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Jeter, of course, got the best souvenir

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Jan 30, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post


If you’re looking for this, Derek Jeter took it home.

A-Rod got the “You’re a huge fraud and we all hate you” sign that Joe Torre hung over his locker.

Speaking of Torre, he’ll be on Larry King Live tonight, assuming Larry King is still alive.

 
 

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217 Responses to “Jeter, of course, got the best souvenir”

  1. Joey H January 30th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    Oh man Pete, that last part made my day.

  2. AS January 30th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    hahaha good for jeet…i guess the big bat didnt fit in his car

  3. dave January 30th, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    I heard it is now in his bedroom. At least plenty of female yankee fans will still be able to see it from his bed.

  4. Stephen January 30th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Love it if an angry Yankee fan got through, but I’m sure the screeners won’t allow it.

  5. Pepitone's Prodigious Pompadour January 30th, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    LOL Pete.
    Larry King is starting to look just like the vultures that are circling him lately.

  6. Tyler January 30th, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    Pete you’ll feel terrible if King actually dies today.

  7. gayle January 30th, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    I wonder who got the George Patton quote sign.

  8. Laura - Welcome back, Andy!! January 30th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Did Moose get the flag pole?

  9. rodney January 30th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    This is great, I totally called this one after the espn spot on Jeter stealing something from the old ballpark. Let’s hope he put’s it up in the new stadium.

  10. The Mad Prince in Pinstripes January 30th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    Haha. That’s brutal Peter, I love it.

    Larry King is a very very old man…not there’s anything wrong that…

  11. Single White Male January 30th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    I’m waiting to see if A-Rod sneaks into Jeter’s house, steals the banner, has a copy made, sneaks in again and puts it back, then follows Jeter around like he is obsessed.

  12. Laura - Welcome back, Andy!! January 30th, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    “Larry King is a very very old man…not that there’s anything wrong that…”

    No, but I think that there is something sad about the fact that he’s got a 8 yr old son.

  13. Joe from Long Island January 30th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    So, what are they going to do at the new Stadium? Put up a new sign with the DiMaggio quote?

  14. kd January 30th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    gotta give it to captain jetes, get’s the most prized item.

  15. Single White Male January 30th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    I say we hang new quotes from each of the starting 25.

  16. Yewnork January 30th, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    “I wonder who got the George Patton quote sign.”
    Isn’t that a Douglas MacArthur quote? “There is no substitute for victory,” or something like that.

  17. dave January 30th, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Pete,

    i will answer you in this new post. I looked up the years he has pitched which is only 2004 – 2008 for a total of 5 seasons. In 2004, 2006 and 2008, Bruney was anywhere from good to stellar but his total innings failed to exceed 35 innings in any of those seasons at the major league level according to baseballreferences.com for one reason or another but the reasons are irrelevant. What concerns me is the two season he pitched up to 50 innings in 2005 and 2007. From mid July to Sept 2007, his era went from 2.45 to 4.68 – Maybe not a collapse down the stretch but way worse than the first half of his season from April to mid July in which he was lights out. 2005 follows a similar trend on the dbacks – June 1 his era was in the 4s and by september his era was in the 7s. I dont know where you see him throwing 41.2 innings in the majors – on baseballreferences it lists him as 20.7 and only 2.2 in the playoffs?

  18. Pepitone's Prodigious Pompadour January 30th, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    right, yewnork

    patton’s quotes contain a lot of profanity

  19. Single White Male January 30th, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    If there is one thing Girardi did right last year, it was the bullpen. He will make sure Bruney isnt overworked. Besides at some point this summer, Melancon will likely be brought up anyway, giving Bruney a slightly less role.

  20. dave January 30th, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    THat last sentence should read:

    I dont know where you see him throwing 41.2 innings in the majors IN 2006 – on baseballreferences it lists him as 20.7 and only 2.2 in the playoffs?

  21. dave January 30th, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Is baseballreferences wrong about that total?

  22. Nick in SF January 30th, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    I thought this thread was going to be about Minka. :(

  23. MattNC January 30th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    That DiMaggio quote is written into the wall in the hall outside Girardi’s office in the new stadium, underneath a 5-foot interlocking NY.

  24. dave January 30th, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    The problem I have with the pen is that no one outside of Marte and Mo seem like they have proven much on the major league level to be considered a lights out relief pitcher out of the pen. Some have had a great year or two or have tremendous talent but there is little in the way of proven arms. I know if we have enough talent and enough arms than we can continue exchanging with the farm until we get the right mix but i think it would help to add another proven player especially at a very reasonable cost. There is no reason to think Cruz will require all that much. It just adds one more reasonably priced piece to an already sizable number of quality arms.

  25. Peter Abraham January 30th, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    The 41.2 innings is majors and minors.

    It’s absurd to say he “collapsed.” He was released from Arizona and has worked hard to remake his career since then. He had control issues in 2007 then came back in great shape in 2008 and was dominant before a freak injury. He was terrific when he returned, too.

    Why do people always look for the negative? Bruney has been a great find for them and he has worked hard.

  26. yankeefan91 Arod fan January 30th, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    have ya seen this kid name bryce harper only 15 hittin a 500 feet homerun wow this kid has potentiall look at this video of him in a homrun derby in tropicana field

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....r_embedded

  27. dave January 30th, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    Nick,

    I brought up girls and jeter’s bedroom. Cant say I didnt try…

  28. Michelle B. (X is the new black) January 30th, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    what will Jeets do with the sign in two yrs when Cashman wont re-sign him for the 225 million he’s gonna want. “if A-fraud can do it, so can i”

  29. Bellylard January 30th, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    I’m pretty sure Abreu isn’t asking for the outfield pad W B Mason’s ad on it.

  30. Nick in SF January 30th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    Which teams have bullpens completely stocked with major league-proven lights out relievers?

  31. dave January 30th, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    ok pete, I do think Bruney is a tremendous talent. I was just making the point that a lot of the pen has not really pitched all that much in a single season at the major league level. iF I am wrong than I am but I would say over 90 percent of the pen has great talent that has yet to be harnessed at the major league level over a long season outside of Mo and Marte. Is that enough veteran presence in the pen to win a championship? Of course. Would it hurt to get another more proven arm in the pen? I would like to think so.

  32. Michael Kei (Igawa) January 30th, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    Good Night Sweet Prince, you will be missed…

    Larry King
    November 19, 1933 – January 30, 2009

    http://www.cnn.com/US/Larry_Ki.....index.html

  33. pat January 30th, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    Torre’s answer to Larry King’s first question should be, “I’d be happy to answer that but I need to read the book first.”

    Seems to work for everyone else to get them off the hot seat. :smile:

  34. Bellylard January 30th, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    That might have had a chance at being a wise crack if I’d have put the “with” in there.

  35. Bob(The Original) January 30th, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    Larry King?

    Really?

    On a Friday night no less?

    Good thing you burned your bridge to NY and being relevant Joe.

  36. dave January 30th, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    This is not an argument that our bullpen is not strong enough. It probably is. This is an argument that it wouldn’t hurt to sign another relief pitcher at a good price.

  37. Rishi January 30th, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    dude – that is not funny

  38. Global Warming January 30th, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    That sign belongs in the hall of fame not in the hands of Derek Jeter.

    This is outrageous!

  39. Bob(The Original) January 30th, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    This is not an argument that our bullpen is not strong enough. It probably is. This is an argument that it wouldn’t hurt to sign another relief pitcher at a good price.

    ————————–

    Here come the 1000 word Juan Cruz essays.

    Newsflash, he’s an erractic guy who would drive us all nuts.

    Just because he’d only cost a 4th round pick does not make him a good signing.

    The best bullpens are built from within almost all the time.

  40. Pauly- Shorten the damn game! January 30th, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    hahahahahha, Oh Larry. When some of the survivors of US Airways Flight 1549 were on his show last week someone had to inform Larry that you could die from hypothermia.

  41. pat January 30th, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    If you’d like to ask Joe Torre a question, Larry King’s website has a place to submit questions in either email or video format.

    http://www.cnn.com/CNN/Programs/larry.king.live/

  42. Michael Kei (Igawa) January 30th, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    I was wondering if that is illegal (to take the sign) , can’t say Jeter earned it, he gets payed to play (millions). Can you imagine Jeter in cuffs?

  43. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing January 30th, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    What do you expect from someone who has Kei Igawa in their posting name? lol

  44. dave January 30th, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    Pete,

    your dead on about bruney being a great find. We picked him up off the scrap heap and he has been fantastic for most of his yankee career.

    It is not cash signing tex or AJ by being the highest bidder that has made me like him a little more as time goes on. It is those small moves by cash that really impresses me – the bruney acquisition for nothing, the swisher trade for betemit. Those are the moves that great GMs make.

  45. Bronx Jeers January 30th, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    Anybody know the deal with the iron cross on Bruney’s arm?

  46. dave January 30th, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    or those are the moves that make great GMs – however you want to put it.

  47. Wave Your Hat January 30th, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    IMO the Yanks have done exactly right this year with their bullpen (although as a nit-pick I would have preferred a cheaper left-handed reliever than Marte on a shorter contract).

    Relievers are extremely variable in their year to year performance. The best way to go IMO is to have a number of inexpensive guys with a good upside (plus MO, of course). The Yanks have a lot of cheap relievers to choose from, all of whom have the potential to be very good.

    Then use the freed-up money not spent on “established” relievers to buy guys like CC and Tex, which is what they did.

  48. AROD fan January 30th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    Guys, if Mets fans are having a rally, we have to have a bigger rally:

    http://www.metsblog.com/2009/0.....happening/

    Next weekend after the super bowl?

  49. LathamJoe January 30th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    “I wonder who got the George Patton quote sign.”

    Gayle:

    If the sign reads: There is no substitute for victory” that was Gen Douglas McArthur.

    I’m sure the sign went to the guy who was born on the 4th of July, was not only a Patton admirer but has an affinity for the works of most decisive men.

  50. Global Warming January 30th, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    Jeter should be arrested for taking that sign.

    This is EGREGIOUS,PREPOSTEROUS, OUTRAGEOUS!

  51. Wave Your Hat January 30th, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    I should have said, “Then use the freed-up money not spent on “established” relievers to help buy guys like CC and Tex, which is what they did.”

  52. Tarheelyank January 30th, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    I am happy with my shortstop dirt ( no gum or spit

  53. dave January 30th, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    Bob,

    The best bullpen arms are a nice mix of youth and veteran presence of young guys out of the farm and solid free agent signings. i DONT need to write an essay for people to realize that it is a smart move. Erratic you say???? How about 34 hits in 52 innings or 45 hits in 61 innings to a 2.6 and a 3.1 era the last two years. Its in the NL west but I dont see a huge drop off for him. Its just another great arm added to a already sizable stack of talent. If there is zero interest in him because of his type A status, why not take a flyer on the guy? iF he completely fails – worse moves have been made. If he puts up comparable numbers he will be a outstanding asset for us in the playoffs.

  54. Pauly- Shorten the damn game! January 30th, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    Good for Jeets, he deserves something nice like that. He’s had a rough life.

  55. dave January 30th, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    Wave,

    You mean the Hawkins and Farnsworth tragedies. I doubt cruz will command that kind of dough in this market.

  56. GreenBeret7 January 30th, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    pat
    January 30th, 2009 at 4:56 pm
    If you’d like to ask Joe Torre a question, Larry King’s website has a place to submit questions in either email or video format.

    http://www.cnn.com/CNN/Programs/larry.king.live/

    ————————————————————

    What are the odds that the most asked question will be “Why?”?

  57. Uncle Ellsworth January 30th, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    I’m sure there was a nod and wink involved with DJ “stealing” the sign.
    He’ll probably hang it in his locker anyway.

    That’s the sign they touch for luck right?

    Is there a Gehrig quote anywhere?

  58. Bellylard January 30th, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    Is Letterman getting little Alex to read the top ten reasons he thinks Torre didn’t like him?

    10. Never got in the habit saying MISTER Torre the same way as the captain.
    9. I insisted on having that damned jinx of a number on my back therby causing all the bad luck the team’s had since 2004.
    8. I’ve yet to get Joe a date with one of Madonna’s dancers.
    7. I actually USED those sporks we have at the postgame buffets. Man, he just hates those things.
    6. High socks. You figure it out…
    5. Two words – hair envy.
    4. I always yelled “HA!” whenever he crossed in front of me.
    3. I tried too hard to please him, I mean, I even complimented him by saying his daughter looked just like him. Nothing.
    2. He’s obviously predjudiced against third basemen winning the MVP and being the best paid at their job, wait a minute…
    1. Sorry, I don’t care what I LOOK like, I just don’t swing THAT way.

  59. Patrick January 30th, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    “Oh, and by the way…there are plenty of computers in Antarctica. All the scientific research being done on climate change isn’t being stored in etch-a-sketch pads.”

    Good luck finding internet access down there.

    Your argument against the bullpen is ridiculous, last year those guys were excellent. Bruney is not coming off an injury, he was healthy by the end of the year. Marte struggled when Girardi overused him. He is one of the most consistent lefty relievers in the game — his career ERA is 3.29! Mariano is indeed coming off surgery but he had one of the best seasons of his career and the surgery was very minor.

    I could make up goofy arguments against the starting rotation too. Sabathia is coming off a season in which he was overworked, Burnett has never thrown 30 starts in two consecutive seasons and is very injury prone, Wang is coming off a serious injury, Pettitte ended the season with an injured shoulder. DO I think all 4 guys will fail? These are all more concerning than the points you brought up about the bullpen.

    Also the farm system is STACKED with bullpen prospects. Mark Melancon is at the top of that group and he is ready to be the 8th inning guy right now.

  60. GreenBeret7 January 30th, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    Cruz is not likely to sign for less than 3 years at 3-3.5 mil a year. Nobody is getting a discount or ‘Zona would have esigned him.

  61. kd January 30th, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    now that bruney signed, what’s the payroll? that’s the last player, right?

  62. Rishi January 30th, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    Bellylard – very funny!! :)

  63. Wave Your Hat January 30th, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    dave, Hawkins and Farnsworth are highlights but there was a lot more money the Yanks have (in the past) wasted in the pen other than just those guys.

    The pen is really good the way it is. There’s plenty of options in case one or two relievers don’t work out.

    Just my opinion, of course, but I’d rather see the Yanks hold back the Cruz money to fix other problems as they come up through the season.

  64. Patrick January 30th, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    Uh when I said “DO I think all 4 guys will fail?” that was a rhetorical question, I don’t expect any of you to read my mind. (The answer is no, I don’t think they will all fail).

  65. dave January 30th, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    I am very skeptical that melancon will be brought to the bronx immediately following spring training. I know what kind of talent melancon has as much as I know what kind of talent coke, veras, bruney, robertson, albadejo, etc. have. But Who outside of marte and mo have proven their talent over an entire season for more than one year?? We dont need another arm and it would be a luxury to get another one but a good offer should not be passed up just because we have a TON of pen arms.

  66. dave January 30th, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    wave,

    What if it was one year and 2 or 3 mil? The money we spend on this guy will not prevent the yanks from doing a thing midseason.

  67. Doreen January 30th, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    From the last thread:

    GB7 –
    I agrees. I don’t really understand how people are seeing a void in the Yankee bullpen. They really didn’t miss a beat last season when Joba was moved to the rotation. They did have a little blip when KrazyKyle Farnsworth was traded, but they bounced back.

    Anyone who sees a problem with the bullpen wasn’t really watching last year, nor do they have a clue about Melancon (ahem, George King, last night on YES Hot Stove).

    About Jeter and “the sign.” I think it’s neat that Jeter got to take that sign in that it was something that he prized and that meant something to him.

    However, wouldn’t you think that the Yankees might have wanted that for the new stadium’s museum or even to hang it as they did in the old stadium – where all the players could see it?

    Although, I suppose, it’s just a sign – it’s not like it’s Joe DiMaggio actually standing there saying it, so they could get a new sign made.

    Whatever. If anyone was going to get that sign, Jeter’s the guy.

  68. dave January 30th, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    3 years for cruz? where did you hear that?

  69. Doreen January 30th, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    (I think I’m starting to overthink EVERYTHING – not a good thing. :) )

  70. Patrick January 30th, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    dave, most bullpens aren’t stacked with “proven” players because there simply aren’t many proven relievers. WYH explained very well I think why a good bullpen is stacked with lots of different options. Year to year bullpen performance is very volatile.

    Melancon might not start the season in the big leagues but he certainly should. He’s totally ready IMO. He should be given the opportunity to share the 8th inning duties.

  71. jennifer January 30th, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    Laura

    I asked Mike this last week at the dinner. No he hasn’t gotten the flag pole. Said reporters went around and asked everyone what they wanted to take. He answer the flag pole said it was more of a joke.

  72. gayle January 30th, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    Thanks to all who corrected me from being confused between the two generals.

  73. Patrick January 30th, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    Cruz is overrated. You would give up a 4th round draft pick for him? I certainly wouldn’t.

  74. GreenBeret7 January 30th, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    Dreen, didn’t Rivera get the bullpen rubber and a tree from the bullpen?

  75. RhapsodyInBlue January 30th, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    No doubt Larry will waterboard Torre if need be, to be able to ask the tough questions and get the answers like he always does.

  76. dave January 30th, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    the question everyone should ask themselves is did the yankee bullpen far exceed their expectations last year and do we think that they can repeat their performance of 2008 with ease? If the answer is yes, they will be just as effective in 2009 then, fine we dont need another thing for the pen. But if the answer is we dont know because bullpens arms are extremely volatile then, perhaps it wouldn’t be the worst idea to add another arm to the mix. I love how these conversations force me to defend an opinion so much that it gives off the appearance that i am deadset on signing cruz. That is not the case at all. I just think we should look into it. IF GB is correct and cruz wants a 3 year deal – forget it. Not worth it. If he can be had for one year and 3 mil, what do we have to lose??

  77. Doreen January 30th, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    Matt NC

    Thank you for the information about the quote. I obviously didn’t know that, or I wouldn’t have written what I did about it needing to be a part of the new stadium. I shoulda known they’d think of everything. :)

  78. Laura - Welcome back, Andy!! January 30th, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    “I asked Mike this last week at the dinner. No he hasn’t gotten the flag pole. Said reporters went around and asked everyone what they wanted to take. He answer the flag pole said it was more of a joke.”

    Oh, okay jennifer. Thanks.

  79. Patrick January 30th, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    “If he can be had for one year and 3 mil, what do we have to lose??”

    4th round draft pick and a 25 man roster spot. Big waste IMO.

    There are easily a dozen options that I believe could perform well out of the bullpen next year. Why do we need another?

    Rivera, Marte, Bruney, Melancon, Veras, Ramirez, Albaladejo, Robertson, Coke, Aceves, Sanchez. I’m even leaving out guys like Cox, Jackson, Claggett, Dunn, etc

  80. dave January 30th, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    Im tired of defending a guy i barely know. You want some insight on why I think cashman should look into cruz. Read this: http://riveraveblues.com/2009/.....cruz-6692/ That tells you far more than i ever could.

  81. GreenBeret7 January 30th, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    King and Torre will meet…AGAIN…

    Torre: “Hey, Larry, I just gotta say thayou’re the greatest interviewer…EVER. Great to see you, Old Friend.”.

    King: “Hey, Joe…errr…St. Joe…err…Godfather. I gotta say, that you are the best manager the Yanks have ever had. Can I kiss your….ring?

    That will be the end of the tough questions. They grew up in the same area at the same time.

  82. dave January 30th, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    Pat,

    Geise is the next man to leave the 40 man. He could come back to us and i think cruz is more of an asset. I have been hearing the draft is very top heavy in talent and then, thins out a great deal. Pete wrote something about that not too long ago. iF that is in fact the case, i doubt we will get a ton of talent our of the fourth round. I dont know for sure.

  83. saucY January 30th, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    larry king looks like an owl

  84. dave January 30th, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    Why do we need another? Outside of mo and marte, there is almost no one on that list who has pitched more than one quality season out of the pen and hardly anyone topping any significant number of innings in one season. Alot of talent? Yes Only two guys who have really proven anything? so far yes.

  85. Doreen January 30th, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    GB7 -

    I don’t know about a tree, but I’m pretty sure he got the pitching rubber from the bullpen. At least that’s what I heard.

    dave -

    I don’t think Melancon will break camp with the ML team, but I think he will be up before end of the season.

    I do think the Yankees bullpen far exceeded expectations, but expectations were pretty low once Joba was no longer a part of it. But I don’t think that’s a fair question. The bullpen didn’t improve for no reason. Girardi and his coaches took great pains to make that bullpen work. It was a well-managed bullpen. It was not a hot-hand bullpen and it was not a willy-nilly bullpen. That is why I don’t think it will be a fluke.

  86. Laura - Welcome back, Andy!! January 30th, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    Here’s what King said about Torre. It is clear from this quote that he won’t be going hardball on Saint Joe:

    “Even though I’m not a close friend of his, I feel a strong attachment to him,” King said. “My hope is that when it (the book) comes out, fans will know him better. They’ll know him better, and the Yankees better.”

  87. GreenBeret7 January 30th, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    Theonly way NYY goes after Cruz is if they can package off Nady or Swisher and one or both of Ramirez and Veras for a center fielder and a solid utility infielder like Punto or Ryan from St. Louis along with Schumaker. It’s not likely that Ankiel could play center field in NY or Boston because of the size.

  88. dave January 30th, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    Doreen,

    I agree. The chances of melancon being up sometime in 2009 has got to be almost 100 percent. He already pitched in triple A last year bringing his whip down something like .5 from A ball. I want to know the last pitcher in history that has had a lower and lower whip at each level of the minor leagues. Melancon did better at each level all during the same season. Has any pitcher ever done that before in one season? Seems pretty remarkable to me. I keep saying by the time he gets to the majors – he will have a ,5 whip and be the best reliever in the league. Imagine a relief pitcher decreasing their whip at every level including AAA to the majors. That would be sick!!

  89. jennifer January 30th, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    GreenBeret7

    They will talk about the old time baseball players they knew. Larry won’t throw one fastball. It will all be softball questions.

  90. dave January 30th, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    Does anyone know in what level and how good melvin crousett actually is starting in 2009??

  91. randy l January 30th, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    “That will be the end of the tough questions. They grew up in the same area at the same time.”

    “at the same time ” is the operative phrase .
    the toughest question larry king will ask torre will be which one he likes best-viagra,levitra ,or cialis ?

  92. TO January 30th, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    ****update****
    Arod is changing his # to #6.

  93. GreenBeret7 January 30th, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    Doreen
    January 30th, 2009 at 5:30 pm
    GB7 –
    I don’t know about a tree, but I’m pretty sure he got the pitching rubber from the bullpen. At least that’s what I heard.

    ————————————————————

    I thought I had heard or read that he got a tree that he sat under or the bench from the pen. Maybe he got Mussina’s last jersey and will burn it in effigy.

  94. Doreen January 30th, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    re: King -

    Even if King does ask Torre, “Why did you write this book?” or “Why did you write this book now?” he will allow Torre to answer in a vague manner and not follow up.

    I think there will be more focus on the last day than anything else. And how hurt he was.

  95. dave January 30th, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    Do we really need to make a trade to sign another player? Geise is still on the 40 man. Is he that pivotal to the yankees in 2009? A lot of people thought Geise should have gone when the yanks added pettitte and DFA’d Wright.

  96. Phil January 30th, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    Larry King grew up with and was best friends growing up with Al Davis.

    If Jeter gets a copy of Torre’s book and lays it down near the DiMaggio sign, the DiMaggio sign will repel it across the co-op.

  97. dave January 30th, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    Is nady and ramirez a good deal for ankiel in the minds of the cardinals FO? I know we are trading away excess for need but are they?

  98. m January 30th, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    I wonder if any guest wants to climb over the desk and snap Larry’s suspenders? And why do I have a sudden craving for Welch’s grape juice?

    dave,

    Are you here? Are you sure that you’re in med school? Surely you know the difference between breathe and breath. Even a veterinarian assistant would know that!

  99. Patrick January 30th, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    dave your arguments are so repetitive. Do you think that we’ll agree with you if you keep repeating the same nonsense?

    If you are tired of defending a potential Cruz signing then stop doing it. He isn’t worth the draft pick, money or roster spot.

    Why are you ignoring the facts WYH and I have presented about bullpens being very volatile from year to year? The Yankees don’t need more “proven” players in the bullpen. Also how can you say that Bruney, Veras, Ramirez and Albaladejo aren’t proven? They have all been very solid to good relievers in the major leagues.

    The bullpen is in excellent shape right now, signing Cruz is a waste.

  100. dave January 30th, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    m,

    I do know the difference. Must have been a typo or something because i type pretty quickly and don’t read over posts that often. before i submit them. I love how this blog turns into a grammar class at times. Is anyone here a veterinarian assistant? I am sure those people are ecstatic about the comments here today.

  101. GreenBeret7 January 30th, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    randy l
    January 30th, 2009 at 5:36 pm
    “That will be the end of the tough questions. They grew up in the same area at the same time.”

    “at the same time ” is the operative phrase .

    the toughest question larry king will ask torre will be which one he likes best-viagra,levitra ,or cialis ?

    ————————————————————

    LMAO. Would it be in bad taste if they are sponsored by Easy-Off Ovn Cleaner?

  102. dave January 30th, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    Pat,

    Its because people keep telling me the same things over and over. We have enough pen talent. He is not worth a fourth round pick. He wants more than 1 year. We wasted money on relief pitchers before and it is better for them to come in house. I am not ignoring your arguments about the volatility of the pen – i even said that in my own posts. That is why it is not absolutely guaranteed that the yankee pen of 2009 will be just as effective as the one in 2008. The argument can work either way. You keep talking about cruz so i keep responding. You want to hear a better argument than mine – go to the riveraveblues page that i posted. They are pretty convincing. iF NOT, stop talking about it with me and I will stop answering your posts. There is only so many arguments I can make in support of signing him. I dont even fully endorse the idea – i just think cash should look into it and i have said that to you.

  103. m January 30th, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    dave,

    Haven’t you figured it out? There are a bunch of school marms here. In addition, you’re held to a higher standard because you’re a med student.

    We can all walk the walk, but can you write the talk?

  104. Phil January 30th, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    The Yanks no longer see the need to have a bunch of big salaries in the pen. They realize relievers are fungible and like the way Girardi managed the pen last year. They know what’s in the pipeline and it’s highly unlikely that they would use another pick and multi-millions on another reliever.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if they add some more offense somewhere as prices continue to plummet.

  105. dave January 30th, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    M,

    Just because I am in med school does not mean that I am great at grammar, In fact, it should tell you that I excelled far more in math and science than english. Ehhh, i tend to doubt the held in higher standard thing but thats nice to hear. And Id say no, I cannot write the talk.

  106. GreenBeret7 January 30th, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    Phil
    January 30th, 2009 at 5:55 pm
    The Yanks no longer see the need to have a bunch of big salaries in the pen. They realize relievers are fungible and like the way Girardi managed the pen last year. They know what’s in the pipeline and it’s highly unlikely that they would use another pick and multi-millions on another reliever.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if they add some more offense somewhere as prices continue to plummet.

    ————————————————————

    It’s about time the Yankees got rid of the fungus in the bullpen.

  107. dave January 30th, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    Phil,

    Where would they add offense. The only upgrade i could see is getting a center fielder which would take a trade and not a signing. Outside of that, we can sign another backup catcher to a minor league deal in case posada misses significant time. Who else would you sign?

  108. Nick in SF January 30th, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    I once had the, um, pleasure of sitting in live for a full hour of Larry King. And no, he doesn’t have a studio audience or anything, it was just me in the back of the room. A friend of mine was an assistant producer for the show and I was visiting her while driving cross-country.

    This was back in 1996. The full-hour guest was D.C. Mayor Marion Barry. It was deathly dull. My mind began to wander in odd, scary places. I considered lunging onto the set. I considered throwing wadded-up dollar bills at Barry’s head. I worried about falling asleep and collapsing and making too much noise when my head hit the floor. I considered shouting scatalogical profanities. I considered shouting “B*tch set me up!!” over and over.

    It was one of the longest hours of my life. I thought it would all be worth it if in the end I got to pose at the desk with Larry like I was a guest. Instead I got to shake his and and watch him leave the room. I got my picture at the desk. Alone. And broken.

    Thank goodness the Yankees won the World Series that year of 1996 might have been a total loss.

  109. dave January 30th, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    Girardi was fantastic managing the pen last year. That was our one saving grace in the most disappointing yankee season of my life. Well, that and Moose finally winning 20 games but it hardly mattered when we finished in third place. I wanted to sign girardi as manager for exactly that reason – his in-game management style and particularly, his management of the pen seemed quite the opposite from the last few years of Torre.

  110. GreenBeret7 January 30th, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    Nick in SF
    January 30th, 2009 at 6:02 pm
    I once had the, um, pleasure of sitting in live for a full hour of Larry King. And no, he doesn’t have a studio audience or anything, it was just me in the back of the room. A friend of mine was an assistant producer for the show and I was visiting her while driving cross-country.

    This was back in 1996. The full-hour guest was D.C. Mayor Marion Barry. It was deathly dull. My mind began to wander in odd, scary places. I considered lunging onto the set. I considered throwing wadded-up dollar bills at Barry’s head. I worried about falling asleep and collapsing and making too much noise when my head hit the floor. I considered shouting scatalogical profanities. I considered shouting “B*tch set me up!!” over and over.

    It was one of the longest hours of my life. I thought it would all be worth it if in the end I got to pose at the desk with Larry like I was a guest.

    ***Instead I got to shake his *** and and watch him leave the room. I got my picture at the desk. Alone. And broken.

    Thank goodness the Yankees won the World Series that year of 1996 might have been a total loss.

    ————————————————————

    Since this is you, I’m almost afraid to ask you what.

  111. Nick in SF January 30th, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    Hand!

  112. AROD fan January 30th, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    Guys,

    playing pop copy-editor for dave’s posts because you are jealous he’s in med school is getting old.

    dave is an awesome poster and we all know it.

  113. AROD fan January 30th, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    I actually had a Torre sighting in Hawaii two weeks ago. Too bad it wasn’t this week, I could have punched him in the face!!

  114. dave January 30th, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    Thanks arod fan. You scored two points in my book – one, for defending me and two, for your name. Arod needs more widespread support in NY after two mvps in five seasons. HE IS NOT TRYING TO REPLACE JETER – he is just trying to help the yankees win. Eventually, people will realize this … I hope.

  115. Doreen January 30th, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    It may be irrelevant, because I’ll probably fall asleep on the sofa by 9 p.m., but I’m torn about watching Larry King. I tend to react viscerally to these kinds of things, and I’m asking myself, do I really want the aggravation just to be fair to Torre?????

    Or, can I depend on you guys to give a fair and full account of the interview???

  116. randy l January 30th, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    “Or, can I depend on you guys to give a fair and full account of the interview???”

    no problem , doreen, i’ll have my totally objective review of the interview ready and waiting for you : )

  117. GreenBeret7 January 30th, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    Doreen
    January 30th, 2009 at 6:17 pm
    It may be irrelevant, because I’ll probably fall asleep on the sofa by 9 p.m., but I’m torn about watching Larry King. I tend to react viscerally to these kinds of things, and I’m asking myself, do I really want the aggravation just to be fair to Torre?????

    Or, can I depend on you guys to give a fair and full account of the interview???

    ————————————————————

    Fear not, Doreen. You can trust me to give you the facts. My great, great grandfather was ol’ “Honest Abe” himself.

  118. m January 30th, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    Arod,

    You were in Hawaii 2 weeks ago? If I saw you, I’d punch you in the face.

    Just kidding.

  119. Tom January 30th, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    Tosh, GB. You’re from the South.

  120. m January 30th, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    That’s supposed to be for AROD fan, not Arod.

  121. RayVTNC January 30th, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    You’d best tape it, DVR or TIVO it Doreen!

    I think it was the best show I ever saw of a great guest on Larry King!!!

  122. Tom January 30th, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    Randy will say that Torre gave a gritty performance that the facts don’t show.

  123. GreenBeret7 January 30th, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    Tom
    January 30th, 2009 at 6:23 pm
    Tosh, GB. You’re from the South.

    ————————————————————

    Nah…I just live down here, now. Trying to reconstruct my life.

  124. Doreen January 30th, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    randy l, GB7 -

    I KNEW I could count on you guys! Ha Ha!

  125. RayVTNC January 30th, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    GreenBeret7

    Abe wasn’t so honest!! LOL! He was just considered honest for a politician! Like the tallest midget!

  126. GreenBeret7 January 30th, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    Tom
    January 30th, 2009 at 6:25 pm
    Randy will say that Torre gave a gritty performance that the facts don’t show.

    ————————————————————

    Not only that, but, he was an innings eater.

  127. Doreen January 30th, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    GB7 -
    Trying to reconstruct my life.

    —–

    That was just bad, GB7. (Shakes head)

  128. Tom January 30th, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    Carpetbagger!

  129. GreenBeret7 January 30th, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    Doreen
    January 30th, 2009 at 6:26 pm
    randy l, GB7 –
    I KNEW I could count on you guys! Ha Ha!

    ————————————————————

    Great-great grandfather “Honest Abe” Herkowicz was widely known for his honesty. He was so honest that he got a job at a bank for Willie Sutton.

  130. randy l January 30th, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    “Randy will say that Torre gave a gritty performance that the facts don’t show.”

    it’s a fact i miss the days when people knew you could punch them in the face.

  131. GreenBeret7 January 30th, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    Tom
    January 30th, 2009 at 6:30 pm
    Carpetbagger!

    ————————————————————

    That’s a high paying job down here…bagging carpets.

  132. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing January 30th, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    I’ll try to give you an honest, unbiased account, Doreen.

    My take is pretty much the same as yours, I think – someone who was mostly supportive of him, who now finds herself rather disappointed in him a bit.

  133. GreenBeret7 January 30th, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    Doreen…nver trust somebody that calls themselves “Angel”. They never are.

  134. Doreen January 30th, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    Angel -

    I appreciate that. And I would say we are on the same page.

  135. GreenBeret7 January 30th, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    I don’t know what’s more annoying, listening to/watching “Vince” selling “Sham-Wow” and “The Slap Chop” or Billy Mays selling everything else.

  136. Phil January 30th, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    The Yanks could add O in CF, at C, at DH or on the bench. They probably won’d do it until they can move Nady, but there are some very good, relatively cheap bats out there now, and it wouldn’t hurt to have some crowding for a year.

  137. GreenBeret7 January 30th, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    Has anybody heard about them making a film called “The Keeper Of The Pinstripes”? Bernie Williams is supposed to have a part in it.

  138. Uncle Ellsworth January 30th, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    http://www.nasdaq.com/referenc.....120808.stm

    Inspired by true events, the film tells the story of the reawakening of “Room 107,” a mysterious room hidden within the depths of Yankee Stadium where some of baseball’s greatest heroes would find solace. The Tom Ellis/Shawn Powell-written script is based on the New York Times Best Seller, “The Boy of Steel,” by Ray Negron.

    Thanks GB looks really interesting

  139. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing January 30th, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    :-P @GB7.

    Blame my parents, I don’t know what they were thinking.

  140. Tom January 30th, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    Here is the description of “The Boy of Steel” via Amazon:

    “Young Michael Steel loves to watch the New York Yankees on TV—from his hospital bed. Michael has brain cancer. But when Yankee second baseman Robinson Cano visits Michael in the hospital, Michael embarks on an unexpected and wonderful journey when he becomes a Yankee batboy for a day. It’s his baseball dream come true!

    When Michael’s illness makes him weak on the field, can he be strong enough to fulfill his batboy duties and make his new teammates proud? With a little help from Yankee greats Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Roger Maris, and Mickey Mantle, Michael Steel earns his nickname “The Boy of Steel” and learns a very important lesson: Never stop fighting!”

    http://www.amazon.com/Boy-Stee.....0060898704

  141. dave January 30th, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    Phil,

    To do any of that – we would probably need to trade nady/swish or matsui. Nady could be moved but i dont think he will considering abreu would probably take just about anything reasonable at this point for a year and probably come cheaper than nady. Matsui has an NTC, two bad knees and a 13 mil over one year i think it is. He will never be moved from anything that would be more valuable than one year of a reasonably healthy matsui IMO. Without a trade, we have no room for anyone but CF. We would need to make a trade for a decent CF like GB was talking about above with ankiel. i THINK our offense is set in stone for the spring outside of adding another bench player.

  142. Nick in SF January 30th, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    Every fan of this blog should watch “The LoHud of the Rings” by the It is High crew:

    http://tinyurl.com/LoHud-of-the-Rings

  143. Matthew Cohen January 30th, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    Bruney is basically a league average reliever.

    You need a few of those guys to go with (hopefully) 2-3 very good guys at the top of the pen.

    Better to et them for nothing and pay them $1 million than lose draft picks and pay them $5 million.

  144. Tom January 30th, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    Nick, I’ve been trying to get that through the filter for 3 days now…

    Everytime I posted it, my post was eaten…

  145. GreenBeret7 January 30th, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    Angel – A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing
    January 30th, 2009 at 7:02 pm
    @GB7.

    Blame my parents, I don’t know what they were thinking.

    ————————————————————

    Yeah, somarents that give their kids names like that should be jailed. My parents gave me that name, too. I hated it growing up. My parents had it legally changed, though when I was 12 years old.

    Hmmmmm…I don’t understnd why the censors won’t allow me to type in my new name.

  146. Nick in SF January 30th, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    Tom: I think it was eaten because the full name of our blog father was in the real url. That’s why I went the tinyurl route.

  147. GreenBeret7 January 30th, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    Thanks, Uncle Ellsworth and Tom, for the info. Seems like a nice to have movie for the kids when they come over. It’ll keep them out of my stash….of beer.

  148. GreenBeret7 January 30th, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    correction: ***some parents*** that give their kids names

  149. Pops January 30th, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    At least he’s not in denial like some…

    http://www.fanzak.com/fzrants/.....the_Mirror

  150. Tom January 30th, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    I see.

  151. Uncle Ellsworth January 30th, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    That is awesome Nick in SF
    Has PA seen that yet?

  152. GreenBeret7 January 30th, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    Dave, I didn’t say that NYY needed to get Ankiel. He’d have no spot. Center Field at YS is too big for him to cover. I said Schumaker.

  153. dave January 30th, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    OK! The bullpen is perfect. It does not need a single, solitary addition, subtraction or change. What was I thinking by trying to find another way to improve the club by using the FAs still available? Everyone who wants to trade matsui and sign manny/Dunn and argue against me bringing up Cruz should take a few seconds to think about reality. Which trade is more realistic for cashman? Maybe neither but certainly not something involving manny or dunn over cruz.

  154. randy l January 30th, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    “Every fan of this blog should watch “The LoHud of the Rings” by the It is High crew:
    http://tinyurl.com/LoHud-of-the-Rings

    my favorite line was ,”due to his inability to form sentences he becomes a sportswriter.”

  155. dave January 30th, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    GB,

    Oh sorry about that. But the point i was making is we would need to make a trade in order to improve the offense. We could not just sign another bat without trading anyone else. So it still makes sense for schumaker too

  156. randy l January 30th, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    “That is awesome Nick in SF
    Has PA seen that yet?”

    nope. soon as he does that’s the last we see of nick in sf.

  157. Nick in SF January 30th, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    That video has been up on their site since the day after their guest post here, so one must assume that PA has seen it.

  158. Uncle Ellsworth January 30th, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    He should have a link.

    “His parents predict a professional sports career or that of a highly skilled laborer”

  159. James January 30th, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    The first of over 2400 hundred comments from that yahoo post shoots a link to this blog. Don’t let that trick you into reading many comments though.

  160. trisha January 30th, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    “Randy will say that Torre gave a gritty performance that the facts don’t show.”

    :D

    I am tempted to watch ” Joe from the Crypt” tonight on Larry King but my fear is that I’ll end up putting my fist through the television when the lying schmoozer does what he does best – bull sh*ts his way out of situations and puts it all on someone else.

    About souvenirs – here is yet more evidence that Yankee jealousy still reigns supreme in RSN. My laptop was infected by “Antivirus 360″ and it took almost three days to get things fixed. Well I am wireless and so when I was finally up and running again, I needed to put passkey information on one of the screens to connect back to the internet. Since I couldn’t find the information, I had to call my ISP to get help. I ended up needing to go through my desktop to find the information specifically connected to my router. When I got to the screen where the passkey was stored, the “passkey password” that the installers had put in was the following: yankeesuck !!!!!!!!!

    Now whether that was because when they were doing the installation they were working in the room that houses my Yankee shrine, or whether it was just because they walk around with that inferiority complex the way most of RSN does (6 does not equal 26…) I don’t know. The one good thing that came out of my laptop crash was that I discovered that passkey password and was able to change it to something more appropriate. What was funny was that the tech from Cox cable who was helping me over the phone last night ended up being a Yankee fan! He really reacted when I told him the passkey! We ended up having a great conversation about the old Stadium, the new Stadium, games he attended with his fiancee, etc.

  161. RayVTNC January 30th, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    I heard there was a movie coming out titled:

    *We Are Family Too: The Pinstriped Step Children*

    Starring RJ, K Brown, Sheff, Lofton, Pavano, Hank & Hal & Randy L

    Produced By: Michael Kay
    Directed By: Steve Philips

  162. trisha January 30th, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    funny sidenote – I couldn’t get the post to show up by using Pete’s last name. I guarantee you that posts with his name are previewed before they are posted! So much for the 1st amendment that news organizations hold so dearly…

    :D

  163. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing January 30th, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    Heh, I think in my case I’m lucky that parents have to name their babies before they know what their personalities will be like.

    Speaking of names that should be censored, I came across a family who had a kid named “Shoe” yesterday.

    Shoe Wright. Whats the over/under on when the kid gets his first shoe thrown at him at school?

  164. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing January 30th, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    It probably has more to do with stopping people impersonating him, Trisha.

  165. Nick in SF January 30th, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    There is no 1st amendment right to post whatever you want on this blog. Pete’s last name is caught by the filters. He’s explained why. It’s not because he wants to preview and censor posts that mention him.

    Smiley face!

  166. GreenBeret7 January 30th, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    Angel – A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing
    January 30th, 2009 at 8:06 pm
    Heh, I think in my case I’m lucky that parents have to name their babies before they know what their personalities will be like.

    Speaking of names that should be censored, I came across a family who had a kid named “Shoe” yesterday.

    Shoe Wright. Whats the over/under on when the kid gets his first shoe thrown at him at school?

    ————————————————————

    When I was growing up, we ha kids that had the worst names. Down the street from us, there was a family from the hills of Tennessee who’s last name was Pig. They had two girls, and, if I’m lyin’, I’m dying…their names were Ima and Urah. Those parents should have been BBQ’d.

  167. GreenBeret7 January 30th, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    correction: the last name was ***Pigg***

  168. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing January 30th, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    ohhh, i got filtered.

    The irony! :D

  169. Peter Abraham January 30th, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    I put my last name in the filter to keep people from impersonating me, which is occasionally a problem. I’ve explained this before, I believe.

    I also have to filter out curse words, anti-Semitic stuff, etc. I don’t have all day to moderate comments, so I have to use the filter. It also catches multiple links, as that’s usually the sign of an advertisement.

    I would hope 99 percent of you understand. I’ve given up on the the other one percent of the idiots.

  170. DT January 30th, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    I can’t believe you guys. How can you comment on the Larry King show tonight without watching it first? Geesh….

    To understand the interview in context you’ll need to watch the whole thing. Don’t go by the CNN teasers. What are you – sheep? I hope they’ll do the entire interview in the third person. Maybe Larry will ask Verducci all the questions, and he in turn can interpret them and ask Joe.

    Hopefully King will grill Joe with the tough interrogative suspender wearing manner he is known for. Stuff like:

    Have you ever been to Coney Island?
    Man, wasn’t stickball fun when we were kids?
    I have a young wife,you have a young wife-isn’t life great?
    Is Green tea really all it’s cracked up to be?
    Will you sign my Dodger hat?

  171. GreenBeret7 January 30th, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    Angel – A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing
    January 30th, 2009 at 8:23 pm
    My comment prior to this got moderated.

    smirks with amusement. I have no clue what triggered it.

    Perhaps my use of the world verboten? or my reference to an infamous German nazi-dictator-fascist figure?

    ————————————————————

    Yes, mentioning Herr Schicklegruber will not make it through.

  172. jennifer January 30th, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    dt-

    :lol: He’ll also talk about the baseball player he was friends with.

  173. GreenBeret7 January 30th, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Thanks, Jennifer…now, you’ve ruined the entire interview. That will only take an hour to talk about that. Somebody willhave to call the show and wake Torre up.

  174. Old(but wise)YanksFan January 30th, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    MoonUnit7 – It’s not nice to speak poorly of one’s parents.

  175. Old(but wise)YanksFan January 30th, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    MoonUnit7 – It’s not nice to speak poorly of one’s parents.

  176. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing January 30th, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    Well thats understandable, I just used his name in reference to those imbecile parents who named their kid after him.

  177. DT January 30th, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    ennifer
    January 30th, 2009 at 8:28 pm
    dt-
    He’ll also talk about the baseball player he was friends with.

    Cool. Maybe in the second half hour they’ll bring out RJ, Wells and Brownie.

  178. RayVTNC January 30th, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    *You do a great job Peter!*

  179. Pauly- Greetings from sunny Antarctica January 30th, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    5 bux says Torre gets caught on camera picking his nose tonight

  180. Pauly- Greetings from sunny Antarctica January 30th, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    10 bux says Larry gets caught on camera picking Torre’s nose tonight

  181. jennifer January 30th, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    I wonder if he’ll hawk Bigalo Green Tea.

  182. GreenBeret7 January 30th, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    Angel – A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing
    January 30th, 2009 at 8:33 pm
    Well thats understandable, I just used his name in reference to those imbecile parents who named their kid after him.

    ————————————————————

    Sadly, that’s quite common is white supremist groups down here…along with Robert E. Lee, Nathan Bedford Forest, and oters. How about baseball’s first commissioner…Kennesaw Mountain Landis being named after a Civil War battle?

  183. DT January 30th, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    What’s the over/under on the number of times King will hold up the book to the camera? I’m guessing 10.

  184. Betsy January 30th, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    I know this is late, but…….

    I’m glad Bruney was signed. He showed a lot of character in coming back last year, against his doctor’s advice. Brian worked very hard to make it back and he pitched well. If he has matured mentally, then there’s nothing stopping him from being a great success.

    The Yankees starters were terrible last year and the pen had to eat a lot of innings. Is it any wonder they struggled at times? We have a lot of good arms here – besides Marte, Mo and Bruney, I like Robertson – I hope he has a good spring. I also like Alabajejo (sorry, I know I messed his name up) – he did a very good job for us last year and I thin he’s underrated. I will hold off on praising Melancon. Yes, I’ve heard about his makeup and his stuff, but he still has not done it in the big leagues. When he finally makes it up here, he will struggle badly at times, like all young pitchers. Still, with his talent, he could help us – as long as Joe allows for these struggles. I think he will. Joe did a terrific job with the pen. He gave the pitchers confidence that they would not be put in the doghouse over one or two bad outings. As a result, they blossomed. Another good option down the line might be Humberto Sanchez……

  185. GreenBeret7 January 30th, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    DT
    January 30th, 2009 at 8:34 pm
    ennifer
    January 30th, 2009 at 8:28 pm
    dt-

    He’ll also talk about the baseball player he was friends with.

    Cool. Maybe in the second half hour they’ll bring out RJ, Wells and Brownie.

    ————————————————————

    Brown lives in the area. Might be nice to see a real throw-down for a change.

  186. jennifer January 30th, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    GreenBeret7

    Maybe he’ll punch Joe in the face. Now that I’d like to see!!

    DT- My guess is 7.

    Any guess if he’ll actually push for an answer on why he broke the code?

  187. pat January 30th, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    Here’s what King is saying about the interview:

    I’ve known Joe for many years, and this is the first time I’ve ever known him to be involved in a controversial situation. I’m interested if he thought the book would get the kind of reaction it’s getting.

    I wonder if he has a double feeling about the book. Does he feel the Yankees betrayed him by offering him a cop-out contract last year? Does he think this book is betraying the Yankees, or is this getting even? Is this a double betrayal?

    His comments about Alex Rodriguez are getting a lot of attention too. A-Rod is a fascinating study. He’s probably the best player in baseball, but there are so many side effects to him that are almost unbelievable. I want to know what it’s like to manage him. And what are A-Rod’s true feelings about Derek Jeeter.

    I also want to ask about Manny Ramirez — three months and no signing! And about the Yankees — what was it like to manage in that pressure cooker? And what are the differences between managing in New York and Los Angeles. Not many people have managed in both places — in fact I don’t think anyone has managed in both before.

  188. jennifer January 30th, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    GreenBeret7

    I thought Brown lived in Georgia.

  189. RustyJohn January 30th, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    I look forward to hearing….

    “Ann Arbor, MI, you’re on, GO!”

    Or there’ll be deep insightful questions, like this one he asked Mike Tyson:

    “Mike, I gotta ask. Bath person or shower person? Cause you can only be one.”

    For the record- Mike is a bath person.

    “How many times do you get up at night and use the bathroom, Joe? When I turned 70 it was like a switch went off- I’m up four times a night using the restroom.”

  190. DT January 30th, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    GreenBeret7
    ——————————————————————————————
    Brown lives in the area. Might be nice to see a real throw-down for a change.

    Hopefully Larry’s handlers can talk Brown into coming out of the crevices of the Green Room and quit crying. Maybe if we turn up the sound of the TV real loud we can hear the screams off camera – “I just want to go home!”

  191. jennifer January 30th, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    :->:

  192. GreenBeret7 January 30th, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    jennifer
    January 30th, 2009 at 8:42 pm
    GreenBeret7

    Maybe he’ll punch Joe in the face. Now that I’d like to see!!

    DT- My guess is 7.

    Any guess if he’ll actually push for an answer on why he broke the code?

    ————————————————————

    Nah…Brown broke his hand once before, hitting a stone wall.

    However, David Wells is only a 60 minute flight away.

  193. RustyJohn January 30th, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    “Corpus Christi, Texas…you’re on, GO!”

  194. RustyJohn January 30th, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    “Coral Springs, Florida…GO!”

  195. RustyJohn January 30th, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    “Monsey, New York….you’re on, GO!”

  196. jennifer January 30th, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    Larry: C-Man from Tampa, FLA GO

  197. trisha January 30th, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    Angel, good point. I never thought of that aspect.

    And since I am not one of the lohud bloggers who sleeps with this website open, I guess I missed the time(s) that Pete explained the reason his name won’t go through.

    Pete, you are always so genteel in the way you treat posters for whom you have obvious disdain. Thanks for that!

    I on the other hand reserve that for people for whom I have disdain having to do with more than passing afronts on a blog. Although I might get annoyed in the short run, unlike Torre and others of his ilk I’m not a grudge holder…

    :D

  198. Betsy January 30th, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    Laura, please tell me you are kidding with that quote? LOL I was not planning on watching anyway, but that’s pathetic. I feel like I know all about Joe Torre – I don’t need to know more. Even if Larry asks tough questions, Joe will just spin it his way, so I don’t care what he has to say. He told me all he needed to by writing this book.

  199. peter gammons January 30th, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    Boston, ma you’re on, GO!

  200. RustyJohn January 30th, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    “Morehead, Kentucky, hello…”

  201. GreenBeret7 January 30th, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    jennifer
    January 30th, 2009 at 8:43 pm
    GreenBeret7

    I thought Brown lived in Georgia.

    ————————————————————

    You’re correct, Brown does…was thinking the the show was broadcast from Atlanta, not LA, NYC and Washington . My error.

  202. DT January 30th, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    New post —>

  203. trisha January 30th, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    “There is no 1st amendment right to post whatever you want on this blog. Pete’s last name is caught by the filters. He’s explained why. It’s not because he wants to preview and censor posts that mention him.

    Smiley face!”

    I never saw the explanation. Now that I have of course it makes total sense.

    So I apologize to Pete for suggesting that he would censor posts just because his name appears in them.

  204. trisha January 30th, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    “Laura, please tell me you are kidding with that quote? LOL I was not planning on watching anyway, but that’s pathetic. I feel like I know all about Joe Torre – I don’t need to know more. Even if Larry asks tough questions, Joe will just spin it his way, so I don’t care what he has to say. He told me all he needed to by writing this book.”

    Betsy, I’m with ya.

  205. Eddie in Yonkers January 30th, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    Give credit to Torre for one thing anyway. He doesn’t have yellow stumps like Gammons.

  206. Nick in SF January 30th, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    ha, trisha, I’m old fashioned, but I prefer it when you go off on a rant and insult me by name to the subtle-insult-followed-by-the-passive-aggressive-smiley-face route. But to each her own.

    Anyway, don’t feel bad. You were wrong about the first amendment and your guarantee that Pete previews posts that mention him was wrong too, but I hope and think you’ll be right about the Yankees winning it all in 2009. In baseball, one out of three is pretty good.

  207. RustyJohn January 30th, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    I want a grant in the stimulus bill so I can count what percentage of calls Larry King gets from Corpus Christi, Ann Arbor or Morehead- I swear one out of every four calls is from one of those places.

    There must be clusters of old people- kind of like clusters of leukemia victims- who live in these three cities…

    “Ann Arbor, Go!”

    “Larry, I just want to ask Joe if he ever played with Hank Greenberg…he was my favorite Tiger and I know that Joe’s brother Dom used to play with the Red Sox…did he know Hank.”

    “Caller, I think you are confusing Joe Torre with Joe Dimaggio…but what about it, Joe, you ever met Hank Greenburg?”

  208. GreenBeret7 January 30th, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    Dave, from Grenada Medical University, Caribbean, GO

  209. RayVTNC January 30th, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    K Brown could care less if anyone liked him

  210. trisha January 30th, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    “ha, trisha, I’m old fashioned, but I prefer it when you go off on a rant and insult me by name to the subtle-insult-followed-by-the-passive-aggressive-smiley-face route. But to each her own.”

    I don’t think I was referring to you at all in anything I said so maybe you can explain what the heck you’re talking about here? Thanks!

    And maybe an apology is in order for accusing me of something I didn’t do?

    Thanks again!

  211. Old(but wise)YanksFan January 30th, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    Larry’s 2nd question: Why write this book?
    Just read a review where someone asks Joe ‘why write this book and besmirch your reputation’?

    Verducchi approached him TWO years ago with the idea. The decision was made well before Torre left the Yankees.

  212. Old(but wise)YanksFan January 30th, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    Joe says he liked Kevin Brown, even though he was tough to manage. Says Brown was too hard on himself.

  213. Old(but wise)YanksFan January 30th, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    Joe says he liked Kevin Brown, even though he was tough to manage. Says Brown was too hard on himself.

  214. Old(but wise)YanksFan January 30th, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    Are you people watching this? You should be.

  215. trisha January 30th, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    Old but wise, they are all on the new thread. I’m not watching it but others are.

  216. Betsy January 30th, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    No, I am not watching it nor do I have any desire. Joe presumably told the “truth” in “the book” so whatever he says now is spin.

  217. Rally Point January 31st, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    Perfect fit for a guy who as a kid knew he’d be a Yankee shortstop some day.


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