Whither Moose? Jays-Yanks Gamer II

By almost every measure, 2007 was the worst season in the career of Mike Mussina. The question at hand is where will Moose head this season? Will it be towards another demotion to the pen (and likely retirement), or towards some older version of his former self as one of the finer control pitchers in the game? Our first peek into that journey comes tonight at The Stadium as he takes the mound to face the Jays, who send A.J. Burnett to the bump. Last year Burnett dominated the Yankees in his two starts, one home and one away, spreading 8 hits over 15 innings while allowing one run.

Last night’s dramatic season opener was a tightly-contested battle throughout. It was a pleasure to watch both starters at work, and a potential inning-ending double play blown by Aaron Hill that allowed ARod to score the deciding run served to show how tightly both teams needed to execute in order to secure victory. It’s a theme that I think we may see repeated many times over in the battle for division supremacy between the projected big three of the Beast.

Lineups in the extended, comment away.

D. Eckstein ss .000
S. Stewart lf .250
A. Rios rf .500
V. Wells cf .000
F. Thomas dh .250
L. Overbay 1b .250
A. Hill 2b .250
M. Scutaro 3b .000
R. Barajas c .000
A.J. Burnett 0.0
New York Yankees
J. Damon lf .250
D. Jeter ss .250
B. Abreu rf .500
A. Rodriguez 3b .667
J. Giambi 1b .000
R. Cano 2b .333
H. Matsui dh .000
J. Molina c .000
M. Cabrera cf .333
M. Mussina 0.0

edit: Lineup altered to reflect Posada scratch

198 comments… add one
  • What’s the over/under on how many minutes into the game before Melky Cabrera or Robinson Cano get a curtain call for working a walk? I say 22

    mp April 2, 2008, 5:43 pm
  • Ugh, not again with this CC stuff! It’ll be *at least* 30 minutes.

    yankeemonkey April 2, 2008, 6:00 pm
  • agreed. It won’t happen until at least the third.

    Brad April 2, 2008, 6:02 pm
  • Cano walking is worth a curtain call.

    YF April 2, 2008, 6:08 pm
  • > Cano walking is worth a curtain call.
    And a rousing ovation at ball 3

    attackgerbil April 2, 2008, 6:18 pm
  • Posada is out apparently, stiff shoulder.

    Atheose April 2, 2008, 6:42 pm
  • *finishes listenign to Dirty Water, now listens to Tessie*

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 6:44 pm
  • My apologies. Wrogn thread. Mods please delete that.

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 6:44 pm
  • By the way, is anyone else sick to death of all the ARod tabloid BS? I’m sick to death of hearing about whether or not ARod slept with his wife. Damn New York and its drama!

    Atheose April 2, 2008, 6:44 pm
  • > Posada is out
    The three Most Terrifying Words in the English language to this Yankees fan.

    attackgerbil April 2, 2008, 6:45 pm
  • No worries, Dio
    Yes, I am sick and tired of hearing about who slept/tried to with whom. I only want pictures.

    attackgerbil April 2, 2008, 6:48 pm
  • Remember what happened to the Red Sox when Varitek went out in 2006? Worst months of my life. Luckily (for you YF’s) it’s only a stiff shoulder, and nothing serious.

    Atheose April 2, 2008, 6:48 pm
  • Pete sez:
    UPDATE, 6:09 p.m.: Posada has been scratched with a stiff right shoulder. He tweaked it making a throw yesterday and with the cold weather today he had trouble getting loose. Matsui will move up in the order and Molina will hit eighth.

    attackgerbil April 2, 2008, 6:51 pm
  • BREAKING NEWS: Pedro is on the DL.

    Atheose April 2, 2008, 6:53 pm
  • As for who sleeps with who, I’d liek to sleep with the A’s sideline reporter Jaymee Sire.

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 6:54 pm
  • Posada out? Who needs ‘m. Guy’s hitting .000.

    YF April 2, 2008, 6:56 pm
  • *is goign to keep As games on in one of the little windows all year via Mosiac. Just so he can keep an eye out for Sire.*
    Sure Mosiac gives us player tracking and alerts. But how about Hot Reporter alerts? Erin Andrews would be on the list too!

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 7:04 pm
  • HA HA HA David Eckstein on the top of Jays lineup again.
    Oh man… so much hilarity

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 7:09 pm
  • AJ Burnett is wearing a fake fingernail…

    rootbeerfloat April 2, 2008, 7:10 pm
  • The grittiest gritter that ever gritted a grit hits a hot shot at Giambi who knocks it down, but the Gritter beats out Giambi in a foot race. Where was Moose? He should have been at the bag!

    attackgerbil April 2, 2008, 7:13 pm
  • Man, this got ugly fast.

    attackgerbil April 2, 2008, 7:14 pm
  • I just realized something.
    I hate Eckstein more than I hate the Yankees. I actually WANTED the Yanks to get The Gritster out.

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 7:15 pm
  • Watching it on ESPN.. is it Miller for play-by-play and Morgan on color?

    attackgerbil April 2, 2008, 7:19 pm
  • Its on ESPN? *runs to check* If it IS Morgan.. oh man.. Morgan + McGrit = FJM material

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 7:22 pm
  • I mean watching it with the sound off on ESPN…

    attackgerbil April 2, 2008, 7:22 pm
  • I forgot, my TV’s not working. Sorry gerb.

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 7:23 pm
  • Ugh. Stephen Drew continues to show up his elder by homering. Meanwhile, AJ manages to get back from 3-0 to get the out on Demon

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 7:25 pm
  • Regretfully, my break is over. Back to the grind. Hope to check in later… GO YANKEES!

    attackgerbil April 2, 2008, 7:25 pm
  • O’s getting beat up again. It’s gonna be a tough year on their fans.. but at least it’ll be a tough year with PURPOSE.

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 7:26 pm
  • Does that leave me the only one here? Really? A Sox fan the lone commentator in the Yankees thread?

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 7:27 pm
  • That putout of Damon was the grittiest 6-3 ever.
    Man, this will be a gift that keeps on giving all season, isn’t it?..

    yankeemonkey April 2, 2008, 7:27 pm
  • Dio, I’m here…kind of…

    yankeemonkey April 2, 2008, 7:28 pm
  • Yes it will YM. When I saw the Jays sign The Gritasaurus, I was sooo happy because I knew it would lead to fun for all of us.

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 7:29 pm
  • David “True Grit” Eckstein – Bringing YFs and SFs together since 1955.
    And btw, Abreu was safe I beleive.

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 7:30 pm
  • Yes, he was. *&^$$!!

    yankeemonkey April 2, 2008, 7:31 pm
  • Or was that A-Rod? I dunno, I’m watching four games at once.

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 7:31 pm
  • No, that was Abreu. Oh well, a fresh count for Alex next inning.
    I love watching Moose pitch…even when I fully expect him to suck. I’ll miss him when he’s gone.

    yankeemonkey April 2, 2008, 7:33 pm
  • Oh no. Ryan Church just hti a two-run homer for the Mets. Now we’ll get articles abotu how he is a gamer and that the Mets robbed the Nats.

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 7:36 pm
  • Moose gettign squeezed jsut a bit maybe?

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 7:37 pm
  • Hm. Exact same location, but this time strike 3.

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 7:37 pm
  • Stupid Barajas.

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 7:39 pm
  • Not for nothing Dionysus, but I’d rather not hang out here than hang out here with SFs during games. I mean, I wouldn’t go to a bar with SFs unless we were really good friends and the teams were playing each other.
    It seems I’m not alone.

    A YF April 2, 2008, 7:46 pm
  • I was paying too much attention to the indians.. what was the debate there with the Yanks and the Jays?

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 7:47 pm
  • Wow. Lotsa hatred there A YF. I’m not even that better. Hell one of my best friends is a YF. We hang out all the time, baseball or no.
    I jsut want to talk baseball! Im jsut glad its back and this is one of the better communities out there. However, if I’m reall posioning this thread, I’ll stop posting.

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 7:50 pm
  • Noooooo, don’t go! That’s just silliness.

    yankeemonkey April 2, 2008, 7:53 pm
  • Really A YF? I guess I’ve been out west too long – my buddies and I are IM’ing during all the games and they are all yanks fans. In fact, one of them was making fun of Youk’s record just as Giambi made his error.

    rootbeerfloat April 2, 2008, 7:54 pm
  • Oh, there’s no hatred. It’s just not fun watching a game for my team when someone’s cheering for the other team. You have every right to post. It just seems like you won’t have folks to talk to.

    A YF April 2, 2008, 7:54 pm
  • Michael Cole Mussina, groundball pitcher. Who knew?

    yankeemonkey April 2, 2008, 7:55 pm
  • Or not. Meh.

    yankeemonkey April 2, 2008, 7:57 pm
  • Wow. Crazyness all over the majors. Hanley Rameriz as the cutoff man makes a GREAT throw to nails Wright on the plate.
    Also, Haren is UNBELEIVABLY scruffy. Seriously.. he’s like 2004 Sox scruffy, if not more.
    Thats odd, A YF, I enjoy both watchign baseball with peopel rootign for my team and against them. Isnt that the whole purpose of this site? yanksfans AND soxfans discussing/watching baseball? Otherwise itd just be two seperate sites

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 7:58 pm
  • Whoa.. look at all the hats and coats in NY. How could is it up there you guys? It was pretty nice last time I stepped out here in PA

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 8:00 pm
  • Dio –
    I went to the Oakland game last night and everyone there was in coats and hats – my son wore mittens

    rootbeerfloat April 2, 2008, 8:02 pm
  • Nice piece of hitting by Molina.

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 8:03 pm
  • It’s really chilly here, especially because of the wind. Not very pleasant at all.

    yankeemonkey April 2, 2008, 8:06 pm
  • Checking in on Gameday, it’s nice to see Vernon Wells killing someone not the Red Sox for a change – I absolutely hate seeing him come up against us, even when he’s slumping.
    Weird to see Molina get one of the only two Yankees hits, given the way Burnett is apparently dealing.

    Micah-SF April 2, 2008, 8:07 pm
  • I have a feeling this is gonna be a Yankee rally game – the Jays pen does not inspire confidence.

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 8:09 pm
  • *offers A YF a hug* Come on! lets bond over our mutual hatred of Eckstein and the hotness of Erin Andrews

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 8:10 pm
  • Dionysus – can I get in on that? I hate Eckstein and Erin Andrews is really hot. I feel this is a platform Red Sox fans can support, surely Yankees fans will join us!
    And yes, much as I’d like to see the Yankees lose, they’re going to need more than a three run lead before it feels like Toronto will win the game to me.

    Micah-SF April 2, 2008, 8:12 pm
  • Erin Andrews’ hotness is undeniable.

    yankeemonkey April 2, 2008, 8:14 pm
  • Wow. Just walked in the door to find a 3-0 game and Jeter dumped at 2nd by Rios. Running on Rios? That was dumb. What happened to Jeter the baserunning genius we knew through 2006? Hope this was a blip.

    YF April 2, 2008, 8:20 pm
  • Jeter=dumbass *glares*

    yankeemonkey April 2, 2008, 8:21 pm
  • Where is Ken Singleton? Kay + O’Neill = much annoyance.

    yankeemonkey April 2, 2008, 8:24 pm
  • Burnett. Killer.

    YF April 2, 2008, 8:26 pm
  • > Hope this was a blip.
    That’s two blips in two games.

    attackgerbil April 2, 2008, 8:26 pm
  • How is it that Moose has given up 5 hits, 2 BBs, and 3 runs, yet he and Burnett have identical pitch counts?

    yankeemonkey April 2, 2008, 8:27 pm
  • I think the Yanks’ best hope in this one is to work the pitch counts and get Burnett out of there as soon as they can – much like Harden earlier today, it just seems unlikely they’re going to break through and score off him. The pen is much less intimidating.

    Micah-SF April 2, 2008, 8:27 pm
  • Because the Yankees are incredibly good at workign counts, yankeemonkey

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 8:28 pm
  • *prays for Eckstein to strike out*

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 8:29 pm
  • I know, Dio. It was a rhetorical question…

    yankeemonkey April 2, 2008, 8:30 pm
  • > I’d rather not hang out here than hang out here with SFs during games
    A YF, you are entitled to share your opinion, which happens to be a perspective I do not share. These threads are not invite only.

    attackgerbil April 2, 2008, 8:30 pm
  • Eckstein’s family’s kidneys are wearing out Mike Mussina.

    attackgerbil April 2, 2008, 8:32 pm
  • “a pesky little hitter whos gonna play hard for you everyday”

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 8:33 pm
  • Gritty AB by Eck…

    yankeemonkey April 2, 2008, 8:33 pm
  • OH my god. STOP BALL WASHING ECK! “he plays on winnign teams” and “he doesnt look like a player, he doesnt have the tools” I’d like to add HE CANT HIT.
    Oh god.. .make them stop.. MAKE THEM STOP

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 8:34 pm
  • Oh thank god. thank god. Never have I been so happy to see a Yankee pitcher induce a DP

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 8:35 pm
  • Pesky Eckstein? Why don’t they just call him Peskstein. <<< Okay, that one is mine.

    attackgerbil April 2, 2008, 8:35 pm
  • Good play by Jeter, better play by Giambi. Nice grab, Jason!

    attackgerbil April 2, 2008, 8:36 pm
  • That was a GRITTY double play.
    Seriously, usually I hate watching Yankee pitchers induce DPs, but my initial reaction to that one was “awesome!”

    Micah-SF April 2, 2008, 8:36 pm
  • That was the pluckiest, grittiest, peskiest, most courageous GIDP I’ve ever seen.

    yankeemonkey April 2, 2008, 8:37 pm
  • Is it just me, or is Jason Giambi’s Gameday picture abjectly terrifying?

    Micah-SF April 2, 2008, 8:40 pm
  • Shift happens. Giambi down.

    attackgerbil April 2, 2008, 8:40 pm
  • Speaking of gritty, Moose has hung in there. Hasn’t been good by any stretch of imagination, but he’s keeping them in the game (so far)…

    yankeemonkey April 2, 2008, 8:40 pm
  • Burnett is pitching a CG at this rate. Bleh.

    yankeemonkey April 2, 2008, 8:42 pm
  • As the Gerb notes, these are equal opportunity threads. Everyone welcome. Taunting is verbotten. On an opposing thread, we expect commenters to be respectful to te “jome” fans.
    Matsui hit!
    Giambi sure made a difficult play look SUPER difficult, didn’t he. Decent 1b makes that every time.

    YF April 2, 2008, 8:43 pm
  • > Jason Giambi’s Gameday picture abjectly terrifying
    If by abjectly you mean “just missed being cast in a lead role in The Devil’s Rejects“, yeah, terrifying.

    attackgerbil April 2, 2008, 8:44 pm
  • Molina’d.

    YF April 2, 2008, 8:45 pm
  • F***

    yankeemonkey April 2, 2008, 8:47 pm
  • > Giambi sure made a difficult play look SUPER difficult, didn’t he
    Yeah, but it sure is nice to see him actually make that play, instead of being a marble statue. I like this new semi-agile Jason.

    attackgerbil April 2, 2008, 8:47 pm
  • “That was the pluckiest, grittiest, peskiest, most courageous GIDP I’ve ever seen.
    Posted by: yankeemonkey | Wednesday, April 02, 2008 at 08:37 PM”
    Stop the blog. Yankeemonkey has won the internets

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 8:48 pm
  • > If by abjectly you mean “just missed being cast in a lead role in The Devil’s Rejects”, yeah, terrifying.
    Pretty much. He looks like he’s going to eat a small child.
    Looks like Burnett’s going to go seven, at this rate.

    Micah-SF April 2, 2008, 8:48 pm
  • Wow… something held that fly in the park. Where’s the wind? Checking… yahoo says out to right. It got knocked down.. Whew.

    attackgerbil April 2, 2008, 8:49 pm
  • lol

    yankeemonkey April 2, 2008, 8:50 pm
  • Wells has Mooseseses numbah.

    attackgerbil April 2, 2008, 8:51 pm
  • I was going to say, was that as close to out of there as it looked on Gameday?

    Micah-SF April 2, 2008, 8:51 pm
  • > He looks like he’s going to eat a small child.
    as an app.
    “Send me two. I’ll order off the entree menu later”

    attackgerbil April 2, 2008, 8:52 pm
  • Micah, it was high, high, high.. came down on top of the wall. Damon gloved it (rather craftily). I thought it was going out.

    attackgerbil April 2, 2008, 8:53 pm
  • Wow. Lucky for Thomas. He coulda been hurt.

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 8:53 pm
  • That 0-1 pitch was beautiful.. more, mike, please.

    attackgerbil April 2, 2008, 8:55 pm
  • whoa! sllooooooow change up from Moose.

    YF April 2, 2008, 8:55 pm
  • Good night folks, I’m out for good. Thanks for the fun!

    attackgerbil April 2, 2008, 8:56 pm
  • I doubt Moose’s 85 mph “fastballs” can hurt anyone anymore =(

    yankeemonkey April 2, 2008, 8:57 pm
  • Wow. I’m surprised they ran there. Moose’s night is over.

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 8:59 pm
  • He almost got out of it without any damage. Looks like that may be it for Moose, though.

    Micah-SF April 2, 2008, 8:59 pm
  • Crap, Abreu had him with a throw.
    Now Moose pulled. Not a great outing, but he kept the boys in it over 5.2. Can’t win if we don’t score.

    YF April 2, 2008, 9:00 pm
  • Not watching right now, are there any boos for Hawkins? I thought it was utterly retarded he got booed for his #.

    yankeemonkey April 2, 2008, 9:01 pm
  • Welcome LaTroy. Yeah, he’s wearing 21. Get over it, O’Neill fans.

    YF April 2, 2008, 9:01 pm
  • There are few plays in baseball that annoy me like first-pitch outs. Unless its by a team opposing the Sox, then I’m overjoyed

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 9:03 pm
  • Well, I suppose that’s a good start to the LaTroy Hawkins Experiment.

    Micah-SF April 2, 2008, 9:03 pm
  • 1 pitch and Scuttaro is down on the fly to right.
    Well. Looks like Slow Hook Joe was 1 man late tonight. He pushed Wang yesterday and it worked. Tonight, he pressed with Moose, and it didn’t turn out so well.

    YF April 2, 2008, 9:04 pm
  • 1 pitch and Scuttaro is down on the fly to right.
    Well. Looks like Slow Hook Joe was 1 man late tonight. He pushed Wang yesterday and it worked. Tonight, he pressed with Moose, and it didn’t turn out so well.

    YF April 2, 2008, 9:05 pm
  • Leche! Drills a meatball right over the plate for a single to left center.

    YF April 2, 2008, 9:06 pm
  • Who’s our Experiment this year Micah? David Aarsdma?

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 9:07 pm
  • Well, at this rate, it doesn’t really matter if he’s given up 1 run or 4.

    yankeemonkey April 2, 2008, 9:07 pm
  • Yeah, but Bobby Abreu was freakin safe.

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 9:08 pm
  • Burnett throwing high. He may be tiring… only 80 pitches though.

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 9:09 pm
  • Dionysus: Brian Corey maybe? There’s really so little roster change this year that it’s hard to pick one.
    First-pitch GIDP. Ouch.

    Micah-SF April 2, 2008, 9:11 pm
  • Grrr Jeter

    yankeemonkey April 2, 2008, 9:12 pm
  • I heard David Eckstein carved his bat himself.
    Out of a tree he cut down himself, you ask? Nay, my friend. He carved it out of pure grit.

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 9:14 pm
  • Serious, YFs, make your broadcasters shut up about Eckstein

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 9:15 pm
  • Hola. I promise not to throw bombs, YFs.
    Finally got HDTV last week.
    Two words: In-Freakin’-credible. (Or is that three words? Or 1+?)
    Even Yankee Stadium looks amazing. And Erin Andrew is WAY hotter in HD.
    But it does not help the NBA.
    And, holy $h!t, John Clayton is one ugly emmer-effer in HD.

    Anonymous April 2, 2008, 9:16 pm
  • With his teeth, I heard. Carved it with his teeth. And nails.

    yankeemonkey April 2, 2008, 9:16 pm
  • Nice play by A-Rod.

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 9:16 pm
  • Look at Eckstein, grittily moving the runner over to third in that National League style of his!
    I bet the announcers are pretty much saying the same thing, without the mockery.

    Micah-SF April 2, 2008, 9:16 pm
  • Really, YM? I heard he just stared at it. And it carved itself out of intimidation

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 9:17 pm
  • Quien es el anonymous?

    yankeemonkey April 2, 2008, 9:17 pm
  • No, yankeemonkey.
    He carved it with his intangibles.

    Micah-SF April 2, 2008, 9:17 pm
  • That is EXACTLY what happened, Micah. It was unbearable.

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 9:17 pm
  • I’m watching the Mets kick the Fish tails, so I’m thankfully spared the absurdity.

    yankeemonkey April 2, 2008, 9:18 pm
  • FYI, I have the YES feed via mlb.tv.. so I may have different reactions to broadcastign than those watchign on ESPN as my cable is out.

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 9:18 pm
  • *wishes he had cable for Erin Andrews*

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 9:20 pm
  • > He carved it with his intangibles.
    Good point. How could I be so stupid?

    yankeemonkey April 2, 2008, 9:20 pm
  • BTW, ESPN announcers are O’Brien and Hershiser. And O’Brien is being neutral.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 2, 2008, 9:20 pm
  • Rios is a machine

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 9:21 pm
  • “He carved it with his intangibles.”
    Maybe I’m tired, but that line really cracked me up.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 2, 2008, 9:22 pm
  • I *heart* Orel.

    yankeemonkey April 2, 2008, 9:22 pm
  • NICE throw by Molina. Stupid tryign to steal with two outs though.

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 9:23 pm
  • Apparently, Thou Shalt Not Run On a Molina.

    Micah-SF April 2, 2008, 9:23 pm
  • Yanks got the Jays right where they want ’em…lulled into a false sense of security. That rally should be coming up any minute now, right? Right?

    yankeemonkey April 2, 2008, 9:24 pm
  • Rios. Feh.

    YF April 2, 2008, 9:24 pm
  • You YF’s agreeable with the Hawkins signing?

    I'mBillMcNeal April 2, 2008, 9:25 pm
  • I’mBillMcNeal: It’s the end of a long day. I’m still at work (I generally work 10-6:30 or 7 and I live in LA) and am very fried from working on a weird software issue all day. So, sadly, I cracked myself up as well.
    Luckily, I don’t think my boss heard me snickering.

    Micah-SF April 2, 2008, 9:26 pm
  • Yes.

    YF April 2, 2008, 9:27 pm
  • Eh, I’m indifferent. He’s only signed for a year, which is good.

    yankeemonkey April 2, 2008, 9:27 pm
  • Jays’ bullpen sighting. Start the clock.

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 9:28 pm
  • Abreu! Man on for Alex….

    YF April 2, 2008, 9:28 pm
  • MVP! 5-2. Okay. 9 outs. 3 runs. doable.

    YF April 2, 2008, 9:32 pm
  • Cards broadcast sucks. They seem to be CONSTANTLY splittign the screen between the game and the guys in the booth. But I guess if your a Cards fan, the booth guys are the best thign you have to watch

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 9:32 pm
  • Sadly, I saw that coming.

    Micah-SF April 2, 2008, 9:32 pm
  • Jesus. Rodriguez has absolutely the longest, no-doubter homeruns.

    AndrewYF April 2, 2008, 9:32 pm
  • ‘Bout fecking time. Hmph.

    yankeemonkey April 2, 2008, 9:33 pm
  • God, I hate A-Rod.

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 9:33 pm
  • Wow. That was a no-doubter. Granted, AJ probably stayed in one batter too long, but what a cut.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 2, 2008, 9:33 pm
  • Now would be a good time to bring in Duncan or Ensberg, no?

    yankeemonkey April 2, 2008, 9:34 pm
  • And now we get the Jays bullpen with one three runs seperation. Which means, predicitons are rapidly coming true. *shakes his head*

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 9:35 pm
  • Burnett chased. Tallet on for Giambino.
    Note to SFs: Arod w/in 2 hr of the Splinter.

    YF April 2, 2008, 9:36 pm
  • *will never ever deny that A-Rod is one of the best hitters ever*
    *hates him anyway*

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 9:37 pm
  • Agreed YM, but Giambi gets to 3-1. Wonder what stat Joe G has on matchups….

    YF April 2, 2008, 9:37 pm
  • Back to Hawkins. And keep in mind that I lived through his run with the Cubs here under Dusty Baker.
    It struck me as an odd signing for Cash. Hawkins was awful with the Cubs, and hasn’t really had as much success in the AL as in the NL. So many of those pitchers that go from the NL to the AL turn out to be busts.
    On the other hand, I thought Tavares would be a bust in Boston. And while he hasn’t been great, he’s been good enough. Sometimes guys find a home and blossom.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 2, 2008, 9:39 pm
  • Blahhh.

    yankeemonkey April 2, 2008, 9:42 pm
  • That didn’t go well.
    Joe G, if you have to peg him based on 2 games, seems a slow pull with his vets. Wang. Moose. No PH for Giambi there with good options on the bench. I guess he’s saving 1 of them for Molina, but then who catches? A stiff Jorge?

    YF April 2, 2008, 9:42 pm
  • I’m willing to give Hawkins a bit of a leash. He is what he is, a middle reliever who can give you innings. He can’t handle the closing role, he’s proven that. But he reinvented himself last season into a groundball machine.
    Oh god, Farnsworth.

    AndrewYF April 2, 2008, 9:44 pm
  • “Note to SFs: Arod w/in 2 hr of the Splinter.”
    WAIT on retort … Erin Andrews moment ….
    BREATHLESS …. steady …
    Dude. Cram it. ARod never flew fighter jets over Germany or Korea. And he sure as hell never wanted to bang Canseco’s wife.
    (There. That’ll show ’em.)
    I’ll never forget when Reggie passed Teddy Effin Ballgame. My dad was so pissed.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 2, 2008, 9:44 pm
  • Hahaha, the Kyle Farnsworth Experience!

    yankeemonkey April 2, 2008, 9:44 pm
  • A-Rod was a geat hitter
    Ted was a great hitter and so much more.
    Anyway! Look! It’s Nuke!

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 9:46 pm
  • Damn!

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 9:46 pm
  • “But he reinvented himself last season into a groundball machine.”
    Fair enough. I didn’t pay much attention to the Rockies last year. Not even in October.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 2, 2008, 9:48 pm
  • Farnsworth just gets worse and worse. Now he pitches 92 mph meat.

    AndrewYF April 2, 2008, 9:49 pm
  • Yeah, as much as I respect A-Rod, we need only look at some of the Williams seasons discussed here in recent days to realize the career homers don’t tell the whole story.
    Still, I die a little inside every time a modern slugger passes up Teddy Ballgame…

    Paul SF April 2, 2008, 9:51 pm
  • I thought Jay ‘pen sucks?

    yankeemonkey April 2, 2008, 9:57 pm
  • No, homers ain’t it. But I’d say Alex can go toe-to-toe with just about anyone in the pantheon. Or will be able to, in a few years. Save Ruth. And let’s not get started with Barry….
    This isn’t shaping up for a happy ending.

    YF April 2, 2008, 9:59 pm
  • Nah, they were pretty good last season. Even with Jannsen out, they’re not bad.

    AndrewYF April 2, 2008, 9:59 pm
  • Are we really trying to compare Williams to Arod? I don’t care what team you root for, they will never compare.

    LocklandSF April 2, 2008, 10:01 pm
  • I know they aren’t, which is why Dio’s predictions of a meltdown were surprising. Then again, he’s a Sox fan, so maybe it was just a diversion ;-)

    yankeemonkey April 2, 2008, 10:02 pm
  • I say that while admitting that Arod is the most talented and athletic player of our generation and maybe ever, but some things are more important, like impact on the game and it’s history.

    LocklandSF April 2, 2008, 10:05 pm
  • why do we have to compare them? Great in different ways, different eras, etc. Let’s keep this to the game, the Williams/A-Rod thing can only go downhill without the proper framework for discussion.

    SF April 2, 2008, 10:05 pm
  • “they will never compare”
    i think that’s true, but maybe not how you mean it. i think i made my thoughts on cross-era comparison in my la times piece on the baseball encyclopedia.

    YF April 2, 2008, 10:07 pm
  • That was the grit…ah, nevermind.

    yankeemonkey April 2, 2008, 10:08 pm
  • More grit: ARod or Ted?

    I'mBillMcNeal April 2, 2008, 10:11 pm
  • YF, that’s honestly what I meant, the impact the players had on the game, on the country, in the time that they played. It will never be the same, the greatness of their ability and what they accomplished transcended the game, much like several famous Yankees from the same time period.

    LocklandSF April 2, 2008, 10:11 pm
  • Lil’ Eck has more grit in his right earlobe than ARod, Ted, Joe D and Mick put together.

    yankeemonkey April 2, 2008, 10:13 pm
  • Coco woulda caught that.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 2, 2008, 10:14 pm
  • Here. We. Go.
    Alex w/ 2 on…..

    YF April 2, 2008, 10:14 pm
  • Oh man this is intense. I have ARod in my YFSF fantasy league, but I don’t want him to tie the game! I HAVE AN INTERNAL STRUGGLE!

    Atheose April 2, 2008, 10:14 pm
  • Huge cut for 0-1, and then let’s one go right down the pipe for 0-2

    YF April 2, 2008, 10:15 pm
  • Atheose, everyone knows fantasy stats are all important. Let your inner ARod fan loose!

    yankeemonkey April 2, 2008, 10:15 pm
  • It’s bad enough because I have Dan Haren in my league, and the Reds just hit a walk-off homer in the 9th to steal his win. Maybe I root for ARod to hit a homer here, and then the Yankees lose in extras?

    Atheose April 2, 2008, 10:17 pm
  • Golfs the 1-2 deep down the lf line foul into the stands.

    YF April 2, 2008, 10:17 pm
  • 2-2 on something wide…..
    K’s on the heater down the pipe.

    YF April 2, 2008, 10:18 pm
  • Can’t. Stand. The. Tension.

    yankeemonkey April 2, 2008, 10:18 pm
  • ARod strikes out, I guess I’m happy. Cano is in my league too though…

    Atheose April 2, 2008, 10:18 pm
  • Nice job by Accardo there.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 2, 2008, 10:19 pm
  • The sad thing is that ARod will get ripped apart by the media for choking when it matters, even though he already drove in the only two runs of the game for the Yanks.

    Atheose April 2, 2008, 10:20 pm
  • Giambi flies out. Cano flies out. Ballgame. See y’all tomorrow.

    YF April 2, 2008, 10:21 pm
  • Bummer.
    Oh well, get ’em next time.

    yankeemonkey April 2, 2008, 10:21 pm
  • I agree, as much as I enjoy watching the Yankees lose, Arod is going to get some shit for that and that’s not right.
    Also, I like you guys, so I don’t like that you’re unhappy, but I will live with it.

    LocklandSF April 2, 2008, 10:23 pm
  • Can’t get too upset about a loss on April 2nd. Still, with the tying run at the plate, it was a cruel tease. Ah well.

    yankeemonkey April 2, 2008, 10:26 pm
  • Here’s some tangible inter-era TeddyFBG-ARod comparisons:
    Neither won a World Series
    Both would play a great game, provide the only offense, and then get $h!t for not coming through in the ninth.
    Ted would swear a blue streak. ARod’s wife puts swear words on blue T-shirts.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 2, 2008, 10:46 pm
  • You DO knwo why A-Rod failed to come through in the ninth, right? The real reason?
    Two Words.
    Eckstein. Grit.

    Dionysus April 2, 2008, 11:02 pm

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