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 Posted:   Oct 5, 2005 - 12:55 AM   
 By:   TJ   (Member)

Mike Scioscia is an idiot. Garret Anderson is playing Left Field with arthritis...any other LF gets that ball. These guys have too much pride, if they are hurt they should take themselves out, especailly when therea are better options available. A healthy GA would have been a great DH, but a hurt GA should be on the bench.

That was the game right there. Rivera should have been in LF and Kotchman the DH.


Also pinch hitting for Rivera who was having a helluva game was quite bone headed.

...but such is life...can't win em all.

Oh well. They're still in it. Lost game 1 in '02 as well. wink

 
 Posted:   Oct 5, 2005 - 1:02 AM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

I think that stolen base attempt in the bottom of the 6th when down 4-0 sticks out as the dumbest thing the Angels did tonight!

Great job of hitting by the Yankees in the 1st inning, and Canoe fast demonstrated why he'll be with the Yankees for many years to come (though if he'd remembered how slow Molina is he would have turned the double play to end the game).

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 5, 2005 - 1:51 AM   
 By:   TJ   (Member)

Once again, that ball should have been caught. Garret Anderson misplayed that ball terribly.

And While that was a dumb move by Vlad, he was safe, Jeter missed the tag!

 
 Posted:   Oct 5, 2005 - 1:55 AM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Got to disagree on the tag. On the replay I saw, he brushed him on the shoulder. Either way, it was a dumb move in that situation.

I also don't buy the argument that Canoe's ball was catchable if someone else is in LF.

Big problem for the Yankees is that Tanyon Sturtze demonstrated how useless he is overall and that another strong effort on the order of Mussina is needed by the starters (and not hitting Mussina was the key to the game. This was a major gamble given how horrible Mussina was in his last start).

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 5, 2005 - 2:06 AM   
 By:   TJ   (Member)

....Even Joe Buck and Tim McCarver said he missed it and they are as big of yankee homers as Michael Kay and co.

Cano's ball was catchable if ANYBODY else was in LF. But still, He was playing way too shallow and misplayed it terribly...I don't know why he played so shallow with the bases loaded...usually you stay back to prevent what happened...from happening../bonk.

Oh well. Just 1 gamesmile

 
 Posted:   Oct 5, 2005 - 2:21 AM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

I think him playing shallow probably stemmed more from a general view of Cano that would have been ingrained in anyone playing left from whatever scouting report they had.

If Buck and McCarver are Yankee homers, I sure never noticed, especially when McCarver was doing the local games on Channel 5! wink

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 5, 2005 - 2:39 AM   
 By:   TJ   (Member)

When Cano came to Anaheim in the summer, he tore it up. but I don't care who is batting...you don't play that shallow with the bases loaded....If you don't let the ball get behind you, at most 2 runs score and you have a chance of throwing out the guy from 2nd.

edit: here's some quotes from people who were at the game.

Eyewitness #1
was at the game. My seats are in the 104 section, right by the left field foul pole, and I saw the play VERY clearly. There is no doubt that GA totally misplayed that ball. He seeed to drift lazily back on it, the ball just driting over the top of his glove. There is no doubt that the ball was catchable. I also question how hard of a ball it really was. Yes, it went deep, but the trajectory wasn't that of a deep bomb or a screaming liner. It was in between, with sufficient hang time for a motivated fielder to shag it. My biggest concern was why he was playing so shallow. Cano hit a homer or two against us the last time the Yankees came to town. Nevertheless, GA was playing Cano the way someone might have played Mark Belanger way back in the day.

Eyewitness #2
I was at the game however, on the third base side just beyond the dirt, in the terrace level....a perfect vantage point to see the play.

Garret was playing too far in, stepped back, misread the ball, and didn't hustle it out to catch it. The fault was clearly his, and everyone I talked to in my section agreed. There was no question about it.

Garret's injured and is not running at full force. He should not have been playing the field tonight. And with an OPS lower than that of Figgins, there's no excuse for him to be playing in the three-hole in front of Vlad.

Playing an injured player with an OPS under .750 in the most critical spot in your lineup is called "faith-based management". It's unreasonable, and it contributed heavily to tonight's loss.


Eyewitness #3
was there. GA was in way too shallow, even if Cano doesn't have opposite field power....with Bart throwing that hard, even an opposite field hit will travel to an easy to run under location had GA been in the normal position. Whether it was GA or the coaches who placed him shallow, it was a bad decision which ended up costing us the game.


I'm not making excuses...The play would have been irrelevant had virtually every Angel sans Juan Rivera, Bengie Molina and Steve Finley not swung at bat piches from Mussina that were obviously balls ...but that mishap sure didn't help.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 5, 2005 - 6:27 PM   
 By:   TJ   (Member)

Houston/Atlanta is proving to be an exciting game...loving the Steve Phillips/Eric Karros banter as well. ATM it is 4-3 houston

 
 Posted:   Oct 5, 2005 - 9:51 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Sure didn't stay a good game!

If the Red Sox lose this game, I wonder if we've witnessed the beginning of the Curse of Tony Graffinino? big grin

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 5, 2005 - 10:56 PM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)



If the Red Sox lose this game, I wonder if we've witnessed the beginning of the Curse of Tony Graffinino? big grin

No meatballs and sausage for this goomba tonight.
I Wonder if "Billy Bucks" Buckner was watching ?

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 6, 2005 - 12:17 AM   
 By:   TJ   (Member)

What did Graffanino do?

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 6, 2005 - 12:32 AM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)

What did Graffanino do?

Probably played his way out of Boston IF they lose this series.

 
 Posted:   Oct 6, 2005 - 12:57 AM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

He pulled a Bill Buckner in what would have been an inning-ending DP, and then two batters later the White Sox got the big three run HR that proved the difference in the game.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 6, 2005 - 1:32 AM   
 By:   TJ   (Member)

That was a must win game for Chicago too. They're guaranteed to get another game at home, if necessary.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 6, 2005 - 1:52 AM   
 By:   TJ   (Member)

w00t. Finally the offense wakes up.

 
 Posted:   Oct 6, 2005 - 2:29 AM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Oy vey. I knew the game hit a brick wall when they didn't get the third run after that play and that it was a matter of time before they blew it. A-Rod allowed the game to get tied up with that bad error of his.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 6, 2005 - 9:42 AM   
 By:   Donna   (Member)

YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! for any team besides the Red Sox and Yankees!

Sincerely yours,
A disgruntled Mets fan

 
 Posted:   Oct 6, 2005 - 4:15 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Game 3 is the series breaker now for the Yankees because if they can't win with him on the mound at Yankee Stadium, then the Angels will then win Game 4 and the series will be over.

And the bats need to start coming alive since Jeter was awful in clutch situations yesterday.

 
 Posted:   Oct 6, 2005 - 5:07 PM   
 By:   DOGBELLE   (Member)

ITS TAMPA BAY ALL THE WAY

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 6, 2005 - 5:53 PM   
 By:   TJ   (Member)

Game 3 is the series breaker now for the Yankees because if they can't win with him on the mound at Yankee Stadium, then the Angels will then win Game 4 and the series will be over.

And the bats need to start coming alive since Jeter was awful in clutch situations yesterday.


You have to give credit to the pitcher. Lackey had a great year, and he seems to be maturing alot as a pitcher. He still had body language when he gave up runs and what not but he's improved so much in the last couple of years. Game 3 is a must win for both teams. The yankees don't want to lose with thier ace and the angels don't want to face eliminationg in New York.

 
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