Quick hit: The Yankees on stage at Radio City

Earlier today, the Yankees Twitter account posted a video of Liza Minelli singing "New York, New York" with some members of the New York Yankees.

It's from a show was called, "Night of 100 Stars" which aired on ABC on March 8, 1982. It was taped a few weeks prior and featured people from Minelli and Lionel Richie to Princess Grace (Kelly) and Howard Cosell.

I am pretty sure I watched this program as a kid because my mom was really into this sort of thing but I barely remember it.

Anyway, I thought it was pretty hilarious to watch guys like Bob Watson, Ron GuidryWillie Randolph and Jerry Mumphrey perform on stage with Liza Minelli.

You can treat this as an open thread until the Game Thread goes up at 9:30. Enjoy!

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Afternoon Open Thread: 5/30/15

[caption id="attachment_75353" align="aligncenter" width="320"]freaksandgeeksface My face while watching this series against Oakland[/caption] We have a long way to go until the game at 10:05 tonight so here's an open thread for you. Oh, and, by the way, what the heck is with the game being on so late on a Saturday? Schedule it for 4 o'clock west coast time, dill holes. Freakin' Fox screwing everything up.

Here are a few random thoughts about the season and this series up to this point:

  • It is highly amusing that Alex Rodriguez, who according to the experts, was going to be embarrassing himself nightly at the plate is one of the best players the Yankees have, and that Chase Headley and Didi Gregorius, who were going to be the greatest left side of the infield defensively since the dawn of time, are stinking up the joint. I guess you really can't predict baseball, Suzyn.
  • What is up with Brett Lawrie and can one of the Yankee pitchers keep him in the park this weekend? I don't think I'm asking for much.
  • Let's hope A-Rod gets his 3000th hit at home just to stick it to the higher ups. Right now, he's only 17 hits away.
  • Let's also hope Joe Girardi stops playing Stephen Drew. My goodness, he's putrid.
  • I wish I could lose weight as quickly as Drew drops his batting average nightly.
  • Back to Headley, what on earth is happening with him? I cannot believe how many errors he has. It's almost as if someone put a hex on him. Maybe it was A-Rod? Kidding.
  • I miss Jacoby Ellsbury.

Feel free to bitch, moan, complain, and kvetch about whatever you want to bitch, moan, complain and kvetch about. Also, feel free to add your own random thoughts in the comments below, if you'd like.

Just remember, as always, to be respectful to your fellow IIATMS readers and have a great afternoon! (I honestly hope that most of you will be outside enjoying this day.)

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Monday Evening News And Notes: 5/18/15

You know the drill.  Here's the latest: - Masahiro Tanaka threw his latest bullpen session this morning at Nationals Park.  29 pitches, no reported issues, and it sounds like he's ready to start his official MiL rehab.  The team has yet to announce any formal plans, but both Double-A Trenton and Triple-A SWB are at home later in the week.  Assuming Tanaka feels fine tomorrow, I bet he'll be lined up to pitch for one of those teams on Thursday or Friday.

- Sounds like everything is OK with Mark Teixeira's toe.  X-rays were negative and both he and Joe sounded optimistic that he would be able to play on Tuesday.  Here's hoping.  The offense really can't afford to have him start breaking down right now.

- Chase Whitley had his follow-up right elbow exam today with the team doctor and the decision was made to have him undergo TJS to repair the tear in his UCL.  The surgery is scheduled for tomorrow and will be performed by Dr. Ahmad.

- If you haven't been able to keep all the roster moves straight, here's the latest round as I knew it.  Capuano up yesterday, Bryan Mitchell back down to Triple-A, and Jared Burton released from his contract to open a roster spot on SWB.  Jose Ramirez is also back down in Triple-A.

- And if you were wondering how Brendan Ryan is doing, I'd say somewhere between "not well" and "seriously, what the hell is wrong with this guy?"  He started taking BP again within the last week and returned to ExST game action on Thursday.  He ended up being removed from the game with heat exhaustion and I haven't read anything else on him since then.  At this point, who knows?

The Yankees are off tonight, so use this as your open thread to talk about how terrible they are, how awesome the Rangers are, or whatever else.  And if none of that tickles your fancy, you can head over to the podcast idea post from last week and let Stacey, Dom, and EJ know what you'd like them to talk about on the next one.  Looks like they're fixing to record some later this week, like Wednesday or Thursday, so you've got time to get topics in.  You can also tweet questions or ideas to @IIATMS.

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Sunday Afternoon Open Thread

The wait between a Saturday afternoon game and a Sunday night game feels long and arduous. So to remedy that, we're putting up an open thread for you. To get the discussion going, I'm going to link some articles but as always, feel free to talk about whatever is on your mind.

And because Brad like to link to music in his posts, I'm going to do the same. Here's one of my favorite songs of all time:

Enjoy your afternoon!

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Open thread: Looking back at April 18, 2005

[caption id="attachment_74003" align="aligncenter" width="583"]The 2005 Yankees - Courtesy of the NYT The 2005 Yankees - Courtesy of the NYT[/caption] As some of you know, I like to look for games from previous years to write about. Sometimes they're significant like playoff games and sometimes they're just your average, run of the mill, regular season games. But when I looked up April 18 and went back to 2005, I was actually giddy at what I saw because the Yankees completed a feat so amazing in that particular game that when it was happening live, I kept saying to myself, "Is this actually happening?" And even more amazing is that they would actually repeat that same exact feat just over two months later against the same team.

Okay, enough with the suspense.

Going into the game on the evening of April 18, 2005, the New York Yankees found themselves in fourth place with a 5-8 record. Right behind them were their opponents for the night, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, who were 4-9. They had also just been swept in a three-game series by the Baltimore Orioles and this angered owner George Steinbrenner to the point where he issued a press release on the 17th exclaiming, "Enough is enough. I am bitterly disappointed as I'm sure all Yankee fans are by the lack of performance by our team."

"It is unbelievable to me that the highest-paid team in baseball would start the season in such a deep funk. They are not playing like true Yankees. They have the talent to win and they are not winning. I expect Joe Torre, his complete coaching staff and the team to turn this around."

And turn it around they did.

It started off as a regular, ho hum, mid-April game. The Rays went down in order against Yankees' starter Jaret Wright and the Yankees' followed suit against Rob Bell. The Rays were, once again, set down in order in the second then Yankees came up for the bottom of the inning and let's just say that the bottom dropped out on poor Bell.

Here's the play-by-play:

  • Hideki Matsui walks.
  • Alex Rodriguez homers (3) on a line drive to left field. Hideki Matsui scores.
  • Jason Giambi doubles (1) on a line drive to center fielder Alex Sanchez.
  • Jorge Posada grounds out, first baseman Travis Lee to pitcher Rob Bell. Jason Giambi to 3rd.
  • Tino Martinez singles on a line drive to right fielder Chris Singleton. Jason Giambi scores. Tino Martinez advances to 2nd, on fielding error by right fielder Chris Singleton.
  • Tony Womack singles on a ground ball to second baseman Jorge Cantu. Tino Martinez to 3rd.
  • Derek Jeter singles on a ground ball to right fielder Chris Singleton. Tino Martinez scores. Tony Womack to 3rd.
  • Bernie Williams singles on a line drive to right fielder Chris Singleton. Tony Womack scores. Derek Jeter to 2nd.
  • Gary Sheffield singles on a line drive to left fielder Carl Crawford. Derek Jeter scores. Bernie Williams to 2nd.
  • Hideki Matsui singles on a ground ball to right fielder Chris Singleton. Bernie Williams to 3rd. Gary Sheffield to 2nd.
  • Alex Rodriguez doubles (3) on a line drive to left fielder Carl Crawford. Bernie Williams scores. Gary Sheffield scores. Hideki Matsui to 3rd.
  • Pitcher Change: Lance Carter replaces Rob Bell.
  • Lance Carter intentionally walks Jason Giambi.
  • Jorge Posada singles on a ground ball to right fielder Chris Singleton. Hideki Matsui scores. Alex Rodriguez to 3rd. Jason Giambi to 2nd.
  • Tino Martinez hits a grand slam (2) to right field. Alex Rodriguez scores. Jason Giambi scores. Jorge Posada scores.
  • Tony Womack grounds out, shortstop Julio Lugo to first baseman Travis Lee.
  • Derek Jeter walks.
  • Bernie Williams flies out to right fielder Chris Singleton.

First of all, poor Bell. I get that it was only the second inning and Tampa wouldn't think to have guys warming up in the bullpen that early but talk about taking one for the team. Second of all, the final tally of the inning was: 13 runs on 11 hits and one error. The Yankees left one guy (Jeter) on base and they would go on to win the game 19-8.

Bell's line for the game: 1 1/3 innings pitched, nine hits, 10 runs (all earned), one walk, zero strikeouts and one home run. Lance Carter, who relieved Bell in that insane second inning, ended up pitching 4 1/3 innings. He gave up five runs on six hits, he walked four, struck out two and gave up two home runs - one being the grand slam to Martinez in the second and the other was a two-run shot by A-Rod in the bottom of the third.

And how did A-Rod do that night? He was 5-6 with two home runs, two doubles and six RBI. He had the best night of any of the Yankees' starters by far.

Well, I hope you enjoyed that trip down memory lane. Please feel free to use this as your open thread. You can discuss whatever you'd like but if you live in the New York metropolitan area, I really hope you have plans this afternoon because it is supposed to be gorgeous out.

Enjoy!

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Off Day Open Thread: 4/16/15

Welcome to tonight's open thread! In case you hadn't heard the news, an MRI on Yankees Brett Gardner's right wrist revealed a bone bruise Thursday which is the same as what an X-ray showed on Monday after the initial injury occurred in Baltimore after a pitch off the wrist.

The Yankees have said all along that they had hoped Gardner could be back in the lineup tomorrow night in Tampa. He was available off the bench last night but didn't come into the game.

Right now, he's listed as day-to-day. Aren't we all?

Anyway, talk among yourselves, be respectful to your fellow IIATMS readers and enjoy your evening!

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Open thread: Happy Easter Sunday (if you celebrate)!

Easter-Bunny Here's your Easter Sunday open thread.

We're in the home stretch! Baseball finally begins tonight with the Cubs facing off against the St. Louis Cardinals. It's a Sunday Night ESPN game which gives you plenty of time to eat your Easter dinner and gorge on some chocolate bunnies and jellybeans (if you celebrate).

So feel free to discuss anything you'd like: baseball, baseball, baseball and more baseball! Basketball! More baseball!

Enjoy.

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Open thread: Yanks win in D.C., Next up... The Bronx!

Yankee Stadium The Yankees won their last Spring game at Nationals Park in D.C. 4-3 over the Nats.

Chris Young provided the big hit with a two run shot that put the Yankees ahead for good in the eighth inning.

Well, okay, Stephen Drew also had a big hit - a two-run shot of his own off starter Doug Fister in the fifth inning.

Nathan Eovaldi started for the Yankees and while he wasn't great, he wasn't terrible either. Sure he gave up three runs in five innings but he did strike out six batters. He also walked three. I think he'll be fine. He's still working on some stuff.

Alex Rodriguez struck out three times and was booed. Can you believe it? He was booed on the road! What's next? Being booed at home? Oh wait...

Dellin Betances made things interesting in the ninth but got the save.

So next up for the Yankees is the home opener against the Blue Jays on Monday afternoon and it looks like it's going to be a nice day for everyone who is heading to the Bronx. The forecast is saying mid-60s and partly cloudy.

Anyway, treat this as your open thread. You really don't have a choice because that's what I'm calling it. Feel free to discuss baseball, the Final Four, etc.

Enjoy your evening.

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10 years ago tonight: Randy Johnson vs. David Wells

ysIIatnight This is going to be our open thread for the night but I thought it would be fun to look back at 10 years ago tonight because we have finally arrived at a date on the calendar when we can do that and have there be a regular season game we can talk about!

April 3, 2005 was Opening Night of the 2005 season, it was scheduled to be an 8 p.m. ESPN game (of course) and the Yankees were welcoming the defending world champion Boston Red Sox into Yankee Stadium for the first time since that awful October night that none of us like remembering.

As I was looking at the boxscore and play by play on Baseball Reference I couldn't believe how much of the game I didn't remember. It's funny how your memory plays tricks on you because I was at this particular game and I didn't even remember that David Wells was the starter for Boston. At least I remembered that Randy Johnson started for the Yankees. (I still can't believe he was ever a Yankee.)

Like how did I forget that Wells hit Jason Giambi in two at bats? Giambi was my favorite player at the time! I did remember that he got a hit in his first at bat because I remember yelling at some guy in a Red Sox shirt behind me who was booing him.

I also remembered that Hideki Matsui had a good night and that the Yankees won big but other than that, it's all a blur.

Do you have any games like that? Games that you went to and could swear were won on a hit to right field when it was actually a hit to left? Or a game when you don't even remember that an ex-Yankee was the opposing starter?

Let's discuss this phenomenon in the comments. Enjoy your evening!

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Open thread - Spring Training Game 17

The Yankees are in Lake Buena Vista to play the Braves tonight but the game is not being shown live on YES. Boo! It will be on MLB Network but tape delayed and at 11 p.m. Or if you're one of those lucky people with mlb.tv, you can watch it live on your computer! All is not lost.

Anyway, #TANAK is pitching and it's his second outing of the season. Let's hope it goes as well as start number one.

Here's your lineup: Brett Gardner CF Chase Headley 3B Brian McCann C Mark Teixeira DH Garrett Jones 1B Stephen Drew 2B Chris Young RF Didi Gregorius SS Jose Pirela LF

Enjoy!

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