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Here’s how the 2008 season will go

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Dec 28, 2007 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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What can we expect from the Yankees in 2008? Here’s a guess:

Jan. 6: Roger Clemens goes on 60 Minutes and tells long-time Yankees fan Mike Wallace he definitely didn’t do steroids. “Good enough for me,” Wallace says.

Jan. 21: Yankees hold open tryouts for lefty relievers in Tampa. Sign Jesse Orosco, Lee Guetterman, Rod Scurry and Rudy May to minor-league deals.

Feb. 3: Hank Steinbrenner announces the rotation for the first month of the season, the lineup on Opening Day, the players they’ll take in the first 17 rounds of the draft and the identity of Derek Jeter’s future wife. “That about wraps it up,” he says. “Oh, and red will win the first Dunkin Donuts subway car race on the scoreboard.”

Feb. 4: “I really can’t comment,” Brian Cashman says. “We’re all working together in the front office. At least until my contract expires.”
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Feb. 14: Pitchers and catchers report to spring training.

Feb. 15: Carl Pavano falls asleep on the beach, suffers debilatating sunburn. “Torre warned me about this guy,” Joe Girardi says.

March 31: Yankees open the season with a 2-1 victory against Toronto. Chien-Ming Wang strikes out 12 with a newly refined slider. “Bill James can kiss my Taiwanese behind,” he says. Jennifer Love Hewitt throws out the first pitch. “Lovely young woman,” Hank Steinbrenner said. “Can’t Hardly Wait was a classic.”

April 4: No. 4 starter Joba Chamberlain no-hits Tampa Bay in his first start. Yankees then announce he will skip his next start to preserve his arm. “Joba rules,” Cashman says. “Kei Igawa will do a fine job in his place.”

April 9: Igawa allows 12 runs in 1.1 innings against Kansas City. “What the hell were we thinking signing him?” Hideki Matsui says in first English comments to the media. Igawa is demoted to the Domincan Summer League, which doesn’t start play until June. “Best thing for him,” Hank Steinbrenner says during his daily press briefing.

April 11: First game of the season against Boston goes to the Red Sox 3-2. But Curt Schilling gets the win but breaks his index finger trying to field a line drive off the bat of Jorge Posada. Doctors tell Schilling he will be unable to type again, causing him to suspend his blog, 38pitches.com.

April 12: Posada given American Literary Award for contributions to the betterment of the culture.

May 17: Yankees top the Mets 4-1. Mets fall to 2-41, continuing slide that started in September of 2007. “We’re getting close, I feel it,” Willie Randolph says.

June 14: Yankees win 3-2 at Houston. Roger Clemens makes 2008 debut with the Yankees, having signed a prorated $27,222,222.22 deal three weeks prior. “I feel great,” Clemens says after throwing seven strong innings. “I owe it all to my new trainer, Victor Conte. Salt of the earth, that guy. That flaxseed oil works.”

July 15: American League wins All-Star game 12-0 behind manager Joe Girardi. Boston’s Terry Francona, scheduled to manage the AL team, mysteriously disappears in the Bronx hours before the game. He’s discovered later, tied to a tree in Van Cortlandt Park.

Aug. 12: Phil Hughes improves to 16-2 as he three-hits the Minnesota Twins. The Cy Young Award favorite tops Johan Santana, who falls to a stunning 6-13. “It’s hard to say what hurts more, my shoulder or elbow,” Santana says. “Woooo, man. I need ice.”torre140.jpg

Sept. 19: Yankees celebrate after clinching the division with a 11-1 thrashing of the Baltimore Orioles. Alan Horne gets the win. Carl Pavano, in the Bronx to pick up a check, suffers detatched retina when struck by a champagne cork. “Oops,” says Mike Mussina.

Sept. 24: Little-known prospect Joe Harvey Oswald hits first MLB homer. “It is high, it is deep, it’s gone! … An assassin’s bullet to left for Oswald!,” yells John Sterling. “He acted alone!”

Oct. 21: World Series opens in New York. It’ll be the Yankees vs. Dodgers. “No question it’s exciting,” Los Angeles manager Joe Torre says. Helped by 8.1 innings of relief from Scott Proctor, the Dodgers take the opener 7-5. “Winners never quit and quitters never win,” Hank Steinbrenner says. “We’ll be back.”

Oct. 22: Despite being limited to 50 pitches, Joba Chamberlain goes seven innings for Game 2 victory. “Gotta be economical,” he said. “Wang taught me his sinker.” Says Torre: “I think I recognize that kid from somewhere.”

Oct. 24: Dodgers win Game 3 as Andruw Jones homers off Kyle Farnsworth in the seventh inning. “I wasn’t with the team in 2005 but I was against his signing,” Hank Steinbrenner says the next morning on Regis and Kelly.

Oct. 31: Yankees wrap up the title with a 2-1, 17-inning victory against the Dodgers. Yankees win despite Alex Rodriguez opting out of his contract in the seventh inning while at the plate. Hank Steinbrenner announces after the game that free-agent first baseman Mark Teixeira has 48 hours to accept a contract offer. “I mean business,” he says.

Nov 3: Parade through the Canyon of Heroes marred when confetti gets lodged in windpipe of Carl Pavano. “Hard to believe nobody in the crowd of five million knew the Heimlich Maneuver,” Derek Jeter says. “You never want to see a teammate choke to death like that.”

Nov. 15: Hughes named Cy Young winner. “I owe it all to the faith an insomniac blogger had in me,” he says.

Dec. 23: In a pay-per-view event, Shelley Duncan wins Wrestlemania XXXVIII. “Dude,” he says after bodyslamming David Ortiz. “Awesome.”

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314 Responses to “Here’s how the 2008 season will go”

  1. Dewey December 28th, 2007 at 1:36 am

    April 12: Posada given American Literary Award for contributions to the betterment of the culture.

    That was freakin’ great.

  2. Tseng December 28th, 2007 at 1:38 am

    Amusing, but I’d honestly like to give Igawa another shot sometime to see if he can’t figure this ole baseball game thing out.

  3. emobacca December 28th, 2007 at 1:39 am

    November 3rd is my favorite

  4. xenos December 28th, 2007 at 1:40 am

    This was actually funny.

  5. Steve December 28th, 2007 at 1:42 am

    Apparently Pete still hasnt matured enough to stop taking shots at Hank Steinbrenner. You want to make fun of Pavano for being injury prone, that is one thing but to make fun of an owner for actually caring about his team that is a whole different matter. Maybe Pete would prefer it if Hank was more like Carl Pohlad or Jeffrey Loria and sell the best players when they hit their prime or are too cheap to even attempt to retain fan favorites. If Hank did any of those things, you wouldnt hear a click from Pete’s keyboard.

  6. Dimitri December 28th, 2007 at 1:46 am

    Who will Duncan wrestle at Wrestlemania?

  7. KA December 28th, 2007 at 1:47 am

    dude it was comedic, give it a rest.

    Nice job Pete. This made me laugh.

  8. GRRRRRRRRR December 28th, 2007 at 1:50 am

    :lol:

  9. E-ROC December 28th, 2007 at 2:09 am

    That was priceless, Pete.

  10. mel December 28th, 2007 at 2:11 am

    Funny! Just a few things.

    1. The Igawa hate has to go.
    2. The Pavano hate has to stay.
    3. Scott Proctor defects to the New York Yankees seeking asylum from professional abuse.
    4. Jeter finally wins the MVP. Alex is runner-up. They kiss and make up.
    5. I hope you don’t jinx us.
    6. You won’t be on Santana’s Feliz Navidad card list.
    7. You left out the December 1, 2008 entry. “Yankees sign Johan Santana to a Record Deal for a Pitcher to Become the 2nd Highest Paid Player in MLB History” Of course he ignores Pete at the news conference. :)

  11. Greg Cohen December 28th, 2007 at 2:24 am

    http://slidingintohome.blogspo.....-card.html

    Scooter the squirrel has a baseball card.

  12. jessica December 28th, 2007 at 2:48 am

    This is too funny.I was laughing when I read this.Great post,Peter.I like October.22 and Nov.15 one.

  13. Ben N.C. December 28th, 2007 at 3:11 am

    Oct. 31 is awesome.

  14. TomoPogo December 28th, 2007 at 3:17 am

    This was really funny, Pete!

    The Pavano stuff as great, as well as ARod opting out in the world series. The Proctor stuff was good too. And that Jeter quote was too funny. That sounds just like him! I also enjoyed the jab at Sterling.

  15. kasey December 28th, 2007 at 3:23 am

    pretty funny, dude. well done.

  16. Sam December 28th, 2007 at 3:31 am

    So far, the suck-ups significantly outnumber the haters.

    Me, I’m agnostic. It wasn’t that funny, but it wasn’t offensive (for Peter, anyway).

    I think this is another example of blogging under the influence.

  17. Greg Cohen December 28th, 2007 at 3:44 am

    Great post Pete.

  18. Jack December 28th, 2007 at 3:45 am

    Haha. That was a really good 3:45 AM read. Especially A-Rod opting out of his contract at the plate. Classic.

  19. NYYStadiumInsider2 December 28th, 2007 at 4:51 am

    Here’s what my crystal ball predicts will happen in three months:

    -Johan Santana will be a Yankee. Phil Hughes, Melky Cabrera, and a prospect will not be a Yankee.

    -Brian Cashman will look more pale, tired, and dejected than normal.

    -Hank will ride Cashman to work every morning.

    -Jamie Lyne Spears will be three months pregnant. She will already have lost custody of the child still growing in her womb. The real father will be revealed as R. Kelly.

    -The two frontrunner’s of both political parties will be spewing pounds of horses$%# out of their mouths like usual. Hillary will be attacked from the right for not serving in Vietnam even though she is a woman. It will be discovered that she is not a woman but in reality an unfeeling robot of doom. Bill will buy old magazines containing pictures of Jamie Lynne Spears.

    -Curt Schilling will have made 40 more blog posts. Unbelievably and unconceivably to the human mind each one will be more pompous and self-righteous than the last. In his final post he will declare himself God and will claim to have cured ALS singlehandedly.
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    -The Marlins will say the hell with it and have another firesale. Of their top AAA players. They will have single-A teams with 70 man rosters all building up for 2035.
    -All the midges in Cleveland that faithful night will have completed their short life cycle. Thank God. Those little sh**s.

    -Derek Jeter will have slept with more woman in those three months this entire site has in their lifetimes.

    -He also will have contracted all 174 varieties of herpes.

    -Clay Buchholz will plan the Ocean’s Elevens’s style heist of Dell Computers Inc.

  20. Basura December 28th, 2007 at 5:28 am

    Scurry must be pretty pungent by now.

  21. mko December 28th, 2007 at 5:58 am

    LMFAO…you are insanely hilarious :-)

    Except that WrestleMania won’t be in December ;-)

  22. Born in da Bronx December 28th, 2007 at 6:14 am

    that is really funny Pete, and some of that stuff just might happen!

  23. Jim PA December 28th, 2007 at 6:59 am

    I laughed so hard coffee came out my nose.

  24. Motown Yankees Fan December 28th, 2007 at 7:10 am

    Pete – excellent post. Had me laughing out loud, before coffee. Thanks.

  25. Steve Schuman December 28th, 2007 at 7:31 am

    I realize that you are too young to remember it, and thus don’t have the same sensitivity, but your somewhat direct reference to the JFK assassination is out of place and shows little respect. It wasn’t funny when Seinfeld used those references (he probably wasn’t born either in 1963) and it is not funny now. Otherwise, I found it amusing.

  26. jonnycat December 28th, 2007 at 7:52 am

    pete- great stuff to read first thing in the morning. Believe me, you have people’s quotes down to a ‘T’

  27. yanks61 December 28th, 2007 at 7:58 am

    Pete, one of the funniest you’ve ever done. I realize some may find it offensive or irreverant, but I think we all need to look at it for what is was – a hilarious bit of (sometimes black) humor. We shouldn’t take ourselves or our heroes too seriously!

  28. Thurman December 28th, 2007 at 7:59 am

    Pete, that was downright funny. Very clever. You have some comedic writing in your future.

  29. Mike from CT December 28th, 2007 at 8:07 am

    Wow, Peter, you baseball beat writers have a lot of free time in the off-season…

  30. Frank Marco December 28th, 2007 at 8:23 am

    Awesome. You must do your best work at 1:30am! Don’t worry about what people are saying, you make fun of who you want! It’s hilarious!

  31. ellen December 28th, 2007 at 8:24 am

    That was really well done, Pete!

  32. Kasey B December 28th, 2007 at 8:47 am

    November 3rd……Priceless!

  33. On D Ball December 28th, 2007 at 8:49 am

    Flash:

    According to my sources, Prince Hal, the Yankee $$$$ man says no to Santana. They don’t need a $30 million a year pitcher.

    I will sleep easier tonight.

  34. i miss bernie December 28th, 2007 at 9:01 am

    Pete! great stuff to wake up to, especially amidst this dry spell of real baseball news.
    you people who are bitching about it (steve) really need to lighten up.
    And as someone who was around in 1963, id like to say to steve schuman, ITS BEEN 44 YEARS DUDE, GET OVER IT!
    O

  35. TurnTwo December 28th, 2007 at 9:12 am

    thats not really a news flash, considering anyone can read Joel Sherman’s article in the Post today.

  36. Parrot Guy December 28th, 2007 at 9:15 am

    GEE I didn’t know you were jokeing

  37. On D Ball December 28th, 2007 at 9:19 am

    Turn Two

    He must have picked it up from me.

  38. On D Ball December 28th, 2007 at 9:27 am

    Hot off the press.

    Jay Leno, having read Pete’s post today, called and offered Pete a job as a joke writer.

    Pete turned it down immediately, saying he was not a “union buster”. Suggested Jay write his own jokes. Jay said that was the funniest joke he had heard since his writers went out on strike.

  39. Jack Ruby December 28th, 2007 at 9:28 am

    Sept. 24: Little-known prospect Joe Harvey Oswald hits first MLB homer. “It is high, it is deep, gone! … An assassin’s bullet to left for Oswald!,” yells John Sterling. “He acted alone.”

    THAT is the funniest thing I read all year. You should do an entire blog of ridiculous Sterling calls. Wait … was that redundant?

  40. dadofjft December 28th, 2007 at 9:29 am

    Pete, thanks for taking the load off my mind. I’ll rest easier knowing we’ve got the World Series in the bag.

  41. Spyder December 28th, 2007 at 9:30 am

    Funny!

    I hate to throw coal in the stocking but here is how I think it will go:

    Twins and Red Sox complete deal on Santana adding a left handed Yankee killer to their already formidable lineup.

    ARod and Posada aren’t able to duplicate their career years of last year and no other Yank can move into the breach and picup the slack.

    The hype on the young guns turns out to be just that, injuries occur during the season along with tired arms and the SP isn’t much better than last year. Mussina continues his decline and hitters now learned to lay off Wang’s sinker and wait for him to throw the fat gopher balls.

    Toronto’s pitchers come into their own and compete for the division and wild card spots.

    Matsui and Giambi become even a greater liability to the team. 1st base is a vast wasteland for the Yanks and a constant problem. Damon, Abreau, and Giambi are all off to slow starts.

    Off season Moves don’t solve the Yankee Bullpen problem but it is better than last year.

    Both Cano and Melky have a better awareness of the stikezone and their production increases.

    Yanks still struggle to score runs in tight ballgames against good pitchers and good bullpens. Yans lose many close games because their bullpen can’t hold leads or extend the game far enough into extra innings for them to win.

    Our new manager is a breath of fresh air, he looks like he is awake on the bench, says things, plays more agressive baseball, and actually may get on a player when they don’t get it done. However as the season goes on the pressure will build sorry Joe.

    The Yankess bad bench is exposed again when injuries occur or we need that big pinch hit.

    Cashman continues to make excuses, Hank becomes frustrated, the second guessing continues and Brian has no where to hide. Cashman is let go at the end of the season.

    The Yanks come close to the playoffs but don’t make it, Boston, LA, Cleveland, Toronto, Seattle and Detroit are the teams that fight for the spots. The Yanks are the odd man looking in.

    A bad prediction? Yes? Do I hope it happens? No, but you have to be realistic here much of this team remains unchanged.

  42. wood is good December 28th, 2007 at 9:35 am

    That’s one of the reasons we love you, Pete! Bucky effin’ funny!

  43. Brian December 28th, 2007 at 9:43 am

    Great job Peter!

    I chuckled quite a bit at the October 31st remarks.

  44. Matt December 28th, 2007 at 9:48 am

    Spyder :

    Exactly where do you see this so-called formidable Boston lineup ?
    They saw a 14.5 game lead reduced to 2 games in their division win. They were on the ropes vs. Cleveland for the ALCS and an overrested Rockie team for the WS.
    Take Beckett out of their rotation and they’re no better than ordinary.
    Boston is in no position to add Santana kind of $$$ and at the same time shed talent from a farm system not rated high in prospects. Schilling, Wakefield, and Timlin are all 41 and Varitek is fading. The lower 3-4 hitters scare no team and Dice-K mania was overblown.
    They won’t have the benefit of a sizeable early lead in ’08 like they got in ’07.

  45. Dan December 28th, 2007 at 9:52 am

    You are hilarious! A-Rod opting out while at the plate? This is just too funny!

  46. hmmm December 28th, 2007 at 9:54 am

    apologize if this has been posted in other threads:

    http://www.nypost.com/seven/12.....780521.htm

    “Hank Steinbrenner has continued to suggest the Yanks are in play for Santana, and a sense has percolated of a tug-of-war between Steinbrenner’s willingness to surrender top youngsters and GM Brian Cashman’s reluctance. But multiple sources say the media has focused on the wrong son of George Steinbrenner. These sources say Hal Steinbrenner is most responsible for dictating financial policy and does not want to spend the dollars in salary and luxury tax (nearly $30 million annually) necessary for Santana.”

  47. Anthony December 28th, 2007 at 10:00 am

    Spyder, you’re a dip$hit.

  48. LathamJoe December 28th, 2007 at 10:01 am

    Very creative and amusing Post, Peter!
    A few sentences I would’ve added:

    “Oct. 31: Yankees wrap up the title with a 2-1, 17-inning victory against the Dodgers. Yankees win despite Alex Rodriguez opting out of his contract in the seventh inning while at the plate. ……”

    The Yankees pushed across a run in the 17th off Scott Proctor, making his 4th relief appearance in a row.
    Torre, when questioned about the move, stated, “We thought about bringing in Quantrill after Jeter reached base, but Scotty said his arm felt strong and we had already used Quanny for the first 5 games.”

    Nov 3: Parade through the Canyon of Heroes marred when confetti gets lodged in windpipe of Carl Pavano. “Hard to believe nobody in the crowd of five million knew the Heimlich Maneuver,” Derek Jeter says. “You never want to see a teammate choke to death like that.”

    Actually, Derek, he’s been choking for the last three years!

    Happy New Year to All!

  49. i miss bernie December 28th, 2007 at 10:03 am

    hmmmm, if you’ve gotta put the link in for an article that people have already discussed, at least you could spare us quoting the same article.

  50. jay destro December 28th, 2007 at 10:09 am

    funny stuff pete.

  51. mel December 28th, 2007 at 10:10 am

    Pete didn’t say anything nearly as offensive as one of the Texas A&M pep squad leaders.

    From the “What were they thinking?” files:

    One A&M yell leader, during a pep rally Thursday night, told the crowd that [Joe]Paterno was “on his death bed” and “someone needs to find him a casket.”

    The crowd booed and A&M apologized to Penn State, but I can imagine 81 yr. old JoePa having a good laugh at that one.

  52. LathamJoe December 28th, 2007 at 10:12 am

    Geez, Spyder, its not too late to change your allegiance, maybe to another Team that hasn’t experienced 26 World championships and has been in the Post Season for every year since 1995…

  53. Ralph December 28th, 2007 at 10:12 am

    Great job. I truly LOL’ed and LMAO’ed. My family appeared from other parts of the house to see what was so funny.

  54. Alan December 28th, 2007 at 10:16 am

    Take a sportwriter with creative senses of humor and irony…

    Pete’s what seperates this blog from the other, generally equally informative Yankee blogs.

  55. On D Ball December 28th, 2007 at 10:17 am

    i miss bernie,

    I, for one, appreciated that he went to the trouble to post both the link and the quote.

    It was interesting info and we should not expect a poster to read through as many as 100 or more posts to make sure it has not been posted previously.

  56. Fernando Alejandro December 28th, 2007 at 10:21 am

    People are edgy today. Its good to see the Doomsday fans are coming out early (Spyder), they make our trip to the post season that much more glorious.

  57. mel December 28th, 2007 at 10:23 am

    Pete,

    Right on with the dig at Sterling. Next time you ride the elevator with him at the stadium, can you please let him know that many of the fans think his A-rod homerun call is offensive and disrespectful?

    Thanks.

  58. Truck December 28th, 2007 at 10:24 am

    THAT WAS HILARIOUS!

  59. Jordan December 28th, 2007 at 10:24 am

    Good stuff, Pete.

  60. Fernando Alejandro December 28th, 2007 at 10:25 am

    Mel, chances are, he already knows and doesn’t care.

  61. mel December 28th, 2007 at 10:29 am

    Fernando Alejandro,

    So 10 more years? Aya! How old is Sterling? Have they picked out the casket, yet? One with a Yankee logo of course. ;)

    I suspect you’re right. WCBS must’ve gotten tons of letters about it. The problem is that his calls aren’t confined to just the WCBS airwaves. The major news outlets. Well THE major sports news outlet uses his homerun calls all the time.

  62. Peter T December 28th, 2007 at 10:32 am

    Great stuff, the only thing you missed was a fight in the elevator between Hank and some Dodger fans.

  63. Fernando Alejandro December 28th, 2007 at 10:32 am

    Mel, I hear you. Take away the World War II connotation for a moment, its still an obnoxious call. I think he can come up with something better.

  64. Buddy Biancalana December 28th, 2007 at 10:39 am

    Pete-

    How is it you you offend not one Steve, but two in the same thread. You must have an issue with the name Steve.

    JK, Your post was hilarious!!!

  65. mike eff December 28th, 2007 at 10:39 am

    you are SO on a roll pete!!

  66. saucy December 28th, 2007 at 10:41 am

    great post pete. emailed this one to dad.

  67. bill December 28th, 2007 at 10:47 am

    “Right on with the dig at Sterling. Next time you ride the elevator with him at the stadium, can you please let him know that many of the fans think his A-rod homerun call is offensive and disrespectful?”

    What a bunch of politically correct BS……………

    I don’t care for Sterling, but hopes he keeps that HR call just so you guys who are offended by anything and everything can whine some more about it.

  68. jim December 28th, 2007 at 10:49 am

    “Right on with the dig at Sterling. Next time you ride the elevator with him at the stadium, can you please let him know that many of the fans think his A-rod homerun call is offensive and disrespectful?”

    What a bunch of politically correct crap…

    I don’t care for Sterling, but hopes he keeps that HR call just so you guys who are offended by anything and everything can whine some more about it.

  69. Melissa December 28th, 2007 at 10:50 am

    Fantastic. I loved it! My brother kept glaring at me because I was laughing.

    Keep up the good work!

  70. mel December 28th, 2007 at 10:53 am

    bill,

    It’s not whining. My mother was born in Japan during the aftermath. I have relatives who still live there.

  71. Peter Abraham December 28th, 2007 at 10:54 am

    I think Sterling is generally entertaining. But talking about A-Bombs in a sport with so many Japanese players is tasteless. I’m open to all kinds of humor but there’s not much funny about atomic war.

  72. Drew December 28th, 2007 at 11:00 am

    LOL, way too much time on your hands Pete!

  73. mel December 28th, 2007 at 11:04 am

    Sorry about that, Pete. Didn’t mean to kill the thread. :)

  74. saucy December 28th, 2007 at 11:10 am

    it never dawned on me the a-rod home run call to be offensive, but i guess theres a lot of things that i’d find offensive that most wouldn’t…

    i think Sterling’s best call is the ‘an upper decky, by hideki’, though i don’t think he came up with that one on his own…

  75. Blargh December 28th, 2007 at 11:18 am

    Go Shelley!

    Pete, I assume 2 things from you:
    1. No losing faith in Hughes
    2. No losing your insomnia ;)

  76. Buddy Biancalana December 28th, 2007 at 11:20 am

    My favorite Sterling call is “back to back to back & belly to belly to belly” after 3 consecutive HR’s. Looking forward to his call after 4 consecutive HR’s.

    Th A-Bomb is pretty bad though. I wonder if Sterling has ever been questioned about it.

  77. TurnTwo December 28th, 2007 at 11:22 am

    people just need to lighten up a little. is it corny and lame, and ridiculously contrived, like most of his calls? yes. but offensive? come on.

  78. Doreen December 28th, 2007 at 11:23 am

    I think the thing about the A-Rod HR call is that it really is not all that imaginative; it’s a lazy call. I do understand how it offends quite a few people. I’d say chalk it up to ignorance and laziness, but sometimes we bend so far backwards being tolerant that we forget how to stand up.

  79. raymagnetic December 28th, 2007 at 11:23 am

    I think Sterling is generally entertaining. But talking about A-Bombs in a sport with so many Japanese players is tasteless. I’m open to all kinds of humor but there’s not much funny about atomic war.

    A bit hypocritical of you Pete, no? How can you say there’s nothing funny about atomic war when you think there’s something funny about a man being assassinated.

  80. pat December 28th, 2007 at 11:24 am

    Maybe I’m just hard to offend but …. using Pete’s logic, Sterlings call for Jorge of “Georgie Juiced One” should be offensive to a league full of PED users too.

  81. Old Yanks Fan December 28th, 2007 at 11:25 am

    Steve Schuman – Seinfeld is 50, so he was probably in kindergarten at the time.

    PETE ABE – You MUST MUST MUST have these comments numbered. It’s VERY hard (when there are 1000 posts) to know who someone is responding to. Check out ‘Bronx Banter’, for their Linked Numbering system.

    Also, I know you aren’t a techy guy, but blogs like this are really pretty easy to set up. Considering you have the power of a major NY newspaper behind you, I’m surprised that this site is still somewhat ‘primitive’.

    I’m not trying to be insulting. Your personal work is outstanding, but you get a lot of traffic and you also sell ad space. You should get on the techies behind this site and have them look to make the interface better.

    1) Numbered comments. A MUST, and simple simple simple.

    2) Registration with a FIXED Handle/Username. You will NOT lose any of your decent commenters if you do this. This feature is LONG overdue. LONG LONG LONG overdue.

    3) Users chould have Profiles that that may OPTIONALLY share with others. Optional fields like Age, Sex, where you live, profession, etc., would be nice IF people want to share this info. A good blog (like this one) becomes a community, and people often make contacts here, and even sometimes meet at games, maybe seek out professional services, and network for other reasons.

    4) Is there a reason the ‘comments’ are NOT 95% of the screen width? These ‘narrower then need be’ comments just make it harder to read and cause more scrolling.

    5) FOR CRYING OUT LOUD – Get an Edit/Review Comments feature. This is the ONLY Blog of substance I have seen without one.

    Pete – all these features are Web/Blog design 101. EASY STUFF. Get your people on this.

    and 6) TO THE USERS – People should give feedback to Pete, and a LITTLE (very little) teasing can be fun. But there are some very RUDE posts to Pete here. This is a FREE Blog and Pete has a full time job. He does NOT have to continue to post as much as he does. This is for our benefit. There is no reason for ‘trash talk’ about Pete.

    There are some intelligent commentrs here. And while there is no ‘test’ given, it’s hard to give weight to your opinion when the grammar, spelling and punctuation are below 6th grade level. Hopefully, when Pete puts in an EDIT/REVIEW feature, some of these posts will be more readable.

  82. saucy December 28th, 2007 at 11:34 am

    agreed on 5 and 6, and i guess 2 would have to be involved for 5 to work.

  83. Alan December 28th, 2007 at 11:40 am

    The Atomic Bomb has been a part of a culture above and beyond what happened in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Sterling’s call should be no more offensive to Japanese people than references to a Kamikaze are to American people.

    I could understand the anger if the United States had dropped the bombs on Japan unprovoked at the start of the war. I’d be ashamed of what my country had done. But it was a war we didn’t start, and the call has nothing to do with it.

    The way he uses it, “A-Bomb” is a superlative for the term “blasts,” and you have to admit that A-Rod’s blasts are superlative.

    Pete, you’re a writer. One of our greatest fears should be that our language becomes sterilized, bland, and in all cases inoffensive.

  84. Jeremy December 28th, 2007 at 11:48 am

    I agree with all of Old Yanks Fan’s suggestions. Design is this site’s weak point.

    As for the JFK joke, I think the point was to poke fun at Sterling’s laziness (as Doreen aptly put it) and insensitivity, not to have a laugh at JFK’s assassination. The a-bomb call took no creativity to invent and it has terrible connotations. It’s beneath the level we should expect from the Yankees’ main radio broadcaster.

  85. BPHILL December 28th, 2007 at 11:51 am

    too funny pete. wow. you are the man. solidddddd

  86. GRRRRRRRRR December 28th, 2007 at 11:57 am

    Far too many people look to be offended at everything. Sterling doesn’t say an A-Bomb dropped on Japan, but, don’t worry, being offended is in vogue.

    I am so tired of this “victim” society. PC was started by Chairman Mao in an effort for thought control. We can see by the way things are going in this country thanks to PC that it works and is very effective.

  87. raymagnetic December 28th, 2007 at 12:01 pm

    As for the JFK joke, I think the point was to poke fun at Sterling’s laziness (as Doreen aptly put it) and insensitivity, not to have a laugh at JFK’s assassination. The a-bomb call took no creativity to invent and it has terrible connotations. It’s beneath the level we should expect from the Yankees’ main radio broadcaster.

    And joking about an assassination doesn’t have terrible connotations?

    I’m not offended by any of it by the way. I’m just playing devil’s advocate.

  88. Blargh December 28th, 2007 at 12:01 pm

    Thought control was born from the mob mentality innate in human nature; political correctness is just a nice way of expressing/utilizing it
    There are …more painful ways out there… xP

  89. phil December 28th, 2007 at 12:01 pm

    people..get a life..that post was hilarious…and pete, thanks for your confidence in me

  90. Dougko December 28th, 2007 at 12:34 pm

    ept. 24: Little-known prospect Joe Harvey Oswald hits first MLB homer. “It is high, it is deep, it’s gone! … An assassin’s bullet to left for Oswald!,” yells John Sterling. “He acted alone!”

    The funniest thing you have ever written!
    Well done!

  91. Jeremy December 28th, 2007 at 12:34 pm

    raymagnetic, right, Pete’s joke is not about JFK but about Sterling being an imbecile.

  92. GRRRRRRRRR December 28th, 2007 at 12:43 pm

    Not entirely true Blargh. Its the opposite of mob mentality in that Political Correctness is about shaping your thoughts so that you are afraid of making any statement that could be deemed offensive. Don’t think it has happened to you? All you need to think of are jokes you used to think were funny and now “realize” are hurtful.

    Its about reshaping society and regressing thoughts and opinions. Its what has brought about not keeping score or records for kids playing sports, its where we are not to judge people in competition in the classroom.

    How long will it be to when it reaches professional sports? After all, it might hurt Coco Crisp’s feelings to know he isn’t all that. Or that Tampay Bay fields an inferior product. Aren’t they offended that they are in the basement year after year?

    If the PC folks who are so offended by Sterling’s A-Rod A-Bomb call, which is no reference to Hiroshima, should also be offended by calling the Yankees the Bronx Bombers as well. After all, it makes the whole team guilty of being Bombers, no?

  93. vince December 28th, 2007 at 12:44 pm

    Pete, you do know Rod Scurry’s dead, right?

  94. Yazman December 28th, 2007 at 12:48 pm

    Hilarious, Pete. Thanks!

    I also think you handled the Sterling call perfectly — in good humor, shedding some light on its nails-on-chalkboard-like feel from many people’s perspective. Should Sterling be fired, protested, reprimanded, etc.? No. But it’s perfect to poke a little fun and hopefully inspire him to be a little more creative and positive.

  95. Jeremy December 28th, 2007 at 12:51 pm

    Forget that the a-bomb call is potentially offensive. As long as there are still professional sports teams called the Indians or Redskins, people looking for something to be upset about have much bigger fish to fry.

    It’s just a dumb call. It’s an eye-roller. It’s the sort of thing a 5th-grader would come up with. Sterling should come up with something more original.

  96. Stacey December 28th, 2007 at 12:53 pm

    “May 17: Yankees top the Mets 4-1. Mets fall to 2-41, continuing slide that started in September of 2007. “We’re getting close, I feel it,” Willie Randolph says.”

    That is funny.

  97. Andrew December 28th, 2007 at 12:54 pm

    http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/ne.....pe=fantasy

  98. Peter Abraham December 28th, 2007 at 1:00 pm

    I agree with everybody who wants the blog software improved and an edit button. However they have me Word Press and I work for a giant corporation. It is what it is.

    As for the Sterling joke, I was being ironic. Yes, I understand that Kennedy getting shot isn’t funny. The point is that Sterling wouldn’t.

    If you keep posting and it doesn’t show up this likely means you were banned for some previous idiocy on your part. You either cursed, impersonated other people or otherwise made a jackass of yourself. Move along. Stop trying to post and cluttering up the spam filter.

    Finally, I just received two e-mails from people who said I wasn’t funny and my blog sucked, etc. Which is fine. So I check their IP addresses and these two dopes have commented in excess of 75 times each.

    So my blog sucks but they come back every day and comment on it. Thanks for the traffic I guess. Here’s a little insight: I don’t care if you like me. I care if you read me.

    I’m off to take my niece and her friend to indoor mini golf. Enjoy the day.

  99. mel December 28th, 2007 at 1:03 pm

    O/T

    Speaking of offensive. There’s some interesting news about ESPN.

    They’re building a west coast campus adjacent to the Staples Center in LA.

    Good news for folks west of the Rockies. Less Red Sox talk in the p.m. :)

    http://www.latimes.com/sports/.....storylevel

  100. Old Yanks Fan December 28th, 2007 at 1:04 pm

    For those that are so PC and easily offended, I would recommend a day of Lenny Bruce, followed by an evening of George Carlin. There are no dirty words… just dirty thoughts (or intentions).

  101. mel December 28th, 2007 at 1:11 pm

    Old Yanks Fan,

    And in a twist of irony, George Carlin was Mr. Conductor on Shining Time Station.

    BTW, I am not easily offended. I’m also not the only one that thinks that Sterling’s HR call is offensive, especially since one of the Yankees stars is Japanese.

    To some of us, it’s slightly akin to Sterling making a HR call with a reference to the Holocaust or Tiananman Square. Not trying to kill the thread again, but it’s not about being PC or offended. It’s about sensability.

  102. Doreen December 28th, 2007 at 1:16 pm

    “Or that Tampay Bay fields an inferior product. Aren’t they offended that they are in the basement year after year?”

    GRRR, I guess revenue sharing makes them feel a little better. :)

  103. Blargh December 28th, 2007 at 1:18 pm

    GRRRRRRRRR:
    I’m referring to a different level of ‘mob mentality’
    Perhaps I shouldn’t have used that term
    I was referring more to the need for conformity/be included in a group. Shaping your thoughts to avoid offending is one way to achieve that. Or, another way to put it, shaping your thoughts to match others to fit into contemporary, local society ;)
    Political correctness is just a ‘nice’ form of it (less ‘nice’ forms of it would be things like racism…remember how caucasians banded together to hate on the Chinese around the 1900′s or so? Yeaaaa…)
    But ‘thought control’, at least to me, can be applied to most things.
    The rest of this post will be rant-ish, but also does serve some kind of purpose. When you think about ‘political correctness’ and, more importantly, ‘thought control’, keep in mind what exactly are you referring to, what is it that you’re finding repulsive about that, and why

    At the most basic level, a conversation may be considered as such. Usually benign enough, right? But the key thing to remember is that anything that comes from a speaker will be skewed toward that speaker’s perspective. Hell, everything I’m spitting out there would be skewed in favour of whatever my opinion is.

    But that’s a bit too…micro level, I suppose

    Consider education. Everything you pick up is skewed by your sources. A more concrete example of the ‘thought control’ in this would be…well, I’ll take Japan as an example here, with censorship/revision of the history textbooks. I’m personally miffed at the occasional revisions of their description of the Nanking Massacre.
    See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J.....troversies for…. well, more examples
    For a more local example, how about the Civil War? I’m a northerner who learned from northerner textbooks. The south’s position shortly before and during the war? All ‘evil’ to me ;)

    How about commercialization? Or the media? It’s all about pushing a viewpoint or desire onto you (the consumer), ie shaping your thoughts one way or another. Apparently, it works.
    Hell, while I’m standing on that soapbox…
    I have to admit, I eat it up too. I’m not better than others about this. But hey, this thought control thing, it’s *everywhere*. I’m just glad that where I’m living, it’s at the relatively benign (in terms of violence) level. Well, except for the discrimination against people from the Middle East, I could do without that.
    But what do ya know, my opinion is skewed toward favouring non-violence, based on my education/raising, and my sources for THOSE had to have gotten their own education somewhere….and on and on it goes, go fig.

  104. harold December 28th, 2007 at 1:22 pm

    “To some of us, it’s slightly akin to Sterling making a HR call with a reference to the Holocaust or Tiananman Square. Not trying to kill the thread again, but it’s not about being PC or offended. It’s about sensability.”

    Just quit the PC whining. Sterling isn’t going to change his call because some PC pansy’s sensibilities are offended.

  105. harold December 28th, 2007 at 1:23 pm

    “To some of us, it’s slightly akin to Sterling making a HR call with a reference to the Holocaust or Tiananman Square. Not trying to kill the thread again, but it’s not about being PC or offended. It’s about sensability.”

    Just quit the PC whining! Sterling isn’t going to change his call because some PC pansy’s sensibilities are offended.

  106. VTyankee fan December 28th, 2007 at 1:24 pm

    Very funny stuff Pete. People need to lighten up. I enjoy this blog very much

  107. GRRRRRRRRR December 28th, 2007 at 1:28 pm

    mel, how does A-Bomb equate to the bombing of Japan? Should everyone be offended when we call someone a little boy and immediately think of Hiroshima? After all “Little Boy” was the name of the actual bomb.

    Sterling doesn’t say anything about Hiroshima or Nagasaki. That is YOU who puts it there.

    Maybe we should all be offended when someone talks about a Fat Man, thinking automatically of Nagasaki because that was the name of that bomb. So, I guess Schilling is offensive in yet another way.

    Home Runs have been called BOMBS for quite a long time, an illiteration using A-Rod hitting an A-Bomb being offensive to you comes FROM you and the connotations YOU are adding to it.

  108. NYPD113th December 28th, 2007 at 1:31 pm

    “Jan. 6: Roger Clemens goes on 60 Minutes and tells long-time Yankees fan Mike Wallace he definitely didn’t do steroids. “Good enough for me,” Wallace says.”

    http://bostondirtdogs.boston.c.....ds_ch.html

  109. E-ROC December 28th, 2007 at 1:32 pm

    George Carlin is funny. I used to love the Shining Time Station, lol.

  110. Doreen December 28th, 2007 at 1:32 pm

    Where I think PC terminology gets crazy is when people use terminology that was once acceptable and now is not. If you grew up using a certain phrase or word for, say, a particular ethnic group, but which has since been upgraded to be less offensive, and you are so accustomed to using the old terminology that you have to work at remembering what the new phrase is. Because, I believe most people want to be kind and do the right thing and to not be offensive if they can help it. But sometimes something is said with no ill will meant and there are people who just jump on the opportunity to portray those people as insensitive. And, for me, the thing of it is, it’s the people doing the pouncing who are the most insensitive of all – just waiting for someone to mess up so they can show how superior they are.

    As far as in the classroom – that’s a self-esteem issue. And, ironically, I believe it’s backfired to the point where young adults do not know how to accept constructive criticism, and are so used to their work being indiscriminately praised that when they leave the school environment it is literally a shock to them that their work may not be acceptable. (Of course this is a generality, and I do not mean to impugn all young people.)

  111. Doreen December 28th, 2007 at 1:34 pm

    I thought using George Carlin on Shining Time Station was a touch of genius. He was wonderful. And as a parent, it was totally ironic to see him there! (Ringo Starr took a turn on the particular program with the same ironic effect for me.)

  112. GRRRRRRRRR December 28th, 2007 at 1:34 pm

    Blargh, to the South there never was a Civil War, it was the War of Northern Aggression. ;)

    The thing is that PC is more invasive about the thought control process. Generally speaking, groups are groups because of their commonality. What PC looks to do shape your thoughts to one homogenous whole, which inhibits free thoughts. It is a regressive action rather than a forward thinking one.

  113. Potch December 28th, 2007 at 1:35 pm

    Old Yanks Fan said: “For those that are so PC and easily offended, I would recommend a day of Lenny Bruce, followed by an evening of George Carlin. There are no dirty words… just dirty thoughts (or intentions).”

    Followed by a weekend of Bill Hicks!

  114. RSM December 28th, 2007 at 1:38 pm

    Pete,

    Thanks for the laugh. It really hit the spot!

  115. Potch December 28th, 2007 at 1:41 pm

    Here’s a question on the A-Bomb by A-Rod comments…

    Do you watch South Park?

    Do you remember in the first season the two football commentators?

    “I haven’t seen an Englishman take a blow like that since Hugh Grant.”

    “Not cool.”

    “I have seen a Jew run like that since Poland, 1938.”

    “That’s just NOT cool, man.”

    Does anyone else see what I’m getting at?

    I think they were making fun OF guys like Sterling who make insensitive (if not offensive) remarks masked as witticisms.

    But it ALSO parodies Political Correctness.

    In the end, he’ll keep doing it, and some will be offended, and some won’t care. I would guess he would stop if Hideki or Kei said something about it.

  116. JJNJ December 28th, 2007 at 1:41 pm

    hahahahhahahahahahaha LOVE IT!

  117. Dr. Cox December 28th, 2007 at 1:44 pm

    I was always under the impression that the A in “A-Bomb from A-Rod” had more to do with the fact that they both share the letter “A” then an actual atomic bomb reference.

    Does anyone catch my drift?

  118. JL December 28th, 2007 at 1:47 pm

    Pete, shouldn’t A-Rod have opted out in Game 2 and opted back in in Game three just in time for game 4?

    Just a question…

  119. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Save the Three Musketeers! December 28th, 2007 at 1:48 pm

    Morning all.

    September 24th is by far my favorite =D

  120. Blargh December 28th, 2007 at 1:52 pm

    GRRRRRRRRR:
    I do agree with the shaping of a homogenous whole and that it inhibits free thought (as it is a form of control after all)
    Whether it’s regressive or forward-thinking, I won’t opine on. Actually, I lie. I think that’s in neutral.
    IMO, it’ll work as a short-term solution to freeze the situation in place until something more ideal* can come to fruition.
    The situation is that simply, we’re a very heteogenous society now. How does a society composed of all sorts of races, beliefs, customs, etc. etc. hold itself together without exploding? Especially when throughout human history, people have tried to annihilate each other over any form of perceived difference.

    *Unfortunately, the ideal I have in mind would be an end-result of some ultimate level of thought control :/

  121. saucy December 28th, 2007 at 1:58 pm

    morning? rebecca, it’s 2 PM, unless syracuse is in a differnt time zone? :D

    i’m already watching the clock counting down until i can get out of this place.

    rough night?

  122. S.o.S.27 December 28th, 2007 at 1:58 pm

    Dr. Cox
    December 28th, 2007 at 1:44 pm
    I was always under the impression that the A in “A-Bomb from A-Rod” had more to do with the fact that they both share the letter “A” then an actual atomic bomb reference.

    Does anyone catch my drift?

    We share the same thoughts. Before today I never gave that word any thought of it being linked to a tragic past. For the person who stated that we should look at the Redskins first does have a point. That name is used on a daily bases without any consideration. I guess what im trying to say is if you look for these things they will always come up. If your like I am blind then the Redskins are just a football team with an Indian logo and A bomb rhymes with A rod no harm intended.

    Changing the subject a bit. Who thinks the Giants are going to upset the Patriots this weekend? I see the Giants using all this as motivation and playing the best game of the year. This comming from a COLTS fan.

  123. Anthony December 28th, 2007 at 2:01 pm

    Wait- so nobody can say “A-Bomb” because of Hiroshima? What type of nonsense is that? I’m a liberal guy and open-minded, but that’s just going too far. The A-Bomb has a full existence outside of a couple afternoons in 1945.

  124. Bob December 28th, 2007 at 2:02 pm

    Did you guys see Leyritz was arrested in Florida for DUI and Vehicular Homicide this morning?

  125. Blargh December 28th, 2007 at 2:04 pm

    I doubt the Giants will pull off the upset, given that I expect the Patriots to go full bore while the Giants won’t (former seems like it’s hellbent on slapping around all competition, latter would/should be saving up for the playoffs…)

  126. Doreen December 28th, 2007 at 2:06 pm

    Bob -

    You mean, he hit someone and killed them while he was driving while intoxicated????

    Where did you read this? Or hear it?

    That’s awful news.

  127. S.o.S.27 December 28th, 2007 at 2:07 pm

    Im confused reading all this stuff about Santana. One part says that Stein wants him. The other states that they dont want to spend the money to get him. Which one is it? At this point I dont care if we get him or not. I just want this resolved this upcomming week. I cant immagine what Hughes must be feeling. One day hes the future, the next hes bait.

  128. Chris in MA December 28th, 2007 at 2:08 pm

    http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/s.....8?MSNHPHMA

    Can’t believe it. RIP to the victim of Leyritz accident.

  129. Blargh December 28th, 2007 at 2:09 pm

    Hmm, here’s an msnbc article on the Leyritz arrest:
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22420556/

  130. G. Love December 28th, 2007 at 2:11 pm

    This Leyritz story is sad. Apparently, someone in the other car died in a car crash he was involved in and Leyritz refused to take a Breathalyzer at the scene.

    If this is true, I don’t think we’re going to be seeing/hearing too much more of him in Yankee land on the radio or TV.

    Very sad.

  131. TurnTwo December 28th, 2007 at 2:12 pm

    SOS- its Hank that reportedly wants to make the move, but Hal, the other Steinbrother who apparently has more responsibility taking care of the books, doesnt want to fork out the long term cash for Johan.

  132. Sparky O December 28th, 2007 at 2:13 pm

    Sad Stuff…Miami Herald has his mugshot

    http://www.miamiherald.com/

  133. S.o.S.27 December 28th, 2007 at 2:15 pm

    Blargh,

    What i here is that the Giants are taking this game like any other game. Brady struggled against 3 teams this year. Ravens,Eagles and COLTS. The one thing that they all have in common is they pressure the quarterback. The Giants seem to fit that mold. Hopefully they keep the starters in if its a close game throughout or their in the lead.

    Who knows, maybe their pissed listening to the Patriots say they will play the whole game. Knowing that the Pats already wrapped up homefield throughout.

  134. Spyder December 28th, 2007 at 2:18 pm

    Hey Anthony I saw your post about my comments:

    Anthony December 28th, 2007 at 10:00 am

    Spyder, you’re a dip$hit.

    Apparently you are another of those in the Yanks community that can’t respect the opinions and comments of others. It must be great to be right about everything.

  135. S.o.S.27 December 28th, 2007 at 2:19 pm

    TurnTwo
    December 28th, 2007 at 2:12 pm
    SOS- its Hank that reportedly wants to make the move, but Hal, the other Steinbrother who apparently has more responsibility taking care of the books, doesnt want to fork out the long term cash for Johan.

    So who holds the tie breaker? Cashman? Or better yet,who which one of them writes out the checks?

  136. Chuck December 28th, 2007 at 2:21 pm

    Leyritz news is awful.

    I am surprised anyone is offended by the use of “A-bomb” — it is annoying but never thought of it as offensive… of course I wait for Joe Buck to tell me when I should be offended…

    Pete’s post is priceless… I mean worthless… disappointing and not very funny… stick to the sports beat because the comedy isn’t there.

  137. Joe from Long Island December 28th, 2007 at 2:25 pm

    The story about Jim Leyritz is a tragedy…Number 1, some poor person lost their life, Number 2, it looks like that loss was due to something as nonsensical as alcohol abuse and driving under the influence, and Number 3 (which pales compared to the first two) is because it involves Jimbo.

    Just a terrible tragedy…

  138. ed December 28th, 2007 at 2:26 pm

    anyone reading anything into this cano news?

    http://mlbfleecefactor.com/200.....g-shopped/

  139. Joe from Long Island December 28th, 2007 at 2:30 pm

    Cano played almost every game last season. It makes sense for him to rest his legs, we saw what can happen when you have leg injuries last season.

  140. ed December 28th, 2007 at 2:34 pm

    True. But why even play him for the 9 games, though? It’s a weird move.

  141. TurnTwo December 28th, 2007 at 2:37 pm

    SOS, I guess that is what we’re going to find out going forward, right?

  142. ManMuse December 28th, 2007 at 2:44 pm

    I’m from Japan and I’m not offended by the use of “A-bomb.” I think some of us are looking too deeply into the word.

  143. TurnTwo December 28th, 2007 at 2:45 pm

    It depends on how badly they want Johan vs. how badly they want to keep Phil Hughes.

    Despite what some people on this board think, Cano is moveable, especially bc his value would allow you to keep the the Holy Trinity intact.

    With Alberto Gonzalez in the system, and Orlando Hudson available on the market, you can find another 2nd baseman.

  144. Fernando Alejandro December 28th, 2007 at 2:52 pm

    You can’t find a second baseman with Cano’s kind of numbers. Alberto Gonzalez? Seriously? Not even close to being a good replacement. Hudson is a posibility, but still not as good.

  145. S.o.S.27 December 28th, 2007 at 2:55 pm

    TurnTwo
    December 28th, 2007 at 2:45 pm
    It depends on how badly they want Johan vs. how badly they want to keep Phil Hughes.

    Despite what some people on this board think, Cano is moveable, especially bc his value would allow you to keep the the Holy Trinity intact.

    With Alberto Gonzalez in the system, and Orlando Hudson available on the market, you can find another 2nd baseman.

    That is a very unpopular oppinion you stated. You must have forgot that Cano was in the Joba CANT TOUCH THIS circle. IMO,if its for certain that we can get Hudson to replace Cano. I would make that trade. We keep the trio and get a player with better defense and more spead on the basepads. What well lose is some offense that Cano provides. But would overcome that with stronger pitching and defense.

  146. TurnTwo December 28th, 2007 at 2:59 pm

    Cano’s numbers at 2nd are an anomaly… and you dont think this offense could still score 900 runs without his bat in the lineup? they still stack Damon, Jeter, Abreu, ARod, Giambi, Posada, and Matsui 1-7…

    I’m not saying you’re going to find a straight up, numbers for numbers replacement for Cano, but it all comes back to the same arguement:

    how badly do you feel you need Johan vs. how badly do you want to keep the Holy Trinity together?

  147. Giuseppe Franco December 28th, 2007 at 3:00 pm

    Don’t read anything into that report.

    Cano is going nowhere. Not a chance is he going to be traded in a Santana deal.

    Along with Joba, he was one of the first Yankees considered untouchable in any trade talks.

    Perhaps the Yankees just want the guy to rest. It’s as simple as that.

  148. Buddy Biancalana December 28th, 2007 at 3:03 pm

    Giuseppe-

    You are exactly right.

  149. S.o.S.27 December 28th, 2007 at 3:03 pm

    I guess the question becomes would you prefer to trade a proven or a potential player?

  150. TurnTwo December 28th, 2007 at 3:03 pm

    GF, isnt it more fun to speculate wildly? Of course, you’re prob right in that assumption, but we need some new debates to come out of the Johan sweepstakes, dont we?

  151. S.o.S.27 December 28th, 2007 at 3:03 pm

    The question becomes would you prefer to trade a proven or a potential player?

  152. Giuseppe Franco December 28th, 2007 at 3:09 pm

    GF, isnt it more fun to speculate wildly?

    Not really. Frankly, I’m tired of hearing about Santana trade talks.

    The Yanks are not going to trade for him. The Red Sox are not likely to trade for him.

    If it was going to happen, it wouldn’t have happened already.

    Basically, neither team really wants the other team to get him so I suspect that’s what will end up happening.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Santana was the Opening Day starter for the Twins.

  153. Clare December 28th, 2007 at 3:10 pm

    I’m not from Japan, and I still find the A-bomb call stupid and offensive. People who complain about “political correctness” are really saying that they want to be as offensive to minority groups and/or other cultures as people were in our more racist, sexist past.

  154. keith December 28th, 2007 at 3:17 pm

    People you would trade cano for: alber pujols, hanley ramirez, miguel cabrera, reyes, etc

  155. Rockin' Rich December 28th, 2007 at 3:19 pm

    And I thought the comdey writers were on strike!

  156. dmm December 28th, 2007 at 3:19 pm

    hahahahahaha thanks for making me laugh pete; no wait.. thanks for making me crack up! It’s a good thing I’m alone, otherwise my family would think I’ve lost it!

    Happy new year Pete!!!

  157. Rockin' Rich December 28th, 2007 at 3:20 pm

    COMEDY

  158. TurnTwo December 28th, 2007 at 3:23 pm

    oh, come on GF… have a little fun. it’s Friday, and last day of work before the New Year.

  159. SuckIt December 28th, 2007 at 3:32 pm

    hah?

  160. DMan December 28th, 2007 at 3:37 pm

    Anybody see this yet?

    http://www.local10.com/sports/14939017/detail.html

  161. grafxkid December 28th, 2007 at 3:38 pm

    We did, DMan…terrible news all around

  162. S.o.S.27 December 28th, 2007 at 3:39 pm

    S.I. has the top 25 hottest wives of all time.
    Looking at the list my top 5 would be:

    1.Carmen Electra(Rodman)
    2.Halle Barry(Justice)
    3.Ellen Nordegren (Tiger)
    4.Elsa Benitez (Siekaly)
    5.Candace Camaron (Bure)

  163. S.o.S.27 December 28th, 2007 at 3:40 pm

    sportsillustrated.com

  164. Global Warming December 28th, 2007 at 3:41 pm

    Jim Leyritz, big friggen moron.

    Nothing more needs to be said.

  165. HGH December 28th, 2007 at 3:45 pm

    1. Halle Berry is one ugly girl.
    2. Just like Halle, Hank needs a new hairdo.

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    “Good position players are much easier and cheaper to get than good pitchers.”

    Not in the Yankee system they’re not.

    Also…if that’s true…then why do position players routinely make more money than pitchers?

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    The Leyritz news is very sad and I feel sorry for the victim’s family. However, it always annoys me when a former Yankee does something, they always identify the person as a former Yankee, regardless of how many other teams they played for. The link on CNN.com says “Ex-Yankee arrested”. How about “Ex-Ranger or Ex-Red Sox or Ex-Baseball Player”. Same with Clemens. Not once has anyone referred to him as an Ex-Red Sox and he most certainly pitched more games for them than he did with us.

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    while we are on announcers, does anyone else think this is the poorest crop of yankee announcers ever?
    sterling , kay and waldman, what are your opinions of them?
    maybe also because i grew up on mel allen, and today’s world being so much different might call for these extreme announcers. who is hiring also dictates the quality or lack of it. even the team of bill white, the scooter and frank messer puts todays to shame. i know most of you don’t go back as far but what do you think of lead announcer kay?

  183. Ed December 28th, 2007 at 5:16 pm

    “Also…if that’s true…then why do position players routinely make more money than pitchers?”

    Because they play in more games and are much lower injury risks.

    Look at the going free agent price for a mediocre starting pitcher – $10-$12 million per year. A mediocre position player would get around $4-$7 million per year.

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    I like Sterling–there is nobody like him in MLB. Whaddaya want, to sleep during the broadcast?

    I have no problem with the A-Bomb references–this goes way beyond Hiroshima in our culture, and people use A-Bomb all of the time.

    The Oswald joke was in poor taste, but I like “He acted alone!”–pure Sterling-ese.

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    There’s something for every Yankee fan in your Dec. 28th blog entry, Pete. Trashcanning both Santana and Ortiz, Schilling getting injured, the Red Sox playing without their manager, a World Series win against Torre and the Dodgers (how unlikely is THAT?)…fairy tales can come true, it can happen to you, if you’re young at heart…

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    Sept. 24: Little-known prospect Joe Harvey Oswald hits first MLB homer. “It is high, it is deep, it’s gone! … An assassin’s bullet to left for Oswald!,” yells John Sterling. “He acted alone!”

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    HILARIOUS! LOVE the Carl Pavano digs, and of course ARod opting out while at the plate was a nice one!

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