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A close eye on Phil Franchise

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Feb 16, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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Here’s the view I had of Phil Hughes peering between the gap in the bullpen fence. It was interesting to watch him throw to Jorge Posada from just a foot or two away from where the umpire would stand. It gives you a real appreciation for how difficult it must be to hit in the majors.

The ball was almost never right over the plate, it was hard and down on the corners.

 
 

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95 Responses to “A close eye on Phil Franchise”

  1. Josh February 16th, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    I

    WANT

    YOUR

    JOB

  2. jj February 16th, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    bring it on David ortiz

  3. Central CT Yankee February 16th, 2008 at 3:11 pm

    You did take the UCONN players out drinking last night didn’t you?? Luckily they pulled a shot out of their but with .02 seconds left in overtime to win.

  4. jj February 16th, 2008 at 3:12 pm

    You really have to wonder why Pete won’t get a better camera.

  5. Real World February 16th, 2008 at 3:12 pm

    I’m so excited about this season. When you compete while developing young players, it’s so much more fun than it is with a bunch of 30+ zillionare’s at every position. Should be a real fun year. I hope so anyway.

  6. ThatWasMe February 16th, 2008 at 3:14 pm

    He was shooting directly into the sun. He just needs help with his shooting skills.I give him an “A” for his for the short story on Phil.Leave Pete alone, he’s our man on the scene.

  7. ThatWasMe February 16th, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    I have not been this excited about a Yankee team in quite awhile.

  8. Peter Abraham February 16th, 2008 at 3:24 pm

    My cell phone camera photos are all I’m doing. I’m a writer, not a photographer. there are a dozen places on the web to get photos.

  9. MJL February 16th, 2008 at 3:28 pm

    So happy we didn’t trade the Franchise.

  10. Mark February 16th, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    This is going to be an exciting season, in a long time. If you guys missed it, baseball prospectus projects us to win the AL east with 96 wins. Thats great news. Peter one question for you, was Phil Hughes’s velocity up like it was before his hamstring injuries? Was he throwing 95 mph fastballs?

  11. dale d February 16th, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    But Pete nobody has “your” perspective.
    I for one would pony up five or ten bucks from us fans of your blog to outfit you with better equip.
    I’ve never heard a pitch discribed before. I can imagin what late life must be but a word story sure helps out

  12. NYPD113th February 16th, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    “I have not been this excited about a Yankee team in quite awhile.’

    - You NEVER hear that from Yankee fans in spring training. lmao

  13. ThatWasMe February 16th, 2008 at 3:38 pm

    Sounds like a nervous laugh too troll.

  14. Old Goat February 16th, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    Peter, it just goes to show that no matter what you do, and that is quite a lot, it’s never going to be enough for some people.

  15. NYPD113th February 16th, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    “The manager said that Igawa would compete for a starting role.”

    -OH YEAH. Extemely. ;)

  16. ThatWasMe February 16th, 2008 at 3:44 pm

    Dice-K had an era over 7.00 for Sept-Oct. Wonder if he’ll be able to get out of the 4th inning at point soon? Red Sox fans project him for 20 wins this season. Now there is something to laugh about. Hearty har har har, as the great one would say.

  17. raymagnetic February 16th, 2008 at 3:49 pm

    NYPD113th,

    Are you still here even after the patriot’s collaspe?

  18. NYPD113th February 16th, 2008 at 3:50 pm

    ThatWasMe,

    So I should be confident then. You have to assume the coaching staff will adjust his workouts between starts to give him more stamina.

    So we won the WS with a guy who was that bad, therefore, I should be confident that even a minor improvement will leave us in a great situtation.

    Thanks, you made me even more confident!

  19. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! February 16th, 2008 at 3:50 pm

    Found this on newsdays site. Some of the “Joe Rules”

    At the close of the first workout Friday, each Yankee found a printed list of rules on the chair in front of his locker, 17 in all, ranging from “Be on time — no excuse for lateness,” to a ban on earrings and cell phones in the dugout and a 1 a.m. curfew for the rest of spring training.

  20. NYPD113th February 16th, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    I am ray.

    I have decided to approach it as a Yankee fan and bask in past glory and tell everyone how great we used to be.

    Congrats to the Giants, they were the better team.

  21. ThatWasMe February 16th, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    The “he was tired” syndrome? Nice try 113th. He got schellacked the later half of the season after the league saw him a few times. If anything he has a worse season.

    http://www.baseball-reference......=matsuda01

  22. ThatWasMe February 16th, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    The Yankees were never sued for spying. lol

  23. NYPD113th February 16th, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    OK.

    So again, we won the WS with a, as you put it, lousy #2. So even if he improves a little we have a great shot again.

    It’s all good.

  24. ThatWasMe February 16th, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    NYPD113th Your lousy number 2 was 38 donuts, he’s done. If anything the fat toad was number a #3.

  25. NYPD113th February 16th, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    No, not really.

    Curt only made 24 starts last season. Due to injury he missed about 2 months worth of baseball. DiceK was our number 2 last year.

    Call him a 2, call him a 3. He won a WS ring.

  26. ThatWasMe February 16th, 2008 at 4:02 pm

    Probably why pecota projects the Yankees to win the division.

  27. ThatWasMe February 16th, 2008 at 4:03 pm

    He won the Massachusetts lottery too, doesn’t mean he will be a good pitcher

  28. ThatWasMe February 16th, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    Personally I think Dice-K at best is number 4.

  29. NYPD113th February 16th, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    Oh well in that case, why even play the season.

    Wanna take a stab at PECOTA’s projections for last season?

  30. Peter Abraham February 16th, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    Jennifer: That Newsday column was a bunch of hooey. It said that Torre didn’t have rules. In fact, Girardi’s list of rules were basically the same ones Torre handed out.

  31. NYPD113th February 16th, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    Also, we didn’t win the divison in 2004, and that season worked out OK. ;)

  32. NYPD113th February 16th, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    PETE,

    Love the use of the word “hooey”. ;)

  33. ThatWasMe February 16th, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    Dice-K’s 8.38 2007 season era against Baltimore is an impressive number. At least the Yankees only tagged him for 6.12. He was tired though.

  34. ThatWasMe February 16th, 2008 at 4:09 pm

    The fat toad really likes Texas 2007 season era 9.00. Maybe he won’t see Texas, Baltimore and NY in 2008.

  35. NYPD113th February 16th, 2008 at 4:11 pm

    LOL.

    Man, talk about cherry pickin numbers.

    Hopefully he pitches just as awful and starts a WS game like he did last season.

  36. ThatWasMe February 16th, 2008 at 4:11 pm

    Dice-Ks 2007 10.80 era in Comerica Park could be threatened in 2008.

  37. ThatWasMe February 16th, 2008 at 4:13 pm

    Well he was impressive in Dec. where he had no losses.

  38. NYPD113th February 16th, 2008 at 4:15 pm

    Plus the pressure of being a defending world champ may make those numbers worse.

  39. ThatWasMe February 16th, 2008 at 4:15 pm

    Not bad in the play-offs, not Bob Gibson either.
    Year Round Tm Opp WLser G GS ERA W L SV CG IP H ER BB SO
    +——+—–+—+—+—–+—+—+——+–+–+–+–+—–+—+—+—+—+
    2007 ALDS BOS LAA W 1 1 5.79 0 0 0 0 4.2 7 3 3 3
    ALCS BOS CLE W 2 2 5.59 1 1 0 0 9.2 12 6 2 9
    WS BOS COL W 1 1 3.38 1 0 0 0 5.1 3 2 3 5
    +——+—–+—+—+—–+—+—+——+–+–+–+–+—–+—+—+—+—+
    3 Postseason Ser 3-0 4 4 5.03 2 1 0 0 19.2 22 11 8 17

  40. NYPD113th February 16th, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    Unlike Yankee pitchers, he actually had numbers in late October. ;)

  41. ThatWasMe February 16th, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    Yeah 3 times in 90 years could create some pressure I guess.

  42. NYPD113th February 16th, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    I misremember the Yankee stats in the 2nd round of the playoffs last year.

    Can you post them? :)

  43. NYPD113th February 16th, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    “Yeah 3 times in 90 years could create some pressure I guess.”

    – No, probably not.

    But two in four, THIS century may. ;)

    I do give you credit, you posted about half a dozen times before reverting to a Yankee talking point.

  44. ThatWasMe February 16th, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    Unfortunately we went down early, because the team that won everything, we had defeated 9 times in the last twelve meetings.

  45. ThatWasMe February 16th, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    We started out slow last century too.

  46. NYPD113th February 16th, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    “Unfortunately we went down early, because the team that won everything, we had defeated 9 times in the last twelve meetings.”

    – Yeah, that’s too bad. Regular season superstars.

    Plus, PECOTA projected you to win the division last year. LOL

  47. ThatWasMe February 16th, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    Well after 9 years in row the choice become automatic. But why they didn’t pick the Red Sox in 2008?

  48. NYPD113th February 16th, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    “We started out slow last century too.”

    - I hope you’re right and this century goes like last. If so, you won’t catch up to us in championships until 2032.

    And much like last century, I won’t be alive to see the Yanks win most of their championships.

  49. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! February 16th, 2008 at 4:30 pm

    Thanks Pete, thats what I figured.

  50. NYPD113th February 16th, 2008 at 4:30 pm

    “Well after 9 years in row the choice become automatic. But why they didn’t pick the Red Sox in 2008?”

    No clue. Just like we weren’t picked in 2005. Somehow I’ll be able to sleep soundly tonight knowing those PECOTA projections. ;)

  51. ThatWasMe February 16th, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    And you won’t be alive to see the Sox replace the greatest franchise in the game either. 26.

  52. NYPD113th February 16th, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    “And you won’t be alive to see the Sox replace the greatest franchise in the game either. 26.”

    – WOW, awestruck by Yankee talking point number 2.

    I am taking notes though, being a Pats fan and all.

    If my team suddenly turns into an annual choke-job, like the NY Yankees, I will have to master talking points and basking in what “once was”. :)

  53. ThatWasMe February 16th, 2008 at 4:36 pm

    A Red Sox fan calling a Yankee fan choke artists, if that isn’t the height of hyprocrisy. 2 championships in 90 years.

  54. ThatWasMe February 16th, 2008 at 4:38 pm

    You guys want to come onto Yankee sites and talk about your 2 championships in 90 years then then when reminded the Yankees have won 26 in the same time period, those are talking points? How many times have the Sox won back to back?

  55. ThatWasMe February 16th, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    The biggest choke ever was in 1978 or was it against the Mets in 1985? Or was it in 2003?

  56. NYPD113th February 16th, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    “The biggest choke ever was in 1978 or was it against the Mets in 1985? Or was it in 2003?”

    – Well let’s see.

    What happened in 1978 has happened more than once in baseball history, just like what occurred in 1986.

    However, no team had ever lost a series after being up 3-0, plus the Yanks had homefield.

    Manipulate numbers all you want.

    THIS century:

    Boston 2
    NY 0

  57. ThatWasMe February 16th, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    No answer..It’s Saturday night, He probably had to go into work early to dust that nicotine stained northern pike hanging up over the back bar.

  58. ThatWasMe February 16th, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    In Boston math recent, history only goes back 4 years. The Yankee 3-peat of the 90s is ancient? Talking points? How about the whole “this century BS”.

  59. mel February 16th, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    How’s it going, everyone?

    Pete, thanks for the birdseye view of Phil.

  60. ThatWasMe February 16th, 2008 at 4:52 pm

    In 1978, the Red Sox held a 14-game lead in the American League East over the Yankees on July 18. On September 16, the Yankees held a 3.5 game lead over the Red Sox but the Sox won 12 of their next 14 games to overcome that deficit and forced a one-game playoff on October 2 at Fenway Park. Enter B. F. Dent.

  61. NYPD113th February 16th, 2008 at 4:54 pm

    Recent past.

    I wasn’t even allowed to drink when the Yanks were having their little run back last century.

    Before you worry about catching us in championships this century, focus on winning a playoff series, I mean it has been 4 years

  62. mel February 16th, 2008 at 4:54 pm

    ThatWasMe,

    C’mon. Get a room, guys. ;)

  63. NYPD113th February 16th, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    “In 1978″

    ………. I remember how devastated I was that autumn.

    Oh wait, no I don’t, I was 1.

  64. mel February 16th, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    Never mind. You guys can stay here. New thread.

  65. ThatWasMe February 16th, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    Yeah your lack of baseball history knowledge shows.

  66. NYPD113th February 16th, 2008 at 4:57 pm

    “Yeah your lack of baseball history knowledge shows.”

    - HAHA.

    When you run out of talking points and you know you are wrong, get personal.

    I love it.

  67. ThatWasMe February 16th, 2008 at 4:57 pm

    It figures I’m arguing with a pink hat.

  68. NYPD113th February 16th, 2008 at 4:58 pm

    “It figures I’m arguing with a pink hat.”

    - Pullin’ out the gems now!

    Almost outta gas That. :)

  69. ThatWasMe February 16th, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    Well you know all you second rate organizations like to come over here to hang with the best, but until you have a history like we have, you are just another team.

  70. NYPD113th February 16th, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    “Well you know all you second rate organizations like to come over here to hang with the best, but until you have a history like we have, you are just another team.”

    - Like General Patton. Amazing!

    Hold onto those memories That, they fade as time goes by.

  71. ThatWasMe February 16th, 2008 at 5:05 pm

    The Yankees have a hall of famer at every postion in case you didn’t know. Red Sox fans of course cannot make that statement either.

  72. KE February 16th, 2008 at 5:05 pm

    Here’s a question: Why does anyone even engage NYPD at this point? All he’s here to do is to get a reaction. Ignore him…eventually, he’ll slither away.

  73. OldYanksFan February 16th, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    NYPD113th is a baiter and a Troll
    You guys are idiots for talking to him.
    He will never go away if you talk to him.
    KNOCK IT OFF!!!

  74. NYPD113th February 16th, 2008 at 5:07 pm

    “The Yankees have a hall of famer at every postion in case you didn’t know. Red Sox fans of course cannot make that statement either.”

    - Again. I don’t need to look to the distant past. Our recent history has been great.

    But you keep celebrating those HOF’s. :)

  75. NYPD113th February 16th, 2008 at 5:08 pm

    “NYPD113th is a baiter and a Troll
    You guys are idiots for talking to him.
    He will never go away if you talk to him.
    KNOCK IT OFF!!!”

    – I do feel a little bad Old, That is getting pretty pissed and desperate.

    He’s gone from posting DiceK’s era in Texas to championing HOF’s from 50 years ago.

  76. ThatWasMe February 16th, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    Marlin fans feel the same way.

  77. NYPD113th February 16th, 2008 at 5:11 pm

    “Marlin fans feel the same way.”

    - Very good point. Like the Yanks, they haven’t won a playoff series in a few years.

    Now yer makin sense That!!!!!

  78. NYPD113th February 16th, 2008 at 5:11 pm

    However, they have won a WS this century, so in that sense they are unlike NY.

  79. NYPD113th February 16th, 2008 at 5:46 pm

    “Holy Shiit, I’m a new poster here, but talk about an idiot sawx fan obsessed with the Yankees. Grow the f up and get a life.”

    – HAHA. Someone else for my entertainment!

  80. dana February 16th, 2008 at 5:47 pm

    People, ignore this NYPD Red Sawx troll. Imagine spending your free time on a Sawx blog – talk about pathetic. It’s really quite flattering that after his little team won 2 Championships (finally – talk aout a drought)he’s still so concerned about our Ysnks. Funny, during the Yankees recent Dynasty, I never gave the Sawx a second thought.

  81. NYPD113th February 16th, 2008 at 5:59 pm

    Dana,

    Actually I am at work and winning arguments against Yankee fans is a nice break.

    I love your post BTW.

    You tell people to ignore me bc I’m a troll…………………and then you proceed to engage the same conversation as the others. “2 WS”, “the Yanks used to be a Dynasty”, blah, blah.

    You making these statements and mentioning the Sox means you do in fact give them a “second thought”.

    Thank you sweety, add you to my guest list. ;)

  82. flat beer in L.I. February 16th, 2008 at 6:05 pm

    I’m amazed. How can a guy operate a bar 5 deep in customers, give them good service, and still find time to blog with jibberish ?

  83. NYPD113th February 16th, 2008 at 6:11 pm

    “I’m amazed. How can a guy operate a bar 5 deep in customers, give them good service, and still find time to blog with jibberish ?”

    – Must suck being old, let me help you.

    Bars don’t get really busy on Friday and Sat. nights til about 11 PM. ;)

  84. ThatWasMe February 16th, 2008 at 6:54 pm

    Well he should live for moment and enjoy his recent success because thats all he has. Venture to say they will not win another one in another 90 years. But for a follower of a 2nd rate organization he has to live for today, for that is all he has.

  85. ThatWasMe February 16th, 2008 at 6:56 pm

    You could do your customers a favor clean your restrooms or dust off the nicotine stained northern pike you have hanging behind your bar.

  86. NYPD113th February 16th, 2008 at 7:27 pm

    “Venture to say they will not win another one in another 90 years. ”

    – Wow! Dusted that one off the November 2004 shelf did ya?

  87. NYPD113th February 16th, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    “You could do your customers a favor clean your restrooms or dust off the nicotine stained northern pike you have hanging behind your bar.”

    – I guess when I turn 60 that’ll be humerous, huh? ;)

  88. Travis G. February 16th, 2008 at 7:59 pm

    wow. is this idiot for real? he hangs out on a Yankee blog for hours trying to get attention like an 8-year-old girl? how pitiful.

  89. Phil Hughes is Saved! February 16th, 2008 at 8:55 pm

    I’m so excited for Phil and the other kids. :)

  90. andre February 16th, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    Actually, NYPD was being civil. ThatWasMe is the one who persisted with stupid comments. And NYPD killed him every time.

    (Phillies fan who just happened to stop by.)

  91. TGFizeek February 16th, 2008 at 10:39 pm

    Hilarious. Exchanges like this are what being a fan are all about.

    Now empty the ashtrays and get to those glasses NYPD113! Remember THE CURSE IS BACK!!

  92. Mary February 16th, 2008 at 11:49 pm

    NYPD is ready for a padded room.

  93. Marc February 16th, 2008 at 11:56 pm

    I’m sure Pete loves this guy because he draws posts. It’s all about hits.

  94. rover February 17th, 2008 at 10:05 am

    Hey Pete, I run a town car service on the other side of the bay. You could tell the players that if they want to work around that 1am curfew, flybynight will work with em. lol. naw.

  95. bodhisattva February 17th, 2008 at 8:12 pm

    it also has the opposite effect. i come on here wanting to read comments about the yankees, and this is a hughes thread, theoretically, who i am stoked about, along with the other 2/3rds of the triumvirate. it starts out ok, and then there is yet another red sox fan, seeking yankee validation, attempting to bait people and assuming that the opponent’s fan base is as obsessed with the opposition as he apparently is w/the yankees. yawn… i guess i just don’t get it. i visited a red sox forum exactly once to see if i could get some detail on their prospects. well, there wasn’t much prospect chatter that day, i guess, and i got bored pretty fast reading people’s fretful posts about the posibility of losing jason varitek for an extended period. it dawned on me: being on another team’s fan site is like being around two people who are madly in love. it’s only deep if YOU’RE the one in love, otherwise, it’s incredibly banal. The thing is, I’m just not interested in what red sox fans have to say about the yankees, even if they’re doing it in some faux diplomatic “i’m a LEAGUE fan, too…” politically correct way. I want to talk about MY team w/MY fans…so when I see this, I groan, scroll down, hoping it ends soon, in search of yankee dialogue. If the “banter” goes on for too long, I log off.


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