Posts Tagged ‘Joe Girardi’

ALDS Game 3: Holy Ibanez !&*$%+_@!!!

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

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There really are no words…

But I’ll find some.

Mystique and aura were alive and well at Yankee Stadium as tonight’s improbable 12th inning win demonstrated. Even though the Yanks were down 2-1 for much of the game, it felt like the score was 100-1. Kuroda was great on the big stage and got no run support, as usual. Every at bat, except two by Jeter and Martin, was an exercise in futility. And I’m talking about everyone’s at bats, not just A-Rod’s. When Jeter started hobbling around, I figured we were really in trouble. Even Mo’s presence, both on the mound for the ceremonial first pitch and in the dugout urging his teammates on, didn’t calm me.

And then, as if by a miracle, Girardi “went with his gut,” as he said in his post-game remarks. No binder. No matchup mumbo-jumbo. Just his instinct. And what did his instinct tell him in the bottom of the 9th? Pinch hit Ibanez for A-Rod. It was a bold move and look how it turned out.

Boom. Tie score. Suddenly, we had a ballgame.

D-Rob’s second inning of work in the top of the 12th nearly caused me to have a psychotic break. Why didn’t he get out of Tex’s way and let him catch that ball???? And then the bobble over to the first? Crazy making. But his pitching was impressive and he ended up with the win, thanks, of course, to Rauuuul.

When TBS first showed the homer, I swear I thought it was a replay of the first one. It was only when he was mobbed at home plate that it dawned on me that we’d won the game. Wow. Just wow.

Why Matusz would throw him anything good to hit I have no idea, but not my problem. I’m just so happy right now.

And I’m hoping Hughes will finish this series and give us a chance to breathe.

 

 

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Seriously, Joe?

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

I try not to second guess Girardi’s bullpen moves even though I think he’s overly devoted to his binder. My feeling is you stop worrying about lefty-righty match-ups if your starter is doing well and his pitch count is manageable, and you let him keep pitching. Especially at this time of year. Starters should be going 100-120 pitches (except Andy). They can rest their arms over the winter.

Tonight felt like an egregious mistake by the Yankees skipper. Hughes was zipping along until the 7th when he loaded the bases. But there were two outs and he was under 100 pitches and he’d handled Denard Span with relative ease earlier in the game. Why pull him for Boone Logan, who’s been iffy lately? And once Logan got into trouble, why leave him in? The camera caught Hughes F-bombing and I don’t blame him.

I was even less happy when the Yanks couldn’t come back and win, given the loss by the O’s. Talk about a missed opportunity. This one hurt.

 

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A Picture’s Worth 1,000 Words

Saturday, September 8th, 2012

This was the “final out” of the game tonight, according to first base umpire Jerry Meals. But as the YES camera clearly showed, Tex’s hand was on the bag and the ball wasn’t even close to Reynolds’ glove. Blown calls happen a lot, as we know, but when they happen in a crucial situation in a pennant race, it’s an abomination.

Also maddening? Girardi didn’t argue. “What can I do?” he said. “The game was over.” Plus, Meals will be tomorrow’s home plate ump. But if he’d argued, he would have been supporting his player. And he might have coaxed the umps to caucus and make a different ruling.

Lost in the ruckus was the poor outing by CC – poor by his standards. Clearly, his velocity’s down and I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s playing hurt. Is surgery in his off-season future? Maybe. And Tex? He couldn’t run out that ball so he dove into first base, aggravating the hamstring all over again.

The Yankees blew their own chances in the game (could Curtis Granderson be any colder right now?), but it really did look like they might make a valiant comeback. Speaking of which, A-Rod seems rejuvenated. Not a bad thing.

I did feel sorry for Markakis, who now has a broken thumb thanks to CC’s inside pitch, but that’s baseball and there’s no crying, as the saying goes.

 

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CC Looms Large

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

Photo: AP/Kathy Willens

 

I laughed when Girardi went out to the mound in the ninth. Supposedly, the skipper wanted to give his ace a “pep talk,” but more likely he wanted to be talked out of pulling him in favor of Soriano. CC stared him down and stayed in to finish up, and the Yankees beat the Mariners is a tidy game. Our ace was truly ace-like. In the early going, I really thought he might throw a no-hitter; he was that dominant.

Other things I loved about the win:

  • Jeter’s hustle on a comebacker that resulted in a double.
  • Tex’s free swinging, which suggested that his wrist is fine.
  • Martin not only catching CC for the first time this season but getting his hits too.
  • Chavez’s fan-aided homer.

Here’s what I didn’t love:

  • Chavez’s “stiff” leg/foot/something.

Nothing against Jayson Nix and our newly acquired Casey McGehee, but Chavez has played a brilliant third base and I’d hate to lose him to an injury. Hate.

I’ll end on a happy note. The Yanks are back to winning. Yay.

 

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What A Cliffhanger!

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

My God, that game was nerve wracking. I was blacked out by FOX as usual, so I listened to John and Suzyn, who made things even more tense. John kept saying, “It is high, it is far, it is….caught” whenever the Yankees would go long but not long enough, and then he’d say, “It’s a fly ball deep to…it’s gone” whenever we did go long enough. It made me nuts.

It looked like Nova wouldn’t get any run support at all – I’m sorry but the RISP thing is a problem, no matter what Girardi says – until Ibanez came to our rescue and Chavez put us ahead. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: we have a fabulous bench this year.

Errors by Jeter and A-Rod? What was that about?

I honestly don’t know if I can take a full season of Robertson’s Houdini shtick. He either walks people or strikes them out, and he needs to stop it.

Nice job by Rapada, Logan and Soriano to hold the Mets down and help break the losing streak. I feel a lot better about heading into tomorrow night against Dickey. At least we won’t get swept.

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Philthy (With Update)

Friday, June 15th, 2012

Whether the change in Hughes has been the result of Andy Pettitte’s mentoring or just being healthy, the guy has turned his career around in his last starts and he’s making me eat my words about him. I still wish he’d go deeper into games, but he was great tonight. The Nationals came into the series with all the hype, but they got schooled by Hughes, who didn’t give up a homer for the first time this season.

For awhile it looked like the Yanks as a team were going to win their first game of the season without a homer, but Granderson nixed that with his blast. It was a satisfying victory. The offense, the defense, the pitching, the pen (welcome back, D-Rob!) were all fantastic (not counting Swisher’s ungraceful leap at the ball early on).

I got the game on the MLB Network and had to listen to some mind-numbingly boring stats (“The Nationals and Yankees play best on Friday nights”). And judging by people on Twitter, John and Suzyn were unhappy that their broadcast booth was so high up at the Nats’ ballpark. But it looked like a beautiful night for baseball and we won and nobody got hurt for a change. Plus, Girardi got his 500th “W” as our manager – deservedly. Oh, and Justice Sotomayor was at the game just like we predicted she would be. Love her.

Update: Hey, look who met up at the game! Friends of the Blog, Dave and Ruth, with a very excellent sign! Thanks to Dave for coming up with it and for Ruth for sending it along. Here they are…

 

 

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THAT WAS SO AGGRAVATING!

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

I’M WRITING THIS ENTIRE POST IN CAPITAL LETTERS TO CONVEY MY ABSOLUTE FRUSTRATION ABOUT TONIGHT’S GAME.

Okay, no I’m not. I can’t stand when people do that.

But this loss to the Tigers was one of the worst I can remember. And it wasn’t Kuroda’s fault; he pitched really well and deserved some run support. Unfortunately, this team doesn’t understand the concept of hitting with men on base. Unless they walk or get hit, they’re helpless…and hapless.

As I watched Miguel Cabrera smack those two towering homers to dead center field, I kept wondering why we even pitch to him. And then I thought about A-Rod…about how he should be striking fear in the hearts of opposing pitchers the way Cabrera does instead of making weak outs. Not that he was alone in lameness. Only Swisher had a big hit. The rest of them? Pffffft.

And we had Girardi’s ejection. What in the world is going on with the umpires? Long barked from the dugout about the strike zone (rightfully) and got tossed? Without a word of warning? And Davidson laughed? No wonder Joe’s veins were popping out of his neck. Mine would be too.

And then there was Valverde and his orange beard. The guy walked in the tying run and won the game. How screwy was that?

So now the Yanks need to salvage the series with a win against Verlander tomorrow. Good luck, boys.

 

 

 

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The Broom Is Back

Sunday, May 27th, 2012

I was out during most of today’s game, but I listened on my At Bat app. Nice win for the boys and very nice win for Kuroda, but I was nervous. All we had was a one-run lead on Jones’ homer until we squeaked out another run on the double by the suddenly-not-coughing-and-hitting-well Tex. So when Girardi brought in our new closer to shut it down in the ninth, I clutched my iPhone tightly and started talking to it. Sori got the first two outs but then gave up a hit. “I miss Mo,” I muttered. But then he got the strikeout and the ballgame was over. Whew.

The Yanks are looking better than when they were losing, no question, but there was still that first inning with the bases loaded and our heavy hitters up and yet nobody was able to knock in a run. I worry about that trend.

On the lighter side, I laughed earlier in the day when I read the NYT piece about Girardi’s Cap’n Crunch eating. If he’s lactose intolerant, why does he have to eat his cereal dry? Has he never heard of Lactaid or even Almond, Soy or Rice Milk? Clearly, I need to have a talk with his wife.

Back to the dark side, while it was sweet to win again in Oakland, the Yankees will face a much tougher rival when they get to Anaheim tomorrow night. No, I don’t mean the Angels. I don’t even mean Pujols or Weaver. I mean him.

I have to admit that some of their clips are funny.

 

 

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Ugggggg

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

And I’m not talking about these.

I’m talking about the Yankees and their peek-a-boo offense. Sometimes you see it and sometimes you don’t. Tonight was evidence of the latter. Where was it hiding? Was the O’s pitcher really that good or were our boys just in a hurry to get back to New York? So odd how meekly they went down one after the other.

And then there was CC. I was finishing my afternoon beach walk when the game started at 4 o’clock here, so I was listening to John and Suzyn on my iPhone for the first inning before switching to TV. John kept saying how CC had shaken off his slow start to the season and really come around. Oh yeah? He came around all right – throwing balls the Orioles hitters had no problem knocking around. He wasn’t bad, as in AJ bad, but he wasn’t very ace-like.

His valet catcher wasn’t helpful either, not when Sweaty Freddy was on the mound. I think the Chris Stewart Experiment might need a re-evaluation.

I know I sound crabby but with Robertson on the DL, along with those I need not mention, things are feeling a little precarious right now. Girardi seemed testy too, didn’t he? I think the injuries are getting to him, whether he admits it or not.

 

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I’m Blaming Everything On The Full Moon

Friday, April 6th, 2012

Yup, everything.

  1. CC’s lack of command.
  2. The insane number of runners left in scoring position.
  3. Girardi’s managerial decisions.
  4. Joe Maddon’s managerial decisions.
  5. Joe West’s strike zone.
  6. The nearly four hours it took to play the game.
  7. And especially Mo’s meltdown.

It was all too weird, and I spent the entire night while I was out for dinner with friends wishing we could have a do-over. Mo told the media there was just one pitch he wanted to have back, but the truth was he was up over the plate to all the batters he faced and looked as wobbly as CC did in the early innings. And then there was Robertson. He was getting squeezed, yes, but does he really have to put guys on base in order to play Houdini? If so, it’ll be a long season for my blood pressure.

So many missed opportunities. And not the way anybody wanted Opening Day to go. I know I’m supposed to say, “Oh, it was just one game,” but I’m disappointed. Can’t help it.

Were there bright spots? Of course. The Yankees played incredible defense – from Swisher and Gardner to A-Rod and Tex. And how about A-Rod’s offensive day? Very nice to see.

But the Rays are not supposed to dominant the Yanks and that’s what they’ve been doing lately. I hope their streak ends tomorrow night.

 

 

 

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