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Reporting for duty

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Feb 19, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The position players report today and will get their physicals. Had a chance to speak to most of the guys including Jason Giambi, Johnny Damon, Melky Cabrera and Robbie Cano.

Everybody seems to have taken Joe Girardi’s mandate to show up in shape seriously. “I’m going to be doing underwear ads,” Giambi said.

(Hope you weren’t eating)

Damon said he’s only four pounds lighter than he was last season but “everything is distributed better.” He said this was the first offseason in a while when he had a chance to focus on preparation. In 2003, he was coming off a severe concussion. In 2004, he was celebrating. In 2005, he was a free agent. In 2006, his wife had a baby.

“This was the first time I had some time to myself,” he said. “I spent a lot of time in the gym.”

Giambi talked at length about Andy Pettitte in comparison to his situation a few years ago. “The hard part is over for him now,” he said.

A-Rod won’t talk to the media until tomorrow.

The team is on the field. Back later with assorted audio and a report on the events of the day.

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170 Responses to “Reporting for duty”

  1. Steve Lombardi February 19th, 2008 at 11:02 am

    Pete – how did A-Rod look? Did he maintain his “super” shape from last season?

  2. frits February 19th, 2008 at 11:04 am

    i’d also love to know how melky looked. i have my doubts about that kid’s work ethic…

  3. frits February 19th, 2008 at 11:04 am

    disclaimer: with respect to other players on the team

  4. jessica(Let's Go Yankees) February 19th, 2008 at 11:05 am

    (Hope you weren’t eating)

    This one is funny

  5. Fleas February 19th, 2008 at 11:07 am

    Wahoooo… man I am counting the days!

    I’ve been teasing myself with Yankee Classics all week. I can’t wait to go to the Yankees vs USF exhibition on 2/29.

    Man did this offseason fly by with all the drama or what??

    (Just ordered my new Yankees gear from mlb.com)

    Hey, I’m just curious.. Does anyone else have the problem of fitting an authentic Yankee’s hat. I think I have an odd size head — don’t laugh I don’t have a watermelon head —

    my hat size is between medium and large at 22.2″ which means the media hat is too small and the next size up is too big.. Am I the only one with this problem?

    Grr

  6. Fleas February 19th, 2008 at 11:08 am

    err media above should have been medium

  7. Brandon (Proud supporter of "Alex being Alex") February 19th, 2008 at 11:08 am

    Alex better be in shape this season :)

  8. DMan February 19th, 2008 at 11:10 am

    I suppose it’s a nice problem to have, and it’s way to soon to be saying the Yankees have it..

    But is anybody worried that we might have to many position players capeable of playing 1B and the OF?

    I feel like that could lead to a lot of second guessing this season, and thats never fun.

  9. Brandon (Proud supporter of "Alex being Alex") February 19th, 2008 at 11:11 am

    nope because they become good trade chips.

  10. Artie A February 19th, 2008 at 11:13 am

    Sounds like the Giardi era is beginning! If these guys can stay healthy ( Big IF), this could be quite a year!

  11. Elizabeth February 19th, 2008 at 11:15 am

    Alex is in PHENOMENAL shape. Saw pics of him in a Miami Herald article working out in the U of Miami gym with a college player. He looks even more toned than last year.

    I’d love to know what Melky had to say. I love that kid.

  12. Brandon (Proud supporter of "Alex being Alex") February 19th, 2008 at 11:16 am

    Elizabeth the links please :)

  13. TurnTwo February 19th, 2008 at 11:16 am

    to lift some words from Obama, this has got me fired up and ready to go!

  14. kd February 19th, 2008 at 11:18 am

    My guess is Giambi being in shape is a very good thing. If he can play 1b once a week and DH well, it’s going to make the lineup that much better. If he’ healthy, let’s hope he can still mash

  15. AlexCT February 19th, 2008 at 11:19 am

    i want to see pics of damon and giambi to see what kindof shape their in. could be interesting. they are two guys that have the abilty to produce a lot more than they did last year.

  16. Elizabeth February 19th, 2008 at 11:22 am

    Sure thing Brandon, here ya go:

    http://www.miamiherald.com/924.....l?number=0

    #29 in particular emphasizes his complete lack of body fat (he was at around 9% in 07). I’m so excited he’s back!

  17. Brandon (Proud supporter of "Alex being Alex") February 19th, 2008 at 11:25 am

    never mind I found the Arod being a mentor to a Hurricane player article he does look in even better shape than last season. Damn he never leaves the field.

    Alex

  18. Elizabeth February 19th, 2008 at 11:29 am

    Seriously! The guy’s a machine, now. Hopefully, he won’t enter that “Post-MVP” slump like 04 and 06. He looks tons fitter than those years, though, and acknowledged that he could have been in better shape.

  19. Fran February 19th, 2008 at 11:29 am

    Alex was on tv about 2 weeks ago at the Thurman Munson dinner. He definitely looked like he is in shape. Plus he should have a great year – no more opt out questions!

  20. Derek February 19th, 2008 at 11:30 am

    I read that players will be allowed to have beards and go-tees under Joe Girardi. Can you possibly comment on that?

  21. Whatevered February 19th, 2008 at 11:33 am

    No chance for that Derek

  22. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge February 19th, 2008 at 11:33 am

    Not sure where I read it, it could have been on this very blog. But I read that Joe called, texted players or agents saying they better show up to camp in shape.

    Also heard that Wilson looks in better shape, but it sounded as though he still doesn’t look great.

  23. Spidur February 19th, 2008 at 11:35 am

    “I’m going to be doing underwear ads,” Giambi said.

    Anybody have any brain soap so I can erase that mental image?

    Thanks for the link, Brandon. Alex looks in fantastic shape. Can’t wait to see the pics of the others starting to appear later today…

  24. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge February 19th, 2008 at 11:37 am

    I read that as well, I think Pete posted it. As long as they are short and well kept.

  25. Stu H February 19th, 2008 at 11:40 am

    Hey Pete, any chance we could see some pictures, in particular of Giambi (in uniform, no underwear ads, please)?

  26. pat February 19th, 2008 at 11:41 am

    Phil Hughes said on his blog that he hadn’t heard about any facial hair rule change.

  27. Brandon (Proud supporter of "Alex being Alex") February 19th, 2008 at 11:43 am

    it’s to early for rookies/sophmores :lol:

  28. mel February 19th, 2008 at 11:44 am

    Umm. Can anyone tell me what Jason was celebrating in 2004? Baby Giambis? Cute. I wonder if there’ll be a line of baby hair products. “Giambino’s Pimpin’ Pomade”

    Good to see the guys in shape.

  29. randy l. February 19th, 2008 at 11:45 am

    girardi’s emphasis on conditioning seems to be contagious. i remember don zimmer, saying when girardi was first acquired by the yankees, that yankee fans would be surprised and that girardi was a winner. i think zimmer had been his manager. girardi’s coming to the yankees was not popular at the time.

    i think he does have that intangible quality of winners. at the top of the list, the one thing i am excited for the yankee seasson, is girardi passing on that winning spirit to a team that has been needing something to get over the top for a while.

  30. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge February 19th, 2008 at 11:45 am

    pat, I guess Phil didn’t read the list Joe left him. :) Either that or he isn’t sure if he is allowed to share the rules.

  31. Brandon (Proud supporter of "Alex being Alex") February 19th, 2008 at 11:46 am

    my guess it’s hazing :(

  32. Phil February 19th, 2008 at 11:47 am

    The facial hair rule is the same as years past. There was a bogus set of “new” rules posted by Newsday that was proven to be false.

  33. R a t a c h e w y . February 19th, 2008 at 11:47 am

    Hell no! abandon the facial hair rule? Just look at those Red Sox slobs.

  34. Elizabeth February 19th, 2008 at 11:47 am

    I doesn’t make sense for Girardi to have the say over facial hair. That comes from higher up.

  35. Marc February 19th, 2008 at 11:49 am

    Since the Yankees are hoping to see someone step up in ST to prove he can take the 8th inning over that way Joba can start, I believe that Girardi will give Farnsworth every opportunity to prove himself. Joe G has said in the off season that he believes in Farns and they are paying him to pitch the 8th.

  36. R a t a c h e w y February 19th, 2008 at 11:51 am

    Pete, We want pictures! We want pictures! We want pictures!

  37. SJ44 February 19th, 2008 at 11:51 am

    Facial hair rules come from the Steinbrenners, not Girardi.

    There haven’t been any changes to that rule.

    Mel, Pete was talking about Damon, not Giambi, when breaking down the years and why it was difficult for him to workout in the off-season.

  38. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--27/08 February 19th, 2008 at 11:53 am

    Everybody seems to have taken Joe Girardi’s mandate to show up in shape seriously. “I’m going to be doing underwear ads,” Giambi said.

    (Hope you weren’t eating)

    Dude. I am.

  39. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge February 19th, 2008 at 11:53 am

    Tejada isn’t talking, I wonder if they will hound every team made past and present about it.

  40. Elizabeth February 19th, 2008 at 11:53 am

    I have a good feeling about Kyle this year. He really admires Joe and wants to pitch well for him. He’s also had success working with him in the past. His opp. numbers are way down in the 73 innings he pitched to Girardi. We also saw glimpses of his talent in the second half. He pitched scoreless innings 13/17 at the end of the season. And anyone remember his Magglio and Sheff strikeouts and his 13-pitch 1-2-3 in that 3am Tigers game in August?

  41. Y's Guy February 19th, 2008 at 11:53 am

    im psyched to hear they are in shape. Last season the slow start cost them the division.

  42. Whatevered February 19th, 2008 at 11:53 am

    Pete, I went through some of the blog archives and I was wondering what happened at the end with your bet about Bernie with jim baumbach. For those who don’t know they had a bet on if Bernie will get at least one at bat for the yankees last season. Pete was right, Did you get your meal Pete, if yes what and where was it.

  43. sunny615 February 19th, 2008 at 11:54 am

    I’m sick with that flu that’s going around and your blog Pete is the only thing keeping me sane. Just wanted to say thanks for all your hard work. It’s much appreciated.

  44. mel February 19th, 2008 at 11:55 am

    SJ,

    Duh! Thanks.

  45. Boston Dave February 19th, 2008 at 11:56 am

    does anyone know the ticketmaster Yankee tickets pre-sale password??

  46. Scott February 19th, 2008 at 11:56 am

    To Mel:

    It wasn’t Giambi that article discussed. It was Damon.

  47. hmmm (kinder, gentler version) February 19th, 2008 at 11:56 am

    “Can anyone tell me what Jason was celebrating in 2004? Baby Giambis? ”

    i believe this was in reference to Damon.

  48. SJ44 February 19th, 2008 at 11:58 am

    The more I read about the conditioning edicts and how guys are following them, it starts to bother me a bit Torre wasn’t more focused on this area.

    It may be as simple as New School vs. Old School approaches to spring training.

    However, it really is an indictment of the last couple of years (especially last year) of the Torre reign that so many guys weren’t in condition when they arrived in Tampa.

    Granted, Girardi has the benefit of a couple of guys (Moose and Giambi) being in the last year of their deals. That always seems to make guys come into camp in better shape.

    However, absent rehabbing off-season surgery or an injury, its really inexcusable for players to report to camp out of shape, IMO.

    Its nice to see Girardi has a handle on this.

  49. Fleas February 19th, 2008 at 11:58 am

    sunny615,

    I just got over that flu. It lasted 5 days for me and was miserable. My fiancee got it too, but she didn’t get it nearly as bad as I did.

    Drink lots of water, gatorade and don’t forget the chicken soup!

    hope you feel better soon..

  50. S.o.S.27(opposed to f-3) February 19th, 2008 at 11:59 am

    Giambi,Britton and Bruney should do a Yankees/Calvin Kline Plus size underwear commercial.

  51. sunny615 February 19th, 2008 at 11:59 am

    Plus I’m browsing using my iPod Touch. God I love technology.

  52. mel February 19th, 2008 at 11:59 am

    SJ,

    I thought in years past they could only have mustaches?

    BTW, is anyone else irritated that it takes a “request” from a new manager or contract years for people to show up in shape? I know it’s more related to the fact that Girardi has said they’ll be using the merit system.

    But really, they’re professional athletes.

  53. pat February 19th, 2008 at 12:00 pm

    Hank has done most of the talking but Hal has given GQ a sit down interview:

    http://men.style.com/gq/blogs/.....er-tk.html

  54. sunny615 February 19th, 2008 at 12:03 pm

    Thanks Fleas. I got hot and cold flashes, hacking coughs, severe body aches and fever. I’m drinking whatever I can get my hands on. I appreciate the advice.

  55. S.o.S.27(opposed to f-3) February 19th, 2008 at 12:06 pm

    Dammit mel,
    It was Damon they were talking about and his 3(total,almost as good as the 6 second abs) day workout plan. Wake up and follow along.

    Good to see the all-star crew out this morning. hmmm/sj and other regulars. I guess the season must be getting under way. Worse and slowest offseason that i can remember. Glad its over.

    Girardi was the best offseason move. He will hold players accountable and not play favorites to veterans. I expect more youth movement this year. Very refreshing.

  56. Kasey B February 19th, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    I’d welcome the underwear ads!

  57. mel February 19th, 2008 at 12:09 pm

    S.o.S.

    Yes. I know. My Mensa membership card is not worth the paper it’s printed on.

  58. mel February 19th, 2008 at 12:12 pm

    You guys were talking Tino this morning? Video up on the mlb page of espn.com.

  59. pat February 19th, 2008 at 12:15 pm

    Mel

    Completely agree. It does irritate me. Adults in any profession should put themselves in the best situation they can to succeed. In baseball that means being in the best condition they can be in.

  60. Chuck February 19th, 2008 at 12:15 pm

    Somebody asked about pre-sale passwords for the Yankees on ticketmaster — I am pretty sure the pre-sale passwords is ticket-account specific. It is not one pre-sale password like you get when you are a member of a fan club.

  61. swo February 19th, 2008 at 12:17 pm

    Of course Phil knows about the facial hair rules! He’s actually been growing a beard for the past 3 months now. You just can’t tell because he’s just too young to grow a beard, and he’s embarrassed to say anything about it.

  62. Kat February 19th, 2008 at 12:20 pm

    Boston Dave, you have to get your pre-on sale password from your my yankees account. go to yankees.com and go to tickets – at the bottom of the drop down is “my yankees account.” You can then log in and find your password by clicking on “edit profile” and scrolling until you see it.

    Of course, this will not work if you are a season or partial season ticket holder!

  63. Mark February 19th, 2008 at 12:22 pm

    I think the Girardi being the new manager, despite what people may say will make the Yankees the team to beat.

  64. S.o.S.27(opposed to f-3) February 19th, 2008 at 12:22 pm

    pat,
    I want to go a step further. I cant stand when these guys are mingling with the other team before the game starts. For example a Yankee with a Red Sox. I played baseball vs. my best freind and we didnt speek till after the game was over. I know it has to do with more free agents switching team and the same agent representing both. But i think they should have their game face on till the final out.
    Also, i miss crap being thrown after a loss or an out. All i can think about is some of the playoff loses when they show Damon with a smurk on his face. I guess times have changed for the worse IMO. Man i miss Pauli.

  65. mel February 19th, 2008 at 12:25 pm

    Thanks Pat. It’s kind of spooky to think that Girardi may have followed the Yankees very closely from the get go last season. I’m sure his highly analytical mind picked up on all kinds of things he thought could be improved. (Or he came here for the Cliff Notes version)

    When you think about it, it’s amazing that the Yankees achieved the second best record in mlb and made the second-half push in the tough AL.

    Changing the subject here, but I’m watching the beat writer for the Astros report that Miguel Tejada arrived in the Astros camp to hugs & high-fives. Their owner has said that Roger would be welcome in camp (presumably to consult). The Yankees have embraced Andy, as they should. At the end of the day, these owners, managers, and players just want to play ball. As they should.

  66. JonMichel February 19th, 2008 at 12:27 pm

    Today is going slow without seeing any new pictures from positional players reporting for the Yanks!

  67. S.o.S.27(opposed to f-3) February 19th, 2008 at 12:28 pm

    “I think the Girardi being the new manager, despite what people may say will make the Yankees the team to beat.”

    I concure. I can see him being sort of like Scossia, when it comes to being aggressive on offense. From bunting to stealing to hit and run. All out pressure on the opposition. I wonder if he is requiring every player not named Arod to learn how to bunt? Maybe having Giambi work on going the other way on a drag bunt or a regular hit. Its frustarting to see him hit into the shift everytime up.

  68. mel February 19th, 2008 at 12:28 pm

    Continuing on my meandering rant. Why is the New York media killing Andy? The espn.com Yankee haters have written favorable articles.

  69. Elizabeth February 19th, 2008 at 12:29 pm

    Exactly, Mark!! Couple the fact that the Yankees were one Boston win away from playing the injured Angels in post-season with the fact that those same guys who won 51 games in the second half are all back, and you have the recipe for a team who can win the East. Remember, were it not for those injuries in April and May, the 2007 Yankees likely would have won 100 games.

    Just watched the Tino interview. Wow, he’s looking OLD. It’s kind of surreal.

  70. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge February 19th, 2008 at 12:33 pm

    Mel good question. This idiot on espn now, keeps carrying on about Andy talking about religion and why does he get away with using it. IF he was as big of a Yankee fan as he claims to be he would know that this is Andy Pettitte. Andy Pettitte would lead bible study classes with his team. This is not a show.

  71. BBB February 19th, 2008 at 12:34 pm

    I didn’t read through all the comments, so someone may have already asked this but how’s Abreu looking? He is the one I really worry about fitness-wise, I knew Damon just suffered from not being able to work out last offseason, and would be in fine shape this year. But definitely curious about Bobby.

    I heard Brian Bruney also lost about 20 lbs this winter. So it seems like Girardi got through and showed he meant business about showing up in shape. If he could get the insubordinate chair-throwing Bruney to listen, then he can get anyone to listen! Hopefully Great Britton and Betemit will be next to shed some weight…and give it to Edwar, he could use it! :D

    Oh, and I had to ROFL at Giambi’s underwear ad quote cause when I close my eyes and picture what he will look like when he gets old, I always get a mental image of Ron Jeremy. So maybe he will go down that path post-retirement, lol.

  72. pat February 19th, 2008 at 12:35 pm

    The NY media will kill Andy until A-Rod says something for them to pick on and then they’ll switch their focus to him.

    Since Pete says he isn’t addressing the media until tomorrow, Andy will have to deal with at least one more day of venom.

  73. Elizabeth February 19th, 2008 at 12:38 pm

    BBB-Bobby says he’s been working out with a personal trainer all off-season and that he’s determined to enter camp in shape.

  74. S.o.S.27(opposed to f-3) February 19th, 2008 at 12:45 pm

    Question for all,

    What player or players would you resign if they have a good contract year? IMO only Abreu.

  75. Elizabeth February 19th, 2008 at 12:45 pm

    Abreu for sure…maybe Damon if he’s got some life in his legs.

  76. Elizabeth February 19th, 2008 at 12:47 pm

    Abreu for sure. Maybe Damon if he’s got some life in his legs and his bat still had pop. But that’s a big maybe. They have Tebata, Jackson, and Melky to play outfield so they don’t necessarily need Damon.

  77. murphydog February 19th, 2008 at 12:49 pm

    mel:

    “Continuing on my meandering rant. Why is the New York media killing Andy? The espn.com Yankee haters have written favorable articles.”

    You are not living in NY right? (I can’t remember if you are from here or not). But I have the explanation.

    NYC is as liberal a town as it gets. In fact, most city friends of mine are still taking extra showers to get the stain of Rudy Giuliani off their flesh. (They are still my friends even if they are misguided).

    The NYC chapter of the anti-religionist media cabal is alive and well. To them Andy = Born Again Christian = Hypocrite = Condescending = Right Wing Fanatic = Bush = Satan. In many ways I think the writers hate Andy as much as Clemens, not for what Andy did, but because of what they perceive him to stand for.

    Having said all that, I do not think our gracious host has killed Andy. I think Pete’s been right on the money about just how far the “aw shucks” routine goes. But The Daily News’ Denis Hamill and Lupica? I have to give it up for Hamill. Today he actually passed Lupica on the scum meter. And that’s saying something.

  78. S.o.S.27(opposed to f-3) February 19th, 2008 at 12:51 pm

    Elizabeth,
    Damon has one more year after this one. I doubt they will re up his contract after it expires in 09.

  79. JohnC February 19th, 2008 at 12:52 pm

    Damon has one more year after this season on his contract. As for Abreu, it depends on the progress of Austin Jackson and Jose Tabata this season. I can see the Yanks offering Abreu a 2-3 year contract if he has a good season, but he may want something longer.

  80. raymagnetic â„¢ February 19th, 2008 at 12:53 pm

    Damon’s signed through ’09. If Moose has a good year the Yankees might offer him a one year contract. Giambi’s gone. I’m not sure about Abreu. I doubt Ajax or Tabata will be ready to take over next year so they may look to re-sign him.

  81. Iowa Yank February 19th, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    Pretty good read about the farm from mlb.com:
    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/articl.....8;c_id=mlb

  82. Boston Dave February 19th, 2008 at 12:57 pm

    Chuck/Kat,

    Thanks for the response.. Guess I’ll be buying on ebay :)

  83. S.o.S.27(opposed to f-3) February 19th, 2008 at 12:58 pm

    JohnC,
    I would pass on Abreu if its not for an extra year. We have both youngsters in the minors who could be ready for 09. If not, go with someone internal till their ready(Duncan). I think we signed Rivera, Arod and Posada for one or more years too many. Id hate to see Abreu here for 3 more years, with the last 2 sitting the bench in Giambi’s role p.h.

  84. Elizabeth February 19th, 2008 at 12:58 pm

    My bad. I knew that, too. 4-yr, $50 mil in 2006. It must have been wishful thinking that he’ll have a final contract year in production this year. :) Now I feel a little silly.

  85. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge February 19th, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    Andy got a standing O’ from Yankee fans at George field. :) YEAH!!

    I just read that piece of garbage article by that unnamed paper. What a cry baby. Boo Hoo this guy’s kid didn’t get an autograph. He is the son a police officer. Like just because someone is a cop they deserve to get everything? Like there aren’t dirty cops? Please. I’ll pen him an email later, telling him what a piece of garbage I think he is.

    Also if anyone reads the LI Paper, there is a columist that constantly deletes any comments that are negative towards him.

  86. swo February 19th, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    murphydog – You are 100% correct. It’s a shame it has to be that way in NY…

  87. mel February 19th, 2008 at 1:02 pm

    Abreu for sure. He’s Robin to Alex’s Batman.

    murphydog,

    No I’m not from the area, but I know that they’re notorious for being vicious and travel in a pack.

    I’m just saying it’s like eating your own young. And regardless of whether or not someone has different beliefs than you or if a player did something wrong, they should still be afforded respect.

    I’m not surprised after what they’ve done to Giambi and Alex. I guess I was surprised that they weren’t somewhat affected by Andy’s plight and willingness to give the New York media an audience at all.

  88. S.o.S.27(opposed to f-3) February 19th, 2008 at 1:03 pm

    Serious question,
    Would you re-up Farns if he has a good year under Girardi?

  89. Elizabeth February 19th, 2008 at 1:04 pm

    murphydog–I’m as liberal as it gets, and I’d have to say I agree with the assessment of Andy as far as the Baptist thing goes, but I do think he’s inherently a good man. It doesn’t make me happy that he’s most likely very conservative, but he’s never made any public comments that were anti-gay or other socially conservative stereotypes, so I’m okay with just enjoying him as a ballplayer. If his faith makes him treat others better, then that’s fine with me.

  90. murphydog February 19th, 2008 at 1:05 pm

    jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge:

    I wouldn’t waste my (cyber) breath on Mr. Hamill.

  91. Elizabeth February 19th, 2008 at 1:05 pm

    disclaimer: I understand that wasn’t murphydog’s feelings about Andy, but rather what was observed in NY. Just putting that out there. :)

  92. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge February 19th, 2008 at 1:09 pm

    murphydog

    You’re right, he probably never empties his email box like Lupica so he can’t get the hate mail. It is funny skimming thru the comments, I’d bet my savings that the ones praising his article aren’t Yankee fans.

    Also I don’t understand this hate against Andy for being a religious person.

  93. mel February 19th, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    S.o.S.

    I’m expecting a bounce back year form Farnsworth.

    But I wouldn’t re-sign him.

    You can’t teach someone to be “Stone” cold on the mound.

    He’s got a balky back.

    He won’t take less. He’ll get tons on the open market.

    He would be blocking the way for the young arms.

  94. Elizabeth February 19th, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    mel–

    har har @ “Stone”

  95. murphydog February 19th, 2008 at 1:20 pm

    Elizabeth:

    At least you believe Andy can be inherently good despite being a Christian. That shows an open mind.

  96. murphydog February 19th, 2008 at 1:21 pm

    Elizabeth:

    Just putting it out there.

  97. mel February 19th, 2008 at 1:22 pm

    Elizabeth,

    I knew you guys would catch that one. Yankee fans are the smartest.

    Is sports a religion? If yes, then I’m religious. A fanatic.

    I think it’s okay for athletes to acknowledge God. Although it’s funny to think that God actually helped you hit some record-breaking homerun. Or that he told you it’s okay to have some sugar babe on the side.

    But as long as they’re not holding bible study in the dugout, freedom of religion is a constitutional right.

    One thing threw me for a loop yesterday, though. Andy said that besides his relationship with God, his family was his top priority. Does that mean God is 1A and the family is 1B? Or 1 & 2? God doesn’t do your laundry and cook for you. God doesn’t make you proud for doing well in a football game or getting good grades like a good son should. Sorry, meandering again…

  98. BBB February 19th, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    Elizabeth – thanks for the update on Abreu. Glad to hear it, I live in Phillies territory (unfortunately) and they are always on him about being lazy, so I do enjoy being able to gloat about him seeming less so now that he’s a Yankee!

    And in answer to SoS27′s question, Abreu is the only one in a contract year that I would re-sign after a good season. I think batting behind him improves A-Rod’s game even more, and because we’ve already made such a big investment in him, it makes sense to invest in Abreu to protect him in the lineup.

    Bobby is also easily the best 2-strike hitter in the game. I’ve lost count of how many times I have seen him fouling off tough pitches in an 0-2 count, then next thing you know he’s either hitting a line drive double or drawing a walk. I’ve heard a lot of people say he’s overrated but if anything he’s underrated IMO, cause people get so hung up on his issues with walls and taking the 1st pitch too often, that they forget about his positive attributes.

    I would NOT, however, re-sign him if he wanted the same amount of guaranteed years he’d get on the open market. He would have to take a shorter deal.

    Oh and technically Andy is also in a contract year, I always forget since he said he’s pitching 10 more years, I have him penciled in the rotation through 2017 :) But would definitely re-sign him and hope Ca$h concurs!

  99. Elizabeth February 19th, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    mel,

    From what I know, Andy has the right idea re: his priorities. I’m Catholic, and my mother, when getting her Theology masters, used to tell me that what Christians are SUPPOSED to do is put God first over others. It seems odd, but that’s the intended order. So at least Andy’s being consistent. It might be tough to fathom, but you can’t fault him for getting his church’s teachings wrong, I suppose.

    Sorry. Back to baseball!!! AP has a few pictures up from today’s workouts, most of them–surprise surprise–of Andy.

  100. chris (Yorktown) February 19th, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    I expect Farnsworth to have the worst year of his career in 2008. He has been marginal for years now, this season he will completely lose it.

  101. TurnTwo February 19th, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    wow, talk about optimistic, huh chris?

  102. Vegomatic February 19th, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    I am hoping Farnsworth has a decent year so the Yanks can pull a sandwich pick out of letting him walk as they did with the Viz.

  103. mel February 19th, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    Elizabeth,

    Thanks. That clears it up. Still, I feel that family should be the priority. (even though wives come and go!)

  104. chris (Yorktown) February 19th, 2008 at 1:46 pm

    by the way, did you hear the nets just traded Kidd for a RETIRED player (Van Horn)?

  105. DMan February 19th, 2008 at 1:46 pm

    Who knows.. Maybe with another offseason to work on his slider a bit, he can become a more capeable pitcher.

    We just have to wait and see.

  106. murphydog February 19th, 2008 at 1:46 pm

    mel:

    Gale Sayers, a record breaking former NFL running back with the Chicago Bears, wrote a book about his life called “I Am Third.” God was first in his life, his family second and he was third. To Sayers, love of and obedience to God came first, above all else. Love of and obedience to his wife and family came second and he came last. My guess is that Pettitte has a similar, traditional belief system.

    “But as long as they’re not holding bible study in the dugout, freedom of religion is a constitutional right.”

    Just curious, but why couldn’t they hold a bible study session in the dugout if their other team mates are cool with it? The Yankees have or have had a group of players who regularly have prayer together and may even do Bible study together on the road. For some reason a lot of people interpret Freedom of Religion as freedom from religion. In fact, the constitutional provisions relating to Freedom of Religion (and The Anti-Establishment clause) restrict government action, not private action.

    Being deferential, considerate and tolerant of the views and beliefs of others should logically extend to how and when others pray, shouldn’t it?

  107. murphydog February 19th, 2008 at 1:48 pm

    mel:

    Not trying to be a buzz kill, just asking.

  108. DJ February 19th, 2008 at 1:49 pm

    Pete, can you tell us what kind of shape Cano is in?

  109. Mark February 19th, 2008 at 1:49 pm

    I think the Yankee players became too comfortable with the nice guy attitude of Joe Torre after ’03, that the new look that the Yankees have in Joe Girardi will rejuvenate this team. He is creating pandemonium, making every player show up in shape and giving everybody a chance to compete for a spot especially for relievers. This is the first year of a reloading year fo the Yankees, and I am excited.

  110. OldYanksFan February 19th, 2008 at 1:49 pm

    Elizabeth and ARod… sittin’ in a tree…

  111. DMan February 19th, 2008 at 1:51 pm

    Mark-

    Well they know that theres no more playing favorites, especially when it comes to the rotation and the bullpen.. ]

    Everybody knew that Torre had his go-to guys out of the pen, but this year its up in the air. Preform well, and you could find yourself in an important role.

  112. mel February 19th, 2008 at 1:51 pm

    murphydog,

    I meant during a game. lol.

  113. S.o.S.27(opposed to f-3) February 19th, 2008 at 1:52 pm

    bbb(Ca$h concurs!)
    Im proud of the streak i have going of miss spelling at least a word per day. As you can tell i never ONE a spelling bee contest. Here i thought i would bring a advanced word to the conversation. Ill stick to my 3rd grade level words. I concur with your concur.

    As far as Abreu is concerned. He does scare me when he has to go back for a ball. You know with the electicuted wall in all. But he does help Arod alot and takes alot of pitches. Again, if its no more than 2 years than maybe. If we have Arod going for 10 years to break Hank Aarons record. Why not have Andy go 10 years to get to 300 wins.

  114. mel February 19th, 2008 at 1:52 pm

    And in my culture, children are cherished more than anything.

  115. BBB February 19th, 2008 at 1:54 pm

    Chris, the news of that Kidd trade made me throw up a little bit in my mouth, and I’m not even a Nets fan. WTF are they thinking? Way to REWARD Dallas and that punk Jerry “30 days rest” Stackhouse for running his mouth in the first place! I feel bad for Nets fans right now which is quite monumental since I’m a Miami fan and we suck way worse.

    Anywhoo, back to baseball…that Kidd stuff was the only thing that could tear my mind away from position players reporting for a minute. What a dumb move!

  116. Elizabeth February 19th, 2008 at 1:57 pm

    mel,

    I’m not saying I disagree with you. But that’s the rationale behind what Andy’s saying.

  117. TurnTwo February 19th, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    it’s really not a bad deal for the Nets… they get 2 expriring contracts and 2 first round picks for a 35 year old point guard who was on a team going nowhere.

    good chance to rebuild and reload for the move into Brooklyn… dont be surprised with that cap space if they make a huge move for LeBron when he’s done with his current deal in Cleveland.

  118. mel February 19th, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    Sorry, that seemed kind of random. I’ll try that again.

    In my culture children are cherished more than anything. That’s why it’s difficult for me to wrap my mind around the God is more important than the family thing.

  119. OldYanksFan February 19th, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    Did we see any pitchers improve under Guidry. I love the guy, but I don’t think he was much of a coach. I’m sure any experienced pitcher, like Moose or Roger, has something to offer from their experience. But there is a lot more to being a real pitching coach then that.

    I have a feeling Ron was a lousy pitching coach.

  120. mel February 19th, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    Elizabeth,

    Sorry about that. I wasn’t painting you with the same brush.

  121. Elizabeth February 19th, 2008 at 2:02 pm

    Yeah, re: Guidry. I haven’t heard many positive things about him as a coach, but Eiland has been praised up and down. Karstens credits him with turning his career around when he was in AA. He should be great with the kids.

  122. Brandon (Proud supporter of "Alex being Alex") February 19th, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    LOL the Kidd trade favors NJ not Dallas

    first off Kidd wanted out, he’s the captain and wanted out

    Kidd is 35 yrs. old, Devin Harris is 25 yrs. old

    Devin Harris also helped take his team to the NBA Finals

    Diop a young shotblocker also helped take Dallas to an NBA finals

    KVH gets 4 million to take a physical and NJ gets cap space + 2 1st rd. picks.

    All that cap space in 09′/10 will be there waiting for LEBRON JAMES who wants to play for the Nets. Advantage NJ w/ a young core.

  123. S.o.S.27(opposed to f-3) February 19th, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    bbb,
    I have to respectfully dissagree on the trade. I think the nets got the better of it. Harris IMO is a steal in this trade. He averages more points than kidd,shoots 48% from the field and is younger and breaks down defenses with his speed, also better defender. Im a Spurs fan and im happy that we dont have to see Harris in the playoffs burn our guards everytime up.

  124. Brandon (Proud supporter of "Alex being Alex") February 19th, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    who in the east is going to defend Devin Harris aka “The Blur”

    and they stoled Maurice Ager who runs the floor like Ariza but a better scorer. Think of the PGs in the east who’s quick enough to keep up w/ him, only guy that comes to mind is Jose Calderon or TJ Ford and NJ keeps Sean Williams, Marcus Williams, Harris is locked up for 5 yrs. and this won’t be the last deal.

  125. S.o.S.27(opposed to f-3) February 19th, 2008 at 2:09 pm

    Brandon,
    Forgot about Diop. He has alot of potential and is a formidable big man.

  126. Brandon (Proud supporter of "Alex being Alex") February 19th, 2008 at 2:12 pm

    no I didn’t post above yours..he blocks and can score a bit, the Nets have depth at the BIGS position.

  127. murphydog February 19th, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    “In my culture children are cherished more than anything. That’s why it’s difficult for me to wrap my mind around the God is more important than the family thing.”

    If you follow this kind of system, all it means is that God’s rules – - not your personal ones – - are the ones to follow when raising your kids or dealing with your wife/husband and family. (Your family is God’s family too in this system. Why would God want anything but the best for His family?) Nothing to be scared about.

  128. S.o.S.27(opposed to f-3) February 19th, 2008 at 2:15 pm

    Brandon,
    meant to say I FORGOT ABOUT DIOP. Now the Nets have someone who could break down a defense and one who can change your shot in the paint. Im sure Parker is happy about this trade as well.

  129. Brandon (Proud supporter of "Alex being Alex") February 19th, 2008 at 2:19 pm

    Tony Parker did cartwheels after he heard this deal :lol:

  130. Blargh February 19th, 2008 at 2:20 pm

    murphydog: Eh, it’s really just fie on the media in general in the end
    Seriously, in real life, do we know anybody who is as overboard ‘liberal’ as the ‘liberal’ media or ‘conservative’ as ‘conservative’ media (like Rush Limbaugh)?

  131. OldYanksFan February 19th, 2008 at 2:22 pm

    It is BASEBALL season!

    No talking about Basketball!
    No talking about Football!
    No talking about Hockey!
    No talking about closet space!

    It is BASEBALL season!!!

  132. raymagnetic â„¢ February 19th, 2008 at 2:22 pm

    “All that cap space in 09′/10 will be there waiting for LEBRON JAMES who wants to play for the Nets.”

    He wants to play for the Knicks, not the Nets. The Nets will always be second fiddle to the Knicks. The Knicks play in the historic MSG not Brooklyn.

    Knicks:Nets = Yankees:Mets

    Now will the Knicks be somehow able to shred enough contracts by the time Lebron becomes a free agent? I have no idea.

  133. S.o.S.27(opposed to f-3) February 19th, 2008 at 2:22 pm

    So this morning driving to work i here that Fidel Castro is stepping down from being President. I thought great for all the Cubans their,they finally get to have some change. Then they come out and say it will be his brother taking over.That sucks. It just made me think thank god our country doesnt work that way. Immagine if we had to deal with the Bush family for a lifetime?

  134. Brandon (Proud supporter of "Alex being Alex") February 19th, 2008 at 2:24 pm

    raymagnetic I’m a Knicks fan and I know he wants to play for the Nets, he’s the face when they enter Brooklyn, Jay-Z is part owner and is a brother to him.

  135. Elizabeth February 19th, 2008 at 2:24 pm

    For anyone wondering how Johnny looks, here’s a peek:

    http://espn-i.starwave.com/med.....0e4602.jpg

  136. saucY February 19th, 2008 at 2:27 pm

    wow, thanks for basketball trade analysis. i’m not being sarcastic. good news.

    what kind of information can i not get on this blog?

  137. BBB February 19th, 2008 at 2:27 pm

    Actually you guys are right, in the grand scheme of things it is a very nice package for the Nets. I guess I was just looking at it in comparison to the original deal, Van Horn and Hassell are a serious downgrade from Stackhouse and George. I had a busy weekend so didn’t follow every twist and turn of the Stackhouse saga but I can’t help but wonder if there was some tampering on Dallas’ part here, which pisses me off cause I, naturally, hate Dallas.

    I also hate to root against Kidd in any way but…here’s hoping the Mavs can somehow end up facing the Warriors in the 1st or 2nd round this year. Unlikely I know, but hey I can dream, especially since my team’s season was for all intents and purposes over in December!

    I’m glad Tony Parker’s happy though…hopefully happy enough to write a French rap to commemorate the occasion, those are the lolz! :D

  138. S.o.S.27(opposed to f-3) February 19th, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    OldYanksFan,
    You must have alot of closet space or you would be venting as well. Im sure once the pre-season games start. We will all be on the same page.

    I thought i would throw in some politics being that religion was a topic. Ill get back to baseball. It would help if we had some pictures of the players training and an idea on what they look like coming into the year.

  139. raymagnetic â„¢ February 19th, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    Brandon,

    Think about it, he has a choice to play for a historic NBA franchise or the Nets which one do you think he’ll choose? If he came to the Knicks and turned them into a champion he will be bigger than Jordan. The Nets just don’t have the same broad based appeal.

  140. BBB February 19th, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    Anywho…NOW back to baseball, I swear!

    Man have I missed this blog!

  141. saucY February 19th, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    as for LeBron, i know he stated that he’d love to play alongside Kidd… are you sure that isn’t why he wanted to be a Net? Assuming they’d still have Kidd?

  142. Marc February 19th, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    Elizbeth that picture does not show if Damon is in shape!

  143. OldYanksFan February 19th, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    If Giambi is healthy AND he posts a .900 OPS or better…
    I would consider a one year deal as a DH.
    I don’t know what his FA market value is.
    I don’t think a NL team would touch him.
    I don’t think he could get a multiyear deal.
    We owe him a $5.5m buyout.
    I do believe he would like to stay a Yankee and
    I KNOW he wants a ring (or hopefully another one).

    There are a lot of IFs, but in the years he has ben healthy,
    he has been our best or 2nd best players.
    Even WITH all the injuries and problems, he has posted a .935 OPS as a Yankee. That is elite, and nothing to sneeze at.
    So…. would he take a deal for $10-12m?

  144. Brandon (Proud supporter of "Alex being Alex") February 19th, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    James Dolan or my buddy Jay-Z who wants create history. What do you think ?

    I mean how many times does he have to throw up the Roc sign before you figure it out :lol:

  145. TurnTwo February 19th, 2008 at 2:31 pm

    the way Isiah has destroyed that team and clogged that roster, there is no way they could clear enough space in time for the Knicks to make a run at LeBron, even if he wanted to play in MSG, which by all reports i’ve heard one and off over recent memory isnt true anyway.

  146. S.o.S.27(opposed to f-3) February 19th, 2008 at 2:32 pm

    Elizabeth,
    We need a stomach shot of Damon.

    Why would Lebron want to play for Isiah? How does that man still have a job with the knicks?

  147. Marc February 19th, 2008 at 2:33 pm

    The Knicks will get Lebron…. when he’s 35 and in his last year!

  148. S.o.S.27(opposed to f-3) February 19th, 2008 at 2:35 pm

    OldYanksFan,
    Wouldnt we have to pickup Giambi’s final year option? I would think that would be in the 20 mil mark? Im not sure.

  149. Elizabeth February 19th, 2008 at 2:35 pm

    No stomach shot yet, but if you remember, his face was really bloated during March-May last year.

  150. OldYanksFan February 19th, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    S.o.S.27(opposed to f-3) – Actually, when I was 10 and started being a Yankee fan, the house I lived in, partially designed by my father, had 27 closets!

    My favorites were the sports closet (bats, balls, glove, raquets, etc),
    The lightbulb closet (yes, we had a closet JUST for lightbulbs)
    And the tool closet (5′ wide w/2 doors that opened onto a bench with a vice, and tools lining the walls and doors)
    It is a crime how poorly designed most houses are with respect to closets.

  151. raymagnetic â„¢ February 19th, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    TurnTwo,

    If Dolan fires Isiah after the season it’s possible that the new GM could get rid of enough contracts by the end of 2010. Marbury’s contract alone ends next year and that about 20 mil I believe. Crawfords contract would end the year after that. It’s possible, is it probable? Only if Isiah is let go.

    Secondly, I know Lebron loves NY. In my opinion you choose the marquis NY franchise if it’s available. Do you think if Johan Santana had become a free agent he would have chosen the Mets over the Yankees?

  152. TurnTwo February 19th, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    whether Johan would have chosen the Mets over the Yankees is irrelevent… and the way things turned out, why would we assume he’d have picked the yankees, if the mets payed him as much, and he could pitch in the NL?

    and your scenerio is based off of the fact that Isiah is going to be let go, but what would make any of us think thats going to happen any time soon?

    an awful lot of assumptions being made there, if you ask me.

  153. raymagnetic â„¢ February 19th, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    “Question: When you come to Madison Square Garden, is it still a magical place for you?

    LeBron James: Yeah, always. This is the mecca of basketball. You always have to remember that. You come here, you don’t want to get overwhelmed with the situation. You just want to come in here and try to get a win, and try to get out.”

    From this article http://www.insidehoops.com/leb.....0506.shtml

  154. saucY February 19th, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    wow, i thought i had too many closets. (6 in a 1 bedroom)

  155. S.o.S.27(opposed to f-3) February 19th, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    OldYankFan,
    27!! Where did you live in the whitehouse? Just think, if you still had that house. You can put a pennent or a team plaque for every championship team the Yankees have had. Yes. Including the last closet which would include this years.

  156. TurnTwo February 19th, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    anyone is going to say that, ray. doesnt mean he wants to play for the knicks.

  157. S.o.S.27(opposed to f-3) February 19th, 2008 at 2:47 pm

    TurnTwo,
    Perfect example would be Beltron. He had a choice to come to the Yankees and chose the money.

    saucy,
    Iv never heard of 1 room having 6 closets. What for and where?

  158. raymagnetic â„¢ February 19th, 2008 at 2:49 pm

    Turntwo,

    If the opportunity is there I don’t think he would pass up the chance to play in the “mecca” of basketball.

    I also think Isiah is gone after this year. Doesn’t make sense to fire Isiah in the middle of the year. After the season you hire someone new to come in and blow this whole thing up.

  159. Brandon (Proud supporter of "Alex being Alex") February 19th, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    What people forget is the Knicks are damaged !!

    we don’t have a SF, we don’t have a damn PG !! no shotblocker, no real BIG !! If your Lebron James and see one team has RJ, Devin Harris some decent bigs and cap space while the other has no direction where do you think your gonna go !!!

    http://www.mtv.com/bands/j/jay.....re_030716/

    (com’on man I wish he would be a Knick but I know from whispers already he is going to Brooklyn)

  160. TurnTwo February 19th, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    for the sake of knicks fans (which i couldnt really care less about the nba, but that aside), i really hope you’re right, ray, and Isiah is gone. knicks fans deserve better.

  161. swo February 19th, 2008 at 2:51 pm

    OldYanksFan – seeing how the emergence of Johnny Damon as our left fielder has effectively pushed Matsui into a DH role, I think the Yankees would be more apt to buy out Giambi’s option and let him walk. They’d probably also want somebody younger or more athletic to take over at first base, like Mark Teixeira or (depending on their 2008 production) a Shelley Duncan/Wilson Betemit or Duncan/Juan Miranda platoon.

    For what it’s worth, if he has a good 2008 season, Giambi would net the Yankees a Type B draft pick, possibly a Type A. But I’m getting very, very ahead of myself by even mentioning such things!

  162. raymagnetic â„¢ February 19th, 2008 at 2:51 pm

    “TurnTwo,
    Perfect example would be Beltron. He had a choice to come to the Yankees and chose the money.”

    As far as I understand it the Yankees turned down Beltran didn’t they? Wasn’t he willing to play for the Yankees for less money?

  163. OldYanksFan February 19th, 2008 at 2:52 pm

    “27!! Where did you live in the whitehouse?”
    No… actually it was Redwood. In Great Neck, NY.

  164. OldYanksFan February 19th, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    “As far as I understand it the Yankees turned down Beltran didn’t they? Wasn’t he willing to play for the Yankees for less money?”
    ——————————————————–
    Correct. After the Mets offer, Carlos offered himself to the Yankees for something like $10m less.

  165. S.o.S.27(opposed to f-3) February 19th, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    ray,
    I guess we will all be seeing naked picture of the owner is at the end of the year(if Thomas is fired).

    raymagnetic,
    You are correct. They did offer the Yanks a discount but that was in the final minutes(at least thats what they said). But who really knows if he would have actually left money on the table in the end.

  166. saucY February 19th, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    sos, not a 1 room, but a 1 bedroom apartment. i’ve been here a year now and still can’t get over how big this place is. especially compared to the 3 apartments i had in manhattan, prior to this one.

  167. Brandon (Proud supporter of "Alex being Alex") February 19th, 2008 at 3:03 pm

    Raymagnetic,

    I don’t think you understand Lebron and Jay-Z have been boys since back in the day, he is family to him, every event he is there, Fat Joe offered Lebron more money to play for his Rucker team and Lebron turned it down, Def Jam offered him they too were turned down. The Knicks is no different from this.

    He can be the Knicks savior but most likely will choose to start a new franchise in BK a bring a bigger fan base to it. Jay-Z is going to be there opening night 2010 you don’t think he’s already planning for Lebron to be there. And why do you think Lebron is already letting it out he’s upset w/ the Cavs management team a few yrs. prior to his FA even Stephen A. Smith said he wants to be in Brooklyn opening night that’s from Lebron’s mouth.

  168. OldYanksFan February 19th, 2008 at 3:12 pm

    OldYanksFan – seeing how the emergence of Johnny Damon as our left fielder has effectively pushed Matsui into a DH role, I think the Yankees would be more apt to buy out Giambi’s option and let him walk. They’d probably also want somebody younger or more athletic to take over at first base, like Mark Teixeira or (depending on their 2008 production) a Shelley Duncan/Wilson Betemit or Duncan/Juan Miranda platoon.
    ————————————————————
    I agree, however….
    I need to see Matsui come back from his injuries.
    Giambi may be 75-100 pts better in OPS, so a upgrade as DH
    Mastsui will have excellent trade value. 1/$13.

    I may be wrong, but Shelley Duncan is NOT a MLB starter
    Wilson Betemit is our BUIF. He is only being considered at 1st because he bought a 1st basemans mitt.
    Miranda might be a hitting stud, but he is very one-dimensional. He is probably Giabi light. He is trade bait.
    Tex would be great. He will probable get AT LEAST 6/$100.
    I’d rather have Nick the Stick if we can get him.

    I would get Nick, consider dumping Shelley for Gardner, who has tremendous speed and good defense, consider Giambi as DH and trade Matsui to the Dodgers (Torre would take him in a heartbeat).

  169. Y's Guy February 19th, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    i dont know if that 6/100 is true but if it is, then tex’s 16.5M AAV + $5M buyout of Giambi is probably less than thier option on Giambi alone.
    i really like giabmi but i dont see him back at all. i think its kind of symbolic, like passing on Santana was. Hope he gets a ring this year.

  170. Christine February 19th, 2008 at 6:05 pm

    Pete, you are TOO funny:

    “I’m going to be doing underwear ads,” Giambi said.

    (Hope you weren’t eating)

    While I wouldn’t exactly line up to see it, I could take it. After watching one of the characters on Prison Break wear his tightie whities for 2 episodes (Bellick), I could stomach it.

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