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Wrapping it up from Clearwater

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Mar 01, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Interesting day for the Yankees today as Shelley Duncan started to build his case and Chien-Ming Wang got off to a good start.

Duncan (2 for 3, five RBI) wasn’t too excited about his big game.

“In spring training most of the time, especially at the start, you don’t ever worry about the results. You worry about the process,” he said. “You want to get to the point where you’re comfortable and consistent every time.

“You can’t make too much of it. In spring you’re going to have feelings when you’re locked in and they go away quickly.”

Wang, meanwhile, threw three changeups. He’s trying to master the pitch enough to throw nine or 10 per start. Jose Molina, who caught CMW today, said a change would be “devastating” along with his heavy sinker and change.

Lots of buzz about Austin Jackson. He’ll head down to minor-league camp in a week or so. But he’s catching a lot of eyes.

Good work by Billy Traber, who faced three lefties in the fourth and retired them in order. Joe Girardi is begging for one of the lefties to prove he’s worthy of a roster spot.

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46 Responses to “Wrapping it up from Clearwater”

  1. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 March 1st, 2008 at 6:05 pm

    No Montero mention?

  2. Joe from Long Island March 1st, 2008 at 6:09 pm

    That’s big by Traber, especially since he didn’t do well in that intra-squad game the other day.

  3. EY March 1st, 2008 at 6:09 pm

    Peter I think you meant a “change would be ‘devastating’ along with his heavy sinker and slider”

  4. vinny-b March 1st, 2008 at 6:17 pm

    the new eye-chart, pitched very effective, as well. Adjfkjkd…somethin rather.

    he may make the team.

  5. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 March 1st, 2008 at 6:25 pm

    Albaladejo isn’t as much of an eye chart as Vechionacci and the two still have nothing on Grudzelanek. or however you spell it.

  6. Brian March 1st, 2008 at 6:30 pm

    I know this is hoping for way too much, but when I see Austin Jackson being successful, I just think that CJ Henry may just have a chance as well. They were drafted at the same time (Henry first round, AJax in the eighth) and were both ready for college basketball (Kansas and GTech). If it’s left field for Henry, that would be great. In the least, seeing A-Jax’s success has to motivate Henry to think that he’s capable of buzz again as well. Remember, A-Jax had a good year plus of challenges before thriving the second half of last year…

  7. Wes March 1st, 2008 at 6:34 pm

    Rebecca -

    Mientkiewicz and Saltalamaccia are feeling slighted by you. There’s still time in spring training to make up for it. :-)

  8. SJ44 March 1st, 2008 at 6:34 pm

    CJ Henry isn’t nearly the prospect Jackson is. Its not even close.

    CJ was one of those athlete-type of kids whose skills simply haven’t translated to baseball.

    Unlike Jackson, who is getting better and better each year.

  9. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 March 1st, 2008 at 6:36 pm

    Wes: My apologies to them.

  10. Aaron Bleepin Boone March 1st, 2008 at 6:37 pm

    Is Traber a lefty “specialist”? is he unique enough to get Ortiz, Hafner and the other big left handed hitters out?

  11. Andrea March 1st, 2008 at 6:42 pm

    Aaron Bleepin Boone: Villone wasn’t a lefty specialist, and Hafner has never gotten a hit off of him. Just gotta try him out and see what happens.

  12. Rich March 1st, 2008 at 6:44 pm

    If you’re down about Igawa, check out the San Fran pitching box score from today. That’s horrific. The Giants’ season is over already.

  13. Aaron Bleepin Boone March 1st, 2008 at 6:47 pm

    I was just checking out Traber’s 07 stats against left handed hitters and in 15.1 innings he gave up 3 HR’s, 9 hits, 3 BB and 15 K’s.

  14. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 March 1st, 2008 at 6:59 pm

    Rich: We were talking about that last thread!

    Talk about a bust…

  15. Curtis March 1st, 2008 at 7:04 pm

    Hi everyone…

    I hope you don’t mind something a bit off topic.

    I am in western Canada and have purchased tickets for the April 30 game at Yankee Stadium against the Tigers. We are 11 rows up by third base.

    Since this will be my first, and likely only, visit to the stadium, I would appreciate any and all advice or tips that would help me make the most of it.

    We are staying in midtown Manhattan and have tickets for the stadium tour at noon, with the game at 7 pm.

    Any good spots to have a pre-game meal in the area?

    Are cameras, both still and/or video, allowed into the game? If not, is there a safe place to store them?

    Thanks!

    Curtis

  16. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 March 1st, 2008 at 7:08 pm

    Curtis: I’ve never had an issue bringing my digital camera with me to a game.

  17. MikeEff - Shelley at First March 1st, 2008 at 7:09 pm

    i think i’d eat in manhattan if i were you curtis before you head up for your tour. you can bring still cameras into the stadium, i’m not sure about video cameras. there is no place to check anything at the stadium, though there are a few sportsbars nearby that will check bags. ( i wouldn’t check a camera though)

    i hope you have a great time and get to see a yankee victory.

    PS Avoid the “hot” pretzels at the stadium unless you enjoy spending 4 bucks for a lukewarm lump of clay…

  18. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 March 1st, 2008 at 7:13 pm

    I like the hot pretzels. They’re pretty much the only thing I can eat that won’t bother me.

  19. MikeEff - Shelley at First March 1st, 2008 at 7:15 pm

    i kinda like the italian sausages with peppers and onions…and the beer of course…

    but those pretzels….

  20. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 March 1st, 2008 at 7:20 pm

    I used to love dippin’ dots…

  21. Cheesyhoboe March 1st, 2008 at 7:23 pm

    Traber did alright, but Heath Phillips did better. He has some pretty good stuff. That said, Traber has the better track record against lefties… good thing we have a month of spring training to figure out who to use, huh? Although at this point, I’d rather just not bother with a lefty at all.

  22. Joe from Long Island March 1st, 2008 at 7:23 pm

    I agree, the Italian sausages are OK. I went to the Stadium Club once, with a friend who had tix, and the spread was pretty good. But the ballpark concessions are something else. What I’ve been doing is bringing Subway, or my own sandwiches, into the ballpark.

    I hope the new Stadium has better food.

  23. Brian March 1st, 2008 at 7:24 pm

    Wasn’t it a changeup that Wang through to Broussard during his no-hitter last May? Broussard as we all remember quickly deposited the pitch over the right field wall.

    Hopefully he has improved the pitch.

  24. KA March 1st, 2008 at 7:24 pm

    i don’t know what your budget is, but right outside the stadium there are a few good places to grab some quality food for not too much damage on the old funds. I’d highly recommend the pizza place that is near the McDonalds. Unfortunately I can’t remember the name of it, but if you were standing with your back to the McDonald’s the pizza place is across the street to your left a few hundred feet. I bought four cheese slices (and they’re huge)and a bottle of water at the package store next to the pizza place for $9. Best pizza I ever ate. If you don’t eat before I’d grab some slices in between your stadium tour and the start of the game. You’ll probably find some other good places just by looking at where people go. This pizza place was fairly crowded but they moved everything quickly. God I wish I had some of that now.

    No problem with your standard camera either being brought in and as others have sort of alluded too, food inside the stadium will be pricey.

    Enjoy it

  25. John in Ohio March 1st, 2008 at 7:29 pm

    Curtis

    Enjoy your trip of a lifetime, but get ready for some SERIOUS sticker shock in NYC….LOL

  26. Alan March 1st, 2008 at 7:30 pm

    Aaron Bleepin Boone
    March 1st, 2008 at 6:37 pm
    Is Traber a lefty “specialist”? is he unique enough to get Ortiz, Hafner and the other big left handed hitters out?
    _________________________________________________________

    A pitcher is only as good as his location. Serve one up in a hitter’s zone and watch runners coming home.

  27. MikeEff - Shelley at First March 1st, 2008 at 7:31 pm

    oh KA is right…yes, it’s called Paula’s Pizza and it’s on 161st street. really good pizza

  28. Jim PA March 1st, 2008 at 7:35 pm

    Curtis- You have to check out Stan’s, under the el.

  29. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! March 1st, 2008 at 7:36 pm

    Curtis, make sure to go to Yankee Tavern. One of the best places near the stadium. I would stay away from Bowling alley bar.

    Mike! :lol: on the pretzels.

  30. Andrea March 1st, 2008 at 7:37 pm

    Curtis: you can bring a still camera. No video equipment. They’re not even waiving that rule for my graduation (from NYU, being held at Yankee Stadium).

    As far as food, it depends what you’re looking for. If you’re looking for a sit-down restaurant, they were right, you’re better off in the city.

  31. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! March 1st, 2008 at 7:37 pm

    I should explain why i’d stay away from the Bowling Alley bar. It gets very crowded. That is the main reason.

  32. JoeBuckHater from nyystadiuminsider.com March 1st, 2008 at 7:37 pm

    Does anyone know what Traber throws and how fast he throws it?

  33. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! March 1st, 2008 at 7:38 pm

    Andrea, wow that is kinda silly!! Where will you be seated? On the field?

  34. Andrea March 1st, 2008 at 7:39 pm

    No offense, but Stan’s is a dump. It’s true, you need to check it out for the sake of checking out something that’s been around almost as long as the Stadium itself. And right around there is where you can get cheap jerseys, but I wouldn’t suggest going there after the game. Lots of annoying drunk folks trying to pick you up. In my experience anyway.

  35. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 March 1st, 2008 at 7:39 pm

    Curtis: Andrea is right about the video equipment, but if you have a digital camera that allows video clips, you’ll be okay.

    Not that i’m advocating it…

  36. Andrea March 1st, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    Jennifer: I have NO Idea. They haven’t told us. And this is the first time they’ve ever had graduation at Yankee Stadium (that I know of), so it’s not like I can just see what they did last year.

    No one in my family has a video camera, but it is kind of silly that they wouldn’t allow someone to bring in a video camera to record their kid graduating. I guess maybe it’s for security reasons.

  37. Victor the Predictor March 1st, 2008 at 7:44 pm

    This is the year that Jose Tabata shows that he’s a 5-tool player. He’ll draw raves in Trenton and be a late cut in spring training of ’09.
    Pencil him in as a corner outfielder for the big team in 2010.

  38. Patrick March 1st, 2008 at 7:52 pm

    Victor, more like a corner outfielder for the big team in 2009

  39. ThatWasMe March 1st, 2008 at 7:53 pm

    Pete: Would really be curious to know what your take is so far on Austin Jackson? What has been his most impressive attribute in camp? His base running? Bat? Fielding? And does he remind you of any past or current players? Thanks.

  40. Y's Guy March 1st, 2008 at 7:55 pm

    he hasnt even been to aa yet, they are not likely to have any room for him in 09

  41. Jax March 1st, 2008 at 8:14 pm

    They will have room for him in 09. With 85 million coming off the books they will have spots open. Abreu might not be brought back.

  42. nyyfaninlaaland March 1st, 2008 at 8:17 pm

    Anyone concerned about who backs up Molina if either he or Jorge get hurt? Brown’s a minors journeyman, Piliterre hasn’t played above AA, Cervelli not above A.

    Seems like that’s a significant depth concern, though I’m sure some semi-warm body will be available in trade or cut at the end of spring. Just seems like something Cashman should have addressed. I mean, I’m all for promoting kids, but not inexperienced catchers. Maybe Cervelli can be our Jesus Flores.

  43. JoeBuckHater from nyystadiuminsider.com March 1st, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    Do you think they’d bring up Cervelli midseason if that happened?

  44. Dave March 1st, 2008 at 8:51 pm

    Those words by Duncan sound like something Jeter or Arod would say. Aka those are some big words for a guy that may not even make the big league club and has a lot of competition. For a guy like duncan, numbers mean a lot. They mean that girardi can start making a case for him to be on the team in NY. He is talking like a vet for some reason. Maybe its cuz his dad is coaching and his brother is also playing – their dad has prolly been coaching them since they were two and he is well versed in the subject matter. I dont like hearing the whole results dont matter bussiness- for guys that r competing for a spot on the club, results certainly do matter. Girardi isnt going to say “well Duncan batted .011 for the spring but he looked good in about half of his strikeouts so he should be on the team.”

  45. Flaz March 1st, 2008 at 11:21 pm

    Thanks everyone for the tips! I appreciate it!!!

    : )

  46. JerryD March 2nd, 2008 at 5:40 am

    To Curtis – one big problem is that they do not let you bring in any backpacks, so you need to check your bag at the bowling alley and bring in any cameras in a ziplock bag which is a bit of a hassle.

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