• May 1st @ The Red Sox

    Posted by on May 1st, 2006 · Comments (13)

    Two points and a question.

    First Point:

    If Richard Edson and The Crusher – see below:

    EdsonCrusher.jpg

    …..had a baby, it would look just like Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis (see below).

    youkilis.jpg

    Second Point:

    If the three seasons prior to this year were not enough proof, this evening is the clinching evidence that there is a greater probability of someone confusing Kevin Youkilis for Angelina Jolie than there is a chance for any Yankees pitcher to make David Ortiz move his feet while standing in the batter’s box.

    The Question:

    (And, no, it’s not When will the Yankees make Ortiz move his feet? – because we now know the answer is never.)

    If Scott Proctor is now good enough to face Manny Ramirez and Trot Nixon in a huge spot, then why is he not good enough to face Mark Loretta in an even bigger spot? Why, in the name of sanity, use Tanyon Sturtze when the game is on the line? Why?

    Comments on May 1st @ The Red Sox

    1. JohnnyC
      May 1st, 2006 | 11:35 pm

      First, Steve, that particular picture of Youkilis bears an uncomfortable resemblance to Miguel Cairo…but, of course, one of the two can hit a little and play first base passably well. The other can’t (your guess?). This infatuation with Sturtze is a prima facie case for either incipient senility or outright insanity. But, it’s just one of the many issues, you know, with this lunatic. Anyone else want to chime in on when the last time a major league manager chose to try to steal second on an 0-2 pitch with a knuckleballer on the mound. PITCH-OUT! You get the picture. Oh, where’s Zimmer when Joe really, really needs him?

    2. May 1st, 2006 | 11:39 pm

      Definitely nailed it on Ortiz. The guy even said he looks for stuff on the outside from lefties. They need to stick one in his ribs, preferably tomorrow and preferably from Farnsworth. The man just leans over the plate and extends.

      Sturtze has to go. It’s insane. And I’m not entirely sold on Proctor (I want to be, believe me), but you’re dead on there as well. He certainly warrants it more than Sturtze. Even the espn announcers realize how much he has faded, commetning that his velocity is down 5 mph. Hell, put him on the DL if you don’t want him cut (the 60-day version of course and then an extended rehab stay and then directly to the Arizona Fall League just to keep him away from the cupboard in September).

    3. May 1st, 2006 | 11:41 pm

      And yes I realize Farns is a rightie, but someone needs to do it and I’d like it to be the guy that chucks is at 100 per.

    4. JohnnyC
      May 1st, 2006 | 11:42 pm

      BTW, it’s good to see that we’re giving the proper respect to a veteran player who’s brought us fans so many thrills and great championship moments. Okay, so he’s a little less than what he was in his prime. But who can forget what he contributed to Yankee lore? Not I, my friend. And not Joe Torre. I’m glad he’s still got some trust in the old campaigner. He’ll be damned if he doesn’t get the last drop of greatness from him. And he will. Just be patient. After all, we owe it to him for all he’s done. There’ll be a plaque for him someday soon in centerfield. We’ll all nod, even shed a tear when we walk by it. There, in bold relief, etched in bronze, the name that echoes down all these recent great Yankees seasons…Tanyon Sturtze.

    5. Yu Hsing Chen
      May 2nd, 2006 | 7:35 am

      Ok, keeping Sturtze on this team is not HORRIBLE (his ERA for the worest guy in the pen is fine), but using him in key situation IS. come on he has proven it so many times recently even if you don’t belive in stats. at least take some obvious notes.. like Proctor performing worest with man on situation (which is kinda evident today.. he comes on after the bases cleared and pitched solid)

      I think Wang is doing alright dispite another not so great outting, he seems to be having more trouble with the cold weather than anything else. I’m not sure why the managers havn’t cought on to the obvious observation that he isn’t doing many of the hand warming moves other pitchers do on such nights.

    6. Raf
      May 2nd, 2006 | 7:43 am

      this evening is the clinching evidence that there is a greater probability of someone confusing Kevin Youkilis for Angelina Jolie than there is a chance for any Yankees pitcher to make David Ortiz move his feet while standing in the batter’s box.
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      Instead of worrying about “making Ortiz move his feet” how bout Yankee pitchers staying ahead in the count?

      Let’s say Meyers did drill Ortiz, you know, to teach him a lesson. Do you really want Proctor pitching to Manny with the bases loaded?

      And why wasn’t Farnsworth in the game last night?

    7. DFLNJ
      May 2nd, 2006 | 8:23 am

      And why wasn’t Farnsworth in the game last night?
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      Probably because he threw close to 2 innings yesterday. The Farns is apparently unable to pitch on back to back days.

    8. JohnnyC
      May 2nd, 2006 | 11:30 am

      Must have been a different Farnsworth who pitched back to back games against the DRays last week. Maybe his long lost twin brother. Maybe he snuck in there when Torre’s back was turned. Maybe Torre’s full of you know what.

    9. May 2nd, 2006 | 11:54 am

      I firmly agree, Ortiz thinks he’s the king of baseball right now and he needs to be brought down a peg or 2 or 10. Let Farnsworth plant one between the numbers on Ortiz’s back (if you hit him in the ribs, he’s got enough “cushioning” to absorb the impact) to back him off the plate.

    10. May 2nd, 2006 | 12:36 pm

      I should point out that the at bat that Ortiz hit the bomb was NOT the time to hit him, obviously.

      Crosby seems to be catching a lot of flak from last night in other places–people saying he has no business starting against the Red Sox or even being on the roster. Did they miss the catch he made in the first that would’ve probably led to a minimum of 3 runs had Bernie or Sheffield been out there? He seems like the last guy that should be catching hell right now.

    11. hopbitters
      May 2nd, 2006 | 1:15 pm

      Well Crosby is no Bernie Williams out there. Oh wait, that’s why he’s out there. I’d mostly like to see if Farnsworth could pick Big Papi up for his little body slam/tackle move. Then he could tag in the Masked Terror to take out the Youkrusher. Come to think of it, the whole bullpen should wear masks and instead of Torre waddling out to wave them in, they should just run in with a chair and take out whoever is in there and sucking. No, I haven’t been getting enough sleep, why do you ask?

    12. Raf
      May 2nd, 2006 | 3:59 pm

      I firmly agree, Ortiz thinks he’s the king of baseball right now and he needs to be brought down a peg or 2 or 10. Let Farnsworth plant one between the numbers on Ortiz’s back (if you hit him in the ribs, he’s got enough “cushioning” to absorb the impact) to back him off the plate.
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      Make your pitches, and you don’t have to worry about using thuggish tactics to get Ortiz out.

      It’s not the hitter’s fault that a pitcher makes a stupid pitch.

    13. Ghostwheel
      May 2nd, 2006 | 5:28 pm

      Hitting, or just making Ortiz move his feet is stupid. Lou Pinella hit Paul O’Neill at least once a series and it didn’t slow him down. It won’t help and could hurt.

      CLUELESS Joe was a correct headline. He is clueless about baseball, he is great in the clubhouse, but terrible on the field.

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