the outside of the plate, but enough with challenging him with 86 mph fastballs.
    David Cone was graet last night and I so appreciate him on YES because he is probably the only commentator other than Kim Jones from time to time who demonstrates that he is not drinking NYY Kool-Aid.
    After Mussina answered a question about how/why he got clobbered by Manny yet again by saying “I just didn’t know where the ball was going” and arguing that “you can’t walk a guy in those situations”, Cone politely but directly said that control clearly wasn’t the issue because Mussina didn’t walk anyone in the game. And that you absoultely can walk someone hitting as well as Manny.
    Moose can be effective, but only if he internalizes the immortal words of Dirty Harry: “A man’s got to know his limitations”
    Oh, and I now like Farnsworth again.

    IronHorse (yf) April 18, 2008, 11:42 am
  • To nit-pick, Stanford isn’t an Ivy.. =P

    Lar April 18, 2008, 11:49 am
  • As a girl, I can honestly say Suzyn is an embarrassment to female journalists everywhere. Way too emotional, cries too much- screams too much.
    And Manny was reDONKulous last night, holy crap. Love that guy. He needs to cook Ortiz breakfast and get some of that pop back in him.

    no sleep til brooklyn sf April 18, 2008, 11:55 am
  • I agree A YF, I love Remmy and Orsillo. Granted I’m a biased Sox fan, but they’re genuinely good announcers that hide their bias very well. They’re not very annoying, they call the game well, and they’re a pleasure to listen to.
    The Diamondbacks have two great announcers too, though I’ve only heard them a handful of times.

    Atheose April 18, 2008, 12:16 pm
  • Horse, you’re OK that Farnsy the Headcase threw a 98 MPH heater at Manny’s noggin?
    Really?
    At his butt, sure. I could see that. Or throwing inside to back him off the plate. I wouldn’t accuse Moose of throwing at Ellsbury.
    But behind Manny head? That’s playing with a man’s life.
    AND he’s jeopardizing his own teammates.
    Dude, you’re sorry. There’s no excuse for that. Farnsy should have been tossed from the game. He will be suspended and fined by Watson.
    But you’re OK with that. What does that say about you?

    I'm Bill McNeal April 18, 2008, 12:20 pm
  • Mussina is garbage. He’s done an OKAY job at changing his pitching strategy to make up for his lack of velocity, but he’s still too arrogant to consistently keep up the new strategy. Pitching to Manny the 2nd time was arrogant. Throwing Manny the exact same pitch in the exact same spot as the first homerun was arrogant.

    Atheose April 18, 2008, 12:20 pm
  • “What does that say about you?” Only that I watched the game the night before.
    I don’t see much difference between A-Rod getting hit in the shoulder blade after he hit a bomb the night before and Manny getting buzzed high. In fact, if you watched the post-game you heard Manny himself playing down Farnsworth pitch based on what had been done to A-Rod the previous night.
    If you want to get into what is right and wrong, it should be clear to everyone that if you’re going to send a message you aim at the mid-section and not above the chest. Neither Aardsma nor Farnsworth complied.
    And if you want to nit-pick, you should acknowledge which of these events happened first. In other words, who is it that put their teammates “at risk”?

    IronHorse (yf) April 18, 2008, 12:31 pm
  • Where’s the fervor from SFs when Pedro were beaning people left and right?
    What about when ARod got plunked, _and_ Varitek fought with the gear on?

    Lar April 18, 2008, 12:31 pm
  • Here are some stats for everyone: since 2006, against the Yankees (over 33 games) Manny Ramirez has 14 homers and 38 RBI’s, batting .478 with an OBP of .602.
    If he played for a full season against the Yankees, he would have 69 homers (good for 3rd-most all time) and 187 RBI’s (good for 2nd-most all time).

    Atheose April 18, 2008, 12:33 pm
  • Bill, there’s nothing wrong with Ironhorse liking Manny getting thrown at. I love to see ARod get thrown at, and I would love to see Bonds get thrown at. Not that they’re all in the same boat, but just in general.
    He’s a YF. Consequently, he hates Manny. Nothin wrong with that.

    Atheose April 18, 2008, 12:34 pm
  • Damn. I’m so glad we didn’t trade him and no one bothered to even look at him on waivers. major coup.

    no sleep til brooklyn sf April 18, 2008, 12:35 pm
  • “_and_ Varitek fought with the gear on?”
    whats this have to do with beanballs?

    Ric April 18, 2008, 12:49 pm
  • > AG are you a closet sox fan?
    I dunno. Probably. My man-crush on Manny has me coming out of some closet or another.

    attackgerbil April 18, 2008, 12:50 pm
  • Nothing wrong with that AG. I love Manny too. My only complaint is his statue shots, but nobody’s perfect. And if he did it while wearing pinstripes I’d simply laugh.

    A YF April 18, 2008, 1:01 pm
  • Ric- it’s to show the utter classlessness of the Red Sox and how Tek’s unmasking is the greatest of insults in brawling. Or something.

    no sleep til brooklyn sf April 18, 2008, 1:02 pm
  • Because people forget that that was the result of ARod getting beaned. And yet, ARod gets the heat for it.

    Lar April 18, 2008, 2:21 pm
  • Throwing at a batter is OK…throwing at a batter’s head isn’t. Period.
    >If he played for a full season against the Yankees, he would have 69 homers (good for 3rd-most all time) and 187 RBI’s (good for 2nd-most all time).
    Manny is a freak…and I mean that with the utmost of respect. :)

    nettles April 18, 2008, 3:38 pm
  • farnsworths attempt to take another mans livelihood and health into his own hands looked flat to me. 97 mph doesn’t mean much when it’s flat, but at least it looks like he’s made strides on his control.

    sf rod April 18, 2008, 4:11 pm
  • Apparently Watson is now looking at Farnsworth’s pitch for possible suspension. So says 1050 espn radio.
    Michael Kay immediately brought Pedro up, saying he was never punished for putting people in the hospital and that you can’t get into a man’s head to see whether or not their actions are intentional.

    no sleep til brooklyn sf April 18, 2008, 4:22 pm

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