Author Archives: Stacey Gotsulias

Hitting the wall, meeting former Yankees and other random thoughts

You know how baseball players sometimes hit the proverbial wall?

if you hit the wall when you are trying to achieve something, you reach a situation where you cannot make any more progress

Usually, it’s prevalent in pitchers – both starters and relievers- and in fact, our own Hiroki Kuroda seems to have hit that wall and has kept on hitting it repeatedly for over a month now.

Well, sometimes bloggers and writers hit the wall as well. I, unfortunately, crashed into it about two weeks and I’m still recovering.

So instead of writing nonsense about baseball because it seems like all I ever write about lately is nonsense, I’m going to post a couple of pictures of me with some former Yankees I had the pleasure of meeting this past weekend at a cancer fundraiser.

Here am I with Mickey Rivers and Jim Leyritz:

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And here I am with David Cone:

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I was able to talk to Coney for a few minutes and I was surprisingly calm and I didn’t make an ass out of myself.…

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Yankees 4, Blue Jays 3: It’s getting harder and harder to breathe

Let’s just focus on the eighth inning, shall we?

I don’t really want to talk about Phil Hughes and David Huff both giving up home runs in the fourth to give the Jays a 3-0 lead. Nor do I want to discuss the fact that the Yankees’ offense couldn’t do anything against J.A. Happ.

Oh wait, I just did.

Anyway, let’s flash forward to the eighth when John Gibbons did us all a favor by removing Happ from the game after he surrendered a ground-rule double to Brendan Ryan. Dude, Brendan Ryan? Really? I would have given you the hook as well.

Gibbons replaced Happ with Aaron Loup who gave up a single to Curtis Granderson. Oops.

Next, Gibbons called upon Steve Delabar to keep the Yankees off the board. He started off well enough by striking out Alex Rodriguez but then he gave up an RBI single to Robinson Cano which cut the score to 3-1. Granderson advanced to second.…

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Game 152: T-minus who cares, just win

Here’s your game thread.

Let’s hope tonight’s game is better than the previous four games have been.

YANKEES
Granderson CF
A-Rod DH
Cano 2B
Soriano LF
Wells RF
Reynolds 1B
Nunez 3B
Murphy C
Ryan SS

BLUE JAYS
Reyes SS
Davis RF
Lawrie 3B
Lind 1B
Rasmus CF
Sierra DH
Goins 2B
Arencibia C
Gose LF

What’s the over/under on how many Yankees J.A. Happ hits tonight? 2? 3?

Let’s hope it’s none.

Also, what’s the over/under for how many home runs Phil Hughes surrenders?

Again, let’s hope it’s none.

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Blue Jays 2, Yankees 0: And now, the end is near and so I face the final curtain…

Here are two things that would help the Yankees in their quest to get to the playoffs:

  • They need to win games.
  • They need to win games against the teams that aren’t in playoff contention.

The Yankees didn’t do that tonight. And what’s worse is that they looked lifeless against Toronto and it was embarrassing to watch.

They didn’t play like a team that’s playing for their playoff lives. They played like a team who is counting the days until the offseason begins. And maybe they are? There are a lot of banged up players on the Yankees. Maybe the prospect of playing into October isn’t appealing to them.

With the way they looked against R.A. Dickey, you’d also have thought the Yankees had dinner plans after the game.

Andy Pettitte gave the Yankees another quality start (6.2 IP, 1ER on 6 hits) but it wasn’t enough because the offense couldn’t get anything going. Well, they could get people on base but they just couldn’t get them home.…

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Game 151: Dickey vs Pettitte

Just win.

Please, for the love of God.

BLUE JAYS
Reyes SS
Davis RF
Lawrie 3B
Sierra DH
Rasmus CF
DeRosa 1B
Pillar LF
Goins 2B
Thole C

YANKEES
Granderson CF
A-Rod DH
Cano 2B
Soriano LF
Overbay 1B
Reynolds 3B
Ichiro RF
Ryan SS
Stewart C

Again, win.

Please and thanks.

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Stacey’s Tuesday afternoon musings

I haven’t done one of these posts in a while because to be completely honest, I have been struggling to come up with things to write about. With the way this season has gone you’d think there would be plenty to talk about.

  • I could rant after horrible losses.
  • I could write happy recaps after exhilarating wins.
  • I could complain about how bad CC Sabathia has looked this season.
  • I could write about how the people who thought A-Rod’s presence would hurt the team were wrong and rub that in a little bit.

But I haven’t.

So I’m going to write whatever comes to mind, in the order those thoughts pop into my head, no matter how ridiculous. And after I’m done writing this post, I encourage you to do the same in the comments. This could be a fun, cathartic exercise for all of us.

To start, I will say that this season has been very strange.

Some people have said that 2013 reminds them of 2008, the only season in the past 20 years that the Yankees hadn’t made the playoffs.…

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