Yankees Win Game One in Boston, Now in First Place

A 3-2 win Friday night catapulted the Yankees into first place over the Red Sox.   Joe Girardi’s gutsy call to pull Bartolo Colon in the fifth inning worked, as Boone Logan struck out Adrian Gonzalez with the bases loaded.  The Yankees bullpen shut down the Red Sox, allowing the Bombers to rally and score three runs in the sixth inning.

The Yankees are now a game ahead of Boston, with an opportunity to stretch the lead to two games today.  The two superpowers will throw it down again at 4:15 today.  With CC Sabathia going against John Lackey, there’s no reason the Yankees can’t win again.


New York Nine: Yankees Teams (1976-2010)

Honorable Mentions: 1976, 1980, 1981, 2002, 2004, 2010

9) 2003

The 2003 World Series was very dissapointing thanks to Joe Torre and Jeff Weaver, but the 2003 ALCS was one of the most amazing things in Yankees history.

8) 2001

It’s panful to think about, but the Yankees were two outs away winning their fifth World Series in sixth seasons.  It would have been amazing thing, but we lost fair and square.

7) 2000

The 2000 Yankees were actually pretty mediocre in the regular season, but a weak AL East let the Bombers slip into the playoffs.  After a rough first two rounds, the Yankees beat the Mets four games to one in the World Series.

6) 1999

98 wins in the regular season and only one loss in the postseason.  Pure domination.

5) 1996

The Yankees hadn’t won the World Series in nearly twenty years and it seemed as if 1995 was going to be the team’s return to glory.  After things didn’t go their way in the ’95 ALDS, a 92 win campaign in 1996 was good enough to win the AL East.  After cruising through the ALDS against Texas and the ALCS against Baltimore, the Yankees faced off against “The Team of the Decade”, the Atlanta Braves.

You couldn’t write the script any better.  Down 2-0 in the series, the Bombers won three straight in Atlanta.  The comeback was completed in Game 6, as the Yankees won their 23rd World Series.

3a.) 1977

100 wins, first World Series win since 1962, and one of the wildest clubhouses in the history of sports.

3b.) 1978

After being down in the standings by fourteen games, the ’78 Yankees rallied back to force a one-game playoff in Boston.  You know the story from there.

2) 2009

After a decade-long wait, the Yankees finally were “back on top” (as Joe Buck said) in 2009.  That year’s World Series against the Phillies was one of the most exciting playoff series in team history.

1) 1998

114 wins, a World Series sweep, and another parade down the Canyon of Heroes.  The 2001 Mariners would break the single-season wins record, but ironically the Yankees knocked them out in that year’s ALCS.  Many consider the 1998 Yankees to be the greatest team in baseball hisory, although I think the 1927 Yankees would have something to say about that.

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Daily Briefing: July 21, 2011

– The NFL lockout was expected to be over by July 21, but there will be no deal today or anytime soon, according to various sources.  Seahawks guard Chester Pitts even said that a deal won’t happen for another two weeks.  That would be a disaster.

– There have been conflicting reports of a possible vote on a proposed CBA.  Some have said a vote will take place soon, while others say the two sides are far apart.  It’s hard what to believe anymore concerning the lockout.  A week ago we thought a deal would be done today, and now we have no idea when a deal will get done.

– The NBA lockout is still on, and there is no end in site.  A hard cap and changes to the revenue system are almost assuredly going to keep a new CBA from being agreed upon before this season.  It still wouldn’t surprise me if all of this season is missed.

– The Yankees have won two out of three games against Tampa Bay this week, with the final game of the series tonight.  The Rays are now eight games out of first place.  The Bombers head back home Friday for a weekend series against the A’s.

– It’s safe to say that the Mets are now out of contention for a playoff spot.  At seven and a half games back in the wild card race, there is no hope for the Mets.  Carlos Beltran is the number one asset the Mets should look to trade away.  I don’t see anyway he doesn’t get dealt by the July 31 trading deadline.

– There has been talking about shipping Beltran to the Phillies for Domonic Brown.  This would be a great move in my opinion, despite the fact it may help the Phillies win a championship.  The Mets have to do anything to get better for the future, and a trade for Brown would certainly help do that.

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Carlos Beltran's days in New York are numbered.

Daily Briefing: July 20, 2011

– The NFL lockout is still on, but it is expected to end any day now.  I personally wouldn’t be surprised if today is the day a deal gets done.  Negotiations are being held up by the Brady vs NFL anti-trust lawsuit, but hopefully everything will be resolved quickly.

– Meanwhile, the NBA lockout has no end in sight.  The Knicks will open up at home against the Heat if the season starts on time, but that’s very unlikely.  I fully expect to miss at least half the season.  I’d say at this point it’s likely we don’t see another NBA game until the 2012-2013 season.  Games are going to have to be missed before one side caves in their demands.

– Antonio Cromartie said that he wouldn’t give the Jets a hometown discount, which shouldn’t be surprising to any Jets fans.  Cromartie has always come off as a guy who would easily leave to go get money somewhere else.  It will hurt the Jets if he leaves, but the team can definitely do without him.  If his departure leads to the re-signing of Santonio Holmes and Braylon Edwards, it may be a good thing.

– Peter DeBoer is the new head coach of the Devils.  I don’t expect him to last more than three months, as it’s customary that Devils coaches don’t last the whole season.

– The Lightning and Steven Stamkos have reached a five-year deal.  As I said all along, there was no way Steve Yzerman was going to move him.

– The Yankees and Mets have discussed a possible Carlos Beltran trade, but it remains unlikely at this point.  I believe the Mets should not shy away from possibly trading with the Yankees, Braves, or Phillies.  They would only be hurting themselves by not taking the best deal possible.

– More and more teams seem to have interest in Ubaldo Jimenez, although there is no reason to believe the Rockies will trade him.

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Could Carlos Beltran be wearing a different set of pinstripes within the next week and a half?

Yankees Among Several Teams Scouting Ubaldo Jimenez

With the trading deadline approaching, several teams (including the Yankees) have been scouting Ubaldo Jimenez for several weeks. The price tag for Jimenez services may be too high for most teams, including the Yankees. According to MLB Trade Rumors writer Luke Adams, the Rockies are looking for a lot if anyone wants Jimenez’s services. Here is the rest of Luke Adams article:

  • MLB.com’s Peter Gammons says the Rockies think there’s about a 10% chance Jimenez is traded this month. Colorado is looking for two prime prospects, along with one or two big-league ready players, including a starting pitcher.
  • The Rockies and Yankees match up well, according to SI.com’s Jon Heyman. Colorado likes Jesus Montero, but the Yanks are reluctant to include Manny Banuelos, Dellin Betances, or Ivan Nova along with Montero.
  • Heyman says (via Twitter) that the Rockies have talked to the Yankees, and “probably” the Red Sox, Tigers, Reds, and others as well.
  • Some teams interested in Jimenez believe that if the Rockies hang on to him now, he’s a decent bet to be traded this winter, when available top pitching will again be scarce and more clubs could get involved, writes Olney.
  • One more note from Olney’s article: Given Jimenez’s inexpensive price tag through 2013, there would be very little financial risk for any team acquiring the right-hander, which is one reason why the Rockies’ asking price is so high.
  • Speaking of that asking price, Rockies GM Dan O’Dowd tells Troy Renck of the Denver Post that the Rockies would have to be “absolutely overwhelmed” to move Jimenez. “It would have to be a Herschel Walkerdeal,” O’Dowd added, referring to the 1989 NFL trade that earned the nickname “The Great Train Robbery.”
  • There seems to be a potentially game-changing pitcher connected in trade rumors to the Yankees every July, and this year it’s Jimenez, writes Mike Lupica of the New York Daily News.

    Ubaldo Jimenez

Yankees Pick Up J.C. Romero, Jimenez on the Block?

The Yankees signed J.C. Romero today, according to Buster Olney.

Romero played for the Phillies and Nationals this year.  With Damaso Marte and Pedro Feliciano vacationing on an exotic island somewhere, this isn’t a bad signing.  While his last two years have been a little rough, Romero was unhittable from 2007-2009.  If he can regain his form, he could be a valuable piece of the bullpen going forward.

It also appears as if Ubaldo Jimenez is on the trade block.  He’s be a great pickup, but I have no idea how much he’d cost in terms of prospects.  It’s unlikely the Yankees strike a big deal over the next two weeks, but Brian Cashman should definitely inquire about acquiring a pitching like Jimenez.

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Brian Cashman has done some of his best work in late-July.

Daily Briefing: July 13, 2011

– Last night’s All-Star Game was a huge disappointment in my opinion.  The National League won 5-1, but it seemed as if there was something missing from the game.  With many star players not playing, the game seemed rather dull.

– Of course, one huge story yesterday was Mariano Rivera’s and Derek Jeter’s decisions to not even attend the game.   Unless there is a major injury in play, players should feel obligated to show up to the game.  I’m not even asking these guys to play if they are hurt.  At least show up and show the fans that you care.  But being tired is no excuse.  There’s nights fans are tired, but we still watch the games.  There’s times when we can’t afford tickets to a game, but we go anyway.  This show of unbridled boldness made a mockery of every baseball fan across the nation.

– Mets fans have no reason to cheer about the National League having a home field advantage in the World Series, but there was joy in the hearts of Mets fans when they heard K-Rod was traded.  Francisco Rodriguez is on his way out for two players to be named later, and even I (as a Yankees fan) could not be more happy.  K-Rod is a bum who has done nothing but blow big saves and lose countless games for the Mets.  He was an embarrassment for the organization on and off the field.  Happy trails, you overpaid waste of talent.

– The Rangers are close to acquiring defenseman Sami Lepistö, according to sources.  He’s a left-handed 26-year-old who spend time with Phoenix and Columbus last season.  He’s nothing more than a sixth or seventh defenseman, but he is automatically awesome because of the umlaut in his name.

– No news on the NFL lockout, but hopefully a deal will be struck by the rumored date of July 21.

– As we reported yesterday, the plug has been pulled on NBC 4’s Mike’d Up.  Mike Francesa can now spend his Sunday night making last minute bets for Sunday Night Football instead of preparing for a show.

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This was K-Rod's reaction to being traded.