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We’re gonna play some pool, skip some school, act real cool

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Feb 23, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post





I can’t take credit for this headline. Noted Springsteen fan Connie Schwab of the Yankees media relations department suggested it.

You should be able to identify everybody in the photos. That’s Phil Coke with Mariano Rivera in the next-to-last shot and Jose Molina leaning over the shoulder of A.J. Burnett. You can also see Andrew Brackman behind Chien-Ming Wang.

Brackman was paired with Kei Igawa in the first tournament. Now there’s an unlikely duo.

All photos courtesy of the Yankees.

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218 Responses to “We’re gonna play some pool, skip some school, act real cool”

  1. S.A.-The 2009 MLB season is almost here February 23rd, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    :lol:
    Great pictures

  2. Stacey February 23rd, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    Love it!

  3. Michael Kei (Igawa) February 23rd, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    My head is about to expl

  4. Doreen February 23rd, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    Oh, man, Pete, these were the best! Thanks! (Great header line, too, Connie!)

  5. Statsney February 23rd, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    That is the first shot of Phil Coke without a hat. Good looking Yankee!

  6. Sean D February 23rd, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    Did the Yankees rent out the entire hall, or were there other customers there at the time?

  7. Stateman February 23rd, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    Great pictures, With this kind of fun stuff, Girardi may not be behind the 8 ball this year.

  8. O'Dog February 23rd, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    What I wouldn’t give to be working at that pool hall and suddenly see these guys walk in.

  9. Laura February 23rd, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    Pete, can you see if you can get some photos of Jeter, Tex and A-Rod?

  10. JoeyA February 23rd, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Melky + Nady vs. Swisher + Gardner

    Jeter + A-Rod vs. Cano + Tex

    CC + AJ vs. CMW + Andy

  11. wsr February 23rd, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    it’s actually more of a bar/club than pool hall. that looks like peabody’s, up by usf

  12. Laura February 23rd, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    “What I wouldn’t give to be working at that pool hall and suddenly see these guys walk in.”

    If it were me, I probably would have fainted. :)

  13. rodg12 February 23rd, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    You can see Robi behind Molina in that AJ/Molina pic and Shelly Duncan lining up a shot (good luck cue ball ;) ) behind Mo/Coke in that pic.

  14. wood is good February 23rd, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    WAAAAY too many $250 t-shirts.

    Otherwise, GREAT pics!

  15. rodg12 February 23rd, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    LOL. Just noticed Girardi giving Duncan instructions in that Mo/Coke pic with Nady/Robi/AJ and other looking on. Wonder what he’s saying???

  16. Guy Incognito February 23rd, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Good gravy. Mariano Rivera dresses like he’s ready to move into Phase 3 of Del Boca Vista.

  17. tony February 23rd, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    cool pics thanks for posting them

  18. Tex's New Best Friend February 23rd, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Shelley is about to send that ball out the window!

  19. pat February 23rd, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    Thanks Connie and Pete.

    Joba rocking the Wasted Space T-shirt in tribute to the Big G

  20. Uncle Ellsworth February 23rd, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    Pete but you WOULD HAVE thought of that caption but she beat ya to to, right? Say yes or your Bruce Fandom will be called into question

  21. Axel February 23rd, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    LOL, great post Guy Incognito.

  22. Will to the M February 23rd, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    I put the over/under on Shelly’s broken cues at 8

  23. Will to the M February 23rd, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    I put the over/under on Shelley’s broken cues at 8

  24. abcd February 23rd, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    aj burnett = dale ernhardt jr…

  25. Justin {welcome to ny..tex} February 23rd, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    where is arod …amd jeter …and my favorite cc…

  26. KGsturnz0r217 February 23rd, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    playa between Cano and AJ looks too big to be Melky… Humberto?

  27. Fletchlives February 23rd, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Good lord Brackman is a giant. In a couple of years, the rotation of CC, Burnett, Wang, Joba, Hughes and Brackman (pick 5) will have to be the tallest/largest in the league, right?

    I think this is a good team building exercise but, come on, does the squad really need a day off after just a week of spring training?

  28. Lori February 23rd, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    I think Joe is telling Shelley – “that pocket in the corner not the one on the next table.”

  29. ohgodno February 23rd, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    My god Brackman is tall. Can’t wait to see the guy pitch. Yes I know that has nothing to do with height, and yes, those are two separate thoughts.

  30. BBB wants to stick to baseball February 23rd, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    AJ Burnett: I’d hit it

  31. BBB wants to stick to baseball February 23rd, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    oh my god, I just snarfed coffee over the Del Boca Vista comment. LMAO!!!!

    But doesnt Mo get some youth points for pitching like he’s still 25 and coming out to Metallica though?

  32. you gotta have faith (bronx zoo 2009) February 23rd, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    these pics are awesome! im loving the burnett/molina picture :)

  33. saucY February 23rd, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    i had to open this page in a 2nd window to avoid over-scrolling…

  34. chambliss February 23rd, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    Giving the team the day off and having them spend it together was a smart move by Girardi. Why am I not surprised that Mo would win. He’s like Jordan-good at everything and never wants to lose.

  35. you gotta have faith (bronx zoo 2009) February 23rd, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    “Mariano Rivera was the afternoon’s big champion, winning twice — once with Phil Coke and once with Andy Pettitte. The pairing of Rivera and Pettitte defeated the tandem of Nick Swisher and Hideki Matsui in the final tournament.”

    http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com.....8;c_id=nyy

    oh man i would have loved to watch that battle lol

  36. BBB wants to stick to baseball February 23rd, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    Thankfully Matsui has his, uh, collection to cheer him up after that tough loss. lol.

  37. darkmoonfire February 23rd, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    I don’t think Joe is telling Shelley anything, he’s yelling: “INCOMING!!!”

  38. jennifer February 23rd, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    Headline on yahoo sports:

    Source: A-Rod hires same lawyer as Sosa

    Funny he is also the same lawyer as Pettitte. But that doesn’t sounds as sensational.

  39. yankeefan91 Arod fan February 23rd, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    pete those are great piks cant wait for the season to start

  40. Fran February 23rd, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    Thanks for your overwhelming response to Fantasy Baseball. Over 70 people responded. I have sent invites to the 10 people who were first.
    For the others who are interested, you can go to ESPN and open up some more groups. It’s free and every 10 people is a private league.

  41. Ben February 23rd, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    Girardi’s a genious. About time someone put some fun back into being on this team. All work and no play makes the Yankees get in 3rd place in the east.

  42. pat February 23rd, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    DAMN… I can only imagine the reaction of the pool hall’s owner when they all finally walked in the door lol

  43. you gotta have faith (bronx zoo 2009) February 23rd, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    “Teixeira on the worst pool player: “There were plenty of bad ones. Brian Bruney takes the cake today as the worst pool player on the team. He’ll take the heat for that one.””
    :)

    http://bombersbeat.mlblogs.com/

  44. Al from BK(waiting for opening day!) February 23rd, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    Joba looks lean and mean :) I guess he meant it when he said he was in the best shape of his life.

  45. Ca$hmoney February 23rd, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    lol, Bruney looks like a guy that would be a good player.

  46. Doreen February 23rd, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    I love that they called this a “field trip.” Very kid-like. I think it makes so much sense, especially when you think that all species of players (pitchers & position guys) got to spend time together, plus some guys will be going to the WBC.

    No matter how the season unfolds, this is a great start.

  47. saucY February 23rd, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    i think i’ll suggest this to my boss as a team building activity. we usually do one a year. last year was mini-golf.

  48. KennyH123 February 23rd, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    Great idea by Girardi. Stroke of genius.

    I can see this becoming a tradition…. the yearly spring training pool hall field trip…

  49. kei igawa's sunglasses February 23rd, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    Yea if this team loses 3 games in a row in April, Lupica will refer back to the lackadaisical camp where they played pool and had fun rather than working hard.

  50. BBB wants to stick to baseball February 23rd, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    Yeah, Joba does look pretty good. Much better than those pics from MSNBC or CNBC or whichever of those NBC’s it was who interviewed him in the offseason. I guess it was just a bad angle then, sighs of relief!

  51. GreenBeret7 February 23rd, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    Bruney and Burnett aren’t so tough. They have wash-off tattoos and glue on nipple rings.

  52. CG February 23rd, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    Interesting, Coke throws lefty but shoots pool righty.

  53. eric February 23rd, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    Hey Pete, Happened to come across a recent clip of A-rod in the parking lot in Tampa on youtube. I believe it’s Paul Blart, Mall Cop zipping by at the 14 second mark. Is that him? lol

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAwFKfTpR18

  54. S.o.S.( No S talk was too good to last) February 23rd, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    Few questions i need answered Pete.

    Did Igawa wear his shades while playing pool?

    Did Riveras ball naturally cut?

    What was the sign that Molina gave A.J. before he hit it?

    Did Molina purposely lose games to get the pitcher a winning attitude to start the season?

    Can Brackman touch the other side of the pool table without his feet leaving the ground?

    Was Ching Ming Wang hitting for Brackman because the wall was too close to the table for a big guy?

    Was Pettitte telling Joba to ease up and go with his off speed stuff?

  55. Frankie speaking . . . February 23rd, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    There can be no doubt what was heard before Mariano chalked his cue for his 1st shot on the table . . . . .

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRYDetbwegs

  56. m February 23rd, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    Great pix, Pete. Thanks!

    Mo should’ve been disqualified for uncool footwear. :?

  57. tom February 23rd, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    jeans and sandals… love the MO

  58. Wilson February 23rd, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    Was there room for 64 players?

  59. UtilityMan February 23rd, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    Doreen

    My mistake the other day about seeing you in ST.
    It was Claire that I met…I realized it last night,then I saw that you posted that you have never been to ST.
    My bad.

  60. S.o.S.( No S talk was too good to last) February 23rd, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    I just noticed behind Rivera and Cokes picture. Girardi is pointing to the ball Duncan is about to hit and all i can think of is Girardi saying ” If you cant get this pressure shot in, theres a one way Britton (ticket)to Scranton with your name on it.”

  61. Phil February 23rd, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    Teixeira, CC, AJ and Swisher are really adding a lot to the team and they haven’t played a game yet.

  62. Elle February 23rd, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    Thank you for the pictures, Pete! They are charming.

  63. jack February 23rd, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    Wow this team is awesome. So much chemistry and a laid-back atmosphere.

  64. NYY Hunter February 23rd, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    “Everyone wants to say that was the Joe Girardi ban. That was an organizational rule. Everyone wants to say that was Joe Girardi, the health freak. The diet does not come from me. It comes from the trainers and the coaches and the strength coach and the doctors and Mr. Cashman. Do I put chocolate Kisses in my mouth? Yes, I do.”

    Girardi also said that once in a while, he’d see players sneaking food not prescribed by the diet — I remember Mussina finding a few jelly doughnuts in Detroit — and he never blew the whistle on anyone for that.

    http://bombersbeat.mlblogs.com/
    ————————————–

    Everyone owes Joe an apology for calling him a militant.

  65. BBB wants to stick to baseball February 23rd, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    “” If you cant get this pressure shot in, theres a one way Britton (ticket)to Scranton with your name on it.” ”

    SoS – hahaha, this reminds me of a 2 or 3 yr old Moose quote that was recently published all over the place when he sounded off about the Torre book. Something to the effect of, “We have too many pitchers on the 15 day Pavano.”

    So in the world of Yankee vernacular,
    Pavano = disabled list
    Britton = ticket to Scranton

    can anyone think of any others to add to the list?

    Shelley Duncan = sore elbow?
    Joba = fist pump?

  66. Brandon (CC/AJ/Marky Mark..4 DAYS& PEDS !) Now batting #6 Alex Rodriguez February 23rd, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    Yankees having fun ? who woulda thunk it :?

  67. Alco February 23rd, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    Sad that Cashman tried to hide behind Girardi and allowed his manager to take all those bullets in the media for being a control freak and dictator, when it wasn’t even his rules.

    And manager’s should decide the team rules, not the GM, trainers, etc.

  68. 3 bagger February 23rd, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    wow, is joba really the shortest guy on the pitching staff?

    them’s some big boys there.

  69. S.o.S.( No S talk was too good to last) February 23rd, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    Is it just me or does Pettitte look bigger than Joba?

  70. rover February 23rd, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    Great! Now if they don’t win #27 it will all be blamed on a less than serious Girardi approach to spring training, can’t win.

  71. 3 bagger February 23rd, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    i meant in the rotation

  72. Meaningless Stats February 23rd, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    Alco–

    Maybe Torre was right in his book when he said Cashman had changed. Torre was right about ARod and he appears to be right about Cashman.

    Torre is the new Jose Canseco… everyone tried to slam him and dismiss him, when in reality, his perspective was 100% accurate.

  73. Doreen February 23rd, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    Utility Man -

    No problem. I sure wish it HAD been me! :) Maybe one of these years….

  74. S.o.S.( No S talk was too good to last) February 23rd, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    BBB,
    Igawas(shades)
    Wanger(sinker)
    C(will be the new K for strike outs)
    Canoed(first pitch swinging)
    Jeter(Maxim changing its name to that)
    Mo Jo(Riveras cutter)

  75. Trevor February 23rd, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    “wow, is joba really the shortest guy on the pitching staff?”

    And he’s 6’2 not short at all.

  76. vinny-b February 23rd, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    “Everyone owes Joe Girardi an apology for calling him a militant”

    anyone who criticized Girardi or called him a militant, over a few candy machines/candy bars, is an idiot anyway.

  77. jack February 23rd, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    In the last pic… Burnett looks like he is in deep thought in observing Mariano, trying to take mental notes of his greatness lol

  78. Zach Lawrence February 23rd, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    JOba is the shortest listed pitcher on the starting staff at 6-2

  79. Betsy February 23rd, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    AJ looks like he wants to kill Mo in the last pic, lol. He’d better not because Mo will be saving a lot of games for the guy….. Molina’s giving AJ tips on how to line up his next shot – it’s obvious they work well together. Molina as AJ’s personal catcher -anyone for it? LOL

  80. Evan February 23rd, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    Anybody have any clue what brand tee AJ is wearing?

  81. rover February 23rd, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    Is Joba even done growing yet. Must not be!

  82. NITRO February 23rd, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    I’d say that AJ and Joba would fit best with Molina

    Posada has experience catching Wang/Andy, so its no problem there. Posada has been CC’s primary catcher this spring anyway, so that looks like a pairing as well.

  83. bomber 99 February 23rd, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    I love AJ’s wardrobe… he needs to ditch the hat though and spike his hair up.

  84. Mark in Tampa February 23rd, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    This is why baseball is still the greatest sport to me. If this was a football team, most people could identify about 4 or 5 players per team in their street clothes. But everybody can identify the bullpen pitchers, bench players, and even some minor leaguers as well as the stars.

  85. m February 23rd, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    AJ has a cue ball in his left hand. So it must be before the break.

  86. S.o.S.( No S talk was too good to last) February 23rd, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    So i was glancing at what some of the ladies in the Oscars were wearing and i was hoping that this year would be different. With these tough econimic times we’re having. With the job loses and forclosures. I was hoping that for the first time the Actors going to the Oscars would all agree on wearing clothes from our not so fancy places like Wallmart,Kmart,Target etc.and use the other money to helping the people in need. I believe Michelle Obama shops at some of those places. If she can do it, why cant they for a change. Again, just to send a message for this year. Thoughts?

  87. Jason February 23rd, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    Anyone notice how similar Joba looks to Fred Durst?

  88. SFBrando February 23rd, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    Can someone w espn insider post the arod story thats running on their front page please.

  89. SFBrando February 23rd, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    Natalie Portman could wear a garbage bag and paper clip earings, and it would make no difference 2 me!

  90. m February 23rd, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    SoS,

    Did you see Miley Cyrus? I think it’s cool that she wanted to go ‘off the rack’. But jeez, did she have to go to the north pole to do it? Her dress looked like a f’in christmas tree.

  91. Weather Man February 23rd, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    So excited about AJ. I think the dude is going to thrive here if he stays on the mound.

  92. Joe from Long Island February 23rd, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    Just got home from work. The fascist IT people blocked the blog, but I read about the pool tournament on the yankees.com site. I think it’s great idea, and it seems Joe is serious about making some changes this year. Bless him! It seems like the guys loved it, and it buys you some good will for the long season. If Joe turns out as successful as Tom Coughlin the Yankees will be lucky indeed.

    It was a welcome change from the PEDs scandal that us fans have had to deal with.

    Go Yankees!

  93. saucY February 23rd, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    i always feared the IT people would block this blog one day. then i noticed the folks i work for sponsor this blog, so i’m guessing it’s staying.

  94. S.o.S.( No S talk was too good to last) February 23rd, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    “Natalie Portman could wear a garbage bag and paper clip earings, and it would make no difference 2 me!”

    I feel the same way about Biel. Im looking at the grades and they gave her an F! She would get an A- wearing that garbage bag your talking about. Hell, if it wasnt a Hefty bag and something that rips or breaks. I would change that to an A+.

    M,
    Havnt seen her yet. Give me a link to it.

  95. S.o.S.( No S talk was too good to last) February 23rd, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    BTW,Portman got a D.

  96. m February 23rd, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    saucY,

    So are you a bouncer or a dancer?

  97. WayneTolleson February 23rd, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    andrew brackman is ginormous.

  98. Tom February 23rd, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    SaucY, you work at stiletto and lace?

  99. SCRANTON February 23rd, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    Pete a guy just mentioned the blog on WFAN.

  100. SFBrando February 23rd, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    Do u have Biel over Alba?

  101. Betsy February 23rd, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    I apologize if this was posted earlier, but I am trying to catch up after a long day at work:

    http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com.....8;c_id=nyy

    I wish I could have been there as the announcement was made – it’s like kids being told by the teacher that they are getting out of school early or that they are going on a field trip to an arcade. I think Joe made a lot of people happy today……

  102. SFBrando February 23rd, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    What kind of scale ranks theese beautiful women as D’s and F’s. My god, what do u have 2 look like 2 get an A??

  103. GreenBeret7 February 23rd, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    Sos, I realiz you’re kidding, but, have you seen Cano’s numbers on the first pitch (.357) 1-0 count (.342) and 2-0 count (.373)? I’d just as soon that he wales away early in the count. The deeper into the count he gets, the worse the numbers are…by a lot.

  104. S.o.S. February 23rd, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    Yes,Beil(JUNK IN THE TRUNK)over Alba.

  105. S.o.S. February 23rd, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    Yes,Beil(JUNK IN THE TRUNK)over Alba.

  106. m February 23rd, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    http://www.hollywoodgrind.com/.....car-dress/

    Nicole Kidman was elegant as usual. (ahem, Sean Penn. Get a clue on what’s elegant)

  107. saucY February 23rd, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    :lol: @ m and Tom

    guess i walked right into that one…

  108. pat February 23rd, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    Biel didn’t look good last night. Here’s pics from the Vanity Fair party of lots of people.

    http://www.wireimage.com/ItemL.....038;nbc1=1

  109. Weather Man February 23rd, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    Jessica Beil over Alba anyday of the week

    But Jeter dated both, he didn’t have to pick just one lol

  110. S.o.S. February 23rd, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    saucy,
    How do you have time to read this blog with all the Silletto eye candy at work?

    GB7,
    Amazing stuff! All i keep remembering is men on and the pitcher is wild,Cano swings at the first pitch and grounds out weekly to second base. What adjustments was he working at then in the offseason to improve his hitting? Hell with those numbers, I would be telling him to have more of a sense of urgency to make contact.

  111. m February 23rd, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    I’m not a big fan of Biel’s enhanced…uh…teeth.

  112. Tank February 23rd, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    Aniston looked good… Michael Kay would be proud

  113. BBB wants to stick to baseball February 23rd, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    “Canoed(first pitch swinging)
    Jeter(Maxim changing its name to that)”

    My favorites! :lol:

  114. m February 23rd, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    Alba > Biel

    Anniston > Minka

    Pete > Kim Jones

    haha.

  115. BBB wants to stick to baseball February 23rd, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    Biel is a bit of a butterface compared to Alba imo. Alba over Biel by a wide margin for me.

    also,
    “Aniston looked good… Michael Kay would be proud”

    ugh, no wonder I hate Michael Kay. Team Jolie all the way! I was so bummed she didnt win Best Actress but she looked gorgeous as always…much better than Jen (also as always)!

  116. Clare February 23rd, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    UtilityMan,

    So you’re confusing me and Doreen? That’s kindof hard to do – she’s the nice one. :)

    Yes, I’m going again this year – I’ll be there Thursday through the USA game.

  117. BBB wants to stick to baseball February 23rd, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    In terms of Jeter’s women (on a scale relative to all his exes) Minka is probably about a 5 or a 6. Alba is way hotter than her.

  118. m February 23rd, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    BBB,

    Sorry, but Jolie loses points for enhanced lips, weird stuff with brother, and being a homewrecker.

    But, she was very cool in “Wanted”.

  119. BBB wants to stick to baseball February 23rd, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    anyway, back to baseball….this has probably already been discussed in here, but I’m watching MLB Network’s Yankees Spring Training preview and the stupidity is making my head hurt already. They spent at least 5 minutes on the Joba in the bullpen garbage. And said he was fastball/curve when coming out of the pen, nothing about his slider??

    sigh. Bruney really has the weight of the world on his shoulders. we need him to be effective enough this year to put this idiotic chatter to a merciful end.

    and, wait, oh lord….Dan Plesiac just called Bobby Abreu a good defender in right field. Word for word. Time to switch to 90s sitcom reruns. You know, shows made in years when Abreu might have actually been a lg. avg. fielder….

  120. Quilvio Imposter February 23rd, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    Something about Biel annoys me… I can’t put my finger on exactly what.

    Alba on the otherhand, is flawless :D

  121. no.27 February 23rd, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    What’s wrong with Girardi’s hat?

  122. S.o.S. February 23rd, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    “I’m not a big fan of Biel’s enhanced…uh…teeth.”

    Im sorry but i think a mans opinion trumps in this arguement. I say Biel all the way.

    Women with enhanced teeth
    Beyonce
    Biel
    Jlo

    I saw Cyrus dress, it looks like something you can play the she loves, she loves me not on.

    Jolie is becoming a bit bony if you ask me. She needs to get back to eating some carbs.

  123. BBB wants to stick to baseball February 23rd, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    “Anyone notice how similar Joba looks to Fred Durst?”

    ACK, MY EYES!!! lol, the comparison of one of my most beloved ‘celebrities’ to my all-time most hated…hurt my soul a little bit!

    Actually, I’ve always thought Hank Blalock slightly resembled The Man Who Ruined Modern Metal. And I’ve always loathed him for it! :)

  124. R-Tek February 23rd, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    Knicks are close to signing some guy named Cheikh Samb

    That move should put them over the top

  125. able 21 February 23rd, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    Those pictures are great. But don’t you think that if Joe really, really, wanted to get on the players good side he should have been some Hooters’ Girls playing pool.

  126. Tank February 23rd, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    Speaking of Fred Durst, there was a blurb somewhere that him and Wes Borland have reconciled and Limp Bizkit is coming back

  127. Lauren February 23rd, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    oh my…

    the boys definitely look hot in regular clothes. :)
    thanks for the pics Pete! love the thread title.

  128. Teixeiramvp February 23rd, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    The 07′ champ Giants did this but with bowling. Maybe that’s a good sign for # 27.

  129. able 21 February 23rd, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    Teixeiramvp – I mentioned yesterday that there were parallels between Couglin and Girardi insofar as connecting with the players. Good observation.

  130. no.27 February 23rd, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    How do you predict the Yankees are going to be tied for 2nd? Why did they use the B-squad to cover the Yankees training game?

  131. DT February 23rd, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    “As great as Rivera was today in the pool hall, and it’s amazing what he did..
    he has accomplished nothing in comparison to what he accomplished in the pool hall before 2001″.

    Mike Mussina

  132. bdog375 February 23rd, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    Man, they are shooting pool at Peabody’s! What the f! I moved from Tampa less than a year ago, they have the World Series, Super Bowl, and now the Yankees are shooting pool at a bar I use to go to all the time! Someone hates me :)

  133. MJR (Shut Up Steve Phillips) February 23rd, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    what?!!

    90+ posts and only 1 Igawa joke?

    What’s this world coming to now that Pavano is gone? :(

  134. Betsy February 23rd, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    http://www.wfan.com/pages/3902.....2095#imgXR

    Sorry if this has been posted -

    Love the Po/AJ pic, but I love any pic with AJ,lol.

    LOL at Damon/Tex!

  135. rodg12 February 23rd, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    Alba > Biel
    Minka >>> Aniston
    Jolie >>>>>>>>> Aniston

    Aniston loses major points for still being hung up on a relationship that ended FOUR years ago.

  136. The Monarch February 23rd, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    This is all the proof I need that I read this blog too much…when I heard about today’s events, my first thought was that Pete would pull the line from Bruce’s Rosalita for a blog posting.

    Yup…midseason form. :)

  137. No. 42 February 23rd, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_9VI9Dswhw

  138. Betsy February 23rd, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    Yougotta have Faith – thanks for posting that link!

    Damon throwing Matsui under the bus!

    Tex throwing Bruney under the bus!!

  139. GreenBeret7 February 23rd, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    S.o.S.
    February 23rd, 2009 at 6:20 pm
    saucy,
    How do you have time to read this blog with all the Silletto eye candy at work?

    GB7,
    Amazing stuff! All i keep remembering is men on and the pitcher is wild,Cano swings at the first pitch and grounds out weekly to second base. What adjustments was he working at then in the offseason to improve his hitting? Hell with those numbers, I would be telling him to have more of a sense of urgency to make contact.

    ————————————————————

    I meant to mention that those were career numbers and not 2008. Those were well below his career….first pitch (.290), 1-0 (.293) and 2-0 (.250). I know he had more than a few ugly at bats, but, he also had a lot of rockets that were flagged down. Not sure if the off-season was because he didn’t take pitches, or, because it was bad luck.

  140. Andrea February 23rd, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    There’s actually a really short poem that I think Bruce may have ripped off. It has an epigram that says “The Pool Players. Seven at the Golden Shovel.”

    We real cool. We
    Left school. We
    Lurk late. We
    Strike straight. We
    Sing sin. We
    Thin gin. We
    Jazz June. We
    Die soon.

    I don’t know why I felt compelled to share that, but there you have it.

  141. 3 bagger February 23rd, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    not exactly my sweet lord/she’s so fine is it?

  142. Tom February 23rd, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    I don’t think Bruce is questioning the validity of his existence the same way the the protagonists in We Real Cool are questioning theirs. Bruce is celebrating his existence.

  143. Giuseppe Franco February 23rd, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    Bruce is unbelievably overrated. Never understood his appeal at all.

  144. jennifer February 23rd, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    Uh oh Joe talking in the third person.

  145. jennifer February 23rd, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    Teixeira on the worst pool player: “There were plenty of bad ones. Brian Bruney takes the cake today as the worst pool player on the team. He’ll take the heat for that one.”

  146. jennifer February 23rd, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    NickSwisher today was amazing! We all went to play pool and it was so much fun. What a great idea. Andy and Mo are the champs

  147. Tank February 23rd, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    LOL CC is going fishing tomorrow for the YES Network

  148. Joe from Long Island February 23rd, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    I’m just now watching the last inning of Ken Burns’ Baseball that was broadcast on MLBN this past Thursday, and my wife DVR’d it for me because I couldn’t make it home in time…It’s starting off with the demolition of Ebbets Field, February 23, 1960…Forty-nine years ago today.

    I grew up in Brooklyn and my father used to worship the Dodgers. It must have killed him to have to take my brother and me to Yankee Stadium in the 60s. Right now I am overcome with memories.

  149. Arod - all the time! February 23rd, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    Yankees playing pool while others are getting prepared. How typical for such arrogant turds. Apparently, Girardi and his FO believe the season’s already won.

    This season is going to be a hoot. 3rd or 4th, take your pick. It will become sensational TV.

  150. you gotta have faith (bronx zoo 2009) February 23rd, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    jennifer you beat me to it! lol i love nick swisher’s twitter its so much fun to read everyday. :)

  151. trisha - Want the truth? Read Canseco's book. February 23rd, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    bdog375 if you’re still around, or anyone who’s been to spring training. I’m still trying to cobble together a trip to Tampa. Can you tell me if there are any areas I should stay away from, in terms of staying in the Tampa area? Are there any areas that aren’t very safe? How about St. Petersberg? Am I better off staying around there?

    Thanks in advance. Never having been there before, I don’t want to have to pay through the nose, but I don’t want to stay in any crime-ridden or flea bag area either in order to save a few bucks.

  152. Joe from Long Island February 23rd, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    trish, why don’t you read Pete’s posts on going to ST in Tampa? I found them really helpful last year when we went.

    I can personally vouch for the Spring Hill Suites and Embassy Suites.

  153. trisha - Want the truth? Read Canseco's book. February 23rd, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    Joe, thanks for that info! Not to sound real dumb, but where are Pete’s comments about going to ST?

  154. Yankee Trader February 23rd, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Trisha-
    Check out tripadvisor.com for reviews on hotels. Has a link to cheap rates also.

  155. pat February 23rd, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    Trisha

    We stayed in Clearwater a few years ago when we went. Commute to Steinbrenner Field wasn’t bad and the Phillies, Tigers and Jays Stadiums were also near by. It was also nice to be able to hit the beach either before or after games.

  156. trisha - Want the truth? Read Canseco's book. February 23rd, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    Thanks Ytrader!

  157. Yankee Trader February 23rd, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    Trisha-More Info

    http://www.tripadvisor.com/Sho.....orida.html

  158. trisha - Want the truth? Read Canseco's book. February 23rd, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    Thanks pat. I’ll check clearwater also!

  159. DT February 23rd, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    Trish –

    Pete has a link up on the right hand side.

    http://yankees.lhblogs.com/200.....l-guide-2/

  160. Bronx Jeers February 23rd, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    Trisha,

    I stayed at the Mainsail Suites last year which is good if you’re going with 2-3 people. Think corporate apartments. It’s close to the airport and the Yanks complex. There is not much going on around there except a lot of strip malls. Ybor city downtown is where you go out at night. If I went again I would try and stay around that area as it was expensive to cab it there and back.

    St Pete is far and with lots of traffic to and fro. There is the biggest Dali museum outside of Europe there.

    You must rent a car in Tampa. There is no other way.

  161. trisha - Want the truth? Read Canseco's book. February 23rd, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    Yeow guys, thanks! And thanks DT. I have to be honest with you. All the legwork really takes a lot of the joy out of this. (Since I am going to go to Atlanta after Tampa, I really have to watch what I spend in Tampa.) On the other hand, planning this kind of trip one week in advance of going isn’t the smartest way to do business.

    :D

  162. LathamJoe February 23rd, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    “Yankees playing pool while others are getting prepared. How typical for such arrogant turds. Apparently, Girardi and his FO believe the season’s already won.”
    - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – -
    Arod – all the time:

    Henry Ford once said:
    “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”

    Somehow, you are the kind of person that misses the point of the “road trip for a pool tournament”.

  163. TheChuckKnoblog February 23rd, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    Joba is so studly

  164. YankeeRay February 23rd, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    Can’t believe nobody has asked but were they drinking? Looks like Brackman could be holding a beer?

  165. saucy February 23rd, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    “Aniston loses major points for still being hung up on a relationship that ended FOUR years ago.”

    Do you lose any points for knowing this? Rodg8 ;)

  166. al roker yabba doo February 23rd, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    Sorry all, I can’t help but feel this pool holiday move by Girardi is somethong straight out of the “Office.” I can just see Girarsi as Michael Scott, Johnny Damon as Dwight Schrute, Derek Jeter as Jim and ARod as Angela. All rolling their eyes behind their boss’ back and saying “How lame!”

  167. you gotta have faith (bronx zoo 2009) February 23rd, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    “Teixeira and A-Rod were teamed up, and, “Alex and I got ousted early,’’ Teixeira said. But when new partners were drawn up, Tex and Robby Cano were paired and made it to the ‘Sweet 16.’ Who was the worst pool player? “Brian Bruney takes the cake,’’ Teixeira said. “He’ll take the heat for that one.’’ ”

    http://njmg.typepad.com/yankee.....again.html

  168. Yankeehottie February 23rd, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    Brackman is a little to close to Wang’s ass.

  169. Betsy February 23rd, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    Oh those guys on MLB – Dan Plesac: Joe Crede REALLY bumps the Twins up… sheesh.

  170. raymagnetic February 23rd, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    I’m LMAO @ the fact that Phil Coke already has bloggers calling themselves his future wife. *coughyankeehottiecough*

    :|

  171. Betsy February 23rd, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    I taped Prime 9 tonight – Greatest All-Star Moments and Players who should be in the HOF but aren’t (only those eligible – thus, no Jackson or Rose)…..

    From what I saw, here’s a partial list:

    All Star Games:

    Bo Jackson (forget what year)

    Rose/Fosse (I’m too young to have seen that, but that makes me sick. People use that incident to glorify Rose’s hustle, but ruining someone’s career in a meaningless game is hardly something to be proud of).

    HOF:

    Luis Tiant
    Ron Santo
    Bert Blyleven
    Mark McGwire (he’s #2)
    Andre Dawson

    That’s all I caught – food for thought, though.

  172. 3 bagger February 23rd, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    the twins were staring at a black hole at third base, but unless crede circa 2006 shows up, hes not that big of an improvement

  173. rodg12 February 23rd, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    saucy -
    lmao. Fair point.

  174. m February 23rd, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    LOL, rodg.

    Jennifer’s not hung up on Brad. She’s just pissed (and rightfully so) that Angelina said in a magazine that she wants her kids to watch Mr&Mrs Smith when they grow up so that they can see when their mommy & daddy fell in love. How smutty of Angelina. But who did she think she was fooling? “We were just friiieeendds.”

  175. Steve February 23rd, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    That is awesome. Now I am convinced that the Yanks will win the World Series or at least the Super Bowl.

  176. yankeefan91 Arod fan February 23rd, 2009 at 10:41 pm

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

    i saw this video earlier and den i saw it again on riverave

  177. alejandro February 23rd, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    these pics are awesome great to see them having a good time

  178. 11th hour February 23rd, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    Brad Pitt was at that Yankees/Mariners game in 07 that Hughes started in September… I was there.

  179. m February 23rd, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    Devin Harris with a spectacular buzzer beater:

    http://espn.go.com/nba/recap?gameId=290223017

  180. KO February 24th, 2009 at 12:00 am

    It’s good to see the Yankees chilling off the field as a team. I think they have been somewhat fractured in the recent past, in terms of their clubhouse I guess. While baseball is extremely individual performance driven and teams can win it all with some questionable characters/relationships (Manny?), team chemistry and the guys simply liking each other can really go a long way. It seems like this version of the Yankees might be closer knit than in the past few seasons. You just want teammates to be pulling for each other.

  181. Brandon (CC/AJ/Marky Mark..4 DAYS& PEDS !) Now batting #6 Alex Rodriguez February 24th, 2009 at 12:33 am

    So who saw that Devin Harris PG today :?

  182. steve February 24th, 2009 at 12:39 am

    larry hughes booed in his 1st home game lol

  183. Brandon (CC/AJ/Marky Mark..4 DAYS& PEDS !) Now batting #6 Alex Rodriguez February 24th, 2009 at 12:48 am

    no comment on Larry Myth

  184. Marc February 24th, 2009 at 12:51 am

    What they needed is a barfight for team unity. The Yanks vs a bunch of florida rednecks. ;)

    Seriously great idea by Joe. Wonder if the mainstream sports media will even write a blurb about it. The Yankees getting along is their worst nightmare. What will they write about without Yankee drama? Heyman and Gammons can only write so many Sox fluff pieces in a season.

  185. Al from BK February 24th, 2009 at 1:26 am

    “LOL CC is going fishing tomorrow for the YES Network”

    Wow the media is gonna love this guy.

  186. Joe Mama February 24th, 2009 at 1:46 am

    Is it just me or does Pettitte look bigger than Joba?

    It’s hard to detect, I’ll need a urine sample to be sure.

  187. 3 bagger February 24th, 2009 at 6:54 am

    in the end, the cheaters win and baseball fans lose

    http://www.newsday.com/sports/.....224.column

  188. Clay Buchholz Loves Laptops (Latest Post: Love in all the wrong places) February 24th, 2009 at 6:58 am

    Marc’s right, a bar fight would have been great for team unity!

  189. Giuseppe Franco February 24th, 2009 at 7:03 am

    It was the cheaters who helped bring baseball back. The fans knew what was going on just like the owners, players, and media did.

    That’s why I’m tired of the sanctimonious BS by all parties who want to draw and quarter those who did cheat.

  190. 3 bagger February 24th, 2009 at 7:05 am

    yeah, and stupid me, i just hate the cheaters

  191. foul pole sitter February 24th, 2009 at 7:06 am

    they tried fighting the rays last year. how’d that work out?

  192. 3 bagger February 24th, 2009 at 7:10 am

    it wasnt arod’s fault, selig filled the needle, ozra held him down and and fehr injected him.

  193. foul pole sitter February 24th, 2009 at 7:12 am

    yeah, its true. arod had no choice but to take steroids. its everybody else’s fault.

  194. Giuseppe Franco February 24th, 2009 at 7:16 am

    Selig didn’t seem to mind too much about steroids when the fans started coming back in record numbers in 1998 and guys like Rick Helling was telling people for several years that the problem was rampant around the game.

    Nope, Selig only cared when the heat was on him when Congress stuck their noses in this after the Canseco book.

  195. frenzy February 24th, 2009 at 7:24 am

    selig shot arod up?

  196. frenzy February 24th, 2009 at 7:26 am

    did he shoot up bonds too?

  197. 3 bagger February 24th, 2009 at 7:29 am

    it all got started when w shot up canseco….in dealy plaza on the grassy knoll. the players who used were all forced to

  198. Giuseppe Franco February 24th, 2009 at 7:31 am

    Drop the sanctimony. It’s moronic. And stick to one name.

    Everybody is at fault for the entire era – not just A-Rod. The players, coaches, managers, owners, media – and yes, the fans.

    Who in the world didn’t know McGwire was on something during the 1998 season?

    How about Bonds in 2001?

    Give me a break. Either people knew what was going on and didn’t care or they were too stupid to find their arses with both hands because it was obvious.

    But you go ahead and stick your head into the clouds if you wish.

    BTW, it’s safe to say that you weren’t an A-Rod fan before this revelation so you’re not going to change your mind about him now.

  199. 3 bagger February 24th, 2009 at 7:34 am

    “they were too stupid to find their arses with both hands ”

    so thats why they couldnt shoot themselves up and they needed selig to do it for them?

  200. 3 bagger February 24th, 2009 at 7:35 am

    so i guess jeter was just too stupid to know he should have been juicing the whole time.

    i always said that guy was an idiot.

  201. Giuseppe Franco February 24th, 2009 at 7:40 am

    Whatever you say, dude.

    My IQ has plummeted 20 points in the last 20 minutes just reading your comments.

  202. 3 bagger February 24th, 2009 at 7:40 am

    did selig shoot up arod in 2007? (i know, it wasnt his fault, though)

  203. 3 bagger February 24th, 2009 at 7:41 am

    go read the definition of sanctimony, then reread your comments guisseppe

  204. 86w183 February 24th, 2009 at 7:54 am

    Are you guys really that dense? No one is suggesting ARod is blameless for what he did to himself and that game. The completely accurate point being made by Giuseppe is that everyone in the game shares the blame for the steroid era. If Commissioner for Life Baby Doc Selig had publicly denounced McGuire for using Andro in 1998 steroid use would have been on the way out.

    If the media had investigated it thoroughly instead of lambasting the guy who noticed the Andro things would have changed. Had “clean” players demanded their union crack down on “dirty” players things would have changed. Had owners not lavished riches on one-dimensional muscle heads who hit homers things would have changed.

    Players have tried everything imaginable to “get an edge” for as long as there has been sports and they always will. Some of us accept that reality and put PEDs in their proper place with pep pills and so on. Others like to live in a make believe world where the PEDs are the only tarnish on a practically perfect game.

    Can we just move on?

  205. 3 bagger February 24th, 2009 at 7:55 am

    baby doc shot up arod?

  206. Doreen February 24th, 2009 at 8:03 am

    As long as the people at the ballpark were having a good time, enjoying the game, how were the cheated? If you only watch the game to see records broken, then, okay, maybe the records aren’t “pure.” I’m not saying PEDs are okay; what I’m saying is the players cheat themselves and their co-players more than anyone else.

  207. 3 bagger February 24th, 2009 at 8:14 am

    all i want to know is that since its not arod’s fault on here the he used ped’s, then who held him down and who shot him up?

    and all i get is an oliver stone type drama about the forces at work and blah blah blah.

    cause if nobody was holding him down and injecting him, then i dont see where else the blame can lie.

    is that sanctimony?

  208. Doreen February 24th, 2009 at 8:21 am

    ARod is to blame for ARod; he is not the only player ever to have used PEDs. What he is right now is the current face of the problem.

    Of course it comes down to individual players making their individual decisions to use or not to use PEDs. But if their union and MLB had been more proactive, the risk connected to their choice may not have been worth taking the chance.

    And as long as the money is rolling in, and the fans are coming out to the games, and the sport is financially sound, what is the motivation for “cleaning it up?” The only time there is a huge uproar is when a particular player is caught up in the story. Otherwise it is a dull buzz in the background.

    Plus Americans are notorious for saying they feel one way but showing by their actions (the way they spend their money) that they don’t really care. It’s not a perfect world.

  209. 3 bagger February 24th, 2009 at 8:27 am

    ok arod is to blame, thank you. then you gotta go all oliver stone like everybody else on here.

  210. Doreen February 24th, 2009 at 8:33 am

    What Oliver Stone? No conspiracy, but there is a bigger picture here. And ARod is NOT to blame for the ENTIRE steroid problem. That’s short-sighted and really just silly and it’s not what I said.

  211. 3 bagger February 24th, 2009 at 8:37 am

    i didnt say anythin abou the entire steroid problem, you did. i said who shot up arod.

  212. Yankeehottie February 24th, 2009 at 9:45 am

    raymagnetic
    February 23rd, 2009 at 10:07 pm
    I’m LMAO @ the fact that Phil Coke already has bloggers calling themselves his future wife. coughyankeehottiecough

    First off its future EX wife, secondly its a joke. I detect a little jealousy there, you want him raymagnetic? ;)

  213. Gman February 24th, 2009 at 10:28 am

    Well at least it looks like the clubhouse is 90% Cancer free, with the exception of Aroid of course.

  214. saucY February 24th, 2009 at 11:10 am

    fight fight fight!

    (i noticed the “ex” and thought it was funny)

  215. AJ February 24th, 2009 at 11:25 am

    Based on these photos and the one from ARod’s press conference, I conclude that the Yankee players wear some ugly graphic T-shirts.

  216. Yankeehottie February 24th, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    LOL I noticed that too. I bet it is also because those companies probably ship them freebies so they can be seen wearing it. In my opinion anyone in their mid 30′s should be forbidden to wear a graphic tee (not that I’m thrilled about ANYONE wearing them, there shiteous.)

  217. Kamren Pate March 22nd, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    Oh Miley….My heart bleeds for your achey breaky heart!!!

  218. Chris February 19th, 2010 at 8:51 am

    That certainly is Peabody’s bar and grill by USF. In the one picture you can see the big ” P ” on the wall. How would you like to be the person behind the counter just hanging out with the New York Yankees. Go NY 2010 #28

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