Tagged: Big G

Taking Care Of Business

Here’s a radical concept for ya.. stress-free baseball..

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I don’t know how the Yanks managed to follow a series that ended exactly the way it shouldn’t
have with a game that went exactly the way it should [despite no A-Rod,
no DH, a limping Capt’n and youth, their weakness, on the mound for the Marlins],
but thank you.

Side Notes:

– First on the agenda.. Alex.
Right about now, I would question/criticize Girardi’s overdue move to
finally bench A-Rod like everyone and their mother understandably was doing tonight, but I took a second to digest it.. and I’ve come to
the conclusion that Joe G. really has zero say in when Alex Rodriguez
does or does not play. Given the fact that Alex’s ex-wife stayed as
long as she did with him, despite his multiple acts of infidelity made public, and
the fact that A-Rod still scored a hefty contract with the Yanks,
despite all threats given by the organization that he would, under no
circumstances, be dealt with after the opt-out ordeal.. it’s pretty
obvious Alex is quite a persuasive dude. Girardi may be the manager,
but when A-Rod says he’s playing, he’s playing.. and apparently, when he says he isn’t, he isn’t. As for A-Rod’s timing.. pretty clear he’s attempting to limit his chances to choke in front of his family.

– Sean West, sorry you had to be the kid the Yanks realize they need to tee off against, but tough luck.


Andy with a great outing and a double and ribbie to boot. Got my dose
of hilarity watching him round the bases.. and so did the bench:

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I seriously love interleague play.

– Probably obvious, but LandShark Stadium is weird and massive, and sounds like someone should sell naming rights.

– Swish needs to double up his intake of Red Bull.. and fast.


Been a while since I could look forward to the 8th inning and it’s
infinitely great to have a guy who can do his job back in the bullpen,
but who’s the bright guy giving Brun physical appearance advice? Going
baldy and now the porn star ‘stache? Really? Look, Big G barely pulled it off last year. Though the “Support The ‘Stache” campaign and ‘Stache Day
at the stadium was pretty funny.. it’s been done man. Tattooing Macho
Man on your forehead would probably give you more cool points.. Just a thought.


In other news, Papelbon attempted to make things clear today regarding
one of his many trivial attempts to make headlines, this time
surrounding his willingness to play in pinstripes when his contract
expires, by stating “I don’t want to go (expletive) play for the
Yankees”.. Haha, like we’d ever let him.

On Deck: A.J. on the mound tomorrow to face Josh Johnson, who’s sporting a stellar 2.76 ERA and 6-1 record to match. Pitching duel?

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In Retrospect

          First
off, I hope everyone had a good time over the holidays, even though I
didn’t [half of  my 12 day vacation from school was a big bummer].  I may be a little late but Happy New Year and all that good
stuff. Back to business. The recap of recent activity:

1. Tex Dons The Pinstripes… After Asking The Missus First

The
guy that Red Sox hoped they’d get to draw some attention back to them
and the Yanks got by saying “Name your price… okay, done deal” put
the pinstripes on for the first time Tuesday, and though it goes
without saying, looked pretty damn good. The story on every back page
in New York, however, was all about his wife and how Tex needed to have
her say-so to become a Yankee. I admit I got a little chuckle out of
that, but I gotta say, Mark’s no fool. He doesn’t care that his
manlihood is being joked about for a reason. She wears the pants, but
he still brings home the bacon mountain load of bacon.

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2. Cleveland Becomes The First Team To Come Dangerously Close To Becoming Clinically Insane

Okay, I
knew some team would dare to sign him, but still, I can’t imagine how Pavano, the guy who is literally the definition of injury prone [look it up, I kid you not], is worth more than a penny… not even a shiny one at that.
Yeah, he came back and managed to finish ’08 without stubbing his toe,
but nonetheless… you know that if there is a God, he
has one hell of a sense of humor when Americans who work hard every day
get laid off, while a guy who sat on his *** for half the time he was
in pinstripes is offered $1.5 million easily… and to top it
off though is that fact that even if the worst should happen to him and
he could no longer pitch, he still could easily earn cash advertising for ACE bandages, or possibly even create a new line of designer crutches… who
knows.

3. Pettitte Does What I Thought Was Impossible

He said no… to [lotto guy voice] 10 millll-ion dollars… from the Yankees. You what the Yanks said back? “Okay, but when you change your mind… because you will change
your mind… it won’t be $10 million on the table anymore bud.” Putting
jokes aside though, am I the only one who just hates the business side
of baseball? Pettitte wants to be a Yankee and the Yankees want
Pettitte to be a Yankee. You’d think that’d be the easiet contract the
Yanks sign in the off-season, but noooo…

4. Number Of Teams Interested In Former Bo-Sock: Not Manny

Manny
didn’t get a check in his stocking and I’m guessing, with Manny being
Manny, he’s pretty peeved… nahhhh, does anyone really believe he
cares about anything? Still, it’s January, and the big boy still hasn’t
got a new uniform. I’d be seriously embarrassed if I were him right
about now. I mean, Pavano got a contract before him. I mean, that’s
just sad.

Side Notes:

– I can’t say G-G-G-G-G-G-Giambino [the G-Unit pronunciation] anymore, booooo.


Bernie gets hit with an injury after joining a Puerto Rican winter ball
team, putting the brakes on his comeback. Though I don’t neccesarily
want to see him in the outfield for the Yanks ever again [no offense
Bern] I would’ve loved to still see him back in the game.

Semi In-Gamer, Jackson vs. Pavano 1:05

          Since I’m putting this up at some very short notice I don’t expect many to stop by today, but I’m in the mood to rant during the game so I’ll still start this in-gamer anyways and anyone watching the game [fan of any team] is welcome to comment along.

Game Time: 1:05

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Updates:

12:56: According to Pete Abraham, it’s official. Hughes will be taking the start on Wednesday against Chicago. Looking forward to finally seeing the kid back in action.

1:08: “Pavano” and “commodity” were both used in the same sentence just now… never thought I’d lived to see the day when that happened.

1:15: Pavano out of the inning, throwing 16 pitches. Prediction: Jeet will pick himself up another hit here and Bobby will ground into a force out for the millionth time of the season.

1:19: DJ baseball. Nice bunt basehit by the Capt’n. Cross out that prediction, didn’t realize Abreu wasn’t in the game today.

1:26: 13 pitch walk by Big G… bases loaded. Did the real Yankees stand up today?

1:29: GRAND SLAM… guess that answers the question.

1:36: 4 runs on the board for the Yanks and Jackson already sitting at a not so sweet 34 pitches.

1:42: That seems to happen to Cano a lot, but this time he managed to realize he didn’t get the call and tag Floyd to get the out.

1:50: I don’t think the fight for the AL East will ever be the same again now that another team has proven it’s here to stay… Gonna miss the good old days when the Rays fell out of contention in Spring Training.

1:55: DJ picks himself up a double after JD goes down, bringing him one away from Lou Gehrig for most hits all time in Yankee Stadium.

1:58: Another bomb. Yanks lead 6-3. Where was this all season?

2:10: 1-2-3 inning by Pav, at 61 pitches through 3 though.

2:13: The Rays’ baby, David Price, is making his major league debut…

2:16: and sits X, Cano & Pudge on 7 pitches.

2:28: Pavano gets in some more trouble but a hell of a play by Cano gets him out of the inning.

2:35: And Price works another 1-2-3.

2:38: Cano is taken out and Betemit is now in the game…ugh.

2:42: Pavano works another 1-2-3 to keep up with Price. Jeter coming up in the inning. Can he have another 3 hit game and tie Gehrig?

2:48: The Capt’n has done it! Jeet takes one over the wall in right center off David Price to tie Gehrig. Flair for the dramatic huh? What a career it has been so far for the Yankee shortstop.

3:02: Wow… Pavano leaving the field apparently with an injury. Unbelievable. Looks to be the right hamstring from what I could tell… I don’t think there’s ever been a more prone player in the history of sports. He did last 5 starts this season though so there’s that.

3:10: I don’t think the score even matters [with the likelihood the Yanks will not be making an October appearance] and yet still, what a game. Jeet makes history, A-Rod throws in a slam, Price makes his debut and Pavano does what he does best.

3:15: Another hell of a play, this time by Gardner, to end the inning.

3:36: Jeet will have to wait until tomorrow to try to take the record, as he grounds into a DP in likely his last at bat of this game.

3:50: Gardner does it again, making another incredible play in center field to take a hit away from Gabe Gross.

4:04: The Red Sox are winning their game in the top of the 9th… it’s sad that we’ve been reduced to playing the spoiler role.

4:23: Mo comes in for a one out save and game over. Yanks win an interesting one at the stadium.

One For The Stress

To relieve the recent, and not so recent, headaches and heartburn, the real Yanks decided to make an appearance tonight.

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Which makes it tough to make fun of them today.

Side Notes:


I don’t know what was with Ponson putting up a solid performance early,
but he corrected it by giving up a 3 run homer in the 6th. Seriously
though, he was actually hitting the glove… more than once.


I remember from the Paul O’Neill Yankeeography that Sterling said
something like “When a warrior is wounded is when you better watch
out”… which is what the Mariners should’ve done. Wasn’t there
something wrong with Bobby’s wrist? I bet in the post-game interviews
after the game he’ll be like, “Wrist bothering me? Nahhhh.”


It’s not too often that baserunning makes its presence known in a game
but it was responsible for some of the runs the Yanks scored in this win tonight. Jeet did his part, scoring from first in the 7th, with his
always great instincts, in no need of a 3rd base coach, to just get in
there. JD also stole two bags in that inning.

– Sometimes I feel sorry for the ball when Big G comes to the plate. One way or another it’s going to get smacked.


The Yanks gain back the game they lost yesterday and will turn to the
Moose in the final game of this series in Seattle. One of the few
reasons Yankee fans have to keep watching the games is to see Moose get
that 20 he’s been searching for. Mussina more than desearves that 20
win season.

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Yankees Suck. . . Surprise Surprise

Another loss…

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The Yanks do know that they have to win to make the playoffs not embarrass themselves, right?

Oh, I forgot, they get paid no matter what… I guess I wouldn’t care either.

Still watching them sink…

Side Notes:

– I
can’t believe I’m saying this but… forget the f-ing homer. Watching a
home run from the Yanks isn’t even exciting anymore because they never
hit one with runners on. The pop ups are getting on my last nerve. What
is it… a simple single isn’t prestigious enough for you? Well guess
what: neither is a pop up or a loss. The only guy I expect to swing for
the fences every time is Big G because seriously, how many singles is
he going to get?

– The
word on Giese is “stiff shoulder”… I can’t put my finger on it but
where have I heard that before? The amount of injuries hitting the
Yankees is getting ridiculous. The baseball Gods are serious haters.

– I’m
thinking about another in-game live chat for Friday. Tell me if you
guys are up for it. The Yanks will be playing the Royals so I expect a
win. Then again…

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Game 1 Of 10 Game Road Trip – Joba vs. Padilla 8:05

          The Yanks will kick off a four game set against my second favorite team the Texas Rangers tonight in Arlington. The Yanks will be facing the Rangers, the Angels and the Twins in the “Let’s see what you got” 10 game road trip that starts tonight. Joba Chamberlain will take the mound for the Yanks and face Vincent Padilla for the Rangers.

Game Time: 8:05
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Updates To Come:

6:19: The Stache has met it’s demise. It had no more luck left in it so Big G finally said his goodbyes. I wonder if he’ll stay clean shaven or see if he can squeeze some luck out of a new ‘stache.

6:21: Nady named Co-Player Of The Week for going 10-19, with 10 RBIs and 3 long balls. Keep making Cashman look like a trade God.

6:50: Just realized [courtesy of Sean of Yankees Daily] that the last regular season game at Yankee Stadium will be on ESPN. How crappy is that? It’d take me forever to list the reasons why I hate ESPN so I’ll cut to the chase: I want to thank whoever is responsible for this for slapping the Cathedral in the face. Nice job.

6:53: According to Pete Abraham, Joe G. has said that Dan Giese will start on Friday while Raz moves into the bullpen.

7:38: Melk is sitting out tonight and Girardi said he just wanted to give him a day or two off. Everyone knows Melky needs it. With the speedster Christian starting in center, it’ll be fun to see what havoc he causes on the bases.

7:45: It is currently 102 degrees in Arlington with 28% humidity making it feel like 104. It’s going to be tough just to breathe, let alone play baseball.

7:52: Good news: Mo says he’s ready and able to pitch.

8:13: Single by Bobby and A-Rod walks with two out. Big G up and looking weird.

8:21: And G comes through with a single to put the Yanks on the board.

8:24: The Yanks only put up 1, but have Padilla heaving for air.

8:30: Joba holds the Rangers down in the 1st, throwing 13 pitches.

8:36: Yanks go quickly and quietly in the 2nd.

8:43: Efficiency from Joba so far. Let’s hope that lasts.

8:55: Yanks fail to put up some more runs but push Padilla’s pitch count to 55 after 3 innings.

9:05: Joba ends a tough inning with a K of Michael Young. A run was prevented from scoring by a great stop by Jeet and Salty’s overslide.

9:15: Big G cranks a homer to put another run on the board for the Yanks. Should’ve shaved that ‘stache a while ago.

9:16: Robbie cranks one to tack another on. 3 – 0 Yanks. Padilla at 79 pitches with two outs in the 4th.

9:41: Balk gives the Yanks another run.

9:50: Red Alert: Pudge smiled.

9:55: Crazy inning unfolding for the Yanks. Someone get these umps glasses, pleease.

9:57: Joba now serves up another HR to make it 6 – 5 Texas.

10:04: Joba is taken out of the game with an apparent injury. Pray it isn’t serious.

10:20: Yanks get something stirring but not able to push across a run. Still waiting on word on Joba.

10:25: Edwar works a nice and easy 1-2-3 inning.

10:36: Yanks go down 1-2-3. With Joba taken out it seems the bats have got the air taken out them. The Yanks can easily tie this game and with the loss by Tampa, they have a chance to gain ground tonight.

10:40: As of yet, the word is “stiff right shoulder” on Joba.

10:44: Bruney pitches a solid 7th. Time for some more runs. A-Rod, Giambi and Nady coming up.

10:50: The X-Man strikes again! Homer! Tie Game.

10:57: The other guy in the Nady deal, Marte, coming into the game.

11:07: Marte allows a triple by Murphy but gets out of the jam by striking out my boy Crush Davis and getting Saltalamachhia to fly out.

11:19: Jeet had a chance to give the Yanks the lead but gets robbed of an RBI single by Hamilton in center.

11:36: It’s all over. Marte walks the bases loaded and Byrd hits a walk-off grand slam. One of the worst losses this season. Not a good way to start of the road trip.

Thanks to everyone that stopped by tonight.

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