The New Look Alex (Redux): Our Hero


It must be the pants. After consecutive days in which he had folded in the clutch, A-Rod came through with the walk-off granny today to cap an improbable comeback and rescue Kei Igawa from complete ignominy. Giambi also came through with a huge blow. Alex has been torching the ball thus far, and this is just what he needed to put a lid on the tabloid crap—at least for a while.

Okay. Now if we could just get someone to throw 6 decent innings and a competent defense, we might just have something here.

31 comments… add one
  • Good Job by Yankees Bullpen so far . The Yankees Offense and Bullpen has carried a Yankees, starting had been horrendous.

    Jaycee-YF April 7, 2007, 6:22 pm
  • *pitching

    Jaycee-Yf April 7, 2007, 6:24 pm
  • PS: Alex thus far: .389/.450/1.056, 3 hr, 3 2b, 9 rbi
    and a quote after the game: “something about new york, i love it here.”

    YF April 7, 2007, 6:27 pm
  • So, thus far, A-Rod has rceived two curtain calls and two resounding boo-vations. Pretty impressive exhibition of bipolar disorder by YFs through four games.
    Anyway, as long as the Yanks keep relying on homers in the ninth to win ballgames, I think the Sox will be just fine.

    Paul SF April 7, 2007, 6:34 pm
    Heh. Chill, it’s a joke. I still don’t understand why A-Rod is the only guy on that team that doesn’t get a free pass on mistakes.

    Steve April 7, 2007, 6:45 pm
  • “as long as the Yanks keep relying on homers in the ninth to win ballgames”
    I would be so keyed for that to happen the first time we meet heads-up just so I can pull that quote back out, but you’re right Paul. I’m trying to go bright-side. Álex is a dangerous man at the plate. Always has been, regardless of the persistent yammering from so many friendly sources, let alone foes. Only one E on the field today, from Igawa. (hooray?)
    Our best start so far came from Pavano. It’s Rasner’s to step up and deliver the first QS from the NY wheel. Oh god, I think I’ll be sick. Good gravy, gerb, it’s only a couple of games into April; relax. I’m so conflicted. It’s just all so new, finally watching (or at least reading) and contemplating real baseball.

    attackgerbil April 7, 2007, 6:56 pm
  • Steve: it’s been a while, but there was a time when Jeter was booed for poor performance.

    attackgerbil April 7, 2007, 6:58 pm
  • Looking on the bright side, the starting pitching has been so awful and the Yanks are still 2-2.

    Nick-YF April 7, 2007, 7:01 pm
  • attackgerbil: When exactly was that?

    Steve April 7, 2007, 7:06 pm
  • Thanks to the bullpen and the offense. (Along with an assist to Danys Baez and Chris Ray) The offense will be itself, but I still question how long it’ll take for the pen to start coming apart a bit. Even with the 7 runs per game or whatever New York’s averaging now, there hasn’t exactly been much of a margin for error. Arms get tired.
    And oddly enough, the same can be said for Boston’s 2-2 start, which has also relied heavily on a near-perfect performance from the pen. Not because the starters have been brutal, because aside from Schilling they’ve been great–Beckett’s day was short, but at least it was effective–but because the offense has been bad enough to keep games close. Safe to say neither team is clicking on all cylinders…more like 3 or 4 a piece.

    desturbd1 April 7, 2007, 7:07 pm
  • Steve: I’m going partially on memory, partially on google here, but if I recall correctly, in 2004 Jeter had a *horrible* first half, especially April. I think there was one stretch where he went on an 0-32 slump, breaking out with a homer. Anyone who remembers differently, please correct me if I’m mistaken, but Jeter was getting booed in his failures at the plate at that time. He compounded his reputation as a “slow starter”, with another 0 for 28 ish in May/June 2005. In both cases, he had a torrid second half and the carping went away. In 2006, that wasn’t an issue because he was strong all season.

    attackgerbil April 7, 2007, 7:19 pm
  • Can someone who watched the game confirm whether or not fans booed Igawa when he bobbled Markakis’ comebacker? If so, that’s just horrible.

    attackgerbil April 7, 2007, 7:31 pm
  • The writeup says he was being booed after his 12th batter. So, I couldn’t see it but I’d guess that they did.

    desturbd1 April 7, 2007, 7:34 pm
  • Thanks d1. That’s a real confidence-booster, NY fans. Very constructive. Way to go.

    attackgerbil April 7, 2007, 7:43 pm
  • I’m so far excited for/terrified of the ‘pen. They won the first game, and had a big part in keeping the other 3 games close. A-Rod, of course, nearly single-handedly won today’s game, but kudos again go to the bullpen for not allowing any runs. How long is it going to be until Bruney starts walking every other batter, or Vizcaino, after thrusting himself into the Circle Of Trust, starts becoming mediocre, or Henn and Farnsworth and Proctor being showing their true colors? Then again, if all these guys are as awesome as they’re capable of being, games could turn into 6 or 7-inning affairs, and the Yankees will win many, many games.

    Andrew April 7, 2007, 8:01 pm
  • I just got home after a wonderful 18 holes, following the Yank game all the way on my cell phone. I was so, so, so happy w/ Alex’s performance. I couldn’t wait to read the gamethread. I got home, read it, and saw a lot of Brad’s posts. It looked familiar. This is Brad May 29th of 2006 after RJ shut out the Tigers.
    “Randy dominating a team that is clearly playing above it’s ability is hardly the measuring stick of success. I still have visions of the elder statesman giving up hit after hit in the ever important games to come. Those hitters which have seen the Unit are sure to not sleep on a mediocre slider and half-hearted heater. Trouble will most certainly follow any start the Yankees are depending on a guy who is throwing that crap.”
    Yeah Brad, playing above it’s ability.. they went to the WS.RJ also won 17 games in 2006. This was my reply to Brad.
    “Hey Brad,
    I don’t know if you did or did not, but I watched the Unit pitch today. He pitched smart and when his slider needed to break sharp it broke sharp. He made Magglio Ordonez look like a fool in an AB w/runners in scoring position, and otherwise gave the best team in baseball a headache in trying to hit him. Your little piss ant rant was weak and don’t forget the Elder Statesman was the winning pitcher in Fenway last Thursday. So don’t take your frustration with a 7-6 loss to the Jays out on a stuggling Yank pitcher’s good outing. Go over to Yale and hit the cages or do some other constructive shit then piss on our good day.”
    You see, he has a past of playing sour grapes when the Bombers have a good day.

    bloodyank78 April 7, 2007, 9:01 pm
  • by: i think it’s a bit unfair to depict brad as a troll for his game thread comments today. and randy didn’t exactly knock ’em dead in the playoffs last year.
    let’s all lighten up a bit. i know i don’t want to be held to account for every offhand remark i make in a game thread.

    YF April 7, 2007, 9:29 pm
  • The problem was that those comments weren’t ‘off-hand’, he was deliberately trying to piss all over the Yanks’ awesome victory by saying “Well YEAH, but…” and while those are valid points, it’s the definition of trolling.

    Andrew April 7, 2007, 10:20 pm
  • bloody, should I go back into the archives and re-post all the smut you’ve thrown out there? I mean, if RJ was so great, where is he now? Also, If you’d like to get into some kind of war over the fact that I not only A)praised the Yankees hitters and specifically Alex in my posts, and B) pointed out what is the exact fact, then I’m all in!
    Let me just get into these archives a bit….
    I’ll be sure to save them for when they’re convienent for my arguement. Trolling isn’t my style, unlike, well, yours.

    Brad April 7, 2007, 11:33 pm
  • No, they’re not Andrew. All I was doing was busting a few balls of guys on the board at the time. I’ve very rarely, if ever at all, trolled you guys’ game threads, and you know it.
    Trolling would be along the lines of the Yankee fan who came on at the end of the game to point out what it was like to love Alex on a part-time basis, like the rest of YF’s.
    Trolling I was not. But, if you wanna just have your threads to yourselves, and see and hear what you want to see and hear, I’ll stay away as to not take away from the terrible pitch, errr, great walk of HR by Mr. April.

    Brad April 7, 2007, 11:38 pm
  • it’s the first week folks. let’s all just try and enjoy it.

    YF April 7, 2007, 11:53 pm
  • Yeah, that’s me the troll. I’d like to think I contribute to some meaningful discussion around here, and I love the game threads but if you think otherwise; ok. All that happened is that I read some of your “breaking balls” posts in the gamethread, and I happnened to remember your little contribution above last year. They just struck me as similar, going out of your way to piss off us Yankfans on a great day for us. If you think I took the time to dig out a May 29th 2006 comment, you’re sadly mistaken. This game, with Alex’s success, your bitter or “breaking balls” attitude sharply reminded me of that game. Of which I was partcularly happy because RJ was on my fantasy staff last year. I’m not trying to say you’re a bad guy, far from it. You’ve shown yourself to be a knowledgeable, witty, and a fun contributer around here. My point was only, that you have in the past been a dick with your comments after a satisfying Yankees win.

    bloodyank78 April 8, 2007, 1:26 am
  • Oh I forgot, I was NOT trying to make some sort of statement about RJ, I’m glad he’s gone. All my point about your post was A) the Tigers were not the scrub team you made them out to be; and B) the Elder Statesman did get us some wins last year, he wasn’t as ineffective as you made him out that he might be.
    ps- Go TIGER! (Woods that is; who else is watching the last round of the Master’s tomorrow?)

    bloodyank78 April 8, 2007, 1:32 am
  • It’s not the point Brad, you really need to look up ‘tact’. If a cancer patient made a miraculous recovery, and the cancer went completely into remission, you’d be the doctor saying “well yeah, but you still had cancer.” There’s a line between busting balls and just being annoying for the sake of it. Busting balls would be focusing maybe on one or two people, but instead you made general, to-the-public dick comments. It just makes the whole thing less enjoyable for all of us.

    Andrew April 8, 2007, 7:22 am
  • it’s a little unfair to pick on brad…other sf’s seem to participate in the “busting a few balls” on yankee game threads…mostly i find it humorous…it’s their job to make us feel bad about feeling good, and feel worse about feeling bad…to some extent, we yf’s do the same thing…and yf’s right, i don’t want to be taken to task for some joke or off the wall comment i make in either game thread…
    ag, your recollection about jeter getting booed is absolutely correct…as you know, mo has been booed before, as was tino martinez, and other of the “beloved” yanks…jeter does get more slack because he’s earned it…arod’s treatment is exaggerated partly because the media made such a big deal out of it the first time it happened…like the guy’s above reproach or something…please…fans on both sides are sheep for the most part [do most of the people who can afford to buy tickets even understand the game or why they’re booing?], and ny fans can be obstinate and opposite…say “don’t boo” and they’ll boo louder…way to go ny media, you created this monster because even a contrived controversy sells newspapers…then they blame it on jeter…arod will be booed again, loud and hard, before the season’s over…he still needs to prove he can block it out, and just do what he does best…so far so good…
    paul seems a bit bitter…his comments here at 6:34pm don’t sound like “busting a few balls” to me, and that was before his team went down without so much as a whimper last night…paul, the yanks continuing to rely on hr’s in the bottom of the 9th are about as likely as ortiz finishing the year with 0 [er, 1] hr…

    dc April 8, 2007, 8:55 am
  • i guess it’s 0 hr, 1 rbi…

    dc April 8, 2007, 9:10 am
  • i’ll respond to the booing comment. derek did receive some VERY LIGHT boos during that 0-35 streak. i wouldn’t have done that, but frankly i see nothing wrong with booing igawa yesterday. new york isn’t st. louis; we have a character here, and for better or worse it’s us. if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere; succeed and you’re a hero. there’s patience for newbies, you get slack for lousy work if you try hard and play smart, but if you do dumb things or exhibit poor fundamentals, you’re going to find yourself in the doghouse awfully fast. hitting a batter on an 0-2 count to jump start a rally, for example, or walking in a run….if a guy’s gonna get tuned up, it’s upsetting sure; but if he doesn’t do simple things to help himself/the team out, that’s trouble.

    YF April 8, 2007, 9:20 am
  • you’re right yf…jeter’s “toast” of boos was somewhat token and lighthearted…but there was still a message being sent that i think he got and remembers…for the most part guys that get booed deserve it…arod gets the treatment as much for his demeanor and silly comments than for his play…thank the ny media for calling attention to and then exaggerating both the booing “issue” and the [who cares] cooling of the arod/jeter friendship…like i said booing is contagious, and the most vociferous fans are beer-drinking sheep…

    dc April 8, 2007, 9:53 am
  • Baaaaaaaaa.

    Vinnie from Yonkers April 8, 2007, 11:43 am
  • boooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

    dc April 8, 2007, 2:02 pm
  • Holy cow.

    Brad April 8, 2007, 6:50 pm

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