Andy Pettitte is the topic of sports radio today and the concern is the veteran lefty going on short rest. He said he wasn’t going to go out there and try to blow the ball by people, he is just going to approach it as he always does and try to get people out.
Here’s some food for thought Yankees fans. The only Phillies starter to have W’s in this series isn’t pitching tonight. Pettitte is going up against 37-year-old Pedro Martinez. No one is talking about Pedro’s age, Why? Why is Pedro getting a pass here and Andy Pettitte the most winningest pitcher in post season history being underestimated because he is on three days rest?
Some more food for thought, I hope your hungry. This will be just the fifth start for Pettitte in the last month. He has thrown four postseason games in 30 days. That is plenty of rest. That means on average he has had over seven days of rest if you factor in all the off time. You may think I’m crazy or weird, but it’s fact. I know he has only had three days of rest between his last start and this start tonight, but it’s not like Pettitte has been on a regular workload. He has had ample rest. He clinched in Game 6 of the ALCS on October 25th, then didn’t pitch again for six days in the World Series. That’s an extra day of rest and Pettitte wasn’t sharp. He said he didn’t have it, so you can sit here and argue and try to make a radio show on this topic, but I am calling you all out.
By the way, Pedro is 37.
Also as far as the decision to go with the Three Horseman who got the Yankees to the game clincher here tonight, Joe Girardi absolutely made the right decision. Why put Chad Gaudin in to start against Cliff Lee and basically forfeit a Game 5 when you can have A.J. Burnett on the mound? No one knows his players better than the manager. If he didn’t think Burnett didn’t give the Yankees a chance to win Game 5, he wouldn’t have been on the hill.
By the way, Burnett was hitting 95 on the gun. He had problems locating. If you followed this team all year, Burnett had problems locating on regular rest. Why didn’t these guys on sports radio just tell Girardi to have Derek Jeter go up to bat in the top of the first with a white flag tied to the top of his bat?
By the way, Pedro is 37.
One more thing before I punch out. Was Nostradamus a Yankees fan? Check this out:
Quatrain 23? Don Mattingly’s number. What number did Mattingly wear when he began his Yankee career? 46. It ends tonight.
Pedro a Yankee?
Surely, you can’t be serious. I am serious and don’t call me Shirley. The Yankees had someone in the Dominican Republic watching, “Mr. Who’s Your Daddy” himself. Should we read anything into this? Well, according to the New York Daily News, no we shouldn’t. They reported that someone close to the Yankees believed the team was just doing a solid for agent Fern Cuza. He also represents Mariano Rivera. I highly doubt Pedro Martinez will EVER come to the Yankees. After what he pulled with Don Zimmer, and sending Derek Jeter and Alfonso Soriano to the hospital in the same day. Oh by the way, he and Jorge Posada aren’t the best of friends either. That would be an interesting battery to watch. It would kind of be like Jerry pitching to Tom, before the cartoon went absolutely stupid when they became friends, ugh.
Yankees drop two to the Nationals – World to end – read all about it!
I thought about this a lot today. Does it absolutely stink on ice that the Yankees dropped two of three to the worst team in the major leagues? Does it reek of month old milk left out on the table for a week, when three starters from said worst team, and the worst bullpen in the league come into your house and own you? The answer to both of these questions is yes, but this is baseball. If you have played it at any level in your life, you know as well as anyone, that you are going to go through spells where you don’t hit worth a lick and you cant pitch to save your life. Right now that’s exactly what’s going on with the Yankees.
We are all guilty of being Veruka Salt, the spoiled little girl from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. The old one with Gene Wilder, I refuse to even acknowledge they made a new one. We are all running around and screaming, “But, Daddy, I want a Yankees’ win nowwwwwwwwww!”
There are 96 games left. 96. Again, let me reiterate, I am not excusing this team from taking a beat down by the Nationals. All I am saying is take a chill. It took the perfect storm for the Nats to come in here and do what they did. Sometimes baseball teams all have some hitting issues at once. The Yankees just picked the wrong team to go cold against. This is a team if you remember that won eight in a row. I know they are 3-6 in their last nine. I know the 3-6 could be 2-7 or 1-8. It happens. It’s baseball. The 1998 Yankees – one of the best teams of all time – at one point of the season lost 11 of 19 games. Did the world end? We are here right?
They lost to the White Sox who finished 80-82. They lost to the A’s who finished 74-88. They lost to the Mariners who were 76-85. They also lost to the Twins who finished 70-92.
We all have to learn like Joshua from Wargames. The world almost ended in that 80’s classic because of snot nosed computer geek Matthew Broderick, the world is not going to end because the Yankees lost a series to the Nationals. Besides, it’s not 2012 yet. The waters may seem troubled, but look to the “Lighthouse of Hope.” That would be my bald head. All of you fans are out on a boat and all you see are choppy waters in the “Sea of Negativity” that is this area. You see huge waves about to crash on top of you and the Yankees season. 96 games. The ship your on has plenty of time to right itself and it starts tonight in Florida.
Ninety-six games. Look to the lighthouse and let me bring you back in to seeing the glass as half full.
Joba Chamberlain – Again Chris? Really?
Sorry, just a couple of things. I just have a couple of questions. Why is it that Phil Hughes, who is supposed to be a starter, is working out of the bullpen now and no one has a problem with that? Meanwhile Joba continues to not be lights out in his starts and he gets a free pass? “Chien-Ming Wang is killing the bullpen!” This can be heard echoing all over the radio in this area. Joba isn’t? I love how people want to bury a guy who won 46 games in two and a half years. Yeah lets just throw him on the scrap heap. Watch how fast other teams come in like a flock of seagulls (not the haircut) to pick him up. If you are going to be patient with Chamberlain, give Wang the same respect. Notice how I didn’t say Joba should be back in the bullpen.
One more thing – just curious – do you know how many games are left in the season? Here’s a hint, sing 99 bottles of beer on the wall, but make believe you’ve already took down and passed around three.
Squish the Fish.
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