Tagged: Spring Training

Finally, the end

The end is here, thank God.  The final spring training game for the Yankees is amongst us as the last game that doesn’t count will be played today.  The Mets will travel to Tampa today to face the Yanks, and once this game is over, the real fun will start.

Unfortunately for Yankees fans we still have to wait two more days for our opening day.  Opening Day Part II will be tonight as the Cardinals face the Marlins, and Opening Day III comes tomorrow with a few games on the slate.  Then on Friday, Opening Day IV will arrive and the Yankees will face the Rays to start the season (for them).  Sheesh, how hard would it be to have every team open on the same day?

The biggest news from today’s game will be Andy Pettitte finally taking the mound to face live hitters as he attempts his comeback.  The expectation is Pettitte will come in for one inning after Freddy Garcia is done for the day, more than likely the fifth.  I am very excited to see Andy today, and cant wait for his regular season debut.

Off the field today, the Yanks will be making the moves necessary to bring their 25 man roster together.   It appears from this tweet that David Phelps and D.J. Mitchell won’t be taking the last spot in the bullpen:


I will update the blog as the moves become official.

Here is the lineup for today’s game:

Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Nick Swisher RF
Raul Ibanez DH
Russell Martin C
Brett Gardner LF

Freddy Garcia P

First pitch will be at 12:05 ET.  The game will be televised on the MLB Network and the YES Network.

Morning Coffee and Links

Brian Cashman says Rangers are favorites in the A.L.

Ivan Nova and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.

Nick Swisher grew up a Met

Is Nova this years Hughes?

Here’s to a great day of baseball!


Subway series in the swamp

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The Yankees and Mets will resume their crosstown rivalry today, albeit in the swamps of Florida, as they wrap up spring training with a two game set before the beginning of the season.  Obviously these games mean nothing, but it is still the Debts Mess Mets so there will always be a bit of a rivalry feel regardless of when the teams play.  However with three days to go until the games count, and with the tease of playing in a major league stadium the past two days, I am ready for spring training to end, even if the games are against a rival.  I am looking forward to beating the loose change out of the Mets June 8th when the bragging counts.

First pitch will be at 2:10 ET and Ivan Nova will get the start.  The game will be televised on the YES Network and the MLB Network.

Here is the lineup:

Brett Gardner LF
Nick Swisher DH
Eric Chavez 1B
Andruw Jones RF
Eduardo Nunez SS
Francisco Cervelli C
Dewayne Wise CF
Bill Hall 2B
Doug Bernier 3B

RHP Ivan Nova

Morning Coffee and Links

Rotation decisions will come later

Former Yankee Allie Clark passed away

Robinson Cano will challenge for MVP

Pettitte might pitch tomorrow

Breaking down the pitching staff

Robbie Cano’s Sportscenter commercial:

Here’s to a great day of baseball!

Ready for Opening Day

Yankee Stadium on July 1, 2010

Yankee Stadium on July 1, 2010 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ok.  I have had enough of spring training.  Enough split squads, enough rotation battles, enough odd injuries, and enough bullpen sessions.  I am sick of watching games in Triple-A stadiums, and tired of upside down lineups of players I have never heard of.  I am ready for opening day.

I have taken the week off from work, ordered my kegs (what?) and am planning my menu.  Peanuts in the shell, brats, hot dogs, chorizo, and cracker jacks for the kids.  I have my new Bleacher Creature shirt from Bald Vinny, and will go buy a new Yankees hat this week.  I am ready for the MLB network, the YES Network, WCBS and even ESPN to be tuned to baseball.

I am ready for Michael Kay’s “See Ya” and John Sterling’s “It is high, it is far, it isss gone!”, and “Ballgame over, Yankees win! Theeeeee Yankees, win!” I can’t wait to hear Bob Sheppard introduce Derek Jeter from the grave in the first inning (creepy, right?) or hear enter sandman in the ninth.

Green grass, blue skies, the smell of leather and the crack of the bat.

Baseball season is almost here, and I am ready.

One four days to go , Yankees fans.

There’s no tie-ing in baseball!

Joe Girardi, manager of the New York Yankees.

Joe Girardi, manager of the New York Yankees. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you have not heard, the Red Sox/Yankees game last night ended in a 4-4 tie after New York blew a 4-0 lead and Bobby Valentine called for a suicide squeeze (in a spring training game Bobby, really?) to tie it in the ninth.  After the end of the inning Joe Girardi summoned umpire Tim Tschida over to let him know they had to call the game as the Yankees did not have enough pitchers to continue.   Despite having six minor league pitchers in the bullpen, Girardi felt he could not continue, as the Yankees play two split squad games today and the Yanks would need the arms.  So it wasn’t really a matter of being out of arms last night as much as it was having enough for today.

And now Bobby V. is mad.  In more than one sense of the word.  Mad that Joe Girardi claimed to run out of pitchers and make him warm one of his up, and crazy-mad, to the point he has to find another reason to draw attention upon himself again.  Is this really going to go on all season?  Is Valentine going to make excuses, lay blame, and complain about the Yankees every time the two teams face each other?

Valentine’s excuse for attacking the Yankees this time is that they cost a minor league pitcher the chance to make the Red Sox team.  The pitcher in question, Clayton Mortensen, was warming up to pitch the 10th inning, and evidently Valentine was crushed he had to tell the poor kid Girardi just ruined his chances of making the big league club.

Okay Bobby.  We are talking about a kid who since 2007 has played in a total of 24 big league games and 106 minor league games and is with his fifth club.  He is not going to make the team out of spring training.  He is nothing but organizational depth and a mid-season call up.  But whatever.

Why couldn’t Bobby V. just say what every baseball fan in America was saying last night?  There should NEVER be a tie in baseball.  Even in spring training.  Remember the All Star game fiasco?  Okay maybe if the game is heading into the 15th inning in spring training, but why not let these kids learn the pressure of an extra inning game, especially in this rivalry?

Bobby Valentine could have maintained his integrity, if he even has any, by limiting his post game remarks to stating there should never be a tie in baseball.  No excuse making, no laying blame, and no need to speak up about the Yankees just because this is one of the greatest rivalry in sports.  All he had to say was, “there is no tie-ing in baseball.”

Yankees vs. Red Sox II; Morning Coffee and Links

The Yankees and Red Sox will face off again tonight in another spring training battle, this time in the Red Sox new home ball park Jet Blue Park (hehehehe!)  The last match-up was a complete pitchers duel, with the winning run scoring on a double error in the ninth.  Hopefully tonight will provide some more fireworks from the Yankees bats and the Red Sox dugout.

First pitch is at 7:05 ET.  The game will be televised on ESPN.

Oh and by the way I still hate Bobby Valentine.

Morning Coffee and Links

Hughes and Yanks see positive change

Things are different these days for Pettitte

Don’t forget about Joba

Lance Berkman tried to lure Pettitte to St. Louis.

Here’s to a great day of baseball!






Yankees face Phillies again; Morning Coffee & Links

The Yankees will face the Phillies for the second time in three days today, this time in Tampa at 1:00 ET.  New York defeated Philadelphia 8-5 yesterday in their first Spring Training game.  The game will be televised on the MLB and YES networks, and on WCBS radio.  Here is the Yankees lineup:

1. Jeter SS, 2. Cano 2B, 3. Rodriguez 3B, 4. Teixeira 1B, 5. Jones LF, 6. Cervelli C, 7. Dickerson RF, 8. Wise CF, 9. Maxwell DH, Garcia P

Morning Coffee & Links

ESPN New York’s First Pitch: Ready for Freddy

The Yankees young armslooked good yesterday.

Hiroki Kuroda faces another transition.

Curtis Granderson looking perfect in Spring Training thus far.

a Q&A with special assignment scout Jim Hendry.

Joe Girardi helps remember a great Yankee fan.

A-Rod challenges Yankees.

Here’s to a great day of baseball!