Blue Monday

The New York Yankees are in an 0-2 hole in the 2012 ALCS due to three reasons, none of which are new. Biased umpiring, bad managing, and players wilting under pressure.

Umpiring

Flash back to Cleveland in 2007. Joba Chamberlain is on the mound for the Yankees in a pressure packed game two of the ALDS series vs. Cleveland with the Yankees clinging to a 1-0 lead in game two in the 8th inning. Midges, an insect prominent in the Lake Erie region, descend upon the field in a scene found in a horror movie. The players are understandably rattled as these insects crawl about their faces and arms and necks and everywhere else.  The television announcers working the game and everyone at home await the stoppage of the game at any moment. Surely an important playoff game will not continue under such circumstances, right? Wrong.  Froemming,http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruce_Froemming  an umpire who was admonished for racial slurs left inadvertently on a women’s answering machine and threatening catcher Mike Piazza to autograph baseballs for him before a game by telling him that Johhny Bench refused to sign baseballs for him once and proceeded to go 0-4 with three strikeouts that day, allowed play to continue. Joba Chamberlain, noticeably shaken by the insects, allows the tying the run and the Yankees go on to lose the game.

Now flash back to just last year in game 3 of  the ALDS matching New York with Detroit. CC Sabathia is on the mound vs. Justin Verlander.  In the first inning Sabathia is forced to work hard as strike after strike is called a ball by home plate umpire Gerry Davis, a man who has a side business selling umpiring equipment,http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerry_Davis_(umpire)  a business that surely wouldn’t be hurt by free publicity.  Throughout the game Justin Verlander is given an incredibly vast strike zone, with pitch after pitch outside the accepted zone being called strikes while CC and the pitchers who followed him in relief having the same pitches called balls. The Yankees went on to lose the game.  http://www.brooksbaseball.net/pfxVB/zoneTrack.php?month=10&day=3&year=2011&game=gid_2011_10_03_nyamlb_detmlb_1%2F&prevGame=gid_2011_10_07_arimlb_milmlb_1%2F&prevDate=103

By now everyone has seen last night’s incredulous call at second base. The only way to describe that call is “suspicious”.  Any umpire supposedly skilled enough to be selected to be working an ALCS game is going to get that call right, but Jeff Nelson didn’t.  This is the same Jeff Nelson that was behind the plate on September 27th of this year when Tigers pitcher Doug Fister set an AL record by striking out 9 consecutive batters. The play itself wasn’t even close to being close. The runner as clearly out by a mile, with absolutely no room for interpretation otherwise, yet was called safe, allowing a one run game to become a three run game.  Manager Joe Girardi was ejected, the Yankees were clearly upset and rattled, and the Yankees lost the game.

Lost in the incredible hype of game 1 of this series was a call that probably cost the Yankees game one.  Robinson Cano hit a bouncer with the bases loaded and two outs in the second inning and clearly beat the throw to first base.  As Yankee fans pumped their fists at drawing first blood and still having the bases loaded with mark Teixeira heading to the plate, there was only one “small” problem, the umpire called Cano out.  Robby Cano is accused of being many things. Lackadaisical, lazy, laid back, cool, calm, and collected to the point of absurdity are all ways that Cano has been described.  Never in his Yankee career in my recollection had Cano ever come close to reacting the way that he did after this blown call.  Slamming his helmet to the ground and turning to scold the umpire, Cano displayed a reaction that nobody who had ever seen him play thought he even had inside of him.  Tiger pitcher Doug Fister was out of the jam and a run was taken away. It is impossible to know what would have happened with Teixeira coming to the plate with bases loaded, but Fister had lost the strike zone and there is a strong possibility that he would have to have worked hard and run up his pitch count and that more runs would have scored.  The run that we are sure should have scored turned out to be a game decider, as Raul Ibanez’ home run in the 9th inning was a game tying shot instead of a game winner. That run taken off the board also cost the Yankees captain Derek Jeter, as the extra inning play on which he was injured would have never have occurred with the game over on Ibanez’ home run.

Sure, manager Joe Girardi’s insane decision to pitch Derek Lowe in the 8th inning of game one instead of David Robertson contributed to the loss in game one, but the bottom line is that the Yankees losing a run and a favorable game situation on the blown call had far more impact.

Sure, the Yankees have had hitters disintegrating under the pressure of the postseason, but that doesn’t change the fact that they lost the opportunity to attempt small ball in the late innings of last night’s game.

Whether it is chicanery, larceny, incompetence or a bias against the Yankees and/or manager Joe Girardi, no team has been picked on and destroyed by the umpires in the postseason as consistently as the Yankees have been and if Bud Selig had one ounce of integrity in his body he’d have these umpires investigated or completely pull this crew from working any further games in this series.

The Yankees and their manager have been put in a hostile and unfair setting, feeling as if they are battling not only a good baseball team in the Tigers, but also battling the men in blue, who control the outcomes of the fortunes of teams.

The lack of instant replay in baseball has rendered it a joke as compared to the other major sports. It’s a sad day when it is obvious that women’s tennis officials are better equipped and funded with better technology to ensure the best possible officiating than the multi-billion dollar business that MLB is.

Nobody wants their team to win on bad calls. Not the players, managers, or the fans at home. All anyone wants is for both teams to have the same strike zone, and the calls at the bases to be called correctly.  A call on a ball hit down the line 100 feet away from the nearest umpire can understandably be blown, which is why instant replay should have been utilized two decades ago.  A call at first or second base with an unimpeded view by an umpire standing six feet away should never be blown. There are literally tens of thousands of umpires working baseball at the pro, semi-pro, and amateur levels.  If MLB doesn’t care enough to ensure that the very best umpires in the world are working the most important games of the season, then they are displaying an incredible lack of caring about the legitimate outcome of these games.  The calls do NOT “even out” in short series where even one call or one home plate umpire can decide the outcome of an entire series.

These calls are sickening and lead to the questioning of the integrity(with good reason) of the men making them, and that is very sad.

The Yankees have been poorly managed and failed to hit in this series, this much is obvious, but neither of those things should negate the right to have a fair chance in these games.   There is no place in the MLB rule-book that states that a team who isn’t hitting well or whose manager makes incredible tactical blunders should be denied the right to have the same fair opportunities as the other team.  The Yankees have been denied that right, and will probably be eliminated because of it.  It’s not fair and it’s not right.

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About Michael P.

I am a Saratoga Springs, Ny resident whose been sports obsessed since I was 5 years old.

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  1. as i wrote earlier this morning, the yanbkees could be 2-0 right now, at least 1-1

    they needed to win the extra inning game 1, having the home field advantage, score and win

    the bad call in the top of the 8th in game 2, made the score 3-0, instead of 1-0, going into the bottom of the 8th

    these games are that close

    should they be as close as they are?

    they would not be as close as they were, if this team, 3 of the new core 4, could do better at hitting in these games

    the yankees should be able to bounce back and win games 3 and 4,….

  2. as far as ibanez’s homer being a game winner—– you cant go there

    once the present was altered in the fabric of space-time, if you will in the game,……. and ibanez came up with a man on as the winning run, instead of the tying run,….. the whole course of how to pitch him, who was pitching,… would have been changed,.. if they even pitched to him

    so do not quite go there

    that is something fans somethings think, and say as callers to radio shows

    and every good sports radio show host always knocks that kinmd of thought process out of the water

    you cant go backwards in history anbd change the outcome of the game

    what you can do is whgat i did,..

    game 1—- being tied 4-4 going into extra innings, the yankees had the advantage and should have won the game
    – didnt jeter fail to get a hit in extras with a runner on 2nd?

    game 2—— if the bad call at 2nd base didnt take place, and the score is 1-0,…. the yankees players are pitched differently maybe, and someone may have hit a big blow

    but,…. you can not add up what did finally happen, with what could have beem,, ie– ibanez’ homer

  3. as far as instant replay goes —— absoluitley, i talked about it last night on here

    in fact, ive been talking about it for a couple years now

    we saw plays at home plate called out , where posada’s glove was a foot from the runner

    we saw a play this year where a first basemans foot was at least 18 inches, planted on the dirt, no where near the bag, an out call

    we have seemn a guy not catch a foul ball in the stands, but the batter called out as if the guy caught it

    we have seen the plays in this game 1 and 2 of this years ALCS

    AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST — WE SAW THE 1985 WORLD SERIES BLOWN ON A TERRIBLE BAD CALL AT FIRST BASE IN THE 9TH WITH 2 OUTS IN GAME 6– WHERE HAD THE RIGHT CALL BEEN MADE– THE WORLD SERIES IS OVER– THE CARDINALS ARE THE WORLD CHAMPIONS

    AND THE PLAY AT FIRST BASE WAS NOT EVEN CLOSE —- THE RUNNER WAS OUT BY 2 STEPS

    MAKES YOU THINK THE UMPIRE HAD BRAIN FREZZE, AND MADE THE SAFE SIGNAL BY ACCIDENT, — MAYBE HE WAS A BIG BOXING FAN,, AND THE SIGNAL YOU MAKE WHEN A PLAYER IS COUNTED OUT IN THE RING, IS THE SAME SIGNAL AS A SAFE CALL IN BASEBALL

    THAT IS WHY, BECAUSE OF THE HUMAN ELEMENT – BRAIUN FREEZE,.. IM-PERFECTNESS—WE NEEDS VIDEO SLO MO INSTANT REPLAY FOR SAFE/OUT AT THE BASES

    TOO MUCH IS RIDING ON THE COURSE OF HISTORY, TO ALLOW A FEW BLOWN CALLS, COMPLETELY ACCIDENTAL BLOWN CALLS, OR SIMPLY MIS-READS– TO DECIDE CHAMPIONSHIPS

    • Colin Cowherd very matter-of-factly crushed MLB yesterday on his show at great length. He said what everyone with at least half of a brain feels, why should any team have to “overcome calls” that can be made right by using technology that has existed since the Love Boat was on television? He questioned why anyone would want to play a sport or watch one where at the end of the game you have no idea who would have won.
      Jayson Stark just did the same thing on Mike and Mike this morning. Two insurance runs scored for the Giants last night after a blown call, playing a team who advanced into the best of five on a laughable infield fly call and oh the Yankees have been robbed in both games.
      Stark put it best, he said MLB is always looking for and talking about the flaws in instant replay rather than just looking to get as many calls right as possible.

      • Yeah with this much media coverage and pressure on this topic you would have to figure new rules will be in place for next year.

        • Really? I hardly ever hear Colin ever talk about anything else besides football and how great his predictions are, and what a wonderful life he has. LOL! The classic narcissist.

          • http://espn.go.com/espnradio/play?id=8507875
            Theres the link to the segment with Torre, who of course has to spout the company line as he works for “the company” now and is in line to become the next commissioner of baseball.

            • Thanks. Missed this. I dont understand how their can be any rational argument against bringing in replay. I dont get it. With all the time they allow managers, coaches and players to argue calls, they cringe at taking 1-2 minutes to review maybe a total of 4-5 plays per game? Not to mention what happened in Atlanta when fans threw bottles, cans and full cups of beer on to the field after a horrible call? How long of a delay was that? 10 min? Not to mention the safety of the players.

            • You know whats funny is that just 2 weeks ago the NFL refs (albeit replacement guys) blew a call that cost the Packers a win, and very well could potentially cost them the playoffs, definetely a seeding or home game. And guys like Colin, who worship the NFL, are bashing the MLB? None of these calls directly led to the outcome of any game.

              Sure the NFL refs were replacement but the NFL could have overturned this horrible event and gave the Packers the win they deserved.

              And this nitwit is bashing MLB? A sport he doesnt even watch with the exception of being on a treadmill occasionally and having nothing else to watch?

              • This is a post full of contradictions and flat out misinformation. If you don’t think the blown call on Cano in game 1 meant as much to the Yankees losing that game as GB’s bad call did you are kidding yourself, or not being objective.
                As far as the Packers game goes, the Packers were handed a touchdown by bad calls from these same refs so in the end the result was just, even if it was by a bad call nullifying two previous blown calls.
                I guess you didn’t watch that game.
                In the drive on the previous Packers touchdown, a phantom pass interference call gave them a crucial first down. There was nothing close to pass interference on that play, the announcers were as disgusted with that call as they were on the game ending call. On the same drive, the Packers head coach challenged a call on a 3rd down play that was clearly called right, yet they overturned it and gave the Packers a first down on the 1 yard line that lead to a touchdown rather than a FG.
                All the calls matter in a game, not just the calls in the last inning or on the last drive of a football game.
                Also, Cowherd crushed the NFL following that game and crushed not only the blown last play but the calls on the drive I am alluding to.

  4. The series is not over, and I can hardly excuse this team for barely even showing up…however, they clearly pounced on Fister early on in Game 1, and had the Cano call been correct, this might be a completely different playoff scenario. Playoff games are rarely blowouts, as we all are watching what should be the cream of the crop in pitching and hitting. It all comes down to inches, literally. I hate to use the “M” word (momentum), but the minute Cano slammed down that helmet, the game seemed like a Herculean task until the 9th. For that, I have to look at management. We are not going to have instant replay this year, or even next, possibly. All a team has at its disposal is what is in front of them. And for that, Girardi and his team needed to rally. And they simply did not.

  5. it is not over,…… this team can hit,……… they may not be as good as the 96-01 team,,,,,, as i showed in the morning bits today—— but they are as close as you could hope to ever get

    YOU GOTTTA BELIEVE

    to quote tug magraw

    THIS YANKEES TEAM IS TOO GOOD TO GO AWAY QUIETLY

  6. THE YANBKEES COULDA HAD BELTRAN INSTEAD OF GRANDERSON

  7. just allow 2 challanges per manager at safe/outs at the bases

  8. one more point on instant replay——- in the NFL, right now, every single scoring play is reviewed,….. probably 90% of the time, or more, a person watching on tv, dose not even realize the review,.. because the nfl has a guy up in a box, watching the slo mo instant replay within seconds of the play,.. and over 90% of the time, nothing is wrong, and the game goes on as usual , within the 40 second play clock, for the extra point.

    what we are talking about here is a few things in MLB

    1– MONEY TO PAY AN OFFICIAL TO SIT IN A BOX IN 15 STADIUMS

    2- each mlob game , home game, 15 games a night most nights, have different tv people across the country

    each with different cameras, different slo-mno technology

    as we see YES has yes-mo,… which is probably by far the best technology in mlb

    but when channeel 9 does the games, they dont have yes mo , trademark,….and are their different camera men and different equipment?

    3—— those 2 things above , combined,…. are why selig doesnt want to go there

    4– but you should have instant replay review in the post season——

    5—- it is possible to work out

    6– you put in rules as to the amount and type of cameras used, and where they are set up, focused on each base

    7— there is money to do it,…… 8 million out of arods contract —— you can get every sub par team’s telec ast up to par

    8— how much do camera make, 80k a year, 100k a year ?

  9. the yankees getting 47,000 a game, in the first 2 ALCS games at home is huge—-

    first of all, that is above capacity– cause they ass standing room only tickets,,

    the new yankee stadium has less seats than the old yankee stadiuym

    and thats attendance 47,000

    hundreds if not thousands of tickets were sold to people who tried to secon dary market them, but could not dump the tickets

    so sales were even higher than attendance

    unless of course you can prove the yabnkees themselves are pl;aying illegal games on the secondary market

  10. the yankees get the full 10 games at home in the post season, not having ws home field,…

    10 x 47,000 x 50 a ticket = 25.5 million windfall, directly onto the accounting spreadsheet for the season

    and that has zero to do with the secondary markey

    now i understand 30% of that home attendance goes into a pool,…. and the yankees get back 30% of that

  11. WORD OF MOUTH

  12. the over riding factor to people coming to games, IS FANDOM,, WHICH IS MADE TO CHILDREN, TO 4-7 YEAR OLDS, THROUGH THEIR FAMILIES

  13. i think for the yankees to get 47,000 in attebndance, and around 50,000 in ticket sales, for eaxch of the 2 comes, is huge in this day and age, of entertainment at the fingertips

    whats next, put slot machines and blackjack tables in yankee stadium?

    hotel rooms?

    like in cleveland

    have a resort built onto the stadium?

    whats next?

    the yankees are holding their own on attendance in a ecomony that is down to people that are vast fans of baseball,,,,,

    the vast vast majoreity of baseball fans, by sheer numbers, are either poor or middle class

    and they use baseball, as an escape

    they dont necesarily have the money or means to get to a game

    so, despite all this,… the yankees are hoilding their own in attendance

  14. the stadium is big, but less seats, no?

  15. yeah,,,… when i got box seats at any baseball game, shea, the vet, yankee stadium,…. i enjoyed walking around, from end to end, to get diufferent vantage points of the game,.. at times,…… the view, regardless of whether or not i could get down and see even closer

    i grew up though going to shea stadium,, and once we were able to afford better seats,……. the kids could go down and get autographs, what not,….. before the game,….. and go down at end of games,….. no security was stopping you, if no one was sittin g in vast open sections

    basically , i truly believe this —- BASEBALL COMES FROM FAMILY UPBRINGING, FROM A VERY YOUNG AGE

    and needs to be cultivated within anyones family

    IT HAS ABSOLUTLEY NOTHING TO DO WITH WHAT THE STADIUM OFFERS

    you just get used to what it offers

  16. swishers gonem,.. lol,….. personally, i’d resing him

    ]because unless you can replace right field with a guy that can play 6 seasons and put up the 6 seasons paul oneil had 1996-2001— you arent upgrading the position

    does this have anything to do with the self impised 189 million cap

    we talked about this extensivley last week

    i would resign swisher

    keep swisher-grandersonb- teixeira-cano intact for at least 3 more years

  17. the issue is taking the right pitches that are balls, and swinging at strikes, at the right bat speed,, if a fastball, changeup, slider, or curve

    teixeira is doing it, ichiro is doing it, ibanezs is doing it, jeter was doing it

    its canoi, granderson, swisher, arod

    that need to step it up, their personal game, at the plate

    verlander throws strikes

    the yankees should hammer him

  18. now they been saying , Jeter has ligement damage to his ankle,, although not extensive,. BUT SURGEY IS COMING ANY DAY NOW

    SEE IT IS NOT JUST A BROEKN BONE IN THE ANKLE,.. IT IS NOT JUST BONE BRUSISES ON THE TOP OF THE FOOT,….

    IT IS SOME LIGEMENT DAMAGE

    THIS LIGEMENT DAMAGE WAS CAUSED BY TAKING CORTIZONE AND PAIN KILLER INJUCTIONS, DIRECTLY INTO THE ANKLE,, TO BE ALBE TO PLAY INJURED

    JUST ASK BRETT FAVRE ABOUT THIS

    NOW BASEBALL IS NOT FOOTBALL

    BUT JETER’S INMJURY WAS COMPLICATED BY THE INJECTIONS HE TOOK THE LAST PAST MONTH,, IN ORDER TO PLAY

    HOPEFULLY, DR ANDREWS, OR WHOEVER IT WIL BE,.. CAN FIX THE DAMAGE

    AND JETER CAN COME BACKK STRONG IN 2013

  19. Def some bad luck with calls. But if the Yankees could hit the ball that stuff wouldn’t matter.

    • Agree totally. Yanks got screwed, but lets remember, regarding that play at 2nd…they had 2 outs and still could have gotten out of that inning with no runs. The play was at 2nd not home. You make a good couple of pitches and the call is a moot point. And that call has zero to do with them not getting any key hits in the last couple innings.

      On a different note, in my opinion, this Game 3 is bigger for the Tigers than it is the Yankees. You cant go out there and lose a game when the best pitcher in all of baseball is making a start. Thats like losing two games. Sooner or later the Yanks will come around and guys like Granderson and Cano will get hot and if you are the Tigers, you dont want this series to tighten and not win the game when the ace of all aces is starting.

      • Why should anyone have to make ” a few good pitches” when the 3rd out already has been made!!! Did Detroit ever have to do that?
        There is no way you can rationalize these calls, none.

    • Agreed; when a team is flailing, everything else becomes the story. If the team was up 2 games and playing dominant, consistent baseball, then everything from the replay to the Jeter injury to the empty seats would be secondary stories. Everything occurring at the same time COMBINED with the lack of hitting, makes each secondary issue that much larger.

      • i am pretty good at picvking this stuff,…… and mark my words,.. the yankees will win games 3 and 4, and maybe game 5

        this series is far from over

        the first 2 games were so close,….. even with the yankees hitters failing left and right, and bad calls left and right,…

        the yankees are primed for a run now

        • Yup. Only a matter of time before these big money guys start hitting and when they do, watch out. That’s why Detroit has to win Game 3 if they want to close this thing. Losing this game, then having to face CC in Game 4 would not be good. I still like Detroit in 5.

  20. francesait his lipo, butr he was about to say arron rogers is as ghood as brett favre

    i unbderstand that he can not bring himself to say those 2 words — brett favre,

    that was funny

    if you understanbd the show

  21. it is also just a mis-thought probably,… but francesa went into every nfl game yesterday,.. and when he got to tampa bay,.. he blew by it in 2 seconds,….. could not say the name greg schiano,…

    and schiano had went on the francesas show several times when he was at rutgers, if i remember correctly

  22. brett favre was better than arron rodgers,….. no doubt about it in my mind

  23. yeah man, tommy agee hit a long homerun to lead off game 2 of the 69 series, and made spectacular catches

  24. ron swaboda, what a play ikn game 3,, greatest catch in ws history

  25. i DONT THINK THERE IS ANY QUESTION THAT BERNIE WILLIAMS WAS A WAY BETTER PLAYER THAN GRANDERSON,, REGULAR OR BOTH SEASON, SEPERATE OR COMBINED

    forgetabout it

    it is not even close

    and oneil was better than swisher,.. and tino was better than teixeira, belive me

    it is just the truth

  26. i’ll re-post this, in case anyone missed it ths morning

    1996 through 2001 — the 6 seasons these 4 players played together,, they went to 5 wordlds series,, winning 4 of them,, almost won all 5, except mariano blew the save in the bottom of the 9th in game 7 in arizona

    jeter——————1187 hits,,,,710 runs,,,,481 rbi,,,,320 xbh,,,,,, 394 walks,,,,,,312 avg
    bernie williams—1037 hits,,,,642 runs,,,,629 rbi,,,,381 xbh,,,,,..,478 walks,,,,,321 avg
    tino matinez——- 966 hits,,,,523 runs,,,,,690 rbi,,,,366 xbh,,,,,..367 walks,,,,,,279 avg
    paul oneil———–1001 hits,,, 499 runs….604 rbi….345 xbh…….399 walks,,,,,,,297 avg

    2010 through 2012 – the 3 seasons these 4 players played together so far

    cano——————-584 hits…..312 runs,,,,,321 rbi,,,,239 xbh,,,,,156 walks,,,,311 avg
    granderson———-406 hits,,,,,314 runs,,,,,292 rbi,,,,190 xbh,,,,,,213 walks,,,247 avg
    teixiera,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,413 hits,,,,,269 runs,,,,,303 rbi,,,,187 xbh,,,,,,223 walks…252 avg
    swisher…………….446 hits,,,,,247 runs,,,,,267 rbi,,,178 xbh,,,,, ,230 walks,,,274 avg

    ———————————————————-
    ading it all up 1996-2001 those players had:::
    4191 hits,,,,,,2374 runs,,,,,2404 rbi,,,,,,,1412 xbh,,,,,,,,1638 walks

    adding it all up for 2010-2012 those players have::
    1849 hits,,,,, 1142 runs,,,,,1183 rbi,,,,,,,,794 xbh,,,,,,,,822 walks

    so,, if we multiply the 2010-2012 numbers by 2,, assuming those 4 players can do what they did again,,,,, we see they can not get to the hits, runs, or rbis the first core had.

    and we see a problem with batting average compared to the first core as well….

    • Nothing against your pick of great WS teams but, check out the 1949 thru1953 WS teams…5 in a row.
      Will never be done again. Yes, I did see them play and win, a little guy playing SS was the 1950 WS MVP. Not a bad player at all.
      Mickey Mantle has WS records that will never be broken…18 HR’s, BB-43, TB-123, RBI-40, Runs-42.

  27. the 96-01 core was all time great,… this current core is as close as you can come to it, probably

    thats why i think we havnt heard the last of them this season

    the alcs is not over

  28. two things pisased me off on the wfan yankees francesa coverage today, here is one of them

    early in the game last night, SWISHER hit a hard ball to 2nd base,.. after 3 or 4 stepos out of the box, he stopped running,.. he re-startred aftewr he realized the 2nd baseman did not have it cleamly, and made first base

    YOU CAN NOT STOP EUNNING HARD UNLESS YOU ARE INJURED, AND IF YOU ARE, YTOU SHOULDNT BE PLAYING

    IT IS THAT SIMPLE

    that being said, i’d resign swisher,.. with a caveat in the contract that he gets fined 100,000 every time he does not run hard out of the box

    f him

    • How about A Roid when he strikes out in Game 1, foul tipping the ball and the catcher dropping it…and not at least making an effort to run to first. Not even making the catcher throw down to first? There was only one out and guys on second and third. Anything is likely to happen. There could be a bad throw. Instead he walks off sulking like a baby.

      • Tim….you’re piling on…..poor Arod…..let’s cheer for him instead of picking on every move he makes.

      • This is dumb. Noone runs down the line when the ball is in front of the catcher. As a matter of fact, they are coached NOT to run in those sircumstances! There is a greater chance of injury trying to bust down the line than there is a major league catcher not throwing out a runner with the ball at his feet. It’s just like the victory formation at the end of a football game, the reason that noone ever tried to come over the top at the QB before that idiot at Tampa Bay ordered his team to this year is that injuries will happen but the chances of plowing through a line and touching the qb before he can kneel down are 1000-1.
        You’ll see this same thing by every player on every team in every game. This was not something that ARod did that everyone else doesn’t do.
        Two blown calls have destroyed this series for the Yankees, not ARod not risking a pulled hamstring or another injury trying to reach first base and hoping Avila can’t pick up a ball in front of him and throw it to the first baseman before ARod could reach it, lol.

        • The ball was actually to the catcher’s side and A Rod didnt even make an attempt to see if the catcher came up with the ball. It was more frustration on his part than not wanting to get hurt. Yes the catcher probably would have made the play but you still always make him throw the ball. Nobody, including me, is expecting A Rod to bust out into a 40 yard dash, but at the very least make an effort to run before the catcher gets away with the easy tag. Thats all. The defending of A Rod is getting old and tiresome.

          • The ball was within the catcher’s reach, which is the same thing. What you are talking about happens hundreds of times a year, and noone even thinks about criticizing someone who doesn’t try and bust down the line. They are coached not to, to avoid injuries.

            • Theres plenty of guys who at least make an effort to run down the line. I see it in almost every game I watch. You are taught to do that at a very young age. Again, nobody expects a guy to bust down the line at full speed. Just enough to make the catcher have to make a throw.

              Anyways….What was your take on the Holliday slide last night?

              • You obviously don’t watch a lot of regular season baseball. The only time anyone busts down the line is if the ball is one that the catcher has to move for. You won’t see a single player bust down the line on a play like the one you are referencing the rest of the postseason. I’ll make sure to note all that I see.
                The problem with Holliday’s slide is once again, a failure of MLB umpires to heed rules and allow play outside of them.
                The double play should be actually EXECUTED, not what they allow know, which is for a fielder to touch the bag and then catch the ball and throw to first or just be in the vicinity of the bag.
                The runner should NOT be allowed to slide out of the basepath.
                The umps decided a while ago that because they are lazy, that they would trade one off for the other.
                If you simply forced the fielder at second base to actually turn the double play, and forced runners to slide within the basepath, the result would probably be the same on the percentage of dp’s that are executed but the game would be safer.
                I guess thats too much to ask of “professionals” who can’t get simple out calls on the basepaths right.

  29. i also dont like this bs that every time jeters going first to second, or second to third, he is looking over his shoulder at the play

    FOR CHRISTS SAKE MAN, PICVK UP THE 3RD BASE COLACH

    JETER’S HEAD IS CONSTANTLY ON A SWIVEL

    AND THIS STYLE OF RUNNING COULD ALSO LEAD TO ANKLE ISSUES

    RUNJ WITYH YOUR HERAD FORWARD

  30. Jim – do not criticize the way Jeter runs. He swivels his head so he doesn’t have to look at that bobble headed 3rd base coach Rob Thomson. Thomson hasnt got a call right since Ken OR was child in the Little Rascals.

  31. Im not calling Ken old, but when he goes golfing his handicap is in Roman Numerals.

  32. Ballpark….good evening. Did you get to see my response to you…re: “Cow Girls, & other people of interest?”…….jimmy22/44 created a tidal wave of posts, after I put it up……and the post was sent off stage. Brother Twasp, you misspoke, they based the Little Rascals around Ken’s youth. He was an adult, when they started filming.

  33. Ballpark…….cow girl? Don’t like it either……

    • Tommy Twasp…now you? A phrase like Cow Girl offends you? You probably don’t like Urban Blogger, either? You’re either joking, or you’re nuts.

  34. Patrick ……,I’m not saying Ken is old … But his blood type had been discontinued.

  35. If Yankees win tomorrow I like the chances with C.C. then on the mound in game four.

  36. twasp,,.. no way jetert or any runner shouilfd have their head on a swivel,…… thyat messes u your running

  37. Matt S. – When you started YFU did you ever think there would be a Cow Girl controversy ?

  38. i have a sneaking susp[icion the yfu, is connect to yes in some way

  39. listen asd far as the cow girl reference is concerened,.. patrick is ok,.. thats just the way he talks

    the reference is to a neil young song

    and onbly speculative it is about the feminie side of himself

    neil wont even afdmit that

  40. WELL, somehow yfu gets the yankees linedup before the yres network,,.. whivch is owned by the yankees

    so somehow it is connected

    i auinmt stupid

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