• Waiting On Game # 160

    Posted by on October 1st, 2010 · Comments (1)

    As this is being posted, it’s now 3 hours and 13 minutes past when this game was scheduled to start.

    Are they insane, waiting this long? Even if they started playing this second, you’re looking at an end time around 1 am ET on Saturday.

    Thank goodness that Saturday is a 4 pm ET scheduled start and not a 1 pm ET game…

    Then again, maybe that’s the problem? You’re not going to do a day-night DH on the last day of the year, on Sunday…and, the 4 pm start (on FOX) means you can you can’t do a day-night DH on Saturday.

    Any way you slice it, this is a mess. And, I feel for the fans at the Fens sitting around in the rain tonight – and for anyone who was expecting to watch this whole game back in Yankeeland too.

    Chicken & Smart…And Later Shocked?

    Posted by on September 27th, 2010 · Comments (2)

    I have to confess, I turned off the game last night after 8 innings.  

    My logic?  I needed to sleep.  And, I figured, if the Yankees somehow blew this one in the ninth, I would never sleep, at all, out of anger.  So, I went to bed thinking “I’m happy now.  In my mind, the Yankees are winning this one 2-1.  And, in the morning, I’ll wake up and either see that 2-1 score hold up, or, if I need to be pissed about them losing this game, at least I’ll be doing it on a full-night’s sleep.”

    And, then this morning, when I woke up, I turned on ESPN and saw what happened in the game after I turned it off.

    Boy, that was smart, close, or what?  Well, at least they won it in the end…or, did Hideki Okajima and Victor Martinez just blow it for the Red Sox? Heck, maybe Papelbon blew it? You tell me…

    September 20th Vs. The Rays

    Posted by on September 21st, 2010 · Comments (11)

    On Big Stein’s night, watching Ivan Nova, I couldn’t help myself and have flashbacks to what The Boss once said about Ken Clay: ”He spit the bit.” The kid may turn out to be a big league pitcher – but, he has to learn to get past the sixth inning.

    But, hey, how about Curtis “Mr. September” Granderson!

    Lastly, raise your hand if you’re starting to get concerned about the Yankees bullpen as they head into October – and this includes Mo Rivera.

    Greg Golson Is Golden

    Posted by on September 14th, 2010 · Comments (10)

    Have to confess, up until that rocket throw, I was sweating bullets in the bottom of the tenth.

    It had a real bad 2004 ALCS feel to it…until that crazy ending.

    Does this mean all the Yankees fans will come out of the woodwork now?

    August 25th @ The Blue Jays

    Posted by on August 25th, 2010 · Comments (5)

    The good news: Yankees got the winning run to the plate in the 9th inning – albeit with two outs.
    The bad news: It was Curtis Granderson at the plate.

    Ballgame over. The Yankees lose. Th-huh-huh-huh Yankees loooooose!

    This is what happens when you don’t have Sabathia and Pettitte going for you in a series. Toronto takes two of three from New York.

    The Yankees are now 12-12 in the month of August. And, they’re just 17-15 since July 24th. That’s not good.

    Phil Hughes, needless to say, had his issues this evening with pitches per innings pitched. He was able to get ahead many, many times, to an 0-1 count. And, he had hair on his heater. But, he just could not put batters away tonight. Gotta say, come post-season time, I have my concerns about counting on Hughes. (Plus, he choked it up good last October too.) Maybe he’ll be a stud in the post-season this year? It’s always possible. But, I’m not feeling like it’s more than likely to happen than not.

    Man, it’s just a strange night in Yankeeland when the feel good story of the contest is Javy Vazquez saving the bullpen – yes, Vazquez! – in a game that he didn’t start, no less. Go figure.

    Lastly, I finally figured out who Eduardo Nunez remind me of…and it’s Mariano Duncan. And, I mean that in all the positive and nice ways.

    August 15th @ The Royals

    Posted by on August 15th, 2010 · Comments (10)

    Sub-headline: Yanks Lose 1-0, On The Road In Non-Extras, For 1st Time Since 4/27/02

    Yup, according to my calculations, today’s 1-0 loss to the Royals was the first time the Yankees lost a road game of 9-innings or less by that score (1-zip) since April 27, 2002.

    That’s a long time, right?

    August 1st @ The Rays

    Posted by on August 1st, 2010 · Comments (17)

    Breaking news! The Tampa Bay Rays are not the Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians, Oakland A’s or Houston Astros.

    For the record, with this loss, the Yankees are 66-38 overall this season. But, they’re 24-5 when playing the O’s, Tribe, A’s and ‘Stros and 42-33 when playing everyone else. And, by the way, they’re now 5-6 when playing the Rays…and at least two of those wins against Tampa were extremely close.

    Really, if anyone wants to brag about the Yankees being 28 games over .500, tell them that 19 of those 28 games came via the sad-sacks in Baltimore, Cleveland, Oakland and Houston. And, for sure, it’s not from playing the Tampa Bay Rays.

    In fact, the Yankees were lucky not to get swept by the Rays in this series.

    Man, the Yankees looked flat today. The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees could have put on a better showing. Even the new Yankees looked like duds today. Berkman looked like Jason Giambi in his last year as a Yankee – especially in the field. And, Kerry Wood looks like the second coming of Kyle Farnsworth. Just an ugly day in Yankeeland.

    So, the Yankees now have just a one-game lead in the East with 58 games to go. Good thing for them that their schedule in August is an easy one. And, hopefully, they won’t blow it.

    July 31st @ The Rays

    Posted by on July 31st, 2010 · Comments (10)

    Wow. Half of me wants to dance around, jump up and down, and scream “Huge win!” Yet, the other half of me wants to exhale, long and hard, and let loose with “Holy smokes, that was close!

    Why? Well, both statements would be true here, no? The win in this one means a lot to the Yankees. The loss hurts the Rays. And, it was a toe-to-toe, seesaw, blow-for-blow, nail biting, squeaker of a game.

    Outstanding job in this one by Logan, Robertson and Rivera. Dare we say Lo-Robe-Mo?

    Javy Vazquez? I dunno. I never felt comfortable watching him in this one. And, come post-season time, if he gets a start, I think something like tonight might be his high-mark…six and a third, four runs. (That’s an ERA of 5.69, for those who can’t do the math. And, that’s not good.)

    Lastly, what can you say about Robbie Cano? O.K., I’ll say it – he’s been outstanding with the bat this season. At this pace, he’s going to end up with 30 HR and 110 RBI this season – to go along with a batting average of three-thirty. Cano used to be a 40 doubles, 20 homers, three-ten, three-twenty guy. But, now, he’s hitting the ball a lot further and has become a 40 doubles, 30 homers, three-thirty guy. And, he’s probably going to get 50 walks this year – which is 10 to 20 more than he is usually good for…

    I really hope this is just the maturation of a gifted hitter at play – rather than a something else behind it…like a Victor Conte/Anthony Galea/Angel Presinal type dude.

    Now, before anyone jumps down my throat here…I’m just saying that Cano reminds me of Roy Hobbs or a “Clear & Cream” Barry Bonds the way he’s swinging the bat this season. (Cue Max Mercy: Home runs, triples, singles…Anything he wants to hit, he hits. I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s incredible! Anything he wants to do, he does! I mean, how can somebody play that well that came from nowhere?) I’m not saying that Cano is on something. I’m just saying that he’s supernatural now, that’s all.

    Now, you can choose to just enjoy the ride. Or, if you’re the suspicious type, then you can keep looking around, waiting, for the other shoe to drop. Me? On stuff like this, I like the samurai warrior approach – “Expect Nothing; Be prepared for anything.”

    Come to think of it, maybe that’s what the nation should do with the wait for A-Rod’s 600th now, as well? I was surprised to see in the YES coverage tonight that they said Alex didn’t talk with the media after the game yesterday. Do you think there’s ever been one day in the last fifteen years that Derek Jeter or Mo Rivera has ever skipped out on the media after a game? And, some people want to know why the media is not 100% in Alex’s corner all the time?

    July 18th Vs. The Rays

    Posted by on July 18th, 2010 · Comments (3)

    The good news – today could have been a day to cave, take lumps, and have an “L” pinned on their chest; but, the Yankees bullpen and bats pulled a “W” out of their hat. And, this victory gives New York a three-game lead in the A.L. East over Tampa Bay – and Boston is now seven back in the loss column as well. With this in the books, and forecasting the rest of the schedule, CoolStandings.com gives the Yankees a 87.2% chance of making the post-season this year. And, that’s the highest percentage of any team in baseball at this moment.

    Now, the bad news – Andy Pettitte’s injury. He’s probably done for July now – and will more than likely miss three starts, at the least. As a result, A.J. Burnett and Phil Hughes need to step up and pitch consistently well while Andy’s out. If not, we could be looking at a spell where the Yankees putter around at a .500 clip for a while. And, if that happens, there’s a good chance that the Rays close the gap on the Yanks.

    You know, the Yankees did take two of three in this series. But, that Friday game could have gone either way. The Rays concern me – in both the chase for first and what comes after in the post-season. It used to be that the Red Sox and Angels were the teams I least wanted the Yankees to face in October. But, now, the Rays are right up there. You know, it’s funny. The Twins are usually a very good team. But, come post-season, you know there’s no way the Twinkies can beat the Yankees – it’s in both team’s heads. But, the Rays…man…I get the feeling that they don’t sweat the Yankees, at all, and maybe the Yankees should be very worried about them…especially if they end up meeting in the A.L.C.S. this year.

    July 17th Vs. The Rays

    Posted by on July 17th, 2010 · Comments (22)

    A.J. Burnett lost this game for the Yankees. First, it was allowing back-to-back two-out hits in the first leading to a run being score followed by allowing a HBP and a homer in the second after retiring the first two batters in that frame. Then, it was a Doyle Alexander/Kevin Brown act of stupidity that lead to him coming out of the game in the third inning. That quick exit brought cause for Dustin Moseley and Chad Gaudin – two pitchers who probably don’t belong in the majors right now – to enter the game and allow it to get out of hand. (No pun intended, A.J.)

    Hey, this is what you get with A.J. Burnett. Sure, the walk-off pies are all the rage with the under thirty crowd. But, look at Burnett’s lifetime stats. On a 162-Game Average, he’s good for 34 starts and 218 innings pitched – but, with a win-loss mark of 14-12. Yes, he wins less than half his starts and loses just about as many games as he wins. Just look at last season, in a great Yankees team year, he made 33 starts, won 13 and lost 9 games.

    I know, I know, many want to talk about his Game 2 start in the World Series last year. But, that was one game. Otherwise, check out his 2009 post-season starts:

    Rk   Series Date Tm   Opp Rslt Inngs IP H R ER BB SO HR HBP
    1 2009 ALDS g2 Oct 9 NYY   MIN W,4-3 GS-6 6.0 3 1 1 5 6 0 2
    2 2009 ALCS g2 Oct 17 NYY   LAA W,4-3 GS-7 6.1 3 2 2 2 4 0 2
    3 2009 ALCS g5 Oct 22 NYY @ LAA L,6-7 GS-7 6.0 8 6 6 3 3 0 0
    4 2009 WS g2 Oct 29 NYY   PHI W,3-1 GS-7 7.0 4 1 1 2 9 0 0
    5 2009 WS g5 Nov 2 NYY @ PHI L,6-8 GS-3 2.0 4 6 6 4 2 1 1
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
    Generated 7/17/2010.

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    Twice, in Game 5 starts, he blew it, badly – and Andy Pettitte had to bail him out the next game.

    The worst part of all this? The Yankees are paying Burnett $16,500,000 a season – making him one of the highest paid pitchers in the game. And, they’ll be doing this for the next three seasons after this year. Great move by Brian Cashman on this one.

    But, then again, he knows that by now – which is why he tried so hard to trade for Cliff Lee this season. With the Yankees starting rotation this season it’s: Sabathia and Pettitte and then roll the dice to see what’s going to show up with Burnett, Vazquez and Hughes. Sure, at times the latter three can be stunning – but, you can never be sure if that’s going to happen or not.

    June 19th Vs. The Mets

    Posted by on June 19th, 2010 · Comments (1)

    Always good to win a “bad feeling” game.

    What “bad feeling”? Hey, you never watched/listened to a Yankees game and had a “bad feeling” during the contest?

    I had two during this one.

    When Jose Reyes hit his second homer in the game, in just the third inning, I thought to myself: “Oh, crap. They’re going to lose this game and Jose Reyes is going to end up hitting three homeruns in the game – or something worse.” That was “bad feeling” # 1 today.

    Man, I cannot stand Jose Reyes. I hate the way he celebrates on the field like a wannabe back-up dancer from a Saint Tropez night club. I hate the way he wears his uniform with his shirt hanging out. I hate his Milli Vanilli dread-hair and accompanying Mets Doo-Rag. If he played for the Yankees…I’d puke. Really, if the Yankees ever had a player who went about his baseball business like Jose Reyes, I would vomit. So, the thought of the Yankees losing to the Mets, and Reyes having a “legendary” day in the process…well…let’s just say: Ugh.

    And, for a second, after that third inning homer, it looked like Phil Hughes was going to lose it…walking Pagan. But, give Phil credit, he pulled it all back together and had a solid game.

    “Bad feeling” # 2 came in the eighth inning. Yanks nursing a two-run lead and here comes Joba Chamberlain. I thought “Oh, lovely, this is not going to be good.” But, much to my surprise, he got through the frame without allowing any runs. Whew.

    Finally, Mo Rivera for the save. At this point, I was out of the house and driving over the Mantoloking Bridge listening to the game on the radio. And, John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman were talking about how long it’s been since we’ve seen Mariano. But, no “bad feelings” here. Mo is Mo. Mo was Mo. And, the game was in the bag.

    Yankees win. The-uh-uh-uh-uh Yan-keys win! Ah, that’s nice.

    I still don’t think they’re out of the woods yet with their offensive struggles…but…for one day…just take the “W” and be happy with that.

    June 4th, 5th & 6th @ The Blue Jays

    Posted by on June 6th, 2010 · Comments (12)

    Let’s look at these three game that were just played between New York and Toronto.

    Friday, June 4th: The Jays beat up A.J. Burnett, pretty good, getting six earned runs in six innings against the Yankees #2 starter. And, New York only manages 5 hits in 30 At Bats against Toronto’s pitching. Yes, that’s a BA of .167 – which, ain’t good…ever. Yankees lose this one, 6-1.

    Saturday, June 5th: The Yankees had a 2-1 lead heading into the bottom of the 7th inning in this game – but, Andy Pettitte got touched up for a solo homer in that frame which allowed the Jays to tie the score. And, it stayed that way until the 14th inning when Chad Gaudin blows it for New York. Again, the Yankees bats were MIA in this contest. In total, New York was 8 for 47 in this one against the Jays pitching. And, that’s a BA of .170 – which is just as bad as it was for the Yankees in the first game of this series. Yankees lose this one, 3-2 in fourteen.

    Sunday, June 6th: The Yankees were losing this game, two-zip, heading into the 8th inning. And, then, the Jays gifted four runs to New York in that frame. How? Here’s how the Yankees “offense” went in the 8th inning: Batter hit by a pitch followed by another batter hit by a pitch. Runners on first and second, no outs. Double – one run scores – and now it’s runners on second and third with no outs. Next is a strikeout and an IBB. Based loaded, one out. Then the Jays wild pitch in a run. Another strike out – runners on second and third, two outs. Single – two runs score. So, in total, the Yankees score four – and it’s greatly assisted by two HBP and a WP. In any event, New York now takes a 4-2 lead into the bottom of the 8th inning. But, here comes Joba Chamberlain who almost chokes it up allowing hits to “sluggers” Jose Molina and Fred Lewis. One run does score. However, thanks to Mo Rivera locking down the ninth, the Yankees squeeze out a run-one win – again, assisted by two HBP and a WP in a key inning (late in the game).

    All told, over these three games, the Yankees batters were not very impressive, at all. And, they were spanked by the Jays – and barely avoided getting swept (if not for the Jays pitchers getting wild in the 8th inning today).

    On the bright side, the Yankees next six games are against the Orioles and Astros. There should be at least four wins in there, somewhere, for the Yankees, no?

    May 31st Vs. The Indians

    Posted by on May 31st, 2010 · Comments (5)

    New-York-Yankees-Authentic-2010-Stars-Stripes-Performance-59FIFTY-On-Field-CapFirst off, I must say, as much as I am usually vehemently opposed to the merchandising money-grab “special occasion” alternate cap gimmick, I really, really, find myself liking the hats from today’s game. They sort of have a 1919 or 1921 feel to them.

    Hey, Andy Pettitte, what can you say about him? Talk about a way to start a season, huh? Prior to this year, 1997, 2001 and 2007 were probably his best “10 starts” starts in a season – during his career. And, if 2010 doesn’t top those, it’s right up there with them. Let’s just hope his second half in 2010 is not like his second half in 2001 (where his ERA was 5.22).

    Lastly, A-Rod’s slam. Chris Perez was having a pretty nice season, so far, up until that At Bat…boom.

    Folks, that was a grand salami!

    O.K., thunder and lightning here now…gotta power down…I’m outta here White.

    May 23rd @ The Mets

    Posted by on May 23rd, 2010 · Comments (14)

    The Yankees attempted rally in the last frame of this one was exciting. But, in the end, it was too little and too late…

    You could make a case that this was the 5th worst game that CC Sabathia has thrown as a member of the Yankees. That alone in regards to this game doesn’t matter much – as Johan Santana was dealing for the Mets tonight and even a sharp CC may not have mattered. But, when you consider that Sabathia’s ERA over his last 3 games before this contest was 5.09 (in 17.6 IP), and then you add this one to that…well…it’s sorta/kinda fair game to wonder about what’s been going on with the big lefty over the last 16 days or so.

    With this one, the Yankees have now lost six of their last eight…eight of their last thirteen…and 10 of their last 15 games. Yes, ten of their last fifteen. That’s not getting the job done, is it?

    Need more?

    On Saturday, May 8th, after beating the Red Sox, the Yankees were just one-half game out of first place (behind the Rays). And, now, with this loss, the Yankees are six games behind the Rays. Ya-huh, in just about two weeks, the Yankees have dropped 5 1/2 games in the standings. Granted, New York is still in second place in the A.L. East – but, they’re now much closer to the Jays (in 3rd) and the Sox (in 4th) than they are to the Rays (in first).

    This should all make for some interesting chatter in Yankeeland tomorrow – with May 24th being an off-day – and deservedly so.

    Since May 8th, several Yankees have not been playing pretty. This includes CC Sabathia, Chan Ho Park, Derek Jeter, Phil Hughes, Andy Pettitte, Brett Gardner, Boone Logan, Mark Teixeria, A.J. Burnett, Randy Winn, Joba Chamberlain – and even, at times, Mariano Rivera. It’s been a real team “effort.” (Amazingly, in his last 14 games, A-Rod has great overall stats. So, you can’t blame him for this…but, you can wonder how important he is to the team…since they’ve stunk while he’s going great.)

    At this point, I’m not sure who the real 2010 Yankees are? Is it the team that went 21-8 from April 4th to May 8th? Or, is it the team who has gone 5-10 since May 9th? Perhaps the next 15 to 30 games will let us know? Well, for sure, it’s not 2009 anymore in Yankeeland. That’s one thing for certain.

    May 22nd @ The Mets

    Posted by on May 22nd, 2010 · Comments (4)

    Geez, the Yankees made finger-lickin’ Mike Pelfrey look like Nolan Ryan in this one, didn’t they? And, on the whole, sure, it was a 5-3 loss – but, if not for some bad Pelfrey fielding and a walk to Kevin Russo with the bases loaded, then the Yankees would have only scored…awwww…screw it.

    What am I trying to say? It doesn’t matter – the Yankees offense was feeble in this one. Where was Kevin Maas on a night like tonight, when you needed him?

    Strange night for Phil Hughes. He allowed big two out hits and/or walks in the 1st, 3rd and 6th. But, he got big outs in tough spots in the 5th and 6th too. And, yeah, Winn hurt him in the 6th – but Texiera saved him in that inning too. So, there was some good and bad in this one for Hughes. It’s tough to put a grade on this game for him.

    I will give A-Rod and Teixeira a big, fat, red, “F” for those plate appearances in the 7th inning. Second and third with one out. A 20-year old on the mound – albeit one who throws heat. And, the score, at that time, was 4-1 (Mets). Alex and Mark are getting paid a lot of money to handle situations like that one. At the least, they should have plated one run…but…nooooooooo.

    Speaking of appearances, and “no,” Reggie Jackson showing up in the dugout, in the 6th inning, in street clothes, is a no-no. And, on National TV? Somebody’s getting fined on that one.

    This is now 9 of their last 14 that the Yankees have lost. And, if not for a Jonathan Papelbon meltdown and an Alex Cora error, we could be talking about a situation where the Yankees have lost 11 of their last 14 games. Brutal.

    CC against Johan tomorrow. Should be a good one. Hopefully, the Yankees will come out on top and take this series. And, on the bright-side, after this, the Yankees play the Twins, who they always beat, and the Indians and O’s, who both stink – so, maybe they can salvage this month, and start off the next one well, with a nice run there?

    May 21st @ The Mets

    Posted by on May 21st, 2010 · Comments (9)

    Close one. Too close, actually.

    Some thoughts:

    • Watching Hisanori Takahashi handle the Yankees for six innings…all I could think about was Kei Igawa. Man, how bad is Igawa if Takahashi can cut through the Yankees line-up like he did with slop? Ah, the secret of throwing strikes.
    • Great night for Kevin Russo. (I’m a fan of his, in case you don’t know.) Bad job by the YES booth for giving him tardy props on getting his first big league knock.
    • Related, that was the Yankees offense this evening – Kevin Russo and bad Mets fielding. Yikes. A really bad showing by the Yankees bats here.
    • I thought the Yankees were going to lose the game in the seventh – first when Marte came in and then, again, when Chamberlain came in. Somehow, I thought one of them would blow it. Lucky pitch by Joba getting Wright looking in that frame. (I was a little nervous about Mo in the ninth after the Davis hit. But, not as much as I was in the seventh.)
    • Javier Vazquez. Interesting. He allowed three baserunners and zero runs in six innings. That’s really good. But, then he bruised his index finger bunting in the seventh – and Javy is supposed to be the king of sac-bunts, right? You know, when he made his last start, and lost, allowing only two runs in seven innings, a friend of mine told me afterwards “Yeah, he gave up two because the Yankees were shutout. Somehow, I’m sure, if the Yankees had scored two runs in that game then Vazquez would have given up a third run. He’s just a guy with a knack for being good, but, not good enough to win.” Maybe there’s something to that? Maybe with Javy “it’s always sum-din”? Well, at least the x-rays were negative…
    • I’ve mentioned this a lot at this blog, but, it’s worth repeating – one of my favorite baseball truisms is: Each season, every big league team is going to win 60 games, no matter what, and, every big league team is going lose 60 games, no matter what – and it’s what they do in the other 42 games that will define their overall record. And, tonight was one of those “other 42 games.” Take the win and be happy about it, Yankees fans. Maybe it was given more than taken, stolen more than earned, and more fortune than cultivation, etc. But, like they tell the kids in preschool: You get what you get and you don’t get upset.

    Hopefully the Yankees will make a better showing tomorrow. And, if they don’t, hopefully the Mets will be just as bad as they were today and the Yankees will still get another win.

    May 19th & 20th Vs. The Rays

    Posted by on May 20th, 2010 · Comments (5)

    Yup, with these two losses, the Yankees have now dropped eight of their last twelve games. And, during this “run,” New York has gone from being just one-half game out of first place to now being five full games behind the Rays.

    Sure, it’s early – there’s still three-quarters of the season to be played.

    But, what’s really bothersome is the way Tampa Bay came into the Bronx and pushed around the Yankees in this two game set. New York may be the defending champs, but, the Rays didn’t play them yesterday or today as if that intimidated them in any way. If anything, in these two games, it was the Yankees who looked like the deer in the headlights.

    I won’t go as far to say it was like men playing against boys. But, it did appear as if it was a more confident and aggresive squad against a reeling team hoping to delude their opponent with a shadow of greatness.

    On the bright-side, next up for the Yankees are the Mets. And, so far, this season the Rays are to The Juggernaut as the Mets are to The Ant Hill Mob when Chug-a-Boom has a flat. (Yeah, I guess that would make Jerry Manuel out to be Penelope Pitstop.)

    Just don’t lose two or more to the Mets, O.K., Yanks? ‘Cause, if you do, well…do I really have to say it? Let’s just say that the media heat may be turned up a few notches if that happens…and probably deservedly so…

    Now, That’s Why It’s Called Hardball

    Posted by on April 24th, 2010 · Comments (7)

    Mark Teixeira of the New York Yankees is safe at homeplate in the third inning against Bobby Wilson of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on April 23, 2010 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

    This photo, while excellent, doesn’t capture the speed of this homeplate collision.

    In my lifetime, there have been some notable violent crashes at the plate.

    There was Pete Rose and Ray Fosse in the 1970 All-Star Game. There was Lou Piniella and Carlton Fisk in 1976. There was Phil Bradley and Buck Martinez in 1985. And, there was Bo Jackson and Rick Dempsey in 1987. In that last one, Dempsey broke his thumb on the play and afterwards said “When he hit me, they had to send a proctologist in to fix that thumb. They had to send one in just to find it.”

    These are just a few that immediately come to mind. And, this one between Mark Teixeira and Bobby Wilson is right up there – again, when you see it in real speed, etc. Here’s another photo of it:

    Reuters Pictures – New York Yankees’ Mark Teixeira collides into Los Angeles Angels catcher Bobby Wilson to score on a basehit by Robinson Cano in the third inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Anaheim, California April 23, 2010.

    Again, that was one heckuva hit.

    The A-Rod & Dallas Braden Dust Up

    Posted by on April 22nd, 2010 · Comments (45)

    The skinny via Chad Jennings -

    In a very bizarre game, perhaps the most bizarre moment came in the sixth inning when Alex Rodriguez got into a shouting match with Oakland starter Dallas Braden.

    “He just told me to get off his mound,” Rodriguez said. “I was a little surprised. I’d never quite heard that. Especially from a guy that has a handful of wins in his career.”

    The whole thing started when Rodriguez went from first to third on a foul ball by Robinson Cano. On his way back to first, Rodriguez ran across the pitcher’s mound, which Braden saw as a sign of disrespect.

    “I don’t care if I’m Cy Young or the 25th man on the roster, if I’ve got the ball in my hand and I’m on that mound, that’s my mound,” Braden said. “… He ran across the pitcher’s mound foot on my rubber. No, not happening. We’re not the door mat anymore.”

    Rodriguez said he had never heard the unwritten rule that a player shouldn’t run across the mound. When Braden started yelling at him, Rodriguez didn’t know what it was about. “I thought it was pretty funny, actually,” Rodriguez said.

    Braden, though, went out of his way to call out Rodriguez. He spoke very kindly of the Yankees organization, but took great exception to Rodriguez.

    “He should maybe watch his Captain a little more often,” Braden said.

    I’ve seen guys cut across the infield on their way back…lots of times. It’s pretty much the norm. But, I’ve never seen a player step on the mound and get into the pitcher’s space. Since that’s what A-Rod did…then I can understand Braden getting rubbed the wrong way here.

    Hughes Near No-No @ Oakland

    Posted by on April 22nd, 2010 · Comments (29)

    Let me be the first to say it here now…

    Phil Hughes was amazing in this game!

    Sabathia’s Near No-No

    Posted by on April 10th, 2010 · Comments (9)

    After those late, great, plays by Teixeira and A-Rod, followed by that 1-4-3 play in the 8th, I really thought it was destiny that CC was going to get it…

    Bummer.

    A no-hitter on national T.V. would have been sweet. Great for Sabathia. And, a super thrill for Francisco Cervelli.

    Oh, well, on the plus side, it’s a break for my bladder. I’ve been holding it since the 5th inning…not wanting to bring a whammy. And, now, I finally get to whiz…

    But, for the record, I would have held it as long as it took to get the no-no…

    Running Rays Ruin Vazquez

    Posted by on April 10th, 2010 · Comments (27)

    Post game reaction from last night, via Wallace Matthews -

    Direct from the Yankee Clubhouse–Joe Girardi: Javy made some mistakes with his fastball. He didn’t get it done. but he’ll bounce back. Jorge Posada: He was missing his spots and rushing things with men on base. Javier Vazquez: it’s disappointing. My pitches were up in the zone. I was trying to hard to keep them from stealing.

    …made some mistakes with his fastball…
    …missing his spots and rushing things with men on base…
    …I was trying to hard to keep them from stealing…

    You know, I could buy this is stuff if Javier Vazquez was just a kid pitcher with not many years of experience. But, he’s 34-years old, been pitching full-time in the majors for a dozen years and had 385 big league starts under his belt coming into this game.

    Do you think guys like Bret Saberhagen, CC Sabathia, Steve Rogers, Andy Pettitte, Mike Mussina, Roy Halladay, Doug Drabek, David Cone and Mark Buehrle – who had the same amount of experience, at the age Vazquez is now, would have allowed a running game to get into their head…leading to some monster homers and other hits? Garbage like this, to me, talks a ton towards psyche – and helps explain why he’s moved around so much.

    Opening Night 2010

    Posted by on April 4th, 2010 · Comments (15)

    You’ve got a 5-2 lead and you’re 12 outs away from a win…but, you blow it and allow Boston to tie the score in the 6th inning.

    Then, just like that, you’ve got a 7-5 lead and you’re just 9 outs away from a win…but, you blow that too and allow Boston to take a one-run lead in the 7th inning.

    And, in the end, what you’ve got is a 3 hour and 46 minute 9-inning baseball game, against one of your long-rivals and big-time competitors this year, to start this season…ending up as a big, odoriferous, ugly, “L” in the standings.

    Sure, it’s only one out of one-sixty-two. And, there’s a whole six months of baseball to be played. Yet, even with that, this one is just about as displeasing a way to open the 2010 season as the Yankees could have possibly managed to spew out there…

    In a word: Yuck.