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Today in The Journal News

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Mar 27, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Alex Rodriguez is reserving comment on the charges made by Jose Canseco.

Andy Pettitte took a step forward yesterday. This notebook also has word on a Matsui wedding, CMW’s final spring start, Johnny Damon’s illness, Brett Gardner’s tough day and other news.

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18 Responses to “Today in The Journal News”

  1. Mark Alan March 27th, 2008 at 9:28 am

    I’m waiting for Canseco to announce that he plans to enter the Hall of Fame as a Yankee. He’ll never be in the hall and he wore the Pinstripes for 15 minutes, but the man is insane.

    At least he’s “writing a movie.” (Not a screenplay. He’s “writing a movie.”)

  2. Countdown (tick, tick, tick) March 27th, 2008 at 9:29 am

    Big mistake ARod.

    Declining to comment to the New York media only stirs a hornet’s nest.

    Mickey Mantle and Reggie Jackson would laugh this off. Instead, by going into a defensive crotch, you simply fuel speculation.

  3. Bronxbyte March 27th, 2008 at 9:30 am

    There’s been several good things seen with this, Joe Girardi’s first camp as manager but the most important of all is the health and conditioning of the entire team.
    It should go a long way in transcending to a successful year.

  4. 108 stitches March 27th, 2008 at 9:42 am

    Today could be the final time that Giambi, Mussina, and Farnsworth see spring training in Tampa as Yankees.

  5. Elle March 27th, 2008 at 9:52 am

    Not commenting just shows what a joke Canseco is. Looks like the right move to me.

  6. whozat March 27th, 2008 at 10:05 am

    “Declining to comment to the New York media only stirs a hornet’s nest.

    Mickey Mantle and Reggie Jackson would laugh this off. Instead, by going into a defensive crotch, you simply fuel speculation.”

    So does commenting.

    Mantle had a variety of warts, and they mostly went unreported by the mainstream media. Or, people loved him so they didn’t care. It’s not just the tabloids any more. There’s more media scrutiny now than ever before.

    Tell me what you think he should say, and I’ll twist it to look bad.

  7. whozat March 27th, 2008 at 10:08 am

    “defensive crotch”

    Also…hee hee

  8. Jordan March 27th, 2008 at 10:10 am

    Im glad that Alex isn’t acknowleging that scumbag’s lies. Baseball and America would be better off if Conseco were dead.

  9. Fran March 27th, 2008 at 10:11 am

    I think that what Jose Canseco “has” on Alex is nothing. Where is his proof? When asked for it on ABC he said he was saving it – for what? His third book?!! This doesn’t deserve to be dignified with a comment. That is what Canseco wants – for Alex to answer back and keep Jose and his book in the limelight. By ignoring him and the book it will just go away.

  10. Back Bench March 27th, 2008 at 10:12 am

    Pete:

    Thank you for starting a new thread with your projections for the upcoming season. That said, as the old saw goes, we are all entitled to our opinion(s), but we are only entitled to one set of facts.

    You stated that, “The only significant addition the Yankees made was right-handed reliever LaTroy Hawkins, a free agent from Colorado.”

    Comparing this time last year to today, don’t we also have:

    1. Dave Eiland as pitching coach – If pitching is such an important part of the game, and especially in the PS, this is big.

    2. Jose Molina from the start of the season

    3. A team that is in shape from the start, and as Whozat has repeated over and over, will come out of ST injury-free (except for B Gardner’s lip)

    4. A dealt 7-card hand of Wang/Petitte/Hughes/Mussina/ Kennedy/Chamberlain/Rivera instead of Pavano/Wang/Petitte/Igawa/Mussina/Farnsworth/Rivera

    5. Dave Eiland (oh, I said that already)

    6.A manager that the rest of the AL has no template for (I think the Yankees will give Socia fits this year)

    7. Morgan Ensberg, who will return to the numbers on the back of his baseball card and more than make up for Jorge’s return to his.

    And in that vein, the rest of the AL will normalize as well. Who remembers Carmona in relief in 06? Lowell will go back to his norm.

    But Alex is special. He is writing baseball history and we are getting to see it. 2008 = 27 (new math)

  11. whozat March 27th, 2008 at 10:18 am

    ““The only significant addition the Yankees made was right-handed reliever LaTroy Hawkins, a free agent from Colorado.””

    Also…the only significant addition to the team that won what, 51 of its last 70 games?

    If everything breaks wrong, they could drop to 3rd place. If everything breaks right, they could win 100 games. If some break wrong and some break right (probable), they’ll win low-mid 90s. Just like last year.

    Yes, Posada will regress to the mean. So will Bobby, though. Not a single AB will be wasted on Andy Phillips or Miguel Cairo. The lineup against lefties will include Ensberg and Duncan instead of 7 abreu and one of Damon/matsui/Giambi.

  12. Ranting Guy March 27th, 2008 at 10:28 am

    Methinks A-Rod not saying anything about the Canseco fiasco is a wise move. He should sit back and let Canseco slander/libel/blackmail/extort him or whatever he plans to do. Whether A-rod’s guilty or not, and I doubt he is, Canseco loses and/or looks more like an idiot.

  13. Ranting Guy March 27th, 2008 at 10:34 am

    Back Bench –

    If 2008 = 27, shouldn’t 2009 = 28 ???

    It makes perfect sense, if they close the old stadium properly, to open the new stadium properly too … right?

  14. E-ROC March 27th, 2008 at 10:36 am

    Looks like Billy Traber will definitely make the team. Hopefully, the other two pitchers will be Patterson and Ohlendorf.

  15. mel March 27th, 2008 at 10:37 am

    Good morning, guys.

    What a hullabaloo! Personally, I don’t think it’s in the Yankees DNA to finish in the 80′s. They might struggle, but they won’t be repeating last season’s formula.

    I’ll be lambasted, but Tampa Rays (still a lame name) are poised to have a better season than the Blue Jays. The Rays are on a mission and are playing with confidence. Though we were at the butt of it, the Rays are now playing like, oh what’s the word?, a team. The Jays? They don’t seem to have that verve. It seems like their “time” was the year Boston struggled and finished third.

    The Yankees will struggle, but the know that it’s 162 game season. Maybe Tampa runs out of gas after it figures out that not only is there baseball in the spring, but in the summer and fall as well. It’s difficult for young teams to perform down the stretch.

    I may be a sentimental fool, but I feel like this is going to be a special year. Something about one door closing and another one opening. As long as they cut out the frickin’ errors!!!

    I don’t want to talk about the Red Sox. Unless they have pitching issues like in ’06 they’ll be there in the end.

  16. joe b March 27th, 2008 at 11:08 am

    Another YANKEE linked to ROIDS. Why is everybody so surprised. They played together and hung out together. So WHY NOT ? Since MLB started investigating ROIDS the Yankees haven’t got ot done. Before investigations they were #1. I repeat they WERE

  17. Ed March 27th, 2008 at 11:35 am

    Did anyone else notice that Cashman said “Alex being Alex.” I love that he reads the blog…

  18. steve March 27th, 2008 at 11:54 am

    Why did Canseco in last 5 years not call”Max” to ask him if a-rod did steroids? There is no “Max”. He would have said in the book he called “max” to ask him but he did not. Nothing is true in the book

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