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The story behind Cody Ransom

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Mar 08, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

If you want to read a great piece of writing, check out this column Ian O’Connor of The Record did on Cody Ransom.

This is a story I suspect not many of his teammates know and it’s chilling.

UPDATE, 11:19 p.m.: Meanwhile, check out these You Tube videos of Cody: The man really can jump.

 
 

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162 Responses to “The story behind Cody Ransom”

  1. jennifer March 8th, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    I read that this morning. Normally I do not like Ian O’Connor or his writing. But that was a very well done article.

    It is a very sad story. And truly amazing how he survived with hardly any injuries. It is very sad about the kid who was driving the van. :(

  2. Phil March 8th, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    O’Connor is Gaelic for Abraham, but I’ll check it out.

  3. Patrick Bateman March 8th, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    I dunno how you put “great piece of writing” and Ian O’Connor go in the same sentence.

    After his Pulitzer Prize winning articles from his inside info from a meeting he had with Big Stein last night or about how the Yankees are better off without A-Rod, I think I’ll pass.

  4. Al from BK March 8th, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    Wow, just wow. I’m rooting for this guy now.

  5. Cor Shep March 8th, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    just crazy…

  6. Brandon, Mr.Pringles: 'It's an acquired skill to play hard' March 8th, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    ‘Oli Perez is down 3-0 for power team Mexico , Luke Hughes and Chris Snelling w/ HRs for AUS’

    Venezuela showing the USA they too have star players.

  7. geO March 8th, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    Miguel Cairo 2004 V2

    and why does the NY media always seem to hype a player before the season start to begin a whole frenzy if the player doesnt play the way expected.

    (ex: Phil Hughes, Ian Kennedy, Shawn Chacon, Aaron Small, Eric Duncan)

  8. Phil March 8th, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    Leone is still the better player.

  9. jennifer March 8th, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    Patrick Just read it! Trust me, it is worth it. Very sad story about Cody when he was in junior college. He survived an unbelievable accident.

  10. Peter Abraham March 8th, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    Patrick: You’re passing judgment on something without reading it? That makes sense.

  11. Doreen March 8th, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    No wonder he’s not flustered by having to fill in for Alex Rodriguez. That’s a day at the park (no pun intended).

  12. Christina March 8th, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    hey pete, got any ideas on what to do in Tampa? I blew about 20 minutes waiting in line at the kfc/pizza hut/taco bell joint. Fast food here is not so fast. I think theres a few casinos I just cant figure out where they are!

  13. rodg12 March 8th, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    Thanks for posting that Pete. A very good read.

  14. Brandon, Mr.Pringles: 'It's an acquired skill to play hard' March 8th, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    I know most of you aren’t paying attention but that Jorge Vasquez that the Yankees signed this offseason, you know the mexican Pujols hit a GS in the btm of the 1st to make it 5-3 Mexico.

  15. Patrick Bateman March 8th, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    Thats the beauty of America, I can choose the media I want to receive. There is a difference between great writing and shock writing Peter.

    Just as you have an opinion on certain players and make your voice heard, I’ll do the same for different types of “journalists”.

  16. Rick March 8th, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    Venz is just too much for the USA. Too much experience, pride, and offense. K-Rod available tonight too.

  17. Christina March 8th, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    btw a very well written article. I cant imgagine the feeling that cody and the others went through, very sad.

  18. 66 stripes March 8th, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    Too bad we got Teixeria… Jorge Vasquez sounds like a beast. Can he play one of the corners?

  19. jennifer March 8th, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    Patrick you are too hard headed for your own good. If you can’t or won’t read his article read this.

    http://www.wfan.com/Yanks-Hope.....ntRating=1

  20. Mark in Tampa March 8th, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    Christina,

    Try the Hard Rock Casino, if you have a car it is on I-4 about 5 miles east of Tampa. The Channelside area is a nice place to hang out. There is a trolley that runs from Channelside to Ybor city. Ybor city is Tampa’s version of Bourbon street, or South street in Philly. If you go to St Pete, the BayWalk is a really nice area of shops, restaurants and clubs.

  21. sweet lou March 8th, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    I agree with Sutcliff… no reason to take Rollins out, he’s the only guy who has done anything tonight.

    Take Chipper out, he has killed the USA.

    The best lineup has Rollins and Jeter in it.

  22. m March 8th, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    What a story. Thanks for the link, Pete. Good to see Cody land on his feet. I hope he’s ready to fill some big shoes. He’s definitely earned the chance.

  23. Jorge (México) March 8th, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    UPDATE!!!!!!!

    Jorge “Chato” Vázquez, a Minor Leaguer who belongs to Yankees organization, has just hit a grandslam in the WBC. Now, thanks to his bat, my country, México, is winning over Australia 5-3.
    Yesterday I said I didn’t believe Jorge was going to play tonight, because Adrián González is our 1B and Erubiel Durazo was supposed to be the DH. But, since aussie pitcher is a lefty, Vinny Castilla, México’s manager, decided that Vázquez, a righty, should be the DH over Durazo, a lefty.

  24. S.A.-Time to take a vow of silence Alex. For your own sanity March 8th, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    I read that article earlier. How horrible.
    I can’t even imagine what Cody went through.

  25. Patrick Bateman March 8th, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    I’ll read the WFAN article. Thanks.

  26. Cliff March 8th, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    Thanks for posting this Pete. What an incredible story.

  27. Brandon, Mr.Pringles: 'It's an acquired skill to play hard' March 8th, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    ‘Too bad we got Teixeria… Jorge Vasquez sounds like a beast. Can he play one of the corners?’

    Just give him a glove and find out, that swing was real power.

  28. BicSharpie March 8th, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    To the gentleman above who suggested that this story was just another bit of the Yankee hype machine,

    I will kindly disagree with your assertion. The story linked by Mr. Abraham was certainly newsworthy. A story about a journeyman baseball player thrust into the spotlight is always a good read for a baseball fan. Isn’t it what all older baseball fans like to read? The possibility that years of frustration and a life-long dream realized, is what makes this sport great. To suggest that the story of a ballplayer who bounced around the minors and overcame a horrific tragedy is only marketing, is a terrible charge to make.

    Cody Ransom nearly died and has nearly achieved his goal of becoming a major league ballplayer. An article about him being on the cusp of success, juxtaposed with the tragedy of his fallen teammates is good journalism and a tremendous insight into the fragility of the human experience.

  29. Jack Knight March 8th, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    i know details are important to convey the message accurately, but I also think this article could have done without being so graphic. Think about the people who might read it that might know people involved in the accident. It just seems kind of impolite.

    It seemed like it focused more on the violent nature of the accident more so than it focused on the fact that Cody Ransom’s survival was great luck and now he is living to see a better day.

    But I dropped English after my first semester and switched to engineering so what do I know.

  30. Drain003 March 8th, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    :( I’m sad watching Abreu

    He was such a great fit for our lineup and did nothing but produce great numbers and hit in the clutch.

    He’s going to be invaluable to the Angels lineup.

  31. JETS 09 March 8th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    Lindstrom is so nasty. Can’t believe the Mets just got rid of him… what an arm, hitting high 90s with ease, filthy breaking stuff.

  32. Jeff March 8th, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    A chilling story, indeed. I’m hoping Cody Ransom has a fantastic season.

  33. Peter Abraham March 8th, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    Patrick:

    Given your blog name, I guess I should not be surprised you’re a psycho. Too bad, you’re missing a great column. What’s funny is you’ll read it and pretend you won’t just to look tough.

    I’m sure Ian is losing sleep. :-)

  34. Jack Knight March 8th, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    Abreu on the Angels. As if the Angels weren’t already a problem for us.

  35. Christina March 8th, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    Ybor city, thats in downtown tampa right? I think I got lost there earlier. if thats the place, it looked pretty interesting from the outside. Alot of shops that seem to range in different cultures

  36. Tom March 8th, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Has Jorge Vasquez ever played 3b, or is he a right-handed Miranda?

  37. pat March 8th, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Jeter in a red cap just looks wrong.

  38. Jorge (México) March 8th, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Sorry, Brandon. It seems my “update” was 4 minutes late.
    :-)

    66 stripes: No, Chato does not play 3B. He has, let’s say, a huge body.

  39. Brandon, Mr.Pringles: 'It's an acquired skill to play hard' March 8th, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Trisha the crowd was cheering Chato chato chato , on 1-2 and he did it almost on cue. Almost like he was introducing himself.

  40. murphydog March 8th, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    I’ve worked on fatal accidents involving cars versus humans and cars versus cars (with humans inside). All I can tell you is that physics makes sense in a classroom, but not always when you are looking at an accident scene.

    In one case I tried, a young man was crossing a quiet street with a box of Dunkin Donuts in his arms after being out late. A car came ripping down the street and the kid didn’t have time to react. The driver hit him without swerving or braking and took off. The kid survived but was disabled. After the carrying detective located and impounded the car, the crime scene unit searched the passenger compartment and found a piece of the Dunkin Donuts box in the back seat of the car. It was theorized by the accident reconstruction expert that the donut box piece had entered through the open sunroof of the defendant’s car milliseconds after impact. (When I questioned the expert’s theory, the carrying detective told me that was not the most bizarre example he had of such a thing. He once found the scarf of a person struck and killed inside the defendant’s car: once again it was apparently via an open sunroof).

    So, Cody can thank God – and physics – for still being here.

  41. Christina March 8th, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    The place here is going wild for Britney Spears. All you people in downtown tampa, stay inside!!!!!!

  42. Brandon, Mr.Pringles: 'It's an acquired skill to play hard' March 8th, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    Jorge can he COF ? you know like RF ?

  43. Wang IS Taiwan March 8th, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    O’Connor piece was excellent. Thanks for posting the link, Pete. How can one not root for Cody?

  44. DT March 8th, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    Good story about Cody. Hopefully he’ll get a shot.
    At least he might be able to tell his grandkids he started in the first game in the new Yankee Stadium.

    I wonder what is going thru Eric Duncan’s mind these days.
    This really should have been his one chance to shine *if* he had just shown anything the last couple of years.

    From the #1 prospect to not even a ST invite. :-(

  45. Phil March 8th, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    I wouldn’t call Ransom’s story a column. Usually, O’Connor’s column are full of his *ahem* opinions. There are actual facts involved in the Ransom story.

  46. Patrick Bateman March 8th, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    So kind of you Peter.

    I’d love to see those pictures that O’Connor has of you if you’re going to stoop to insulting me because I don’t think he’s a good journalist.

    Professionalism at its best.

  47. Brandon, Mr.Pringles: 'It's an acquired skill to play hard' March 8th, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    How much are the Mets paying Oli Perez this season ?

  48. Phil March 8th, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    Abreu gives up around 25 runs a year with his glove, I wouldn’t sweat it.

  49. Patrick Bateman March 8th, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    And no I won’t read it, just as I didn’t read his last great opus on how the Yankees would be better without A-Rod.

    I do see his foolish headlines in my RSS reader though.

  50. Tom March 8th, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    murphydog:

    I remember watching something on the history channel about the debris from the WTC and where it ended up. There were instances of perfectly folded jeans from the basement malls being found 7 blocks away. Chaos Theory….

  51. Much Ado about Something March 8th, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    If Abreu were able to be the DH then he would have been fine to keep. The fielding he did was not very good and cost a lot of runs last season.

  52. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    Victor Zambrano. What an enigma.

  53. Jorge (México) March 8th, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    Brandon, Mr.Pringles: ‘It’s an acquired skill to play hard’
    March 8th, 2009 at 9:46 pm
    Jorge can he COF ? you know like RF ?

    ===========================================================

    It could be a possibility, Brandon. But I don’t remember him playing as a COF any game. And I’ve seen him play a lot, since he played for a team (Tigres de Quintana Roo) which is in the same division of my home team (Leones de Yucatán) in the AAA Mexican League. He is a DH or a 1B.

    But, you know, maybe coaches can make wonders at Scranton and make him a reliable RF. But, I insist, he’s got a huge body.

  54. 4time March 8th, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    We need to find a position for the Mexican Pujols. Maybe make him the DH next year when Matsui’s contract is up

  55. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    Zambrano got jobbed there.

  56. bicsharpie March 8th, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    Hey,
    Why didn’t my comment show up? Am I not welcome here?
    I thought that I was being kind and insightful. I guess there’s no place on the internet for people like me.

  57. Much Ado about Something March 8th, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    Murphydog, the physics still work, but the variables involved in such cases are too many to compute.

    Think butterfly effect.

    Sometimes there is no real explaining why someone escapes while another doesn’t. Living through a major life threatening incident does change your outlook on all things though.

  58. DT March 8th, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    If Zambrano gets lit up, will ESPN refer to him as “former Yankee Victor Zambrano”?

  59. Joe from Long Island (now from Tampa) March 8th, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    Very nice read about Cody Ransom. I think he’s going to make the team going north. With all you read about pro athletes, he seems like someone you can really root for.

  60. murphydog March 8th, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    Tom:

    Ah yes. Chaos theory. Things thrown together that don’t otherwise have any logical connections.

    Explains how I ended up with my ex-wife ; )

  61. 4time March 8th, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    Putting in Zombrano is like Torre putting in Jeff Weaver

  62. Brandon, Mr.Pringles: 'It's an acquired skill to play hard' March 8th, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    Jorge he better learn the corner. His power is legit, it wasn’t even a full swing and it probably went 345- 350 down the line.

  63. Phil March 8th, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    Jorge (Mexico)

    Were you happy when the Yanks signed Vazquez? He had some outstanding numbers in Mexico.

  64. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    “If Zambrano gets lit up, will ESPN refer to him as “former Yankee Victor Zambrano”?”

    LMAO!

    Count on it.

  65. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    Does Zambrano still have a team? Who is he with these days?

  66. Kyle March 8th, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    The USA is angry. I don’t see anyone derailing them in this tournament.

  67. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    Jete is upset because he definitely wanted some ducks on the pond when he came up!

  68. Tom March 8th, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    Jorge Vasquez going to be at Trenton. I’ll have to go see him.

  69. jennifer March 8th, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    murphydog

    I know someone friend of a friend who was hit by one of those luxury buses in NYC. She was hit from behind (somehow), thrown feet (not sure how far) from the accident. She survived, didn’t break any bones but was bruised badly. By some miracle she didn’t have her daughter with her.

  70. GreenBeret7 March 8th, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    Wind, speed and water can make strange things happen. Tornadoe blow through a town and hits a street after skipping three, moves a brick building 20 feet completely off of it’s foundation with no broken windows, and leaves mobile homes next door untouched, straw shoved into oak trees.

  71. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    Earlier they were saying that anything less than winning the WBC was unacceptable for Team Panama. Almost makes you feel bad for them because it’s the same kind of pressure the Yankees must feel every season.

  72. Jorge (México) March 8th, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    Agree, Brandon and yes, Phil. You surely can bet it. It was good news for us, mexican Yankees fans.

    Last season these were Vázquez’s stats:

    56 Games (He couldn’t start the season, and he only played the second half)
    .339 BA
    1.010 OPS
    .612 SLG
    .398 OPS
    18 HR
    59 RBI
    45 SO
    20 BB
    And, unbelievable, he soled one base!!!!!!

  73. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    This definitely gave Team USA some breathing room.

  74. Jorge (México) March 8th, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    soled = stoled. Sorry

  75. murphydog March 8th, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    Much Ado:

    Butterfly effect.. fair enough. Put another way:

    There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
    Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.

    Hamlet, scene v

  76. Brandon, Mr.Pringles: 'It's an acquired skill to play hard' March 8th, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    ‘Jorge Vasquez going to be at Trenton. I’ll have to go see him.’

    He hits like that I definitely will go see him.

    Team USA finally starting to play ball, but don’t sleep on Venezuela.

    Team Mexico’s offense is for real, Almazega, Gonzalez, Vasquez, Cantu, Hairston

  77. DT March 8th, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    “Does Zambrano still have a team?
    Who is he with these days?”

    Zambrano is an unsigned free agent.
    As of tonight he was with Venezuela, but he might not be able to go back there now.

  78. Tom March 8th, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    Shakespeare had such a cool way of saying human knowledge is limited.

  79. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    DT that made me laugh and yet I feel bad for the guy!

    :)

  80. Phil March 8th, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    Thanks for the answer, Jorge (Mexico)!

  81. PAT M. March 8th, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    That piece by O’Connor may very well be the first decent columnI’ve ever read by him….I remember the incident, just didn’t that Ransom was part of that terrible event….Heart felt support goes his way….He’ll do fine as confidence is building every game….Man opeining day 3rd baseman for the NY Yankees..Hope his dream is fullfilled……O’Connor is a hack by the way……

  82. murphydog March 8th, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    jennifer:

    Sorry to hear about your friend, but glad it wasn’t any more serious.

    FYI, buses are generally very safe for riders, pedestrians and other vehicles, thanks to advanced designs and lots and lots of real good driver training in most big city transit systems. But there is a blind spot on the front right side of most buses. When they are turning right, give them lots and lots of room and back away from the curb.

  83. Jorge (México) March 8th, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    Vázquez also played during the Mexican Winter League.

    54 Games (This is a much shorter calendar than the Summer League)
    .348 BA
    1.052 OPS
    .636 SLG
    .416 OBP
    15 HR
    46 RBI
    50 SO
    23 BB

    And I made a mistake on his Summer League numbers. It’s .398 OBP, not OPS. His OPS was the listed above (1.010)

  84. Brandon, Mr.Pringles: 'It's an acquired skill to play hard' March 8th, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    VEN looks done right now.

  85. Pel March 8th, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    i’ve never been so happy to see pedroia get a hit.

  86. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    Wow. This is now not so much about Team USA’s offense as it is about Team Venezuela’s lack of pitching.

  87. DT March 8th, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    Trisha,

    Don’t worry about Victor. Mrs. Zambrano has his back. ;-)

  88. jennifer March 8th, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    murphy-

    That would probably explain how he hit her when she has the light to walk across.

    I try to be so careful now crossing the streets in the city.

  89. Brandon, Mr.Pringles: 'It's an acquired skill to play hard' March 8th, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    Jorge I heard he developed even more patience in Winter Ball although seeing him tonight he looked a bit nervous in his first WBC AB and still answered the bell.

  90. Trevor March 8th, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    The Venezuela fans look like their dressed (paint on faces) more for a soccer game or football game.
    I’m not used to seeing baseball fans wearing paint on their faces.

  91. Christina March 8th, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    Hey guys, is it true that Rivera is a coach for the WBC, i am assuming for Panama?

  92. li March 8th, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    Seatbelts save lives.

  93. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    “Trisha,

    Don’t worry about Victor. Mrs. Zambrano has his back.”

    :lol:

    DT, this is the schizophrenia I live with daily! (not literally of course). I want Team USA to win but am feeling sorry for Team Venezuela because they look so sad.

    I know that’s pretty pathetic but it’s truth as I speak. I go through this stuff all the time.

    :D

  94. tampayank March 8th, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    Rivera was on the bench for Panama, maybe not an official coach but I’m sure he was share his wisdom w/ the young Panamanian team

  95. tampayank March 8th, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    was there to share

  96. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    “Hey guys, is it true that Rivera is a coach for the WBC, i am assuming for Panama?”

    Christina, if he is, he was. Panama was eliminated.

  97. Pel March 8th, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    YOOOOOOOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUK!

  98. rodg12 March 8th, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    First time I’ve cheered during a Youkilis HR.

  99. Jorge (México) March 8th, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    Yeah, Brandon. He made two awful swings at the first throws he saw. But, then PUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!!!!!!!!!!!!

  100. Pel March 8th, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    i’m gettin into it. i can’t help it.

  101. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    Holy crap. Venezuela getting anihilated.

  102. Brandon, Mr.Pringles: 'It's an acquired skill to play hard' March 8th, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    If Venezuela comes back props to them but I just don’t see this one turning into a classic.

  103. Trevor March 8th, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    Wonder how many times will Joba be hitting Youklis this year.

  104. pat March 8th, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    Alex helped Ransom get ready to fill in for him.

    http://www.newsday.com/sports/.....9988.story

  105. Jorge (México) March 8th, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    And here comes Jorge to bat again. Let’s see what happens this time

  106. jeterboy March 8th, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    No wonder he looked so humbled last year.. horrible story, very glad he’s alive and in pinstripes .. he’s gonna be one of my favorite Yankees this year.. I’ll be rooting for him hard.
    GO YANKEES.. and CODY!!

  107. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    Trevor, I was just thinking about how funny it would be if Joba was on Team USA and was there in the dugout to greet Youkilis.

    :lol:

  108. vinny-b __NYY fan and WBC promoter__ March 8th, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    hey Pete:

    ask that question again. You know the one: Does anyone care about the WBC?

  109. Brandon, Mr.Pringles: 'It's an acquired skill to play hard' March 8th, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    more patient now takes 2 – 0 takes a swing w/ the runner running looked like a hit and run. 2 – 1 FC.

  110. Jorge (México) March 8th, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    It was a grounder to SS this time. You can expect a homer each at bat, don’t you? :-)

  111. Brandon, Mr.Pringles: 'It's an acquired skill to play hard' March 8th, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    I’ll tell you about Vasquez his out was a hard hit ball to the left side of the SS.

  112. tampayank March 8th, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    man I hate the Red Sox but I had to cheer for the Youk and Pedroia coming up w/ huge hits for the USA; sucks we have to deal w/ those guys all summer

  113. Jorge (México) March 8th, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    I gotta leave. see you all tomorrow

  114. Trevor March 8th, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    Who knows Trish maybe they’ll be on this year’s All*Star game.

  115. Brandon, Mr.Pringles: 'It's an acquired skill to play hard' March 8th, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    Take care Jorge.

  116. DT March 8th, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    Don’t worry about Victor. Mrs. Zambrano has his back.”

    DT, this is the schizophrenia I live with daily! (not literally of course). I want Team USA to win but am feeling sorry for Team Venezuela because they look so sad.
    I know that’s pretty pathetic but it’s truth as I speak. I go through this stuff all the time.

    Trisha, I’ll never send you to the vet to put my sick pet asleep. You wouldn’t make it there!

    Zambrano, Venezuela, schizophrenia – all in one post!
    You get double Scrabble points. :-)

  117. Brandon, Mr.Pringles: 'It's an acquired skill to play hard' March 8th, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    This game is just about over.

  118. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    Seriously Trevor, I can’t wait until Joba starts his first game against the Sox! You know that every person watching that game is going to wait to see where the ball goes when he faces Puke!

  119. vinny-b __NYY fan and WBC promoter__ March 8th, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    “UPDATE!!!!!!!

    Jorge “Chato” Vázquez, a Minor Leaguer who belongs to Yankees organization, has just hit a grandslam in the WBC. Now, thanks to his bat, my country, México, is winning over Australia 5-3.
    Yesterday I said I didn’t believe Jorge was going to play tonight, because Adrián González is our 1B and Erubiel Durazo was supposed to be the DH. But, since aussie pitcher is a lefty, Vinny Castilla, México’s manager, decided that Vázquez, a righty, should be the DH over Durazo, a lefty”

    Jorge:

    wonderful story. Happy for you (and the yankees). Good luck to TEAM MEXICO

  120. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    “Trisha, I’ll never send you to the vet to put my sick pet asleep. You wouldn’t make it there!”

    I’d have to put myself asleep with it! I am like a walking sponge. Everyone’s sadness becomes my sadness.

    It’s not the most fun way to be assembled!!!

    :D

  121. Brandon, Mr.Pringles: 'It's an acquired skill to play hard' March 8th, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    Jorge Vasquez 1 for 2, 1 GS, 4 RBI, 5 R

    I really don’t think Venezuela has what it takes to put 6 more here, could they :?

  122. S.A.-Time to take a vow of silence Alex. For your own sanity March 8th, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    hhhmmm Venezuela

  123. Brandon, Mr.Pringles: 'It's an acquired skill to play hard' March 8th, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    I’m not hmm’ing anything until there is something to hmmm about

  124. GreenBeret7 March 8th, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    pat
    March 8th, 2009 at 10:21 pm
    Alex helped Ransom get ready to fill in for him.

    http://www.newsday.com/sports/.....9988.story

    ————————————————————

    It would appear that Rodriguez may be more comfortable with the young kids and utility type players, like Cabrera and Cano. There are star players that are like that. Mantle was one of those that took care of the rookies and 2nd and 3rd stringers like Clete Boyer, Phil Linz, Pepitone, Bobby Cox and Jim Bouton.

  125. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    DJ!

  126. Pel March 8th, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    good hustle from those boston boys

  127. Clare March 8th, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    pat,

    Thanks for the link. This was my favorite part:

    Said Ransom: “He’s a great guy. More than anything, he’s a very loyal guy. If he says he’ll do something, he does it. He really treats people well. He treated me great.”

    Rasner, Cano, and Melky said similar things, and I’ve never seen actual quotes from a player, as opposed to reporters’ opinions, saying the opposite. But, somehow, the story persists that he’s a bad guy in the clubhouse.

  128. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    “good hustle from those boston boys”

    show offs!

    ;)

  129. S.A.-Time to take a vow of silence Alex. For your own sanity March 8th, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    Oh well

  130. Nick in SF March 8th, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    I think it was Andy Warhol who said that in the future, every country will have its own Pujols.

  131. GreenBeret7 March 8th, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    Was that Andy Warhol’s quote or Jack Kerouac’s?

  132. Peter Abraham March 9th, 2009 at 12:25 am

    test.

  133. Brandon, Mr.Pringles: 'It's an acquired skill to play hard' March 9th, 2009 at 12:30 am

    Cont.

    Oli Perez gave Mexico nothing surrendered 3 runs by HRs, Jorge Vasquez put them on his back w/ his GS and now it’s the 7th inning Mexico doesn’t have it to come back, thier crowd sounds like a Yankee crowd after they strand runners for 6 innings. Austrailia got the Netherlands thing going right now, I didn’t think they’d be anywhere near that good, if your Oli Perez how you got whipped around by Luke Hughes, Chris Snelling and who the heck knows.

  134. Betsy March 9th, 2009 at 12:31 am

    thanks, Pete!

    http://www.nj.com/yankees/index.ssf/…her_aj_bu.html

    Burnett said he felt physically strong and successfully mixed his curveball in for strikes. But he said his primary focus during the spring will remain honing his fastball.
    “I want to establish the No.1, that’s my bread and butter,” Burnett said. “I threw a lost of fastballs today, but that’s what I do. I get ahead with the fastballs. That’s one of my main goals this spring is to get that down and away locked in.”

    http://www.nj.com/yankees/index.ssf/…k_yankees.html

    Tex is obsessive-compulsive, too…..yet another reason for me to like him, lol!

  135. Betsy March 9th, 2009 at 12:34 am

    This is an article about Alex, but I LOVE this part – this team is just exuding confidence:

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

    But Damon also expressed a sentiment that is a quiet backdrop to this camp: confidence in the starting pitchers since the free-agent acquisitions of C. C. Sabathia and A. J. Burnett.

    “The thing we have this year is two more aces and a healthier Chien-Ming Wang,” Damon said. “Pitching wins you games.”

    Andy Pettitte and Joba Chamberlain make up the back end of the rotation.

    Burnett made his first start Sunday, allowing no runs and one hit with no walks or strikeouts in two innings. He worked so efficiently that he had to finish throwing in the bullpen.

    “Nice to get out there and finally throw for this club,” Burnett said. Of Rodriguez, Burnett added: “It’s going to be a loss, of course. We have to hold the fort. It’s obviously a big blow. But Alex is a hard worker. He’ll be back.”

  136. Kyle March 9th, 2009 at 12:34 am

    Embarrassing for MEX, they better wake up like the Dominican team did.

  137. Yanks761 March 9th, 2009 at 12:39 am

    Dolphins’ Stadium is going to be rocking for the Latin American countries in the next round

  138. Brandon, Mr.Pringles: 'It's an acquired skill to play hard' March 9th, 2009 at 12:40 am

    17 – 7 Austrailia, y ke swing de mambo le segun dando. :lol:

  139. Brandon, Mr.Pringles: 'It's an acquired skill to play hard' March 9th, 2009 at 12:41 am

    This Francisco Rodriguez isn’t K-Rod but he has Jose Veras type stuff.

  140. tampayank March 9th, 2009 at 12:41 am

    the 2nd round in Miami will be an insane semi final; most likely usa, puerto rico, dominican republic, and venezuela

  141. Joe March 9th, 2009 at 12:45 am

    The winner of the Miami pool should beat whoever comes out of the San Diego pool (Australia, Mexico, Cuba, Japan etc.)

  142. 4time March 9th, 2009 at 12:46 am

    Miami will be like Puerto Plata

  143. Giuseppe Franco March 9th, 2009 at 1:02 am

    Wow. Another idiotic piece by Wally Matthews.

    He’s basically in the same boat as O’Connor suggesting that the Yanks are probably better off without A-Rod because they won during the dynasty years without a big slugger.

    Unreal. And these chumps actually get PAID to write this nonsense?

    http://www.newsday.com/sports/.....995.column

  144. Nick in SF March 9th, 2009 at 1:14 am

    Imagine how many more titles the Yanks could have won without that dead weight slugger Babe Ruth.

  145. Phil March 9th, 2009 at 1:21 am

    Wally Matthews is brain dead.

    Meanwhile, how great is it to have veteran pitchers coming in with good personalities? After the parade of Pavano’s, Johnsons and Browns that have underwhelmed and underperformed since 2003, isn’t it nice to have a couple of outgoing souls who are excited to be Yankees, don’t have back or butt trouble, and want to be on the big stage?

  146. Sully Sox March 9th, 2009 at 1:26 am

    I hope ARod has a big date, tonight.

    He won’t be in the saddle for a few weeks.

  147. GreenBeret7 March 9th, 2009 at 1:31 am

    Well, injury has claimed it’s first victim in the WBC. Atlanta 3rd baseman Larry Jones left the game in the 6th inning with a slightly strained right exterior oblique muscle. The Braves will be only slightly less annoyed if William T. Sherman came marching down Peachtree Street again.

  148. Sully Sox March 9th, 2009 at 1:40 am

    what’s new. :arry Jones has been injury prone for 4 straight years. Gotta give to him, though. Remember when he questioned ARod and roids and everyone shouted him down.

  149. Andrea March 9th, 2009 at 2:04 am

    I’m not sure if this has already been brought up and shot down, but what about Swisher at 3rd? Is there any prospect of that happening?

  150. m March 9th, 2009 at 2:09 am

    Andrea,

    Apparently, left handed throwers can’t field the position.

    Although we have lots of movable parts, I think the best situation is to change as little as possible. In the field and the lineup. The team can survive for the first 4-6 weeks, especially if the starters give the team what they’re capable of.

  151. Andrea March 9th, 2009 at 2:11 am

    m–good point. I never even thought about the left-handed thing. I just thought of Swisher because he’s kind of the odd man out, and I was thinking if he could do 1st base maybe he could do 3rd. But you have a point.

  152. Phil March 9th, 2009 at 2:16 am

    Swisher will probably be the rightfielder come opening day.

  153. GreenBeret7 March 9th, 2009 at 2:23 am

    Here’s a list of every left handed throwing third basemen in history.

    http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Has_.....man_in_MLB

    Only one ever made a career at 3rd base. More left handed third basemen than left handed catchers.

  154. GreenBeret7 March 9th, 2009 at 2:24 am

    List of left handed catchers

    http://members.tripod.com/bb_c.....hleft2.htm

  155. bardos March 9th, 2009 at 2:54 am

    april headline: 300 million dollar man wally-pipped.

  156. Jeff March 9th, 2009 at 2:56 am

    Patrick Bateman: Typical garbage American.

  157. Andrea March 9th, 2009 at 2:59 am

    I was actually wondering that….about left-handed catchers. Seems an awkward situation.

  158. no.27 March 9th, 2009 at 3:31 am

    Has Girardi said if he’s planning on skipping Joba’s starts throughout the season? With the 2 off days in April, Joba could be skipped twice without starting anyone on short rest. I guess the negative in that would be Joba not getting consistent work and that could hurt his performance and chances of staying healthy.

    I want to get tickets, but I’ve seen Wang and Pettitte pitch a few times, so I’m trying to figure out when CC, AJ, and Joba will be throwing.

  159. Espresso March 9th, 2009 at 3:38 am

    I probably don’t need to say it, but Arod is not just a slugger like Giambi or Dunn, he can hit for average and power to all fields.

    The dynasty teams had more balance throughout the lineup than recent teams. Paulie, Bernie, Tino and more hit for decent, if not Arod, power. I like this year’s team because it has a more balanced look to it. That mostly comes from replacing Giambi with Tex. I think Swisher gives that OPS look that can help get a pitcher out of the game.

  160. jared March 9th, 2009 at 8:19 am

    i will be rooting for this guy without a doubt!
    great story!

  161. S.o.S. March 9th, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    I cant wait till the pre season is over so i can buy me a “GARDNER MLB 2009 PRE SEASON HOMERUN CHAMP” t-shirt. Whos with me!!

  162. Sandi Bradshaw May 10th, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    To Jack Knight – Thank you for your comment considering those of us who would find the article hard to read. Tommy (the driver of the van that Cody was in) was my younger brother. The story did contain inaccuracies, but the story itself is sadly very true…and yes, parts of the article were very, very hard to read. My brother’s name was spelled incorrectly (it’s Tommy with a “y”) and he was an amazing, amazing catcher…not a pitcher…as I believe the article stated (I can’t read it again to know for sure). My brother’s talent and perseverance leave no doubt in my mind that he would have become a professional catcher…he was being scouted by several teams when he was killed. If you are interested in reading some accuracies about my brother, I posted a tribute to him on my blog on the 13th anniversary of his death. You can read it here:
    http://treasurethetime.com/blo.....-bradshaw/

    I am grateful for Cody’s survival of the accident…I met him only one time and he seemed like a very nice kid. My brother would be thrilled for his success.

    Pat M. – You mentioned that you remember the accident. Are you in AZ?

    Happy Mother’s Day,
    Sandi Bradshaw


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