Under the lights in the Bronx

You know, for all this talk about the unbalanced schedule, it sure does feel like a long time since the Yankees and Red Sox met. A lot has happened since April 17. Think they’ll remember how to play a lengthy game?

Here’s the quick hits pre-game that you need to know about … Melky Cabrera is back in the lineup and they hope the day off cleared his head. This 0-for-19 slump might have been wearing on him quite a bit, but you’d never be able to tell by his demeanor. I crossed paths with Melky in the clubhouse and he was upbeat, saying the day off was good for him and Joe Girardi told him it’d just be for one night.

It also seems that Hideki Matsui won’t be able to pick up a bat this weekend, as the Yankees originally thought he would. Surgery still is being viewed as a last resort, but it’s clear that something continues to not be going well in that left knee of his. If Matsui has surgery, he said his ’08 season will be over, so they’ll do everything possible to avoid going under the knife. If that means Matsui has to sit out until after the All-Star Break, so be it.

Fun fact: The last time the Yankees and Red Sox met this late in the season with neither team occupying first place in the AL East was Sept. 15, 1997, when the Orioles paced the division.

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He’s gone! Now the Mets are going to sign him!!!Watch!!

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I don’t disagree with you on any point in particular, Matt…

I just don’t like Hawkins…

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Its time to dump Joe and hire Willie as manager. Joe is too connected to these players as a friend and needs time as a base coach before taking over a team again. Hank needs to prove he is the son of George and pull the trigger now before the season is lost.

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Raise your hand if you are so disappointed with this season of mediocrity that you don’t feel like even watching anymore games.

I sorta feel that if I continue to watch games and spend money (no matter how minute an amount) I am supporting the way they are running the team. Maybe I’ll just turn off the screen when Hawkins, betemit, ponson, igawa, etc are in the game.

I am, of course, still going to watch games and listen to games…its just that I really expected that this team was going to really bust it this year, considering that the stadium is closing.

I don’t know…maybe I wouldn’t be so bent out of shape if it wasn’t for the Rays. If they were still at the bottom the division, maybe the Yanks would only be 2-3 games back or even in first place.

I’m depressed.

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Matt, I don’t disagree with you one bit. But what I am saying is that all of the guys you named (exception betemit) at least had a track record of doing something significant as a major leaguer-Pavano won a WS, Wright shut down the yanks in 2007 playoffs, Johnson is a Hall of Famer, and Farnsworth at least at some point in his career threw 100 mph.

But for this year, the last year of the stadium and with a new manager, you sign the guy with the worst ERA in yankee stadium history? I don’t think any of the other signings can boast a dubious stat like that. In fact, you cna make at least some far fetched arguement to justify the signings of Pavano, Wright, Giambi or the trades for Johnson, Mondesi, and Knoblach.

But this one has to take the cake, at least for me, because I felt the same way about Latoya as I did about Arthur Rhodes: “why is this guy even wearing a uniform?”

Bottom line, its a tie beetween miss Latoya Hawkins and Gei Igawaful as the worst free agent signings in the Crash-and-burn-man era. In Igawa’s case, at least he got a few batters out. Hawkins is ALWAYS behind hitters and always allowing Inherited Runners to score.

My problem with the signing is “This is the bigtime free agent bullpen signing thats going to take this team over the top?”. If there was any year they should have made a splash, at least it should have been this year.

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$30 a seat for a Rays game.

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ESPN is reporting that Girardi held a closed door meeting after the game. I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall for that. I wonder how many non-curse words were uttered.

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You are right Matt but again who signed all of these guys?

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I didn’t think it could get worse then Professor Farnsworth….then they sign Latoya, and it DOES get worse…much much worse….Worse signing of the decade. worse then Pavano-he at least came off an 18 win season and had won a WS. Hawkins? He never did ANYTHING to warrent a contract, let alone Paul O’Neil’s Number. I know he was “honoring” Clemente, but he showed an obvious ignorance of recent Yankee History, and really did offend the fans, and I think he got to a few of O’Neil’s old buddies too.
AND-no one would have cared if he was pitching lights out to a 2.50 ERA…
He doesn’t deserve to be in the Majors, let alone on a team contending-THIS TEAM, THIS STADIUM, THIS TRADITION-for a championship.

This is the last year of the most heralded sports arena since the Roman Colloseum, and THATS your “big free agent” signing? LaToya Hawkins? Are you f-ing kidding me?? A guy who has one of the worst ERAs in the HISTORY of yankee stadium??? How do you NOT take stats like that Into consideration before signing someone???
So, Coach, this is how the Yanks justify those $7 hot dogs-Latoya Hawkins. He looks more like a Deer-In-Headlights the a ML Ball player. Pathetic.

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I really do not mean to be so negative but it is hard not to be with the money spent on these guys.

Beer 9.50
hotdog 6.50
tickets to the game 250.00
Watching Latroy Hawkins pitch….. worthless

PS- Go to the hotdog guy across from the bat. $2.00 dirty dogs…. Awesome!

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I’m Not surprised Godzilla didn’t respond to therapy. I had a conversation w/ a friend of mine last year that the yanks should have looked to trade him to a West Coast team and sign a RT handed hitting out fielder ( The current alignment was an alternative we talked about too). Matsui is not going to be back anytime soon, and now he is as damaged goods as an Alou or someone.
The guy i wanted was Andruw Jones…But I am not liking that idea too much now!!
Folks, unless there is a miracle, this season is OVER. These guys look very very OLD….

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Someone see if Stump Merrill or Bucky Dent are still around? Maybe Stick can come back and lead the Yanks to a soild 4th place finish.

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD July 3, 2008

Scranton/WB 0
Lehigh Valley (Phillies) 1 (2) SUSPENDED
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Portland (Red Sox) 0
Trenton 4
W: J. Jones (9-3, 2.28); L: A. Mills (0-1, 3.00)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_07_03_prtaax_treaax_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Tampa 1
Fort Myers (Twins) 2
W: M. Fox (4-3, 3.65); L: I. Nova (3-10, 4.92); SV: A. Slama (17)
HR: FTM: E. Tintor (3).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_07_03_tbyafa_ftmafa_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Charleston 4
Augusta (Giants) 5
W: W. Joaquin (1-1, 3.69); L: C. Vacek (3-3, 4.54); SV: A. De La Garza (2)
HR: CHA: B. Suttle 2 (7).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_07_03_crdafx_augafx_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Mahoning Valley (Indians) 1
Staten Island 10
W: B. Rulon (1-0, 0.00); L: A. Martinez (0-1, 4.00)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_07_03_mvsasx_staasx_1&t=g_box&did=milb
GCLYankees 6
GCL Tigers 2
W: Vizcaino (2-0, 2.08); L: Villareal (0-2, 6.23); S: Barreda (1)
HR: None
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2008_07_03_yanrok_tgrrok_1
You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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Hey Coach, Hawkins new name is “LaToya”. He doesn’t have the right to have Testicles anymore. He is the Major League Equivalent to “Glass Joe” from Punchout. He just keeps getting hit….

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Now starting for the NY Yankees….. 1B Mark Teixeira

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No Doubt Giambi is one of our better hitters right now…what I was saying is I think he is in large part responsible for the change in the philosophy in the teams overall approach at the plate. That big contract plus falling in love w/ the short porch in right had way too much influence on Giambi…and other players followed suit…
we have all been complaining about the same things since 2002-when the Front office got all freaked out by the lack of production against the Diamondbacks in the 2001 WS…the decsions from back then are the biggest reason why we are all having a fit right now.
I think Giambi is an alright sort of guy. Will he ever help this team win a Championship? I think if it was going to happen, it would have happened already. That ship sailed years ago…If a few times a series he would just tap one to the vacated third base hole, with no one on, other teams would shift on him less. This idea that he’d “hit over the shift” hasn’t quite worked, has it? Giambi is NOT Ted Williams…and Ted was one of the only guys in history who could pull balls through and over the shift consistently…

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Oh my god…. Another LaTroy Hawkins sighting. I thought we left him in Pitt. Hank needs to go into the lockeroom and fire everyone. I mean everyone. Even the guy that cleans the toliet. They all gotta go. Girardi is lost! The pitching coach should go back to AAA and take some of these bums with him. I am pissed. Why you ask? Because these jerks stink and the fact that people, including me this year, have paid up to $300.00 per seat. Did you all know that the same seats I have sat in for years went from $125.00 per seat this year to $250.00. Next year they are saying they will go to $700.00 per seat down there. For that money they better let me sing the anthem and throw out the first pitch. Actually they shoud let me pitch, because Ia know I am better then Hawkins and Farnsworthless. lol

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Sorry folks that was O’Neill in game 5 of the 1996 WS for the final out.

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Agree with you coach but again who put this crew together? Answer = Crashman the moron.

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Abreu is a statue and so is Damon. We have NO speed in the outfield except Melky. Melky is the ONLY one that will run through walls (like O’Neill use to do, remember him in game 3 in 1996 WS, folks?). Way to evaluate players Crashman you idiot.

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Welcome to 1983-1993. The Yankees are an overpaid bunch of wanna be’s. Maybe Madonna could play second tomorrow? I cannot believe we’ve let this crew go as long as they have. They all have to go. Start next year from scratch. These guys do not belong in the stadium. I am a Jeter fan but I am getting sick of all the DP he is hitting into. Posada couldn’t throw me out!

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Well another great offensive show by this El Stinko team. Many on this blog keep naming players who don’t deserve to be wearing pinstripes. Although I totally agree with those named the bigger question is who brought together this bunch? Answer = Crashman. This guy ought be the first one FIRED. I have said this many times if you are looking for the responsible ones then start with this incompetent GM. Is anyone surprised at Andy’s performance tonight, being called to testify in Clemens’ trial and all. And A-Rod is it any wonder his problems? It starts with getting lost in Madonna’s Golden Triangle. Oh yeah we are just friends. The guy is a soap opera and so is his team.

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Abreu doesn’t move like Damon or Sheff, he watch balls sail out. Juan Pierre is available.

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Well, Mr Chazbedlam, they did just that. QUIT.
Good job to Lester. Inspiring story with the cancer and everything…in fact, you got TWO guys on that team who beat cancer. TWO.
But I still hate the redsox. Hate em. I hope they get jockitch.

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Lester KO Pettitte in 2 = OMGU where is Santana?

Abreu>Sui but still we need better OF’ers

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Giambi is our best hitter Mike,

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Fuentes?? They are asking minor leaguers, make it happen.

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You know chaz, in the late 90’s when this type of slump would happen, the team would all start TAKING ptches and make the opposing pitcher work…pass the baton to the next guy. But with the signing of Jason “Idon’tneednostinkingoppositefieldhits” Giambi, the team became more and more home run conscious, even though Giambi takes alot of pitches…players like him who don’t shorten up their swing in clutch situations (Arod) changed the patient, methodical approach of the championship teams from the ’90’s…I though Abreu would help change that…

Yeah, look at this-just as I’m typing it, Arod Swings at the first pitch and ends the game….

Chaz, disgusted doesn’t quite describe it.

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Abreu is done, y’all failed to offload Sui, get it right like with RJ. Get money, get CC.

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Why is Giambi DH’ing? His numbers at 1st are way higher. Call Sheff he’ll DH.

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I hope they don’t insult me by actually putting up a run in the bottom of the 9th. Just take the goose-egg like the little biatches that you are. Just lay down and QUIT.

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Hey, Mike Lowell looks real good right now as a right handed first baseman, eh? With Matsui oft-injured, he’d be a great fit now, no? i LOVED the idea of signing him.
and remember who we traded him for? ED YARNALL. Remember him? I didn’t think so…

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I was afraid of this. The Yankees blew their wad last night. I still see that we are talking about needing pitching in the above posts. I’m sure having CC Sabathia would’ve helped today. That way we would only be using 3-0. There is no need to even discuss getting pitching until we start hitting. Why waste our time talking about crap like getting Sabathia or Bedard, or whining about Laturd Hawkins when we can’t even score? When is enough going to be enough for these guys? When does the pride kick in? They should be ashamed of themselves. I hope the fans at the Stadium boo them off the field. I’m DISGUSTED by these losers.

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I forgot about Gei Igawaful…No I feel sick. Thanks for reminding me.

and THANK YOU Robertson for THROWING INSIDE TO SOMEONE!!!!!

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Motivated??? I don’t know, how about PRIDE? Or love for the game? what about $200 million???
The fact that this team looks flat tonight shows you that the team actually takes 1 or 2 games off a week. Notice hopw they always look like dead fish the first game of a semi-long stretch of games?

At least David Robertson looks like he has potential…

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So lets see, we have:

Latoya Hawkins
Professor Farnsworth
Betepuke
Shamoo Ponson (doesn’t he look like flounder from Animal House?)

who else am I missing?

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I swear to god I saw that GIDP the second I typed “Here comes Betemit”…. we’d have a run right now if Betemit actually GOT ON FREAKIN BASE…

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Oh my Matt, thats a BAD dream!!
Chacon is a disgrace. He should be charged for assault. No Matter how much I don’t like our GM ( I run hot/cold with how I feel about cashman), I’d still want a player off the team if he grabbed the GM by the neck the way chacon did…
Go Cano! Way to hit .250….and her comes Betemit

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The Yankees can make all the trades they want. It will not help they will be lucky to finish above .500. They hired the wrong joe.

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Latoya? That’s the best name I ever heard him called. Good one.

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I’m not going to say it.
“Told you so”….there I said it.
Attaboy Latoya! Way to keep the Yanks in this one….

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Well I just got home from the game I could no longer watch. It seems less uglier and humiliating on TV. No scratch that—still ugly and humiliating. Especially with Latroy in the game.

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Don’t be surprised if Varidork busts out of his slump right here against Latoya….

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Mike, I dreamed Chacon started right after we got Ponson…terrible.

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Hopefully this game clears up any confusion, we throw our ace at Boston’s 4/5 pitcher and get 2 hit: we need Fuentes, CC, Sheff, etc. Come up Cash and co

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Look Matt, Don’t get me wrong-I love this team…the stripes, the tradition, the stadium (RIP 2008)….But I get so mad when there are guys here that really have no business on this roster.
These guys immediately come to mind:
Hawkins
Betemit
Ponson
Professor Hubert J Farnsworth AKA “Kyle”
and don’t get me started on pavano (his name doesn’t deserve a capital “P”).

Just don’t ruin my summer completely by signing Chacon or godforbid BONDS.

If that happens, I’m jumping off the 59th st bridge. Talk about humiliating…

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Does Hank even know that Hawkins and Ortiz hang out, they are best friends, better than Manny and Papi. I ain’t lying son.

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Don’t forget about LaTroy Hawkins! He still has nightmares about Glenn Allen Hill hit that grand slam a few years back. yeah, so he has been the league punching bag throwing fast balls that look like beach balls to batters and cashman signs him.
WHY???

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and since when did JD Drew become a ballplayer?

this is annoying. can we borrow some runs from last night??

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thats 9 yrs too late!!!!

sign Texiera! ugh….

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Manny thinks he’s Jamaican and Hank intends to sign him this winter.

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talk about someone who swings at everything-Shelley Duncan was on this team WAY too long this season. He’s not that good.

This organization is obsessed with ballplayers with “pop”. Yeah, hit a hair over .200, but if you hit a Homer every now and then, yer on the ML roster!

Well, in that case, why don’t they go ahead and talk Rob Deer out of retirement!!

And did you hear about what Manny did to that 60 yr old guy that works for the Astros? He picked the guy up and tossed him on the ground when he wouldn’t give Manny 16 free tickets to a game in houston.

I guess the Deadsox have a habit of throwing 60+ yr olds to the ground. This team has no class. The red sox aren’t even diciplining him. Stuff like that is why i hate them.

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This is why we should have sent Sui to SF, LA or the Mets, his knees are shot.

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I don’t share everyone’s feelings on Abreu, we don’t need him as much as we need pitching but with Sui’s injury, we would need an outfielder if we dealt him to Cleveland.

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I never wanted Wells, I was taking the perspective of the Yankees org. I did want Clemens, now is pointless. I never wanted Girardi hired. Matt says Duncan is hitting at 160 average.

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i meant “has no baseball instincts” -Ignore that extra “the”

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There are some things I don’t understand:

how salmon swim up stream…
Kepler’s Laws or planetary motion…

and why the hell the yanks are so high on wilson betemit. This guy has the no baseball instincts, and swings at anything close to the plate. Sometimes he doesn’t look like he knows what he’s doing.

I can’t stand this guy. I don’t care how much “pop” he has in his bat. You have to make contact first!

Ok, Thats my anti-betemit rant for the day. Next time he strikes out, I’ll probably rip into his .240 battin’ *** again.

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Getting beat by the perennial Cy Young candidate John Lester I see.

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I hate the red sox

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Looks like the Yankees hit their quota on runs last night.
Gonna be a long evening.

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AJ Burnett is not gonna be dealt within the division but he could be a Pavano or he could be better than Sabathia.

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News on Bedard too: we’re not interested, he has asked out of several games this year with a tired arm.

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If you ask Matt, Duncan can play RF lol.

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We have told Cleveland they cannot have Abreu unless we get an outfielder back.

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GRRRRRR

I hate being right sometimes.

Not a good sign, you have 1st and 2nd no out, 1st and 3rd with 1 out, and you fail to score 1 at least. That my fellow bloggers is the sum of this season; hitting with risp.

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What’d I miss?! Oh, Pettitte giving up 2 already… :O

2 on Abreu Up, no out, bet we come out of this with 0. Takers?

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