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Some final random thoughts for 2008

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Dec 28, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

A few random thoughts while waiting for the Mark Teixeira press conference and another round of “the Yankees are ruining baseball” columns …

— Those who think baseball needs a salary cap aren’t paying attention. There have been seven different champions in the last eight seasons and since 2001, 23 teams have appeared in the playoffs at least once. Money has less to do with success then smart management and good health.

— Lots of e-mailers are pushing for Rocco Baldelli for center field, citing his improved diagnosis. But it’s important to note that he hasn’t been cured; he was found to have a more manageable condition. It remains unclear whether he can play every day. Keep in mind, Baldelli hasn’t been an everyday player since 2004.

— There’s no reason to feel sorry for Roger Clemens. But if he could do it over again, think he might have just confessed, apologized and asked for forgiveness? The latest indignity is that a Houston hospital took the Rocket’s name off their sports medicine clinic.

— Nice to see the San Francisco Giants fill the “surly, aging star who cares only about records” spot on their roster with Randy Johnson. Maybe he can use Barry Bonds’ old recliner. I love the part about how the Giants are looking forward to him helping their young pitchers. Johnson barely acknowledged his teammates when he was with the Yankees.

— Manny Ramirez weaseled out of Boston so he could escape the options on his deal for two more years and only $40 million. Now he might be lucky to get that from the Dodgers.

— Bobby Abreu (at least 98 runs and 100 RBI in each of the last six years) has to be furious right about now. He’s a victim of bad timing.

— Given that Xavier Nady hit .268 for the Yankees, Johnny Damon is slowing down and Hideki Matsui has cranky knees, why trade anybody? Use Swisher in RF, LF and 1B. Use Damon in LF and CF. Use Nady in RF and LF and let Matsui DH and play a little LF. Joe Girardi has shown he can use the bench. Give him a good one to use

— Melky Cabrera is at .314/.393/.409 in the Dominican. Melky and The Little G in spring training, may the best man win.

— I’ve never been much for video games. But Wii is pretty cool, especially the sports games. However modern Lincoln Logs are terrible compared to the ones we had when we were kids.

— What was the best present you received? Mine was a GPS unit. Now I’ll be able to find my way around Florida

— Do you ever wonder if every time he gets one of his clients signed to a huge deal, Scott Boras reads all the nasty things people say about him and laughs his ass off? It’s not his job to look out for baseball or save the owners from themselves. It’s his job to get his clients what they want and he’s very good at it.

— If advanced baseball stats, witty pop-culture references and 5,000-word posts are your idea of a good blog, you have to check out Joe Posnanski’s corner of the interweb.

— Mark Cuban has some interesting thoughts about keeping sportswriters employed. God Bless Mark Cuban. His main point: Newspaper are in trouble, but somebody has to cover the teams and newspapers still serve that purpose.

— Movies I want to see before spring training: Valkyrie, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Revolutionary Road, Gran Torino, Frost/Nixon and Doubt.

— The iPhone 3G is great. But it’s weird that you can’t send a photo via text message. E-mailing a photo is quick and easy. But even crappy phones can text photos.

— Sounds like the Mets are making a big push for Derek Lowe. That’s where the Yankees were going if they didn’t get A.J. Burnett.

— Here’s a question. Who plays SS for the Yankees when Derek Jeter is away with Team USA? Cody Ransom?

— Do you actually care who wins the WBC? Does anybody?

— The MLB Network debuts Jan. 1 with Don Larsen’s perfect game, complete with the original commercials.

— Quite a football dilemma today. If the Patriots win in Buffalo, I’ll have to root for the Jets to beat the Dolphins. This would go against all I believe to be good and right. It would almost be worth winning and seeing the Jets lose if only because it would make their already miserable fans more miserable and get traitorous Eric Mangini fired.

But the Patriots in the playoffs with a backup QB while the Jets go nowhere with Brett Favre would be a good result. Patriots 24, Bills 17. Jets 14, Dolphins 13.

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349 Responses to “Some final random thoughts for 2008”

  1. Ed - American League, prepare to be scared! CC, Aj, and MT!! December 28th, 2008 at 12:36 am

    “Joe Girardi has shown he can use the bench. Give him a good one to use”

    Yep, just in case 2008 repeats again with all the injuries, if it does happen, we be prepared.

  2. Brandon (CC & AJ now Marky Mark (they stilled over paid him) are Yankees) December 28th, 2008 at 12:43 am

    “Nady for Sanchez very unlikely.”

    Nady + Miranda for Sanchez

  3. Ed - American League, prepare to be scared! CC, Aj, and MT!! December 28th, 2008 at 12:45 am

    “Nady + Miranda for Sanchez”

    the Giants needs a 1B anyway. :D

  4. JF December 28th, 2008 at 12:48 am

    Why’d we go for Burnett and not Lowe? Burnett’s a bum.

  5. Brandon (CC & AJ now Marky Mark (they stilled over paid him) are Yankees) December 28th, 2008 at 12:50 am

    Tex deal makes Miranda a blip in this system. So I don’t see why not. We are asking him to be our #4 or 5 in the AL, he has overpowering stuff, swing and miss stuff, keeps the ball in the park, the walks are an issue but if we fix that we could have a steal. In 2008 BABIP .327 in 07′ .367, so the D hasn’t been there for him in SF.

  6. Brandon (CC & AJ now Marky Mark (they stilled over paid him) are Yankees) December 28th, 2008 at 12:51 am

    “Why’d we go for Burnett and not Lowe? Burnett’s a bum.”

    Because Lowe is a bigger bum and would get swatted in the AL, Burnett stays healthy he may be Curt Schilling pt. 2

  7. Ed - American League, prepare to be scared! CC, Aj, and MT!! December 28th, 2008 at 12:52 am

    Miranda could be the DH in 2010 or something depending on Posada’s status. but eh who knows.

  8. Josh December 28th, 2008 at 12:53 am

    brandon compared sanchez to kazmir, come on brandon i mean he was good, but not kazmir good

  9. Ed - American League, prepare to be scared! CC, Aj, and MT!! December 28th, 2008 at 12:54 am

    Brandon,

    this should interest you: **The Reds have been in discussion with the New York Yankees about their extra outfielders, but no deals are close. **

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....tty-t.html

    ——-

    Jeff Keppinger? :D

  10. Brandon (CC & AJ now Marky Mark (they stilled over paid him) are Yankees) December 28th, 2008 at 12:54 am

    “brandon compared sanchez to kazmir, come on brandon i mean he was good, but not kazmir good”

    His walks are his only issue, And Bill James seems to think he will improve.

    http://www.fangraphs.com/stats.....position=P

  11. Nick in SF in Charlotte December 28th, 2008 at 12:56 am

    SF saying no to that deal would be why not.

  12. Bronx Jeers December 28th, 2008 at 12:57 am

    “Scott Boras reads all the nasty things people say about him and laughs his ass off? It’s not his job to look out for baseball or save the owners from themselves. It’s his job to get his clients what they want and he’s very good at it.”

    Well maybe not all his clients. Some should be careful of what they wish for.

    That’s right I’m talking about you Man-Ram.

    Right about now Manny’s probably got a half dozen Santeria witches casting spells on the Wilpons.

    The Mets could be his last chance to play for a contender.

    Manny on a losing team would not be pretty. What a way to end a HOF career.

  13. Brandon (CC & AJ now Marky Mark (they stilled over paid him) are Yankees) December 28th, 2008 at 12:57 am

    “Jeff Keppinger? ”

    What are we giving up ? I mean Kepp is a bench guy if he comes here. I’m thinking Bruce if we’re talking OF w/ Reds.

  14. Brandon (CC & AJ now Marky Mark (they stilled over paid him) are Yankees) December 28th, 2008 at 12:58 am

    “SF saying no to that deal would be why not.”

    Stop hating Nick you know we could just trade Wang and make this happen :lol:

  15. harwood December 28th, 2008 at 12:59 am

    Keep everyone, I agree.

    and Dolphins by a FG.

  16. Jonas December 28th, 2008 at 1:00 am

    bruce is a top prospect in all of baseball. they would not give him up, not a chance.

  17. Nick in SF in Charlotte December 28th, 2008 at 1:00 am

    “Movies I want to see before spring training: Valkyrie, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Revolutionary Road, Gran Torino, Frost/Nixon and Doubt.”

    These movies all have something in common: nobody kills Hitler in any of them.

  18. you gotta have faith (we are called the evil empire for a reason) December 28th, 2008 at 1:01 am

    im torn between whether or not i want to trade an OF or not

    its true that keeping all will help provide depth but wat about depth for the infield? swish can play 1B but thats it

    if we can trade someone (anyone besides Damon) for an NL bench player then i think that will be a good deal and balance everything out

  19. Nick in SF in Charlotte December 28th, 2008 at 1:02 am

    Yes, Brandon, or how about Cano, Aceves, and Joba?

    “Movies I want to see before spring training: Valkyrie, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Revolutionary Road, Gran Torino, Frost/Nixon and Doubt.”

    These movies all have something in common: nobody kills Hit-ler in any of them.

  20. Josh December 28th, 2008 at 1:03 am

    brandon, once again sanchez pitched in the NL west, 3 of teams have ballparks favoring pitchers including the dbacks, giants and padres, the little things help the pitchers. and kazmir had to deal with injuries, and not to mnetion he had to pitch in the AL, which have DH’s, Ha

  21. Brandon (CC & AJ now Marky Mark (they stilled over paid him) are Yankees) December 28th, 2008 at 1:08 am

    Funny that Kaz also pitched in a pitcher’s ballpark as a Met but w/e. I’m comparing his stuff and his ceiling to what Kazmir is. What’s wrong w/ that ?

    numbers vs batters away .255/.342/.381 …so the issue here is his walks total, if he’s as bad as he claims then we should be able to get him for Nady.

  22. Isaiah (GO BIG BLUE!) December 28th, 2008 at 1:09 am

    Brandon,

    I looked at your link for Sanchez and his record was an IMPRESSIVE 9-12 5.03 or 5. something ERA. And i looked at the predictions of the stats. Dude you cant predict stats! There is no way in the earth that you can judge how good of a fit Sanchez would be for the Yankees by 2 experts opinions! You can possibly predict a teams performance for the next year but you cant predict stats.

  23. Ed - American League, prepare to be scared! CC, Aj, and MT!! December 28th, 2008 at 1:10 am

    “its true that keeping all will help provide depth but wat about depth for the infield? swish can play 1B but thats it”

    Swisher 2nd best position is the corner OF, he suck in CF though.

  24. Josh December 28th, 2008 at 1:11 am

    brandon, giants suck, go BILLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. Ed - American League, prepare to be scared! CC, Aj, and MT!! December 28th, 2008 at 1:14 am

    “brandon, giants suck, go BILLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

    wow trash talking in a meaningless game for the Giants?

  26. Brandon (CC & AJ now Marky Mark (they stilled over paid him) are Yankees) December 28th, 2008 at 1:15 am

    Isaiah BTW I don’t like you just for that name (it’s not you I’m just a Knicks fan) Anyway… a BABIP of .367 and .327 shows he had no defense behind him. The ERA may be because of pure luck + no D + walks totals…a good gamble to bounce back if he cuts down his walks. Also the worst that can happen is he goes to the BP.

  27. Nick in SF in Charlotte December 28th, 2008 at 1:19 am

    The worst that can happen is he goes to he BP?

    Sign Pettitte. He won’t go to the BP.

    Goodnight.

  28. Brandon (CC & AJ now Marky Mark (they stilled over paid him) are Yankees) December 28th, 2008 at 1:19 am

    “brandon, giants suck, go BILLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

    Your a Bills fan ? http://i44.tinypic.com/2v94x0p.gif :lol:

  29. Isaiah (GO BIG BLUE) December 28th, 2008 at 1:20 am

    Brandon,

    I dont like Isiah Thomas either he’s a skum bag for what he did last year and all Knicks fans im pretty sure hate him. I mean Sanchez could be a really good pitcher but he’s young and if he turns anything like Matt Cain or Tim Linchecum (however you spell it) that would be a great deal. Especially since the Giants don’t give him much runs and since they recently aquired Randy Johnson they will be likely to deal out one of the starters. If we could deal Matsui instead of Nady that would be a plus simply because i still think Nady has a few more years left in his prime and in my opinion is a better hitter than Matsui

  30. BJK December 28th, 2008 at 1:22 am

    1) Pete, save yourself a couple of hours with Valkyrie. Check out Frost/Nixon for Frank Langella. Ben Button could use a trim but is worth your $12-$15.

    2) If the Yankees want to go after Sanchez, Nady won’t fit in the package according to mlb.com. They don’t want any players that aren’t signed past 2009.

  31. Brandon (CC & AJ now Marky Mark (they stilled over paid him) are Yankees) December 28th, 2008 at 1:23 am

    I’m sorry failed attempt…(oops purely coincidental) :lol: I won’t miss…I mean I wont’t screw thi..I mean how nevermind.

    http://i44.tinypic.com/2v94x0p.jpg

  32. Ed - American League, prepare to be scared! CC, Aj, and MT!! December 28th, 2008 at 1:23 am

    uh brandon, that link doesnt work. lol

  33. Ed - American League, prepare to be scared! CC, Aj, and MT!! December 28th, 2008 at 1:24 am

    uh brandon, that link doesnt work. lol

  34. josh December 28th, 2008 at 1:24 am

    brandon, first of all at least the bills know where they play in. i mean come on, “New York Giants” they play in new jersey, it doesnt take a genius to figure that out, and if im not correct the bills are a career 6-4 against the giants, btw the link didnt work, but im sure its about the kicker for the bills missing the field goal against the giants in the super bowl, and go knicks…nate robinson is a machine!!!!!

  35. Ed - American League, prepare to be scared! CC, Aj, and MT!! December 28th, 2008 at 1:24 am

    lol nVm, you already figured it out. lol

  36. Isaiah (GO BIG BLUE) December 28th, 2008 at 1:26 am

    LOL

  37. Ed - American League, prepare to be scared! CC, Aj, and MT!! December 28th, 2008 at 1:26 am

    “i mean come on, “New York Giants” they play in new jersey, it doesnt take a genius to figure that out,”

    let me guess you not from ny. and it doesn’t take a genius to know driving to NJ is only 5-10 minutes.

  38. Brandon (CC & AJ now Marky Mark (they stilled over paid him) are Yankees) December 28th, 2008 at 1:28 am

    Not even god is allowing me to post this. I guess it’s for the best. Nate Robinson is alright would have been a superstar if he were 5 inches taller, he’s not great but good.

  39. josh December 28th, 2008 at 1:29 am

    ed, i was born in utica, ny. and i went to the giants-panthers game last week, and what do you know they play in New Jersey, i mean the yankees dont call themselves the “New Jersey Yankees” and they play right near NJ, Ha

  40. Eric December 28th, 2008 at 1:30 am

    Cowboys play in Irving, TX

    Redskins play in Landover, MD

    Pats play in Foxboro, MA

    Bills play in Orchard Park, NY

  41. Soul December 28th, 2008 at 1:31 am

    josh – Do us a favor and beat the Pats tomorrow

    I mean, you went into Denver and won so its not impossible.

  42. Isaiah (GO BIG BLUE) December 28th, 2008 at 1:32 am

    Yes the New York Giants are in NJ territory but the taxes of building a stadium in NYC limits would be majorly increased. It really doesn’t matter what state they call themselves they still are the same team and that way they have fan support in not on New York City, New Jersey, but also in the upstate of New York.

    Btw, even though we dont have to win vs. vikings i hope we CRUSH them just because how badly they have beat us the last 2 games, pitiful!

  43. Isaiah (GO BIG BLUE) December 28th, 2008 at 1:33 am

    * in not only…

  44. Isaiah (GO BIG BLUE) December 28th, 2008 at 1:33 am

    * in not only…

  45. Sea Net December 28th, 2008 at 1:33 am

    Giants need to activate Andre Woodson tomorrow… let him play the 2nd half, or atleast split time with Carr.

  46. Garron December 28th, 2008 at 1:34 am

    No Baldelli, Ill take Melky everyday of the week. Bobby Abreu to the A’s I hear (If the cant get Big G), I wish him nothing but luck. Our outfield could use an upgrade but I think we can get by for now with the options we have, would be nice to have a power bat out there or at least a legitimate table setter (could be Gardner if he can start hitting at a consistent rate, if he could muster even .270 he would be extremely valuable). Good for Scott Boras is all I say, most people hate him but hes just doing his job and doing it very well. Saw Valkyrie, a solid movie, wouldnt care to see it again though. The Mets can have Lowe, anyone but Boston. My vote for Jeter’s fill in would be Alberto Gonzalez, seemed to play fairly effectively last year while Cap was injured, good glove man. And no I dont particularly care who wins the WBC. Heres to a succesful 09, may we be discussing #27 this time next year. Happy New Years everyone.

  47. Ed - American League, prepare to be scared! CC, Aj, and MT!! December 28th, 2008 at 1:35 am

    josh,

    ahh you from upstate, the boring area. so you only hating them because they play in nj? sheesh, that’s one dumb reason to hate them.

    wanna know why they play in nj:

    During this period, **due to the renovation of Yankee Stadium,** which the team shared with baseball’s New York Yankees, the Giants were forced to play their home games at the Yale Bowl from 1973 through 1974, and Shea Stadium in Queens, NY in 1975. **They finally received their own dedicated state-of-the-art stadium in 1976, when they moved into the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey.** One of the low points during this period was the so-called “Miracle at the Meadowlands”, which occurred in 1978.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N......80.931978

  48. Pinstripes Jay December 28th, 2008 at 1:36 am

    I’m not worried about revealing too much in the game tomorrow incase we see the Vikings again in the playoffs…. Cowboys should make easy work of them in the 1st round. Taveres Jackson is not beating the Cowboys.

  49. Isaiah (GO BIG BLUE) December 28th, 2008 at 1:36 am

    eric, dude foxborough is New England, its a section of northeast america, and most of the cities are suburbs of the bigger cities. and Soul, i really have no affect on what goes on but i will cheer for the bills lol

  50. Brandon (CC & AJ now Marky Mark (they stilled over paid him) are Yankees) December 28th, 2008 at 1:36 am

    “Giants need to activate Andre Woodson tomorrow… let him play the 2nd half, or atleast split time with Carr.”

    Dude I want to see this kid play. I really do I hope we are winning by enough that he can start the 2nd half. IDK about Carr this should be interesting today.

  51. BJK December 28th, 2008 at 1:38 am

    Alberto Gonzalez is no longer with the organization.

  52. josh December 28th, 2008 at 1:39 am

    ed, yes im upstate, and i hate giants fans cuz there bandwagon fans, i never heard any of them talking about the giants, until a couple years ago, bills fans are true, the go shirtless in temperatures below zero and they dont care how bad there losing, they will go with pride, something giants fans dont have, Ha

  53. josh December 28th, 2008 at 1:40 am

    haha david carr is the only QB i know that wears gloves during the game, Ha

  54. Harris December 28th, 2008 at 1:40 am

    Woodson throwing the ball to Manningham and Moss all day with Bradshaw/Ware in the backfield :)

  55. vtred December 28th, 2008 at 1:41 am

    Woodson can be like Seneca Wallace with some coaching. He is RAW though. I remember Coughlin pulled him in the 4th quarter of the pre-season game against the Pats because he didn’t even hand the ball off correctly.

    He is very intriguing though… Reese obviously saw something in him to take him in the 6th round.

  56. josh December 28th, 2008 at 1:42 am

    at least we can agree on something…go Yankees!!!! and arod dates weird girls lol

  57. John December 28th, 2008 at 1:45 am

    I hope the Giants can bridge the winter gap to Spring Training like last year by going deep into January.

    Basketball as usual will give us nothing again this winter.

  58. josh December 28th, 2008 at 1:47 am

    hey john, never give up on the knicks, we got nate robinson and david lee

  59. Brandon (CC & AJ now Marky Mark (they stilled over paid him) are Yankees) December 28th, 2008 at 1:53 am

    “Woodson throwing the ball to Manningham and Moss all day with Bradshaw/Ware in the backfield ”

    Woodson to Manningham would be interesting to watch. Santana’s yet to be proven to be brother has done nearly nothing. All I know about him is he wears a blue jersey.

  60. Joe December 28th, 2008 at 2:03 am

    God bless ya Pete. We both have to root for the Jets tomorrow if Cassel throws another gem tomorrow. Or we root for the Jags if we win and Miami wins.

  61. ham fighters December 28th, 2008 at 2:15 am

    a BILLS fan ripping on the giants, that’s rich!

    two words for you dude:

    wide right!

  62. Pel December 28th, 2008 at 2:27 am

    “*It would almost be worth winning and seeing the Jets lose if only because it would make their already miserable fans more miserable and get traitorous Eric Mangini fired.*”

    Hey, if you don’t catch the game live on TV, just ask Bill for a tape. I hear that guy has quite the collection. ;)

  63. VT Yankeefan December 28th, 2008 at 3:06 am

    Do you ever wonder if every time he gets one of his clients signed to a huge deal, Scott Boras reads all the nasty things people say about him and laughs his ass off?

    The 5% of player salaries that Boras’ company took in last year was ~$17MM. He could laugh his way to a bunch of banks.

  64. Aaron December 28th, 2008 at 3:36 am

    I have tickets to the Bills-Pats game but have to stay home and watch the Cowboys

  65. E-Man December 28th, 2008 at 4:30 am

    “Joe Girardi has shown he can use the bench. Give him a good one to use”

    Did I miss something?

    Do you mean he knows how to have players sit on it for extended periods of time like Shelley Duncan, Chad Moeller or Melky Cabrera? Or do you mean he knows how to use the bench for strategic purposes in a baseball game?

    If it’s the latter, I’m going to have to LOL at you.

  66. Rivera21 December 28th, 2008 at 5:01 am

    The bench like Jose Molina would be better if Jeter,A-Rod,Cano and Posada hit better no one would care if Cabrera or Molina were defensive players.

  67. populoso December 28th, 2008 at 5:42 am

    Maybe Abreu should learn to field.

  68. populoso December 28th, 2008 at 5:45 am

    Also:

    “Given that Xavier Nady hit .268 for the Yankees [...] why trade anybody?”

    What?

  69. jimmy1138 December 28th, 2008 at 6:25 am

    Bobby Abreu furious? This guy has been the second worst defensive player in 2008 killing almost all of his offensive value with shoddy defense. Last season Abreu got 10 mio $ more than he was worth.
    Yeah, I’d be furious too if my team gave me 10 mio $ for nothing. Really furious.

  70. Baseball Guy December 28th, 2008 at 6:58 am

    If it were me, and it’s not, but I would use Gardner in CF to start. Give him 100-150 at bats to see if he can play. If he can’t do it, I’d give Melky one last shot.

    The Yankees need defense in CF. This is also a way to promote from within, stay young, infuse youth, etc…

    As such, Damon in LF, Matsui as DH, and Swisher in RF. I agree with Pete – Nady can be the swing man giving them all a chance to rest.

    Nady is the only guy of the bunch I’d trade.

    Matsui should stay – he’s added a lot to the team, his “influence” from japan markets must be considered

    Damon should stay – our best lead off option

    Swisher should stay – reasonable contract for 3 more years

    Nady is coming off a career year. It would be time to sell high on him, BUT, he’s the only right handed hitter in the bunch. He might make a good guy to spell Damon or even Matsui (yes, I know he lets lefties well) in a pinch.

    So, keep them all – and get a solid (Ty Wigginton?) back-up infielder… of course with Tex, Cano, Jeter, and A-Rod, unless one gets hurt, the backup INF will play in about 13 inning all year…

  71. trisha - CC and AJ and Sheets - OH MY!" December 28th, 2008 at 7:48 am

    “There’s no reason to feel sorry for Roger Clemens.”

    I don’t.

    “But if he could do it over again, think he might have just confessed, apologized and asked for forgiveness?”

    Never.

    “The latest indignity is that a Houston hospital took the Rocket’s name off their sports medicine clinic.”

    Awesome. And the hits just keep on coming…

  72. GreenBeret7 December 28th, 2008 at 7:59 am

    Wigginton can’t play shortstop.

  73. Rockin' Rich December 28th, 2008 at 8:04 am

    Best present? My daughter gave me an iPod Touch, which is an iPhone without the phone. Just gank some wifi and you’re at one with the universe.

    Oh, and GO DOLPHINS!!

  74. hobbie December 28th, 2008 at 8:14 am

    doog yrev saw nottub nimajneb. I am also looking forward to seeing doubt and Valkerie

  75. bru December 28th, 2008 at 8:44 am

    it is easy to sit here & say we should keep nady,swisher,damon,matsui because it gives us more debth but that is 4 players for 3 spots not including melky & gardner.

    how much debth do we need?
    we have no good bench infielders,cf is a huge question mark & where does joba slot in the rotation? 4 or 5? wether joba is 4th or 5th we will have an innings cap on joba & a huge question mark in front or behind him & that is not taking any injuries into consideration.

    nady,damon,matsui are all gone after 09 unless we resign nady.

    why not sign or trade for a decent number 4 pitcher to give us pitching debth so we can slide joba into the 5th slot & trade nady & or matsui for a pitcher or infield debth??

    what happens if hughes,acevez,kennedy struggle,joba is on a pitch limit & we get an injury to a pitcher or two???

    i also think 09 will be melky’s year.he is young & started off on fire in 08 but seemed to run out of gas quickly.

  76. Viper December 28th, 2008 at 8:52 am

    why not sign or trade for a decent number 4 pitcher to give us pitching debth so we can slide joba into the 5th slot & trade nady & or matsui for a pitcher or infield debth??

    ——————–

    Why would you do that when you can simply resign Pettitte to be your fourth starter?

    We already know he can handle NY and he’s about as reliable as anyone to throw 200 IP.

    Right now, resigning Pettitte should be their #1 priority. Build a rotation that has more depth than either the Rays or Red Sox and you protect yourself against a Burnett DL stint.

    Right now, they’re a Burnett DL stint away from having Hughes as their #4 and Kennedy or Aceves as their #5. That combo didn’t work out too well last season.

    Keep Nady, Swisher, and Matsui. Given the age and health factors against Matsui and Damon – they’ll need all the depth they can get.

  77. bru December 28th, 2008 at 8:56 am

    Viper

    i agree about pettitte but we will lose damon,melky,nady after 09 & if we sign pettitte he will need to be replaced after 09.

    why not get a pitcher for more than just 1 year going forward.a trade might do that.

    i am just worried about cf,infield bench & a 4th starter.if melky does well in cf,fine.

    the 4th starter is my biggest concern.

  78. bru December 28th, 2008 at 8:59 am

    i am fine with keeping damon,nady,matsui,swisher for added debth as long as they don’t prevent us from getting a decent cf,pitcher.

  79. bru December 28th, 2008 at 9:03 am

    i think they give melky the job at first.he just has more power & has shown briefly he can hit for power plus his recent dl numbers are solid.

    gardner can be pesky but the numbers won’t be there.melky also plays great defense & has a great arm.he could be the key in 09.

  80. Viper December 28th, 2008 at 9:03 am

    Pettitte is perfect for them right now because Hughes could take over in 2010. They don’t need another pitcher signed to a multi-year deal.

    I want to see Hughes have an injury-free 2009 to work on his location and command as well as his cutter and change.

    If all goes well, he’ll be in the rotation to start the 2010 season.

    I’m no fan of Melky so I couldn’t care less what they do with him as long as he’s not starting.

  81. Gary December 28th, 2008 at 9:07 am

    With the Captain away for WBC games, it will give Cody Ransom the chance to see if he can be the utility infielder for the season. He’ll see time at all 4 positions.

  82. Viper December 28th, 2008 at 9:08 am

    Girardi really likes Gardner, though, and Melky really fell out of favor with him last season.

    I think Gardner may have the upper hand right now and could very well be the Opening Day starter unless Melky thoroughly outplays him in Spring Training.

  83. joeman December 28th, 2008 at 9:08 am

    meet Andy half way & sign him….12+ w’s from a #5 SP..won’t get that with Hughes this year

  84. Scott December 28th, 2008 at 9:12 am

    Couple things, not Yanks related since Pete’s last paragraph turned this into a football blog.

    Josh, I am originally from the Utica area too. Me and all my friends root for the Giants, never the Bills. Hell I went to college in Brockport and half of the students there were Giants fans and we were only 45 minutes from Orchard Park. So Giants fans are not bandwagon fans. BTW if you pay attention, Giants fans go shirtless to games too, doesn’t make you a good team though.

    ALso if the Bills have such a huge fan base, why the talk early in the season of the Bills having to go up for sale and possibly moving to Toronto? Food for thought.

    Pete Abe, dude, I hate the Patriots, keep that crap to yourself, I don’t like the Jets either, but Bellicheck is a cheater and I am glad Mangini ratted him out. I love your Yankees blog, but hate the Pats. I will always disagree with you on them. The reason you are playing a back up QB is because kharma is a beotch. Brady’s injury was fate.

  85. AeroFANatic December 28th, 2008 at 9:19 am

    Jeter is going to give the Yanks many headaches. Signed only thru 2010 (at 21mil), what do the Yanks do? No SS depth to let him go, but certainly not worth 21 mil per?

    3 year deal for 35 million? Move to LF?
    Interesting times are-a-coming.

  86. Tom December 28th, 2008 at 9:36 am

    I don’t know if this was listed yet, but here’s a link with what T.V. channel the MLB network will be on.:

    http://www.bizofbaseball.com/i.....#038;page=

  87. Lost in Tex-is December 28th, 2008 at 9:40 am

    “— The iPhone 3G is great. But it’s weird that you can’t send a photo via text message. E-mailing a photo is quick and easy. But even crappy phones can text photos.”

    One of the things I dislike the most about it. Right on!

    About Boras:

    You can compare him with a used car salesman.. everyone hates a used car salesman, being one comes with that stigma. However, selling used cars makes you a lot more money than new cars.. and the money makes that stigma null and void for the salesman.. but sure, we all want to be liked. I don’t think the millions that Boras has makes him think twice about his public image.

  88. Lost in Tex-is December 28th, 2008 at 9:44 am

    Xavier Nady:

    I’d personally like to see what he can do this year, with a full year with us.

    Matsui, healthy is still a great hitter. Having him for DH is fantastic.

    I don’t see Nady getting traded unless it came with a great package deal. Let me rephrase, I don’t see the Yankees “dumping” Nady.

  89. Viper December 28th, 2008 at 9:58 am

    Nady, Matsui, and Damon are also all in contract years.

    All should be pretty motivated and in good physical shape when the season starts.

    I wouldn’t trade anyone. A good bench is something they’ve lacked the last few years.

  90. ProSalaryCap December 28th, 2008 at 10:01 am

    Baseball needs a salary cap. I’m as big a Yankee fan as anyone, but the only reason there have been 7 different champions in 8 years, etc, is that the Yankees are idiots with how they spend their money. If they spent wisely, they easily would have won it several times since 2000. If the Red Sox had the Yankees money, they would have won more than twice because they are run so well. The only sport where there is TRUE competitive balance is football, where there is a true, hard salary cap.

  91. randy l December 28th, 2008 at 10:02 am

    “Manny Ramirez weaseled out of Boston…”

    my only regret after all the free agent signings is that manny and pete won’t be in the same yankee club house. i would have paid cash money to see a player( as they would just for fun) point out pete as the one who was calling him a liar and a weasel.

    i can see the headline now, “POP GOES THE WEASEL”

  92. GreenBeret7 December 28th, 2008 at 10:09 am

    ProSalaryCap
    December 28th, 2008 at 10:01 am
    Baseball needs a salary cap. I’m as big a Yankee fan as anyone, but the only reason there have been 7 different champions in 8 years, etc, is that the Yankees are idiots with how they spend their money. If they spent wisely, they easily would have won it several times since 2000. If the Red Sox had the Yankees money, they would have won more than twice because they are run so well. The only sport where there is TRUE competitive balance is football, where there is a true, hard salary cap.

    ————————————————————

    You’ve certainly got me convinced, Red Sox fan…..errr…..long time Yankee fan.

  93. Yankee Trader December 28th, 2008 at 10:11 am

    Talk of Nady to SF.-won’t happen SF doesn’t want a player in walk year.

    Talk of trading for OF’er from Reds: won’t get Jay Bruce, but look at Chris Dickerson.

    IMO, Yankees should not be in any hurry to trade any of our current Nady, Swisher and Matsui until early in the season-might have injuries [cold weather, etc.]Let the other teams come to us and offer us a deal we can’t refuse!!

    Feel we need a proven starter- not ready to rely on a current rotation of CC, Wang, AJ, Joba and Hughes/Aceves, due to players with pitch limits and coming of injuries.
    Put a call out to Mussina!!! Pettitte, Brad Penny, John Smoltz anyone? Would like Sanchez as another lefty.

    Valkyrie-Pretty good thriller based on true story but lack of german accents annoying.

    Frost/Nixon- terrific dialogue movie, and certain nomination for Langella.

    Button 2 hours 47 minutes- didn’t see but fair reviews.

    Doubt- supposed to be great like the play with certain nomination for Meryl Streep.

  94. Mike December 28th, 2008 at 10:17 am

    When is the Teixeira press conference?

  95. GreenBeret7 December 28th, 2008 at 10:17 am

    Jonathan Sanchez? He, of the 4.5 walks and 9 hits a game, in the NL West? He should be dynamite in the AL East.

  96. RustyS December 28th, 2008 at 10:20 am

    Pete-
    you should see SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE before any of the movies you wanna see, it was brilliant.

  97. Yankee Trader December 28th, 2008 at 10:20 am

    ProSalaryCap
    December 28th, 2008 at 10:01 am
    “Baseball needs a salary cap. I’m as big a Yankee fan as anyone, but the only reason there have been 7 different champions in 8 years, etc, is that the Yankees are idiots with how they spend their money. If they spent wisely, they easily would have won it several times since 2000. If the Red Sox had the Yankees money, they would have won more than twice because they are run so well. The only sport where there is TRUE competitive balance is football, where there is a true, hard salary cap.”

    Would have beaten Boston in the series, leading 3-0 if John Olerud hadn’t gotten hurt, and gone on to take series.
    Without a sawed off bat bloop single by Arizona, would have won that series too.

    All owners should be willing to spend their revenues on fielding the best team possible for the fans, or IMO, close up shop!!!

  98. nud December 28th, 2008 at 10:30 am

    3 for 35 for Jeter??? Are you crazy!!! He will get a 5 yr 115 mil contract and every penny will be deserved. You obviously do not pay for stats with Jeter.

  99. nud December 28th, 2008 at 10:33 am

    Pettitte will be back.. As some of you have already stated you dont want an injury to crop up and have Phil as your number 4 especially if he isnt ready. The calls to Japan would be fast and furious for a Rasner return :)

    Andy coming back is a done deal.

  100. ham fighters December 28th, 2008 at 10:35 am

    if you want a salary cap, it will take a year or two of baseball being on strike, whether they use replacement players or not. even then, my money’s on the union winning in the end.

    revenues are through the roof, any team that know anything about drafting and developing players has a fair chance to be as competitive as the teams that are swimming in money. a team that nobody cared about (2007 avg. attendance of 17,000) won the ‘big money’ division and went to the WS. the small revenue twins and a’s are considered perenial contenders for the PS.

    things are great in baseball, thanks primarily to the yankees and red sox. please explain to me what would be so much better about a ‘salary capped’ mlb? and would that possible improvement be worth a war with the players union that could result in no baseball for a season or more?

    if it aint broke…

  101. Bad Scooter December 28th, 2008 at 10:35 am

    Hey Yankee Trader

    “If ifs and buts were candy and nuts, we’d all have a merry Christmas” – Don Meredith

  102. Bad Scooter December 28th, 2008 at 10:38 am

    Sorry Yankee Trader, I meant that post for ProSalaryCap.

  103. Joe from Long Island December 28th, 2008 at 10:39 am

    Good column, Pete.

    1. Terrific link to the Mark Cuban article. The guy really thinks logically, analytically, and out-of-the-box. He would be a great addition to major league baseball; however, I don’t think the reactionaries who own most of the teams and the commissioner’s office will let him buy into the Cubs, no matter how much cash he has on hand. Shame.

    2. Same old Jets, unfortunately. They shouldn’t have betrayed Chad. Kevin Mawae – another good professional and a good man – must be laughing.

    3. Thanks to Tom, above, for the link to MLB network for me to check what channel they will be on Cablevision.

    4. Have a good Sunday, all.
    3.

  104. ham fighters December 28th, 2008 at 10:42 am

    the yankees dont need to pay $10M for an insurance policy for yews/aceves. thats ridiculous. if andy wants one last go round with the yankees, he has to do it for about 6-7M, which is still way overpaying a back of the rotaion guy.

    imo, the winner of a preseason competition (which would include youze/kennedy/aceves/coke and one or two invitees) is going to give us better results than pettitte anyway and would cost no more than $2M.

    the $16M bus left last season, the $10M bus left last week.

    all aboard the $6m express! you on or you off andy?

  105. BBFan December 28th, 2008 at 10:50 am

    “3 for 35 for Jeter??? Are you crazy!!! He will get a 5 yr 115 mil contract and every penny will be deserved. You obviously do not pay for stats with Jeter.”

    Keep dreaming.
    Stop living in the past.
    3/35 is close to what he will get from Yanks.
    Other teams will not offer even that.
    He was overpaid the last 10 years, courtesy that gignatic contract for A-Rod.
    In two years he will be past his prime and this beyond the game stuff is overblown.

  106. Januz December 28th, 2008 at 10:51 am

    I love all the Yankee Haters and so-called Yankee fans begging for salary caps. What is really happening is teams use the Yankees as a crutch as to why they can’t or choose not to compete. Lets take the past 50 years as a reference point. The Yankees won 9 titles. The Giants, Indians, Cubs, Rangers/Washington Senators 2, Astros, Padres, Expos/Nationals, Rockies, Mariners, Brewers/PILOTS (They played in Seattle 1 year before moving to Milwaukee and Rays. ZERO. Royals, Angels, Braves and White Sox one each. In other words, 15 teams in baseball collectively, have LESS THAN HALF the titles the Yankees have.
    One thing about Mark Teixeira, is he strikes me as someone who will put principles and winning first. It does not matter if it means not wanting to play with an organization (Boston) that treated him dishonestly with the draft, or not wanting to play in places (Like Baltimore with 11 straight losing seasons, or Washington that lost 102 games last year). Those are the kind of reasons why he chose the Bronx. Of course money is important, but there is NO opt out clause, and he did NOT take the largest contract offered, which was by Washington, like Alex Rodriguez did, when he signed with Texas, complete with opt out clauses.
    If certain teams had a committment to winning as much as the Yankees and Teixeira do, perhaps the talent and Championship ratio might be more equitable, and there would be no demands for salary caps?

  107. ANSKY December 28th, 2008 at 10:57 am

    Pats? Jets? Forget both of them.
    Steelers are going for ‘one for the other thumb’ this year.

  108. YankeeRay December 28th, 2008 at 11:05 am

    randy l
    December 28th, 2008 at 10:02 am
    “Manny Ramirez weaseled out of Boston…”

    my only regret after all the free agent signings is that manny and pete won’t be in the same yankee club house. i would have paid cash money to see a player( as they would just for fun) point out pete as the one who was calling him a liar and a weasel.

    i can see the headline now, “POP GOES THE WEASEL”

    ————
    Why not?
    Good morning everyone from what looks like the last of the Manny to the yankees bloggers.
    I won’t stop until he is signed somewhere and hopefully it is here.
    Many on here said that we wouldn’t get Tex and I was one who said it was a perfectfit and no brainer of a move.
    What Cash did was great but at the end of teh day he just wrote the checks.
    Getting Manny would take some creativity but in the long run would be the move that puts us over the top.
    Trade Nady and Matsui in a salary dump. Get some OF or IF depth in the Nady trade and just take a low level prospect back in the Matsui trade. We shouldn’t have to eat much if any of Matsuis contract especially the way everyone on this site thinks he will have a 25/100 kind of year.
    Bottom line ios both wil be gone after next year so make the move now. Many would come at virtually the same cost as Matsui and Nady once the latter gets his arbitration.
    Manny wants to be here and we could certainly use his bat behind Arod.
    The clubhouse chemistry shouldn’t be an issue to the yankees since we were going to get him if we missed on Tex.
    Sign Pettite as well. I will use my same philosophy when crafting the Tex signing. We will have a higher payroll in 09 but that will clear out some next year when Pettite and Damon come off the books. We will go younger on the mound and in the OF next year relieving the payroll pain of 09.
    We need to win next year and Manny takes us over the top. Right now we have no guarantees.
    In the OF we would have Damon, Swisher, Melky, Gardner and Manny on occasion.
    Our line up wouyld look like this:

    Damon LF
    Jeter SS
    Tex 1B
    Arod SS
    Manny DH
    Posada C
    Cano 2B
    Swisher RF
    Melk/Gard CF

    Bench Melk/ Ransom, one other from Nady trade, Molina. A little thin but with that line up we will be fine. That 13 players plus 5 starters and 7 in pen.

    Please tell me why this is not a good idea or can’t happen.

  109. Lost in Tex-is December 28th, 2008 at 11:06 am

    “When is the Teixeira press conference?”

    Probably the first week back (1/5 – 1/9).

  110. Reggie44 December 28th, 2008 at 11:07 am

    Re: The Yankees Are Ruining Baseball.

    The answer is no and no.

    First lets agree that there’s two meanings for “Baseball” — the game of baseball and the business of baseball. Too many writers talk out of both sides of their mouths on this.

    On paper, the Yankees are ruining “the game of baseball” by signing all the best players and supposedly leaving other teams at a competitive disadvantage. However, they’ve been doing this for a long time and haven’t won every World Series, so that argument doesn’t seem to hold water. A lot of the people cry about this every off-season (paging Mr. Lupica) and then rejoice when it doesn’t pan out — only to forget it all over again the following off-season.

    As for the business of baseball, the Yankees are not ruining it by any means. ESPN is covering the Yankees at the top of most shows because of their spending spree and we’re in the middle of NFL playoff positioning and the NBA just had the Celtics on a ridiculous winning streak. That is very good for the business of baseball — people are talking about it and it’s the off-season. And when the season starts, try getting a ticket at any away game the Yankees are playing — they sell out most stadiums they pass through — again, good for the business of baseball.

    Bottom line, the Yankees might buy the best players, but that doesn’t stop teams like the Rays from winning the division and they fact they get press in the middle of the winter (as opposed to last years steroids mess) can only make Mr. Selig and the other owners happy.

  111. Nick in SF in Charlotte December 28th, 2008 at 11:11 am

    I also endorse “Slumdog Millionaire”.

    And of course signing Andy Pettitte.

  112. ANSKY December 28th, 2008 at 11:12 am

    Salary cap? Considering the Yanks make about 400 million a year and spend about half that on their players(or so I’ve read) if there was a salary cap of, lets say arbitrarily, $100M or $150M then the Yanks would just net even more money by reducing their payroll.

    I wonder if the small market teams would still expect their annual infusion of Yankee luxury tax and profit sharing to support them?

    Would they expect a share of the additional net $$ the Yanks make after limiting player salaries too?

  113. RhapsodyInBlue December 28th, 2008 at 11:20 am

    “I wonder if the small market teams would still expect their annual infusion of Yankee luxury tax and profit sharing to support them?

    Would they expect a share of the additional net $$ the Yanks make after limiting player salaries too?”

    Absolutely they would.

  114. james December 28th, 2008 at 11:22 am

    Valkyrie is not worth seeing. You already know how it ends. No suspense and not enough action to make it worthy.

  115. Bret the Hitman December 28th, 2008 at 11:28 am

    Re: movies to see

    Yes Man was great

    I want to see Gran Torino

  116. ANSKY December 28th, 2008 at 11:30 am

    Actually … if there was a salary cap being imposed, there wouldn’t be a need for a luxury tax. But they’d still find a way to impose one on the Yanks.

    The luxury tax was supposed to be sort of a ‘soft’ salary cap anyways, so poorer teams could benefit from a team like the Yanks. I have no problem with that, as long as the other teams are required to put a minimum amount of money (or percentage of their revenues) into players.

  117. RustyJohn December 28th, 2008 at 11:31 am

    Gran Turino looks key- nothing like Eastwood in his “I’m going to die soon so every movie I’ll make will deal with mortality” mode. Every movie he makes gets more and more proficient. It is the movie equivalent of watching Maddux pitch. If you watch “Letters from Iwo Jima” you’ll see there isn’t a single wasted shot. I once read somewhere that he edited “Mystic River” in a week in between playing golf in the morning and evening.

  118. jennifer December 28th, 2008 at 11:31 am

    I love the part about how the Giants are looking forward to him helping their young pitchers. Johnson barely acknowledged his teammates when he was with the Yankees.

    ————————

    But Pete he will help them, he’ll teach them how to be a jerk.

  119. Tom December 28th, 2008 at 11:33 am

    I have a movie related question.

    When there are American characters in foreign language films do they speak English, or do they speak the foreign language in “American” accents?

  120. jennifer December 28th, 2008 at 11:34 am

    Pete why do you want to see us miserable? That is so mean!

  121. pat December 28th, 2008 at 11:36 am

    “3 for 35 for Jeter??? Are you crazy!!! He will get a 5 yr 115 mil contract and every penny will be deserved. You obviously do not pay for stats with Jeter.”

    Okay, at the risk of being treasonous, I’ll ask. What exactly would they be paying 23 million a year for?

  122. jennifer December 28th, 2008 at 11:37 am

    The only way I want the Jets to win, is if the Pats lose. If the Pats win. The Jets better lay down and die.

  123. jennifer December 28th, 2008 at 11:42 am

    I hate when people continue to want to pay players based on past performances.

    Jeter is no longer worth 23 million, that is just insane. He had an awful year, last year! I don’t care what his numbers ended up being.

    Jeter is going to be an interesting case. I can see him holding the Yankees up for 20 plus million a year, will the Yankees hold the line and give him the salary they think he is worth. It will be very interesting. He has made some off handed comments, that makes you think he won’t always be a Yankee.

  124. nud December 28th, 2008 at 11:45 am

    If you guys think that Jeter isnt going to get a 20 plus million $ extension then u are idiots. Hold the line on Jeter???>?

    Are u serious??

    He will get what he WANTS

  125. Frontier December 28th, 2008 at 11:46 am

    Jonathan Sanchez is the next Josh Beckett

  126. nud December 28th, 2008 at 11:47 am

    jENNIFER—-PAST PERFORMANCES???

    JETER IS THE YANKEES AND will be taken care of no matter what!!

    and after he hits .325 with 15 and 75 20 SB and 125 runs you wont be saying squat

    If you think the Yanks are gonna play hardball with Jeter, well than u are clueless

  127. steve December 28th, 2008 at 11:48 am

    jeter isin’t taking a big paycut at all

    he will get 4/$89 or 5/$112

  128. i am the walrus December 28th, 2008 at 11:49 am

    If there was a salary cap, given the power of the players union, it would also mean that there would have to be a salary minimum that every club would have to pay. That would mean the Rays and the Marlins in particular would have to pay about two or three times their current payroll. Think they would go for that? I doubt it.

    It also means that much more money would go to player development and it would kill off many middle of the road players from having any long careers.

    It would be the end of the revenue sharing that these clubs pocket rather than put into their teams. There would be no luxury tax. The Yankees would make a lot more money and be able to sign the best in the draft because other teams wouldn’t be able to compete with the signing bonuses they would be able to pay.

    Its funny how all these people whine about the Yankees spending, yet the Red Sox spent big money and its only good. There were times when the Yankees were terrible. They got where they are today because the owner put the money they were making into the team. Every team could do this, but they don’t.

    Before a salary cap comes into play, there should be a requirement that every dollar of the revenue sharing that goes to a team has to be spent on players salaries. If they don’t spend it on players, they lose it.

  129. jennifer December 28th, 2008 at 11:50 am

    Last year he his .300, it was a soft .300.

    And if you can read, I never said the Yankees would play hard ball. I said it would be interesting to see if they did. And you are clueless if you think he is still worth, or ever worth 23 million a year.

  130. jennifer December 28th, 2008 at 11:52 am

    Also if their was a team salary cap, I believe there would also have to be a limit on what an individual player could earn. And that would never ever happen. So all these moron owners (brewers) should think before they speak. A cap would never happen, as the above poster pointed out, there would be a floor as well. And it wouldn’t be 25 million, so you’d have to double or triple your payroll. So you’d ended up paying more.

  131. trisha - CC and AJ and Sheets - OH MY!" December 28th, 2008 at 11:57 am

    Clemens is OJ with just a little more conscience. Not much though.

  132. trisha - CC and AJ and Sheets - OH MY!" December 28th, 2008 at 11:58 am

    Don’t know why my name is coming through bolded

  133. Buddy Biancalana December 28th, 2008 at 11:59 am

    trisha-

    You put your name in the website area.

  134. Bronx Jeers December 28th, 2008 at 12:02 pm

    Whatever Jeter ends up getting, he’s certainly not getting a raise.

    He’ll probably get more than he’s worth as a player though as he’s a revenue magnet. Yanks will certainly want to see him get his 3000th hit as a Yankee.

  135. nud December 28th, 2008 at 12:02 pm

    Wow….so Roger cut the throats of 2 people?? That’s a pretty irresponsible comment.

    Enjoy the day…

    Off to celebrate another successful Giant season and all the play-in games today,

    Jets stink
    Pats stink
    Cowboys stink

    GMEN

  136. Doris from Rego Park December 28th, 2008 at 12:04 pm

    I saw the Chick from Slumdog out a few nights ago. She is even hotter in person.

  137. Bronx Jeers December 28th, 2008 at 12:05 pm

    “Clemens is OJ with just a little more conscience. Not much though.”

    Come on now. That’s almost trivializing what OJ did.

  138. pounder December 28th, 2008 at 12:07 pm

    Salary Cap ? Can you imagine the howling that would take place were that to happen and the Steinbrothers POCKETED all that moola? A Salary cap would mean the demise of revenue sharing.The screaming from the hinterlands would be deafening.

  139. trisha - CC and AJ and Sheets - OH MY! December 28th, 2008 at 12:07 pm

    Buddy – let me try this and see if it works. My name wasn’t there but some html language was.

  140. ANSKY December 28th, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    Walrus – you’d also have to be careful to ensure that the small market teams wouldn’t be putting less & less of their own revenues into player salaries so that all of the revenue sharing luxury tax money gets used there in order to meet that requirement.

  141. UpState December 28th, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    bru
    December 28th, 2008 at 9:03 am
    i think they give melky the job at first.he just has more power & has shown briefly he can hit for power plus his recent dl numbers are solid.

    gardner can be pesky but the numbers won’t be there.melky also plays great defense & has a great arm.he could be the key in 09.
    —————————————-

    Great defense ??? C’mon !!!

    Have you counted how many triples have gone over Melky’s head in 2008 ?

    The old Luis Polonia could catch better !

    And his arm, however ‘strong’, is now so erratic compared with 2007. The strong arm will make runners ‘think twice’; but anyone who has just a bit of gambler in him and challenges Melky’s arm will likely be safe due to inaccurate throws.

    How many key ‘pop-ups to the infield’ can you stomach with this clown ?

    If not a pop-up – its that sad little DP ball to the SS…sheesh !!!

    Gardner brings a unique dimension to the line-up…..and he can flat-out cover ground and actually catch the ball. His second half of his 2008 season showed decent promise at the plate.

    Leave Melko at AAA and let him tear up the place (wishful thinking) then he may recove a bit of his previous bogus trading chip value !

  142. jennifer December 28th, 2008 at 12:11 pm

    Great points about the Yankees than pocketing all that money. Or would they than, want to go to a football based model? Where the teams would all equally share the revenue from tv etc. IMO that would be awful. Why should we as NY’ers than be punished cause we live in a large market? Which is what would occur if that happened.

  143. trisha - CC and AJ and Sheets - OH MY! December 28th, 2008 at 12:12 pm

    Buddy I think it’s because I had a quotation mark at the end of my tagline! Anyway it’s fixed now. Thanks.

    “Wow….so Roger cut the throats of 2 people?? That’s a pretty irresponsible comment.”

    Well we know he cut the throat of one – Brian McNamee. Actually he cut the throats of a lot more than that by sullying the reputation of the NY Yankees.

    Enjoy your day too!

  144. jennifer December 28th, 2008 at 12:12 pm

    If a salary cap/floor ever happened. We’d see a few teams go under. (like the ones that were just saved).

  145. Vrsce December 28th, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    trisha – CC and AJ and Sheets – OH MY!”
    December 28th, 2008 at 11:57 am
    Clemens is OJ with just a little more conscience. Not much though.

    ————————————————————
    That is the most disgraceful and ignorant a comment that I have ever seen on this blog.

  146. ANSKY December 28th, 2008 at 12:17 pm

    Interesting idea – putting a limit on what a player can earn. I doubt the player’s union would go for that.

    What if there was a maximum percentage between the highest & lowest paid players? Or, what if there was a maximum percentage of that team’s player payroll on a single player’s salary? You want to pay someone 25 million? Go ahead, but you have to give lowest paid guy a raise.

    Considering how much high-level execs make when regular working schmucks in their companies are getting laid off, Corporate America could sure use rules like that. Sorry .. didn’t mean to politicize.

    But IMO the luxury tax and revenue sharing work fine now, the only necessary adjustment could be to limit how little a team can put into player payroll.

  147. joey vegas December 28th, 2008 at 12:20 pm

    Speaking of the Teixeira press conference, do we have any indications of what number he’ll wear? My guess would be 25.

  148. harwood December 28th, 2008 at 12:32 pm

    “Clemens is OJ with just a little more conscience. Not much though.”

    How ignorant of you.

  149. dontfirecash December 28th, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    I second those who have reccomended Slumdog Millionaire…great film. Benjamin Button was really good, yet I’m not sure I’d call it a classic.

  150. gayle December 28th, 2008 at 12:44 pm

    As I spend the day in panama all I can say is god bless mariano! And if I nver go back to columbia it will be too soon. Happy holidays ll

  151. Art December 28th, 2008 at 12:46 pm

    Pete – Gran Torino is awesome. Intense is the best word to describe it. Well worth the time and money to see it. Frost/Nixon was decent entertainment…a bit of revisionist history on some of the ‘non interview’ surrounding events if you ask me, prob better off watching the BBC original interviews.

  152. randy l December 28th, 2008 at 1:06 pm

    “The only sport where there is TRUE competitive balance is football, where there is a true, hard salary cap.”

    is it true in pro football that the losing team gets to pick a player from the other team at half time to make it more fair ? what an interesting sport.

    my feeling is that people who like salary caps are really economically challenged. the easy solution to the large market teams having a financial advantage is to let teams go where they want to go. 3-4 teams in new york and 3-4 teams in new england would take away much of the yankee and red sox advantage in market share.

    the way to make a level field is to open up the exclusives to territories. creating exclusives which is anti free market is what creates the unbalanced playing field in the first place.

  153. BBFan December 28th, 2008 at 1:09 pm

    “jeter isin’t taking a big paycut at all

    he will get 4/$89 or 5/$112

    If he is not taking a pay cut, he will meet the same fate as Bernie or Andy. Team is not going to mortgage its future to keep him happy. See the mistake with Posada. He better conduct himself like what O’Neil did. If not and gets greedy, the reactions of the fans will be similar to what andy is facing now.

    The tops he will get from Yanks will be 3 yrs / 45 mil. No other team will come even close. In two years, his skills, specifically defensive, detriorate further. On his offense alone, he will not be worth even 10 mil. Regarding that beyond baseball stuff, that is overblown. He conducts himself well, but beyond that what leadership skills he has shown. Every one complains about Girardi, but what did Jeter do as Captain to rein in on Cano last year. Nada..

  154. BBFan December 28th, 2008 at 1:16 pm

    “jeter isin’t taking a big paycut at all

    he will get 4/$89 or 5/$112

    If he is not taking a pay cut, he will meet the same fate as Bernie or Andy. Team is not going to mortgage its future to keep him happy. See the mistake with Posada. He better conduct himself like what O’Neil did. If not and gets greedy, the reactions of the fans will be similar to what andy is facing now.

    The tops he will get from Yanks will be 3 yrs / 45 mil. No other team will come even close. In two years, his skills, specifically defensive, detriorate further. On his offense alone, he will not be worth even 10 mil. Regarding that beyond baseball stuff, that is overblown. He conducts himself well, but beyond that what leadership skills he has shown. Every one complains about Girardi, but what did Jeter do as Captain to rein in on Cano last year. Nada..

    It all depends on how amenable Jeter will be for fair contract. If he compares himself to A-Rod’s situation, it will get ugly.

  155. S.A.-Brian "The Ninja" Cashman: Showing free agents lots of love December 28th, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    “Clemens is OJ with just a little more conscience. Not much though.”

    ———————————————-

    I don’t think much of Clemens right now, but this is just too much. Clemens is not near the monster OJ was/is.

  156. Carla December 28th, 2008 at 1:27 pm

    This was my best gift: http://www.brookstone.com/sl/p.....board.html

    Surely my mom doesn’t realize I can just keep up-to-date online when I’m at work, but it will still look cool on my desk :) I hate that Boston is winning on the box though!

  157. S.A.-Brian "The Ninja" Cashman: Showing free agents lots of love December 28th, 2008 at 1:29 pm

    Pretty cool! Nice gift Carla. :)

  158. jennifer December 28th, 2008 at 1:39 pm

    You know some jerk Boston fan made that graphic up.

  159. GreenBeret7 December 28th, 2008 at 1:55 pm

    trisha – CC and AJ and Sheets – OH MY!
    December 28th, 2008 at 12:12 pm

    Well we know he cut the throat of one – Brian McNamee. Actually he cut the throats of a lot more than that by sullying the reputation of the NY Yankees.

    ————————————————————

    This is a classic. Compare Clemens to Simpson, and, then adding to the stupidity of the remark, claiming that Clemens cut McNamee’s throat. Who blew the whistle and who is the dealer distibutor? McNamee is a slug. Clemens, if he did use steroids, screwed up and didn’t help the situation by lying. That’s on him.

    Trust me….the Yanks have had worse characters in their history….including their first owners, Frank Ferrell and Bill Devery, two of the biggest crooks in New York at the turn of the 20th Century, and their one-time team captain and manager, Hal Chase, who was kicked out of baseball for throwing games and being a go-between for the 1919 White Sox players and Arnold Rothstein to throw the ’19 WS. Classic remarks.

  160. GreenBeret7 December 28th, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    Add to the, one of the most bigoted men in baseball was George Weiss, GM of the Yanks, how declared that as long as he was the GM of the Yanks there would never be a black player in pinstripes. Willie Mays, Hank Aaron and Ernie Banks all wanted to be Yankees and had tryouts. Weiss said they weren’t good enough. Imagine those three teaming up with Mantle, Berra and Ford.

  161. Doreen December 28th, 2008 at 2:15 pm

    GreenBeret7 -

    I read that about George Weiss and the Yankees. What fools!

  162. jake December 28th, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    A few thoughts:

    1) Nady to the Giants makes good sense for both sides. Nady is a Bay Area boy and the Giants could use another good bat. Juan Miranda would also make good sense for the Giants. Contractual issues would need to be overcome as far as Nady is concerned, but such things have been worked out many times in the past. Sanchez has got great potential. Between him and Phil Coke, one would step into the ‘pen, the other into the rotation. The Yanks could throw in some dough towards Nady, as they’d save $10mil by not signing Pettitte. The Giants also have a good, young utility guy in Manny Burris, who would be a perfect fit for the Yanks’ bench. Miranda has become completely expendable.

    2)All of the movies mentioned are worth it. But I must say that “Slumdog Millionaire” is not just one of the best films I’ve seen, but is probably going to go down in history as one of the greatest films ever made. If you love movies, and haven’t seen it, see it.

  163. trisha - CC and AJ and Sheets - OH MY! December 28th, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    The indignity of it all!!!

    :lol:

  164. Bronx Jeers December 28th, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    “I hate that Boston is winning on the box though!”

    Worse is that it shows that the Yanks have somehow finished 11 games behind the first place Sox!

    Luckily it’s an obvious fiction.

  165. AeroFANatic December 28th, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    Jeter is going to be 36 years old at the end of the 2010 season. Who in their right mind would pay MORE than 15 mil a year for someone in their twilight years?

    I love Jeter as much as anyone, but for a biz decision…the Yanks really need to make the right one. Jeter cannot be moved to 1B, and the DH slot is taken by Posada…therefore Jeter really only has SS or LF. I still dont think, with his declining production, that he is worth more than 3/45.

    The Yanks already have 130 million in guarenteed contracts for the 2011 season, and thats only for 10 players. This does not even count Wang, Joba, Hughes, etc.

    The Yanks need to make sure they don’t overreach for Jeter, and think he’s the same player as he was in the late 90′s…because he’s not. He’s only going to lose more range, and ground into more double plays.

  166. GreenBeret7 December 28th, 2008 at 2:51 pm

    Doreen
    December 28th, 2008 at 2:15 pm
    GreenBeret7 –
    I read that about George Weiss and the Yankees. What fools!

    ————————————————————

    Weiss was not only a bigot, but cheap. Topping and Webb gave him a budget, and whatever Weiss saved on salaries, he got a percentage of back as a bonus. The players detested him.

  167. 86w183 December 28th, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    My best Christmas present was a commemorative baseball for the final season in the stadium signed by the greatest closer of all time.. Mariano Rivera.. sweet!

    Yanks shouldn’t move any of the OF until they get to spring and see who’s healthy and such. they should try to acquire an OF who crushed the ball in AA last year in any deal.

    Jeter 2010 promises to be one of the most difficult potentially divisive debates ever… not debating it now, though.

  168. Sean Serritella December 28th, 2008 at 2:59 pm

    My favorite Christmas gift I’ve ever got as a kid was the Atari when it first came out.

  169. Pat December 28th, 2008 at 3:03 pm

    A CF platoon of Gardner and Baldelli wouldn’t be that bad, would it?

  170. Tom December 28th, 2008 at 3:05 pm

    Are Pettitte, Giambi, Grimsley, Justice, and Lawton Simpson-like too?

  171. rbj December 28th, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    “What was the best present you received? Mine was a GPS unit.”

    iPod Nano. Got a Garmin last year, they are great.

  172. Mr. Fox December 28th, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    If Jeter doesn’t take a pay cut, I will pay whatever I have to to sit as close to the plate as I can and boo him over and over every single game, road or home, I do not care. And the slumdog millionaire love is a bit much, It’s like calling Mike Piazza the best catcher ever.

  173. Scott December 28th, 2008 at 3:23 pm

    i don’t agree that we need to get sanchez. The Yankees need positional prospects. I would love if we can trade with Texas because their system is stacked. Give me Engle Beltre or Julio Borbon or trade for one of their young catchers.

  174. Joe from Long Island December 28th, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    86 – a baseball signed by Mariano – sounds great.

    I agree about the OF. A young power hitting OF would be nice. Can we go to Outfielders R Us?

  175. Jeff NJ December 28th, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    Just read the Wally Matthews article bashing the Yankees for spending their money. Here’s the thing that gets glossed over, the Yankees have been waiting for this off season for at least 3 years when money would clear off the books. I mean who are all these free agents that the Yankees are supposedly buying year after year? Wally’s list includes A Rod (a trade, but ok), Damon, Giambi, Mussina, Pavano etc. I guess Giambi and Moose were top shelf guys, but they were signed 8 years ago.

    He makes it seem like every year the Yankees sign the top 3 free agents, when in reality, they have mostly only signed their own free agents until now.

    The Yankees passed on Beltran, Bonds, Zito, Hunter, Andrew Jones, JD Drew, Matsuzaka, Carlos Lee, Lilly, Matthews Jr, Juan Pierre and Soriano.

    One other point to those who say Cashman has no plan, anyone notice that the Yankees aren’t targetting even one reliever? That is a direct result of Cashman drafting good power arms to keep spending down. ok glad I got that off my chest.

  176. Fran December 28th, 2008 at 3:50 pm

    The Patriots won – no surprise there. The Jets are down to their last gasp – they need a win and a Ravens loss. I am a Jets fan and I don’t even think that will happen.

  177. Dave from AQ December 28th, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    [ “Slumdog Millionaire” ... is probably going to go down in history as one of the greatest films ever made. ]

    LOL LOLLL LOL

  178. Mike NYY December 28th, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    Would the Rangers have any interest in Nady? I`d love one of their young catchers.

  179. Tom December 28th, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    I was just cleaning out my parents atic. Inside an old box marked “John”, my grandfathers name, we found a baseball that was signed by Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle and “Larry” Berra.

  180. Joe from Long Island December 28th, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    Tom – Are you kidding?

  181. Tom December 28th, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    Nope. I swear to God. My mom remembers the baseball from when she was a child. She always thought it was lost forever. Needless to say she’s very happy.

  182. Ed - American League, prepare to be scared! CC, Aj, and MT!! December 28th, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    wow, what a terrible lost for the G-Men. the Vikings just hit a “walk off home run”. :(

  183. Vrsce December 28th, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    When my brother was 8 our neighbours (who knew the Toppings)gave him a ball signed by Mantle, Maris, Berra, Ford and the rest of the 63 Yankees. He took it out to play ball with and eventually lost it. Sad but true.

  184. Bret the Hitman December 28th, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    re: Matsui more likely to be traded than Nady or Swisher.

    The Yankees knew all along they would sign a big bat.

    They wanted one of Tex or Manny with a preference for Tex (obviously).

    Neither were guarantees (recent reports of the Yankees getting Tex unexpectedly confirm this to be the case even with Tex).

    Therefore they knew they had to develop a separate plan for both of them.

    So we’re pretty much all in agreement and have been all off-season that the Yankees were going to add a big bat – either Manny or Tex.

    Now here’s where some fans got lost.

    The Yankees prepared a backup plan for Posada all along.

    I imagine that given his surgery and long rehab process, the Yankees wanted at least one option in addition to catcher for Posada. To not provide an alternative to Posada, given his highly questionable health, would have been a colossal strategic failure on the part of the organization.

    Given Posada’s skillset, his only fallback options were always 1b or DH.

    If the Yankees had signed Manny to DH, Posada would’ve been able share time at 1b with Swisher.

    The very instant the Yankees signed Tex, Posada’s only option became DH.

    Trading Nady or Swisher ignores the risks involved with Posada’s throwing arm totally and completely.

    If the Yankees trade one or both of them, Posada’s only other option remains DH.

    So in the future, if someone is going to defend a trade of Nady or Swisher while ignoring the DH situation with Matsui, his/her argument would be much more persuasive if he/she convinced me that Posada will be 100% capable of starting more than 100 games at catcher.

    I’m not picking on Matsui or glorifying Nady or Swisher (though I like them both), I just have sincere concerns about Posada and have ignored them up until the Tex signing. So I think it’s fair game for people who want to ship out Nady or Swisher to have to defend Posada’s health, readiness and reliability post surgery.

    Telling me how little Matsui is worth still ignores Posada’s situation. Telling me how we should sell high on Nady sill ignores Posada’s situation. Telling me the Braves really like Swisher still ignores Posada’s situation.

  185. Joe from Long Island December 28th, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    Tom – Amazing.

    Vrsce – Amazing.

  186. Joe from Long Island December 28th, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    Bret – Nice analytical thinking of all the implications.

  187. Rivera21 December 28th, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    Godd idea Pete a $10 million dollar bench player in Swisher.Trade him.

  188. steve December 28th, 2008 at 4:35 pm

    David Carr looked awesome

  189. Jeff NJ December 28th, 2008 at 4:36 pm

    I don’t know why people worry about positional problems in the AL. I mean in the NL is one thing, a guy like Piazza has to go to 1st when he can’t throw, or Bonds or Manny is stuck in LF despite not being able to field. The AL has a fallback slot called the DH so if Jorge can’t catch in 2010 he’ll DH, if Jeter can’t play SS, he’ll DH. It is not a bad thing to have an everyday firstbaseman, it is a great thing to be able to have a guy who can make throws and pick everything close.

  190. Brandon (CC & AJ now Marky Mark (they stilled over paid him) are Yankees) December 28th, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    “David Carr looked awesome”

    Were we watching the same game ? all he had was a gun, literally he over threw on the fade route, he hit Hixon square in the hands, his problem is after the arm strength he has nothing else, it’s like a QB scrambling for a sack when he really should be looking to avoid it. He’s a legit back up change of pace QB. Andre Woodson will take his job in a few yrs.

  191. Brandon (CC & AJ now Marky Mark (they stilled over paid him) are Yankees) December 28th, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    “wow, what a terrible lost for the G-Men. the Vikings just hit a “walk off home run”.

    TDs are walk off HRs, the Vikings got a walkoff base hit. The Giants offense was all over the place, Gilbride on that 3rd and 2 chose to go fade route for 6 instead of letting Bradshaw run it in. Stuff like that can piss you off as a fan.

  192. Ed - American League, prepare to be scared! CC, Aj, and MT!! December 28th, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    “Stuff like that can piss you off as a fan.”

    Yep, this Dallas game is already pissing me off. the game just begun and Romo already messed up.

  193. Brandon (CC & AJ now Marky Mark (they stilled over paid him) are Yankees) December 28th, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    You have money on that game Ed ? I’m looking at Chad vs Brett, seems like a good one.

  194. Billy Crystal (NOT the real one) December 28th, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    How did the Lions do today?

  195. Mr. Anderson December 28th, 2008 at 4:58 pm

    Considering the market as it is, I bet noone is killing Brian Cashman for not offering any of our FAs this year arbitration. Pettite and Abreu would have been paid over market value if Cash offered them arbitration at the end of the year.

    Whaddya know, he was right.

  196. Ed - American League, prepare to be scared! CC, Aj, and MT!! December 28th, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    “You have money on that game Ed ?”

    nahs, i don’t know who to choose. however i did chose the Panther. I chose the Chargers too, so I’m waiting for that.

  197. Brandon (CC & AJ now Marky Mark (they stilled over paid him) are Yankees) December 28th, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    “How did the Lions do today?”

    0 – 16

  198. Brandon (CC & AJ now Marky Mark (they stilled over paid him) are Yankees) December 28th, 2008 at 5:04 pm

    The Dolphins and thier formations are confusing the crap out of the Jets D

  199. Tom December 28th, 2008 at 5:07 pm

    wait, is this the final post of the year? Or, is some sort of “Last Thoughts On Woody Guthrie” type post?

  200. PreteFunkEra December 28th, 2008 at 5:07 pm

    Considering the market as it is, I bet noone is killing Brian Cashman for not offering any of our FAs this year arbitration. Pettite and Abreu would have been paid over market value if Cash offered them arbitration at the end of the year.

    Whaddya know, he was right.

    Absolutely…We should have seen the onslought coming a mile away. He was keeping the cash liquid and not tied up. The players would have been dumb not to accept arb.

  201. PreteFunkEra December 28th, 2008 at 5:08 pm

    I tried the fancy html code for quoting above…failed.

  202. Mr. Anderson December 28th, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    Quite alright Prete

    Bobby Abreu at 16 mil

    Andy Pettitte at 16 mil

    Pudge Rodriguez at 13 mil

    Oof. Imagine 45 mil of payroll next year tied up in those 3. None of them are getting anywhere near that much per year on in this free agent market

    Cash has made his share of mistakes, granted but I’ll congratulate him on a right decision when he makes one

  203. harwood December 28th, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    “0 – 16″

    Think theyll get a banner?

  204. Tom December 28th, 2008 at 5:17 pm

    “According to Ken Rosenthal, the Red Sox are close to signing Brad Penny to a one-year deal. The two sides are still hammering out the agreement, and Penny would have to pass a physical. In November, the Dodgers chose Penny’s $2MM buyout over his $8.75MM club option.”

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....ose-t.html

  205. harwood December 28th, 2008 at 5:26 pm

    Its only taking a 1 year to sign Penny? He may be worse off then I thought.

  206. jennifer December 28th, 2008 at 5:26 pm

    The Yankees are shaking in their boots. Penny. :lol:

  207. James December 28th, 2008 at 5:26 pm

    Penny is one year removed from a 3.03 ERA and the starter of the Allstar Game.

    Very good pick up for the Sox.

  208. AllPro December 28th, 2008 at 5:27 pm

    I want no part of this Eagles team in the Medowlands in January.

    Dammnit, why did Tampa have to lose?

  209. MO 42 December 28th, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    Giants 4th stringers played tough against a desperate Minnesota team. A missed FG away from a win.

    But they need to clean up their special teams coverage.

  210. GreenBeret7 December 28th, 2008 at 5:32 pm

    James
    December 28th, 2008 at 5:26 pm
    Penny is one year removed from a 3.03 ERA and the starter of the Allstar Game.

    Very good pick up for the Sox.

    ————————————————————

    Oh, definately. Penny should be good for a Bartolo Colon type explosive return.

  211. Clint December 28th, 2008 at 5:33 pm

    LOL Romo and Favre both picked off simultaneously.

  212. PreteFunkEra December 28th, 2008 at 5:33 pm

    My GF asked a good question…. Why do they prounounce it FARVE when it’s spelled Favre.

    Another INT…sigh

  213. A-List December 28th, 2008 at 5:34 pm

    Why hasn’t anyone picked up Sheets? When healthy he is a legit ace.

    Not even a bad team has offered him a contract. Does he need Tommy John surgery or something?

  214. 40 time December 28th, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    I’m not a Jets fan, but if I were, I would root for the Dolphins to just take this game. The coach is gone and they break it up.

    It also keeps the hated Pats and Belichick out of the playoffs. Baltimore is up 24-7 in the 2nd quarter, they aren’t losing.

  215. F7 TD December 28th, 2008 at 5:39 pm

    Time for us to sign Sheets to an inscentive laden deal.

    If he gets hurt again, we can just plug in Hughes. If he stays healthy, best rotation in baseball history.

  216. Jeremy December 28th, 2008 at 5:42 pm

    Journalists write about a salary cap to sell copy. No one who is in a position to institute a salary cap actually supports it.

    We all know that the Yankees, Sox, Mets, and other big market teams bring out fans who ordinarily wouldn’t come to games. The Brewers might be disappointed they couldn’t sign CC or any other big name FAs, and they might talk about a salary cap because they’re irritated or to garner sympathy from their fans. But neither the Brewers nor any other team really wants a salary cap.

    If a team like the Brewers can’t get attendance on its own, it has to rely on big market teams coming to town as a draw. If it can’t get payroll high enough on its own, it has to rely on revenue sharing dollars. Institute a salary cap and those sources of income dry up. No small market team wants that.

    If the Yankees win over 100 games and steamroll the opposition on the way to a championship, reactionary sportswriters can say the Yankees are ruining baseball all they want. There will be plenty of Yankee fans who won’t give a damn. We don’t care now either.

  217. Tom December 28th, 2008 at 5:45 pm

    The Cowboys are a bunch of no-character chumps. Sure, they look great in October against Cincy, but punch them first and they wilt like the pansies they are.

  218. Fran December 28th, 2008 at 5:48 pm

    40 time,

    I am a Jets fan and at this point I hope Miami does win. Since you’re right that Baltimore is in control of their game, rather see NE miss the playoffs.

  219. Brad December 28th, 2008 at 5:48 pm

    I’d consider a deal of Melky and Kennedy to the SF Giants for Randy Winn.

    http://sanfrancisco.giants.mlb....._id=133160

  220. Caption December 28th, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    Tom,

    Exactly. They are a paper tiger. Romo still can’t perform in a big game, Wade can’t coach a big game. Typical December swoon for them. And that Roy Williams is looking great- no 1st or 3rd pick this year for the Boys.

    I hate the Eagles too, but I’m enjoying every minute of this. beat down.

  221. jennifer December 28th, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    fran and 40- I am rooting big time for Chad. No way the Ravens blow their lead now. If the Jets win, they hand the division to the Pats. lay down and die. Lose the game, for the betterment of football, and all football fans. :)

  222. Mad Mike December 28th, 2008 at 5:53 pm

    As an outside… I still think coaching is what ultimately doomed the Jets. Their talent indicates they should be so much better. Inexcusable to beat Tennessee and New England on the road, then lose to Denver, San Fran, Seattle and almost lose to the Bills.

    They need to re-tool that entire staff and obviously are going to have to figure out what to do with QB.

  223. UTL man December 28th, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    Now its the Jets turn to screw the Pats… they better take advantage of it. No reason at all to win this game now.

  224. jennifer December 28th, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    mad mike— I agree. Much of how the Jets season went begins and ends with the coaching staff. They’d start the game with one good drive. The team would adjust to them, and the Jets would be shut down for much of the game. They didn’t know how to readjust!

  225. Fran December 28th, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    Jennifer – I’m with you 100%. Chad was all class when he was here and I would be happy for him. If not the Jets, then the Dolphins.

  226. Peter Abraham December 28th, 2008 at 5:57 pm

    How do any of you people root for the Jets? What a poor excuse for a team. Is Mangini even alive?

  227. jennifer December 28th, 2008 at 5:59 pm

    Pete- I ask myself that question every football season. Why am I a Jet fan?

  228. harwood December 28th, 2008 at 5:59 pm

    Just what we need a average NL 35 year old right fielder.

  229. Tom December 28th, 2008 at 5:59 pm

    Their sadists Pete. That’s the only explanation I can think of.

  230. Tom December 28th, 2008 at 6:00 pm

    My brother in las is a Jets, Mets, and Nets fan.

  231. jennifer December 28th, 2008 at 6:02 pm

    tom- Wow that really stinks!

  232. harwood December 28th, 2008 at 6:02 pm

    # Peter Abraham December 28th, 2008 at 5:57 pm

    How do any of you people root for the Jets? What a poor excuse for a team. Is Mangini even alive?

    Ha ha. Its golf season in NE

  233. Fran December 28th, 2008 at 6:03 pm

    Pete,

    You are only rooting for them this one game. Think of what’s it is like to be a fan and put up with this every season.

  234. Tom December 28th, 2008 at 6:05 pm

    “New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has fallen behind in his recovery efforts from knee surgery and could risk missing next season if another operation is needed, NBCSports.com has reported.”

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/.....id=3796019

  235. jennifer December 28th, 2008 at 6:06 pm

    I can’t believe this garbage. Finally Manidiot realizes he has Leon. For weeks I’ve been screaming for him to use him. Now when it MEAN NOTHING!! He does. He is only coaching for himself. The Ravens will win, Jets will win (only the Jets can do this to us), and they will hand the Pats the division.

  236. Fran December 28th, 2008 at 6:08 pm

    Jennifer- you are giving the Jets defense too much credit. Just wait!

  237. Vrsce December 28th, 2008 at 6:13 pm

    The Jets are going to win this game. May not be pretty, may not mean a lot, may be Brett’s last game.

  238. jennifer December 28th, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    You are right Fran. Lets hope it stays that way. :)

  239. Fran December 28th, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    Miami made that drive look easy. For a “defensive-minded coach” Mangini has shown nothing. The Jets have no pass rush and they can not make adjustments.

  240. S.A.-Brian "The Ninja" Cashman: Showing free agents lots of love December 28th, 2008 at 6:16 pm

    Will Mangini be back next year?

    Also the Cowboys. Wow. Wade is gonna have to sleep with one eye open this week.

  241. Yankee Trader December 28th, 2008 at 6:16 pm

    Brad-
    “I’d consider a deal of Melky and Kennedy to the SF Giants for Randy Winn.”

    No way! Throw in Sanchez and it’d be up for consideration. Plan to get younger and Winn no longer a CF’er.

  242. Jonathan December 28th, 2008 at 6:16 pm

    The idea of a game being “Brett’s last game” has kind of lost its luster.

  243. Yankee Trader December 28th, 2008 at 6:17 pm

    Jets, Patriots- I’m for the underdog in the SB this year:

    Atlanta Falcons vs Miami Dolphins

  244. dan 771 December 28th, 2008 at 6:17 pm

    Cowboys ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

  245. Clint December 28th, 2008 at 6:19 pm

    If Washington hangs on, the entire NFC East will finish 9-7 or better. Actually, all 3 teams will have 9 wins with the Giants having 12.

  246. S.A.-Brian "The Ninja" Cashman: Showing free agents lots of love December 28th, 2008 at 6:19 pm

    Holy butt whoopin.
    Ed-I hope you are not watching the game

  247. Jonathan December 28th, 2008 at 6:20 pm

    A superbowl of the Atlanta Falcons vs Miami Dolphins, would be amazing; considering there seasons last year.

  248. yankees fan December 28th, 2008 at 6:23 pm

    check out what this joker has to say:

    “Hughes, Kennedy Headed To Scranton”
    “IronPigs Stomp Yankees”

    lvironpigs.wordpress.com

  249. Nick in SF in Charlotte December 28th, 2008 at 6:23 pm

    Does McNabb understand all the tie-breakers?

  250. Tom December 28th, 2008 at 6:23 pm

    Ed, are you a Cowboys fan? :lol:

  251. Ed - American League, prepare to be scared! CC, Aj, and MT!! December 28th, 2008 at 6:26 pm

    ^*&(^#$*&^$*&^#*&^#*&$^#

    :evil:

    *(&$*(&$*(&*(&$()*$&()*$

  252. Nick in SF in Charlotte December 28th, 2008 at 6:27 pm

    Tom: nice oblique Bob Dylan reference.

    Ed: the Giants loss had no consequence, don’t sweat it.

    My best Christmas gift was a trip to Mexico, but this refrigerator magnet was the sentimental favorite:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/9.....otostream/

    And “Slumdog Millionaire” was great and deserves many accolades, but I don’t think it exactly revolutionalized cinema.

  253. Espresso December 28th, 2008 at 6:28 pm

    I’m rooting for Pennington today. That is all. I hate the Jets, but still not as much as the Patsies.

  254. 4 x 4 December 28th, 2008 at 6:29 pm

    Wow, this is just embarrassing.

  255. jack December 28th, 2008 at 6:30 pm

    Romo = Arod

  256. O*Line December 28th, 2008 at 6:32 pm

    Eagles-Giants rematch in 2 weeks. Should be fun

  257. jimmy1138 December 28th, 2008 at 6:35 pm

    Didn’t Pete wrote some weeks ago he wanted Favre to throw a couple of picks in a game the Jets needed to win. Too hilarious…

  258. S.A.-Brian "The Ninja" Cashman: Showing free agents lots of love December 28th, 2008 at 6:35 pm

    The Giants bandwagon will welcome you with open arms Ed. Leave the dark side. :)

  259. Whitey Fraud December 28th, 2008 at 6:36 pm

    Mangini always looks like he just pooped in his pants.

  260. Rivera21 December 28th, 2008 at 6:36 pm

    I wonder what the Jets history book would be about.Probaly a 100 page book just about Joe Namath.Jets will never be good.

  261. Pinstripes Jay December 28th, 2008 at 6:37 pm

    If there ever was a more conspicuous example of a heartless team, the Cowboys today sure are it.

  262. Ed - American League, prepare to be scared! CC, Aj, and MT!! December 28th, 2008 at 6:38 pm

    SA,

    you got that right! :D lol

  263. Nick in SF in Charlotte December 28th, 2008 at 6:39 pm

    The Cowboys can still make the playoffs if a couple teams forfeit, right?

  264. A-List December 28th, 2008 at 6:41 pm

    Isin’t this typically Philly though? They will blow out the Cowboys in a game nobody gave them a chance in and they will go into Minnesota and lose a 13-6 type game and put forth a lackluster game.

  265. Joe from Long Island December 28th, 2008 at 6:41 pm

    Pete –
    Some of us have been rooting for the Jets since the days of Super Bowl III. It’s been painful since then.

    All I can say is thank Goodness the Yankees are better than this (lol!).

  266. Ed - American League, prepare to be scared! CC, Aj, and MT!! December 28th, 2008 at 6:41 pm

    Nick,

    I wish. lol

  267. S.A.-Brian "The Ninja" Cashman: Showing free agents lots of love December 28th, 2008 at 6:42 pm

    Wade Phillips looks like he needs a drink..and a bra.

  268. Caption December 28th, 2008 at 6:44 pm

    C’mon Chad… lets get this done and leave the Pats home this January! Get another TD and you should be good

  269. steve December 28th, 2008 at 6:45 pm

    joe buck is awful

  270. Jeff NJ December 28th, 2008 at 6:50 pm

    I just realized that with Baltimore winning big, the Patriots and their fans can only make the playoffs if the Jets win and even the Jets won’t make it. So basically the Pats hopes hinge on the Jets, sucks for you.

    By the way, I don’t know why there are too many Jet fans on this board, I always thought all Yankees fans were football Giants fans. Almost everyone I know breaks down that way. Jets/Yankees just seems odd to me. I mean Jets and Mets rhyme for goodness sakes.

  271. bru December 28th, 2008 at 6:51 pm

    UpState
    December 28th, 2008 at 12:08 pm
    bru
    December 28th, 2008 at 9:03 am
    i think they give melky the job at first.he just has more power & has shown briefly he can hit for power plus his recent dl numbers are solid.

    gardner can be pesky but the numbers won’t be there.melky also plays great defense & has a great arm.he could be the key in 09.————————————————————
    Great defense ??? C’mon !!!

    Have you counted how many triples have gone over Melky’s head in 2008 ?

    The old Luis Polonia could catch better !

    And his arm, however ‘strong’, is now so erratic compared with 2007. The strong arm will make runners ‘think twice’; but anyone who has just a bit of gambler in him and challenges Melky’s arm will likely be safe due to inaccurate throws.

    How many key ‘pop-ups to the infield’ can you stomach with this clown ?

    If not a pop-up – its that sad little DP ball to the SS…sheesh !!!

    Gardner brings a unique dimension to the line-up…..and he can flat-out cover ground and actually catch the ball. His second half of his 2008 season showed decent promise at the plate.

    Leave Melko at AAA and let him tear up the place (wishful thinking) then he may recove a bit of his previous bogus trading chip value !

    ———————————————————–

    if melky puts up better numbers than gardner he is in cf.

    the yankees won’t go for a player hitting 5 hr & 60 rbi’s.

    we have to wait & see who plays better but right now the yankees are took notice of what melky did recently.

    if you are saying gardner took melky’s spot you are dillusional.

  272. RalphieD (Cant wait for 09) December 28th, 2008 at 6:51 pm

    brad penny to the sawx ala MLBTR..pending physical and what not

  273. RalphieD (Cant wait for 09) December 28th, 2008 at 6:53 pm

    “the yankees won’t go for a player hitting 5 hr & 60 rbi’s”

    thats a vauge statement…if that 5 hr and 60 rbis comes along with a 280 ba and 350 obp and 50+ sb, not to mention stellar defense..you better believe they take 5 hrs and 60 rbis

  274. LLIME December 28th, 2008 at 6:55 pm

    In what universe does Gardner hit 5 HRs?

  275. Rivera21 December 28th, 2008 at 6:58 pm

    For all the Giants fans out there….the Eagles is the team you need to worry about.They look like you last year.THey had a bad start to the year and they have beaten you the last time out and are a very hot team hitting the playoffs.

  276. yanks 1927 December 28th, 2008 at 6:58 pm

    and in what universe does he hit .280???

    teams are just going to throw him fastballs and make him look foolish. he isin’t strong enough to hit them

  277. Ed - American League, prepare to be scared! CC, Aj, and MT!! December 28th, 2008 at 6:58 pm

    “In what universe does Gardner hit 5 HRs?”

    well he did hit 3 hrs in AAA last season.

  278. harwood December 28th, 2008 at 7:00 pm

    Manginis face after picks is awesome.

  279. jimmy1138 December 28th, 2008 at 7:00 pm

    Almost looked like Favre wanted to throw an Interception there…

  280. Fran December 28th, 2008 at 7:01 pm

    The Dolphins should send Favre a thank you note for his awful performance. Hopefully this is the end of Favre and Mangini.

  281. Bronx Jeers December 28th, 2008 at 7:01 pm

    Again it looks like Favre’s career will end with a pick.

    Hopefully this time it will stick.

  282. S.A.-Brian "The Ninja" Cashman: Showing free agents lots of love December 28th, 2008 at 7:01 pm

    Favre-wow.
    What is he doing

  283. David December 28th, 2008 at 7:02 pm

    Nice Favre!

    The Goal is to get New England out of the playoffs now… even Favre realizes that.

  284. jake December 28th, 2008 at 7:03 pm

    I’ll say it again (just for the heck of it and that it makes me laugh so hard to see the detractions):

    “Slumdog Millionaire” will go down in history as one of the great films ever made.

    Just watch.

  285. Ed - American League, prepare to be scared! CC, Aj, and MT!! December 28th, 2008 at 7:03 pm

    what is this? the night of awful games?

  286. Nick in SF in Charlotte December 28th, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    jake, meet me back here in 50 years and we can hash out how “Slumdog Millionaire” fits into the pantheon.

  287. Peter Abraham December 28th, 2008 at 7:14 pm

    Mangini needs to be fired before he gets back to the locker room. What a disgrace.

    The Jets were poorly prepared. They mount no pass rush. They play with no emotion. Mangini barely appears to care. Do they realize they actually have a run game? Instead they just let Favre throw it around. Favre soiled his legacy by joining the Jets. He should have stayed retired.

    The Patriots went 11-5 without Brady, Harrison, Maroney, Thomas, Tank Williams, etc. If that is not good enough, so be it. They played with a lot of heart, which is more than you can ever say about the Jets. The Patriots will be better than ever next season as Mayo and their other young defensive guys develop and Brady returns.

    I just hope Josh McDaniels is smart enough to stay from the Jets.

  288. Mr. Fox December 28th, 2008 at 7:18 pm

    Oh shut up Jake, just cause the commercial makes it sound like a Fellini movie in 2008, doesn’t make it so. And don’t tell me you haven’t seen the overbearing commercial or that your opinion is independent of it because if that commercial didn’t exist none of this “greatest films ever made” talk would be around. And screw the Patriots, hope Brady retires after this latest injury setback.

  289. Bronx Jeers December 28th, 2008 at 7:18 pm

    Bitter?

  290. harwood December 28th, 2008 at 7:21 pm

    Classy Favre. Dont even shake hands.

  291. jennifer December 28th, 2008 at 7:23 pm

    jimmy1138 December 28th, 2008 at 6:35 pm

    Didn’t Pete wrote some weeks ago he wanted Favre to throw a couple of picks in a game the Jets needed to win. Too hilarious…

    ———————

    haha too funny.

  292. jennifer December 28th, 2008 at 7:23 pm

    Brett was too worried about being booed off the field.

  293. PAT M December 28th, 2008 at 7:24 pm

    Should have drafted Jay Cutler from Vandy…..

  294. S.A.-Brian "The Ninja" Cashman: Showing free agents lots of love December 28th, 2008 at 7:24 pm

    Was Favre late for dinner or something? He couldn’t even shake hands with the Dolphins players?

  295. Fran December 28th, 2008 at 7:24 pm

    Pete,

    You are right. I do not like the Pats, but when Brady went down they could have folded right there. But they didn’t and had a great season. The Jets on the other hand quit 6 weeks ago and that is squarely on the coach.

  296. Steamer December 28th, 2008 at 7:24 pm

    The Jets losing that game was obvious from jump. Once they moved it to 4 and kept the Pats at 1. Sucks for the Patriots since at least they are fun to watch, more than we can say for Miami and the Ravens.

  297. jennifer December 28th, 2008 at 7:24 pm

    Pete now you see what Jet fans have been screaming about all year. Although it is fitting that, that doomed the Pats.

  298. ray (sox fan) December 28th, 2008 at 7:25 pm

    Favre had a great overall career. Obviously will be in the Hall of Fame.

    Favre…please…please don’t drag out your decision on whether to retire for months and months. We’ve already been through that too many times.

  299. David December 28th, 2008 at 7:25 pm

    Must really suck being a Mets/Jets fan.

  300. Fran December 28th, 2008 at 7:25 pm

    Jennifer- I told you the Jets wouldn’t let you down! Another awful performance. I am happy for Chad though. He was always a class act here.

  301. 0+0 = 0 December 28th, 2008 at 7:26 pm

    Lots of similarities between the Jets and Cowboys

  302. Joe from Long Island December 28th, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    Pete – As a Jets fan, I can only say that you’re spot-on with what you wrote. You can’t deny the facts. Sad, but true.

    The Jets need to get it together, from top on down. But I’ve been saying that for a very long time now.

    Thanks Goodness I prefer to follow baseball, and my number one team is the Yankees. When do pitchers and catchers report – Feb 13 or 14?

  303. TurnTables December 28th, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    Favre should have walked away after the Giants playoff game

    These athletes always make the mistake of staying too long.

  304. you gotta have faith (we are called the evil empire for a reason) December 28th, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    HAHAHAHAHAAHA
    i can not express the joy i felt watching the cowboys get stomped all over, loved every second of it

    and even better was the 2 for 1 pathetic jets, jets lose, neither they or the pats (sry pete) can make the playoffs

    my day would have been perfect if the g-men won but hey the back ups played pretty good. just a good day over all :)

  305. harwood December 28th, 2008 at 7:29 pm

    “and Brady returns.”

    http://www.sportingnews.com/yo.....p?t=501203

  306. Jeff NJ December 28th, 2008 at 7:29 pm

    The decision is out of Favre’s hands, the Jets will not resign him for another year, he was a disaster.

  307. R-Tek December 28th, 2008 at 7:29 pm

    Worse coach – Wade Phillips or Mangini?

  308. raf December 28th, 2008 at 7:31 pm

    Go Dolphins!!

    Take that Jets and Pats!

  309. David December 28th, 2008 at 7:31 pm

    Favre is still under contract isin’t he?

  310. FEEFOO December 28th, 2008 at 7:32 pm

    youre stupid “you gotta have faith” ! I wish you fall off a cliff, hit your head, and ###!!!

  311. ray (sox fan) December 28th, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    It is my understanding that Favre could easily quit right now, he just would not be able to play for another team.

    Same thing happened last year. Favre “retired” even though he was still under contract to Green Bay.

  312. West side December 28th, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    I don;t even care about the Giants loss… watching that Cowboys game was awesome

  313. vtred December 28th, 2008 at 7:35 pm

    None of the team the Giants beat in the playoffs last year made it to the playoffs this year.

  314. PAT M December 28th, 2008 at 7:37 pm

    Another December slide for the Jets

  315. you gotta have faith (we are called the evil empire for a reason) December 28th, 2008 at 7:39 pm

    :)

  316. you gotta have faith (we are called the evil empire for a reason) December 28th, 2008 at 7:52 pm

    good article:

    http://www.baseballthinkfactor....._teixeira/

    “Now, what about the Yankee mindset? The Steinbrenners aren’t anywhere near as rich or as liquid as some other owners in baseball such as Carl Pohlad of the Twins. The difference is that the Steinbrenners have always invested in their team, always striven to put the best product possible out on the field. The Yankees have certainly made some terrible trades, especially when King George was hands-on the most, but they were done with the motive of making the team better. Yes, the Yankees got a huge, undeserved payday from the locals for their stadium, like most teams in baseball did, but it’s a mitigating factor that they’re actually plowing those funds back into the on-field product. And the team never threatened to not compete until they got their sweet check. Perhaps a small difference, but I see it as a good bit more ethical than Kevin McClatchy demanding taxpayer moneys to help the Pirates compete and then turn around and use all the money to fund his failing media empire.”

  317. MoBoy(aka McLovin) December 28th, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    Good now Pete can focus on baseball news rather then watching the Patriots.

  318. knudsen December 28th, 2008 at 7:59 pm

    I would not bet against Boras pulling a rabbit out of his hat and Manny landing on his feet with a decent deal…2 yrs or so.

    Where?.. who knows, but Boras is not asleep at the switch, and the last thing he wants to do is look foolish for advising Manny to do what he did (at the very least, he sanctioned it), and passing on the Dodger offer in October.

  319. Joe from Long Island December 28th, 2008 at 8:03 pm

    If what’s been written about Kevin McClatchy is accurate…that’s despicable.

  320. Bombshell December 28th, 2008 at 8:06 pm

    Trent Dilfer – “Brett taught some of the Jets young players lessons that they may not have ever learned in the NFL”

    Yeah like laying down in tight games, choking in December/January, and leading the league in interceptions, underthrown deep balls and ankle-high screen passes.

  321. Pel December 28th, 2008 at 8:07 pm

    *The Patriots will be better than ever next season as Mayo and their other young defensive guys develop and Brady returns.*

    ahaha…

    BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

  322. James December 28th, 2008 at 8:09 pm

    Pats window is closed

    Dolphins will dominate the division for the foreseeable future

  323. Bombshell December 28th, 2008 at 8:12 pm

    Why didn’t Brees throw one over the middle to Colston for 20 yards to get the record and then use the laterals or whatever other trick play they wanted to use after he makes the catch?

  324. Zach in Port Jeff December 28th, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    Totally off-topic…

    On a scale of 1-10, how much do you hate Sidney Crosby?
    I’ll go first.
    9.8

    Anyone else?

  325. Peter Abraham December 28th, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    James:

    Um, Brady is younger than Pennington. The Pats also have the best defensive rookie in the AFC in Mayo and Brandon Meriweather looks like a keeper at safety.

    As long as Belichick and Pioli are running the show, that window is never closed. They handle the salary cap better than anybody.

    The Dolphins were a product of their schedule to some extent and a few breaks along the way. Parcells knows how to build a team and the coach was a great hire. But to say the Pats’ window is closed is kind of silly.

  326. Buddy Oompah December 28th, 2008 at 8:18 pm

    Woody Johnson is ready to start talking to Rich Kotite.

  327. Caption December 28th, 2008 at 8:20 pm

    All of the AFC East teams were a product of their schedule, playing the two worst divisions in the league.

    Won’t be so easy next year playing the South

  328. Bombshell December 28th, 2008 at 8:22 pm

    Pete, what about LaMont Jordan and Sammy Morris the last few weeks? They filled the Maroney gap pretty well.

  329. Aaron(the better Aaron) December 28th, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    I cant believe you people wanna trade Swisher.. That makes no sense at all.. You people are never satisfied.. Pathetic..

  330. S.A.-Brian "The Ninja" Cashman: Showing free agents lots of love December 28th, 2008 at 8:24 pm

    Rivers and Cutler-what is it with these two

  331. Zach in Port Jeff December 28th, 2008 at 8:29 pm

    Shhhhhh. Don’t mention “cheating” on this blog.

  332. YankeeRay December 28th, 2008 at 8:33 pm

    Caption
    December 28th, 2008 at 8:20 pm
    All of the AFC East teams were a product of their schedule, playing the two worst divisions in the league.

    Won’t be so easy next year playing the South
    —–

    Yes but Dolphins played SF,SD,Sea,Oak all at home and barely won each game. No west coast trips helped out big time. They barely beat St Louis.
    They are much improved but were certainly winners with schedule help.

  333. Charles December 28th, 2008 at 8:38 pm

    Pete,

    Not to be rude or anything, but your posts regarding the Jets and the Patriots are extremely immature. They Jets were trying to win – but have been going downhill for several straight weeks. They did not purposely lose the game, but I would have LOVED to see them do so. My dream would have been to see Brett Favre just kneel right in the endzone instead of actually trying to do something with the time left. Just accept the fact that the Patriots missed the playoffs. Every team has injuries, so to name all the players that were out is absurd.

    “HEY, LOOK…THEY YANKEES HAD 89 WINS LAST YEAR WITH ALL THE INJURIES AND OUR TOP PITCHER OUT, AND THEY MISSED THE PLAYOFFS WHILE THE AL CENTRAL LEADER HAD LESS WINS…”

    Seriously? You act just a little too cocky and I think that’s part of being a Patriots fan.

    You have gone overboard this time.

  334. Justin December 28th, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    Revo Road is really bleak, but well done. Gran Torino isn’t Clint’s best, but it’s all right. Frost/Nixon is a wonderful actorly showcase.

    My best present was nunchucks, which are legal over here in Korea, but not in NY state. Sad face.

  335. Peter Abraham December 28th, 2008 at 8:46 pm

    Congratulations, Charles, you are the personification of all Jets fans.

    Instead of wanting your team to play with determination and spirit and be professional, you’re happy they lost. Jets fans are like Mets fans, they’re happier when their teams suck.

    I’m proud the Patriots went 11-5 without the best player in the game and a bunch of other starters. We didn’t quit when the going got tough, like the Jets did. Belichick kept coaching and kept the team improving. Mangini should have stayed in Foxboro and kept learning his trade.

  336. jennifer December 28th, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    Pats had an easy schedule also.

  337. YankeeRay December 28th, 2008 at 8:57 pm

    Aaron(the better Aaron)
    December 28th, 2008 at 8:23 pm
    I cant believe you people wanna trade Swisher.. That makes no sense at all.. You people are never satisfied.. Pathetic..

    ——

    No trading Swisher.

    Have I made a trade suggestion recently on this thread?

    Pete, tell us why we can’t get Manny too so maybe that will push his signing with us quicker.

  338. YankeeRay December 28th, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    Aaron(the better Aaron)
    December 28th, 2008 at 8:23 pm
    I cant believe you people wanna trade Swisher.. That makes no sense at all.. You people are never satisfied.. Pathetic..

    ——

    No trading Swisher. Trade Nady and Matsui and sign..

    Have I made that trade suggestion on this thread already?

    Pete, tell us why we can’t get Manny too so maybe that will push the signing faster.

  339. UpState December 28th, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    Jets Fan / Yankee Fan

    Those of us who go back to the “rebel” Joe Namath days, & how he and the Jets forced the old NFL to recognize that the AFL was an absolute legit league, became Jets fans forever. Tough “few years” since then, but still fans.

    Can’t be a worse QB than all-time choker Richard Todd.

    Chad Pennington … class act when he was here, wish him the absolute best going forward !!!

    Losing today – actually a good football move.
    Once the Baltimore game was out of hand – what good would it do to go and beat the Dolphins ???

    None.

    Ultimate Result:
    Chad to playoffs.
    Patriots out of playoffs.
    Belicheck screaming at Mangini.
    Get a better draft pick slot.

    What’s not to like…season was over earlier.

    Thank goodness I’ve always been a Yankee Fan !!!

    (Melko still sucks)

  340. Rally Point December 28th, 2008 at 10:15 pm

    Both the Patriots and Dallas got knocked out today, what’s not to love?

    Oh and GIANTS > BILLS any day of the week. Three straight 7-9 seasons? Ouch. Glad I wasn’t born into that misery of a franchise.

  341. Clay Buchholz Loves Laptops December 28th, 2008 at 10:45 pm

    Hey Pete,

    I’m a Jets fan and the Jets losing today didn’t make me more miserable. The game meant nothing to us once the Ravens won. We lost and took the Patriots with us, what’s so bad about that?

    In addition, I’ve always loved Pennington and I’m very happy for him.

  342. Clay Buchholz Loves Laptops December 28th, 2008 at 10:59 pm

    Hey Pete,

    I’m a Jets fan and I’m definitely not more miserable because we lost today. The game meant nothing once the Ravens won. We lost and took the Patriots with us, what’s so bad about that? In addition, Pennington is a great guy, I’m very happy that he won the division.

    Let’s not forget, Belichick has never won a Super Bowl without Mangini!

  343. Espresso December 28th, 2008 at 11:52 pm

    In what universe is Tom Brady the best player in the league? If the Patriots did one thing this season it was popping that bubble. When a scrub goes out and throws 400+ yards a game some what regularly its time to admit he’s the product of the team and the system. They still had great production from the passing game, its hard to see how Brady would have helped there. Maybe with the one loss early on to Miami, but they got beat down, both sides of the ball. 11-5 is clearly still a good record and I like Mayo, but the Pats are losers.

    Don’t pretend that Jets fans are different than any other (except maybe for our pain tolerance), how many people would want the Yankees to lose a series to the Rays to make sure the Sawx missed the playoffs. It would at least ease the sting.

  344. teddy December 29th, 2008 at 10:45 am

    pete the pats had a pretty easy schedule as well, i give bill b all the credit in the world. i also. is a tough toss up between peyon and brady.I also agree pats windown isn’t close anytime soon. as for the jets rooting for miami, why not they weren’t going to make it. as the old saying goes, misery loves company. i be more p*ssed with the jet player who decided to tank it.

  345. doslobo38 December 29th, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    Abreu played great ball for the Yankees, if there is any justice in the world he will sign with the Angels and use tha great bat of his to wallop the Yankees next season!

  346. YankeeBaseball December 29th, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    Trade:

    Nady, Kennedy, Melky and Robertson

    for Rowand and Sanchez.

    SF has been looking to unload Rowand’s contract and with the addition of RJ, Sanchez is expendable. In Nady they gain a good ML corner outfielder, Melky replaces Rowand in CF, Kennedy is a good wildcard prospect and Robertson strengthens their bench. Plus they gain payroll flexibility by moving Rowand’s contract.

    NY gets the good (defense and offense) CF we need plus a young #5 pitcher with good upside.

    Win-Win.

  347. YankeeBaseball December 29th, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    in last post I meant to say “Robertson strengthens their bullpen”. sorry for the mistake. YB

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