Sunday, June 27, 2010

Game 75 Thread: June 27 vs. Derek Jeter, 5p

Clayton Kershaw (7-4, 3.24) vs. Andy Pettitte (9-2, 2.48).

COMMENTS: Derek Sanderson Jeter (pronounced /ˈdʒiːtər/; born June 26, 1974) is an American professional baseball player. He is a Major League Baseball (MLB) shortstop who has played his entire career for the New York Yankees. He has served as the Yankees' team captain since 2003. Jeter's presence in the Yankees' lineup, highlighted by his hitting prowess, played an instrumental role in the team's late 1990s dynasty. Jeter debuted in the Major Leagues in 1995, and the following year he won the Rookie of the Year Award and helped the Yankees win the 1996 World Series. Jeter was also a member of championship-winning teams in 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2009. In 2000, Jeter became the only player to win both the All-Star Game MVP Award and the World Series MVP Award in the same year. He has been selected as an All-Star ten times, and he has won the Silver Slugger and Gold Glove awards on four occasions. He is regarded as a consummate professional, by teammates and opponents alike, and has a reputation as a reliable contributor in the postseason. Jeter is considered to be one of the best players of his generation. He is the all-time hits leader among shortstops and his .317 career batting average through the 2009 season ranks as the fifth-highest among active players. He has been among the American League (AL) leaders in hits and runs scored for the past ten years. He is the all-time Yankees hit leader, passing Hall of Fame member Lou Gehrig in 2009. Jeter was born at Chilton Memorial Hospital in Pequannock Township, New Jersey, in 1974. His father, Dr. Sanderson Charles Jeter, a substance abuse counselor, is African American; his mother, Dorothy, is Caucasian and of Irish/German descent. Charles and Dorothy met while serving in the United States Army in Germany. His father played shortstop at Fisk University in Tennessee. Derek has one sister, Sharlee, who is five years younger and was a softball star in high school. The family lived in North Arlington, New Jersey, before moving to Kalamazoo, Michigan, when he was four years old. As a child, Jeter and his sister would spend summers with their grandparents in New Jersey, who took them to Yankees games, making him a passionate fan of his future team. Jeter was inspired to play baseball by Hall of Famer Dave Winfield. In high school, Jeter was a star baseball player at Kalamazoo Central High School, where he also played basketball, earning an All-State honorable mention. Years later in 2003, Jeter was inducted into the Kalamazoo Central High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Jeter had batting averages of .557 as a sophomore and .508 as a junior. As a senior, he batted .508; had 23 runs batted in, 21 walks, four home runs, and 12 stolen bases (in 12 attempts); and struck out only once. Jeter collected many awards at season's end, including the Kalamazoo Area B'nai B'rith Award for Scholar Athlete, the 1992 High School Player of the Year by the American Baseball Coaches Association, the 1992 Gatorade High School Player of the Year award, and USA Today's High School Player of the Year. Jeter was discovered professionally by Hal Newhouser, who was working for the Houston Astros as a scout. Newhouser advocated his selection with the first pick of the 1992 Major League Baseball Draft to Astros' management, convinced that Jeter would anchor a winning team. However, Jeter received a baseball scholarship to attend the University of Michigan, and the speculation was that he would insist on a salary bonus of $1 million or more to sign. The Astros passed on Jeter in the draft, choosing Cal-State Fullerton outfielder Phil Nevin, who signed for $700,000. Newhouser felt so strongly about Jeter's potential that he quit his job after the Astros passed on him. Jeter was drafted by the New York Yankees with the sixth overall pick, and he chose to turn professional. In 2004, he said that he intends to attend college in the future. Jeter spent four years in the minor leagues, beginning in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League before advancing to the Class-A Greensboro Hornets in 1992. Jeter struggled in 1992, batting .202. In 1993, playing in Greensboro, Jeter collected various awards, including Most Outstanding Major League Prospect of the South Atlantic League. He was disappointed in himself for committing 56 errors in 1993, requiring an extra focus on his fielding. Despite this, Jeter was also voted the South Atlantic League's Best Defensive Shortstop, Most Exciting Player, and Best Infield Arm by Baseball America. In 1994, Jeter played for the Class-A Advanced Tampa Yankees, the Double-A Albany-Colonie Yankees, and the Triple-A Columbus Clippers, hitting .344 with five home runs, 68 runs batted in, and 50 stolen bases combined. He was honored with the Minor League Player of the Year Award by Baseball America, The Sporting News, USA Today, and Topps/NAPBL. He was also named the MVP of the Florida State League. The Yankees had projected Jeter as their starting shortstop for the 1995 season, but when he suffered a minor injury in the Arizona Fall League, the Yankees signed Tony Fernández to a two-year contract to play shortstop and kept Jeter in Triple-A. The Yankees reportedly offered Jeter the opportunity to work out with the replacement players in Spring Training prior to the 1995 season, but he declined to cross the picket line. On May 29, 1995, Jeter made his debut in the major leagues due to injuries to Fernández and Pat Kelly. Jeter batted .234 and committed two errors in 13 games before being demoted to Columbus. Despite the presence of Fernández on the roster, new Yankees manager Joe Torre announced that Jeter would be the starting shortstop in 1996. He started on Opening Day of the 1996 season as the starting shortstop (the first Yankee rookie since Tom Tresh in 1962 to do so) and hit his first major-league home run on that day. Jeter's home run was called by one of his Yankee predecessors at shortstop, broadcaster Phil Rizzuto. Jeter played his way to a successful rookie season, hitting for a .314 batting average, with 10 home runs, 104 runs scored, and 78 runs batted in. He subsequently earned Rookie of the Year honors. Jeter batted .361 in the playoffs, as the Yankees defeated the Atlanta Braves to win their first World Series championship since 1978. During the 1996 American League Championship Series, Jeter was involved in what has become a memorable moment in postseason history. During game one, with the Yankees trailing the Baltimore Orioles 4–3 in the 8th inning, Jeter hit a fly ball to right field. As right fielder Tony Tarasco moved to make a play on the ball near the fence, appearing to have a chance to catch the ball, 12-year-old Jeffrey Maier reached over the wall and caught the ball, pulling it back into the stands. Despite Tarasco's protest, the umpires convened and ruled the ball a home run. Replays conclusively showed that, had Maier not interfered, the ball would have fallen in front of the fence and potentially into Tarasco's glove for an out. The Yankees would go on to win in 11 innings and would eventually win the series, 4 games to 1. The ruling made for the first home run of Jeter's postseason career. In 1997, Jeter batted .291. However, the Yankees lost to the Cleveland Indians in the American League Division Series. In 1998, Jeter batted .324, with a league-leading 127 runs, 19 home runs, and 84 runs batted in, for a team that won 114 games during the regular season and is widely considered to be one of the greatest of all time. In the playoffs, Jeter hit only .176 in the Division and League Championship Series, but he excelled in the World Series, batting .353, as the Yankees went on to beat the San Diego Padres in four games. In 1999, Jeter led the American League in hits (219) and was second in the league in batting average (.349) and runs scored (134). Jeter (who, for part of the year, batted third in the lineup) also drove in 102 runs, becoming only the second Yankee shortstop ever to do so (Lyn Lary had driven in 107 runs in 1931). His season totals in batting average, runs, hits, runs batted in, doubles (37), triples (9), home runs (24), slugging percentage (.552), and on-base percentage (.438) are all personal bests. Jeter batted .455 in the 1999 American League Division Series, .350 in the 1999 American League Championship Series, and .353 in the 1999 World Series, as the Yankees defeated the Braves to win another championship. During the 1999 season, Jeter had a confrontation with a teammate. Teammate Chad Curtis, an outspoken Christian, approached him about discussing his faith, but Jeter declined. When Curtis approached Jeter again, he became offended. Later in the season, a mid-game bench-clearing brawl with the Seattle Mariners occurred. After the brawl ended, Jeter was seen engaged in friendly chatter with his good friend (and future Yankee teammate) Alex Rodriguez, who then played for the Mariners. Upon returning to the dugout, Curtis chastized Jeter for being friendly with an opponent during a bench-clearing brawl, which violated an unwritten rule of baseball. After the game, Curtis approached Jeter in the clubhouse, with beat writers present. Jeter commented that this was not an appropriate time for a confrontation. Curtis later apologized. During the 1999–2000 offseason, the Yankees negotiated with Jeter, tentatively agreeing to a $118.5 million, seven-year contract. However, Yankee owner George Steinbrenner did not want to set a salary record, delaying until the acceptance of a $143 million, eight-year contract extension between the Detroit Tigers and Juan González. When that proposed deal fell through, Jeter's tentative deal fell through, and he agreed to a one-year deal for $10 million. Jeter batted .339, with 15 home runs, 73 runs batted in, 119 runs scored, and 22 stolen bases in 2000. He batted only .211 in the Division Series but rebounded to bat .318 against the Seattle Mariners in the Championship Series and .409, with two home runs, a triple, and two doubles in a five-game series against the New York Mets in the World Series, the first Subway Series since 1956. In 2000, Jeter became the first player ever to win the All-Star Game MVP award and the World Series MVP Award in the same year. Jeter became the first Yankee since Yogi Berra, in 1959, to hit a home run in the All Star Game. Before the 2001 season, with one year remaining until he would become eligible for free agency, Jeter signed a $189 million, ten-year contract to remain with the Yankees, making him the second highest paid athlete, trailing only Rodriguez. Rodriguez signed his deal earlier than Jeter, setting a higher market for Jeter's negotiations. During the season, Jeter batted .311, with 21 home runs, 74 runs batted in, 110 runs scored, and 27 stolen bases. In the postseason, Jeter made a notable play in game 3 of the 2001 American League Division Series against the Oakland Athletics. With Jeremy Giambi on first base, Oakland right fielder Terrence Long hit a double off Yankees pitcher Mike Mussina into the right-field corner. As Giambi rounded third base and headed for home, Yankees right fielder Shane Spencer retrieved the ball and made a wild throw intended for Yankees catcher Jorge Posada. Instead, the errant throw missed cutoff man Tino Martinez and dribbled up the first-base line. Jeter came from shortstop to grab the ball and flipped it to Posada, who tagged Giambi on the leg just before he crossed home plate for the out. Facing elimination, the Yankees went on to win the game, as well as the series. The play was later voted #7 in Baseball Weekly's 10 Most Amazing Plays of all time. After the September 11 terrorist attacks, the baseball season was put on hold. As a result, the start of the playoffs was delayed, and game 4 of the 2001 World Series was played on October 31. The game went into the tenth inning tied at 3–3. At midnight, the scoreboard in center field read "Attention Fans, Welcome to NOVEMBER BASEBALL." This was the first time that any non-exhibition MLB game had been played in the month of November. Moments after this message was displayed on the board, Jeter sent a 3–2 pitch from Byung-Hyun Kim over the right-field stands. A fan in the stands held up a sign with the words "Mr. November," a reference to Reggie Jackson's nickname, "Mr. October". Michael Kay, who called the walk-off home run, called Jeter by this name, referencing the sign. Despite the nickname, Jeter was 3 for 12 (.250) in November baseball that season, as the Yankees lost the World Series in seven games to the Arizona Diamondbacks (the home team won all seven games of the World Series). In 2002, Jeter batted .297, with 18 home runs, 75 runs batted in, 124 runs scored, and a career-best 32 stolen bases. He led the majors in stolen base percentage (91.4%), getting caught only three times. Jeter connects for a hit against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. In 2003, Jeter dislocated his left shoulder on opening day when he collided with Blue Jays catcher Ken Huckaby at third base. Jeter, who had never played fewer than 148 games in the prior seven full seasons, was subsequently on the disabled list for six weeks, missing 36 games. Jeter returned to bat .324, losing the batting title to Bill Mueller, who batted .326. Steinbrenner named Jeter the 11th recognized captain in Yankees history on June 3, 2003, following eight seasons without a captain after the retirement of Don Mattingly in 1995. Dispute over the true count has been noted. The beginning of the 2004 season saw Jeter mired in a slump; on May 25, he was hitting only .189. This included a personal career record 0-for-32 skid in April. In June, however, Jeter broke out of his slump. He hit nearly .400 for the month and set a personal best with 9 home runs. He finished the season with a .292 average; 23 home runs, the 2nd most of his career; 78 runs batted in; 111 runs scored; and 44 doubles, a career best. During a July 1, 2004, game against the rival Boston Red Sox, Jeter made a play that furthered his reputation as a clutch player. In the top of the 12th inning, with the score tied at 3, the Red Sox had runners on second and third with 2 outs and right fielder Trot Nixon up at bat. Nixon hit a pop fly down the left field line. Jeter ran from his position at shortshop and made an over-the-shoulder catch. In dramatic fashion, he launched himself over the third-base side railing, landing three rows into the left-field seats, and lacerating his chin and bruising his face in the process. Jeter was later taken out of the game. This catch ended the inning, and later the Yankees went on to win the game in the bottom of the 13th inning. The "Dive" was awarded Play Of The Year in the This Year In Baseball awards competition, as voted on by fans at MLB.com. In 2005, Jeter was second in the AL in both runs scored (122) and batting average on balls in play (.394), and was third in the league in both at bats (654) and hits (202). Jeter won his second-consecutive Gold Glove in 2005, as his low range factor rose to 4.76 and ranked 2nd among AL shortstops. In 2006, Jeter was second in the AL in both batting average (.343) and runs scored (118); was third in hits (214), stolen base success percentage (87.2), and batting average with runners in scoring position (.381); and was fifth in infield hits (26). He finished second in American League Most Valuable Player Award voting to Justin Morneau of the Minnesota Twins (320 points to 306 points). Jeter has finished in the top 10 in the MVP balloting 6 times in his 11 full seasons through 2006 (including also a third-place finish in 1998). In 2007, Jeter was third in the AL in hits (203), his sixth season and third-consecutive season with 200 hits, tying Lou Gehrig. He was also fourth in both at-bats (639) and plate appearances (714), sixth in times on base (276), and ninth in batting average (.322). In the field, he was involved in a career-high 104 double plays. In 2008, Jeter's slugging percentage was .410, his lowest since 1997. One possible cause was a prolonged slump that he suffered after being hit by a pitch on his wrist. Before the injury, Jeter was hitting .324 with a .774 on-base plus slugging (OPS). After the injury, his batting average dipped to as low as .269 by the end of the month. His offense took an upward turn after May as he hit .322 with a .824 OPS after June 1. Jeter was elected to his ninth All-Star game as the starting shortstop. Jeter tied Lou Gehrig for the most hits at Yankee Stadium (1,269) with a home run off Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price on September 14, 2008. On September 16, he went on to break the record off of Chicago White Sox pitcher Gavin Floyd. In 2009, Jeter was named #8 on the Sporting News' list of the 50 greatest current players in baseball by a panel of 100 baseball people, many of them members of the Baseball Hall of Fame and winners of major baseball awards. For the 2009 season, Yankees manager Joe Girardi switched Jeter and Johnny Damon in the batting order, with Damon moving to second and Jeter becoming the leadoff hitter, based on the rationale that Jeter has a higher on base percentage than Damon, but grounds into double plays more often. Jeter batted .334 (third in the AL), with a .406 on-base percentage, 18 home runs, 30 stolen bases (caught only 5 times), 107 runs scored (in the top 10 in MLB), and 212 hits (second in MLB). On August 16, 2009, against the Seattle Mariners, Jeter doubled down the right-field line for his 2,675th hit as a shortstop, breaking Luis Aparicio's previous record for the most hits by a shortstop in major league history. Jeter became the all-time hits leader as a member of the Yankees (2,722), passing Lou Gehrig on September 11, 2009. The hit was a single off Baltimore Orioles pitcher Chris Tillman in the 3rd inning. In the 2009 postseason, Jeter batted .355, including .407 in the 2009 World Series, as he won his fifth World Series championship. He was named Sportsman of the Year for 2009 by Sports Illustrated magazine. Jeter also finished third in the AL MVP voting, behind the Minnesota's Joe Mauer and teammate Mark Teixeira. Jeter was the starting shortstop for the USA team in the 2006 World Baseball Classic. He hit .450 (9-for-20) for Team USA and scored five runs in six games. Only Ken Griffey, Jr. (.524) and Cuba's Yoandy Garlobo (.480) had a higher batting average with a minimum of 20 at bats. Jeter's play earned him recognition as the shortstop selection on the All-Tournament Team. Jeter was also the starting shortstop for Team USA in the 2009 World Baseball Classic. At the start of the tournament, he was named captain of Team USA by manager Davey Johnson. With Team USA, Jeter faced the Yankees at Steinbrenner Field in an exhibition game, the first time he played against the Yankees. Jeter is noted for his very consistent postseason performances: he has a career .309 postseason batting average, with 18 home runs and 50 RBIs. Except for 2008, the Yankees have been to the playoffs every year since Jeter joined the team. He has a Major League Baseball record 175 career postseason hits, at-bats (559), runs scored (99), and strikeouts (107). Despite winning four Gold Glove awards, Jeter's defense has been the subject of criticism from a number of sabermetricians, including Rob Neyer and the publication Baseball Prospectus. The book The Fielding Bible by John Dewan contains an essay by James in which he concludes that Jeter "was probably the most ineffective defensive player in the major leagues, at any position." A 2008 study by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania found that, from 2002 through 2005, Jeter was the worst defensive shortstop in the Major Leagues. Jeter responded to this criticism by saying "I play in New York, man. Criticism is part of the game, you take criticism as a challenge." During the 2008 offseason, Jeter embarked on a rigorous training program to combat the effects of age, by focusing on lateral movement and first-step quickness. As a result, many baseball writers noted that Jeter had a strong defensive season in 2009, improving his mobility and reducing errors. Jeter maintains an apartment in Manhattan's Trump World Tower and homes in Marlboro, New Jersey, Greenwood Lake, New York, and the Davis Islands neighborhood of Tampa, Florida. Jeter's personal life has been a frequent topic in gossip columns and celebrity magazines since his rookie year in 1996. He had a well-publicized relationship with pop diva Mariah Carey from 1997 to 1998. Jeter also dated former Miss Universe Lara Dutta, singer Joy Enriquez and actress Jordana Brewster. He is rumored to have dated actresses Scarlett Johansson, Gabrielle Union, and Jessica Alba. Rumors also circulated that he was dating supermodel Tyra Banks after the two were spotted sitting next to each other at a New York Knicks game, but it turned out to be a coincidence; Jeter was attending the game with his father. Jeter also had an on-and-off relationship with television personality Vanessa Minillo from late 2003 until early 2006. From November 2006 to January 2007, Jeter was romantically involved with actress Jessica Biel. He has recently been connected to Friday Night Lights actress Minka Kelly. In December 2002, Yankees owner George Steinbrenner criticized Jeter for staying out until 3 a.m. at a birthday party during the 2002 season, saying that his star shortstop "wasn't totally focused" and that "it didn't sit well" with him. In May 2003, the two appeared in a VISA commercial together where they went club-hopping, mocking the incident in a fashion similar to how Steinbrenner and former Yankees manager Billy Martin had mocked their feud in a Miller Lite commercial during the 1970s. In 2008, Jeter settled a tax dispute with the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance. New York State alleged that Jeter should have paid state income tax from 2001 to 2003, as Jeter bought a Manhattan apartment in 2001; however, Jeter established his residence in Tampa, Florida, in 1994 and claimed that he was still a resident of Florida at the time, where there is no state income tax. Jeter is a close personal friend of Yankees catcher Jorge Posada and served as best man at Posada's wedding. Jeter began the Turn 2 Foundation, a charity organization, in 1996. The Foundation was established to help children and teenagers avoid drug and alcohol addiction, and to reward those who show high academic achievement. The organization's name derives from the baseball double play (where "turning two" refers to making two outs on one play) and indicates the goal of the Foundation to give youths a place to "turn to" instead of drugs and alcohol. During the 2009 season, Jeter and Mets star David Wright represented their foundations in a competition sponsored by Delta Air Lines; the player with the highest batting average received $100,000 for their foundation from Delta, while the runner-up's foundation received $50,000. Wright's group, the David Wright Foundation, focuses on multiple sclerosis. Jeter is also involved in Weplay, a website designed to encourage children to get involved in sports. Jeter has appeared in national ad campaigns for Nike, Gatorade, Fleet Bank, Discover Card, Florsheim, VISA (with Yankees owner George Steinbrenner), Skippy, Ford, and XM Satellite Radio. He endorses a cologne named Driven, designed in collaboration with and distributed by Avon. Jeter is one of only three athletes to have their own Jumpman shoe and has replaced Thierry Henry in the American market for Gillette Fusion commercials along with Tiger Woods and Roger Federer. In 2006, Jeter was the second-highest paid endorser in baseball, having earned $7 million in endorsements. Also, he was ranked as the most marketable player in baseball according to a 2005 Sports Business Survey. Derek Jeter was the cover athlete for 2K's MLB 2K5, MLB 2K6, and MLB 2K7. He was also the cover athlete for Acclaim Entertainment's All-Star Baseball series of video games. Jeter is currently the cover athlete for Gameloft's wireless phone baseball game, Derek Jeter Pro Baseball 2008. He has appeared on television in Seinfeld and as a host on Saturday Night Live. Jeter will be appearing in the upcoming comedy film The Other Guys, which is set to be released in August 2010. Jeter's likeness was seen briefly on The Simpsons during the eighth episode of season 19, titled "Funeral for a Fiend," in which he was parodied as a guest starring on Sesame Street. Jeter was the subject of a 2005 segment on the TV news magazine 60 Minutes. There is a wax figure of Jeter at the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in New York.

thanks, Wikipedia!

PS (from Sax): Alex Cora and I will be representing the Sons tonight, field level third base side. Hope to see you there too; drop a line if you want to grab a beer!

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Dusty Baker said...

Belly 2.0!!!!!!!!!!

Jason said...

Does Belly's weight clause continue through the season? Or was that just a spring training thing?

And, Belly power!

#PettitteDoingHisJob

Fred's Brim said...

ummm karina? you know better than that. Don't be like Eric Collins and start counting down the outs

Josh S. said...

Dusty: I heard someone call Jozy Altidore "the Matt Kemp of soccer."

Paul said...

How do the Angels get a second allstar game before we get another? Is it because they are right on the beach?

Dusty Baker said...

Jozy Altidore is useless. He scored one goal or so for Hull City this last season in the Premiership. How he got the start is as baffling as adult braces.

(Kidding re braces, Karina)

Dusty Baker said...

Are you just trying to get me riled up, Paul? If so, it's an easy job doing so today.

Jason said...

KKKershaw

karina said...

@Fred's Brim sorry :(

@Dusty Baker I don't know what's so wrong with adult braces :(

Paul said...

They hate each other! Who do we get Longoria or Upton?

Fred's Brim said...

@Paul I think it's part of their effort to get an NFL team back in LA. I heard they are going to convert the stadium back so they can play football there again

Fred's Brim said...

@karina - i don't mean to lessen your enthusiasm, I am just superstitious

karina said...

@Paul Longoria, he's a CSULB graduate.

Josh S. said...

The Angels get a second All-Star game because the giant naked child in left field demanded it.

Dusty Baker said...

Karina - you know we're just kidding. Anyone and anything on our screen is up for grabs to make fun of if they play for the team we're trying to beat. It can't be translated back to normal life; it's just sports rivalry catharsis.

Paul said...

@Dusty

yeah all I need to show you is the beach ballin and wave that is going on while Kershaw pitches this gem.

Fred's Brim said...

that's ok. a well-placed grounder is better than a walk

Paul said...

Hey I know someone who plays on Solvakia! Oh no that is Solvang.

karina said...

Girls, you behind the home plate, is not nice doing the wave when everyone around is not doing it.

Jason said...

Kershaw with 69 pitches through 5. Do we dare give credit to Honeycutt for the improved efficiency?

Dusty Baker said...

4 Ks and no walks for Kershaw. Is that doing his job?

karen said...

The Kid is pitching a brilliant game

karina said...

@Fred's Brim @Dusty for a minute, I feel schooled.

Everything's fine.

Fred's Brim said...

they cleared the pitcher, so we'll have to deal with that next inning

Paul said...

I love Peter Cetera by default.

Erin said...

Me too, Paul.

NicJ said...

HA!

karina said...

Epale, Erin!

I've missed you around.

Fred's Brim said...

Peter Cetera's dope!

Erin said...

Hey Karina! I've missed you, too.

But not the rest of you SOBs.

Dusty Baker said...

Paul said "I love Peter"

Fred's Brim said...

haha well played Erin!

and it's good to see you - you have been missed

Dusty Baker said...

This SOB says epale, Erin!

Jason said...

GAARP just got national TV air time. Why? (still has tv muted.)

Josh S. said...

Aaaaaaaahhhhh! Blake is using Party in the USA as his walk-up!!!

Eh, still cooler than Tulo doing it.

karina said...

@Josh he's the Beard. Enough said.

Paul said...

@ Erin

I am still laughing.

Fred's Brim said...

cmon Russ, get the feeling back

Paul said...

Will Russ ever be Russ again?

Fred's Brim said...

Mrs Fred's Brim on the inane birthday banter: "It's your birthday so I know you want to riiiide out"

Erin said...

It would be a happy early birthday present for me if these guys could get a series win against the Yankees.

I really, really hate the Yankees.

NicJ said...

hatch strikes out.

Fred's Brim said...

I don't know, Paul, I don't know

Paul said...

I think Russ really requires rest.

Dusty Baker said...

JMart looked less likely to hit it than Wayne Rooney looked like he'd score a goal. Pathetic attempt at an AB.

Paul said...

Man Seymour get that Yankees hat off.

Dusty Baker said...

If it were possible for me to see fewer movies featuring Tom Cruise, I would, just since he's there in the stands acting like he gives a shit.

Paul said...

Oh man this Sonoma Coast Zin is opening up and I am running into its arms.

Dusty Baker said...

Ethier looking scruffier these days. He must be coming out of his hitting funk.

Fred's Brim said...

somebody tell Miller that Huffman had a hit in the 5th

NicJ said...

Minimum wage players dont count as real yankees.

Dusty Baker said...

@Paul

I'm picturing you in an open meadow, at dusk, running toward a giant bottle of zin.

I wish it were me.

[I mean I wish I were running into a giant bottle of wine, not your arms.]

Steve Sax said...

This Jeter kid just got his second hit. He might turnout to be something special.

Paul said...

Ha ha. I hate Swishuuur.

NicJ said...

how many backwards K's is that?

Josh S. said...

@FB: if you're name isn't Jeter, the hit doesn't count.

Steve Sax said...

This Jeter kid just got his second hit. He might turnout to be something special.

Jason said...

Um... Maybe turn there Belli2?

Paul said...

Uh oh.

Paul said...

Padilla looked like De Niro holding that bat.

NicJ said...

stupid ARod

Erin said...

Shit.

But it's okay. Shake it off, Kershaw.

Meaniebreanie said...

Damn! We can't let these guys get in the game.

Mr. Customer said...

Hate that guy.

Paul said...

Man he is kinda good.

karina said...

Urgh. I feel slightly nauseated. Why A-Rod?

Jason said...

I just realized that my one beer per inning pace is untenable.

And, F you ARod.

Fred's Brim said...

oops

Dusty Baker said...

Sit down ARod you arrogant cheating fuck.

Fred's Brim said...

take it easy, Clayton

Dusty Baker said...

@Jason

You mean one beer per inning isn't enough?

NicJ said...

alright, limited damage.

lets get some back.

Paul said...

Okay time to get them back.

MR. F said...

Stupid a-rod

Dusty Baker said...

Let's just watch ARod's HR the rest of the night, and not play out the rest of the game, ESPN.

Mr. Customer said...

Nice recovery, kid.

Jason said...

@DB - Usually, no. But I had a 4 beer head start. Damn you nearby Red Hook brewery!

Jason said...

Jeter fail.

NicJ said...

Jeter jump throw doesnt work in LA.

Paul said...

Jeter no soup for you!

Meaniebreanie said...

RJ on base again!

Paul said...

Johnson is on fire!

Fred's Brim said...

good bunt!

Dusty Baker said...

@FB, Jason

So Jason has the equivalent of a pitch count on his beer consumption?

Jason, you should try to get traded to Rangers where Noaln Ryan is trying to change that beer count crap.

Paul said...

Man we can bunt!

NicJ said...

@Paul, you might want to get that checked by a doctor.

Fred's Brim said...

Kershaw's first bunt was kind of weak (it should have been an out at third), but he still got it down. and the rest have been good

Mr. Customer said...

@db from way back when

I hope Kemp finds some consistency and avoids the Heskey trajectory, but it seems accurate.

Fred's Brim said...

haha Nic!

we've been a comedy cavalcade tonight. First Erin and now this!

Jason said...

@FB - In my defense, I just finished my 9th so I'm in extra innings. Dusty can back me up on the addictive nature of Red Hook products.

Erin said...

I came in to hear Morgan lauding Jeter's jump throw, so I naturally assumed that the play had resulted in an out. Should have known better.

Fred's Brim said...

Knicks trying to sign Joe Johnson? I'll call it now: that would be a disaster

Fred's Brim said...

ok Belli2, get them home!

MR. F said...

@NicJ: Zing!

@FB: Re-unite with D'antoni I guess.

Paul said...

@Nic

Johnson scored and now he is on fire. He is blistering the balls.

K I grossed myself out.

Fred's Brim said...

cmon Reed, truck the pitcher!

NicJ said...

that was some good baserunning off the initial mistake.

MR. F said...

Come on Andre!

Fred's Brim said...

@Jason no excuses needed. I have respected your drinking exploits for a long time now

Fred's Brim said...

how about some more runs?

Dusty Baker said...

@Jason

Too true. Hey, have you had the Red Hook summer offering yet?

Dusty Baker said...

I sensed a bit lowered snark level, then realized Josh has been on the periphery during this game. Can we count on you in the 8th inning, man?

Fred's Brim said...

no that was not a strike

Jason said...

Thanks, FB. I think.

Yankee sized strike zone on Dre's at bat.

Erin said...

Christine and I both just chuckled when Morgan said, "...and it rubs against the knob."

Damn it Ethier!

NicJ said...

Equal blame between Dre and Blue on that at bat.

Dusty Baker said...

Another piss poor at bat from E. Stop swining for the GD fences every time, dude!

ALternately, make contact with the ball and hit it out of the park!

MR. F said...

Damnit Dre.

Jason said...

@DB - Yup, the summer beer is called Rope Swing, a light pilsner. Their first lager in fact.

Fred's Brim said...

something tells me this will be a tense few innings

Paul said...

Big inning for young Clayton.

Fred's Brim said...

no goddamn walks!

Josh S. said...

On the iPhone, so it's tough to be quick with the snark.

Plus, it's hard to snark when we're winning.

Fred's Brim said...

i love how Manny 2-hands his catches

Dusty Baker said...

Posada is a little 0-3 bitch

Paul said...

Very sloppy mechanics but he gets the out. Step it up Clay.

Dusty Baker said...

Snark when we're winning
We only snark when we're winning

Jason said...

Kershaw in the 7th is a wonderful sight.

Fred's Brim said...

@Erin: and Joe Morgan is a knob so it works on so many levels!

Erin said...

Orioles DFA Garrett Atkins.

Can our own Garret be far behind?

Dusty Baker said...

i love how Manny 2-hands his catches and doesn't drop the ball

NicJ said...

say what you will about the defense of manny, but when he catches a fly ball he almost always does it with two hands.

*cough, Kemp*

Erin said...

We were on the same page, Josh.

Fred's Brim said...

Felicity Huffman with the smash but Casey picks it up!

NicJ said...

@Erin, more like Dodger sign Atkins to minor league deal.

sad but i wouldnt doubt it.

Dusty Baker said...

Only 10 pitches. Does Kid K come back out for another one in the 8th?

Jason said...

The beard will have none of this!

Paul said...

Now he looks flithy nasty again.

Great play beard.

Josh S. said...

Huffman, Huff-Machine, all cop.

Fred's Brim said...

@DB, until he walks the leadoff batter in the 8th

NicJ said...

for some reason i thought ESPN's office would be more glamourous. Where are all the athletes making copies and sharpening pencils?

MR. F said...

Odds of Kershaw going back out there in the 8th?

Dusty Baker said...

@FB

My thoughts exactly.

Dusty Baker said...

Let's get a few more runs, lads. We won't have another chance to beat up on these brutes until late October.

NicJ said...

someone in the booth needs to turn off there iphone, i can hear them receiving texts

Paul said...

Manny Jack anyone?

Fred's Brim said...

Marte trying to wake the the sleeping lion

Jason said...

@FB - I'll take your walk the start the 8th and match it with my pinch hitter flying to left-center prediction.

Dusty Baker said...

Get a room, Granderson and Swisher.

NicJ said...

He is only at 99 pitches right now. Im sure he will get to start the 8th.

Fred's Brim said...

woah Casey ripped that, but to a glove

NicJ said...

or 101.

Fred's Brim said...

@Jason, I like your plan better

Josh S. said...

Not only is that ESPN scoreboard overly complicated, it's also slow.

Fred's Brim said...

haha RJ has a big head. It eclipsed all of Clayton

Paul said...

Who is Thid Steven guy? I don't think espn mentions him enough.

Fred's Brim said...

Clayton had the look of "i'm not going back out there"

Dusty Baker said...

i have the look of "i need another dos xx"

Fred's Brim said...

Just before they went to commercial, it looked like somebody asked him if he was going back out and he shook his head no

Jason said...

Is Jeter available to pinch hit?

NicJ said...

apparently you just have to break his foot.

NicJ said...

hmm, thats surprising.

Dusty Baker said...

Come on, Belli. We want this one bad. Get us a W! Boot on the throat, I say.

Fred's Brim said...

Chad Curtis is still a Yankee?

Fred's Brim said...

here's a good throat to stomp on

Fred's Brim said...

excellent

Jason said...

Never noticed that Belli1 has Miller-style sleeve tattoos.

Dusty Baker said...

There's more where that came from, Jeter!

Fred's Brim said...

(said in a Mr Burns kind of way)

Paul said...

Yes Joe Jeter gets out of the way better than anyone.

NicJ said...

hey, i dont think kershaw walked anyone today.

CRAZY

Paul said...

Damn it!!!

Fred's Brim said...

damn

NicJ said...

what the hell? loney usually always covers furcal's ass.

Dusty Baker said...

Let's see a replay from about 35 angles showing how good Jeter is at getting out of the way of a thrown baseball.

Paul said...

Don't fuck around Belly!!

Fred's Brim said...

but Joe, the Yankees stunk until A-Rod came back last year

NicJ said...

LONEY!!

Meaniebreanie said...

What a relief!

Fred's Brim said...

HOT DAMN!!!

karina said...

That's King James, beautiful DP!

Paul said...

That is James Loney bitch!!

Josh S. said...

Jeter gets tagged out at second like no one else.

Mr. Customer said...

Hell yeah, Belly1.

NicJ said...

so is this the point in the game where we have to not stop the belief?

Paul said...

Steve levy looks blue screened or is it green screened.

MR. F said...

Double play! Yay!

Fred's Brim said...

here's Dusty's buddy

Dusty Baker said...

I'd love for JMart to give Joba a departing present, deposited into the LFP.

Josh S. said...

Mistah Ugly Man...

JOBA!

Paul said...

Come on Russ get on base.

NicJ said...

I'd like to go out and get a Boba with Joba.

MR. F said...

That works too.

NicJ said...

hey look Germany highlights!

Dusty Baker said...

Jaaaaahhh-ba! Jaaaaahhh-ba! Jaaaaahhh-ba!

is what I'd be chanting derisively if I were there.

And I'd be yelling "Wash your hair, Timmeh!" even though the Jints aren't in town.

Paul said...

Lead off walk. Can Reed get another hit?

NicJ said...

Hopefully Beli and Joba dont go out drinking (and driving) after the game.

Dusty Baker said...

Don't get me riled up, Nic.

Dusty Baker said...

Wish we had some little flies to release around the mound now that Joba is out there.

Fred's Brim said...

I like it when Russ walks. I want more of that

Dusty Baker said...

Is that your friend in the dugout, Paul?

Paul said...

Falsone with her game face!

Josh S. said...

D'oh!

Paul said...

Yup DB.

Dusty Baker said...

Morgan just about came unglued about how great that easy, routine DP was. I seriously hate him more than McCarver.

Mr. Customer said...

400

MR. F said...

Reed Johnson ran out of magic.

Mr. Customer said...

Dammit.

NicJ said...

MSB with the infield hit.

Dusty Baker said...

Alright, little MSB! We're in their heads now.

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