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Saturday, October 13, 2012

Hartnett: Yankees Will Lean On Surging Raul Ibanez In ALCS

Raul…grab hold of the watercress! (h/t MST3k)

lp

Nothing seems to faze Ibanez.  His 40-year-old eyes have seen everything there is to see in the game of baseball and is one of the most prepared hitters in the game.

Ibanez is “Captain Video” of the Yankees.  Much like Hall-of-Famer Tony Gwynn who was given the nickname for his intense study of opposing pitchers, Ibanez glues himself to the screen — deeply studying pitchers’ tendencies and movements.

The 40-year-old’s efforts in the weight room and batting cages go beyond teammates 10-to-15 years his minor.  It’s his preparation and ceaseless work ethic that keeps Ibanez playing at a high level after 17 big league seasons.

Whenever Ibanez delivers a longball in the stands, Yankees’ radio voice John Sterling booms over the WCBS (AM) 880 airwaves “Raul… so cool!”  Cool is exactly what Ibanez is.  Never fazed, never overawed, never unprepared.

Ibanez wasn’t around when the Yankees came up short in their recent playoff miseries.  Many of the Yankees’ heavy hitters wilted in last year’s ALDS elimination at the hands of the Tigers’ power pitchers.

Where others have failed, Ibanez is the one who holds the key to whether the Yankees will reach the 2012 World Series.

Repoz Posted: October 13, 2012 at 05:58 PM | 28 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: tigers, yankees

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   1. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: October 13, 2012 at 06:39 PM (#4268245)
Ibanez is the one who holds the key to whether the Yankees will reach the 2012 World Series.

At first this seemed ridiculous, but then I thought about it, and well....the Tigers do have all righty pitchers and what not.
   2. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: October 13, 2012 at 06:41 PM (#4268248)
He's he Hispanic Scott Brosius
   3.     Hey Gurl Posted: October 13, 2012 at 06:43 PM (#4268250)
“Raul… so cool!”


Gag
   4. boteman Posted: October 13, 2012 at 06:46 PM (#4268255)
I guess the "Eating Raoul" thing is played out, huh?

Hey, you play the hot hand. If the guy is hitting better than the guys whom he replaces, what's the beef?
   5. Biff, highly-regarded young guy Posted: October 13, 2012 at 07:04 PM (#4268268)
Because the hot hand could quickly and suddenly stop being the hot hand? Of course, it makes sense for Ibanez to start against right-handed pitchers anyway, so isn't really a case of just playing the hot hand.
   6. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: October 13, 2012 at 07:08 PM (#4268273)
Whenever Ibanez delivers a longball in the stands, Yankees’ radio voice John Sterling booms over the WCBS (AM) 880 airwaves “Raul… so cool!”

Whenever Yankees radio voice John Sterling opens his refrigerator, he booms "It's a first round K.O. for Hellman's mayo!" Whenever Sterling gets his mail, he booms "You letter, you letter? You bet!" Whenever John Sterling scratches an itch on his crotch, he booms "Takin' some schmutz off of my nuts!" He's had 17 pet cats in the past year; all ended up as suicides.
   7. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: October 13, 2012 at 07:50 PM (#4268297)
Whenever Yankees radio voice John Sterling opens his refrigerator, he booms "It's a first round K.O. for Hellman's mayo!" Whenever Sterling gets his mail, he booms "You letter, you letter? You bet!" Whenever John Sterling scratches an itch on his crotch, he booms "Takin' some schmutz off of my nuts!" He's had 17 pet cats in the past year; all ended up as suicides.

That's not just Primeyworthy, Gonfalon, that's Bartlett'sworthy. And it goes to show once again just how central John Sterling is to our nation's culture.
   8. DKDC Posted: October 13, 2012 at 08:00 PM (#4268314)
I'll echo #7 (except for the part about Sterling being central to our culture).

Either Gonfalon's been on a ridiculous roll lately, or I'm just late to appreciate the genius.
   9. The District Attorney Posted: October 13, 2012 at 08:00 PM (#4268316)
Overdrawn at the Memory Bank!

I'M INTERFACED!!!
   10.     Hey Gurl Posted: October 13, 2012 at 08:16 PM (#4268336)
Either Gonfalon's been on a ridiculous roll lately, or I'm just late to appreciate the genius.


The latter. He's been the only funny Primate for about 5 years.
   11. tshipman Posted: October 13, 2012 at 08:20 PM (#4268345)
Of course, it makes sense for Ibanez to start against right-handed pitchers anyway, so isn't really a case of just playing the hot hand.


Raul Ibanez vs. Right Handed Pitchers, 2012:
.248/.319/.492

Worse numbers against starters than relievers. Putrid vs. lefties.

A-Rod vs. RHP, 2012:
.256/.326/.391

Chavez vs. RHP, 2012:
.298/.365/.543

Playing Ibanez over Chavez is pretty much indefensible. Unless you're willing to make A-Rod a platoon player, it's pretty stupid to start Ibanez at all. I'm sure it will work out for them because they're the Yankees.
   12. NattyBoh Posted: October 13, 2012 at 08:39 PM (#4268376)
I've often wondered how bad a broadcast would be that combined the Scooter and Sterling.
   13. Tricky Dick Posted: October 13, 2012 at 08:58 PM (#4268416)
Raul Ibanez is the new market inefficiency.
   14. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: October 13, 2012 at 09:50 PM (#4268514)
I've often wondered how bad a broadcast would be that combined the Scooter and Sterling.

Phil: "you Huckleberry"
Sterling: (to himself) "what rhymes with huckleberry?"
   15. Dale Sams Posted: October 13, 2012 at 10:28 PM (#4268611)
Couldn't find any particular MST3k snippet that stood out for that movie.
   16. Monty Posted: October 13, 2012 at 10:44 PM (#4268642)
Couldn't find any particular MST3k snippet that stood out for that movie.


"Mom... my nuts?"
   17. #6bid is partially elite Posted: October 13, 2012 at 11:05 PM (#4268683)
Couldn't find any particular MST3k snippet that stood out for that movie.


[After Julia ducks behind door, eluding pursuers:] "In the 25th century, puerile tricks still work."
   18. Dale Sams Posted: October 13, 2012 at 11:15 PM (#4268702)
I'll just have to save up my knowledge for a 'Mitchell' reference.
   19. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: October 13, 2012 at 11:31 PM (#4268763)
I've often wondered how bad a broadcast would be that combined the Scooter and Sterling.

What I'd really like to hear is Ronald "Dutch" Reagan have to re-create it.
   20. Howie Menckel Posted: October 13, 2012 at 11:39 PM (#4268822)

"Hartnett: Yankees Will Lean On Surging Raul Ibanez In ALCS"

yes, yes they will

   21. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 13, 2012 at 11:41 PM (#4268841)
Did that really just happen?
   22. The District Attorney Posted: October 13, 2012 at 11:42 PM (#4268845)
I'll just have to save up my knowledge for a 'Mitchell' reference.
Eyes on the sandwich!
   23. Bob Tufts Posted: October 13, 2012 at 11:44 PM (#4268865)
Dammit - they did lean on Ibanez!
   24. Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: October 13, 2012 at 11:49 PM (#4268881)
So: looking like a pretty good move by the Yankees so far.

Let's go Raul!
   25.     Hey Gurl Posted: October 13, 2012 at 11:55 PM (#4268899)
I literally don't believe that happened. iI amexpecting to wake up in any moment. e
   26. boteman Posted: October 14, 2012 at 01:46 AM (#4269205)
I'm not the kind of guy who says "I told ya so!"
   27. Walt Davis Posted: October 14, 2012 at 02:53 AM (#4269240)
Clearly this is gonna be an Ibanez -- Ichiro -- Delmon Young dominated series. Jayson Nix with the series-winning walk-off HBP.
   28. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: October 15, 2012 at 10:25 AM (#4270823)
Either Gonfalon's been on a ridiculous roll lately, or I'm just late to appreciate the genius.

The latter. He's been the only funny Primate for about 5 years.


While the sentiment is lovely (for me), the comments surrounding still-surging Raul Ibanez's HR against the Tigers prove otherwise:

Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: October 13, 2012 at 11:33 PM (#4268771)
Four thousand fans in Yankee Stadium rise as one...

crict Posted: October 13, 2012 at 11:33 PM (#4268776)
Get. him. out. of. the. game. now. Miggy, as "MVP", it's your duty to injure him right there so Leyland will have no choice.

Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: October 13, 2012 at 11:36 PM (#4268804)
It's such a cute little right field porch, you can't even be mad at it!

Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: October 13, 2012 at 11:39 PM (#4268823)
I totally believe what I just saw!

TomH Posted: October 13, 2012 at 11:40 PM (#4268832)
The Tigers pitchers strike out the side in the ninth! This is good, right?

Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: October 13, 2012 at 11:50 PM (#4268885)
somebody look up Ibanez WPA this postseason.....

After a quick calculation, I would say he has ALL OF IT.

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