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Upon further review

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Mar 06, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

So it seems my previous post was too negative for some people. So I will try and appease those who are sensitive. Here is my revised state of the lineup Mark Teixeira will have around him:

Players who are injured but will gut through it (not with the help of their cousin): Alex Rodriguez.

Aging players coming off injuries but are of strong character: Jorge Posada, Hideki Matsui.

He’s Derek Jeter, the great Yankee: Derek Jeter.

Players in a contract year who still want to make money because they have a lot of kids and like doing fun stuff: Johnny Damon.

Young, hungry players: Brett Gardner, Melky Cabrera.

Players coming off their worst season, so they are sure to improve: Robinson Cano.

Players who can play many positions and get on base a lot: Nick Swisher.

Players who probably aren’t as good as last season’s stats would indicate. But maybe not! Xavier Nady.

There, hopefully that works.





109 Responses to “Upon further review”

  1. MikeEff March 6th, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    your sarcasm just makes you so unappealing.

  2. Peg March 6th, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    Now that’s hysterical Pete!

  3. Sean Ryan March 6th, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    You really don’t give a crap about your readers do you?

  4. beth March 6th, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    I love your sense of humor, Pete. :>

  5. Cato March 6th, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    lol Pete, no need to appease the non-objective Yankee fans. Your last spot, as negative as it was, is spot on. This lineup features many questions.

  6. jennifer March 6th, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    haha Pete!

    Anyone know where we can watch tonights game?

  7. RGR (get Figgins) March 6th, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    Hahaha, great post…But you know you will still get “Now hes making jokes about the situation” from these posters. Guess you’ll never win with some of these guys..

    Anyways. I hate to say this because I love Swisher, but do you think Figgins is attainable for Swisher + other various small parts? Swisher can play 1st base this year for them, and the OF when their high touted 1st baseman comes up, and Vlad leaves

  8. tonyblogs March 6th, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    Pete, I’m a Yankees fan, but in that previous post you were just telling it like it is!

  9. RSM March 6th, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    I needed a good laugh, thanks Pete.
    This post is hilarious!

  10. Buddy Biancalana March 6th, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    Funny stuff, but I like the real Pete. Who needs the riff raff anyway, gotta keep it real.

  11. Peter Abraham March 6th, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    Cue the usual characters who will rip me and not get the joke …

  12. Chien-Ming Vase March 6th, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    you slay me pete! keep it coming!

  13. Sean Ryan March 6th, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    Cato, tonyblogs, peg, bleth…

    Don’t worry Pete’s got big enough ass for you all to kiss.

  14. BGNYY March 6th, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    Anyone know the pitchers being used tonight and who starts for set

  15. saucY March 6th, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    suddenly i’m in a better mood. :D

    i still have a ton of work to get done today though…. :(

  16. Joey Vegas March 6th, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    Classless. Doesn’t it say in the journalism handbook somewhere that you have to be able to accept criticism. When will you learn?

  17. RGR (get Figgins) March 6th, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    “You really don’t give a crap about your readers do you?”

    Actually its the opposite. If anything he does give a crap. Like I said before, he is doing these blogs FOR the fans. Not for himself. He doesnt get paid to blog on here. He gets paid to write for the newspaper, but not for this (not to my knowledge at least).

    I for one will take the once in a while shot at ARod and/or Girardi for constant Yankee updating. If you dont, then its as simple as not reading

  18. Peter Abraham March 6th, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    Mike Eff and Sean Ryan, you win! Please claim your prize in the lobby.

    It’s so funny how seriously people like this take themselves.

  19. Dutch Hugo March 6th, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    Folks, Peter has proven himself to blather opinions on players that have no basis in fact or evidence. Opinions like:

    Phil Hughes is the greatest pitcher ever and the Yanks should never, ever have ever thought of trading him for anyone.

    Ian Kennedy is almost as good as Phil Hughes.

    Nick Swisher is better than Xavier Nady, who is overrated.

    Derek Jeter had one subpar season so therefore he is in irrevocable decline.

    The list goes on and on. Evidence piles up on some of these cases that he is and has been wrong all along, and he ignores it. Just keeps blathering his baseless opinions.

  20. RSM March 6th, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    I like Figgins too, as he can remain useful after Alex is healthy. Hate to give up Swish though.

  21. RGR (get Figgins) March 6th, 2009 at 1:51 pm


    Me too, but sometimes you have to give, to get. Figgins could play CF when ARod gets back, and be pushed to LF or RF when Jackson is fully ready

  22. hootyhoo March 6th, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    “Classless. Doesn’t it say in the journalism handbook somewhere that you have to be able to accept criticism. When will you learn?”

    This is a blog. Not a newspaper. As such, he can infuse as much humor and/or personal opinion as he likes.

    The idea of this blog is for Pete to be able to provide us fans with an opportunity to get closer to the team in a manner that isn’t available elsewhere. And he does a good job of it.

    If you don’t agree with his opinions or writing style then just say so. Don’t try and “educate” Pete on journalism. He’s obviously further along in that field than you are.

  23. Zack March 6th, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    Pete, I agree with most…you do seem to be “negative” lately and seemingly want the Yankees to fail. I also agree that you’re on Arod’s case a lot.

  24. RGR (get Figgins) March 6th, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    Not to mention Figgins would make a nice leadoff hitter next year when Damon is gone

  25. Kevlar March 6th, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    We know our lineup is extremely questionable. If we do make the playoffs this year (very much in doubt now), it will be because of pitching and pitching only (not defense because we don’t have good defense).

    Our $242 million dollar important arms need to deliver or its another season without October baseball.

  26. Peter Abraham March 6th, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    Exactly right, Dutch. I’m quite sure I have written many times that “Phil Hughes is the greatest pitcher ever.” My list: 1. Phil Hughes, 2. Cy Young. 3. Walter Johnson.

    As for Nady and Swisher, don’t let those pesky statistics get in the way. And Derek Jeter is turning 25, not 35. I forgot. Most shortstops get better as they get into their mid 30s.

    This is fun but it’s time to head to the clubhouse. Back later with the lineup.

  27. Billy C. March 6th, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    objectivity >>> dutch hugo, mike eff, sean ryan

  28. JP March 6th, 2009 at 1:53 pm


    I really like the blog, and I appreciate the humor you bring to the everyday grind of the baseball season. Frequently I laugh out loud at your comments and headlines (except the endless Springsteen references; enough already).

    I do worry that lately you’ve swerved a little too far into the land of Snark. I’m sure there must be some kind of unofficial competition amongst the beat writers to see who can be the most sarcastic (perhaps to combat the boredom of covering endless Spring Training workouts and glorified scrimmages?), how else do you explain the coverage of the team this year? It’s getting tiring is all.

    Keep up the reporting, don’t lose the humor, but give us a bit of a break with the Snark.

    Or don’t. It’s your blog.

  29. David March 6th, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    Pete – you’re calling ‘em as you see ‘em. Keep up the honest reporting of your opinions.

  30. RSM March 6th, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    I have to agree. Figgins really makes the most sense of all the potental scenarios.

  31. li March 6th, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    Pete seems to be the most sensitive of all.

  32. rodg12 March 6th, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    RGR -
    I don’t know that Swisher fits what the Angels like. They’ve never been big on OBP. They might like Nady more. If that’s the case, sign me up!! Nady can play 1B as well. Nady + for Figgins would be a coup IMO. Probably not doable though. That’s why I’m thinking Inge or Beltre would be our best options.

  33. JJ March 6th, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    Pete just lost me as a reader. So sick of his anti yank crap

  34. kei igawa's sunglasses March 6th, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    Pete if you can’t handle criticism then you shouldn’t be in this business. Media, they can criticize anyone but when they get it they can’t handle it. This latest post was pathetic Pete.

  35. Cliff March 6th, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    From the last post:

    “Don: Thanks for reading. The failing newspaper business thanks you for your support and comments.

    One blog post on a random Friday is a sign of all that is wrong in newspapers? Sharp analysis there.

    Meanwhile, we just had 575 people on the video chat. We’re not put of business yet.”

    Just because people are commenting on here does not mean this site is making money. I for one will never click on any ad on this site. Not put of business yet Pete, Gannett closed at $2.11 yesterday and is down to $1.90 as of right now. Yeah Pete, sounds like business is great!

  36. hootyhoo March 6th, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    “Nick Swisher is better than Xavier Nady, who is overrated.

    Derek Jeter had one subpar season so therefore he is in irrevocable decline.

    The list goes on and on. Evidence piles up on some of these cases that he is and has been wrong all along, and he ignores it. Just keeps blathering his baseless opinions.”

    Nick Swisher IS better than Nady. Look at his UZR rating and OBP. I’ll take Swisher’s lower BA and higher OBP over Nady’s higher BA and lower OBP any day. Not to mention he is a + wins defender whereas Nady is a liability (though an improvement over Abreu).

    And Jeter has had more than one sub-par year. Defensively, that is. His slugging has been steadily declining, and his range has never been very good in either direction (not just his infamously terrible left side). Captain Intangibles will always be a fan favorite, however. He’s also the rally killing king of GIDP on the Yankees.

  37. Phil March 6th, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    So, CC’s pitching tonight?

  38. Patrick March 6th, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    Pete, I know you aren’t a sabremetric stat freak but I do know you are interested in the topic. I’m not really sure what your opinion of Swisher is for the coming season but the last two posts seem to indicate that you don’t think he’s all that good.

    Keeping that in mind, take a look at this article: http://www.drivelinemechanics......n-battle-y

    Through the use of stats and projections the author concludes that Swisher is the best bet for the Yankees to play in RF. In fact, the projections show that Swisher is only slightly less valuable than Manny Ramirez (this is offense plus defense).

    Obviously projections don’t always come true but they are based off past statistics. I think Swisher gets way too little credit around here.

  39. Boy who blocked his own shot. March 6th, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    Pete — I think it’s awesome you playfully lash out at your far too critical readers from time to time. They seem to forget that you are providing them a service, granted, I’m aware it’s your job, but plenty of beat writers have blogs and very few remain as dedicated.

    Don’t stop making references to The Boss either, I’m not a huge springstein fan, but I’m glad you have some personality. More clash references would be appreciated actually now that I think about it.

    Have a good one Pete, hope the backlash isn’t too bad.

  40. JJ March 6th, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    I come here for yank news. Not a fans blog.

  41. THE TRUTH March 6th, 2009 at 1:59 pm


    You are not being negative, you are being TRUTHFUL, and we all know THE TRUTH HURTS. Just keep being honest Peter, who cares if all these people are too sensitive. Your the blog is the best…. up the minute Yankee updates and some honesty. Keep up the good work Pete.

  42. rodg12 March 6th, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    Dutch -
    Um, the evidence is actually in Pete’s favor on your last two points…..

  43. Butch Wynegar March 6th, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    Hey Pete,
    Don’t cowtow to anyone. (except whoever signs your paycheck)

    This IS A BLOG, with your opinions. I love to hear them even when I think you’re off base.

    Folks, Pete has to be objective and journalistical when he files reports and articles for the paper and website. The blog is a different animal.

    Pete don’t waste energies addressing or editing yourself.
    Nobody here has the vantage point you have, thus your opinion will be different. Some posters may feel validation when they agree with you but then kick up dust because Pete is negative?

    For pete’s sake, if you don’t like Abraham’s opinion on your favorite player, comment and let it go. But Pete is now forced to address your immature whining. If you want baseball reports and news free of personality, please go CNN or the NYT. I can go there and a million of other sites to get the facts, stats and Yankee stories of the day.
    I come here for Pete’s take.

    When there is a bruce springsteen post, I just gloss over and move on. There is no need for me to chime in on how my favorite band is better.

  44. Julian March 6th, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    Look, I’m not a delusional Yankees fan. I’m aware that A-Rod’s injury is potentially season-killing stuff. But I’m a YANKEES fan. I want GOOD things for the Yankees. Just because your anti-A-Rod, overly negative posts might have a basis in truth, it’s completely unappealing to me. I have zero desire to come here and read about how the Yankees are screwed and how rich and douchy A-Rod is. I just want Yankees news, with as little opinion as possible (because quite frankly, I think yours suck).

  45. Myerz March 6th, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    Pete – Don’t let the haters get to you. You report the facts as it is. We should appreciate your objectivity and don’t drink Yankee kool-aid. This team has a lot of flaws and just lost it’s best player. Nothing positive to say.

    Thanks for posting Pete, its refreshing to see your objectivity. The real Yankee/baseball fans appreciate your input.

  46. RSM March 6th, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    Nady for Figgins would be perfect.

  47. CYF March 6th, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    Anyone catch the Japan WBC game yesterday? I took a peek to see if Yu Darvish lived up to the hype. I didn’t see any radar gun readings. It looked like his fastball had some zip on it, but it looked awfully flat and lifeless. His slider looked rather underwhelming as well. All in all pretty disappointing. I think it was the AP report that mentioned a $70M+ posting fee for this guy, and off this appearance I would say no way.

  48. Julian March 6th, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    “Just because your anti-A-Rod, overly negative posts might have a basis in truth, it’s completely unappealing to me”

    Ha woops that’s way wrong. Should be “doesn’t make them at all appealing to me”.

  49. Steve March 6th, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    This is a BLOG. It is a mix of news/opinion. That’s why it’s a BLOG. Not a newspaper article.

    Wow, people. Get over it.

  50. BIG STEIN March 6th, 2009 at 2:03 pm


  51. JP March 6th, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    Just for the record, I’d LOVE to get Chone Figgins. I can’t imagine why the Angels would gift-wrap him for the Yankees though.

  52. Sal March 6th, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    Now we get the real pete. Snark filled and dumb.

  53. NYSuperFan March 6th, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    LOL…..nice post Pete

  54. RAFAL March 6th, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    Pete is like a 12 year old girl… sensitive much?

  55. aaron empty March 6th, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    wow…snarkymcsnarky pants…

  56. JohnC March 6th, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    Angels would not trade Figgins for Swisher or Nady. They’d want guys like Hughes or Jackson in a package, especially since they know the Yanks are in a bind if Arod needs surgery and will be out quite a while. Where do some of you come up with these trade proposals? Gotta be more realistic than that.

  57. Jeremy March 6th, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    And cue Pete’s “lighten up” response. What is that now, the 50th time this offseaon we’ve seen “lighten up” or a variation of it?

    This site has become too obnoxious to be enjoyable.

  58. ToI m March 6th, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    Wow, you don’t see many journalists troll their own blogs!

  59. JobaLover March 6th, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    Wow. And people say ARod has rabbit ears and thin skin. Pete you are so defensive it is embarassing. Let it go, not everyone will agree with you all the time. Get over it.

  60. tony March 6th, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    Hey Pete,

    quick question…are you this funny when A-Rod is front of you or just when you can rip him when he isn’t around

  61. Butch Wynegar March 6th, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    You run the BEST and most popular Yankee blog in the universe.

    You have legions of readers, please don’t cow tow to commenters who have waaay too much free time in between filming episodes of “How’s Your News”.

    The morons who come out to cry that you disparaged their player crush and **GASP!* have a different take on a current event, need to be ignored. Let them comment as is their right and ignore it. You said your peace, let them say theirs as their right, but don’t waste your valuable time adressing and redressing idiocy.

    Your angle is unique and you have an excellent blog, keep it up. I might not give 2 spits about Bruce Springsteen, but It’s great that you do and I wouldn’t waste anyone’s time with my opinion on why my favorite band is better.
    GO PETE.

  62. The Mad Prince in Pinstripes March 6th, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    Wow, Peter, you were really giving into some banter against ya. As they say, opinions are like buttholes, everyone has one.

    I think your points are all valid, but what got to me is all your negative banter about A-Rod as if none of are aware how big of a poopshoot he is. We all know, trust me.

    I, for one, am simply tired of the constant jabs at him. If I am alone in that sentiment, so be it. But this blog has seemed to focus on the positive more than the negative by and large, so it caught me off guard.

  63. Sticking By Arod March 6th, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    haha, nice Pete. love this post. love your humor.

  64. 86w183 March 6th, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    Nady for Figgins? Welcome to Fantasy Island. There’s no chance on earth the Angels do that, none.

    Guys who might be acquirable at a reasonable price include Mark Teahen, Brandon Inge, Aaron Boone and maybe Ty Wigginton. Inge would give you Posada insurance as well, but Wigginton is the best hitter in that group.

    But it matters not until it’s clear whether Alex tries to play or goes ahead with the surgery. With eight years on his contract after this one that decision should be based on long term considerations and not this season.

    Pete was obviously being tongue-in-cheek with this post, not retaliatory.

  65. Billy CC March 6th, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    Pete if you can’t handle criticism then you shouldn’t be in this business. Media, they can criticize anyone but when they get it they can’t handle it. This latest post was pathetic Pete.


    I think he was trying to prove a point. If you are looking for a blog where the writer wears “Yankee tinted goggles” and does nothing but talk up the Yankees, then you are in the wrong place. If you want to read an objective PoV, then you will like his blog. He doesn’t sugarcoat anything….that’s a good thing

  66. Arcobug March 6th, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    This just in…..Yuri Sucret was seen at the hospital in Colorado..more to come…..

  67. Doreen March 6th, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    I thought it was funny.

  68. rbj March 6th, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    Peter, I didn’t think the previous post was too negative. More like it was reality.

  69. Chris March 6th, 2009 at 2:28 pm


    Very funny post. You’re a good sport. As a Yankee fan, I know the lineup has holes – but they still have to play the games and you never know – that is what makes baseball great for me – IMO.

  70. GreenBeret7 March 6th, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    March 6th, 2009 at 1:43 pm
    Pete’s post is spot on. The lineup is loaded with questions. Even guys like Cano and Teix are notorious slow starters, and we cannot afford to get off to a slow start.

    Posada may not catch, Matsui is injury prone. Gardner is an automatic out. Nady is an average player.

    We’re going to have to win 3-2 games. Mariano and the BP better not blow any early games. We cannot afford to give away wins when we have such a questionable lineup.


    Cano has had one slow start in four years (last April 2008) and now he’s a notoriously slow starter? Jesus…talk about swallowing the media bait.

  71. S.A.-Time to take a vow of silence Alex. For your own sanity March 6th, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    Everyone seems to be on edge. I thought it was funny. :lol:

  72. Patrick Bateman March 6th, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    If there was any confusion that Pete was a Sox fan, this should clear it all up.

  73. Rob March 6th, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    I like the first post better. It was more objective.

  74. kevin March 6th, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    great use of sarcasm, pete. really funny post.

  75. The Mad Prince in Pinstripes March 6th, 2009 at 2:33 pm


    I agree. While I do appreciate Peter’s writing and coverage (which is truly phenomenol), the insane amount of newer people that write on this blog and their moronic comments have really detracted from the formerly high quality of the blog as a whole.

    I don’t consider this Peter’s fault at all.

  76. Timmy March 6th, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    I’m sick of the anti a rod anti girardi anti jeter posts here. There are 50 other Yankee blogs to read.

  77. The Evil Empire March 6th, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    We’re all Yankee fans here (or should be). There’s nothing wrong with looking at things from a different perspective, in this case, Pete originally looked at things from the “worst case scenario”, but now he’s using sarcasm?

    You should’ve just stuck to your original post, no matter how classless or snotty it was. Trying to edit your blog to appease those who took offense to your comments is definitely not the direction you want to start taking. And I think it’s time we start looking at things from the “glass half full” not “empty” perspective. We came off a horrible year in 2008, and anything and everything that could go wrong in 2009 can make a lot of noise. We’re in recovery mode here Pete, try to show some optimism.

  78. wsr March 6th, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    i really do appreciate the info contained here, but lets not kid ourselves, they aren’t providing us a service, they’re selling us to their advertisers, the blog viewers are the product here.

    the advertisers are the ones paying, petes content is designed to bring in the most blog hits, so they can sell that to the advertisers.

  79. bottom line March 6th, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    seems to me the first and second posts are about equally true. nice of pete to self-correct– we can just average the two for a realistic picture

  80. Anthony March 6th, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    Well, outside of Bay and Pedroia, you can say most of the same things about the Red Sox lineup:

    Aging players coming off injuries: Lowell, Ortiz, Drew

    Aging players in decline: Varitek, Drew, Ortiz, Lowell

    Young, unproven players: Ellsbury, Lowrie

    Players coming off their worst season: Varitek (again!)

    Players without a position: Lugo

    Players who probably aren’t as good as last season’s stats would indicate: Youkilis

  81. Blazini March 6th, 2009 at 2:45 pm


  82. jv March 6th, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    Hysterical! Good work, PeteAbe :)

  83. Vincent March 6th, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    So Pete should just take everyones crap who can’t disagree with him without getting all huffy?

    Good Job Pete!

  84. Baseball Fab March 6th, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    FUNNIEST post ever Pete don’t let up!

  85. Kevin March 6th, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Haha, nice! Love it, Pete. I disagreed with the idea that Damon was in decline and thought the Yankees were stupid for not having inserted Swish into RF yet, but otherwise didn’t have an issue with the first post. Sarcasm is always appreciated, though. :)

  86. vinny-b __trade for Hank Blalock__ March 6th, 2009 at 2:55 pm


    you had it right the first time. Don’t pay the chronic complainers, any mind.

    just be fair to Girardi this year.

  87. Jesse March 6th, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    I thought the first one was pretty fair. Aside from pitching, which is stacked, the Yankees really do have a lot of question marks.

    Here’s something I was wondering: Everybody is so worried about what we will do with Jeter when his contract runs out. And Posada is a huge question mark. Is there anything preventing the Yankees from converting Jeter into a catcher to finish out his Yankees career? Even in decline, he’d be a great bat (for a catcher), and his defensive range issues wouldn’t matter as much. Plus, he’s the captain, so how hard would it be to transition into a role calling the games behind the plate? If he could learn the position, I think he’d love it!

  88. Ed H. March 6th, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    I think that this is a riot. Great post, Pete. Some of these folks can’t even tell when they’re being messed with.

    New Yorkers just ain’t what they used to be. (What fun is is to say something if you can’t say it with attitude?)

  89. Ed H. March 6th, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    Oh yeah, and your mother wears combat boots.

    (That used to be an insult.)

  90. FrankieYankee March 6th, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    Very funny… I think some people need to lighten up, its baseball…

  91. Yankee2123 March 6th, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    People are wussies. It’s the 60′s that ruined everything, except Music. And the parenting today deviates between butt-holes who either abuse their children, or over-protect them.

    And the PC nonsense is out of control, and has been since the 90′s. How can Americans be open and have conversations on race, gender, etc. if people have to watch every third word they say. Frankly, I’m offended by Political Corectness.

  92. JF March 6th, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    Love ya, Pete!

  93. JF March 6th, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    Actually, X-Man’s steadily improved over the past few years. Now, that could mean he peaked last year, or it could mean he has yet to peak. Either way, I like his character.

  94. Kevin March 6th, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    Problem is, he’s never hit righties until last year. Yeah, maybe it’s not a fluke, but would you want to count on that? Swisher, on the other hand, really should be a beast.

  95. RGK March 6th, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    Excellent post Pete!!! ….and may I add – very appropriate. It was nice to laugh on a Friday afternoon. I saw nothing wrong with the original post.

  96. JT March 6th, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    Pete, you forgot to mention Swisher is coming off his worst season too.

    I’m as die-hard as they come, but I agree, the cracks are showing.

  97. Bellylard March 6th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Man, Pete, all they are saying is the newspaper business is in decline. Chats are doing fine, we all know that.

    May as well get used to WINNING 3-2 games, that’s what the playoffs are about anyway.

    I would cling to a possibility of the Lowell anology for Alex’s condition, but failing that the Nats would trade the Yanks Willie Harris or Belliard plus a low-level non-prospect for Kennedy or a good reliever.

  98. Hokiehill March 6th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    i skimmed the comments extremely fast so excuse me if this was done already…

    just a friendly reminder that everyone here voluntarily clicked on this site and read the material…granted this is a place to put your opinion and agree or disagree with the post but people who have posted something like “i’ll never read this again” or “complete waste of my time” need to just pipe down and move on. no one forces you to read this site and your comments only bog up the place for everyone else involved.

    the funny thing is, i bet you 90% of the posters that say something like, “i’ll never read this site again” are probably back and commenting again within a week. if you find yourself in that category, thank you for being the joke that makes my life a little more amusing.

  99. Shackman (in SF and forced to watch randy johnson again) March 6th, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    now THAT’s why i read this blog

  100. Matt March 6th, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    hahahahah….its posts like these that make me love this site.

    “Exactly right, Dutch. I’m quite sure I have written many times that “Phil Hughes is the greatest pitcher ever.” My list: 1. Phil Hughes, 2. Cy Young. 3. Walter Johnson.”

    i literally started crying of laughter when i read this. pete is the man.

  101. PeteHam March 6th, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    You are a worthless nothing. I despise you. DESPISE you.

  102. Carla March 6th, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    Pete, will you marry me?

  103. Wang IS Taiwan March 6th, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    No wonder people hate Yankees fans. Some of you people are sheer idiots. Lighten up. Baseball is a game and this is a freakin’ BLOG. Stop reading and posting if you’re so offended.

    Pete, loved it.

  104. TJ March 6th, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    Great job.
    I’ve been a Diehard Yankee fan for fifty years…and there is nothing wrong with your comments.
    Some people need to get a life!
    Thanks for the laughs!

  105. Paco Dooley March 6th, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    Excellent stuff – great follow up!

  106. Jack Knight March 6th, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    is there anywhere to watch this game??

  107. JohnBlacksox ( 24 + 1 ) March 6th, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    Hilarious! Love it…

  108. Troy March 6th, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    It’s truly amazing how people are reacting to this.

    Sarcasm people. learn it.

  109. Maureen March 7th, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    Piling on A-Rod is getting damn old..I love my team and want this year to be one of the best ever..

    I don’t see any reason to keep repeating,with a little different spin, the same thing others write ,or what the talking heads say about A-Rod issues over and over again….Talk the “game”,okay?

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