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post #3751 of 5149
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Originally Posted by EMartNJ View Post

Did you see him talking about Tanaka being just another pitcher after being made a fool at the plate? I like Adam Jones but he has said some dumb things so far this season. 

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You have such a Yankee-centric view of the world. Here is what he said, after his team won the game and he was still being asked about Tanaka after being asked about it all day:
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He didn't hold back even after striking out twice (and singling) against Tanaka on Wednesday, telling Newsday's Anthony Rieber, "Am I (supposed) to go home and say I faced Tanaka tonight? Just go throw a party that I faced Tanaka? It's another pitcher. Another pitcher in the rotation. Nothing special to me. It's just another guy that we have to go through to get to where we want to be."

What he said was hardly disparaging of Tanaka - it was more about the Tanaka talk. And it's true. You beat a team and you're being asked again, after being asked all day, about how great he was? Saying he had been "made a fool of" at the plate is a bit of a stretch too - he swung and missed a lot but he does that. I wish he didn't - hence my OP, but going 1-for-3 is something he'd take all season against anybody, and make the All-Star team.

I also think he said it with a purpose. The media in the AL East is all about Boston and the Yankees and their big stars, and Showalter is doing with this team what he has done with a number of teams - including the Yankees - in his career. Early in his Yankee tenure he went toe-to-toe with Tony LaRussa and the A's at a time when the A's were one of the big hairy monsters in the AL and the Yankees were not the Yankees we've known recently. Showalter went after Girardi last season and I think he, and Jones as a leader of the team, are consciously bristling at the constant Yankee-worship of the sports media world. It's a conscious clubhouse strategy, and IMO a necessary one. The O's shouldn't go into Yankee Stadium in awe and hoping to take a game in a series; they need to march in there with a chip on their shoulder and with a total absence of wonderment or intimidation.
post #3752 of 5149
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Originally Posted by Douglas View Post


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Yeah but also the comments about wanting to kick fans who run on the field and wishing they broke their femurs etc. It just seems like he's been a little loose with his comments early on. 

post #3753 of 5149
The Rookie on ABC Family. I cannot watch that movie and not cry when he gets called up. Legit cry, my voice gets shaky and big wet tears stream down my face. I have never cried at another movie, ever, but I cry to that scene. Every. Time.
post #3754 of 5149
um…. that was just dirt. Just shiny, sticky, pine-tar looking dirt. Fuck you Pineda.

post #3755 of 5149
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Originally Posted by Kid Nickels View Post

um…. that was just dirt. Just shiny, sticky, pine-tar looking dirt. Fuck you Pineda.

 

“Everybody uses pine tar in the league,” Red Sox DH David Ortiz said. Not to mention whatever Buchholz always has in his hair. Getting a better grip isn't cheating in the same way doctoring the ball is.

post #3756 of 5149
Padres 6, Tigers toothless.
I stayed up to watch THIS?
Porcello had flashes of both greatness and failure.
I am more concerned about our lack of run production.
Was that Steve B I heard saying? "Kitty, Kitty...""
Castellanos has been a point of light.
post #3757 of 5149

I really like this Cashner kid. 

 

post #3758 of 5149
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Originally Posted by EMartNJ View Post

I really like this Cashner kid. 
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He certainly did a number on us!
post #3759 of 5149


As described in the Detroit News:
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Justin Verlander’s smile at first base in the second inning Saturday night said it all: 1-for-27 has never felt so good.

And 2-for-28, two innings later, felt even better.

After all these years, Verlander came away with not just the first hit of his major-league career, but the first two Saturday night in the Tigers’ 6-2 victory over the San Diego Padres


It was a fun win:
Verlander pitched well for 7 innings using a nice mix of pitches--not just brute force,
Torii Hunter is back.
The Padres made it interesting to the end but (like last year's Tigers) stranded tons of men on the bases.
Rajai Davis can run!
The bullpen--Kroll and Nathan--did what they are supposed to do.
Cabrera showed signs that the sleeping giant is awakening.
As for JV's hits: Holy Babe Ruth!
post #3760 of 5149
2 days without baseball oy. Cubbies have Tanaka and Pineda in the same day now though. That fearsome Yankees end of the rotation!
post #3761 of 5149
Had tickets for tonight's game. Was 75 on Saturday and Sunday here. 32F today. Postponed the game because there 3" of snow on the ground.

This damn state.
post #3762 of 5149
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Originally Posted by bdeuce22 View Post

Had tickets for tonight's game. Was 75 on Saturday and Sunday here. 32F today. Postponed the game because there 3" of snow on the ground.

This damn state.

Tonight, Wednesday, doesn't look promising either. There will be no precipitation but the temperature at game time will be 38 degrees with a windchill below freezing. Poor Smyly. (His first start.)
post #3763 of 5149
Tanaka has 28 Ks in 3 starts. Nothing special, huh?
post #3764 of 5149
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Originally Posted by EMartNJ View Post

Tanaka has 28 Ks in 3 starts. Nothing special, huh?

http://deadspin.com/masahiro-tanaka-and-his-splitter-are-not-fucking-around-1564202342
post #3765 of 5149
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Originally Posted by EMartNJ View Post

Tanaka has 28 Ks in 3 starts. Nothing special, huh?

Dice K had 24 Ks in his first 3 starts tounge.gif

he looked to be the total package high 90's 4 seam fastball, a wicked awesome 2 seam FB (so much pedro-like movement)... and 5 other pitches he could throw for strikes. but then that motherfucker saw how much more power the MLB players had and he started to fucking nibble. it was all downhill from there (a lot of 120-150 pitch 5 inning performances where he'd purposely load the bases just to avoid throwing in the zone).
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