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Starting lineup:

Damon CF
Jeter SS
Giambi DH
Rodriguez 3B
Posada C
Williams RF
Phillips 1B
Cabrera LF
Cairo 2B

Great post, AG. Backstory on the Pirates was news to me.

From today's PTI (paraphrased):

Mariotti: "How will ARod be greeted at home tonight?"
Whitlock: "With boos, and I agree with them."

I guess ESPN wants to dig up that horse and beat it some more...and I realize I play into their hands just by mentioning it. Here's hoping Alex gets a standing O and makes them eat crow.

"Mariotti: "How will ARod be greeted at home tonight?"
Whitlock: "With boos, and I agree with them."

--That would be extremely stupid of the NY Fans.

They're not booin him tonight..initially. The guy had a great series in Arlington, and I think even the dumbest of Yankee fans can recognize that. It's what he will do tonight and in this series that will affect the stupid MFer's at the Stadium who choose to either boo or cheer him on a whim.

Thanks, Airk. First game thread post under my belt. Woot.

The Twins and San Francisco were at certain points considered for relocation to Tampa prior to expansion.

I think we need a Mariotti ban on this site. And I hope everyone catches The Gerb's great post on Mullet Night, below. Don't want it to get lost in the fray of todays many fine posts. Big day here at YFSF.

Sorry YF. I generally like PTI and wasn't expecting to that jackass on it.

Wait, hold on...the pirate would've been brought to justice by Jean-Luc Picard?

Clearly, my history teacher has lied to me.

I hate Mariotti. What a........... jerkface.

Re PTI: I like Dan Le Betard; he's incredibly self-effacing and good natured considering the amount of abuse thrown at him, but the substitute hosts generally make the show un-watchable.

Oh, and Mike Wilbon and Bob Ryan play very well off of each other as well.

YF: Thanks for the kind words on "Mullet Night." It was a lot of fun to be at the game as bad a game as it was, and it was a fun post to write.

YM: We're in total agreement. PTI = Good. Mariotti = Bad.

Hey Ozzie! Shouldn't you peeling paint off walls with a little "team meeting"? Or the reason ChiSox have slipped is 'cuz you spend too much time trolling message boards, hmmmm?

I have actually been in Tampa Bay during Gasparilla. It's a fun festival. Great music, street vendors, and the cuban cuisine to be found in and around TB/St. Pete is delicious. Plus, it's got kind of a Mardi Gras feel; with the warm Florida weather the clothes are scant. And the night life after the more proper family-oriented day events is, well, stimulating.

For some reason unknown to me, the game is not on the MLB DirecTV package in Portland. *SCREAM*

Gerbil, could it be because it's a "My-9" game?

I don't know what a "My-9" game is, YM. I think it means I will drink my 9 beers and throw the bottles at my worthless satellite dish.

YankeesNJ: Don't you think that fighting a pirate would be a more "Kirkian" episode?

My-9 = UPN9 (local station here) game as opposed to YES or ESPN or FOX. I don't know if gets to run that broadcast.

Read this as you drown your sorrows:

And we're off to a typical CM Wang start: ground out.

And Crawford grounds out. That's 2.

Make that 2 groundouts.

And Baldelli makes 3. Awesome.

And Jeets guns down the Woonsocket Rocket. 3 grounders for Wang.

"He was going to be a superstar," says Murcer of Baldelli. In Tampa? How super can you be? Especially with a .325 OBP.

Leadofff floater falls in just right for Johnny D to reach 2nd standing. Nice start.

I wouldn't put too much stock into what Bobby says...he's going a bit senile.

Someone on NYYFANS was suggesting they should play a 5 infielder, 2-outfielder defense for Wang. Wonder if that's such a bad idea?

Meanwhile, JD starts things off with a double.

Derek at 347/423 ba/obp. Yowzah. Goes down a bit there as he moves Damon to 3rd on the grounder to first.

Thanks for the explanation and the link, YM. I don't have I paid for the audio, but it works very poorly on my Apple.

I splurged for the DirecTV package at home for the second half of the year, but it has been disappointing in the past two weeks in the number of blacked-out games. Oh well. I should be happy that Wang's sinker is doing just that in drawing ground outs.

Someone please let me know what kind of reception Álex gets in his first plate appearance. My money is on Standing O.

I think that's a bad idea YM. All of a sudden everyone's out of position, and anything that lands in the oufield means runs.

Giambi ks looking on inside heat.

And guess what: NY hearts Alex. He gets a nice hand as he steps in.

Nice hand when he comes up, roaring when he drives in JD.

And he repays the cheer with an rbi single up the middle!

Along those lines, maybe we should play with five outfielders when Wright and Ponson are pitching? :)

Suck it, ESPN!

Welcome home, ARod. You are a "true" Yankee, whatever that really means, in this fan's book.

With Ponson and Wright we should have a guy in the bleachers.

LOL! Ponson especially. Wright at least keeps it in the park most of the time.

Jorge walks.

Jorge! BB. Come on Berns!

Bernardino flies out. BOOOOOOOOOO!!!

And Bernie pops out. We'll take the 2-out rbi. Nice.

Wiggington grounds to short. 4 in a row. 4/4 for that matter.

Why Travis ".205" Lee hitting 5th?

And I guess Wang DOES need outfielders!

Fly out! Melky shags one. 2 outs.

Me fail English? Unpossible!


And a lineout for Cantu. But it was close to the ground..... Partial credit. Anyway, 3 outs.

To be 21 years old and playing left field for the New York Yankees. What must that feel like?

YM: nice Ralph Wiggum reference.

AP en fuego!

AP single up the middle. If he doesn't keep it working, expect Carlos Pena.

TB hosed on a call at second on the Melky grounder.

You gotta know Cairo is bunting here. Cairo = good bunter, bad hitter. If you're ever gonna bunt, now's the time.

YES was showing a Clippers game last night...Pena looks good with the glove, not so much with the stick.

No shocker there, Miggy gets the bunt down, 2nd and 3rd, one down for Damon.

Good sacrifice from Cairo I assume.

Gah. Damon slapper to Lugu for the 6-3 out. AP stays at third. 2 down.

Jeter is hitting .261 with RISP this year; that stat surprises me.

And Jeter rips a 2-out, 2-rbi single on a 3-1 pitch. MVP. Already instrumental in all 3 NY runs.

That's going up. DJ drives in 2 more.

Good 2-out hitting by the home team.

And now the SB. Our Hero!


Giambi walks. And here comes Alex....

Looks like Corcoran was no where near the zone according to GameChannel.

Dinger here?

2-0. Danger!


Walk. Now Posada, who's already taken a base on balls. Slam?

Remember, if ARod hits it out, it's not close-and-late. Therefore it doesn't count. However, no danger of that as Alex walks.

Holy crap. The Keystone Rays manage to hold onto a pop to right. Yanks strand 3. Corcoran lucky to escape a jam. Yanks have now stranded 5 in 2 innings, but still carry a 3-0 lead.

Glad to see that the rays are making a competition out of this.

And a grounder to start the 3rd.

I hereby christen them the St. Petersburg Sushi Rolls.

2 down. And here comes Jorge's replacement. Wonder what they're talking about....

And you can pretty much guess what Mr. Navarro did. 3 outs.

Evidently Mr. Navarro was saying how he was looking forward to going to New York and kicking the Yankees' butts. Good job, kid!

And "The Guns of Navarro" fall silent as the ex-Yankee prospect (Johnson trade I think) grounds out to second.

Ew. I feel all Bermany.

To the geniuses over at the Replacement Level Yankee Weblog who think it's a good time to trade Wang, because he's at peek value, i say, I'm glad they're just bloggers!

And the Rays go down like punks on thier first night in prison.

Bernie line single. 2-innings late on that one, Berns, but we'll take it.

AP fly out. DFA that stiff!

Trade Wang for what? Hitting that we haven't needed? Pitching that he already represents? How many available pitchers are out there with a 4ish era? Especially ground-ball pitchers? Crazy talk.

AP flies out. Why do i just get the feeling that his days are totally numbered?

Phillips shows some serious plate patience taking a hack at the 1st pitch.

Leche with a double into the stands! 2nd and 3rd with 1 out--again.


Wang is homegrown isn't he? He shows the ability to pitch in Yankee stadium and Fenway. To trade him would be stupid. Unless he was sytraight up for say Oswalt.

Did the ground-rule cost us the run? I am guessing it did.

TB lookis like they have thier Beer League team on the field tonight.

There is a subset of YFs who want to make a trade for the sake of making a trade.

Rob, homegrown in the sense that he was a free-agent signing by NY.

Gerbil, ground rule double definitely cost a run. Bernie would've been in easily. Cairo lines into a DP to strand 2 more. Sigh.

And Miggy lines into a DP, 5 unassisted.

Yes, the ball going into the stands "cost" a run.

I wonder if having to learn English or speaking it as a second language is of benefit when playing in high-pressure markets like NY or BOS?

AG...close enough I guess. Definately one of the more low-risk, big returns they have signed. One major plus factor is that he is young.

You can definately play stupid with a language deficiency if you do not like the questioning.

I don't speak Spanish very well. I plan on learning it soon. I wonder what Spanish-language baseball pages read like?

BTW: I don't believe a double into the stands, technically, is a ground rule double, any more than a home run going into the stands is a ground rule home run. each park has a set of individual ground rules that are unique to it. the double into the stands is a standard across the game.

here endeth the lesson.

and 2 outs on the k and the fly out.

For the YF's...who is the one free agent this year you would like to see sign with the Yanks?

12 in a row.

Interesting point, YF. Fortunately, I think the "rule" balances out over the course of play.

Rob: Case in point: Sosa, meet Congress.

After this season? Barry Zito.

I'm hoping for Christy Mathewson.

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