The people in my section

Carl Spackler was here.  Good thing he was wearing camo, otherwise I might have seen him. He gets a pass because it was Memorial Day and there were lots of servicemen and women present.

I call this one: “Neck sausage”.

Purple rain:

The Rhinestone Cowgirl.  Perhaps worse than any pink hat you will see. Though, after you see some of the others…

Did you get a free die-cast truck with that Yankee hat, lady?

“Root, root, root for the Celtics…” (Yes, this is a Yankee hat)

I would have thought that Kevin Jonas of The Jonas Brothers would have access to better seats than this. And a better hat.  Not a better vest, though.

Not everything was bad. Brosius FTW!

Name on the back of an adult jersey. Check. FAIL.  Supporting David Cone? WIN.

Red Yankee cap. First sign of bad parenting.  I blame the parents.

Berra and Rizzuto, like the good old days, when the Yanks had names on the back of their jerseys.… Click here to read the rest

No decline for Derek

On May 11, I questioned whether or not Derek Jeter, a soon-to-be 36-year old, had finally begun to decline as a ballplayer. On the season, his offense seemed relatively weak – his .286/.324/.436 line was certainly indicative of that – and, at times, he looked about as bad as anyone at the plate. Rather than just connecting his problems to age without any sort of internal discussion, however, I did wonder, in the piece, if Jeter’s anemic output could be tied to a bit of bad luck. Perhaps a few balls just did not drop for the normally productive Yankees shortstop.

Looking back on it, it seems like that could very well be the case. On May 11, Jeter’s batting average on balls in play was .304, while his career BABIP was .359. In accordance with that number, Jeter’s BABIP and, subsequently, his triple slash line should have been higher. He was due for an increase in those areas and Jeter has definitely delivered, surging at the end of May.… Click here to read the rest

No room/need for Oswalt

As most of you know by now, Roy Oswalt, Houston’s reliable right-hander, might be up for grabs as the Astros continue to sputter through another lost season. As a result of their of their terrible losing record, the loyal Oswalt reportedly requested a trade about a week ago in the hopes that he could ultimately join a contendor. However, do not expect the Yankees to enter the bidding for the 32-year old’s services.

Although Oswalt is a dependable workhorse, logging 200-plus innings on a seemingly regular basis, and despite his proven track record as one of the most effective pitchers in the game – he owns a 3.35 career FIP and has posted a 3.20 FIP over 69 innings this year – the Yankees simply do not have any room for him in their rotation. “We have five starters we like,” responded “one Yankees person” to Sports Illustrated’s Jon Heyman last week, when asked about the team’s interest in Oswalt.… Click here to read the rest

Game 51: Indians 2, Yankees 11

After six innings, the Yankees still held onto a 2-1 lead, but in the bottom of the seventh they started to shut the door on the Tribe’s chance to leave the Bronx with a series tie.  Derek Jeter singled to center and was replaced by Ramiro Pena on the basepaths.  Granderson singled, moving Pena to second.  They each moved over when Fafael Perez threw a wild pitch to Mark Teixeira.

Perez then intentionally walked Mark Teixeira to load the bases for Rodriguez (which apparently few teams have realized is a really bad idea).  Rodriguez smacked a grand slam to center and the Yankees jumped out to a 6-1 lead.  Cano then followed with a solo homer and Swisher doubled to right.  Juan Miranda hit a single and Francisco Cervelli hit a sac fly to center, plating Swisher and giving the Yankees a commanding 8-1 lead late in the game.

The Bombers weren’t done in the eighth, with Pena leading off with a single.  … Click here to read the rest

3 New Mock Drafts Have Yanks Taking 3 Different Guys

This morning, I talked a bit a bout Anthony Ranaudo and the 2010 MLB Draft. Of course, over the next few hours, I saw 3 new mock drafts from BA, Keith Law, and Frankie Piliere, and each had the Yankees taking someone else at #32.

Law has the Yankees taking Christian Yelich, a 1B/OF out of high school. Law thinks Yelich should make plenty of contact in the majors but could struggle to generate a ton of power. Defensively, he sees him as a left fielder due to good speed, and could even see him ending up in center if his arm improves from its currently abysmal state. Yelich is 26th on Law’s big board, and would be a solid but unimaginative pick.

Piliere thinks the Yankees will take West Virginia SS/2B Jedd Gyorko, who is 57th on Law’s draft board. Gyorko is a solid bat without a clear position who may eventually be forced out of the middle infield.… Click here to read the rest

Memorial Day Beisbol

This afternoon, the Yankees will wrap up their four-game series against the visiting Cleveland Indians at 1:05 pm.  Fresh off their come from behind win on Sunday afternoon, the Yankees will send Andy Pettitte to the mound to face one Mitchell R. Talbot. The team will be looking to seal a series victory against Cleveland, after taking the first two of three.

The Indians acquired Talbot in a deal with the Rays over the offseason.  This year, he is 6-3 with a 3.78 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP.  Now watch as I do my best Joe Morgan impression: “My pick for the Cy Young so far in 2010 has to be Mitch Talbot.  If you look at his record, you see 6 wins.  And only 3 losses.  When Talbot pitches, the Indians win and without winning your team can’t do well.  Talbot is a winner.  Some people think that stats should decide the Cy Young but as you can see Talbot has the most wins and should be the Cy Young”.… Click here to read the rest

LSU's Ranaudo Regaining Some Of His Lost Luster

Two weeks ago, I asked whether the Yankees should consider drafting dropping right-hander Anthony Ranaudo with their first round pick. Poor performance and injury issues forced a player who was once the presumptive #2 pick down most draft boards, and many had Ranaudo dropping out of the first round. In fact, Keith Law left him out of his mock of the first round one week ago. However, Ranaudo did look better on Wednesday, leading Law to file the following report:

LSU right-hander Anthony Ranaudo hadn’t been the same since taking three weeks to recover from a minor, non-structural elbow injury earlier in the spring, but for the first two innings of his start on Wednesday evening he was back to his old self, mostly 92-94, touching 95 to strike out the last hitter in the first inning, and driving his fastball down in the zone. His curveball was inconsistent but flashed plus, 79-83, and he even threw it to left-handed batters, going at their back feet as if it was a slider with good depth.

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Burnett goes eight strong as Tex comes through with huge go-ahead home run in seventh

For the third straight day I was out and about enjoying what’s been a beautiful Memorial Day weekend, this time partaking in an awesome family barbeque up in Ardsley, Westchester. As a result, I was once again following the Yankees via BlackBerry, and things were looking grim after the top of the 7th, as the Indians jumped out to a 3-0 lead.

My family was busy cursing the Yankees for inexplicably not jumping all over Justin Masterson and were ready to chalk up another unacceptable loss to a terrible baseball team. Fortunately Nick Swisher, Derek Jeter, Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira had other ideas, pacing the Yankees to a five-run seventh culminating in a much-needed go-ahead three-run jack off the bat of Teixeira.

The Yanks would add two more and go on to win 7-3. In addition to the offensive heroics, the story of the game was A.J. Burnett, who gave the team eight innings of three-run ball (only one earned) while striking out eight.… Click here to read the rest