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Let’s not rush to judgment

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Apr 20, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

I think a lot of us — myself included — are getting carried away with proclaiming Yankee Stadium the second coming of Coors Field.

OK, so 20 home runs were hit in four games. That’s a lot. But there were 20 home runs hit at the old Stadium from July 31-Aug. 3, 2007. You can also find four-game, 20-HR stretches during the 2000, 2003 and 2004 seasons.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, there were eight four-games spans of 20 or more homers at the old Stadium, some of them overlapping. So maybe what we saw was just an anomaly.

The AccuWeather people had an interesting theory that the shape of the new Stadium is influencing the wind patterns.

There are also theories that the dimensions are shorter in right field, not exactly the same as the Yankees claim. The fence in right certainly seems shorter.

As we desperately searched for rainout stories today, a few of us talked to Mark Teixeira about it. His point was a good one. “Not yet,” he said when asked if you can judge how the Stadium plays. “It’s way too early. It’s four games.”

Tex said it would be fair to wait until the All-Star Game before deciding. That seems about right.

Joe Girardi sort of dismissed the issue, saying both teams had to deal with it. Within the context of one game or one series, that is certainly true. But if the Yankees’ bullpen is taxed because of high-scoring games, that is going to hurt the team over the length of the season.

As for a few other topics:

• There are increasing whispers in Yankeeland that the team realizes they overpriced the good seats and a correction is coming. The issue may be how they compensate those dupes loyal fans who dropped $2,625 a seat already.

• I mentioned this once already, but it bears repeating. If you’re not reading Kim Jones’ blog on YES.com, you really should be. Kim (who once covered the NFL for the Star-Ledger) is a fine writer and has the right touch for blogging. Her insights into the team are worth your time. If you see Kim, tell her I said this.

• Now that Xavier Nady is hurt and Damaso Marte is a ticking time bomb, how is that trade looking? Ross Ohlendorf threw seven shutout innings against the Marlins tonight, allowing two hits. You watch, he’s going to be a player they regret losing. His stuff is very good.

• Even when the game gets rained out, there are still stories to write. So a bunch of us were at the Stadium in the work room around 7:15. Then somebody from the team told us they were closing the garage across 161st St., where we all park.

I packed up, grabbed my umbrella and headed for the car. There is Noah’s Ark rain and crazy winds and 161st St. is crawling with traffic. As I leave Gate 4, the guy at the door says, “Good luck with that, buddy.”

As I got to the garage, it’s locked up and there are five writers huddled against the locked gate trying to figure out what we do next.

Meanwhile, my umbrella gets blown out and it’s pouring. Good times. Finally somebody who works for the garage hears us cursing and drives over to open the grate. He forgets in his haste to put his truck in park and nearly drives into a wall. Then it turns out the gate has a pull chain and goes up like one inch every 30 seconds.

Did I mention it was pouring?

So we all limbo under the gate and get to the cars. Plus I had to get up the Deegan back home and finish the story I was working on before deadline. The Pulitzer Committee can pass on that one.

The moral of the story: Study harder in school and you can get a job that involves limos and gin and tonics at 7:30, not dodging trucks in the rain and kicking metal grates in the Bronx.

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145 Responses to “Let’s not rush to judgment”

  1. m April 20th, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    Pete,

    Stop yer bellyachin’. You can always quit your job.

    Ohlendorf. He was a cutie. It may turn out that he’ll be a decent pitcher, but he never had a place with the Yankees.

  2. Trevor April 20th, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    Good, they need to lower those Legend seats prices. Even if the economy was good I wouldn’t spend $2600 on a seat for a baseball game.
    It also doesn’t look good on TV to see the whole stadium full but the seats that are constantly on TV are empty.
    As far as the Nady Marte for Ohlendorf. Ohlendorf stunk while he was here. No Marte hasn’t looked good but Nady serves as a good bat off the bench and gives the team good depth. Also Tabata looks like a disaster. Kid has a ton of issues.
    It’s not as if the Yankees traded their best prospects to the Pirates.

  3. GMAN April 20th, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    Yep Yanks may regret dealing Ohlendorf but at the time most baseball beaters were saying the Yanks did themselves well picking of Marte and Nady…oh well hindsight is truly 20/20.

    At least thay were smart enuf not to panic trade Cano.

    Better days ahead Yankee faithful.

  4. Drew April 20th, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    Pete, I don’t see you plug Bob Lorenz’ blog as much as Kim’s. I wonder why. ;)

  5. Giuseppe Franco April 20th, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    I think the vast majority of people who frequent this site would switch jobs with Pete in a NY minute.

    Every job has it’s pros and cons, but I can’t in good faith feel sorry for Pete when his perks far outweigh rough nights like tonight.

  6. tampayank April 20th, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    nice to see that a correction is possibly coming to the overpriced seat situation…hopefully the Yanks get going and roll into Boston with some confidence, I like the pitching matchups for the weekend, should be exciting, I’m curious how Joba performs, I remember his great performance last year at Fenway, let’s hope for an encore

  7. Betsy April 20th, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    I think the Yankees will survive losing Ross Ohlendorf. It’s still just one outing, even if it is against the Marlins. The Yankees have other way more talented and promising pitchers in their system……I liked Ohlendorf, but not THAT much.

    Kim Jones’ blog is great – I love the tidbits of info she gets from the clubhouse that we wouldn’t otherwise hear. It makes me feel closer to the team somehow hearing about the players’ relationships with each other……..

  8. Joe from Long Island April 20th, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    My wife is watching ch.9 news – Russ Salzberg is a complete joke. But then, he seems to fit well into their philosophy, their anchors and how they cover the “news” of the day.

  9. pat April 20th, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    Trevor

    How much would you pay to sit in a Legends seat? $200, $500, $1000? What would the right price be?

  10. Rob NY -- 2009 The Road to Redemption April 20th, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    Yeah Guiseppe I tend to agree. For every night like this he probably gets 5 days of 75 degrees and breezy at game time staring at the Kentucky blue grass and hearing the crack of the bat. Not that I envy running around in the rain but gotta take the good with the bad.

  11. m April 20th, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    I think 99% of the people here would pay $2500 a seat if they could afford it.

  12. Jeter in LF April 20th, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    I have no problem losing Ross Ohlendorf because he was never going to be successful here. He may not have been protected in the Rule 5 draft.

    The trade stunk because they moved Tabata when his value was at an all-time low, because Nady was having an out of context season with the Pirates which skewed his value, and they didn’t need Marte.

    That’s why it was a dumb move.

  13. Jeff NJ April 20th, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    The new ticket prices will be interesting. I remember when I got my Saturday package offer I had three choices:

    1) except the seats assigned and pay my bill in 5 days.
    2) go back into the pool and not be guarenteed any tickets at all.
    3) buy a $350 20 game package.

    Now if say, I could get a 10 game package in the field level seats for say $150 a ticket, I’d buy it in a minute.

  14. m April 20th, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    Aww. Pete was venting to us. He must feel close to us. :)

    Poor thing, make sure you take a hot bath so that you don’t get sick.

  15. JohnnyFlame April 20th, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    I don’t think it’s the shape of the seats at all. I was at the game on Saturday, and was standing on the concourse at the main level. The wind was insane: blowing straight out to right field. I bet we see windows in the arches in the great hall before next season.

  16. Uncle Ellsworth April 20th, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    “Let’s not rush to judgement”
    deaf ears Peter deaf ears

  17. DT April 20th, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    I checked out Kim’s blog –

    “Nice-guy beat writer Peter A of The Journal News”

    then she mentions drinking “Diet Coke”

    hmmmm… coincidence ??

    I’ll keep digging, but I think I might have discovered the beginnings of a Diet Coke Yankee payola scandal.

  18. Drew April 20th, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    I would trade Ohlendorf for Nady again, even now.

  19. trisha - I am panic proof. April 20th, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    *you can see my opening day pictures by clicking on my name*

    Now I on the other hand think we tend to glamorize a lot of jobs that frankly aren’t as glamourous as we would think. I believe that Pete’s is one of those jobs. He’s probably on the road a heck of a lot more than he would like to be, misses family time, holidays, and other things that we all get to have in our more “mundane” lives, probably finds himself eating on the fly and eating dress down food more than dress up food, and is still at work when we get to read his blog!

    I think we are all identifying with his getting to be near our boys. But since he isn’t a diehard Yankee fan, that’s probably just more part of the job than it is an amazing experience! I’m not saying that there aren’t cool things about his job, but it is hard work. And if any of us think about our jobs, do we love them to death 24-7? Hardly.

    I, the human sponge, felt sorry for his foray in the rain. It’s pretty hideous to get drenched by rain pouring down and have the ability to do nothing but stand there looking like a drowned rat!

    About Ohlendorf. I make it a point never to attempt to make comparisons when players have left the Yanks, are playing for other teams when someone may have wanted them on the Yanks (read Santana), or are just playing for other teams period. I am of the firm belief that certain players do not have the psyche to be successful with a team with the demands of the Yankees but might end up being wildly successful elsewhere. I hope for Ollie it is the case for him. But I will take nothing out of his season stats other than those are his season stats playing for his current team. In my opinion it is highly foolish to allow oneself to believe that there is an immutable transfer of stats from one team to another.

  20. Hew April 20th, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    the parking changes this season are absolutely horrendous – the ticket system which was tested last year and implemented this year is easily one of the worst ideas ever…asking 30,000 people desperate to get home to stop and put a ticket in a machine (as simple as it sounds) is just stupid. Not to mention they set up flares that block you from crossing directly onto the Deegan from all but one exit. I just don’t understand why they would change a system that was not broken. I’ve had some form of season tickets for 5 of the last 7 years and it has never been as much of a nightmare leaving the bronx as it is this year. Stadiums fine…fix the parking.

  21. Joe from Long Island April 20th, 2009 at 11:12 pm

    Pete – by the way, this post was great. The story of getting stuck in the rain. And I don’t mean that to make fun of you, but, rather, that so many of us have had similar experiences and can fully relate to what happened to you.

    My wife travels on business quite a bit, and has her own road warrior stories. I showed her your post here, and she grinned, “Been there, done that.” By the way, being a respected journalist is worth it (though it may not seem like it at times).

  22. trisha - I am panic proof. April 20th, 2009 at 11:12 pm

    Oops. I lied. Don’t know how it disappeared but it did. I’ll try it again.

    Well for some reason I cannot get the web address into the website box. For now I’ll just give the link again and try to figure out how to get the other thing working.

    http://s81.photobucket.com/alb.....=slideshow

  23. Gus April 20th, 2009 at 11:14 pm

    Just park on the street. Other side of 151 park on Walton by the school take the grand concourse entrance ramp . You will cruise home

  24. truantbuick April 20th, 2009 at 11:14 pm

    Ohlendorf failed in every capacity as a Yankee. 3 starts with the Pirates in the NL Central isn’t going to change my mind. Aaron Small, Jeff Karstens, and Darrell Rasner have all had dominant stretches, and they were in the AL East on the New York stage.

    He got his acclaim because he threw 95 MPH as a reliever. He doesn’t as a starter. He’s averaged just over 90 thus far in the season, with very little secondary stuff.

  25. Bob(The Original) April 20th, 2009 at 11:14 pm

    Well Pete, you could work in the financial field like me and get (word that would get censored) on every day.

    Everyone’s job stinks from time to time. At least you’re getting paid to watch baseball.

  26. gayle April 20th, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    Hew

    Two things on the parking when I went to the game Opening Day the lot I went to park at on 164th street all of the sudden became for VIP/SUite holders only why bother have that lot open for the exhibition games giving the people the idea that it would be an ok place to park then changing the lot. I was not the only one so made a right onto 164th and then onto River Ave for the lot right there which is placed horribly as it blocks and intersection.

    My friend ended up parking in the old main garage and had no problem whatsoever so I think that may be the way to go.

    I agree system to put the ticket in the slot on your way out makes no sense at all.

  27. trisha - I am panic proof. April 20th, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    Okay I copied the entire address into the website box. Just want to see if it works.

  28. Travis G. April 20th, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    it’s not just that there were 20 HRs hit, it’s HOW they were hit. half of them looked like medium range fly outs. THAT’S what’s concerning.

    but it’s still too early to conclude anything definitive.

  29. Patrick Bateman April 20th, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    Good thing Teixeira is an engineer and a 1st baseman or we’d all be lost here.

  30. Joe from Long Island April 20th, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    About Ollie – he does have good stuff. He started out well, then got abused being left to do too many innings in early season blow-outs. The Yanks couldn’t decide to make him a starter of reliever. I thought last year he was going to be a good ML pitcher, but I still think the decision to make that deal was appropriate at the time. You can’t get unless you give up, and Marte had a track record as a solid lefty out of the pen, and Nady was to be the replacement for Bobby Abreu. There’s no way to predict the injury that X got.

  31. Rebecca-Optimist Prime...Staying to Write the Story April 20th, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    Hey, I don’t know if anyone saw this, but on the MLB network they just compared Wang delivering a sinker last year along with this year, and how his delivery is compleltey different because he won’t put the same pressure on his foot.

    I don’t know if/when they’ll reshow it; chances are they will cos there were like 7 games all night and two ppd, but if you get a chance it bears worth watching.

    ***

    As for me, I’m more or less surviving. Although, now at least I understand why you do Shiva calls and all that. Being with family and close friends certainly helps.

  32. Hew April 20th, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    gayle,

    that’s the one I have been parking in. When you leave (AFTER the dumb ticket disaster) if you aren’t in the far left exit, they force you down towards the old players parking lot or onto the Northbound Deegan…anyone who has to go on the Deegan knows what the northbound lanes are like after a game…being in that I have to go South it is infuriating to see the entrance to the parkway empty but unaccessible. I got pulled over by a cop on foot for making a U-turn around the flares the other night and when he asked me why I made an illegal u-turn I explained to him that I needed to go south and that I didn’t know how to go the other way to which he responded “you should have asked for directions” when I responded “I don’t know why I should ask for directions when the entrance where I need to go is RIGHT THERE” he saw the dumbness of their system and told me to have a nice day.

  33. Gus April 20th, 2009 at 11:21 pm

    I parked on the street on opening day and got on the highway in a flash. it is easy to park at the games. Park and walk

  34. DT April 20th, 2009 at 11:21 pm

    “I’m not saying that there aren’t cool things about his job, but it is hard work. And if any of us think about our jobs, do we love them to death 24-7? Hardly.”

    Trisha – you always make me smile.
    if I ever get in serious serious trouble, I want YOU on my jury. ;-)

    Pete may have a tough job, but hey, he has Kim Jones hitting on him! It has it’s benefits.

    If I were him I’d just buy a better umbrella, and hire my cousin as a driver to pick me up at the gate.

  35. m April 20th, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    trisha,

    Nice photo album. But I had blocked out that game. :cry:

  36. Gus April 20th, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    Hew,

    take the grand concourse entrance it is never congested. Exit 3

  37. m April 20th, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    DT,

    Just a friendly reminder. Pete will not tolerate any innuendo or comments about Kim Jones’ appearance. Even in jest.

  38. PRAWN April 20th, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    And Carl Pavano pitched well against the Yankees. So what!

  39. Dr. Cox April 20th, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    take it easy, M.

    what are you Pete’s blog police?? Kim Jones is beautiful, and if it’s said…then so be it.

  40. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! April 20th, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    I vote for the statistical anamoly theory…4 games is hardly enough evidence to conclude that it’s a launching pad…

    I did hear someone say that no other stadium in baseball history had more hrs in its first 3 games than the New Yankee Stadium…

    Not sure how accurate that was…

  41. m April 20th, 2009 at 11:31 pm

    Dr. Cox,

    Just didn’t know if DT was aware of the Kim Jones rules. :)

  42. 6pound8ouncebabyjoba April 20th, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    I’d rather be a professional sports writer…

  43. DT April 20th, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    there are Kim Jones “rules”? seriously?

  44. Lauren April 20th, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    Pete, really enjoyed that little story in the last bullet.
    LMAO @ “Meanwhile, my umbrella gets blown out and it’s pouring. Good times.”

  45. Mark in Tampa April 20th, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    ‘I did hear someone say that no other stadium in baseball history had more hrs in its first 3 games than the New Yankee Stadium…”

    No stadium has had an historically bad Wang pitch one of its first three games either. Not to mention a wide eyed rookie in his first MLB action. If the Yankees had done what they should have done to Pavano, the homer record in the first 4 games would be out of reach forever.

  46. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! April 20th, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    Rebecca,

    Nice to see you back on the board…

    Yes, I saw that video you alluded to–I think the other night they had something like that too, but I don’t remember if it was ESPN or MLB…

    Hopefully Eiland et al will fix whatever’s ailing one of Time Magazine’s most influential people of 2007…

    Let’s Go Yanks!

  47. m April 20th, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    Oh, and for whatever reason, those rules are only for Kim Jones. He doesn’t seem to mind people saying stuff about the lovely Erin Andrews.

    Betsy,

    This is for you. Did you know that AJ’s ‘Pops’ was a huge Yankees fan growing up? AJ has a little Chris Isaac thing going, too.

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

  48. pat April 20th, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    Kim Jones blog is a fun read but all the talk everyday about french fries gets me craving them.

    Kim’s blog is the makings of a book about eating her way through a major league season.

  49. DT April 20th, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    “Oh, and for whatever reason, those rules are only for Kim Jones. He doesn’t seem to mind people saying stuff about the lovely Erin Andrews”

    LOL… well if I get banned for that… so be it.. I had a nice run. :-)

    Pete is a Seinfeld buff – what are we supposed to say if Kim Jones sneezes?

  50. m April 20th, 2009 at 11:39 pm

    DT,

    Yes. Quick recap. Some comments about her looks, going both ways. Nothing racy or anything. One of the regulars got scolded. Pete said she was a respected colleague and he would not tolerate commenters [objectifying] her.

    So, yes. There are Kim Jones rules.

  51. Boston Dave April 20th, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    “Ohlendorf failed in every capacity as a Yankee. ”

    ———

    The Yankees used and abused him as a long reliever – a job for which he was neither prepared nor suited for. They never gave him a chance to succeed as a starter or a reliever.

    I don’t even mind the trade because the Yankees were in a playoff race and needed to make a move. I’m glad they did.

    Still, I always like Ross and thought he would do very well for Pittsburgh. It’s only 3 starts but you have to be pleased if you are the Pirates so far.

  52. vin April 20th, 2009 at 11:42 pm

    BTW, from Kim’s blog (if someone already posted it, I apologize):

    “Nice-guy beat writers Peter Abraham of The Journal News and Mark Feinsand of The New York Daily News have been kind enough to mention this little endeavor of ours on their blogs. And I’m returning the favor; their blogs are terrific. Particularly for Pete, who is uncommonly diligent, it seems like a separate full-time job. I’m not sure how he does it.”

    On the surface, it seems like Pete is making head-way… but the “nice-guy” and “uncommonly diligent” remarks have me worried about the blogfather’s chances. Keep plugging away, Pete… my wife and I started out as friends mostly because I was uncommonly diligent in my attempt to be a nice-guy.

  53. pat April 20th, 2009 at 11:42 pm

    Pete

    If you’ve never owned a Gustbuster umbrella, you should. It’s worth the investment.

  54. Boston Dave April 20th, 2009 at 11:43 pm

    I’d take Pete’s job too :)

  55. vin April 20th, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    Let’s face it, a guy like Ohlendorf has little opportunity to land a full-time job as a starting pitcher for the NYY. When he was given opportunities – as a long and short man out of the pen, he was less than inspiring. A guy like that *should* be traded to a team like the Pirates. Good for him… starting in the majors (albeit Pittsburgh) beats the heck out of pitching in SWB. I wish him all the best.

  56. pat April 20th, 2009 at 11:47 pm

    I liked Ohlendorf and I understand he’s counting on the Pirates for run support and their pen to save games for him but he’s 1-7 going back to last year now.

    He has potential but it’s still only potential.

  57. vin April 20th, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    “Pete is a Seinfeld buff – what are we supposed to say if Kim Jones sneezes?”

    We wait for whoever she’s with to say something first.

    Interestingly enough, I’m still waiting for my post about the two bloggers to get through the “filter.”

  58. trisha - I am panic proof. April 20th, 2009 at 11:50 pm

    *you can see my opening day photos by clicking on my name*

    “Trisha – you always make me smile.
    if I ever get in serious serious trouble, I want YOU on my jury.”

    DT, I don’t know if they let attorneys be on juries but I’ll go you one better. I’ll defend you!!!!! Uh oh. NOW you’re in trouble!!!

    :D

    Rebecca, I don’t get to read a lot of the posts so missed it if you talked about losing someone close to you (that’s what it sounds like might have happened). If that is the case I am so sorry. I’ve had a lot of different experiences in life and that is by far the worst. Sitting shiva is our equivalent of going to a wake and funeral and it accomplishes the same thing. You’re with people who are feeling what you are feeling and you end up all being there for each other and supporting each other. And between God (if that is your belief system) and time, you somehow get through it. But it sure isn’t easy.

  59. Betsy April 20th, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    M, thanks for the link – great interview. I had no idea his dad was a Yankee fan – and apparently, AJ didn’t know the extent of his dad’s fandom. It’s nice that he got a chance to take a look at his son’s digs for the next 5 years……

    Someone on another board said that AJ looks like Beavis, lol. I’ve heard of Chris Isaak, but I honestly have no idea who he is. Is he a comedian?

    AJ has pitched against the Sox before, but now he’s going into enemy territory in pinstripes – I wonder how he’s feeling now….

  60. Boston Dave April 20th, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    I have no problem with the Yankees trading Ohlendorf. That’s what they should do with their extra pieces when they need help for a playoff push.

    Still, he gets no respect from some Yankee fans that didn’t realize the Yankees misused him when he was in NY. The Yanks have also done it somewhat to Albaladejo and others.

    The Yanks had huge starting pitching issues last season and the bullpen paid the price. You can’t look at their #s to getg an accurate assessment because of that.

    This year, the bullpen’s #s have taken a beating in Wang’s starts. Same deal.

    The #s aren’t telling the whole story.

  61. Frida K. April 20th, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    I wonder if we’re cursed now ?

  62. dave April 20th, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    Can we talk about how lame Kim Jones was during those now defunct auditions for a spot on Francesa’s show — or is that against the rules?

  63. Betsy April 21st, 2009 at 12:01 am

    BD, I agree – the Yankees did misuse Ohlendorf last year (he’s not a long man, and he wasn’t even prepped as one in ST)……..and yes, they did the same with Albaledejo. They’ve already used him for an extended stint in Tampa…..and Edwar has been heavily used as well. At some point, these guys are going to reach the point of no return where even a week of rest won’t help them. The Yankees need to be very careful with the pen…..

  64. trisha - I am panic proof. April 21st, 2009 at 12:02 am

    “it’s not just that there were 20 HRs hit, it’s HOW they were hit. half of them looked like medium range fly outs. THAT’S what’s concerning.”

    BINGO.

    I’ll be thrilled to death if my suspicion turns out to be wrong but I don’t think things are going to look much different by the AS break in terms of medium range fly outs flying out!

    “Good thing Teixeira is an engineer and a 1st baseman or we’d all be lost here”

    :lol:

  65. Nick in SF April 21st, 2009 at 12:04 am

    Just getting rid of that bad seed Tabata and his crime-spree-cougar wife makes it a good trade.

    And Pete once suggesting that there are Kim Jones rules is not the same thing as there actually being Kim Jones rules.

    Anyway, lots of people thing Kim Jones rules, so there’s no problem.

  66. GreenBeret7 April 21st, 2009 at 12:06 am

    Betsy
    April 20th, 2009 at 11:53 pm
    M, thanks for the link – great interview. I had no idea his dad was a Yankee fan – and apparently, AJ didn’t know the extent of his dad’s fandom. It’s nice that he got a chance to take a look at his son’s digs for the next 5 years……

    Someone on another board said that AJ looks like Beavis, lol. I’ve heard of Chris Isaak, but I honestly have no idea who he is. Is he a comedian?

    AJ has pitched against the Sox before, but now he’s going into enemy territory in pinstripes – I wonder how he’s feeling now….

    ————————————————————

    Chris Issak is a country crossover/rock-a-billy singer (mostly ballads). (songs: I Wonder; Return To Me (Dean Martin standard) He also has a good talk show gig on a&E. Last week with Cat Stevens. About a month ago, he had Eric Clapton.

  67. Boston Dave April 21st, 2009 at 12:09 am

    “Edwar has been heavily used as well.”

    forgot about Edwar.

    Until Wang figures things out, they don’t need a long reliever.

    They need 2 long relievers.

    I didn’t think this team really needed one because they had such good starting pitching but we’re seeing how one chink in the armor can cause major problems.

    We all need to cut the bullpen some slack until they can go back to being single inning guys.

  68. Drew April 21st, 2009 at 12:09 am

    Rebecca, Kim Jones actually mentioned on her blog that Bruney told her he didn’t think Wang was trusting his foot. That the same thing happened to him when he came back from the injury.

  69. vin April 21st, 2009 at 12:09 am

    Just saw the HR that Varitek hit off Hendrickson… 85 mph, perfectly centered, right down the middle. My grandmother could’ve hit that one out. Not sure I’ve ever seen a bigger meatball.

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/articl.....8;c_id=mlb

  70. Boston Dave April 21st, 2009 at 12:13 am

    Isaak has some good tunes – most notably “Wicked Game”

    hello Helena Christensen

  71. Jack Knight April 21st, 2009 at 12:13 am

    Kim Jones blog posts are long and detailed. I love it.

  72. Tantron Willoughby pretending to court Trisha April 21st, 2009 at 12:14 am

    Trisha – Thanks for the great pictures of opening day. You are quite a hottie yourself!

  73. Tantron Willoughby pretending to court Trisha April 21st, 2009 at 12:14 am

    Courting you as long as your hubby doesnt mind lol

  74. Betsy April 21st, 2009 at 12:15 am

    GB, thanks! LOL I guess I couldn’t be more wrong with my guess……M, I just checked out some pics of Issak….it’s the hair, lol. AJ likes Marilyn Manson, though, so my guess is that that looks are all they have in common…..

  75. GreenBeret7 April 21st, 2009 at 12:20 am

    Betsy
    April 21st, 2009 at 12:15 am
    GB, thanks! LOL I guess I couldn’t be more wrong with my guess……M, I just checked out some pics of Issak….it’s the hair, lol. AJ likes Marilyn Manson, though, so my guess is that that looks are all they have in common…..

    ————————————————————

    Happy to help. If you don’t like the Roy Orbison and Rick Nelson style of music, you most likely won’t like Chris Issak.

  76. DT April 21st, 2009 at 12:21 am

    “And Pete once suggesting that there are Kim Jones rules is not the same thing as there actually being Kim Jones rules.”

    Is Rickles getting existential? ;-)

    I think to save myself from further trouble, I will just refer to said person as K.J.

    If on a humid sweaty August day, I accidentally say K.J. looks hot – I’ll be covered.

  77. Boston Dave April 21st, 2009 at 12:21 am

    Betsy,

    absolutely – forgot about Edwar

    The point is, aside from them needing a long reliever, that the #s aren’t fair to use without context.

    The Yanks are giving up 6.5 runs a game which sounds awful. But we know all too well that 44 of the 87 runs have come in Wang’s starts.

    The Yankees ERA in the games Wang hasn’t pitched is 4.50 which isn’t great but a far cry from 6.50.

    That doesn’t account for the bullpen being worn out.

    Not if, but when Wang figures things out, the team will be much much better off as a whole.

  78. Tantron Willoughby April 21st, 2009 at 12:24 am

    When Wang figures out his foot problem, it will be like the NYY traded for a good pitcher. I hope he lands on his feet. I hope he discovers his sole.

  79. Betsy April 21st, 2009 at 12:26 am

    GB, I like a couple of Orbison’s songs (I only know a couple, though) and the only song I know that Ricky Nelson sang I like also (Mary Lou something)………I’d probably like Isaak if I had the time or inclination (but I don’t – I spend too much time on this blog and other Yankee boards, lol).

  80. DT April 21st, 2009 at 12:26 am

    “DT, I don’t know if they let attorneys be on juries but I’ll go you one better. I’ll defend you!!!!! Uh oh. NOW you’re in trouble!!!”

    I didn’t know your profession! (but it makes sense. Kei Igawa’s public defender!) ;-)

    you had yourself on my jury (and laughing) with the “human sponge” comment. I just figured if I wore a Yankee hat, I’d look sympathetic.

  81. Betsy April 21st, 2009 at 12:33 am

    BD, completely agree. CC hasn’t really found himself yet – but he will. Joba is still a kid, despite his great stuff, so he’s going to have his ups and downs. I’ll bet that once the season starts heating up, so will he. AJ has been more than I hoped for and Andy has been terrific. It’s vital that Wang find himself – but he’s got a long way to go. I don’t see how he can just decide to trust his foot based on one simulated game. He needs repetition and more repetition, preferrably in the minors. His mechanics are wacky and his mental state is not great. That said, I think once he starts trusting his foot again and reverts to his usual mechanics, his confidence will return. Wang, like all players, has been doing this for quite awhile – he’s likely never experienced such “failure” as this and maybe it’s scaring him. He’ll be ok eventually – talent just does not disappear (and no, I don’t believe the big leagues just figured him out).

  82. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! April 21st, 2009 at 12:33 am

    Trisha,

    Nice pics!

  83. AROD fan April 21st, 2009 at 12:34 am

    The correction sounds kind of like obama’s intention to lift travel restrictions to cuba. I’m still not buying those seats if they go down to 2400.

  84. GreenBeret7 April 21st, 2009 at 12:36 am

    Betsy
    April 21st, 2009 at 12:26 am
    GB, I like a couple of Orbison’s songs (I only know a couple, though) and the only song I know that Ricky Nelson sang I like also (Mary Lou something)………I’d probably like Isaak if I had the time or inclination (but I don’t – I spend too much time on this blog and other Yankee boards, lol).

    ————————————————————

    Makes for a difficult choice for sure. Roy Orbison was the only singer that Elvis Presley refused to follow on stage. His voice was that great. He wrote, recorded and sang over 500 songs (“Pretty Woman”, Pretty Paper”, “Blue Bayou”, “Blue Angel”, and “Only The Lonely” were his biggest. Nelson’s song was “Hello, Mary Lou”, during his tv days. His songs “Garden Party” and “She Belongs To Me” were among his best in later years.

  85. truantbuick April 21st, 2009 at 12:36 am

    “The Yankees used and abused him as a long reliever – a job for which he was neither prepared nor suited for. They never gave him a chance to succeed as a starter or a reliever.”

    I’m sure the mopup jobs he had to do in the beginning of the year weren’t great for him, but that has been way overplayed. He never had to throw more than 50 pitches (which both Edwar and Albaladejo have been forced to do already this season; Edwar twice) and he always got good rest between outings.

    He was never a 1 inning reliever. Not in the minors, never. He was always 2+ inning guy, and he was always thoroughly mediocre. All he had was a fastball and hitters were on it.

    He’s had one decent season in his career: 2006 in AA with the Diamondbacks. That’s why the Yankees got him, and he was awful his entire tenure here. There was no grevious mismanagement here except he probably shouldn’t have been in the majors in the first place because he sucked in the minors.

  86. pat April 21st, 2009 at 12:39 am

    Forget $2500 seats. The Washington Nats can’t afford to buy a vowel.

    http://weblogs.newsday.com/spo.....onals.html

  87. Boston Dave April 21st, 2009 at 12:46 am

    “He was never a 1 inning reliever. Not in the minors, never. He was always 2+ inning guy, and he was always thoroughly mediocre.”

    ———-

    You are assuming that it’s easy to just become a long reliever without any preparation for it.

    I’m not willing to make that assumption, and the #s aren’t either.

    Some guys can be long relievers. Some aren’t cut out for it. Either way, it’s a role that requires some preparation. They didn’t afford him that.

  88. Boston Dave April 21st, 2009 at 12:50 am

    I suggest you take a look at Ross Ohlendorf in 2007. Gee, what a shocker. He was primarily used in 1 inning stints and had a 2.84 ERA.

    In 2008, they didn’t have a long man and thrust him into that role unprepared (10 games of 2 innings or more; 5 games of 3 innings or more)

    His ERA? close to 6.

    shocker.

  89. Boston Dave April 21st, 2009 at 12:51 am

    It’s not just Ohlendorf.

    It’s Alby and Edwar and anybody else. You don’t just convert guys to long relievers on the fly.

    If you do, don’t blame them when their #s get worse. Just be happy if they are able to stay healthy.

  90. m April 21st, 2009 at 12:55 am

    Wouldn’t long relievers be only as good as their “stuff”? I mean Santana would make an excellent reliever while Edwar would not.

    Less exposure=less damage

  91. m April 21st, 2009 at 12:59 am

    Okay, checked out Kim Jones’ blog. Kind of random, all over the map. I have a feeling the players pull all kinds of stunts on her. I really laughed at this story:
    Andy Pettitte totally punked me on Sunday. Totally. Here it is: In the clubhouse after the game, Andy grabbed his glove and, with his three adorable boys in tow, appeared to be heading back onto the field. So cute. But I needed a couple of questions on camera in advance of his start tonight – his FIRST START at the new Yankee Stadium. I asked Andy if he had a minute. He says, in his serious voice and his serious face, “Kim, can’t you see I have my family with me?” I’m thinking, for the love of God, this really sucks, I’ve ticked off Pettitte! Then he laughs. I almost cried a little. I know my face turned red and I might have gotten a hive, probably on my neck. I thought about punching his arm, but I was on his left side and realized it would have been incredibly poor form to punch his left arm. Nice, spontaneous work by him. His older sons were cracking up. Very funny stuff. I love that kind of thing.

  92. AROD fan April 21st, 2009 at 1:01 am

    There are so many scalping websites…stubhub I think is re-selling their own tix on other websites… And whoever suspected the yanks themselves r selling their own tix on stubhub is likely right…it would appear that baseball tix are being sold like hotel rooms. Since they are required to have a published rate, they publish a price at about 5x what they actually sell it for so that although the price is never fixed , someone paying 4x what the next person paid thinks they got a 50 percent discount. Once again, the goal is in no way to sell all those seats! It never was, and it never will be. The yanks are not losing money at 30 percent occupancy of the elite seats. 30 percent is the most profitable scenerio, which is why it was the business plan in the first place.

  93. Frank April 21st, 2009 at 1:06 am

    Pete,

    Half the country would love to have your job, you can be an out of work failed book writter that wishes he could cover the Yankees every day in person at the stadium. But enough about me.

    Loved Kim jones blog I put it on ours. She is not as sarcastic as you so I think reading her every day might get old.

    Getting late need to go to bed.

    Tell me why people are so focused on the over priced seats that dont make up 95 percent of the stadium and do not mention all the affordable seats that are still available at the stadium. Who else in baseball still offers 5 dollar seat nights? Not the team in flushing!

    Help me with the argument.

  94. Boston Dave April 21st, 2009 at 1:11 am

    “I mean Santana would make an excellent reliever while Edwar would not.”

    ————

    of course the best starters in the game would be better.

    I still can’t say that they’d all be ok as long relievers though. Some starters need to pitch in a routine (every 5 days).

    That said, it’s even less likely that somebody who has been groomed to be a 1-inning reliever would succeed as a long reliever on a moments notice for a multitude of reasons.

  95. truantbuick April 21st, 2009 at 1:14 am

    “I suggest you take a look at Ross Ohlendorf in 2007. Gee, what a shocker. He was primarily used in 1 inning stints and had a 2.84 ERA.”
    You’re talking about 6.1 IP.

    In the minors, his ERA as a reliever was in the 4.50 range (and that doesn’t account for all the inherited runners he let score and how he blew the AAA elimination game). He was mediocre everywhere…

  96. Boston Dave April 21st, 2009 at 1:16 am

    Does Kim Jones actually know what she is talking about though?

    Most of the contributers to this blog know a heck of alot more about the Yankees than most of the media (Francessa comes to mind first).

    Does she have anything new to offer, much like Pete’s blog does, or will it just be more high-level stuff about the obvious?

  97. Boston Dave April 21st, 2009 at 1:19 am

    “He was mediocre everywhere…”

    I guess you’re willing to throw out the only season he pitched for the Yankees as a short reliever – 2007. He had a couple solid 1 inning outings in 2008 before they decided he could pitch in 3 inning stints and he fell apart.

    In the minors, IIRC, they moved him around as a starter and as a reliever. He obviously showed them enough for them to call him up to the Yanks.

    I’m not saying he’s amazing. I’m saying that he was misused.

    Again, you are assuming that it’s an easy conversion to long reliever. I am not.

    There is our major disagreement.

  98. Nick in SF April 21st, 2009 at 1:20 am

    Boston Dave, I don’t think you should ask such questions while the Kim Jones Rules Hall Monitor might be lingering!

    ;)

  99. Frank April 21st, 2009 at 1:20 am

    Kim will be ok Boston Dave just might get a little boring after a while.

    Petes humor and way of upsetting his readers are awesome. He must get lots of hate mail.

    He is still the most interesting person out side the yankees organization.

  100. Wangawa April 21st, 2009 at 1:22 am

    All I remember about Ohlendorf with the Yankees is that he had bad location and threw a lot of meatballs. Maybe he’ll succeed with the Pirates, but Jeff Karstens almost had a perfect game pitching in the National League, so what does that tell you…

  101. Boston Dave April 21st, 2009 at 1:23 am

    lol Nick,

    this isn’t Boston Dave anyway. It’s an imposter using his name and he should not be held accountable. :)

  102. Boston Dave April 21st, 2009 at 1:27 am

    “All I remember about Ohlendorf with the Yankees is that he had bad location and threw a lot of meatballs.”

    All I am suggesting is that the way the Yankees used Ohlendorf wasn’t conducive to maximizing his effectiveness.

    He is better than what he showed with the Yanks in 2008 as a direct result of his misuse.

    How someone is used, and no less important how well they are prepared, can have a direct effect on how well they peform.

    It’s shortsighted to say he stinks because he wasn’t a good long reliever just as it would have been shortsighted to say someone like Mariano Rivera is horrible because he wasn’t a good starter.

  103. m April 21st, 2009 at 1:39 am

    Okay, my witty comebacks are getting filtered. :evil:

  104. Mac Daddy April 21st, 2009 at 1:43 am

    i turn the tv off or the volume down every time that horrible excuse for a reporter kim jones is on the tv…im certainly not reading her blog

  105. Josh April 21st, 2009 at 1:43 am

    Ohlendorf can win 15 games with a sub 3 ERA for all I care. He plays in the NL. This is league where the Jeff Suppans of the world are #1 or #2 starters. Color me unimpressed.

  106. m April 21st, 2009 at 1:47 am

    Mac Daddy,

    LOL. She does ask some embarrassing questions. Not embarrassing for her. For the player. Sometimes I see them look at her like, “Did you really ask me that?”.

  107. Al from BK April 21st, 2009 at 1:54 am

    Hopefully Andy delivers tonight and the pen is rested thank goodness.

  108. Mac Daddy April 21st, 2009 at 1:55 am

    m, shes a fraud…after arod opted out, she went on the radio (WFAN) saying good riddance and hes a poison to the team, its all about arod and hes not a winner blah blah blah…while arod will give her an interview, he rarely looks at her and makes it clear he doesnt like her

  109. Nick in SF April 21st, 2009 at 1:56 am

    I believe you, m.

  110. Mr. Goodkat April 21st, 2009 at 2:03 am

    The Yankees will not miss Ohlendorf. For one, he’s a starter, and there’s no room for him. The much more talented Hughes doesn’t even have a spot in our rotation. Two, he never pitched that well here. He’s playing in the NL for the Pirates. That’s a lot different then in the AL East for the Yankees.

  111. Boston Dave April 21st, 2009 at 2:12 am

    “The Yankees will not miss Ohlendorf.”

    I agree with that. They won’t miss him. I still think he’ll be a decent starter and could have been a dependable reliever for the Yankees. He didn’t get a fair shake in NY and he’ll get a good opportunity with Pittsburgh.

    I agreed with the trade when they made it, though, and still do. They had extra pitching and needed a lefty reliever and a bat for the 08′ playoff run and for added depth in 09′. They made the right move.

    I suspect they’ll make a move or two this season as well. They still have extra pitching. What a ‘problem’ to have…

  112. Giuseppe Franco April 21st, 2009 at 2:20 am

    I really liked Ohlendorf when he was with the Yanks but I thought his stuff translated better as a reliever than a starter.

    Obviously, the Pirates thought differently.

    As Boston Dave has correctly explained a number of times, Girardi just used him wrong last season because he was not accustomed to being a mop up long reliever.

    Ohlendorf had some really nasty stuff – especially his fastball (which he threw in the mid-90s) and a hard slider that was almost Joba-esque in it’s hard biting action in the dirt.

    He throws a change up as well but didn’t throw it much at all when he was in the pen.

    His biggest downfall is that he was a bit erratic with his control and got really lit up a couple of times in those mop up roles and his ERA didn’t tell the whole story.

    Ohlendorf was just as talented as Bruney and had a much better slider. I was sorry to see him go.

  113. Pavano owns the Yankees April 21st, 2009 at 3:38 am

    Pete,
    Ohlendorf was what he was. Would he do as well with the Yankees.. can’t really say he would or wouldn’t. Not all players can handle the New York pressure. Pittsburgh has zero pressure. We got what we got and an injury to Nady is not any cause to throw the whole trade into the fire. We got what we needed. Marte used right will be fine. Nady isn’t out yet.
    Nady and his injury are risks that are there in a trade. I’m not going to poo poo the trade cause he has issues now. We had enough starters in the farm that he wasn’t needed and it was an easy trade for us. Remember what we gave away to get Ohlendorf.

    Kim would never go for you so I will not tell her anything as she would see that as creepy coming from you. I know you are alone but look at yourself.. would you want to be with you? Put down the fork and get some exercise. You’ll feel a lot better and the ladies will be all over you. You may even be a little nicer and not so sensitive. There is hope for you.

    Seats are overpriced as this Yankee stadium was made for the rich fans and no one else. Yankees are solely catering to the rich and no one else matters. That whole way of thinking needs to change for their own benefit. They won’t remain viable if they keep it up.

  114. Brian in 702 April 21st, 2009 at 3:48 am

    it is nice to see that even the great Kim Jones knows who the king of all Yankee blogs is!

    GOD BLESS PETE!

  115. Doreen April 21st, 2009 at 7:31 am

    Good morning, all. I missed a lot of good conversation last night, it seems. I just could not stay awake.

    Pete, sorry to hear about your travails in the rains. Very well-written, though, and the source of a good chuckle picturing all of you in that situation.

    I really enjoy Kim Jones’ blog. I think it’s light and fun, yet there are some great tidbits in their about the players AND her YES Network colleagues. She’s got a style that I think works perfectly for a blog.

    Bob Lorenz’ “blob” is pretty good, too. He’s not as “diligent” as Ms. Jones in the update department, but his personality comes across well.

    I don’t know that either blog will be as conducive to debate as this one, but they’re a nice complement to this one.

    Ohlendorf. Well, it would have been nice if he worked out here, but he didn’t. In which case, just like for Jeff Karstens, I wish him well in Pittsburgh and was happy to see he pitched a nice game for them last night.

    So Baltimore has fallen back down to earth and Boston’s finding their mojo. Okay. See, April is way too early to be making predictions of the demise or success of any team. And this division is wound way too tight. Does anyone think that Toronto’s going to remain on top and Tampa on the bottom? But seeing the Sox and the Yankees already neck and neck is both comforting (as in things are normal) and distressing (this again????).

    I’m glad the Yankees’ brass is re-thinking their price structure on the “good” seats. I kind of figured they would. Just as if it turns out the wind really is that much of a problem, they will work that out as much as they’re able to as well. But that won’t happen until the old stadium comes down at the earliest.

    Time to wake the school child. Catch y’all later.

  116. Paul from Cali April 21st, 2009 at 7:46 am

    Regarding all the homers, it should also be pointed out that these were all day games. The Yankees have yet to play an night game in the stadium. Now I realize the weather hasn’t been too hot, but the weather is different during the day then it is at night no matter what time of year. Let’s see how the stadium plays at night, which is when the majority of Yankee games are played.

  117. pat April 21st, 2009 at 8:04 am

    Sox depth is getting tested. Lowrie to have surgery today and is expected to miss 6-8 weeks if not longer. Rocco Baldelli likely headed to the DL today with a hamstring injury. Lugo still experiencing pain in the knee on defense but has stepped up rehab to get back with the team.

  118. Doreen April 21st, 2009 at 8:13 am

    pat -

    Wow. Didn’t know they were having all those issues. Or, didn’t pay attention. Well, at least the Yankees aren’t the only team experiencing the early onset injuries.

  119. 86w183 April 21st, 2009 at 8:26 am

    Pavano Owns— Why make a personal crack about Pete like that? Classless and childish and typical of anonymous posters. Take a hike!

    If Ohlendorf makes a bunch of starts like that then I’ll be impressed. Just like the Stadium, one weekend/performance is not necessarily representative.

    Hopefully the Yanks can figure out something with the prime seats. It does look horrible and creates an awful atmosphere when so many seats up close are empty.

    I suggest they should set an “introdcutory” price of no more than $ 500 and have a lottery where people take a chance it “winning” a chance to purchase the VIP seats for a particular game. That way real fans can use them, some significant revenue will be generated and some are bound to enjoy it enough to buy ‘em again.

  120. pat April 21st, 2009 at 8:34 am

    Doreen

    Misery loves company?

    Dice K is still on the DL too but Ortiz seems to be heating up a little right at the wrong time.

  121. bdog375 April 21st, 2009 at 8:34 am

    The New Yankee Stadium media bashing is getting really old, really fast. I repeat, really old, really fast. As I was saying yesterday, from a statistical standpoint, there amount of data (games) to base this park being a homerun magnet is entirely insufficient. Tex is right that you could not even think of making an accurate statement until the All-Star break. In reality, there needs to be about two years of games to learn what effect this stadium has on the game. I bet in two years this will be a non-story and the statistics of homeruns in this stadium will be statistically similar to the old one.

    On the Nady/Marte for Ohlendorf and that trouble maker (forget his name) trade, in support of Cashman, we did basically get Ohlendorf for free in the Johnson trade. Why Arizona gave up talent for Randy Johnson at that point is a little puzzling. I was a huge fan of what Ohlendorf offered, but I do not think that was as terrible of a trade as some will make it out to be.

    In regards to the rain Pete, haha! That story reminded me of about 50 different times when I was in the Army. And your “moral of the story” is why I am in grad school now: so the only elements I have to brave is the brightness from my computer monitor!

  122. We Miss Paulie April 21st, 2009 at 8:35 am

    Regarding the wind at the stadium, I cant believe that the designers overlooked how the wind might affect the play. For the insane amount of money spent on it, and probably a nice chunk going to architects, you;d think that SOMEONE considered the prevailing winds and how the upper deck might play into that. Its amazing if that was overlooked. I’d love to hear what they say. But I agree, lets wait and see if it really is a problem.

  123. Betsy April 21st, 2009 at 8:36 am

    GB, I didn’t know that about Elvis following (or not) Orbison……….that really does say something.

    Kim pissed me off about Alex when she was on WFAN, but what am I going to? I got over it….

  124. Doreen April 21st, 2009 at 8:39 am

    We Miss Paulie -

    I read this morning (Mark Feinsand in Star Ledger) that the Yankees did in fact do wind studies while building the stadium. I guess you can only replicate so much.

    Contrary to popular belief, I don’t think the Yankees would be as successful as they’ve been if they were as totally clueless as some seem to think. (Which is not to say they’ve never made mistakes.)

  125. jennifer April 21st, 2009 at 8:40 am

    psst regarding parking issue. Pay for parking when you enter the stadium. You can. :)

    You can thank me later.

  126. Bill Smith April 21st, 2009 at 8:55 am

    “Now that Xavier Nady is hurt and Damaso Marte is a ticking time bomb, how is that trade looking? Ross Ohlendorf threw seven shutout innings against the Marlins tonight, allowing two hits. You watch, he’s going to be a player they regret losing. His stuff is very good.”
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Hhmmm… Peter, I definitely suggest you lend your crystal ball to Brian Cashman so he can anticipate fluke injuries like the one Nady.

    KthanxBye

  127. CanIGetAMooseCall April 21st, 2009 at 8:55 am

    The point is not how many home runs have been hit in four games, it’s that there have been a bunch of cheap fly balls to right that went over the fence. That’s the problem.

  128. Pauly April 21st, 2009 at 8:57 am

    Ohlendorf was bound to do better in AAAA ball. Everyone does.

  129. Clay Buchholz Loves Laptops - Latest Blog Entry: My Interview With Bill Gallo April 21st, 2009 at 9:02 am

    Speaking of Kim Jones, Check out this great picture of her from High School. Make sure you scroll down to the bottom.

    http://claybuchholzloveslaptop.....82408.html

  130. William Buckner April 21st, 2009 at 9:16 am

    In Cashman’s defense, the Yankees have a surplus of Ohlendorf type pitchers in the minors. Garcia, Horne, IPK, Hacker to name a few. We also have better guys like Hughes, McAlister, Brackman and Betances. That’s why you build up this surplus, to fill in needs or make trades.

    With Tabata, he clearly has some personality issues that would not have played well in NY. Even Tabata said so after the trade. He commented about the pressures of NY.

    You are not going to alway get the results you want in a trade, but I’m not going to knock Cash on this, I thought it was good at the time.

  131. Steve from CT April 21st, 2009 at 9:32 am

    Two items here…parking and the wind.

    First, the parking…my wife and I usually park near Woodlawn and take the #4 train, but on Saturday, we wanted to go to Arthur Ave. after the game for some great Italian food, so we prepaid online for the 153rd St. Garage. No problem getting in, as we came down the Concourse, to 158th St., left on Walton Ave, then right on 153rd…right into the garage. Showed our prepaid permit and were given a ticket. Upon leaving (after five painful innings..something we never do), we had a short line, handed the ticket and permit to the attendant at the gate and were out in less than five minutes. I imagine this would be more of a nightmare at the end of the game.

    Second, the wind…if you look at the OYS, the outside concrete walls are solid–no openings. The NYS has outside walls with monumentally large arches that are open to the wind (not windows). This allows the wind to blow completely through the stadium, rather than over or around it, as before. When the wind is from the west, as it was on Saturday, the wind current is out to right field.

    The explanations of other streaks of HR games in the OYS ignore the fact that many of these streaks came during the warmer summer months, when the ball flies farther. When you see guys like Chin-Soo Choo take an outside-in right-handed swing and pop one over the RF wall, you have to wonder WTF is going on here. They need to raise the fences to compensate for the wind tunnel effect which the idiot engineers probably never even considered during the design phase.

    Finally, for a 21st century stadium to have as many poor or obstructed sightlines (try sitting in my seats in 305) is just inexcusable.

  132. bodhisattva April 21st, 2009 at 9:42 am

    Garcia has much better stuff than those guys. His issue has been injuries.

    Tabata is 20 years old. His assessment of himself, at 19, in NY doesn’t impress me. The Yankees blundered. Instead of trying to nurture a talented bat, a teenager, they threw in the towel. He was worth watering, and they chose to wave the white flag, instead. I cannot applaud that.

    I have always defended Cashman – and I’m glad he didn’t listen to the fan clamor to get rid of Robinson Cano (interestingly, based on the same dumb “guy has an attitude problem” premise) – but he and his advisors messed up here.

    After AJax, we have about at least a 3-year wait for the likes of Sosa, Urena, DeLeon, Duran, Almonte to show us where they’re at. Our current outfield is extremely mediocre.

    I hated this since Day 1 and I actually feared it would happen.

  133. JohnC April 21st, 2009 at 9:44 am

    All this talk about Kim Jones. How come no love for Nancy Newman?

  134. Whitey Fraud April 21st, 2009 at 9:47 am

    Pete likes Kim!

    Why don’t you ask her to the malt shop or the hop? Or bowling. Maybe Jughead and Midge will double-date with you.

  135. The Greek April 21st, 2009 at 9:56 am

    Lol, I was about the write the same thing about Pete sweating Kim Jones. Get in line dude. I’m sure swisher or Jeter(secretly) are hitting that.

  136. The Greek April 21st, 2009 at 9:56 am

    Lol, I was about the write the same thing about Pete sweating Kim Jones. Get in line dude. I’m sure swisher or Jeter(secretly) are hitting that.

  137. The Greek April 21st, 2009 at 9:56 am

    Lol, I was about the write the same thing about Pete sweating Kim Jones. Get in line dude. I’m sure swisher or Jeter(secretly) are hitting that.

  138. Glenn April 21st, 2009 at 9:59 am

    The Yankee hierarchy can’t wait too much longer to deal with the $2,500 seats. Give the people a refund that have used them thus far and move on.
    The unoccupied seats are being talked about more each day by visiting media making the otherwise great structure seem tainted.
    It remains to be seem how those seats will affect crowd noise for rallies.
    No doubt the structural flaws are noted and will be dealt with sooner than later in particular with a more visable Monument Park, obstructed views, speaker system, and the wind to right field problem which may not be resolved until the old Stadium is gone among other types of wind currents that play into it.

  139. Betances April 21st, 2009 at 9:59 am

    Funny story, george Falkowski who works as a reporter for News12 new jersey sports used to know Susan Waldmyn from his Boston days. He once told me that she was known as the BJ queen by everyone in the media up there. The story is true.

  140. murphydog April 21st, 2009 at 11:11 am

    “The moral of the story: Study harder in school and you can get a job that involves limos and gin and tonics at 7:30, not dodging trucks in the rain and kicking metal grates in the Bronx.”

    FYI, I went to law school and I’m kicking metal gates and dodging trucks on the Deegan, getting home from Bronx Supreme and Bronx Criminal court :)

    Try Night Arraignments in Manhattan some time. Best cheap date entertainment on a Friday night.

  141. MatsuiSucks April 21st, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    Peter you seriously need to get off this Ohlendorf topic. Did you not watch him pitch for us last year? And the year before? Not to mention the fact that there’s no way he was going to be a starting pitcher for us. Not to mention he’s pitching in the NL Central now compared to the AL East. Not to mention he had over a 6.50 ERA for us in 2008. Not to mention he still has over a 6.30 ERA this year with the Pirates. Like seriously, do you just have theories and hold onto them no matter what happens? You said the same thing awhile back when Ohlendorf had one good outing. So basically, you ignore the 20 starts that are terrible and just come out and back him the one time he has a good start.

  142. BigBen April 21st, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    “I think 99% of the people here would pay $2500 a seat if they could afford it.”

    Actually, no. I work for a hedge fund and one of my directors had Field Champ season tickets for years. Upon seeing the price of his tix jump from $220 to $850, he cancelled his renewal in a NY minute. He could certainly afford the increase, but just outright refused to pay those prices PER TICKET for a baseball game.

  143. BigBen April 21st, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    “Finally, for a 21st century stadium to have as many poor or obstructed sightlines (try sitting in my seats in 305) is just inexcusable.”

    Reason: They just didn’t care about anyone else except the ridiculously expensive seats. They didn’t miss a beat when it came to them.

  144. drfreud April 21st, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    Peter,

    Love the blog, and would love to have your job. Let me know whenever you want to switch…I am a psychologist in new york. You can sit and listen to people complain about their problems all day, while I enjoy the stadium

  145. Mark April 21st, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    For comparison’s sake: what do the Knicks charge for Courtside seats, or the Rangers for seats on the glass?

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