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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

DEAD BALL ERA MAKES A CAMEO, AND A GUT-WRENCHING WIN


This was a win the Yankees had to have, especially after so many opportunities. In the bottom of the 12th, with the bases loaded and one out and failing to score, and then scoring the tying run but failing to score the winning the run in the 13th, the win finally came in the bottom of the 14th. Fittingly, Chase Headley, in his first game as a Yankee, hit a walk-off base hit to give the Yankees the win.


There is nothing as exciting as watching a 0-0 game go into extra innings. Literally, nothing. For the second consecutive game, the Yankees made starters with ERA’s above 5.00 look like 20-game winners. Nick Martinez and the Rangers bullpen held the Yankees scoreless through 14. If you count last night’s game, the Yankees went 13 consecutive innings without an extra base hit and 17 consecutive innings failing to put a man on third, let alone score a run, before the 13th.


Here are some more statistics. When Derek Jeter hit a double in the ninth inning, it was the first time the Yankees had a man in scoring position in the entire game. The Yankees went 6 for their first 39, that translates into a .125 average. You get the point.


The first honorable mention goes to Chase Whitley, who pitched a gem. He threw six scoreless innings, giving up 7 hits, striking out 6, and no walks. The Yankees really needed a quality start, and they got it tonight. His pitches had movement and batters struggled to put wood on the ball. When the Rangers did get men into scoring position, he maintained his composure and got out of trouble.


The next honorable mention goes to David Robertson. Keeping his pitch count low in the ninth, he was able to give the team two innings of work with three strikeouts. He ended up throwing 32 pitches, so it is unlikely that Robertson will be available in tomorrow’s game. Nevertheless, he kept us alive and went the extra mile to do so.


When you are trying to catch the division leader, you take advantage of as many opportunities to win as you can. When you have a 3-game series at the Stadium against a team that has dropped 24 of their last 28 games, you win those games. Losing the first and needing to go to extras in the second, knowing that their ace is coming up in the third does not fill one with hope that this team is on steady ground. It was a win they needed. One can only hope that they can keep this going.

Final: Yankees 2 - Rangers 1



--Ike Dimitriadis, BYB Senior Staff Writer
Twitter: @KingAgamemnon
My blog is: Shots from Murderer's Row



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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

PANIC EXPOSED! SOLARTE TRADED FOR HEADLEY


I am angry with my New York Yankees right now.  You find a diamond in the rough like Yangervis Solarte... He brings energy and youth to this Yankees organization... and then you trade him for a guy that we've been watching for 4 years now. With that watching comes age. HELLO?  So, more of the same? An aging player with a record of injury. How does this help exactly?


Reports are that Yangervis Solarte and Rafael De Paula are on their way to the San Diego Padres for Chase Headley. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com has the story and writes:

"The Yankees acquired veteran third baseman Chase Headley for infielder Yangervis Solarte and pitching prospect Rafael De Paula, sources said.


The Padres will send $1 million plus to pay the roughly $4M million left on Headley's $10.53M 2014 salary. He is a free agent after the year.

The Yankees, in need of infield help, have been scouting Headley, who's looked better recently since getting shots to quell a back issue. Headley is still having an atypical season, showing far less power than usual."

This is the key part of Heyman's report though:
"Headley's value has slipped as he's approached free agency."  
Hmm, an aging player who's value has slipped? Don't we have enough of those?


For you Yankee fans, you should be angry.  We have asked for a mix of youth, energy and the building of our kids and farm for years. You mix in alittle veteran help and there is your solution for a perfect team. Now we just have more of the same.


Welcome to the Bronx, Chase.. don't think this post is about you personally. It's about the Yankees, and the decisions they are NOT making to better this club.  I have no doubt you can do the job, but we gave away some decent young talent that shouldn't have been given. Too bad.

Trust me... we'll have more coverage of this tomorrow. We'll keep beating the drum at BYB.

That's what we do.

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THAT AROD #RE2PECT PARODY IS LOW CLASS


Not sure if you happened to see the Funny of Die parody of the Alex Rodriguez #RE2PECT video, but it's absolute trash.


It's titled F13K A-Rod, and to be honest, it don't even get it. Take a look:



Now, say what you will about ARod.  Many call him a selfish player.  He may be.  Many call him overrated, but his numbers don't reflect that.  Still others call him greedy because of the contract his signed. Well, the Yankees were the ones that signed him.


Before the Yankees, it was the Rangers that signed him to a monster deal.  Bottom line, he's asked for a contract and he got it... just like other players in baseball history.


And yup, he's been caught using PEDs and he's serving a full season suspension. But others have been caught and lied in that whole web too. Ryan Braun for instance... where's the Funny or Die video about him? Manny Ramirez failed twice and was laughed out of baseball, just to finally come back now and play for the Iowa Cubs minor league club.


David Ortiz still hasn't admitted to using, even though some sort of foreign substance was listed in his failed test back in 2003, before the substance was "illegal."  But don't worry... he's trying to find out how that happened.

The point is, you can rank on Alex Rodriguez all you want, but a 2 minute tribute video of giving the guy the finger? And for what? A laugh? A laugh that lasted up the the guy below...  


And then the joke was old.

Funny or Die is better than that.  It's low rent, and pathetic and you're clearly desperate for laughs.

Sorry guys, you blew that one.

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THIS IS WHY YOU DON'T SHOWBOAT

(In Photo: Grant Green)
It seems as though Fernando Rodney forgot one of the fundamental rules of baseball on Sunday night; "It ain’t over till it’s over."

The Seattle Mariners reliever was closing in on his 200th save when he entered the game with a 5-4 lead in the eighth against the Angels. Rodney pitched out of the inning and did his signature bow-and-arrow performance—only this time he directed his theatrics at the Angel dugout instead of center field.


Rodney—who had a lackluster stint with the Angels from 2010-11—was apparently upset that the fans had booed him when he entered the game and took his chance to gloat after he got out of the inning stating, “I did that for the fans, because when I came in, they booed me. It's part of the game.’’

But while Rodney was doing his best Katniss Everdeen impression, there was more baseball to be played and the Halos took notice of their former teammates diss and used it as motivation for a little ninth inning revenge.


Mike Trout kicked things off with a lead off walk and scored from first on a double from Albert Pujols. The duo immediately began flinging their own arrows at Rodney and they went on to win after a walk-off base hit from Grant Green (you can watch the gratifying moment below):






Now Rodney is a quality pitcher and All-Star and you can’t blame a player for getting excited when they perform well in a clutch situation (though I can blame him for not wearing his hat properly). But Rodney’s antics weren’t just about excitement—it was cockiness and the Angels used his brash stunt as motivation.


His mistake provides a great lesson—be confident, not cocky. And remember how many outs you have to go before you begin celebrating.




--Alexis Garcia, BYB's "Eye on MLB" Columnist
Twitter:  @heylexyg



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CONGRATULATIONS TO PETE CALDERA!

Just a quick note. 


A while back we reported on an honor that Foley's NY was doing for Pete Caldera, the writer for the Bergen Record and Duke Castiglione of WNYW, FOX 5.  You can read about it in THE IRISH, DEREK JETER & AN AWARD NAMED AFTER PETE CALDERA.

We wrote in March, "...The Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame will introduce a new award: The Pete Caldera-Duke Castiglione “I Didn’t Know He Was Irish” Award, which will be presented to an honoree whose Irish roots are not well known. Did you see that? It's the PETE CALDERA-DUKE CASTIGLIONE "I DIDN'T KNOW HE WAS IRISH" AWARD."

Well, it kicked off this weekend... That picture above is courtesy of the Record of both Duke (left) and our guy Pete holding the honors.

Congrats guys! Great idea from Shaun Clancy, the Owner of Foleys!

By the way, to our BYB readers, Pete's on Twitter, congratulate him at @pcaldera.

Also read our interview with him: NO ONE DOES THE YANKEES BETTER THAN PETE CALDERA.

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WE CAN'T WIN THEM ALL... BUT WE SHOULD


Shane Greene looked good, but part of the problem with the Yankees offense is helping the pitching stay in the game.  Many times, only 4 runs against them still makes it impossible for us to win. That's exactly what happened last night.  We, for some strange reason are only looking at the fence, I guess for a home run or something. Or, maybe we fans were just over sold on the team we had going into 2014.  Yes, I'm being critical.  You realize why I am, right? We don't score runs!  We rarely score 5 a game and hell, we never score 6.  Papa John's was smart to hold that special of 6 runs and half-off your next order there... that's because the Yankees don't score 6... it seems like EVER.

2 runs for us last night. Just 5 hits.  OH... and 5 errors.  FIVE. This is the sign of a championship team? I think not.  We look miserable.


Greene went 5.2 innings last night and gave up 4 runs.  That was followed by the three stooges, and I say that affectionately, Matt Thornton, Adam Warren and David Huff.  Now they held the Rangers down which was great, but those 4 runs off Greene were enough.

The Yankees run scoring, or lack there of, went like this:


In the bottom of the first, Carlos Beltran sacrificed home Derek Jeter. In the 4th, Jacoby Ellsbury homered... a solo shot.

Blah, blah, blah.... Sorry, but as a fan, I want more!  We deserve more... these are the Yankees for Christ's sake.

Final: Rangers 4 - Yankees 2

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Monday, July 21, 2014

MARKED MAN TEIXEIRA

Guys, I hate to break it to you, but Mark Teixeira is taking a rest for about three or four days.   For those of you that don't know what's going on, he's apparently strained a back muscle... or something, read HERE.


Seriously? Again? I mean, I strain muscles all of the time. I run marathons for God's sake, but I don't stop running at mile 15 when I've got 11 to go. I suck it up because that's what you do!


According to NJ.com, the Yankees should give Tex some rest because he needs it.  "DO IT: Teixeira has been on the disabled list only once this season, missing 15 days with a strained hamstring. But he's got more dents than a loner car. Let's tick off his maladies: a surgically repaired wrist that's always iffy; a banged-up right knee; the lat; and the tired legs that caused him to miss a game in May. Face it: Teixeira is going to need a few more days off here and there the rest of this season." 

Honestly, Kelly Johnson doesn't do it for me and as much as I love Tex, we may need to go shopping for a first baseman next year.  Seriously...

So, Tex is out for a few days and we'll see what happens next. Gotta love it, huh?




--Suzie Pinstripe, BYB Senior Staff Writer
Twitter: @suzieprof


   
 
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ONE MORE ROUND


I’ve always been a fan of the movie ROCKY. It’s a good movie, but it’s really a great human story with a heart, kinda like BYB. We’ve all been the southpaw slugger for South Philly in our live at one time or another.


No matter who you are, where you come from or what you do for a living, we’ve all been a long shot at something. One of my favorite relationships from Balboa’s story is his bond with his friend and trainer Mickey Goldmill.



I bet we’d all love to hear someone yell from our corner when the punches have knocked us down. A voice to cry out, “GET UP! GET UP, YA SON OF BITCH! DON’T LIE DOWN TO THIS BUM! DIE HARD! One more round, ‘cause Mickey loves ya.”


The second half of the 2014 season is off and running and the New York Yankees NEED Mickey Goldmill in a big way. It is time to go. Every game is a playoff game! And starts now. The Yankees swept the Reds in our house! And now we're only 3 games out of 1st in the AL East. Bottom line, we can do this! We need to play as if they are 10 back. Let it go!


Nobody cares that the Yanks lost almost all of their rotation. No one wants to hear that they have injured, older players and that the trade market is not bursting with options. Play like there is no tomorrow!

Our club is  a .515 club, and the East is still a crowded house. It’s anybody’s division…to call back to a dark time in Yankee history, the Sox of 2004 wore shirts that read: “Why Not Us?”


Well, Yanks…why not you? This team CAN make the playoffs. It is not going to be easy, but does that mean you call it a season? Get the hell outta here.


This is Derek Jeter’s last stand and if these Yankees have any heart at all they’ll circle the wagons and follow their Captain into Hell. We read about all that is wrong with this club. The age, the injuries and why they are flawed in their very foundation…but let’s focus on what they do have, shall we?


The Yankees have speed; a great defensive outfield, a strong pen and a guy who makes players around him believe it can be done…that player?


“The Shortstop, number 2, Derek Jeter, number 2.”

Yes, it has a Hollywood storyline, but what in Jeet’s career hasn’t been? The day he reached 3,000 hits he went 5 for 5 and number 3,000 was a dinger. If you believe it can happen then you have won half the battle. Believe, Yanks! Believe and fight!


I know it won’t be easy and remember Rocky lost that first fight against Apollo Creed…but he left every bit of his soul in that ring.  I know Derek Jeter will do the same. I can only hope that the Yankees (old and new) will hear the raspy, graveled bark of their own Mickey Goldmill, “ONE MORE ROUND! ‘Cause Mickey loves ya.” It can be done.


There have been far more flawed clubs than this Yankee group that have done the improbable. So here we go, folks.


To quote Kilmer’s Doc Holiday, another movie character I’ve always liked, “Indeed, sir. The last charged of Wyatt Earp and his Immortals.”


Jeter and Company can find a way. It ain’t over yet.


**If you go down, go down swinging. If you gotta go out, go out in...**



--Mike O'Hara, MLB Fan Cave Host, Season 1
   Twitter: @mikeyoh21
    

"Paulie was always my favorite player."
 



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