Who is most to blame most for the 2008 demise of The Yankees?

Round one goes to the Angels. Surprise surprise.

One veteran Yankee wondered aloud before Monday's game against the Angels if players had given up on the season.

But at least one player showed some fight - literally - in the Yankees' lopsided 12-1 loss to the Angels at Angel Stadium in Anaheim last night. Catcher Ivan Rodriguez and Angels centerfielder Torii Hunter were ejected after getting into a fight in the bottom of the sixth inning. Things escalated between the pair after Hunter ran into Rodriguez hard at home plate.

By the time the game was over, Hunter and Rodriguez had hugged and made up. Hunter came over to the outside of the Yankees' clubhouse during the game, and the two patched things up.

"We already talked, everything was OK," Rodriguez said afterwards. "We apologized to each other. That's professional for myself and for him. I've been 18 years in baseball, and I never fight. I compete and I compete hard, but I'm not a fighter." (Source)

Yankees vs. Angels Preview if anyone still cares.

NYY: Pavano (2-0, 4.20 ERA)
LAA: Garland (12-8, 4.64 ERA)

NYY: Aceves (0-0, 1.29 ERA)
LAA: Weaver (10-10, 4.42 ERA)

NYY: Pettitte (13-12, 4.49 ERA)
LAA: Santana (15-5, 3.23 ERA)

Jeter ties the Babe

With a third-inning single up the middle on Sunday, Derek Jeter tied Babe Ruth for second place on the Yankees' all-time list with 2,518 career hits.
Facing Mariners starter Ryan Feierabend, Jeter stroked the hit to match Ruth past the dive of shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt, which was the shortstop's second hit of the game after he homered in the first inning.

Once the 34-year-old Jeter passes Ruth, his next target would be the Yankees' all-time franchise leader, Lou Gehrig, who had 2,721 hits. (Source)

A-Rod watches to see if his homer..... is a homer.

New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez leans as he watches his ninth-inning home run off Tampa Bay Rays' Troy Percival during a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2008, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Umpires reviewed the home run with instant replay and upheld the original ruling. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Yankees win 8-4

Edwar picks up the win.

Is it too late???? Yes, probably

So what's 17 wins worth?

As Mike pointed out below...Mike Mussina has reached 17 wins this season..and he's not done yet. Should the Yankees resign him next year? Here's the current MLB leaders in Wins and there Salaries.

What's Mussina worth next year....the market says he can still command $10mill for next season. Do you think the Yankees should sign him? I think they should first make a move at Sabathia and then come talk to Moose

Moose racks up his 17th win for the Yankees

Team Notes:

AROD hits 30th Home Run.
Joba returns to throw 1.1 scoreless innings
Moose gets his 17th win

Yankees win 7-2

Yankees vs. Rays (Not that it matters) Pitching Preview

NYY: Mussina (16-7, 3.41 ERA)
TAM: Garza (11-7, 3.53 ERA)

NYY: Pavano (2-0, 3.27 ERA)
TAM: Jackson (11-8, 3.81 ERA)

NYY: Rasner (5-9, 5.08 ERA)
TAM: Kazmir (10-6, 3.13 ERA)

Coke makes his debut as a Yankee

Lefty Phil Coke earned a lineup card, a game ball and his first strikeout ball (vs. Curtis Granderson) as souvenirs of his major league debut — a scoreless seventh. He gave up a hit to Magglio Ordonez and a wild pitch, but struck out Miguel Cabrera with a slider after throwing a 96 mph fastball.

“I don’t even know if I had time for jitters,” said Coke, 26, who arrived this morning from Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He was mostly a starter at Class AA this year (9-4, 2.51 ERA, 115 K, 118 IP), but he’ll be used in relief for now. “After the fact, I [said], ‘No way, I really faced those guys?”


Yankees win 13-9

Here comes the sun. Nady gets burned

Yanks drop another.

Nady on missing the catch:

"I misread it off the bat," Nady said after the Blue Jays beat the Yankees, 6-2, yesterday at the Stadium and now set out on a 10-game road trip. Nady said he didn't lose the ball in the sun initially, nor when he tried to chase it down.

"I took the initial step in and by the time I recovered, it was too late. If I catch that, it changes everything."

Regardless of what the Yankees do over the next 10 games, it may be too late for them. Though Nady is a relative newcomer to The Bronx, he's aware of the tenuous nature of the Bombers' playoff hopes.

"When I came over here a couple of weeks ago, I was pretty excited to play with this group," Nady said. "I know all of the history and careers [of the players here]. I think everyone's in shock right now. We're not playing well. Hopefully we get things going somehow."

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