Who is this Brett Gardner character ???

Brett Gardner
DOB: 08/24/1983
Birthplace: Holly Hill, South Carolina (which coincidentally also happens to be former Yankee Great Willie Randolphs hometown as well!)
College: College of Charleston

Minor League Highlights:
2005 Ranked 5th in the New York Penn League in Steals
2006 - Florida State League All Star
2007 - Between Double AA, Triple AAA, and the Arizona Fall League he had a combined 55 steals while only being thrown out 8 times.

Clearly Gardners greatest asset is his Speed. Baseball American called him "the fastest baserunner in the organization"
He's shown this so far stealing 5 bases already for the Yankees since being brought up on June 30, 2008. In addition this speed helps him defensively .

Joe Girardi said the following of Gardner, "He's an exciting player. He creates havoc"

Sorta sounds like something thats often said about Jose Reyes.
OCB out

Yankees complete the sweep against the A's

Yankees 7
A’s 1

Yankees 4
A’s 3

Yankees 2
A’s 1

Here is a first look at Richie Sexson

Below are Richie's career batting stats. Do you think he will be a good addition?

We think he will be a decent addition. With Quasimoto Duncan having an injury and Betimet being Betimet, we think this was a decent pick up. He is batting .344 against lefties and the Yankees will only play him against them. Not to mention he can be a larger target for Jeter's wild throws from short and we only have to pay $161,000 for him.

Just in case you were wondering how Giambi spent his All Star break

This picture was sent in from a fan of matsuifan. Thanks fan.

It is said that Giambi was relaxing in Las Vegas.

Yankees vs. A's Pitching Preview

OAK: Smith (5-7, 3.43 ERA)
NYY: Mussina (11-6, 3.61 ERA)

OAK: Duchscherer (10-5, 1.82 ERA)
NYY: Chamberlain (2-3, 2.62 ERA)

OAK: Gallagher (4-4, 4.25 ERA)
NYY: Pettitte (10-7, 4.03 ERA)

Damon will begin hitting off a tee on Friday. He may even make a rehab tee ball start

Yankees left fielder Johnny Damon could hit off a tee on Friday and hopes to rejoin the team by late next week.

Damon is on the 15-day disabled list with an injured left shoulder, which was hurt when the outfielder ran into the fence attempting to catch a ball on July 4. He underwent treatment only Wednesday at the Yankees' minor league complex.

"Friday could be a big day," Damon said. "It feels a lot better today. It feels much better not doing the drills." (Source)


See how the Yankees were graded by MLB
( Midterm Report )

Season ending knee surgery for Matsui ????

NEW YORK -- Yankees slugger Hideki Matsui will cut short his rehabilitation and could be headed for season-ending surgery after experiencing more inflammation in his troublesome left knee.
Matsui, 34, is currently on the disabled list and had been working out at the club's Minor League complex in Tampa, Fla. He did not hit on Tuesday and is scheduled to see team physician Dr. Stuart Hershon in New York by Friday.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman called Matsui's continued issues "discouraging" and said it is now more likely that Matsui may not return this season. (Source)

Was A-Rod Spying on his wife???

We here at matsuifan are not totally sure, but we do have this photo of A-Rod dressed up like a bush in front of Cynthia's house.

MIAMI - The wife of Alex Rodriguez wants to know if the Yankees star hired private detectives or installed wiretaps installed to spy on her.

Cynthia Rodriguez's lawyers demanded evidence of any such surveillance as part of a routine request filed in Miami-Dade Circuit Court last week in their divorce case.

The document asks for any tape recordings, photographs, reports from investigators or results from possible wiretaps "or other electronic surveillance conducted by you or others on your behalf." (Source)

Papelbon is a classless idiot

Thankfully, Papelbon was not selected to be manager of the AL All Star team.

Below is his intelligent answer to the question "Who should close the All Star Game at Yankee Stadium?"

"If I was managing the team, I would close," Papelbon said Monday. "But I'm not managing the team."

No, you are not managing the team and you are a moron. But don't worry Papelbon, you are not alone. Your whole team is a bunch of idiots.

So in the future Papelbon, keep making that stupid face you think is intimidating and continue to act like a jackass.

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