The Fix is In: Yanks-Jays Gamer XVIII

Well, after a weekend during which Aaron Hill did his best Tim Donaghy imitation, the Blue Jays have now given AJ Burnett the day off as a late scratch for "family issues".  Since when does "having money on the Yankees to win the division" count as "family issues"?

Use this as your game thread for this afternoon’s game.

64 comments… add one
  • You know, you’d never guess the Sox already clinched a playoff spot by listening to one of their fans…

    Anonymous September 24, 2007, 1:24 pm
  • Toronto up by one with 1 out and runners at 2nd and 3rd following A-Rod muff – scored a hit but sounds like it might have been an E according to the ever-reliable Sterling/Waldman.

    IronHorse (yf) September 24, 2007, 1:28 pm
  • thigpen grounds toward 3rd; arod lets it get under his glove. 1-0 jays
    -andrews

    Anonymous September 24, 2007, 1:28 pm
  • zaun grounds out, runner scores from 3rd. 2-0 jays

    Anonymous September 24, 2007, 1:30 pm
  • 2-0 now.
    Gotta work – can get sucked in – will check on what I expect to be a not very lively thread here later – go Yanks!

    IronHorse (yf) September 24, 2007, 1:30 pm
  • “You know, you’d never guess the Sox already clinched a playoff spot by listening to one of their fans…”
    Hard to square with the cynical “the division doesn’t matter” rap. If it doesn’t, why do you give a rat’s ass about a “fix”?
    -andrews

    Anonymous September 24, 2007, 1:32 pm
  • Jeez, you honestly think I think the game is fixed?
    Tongue-in-cheek, guys.

    SF September 24, 2007, 1:34 pm
  • McDonald doubles on a ball misread by Melky, 3-0 jays.
    crap
    -andrews

    Anonymous September 24, 2007, 1:35 pm
  • “Tongue-in-cheek, guys.”
    no shit? duh…
    -andrews

    Anonymous September 24, 2007, 1:36 pm
  • What is it with the surliness of some of our Yankee fans here? This morning Paul catches unnecessary flak for a thoughtful post, now this.

    SF September 24, 2007, 1:40 pm
  • posada down 3-4-1! easy 123 for litsch
    -andrews

    Anonymous September 24, 2007, 1:41 pm
  • “What is it with the surliness of some of our Yankee fans here”
    In this case brought about by your “need” to tell noah about the flood… :)
    -andrews

    Anonymous September 24, 2007, 1:44 pm
  • andy getting hit hard. ugh
    -andrews

    Anonymous September 24, 2007, 1:46 pm
  • Hill scores on jeter E, 4-0

    Anonymous September 24, 2007, 1:47 pm
  • litsch gets out of a 2 &3rd jam with a long fly out by jeter

    Anonymous September 24, 2007, 1:57 pm
  • This looks dismal early. Why do I not like Matt Stairs? gah.

    attackgerbil September 24, 2007, 1:58 pm
  • Please don’t be hurt Robi!!!

    John - YF (Trisk) September 24, 2007, 2:02 pm
  • cano runs into tarp catching a pop fly- a scary moment, but he stays in game. whew!
    -andrews

    Anonymous September 24, 2007, 2:04 pm
  • He’s staying in there. Great catch, long run, almost disaestrous results.

    attackgerbil September 24, 2007, 2:05 pm
  • Close to a great stab by Mink. With Jason, that’s a double.

    attackgerbil September 24, 2007, 2:06 pm
  • http://www.withleather.com/post.phtml?pk=3941
    Here’s the link to the video of Milton Bradley’s tirade.

    John - YF (Trisk) September 24, 2007, 2:11 pm
  • Maybe the YFs aren’t used to their team being the last one to get into the playoffs? I don’t understand the reactions to this gamer either.

    Paul SF September 24, 2007, 2:12 pm
  • Incidentally, the Pads’ first-base coach defended Bradley and said the ump unnecessarily antagonized the situation. It wouldn’t surprise me. Umps have seemed particularly bad this year, both by number of missed calls and unwarranted ejections/escalations of situations.

    Paul SF September 24, 2007, 2:13 pm
  • matsui doubles w 2 outs.
    -andrews

    Anonymous September 24, 2007, 2:16 pm
  • > being the last one to get into the playoffs
    Hey, we’re a flexible bunch.

    attackgerbil September 24, 2007, 2:18 pm
  • Agreed Paul. If you watch the video you can see something really sets Bradley off after a few seconds of jawing. He had to say something personal to get him that pissed. Far be it from me to defend a hot head like Bradley, but that’s a terrible situation for a playoff team.

    John - YF (Trisk) September 24, 2007, 2:19 pm
  • “Maybe the YFs aren’t used to their team being the last one to get into the playoffs? I don’t understand the reactions to this gamer either.”
    ha. i guess you haven’t looked at the nl races…
    seriously, i can’t get with this “the division doesn’t matter” thing. Either embrace that fully, or admit that the bragging rights do matter. For me, winning the division after being given up for dead would be fantastic. For you, wouldn’t it be great to end the yanks 8 yr string?
    -andrews

    Anonymous September 24, 2007, 2:23 pm
  • Paul: I was just talking with a baeball fan the other day how it seemed to us that this year umpires have put themselves at the center of attention moreso than in recent memory, but that it’s probably just perception; maybe there’s more to it than just perception. There are more bad calls that stand out in my mind this year as well. Maybe I’m just paying more attention. It’s a tough road to go down, that kind of speculation.

    attackgerbil September 24, 2007, 2:26 pm
  • “, but that’s a terrible situation for a playoff team.”
    True, but who else but bradley would take it that far? he’s bad news.

    Anonymous September 24, 2007, 2:26 pm
  • ” Umps have seemed particularly bad this year, both by number of missed calls and unwarranted ejections/escalations of situations.”
    Is that a stat or an opinion?
    -andrews

    Anonymous September 24, 2007, 2:28 pm
  • Sure he’s bad news, but watch the video. That umpire said something personal. He goes from just yapping to ready to rip the umpires head off.

    John - YF (Trisk) September 24, 2007, 2:33 pm
  • 123 5th for litsch.

    Anonymous September 24, 2007, 2:34 pm
  • As the great Pete Abe says, “These things have a way of backfiring.”
    But Capt Jeter is going to bail out his old bud Andy.

    Anonymous September 24, 2007, 2:35 pm
  • i’m on my handheld – will check the vid later, thanks

    Anonymous September 24, 2007, 2:36 pm
  • “Sure he’s bad news, but watch the video. That umpire said something personal. He goes from just yapping to ready to rip the umpires head off.”
    Maybe the ump called him Parker Brothers.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF September 24, 2007, 2:38 pm
  • 8 in a row for andy – seems to have found his rhythm Now we need some runs…
    -andrews

    Anonymous September 24, 2007, 2:44 pm
  • jeter leads off w a double off the rf wall – don’t waste it, fellas

    Anonymous September 24, 2007, 2:46 pm
  • Dribbler for a rib.

    attackgerbil September 24, 2007, 2:50 pm
  • YES just showed footage of litsch as a devil rays batboy – ouch
    -andrews

    Anonymous September 24, 2007, 2:50 pm
  • farnsworth works a 123 9 pitch 7th; fastball topped out at 92.
    anyone know why bob sheppard has been absent for most of the homestand?
    -andrews

    Anonymous September 24, 2007, 3:02 pm
  • andrews –
    laryngitis (dunno if I spelled that right).
    But about the game, I mean come on. Soft-tossing rookie replaces power pitching, dominating veteran? You knew this would happen. I hate this version of the Yankees.

    AndrewYF September 24, 2007, 3:06 pm
  • I’m glad it’s nothing serious; thanks
    another quick inning for litsch, damn
    -andrews

    Anonymous September 24, 2007, 3:08 pm
  • stairs doesn’t look a day over 55…

    Anonymous September 24, 2007, 3:15 pm
  • 2 out double by abreu. That’s all for litsch – not sorry to see him walk to the dugout.
    -andrews

    Anonymous September 24, 2007, 3:30 pm
  • Bradley said the ump called him a “piece of sh*t,” but that needs a grain or two of salt.
    I hear ya, AG, about the speculation. But the number of bad calls and the umpire showboating and the unnecessary ejections just seem a lot more pronounced this year. Were I a reporter for a major national newspaper or the AP, that might be a good story to do. That would actually be right up Nick Cafardo’s alley for his Sunday notes column…

    Paul SF September 24, 2007, 3:47 pm
  • I wonder if Giuseppe Franco will make the postseason roster?
    -andrews

    Anonymous September 24, 2007, 3:48 pm
  • Here we go. Three outs left. Jorge quickly pops out.

    attackgerbil September 24, 2007, 3:49 pm
  • Paul, I agree with you completely in the sense that it seems more pronounced.
    This may be completely tangential, maybe not, but I really want Mark Cuban to get the Cubs just for the aggressive way he takes on the league and officiating.
    Ball game. Yanks lose.

    attackgerbil September 24, 2007, 3:53 pm
  • Game over. Red Sox win.

    Paul SF September 24, 2007, 3:53 pm
  • Hey Blue Jays,
    Thank you for your efforts.
    It’s a nice note to send your fans out on, making life tough for the two powerhouses in the division.

    Devine September 24, 2007, 3:53 pm
  • cano k’s looking; giambi grounds out on the first pitch to end it. Hitters looked tired today; a wasted opportunity.
    Sigh…
    -andrews

    Anonymous September 24, 2007, 3:56 pm
  • Lots of hard-hit balls, at Jays.

    attackgerbil September 24, 2007, 3:57 pm
  • “Game over. Red Sox win.”
    Why do you seem to care, given that the division doesn’t matter?
    What a crock…
    -andrews

    Anonymous September 24, 2007, 3:59 pm
  • Heh, I know *I* care about the division. More for the pride than the homefield advantage, I admit.

    Devine September 24, 2007, 4:00 pm
  • > Put me down as not rooting for the Sox-Yanks ALCS. Sox-Angels or Sox-Tribe, please. – Paul SF
    That’s what I need to know about the bait on the line here. :)

    attackgerbil September 24, 2007, 4:03 pm
  • Andrews, surely you are able to distinguish between emotional and rational thoughts? Does my hoping the Sox win the division in any way change the fact that it still doesn’t matter? I don’t think I’ve ever said the division doesn’t matter to me. I know for a fact I’ve said the opposite.
    Sounds like you’re trying to pick a fight more than anything.

    Paul SF September 24, 2007, 4:15 pm
  • Last regular season home game and we get more unfunny SF Yankee humor as the lead? C’mon YFSF YFs, you can do better than that!

    Anonymous September 24, 2007, 4:29 pm
  • Paul, I’m not trying to pick a fight, per se, but it seems as if the goalposts are being moved here. After a season in which we yf’s have endured endless crowing by sf’s everywhere, now that the race is close this “the division doesn’t matter” rap comes across as a “cover your ass” PR move.
    I want the Yanks to win the division for both emotional and rational reasons.I like the idea of them going into the postseason on a roll – that won’t guarantee success, but more times than not, a hot team goes deep in postseason play. A division win would surely create a confident feeling in the clubhouse, given how far the yanks had to come back this year. I don’t think you can summarily dismiss the emotional part of baseball, and the effect it has on the game. Players are human beings.
    Potential home field advantage is another very important reason for both teams to play hard through the end – a quick look at all 4 teams’ home/away records brings that into sharp focus.

    Andrews September 24, 2007, 5:03 pm
  • //how it seemed to us that this year umpires have put themselves at the center of attention moreso than in recent memory//
    I think the frustration with umps is in direct proportion to the “improvements” in technology.
    With ever-more sophisticated strike zone analysis, replay cameras, etc., it is much easier for the average fan to second-guess the umps (and to become aware of their failings).

    Anonymous September 24, 2007, 5:10 pm
  • Oops, that was me.

    Hudson September 24, 2007, 5:10 pm
  • I don’t doubt you’ve endured crowing, Andrews, but honestly, all season, no matter how far back, I have kept saying “still watching the Yankees” and I think many other Sox fans have as well.
    And believe me, I have heard some sh*t in my office (in NYC) while giving absolutely none of it earlier in the year. “The incredible shrinking lead” was the newest “witticism” I got handed last week.

    Devine September 24, 2007, 5:16 pm
  • All the more reason for the division to matter, Devine. These things should be settled on the field – anything short of that is an insult to the fans. This makes me yearn for the pre WC days, when pennant races were do or die.

    Andrews September 24, 2007, 5:24 pm
  • That game was a diarrhea

    Jordan Meisner September 24, 2007, 5:30 pm
  • fun stuff today guys…
    look, the division does matter, if for no other reason than that particular monkey is off the sox back…now, having said that, andrews is right in asserting that a number of sox fans, currently in reverse-backpedal mode, and the sox managment themselves, have stated that the division didn’t matter…resting players, lining up the pitching, and just generally getting ready for the playoffs was the real priority…now that they’re looking a little better, those same fans have reversed engines…andrews correctly calls that out for the bs that it is…all of it matters…like i’ve said before, i won’t mind sox fans celebrating the accomplishment, but it will be woefully hypocritical to be too carried away…especially after harping at yankee fans about winning nothing unless you win the series…time to put your money where your mouth is…
    by the way sf, i caught the humor in your post even without the “humor” tag…oops ;) and paul only took some beef from me because his post was a little too much…

    dc September 25, 2007, 8:35 am

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