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The education of Francisco Cervelli

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Jun 07, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Jose Molina was in uniform today, taking batting practice before the game to test his strained quad muscle.

Jose aggravated the strain running the bases in Florida last week but he is hopeful of being activated in 10 days or so. “It’s not as bad this time,” he said.

I asked Jose if he has been keeping track of Francisco Cervelli, who has done such a nice job of filling in for him.

“I’m so happy for that kid,” Molina said. “He has been working hard and it’s great to see it pay off for him. He has done great.”

Catchers are a tight-knit group and that is especially the case with the Yankees. Joe Girardi was a catcher and bench coach Tony Pena was one of the best defensive catchers ever. At spring training, you often see Pena and the catchers together, either doing drills or talking about the game.

Cervelli has been in camp for several years now and Pena, Posada and Molina have taken turns mentoring him. Pena keeps in close contact with minor league catching instructor Julio Mosquera to stay current on the kids he works with during spring training.

“I’ve been blessed,” Cervelli told me. “I’ve had a lot of great teachers. Jorge and Jose, they talk to me all the time and tell me what I should be doing. They want to do what’s best for the team and the pitchers. Tony talks to every day. He’s like my own coach sometimes.”

It tells you what a class guy Molina is to act that way. He will be a free agent after the season and the Yankees could well decide that Cervelli is ready to be Posada’s backup. But Jose is doing more than his part to get Cervelli ready.

Meanwhile, several people e-mailed to ask what the three stickers on Cervelli’s catcher’s helmet (see the photo) are for. Francisco said the initials represent the nicknames of the father, mother and sister back in Venezuela.

“They’re with me all the time,” he said.

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155 Responses to “The education of Francisco Cervelli”

  1. talltenor June 7th, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    ALL of those guys, Girardi, Pena, Posada, Molina, and Cervelli, are CLASS all the way!

  2. Al from BK June 7th, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    I love Cervelli’s attitude and fire!

  3. lowshun June 7th, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    This kid will fill in quite fine for Jose next year. Jorge has bigger shoes, however.

  4. JJ June 7th, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    Yankees should trade Molina at the deadline.

  5. jennifer June 7th, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    The Yankees did very well with Francisco filling in. The kid went from AA to everyday catcher for the Yankees. He was starting when this team turned it around. He might very well take over for Jose next year.

  6. Joe from Long Island June 7th, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    I wonder if Molina has thought about becoming a coach once his playing days are over. If so, the Yanks should think about retaining him. Given the premium on catchers, it would seem to be a very worthy hire.

  7. m June 7th, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    Well, Cervelli certainly acts like he belongs. Let him stay until they figure out that he’s not supposed to be here. :P

  8. Jones June 7th, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    He has been great. I like him. He works hard and earns it. Hes proved a lot to people. Who knows what will happen next year. Maybe the Yankees won’t re sign Molina to a deal and Cervelli will become back up.

  9. m June 7th, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    As for Jose, if he’s willing to sign a one-yr. deal, I do it. Hard for catchers to stay healthy.

  10. jennifer June 7th, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    Top 17 AZ VS SD. They must be using starting pitchers at this point.

  11. Rebecca-Optimist Prime June 7th, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    Cervelli’s always beaming. I love him.

  12. Peter Abraham June 7th, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    I didn’t mention this in the post, but it seems like every woman I know who is a Yankees fan has a crush on Francisco. I told a writer friend that I was writing this post and she said dreamily, “Oh, those blue eyes.”

    Ladies, is this true?

  13. m June 7th, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    Rebecca,

    You mean his laser eyes are always beaming?

    So, Rebecca, what did you and those sitting around you think about Jeter bunting? Smart baseball move or waste of money? :)

  14. m June 7th, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    Peter,

    I’m a Cervelli fan because he seems like a terrific guy and has stepped up big time.

    What do your lady friends think of Nady?

  15. jennifer June 7th, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    Well Pete it doesn’t hurt that he is cute, but more importantly he is a pretty good player.

  16. jennifer June 7th, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    Nice to see fans turn out for LA Dodger games. The team is in first place, has the best record in the league, and all I see is yellow. BTW why are the Dodgers seats yellow?

  17. Mauro June 7th, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    Hey Pete,

    Can you find out what city in Italy Cervelli’s dad is from?

    thanks

  18. lil' m June 7th, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    It’s true, his eyes are gorgeous.

  19. Christina - Pictures from the Scranton WB Game- Melancon and Shelley! June 7th, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    Not true for me really. I couldn’t tell you what color his eyes are but I will admit his accent is quite nice.

    As for his eyes, it might be a different story if I was up close to him as I am a sucker for the blue eyes.

  20. pat June 7th, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    Rays talk about their bullpen and the 8th inning today. Maddon says the big AB was Alex’s BB. I didn’t see the game but in skimming the game thread, it seemed like many here thought it was Robbie’s BB.

    http://www.tampabay.com/sports.....008092.ece

  21. Jones June 7th, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    Its true. My sister has a huge crush on him. Shes always talking about his eyes. girls….

  22. Jones June 7th, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    and my girlfriend likes him too. Thats not good

  23. BJK June 7th, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    jennifer
    June 7th, 2009 at 9:14 pm
    Nice to see fans turn out for LA Dodger games. The team is in first place, has the best record in the league, and all I see is yellow. BTW why are the Dodgers seats yellow?

    ——————————————————-

    I was at the Dodger game yesterday.

    L.A. fans generally show up late and leave early. It’s just the culture out here.

    Also, keep in mind that most people are watching the Lakers today.

  24. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow; I'm down with the OPPC June 7th, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    I told a writer friend that I was writing this post and she said dreamily, “Oh, those blue eyes.”

    Ladies, is this true?

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

    His eyes are kinda dreamy

    Good job so far Cervelli!

    I can’t believe that SD/Arizona game is still going on. :shock:

  25. Joe from Long Island June 7th, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    I just read Tim Brown’s column, on Yahoo sports. He’s reporting that Mo was sick during Saturday’s game, spending time in the trainer’s room, vomiting. If true – no reason to think it’s made up – that would explain what happened.

    One, I feel a bit relieved, now that there’s an explanation.
    Two – Pete, if you’re reading this, any info on this?

  26. Christina - Pictures from the Scranton WB Game- Melancon and Shelley! June 7th, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    Pete, get the girls a nice close up of these eyes! I can’t find a close shot of his face to where I can see the eyes.

  27. pat June 7th, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    Cervelli has pretty eyes but he also has great lashes which make them look more intense and pronounced.

  28. jennifer June 7th, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    Going to the bottom of the 17th. Still tied. Game started at 1pm local time.

  29. Nick in SF in Petaluma June 7th, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    Pete, if you’re going to throw raw meat to the Cervelli crushers, can we at least give more ad space to Lace & Stiletto?

  30. jennifer June 7th, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    BJK

    Okay true, I forgot the basketball game was going on.

  31. Betsy June 7th, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    Thanks for the post, Pete. First of all, Cervelli always looks so determined -nice jaw!

    Molina mentoring Frankie is similar to how Girardi mentored Posada; it’s extremely classy because in each case, the pupil is in essence being taught to replace the teacher. Frankie is lucky to have so many wonderful teachers (give lots of credit to Jorge as well), but he’s also an apt student and a hard-worker. He should make a very fine catcher in the big leagues, even if he’s “just” a back-up. The fact that he’s earned the trust of the veterans already (who praise him lavishly) speaks volumes for his ability.

  32. Nick in SF in Larkspur June 7th, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    ooops

  33. jennifer June 7th, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    Got one.

    http://www.daylife.com/photo/0.....o+Cervelli

  34. jennifer June 7th, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    Are they chanting Yankees suck? Or am I hearing things? (watching Phillies game v Dodgers.

  35. Christina - Pictures from the Scranton WB Game- Melancon and Shelley! June 7th, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    Oh please Nick. The size of those girls is already too large as it is. People walk by my cube at work and look at me as if I have some sort of porn site up.

  36. Doreen June 7th, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    He’s got great eyes – also an expressive face and great smile. That, and the way he has approached his job, he’s won over quite a few – of both genders.

  37. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow; I'm down with the OPPC June 7th, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    get it together Bastardo

  38. James(Montclair, nj) June 7th, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    he looks like hes being choked to death in that picture

  39. Betsy June 7th, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    Not me, Pete – my crush is also has blue eyes, but he’s not a catcher, lol

  40. Rebecca-Optimist Prime June 7th, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    pete: You have no idea.

    His eyes…are like…holy crap I’d hit that.

    m: actually, my friends and I kind of expected Jeter to bunt, because of the GIDP danger.

  41. Scorpio June 7th, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    Cervelli is very cute. His accent is a plus too. He’ll de-throne Jeter soon =)

  42. Rebecca-Optimist Prime June 7th, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    Jennifer; It wasn’t you.

  43. jennifer June 7th, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    Christina

    HAHA me too, I make the box really small for the site so it doesn’t show up.

  44. Betsy June 7th, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    Mo was sick? I wonder if he had the same bug that John Maine had……..not the one Beltran had since Mo seemed fine today………

  45. jennifer June 7th, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    Okay so why exactly are Dodger fans chanting Yankees suck? Really talk about obsessed!

  46. Rebecca-Optimist Prime June 7th, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    I never thought Jeter was that attractive…

    great baseball player? Yes. Smoking hot? Not really.

    Hottest athletes are soccer/football players. Hot damn.

  47. Laura - Stay in 1st place together, strike out alone! June 7th, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    Cervelli’s eyes are piercing and mesmerizing. They make him hot for sure, but Markakis is still my man. :)

  48. DT - OPPC member (it's in our blood) June 7th, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    nick – don’t lie. tell the truth. You really didn’t get from Petaluma to Larkspur in one minute did you?

    Maybe you have a jet. They are Always Handy.

  49. Nick in SF in Larkspur June 7th, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    Christina: You must have a big monitor at work. Those ads look much more tasteful on a laptop. Less danger of retina damage. ;)

  50. jennifer June 7th, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    Going to the top of the 18th. What happens if they run out of players?

  51. Christina - Pictures from the Scranton WB Game- Melancon and Shelley! June 7th, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    How am I the only girl who does not know about these eyes. Sigh..

  52. m June 7th, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    James,

    Booo…too soon after Carradine’s, uh, incident.

  53. Rebecca-Optimist Prime June 7th, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    Going 18 in SD

  54. Laura - Stay in 1st place together, strike out alone! June 7th, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    “I never thought Jeter was that attractive…”

    Rebecca, you might want to go get those eyes checked. Jeter is wicked hot and always has been. Alex is gorgeous as well (even with the pink lips). :P

  55. Nick in SF in Larkspur June 7th, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    DT: I wasn’t lying, I was just using Alternate Honesty.

  56. RenataD June 7th, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    “Cervelli’s eyes are piercing and mesmerizing. They make him hot for sure, but Markakis is still my man. ”

    Yes you are right about his eyes but Kazmir is still my main man.

  57. S.A.--The sun will come out tomorrow; I'm down with the OPPC June 7th, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    They make him hot for sure, but Markakis is still my man.

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

    Markakis. Le sigh :lol:

    http://i14.photobucket.com/alb.....1244424732

  58. DT - OPPC member (it's in our blood) June 7th, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    “Going to the top of the 18th. What happens if they run out of players?”

    They won’t. The closers these days can throw 169 pitches. Just ask the Texas college coach.

  59. Betsy June 7th, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    Eh Markakis doesn’t do anything for me……

  60. Rebecca-Optimist Prime June 7th, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    Wilson, SD’s SS is pitching.

  61. DT - OPPC member (it's in our blood) June 7th, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    “DT: I wasn’t lying, I was just using Alternate Honesty.”

    That’s not a snake cult is it?

    I’m glad Cervelli’s eyes can be discussed freely here.
    I heard that on Kim J’s blog the topic is frowned upon.
    Something about he got to the MLB on his ability not his looks. Those good looking peeps always stick up for each other. ;-)

  62. RenataD June 7th, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    It looks like the initials on his helmet is MMM (if I’m reading it clearly) I wonder why he doesn’t have an M name.

  63. Nick in SF in Larkspur June 7th, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    Kim Jong Il has a blog???

  64. trisha June 7th, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    Wow did I pick a cool time to show up.

    I’d like to take credit for being the first person here to mention Cervelli’s eyes! A paraphrase is that he has the kind of eyes that could talk you out of your clothes! But I actually always thought his eyes were green. Hmmm.

    Mama mia those eyes!!!

    Meanwhile I just did something that makes me:

    1. brave

    2. a coward

    3. a hero

    4. none of the above

    5. all of the above

    6. a combination of the above

    I’m really not sure which. I was out today and just heard one score from the game. At that point it was 3-1. I had taped the game. When I got home, YES was still on – Michael Kay, Centerstage. Well across the bottom of the screen the only thing I caught was that both Joba and Garza ended up with No Decisions.

    I actually watched the entire game from beginning to end to see how it ended rather than to look up the score!!!! I don’t know why I couldn’t bring myself to check. But for whatever reason, I coulodn’t do it. Well what joy to watch what I ended up watching! And then to hear Michael Kay say at the end that the Sox had lost. I was jumping for joy!!!

    And since I live in NESN territory, I intend to watch the rewind of the Boston game later on. If Padilla ended up pitching that game for Texas, that’s an even bigger embarrassment to the Red Sox since they had put the guy on waivers just a few days ago!!!

    :)

    Our first-place New York Yankees!!!!!

  65. Doreen June 7th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    Betsy =

    Imagine him in pinstripes. (Markakis, that is.) :lol:

  66. DT - OPPC member (it's in our blood) June 7th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    “Kim Jong Il has a blog???”

    yeah, but you lose stuff when you translate from Korean to English.

  67. AeroFANatic June 7th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    Aceves is quickly becoming a Girardi favorite. Gotta think he’s earned himself a 7th and 8th inning rule even when Bruney comes back, possible alternating them with Coke coming in as a lefty guy.

    Further on in the season and towards the playoffs, when Joba inevitably moves to bullpen due to innings…we could have Aceves for 5th/6th, Joba for 7th/8th, and Mo.

    That, my friends, is called SOLID.

  68. jennifer June 7th, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    RenataD June 7th, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    It looks like the initials on his helmet is MMM (if I’m reading it clearly) I wonder why he doesn’t have an M name.
    **********

    It is funny cause I emailed Pete this question. Initially he told me it was the manufacture. I guess more people emailed to ask. :lol:

    SD v AZ game now 9-6 will be interesting to see if AZ comes back and ties it. You know how it goes, you going inning without scoring than one team does and the other follows.

  69. Betsy June 7th, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Nah, Doreen – I’m a one man woman and AJ is that guy for me. I think he has the most beautiful eyes ever…….When Tino was on the team, I had the biggest crush,lol. I never got that into Jeter because he was younger than I was and I thought if I crushed on him, I would be like a teeny bopper……..and I shuddered at that thought. The odd thing is, Jeter is only 3 years younger than I am, but AJ is 6 years….Maybe it’s the tattoos,lol

  70. RenataD June 7th, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    trisha,

    From his postgame interviews, I don’t if you notice but both hid eyes look different in color. Maybe its my tv though. They do look more greenish

  71. Betsy June 7th, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    That said, if the O’s wanted to give Markakis away to us, I wouldn’t complain, lol

  72. Doreen June 7th, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    Betsy -

    AJ does have nice eyes. Don’t care much for all the tattoos, but I have to say they are now so ubiquitous (love that word – my new favorite) I am getting used to them.

    Interesting you should talk about having a crush on a younger player. I can like Cervelli’ eyes, think Markakis is gorgeous, etc., etc.. But Tony Pena is closer to my peer group! Hey, Tony Pena looks pretty darn good! :)

  73. trisha June 7th, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    RenataD, I think they are definitely green also. I have stared into those eyes without blinking when Kim Jones has interviewed him, and those eyes are not blue. Either that or my television needs adjustment!

    :)

  74. Laura - Stay in 1st place together, strike out alone! June 7th, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    Betsy, AJ has nice eyes, but they aren’t nice enough to distract me from that face or the tats. :P

  75. Betsy June 7th, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    If it’s true that Mo was sick yesterday, should he even have pitched? No way, in my opinion, and I’m shocked the Yankees allowed him to.

  76. m June 7th, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    Those don’t look like manufacturer’s stickers. They look like stickers people use on mailboxes.

    maybe they’re like those buckeye stickers and such that college teams get for big plays.

  77. jennifer June 7th, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    Espn- Hello game just ended. Morons, wait to say something when the game is over.

  78. Laura - Stay in 1st place together, strike out alone! June 7th, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    “Hey, Tony Pena looks pretty darn good!”

    Doreen, you mean Ramiro Pena right, not Tony Pena, right? Right? :P

  79. James(Montclair, nj) June 7th, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    Like someone else said, how come he doesn’t have an M name like the rest of his family? Maybe his parents wanted him to be different.

  80. Nick in SF in Larkspur June 7th, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    Betsy, if AJ goes into the bullpen you can see his eyes more often. ;)

  81. Doreen June 7th, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    Laura -

    Nope. :lol:

  82. vic June 7th, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    Pete don’t feel sorry for Molina,he and S. Duncan, because the St Louis Cardinals have both their brother on their team,and would be interested.

  83. Christina - Pictures from the Scranton WB Game- Melancon and Shelley! June 7th, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    Angel Berroa is a hottie too.

  84. Laura - Stay in 1st place together, strike out alone! June 7th, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    Doreen June 7th, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    Laura –
    Nope. :lol:

    Oh, well, okay then. :)

  85. Betsy June 7th, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    Doreen, I kind of forgot that AJ was younger than I am……..but then, most players ARE (unless they are Jaime Moyer and ……..just no). I think he looks very cool with tattoos – maybe I’m attracted to that bad boy-turned-good persona. Normally I don’t like tattoos….just glad he got rid of those nipple rings.

    Laura, I think AJ is a cutie even beyond his eyes (love his spiked hair, lol), but I guess different strokes for different folks. Pete reported that he’s been growing some sort of weird mustache – please, no AJ. I think I saw it recently and it looked like a smudge of dirt. I’d be fine if he was allowed to grow his cool, intimidating goatee from last year……

  86. Doreen June 7th, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    Christina -

    Nah, he’s (Berroa) too old for me! :)

  87. trisha June 7th, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    I will watch BBT because there were some really sweet defensive plays that I saw today. I would think that
    Da Melk, and Tex, and Arod all deserve web gems!!!

    I think this has to be Randy Wolf’s last day on my fantasy team. Her certainly isn’t pitching a bad game, but I have really been stung this season with promising pitchers who haven’t amassed a lot of wins: try Joba, AJ, and Cliff Lee. Add to it Randy Wolf, and between the lack of wins and WHIP the fantasy promise just has not been realized.

    :(

  88. Laura - Stay in 1st place together, strike out alone! June 7th, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    “Angel Berroa is a hottie too.”

    Maybe on the Senior circuit.

  89. Benny Blanco June 7th, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    what time does mike’d up come on tonight?

  90. Betsy June 7th, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    LOL Nick………but not really as Phil was put in the pen and look how often HE’s worked!

  91. Laura - Stay in 1st place together, strike out alone! June 7th, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    “Laura, I think AJ is a cutie even beyond his eyes (love his spiked hair, lol), but I guess different strokes for different folks.”

    Betsy, don’t get me wrong. AJ’s not ugly. I just find his tats to be a bit unseemly. He also needs to smile more. Every time I see him, he’s pouting. He’s starting to remind me of Randy Johnson, which considering how ugly *he* is, isn’t a good thing.

  92. Tarheelyank June 7th, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    Here’s the link about MO.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/ne.....;type=lgns

  93. Joe from Long Island June 7th, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    Camoflage uniforms? Camoflage? Really?

    Boy, the Padres are lost as a franchise. Throughout their history, they have had some awful looking uniforms.

  94. trisha June 7th, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    Who in hell would imagine that Cliff Lee would have all of 3 wins at this point in the season? Certainly not me! His Ks are a good thing, and that’s what’s kept me from dumping him altogether.

  95. trisha June 7th, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    Actually Wolf has had a quality outing by definition. I guess it’s not his fault the offense once again refused to show up.

  96. RenataD June 7th, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    Is Cervelli single? AJ is another one with those nice eyes but I think he’s married.

    I wonder if Molina thinks about his contract coming to an end and the success of Cervelli. I like Molina. His bat sucks but not bad with defense.

  97. jennifer June 7th, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    # Christina – Pictures from the Scranton WB Game- Melancon and Shelley! June 7th, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    Angel Berroa is a hottie too.
    ****************

    Only if you are half blind. :rolls:

  98. jennifer June 7th, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    Well how in the world did that happen?

  99. Bella June 7th, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    Oh Pete Francisco is *an Italian stallion* good old fashion *eye candy*.

  100. trisha June 7th, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    Renaata, AJ is definitely married. No idea about Cervelli.

  101. Benny Blanco June 7th, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    anyone know what time miked up comes on tonite?

  102. Betsy June 7th, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    Really, Laura? He doesn’t smile on the mound (definitely is intense on days he pitches), but I find he’s smiling quite a bit – I don’t notice him pouting at all. He has a reputation (at least with Toronto – Florida days seem so long ago) as being extremely loose on days he doesn’t pitch. Also, I’m a person who doesn’t smile a lot if there’s no particular reason to smile. AJ has been a great teammate in many ways, so I’m not sure I get the comparison to RJ, who was……miserable. As I said, I’m normally not a fan of tatoos. Hey, we all have our preferences – no biggie.

  103. trisha June 7th, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    Benny, I don’t even know what that is.

  104. Betsy June 7th, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    Benny, should come on around 11:35 EST…..

    AJ is married with 2 kids…….

  105. Christina - Pictures from the Scranton WB Game- Melancon and Shelley! June 7th, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    Benny, not sure. I dont get Miked up here.

    But let me sum up the whole show for you. Jobber should be in the bullpen. blah blah blah Arroyo blah blah blah Andy Pettitte is a starter.

  106. m June 7th, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    AJ is not a good looking man. But his eyes are very, very nice.

    Can we talk about something else? :)

  107. Betsy June 7th, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    Oh and don’t forget Mike’s usual segment on how superior the Sox are – they are heads and shoulders above any team in baseball – they are pure as the driven snow, etc…….

  108. Benny Blanco June 7th, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    thx betsy!

  109. Betsy June 7th, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    M, as I said before, different strokes for different folks. I don’t always go for the traditional look anyway…..

  110. Betsy June 7th, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    You’re welcome, Benny! I likely won’t be watching because I can’t stand how Mike hardly ever finds anything positive to say about the Yankees, so I will probably enjoy the play by play here, lol

  111. trisha June 7th, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    mel, how about how Vincente Padilla stuck it to the Red Sox today? I just looked at the Box Score. Good job by Padilla. Maybe he got religion when he was put on waivers. I forgot to look to see if there were any HBP!

    Well it’s been sweet hanging out with you all for a brief while. I have a heavy television night in front of me! Gonna watch the rest of the Phils game, then the west coast edition of the Tonys (I get both east coast and west coast national television with satellite), then the rewind of the Sox game, and then finally Baseball Tonight at 1:30 (which would actually make it Baseball Tomorrow!)

    So I guess I will bid adieu and head to Taco Bell to get some dinner (I am a late nighter, obviously – plus I don’t cook.)

    :)

  112. Bella June 7th, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    The Blog Master asked for comments about *the stud muffin*
    *Francisco* ,and we responded.

    *Willingly* !!

  113. James(Montclair, nj) June 7th, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    RenataD,

    I’m sure every girl wants to know if he’s single or not.

    (my wife whos sitting right next to me would like you to know that she loves your name)

  114. Doreen June 7th, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    trisha -

    Don’t miss the beginning the Tony show. :)

  115. VIC June 7th, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    Padilla is about to be fired,he’s on waivers and motivated.

  116. JCPD June 7th, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    Joe from Long Island
    June 7th, 2009 at 9:59 pm
    Camoflage uniforms? Camoflage? Really?
    Boy, the Padres are lost as a franchise. Throughout their history, they have had some awful looking uniforms.

    They’ve always had those camoflage uniforms in support of the big military base there. I’m guessing they broke them out this weekend in remembrance of the 65th anniversary of D-Day. A relatively important day in world history.

  117. jennifer June 7th, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    Christina- It is funny. It think Tony Page was talking about how awful Bronson was last year despite his 15 wins. Was making a point that you can’t just look at wins to decide whether a pitcher is good or not. Said you can have a pitcher give up 1 run a game 5 straight games and not get a win, or a pitcher give up 5 runs a game and get five wins. That Bronson had a lot of runs scored for him. Said Joba didn’t get a win, but pitched pretty well today.

    :lol:

    Mike must have been flipping. How dare someone diss my boyfriend. :lol:

  118. Oh please. June 7th, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    Cervelli’s cute, but I’m still a Jeter girl…great question, Pete!

  119. bru June 7th, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    bastardo pitched another great game.

    he got pulled after 5 giving up 2 runs.

  120. Tom in N.J. June 7th, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    The Padre’s wear the camo uni every Sunday, when they’re home.

  121. Maria June 7th, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    Just to throw in my two cents on attractive ballplayers: Grady Sizemore. I love when we play the Indians for that reason.

  122. m June 7th, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    bru,

    watch your language!

  123. J-Dawg--Veintisiete en... let's try '09! June 7th, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    It is indeed very classy for Molina to show Cervelli the ropes. Hopefully Jose will be as good as new when he gets back after rehabbing the injury.

    Off topic, but the Giants are starting the Big Unit on three days’ rest tomorrow. I realize that he only threw 78 pitches against the Nationals on Thursday, but that could be a LOT to ask for out of a pitcher of Johnson’s age.

  124. James(Montclair, nj) June 7th, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    “I dont get Miked up here”

    I hate that show. I’d rather listen to Kay ramble on and even thats hard

  125. Sean Serritella June 7th, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    I can’t believe this ladies. You mean Jeter is going to have competition?

  126. RenataD June 7th, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    “I can’t believe this ladies. You mean Jeter is going to have competition?”

    No Jeter is still Jeter. They both got gorgeous eyes. But my man is still Kazmir.

  127. Brad."Randy'sBoy" June 7th, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    Randy Johnson is so sexy, I’d tap that!!! Brandon dont ya agree with me?

  128. bella June 7th, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    Always like Jeter’s image as a Yankee captain,but never hot for him the man, *he’s too loose for my taste* ,there’s things you can catch!!

  129. YankeeJosh June 7th, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    Odds Francesa mentions Federer’s historic French Open win tonight? I put it at 0.1%.

  130. Harley June 7th, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    Molina’s a good guy, and that’s nice. David Eckstein is also gritty. I love good guys and I love grit.

    Trade Molina before the deadline.

  131. RenataD June 7th, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    “Trade Molina before the deadline”

    How much value do you honestly think Molina has?

  132. pat June 7th, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    Jeter for me is all about baseball and not about the looks but horses for courses I guess.

  133. Tina from nowhere June 7th, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    I wonder if Mr. Cervelli is single?

  134. bella June 7th, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    His brother Yadier is adored by the Cardinals they may have interest.

  135. Jay June 7th, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    Cervelli wont hit enough to even be a backup the league is figuring him out. He is the perfect third catcher or maybe a great bullpen catcher.

  136. James(Montclair, nj) June 7th, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    “Cervelli wont hit enough to even be a backup the league is figuring him out. He is the perfect third catcher or maybe a great bullpen catcher.”

    Can I have what your smoking?

  137. Sean Serritella June 7th, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    How could you ladies?? Look! He likes to go out and dress up like the Village people with his friends!

    http://cache.daylife.com/image.....m/610x.jpg

  138. bella June 7th, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    When I think of how a rabbit, *jumps from hole to hole* ,
    some how Jeter comes to mind~

  139. Harley June 7th, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    RenataD,

    Not much. But he’s bad news waiting to happen when your starting catcher is getting older and more injury-prone. Possible the worst offensive player in the league. I think the Yankees are better off with the kids.

  140. RenataD June 7th, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    lol sean thats the rookie hazing. You dont think Cervelli’s cute?

    “Cervelli wont hit enough to even be a backup the league is figuring him out. He is the perfect third catcher or maybe a great bullpen catcher.”

    Are you watching the right catcher?

  141. Sean Serritella June 7th, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    I was only joking with that picture. I know it was a rookie hazing thing.

  142. RenataD June 7th, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    “Not much. But he’s bad news waiting to happen when your starting catcher is getting older and more injury-prone. Possible the worst offensive player in the league. I think the Yankees are better off with the kids.”

    agree

  143. Whatever June 8th, 2009 at 8:18 am

    Nice OP.

  144. Laszlo June 8th, 2009 at 8:33 am

    I think the smart thing would be to trade Cervelli before the deadline. His value has never been higher, but despite his excellent showing, his long term projection is still that of a backup catcher with a light bat. I would than resign Molina for another year allowing time for one of our other catching prospects to develope enough to move up. Catching is one of our strongest positions in the farm, and is a position that teams place a premium on. Cervelli might be able to bring us back a higher ceiling position player simply because he catches.

  145. yankee2005 June 8th, 2009 at 8:34 am

    Would be a big mistake to let Molina go. I much rather trade Posada and his obscene contract if we can.

  146. sfill June 8th, 2009 at 8:39 am

    I know I am late in posting but had to add – Yeh Cervelli is a looker for sure! (And love him as a player too! He will prove to be a valuabl catcher for us!)
    And someone mentioned Nady up there – I have to agree with that too – Nady is pretty hot lol
    And I have to give mention to Arod as much as I hate to admit it – but he is very good looking as well – haha!
    OK my 2 cents.

  147. Sandy June 8th, 2009 at 11:40 am

    Yes, Cervelli is hot! And it is his attitude as well as his looks.

    Hope the Yanks keep him. Posada is 37 and can’t have much time left behind the plate. Maybe another year at best and then to DH. If they want to keep Molina, Cervelli could go down to AAA for one year and then back up to start with Molina as back-up.

    If Cervelli can keep his batting average above .260-270 he is your starter. He calls the game like a veteran, is good defensively, is a head’s up base runner, bunts well (!), etc. etc.

    I think it is a non-issue anyway as either Posada or Molina will be on the DH again before the end of this season.

  148. kate June 16th, 2009 at 2:06 am

    i Think francisco cervelli has a girlfriend…sorry girls… he has georgeous eyes … i think she is a spanish beauty.. she was at the yankees game this weekend… or was his sister? what do you now about tht pete?

  149. Natasha June 19th, 2009 at 12:07 am

    “i Think francisco cervelli has a girlfriend…sorry girls… he has georgeous eyes … i think she is a spanish beauty.. she was at the yankees game this weekend… or was his sister? what do you now about tht pete?”

    you saw her?

  150. kate June 19th, 2009 at 8:54 am

    my sister did!..at least thats what she told me… im not sure about if she is his sis…that was my question…… she just said that she was very pretty and she looked spanish

  151. Natasha June 21st, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    “my sister did!..at least thats what she told me… im not sure about if she is his sis…that was my question…… she just said that she was very pretty and she looked spanish”

    Oh man, I was hoping that you were going to say its just a rumor. Could be his sister. He is gorgeous. They’re always taken. bummer. Ramiro Pena is pretty cute

  152. kate June 24th, 2009 at 10:58 am

    dont know ramiro…. is he dominican?… yes they r always taken! most of them are married ! dont know why they married so soon though

  153. Natasha June 28th, 2009 at 12:14 am

    “dont know ramiro…. is he dominican?… yes they r always taken! most of them are married ! dont know why they married so soon though”

    Pena is Mexican pretty cute, but Cervelli’s got those dreamy eyes :D

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