Feeling Clinchy? Sox-Yanks Gamer

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  • Weather might not cooperate till a few hours from now, seems like.

    Devine September 27, 2009, 1:20 pm
  • Pete sez 2:05

    attackgerbil September 27, 2009, 1:47 pm
  • All righty, let’s play some ball.

    Devine September 27, 2009, 2:08 pm
  • Nice play by Gardner on Ellsbury’s sinking “liner”.

    Devine September 27, 2009, 2:10 pm
  • Bay doble…right field corner with 2 out.

    Devine September 27, 2009, 2:13 pm
  • Considering you will be facing Paul Byrd, and Varitek is starting… yes, I think you should be feeling clinchy.

    Ethan-SF September 27, 2009, 2:14 pm
  • Youk walks, Ortiz w/ 2 on, 2 down.
    Wild pitch, runners move up.
    Walk. Lowell, loaded.

    Devine September 27, 2009, 2:17 pm
  • Pettitte nailed. Uh oh.

    IronHorse September 27, 2009, 2:19 pm
  • That 2-0 called strike, gotta be kidding me.
    Foul for 2-2.
    Infield single off Pettitte, 1-0. Looks like he’s okay.

    Devine September 27, 2009, 2:20 pm
  • Aw man, Drew nailed that ball, but right to Cano.

    Devine September 27, 2009, 2:21 pm
  • Insul to injury when A-Rod is unable to habdle the ricochet. Though if it doesn’t hit Pettitte that is likely a 2-rbi knock so as long as Pettitte is OK, we’ll take it.
    And one more pitch ends it.
    Attack the Byrd!!!!

    IronHorse September 27, 2009, 2:21 pm
  • Jeter has taken well to batting leadoff.
    Don NOT sac bunt!!!! This is clearly a steal situation, not a waste-an-out situation. Please!

    IronHorse September 27, 2009, 2:26 pm
  • Jeter single to left, waiting for Byrd to get s-s-s-smashed this inning. Well, at least if (when) it happens there are other games with playoff implications to watch instead.

    Devine September 27, 2009, 2:26 pm
  • What the hell, Gardner sac’ing? I guess so, but I mean, Jeter could’ve stole second and sac him to third!
    Odd, and against Byrd I rather him swinging anyhow..

    Lar September 27, 2009, 2:27 pm
  • I’m sorry but that’s unacceptable and absurd. Paul Byrd is pitching and gave up a leadoff single. Varitek has shown he can’t throw anyone out on a dry day. It is the first freaking inning. WHY not just steal. If you are feeling bunt-happy you could bunt him to 3rd after the steal. Just stupid. Really.

    IronHorse September 27, 2009, 2:28 pm
  • I don’t see why you sac there when it’s Tek behind the plate. Just go ahead and run.

    Devine September 27, 2009, 2:28 pm
  • IH – ya, that one made me sad. Also, it’s the FIRST inning, with possibly their worst pitcher starting. Why would you give him an out? Grrrr.

    Lar September 27, 2009, 2:28 pm
  • Ah well, half time over, back to the Giants game, where it actually means something.. ;)

    Lar September 27, 2009, 2:29 pm
  • Fairly nice play there stopping the ball and Byrd covered well.

    Devine September 27, 2009, 2:29 pm
  • They’re going to let Byrd off the hook.

    IronHorse September 27, 2009, 2:30 pm
  • A-Rod hanging in there after an 0-2 start. Finally goes down swinging.

    Devine September 27, 2009, 2:31 pm
  • Profanity-parade.

    IronHorse September 27, 2009, 2:32 pm
  • Ha! Tek with the broken bat hit.

    Devine September 27, 2009, 2:35 pm
  • That was a brutal stat on Varitek. 3rd worst BA in all the majors over the last 2 seasons? Yeesh.
    Though it matters not as Pettitte gives up a looping single.
    Challenge for the charging Twins today facing Greinke. Go Twinkies.

    IronHorse September 27, 2009, 2:36 pm
  • GIDP. Nice.

    IronHorse September 27, 2009, 2:37 pm
  • Easy DP ball off Gonzalez to A-Rod.

    Devine September 27, 2009, 2:37 pm
  • Ellsbury bunts his way on. Well-placed.

    Devine September 27, 2009, 2:38 pm
  • Elsbury couldn’t have placed that bunt better if he had rolled it with his hand. Time to rely on pettitte’s balky pickoff move.

    IronHorse September 27, 2009, 2:39 pm
  • Nice play Robbie. Someone in the infield can handle a ricochet…

    IronHorse September 27, 2009, 2:41 pm
  • Nice block, Teix, recovery, Cano.

    Devine September 27, 2009, 2:41 pm
  • Matsui: rocket foul. Ball 1 inside. Strike 2 nice pitch on outside corner. Ball 2 away. High pop-up to Tek.

    Devine September 27, 2009, 2:44 pm
  • Byrd working the strike zone pretty well inside-outside.

    IronHorse September 27, 2009, 2:46 pm
  • Swisher: big swing, strike 1. Nice pitch away, strike 2. Ball 1, down and in. Middle-middle pitch on the ground to Pedroia, two down.

    Devine September 27, 2009, 2:47 pm
  • Not going to root for Twins or Tigers. Haha, it’s one of those be careful what you wish for, so I’m going to stay neutral..

    Lar September 27, 2009, 2:47 pm
  • Down 3-0 to Greinke is probably going to be tough though.

    Lar September 27, 2009, 2:48 pm
  • Cano: Ball 1 up. Strike 1 bender outside corner. Ball 2, away. Single through the middle.

    Devine September 27, 2009, 2:48 pm
  • Sox (white) tie it up vs. Det but Twins down 3 and facing greinke. Too bad.
    And Cano with the 2-out single and hit # 200 on the season.

    IronHorse September 27, 2009, 2:49 pm
  • Home just in time to see Cano single, and to hear Phillips talking about how this Yankees infield is the greatest offensive infield in the history of the game.

    Atheose September 27, 2009, 2:49 pm
  • Hey, look, Tek caught someone stealing. I don’t think it was a blown call either.

    Devine September 27, 2009, 2:50 pm
  • Holy crap, did Varitek really just throw somebody out?

    Atheose September 27, 2009, 2:50 pm
  • You run Cano, who has mediocre speed, but not Jeter, who leads the team in steals.
    And cano seemingly decides he’ll slide into 2nd about 2 feet from the bag. What the hell was that. Was it supposed to be a hit and run? A couple aggravating decisions and execution of plays here early by the yanks.

    IronHorse September 27, 2009, 2:51 pm
  • 2 on no outs – look out.
    I hear you on rooting for a hot team (MIN), but the yanks are undefeated against them this season and I’ll take that over Verlander/Jackson. Even if the Twins just keep it close enough to force Detroit to throw Verlander on the last weekend of the season it would help.

    IronHorse September 27, 2009, 2:55 pm
  • Single, single, walk. Come on, make ’em pay.

    Devine September 27, 2009, 2:56 pm
  • Pettitte teetering on the brink of disaster. DP even with a runscoring would be welcome here.

    IronHorse September 27, 2009, 2:56 pm
  • DP. Not great, but the lead is doubled. C’mon, rinky dink single!

    Devine September 27, 2009, 2:58 pm
  • If he can somehow get the last out without that 3rd run scoring I’ll be a happy man.

    IronHorse September 27, 2009, 2:58 pm
  • Wow is Joe Morgan really going to spend 5 minutes talking about how “pretty” that double play was by Cano? They had Lowell beat by 20 feet! It was pretty routine!

    Atheose September 27, 2009, 3:00 pm
  • What the hell are these guys talking about. cano surely benefits from the neighborhood call regularly but that was not one of those occasions. His foot was on the bag!
    And Drew does the backward K thing. Bases loaded with no outs – Yanks fortunate to get away with only 1 run.

    IronHorse September 27, 2009, 3:00 pm
  • Some really nice pitches to Drew in that AB. Man, big opportunities, but only 1 run each time. Just be ready for the inevitable Byrd-man blow-up.

    Devine September 27, 2009, 3:00 pm
  • Melky over the fence to right. 2-1.

    Devine September 27, 2009, 3:02 pm
  • That strike 3 to Drew was a gift. Close, but still a gift.
    Also, I think that was the most gushing over and replays of a routine double play that I’ve ever seen.

    Ethan-SF September 27, 2009, 3:02 pm
  • Melkman. 2-1 bad guys.

    IronHorse September 27, 2009, 3:02 pm
  • Yeah IH, horrible commentary from both guys. It’s clear they lack anything of substance to say, so they make shitty baseball “small talk” instead.
    Wow Melky crushed that.

    Atheose September 27, 2009, 3:03 pm
  • Wow, that pitch to Melky had nothing. Hanging change.

    Devine September 27, 2009, 3:04 pm
  • Agreed on the love for the DP Ethan. For some reason Joe Morgan has been on a Robbie Cano lovetrain for a while now. He goes on at length about him every time ESPN carries the Yanks.
    Jeter up, one out.

    IronHorse September 27, 2009, 3:06 pm
  • Feel like he got away with one to Jeter, but good recovery after the leadoff blast.

    Devine September 27, 2009, 3:09 pm
  • Can Pettitte actually work a 1-2-3 today? Please?

    IronHorse September 27, 2009, 3:10 pm
  • Twins had ’em loaded with none out, but Greinke does not allow a run.

    Devine September 27, 2009, 3:10 pm
  • Gardner shagging flies in center. One more Andy – come on…

    IronHorse September 27, 2009, 3:12 pm
  • ESPN rightly exposing one of the most embarassing aspects of the new NYS. Answer for that one Lonn Trost.

    IronHorse September 27, 2009, 3:13 pm
  • Joe Morgan always has one player who he is madly in love with, and always manages to bring up in conversation. For about 10 years it was Gary Sheffield, and the torch was handed off to Cano back in 2006.
    Example: a few weeks ago I was watching the Giants play somebody, and Lincecum was pitching. There was a single through the right side of the infield. Morgan then went on and on about how Freddy Sanchez is a good 2B, but that Cano would have “glided” to his left and gotten the ball. It’s as if Morgan only knows about 2 or 3 players in all of baseball.

    Atheose September 27, 2009, 3:14 pm
  • Pettitte’s curve actually looking pretty good today. And he does indeed worj the 1-2-3. Heart of Yankee order coming up. Got to get to Byrd.

    IronHorse September 27, 2009, 3:15 pm
  • Uno, dos, tres go Tek, A-Gon, Ellsbury.

    Devine September 27, 2009, 3:15 pm
  • That’s funny Ath. Though for me, if we get through this broadcast without Morgan refereincing the Big Red Machine I will consider it a major stroke of good fortune and forgive the Cano-love.
    Usain Bolt in the stands. Cool. That guy is a serious Man Among Boys in his particular sport.

    IronHorse September 27, 2009, 3:18 pm
  • Teix looks like he is a mili-second off from crushing one of those, but Byrd keeps him just off balance enough to ground out.

    IronHorse September 27, 2009, 3:20 pm
  • Lotsa pitches for Teix. Count full, foul. Foul again. Then he grounds out.

    Devine September 27, 2009, 3:20 pm
  • “World’s Fastest Human” is probably the coolest title you could ever have.

    Atheose September 27, 2009, 3:21 pm
  • Byrd doing well as could be expected against this line-up. Yanks haven’t threatened much yet.
    Fans react to a routine fly by Hideki as if it was hit into Monument Park.

    IronHorse September 27, 2009, 3:24 pm
  • Phew, one-two-three.

    Devine September 27, 2009, 3:25 pm
  • Meat of Sox order…

    IronHorse September 27, 2009, 3:26 pm
  • I mistakenly thought Pedroia had crushed that.
    Pettitte’s curve really looking good now. More fly-outs…one more and it’s 2 efficient innings for Pettitte.

    IronHorse September 27, 2009, 3:29 pm
  • 18-month old waking from nap. See you guys.

    IronHorse September 27, 2009, 3:30 pm
  • HE’S OUT!

    Atheose September 27, 2009, 3:37 pm
  • Well, there’s a gift from the umpires. Terrible call. That’s the next area where replay will take effect, and the umpires have no one to blame but themselves.

    AndrewYF September 27, 2009, 3:38 pm
  • Replay shows that Swish started to go before the ball was caught… but that his foot was still on the bag when it was caught. Easy to get fooled on that one based on Swish’s movement.

    Atheose September 27, 2009, 3:39 pm
  • It was a wrong call, but it wasn’t horrible Andrew. It’s easy to see why he was called out based on how Swish moved so early.

    Atheose September 27, 2009, 3:39 pm
  • Easy to get fooled, cool. You know what doesn’t get fooled? Computers.
    What a terrible, awful, no-good very bad year for the umpires.

    AndrewYF September 27, 2009, 3:40 pm
  • I’m not disagreeing that they should use replay for that, because I agree with you there. I’m just saying that it wasn’t a “terrible” call because of how deceptive it was.

    Atheose September 27, 2009, 3:43 pm
  • Until they change the rules that you can’t even start MOVING until the ball is touched, it’s a terrible call, plain and simple. If umpires are completely unable to make that call accurately, it needs to be taken out of their hands.
    More than one playoff game is going to be decided by an umpire’s blown call this year. Mark my words.

    AndrewYF September 27, 2009, 3:43 pm
  • I love hearing the players swear when they ground out weakly. I wonder if the FCC will start to fine MLB for that?

    AndrewYF September 27, 2009, 3:46 pm
  • Less time to comment now. Tight game, bad for the nerves, more than you expect from Byrd, but some un-breakthroughs for the Red Sox in this game. Drew singles with 2 out.

    Devine September 27, 2009, 3:48 pm
  • It was a pretty close call Andrew… his heel was off the base, but his toes were still barely on. Incorrect, but not worth throwing a hissy fit about.
    Pettitte is really rolling… good thing we scored those runs early. Though Byrd will collapse any minute now.

    Atheose September 27, 2009, 3:50 pm
  • Hopefully these last two games is just the Yankee offense getting its suck out, but it’s nice to see that even when they do suck, the pitching holds up against a very good offense.

    AndrewYF September 27, 2009, 3:51 pm
  • The thing is, Ath, is that to call someone out on an appeal, you better be pretty certain he left early, because that changes the game a hundred times more than calling him safe. How anyone can be absolutely certain he left early is beyond me.

    AndrewYF September 27, 2009, 3:56 pm
  • I say Teixiera should steal.

    Lar September 27, 2009, 3:56 pm
  • Andrew, I think (and I could be wrong), cursing in “live” sporting events is actually explicitly excluded in that. Could check on that one though, but ya, it does happen from time to time..

    Lar September 27, 2009, 3:58 pm
  • Matsui wins the Japanese face-off. Huge hit. Finally stringing some hits together. And Byrd gets the runs charged to him – Andy up for the win. But dampening the enthusiasm of every Yankee fan is the fact the Brian Bruney is warming.

    IronHorse September 27, 2009, 4:08 pm
    Eh, Andrew, I think it’s actually *safe* to say, one game out of I don’t know, 20? total games will be decided by a blown call..
    I mean, I don’t blame it on a human error, but it’s true, better technology is now available..
    We’re making progress, at least, now with the HR challenges..

    Lar September 27, 2009, 4:09 pm
  • I’m just really frustrated by umpire miscues. I’m not going to call them out personally because I can imagine it’s a very, very difficult job and no one is going to be 100% perfect, but if that’s the case, and we have the technology, then there’s no reason to let them decide close calls on the field.

    AndrewYF September 27, 2009, 4:11 pm
  • Jets win again. They actually for real?
    Cano with a typical 45-minute at bat.
    Clouds clearing here in NY. Clearly God is happier when the Yanks are winning.

    IronHorse September 27, 2009, 4:13 pm
  • One-run lead + Bruney coming in = one-run deficit.

    IronHorse September 27, 2009, 4:14 pm
  • Well, something in Minnesota got a win.. Farve with a sick last second drive..

    Lar September 27, 2009, 4:16 pm
  • Oh good, my boss will be happy the Vikings won.

    AndrewYF September 27, 2009, 4:18 pm
  • Bruney makes me eat my words. Gladly.

    IronHorse September 27, 2009, 4:22 pm
  • 6 outs from:
    100 wins
    Best record in baseball for the ’09 season
    9-9 season record vs. Boston after going 0-8 to start
    Homefield throughout the playoffs.
    Come on Yanks…

    IronHorse September 27, 2009, 4:33 pm
  • What happened to the aggressiveness? Gardner could lead off the inning if Jeter gets CS. What is going on?

    Lar September 27, 2009, 4:34 pm
  • IH, that is the worst jinx I’ve ever seen.

    Lar September 27, 2009, 4:34 pm
  • Ugh.

    Devine September 27, 2009, 4:35 pm
  • Detroit losing 8-2, but the Twins will have to come back against Soria, who is err pitching in the 8th inning.. as in, starting the 8th inning if Gameday is right. That’s odd.

    Lar September 27, 2009, 4:36 pm
  • I know Soria hasn’t pitched in awhile, but a 6 out save is still a bit much. Though I guess they’re really trying to get Greinke the win to booster his Cy Young prospects..

    Lar September 27, 2009, 4:38 pm
  • Rivera really should be warming up. Don’t let me down Joe.

    AndrewYF September 27, 2009, 4:39 pm
  • Okay, he is. But Phil Coke is coming in. I don’t like stupid matchup games.

    AndrewYF September 27, 2009, 4:40 pm
  • Bruney for his second inning.

    Lar September 27, 2009, 4:43 pm
  • Teixiera adds some breathing room for Mo.

    Lar September 27, 2009, 4:49 pm
  • Are Sox fans still clamoring to dump Papelbon for Bard? Looks like the league has figured him out for now.

    AndrewYF September 27, 2009, 4:52 pm
  • Cano’s dumb error could loom very large…

    AndrewYF September 27, 2009, 5:03 pm
  • Let the celebration begin!

    Lar September 27, 2009, 5:05 pm
  • THEY DID IT! What a fantastic regular season. Let’s make it matter.

    AndrewYF September 27, 2009, 5:05 pm
  • Clinched!

    Lar September 27, 2009, 5:05 pm
  • Congrats, YFs–a great season for you.

    Devine September 27, 2009, 5:08 pm
  • Victory. Last 5 games couldn’t have gone better against better opponents for them.

    IronHorse September 27, 2009, 5:08 pm
  • Kind of crummy way for Martinez’s hit streak to end, but I’m not saintly enough to really care. Stay focused and healthy Yanks!

    IronHorse September 27, 2009, 5:12 pm
  • Sox did something never done before, allowing a season series tie after being up 8-0.

    AndrewYF September 27, 2009, 5:12 pm
  • 11 out of Pettitte’s 14 seasons have ended in at least 14 wins. 12 have at least 13, and 13 have at least 12.

    AndrewYF September 27, 2009, 5:24 pm
  • “What a terrible, awful, no-good very bad year for the umpires- AndrewYF | Sunday, September 27, 2009 at 03:40 PM”
    Andrew, are you an Alexander fan? We have the movie- my son loves it.

    BronxBoy54 September 27, 2009, 7:56 pm
  • Congrats to the Yankees, well deserved.

    SF September 27, 2009, 8:17 pm
  • BronxBoy54, I think I read the book way back when. Don’t remember much but the title.

    AndrewYF September 28, 2009, 1:37 am

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