Tagged: Joe Girardi

Top 5 Google.com results

Here are the top 5 dumbest results on google.com for the Yankees.

5) “mariano rivera”
Google Rivera.pngFYI, if you type in Jose Molina, he has a bunch of results.

4) “is joe girardi”
Google Girardi.pngCatholic, black, sick, ill, hispanic? Try watching the game.

3) “what does alex rodriguez”
Google A-Rod.pngI don’t know? FOOD! Not to mention the even stupider question in the last row.

2) “is cc sabathia”
Google Sabthia.pngUmmm, yes, he is.

1) “is johnny damon”
Google Damon.pngWell, with the way he’s handled his negotations this off season, I’d say so.

Yankees give thanks

A table of Yankees got together for Thanksgiving. They went around the table saying what they were thankful for. Here’s what they said:

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is thankful for Kate Hudson. And Luis Castillo for dropping that pop up.

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is thankful for Lou Gehrig’s career being cut short, giving him the chance to break his all time Yankee hits record.

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is thankful for championship number 27. Had the Yankees not won this championship, his job would be in serious danger.

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is thankful for the Yankees didn’t just send him down to the minors. His 4.75 ERA was rough to watch all the way through.

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is thankful that the Yankees have a disgusting amount of money, making it remotely possible that they will offer him a contract, after having an ERA over 9.

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is thankful for Xavier Nady’s injury. He’s also thankful for his wit, which has made his atrocious defense and lack of postseason production, almost tolerable.

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is thankful that MLB didn’t fine him an amount that actually matters to him for his fight with Jesse Carlson of the Blue Jays.

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is thankful for his record breaking RBI total in the final game of the World Series. That may be a great ending to his Yankee career.

I am thankful for…

All of my readers that make writing this blog all worth while. And, of course, #27! Happy Thanksgiving Everybody!

What are you thankful for?
Write a comment on this entry saying what you are thankful for this thanksgiving. Help spread the holiday spirit!

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Reactions from the parade

Parade 11:6.pngI was not able to attend today’s Yankee ticker tape parade due to my Algebra teacher. But, regardless, a million New Yorkers crowded the streets of Broadway as the Yankees floated by in the chilly, windy weather. An estimated 33% of the fans were from outside the five boroughs. For many of the Yankee players — including playoff star Alex Rodriguez — it was their first time taking the victory ride. Here are some quotes and reactions from the parade.

“We welcome you all to the biggest party in town!”
– Michael Bloomberg

“Just incredible. A magical day; it’s hard not to enjoy that. New York has the best fans in the world.”
– Hal Steinbrenner

“They never get old. It’s been 10 years. It’s amazing. The
parade is extra special because everybody is celebrating with you.”
– Joe Girardi

“You feel like the president waving to everyone. You wish you could
thank everyone. I think they know we appreciate it.”
– Derek Jeter

“I’m so overjoyed. You don’t know how many times you’re going to
get the opportunity to be in a tickertape parade in New York City.”
– Johnny Damon

“Andy told me it’d be a mob scene. It’s amazing, the amount of people who are out there celebrating what we do.”
– CC Sabathia

“It was something special. You never take it for granted when you have the chance. I thank God.”
– Mariano Rivera

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And the Yankees are World Champions!

’09 Yanks nab 27th World Championship.

World Series Champs.pngOn December 12th, 2008, A.J. Burnett signed an $82.5 million contract with the Yankees. I sent an email to my dad who as at work with the link to the article on the signing. My dad replied by saying, “don’t count your chickens until the eggs hatch.”

327 days and 28 million seconds later, the Yankees passed around their 27th World Series trophy, for the first time in nine years. From CC’s horrible start on opening day, to A-Rod’s walk off in the fifteenth inning against the Red Sox, the Yankees have climbed every mountain, jumped every hurdle and now stand atop every team in Major League Baseball.

“You realize how difficult it is to get here,” Yankees captain Derek
Jeter said. “I never lost sight of the fact that it’s very difficult to
get to the World Series, let alone to win one. You realize and remember
how hard it is.”

Yanks Celebrate.jpgIn his potential final game as a Yankee, Hideki Matsui tied a World Series record with six RBI’s in a game, sealing up his World Series MVP honors.

“This is what the Steinbrenner family has strived for, year after year
— to deliver to the city of New York,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi
said. “To be able to deliver this to the Boss, the stadium that he
created and the atmosphere around here, it’s very gratifying to all of
us.”

Probably most gratifying to Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez. The king of
baseball has now sealed his resume. Alex Rodriguez has now won a
championship and is now the true champion that we all know him to be.

Andy Pettitte stepped up big for the Yankees on three days rest, and in possibly his final game in pinstripes, helped get his sixth ring.

“This is what you set out to do when you go to Spring Training,”
Pettitte said. “It’s a great feeling to be able to accomplish with the
rest of the team. This is what you play for.”

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Mo ’em down

Best closer of all time may go for three.

If there is a recurring theme in this series, it’s the inability for either team to put it away. Up and down each of these teams, there have been holes in this series. It’s fair to say that whoever manages to plug those holes up, will win the series.

It’s also fair to say that the Yankees have the clear advantage regardless of anything else. There at home where they had more success than any team in baseball, and, they have control over the only sure thing left in this series: Mariano Rivera.

So, we are left with yet another issue. How do you use the one sure thing left in the series to win the series. With a lead in the latter part of the game, Rivera is a sure go.

Whether that situation will present itself is yet to be seen. But, assuming it does, I think it is fair to say that the Yankees will, under no circumstances, watch a late inning lead get blown with Rivera sitting out in the bullpen.

In the seventh inning tonight, the stage will be set. With a two or one Yankee lead, the decision will begin to mount upon Girardi’s shoulders. Do you give the ball to the greatest reliever of all time and say, “bring us home”? Or do you play the safe route, and ensure yourself that you will have him in game 7?

The last time Rivera pitched more than two innings in a postseason game was just a few weeks ago. Rivera pitched 2.1 innings against the Angels and gave up no runs and one hit in game 2 of the ALCS. He has pitched three innings in a postseason game twice, the last coming in 2003 against the Red Sox, another scoreless performance.

So, you can ensure the champagne, or you can ensure that you will have Rivera for as long as you want in a potential game 7.

But, the decision won’t be made by us. Here is a recent update from Yankee reporter @BryanHoch via Twitter.com: “Joe Girardi believes the Yankees have Mariano Rivera for at least two innings tonight — “Maybe a litter more,” he said.

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Phlying back to NY

Series resumes Wednesday in New York with Yanks up 3-2.


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The Yankees and Phillies are back in New York and will take their workouts today at the Stadium.
As if the Yankee loss in game 5 wouldn’t cause enough uproar among Yankee fans, there is also the Burnett debate smeared over it. 
Girardi has made some questionable moves at times, but seriously, in any baseball game, who would you rather have on the mound, Burnett or Gaudin? There was no way that Girardi was going to tell this huge offseason investment to miss out on the clinching game.
Burnett going on short rest also sets up Pettitte — with the most postseason wins of all time — to pitch the clinching game in New York against Pedro Martinez. That situation doesn’t sound to bad to me. Not to mention you have CC to fall back on in game 7, just like the ALCS.
Pettitte on short rest has a 4.15 ERA in his career and hasn’t done it since he was an Astro in 2006. Forget the numbers, Pettitte has pitched in the postseason more than any other pitcher in the history of the game, I don’t think we have to worry about anything.
For those of you playing flashbacks of 2004 over and over in your head, let me calm you down. The Yankees led the league with a .704 winning percentage at home. They outscored opponents by 101 runs and hit 136 homers in their new park.
And another thing, for all of the chaos and commotion taking place in New York over this game 5 loss, let me tell you something. The Yankees went into the defending champions home and beat them 2 out of 3. The only pitcher they have lost to is the Phillies best and the Yankees have a chance to clinch in their new home with the most experienced pitcher in the world on the mound. What are you complaining about?
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To CC or not to CC?

Two proven pitchers… two good options.

CC 10:24.pngNobody questions the importance of game 6 — or any postseason game for that matter — nobody but Girardi. When your up 3-2 in the LCS, you better go all out to win. Game 7 will bring out every bad possibility, and will turn it into the ultimate failure. Game 7 is what to avoid. 

Girardi has Pettitte going for game 6. With the rainout on Saturday, the Yankees have a chance to start Sabathia on regular rest. Regardless, Girardi has Pettitte going for game 6. 
This brings us back to the original statement. The importance of game 6. Starting Pettitte in game 6 may be the safe route — you will have CC to fall back on should you lose — but by doing that, you are treating both games as if they have the same importance.
As I said before, you better want to stay away from game 7. You don’t want to be in a spot where one mistake ends your season. So, we come to the question, which pitcher gives you the best chance to win game 6, and avoid game 7.
The answer to that is CC. In the regular season, Pettitte had an ERA of almost 8 against the Angels. And CC, has not only proven himself to be the one in the postseason, but has beaten LA twice already. 
Then rises the question, What if CC doesn’t win? Then we are screwed for game 7? Well, if your not going to win game 6 with CC, your not going to win game 7 with CC. After all, would you rather have your best pitcher against Saunders in game 6 or Lackey — their best — in game 7.
It’s not hard to agree with Girardi here.
“We’re going to stick with Andy.” Girardi said.
It’s almost as simple as that. Again, after all, Pettitte is a darn good pitcher. There’s no reason you can’t win behind Pettitte. He is the most experienced, most accomplished and the best case for a so called “big game pitcher.” In reality, CC and Andy are both pretty damn good options. And having a chance to pitch them back to back in game 6 and 7 isn’t to bad of  a spot.
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A monumental mistake

Girardi’s decisions cost Yankees game 3.

Angels Walk Off 10:20.pngJust a few days after the heroic game 2 in New York on Saturday, the Angels and Yankees put on another show Monday afternoon. This time in Anaheim. The Yankees had the early lead, on the back of three solo home runs. After blowing a lead and coming back, the score was 4-4 as the two teams entered extra innings for the second game in a row. 

After David Robertson recorded two quick outs in the bottom of the 11th, Girardi decided to bring in Aceves. Aceves then surrendered a single then a RBI double to win the game for the Angels. 
After the game Girardi said that he “liked the matchup better,” with Kendrick and Mathis, the next two hitters.
Heres the problem. According to “The Book: Playing the Percentages in Baseball” batter-pitcher matchups mean nothing. Studies they did show that there is no predictive value to a so called “good matchup.” 
To show that, they used data from 1999-2001 to find the best batter vs pitcher matchup. That matchup was Luis Gonzalez vs Andy Ashby. In 1999-2001, Gonzalez had a wOBA (weighted on base average) of .798 against Ashby. The interesting thing is that in the next year, 2002, Gonzalez hit a much lower .300 against the same pitcher. That isn’t just a fluke, because the top 20 batter-pitcher matchups all had the same result.
What does all of this mean? It means that no matter what the matchups are, you can’t expect it to withstand in any given at bat. You should always expect a batter to hit at his norm, rather than his numbers against a certain pitcher.
In this case, Aceves had never faced Kendrick and Mathis was 0 for 2 in his career against Aceves. We don’t even need any data for that. That is not even close to enough information to even argue that the matchup is better, which we just established wouldn’t mean anything anyway.
Along with that mistake came two others. Gardner pinch ran for Matsui and was caught stealing on a pitch out. I had said right before that the Angels would pitch out on the first pitch. They did and Gardner was thrown out. If something is predictable, don’t do it. More recently in game four, Jeter was running on the first pitch and was picked off. Girardi has become to predictable.
All I am saying is that some 15 year old kid (that’s me) should not know more than the manager of the New York Yankees. If I were the manager, that game would not have ended in that inning, and who am I? It’s debatable how much influence a manager really has. But one thing is for certain: It takes a great manager to make a bad team win, and a really, really bad manager to make a good team lose. And Girardi is a really, really bad manager.
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Girardi and A-Rod Tossed

In the top of the fifth inning, Alex Rodriguez went out to let Marty Foster, the home plate umpire,  know that the ball he was previously called out on was outside. Foster threw out A-Rod immediately and then Girardi who came out and argued as well.

Joe Girardi in his post game press conference is saying that A-Rod should have been warned. Let’s take a look at the rule. 

Players leaving their position in the field or on base, or managers or coaches leaving the bench or coaches box, to argue on BALLS AND STRIKES will not be permitted.”


We know that. Maybe there is some controversy over what “argue” means. Girardi said that A-Rod didn’t say anything that should get him thrown out. Joe says that A-Rod was just saying the ball was a little outside. Hold on. I doubt A-Rod cares so much about Marty Fosters credibility that he would go out there to “help him out” with his job. How can walking out there and telling an Ump that he was wrong not be showing him up?

Girardi also said that A-Rod should have been warned. That’s true to a point. Back to the rule book.

“[The player] should be warned if they start for the plate to protest the call. If they continue, they will be ejected from the game.”


Now, we don’t know exactly what happened, but lets go over the possibilities.

  1. A-Rod was warned and continued towards the ump (he would get thrown out).
  2. A-Rod wasn’t warned and continued towards the ump (would he get thrown out)?
That’s where we stand. Either way, we know that he went to the plate to protest the call. The rule book says they “should” be warned. But, in this case, he wasn’t. Too bad. He continued towards the plate, and that means he should be thrown out. Period. Girardi needs to tell his players that it’s not okay to argue, and just because you weren’t warned does not make it okay.
Whether it was a ball or not does not matter. Umps are human and they make mistakes. 
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