No Sweat: Jays-Yanks III

The Abreu Era is off to a blazing start out in the Bronx. The Yanks are 2-0 with their new outfielder, a record achieved with temperatures hovering well into Saharan territory, but with Amazon-level humidity. Today they close their series with Toronto, and will have to do it under an afternoon sun that should make things altogether unpleasant for everyone involved, none more so than Sal Fasano, who will be squating behind the plate for three hours. ” I’m gonna get the crap kicked out of me. And believe it or not, I’m looking forward to it,” Sal tells the Daily News. We’re looking forward to it as well, not least because we’ll be watching from our air-conditioned home environment (barring black out—yikes!), and because he’ll be on the receiving end of tosses from our new starter, Cory Lidle. What to expect of this outing is anyone’s guess. Once the heat index hits 432 all bets are off. But we’ll hope for the best. And keep hydrated. Our beverage of choice: a tall cold beer. We’ll have a few. Comment on the action here.

Note: Are ballplayers overpaid? Decide for yourself. But let us point out that the races at Saratoga were cancelled for the first time in about 135 years yesterday. Horses could not handle the heat that our trusty Bombers must endure today. Make of it what you will.

229 comments… add one
  • has a game ever been cancelled to heat?

    Nick-YF August 3, 2006, 12:11 pm
  • Since Sam likes to tap dance in the Red Sox game threads with doom and gloom for the Sox…
    Lidle goes 4, gives up 5 earned on 9 hits, throwing 105+ pitches then Sal Fasano eats him.
    By the way, how could it take so long for Fasano to be a Yankee, that name was built for the Yankees.

    LocklandSF August 3, 2006, 12:15 pm
  • We need a good Fasano nickname. Or maybe it’s just Sal. Or “The Plumber.”
    Apropos of nothing, one of my daughter’s 3 favorite books: “Blueberries for Sal.” And by favorite I mean she enjoys gumming on it.

    YF August 3, 2006, 12:21 pm
  • Nick: great question. Working on an answer.

    YF August 3, 2006, 12:23 pm
  • Sal Fasano is a great baseball name. And that face just looks old school.
    Corey Lidle won his last four outings with Philadelphia and posted a 3.58 era in those starts. Of course those were against Pittsburgh, San Francisco (Bonds: 1-3, 1b, bb), Atlanta, and Arizona.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 12:27 pm
  • And even if they were against the Mets, Cardinals, Reds and Padres, they’d all still be worse teams than the Red Sox, Indians, White Sox, Twins, Angels and Athletics…

    Paul SF August 3, 2006, 12:38 pm
  • Sal Fasano…receiving end…where do I insert the missing Ron Jeremy reference?

    SF August 3, 2006, 12:40 pm
  • Paul,
    Sal’s Pals has converted the site to a Yankee-based theme, and if I read it correctly, the fan club is going to be at seven Yankee home games in August. Some is marketing a New York version of his Tee.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 12:42 pm
  • The Sal’s Pals link has been deleted, AG, although I question whether Fasano has many “Gals,” as the T-shirt puts it…

    Paul SF August 3, 2006, 12:44 pm
  • Oops.. that last post got chopped.
    First line was supposed to be Paul, my point exactly.
    Two comments got mashed together.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 12:44 pm
  • “Sal’s Pal’s”. Now there’s an original name for a fan club. Kind of like “Doc Halladay” or Jake ” the Snake” Plummer in the pantheon of easy, phonetically obvious choices. I’d be more likely to go with “Sal’s Paesanos”.

    SF August 3, 2006, 12:45 pm
  • Hmm. Strange. Link works. Not that I would spend $26 for a Tee shirt.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 12:47 pm
  • “Huig-gy”? Pronounced like “Wiggy”. For “hairy ugly italian guy”. I think Nick or Paul started that one, but why not acronymize?

    SF August 3, 2006, 12:47 pm
  • Sal’s Mechanics would be more intimidating as well.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 12:48 pm
  • Lockland, point taken. But how is that *worse* than Small, Chacon or Ponson?

    Sam August 3, 2006, 12:49 pm
  • And dude, I think I’ve only ever written on two Sox threads on YFSF, and only once brought a negative thought. Don’t overstate things.

    Sam August 3, 2006, 12:50 pm
  • Okay, I mangled the URL. Here’s the proper link to Sal’s Pals official myspace site.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 12:50 pm
  • Sam, what about that time that you posted “I hope Trot Nixon gets an infected boil”? Or the time you said “DIE WILY MO, DIE”? Or this one: “Varitek is kind of cute, in a cuddly, ‘hey mate, how ’bout a slow dance’ kind of way”?

    SF August 3, 2006, 12:59 pm
  • I’m having a hard time not loving Sal’s Pals, which is total genius, nevermind SF. Love the ‘stache. Love the shirts.
    Does YFSF need a myspace page?

    YF August 3, 2006, 1:01 pm
  • I like how YF got all snippy a couple of weeks back when I got angry at him for over-posting on a Sox’ game thread, but there he goes and vaults the Yanks thread to the top of the site, supplanting Paul’s solid post.
    A Yankees fan with a double standard: how utterly predictable.

    SF August 3, 2006, 1:01 pm
  • YFSF needs a wikipedia entry

    Nick-YF August 3, 2006, 1:02 pm
  • first line:
    “In the beginning there was Babe Ruth.”

    Nick-YF August 3, 2006, 1:03 pm
  • Yes we do, Nick. Yes we do.
    Sal’s Pals is kind of endearing, until it CRASHED my computer. But it can be done better, I am sure of it.

    SF August 3, 2006, 1:04 pm
  • Just thought the game thread should go over the recap. Editorial decision. Anyone seriously offended?

    YF August 3, 2006, 1:05 pm
  • Nah, I am not offended. Just wanted to get in the obligatory “Yanks fan with a double standard” dig. The post can remain, but my comment still stands ;-)

    SF August 3, 2006, 1:05 pm
  • MySpace and Wikipedia. Definitely. YFSF needs to tackle open-source media. Friendster, anyone?

    YF August 3, 2006, 1:06 pm
  • Wikipedia is handy.
    Myspace is a necessary evil due to its popularity.
    I would volunteer to write code if need be.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 1:11 pm
  • I see the Cory Lidle era is off to a rousing start!

    yankeemonkey August 3, 2006, 1:13 pm
  • Great start for Lidle: 3 very quick outs, all on the ground. Hope that’s an indication of how he works, generally.

    YF August 3, 2006, 1:14 pm
  • Gerb: You’re hired!

    YF August 3, 2006, 1:14 pm
  • You’re batting order:

    YF August 3, 2006, 1:16 pm
  • YF/SF: I will contact you off-thread about details.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 1:16 pm
  • The Captain continues the torrid play. Hit streak to 12 on the single to left. Making Marcum throw pitches early, could pay off in the not too distant future given the conditions.

    YF August 3, 2006, 1:20 pm
  • Warning track power?

    LocklandSF August 3, 2006, 1:24 pm
  • In the words of Huey Lewis, The Heat Is On. Courtesy Jason Giambi. 3-0. Nice lead for Lidle to work with.

    YF August 3, 2006, 1:28 pm
  • I guess I should like Giambi hitting fifth it seems.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 1:30 pm
  • How do you ground into a fielder’s choice and end up on second? (Gamechanneling here)

    yankeemonkey August 3, 2006, 1:39 pm
  • Lidle looking spry on the hill. Solid job to nab Wells in the rundown.

    YF August 3, 2006, 1:39 pm
  • At ’em ball to Jeets closes the inning after the walk. Not a good day to walk guys or for full counts.

    YF August 3, 2006, 1:43 pm
  • Not well done at all. The hit and run with Fasano up at the bat was ill-advised. Nick Green looks lost on three breaking pitches not even remotely close to the strikezone

    Nick-YF August 3, 2006, 1:51 pm
  • Sorry. that last comment was me. Nick must have signed on my computer the other day…or something (conspiracy theorists apply).

    walein August 3, 2006, 1:52 pm
  • Roberts Ks to lead off the 3rd, and then Lidle hits Reed Johnson square in the ass. And now YES is having a braincramp, so who knows what’s happening?
    We’re back. 3 outs.

    YF August 3, 2006, 1:57 pm
  • Damon makes the catch to end the inning.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 1:58 pm
  • Damon groundout leads off the NY 3rd, and Jeets follows with a grounder to third, and is safe at first thanks to a dirtball from Glaus. E5.

    YF August 3, 2006, 2:04 pm
  • On today’s chat wrap, Rob Neyer said that Jeter is the leading candidate for MVP, and “deservedly so”. Given the amount of Neyer-love on this site, I thought I’d share.
    They have turned off the AC in my office to save energy. I have a press deadline in three hours. Not a pretty situation, so I need the very nice looking new lineup to keep me happy!

    Sam August 3, 2006, 2:05 pm
  • Abreu dumps a 1-out single into left. Jeets to second. Alex to the plate.
    Danger for Marcum, here.

    YF August 3, 2006, 2:07 pm
  • Base hit from Abreu to left.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 2:07 pm
  • No argument with Neyer here. Keep cool Sam!

    YF August 3, 2006, 2:08 pm
  • YF, can you see who Toronto has up? I’m on gameday audio

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 2:08 pm
  • Up in the pen I meant.. heard they have a lefty warming.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 2:08 pm
  • Would love to see a double steal with these speedsters.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 2:09 pm
  • Bah. Hill saves a run with a great stab and gets Jeter at second on the FC. First and third two outs, Marcum is given the hook.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 2:11 pm
  • Marcum out, Tallet in. Let the overmanagement commence!

    yankeemonkey August 3, 2006, 2:12 pm
  • “Phillies reliever Arthur Rhodes did not back off his assessment of Lidle, acquired by the Yankees on Sunday, as a player who did not work at his craft and could be found in the clubhouse surfing the Internet or eating ice cream during games.”
    How did we miss this at this site!??!

    SF August 3, 2006, 2:12 pm
  • Wow. Alex with the FC puts runners on first and third, and then Gibbons with the quick hook in the heat pulls Marcum, who’d already given up one 3-run shot to Giambi.
    On comes Tallet, a lefty, who walks Jason on 3 pitches. Enter Craig Wilson….

    YF August 3, 2006, 2:14 pm
  • So he reads YFSF? So does Schilling? As long as he doesn’t give up runs like Rhodes no problem.
    (PS: He was also a replacement player/scab.)

    YF August 3, 2006, 2:16 pm
  • Wilson flies out.

    YF August 3, 2006, 2:18 pm
  • It read it on the Post a couple of days ago. Funny stuff. Rhodes also said that he spends too much time flying his plane and gambling and called him a scab. Funny stuff.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 2:19 pm
  • I love Neyer, but his stat obsession is crowding out his analysis of the voters and who they would pick. 8 HR winning the MVP? I dunno about that.

    Paul SF August 3, 2006, 2:25 pm
  • Mind you: ice cream eating and internet surfing is nothing to look down upon.

    SF August 3, 2006, 2:25 pm
  • Lidle was a scab. Some players still resent him for that.

    Nick-YF August 3, 2006, 2:26 pm
  • ” ice cream eating and internet surfing is nothing to look down upon”
    at the same time, it’s pure hedonism! The dangerous kind which is always the best kind.

    Nick-YF August 3, 2006, 2:28 pm
  • with wilsons fly out with runners on, i find it an opportune time to mention chacon is thowing a brilliant game for the pirates so far. i think he’s returned to 2005 form.

    sf rod August 3, 2006, 2:28 pm
  • Ichiro hit .350 with 8 HR when he won the MVP in 2001. He also had 242 hits that year, which is probably the reason why he won it, combined with the fact that Seattle had such a great winning percentage that year.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 2:29 pm
  • If I’m Josh Towers or Matt Clement, I start lobbying now for an offseason trade to the NL.

    Paul SF August 3, 2006, 2:29 pm
  • Good for Shawn. I wish him the best.

    Nick-YF August 3, 2006, 2:30 pm
  • Yeah, when you’re shattering records all over, it’s a little different. Jeter will get his share of support. I’m just amazed that after the past week, Neyer thinks voters will pick Jeter over Ortiz.

    Paul SF August 3, 2006, 2:30 pm
  • I’m not even saying I agree with Neyer, but if the Yanks win the division and DJ gets about 220 hits, I could see him winning the award.

    Sam August 3, 2006, 2:31 pm
  • Cashman is in the booth with Phillips on the ESPN broadcast of the game and just told a “funny” story of Sheffield joking with Giambi that he was going to play first base–“If you can play there I know I can.”
    It was a light-hearted story but you get the sense that Sheffield just rips on Giambi all of the time.

    walein August 3, 2006, 2:33 pm
  • Paul, Neyer also made the point that Jeter is one of the few non DH/1Bs having a big year, which will likely help him in the voters’ eyes.

    Sam August 3, 2006, 2:33 pm
  • So could I, especially if the Sox don’t make the playoffs, but if the Sox get to the playoffs and Ortiz hits 50 HR/150 RBI, I don’t see much hope for your Captain.

    Paul SF August 3, 2006, 2:33 pm
  • Yeah, I agree with Paul. The general popular perception (as I’m judging it) is that Ortiz is the leading MVP candidate. ESPN, also known as NESN’s national station, helps feed that perception. Ortiz does a good job giving them fodder.

    Nick-YF August 3, 2006, 2:34 pm
  • That’s a good point, Sam. Right now though Papi is just dominating that field of DH/1B types. Thome isn’t that close anymore, and neither is Hafner. Giambi is the reincranation (possibly in more ways than one) of Barry Bonds…
    Anyway, I’m really just arguing with Neyer through you. I’m sure he’s got good points, but I wonder if he’s writing one of those “against-the-flow” columns just so he can be bucking the trend…

    Paul SF August 3, 2006, 2:35 pm
  • Cash also just said that Hughes is a “Yankee of the Future.” He also said Hughes is untouchable.

    walein August 3, 2006, 2:35 pm
  • Waaaaaaah, Nick. ESPN as a NESN-adjunct? Are you serious?

    SF August 3, 2006, 2:36 pm
  • If ESPN is NESN’s national station, do you think the guys in Bristol can funnel some better production values and on-air talent to make SportsDesk look better than a college sports show?

    Paul SF August 3, 2006, 2:37 pm
  • waaaaaahhhh.
    kind of.

    Nick-YF August 3, 2006, 2:37 pm
  • Not with Steve “the Sox lost Johnny Damon so they will finish third in the AL East” Phillips on board, they’re not.

    Paul SF August 3, 2006, 2:38 pm
  • Glad to hear Chacon’s first five innings for Pittsburgh went well for him, with 3 hits, 4 walks and a run.
    Josh Bard is hitting .357 with a .1004 OPS in 61 games for San Diego, as long as we’re reminiscing.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 2:38 pm
  • It wasn’t a column, just an answer in a chat forum about MVP candidates. Yeah, I can see him being contrary. I also think that he’s one of those who doesn’t think a DH should win the MVP if it can be possibly helped.

    Sam August 3, 2006, 2:39 pm
  • How’s Mike Lowell and Wily Mo Pena doing, since we’re talking about former Yankees?

    Paul SF August 3, 2006, 2:39 pm
  • Steve Phillips also claims that A-Rod’s incapable of succeeding in NYC. That he should be traded ASAP. Phillips is a moron with a bias against intelligence.

    Nick-YF August 3, 2006, 2:40 pm
  • And Rudy Seanez was AWESOME on the Padres too. And Tavarez didn’t do half-bad in the NL either. Can we stop lamenting these league-changers and nip the assumptions that a 140AB sample from Josh Bard would have been anywhere near matched on the Sox playing every 5th day? It’s preposterous.

    SF August 3, 2006, 2:40 pm
  • seriously nick. if ESPN=NESN than FOX=YES.

    sf rod August 3, 2006, 2:41 pm
  • I still don’t understand how ESPN could turn to the GM responsible for sinking the Reds for reasoned analysis…

    Paul SF August 3, 2006, 2:41 pm
  • Fox News, SF-Rod. Be clear!

    SF August 3, 2006, 2:42 pm
  • FOX=Worshipping Derek Jeter Hour

    Nick-YF August 3, 2006, 2:42 pm
  • YES: Fair and Balanced. HAHAHAHAHA.

    SF August 3, 2006, 2:42 pm
  • fair and balanced.

    sf rod August 3, 2006, 2:43 pm
  • The game must still be 3-0, not having actually seen any comments on it in the last 30 minute ;-)

    Paul SF August 3, 2006, 2:45 pm
  • pirates pen is trying to kill chacons resurgence.

    sf rod August 3, 2006, 2:45 pm
  • Lidle hiccups, and gives up a homer. Game is 3-1.

    Nick-YF August 3, 2006, 2:46 pm
  • 3-1 after a dinger by Roberts, and now a 2b by Johnson. Lidle tiring?

    YF August 3, 2006, 2:46 pm
  • Time to morph that hiccup into a full-fledged projectile vomit.

    SF August 3, 2006, 2:46 pm
  • the bluejays are starting to pick at the scab.

    sf rod August 3, 2006, 2:47 pm
  • I heard it’s hot in NYC. Just a rumor. Maybe Lidle’s tiring?

    Nick-YF August 3, 2006, 2:47 pm
  • very poetic, sf rod.

    Nick-YF August 3, 2006, 2:48 pm
  • I asked this before, but didn’t Phillips do a good job with the Mets? I don’t know the history, but they got to the World Series on his watch, right? Surely that deserves credit.
    (For the record, I too think he’s an idiot.)

    Sam August 3, 2006, 2:49 pm
  • SF, I agree regarding sample sets and league changes, but no, I can’t resist responding to such a troll on a game thread observation on the Chacon/Wilson trade based on one at-bat.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 2:51 pm
  • 113 on the field, 113 degrees.
    They are giving out free water.

    LocklandSF August 3, 2006, 2:51 pm
  • YF, any answer on whether a game has been cancelled due to heat?

    Nick-YF August 3, 2006, 2:52 pm
  • The Westminster Dog Show was once cancelled due to a Schnauzer that was in heat, but that probably is not what you are asking.

    SF August 3, 2006, 2:54 pm
  • Jeter walks. His OBP is remarkable. What a player!

    Nick-YF August 3, 2006, 2:55 pm
  • MVP!

    Sam August 3, 2006, 2:57 pm
  • AG- i wasn’t trolling. wilsons a good player. and it’s probably a good thing you guy’s have 15 outfielders. lord knows we could use 5 or 6 catchers. i just know chacon endeared himself to yank fans.

    sf rod August 3, 2006, 2:59 pm
  • Okay, I take it back.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 3:01 pm
  • I really hoped that Chacon would continue to pitch well for the Yanks. But it didn’t happen. Those who warned about his abysmal strikeout/walk ratio were right.
    I wish him the best. That we got a useful player for him is fantastic.
    … Gamecenter is being wierd… oh, I see, error, run scores, intentional walk (that all popped up at once)…

    Rob (Middletown, CT) August 3, 2006, 3:02 pm
  • Is this Wilson’s second bases-loaded plate appearance of the game? Heh, welcome to NY, Craig!

    Rob (Middletown, CT) August 3, 2006, 3:03 pm
  • Leche!
    Working on the heat question.

    YF August 3, 2006, 3:04 pm
  • Doh. And he’s now 0 for 2 in those situations. Is he getting booed yet? ;)

    Rob (Middletown, CT) August 3, 2006, 3:04 pm
  • Steve Lombardi said he could see quite a few long offensive innings in the next 2 months. I like.

    Nick-YF August 3, 2006, 3:05 pm
  • Wow, gamecenter is really lagging. The Melkman delievers!

    Rob (Middletown, CT) August 3, 2006, 3:05 pm
  • Lidle’s thrown 69 pitches so far. Is that like 110 in this heat? I wonder if he comes out for the 6th.

    Nick-YF August 3, 2006, 3:07 pm
  • Nick Green does nothing to prove he belongs on the roster…

    yankeemonkey August 3, 2006, 3:07 pm
  • Well, I guess I can take from this that Toronto is fading fast from the wild card race.
    They’re gonna play well against the Sox, though, at the end of this month…AREN’T YOU, BJ’S?!
    *weeps like a little girl*

    Devine August 3, 2006, 3:07 pm
  • I think Torre will try to squeeze one more inning out of him. I wouldn’t be surprised if Proctor is already stretching, though.

    Rob (Middletown, CT) August 3, 2006, 3:08 pm
  • When Cano arrives, Nick will be gone.

    Nick-YF August 3, 2006, 3:08 pm
  • Hey Rob,
    Wilson got the “cooling” reaction from the fans on that second basesloaded strikeout…and he deserved it…he swung at three pitches that this kid look like 1987 David Cone.

    walein August 3, 2006, 3:08 pm
  • Glaus on on a strike out/WP.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 3:11 pm
  • Pitch count not really the issue. More like time out in the heat. The long Yankee offensive innings probably help.

    YF August 3, 2006, 3:12 pm
  • Pitch count not really the issue. More like time out in the heat. The long Yankee offensive innings probably help.

    YF August 3, 2006, 3:12 pm
  • Gotta hate those 3 pitch k’s with the bases juiced when the hitter clearly thinks HE is the one in trouble.
    Doh, wild pitch or passed ball?

    Rob (Middletown, CT) August 3, 2006, 3:12 pm
  • Gameday says WP.

    yankeemonkey August 3, 2006, 3:13 pm
  • Overbay Ks. Can Lidle k 4 in the inning? ;)

    Rob (Middletown, CT) August 3, 2006, 3:14 pm
  • Gamecenter says WP too, but I don’t necessarily trust their analysis. After all, last inning I saw “Hill grounded out to Left.” Unlikely in the extreme, wouldn’t you say?

    Rob (Middletown, CT) August 3, 2006, 3:15 pm
  • 4-6-3 DP ends the 6th. Hard to say anything bad about Lidle after this outting in the heat. Bravo.

    YF August 3, 2006, 3:16 pm
  • It was a wild pitch.
    463 DP ends the inning.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 3:16 pm
  • Huzzah! DP to end the inning. That was key. Lidle’s day is probably done. I’d call it a rousing success.

    Rob (Middletown, CT) August 3, 2006, 3:16 pm
  • Sterling said it was a slider in the dirt got by Fasano.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 3:17 pm
  • do we have a winner in the sal nickname contest yet? my vote is for “kelly stinnett jr.”.

    sf rod August 3, 2006, 3:18 pm
  • Toronto bringing out schoeneweiss. I think he’s the 43rd pitcher thrown out there today.
    They’re saying that the temp. reached 120 on the field. I find that hard to believe.

    walein August 3, 2006, 3:19 pm
  • Watching the jays is making me sick

    Agilb August 3, 2006, 3:19 pm
  • I’m in manhattan, it certainly felt like then when i went out for my lunch break. Maybe 150.

    Agilb August 3, 2006, 3:20 pm
  • Walein: don’t. It’s easily that right now. It literally hurts to breathe.

    yankeemonkey August 3, 2006, 3:21 pm
  • I’m in Connecticut and it’s just unbearable out there. It was barely tolerable when I walked the dog at 6:30 this morning, ffs.

    Rob (Middletown, CT) August 3, 2006, 3:22 pm
  • sf rod, seems better than “the black hole that is the catcher position in Boston”

    Nick-YF August 3, 2006, 3:24 pm
  • Where do you walk the dog? Mainstreet? Church? High Street?

    walein August 3, 2006, 3:24 pm
  • in so cal it’s a blistering 78 degrees.

    sf rod August 3, 2006, 3:24 pm
  • Middletown represent!

    Nick-YF August 3, 2006, 3:25 pm
  • it’s low 60’s in SF.

    Nick-YF August 3, 2006, 3:25 pm
  • Abreu takes it to the left center wall…Great AB! Two out double.

    walein August 3, 2006, 3:25 pm
  • Can’t blame Gibbons for keeping a fresh player out there on a day like this. If you told me it was 149 degrees on the field I’d believe it. You could probably fry an egg on a batting helmet. Not sure why on earth the Jays are wearing black.
    Abreu doubles. Alex IBB’ed.

    YF August 3, 2006, 3:26 pm
  • Abreu is a hitter, ain’t he. what’s sf-rod’s nickname for him? “The One Who Got Away”?

    Nick-YF August 3, 2006, 3:26 pm
  • Can Giambi turn it around against lefties? Probably not. They give the intentional pass to A Rod.

    walein August 3, 2006, 3:26 pm
  • he could have been gone on that 0-2 pitch

    Agilb August 3, 2006, 3:27 pm
  • Heh. Clover St., actually. Near Randolph Road. I walk the crazy black lab who does a fairly good impression of a pschotic lunatic when he’s on his leash. ;)
    SoCal – bah! You can have your earthquakes, droughts and assorted other fun & games.

    Rob (Middletown, CT) August 3, 2006, 3:28 pm
  • It’s 100 degrees at my desk! My pens are melting.
    Is no one else in Manhattan suffering this brownout?

    Sam August 3, 2006, 3:28 pm
  • Once again…they start talking about how Giambi should just poke the ball the opposite way to get around the “shift.” Now, this will never happen.
    Ground rule double dead center field!
    What have I told you AG…it’s all about Negative reinforcement with Giambi!

    walein August 3, 2006, 3:28 pm
  • Heat History Report: Our source, the most eminent John Thorn, winner of SABR’s highest honor this year, can think of no MLB game cancelled due to heat. A minor league game in TX or AZ or MO possible.
    Giambi rbi double over the wall in center. 6-1, Alex to 3rd.

    YF August 3, 2006, 3:29 pm
  • Fun game, eh boys?

    bloodyank78 August 3, 2006, 3:29 pm
  • i’ll go with “derby deception” for abrue.

    sf rod August 3, 2006, 3:29 pm
  • Geez, Nick, and you wonder why Sox fans react badly to Yankee criticisms of the Sox team. You’re a real broken record there yourself:
    Is it any wonder we get “snippy”?

    Devine August 3, 2006, 3:29 pm
  • Giambalco, erm, Giambino!

    Rob (Middletown, CT) August 3, 2006, 3:29 pm
  • Hopefully, today is a slumpbuster for Jason, he’s really connecting today.

    bloodyank78 August 3, 2006, 3:30 pm
  • Craig Wilson earning his keep!!!!

    walein August 3, 2006, 3:30 pm
  • thanks, YF, now I can get back to work.

    Nick-YF August 3, 2006, 3:30 pm
  • Wow, A-Rod got intentionally walked. Wonder how long it’s been since that happened to him? He’s back!

    Sam August 3, 2006, 3:30 pm
  • My manhattan office is nice and cool…sorry

    Agilb August 3, 2006, 3:30 pm
  • My thoughts are with you Sam. Thankfully I’m not.
    Wilson 2-out, 2-rbi single to right-center. 8-1.

    YF August 3, 2006, 3:30 pm
  • Pour it on boys, pour it on!

    bloodyank78 August 3, 2006, 3:30 pm
  • Base hit Craig Wilson with two outs scores 2.
    That’s better.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 3:31 pm
  • Sam, here’s what you do. You go on Jet Blue, buy a ticket to Oakland pronto, jump on the plane ASAP, in 6 hours I treat you to a nice cool Anchor Steam at any SF bar of your choosing.

    Nick-YF August 3, 2006, 3:32 pm
  • I’m gonna head out to meet up with Nick for lunch. This two-out rally is just great for Yankees’ fans. We’ve really needed this kind of produciton…never letting a pitcher settle in. I’m guessing we’ll be seeing some defensive substitutions soon.
    Have a good one all.

    walein August 3, 2006, 3:32 pm
  • i’m terrified that we will have a blackout though.

    Agilb August 3, 2006, 3:32 pm
  • Oh C’mon, Devine, sf-rod started it. He also took my ice cream. Waaaahhhhh!

    Nick-YF August 3, 2006, 3:33 pm
  • The Yanks have outscored the Jays, one of the best offenses in the AL, 20-4 so far this series. How’s that for run differential? I think our starting pitching is going to be just fine down the stretch contrary to every Sox fans’ wish or prediction.

    bloodyank78 August 3, 2006, 3:33 pm
  • Don’t forget that he eats babies too. FACT!

    Rob (Middletown, CT) August 3, 2006, 3:34 pm
  • rob- no earthquakes today, but the forcasters are calling for a front of smoking hot chicks.

    sf rod August 3, 2006, 3:35 pm
  • The pitching has been pretty good for the Yanks. It’s not playoff-caliber beyond the front two (Mussina/Wang), though, in my opinion. I like the Yanks chances, don’t get me wrong, but I haven’t been confident of the Yanks pitching since… 2002? (when the Angels showed up and kicked the hell out of what was a really, really, really good Yankee team).

    Rob (Middletown, CT) August 3, 2006, 3:35 pm
  • It’s only 98 here in Texas. Funny how it’s hotter in Boston and NY, not to mention the humidity being at least double what it usually is here. Have fun with that, guys ;-)

    Paul SF August 3, 2006, 3:36 pm
  • Con-Ed was in the last break with an internet radio advertisement asking people to contact them with claims about trouble with their power. Somehow, that strikes me as tremendously funny.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 3:36 pm
  • An SF bar, Nick? Are you trying to get us both killed? Well, I’d least I’d be cool(er) as I was being beaten to death…

    Sam August 3, 2006, 3:36 pm
  • not sure where you get so much confidence in wright and lidle…

    Agilb August 3, 2006, 3:36 pm
  • LOL. Best for me I stay here in CT, then. I’m married, after all.

    Rob (Middletown, CT) August 3, 2006, 3:37 pm
  • Don’t you dare say that “every Sox fans’ wish” s***, bloodyank!
    I’ve been saying since the trade deadline that you gotta give the edge to the Yankees for the division.
    Also, one Cory Lidle outing does not a good SP make.
    *remembers Aaron Small ’05, sucks thumb in corner*

    Devine August 3, 2006, 3:38 pm
  • My bad, only 92 here actually. The stormclouds have started building (they cut down the sun, but they provide no rain. Frickin’ teases)
    The Blue Jays are clearly faltering big time, as we all knew they would. I certainly wouldn’t consider thrashing them in three straight a vindication of the pitching staff…

    Paul SF August 3, 2006, 3:40 pm
  • Devine,
    You might want to think happy thoughts about Aaron Small, v.2006. After all, 2005 Small was 10-0 with a 3.20 era. ;)

    Rob (Middletown, CT) August 3, 2006, 3:40 pm
  • Thats the problem…you yankee fans are relying on getting small and chacon like performances again. A look at where those guys are today should help show you how lucky that was.

    Agilb August 3, 2006, 3:40 pm
  • Uh…Rob…I MEANT ’05 Aaron Small. I’m going to my happy place in the corner because I can’t take the thought that Lidle will do that crap again.

    Devine August 3, 2006, 3:42 pm
  • Rob, you mean Aaron Small, v.Career.

    Paul SF August 3, 2006, 3:42 pm
  • Actually, we really don’t need “Chacon and Small like performances” again. We just need Lidle to be better than Small/Chacon/Ponson were this year. That would constitute an upgrade. The offense has also been upgraded, perhaps significantly.

    Rob (Middletown, CT) August 3, 2006, 3:42 pm
  • Meanwhile, everyday Scottie Proctor appears determined to throw as many pitches as possible this inning…

    Rob (Middletown, CT) August 3, 2006, 3:45 pm
  • Proctor doing some work out there. Where’s everyone’s favorite Aruban on a blowout day? This weather should be a natural for him?

    YF August 3, 2006, 3:45 pm
  • You don’t wish the Yanks starting pitching sucks down the stretch Devine?

    bloodyank78 August 3, 2006, 3:46 pm
  • Sam, I guess that could have been construed that way. Just was trying to extend a hand to a fellow Yanks fan suffering in the heat. SF is an air conditioner.

    Nick-YF August 3, 2006, 3:46 pm
  • my bet is drunk.

    sf rod August 3, 2006, 3:46 pm
  • Proctor does his job. One baserunner. Three outs. 28 pitches. Ouch. No second inning for you! You come back tomorrow!

    Rob (Middletown, CT) August 3, 2006, 3:47 pm
  • Please stand and join Kate Smith while she sings “God Bless Con Ed”

    YF August 3, 2006, 3:47 pm
  • It’s been a glorious week for the Yanks.

    Nick-YF August 3, 2006, 3:48 pm
  • Hey, is anyone here that lives in or around Socal interested in going to the Yank/Halos Aug 25th? There’s a really good chance I’m gonna have an extra ticket.

    bloodyank78 August 3, 2006, 3:49 pm
  • Yes, yes it has. Feels good. Is good. Good for me. Good for you. Good for America. TRUTH! ;)

    Rob (Middletown, CT) August 3, 2006, 3:49 pm
  • Fasano up. Foul, Foul… BALL! No 3-pitch K for you!
    LOL. 4-pitch k instead. 3ks on the day for “But I’m not Stinnet!” Fasano.

    Rob (Middletown, CT) August 3, 2006, 3:51 pm
  • BY- the sox are in Sea on the 25th. but i’ll be at the big A the three days prior. check your tickets.

    sf rod August 3, 2006, 3:52 pm
  • Ask and ye shall. Ponson up in the pen for NY.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 3:53 pm
  • And, rather predictably, a 4-pitch K for “House Money” Green.

    Rob (Middletown, CT) August 3, 2006, 3:53 pm
  • I’m not sure how one knows what the yankees or anyone else will “need” when there are 50 games left. Also, I guess you are feeling good about wright, not to mention Randy Johnson.

    Agilb August 3, 2006, 3:54 pm
  • Well, BY, given that three of your pitchers are Wright, Johnson, and Lidle, I don’t really have to hope, do I? (Okay, Nick, I started that one.)
    I do, however, have to hope the Sox’ pitching (Beckett, Lester, Wells?, Johnson/Pauley/Gabbard/Wally the Green Monster) sucks less.
    And pray for no repeat of that Aaron Small crap from Lidle or Wright. Seriously, WTF was that?

    Devine August 3, 2006, 3:54 pm
  • Aglib,
    All things are relative. In this case, relative to the Red Sox. I’m as confident Randy as you can be in your 3rd starter, if not more so. Mussina/Wang have actually been better than Shilling/Beckett. Wright sucks, it’s true, but he has settled into this 5-6IP, 1-2 ER routine that, for the moment, has been working like a charm. Who is your 5th starter again?

    Rob (Middletown, CT) August 3, 2006, 3:56 pm
  • Nope, Farns instead. Crosby in for Damon.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 3:57 pm
  • Yeah, the Sox are in Anaheim 22d, 23d, and 24th, then the Yanks are in for the Friday the 25th through the weekend.

    bloodyank78 August 3, 2006, 3:57 pm
  • Farnsworth the Fragile is in. 1 pitch, 1 out (Wells, no less, bravo!).

    Rob (Middletown, CT) August 3, 2006, 3:58 pm
  • If there’s any situation to use Ponson, this is it. Or is Joe afraid Sir Sid will lose a few pounds out there?

    yankeemonkey August 3, 2006, 3:58 pm
  • Hmm, waste of a Farnsworth outing, perhaps? If we cannot trust Sir Sid with a 7-run lead… why even have him on the roster?

    Rob (Middletown, CT) August 3, 2006, 3:59 pm
  • Ah, I see, Nick. Thanks. It’s almost a nice enough thought for me to buy that ticket…sigh. Meanwhile, why is Farns pitching today? Surely he could use the extra day’s rest?

    Sam August 3, 2006, 3:59 pm
  • Walks Glaus on 4 pitches with a 8-1 lead. Grrr.

    yankeemonkey August 3, 2006, 4:00 pm
  • If anyone is interested just email me, but no Soxfans, that stadium is going to be full of enough RallyMonkey loving knuckleheads rooting against my team as it is.

    bloodyank78 August 3, 2006, 4:01 pm
  • This heat is probably actually good for Farns, given his back issues, wouldn’t you think. Therapy and work all in one! ;)

    Rob (Middletown, CT) August 3, 2006, 4:01 pm
  • “And pray for no repeat of that Aaron Small crap from Lidle or Wright. Seriously, WTF was that?”
    That was the work of God who surely is a Yankees fan.

    Nick-YF August 3, 2006, 4:01 pm
  • Apparently God took 2004 off, then, Nick.
    That was Mystique and Aura, who after an ill-timed vacation in October of ’04 returned to where they belong. Or something like that.
    Farns irritates me. Walking guys with a 7-run lead in this heat. Whaddya doin’ man!

    Rob (Middletown, CT) August 3, 2006, 4:02 pm
  • He must have taken a 2-week vacation that one year, eh Nick?

    Devine August 3, 2006, 4:04 pm
  • In 2004, we weren’t praying hard enough. Wasn’t that the year of Janet Jackson’s boob slip? Heathens we were!

    Nick-YF August 3, 2006, 4:04 pm
  • Great, now Farns pulled after getting hit on the comebacker.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 4:04 pm
  • Actually, did he get hit, or did the idiot try and barehand it?

    LocklandSF August 3, 2006, 4:06 pm
  • Mussina/Wang have been better, trust me, I’ve seen all those hrs Beckett has given up. That doesn’t mean they won’t be better from here, however. For one, that sort of hr rate is quite a statistical anomaly. And apparently you don’t realize how confident I am in Jon Lester. But, I wasn’t the one making claims about any pitching staffs. As for our 5th starter, I think Devine presented a good option above in Wally.

    Agilb August 3, 2006, 4:07 pm
  • Lockland: I think it was the latter. WCBS says it was “precautionary” to pull him, that nothing is wrong.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 4:09 pm
  • “For one, that sort of hr rate is quite a statistical anomaly.”
    I’ve read that somewhere and I don’t understand why that is. Certain pitchers get into those patterns of giving up homers. Javier Vazquez is a great example. It’s possible that Beckett is another Javier. No?

    Nick-YF August 3, 2006, 4:16 pm
  • Lockland, how ER did you say Lidle was going to give up today? You jinxed yourself.

    bloodyank78 August 3, 2006, 4:16 pm
  • The home runs already have gone down for Beckett over his last five starts or so. I believe, along with statistical anomaly, his stubborn blow-em-all-away attitude contributed to the problem. Beckett’s learning how to pitch AL style. The fact that he can win 13 games while doing so is very good news for the Red Soox going forward…

    Paul SF August 3, 2006, 4:17 pm
  • correction: “how many ER”

    bloodyank78 August 3, 2006, 4:18 pm
  • Lester is good, I’ll grant that.
    Anyway, it’s gonna be a dogfight to the end, but I feel like the Yanks have the edge now.
    Sir Sid is one out away from finishing off the sweep…

    Rob (Middletown, CT) August 3, 2006, 4:23 pm
  • I totally agree. While his style does need to change a little, I’m glad he has the attitude he does. You know he isn’t going to go Clement-style after a bad night. Hopefully his development will continue through Tek’s absence.

    Agilb August 3, 2006, 4:25 pm
  • Yeah, yeah, I jixed my self, blah blah blah.
    I really didn’t think the Jays had totally given up and were just going to lay down, I guess I was wrong.

    LocklandSF August 3, 2006, 4:25 pm
  • Ballgame. Sweep. Sweet.

    Rob (Middletown, CT) August 3, 2006, 4:25 pm
  • Way to roll over, Blue Jays. Best hitting team in the league, right?
    Credit to the Yanks and all, but wow, how cold did the Jays get in the midst of all this heat?

    Devine August 3, 2006, 4:26 pm
  • Ball game. A satisfying sweep and admirable debuts by the three New York newcomers.

    attackgerbil August 3, 2006, 4:26 pm
  • Hey, teams have laid down inexplicably for the Sox this season too (I recall a certain other NY team getting swept pitifully up at Fenway and then taking 2 of 3 from the Yankees), so alls fair! :)
    Later all.

    Rob (Middletown, CT) August 3, 2006, 4:26 pm
  • BY- i feel your pain. there’s nothing more annoying than being stuck behind a grown man with 5 plush toy monkey’s around his neck telling you he’s been an Angels fan since ’65.

    sf rod August 3, 2006, 4:27 pm
  • I remember a certain other other NY team laying down for the Sox earlier this year as well ;-) Hehe. But it all evened out in that case too…

    Paul SF August 3, 2006, 4:31 pm
  • ROFL! Rod you nailed that description.

    bloodyank78 August 3, 2006, 4:31 pm

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