Thursday, May 22, 2008


Finally a little fire in the Yankees!
Manager Joe Girardi was ejected in Thursday game against the Orioles for a called third strike on Jason Giambi.
Giambi was looking at two strike before an inside pitched seemed to clip his bat knob as O's catcher Ramon Hernandez held onto the ball for the out.
Home plate umpire Chris Guccione, who ejected Girardi, made a delayed call, almost seemingly waiting on confirmation from Hernandez as he pointed to Giambi and claiming that it hit the bat.

For those of you who did not watch the play... O's reliever Jim Johnson threw a pitch inside and Giambi backed away thinking it was ball three, however, Hernandez claimed that it hit the end of the bat and held onto it for a foul tipped third strike. Guccione did not make an immediate call and it wasn't until Hernandez pointed out that it hit the bat, did he make the strike three call.

Giambi went to argue the call as he thought it was a ball, and not hit off the end of his bat. Enter Joe Girardi.
Initially, Girardi was calm making a simple case, but it was not to be. As Girardi went on and got more heated, the crowd got louder which pinnacled in a hat tossing followed up by a kick.
Usually when a manager tosses his hat, it is a sign that he is done.
Not in this case.
Girardi went back for more and continued to yell at Guccione before switching his tirade to umpire-in-chief Tim Welke before finally leaving the field, and earning a standing ovation from the crowd.

The Yankees won the game in the ninth inning with a game-winning RBI single from Robinson Cano.

Editor's note: Girardi was suspended for one game and fined an undisclosed amount. He served his suspension Friday in the 13-2 win over the Mariners.
In another interesting turn of events, Mariners manager John McLaren was ejected on another controversial call with Jason Giambi at bat. On a full count, Giambi took a pitch on the outside of the plate. Home plate umpire Mike DiMuro appeared to begin the strike three punch out, but instead he adjusted his face mask as Giambi trotted to first on the walk.


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BallHype: hype it up! Posted by Steve Kenul at 11:28 PM 1 Heckles

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Weekly Update 5/19

Warning - I'm about to go on a rant

Record:20-24 (5th, third worst in the AL)
Past Week: 1-5
Team Avg: .255 (-.009) (20th -8)
Team ERA: 4.48 (+0.18) (23rd -4)
Power Rank: 20 (-2)

The Yankees have hit rock bottom and broke out with the jackhammers. After posting a pathetic 1-5 record dating back to last Monday, the Yankees are is dead last in the AL East, four games under .500, and six games out of first. This is an absolute joke and the Yankees are playing disgusting baseball. It has come to a point where it is embarrassing and I am just wasting my time switching to the game. I don't know what they can do to fix this, but somehting needs to be done NOW. Igawa, Hughes, and Kennedy have been as useful as a fork in a soup bowl. The hitting is horrible and Giambi's thong is not large enough for the whole team.
I've smelled rotton milk that was better than the hitting.

Who's Cold
The entire Yankees roster. A combined 12 runs during the past week and not scoring more than two in a four-game series against the Rays. The Yankees hit a weak .194, and could not drive the runner home as they left 79 runners stranded, an average of just over 13 per game.
The pitching was not all spectacular as well. Chein-Ming Wang, the ace of the staff, suffered only one loss against the Mets on Sunday as his sinker wasn't working giving up 7 runs over 7 2/3 innings. Batters created a dent in Rivera early last week giving up a lone run and taking the loss in a well pitched game by Wang. Pettitte unraveled early in his start giving up five runs on four innings and taking that loss as well.

Who's Hot (with anger)
Yankee Country. You play in New York, your expected to play your best. So far we haven't seen it.

+ Down for the Count +
My remote control from being tossed around after each loss.


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BallHype: hype it up! Posted by Steve Kenul at 10:30 PM 1 Heckles

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Jeter Clutch

Jumpman23 has launched it's first colorway this month for the new Jeter Clutch athletic shoe.

Profile: Derek Jeter known for his clutch plays in the field and at the plate, inspired a superior training shoe that allows athletes to take their game to the next level.

Inspiration: The Jeter Clutch was inspired by Derek’s on and off the field persona and as a personal tribute to the last year he would be playing in the historic Yankees stadium.

-The 3 years (2004/2005/2006) he won Gold Gloves on the rear.

-A tribute to Yankees stadium’s legendary façade on the tongue.

-An aerial view of Yankees stadium with all of the championship years as recessed in the shank for support.

-The shoe also features the sophistication on tonal pin stripes from his suits.

Upper: Full grain leather and engineered synthetic leather upper combine with molded multi-eye stay system that provides a lock down performance fit. Asymmetrical toe cap offers added protection against toe drag. Lateral window in the ankle area offers freedom of movement as well as breathability.

Midsole: Phylon midsole with Nike Air unit in the heel supplies maximum cushioning and minimal weight. Midsole flex grooves extend up the medial and lateral forefoot for added performance.

Outsole: Solid rubber maximum traction supplied by a combination of herringbone and nub traction for multi-surface training.


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BallHype: hype it up! Posted by Steve Kenul at 4:52 PM 0 Heckles

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Weekly Update 5/11

Record: 19-19 (T 3rd)
Past Week: 3-3
Team Avg: .264 (12th +.006)
Team ERA: 4.30 (19th -0.06)
Power Rank: 18 (+2)

A happy Mother's Day to all, and now since the Yankees game was postponed, you have more time to spend for yourself.
As for the Yankees, the yo-yo continues. Losing two of three to Cleveland, and splitting the series against Detroit. The Yankees have a pure .500 record, meaning they are .500 on both the road (9-9), and at home (10-10).

Who's Hot
Darrell Rasner
A replacement pitcher for Ian Kennedy, Rasner has gone 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA and a 0.83 WHIP including 5 strike outs in 12 innings.

Bobby Abreu
This past week Abreu has went 8 for 22 with a .500 slugging percentage and a .981 on base plus slugging.

Mariano Rivera
15 innings on the season, no earned runs score. He has recorded two saves in three appearances and only allowed two hits in three innings of relief.

Who's Cold
Jose Molina
One hit in nine at bats this season. The double's parade that he demonstrated in April has been long forgotten as Molina is now just a defensive replacement.

Kei Igawa
Phil Hughes replacement has been just as bad as last season. Igawa went three innings, allowed 11 hits and six earned runs to cross the plate. With today's rain delay, Igawa's next start will be skipped as the rotation is given an extra day.

+ Down for the Count +
Wilson Betemit
After returning from an injury earlier this week, Betemit suffered a hamstring injury and has been placed back on the disabled list.


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BallHype: hype it up! Posted by Steve Kenul at 4:15 PM 0 Heckles

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Weekly Update 5/4

Record: 17-16 (4th)
Last 7: 4-3
Team Avg: .258 (12th)
Team ERA: 4.36 (19th)

It seems the Yankees can't find a way to stay above the .500 mark. After losing three straight from the Detroit Tigers, and then winning three from the Seattle Mariners, it is clear that the baseball gods are yo-yoing with the Yankees.

Who's Hot:

Johnny Damon
In his last ten games, Damon went 14 for 37, or batted .378. He has scored 9 runs including five this past weekend and smacked an upper deck home run in Saturday's contest securing the win.

Mike Mussina

Winning three games in a row and bring his record above .500 for the first time this season. After an inconsistent 2007 season, Mussina has already shown a change of pace. He does give up a lot of hits, and occasionally gets into trouble, however, as the verteran pitcher he is, he has been able to get out of innings with little or no damage.

Who's Cold:

Robinson Cano
Only four combined hits since last Sunday equaling a poor .160 average. The only upside to this is that two of those hits have been home runs.

Jason Giambi
A miserable .055 batting average for the past week. He has been hitting the ball solid, unfortunately he hits into the shift and it becomes difficult to reach base.

Ian Kennedy
After suffering yet another bad outing, Kennedy was optioned to AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to work on his mechanics.

Down for the count:

Alex Rodriguez
15-day DL for a strained right quad

Jorge Posada
After suffering through pain through out the season, the Yankees finally placed Posada on the 15-day DL for a strained right shoulder

Phil Hughes
Highly doubtful this is a legitimate injury. First reports of a strained oblique muscle, and now its hairline fractures in his lower ribs. My opinion, no injury, just taken out of the line up for a mental vacation.


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BallHype: hype it up! Posted by Steve Kenul at 4:59 PM 2 Heckles


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