Take II

Champagne_1 Looking back, all last night meant is that the bubbly is extra-cold for tonight, right?

The Yankees will try again to pop some corks here at Tropicana Field, with their magic number still at one thanks to Detroit’s win over Minnesota yesterday. You’d have to say that, as of 3:30 p.m., the Yankees’ chances of winning a game are much better with Chien-Ming Wang slated to go rather than Kei Igawa — even though Igawa did not pitch poorly.

Be back later with some words from the clubhouse.

ON EDIT: Through four innings here at the Trop and Wang seems to be getting it done. He started a little shaky but has settled in, hunting for his 19th victory in what should be his final start of the season. Phil Hughes will start tomorrow and Mike Mussina on Friday in Baltimore, at which point the rest of the rotation is up in the air.

ON EDIT 2: The Yankees can taste it coming, up 12-4 here as Luis Vizcaino works to Joel Guzman. Six strong innings from Chien-Ming Wang, five RBIs by Robinson Cano, some more important hitting by Derek Jeter and a four-hit night from Doug Mientkiewicz. From where this team has come to claw back to today, they deserve to blow off some steam. Something tells me they will savor this one.

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Would you believe that Gary Sheffield was the last african american starter on the Yankees???Think about it.

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That is totally something my brother would say – re: China Buffet.

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This is Joe Torre again, when i want to curse in japanese , all i do is call Bobby Valentine …he knows some good ones! As far as chinese, I never have a problem at the China Buffet!

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Joe – You need to pick up the Asian languages to curse at the players in Japanese and Chinese. Make that 2 dialects of the Chinese language – Mandarin and Cantonese – since the Yanks are investing in China these days.

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Yankee Fans, This is Joe Torre, I love Gary Sheffield. I love all my black players, thats why i learned to speak spanish. Now i now can curse them in 2 languages.I remember when i actually had some black players on the team. Ahh, those were the days!

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Yankee Fans,

This is Gary Shefield. I want you to know this is a conspiracy. Gary Shefield does not accept this tragedy and injustice. Gary Shefield feels that MLB got the Yankees in the playoffs on purpose. Joe Torre, Brian Cashman, and Joe the hotdog vendor are all racist. Gary Shefield will now call Rev. Al and there will be an investigation into this matter. Then I will sit down with Bryant Gumbel and show that I really like white people. Because Bryant is a real whiteman and I love him. Gary Shefield will not stand for this. I thought the CREAM was KY Jelly or R Kelly Jelly…hmmm Gary Shefield is tired and Gary Sheifield will now go to sleep.

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Woo woo!

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Ofcourse Arod and Jeter will be on the field, they got us here! I dont think there will be much of an on field celebration.

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i ll prematurely congratulate the yanks while hoping no dramatics take place w/ 2 outs. fantastic finish to make it to the playoffs during the 2nd half of the season. hopefully more success to come.

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Hopefully the food was spoiled and they will go on the DL till Nov.

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Goodnight everyone. Congrats I hope.

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Mets lose. Phillies are just 1 behind. WOW! Queens is crying.

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What are you talking about, Coach, Bruney and Britton already killed the whole buffet!!

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I just won a bet………with myself!!!

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Somebody card Karstens (Opie) before the celebration. He looks and throws like he is 12. They just showed Bruney and Britton sneaking into the celebration to get the sandwiches before they get wet. I think I saw Mike Myers at the game…he was hanging out by the beer stand. He is going to pour a beer on himself since he can’t get into the lockeroom. Hey Gary S. great second half in Detroit…I am glad that jerk isn’t here. He might of accused Torre of racism if he doesn’t get his own bottle of champagne.

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I guess we settle for an 8 run lead in the 9th. Hope it’s enough.

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nah, coach, give em a beer and let em watch the show.

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I wouldn’t bring Jeter or ARod out in the field for the ninth. No need to get them hurt.

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Melky is trying WAY too hard.

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Thanks Bryan, no doubt, We all acknowledge the outstanding effort it took to get here, actually, we may have a better shot in a short series. A blessing in disguise?? I’ll drink to that!

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Does anyone wanna bet me that we see Mo in this game?

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Nevermind, hit the eject button on Viscaino!!!!!!!

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LOL, coachlaffin, hook em up with some PBR……YYYYuck!!!

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I think those are called “Motorials”. Awesome that the Yanks are going to take a second and celebrate their acheivments this year (so far).

Viz was facing Gomes. That dude is a masher. Coulda happened to anyone. I think that testing 2 games in a row is more accurate, Nap.

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I bet Bruney, Karstens, and Britton will be handed a 40oz of Busch. Which I might add, does the job in a pinch.

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Jeez – looks like Viz is having issues. Maybe he needs another Mo tutorial.

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The Yankees will indeed celebrate. Torre said earlier in the week that they would just to acknowledge from how far behind they’d come this season. Get ready at home everyone.

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One of the hot dog eating champions is warming up.

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exactly chaz. why joba when its 12-2? oh i know, maybe they learned from putting in “whoever” last night that they dont want to take the chance of the game actually going into extra innings and blowing it. anyone picking up my sarcasim? alah last nights game!

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chaz, according to Bryan, “the bubbly will be extra cold tonite” Will they have a clubhose celebration tonite? just curious

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Wow – Michael Kay just said it. Weird.

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Probably – they may test out the back-to-back games.

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Why Joba? This game is for a mop up guy. Maybe just to keep him fresh?

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The Yankees don’t even celebrate division titles. Just because they don’t doesn’t mean we can’t.

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Why a celebration tonite? All we win is a chance to play for the pennant.Although getting here, considering the slow start, is cause for celebration, we aint won nothin yet!I bet you don’t see Jeter partying tonite.

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I think if Johnny D would have stayed healthy all year, he woulda hit .300.

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Matt,

Let’s put Farny in next!!! Then after he coughs up 2 jacks and loads the bags, we’ll bring in Bruney to cough up a slam! What do you think?

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I GOT NO BOOZE IN THE HOUSE!!!!!!! NOOOOOOOO!!!!! Guess I’ll have to toast with some iced tea.

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Just let Wang go out and pitch two more innings, i don’t want to see this ‘pen on the mound again.

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Seriously, I’ll put my vote in for Jorge or A-Rod. I think letting A-Rod do it might score more browny points with him anyway.

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Let’s hope…. wonder if they will put Wang out after the long break?

Got my glass of red wine. We’re good.

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We are so going to clinch tonight. Even our bullpen can’t blow this lead!!!!

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ok – then I would go with Jorge or ARod given the monster years they have both had. I would say Pettite, but I think he is coming back next year.

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He should let Karstens do it…….With Farny as bench coach.

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Yeah, he did in 03, Jill.

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Chaz — My bet is ARod given the season he has had, which has been absurd. Maybe Jorge. I am sure once the clinch happens those guys will be getting days off anyway. Clemens is a long shot, but maybe he has done it already in his past life with the Yanks?

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Torre bashing aside, you have to wonder who is calling the shots on this team. Maybe it’s the guys in Vegas. I was at the game Monday and the lack of effort from most of the team was pathetic. Next time the Yanks want to mail it in please let me know so I don’t waste my hard earned money, gas (6 hr. roundtrip from CT) and time.A half days wages for me! The young couple sitting next to me told me it was their first time at the stadium. Too bad they had to witness such a pathetic performance.

And Torre’s excuse–those poor Yanks had to play three straight day games, two on beautiful 80 degree days, on the lovely homefield grass of Yankee Stadium. WOW!! Then the rest of us poor ******* deserve a year off from our jobs!! And I guess no one told the Blue Jays it was only a fake it make up game!!

This team needs someone like Jim Leyland, who laid into his team when they were doing the same sort of no show in Detroit!

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I would like to first of all apologize for my bashing of everyone last night. Torre is a great manager but I am frustrated with the way he goes at it in the end. I believe that the best move was go after it with one more inning (possibly) with Igawa, bring in Joba, and let Mo finish. Get it over with last night and then rest guys and throw the bullpen stiffs. Karstens is terrible. I know he got hurt earlier this year but I have never seen him throw a fast ball over 88. You can get a way with that if you can locate but he can’t! I still believe Britton and Bruney are future Coney Island Hotdog eating champs.

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if torre is granted an extension and girardi decides to go w/ another team, then maybe seeing a fellow hoosier managing the yanks would be rather interesting in 09. however, i agree w/ matt on this one.

not sure who will manage the final game this year. sure as **** wouldnt be one of the guys from the bullpen. they have done enough damage.

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On a lighter note:

Who do you think Torre will let manage the team for the final game this year? Last year it was Bernie. I think he should give the clipboard to Wang. That would be hilarious. Not saying he wouldn’t do a decent job, but managing through an interpreter would be funny as ****.

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It will be Girardi who takes over as manager of the team. This team needs someone who can light a fire under it when he has to . Mattingly is just too layed back. The organization will base it on ability, and who will be a better fit for this organization, not because it “owes” it to him based on what he did.

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“It has been debated whether Torre’s playing career rose to the level of Hall of Fame caliber, though the general consensus is that he was just slightly below the elite level of skill deserving of election. His accomplishments as the Yankees’ manager, though, almost certainly will lead to his induction as a manager upon his retirement as well as his #6 being retired by the Yankees.”
– Wiki

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Bryan,

I know you have to stay impartial, but I was curious about the press’ take on last night’s game, Torre, and our October bullpen. You got a second to lend some insight?

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IF or when Joe is done, I am behind Mattingly stepping in. The organization owes it too him. If he hadn’t hurt his back, he would have gone down as the greatest all around 1B in the history of the game. He has served as an inspiration for me my entire life. Donnie Baseball is a fantastic Yankee, and is learning the ropes first hand from the finest baseball manager since Stengal and Mack. Long live Donnie Baseball. Torre for 08, Mattingly in 09. WE CLINCH TONIGHT!!!!!!!! GO YANKEES!!!!

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this is the last year of Torre’s contract, but there might be a notion of having Torre’s final year coicide with the last year at the current Yankee Stadium.. so Torre might be offered a one year extension

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reading the comments as of late, why the torre bashing, he got you 9 titles, 4 rings, overall. yeah i am also frustrated since 2001, and then again in 04. anyword on torre returning next year? i would certainly like to see mattingly fill that role. the yanks should clinch in about 8.5 hours from now, so simply enjoy for now. rememeber APRIL-JUNE, no hope, laff at them ESPN peeps. ARod MVP is it a done deal?

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the playoff matchups are getting clearer.. the Yankees look more likely to take the WC and likely to face Cleveland in the ALDS

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