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Pena all smiles

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Apr 05, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

One of the best parts of this job Is talking to guys who make the team for the first time.

Ramiro Pena was smiling the entire time he spoke to us.

His mom, Armandina, cried back in Monterrey when Ramiro gave her the news.

“We were all so happy,” he said.

 
 

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29 Responses to “Pena all smiles”

  1. TIME FOR #27 April 5th, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    Im so happy for him… just get this season started!!! And peter where is your predictions?

  2. Psyluk April 5th, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    That’s great to see that someone like Pena can fulfill his childhood dream. Hopefully he will develop the bat when he heads back to the minors after A-Rod returns.

  3. m April 5th, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    Very sweet. I’m sure Jorge from Mexico had tears of joy, too!

    Congrats to Ramiro.

  4. Teixeiramvp April 5th, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    Glad he made it. Always nice to have a good pinch runner.

  5. Thomas Robust April 5th, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    I’m happy for him. Girardi wanted to show that a good showing in spring training can land a player a spot, and R. Pena was the perfect player to show it on. Pena gets sent down when A-Rod comes back and has a chance only if Cody Ransom gets injured. But still, good luck to him, it just comes to show, anything can happen. (added by Mobile using Mippin)

  6. S.A.-The 2009 MLB season is almost here April 5th, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    Aw. How nice

  7. riyankee42 April 5th, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    congrats to pena! hopefully his bat will develop to compliment that glove! on a seperate note, i was at the game yesterday. i have to say, the stadium is amazing! i had chills (and no, not from the cold weather lol) walking in and was in awe of how incredible a job was done on it. the ONLY complaint i have at all was the beer selection! i cannot stand bud, bud light, coors light or mich ultra! i really wish they had more options in this respect. an attendant mentioned i could go into the sportsbar, they would have more options, but there was a line out the door just to get in! frankly, i think there should be a petition to bring back real beer to the stadium. other than that, im still in awe!

  8. gayle April 5th, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    yes Pete when are the unday baseball notes returning as well

  9. Nick in SF in Lake Tahoe April 5th, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    Supposedly Dustin Pedroyer said that Arod was ‘dark’ — more to follow on this developing anti-Orangism scandal.

  10. Rebecca-Optimist Prime...Staying to Write the Story April 5th, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    I’m so happy for him!

  11. Psyluk April 5th, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    I think I read somewhere that a major league scout called Pena “one of the best shortstop prospect I’ve seen in years”, which I thought was crazy. Does anyone else remember this?

  12. Sean Serritella April 5th, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    That’s great to hear. What a great day for him.

  13. Drive 4-5 April 5th, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    Psyluk,

    I remeber one scout commenting that Pena was one of the best shortstops he had seen all spring. Perhaps that’s the quote you are referring to.

  14. Joe29 April 5th, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    Berroa really deserved that last spot. He had an unbelievable spring at the plate and his fielding isnt terrible.

  15. Vanessa - Flair For The Dramatic April 5th, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    That’s really sweet. Very happy for him. Can’t even imagine how thrilled he must be right now.

  16. Jerkface April 5th, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    Joe29,

    Look at Berroa’s career. He needed to show much more to beat out a guy who made some ridiculous plays and wasn’t horrible at the plate.

  17. Drive 4-5 April 5th, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    So for those keeping score:

    When the Red Sux brag about all their “home grown” talent the scorecard reads:

    Red Sux 8 (Pedroia,Pukalis,Lowrie,Ellsbury,Lester, Delcarmen,Masterson and Papelbum ).

    Yankees 12 (Posada,Jeter,Cano,Pena,Gardner,Cabrera,Wang, Pettitte, Joba,Ramirez, Veras and Mariano).

  18. Giuseppe Franco April 5th, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    Neither Ramirez nor Veras are homegrown Yankees.

  19. Ryan April 5th, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    Joe -

    Spring stats are meaningless. Cano had an incredible spring last season, look what he did in April. Both guys were not going to hit. Nice to see the Yankees saw that.

    If your options are a young, good fielder with good speed over an old, bad fielding and slow shortstop, who are you going to pick?

    His fielding was that bad.

  20. Back Bench April 5th, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    Going back to the last thread about defense, I don’t see where comparisons to the RS and Rays make a difference. We split the season series with the RS and beat the Rays.

    Where we dropped the ball (pun intended), was against the rest of the league.

    Going from 5th worst to league average AND adding the pitching upgrades this off season should work to prevent the horrendous results against teams like Pittsburgh, KC and Texas.

    Add those games back into the “W” column and repeat last year’s performance in the division and things get very interesting. I also think Girardi is going to do everything possible to prevent the annual NYY ‘slow start.’

    100+ wins in 09. Get used to it.

  21. Drive 4-5 April 5th, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    “Neither Ramirez nor Veras are homegrown Yankees.”

    Technically, my bad. Neither of them played a major league inning for the team that originally signed them. Both earned their way to the majors coming out of the Yankees minor leagues.

  22. Giuseppe Franco April 5th, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    Drive 4-5,

    You did miss Coke, though. He’s a homegrown Yankee.

  23. Drive 4-5 April 5th, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    “You did miss Coke, though. He’s a homegrown Yankee.”

    And things do go better with Coke:)

  24. Jorge (México) April 5th, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    m
    April 5th, 2009 at 1:21 pm
    Very sweet. I’m sure Jorge from Mexico had tears of joy, too!

    Congrats to Ramiro.
    =========================================================

    I’m not his dad, m. :-)

    Anyway, of course I’m happy. Down here in México, we thought we were going to have one mexican player on the Yankees Opening Day roster. But we were thinking it was going to be Alfredo Aceves. We thought Ramiro was going to be sent to Scranton to play, for the first time, AAA ball. A pretty good surprise, even knowing that it will be for a few weeks. We hope that, on September, when rosters expand, both Aceves and Peña will be on the big team.

  25. Drive 4-5 April 5th, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    Jorge Mexico),

    Alfredo will surely be up at some point. The man has major league talent.

  26. bodhisattva April 5th, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    Jorge (México)
    Anyway, of course I’m happy. Down here in México, we thought we were going to have one mexican player on the Yankees Opening Day roster. But we were thinking it was going to be Alfredo Aceves. We thought Ramiro was going to be sent to Scranton to play, for the first time, AAA ball. A pretty good surprise, even knowing that it will be for a few weeks. We hope that, on September, when rosters expand, both Aceves and Peña will be on the big team.
    ===========================
    Jorge, Girardi was very complimentary of Aceves also. He mentioned Melancon, AJax, Hughes and Aceves as the four guys most likely to get a look this year, as need dictates. Although in Hughes’ case, he said the next time he comes up it’s for good.

  27. kaflookey April 5th, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    Pettitte was a FA. I know he came up originally with the Yankees, but he was signed as a FA to a contract that made him at the time the highest paid pitcher in the league. Someone who leaves and comes back for the money is not homegrown. Matsuzaka is technically and in my mind more “homegrown”. I have a lot of trouble with all of this, because a lot of players who were draftees of the Yankees or Red Sox signed over slot, or stayed with their team for big bucks (Jeter, eg) or were foreign FA signees (Matsuzaka, Rivera, etc). So it’s still all about the money for these teams. The Sox have a lot, and the Yankees have a lot lot more. The Yankees did well drafting Chamberlain, the Red Sox did well drafting Pedroia, but in 80+% of cases on both teams, money was a factor in procuring the player…

  28. Matt April 6th, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    Stupid move. For a kid who shows this much potential, putting him on the bench is only going to hamper his progress. If the Yankees were going to start him every game that would be a different story. But being a pinch runner and a pinch hitter once a week or less isn’t exactly going to help him.

  29. saucY April 6th, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    is Monterrey a dialect or a language?


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