Up & At ‘Em: Braves-Yanks Gamer III

I’m sure the schedule-makers were all excited about this series over the winter. Braves and Yanks. Powerhouses. Head to head. Turns out it’s been a dud, with last night’s anemic effort by the home team being the low point. Actually, the low point was Kyle Farnsworth turning his back on Jorge in the 8th, like some delinquent child not wanting to hear it from a ticked-off parent. This after crossing up the catcher for about the 47th time in 13 pitches. Farnsworth has been terrible of late, as has been Alex, who produced his usual late-inning, crucial-situation K, this followed by a hearty chorus of boos and Alex plocking himself on his helmet with his own bat. We’re tired of defending the third baseman. His numbers in June suck, and the defense isn’t exactly world (or even NL) beating lately. Time to shape up. A slump now, what with Cano also being DL’ed (honestly, could anything more go wrong? Jeter and Moose should be driven home from the park in styrofoam), is really the last thing this club needed. (Cash: Now would be a good time for that extra bat!) And things don’t get any easier in today’s afternoon game. Rubber-armed John Smoltz, Atlanta’s stopper, is on the hill. We show Chien-Ming Wang. We expect a good outing from Tiger. Let’s hope he gets some support. Comments go here.

171 comments… add one
  • Nice change to the top of the site. When did that happen?

    Laura June 28, 2006, 1:02 pm
  • when the NY papers convinced us that the Mets were the best team ever and the Yanks were a bunch of bums.

    Nick-YF June 28, 2006, 1:04 pm
  • Returns to the old version, soon. stand by.

    YF June 28, 2006, 1:17 pm
  • good first inning for Wang.

    Nick-YF June 28, 2006, 1:20 pm
  • Meanwhile, the Yanks first two batters get out. I’m not holding my breath for runs this game.

    Nick-YF June 28, 2006, 1:21 pm
  • Jetes with double!!!

    Nick-YF June 28, 2006, 1:21 pm
  • The Yanks have been pretty bad of late and I’m thinking of pulling an SF, giving myself a self-imposed exile from the team for a few games.

    Nick-YF June 28, 2006, 1:22 pm
  • Giambi walks and A-Rod is up. As YF said, it’s time for him to step up. He’s sleep walking right now.

    Nick-YF June 28, 2006, 1:24 pm
  • and what else is new? A-Rod gets out. Blah

    Nick-YF June 28, 2006, 1:26 pm
  • Wang gets the first two outs of the 2nd on grounders.

    Nick-YF June 28, 2006, 1:29 pm
  • Wang gives up a single to Francouer and then promptly gets another grounder to end the inning. He’s looking like vintage Wang. Encouraging.

    Nick-YF June 28, 2006, 1:32 pm
  • Bernie k’s. The Yanks offense is punchless right now. They miss Sheff and Matsui. What can you say? It ain’t an excuse. It’s a fact.

    Nick-YF June 28, 2006, 1:35 pm
  • AP k’s.

    Nick-YF June 28, 2006, 1:35 pm
  • Cairo with bunt single. I think SG at Replacement Level called Miggy one of his favorite bad players. I think a lot of Yanks fans feel that way.

    Nick-YF June 28, 2006, 1:36 pm
  • typing fast and I miss words. Sorry.

    Nick-YF June 28, 2006, 1:37 pm
  • Kelly Stinnett grounds out. A pitcher’s battle and again I have a bad feeling.

    Nick-YF June 28, 2006, 1:39 pm
  • Wang gets the grounder.

    Nick-YF June 28, 2006, 1:42 pm
  • falls behind 3-0 to the Langerhans. Uh oh. Wang without control is bad.

    Nick-YF June 28, 2006, 1:43 pm
  • he walks him. Giles is up.

    Nick-YF June 28, 2006, 1:43 pm
  • I really wish you had kept Small, what the hell are we supposed to do with all these Small Wang jokes?

    LocklandSF June 28, 2006, 1:44 pm
  • Hey Dickie Thon retired too. Sometimes you have to find new jokes. Consider it a new opportunity.

    Nick-YF June 28, 2006, 1:46 pm
  • Thank God Giles has been so terrible. DP!

    walein June 28, 2006, 1:47 pm
  • For example Lockland: “The Red Sox stink!” Hi-Lar-Ious! Never gets old.

    walein June 28, 2006, 1:48 pm
  • You think I should cut Giles from my fantasy team?

    Nick-YF June 28, 2006, 1:50 pm
  • call tim.

    walein June 28, 2006, 1:52 pm
  • have to do that in a bit. What’s up?

    Nick-YF June 28, 2006, 1:55 pm
  • Renteria doubles, Chipper grounds out short, and now it’s Andruw with a runner at third and 1 out.

    Nick-YF June 28, 2006, 1:59 pm
  • crap. Jones drives him in with another double

    Nick-YF June 28, 2006, 2:02 pm
  • nothing. nada. zilch. I’d be surprised if they score today.

    Nick-YF June 28, 2006, 2:12 pm
  • Holy crap, that must’ve been the most clutch groundout to the pitcher I’ve ever seen.

    Mayday Malone June 28, 2006, 2:48 pm
  • he hit it hard up the middle. It was a good play by Smoltz. Bad luck for A-Rod.
    Again: He’s not clutch and never will be.

    Nick-YF June 28, 2006, 2:58 pm
  • Yanks squander a lead off triple by Andy Phillips.

    walein June 28, 2006, 3:12 pm
  • Jesus Christ on a pogo stick, is this team frustrating to watch right now. Maybe I’ll make like SF and ignore them for a while…

    yankeemonkey June 28, 2006, 3:16 pm
  • Andy Phillips – the triples machine. Who would thunk it? Also, it would help to drive him in once in a while.

    yankeemonkey June 28, 2006, 3:18 pm
  • I’m hoping that with 110 pitches thrown by smoltz, we can facec anyone else. Looking for big things this inning out of Jeter and Giambi…with the clutch bomb from A ROD (that’s right, I said it!).

    walein June 28, 2006, 3:19 pm
  • Wang again does his job. He’s been one of the few good things these last couple of weeks.

    Nick-YF June 28, 2006, 3:19 pm

    walein June 28, 2006, 3:22 pm
  • One of those shots that it’s either gone or foul. Off the upper deck face.

    walein June 28, 2006, 3:23 pm
  • 2pm lunch Nick.

    walein June 28, 2006, 3:23 pm
  • It will seriously suck if he gets a loss in this one. Arrrrgh.

    yankeemonkey June 28, 2006, 3:23 pm
  • Will Torre let Wang pitch in a tied 9th? I would let him go one more inning (91 pitches thru 8).

    walein June 28, 2006, 3:25 pm
  • Let’s go Bernie. I think they should send ARod.

    walein June 28, 2006, 3:26 pm
  • Looks like they were going to send A Rod…almost picked off.

    walein June 28, 2006, 3:26 pm
  • Giambi shook Ray. Throwing everything away from the strike zone now.

    walein June 28, 2006, 3:28 pm
  • I say they gotta go to Mariano in the 9th, regardless if they lead or not. The memories of Zimmerman’s bomb are still fresh.

    yankeemonkey June 28, 2006, 3:34 pm
  • Hmm…Posada, Damon, Melky coming up in the 9th if Mo can hold the fort here.

    yankeemonkey June 28, 2006, 3:39 pm
  • I think they have to start letting Wang pitch 100. The Zimmerman one was bad news…but you gotta give him a chance to win.

    walein June 28, 2006, 3:40 pm
  • walein, dude, Mo is the right decision here. Take your fantasy baseball glasses off this sec.

    Nick-YF June 28, 2006, 3:43 pm
  • As Suzyn Waldman would say: That’s Mariano being Mariano. Time for the Yanks to end this game. Hip hip Jorge!!!

    Nick-YF June 28, 2006, 3:49 pm
  • what’s happening out there?

    Cape Codder June 28, 2006, 3:51 pm
  • Paronto apparently is Nolan Ryan. He’s k’ing everyone who dares bat against him.

    Nick-YF June 28, 2006, 3:52 pm
  • No hip-hip for Jorge…Ks on a foul tip.

    yankeemonkey June 28, 2006, 3:52 pm
  • Damon pops out, and now it’s Melky time.

    Nick-YF June 28, 2006, 3:53 pm
  • Is this the same guy who couldn’t get an out against the Red Sox last week? Seriously, WTF?

    yankeemonkey June 28, 2006, 3:53 pm
  • Melky walks!!! And the Captain comes to bat.

    Nick-YF June 28, 2006, 3:54 pm
  • Oooh, a steal by Melky! I likey

    yankeemonkey June 28, 2006, 3:55 pm
  • yeah, paronto had a rough series. this mcbride kid looked good in spots.

    sf rod June 28, 2006, 3:57 pm
  • Intentional walk to Jetes and they’re bringing in a lefty to face Giambi.
    2pm lunch Nick?

    walein June 28, 2006, 3:57 pm
  • //Jesus Christ on a pogo stick, is this team frustrating to watch right now.//
    RSN loves it! Keep it up. ;)

    Cape Codder June 28, 2006, 3:58 pm
  • How great would it be if Giambi gets on and A-Rod gets the winning hit?
    Oh who am I kidding….

    yankeemonkey June 28, 2006, 3:59 pm
  • They are going to pitch to hGhiambi????

    Cape Codder June 28, 2006, 4:00 pm
  • Lin drive to center. Out of the inning. UGGggggg. This is why you have Wang finish the 9th.
    Our bullpen has been worked to the sad bad bone.
    I think there is something to build the confidence of a young pitcher by way of saying they can finish a game, be given the chance to finish a game, when the pitch count is right and they are pitching great.

    walein June 28, 2006, 4:00 pm
  • Extra innings, here we come. Still a chance for Alex to get the winning hit though.

    yankeemonkey June 28, 2006, 4:01 pm
  • YM- i have a weird feeling in the pit of my stomach that a-rod comes through next inning.
    it is the braves, and in a lot of ways a semi meaningless game.

    sf rod June 28, 2006, 4:02 pm
  • I wouldn’t call it meaningless sf rod: 4.5 is much better than 3.5. I’m assuming we win tonight, of course

    Cape Codder June 28, 2006, 4:04 pm
  • Pedro vs. Beckett tonight….Should be a dandy.

    yankeemonkey June 28, 2006, 4:05 pm
  • 3-0 pitch was a strike.

    walein June 28, 2006, 4:05 pm
  • posada!

    walein June 28, 2006, 4:07 pm
  • thank god for stupid managing!

    Nick-YF June 28, 2006, 4:07 pm
  • Did what? I can’t get game day at work: java and all the good stuff are blocked

    Cape Codder June 28, 2006, 4:07 pm
  • Nick! Lunch?

    walein June 28, 2006, 4:08 pm
  • Jorge threw out Giles trying to steal.

    yankeemonkey June 28, 2006, 4:08 pm
  • he threw Giles out at 2nd on an attempted steal

    Nick-YF June 28, 2006, 4:08 pm
  • 2 at the same place. ok?

    Nick-YF June 28, 2006, 4:09 pm
  • “watching on game cast” looks like alex just grounded out to lead off the 10th. booed?

    YF June 28, 2006, 4:14 pm
  • I’m gamecasting it as well. I assume he was booed.

    Nick-YF June 28, 2006, 4:15 pm
  • Yes.
    Heading out ya’ll.

    walein June 28, 2006, 4:17 pm
  • Yes. He was booed.

    walein June 28, 2006, 4:17 pm
  • Bernie. Good at bat. Walked.

    walein June 28, 2006, 4:18 pm
  • If you click on the atlanta outs function on gamecast, it appears that every single atlanta out has been on the infield this game. impressive wang (and mo)!

    YF June 28, 2006, 4:18 pm
  • Baserunning specialist Bubba into the game. First pitch to Philips, very strong play in the hole by Renteria…Crosby out at second.

    walein June 28, 2006, 4:19 pm
  • Bernie walks, Crosby runs. Nice move by Joe. AP at the plate…

    YF June 28, 2006, 4:19 pm
  • Wang had 19 groundouts I think.

    walein June 28, 2006, 4:20 pm
  • uggh. Do we have anyone to pinch hit for Cairo. Probably not.

    Nick-YF June 28, 2006, 4:20 pm
  • That was quick. Come on, Miggy.

    YF June 28, 2006, 4:20 pm
  • I have a very bad feeling about this game. Who’s in to pitch for the Yankees?

    yankeemonkey June 28, 2006, 4:20 pm
  • i heard scary rumors that Farnswhacker was warming up.

    Nick-YF June 28, 2006, 4:21 pm
  • Pft. Who pitches now?!

    YF June 28, 2006, 4:21 pm
  • Oh no. Not the Farnsinator!!!

    yankeemonkey June 28, 2006, 4:21 pm
  • Meatbrain. Crap. Maybe he’ll remember the signs today.

    YF June 28, 2006, 4:22 pm
  • it’s Farnsy. Oh god.

    Nick-YF June 28, 2006, 4:23 pm
  • 1 down.

    YF June 28, 2006, 4:23 pm
  • ground out to first.

    Nick-YF June 28, 2006, 4:23 pm
  • I wonder if Posada and Farns had a “little talk” after last night’s mess….

    yankeemonkey June 28, 2006, 4:25 pm
  • Steve Goldman suggests trading Farnsy for an outfielder. Who would take him?

    Nick-YF June 28, 2006, 4:25 pm
  • 2 down. Farns throwing strikes. Or Atlanta is swinging at balls, can’t tell. Anyway, we’ll take it.

    YF June 28, 2006, 4:25 pm
  • 2 away

    Nick-YF June 28, 2006, 4:25 pm
  • Supposedly the Braves wanted to keep him. Send him back for Andruw Jones!

    yankeemonkey June 28, 2006, 4:26 pm
  • That couldn’t last. Mccann singles. On comes Or to run. Francoeur up.

    YF June 28, 2006, 4:27 pm
  • Pass on AJones. We already have a CF.

    YF June 28, 2006, 4:30 pm
  • Noooo!!! Alex!!!

    yankeemonkey June 28, 2006, 4:30 pm
  • Great. Error for Alex. The booing must be deafening.

    YF June 28, 2006, 4:31 pm
  • Whoever that therapist is that A-Rod is seeing, he should ask for a refund. Clearly therapy isn’t working.

    yankeemonkey June 28, 2006, 4:32 pm
  • And here’s Mike Myers. To face a righty. Duck and cover.

    YF June 28, 2006, 4:32 pm
  • I’m gonna need a therapist, with this team.

    YF June 28, 2006, 4:33 pm
  • YF, ask A-Rod for the number…

    yankeemonkey June 28, 2006, 4:33 pm
  • HBP. Collapsing here, against a dreadful lineup. Hits, errors, hbps…..
    Can’t we just clone Mariano?

    YF June 28, 2006, 4:35 pm
  • SCORE. the e is for…..well you know.

    sf rod June 28, 2006, 4:36 pm
  • Enter the Proctologist. Had to do it. Just hope he throws strikes.

    YF June 28, 2006, 4:36 pm
  • Thank god!

    Nick-YF June 28, 2006, 4:37 pm
  • Just hope his strikes don’t get hit about 500 feet.

    yankeemonkey June 28, 2006, 4:38 pm
  • The popout. Phew! (And according to gamecast, that dinky think is the deepest ball they’ve hit.)
    Now let’s please just end this. Can we borrow Papi for a couple of minutes?

    YF June 28, 2006, 4:38 pm
  • Could someone watching the game describe the A-Rod play. Was it an error?

    Nick-YF June 28, 2006, 4:38 pm
  • I’m gameday-ing…Sorry Nick.

    yankeemonkey June 28, 2006, 4:39 pm
  • nothing doing on offense for the Yanks. 2 up 2 down.

    Nick-YF June 28, 2006, 4:43 pm
  • This is the team that has the second-worst ‘pen ERA in the majors, helloooo?!. It’s like bizarro world.

    yankeemonkey June 28, 2006, 4:44 pm
  • make that 3 up, 3 down.

    Nick-YF June 28, 2006, 4:44 pm
  • heading out. Hopefully I’ll return to see the highlights of a Yanks victory.

    Nick-YF June 28, 2006, 4:45 pm
  • 3 and out. but at least we get the heart of the order in the 12th. maybe there’ll be some retribution for alex. it’d be about damn time. anyway, i’m guessing they’ll be awfully careful with giambi.

    YF June 28, 2006, 4:46 pm
  • nick- kay via the radio said it was a ball towards the line that he should have got to. bounced out of (or off) his glove. seemed like a pretty routine play.

    sf rod June 28, 2006, 4:46 pm
  • Everyday Scottie is still in there. Thank god for an off day tomorrow!

    yankeemonkey June 28, 2006, 4:48 pm

    YF June 28, 2006, 4:50 pm
  • Scott Proctor’s career is being jeopardized by Joe Torre. How overused is this guy?!

    SF June 28, 2006, 4:50 pm
  • *&&^^$%!!!!!!

    yankeemonkey June 28, 2006, 4:54 pm
  • And now for something completely different: NY Rangers and NY Islanders want to play an outdoor game, and they’re asking for the Yankee Stadium as a venue. Wha???

    yankeemonkey June 28, 2006, 4:57 pm
  • come on guy’s a-rods gonna get a chance to come through. you gotta like your chances.

    sf rod June 28, 2006, 4:57 pm
  • Proctologist was used yesterday, but before that hadn’t pitched since the 21st. Joe gave him a breather. Not much to do, when you’re in the 12th.
    Can Messier hit? The Yanks could use him. Get his ass out of retirement.

    YF June 28, 2006, 4:58 pm
  • Villone throwing gas on the fire here.
    Can we not beat friggin atlanta?!?!

    YF June 28, 2006, 4:59 pm
  • I’m a Scott Stevens fan, myself….and boy could he hit with the best of ’em!

    yankeemonkey June 28, 2006, 5:00 pm
  • as far as hitting goes…i’ll take dale hunter.

    sf rod June 28, 2006, 5:01 pm
  • A-Rod due up third.
    The stage is set for Maximum Unclutchness.

    MJL in L.A. June 28, 2006, 5:02 pm
  • Jeter grrrrrrrounds out.

    YF June 28, 2006, 5:03 pm
  • Well, here we go. Giambi walks. Alex up, tie run on base.

    YF June 28, 2006, 5:06 pm
  • the outfield is playing a-rod to disappoint.

    sf rod June 28, 2006, 5:08 pm
  • Oh. My. God.

    yankeemonkey June 28, 2006, 5:09 pm
  • Today the part of David Ortiz will be played by ARod.

    LocklandSF June 28, 2006, 5:10 pm
  • Suck it, haters!!!!

    yankeemonkey June 28, 2006, 5:10 pm
  • this changes everything.

    sf rod June 28, 2006, 5:10 pm
  • Sun shines on a dog’s ass every once in a while.

    Mayday Malone June 28, 2006, 5:10 pm

    YF June 28, 2006, 5:10 pm
  • Sorry…couldn’t help myself ;)

    yankeemonkey June 28, 2006, 5:10 pm
  • I’m sure the Post and Daily News well be proclaiming the great clutch-ness of Slappy tomorrow. Maybe the “fans” will even start cheering him (or at least boo him less).
    Meh- probably not.

    Mayday Malone June 28, 2006, 5:13 pm
  • the yanks were able to avoid the braves six win of june. this will probably go down as one of a-rods greatest personal moments.

    sf rod June 28, 2006, 5:13 pm
  • Good for Alex and and good for our team, the reigning MVP needed that.

    bloodyank78 June 28, 2006, 5:13 pm
  • That is so, so wrong.

    Laura June 28, 2006, 5:16 pm
  • I always walk in at just the right time. I turned on Gameday for the Giles homerun, and then my afternoon was ruined. Congrats, guys. Remember this fondly when you’re not watching the Yanks play in October. :)

    Laura June 28, 2006, 5:17 pm
  • SFs are evil. There, I said it.

    yankeemonkey June 28, 2006, 5:18 pm
  • If A-Rod had any stones he would give the Yankee stadium “faithful” the finger when they call him out for the curtain call.

    MJL in L.A. June 28, 2006, 5:19 pm
  • I hope Beckett implodes tonight and gets a blister the size of a quarter, and then I hope Pedro fillets the Sox lineup. Soxfans you suck, you’re the same bitter pricks you’re so good at being, let the Yankfans enjoy Arod’s walk-off w/out being smartass pieces of sh*t.

    bloodyank78 June 28, 2006, 5:19 pm

    YF June 28, 2006, 5:19 pm
  • Why don’t you tell us how you really feel, BY78?
    Oh sorry- was I being a smartass piece of sh*t?

    Mayday Malone June 28, 2006, 5:21 pm
  • 1 for 577 does not a clutch hitter make.

    SF June 28, 2006, 5:25 pm
  • Anyone want to predict the tabloid headlines tomorrow?
    “Hell Freezes Over!”

    SF June 28, 2006, 5:28 pm
  • Boo-This-Rod.
    Anyway, since SFs seem to be in full force here, question: did Bill Buckner end up coming to that little Fenway reunion?

    yankeemonkey June 28, 2006, 5:30 pm
  • No.

    SF June 28, 2006, 5:30 pm
  • David Ortiz was present, however.

    MJL in L.A. June 28, 2006, 5:31 pm
  • Mayday, you’re the one Sox poster I love to hate.

    Anonymous June 28, 2006, 5:32 pm
  • That was me on that previous anon post by the way.

    bloodyank78 June 28, 2006, 5:33 pm
  • Awww- thanks BY78. I’m just surprised that you didn’t get more replies to your self-contradictory post.

    Mayday Malone June 28, 2006, 5:50 pm
  • Ahem…a walk-off homer in June against (arguably) the worst team in the NL does not clutch make.

    ATLSF June 28, 2006, 5:56 pm
  • So ATLSF, just so I understand it, when Ortiz does it against the Phillies, who are only 3 1/2 games better than the Braves, it’s clutch?
    I’m trying to figure out what makes clutch according to your rules.
    Also, you can not reasonably argue that the Braves by the worst team in the NL. The Cubs and Pirates are truly awful. Atlanta is merely pretty bad.

    attackgerbil June 28, 2006, 6:11 pm
  • we all knew one day this would happen. the level of clutchness debate will be in full effect. 1 out in the 12th on a 3-1 pitch vs. 2 outs in the 9th on a 3-2 count. details aside, ortiz has earned his rep in the playoffs. as has a-rod.

    sf rod June 28, 2006, 6:35 pm
  • This argument is silly. I’ll explain:
    Ortiz = clutch
    A-Rod = suckiness
    It’s as simple as that. YFs know it, that’s why you boo him.

    Cape Codder June 28, 2006, 6:37 pm
  • A-Rod is not clutch and never will be.

    Nick-YF June 28, 2006, 6:37 pm
  • Clutch: Walk-off’s in October. In back-to-back games. In the same calendar day. That’s clutch if I’ve ever seen it.
    Not clutch: makeup walk-offs in June against cellar clubs for those that were never hit when it actually mattered.

    ATLSF June 28, 2006, 6:42 pm
  • So, ATLSF, we’re in agreement. There is only 1 clutch player in baseball. Manny is not him, nor is V-Tek, nor is Trot, forget Mike Lowell, Youk’s a joke.There’s only 1 clutch player in baseball.

    Nick-YF June 28, 2006, 6:44 pm
  • Clutch is coming through, when your team needs you the most with your back up against the wall. What Arod did today = clutch. Is he clutch in general, well if he now is considered clutch, Papi is the God of Clutchness. Good sign for Yanks fans though, hopefully for their sake AROD can keep this up, but he still has a ways to go before hitting Papi status.

    NeffSox June 28, 2006, 6:53 pm
  • The stupid clutch argument some more? Yeah, it was clutch. It’s really retarded to say “This extra-inning homer is clutch and this one isn’t.” It’s just such a dumb thing to talk/argue about.
    I hope A-Rod hasn’t cleared his chi or something with that walk-off. I hope the fans who continually boo him give him a whole three days’ worth of support or so.

    Devine June 28, 2006, 6:57 pm
  • NeffSox is being way too reasonable for this thread.

    Nick-YF June 28, 2006, 6:57 pm
  • Nick, I’ll change my post,
    Papi – Untouchable, God of Clutch, Legend of Walk off
    Arod – pile of shit

    NeffSox June 28, 2006, 7:23 pm
  • that’s more like it! ;)
    No, actually your first post was a breath of fresh air. Keep them coming like that.

    Nick-YF June 28, 2006, 7:26 pm

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