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Travis Hafner hits a homer in his first at bat vs. Indians pitching since leaving via free agency

Apr 8, 2013, 4:24 PM EDT

Travis Hafner AP

Travis Hafner spent a decade in Cleveland. And, injuries notwithstanding, was pretty popular. Today the Yankees are in Cleveland for the Indians’ home opener. A few minutes ago, during pregame introductions, Hafner was politely applauded by the local fans, no doubt mindful of the good times they all used to have.

Then, just now, in the first inning of the game, Hafner launched a three-run homer off Ubaldo Jimenez.  It just so happened to be his 100th career home run in Progressive Field.  As he rounded the bases, boos could be heard.

Can’t go home again, I guess. But if you do, may as well hit a 400-foot bomb against your old mates to ease the pain.

  1. Kevin S. - Apr 8, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    PRONK!

  2. turdfurgerson68 - Apr 8, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    Wow did he get skinny compared to his power days in Cleveland.

    Hmm…any coincidence that his numbers have shrank like his weight??

    The wind must have been blowing out today…

  3. number42is1 - Apr 8, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    “Travis, Is a PRONKS Bomber”

    -Sterling

    • turdfurgerson68 - Apr 8, 2013 at 4:40 PM

      “Sterling is an f’ing nincompoop”

      -every non-Yankee baseball fan.

      • Kevin S. - Apr 8, 2013 at 4:43 PM

        You think Yankee fans don’t hate him more than the rest of you that don’t have to put up with him on an everyday basis?

      • Ralph - Apr 8, 2013 at 4:46 PM

        Believe me, most Yankee fans can’t wait for him to step away from the microphone. He’s a fucking moron.

      • turdfurgerson68 - Apr 8, 2013 at 5:00 PM

        Ha ha ha…so sorry to exclude you Yankee fans Kevin S. and Ralph!

        Seriously, i don’t understand…the Yankees are one of the top organizations in MLB and they play in NYC, yet between Sterling and Waldman they have easily the worst radio broadcasters in all of professional sports???

        Why??? Why do the Yankees allow their fans to be sunjected to this audio torture!?!

      • Kevin S. - Apr 8, 2013 at 5:04 PM

        I don’t get it either. Michael Kay is even more of a head-scratcher, because they have a perfect replacement sitting in the booth with him. Whenever Kay takes a series off, Singleton does a really good job with the play-by-play, and David Cone is an excellent color analyst, blending his pitching experience, career stories and knowledge of the latest research into a really excellent explanation of what’s taking place on the field below him.

      • badintent - Apr 9, 2013 at 1:55 AM

        yeah he sounds like every Boston Red Sox announcer Tv or radio.
        Go parrrrrrrrrrrk ya carrrr.

    • kiwicricket - Apr 8, 2013 at 4:40 PM

      My thumbs down was for Sterling’s comment.

      • albrightmk - Apr 9, 2013 at 2:10 AM

        I’m a long time Yankee fan, and I very much agree with the majority of opinions here about Sterling/Waldman. The Yankees, love ‘em or hate ‘em, have always been about winning above all else ( up until this year) , to heck with the payroll, go out and get the very best players they can. Under George, they believed finishing second or making it to the World Series and losing was considered a miserable failure of a season. So it always puzzled me why they had what may be the worst radio team in the game (White Sox are pretty bad too). XM radio plays the home team’s feed of the play-by-play, so when I listen on the radio when the Yanks are on the road, I hear their opponent’s announcers rather than Sterling and Waldman. What a joy this is ! I look forward to hearing the opponents’ announcers ! The game is so much more enjoyable to listen to. The Toronto Blue Jay’s announcers especially stand out as being so much better. I’ll never understand why the Yankees stick with this duo…they are awful. I do admit that they are so bad that sometimes it’s fun to tune in to hear how bad they really are…it’s almost kind of fun. Sterling’s nicknames and home run calls (when he doesn’t have to correct himself by later saying the ball was actually foul or caught at the wall) are embarrassing.

  4. kiwicricket - Apr 8, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    Off of Jimenez to boot! A face-palm moment for the Cleveland fans.

  5. Kevin Gillman - Apr 8, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    So where is the update that says the Indians came right back and scored 3 runs in 1st to tie it up? How did Sterling take that?

    • Kevin S. - Apr 8, 2013 at 6:20 PM

      Dunno, but those poor unfortunate souls stuck listening to the game on radio probably got a double dose of “Robby Cano, don’tcha know?!”

      • Kevin Gillman - Apr 8, 2013 at 7:59 PM

        And the always dreadful…”Yaaaaankeeeeeees win”, except for Yankee fans…LOL

  6. deathmonkey41 - Apr 8, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    I liked the Hafner pick up. Low risk, high reward. Now, if he can just stay off the DL.

    P.S.

    Lost in this so far bad season, is the fact that Vernon Wells is playing pretty well.

    • turdfurgerson68 - Apr 8, 2013 at 6:38 PM

      Good point regarding Wells.

      Everyone goofed on Cashman for acquiring him, but at only 6 mil per season, he’s turning out to be a bargin for the Yankees…and a huge upgrade (so far) from Andruw Jones.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Apr 8, 2013 at 8:20 PM

        Let’s see how Wells has performed at the end of the season. First year in the Bronx, Jones hit .286/.384/.540 (144 sOPS+) against LHP. If Wells comes close to that, I’d say he performed better than Jones.

      • turdfurgerson68 - Apr 8, 2013 at 8:42 PM

        You don’t look at Jones’ first season…look at his last as a Yankee.

        That’s why he’s gone and Wells is in pinstripes.

  7. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Apr 8, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    Yanks 3-4-5 on the season (updated thru this game0

    Youk – .370/.433/.630
    Pronk – .391/.481/.652
    Wells – .381/.500/.762

    Ok, all those who thought this was possible put your hands up? Anyone, anyone? Bueller…Bueller…

    • Kevin S. - Apr 8, 2013 at 8:26 PM

      Oh, I thought it was plenty possible. Unlikely, but certainly possible. The hope for Yankee fans was that the new pieces would overperform for a month or so until the regulars got back in the lineup. Right-tailish outcomes over a couple weeks should never be considered impossible.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Apr 8, 2013 at 8:42 PM

        Yeah, I mean I knew each guy had the capability of doing it. But all three at the same time? And yeah, heavy regression is coming but hopefully by 5/1 Jeter, Granderson and Tex are all back in the lineup. Then Girardi can start abusing the platoon advantage with Pronk and Wells.

      • Kevin S. - Apr 8, 2013 at 8:47 PM

        Is there really a platoon advantage with Wells? According to the Book, RHH as a group tend to not really show any platoon splits, and Wells hasn’t really shown a consistent, exploitable split either. It’s one of the big reasons I would have preferred Soriano.

  8. badintent - Apr 9, 2013 at 2:06 AM

    Ahhhhhhhhhh, Soriano. Boy , did he burn his bridge over the east river to never coming back. Even Jose Cancesco and Strawberrry played some big time minutes for Yankees. But Soriano made sure to piss off everyone and will never come back.But it is nice to dream about his bat but not the man.He’s like the uncle that comes to your wife’s birthday party , gets drunk and makes a complete fool of himself.And thinks the next day that he was on his best behavior

    • albrightmk - Apr 9, 2013 at 2:15 AM

      I remember Soriano being terrible in the World Series in his last year with the Yankees, seemingly striking out at every at bat (he would have fit right in with last year’s postseason Yankees). But what did he do to burn the bridge and piss people off ? What did he do off the field (or on it) that got him run out of town ?

      • Kevin S. - Apr 9, 2013 at 8:26 AM

        Nothing. I don’t get how being used to get the best player in baseball on a discount somehow means a team didn’t like the guy they sent out.

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