Pirates at ‘Confident’ Yankees ST Game Preview

The Yankees feel confident they will win the World Series again, because as Mark Texiera said, “they are the Yankees.”  Wow.  Congratulations, arrogant World Champions.  It appears the Yankees are making sure the other teams in the league know that confidence is not lacking from thei ballclub.

The Pirates will face Yankee fifth starter candidate Chad Gaudin in the lidlifter on the Grapefruit League season.  Five or six Yankees who will be in the opening day starting lineup will be in the lineup today at Legends Field.  

The Yankees also anticipate to get the following pitchers some work in the game.  Sergio Mitre, Alfredo Aceves, Jonathan Albaladejo, Wilkins Arias, Jason Hirsh, Royce Ring, Amaury Sanit and Zack Segovia.    Pinstripe Alley looks at the eleven pitchers vying for one spot on the Bronx Bombers roster.

The Pirates will send the following pitchers to the bump tomorrow.  Ross Ohlendorf, Brian Bass, D.J. Carrasco, Chris Jakubauskas, Steven Jackson, Jack Taschner, and Jean Machi, who had a solid AFL season will close it out for the Bucs.  Most of the regular Bucs are on the traveling squad to Tampa.


Cutch, Aki, GFJ, Doumit, ChurchDH, Milledge, Clement, LaRoche, Cedeno in the nine hole.

The exhibition game against the hated Manatees is a great time to have some fun. It’s a great fundraiser, but if you’re anything like me, let’s see the real thing. 


Billy Crystal had a hell of a birthday present two years ago at Legends Field in Tampa versus the Bucs. Crystal was the Yankees lead off hitter and went 3-1 in the count before Pirate pitcher Paul Maholm threw two fastballs past Crystal.  The moment is detailed in this post

I love watching Ryan Doumit gun the ball down to third immediately like Crystal is just another hitter, but then Derek Jeter gets the ball for Crystal:

Tags: Brian Bass Chris Jakubauskas D.J. Carrasco Jack Taschner Jean Machi Paul Maholm Ross Ohlendorf Steven Jackson

  • hairlessOrphan

    That’s not what he said.

    “Asked why complacency won’t be an issue here the way it can be for many defending champions, Teixeira was blunt.

    ‘Because we’re the Yankees,’ he said.”


    Normally, this is where you accuse someone of taking things “out of context,” but this one is so far out there I’m not sure where you even got the quote from.

    • http://rumbunter.com Shaftie


      Gold Glove first baseman Mark Teixeira said that the Yankees should feel like the favorites to win the World Series again and that getting fired up to defend the title will not be an issue for the team.

      Why not?

      “Because we’re the Yankees,” Teixeira said. “If you get complacent, it’s going to be a tough year for you. Once you taste a championship and taste that victory, it just makes you want it even more. You realize it’s everything you’ve ever hoped for.”

  • semidivin

    That game sort of ended the way we expected, didn’t it? If you’d rather think about happier times for the Bucs, check out my new book, Kiss It Good-bye. It’s a loving look at the 1960 Pirates and what Pittsburgh was like in those days. It’s available in bookstores and on amazon.com now.