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Fuck Lebron

He wants to spit in the face of the people who pay his salary, and treat him like royalty wherever he goes by arrogantly waving around a Yankees hat on our field, fuck him. Nothing but an Immature act to draw attention from the team on the field to himself.

I see through his mild manner act, He grew up a mile from me in Elizabeth Park, I've heard many stories about how big of a jackass he and his family were, especially when he knew that Nike contract was in the mail. I went to middle school with members of "his posse", who once ganged up and jumped a kid I knew who happened to be white, for playing basketball on the black basketball court.

And Yes, he was a Bulls fan.

Oh yeah...GO TRIBE


(edited by Nag on 5.10.07 1559)
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#22 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.64
Was this a great night for baseball or what? You can't ask for anymore than the games we got tonight.

Anyone who questioned the Sox for resting Manny for the playoffs can see what dividends it paid. I had a bad feeling that Francisco Rodriguez would throw a couple of bad pitches, but giving up the walk-off to Manny hurts big time. I'm ready to call this a sweep for the Sox, since I'm not about to place any bets on Jered Weaver for Game 3.

And how about that game in Cleveland? How often can you say "Well, Chamberlain certainly had things well in hand until the bugs came out"? Gotta love Hafner winning in dramatic fashion. The funniest thing about that whole thing was that Fenway Park erupted in cheers as much as Jacobs Field did when Lofton crossed the plate.

One thing you can say, for sure, is that Fausto became a superstar on this night.

Game 3 of that series is Wednesday. Jake Westbrook's been inconsistent all season, so the Yanks will likely take that one. I'd personally start Paul Byrd, who's more consistent than Westbrook and has actually beaten the Yankees in October as recently as two years ago, but that's just me. Although I think it'd be fitting if hired gun Roger Clemens got lit up in the first two innings to send the Yanks home early again, just to show what a great investment that special contract was.

As far as A-Rod Watch 2007 goes, the man is 0-6 in the series with 3 K's, all against Fausto. If the Yanks get swept, he'll be the one taking all the heat. But I'm not telling you anything you don't already know.

EDIT: I couldn't find the "Joba covered in bugs" photo for Justin, but here's a neat photo of Posada covering Rivera in bug spray.



(edited by It's False on 6.10.07 0140)


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#23 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.67
Are there any awesome closeup pics of Joba COVERED IN BUGS? There was plenty of shots during the game but I've seen nothing truly insectified online.
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first one i saw this am

http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20071006/capt.110a1f9c12c8444d8aea0b925d52079b.yankees_indians_baseball_ohmd118.jpg



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#25 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.46
    Originally posted by It's False
    As far as A-Rod Watch 2007 goes, the man is 0-6 in the series with 3 K's, all against Fausto. If the Yanks get swept, he'll be the one taking all the heat. But I'm not telling you anything you don't already know.


I chuckled when right after the first pitch, Jim Grey reports from the Yankee dugout on how Jeter (now 1-8 himself) was battling a sore knee that made it hard for him to turn on inside pitches. Then adds that of course, Jeter really didn't want that to get out, he didn't want to make any excuses. I think Jeter is more protected than The Undertaker.

Great games last night, indeed..




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Clemens gets shown the door early and Hughes comes in and has been pretty much lights out. Damon hits a go ahead homer. This is going to be a stressful night!
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#27 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.57
If I'm Cleveland I'm throwing Sabathia on 3 days rest in Game 4 with the knowledge I have Carmona sitting around for Game 5 on full rest. Paul Byrd is made to order for the Yankees line-up.
The years might change, the teams might change, but Roger Clemens still continues to find a way to pull himself from playoff games. This is at least 4 and probably 5 times he's done this in playoff games. The yellow streak of Texas strikes again.
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#28 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.64
Man, I knew from the start that Boston was bad news for the Angels and they showed why. Ortiz and Manny going back-to-back would have been enough, but the Red Sox just kept going and polished off the Halos 9-1. Blargh. I knew in the back of my mind that the Angels offense could fall asleep at any time. On the Bill Simmons Level of Losing Scale, this is a Level XIV.

    Originally posted by Bill Simmons
    Level XIV: The Alpha Dog
    Definition: It might have been a devastating loss, but at least you could take solace that a superior player made the difference in the end. ... Unfortunately, he wasn't playing for your team. ... You feel more helpless here than anything. ... For further reference, see any of MJ's games in the NBA Finals against Utah ('97 and '98).


Who's the Alpha Dog? Take your pick (Ortiz, Manny, Beckett, Schilling, etc.).

And does anyone else have a really bad feeling that the Yankees are going to make a big comeback to win this series, which has the simultaneous effect of...

1. Giving us ANOTHER Red Sox/Yankees postseason series.
2. Giving off the idea that it took Steinbrenner threatening Joe Torre's job to wake them up.

Ugh. I feel sick.

(edited by It's False on 7.10.07 1939)



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#29 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.99
You wanted the best, you got... Out of Context Quote of the Week.

"The Mexican rebels aren't running it back for touchdowns, so it's close." (thecubsfan)


For what it's worth, though, teams that go up 2-0 but don't sweep in the Divisional Series (entering this season, but including 1984) are 7-5. Just counting best-of-five series, they're 11-7. Not looking great for the Yankees, but probably more even than one would think.



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#30 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.53
It's Wang tomorrow on 3 days rest. If the Yankees do win this, does Clemens to startgame 1 of the ALCS?



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#31 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.00
    Originally posted by edoug
    It's Wang tomorrow on 3 days rest. If the Yankees do win this, does Clemens to startgame 1 of the ALCS?


I seriously doubt it. Clemens is likely going to be removed from the roster due to his hamstring, and that means he won't be eligible for the LCS. If the Yankees somehow manage to make a comeback, they'd probably start either Wang on three days rest or Hughes on full rest (assuming neither is used in Game 5).

Very questionable decision by Torre to use Joba for two innings with the five-run lead. He's almost certainly unavailable for Game 4, meaning that if the Indians can chase Wang/Mussina early, they could feast on the weak middle relief.





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#32 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.46
    Originally posted by Gugs
    Very questionable decision by Torre to use Joba for two innings with the five-run lead. He's almost certainly unavailable for Game 4, meaning that if the Indians can chase Wang/Mussina early, they could feast on the weak middle relief.


I thought the Joba rules are out the window now that it's the playoffs. Besides, what does Torre have to lose now?

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    Originally posted by edoug
    It's Wang tomorrow on 3 days rest. If the Yankees do win this, does Clemens to startgame 1 of the ALCS?


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#34 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.00
    Originally posted by TheOldMan
      Originally posted by Gugs
      Very questionable decision by Torre to use Joba for two innings with the five-run lead. He's almost certainly unavailable for Game 4, meaning that if the Indians can chase Wang/Mussina early, they could feast on the weak middle relief.


    I thought the Joba rules are out the window now that it's the playoffs.


It's not so much the "Joba Rules" as it is the fact that he threw 38 pitches last night.

I can't believe that the Indians are starting Paul Byrd instead of starting CC on 3 days rest. Not only is Byrd notably worse than CC, but it also has the effect of taking Victor Martinez' bat out of the lineup, and replacing it with Kelly Shoppach. Seems like Wedge is almost conceding Game 4, assuming he can win Game 5 in Cleveland.





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#35 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.07
    Originally posted by Gugs
    I can't believe that the Indians are starting Paul Byrd instead of starting CC on 3 days rest. Not only is Byrd notably worse than CC, but it also has the effect of taking Victor Martinez' bat out of the lineup, and replacing it with Kelly Shoppach. Seems like Wedge is almost conceding Game 4, assuming he can win Game 5 in Cleveland.


I am so torn on this. Statistically speaking, bringing in a starter on short rest is a bad thing, they are more likely to lose than win. However, I don't want this to get to a game 5, and if CC can give 5 innings they can turn it over to the bullpen and feel fairly secure.

BTW, it wouldn't take Martinez out of the lineup. Instead he would play first and Garko would sit. That's been the latest version this season, anyways.




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#36 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.64
I would have personally gone with Byrd for game 3, myself, but that's just me. But why not go with him for game 4. If it goes back to Cleveland, you can pitch CC and hope he can come through again and if he starts to struggle, bring in Fausto out of the bullpen. I think the Indians are being smart here.




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#37 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.57
The Curse Continues! The Mighty Wang does not survive the 2nd, and Mussina can't pull out the miracle act he had in Game 7 of '03 out of the pen. Captain Clutch Derek Jeter goes 4-6-3 when they had the Indians on the ropes in 7th. Jorgie Juiced One just foul before ending yet another Yankee season at the Stadium. Now, only the waiting game for the explosion from Mt. Steinbrenner to dump Torre and the waiting game to see where the troika of Rivera/A-Rod/Posada land. Wouldn't be shocked if the last 2 ended up in Wrigley.
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    Originally posted by redsoxnation
    Now, only the waiting game for the explosion from Mt. Steinbrenner to dump Torre and the waiting game to see where the troika of Rivera/A-Rod/Posada land. Wouldn't be shocked if the last 2 ended up in Wrigley.


Could A-Rod still play short? While I'm not saying Aramis Ramirez is better than he, Ramirez is under contract and can't play anywhere else. If Soto isn't behind the plate next year for the Cubs, something's wrong.

No more Yankees is a good thing.
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#39 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.64
Did anyone else panic when JOE BOROWSKI took the mound for the 9th inning? Why Eric Wedge chose to go with that proven loser instead of Rafael Betancourt (who buzzsawed his way through the Yanks in the 8th) is beyond me, but ultimately it's a moot point.

The Yanks that were expected to come through did (Jeter (with the glaring exception of that double play tonight), Matsui, Rivera), the young kids did their part (Hughes, Chamberlain, Cano), and the albatrosses stunk it up as usual (A-Rod, Giambi).

YOUR final A-Rod Watch update: 1-5 with a home run. Final stats: 3-17 for the series with one HR and 5 K's. Ick.

EDIT: Oops, 4-15 with the HR and the 5 K's. I don't know who A-Rod thinks will pay $300M for a guy to put up MVP numbers during the season and sleepwalk through the postseason*, but it definitely won't be any contender.

* - The answer to this question, naturally, would be a team not looking to win the World Series so much as looking to SEE the playoffs, period. Hellooooo, Giants!

(edited by It's False on 8.10.07 2148)



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#40 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.00
    Originally posted by It's False
    YOUR final A-Rod Watch update: 1-5 with a home run. Final stats: 3-17 for the series with one HR and 5 K's. Ick.


A-Rod actually went 4-15 in the series, with 2 BB and the HR.
Jeter: 3-17, 0 BB, 0 XBH, 3 GIDP.
Posada: 2-15, 2 BB.
Matsui: 2-11, 5 BB.

To pin this on A-Rod, or any one player, is stupid. That said, if you want to blame ONE guy, blame the guy who hit into three double plays.





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