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Greetings from Fenway Park

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

A few random thoughts from Fenway Park:

* There are a line of severe thunderstorms crossing Massachusetts at the moment but should be through Boston by the time the game starts. Of course had the game started at 1 p.m., it wouldn’t matter. They’re putting the tarp down now.

* Brian Cashman drove to Cooperstown to help represent the team at the Hall of Fame induction ceremonies. Jennifer Steinbrenner Swindal was on hand as well. She is becoming more and more of a presence in the organization.

* Alex Rodriguez turns 33 today. I saw him with Pat Benatar walking on Newbury Street this morning. They looked very happy. “Love is a battlefield,” she told him.

* Did you notice that the Yankees gave No. 34 to Damaso Marte? So much for Phil Hughes. Hughes has a rehab start on Monday. Expect the Yankees to activate him off the disabled list shortly after and option him to the minors. They’re going to make him earn everything back. (Update, seems that Phil may have willingly gave the number up to try and make a fresh start once he does get back. Still, what a letdown this season has been).

* There were reports that either Phil Coke or George Kontos were injured, which is why the deal with Pittsburgh changed. But Coke struck out three in one inning before they took him out of the game on Friday and Kontos went six yesterday.

* Zach McAllister threw seven shutout innings yesterday. He’ll be at Trenton next season and knocking on the door in 2010. Meanwhile Chris Smith, the guy who hit .708 in high school, is at .152 in the GCL. Those wood bats take some getting used to.

 
 

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64 Responses to “Greetings from Fenway Park”

  1. gus July 27th, 2008 at 4:12 pm

    I hate ESPN GAMES

  2. Jeter July 27th, 2008 at 4:13 pm

    Every team,Every Team

  3. SomeGuy32 July 27th, 2008 at 4:13 pm

    I think read in the NY Times that Hughes actually gave up his number 34 – seems he wants a new one when he comes back.

  4. Papi July 27th, 2008 at 4:13 pm

    Every Game,every game

  5. Laura - It's up to the Yankees now, turn on the bright lights! July 27th, 2008 at 4:13 pm

    “Alex Rodriguez turns 33 today”

    He’s still a very young man. He’s got plenty of time to become the HR King.

  6. melissa(I love Cano) July 27th, 2008 at 4:14 pm

    Thanks to ESPN we might not play tonight. =[

  7. Laura - It's up to the Yankees now, turn on the bright lights! July 27th, 2008 at 4:15 pm

    :”I think read in the NY Times that Hughes actually gave up his number 34 – seems he wants a new one when he comes back.”

    He didn’t do well wearing that number. Maybe he thinks its jinxed. New number, new fresh start. Sounds good to me.

  8. JC in DC July 27th, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    Come on Pete, chill … I read that the Yankees gave Marte 34 with the blessing of Hughes. I’d take 65 back if I were him … he had much better luck with it!

  9. NJ July 27th, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    Actually I heard Hughes wanted 65 again.

  10. aron July 27th, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    6-1 kc

  11. tim boat July 27th, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    Rain on a Sunday when ESPN pushed back game time to 8? I DON’T BELIEVE IT! Because, like, this never happens!

  12. Neil July 27th, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    Kontos also gave up 5 or 6 runs yesterday. I don’t think he’ll he anything special as a starter…but could be dominant as a reliever.

    Also what would it have taken to get Bay instead of Nady?Jackson instead of Tabata? Kennedy instead of Ohlendorf?

    As for teh rest of the deadline trades:
    Why hasn’t Miranda or Rasner been mentioned in the trades Washburn.

    Could Josh Bard get traded to NY?
    Will Cashman finally trade Farnsworthless now that he has decent value?

    One damon gets healthy, will Nady play 1B and Giambi DH?

    Soes Sexson still have a role on this team with Nady here?

    Is Mienky a better option off the bench than Sexson?

  13. JC in DC July 27th, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    I hate to see Ross and Cutch leave, but a surplus of good righties (like McAlister) is why the Yankees made the deal. According to a Pittsburgh paper Coke had something wrong with his labrum.

  14. Mike S. July 27th, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    Big deal. There are so many numbers retired, with more on the way. What do you want, Marte to wear #71?

  15. GMAN July 27th, 2008 at 4:21 pm

    The Bucs were taking too much flack about not getting anybody from the Yanks that is near being ML ready…aside from Ohlendorf.

    After thinking about the Pirate brass opted for Karstens and McCutchen because they are more developed and will help the big club sooner than Kontos & Coke.

  16. giselle July 27th, 2008 at 4:21 pm

    pete,

    i also heard that hughes decided to go back to #65 awhile ago. i thought the same thing when i saw marte wearing #34 and a few people mentioned how he’s taking back his old number.

  17. Andy In Sunny Daytona Beach July 27th, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    Phil basically said on his blog that he was going back to 65. His picture on his blog has 65.

  18. Andy In Sunny Daytona Beach July 27th, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    I thought Arod was dating Susan Powter now?

  19. melissa(I love Cano) July 27th, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    Well Hughes did much better with 65 so hopefully he can wear it by Sept.

  20. trisha - still supporting Farnsy like crazy! July 27th, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    I was starting to get very bored watching the HOF inductions and almost took a fast ride while Dick Williams was giving his acceptance speech but am happy I didn’t because I would have missed him talking about how he saw emotion from the Hall of Famers who attended this year’s ASG when George Steinbrenner came out on the golf cart and how he wished he could be on the committee to vote to induct George into the Hall of Fame because he would vote for it right away. It brought tears to my eyes.

    How I hate all of the inductions that happen posthumously…

    They are showing Goose’s video now and he will give his induction speech soon. I feel so proud to be a Yankee fan.

  21. trisha - still supporting Farnsy like crazy! July 27th, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    And he now just got a standing O.

    This is so nice.

  22. abcgiftcards.com July 27th, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    Let hughes spend another half a year in aaa. He is still young, let him fully develop. We Have enough arms now.

  23. Mike S. July 27th, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    Kontos also gave up 5 or 6 runs yesterday. I don’t think he’ll he anything special as a starter…but could be dominant as a reliever.

    See below.

    Also what would it have taken to get Bay instead of Nady?Jackson instead of Tabata? Kennedy instead of Ohlendorf?

    Answer: Definitely both.

    As for teh rest of the deadline trades:
    Why hasn’t Miranda or Rasner been mentioned in the trades Washburn.

    Answer: Can’t answer. Probably because, as I’ve read, for the Yanks to take on Washburn’s salary, the M’s MUST take Igawa.

    Could Josh Bard get traded to NY?
    Probably not.

    Will Cashman finally trade Farnsworthless now that he has decent value?

    Probably not.

    One damon gets healthy, will Nady play 1B and Giambi DH?

    No. Why put Damon’s “Venus De Milo” arm out there?

    Does Sexson still have a role on this team with Nady here?

    Yes. PH. 1B vs. lefties.

    Is Mienky a better option off the bench than Sexson?

    ???

    Answer to #1 : I was in Trenton yesterday. It was six runs, 4 in the 2nd, 2 in the 3rd. 7 Ks. But definitely needs better command. 3-10 4.05 at AA. 4-6 last year, 4.02. Don’t see it. Not with Melancon and Claggett on the way too.

  24. Mark Alan July 27th, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    No, it’s nothing. Pat Benatar is literally old enough to be Alex’s mother and I think she’s married with kids.

    Of course, the same was true of Madonna.

    Who’s next, Chrissy Hyne (Pretenders, also old enough to be his mom).

    Oh, no matter. The team is looking great. How many weeks ago were people telling me that the Yanks would have a tough time competing for the wild card? Two?

    They’re better than the BoSawx, what with Manny being Manny, and and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays will continue to fade.

  25. trisha - still supporting Farnsy like crazy! July 27th, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    Kurkjian said you could make a case that Goose is the best reliever of all time. Wow.

  26. bigjf July 27th, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    Begin “A-Rod/Benatar/Madonna lust triangle” rumors…

  27. MoBoy(aka McLovin) July 27th, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    Phil Hughes has a long time to come back in the majors.He won’t even start the next year off in the majors.

    Crazy how people thought he was gonna win 15 games this year.

  28. jennifer- I got your back Girardi July 27th, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    Phil was asked by the clubhouse manager if it was okay to give out 34. Phil said yes!

  29. sara July 27th, 2008 at 4:33 pm

    what channel is the HOF stuff on??

  30. JoeT 28 in 09!! SAY NO TO WASHBURN July 27th, 2008 at 4:33 pm

    Jay – Pete’s blog, Pete’s rules.. he reports whatever he wants – go to espn.com if you don’t like what’s here

  31. Andy In Sunny Daytona Beach July 27th, 2008 at 4:33 pm

    Seems like Arod wants to date every woman that he had a crush on when he was a kid.

  32. Ed - Yanks will be Yanks in the 2nd half! July 27th, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    according to espn, Manny Ramirez will approve any trades.

    interesting!?!

  33. sara July 27th, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    Mark, chrissy hynnes would be more interested in a-rod’s wife!

  34. jennifer- I got your back Girardi July 27th, 2008 at 4:35 pm

    sara good question. I check all three espn channels and WHAT a SHOCK no hof.

  35. sara July 27th, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    very strange! i can’t find it

  36. Ed - Yanks will be Yanks in the 2nd half! July 27th, 2008 at 4:38 pm

    its on Espn Classic

  37. Ed - Yanks will be Yanks in the 2nd half! July 27th, 2008 at 4:38 pm

    “If the Red Sox are a better team without Manny Ramirez, they should trade me; I will not object,” said Ramirez in a telephone interview with ESPNdeportes.com on Sunday.

    “I don’t have any preferences: I could choose a team that offers me the best conditions or one in the chase for the postseason. I don’t care where I play, I can even play in Iraq if need be. My job is to play baseball,” added Ramirez.

    Ramirez, .298, with 16 home runs and 63 RBIs this season, returned to the Red Sox lineup on Saturday to face the New York Yankees after missing the two previous games due to pain in his right knee.

    Manager Terry Francona and Red Sox officers spoke with Ramirez on Friday after the results to test of both his knees revealed no injuries.

    There were reports in the Boston media that the team was planning to take disciplinary action against Ramirez if he did not return to the lineup for the last two games of the series against the Yankees.

    It was also suggested during the weekend that the Red Sox management could evaluate the idea of trading Ramirez before Thursday’s deadline.

    Ramirez, 36, is playing the last season of the eight-year, $168 million contract he signed with Boston in December 2000. The club keeps two options of $20 million each.

    “If they can get a trade, I’d approve it. If they can’t trade me, then they will simply have to inform me by the end of the season that they won’t use the options and we’ll go separate ways,” said Ramirez, who must approve any trade to a different team because of his 10-5 condition (10 years in the Major Leagues and the last five with the same team).

    “I don’t want to be a problem and a distraction to the Red Sox in such a critical moment of the season. I want to help the team, even if that means I have to go,” said Ramirez.

    As regards his knee problems, Ramirez said he thinks he’s dealing with tendinitis and denied he could be faking injuries.

    “I’m a ballplayer with more than 500 home runs and almost 2,000 RBIs. I’m a professional. I don’t know how anybody can say I could be making it all up,” said Ramirez, who has hit .312 with 509 home runs and 1,667 RBIs in 16 seasons.

    Ramirez is convinced that all the fuss surrounding his injury and his contractual situation is part of a Red Sox campaign to portray him as the “bad guy.”

    “The Yankees are getting closer and getting stronger, while we haven’t done much,” said Ramirez. “I could say that right now there’s a strange atmosphere in our team,” he added

  38. Ed - Yanks will be Yanks in the 2nd half! July 27th, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    source: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....id=3507249

  39. Bronx Jeers July 27th, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    RUMORMILL CENTRAL

    Rumor has it that the Yankees have only been playing the Kate Smith version of God Bless America at Arods insistence as she was his very first celebrity crush.

  40. S.A.- I still believe in this team July 27th, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    Brian Cashman drove to Cooperstown to help represent the team at the Hall of Fame induction ceremonies.

    Cashman’s car sure does rack up a lot of mileage..

  41. trisha - still supporting Farnsy like crazy! July 27th, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    Sorry guys. Watching and reading only intermittently. Yes it is on ESPN Classics. And you’re not too late.

  42. Andy In Sunny Daytona Beach July 27th, 2008 at 4:43 pm

    Do you think Manny used the word “atmosphere”. Come on.

  43. Simon B. July 27th, 2008 at 4:43 pm

    Phil said he was going back to 65 a long time ago.

  44. Andy In Sunny Daytona Beach July 27th, 2008 at 4:44 pm

    Cashman seems like he drives a Ford Focus or a Honda Accord. Nothing flashy.

  45. kill.schill(ing) July 27th, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    By the way, with the Yankees playing as well as they have since the break, I hate to dissent from the prevailing optimism, but has anyone compared the schedules of the Rays, Sox, and Yankees for August and September.

    Yankees Republic E-mailed me this earlier today, so you can blame him.

    “While the Yankees have two West Coast road trips remaining– road trips in which they play the Angels for three-games in each– the Red Sox have completed the last of their trips to the Pacific. The Yankees, in fact, have 10 games remaining against the Angels, the Red Sox 3. Tampa, on the other hand, has one West Coast road-trip remaining but plays only at Seattle and at Oakland. They host their three games remaining against the Angels.”

    My god, I had no idea the Yankees schedule was so onerous down the stretch.

    I’d figured tonight was gravy; it isn’t. The Yankees need to deliver a kill-shot to one or both of their East rivals ASAP.

    My only hope is that the Angels, having clinched a playoff spot, send Lackey to the DL to rest, and do likewise with their other wounded.

  46. Ed - Yanks will be Yanks in the 2nd half! July 27th, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    so what time did the Goose went in the hall as?

  47. PittsburghYankeeFan July 27th, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    And Cashman’s car is a great place to plan trades without the media blaring down on him. What is it, 4-5 hours from Boston to Cooperstown?

    Manny to the Mets! Make it happen!

  48. Andy In Sunny Daytona Beach July 27th, 2008 at 4:50 pm

    “so what time did the Goose went in the hall as?”

    He went in as a 4 o’clock.

  49. trisha - still supporting Farnsy like crazy! July 27th, 2008 at 4:50 pm

    Goose went into the Hall at 4:26 p.m. and he want as a Yankee.

  50. trisha - still supporting Farnsy like crazy! July 27th, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    *went

  51. Ed - Yanks will be Yanks in the 2nd half! July 27th, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    Andy, I meant team. lol

  52. trisha - still supporting Farnsy like crazy! July 27th, 2008 at 4:52 pm

    Ed – well we gave you both!

    :)

  53. Andy In Sunny Daytona Beach July 27th, 2008 at 4:52 pm

    A Yankee, Ed. A Yankee.

    J/K about the remark

  54. Ed - Yanks will be Yanks in the 2nd half! July 27th, 2008 at 4:52 pm

    so the Yanks will retire #54?

  55. Ed - Yanks will be Yanks in the 2nd half! July 27th, 2008 at 4:52 pm

    lol thanks, trish and andy.

  56. SomeGuy32 July 27th, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    Goose isn’t the first guy to go into the Hall as a Yankee who didn’t have his number retired.

    Don’t expect #54 to be retired

  57. Andy In Sunny Daytona Beach July 27th, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    Isn’t Kevin Long or Dave Eiland wearing it?

  58. Andy In Sunny Daytona Beach July 27th, 2008 at 4:57 pm

    … or some coach.

  59. JB July 27th, 2008 at 5:07 pm

    Pete, Kontos missed 2 months last season at Tampa with a shoulder injury. He hasn’t missed a start since then, but that might have been what caused concern for the Pirates.

  60. Dan July 27th, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    On his blog, Phil said he was going back to #65 on June 20th… unofficially

    It was in the comments of his first post

  61. Dan July 27th, 2008 at 5:15 pm

    and 54 now belongs to Kevin Long, for those who were wondering

  62. Count_Zero July 27th, 2008 at 5:30 pm

    I’m all for Phil going back to 65. After last season, Joba was the only member of the big three to keep his high number, and well, we see where they all are now.

  63. VT Yankeefan July 27th, 2008 at 6:05 pm

    Players no longer get to choose what team they use in the HoF. The HoF committee assigns them a team. Boggs ruined that tradition.

  64. yankees35421 July 27th, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    The one good thing about the ESPN game is that Joe Morgan’s not there tonight. I can’t stand that guy…he never stops talking, and he’s just showing how much he knows. Not to mention that he doesn’t have a good voice to listen to.


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