Monday Afternoon Open Thread: The Old Timers’ Day Hangover Edition


My view from 420C

Yesterday I attended my 16th Old Timers’ Day in a row.

It’s my favorite day of the baseball season and I enjoy it even more than Opening Day because I love the history of the New York Yankees. I like seeing guys I haven’t seen in years and I like seeing the mainstay old timers’ who are there every year.

My Old Timers’ streak is the one streak I will not allow to come to an end. I’ve already screwed up my long opening day streak and my long opening weekend series streak but the Old Timers’ Day streak will stay intact no matter what. I want to be 74 years-old attending my 50th Old Timers’ Day in a row and watching as Derek Jeter slowly jogs out of the Yankees’ dugout with his belt way up high, over his expanding old man belly.

A girl can dream, right?

Anyway, the Old Timers’ game was fun and those players probably would have scored more than the current Yankees did against the Orioles yesterday.…

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Yankeemetrics: June 20-22 (Orioles)

(Saed Hindash/The Star-Ledger)

(Saed Hindash/The Star-Ledger)

Beltran earns his pinstripes
Entering Friday night’s game against the Orioles, the Yankees were one of two teams (along with the Royals) that had yet to have its fans celebrate a walk-off win this season.

Carlos Beltran removed the Yankees from that list with one swing of the bat, hitting a three-run walk-off home run to cap a two-run rally in the bottom of the ninth inning. It was his sixth career walk-off homer and first since 2008 with the Mets. The last Yankee before Beltran to hit a walk-off homer against the Orioles was Nick Swisher in 2010.

Beltran is just the second player to hit a walk-off homer with the Mets and the Yankees, according to friend of IIATMS and ESPN New York writer Mark Simon. The only other player to do it was Darryl Strawberry, who hit three with the Mets and one with the Yankees.

Beltran also joined an exclusive list with his dramatic blast, becoming just the second Yankee designated hitter to hit a two-out, walk-off home run with his team trailing.…

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Game 74: Celebrating Old Timers’ Day with Tanaka

It’s a beautiful Sunday afternoon, on the second day of Summer. Yankees greats of the proverbial yesterday like Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford, Goose Gossage, Ron Guidry, Rickey Henderson, Orlando Hernandez, Reggie Jackson, Tino Martinez, Hideki Matsui, Paul O’Neill, Willie Randolph, Roy White, and several more will be in attendance (feel free to pick on the players that I listed, and those that I didn’t – the complete list is here). And, of course, Masahiro Tanaka (praise be to him) is toeing the rubber.

And while you’re waiting for the first pitch, you should check out Stacey’s latest post on the SweetSpot blog.

Baltimore Orioles New York Yankees
Nick Markakis, RF Brett Gardner, LF
Steve Pearce, DH Derek Jeter, SS
Adam Jones, CF Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Nelson Cruz, LF Mark Teixeira, 1B
Chris Davis, 1B Brian McCann, C
J.J. Hardy, SS Carlos Beltran, DH
Manny Machado, 3B Kelly Johnson, 3B
Jonathan Schoop, 2B Yangervis Solarte, 2B
Caleb Jospeh, C Ichiro Suzuki, RH
Chris Tillman, SP Masahiro Tanaka, SP
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Quick Hit: Water is Wet, Pineda has a Setback

Michael Pineda was scheduled to throw the ball yesterday (think playing catch more so than pitching), formally beginning the rehabilitation process that would have him back in the rotation by early August. Yesterday, however, Joe Girardi told reporters that doctors had found inflammation in Pineda’s right (throwing) shoulder, and recommended putting him back...

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Game 73: Norris v. Please Get Him Out of the Rotation

Or, if you prefer to refer to players by their given name, Vidal Nuno.

The Yankees have won four in a row and eight of their last ten, and have climbed three games in the standings since the beginning of the week. That is quite impressive. In the last three games, Brian McCann all but matched his production for the first half of the month – he had eight hits, one XBH, four RBI, and four BB between June 1 and June 17, as compared to four hits, two XBH, six RBI, and three BB since Wednesday. That is … impressive, as well, but in a somewhat sad way.

See? I’m not a complete pessimist.

Baltimore Orioles New York Yankees
Nick Markakis, RF Brett Gardner, LF
Steve Pearce, LF Derek Jeter, SS
Adam Jones, CF Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Nelson Cruz, DH Mark Teixeira, 1B
Chris Davis, 1B Carlos Beltran, DH
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Quick hit: CC threw 36 pitches and survived

CC Sabathia threw a bullpen session today at the Stadium. He threw 36 pitches, used his entire arsenal and said he felt fine and more importantly, reported no problems with this knee.

He’s going to make some rehab starts down in Tampa. According to Meredith Marakovits of YES, Sabathia hopes he doesn’t have to make as many starts as some people are saying – he was hearing five starts before he can join the big club again.

He is still on schedule for a July return.

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Not at the table, Carlos: Yankees 5, Orioles 3

Julie Jacobsen/AP

Julie Jacobsen/AP

Well, that was a fun ending, right?

Of course, everything leading up to tonight’s exciting bottom of the ninth inning was baseball’s version of blue balls. Seriously, how many times can a team have the bases loaded and fail in one game? It happened in the second, happened in the fifth and it happened in the sixth. I guess it’s a good thing the bases weren’t loaded in the ninth but before we get to that, let’s go back to the beginning of the game, shall we?

The Yankees struck first in the bottom of the first when Mark Teixeira hit an RBI double off O’s starter Ubaldo Jimenez to score Jacoby Ellsbury.

And I’ll give Jimenez some credit for getting out of all of those jams during the game but a lot of it also had to do with the Yankees’ ineptitude. They were getting thrown out at home, failing miserably with runners in scoring position, hitting into double plays, etc.…

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Game 72: Kuroda vs. Jimenez

Welcome to tonight’s game thread.

Here are your lineups:

Markakis RF
Pearce DH
Jones CF
Davis 1B
Cruz LF
Hardy SS
Machado 3B
Flaherty 2B
Hundley C

Gardner LF
Jeter SS
Ellsbury CF
Teixeira 1B
McCann C
Beltran DH
Ichiro RF
Roberts 2B
Solarte 3B

Enjoy the game!

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