Tagged: Hughes

Walk-Off Win For America

Match-up may have had loss written all over it, but..

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sorry Canucks, not today.

Side Notes:


In all seriousness.. Halladay on the mound, shoulder strain pulls Wang
out in the 5th, and the Yanks still manage to pick up a W.. what are
the odds?

– Abraham’s Wang Update:

“He
is headed for the DL with what is being described as a strain with
bursitis. But everybody seems to think that he will be back within a
month.”
 

I am itching to mention he who must not be named,
but I won’t do it. Who’s glad that Hughes is a reliever now? Phil is
obviously the only competent option to be the replacement, but with the
decreased arm strength stemming from the move to the pen, he likely
won’t be able to give a full start in 5 days. I’m thinking one will be patched together by he and the other relievers on Thursday, though Abraham suggests Sergio Mitre in Scranton could be the choice.


Message to the New York media: Yankee Stadium = launching pad..  we get it. The
restatement of this every time one ends up over the wall in right is unnecessary.

Digesting The Disaster That Is Robinson Cano:

Now 0 for his last 20 with RISP..
Made the last out in 5 of his 6 AB’s today..
Stranded 10 single-handedly..
Batting near, if not below, the Mendoza line with RISP for the season..
Leading the team in double plays.

And he’s number 5 in the lineup..

The icing on this cake? In the only at-bat he didn’t end the inning with, he ever so intelligently chose to bunt [into a force out at third]… with a 3-0
count. Girardi may or may not be a smart guy [latest managerial
decisions have been raising some doubt] but this one seems simple.. Ice
cold bat + sheer idiocy = bench.


Badazz Burnett strikes again, this time with Joba as the
co-conspirator. This date in Yankee history can now add “Posada Pied
to accompany The Birth Of The Boss and Baseball’s Gettysburg Address on
its resume.

Beast(s) Of The Ballgame:

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I
asked someone to tell me the worth of Hideki Matsui.. and the guy told
me himself with his second tater and multi-hit game in the last three
days.

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A bomb and the game winning hit.. How’s the thumb feeling?

On Deck: Joba on the hill to face Brett Cecil, with a mere 7 Major League appearances under his belt, for Toronto in a battle of the 6’2″ 23 year olds.

P.S. Forgot to mention, if you think you’re losing it, Eric Hinske did indeed arrive from Pittsburgh.. three days ago. He supposedly requested a trade  from the Pirates because of a lack of playing time.. must be glad he got it.

Back In The Bandbox

So.. anyone still have a problem with it?
. . . besides this guy:

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– Got to see Joba, Hughes and Aceves before the game. Joba is a funny
dude. Buttons, by the Pussycat Dolls, was being played in the stadium
at one point [yeah..] and in the midst of the meet and greet Joba was
jamming, bobbing his head and probably two seconds from busting out
dance moves. He was the last guy to leave from the gate and took a six man
entourage with him, while Aceves could’ve walked out of the Great Hall alone. All three walked right past me, and were all huge and brolic enough to have me scared to touch them..

[I caught the pic on the right of Joba as he was leaving with his protection on my phone.. There’s one I caught of Hughes before my camera died here.]


Speaking of scary.. I know I’ve said it before but A.J. is the ultimate
badazz. Even when the guy laughs or smiles, which he was oddly doing a lot of
during BP for some reason yesterday, he still manages to look sinister.
I was having a convo with a friend about him and brought up something I
would’ve liked to see during interleague. First off, I would’ve gotten
a kick out of seeing A.J. go to bat with biker gloves.. but I would’ve
given every dime I have to see an opposing pitcher have the nerve to
hit him. I can picture Burn just breaking the bat on his knee,
walking to the mound, standing 6 inches away from whoever threw the pitch and just staring
him down till the guy ran away or pissed his pants.. and A.J. then taking his place at first base.

– About the game.. How about that dandy Andy? Return of Mr. Reliable? Solid stuff.

– Two days rest and A-Rod musters up this kind of energy? Do we dare to give him three?

– The stadium may be helping the Melk Man, but I don’t care. 7 homers at home [1 on the road].. Fine by me.

– I’m thinking Girardi should go by the name Slow Joe right now. Finally moved Cano out of the 5-hole, after
a storm of criticism, and last night makes questionably weird move
#82638234 removing Aceves after one batter. Yeah, textbook baseball
tells you to bring in Coke for the lefties, but the micromanaging is
ridiculous. It worked out so no one is throwing a hissy fit, but even Alfredo was
surprised by it, walking off the mound with a sarcastic grin. Hughes
probably wanted to do the same, after warming up for no reason.. Just sayin’..

– Don’t know how it managed not to rain, but good night at the ballpark. Mick Foley was there [I sh*t you not].. and a Paul O’Neill chant broke out.. love it.

Beast Of The Ballgame:

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P.P.S. An update.. scaffolding is now completely surrounding the stadium next door and they no longer keep its lights on.. an extremely sad and scary sight. I don’t know what it is but, despite the win, I realized the new stadium didn’t give me the same “God, I love baseball” feeling walking out of it last night as the old one did endlessly. Just started sinking in that the old home is being torn down.

P.P.P.S. This = hilarious.

No Chance In Hell

Not a single error made in the field tonight by the Mets, and wouldn’t you know it.. they look just as helpless.

Beast of the Ballgame:

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7 innings, 10 strikeouts, one hit.. just nasty.

A.J. could really rock the throwback McMahon entrance.
[No doubt he got the belt tonight.]

Side Notes:


Seems the Jorgie – A.J. duo is working mighty well. Both have a fiery
intensity that the Mets just got burned by tonight [no pun intended]..


Citi Field a massive fly ball serial killer? Yankee bats say otherwise.
Two more bombs tonight making it seem like there are no dimensions the
lineup can’t handle.


Who else is loving the youth takeover? Melk, living for the
competition, took the baton from Gard tonight, picking up a couple of
hits, while making a couple incredible plays in left. Peña contributed
with a double and a solid play at short. Daniel Murphy was robbed thrice because of the two of them.

– Brun.. I’ve missed ya. An easy 8th.. retiring the side on 7 pitches.. Was actually warming up to the porn ‘stache tonight.

– I’ve just realized there isn’t even a lot to say about this one.. summed up simply: dominance.

On Deck:
Wang to take the hill against Livan Hernandez. Wanger improving but
Hughes will undoubtedly be ready to backup, should Wang have
difficulties. Will be hosting another in-gamer for this one. Sweep?

Icing The Cake Before Heading To Beantown And Eating It

And this was how to enjoy it:

http://www.facebook.com/v/1157045373252

[Excuse the misguided Mets fan yelling let’s go Rays.. He’s mentally ill.]
[And yeah.. we celebrated Damon’s shot with Freddy! =)]

Who’s heading into [and leaving] Boston with sole possession of first place?

Side Notes:


First off, was there a 5-Hour Energy promotion before the game I didn’t
know about? [Because there should be..] Because the crowd was pretty
pumped last night. The wave went through the entire stadium literally 4 or 5 times straight [despite how corny it is].. Your Quick Bit of Hilarity: When standing up and sitting down and the greatest thing in the world becomes synonymous.

– For the record.. Swish’s bomb? Called it [approximately
10 seconds before the pitch was thrown to be precise]
.. I must be 
somewhere near 7 out of 10 this season now. Finally getting that career
prediction average over the Mendoza Line..

– How about that jet stream?

– Teixeira = beast beast beast beast beast.

– And let the Joba Hughes bullpen/starter debate begin..

Crowd Quotes:

– With the entrance of Mo: “Why everybody clapping?” [I swear, there’s always that one person..]

– Upon noticing a friend was cheering for anything..
  Me: “Who are you even rooting for?”
  Friend: “I don’t even know.. I’m going for the Lakers.”

– Same Friend: “What quarter is this?”

– Same Friend: “How many points they have? Three right? Three points baby!!”

– “Haha.. B.J... Who would name their child B.J. [Upton]?”

– With crowd yelling “Hugheees”..
  Friend: “Why are they booing?”
  Other Friend: “So that way they can like strike him out.”

– Me:  “SoOoOo, enjoyed the game?”
   Red Sox Friend: “Watch.. tomorrow man..”

On Deck: Another Boskees series.. beginning with Burnett and Beckett.. Hmm.. loving this match-up.

P.S. Just re-watched Swish’s innerview that aired on the pregame a couple of days ago.. Swish’s response to what he’d do during a rain delay: “I love naps” Me too, my friend.. me too.

Walk-Off Wonder Boy Works Magic Tad Sooner This Time

Seriously, what does Leche eat for breakfast?

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I know this level of clutch doesn’t come in a Wheaties box.

Side Notes:


Felt cheated going to a game with Jeter sitting it out on the bench,
but the “W” when it was all said and done just about changed my mind.


I swear, only in Yankee Stadium would two guys randomly show up in real
St. Louis Cardinals jerseys to a game between the Yanks & Rangers.

– Wang.. thought you were back for a good two innings.


I’ve made a change to my dream job. I now want to be the guy on the
four-wheeler type vehicle that has the dirt sweeper attached.. Couldn’t
tell if he was purposely driving circles in the infield or just had a
few too many beers along with some of the fans, but that dude looked like he
was having a ball.

– The little bromance revealing itself with Mark & Alex strangely has puts a smile to my face. Talk about a tag team.

– Swish is the funniest.


Today, Johnny Damon = beast. The guy really doesn’t even need both
hands.. I honestly feel the ball is just bruised every time he smacks
one.

On Deck: Tampa heading into town for a four game set and the first matchup just so happens to showcase the big bear double half a squiggly versus the David Price. The kid got his first major league win last week.. Shall we give him his first loss?

P.S. Check this kid out. Seriously? I think someone is trying to pull off another Tejada.

P.P.S.
Friend of mine picked up a couple souvenirs with a towel used by Hughes
[and a practice ball] tossed by a random guy still in the ‘pen after
the game. Don’t know why Hughes needed it on the bench, unavailable
today, but apparently he was sweating for Wang. A bit of advice: Axe
body spray Hughes.

Crowd Quote(s):

– [Regarding the above].. After getting a good whiff following lifting the towel to his face [reminiscent of something NSFW].. other friend uttered these words: “It smells like man.”

Off Day Boredom Relief

Recent Hilarious Happenings:

-The latest 6 year old temper tantrum in baseball thanks to Carlos Zambrano:

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When will they ever listen to Jimmy Dugan?

P.S. Despite the modern twist, with a beverage machine instead of water cooler, Paul O’Neill still takes the cake when it comes to smashing.

– My realization of why Warner Madrigal makes me giggle inside:

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Tell me you see the resemblance.


The return of Toronto’s incompetence. The Blue Jay team has finally
dropped out of first and have begun their decline, which was clearly
highlighted by a stellar effort yesterday. Halladay going 7, leaving with a 5 run lead and still a loss? That is more like it.

– Cash’s trip to the mound last
night that lasted all of two seconds, in which no words were exchanged.
Picking up the rosin bag, dropping it and jogging back? Classiiic. The look on A.J.’s face? Priceless.

Sweet Shizz:

– The new bleacher tee graphic by Bald Vinny made because “”Teix Message” is F’n Stupid”:

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.. which no doubt would’ve gone well with this screencap of “The Teixecutioner” at work:

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For anyone wondering.. ^that^ is the first step to crushing a baseball.

– CC, Swish and some of the other guys heading to the NBA playoff game in Cleveland tonight, according to Bryan Hoch. Cavs must win with the boys in the building.

Side Notes:


Seriously.. what would it take for Veras to disappear? With the way the
Yanks work, the only answer I can muster is.. improvement. Veras
apparently learned a valuable lesson from Nuke LaFarnsworth.. continue
to be an epic failure and you’ll keep getting the ball. Start getting
guys out and they’ll up and ship you to Detroit.


Unfortunate to see Melk out of the lineup for at least the next few
days, but Brett The Jet never ceases to amaze. The legs on Speedy
Gardzalez makes baserunning seem like a sport all its own.


Saltalamacchia’s rainbow-esque display of his name on his back is
chuckle-worthy enough.. but Flash’s struggle with pronouncing it gave
me another good laugh.

– According to Pete Abe, Posada will be activated tomorrow..

– An update: Tex = beast.


Yanks were tied for first before the Sox unfortunately won their game
today.. but I’m thinking Yanks claim sole possession real soon.

On Deck:
Pettitte facing Cliff Lee tomorrow in a game I won’t see because it’s
Prom night, so I hope Andy will mow ’em down while I’m watching people do idiotic things.

In The Hole: I’m hoping continued dominance from double half a squiggly.

Off The Bench: Hughes taking on he who must not be named.. Would love to see some retribution this time.. but more importantly.. Must see him stub his toe or someone drive a ball at him..  No way Cleveland gets to have him for a full season either..

P.S. I was randomly watching women’s college softball on ESPN today [no idea why] but upon stating that one of the female players was a “loyal Seattle Mariners fan”, one of the analysts actually said “you’d kind of have to be loyal to be a fan of Seattle”.. burrrnnnn.

Blowing Out A Candle Without A Breath?

Yeah, it’s possible.. Have two teams with powerful offenses go head to head and a blowout as a result is not so surprising.. However, one in which the winning team did not smack a single ball over the fence?… Who knew…

Check out the beauty of a box score:

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19 hits spread throughout the lineup [none of which were of the long ball variety], 11 runs [none of which scored via the long ball], and 4 RBI’s by the king of the long ball [none of which were a result of the long ball].. surprising, and yet good stuff.

Side Notes:

– Brun heading back to disabled list after only one appearance. I hate to throw he who must not be named into the air, but I must say.. you’ve just about used up your DL tokens for the year Bruney. Hope you figure out the problem.. and don’t suffer any bruised buttocks in the process.

– You can obviously partly attribute the turnaround by Tex to the return of the guy hitting behind him, but Marky is now getting hits [and homers] off broken bats.. That is all his amazingness [and hopefully not that of banned substances]..

– Didn’t write about the games these last few days, but bringing up Melky’s magic here is necessary. The Walk-Off Wonder Boy has been putting on a show. Someone should really change the scoreboard and make it the 9th for his every at-bat.

– Bowing down to the performance of Hughes right now. Holding the Rangers to 3 hits, allowing merely one walk, over 8 innings? Definitely WWE belt worthy [and apparently Phil wasn’t afraid to flaunt it.. doing post-game interviews with the belt on his shoulder.. haha]..

– I reiterate: A-Rod = beast.

On Deck: Joba on the hill again following the less than an inning outing he made versus Baltimore after being hit with a liner. He faces Kevin Millwood in the second game of this series with my second favorite team [though, sorry, Yanks get 99.99% of my love]..

P.S. I’m all for honoring the soldiers who’ve fallen and America itself.. but caps the color of red? Really? Sure, it goes with white and blue on the flag.. but not with the Yankee uniform.. just sayin’..