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Meet the press day for Girardi

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Feb 12, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Joe Girardi is here in Tampa and will meet with the media this afternoon. We’re not quite sure of the time as there will be a staff meeting first.

For now the plan is to head over to the morning workout at the minor-league complex and see what is going on over there. I’ll be back later with some more primo iPhone photos.

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In case you were wondering — and you probably were not — the Yankees have a little name game going in camp.

As you know, they signed Mark Teixeira to play first base.

They also have RHP Kanekoa Texeira, who came over with Nick Swisher from the White Sox.

Mark has an extra letter “i” in his name. Kankoa does not. Back where I come from, we had a whole lot of Portuguese folks and they pronounced that name TEX-era. Mark pronounces it Tuh-SHARE-uh. I have no idea how Kanekoa pronounces it. He’s from Hawaii.

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33 Responses to “Meet the press day for Girardi”

  1. Doreen February 12th, 2009 at 9:13 am

    Pete, if only the correct pronunciation of names was the biggest problem on the Yankees! :lol:

    I hope Girardi “does well” (whatever that means!) in his press conference today.

  2. jay destro February 12th, 2009 at 9:13 am

    pete, steal me a media guide!

  3. JoeyA February 12th, 2009 at 9:14 am

    Who do you think the Yankees will give the shot to in RF, Pete?

    Is it going to be a pure 50/50 platoon, or is either Nick Swisher or Xavier Nady going to get a chance to prove they can start every day?

    Granted there will be days Damon or Matsui need some rest, but I would imagine Damon will see a large number of games in LF.

    I, personally, would like to see Swisher get as many at-bats as possible. I think he brings more to the team than Nady.

  4. Thomas Robust February 12th, 2009 at 9:15 am

    Well that confusion might take a year or two (unless K-Tex shows the same numbers as last year) until they both will be in the big leagues together, but that’s the least of problems. Mark Teixeira will stay Tex and K. Texeira can be KoTex or something like that. If everything works right M. Teixeira is expected to have one of his best years, if everything works out of course. Here’s to putting him in the #3 slot, it makes the most sense. (added by Mobile using Mippin)

  5. JoeyA February 12th, 2009 at 9:16 am

    Girardi:

    “I don’t know how Posada is doing. We havn’t discussed anything.”

    “I can’t comment on Wang until I get more information.”

  6. Jim PA February 12th, 2009 at 9:17 am

    You say tomato, I say tomato…hmm, it doesn’t sound as good when you read it.

  7. Rob NY February 12th, 2009 at 9:25 am

    doreen– I’ve fought a parking ticket and won. I had no business fighting it (i was guilty) but figured it couldn’t hurt. The ‘judge’ lowered my ticket to a nominal amount I paid it and away I went. You may be able to get the judge to do something similar for you if you have a good enough line.

    I hope Joe gets off on the right foot and can handle the media a little better this year. I think he’s the man for the job. For the most part i thought his in game management was good last year. Now all he has to do is not lie to the media.

  8. Thomas Robust February 12th, 2009 at 9:26 am

    About Swisher and Nady it would serve the Yankees best to trade Nady not that Swisher or Nady will have a problem of producing for the Yankees but if they’re both on the team it’ll be hard to find enough at bats for each. Unless somebody gets injured (let’s hope that doesn’t happen) there is no reasonable reason to leave both on the team with none or one of them playing as much as he/they should. I’m not saying trade Nady for nothing or less than what he’s worth, if anything trade him for more if possible and don’t trade Swisher. The Yankees want to trade Nady they don’t have to trade Nady, if there’s a decent package in return jump for it. Nady shouldn’t be a bench player or a platoon player and neither should Swisher. (added by Mobile using Mippin)

  9. Blake February 12th, 2009 at 9:26 am

    I read an article suggesting that the free agents won’t know how to deal with the Arod scandal and it will be a big bad welcome to NY and NY media. I couldn’t disagree more. The happiest guys on the block have to be the new Yankees – there is no pressure anymore – the spotlight is on Arod. That is a great teammate!

  10. 86w183 February 12th, 2009 at 9:27 am

    Ko-Tex? That’s rich!

    It makes no sense to move Nady or Swisher until they know exactly what they have in Matsui, Gardner and Cabrera. If Matsui shows he can play an ocassional LF, if Gardner shows he can hit the ball on the ground more consistently, if Melky shows some plate discipline and doesn’t look overmatched as a RH hitter THEN you might move someone… but not until then.

  11. Doreen February 12th, 2009 at 9:28 am

    Thanks, Rob NY. It’s about where I am – I did what they said, so it’s a matter of presentation, if I decide to fight it. Shoot.

  12. GreenBeret7 February 12th, 2009 at 9:34 am

    Doreen
    February 12th, 2009 at 9:05 am
    Off-topic:

    Has anyone ever tried to fight a traffic ticket in municipal court? Were you successful? (Improper passing local road 4 points)

    ————————————————————

    Just tell the judge that you were being chased by some crazy stalker woman from a sports publication, wanting to know what you knew about a ball player’s steroid use.

  13. jennifer February 12th, 2009 at 9:37 am

    I got a parking ticket for overtime parking when I fed the meter for 5 hours (got the ticket after one hour of being parked). Well I fought it, they checked the meter and determined that it was in proper working order (yeah right). I ended up just paying it cause I couldn’t be bothered leaving work early to go to court fight it and possibly lose. I know that is what they count on, people who can’t be bothered. It was only 19 bucks, but it still ticks me off.

  14. Sean Serritella February 12th, 2009 at 9:37 am

    Yes, you have to wait to see how the spring unfolds before you decide to move players.

  15. Thomas Robust February 12th, 2009 at 9:39 am

    I never got to post my 1 through 9 lineup so here goes. 1. LF Damon Johnny 2. SS Jeter Derek 3. 1B Teixeira Mark 4. 3B Rodriguez Alex 5. DH Matsui Hideki 6/7*. C Posada Jorge, 2B Cano Robinson 8. RF Swisher Nick 9. CF Gardner Brett. * should switch off or depends on how well spring training goes. Bench – Molina Jose, Cabrera Melky, (Ransom Cody), (not decided). All this of course based on if Nady is traded, if not he should take Swisher’s place in the lineup when Swisher doesn’t play. (added by Mobile using Mippin)

  16. Doreen February 12th, 2009 at 9:40 am

    jennifer -

    The only reason I would fight it at all is because of the insurance costs. Called the insurance company and they said that since I have an otherwise clean record, I would have a good chance to get the points reduced. He also said there would be Court costs, but they would amount of half of what my insurance payments will be over the next 3 years. So, I’m tempted to fight it. My husband and I are going to talk it over. I’m not good under pressure – I kind of get reduced to tears from nerves.

  17. Doreen February 12th, 2009 at 9:41 am

    (I guess there goes the iPod Touch for my birthday!) :oops:

  18. Tex's New Best Friend February 12th, 2009 at 9:43 am

    Did anyone hear Nick Johnson claiming he must have a starting job?!?

    How about staying healthy for more than 5 minutes before demanding starting jobs

  19. Doreen February 12th, 2009 at 9:44 am

    jennifer -

    You’re a Star Ledger reader, right? Did you notice the articles today were from the Daily News? It’s really in sad shape over there.

  20. jennifer February 12th, 2009 at 9:47 am

    Doreen: Oh I would fight it if it meant points on my license. That really kill your insurance premiums. Also say you get the points reduced. I would look into taking a class to wipe out the rest of the points.

    I look from time to time at the Ledger, but since they started to post what other people write I’ve given up. It is pretty sad that they can’t employ their own columnists.

  21. Tarheelyank February 12th, 2009 at 9:49 am

    “Now, ESPN is reporting through a “source” that, 8 of the guys on the list of 104 players failed their drug tests from “over the counter supplements”.”

    So that’s why Selig testified to the House there were only 96 last year.

  22. bru February 12th, 2009 at 9:56 am

    i heard an interesting take on the steroid mess from boomer & carton on wfan this morning.

    mlb owners in 1985,86,86 were found guilty of collusion & had to pay the players 280 million dollars.

    boomer suggested that the owners might of had all this leaked to weaken the union & drive salaries down & get even for the 280 million that owners had to pay to players for being found guilty of collusion.

  23. bru February 12th, 2009 at 9:57 am

    85,86,87

  24. Thomas Robust February 12th, 2009 at 9:59 am

    I’d hate to be the guy that ruined (hey, you never know) someones life by starting to call him KoTex or something like that so I’d like to make up for it and suggest something else ( K-T won’t work either). So here’s a few suggestions. Kane, it’s a nice american name and it sounds great. Kano it might sound like Cano but Robinson Cano is referred as Robbie so there won’t be any confusion. KAO, sounds like the end of a boxing/wrestling match. Hope this makes up for the other one. Good Luck to K. Texeira no matter what you’re called. (added by Mobile using Mippin)

  25. Doreen February 12th, 2009 at 9:59 am

    jennifer -

    I just researched the driving classes. It may end up being the best thing to do, and the cheapest in the long-term. Just going to check with my insurance company. Thanks.

  26. 86w183 February 12th, 2009 at 10:01 am

    Yeah, they waited 23 years to extract their revenge. Absurd

  27. Joey February 12th, 2009 at 10:16 am

    Having spent six months working for the Courts in New Bedford and Fall River, I was wondering when this post was coming.

  28. Clay Buchholz Loves Laptops (Latest Blog Entry: Love in all the wrong places) February 12th, 2009 at 10:30 am

    ARod is such a drama queen. You couldn’t make this stuff up.

  29. Hola February 12th, 2009 at 10:49 am

    Yes, Clay. ARod is such a drama queen over Girardi meeting with the media and you just can’t make up the spelling of the various Te(i)xeiras.

  30. Alvin February 12th, 2009 at 11:45 am

    Drama queens, by definition, are people who make big, emotional deals out of nothing. A-Rod isn’t a drama queen (he just can’t stop tripping over himself wherever he goes). I think if anything the tabloids and media people are the drama queens since *they* are the ones crying over non-news.

    I’m starting to think A-Rod isn’t a fraud…he’s just a bumbling goon :).

  31. blondlobo February 12th, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    I believe Teixeira is also a variant of a French surname…

  32. John in Ohio February 12th, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    I love Gardner’s defense and Melky’s arm, but I suspect that Swisher will start the season in center. Just a hunch.

  33. W in Hawaii February 12th, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    The people of Portuguese heritage here tend to emphasize the TEX-share-uh rather than go Tuh …

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