Meet Future Yanks and Sox Tonight: Yanks-Nationals Gamer I

Washington Nationals owner Stan Kasten is rumored to be interested in rebuilding his team through getting younger and shedding expensive veteran contracts. Although they’ve been decent of late, it’s highly unlikely the Nationals will be true wild card competitors. So, you should expect a firesale sometime before the end of July. And we’re fortunate enough to be fans of teams who are always buyers at the deadline. It’s a very good possibility then that tonight you’ll get to watch Nationals who will play important roles in the stretch run to come. Will Alfonso Soriano return to the Yankees sometime this summer? Will Livan Hernandez be pitching autumn games in Fenway? These questions will be answered soon enough. During this series we will get a chance to scout and decide whether these players are worthy of our teams. Tonight the Yanks look to extend their lead on the Sox as they take on the Nationals in our nation’s capital.

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  • How close was Giambi’s double to going out? I’m in the stupid library again watching on gamecast.

    bloodyank78 June 16, 2006, 7:42 pm
  • Soriano. That looked familliar. 24. Wow.

    YF June 16, 2006, 7:50 pm
  • He definitely likes to bring his A game when he plays his old team. At least Wright retires the next two after the Sori bomb.

    bloodyank78 June 16, 2006, 7:53 pm
  • Ol’Tobacco Mouth draws a walk!

    bloodyank78 June 16, 2006, 8:00 pm
  • I’ll be so pissed if we get 1 run or nothing out of bases loaded no outs. Same shit happened yesterday w/Carmona pitching.

    bloodyank78 June 16, 2006, 8:04 pm
  • Jeezuz crap!!!

    Nick-YF June 16, 2006, 8:06 pm
  • dammit

    Nick-YF June 16, 2006, 8:06 pm
  • Thanks a lot Derek, WTF!? Inning ending DP by the Captain. Bases loaded, no outs = 1 run.

    bloodyank78 June 16, 2006, 8:07 pm
  • That 2-1 looked pretty good.

    attackgerbil June 16, 2006, 8:09 pm
  • And Nick rips a double to right. He looks a lot older with the beard/moustache thing.

    attackgerbil June 16, 2006, 8:10 pm
  • First and third as Zimmerman lays down an excellent bunt for a single. Nice barehand grab and throw by ARod but he was playing too deep to have a play at first.

    attackgerbil June 16, 2006, 8:11 pm
  • Jose Guillen with no outs. Wright is behind 2-0. Check swing on the inside pitch: he didn’t go. 3-0. Takes the next pitch all the way for strike one. 3-1: high, ball four. Juiced and no one out to Schneider.

    attackgerbil June 16, 2006, 8:14 pm
  • Schneider takes a strike on the outside corner. 0-1 is fouled back. 0-2: way inside as Wright missed Stinnet’s mark on the inside corner. Schneider throws his bat at the 1-2 and fouls it in the dirt. Another pitch inside to make it 2 and 2. 2-2 is a bit low to make the count full.

    attackgerbil June 16, 2006, 8:17 pm
  • Payoff: the pitch is low, but Schneider gets under it and fouls out to first. IF rule in effect.

    attackgerbil June 16, 2006, 8:18 pm
  • Byrd comes up with one away. Fouls it to shallow right. Long run for Bernie who misplays the jump and has to take a bad line. Nothing at all on the throw and it is cut off. The run scores on the tag.

    attackgerbil June 16, 2006, 8:20 pm
  • Two away to Hill, the pitcher, who singled and scored a run in is first appearance.

    attackgerbil June 16, 2006, 8:21 pm
  • Hill hits it to the hole between first and second but Cano covers a good piece of ground and snags the ball on the apron, throws to first, and makes the out to retire the side. Nice play, Robbie.

    attackgerbil June 16, 2006, 8:22 pm
  • Bernie in right is absolutely killing us tonight. Nick Johnson isn’t the fastest guy in the world, and he’s running the bases like it’s tee-ball on Bernie. Ugh. Granted, he’s hot right now, but come onnnnn. Eventually this nonsense has to stop, no?

    RichYF June 16, 2006, 8:24 pm
  • Yeah, Rich. That ball was so shallow. The throw home was completely anemic. Bernie was running from right towards third and the throw was across his body, but still. Urgh.

    attackgerbil June 16, 2006, 8:28 pm
  • Robbie grounds out 4-3 to end the inning. Soriano is coming to the plate. At least no one will be on this time when he hits it out.

    attackgerbil June 16, 2006, 8:29 pm
  • It looked like Bernie rushed that throw, as well. He didn’t stop and plant to get more on it.

    attackgerbil June 16, 2006, 8:30 pm
  • Soriano takes a fastball right down the middle for a strike. Glad he didn’t Tee off on that one. Fouls a pitch off for strike two. Okay Jaret, no mistakes here. You’ve got him where you want him. High: ball one.

    attackgerbil June 16, 2006, 8:32 pm
  • Ground out from Soriano 4-3.

    attackgerbil June 16, 2006, 8:32 pm
  • Sit Down Sori!!

    bloodyank78 June 16, 2006, 8:32 pm
  • Clayton takes ball one away. Wright feeds another low and away for ball two. The 2-0 looked like a fastball at the knees fouled off third. 2-1 is outside but called a strike on the corner. Gift there. 2-2: strike three swinging on a pitch low and away set up by that last called strike.

    attackgerbil June 16, 2006, 8:34 pm
  • No way Jose!

    bloodyank78 June 16, 2006, 8:35 pm
  • Do any of you guys think that Vidro is probably the best fielding 2B in the majors?

    bloodyank78 June 16, 2006, 8:37 pm
  • Jose Vidro takes ball one, then fouls off a fastball to make it 1 and 1. The 1-1: strike swinging on a pitch on the hands. 1-2 is a bit high. 2-2: low but fouled back. 2-2: low, trying for the corner on a breaking pitch. Full count is strike three swinging to end the 5th. Nice pitch, looked like a fastball but broke low and out of the zone in the middle-outside part of the plate.

    attackgerbil June 16, 2006, 8:37 pm
  • K!! Wright’s best inning so far.

    bloodyank78 June 16, 2006, 8:38 pm
  • K!! Wright’s best inning so far.

    bloodyank78 June 16, 2006, 8:38 pm
  • odd. He usually starts to tire at this point.

    Nick-YF June 16, 2006, 8:38 pm
  • Would you pinch-hit for Wright this inning?

    Nick-YF June 16, 2006, 8:41 pm
  • Bloody: I might agree with you, but I also might lean towards Mark Grudzielanek.

    attackgerbil June 16, 2006, 8:44 pm
  • Not PHing for Jaret was the correct move. The bullpen is tired and there’s a day game tomorrow. He really needs to go 6+ here. Will he do it? I highly doubt it. What’s his pitch count?

    RichYF June 16, 2006, 8:45 pm
  • The best fielding 2b is Orlando a lot.

    Nick-YF June 16, 2006, 8:45 pm
  • 76 pitches. AWESOME.

    RichYF June 16, 2006, 8:49 pm
  • Yeah, Hudson is a magician but Grud is posting amazing numbers this year on an incredibly mediocre team.

    attackgerbil June 16, 2006, 8:49 pm
  • Finally saw a replay of RJ coming inside. Big F-n deal. Now I am pissed about how that came down.

    attackgerbil June 16, 2006, 8:51 pm
  • Ouch. Johnson scores again as Zimmerman golfs a grounder to right and Bernie is not a threat to make the play at home. Look at the difference in velocity between Bernie’s throw to Cano and Cano’s throw home. Ugh.

    attackgerbil June 16, 2006, 8:53 pm
  • I hope Joe Torre is watching this. NICK JOHNSON LOOKS LIKE JUSTIN GATLIN OUT THERE. I don’t care how great he’s hitting. HOW DO YOU GO 1ST TO HOME ON A GROUND BALL?!

    RichYF June 16, 2006, 8:53 pm
  • How did Nick Johnson score from 1st on a grounder to right?

    Nick-YF June 16, 2006, 8:54 pm
  • Man, this is so hard to say, because Bernie has been one of my favorite players for so long, but there is no way he can defend in right anymore. It hurts to watch.

    attackgerbil June 16, 2006, 8:56 pm
  • He was running on the play. It wasn’t hit that hard either. Kind of went toward the corner, hit off the wall, Bernie sucks and took 3 months to get there, and he scored easily.
    Also, what the hell are they doing to Proctor? Even if Small is available, he’s not pitching. Why not bring up someone? Anyone will do at this point, but I’d like to see Mendoza again (even though I don’t think he’ll be that great). This bullpen situation is getting annoying. Proctor is very hittable.

    RichYF June 16, 2006, 8:58 pm
  • Proctor K’s Schneider looking.

    attackgerbil June 16, 2006, 8:59 pm
  • Proctor gets Jackson to pop out off of first to end the inning. We need runs, boys.

    attackgerbil June 16, 2006, 9:00 pm
  • Scott Proctor say, “I got your hittable right here, Rich!” ;)

    attackgerbil June 16, 2006, 9:00 pm
  • leaving work, Attack, BY and Rich, keep it going. Let’s get a rally going!

    Nick-YF June 16, 2006, 9:01 pm
  • Bray is still in there for the Nationals and misses outside for ball one to Cabrera to lead off the seventh.

    attackgerbil June 16, 2006, 9:02 pm
  • Melky lines out to right for the first out.

    attackgerbil June 16, 2006, 9:02 pm
  • DJ is up. The Captain looks at a fastball high for 1-0. Low for 2-0. Jeter rips at the next pitch but he is underneath the fastball for 2-1. Ball 3. 3-1: low and in for a walk.

    attackgerbil June 16, 2006, 9:05 pm
  • It’s time for the high paid portion of line-up to earn their money and get us three runs.

    bloodyank78 June 16, 2006, 9:05 pm
  • Bray is conversing with his catcher as Giambi steps in and ARod is in the on-deck circle, doing his weird bat ritual. Jeter may run here. Strike one looking on the outside to Giambi.

    attackgerbil June 16, 2006, 9:06 pm
  • 0-1: Giambi loops a double to the right corner. Jeter holds at third but I think he could have scored. One out, 2nd and third to ARod.

    attackgerbil June 16, 2006, 9:07 pm
  • That’s it for Bray.

    attackgerbil June 16, 2006, 9:07 pm
  • 2 out of the three rich boys have done their job, now it’s Arod’s turn.

    bloodyank78 June 16, 2006, 9:10 pm
  • Tough pitch. ARod K’s looking.

    attackgerbil June 16, 2006, 9:11 pm
  • Dude, the poor man is cursed.

    bloodyank78 June 16, 2006, 9:12 pm
  • Rauch throws a WP in the dirt that pops off of Schneider’s mask. Cano with a quick bat cuts at the pitch but fouls it off left. 1-2, 2 away, 2nd and third, fans are on their feet: Cano chases a bad pitch in the dirt and is retired swinging. Robbie, not a good look there.

    attackgerbil June 16, 2006, 9:13 pm
  • I’m so pissed right now I can even see. ARGHH!

    bloodyank78 June 16, 2006, 9:14 pm
  • I don’t know if that pitch was a strike that rung up ARod. Looked off but I didn’t see the replay.

    attackgerbil June 16, 2006, 9:14 pm
  • Dude, the poor man is cursed.

    bloodyank78 June 16, 2006, 9:17 pm
  • Proctor is looking very effective tonight. 123 inning.

    attackgerbil June 16, 2006, 9:20 pm
  • Thank you Scott, 1-2-3.

    bloodyank78 June 16, 2006, 9:20 pm
  • Majewski in his MLB Gameday pic looks like Jesus Christ.

    bloodyank78 June 16, 2006, 9:23 pm
  • Jorge in to PH after Bernie singles to center. Bernie is 3-4 on the night, with two runs allowed on D. :(

    attackgerbil June 16, 2006, 9:24 pm
  • Ball one. Jorge takes the 1-0 for a strike at the knees. The 1-1 is just inside. Jorge is way on top of the plate hitting as a lefty. The 2-1: strike swinging on a fastball. The 2-2: fastball low for a full count. The payoff pitch: singled on the ground to right for a single. First and second with no outs to whomever NY is going to send up to hit for Proctor.

    attackgerbil June 16, 2006, 9:27 pm
  • It’s AP.

    attackgerbil June 16, 2006, 9:27 pm
  • Andy takes ball one outside. No outs as AP steps in with 1-0. He’s 2-6 with one dinger as a pinch hitter. He takes strike one on the inside corner. Stanton up in the pen for the Nats as AP fouls one off his ankle to make it 1-2.

    attackgerbil June 16, 2006, 9:29 pm
  • The 1-2: low and away on a split(?) for 2-2. High to make it full. The payoff: fouled off on an inside fastball. Reset the full: strike three swinging.

    attackgerbil June 16, 2006, 9:30 pm
  • Andy swung underneath a fastball at the waist.

    attackgerbil June 16, 2006, 9:31 pm

    bloodyank78 June 16, 2006, 9:31 pm
  • One away to Damon who takes the first pitch on the high outside(very outside) corner for strike one.

    attackgerbil June 16, 2006, 9:31 pm
  • Swinging strike two on a fastball away.

    attackgerbil June 16, 2006, 9:32 pm
  • Damon fouls off an 0-2. 0-2: hit on the ground between short and third for a single to right. Bases loaded to Melky.

    attackgerbil June 16, 2006, 9:33 pm
  • Come on Johnny, you’re due! Yes! Thank you Johnny D! No rally killing!

    bloodyank78 June 16, 2006, 9:33 pm
  • One out, juiced to Cabrera hitting lefty. First pitch is a change on the hands that Melky is in front of, and fouls on the ground off first. Fastball on the 0-1 is fouled back left.

    attackgerbil June 16, 2006, 9:34 pm
  • 0-2 low fastball. Cabrera lays off for 1-2. Next pitch is a fastball on the outside part of the plate that Melky fends off with a defensive swing to foul it back. Man, this kid has rilly good bat control. 1-2: way low and inside.

    attackgerbil June 16, 2006, 9:35 pm
  • MELKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    bloodyank78 June 16, 2006, 9:36 pm
  • 2-2: ripped past a leaping Royce Clayton to score a run. 5-4 Nats as the bases are still loaded. Melky went the other way on an outside fastball to score Bernie. Looks like Clayton jammed his shoulder on the play and is pulled. Harris in at short for the Nats.

    attackgerbil June 16, 2006, 9:37 pm
  • Okay, computer crashed. While I was yelling at my dusty interior, the Yanks are mounting the comeback.

    RichYF June 16, 2006, 9:38 pm
    (I’m trying to make it sound like Yankee Stadium in this thread. =P)

    bloodyank78 June 16, 2006, 9:38 pm
  • Majewski stays in for Washington as the Captain comes to the plate. He’s 1-3 with a walk and a run tonight. One out, juiced. Fastball inside at the thighs for ball one. Jeter takes a high pitch for ball 2.

    attackgerbil June 16, 2006, 9:39 pm
  • Also, really impressed with Melky’s patience with 2 strikes. Cano swings at that. As soon as he came up I was thinking, “This is why Jeets should be in the 2 hole.” No knock on Melky, but pressure usually gets you there.

    RichYF June 16, 2006, 9:40 pm
  • It’s 2 balls, no strikes. Jeter takes a fastball low for 3-0. This is an interesting situation. Green light? No, Jeter is taking strike one all the way. The 3-1: almost hit him, but they called a strike as Jeter was twisting out of the way of the inside pitch. Full count.

    attackgerbil June 16, 2006, 9:40 pm
  • Tie ball game boys.

    RichYF June 16, 2006, 9:41 pm
  • (RJ got suspended 5 games for that same pitch). Jeter steps back in with a full count. The payoff, high. Walks in a run. Tie game.

    attackgerbil June 16, 2006, 9:41 pm
  • Question during the commercial: Does Torre pull Wright after that walk to begin the sixth?

    RichYF June 16, 2006, 9:42 pm
  • Yankees get to face Mike Stanton with bases loaded and one out. I have always liked Mike. I hope Giambi salamis right now. Sorry, mike.

    attackgerbil June 16, 2006, 9:42 pm
  • Rich: yes, Proctor came on after that walk.

    attackgerbil June 16, 2006, 9:43 pm
  • AG: The Mazz is coaching today. Torre is serving his suspension. I was curious if you guys thought he’d make the same move.
    Let’s go JG!

    RichYF June 16, 2006, 9:45 pm
  • Leche’s OBP is proof of his patience. When he drew that 11 pitch BB from Billy Wagner a few weeks back I was sold on the kid’s plate discipline.

    bloodyank78 June 16, 2006, 9:45 pm
  • Giambi fouls the first pitch, a fastball, back for strike one. Chad Cordero is in the pen for the Nats. Stanton misses for ball one. The infield is playing deep on the right side, in on the left. The 1-1 is away for ball two. The 2-1 is fouled back to even the count.

    attackgerbil June 16, 2006, 9:46 pm
  • Rich: I don’t know if Torre would have made the move, but I agree with it.

    attackgerbil June 16, 2006, 9:47 pm
  • BY: Agreed. He’s got a lot of patience, but sometimes in late game situations, anxiety gets the best of you (See: Rodriguez, Alex)
    Like I said, in a similar situation, I don’t think Cano takes those pitches.

    RichYF June 16, 2006, 9:47 pm
  • Bloody: His discipline has been remarkable.
    Giambi fouls off two 2-2s before popping out straight up to the catcher. Robinson wants Cordero for ARod.

    attackgerbil June 16, 2006, 9:48 pm
  • Come on Arod, makes us proud. I’m really pullin’ for him right now.

    bloodyank78 June 16, 2006, 9:49 pm
  • Me too. I hope he comes through. Not for the good of the team either. For him.
    AG: I would have pulled Wright too. Then again, our bullpen is tired, so it’s a risk.

    RichYF June 16, 2006, 9:51 pm
  • Alex is swinging on the first pitch and misses strike one. 0-1: low for ball one. The 1-1: low but called a strike at the knees. Blech. bad call.

    attackgerbil June 16, 2006, 9:52 pm
  • The 1-2 is so low the ump can’t blow that call 2-2.

    attackgerbil June 16, 2006, 9:52 pm
  • ARod is down on the K again. I feel sad.

    attackgerbil June 16, 2006, 9:53 pm
  • Un-f’ing’believable.

    bloodyank78 June 16, 2006, 9:53 pm
  • 3 K’s, 5 LOB. Sigh.

    RichYF June 16, 2006, 9:53 pm
  • Damn. Sunday’s game is a 1pm start EDT. I have a tee time. I really want to see that game. Darn it. Jorge is catching Farns as we head to bottom 8.

    attackgerbil June 16, 2006, 9:56 pm
  • I still will not boo that guy even if I was at RFK. He’s a Yankee and a struggling one at that. He’s do some huge things for this team while in Pinstripes and I’m still grateful that he is a Bomber.

    bloodyank78 June 16, 2006, 9:56 pm
  • Bloody: No boos from me either. My thought is he has not recovered fully from that flu. I think he started playing too soon when he was sick along with Giambi, and it got him out of his rhythm. His May was incredible.
    Plate is very wide right now. This ump likes pitchers.

    attackgerbil June 16, 2006, 9:57 pm
  • Crap.. Farns hurt himself on that comebacker. Trainer is out to check on him.

    attackgerbil June 16, 2006, 9:58 pm
  • Farns is out with pain on his right side. Strained something. KFUC. What is with this damn injury bug that we have this Year?

    attackgerbil June 16, 2006, 9:59 pm
  • Who’s hurt?! It says injury delay on Gameday.

    bloodyank78 June 16, 2006, 9:59 pm
  • Shit. To quote Eddie Mush, “if it wasn’t for bad luck I’d have no luck at all.”

    bloodyank78 June 16, 2006, 10:00 pm
  • Farns twisted back across his body to field the comebacker.
    Rivera is in.

    attackgerbil June 16, 2006, 10:01 pm
  • I wouldn’t boo Alex either. He’s beating himself up a lot right now. He knows all eyes are on him. JD and Robbie both have 4 LOB. A-Rod will get the heat, though. Oh well, such is life in New York.
    Stomach dropped a bit when Farns went down. REALLY can’t afford that one right now…
    Think Mo bats if his turn comes up? I recall the team taking the out rather than letting him swing

    RichYF June 16, 2006, 10:01 pm
  • Personally, I would like to see Mo bat, because it is with my keeping that pitchers should hit and the DH is an abomination, but for the team, I guess it depends on the situation.

    attackgerbil June 16, 2006, 10:03 pm
  • Lefty Nick Johnson is up for the Nats, facing Mo. Cutters coming. First one is high and inside. Fouled off the 1-0.

    attackgerbil June 16, 2006, 10:05 pm
  • Nick is now behind 1-2 on another foul. They just showed Rivera’s career line. Un-fricking-believable.

    attackgerbil June 16, 2006, 10:05 pm
  • Jeter flags Johnson’s popout to shallow left center. nice play. One away.

    attackgerbil June 16, 2006, 10:06 pm
  • Rivera vrings the first pitch to Zimmerman on the inside corner, strike one. looked a bit inside but we’ll take it. It’s now 0-2. Rivera looks amazing. Fastball high for ball one. 1-2: strike three looking on a PERFECT pitch. Wow. Scary. *bows* to the best.

    attackgerbil June 16, 2006, 10:08 pm
  • Classic Mo, =). That cutter is hummin right now.

    bloodyank78 June 16, 2006, 10:09 pm
  • It must feel so futile to be standing in against Rivera when he is pitching like he did that inning. Might as well swing. He’s throwing it exactly where he wants to. Just guess and hope for the best.

    attackgerbil June 16, 2006, 10:09 pm
  • Cano chops one to second for the first out, swinging on the first pitch. Bernie, make us proud.

    attackgerbil June 16, 2006, 10:10 pm
  • BERNIE!!!!

    attackgerbil June 16, 2006, 10:11 pm
  • Line drive home run on the first pitch over the right field wall. Bless you, Bernie.

    attackgerbil June 16, 2006, 10:11 pm

    bloodyank78 June 16, 2006, 10:11 pm
  • Posada takes outside ball one.

    attackgerbil June 16, 2006, 10:12 pm
  • The guy studying near me in the library right now must think I’m a f’ing lunatic.

    bloodyank78 June 16, 2006, 10:13 pm
  • Jorge is crowding and buckles at the 2-1 down the middle. 2-2 is lined to the left corner for a double. YES!

    attackgerbil June 16, 2006, 10:13 pm
  • Double for Jorgie.

    bloodyank78 June 16, 2006, 10:13 pm
  • AP up with a chance to provide some insurance. Down 0-2 quickly.

    attackgerbil June 16, 2006, 10:14 pm
  • AP singles to left. Jorge holds at third. One out to Damon.

    attackgerbil June 16, 2006, 10:14 pm
  • Damon takes a pitch a good 6 inches outside that gets called a strike. Yikes. That’s just a bad call. Then a ball. 1-1: a foot off the plate but is called a ball. ;)

    attackgerbil June 16, 2006, 10:15 pm
  • Damon plates Jorge on a long fly sac to dead center.

    attackgerbil June 16, 2006, 10:16 pm
  • Melky up. Takes inside ball on with two away. Pops out to 8 to end the inning. Yankees lead 6-5.

    attackgerbil June 16, 2006, 10:17 pm
  • I likes that we hit Cordreo early in this series, it will give him something to think about.

    bloodyank78 June 16, 2006, 10:20 pm
  • Mo gets up 0-2 quickly on Guillen and then gets a pop out to center. 1 away. Schneider is in. Mo comes inside for ball one. 1-0: Cutter for a strike. 1-1: weak ground ball fielded and played by Phillips for out two. Mo is rolling.

    attackgerbil June 16, 2006, 10:22 pm
  • Jackson comes up with two away. Looks at strike one on a tailing cut fastball. Check swing on the 0-1 is fielded by Phillips, tossed to Rivera (who got over to cover rilly rilly fast) to end the game. Final NYY 7, WAS 5.
    Mo, you make me glad.

    attackgerbil June 16, 2006, 10:23 pm
  • Yes! G’night guys, it was fun watching w/ya.

    bloodyank78 June 16, 2006, 10:23 pm
  • Good night all. See you tomorrow for game two.

    attackgerbil June 16, 2006, 10:24 pm

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