• 2012 NLCS

    Posted by on October 18th, 2012 · Comments (0)

    Cards up, 2-1.

    To be candid, I have watched zip of this NLCS in real time.  There’s just not enough time in the day to be watching the NLCS and the ALCS, for me.

    Anyone paying attention to this one?  Is it a good series so far?  Who is favored now?

    Or, does no one outside of Cardinals and Giants fans really care about this one?

    I am interested to see who wins – just for the sake of seeing who the A.L. will have to face in the World Series.

    Both N.L. teams have an interesting angle as they were both recent World Champions – especially St. Louis, since back-to-back World Champions are so rare…

    Are You Kidding Me?

    Posted by on October 18th, 2012 · Comments (2)

    Yankees fans now worried/pissed that CC Sabathia will miss a Game 7 start because of yesterday’s rain out?

    That’s sort of like every middle-aged man in American lamenting about performance issues for when they met Angelina Jolie for the first time and she says “Take me.”

    Why worry about something that’s never going to occur?

    Game Seven? Really? Have you not been watching the Yankees this post-season?

    Yankees-Tigers, Game 4, 2012 ALCS

    Posted by on October 17th, 2012 · Comments (8)

    Feel free to use this entry as a place for you to share your opinions, observations, complaints, rooting, and other sundry comments with fellow fans during the playing of the Yankees game this evening.

    A-Rod & Granderson Benched For ALCS Game 4

    Posted by on October 17th, 2012 · Comments (6)

    But, Swisher gets to play.

    Olbermann: Yanks & Marlins Discussing A-Rod Trade

    Posted by on October 17th, 2012 · Comments (4)

    The details

    The New York Yankees have held discussions with the Miami Marlins about a trade involving their third baseman in crisis, Alex Rodriguez.

    Sources close to both organizations confirm the Yankees would pay all – or virtually all – of the $114,000,000 Rodriguez is owed in a contract that runs through the rest of this season and the next five. One alternative scenario has also been discussed in which the Yankees would pay less of Rodriguez’s salary, but would obtain the troubled Marlins’ reliever Heath Bell and pay what remains of the three-year, $27,000,000 deal Bell signed last winter.

    None of the sources could give an indication as to how serious the discussions have already gotten, but one of them close to the Marlins’ ownership said he believed the trade made sense for both sides, and would eventually be made in some form.

    David Samson and an aging A-Rod…

    …now, that will be a fun combination.

    Adam, From New Jersey

    Posted by on October 17th, 2012 · Comments (1)

    Dude just called WFAN at 2:51 PM.  I swear, it as not me.  But, he said everything that I would have said…about how it’s hard to have a connection with this Yankees team and how many on the roster are hard to like…

    Great call, Adam.

    Where’d They Go?

    Posted by on October 17th, 2012 · Comments (21)
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    Hey, if your name is on this list, and you haven’t been left a comment here lately, why not say hello now?

    A-Rod A-Goner?

    Posted by on October 17th, 2012 · Comments (8)

    Via Jim Litke -

    [Alex] Rodriguez has never been a comfortable fit with the Yankees. He’s a target for the tabloids, even when he’s not in the game, a reminder of which came with a report in the New York Post that he spent some of his time on the bench Saturday night flirting with two fans two rows behind the New York dugout. And at 37, with his skills in decline, he still has five years and $114 million guaranteed to run on his contract, plus the power to veto a trade. But that doesn’t mean it can’t happen.

    In the National League, Atlanta could use a name to replace Chipper Jones at third. Rodriguez also would be a fit at third for Miami, where he grew up and owns a home that he’s trying to unload for $38 million. The Dodgers’ new ownership hasn’t been shy about accumulating high-priced talent and current third baseman Luis Cruz isn’t going to help sell tickets.

    But A-Rod to the American League seems like a better deal all around. His current contract contains a number of bonuses for career milestones — all home runs — and his best chance to eventually reach those is as a designated hitter.

    Based on his performance this season, Rodriguez would be an immediate upgrade at third over the platoon of Maicer Izturis and Alberto Callaspo the Los Angeles Angels deployed this season and he’d be popular with the team’s Latino fan base as long as he remained productive.

    Even the Chicago White Sox might be an option, since the club has made a habit of taking on fading stars in recent years, so long as the price is right. Best of all, though, might be the Houston Astros, who have money to throw around as a result of an agreement with Major League Baseball to move to the AL next season, and desperately could use the buzz.

    That said, not one of those clubs is likely to consider Rodriguez at the full retail price. But the Yankees have a history of unloading high-priced talent by continuing to pay part of the bill and estimates the team would have to fork over somewhere between 50 and 75 percent of his salary for the next five years aren’t necessarily a deal-breaker. Not after this postseason.

    Recently, Yankees President Randy Levine was asked whether he thought A-Rod would still be wearing pinstripes when his current deal ended in 2017. He told ESPN Radio in New York, “That’s like one of those questions: Where’s the stock market going to be in 2017, who’s going to be president on Nov. 15?

    “If I had crystal ball to predict all of that stuff, I’d be a lot smarter than I am,” he added. “I’m not going to go there.”

    Not yet, anyway, and not before this season comes to a merciful conclusion. But Rodriguez lost the fans long ago, and from the sound of things Girardi and general manager Brian Cashman might not be too far behind.

    The key, in all this, is that A-Rod has to want to leave and then the Yankees can try and find a parking spot for him. But, unless Alex says that he’s willing to accept a trade, he’s not leaving New York.

    Maybe this post-season experience is enough to make A-Rod want to leave the Yankees?

    And, if Rodriguez says he wants to move, the Yankees would be smart to eat as much salary as it takes to get him out of town.

    No Offense, Yankees

    Posted by on October 17th, 2012 · Comments (5)

    The Yankees have played 8 games so far this post-season.

    In those games, they have scored 7, 2, 3, 1, 3, 4, 0 and 1 runs.

    Yes, in 6 of the 8 games, they have scored 3 runs or less.  And, in 4 of the 8 games, they have scored 2 runs or less.  And, in only one of the 8 games did they score more than 4 runs.

    By the way, this is a Yankees team that averaged 4.96 runs per game during the regular season.

    This all gets worse when you realize that most of the Yankees scoring came against Jim Johnson and Jose Valverde meltdowns.

    What a joke, or, is it choke?

    Of course, now that the Yankees are down three-oh in the ALCS, all the pressure is off.  It’s hard to choke when you are already dead.  And, the Yankees will probably score 8 runs tonight…

    Yankees-Tigers, Game 3, 2012 ALCS

    Posted by on October 16th, 2012 · Comments (27)

    Feel free to use this entry as a place for you to share your opinions, observations, complaints, rooting, and other sundry comments with fellow fans during the playing of the Yankees game this evening.

    Yankees Line-Up For Tonight?

    Posted by on October 16th, 2012 · Comments (9)

    Is it just me, or, is it odd that the game today is in 3.25 hours from now, as I write this, and the Yankees line-up for this evening has not been released to the public yet?

    A-Rod Now Taking Hitting Tips From Cameron Frye?

    Posted by on October 16th, 2012 · Comments (0)

    Via David Schoenfield -

    You can see many signs of A-Rod’s slowing bat speed, from pitchers no longer afraid to pitch him inside to various analysts breaking down his swing. The numbers support a player who has expanded the strike zone, which I believe suggests a player “cheating” to catch up to pitches, and is losing plate discipline in the process. Check out the percentage of A-Rod’s swings on pitches outside the strike zone in recent years:

    2009: 21.1 percent
    2010: 25.3 percent
    2011: 27.0 percent
    2012: 31.3 percent

    In 2007, Rodriguez had 120 strikeouts and 95 walks. In 2012, those figures were 116 and 51 (in nearly 200 fewer PAs).

    Rodriguez has five years remaining on his deal. Ignoring the fact that he won’t be a $28 million player in 2013, the bigger question: How many years does he have left as a decent player, regardless of salary? One? Two? At some point in the future, the Yankees may have to bite the bullet and eat a lot of salary — or risk playing a guy who no longer helps them win.

    A-Rod Caught Looking While On The Bench

    Posted by on October 16th, 2012 · Comments (1)

    Via the Post

    Shameless Yankee slugger Alex Rodriguez was playing so poorly against the Detroit Tigers Saturday night that he was yanked from the lineup — but that didn’t stop him from trying to score.

    After being replaced in the bottom of the eighth inning in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series, the highest-paid Yankee openly flirted with a pair of pretty women two rows behind the dugout — even sending them a ball bearing a note asking for their phone numbers, a witness told The Post.

    “I watched him flirt with two admittedly very cute young women nearby,’’ the witness said.

    Instead of rooting on his teammates as they struggled to stay alive during the tense game at Yankee Stadium, A-Rod, 37, had a ball boy toss the young women a baseball inscribed with a message asking for their numbers.

    “Alex was holding a pen and wrote a note on a ball which was thrown at the women by a ball boy,’’ the witness explained.

    “The girls, who had already caught two balls, seemed bemused at first and tried to hand the ball to another fan, but other fans noticed the note on it and yelled at them to read it.

    “The note asked them to write their phone numbers on the ball and throw it back,’’ the witness said.

    “One of the girls, with darker blond hair, wrote . . . on the ball and threw it back at A-Rod, who gave her a big smile.”

    “They exchanged a few glances after that,’’ as A-Rod took a powder while a pinch-hitter took his place at the plate.

    Raul Ibanez performed under pressure, tying the score in the bottom of the ninth.

    In the 12th, team captain Derek Jeter broke his ankle — and A-Rod finally wised up, the witness said.

    “The flirtation stopped once Derek Jeter got hurt,” the source said.

    The Yanks wound up losing 6-4.

    They also lost again to the Tigers 3-0 on Sunday.

    Fans sitting behind the dugout at Saturday’s game said they were disgusted after witnessing A-Rod’s shenanigans, which were more befitting a sixth-grader than a serious ballplayer.

    “I was absolutely stunned that even . . . A-Rod would not be focusing on such a critical game, supporting his teammates, and was instead more interested in adding another couple of phone numbers to what must be a very, very large collection,’’ one said.

    A-Rod’s rep referred questions to a team spokesman, who didn’t get back to The Post last night.

    Rodriguez is currently dating wrestler Torrie Wilson.

    The joke is on Alex. One of the girls was Louise Meanwell.

    And, yes, I am killing.

    2012 ALCS: What If?

    Posted by on October 16th, 2012 · Comments (11)

    What if the Yankees manage a way to beat Justin Verlander tonight? I mean, after all, he ain’t God, man. In fact, there have been 88 times since 2005 where Verlander started a game and the Tigers went on to lose it.

    And, what if CC Sabathia is a stud in Game 4 of the ALCS and carries the Yankees to a victory in that one?

    That would turn this ALCS into a “Best 2 out of 3″ with the Yankees having the home field advantage.

    Would this all change the Yankees odds to get to the World Series this year? Would it mean a sellout crowd for Game 6 of the ALCS at Yankee Stadium?

    What do you think?

    2012 ALCS Game 3 Preview

    Posted by on October 15th, 2012 · Comments (7)

    See this game.

    Game 3 will probably be a lot like that one.

    Cashman: This Is My All Or Nothing Big Hairy Monster Team!

    Posted by on October 15th, 2012 · Comments (122)

    Via David Lennon nine days ago:

    The architect of these Yankees offers no apologies for the all-or-nothing attack of the 2012 Bronx Bombers . It’s no happy accident that they led the majors with 245 home runs (the most in franchise history), went deep in a major league- record 131 of 162 games and relied on the long ball for a third of their RBI production.

    This is by design, and general manager Brian Cashman loves what he sees from this power-mad roster.

    “I want a team that walks and mashes,” Cashman said. “And if you can mash and hit home runs, then you can hit singles and doubles, too. We’re not going to hit triples. But we’re built the way we are for a reason.

    “I’m still using the Gene Michael playbook, and this is about getting big, hairy monsters that mash and are selective at the plate. There’s a reason we’re perennially at the top of runs scored.”

    That’s the bottom line, right? There’s no extra credit for taking longer to get around the bases, no additional style points for nifty bunts or dramatic steals.

    When Joe Girardi faced questions earlier this season about the Yankees’ occasional lapses with situational hitting– as he often does — he explained that home runs are just part of his team’s DNA.

    As for runners in scoring position, well, Girardi pointed out that his players don’t need to be standing at second base for that. It happens as soon as they step into the batter’s box.

    “Our bread-and-butter has been the long ball,” Nick Swisher said. “The Yankees have been doing that for years. On some teams, a guy may get a base hit, steal second and then there’s a single for him to score. With us, we might walk and then hit a two-run jack.”

    Great plan. It’s working out really well this post-season…

    Top 25 Career Best Post-Season OPS – Min. 150 AB

    Posted by on October 15th, 2012 · Comments (2)

    These stats are through yesterday’s games.  It’s the “Top 25″ best career post-season OPS totals for all players with at least 150 post-season At Bats.  The data was pulled off this query.  Of course, you have to remember that OPS is relative (and this is not OPS+ which is adjusted for era).  So, if someone played in an era when offense was up, he would naturally have a high OPS as compared to someone who played in an era where offense was depressed.  Also, it’s easier for a player today to collect post-season At Bats faster today since there are more rounds of the playoffs compared to the past.

    Rk Player PA AB HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    1 Albert Pujols 321 267 18 52 48 39 .330 .439 .607 1.046
    2 George Brett 184 166 10 23 17 20 .337 .397 .627 1.023
    3 Jayson Werth 206 174 14 27 30 58 .264 .374 .586 .960
    4 Lance Berkman 224 186 9 41 31 41 .317 .417 .532 .949
    5 Manny Ramirez 493 410 29 78 72 91 .285 .394 .544 .937
    6 Barry Bonds 208 151 9 24 52 26 .245 .433 .503 .936
    7 Hideki Matsui 235 205 10 39 27 33 .312 .391 .541 .933
    8 Fred McGriff 218 188 10 37 27 40 .303 .385 .532 .917
    9 Steve Garvey 232 222 11 31 8 32 .338 .361 .550 .910
    10 David Ortiz 289 244 12 47 41 64 .283 .388 .520 .908
    11 Mickey Mantle 273 230 18 40 43 54 .257 .374 .535 .908
    12 Chase Utley 204 164 10 25 34 38 .262 .402 .500 .902
    13 Reggie Jackson 318 281 18 48 33 70 .278 .358 .527 .885
    14 Jim Edmonds 263 230 13 42 30 72 .274 .361 .513 .874
    15 Chipper Jones 417 338 13 47 72 61 .287 .409 .456 .864
    16 Johnny Bench 188 169 10 20 18 29 .266 .335 .527 .862
    17 Bernie Williams 545 465 22 80 71 85 .275 .371 .480 .850
    18 Ryan Howard 199 170 8 33 26 67 .259 .357 .488 .845
    19 Jeff Kent 189 170 9 23 13 37 .276 .340 .500 .840
    20 Derek Jeter 734 650 20 61 66 135 .308 .374 .465 .838
    21 Alex Rodriguez 324 272 13 41 39 75 .265 .372 .467 .838
    22 Rickey Henderson 262 222 5 20 37 32 .284 .389 .441 .831
    23 Roberto Alomar 263 230 4 33 27 32 .313 .381 .448 .829
    24 Paul O’Neill 340 299 11 39 38 41 .284 .363 .465 .828
    25 Pete Rose 301 268 5 22 28 22 .321 .388 .440 .828

    Top 25 Career Worst Post-Season OPS – Min. 150 AB

    Posted by on October 15th, 2012 · Comments (5)

    These stats are through yesterday’s games.  It’s the “Top 25″ worst career post-season OPS totals for all players with at least 150 post-season At Bats.  The data was pulled off this query.  Of course, you have to remember that OPS is relative (and this is not OPS+ which is adjusted for era).  So, if someone played in an era when offense was down, he would naturally have a low OPS as compared to someone who played in an era where offense was inflated.  Also, it’s easier for a player today to collect post-season At Bats faster today since there are more rounds of the playoffs compared to the past.

    Rk Player PA AB HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    1 Tony Womack 167 156 0 6 7 25 .212 .250 .276 .526
    2 Frank White 160 150 2 16 6 21 .213 .241 .287 .527
    3 Alfonso Soriano 186 174 4 18 9 53 .213 .263 .299 .562
    4 Nick Swisher 177 150 4 7 24 44 .167 .284 .300 .584
    5 Reggie Sanders 251 221 7 25 26 79 .195 .283 .326 .609
    6 Sandy Alomar 183 173 5 28 7 26 .214 .247 .364 .611
    7 Craig Biggio 185 167 2 11 13 30 .234 .295 .323 .618
    8 Mariano Duncan 159 152 1 12 5 37 .243 .277 .342 .619
    9 Graig Nettles 207 182 5 27 19 21 .225 .295 .346 .641
    10 Rafael Furcal 285 247 4 16 27 34 .227 .306 .336 .642
    11 Omar Vizquel 264 228 0 20 25 36 .250 .327 .316 .643
    12 Willie Wilson 160 150 1 10 9 32 .267 .308 .340 .648
    13 Phil Rizzuto 219 183 2 8 30 11 .246 .355 .295 .650
    14 Steve Finley 192 165 1 22 21 29 .248 .335 .315 .650
    15 Willie Randolph 184 162 4 14 20 15 .222 .304 .346 .650
    16 Jeff Blauser 197 168 5 16 23 46 .208 .321 .333 .655
    17 Terry Pendleton 244 230 3 23 12 30 .252 .288 .370 .658
    18 Chuck Knoblauch 282 244 2 20 27 31 .258 .339 .324 .663
    19 Vladimir Guerrero 188 171 2 20 14 30 .263 .324 .339 .664
    20 Edgar Renteria 278 242 3 23 24 39 .252 .327 .339 .666
    21 Kenny Lofton 438 392 7 34 38 68 .247 .315 .352 .667
    22 Roger Maris 171 152 6 18 18 21 .217 .298 .368 .667
    23 Tony Perez 189 172 6 25 14 37 .238 .291 .378 .669
    24 Joe Morgan 222 181 5 13 37 19 .182 .323 .348 .671
    25 Tino Martinez 405 356 9 38 41 72 .233 .321 .351 .672

    Shocking Or Not? Yankees “Hitters” So Far This Post-Season

    Posted by on October 15th, 2012 · Comments (14)

    Here are the Yankees batting stats, this post-season, for the ALDS and ALCS, combined:

    Rk Player #Matching PA AB H HR RBI BB SO BA ▴ OBP SLG
    1 Brett Gardner 3 Ind. Games 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
    2 Eric Chavez 4 Ind. Games 11 11 0 0 0 0 6 .000 .000 .000
    3 Robinson Cano 7 Ind. Games 33 32 2 0 4 1 4 .063 .091 .125
    4 Alex Rodriguez 6 Ind. Games 25 23 3 0 0 2 12 .130 .200 .130
    5 Nick Swisher 7 Ind. Games 30 26 4 0 1 3 8 .154 .233 .192
    6 Curtis Granderson 7 Ind. Games 29 26 3 1 1 3 14 .115 .207 .231
    7 Russell Martin 7 Ind. Games 29 26 5 1 1 3 4 .192 .276 .346
    8 Mark Teixeira 7 Ind. Games 32 25 8 0 1 7 2 .320 .469 .360
    9 Eduardo Nunez 3 Ind. Games 5 5 1 0 0 0 0 .200 .200 .400
    10 Ichiro Suzuki 7 Ind. Games 35 33 9 1 5 1 3 .273 .294 .424
    11 Jayson Nix 4 Ind. Games 7 7 2 0 0 0 1 .286 .286 .429
    12 Derek Jeter 6 Ind. Games 30 27 9 0 2 2 10 .333 .379 .444
    13 Raul Ibanez 6 Ind. Games 20 16 7 3 5 4 3 .438 .550 1.063
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 10/15/2012.

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    It is truly amazing how much Cano, A-Rod, Swisher, Granderson and Martin have been terrible this post-season.  And, now that Jeter is out, it only leaves Teixeira, Ichiro and Ibanez as the sole guys who have provided some support this October in the line-up.

    Could you imagine what would be happening now if George Steinbrenner were still alive and in his prime?  Kevin Long would have been reassigned to the instructional league during the playoffs.

    I suppose that Martin is not a total shock.  For most of the season, he was a joke at the plate.  But, it’s almost impossible to be as bad as Cano, A-Rod, Swisher and Granderson have been this post-season.  Look at their numbers.  Give CC Sabathia a stick and send him to the plate and he could probably do better than the numbers those four have produced so far.

    Then again, maybe we should not be shocked with the others as well?

    Seriously, A-Rod’s been in a decline for a while now and it has really accelerated this year.  Plus, outside of 2009 – where he had help from the Canadian Dr. Feel Good and the benefit of facing the Twins and Angels who never get him out – he’s always been a bust for the Yankees in the post-season.  So, this should not be a surprise.

    And, Granderson, this season, like he was doing in Detroit before he came to New York, turned into Dave Kingman at the plate.  Sure, he can crush a mistake fastball.  But, his swing has more holes to exploit than the Bunny Ranch and these post-season pitchers are having an orgy facing him.

    Swisher?  Check the career post-season stats on ‘Lish, The Red Light Clown:

    Year Age Tm Lg Series Opp G PA HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG
    2006 25 OAK AL ALDS MIN 3 12 0 1 2 2 .300 .417 .500
    2006 25 OAK AL ALCS DET 4 15 0 0 5 5 .100 .400 .100
    2008 27 CHW AL ALDS TBR 3 6 0 0 2 1 .250 .500 .250
    2009 28 NYY AL ALDS MIN 3 12 0 1 0 4 .083 .083 .167
    2009 28 NYY AL ALCS LAA 6 25 0 0 3 7 .150 .292 .150
    2009 28 NYY AL WS PHI 5 19 1 1 4 4 .133 .316 .400
    2010 29 NYY AL ALDS MIN 3 13 1 1 1 1 .333 .385 .750
    2010 29 NYY AL ALCS TEX 6 25 1 1 3 7 .091 .200 .273
    2011 30 NYY AL ALDS DET 5 20 1 1 1 5 .211 .250 .368
    2012 31 NYY AL ALDS BAL 5 21 0 1 2 5 .111 .190 .111
    2012 31 NYY AL ALCS DET 2 9 0 0 1 3 .250 .333 .375
    6 Yrs (11 Series) 45 177 4 7 24 44 .167 .284 .300
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
    Generated 10/15/2012.

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    Swisher just may be the worst hitter (with a minimum of 100 PA) in post-season history. Therefore, what he’s doing now is what he always does in October: Choke.

    And, that leaves Cano.  How a guy can hit six-fifteen in his last 9 games of the season, and then set a major league post-season record for going hitless in 26 straight at-bats, the next minute is beyond reason.  Unless, of course, Cano is the new A-Rod for the Yankees.  And, then, naturally, it makes sense.

    For Yankees fans, the good news is that Swisher should soon be gone and Granderson will not be far behind him.  And, for all we know, Cano may leave New York once he becomes a Free Agent.  But, Brian Cashman is the G.M. who brought in Swisher and Granderson.  So, as long as he’s still in charge, their replacements may be more of the same.  And, A-Rod’s not going anywhere, most likely, because of his contract.  (Unless, like he did in Texas, Rodriguez brokers his own deal out of town.)

    Then again, maybe  the Yankees will turn this all around this post-season and make all this lamenting seem silly? Just don’t bet the house on it.  Because, if that happens, then that will be truly shocking.

    Is The Yankees Fan Love Affair With Nick Swisher, And Vice Versa, Over?

    Posted by on October 14th, 2012 · Comments (9)

    Via Mr. Met Carig -

    Yankees fans turned their backs on the struggling Nick Swisher, and during Sunday’s 3-0 ALCS loss to the Tigers, the soon-to-be free agent turned his back on them.

    In the middle of another brutal October for Swisher, who has been booed throughout the postseason, the rightfielder barely acknowledged his fans. It was a stark departure for Swisher, who arrived in a 2009 trade, then made himself a favorite with his jovial personality and his constant interaction. The lovefest ended Sunday.

    “It hurts,” said Swisher, who said he was disappointed by the fans’ behavior. “Sometimes, I’m a sensitive guy. Some of the things people say, they get under your skin a little bit. But hey, man, I’ve been lucky to be here for the last four years, bro, and we’re not going to go out like this.”

    But if the Yankees are knocked out in Detroit, Swisher’s critical remarks about the fans likely will be his final act in New York. The 31-year-old will be a free agent at season’s end and is unlikely to re-sign.

    After his final plate appearance, Swisher said fans serenaded him with: “Na na, na na na na, hey hey hey, goodbye.”

    Swisher’s regular-season performances have been overshadowed by consistent postseason failure. To more boos, he finished 1-for-3, which put his 2012 postseason average at .154 (4-for-26).

    Swisher acknowledged that getting booed for poor performances is “part of the game,” especially in New York where, “there’s a lot of expectations.” But he also railed against jeers he heard Saturday night when he had trouble with a line drive in the 12th. One play later, Derek Jeter fractured his ankle.

    “Prime example,” Swisher said. “I missed that ball in the lights and next thing you know, I’m the reason that Jeter got hurt. It’s kind of frustrating . . . They were saying it was my fault.”

    He added, “When things kind of turn like that, it obviously hurt a little bit because this is the type of city and crowd that really rallies around their team and that’s the reason we’ve got 27 championships. But to go through a stretch like this where it’s kind of a negative attitude, a negative-type setting, that’s tough.”

    Swisher arrived at Yankee Stadium Sunday determined to keep his distance. He typically takes warm-up throws near the rightfield fence, within earshot of fans. But he took his tosses closer to the infield. He began his “Swisher Salute” in 2009 to acknowledge the Bleacher Creatures during the traditional roll call. This time, fans in rightfield noted on Twitter that he offered only a lackluster greeting.

    Looks like the grinning WWE-wannabe ass hat is heading out of Yankeeland on a low note. I’m just surprised that it took him four years to wear out his welcome.

    Tigers-Yankees, Game 2, 2012 ALCS

    Posted by on October 14th, 2012 · Comments (19)

    Kuroda pitched his tail off today, on three days rest, and got his line hijacked by a blown call at second base.

    Still, if the Yankees go scoreless in the 9th – and it’s the top of the 9th as I write this – the ump missing the call won’t matter.

    I saw the stat on Cano’s last At Bat where it said that he’s now set a record for going 0 for 25 in a post-season.  Amazing, this is the guy who hit .615 in his last 9 games of the regular season.  At this rate, Modell’s should stop selling Cano shirts…because they’re a choking hazard.

    And, don’t even get me started on the strikeout kings, A-Rod and “The Grandyman.”

    The Orioles are probably watching this game and thinking “How the hell did we lose to those guys?”

    Now, I just hope that the Yankees rally in the bottom of the 9th and make all this complaining look silly.  But, I am not counting on it.

    The Jeter Injury: The Mourning After

    Posted by on October 14th, 2012 · Comments (12)

    It’s weird.

    I know what happened to Derek Jeter. I watched it, live, on television, as it was happening.  And, I got all the details as I stayed up to watch the post-game coverage on YES.

    And, my 8-year old son knows that happened.  I told him as soon as he woke-up this morning.  And, he then quickly ran to his iPod to watch the video replay.

    But, that’s it.  This morning, we’re both going about our business, taking care of what we need to get done, etc.  And, we’re not talking about Jeter, or the Yankees, at all.  And, that’s strange – given our passion for the team and the fact that they have a playoff game to play today.

    Shock?  Denial? Our brains and emotions overtaken by the somber event?  Some combination of all that?

    Are we the only Yankees fans feeling this way, the morning after?

     

    Yankees Stadium Becomes Fort Zinderneuf In This Post-Season

    Posted by on October 14th, 2012 · Comments (14)

    Click here for the fort reference. And, now, the story from Jeff Passan -

    For the second consecutive playoff game, swaths of empty seats filled Yankee Stadium, entire rows without a single fan. And on Saturday night, instead of letting them sit embarrassingly open for Game 1 of the ALCS, ushers were told to fill them with fans from other sections.

    “We were up there,” said Bill Brady, 46, of Roxbury, N.J., pointing from his new seat in Section 334 to the top of 434b. “Way up there.”

    Brady was one of dozens of fans ferried by ushers in the bottom of the fourth inning to Section 334 down the left-field line, which just an inning earlier had nine people sitting among more than 100 unfilled seats. One usher, who asked not to be identified, said he was told by a superior to start sending fans to the higher-priced seats.

    “I don’t know what it’s about,” the usher said. “I guess they want to make it look better on TV.”

    While some Yankees fans mobilized on Twitter and other social networks to rationalize the second consecutive non-sellout, fans in Section 334 were miffed and disappointed that a metropolitan area of 22 million couldn’t sell out a stadium with a capacity short of 51,000. The announced attendance was 47,122.

    Empty seats during playoff games are the domain of Atlanta – and even the Braves sold out their wild-card game this year. To see Yankee Stadium with giant blue patches not only down the left-field line but in Section 207 in right field was stunning and inconceivable for a game played at the old Yankee Stadium, which was shuttered in 2008.

    “At the old stadium, a playoff game, Saturday night, it was electric. It was a zoo,” said Charles Weimer, 33, of Staten Island, who was sitting in the sixth row of 334. “There were guys in jersey-shirts, drinking $8 beers. They’re gone, and I don’t know if they’re going to come back. Your $10 tickets are $50 tickets now.”

    Well, you can’t blame this one on the 5 PM start time.

    What I really find amazing about this – and sad – is that the Yankees, and the Mets (for what it’s worth), won’t let you “sneak down” to a better seat during the regular season, even if it’s the 7th inning of a blow-out game, and, yet, the Yankees pull this move in the post-season, clearly, just to cover their embarrassment.  Sad.

    The Jeter Injury

    Posted by on October 14th, 2012 · Comments (34)

    That’s the saddest thing I have ever seen on a ball field.

    And, it means that A-Rod probably plays every inning for a while now…

    Tigers-Yankees Tied, After 10, In Game 1 Of 2012 ALCS

    Posted by on October 14th, 2012 · Comments (21)

    Welcome to Sunday.

    I wonder how many hours these teams will have between the end of this game and the start of Game 2, later today?

    Raúl Ibañez!!!

    Posted by on October 13th, 2012 · Comments (5)

    He’s the Latin Roy Hobbs!
    And, I love him.

    Tigers-Yankees, Game 1, 2012 ALCS

    Posted by on October 13th, 2012 · Comments (31)

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    2012 League Championship Series

    Posted by on October 13th, 2012 · Comments (14)

    Tigers-Yankees and Cardinals-Giants. (Man, Nationals fans must be kicking themselves today.)

    So, who’s advancing to the World Series?

    I think the National League is anyone’s guess. And, if the American League, if Cabrera and Fielder show up, and if the Yankees bats are as quiet as they were in the ALDS, we could see the Tigers advance. But, anything can happen. Miggy and Prince didn’t exactly light it up in the ALDS. Gotta play the games and see what happens…

    And, of course, let’s go, Yankees!

    Being There – 2012 ALDS Game 5

    Posted by on October 13th, 2012 · Comments (7)

    My son and I got up to the Stadium yesterday around 3:45 PM.  I think there were less than 1,000 people inside the Stadium when we first walked in…

    And, in the first inning, it was worse.  I was embarrassed.  The seats were empty at the start of the game.  It seemed like there was maybe 20,000 people there at the first pitch, if that.  Where was the excitement that I promised my eight-year old?

    It was pretty much that way for the first few inning.  But, people kept showing up – I even saw some people arriving in the fourth inning, tickets in hand, looking for their seats.

    As the Stadium filled up – and it never was completely full – the place was getting more and more like a playoff game experience.

    After the Granderson homer, I said to my son “We got this!”  But, then in the eight inning, we all starting getting very nervous.  When Mark Reynolds came to the plate with two on, I said, out loud, without realizing it “Oh, no.  Mark Reynolds.  I swear to God, if he hits one into the seats, I will vomit!”  (People around me thought this was funny – and, then, instead of it being me and my son at the game, it became me, my son, the guy next to me, the two couples behind us, and the two guys in front of us, all riding every pitch from there, together, like a family in a living room in front of a TV.)

    Sabathia was the man, no question about it.  This is Yankees legacy material.

    My son and I had an incredible time.  We were interviewed by some Asian news crew leaving the Stadium.  So, somewhere – Tokyo? – people watching television know how excited we were over this win.

    Coming home, was brutal.  We live 50 miles south of the Stadium and it took us two and a half hours to drive home.  Most of that, about 75 minutes, was just trying to get from the Stadium to the George Washington Bridge.  But, it was worth it.

    I just hope this is not 2003 all over again – where the Yankees put it all out there to win one post-season series and then didn’t have enough in the tank to be ready for the next one.

    Orioles-Yankees, Game 5, 2012 ALDS

    Posted by on October 12th, 2012 · Comments (9)

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