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(USA Today)   Cool: Mariano Rivera has long said he'd like to play center field before retirement. Cooler: Manager Joe Girardi said he's absolutely entertaining the idea this weekend. Fark: Against the Astros   (usatoday.com ) divider line
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2013-09-27 09:01:18 AM  
Pffft.  If he really wants to try him out against some hitters, we have a bad-ass little league team out in the suburbs.
 
2013-09-27 09:07:28 AM  
Did the Astros move to the AL this year?

Regardless, why are they doing interleague play so late in the season this year? (E.g., NYY vs. SF a week or so ago.)
 
2013-09-27 09:09:32 AM  

The Smails Kid: Did the Astros move to the AL this year?

Regardless, why are they doing interleague play so late in the season this year? (E.g., NYY vs. SF a week or so ago.)


Astros joined the AL West this year.
 
2013-09-27 09:10:19 AM  

The Smails Kid: Did the Astros move to the AL this year?


Umm, yes. They're part of the AL West.

The Smails Kid: Regardless, why are they doing interleague play so late in the season this year? (E.g., NYY vs. SF a week or so ago.)


Because the new 15-teams-in-each-league thing means that there's at least one interleague series going on at all times.
 
2013-09-27 09:12:39 AM  

UberDave: Pffft.  If he really wants to try him out against some hitters, we have a bad-ass little league team out in the suburbs.


I think he'd prefer to play against someone less challenging.  Like the Astros.
 
2013-09-27 09:15:43 AM  

The Smails Kid: Did the Astros move to the AL this year?

Regardless, why are they doing interleague play so late in the season this year? (E.g., NYY vs. SF a week or so ago.)


Yes, they did.  It means the league has an unbalanced schedule now, so this weekend you have the Tigers in Miami.

\btw, the fact that the Sox get their personal asskickers to end a season, while the A's get their personal doormats...not exactly feeling good about home field right now.
 
2013-09-27 09:17:54 AM  
Surprised Joe is even entertaining the thought in the middle of a wild card race.  Oh...oh...oh shiat...sorry.  So Sorry.
 
2013-09-27 09:28:04 AM  
I want to see Mariano Rivera bat.
 
2013-09-27 09:33:06 AM  
Pretty simple deal. Put Rivera in at right and let Ichiro pitch.
 
2013-09-27 09:35:29 AM  
Sparky Anderson let Davey Concepcion play all 8 positions in one game once. Let him have it.
 
2013-09-27 09:36:37 AM  
You'd think Mariano might have bad memories about being in the outfield.

//look out for that warning track.
 
2013-09-27 09:36:55 AM  
Well if there's one team Mariano Rivera could play center field against, it's the Astros.
 
2013-09-27 09:46:30 AM  
Look at me
I can be
Centerfield
 
2013-09-27 09:48:22 AM  
Well, the Yankees' season is over.  what's the harm in lettering him play a game at center.

Put him in, coach
He's ready to play today
Put him in, coach
He's ready to play today
Look at he
he can be
Centerfield.
 
2013-09-27 09:51:34 AM  

browneye: Well if there's one team Mariano Rivera could play center field against, it's the Astros.


Yeah, no chance they're hitting a ball that far.
 
2013-09-27 09:58:59 AM  

browneye: Well if there's one team Mariano Rivera could play center field against, it's the Astros.


If there's one field in MLB that has the ability to ruin an inexperienced centerfielder's knee, it's Minute Maid Park.

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But it's not like Mo will have to rush any potential rehab.............
 
2013-09-27 09:59:22 AM  
That's about what I'd expect from a classless organization like the Yankees.  Maybe they can pitch underhanded and yell "Easy out!  Easy out!" every time an Astro comes up to hit.  They're a goddamn semi-pro baseball team for the most part; treat them with a little more respect than your mandatory office co-ed softball squad, please.  Showboating that your pitchers can throw offhanded or play centerfield while the grounds crew handles the infield is just farking insulting.

/Not really this bitter, but I wish I could be
//This team sucks and deserves to be treated as a prolonged practice before an easy W
 
2013-09-27 10:09:53 AM  
Break a leg
 
2013-09-27 10:21:54 AM  

wxboy: I want to see Mariano Rivera bat.


Your wish is my command:  http://youtu.be/171y0oGko5c

He also walked against the Mets in the same year (KRod was pitching with the bases loaded) and he got his first career RBI. MLB has taken that video down.
 
2013-09-27 10:25:36 AM  
I've always wanted to see Mariano Rivera hit by a pitch.
 
2013-09-27 10:25:39 AM  

Wettner: He also walked against the Mets in the same year (KRod was pitching with the bases loaded) and he got his first career RBI. MLB has taken that video down.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7V_xwEIkTY
 
2013-09-27 10:32:37 AM  

Analgesic: That's about what I'd expect from a classless organization like the Yankees.  Maybe they can pitch underhanded and yell "Easy out!  Easy out!" every time an Astro comes up to hit.  They're a goddamn semi-pro baseball team for the most part; treat them with a little more respect than your mandatory office co-ed softball squad, please.  Showboating that your pitchers can throw offhanded or play centerfield while the grounds crew handles the infield is just farking insulting.


It's meaningless baseball, and if they juggle the lineup to remove Ichiro in favor of Mariano, they wouldn't really be losing anything at the plate anyway.
 
2013-09-27 10:32:51 AM  

Joe_diGriz: Wettner: He also walked against the Mets in the same year (KRod was pitching with the bases loaded) and he got his first career RBI. MLB has taken that video down.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7V_xwEIkTY


Ah thank you, I saw that video but discarded it because it wasn't the full at-bat. Rivera > KRod.
 
2013-09-27 10:39:58 AM  

Yanks_RSJ: It's meaningless baseball,


Not true!  This is as close to the big leagues as some of the Astros will ever get.  And their opponent is treating the game like a joke.  It's just disrespectful in my opinion.
 
2013-09-27 10:44:27 AM  

Analgesic: Yanks_RSJ: It's meaningless baseball,

Not true!  This is as close to the big leagues as some of the Astros will ever get.  And their opponent is treating the game like a joke.  It's just disrespectful in my opinion.


The Astros have treated the last two seasons like a joke.
 
2013-09-27 10:49:12 AM  

Analgesic: Yanks_RSJ: It's meaningless baseball,

Not true!  This is as close to the big leagues as some of the Astros will ever get.  And their opponent is treating the game like a joke.  It's just disrespectful in my opinion.


I guess you're kidding, but really...Girardi was asked if he would put Mo in the field at Yankee Stadium and he said "No" without missing a beat. And without being asked, he explained "Because it IS meaningful for Tampa". He respects the situation.

So don't give him or Mo shiat for having a little fun it what is basically an exhibition game.  They can bring extra jerseys swap position players between teams for all it matters.

I'm looking forward to watching as much of this series as possible.
 
2013-09-27 10:56:40 AM  

Wettner: Ah thank you, I saw that video but discarded it because it wasn't the full at-bat. Rivera > KRod.


Yea, it would be cool to have the full at-bat. But even just watching the reactions in that one is priceless.
 
2013-09-27 11:02:27 AM  

Crewmannumber6: Sparky Anderson let Davey Concepcion play all 8 positions in one game once. Let him have it.


September 8, 1965 Kansas City A's shortstop Bert Campaneris played all 9 positions in a single game.
 
2013-09-27 11:09:05 AM  
If Joe Girardi is smart, he'll walk away from the Yankees once his contract is up at the end of the season
 
2013-09-27 11:19:47 AM  
If the Mets could get Todd Zeile in to pitch, the Yankees can get Mo in center.
 
2013-09-27 11:31:13 AM  
Is Ichico gonna manage as well or was that a Torre thing?

/really want to see Ichiro manage a game
 
2013-09-27 11:46:51 AM  

Yanks_RSJ: Analgesic: Yanks_RSJ: It's meaningless baseball,

Not true!  This is as close to the big leagues as some of the Astros will ever get.  And their opponent is treating the game like a joke.  It's just disrespectful in my opinion.

The Astros have treated the last two seasons like a joke.


amen brother.  The buttstros pocket the revenue sharing and luxury tax kickbacks, make a profit and march out a AA product.  The Yankees can do what they want there.
Also Mo is a terrific athlete and will probably play CF like a farking boss and go 4 for 4 with a SB and 2 Ribs.
 
2013-09-27 11:53:26 AM  

Gunderson: If Joe Girardi is smart, he'll walk away from the Yankees once his contract is up at the end of the season


I hope not. I like him better than I liked Torre. Plus we can't function without
 
2013-09-27 12:14:57 PM  

Gunderson: If Joe Girardi is smart, he'll walk away from the Yankees once his contract is up at the end of the season


I'm not the biggest Yankee fan in the world, but really, were it not for Girardi, the team would have probably been out of the WC race by Labor Day.

He'll be back.
 
2013-09-27 12:19:15 PM  

beerrun: browneye: Well if there's one team Mariano Rivera could play center field against, it's the Astros.

If there's one field in MLB that has the ability to ruin an inexperienced centerfielder's knee, it's Minute Maid Park.

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But it's not like Mo will have to rush any potential rehab.............


i29.photobucket.com

/Wish there was video of that homerun, the description itself is pretty awesome
//Longest triple ever hit, methinks
 
2013-09-27 12:19:50 PM  

FriarReb98: \btw, the fact that the Sox get their personal asskickers to end a season, while the A's get their personal doormats...not exactly feeling good about home field right now.


Weird that a team would be 6-10 to date (4-6 at home, 2-4 on the road) against their "personal doormats."
 
2013-09-27 01:00:40 PM  

H31N0US: I guess you're kidding, but really.


Of course I am.  I figured "goddamn semi-pro baseball team for the most part" in my Boobies was a big enough clue.  The Astros haven't played a meaningful game in years.  The Yankees are free to do whatever they want.  Nothing they do would be less respectful to the game than the Astros' past two seasons.  Ah well, at least Ed Wade isn't still around to trade off every bright spot of potential on the roster.  I'm just hoping the rebuild takes less than 20 years.
 
2013-09-27 01:39:34 PM  

Super Chronic: FriarReb98: \btw, the fact that the Sox get their personal asskickers to end a season, while the A's get their personal doormats...not exactly feeling good about home field right now.

Weird that a team would be 6-10 to date (4-6 at home, 2-4 on the road) against their "personal doormats."


Sorry, just assumed.
 
2013-09-27 02:14:43 PM  

LessO2: Gunderson: If Joe Girardi is smart, he'll walk away from the Yankees once his contract is up at the end of the season

I'm not the biggest Yankee fan in the world, but really, were it not for Girardi, the team would have probably been out of the WC race by Labor Day.

He'll be back.


As opposed to 2 weeks later
 
2013-09-27 02:16:28 PM  

FriarReb98: Super Chronic: FriarReb98: \btw, the fact that the Sox get their personal asskickers to end a season, while the A's get their personal doormats...not exactly feeling good about home field right now.

Weird that a team would be 6-10 to date (4-6 at home, 2-4 on the road) against their "personal doormats."

Sorry, just assumed.


The As do get the tiebreaker if they match Boston's record (since they're 3-3 against each other, and winning two games more than Boston would mean they'd be 1 game ahead in terms of intra-division record (they're currently 42-31 and Boston is 43-30, iirc). Plus it looks like the As win the pitching match-ups, so the Sox probably have to win 2 to feel safe. But hey, at least it's not like you'll have to play the team with the best rotation and best hitter in the game in the first round just to get a chance to play a road series...

/My Jays were eliminated in April, so it could be worse
 
2013-09-27 02:24:20 PM  

LessO2: Gunderson: If Joe Girardi is smart, he'll walk away from the Yankees once his contract is up at the end of the season

I'm not the biggest Yankee fan in the world, but really, were it not for Girardi, the team would have probably been out of the WC race by Labor Day.

He'll be back.


Cubs.  Book it.  Done.
 
2013-09-27 02:27:06 PM  

RonwellQuincyDobbs: LessO2: Gunderson: If Joe Girardi is smart, he'll walk away from the Yankees once his contract is up at the end of the season

I'm not the biggest Yankee fan in the world, but really, were it not for Girardi, the team would have probably been out of the WC race by Labor Day.

He'll be back.

Cubs.  Book it.  Done.


Cubs would be the only team I'd see Girardi leaving the Yankees for, but I don't see why he'd leave. Yeah, next year is gonna suck hard, but if anything, it gives him a chance to truly show his managerial chops.
 
2013-09-27 02:33:48 PM  

H31N0US: Gunderson: If Joe Girardi is smart, he'll walk away from the Yankees once his contract is up at the end of the season

I hope not. I like him better than I liked Torre. Plus we can't function without


Not sure what that second sentence was supposed to be, but assuming you're not being sarcastic (you can never be sure on the Internet) I agree with the sentiment.  Girardi's coddled the stars plenty but I really like how he's willing to try things -- like moving people around on the lineup -- to get the team to produce.

Also wondering why Gunderson wants Girardi to leave -- I presume because the talent is dropping off after A-Rod gets suspended? The money is still going to be there though.
 
2013-09-27 02:49:44 PM  

Arkanaut: The money is still going to be there though.


not necessarily.. it depends on two main things: Cano and A-Rod. Hal is hellbent on getting the team under $189M for 2014.
 
2013-09-27 02:56:24 PM  

Arkanaut: H31N0US: Gunderson: If Joe Girardi is smart, he'll walk away from the Yankees once his contract is up at the end of the season

I hope not. I like him better than I liked Torre. Plus we can't function without

Not sure what that second sentence was supposed to be, but assuming you're not being sarcastic (you can never be sure on the Internet) I agree with the sentiment.  Girardi's coddled the stars plenty but I really like how he's willing to try things -- like moving people around on the lineup -- to get the team to produce.

Also wondering why Gunderson wants Girardi to leave -- I presume because the talent is dropping off after A-Rod gets suspended? The money is still going to be there though.


Not being sarcastic. I tried posting a gif that went awry. It was a Trapper Keeper.

Torre caught lightning in a bottle with young Jeter, Posada, Williams, Pettite, Mo...plus the guys that were already there like Brocious, Paulie, etc, plus the guys like Justice, Clemens, Cone, Wells, Strawberry etc.  Those teams were built to win. I think lots of managers could have won some championships with them. I liked Torre, but I thought he overmanaged his pitching. That works when Jeff Nelson and Mike Stanton are good to go, but not so much when Farnsworth and Proctor come along. Or Felix Heredia. Christ. Forgot about him.

Anyway, I ramble. I like Girardi and hope he stays in NYY.
 
2013-09-27 04:36:23 PM  

The Smails Kid: Did the Astros move to the AL this year?


I'm waiting for them to join MLB first.
 
2013-09-27 06:46:09 PM  
I'd watch it just to see Mo hit for the cycle, with the HR being a walk-off just as a f-u to Girardi.
 
2013-09-27 07:55:18 PM  

lokis_mentor: I'd watch it just to see Mo hit for the cycle, with the HR being a walk-off just as a f-u to Girardi.


Ummm...what?
 
2013-09-27 11:00:21 PM  
Here's how you make a catch on Tal's Hill.

Carlos Gomez with what could be the best catch of 2013
 
2013-09-27 11:26:38 PM  

picodenico: Here's how you make a catch on Tal's Hill.

Carlos Gomez with what could be the best catch of 2013


Back when we had a somewhat respectable team, Michael Bourn was racing up Tal's Hill, making catches like that on what seemed like every other homestand.  Geez, I can't believe I'm looking back fondly on a sub .500 team that could barely scratch out 75 wins a year.  At least Houston had a fighting chance, and they played their asses off during those years being led by Bourn and Pence.  It's been painful to watch this crap the last few seasons though. Here's to the third year in a row The 'Stros have set a new team record in losses!  Fark that greasy slime ball Jim Crane, and fark Bud Selig for good measure!

/still pissed about having to root for an AL team
 
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