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C.C. SabathiaAthletics (65-67) at Yankees (83-50)

Pitching Matchup:

LHP Dallas Braden (9-9, 3.28) vs LHP C.C. Sabathia (18-5, 3.14)

Lineup

Jeter SS
Swisher RF
Teixeira 1b
Cano 2b
Thames DH
Posada C
Kearns LF
Nunez 3b
Gardner CF (more…)

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The Yankees open up a four-game series against the Athletics tonight in the Bronx. Here are the pitching probables for the series:

Mon: RHP Trevor Cahill (14-5, 2.43) vs RHP Dustin Moseley (4-2, 4.53)

Tue: RHP Vin Mazzaro (6-6, 3.61) vs RHP Phil Hughes (15-6, 4.12)

Wed: LHP Brett Anderson (3-5, 3.32) vs RHP A.J. Burnett (9-12, 5.17)

Thurs: LHP Dallas Braden (9-9, 3.28) vs LHP C.C. Sabathia (18-5, 3.14)

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I ran a topic on Twitter…called: #ThingsYankeesFansHate and I got a ton of responses. It even became a trending topic in New York City. I thought I would share a bunch with some of you guys. I don’t agree with all of these, but I’ll let these fans speak out (so, don’t get offended). Here is a list in no particular order:

Things Yankees Fans Hate

  1. The Boston Red Sox and Red Sox Nation
  2. The Wave
  3. Dallas Braden and “His Mound”
  4. West Coast Night Games
  5. Fox, Joe Buck, Tim McCarver
  6. Fans who wear Yankees jerseys with a name on the back
  7. ESPN, ESPNNewYork.com, Joe Morgan, Jon Miller, John Kruk
  8. Morons who say Jonathan Papelbon is “the best closer in baseball”
  9. Playing in Anaheim
  10. Fair weather/Bandwagon fans
  11. Games televised on MY9
  12. The Rally Monkey
  13. “Rays Fans”
  14. Luis Gonzalez and his bloop single off Mariano & Game 7 of the ’01 Fall Classic
  15. Listening to Sterling & Waldman on the radio
  16. The Cleveland Indians drum
  17. The “Yankees Suck” Chant
  18. Joe West. You sir, are a disgrace to umpires everywhere
  19. The Zales Fan Marquee & people who actually pay money to be on it
  20. W.B. Mason Commercials
  21. The suits sitting in the expensive seats
  22. Mike Lupica, Ian O’Connor
  23. People who really believe you can buy a championship
  24. When girls say yes to marriage proposals at Yankee Stadium
  25. Carl’s Steaks with a 20-minute line and 67 hot dog stands with no line
  26. Outrageous facial hair
  27. Fans of other teams doing a roll call
  28. Curt Schilling, Kevin Youkilis, Kevin Millar, Jason Varitek, Pedro Martinez, David Ortiz, Manny Ramirez, Jonathan Papelbon, Josh Beckett, Bill ‘Spaceman’ Lee
  29. Carl Pavano, Chan Ho Park, Hideki Irabu, Kyle Farnsworth, Jaret Wright, Kevin Brown, John Rocker, José Valverde
  30. Fans of other teams sitting in the bleachers
  31. Mascots
  32. John Henry
  33. Rainouts and off-days
  34. Flash doing commentary
  35. Michael Kay and his man-crush on Paul O’Neill
  36. Kate Smith’s rendition of God Bless America
  37. Josh Beckett’s Game 6 performance in the 2003 World Series
  38. Giuseppe Franco
  39. Yankee Stadium Parking Garages $
  40. Derek Jeter double plays
  41. Fans who really think Cervelli is Posada’s heir apparent
  42. Empty Legends seats
  43. The price of the Lobel’s Prime Rib Sandwich
  44. YMCA and Cotton Eye Joey
  45. Not being able to hit a pitcher we haven’t seen before
  46. People who bring gloves up in the grandstand
  47. Felix Hernandez, Edgar Martinez, Francisco Rodriguez
  48. The 2004 ALCS
  49. Pink Yankees hats
  50. Jimmy Rollins talking shit during the 2009 World Series
  51. The B Train
  52. Bill Mazeroski
  53. The Rays tank at the Trop, The Green Monster
  54. A-Rod (Pre-2009)
  55. Stupid Yankees Fans
  56. Losing
  57. Stub-Hub Saturdays
  58. Box Seats, according to the Bleacher Creatures
  59. ROGER CLEMENS IS IN GEORGE’S BOX AND ROGER CLEMENS IS COMIN’ BACK. OH MY GOOD–GOODNESS GRACIOUS! OF ALL THE DRAMATIC THINGS–OF ALL THE DRAMATIC THINGS I’VE EVER SEEN, ROGER CLEMENS STANDING RIGHT IN GEORGE STEINBRENNER’S BOX ANNOUNCING HE IS BACK! ROGER CLEMENS IS A NEW YORK YANKEE!

Now, I’m sure you could come up with a lot more. If you want me to add more to the list, feel free to drop more in the comments section below.

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Remember our old friend Dallas Braden? The man who threw a perfect game, and hasn’t won a game since than? Yeah, that’s the one I’m talking about. With the Yankees now in Oakland, Braden recently landing on the DL, and the new “Get Off My Mound” shirts hitting the shelves, I thought it would be a good idea to present you guys with this:

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Dallas Braden obviously didn’t write those jokes on The Late Show with David Letterman tonight, but he didn’t have any problem dishing them out. Before he delivered the top ten list, Braden spoke about the “A-Rod Situation”. He said that it was a “slight misunderstanding” and “it’s been taken care of”. Interesting….who is this guy?

Queen Latifah followed him, and apprently she was unaware that walking over Braden’s mound was an unwritten rule of baseball.

Top 10 thoughts that went through Dallas Braden’s head during the perfect game:

10. Grandma’s right. Stick it, A-Rod.
9. I did it! Oh crap, it’s only the fourth inning.
8. Seriously, how cool a name is Dallas Braden?
7. Now, maybe Justin Bieber will know who I am.
6. I must not tell the world I’m Iron Man.
5. This is something they can never take away from me. But for $50,000, you can have my glove.
4. Next pitch, eyes closed.
3. Even I’ve never heard of me.
2. I should at least give up one hit so I don’t have to do Letterman.
1. Maybe I can give Kate Hudson a call.

Oakland Athletics Pitcher Dallas Braden Smiles

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It only took a little time for an ex-Yankee to stand up for A-Rod against the tag team of Dallas Braden and his grandmother. Darryl Strawberry had this to say about the whole situation:

“How can they dog someone who’s going to the Hall of Fame?” Strawberry said during a trip to the state Capitol.

“A-Rod said it pretty clear, 15 minutes of fame and he wouldn’t waste his time,” Strawberry added.

Strawberry wasn’t impressed that Braden turned in a perfect performance against the Tampa Bay Rays, the team with the best record in baseball.

“So what?” he said. “That doesn’t mean he’s great because he pitched a perfect game.”

“Baseball is a period of time of success, and A-Rod has done it consistently year in and year out. Who are they to talk about him?”

Strawberry, in Albany to tout cancer research, dismissed Braden’s unwritten rule: “Whoever came up with that idea, whoever Braden is, is exaggerating.”

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Dallas Braden definitely extended his “fifteen minutes of fame” by tossing a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays yesterday. Nobody in their right mind can say that what he did yesterday wasn’t a huge accomplishment, but that doesn’t make him any less of a jackass. After the game, Braden’s grandmother (Peggy Lindsey) told A-Rod to stick it! Alex was asked by reporters on what he though of it…he said “Good for him”. Let’s not forget that this is the same guy who wants to get into a fight with Alex Rodriguez. He called Alex a Rodriguez “a fool” and an “individualistic player”. I don’t boo my team, but I’ll be sure to boo Braden if he toes the rubber at Yankee Stadium.

When you break it down..look at it this way…

Braden can go back to being a nobody. Addie Joss, Charlie Robertson, Mike Witt and Len Barker all threw perfect games. Nobody remembers them (if you ask the average baseball fan). A hundred years from now, people won’t remember Dallas Braden, but they’ll remember his grandma. On the other hand, A-Rod will be remembered as one of the best players in baseball history, who already has 3 MVP’s and a World Series ring.

Dallas Braden will be sitting on his couch with his grandmother while the Yankees are in the Fall Classic.

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As Mike Francesa just said, everyone should be siding with Alex Rodriguez now. Braden isn’t shutting his mouth, and Alex is trying to stay away from it all and just ignore him. Alex said this today:

“I don’t want to extend Braden’s 15 minutes of fame.”

What an answer! Ya gotta love A-Rod…

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Apparently, Dallas Braden is still upset over what Alex Rodriguez did (crossing over the pitcher’s mound during a game). We all thought this blew over, but maybe we’ll see some sparks fly the next time he pitches against the Yankees.

“There are things that are going to have to happen,” Braden told Urban. “Out of respect to my teammates, out of respect to the game. I think he’s probably garnered a new respect for the unwritten rules and the people who hold them close to their game. But I think you’re right, we don’t do much talking in the 209 (a reference to Stockton, Calif., where Braden went to high school).”In response to Rodriguez’s comments about his career resume, Braden said he didn’t realize he needed qualifications to comment.

Which is obviously a lie because Dallas Braden has been doing a lot of talking in the 209 lately. In fact, he kept talking and had even more to say about Rodriguez.

“There’s two ways that I can comment on that, and I’ll give you both of them,” Braden offered. “One, I was always told if you give a fool enough rope, he’ll hang himself, and with those comments, he had all the rope he needed. Two, I didn’t know there was a criteria in order to compete against A-Rod. I didn’t know that.”

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“He’s an individualistic player. He plays for the name on the back of the jersey, not the front. I don’t know if he’s noticed, but he doesn’t have a name on the back over there so he should play for the name on the front over.”

 The Yankees head to Oakland on July 5th for a three-game series. I can’t wait.

IDIOT

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According to Dallas Braden, A-Rod broke one of the “unwritten rules” of baseball during yesterdays game. During the 6th inning, Alex ran from 1st to 3rd base on a foul ball, and on his way back he walked over the pitcher’s mound. Braden was really ticked off at Alex and ran his mouth off on him after the inning ended. Rodriguez didn’t even realize he did anything wrong, and fired back at him after the game.

Dallas Braden said:

“He should probably take a note from his captain over there and realize you don’t cross the pitcher’s mound in between an inning or during the game. I was just dumbfounded that he would let that slip his mind — being someone of such status.”

“I don’t care if I’m Cy Young or the 25th man on the roster, if I’ve got the ball in my hand and I’m on that mound, that’s my mound … He ran across the pitcher’s mound foot on my rubber. No, not happening. We’re not the door mat anymore.”

“He should maybe watch his Captain a little more often,” Braden said.

A-Rod said:

“He just told me to get off his mound. I was a little surprised. I’d never quite heard that. Especially from a guy that has a handful of wins in his career … I thought it was pretty funny actually.”

Even though this isn’t the “new” A-Rod we’re used to, I was very happy to see Alex fire back. I think a lot of Yankees fans were. I know a lot of those involved in the media don’t like it, and they’re entitled to their own opinions. This “unwritten rule” is really stupid anyway. I’ve never heard of it before to be honest. As a Yankees fan, I’m embarrassed to say that I have Dallas Braden on my fantasy team. The handwave Alex delivered was pretty funny.

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Yankees (11-3) vs Oakland A’s (9-7)

Pitching Matchup:

LHP C.C. Sabathia (2-0, 2.84) vs RHP Dallas Braden (2-0, 2.70)

Lineup:

Jeter SS
Johnson 1B
Teixeira DH
Rodriguez 3B
Cano 2B
Swisher RF
Thames LF
Cervelli C
Gardner CF (more…)

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The Yankees will open up a new series against the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night. Here are the pitching probables for the series:

Tue: RHP Javier Vazquez (0-2, 9.82) vs. LHP Gio Gonzalez (1-0, 3.38)

Wed: RHP Phil Hughes (1-0, 3.60) vs. RHP Ben Sheets (1-0, 2.65)

Thurs: LHP C.C. Sabathia (2-0, 2.84) vs. LHP Dallas Braden (2-0, 2.70)

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