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Because collectible “Yankees toilet water” was going a little too far …

Posted by: Sam Borden - Posted in Misc on May 18, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Much has been made of the deconstruction of old Yankee Stadium and the memorabilia sales that will result. A week ago, the Yankees – along with New Rochelle-based Steiner Sports – had a big press conference to showcase all of the different things they’ll be selling. I’ve never quite understood the fascination with memorabilia (or autographs, for that matter) but I certainly accept that many people feel differently.

Even the souvenir-lovers among us, though, must recognize the insanity here. Near the bottom of this column, written by Bloomberg’s Scott Soshnick, we find an amazing quote from a Steiner Sports executive, who says that, if it was possible, he’d like to sell Yankees “clubhouse air.”

“It would be a cool idea if we could do it,” said A.J. Romeo, director of Yankees Steiner Collectibles.

Um, no, A.J. It really, really wouldn’t.

 
 

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122 Responses to “Because collectible “Yankees toilet water” was going a little too far …”

  1. andrew May 18th, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    what you dont think anyone would buy a “Yankees clubhouse smell air freshener”? i think it would be a top seller

    ha

  2. Jaewon Shaquami III May 18th, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    the really really scary thing is how many people would buy it if they did sell it.

    for some reason, more than other teams, people are obsessed with old stuff and the history behind the yankees. I get it, the yankees have a storied and famous history, but please everybody, get over it… its just baseball.

  3. ANSKY May 18th, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    They could try being REAL hucksters and bottle the same stale air and call it a bottle full of “Yankee Time” captured from the moment of the last out of the game.

    Hey, who’d ever know it wasn’t?

    They may have to sell an accompanying joint to get the memorabilia buyer’s brain all wrapped around the concept first, though.

  4. Sandman May 18th, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    I think they might have to use a lead container to package the water from A-Rod’s stall, it would likely corrode anything else.

  5. ANSKY May 18th, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    ” … last out of the LAST game.”

    Sorry. Simple grammatical omission … not taking samples of said joint.

  6. dave May 18th, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    Mark melancon:

    13 and 2/3 innings 8 hits 3 walks 20 strikeouts 0.8 whip and 0.66 era

    Edwar ramirez

    16 and 2/3 innings 17 hits 14 walks 16 strikeouts 1.86 whip 4.86 era

    I think im going to just keep putting these stats up as the accumulate until melancon is promoted or edwar is demoted. I cant be the only one that thinks this is crazy.

  7. andrew May 18th, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    dave-
    are those stats from when melancon was up here? if they are, then its stupid

  8. dave May 18th, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    And you have to be the luckiest pitcher in the world to have a whip of 1.86 and your era is only around bad at 4.86. With a 1.86 whip, the era is usually far worse which says its probably luck and will NOT last.

  9. dave May 18th, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    andrew,

    He was here for a little over 3 innings in four appearances against the redsox, angels, tigers and then, the redsox again. Thas only 3 of the best lineups in the majors. And how in the world can I use or anyone use 3 innings as a comparison. Ever heard of a sample size bias? I dont think that 3 innings quite cuts it for not being completely biased.

    I am just saying its dumb that these two are not swapped. iM NOT saying that these stats are equal or against the same talent but its enough to think that maybe its time to make a change no? I am not even saying that melancon will be better than edwar or that it has to even be melancon that replaced him. i just think its time to change around the pen a little bit. Thas all. Edwar on the roster might as well be a lost spot right now.

  10. SJ44 May 18th, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    Dave,

    Those stats don’t mean anything because one guy compiled them in AAA and another in MLB.

    Go pull up Edwar’s AAA stats. They are even more impressive than Melancon’s.

    I like Melancon as much as anybody. However, he faced 10 major league batters, put 10 on base, and was 3-2 on 4 others.

    There are better ways of making the argument than pulling up stats that are not apples to apples.

  11. SJ44 May 18th, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    Faced 18 major league batters, and put 10 on base.

    Sorry for the typo.

  12. Brandon Pie "Because it's the thing to do in this stadium" May 18th, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Damn John Sterling is a clown w/ these calls I’m sorry but it’s true.

  13. dave May 18th, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    I cant believe some of you guys think that edwar still deserves to be here enough to question the numbers. iTS a matter of logical decisions. Someone stinks, oh look we have a whole farm system at our disposal to try to replace him. Its not lets see how many times you can fail up here before we finally have the common sense to send you back down or at least thats not how it should be but apparently, edwar has quite a long leash. And now, we are prolly just going to keep him in the pen on the bench anyway with how much girardi trusts the guy. He can always come back up if he fixes things but Im sorry, if a reliever is walking over a batter per inning he should not be in the majors until he fixes his location problems.

  14. Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime May 18th, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    SJ: Do you think Melancon putting so many runners on base as being a perennial issue with him, or do you think with some more time in AAA he’ll turn out all right?

  15. jennifer May 18th, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    So who do we root for Jays or Soxs? Tough one.

  16. ANSKY May 18th, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    SoS – (Re-posted from last thread)

    Only speed drill training I could suggest with any personal experience is “don’t drink too much beer and stay away from junk food”.

    I was strictly a middle distance runner back when I was a track guy. 800m – 1500m – 3000m. We had our speed drills but overall our training was completely different than sprinters. What I would be able to tell you would be useless to a kid with his physical makeup and aspirations. I also weighed about 145 in HS. I wish I could give you some drills for him, but a few chats with a good sprinting coach would be far more helpful.

    I can tell you with a great degree of certainty, though, that proper stretching, warming up and cooling down are all immensely important parts of avoiding injuries.

  17. dave May 18th, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    sj,

    THE point of the post was not that melancon should be here its that edwar should NOT and there are some capable arms to replace him and melancon is not the only option to replace his spot. Edwar should not be here – thats my whole point. Plain and simple. He doesnt deserve to. He has proved NOTHING this year. Girardi doesnt trust him as far as he can throw him right now. He should be replaced. Robertson actually has some more major league experience if that suits some of you but sooner or later edwar is going to blow it for us in a big way. I would rather it be for scranton personally.

  18. Brandon Pie "Because it's the thing to do in this stadium" May 18th, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    I swear I’d engrave in his tomb stone

    John Sterling was a great man he will be sadly be mis… “It Is High ! It Is Far ! It Issssssssssss. “

  19. William Buckner May 18th, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    Dave,

    I love where your hearts at. I’ve seen Melancon several times in S/WB. He still has work to do.

    The last time he pitched against the Red Sox he was so anxious you could see him over breathing. Girardi took him out in a 2-0 count.

    He needs more time at AAA. I’m no fan of Edwir or Veras, but I’m even less a fan of hurting a guys development due to a MLB “need.”

  20. m May 18th, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    Eddie. Out of sight, out of mind. Where he belongs. But it eats up a roster spot.

    Veras must go. Sorry. We said he was the weak link over the winter. And it’s not that he’s got bad results, it’s not that bad. But he’s a box of chocolates, but the trick kind. You really don’t know what you’re going to get, but whatever it is, it won’t taste good at all!

    There are days when he doesn’t know where he’s throwing the ball. Can’t carry that kind of pitcher. Find a national league team that desperately needs a “power” RH reliever and get something done.

  21. five iron from fenway May 18th, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    You root for the Jays.
    The Red Sox are for real. Beckett and Lester have been awful. Dice-k hasn’t pitched yet and is get “wang’d” in Pawtucket. By that I mean the phantom injury, arm strengthening thing.
    They have essentially gotten nothing from Mo Vaughn – I mean David Ortiz.
    Youk, Pedroia, and Lowell have been on the dl.
    They have money to spend and pieces in the minors.
    They have a fantastic bullpen.
    I do not believe the Blue Jays will be around at the end of the year. Therefore, would like to try to pick up as many games vis a vis the Sox as possible.
    Incidentally, the Sox play the Jays again at the end of May. On paper at least the Yankee have a pretty light schedule the rest of the month (outside Philly). I would not be completely surprised if the Yankees lead the division by June 1.

  22. S.o.S. May 18th, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    “don’t drink too much beer and stay away from junk food”.

    That explains his lack of speed. I will have to force him to cut both of those things now in my 10 cammandments(cant think of 20. Would forget them myself). Need to go rent a couple Rocky movies i guess.

  23. SJ44 May 18th, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    Rebecca,

    Just needs a little more time. He will be fine once he refines his stuff a bit more.

    Its hard to be in “developmental mode” at the major league level with the Yankees.

    He will be better the next time he is summoned.

  24. dave May 18th, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    Well, I said there are other options. I just dont understand how many times a middle relievers can completely fail and still hold on to his spot. What would edwar have to do to get sent back down? Give up a grand slam when we are up by 3 in the ninth? Because he has proved nothing since 2008 and I cannot keep judging him based on those numbers. I know we have someone who can do better than edwar is doing right now – if not melancon, somebody else. But its not like its difficult to put up better than a 1.86 whip. Maybe people look at the era and think its not that bad but the era is more lucky while the whip is talent and pitching effectively. I mean he is giving up a hit AND a walk per inning he pitches.

  25. m May 18th, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    Definitely root for the Jays.

    1. It’s the Sawx.
    2. Jays have only played 6 division games.
    3. The Sox have a stupid ridiculous record at home.
    4. All the stuff five iron said.
    5. Gives a chance to be in second place as long as we take care of business.
    6. It’s the Sawx.

  26. S.o.S. May 18th, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    Did anyone find out how much the right field squirrell was going for? How much for the Yankee Mystique? Are the ghost for sale?

    Ansky,
    Im guessing the 800 is equal to the half a mile(twice around the track). What did you run that in? Mile?

  27. Whitey Fraud May 18th, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    Cool for them, maybe. Mercenaries.

  28. The Fool, Moron, Idiot, Clown May 18th, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    “It would be a cool idea if we could do it,” said A.J. Romeo, director of Yankees Steiner Collectibles.

    Um, no, A.J. It really, really wouldn’t.

    ^^^^^^LMFAO!

  29. Laura - Win together, strike out alone! May 18th, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    I’m rooting for the Jays although I doubt they’ll win against the Crock Sox.

  30. five iron from fenway May 18th, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    M
    Agreed.
    I still view this season’s chance of making the playoffs as 2 out of the Yankees, Rays and Sox making the playoffs.
    As long as the Yankees keep leading the Rays and are now only 1 game back in the loss column vs the Sox I am happy.
    How far has Ortiz fallen? I think it is becoming more and more apparent what was in the “protein shakes!”
    I just don’t see another good (non division winning) team coming from the rest of the Al (maybe Texas/Angels – maybe).

  31. dave May 18th, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    The funny thing is veras is actually doing a little better than edwar if you look at the numbers overall. I mean veras has the bigger whip but edwar has had many more baserunners. I dont know – this pen is not weak just because these guys have not yet found their groove. This pen is weak because we are not playing with the most talented guys we have. Bruney should drastically improve that and marte may improve that as well (he cant be worse than those 2.) I just cant wait until this bullpen is no longer a thorn in the side of an otherwise very well rounded and solidly built squad.

  32. dave May 18th, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    when i wrote whip above, i meant to put era. My bad.

  33. Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime May 18th, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    Rule number one of being a Yankees fan: always, always, always root for the team playing the Sox.

    Now it is possible to root for individual achievements, such as a no hitter, without rooting for the team.

  34. S.o.S. May 18th, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    If i had to let one guy go now it would be Edwar. Followed by Veras. At least Veras its mechanical. Not the case for Edwar.

  35. hokiehill May 18th, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    it’s like people buying used celebrity gum…just wow…although I would like to have a pair of old Yankee Stadium seats (if they were maybe $100) I can’t really get into the dirt or grass from the stadium or the old urinals…no thanks

  36. S.o.S. May 18th, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    For a division that suppose to be the most rounded in baseball. Chicago and Minny are sure laying down to the 2 East teams their playing. WSox look like they dont want anything to do with the Jays. Can we get some freakin help people!!

  37. tex has arrived May 18th, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime,

    That is always the rule.rule number 2 is always root against the mets unless there playing the sox.

  38. jennifer May 18th, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    Who in their right mind or even wrong mind would ever ever consider purchasing air? If you even consider it, we should send a straight jacket your way. In fact we should send one to AJ for thinking about selling it.

  39. Trevor May 18th, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    Mauer is great but I don’t want him. I’ll just cross my fingers that either Montero or Romine is ready when Posada’s contract is up.

  40. Rishi May 18th, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    May 18, 2009, 11:34 am
    Coke’s Sleepless Night
    By Jack Curry
    Phil Coke’s eyes were glassy as he ambled through the Yankees’ clubhouse at 9:45 on Sunday morning.

    “I didn’t sleep last night,” Coke said.

    Since Coke had allowed two runs in the eighth inning and blew a one-run lead to the Twins on Saturday, it seemed possible that Coke had replayed the game all night. Although the Yankees rebounded to win in 11 innings, Coke was disappointed about failing to protect the lead.

    But Coke’s erratic performance was not the reason he needed an immediate nap. Coke lives beside a movie theater and a parking lot in Edgewater, N.J., and it was boisterous there on Saturday night. Plus, there was another issue.

    “I don’t have anything covering my windows,” Coke said.

    Welcome to the not always glamorous life of a major league rookie. Coke tried to solve his window problem after Saturday’s game. He drove to a store and bought drapes, shades, sheets and other household items. He brought everything to a register and was charged $600. Then Coke had a new problem.

    “They rejected my bank card,” Coke said. “They were swiping it too fast. They swiped it about 14 times.”

    With each swipe, Coke grew more agitated. The line behind him grew longer. He said he thought a few people recognized him as a Yankee. Agitation turned to embarrassment. Coke supplied a second credit card.

    “They did the same thing with that one,” Coke said. “They swiped about 12 years of life off that magnetic strip.”

    Coke said his latest paycheck was available on his first card, which, for a player who makes $403,000 a year, means there was considerably more than $600 available. Still, it was repeatedly rejected. Eventually, Coke paid with cash. But Coke only had $50 so he returned the larger items, which included anything that could have covered his windows.

    Coke joked about snatching 15 towels from the Yankees’ clubhouse and using them as makeshift shades. Of course, that was not a serious solution. After Sunday’s game, in which Coke did not pitch, his mission was to find a store to accept his card.

  41. S.o.S. May 18th, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    I can’t really get into the dirt or grass from the stadium or the old urinals…

    ——

    Unless the urinal has gum on/in it. That would be a two for one deal. Cant pass that up.

  42. vin May 18th, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    Edwar’s stats have been skewed by the games in which he was forced to throw a lot of pitches…

    There were three games where he threw 46 or more pitches! Those 3 games: 7.1 IP, 8 ER

    He’s pitched in all 3 of Wang’s starts, Phil Hughes’ rough start in Baltimore, and the AJ-Beckett game in Fenway – all games where the opposing offense was ROLLING before he made it to the mound.

    Edwar serves a purpose, not as an 8th inning guy, but definitely not as a long man. He needs to be used in 6th or 7th innings, get regular use, and to work lefty-heavy innings.

  43. m May 18th, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    The only time I cheer for the Sox if it helps get into the playoffs. Like the last week or something.

  44. S.o.S. May 18th, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    Who in their right mind or even wrong mind would ever ever consider purchasing air?

    ——–

    Jennifer,
    Probably the same people who purchased land on the moon. True story. Some peoples trash is others treasure. Everything sells.

  45. S.o.S. May 18th, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    The only time i cheer for the sox is when they lose.

  46. John in Ohio May 18th, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    Did they sell the seats from Yankee Stadium I…before the 1974-75 remodel?

  47. ANSKY May 18th, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    SoS – Another training method I just came up with …. Pete posted a few days ago that a gal named Lolo Jones was at the stadium. She’s an Olympic sprinter, and very ‘easy to look at’. Just tell your kid if he wants to go out with someone like her, he has to be able to catch her first. He’ll be picking ‘em up and putting ‘em down like never before.

    800m is about 3 or 4 yards short of a half mile. I was at 1:59 in HS which is merely ‘average’ by HS standards. I chose to study to architecture in college so I never had the time to run in college, and I eventually gave it up. Looking back that’s probably when I would have matured most as a runner but it wasn’t meant to be. Sometimes I wish I could have, but I had other priorities at the time. No regrets.

  48. Zach in Port Jeff May 18th, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    Did they sell the seats from Yankee Stadium I…before the 1974-75 remodel?
    =============================
    I believe I heard a story that many of them were sold, and the leftovers were thrown out, which in turn were sold by the garbage men for $15 a pair.

  49. vin May 18th, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    ” I chose to study to architecture in college so I never had the time to run in college, and I eventually gave it up.”

    ANSKY, did you stick with architecture? That’s my business. Couldn’t imagine doing any extra-curricular activities while going through architecture school.

  50. gayle May 18th, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    Since I live next door to Phil (not literally but in same complex) I can only assume that he went to Bed Bath and Beyond which is in the big shopping center in Edgewater and there they swipe your cards. He should have gone to Target ha ha less expensive and you swipe your own card.

    The bad thing is that if he was looking for a store on SUnday he had to go outside of Bergen County which has Blue Laws so hopefully he was able to HUdson County or into New York to get everything.

  51. Zach in Port Jeff May 18th, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    Speaking of relics from the old stadium, has anyone seen Freddy Sez at the new place yet?

    Are they letting him in?

  52. jennifer May 18th, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    ha-ha poor Phil. That sucks, I would be totally ticked at the cashier.

  53. jennifer May 18th, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    gayle- Maybe you literally live next to him. :lol: Find out if he is single for me. :)

  54. vin May 18th, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    “Speaking of relics from the old stadium, has anyone seen Freddy Sez at the new place yet? ”

    There’s an Angel Berroa joke in there, but I’ll spare everyone.

  55. Bill May 18th, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    Sos:I chimed in last week regarding your LB (I relayed some tryout experiences from coaching HS sports). I have always believed fitness is another weapon an athlete has to defeat his opponent. 6 years ago, before most people ever heard of Plyometrics, I employed a trainer to have my soccer team do plyo training with him. We won the HS championship later that year, (first time in 15 years the school had won). I believe the plyo was a big help, so did the players. The trainer we had once worked at Auburn U. with football players like Ronnie Brown (now RB Dolphins) Cadillac Williams (RB Bucs) etc. He told me speed can definitely be improved. Everyone has a different speed “ceiling” but most people are not close to their ceiling. Your LB could definitely get a more explosive start and better speed with the proper training. The trainer we used was pretty inexpensive did group and 1 on 1 training. I suggest you look into it in your area.

  56. dave May 18th, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    vin,

    Thats fine but then, how do you explain the walks? He is issuing a ton of them and that has nothing to do with the context of the game because he does that every game. Im sorry but i dont want a sixth or seventh inning reliever that walks the ball park every time out. And his whip of almost 2 this year cannot just be blamed on the starting pitcher that day getting hammered. Half decent relievers can still throw strikes even if the team has scored 8 runs already. I dont think that is a good enough excuse for his absolutely putrid numbers.

  57. Bronx Jeers May 18th, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    Speaking of relics from the old stadium, has anyone seen Freddy Sez at the new place yet?

    Seen him on 2 occasions.

    Have you ever done anything for the museum in Astoria?

  58. gayle May 18th, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    Zach-

    I have seen him at the Stadium as well as heard the bang on the TV broadcasts

  59. Zach in Port Jeff May 18th, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    You didnt hear Vin, Berroa is Freddy Sez’s long lost twin brother from the DR.

  60. Uncle Ellsworth (relax Chief) May 18th, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    Zach in Port Jeff
    May 18th, 2009 at 2:47 pm
    Speaking of relics from the old stadium, has anyone seen Freddy Sez at the new place yet?

    Are they letting him in?

    call me a curmudgeon but – not a fan of Freddy or any “superfans” for that matter

    Zach do you have any short film exhibits coming up?

  61. Zach in Port Jeff May 18th, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    Bronx Jeers, good to hear that Freddy is still around. I haven’t seen him yet this year.

    I assume you are referring to the Museum of the Moving Image?

    I worked on a Kubrick exhibition for them last year. Had all the props, costumes, documentaries, etc from basically everything that Kubrick has ever done. Terrific place!

  62. Bill Porter May 18th, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    Not cool because Steiner Sports could sink so low as to sell “air” from the old Stadium or not cool because there may be Yankees fan’s stupid enough to actually pay for it?

    Both?

  63. S.o.S. May 18th, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    Ansky,
    A lolo type of girl seems like the one thing that would make him stop doing his training. Ill put that on my 10 commandments “Stay away from Lolo’s” it will hinder your goals. Ansky no beer,junkfood or lolos. btw. Do you have a picture of her?

    Bill,
    I do remember you coming in and giving some suggestions. I appreciated that.
    I heard of people doing plyometrics. Didnt think it was that helpfull. Thanks. I will look it up and get some training methods to do for now. If i see later on that this is going somewhere than i will have to call up on one of you fellas to hook him up with a good personal trainer.

  64. ANSKY May 18th, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    Vin – Yes and no. For a few reasons (good ones) I really had to go directly to work after 3rd year instead of finish school. I moved to NYC 20 years ago, I found work in interiors and I’ve been doing that ever since. You are right though … there is NO time for any activities in architecture school. At least, in any good architecture school.

  65. ANSKY May 18th, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    SoS – Ogle her … I mean … Google her.

    Pete posted her pic a few days ago.

  66. Bronx Jeers May 18th, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    I saw Freddy a couple of weeks back and he was Under O’Neills Banner.

    I tried to take a pic with him and the banner in the frame and had a joke planned for the blog but some girl ruined the shot.

  67. vin May 18th, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    “Thats fine but then, how do you explain the walks? ”

    Not really sure – it’s hard to simply look at walk stats over a relatively small sample size. The stats don’t tell you if:
    he’s getting squeezed by the ump
    pitching around a guy with a base or two open
    walking the 1st batter of an inning (major no-no)
    simply loses control for an AB
    or maybe he just doesn’t have it that day (which happens to everyone, not named Mo).

    My belief is that Edwar is a quality ML reliever if he gets regular work, and is put in a position to succeed. He’s not a guy you build your bullpen around, but he can get out ML hitters, which is a rare commodity. It’s no coincidence that the team has been playing better ever since the starters have given more, consistent, length.

    A good bullpen is one that rarely has to go outside of itself – meaning every game they can pretty much count on going 3 innings. As opposed to what happened earlier in the year, when Wang would get bombed early in the game and the bullpen would take almost a week to recover.

  68. Stultus Magnus (Storm the Moat) May 18th, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    Man, Mike is getting on a 70 year-old. Poor Howie.

  69. Stultus Magnus (Storm the Moat) May 18th, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    This old man calls and says the Twins aren’t that good, he’s obviously old, and Mike asks him if he’s “lost”. “Howie, Howie, Howie…are you lost?? Do you even know who Morneau is? Howie, who’s Morneau?”

    Poor Howie. Get off his back, Mike!

  70. Trevor May 18th, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    Howie was lost. Twins don’t have any players? He obviously only watches Met games.

  71. Bill May 18th, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    SOS; You are welcome. Most people were skeptical of plyo when I first told everyone we were going to do it. Coaches especially were skeptical, because back then,no one did it and a lot of people aren’t open to new training methods. It seems almost too simple, mostly using body weight to increase agility, explosiveness, flexibility etc. I did it with my team (I was late 40s at the time). After first day (we trained 2x per week for just 45 minutes each time)all of us, not just me (!) we so sore we couldn’t walk down stairs! But it was great and now I think the majority of coaches in the area do some kind of plyo/ fitness training.

  72. Stultus Magnus (Storm the Moat) May 18th, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    Yeah Trevor, Howie might be wrong, but Howie couldn’t get a word in edgewise because Mike keep barking at him. For shame.

  73. Mark in Tampa May 18th, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    IMO, Edwar needs a third pitch to become a legit guy out of the pen. His changeup is great, but the fastball is too hittable, and hitters can go up looking FB or change only. They ARE going to get at least one of each in every at bat. If he had a good slider, or a cut fastball, it gives the hitter something else to worry about, he can’t just sit fastball. Hitters seem to really pound Edwar after they have seen him once or twice because of this.

  74. Stultus Magnus (Storm the Moat) May 18th, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    An insinuating that Howie was senile wasn’t very cool either.

  75. S.o.S. May 18th, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    Looked up Lolo. She indead looks like she kept to her personal commandments(no junkfood or beer). Conforting to the eye to say the least. I like the picture where she is doing her immitation of Jordan(toungue out).

  76. jennifer May 18th, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    Must Mike constantly yell?

  77. Mrs. Kekich May 18th, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    Sorry Pete is forced to take an unpaid week off. It just goes to show that blogs don’t pay the bills like the actual newspaper used to. If it did, do you think they’d make him take a week off at such a critical time? I don’t know what the answer is for newspapers, because it ain’t never goin’ back to the way it used to be. But blogs ad revenue can’t pay the bills for Pete’s salary and expenses flying around the country following the team.

  78. dave May 18th, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    i THINK i would be a little more optimistic about edwar if he actually proved he can get a 1-2-3 inning once in a while. He has yet to come in and not give up a hit or a walk in any more than a third of an inning and he pitched a perfect third exactly once which was edwar;s only appearance in which he didnt let any baserunners on. That is not exactly breeding confidence. Its actually screaming I suck at the top of his lungs.

    I know relievers are tricky and everyone is human but edwar has actually been nothing short of a disaster so far this year. He cannot go more than one batter without giving up a walk or a hit and that is not a good sign at all. Maybe he will come around at some point but I JUST dont think we can afford to walk around for him.

    There are too many other guys in the pen that are equally or almost equally as untrustworthy as he is right now and the pen in general is the one aspect of the team that has been horrendous so far. tHE PEN as a whole ranks 13th in the AL in era with a whip over 1.5. They have let up the most homeruns of any pen in the league and pretty close to the most in all of baseball. To me, that means we need a change. We cant just let them keep struggling while we sit on the edge of our seat. its a disaster waiting to happen – im telling you.

  79. Zach in Port Jeff May 18th, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    Uncle, I have to admit, while I am happy that they continue to let Freddy in, he does freak me out.

    I’m working on an exhibit for June 3-4 called Outstanding Short Films from International Festivals. Its a lot of raw, documentary type stuff, from young filmmakers…lots of avante-garde styles and techniques…but good stuff nonetheless.

  80. Bronx Jeers May 18th, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    Zach,

    Yes, I live pretty close by. I’ve been a member for a couple of years but now they’ve been doing some expansion/rehab for a while. The wife and I used go to a lot of the screenings. It’s a great place. Especially if you’re an Astorian.

    My favorite artifact in there has to be Brando’s mouthpiece from The Godfather. I missed out on the Kubrick exhibition.

  81. dave May 18th, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    People in here will be screaming at Joe when he runs out of arms and brings in the trash one of these days. Just remember he has about 3 relievers that are pitching well and the rest are just taking up space before you start typing. iTS the GMs job to give the manager something to work with so in the end, I am going to place this on cashmans head. I know its hard to see because he is in the backround but he is making a mistake by not changing things up a bit.

  82. Uncle Ellsworth (relax Chief) May 18th, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    Zach
    keep up posted that sounds pretty cool.

  83. Doreen May 18th, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    I only like souvenirs that I can actually use. So, it would be stadium seats to put in the garden or something like that for me.

    We’re the t-shirt, towel, cookbook type. Although my younger daughter does love to collect Disney figurines. She started with the simple glass variety costing about $10, then proceeded to the Precious Moments variety in the $25 to $40 range, and now she’s graduated to Lenox and other finer items, no longer termed figurines but collectibles. She’s got quite a collection. (Our wall unit looks like a collectibles store!) She saves her money, all of it, and chooses her own items. We go to Disney often and she must go to one of the Art of Disney stores to shop. She has never chosen a princess. She goes for the odd characters (this time it was Stitch dressed as Elvis) or the villains (the hag from Snow White). (My daughter has autism, is 19 years old and has fantastic and discriminating taste!)

    I’ve never really understood the fascination with autographs, either. But, again, when the girls were much younger, a trip to Disney included photos and autographs with all the characters we could find. Now the books sit in boxes and I treasure the memories of those days, but I sure am glad that’s no longer part of our trips – bring on the thrill rides!

    I used to enjoy getting autographs in my score card back when I was a teenager, but I don’t have a single one and I have no idea what happened to them. I remember getting Art Shamsky (I was a teenage Mets Fan!), but I can’t even remember the other players I got.

    I especially don’t understand baseball memorabilia as a business. I mean, I certainly understand how and what, but the why of adults collecting urinals and air really escapes me! :)

  84. gayle May 18th, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    SJ–

    very true.We just charge a higher commission (an extra point) and don’t charge back for expenses in the end it pretty much evens out.

  85. Uncle Ellsworth (relax Chief) May 18th, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    I’m pretty sure Sam has the power to ban imposters too.

  86. Zach in Port Jeff May 18th, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    I smell an imposter.

  87. Uncle Ellsworth (relax Chief) May 18th, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    Anyone goin to the game tonight?

  88. SJ44 May 18th, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    Imposter time.

    Right on cue. Just as school is out.

    Good for Sam to learn about the growing problem on here. Imposters.

    This is my last post of the day so, any others by “me” aren’t from “me”.

  89. Vader May 18th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Zach…you think??

  90. Zach in Port Jeff May 18th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    I should have gone to at least one or two of the games this weekend…

    I made the bad mistake of taking the 2 Boston games from my father’s plan, and he gave away the Twins games before I could lay claim to them.

    Who knew?

  91. SJ44 May 18th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Imposter time. Right on cue. Just as school is out.

    This is my last post of the day.

    If anymore are from “me”, they aren’t from me.

  92. you gotta have faith (right porch giveth and the right porch taketh away) May 18th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    what the heck, why do the jays keep on winning!?! ugh.

  93. m May 18th, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    They just teased a Gardner/Babe Ruth connection on espnews.

    At first I thought inside the parker. But I think it’s calling the homerun for a sick kid.

  94. Zach in Port Jeff May 18th, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    It’s Un-Canadian for the Jays not to win on Victoria Day.

  95. Rishi May 18th, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    m – it’s the called hr – they’ve been running it since last night

  96. Andrew May 18th, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    Clearly a fake SJ44 trolling above, that is lame. I thought the phonies only showed up for game threads?

  97. SJ44 May 18th, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    Imposter time. Right on cue. Just as school is out for the day.

    Last post from me for today. If someone posts as me, it ain’t me.

    Enjoy the game folks!

  98. Zach in Port Jeff May 18th, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    I dont know why, but if there was an official Yankee Air Freshener, I think it should smell like Calzones.

    There should also be a button on it that has Steinbrenner (aka Larry David) yelling “I smell Calzones! Constanza’s in the building!”

    I would definitely buy that!

  99. Freddie Mertz May 18th, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    Was at Home Depot this weekend and they are now selling licensed “Yankee Stadium Grass Seed”.

  100. dave May 18th, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    What is the point of impersonating someone else on this blog?? Just make up your own name. IF You really have nothing better to do with your life then, impersonate someone you dont even know, I feel really sorry for you. It must be very depressing.

  101. Uncle Ellsworth (relax Chief) May 18th, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    Fred

    Was it 20 bucks for a small bag? thats how much it costs at the Stadium

  102. Doris from Rego Park May 18th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    I generally cant stand Phil Mushnick but his column in todays Post was SPOT ON. Sterling is the worst pbp guy in the business

  103. Guy Incognito May 18th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    Uncle Ellsworth, how ironic! That’s how much grass costs OUTSIDE the Stadium as well…$20 for a small bag.

  104. bodhisattva - OPPC member May 18th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    RIshi,

    Priceless Coke story. LOL.

  105. Bronx Jeers May 18th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    Guy Incognito May 18th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    Uncle Ellsworth, how ironic! That’s how much grass costs OUTSIDE the Stadium as well…$20 for a small bag.

    ————————————————————

    Yes, and unfortunately it too is all seeds. :lol:

  106. mau May 18th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    http://hughesarm.wordpress.com/

  107. Uncle Ellsworth (relax Chief) May 18th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    Guy

    Good one.
    seems really wacked but one of the smells I associate with the old Stadium is wacky weed. I never did but apparently in the 70′s and 80′s it was “ok” to smoke it there.

  108. John Bender May 18th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    Killing John Sterling. Amazing, Phil:

    http://tinyurl.com/o5falt

  109. Doris from Rego Park May 18th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    John Bender
    May 18th, 2009 at 4:11 pm
    Killing John Sterling. Amazing, Phil:

    http://tinyurl.com/o5falt
    _________________________________________

    this is the best article he has ever written

  110. GreenBeret7 May 18th, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    dave
    May 18th, 2009 at 3:55 pm
    What is the point of impersonating someone else on this blog?? Just make up your own name. IF You really have nothing better to do with your life then, impersonate someone you dont even know, I feel really sorry for you. It must be very depressing.

    ————————————————————

    Now, this is an imposter. Only four lines of type, one of which only has two words. You can surely do better than this.

  111. Zach in Port Jeff May 18th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Dave, I’ve often thought the same exact thing.

    Although, I have to admit, sometimes I’m kinda jealous that I dont have an impersonator.

    I once had a stalker ex-girlfriend in college though. She even signed up for all the same classes, and would take her dog for mysterious walks by my apartment at 2am.

    Fun times…

  112. Uncle Ellsworth (relax Chief) May 18th, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    Zach, Bronx Jeers
    http://www.youtube.com/sparrowbar

    3 minute film contest hosted by Sparrow bar in Astoria
    I’ve just seen one so far – cool concept i think.

    (Bronx sparrow is a hip but not too hipstery bar near the Beer Garden, lots of music and arts people hang there – it pretty cool)

  113. hokiehill May 18th, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    “Who in their right mind or even wrong mind would ever ever consider purchasing air?”

    2 examples…oxygen bars – not sure if these ever made their way up north, but I think one of the dining halls at VT actually had one where you purchased “flavored” air…it didn’t last very long so maybe no one bought any…

    the second is much more common and more expensive every day, but this isn’t purchasing air exactly, it’s purchasing rolled up paper with leaves/tar, etc in the middle so that you can breathe smokey air, which IMO is much more stupid than “flavored” air or even air in a container.

  114. vin May 18th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    “Although, I have to admit, sometimes I’m kinda jealous that I dont have an impersonator. ”

    Don’t be jealous… you could always be like me and have other quasi-regular posters unintentionally use the same name and make reactionary, bridge-jumping comments during game threads. This makes me look like an idiot, for whatever that’s worth. This fellow typically uses a capital V, but not all the time – like this weekend for example. I recently started to fight back, mostly by correcting his poor grammar.

  115. Zach in Port Jeff May 18th, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    Uncle, that is hilarious. I’ve gotta try and hit up Sparrow Bar one of these days. I’ve never heard of it.

    Many of the bars in Williamsburg/Greenpoint do similar things, but as you know, the hipsters have taken over…which makes it no fun.

    Although I’m often accused of being a hipster, I really do hate them.

  116. hokiehill May 18th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    as bad as Sterling is, at least he doesn’t have a speech impediment…I can’t remember which team it was (thinking the Royals) but I listen to the games on XM which means I get the home announcers and it was just impossible to listen to. I understand a lot of people have speech impediments and that’s fine, but those people should not get into radio…

  117. Rishi May 18th, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    new post

  118. Zach in Port Jeff May 18th, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    GO RED SOX!!!

    sorry, but you asked for it!

  119. Zach in Port Jeff May 18th, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    LOFL!!!

    thanks!

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  121. RJ May 19th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    My grandfather captured one of Babe Ruth’s farts in a jar after one of the Babe’s 12-hotdog benders.
    I’ll be putting it on auction. Anyone want to start the bidding?

  122. saucy May 19th, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    saw an ad in the local junkmail flyer by a local block and masonry company near here that was advertising ‘authentic yankee stadium surplus blocks’….

    thought that was odd…


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