• June 7th @ The White Sox

    Posted by on June 7th, 2007 · Comments (18)

    Just like Joe Torre has had two careers – 2,000+ hits as a player and now 2,000 wins as a manager – tonight seemed like two games for the Yankees: The first six innings and the last three this evening were two, separate, contests.

    The first six innings were all-Mussina. By the way, how do you think Wil Nieves became Mike Mussina’s personal catcher? I think it went like this: Mike Mussina, noticing Wil Nieves never playing – hardly ever – and looking sad in the clubhouse, one day went up to manager Joe Torre and said “Nobody puts baby in a corner” as he pointed at Nieves. And, from that moment on, Wil became Mike’s personal catcher.

    Anyway, that’s the way I like to think it went down. Hey, I’m a romantic, deep down, inside. Maybe at the end of the season, Mussina and Nieves can say they had the time of their lives (this year)?

    Moving on to the last three innings today, that was a big hit by Abreu to break the tie…and, well, what can you say about A-Rod? If Reggie became “Mr. October” in New York, Alex is making a case to be called “Mr. Ninth” with what he’s doing this season.

    Like I said, it seems like two games today – and they’re both good stories in Yankeeland.

    Comments on June 7th @ The White Sox

    1. snowball003
      June 8th, 2007 | 12:38 am

      Did anyone see at the end of the game, as Mo was giving Torre the ball, Wil was just behind them, grinning like a fool?

      God I love Wil Nieves. It was if he was saying “they are DEFINITELY gonna sell this picture. I gotta look pretty!”

    2. June 8th, 2007 | 1:12 am

      why is joe torre putting farnsworth in in a tight game? the time to make him earn his money is when he can’t hurt the team. not in 4-1 games

    3. baileywalk
      June 8th, 2007 | 2:16 am

      Torre is a guy I’ll never figure out. Sometimes a guy will be great for a month, but bad for a night, and he goes into the doghouse. Farnsworth has been utter crap this year and Torre continues to run him out there for the eighth. Joe, he’s HORRIBLE this year. He’s not a reliable setup man. Stop trying to force it.

      I don’t know what the hell is wrong with Farnsworth, but something is up. It’s hard to tell where his velocity is with this ridiculous YES gun, but he’s not striking people out, and even when he’s not that good, he normally does that. Whatever his problem is, he stinks this year — Bruney, Proctor and Britton (assuming he doesn’t eat one hot dog too many and explode) need to be above him in the bullpen.

      It’s amazing what a few decent pitching performances can do for a ballclub. Abraham also says the team is loose — and that they were cheering when Schill’s no-hitter was broken. That may be the best sign of all.

    4. baileywalk
      June 8th, 2007 | 3:40 am

      By the way, Cole Hamels gave up three consecutive home runs tonight. I’m sure Chase Wright was somewhere smiling. Something tells me the Phils don’t now consider Hamels a source of shame.

    5. rbj
      June 8th, 2007 | 7:52 am

      ~”Nobody puts baby in a corner”~

      LOL, but I am so not going there.
      More stat padding by A-Rod, gotta trade him, right?

    6. Garcia
      June 8th, 2007 | 10:14 am

      Comparing Chase Wright to Cole Hammels is like comparing a Maybach to a Ford Taurus. I doubt anyone of sound mind and body can look at the two pitchers and even make an attempt to compare them, just because they gave up consecutive homers doesn’t make it so.

    7. dave24s
      June 8th, 2007 | 10:18 am

      I don’t know why you all are getting on Farnsworth. I for one think it’s commendable what he’s doing. He is purposely putting games into save situations just so he an help his buddy Mariano out. We all know MO isn’t getting the chances he usually does, so “Krazy” Kyle is just helping Mo get his numbers.

      You can’t possibly think he’s not doing it on purpose, right?


      Honestly though, I want to like Farnsworth. I really do, and I’ve defended him a lot but not anymore. I’m officially breaking up with him.

    8. Garcia
      June 8th, 2007 | 10:20 am

      BTW, how about a hand clap for my main Joe Torre. Great job by him, A+ job in my book.

    9. dereksTeam
      June 8th, 2007 | 10:38 am

      “Farnsworth has been utter crap this year and Torre continues to run him out there for the eighth.”

      I agree with your assessment of Farnsworth but I don’t understand how you view the manager’s role. Are you saying that if you were a GM,you would tolerate a manager not playing your multimillion contract “Bridge” to Rivera?

      I think Joe threads a difficult job. You know he agrees with you. The Yankee announcers agree with you. Joe will continue to play Farnsworth until he gets traded, sent down, or the coaches coach him successfully and he gets better. That’s the team that has been assembled for Joe.

      If Joe needs a starter and they give him XXX, do you fault him for starting XXX? He doesn’t control that. You sound like he should be sending in Okajima.

    10. June 8th, 2007 | 10:38 am

      is anyone else sick of hearing rocket relaunch? the more i hear about him the more he makes me sick.

      also, can anyone get a-rods stats when abreu gets a hit in a game? He’s always on a tear when abreu is going good it seems this year

    11. dereksTeam
      June 8th, 2007 | 10:55 am

      I think last night’s game was huge for Mussina. Everyone (Steve I believe) has been saying if Mussina doesn’t have his low 90’s fastball he’s not going to win. Well, last night he figured how to do it with an 86-88 mph fastball. If he does that for the rest of the year or till his fastball comes back, we’re golden. Sometimes winning is about finding how to win with what you have. Mussina is a master at that and at reinventing himself.

      I’m going to tack “Mussina is finished — he doesn’t have his low 90’s fastball so he’s not going to win.” right up there with “Derek Jeter is no longer the shortstop he once was. He’s lost his range.” as two of the most singularly uninformed baseball comments of the current times. Joel Sherman was mouthing off the latter a few days ago.

      14 1/2 games behind. Season’s over, heh?

    12. JeremyM
      June 8th, 2007 | 12:24 pm

      Anyone catch Moose’s after-game comments? I guess he didn’t feel comfortable waving Torre back to the dugout again…. Anyway, I like this attitude from Moose, a lot of people are upset because they think he just wanted to get the personal win but I like to see the fire from him. Besides, I wouldn’t be happy to see Myers coming in for me either.

      I think a lot of pitchers would be satisfied with their outing after throwing 6 shutout innings, and I’m glad that Moose wanted to do more.

      And I’ll listen to “Rocket Relaunch” all day so long as I don’t have to see some of the guys that have been thrown out there this year.

    13. baileywalk
      June 8th, 2007 | 1:11 pm

      Comparing Chase Wright to Cole Hammels is like comparing a Maybach to a Ford Taurus. I doubt anyone of sound mind and body can look at the two pitchers and even make an attempt to compare them, just because they gave up consecutive homers doesn’t make it so.

      Garcia, you bring joy to my life with your idiotic comments. My entire POINT is that Hamels is six billion times the pitcher that Chase Wright is, yet he also gave up three consecutive home runs. The not-so-subtle point being: even a pitcher as great — and he is GREAT (I’ll say that even though it’s only his second year) — as Hamels can do it, so the shame the Yankees apparently felt over Wright’s performance was out of proportion.

      It’s not to be ashamed of. It’s more fluke than anything else. Three solo home runs are still just three runs.

      And etc., etc., etc.

    14. Garcia
      June 8th, 2007 | 1:40 pm

      bailey, I’m glad I bring joy to your life….that’s what I’m here for. But when you make this statement:

      ~~~Something tells me the Phils don’t now consider Hamels a source of shame.~~~

      Then you are inferring that the Yanks are shameful of Wright. That’s a comparison my FRIEND. You are comparing Wright’s consecutive homeruns and how the Yanks handled it versus Hammels consecutive homeruns and how the Phils handled it. Let me guess you weren’t trying to make that inference.

      The Yanks didn’t feel any shame with Wright, they sent him down to the minors where he belongs. It’s no different then if your parents sent you back to the magic kingdom to get your red balloon that exploded when you were 8. They want Wright to get his confidence back and eventually help them, the Yanks. You, on the other hand, there’s no getting back your balloon, confidence or self esteem. I think therapy at 100/hour is what you need, let me know if your inner child needs a hug.

    15. Don
      June 8th, 2007 | 1:49 pm

      ~~~~ Comparing Chase Wright to Cole Hammels is like comparing a Maybach to a Ford Taurus. I doubt anyone of sound mind and body can look at the two pitchers and even make an attempt to compare them, just because they gave up consecutive homers doesn’t make it so. ~~~~

      Garcia, consider the source, consider the source. A man stuck in the madlands it would seem. Actually, it is just another stick to beat Joe Torre with.

    16. baileywalk
      June 8th, 2007 | 1:53 pm

      Again, you miss the point.

      The reason the Phils don’t feel shame is because of who Hamels is (a great pitcher having a great year).

      Chase Wright, on the other hand, is not a great pitcher having a great year — he’s a not-all-that-young guy who made a jump from A-ball.

      When a great pitcher does something, people assume “oh, it’s an aberration.”

      When a not-so-great pitcher does something, people assume “man, he sucks.”

      The Yankees assumed the latter, quickly pulling Wright from the game and demoting him immediately. They never even considered bringing him back up, even when they were running Matty DeSalvo — novelist, genius, inspiration to short men everywhere — out there when the team needed wins.

      If I’m comparing Hamels and Wright, it’s in the negative. In other words — how bad is it for a so-so guy like Wright to give up four consecutive homers if a great guy like Hamels gives up three?

      In my mind, not that bad. Or not enough to assume he can’t pitch in the big leagues.

      In Torre and Co.’s minds, it was an embarrassing stain they needed hide.

      Just my take on things.

    17. dereksTeam
      June 8th, 2007 | 2:14 pm

      You gotta love this:

      “Big Apple
      Pitcher Mark Buehrle said if he was traded to the New York Yankees, he would call a team meeting the first day and let everyone know he would not be following Yankees policy and shaving his facial hair. ”I’ll make sure it’s put into my contract,” Buehrle said.

      Big number
      46: The number of days since Mark Buehrle last won a game. He has been stuck on 99 career victories since an April 23 win against the Kansas City Royals, going winless in his last seven starts. ”

      Yeah, Mark, like I’m sure Brian’s on the phone now….

    18. Garcia
      June 8th, 2007 | 2:14 pm

      Point taken. But why does it have to be that Torre and Co are embarrassed by Wright?

      Can’t they just think he’s not that good or ready to pitch in the majors? Embarrassment or not, giving up 4 homeruns to your closest rival on national television is not something to be proud of by him or the Yanks. So if that makes them reluctant, I don’t get how that’s a bad thing. I’d be reluctant too, especially when the team had been playing so poorly. That’s why I didn’t think the Hammels comparison correlated in this instance.

      The Hammels homeruns can be chalked as one bad inning from a potential ace, the Wright homeruns were chalked up as “this guy doesn’t belong here” and I don’t see how that’s an embarrassment to him or the Yanks.

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