This Has Gotten Really Silly

The NY Post is reporting that the Red Sox jersey buried at the new Yankee Stadium has been dug up.  Two construction workers spent five hours yesterday jackhammering a part of the concourse and found the jersey (that’s $880 worth of labor) with an excavation ceremony to be held today.

The Post did the guy who buried it no favors by publishing his name.  Apparently, he also has mob ties, so maybe that will keep him from getting the "s— kicked out of him" like Hank Steinbrenner wished for.  For his part, the guy who buried the shirt wants to fight Hank in person and challenged Hank to meet him and bring Posada too because he hates Posada.  

Now it is time for someone to make a positive out of this story and auction the jersey off for charity.   

UPDATE: The shirt is on its way to the Jimmy Fund and they will auction it off.   

Moose Wanted Him, Joe Let It Happen

Judging from the wire reports tonight (take your pick of any paper/blog) Mike Mussina wanted to pitch to Manny Ramirez because he didn’t want to face Youkilis with the bases loaded.  Joe Girardi went along with that thinking and the rest is history. 

Now I have two questions after reading that.  First, why does Mussina get the choice?  He isn’t the manager and Girardi needs to have the stones to stand up to a veteran in that situation.  Second, even if you agree with Mussina’s thinking, why would you have him pitch to Manny in that situation?  Mussina did just enough to avoid getting killed in this game and after striking out Ortiz it certainly appeared that he had used up his luck.  If I am Girardi, I am pulling Mussina no matter what and I might have used Traber against Ortiz.  

I don’t want to beat up Joe too much for this call.  I think we can all agree it was the wrong one.  What I want to see is where he takes things from here.  Will he be less likely to defer to the veteran next time?  That’s what I want to know.

Fox Heidied Us!!!

I can’t believe Fox just left Yankees-Red Sox with two outs in the ninth of a 4-3 game to show us NASCAR.  It’s great to see how much the "national pastime" means to FOX.  And, I don’t care that they switched it to FX, by the time I switched I missed the last pitch. 

It’s not quite the Heidi Game because the Yankees lost anyway, but wow. 

Help Me Out

As we await the end of the rain (soon) and I watch the Masters, can anyone justify the decision to pitch to Manny in the sixth inning with first open?  Considering that Manny had already homered off of Mussina and he hit .392/.475/.686 against Yankees’ pitching last season it seems pretty stupid.  Anyone got a good reason for it?

Anyone?

Bueller?
 

Curses!

To me the most upsetting thing in this story is that the guy who did this was earning $88 an HOUR.  That works out to over 180k a year, no wonder the new Stadium costs so much to build. 

Besides, if there is really going to be a curse on the place it will because they broke ground on August 16, 2006, the 58th anniversary of Babe Ruth’s death.  

A Big Test

I think today is a very big start for Mike Mussina.  Let’s face it, we all have our doubts about him and watching him face the Red Sox should give us a good idea of where he is going this year.  I am not expecting him to turn in an effort like Wang, but I want to see if he can pitch six innings, three runs allowed.  To me, that would be a big positive and make me feel pretty good about his future prospects. 

We shall see this afternoon, back after the game. 

I’ll Take Him

Stats people always knock Wang because he doesn’t stirke anyone out.  I am not going to debate the math behind their argument, but maybe they should admit that they aren’t always right? 

Consider tonight’s game where Wang "only" struck out three guys, but is there anyone who watched the game who didn’t think he was in complete control?  No, this was vintage Wang and if Bobby Abreu wasn’t afraid of walls he would have pitched a shutout.  Wang may not get the respect of a top pitcher, but I will gladly have him in my rotation any day. 

A Strange Lineup To Say The Least

Molina is hitting sixth, ahead of Cano.  Matsui is playing right.  Take a look

Damon- LF

Cabrera- CF

A-Rod- 3B

Posada-DH

Matsui-RF

Molina-C

Cano-2B

Ensberg-1B

Gonzalez-SS 

I am all for Posada getting in the lineup and I know he struggles against lefties, but Abreu is one of the few guys hitting right now.  Personally, I would have gone for this:

Cabrera- CF

Cano-2B

Abreu-RF

A-Rod-SS

Posada-DH

Matsui-LF

Giambi- 1B 

Ensberg-3B

Molina-C

Hey, I give Girardi credit for trying to shake things up, the hitting has been awful.   

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For those of you who don’t read backwards, the point of my title (Did Girardi Get Things Backwards) is to ask what the heck he was doing tonight.  I will accept that he wanted to hold Kennedy back because of the rain, but after Bruney went two innings and the umpires showed no signs of stopping the game in the monsoon, why not bring him in then?  Or after Traber went one, rain still pouring, wasn’t that the time?  Or, Farnsworth pitched an inning without giving up a run, (who cares about the rain!) isn’t that the time? 

No, apparently the time was the sixth inning, down 2-0 which in itself is a very odd choice.  Consdier that at most Kennedy was going to pitch four innings (I am assuming a regulation game here) and if the Yankees took the lead, wouldn’t you expect to see Mo or Joba towards the end of the game?  And that means you are using Kennedy for three innings at most.

Now, maybe Girardi’s thought process was with Ohlendorf unavailable, he had no one left in the pen besides Mo and Joba so he had to use Kennedy and he isn’t wrong, but it makes his previous management of the game that much more confusing. 

I don’t get it at all, anyone have a clue?  (Can’t wait for the press conference after the game) 

Things Like This Drive Me Nuts

So, the Yankees have promoted Alberto Gonzalez from AAA and optioned Shelly Duncan to Scranton.  Gonzalez is also going to be the starting shortstop while Jeter recovers.

I just have to ask, why is Wilson Betemit on this team then?  If you don’t trust Betemit to play shortstop when Jeter is out, why do you need him?

I understand the concern that Jeter could be out a week and you want middle inifield depth on the roster, so optioning Duncan makes sense.  You have Ensberg to backup Giambi as needed, no problems there.  But, promoting Gonzalez into the starting lineup is stupid.  Thankfully, Posada is probably going to be back sooner than we thought, but until then 7-8-9 in the lineup is Molina, Cabrera, Gonzalez.  Gonzalez is not an offensive player, he is known for his glove.  If the Yankees want him out there with Wang on the mound, I have no problems, but it doesn’t make any sense otherwise.  

Well, big start for Kennedy tonight, let’s see if he can recover from last Friday.