• Long Night Of Sphincter Clenching Ends With A “W”

    Posted by on October 7th, 2010 · Comments (16)

    I’m currently reading Larry Moffi’s “This Side of Cooperstown: An Oral History of Major League Baseball in the 1950s.” (And, by the way, it’s a great book!)

    In the book, Gene Woodling tells how, back in the day, when he was with the Yankees, if the team won a few in a row and/or was feeling good about themselves, Frankie Crosetti – then a coach with the Yankees – used to walk about the clubhouse and warn the players “Don’t get gay when you’re full of shit.”

    So, you know I had to google this – and I found a reference where Wayne Terwilliger had a manager in the 1950’s, Bill Norman (who was a former player in the ’30’s like Crosetti), that used to warn his players with this exact same phrase.

    Therefore, I would bet that the expression “Don’t get gay when you’re full of shit” dates back to the 1930’s and was carried into the 1950’s by some who heard it in the ’30s. But, for sure, it’s not something that you hear very often these days – if at all.

    But, perhaps it’s time to pull this one out of mothballs? In fact, it’s what I would say to Yankeeland at this moment: “Don’t get gay when you’re full of shit.”

    Yes, the Yankees won Game One of the 2010 ALDS. But, they had to empty out all their bullets to get it done – and they barely won it, to be candid. And, to me, that’s a victory, sure – but, I wouldn’t plan on throwing a parade…yet…based on what we saw in this one.

    Comments on Long Night Of Sphincter Clenching Ends With A “W”

    1. Evan3457
      October 7th, 2010 | 12:31 am

      Emptied all their bullets? Really?

      Yanks blew some chances. Got some big hits in the 6th and 7th.

      Bullpen staggered but no blows landed. Threw 3 shutout innings.

      Mo looked like Mo again. And he can still go 1 inning tomorrow.

      I’m more optimistic after this one. Steve? Not so much.

    2. lombardisuxxx
      October 7th, 2010 | 12:33 am

      You know what? You’re not a fan…you are a personality. I’m the guy who is the Yanks pessimist! F You. I don’t care if you ban me. Your website is the worst, if only because of you…I like everyone else that comments, MJ, Gotogo, etc. I wanna be a bigshot and mock Cashman to drive traffic cuz I know it pisses people off..blah blah blah. You suck…you want the Yanks to lose to prove a point and I hope you get hit by a bus.

    3. KPOcala
      October 7th, 2010 | 12:38 am

      Steve, my teeth feel like shattered ice right now. But, Mo had the best movement on his pitches that I’ve seen in months. That’s very good, no? And Granderson, well let’s just say that I’ll take him and Gardner v. Damon & A-Jax….

    4. Evan3457
      October 7th, 2010 | 12:39 am

      KPOcala wrote:

      Steve, my teeth feel like shattered ice right now. But, Mo had the best movement on his pitches that I’ve seen in months. That’s very good, no? And Granderson, well let’s just say that I’ll take him and Gardner v. Damon & A-Jax….

      Yeah, how about that Granderson with a big hit? And off a lefty, too.

      A tired lefty, but still…

    5. G.I. Joey
      October 7th, 2010 | 12:47 am

      Granderson making an IMPACT. Love it.

      No doubt there were a lot of tight spots in this game, but the Yankees did what I’ve seen them do so many times and come from behind and beat the Twins.

      Props to Robo for striking out Thome in the 7th and a big shout out to Tex for that text message which read “yeah, you’re ballpark may play big, but if you hang a slider to me I’m going to crush the sh*t out of it.”

    6. KPOcala
      October 7th, 2010 | 12:56 am

      @ Evan3457:
      Granderson’s first AB he really got around on Liriano, another couple of feet and he would have had a double. He just seems to be seeing the ball well…

    7. mresnic1
      October 7th, 2010 | 1:00 am

      Not for nothing Steve but you repeatedly bash Cashman, yet here we are, and you remained negative all through last season and they won the world series. So what would make you happy? I guess you want a halladay no hitter each game? But then you’d complain that Cash just through more money at a problem. You do realize which team you root for right? They are a Hollywood production, you are both on the field and off of it historically one of the greatest sports franchises and businesses of all time. If you wanna root for a team like the rays and their great drafts, and player development then do it, but if you want to be a fan of this team then recognize going into it that they are more than a small baseball operation, they are a huge corporation who spends wildly and takes huge risks because they can afford mistakes. Their premise resides in their ability to overspend, to outbid, and acquire already developed mega stars. Are they perfect? No. But they use there assets as they should. It’s amazing really, I’ve been a loyal reader of your blog for 5 years and it’s always the same, complaints and negativity and it’s kind of persuaded me to read opinions elsewhere and read this blog less. A little appreciation and fandom would go a long way because your expectations are just completely off the mark of what this team, franchise, and corporation currently is.

    8. Corey Italiano
      October 7th, 2010 | 7:51 am

      Posada’s defense is really getting worse by the day. I don’t get how he could get this bad, this fast.

    9. satchel
      October 7th, 2010 | 8:22 am

      It’s a playoff game. It’s supposed to be close and stressful.

      The Yankees came from behind. They gave up the lead again when Sabathia lost his command and kept right on battling. Hits came different parts of the lineup. The bullpen stopped the bleeding, despite getting into a bad jam in the 8th. Mariano was Mariano. And the Yankees won by two runs.

      I don’t call that “barely” winning.

      I’m not hugely optimistic that the Yankees are going all the way this year – heck I’m not even convinced they’ll make it through the first round. But last night was the best they’ve played in a long, long time, and it got them the all-important short-series game 1 “W”. It was a cause to go to bed content, not pissed off.

    10. Raf
      October 7th, 2010 | 8:31 am

      As with the other ALDS, while the series isn’t over, I’d rather be the team up 1-0 than down 0-1.

      Evan3457 wrote:

      Yeah, how about that Granderson with a big hit? And off a lefty, too.

      Props to Teix too.

    11. lordbyron
      October 7th, 2010 | 8:50 am

      “Don’t get gay when you’re full of shit’.

      Nice find and very appropos after yesterday’s big win.

    12. clintfsu813
      October 7th, 2010 | 9:02 am

      Yesterday couldnt have gone any better.
      Started off with the Yankees 2011 Cy Young Winner Cliff Lee shutting down the Rays.
      We got to witness history, yet thanks to 1 solitary BB, Larsen got to keep his record.
      And then our Yanks showed again that they will not go down without a fight by taking away HFA from the Twinkies.

    13. jay
      October 7th, 2010 | 9:19 am

      This entire post is a joke, right? If so, bravo – it’s hilarious.

      Seriously, though, look into therapy, because you need it. You’ve created this alternate reality where you actually hope they lose so you can tell everyone “I told you so!”

      It’s ok, Steve. You can be happy when they win.

    14. lenyce
      October 7th, 2010 | 10:35 am

      Steve, I think most fans of the Yankees, no that Game One of the ALDS is no reason to throw a parade. I like some of your views on things, but I feel like you could have done better summary of the game. Or just left it at don’t get gay when your full of shit. Now my question is should we not be at thankful our team (well i use our team loosely cause I’m not sure you are a fan of the Yankees) was able to pull out a win when clearly CC was struggling with command?

    15. GDH
      October 7th, 2010 | 2:38 pm

      Aw lighten up on Steve for crying out loud – he always does this – doesn’t make him less of a fan. Steve grew up, like me, in an era of total-suck Yankees teams that until we were 17 found a way to be crappy. It’s left a bigger imprint on some than others.

      But seriously, winning Every game in a 5-game series is HUGE, especially game 1. And to win game 1 when your ace is not at his best, and the offense has been looking like crap for the past 25 games or so, was a big lift for me personally. That shot by Tex was insane – he’s overdue and has had a tough year. But you could see he was so dialed in on that dude’s stuff. That’s where you want Tex – pumped up and dialed in.

      More please – preferably Andy defying age and odds again and throwing 7 shutout innings tonight.

    16. Jake1
      October 7th, 2010 | 3:36 pm

      So if they don’t win 10-0 every game they “empty bullets” and shouldnt really win??

      I don’t get this.

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