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Welcome to New York, Tex

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

It’s a new world for Mark Teixeira given the state of the position players around him …

Players who are injured: Alex Rodriguez.

Aging players coming off injuries: Jorge Posada, Hideki Matsui.

Aging players in decline: Derek Jeter, Johnny Damon.

Young, unproven players: Brett Gardner, Melky Cabrera.

Players coming off their worst season: Robinson Cano.

Players without a position: Nick Swisher.

Players who probably aren’t as good as last season’s stats would indicate: Xavier Nady.

If everything goes well, the Yankees could have an imposing lineup. If not, yeesh. But a lot falls on the back of Teixeira now. Buster Olney broke it down well today on ESPN.com if you have a subscription. In essence, Teixeira is the only sure thing they have offensively right now.

Debating what will happen is fairly pointless until we see how well Alex can play or whether they move to replace him. But one examination in Vail sure changed a lot

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228 Responses to “Welcome to New York, Tex”

  1. rodg12 March 6th, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    Buster’s article no longer requires a subscription. Used to and some parts of it still do, but the part about Tex does not. Here’s the link….

    http://tinyurl.com/dzt6ck

  2. vinny-b __trade for Hank Blalock__ March 6th, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    yup. point taken.

    off topic: do the Yankees have a game today?

  3. Kevin March 6th, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    Swisher may not technically have a position, but he should just be given right field on a silver platter: http://www.drivelinemechanics......n-battle-y

    H/T: Rob Neyer.

  4. Doreen March 6th, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    And I would add that even Teixeira – no one – can be a sure thing.

    vinny-b –

    Isn’t it at least a little bit funny that a question about whether the Yankees have a game today is off-topic? :)

  5. Big Willie Style March 6th, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    “In essence, Teixeira is the only sure thing they have right now.”

    Didn’t they get some mediocre pitcher(s) or something? I can’t remember.

  6. vinny-b __trade for Hank Blalock__ March 6th, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    doreen:

    yup. crazy. : )

  7. Yewnork March 6th, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    A declining Johnny Damon coming off the best season of his career…

  8. Kevin March 6th, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    Oh, and Damon falls under “likely to decline,” not “in decline.” He had one of the best offensive seasons of his career last year.

  9. Don March 6th, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    Pete, you could this for every team in the majors.

    Players who are injured: JD Drew

    Aging players coming off injuries: David Ortiz, Mike Lowell.

    Aging players in decline: Jason Varitek, Julio Lugo

    Young, unproven players: Jed Lowrie, Jacoby Ellsbury.

    Players coming off their worst season: Jason Varitek, Julio Lugo.

    Players without a position: Mark Kotsay, Rocco Baldelli.

    Players who probably aren’t as good as last season’s stats would indicate: Kevin Youkilis, Dustin Pedroia.

    I’ll give you Jason Bay as the sure thing.

  10. murphydog March 6th, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    Agreed. No one is a sure thing.

    Cash’s claim that A-Rod will go with rest and rehab sounds like a fig leaf to try and keep a shred of leverage. He needs to get a league average 3d baseman without getting fleeced.

    Wigginton plus a young arm in exchange for Nady?

  11. yanksfanmc76 March 6th, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    Be nice if we had a beat reporter that actually liked the team that puts food on his table

  12. J-Boogie March 6th, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    Nicely done Don! Well played.

  13. Don March 6th, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    Thanks J, unfortunately the MSM needs to be schooled from time to time on how to properly do their job.

    Sorry if that offends Pete, but you and the rest of your colleagues know you aren’t well liked by the public for a reason.

  14. E-gawa March 6th, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    “Aging players in decline: Derek Jeter, Johnny Damon.”

    Damon’s in a decline? How does that work?

  15. Joey's Poodle March 6th, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    Right, yanksfanmc76, this would be a TERRIFIC site if the host was a Blind Homer like most of its commenters … NOT.

  16. Peter Abraham March 6th, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    Here’s the thing, Don. I blog about the Yankees, not every team in the majors. My point was that Tex could have to carry them.

    My concern is not who carries the other 29 clubs.

  17. Chris March 6th, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    How is Jason Bay the sure thing? He isn’t that good haha I’d give Youk as being the sure thing. He’s consistently gotten better every year he’s played

  18. Don March 6th, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    Joey – you dont have to be a blind homer, check out RAB or a few of the other great “volunteer” Yankees blogs to see how its done.

    There is a reason the newspaper business is in the tank.

    The only beat writer that does a consistently, representative job is Chad Jennings for the SWB Yanks.

  19. RGR March 6th, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    Johnny Damon

    Contract Year + Scott Boras = sure thing

    ok, maybe not an automatic sure thing (Varitek and Jones) but its close to a sure thing

  20. teddy March 6th, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    damon put up a 375 obp last year, he not declining. jeter likely will

  21. bodhisattva March 6th, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    How about: Players who aren’t as bad as their last season? Robinson Cano?

    Nahh… Too hopeful an postive.

  22. Don March 6th, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    Pete – I understand what your job is, but broad stroke analysis like the one you provided does not paint an accurate picture for the average Yankees fan.

  23. jon March 6th, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    I’m usually one of the first to jump on Pete for naysaying, but I agree with him this time. Even before A-Rod went down we were looking at a lineup that could have been the best in the majors, but could just as easily have been mediocre. Yes you can theoretically say that about all teams but i would say the Yankees lineup is especially going to be hit or miss this season.

  24. Tex's New Best Friend March 6th, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    Jeter hit .300 last year. His range to the left is the only thing in obvious decline.

    I hope Damon has a killer year and we resign him to another 2 year deal with 3rd option. he is a great guy to have, plays hard, and helps us to get players like AJ.

  25. tampayank March 6th, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    Tex needs to have a big April if AROD goes to surgery; I know he’s usually a slow starter but maybe he’ll have one of those Bamtino Aprils from a few years back and carries the team. Either him or Cano really steps up offensively…..this uncertainty sucks, I want to just watch some meaningful games to see how the early season shapes out

  26. MikeEff March 6th, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    i just wondered why he didn’t make the same post a few days ago with the title:

    welcome to new york Tex, the only player you can count on is Alex

    but we know why he didn’t

  27. Tex's New Best Friend March 6th, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    Give Alex some cortizone occassionally and get him to September or at least the ASB. By then, our slow starters heat up, and players become available by trade.

  28. Brian M March 6th, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    Bold prediction no 1 – I’m gonna go out on a limb and say Jeter will hit above .300

    Bold prediction no 2 – Damon hits .300 and scores more than 100 runs.

    Bold prediction no 3 – Gardner is in the top 5 for rookie of the year voting.

  29. El Maestro March 6th, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    …and some people didn’t want to sign Teixeira…

  30. Arliss March 6th, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    “Here’s the thing, Don. I blog about the Yankees, not every team in the majors. My point was that Tex could have to carry them.

    My concern is not who carries the other 29 clubs.”

    Well, here’s the thing Pete, you have basically lost all sense of objectivity this offseason. Last year you hated Girardi so much you couldnt write objectively about him, now you have issues with Cashman because he misled you about what they would spend in the offseason and you have venemous hatred of Arod and a single white female approach to writing about him.
    So, while your concern may not be with the other 29 clubs, I am fairly confident most of us know you dont care enough about the Yankees to legitimately be “concerned” about how they perform.
    In short, if they went 81-81, most of us think that would be more than fine by you and as such, your use of the word “concern” is about as hollow as a Cashman budget projection or an Arod interview with Katie Couric, two things you are very familiar with I am sure.
    I think the repeated “end of the world, whoa is the state of the yankees” commentary is getting a bit tired. They have the best rotation in baseball and an offense, that without arod, can still be in the top half of the AL in run production…….lets stop with the ominous, “holy cr$p, the yanks are in big trouble this year” diatribes. Its transparent that all you are looking to do is antagonize.

  31. Kevin March 6th, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    “Jeter hit .300 last year. His range to the left is the only thing in obvious decline.”

    Jeter regressed severely last year. I tend to think that was mostly the result of his injury, and that he’ll bounce back to an OPS+ somewhere in the 110s, but Jeter certainly declined last season.

  32. asburyboss March 6th, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    how is Derek Jeter NOT a “sure thing”???? write it down, 300-320 12-18 60-80

  33. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 6th, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    To which I say, thank the good Lord that a top-rate pitching rotation is worth the price of admission. If our guys stay healthy we should have no trouble rolling along, Alex or no.

    Even if you want to take an extremely bleak view of the position players named (I don’t by the way, but I’ll play along) they should still be able to cobble together enough runs to win games playing behind the Yankee pitching staff.

  34. Brian M March 6th, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    Remember when Pete used to try to calm everyone down and stop people calling for wholesale changes after every loss? Seems like so long ago…

  35. JohnC March 6th, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    Vinny:

    To answer your question, Yanks play tonight in Lakeland against Detroit. CC makes his first ST start tonight. Unfortunately, it is not televised or on radio though.

  36. Peter Abraham March 6th, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    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.

  37. RGR March 6th, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    Guys, stop your jabs at Pete. Hes doing what his job is. He doesnt even have to update us with anything, hes doing this as a service to you. He could easily back off and let us wait on information from ESPN.com or MLB.com which is usually about 2 hours behind Pete’s updates. Or MLBtraderumors…Oh wait, most of their information comes from this blog…

    So quit complaining and take the Arod talk. You all act as if the Yankees are perfect and everything has to be positive

  38. Coach6423 March 6th, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    All this doom and gloom kills me.

  39. Don March 6th, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    Pete – Unfortunately, you made my point for me.

    Its the elitist, arrogant personality like you exhibited above that turns people off from reading most of the drivel that comes from the media these days.

    I appreciate the efforts you make on the blog, but I stand by my point regarding the newspaper business as a whole.

  40. Coach6423 March 6th, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    If someone else asks if Nick Swisher can play 3rd (left handed), please ask them if maybe we can sign Jimmy Abbott to play 3rd.

  41. vin March 6th, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    Fact is, if the offense fails and the pitching holds up, then this team will still be in the playoff hunt.

    If the pitching fails and the offense holds up, then the it’ll probably be tee-time in October again.

    If both hold up, then this is a definite contender.

    If both fail, then…. well you get the idea. Anything can happen. Just hang in there and enjoy the ride.

  42. JohnBlacksox ( 24 + 1 ) March 6th, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    So say that ARod is out, and they get some generic 3B to replace him. What does the lineup look like?

    Do you think they would have to play Swisher, Damon, Nady in the OF most games, and DH Matsui, just to get the biggest bats in the lineup to compensate for the loss of ARod’s power?

  43. vinny-b __trade for Hank Blalock__ March 6th, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    John C:

    thank you, for the word

  44. Steve B March 6th, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    “How is Jason Bay the sure thing?”

    Pretty consistent 30/100, high OBP guy since being a full time player.

  45. MikeEff March 6th, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    RGR-

    it is certainly true that pete need never update us with anything, but then his blog wouldn’t be popular- it IS his job if he wants to keep this place as the place to go for the best up to the minute yankee coverage.

    what many people, myself included don’t like are pete’s attacks on commenters here nor his vendettas against certain players or certain managers. . he clearly seems to enjoy baiting some of his readers. i don’t find it very professional. if i were him i wouldn’t make comments to the peanut galley here at all.

    any regular reader ( and i am one from 2006 ) knows his prejudices and peccadilloes. we just put up with them.

  46. Jason March 6th, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    Yankees will have 110 wins this year. Mark it down.

  47. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 6th, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    “Fact is, if the offense fails and the pitching holds up, then this team will still be in the playoff hunt.”

    Yep

    “Just hang in there and enjoy the ride.”

    Absolutely!

  48. m March 6th, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    See, here’s the thing. With or without Wang. With or without Alex. With or without Jorge. With or without any of the key contributors, I still love this team.

    We’ll see what happens. We’ve put together the best teams on paper before and had nothing to show for it.

    I just want to see baseball. Blowout wins, blowout losses, squeakers, 1 run losses. They happen for every team, no matter who’s on the roster. Having the Cy Young winner (Cliff Lee) or MVP (Alex Rodriguez) guarantees you nothing.

    And while we can take comfort in a career season or despair because of a career worst season, it doesn’t really matter.

    New season, new game. Play ball. The sooner the better.

  49. Yankee Trader March 6th, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    A-Rod’s career in jeopardy? Read this snippet from the larger attached article.

    “The presence of chondral lesions of the femur or the acetabulum also has been implicated as an indicator of a poorer prognosis following excision of a labral tear.4,8,36,67 Farjo et al4 found a significant correlation between outcome and presence of arthritis on radiography. Only 21% of patients (3 of 14) with arthritis detectable on radiographs had good results from surgery, compared with 75% of patients without arthritis.4 Furthermore, 43% of patients (6 of 14) with arthritis went on to undergo total hip arthroplasty, whereas only 14% of patients (2 of 14) without arthritis went on to have total hip arthroplasty.4 Arthroscopic detection of chondromalacia was an even stronger indicator of poor long-term prognosis.4 Similarly, Byrd and Jones8 reported less symptomatic improvement following resection of labral tears in patients with articular surface damage than in patients without articular surface damage. Bonnomet et al further commented, “Resection of the labral lesion is immediately effective but does not prevent long-term degradation of the joint if there is an associated chondral lesion.”36(p787) This comment emphasizes the importance of early effective intervention in this patient population.”

    http://www.ptjournal.org/cgi/content/full/86/1/110

  50. JohnBlacksox ( 24 + 1 ) March 6th, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    The people who bitch about Pete not being enough of a Yankee shill are the same type of fans who love Hawk Harrelson’s shtick in Chicago.

    Barf. No thanks.

  51. BIG STEIN March 6th, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    Pete you the man love the blog…you remind me of a older version of TIM RIGGINS…

    the Yankees are in trouble, this is like the Panthers losing Jason Street…can the Yanks find their Matt Seracen??

  52. 86w183 March 6th, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    I’ve jousted with Pete on more than one occasion but the guy is a complete professional in the way he conducts his business and the way he operates this blog. There’s a reason why we see more and more of him on ESPN and less and less of some other hacks.

    Even if Alex is able to tough it out through the season, he’ll be better off DHing a significant portion of the season. I htink Inge/Wigginton would be ideal acquisitions that could play 3B against LHP, allowing Alex to DH with Matsui on the bench.

    If he goes ahead with surgery than you have to aim higher for Beltre or Garrett Atkins which would not be cheap.

    Veras, Kennedy, Nady, Ramirez, Robertson, Aceves, Albaladejo etc are assets that could be used to try to make something happen. I want to hold on to Hughes, Coke and Melancon.

  53. JohnBlacksox ( 24 + 1 ) March 6th, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    The people who complain about Pete not being enough of a Yankee shill are the same type of fans who eat up Hawk Harrelson’s embarrassing shtick in Chicago.

    Barf. No thanks.

  54. JohnC March 6th, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    My first choice to replace ARod would be Chone Figgins, but I don’t see the Angels parting with him. He can play alot of positions and he is Mike Soscia’s type of player. If they did, the price would be steep. My next choice would be Brandon Inge. He is unhappy in Detroit, and the Tigers would love to dump hi salary. He is an adequate 3rd baseman, and can also catch should the need arise. Probably wouldn’t cost alot, maybe Kennedy and another prospect. 3rd Choice would be Mark Teahen from KC. Don’t know what Royals would want for him though.

  55. no.27 March 6th, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    Here’s the thing. A lot of people on this blog, including Pete, thought that the Yankees offense was good enough without Teixeira with Swisher playing 1st base.

    Teixeira and A-Rod had pretty similar offensive numbers last year. Sure, A-Rod is a better offensive player, but it’s still close. If the Yankees can put Damon or Swisher in CF, the trade off on offense is Tex for A-Rod and Gardner/Melky for Ransom. It’s not as good of an offense, but it’s not a killer hit to the offense. I know they lose defense with Gardner, but there isn’t any ideal situation when you lose an MVP player.

  56. NY5 March 6th, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    Pete,
    I think you do a really great job. If you want news about the yankees, you come to this web site. You get the information out fast and in a way that makes the fans feel like they are right there with you. Sometimes it does seem like you aren’t a fan of the team itself, but it doesn’t bother me, because that is not your job to be a fan. Whenever I talk to people and I bring up things that you post in your blog, everyone is always asking me how the hell I know this stuff. With some people jabbing at you, I thought I should just let you know that I appreciate the work you do.

  57. murphydog March 6th, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    Elitist and arrogant?

    lol.

    Overreact much?

  58. Peter Abraham March 6th, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    Why is it that the posters who rip me always give fake e-mail addresses so I cant respond in private? Cowards.

    At any rate, “Arliss”, in what world does it benefit me for the Yankees to go 81-81?

    It hurts traffic to the blog, it lessens readers to the paper, it takes me out of covering the playoffs, it lessens my freelance opportunities, it decreases everything. It costs me money.

    I would like nothing more than for the Yankees to go 110-52 and win the World Series. But I can’t pretend nothing is wrong as you would have me do.

    Meanwhile, Don, what did I post that was elitist or arrogant? I pointed out that I don’t cover the other 29 teams and I kiddingly thanked you for reading.

  59. Sean Ryan March 6th, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    Pete.. must you be so arrogant?

  60. james March 6th, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    absolutley. no longer can texeira just blend in like he wanted to– he has to carry us on his back. hope he is ready.

  61. saucY March 6th, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    “If someone else asks if Nick Swisher can play 3rd (left handed), ”

    didn’t mattingly play a game or 2 at 3B? ;)

  62. jax gmen March 6th, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    a slow start is not an option for tex. if he doesn’t get off to a fast start, we will sink

  63. Axel March 6th, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    Wow, pop a zoloft Pete.

    I do agree that Tex is now under more pressure but our lineup is still strong without A-Rod.

    My bigger concern going into this season is Joba. He needs to get his head right. Pitching (especiall starting) is, has, and always will be the key to a World Championship.

  64. Guard March 6th, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    Yeah… how dare Pete be objective about the team and point out the many potential question marks!!

  65. Tom March 6th, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    How is Pete arrogant?

  66. kei igawa's sunglasses March 6th, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    How is Tex the only sure thing on offense? Damon just disappears out of nowhere into a .220 hitter? The guy is a great leadoff hitter if you take a look at his numbers. Jeter is Jeter. IMO even without A-Rod the Yankees have plenty of offense to go around.

    However, Cano needs to get his act together and start raking like he can. Hitting Cano in front of Tex isn’t a bad idea.

    Damon
    Jeter
    Cano
    Tex
    Matsui

    That’s a pretty good top 5 IMO. Pete you need to go check your stats if you labeled Damon in a “decline.”

  67. Don March 6th, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    Chase Utley played 2B at a high level last year with the same injury. If A-Rod decides to play through it, we can expect similar production to what Utley put forth for the Phils in comparison to his previous years.

    Mike Lowell, similarly, had this injury going back to his days with the Marlins. It took 3 years of the injury to force him to elect for surgery.

    We haven’t seen A-rod’s medical chart, but I have a hunch he can be productive this year and get this thing fixed in the off-season.

    It isnt perfect Yankees fans, but these are the cards we’ve been dealt. I’ll take my chances.

  68. mattseattleusa March 6th, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    Pete,

    Maybe this will be the year that Tex breaks out of his slow start for the beginning of the season? One can only hope..

  69. m March 6th, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    Elitist and arrogant? No.

    Smartazz? Definitely.

    If you can’t handle Pete’s comebacks, don’t start anything.

    I don’t think we signed Teixeira to a mega-contract to be a wallflower or a role player.

  70. Don March 6th, 2009 at 1:00 pm

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

  71. Yankee Trader March 6th, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    Is A-Rods Career in Jeopardy-

    Tried to attach an article without success Peter, but in essence, A-Rod will need the surgery sooner rather than later, as, even with rest and corticosteroids, the pain will return with weight bearing and exercise.

    If during the arthroscopy he has any articular surface,[ ie chondral lesion], damage along with the labral tear than the long term prognosis is not good, as this commonly leads to degeneration of the hip joint[acetabulum].

  72. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 6th, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    For all the people who point out that the Yankees always get off to a slow start I’d like to point out to you that unless you are ready to provide run differential, the fact that we have the rotation we do might be all it takes to turn slow to quick.

  73. S.o.S. March 6th, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    Correct me if im wrong. But didnt we win 4 championships without leading the league in offense? We will get a replacement at third that will hold his own. Those title teams won with Broscious at third. Pitching and defense wins and last i checked we have improved in those immensely.

    m,
    So I see we got Gooden. How do you think he will do with us and are you a bit concerned?

    Where the hell did all the blog vets go?

  74. Mehdi also in SF March 6th, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    Wow Pete, you’ve basically tore up any excitement I had for this season in one short paragraph.

  75. Sean Ryan March 6th, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    He always has a snotty remark for anyone who questions anything he says.

  76. William Buckner March 6th, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    Not that Pete needs anyone to defend him, but isn’t his role on this blog post something to spirit some debate?

    And what he posted is true. There are question marks on this team, more so now. If you don’t believe that your kidding yourself.

    Now, the good things about question marks is they could result in positive answers. It’s not like anyone is writing the season is certainly over in March.

  77. Don March 6th, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    Pete’s retorts dont bother me the slightest, but from what Ive read in recent months, me thinks he protests a bit too much.

  78. Yankee Trader March 6th, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    http://www.ptjournal.org/cgi/content/full/86/1/110

    More than you wanted to know about labral tears

  79. 7 UP March 6th, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    A-Rod and Teix were the only sure things in this lineup, now one of them is probably gone.
    Nothing Pete said was wrong.

    Damon is a notorious slow starter and came into camp out of shape again. Jeter is in decline. No idea what to expect from Cano, Nady, Swisher, Gardner/Melky.

    Posada may not even catch and Matsui has been a shell of himself and injury prone since the wrist injury in 06.

    This lineup is filled with question marks. A couple of things go wrong and this lineup goes from formidable to disastrous.

  80. Paddy R March 6th, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    agree with everything except damon being listed as in decline. he gets nicked up, but the guy has been nothing short of dynamite for 90% of his three years with us, and has showed few signs of slowing down as far as 2009 is concerned.

  81. m March 6th, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    SoS,

    OMG, I was scrolling upwards and I just saw the “so I see we got Gooden” and panicked. Thought you were rodg and meant the Lakers. Whew. Good luck with Captain Ahab.

  82. S.o.S. March 6th, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    Pete,
    Hows that treadmill consecutive streak going? If its no longer active, what did it end at?

  83. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 6th, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    “Correct me if im wrong. But didnt we win 4 championships without leading the league in offense? We will get a replacement at third that will hold his own. Those title teams won with Broscious at third. Pitching and defense wins and last i checked we have improved in those immensely.”

    I think we actually led the league in offense in one of those years, and I think we may have led in pitching the same year. Other than that I don’t remember leading in offense. I know we were down as far as 6th in offense at some point in one of those years – not sure where exactly we ended up.

    “Pitching and defense wins and last i checked we have improved in those immensely.”

    Thought that bore repeating.

  84. G.R. March 6th, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    Just wanted to say “Great job, Pete”! I agree with NY5 about always being able to get up to the minute Yankee news here. I don’t even check other sites because between you and a lot of knowledgeable posters – everything get’s covered here! I appreciate all your work in making this available for us!

    As far as the complainers go, there’s always a few in the bunch! I really enjoy your taking on all things Yankee – then the discussion that whatever you say stimulates! Great Blog, great job – appreciate it!

  85. ECG 234 March 6th, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    The front 3 will be fine– Damon, Jeter, Tex.

    After that, all bets are off. No idea what to expect from Posada, Cano, Matsui, Nady, Swisher, Gardner.

  86. m March 6th, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    LOL. We all have quirks and if I had to read the spit that’s posted here all day, I’d be irritable and defensive, too.

    For those that don’t like it here, no one’s forcing you to read it.

    Better yet, start your own blog. And then you can run it anyway you like and you can be rude to people who try to tell you what you should do and how you should act.

  87. Betsy March 6th, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    I will hold off on judging Jeter – he did play most of the year last year with a nearly-broken hand.

    This blog post basically assumes the worst for every single player on the team (and no, I have no intention of reading Buster Olney’s piece since it sounds like he’s sounding the death knell for this team).

    Johnny Damon – he had a very good year last year; why would anyone just automatically assume he’s going to suck this year?

    Robinson Cano- ok, he had a terrible season. So? The guy can flat out hit and I expect him to bounce back this year. Just because a player has a bad year doesn’t mean he’s a bad player.

    Swisher does have a position if the Yankees will let him keep it – RF. Even so, if he gets enough at bats, he is a very likely candidate to bounce back. See my comments on Cano.

    Nady – ok, he’s not a superstart, but he is a valuable player and can help this team.

    I guess we should start digging the graves for the 2009 Yankees and not even bother playing the season……Sheesh.

  88. Yankee Trader March 6th, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    Is A-Rod’s career in jeopardy?

    If, during arthroscopy they find articular damage, along with a labral tear, his prognosis for full recovery is much poorer as additional stress to the acetabular joint, will lead to degenerative changes over time. He will not be able to give you a full season this year, without surgery, as even with rest the pain will recur.

  89. Much Ado about Something March 6th, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    Last I knew, baseball was a team sport where the only way you win is if all are contributing toward that goal.

    The offense will take a hit without ARod. That doesn’t mean that Teixeira will have to carry the team though.

    I was listening to the radio this morning and some “expert” commentator was going on about how the Yankees will not get in the playoffs now because of ARod. He cited the loss of Abreu and Giambi. What he didn’t talk one bit about was the defensive upgrade from their replacements.

    Abreu can hit the ball, but his fielding cost runs. Giambi couldn’t field and the shift was killing him. Upgrade at 1st defense and a good bat as well seems like a net gain because it keeps production and helps keep the runs against down. Same with Nady/Swisher in Right. While the run production may not be as much if they save more runs it could be an even move, if they can produce more with their bats its an upgrade.

    Its tough to know what will happen with ARod and the rehab/ rest. He might be able to play well enough to last the season. Every injury and player is different, yet all the reports place this as worst case scenario based on limited knowledge.

    The Yankees upgraded the pitching staff pretty well, upgraded the defense well, all while keeping good offense capability.

    Every team gets older every year. Last year the Rays didn’t have a lot of injuries to their key players, though they did have some. That doesn’t mean it will play out the same way this year.

    I saw there was concern over Buchholz’s elbow. This stuff always happens, promising players don’t always pan out, or injuries happen that you don’t expect (such as Wang).

    I just don’t see the need to put fear and worry into this season when it hasn’t even played one real game yet. I also do not see where one single player breaks or makes the whole season for the team. It just means others have to step up or moves are made to plug the holes.

  90. Yankee Trader March 6th, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    Pete-

    Why are my posts not getting thru about A-Rod’s status and that his career might be in jeopardy?

  91. Phil March 6th, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    ARod’s gonna play through it and become more popular than ever.

  92. Tom March 6th, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    Pete – I agree 100%.

    This lineup is looking very grim past the top 3 without A-Rod. This injury was the worst one we could have had to someone not named CC.

  93. teddy March 6th, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    put arod at dh and unfortunely matsui pays for it by not playing

  94. Sean Ryan March 6th, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    Anyone listen to the doctor on Boomer and Carton this morning? Good news for Yankee fans if you ask me.

  95. S.o.S. March 6th, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    “I was scrolling upwards and I just saw the “so I see we got Gooden” and panicked.”

    m,
    That answers my question. Your scared!! I mean who would want a 27 year old 6-10 13 points 6 rebounds a game on their team. See you in the Conference finals!!

    Are you on Petes payroll? You seem to be taking these comments to heart. Pete has thick sick, no worries.

  96. 4time March 6th, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    Cano mashed in ST last year— it means nothing. He also is one of the slowest starters on the team.

    Posada may not even catch.

    So we lost Abreu, Giambi, and A-Rod and only replaced him with Teixeria. We’re going to have to win 3-2 games every night.

  97. JohnC March 6th, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    Pete:

    Is the replay of today’s video chat up and fixed yet? When i tried to access it before it was only 21 seconds of silence. I’d like to see it.

  98. Betsy March 6th, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    Ok, I did check Buster’s piece out and it was ok…..but things will change if Jorge and Matsui peform well. If they don’t, then I think the Yankees would have struggled even with A-Rod. I refuse to give up on the season because of this…….and I refuse to fall into the trap of bashing every single piece of this team because Alex is either going to struggle or be out for awhile. This IS a good team, but it seems that most are forgetting that (and no, I am not delusional – losing Alex is a HUGE blow).

  99. m March 6th, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    SoS,

    lol. You don’t understand. I thought you were rodg (Lakers fan) and “we” meant Lakers. I panicked because I thought Gooden signed with us. He’s only 27? Why does he look 45?

  100. BK March 6th, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    I have one thing to say about the media, and the way that they portray the Yankees. Nothing has changed. I was watching the movie 61 the other day (I was not alive to experience it) and I noticed that Jeter is Mantle and ARod is Maris. No matter what Jeter does, he is a saint, and Arod cannot do anything right.

  101. Doreen March 6th, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    I always hope the Yankees will make it to the World Series, but I don’t ever think it’s a sure thing. As m said, we’ve had the “best team in baseball,” on paper for a lot of years without any trophies to validate that assessment.

    I think the Yankees had some question marks before ARod’s injury. Now they have one more giant question mark. I still think they’re a good team and I think they are more than capable of contending for the division and onward. I think the pitching will carry them, but I thought that before ARod’s injury.

    I don’t think Tex needs to do anything more than he needed to do before ARod’s injury. In fact, I don’t think anyone needs to do more than they are capable of doing. BUT, everyone needs to play at least to their capabilities and NOT try to do too much.

    And if it ends up that everything goes wrong, well, that’s life. That’s baseball. Every player is a calculated risk. No game is a sure thing.

    But, again, as m said, I will watch the games, and I will love this team no matter what happens.

    Pete did nothing but point out the obvious shaky areas. Sure, he could have spun it in a more positive light, but that was not the point he was trying to make – the point being that Teixeira went from a nice piece of the puzzle to “wow! thank heavens they signed Teixeira.”

    And everyone knows without saying that every team faces something during the season. Every team has it’s question marks. Some teams will underperform and some teams will overperform. Surprises await at every turn. That’s why they actually play the games and don’t just do paper matchups.

    Pete has said so many times that he roots for the story. Well, the Yankees certainly are a story going into this season, aren’t they? They were a story before, but now there are a few more plot twists. This could be a fun season. Everyone had been saying how much they liked the way this team was meshing. Well, what has really changed in that regard?

  102. Yankee Trader March 6th, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    OK. Will try again.

    A-Rod will not be able to play a full season with a stint of rest and non weight bearing, and I’m sure will require the arthroscopic surgery, as the pain is likely to return and get much worse.

    If during arthroscopy, they find signs of articular damage to the acetabulum, his long term prognosis is poorer, with the possibility of denerative changes over time and the need for a hip arthroplasty.

    My guess is that A-Rod will be advised to have the surgery sooner, that an alternative will be found for third base, as soon as Cashman gets the word from the surgeons as to what they found during arthroscopy.

  103. Kevlar March 6th, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    Teixeria is a .259 hitter in April, yet he’s going to get booed off the field if he doesn’t produce early on.

    That’s what $180 million does for you. Welcome to NY, indeed.

  104. m March 6th, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    Doreen,

    Agree with everything you said. :)

    Don’t you think that the players will actually lean on each other and likewise have their teammates back?

    This is where the pitching and defense comes into play. Run prevention is a team effort. That’s how the Rays went so far last season.

  105. Jeremy March 6th, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    I’m dissatisfied with this site because of its negative tone. I read this site because it’s a good source of breaking news about the Yankees. I don’t enjoy reading daily posts knocking the team or its players.

    This post isn’t news and it isn’t enlightening opinion. Everything written in this post is ancient history. And when one commenter (Don) is smart enough to contest the post’s relevance, Pete shoots his comment down. That’s not encouraging debate.

    I’m not saying we should ignore the impact ARod’s injury will have on the team, just that there are constructive ways to do it. Analyze the possible replacements (as opposed to just listing their names – Bill Hall? Seriously?). Get quotes from the team or knowledgeable parties (the post about the doctor’s comments was excellent – let’s see more content like that). What I’d rather not see are posts that look like they came off SOSH, saying the team is screwed.

    I think LoHud knows that hits increase with cynical or negative posts because they create controversy (not debate) and get readers fired up. How many times in this offseason have we seen variations of the “Lighten up” exchange between Pete and critical readers? The result is hundreds of comments and even more hits.

    I would like to see more real analysis on this site, not kneejerk posts that require zero baseball knowledge to make but generate lots of attention and hits.

  106. you gotta have faith (bronx zoo 2009) March 6th, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    cool new promo for the yankkes 2009 season at the new stadium, notice the first person you see:

    http://blueroomnyc.com/intrane.....132816.mov

  107. Jeet Skeet March 6th, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    I wouldnt exactly say Tex is the only sure thing. don’t get me wrong i think he is great but who’s to say he doesnt have his worst season yet.

  108. Yank1 March 6th, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    We play in the highly contested AL East which features the 3 best teams in baseball. A division in which 1-2 games will be the difference between a playoff spot or not. And we just lost our best player for most of the year.

    How is that not a hit? Again, think about that. In a projected close division race, we just lost our best player. There is a difference between being positive and being delusional.

  109. S.o.S. March 6th, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    “I panicked because I thought Gooden signed with us. He’s only 27? Why does he look 45?”

    lol m. I think your mistaking him with Oden. Hes the guy in his 20′s that looks 45. Man, and here I thought you were panicking on getting a young good player. Just an honest miss understanding. Unfortunately for you, we got him.

    I cant believe he has almost the same numbers that Jermaine Oneil has.

  110. li March 6th, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    Geez, Pete, most downer post ever.

  111. m March 6th, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    Jeremy,

    Pete is negative, but not as much as other sites, analysts, or columns.

    I hate glass-half-empty stuff, but I don’t let it bother me. Unless the glass is broken.

    Sometimes I think people take what Pete says personally. And you can disagree with Pete, but do it in a respectful way.

    Just because it’s a virtual forum doesn’t mean that people should abandon decorum (and yes, that goes for Pete, too.)

  112. m March 6th, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    SoS,

    Great. Good luck keeping him on the floor. How many games does the guy average a year? Ask his former teams how that’s worked out for them. We’re talking Drew, not Dwight, right?

  113. Danny March 6th, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    Yank1,

    Excellent point. We are certainly behind our division rivals now in this race before it even starts. If Tampa had lost Longoria or Boston had lost Ortiz for 4 months… we would be saying how their playoff chances took a huge hit too. We play in the AL East, not NL West.

  114. YabkFanDave March 6th, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    Like Don I started to look at other teams and got bored with the fact you can plug any team into the “state of position players” formula including Tex’ last team. What was the point? Doesn’t each and every team have players falling into each category – yes – so why is this a “new world.”

  115. Whatever March 6th, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    In other words, good thing we signed Tex.

    Doomers will also love this take on Alex; second year in a row he has been dogged by injury after never beaking down prior to that:

    http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/s.....-breakdown

  116. Betsy March 6th, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    Doreen, I’m not knocking Pete here – I’m just making an overall point: it’s ridiculous to say the Yankees have ? and assume that they are all going to be answered negatively and then claim what whatever ? other teams have will be answered positively.

    Francesca is unbelievable. He comes back after being sick or whatever and instead of talking about what this injury means for the Yankees ( you know, real sports talk), he starts the show off with all the usual A-Rod dirt. All the other stuff at this point is now just a sideline…….. you would think.

  117. no.27 March 6th, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    Teixeira is the best offensive player the Yankees have, so he is going to have to be one of the main players to pick up the slack for A-Rod.

    I’ve said all season that Jeter’s decline at the plate is overrated. 2006 was Jeter’s 2nd best season of his career. 2007 was a career average year, and 2008 was a down year. Sure, he’s getting older, but I don’t think it makes sense to say a player is in decline after 1 bad year.

    Damon’s .836 OPS last season was 47 points above his career average. He’s on a contract year and there’s no reason why he wouldn’t be motivated to have a good year.

    There’s no reason not to be concerned with Posada, Matsui, or Cano. That being said, they all have potential to be top 3 hitters at their position. Posada is the biggest question mark because he’s a catcher coming off shoulder surgery, is old for his position, and has to catch to get at bats.

    Matsui gets to DH and has always been a very good hitter when healthy. Cano hit .300 after April last year and is young, very talented, and says he learned from last year. I think its a solid bet that Cano and Matsui are going to have career average years.

    Another thing that hasn’t been mentioned on this thread is that the Yankees are in a better position than any other year ever to make midseason trades for 2 reasons. The economy is forcing teams to cut salary and the Yankees have more talented young pitchers than they’ve had in a long time. If the offense doesn’t work out, they have the pieces to bring in a big time player.

    I’m still very confident in the Yankees making a long playoff run this year.

  118. rodg12 March 6th, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    Wow, a lot of attacks on Pete today. I’ve had my own problems with Pete and his coverage of ARod, as most you know, but things are out of hand on our (the comment people) side today. Give the man a break. Geez. The only thing you can argue about what he posted, maybe, is calling Jeter and Damon players in decline. But, let’s face facts, Jeter did decline last year compared to previous years and Damon is not getting any younger. Could those guys perform at a high level this season? Absolutely! But, they could also decline. That’s the risk/reward of 30+ year-old ball players. Without Alex, our line-up has a lot of question marks. With him, we were more able to withstand some of those question marks becoming problems. Without him, we’re not as able. Plain and simple.

  119. hardwired March 6th, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    If A-Rod has to be replaced, they should go w/the best D available. Instead of focusing on trying to replace his bat, just try to save runs with the defense. A-Rod is certainly not irreplaceable in the field. If, BIG IF, Posada and Matsui can return to form, the offensive impact is somewhat lessened.

    With their vast array of young arms, the Yanks are more than fortified w/the requisite chips to make a significant trade or two. Everything in baseball begins w/pitching, it’s the mana that drives the prospect mill. The Yanks should be pretty easy to scout: begin @Scranton w/a near MLB-worthy rotation, set envy level to high, and head South through the stacked system.

  120. Yankee U March 6th, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    Just started reading today.

    Big Stein, Pete reminds you of Tim Riggins??? Really?

    That is what I call shamelessly kissing up!

  121. jennifer March 6th, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    Is it safe to click the above video? I’ve never seen anything like that posted here. I am afraid to click it.

  122. james March 6th, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    Go out and get Scott Rolen and Melvin Mora

    And if we’re in August and playing well with them, don’t rush A-Rod back in the lineup. Do not make the same mistake that Torre did with Sheffield/Matsui in 06.

  123. RGR (get Figgins) March 6th, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    Wish CC’s first appearance was on TV…sigh

    Cant wait to see him opening day at Camden though

  124. Harris 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.

  125. PAT M. March 6th, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    Tricia, I write this with no malice intended, but your 1:05 posting very well maybe the most accurate thing you’ve ever brought to light…..

  126. saucY March 6th, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    i clicked the video, only to have it turn into a link to quicktime. which i won’t install on my work computer…

  127. you gotta have faith (bronx zoo 2009) March 6th, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    jennifer,

    yea its fine its a quicktime video but it isnt working so it doesnt matter lol its weird that it came out like that though, i only wanted it to be a link lol

  128. Pel March 6th, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    video worked for me and it’s awesome. gave me an adrenaline rush.

  129. Jeremy March 6th, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    m,

    You’re right that there are more negative sources out there, but they are unreadable. It’s a travesty that a guy like George King can get paid for writing that the Yankees should eat $270 million and cut ARod.

    This site is still a great source of news. I would prefer it to stick to news and tone it down on the commentary.

    Sure, anyone can disagree with Pete, but I have never seen Pete change his opinion based on reader comments or acknowledge that he was wrong about anything. Even when he took readers to task for advocating that the Yankees sign Teixeira. This site does not encourage debate, except debate among commenters.

    I have thought for a long time now that Pete is the biggest reason why so many readers “abandon decorum” on this site. There are only so many posts one can read harping about a single divisive issue (ARod’s a jerk, the team’s screwed, Teixeira will never be a Yankee) before getting fed up. There’s a reason you don’t see such obnoxious comments on sites like RAB and RLYW. The writers on those sites strike a more objective tone and the commenters respect it.

    I think the best thing for this site would be to split in two. Put news on one part of the site, opinion on the other. Then it would be clear when Pete’s reporting and when he’s editorializing, and anyone who doesn’t like the editorials can avoid them.

  130. Doreen March 6th, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Betsy -

    You’re right – but that’s just par for the course. Every Yankee ? has a negative answer, every other team’s ?s check out affirmatively. Only the Yankees age, other teams get younger or stay the same (amazingly and apparently without steroids, since – you guessed it! – only the Yankees are affected by those).

    I just pretty much ignore all that anymore, because it never stops no matter how much you rail against it.

    Yank1 -

    I really take offense at being labelled delusional because I still think the Yankees can contend despite ARod’s injury and his probable absence from the team for at least 4 months. I don’t think anyone here hasn’t said they Yankees have taken a major hit. I wouldn’t say the Yankees have a cakewalk this season – never thought so anyway – but neither would I say they’ve fallen off a cliff. I think it’s a huge insult to the other 24 men on the team to say they can’t win without ARod.

    I prefer not to swing to extremes. And since they haven’t played a single game yet, I’d like to be at least mildly optimistic unless circumstances lead otherwise.

  131. yanksfanmc76 March 6th, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    Pete, just wondering-Do you ever bring these questions up with the players while you are in the clubhouse? When I open up the newspaper, I immediately go to sports to get a relief from the grind of everyday life such as the economy/crime

  132. Scott47 March 6th, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    Wow,

    Jeremy if you don’t like the blog don’t open it.

    ————-Here is your first two paragraphs————
    I’m dissatisfied with this site because of its negative tone. I read this site because it’s a good source of breaking news about the Yankees. I don’t enjoy reading daily posts knocking the team or its players.

    This post isn’t news and it isn’t enlightening opinion. Everything written in this post is ancient history. And when one commenter (Don) is smart enough to contest the post’s relevance, Pete shoots his comment down. That’s not encouraging debate.

    ————————————
    Your second sentence says you read this post for breaking news, then first sentence of second paragraph, you say it isn’t news.

    Get a grip you contradicted yourself big time. Pete’s blog has the most up-to-date info I can find on the web concerning the Yankees. Name me another blog, newspaper or sports website that offers faster Yankees info, that is factual, than Pete’s?

    Pete really said nothing inflammatory. He even said, and I quote “If everything goes well, the Yankees could have an imposing lineup.” He didn’t say he expects all those players to suck, so whoever keeps saying all the answers to the question marks are negative is false. Re-read his post.

    I think the original intent of the post was to say Tex has never had to experience anything like this since he played for Texas, Atlanta and LAA. NY is a whole new ball game for every player of every sport that comes here. With Tex’s contract and A-Rod’s injury Tex now becomes the guy we all expect to provide the power and RBIs. This was Pete’s point, IMO.

    Who else do you expect to be the intimidating hitter opposing pitchers don’t want to face? Jeter? Damon? Cano? I like all these guys, but they aren’t on the team to hit 40 HRs and drive in 110+ runs. Tex and A-Rod are. Think about it.

  133. Arcobug March 6th, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    This whole thread is funny

  134. Yankee U March 6th, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    The bottom line is, if Sabathia, Burnett, Wang, Pettitte and whoever is the 5th starter pitch well and the bullpen holds up, the Yanks will do OK. If not as we’ve seen over the last few years it doesn’t matter how many runs you score, you’re in trouble.

  135. Don March 6th, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    Looks like one of my posts had been deleted and it had nothing to do with responses to Pete. Not sure if it was intentional or not, but if it was, thats pretty childish.

    PS. My email address works fine since you called out ppl who criticize you as cowards.

  136. Becca March 6th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    Scott47: Jeremy said he reads this SITE for breaking news about the Yankees but that this POST is not news. Read the comments a little closer before criticizing.

    I think most can agree that Pete can be negative at times and we can infer that considering he is a Patsies fan he could have been a Red Sox fan before his journalism career. That said I do enjoy this site and think it has the most up to date news about the Yanks. No one agrees with everything Pete has to say and if you do disagree you can at least do it in a respectful way. And I do think that sometimes Pete takes it personally when people do disagree.

  137. Ishkabibliophile March 6th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    Peteabe has a point and let’s not forget the Yanks went 6-10 (or 6-11) when A-Rod was out early in the season. But even if the Yanks score about the same number of runs they did last year, I really think the pitching is gonna carry them – their front 5 looks pretty awesome and I think the pen will be pretty strong too. And their defense should be a little better too. Still, A-Rod’s injury also does make it all the more important that Posada stay healthy.

  138. Arliss March 6th, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    “Why is it that the posters who rip me always give fake e-mail addresses so I cant respond in private? Cowards.

    At any rate, “Arliss”, in what world does it benefit me for the Yankees to go 81-81?”

    Dude – you have my email address. We have emailed several times. The email address I provided is 100% accurate. 81-81 would a) pleasure you greatly, b) generate blog traffic in the sense that when they lose people turn to blogs to vent, and c) an 81-81 season would create a lot of comings and goings, which would also favor hits on the blog.

    Thats all beside the point, dont insinuate I am a coward when you know full well tht you have my correct email address and I have never once put an incorrect email address along with my name in one post on this blog.

  139. NewsNuts March 6th, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    I’m just not thinking that the Yankees are doing well with all of the signing going on — and now a-Rod… http://www.newsnuts.com/mlb/newyorkyankees.aspx

  140. Lauren March 7th, 2009 at 10:12 am

    Hey Betsy, “Buster Olney’s piece since it sounds like he’s sounding the death knell for this team”

    Good guess on that. I made the mistake of reading it and then got mad.

    As for Pete, its HIS blog people. He’s free to write anything he feels like. I find it refreshing that its not always rainbows and sunshine constantly, it wouldn’t be realistic if it was. He does an outstanding job of updating us on all the little tidbits we love to hear about in addition to the general coverage. How can we complain? I can deal with a few “glass half empty” comments because we fans [more than often] take that approach after just ONE loss! Regardless, its all the spirit of good baseball discussion. So lets ease up a bit on our favorite sports blogger.

    Also, I’m just as much of a loyal Yankee fan as anyone, but I happen to agree (and laugh at) 99.9% of the stuff he writes about PayRod, because most of its true. –Might I add, let him have his surgery. I have a feeling the Yankees will play better without him anyway, even if the lineup seems thin and aging. There are still guys who can get it done.

    Looking foward to the games today! :) Keep fighting the good fight, Pete and thanks for your hard work.

  141. brandon March 8th, 2009 at 11:00 am

    John C, This is Brandon Inge and I am not unhappy in Detroit. Not sure why you are saying that.

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