Sweatshirts and baseball

So I’m sitting here in the press box at Yankee Stadium, listening to Ed Alstrom hammer away at The Drifters’ “On Broadway,” and here’s my thought of the day — organ music, and only organ music, should be played at all ballparks throughout the big leagues. There’s nothing that says baseball like a Hammond organ, and we just don’t hear it enough. (I don’t count the little ditties like “Charge.”) The alternative is to hear Alex Rodriguez walk up to “This Is Why I’m Hot” five times a night. I’ll take Mr. Alstrom, thanks.

Hello everyone from the Bronx, where it’s cold and it looks like we’ll have a late-arriving crowd for game three against the Blue Jays. It’s a little odd walking up to the press box and not having to push through a wall of humanity, like I did on Opening Day. But it’s Phil Hughes’ night here on the mound, and here’s something I didn’t know about Hughes — he doesn’t buy into the superstition of not speaking to anyone on the days he pitches. I always thought that was an archaic rule anyway, but it does help the guys avoid distractions on their work days.

Great stat of the day, courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau — at 21 years and 284 days, Hughes is the youngest pitcher to start one of the Yankees’ first three games of the season since Hall of Famer Waite Hoyt started the second game of the 1921 season vs. the Philadelphia A’s (21 years, 217 days).

I’ll be back later with some more thoughts on the game. Pay no attention to Jordan Bastian’s blog, by the way. I’m an excellent driver.

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Good point Chaz, the small-ball aspect to our ‘game’ was not really there the last few years especially.

It is quite refreshing. I was actually pleased at the moment when the announcers were like: Will G ask Jeter to bunt to get the man over? YES! was the response and executed well. Even if didn’t go down well I still like the call. So many times have the Angels done that to us to get an important run and we seemed to scoff at the possibility when it was present for us.

Manufacturing runs does make it harder on the other team.

It’s not so much getting beat by good pitching that bothers me; it’s when we allow average pitching to beat us with our mental errors or lack of discipline. I realize the boys aren’t going to be perfect, but to just see that discipline re-assures us that they’re not up there to hack-away or whatever.

I should be slated to see the second game at Kauffman next week… hoping I get to see Pettitte, I’ve seen him 4-6 times and have only seen one loss with him on the hill. I wouldn’t mind seeing Wang or Hughes either (even Kennedy) but I just cringe thinking about seeing Moose. Knowing my luck that’s exactly how it’ll play out too! Hahahah

Let’s get off to a good start tonight and get that first one from the Rays!!

BTW, do any of my fellow bloggers participate in the Beat the Streak challenge for MLB? I’m just now trying to do so daily as I’d not kept up on it enough the last year. I’ve been taking nothing but Yankees since their Opening Day; Jeter failed me last night but it’s all good… back to a big fat ZERO on the current streak… hahah

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Totally with you Chaz. I think that was the first time in about 6 years they won a series solely because of run manufacturing. I’m not someone who thinks “small-ball” is the ultimate way to win (in other words, I don’t work for Baseball Tonight), but it certainly is ONE way to win. Like you said, the bats will turn around and that’s ANOTHER way to win.

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Dellin Betances won with the RiverDogs….in 5 innings, 8 strikeouts. He stands at 6’8 and 245pds, 30+ pds from where he was last year. I see him and Jesus Montero (Catcher) coming up in the ranks together. No-one noticed about Montero but in his only spring training AB he hit a HR. That’s just a small sample of the power this 19 year old catching prospect has. Dellin is only 19 as well. Yankees definately have a bright future…

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I LOVE BASEBALL! I WANNA MARRY IT!

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My son’s line from last night’s Cal Ripken Rookie League Opening Day game:

2-3, 2B (1), 3 RBI’s (3)

He’s only 8, but I am already picturing myself mooching off his success in the big leagues. I’ll be just like Tiger’s dad. Awesome.

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The hitting WILL come around. This lineup is just too good not to score runs. But, there are two encouraging things I am seeing…SO FAR:

1) I actually was counting on the pitching to keep us in all 3 ballgames.

2) We couldn’t hit, so we just manufactured runs instead. In other words we didn’t force the issue.

Can you imagin how dangerous a team is when we have the potential to score 10 runs a game, but if we don’t, we’ll just kill you with small ball? Is anyone else not really excited about what they are seeing?

So, AL, we will either score runs on your staff like it’s going out of style, or we’ll execute the fundamentals and beat you with a freaking sac bunt and a Texas Leaguer. What’s up now?

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Sorry Robert, I thought I knew you from the YesNetwork but I know you from here.

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All right. Well that was a satisfying series, especially since the Yankees won it over three quality starters. I think for the first time in a long time, the pitching actually impressed me the most. I know Moose is slotted as the 2 starter, but really he’s the number 5 and if throws like that everytime (which he probably won’t), we’ll all take it from a number 5.

With that said, my biggest problem this series was the lack of quality at bats from the Yankees. I don’t think they have to hit a home run every time they’re up, but there seemed to be a strange pattern of swinging at balls and taking strikes. That’s kinda the opposite of how they usually are. I guess you can chalk it up to facing some good pitchers who make you guess, and that’s fine for me, but let’s hope they can figure it out against the Rays’ pitchers.

All in all, good series, and it’s good to see them actually WIN at the beginning of the year!

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Busta Olney selling poison pills? He claims adding Harden will make you automatically the best staff in the game. I say: At what cost?

Lol@ Beckham leading sportscenter over the Yankees.

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Phil Hughes is only 21yrs old and he pitch very well against the Blue jays and letting the team getting back in the game and winning the first series of the season. While Joba Chamberlain got one strikeout and one hit in the 8th inning and Rivera came into the 9th inning after the Yankees scoring a run in the bottom of the 8th inning and got his second save of the season so far.

Tomorrow any can happened when the Rays come to stadium for a 4 game set and lets hope that the Yankees get at least 3 out of 4 game set again the Tampa Bay Rays starting @7:05pm ET.

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD April 3, 2008

Lakeland 4
Tampa 1
W: R. Porcello (1-0, 0.00); L: E. Hacker (0-1, 4.50)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_04_03_lakafa_tbyafa_1&t=g_box&did=milb

Charleston 10
Rome 4
W: D. Betances (1-0, 3.60); L: J. Locke (0-1, 4.15)
HR: ROM: C. Rodriguez (1).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_04_03_crdafx_romafx_1&t=g_box&did=milb

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD April 3, 2008

Trenton 0
Binghamton 2
W: J. Niese (1-0, 0.00); L: C. Wright (0-1, 3.00); SV: E. Kunz (1)
HR: BIN: M. Carp (1).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_04_03_treaax_binaax_1&t=g_box&did=milb

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD April 3, 2008

Lehigh Valley 0 ————————————————————-
Scranton/WB 4————————————————————————

W: K. Igawa (1-0, 0.00); L: J. Happ (0-1, 6.75)
HR: SWB: J. Lane (1).–

http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_04_03_lhvaaa_swbaaa_1&t=g_box&did=milb

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You’re right Harden is hardly ever healthy, I think the last time he started 20+ games in a season was in ’04. However, if the Yanks were to convert him to a closer like the Cubs converted Woods, then that would prolong his career by reducing the wear and tear on his body physically. It would also possibly soften the blow of losing Chamberlain from the pen to starter if that time comes. This is all “if” the Yanks wanted to get Harden.

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I summarized and posted links to all the Yankee minor league games tonight. All 4 games.

http://www.yankeesdaily.com/

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I’m with Matt all the way here. Igawa just can’t handle the pressure of pitching in the majors ( it’s 90 percent mental, the other half is physical ). The Yankee brass needs to give a long- awaited chance to the younger, higher upside pitchers like Horne and Marquez ( who I’ve never seen pitch, but heard a lot about. ) With that said, we will see all three of these pitchers get a taste of big-league action none-the-less, simply because Mussina and Pettitte won’t be around after this season. I know it’s early, but I am really curious to see the rotation for ’09. What do you guys think about the Yankees’ interest in Rich Harden? A healthy Harden is lights out, but he’s never healthy. Ian Kennedy and Horne for Harden… I think I’ll take a healthy Kennedy and possibly an ’09 call up for Horne over a Harden health risk… for now. Let’s see if he can pitch a whole ML season before we start making any decisions.

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I wouldn’t get too excited about Igawa just yet. Every time the Yanks send him down to the minors after blowing chunks in the majors, he does relatively well in the minors, and then gets recalled only to blow it again in the majors. For him the real test would be showing some kind of improvement, and success in the majors, something he has failed to do. Personally, I would rather see more talented pitchers called up like Horne or Marquez for the sake of this team.

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Two Outs, Aaron Hill up….Ball…K….Foul [1-2]….Strike Three…..Final Out of the game…..Ball Game Over…The Yankees Win, the Yankees WIN…..Save by Mariano ….Yankees 3, Blue Jays 2 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Bottom of the 8th….

Melky, lead-off single…..Nice bunt by Damon, safe at first…..Jeter up….another beautiful bunt, and Jeter almost beats it out at first….One Out, 2nd and 3rd, Bobby Abreu up…A bloop hit to center, scoring Melky from third….Yankees 3, Jays 2…..A-Rod, strikesout [0-4 tonight]…Two Outs…Jason Giambi now batting….HBP….Bases Loaded for Cano…..fly-out to centerfield, out number three….Yankees 3, Blue Jay 2…..Mariano coming in to close it out, in the top of the 9th !!!

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and now small ball reaches the cathedral

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Scoreless Top of the 8th for Joba Chamberlain…..
[he did give up one hit]…..In the Bottom of the 8th….Jays 2, Yankees 2

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It’s Joba Time !!!!!!!

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Game Over in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre….

SWB Yankees 4, Lehigh Valley 0….

A One-Hitter….the only hit given up by Scott Patterson!….Congratulations to Kei Igawa on pitching 6 perfect innings !!!

http://baseballtheyankeesandlife.mlblogs.com/

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Patterson gives up one hit and a walk but no runs. Ramirez and Veras are both perfect. Final score is 4 to 0. Chris Woodward playing SS for the Iron Pigs goes o for 3 in the 9 hole and makes one error fielding.

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K for Traber.

Not like the good ol’ Mike Myers days.

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Yeah, great news at (AAA)…

I was watching some of the game on MiLB.com….Awesome performance by Kei Igawa…..Scott Patterson came into the game in the 7th, and gave up the first hit of the game!…Also, in the game, Jason Lane hit a homerun!!! ….End of the 7th inning…SWB 4, Lehigh Valley 0

http://baseballtheyankeesandlife.mlblogs.com/

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great to hear about Kei,

either injury or poor performance from someone is going to see him back sooner or later

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In SWB tonight Igawa pitches six perfect innings with 7 Ks.
60 pitches with 44 strikes. Patterson replaces him to start the 7th. Score SWB 4 Lehigh Valley (Phillies) 0.

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bye Frank. haha

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