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Thursday, September 22, 2011

MLB.com: Posada’s clutch hit delivers AL East title

The New York Yankees captured their 12th American League East championship in 16 years Wednesday at Yankee Stadium with a 4-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. Pinch-hitter Jorge Posada leveled the final blow in the eighth inning, a two-out, bases-loaded single that broke a 2-2 tie and put New York ahead for good.

The win gave the Yankees a sweep of a day-night doubleheader and, combined with Boston’s loss to Baltimore, mathematically eliminated the Red Sox from contention for first place in the division.

NTNgod Posted: September 22, 2011 at 03:19 AM | 46 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: September 22, 2011 at 03:50 AM (#3932825)
I'm just sad that C.C. didn't get his 20th win.
   2. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq., LLC Posted: September 22, 2011 at 04:13 AM (#3932835)
I didn't expect the Yankees to make the playoffs this year. When they started getting their asses kicked by Boston head-to-head, I figured the division was a pipe dream. Go figure, I don't know ####.
   3. tfbg9 Posted: September 22, 2011 at 04:24 AM (#3932842)
Atta boy, Chinless Wonder®!
I'll take it.

/removes clothespin from honker
   4. . . . . . . Posted: September 22, 2011 at 04:49 AM (#3932858)
A toast to the scouts who saw "it" in the likes of Colon, Garcia, and Boone ######' Logan.
   5. Dromedary pretzels, only half a dinar (CoB). Posted: September 22, 2011 at 05:38 AM (#3932868)
Hip Hip!

JORGE!!!
   6. Dromedary pretzels, only half a dinar (CoB). Posted: September 22, 2011 at 07:26 AM (#3932877)
Just finished watching the YES feed of the game.

One thing that I haven't seen mentioned, but really should have been, just because it is SO quintessentially "Jorge Posada" is the fact that in the post-game interview with Kim Jones, he flat out admitted that when he pinch hit, he thought it was the 9th inning and he stated that he was REALLY confused when his hit didn't result in an immediate walk-off win.

God Bless you, Cletus, you're one HELL of a "TRUE YANKEE" ...
   7. Dr. Vaux Posted: September 22, 2011 at 07:38 AM (#3932878)
Has there been a player as good as Posada who was as bad as Posada? I'm sure there have been many, but he's one of them.
   8. Avoid Running At All Times- S. Paige Posted: September 22, 2011 at 07:48 AM (#3932879)
Holy shitt! Yogi Berra is a primate!
   9. The Long Arm of Rudy Law Posted: September 22, 2011 at 08:26 AM (#3932882)
A toast to the scouts who saw "it" in the likes of Colon, Garcia, and Boone ######' Logan.

White Sox scouts?
   10. DKDC Posted: September 22, 2011 at 11:57 AM (#3932898)
It's always a little silly to see a team celebrate so profusely in a situation like this. Like, wow, we did not expect to win one of our final 7 games, what a fantastic surprise!

The whole thing seemed forced, especially the fat-kid-actually-got-a-hit reaction from the Yankees bench when Posada drove in the winning runs.
   11. TVerik - Dr. Velocity Posted: September 22, 2011 at 12:35 PM (#3932911)
On ESPN2, I saw an alert that said: "Modano retires!"

I thought it was "Mariano", and assumed that it was effective at the end of October. And while somewhat saddened, I wasn't particularly surprised.

He more or less sprung fully formed as a pitcher in 1996 ('95 doesn't count), and was dominant right away. Knowing a bit about his personality, it would not really stun me if he walked away a year early, rather than a year late.
   12. joeysdadjoe Posted: September 22, 2011 at 12:40 PM (#3932913)
Has there been a player as good as Posada who was as bad as Posada? I'm sure there have been many, but he's one of them.

Bernie Williams was like that too.
   13. Weekly Journalist_ Posted: September 22, 2011 at 12:43 PM (#3932914)

It's always a little silly to see a team celebrate so profusely in a situation like this.


Did they? There was no dog pile at the pitcher's mound. Just a lot of guys high fiving and hugging. The clubhouse champagne is just an excuse to get @#$@# up.
   14. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: September 22, 2011 at 12:48 PM (#3932916)
It's always a little silly to see a team celebrate so profusely in a situation like this. Like, wow, we did not expect to win one of our final 7 games, what a fantastic surprise!

The whole thing seemed forced, especially the fat-kid-actually-got-a-hit reaction from the Yankees bench when Posada drove in the winning runs.


You're right, it makes no sense for a team to celebrate when a popular 17 year veteran who's had a terrible year delivers the game winning hit that clinches a division title that most preseason geniuses had delivered to the Red Sox.

Of course the team that really should be celebrating is the Red Sox, who not only got 3 straight welfare handouts from the Yanks, but now are likely to face a Yankees B squad over the weekend. If they still manage to blow the wild card with all these gifts being handed to them, they won't deserve pity. They'll deserve contraction.
   15. bunyon Posted: September 22, 2011 at 12:48 PM (#3932917)
Has there been a player as good as Posada who was as bad as Posada? I'm sure there have been many, but he's one of them.


Derek Jeter 2013.
   16. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: September 22, 2011 at 12:50 PM (#3932920)
Has there been a player as good as Posada who was as bad as Posada? I'm sure there have been many, but he's one of them.


Bernie Williams was like that too.

Hey, don't forget me!
   17. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: September 22, 2011 at 01:07 PM (#3932937)
Of course the team that really should be celebrating is the Red Sox, who not only got 3 straight welfare handouts from the Yanks, but now are likely to face a Yankees B squad over the weekend.

I think this weekend is too early for the full B squad. 6 games is a long time in baseball, plus the off-days. You don't want the regulars getting out of rhytm at the plate.

I'd expect ~7-8 regulars to play each game this w/e, with 1 DH-ing. Probably down to 6 for the Rays series.
   18. True Blue Posted: September 22, 2011 at 01:09 PM (#3932941)
Obviously DKDC has never heard of the New York Mets. Alright, the 1998 version only lost their last 5 games to miss the playoffs.
   19. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: September 22, 2011 at 01:13 PM (#3932944)
Bernie Williams was like that too.
That's pretty unfair, I think. Old Bernie was like that when he kept getting run out in the field way past his prime, but Young Bernie was a quality--if probably not GG--center fielder, and though not a good base stealer, a good baserunner (I still think no one has ever looked better going first-to-third). Posada was a great hitter, but a mediocre (at best) catcher and a truly hapless baserunner.
   20. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: September 22, 2011 at 01:17 PM (#3932946)
That's pretty unfair, I think. Old Bernie was like that when he kept getting run out in the field way past his prime, but Young Bernie was a quality--if probably not GG--center fielder, and though not a good base stealer, a good baserunner (I still think no one has ever looked better going first-to-third). Posada was a great hitter, but a mediocre (at best) catcher and a truly hapless baserunner.

Disagree. Bernie was never a smart baseball player (I think he was a quite intelligent man, but it didn't translate).

He had great physical tools, but his defense and baserunning always were very spotty in terms of decision making. He looked good when he was young b/c he was really fast. As soon as the speed went a little (remember, even old Bernie was probably a lot faster than young Jorge) he became clownish.
   21. DKDC Posted: September 22, 2011 at 01:37 PM (#3932976)
Obviously DKDC has never heard of the New York Mets. Alright, the 1998 version only lost their last 5 games to miss the playoffs.


The Mets had a magic number of 5 with 5 games left to play.

That's not at all the same as a magic number of 1 with 8 to play.
   22. TVerik - Dr. Velocity Posted: September 22, 2011 at 01:48 PM (#3932998)
I completely agree with #20, by the way.
   23. Heinie Mantush (Krusty) Posted: September 22, 2011 at 02:24 PM (#3933035)
I was at this game with my Yankee fan friends. The big topic of discussion was why Girardi let CC go for 128 pitches. Potential reasons:

a) To get his 20th win?
b) To bring his ERA below 3.00 (it tottered at the mark all game, before finally resting on exactly 3.00)
c) To seal up the division?
d) To stretch him out for playoff duty before giving him a final start on a very tight leash?

My money is on some combination of a, c, & d.
   24. Jose is Absurdly Unemployed Posted: September 22, 2011 at 02:34 PM (#3933047)
23 - I think the fact it was the second game of a doubleheader in which Girardi used by my count 37 pitchers probably played into it too. In fact I would bet that Girardi's approach to game one was in part due to the knowledge that CC can go this deep into a game (he threw over 120 in Boston last month too). I am not superfamiliar with the Yankee bullpen but since he obviously wanted to stay away from Mo that left him with Robertson and Soriano amng his key relievers.
   25. TVerik - Dr. Velocity Posted: September 22, 2011 at 02:37 PM (#3933048)
Did you watch more of the Yankee game than I did, Jose?
   26. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq., LLC Posted: September 22, 2011 at 02:37 PM (#3933049)
I believe they said that it would be Rivera's choice as to whether he pitched the ninth last night.
   27. TVerik - Dr. Velocity Posted: September 22, 2011 at 02:44 PM (#3933060)
I've officially demoted the Yankees on my DVR in favor of new episodes of Parks and Recreation, The Big Bang Theory, and How I Met Your Mother. I've watched more Red Sox baseball than Yankee baseball this week, and I'd be somewhat surprised if I watch more than an hour or two of Yankee baseball through the end of the month.
   28. Dale Sams Posted: September 22, 2011 at 04:03 PM (#3933118)
but now are likely to face a Yankees B squad over the weekend


Considering the way the Yanks just handled TB, it would behoove the Yanks to keep BOS out of the playoffs.

Besides, right now the Yankee short-season rookie team is better than the Red Sox.
   29. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: September 22, 2011 at 04:04 PM (#3933120)
I'd be somewhat surprised if I watch more than an hour or two of Yankee baseball through the end of the month.

Skipping game one of the ALDS?
   30. TVerik - Dr. Velocity Posted: September 22, 2011 at 04:05 PM (#3933122)
Oh, for God's sake.
   31. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq., LLC Posted: September 22, 2011 at 04:23 PM (#3933136)
I've officially demoted the Yankees on my DVR in favor of new episodes of Parks and Recreation, The Big Bang Theory, and How I Met Your Mother.
Not Community?
   32. Jose is Absurdly Unemployed Posted: September 22, 2011 at 04:24 PM (#3933137)
Did you watch more of the Yankee game than I did, Jose?


No. It's possible he used less than 37 pitchers but it seemed like he did.

Incidentally on Monday night Buck Showalter used 8 pitchers in the Orioles loss to the Red Sox (I'm so glad I can use the singular "loss" and we know which game...grrrr). I had my scoresheets in the clipboard I bring to each game and went and checked and found that I had not seen any game this year where a team used that many pitchers. That may not seem like much but those scoresheets included five Spring Training games where no team used more than 6 pitchers.
   33. Jose is Absurdly Unemployed Posted: September 22, 2011 at 04:25 PM (#3933138)
Besides, right now the Yankee short-season rookie team is better than the Red Sox.


The 10 year old summer ball team I coached is better than the Sox right now. If nothing else I'm sure Jeremy could get through 5 innings better than most of the Sox starters.
   34. TVerik - Dr. Velocity Posted: September 22, 2011 at 04:43 PM (#3933147)
Not Community?


I think Big Bang more consistently brings the funny. Sorry.
   35. Random Transaction Generator Posted: September 22, 2011 at 04:59 PM (#3933157)
I love Big Bang a lot, but Community simply has a higher laugh-per-minute ratio than Big Bang. That's mainly because they don't have to pause for the audience laughter, and they can layer on the jokes quicker/denser.

HIMYM and Big Bang are the only comedies I can stand that have a studio audience (or laugh track).
   36. TVerik - Dr. Velocity Posted: September 22, 2011 at 05:07 PM (#3933165)
Community is a little bit too precious for my tastes.
   37. Jose is Absurdly Unemployed Posted: September 22, 2011 at 05:20 PM (#3933171)
I've seen Community a few times and I don't know how to describe it. I enjoy the show, I laugh when I watch, but I find it easily forgettable and if I DVR it I inevitably just delete it after not watching it.

Big Bang on the other hand I am always eager to see.
   38. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: September 22, 2011 at 05:31 PM (#3933183)
The whole thing seemed forced, especially the fat-kid-actually-got-a-hit reaction from the Yankees bench when Posada drove in the winning runs.

And how about the sideline interview where the woman asked Posada where he would rank this among all of the many big hits in his career? Hmmm... tying Game 7 against Pedro... leading off the 9th with a double against Byung-Hyun Kim... clinching the 2011 divisional title on Wednesday instead of Thursday... how could anybody possibly pick one over another?
   39. Jose is Absurdly Unemployed Posted: September 22, 2011 at 05:44 PM (#3933192)
how could anybody possibly pick one over another?


Come on, it's obvious;

"tying"

"leading off"

"clinching"

I mean, only one of those actually brought in the winning run. Hell, they didn't even win the 2001 World Series, THIS was the moment they will talk about when Posada comes back for Old Timers Day clearly.
   40. Squash Posted: September 22, 2011 at 05:57 PM (#3933199)
He more or less sprung fully formed as a pitcher in 1996 ('95 doesn't count), and was dominant right away. Knowing a bit about his personality, it would not really stun me if he walked away a year early, rather than a year late.

Wasn't it about 10 years ago now that he was going to retire next year to start working in the church?
   41. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: September 22, 2011 at 06:03 PM (#3933205)
Wasn't it about 10 years ago now that he was going to retire next year to start working in the church?
I believe that was going to be after 2000, but I'm not sure about that.
   42. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: September 22, 2011 at 06:09 PM (#3933208)
Has there been a player as good as Posada who was as bad as Posada? I'm sure there have been many, but he's one of them.

Bernie Williams was like that too.

Hey, don't forget me!


I can't believe you're all forgetting me
   43. mswift Posted: September 22, 2011 at 06:10 PM (#3933209)
HIMYM and Big Bang are the only comedies I can stand that have a studio audience (or laugh track).


Father Ted ! IT Crowd !
   44. Lassus Posted: September 22, 2011 at 06:14 PM (#3933215)
Big Bang is embarrassing in its success.
   45. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: September 22, 2011 at 06:14 PM (#3933216)
Father Ted !
That is a brilliant, brilliant show. Possibly my all-time favorite sitcom, maybe edging out Arrested Developement.
   46. mswift Posted: September 22, 2011 at 06:19 PM (#3933220)
I actually prefer IT Crowd. The sea parks episode is beyond hilarious.

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