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Benedict Jeter

Posted by: Sam Borden - Posted in Misc on Feb 05, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

This dispatch from Tampa, via the AP:

Derek Jeter admits the New York Yankees spring training game on March 3 will be a strange experience. The New York captain will play for the United States against his Yankees in a warmup for the World Baseball Classic.

“Hopefully, I won’t see any pitches inside,” Jeter joked Thursday. “It will be funny. It will be fun.”

Jeter played for the U.S. team in the initial WBC three years ago.

“I had a good time,” Jeter said. “I enjoyed myself. I think the first time around we really didn’t know what to expect. Once you got there and you started to play, you realized how special it was.”

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325 Responses to “Benedict Jeter”

  1. rodg12 February 5th, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    Nothing like a provocative headline to get the masses to switch to the next post…..

  2. dave February 5th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    It was exciting only because it was the first of its kind and we were desperately awaiting the start of baseball and would watch just about anything baseball related by march but i dont think that the WBC was all that special in its first go around. The only interesting part was to get to see some of the bigger name japanese players who may eventually land in the states but outside of that, i thought the classic was pretty boring. I dont mind them having it because it gets baseball started which is always a good thing but i dont think any one could call it “special” and actually be serious about it. The dominican and US teams need to do better and then, maybe it will get a little interesting.

  3. Uncle Ellsworth February 5th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    Future Trivia question.

  4. Axel February 5th, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    Of course, the dream matchup would be Jeter vs. Rivera. Hopefully Joba’s not throwing that game…I can see one getting away from him.

  5. Uncle Ellsworth February 5th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    Should be better than Billy Crystal’s at bat.

  6. TKinDC February 5th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Shouldn’t this cause some sort of tear in the fabric of the universe? :)

  7. joeman February 5th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    I have been calling for the Yankees to go after A Jones & they so what happens he turns down a minor league contract…He needs to talk to someone,if he’s in shape he would be the CF for the Yankees in 2009 for sure. Nothing wrong in a play for pay,he plays and plays well he will be paid well.

  8. m February 5th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Looks like I missed a great meal

    1. Pat, I can always sprinkle a dash of shoyu (Matsui) or hot sauce (Nady) if it’s a little bland.

    2. trisha-LOLOLOLOL @ that guy on the bullpen. Papelbon is better? Guess that guy never heard of Brett Gardner. Even with a bum shoulder, Mo wipes the floor with him.

    3. DT-excellent, excellent dish. For your sake (and your wife), I hope it’s not true.

    4. Jeter is the greatest thing since *sliced* bread.

  9. GreenBeret7 February 5th, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    Pat M, in response to your question in the last subject….no, Orville Moody never got a chance to see my “improvement” on the golf course. I made him so sick that he had to leave the military. I should get partial credit for his US Open win. If it wasn’t for me, he would have retired as just another dog-faced soldier.

  10. m February 5th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    Speaking of Jeter, Dan Patrick was talking about how Phelps needs to party more efficiently. And one of his sidekicks mentioned how Derek Jeter never gets caught for anything. And Dan Patrick said that Jeter rents a private island. The other guys started laughing, like it was a joke. Dan Patrick said he was serious, Derek Jeter rents a private island [presumably for privacy].

  11. rodg12 February 5th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    I’m surprised to hear Andruw turned down a mL offer from the Yanks. I think he’d have a good shot to make the team with a good spring and I don’t see him getting a ML deal somewhere else.

  12. Laura - Welcome back, Andy!! February 5th, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    “Alex is the best player in the game,” Giambi said. “People gravitate towards negativity with him because that’s the only way you hold somebody down who’s that good.”

  13. James February 5th, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    Have Joba throw the first pitch 5 feet over his head

  14. Joe I February 5th, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    “Have Joba throw the first pitch 5 feet over his head”

    Why? Youkilis is also on Team USA. He’s the designated get a ball thrown at and act all tough but do nothing person.

  15. James February 5th, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    “Why? Youkilis is also on Team USA. He’s the designated get a ball thrown at and act all tough but do nothing person.”

    As a joke.
    Youk gets one thrown directly at him for playing so far over his head last year. Manny slapping youk and getting no counter was hilarious though, Jorge could “hold him back” from charging the mound with his pinkie.

  16. Zell February 5th, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    I want to call Mike Francesa on his show. Any help here on a phone number? Any type of age limit on the callers? haha. Let me know.

    Kevin

  17. Uncle Ellsworth February 5th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    Jeter should walked.
    Imagine the catasttphe of him being injured by his own pithcer.
    But that won’t happen

  18. joeman February 5th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    if he (Jones) was offered a million,he should have come back asking for a million and incentives along with the offer

  19. BD February 5th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    Print up those WS tickets! The Hardball Times has an articule today about a new projection system called Hit Tracker. What makes it different is the guy uses actual batted ball data to sort out which long fly balls were legitimate HRs/XBH and which were “cheap” (my term, not his) in that the weather or stadium kept it from being caught. (Likewise, it factors in the cases where a hitter gets robbed of a HR/XBH on account of weather or stadium configuration. It’s a facinating read.

    Anyway, here’s the guy’s 2009 projection for Teixeira as a Yankee: .420 OBP, .588 SLG, 1.008 OPS, 32 HRs.

    According to the author’s research, Fenway Park actually cost Manny something like 50 HRs over the years. He thinks Dodger Stadium is the perfect stadium for Manny’s swing.

  20. five iron from fenway February 5th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    I had the opportunity to meet Brian Cashman when we both were staying at the same ski resort this past weekend.
    He was very gracious with his time and very personable.
    Two things stood out from the conversation:
    1) He was quite please with the Texeira signing (being from Boston I assured him that “the Nation” then decided that Texeira wasn’t that good anyway and they didn’t want him in the first place)
    2) He made some comments with a gleam in his eye about some youngsters coming up from the minors in the next couple of years. We didn’t at all talk details or names, but I think he relishes the chance to develop from within.

  21. Matt February 5th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    Just a side question….. I am in a fantasy keeper league and since Yankee fans are the smartest fans in baseball i wanted to ask you guys for your opinion. Should I keep Lance Berkman 1b or Ryan Howard 1b?

  22. James February 5th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    Zell- it’s 718-937-6666, you will NEVER get through though…

  23. Uncle Ellsworth February 5th, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    Have Any recent Pictures of the Stadium been posted lately?

  24. SteveB February 5th, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    The Yankees have a couple of catching prospects that could be very interesting in a couple of years. AJ is coming, we’ll see how well he plays in Scranton this season. I wish they had another top outfielder though, and I worry about the SS position.

    They traded away Tabata to Pittsburgh last summer in the Nady/Marte deal, but he was floundering in the Yankees system. I watched him a number of times in Trenton, and he seemed lost. He did a whole lot better once he was away from the Yankees, but what can you do?

  25. Nick in SF February 5th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    from previous thread:

    Damon was far too depressed to learn the art of bunting. Please get off his back. Gardner has no excuse, except that Brian Cashman fired several grizzled bunting experts who he perceived as threats to his authority. Gardner is really a victime of Cashman’s insecurity, vanity, and hunger for all-consuming power. Cashman wants to be the Sauron of the NYY franchise and it is we the fans who must suffer the consequences.

  26. jay destro February 5th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Sam,

    Seems like you are getting to like this blogging adventure eh?

    Buzz Bissinger is coming to get you!

  27. Zell February 5th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    James- thanks. I tried it many times and the line is always busy. I know a lot of people call in, and some are first time callers…how are they getting through? Can somebody please explain how it works.

    thanks. Kevin

  28. Al from BK February 5th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    “I want to call Mike Francesa on his show. Any help here on a phone number? Any type of age limit on the callers? haha. Let me know.”

    Like James said you will never get through to Mike, you are better off calling Steve Sommers at night or Tony Paige they are easier to talk to. :)

  29. randy l February 5th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    ‘I had the opportunity to meet Brian Cashman when we both were staying at the same ski resort this past weekend.”

    great , just great; theo is pouring over computer printouts 24/7 to try to gain every advantage, and cashman is on a ski vacation .

    it doesn’t surprise me though that cashman likes skiing.
    he seems to like going downhill really fast.

  30. James February 5th, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    “grizzled bunting experts”

    nearly fell out of my chair, you know bunting has truly disappeared from the game when someone can be referred to as grizzled expert, I wonder if my old little league coach needs retirement work…

  31. Tom February 5th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Cashman should never have fired Gandalf the Grey.

  32. dave February 5th, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    You guys will all be thrilled to know that sheets may need surgery – IT IS NOT TJ SURGERY HOWEVER. hE may need to repair a tendon in his flexor muscle. oNCE again, I dont quite understand this. A tendon in one of his forearm flexor muscles was torn in september. Just now he is deciding on whether or not to have surgery to fix something that was injured in september? Why not repair it then and go to the fa market in january with a clean bill of health instead of waiting the entire off season to decide on surgery. NOTHING that comes up about sheets’ current state of health seems to make sense these days. From the ridiculous stories about his back and shoulder in early january to his own camp releasing much better records that somehow changed teams interest to contemplating surgery for an injury that occurred almost 6 months ago. It appears that he has completely destroyed any hope for himself of getting a decent deal this winter.

  33. Al from BK February 5th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    Zell- There is no age limit or anything like that I was calling the fan when I was 16. As long as you have something good to say they like hearing from you unless they are Mike Francesa.

  34. murphydog February 5th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    Uncle Ellsworth:

    slidingintohome.blogspot.com

    right column, under “Yankee Stadium”

  35. GreenBeret7 February 5th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    NYY has the perfect candidate to teach bunting and base running….if they can keep him away from the ponies…Mickey Rivers was one of the best bunters in the last 40 years.

  36. Uncle Ellsworth February 5th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    Thanks murphydog

  37. dave February 5th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Cashman was on vacation this weekend too? Didnt he go away last month as well? The off season is the time when GMs do their most work. I dont understand the whole GM vacay in february.

  38. Patrick February 5th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    randy that makes no sense. You really think that Theo takes no vacations?

  39. rodg12 February 5th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Matt -

    What are your scoring categories for hitters? Do you lose a draft pick or anything like that for keeping either one??

  40. Patrick February 5th, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    “The off season is the time when GMs do their most work”

    Not really.. what about roster decisions in March, the draft in June, trade deadline in July, International player signing, 25 to 40 man roster in september, etc etc

    Being the GM of a major league team is really a year round job. Who cares if Cashman takes a week off here and there in the offseason.

  41. pat February 5th, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    randy l

    That would have been a perfect post to use an emoticon! :roll:

  42. joeman February 5th, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    they got A Jones attention now go offer him a 1 year contract with incentives

  43. SteveB February 5th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    You gotta cut Cashman a little slack on the vacations. He’s been available 24/7/365 to the Steinbrenners since 1998, and let’s be honest there is a lot of pressure put on him. He does have a family too. All the GMs take some time off.

  44. James February 5th, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    Zell,
    My best guess is it’s simply checking a form of caller ID, picking up some regulars they recognize and then spreading it around picking out different area codes to represent the audience. I’ve tried a few times in the past but I don’t think I’ll ever bother trying again.
    What has he got you stirred up with?

  45. murphydog February 5th, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    Uncle Ellsworth:

    De nada.

    Look for the 3d images a very enthusiastic fan put together, mentioned over at slidingintohome. Incredible.

  46. Sully February 5th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    Does anyone really give a cr@p about the WBC?
    I mean really?

    The Japanese and Cuban teams will always do better because they aren’t filled with big leaguers going at half speed.

    Here’s the question for you Yankee fans.
    What would you rather see?

    - The USA win the WBC

    - The Yankees win an April game in Fenway Park on a Jeter home run off of Papelbon that silences the crowd

    Be honest

  47. Yankee Trader February 5th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    Ben Sheets is now considering to have the surgery on his flexor tendon, that he was putting off, hoping that rest would cure him, so that he could secure that big contract.

    What a shame. Apparently the Rangers were going to offer him a contract until their doctors examined him. This is such a pity, being a free agent. Do the Brewers have any obligation to help him with medical costs and rehab?

  48. Matt February 5th, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    rodg12 our hitting categories are runs HR RBI SB .AVG .OBP . We each get 5 keepers but you can get picks for the players you don’t keep.

  49. Uncle Ellsworth February 5th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Wow you guys are joking about Cash and the vacation right.
    I think he’s earned one this year. And I’m sure his cell and Balckberry never get turned off anyhow.

  50. murphydog February 5th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    “I dont understand the whole GM vacay in february.”

    For Cashman, the team is set, and it’s virtually the last chance before pitchers and catchers, and before you know it, it’s opening day at the new park and a long separation from family and friends – and sanity.

  51. randy l February 5th, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    “randy that makes no sense. You really think that Theo takes no vacations?”

    patrick-

    well, there was the whole year of 2006.

    ..and the time in the gorilla suit.

    i was just kidding, patrick. i agree that cashman should take vacations.
    as a matter of fact , he should take a really long vacation, like for 2-3 years :p

  52. Uncle Ellsworth February 5th, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    Do you think Sam Bordem is filling for Cashman too?

  53. GreenBeret7 February 5th, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    You people need to realize that his clown shows up once a week and talks about being with Cashman somewhere. He never says anything except to drop his name. He either has the hots for Cashman and is stalking him or he’s a full of BS troll. I’ll go with the latter.

  54. joeman February 5th, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    fantasy baseball….free site and a good one

    http://www.sportfanatics.net/SportFanatics.htm

  55. Yankee Trader February 5th, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Sully-
    “What would you rather see?

    – The USA win the WBC
    – The Yankees win an April game in Fenway Park on a Jeter home run off of Papelbon that silences the crowd

    Be honest”

    Rather see a knock down pitch to Gardner, who gets up, dusts himself off, and smacks a liner on the next pitch into the right field seats, knocking out an unruly Red Sox fan who was throwing beer on Nady earlier in the game!!

  56. randy l February 5th, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    hey pat what happened to my smiley face? :P

  57. randy l February 5th, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    that’s better.

  58. Uncle Ellsworth February 5th, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    BordeN – not an editorial comment on Sam

  59. rodg12 February 5th, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    Sully -

    The Yankees win an April game in Fenway Park on a Jeter home run off of Papelbon that silences the crowd. Although, I really would like to see the USA win. I wish there was a better time to play it. Maybe have the semis and finals during the ASB??

  60. Sully February 5th, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    From a previous thread

    Best War movies:

    I guess Duck Soup belongs at the top

    Also

    Saving Private Ryan
    Full Metal Jacket
    Lawrence of Arabia
    Bridge on the River Kwai
    Patton
    Apocalypse Now
    Letters from Iwo Jima
    Black Hawk Down (skip the first 1/2 hour. The rest is incredible)
    Paths of Glory (rent it and thank me later)
    Das Boot (again, rent it and thank me later)
    In Harm’s Way (underrated Otto Preminger film with John Wayne and Kirk Douglas)

    Also if you’ve never seen The Battle of Algiers, then please please PLEASE put it at the top of your Netflix list.

    It’s not really a war film but rather the story of a Muslim country that has a Western occupier and follows the covert and terrorist style of warfare they used to counter attack.

    It was made in the 1960s.
    It could have been made in 2006 it is so relevant.

    And the violence and fighting sequences are so real and harrowing that your hair will stand on end.

    Seriously, watch it. It blew me away.

  61. Brad Pitt's better-looking brother February 5th, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    GreenBeret7 February 5th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    NYY has the perfect candidate to teach bunting and base running….if they can keep him away from the ponies…Mickey Rivers was one of the best bunters in the last 40 years.

    - – - – - – - – - – - –

    Before that would work the Yankees would all have to take classes in an obscure language called “Mickeyrivers-ese.”

    Or maybe Mickey could do it by just “signing” with his bat.

  62. Joe from Long Island February 5th, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    1. Bob Costas will be interviewing Joe Torre on the MLB Network tonight, at 8 PM EST.

    2. Randy – Theo is probably trying to figure out who to pick up, now that Mark Kotsay is having back surgery and may start the year on the DL.

    3. Randy – when you were playing, did you ever play for the Yanks?

  63. Patrick February 5th, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    randy, I thought you were starting to warm up to Cashman. He did well this offseason I think…

  64. Sully February 5th, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Good answer Yankee trader.

    Trust me, there is a Red Sox fan version of that question
    I posted it on a Red Sox site.

    (writing the Dodgers home grown vs acquired post… holy cow do they have a ton of great catchers home grown and NONE acquired!!!!)

  65. trisha February 5th, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Sully, definitely the fenway game. The WBC holds no interest for me. I might watch the very last game or last few games, depending on who’s standing.

  66. rodg12 February 5th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Matt –

    It’s close, but I would go with Berkman. OBP replacing the standard Runs category favors Howard, but Berkman still has an advantage there and a HUGE advantage in AVG and he stole 18 bags last year, not sure he’ll have that many again but at least he’ll have a few where Howard will have none. You should be able to make up the difference in HR and RBI elsewhere.

  67. Sully February 5th, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    I’d rather be flipping around on TV and realize Close Encounters is on and watch the last 30 minutes of it again than see the USA win the WBC

  68. Ed - spring training can't start soon enough February 5th, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    Sully,

    Platoon was a awesome war movie as well.

  69. YankeeRay February 5th, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    Sheets hopes to return in July or August?
    I smell a Theo signing here.
    We should look into a Dotel like arrangement with less of an out for him.

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/

  70. Nick in SF February 5th, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    Everyone, me included, should get off randy’s back. It’s been a difficult off-season for him. Cashman has made move after crafty move, outfoxing his rivals and/or stepping in at the last second to take advantage of their failures. Giving Cashman grudging praise might have been eating away at randy until the Torre book hit the scene, rady fell off the wagon, and all the rage returned. Give him some space. Recovery is not easy.

  71. dave February 5th, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    yankeetrader,

    Yes I believe that the brewers are obligated to cover all financial costs of a surgery that sheets opts to participate in if the injury was incurred under the brewers contract which it was.

    Sheets is really just out of his mind to decide to take the entire off season to consider surgery and then, decide to do it in february. The injury was in september. What is he thinking? I dont think he will be signed at all this season if he has surgery in march on a torn tendon. He just lost out on signing a multimillion dollar contract and will probably have to hit the open market next season unless he can sign some pro-rated deal mid season.

  72. rodg12 February 5th, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    Matt –

    No way you can keep both?? Do you have a CI or U spot to keep the other in?? Who are your other keepers? What are your rosters? If you can absolutely only keep one…trade the other (in my case I’d trade Howard) and pick up another stud keeper at another position.

  73. Tom February 5th, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    I’d rather see the Yankees beat the sox over just about anything in sports.

  74. Uncle Ellsworth February 5th, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    Sully great list.

    Battle of Algiers is an awesome movie.

    I would add
    Stalag 17, the Great Escape, the Longest Day, A Bridge Too Far, Cross of Iron, Tora, Tora, Tora and Midway
    but now the list is too long

  75. Sully February 5th, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    Platoon was good
    I think Apocalypse Now and Full Metal Jacket was better

    But Platoon was an undeniably well made movie
    (So was Born of the 4th of July for that matter… like Oliver Stone’s politics or not, he’s a hell of a talented filmmaker)

  76. Tom February 5th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    I’d only watch the WBC if a team like Swaziland made the finals.

    That I’d watch.

  77. Sully February 5th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    I thought A Bridge Too Far was “A Cameo Too Many”

    Good call on The Longest Day. Great picture

  78. YankeeRay February 5th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    So Boras wasn’t put off by a deferred offer to his client that I won’t name. Interesting concept for any team looking for middle of the line up support that may be looking to win it all this year.
    Any ideas of a team that you can think of?

  79. pat February 5th, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    randy l

    I’ve learned, 1 little smiley face or wink is the difference between people laughing with you and laughing at you. :smile:

  80. GreenBeret7 February 5th, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    Now that Sheets has decided to have the surgery, it’s the perfect time to offer Sheets a base salary of $500,000 with incentives for this year and a team option for the next two years. Put him on the 60 day DL, pay the surgery and repair the forearm, look at the shoulder and wait. If they get him back in August/September, he could be added to an explosive bullpen.

  81. Matt February 5th, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    The Guys of keeper quality on my squad are
    C/3b- Russell Martin
    1b- Ryan Howard
    1b- Lance Berkman (last year it was great because he had OF elig for an ESPN League but he wont this year)
    2b/SS- Alexi Ramierez
    3b- Evan Longoria
    SP- CC Sabathia

    Of those guys I can Keep 5
    I do have a Util spot

  82. Brad Pitt's better-looking brother February 5th, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    All this talk about great war shows and nobody brings up the episode of Hogan’s Heroes where Sgt. Schultz gets sick from too much strudel???

  83. Yankee Trader February 5th, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    Dave-

    I’ve read further and it looks like the Brewers will be obligated. He could be signed sometime in June and the signing team would not have to give up a their 1st round from the draft.

    Question? If he sits out the entire year, do the Elias Rankings on him change, including the last two years, one of which is rehab. He would then not be a Type A or B FA.

  84. dave February 5th, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    Nick,
    Crafty move after crafty move? Seriously? I was the first one to jump to cashmans side when he traded for swisher and i praised cash for having the ability to get CC over to NY but he basically offered Tex and AJ the biggest offers and the most years… Those were not crafty moves. AJ’s deal probably can not even really be considered a solid move. I think cash did GREAT this off season but he was not brilliant in his acquisitions except the swisher trade.

    Guys, does anyone really think a GM works harder during the season then during the off season? I know he has the draft, the roster and the international FA signings to consider but there is no doubt, the busiest time for a MLB GM is the off season. I would think cash could get away at some point during the season, no? I just hope we are considering a few other free agents as potential bench options before cash calls it a day and settles in for the long haul.

  85. Tom February 5th, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    How I Won the War?

  86. trisha February 5th, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    For the record – I love love love love love love love love love Brian Cashman. I would marry Brian Cashman if he weren’t married and if he would have me. He has a lot of things I value in a person, above all extremely high personal integrity. I also think his trade for Jose Molina was one of the best trades ever.

    So some trades don’t work out, boo hoo. You know, he can only do what he can do in terms of scouting reports he gets. After that it’s up to the player to perform and you know, the manager to manage.

    YAY BRAIN CASHMAN!!! AND DOUBLE YAY JOE GIRARDI!!!

  87. Uncle Ellsworth February 5th, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Cameo too many – good one

    Guns of Navarone
    Gallipoli
    And on the lighter side
    Kelly’s Heros
    and
    What did you do in the War Daddy?

    Tomorrow Westerns?

  88. randy l February 5th, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    ” Randy – when you were playing, did you ever play for the Yanks?”

    joe in long island-
    i was a bullpen catcher , not a player. totally different. i did have the good fortune to have clete boyer as a manager for two seasons with tony cloninger the pitching coach. they were both coaches in the yankee system at the time. nettles was on the team also.

    i’ve said this before that the only one lower on a team than the bullpen catcher is the kid who picks up socks on the floor in the clubhouse, but if you love baseball it’s a great way to learn about the game literally from the ground up.

  89. Clay Buchholz Loves Laptops February 5th, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    I’m thinking of starting up my blog again. If I do, Sam Borden has the inside track for substitute columnist.

  90. Ham Fighters February 5th, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    dave, get off the cashman vacay, you just look silly.

  91. James February 5th, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    Going back to bunting for a second…
    What is the deal? Half the players hold the bat wrong so that they’re either in danger of breaking fingers or have their prominent hand not far enough up the barrel to have good bat control. The other half take little hacks at the ball vs letting the bat “catch” and deaden the ball.
    When was this lost to little league 101?

    And
    why doesn’t every level of yankee minor league baseball make the first 4 pitches of batting practice be mandatory bunts for Everyone?? problem solved

  92. Doreen February 5th, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    pat -

    And then there’s me, who is so worried that people won’t take me the wrong way that I use exclamation points and smiley faces waaaaaay too much, I think! :oops: :) :lol:

  93. Yankee Trader February 5th, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    Am attaching the same site I did last night in response to GB7′s question, concerning best war movies. There are many on this list, that you probably forgot about, like “Bridge over the River Kwai.”

    http://www.franksreelreviews.c.....antwar.htm

  94. YankeeRay February 5th, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    Good point by last caller on Francessa. When everyone in Boston is chanting Afraud, we will have Torre to thank for that.
    That alone makes me upset about Torre writing this book at this time.
    I hope Arod takes #6 as a payback.

  95. Laura - Welcome back, Andy!! February 5th, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    “Now that Sheets has decided to have the surgery, it’s the perfect time to offer Sheets a base salary of $500,000 with incentives for this year and a team option for the next two years.”

    Why do we need Sheets? Our rotation is full and we’ve got Hughes et all waiting in the wings. I don’t see what we gain by adding a newly operated on Sheets into the mix.

  96. GrouchoNYY February 5th, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    hail,hail, Fredonia!

  97. GreenBeret7 February 5th, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    “Platoon” may have been good entertainment, but, like Rambo and “Apocolypse Now”, just too much fantsay and in no way rooted in reality.

  98. Zell February 5th, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    James- He doesn’t really have me stirred up with anything. I’m just a big fan of the show and I wanted to talk. I wanted to talk about why the Rangers haven’t retired Jean Ratelle & Brad Park’s numbers, and I wanted to give my opinion on Joe Torre’s book.

    I actually like Mike Francesa. Most of the people who call up..and the ones he yells at make stupid comments. If you want to talk to him you have to bring up good points.

    I’ve been listening to him for the past 8 years and I haven’t called once. Maybe I’ll get through one day.

    Kevin

  99. YankeeRay February 5th, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    trisha
    February 5th, 2009 at 4:52 pm
    For the record – I love love love love love love love love love Brian Cashman. I would marry Brian Cashman if he weren’t married and if he would have me.

    ——

    How dare you

  100. dave February 5th, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    GB7,

    FANTASTIC IDEA! This is exactly why cash’s off season is not over – anything can come up at any time.

    Yankee trader,
    I was almost positive that the brewers are obligated but i did not know about the loss of a pick – that sucks for them. As to when sheets will be ready to return to baseball really depends on when he has the surgery and numerous other variables – it is impossible to predict that he will be ready to return by A specific time . What does it matter what type of free agent he is if the brewers no longer get the draft pick?? Is it even relevant any more?

  101. rodg12 February 5th, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    Matt -

    There’s no doubt then that I’d go with:

    Berkman
    Howard
    Sabathia
    Longoria
    Martin

    Ramirez is too big a killer in OBP for my tastes. Hope that helps.

  102. Yankee Trader February 5th, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    Randy-

    “I’ve said this before that the only one lower on a team than the bullpen catcher is the kid who picks up socks on the floor in the clubhouse, but if you love baseball it’s a great way to learn about the game literally from the ground up.”

    That’s absolutely not true!! It’s the kid who has to run out and get A-Rod coffee!! Will read the Torre book when it comes to my local library.

  103. YankeeRay February 5th, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    Laura – Welcome back, Andy!!
    February 5th, 2009 at 4:55 pm
    “Now that Sheets has decided to have the surgery, it’s the perfect time to offer Sheets a base salary of $500,000 with incentives for this year and a team option for the next two years.”

    Why do we need Sheets? Our rotation is full and we’ve got Hughes et all waiting in the wings. I don’t see what we gain by adding a newly operated on Sheets into the mix.

    —–
    1- To keep him away from Rays,Boston,Balt
    2- If Joba does’t play out as a starter then he takes that spot and Hughes replaces Pettitte next year

    Those 2 reasons are worth a short term flier

  104. Lambchop Louie February 5th, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    Yea Trish, Cashman just never seems to get his due. Take solace in knowing that a “Wonder Boy” Epstein he’s not. Cashman is who he is and that’s good enough.

  105. dave February 5th, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    Ham,

    Im not really being serious… Just having some fun.

    Tricia,

    How old are you?

  106. dave February 5th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    yankeeray,

    Because he would be an absolute steal for one. And for another reason, how about because you can never have too much pitching. Especially too much pitching that is being payed league minimum and has the arm of an ace.

  107. SteveB February 5th, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    Hey Trish, if I wear a Cashman mask……..

  108. Ham Fighters February 5th, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    matt, im with rodg. alexei is nice but berkman, howard, sabathia, longoria and martin are too good to let go. nice to get great stats out of 2B but u cant keep him and let berkman go imo.

  109. dave February 5th, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    Sorry yankeeray,

    That was supposed to be addressed to whoever you were responding to.

  110. Uncle Ellsworth February 5th, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    Tigerland was a good “Vietnam Film” although it is set in the States. Colin Farrell is it it (that’s not why it is good)

    While on the subject of movies/films whatever
    I think i’ve seen every decent film out there.
    Can anyone suggest something good, really bad (I like those too) or just plain interesting. I like all genres.

    GB7 if you don’t mind, what is your pick for a Vietnam movie(s)?
    Thanks

  111. pat February 5th, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    Doreen

    Me too.

    I tend to be sarcastic and it’s hard to convey that in print. I never used emoticons but after being called an idiot a few times, I learned.

  112. YankeeRay February 5th, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    dave
    February 5th, 2009 at 5:01 pm
    yankeeray,

    Because he would be an absolute steal for one. And for another reason, how about because you can never have too much pitching. Especially too much pitching that is being payed league minimum and has the arm of an ace.

    ——

    Dave, read my post, I agreed. I was responding to Lauras post

  113. Nick in SF February 5th, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    dave, *not* signing certain players also counts as a move. For example, when some fans were clamoring for that train wreck Ben Sheets, Cashman had the brains to stay away. ;)

  114. YankeeRay February 5th, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    dave
    February 5th, 2009 at 5:02 pm
    Sorry yankeeray,

    That was supposed to be addressed to whoever you were responding to.

    —-
    Dave, your point with my 2 make it a no brainer.

  115. Doreen February 5th, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    pat -

    I also think if you’re being critical of a person’s post, with the emoticon they kind of get that you’re not attacking them personally, just disagreeing with their opinion.

  116. GreenBeret7 February 5th, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    Laura, signing Sheets to a low cost deal with an option is a deal that got NYY into the 2004 post season. It’s basically the same deal the gave Jon Lieber, who was probably the best pitcher in the rotation that year. NYY had nobody else to pick up those wins and innings. It was a gamble that paid off.

  117. James February 5th, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    Some of my favorite war movies, are actually prisoner of war/escape movies and may not have been mentioned yet:

    The Great Escape
    Empire of the sun
    Stalag 17
    Papillon

    the name of one of my favorites is escaping me right now

  118. trisha February 5th, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    continued…

    and I would definitely fly into the arms of Cashman were it not for YankeeRay.

    :D

    And if YankeeRay were ever to dump me, I would hope that Steve B would be right there to pick me up!

    So there, Brian Cashman. Take that!

    :lol:

  119. dave February 5th, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    yankeeray,

    yea my bad. I realized that right after i sent out the response. Well, that post is to laura then. I agree with you.

    Nick,

    I think a physicial prior to the actual contract going into play would have revealed that sheets needs surgery. And I just wanted the yanks to sign another pitcher and they did – his name is andy pettitte. I actually wanted pettitte over sheets but was not sure if it would happen because the two seemed so far apart in terms of actual numbers. Either way, i think the yanks should still sign sheets for league minimum. The guy is worth the flyer. i JUST think we could never have too many lights out arms around the team.

  120. Mark in Tampa February 5th, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    Although technically a mini-series and not a movie, Band of Brothers is without question, in my mind, the finest war movie ever made. Blackhawk Down strikes a personal chord, and was excellent as well. We Were Soldiers is up there as one of the best, very true to the book by Hal Moore.

  121. Uncle Ellsworth February 5th, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    James who is it? what is it about?
    Empire of the Sun was great so was Papillion

  122. YankeeRay February 5th, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    James
    February 5th, 2009 at 5:06 pm
    Some of my favorite war movies, are actually prisoner of war/escape movies and may not have been mentioned yet:

    The Great Escape
    —–

    Top 2 all time movie for me James. Hows West Side Story as the other? Loved Natalie Wood
    What do you think about that Trish?

  123. randy l February 5th, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    “For the record – I love love love love love love love love love Brian Cashman. I would marry Brian Cashman if he weren’t married and if he would have me.”

    wow, think of the kids you two would have :P

    one downside from your point of view is cash studying computer printouts while figuring out to make kids :twisted:

  124. Doreen February 5th, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    I think I saw Platoon and Saving Private Ryan. Not much of a war movie person. But then, I guess no one is surprised by that, right?

    Cold Mountain was a Civil War film with a romantic back story. That I liked.

  125. Joe from Long Island February 5th, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    Randy – thanks. Although you were on the low rung of the ladder, think of how many of us would have given (almost) everything we have to be that low rung.

    If we ever have a blog get-together, maybe Pete can arrange for Cash to be there (I hear he reads the blog). Just think of the dialogue you can have with him. I’d drive up from the Island all the way to Westchester and points north to see that.

  126. Nick in SF February 5th, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    dave: Cashman schooled the competition. End of story.

  127. Doreen February 5th, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    Or was it a romance movie with a Civil War back story? Oh, well, either way….

  128. Tom February 5th, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    Are we stll talking about Ben Sheets?

    Sweet Jesus.

  129. Mark in Tampa February 5th, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    Victory, with Stallone, Pele, and Michael Caine; is a fun but not very realistic escape movie.

    Battle of the Bulge with Henry Fonda and Telly Savalas was one of my favorites as a kid, but the inaccuracies make it almost laughable to watch now.

  130. dave February 5th, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    OK cash schooled the competition but i like a GM for the seemingly insignificant but probably extremely smart moves that help the team win. Of course, I am happy that cash is throwing all this money at players but that is why I love the yankee ownership. Cashman gained my respect for trades like swisher and signings like CC in which he had to use his influence to persuade the big lefty to come to the bronx. That is what makes a GM great.

  131. SteveB February 5th, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    I’m there for you, Trish!

    But I am SteveB (without a space), not Steve B (with a space)

    There is someone else who posts here with a similar name.

  132. Uncle Ellsworth February 5th, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    The Man who would be King –
    Breaker Morant

  133. Tom February 5th, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    Well, Nick, it seem you’ve been right all winter:

    “Noted sports surgeon James Andrews will likely perform the surgery”

    http://www.fannation.com/si_bl.....osts/47664

  134. Tom February 5th, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    Braveheart?

  135. dave February 5th, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    Sheets is definitely opting for the surgery and hopes to return to baseball by midseason. Yet, he has no contract and will struggle to find any offer whatsoever at this point. So he has two options – sign now for little or after the surgery for maybe more or maybe he won’t get a contract at all. The yanks should definitely make him an offer.

  136. Ed - spring training can't start soon enough February 5th, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    Rambo?

  137. randy l February 5th, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    “If we ever have a blog get-together, maybe Pete can arrange for Cash to be there (I hear he reads the blog). Just think of the dialogue you can have with him. I’d drive up from the Island all the way to Westchester and points north to see that.”

    cashman would only agree if they put me in a Hannibal Lecter cage first :mad

  138. dave February 5th, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    It is NOT TJ surgery – make no mistake about that. I am pretty sure that sheets will be able to come back no later than mid season.

  139. randy l February 5th, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    “If we ever have a blog get-together, maybe Pete can arrange for Cash to be there (I hear he reads the blog). Just think of the dialogue you can have with him. I’d drive up from the Island all the way to Westchester and points north to see that.”
    cashman would only agree if they put me in a Hannibal Lecter cage first :mad:

  140. pat February 5th, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    Jays pick up Pirates DFA TJ Beam and add him to 40 man roster.

  141. Ham Fighters February 5th, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    it makes no sense for sheets to sign for $500,000 plus incentives, unless the incentives are pretty lavish. if he has the surgery and can pitch by july or august, he is an FA in the pennant race and will get a huge contract.

    he’s only risking a half a million to take a shot at cashing in big time. if he really expects to be healthy enough to pitch by midsummer, its to his advantage to remain an FA.

    besides, dont you think teams have already talked about low guarantee/big incentive contracts with him this winter? the reason he is going to have the surgery now is b/c he didnt want that kind of a deal in the first place.

  142. murphydog February 5th, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    Best war movie? How about very realistic?

    A long time ago I worked with a detective (who was USMC, ret.) on a pretty complicated trial and we got to know each other a little in the process. After the judge sent the jury out to deliberate, the detective and I sat in my office having one of those free-form conversations that covered everything from sports to how to cure cancer. During that conversation he talked a little about the Marine Corps and Vietnam, and how he knew almost immediately that some guys would be OK and some wouldn’t make it. Anyway, he mentioned that Hamburger Hill was pretty realistic to his Vietnam experience. The jury came back just after dinner and convicted the defendant and, in the finest tradition, drinks and dinner were on the detective, in appreciation of all the overtime I got him.

  143. m February 5th, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    Nick,

    Be nice to dave. He’s having a tough day.

  144. dave February 5th, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    Cash reads this blog?? Oh, Im sure he loves some of us.

  145. trisha February 5th, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    “Top 2 all time movie for me James. Hows West Side Story as the other? Loved Natalie Wood
    What do you think about that Trish”

    :D

    You little heartbreaker you. And anyway the rest of my original post seemed to get cut off. Didn’t you see the continuation?

    (SteveB – you might have to be there for me sooner than you think!)

  146. James February 5th, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    Unlce Ellsworth,
    It’s not a POW movie, but it’s about squadron of french fighter pilots in WW1 before the US joined. A US pilot joins up early and isn’t accepted as an equal amongst the other aristocratic pilots, becomes a battle between himself, the enemy (the red barron/or the like, i think) and his rival/friends/fellow pilots… The name makes reference to a elite medal given to the pilots…

    The Deer Hunter probably doesnt qualify but it’s another great movie with the setup coming from war.

    Anything with Paul Newman was 5 stars too!

  147. Tom February 5th, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    Dave:

    “Free-agent pitcher Ben Sheets is considering elbow surgery that would probably keep him out for most, if not all, of the 2009 season, according to a major league source familiar with Sheets’ medical prognosis”

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....BHeadlines

  148. GreenBeret7 February 5th, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    Uncle Ellie….For pure entertainment value, “The Green Berets” (go figure). Somewhat bad acting and horrible photography and editing, but, much was fairly factual. Other than “Born On The 4th Of July”, there really hasn’t been anything good on the Vietnam War, and “Born On The 4th Of July” wasn’t really a war picture, but, it was at least historically correct on Ron Kovic.

    In that vain, my favorite was “When Hell Was In Session”, surprisingly, a made for TV movie with Hal Holbrook and Eva Marie Saint. Another one was a made for TV with Carol Burnett and Ned Beatty called “Friendly Fire”.

  149. Ham Fighters February 5th, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    joe from LI
    we had a get together last summer in scranton.

  150. Nick in SF February 5th, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    Tom, Homer Simpson said it best: It’s funny ‘cos it’s true.

  151. randy l February 5th, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    one different war movie was “The Wild Bunch”

  152. trisha February 5th, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    Okay, now that all is sweet and well in Yankeeland and DT is off getting his awesome parody published, I think I will head to the market. All that breakfast and lunch menu talk finally made me hungry!

    Oh yeah, I do feel bad for Giambi. The snake (charmer) lulled him into believing he liked him and had his back.

    Sokay Jason. Stand in line because he trashed quite a few of you good guys.

  153. m February 5th, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    pat,

    I wonder if more Jays fans will show up if they think Rowand Atkins is on the team?

    And whoever said the Jays were being cheap the other day probably doesn’t understand that the Canadian economy is being hit very hard. Much worse than the states and the Canadian dollar just isn’t what it was.

  154. YankeeRay February 5th, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    trisha
    February 5th, 2009 at 5:21 pm
    “Top 2 all time movie for me James. Hows West Side Story as the other? Loved Natalie Wood
    What do you think about that Trish”

    You little heartbreaker you. And anyway the rest of my original post seemed to get cut off. Didn’t you see the continuation?

    ——

    Yeah, Steves out, I’m not dumping you

  155. Mark in Tampa February 5th, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    Green Beret 7,

    You didn’t like We Were Soldiers?

  156. dave February 5th, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    Ham,

    i THINK he is having the surgery so late in the off season because he realized that he could not sign a deal and then, opt to have surgery because the rangers already knew he would need it. I dont think he could get a huge contract in july because he is just too big of a risk coming right out of surgery THAT late in the season. And sheets runs the risk of having zero income for the entire year if he doesnt sign now. He does not know exactly when he will be ready to come back if at all this season – nothing is a guarantee and there could be many variables at play here.

    If he signs a low contract now with decent incentives if he actually plays, he will have the peace of mind that he at least has some income this season and that if he is ready to come back, he already has a deal in place. I think he would be willing to sign a deal now with the intention of returning later this season.

  157. YankeeRay February 5th, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    My new campaign is:

    “Arod for #6 in 2009″

  158. saucY February 5th, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    not sure if this’s been posted yet, but there’s a Jeter interview over at yahoo’s big league stew blog…

    http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/bl.....mlb,139252

  159. Ham Fighters February 5th, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    i never said the jays were cheap, i said they have already pretty much conceded that they wont compete this year and have dropped thier payroll by $15M. this is accurate no matter what the canadien economy is doing.

    i also suggested that they should cut ticket prices b/c they admit they are not really fielding a competitive team. this might well result in incresed revenue b/c more people could afford to go and its a more honest price to pay.

  160. dave February 5th, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    Tom,

    So wouldnt he take a league minimum offer with incentives if he may not come back this season?

    This article says he could be back by midseason

    http://www.fannation.com/si_bl.....osts/47664

  161. RSM February 5th, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    Joe I:

    “Why? Youkilis is also on Team USA. He’s the designated get a ball thrown at and act all tough but do nothing person.”

    Youk took that job over from the retiring Mike Piazza.

  162. Doreen February 5th, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    dave -

    Not to burst your bubble, but Kevin Kennedy was talking about this on his radio show and he saying 12-18 months with rehab.

  163. James February 5th, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    Uncle Ellsworth, thanks to netflix I found it… I didnt really nail the description, they were german pilots, it’s called- The Blue Max

    Von Ryan’s Express with Sinatra was pretty damned good too and fits as an escape/POW movie

  164. Joe from Long Island February 5th, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    I couldn’t make the Scranton get-together. I was really disapointed, but sometimes work gets in the way of life.

    Randy – a cage fight with you and Cash…it boggles the mind.

    Dave – re: your projections of Ben Sheets comeback – This is based on your personally reviewing his medical reports, MRI scans, and your first-hand knowledge of sports/orthopedic surgery, right?

  165. randy l February 5th, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    “Cash reads this blog?”

    ” Cash goes on skiing vacation.”

    ” cashman goes to connecticut to declare winter season won and hand out rings”

    no friggin wonder why gardner can’t bunt.

    cashman needs to stick to the knitting :!:

  166. Uncle Ellsworth February 5th, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    James That’s Grand Illusion- good one.

  167. gmen21 February 5th, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    uncle ellsworth,

    http://slidingintohome.blogspo.....pdate.html

  168. dave February 5th, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    I believe it is the uncertainty on sheets part of whether or not he will even be able to return this season that could drive him to signing a deal right now for league minimum with a ton of incentives if he actually played.

  169. GreenBeret7 February 5th, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    Mark, not especially. Hokun based on facts.

    This isn’t a war picture, but, a great documentary with some great footage and gives a great insight into the thinking of guys in in combat and the (God Bless “em), the nurses that fixed them up. Those women were incredible…definately “Angels In White”. The documentary is “Dear America…Letters Home From Vietnam”. They had the same thoughts and view of every guy in every war.

  170. dave February 5th, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    Joe –

    Your hillarious. I am just repeating what I am reading in articles. Most are saying that sheets and his doctors are expecting a midseason/all star break return time. This is not nearly as extensive a surgery as TJ.

  171. Ham Fighters February 5th, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    dave, i just dont think making $500,000 is enough incentive for sheets to give up the chance to get big bucks in july. and believe me, if he has the surgery, goes through the rehab, is throwing well off the mound and his medicals look sound in july, he will get huge bucks for less than half a season.

    the half mil he would be guaranteed isnt enough (to a guy whos already a multimillionaire) to make him want to give up the shot at the big midseason contract.

    if he grabs for a $500K contract, it would make me think he doesnt think he’ll pitch at all this year.

  172. James February 5th, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    Uncle Ells, I think I’ve managed to mix the storyline of the two movies into one in my head lol, havent seen either in quite a while. whoops

  173. Ham Fighters February 5th, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    “the train” with burt lancaster. great resistance movie.
    pretty much anything with burt cant be bad.

  174. pat February 5th, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    m

    I’m not familiar with who Mr. Atkins is but I would sell more tickets than Beam.

    I refuse to wear the ugly light blue uniforms though so we’ll never know for sure.

  175. GreenBeret7 February 5th, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    James, “The Blue Max” with George Peppard, James Mason and Ursala Andress is a great movie.

  176. m February 5th, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    Starts off slowly and picks up. Can’t believe what Scottie named his kids. What’s he thinking giving them 2 syllable names?

    http://bats.blogs.nytimes.com/.....m-yankees/

    The ones on Tony Clark and Mike Myers are good.

  177. Uncle Ellsworth February 5th, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    GB7 I’ve see the Green Beret a hundred times. The Duke, Jim Hutton? Sulu? the fugitive? Great Movie.

    I remember Friendly Fire too I’ll Look up When Hell was in Session

    James I didn’t read you description all the way through -
    Blue Max was a 4:30 Movie staple.

    Check out Grand Illusion

  178. dave February 5th, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    Ham,

    You make a sound argument. I do agree that if he reached for the 500, it may appear that he does not think he will return. He probably will wait it out and sign midseason upon his return. I think its a gamble for him because he doesnt know what teams will offer him coming right out of rehab into a playoff race or something of that nature but im sure it is more worthwhile to him to wait it out rather than add 500 grand to his bank account. i THINK if the incentives were high enough, he may take it but its very unlikely. Its nice to know that a pitcher of sheets caliber could be available midseason if we need an arm to boost the rotation however no? Im glad this happened because if nothing else, it gives us another option to go after if we run into trouble.

  179. m February 5th, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    Well, it would’ve helped if I gave you his proper name:

    http://www.clown-ministry.com/.....te-set.jpg

  180. Uncle Ellsworth February 5th, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    Thanks Gmen

  181. Ham Fighters February 5th, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    well, sheets being available in midseason is surely a double edged sword. firstly, you’d certainly hope we dont need him, but then if the socks or tigers or tampa need him, he’s available to them too.

    then there’s the reason i brought up the state of the jay’s yesterday, roy halladay. if the jays really flounder out of the box, he might be available too. that is 2 complete difference-makers who could be on the market in midsummer. (along with peavy and others)

  182. randy l February 5th, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    hey nick in sf-

    i just went to barnes and noble and bought the The Yankee Years.

    no matter where i press on it i can’t get any audio.

    how do these things work?

  183. GreenBeret7 February 5th, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    Uncle Ellie, here is a link to the movie.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080127/

    It’s a great true story about Jeremiah Denton’s 8 years in a North Vietnamese POW camp. The book is even better.

  184. James February 5th, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    Uncle Ellsworth, did the great illusion have a Lion being kept as the squadrons mascot?

  185. Uncle Ellsworth February 5th, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    Ham fighters (or anyone)Trivia Question:
    Name the Baseball Movie that Burt Lancaster was NOT in but without whom it would NEVER have been possible.

  186. Ham Fighters February 5th, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    hey i didnt get the answer to your burt lancaster question, but it reminded me of another great war movie with burt, “run silent, run deep”

  187. dave February 5th, 2009 at 5:51 pm

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    GB7 I’ll put it at the top of my netflix
    Have you seen Little Dieter Needs to fly or Rescue Dawn?

    James I don’t recall – http://akas.imdb.com/title/tt0028950/
    But here is the link

    Also The Young Lions with Brando was a good one

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    Uncle E,

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    “Randy – what do you like to drink? Reading your posts makes me ask.”
    joe from long island-

    i hesitate to ask why :)

    well, it’s not the cashman cool-aid .

    … but lately for some reason , a lot of green tea .

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    Mark in Tampa Gets a Cigar
    Bill Lancaster (Burt’s son) wrote the Bad News Bears

    When Hell was in session is not at Netflix but I think I remember it does he do morse code by blinking??

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    nick in sf-

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    I never knew green tea was so potent. I wonder if Torre had some before his sessions with Verduci. Wonder if he imbibed before his interview session with Costas. I guess we’ll see later tonight.

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    Ellie, I’ve got a copy of the movie when it showed on TV. It’s almost never on and for whatever reason, the compant refuses to release it.

    Here’s a small biography of Jeremiah Denton. Amazing that in 2004, the California State Senate refused to allow him to be honored and give a 10 minute speach….on the 4th of July. This guy was a US senator from Alabama.

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    GB7 To Hell and Back was a Good one
    (Seargent York too)
    Little Dieter and Rescue Dawn are the same story but one is a Doc and one is a drama. Werner Herzog directed Both

    http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0145046/

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    Can the Lord of the Rings be classified as a war movie?

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    Cash supposedly compared gardner’s potential next year to a guy like juan pierre.

    Pierre’s line last year: 283 avg 327 obp 40 for 52 stolen bases in 375 at bats

    I can definitely see that comparison – if gardner gives us that kind of production next year, i think we will all be pleasantly suprised. That is tremendous production out of the ninth spot and even if posada doesn’t stay healthy all season, that is pretty decent stuff out of the eighth spot. I hope gardner comes around because if he does, those are the kinds of numbers he will put up.

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    pat m

    it’s the River Kwai .

    the T isn’t even that close to the K on the keyboard.

    one of these days you are going to get the wrong wrod ( that was my real first attempt) mixed up and be in really big trouble with the pc police. lol

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    He still has primo stuff, but, his body just can’t hold up, and when it does, there are long term consequences, like being out half of the next year.

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    I hate to use the guy for comparison, but he is a small guy, yet, is still able to get around pitches. He uses his lower body for most of his power, which would be great for a guy like Gardner. Same type of build.

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    If he was good enough to be a setup man, wouldn’t have done that in the first place?

  214. GreenBeret7 February 5th, 2009 at 6:23 pm

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

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    ” it’s just that sometimes you give very well thought-out critiques of Cashman that make me think…And other times it seems like the bile is very freely flowing.”

    joe from long island-

    pat has saved me from being misunderstood by empowering me with emoticons :D

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    Uncle Ellsworth
    February 5th, 2009 at 6:21 pm
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    Sounds a lot like McCain

    ————————————————————

    Yeah….pretty close to the McCain story. I’m trying to download that movie on my computer and if I can, maybe I can get it to you over the internet. I need to find a program at allows converstion to an AVI format.

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    I know this is a reach, but when he tries to punch it through the left side, I picture Gwynn. To me that would be a better role model. But your right about thier build.

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    February 5th, 2009 at 6:27 pm
    ” it’s just that sometimes you give very well thought-out critiques of Cashman that make me think…And other times it seems like the bile is very freely flowing.”

    joe from long island-

    pat has saved me from being misunderstood by empowering me with emoticons

    ————————————————————

    I’m shocked that your computer doesn’t restrict you to only a scowl and frown.

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