Open thread: Looking back at April 18, 2005

The 2005 Yankees - Courtesy of the NYT

The 2005 Yankees – Courtesy of the NYT

As some of you know, I like to look for games from previous years to write about. Sometimes they’re significant like playoff games and sometimes they’re just your average, run of the mill, regular season games. But when I looked up April 18 and went back to 2005, I was actually giddy at what I saw because the Yankees completed a feat so amazing in that particular game that when it was happening live, I kept saying to myself, “Is this actually happening?” And even more amazing is that they would actually repeat that same exact feat just over two months later against the same team.

Okay, enough with the suspense.

Going into the game on the evening of April 18, 2005, the New York Yankees found themselves in fourth place with a 5-8 record. Right behind them were their opponents for the night, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, who were 4-9.…

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About Last Night: The Alex Rodriguez Show

We’re 10 games into the 2015 season and Alex Rodriguez is batting .344/.432/.781 /1.214 with four home runs, 11 RBI, a .514 wOBA and a 238 wRC+. Hmmm, not bad for the guy most people were writing off before the season even started.

  • “His bat speed is gone.”
  • “He’s too old.”
  • “He’s been gone from the game too long.”

Obviously, these numbers are not sustainable, but for now, it is very fun to watch Rodriguez silence the loudmouths who were waiting to dance on his grave and make the people who were marching with torches and pitchforks have to give him some credit for his performance so far. Oh hi, there Mike Lupica!

So what did Rodriguez do last night? Not much, he just won the game for the Yankees by being responsible for four of their five runs and driving in the game-winning run.

His first home run came off Rays’ starter Nathan Karns in the second inning. Karns threw a 92 m.p.h.…

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Game 10 Quick Recap: NYY 5 TB 4

A-Rod HR vs TB

Luscious. Courtesy of the AP

All A-Rod, all the time.  He was the alpha and the omega for the Yankees in their series-opening win against the Rays last night.  We’re going just bullet points to recap it for the suckers like me who missed all the action.

– Final line for A-Rod: 3-4, 2 HR, 2 R, 4 RBI.  He had 60% of the Yankee hits and 80% of their RBI.

– The first homer came in the top of the 2nd off Tampa starter Nathan Karns.  Karns threw a meatball and A-Rod absolutely obliterated it into the left-center field seats.  It measured at 477 feet. Yowza.

– The second came in the 6th, when Ernesto Frieri tried to put A-Rod away with a 94 MPH heater.  He didn’t and A-Rod lined it into deep left, just inside the foul pole.

– He even came up with the game-winning hit, driving in Brett Gardner with a go-ahead RBI single in the 8th.  …

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Quick hit: A-Rod hits home run #658

No, I’m not kidding.

Rodriguez is now two home runs away from tying Willie Mays on the all-time list thanks to this two-run shot.

The Yankees and Rays are tied at four in the 7th inning.

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Quick hit: A-Rod crushes home run #657

In case you missed it, Alex Rodriguez hit a home run to a seldom visited part of Tropicana Field. According to MLB Advanced Media, the home run measured 471 feet and is the longest one hit so far in 2015.

Rodriguez is now three away from tying Willie Mays on the all-time list and with this home run, he passed his former teammate Derek Jeter on the all-time runs scored list with 1,924.

UPDATED:

471 or 477, does it matter? He hit the hell out of that ball.

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Game 10: Warren vs. Karns

Here are tonight’s lineups:

New York Yankees Tampa Bay Rays
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Kevin Kiermaier, CF
Chase Headley, 3B Steven Souza, RF
Carlos Beltran, RF Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
Mark Teixeira, 1B Evan Longoria, DH
Brian McCann, C Desmond Jennings, LF
Alex Rodriguez, DH Allan Dykstra, 1B
Stephen Drew, 2B Logan Forsythe, 3B
Chris Young, LF Tim Beckham, 2B
Didi Gregorius, SS Bobby Wilson, C
Adam Warren, SP Nate Karns, SP

Enjoy the game!

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Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 4/17/15

My old man is retiring today.  Well retiring from the regular Monday-Friday grind to move on to a more relaxed and enjoyable work schedule.  He’s worked for Pepsi ever since we moved from Delaware to Connecticut when I was 5, and today is his last official day at the office.

I work with a lot of older dudes at my company, guys who have been here for 25-30-35+ years and are well into their 60s, and they’re the most stereotypical company “lifers” you could imagine.  Bitter, beaten down, crotchety guys who only sound happy when they’re talking about “the old days” way back when.  A lot of those guys are friends of mine, so I don’t mean this as a criticism of them, but I think it’s pretty cool that my dad is getting out early, getting out ahead of that bitterness that seeps in when you’ve worked at one place for that long.  He put his time in, he’s going out when he wants, and he’s moving on to do the things he wants to do.  …

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Breaking Down Mark Teixeira’s Hot Start In 2015

Courtesy: USA TODAY

Courtesy: USA TODAY

Mark Teixeira has had a terrific start to his season and it is absolutely necessary for him to come close sustaining it if the Yankees are going to be contending for the playoffs this season. The question is whether his start is truly sustainable, as he has had some strange quirks so far.

Teixeira has a slash line of .241/.361/.655/1.016 with a .406 wOBA and a 160 wRC+, which would be an MVP caliber stat line if carried out over a full season. Obviously, nobody is expecting for Teixeira to be an MVP candidate, so there will be regression.

The good news is Teixeira’s BABIP is a very low at .200, so he has not gotten lucky at all. His BABIP will probably never be very high anymore because of the shift, but you would still expect to be around .250 at least, which isn’t very good but still 50 points higher than where he is now.

Teixiera has been doing this with extra-base hits and walks, which has to be his formula at this point in his career.…

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Who is Jose Peraza?

Yesterday, George King wrote that the Yankees had expressed interest in Atlanta Braves’ Triple-A second baseman, Jose Peraza. With the future of the Yankees’ infield very much influx, it is not surprising that they are looking for young middle infielders. While Robert Refsnyder has moved quickly through the system and garnered a lot of attention, he continues to struggle defensively at second base. I find it hard to believe that the Yankees are writing off Refsnyder, as King and others have surmised, but there is no question that the future of the Yankees’ infield is a major concern. Didi Gregorious, Gregorio Petit and Stephen Drew have provided the Yankees with very little offense this year, and while there is plenty of time for these guys to turn their seasons around, the  Yankees need to do their due diligence.

Granted, the Braves have shown no interest in parting with one of their top prospects, but we all know how quickly things can change.…

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