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Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Mar 19, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Yankees are counting on a big year from Hideki Matsui as he recovers from knee surgery.

Chien-Ming Wang had a much-improved outing. This notebook also has updates on Robinson Cano, Mariano Rivera, Eduardo Nunez and CC Sabathia.

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51 Responses to “Today in The Journal News”

  1. RonH March 19th, 2009 at 5:34 am

    Good luck to everyone with those bracket picks! Let the madness begin!

  2. RonH March 19th, 2009 at 6:36 am

    Just a reminder, there are still tickets for the SWB Yankees LoHud Blog outing on 7/5. If interested, e-mail me at yankslifer@yahoo.com and let me know how many tickets you want. Thanks!

  3. bardos March 19th, 2009 at 6:52 am

    is eduardo still switch-hitting?

  4. ChrisAU March 19th, 2009 at 7:59 am

    Who is pitching tonight? Im going to the game straight from work (in Orlando)

  5. Benny Blanco March 19th, 2009 at 8:04 am

    Aj burnett is pitching tonight on YES! And is Wallace Matthews Serious?? These mediots love to hate arod. And he had the audacity to compare arod to the likes of Tyson, Ray lewis???

  6. YankeeDiva March 19th, 2009 at 8:08 am

    so Pete I was wondering if Lohud had a NCAA contest? :D

  7. Giuseppe Franco March 19th, 2009 at 8:14 am

    Matthews is a joke. Always has been but this A-Rod obsession of his has taken that idiocy to a whole new level.

    Check out the archives. Matthews has written SIXTEEN columns about A-Rod since the steroid news broke about five weeks ago.

    No, that’s not a misprint. He’s written SIXTEEN columns about A-Rod in roughly five weeks.

    Don’t give that guy any drugs. I’ve seen hardcore heroin junkies with less addictive personalities.

    http://www.newsday.com/sports/......columnist

  8. Rishi March 19th, 2009 at 8:21 am

    I had no idea:

    “It’s hard to believe, incidentally, that Rodriguez has been in the majors longer than any other player on the Yankees. And he might be here longer than anyone else wearing pinstripes now, too.”

    http://bats.blogs.nytimes.com/.....o-regrets/

  9. Hokiehill March 19th, 2009 at 8:34 am

    I’ve been enjoying the WBC the past few games, but considering the injury problems team USA has had and the limited options for replacing injured guys, I think it’s pretty obvious that the roster rules need to be changed a little bit for the next time around. Wright sad it was “very uncomfortable” last night trying to play the game with a broken big toe-nail, knowing there were no options to replace him. with all the worry about guys getting injured before the regular season it just makes sense to have bigger rosters for these teams so no one feels pressured to play hurt. I’m not sure how other teams would feel about this or if this would be more of an advantage to the US than any other country.

  10. Hokiehill March 19th, 2009 at 8:36 am

    Also on the WBC, with all the issues players have with down time in between games, I was wondering if facilities were available in between games so players could take BP and go through similar drills/exhibitions like they would in regular ST. If not, those things should be provided the next go-round.

  11. jennifer March 19th, 2009 at 8:38 am

    That is just idiocy comparing Alex to a rapist and ear bitter. Alex is a narcissist plain and simple. But that is just disgusting to compare him to Tyson.

    Matthews is really on drugs “All of them made successful comebacks and eventually – even Tyson – returned to some semblance of public acceptance and even admiration.”

    Really? People accepted a rapist?

  12. jennifer March 19th, 2009 at 8:42 am

    Most of the comments are ripping him to shreds. I think Wallace gets off on it. :lol:

  13. ray (sox fan) March 19th, 2009 at 9:06 am

    I completely agree that it is ridiculous to mention Arod in the same sentence as Tyson and Lewis.

    With that being said however, Arod continues to keep doing really stupid things that make him a huge target for the media.

    I am not at all surprised that columnists all over the country find reasons to rip him in their articles.

    The guy is one of the best if not the best baseball players but he is a knucklehead off the field.

  14. jennifer March 19th, 2009 at 9:08 am

    He only really seemed to become the target of the medias ire when he was caught cheating on his wife, than subsequently dated Madonna.

  15. V March 19th, 2009 at 9:14 am

    Re: ARod

    It’s time for Casey Stengel quotes!!!! Yay!

    “Look at him (Bobby Richardson) – he doesn’t drink, he doesn’t smoke, he doesn’t chew, he doesn’t stay out late, and he still can’t hit .250.”

    “They say some of my stars drink whiskey, but I have found that ones who drink milkshakes don’t win many ball games.”

    Basically, what I’m saying: I don’t give a bleep what he does off the field as long as he hits ON the field.

  16. Benny Blanco March 19th, 2009 at 9:29 am

    Lets examine some of Arod’s off field antics, shall we.

    Gets a divorce ( shame on you arod…your not suppose to get a divorce).

    Caught with stripper in toronto ( umm..no comment)

    Sun-bathing in Central park. ( who cares???)

    If this is it, i’ll take that everyday of the week, as suppose to gun charges, rape chargers, and Dui’s.

  17. Neil March 19th, 2009 at 9:37 am

    ray (sox fan)
    March 19th, 2009 at 9:06 am
    I completely agree that it is ridiculous to mention Arod in the same sentence as Tyson and Lewis.

    With that being said however, Arod continues to keep doing really stupid things that make him a huge target for the media.

    I am not at all surprised that columnists all over the country find reasons to rip him in their articles.

    The guy is one of the best if not the best baseball players but he is a knucklehead off the field.

    ……………………………….

    But most certainly, everything that comes out of the yap of Papelmouth is golden.
    The John Rocker wannabe.

  18. ray (sox fan) March 19th, 2009 at 9:46 am

    Neil,

    I have stated on here before that I thought Papelbon is an idiot and even said I figured his IQ hovered right around room temperature on a cool day.

  19. ANSKY March 19th, 2009 at 10:00 am

    Ahhh John Rocker. There’s a name from the past. If ever there was a guy who came from a family with a few too many uncle-daddys.

    That makes me wonder now … whatever happened to Tonya Harding & Jeff Gilooly?

  20. ANSKY March 19th, 2009 at 10:03 am

    Ray

    “… his IQ hovered right around room temperature on a cool day”

    Now that was a good one. :)

  21. pat March 19th, 2009 at 10:12 am

    Rishi

    About a month ago there was an article that said Alex was the only current Yankee player who was impacted by the strike in ’94. I thought that had to be a typo and looked at MLB service time and it was right. It is amazing how young he was when he started and how long he could be playing.

  22. pat March 19th, 2009 at 10:24 am

    If Matthews pieces annoy you, stop reading them.

    I’m assuming most/all are reading it online. If his page hits go down, it won’t go unnoticed. Clicking on his articles helps feed the beast.

  23. S.A.-The 2009 MLB season is almost here March 19th, 2009 at 10:31 am

    I agree, just stop reading articles by Wallace Matthews. He is basically Newsdays Doom and Gloom writer. I don’t even remember the last time he wrote a sane article.

  24. murphydog March 19th, 2009 at 10:35 am

    When I was a kid, my mother used to tell me about children who bothered me: “Ignore him and he will go away.” Smart lady, Mother Murphydog. How about we take her advice and just ignore little Alexander Rodriguez of Washington Heights?

  25. Clay Buchholz Loves Laptops - Latest Blog Entry: The Mike & The Mad Max Show? March 19th, 2009 at 10:38 am

    Happy St. Joseph’s Day!!

  26. pat March 19th, 2009 at 10:47 am

    murphy

    None of those kids had a guaranteed contract and a no trade clause! :smile:

  27. Patrick March 19th, 2009 at 10:59 am

    I’m getting psyched for some NCAA action..

    Cuse is going all the way!

  28. Hokiehill March 19th, 2009 at 11:13 am

    good call Murphy…if you want to talk about A-Rod, at least limit the discussion to posts that involve A-Rod. Don’t drag down every comments section with what is already over done!

  29. Betsy March 19th, 2009 at 11:19 am

    I just don’t click on links if they are to stories written by Lupica, Madden, Matthews, etc… This way I don’t get upset and he doesn’t get the “hit”…..

  30. ZMan March 19th, 2009 at 11:20 am

    Nothing better than the start of March Maddness!!

  31. Wilson March 19th, 2009 at 11:25 am

    I’d love to rip Matthews, but his job is to be a sports critic. He is not a beat writer or baseball columnist. He gets paid to write instigating things and rip guys like A-Rod, thats his job— he is paid to be a full-time hack.

    That’s better than guys who are supposed be baseball writers like Madden or George King, who are hacks instead.

  32. tampayank March 19th, 2009 at 11:27 am

    March Madness about to tip off, first weekend is always the best. Back to the WBC, what is Davey Johnson waiting for? He needs a few more guys and he hasn’t called Longoria or another first baseman. They can’t go into Sunday w/ no bench at all.

  33. jennifer March 19th, 2009 at 11:32 am

    Well Mark t better not be on his speed dial, or any other Yankee for that matter.

  34. Hokiehill March 19th, 2009 at 11:40 am

    Johnson really doesn’t have any options as far as a first baseman. he can’t just call up any player in MLB, they have to be on the provisional roster. IMO rosters need to be expanded big time for the next WBC so you don’t have guys feeling pressured to play hurt due to a lack of potential replacements like Wright was last night (especially in a meaningless seeding game).

  35. Boston Dave March 19th, 2009 at 11:40 am

    “Caught with stripper in toronto ( umm..no comment)”

    The issue is that TONS of MLB players cheat on their wives yet you almost never hear about it. It’s easy to say that Alex should know better, and he should, but if he wasn’t sleeping around he’d be in the minority.

    If Alex had a better relationship with the media, he’d get away with all of this stuff. Alas, he does not. Still, it’s ridiculous for the media to act as though Alex is any worse than other players in this regard.

  36. rodg12 March 19th, 2009 at 11:41 am

    Tex wasn’t on the provisional roster, so I don’t think there’s any way he can play.

  37. Boston Dave March 19th, 2009 at 11:43 am

    “I’d love to rip Matthews, but his job is to be a sports critic.”

    Exactly. Real news doesn’t always sell and that’s all it’s about – entertainment. Apparently, the mainstream fans would still prefer salacious gossip-column news instead of how their minor leaguers are doing in spring training. Supply and demand… and a majority of baseball fans are demanding more ARod and Yankee bashing.

  38. pat March 19th, 2009 at 11:45 am

    A high school has been named after George in the Tampa area as a nod to his philanthropy and the school has agreed on a name for the schools mascot- The George Steinbrenner Warriors. You just know George would like that. :smile:

  39. Clare March 19th, 2009 at 11:47 am

    exactly, Boston Dave. Alex gets killed in the press for doing things that most players do or did. It’s the hypocrisy, double standards, and lack of perspective in the ARod media coverage that drives me nuts.

  40. tampayank March 19th, 2009 at 11:53 am

    “Clare March 19th, 2009 at 11:47 am

    exactly, Boston Dave. Alex gets killed in the press for doing things that most players do or did. It’s the hypocrisy, double standards, and lack of perspective in the ARod media coverage that drives me nuts.”

    Yeah many players do the same things but their private lives are not documented on ESPN. I guess that’s the price of a record contract. Teixiera better be a good boy in the City b/c it’s hard to hide anything when playing in NY. But I do notice Jeter’s everyday personal life is rarely printed anywhere, guess that’s what 4 rings does, you get the Jordan treatment.

  41. tampayank March 19th, 2009 at 11:54 am

    “pat March 19th, 2009 at 11:45 am

    A high school has been named after George in the Tampa area as a nod to his philanthropy and the school has agreed on a name for the schools mascot- The George Steinbrenner Warriors. You just know George would like that. :smile:

    yeah I heard other names being considered were Clippers and of course Yankees.

  42. ray (sox fan) March 19th, 2009 at 11:55 am

    I think it is certainly fair to say that some of the things Arod has done is exactly the same as other players. The biggest example of that is that there were over a 100 players that had tested positive but Arod’s name is the only leaked.

    Whether it is fair or not I think it just comes with the territory that if you are the highest paid player in baseball there will be closer scrutiny and discussion about you.

    That is part of the cost in being the highest paid player.

  43. Benny Blanco March 19th, 2009 at 11:57 am

    Clare: you stole the words right out of my mouth.

    To my knowledge, Arod has never been arrested, did not commit domestic battery, and has not been apart of any voilent incidents at any nightclub. He gets killed so much its hard for me not to root for him. Doesn’t anybody believe in reconciliation, or redemption??

  44. gayle March 19th, 2009 at 11:58 am

    Pat is Paul O’Neill going to be their mascot

  45. disco stu March 19th, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    So Team USA played last night, 3/18, and lost to Venezuela and now will not play another game until SUNDAY, 3/22???

    Is it me, or should Derek Jeter use these next couple of days to re-join the Yankees (you know, the team he actually is contracted to play for) and get a few more in-game at-bats and re-establish himself again with his teammates (especially the newer members of the team)???

    The WBC cannot end soon enough

  46. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 19th, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    Clay, you beat me to the punch!

    I was looking for a picture of a zeppole to send to Pete in case he wanted to post the symbol and also post an Italian lineup, and I came across an article about St. Joseph’s Day in RI! I have to say that I never knew the story behind St. Joseph’s Day.

    Anyway here it is, if anyone is interested. I will be happy to turn the lineup into an Italian one later on unless Pete beats us to the punch!

    (Sorry if the link goes on forever…)

    http://images.google.com/imgre.....n%26sa%3DG

  47. YankeeDiva March 19th, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    “I’d love to rip Matthews, but his job is to be a sports critic.”

    What exactly is the purpose of a sports critic? Movie critic, food critics I get. You want additional information and recommendations before you pick a movie or a restuarant to go to, find out the the critics are saying. Does a sports critic help you decide what game you should go to? If so why doesn’t Matthews tell us about the games? Or is he saying I shouldn’t go a Yankees game because one of their players got divorced or slept with Madonna?

  48. pat March 19th, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    Gayle

    LOL! They are still looking for a mascot and anything other than a Native American Indian image is being considered. Give them a call. :smile:

  49. YankeeDiva March 19th, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    *restaurant (I can spell….typing that’s a different story) :D

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