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Rivera Blows Save, Yankees Lose

Well, the bases got loaded with no outs and then Mariano started to work out of it. He struck out Nixon and induced a relatively slow grounder to A-Rod. But, then A-Rod made a pretty big error. After knocking down the ball, he couldn’t pick it up. So, a run scored and the bases remained loaded. Next, Mo got Ortiz to hit a slow roller to first, which brought the second out, but also brought in a run. It was downhill from there.

If A-Rod picks it cleanly, you have 2 outs and the game is over. If he picks it up after bobbling it, you have 1 out and then Ortiz is the last out and it’s a tie game at worst (possibly Yankees win). But, the mistake was made… Mo made some mistakes, too… but, he really didn’t look that bad. Especially on Nixon, Manny and Ortiz. He looked very good while facing them. This is a bit of tough luck with a bit of lack of performance on Mo and A-Rod’s parts and that’s it. Just got to move on and keep plugging.

Walkoff by Jeter in Ninth Gives Yankees the Win

Man, awesome! He was 3-0, but he’s such a confident 2 strike hitter that he can take 2 pitches, knowing that a baserunner with A-Rod, Sheff and Matsui up next is gold. 3-2, good bye.

Mo blew the save, but he looked pretty good in all. Happens. Pavano looked good. Godzilla had another great game, as well.

Good stuff.

Yankees 9, Red Sox 2

Good way to open the season.

Matsui went 3 for 5 with 3 runs, 3 RBI and a fantastic catch to rob a home run. Jeter went 2 for 5 with 2 runs and a walk while A-Rod went 2 for 6 with 1 run and 1 RBI. Sheffield, Sierra and Bernie each had 1 RBI, as well.

The Unit was impressive in his 6 innings of work, allowing 5 hits, 1 run, 2 walks while striking out 5.

Quote of the Day

“Speaking about yourself in third person can make you seem creepy.”

Tom

Sierra to Bat Fourth in Opener

Joe Torre has announced his opening day lineup:

1. SS Jeter
2. 3B Rodriguez
3. RF Sheffield
4. DH Sierra
5. LF Matsui
6. C Posada
7. 1B Giambi
8. CF Williams
9. 2B Womack

The thing that jumps out at me is Sierra at cleanup. Surprising. I can expect some people to be really displeased with that. I don’t really mind it… I wouldn’t be surprised if it is a one day thing, given that Sierra is a .371 career hitter against David Wells.

Via Bronx Banter.

Dolphins Bits

DE Williams goes back to St. Louis:

The Dolphins offered Williams, an 11-year veteran, the chance to return but only if he took a pay cut to the veteran’s minimum salary. He refused and was released. There still are hard feelings between the Dolphins and Williams’ agent, Ron Del Duca, over the perceived slap-in-the-face offer.

“Jay is excited to have the chance to win a ring again — which isn’t going to happen in Miami anytime soon,” Del Duca said.

A parting shop from Jay Williams agent. Who is Jay Williams? Good point. He’s a defensive lineman. Those are some nasty comments.

Surtain might stay:

Saban has met with cornerback Patrick Surtain. If the Dolphins can’t net a first-day draft choice in a trade, they likely will keep him for this season at $8.3 million and assign him the franchise tag in the future. Surtain wants a multiyear deal with more than $14 million guaranteed. Kansas City is amenable to those terms. But the Chiefs, also considering ex-Patriots cornerback Ty Law, are unwilling to yield anything higher than a fourth-rounder.

I’d like to see him stay. If they aren’t willing to offer more than that and we can afford to keep him with the direction we are going in, that’d be great.

Via FinHeaven & Co and Pro Sports Daily.

“Griffey Won’t Rule Out Being Yank”

From the New York Daily Times:

“To be honest I never thought I would hit 500 home runs, or even 400,” Griffey said. “The one person I wanted to be like was my dad, and he wasn’t a home run hitter. Numbers don’t mean anything. There’s only one number that means anything to me: how many championships do the Yankees have, 26? That’s the number. How many have I got?”

He pointed to his bare ring finger and said: “That’s all I want.”

It may be too late to mean much, but Griffey, who has a no-trade clause, says he would no longer be opposed to playing for the Yankees.

A few things. I’ve always liked Griffey. In his prime, it’s hard to think of anyone you’d rather have in CF in the history of the game. He was that good. I met him years ago when he was still in Seattle and at the height of his success/popularity. I got his autograph. He seemed like a nice enough guy, really and I’ve always remembered that.

I’ve always been interested in having him come to the Yankees and play left (when we had Bernie, O’Neill and … some other guy in the OF), not center – that’s Bernie’s spot and I’m loyal. But, if Bernie is gone next year… it might be cool. But, he’s got issues. He’s 36 next year (the age Bernie is this year) and, of course, the injury thing. Still, if no one jumps at us and Bernie is out, I would be interested in hearing about it.

Via Pro Sports Daily.

Yankees Milestones to Watch For

From ESPN.com:

Jason Giambi: needs 19 home runs for 300.
Derek Jeter: needs 17 doubles for 300 and seven RBI for 700.
Randy Johnson: needs 39 strikeouts to join Nolan Ryan and Roger Clemens as the only players with 4,200 all-time and four wins for 250.
Carl Pavano: needs 62.1 innings pitched for 1,000.
Jorge Posada: needs 90 hits for 1,000.
Paul Quantrill: needs nine appearances for 800.
Mariano Rivera: needs five saves to tie Rollie Fingers (341) for 7th all-time.
Alex Rodriguez: needs 19 homers for 400 and one HR as a shortstop to tie Cal Ripken Jr.’s record for most homers as a shortstop (345).
Gary Sheffield: needs 11 homers to tie Billy Williams (426) for 34th all-time and 14 doubles for 400.
Joe Torre: needs a 100-win season to become the first manager if history to lead his team to 100 wins for four straight years, breaking a tie with Bobby Cox (Atlanta, 1997-99), Connie Mack (Philadelphia 1929-31), Billy Southworth (St. Louis, 1942-44) and Earl Weaver (Baltimore, 1969-71).
Bernie Williams: needs 17 walks for 1,000.

Bolded the ones I find to be cool.

A-Rod getting 400 home runs… insane. He’ll turn 30 in July.

New York Daily News: Godzilla Star Like No Other

Check it out:

… the Yankees would like him to ink an extension, ensuring he’ll remain in pinstripes for the foreseeable future.

Matsui isn’t interested. Not because he wants to test free agency, not because he believes he’ll flourish on the open market, but simply because his original plan was to demonstrate his value over three years, and that is what he believes he should do.

The Yankees, of course, would prefer otherwise. Still, they understand that Matsui’s belief is genuine and not an indication he wants to leave them. In fact, Matsui has mentioned that, ideally, he’d like his career to have symmetry: Ten years playing for the Giants, followed by 10 years in the Bronx.

For those who question Matsui’s intentions, consider his farewell to Japan: In a lengthy press conference that essentially captivated a nation, Matsui tried to explain his decision to come to America and, almost tearfully, said he hoped he would not be considered a “traitor.” Despite being at peace with his choice, he was worried about being labeled wagamama, or selfish.

“It was a possibility that concerned me,” he says through an interpreter. When it was pointed out to him that those kinds of feelings aren’t common among American athletes who frequently embrace free agency and the ability to change teams, Matsui shrugged his shoulders and said simply, “It’s who I am and how I felt.”

“I just do what I feel is right,” he says. “I think that is the best way for me to be.”

He’s really everything you could want, as far as I am concerned.

Via Pro Sports Daily.

Fantasy Baseball Draft Results

Well, I had my two fantasy baseball league drafts on Saturday and Sunday. One league was for SportsForums.net and another one was for a league that runs each year that I have been a part of for the last few.

The first one, the SF.n one, was 12 teams and 21 rounds. I had pick 2 (Albert Pujols). Positions are C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, OF, OF, OF, Util, SP, SP, RP, RP, P, P, P and 5 bench spots. I ended up with:

C – Jorge Posada
1B – Albert Pujols
2B – Chase Utley
3B – David Wright
SS – Derek Jeter
OF – Hideki Matsui
OF – Sammy Sosa
OF – Bernie Williams
Util – Sean Casey
Bench – Jason Giambi
Bench – Luis Gonzalez
Bench – Aaron Boone

SP – Carl Pavano
SP – Mike Mussina
RP – Mariano Rivera
RP – Chad Cordero
P – Danys Baez
P – Andy Pettitte
P – Bartolo Colon
Bench – Kevin Brown
Bench – Orlando Hernandez

The second one was 20 teams, 25 rounds. I had pick 7 (Johan Santana). Positions are C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, LF, CF, RF, OF, Util, SP, SP, RP, RP, P, P, P and 5 bench spots. I ended up with:

C – Jorge Posada
1B – Justin Morneau
2B – Chase Utley
3B – Dallas McPherson
SS – Derek Jeter
LF – Hideki Matsui
CF – Bernie Williams
RF – Wily Mo Pena
OF – Jayson Werth
Util – Adam LaRoche
Bench – Endy Chavez
Bench – Michael Cuddyer
Bench – Toby Hall
Bench – B.J. Upton

SP – Johan Santana
SP – Brad Radke
RP – Mariano Rivera
RP – Shingo Takatsu
P – Tanyon Sturtze
P – Andy Pettitte
P – Tom Glavine
Bench – Eric Milton
Bench – Carlos Silva
Bench – Kyle Lohse
Bench – Victor Santos