Setting Sons? Braves-Yanks Gamer I

No long preamble here. Erstwhile Athletic Tim Hudson takes the mound tonight against Randy Johnson. These two presumptive aces have not quite lived up to their respective billings this year. What’ll we get tonight? Here’s hoping it’s a Yankee win. Comment here.

PS: Could someone please explain how the Phils let Ortiz beat them two games in a row?

102 comments… add one
  • And away we go. Nice play in the hole by Miggy to start things off.
    And before we get too far, a big happy birthday to Our Hero. 32 years young. Many happy returns, Mr. Jeter.

    YF June 26, 2006, 7:11 pm
  • Renteria Ks on the slider. Nice pitch.

    YF June 26, 2006, 7:12 pm
  • Harrumph. No no-no for Randy. Chipper goes the other way for a single.

    YF June 26, 2006, 7:13 pm
  • And Andruw Jones grounds into the force play, 6-4. Hard to believe how long Jones and Jeets have been around. They still seem like youngsters.

    YF June 26, 2006, 7:15 pm
  • Cairo, Crosby, Cabrera, Phillips all in the lineup tonight. What were the odds in March that you’d see that in June?

    YF June 26, 2006, 7:17 pm
  • Fly out for Damon. Not crazy about Miggy hitting second. He grounds to Renteria, 6-3. Here comes Jeets.

    YF June 26, 2006, 7:18 pm
  • Happy Birthday! Derek sends one up the middle for the Yanks’ first hit. (Career #2028, according to Kitty. Not bad. Only Robin Yount with more at the same age, since expansion.)

    YF June 26, 2006, 7:20 pm
  • nice start of the night for the birthday boy!

    Nick-YF June 26, 2006, 7:21 pm
  • YF, Jeter: 1st ballot Hall of Famer?
    My answer: Most definitely

    Nick-YF June 26, 2006, 7:22 pm
  • Giambino! 2-0!
    #21 for Jason is a golfed shot to the right on a slider low and away.

    YF June 26, 2006, 7:23 pm
  • Nick: Yes, if he continues at this pace for a few more years.
    Meanwhile, Alex, who’s a definite first balloter, gets a single through the right side.

    YF June 26, 2006, 7:24 pm
  • If he retired today, I still think he gets on in the 1st ballot. I don’t necessarily think he’d deserve it but the guys who vote love him.

    Nick-YF June 26, 2006, 7:25 pm
  • Any more details on Vegas there Nick?

    YF June 26, 2006, 7:26 pm
  • God forbid that Nick!
    Meanwhile, Jorge dinged, takes it like a man. Let’s hope Randy doesn’t do something stupid.

    YF June 26, 2006, 7:27 pm
  • I was just joking about the $600 bet by the way. Actually, I avoided gambling. I’ve never had the urge and I’m way too broke to mess with money right now.
    I enjoyed the trip although it was hotter than hot. The spectacle of each casino was amazing. Unfortunately I didn’t get to the Liberace Museum which promised so much, but I got to see lions and dolphins and to brunch at 4 seasons. It was my first time. An great American experience.

    Nick-YF June 26, 2006, 7:28 pm
  • Talk in the YES booth about the replacement of Leo Mazzone with Jack MacDowell, and the subsequent decline of the Bravos pitching. MacDowell’s fault? Our take: the whole Mazzone thing is overrated. Not that MacDowell ever struck us as a real genius on the mound.

    YF June 26, 2006, 7:31 pm
  • Grr. Bubba lines out. No luck for Bubba.

    YF June 26, 2006, 7:32 pm
  • I just got back from Fenway. Heckuva game that could have been an uber-disaster because of one Rudy Seanez. The fans hate him. One rabid fan around me yelled to whichever Philly that was at bat against the sucky middle-reliever, “Chaahge the mound! Use the bat!”
    I had to agree.
    But alas, Yuke and PapĂ­ come through again. All is good in the world.

    Steve June 26, 2006, 7:33 pm
  • Hudson having some problems. I’ve always liked him as a player. My favorite of the Oakland 3. I read an interview with Michael Lewis on Bronx Banter once in which Lewis says that Hudson was his favorite player on the A’s. He said he was a thoughtful, interesting and stand-up guy. He called Mulder vapid, Zito a fun guy, and Chavez a jerk.

    Nick-YF June 26, 2006, 7:33 pm
  • YF, regarding your PS: your beloved Yanks fell into the same trap in mid-October, about 22 months ago. Maybe someone should send Charlie Manuel that 10 DVD box set…

    SF June 26, 2006, 7:36 pm
  • I bet the A’s players would say that Lewis has all of those same qualities, rolled into one, Nick.

    SF June 26, 2006, 7:37 pm
  • Isn’t it Roger McDowell, the former Met, not Jack?

    SF June 26, 2006, 7:38 pm
  • I’m well aware of that SF. Was kind of a joke,
    Meanwhile, sweet (!) throw from Jorge!
    “Chahge the mound. Use the bat.” I think we have a new YFSF catch phrase. It’s our YWML.

    YF June 26, 2006, 7:39 pm
  • All I can think about with Ortiz and these clutch moments is the idea of regression to the mean. It’s going to happen sometime (it always does, doesn’t it) and when it does, it’s going to be ugly.

    Nick-YF June 26, 2006, 7:40 pm
  • Got it, YF. I just love referring to that 10 DVD box set, though.

    SF June 26, 2006, 7:40 pm
  • Miggy flies to Andruw. A decade in the league and he still hasn’t figured out how to spell his name.

    YF June 26, 2006, 7:41 pm
  • How fantastic has Johnny D been lately? Double to left center.

    YF June 26, 2006, 7:42 pm
  • Here’s how good: .341/.417/.641 in June for Damon. That’s awesome.

    YF June 26, 2006, 7:44 pm
  • Damon’s numbers do not seem to have been hurt by his move away from Fenway.

    Nick-YF June 26, 2006, 7:45 pm
  • Miggy out 6-3. Grr. Up to Jeets.

    YF June 26, 2006, 7:45 pm
  • Are those Johnny Damon’s SAT scores?

    SF June 26, 2006, 7:45 pm
  • Was there any conventional wisdom about how Damon would do outside of Fenway? I imagine YS is decently suited to how he hits: short porch in right, big space out in left center/left. Anyone remember any thoughts on whether or not he’d be able to make the change smoothly?

    SF June 26, 2006, 7:47 pm
  • Jeter walks. Havin’ a sold birthday. 1-1 with a base on balls.

    YF June 26, 2006, 7:48 pm
  • SF, you didn’t say this so I’m not attacking you, but there were a few sox fans who posted on blogs about how Damon would be hurt greatly by his transition from Fenway. They pointed to his numbers at Fenway compared to his away stats. I think during his time with the Sox he had some pretty severe splits in that regard.

    Nick-YF June 26, 2006, 7:49 pm
  • Giambi RAGING at that check swing call.

    SF June 26, 2006, 7:49 pm
  • SF with the none-too-subtle hint

    Nick-YF June 26, 2006, 7:50 pm
  • There was a lot of talk about how the short porch in right was going to help his homer total, but this was effectively dismissed by a BP analysis. My impression among the hardcore stat guys was that he would continue to be effective. So he’s just about living right up to expectation (and obviously he’s not going to stay at this June level all season).

    YF June 26, 2006, 7:50 pm
  • I think BP has his homer total (PECOTA) at something like 12 for 2006. He’s surpassing that and it’s June.

    Nick-YF June 26, 2006, 7:52 pm
  • I see, Nick. But wouldn’t it be more important to look at his Fenway/Yankee Stadium splits, not just his Home/Away splits? I wonder what his numbers in YS were prior to this year. Though that would be limited since his experiences in the Bronx would have been limited to three game stretches, not enough to really gauge how someone would do playing in a stadium regularly.

    SF June 26, 2006, 7:52 pm
  • Giambino! This time with 2 on! Second of the game, 22 for the season. A lot of 2s there. But the big numbers are these: 5-0.

    YF June 26, 2006, 7:53 pm
  • I wonder if Giambi just knows Hudson from their time together in Oakland. Seems like Hudson just can’t fool him. Great at-bat.

    SF June 26, 2006, 7:53 pm
  • And he gets the curtain call, just to piss off SF.

    YF June 26, 2006, 7:54 pm
  • I don’t want to discount ball park effect but I think this seems to be the case where you factor in the idea that a player is (imagine this!) and human being and he responds to things outside of ball park dimensions, like crowd noise and encouragement. It seems to me that Damon is a good example of such a player.

    Nick-YF June 26, 2006, 7:54 pm
  • Nah, that’s an ok CC. 2 homers, 2 innings, 5 ribbies? Just fine.

    SF June 26, 2006, 7:54 pm
  • I just gave a curtain call at my desk. The boss was confused again.

    Nick-YF June 26, 2006, 7:55 pm
  • A-Rod walks, after the narrow miss by the curve.

    YF June 26, 2006, 7:55 pm
  • Ah, the old “good jump” comment from Kaat. How articulate.

    SF June 26, 2006, 7:58 pm
  • I predict Bobby Cox will be tossed from this game.

    SF June 26, 2006, 7:59 pm
  • I don’t know. Call me super-conservative. But I just don’t like to see A-Rod stealing in a 5-0 game. Jorge can hit it out, and, far more importantly, the chance that he jams a thumb or wrist or ankle or who knows what in a collission–the Yanks just can’t afford that. So you don’t want to play scared, but a bit of strategic caution is probably worthwhile.
    Meanwhile, Jorge pops out.

    YF June 26, 2006, 8:00 pm
  • Wow. If you went to take a leek you just missed the Bravos at bat. 6 pitches.

    YF June 26, 2006, 8:04 pm
  • I am with you, YF, on the A-Rod steal. Not bright. And also hypocritical, considering how angry Larry Bowa got about teams stealing bases with big leads earlier this year, though it is early in the game. I think A-Rod also did this earlier in the year, with the Yankees holding a handy lead in the seventh or eighth inning. I appreciate the hustle, but I think it’s a big downside play.

    SF June 26, 2006, 8:06 pm
  • YF, making trips to the store to pick up produce? Or do you mean “leak”?

    SF June 26, 2006, 8:07 pm
  • Here’s a question: is Brad Lidge this millenium’s Calvin Schiraldi or what?

    SF June 26, 2006, 8:09 pm
  • SF: 5 runs isn’t a big lead these days, especially with the Yankee pen and Randy’s recent hijinks, so i have no problem with it from a sportsmanship position. ironically, they might be more likely to score if they don’t do it. but we can all agree it’s not a good play. and no comment on bowa. he’s not in charge here anyway.
    Anyway, AP lashes a single, and now Bubba walks. Pour it on!

    YF June 26, 2006, 8:10 pm
  • No, you’re right – it’s way too early to stop running – witness the Sox’ implosion today with a six run lead. But there’s never a bad time to point out Yankee hypocrisy.

    SF June 26, 2006, 8:11 pm
  • College WS Update: 0-0 in the bottom of the 4th. Sox’ first round draft pick Daniel Bard throwing a one-hitter for the Tar Heels with UNC coming to bat.

    SF June 26, 2006, 8:13 pm
  • Scratch that: Oregon coming to bat. Beavers now up 1-0 on a comically bad piece of defense from the Tar Heels, starting with Bard himself.

    SF June 26, 2006, 8:18 pm
  • Speaking of prospects. Nice article in the NYT on Phil Hughes, who’s been ABSOLUTELY DESTROYING double-a after a few starts to settle in. can’t wait for him to arrive in the bronx. and god help us if he’s traded. the line in the article, “the royals offered reggie sanders” is totally frightening. that should be such a ridiculous proposal it never gets made.

    YF June 26, 2006, 8:19 pm
  • “the Royals offered Reggie Sanders” ought to give you a sense of why the Royals are where the Royals are…

    SF June 26, 2006, 8:21 pm
  • RJ just cruising here.

    YF June 26, 2006, 8:21 pm
  • 2-0 Beavers. Bard doing his best Matt Clement here, falling apart after a tough defensive play.

    SF June 26, 2006, 8:22 pm
  • You Sox fans are tough. Already name-calling your young prospects! The “Matt Clement” label and he’s not even pitching for your farm team yet.

    Nick-YF June 26, 2006, 8:24 pm
  • Not even pitching for their rookie-ball team!

    YF June 26, 2006, 8:25 pm
  • The sound of the ping from aluminum bats is just horrid. It is really disleasing, aurally.

    SF June 26, 2006, 8:26 pm
  • Oh man. Giambi just missed #3.

    YF June 26, 2006, 8:27 pm
  • I should be nicer to Bard, to be fair. You guys are right. To his credit, he’s made it 4 innings, at least two more than Clement would have gone under similar circumstances.

    SF June 26, 2006, 8:28 pm
  • The plink is bad, and the fielding isn’t so great either. Also, should a college team really have the word “BEAVERS” in gigantic letters across their jerseys? And why did Oregon steal Oklahama State’s (awful) ESPN-stlye, sans-serif, futurist cap lettering. It doesn’t go with the rest of the unis, which are old styl.

    YF June 26, 2006, 8:31 pm
  • sf: i am laughing.

    YF June 26, 2006, 8:32 pm
  • sf: i am laughing.

    YF June 26, 2006, 8:32 pm
  • But not that hard, actually. Especially after Alex’s infield adventure. Gah.

    YF June 26, 2006, 8:33 pm
  • It is illuminating to watch the defense at this level. It’s not like these guys are bad ballplayers: quite the contrary, many of them are by any measure fantastic ballplayers. But the level that Major Leaguers play at is just so high, it makes you really appreciate the routine plays they make so easily when you see the best college players looking like high-caliber Babe Ruth level guys. The major thing is that every play/throw looks super-rushed, whereas big leaguers almost never look rushed.

    SF June 26, 2006, 8:35 pm
  • that’s a great point sf, and one we forget all too often. even the absolute worst ml player–your tony womack, say–operates at a level that is FAR above of what even really good college players do. i think you see it every time you go to a game. watching on tv, from the centerfield camer, it looks like anyone can hit a pitch down the middle. but go sit yourself behind home plate, and you see just how fast the ball is moving–up, down, and sideways. and then, when it gets in play, how smoothly it’s handled 99 percent of the time. pros are fun to watch because they’re pros.

    YF June 26, 2006, 8:40 pm
  • UNC ties it up 2-2. I am off to bed – not feeling 100%, despite the Papi walk-off win.

    SF June 26, 2006, 8:42 pm
  • Good night; feel better.

    YF June 26, 2006, 8:44 pm
  • Bard looks pretty good to me. Really slings it. Jug ears. Haven’t seen him throw anything but heat, tho. That ain’t gonna work in the pay leagues.

    YF June 26, 2006, 8:47 pm
  • Michael Kay reports: John Schuerholz is shocked that the Braves suck.

    YF June 26, 2006, 8:52 pm
  • Todd Pratt Ks after fouling one hard and straight back to the wall.

    YF June 26, 2006, 8:53 pm
  • Giles Ks looking at an inside fastball. Giles looks about 4 feet tall compared to RJ.

    YF June 26, 2006, 8:55 pm
  • Hmm. Jeter tries the patented jump throw, If he sets and fires that’s probably an out.

    YF June 26, 2006, 8:57 pm
  • Giles has been awful this year. Truly awful. Meanwhile, is Randy regaining his 2005 snd half form?

    Nick-YF June 26, 2006, 8:58 pm
  • Jones smacks ones down the line past Alex. Renteria to third. Melkster holds Chipper to a single. Word is out: Do Not Run on Leche.

    YF June 26, 2006, 9:01 pm
  • Jones Ks on a huge swing. Why do I just feel like, great as he is, the guy is somewhat less than the sum of his parts?

    YF June 26, 2006, 9:04 pm
  • Nice story from Al Leiter about his first start as a Yankee. Revelation: Dave Righetti = dickhead. No kidding.
    As wife of YF notes, Johnny D is pushing the no-facial hair rule…

    YF June 26, 2006, 9:11 pm
  • birthday boy advances jd on the hard grounder to short.

    YF June 26, 2006, 9:12 pm
  • Giambi Ks.

    YF June 26, 2006, 9:14 pm
  • Francouer Ks on hi heat. RJ rollin’.

    YF June 26, 2006, 9:18 pm
  • Diaz grounds out easily. 99 pitches for the Unit. Hopefully this is his last batter.

    YF June 26, 2006, 9:19 pm
  • Randy is pitching. Worked Betamit beautifully. Tried to get him to climb the ladder, then k’ed him on the slider low. Really nice job, and all night. The Braves kind of make it easy, but credit where credit is duel Terrific outing.

    YF June 26, 2006, 9:23 pm
  • Giles catches ML pop from Alex. Tough play

    YF June 26, 2006, 9:27 pm
  • And now Jorge pops out.

    YF June 26, 2006, 9:28 pm
  • Here’s a pop. AP puts one off the centerfield wall for a standup trip.

    YF June 26, 2006, 9:29 pm
  • Crosby strands AP. Feh.

    YF June 26, 2006, 9:31 pm
  • Easy 8th for the Proctologist. 3 more outs and we can all go home. Oh. Wait….

    YF June 26, 2006, 9:40 pm
  • Well. Miggy put a charge into one. And Jeter grounds out to short again. 3 more outs.

    YF June 26, 2006, 9:49 pm
  • CWS update: Bard getting yanked for Andrew Miller, top pitching prospect in the draft, chosen by Detroit. Ooop. Bard stays in.

    YF June 26, 2006, 9:53 pm
  • AJones ks. Man does he swing hard.

    YF June 26, 2006, 9:56 pm
  • But the Chipper dinger has it at 5-2, so we get to see Mo to end it. Really not good that we need to see Mo in this thing.

    YF June 26, 2006, 9:58 pm
  • Cox gets tossed with 2 strikes here? This is horseshit. Not fair to Mo at all.
    SF wins the sooth award. called the ejection in the 2nd.

    YF June 26, 2006, 10:03 pm
  • Great. Mo w/ the walk. Tying run on. Come on Mo!

    YF June 26, 2006, 10:04 pm
  • Note: Cox tossed w/ 2 balls.
    Mo with the K on Laroche on the outside corner cutter. Yanks keep pace with Boston. Roll on. Happy Birthday Derek.

    YF June 26, 2006, 10:07 pm
  • The game thread was a good read. I was sans computer while watching NYY/ATL, MIL/CHI, and the College World Series and in a room with about 100 Oregon State fans (or, at least rooters; some Duck jerseys in there as well). No air-conditioning, and it was 102 degrees yesterday. Brutal.
    YF and SF: your comments about defense at the major-league level were particularly interesting. UNC lost that game on two plays that were hard to watch since I felt so bad for the kids and what they must have been going through. That MLB players execute at the level they do as often as they do is something I shouldn’t take as much for granted.
    I _really_ enjoyed seeing Bobby Cox blow a gasket.
    Sending ARod running was both hypocritcal (Bowa) and foolish (Torre), but I like NY staying aggressive.
    Johnson looked really, really good.
    Boston is 9-1 in their last 10. Propers to a team that can’t lose even when they try, especially that big, badass man who just will not let them lose. David Ortiz, you are the most spectacular hitter in all of baseball.
    Detroit is also 9-1 in their last 10, and 52-25. The Tigers?!?! 27 games over 500 and we’re not even at the break? This is a team that only won 71 games all of last season. Laterally speaking of the Tigers, I always thought T.C. on Magnum PI was the coolest guy in all of television. I desperately wanted to fly choppers so I could start a company like “Island Hoppers.”
    Chahge the mound. Use the bat. Effin hilarious.

    attackgerbil June 27, 2006, 1:33 pm
  • with the mets comming to town and three great pitching matchups abound, the yf v sf headquaters is shut down. the pedro/beckett game looks best on paper but i tend to think tonites rookie v rookie might be the most intriguing. schilling v glavine doesn’t look to shabby either. i love to see all the wanna guidos ditching their yankees hats for mets gear. who is ny’s team?

    sf rod June 27, 2006, 2:02 pm

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