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Yankees vs. Virginia Tech

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Mar 18, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES
Damon LF
Jeter SS
Abreu RF
Rodriguez 3B
Giambi DH
Posada C
Cano 2B
Duncan 1B
Cabrera CF

Pitching
Karstens
Britton
Ramirez
Patterson

Notes: LHP Andrew Wells starts for the Hokes. … It’ll be a 7-inning game. … The Yankees brought 28 players along with the entire coaching staff, Brian Cashman and Randy Levine. … Game starts at 3:05 p.m. and is on YES and MLB.TV.

Back later with a report from the minor league games. Moose against the AAA Syracuse Chiefs.

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238 Responses to “Yankees vs. Virginia Tech”

  1. Dee March 18th, 2008 at 12:06 pm

    As everyone has said it is an amazing gesture for the Steinbrenner family and the team to be doing this. It’s also very nice for Pete and some of his fellow journalists to be providing coverage, and for MLB.TV to show the game for free.

    I wish all at VT and especially the families of the victims well.

  2. MikeEff ( Shelley: Everyday ) March 18th, 2008 at 12:09 pm

    Exactly right Dee, lets just keep this thread focused on the positive things about today and just ignore any distracting elements.

  3. S.o.S.27 March 18th, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    As much as i hated the Andy and Roger saga this offseason. At least he took something possitive from Roger in that the inner part of the plate is a must to control if you want to have success against the elite hitters. I love the fact that he admitted to purposely brushing Ortiz back yesterday. Not enough pitchers have the stones to control the inner part of the plate. Hopefully the Dynamic trio follow suit.

    Maybe Mussina should take note of it as well.

  4. corsari March 18th, 2008 at 12:14 pm

    Not only did the Steinbrenner family make a huge donation and decided to play a game. Almost all of our stars are there, A-Rod, Jeter, Giambi, Damon .. they’re all there.

    This really makes me proud to be a Yankee fan!

    Go Hokes! Go Yankees!

  5. TTHUNDER March 18th, 2008 at 12:18 pm

    Jose Canseco canno t be stopped, from embarassing himself

    http://tinyurl.com/ysyqcb

  6. AS2008 March 18th, 2008 at 12:19 pm

    I am so excited to watch the game today. Those guys at Tech will forever tell this story to their family and friends. I am so excited for them they are going up against some of the greatest ball players of all time. I was at the scrimmage game against USF this spring and I watched the guys during BP and their eyes were glued on the pinstripes. They didn’t move as they watched Jeter and Arod take their swings. Then when that guy hit the grand slam, I couldn’t help but have a tear in my eye. Because that will probably be one of the greatest moments he will ever experience. So my hat is off to the Yankees. These guys are hero’s too so many. Role models to the rest!! I’ll be watching!!!

  7. Dee March 18th, 2008 at 12:20 pm

    I think this will be the first Yankee game ever when I’d be just as happy and cheer just as hard if either team wins.

  8. JGNYC March 18th, 2008 at 12:26 pm

    it’s so great that pretty much all the position players are there. But, some poor kid is going to have to face damon, jeter, abreu, arod, giambi, posada, cano, duncan, and cabrera!

  9. MikeEff ( Shelley: Everyday ) March 18th, 2008 at 12:30 pm

    i think that pitcher will have a great story to tell his kids:

    i faced the entire lineup of the new york yankees!

  10. Big Joe March 18th, 2008 at 12:35 pm

    MikeEff – you forgot the rest of that sentence.

    “…and gave up 10 runs in 1.2 innings.”

  11. Big Joe March 18th, 2008 at 12:35 pm

    I wish their pitcher luck but hope the yanks don’t play soft.

  12. MikeEff ( Shelley: Everyday ) March 18th, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    hey Big Joe:

    yesterday girardi said they would not be going easy on the VT team today. he said ” it’s not in my bones to go easy “

  13. Irabu's Son March 18th, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    This game = USA vs USSR hockey, 1980… er…

  14. Big Joe March 18th, 2008 at 12:39 pm

    Thanks MikeEff – I think thats the best thing to do. Thanks for passing along.

  15. Patrick March 18th, 2008 at 12:40 pm

    Big Joe, Yeah it could get pretty ugly. Usually these exhibition type games against colleges are in the beginning of spring training when the hitters are still very rusty. At this point in March the hitters are very close to being ready for the season.

    Regardless of the game result, this is a very fine thing for the Steinbrenners to do. No matter what anyone says, George really does have a heart of gold.

  16. S.o.S.27 March 18th, 2008 at 12:40 pm

    MikeEff
    If i was Girardi i would have Igawa pitch this game(all 7). Dont take any walks or steal bases. Its a preseason game. Give it to them. A win to them means more than it would the Yanks.

  17. Lori March 18th, 2008 at 12:42 pm

    Yeah, we’ll score some runs. But look at the pitchers Joe brought. They’ll get their share of hits. It is all good. :)

  18. MikeEff ( Shelley: Everyday ) March 18th, 2008 at 12:42 pm

    also look at it this way, those college hitters will at least have a decent chance against Karstens. on the other hand, they are using wooden bats which they are unaccustomed to.

  19. Patrick March 18th, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    SoS I was just about to say the same thing about Igawa haha. You can’t tell your hitters to not take a walk though, its a bad time to try and alter their approach at the plate. I wouldn’t put on any steals or hit and runs on though.

  20. S.o.S.27 March 18th, 2008 at 12:44 pm

    Regardless of the game result, this is a very fine thing for the Steinbrenners to do. No matter what anyone says, George really does have a heart of gold.

    Just another reason why in all of sports, the Yankees continue to be the classiest orginization.

  21. MikeEff ( Shelley: Everyday ) March 18th, 2008 at 12:45 pm

    and no crashing into their catchers at the plate!!!

  22. S.o.S.27 March 18th, 2008 at 12:46 pm

    they are using wooden bats which they are unaccustomed to.

    Maybe have our players use heavier bats to even the playing field.

  23. S.o.S.27 March 18th, 2008 at 12:48 pm

    and no crashing into their catchers at the plate!!!

    Yeh. Duncan is playing. His slides are as lethal as his high fives.

  24. MikeEff ( Shelley: Everyday ) March 18th, 2008 at 12:51 pm

    i was referring to the rays, not shelley…

  25. Big Joe March 18th, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    Joe Maddon would have his goons take out the catcher in a second even in an exhibition like this. Its “good hardball” after all. What a dummy. I hope we figure out the Rays this year and wax em. They seem to have our number and its time to turn that around.

  26. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge March 18th, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    MikeEff

    He also smiled when he said it. So while they will be playing, I don’t think he will make it too hard on them.

  27. MikeEff ( Shelley: Everyday ) March 18th, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    Jenn: that’s good, there is no reason to embarrass those kids; and i know girardi isn’t that kind of guy ( maddon). but he also knows that the college players don’t want us to let them win obviously.
    bottom line; i think everyone on the field will be having fun today

  28. Russell NY March 18th, 2008 at 1:05 pm

    Do we get upset if Karstens gets rocked by VT?

  29. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge March 18th, 2008 at 1:07 pm

    Exactly Mike.

  30. Russell NY March 18th, 2008 at 1:07 pm

    Could you imagine if they put Igawa in this game and he hit one of the VT kids in the hand with a fastball and broke the kids hand.

  31. Russell NY March 18th, 2008 at 1:08 pm

    As a joke, we should put Pavano in as a pinch runner.

  32. Yanksrule57 March 18th, 2008 at 1:12 pm

    Russell,

    I doubt the “Rajah of Rehab” made the trip. 8)

  33. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge March 18th, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    Found this message on nydaily news site

    **did anyone watch ROME IS BURNING last Thursday??? Ashley McGeachy from the Philly Enquirer said – and I quote “the yankees are not taking this pre season seriously – the Billy Crystal thing and then going to play Virginia Tech” **

    People should email this clueless moron!!

  34. mel March 18th, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    This went up at espn.com about 10 minutes ago:

    BLACKSBURG, Va. — The New York Yankees made a pilgrimage to the Virginia Tech memorial dedicated to the victims of the campus shootings.

    Amid onlookers Tuesday, the Yankees viewed the 32 stone memorials to the victims of the shooting rampage on April 16 at the Blacksburg campus.

    The players were dressed in street clothes as they filed past the stones, then paused to look toward the classroom building where all but two of the gunman’s victims were slain.

    Virginia Tech president Charles Steger briefly addressed the players.

    The Yankees are scheduled to play a game against Virginia Tech on Tuesday afternoon.

  35. UTube March 18th, 2008 at 1:18 pm

    VT wins 30-0.

  36. Corey March 18th, 2008 at 1:19 pm

    does anyone know how to get the mlb.tv feed to go? when you click the link it just brings you to their pricing page for the season passes

  37. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge March 18th, 2008 at 1:20 pm

    My guess is, it isn’t up and running yet because the game doesn’t start until 3.

  38. Yankee4life! March 18th, 2008 at 1:20 pm

    Nice to see most of the stars making the trip to VT.

  39. Rishi March 18th, 2008 at 1:21 pm

    If you are interested there is a pic of Jeter at VT on mlb.com

  40. mel March 18th, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    Jennifer,

    That’s so funny. Everyone’s obsessed with the Yankees. Still. Shouldn’t that columnist be worried about the Phillies and how they’re going to follow up on the fabulous season they had? People need to worry their own backyard and not take a dump in other people’s yards like a stray dog.

  41. S.o.S.27 March 18th, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    Anyone agree that we should have saved Patterson for an mlb game? IMO with his successful early results, he should be on top of the list to be considered for a spot in the pen. Why not milk him the next two weeks and see if he stays consistant or cracks?

    I read someones post yesterday that Ensburg wants his old number from Betimet. Is there something to this story? Did they tell him that hes in. Why would he be worried about what number he has if he hasnt made the team yet?

  42. Andrea - anti-anti March 18th, 2008 at 1:25 pm

    Jennifer: that’s a little offensive of him to say, no? The Billy Crystal thing only took one at bat away from Johnny Damon. No big deal there.

    And saying going to VTech is not taking the season seriously is really not cool. They’re still playing a game, they’re getting workouts in, and the people who needed to stay behind are staying behind. It’s actually quite serious.

  43. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge March 18th, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    I tried finding her name on the columnist list all I see is an Ashley fox. Not sure if it is the same person. I want to send an email to her setting her straight.

  44. S.o.S.27 March 18th, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    I want to send an email to her setting her straight.

    That folks is Jennifer being Jennifer. Make sure you post what you send here for all of us to read. Better yet post the email address as well.

  45. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge March 18th, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/slideshow

    Pictures are up.

    A little aside based on the espn article. Since when are suits street clothes?

  46. Lori March 18th, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    Jennifer- The Yankees generally travel in suits and sportcoats. My guess is that the reference is to regular clothes as opposed to baseball uniforms.

  47. mel March 18th, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    Jennifer, I agree with you. When I read it, I immediately thought jeans and t-shirts (not knowing the weather of course).

    But they look very somber and respectful in their “street clothes”.

  48. go Wookies March 18th, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    I think that the jacket is too big for Derek.

  49. mel March 18th, 2008 at 1:39 pm

    jennifer, I tried to find the original article with her quotes, but could only surmise that she is indeed a Fox now. Please don’t be too rough on her. Stay classy as Dan Patrick likes to say. lol.

  50. Lori March 18th, 2008 at 1:40 pm

    More so the balding red head next to him! Looks like he threw on a polo shirt and had to borrow someone else’s jacket!

  51. LibertyBelle March 18th, 2008 at 1:41 pm

    Before anyone gets all upset about Yankee bias, “street clothes” is a pretty common term for athletes for anything that’s not a uniform.

  52. murphydog March 18th, 2008 at 1:41 pm

    “the yankees are not taking this pre season seriously – the Billy Crystal thing and then going to play Virginia Tech”

    On the contrary, they could not be more serious.

    Girardi put on his “father” hat yesterday and said he gets emotional when he thinks about that happened at VT last year. He said, in so many words, that you are not promised tomorrow, so make the most of today – on the field and off.

    IMO, taking time out of a very hectic schedule to recognize and reflect on the deep sorrow of others, doing something to ease their pain and embracing the precious nature of every day is about as serious as a person can get. It puts things in the proper perspective.

    Last year the Yankees played the first half of the season like they had plenty of time to recover. Living like there is no tomorrow – and playing baseball that way – are very good things.

    There’s no point in e-mailing the clueless moron who wrote the quoted material above. Their wake up call is coming soon enough.

  53. mel March 18th, 2008 at 1:43 pm

    Just came across a list of 5 guys who could be the next wave of dominant closers. Betancourt, Broxton, Tony Pena, Marmol, and Rauch. If the Yankees said that Joba’s going to be a reliever for the rest of his Yankee career. Is there any doubt that he would top that list?

    Caution: This is a hypothetical question. I am not advocating this. Just want to see where Joba ranks among relievers.

  54. go Wookies March 18th, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    In “street clothes,” I don’t recognize any of the players other than Derek.

  55. Lori March 18th, 2008 at 1:46 pm

    Tried googling her – there is reference to a Ashley McGeachy Fox in some comment – so it must be her. Go get ‘er!

  56. mel March 18th, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    go Wookies (what’s a wookie?),

    How sad is it that you need a number on your back to be identified?

  57. ray March 18th, 2008 at 1:49 pm

    Hey Mel….you have to like that team in green (lol). Down 22 points to San Antonio and still picking up the win without Ray Allen at San Antonio. I want a Celtics/Lakers Finals.

  58. S.o.S.27 March 18th, 2008 at 1:52 pm

    I want to send an email to her setting her straight.

    mel,
    Whos number 45?

  59. mel March 18th, 2008 at 1:53 pm

    ray,

    Your grandmother could beat San Antonio, that’s how old they are. BTW, who’s Ray Allen?

  60. S.o.S.27 March 18th, 2008 at 1:53 pm

    How sad is it that you need a number on your back to be identified?

    sorry my bad.
    mel,
    Whos number 45?

  61. Yazman March 18th, 2008 at 1:54 pm

    “I think this will be the first Yankee game ever when I’d be just as happy and cheer just as hard if either team wins.”

    Well said, Dee. Same here.

  62. mel March 18th, 2008 at 1:55 pm

    SoS,

    I give up.

  63. Kris March 18th, 2008 at 1:57 pm

    I heard the VP of Advancement from VT speak a couple of months ago in Boston. You can only imagine the pinstripe pride that swelled within me when he mentioned that the New York Yankees had made such a large donation to the Hokie Fund, and had offered to play an exhibition game on campus. Yes, the pride was compounded by the fact that I was sitting in Boston, surrounded by my Red Sox Nation co-workers.

    Our boys are classy, yes they are.

    I hope everyone has a great time today, and that the Hokie family can really enjoy all the positive, fun energy.

  64. murphydog March 18th, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    Some videos from the local news coverage of the yankee trip, left hand column.

    http://www.wdbj7.com/Global/st.....=menu368_2

  65. S.o.S.27 March 18th, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    SoS,

    I give up.

    I dont know either. But im sure we would have a better chance recognizing him in street clothes.

    Whats this san antonio trashing about? May i remind you that those old folks are defending champs. They won it as a third seed last year. Dont count them out yet.

  66. mel March 18th, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    ray,

    BTW, I’ll be cheering for the Leprechauns tonight!

  67. Lori March 18th, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    C’mon Mel – how could you forget the mighty Carl Pavano?

  68. saucY March 18th, 2008 at 2:02 pm

    that ashley mcgeachy’s email is listed here

    http://www.philly.com/inquirer.....05751.html

    says she’s an NFL reporter. and Joe Maddon’s niece.

  69. mel March 18th, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    Pete,

    BTW, want to thank you and the tech guys for fixing it so that the comments I submit show up without refreshing. I noticed it in the last day and wanted to thank you for the quick response.

  70. LibertyBelle March 18th, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    I’m pretty sure that Ashley Fox covers the NFL for the Inquirer. Talk about the Yankees gets people’s attention.

    If you’ve only ever been a Yankees fan, I’m not sure it’s always possible to see it all from an outside perspective. The Yankees, and talk of them, are everywhere… if you love them, you think it’s deserved and appropriate. If you don’t care or don’t like them, you just want it to end, or to at least be somewhat contained. The Yankees have earned most of what they have achieved, but most baseball fans would rather stick a fork in their eye than, say, hear ESPN hype another Yankees-Red Sox series. There’s inevitable backlash, the good with the bad.

  71. mel March 18th, 2008 at 2:06 pm

    SoS,

    See, I saw the uni, but a ghost was wearing it so I couldn’t tell who it was.

    I’m just having fun with ray. But I bet your grandma could beat them, too.

    ==========================

    saucY,

    Please tell me you’re not kidding and that you didn’t make that up. If it’s true, either she was fed the comment or her mother’s a hardass like Maddon.

  72. JBRO March 18th, 2008 at 2:08 pm

    I was hangin out with Brackman last night, thought I’d share that…

  73. mel March 18th, 2008 at 2:08 pm

    saucY,

    Okay, I got the joke. That was a good one.

  74. mel March 18th, 2008 at 2:09 pm

    JBRO,

    If it’s naughty, we don’t want to hear about it.

  75. LibertyBelle March 18th, 2008 at 2:10 pm

    I just got a text from a friend who is a professor at Tech and at the game- sounds like a really great atmosphere down there for all this.

  76. Andrea - anti-anti March 18th, 2008 at 2:10 pm

    LibertyBelle: that’s all well and good, but I still think it was a bit unreasonable for that writer to claim that the Yankees aren’t taking ST seriously just because they went to do what is actually a really great thing for VA Tech.

  77. JBRO March 18th, 2008 at 2:12 pm

    He was drinking, but he wasn’t drunk. Cool guy, bought him a drink. He saw me on the way out and said bye, and shook my hand.

  78. LibertyBelle March 18th, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    That’s fine, Andrea. It’s all in the realm of opinion, and we’re allowed to think that hers is crap or not.

    The rest was me just going on a tangent.

  79. Andrea - anti-anti March 18th, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    So if they’re saying that the Yankees aren’t taking ST seriously because they’re going to VTech, does that mean the Sox aren’t taking the regular season seriously because they’re going to Japan?

  80. murphydog March 18th, 2008 at 2:19 pm

    JBRO:

    Thought you needed to see this: (From Wiki)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Brackman

    Andrew Brackman (born December 4, 1985) is a 6′ 10″ right-handed Major League Baseball pitcher with the New York Yankees organization.[1] He signed a four year 4.55 million dollar deal with $3.35 million signing bonus as the 30th overall pick of the 2007 Major League Baseball draft.[2] Brackman is represented by sports agent Scott Boras.[3]

    And YOU bough HIM a drink :)

  81. Kevin CT March 18th, 2008 at 2:20 pm

    wow.. Brackman. Thata boy.

  82. JBRO March 18th, 2008 at 2:21 pm

    haha it was pattys day…

    but good point…

  83. raymagnetic â„¢ March 18th, 2008 at 2:22 pm

    ray – In regards to your team in green, (lucky perhaps because yesterday was St. Patricks day) Anyway, if they have to face the Cavs in any round in the playoffs, who’s going to stop Lebron?

  84. JBRO March 18th, 2008 at 2:22 pm

    he was also with Jason Joneshttp://yankees.scout.com/2/480784.html
    Scout.com: Scouting Yankees Prospect #37: Jason Jones

  85. saucY March 18th, 2008 at 2:26 pm

    the nets will extend their winning ‘streak’ tonight

    :D

    :lol:

    :|

  86. mel March 18th, 2008 at 2:27 pm

    LibertyBelle,

    I wanted to touch upon something that you mentioned in the Alex thread.

    I do wonder about- and I don’t know if Pete will have a chance to follow up on this or not (maybe I’ll have to bother him with an email)- how this affects coverage of the guys who don’t speak English that well. They have less of a chance to build that personal rapport or to directly express themselves to the people covering them. Combine a guy who tends to be more shy and reserved plus a native language that’s not English and, by factors out of everyone’s control, they already have a certain barrier in place.

    What did you mean by this? You bring up a fascinating facet of baseball, the foreign players who speak the universal language of baseball.

    Now you have Matsui, who to this day, continues to speak through an interpreter to the media even though he speaks English comfortably enough to do it himself. This may be a personal buffer he puts up. But he has always respected the media (of course you know about the annual dinner with the writers). Then you had Wang, who not only had a speech barrier (let his interpreter go for some reason), but seemed to be shy as well. Yet, from all accounts Gator and Pete brought out a different side of him. What’s my point? If there are barriers to be crossed, they can be crossed if you want to cross them.

    I don’t know what you were trying to say, but it was certainly thought-provoking.

    Is LibertyBelle a Philly connection?

  87. mel March 18th, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    Andrea,

    Please don’t bring that up. You know that the next team they’ll send to Japan will be the Yankees!

  88. Jmazz March 18th, 2008 at 2:34 pm

    Virginia tech is 0-6 in the ACC and have last 7 straight….i think this might get ugly quick.

  89. Lori March 18th, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    Nice article about the memorial visit this afternoon at the yankees.com site:

    http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com.....8;c_id=nyy

  90. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge March 18th, 2008 at 2:40 pm

    :lol:
    http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/.....ash107.jpg

  91. Clare March 18th, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    JBRO,

    Did you see what Rob Neyer had to say about your buddy Brackman? Something to the effect of he doubted we’d ever see him in pinstripes – based on his limited number of college starts and TJ surgery.

    He was pretty curt too when asked to elaborate, but I’m sure he was ignoring plenty of posts pointing out the success of TJ surgery, etc.

  92. CaptainsCorner March 18th, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    Karstens is pitching today. I would be surprised if the college players don’t hit him around alittle bit, they should be at his level. Maybe the lefty for VT will actually shut down the Yanks..they don’t hit lefties good..lol

  93. Andrea - anti-anti March 18th, 2008 at 2:47 pm

    mel: I have nothing against the Japan trip. I think it’s a good time (or it seems it) and gives folks a chance to see another country. Think about a kid like Joba who had never even seen NYC until he came up to the bigs. I bet he’d love to do something like that. I’m sure the Red Sox and As have a similar situation with some of their players.

  94. mel March 18th, 2008 at 2:49 pm

    Clare,

    Did you see this piece? I didn’t realize that Brackman had been so highly touted.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/spo.....andre.html

  95. Elizabeth--FarnsWORTHIT March 18th, 2008 at 2:51 pm

    Anyone know anything about how Moose did today?

  96. mel March 18th, 2008 at 2:51 pm

    Andrea,

    I have nothing against it either. I feel it’s fine as long as there’s recovery time before they resume games. It literally takes you a week to fully recover from the time difference. If it weren’t the Red Sox, I’d feel for them.

    My point is that the Red Sox and Yankees are the teams they’ll send because of their popularity.

  97. LibertyBelle March 18th, 2008 at 2:53 pm

    mel- Yeah, I’m from Philly and a huge Abreu fan, which explains my presence here. I love watching baseball, of course, but have become increasingly fascinated by all the components of it. I’ve done a lot of reading about culture and the emergence of different races and ethnicities in the game, with a definite emphasis on players from Latin countries, along with having a really unique chance to talk to some players about it from their perspective.

    In my mind, there is a distinction between players from Latin and Asian countries. The players from Asia are generally few and far between and usually come with a lot of hype and special circumstances, like interpreters that become their shadows. With Latin players, there’s a chance that they’re going to have a niche on the team itself but can become somewhat separated from the “higher-ups” and the media.

    I don’t see it as a matter of respect so much. That should be a given on all sides… maybe more like an old-boys club of sorts. I’m not so sure it’s that easy to cross those barriers, even with a willing player. It seems like the Yankees really excel at doing what they can to make their players comfortable- which is, obviously, just smart baseball.

    Media and the teams themselves really control what is reported and thus is more widely accepted by fans about a given player. With certain teams (and I would not include the Yankees in this,as I just don’t know enough about them in this area) over the years, it just seemed like clear patterns emerged regarding certain types of players that had little to do with how they performed on the field.

    Almost game time… I’ve rambled on enough :-)

  98. daph March 18th, 2008 at 2:57 pm

    mel
    From what I know, Wang did not let his interpreter go. Yankees made him go. For I saw an interview long ago, Wang told the reporter why he does not want an interpreter again. It’s when he first came to States, Yankees assign an interpreter for him and they became very good friend. And this interpreter helped him a lot and also showed him around to get to know everything better. But the second year he was injured and had the operation. Yankees fired his interpreter and Wang was very upset and had to say good-bye. In that interview, I was surprised Wang was affectionate for he was always very shy and quite even in his own language.

  99. Lori March 18th, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    Only unfortunate thing, thus far, is that MLB.tv is showing some stupid “fantasy411″ show rather than pre-game coverage of the game.

  100. Yazman March 18th, 2008 at 2:59 pm

    “I didn’t realize that Brackman had been so highly touted”

    Pretty exciting stuff, Mel. I LOVE Cashman’s strategy of drafting higher risk/high ceiling guys. With few immediate needs (and money to address anything unexpected), Cashman is setting us up for years to come.

  101. Clare March 18th, 2008 at 3:00 pm

    mel,

    Yes, I saw that. I also remember at the time of the draft ARod was really effusive about how good Brackman was, having seen him pitch before.

    The Yankees only got him because of the combination of the injury and the Boras factor. That’s why I wondered how Neyer could be so dismissive.

    Brackman also played basketball at NC State, which was a factor is his lack of starts in college. TJ surgery usually doesn’t lead to more injuries, so I don’t think there’s more concern than any other player.

  102. mel March 18th, 2008 at 3:03 pm

    LibertyBelle,

    Well said! And Welcome!

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    My point is that it doesn’t matter if you say a lot, a little, or nothing to the media guys, just treat them with a little respect.

    Everyone who crosses your path deserves some respect. Okay, jumping off soapbox now for some baseball.

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    traded for Humberto Sanchez, Kevin Whelan, Ross Ohlendorfh

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  107. Big Joe March 18th, 2008 at 3:07 pm

    I wish they’d have flown in a decent singer for the anthem. Would have been nice for some star to step up and do it. Could have been an amazing moment with a better rendition. She was serviceable but its too emotional to expect a student to do it. IMHO

  108. murphydog March 18th, 2008 at 3:08 pm

    Let’s hope the Yankees have a better fate today than the National Anthem just suffered ;)

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    Try this link and then click on the yankee game.

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    They should have flown in Ronan. He’d have been perfect.

  111. ray March 18th, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    Raymagnetic…are you a Cav’s fan? LaBron James is certainly handful but I still think his supporting cast is too weak.

    And Mel….thank you for the wonderful props regarding my grandmother….lol….being able to beat San Antonio. What is up with the Rockets these days…they lose their center and just keep winning. Well that will change tonight….at least I hope.

  112. trisha March 18th, 2008 at 3:11 pm

    This has already reduced me to tears. As much as I have “hated” Arod at times, I totally love him today because he really loves this game and it was awesome to see him hanging out with the VT players. You know that stuff is totally genuine on his part.

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    Ah, that little boy was wearing a Pete Hughes jersey, not a Phil Hughes one.

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    I feel very ambivalent about this game. If VT won it would be so wonderful for those students. But wouldn’t that makes us look pretty bad????

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    You can always be a standup comic.

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  119. LibertyBelle March 18th, 2008 at 3:14 pm

    “My point is that it doesn’t matter if you say a lot, a little, or nothing to the media guys, just treat them with a little respect.”

    Agreed, but it seems like you’re putting this all on the players. My interest, and concern really, has always been the actions of those on the side of media and team personnel.

    The fact that some people don’t even understand why players sometimes tend to naturally group as they do (and even get bothered and offended by it) frustrates (infuriates?) me. I can’t help it- I’m a psychologist and equally intrigued and disgusted by people, all at the same time.

  120. Brandon (Proud supporter of "Alex being Alex" ) (I slay the Anti) March 18th, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    I hope Dave Eiland can give some pointers to the pitchers before they leave that would be genuine too

  121. Clare March 18th, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    Liberybelle,

    Someone, (must have been Kat O’Brien or Lisa Kennelly), had a great article on Melky and Robbie a while back. She mentioned that she was fluent in Spanish, and that Melky was much more talkative with her in Spanish than he usually was with reporters.

    I think the cultural issues are fascinating. One of the YES announcers was saying the other day that ARod was considering playing basketball instead of baseball. His mother gave his the rosters of all the teams in both leagues and told him to compare the number of Latin players. That was allegedly one of the reasons he chose baseball.

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    are we talking about the game in here?

  123. Brandon (Proud supporter of "Alex being Alex" ) (I slay the Anti) March 18th, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    yup

  124. Lori March 18th, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    I love that the VT players are wearing the Yankee batting practice caps!

  125. trisha March 18th, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    Fear not for the VT players. Karstens is on the mound…

  126. mel March 18th, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    LibertyBelle,

    You’re absolutely right, it’s a parasitic symbiotic relationship between all parties. But the players are paid handsomely to play a game they love. I don’t think it’s asking too much to fulfill their obligations.

    Psychologist? Oh boy, you must think we’re all crazy here.

  127. Lori March 18th, 2008 at 3:18 pm

    They said they would be auctioning the caps after the game – any idea where?

  128. trisha March 18th, 2008 at 3:18 pm

    Just noticed those hats. SOOOO cool.

  129. Say it ain't so March 18th, 2008 at 3:19 pm

    Wouldn’t it have made more sense if the Yankees had worn their hats in the VT colors through the game? And the VT players could wear their own hats?

  130. Brandon (Proud supporter of "Alex being Alex" ) (I slay the Anti) March 18th, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    Alex w/ a sac fly he’s w/ the smallball thing :lol:

  131. Brandon (Proud supporter of "Alex being Alex" ) (I slay the Anti) March 18th, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    come kid you can K Giambi I believe in you !

  132. Lori March 18th, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    I think their game hats have a VT patch on them.

  133. Brandon (Proud supporter of "Alex being Alex" ) (I slay the Anti) March 18th, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    good job VT !

  134. Rishi March 18th, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    I think that’s a well played inning…not trying crazy hard, but not giving it away either.

  135. LibertyBelle March 18th, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    mel- I hate to take up the game thread like this, but I have to ask. What do you mean by saying.. “I don’t think it’s asking too much to fulfill their obligations.”

    Nice 4-6-3 Hokies!

  136. Jax March 18th, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    I want to see can Karstens get college players out.

  137. trisha March 18th, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    I think Alex gave them a little help there.

  138. mel March 18th, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    I’m not complaining, because this is a memorial game, but do you know of any other player who has a bigger strike zone than Giambi?

    I’m glad that inning didn’t get out of hand.

  139. mel March 18th, 2008 at 3:25 pm

    LibertyBelle,

    Dealing with the media. As far as I know, there’s set times before and after a game. Most of the Yankees are open, I’m just referring back to what Pete was talking about.

  140. trisha March 18th, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    Too bad Karstens couldn’t face college kids all the time.

    :(

  141. Andrea - anti-anti March 18th, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    The Yankees are wearing basically the same hats as the VT kids, just in blue rather than red.

  142. trisha March 18th, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    Of COURSE I spoke too soon!

  143. Peter Abraham March 18th, 2008 at 3:27 pm

    Guys:

    I just set up a live blog post if you want to comment on the game there. Figured people would drift in and out during the afternoon. I won’t put up a new post again until the game is over.

  144. Big Joe March 18th, 2008 at 3:27 pm

    Big G’s batspeed has looked slow all spring to me. I could be wrong but I am a bit concerned about him.

  145. YANKEE BIAS March 18th, 2008 at 3:27 pm

    I’ll be live blogging the game today if anyone isn’t available to follow it.

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  146. Rishi March 18th, 2008 at 3:28 pm

    Thanks, Pete…

  147. SteveHoweYouDoin March 18th, 2008 at 3:32 pm

    Anyone wonder why regional teams like the Nationals and the Orioles didn’t offer this instead of, or in addition to, the Yankees?

    There are alot of baseball fans in the Nats and Os region who have to be impressed with the Yankees class with this move – wonder how many of them wish their own teams had done the same thing.

  148. LibertyBelle March 18th, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    mel- Ok, (and this clearly has nothing to with A-Rod) I get you, but some of the players could stand at their lockers for hours, but if they don’t have the language to say what they want to say, you’re not left with much insight into what they really think. A lot of these guys have worked really hard to improve their English, but it’s a darn hard thing to do, especially when one doesn’t live in an English speaking environments year round.

    While I’m on my soapbox- another major difference between the Latin and Asian players is usually age and life experience. Ok, I’m done. Really. I think. Sorry for the off-topic stuff.

  149. mel March 18th, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    LibertyBelle,

    Another difference is socio-economic status in their youth. Great convo. Thanks.

  150. Jerkface March 18th, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    Giambi could look slow because he has been working on going the other way, which means being a tad late.

    When he pulled a Hr into the bleachers his bat looked plenty fast.

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