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Wrapping up the day in Tampa

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Mar 07, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

A few notes for you …

· Hideki Matsui (who hit the ball hard twice today) till travel to Lakeland tomorrow. It’ll be his first back to back.

· No update on Alex Rodriguez to this point.

· Jorge Posada threw today before the game and came through well. He could throw to the bases on Monday and catch a game next weekend.

· Damaso Marte threw a scoreless inning in the WBC for the Dominicans. Robbie Cano was 1 for 5. Derek Jeter added to his legacy as a great American by going 2 for 3 for the U.S. He’s out of the game now.

· The home run Chien-Ming Wang allowed today came on a change-up that floated. But he used a changeup (this one sank) to strike out Josh Anderson in the third inning. Wang wasn’t thrilled with his location. I told him that he threw 27 of 33 pitches for strikes. “I can do better,” he said.

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Also wanted to pass these along …

· A very Happy Birthday to Joan from Phillipsburg, N.J. She is a loyal reader and we thank her for that.

· Ran into the infamous Marisol of the Yankee Hottie blog. She is here for a few days and has some coverage and photos on her blog. Marisol and her friend Kat were tearing up Tampa last night.

· My pals at Baseball Analysts had me help them out with an AL East preview.

· Meanwhile, according to CNBC’s Darren Rovell, you can’t purchase an “A-Fraud” jersey from MLB.com. Now what am I going to get for my birthday?

 
 

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304 Responses to “Wrapping up the day in Tampa”

  1. james March 7th, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    Steve Goldman is a great baseball writer… there is a reason the YES Network chose him as their blogger.

  2. sweet lou March 7th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Wright forgot that it’s March, not September against the Phillies

  3. vinny-b __trade for Hank Blalock__ March 7th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    youk needs to get hit

  4. Tom March 7th, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    “I think Hideki Matsui is close to finished. He can barely run.”

    Well, that’s not a good sign.

  5. vinny-b __trade for Hank Blalock__ March 7th, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    need to have Manny in the dugout

  6. Brandon Witnessed Dwayne Wade pull an MJ March 7th, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    Aumont making me get a woody here thinking about Brackman.

  7. S.A.-Time to take a vow of silence Alex. For your own sanity March 7th, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    Whoa Canada. They get out of a bases loaded, no outs jam

  8. GreenBeret7 March 7th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    Brandon Witnessed Dwayne Wade pull an MJ
    March 7th, 2009 at 4:30 pm
    Aumont making me get a woody here thinking about Brackman.

    ————————————————————

    Nobody really needed to know that, Brandon.

  9. COL 88 March 7th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    This has JJ Putz walkoff written all over it.

  10. Brandon Witnessed Dwayne Wade pull an MJ March 7th, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    ‘Nobody really needed to know that, Brandon.’

    Touche :lol:

  11. GreenBeret7 March 7th, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    Brandon Witnessed Dwayne Wade pull an MJ
    March 7th, 2009 at 4:34 pm
    ‘Nobody really needed to know that, Brandon.’

    Touche

    ————————————————————

    Just reading that made me throw up in my bowl of Super Sugar Crisp. You owe me. Thanks.

  12. PAT M. March 7th, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    I jst read the Goldman piece, he should stick to writing about his local HS…..Listen guys, trust your eyes and what you see….You most likely know the game better than most of these hacks as well as the jokers who write for the sports wishwraps …There are some you offer quality information as well as a solid perspective, but for the most part they know crap..They are adept in spinning negetive sensationalism as if it’s the gospel…..Kepner writes a good column, and when away from here Pete does a nice job….Most of the beat writers are best at fanning fires and have lost their way from responsible journalism….You know the game far better than some of thses chumps…Goldman included…

  13. m March 7th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Pete,

    Can you ban that word? It’s gross.

  14. Brandon Witnessed Dwayne Wade pull an MJ March 7th, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    Team Canada’s defense looking worse than Scranton’s

  15. Trevor March 7th, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    “Can you ban that word? It’s gross”

    What about if someone wants to talk Jets football and the name Woody Johnson comes up?
    I really would like to know why in the world would Woody Johnson parents give their son 2 nicknames of a man’s anatomy.

  16. randy l. March 7th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    “Wang wasn’t thrilled with his location. I told him that he threw 27 of 33 pitches for strikes. “I can do better,” he said.”

    a pitcher can throw strikes and miss his target. what if he’s trying to throw an 0-2 pitch up and in and it ends up right down the middle.

    that’d be missing, but it’d be a strike.

  17. Brandon Witnessed Dwayne Wade pull an MJ March 7th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    Why does this game feel like an ALDS game ?

  18. steve March 7th, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    I’m actually more into the WBC than I thought I would be

  19. Brandon Witnessed Dwayne Wade pull an MJ March 7th, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    Putz vs Canada

  20. trisha - As long as you ou're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 7th, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    Let me say this. Rollins made a great throw but no way he beat the runner.

  21. Brandon Witnessed Dwayne Wade pull an MJ March 7th, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    Someone tell Russell Martin he ain’t Manny.

  22. Betsy March 7th, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    Good news all around today, basically. Wang, Tomko, Coke threw well, Posada is looking good and Matsui hit a couple of balls hard.

    Does anyone think Tomko stands a chance at making the team as the long man?

  23. Brandon Witnessed Dwayne Wade pull an MJ March 7th, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    If your a Mets fan right now ..

  24. trisha - As long as you ou're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 7th, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    Now if Mo were pitching for team USA…

  25. trisha - As long as you ou're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 7th, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    Uh, forget what I just said.

    :lol:

  26. Sea Net March 7th, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    This guy will fit right into the Mets bullpen

  27. Trevor March 7th, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    Damn you Putz. Ha ha Met fans.

  28. Brandon Witnessed Dwayne Wade pull an MJ March 7th, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    And the tying run is at 2nd ! Joey Votto.

  29. Brandon Witnessed Dwayne Wade pull an MJ March 7th, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    So my guess Bay walks or makes the last out.

  30. trisha - As long as you ou're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 7th, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    Oh my word.

    You gotta have ice water in your veins to be a closer to begin with. You gotta have solid ice in your veins to be a closer who has just given up a gapper, has a runner on 2nd, and (well okay now 2 out). In the top of the 9th, down by one.

    GO JJ PUTZ!

  31. trisha - As long as you ou're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 7th, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    NICE pitch!

  32. Betsy March 7th, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/yankees/

    Of course, Jeter’s got a little more inside information than that. He said he’s talked to Rodriguez recently, though he refused to divulge details. “Call him,” Jeter told a small group of reporters. He laughed when someone suggested that the “Ignore” button would be pressed on the other end. “Straight to voicemail, huh?” Jeter quipped.

    **LOL Jeter…

  33. Christina March 7th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    I wonder if “A-Roid” is also banned form the shirts.

    Was good to see you Pete, hopefully I didnt scare you too much!

  34. trisha - As long as you ou're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 7th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    Well the fans are definitely getting their money’s worth.

  35. Joe March 7th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    The team needed Joe Nathan, badly.

    None of these other guys are qualified to be closers.

  36. ZMan March 7th, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    Wow, what a game.

    If they are all like this, the WBC may have some juice.

  37. trisha - As long as you ou're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 7th, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    Yeah, Joe Nathan is definitely the real deal.

    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Bye bye Jason Bay. That probably made me happiest of all.

  38. S.A.-Time to take a vow of silence Alex. For your own sanity March 7th, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    That was actually a fun game between Canada and USA

  39. R-Tek March 7th, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    I wonder how many secrets Putz exchanged with McCaan, they’ll see eachother a lot this year.

  40. Brandon Witnessed Dwayne Wade pull an MJ March 7th, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    Lesson to Yankees fans like us never call a tack on HR MEANINGLESS !

  41. trisha - As long as you ou're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 7th, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    Well you kind of feel bad for any team that loses. I do anyway. Except for one.

  42. vtred March 7th, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    What do you get for winning the WBC anyway?

  43. trisha - As long as you ou're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 7th, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    I didn’t know you got anything.

  44. rconn23 March 7th, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    Putz is not Joe Nathan, but he’s certainly qualified enough to be the closer.

  45. Brandon Witnessed Dwayne Wade pull an MJ March 7th, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    ‘What do you get for winning the WBC anyway?’

    A trophy and state bragging rights.

  46. Jerzz March 7th, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    They sent Steve Phillips to San Juan for this game

  47. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 7th, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    don’t know if I can watch these games nonstop. But I’m trying!

  48. Lara08 March 7th, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    They need to send Steve Phillips far, far away where there are no microphones.

  49. JoeyA March 7th, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    Anybody hold any merit to a Nady/prospect for Tatis deal?

  50. Brandon Witnessed Dwayne Wade pull an MJ March 7th, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    I’m saying right, is there anything that kills a tv combo than Steve Philips during game commentary.

    BTW does anyone know if our prospect Jorge Vasquez is in the WBC ?

  51. SJ44 March 7th, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    Nady is a better player than Tatis. Why would the Yankees do that deal?

  52. Jerzz March 7th, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    Brandon,

    He’s listed on Mexico’s final roster, so I’m assuming so.

  53. Brandon Witnessed Dwayne Wade pull an MJ March 7th, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    Jerzz starting or off the bench, he is considered MExico’s Pujols from what I hear.

  54. PAT M. March 7th, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    I wanted Jason Bay last July rather than Nady….Tatis ???

  55. GreenBeret7 March 7th, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    Lara08
    March 7th, 2009 at 5:14 pm
    They need to send Steve Phillips far, far away where there are no microphones.

    ————————————————————

    I hear they need a GM on the moon. Pity the poor, metal munching moon mice.

  56. Rebecca-Optimist Prime...Staying to Write the Story March 7th, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    You know, the funny thing? Everyone’s all like the WBC doesn’t matter…

    …And yet here we all are, watching not one but two games today…

  57. Vince March 7th, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    - I thought it was fairly obvious that Rollins’ throw beat out the runner, without replay.

    - I too am surprised at how interested I have been in the WBC so far

    - Who knew Ruben Rivera still played baseball?

  58. Brandon Witnessed Dwayne Wade pull an MJ March 7th, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    ‘You know, the funny thing? Everyone’s all like the WBC doesn’t matter…

    …And yet here we all are, watching not one but two games today…’

    I was telling you guys it was going to get more serious… MO ???

  59. jennifer March 7th, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    Rebecca it is baseball plain and simple.

    Mo is on :D

  60. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 7th, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    IT’S MO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  61. Jorge (México) March 7th, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    ” Meanwhile, according to CNBC’s Darren Rovell, you can’t purchase an “A-Fraud” jersey from MLB.com. Now what am I going to get for my birthday?”
    ===========================================================

    A July 2009 bestseller: “The wonders of the Kabbalha” by Madonna Rodríguez and Alex Ciccone
    :-)

  62. jared March 7th, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    “Coach” Mariano is on ESPN right now.

  63. Clint March 7th, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    Nice interview by MO

  64. steve March 7th, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    Aceves did well yesterday.

  65. ZMan March 7th, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    It’s just so nice to watch pressure-packed baseball again where the results matter. That Putz-Bay at-bat got me pumped up.

    I think the WBC will do a lot better than people think.

  66. jennifer March 7th, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    Jeet is right. Alex would take one look at the number and mute the call and than delete the voicemail. Can’t blame him after how he was roasted in all the papers this week. :)

  67. Brandon Witnessed Dwayne Wade pull an MJ March 7th, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    Mariano wants to play in the WBC, I don’t blame him 4 yrs. from now he’s going to want to be in this.

  68. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 7th, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    I have no idea why I am watching these games. I can tell you that in the first WBC I watched perhaps two innings total, and that was in the final game. Even then I found it totally boring.

    Yet I’m having trouble turning the station!

  69. PJH March 7th, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    I think Pete has a closet full of “A-Fraud” jerseys.

  70. jennifer March 7th, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    I’d like to know how many people would be stupid enough to spend over $100 bucks to make fun of Alex.

  71. jennifer March 7th, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    ^^ sorry don’t click on my name. I don’t know how a ‘website’ got attached. I didn’t fill anything in. I think it might have something to do with my new firewall.

  72. Jorge (México) March 7th, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    Brandon Witnessed Dwayne Wade pull an MJ
    March 7th, 2009 at 5:16 pm
    BTW does anyone know if our prospect Jorge Vasquez is in the WBC ?
    ===========================================================

    Like Jerzz told you, Vázquez is on my country roster. But I don’t think he’ll see much time on the field. Adrián González will be our 1B and it seems Erubiel Durazo will be the DH. I hope “Chato” Vázquez to have at least some at bats

  73. Dave March 7th, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    The Yankees should have let Mariano play in this. I understand his injury but still… you can tell how much it means to him. He may not get another chance to play in the WBC

  74. Teixeiramvp March 7th, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    I really think A-Rod’ll play. The reports from ESPN are all good stuff, give A-Rod 75-80% chance of playing. He should. Seeing him gut out a good season would endear him to Yankee fans.

  75. jennifer March 7th, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    dave- Are you serious? He just started throwing from a mound. You can’t rush him!! He just came off shoulder surgery, but heck let him just go out and throw full force and blow his arm out right?

  76. Tom March 7th, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    competitive baseball is so much cooler than spring training games…

  77. Brandon Witnessed Dwayne Wade pull an MJ March 7th, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    ‘dave- Are you serious? He just started throwing from a mound. You can’t rush him!! He just came off shoulder surgery, but heck let him just go out and throw full force and blow his arm out right?’

    I get your point but I also get what Dave is talking about. This is something that comes every 4 yrs. now and it really does mean something.

  78. Tom March 7th, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    I can see Mo plaing in the next WBC, even if he is retired

  79. m March 7th, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    So now the WBC is every 4 years?

  80. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 7th, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    I’m just guessing here but my guess is that if Mo had to choose between the WBC and being at the Opening Game at the new Yankee Stadiuim, he’d choose being at the Stadium. You can’t take chances with his arm.

  81. Brandon Witnessed Dwayne Wade pull an MJ March 7th, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    ‘So now the WBC is every 4 years?’

    Yeh.

  82. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 7th, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    mel, don’t know the answer to that.

  83. Brandon Witnessed Dwayne Wade pull an MJ March 7th, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    Trisha I’m telling you believe it or not he’d want to play that game for Panama too. I wouldn’t be surprised if his last baseball game is for team Panama.

  84. Teixeiramvp March 7th, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    I don’t want to risk Mo’s golden arm. No Mo AND no A-Rod? W’d be lucky to finish five hundred. No, don’t risk that golden arm.

  85. randy l. March 7th, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    ‘competitive baseball is so much cooler than spring training games…”

    i also enjoy the idea of players from one country bonding together and taking on other countries. a player from puerto rico or panama has something in common with his teammates.

    there’s no real logic to mlb teams. the players have no common interest or background. if there was a way to make money with a WBC format, it’d be a great concept.

  86. Rebecca-Optimist Prime...Staying to Write the Story March 7th, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    Oy guys, TO will sign with the bills..

  87. Brandon Witnessed Dwayne Wade pull an MJ March 7th, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    ‘Oy guys, TO will sign with the bills..’

    LOL so let me get this straight Lynch and Owens :lol:

  88. Rebecca-Optimist Prime...Staying to Write the Story March 7th, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    randy l: I like soccer’s model, where you have league play and the world cup every so often. Players are listed both by their league teams and the country they play for.

  89. Cal March 7th, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    “I’d like to know how many people would be stupid enough to spend over $100 bucks to make fun of Alex.”

    I’m wondering the same thing too, I mean its not like Arod doesn’t already do a good job of making fun of himself all by his lonesome.

  90. Tom March 7th, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    M:

    As of 2008, plans call for the World Baseball Classic to be repeated every four years following the 2009 event, so the third installment of the Classic would not occur until 2013.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W.....ll_Classic

  91. Teixeiramvp March 7th, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    randy I-They have no common interest? Yes they do! Baseball! DUH!

  92. Tom March 7th, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    It is kinda cool. I almost found myself rooting for Kevin Youkilis. Then I remembered who he was.

  93. Joe March 7th, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    Trent Edwards throwing to Lee Evans and T.O. with Lynch in the backfield. Not bad.

  94. m March 7th, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    Thanks, Tom. I must’ve missed that on the espn scrawl.

  95. m March 7th, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    Haven’t seen Youk with his new face. Does he look better? He does in the gameday foto. He looks like Pauly from OC Choppers.

  96. Soul March 7th, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    Damaso Marte pumped up his teammates to score runs? What? lol

  97. Betsy March 7th, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    I still don’t give a hoot about the WBC. I’m sorry I missed Mo, but as for letting him play? Not a chance – the MLB season is way more important than this tournament. I appreciate the fact that these players want to play for their home countries, but they are getting paid a lot of $$$ to do the job for their own teams.

  98. Tom March 7th, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    There’s also a Baseball World Cup?

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

  99. Lara08 March 7th, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    “I’d like to know how many people would be stupid enough to spend over $100 bucks to make fun of Alex.”

    I’m wondering the same thing too, I mean its not like Arod doesn’t already do a good job of making fun of himself all by his lonesome.

    ——————–

    Whether he does a good job or not I just don’t have $100 to throw away on complete foolishness.

  100. vtred March 7th, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    This PR team has a great lineup

  101. Teixeiramvp March 7th, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    I love MLB. I think the format’s fine. It’s still very popular, so why change it?

  102. josh March 7th, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    BILLS got TO, yeahhhhhh
    btw wang looked good today

  103. Zolio March 7th, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    A-Rod’s road trips from August on-

    @ Chicago

    @ Toronto

    @ Seattle

    @ Oakland

    @ Boston

    @ Baltimore

    @ Toronto

    @ Seattle

    @ LA Angels

    @ Tampa

  104. igotid88 March 7th, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    Looks like I-Rod’s on the juice again as he hits 2 hr’s in the game. Wish he had hit like that with the Yankees.

  105. Cal March 7th, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    “Looks like I-Rod’s on the juice again as he hits 2 hr’s in the game. Wish he had hit like that with the Yankees.”

    LOL, probably got him some Boli or some new stuff down in PR.

  106. Cal March 7th, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    “I think Hideki Matsui is close to finished. He can barely run.”

    Thank goodness for the DH spot or this guy would have been an adventure to play in the field on two surgically repaired knees. Hideki sure fell apart quickly once his ironman streak ended. Sheesh.

  107. joeman March 7th, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    there’s no other direction to go in….Arod gets fixed,trade for Figgins to play 3rd,when rod comes back move Figgins to CF..that position right now is filled by minor league stuff

  108. JINT March 7th, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    Will Pudge call for only fastballs with guys on base now?

  109. Teixeiramvp March 7th, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    I think A-Rod will play and do fine.

  110. Alex J. Rod, not A.E. Rod March 7th, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    Bernieeeeeee is back!!!!! But he got an IBB…oh well maybe the next game I hope he gets to start and not pinch-hit!

  111. S.A.-Time to take a vow of silence Alex. For your own sanity March 7th, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    Pudge sure took his vitamins this morning

  112. Al March 7th, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    If Posada is unable to catch, I’d much rather have Pudge than Molina. Pudge offensively is still in the top 1\2 of the league.

  113. Steve B March 7th, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    “Pudge offensively is still in the top 1\2 of the league.”

    Maybe the International League. He’s had it. Not a strong catcher anymore and a lousy bat.

  114. GreenBeret7 March 7th, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    Steve B
    March 7th, 2009 at 7:43 pm
    “Pudge offensively is still in the top 1\2 of the league.”

    Maybe the International League. He’s had it. Not a strong catcher anymore and a lousy bat.

    ————————————————————

    Really? Why was he hitting .296 when he came over from Detroit?

  115. Steve B March 7th, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    “Arod gets fixed,trade for Figgins to play 3rd,when rod comes back move Figgins to CF”

    What exactly do you propose the Yankees send to the Angels? Keep in mind the Angels aren’t looking to help a team they’re competing with for a playoff spot. Yankees wuold likely have to overpay.

  116. vinny-b __trade for Hank Blalock__ March 7th, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    “It is kinda cool. I almost found myself rooting for Kevin Youkilis. Then I remembered who he was”

    lol.

    question for some of you, who enjoyed the WBC today: Did you all watch the event, 3 years ago?? Cuz, it was awesome then, too.

  117. Teixeiramvp March 7th, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    HATED the Pudge move. Molina is a spectacular defensive catcher, and Farnsworth was lights out at the time. We got rid of our set-up man for a guy who was an automatic out and a defensive DOWNGRADE from our current catcher! It was stupid trade. It happened right when the Yankees were getting really hot. Notice that they were no longer hot after they got Pudge.

  118. Buddy Biancalana March 7th, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    Al-

    Which Pudge did you see on the Yankees last year, he couldn’t hi a lick.

  119. Buddy Biancalana March 7th, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    *hit*

  120. Steve B March 7th, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    “Really? Why was he hitting .296 when he came over from Detroit?”

    Never walks. 90 OPS+ the past four seasons. Deteriorating defense. If the argument is he’s a better bat than Molina then it’s legit. If it’s that there aren’t 15 catchers in major league baseball as good or better, then it’s not.

  121. vinny-b __trade for Hank Blalock__ March 7th, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    “HATED the Pudge move. Molina is a spectacular defensive catcher, and Farnsworth was lights out at the time. We got rid of our set-up man for a guy who was an automatic out and a defensive DOWNGRADE from our current catcher! It was stupid trade. It happened right when the Yankees were getting really hot. Notice that they were no longer hot after they got Pudge”

    definition of ‘hindsight 20/20′

    I don’t know of a GM, who doesn’t make the trade. While Molina is a superior catcher, the Yankees had no depth at the position. And Farnsworth was/is expendable. NYY did not miss him, following the trade. (the missed no starting pitching/clutch hitting)

  122. Steve B March 7th, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    Agree Vinny B. There was nothing wrong with the trade to get Pudge. It was a good deal in fact. In the end it neither helped nor hurt the Yankees, and it did at depth to a position that was crying for it at the time.

  123. joeman March 7th, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    Steve B March 7th, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    “Arod gets fixed,trade for Figgins to play 3rd,when rod comes back move Figgins to CF”

    What exactly do you propose the Yankees send to the Angels? Keep in mind the Angels aren’t looking to help a team they’re competing with for a playoff spot. Yankees wuold likely have to overpay.
    ———————–

    lets find out what they might want….Figgins I believe is a FA in 2010

  124. Steve B March 7th, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    “add depth”

  125. Teixeiramvp March 7th, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    vinny-b __trade for Hank Blalock__ -
    “definition of ‘hindsight 20/20’”? I hated the move at the time they made it. First of all they expected Marte to take Farnsie’s place and he did terrible. I know that’s hindsight, but that was also one of your points. Molina was clearly the superior catcher and Damon was just coming back, so our lineup was slated to do fine. Sticking Pudege at catcher sometimes and Molina at others just messed up the pitchers. I felt terrible for Farnsie. We don’t make the trade in my book because we’re searching forever for Joba’s replacement and Farnsie steps up beautifully, so you trade him and once again create a hole there? Why? For a catcher w/declining skills that was barely avg. offensively and worse than our strting catcher defensively. I knew it would be a terrible move.

  126. Christina March 7th, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    Are there any other options for 3rrd base besides ransom or i guess the long-shot of figgins? Any way you look at it, nobody can compete with what arod brings to the table. i just wonder if ransom can hold up for the 3 months they will need from him given the fact the yankees have the high regard for a star guy at every position. i cant see them being too patient with cody.

  127. Teixeiramvp March 7th, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    Get Beltre from Seattle. He won’t be part of the rebuilding so we could get him for a couple of pitching prospects, and not even necessarily really good pitching prospects if we throw in some cash.

  128. Teixeiramvp March 7th, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    Anyway, at the moment this isn’t even an issue. Right now, A-Rod’s playing. He should. I for one would respect him more for it.

  129. vinny-b __trade for Hank Blalock__ March 7th, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    teixeiramvp:

    if you hated it then, i have to pass you props.

  130. Teixeiramvp March 7th, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    Buster Olney said 75-80% chance he could play. I’ll take those odds.

  131. Steve B March 7th, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    “lets find out what they might want….Figgins I believe is a FA in 2010″

    You’re right, he is an FA. Still, the Angels aren’t the Pirates. They don’t need to dump a $6M contract to survive. Figgins is their leadoff hitter and part of an ’09 team favored to win the AL West. Might be available in late July if they fall out of it, but there’s no reason to think they’d want to move him now.

  132. Teixeiramvp March 7th, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    I feel fairly vindicated.

  133. vinny-b __trade for Hank Blalock__ March 7th, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    Christina: given the market/economy. I expect Cashman has several options. Many salaries out there, which GM’s should be salivating to dump.

    despite Alex being injured, i think the ‘leverage factor’ is even.

  134. Much Ado about Something March 7th, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    I wasn’t a big fan of the Pudge trade, but I can’t say it was terrible. It didn’t work out well, as Pudge seemed to tick off the pitching staff and couldn’t hit at all once he donned the pinstripes. Farnsworth wasn’t a big loss and most people were not comfortable when he took the mound. You kept waiting for the shoe to drop with him.

    I don’t see him making a return to the Yankees though. If Posada can play he wouldn’t get any play. No one else seems that interested in Pudge yet, though this game in the WBC may make some re-think going after him.

  135. KO March 7th, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    Probably more like, “getting torn up in Tampa”

  136. Teixeiramvp March 7th, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    I think if you’re Girardi you roll out a blackboard, take a big piece of chalk and write FAST START in all capitals and underline it five times. A fast start would help in so many ways. If A-Rod’s not playing, we prove we could win w/o him; it allows the luxury of not having to do what we were forced to try and do last yr., have an almost perfect second half to make the playoffs; it gives the media something good to talk about; and if A-Rod is playing it relaxes him so that he doesn’t think he has to carry the load. A fast start is something we need.

  137. Christina March 7th, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    Interesting. lets say hypothetically he does have the surgery though. They said he would be out for 10 weeks? Is that including rehab?

    Is this an injury that if he plays with it can hurt him in the long run and make him worse and threfore make the recovery time longer?

  138. Much Ado about Something March 7th, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    The Angels do have some pitching needs though, so it isn’t that unlikely that they wouldn’t consider a trade for Figgins. I don’t think its highly likely, but it isn’t that far out there.

    Remember though, the Angels really needed to keep Teixeira and they really didn’t even get in on the bidding for him. That makes you wonder a bit about their payroll and their desire to shed some money.

  139. Teixeiramvp March 7th, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    Christina-They actually said he’d be out for four months. I’m taking the “expect the best, prepare for the worst” stance. I have no problem w/making a trade (I suggested Beltre) but I expect A-Rod to be able to play. If not, it’d be nice to have some backup besides (snort) Codey Ransom and Angel Berroa…

  140. joe March 7th, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    I thought the recovery time was 4 months.

  141. Christina March 7th, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    I know its only spring training, but what I have seen down here from Tampa these past few days has me really impressed with Cody Ransom. I just cant see the Yankees investing as much as they do for a guy from AAA to replace a guy like arod.

  142. Steve B March 7th, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    What are the Angels pitching needs? Good rotation. Solid pen. They need bats more than they need pitching. A lot more.

  143. Much Ado about Something March 7th, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    Christina, the time ARod would be out is uncertain. Its been talked about being anywhere from 10 weeks to 4 months or more. How many times do we also see setbacks in rehab. This surgery could mean the whole season for him.

    Either way is a gamble. There is no guarantees that the surgery will work either. Look at all that has happened to Brady with the infection. All surgery carries risks, just like putting it off carries risks.

  144. vinny-b __trade for Hank Blalock__ March 7th, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    “Is this an injury that if he plays with it can hurt him in the long run and make him worse and threfore make the recovery time longer”

    yup

  145. Teixeiramvp March 7th, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    It makes me laugh when people say things like, “Bite the bullet and just let him have surgery”. We say that now but when Ransom’s 0-15 and hitting .120, then we wonder if he should’ve gutted it out and we once again make A-Rod our scapegoat. If he plays I for one will respect him more for showing some heart and commitment to the team above his own career.

  146. Yankee2123 March 7th, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    God Bless anyone in this economy who can blow a hundred bucks on an authentic A-Fraud Jersey. I’d rather go to Walmart, but a $20.00 knock off Jersey, and put F**K Selig on the back.

  147. Teixeiramvp March 7th, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    vinny-b-With an 75-80% chance of him being fine, I’ll take the risk.

  148. Yankee2123 March 7th, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    Cody Ranson makes Aaron Boone look like Joe DiMaggio.

  149. Rosa March 7th, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    Alex is a long term investment so you have to be very cautious with him.
    I would trade for Inge. He can play third, catch and play the outfield. He is good defensively.

  150. Yankee2123 March 7th, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    Arod just needs some HGH in that Hip, and he’ll be straight in no time.

  151. Teixeiramvp March 7th, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    You know what? We need A-Rod, or at least we need the rest of our lineup to click and to have someone else playing very decently if we’re going to do well.

  152. Teixeiramvp March 7th, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    You know what? We need A-Rod, or at least we need the rest of our lineup to click and to have someone else playing very decently if we’re going to do well.

  153. Steve B March 7th, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    “If he plays I for one will respect him more for showing some heart and commitment to the team above his own career.”

    Not exactly a big risk given that he’s guaranteed $227 million.

  154. Teixeiramvp March 7th, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    Sorry, suplicate comment. Anyway, while I realize he’s an investment, I didn’t pay for him. If he gets permanently hurt, comething I already said probably won’t happen, THEN you “bite the bullet” and sign another starting third baseman. I want to win now, and A-Rod playing helps us do it.

  155. Teixeiramvp March 7th, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    Meant to say duplicate, not suplicate.

  156. vinny-b __trade for Hank Blalock__ March 7th, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    “If he plays I for one will respect him more for showing some heart and commitment to the team above his own career”

    if it were the NFL, i would agree. Except his remaining contract is guranteed.

  157. Teixeiramvp March 7th, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    Yes, he’s guranteed the money, but if you were guranteed money would you want to go out and risk further injury to yourself? I wouldn’t unless I thought my team would benefit w/me there, and I would have to respect A-Rod for that.

  158. Christina March 7th, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    The yankees have too much invested in A-rod to risk it.

  159. Teixeiramvp March 7th, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Christina-I think we have too much invested in these three new signings to risk not giving the team the best chance to win a championship.

  160. Teixeiramvp March 7th, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    To clarify: I think A-Rod gives the team the best chance to win a championship

  161. joeman March 7th, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    Angels have Abreu,Guerrero,Hunter,Rivera in the OF….Kendrick & B Wood (who the like at 3rd)…can’t believe they wouldn’t trade Figgins for some young pitching

  162. Steve B March 7th, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    “can’t believe they wouldn’t trade Figgins for some young pitching”

    Like who?

  163. Christina March 7th, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    If A-Rod wasnt signed to a 10 years deal i might agree with you, but in this instance you have to look at the future also. A-rod isnt the only big star the yankees have that will provide them with offense. Yes they will miss his bat for sure, but they do have other players on the team tht will keep them competitive until he can get healthy.

    if he doesnt get the surgery, wouldnt they have to limit his play regardless? so your gonna be missing out on him quite often and your still risking that he is going to do something to make the injury worse.

  164. Teixeiramvp March 7th, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    Steve B-I didn’t make the comment, but Kennedy, Tomko and Igawa could be traded, just off the top of my head. Not sure if they’d want them, but hey!

  165. you gotta have faith (bronx zoo 2009) March 7th, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    if arod has sugery these players could very well be the heroes of our 2009 season:

    http://www.daylife.com/photo/0.....rk_yankees

    plus CMW of course

  166. Teixeiramvp March 7th, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    Christina-I still say w/a 75-80% chance he’ll play he’s better than anyone else out there, and I want to win NOW. The Stein’s owe us that.

  167. Teixeiramvp March 7th, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Not to mention there’s actually the chance he won’t even feel pain, and if he doesn’t there’s no issue at all.

  168. Rosa March 7th, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    A healthy Alex gives the Yanks the best chance to win. You don’t know if he can play hurt and put up great numbers.
    He might favor his hip and hurt something else. Maybe he can’t field as well. Maybe his hitting will also be affected.
    Too many maybes.

  169. Steve B March 7th, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    “if he doesnt get the surgery, wouldnt they have to limit his play regardless?”

    It’ll definitely get worse as the season rolls on. Look at Mike Lowell. By September, he could barely run and he’s nowhere near a sure bet to be in the Boston lineup on Opening Day despite having the surgery 4 months ago. Supposedly the location of Arod’s injury is worse than that of Lowell’s.

  170. Christina March 7th, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    Im pretty sure the local team in my town wouldnt want kennedy or igawa. Igawa was a waste of money. Another genius move of Cashman.

    ps does anyone know what in the world i can do in tampa. :( soo bored! apparently britney spears will be here tomorrow- my hotel is right next to the place shes playing at and the people are thrilled.

  171. dan l March 7th, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Bite the bullet on a player with his contract is the stupidest thing I have ever read on this blog!

  172. Rosa March 7th, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Kennedy, Tomko and Igawa will get you next to nothing.

  173. Teixeiramvp March 7th, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Steve B-We don’t know that, and I’ll take the risk. I want to WIN. Even w/the maybes, I play A-Rod for a chance at the championship this year. If he gets hurt worse in August say, at least we’re in a position to mae the playoffs (probably). W/o him I can’t say that w/confidence. If we lose for a few yrs. after this, oh well. I didn’t pay for him. Like I said, the Yankees will have to sign another third baseman. Don’t you think that’s worth it for a championship?

  174. Giuseppe Franco March 7th, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    They can absorb a blow like losing A-Rod for half the season with the rotation as strong as it is. That hasn’t been the case in recent years.

    TB lost Longoria and Crawford last season at the same time and they kept on rolling.

    BOS lost Ortiz for two months and stayed in first or second place the entire time.

    Why?

    Because of their pitching. It can be done.

    They’ll need to find a respectable replacement until A-Rod comes back – but he needs to get the surgery done ASAP. It doesn’t make a lot of sense to risk his health even more and perhaps lose him for much longer.

  175. Christina March 7th, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    Tex- they havent won with arod yet, what makes you think hes presense guarentee that this year?

  176. Teixeiramvp March 7th, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    dan l-Stupid for Steinbrenner maybe, but I didn’t pay for him. Steibrenner needs to prioritze: a 25% chance of A-Rod getting hurt worse, or a championship? I choose championship. How about Steinbrenner?

  177. Steve B March 7th, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    “Steve B-I didn’t make the comment, but Kennedy, Tomko and Igawa could be traded, just off the top of my head. Not sure if they’d want them, but hey!”

    Tomko and Igawa have zero value to a team like the Angels. Not sure they have much more than zero value to anyone. Kennedy? Maybe. He might be a slight upgrade over their present #5 starter, but are the Halos better off with Adenhart and Figgins or Adenhart and Kennedy. I’d guess the former.

  178. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 7th, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    Hey team Italy is doing a pretty darned good job! I’m really enjoying watching this and especially enjoying listening to the broadcasters slaughter some of the Italian names!

    :)

    Viva Italia!!!

  179. Teixeiramvp March 7th, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    Christina-II don’t gurantee it, but you’re going to say that having a player w/his skills, with this pitching staff, won’t help?

  180. Teixeiramvp March 7th, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    Sorry, only one I not two.

  181. Christina March 7th, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    I agree guiseppe; however you have to hope that your starting pitching stays healthy. They have such a deep rotation and a bullpen with alot of potential that could overcome a loss of A-Rod. However, you have to remember that you have an injury-prone Burnett, an older and bad elbow with Pettitte, wang is coming off an injury and CC has pitched a great deal of innings. So you never know with injuries.

  182. Rosa March 7th, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    Teixeiramvp

    Do you think Alex would be willing to play hurt and maybe risk his career goals, etc? He does pay attention to his numbers.

  183. Steve B March 7th, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    “a 25% chance of A-Rod getting hurt worse”

    Actually it’s a 100% chance that his hips gets worse. The odds the doctor gave Olney were on him being able to make it thru the season.

  184. dan l March 7th, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    tmvp, It is totally stupid the risk the health of any person let alone someone you owe millions. Let Alex get healthy through surgery and help when he can. You are way to arrogant in your views on this.

  185. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 7th, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    Hey did you all see this yet?

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03.....ref=sports

  186. Teixeiramvp March 7th, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    Yes, but how much worse will he get? And I’m arrogant, dan 1? I haven’t insulted anyone, yet I’m arrogant. I’m simply arguing my point, and I’ll continue doing it!

  187. E-gawa March 7th, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    You can still put AFRAUD. You just have to put a space between A and Fraud. Same thing with A ROID. haha

  188. Teixeiramvp March 7th, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    Rosa-No, I don’t know that. But I’ll respect him if he will. I’ll risk hi health if it helps bring another ring to the Bronx.

  189. Teixeiramvp March 7th, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    trisha-This would be PERFECT! It would be awesome if he got this!

  190. Doreen March 7th, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    Teixeiramvp

    I’m glad YOU’LL risk his health. And YOU want to win NOW because the Steinbrenners OWE you that.

    Spoiled little?

    Do you realize how you sound?

    Maybe you don’t mean to be pompous, but you sure come off that way.

    Anyway, I know we all would love for the Yankees to win. It’s a really nice thing. But what does it get any of us except some good feelings? Seriously, I love the Yankees and love watching them and talking about them, but, they have no real impact on my LIFE.

  191. dan l March 7th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    tmvp you would potentially risk the rest of his career and millions of dollars is just plain stupid and that is arrogance. You sound like a whiny Mets fan.

    I am done with chatting with a fool like you goodnight.

  192. Teixeiramvp March 7th, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    Doreen-You’re right. But I saw Lowell and Utley gutting out similar injuries, Utley on his way to a ring. Is it too much to ask A-Rod to do that? And w/as much as they charge for tickets, the Steins’ DO owe us a championship. It would impress me very much if A-Rod could gut it out. If he can’t, he can’t. But if he could, he should.

  193. Teixeiramvp March 7th, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    Good riddance dan 1. As it turns out, I’m done too.

  194. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 7th, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    It is totally silly for anyone to automatically assume that Arod isn’t at least considering playing. Whether or not he does it remains to be seen. Since other players have played through a labrum tear successfully and since his doctor said he could do it if he chose to, Arod would be a fool to not weight his options in both directions. He may be concerned about his numbers but he’s equally concerned about proving himself at this point in time.

    I’m not advocating for or against immediate surgery but I am advocating for fans to realize they are just that and don’t have a better handle on the medical part of this than the Yankee organization, Alex, and his doctors.

    So it isn’t ridiculous for a fan to think Alex should try to play through it, any more than it isn’t ridiculous for a fan to think Alex should have immediate surgery. There is something to be said for both sides.

  195. Steve B March 7th, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    Reads like putting a band aid on a bullet wound, Trisha.

  196. Doreen March 7th, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    Trisha -

    Thanks for that link. It sounds like an interesting option. I still think if they’re going in there, they might has well fix it altogether. But I can see how it would be tempting to basically put some duct tape on the problem and fix it later.

    The question then becomes, when later? At the end of this season? Or do you hope the “nail” or “duct tape” holds for this season and next?

    I can see ARod going for that option, though, since he hasn’t been in paid and he had been hitting the ball well even with the problem.

    It’s just that the more exposure you have to surgery, the more exposure you have to possible infection.

  197. Rosa March 7th, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    No one can replace Alex.

    I think the pitching will be good enough that the Yanks will win a lot of low scoring games. Pitching, defense and timely hitting.

    I’m predicting AJ will win 20 this year.

  198. Giuseppe Franco March 7th, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    I agree guiseppe; however you have to hope that your starting pitching stays healthy. They have such a deep rotation and a bullpen with alot of potential that could overcome a loss of A-Rod. However, you have to remember that you have an injury-prone Burnett, an older and bad elbow with Pettitte, wang is coming off an injury and CC has pitched a great deal of innings. So you never know with injuries.

    ————–

    Well, there are similar question marks for every other team.

    But strong pitching depth and resigning Pettitte will allow them to absorb losing a piece like A-Rod much better than they have since his arrival in 2004.

  199. m March 7th, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    Does everyone realize that A’rod’s injury is in the back of the socket whereas Utley and Lowell’s is in the front? Different story?

    It’s also cold to ask someone to play through pain so that the team can get off to a fast start.

    Jeter’s right, everyone just has to step up. Hitters, starters, bullpen.

  200. Doreen March 7th, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    Ooops! I meant Pain, not paid. (Freudian slip??)

    Trisha -

    There are pros and cons on both sides of this. You just hope that ARod’s getting good advice and talking to a lot of people.

    From what Cashman said today, it at least sounded like they were having conversations with Utley and Lowell, since they went through similiar injuries/surgeries. I would value their opinions here.

    “The waiting is the hardest part.”

    Texmvp -

    I can understand why you think the Steinbrenners owe a championship. I think they owe a fiercely contending team. I think they owe it to the fans to put the best team they can out there. I think they’re doing, for the most part, a very good job of that. Not perfect, mind you, but pretty good. The thing is there are other teams out there (and their fans) who want a championship just as much.

    And as far as ARod, the way I look at it is, I’d rather lose him for 4 months and get him back almost as good as new for the rest of his contract/career than take the risk of playing through the injury and not having the ARod that they signed for the duration.

    That’s just how I look at it. :)

  201. Christina March 7th, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    hey Trisha, good link, I guess Alex has a tough decision to contemplate these next few days.

  202. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 7th, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    Doreen I certainly understand what you’re saying. I don’t think it would be risk of infection that would get me, because that is really one of the minor risks of surgery especially when they keep an eye on things and have antibiotics at the ready if necessary. For me the thought of having to have more than one surgery to correct a problem would annoy me. But we’re not ballplayers or professional athletes. We don’t know if they would take the one month out route and worry about having a second surgery later, perhaps during an offseason rather than doing it immediately and giving up more of the season. With Arod I won’t be surprised if he opts for no surgery or the hybrid.

    I have no more idea than anyone else what his decision is going to be, of course. If we had all of the medical information and the phone calls with the doctor who is treating him, we could probably make at least an educated guess. But right now we’re all shooting in the dark.

  203. Tom March 7th, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    He should get the surgery ASAP. If we’ve learned nothing from the Posada and Matsui situations last season, rest and rehab means surgery is right around the corner.

  204. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 7th, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    “No one can replace Alex.

    I think the pitching will be good enough that the Yanks will win a lot of low scoring games. Pitching, defense and timely hitting.

    I’m predicting AJ will win 20 this year.”

    Rosa, I am TOTALLY in agreement with this. I think too many people are underestimating the Yankees overall abilities this season.

    And I also agree about AJ. My favorite signing this season!

    Check out my Italians!!!!!

  205. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 7th, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    Christina are you in downtown Tampa?

  206. NYYanksFan March 7th, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    For the purchase price of a ticket, all you are entitled to is a seat and a game. If that’s not enough, don’t buy the ticket.

  207. Giuseppe Franco March 7th, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    And w/as much as they charge for tickets, the Steins’ DO owe us a championship.

    ————

    The Steinbrenners have spent more than any other team for the last decade.

    They also just built a $1.5 billion dollar new home – more than double the cost of the second costliest stadium in the country.

    They do whatever it takes to put a strong team on the field every single year.

    How do you figure they owe the fans anymore than that?

    They have more than full-filled their promise to do whatever it takes to win regardless of what happens with A-Rod’s hip.

    If anything, we fans should be more thankful (and less greedy) that our team is owned by a family who is committed to doing whatever it takes.

  208. Steve B March 7th, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    “I’m predicting AJ will win 20 this year.”

    Pretty optimistic for a career underachiever who one more than 12 games only once. I’d be thrilled if he hit 15.

  209. Steve B March 7th, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    one = won in the case of my last post. DUH!

  210. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 7th, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    Steve B, I am predicting you are going to be thrilled.

  211. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 7th, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    Is anyone else watching this game?

  212. Steve B March 7th, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    Yeah Trisha, I think he’s a decent bet to hit 15 wins. I’m not as high on him as some. Guess I’m inclined to believe that he is what his career numbers say he is.

  213. Christina March 7th, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    Trisha- yes I am in downtown tampa with not a thing to do… :(

  214. m March 7th, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    Is Pavano playing for Italy?

  215. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 7th, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    Christina, my reservations were also downtown. I was told to go to the concierge at the hotel because he would have a whole

  216. Rosa March 7th, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    Steve B

    AJ is my sleeper. He has great stuff and the Yanks will score more runs for him than Toronto did.

  217. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 7th, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    continued

    because he would have a whole folder of things to do in the Tampa area. Maybe you can check with your concierge? I know that have that trolley that takes you to different places. Unfortunately I never got close enough to figure it out.

    :(

  218. Christina March 7th, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    Thanks Trisha. The hotel here is pretty busy, it seems like everyone and their brother is staying here, unfort its all business people and not many people that are there for baseball games. I was gonna check out the international plaza after the trip to lakeland tomm for the game and then hope something else comes up. Its times like these that I wish my friend still lived down here

  219. Steve B March 7th, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    Carlos Guillen, professional hitter.

  220. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 7th, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    mel, thankfully no.

  221. jdupes March 7th, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    Does anyone know when the VIDEO CHAT from yesterday will be fixed and put back up to watch or put on demand on the channel?

  222. Mayweather March 7th, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    don’t know,hope soon

  223. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 7th, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    Dang. 7 RISP and team Italy hasn’t brought anybody home.

  224. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 7th, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    Pitching pitching pitching.

    DiFelice did such a good job. It would be a shame to lose this game on one homer.

  225. BGNYY March 7th, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    anyone know who is starting for DET tomorrow? Im a mile from the stadium and ready to go… I know we are throwing AJ

  226. tampayank March 7th, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    Christina

    there are several nice watering holes south of Kennedy Avenue on Howard Avenue(Just West of Downtown)…the corner of Platt and Howard has several bars at that corner and it’s a fairly short taxi ride back to your downtown hotel; taxis usually hang out outside Macdintons near that corner(the large Irish pub)…have fun if you decide to venture out, I’m taking it easy tonight

  227. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 7th, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    This is starting to get ugly. Maybe it was just a matter of time.

  228. Steve B March 7th, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    Venezuelans have some serious bats.

  229. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 7th, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    They do. And one who unequivocally got a free ride in terms of taking steroids is at the plate right now.

  230. Christina March 7th, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    thanks, im taking it easy tonight, gotta long day traveling to lakeland tomm, hopefully tomm though ill venture out.. anyone else going to tomorrows game?

    ps, i just put up some pics from yest. game, if anyone is interested in seeing pictures. Tino is in cap this year which is nice :)

  231. BGNYY March 7th, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    Christina I’m in Lakeland right now, very nice town cant wait to see AJ

  232. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 7th, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    BGNYY I wasn’t able to find anything listed for Detroit’s pitcher for tomorrow. I did look.

  233. Christina March 7th, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    camp**

  234. BGNYY March 7th, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    Thanks trish

  235. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 7th, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    Christina I would like to take a look at any pictures you put up. How far a drive is Lakeland? How long are in Tampa for?

  236. jack March 7th, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    Why is Carlos Silva starting with Felix Hernandez relieving?

  237. Lyon March 7th, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    I have WBC-fever… I cannot get enough!!

  238. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing March 7th, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    Doreen-You’re right. But I saw Lowell and Utley gutting out similar injuries, Utley on his way to a ring. Is it too much to ask A-Rod to do that? And w/as much as they charge for tickets, the Steins’ DO owe us a championship. It would impress me very much if A-Rod could gut it out. If he can’t, he can’t. But if he could, he should.

    ************************************************************

    You sound like the kind of Yankee fan that the rest of us spend our lives trying to live down. :(

  239. Betsy March 7th, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    Trisha, I have to part ways with you hear. In no way, shape or form can I ever understand any fan who would judge Alex in a negative way should he choose surgery over trying the rest/rehab route. This attitude is symptomatic of how freaking spoiled Yankee fans are – the Steinbrenners OWE the fans a championship? No, they don’t. There is a sacred trust between owners and fans; what the owners owe the fans is to put the very best team they can on the field. That’s it. There are no guarantees in life and there sure are none in sports – you play the games and let the chips fall where they may. George (and now Hal and Hank) have put more of their $$$$ into their team than 99% of the owners in sports. In baseball, bum owners sit on their wallets and rake in the free cash from the big market teams, then pocket that $$$. They don’t reinvest that $$$ in their own team – now those truly terrible owners. They run their teams like businesses and they are only in it to make a profit. If I were fans of those teams (like the Pirates, etc…..), I’d be furious.

    Anyway, back to Alex. This is his life, his future, his career at stake. As much as I love the Yankees, Alex has to put his considerations first. I’m sure most fans will judge him a bum if he decides on surgery, but then I generally have little to no respect for Yankee fans at all (the same fans who booed Mo and Jeter a few years ago).

  240. vinny-b __trade for Hank Blalock__ March 7th, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    “Is Pavano playing for Italy?”

    he is their secret weapon.

  241. Betsy March 7th, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    Tex stuff:

    http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/yankees/

    I love this:

    Teixeira doesn’t plan on shying away from the spotlight, knowing very well that it will be shining directly on him if Alex Rodriguez is forced to miss a significant chunk of time. In his words, “That’s what I signed up for.”

    “I hope I would have enough motivation to work hard and to perform even before this happened,” Teixeira said. “Because of that, I don’t think I’m going to try any harder or work any harder. I expect a lot out of myself no matter what the situation is.”

  242. vinny-b __trade for Hank Blalock__ March 7th, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    “ps does anyone know what in the world i can do in tampa. soo bored! apparently britney spears will be here tomorrow- my hotel is right next to the place shes playing at and the people are thrilled”

    only if you like strip clubs. Not a fan of the south.

  243. randy l. March 7th, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    “randy I-They have no common interest? Yes they do! Baseball! DUH!”

    Teixeiramvp

    actually their common interest is getting paid.

  244. GreenBeret7 March 7th, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    Make a trade with Team Venezuela, NYY gets Mora, Team Venezuela gets Bobby Areu’s sanitary hose (socks) and jock strap from 2009 and 2008.

  245. GreenBeret7 March 7th, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    Bobby ***Abreu’s***

  246. Betsy March 7th, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    Here is a really great pic:

    http://d.yimg.com/a/p/ap/20090.....lkw119.jpg

    Love the guys watching Wang pitch – love AJ’s tatoos!

  247. Teixeiramvp March 7th, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    Just checking in quick-Listen, I have no problem w/people disgreeing. That’s fine. But don’t get nasty about it.
    I love the idea of the temporary fix. Play the season, a season we know we have achance for a ring, then get surgery. Perfect. Again, I’d be very impressed if he could gut it out.

  248. Teixeiramvp March 7th, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    And Randy1? Just joking, I get where you were coming from w/the WBC.

  249. UtilityMan March 7th, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    Christina
    Nice blog you have…
    I agree with ya on some of the things that go on at GMS Field(security)
    When do you leave Tampa???

  250. dave March 7th, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    Teix – agree. This is going to be a special season. Up to Alex whether or not he wants to be apart of it. No guarantee that he will be back from surgery this yr at all.

    he should gut it out to try and win a ring

  251. Pinstriper 2 March 7th, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    I would too be impressed if he can gut it out.

  252. Teixeiramvp March 7th, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    dave-You’re the first person to agree w/me. THANK YOU!

  253. Jason T March 7th, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    Teix hit next to Chipper Jones in ATL and Vlad Gurrerro in LA

    Going to be much different hitting in front of Matsui. He isin’t going to see much to hit. In the late innings, they’ll just bring in a lefty and walk Teix to face Matsui.

  254. Teixeiramvp March 7th, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    Jason T-Matsui’s good, I disagree. You want to face Godzilla w/a man on?

  255. Bob(The Original) March 7th, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    If you can read Spanish, this is good for a laugh. A-Rod to Seattle.

    Is this a legit paper?

    http://www.impactodeportivo.co.....ormat=html

  256. wolf man March 7th, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    alex owes it to the team to try and play through this, imo.

  257. pat March 7th, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    dave

    Is that an opinion from a future MD who’s guided by “first do no harm” or the opinion of a Yankee fan?

  258. Teixeiramvp March 7th, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    pat-Yankee fan, I’d assume. But I’ll let Dave answer that.

  259. Bob(The Original) March 7th, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    ooops, this is the link I meant to post.

    http://www.impactodeportivo.co.....ormat=html

  260. gayle March 7th, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    what a good story this is very sad but at the same time really good.I think he will be content whatever his fate this year is

    http://www.northjersey.com/spo.....038;page=1

  261. m March 7th, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    pat,

    I’m sensing another split down the middle based on gender. Maternal instinct strikes again.

  262. m March 7th, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    Even SJ (Sarah Jane)

  263. Bernie Madoff (Red Sox Fan) March 7th, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    Good news!. ARod likely ready to start opener even with surgery!!

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03.....f=baseball

  264. m March 7th, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    Just saw that Bernie (give back the $$).

    If that’s true, that sounds like a compromise. As long as it doesn’t cause more damage.

  265. m March 7th, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    *good compromise

  266. Steve B March 7th, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    “Good news!. ARod likely ready to start opener even with surgery!!”

    Doesn’t exactly say that Bernie. What it says is he’d be off the field for at least 4 weeks after the less evasive surgery. Given that he’s had next to no spring training and the surgery, which they are CONSIDERING, won’t happen before Monday, he would have virtually no shot of being ready for opening day. Obviously he would not miss months, but half of April is a pretty safe bet.

  267. Christina March 7th, 2009 at 11:12 pm

    arg, my internet hasnt been letting me post comments for some reason

    BG, perhpas ill see you tomm at Lakeland- Do you know what time they open their gates at?

    Trisha- the pics are on my blog. the link is http://www.alleitersbullpencatcher.blogspot.com are you in tampa?

  268. Kyle March 7th, 2009 at 11:12 pm

    Matsui to me is the type of hitter who will put up numbers but will not have the impact on a game that those numbers indicate.

    Before his wrist injury, he was a monster. Always clutch, hit all kinds of pitching, power, average, everything. He could carry a team for stretches and was so underrated. Now, he may put up the same numbers but he doesn’t have nearly the same effect on the game.

  269. DET x2 March 7th, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    Well if that surgery option is available, it’s kind of a no brainer, no?

  270. Christina March 7th, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    I’d think so

  271. Christina March 7th, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    wow, its finally letting me post a comment!

    BG- not sure if your still there, but perhaps ill see you tomorrow in Lakeland. Do you know what time the gates open at?

    Trisha- If you click on my name you cna see the link of my blog which has pictures from the ST games. I have more from todays game that I am gonna add tomorrow after the game in Lakeland. As for how far it is, id say about a 30-35 minute drive from Tampa. do you live in the area?

  272. Steve B March 7th, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    “Well if that surgery option is available, it’s kind of a no brainer, no?”

    I don’t know. Means two surgeries for sure rather than one. They’re basically indicating it’s a patchwork effort. Does the “nail opposed to a steel girder” hold up under the rigors of 150 or so games?

  273. GreenBeret7 March 7th, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    Kyle
    March 7th, 2009 at 11:12 pm
    Matsui to me is the type of hitter who will put up numbers but will not have the impact on a game that those numbers indicate.

    Before his wrist injury, he was a monster. Always clutch, hit all kinds of pitching, power, average, everything. He could carry a team for stretches and was so underrated. Now, he may put up the same numbers but he doesn’t have nearly the same effect on the game.

    ————————————————————

    That makes as much sense as the idiots that say Rodriguez knocks in 100 unimportant runs a year.

  274. vinny-b __trade for Hank Blalock__ March 7th, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    “Before his wrist injury, he was a monster. Always clutch, hit all kinds of pitching, power, average, everything. He could carry a team for stretches and was so underrated. Now, he may put up the same numbers but he doesn’t have nearly the same effect on the game”

    when Matsui was in the lineup last year, his hitting was as good as it’s ever been.

  275. James March 7th, 2009 at 11:23 pm

    Well that article did say he would have to have the surgery within 1-3 years… so I’d assume that means he can make it through the season, unless I’m not interpreting that correctly.

  276. Bo knows March 7th, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    I do like that evasive surgery. Catch that quick, that surg sucker is fast.

  277. pat March 7th, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    m
    In the words of the Captain, you can play hurt but you can’t play injured.

    Only Alex knows whether a torn labrum in his body is a hurt or an injury so opining on how he should gut it through is silly to me.

  278. me March 7th, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    I think this is rather huge news on Arod, no?
    where’s Peter? Getting that extra hour of sleep to prepare for daylight savings time change?

  279. Brandon, Mr.Pringles: 'It's an acquired skill to play hard' March 7th, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    Any news ?

  280. CaptainsCorner March 7th, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    That surgery sounds good to us fans but I don’t know if they are going to want to put him threw 2 surgery’s in 1-2 years. Opening one area 2 separate times is not a good thing if you don’t have to especially for a $200m player. I think they will do whatever the doctor recommends. Obviously being the best in the country he should have some sort of idea if he can play threw it or what option is best. I expect to hear tomorrow or sometime soon that he will opt for the 4 months surgery. Just to get it over with.

  281. Steve B March 7th, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    I’d assume that 99 times out of 100 when surgery is done, it’s done all the way. I doubt there is a great deal of data on something like this.

    One possible comparison is what the Red Sox doctors did to Schilling back in 2004. While that was effective in the short term, it was an experimental effort that did not fix the problem but rather minimized it so he could play thru it for about 10 days. Schilling lost almost the entire ’05 season and was never the same guy after ’04 though. A little apples and oranges in this comparison given that Schilling was 3-4 years older than Arod, but you do have to be a little concerned about things long term.

  282. Y26 March 7th, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    ‘It’s an acquired skill to play hard’

    What? lol

  283. GreenBeret7 March 7th, 2009 at 11:39 pm

    If the doctors can agree that Rodriguez could quite likely complete the season with relatively no pain and no chance to do more damage, I’d think Rodriguez would buy off on that and at the end of the season, have the normal procedure. That gets his ready to go for a complete 2010 season. Consider it as a car tune-up for the summer and a complete overhaul before winter.

  284. 4 x 4 March 7th, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    Exactly. For a $200 million player to go under the knife twice in less than a year (and operated on in the same area) is always a risk.

  285. pat March 7th, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    Joba better be careful. People will accuse him of staging a photo op. :wink: Cute kid either way!

    http://www.daylife.com/photo/06He8Pr2I78Uf

  286. Brandon, Mr.Pringles: 'It's an acquired skill to play hard' March 7th, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    ‘What? lol’

    A very genius quote from my favorite Knicks coach. :roll:

  287. m March 7th, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    Pat,

    Thanks for that pic. He looks just like Joba. Uncanny.

  288. jennifer March 7th, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    Wow his kid is 2!! Looks older!! Yeah talk about staging a photo!! I mean come on, why does his need to bring his kid onto the field? ;) :p

  289. Sea Net March 8th, 2009 at 12:18 am

    John Kruk just said the Yankees would be a great fit for Pedro Martinez so we can move Joba back to the pen…

  290. Giuseppe Franco March 8th, 2009 at 12:20 am

    John Kruk just said the Yankees would be a great fit for Pedro Martinez so we can move Joba back to the pen…

    ———-

    C’mon, did he really say that?

    Sometimes I think Kruk is clinically retarded.

  291. jennifer March 8th, 2009 at 12:21 am

    Why would we do that? tell John Kruk to put the peace pipe down.

  292. Sea Net March 8th, 2009 at 12:26 am

    BBTN is on ESPN2 right now

  293. vinny-b __trade for Hank Blalock__ March 8th, 2009 at 12:29 am

    “BBTN is on ESPN2 right now”

    does it matter?

    from my view, the MLB channel has rendered ESPN obsolete. At least, until football season.

  294. m March 8th, 2009 at 12:38 am

    Not everyone has MLB channel. ;)

    Anyone seen a picture of Pudge? Or seen him in the game? Does he look as skeletal as his picture?

  295. Uncle Ellsworth March 8th, 2009 at 12:44 am

    anyone see Watchmen?

  296. J Dupes March 8th, 2009 at 12:48 am

    If anyone is still up…When is the Live Video Chat going to be up on demand? There was a messed up one put up yesterday but taken down.

  297. Nick in SF March 8th, 2009 at 1:09 am

    Why not sign Pedro and put *him* in the pen? He likes little things, doesn’t he? The 8th inning could be his little good luck mascot.

  298. Adeline March 8th, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    .

  299. Rob NY -- 2009 The Road to Redemption March 11th, 2009 at 9:38 pm

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  300. Rob NY -- 2009 The Road to Redemption March 11th, 2009 at 9:39 pm

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  301. Rob NY -- 2009 The Road to Redemption March 11th, 2009 at 9:40 pm

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  303. Rob NY -- 2009 The Road to Redemption March 11th, 2009 at 9:41 pm

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