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Masahiro Tanaka feels good after playing catch

Aug 4, 2014, 3:28 PM EDT

There are some people out there who call it “having a catch.” These are the same godless heathens who insist upon saying one has to “stand on line” instead of stand “in line.” I’ll give them their use of “soda” over “pop” because that’s just common sense, but I will not abide “have a catch.” Anyway:

“Sweaty and smiling” would be a great name for the debut album of a second-tier southern boogie band in the 1970s. A band that opened for Molly Hatchet at the civic center that time. You remember: when your big brother’s friend gave you your first beer and you felt like a big man? Those were the days.

Anyway: that’s all I got on Tanaka. They Yankees are only a game and a half out of the wild card, so there’s a non-trivial chance they could use him in the last month of the season.

  1. professor30 - Aug 4, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    Tommy John before the World Series is over, I called it first.

    • dan1111 - Aug 4, 2014 at 3:57 PM

      Congratulations, you predicted what everyone already realizes is most likely to happen.

    • argofckyourself - Aug 4, 2014 at 4:29 PM

      You mean a pitcher who has a torn ligament in his elbow is going to eventually need to have surgery on it? Wow. Can I get the winning lotto numbers from you, too, Nostradumbass?

  2. pete2112 - Aug 4, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    Good news. Time will tell. The Yankees pretty much need him if they have any chance at all getting into the playoffs and even then I’m not sure they would have any success with their lack of hitting. Still good news though.

  3. Uncle Charlie - Aug 4, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    Pop and euchre, b!tches.

    • seeinred87 - Aug 4, 2014 at 4:21 PM

      I gave you a thumbs up in between sips of my Redpop

  4. okwhitefalcon - Aug 4, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    The people that “have a catch” and “stand on line” are the same who “do work”, are “on point”
    and inanely reference something called “Sunday Funday”.

    They may also “dance like no one is watching” but that’s a little ambiguous since no one probably is watching anyway.

    Godless heathens indeed.

    • number42is1 - Aug 4, 2014 at 3:55 PM

      looks like someone’s got a case of the Mondays

    • Paper Lions - Aug 4, 2014 at 3:58 PM

      Hmmmm. See, I thought people that “have a Catch”, were ageless people that accidentally summoned a demon from Hell. I don’t think those people qualify as godless, they may just play or root for the wrong team (like the Cubs or Reds).

      • Paper Lions - Aug 4, 2014 at 5:19 PM

        No one here reads Christopher Moore? You are heathens.

    • genericcommenter - Aug 5, 2014 at 11:51 AM

      Not really. The former are mostly regional dialectic differences. the latter are: “Hey kids, get off my lawn” generational annoyances.

  5. bbk1000 - Aug 4, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    He’s done for the year…seen it all before….

  6. tigertigerwoodsyall - Aug 4, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    To get Tanaka and Pineda back is huge for them. Hope they’re both healthy for the rest of the season.

  7. gargamelsmentor - Aug 4, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    If Yankees fans are jumping for joy over a game of catch, it just shows how desperate they have become.

    • larrymahnken - Aug 4, 2014 at 4:07 PM

      They’re happy about the “no pain” part. Could end up being more of a Roy Halladay situation here.

  8. tfbuckfutter - Aug 4, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    “I’ll give them their use of “soda” over “pop” because that’s just common sense”

    However, if you refer to ALL soda as “coke” you deserve to be punched in the back of the neck.

    • number42is1 - Aug 4, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    • dcarroll73 - Aug 5, 2014 at 8:30 AM

      …but if you refer to ALL soda as “tonic” you deserve a fine plaque that awards your undying regionalism.

  9. ltzep75 - Aug 4, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    Having moved to an area which uses “on line” from an area which correctly uses “in line,” I cannot tell you how much this one point (much like a point IN a line) irritates me.

    • moogro - Aug 4, 2014 at 4:54 PM

      CC: Thanks for calling out the silly “standing on line.” Keep fighting the good fight.

  10. Ayase Yano (綾瀬市 矢野) - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:39 PM

    Tanaka-san, you are lying… Tell us how you really feel.

  11. jfk69 - Aug 5, 2014 at 7:42 AM

    To build up any sort of scar tissue in that tear will take at least 6 months. Then we will see what happens off the mound and game ready.

  12. sidelineshot - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    How many millions is this guy owed over the life of his contract ???

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