Wrighting The Ship: Tribe-Yanks Gamer I

It is a familiar theme this season: New York Yankee pitching finds itself in a tight spot.  Last week saw the highly regrettable situation of Moose and Pavano moving to the DL to join four other injured Yankee hurlers, and a very good outing by Pettitte was tossed aside by the unpossible two-out, 0-2 three-run shot by Marco Scutaro off of Rivera at the close of the road trip.  The perforated rotation led the Yankees to call upon the services of 24-year-old (Sebern) Chase Wright of Wichita Falls, Texas from AA Trenton.  The 6’2" 205 pound lefty threw 14 innings for the Thunder this year, allowing no runs while striking out 19 and giving up a solitary walk along with four hits.  Wright was 12-3 for Class A Tampa in 2006, sporting a trim 1.88 ERA across his 119 2/3 innings.  The Yankees (5-6) send his Wright stuff against Cleveland’s (6-3) Jake Westbrook, who was roughed up in outings against Anaheim and the White Sox.

Unfortunately, the offense is currently in a tight spot as well.  Álex Rodriguez is dominating or near the top of every major offensive category in the game.  ARod has 18 RBIs; no other Yankee has more than eight.  Giambi’s two home runs are good enough for second place on the team behind ARod’s MLB-leading seven dingers.  Yes, ARod is playing in the stratosphere right now, but the only two other Yankees that have slugging percentages north of .400 are Posada (.512) and Damon (.484), who are the only batters in the lineup (save ARod) currently hitting above (or near) their career mark.
Grady Sizemore is hitting .323 with four home runs and six RBIS in only nine games to lead the Tribe’s offense.  This turn of the wheel will see the Yankees miss Tribe ace and AL wins leader C. C. Sabathia in the three game set against Cleveland starting at Yankee Stadium today.  Kei Igawa will face Tribe ERA leader Jeremy Sowers Wednesday, with Darrell Rasner facing Fausto Carmona Thursday. Karstens got some work in Tampa; hopefully he will be in shape to come back and contribute shortly.  Comment away.

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  • Jeez, we really are throwing crap at the Cleveland juggernaut.
    There’s a couple of good things, though:
    1.) Rainouts. The way the weather is looking, the entire Cleveland series could be rained out, and made up at a later time when the Yankees have actual major league starters to throw at the Tribe.
    2.) Chase Wright dominates lefties, and the top two offensive guys in the Cleveland lineup (Sizemore and Hafner) bat left. Yeah, he’s a minor leaguer who’s too old for his league, but that just means he belongs in AAA where the rotation is too crowded, like Rasner.
    Hopefully though, the rainouts occur and the Yankees don’t have to endure another shellacking tonight with Jake Westbrook on the mound (I believe he started each of the two Cleveland blowouts, the 19-1 and the 22-0 that had mediots squawking about the horrid remains of the Yankee rotation for about…a day).

    Andrew April 17, 2007, 2:46 pm
  • Well, what am I saying. It’s not even raining in NYC now, and the storm looks to be passed by tonight.
    Looks like the Yanks’ll have to weather the storm of Cleveland bats, while Boston finally faces a top offense, even with Glaus out.

    Andrew April 17, 2007, 2:51 pm
  • Glaus out, Reed Johnson out, and BJ Ryan out.
    With Westbrook’s start, this could be one of those football scoring games.

    walein April 17, 2007, 3:06 pm
  • I was fairly sure we were going to miss CC. Didn’t he pitch over the weekend (Sunday)?

    yankeemonkey April 17, 2007, 3:06 pm
  • He pitched a gem on Sunday. 10 Ks…one hicup in the 6th inning.

    walein April 17, 2007, 3:07 pm
  • AL wins co-leader ;)

    TJ April 17, 2007, 3:26 pm
  • Kinda sad when Yankees fans are rooting for a rainout.

    mattymatty April 17, 2007, 3:30 pm
  • Abreu’s been in a bit of a slump – the usually great eye yield 3 strikeouts (I think) the other day.. I wonder if there’s anything wrong..

    Lar April 17, 2007, 3:39 pm
  • Couple of comments…
    – Westbrook was handed a beating at the hands of the White Sox in his first start, but bounced back against the Angels, (Surprise surprise) going 6 and giving up 3 (2 earned). He’s pitched pretty well vs NY over his career; 2-2, 3.69 ERA in 8 games (5 starts).
    – C.C. Sabathia is actually tied for the AL lead in wins…with Josh Beckett. ;-)
    – Wright’s PECOTA equivalents are…weird. A 3.47 ERA despite a K/9 below 5 and K/BB just above 1? Given the .2 HR-rate and 7.7 H/9, it looks like he’ll try to be something like another Wang.

    desturbd1 April 17, 2007, 4:10 pm
  • I thought that Texas and LA had pretty good lineups..
    Just saying. I know they’re not Baltimore or anything, but they are pretty good.

    Brad April 17, 2007, 4:15 pm
  • “Kinda sad when Yankees fans are rooting for a rainout.”
    Go play in traffic Matty. The Sox cockiness right now is sickening.

    Triskaidekaphobia April 17, 2007, 4:25 pm
  • I don’t know what I love more – the fact that Yankum fans are praying for rainouts or the thoughts they keep that they actually have a shot at making the playoffs this year…

    jp April 17, 2007, 4:28 pm
  • LOL brilliant post….you have to admire the confidence after 2 plus weeks!

    Triskaidekaphobia April 17, 2007, 4:34 pm
  • Trisk, little touchy are we? I don’t think any of the regs on this site–besides maybe that matty guy just now–have been particularly arrogant. Of course…elsewhere on the Net and in the EEI World, things might be a tad different…
    Brad, I have no respect for hte Angels’ offense. What Boston did to them bodes well, to be sure, because that was just flat-out dominance, but I fully expect them to finish in the bottom five in the AL again. Fourth worst last season, and they only outscored KC and Seattle by nine and ten, respectively. GMJ and the progression of Kendrick/Kotchman will help, but I still think they’ll be one of the worst.

    desturbd1 April 17, 2007, 4:36 pm
  • Trisk:
    Just wondering if you can you please articulate how yearning for a rainout (or for an entire series to be rained out) shows confidence? It may be common sensical and smart, but it’s not a resounding endorsement of one’s own team, you’d have to admit.

    SF April 17, 2007, 4:47 pm
  • Please tell me where I wished for a rainout?

    Triskaidekaphobia April 17, 2007, 4:48 pm
  • Let’s not go crazy here. The Yankees were hit by injuries early last year — though two outfielders < three starters -- and I think they ended up doing pretty well. Not that I'm not happy. It's just the Sox need to put together a string and get some distance before the head-to-head meetings, where anything can happen, and before the pitchers return from the DL.

    Paul SF April 17, 2007, 4:51 pm
  • before the pitchers return from the DL.
    Seriously, Pavano needs to come back now! They’re counting on him!
    I kid.
    Okay, I’m not trolling this game board. \
    Have at it Siezmore!

    Brad April 17, 2007, 4:55 pm
  • Last message was aimed at JP. Trisk, you didn’t, but Andrew listed “rainouts” as his No. 1 “good thing” about the series with Clevelandd then went on to say, “Hopefully, the rainouts occur” and save the Yankees “another shellacking.”
    If that’s not praying for a rainout, I don’t know what is. I didn’t find Matty’s post particularly arrogant. Needling perhaps, but Andrew is the master at that form of comment, so I don’t see it as anything more than giving back what’s been taken.

    Paul SF April 17, 2007, 4:56 pm
  • Good riddance, take the others with you!

    Triskaidekaphobia April 17, 2007, 4:57 pm
  • I can’t speak for Andrew, but I never root for rainouts.

    Triskaidekaphobia April 17, 2007, 5:01 pm
  • Me neither, Trisk. The only thing worse than losing is not having a game at all.

    Paul SF April 17, 2007, 5:02 pm
  • I was referring to Andrew’s comment, Trisk, not yours. The fact is that I understand why one might hope for postponement – whenever Tavarez is slated to start I am thinking a little downpour might be in order, but this, I freely admit, has more to do with my lack of confidence in Tavarez than anything else. When a fan is rooting for an entire three game set to get washed out so that the games can be played further down the road, that indicates, to me at least, a lack of confidence. That’s a great distance from the typical swagger that we’re used to from YFs, and that is what I believe MM was referring to, in his own way.
    The counter to Andrew’s hope is that if too many games get rained out, you’re staring at multiple doubleheaders or no days off sometime later in the season, and while the team may be healthier, there’s still the possibility that a compressed number of games in the dog days leads to necessary callups of weaker players, a fatigued bullpen, and risk of injury.

    SF April 17, 2007, 5:02 pm
  • Trisk, your mood today makes me happy. I can’t help it but, I love to see a Yankee fan suffer with issues. Of course I’ll love it more if the Yankee bullpen goes yet ANOTHER five or six innings tonight.
    Don’t fret, man. If the shoe was on the other foot, you’d be stomping on it too!
    Anyhow, LETS GO TRIBE!!!

    Brad April 17, 2007, 5:05 pm
  • But for a freak homer by Marc Scutaro, the Yanks have a winning record after a road swing against 2 playoff teams and a lousy opening couple of days in the cold. Pettitte’s pitching well. The injuries to Wang, Moose, and Pavano are not serious; they’ll be back soon. In the meantime, the team’s been able to fall back on its own internal talent, without jeopardizing its prized prospect or jumping at the waiver wire. The offense is going to hum. Jeter’s not going to throw a ball away every night. It’s April. Things can get sloppy. The Yanks haven’t opened the season well since 2003, and they’ve won the division every year.
    Me? I’m looking forward to Chase Wright this evening, and to washing away the memory of that horrendous final at bat in Oakland.

    YF April 17, 2007, 5:08 pm
  • But for a freak homer by Marc Scutaro…
    by who? You mean A Rod, right? I mean, when does THAT happen? heheh.
    Okay, really, I’m out.
    Have fun boys…

    Brad April 17, 2007, 5:10 pm
  • Brad I am farrrrr from worried and you should know by now I wouldn’t stomp.

    Triskaidekaphobia April 17, 2007, 5:15 pm
  • “But for a freak homer by Marc Scutaro, the Yanks have a winning record after a road swing against 2 playoff teams and a lousy opening couple of days in the cold.”
    …playoff teams LAST season. If Oakland sneaks in this year it’s only because the Angels compeltely fall apart…I know they always start slow, but that club looks positively mediocre. And Minny could be in contention…but really, you guys got to face Sidney Ponson. A freebie if there ever was one. ;) That series was basically a split. Hehe.
    PS: Thanks for the advice on the paper, (Nick too).

    desturbd1 April 17, 2007, 5:17 pm
  • The offense is going to hum. Jeter’s not going to throw a ball away every night.
    We’ll take every third night, frankly. No need to be greedy.

    SF April 17, 2007, 5:22 pm
  • //But for a freak homer by Marc Scutaro, the Yanks have a winning record after a road swing against 2 playoff teams and a lousy opening couple of days in the cold.//
    True on Scutaro, but is his late-inning homer any different than A-Rod’s or Giambi’s? Take all three away and the Yanks are still down.
    Which isn’t that big of a deal, anyway. There’s still months to go.

    Steve April 17, 2007, 5:22 pm
  • ” I can’t help it but, I love to see a Yankee fan suffer with issues.”
    I totally know how you feel Brad. I felt the same way when reading Sox gamethreads after late August last season.
    I don’t know why people are tripping, they’re 5-6, w/three starters on the DL w/minor stuff; one of whom will be back early next week. While the start of this season has been a bit frustrating for Yankfans, it doesn’t have anything on 2005. We know how that regular season ended, remember?

    bloodyank78 April 17, 2007, 5:31 pm
  • The difference is that ARod is paid to hit HR’s? (And Giambi, for that matter) And they didn’t have to hit it off Mo? Do I have to go on?
    Given the circumstances, the Yanks aren’t that bad.. if the games are this close when the Yanks aren’t really hitting (except for ARod) and aren’t pitching well (starting anyhow) and aren’t fielding well (err, do I have to get into this one?)..
    There’ll be a regression to the mean, right? ;)

    Lar April 17, 2007, 5:35 pm
  • My earlier comment was intended as needling, and I’m glad to see that some insecure yankees fans (see? I’m doing it again!) took the bait.
    And, YF, you had to know when you were typing it that writing “but for a freak homer…” that you just can’t do that. If not for a stupid manager the Red Sox would’ve won the pennant in ’03. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work like that.

    mattymatty April 17, 2007, 5:35 pm
  • Err, if anyone can say that with two outs, they even close to imagine a 1/20 guy (or so) with not much power hitting a 3 run HR off Mo.. then go for it, call us insecure..
    It’s a long season.. just don’t disappear when things go wrong in your camp!

    Lar April 17, 2007, 5:38 pm
  • What I don’t get is the knocks on the “relying on the 9th inning hr” now that ARod finally got some clutch hitting. How is that different than earlier HR’s?

    Lar April 17, 2007, 5:43 pm
  • And here matty is just a troll.. YF is being positive, and “you just can’t do that”, but of course, there are insecurities everywhere!

    Lar April 17, 2007, 5:46 pm
  • Let the name calling begin! Thanks for getting us started there, Lar. Good luck to your team tonight.

    mattymatty April 17, 2007, 5:49 pm
  • Thanks!

    Lar April 17, 2007, 5:59 pm
  • But for a freak homer by Marc Scutaro,
    This could be said for nearly every outcome of nearly every game. Luck plays a large part in this game. To isolate one late-inning home run without including any of the others, or really any other home run that may or may not be “freak” (which seems to depend a lot on subjective measures of who’s batting, who’s pitching and historical norms) sounds pretty cherry-picked to me.

    Paul SF April 17, 2007, 6:07 pm
  • Lar, Matty’s not a troll, and I don’t see his activity here as being consistent with trolling. He’s needling, but not being particularly inciteful (I’ll leave whether he’s being insightful alone, haha). I doubt he’ll disappear if the Sox start spinning downward. Like many of our readers, he seems to post more frequently when the season’s going on, is all.

    Paul SF April 17, 2007, 6:09 pm
  • Thank you, Paul.
    I used to post here all the time, but then I got into grad school, and that sucked up most of my time. Hopefully I can get back to doing more fun stuff like this when I graduate in a few weeks.

    mattymatty April 17, 2007, 6:20 pm
  • I don’t see anything wrong with rather having a major league pitcher start a game down the road when everyone’s healthy. Good wishing strategy.
    That said, since there isn’t a rainout, Chase Wright will indeed start this game, and I am interested to see what he can do. I hear he’s Wang-like against lefties, so hopefully that means no game-breaking homeruns from Sizemore or the Pujols (minus the defense) of the AL.

    Andrew April 17, 2007, 6:22 pm
  • He’s been un-Wang-like in his recent minor league starts though, in that he has actually struck a good number of people out. His K/9 so far this (AA) season has been a whoping 12.2. That won’t continue against Cleveland, but it does mean that he doesn’t rely entirely on getting groundballs for success the way Wang does.

    mattymatty April 17, 2007, 6:30 pm
  • Paul: I was not making some broad statistical argument, so while I might be “cherrypicking,” you are most assuredly nitpicking, and I’m not quite sure to what point, other than to be argumentative, which is by all means your right.
    My point is merely that the Yankees, for all the wailing, are but a game under.500 after a 6-game road trip against decent competition (and let’s not get too over-analytical on the point of just how decent), that their injuries are minor, that the season is young, and that they’ve been able to handle the situation with reaasonable efficacy with internal resources. I’m not hitting the panic button. Not really much to argue about.

    YF April 17, 2007, 6:35 pm
  • YF – you are right on. The only point I’d quibble with is that the injuries are minor. Wang is missing at least 3 weeks of action, which is significant. As for the other players, its hard to say how long they’ll be out or what the effect their injuries will have on them when they return, if any. They certainly aren’t broken arms, or torn rotator cuffs, that is true.

    mattymatty April 17, 2007, 6:48 pm
  • Hey congrats, MM, about your pending graduation. I’m swamped with work this first year of grad school. Posting here serves as stress relief. Good to hear you’ll be back here more frequently.

    Nick-YF April 17, 2007, 6:57 pm
  • Actually, Scutaro is the Walk Off Hit King.
    And Paul, Matty may be inciteful, but he’s not insightful.

    john April 17, 2007, 7:22 pm
  • From MLB.com (re Scutaro’s 9 walk off hits in 4 years).
    OAKLAND — There were so many reasons that Marco Scutaro shouldn’t have been able to hit a walk-off home run on Sunday afternoon.
    For one, he was facing perhaps the greatest closer of all time in Mariano Rivera, a man with 413 career saves. Scutaro came into the game 0-for-5 in his career against the Yankees closer.
    There was also the fact that Scutaro was 1-for-20 on the season, good for a batting average of .050.
    But Scutaro has a flair for the dramatic.
    For the ninth time in his four years in Oakland, Scutaro delivered a game-winning hit, hitting a three-run home run off the left-field foul pole with two outs in the ninth inning to give the A’s a 5-4 win.
    “I think some people have a knack for getting big hits, and he’s had that for us since he’s been here,” A’s manager Bob Geren said. “He takes his hitting very seriously, I have a lot of confidence in him and we’re very fortunate to have him.”
    Sunday’s was Scutaro’s second walk-off home run as a member of the A’s, with the first coming in August 2004 against Baltimore.
    “This has to be in the top two,” Scutaro said. “Especially being against Mariano, it was very special.
    “I can’t belie

    john April 17, 2007, 7:23 pm
  • I was at the game john. The whole inning after the firt two outs was a surreal scene.

    walein April 17, 2007, 7:25 pm
  • oh sh*t, that’s 9 game winners, not 9 walk off — I read that wrong because of the comments by the Oakland announcers
    so I don’t know how many walk off he has — yes he’s no Papi

    john April 17, 2007, 7:25 pm
  • My girlfriend asked why everyone was leaving after the second out and I said “Todd Walker can’t even pray to get a hit off of Mariano.”
    Let’s just pretend it never happened.

    walein April 17, 2007, 7:26 pm
  • El Capitan executes the hit and run! These cleveland announcers are very complimentary of the Yankees. Very fair…so far…while still being Cleveland fans.

    walein April 17, 2007, 7:27 pm
  • Goddamnit Abreu.

    walein April 17, 2007, 7:29 pm
  • Stoppign by since the Sox thread is dead.
    I’ll say this, in fairness, your Chase didnt seem half bad off gameday. Sure he gave up the two walks, but he worked out of it.. only giving up a run. Alot of other call-ups in such situations would have given up more.

    Dionysus April 17, 2007, 7:31 pm
  • I think, right now, I’d take Case over Tavarez.
    I hate Tavarez.
    I also hate Westbrook for lookign liek a putz

    Dionysus April 17, 2007, 7:36 pm
  • Westbrook really got out of there with very little damage considering how porrly he was pitching. Abreu swung at two balls…Giambi seems best at walks right now.

    walein April 17, 2007, 7:41 pm
  • Ya, as I pointed out Abreu, I don’t know why he’s swinging way slightly more often than usual..
    Now let’s see if Wright can get out of this mini-jam..

    Lar April 17, 2007, 7:47 pm
  • Wow, Wright looks ready to implode, but the Cleveland hitters keep just missing.
    Keep us in the game through the fifth, Wright! Then the well-rested bullpen can take over.

    Andrew April 17, 2007, 7:51 pm
  • Still at work right now – is Wright just overthrowing (thus the three walks) or is he having control problems? Wouldn’t be surprised if he’s overthrowing, it is his first start, after all!

    Lar April 17, 2007, 7:51 pm
  • He just doesn’t look all that good – kind of what you’d expect from a guy who only has two starts above A-ball. But as long as he keeps getting outs I’m not complaining.
    And it looks like the Yankees didn’t get the memo that they’re not supposed to hit Westbrook. Mientkiewicz (I felt he deserved his full name) hit a homerun!

    Andrew April 17, 2007, 7:57 pm
  • I’m not in NYC. The rain looks pretty hard. Is this game going to make it to 5 innings?

    john April 17, 2007, 7:59 pm
  • I’m at work right now, damn, I wish I could have seen that Minky homer. From Gameday it looked like a short-porch shot. Were the boys pumped when he got back to the dugout?

    bloodyank78 April 17, 2007, 8:04 pm
  • Alex is the shit.

    bloodyank78 April 17, 2007, 8:05 pm
  • MVP! MVP!
    Even if he doesn’t hit another homerun this month, he gets player of the month for sure.

    Andrew April 17, 2007, 8:05 pm
  • God, Westbrook is disgusting. The Yankes are also very very good. You cant make any mistakes against them AT ALL and expect to get away with it.
    And yet Westbrook makes like.. 50.
    Why is still in this game? *vomit*
    Man Im in a foul mood today. havign to hand count 661 pieces of rebar at work will do that to you.

    Dionysus April 17, 2007, 8:06 pm
  • Nick – Thanks! What are you studying?

    mattymatty April 17, 2007, 8:09 pm
  • Jorge! Watching this massacre as i’m cooking dinner. Beautiful. Can’t believe how long Westbrook was left out there….

    YF April 17, 2007, 8:10 pm
  • holy smokes! somebody check those bats! ;) thats one way to make things easier for the rookie…

    Ric April 17, 2007, 8:14 pm
  • Ugh. That’s an ugly inning for Westbrook. I almost feel sorry for him….almost. Weird that it looks like raining hard because here on the UES it’s maybe drizzling slightly. Keeping fingers crossed that they can get 5 innings in.
    MM: what are you studying in grad school?

    yankeemonkey April 17, 2007, 8:16 pm
  • Jeter trying to make up for some of those errors!

    walein April 17, 2007, 8:22 pm
  • He certainly makes up for his lack of range to his left somewhat with those classic Jeter plays!

    Andrew April 17, 2007, 8:23 pm
  • Hafner’s a beast.

    bloodyank78 April 17, 2007, 8:23 pm
  • Matty, I’m studying how to become an elementary school teacher. You’d think it be easier than this considering how much (little) money I stand to make at the end of the experience, but it’s non-stop. Student teaching and being a grad student is…painful.
    How about you?

    Nick-YF April 17, 2007, 8:25 pm
  • Sorry it took so long to chime in I was watching in TIVO and took until now to catch up.
    Matty, Brad, etc…thanks for firing up the Yankee fans and apparently the Yankees themselves, keep up the good work!!!
    A-Rod is sick, sick I say. He is just not missing right now. That being said here comes a 0-27 streak, LOL.
    Jeter sweeeeet play…now can we please make the easy ones.
    Hip Hip….Jorge!!! 200 HR’s, that’s pretty darn good. He’s in a exclusive Yankee club now.
    Chase…ehhh, not awful, can’t get the fastball over, but not awful.

    Triskaidekaphobia April 17, 2007, 8:26 pm
  • Dice K hitting some serious adversity. Just walked Greg Zaun with bases loaded.

    walein April 17, 2007, 8:26 pm
  • Pfft. Jays leave bases loaded when they could’ve done some serious damage. Wasted opportunities…

    yankeemonkey April 17, 2007, 8:30 pm
  • 8-3…uggh.

    Triskaidekaphobia April 17, 2007, 8:41 pm
  • Gotta say, the kid isn’t overly impressing anyone. Then again, what do you expect from a briefly-AA kid facing one of the best lineups in the league? So long as he can go another inning or 2 without completely imploding it’s all good.

    yankeemonkey April 17, 2007, 8:44 pm
  • Abreu is swinging at alot of low pitches lately.

    walein April 17, 2007, 8:47 pm
  • Single by Giambi. Keep ’em movin’.

    YF April 17, 2007, 8:54 pm
  • Crap. DP strands Alex. Why do I fear that may come back to haunt….Hope not.

    YF April 17, 2007, 8:55 pm
  • Wright goes one more inning max. Then it’s Henn time!

    Andrew April 17, 2007, 8:55 pm
  • Wheee, the rook survives 5! All things considered, not awful for a ML debut.

    yankeemonkey April 17, 2007, 9:07 pm
  • Jeez, why did Arizona let this guy go? What a(nother) steal by Cashman last year.

    Andrew April 17, 2007, 9:20 pm
  • ARRRGGHGH!!! Why is Bruney pitching 2 innings in a 8-3 game???

    yankeemonkey April 17, 2007, 9:33 pm
  • *deep breaths* Apparently Torre reads this blog. Heh. Bruney out, Myers in.

    yankeemonkey April 17, 2007, 9:34 pm
  • Where’s Henn? This is precisely the game he should be pitching in.

    Andrew April 17, 2007, 9:36 pm
  • Or Britton. But hey, that’s Joe for ya.

    yankeemonkey April 17, 2007, 9:38 pm
  • Maybe he’ll close out the last two innings of the game. That’d be nice.

    Andrew April 17, 2007, 9:41 pm
  • Nice inning for Britton puts the capper on a perfectly lovely evening of baseball here at YFSF. Yanks win, Sox lose, all seems right with the world.
    Maybe that’ll teach all those trolls to lay off our thread before the game even begins! And, hey, but for a freak Marco Scutaro dinger the Yanks and Sox have the same record. Go figure!

    YF April 17, 2007, 10:23 pm
  • Yankees honor Jackie Robinson
    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2841235
    The text of the plaque reads: “In becoming the first Major League player to break the color barrier, Jackie will forever be an inspiration with his grace, dignity and perseverance. His story and the stories of those who never had the same opportunity must never be forgotten.”
    The Yankees are also donating $1 million to the Jackie Robinson Foundation, which provides college scholarships and leadership training to minority students.
    I think It’s great The Yankees are doing this to honor Jackie Robinson.

    jt-Yf April 17, 2007, 11:03 pm
  • Jeff Weaver’s ERA in 8 innings this season: 15.75. Wow, what a godawful pitcher.
    And yet another reason why tiny amounts of postseason sample sizes should not be looked at with any kind of seriousness.

    Andrew April 17, 2007, 11:44 pm

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