Labor of Glove: Mariners-Yanks Gamer VIII

Seattle is under the gun.  Losers of nine in a row, they come to Yankee Stadium two games out of the wild card race.  After three games in the Bronx, they get a day off and then head to Detroit, who are three games out of the wc.  The Bombers can go a long ways towards cementing their shot at the post season by kicking the Mariners when they are down, and go a long way towards looking more like a playoff team with a series victory than the team that could only muster one win in three against the Fish.

Seattle holds the season series lead, four games to three.  It’s the Rocket against King Felix on this Labor Day afternoon game.  Lineups in the extended, comment away.

I. Suzuki cf .350
J. Vidro dh .313
J. Guillen rf .286
R. Ibanez lf .282
A. Beltre 3b .281
B. Broussard 1b .287
K. Johjima c .290
J. Lopez 2b .261
Y. Betancourt ss .285
F. Hernandez rhp 4.08
New York Yankees
J. Damon lf .258
D. Jeter ss .322
B. Abreu rf .284
A. Rodriguez 3b .306
H. Matsui dh .300
J. Posada c .329
J. Giambi 1b .255
R. Cano 2b .298
M. Cabrera cf .297
R. Clemens rhp 4.15
46 comments… add one
  • Hey guys, sorry for being absent this weekend; I was in New York to see the US Open (tennis). After coming back, I have a story that I need to share.
    We were watching the Saturday night match in Arthur Ashe stadium (right next to Shea, in Queens) and the camera showed ARod in the crowd with his wife, in the front row. Most people in the crowd cheered him, but a large number (including myself) booed him. I was surprised to see so many New Yorkers still disliking him.
    Anyways, an hour or so later on the big screen during a break they showed the final out of Buchholz’ no hitter, which sent the crowd into an uproar of boos. However, down in the front row, standing on his feet and clapping, was ARod. ARod was applauding Clay’s ho-hitter.
    I’ve always disliked ARod, and am a very strong critic of the “bush-league” things he does at times, but I gained an enormous amount of respect for him by seeing him applaud. Maybe ARod isn’t so bad after all.

    Atheose September 3, 2007, 1:08 pm
  • Tip of the cap to Arod.

    rob September 3, 2007, 1:13 pm
  • Thanks for the story, Atheose. I imagine that most baseball players must look upon such events as transcending team rivarlry, especially when it’s not happening to their team.

    attackgerbil September 3, 2007, 1:23 pm
  • Indeed. Good show Alex, good show.

    Dionysus September 3, 2007, 1:26 pm
  • You’d think so gerbil. This story make sme wonder what was goign down when the Yankee clubhouse cheered after Schilling lost hi no-hit bid. Is the clubhouse jsut sour and A-Rod just felt obligated to follow along at the time?

    Dionysus September 3, 2007, 1:28 pm
  • I forgot about Schilling’s bid. My idea is most likely half-baked. Maybe it has something to do with the player’s rep as well.

    attackgerbil September 3, 2007, 1:29 pm
  • Yeah, Schilling is disliked by a lot of people (especially the Yankees). Buchholz hasn’t had a hand in the rivalry yet. Or maybe ARod is just genuinely above the rivalry when his uniform comes off.
    Or maybe he’s just getting used to the idea of cheering on players in Sox jerseys, since he’ll be one next year. Who knows.

    Atheose September 3, 2007, 1:32 pm
  • It was a freaking tennis match. And it’s not like Arod isn’t image conscious, is it?
    Pedro getting rocked in the first inning.

    Tom sf September 3, 2007, 1:36 pm
  • That makes me sad Tom. I’d really liek Pedro to do well.. like Millar and Nomar.. those former Sox are still dear to me.

    Dionysus September 3, 2007, 1:39 pm
  • //It was a freaking tennis match. And it’s not like Arod isn’t image conscious, is it?//
    Keep in mind he was in New York, and he was one of the few people cheering the no-hitter. This is the OPPOSITE of being image conscious.

    Atheose September 3, 2007, 1:41 pm
  • Hey do you remember when we called this Hernandez guy King Felix? And he outduelled Daisuke, almost no hitting the Sox?
    Where’d that guy go?

    Dionysus September 3, 2007, 1:42 pm
  • Was that a hint of sarcasm there, Dio? I think Pedro might be rushing the comeback a bit.

    Tom sf September 3, 2007, 1:43 pm
  • Not at all Tom. I root for Pedro and Millar and Nomar every chance I get. Same with Arroyo. Those guys gave their all for us, and that wins them a lifetime of loyalty.

    Dionysus September 3, 2007, 1:45 pm
  • I disagree. He is knows he’s being watched and wants to show some class. Probably hoping the tv cameras are on him. He may be concerned about how he looks to fans of teams he may be playing for next year.
    I’m not ripping him, it was obviously the right thing to do. But let’s not nominate him for sainthood here.

    Tom sf September 3, 2007, 1:47 pm
  • Meh.. even I think you are beign a little harsh, Tom and I dislike A-Rod. Im giving him the benefit of the doubt here.

    Dionysus September 3, 2007, 1:48 pm
  • Also Ichiro=awesome

    Dionysus September 3, 2007, 1:49 pm
  • Ok, sorry Dio. Hah, I notice Damon was not included in your list! I’m rooting for Pedro too, especially now that he proved the Sox front office correct for letting him go. I just feel sorry for Nomar. He had such a good career going, but between injuries and his personality, it was gone in a flash.

    Tom sf September 3, 2007, 1:51 pm
  • “I think you are beign a little harsh”
    Maybe, but I’m just saying that ARod is just a guy who is very conscious of how he’s percieved by the public, and given the venue I am not surprised that he chose to show some class.

    Tom sf September 3, 2007, 1:56 pm
  • Speaking of the “King” Felix who 1 hit the Sox, where is the Rocket who almost did the same? Or is this just indicative of the Sox offensive problems?

    Tom sf September 3, 2007, 1:59 pm
  • Meh. He’s the Rocket. WHile he’s beenup and downa ll season (much liek the Yankees themseelves), any time he does somethign amazing I kinda just.. can’t be surprised, after all he’s the Rocket (again liek the Yankees).
    Say what you will abotu Roger being a prima donna, whatever, but no one can deny he’s name willone day be mentioned alogn the lieks of Cy Young and Nolan Ryan.

    Dionysus September 3, 2007, 2:02 pm
  • Pedro looked alot more liek Pedro in the 2nd. 1-2-3 with 2 Ks.

    Dionysus September 3, 2007, 2:04 pm
  • Pedro gets 3 outs on 8 pitches in the 3rd.

    Tom sf September 3, 2007, 2:07 pm
  • Guess you spoke too soon, Tom.

    Dionysus September 3, 2007, 2:08 pm
  • Yay Betancourt!

    Dionysus September 3, 2007, 2:10 pm
  • I agree about Clemens place in history, but I will never forgive him for being a .500 picher for his last 3 years with the Sox and then winning 2 straight Cy Young awards.

    Tom sf September 3, 2007, 2:10 pm
  • OH god.. I dont say forgive him. Hell, I dont even say like him. I just sometiems see Sox fans post things (often trolls) like “Clemens Sucks” and.. Im sorry.. even with having a ‘bad’ year, he’s still one of the greatest ever. His ‘bad’ year is at age 45 and frankly.. lots of younger players woudl KILL for his ERA. (I’m sure Tavarez, Lester, and Hughes all would). Most guys at 45 couldnt even try to compete (Franco excepted.. he competes just not all that well).. Roger does.

    Dionysus September 3, 2007, 2:15 pm
  • I dont like the looks of this. I dont understand why this team is playing with no intensity against a team who has lost 9 in a row? I realize Seattle needs to step it up, but do we.

    the shantee September 3, 2007, 2:19 pm
  • Posada’s havign a good night though. 2 for 2 with a walk.
    I have to get ready to go to work. Hope this score holds up.

    Dionysus September 3, 2007, 2:22 pm

    Dionysus September 3, 2007, 2:23 pm
  • This is a classic case of the team that just lost a bunch of games turning it around on your team. Happens all the freaking time, especially to the Yankees and the Red Sox. Everyone tuns it around on these two teams.

    Brad September 3, 2007, 2:25 pm
  • Yeah, Moose is in. Near-no-no Rocket is out. Didn’t see that coming. Nah, I lie, I totally saw it coming.
    Moose just gave up a wall ball double.

    Brad September 3, 2007, 2:27 pm
  • Of course A Rod clapped…. he was hoping Sox fans found out so if he signs with Boston this winter the boos wont be as loud next season lol

    TJ September 3, 2007, 2:28 pm
  • Moose not looking toooo bad via Gameday as I head out the door…

    Dionysus September 3, 2007, 2:30 pm
  • ” I just sometiems see Sox fans post things (often trolls) like “Clemens Sucks”‘
    No, Roger Clemens did not suck, except today. He’s one of the top 5 pitchers in baseball history, except for a certain 3 year span. Truth be told, he wasn’t really horrible for those 3 years, he played for a bad team. But he was out of shape and acted like a fat turd.

    Tom sf September 3, 2007, 2:54 pm
  • Maybe A-Rod was cheering precisely to spite the crowd that had booed him.

    Hudson September 3, 2007, 3:29 pm
  • Thoroughly disappointing, this game.

    attackgerbil September 3, 2007, 3:58 pm
  • Thoroughly disappointing, this game.

    attackgerbil September 3, 2007, 3:58 pm
  • Doubly disappointing, as it were.

    attackgerbil September 3, 2007, 3:59 pm
  • Oh man, all these Sox fans are so convinced that there’s a A-Rod JUST MIGHT jump to the Red Sox next year. That’s definitely LOL-worthy.

    doug YF September 3, 2007, 5:17 pm
  • Best news about that game for me, a Yankee fan, is that Clemens is getting an MRI on his elbow which felt like it was “grabbing” at him during the 4th. Mussina will replace him for at least his next start.

    walein September 3, 2007, 5:26 pm
  • supposed to read MRI

    walein September 3, 2007, 5:27 pm
  • what is funny Doug, is that you think it can’t happen.

    Brad September 3, 2007, 5:55 pm
  • “agree about Clemens place in history, but I will never forgive him for being a .500 picher for his last 3 years with the Sox and then winning 2 straight Cy Young awards”
    I so agree with that and wish it was noted more often. Although the primadonna would like Bostonians to believe he got fat because of hamstring injuries, sending his performances downhill, it was pretty evident that the opposite was true.

    BostonRAW September 3, 2007, 6:03 pm
  • What’s most interesting is A-Rod getting seriously booed going out to a TENNIS TOURNAMENT. Not like just the nuts at the Stadium doing it.
    Nothing says “take the opt-out!” better than getting your balls busted on your own personal time.

    Jim in CT SF September 3, 2007, 7:07 pm
  • I know gerbil, disapointing. But whats more disapointing are supposed yankee fans like you who support a site like this that is undeniably a sux site. I’ve seen you turn your own too many times. Must be a rodent trait.

    Marc from Portland Maine September 3, 2007, 9:50 pm
  • yanks putting up their best effort to blow the wc

    dc September 3, 2007, 11:17 pm

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