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Spring Game 19: Twins at Yankees

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Mar 15, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES
Posada C
Damon LF
Teixeira 1B
Matsui DH
Swisher RF
Cabrera CF
Berroa 3B
Pena SS
Bernier 2B

Pitching today: Andy Pettitte, Phil Coke, Jose Veras.

TWINS
Span LF
Hughes 2B
Gomez CF
Kubel DH
Harris 3B
Buscher 1B
Redmond C
Winfree RF
Plouffe SS

Pitching today: Glen Perkins followed by Nick Blackburn, Rob Delaney, Sean Henn, Ben Julianel.

Notes: Posada is expected to catch only three innings as he gets behind the plate for the first time since having extensive surgery on his right shoulder last July. “I’m sure he’ll lobby for more,” manager Joe Girardi said. He’s hitting first so he gets a few at-bats. … This is Pettitte’s second start of the spring. … The game is on WCBS but not on YES.

Back with more later on.

UPDATE, 10:15 a.m.: Based on the lockers being cleaned out, Jesus Montero, Christian Garcia and Mark Melancon are off to minor-league camp.

UPDATE, 10:26 a.m.: Kevin Russo and Ian Kennedy, too.

UPDATE, 10:37 a.m.: Watching CMW throw in the bullpen. He and Dave Eiland are working on his arm slot.

UPDATE, 11:24 a.m.: Just spoke to Brian Cashman, who confirmed those cuts mentioned in previous updates. Catcher Kyle Anson also was re-assigned.

UPDATE, 11:45 a.m.: Here are some comments from Brian Cashman:

On Cano and Marte: “There’s a yellow flag. … Hopefully it’s just rest and recovery. But until we see (the MRIs), we just don’t know. I hope there’s no bad news.”

On Ian Kennedy: “I just know that he went home and processed what took place last year. It was the first time in his career that he failed. Went to winter ball, made some adjustments, came out of winter ball with the confidence, came to camp in a great frame of mind and heads over to Scranton the same way.

“He’s got some things with his secondary pitches he’s going to have to work out. But we saw some good things when he was here. The most important thing is he has a game plan he’s very comfortable with and he knows where he’s going. His development in the pro game has been very short. Because he had so much success early, he didn’t finish off some things he had to work on and now he’s back on that track. I think he’s going to have a big year, I really do. It’ll be a different Ian Kennedy for this franchise in 2009 than there was in 2008.”

On Phil Hughes: “You’re seeing that curve and his changeup more and more and to me, that’s a very good sign. He’s becoming more complete.”

On Mark Melancon: “He’s somebody we’re excited about. He’s got ability, he works hard and he wants it. That’s a good recipe right there.”

On Jorge Posada: It’s good that we got to this day. Not this specific day, but we thought we wouldn’t be ready to catch until mid-March to catch in games and here we are. So we go from this point, that’s an important first step of many more. These next few weeks, we’ll really see it.

“I guarantee — and this is just me thinking knowing how injuries are — that in the back of his mind he probably doesn’t trust it yet. Until he gets to the point where it’s instinct and it just happens and he says, ‘Wow, I didn’t think about that.’ That’s where he’ll work through the final phase of this thing.

“I need Matsui’s knees to be fine and I need Posada to be a catcher. That gives our lineup length and depth, with guys with plate discipline, with guys with the ability to give professional at-bats. Those guys know what they’re doing. If these guys aren’t available to us, it changes the lineup radically, especially 6, 7, 8, 9. I don’t want to be in that position, honestly.

“He’s feisty, he’s hungry and he wants to win. He doesn’t get enough credit for the leadership he has in that clubhouse. He is intense. Sometimes that intensity can carry into some emotional outbursts that aren’t always a bad thing. We missed him both on that field and in that clubhouse last year. Losing Wang and the way our pitching went last year was devastating. But our biggest loss was Jorge Posada.”

UPDATE, 1:18 p.m.: We’re underway here at Big Stein Field. Andy Pettitte is pitching to Jorge Posada. We’re going to party like it’s 1999.

Jorge is going to catch three innings, which is about how long Andy will go.

The game is on television back to Minnesota, so if you have DirectTV, maybe you can get it.

UPDATE, 1:25 p.m.: Pettitte gave up a single, but emerged unscathed. Posada just led off the bottom of the inning with an infield single.

UPDATE, 1:33 p.m.: 1-0 Yankees. After Posada singled, Damon singled. Then Teixeira fouled out well behind first, allowing Posada to tag up. He scored when Matsui grounded into a force play. Matsui beat the throw to first to stay out of the double play.

So Posada can catch and Matsui can avoid inning-ending double plays. Good day for the Yankees so far.

UPDATE, 1:41 p.m.: Pettitte allowed a two-out double by Redmond then fanned Winfree.

UPDATE, 1:46 p.m.: 2-0 Yankees. Melky doubled to left, Berroa bunted and Pena dropped a broken-bat flare into center over a drawn-in infield.

I have Pettitte with 31 pitches as he comes out for the third inning.

UPDATE, 1:53 p.m.: That’s it for Andy and Jorge. Pettitte: 3 2 0 0 0 1. 5 groundballs.

UPDATE, 2:21 p.m.: Pettitte just told us he was working on his curveball. He also said Posada looked the same. “It was good to see him back there,” Andy said.

UPDATE, 2:39 p.m.: Turns out Posada caught a fourth inning. We were down in the clubhouse talking to Pettitte when he caught Coke.

Posada didn’t have to make a throw but he was throwing to second base between innings. He said his shoulder felt strong.

UPDATE, 2:47 p.m.: Just like he did for the Kansas City A’s back in the day, Angel Berroa just whapped a two-run double to the gap in left. The Yankees lead 5-1.

 
 

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288 Responses to “Spring Game 19: Twins at Yankees”

  1. Scorpio March 15th, 2009 at 10:00 am

    So instead of a fresh, live Spring traing game @ Steinbrenner Stadium no less, YES viewers get to watch game 1 of the 2000 WS AGAIN for the umpteenth time. I don’t get YES and their ridiculous scheduling.

  2. Arcobug March 15th, 2009 at 10:07 am

    What time does Marte and Cano get their MRI ? How long before we find out if their injury is serious or not?

  3. Fran March 15th, 2009 at 10:09 am

    Good to see Posada in the line up catching. Hope he comes through it ok.

  4. Ryan March 15th, 2009 at 10:10 am

    posada should show off that speed of his in the lead off spot.

  5. joeman March 15th, 2009 at 10:16 am

    as soon as Cano is healthy gey him out of here

  6. joeman March 15th, 2009 at 10:17 am

    as soon as Cano is healthy get him out of here

    spell check

  7. pat March 15th, 2009 at 10:30 am

    A healthy Jorge is so vital to this team.

    Fingers and toes crossed he passes test #1 effective and pain free.

    Can you imagine the smack Jeter would have been hearing if Jorge was healthy and playing for PR in Miami last night?

  8. Noreaster March 15th, 2009 at 10:30 am

    Hey, Cano is a “meat head”, but he has unreal bat speed and covers a lot of ground around second. It’s too early to give up on him.

  9. Mark March 15th, 2009 at 10:34 am

    when pete says: “He’s hitting first so he gets a few at-bats.”….it’s not really at-batS. the most you can get by leading off is one extra at-bat (relative to other positions in the line-up), right?

  10. zippy March 15th, 2009 at 10:35 am

    Posada is a poser.

  11. Noreaster March 15th, 2009 at 10:39 am

    He is more likely getting a second at bat hitting 1st in the lineup. He is only going to catch 3 innings, so it makes it more likely that his at bat will come up before he has to come out.

  12. Noreaster March 15th, 2009 at 10:40 am

    Zippy, Posada may not be a HOFer…but he’s that next level down like Williams and O’Neil.

  13. Greg Cohen March 15th, 2009 at 10:50 am

    Here’s 90+ new pics of the new stadium: http://tinyurl.com/be8vcu

    Hope you like them.

  14. bh shadow March 15th, 2009 at 10:52 am

    For you folks with Direct TV the game is on channel 668 which is the Minnesota Twins network.

  15. Betsy March 15th, 2009 at 10:54 am

    http://nyyankeesrumors.com/exc.....14th-2009/

    I love the black and white archival photos that go along the walls on the inside, and also the photos of the current Yanks that run along the outside – that’s just fantastic. That scoreboard is unbelievable, lol……..and the outside of the stadium is just glorious.

  16. Betsy March 15th, 2009 at 11:02 am

    Glad to see Jorge back behind the plate – nothing else that comes out of this game is as important as Jorge’s good healthy and ability to catch. He’s especially important to the offense while Alex is out, but that said, the Yankees can not push this guy. If we have to go with a weak bottom of the lineup in order to give Jorge all the time he needs, so be it.

    I am more worried about Marte than Cano – his absence weakens our pen quite a bit……..

  17. Betsy March 15th, 2009 at 11:03 am

    Pete, good article on AJ. I liked this part in particular:

    “A chance to go to the dance for five years in a row? I’d be a fool not to do that,” he said. “It drives you. It absolutely drives you. I’m ready to get there and see what it’s all about, to pitch in those kinds of games.”

  18. JoeyA March 15th, 2009 at 11:06 am

    Hope to see you soon again, Melancon

  19. Bill from NJ March 15th, 2009 at 11:15 am

    We have one more spot open for the free LoHud fantasy baseball league. Someone dropped out yesterday.

    The draft is set for today at 3pm EST.

    We have 11 people, just need one more. Email for invite to join.

    beerisgood07@yahoo.com

  20. Laura - Just because I'm losing doesn't mean I'm lost! March 15th, 2009 at 11:17 am

    Great pics of the new stadium. It looks like it’s ready to go. I love the photos of the players hanging outside the building. My one complaint is all of the advertising that’s all over the stadium. It feels like we’ve sold out.

  21. S.A.-The 2009 MLB season is almost here March 15th, 2009 at 11:18 am

    Keeping my fingers crossed for Posada today. Hopefully a nice start.
    See ya later Melancon.
    Hope Wang is getting over his cold

    Does anyone here wanna do a March Madness Tournament pickem/brackets thing online?

  22. Bill from NJ March 15th, 2009 at 11:23 am

    S.A.,

    I would be interested.

  23. S.A.-The 2009 MLB season is almost here March 15th, 2009 at 11:24 am

    Maybe I’ll start a group on yahoo? Would that be cool?

  24. Bill from NJ March 15th, 2009 at 11:25 am

    yes

  25. Arcobug March 15th, 2009 at 11:29 am

    When does Marte and Cano get their MRI?

  26. Sean Serritella March 15th, 2009 at 11:32 am

    I know how you feel scorpio.

  27. BGNYY March 15th, 2009 at 11:34 am

    SA, I would love to be in

  28. SteveB March 15th, 2009 at 11:34 am

    The first time we need a reliever it’ll be Mark Melancon. And once he’s up, he’ll never go back down.

  29. jennifer March 15th, 2009 at 11:35 am

    Isn’t that a sight for sore eyes. Jorge back catching!! :D Hopefully he comes through this good, this is the first big test, than back to back.

  30. jennifer March 15th, 2009 at 11:40 am

    We really need to send a letter to YES Network about their lack of fresh programing. I’m sure it would fall on deaf ears though, they are after all the #1 sports network in the NY area. Not sure if that says more about them, or more about the competition.

    They need to do a sports show, at least once a week. Don’t just rely on Yankees Magazine to update us.

    They need to incorporate more Yankee Classics. How many times can one watch the same game? They need to stop calling a game that happened 3 weeks ago a classic. It isn’t!!

  31. S.A.-The 2009 MLB season is almost here March 15th, 2009 at 11:41 am

    http://tournament.fantasysport...../joingroup

    Click join group=Have to have a yahoo ID

    Group Name: Yankees Lohud Blog
    Group ID: 76489
    password: yankees

    Open to whoever-just for fun

  32. randy l. March 15th, 2009 at 11:47 am

    “Watching CMW throw in the bullpen. He and Dave Eiland are working on his arm slot.”

    it looked to high to my eyes in wang’s last start. what is eiland telling him? lower it ? raise it? enquiring minds would like to know.

    i have my doubts about eiland understanding wang. what exactly is eiland working on with him ?

    wang is the one veteran pitcher who is constantly coached. the reason is that his success came from getting a sudden overhaul by neil allen when he taught him the sinker. his success came from being changed. wang will tend to go back to what was natural to him before allen taught him the sinker.

    his natural arm slot was what made allen think wang could throw the sinker.

    what allen changed was his stride, making it shorter to make it sink. with already having the right arm slot, allen showed him the proper grip and shortened his stride. wang tends to go back to his natural stride which is too long for the sinker.

    so why is eiland messing with his arm slot? if it’s his natural one that is perfect for a sinker, why wouldn’t it stay natural and right? my hunch is eiland is messing with the wrong thing.

    they really should have just paid allen hundred thousand a year to make sure a pitcher worth ten million dollars a year stayed tuned up.

    but i guess it’s cheaper to have eiland tinker with him. makes sense to me.

  33. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 15th, 2009 at 11:49 am

    Scorpio, seriously I have to wonder if this has anything to do with finances. Not being terribly financially savvy I don’t know whether this suggestion makes any sense, but are they saving money by not broadcasting the games? Does it cost them a fortune to broadcast a game and because of the money the Yankees need to sink into the new Stadium, and the country in a recession/depression, they’ve decided to tighten their belts also? I mean it’s difficult to pretend that this economic downturn is managing to avoid anyone!

    Just a thought, even thought it might not be a very good one!

  34. Danny March 15th, 2009 at 11:54 am

    All networks only broadcast 10-12 ST games… it’s not like YES is the only one who does it.

    In their minds, it’s not worth the production cost to televise 30 games with the Berroa’s and Shelly Duncan’s of the world playing most of the time. By about the 6th inning, these games become kind of tedious to begin with. Nobody with a prayer of making the team is in the game and it becomes sloppy.

  35. tom March 15th, 2009 at 11:55 am

    I hope that they are not changing CMW arm slot. DI did that to Hughes and it has taken 2 years for Hughes to recover. I am surprised that Pete has not posted the low regard the baseball world has in DI has as a pitching coach.

    CMW has won 19 games for two years in a row and would have done the same last year if not hurt. I can’t understand the Yanks allowing DI to make changes in his arm slot.

    I hope that the Yanks get off to a fast start this year but if they don’t it might not be all bad. Joe G would be gone and Bowa and the grown ups will return.

  36. Yank1 March 15th, 2009 at 11:58 am

    jennifer, Bingo.

    the YES Network is the #1 sports network in the country with this limited programming of theirs. Until another network pushes them in the ratings battle… why should they spend more $$ in this economy to upgrade their programming?

  37. jennifer March 15th, 2009 at 11:58 am

    The surprise here is Kitty’s return to the Bronx. The other surprise is that Kaat wanted to return to the Yankees Entertainment & Sports Network booth, but YES suits put the kibosh on it.

    ————————–

    Another feather in Yes’s cap. Why didn’t they want him back?

  38. steve m March 15th, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    I’m here at my first yankees spring training game and it is such an awesome experience. Tex and swish were out early taking bp and now were watching the full team workout. Cano took bp and had a shot over the rf wall, reggie jackson is here playing up to the crowd and chatting with tino. It’s just a great experience that I recommend to everyone.

  39. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 15th, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    I will repeat this later if some of the parties who were around last night don’t show up for today’s game but are around for the WBC later since those who took humbrage at what I said last night don’t seem to be around quite yet. (Especially Boston Dave)

    This is on topic because of last night but also off topic because it does branch off at the same time. You’ll see what I mean. I just think, though, that what I am going to post is really valuable in terms of a good way to conduct onself – and I got this somewhere else, so I am certainly not preaching that I have any valuable insight on my own!

    Okay, first things first. Today at mass we were giving a short course in human relations. It was presented as “the most important words you can use” in fostering good human relations.

    I need to own up to something having to do with “the six most important words: I admit I made a mistake.” I admit I made a mistake last night when I referred to Jake Peavy as “a piece of garbage”. I was disgusted with his pitching performance amd instead of just saying “PLEASE get that joker off the mound, he is stinking up this game!” – which would have made reference only to his pitching performance – I made it more generic and set off a fire storm by referring to him as a piece of garbage. I truly was only talking about his pitching, but because of my terminology the thing took on a life of its own. I of course was too stubborn to back down, either that, or too emotionally invested at the moment to change the reference. In any event, I admit I made a mistake!

    Okay, now here is the list we were given. I think it is pretty valuable.

    The six most important words: I ADMIT I MADE A MISTAKE.

    The five most important words: YOU DID A GOOD JOB.

    The four most important words: WHAT IS YOUR OPINION.

    The three most important words: IF YOU PLEASE.

    The two most important words: THANK YOU.

    The LEAST important word: I.

    :)

  40. raymagnetic March 15th, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    “it looked to high to my eyes in wang’s last start.”

    “so why is eiland messing with his arm slot?”

    These two statements contradict each other.

    If Wang’s arm slot looked too high in your opinion during his last start then why wouldn’t it make sense for Eiland to work on Wang’s arm slot in your mind?

  41. jennifer March 15th, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    FYI sweeney is on wfan now.

  42. eric March 15th, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    Hey guys. I have a feeling the yankees don’t televise all the spring training games to keep some pressure off the players in s.t.

  43. jennifer March 15th, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    eric- Give me a break. It is because of production costs, and supposedly spring training games aren’t highly rated.

  44. X-Mann March 15th, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    The reason that all of these networks like YES have so few Spring Training games is because the ratings do not justify the production cost. In the TV/Radio business, that’s what it is all about. A large number of fans don’t even watch ST games and if they do, most only watch a couple innings.

    Same thing with their minor league games. The ratings were non-existent, so they discontinued it.

  45. jennifer March 15th, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    He’s feisty, he’s hungry and he wants to win. He doesn’t get enough credit for the leadership he has in that clubhouse. He is intense. We missed him both on that field and in that clubhouse last year.

    Losing Wang and the way our pitching went last year was devastating. But our biggest loss was Jorge Posada.”
    ———————————

    Cash I kept saying that! I thought that was the devastating blow last year.

    And to the comment about him doing something without thinking…. he’s already done that. :) When he stretched and strained his muscle.

  46. S.A.-The 2009 MLB season is almost here March 15th, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    eric March 15th, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    Hey guys. I have a feeling the yankees don’t televise all the spring training games to keep some pressure off the players in s.t.

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

    I don’t think so

  47. 86w183 March 15th, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    Nice thoughts Trisha, but you left out the seven more important words

    “The Yankees are World Series Champions Again”

    and the eight most important

    “The Mets Just Choked Away Another Division Title”

  48. miggs March 15th, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    SA is there a way to collect some cash and make the pool a little more interesting?

    Trisha I’m sure you didn’t mean anything by your Peavy comments and I happen to agree with your assessment. Those who clamored for Peavy in the offseason made me wonder. The guy is a product of Petco Park. He’s not below average, but he’s certainly not elite. I don’t see why people took such offense to your comment, but I didn’t take the time to read them so maybe I missed something.

    PREDICTION: Burnett will have the best year of any Yankees pitcher. A Cy Young award is a distinct possibility.

  49. canofan42 March 15th, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    Jorge!!

  50. Scorpio March 15th, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    Personally, I’m surprised that YES is #1 that #1 ranking must come from the amount of viewership they get during the regular season because if people are like me I don’t watch YES for anything other than the live games.

    SNY as an overall network is much better than YES, they have pretty good coverage of Yankees too. YES doesn’t even bother with a daily sportsdesk and why give Michael Kay so many shows? He ain’t that good.

    YES is such an asset to the Yankees but I seriously think they don’t even scrape the surface of potential revenue that can be generated by giving fans what they want. Mainly, NEW & CURRENT coverage! I wanna see everything: what bubble good is Jeter chewing…BP workouts…boring ST games but no, we get 1970s games or WS games from a decade ago.

  51. S.A.-The 2009 MLB season is almost here March 15th, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    miggs-I think I’m just gonna keep this one money free.
    Maybe I’ll send the winner a gift certificate to…McDonalds or something. The Dollar menu is not too bad. :P

  52. pat g March 15th, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    So YES doesn’t televise this game and they don’t bring back Jim Kaat when he reaches out to them?

    Thanks for looking out for the audience, YES Network!

  53. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 15th, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    86w183 – I laughed so hard that tears came out of my eyes!

    I will admit that one of my favorite “things” in life is humor. Good clean humor. Not Eddie Murphy vulgar humor, but good clean humor. Actually the most enjoyment I have here comes from reading the funny and witty stuff you people throw out here – well that and seeing the Yankees excel and the Red Sox go down in flames.

    :D

    Miggs – you know, I didn’t think it was so outrageous at the time but because some people took immediate humbrage, maybe the terminology was a little over the top. I will admit that I think it is nasty when someone calls someone else a piece of garbage. (That tells you just how disgusted I was with his pitching performance! His pitching was hideous.)

    I also do think he owns some jerk and phony factor for sidling up to the Red Sox now when he protested so strongly about wanting to stay in the NL. Hell I wish he did go to the Red Sox. We’d knock him from here to kingdom come!

    Anway, I was not in the Peavy camp at any time, so watching him stink up the joint and kill Team USA really made we wonder what anyone ever saw in him.

    Thanks Miggs.

    :)

  54. miggs March 15th, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    No problem SA I’m still in.

    Its not necessary to send the winner anything, it shouldn’t come from you anyway.

    I guess its pretty impossible to collect money. Its not exactly an office pool where you can go person-to-person and get the cash.

    Either way, thanks for setting it up.

  55. jennifer March 15th, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    Scorpio -

    Agreed I am sick of Michael Kay having so many shows. He simply isn’t that knowledgeable. I can’t stand him doing games.

  56. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 15th, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    “PREDICTION: Burnett will have the best year of any Yankees pitcher. A Cy Young award is a distinct possibility.”

    I am definitely on board with this one!

  57. S.A.-The 2009 MLB season is almost here March 15th, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    lol No problem! :D

  58. randy l. March 15th, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    tom-

    if his arm slot was perfect naturally for a sinker which was the insight that allen had when he watched wang back at triple a, then the natural arm slot is not something that’s going to change.

    i remarked on the blog that he looked funny to me and that it seemed he was trying to get his arm up higher. it looked very forced. it’s possible that he was being coached to raise his arm slot for that game.

    now, maybe they’re trying to tweak their tweak.
    i talked with allen last spring. he said wang ,when he’s off , most likely is over striding reverting back to his old natural stride.
    the problem with that is a longer stride tends to get the pitchers hand under the ball. try it your self take a ridiculously long stride and watch how your hand at release is under the ball. take a short stride and see how it is easier to release the ball with your hand more on top of it.

    in other words a long stride is good for a four seam fast ball because it is easy to get reverse spin on the ball on release.
    trying to throw a sinker with a long stride wouldn’t make sense because it tends to create a reverse spin on the ball negating the sinker.

    a shorter stride loses some velocity but tendency to sink is gained.
    … but what happens when a pitcher who has a naturally longer stride and the team encourages him to throw more four seam fastballs.

    the pitcher can’t be changing his stride on different pitches, so he’d have to throw the 4 seam fastball with the shorter stride . the problem is that a pitcher like wang would tend to revert to his longer natural length to get more mph and rise on his four seam fastball.

    allen told me that wang can throw all his pitches from his natural arm slot. he didn’t say he has to keep his stride the same on all pitches, but to me that just seems a given.
    so my conclusion is that wang’s stride is the first thing that should be looked at to keep him tuned up.

    because his stride is not naturally short, he will probably always tend to go back to a longer stride.

    again, pete could find out what they’re working on with wang. that sort of thing isn’t classified information. then the mystery would be over.

  59. Y26 March 15th, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    No doubt, SNY’s programming is far superior to YES’.

    However… Yankees games FAR out-rate Mets games (Pete posted a press release a few weeks ago saying that YES got 32 ratings over 5.0 for games and SNY only got 2 or something).

    Francessa’s show (which is surprisingly the #1 rated sports talk show in the country) gives them a big ratings advantage in the afternoon. Neil Best wrote an article how Francessa’s show from 5:00-6:30 actually gets better ratings than the SNY sports debate shows, which is staggering.

    And obviously, the redundant programs like Yankees Magazine/Yankees Classics will get better ratings than Mets Weekly/Mets Classics because the Yanks are more popular. The Big East vs. Nets coverage kinds of cancels eachother out.

    The only real advantage they have is the Sportsdesk show they have, which is excellent. The reason YES doesn’t counter with their own Sportsdesk is because it won’t do well. Thats why MSG canceled their Sports highlights show too. SNY already has an established show, it will be overkill if YES gets one too. It didn’t work for MSG.

  60. Betsy March 15th, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    Tom, is DI supposed to be Dave Eiland? If so, what proof do you have that he is held in low regard around baseball – I seriously doubt that.

  61. eric March 15th, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    How much do u think a spring training game would cost the Yankees to televise it? I’m guessing it can’t cost more than 50k a game in expenses..

  62. Betsy March 15th, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    Jen, care to summarize what Sweeney said? Thanks!

  63. whatever March 15th, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    I agree with Cash on Posada. No one takes losing on this team harder than he does. I rememeber how ill he looked after the 2003 Series; he was even sadder about it than we were. That’s all a lot of us are looking for.

    Thank you for caring, Jorge.

  64. 86w183 March 15th, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    $ 50K is a pretty good estimate… maybe less because TV production in Florida is much cheaper than NYC and they don’t have to pay a facility fee since the same company owns the stadium (home games) and the TV Network.

    To be fair a BIG issue in the TV business this time of year is the availability of production trucks. Between all the spring training telecasts and NCAA tournaments and so on it can be very difficult to get a quality truck if you don’t own one.

  65. Betsy March 15th, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    Wang was on his way to very likely 20 wins last year under the tutelage of Eiland – he was mixing in other pitches besides his sinker and he was very effective. I’m not about to kill Dave Eiland (and Cashman, by implication) because Wang had one bad ST outing where his mechanics are out of whack.

  66. jennifer March 15th, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    Beetsy- I’m just stepping out the door, but he really didn’t say much of anything. We’ve already read most of what was said on here. No breaking news from Sweeny.

  67. Betsy March 15th, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    Great stuff from Cash :

    He seems very happy with Phil…….I’m really happy to see him working in the change as well as the cutter. The time in AAA will do him a world of good

    I’m nervous about Cano/Marte – and I’m sure Brian is waiting for the other shoe to drop. All Yankee injuries are serious – at least that’s what it seems like.

  68. Betsy March 15th, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    Thanks, Jen!

  69. randy l. March 15th, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    on dave eiland, i have not seen much in print to get a good read on him. one thing he did ,along with girardi, was to give mussina an ultimatum last spring to pitch inside or go to the bullpen. mussina had an offer he couldn’t refuse and won twenty games.

    and we know eiland had hughes throwing inside a few weeks ago when hughes hit a few batters. so i like that about him as i am a big believer in pitching inside to keep hitters from cheating.

    speaking of pitching inside, another thing neil allen said was that wang had to stand guys up when they cheat up on his sinker to minimize the late sink. he coached wang to throw up and in whenever another team or hitter tried to do that.

    on the torre yankees throwing up and in was not something that was especially encouraged. posada himself doesn’t call up and in that much. allen said he told wang to do it on his own if his catcher didn’t call for it. it would just look like a pitch that got away.

  70. Ryan March 15th, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    anyone have a gameday link?

  71. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 15th, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday.....b_nyamlb_1

  72. m March 15th, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    Good stuff from Cash, nothing new, though. Thanks, Pete.

    Betsy,

    I think the potential loss of Cano would have more of an impact than Marte, who at the time isn’t even our best lefty. He’d be a loss for sure, but we’re already shorthanded in the IF and have no one to replace Canoe.

    trisha,

    Big ups for admitting you were wrong (personally, I didn’t think it was a big deal at the time). It takes a big person to admit they were wrong. Great list and great addendums by the other poster. We could have fun with it another time!

  73. teddy March 15th, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    anyone gota link to listen to game on the radio

  74. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 15th, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    Listening to Sterling and Kay the Yankees were absolutely tickled with A’s performance! They said he was really happy and actually went to the bullpen to throw more pitches so he could finish his workout!

    I am convinced that there is nothing that equals the whole package of a player who comes to the Yankees flipped out with excitment because he has really wanted to be there!

  75. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 15th, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    Thanks m!

    :)

    Audio link:

    http://mlb.mlb.com/media/playe.....b&v=2

  76. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 15th, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    Thanks m!

    :)

    teddy – thanks for asking that question! I didn’t know the game was on MLB TV!

    woo hoo!

    :)

    http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/scoreboard/20090315.html

    scroll down and hit the link for audio.

  77. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 15th, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    I meant to say AJ (talking about his performance) – when I said A

  78. gayle March 15th, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    jorge leads o ff with an ifirled single who says he cant lead off ha ha

  79. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 15th, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    Unfortunately the sound is badly garbled on mlb tv (internet version)

    :(

  80. gayle March 15th, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    make that infield single

  81. Corey March 15th, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    http://img.photobucket.com/alb.....ure1-1.png

    Looking good ladies and gents :) Cant wait

  82. Brandon, 'Watching Jorge Vasquez in the WBC & Wade go MVP in the NBA' March 15th, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    ‘as soon as Cano is healthy get him out of here’

    Oh stop overreacting.

  83. gayle March 15th, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    trisha i dont have any sound on mlb tv

  84. Betsy March 15th, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    M, I completely agree – losing Cano would be devastating. However, I’m not ready to declare Coke better than Marte yet – I need to see a lot more from him in the majors first. It would still hurt us quite a bit if he’s out, even though we have plenty of bullpen arms.

    Trisha, don’t you mean Sterling and Waldman? I’m pissed that I missed their pre-game show and their discussion of AJ …..I’m glad AJ and the Yanks were happy with how he threw – they should be. It was nice to see some quick innings – the more efficient he can be, the better. He sounds awfully excited about having the chance to win – remember that at his press conference, he mentioned being on the bench while the Marlins won their 2003 title -and he’ll certainly get the chance to pitch in big games here.

  85. teddy March 15th, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    oh well, though pete sau ny sports was airing the game, well there not oh well. thanks trisha don’t have either

  86. Ed - 2009 season can't start soon enough March 15th, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    trisha, mind sharing mlb tv with me? :D if not then its okay..

  87. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 15th, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    gayle, thanks for the heads up. I was just powering down thinking it might be my computer.

    I tried to open the game in two different browsers thinking I could have picture on one and sound on the other but it don’t work that way!

    :(

    If this doesn’t get fixed I probably will switch to audio.

  88. Betsy March 15th, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    Trish – if you can remember any details of Suzyn and John’s pre-game chatter about AJ, I would kill for that….thanks!

    This is huge day for the Yankees – I just want Jorge to emerge healthy, that’s all.

  89. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 15th, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    Betsy, duh! That is what I meant.

    Teddy and ed – give me email addresses. I’m happy to share.

    I don’t know the maximum number they let you use at once but I know that at least three of us have been on at the same time and it wasn’t a problem.

  90. Ed - 2009 season can't start soon enough March 15th, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    trisha,

    aznpunk@gmail.com :D

  91. Phil March 15th, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    Waldman says Long as been rebuilding Swisher’s stance. No wonder he’s struggling.

  92. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 15th, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    Bets, give me a minute to get back on mlb and I’ll give you the low down! You’re gonna love it.

    :)

  93. carl March 15th, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    Andy is looking good :)

  94. Phil March 15th, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    Pena is an excellent defender.

  95. carl March 15th, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    2 out double he just gave up though.

  96. teddy March 15th, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    thanks, jobarules2009@hotmail.com

  97. Betsy March 15th, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    Trish, you’re a doll, thanks!

    I wonder if it’s a good idea to rebuild Swisher’s stance – he had had success with it apart from last year. We need Swish to be productive for us – I hope this isn’t going to be a “paralysis by analysis” kind of thing where Swish is now getting too much info for his own good

  98. dann March 15th, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    Swisher hitting .095 this Spring. Nady hitting
    105 points higher than him at .200 lol

  99. Giuseppe Franco March 15th, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    I set my TiVo for the game today on DirecTV and I’m getting snowmobiling and other outdoor sporting activities.

    So much for that.

  100. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 15th, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    Gayle, I do have sound, but it’s the level that you would have if you put your sound down to a level where you could just about hear something.

    VERY annoying!

    I guess I could call MLB and tell them. They actually do have live bodies there all the time to help you out with this stuff.

  101. carl March 15th, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    Melk man lead off double down the third base line.

  102. Ed - 2009 season can't start soon enough March 15th, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    boooo….no sound. :(

  103. Yanks 17 March 15th, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    I like Swish– but he’s going to have to hit the ball if he wants to be the starter.

    He drew plenty of walks last year too but got benched for hitting .219. If we’re trying to manufacture runs while Alex is out, we need guys who can put the ball in play (sacrifice fly, groundball to 2nd to advance the runner or score the runner etc.)

  104. Ed - 2009 season can't start soon enough March 15th, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    I got sound now. :D

  105. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 15th, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    Sound is back!

    :)

  106. Dr. J March 15th, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    Pena should make the team over Berroa for his defense alone.

    Your utility guy should be able to be versatile and play good D. Doesn’t matter if he hits, he’ll only be in there in an emergency anyway and I’m sure he can play some small-ball.

  107. Betsy March 15th, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    I don’t put any stock in ST for vets like Swisher, even if he is coming off of a down year. I’ve just seen way too many examples of players who have lousy STs only to have great seasons and players who have great STs only to have lousy seasons.

  108. gayle March 15th, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    thanks have now switched back to the tv

  109. Ed - 2009 season can't start soon enough March 15th, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    “Pena should make the team over Berroa for his defense alone.”

    there’s a reason why he hasn’r been assigned to minor league camp yet.

  110. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 15th, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    By the way there is nothing wrong with the way Berroa has been hitting in ST! If you are looking for a bench player for PH purposes, you could do worse!

    Betsy, Suzyn Waldman said they were at a party last night where there were a lot of Yankees and all of the talk was about AJ Burnett and his pitching performance yesterday. She said they were really excited about the way he threw. She mentioned that he even went down to the bullpen and threw 10 more pitches to complete his workout since he was scheduled to pitch 50 and he only threw 40 in three innings!

    She talked to him this morning and he was very happy. She said that be has a Buddha in his locker that has all different faces and it is something he supposedly also had in Toronto. She said it has been turned to a happy face for a while now. She asked him about his performance and he said that he was very happy about it and he told his wife that he hoped that they didn’t expect him to pitch like that every time out and I guess Waldman said to him something like “of course they do! That’s why you got the contract you got, to go out and pitch like that for the Yankees.” It sounded like a very good natured conversation and she did say he has been very happy!

    WOO HOO!

    :D

  111. 4time March 15th, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    Except Swisher is competing for a job… therefore, his ST stats have to count for something.

    Girardi isin’t going to bench Nady, coming off a .305/25/97 year in favor of a guy who hit .219 last year and is hitting .095 in the Spring.

    Spring stats DO count if you are competing for something. For guys like Damon, Jeter, Teixeria, CC etc., it is irrelevant considering they are vets with guaranteed jobs.

  112. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 15th, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    Oh yeah, the thing about the Buddha is that when it has a sad face showing, people are supposed to stay away.

  113. Nick March 15th, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    Berroa’s role isin’t a pinch hitter… that what Swisher is for coming off the bench.

    Berroa’s role would be to be the utility INF and back up Ransom. I’d imagine they are looking for some D rather than a bat.

  114. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 15th, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    teddy I just got an email back saying your mailbox was unavailable.

  115. tampayank March 15th, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    I think Swisher was on the juice in Oakland and will never get back to those numbers

  116. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 15th, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    For some reason I can’t find the icon that lets me make the television screen larger! Very strange.

  117. Betsy March 15th, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    Trish, thanks! I read about that Buddha in a Yankees.com article – If you want, I will post it again. Let me know…..It’s an excellent article on AJ. I love reading about how happy he is to be a Yankee (and same goes with Tex and CC). He seems to be in a really good place right now – he’s made new friends (especially with CC) and he’s with a team that wanted him. He has to feel good about that. Suzyn’s right, though, lol – the next time he gets batted around, all the questions will start. We saw it with CC as well………….

    As to Swish, he’ll get his at bats. I hope he’s the starter, but if not – I won’t be concerned as I believe the Yankees like him a lot. He’ll do his thing during the season – remember that he’s not a high avg hitter anyway.

  118. F7 TD March 15th, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    Girardi and Cashman have been hyping Swish as a “super-utility” player all Spring anyway. I don’t think the plan was ever for him to start this year unless he had a great Spring and took the job from Nady.

    He’s going to get ABs though, it’s not like he’ll only play once a month.

  119. Cal March 15th, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    Posada is raking the ball just had a double. He looks good to go, nice to see. Forgot how important this guy is.

  120. Yanksgal07 March 15th, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    I went to the Yankee Stadium Open House yesterday …lots of cleanup to still be done but it is beautiful. The best part is that it still has the great feel of the old stadium ..field and seating. There are so many different food vendors now. The restaurants look first class…only saw Hard Rock and Yankee Steakhouse not the Centerfield one.
    Above all the food stands are terrific black and white pictures of Yankees enjoying a food or drink. The bathrooms are so roomy..the walkways are huge. The scoreboard is rediculous. I loved the rotunda ..the pictures hanging are amazing ..old time players in black and white ..recent players in color. Every world series is in pictures along the stadium and just seeing them conjures up so many memories.

    It’s going to be one unbelievable place to watch a game. I have tickets for April 4th and will see it finished but it was great to walk around for 2 1/2 hours and snap picture after picture with no one obstructing the shots ..basically only workers in the stadium. It was a FANTASTIC DAY !!!

    Go Yankees 2009 !!!

  121. Betsy March 15th, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    Trish, here is the AJ article:

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

    Stay away from him on game days, lol

  122. carl March 15th, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    posada is back out there i think

  123. carl March 15th, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    great inning for coke.

  124. gayle March 15th, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    yes carl he is maybe they wer ehoping someone could get on so he could try the arm out namely gomez but alas coke pitched a perfect inning

  125. Nick March 15th, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    “I think Swisher was on the juice in Oakland and will never get back to those numbers”

    Very possible.

  126. Oddessy March 15th, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    Coke’s got his spot locked up. Another great inning.

  127. teddy March 15th, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    thanks tarisha, don’t worry about it. how andy look?

  128. Betsy March 15th, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    Yanksgal, that sounds fabulous. I hope to get to a few games this year – with the parking situation, public transportation is the only way to go. From LI, I’d have to take the train to Penn and then get to Grand Central Station in order to take the subway -it’s a pain, but what can you do?

  129. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 15th, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Betsy – LOVED the article, thanks! You know I didn’t get far into it before I started tearing up. My biggest excitement about the Yanks offseason was getting AJ. What’s more exciting than getting a player with his talent who wanted nothing more than to play for the Yanks.

    I’m so psyched about him. I agree with Miggs that he is going to have a Cy Young type season for us!

    :)

  130. Roger(from amsterdam) March 15th, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    D-day:The Netherlands vs USA!

    are you guys scared yet?haha

  131. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 15th, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    teddy, Andy looked very good but Coke is the real thing!

    If you have another email address feel free to give it to me. There’s still plenty of game.

  132. Danny March 15th, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    This is an elimination game for both Neds and USA. Should be a good one. Neds won’t go down without a fight.

  133. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 15th, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    Roger – well I’m not necessarily brimming with confidence after last night’s debacle!

    For me, the fact that Sidney isn’t pitching for Team N makes it easier for me to root for Team USA. I would be really conflicted with Sidney on the mound because there were very few of us here who stuck with Sidney through thick and thin last season – and if I didn’t lead the charge, I was certainly in the front lines! So I feel an extra sense of loyalty and support for Sid.

  134. Betsy March 15th, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    Trish, you’re welcome! I truly love all the new guys this year – for some reason, AJ’s become a fave of mine.

    Glad to see Coke looking good again……….I still can’t stand not knowing about Cano and Marte

  135. ECG 234 March 15th, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    Sidney pitched his heart out for us last year. Hope he catches on somewhere and does well.

  136. Betsy March 15th, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    I just read that per Suzyn, Coke has been spending time with Gator, who is teaching him a hard slider…..wow. I just love Gator and I’m so thankful that he doesn’t have hard feelings about how it all ended. He’s a beloved Yankee and will always be one. How great is it that these Yankee greats can come to camp and help the current day Yankees improve themselves? It’s one of the perks of being a Yankee…….

  137. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 15th, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    ECG – Very classy for you to state it that way.

  138. Yanksgal07 March 15th, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    Betsy ..

    I’m fortunate ..I live in Queens and work in Manhatten. I go to about 40 games a year…usually 5-10 away games and the rest at home. I’ll be at Opening Day in Baltimore, 2 games in Toronto, 2 games at the Marlins and FINALLY I have tickets to Yanks at Fenway in August (I hope I get out alive..haha). I’ve been trying to get tickets for years at Fenway vs the Yanks.

    They had Open House at the Stadium on the weekend trying to sell the expensive seats and still had quite a few in the lower sections. Least expensive was $350 a game per seat. We just went to look not buy…I have two partial season plans in the upper deck which is fine with me…at least I’m there.

    I just hope all fans can get to at least one game to see the place…it’s truly a sight to behold. I’ve been to many of the newer stadiums which are all beautiful but Yankee Stadium is different because it doesn’t look like any of the others which all have a similarity to them.

    Can’t wait for a real game with the house packed and rocking …it’s going to be an exciting season with the new Stadium and the new acquisitions…

    Go Yankees 2009!!

  139. Yanksgal07 March 15th, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    btw ..it’s only spring training but A.J. is looking like a beast. I’m so happy we don’t have to face him anymore ..

    Go Yankees 2009 !!

  140. GreenBeret7 March 15th, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    I really hope that scout that told Suzyn Waldman that Romine was the best catching prospect he’s seen in 30 years isn’t a Yankee scout. Romine is a really good hitter, but, his strength when drafted was supposed to be defense. It’s not.

  141. gayle March 15th, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    Anyone watching the game on mlb.tv just see that commercial wih the owner of the timberwolves and how they are dealing with tickets for next year and fans in this economy.

    Pretty interesting, redreshing and rare to see an owner so open.

  142. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 15th, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    Betsy, one of the biggest thrills of last season’s last game – in a game that we all know was packed with thrills – was watching Coke pitch.

    I stood there basically with my mouth agape. If I didn’t have a problem with heights, I never would have ended up in the bleachers, never would have gotten to get that close to watching our guys in the pen warm up, and wouldn’t have had a real bird’s eye view at Coke, in the pen and on the mound.

    My seat was perfect! I am now ready to be perfectly content sitting in the bleachers, unless someone decides to gift me with infield box seats, ha ha. At those prices I won’t be touching one of those!

  143. ZMan March 15th, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    Very excited about Montero and Romine.

    Tampa is going to be fun this year.

  144. S.A.-The 2009 MLB season is almost here March 15th, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    Nice that Andy and Jorge did okay today.

  145. m March 15th, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    gayle,

    Two NBA owners got reprimanded for some real doom & gloom talk.

    At first blush, it seems kind of harsh.

    But when you think about it, the owners have a $200M line of credit that the league has made available to them.

    Why cry to the public? They have the funds at their disposal to use for any purpose they want.

  146. Joe from Long Island March 15th, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    Sir Sidney did his best for us last year. If the Mets had any brains – I know, that’s a big “if” – they’d sign him for the end of their rotation. I bet his stuff would translate well in the NL.

  147. Cal March 15th, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    Man watching Coke is a treat, he just has that ability to throw strikes out of the pen, refreshing sight to see.

  148. gayle March 15th, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    FYI MArte and Cano MRI’s puched back to MOnday (according to MLB.com) so they can have better equipment.

  149. Cal March 15th, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    “Sir Sidney did his best for us last year. If the Mets had any brains – I know, that’s a big “if” – they’d sign him for the end of their rotation. I bet his stuff would translate well in the NL.”

    Neh, I think he should run to the NL West, where pitchers run to save their careers.

    Randy Johnson is being considered God in San Francisco if he was in New York still we would be hearing he is old and washed up from the media.

  150. Spotless March 15th, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    I have bought into Coke-Mania!!

  151. SJ44 March 15th, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    GB,

    Its funny how “unnamed scouts” put out info to their media friends. I watched Romine and Montero quite a bit last year. Many times in the scouting section in Charleston with my scout friends.

    While Romine came in with the bigger defensive rep, he didn’t outplay Montero defensively last year, IMO.

    In fact, if you didn’t know who they were, showed up at a few games and watched both guys, most people would have said the “big guy” (Montero) was the better defensive catcher.

    I’m not saying Romine won’t develop into a good defensive catcher. I look for him to be better this year. He certainly has good defensive skills.

    That said, Montero is the better overall prospect, IMO. His defense has improved enough to where they are no longer entertaining the option of moving him to another position.

    Offensively, there is no contest. Jesus Montero is one of the five best power hitting prospects in minor league baseball, IMO. He’s going to have a huge offensive season in Tampa and (later in the season) Trenton.

  152. Drills March 15th, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    Winning teams have guys like Sidney Ponson on it, just his presence and his team attitude are what championships are made of.

  153. Cal March 15th, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    “FYI MArte and Cano MRI’s puched back to MOnday (according to MLB.com) so they can have better equipment.”

    This can’t possibly be serious issues or no way the Yankees wouldn’t have had them checked out, didn’t know they originally had said they didn’t need the MRI’s but the Yankees are doing it just for piece of mind.

  154. Giuseppe Franco March 15th, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    Maybe Suzyn should read the scouting report on Coke because he already throws a hard slider.

    Maybe Gator is working with him to perfect it – but it’s a pitch that has always been in his arsenal. It’s his signature out-pitch.

  155. Nick March 15th, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    So Patrick from PP, Baseball America, ESPN etc. are all wrong about Romine’s defense?

  156. m March 15th, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    Utley’s starting in his first game since hip surgery. Hope Al hits the rehab hard. No doubt he will. No one works harder than him. lol.

  157. Ed - 2009 season can't start soon enough March 15th, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    I thought Swisher just hitted a homer.

  158. SJ44 March 15th, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    If those publications watched Montero and Romine play a lot last year (by “a lot”, I mean 20 games each), they would have different opinions.

    Nobody from ESPN watched too many River Dog games last year, I can assure you of that.

    Opinions are often reached from early observations of players. Not a lot of publications follow players throughout the year, except for watching their stats.

    What ends up happening is a guy gets labeled and that label follows him from story to story. I think that happened last year with Montero. The “story” was, he would have to move positions because he was too big to catch. After watching him play a lot last year, a lot of scouts changed their mind about that.

    I have a particular affinity for the River Dogs because I used to be in their ownership group, are still friends of the current ownership group, and they are a Yankee farm team.

    Most of the scouts who saw both guys play a lot last year would tell you Montero had the better year.

    The Yankees obviously agree or this would have been the year they moved Montero to another position. They now firmly believe he can be a major league catcher. That was not the case last year.

  159. Tarheelyank March 15th, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    I really liked hearing Cashman talk about Posada’s clubhouse leadership. I agree he doesn’t get enough credit for it.

    Randy- good call on CMW arm slot.

    GB- is Montero’s bat ready for the bigs now, or?

    Uh-oh Randy and Cashman mentioned in the same post.

  160. Cal March 15th, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    Berroa is really thirsty for a job, just had a 2 run double scoring Swisher and Cabrera.

  161. Roger(from amsterdam) March 15th, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    sidney pitched very well for us agianst the domican and venezuela.Venezuela only had 3 hits last night.

    I like tom van Stuifbergen’s stuff but rick van der Hurk is starting today.We probobly won’t win this game but we’ll play hard and take it from there.I’m so looking forward to this game.It’s a big honor to play against players like derek jeter.I mean..wow.Some American players won’t even know where excectly holland is…but yet we’re playing in Miami

  162. Betsy March 15th, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    Is it me or did Suzyn say that the MRIs are scheduled for tomorrow? I thought they were to be done today – why the delay?

    Coke pitched very well – he just got tired at the end (I think this was his first 3 inning stint)

  163. SJ44 March 15th, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Again, I’m not saying Romine isn’t a good defensive catcher or doesn’t have the potential to be a good major league catcher. He does.

    However, he didn’t outplay Montero last year, or this spring for that matter. Montero has gotten his body in much better shape. He’s more flexible than he was earlier in his career, making him better able to block balls and move around behind the plate.

    His ability to move back there was the talk of camp this spring.

    Everybody knows he’s probably 600-750 AB’s away from having a major league bat. His improvement behind the plate is what has everybody excited about him and why, at least right now, he’s the better overall catching prospect.

    Obviously, its still very early in both guys careers and a lot can change. But, for a 19 year old, Montero is a very, very exciting prospect.

  164. m March 15th, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    What’s the big deal? Shouldn’t we be excited that Montero is now a legitimate big league catching prospect a’la Jorge Posada?

    If we don’t sign Berroa, he’ll definitely get picked up. Maybe by those dreaded dirty Sox. Lugo to have arthroscopic surgery.

  165. Cal March 15th, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    “Is it me or did Suzyn say that the MRIs are scheduled for tomorrow? I thought they were to be done today – why the delay?”

    That’s why I was saying these can’t be serious injuries or they would have certainly found and MRI machine in Florida and gotten Marte and Cano there. Cashman has likened the situations to Jorge Posada earlier in camp, where it will probably be rest.

  166. gayle March 15th, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    Betsey the story I read is that the machine they wanted to use which would give them a better reading isnt available until tomorrow

  167. m March 15th, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    The Carl Pavano IV model MRI machine they planned on using is on the DL.

  168. GreenBeret7 March 15th, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    SJ44
    March 15th, 2009 at 2:36 pm
    GB,

    Its funny how “unnamed scouts” put out info to their media friends. I watched Romine and Montero quite a bit last year. Many times in the scouting section in Charleston with my scout friends.

    While Romine came in with the bigger defensive rep, he didn’t outplay Montero defensively last year, IMO.

    In fact, if you didn’t know who they were, showed up at a few games and watched both guys, most people would have said the “big guy” (Montero) was the better defensive catcher.

    I’m not saying Romine won’t develop into a good defensive catcher. I look for him to be better this year. He certainly has good defensive skills.

    That said, Montero is the better overall prospect, IMO. His defense has improved enough to where they are no longer entertaining the option of moving him to another position.

    Offensively, there is no contest. Jesus Montero is one of the five best power hitting prospects in minor league baseball, IMO. He’s going to have a huge offensive season in Tampa and (later in the season) Trenton.

    ————————————————————

    SJ, like you, I saw about 70-75 games with the Riverdogs between Charkleston, Savannah and a couple of other cites. Romine has a great swing, some speed, but, what I saw was a slow shifting of his feet and weight, but, mainly a slow glove hand.

    Granted, those young pitchers kept Romine and Montero busy moving for balls out of the zone, but, the number of pitches scored as wild could have been caught. Romine’s 19 passed balls in 55 games was brutal. I was expecting much better, given his write-ups.

    Montero also needs work, but, he does have a quick glove and for a big kid, moves quite well. I want to see them both catch, but, Romine could easily convert to either corner outfield, and PaT M mentioned getting him some work at third. Either way, those are some big bats.

  169. Tarheelyank March 15th, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    Thanks SJ

  170. SJ44 March 15th, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    Montero’s bat isn’t yet major league ready. He needs more time for that and Tampa will be a good test for him. That’s a pitchers league with pitchers ballparks. It will be fun watching him adjust to better competition.

    Betsy,

    If those injuries were considered serious, they wouldn’t be pushing back the MRI until tomorrow.

    They are doing it because, after the initial examination, they don’t feel like they need to do it right now. They can wait until tomorrow, have access to better machines, and go from there.

    You can’t fret over every injury suffered by a Yankee. Dr. Ahmed is one of the best guys in his field. If he thought either guy needed immediate work, they would have set it up.

    Its probably a situation of both guys airing it out too early in the spring. That’s one of the negatives of having something like the WBC so early in ST. Its pretty tough to ask guys to “tone it down” when the adrenaline gets flowing.

    My guess is, 3-4 days of rest and both guys will be fine.

  171. m March 15th, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    I hope that both catching prospects learn the corner IF positions.

  172. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 15th, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    Roger, when Sidney was with the Yankees last year as was already pointed out, he played his heart out. He was a great Yankee teammate, always took responsibility for the way he pitched, won some really big games for us, and did exactly what he was gotten to do – shored up the back end of the rotation.

    It’s hard not to root for someone like that – unless of course you were brought up by wolves!

    :lol:

  173. Danny March 15th, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    Romine is pretty athletic and has a strong arm. I could see him playing 3rd or a corner OF spot.

    Still a long way from MLB.. these things will sort themselves out as they move up the ranks.

  174. PAT M. March 15th, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    Why isn’t Neil Allen in the Yankee Organization anymore ??? Is not like the system couldn’t use a top notch instructor….

  175. Drills March 15th, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    Scoreless inning for Veras too

    Pen is coming together nicely. Bruney looked great yesterday, Coke and Veras continue to look good.

  176. SJ44 March 15th, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    They also have another catching prospect to watch this year. Kyle Higashioka. He’s probably going to start the year in Charleston. He’s going to turn 19 in April. It will be interesting to see how he does because he also possesses great defensive skills for such a young kid.

  177. GreenBeret7 March 15th, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    Tarheelyank
    March 15th, 2009 at 2:49 pm
    I really liked hearing Cashman talk about Posada’s clubhouse leadership. I agree he doesn’t get enough credit for it.

    Randy- good call on CMW arm slot.

    GB- is Montero’s bat ready for the bigs now, or?

    Uh-oh Randy and Cashman mentioned in the same post.

    ————————————————————

    A loaded question, Tar. Yeah, I think he could hit some, but, he’d probably struggle, too. He’s like a catching version of Manny Ramirez as far as a hitter. He sees the ball and attacks it with authority, and he hasn’t really hit a slump, yet. It needs to happen, just to see how he handles it. His real value will be able to hit AND handle the pitching staff and be solid behind the plate. Still raw there but he improved by the day. What I’m not sure of is game calling. Tyson did much of that for both catchers. I guess to answer your original question….yeah, he could hit big league pitching, but, there’s no reason to push him or Romine that fast.

  178. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 15th, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    I should say Sid HELPED to shore up the back end of the rotation.

  179. 4time March 15th, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    Catching is a valuable commodity on the trade market as well. The more you develop, the merrier.

  180. m March 15th, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    SJ,

    We need these kids to grow up very quickly. Jorge’s social security eligible pretty soon.

    I’d like to sign Molina for another tour.

  181. Teixeiramvp March 15th, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    Melancon SO disappointed me, I still see greatness in him, he just had a bad outing. I still think he’ll end the Joba debate by being SHUT DOWN!

  182. Betsy March 15th, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    Cal, I don’t know about that. I feel very uncomfortable about these injuries, especially Marte’s. It sucks that the Yankes have to wait until tomorrow because the lab is closed – I’m going to be worried all day tomorrow (and the rest of today).

    I’m glad the Yanks are stocked with good young catching prospects; maybe we can deal one of them (down the line) for some good young position prospects which we desperately need.

  183. PAT M. March 15th, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    SJ, Kyle is the one to watch…..

  184. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 15th, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    Robby! At least he’s in the game.

  185. Betsy March 15th, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    SJ, you’re right – fretting comes easily to me though and I’ve been a bit scarred by the last couple of years injury wise. It’s like I think every injury is going to be season-ending. Thanks for talking me off the ledge (a place I hate to be, by the way – wish I could be more laid back).

    Gayle, thanks for the info!

  186. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 15th, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    That sure looked like a gingerly swing to me.

  187. randy l. March 15th, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    “Randy- good call on CMW arm slot.”

    tarheel yank-

    there are legitimate differences of opinions about how wang should pitch. i prefer the simplicity of a devastating sinker and not too many other pitches. another school of thought is that he needs more pitches to give hitters more to think about.

    the problem is that the sinker can get worse as he tinkers with other pitches. on the other hand mo added the two seam fastball that took a while and probably impacted his cutter short term sometimes. but now he has both pitches which helps him now.

    he should not have problems with his arm slot because that was not changed when he went to the sinker. if they are trying to get his other pitches better maybe another arm slot would be better for them, but why mess with what worked so well ?

    wang mechanically is really a very simple pitcher when he’s primarily a sinkerball pitcher. if they try to make him into more than that it gets a bit more complex.
    i like simplicity myself.

  188. GreenBeret7 March 15th, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    SJ44
    March 15th, 2009 at 3:08 pm
    They also have another catching prospect to watch this year. Kyle Higashioka. He’s probably going to start the year in Charleston. He’s going to turn 19 in April. It will be interesting to see how he does because he also possesses great defensive skills for such a young kid.

    ————————————————————

    That’s one of about five or six of the younger kids I’m waiting to see. Maruszac, Venditte, Bleich, Joseph, Andy Shive and Lassiter are the others.

  189. m March 15th, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    Anyone watching this Miss. St/Tennessee game?

    Non-travel call on Tennessee-foul on Miss. St. possession stays with Tennessee
    5 second call on Tennessee-possession to Miss.
    Miss. out of bounds on non-call push-posession to Tennessee
    Miss. steals the inbounds pass.

    This all took a matter of less than a second. But the clock didn’t wind down. Twice.

  190. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 15th, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    Bets, I think it’s easy for a Yankee fan to be scarred and feel nervous based on the last seasons. The coolest thing is that you recognize that there might not be reason to fret over every injury and you really don’t want to be there.

    I would say the best medicine of all for what ails you is to let the Yankees bats do the talking and let the pitchers continue to make you feel some confidence. When that happens for a long enough period of time hopefully you will gain enough confidence that you won’t feel every injury is season ending. I mean it’s not like the Yankees won the world series the last 4 seasons in a row and you’re worrying about one sore shoulder!

    :)

  191. Teixeiramvp March 15th, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    Yankees sound supremely unconcerned about Cano, which makes me mad. They’re still letting him hit in BP. It’s really pi$$ing me off, didn’t they learn with A-Rod? I THINK Cano will be fine (Marte is, I hate to say it, more expendable) but who really knows? Hopefully they’ll both be fine, and I still say this opens the door for Melancon.

  192. SJ44 March 15th, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    Pat M,

    That’s what I also heard recently. Then again, the same scout who told me that told me that my nephew is the best catching prospect in the country. Perhaps he was justing workin’ me over to get him on the cheap! lol

    For the first time in a long time, the Yankees have some real depth in the system with catching prospects.

    Cervelli, Montero, Romine, Anson, and Higashioka. Those are four nice prospects.

    Not saying they will all be all stars. But, there is power in numbers. One or two of those guys are going to break through if they are healthy.

    I’ll tell you one thing, the Red Sox wish they had catching prospects as good as that group. They are really thin behind the dish with catching prospects.

    A fear I have everyday when I’m told how much they love my nephew.

    30 teams and I hope only one team doesn’t select him.

    That’s my big fear Pat M! lol

  193. Teixeiramvp March 15th, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    randy l.-My favorite style of pitching for Wang is the one that allows the least runs. :-)

  194. Betsy March 15th, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    Trish, you always think positive – good for you!

    I’ve been a more positive about this team than I usually am – because I really am confident in them. I just need to shake the injury thing…and I will.

  195. Brent March 15th, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    “Just like he did for the Kansas City A’s back in the day, Angel Berroa just whapped a two-run double to the gap in left. ”

    Hahaha…Berroa gets no love from Pete. I don’t care if he looks as old as Ramon Santiago…if he plays well, he should be in consideration for the backup infielder spot as long as A-Rod is out. (Ransom at third, Berroa or Ramiro Pena as the backup infielder).

    A completely random comment, but it’s telling as to how much Pudge Rodriguez has regressed that the Yankees didn’t even consider bringing him back when Posada’s arm was still in a sling. They could have declined arbitration, waited 4-6 weeks for all the prices to drop, and then swooped in with a league-minimum salary offer.

    I know Pudge played terribly with the Yanks, but even if he was MOLINA’S backup, it would have been a good idea. Pudge > Kevin Cash.

  196. Teixeiramvp March 15th, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    Forget the cross out on my prev. post, not sure how that got there.

  197. randy l. March 15th, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    pat m-

    neil was hired by the tampa faction after being the bluejays minor league coach of the year. neil is not a stat guy. he’s old school in using his eyes and experience . that’s how he turned wang into a sinker ball pitcher.

    my simple read is that cashman was not partial to tampa faction guys, so he got rid of him when he got power. last winter when i talked to neil, he asked what i thought of the kid he was working with when i walked up. it was david price.

    i guess if cashman wanted neil coaching guys like david price instead of yankee prospects , he got his wish.

  198. Teixeiramvp March 15th, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    I’m going to say something everybody is thinking but nobody wants to admit because it makes them look bad: Good thing Pedroia (and Lugo) are hurt, or the Yanks could be out of the A.L. East Race by mid-April!

  199. m March 15th, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    TeixeiraMVP,

    Any text between hyphens will be striked through.

  200. Teixeiramvp March 15th, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    m-Thanks, didn’t know that.

  201. SJ44 March 15th, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    Really, get a grip.

    Nobody is out of the race by Mid-April.

    You aren’t a doctor and you don’t seem to be a well educated fan.

    Take a deep breath and relax.

    Cano was examined yesterday. If there was a problem, he wouldn’t have hit. They are restricting his THROWING, not his hitting, because of tendonitis. Its not a life threatening injury.

  202. m March 15th, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    Tex,

    NP. We all figured it out the hard way. And we all wish that we could get our HTML formatting back. We all like to show off a little.

  203. GreenBeret7 March 15th, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    I like what they are doing with Anson in playing him in at the corners, though I don’t see him getting past AAA. They should do that with more of their kids. I think they missed the boat with Shelly Duncan in not having him learn to catch. That would have really increased his value to the Yanks and himself. Justin Synder is another good bat that needs to learn to play more positions, including catcher. It helps having an emergency catcher on the team. Every team needs a Johnny Blanchard.

  204. randy l. March 15th, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    “A fear I have everyday when I’m told how much they love my nephew.”

    sj-
    that would really suck.
    hopefully he’ll go way higher than where the red sox pick.

  205. PAT M. March 15th, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    SJ, When Cashman gained control of the baseball operations, he wisely decided to build the organization’s foundation on pitching and then catching..Very wise as they have leaped up to be one of the top organizions in both…I am confused that the instructional end has not kept pace with this explosion of growth………Kyle was the better catcher when compared to Austine at the HS level…Austine has a great bat, Kyle has more power and has a very advanced understanding of the game….He was masterful when catching Cole last summer and hit a tremendous homer run….He’s going to be a special prospect I believe…….As for your nephew, I guess it’ll all unfold come June….Boston really is empty when it comes to backstops, and your nephew could breeze thru Bristol and Pawtuckett and ( ouch ) be catching Lester in three years…..

  206. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 15th, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    Betsy, while I am a positive thinker I can also understand why someone could be more than a little nervous about Yankee injuries. I mean geesh it seems that we’ve had nothing but injuries for the past 5 or 6 seasons. That does get somewhat discouraging! So you shouldn’t beat yourself up if you worry about injuries. It’s probably an automatic response at this point!

    I love though that you are open to get talked down because that is nothing but good. I mean there are people who get into such a bad place that you can’t talk to them, and you are definitely not one of them!

    I seriously think I was born without a worry gene though because worrying doesn’t compute for me. So it’s nothing I can take “credit” for because that’s basically an automatic response for me!

    :)

  207. SJ44 March 15th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Pat M and Randy,

    Its funny….3 teams have been all over him since last summer.

    Tampa, the Yankees and Red Sox.

    After his FSU weekend, more scouts were in Atlanta from other teams to watch him this weekend.

    Unfortunately, after Friday nights game, the rest of the series was washed out due to rain.

    There is such a shortage of catchers in the game and this year the draft is really light on good catchers.

    He has a real opportunity and its going to be fun to see how it all plays out.

    I figure I have a 29 in 30 shot at being happy, right? lol

    I’ve already told him that if he gets drafted by the Red Sox, I will continue to do what I do for his BC games…..wear my Yankee stuff to every game.

    I figure its been good luck so far, why change it.

  208. Teixeiramvp March 15th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    SJ44-I was obviously exaggerating, but it certainly would have been more difficult to come back in our division. Cano was examined yesterday-and they said he had tendinitis. Why give him an MRI if there is no problem? I didn’t make it up. Like A-Rod, it could be more serious than they think, I’d rather have Cano just sit back and rest. Don’t insult me and act like you know more about Cano’s injury than everybody else. I don’t want to come off sounding too mad, I’m just slightly annoyed.

  209. m March 15th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    SJ,

    Make sure your nephew has his “Aruban” birth certificate ready when it’s time.

  210. Betsy March 15th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Sorry, TexMVP – I am not thinking that at all. It’s nice to know that you think the Yankees are going to be that dreadful that they will be out of it after only a few weeks.

  211. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 15th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    “I’m going to say something everybody is thinking but nobody wants to admit because it makes them look bad: Good thing Pedroia (and Lugo) are hurt, or the Yanks could be out of the A.L. East Race by mid-April!”

    Uh WHAT??????

    Let me tell you what I’m thinking – and it’s the same thing I’ve been thinking since the off season and NOTHING that has happened has changed my mind. The Yankees are on their way to WS Championship #27 this year!

  212. Teixeiramvp March 15th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    trisha-Again, just exaggerating. I’m just worried, that’s all.

  213. Teixeiramvp March 15th, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    Betsy too, for that matter. And that doesn’t necessarily mean we’re so bad, it means our division’s so good. I’m just bummed out on all the injury news, our infield is dropping like flies…

  214. Teixeiramvp March 15th, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    And sorry, but I’m still glad that Pedroia and Lugo are out. I know that’s a bit cold-hearted but it certainly helps the Yanks!

  215. randy l. March 15th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    sj -

    how’s your nephew’s throwing ?

  216. PAT M. March 15th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    SJ, Hope health is his ally this season, and he protects the digets on his throwing hand…Keep the hand tucked behind your back….Amazes me how until Bench revolutioned the position, how catching with both hands was the norm….Ever seen Yogi’s fingers, they look like a claw…

  217. SJ44 March 15th, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    How in the world can you think the team would be in worse shape to win the division in Mid-April.

    If they went 0-12, which isn’t going to happen, they aren’t in “trouble” when you have 150 games remaining.

    They examined him. He has tendonitis. Most guys are sore after the first few weeks of ST. Its not a serious situation.

    You can’t compare to Arod’s situation because there is no cyst involved. Its two entirely different situations.

    If you are going to panic and write nonsense, expect to be called on it on this blog. This is how it functions here.

    Its why its best to think before posting rather than posting stream of consciousness nonense.

    Cano doesn’t have a serious injury. If there was a thought his injury was serious, one of the foremost shoulder doctors in the country would not have cleared him to hit yesterday.

    It ain’t that complicated. Just relax and think and you will feel a lot better about the injury situation.

  218. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 15th, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    HEY KIDS!

    In the ONLY games that matter in spring training (and they only matter when they end up in losses) the Red Sox are now losing 3-2 to the Orioles in the bottom of the 8th. It was tied 2-2 until an O’s pinch hitter by the name of Nolan Reimold hit a bomb for the O’s in the top of the 8th.

    He he he.

    :D

  219. jennifer March 15th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    Teixeiramvp

    What is wrong with you? Out by mid April? The season begins April 6. So you’re saying 10 days later our season could be over? Just go back to playing your play station games.

  220. SJ44 March 15th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    Randy,

    He’s throwing the ball great. He’s a little frustrated because nobody is trying to run on him after he picked off a couple of Stetson and FSU kids at first and third the past few weekends.

    Knock on wood…..his health is great. He’s really worked hard to transform his body. He is much more flexible and solid, due to the Yoga program I put him in last year and the strength program at BC. Its definitely helped him at the plate because his bat speed is better this year.

    He has just to keep it going, stay healthy and things should be ok.

  221. Teixeiramvp March 15th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    SJ44-Listen, I wasn’t trying to sound too angry. And actually, I think Cano’ll be fine. But even though there’s no cyst it can be compared to the A-Rod situation because they don’t think it’ll be bad now, but we really won’t know until the MRI is out.
    Again, obviously I was exaggerating. But I do think that if Cano and A-Rod are both gone, we will be in serious trouble. Yes, it will be more difficult to win after a bad start. No, I really don’t think it’ll be that awful. But we could fall into a serious hole early and have to dig ourselves out. Hopefully this won’t happen, and it probably won’t. But I worry.

  222. Doreen March 15th, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    Been out all day.

    Just wanted to say, it’s nice to know that the Yankees might have signed a free agent pitcher who is on the verge of breaking out (AJ) instead of on the verge of breaking down (physically and/or mentally). Nice. Very nice. I’m starting to get very excited about the season starting.

    My copy of “Confessions of a She-Fan” came in yesterday’s mail. I can’t wait to crack it open. (My husband said he had to read the title 3 times before realized it wasn’t a book about a Mets fan turned Yankees fan, ahem, “Confessions of a Shea-Fan.” :lol: )

    Sounds like a positive day for Jorge AND Andy. More good news. Fingers crossed on Cano. Don’t care about Marte. I feel like he can be replaced. Don’t like it much, but don’t care so much, either.

  223. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 15th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    SJ, do you want to give up your nephew’s name so we can follow his career?

  224. Teixeiramvp March 15th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    jennifer-Once again, I was obviously exaggerating. You know, I do in fact do research. Mid-April is of course way early, I’m just saying that early in the season if we have no Cano and no A-Rod we’ll be in trouble. I really didn’t think it was a controversial statement!

  225. SJ44 March 15th, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    Trisha,

    Tony Sanchez. He plays for Boston College.

  226. Teixeiramvp March 15th, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    I actually know quite a bit about Yankee going-ons people-enough to say that w/o or starting third and second baseman we could be in serious trouble early. So please stop acting like I’m some sort of bored 12 yr. old that only watches Yankee-Red Sox games. I’m a HUGE fan like everyone else, and I want them to win.

  227. m March 15th, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    SJ,

    Now you’ve done it. He’s going to have all kinds of weirdos approaching him and asking, “What does SJ44 stand for?”

  228. S.A.-The 2009 MLB season is almost here March 15th, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    Good luck to your nephew SJ44. :D

  229. m March 15th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    TeixeiraMVP,

    No biggie to what you said. Secretly we all worry a little (or a lot in some cases) and more than a few of us gave a teeny-tiny internal fist-pump when we heard about Pedroia’s injury.

  230. SJ44 March 15th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    He’s not going to miss a month with a mild case of tendonitis in his throwing arm.

    Cashman, who is Mr. Doomsday when it comes to injuries, calls the MRI a, “yellow flag”. Meaning, its not serious.

    If he’s not worried, you shouldn’t be worried.

    Both guys were already examined. That’s the part you are missing with your panic. The MRI’s are merely to confirm the original diagnosis.

    If Marte has inflammation in his shoulder, he could miss a week or so, as long as there is nothing else in there.

    Cano? He will be fine in a few days. Its not a serious injury. If you want to believe it is, there is nothing anyone can do about it. Enjoy being in panic.

    Overall, for such a long camp, its quite encouraging there have been so few (so far) injuries in camp. Hopefully, that keeps up, especially among the pitchers.

  231. SJ44 March 15th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    Mel,

    Most people on here already know who he is.

    As far as the “weirdos” bothering him, he can handle himself! lol

  232. Betsy March 15th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    LOL Doreen – good one. I feel in some ways that AJ could be the key to the season. We know what we are getting from CC -even if he starts off slowly, he’s still going to give us his usual numbers. Wang is as consistent as anyone……Andy will be a 4th starter – mostly pretty decent, some spotty/bad starts. Joba is a pretty nice 5th starter to say the leaet – though I really want to see him get through a few months basically healthy. Even if he struggles just a little, he still gives the Yankees a huge advantage in his spot in the rotation. AJ’s the most interesting guy (well, he’s the most interesting to me, anyway). If he’s like he was last year, the Yanks will be fine; if he’s better, then the Yankees could be very, very good. If he would just break out what people say is, at times, an incredible change-up, he’d be all the better for it.

    Oddly, I was encouraged even by Phil’s rough outing. He’s throwing the cutter and change-up a lot more (good – the more he does that, the better those pitches will be for him down the line) and he’s got that lovely new power curve. I feel like he is much more solid this go round and that time in AAA will do wonders for him.

    Too bad Jorge didn’t get to throw to 2nd in a game, but it sounds like he was fine throwing afterwards – that’s very good news.

  233. m March 15th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    That’s great if a couple days of rest will fix it. But if he had rested it when he first felt it, maybe there wouldn’t be concern or MRI’s.

  234. Doreen March 15th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    SJ44 -

    Good luck to your nephew.

    I think he’s already got a fanclub. :)

  235. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 15th, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    Thanks SJ. I’m going to follow those games now and root him on. Maybe I can even get up to a game!

    Poor Billy Traber just gave up a bases loaded, no out hit to a Bmore player who just had his first AB in spring training! 5-2 Orioles, until this second, when Traber gave up another hit making it 6-2 Orioles. Runners on the corners, nobody out.

  236. Teixeiramvp March 15th, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    SJ44-Hey, I hope you’re right. But the yankees have been so destroyed by injuries over the past few yrs…I can’t get myself to believe he’l be all right until we get the MRI back. And while there have been few injuries, A-Rod IS an important one. Yankees will do fine without A-Rod. But without Cano too, there’s trouble. Hopefully Cano is fine, but I will no jinx it and say that I’m sure he’ll be all right until we get back that MRI!

  237. m March 15th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    SJ,

    I probably could’ve figured it out with the clues you’ve dropped, but that’s stalker behavior. ;)

    You’re a cult figure on the internets, people will be asking, “What does your uncle do? How’s he so connected?”

    And you never know, Serena Roberts is a bloodhound. Don’t let her catch a whiff of any of this!

  238. Teixeiramvp March 15th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    m-You’ve been very nice to me so far, thanks a lot.

  239. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 15th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    “Secretly we all worry a little (or a lot in some cases) and more than a few of us gave a teeny-tiny internal fist-pump when we heard about Pedroia’s injury.”

    Which makes me feel even more weird, m, because I don’t worry not even a little. I think there’s something wrong with me.

    Pedroia’s injury affected me only on the level that it hurts Team USA.

    Truth.

  240. jennifer March 15th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    Doreen
    As long as he doesn’t go to the dark side. :wink:

  241. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 15th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    I’d REALLY love it if someone stepped to the plate and said they don’t worry either, not even a little (and meant it.)

  242. Doreen March 15th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Betsy -

    I agree. AJ’s somewhat of a wild card. I’m thinking positive.

    And I am SOOOOO happy Phil Hughes is putting together a strong Spring Training. I have always been in his corner, though not as vocally as you – :) . He will be called upon this season. Someone’s going to need a rest at some point.

  243. jennifer March 15th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    I’m rooting for the Netherlands. I want Jeter back in camp Tuesday.

  244. m March 15th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    trisha,

    Sorry, I come from the school of what makes them weaker makes us stronger.

    We’ve had lots of bad luck and injuries. Time for someone else to have them!

  245. Teixeiramvp March 15th, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    I like Hughes, but hate Kennedy. Hughes will replace Pettite when the yr. is over.

  246. Teixeiramvp March 15th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    m-Our minds think alike. I agree completely with that sentiment.

  247. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 15th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    m, don’t get me wrong. I seriously couldn’t care less if their entire team went down, but that’s just because of my ardor for the Sox! Otherwise, I want all teams at full strength because I never want it said that the Yankees beat a team because their team was injured. That’s how much I think that the Yankees are titans!

  248. Betsy March 15th, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    http://weblogs.newsday.com/spo.....kees/blog/

    Lots of good tidbits – Jorge feeling “surprisingly good”..that’s the best news.

    I thought this was interesting:

    *I should not go strictly off numbers in spring training in saying that Phil Hughes had a bad day yesterday. Cashman actually sounded excited about Hughes, not on the two home runs (though Bradenton is a home run hitter’s heaven), but the approach he took. Hughes is throwing lots of curveballs and changeups even when he might be able to get someone out more easily with a fastball. But he is supposed to be working on his CBs and changeups this spring, and he is doing that.
    Said Cashman: “The thing I am liking about Phil right now is the process is going to get him better results in the long run.”
    Last year, Cashman said Hughes prob. would have been more focused on results than process.

  249. Doreen March 15th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Trisha -

    I can’t honestly say I worry. Because I have no control whatsoever over the situation. I hate when injuries happen, but I don’t “worry” about them. Someone will play the position. The Yankees have overcome a lot of injuries in the past.

    When Sheff when down early in, what 2006? I remember feeling awful that he got injured. Same with Matsui. But not worried.

    Worry I save for my loved ones. They’re the only ones worth (and responsible for) every single one of the (successfully colored) gray hairs on my head! :lol:

    And as far as Pedroia’s injury goes, no fist pump here. Just feel like injuries are too bad for anyone.

    I’d rather have a competitive season with all teams being 100%.

    Do I think it could be advantageous for the Yankees if Pedroia is out? Sure. But then you’d have to say Red Sox fans would consider it advantageous for them that ARod’s gonna be out. Right?

  250. Teixeiramvp March 15th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    trisha-I admire your confidence in the Yankees, but I still want players from other teams to go down. Injuries are a part of the game, and if other teams can’t deal with it when the Yankees play them, tough.

  251. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 15th, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    I guess what I find at least a little curious about me is that I never worry when it comes to the Yankees. I guess it’s just that I always have that much faith in them. I’m certainly not exempt from worrying about other things. So it just is what it is. I don’t worry when it comes to the Yanks. No big deal.

  252. Teixeiramvp March 15th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Doreen-Of course it’s advantageous to the BoSox that A-Rod’s out. I have no problem with people saying that. It’s part of the game, and anyway maybe Pedroia out evens the score.

  253. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 15th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    And my team du jour, the Baltimore Orioles, just won their game. Bye Soxers!

    :D

  254. S.A.-The 2009 MLB season is almost here March 15th, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    Those are some good tidbits regarding Phil. I’m rooting for him and I’m sure we will be seeing him at some point down the road in the season

  255. m March 15th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    I don’t wish injury on anyone. But when it happens, the proverbial bell cannot be unrung. So, I can’t help but hope we can take advantage of it.

    Sure we’d like to beat teams at full strength, but it really sucks losing to teams at full strength, too. Especially when you’re on the outside looking in.

    You could probably argue that the Red Sox benefitted from all of our injuries. Wang and Joba along with Jorge would certainly have made up the difference last season.

  256. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 15th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Wow, Doreen, thanks! That post describes it for me from beginning to end, including the worrying I do being reserved for my loved ones!

    :D

    Since I consider you a pretty rational being, I’m happy you were the one who chimed in with this post!

    Seriously thanks.

  257. Doreen March 15th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Teixeiramvp-

    So, then I’d have to amend my statement to say I’d rather the teams are competitive at equal strength? Or equal weakness? :)

    Pedroia is pesky and if the Yankees get to face the Red Sox without him playing, that’s definitely a potentially good thing.

  258. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 15th, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    I am now (is it on now?) going to tune in to watch my WBC team du jour, Cuba, play. Why Cuba? Because Dice-K is pitching for Team Japan.

    I am nothing if not consistent!

    :lol:

  259. randy l. March 15th, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    sj-

    tell him to make some weak throws on his throw down to second after the pitcher finishes his warmups to trick them into running :)

    when i was turning fifty i did some serious yoga for about 6 months to get more flexible for golf. my swing speed went dramatically up to the point i couldn’t use my new ping irons because the club heads were flying off breaking at the hosel. ping put me on a swing analyzer and gave me my money back and said i couldn’t play their clubs because they weren’t designed to go that fast. i couldn’t hit their one iron for more than fifty balls on the range without the head flying off.

    yoga is hard ,but it works.

  260. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 15th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    Gang, just a note of caution. Pedroia has been saying that he’s not worried about his injury. I know players always say that but in case it ends up being the case, just be prepared for him being okay.

  261. Teixeiramvp March 15th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Actually, you’re right about not wanting players to get injured. Perhaps wishing injuries on players is going a bit far. But when they happen, I can’t say that I’m not glad that the Red Sox are one player weaker than before!

  262. Teixeiramvp March 15th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    trisha-I was watching the mlb network and they said he would absolutely be out at least six weeks, minimum. I don’t think we’ll se him until A-Rod’s back.

  263. GreenBeret7 March 15th, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    randy l.
    March 15th, 2009 at 4:23 pm
    sj-

    tell him to make some weak throws on his throw down to second after the pitcher finishes his warmups to trick them into running

    when i was turning fifty i did some serious yoga for about 6 months to get more flexible for golf. my swing speed went dramatically up to the point i couldn’t use my new ping irons because the club heads were flying off breaking at the hosel. ping put me on a swing analyzer and gave me my money back and said i couldn’t play their clubs because they weren’t designed to go that fast. i couldn’t hit their one iron for more than fifty balls on the range without the head flying off.

    yoga is hard ,but it works.

    ————————————————————

    when you were 50 years old, Noah told you to get your exercise and stretching done shoveling out the stalls.

  264. GreenBeret7 March 15th, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    randy l.
    March 15th, 2009 at 4:23 pm
    sj-

    tell him to make some weak throws on his throw down to second after the pitcher finishes his warmups to trick them into running

    when i was turning fifty i did some serious yoga for about 6 months to get more flexible for golf. my swing speed went dramatically up to the point i couldn’t use my new ping irons because the club heads were flying off breaking at the hosel. ping put me on a swing analyzer and gave me my money back and said i couldn’t play their clubs because they weren’t designed to go that fast. i couldn’t hit their one iron for more than fifty balls on the range without the head flying off.

    yoga is hard ,but it works.

    ————————————————————

    Hoping for injuries to any player regardless of team is pathetic. I’d prefer that all players on the other teams were healthy, just as long as they all have bad years.

  265. Teixeiramvp March 15th, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    GreenBeret7-Ha, ha, very funny.(not sarcasm)

  266. GreenBeret7 March 15th, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    Sorry, Randy…that quote by you wasn’t supposed to be there. I was busy trying to think of things that I could do to make your life miserable. I figure that coming up to see you and stay at your house for 5 months is suitable punishment. for both of us.

  267. randy l. March 15th, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    ” But he is supposed to be working on his CBs and changeups this spring, and he is doing that.
    Said Cashman: “The thing I am liking about Phil right now is the process is going to get him better results in the long run.”

    now this makes no sense to me at all because pitchers are all about establishing their fastballs at this point in spring training. shouldn’t hughes be doing that like everyone else and then when that’s established work on his curveball.

    isn’t triple a the place to work on secondary pitches once he’s strong and healthy ?
    i listened to redman on the twins today say how he’s reluctant to call for many breaking balls form pitchers this early in spring training. he said this time is for establishing the fastball and being healthy.

    so if he’s reluctant to call many breaking pitches and cashman is encouraging hughes to throw a lot of them. at the least , there’s a philosophical difference of opinion here between the twins approach and the yankees approach.

    personally i think it’s kind of dumb to be working on breaking balls when your arm isn’t in top shape yet.

  268. Gary March 15th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    I suspect that Pedroia won’t be out for long but Lugo will which means that Nick Green stands a chance of being their utility IF.
    Boston is still not assured that Lowell is 100%. Lugo starts the season on the DL.
    No injuries of significance with the Rays. B.J. Upton expected to return by mid April but they have OF depth.

  269. Teixeiramvp March 15th, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    Gary-Just goes to show you that every team has injury troubles and you’re never really out of it, right?

  270. Peter Abraham March 15th, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    Boy, too bad, a player is healthy. With any kind of luck maybe Pedroia will get some sort of terrible illness.

    Seriously, people are rooting for ill health for opposing players? That’s classy.

  271. Teixeiramvp March 15th, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    Peter-I’m not rooting for him to get hurt, but you’re gong to tell me that now that he is hurt it doesn’t help the Yankees? Yes, I do think it’s good that the Red Sox are missing their best player. He is pesky and kills the Yankees. You really think the Boston fans weren’t happy A-Rod was hurt?

  272. Teixeiramvp March 15th, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    Injuries are a part of the game and impact every team, so I don’t think it’s wrong to take advantage of it.

  273. m March 15th, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    Nah, I don’t think anyone wishes harm on anyone.

    Luck and Pedroia in the same sentence, Pete.

    On second thought there were a lot of mean, mean people who were happy when Tom Brady went down last season. Positively gleeful.

  274. Teixeiramvp March 15th, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    Actually, I am a G-men fan, and while I wasn’t hoping he was injured or as Peter said “rooting for ill health”, I’d be lying if I said I was disappointed he (Brady) went down.

  275. randy l. March 15th, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    “Seriously, people are rooting for ill health for opposing players? That’s classy.”

    one thing you learn early in the game is to not let your mind hope your opponents get injured. sometimes your opponent is a teammate. should gardner or cabrera hope the other gets injured?

    of course not , but some players do hope for that and that’s when you know they are not team players. team players hope for everyone to be healthy and to let playing determine who’s the better man.

    if the good players think that way, why shouldn’t the good fans?

  276. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 15th, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    I find it totally annoying that Dice-K has the ability to walk the world and end up basically not giving up anything. Credit to him because that means when he digs down deep he has the ability to get the job done.

    By the way, Sidney did the same thing, not always with the same results, last season. We saw him be a houdini quite a few times. The thing I respect even more about Sidney is that he did it with hits, meaning that at least he challenged hitters.

    What’s up with all of the walks that Dice K gives up though? I really don’t get it. Some day it HAS to catch up with him!

  277. randy l. March 15th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    “You really think the Boston fans weren’t happy A-Rod was hurt?”

    well, that doesn’t make them classy fans does it?

    it’s really a mind trick being positive and not letting your mind go to a negative place where you take the low road. players like jeter would never do that in a million years. why should we as fans hope for injuries?

    should we hope the red sox bus gets in a crash and disables half the team?

  278. m March 15th, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    randy l,

    It really takes a strong, postive mind to not trash your team’s GM at every turn. ;)

  279. bodhisattva March 15th, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    Phil
    March 15th, 2009 at 1:36 pm
    Pena is an excellent defender.

    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

    So true. He is the most impressive infielder I have seen, and mentally strong. Although at-bats can’t be taken too seriously yet, I’m glad to see he continues his plate improvement of last season. I will be extremely disappointed if he doesn’t get the utility infielder’s role. This is a guy who, by himself, can take up our infield another notch.

  280. Peter Abraham March 15th, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    Didn’t anybody else’s mom tell them two wrongs don’t make a right?

    So because Red Sox wanted A-Rod hurt, you want Pedroia hurt? That makes no sense. So because 103 other guys took steroids, it’s OK A-Rod did?

    I hear that over and over again and I don’t get it.

    Believe me when I tell you, none of the players would ever root for somebody else to get hurt and I would hope that any fan would have enough class to feel the same way. If your team isn’t good enough to beat an opposing team that is healthy, than you don’t deserve to win.

    The Yankees have a $205 million payroll. They need other teams to have injuries too?

    Root for your guys, don’t be the kind of person who roots for bad things to happen to other people. That kind of karma will come back and bite you.

  281. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 15th, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    “It really takes a strong, postive mind to not trash your team’s GM at every turn. ;)

    :lol:

  282. randy l. March 15th, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    “It really takes a strong, postive mind to not trash your team’s GM at every turn. ”

    m -

    apples and oranges. i don’t hope he has a heart attack or gets run over by a mack truck.
    the little dictator is just not as good as he could be. plus he picks his polo shirts off the ugly and boring rack :)

  283. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 15th, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    “The Yankees have a $205 million payroll. They need other teams to have injuries too?”

    Root for your guys, don’t be the kind of person who roots for bad things to happen to other people. That kind of karma will come back and bite you.”

    I agree. It isn’t bad enough that people jump all over the fact that the Yankees have endless resources – and they do. The last thing I ever want to hear is that the reason the Yankees won was because another team had injuries. The mark of a real champion is winning with the most even playing field possible. That’s why I am also in favor of a salary cap and that’s why I was thrilled to see the Rays win the division (if the Yankees couldn’t.)

    I truly want to see an even playing field and hard-nose competition with the truly best team coming out on top. I have hated the Yankee injuries because they have had an unequivocal effect on the Yankees’ seasons. I definitely don’t wish that on any other team. I want to win as fair and square as possible (under the circumstances of obviously uneven resources, something I did not create.)

  284. PAT M. March 15th, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    I’m certain that anyone who has ever been in sports understands that you never wish for an injury, it’s bad karma..That being said, I’m certain a few Yankee players wouldn’t mind when playing vs Toronto over the past few seasons, that when AJ Burnett’s turn came around that there wouldn’t been a dry eye if he developed a blister or woke up that morning with a little stiffness……Other than that, the rest of it is bush…

  285. Teixeiramvp March 15th, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    Peter-I did NOT say that because the Sox wanted A-Rod hurt, I want Pedroia hurt. What I DID say was that now that A-Rod IS hurt, I’m sure the BoSox fans are happy. I don’t go to bed praying that the Sox get in some sort of horrific plane crash that destroys their whole team. However, when a player is injured on the Sox I AM glad that he can no longer hurt the Yankees. Pedroia has no horrible career-ending injury. But he can no longer help the Sox. Is it wrong to be glad that both teams are on more or less equal ground?
    Anyway, the Yanks have had all their bad karma used up over the past few yrs.
    And in football (I know it’s a different sport, but I just think that the athletes are a bit more honest) the players will tell you that if someone gets injured in the game, their goal is to hit them hard enough to get them OUT.
    So this makes them bad people for hoping their team has the best chance to win? Unfortunately people get injured, but it’s part of the game. In soccer, a sport I used to play, you play hard. If someone on the other team is hurt, good for you and too bad for them.
    I will NOT feel guilty for being glad that someone on ANOTHER team can’t play vs. my team!
    Rant over.

  286. Teixeiramvp March 15th, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    By the way, I feel the opposite about A-Rod and the steroids. All 104 of them (with A-Rod) deserve the blame.

  287. Travis March 15th, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    The Kansas City A’s – funny, Pete!

  288. Casey March 16th, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    Pudge signed with the Astros: 1 year $1.5 million with another $1.5 mil in bonuses.

    Do the Yanks get a pick now?


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