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$11 million? Really?

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Jan 23, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

So there’s this 34-year-old pitcher. He’s appeared in only 47 games over the last two seasons because of assorted injuries.

In those games, he has thrown 40.2 innings. He struck out 48 in those innings, which is pretty good. But he also has put 70 batters on base via hit or walk. Of the 47 hits he allowed, seven were home runs. His ERA was 5.75.

His second half last season featured only 18 innings. Traded to a contender in July, he proved to be little help as he came down with a sore shoulder 10 days later.

That pitcher is Octavio Dotel and yesterday the Chicago White Sox gave him $11 million over two years.

Now you know why the Yankees are willing to see what Jose Veras, Ross Ohlendorf and Edwar Ramirez can do. The alternative is throwing $11 million out the window.


Thanks to everybody for the music suggestions. It’s always good to get some fresh ideas. I’ve been listening to a lot of Who and Stones lately for whatever reason.

Just found out that Bruce Springsteen and the band will be playing in Milwaukee at Harley Davidson’s anniversary festival this summer. My brother-in-law Dave and I are trying to figure out a way to go. Dave is a Harley rider and he and I have seen at least 10 Bruce shows together over the years.


Has anybody else done this? I dropped my home telephone service today. I have a cell plan with all the minutes I need and found I was never using the phone at home. I was paying for the right to use it just in case.

So I called Verizon and that was that. The nice person on the phone half-heartedly tried to talk me out of it but I get the feeling this is happening a lot.


This week marks one year since I had Lasik surgery on my eyes. If you’re on the fence, do it. It’s the greatest thing. I wake up able to see the clock, no looking for my glasses at night or losing contacts during the day. It improves the quality of your life.

It doesn’t hurt and within a week or two, your eyes will be perfect. Take my advice, get it done.





175 Responses to “$11 million? Really?”

  1. Joe Buck ruins my life with his bad MLB/NFL playoff announcing January 23rd, 2008 at 3:04 am

    Yea but it costs too much. How much did it cost you?

  2. Joe January 23rd, 2008 at 3:07 am

    Peter, I’ve been without home phone service and strictly cell phone for almost 4 years now. It’s business as usual for me. I had the same problem you have. I never used my home phone, and all of my friends/business associates would call my cell. Now, just remember to keep the phone charged, just in case there are any Hank Steinbrenner conference calls.

  3. David January 23rd, 2008 at 3:08 am

    Pete is right about the Lasik surgery. It’s a miracle.

  4. whoa January 23rd, 2008 at 3:13 am


    I’m kind of surprised that you don’t need a fax at home. It would probably be a business expense for tax purposes.

  5. kasey January 23rd, 2008 at 3:28 am

    late on the music suggestions:

    willie nile’s cover of “police on my back” and his tune “black magic and white lies” are fantastic, but i bet you’ve got plenty of nile on hand.

    paul westerberg’s tune, “gunshy” from the folker record is killer.

    tom russell’s “stealing electricity” and “the pugilist at 59″ are both fantastic.

    all of the new cat power record is good.

    the supersuckers do a decent cover version of steve earle’s “here i am,” but my favorite suckers song is “pretty f***ed up.”

    i haven’t had a home phone in over five years. no need.

  6. AppleBobber January 23rd, 2008 at 3:29 am

    I completely agree about Dotel. The White Sox have had a busy offseason. They have made moves that contenders would make, like spending 30 million for 6 or 7 years of Linebrink/Dotel combined as well as the Swisher and Cabrera trades. They also signed Ramirez from Cuba. However, there is no way they are going to compete next year. The Tigers and Indians are too good, and the White Sox don’t have good enough pitching or hitting. The Swisher move was probably a good one, but these reliever signings are ridiculous. Linebrink was more absurd than Dotel due to the years they gave him as well as the fact that he was a Type A free agent, so the Sox lost a draft pick for signing him.

  7. Mark McCray January 23rd, 2008 at 3:39 am

    Good to see other clubs wasting money on overpriced players like the Yankees of old. :-)

  8. Jon Gelbard January 23rd, 2008 at 3:48 am

    Hey Pete –
    On the music suggestions, given your tastes, a new generation rock band you should check out is Tea Leaf Green.

    They have elements of lots of the bands you like – serious rock n’roll with great lyrics!

  9. iYankees January 23rd, 2008 at 4:24 am

    Damn Pete. I tried to get Lasik before but my doctor told me it wasn’t for me. Apparently, I was born with cataracts and therefore, although I don’t know the exact science of it all, he said it was too risky.

  10. jessica(Let's Go Yankees) January 23rd, 2008 at 6:05 am

    But, I am still afraid of becoming blind if something goes wrong during Lasik surgery. I heard someone did well for a while after surgery, but He returned to the level which he needs to wear glasses after a while.

  11. Jesus January 23rd, 2008 at 6:12 am

    Just wait for something similar to 9/11, northeast blackout, earthquake, and you will find out how useful a landline is when your cell phone constantly fails to get any calls through.

    Maybe you don’t need to immediately call people and ask “are you ok?” or “omg, I just experienced ” like many do but cell oversubscription makes times like that interesting.

  12. Alias January 23rd, 2008 at 6:16 am

    people still use landlines? Dropped my 6 years ago ago and haven’t missed it a bit.

  13. Blondie (has more fun) January 23rd, 2008 at 7:07 am

    I still have problems with cell phones. I’m not good at keeping the battery charged. I forget to take bring it along. when you turn it off, sometimes voice mail will fail to keep a call (recently my BFF screamed at me not returning her call, she was in trouble, but the voice mail didn’t register her message).

    here’s a good question. why do people “text” instead of making an actual call? Isn’t easier to talk for 30 seconds, than to punch out a message?

  14. Quinn January 23rd, 2008 at 7:21 am


    Have you had any trouble with your night vision, or seeing halos around lights at night?

  15. murphydog January 23rd, 2008 at 7:29 am

    “That pitcher is Octavio Dotel and yesterday the Chicago White Sox gave him $11 million over two years.”;fext=.jsp

    According to Dotel, he was sought after by a number of teams: Cleveland, San Francisco, the New York Yankees, the New York Mets, Baltimore and Pittsburgh.

  16. Will January 23rd, 2008 at 7:35 am

    Assuming you have high speed internet, a middle ground option is to get the basic plan with a VoIP provider such as Vonage. For $19 including fees and taxes, you can maintain a home line (for people you don’t want calling your cell) without paying too much. The only concern with VoIP phones is occassional poor quality and outages, but that isn’t a concern when it is your secondary line.

  17. jonnycat January 23rd, 2008 at 7:43 am

    I have a landline still…. I have to say I keep it because I am just not a huge fan of cell phones. I use them a lot, but still aren’t people concerned about the possible health issues of keeping that miniature device near your ear all the time? I continue to hear stories about some dangers on them

  18. Luke Meals January 23rd, 2008 at 7:55 am

    January 23rd, 2008 at 6:12 am
    “Just wait for something similar to 9/11, northeast blackout, earthquake, and you will find out how useful a landline is when your cell phone constantly fails to get any calls through.

    Maybe you don’t need to immediately call people and ask “are you ok?” or “omg, I just experienced ” like many do but cell oversubscription makes times like that interesting.”

    ***Hello, my name is Jesus and I work for AT&T LOL

  19. John in Ohio January 23rd, 2008 at 8:02 am

    According to, Mr. Dotel has now earned $40,490.65 for each of his 428 Major League appearances, going back to the 1999 Mets year. Wow.

    This includes $2,000,000 from the Yankees for 14 of those games. Jeeeeesh. He’s got a good agent.

  20. pat January 23rd, 2008 at 8:12 am

    Dotel getting 11 million makes other insane contracts look so much more sane. All it takes is 1 stupid owner?

    I’m betting people without landlines don’t have children.

  21. xryanx January 23rd, 2008 at 8:26 am

    The funniest thing about Dotel signing with the White Sox is him saying he did so because they have ‘a chance to win’.

    Who will win more games: the White Sox or Mets? I bet the White Sox struggle to crack 70 wins.

  22. i miss bernie January 23rd, 2008 at 8:29 am

    i have a ‘home phone’ its in my pocket. i havent had a landline phone in at least 10 years. you know that landline is on the way out cause my parents (in their 70′s) have given thiers up too. dial-up internet service extended the life of the land line for an extra 5 or so years but now its going the way of the rotary dial phone and the typewriter.

  23. i miss bernie January 23rd, 2008 at 8:33 am

    if minny doesnt make a trade, id say this gives the white sox a fighting chance to come in 4th place this season!

  24. John in Ohio January 23rd, 2008 at 8:40 am

    The White Sox should finish 3rd behind Detroit and Cleveland, and not necessarily in that order. Detroit’s line-up will be ridiculous offensively. They might have a sure Hall of Famer (IRod), or a guy who missed the NL batting title last year by .008 (Renteria), batting LAST.

    But, other than Verlander, their pitching is suspect. Bonderman struggled for much of last year (11-9, 5.01). Robertson was taken out of the rotation for a time with a “tired arm” (9-13, 4.76), and Kenny Rogers missed most of the season with injuries, the kind you’d expect from a 42 year old starting pircher. Dontrelle Willis is anything but certain to be dominant in the AL.

    And, of course, Todd Jones should not be the closer for any team.

  25. Matt January 23rd, 2008 at 8:45 am

    The White Sox have made a complete joke out of overpaying middle of the road relievers.
    There’s a lot of money around in the game but this is ludicrous.

  26. jay destro January 23rd, 2008 at 8:46 am

    i have not had a home phone since 2003. no problems.

  27. Doreen January 23rd, 2008 at 8:51 am

    I read, perhaps in a magazine, the other day that they’ve developed a solar charger for cell phones. If that is the case, and if they work well, then one of the problems you can encounter during a power failure is averted. However, there is still the problem of overloading the system (though, admittedly, even with a landline it’s sometimes difficult to make a call on, say, Mother’s Day).

    I won’t be giving up my landline anytime soon, though.

    Glad to hear your lasik has been a success, Pete. I’m still a chicken!

  28. Old Yanks Fan January 23rd, 2008 at 8:56 am

    I figured once the Yankees started NOT going after FAs, the market might adjust down a bit. But I guess with all the money in MLB, teams are making last ditch efforts or trying to at least put better teams on the field.

    If teams concentrate more on their farm systems, and don’t rely on aged, overpriced vets as much, it will be a better game all around.

    I think the ‘musical chairs’ thing that has been baseball is bad for the fans. To see guys like Loften playing on so many teams is nuts (but makes for good TV commercials). One of the best things about being a Yankees fan is that at least we have kept our core and get to see them every year. I think it s*cks when 1/3 of the team turns over every year.

    If the smart trade is ‘the one you don’t make’ then Cashman has been a genius of late.

  29. Doug January 23rd, 2008 at 9:08 am

    I recently made the decision to drop my home phone service here in Alabama. I called AT&T and they gave me my home phone free for 6 months. A lot of people don’t know this but you can keep your DSL(at least you can through AT&T)and not be required to keep a home phone. It’s called DSL Direct.

  30. Jeff NJ January 23rd, 2008 at 9:14 am

    I recently dropped Verizon and switched to Cablevision’s phone service. I got them to give it to me for $14.95 unlimited calls a month. Here’s the thing that surprised me though, the service is actually better. I used to get interference from my wireless router, but not anymore.

    I resisted changing for a long time, one of the main reasons is that I hate Cablevision due to their mismanagement of the Knicks and the way they kill Manhattan stadiums. However it was well worth it.

  31. John January 23rd, 2008 at 9:16 am

    Hey Pete – I had mine done last week, but my eyes are still quite blurry and hazy. I can see way better than pre-surgery without glasses, but not what I could see with glasses. The docs tell me this is normal, but I’d be interested in what your experience was during the first two weeks post-op.

  32. Blondie (has more fun) January 23rd, 2008 at 9:18 am


    that’s not a joke, alot of people feel that way. one of my BFF refuses to get a cell phone – “I don’t need a tumor,” she says. Who knows. I know I wouldn’t want to be living near a power line.

  33. No phone for you January 23rd, 2008 at 9:19 am

    I have a landline that is only tied into my central alarm system. Costs about 8 bucks per month. I can make outgoing calls in the case of an emergency for about 5 cents per min. Other than that, its a blackberry with a bunch of minutes and an ipod with great tunes.

  34. Doreen January 23rd, 2008 at 9:28 am

    Blondie -

    I still forget to turn my phone on, or shut it off and the charge runs out, just when I need it. I take it out of my pocketbook in case of call in the car, but then leave it in the car when I get to my destination. I’m getting better, but it’s not a natural thing.

    However, I have a 20-year-old daughter living away from home, so I’ve been forced to adapt. Also, I agree with you about why text, when talking is SO MUCH EASIER! But, I’ve also adapted there, too. I text my daughter – sometimes it’s just fun. And I have to say, sending or receiving a random “I love you” via text is pretty neat. Like passing love notes.

  35. rb15 January 23rd, 2008 at 9:29 am

    Hi Pete – I have a landline, but I never use it. I’m 28, so I’m of the generation that uses the cell phone as their only phone. I only have a landline because oddly, the Comcast triple play package (internet, cable, phone) worked out to be only a few dollars more expensive than the internet and cable seperately. So I will have the landline around for emergencies, or if I lose/run out of batteries on my cell.

    I also want lasik surgery! Does anyone know if it can work for people with slight astigmatism? (My main issue is nearsightedness, but I have slight astigmatism which doesnt help matters any).

  36. whozat January 23rd, 2008 at 9:33 am

    “Also, I agree with you about why text, when talking is SO MUCH EASIER!”

    I generally agree there, except when you need/want to send something in an environment where either you can’t speak (in a meeting, a loud place, etc) or you know the recipient can’t (they’re asleep, in class, etc). For instance, I was heading to california this weekend and my friend out there sent a reminder by text while I was in bed…he wanted me to get it in the morning before I left, but figured I was asleep already…and he wouldn’t yet be awake when I planned to leave my house.

  37. ET90210 January 23rd, 2008 at 9:35 am

    Mr. Kurkjian apparently feels like Santana will end up with Yanks. Ahhh, this story won’t end! haha

  38. Bill Porter January 23rd, 2008 at 9:36 am

    Quinn January 23rd, 2008 at 7:21 am


    Have you had any trouble with your night vision, or seeing halos around lights at night?

    I think Pete only sees a halo around Tom Brady at night! :-)

  39. coops2001 January 23rd, 2008 at 9:37 am


    I fully agree with avoiding the high salaried relievers (Dotel, Gagne, etc), unless the NYY have an urgent need.

    As far as lasik – I had it a few years ago and am pleased. I still need glasses at night, which is common for lasik (but compared to being practically blind without glassed before, it’s far better). I hated contacts and my wife did not like the four eyes look.

    Before anyone considers doing it, they should understand the possible side effects (possibility of excessive dryness, poor vision at night). The extreme cases according to my doctor was 1 in 5000 (he only had one client who could not see well at night without glass and one who needed work on tear ducts to reduce dryness). Most of the time, glasses and/or rewetting drops does the trick. It took about 4 weeks for my eyes to feel normal – during that time I felt like I was earing contacts.

  40. mark January 23rd, 2008 at 9:39 am

    1) dropped home phone service ages ago
    2) enough bruce, already. ;)

  41. whozat January 23rd, 2008 at 9:40 am

    “Mr. Kurkjian apparently feels like Santana will end up with Yanks. Ahhh, this story won’t end!”

    yeah, but what did he actually say?

    “The Yankees have the best package, if they capitulate and include Kennedy and Hughes — which I think they will”?


    “I don’t think the Red Sox will pull the trigger on this deal, and Kennedy, Horne, Melky and Marquez beats the Mets offer, so I think he’ll be a Yankee”

  42. Doreen January 23rd, 2008 at 9:40 am

    Whozat -

    I agree. Texting can be very a very convenient alternative to a phone call. What’s really funny to me is how e-mail is so passe these days! My daughter never every uses it. Her grandmother will e-mail her, then e-mail me to tell me she e-mailed my daughter, and then I have to tell my daughter to check her e-mails AND to respond to it! Texting is all she does – and im-ing.

  43. Fran January 23rd, 2008 at 9:44 am

    $11 million for two years for Dotel?! It definitely makes sense to try the young guys in the bullpen.

  44. jk January 23rd, 2008 at 9:47 am

    I kept my land line as a backup for a blackout. Cell phones crap out in a blackout.

  45. whozat January 23rd, 2008 at 9:48 am

    “Texting is all she does – and im-ing.”

    Or, I’m sure, posting on her friends’ facebook/myspace pages.

    I guess email is too laggy for the kids these days. I wonder if stuff like the iPhone, with its push-email (instant notification of new messages) will bring email back somewhat amongst the chirrens.

  46. whozat January 23rd, 2008 at 9:49 am

    “I kept my land line as a backup for a blackout. Cell phones crap out in a blackout.”

    Only if the tower loses power.

    I was talking to someone with the same rationale the other day, and asked if he’d remembered to have an old-school corded phone on his landline. Because a cordless would be worthless in a blackout. He said he’d gone a few years before realizing that :-)

  47. Camaroon15 January 23rd, 2008 at 9:49 am

    I didn’t want a landline since both me and my fiancee have cell phones we pay over $60 a month for, but Cablevision (don’t get me started) couldn’t give me a double play deal with just tv and internet. Noooo. That would’ve cost $135 a month. But if I add the phone, POOF, $95 a month. Can anyone explain this to me?

  48. Peter Abraham January 23rd, 2008 at 9:53 am

    John: Your vision will improve gradually, don’t panic. Same thing happened to me. Takes a little bit.

  49. Buddy Biancalana January 23rd, 2008 at 9:54 am

    I had Lasik surgery & loved it, no pain at all, special thanks to the Valium they give you before you relax your nerves. They put drops in your eye to numb it, so you are comfortable. I have light blue eyes & the only issue I have is with the sun, I need to wear sunglasses on a sunny day, which is best for your eyes anyway. The procedure was a lot easier than expected, though they mentioned I would need reading glasses in about 10 years, I’m 36 now & am loving life being able to see w/o glasses. It was costly approx $3800, but they are interest free payment plans. I highly recommend it along with researching the Dr you use for what type of results they have had with other patients.

  50. Buddy Biancalana January 23rd, 2008 at 9:56 am

    DSL Direct with AT&T, cool I will definitely check that out in SF, my one concern was loss of internet service, my home phone is useless.

  51. Keith January 23rd, 2008 at 9:58 am

    Tim Kurkjian is always a better read than the hoots he works with but wait and see, Santana is on hold with the Yankees until July unless the Mets blink 1st.
    Santana in Boston is good on paper only. They’re concerned with what happens when the 41 year olds Schilling and Wakefield are gone and no real bonafide prospects to replace them in the immediate future after a Twins deal along with the salary Santana calls for and an unhappy Beckett being No. 2. They were posturing all along.

  52. Doreen January 23rd, 2008 at 9:58 am

    yeah, whozat –

    I have to go out and buy a corded phone. both my landline phones are cordless. I do have one corded in the guest room, but for some reason, it’s always disconnected! For everyday use, I need a cordless because I like to walk and talk, or clean and talk, or do laundry and talk – you get the idea!

  53. Lori January 23rd, 2008 at 9:59 am

    Absolutely go for the Lasik surgery! I had mine done 5 1/2 years ago and I’m still 20/20. Just be sure to ask for the Xanax as soon as you walk in the door. I’m the biggest baby when it comes to needles and surgery (I pass out with shots and need general anesthesia when most get a local!), but with the Xanax, I was absolutely fine. I had my surgery at 4pm and drove myself to the doctor’s office the next morning at 9. Probably some day I’ll need reading glasses, but so far so good.

  54. Buddy Biancalana January 23rd, 2008 at 10:02 am

    Just read this in the Daily News, looks like Don Mattingly & his wife are separating & he wanted to be at home for his 16 year old son.

  55. Whoever January 23rd, 2008 at 10:05 am

    Please explain. Why is Cano’s agent telling everyone that Cano wants a long-term contract and also saying that he hasn’t told the Yankees about it? What is there to gain by telling the world and not asking for it from the team? Good Luck to Cano he’s a great guy he’ll probably get Way More if he waits another year or two.

  56. Ranting Guy January 23rd, 2008 at 10:09 am

    My two cents worth on today’s non-baseball topics:

    I haven’t had a land line in five years and I don’t miss it. Verizon already gets enough $$ from me for my cell phone bill.

    Oh and I know someone who works for Verizon and they said Verizon owns all the transmitters in the area and they lease the signal to other carriers. My friend thinks this means Verizon can be sure they have the best reception.

    Just sayin’ what I’m hearin’.

    My eye doctor suggested Lasik for anyone over 40 may not be as effective as for younger people because at that age the lens is beginning to harden. That may just meant age effects the degree to which the procedure could help you. It may still be the best thing.

    But I’m no doctor so check with yours instead of deciding against it based on some baseball blogger’s interpretation.

    I’m a lifelong Steeler’s fan, but if I have to take a side on this years Stupor Bowl I’ll say GO GIANTS. Sorry Pete.

  57. FernanQuinones January 23rd, 2008 at 10:10 am

    Pete. I’ve decided also to do the same. I’ve been married for almost 4 years now and we haven’t had any phone service on those two houses that we’ve lived. We both have PCS and we deal with that. At least on my end I work for a local cell phone company so I don’t pay for any of my minutes but my wife does. :-)

  58. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge January 23rd, 2008 at 10:10 am

    I have an astigmatism as well. I am nervous about the possible things that may go wrong. Halos at night, needing thicker glasses. Although my guess would be that happens to people who really shouldn’t have gotten it done in the first place. I got a brochure from my eye doctor, and I’ve been thinking about just going for a consultation, but that requires no contacts for 2 weeks or so.

  59. Annie Savoy January 23rd, 2008 at 10:16 am

    I read the same article in the Daily News – hope the Mattingly’s reconcile now that Donnie is coming home.

    Also read that since Knoblauch did not reply to the letter from the Congressional Oversight Committee, the U.S. Marshalls in Houston are being sent to serve him with a subpoena. Not a good start for Knoblauch with the Congress.

  60. Doreen January 23rd, 2008 at 10:26 am

    Buddy -

    Thanks for that link. :(

    I feel like crying, if the story is true. 28 years — I’ll be married 28 years in August. That’s a long time. But I guess that Mattingly’s are going throuogh a lot changes in their life.

  61. Buddy Biancalana January 23rd, 2008 at 10:28 am


    I had astigmatism in both eyes & now I have 20/15 vision. Just make sure the Dr. is reputable & you should be fine, it’s really worth it.

  62. raymagnetic â„¢ January 23rd, 2008 at 10:28 am

    I’m guessing many of you without land lines don’t live with any teenagers? If you’re sharing cell phone minutes with a teenager it’s much cheaper to have a landline along with a cell phone. At least that’s what I’ve noticed in my experience.

  63. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Save the Three Musketeers! January 23rd, 2008 at 10:30 am

    Pete: I don’t even have a landline at Syracuse, and my brother doesn’t have one in Manhattan, though my dad may have made him get one, but I’m not sure.

  64. rankdog January 23rd, 2008 at 10:34 am

    Pete I haven’t had home service in 5-6 years. I am never home enough to justify it and there are plenty of options via computer (text, ventrillo, IMs, Skype) that allow me to communicate.

    11 Million for Dotel….wasted money.

  65. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge January 23rd, 2008 at 10:46 am

    Question for those who got lasik, Don’t you see the laser coming towards your eye? That is the part that really makes me nervous, your eyes are held open, and you see this thing coming towards you.

  66. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Save the Three Musketeers! January 23rd, 2008 at 10:47 am

    jennifer: That freaks me out too!

    I’m not sure if I’m a candidate for it though…my vision is bad, but, apparently, not as bad as I thought it was.

  67. Buddy Biancalana January 23rd, 2008 at 10:50 am

    The laser is just a red light that blinks, trust me the Valium or Xanax really really helps, totally takes the edge off. After the first eye was done I actually looked forward to the other eye being done. Your eyes being held open isn’t as bad as it sounds.

  68. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge January 23rd, 2008 at 10:50 am

    I think mine is pretty bad, my eye doctor of course recommends the guy that works in his office. He tells me I would send my kids to him. I’m thinking well duh, this guy works for you I’d expect you to tell me that.

  69. Lori January 23rd, 2008 at 10:51 am

    When I had the Lasix, they were still cutting with the blade. so you’d be staring up and have the “black” come slowly across the eye. Then there is a lot of staring at the red dot. That’s why you need the Xanax/Valium!

  70. saucy January 23rd, 2008 at 11:09 am

    “i have not had a home phone since 2003. no problems.”

    ditto. except giving out my number with my old PA area code confuses people here upstate. i guess they still don’t have to dial area codes for local calls.

    i may need to break down and actually pay for home internet though. in which case i think i may need a home line. i don’t have cable either. i’m pretty sure you need 1 of the 2.

  71. Buddy Biancalana January 23rd, 2008 at 11:14 am


    Does your health insurance have VSP, they offer great deals on Lasik & they will tell you what Doctors you can go to. You can research that Dr online & see what other patients have said & find out there success rates & what happens if there is a problem. Some times people need to go back for fine tuning, not in my case nor anyone else I know.

  72. Rockin' Rich January 23rd, 2008 at 11:18 am

    LASIK is NOT for everyone. If I had it, I’d still have to wear glasses, so why bother?

    I’ll stick with my progressive vision glasses… cause I’m a progressive kind of guy.

    I may even have a can of Progresso soup for lunch today!

  73. Blargh January 23rd, 2008 at 11:19 am

    Speaking of vision, anybody know how to convert curvature to visual acuity?

  74. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge January 23rd, 2008 at 11:22 am

    I hate to sound stupid. But, what is vsp?

  75. gayle January 23rd, 2008 at 11:23 am

    For all those with cell phone only service the one thing I implore you to do is put your local police number in your address book or speed dial etc. When we had the local police come to our community and do a safety talk (we do thisa every year) one of the things he warned us is that if you use a cell phone and dial 911 it transfers you to the nearest 911 center which may not be the nearest police station to you thus you may waste valuable time if you are in an emergency. For example I live in Edgewater, NJ if I were to dial 911 from my cell phone it may put me to the 911 center in NYC or some other location whereas my home phone 911 puts me through directly to the Edgewater 911 center.

  76. JBRO January 23rd, 2008 at 11:24 am

    I met the singer for Tea Leaf after a show at mulcahy’s. We got into an argument about travel directions. He took the NYPD officers directions to his next show. He was late… Good guy though

  77. gayle January 23rd, 2008 at 11:25 am

    PS one thing for tech heads or people who travel I would HIGHLY recommend is Slingbox.It allows you to watch your local TV from your computer from anywhere in the world. As one who travels a lot it has to be one of the best inventions I have ever used lol.

  78. Buddy Biancalana January 23rd, 2008 at 11:25 am

    VSP= Vision Service Plan, you may have it with your health insurance, it’s fairly common.

  79. saucy January 23rd, 2008 at 11:25 am

    as for lasik, i’ll wait until my prescription stops getting worse every time i get new glasses. if i got lasik, i’d guess i’d be back in glasses in 3 years.

  80. Buddy Biancalana January 23rd, 2008 at 11:27 am


    You think getting late to his show was connected to any wacky tobaccy? Lol

  81. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge January 23rd, 2008 at 11:27 am

    Buddy I doubt it. Even though I pay a zillion dollars a year. I’ll have to call and check though.

  82. Buddy Biancalana January 23rd, 2008 at 11:32 am

    I didn’t have it either, I was able to use my wife’s insurance.

  83. rodg12 January 23rd, 2008 at 11:33 am

    A question for the people who have had LASIK. Did your prescription “normalize” (i.e. not change every time you went back to the eye Dr.) before you got LASIK. My biggest worry is that each time I go to the eye doctor, I have to get a little higher prescription. Therefore, I’m worried that I’ll get the LASIK then it will only last a year or so before I have to go back to getting contacts. Anyone else deal with this prior to getting LASIK?

    On another note, I’ve heard a good way to pay for LASIK is to use Flex money. That way you can essentially pay it off in 12 months interest/tax-free.

  84. Buddy Biancalana January 23rd, 2008 at 11:44 am


    Flex spend is an option as well as CareCredit (insurance credit card, which can be used at the Vet as well for expensive procedures for your pet, if you have one) 2 years interest free.

  85. Lori January 23rd, 2008 at 11:47 am

    rodg12 – Yeah, my vision had been pretty steady. But ask your eye doctor. My regular eye doctor is the one I used for my Lasik – which was great since he knew my history and my eyes.

    As for paying for it – if you have a flex plan/cafeteria plan, it is a great way to pay for it. Some docs have financing too. My doctor let me pay it off over 12 months interest free. (I also got a discount because my husband was having the surgery too).

  86. long time January 23rd, 2008 at 11:51 am

    can i ever get rid of these reading glasses? Have they developed surgury for far sightedness?

  87. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge January 23rd, 2008 at 11:51 am

    Look what Pete started. :lol:

    Anyone have a Dr. they used in Bergen co?

  88. Lori January 23rd, 2008 at 11:57 am

    Yeah – I’m in Tenafly, and use Dr. Stabile as my regular eye doc. He does the Lasik out of another facility though.

  89. Lori January 23rd, 2008 at 11:58 am

    I also know people who have used Dr. Russo (?) – with the big facility in Bergenfield. He’s pretty good, but is more a “factory” approach to the procedure.

  90. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge January 23rd, 2008 at 12:01 pm

    I don’t want to go to someone who handles it like an assembly line. Too impersonal for something that important.

  91. JBRO January 23rd, 2008 at 12:17 pm

    Buddy Biancalana,

    Haha, probably…


    The Slingbox is the greatest thing I have ever purchased. I havent missed a Yankee, Islander or Jets game since I went to school…

  92. JONESING FOR BASEBALL!! January 23rd, 2008 at 12:21 pm


    I CANT TAKE IT ANYMORE!!!!!!!!!!!!

  93. Russell NY January 23rd, 2008 at 12:24 pm

    Until 10 years down the road we find out peoples eyes are exploding.

  94. i miss bernie January 23rd, 2008 at 12:27 pm

    are you still waiting for all those microwave oven-induced cancers that were going to show up by 1990 or so

    waiting for that delayed millenium bug?

    still expecting that iraqi wmd?

  95. i miss bernie January 23rd, 2008 at 12:30 pm

    just funnin ya russ

    i really was afraid of the microwave!

  96. Ashley January 23rd, 2008 at 12:32 pm

    Good for you Pete.

    My mom got Lasik surgery done a little over 10 years ago. She couldnt believe how well she saw in the begining. Now she might need to get glasses again. Some ways she used to see before the surgery have come back. So anyone that hears it wears off after 10 years, it looks to be true.

    I just wished this season started already!!

  97. abe January 23rd, 2008 at 12:34 pm

    has anybody done research on 20-year or 30-year effect of Lasik? Until then I’m too scared that something bad can happen much later.

  98. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge January 23rd, 2008 at 12:36 pm

    Remeber how big and expensive they were. Now you can get one for under $100

  99. G. Love January 23rd, 2008 at 12:45 pm

    I’m stunned by what Dotel got money wise.

    I was endorsing the Yankees taking a flier on the guy thinking he’d be luck to get 2 million a year and we take a shot and see if he has anything left.

    11 million for 2 years is lunacy and I’m glad the Yankees didn’t make that mistake.

    What I will say is the White Sox waived/released David Aardsma to make room for Dotel. Aardsma is still young, avg’s a K per inning and has potential as a RH in the pen.

    If the Yanks could add him to the mix in their pen, it’d be a good thing.

    I’m just shocked the White Sox chose to give 11 million to Dotel and waive a guy like Aardsma in the process.

  100. i miss bernie January 23rd, 2008 at 12:47 pm

    i used to push the button then run out of the room! if i couldnt leave the room i would turn away from it!
    i stopped doing that around 1995 but i still to this day stand to the side of the oven when i turn it on!

  101. i miss bernie January 23rd, 2008 at 12:58 pm

    i just started wearing glasses last year. I thought it was cool for a while that i couldnt see my drives land from the tee. But then i got so i couldnt see the rare iron to the green sod i got glasses. Only for distance though. now if i wear the glasses on the tee the ball is blurry; if i take them off i can’t see where the ball lands.
    People tell me to get lasik but im financing a car and my tuition and books so it will have to wait.

  102. mel January 23rd, 2008 at 12:59 pm


    If I catch my children standing in front of the microwave, I tell them to move. I want to have grandchildren one day.

  103. S.o.S.27 January 23rd, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    Best Heath Ledger movie.
    Four Feathers

  104. mel January 23rd, 2008 at 1:05 pm

    Sorry to pick this scab, but Tim-Kurk’s little “nugget” stirred the pot.

    If Cash had been left to operate without the “assistance” of owner Hank Steinbrenner, do you think that Johan would be reporting to Tampa along with Phil and Joba?

  105. saucy January 23rd, 2008 at 1:06 pm

    i’m not sure if i’ve ever seen a heath ledger flick…

  106. mel January 23rd, 2008 at 1:08 pm


    You didn’t see “Brokeback Mountain”? He also did a movie with Julia Stiles. He did a great job. You actually believed he fell in love with her. lol.

  107. S.o.S.27 January 23rd, 2008 at 1:09 pm

    He was in the Patriot with Mel Gibson. Did you see that movie?

  108. S.o.S.27 January 23rd, 2008 at 1:12 pm

    I couldnt get myself to see Brokeback. What i heard about the movie was plenty.

  109. no luck January 23rd, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    I made lasik surgery 2 years ago and got cross-eyes, they gave me $1.2 million as a settlment.

  110. mel January 23rd, 2008 at 1:14 pm


    No matter what you heard or believe in, it was a beautiful, tragic story. There was only one graphic scene and they were fully clothed.

    Heath married the girl who played his wife in the movie.

  111. saucy January 23rd, 2008 at 1:16 pm

    nope and nope… not a huge movie person and i’m horrible with matching names to faces. the people i know that saw brokeback didn’t think it lived up to the hype.

  112. mel January 23rd, 2008 at 1:17 pm

    no luck,

    That’s horrible. Were you able to get it fixed? Danilynn (Anna Nicole Smith’s young daughter) has a severe case of strabismus. They’re thinking of surgery if other treatments don’t work.

  113. S.o.S.27 January 23rd, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    Now that we have 3 weeks before pitchers report. Does anyone think someone will sign Bonds or has he played his last game in the majors? The only team i heard had interest in him were the A’s. Now that they are rebuilding i cant immagine they still want him. For some reason im picturing him in a Royals uniform.

  114. mel January 23rd, 2008 at 1:28 pm


    I don’t think he signs anywhere. He’s in too much legal hot water.

  115. Say it ain't so January 23rd, 2008 at 1:29 pm

    Bonds will be playing in California Penal with Rick Vaughn.

  116. mel January 23rd, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    Is everyone out to lunch?

    I’d like to know what you guys think about this:

    Sorry to pick this scab, but Tim-Kurk’s little “nugget” stirred the pot.

    If Cash had been left to operate without the “assistance” of owner Hank Steinbrenner, do you think that Johan would be reporting to Tampa along with Phil and Joba?

  117. S.o.S.27 January 23rd, 2008 at 1:35 pm

    Hey mel,
    Looks like injuries are starting to take its toll on your Lakers. Can they weather the storm? Will Ball Hog start shooting up 40 shots a night? They play my Spurs tonight. Give me a prediction for tonight and the next 2 months. I do hope that Bynum’s injury isnt something that lingers throughout his carreer. He looks real promising. He made huge strides this year.

  118. RRS1603 January 23rd, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    Melky Cabrera: Cabrera went backward in ’07, but not by enough for concern. Remember that he’s just 23 years old and has more than 1,100 plate appearances in the majors, with average to average-plus defense (good physical tools but very raw, takes bad routes) and a very good 129/96 K/BB. He’s a mature player offensively, patient at the plate and fair on the bases (25 for 35 stealing in his career). One interesting quirk is his G/F ratio, which is 1.63 for his career and was a whopping 1.81 last season. Cabrera is listed at 5’11″ and 200 pounds. He’s not Willy Taveras, but rather a player who should be developing power and learning how to drive the ball, rather than hitting the ball on the ground 60 percent of the time.

    I’m reminded of Alex Rios, who doesn’t look a thing like Cabrera. Rios was largely disappointing in 2004 and ’05, hitting just 11 homers in more than 900 at-bats, with an isolated power of 117. The problem: Rios was hitting the ball on the ground too much, a 1.82 G/F in those two seasons. Starting in ’06 Rios put the ball in the air more than half the time and became a star. When you look at Cabrera’s body, his established control of the strike zone and his ability to hold his own at a young age, you recognize that all it’s going to take is for him to start elevating the ball. Cabrera may not get there in 2008, but he’s going to pop 80 extra-base hits and slug .500 in a season very soon.

  119. saucy January 23rd, 2008 at 1:39 pm

    mel, no. i don’t think Hank ruined any of our changes at obtaining johan. good question, but imo, no.

  120. S.o.S.27 January 23rd, 2008 at 1:41 pm

    If Cash had been left to operate without the “assistance” of owner Hank Steinbrenner, do you think that Johan would be reporting to Tampa along with Phil and Joba?

    That makes no sense at all. First of all, the Twins have been insisting on us including Hughes in any deal. Second, if there is anyone who doesnt want to pull the trigger i would assume its Cashman. Being that he has always said in the past that Hughes is not in any trade discussions.So what it should say is if Cashman wasnt there we would have Johan reporting to Tampa and Kennedy,Hughes and 2 others to Minny.

  121. S.o.S.27 January 23rd, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    I was listening to Rome yesterday and he mentioned the climber who had his hand caught in between rocks. This happened if i could recall last year sometime. The climber couldnt get his hand out,so he broke his wrist and cut his hand off to survive. Rome said if it was him that he would have closed his eyes and went to sleep for good. Given these circumstances. What would you guys do if you knew that noone was going to rescue you and had to lose a hand to survive? Reminds me of the first SAW movie.

  122. mel January 23rd, 2008 at 1:49 pm


    HaHa, nice try, but you can’t bait me with your taunts. The box score don’t lie:

    Whoever comes out with more energy tonight will win. I’ll take 1 win out of the Texas two-step. Although 2 would be nice!

    We have a long road trip and 15 games in February w/ 6 back-2-backs, but if they take it one game at a time they’ll be all right.

  123. Fleas January 23rd, 2008 at 1:49 pm

    How can ANYONE IN THEIR RIGHT MIND CLAIM MELKY IS PATIENT AT THE PLATE????@!!!??!?!?? He ALWAYS swings at pitches outside the strike zone! Unreal, that just puts it over the top. Melky is a solid defensive CF and below average at the plate. Can he get better sure? But does he have raw natural offensive talent. NO.

    I sware, some of you have to stop reading what everyone else on the bandwagon says, and formulate your own opinions. No wonder why we have an idiot as a president.. because people are so busy believing everything there television tells them.


    Seriously, “Melky is very patient at the plate” Wow! C’mon.. read some scouting reports..
    “Cabrera: Hacker, and will swing at pitches out of the strike zone!”

  124. Steve January 23rd, 2008 at 1:49 pm

    If Cash had been left to operate without assistance, we would still have Andy Phillips, we would have lost Jorge and Mariano rather than give them an extra year, and A-Rod would be an Angel. And we would never get Johan because Cash would insist on keeping every prospect so he didnt have to spend someone else’s money. He might be the biggest tightwad in sports history. If Billy Beane was our GM we would have the best team in baseball every year because he would actually make use of the near unlimited payroll rather than trying to save money.

  125. mel January 23rd, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    I know, I know. But if you really think about it, we’re the only ones who’re going to pay Santana what he wants. I think that a verrrrry attractive package without Hughes could’ve been put on table and we could negotiated if the Twins wanted. But if Hughes was on the original lists (only god knows why), then of course Smith’s going to ask for more. That’s negotiating.

    I think that Cashman would’ve played hardball and not allow it to get out of control. JMO.

  126. S.o.S.27 January 23rd, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    I would like to say that Melky in 06 seemed much more patient at the plate than the 07 version. That was one of his attributes people raved about the first year. I hope he we get the 06 version in 08.

    Some people dont change. He has one night every year like that. I can still remember a couple years ago when he played against the Kings and wouldnt shoot a shot. They said he was trying to prove a point. Theres only one Jordan.

  127. mel January 23rd, 2008 at 2:04 pm


    Yes, he likes the ball. Otherwise he’s the perfect player.

    How come no one says anything about Kevin Durant taking an inordinate amount of shots. And making only 25% some nights? He’s a rookie!

    But that’s okay, Laker fans are used to it.

  128. Jeff NJ January 23rd, 2008 at 2:08 pm

    Jennifer, not sure if you got an answer, but I recently had LASIX at TLC in Elmwood Park. It was all lasers, no needles or cutting machines. I was driving later that night although the car lights were too bright. The next day I was seeing 20/15. It was only about 6 weeks ago, but so far so good. It wasn’t cheap, but vision coverage picked up about $1000 for me.

  129. RRS1603 January 23rd, 2008 at 2:14 pm

    it’s baseball prospectus on cnnsi…not me :)

  130. S.o.S.27 January 23rd, 2008 at 2:15 pm

    Dont get me wrong i think he is the best talent in the league. But its not like he has the 84 bulls roster. Just like Jordan decided to trust his teammates and win championships. I think they have enough talent to win even if he averages a little over 20 per. As far as Durant goes, they have lost 11 straight and have no talent what so ever. You can say he is in the same situation Jordan was. Stop defending him so much,he wanted to leave L.A. remember. Thats not including talking bad about Bynum in the offseason or throwing Shaq under the bus in Colorado. Again, hes a great talent but thats about it.

  131. mel January 23rd, 2008 at 2:28 pm


    I’m a Lakers fan and Kobe’s my guy until he’s no longer a Laker.

    If he ends up on your Spurs, you’ll come to appreciate him just as Lakers fans do.

    Peace. :)

  132. Khoa January 23rd, 2008 at 2:29 pm

    little late to post, but yes Pete, my wife and i have been without a land line for about 3 years now. no regrets.

  133. Doreen January 23rd, 2008 at 2:33 pm


    About Santana – I don’t think so. I think the Twins would still have asked for what they’re asking for now, and I think Cashman still wouldn’t part with 2 prospects. Plus, it wouldn’t have changed how Boston was dealing with it – basically staying in negotiations to engage in “keep away” from the Yankees. Anyway, I would be willing to bet that the people who do the actual negotiating are able to filter out the p.r. stuff (i.e., talkative owners).

    I saw Brokeback Mountain, and I thought it was beautifully done. It was heartbreaking. Great performances by all the actors (Ledger, Gillenhaal and the girl, Michelle ?).

    When I was pregnant I would not stand in front of a microwave oven. Now, it’s over my head, so I guess that’s why my brain is starting to freeze up every now and then! :)

  134. ray January 23rd, 2008 at 2:36 pm

    Hey Mel,
    Guess we will agree to disagree and that is okay…lol. I really think it is a mistake to assume the Red Sox are not willing to pay “Santana money”. If a team is willing to pay 50 million just for the right to talk to a team about a player (Dice-K) do people really think that constitutes tight purse strings?

  135. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Save the Three Musketeers! January 23rd, 2008 at 2:36 pm

    I have 19,999 views on my blog.

    Who wants to be 20,000? :-D

    (/shameless self promotion)

  136. rjay January 23rd, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    Rebecca -

    I just saw on your blog that you go to SU, I am from Geneva, NY which is only 40 min or so from SU. I have a few friends who are seniors there.

  137. mel January 23rd, 2008 at 2:41 pm


    If that were the case, Ray, then Santana would be wearing red socks, like yesterday. Your staff is getting OLD. lol.

    You really think that the Red Sox aren’t tight? I got a great center I could trade you. Former #1 pick. Great hands.

    Hey, what’s with Pierce? Now he’s got some buddies, he thinks he can punk out on the court now? j/k.

  138. gayle January 23rd, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    Getting back to baseball there have been a few web sites (one sited the official MLB site in Japan) that are reporting that Matsui is still having issues with his knee and cant run.Peter have you heard anything about this.

  139. CB January 23rd, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    That Dotel contract is really telling about how much relief pitching is in demand. That and it also makes you wonder what Kenny Williams is doing with that team?

    Many people have wanted Cash to go get a guy like Damaso Marte. This tells you how expensive that kind of move would be in terms of talent.

    Its fortunate that the yankee’s have stockpiled all of the arms they have.

  140. whozat January 23rd, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    “Matsui is still having issues with his knee and cant run.”

    Well…that’ll settle the LF/DH thing, now won’t it?

  141. whozat January 23rd, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    And, by the time Matsui is ready to come back, Jason will be ready to go on the DL for the rest of the season!

  142. mel January 23rd, 2008 at 2:47 pm

    Didn’t Matsui have surgery?

  143. ray January 23rd, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    Our pitching staff isn’t getting any younger but I don’t think Moose or Pettite could be categorized as spring chickens either. As for defending Kobe…everyone agrees he is a great player but I just think he can be a jerk sometimes. It would be the same thing as me saying you can’t appreciate Beckett unless he is on your team. An awesome player but a jerk at times too and I don’t think the things he has done are any worse than the things Kobe has done.

  144. G. Love January 23rd, 2008 at 2:49 pm


    I do agree to an extent that if Hank kept quiet, the Yankee package wouldn’t include Hughes.

    But I also think that package wouldn’t have gotten it done and Cash would have pulled out of talks which is essentially where we are now.

    I think the only way the Yankees make the Johan trade at this point is without having Hughes in the package and it being a package built around IPK and the rest of the top talent.

    I think the Twins delaying the process has only helped to lessen the talent they will receive.

    The iron was hot at the winter meetings and they could have walked away with Hughes or Ellsbury at the head of a package.

    Now, I don’t think either of those players are even in play anymore.

    I still think the Yankees have a shot here because I think they can easily match the Mets potential package without trading Hughes.

    I think at this point, whoever gets Johan is getting him with quantity over quality. Not to say IPK isn’t quality, but he’s not regarded on the same level as Hughes.

  145. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Save the Three Musketeers! January 23rd, 2008 at 2:49 pm

    rjay: That’s awesome, I wonder if we know any of the same people?

  146. mel January 23rd, 2008 at 2:53 pm


    See. You get it! Beckett’s main flaw is that he’s wearing red instead of pinstripes.

  147. whozat January 23rd, 2008 at 2:53 pm

    “Didn’t Matsui have surgery?”

    Yep. He had his right knee scoped to clear out some arthritis. That’s the issue…he’s been expected to be fine come spring training, but now we’re hearing noise that the rehab isn’t going as well as you’d like.

    Frankly, him spending some time on the DL early isn’t the worst thing in the world if he can join the team and contribute as a fresh player down the stretch. Though, we saw with Giambi that that didn’t really work out with him last season.

  148. mel January 23rd, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    G Love,

    I think we’re on the same page. Cashman had got it to the point where his word was gold. You either want to make a deal with the Yankees or not. I was really liking Cashman’s “Take it or Leave it Attitude” (so….sexy lol)

    I compare it to drawing a line in the sand. But Hank’s like the kid down the beach who comes in and messes everything up. j/k

  149. Duder January 23rd, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    Hey, Fleas:

    Did you’re TV teech yoo how too spell? Myne tot mee too spell!!!

  150. S.o.S.27 January 23rd, 2008 at 3:03 pm

    January 23rd, 2008 at 2:45 pm
    And, by the time Matsui is ready to come back, Jason will be ready to go on the DL for the rest of the season!

    Sounds about right. What are the chances that it doesnt get better and he just hangs em up?

  151. S.o.S.27 January 23rd, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    If we lost an outfielder to injury, will Gardner be the next call up? If so, who comes in after Gardner?

  152. mel January 23rd, 2008 at 3:05 pm

    G Love,

    One more thing. I will lose all respect for the Yankees front office if a deal gets done and Hughes is a part of it.

    I can deal with letting Hughes go. But for them to go back and forth and still end up giving a costly package of prospects after all that blustering? Then that means they either a)had to have Johan at all costs or b)Hank’s in control. Neither option’s very appealing.

  153. Zach in Port Jeff January 23rd, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    nothing compares to the clarity of a landline.

    cell phones are downright obnoxious and i choose to use it sparingly. only friends and selected business contacts have access to the number.

    stick with the landline.

  154. rjay January 23rd, 2008 at 3:13 pm


    Do you know anyone at SU from geneva?

  155. whozat January 23rd, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    “Sounds about right. What are the chances that it doesnt get better and he just hangs em up?”

    Who? Matsui?

    Very little, I’d think. It doesn’t sound like this is some kind of severe thing. The procedure was supposedly pretty minor, and all we’ve heard right now is a poorly translated report that Matsui’s coming back to the states early because his knee isn’t where he’d like it to be yet.

  156. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Save the Three Musketeers! January 23rd, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    Rjay: None of my friends, but I might be acquainted with someone from there…especially if they’re a history or english major

  157. Bronx Liaison January 23rd, 2008 at 3:49 pm

    Matsui is a gamer. I think he will be fine by opening day. Meaning his knees will still be a hindrance, but no more than they have been during every full season. And he has hit 20hr and 100rbi during every full season. As a #6 or #7 hitter I think I’ll take that.

  158. whozat January 23rd, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    “Meaning his knees will still be a hindrance, but no more than they have been during every full season.”

    yeah, but I’d rather have him start in may with his knees not being a hindrance. Especially since he’s in a logjam of players, there’s no real rush for him to be out there unless jason or johnny is hurt. Players are notorious for being the last ones to admit they need time off. It’s the job of the manager and training staff to manage that stuff, and I hope this year they’re better about keeping these vets healthy.

    Read on that Bobby’s spending more time this offseason with a trainer because he wants to show up to ST in better shape than last year so he gets off to a better start. I think he was really ashamed of his performance in April and May (as he should have been) and I look for a more characteristic year out of him this season.

  159. Bronx Liaison January 23rd, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    *excluding 2003 where he hit 16 HR, but hit 42 doubles and his career MLB batting average is .295. Again, he’s the Yankees #7 hitter.

    My projected lineup:


  160. Bronx Liaison January 23rd, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    Good points Whozat:

    I agree a late – and healthy – arrival in May is better overall for the team, but I meant to say Matsui is not new to playing through pain and I do not think he will end up hitting .240/.310/.390 because of it.

  161. rodg12 January 23rd, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    Gotta flip Cano and Abreu in that line-up Bronx. Abreu’s higher OBP (and SB ability) is huge hitting in front of ARod.

  162. mel January 23rd, 2008 at 4:00 pm


    Not being cynical, but it’s also a “contract” year for Bobby. Hope it’s a good one.

  163. Nick in SF January 23rd, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    Thread unifier: Dotel’s $11 million is enough to pay for Lasik surgery and extraneous landline phone service for all his best buddies on the Luhud Yankees Blog! It’s never too late or too early for a Christmas present, Octavio!

    While we’re all excited about the Giants making the Super Bowl, one Cowboys fan is still very upset:

  164. whozat January 23rd, 2008 at 4:03 pm

    “Not being cynical, but it’s also a “contract” year for Bobby. Hope it’s a good one.”

    If it is, so much the better for the Yankees.

  165. S.o.S.27 January 23rd, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    January 23rd, 2008 at 4:00 pm
    Gotta flip Cano and Abreu in that line-up Bronx. Abreu’s higher OBP (and SB ability) is huge hitting in front of ARod.

    agreed. He also sees more pitches even when he doesnt walk,which has shown to help Arod read the pitcher better.

  166. mel January 23rd, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    I’m a little confused about “Rambo”.

    Is it the original or a sequel? I can’t tell because Stallone basically looks the same.

  167. Bronx Liaison January 23rd, 2008 at 4:14 pm

    I agree on Abreu’s OBP and SB ability, but if Bobby gets off to another slow start like last season, I want Cano as my #3 hitter.

  168. Bronx Liaison January 23rd, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    I should have stipulated that, before making a lineup.

  169. S.o.S.27 January 23rd, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    January 23rd, 2008 at 4:07 pm
    I’m a little confused about “Rambo”.

    Is it the original or a sequel? I can’t tell because Stallone basically looks the same.

    Good question. I think its a sequal. As far as Stallone looking the same. Well lets just say that he looks like he has overdosed with B-12 for the injuries his stunt double has sustained during the years.

  170. Old Goat January 23rd, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    Heard that Sheets and the Rays are signing a deal for 7 years, $38 million.

    Seems cheap for a starter, even if there have been some health issues, it works out to 5.5 million or so a year.

  171. Bronx Liaison January 23rd, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    Good question. I think its a sequal. As far as Stallone looking the same. Well lets just say that he looks like he has overdosed with B-12 for the injuries his stunt double has sustained during the years.

    hahah, seriously. Rambo as a juicing geriatric is probably not as big a draw as First Blood.

  172. Bronx Liaison January 23rd, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    Old Goat.. think you mean Shields. But, he is a mid-to-back of the rotation type starter who probably just had his best career year in 2007. Locking up a guy like that is wise because Shields has a lot of value but not much ceiling.

  173. Doug Niman January 23rd, 2008 at 5:26 pm

    The only thing to keep in mind regarding cell phone service only is that in the event of a major power outage, you will have no service.

    The old telephone service (copper wires attached to your house) run on their own power grid – that is why you never had to plug in an old phone, unless you had a cordless handset.

    I know that most of us have not experienced a major outage in a long time – or if ever, but remember what happened to cell phones when the WTC towers fell. No antennas – no cell phones.

    Anyway, I have both still and while I am concerned about the power issue still, I was also contemplating ditching the old phone for the first time ever.

  174. EricNS January 23rd, 2008 at 5:53 pm

    Lasik is gerat!!! needed glasses since I was 7 or 8 – I need reading glasses for some small print though

  175. Chris January 23rd, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    I loved LASIK when I had it, it was the BEST thing in the world to wake up and see the sun rise over the mountains with my own two eyes for the first time in 20 years.

    The only reason that I haven’t dropped my home telephone line is because I use the fax machine… but I did drop the land line and go digital. Its not the most reliable service in the world, though :(

    Oh, yeah, go Yanks, lol =) Really, Cash has got some great young talent in the system, there’s no need to blow money on outside talent, especially within the pitching corps…

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