• September 25th @ The Blue Jays

    Posted by on September 26th, 2008 · Comments (11)

    This time of the year, I usually start to panic a bit. Why? I’m about to lose my fix and delirium tremens are right around the corner. You see, I need actual, live, Yankees games – just about everyday. Sure, if I have to skip them for a few days in a row, I can handle that…but, the thought of having to go five or six months without them is a killer for me. So, this time of the season, when there are just a few games left, I try and soak in every pitch of every game – to get ready for the big layoff.

    The problem with this game was that Carl Pavano was pitching. And, I have many issues with Carl – like him being able to audition now on the Yankees dime, etc. So, as much as I wanted/needed to watch this game, there was a side of me that didn’t want to watch this game.

    Here’s where more bad news, good news comes into play. Right now, I have a killer cold. It started to set in the day after the last game at Yankee Stadium. And, it’s snowballing. Last night (as I am now) I was really hurting. So, I doped myself up on cold medicine. And, that actually helped me get through watching the Pavano part of the game last night.

    Did anyone really expect the Yankees to win this game with that line-up facing Doc Halladay? Really…

    That said, I enjoyed watching Francisco Cervelli work behind the plate. He seems fundamentally sound. And, Brett Garnder had a fun night at the park. How about Humberto Sanchez? He was really gassing it up there…at 88 MPH. That Sheffield trade really looks good now.

    How about A-Rod? I understand why Jeter missed these games. For all we know, his hand is broken. But, did Alex beg out of these last two games because Burnett and Halladay were pitching? Protect those stats baby, protect those stats….

    Lastly, unrelated to this game, why was Ryan Church not called out for going out of the baseline in the Mets game last night? If you cannot touch the base/plate in your approach – and he could not because he had to leap back to touch it – is he not too far out of the baseline and should be called out? Then again, the Cubs didn’t whine about it…so I probably shouldn’t either…

    Comments on September 25th @ The Blue Jays

    1. OnceIWasAYankeeFan
      September 26th, 2008 | 9:18 am

      I’m too lazy to look it up but I am pretty sure that the one place you can elude a defensive player in any direction is at home. I seem to recall a game, maybe in the minors, in which no tag was applied and the runner missed the plate, too. He went to the dugout, and the catcher went down the line, one by one, tagging players, looking at the umpire as if he was saying “is this the guy?” When the catcher got close, the runner broke for home and was tagged out.

      How about a post about Girardi’s continuing problems with the truth when it comes to injuries? He’s really gotten past the point of being embarrassing. He sounds like a fool (when was the last time anyone was sent home for the end-of-season physical before the end of the season?) and then he turns into Nixon when he gets called on it.

      I swear, one of these days we’re going to hear him say, “people want to know if their manager is a liar. Well I am not a liar.”

    2. Raf
      September 26th, 2008 | 10:25 am

      How about Humberto Sanchez? He was really gassing it up there…at 88 MPH. That Sheffield trade really looks good now.
      You do know he had tommy john surgery, right?

    3. September 26th, 2008 | 10:28 am

      And, he had a full rehab too. So, TJS is no excuse for throwing 88.

    4. Raf
      September 26th, 2008 | 10:32 am


      Halladay .283-.338-.417 (.755)
      Burnett .296-.296-.667 (.963)

      Looks like he held his own against these two…

      Don’t see any stats worth protecting this year, and I don’t see him sitting out the Red Sox series.

      Then again, given the Rivera brouhaha, maybe Rodriguez is hurt but Girardi isn’t saying anything? 🙂

    5. Raf
      September 26th, 2008 | 10:35 am

      And, he had a full rehab too. So, TJS is no excuse for throwing 88.
      16 innings is not full rehab. Let’s see where he is next season before we make an issue of this.

    6. yankeemonkey
      September 26th, 2008 | 10:43 am

      I was at the Stadium when Sanchez made his debut last week. The Stadium gun had him in low- to mid-90s. Also, Fangraphs has his average FB velocity at 92.6.

      As Raf says, it’s too early in his post-TJS to start paying attention to the radar gun readings.

    7. September 26th, 2008 | 11:23 am

      way too early to bail on Humberto.

      and even if Sanchez flames out as a non-prospect post-TJS after next season, would you rather be stuck with that 3 year extention Sheffield got after the 2006 season?

      yeah, that would have been a much better option.

    8. Raf
      September 26th, 2008 | 12:17 pm

      At least Sheffield could hit the Indians…


      Thank you, thank you, I’ll be here all week; try the fish! 😀

    9. MJ
      September 26th, 2008 | 12:45 pm

      That Sheffield trade really looks good now.
      Yet another dig at Cashman.

      A good GM would’ve let Sheffield sign with his team of choice and gotten nothing in return. A bad GM like Cashman turned a negative into a positive by getting back three players, including a former top prospect of the then-AL Champ Detroit Tigers, in exchange for an aging, injured malcontent.

      Yep, you convinced me that it was a horrible trade. That awful, awful GM Cashman got swindled. Pity the Yanks didn’t just hold onto Sheffield the last two years…

    10. MJ
      September 26th, 2008 | 12:49 pm

      PS – Bravo on the skill with which you were able to knock Cashman AND A-Rod in one post. Too tired to toss a heater at Phil Hughes’s head in there just for good measure?

      If A-Rod doesn’t play this weekend against Boston, then go ahead and make your accusations. Until then, hold off on leading the firing squad.

    11. Raf
      September 26th, 2008 | 5:37 pm

      then-AL Champ Detroit Tigers
      Yep, that Dombowski sure knows how to build a ballclub and a pitching staff…

      2005: 4.86 r/g, 4.51 ERA, 95 ERA+
      2006: 4.17 r/g, 3.84 ERA, 118 ERA+
      2007: 4.92 r/g, 4.57 ERA, 100 ERA+
      2008: 5.28 r/g, 4.90 ERA, 90 ERA+

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