Johnson & Johnson: Tribe-Yanks Gamer II

Last night in the Bronx, the offensive juggernauts that are the Cleveland Indians and the New York Yankees combined for exactly one run. (Thankfully, our Bombers scored it.) This evening these same teams whip out their Johnsons, Randy and Jason. Ours is bigger. (6’10” vs. 6’6″). Both have sucked recently, neither one lasting long in their previous outing. Cold weather is no longer an excuse for their diminished returns. It’s time to stop shriveling in the spotlight, to stand up and put out. As my old football coach used to say (regarding field goals), “If you can’t get it up, you can’t get in.” Or maybe that was my basketball coach on free throws. No matter. We’re out of dick jokes. It’s time for baseball. Add your own comments on the night’s hot steamy action right here.

134 comments… add one
  • I am sure that if the Unit gets a win, he’ll feel a big load is off of him.

    SF June 14, 2006, 5:33 pm
  • It sucks that everytime RJ starts now I’m expecting the worst and hoping for the small chance he performs solid. Not Diamondback RJ solid, but solid like he was for the second half of last season and some scattered outings this season. We’ll see, baseball’s weird sometimes, strange things happen, ie last week’s Pauley v Wang, I was expecting a shootout.

    bloodyank78 June 14, 2006, 5:45 pm
  • Johnson & Johnson claims “no more tears.” It wouldn’t supripse me if both teams are crying after tonight.

    attackgerbil June 14, 2006, 6:03 pm
  • I hope you’re only half right AG, and the one who is crying is Chief Wahoo himself. =P

    Anonymous June 14, 2006, 6:37 pm
  • I was trying to make it a family-friendly thread again. Though if RJ gives up a dinger in the first three. earmuffs! ;)

    attackgerbil June 14, 2006, 6:58 pm
  • What gives with my typing tonight. Gah. See you in an inning or two. Time to get out of work and in front of the game.

    attackgerbil June 14, 2006, 7:01 pm
  • AP gets things off to a nice start!

    YF June 14, 2006, 7:08 pm
  • just a few pitches in, the control may not be great, but it looks like RJ is throwing with some urgency and speed.

    YF June 14, 2006, 7:10 pm
  • And then he puts a fat one down the middle. Blech.

    YF June 14, 2006, 7:11 pm
  • Low slider on the outside half k’s hafner. nice.

    YF June 14, 2006, 7:13 pm
  • And an easy grounder to end things, 6-3. Yanks up.

    YF June 14, 2006, 7:14 pm
  • Damon pops to Aaron Bleepin’ Boone.

    YF June 14, 2006, 7:18 pm
  • Melster down 6-3.

    YF June 14, 2006, 7:19 pm
  • And Jetes out 4-3.

    YF June 14, 2006, 7:22 pm
  • And Cleveland off to a 5-3 start in the 2nd.

    YF June 14, 2006, 7:24 pm
  • Has Wang really “exceeded expectations”, as Michael Kay just said?

    SF June 14, 2006, 7:25 pm
  • And now Belliard pushes Bernie to the wall. Bernie not lookin’ that comfortable out there, but makes the play before hitting the foam. Phew.

    YF June 14, 2006, 7:25 pm
  • Wow. Brousard down on 3 pitches. That inning was like 5 pitches long. Need more of those.

    YF June 14, 2006, 7:26 pm
  • Unit looking good so far, that’s for sure.

    SF June 14, 2006, 7:27 pm
  • Wang has pitched to expectations. He’s a good pitcher. He’s pitched well.

    YF June 14, 2006, 7:28 pm
  • Perhaps. So Kay is on crack, as usual.

    SF June 14, 2006, 7:29 pm
  • YF, how’s RJ’s stuff tonight? I’m watching on gamecast in a library.

    bloodyank78 June 14, 2006, 7:29 pm
  • Giambi clubs one, but off the end of the bat. F8.

    YF June 14, 2006, 7:29 pm
  • Not enough juice in that flyball for Giambi…

    SF June 14, 2006, 7:29 pm
  • Unit looks great so far. Like unhittable great. Like he probably will throw a shutout great.
    (let’s see if that works…)

    SF June 14, 2006, 7:30 pm
  • And the boos cascade. Must be a lot of Sox fans in attendance tonight. Oh wait, they’re playing the Indians. What class!

    SF June 14, 2006, 7:31 pm
  • Kay is not on crack. More hyperbole from SF. He’s not my ideal broadcaster, but we’re along way from Morgan territory.
    Alex ks and gets booed.
    For the record by78, rj has looked as good as he has this year. But you know how it is. Inning to inning.

    YF June 14, 2006, 7:32 pm
  • Kay is on crack during YES broadcasts. I like Kay, have said this a million times. But when he gets that YES blazer on he turns into a kool-aid drinker.

    SF June 14, 2006, 7:33 pm
  • Jorge singles up the middle. I’m doing my best play-by-play work here until the Gerb returns. But i gotta go get dinner on the stove soon, so the posting–not the watching–may not be as constant.
    Cano singles. 12 game streak. The man is superhot.

    YF June 14, 2006, 7:33 pm
  • Wow, that’s a dangerous comparison. I mention crack, you mention Morgan. Be careful, YF.

    SF June 14, 2006, 7:34 pm
  • A YES blazer = intellectual cryptonite?

    YF June 14, 2006, 7:34 pm
  • I think any television blazer = intellectual kryptonite. Plus having to try to “hold your own” against that know-it-all Kaat.

    SF June 14, 2006, 7:35 pm
  • Bernie ain’t beatin’ that sh*t out.

    SF June 14, 2006, 7:36 pm
  • FYI:
    Coco Crisp was pushed back to eighth in the batting order as Kevin Youkilis will return to the leadoff spot.
    “It’s hard to ignore Youk’s onbase percentage,” manager Terry Francona said.

    Love the fact that Tito’s been reading our posts.

    SF June 14, 2006, 7:37 pm
  • If we want to talk about players that have not met expectations, here’s one. Jhonny Peralta. The next Jeter’s playing like the next Alvaro Espinoza.

    YF June 14, 2006, 7:39 pm
  • Can’t say I’m entirely suprised by the Indians’ step back. Their pitching really isn’t very impressive to me.

    SF June 14, 2006, 7:40 pm
  • 0-2 on Boone. SLIDER AWAY PLEASE.

    YF June 14, 2006, 7:40 pm
  • It was hard, but Tito managed to do it with some effort. Wow, RJ rolling.

    attackgerbil June 14, 2006, 7:41 pm
  • Fastball up. Good call, YF!

    SF June 14, 2006, 7:41 pm

    YF June 14, 2006, 7:41 pm
  • RJ looks stellar tonight.

    SF June 14, 2006, 7:41 pm
  • Sizemore has played every game for Cleveland this year.

    attackgerbil June 14, 2006, 7:42 pm
  • That was a slider, SF.

    YF June 14, 2006, 7:42 pm
  • I wonder how many players are on anti-depressants. Seriously. YF’s post about Johnson needing someone to rile him up made me think about this a little. There have got to be plenty of players who, due to both heredity and/or the pressure of the game, end up with chemical imbalances. Could the correct “cocktail” put a player back on track?

    SF June 14, 2006, 7:43 pm
  • Yeah, SF. He’s looked better than usual from the first, as i noted then. Looks like he’s just got a little bit more on the ball than usual.

    YF June 14, 2006, 7:43 pm
  • 1-2 to Sizemore: slider grounded out to first. Inning over.

    attackgerbil June 14, 2006, 7:43 pm
  • It was a very bad slider, then.

    SF June 14, 2006, 7:44 pm
  • What a grab. One of the best I have seen this year.

    SF June 14, 2006, 7:46 pm
  • SF, I hope, for your sake not mine, that you didn’t shoot yourself in the foot w/ your post on how RJ is pitching by being Sooth tonite.

    bloodyank78 June 14, 2006, 7:46 pm
  • SF: Along those lines, I have wondered about the psychological side effects of the pain-killers that many major-leaguers use to deal with the intermittent and chronic pains associated with playing the game.
    Tremendous catch by Sizemore.

    attackgerbil June 14, 2006, 7:46 pm
  • Sizemore got a great jump on that – the view from behind the plate showed it perfectly: his first step was instant and right on track. Fantastic.

    SF June 14, 2006, 7:47 pm
  • Damon hard at third: Boone fields and throws to first. Two away.

    attackgerbil June 14, 2006, 7:47 pm
  • SF, I hope, for your sake not mine, that you didn’t shoot yourself in the foot w/ your post on how RJ is pitching by being Sooth tonite.
    The baseball Gods care not a whit about me. I have no impact on the game, sadly, on any level.

    SF June 14, 2006, 7:48 pm
  • Melky up. It’s 1-1. Low. 2-1: Grounder to first, fielded 3-1 to end the inning.

    attackgerbil June 14, 2006, 7:48 pm
  • See what happens when you give out curtain calls left and right? It’s like the SI cover jinx. Be careful who you demand the hat tip from in the second inning: they’re just a quick step out of the dugout away from a 1-17 slump.

    SF June 14, 2006, 7:49 pm
  • I couldn’t be happier melky is batting 2nd yet again.

    NeffSox June 14, 2006, 7:51 pm
  • AFLAC trivia answer, partial – Who are the three Johnsons in the HoF? The brain is still working, but the first is easy:
    Walter Johnson

    SF June 14, 2006, 7:51 pm
  • Michaels is up. 0-2 is way high/outside. 1-2: beautiful slider in on the hands. Michaels retired swinging.

    attackgerbil June 14, 2006, 7:51 pm
  • #2 – Ban Johnson
    I for the life of me can’t come up with the third.

    SF June 14, 2006, 7:53 pm
  • 1-2-3 inning for Johnson as Bernie takes a curious route at a fly-out, but it works out just fine.

    attackgerbil June 14, 2006, 7:53 pm
  • Where’s our resident historian when you need him? YF? Hello? We’re looking for a big, famous Johnson…

    SF June 14, 2006, 7:54 pm
  • Someone must have pissed in RJ’s gatorade because he seems to be pitching like his old onry self tonight.. so far.

    bloodyank78 June 14, 2006, 7:55 pm
  • I had to look it up. Never would have gotten the third.

    attackgerbil June 14, 2006, 7:55 pm
  • Judy Johnson, Negro League player.

    SF June 14, 2006, 7:56 pm
  • Captain leads things off with a single pulled between short and first.

    attackgerbil June 14, 2006, 7:56 pm
  • 50 dollhairs he attempts a steal.

    SF June 14, 2006, 7:57 pm
  • I predict: off the facade.

    SF June 14, 2006, 7:59 pm
  • Oooh, I thought I had sooth there…

    SF June 14, 2006, 8:00 pm
  • Giambi doubles off the right center wall, advancing Jeter to third.

    Anonymous June 14, 2006, 8:00 pm
  • I hope Arod pulls through here, for his sake as well as the teams, he needs this.

    bloodyank78 June 14, 2006, 8:01 pm
  • ARod comes up to cheers. Let’s see if he can silence his critics for a couple of innings. Outside, 1-0. ARod fouls off the second pitch. 1 and 1: grounded at short, scores Jeter. Looks like E3 on the high throw from Peralta.

    attackgerbil June 14, 2006, 8:02 pm
  • Hey, not what I though but I’ll take it.

    bloodyank78 June 14, 2006, 8:03 pm
  • Off to Minnesota.

    SF June 14, 2006, 8:03 pm
  • How did Belliard do that? Amazing.

    attackgerbil June 14, 2006, 8:03 pm
  • Cano singles to left on the first pitch after the 463 DP from Posada to score Giambi.

    attackgerbil June 14, 2006, 8:04 pm
  • Williams up with two outs and Cano on first. Takes ball one. 1-0: inside. 2-0 is fouled back. 2-1: Hit and run is on but Bernie chops a comebacker to end the inning 1-3.

    attackgerbil June 14, 2006, 8:07 pm
  • Yankees 2, Tribe 0. Heading to top five, Perez Belliard Broussard coming up.

    attackgerbil June 14, 2006, 8:08 pm
  • Johnson misses on the outside corner to Perez for ball 1. Called strike 1, 1-1. Misses low for ball 2. 2-1 is a ball. 3-1: Slider singled through a diving ARod.

    attackgerbil June 14, 2006, 8:10 pm
  • DP, but Injuns grab a run on the two slap singles. 2-1.

    YF June 14, 2006, 8:13 pm
  • Strike one looking to Belliard. He hits the 0-1 off the end of the bat and strokes it to right to advance Perez to third. Wasn’t a bad pitch. First and third to Broussard. Broussard grounds into the DP but gets an RBI as Perez scores.

    attackgerbil June 14, 2006, 8:13 pm
  • Peralta is at 2-1. Johnson gets him to swing over a slider for 2-2.

    attackgerbil June 14, 2006, 8:14 pm
  • Jhonny down again. He’s flailing.

    YF June 14, 2006, 8:15 pm
  • 2-2 is very low and Peralta chases but gets a bit of the bat on it to pull it foul up third. 2-2 is a slider just low for ball 3. Full count: great pitch by Johnson as he brings the gas to strike out Jhonny looking.

    attackgerbil June 14, 2006, 8:16 pm
  • One away in the bottom of five as AP grounds out 6-3.

    attackgerbil June 14, 2006, 8:19 pm
  • Johnny! home run to right.

    attackgerbil June 14, 2006, 8:19 pm
  • And the other Johnny goes marching home on the dinger. 3-1.

    YF June 14, 2006, 8:19 pm
  • Cabrera hits one over a leaping Belliard for a single buts gets tagged out at second after over-sliding the bag. he was safe, but slid off the back side and couldn’t hook his leg on the bag.

    attackgerbil June 14, 2006, 8:21 pm
  • Dude, Johnny has been showing power this season. He very well can have his best season to date hitting them out.

    bloodyank78 June 14, 2006, 8:21 pm
  • Great aggressive running. Should have been in with the hustle double. Errant slide cost him the out.

    attackgerbil June 14, 2006, 8:21 pm
  • Melkster gets greedy and is thrown out stretching a single. Great hustle. Boy do we love this kid. LECHE! Guess he wants to bump up that slugging percentage.

    YF June 14, 2006, 8:22 pm
  • Jeter almost got clipped in the chin there.

    attackgerbil June 14, 2006, 8:23 pm
  • Jeter walks on the full count.
    Two outs, Jeter on first to Giambi.

    attackgerbil June 14, 2006, 8:24 pm
  • Giambi with a weak comebacker to end the inning. Love that hustle by Cabrera. Yankees lead, 3-1 as we head to 6.

    attackgerbil June 14, 2006, 8:26 pm
  • Johnson leads off with two strikes against Boone. Posada sets up at the chest but Boone doesn’t bite. The 1-2: Boone tips it foul to stay alive. 1-2: hit high in the air to left, but it’s lazy and Damon grabs it in front of Cabrera for the out.

    attackgerbil June 14, 2006, 8:29 pm
  • First pitch called strike to Sizemore. The 0-1 is hit straightaway center for the second out. 18 balls, 47 strikes for Johnson tonight.

    attackgerbil June 14, 2006, 8:30 pm
  • Johnson is definitely challenging the hitters tonight as he leads off with another strike to Michaels. Next pitch is high and in. Slider on the hands to make the count 1-2. The next pitch is a fastball high and inside to make it 2-2. The 2-2 is chopped and dies right in front of the plate. Should have been in play but the ump ruled it dead. Bad call.

    attackgerbil June 14, 2006, 8:33 pm
  • Next 2-2 is outside to make it full. Payoff: ripped past ARod to left for a single. Hope Johnson doesn’t let the blown call get to him.

    attackgerbil June 14, 2006, 8:34 pm
  • Replay showed it hit Michaels on the leg in fair territory. That’s interference and should be an out, correct?

    attackgerbil June 14, 2006, 8:34 pm
  • Hafner is up with Michaels on first. The count is 1-1. Travis lifts it to dead center but close to Damon for the end of the inning. Nice inning by Johnson.

    attackgerbil June 14, 2006, 8:36 pm
  • See you later, folks. Heading to see the Beavers (Portland AAA team) play tonight. Go Yankees.

    attackgerbil June 14, 2006, 8:36 pm
  • Gettin’ chippy!

    YF June 14, 2006, 8:42 pm
  • YF, I’m not watching. What’s happening? Is there a fight?

    Nick-YF June 14, 2006, 8:45 pm
  • DP. Jorge tries to take out Belliard but nope.

    YF June 14, 2006, 8:45 pm
  • Johnson hit Jorge on the elbow. Jorge really not happy about it, barks at him going up the line. Then Johnson comes toward him, points to first, and tells him to get on his way, in language we can only imagine wass not free of profanity.
    Bernie gets a little payback with a ground-rule double into monument park. 4-1.

    YF June 14, 2006, 8:48 pm
  • Bernie’s got Jorge’s back old school style!

    Nick-YF June 14, 2006, 8:48 pm
  • Big Bern!

    bloodyank78 June 14, 2006, 8:49 pm
  • And now AP puts one onto the screen in front of the monuments 6-1. I doubt Johnson was rattled by the confrontation, but he was pretty clearly losing gas, as the hbp indicates. 6-1.

    YF June 14, 2006, 8:49 pm
  • AP!!!

    bloodyank78 June 14, 2006, 8:50 pm
  • Can someone tell me RJ’s pitch count?

    bloodyank78 June 14, 2006, 8:51 pm
  • 75 pitches

    Nick-YF June 14, 2006, 8:52 pm
  • On comes Francisco Cabrera. He can deal, but apparently isn’t quite sure where it’s going when it leaves his hand. Delivery shows why. Awkward. Throws with his elbow, and then falls off hard to the left. Lots of walks, hits, strikeouts.
    Damon greets him with a double drilled into the rightfield corner.

    YF June 14, 2006, 8:52 pm
  • Kaat’s reading the blog!

    YF June 14, 2006, 8:54 pm
  • That Kubel guy is really going to start to piss off Sox fans, the kid just hit a 2 run bomb off Clement.

    bloodyank78 June 14, 2006, 8:54 pm
  • AP!!!

    bloodyank78 June 14, 2006, 8:56 pm
  • Martinez flies deep to center.

    YF June 14, 2006, 8:57 pm
  • And now the storm. RJ throws at Perez, and is immediately ejected. Clearly retaliatory against a guy RJ has trouble with. Dumb.
    Would love to see a reaction shot of Mussina, wherever he is.
    Not professional behavior.

    YF June 14, 2006, 8:59 pm
  • I’m sure there are a lot of fans who like Randy’s decision there.

    Nick-YF June 14, 2006, 9:00 pm
  • That AP should have been way up the thread.

    bloodyank78 June 14, 2006, 9:00 pm
  • The Proctologist in. Kaat gets it right assailing RJ (and also Jorge) for overreacting to the Jason Johnson pitch that hit Posada, which was just a mistake by a tiring pitcher. Not the finest hour for the Yanks.
    And now Maz must “manage” because Torre is also tossed. He definitely can’t be happy about that.
    So here’s your story: Randy Johnson, finally having a good outing, goes and pisses in his own pool. A-Rod isn’t the Yankee who deserves the catcalls.

    YF June 14, 2006, 9:04 pm
  • The good news. Proctologist gets 2 quick outs. We assume he stays out for the 8th, if not longer.

    YF June 14, 2006, 9:06 pm
  • I totally disagree YF. The big problem was that the ump decided to put a warning in when the idea on the field was that Posada was over-reacting, in doing so he puts the Yanks in a weird place, in that they don’t have any collective decision (by collective I mean RJ/Posada and Torre) whether or not there needs to be anything else done about what happened. We’ve had our captain knocked out of a few games this year because he was hit by high and inside pitches that were going to hit him whereever he stood at the plate.
    Johnson had the lead, Johnson might not have wanted to pitch anymore, he doesn’t like Perez and if you’re going to back up anyone on your team who was hit it’s going to be your catcher.

    walein June 14, 2006, 9:08 pm
  • Paul O’Neil said it best on the broadcast; if the ump calls the warnings after Johnson hits Perez, when everyone knows it was intentional, everyone understands that from here on out no mroe of that, both teams get to decide if they want to escalate it at their own peril.

    walein June 14, 2006, 9:12 pm
  • The RJ/Posada relationship probably just got a little tighter.

    bloodyank78 June 14, 2006, 9:15 pm
  • I don’t really see what the warnings have do with it one way or another. Jorge got hit by accident. I’m sorry it hurt, but that doesn’t mean Eduardo Perez deserves to get pegged. And why there? RJ’s pitch count is low and he’s cruising. It was a hothead move, by a hothead guy. Feh.

    YF June 14, 2006, 9:21 pm
  • That’s true except that’s something that Randy affords a team. A young pitcher shouldn’t be coming inside on hitters with fastballs if he doesn’t have the control to do it without risking hurting someone. You do that and next time you have to go into your dugout and watch some guy who plays everyday take a Randy Johnson fastball off the arm. It’s not the way I would run a country but the mind game of it does have a long and legit history in pro sports.

    walein June 14, 2006, 9:25 pm
  • Another hit for Cano. Even his outs are drilled these days.
    With him and Melky, it just seems like those two can put a good swing on any pitch. They may hit out. But they almost never look overmatched.

    YF June 14, 2006, 9:33 pm
  • AP DP. But at least Boston’s down 3-0.

    YF June 14, 2006, 9:37 pm
  • Villone making a rare appearence.

    walein June 14, 2006, 9:37 pm

    YF June 14, 2006, 9:47 pm
  • Wow. Replays even more amazing. Great play. Gonna be seeing that on SportsCenter, you can be sure.

    YF June 14, 2006, 9:49 pm
  • Just back from the game. RJ was ON tonight. The place was rocking when he gave Martinez some chin music….RJ’s Yankee moment? Let’s hope not, but a great game for the home team. A-Rod got booed his first AB, but it was great when he drove that run in. Most people cheered him after that, and especially when he got the hit. Lots of positives about that game, all around.

    yankeemonkey June 14, 2006, 10:27 pm
  • Just heard the recap, and I kinda don’t mind that Unit went inside to Eddie Perez. I think Walein has it right–five-run lead, it’s a guy that gives RJ trouble, whether or not he was right to get ornery (sounds like he wasn’t), Jorgie got pegged the inning prior…Unit accomplishes a ton with that one pitch. And, yeah, showing Jorge (and the rest of the team, and the fans who’ve been booing the hell out of him) that he’s gonna protect his guy, that seems not insignificant. Who knows. Maybe it was unintentional. But I wouldn’t put it past Unit to take the opportunity. Note that they were big cheers, not catcalls, that he walked off the field to, YF. Maybe that *was* Unit’s moment to turn the corner with the fans.

    Spidey June 14, 2006, 10:31 pm
  • And of course by Martinez I meant Perez. D’oh! But yeah, he got basically a standing O when he walked off. I don’t think it was that bad a thing for him to do, actually. Jorge got hit, but even before they were coming up and in on a few Yankee players. When the score is 6-1 is a good time to get some bonus points from the fans, and trust me they appreciated it ;-)

    yankeemonkey June 14, 2006, 10:38 pm
  • I said RJ deserved the catcalls, not that he was receiving them. But yes, the fans cheered after the ejection; it was a blood-lust kind of thing. Jorge had been hit, it’s only natural to want a bit of revenge, especially when you’re in the stadium, and maybe it’s not as clear as it is on tv that the pitch that hit him was just one that got away, and a curve at that.
    But I still can’t see how getting tossed when he’s rolling is a good thing. I’m with Moose on the macho shit: you can take it and keep it. I find degrading.

    YF June 14, 2006, 10:54 pm

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