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Yankees form a fan club

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Jul 13, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Remember when everybody made fun of the Red Sox for forming the “Red Sox Nation” fan club? Guess the Yankees thought it was a good idea. This release from the team:

The New York Yankees today announced the creation of Yankees Universe, an official fan club granting members exclusive benefits, unique access and special savings.

Membership privileges extend to all aspects of the fan experience, including exclusive Web site advantages, outstanding discounts on official Yankees Clubhouse merchandise, and Fast Track entrance perks on game day, all for only $19.95 for a membership valid through the end of the year. Fans may sign up for the club on MLB.com or Yankees.com.

All members of Yankees Universe will have access to special content on the members-only Web site, including behind-the-scenes video of Yankee Stadium, player interviews, chats, photos and articles. Members will also receive a complimentary subscription to Gameday Audio on MLB.com, providing the ability to listen to live baseball games online, as well as the archives of those games.

Yankees Universe members will receive a 10 percent discount on merchandise, valid at participating Yankees Clubhouse stores. Members can also save with special online offers routinely delivered via e-mail and/or the Yankees Universe Web site.

For regular season home games, all Yankees Universe Members (with membership card and valid ticket) can enter at Gate 2 without delay. In addition, on each Wednesday, Thursday afternoon and Sunday during regular season home game, members can enter Yankees Museum through a Fast Track entrance.

Upon registering, new members will be issued a personal membership card and New York Yankees sticker.

“A membership to Yankees Universe gives fans the chance to experience a world of new and unique team essentials,” said Christy Lee, Director of Yankees Fan Club. “We are proud to offer Yankees Universe to the best fans in the world.”

In continuance with the New York Yankees longstanding commitment to the Department of Pediatrics at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Yankees Universe will donate a portion of its proceeds to support the hospital’s research and treatment initiatives for children with cancer.

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106 Responses to “Yankees form a fan club”

  1. Yankeeboy98 July 13th, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    Wait, wasn’t there already a fan club? Maybe it was just for kids, but I remeber joining it.

  2. RalphieD (OPPC) DO NOT LOOK AT YES RADAR GUN..IT IS WRONG July 13th, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    i definitly used to be in some offical yankee fan club when i was younger (8-10 years ago?)..seems like a good idea….especially if the perks are worth it

  3. m July 13th, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    Gag.

  4. Uncle Ellsworth July 13th, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    Back in the day there was the “Yankee/Pepsi” fan club.

    This sounds like a scam to me – but isn’t everything these days?

  5. m July 13th, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    You’re punking us right, Pete?

    This is pretty funny.

    Let’s see what the Boston writers say. They can’t very well tease the Yankee Universe when they operate in Red Sox Nation.

  6. Bill July 13th, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    I want Gardy AND A-Jax in our outfield next year

    Give the kids a chance. Stop looking for mercenaries like Matt Halladay, or Bay in his 30s etc.

  7. Donson July 13th, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    Who is Matt Halladay? Roy and Matt’s love child?

  8. baseballfab July 13th, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    Wow, how rinky dink.

  9. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes July 13th, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    I hate institutionalized rooting.

    Donson,

    that was hilarious.

  10. NITRO July 13th, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    I saw an ad for this fanclub in Times Square last week.

  11. stuart a July 13th, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    it is matt holliday and if the yget him it will be a continuation of paying older guys for past performance when they are in a declien. holliday cannot field, and run and this year he has no power.

    he is a poor mans manny ramirez or worse….

  12. Stephen July 13th, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    Never underestimate the Yankees’ desire to make a buck.

  13. howard July 13th, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    How can you not be a member of the universe? It’s by definition everything in existence. Who could possibly charge for something you cannot possibly not be excluded from? Ohh, I forgot, the Yankees.

  14. Doreen July 13th, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    Maybe I’m bourgeois, but I don’t see anything wrong with it.

  15. howard July 13th, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    err strike that last “not”

  16. Dan July 13th, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    Anyone think this is worth it?

  17. Doreen July 13th, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    It’s not a forced membership. What’s the big deal?

  18. vtred July 13th, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    Why is Tomko still on this team?

  19. Whatever July 13th, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    Silly.

  20. dennis-Costanza July 13th, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    re post.

    GB7.

    I did miss that. Amy is talented but IMO more importantly she is a kind person. Like you, she is well read.

    Glad the blog made a good connection.

    Thanks for your help with my insomnia. It is a battle.

    -dennis

  21. Tarheelyank July 13th, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    “Anyone think this is worth it?”

    Of course it is.

    (a million more suckers and we can pay for Doc) :D

  22. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus July 13th, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    Honestly, if people want to join, let ‘em join.

    Otherwise the blogs are fanclubs enough for me.

    From the last thread:

    Pat M: I’m glad you’re enjoying it!

  23. gayle July 13th, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    Yes they absolutely already had a fan club there were advertisements for it during the game on the big board.Although what you got for much more money than this was not much.

  24. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes July 13th, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    Doreen
    July 13th, 2009 at 5:14 pm
    Maybe I’m bourgeois, but I don’t see anything wrong with it.
    =====

    Lol, Doreen.

    You can’t be bourgeois – too much self-awareness.

  25. Shawn Sox Fan July 13th, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    Real baseball fans don’t join fan-clubs. Don’t do it. Red Sox Nation (fan-club) is lame and this Yankees money making ploy is just as lame.

  26. Jon Ringland July 13th, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    Embarassing, pure and simple.

  27. Stateman52 July 13th, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    I’ll save the $19.95 and buy a beer and a pretzel at the stadium.

  28. GreenBeret7 July 13th, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    dennis-Costanza
    July 13th, 2009 at 5:09 pm
    GB7.

    I did miss that. Amy is talented but IMO more importantly she is a kind person. Like you, she is well read.

    Glad the blog made a good connection.

    Thanks for your help with my insomnia. It is a battle.

    -dennis

    ————————————————————

    Amy must have a great and kind heart, some people only talk about taking in strays and making pets of them. She does it. It’s a comfort knowing that I can walk down the streets of Savannah and know that there’s one less set of feet hanging out on the sidewalk from a doorway. I’ll miss you not running up to the car with a spray bottle of water and dirty rag to wash my windshield.

    You’re correct, though…it’s really good knowing there’s a close connection from a silly sports board. I’m looking forward to getting together in the fall for lunch or dinner at your place of choice.

  29. Mike in Harrisburg July 13th, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    Oh boy, 10% off merchandise marked up by 40%.

  30. m July 13th, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    Doreen,

    We’re all card-carrying Yankee fans, anyway. :)

    It’s just a little, well, mickey mouse. (sorry, I know you love your Disney!)

    I think it would be a great thing for kids. They should really gear the fan club towards the kids. Like have contests, prizes, drawings, stuff at the park.

    Just kind of redudant, because any knowledgeable baseball fan would know that the Yankees are the center of the universe. :)

  31. Uncle Ellsworth July 13th, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    Mike in Harrisburg
    July 13th, 2009 at 5:21 pm
    Oh boy, 10% off merchandise marked up by 40%.

    I’d say more like 80%, no?

  32. GreenBeret7 July 13th, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    I’ve got to laugh at people that insist they are “embarrassed” by something that the Yankees do that you don’t approve of. I can only assume that you have found it necessary to walk around with brown paper bag over your heads. That’s no way to go through life.

  33. Blog Poster July 13th, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    Why is this embarrassing? Are you surprised by this?

    Yanks give fans (and kids, firstly) a chance to skip some lines and get 10% off gear, and at the same time donate a portion to MS-K CC.

    For only $20.

    Get over yourselves. This is a nice gesture.

  34. Giuseppe Franco July 13th, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    Oops, didn’t see the new thread…….

    Pat M,

    One thing that differs from Hughes and Joba is that Hughes has already hit rock bottom with everything he went through last season and the game in Baltimore.

    Joba probably has to go through the same thing. He needs to hit rock bottom and we all should hope something clicks with him.

    Someone made the point earlier about Joba learning his lesson about not being in shape every time he takes the mound and isn’t able to do what he did last season.

    I think there are way too many amateur psychiatrists in here and nobody knows what’s going on in Joba’s head or what really goes on in that clubhouse when the media clears out.

    But I’ll say this; I don’t think there’s a chance in hell that the organization decides to scrap this idea that Joba can be a starting pitcher when he’s got the best arm this organization has produced in decades.

    It wouldn’t make any sense. They didn’t do it with Hughes and they won’t do it with Joba.

  35. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes July 13th, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    And I LOATHE that ‘Yankee Universe’ crap.

    Were my dad here in the flesh, he wouldn’t even answer me if I told him about this – he’d just give me a look. The look of an authentic Yankee fan who curses when “we’re not hitting,” and wears a worn Yankee hat on the golf course without thinking much about it.

  36. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes July 13th, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    GreenBeret7
    July 13th, 2009 at 5:23 pm
    I’ve got to laugh at people that insist they are “embarrassed” by something that the Yankees do that you don’t approve of. I can only assume that you have found it necessary to walk around with brown paper bag over your heads. That’s no way to go through life.
    ====

    No, just a Yankee hat with 1923 on it.

  37. Nick in SF July 13th, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    I would like to join Yankees Alternate Universe, in with the timeline diverges in October 2004. :(

  38. Tom in N.J. July 13th, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    To each their own. If people want to spend money to join, good for them. If they don’t, good for them too.

  39. m July 13th, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    Oh, the concept’s fine. The name’s just a little embarrassing. Just bordering on megalomania.

    As Yankee fans, we’re already apologists for so many things, so I guess it’s not different.

  40. Giuseppe Franco July 13th, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    This is funny stuff.

    NY Post says the Yanks are more popular than the Mets. In other news, the St. Louis Cardinals are more popular than the St. Louis Browns.

    http://www.nypost.com/seven/07.....179066.htm

  41. m July 13th, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    recap of David Wright on dp show today:

    Mets third baseman David Wright joined the show to discuss the upcoming All-Star Game.

    – Wright says he thinks New York has the best baseball fans in the world. Better than St. Louis. He says it’s cool that New York fans boo — especially when it’s another player.

    – Wright says he likes the Home Run Derby more than the All-Star Game. Wright says chicks dig the long ball. So Dan asked why he’s not in it. Wright pointed out that he has only five home runs so far this season. That’s what happens when you play in Citi Field.

    – Wright made it clear, he could probably not date a Yankee fan.

  42. Factoid July 13th, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    Population for all of new England (6 states) 14,077,707

    Population of NYC 8,274,527

    Population of Boston 609,023

    NYC metropolitan area 19,006,798 (1st)

    Boston metropolitan area 4,522,858 (10th)

  43. purenyyankee July 13th, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    why is Tomko AND Ransom on this team, and why is Robertson NOTin Scranton???

  44. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes July 13th, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    I also happen to hate that stupid promo on YES with Kay saying “Greatness has a new home.”

    I am not an apologist, just an old-timer. I don’t even like the hats that aren’t Yankee blue. Can’t stand those t-shirts with references to the Red Sox, or even the stupid “Do the Math” self-referencing.

    To me, what is most powerful is just the crossed NY. That says what doesn’t need to be spoken.

  45. dennis-Costanza July 13th, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    GB7.

    Likewise.

    Too many pretend folks on these sites IMO. I would rather deal like I was sitting with someone at lunch or at a pub.

    And no, the picture is Samantha on Amy’s website, not me.

    However, we both shed.

    -dennis

  46. Mike July 13th, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    Francour has thrived with the Mets

  47. Debbie Downer July 13th, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    If they send Melancon back down, I want Cashman fired.

  48. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus July 13th, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    Mike: Francouer has played two games with the Mets.

    “why is Tomko AND Ransom on this team, and why is Robertson NOTin Scranton???”

    Because Tomko can give an over-taxed bullpen innings, and because Ransom being up here means that Peña can learn to play CF in Scranton and thus be THAT much more valuable to the team when he comes back up in September (if not before).

  49. Sevrx July 13th, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    Tomko is a valuable piece of the team

    Who else can pitch an inning or two in those 10-1 blowouts every 5 or 6 days?

  50. joe b July 13th, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    Can I transfere my Micheal Jackson fan club membership to the NY Yankee fan club. I will also add my photo of Micheal & Bubbles. Give me a break. $20.00 for a membership card. Will that help like a police Capt/Lt card if I get stopped in the Bronx?

  51. CW July 13th, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    The actual fan club idea is annoying, but as long as they keep giving a healthy portion to Sloan-Kettering, I really don’t think it’s a big deal.

  52. Laura July 13th, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    I don’t see anything wrong with this. The Yankees are the center of the universe. Our fan club name should reflect that. :P

  53. m July 13th, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    I don’t get it. Everyone screamed for a long man for the pen. Now we don’t need one?

  54. Pat M....Section 211 July 13th, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    Mr. Franco…In defense of Joba, he was signed in the Summer of 06, he’s then pitching in Hawaii in October of 07, and then he’s in Yankee Stadium in July 07….So he’s been moved along quickly, as was Kennedy who traveled with him from Hawaii thru the ranks…..The thing is, he adapted well to his surroundings of being a MLB pitcher for the Yanks…..So what’s happened this season is strange…..Having he & Hughes following CC & AJ is an exciting prospect for us all…..But frankly he’s really gone backwards and what magnifies the situation is how his role has leap frogged due to the Wang injury…..I penciled him in for 12 wins this season…In the most critical starting assignmnets of his brief journey, Friday & last Sunday he game up empty after being staked with a quick 4 run lead…..

  55. purenyyankee July 13th, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    Why is Pena learning to play OF? We have AJax next year and too many OF’s already.

  56. Jerkface July 13th, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    Why is Pena learning to play OF? We have AJax next year and too many OF’s already.

    Because Pena is a backup player and having more versatility is key

  57. Bronx Jeers July 13th, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    If I join the fan club may I complain about poor play without being called a phony fan?

  58. trisha - OPPC lifetime member July 13th, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    (from previous thread)

    “I enjoy both of your viewpoints but they are in no way similar.”

    Patrick, thank you for saying that.

    I don’t think it is a stretch to say that Rebecca is a much more beloved poster here and has certainly earned the right to have people feel that way. She is well thought out and articulate, she is fast on her feet, she is cetainly self assured, and she makes rational arguments and asks good questions.

    I thank the few people who have said they’ve appreciated my posts since I’ve come here. It didn’t take a lot for me to read the unwritten text beyond some of the “Oh no Rebecca, believe me, you and Trisha are NOTHING alike!” ;)(paraphrase) posts.

    I am sincere in my opinions, believe them to be sound despite anyone trying to tell me that he or she corners the market on the “real story”, and really need to maintain my integrity and say what I believe rather than go for the easy way out and have lots of friends here in the process. No question that I am not everyone’s cup of tea.

    That’s life.

  59. pathetic and lame July 13th, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    LAME LAME LAME

    chalk up another win for the sox

  60. vtyankeefan-the original!! July 13th, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    Fan clubs have been around for quite a while, this really isn’t that big a deal. If its kid based that’s a good thing

  61. Stultus Magnus July 13th, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    Mike
    July 13th, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    Francour has thrived with the Mets

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

    Indeed he has, in the two games he played.

  62. Cando July 13th, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    Aceves was our “long man” (first guy out of the pen when a starter was struggling). We sorely missed him the first 2 games of this series.

    Tomko has been a mop up man. Any time he was used as anything other than, he has been smacked around (this weekend, vs. Florida, vs. Mets, vs. Philly etc.)

  63. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus July 13th, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    “Why is Pena learning to play OF? We have AJax next year and too many OF’s already.

    Because Pena is a backup player and having more versatility is key”

    Yep. Peña’s versatility makes the bench that much better. And Peña’s bat is better than anyone expected–so the Yankees want to see just how much better it can become.

  64. Anthony July 13th, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    Hasnt this been around for a while, I see commercials for this multiple times during every yankee game

  65. Tarheelyank July 13th, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    I understand and agree with Pena in Scranton.

    I am not sure that while we wait for Pena, Ransom is the best we can do. There should be a better intermediate solution.

    dennis, pass the salt. please

  66. joeman July 13th, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    why is auto out Cody still on this team & it’s not because of his defense

  67. Stultus Magnus July 13th, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    Bronx Jeers
    July 13th, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    If I join the fan club may I complain about poor play without being called a phony fan?

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

    Yes, we should all get badges saying we are true fans.

    We can no longer be called whiners either.

  68. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus July 13th, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    Trisha–

    You do me much too kind.

    I know we don’t agree on a lot, but it takes guts to stand up for your own opinions when everyone else disagrees. It really does. And I commend you for that.

  69. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus July 13th, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    “I understand and agree with Pena in Scranton.

    I am not sure that while we wait for Pena, Ransom is the best we can do. There should be a better intermediate solution.”

    Can’t argue with that.

  70. jpb1973 July 13th, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    What are they going to use the membership dues for? Signing Aroldis Chapman? Buying out Vernon Wells contract? :)

  71. Pat M....Section 211 July 13th, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    Tricia, One thing is for certain, you have spunk….And the bruises to show for it…..Rebecca has that CB mentality thing going that many of us ( older antiques ) just don’t quickly relate too……Hell even GB has warmed up to the stats world…..

  72. trisha - OPPC lifetime member July 13th, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    Rebecca thanks for saying that. I can tell you that it does take a lot sometimes to stay with an unpopular opinion here! :)

    But what I have said about you is true. Even when I may not agree with the premises, you are extremely persuasive in your opinions and give very good backup for your positions. I commend that and respect it much more than someone contininuing to tell me I am wrong just because they have decided they are right!

    Thanks for your kindness in return.

  73. Stultus Magnus July 13th, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    I don’t think it is a stretch to say that Rebecca is a much more beloved poster here.

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

    Only a few people are considered “beloved” here. Old man GB and SJ and maybe some other punks.

    Don’t worry Trisha, it’s not a popularity contest.

    Personally, I love Dynasty is Destiny with his/her game thread haiku.

    Very moving.

  74. Uncle Ellsworth July 13th, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    ‘Badges? We ain’t got no badges. We don’t need no badges! I don’t have to show you any stinkin’ badges!’

  75. m July 13th, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    trisha,

    Why the pity party? Do you only respond to those who tweak you?

    If you read my posts directed at you in the last thread, you would see that at least some of us were trying to engage you in a meaningful conversation.

    And, quite frankly, you are just as stubborn and close-minded as you accused SJ of being.

    Just had to say something, because it’s just strange that a person who claims not to care what people think of her would try to turn this into a popularity contest instead of sticking to the topics being discussed.

    And yes, I realize that I’ve deviated from the topics being discussed. :)

  76. Doreen July 13th, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    The Yankee Universe is the tie-in to the Sloan Kettering charitable works. Hey, they didn’t come up with “Yankee Universe,” but they may as well capitalize on it – any edge you can get marketing-wise. And if some of the money helps kids, especially sick kids, I’m okay with that.

  77. Stultus Magnus July 13th, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    Trisha,
    That said, I thought you fought a good fight a couple weeks ago with the whole Posadagate thing. I didn’t agree, but I valued your determination against the blog’s big guns.

  78. Jerry-NJ July 13th, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    If you can get angry about a fan club that generates money for charity, I suppose you can get angry about anything. Sigh…

  79. trisha - OPPC lifetime member July 13th, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    Pat M thanks. Some days the bruises hurt more than others. Some days I don’t feel them at all. Today they hurt a little bit. So thanks for the support, today of all days.

    I think I will enjoy having a night off from baseball and go and treat my injured feelings to some ice cream!

    Have a great night all.

    :)

  80. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus July 13th, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    “Only a few people are considered “beloved” here. Old man GB and SJ and maybe some other punks.

    Don’t worry Trisha, it’s not a popularity contest.”

    Agreed. People–self included–love guys like SJ and CB and GB b/c they’ve been in the business and have inside info.

    Me?

    I have Twitter.

    “Rebecca has that CB mentality thing going that many of us ( older antiques ) just don’t quickly relate too”

    Have utterly no idea what you’re talking about man!

  81. dennis-Costanza July 13th, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    TarheelYank.

    Good to see you back. Hope you are well.

    -dennis

  82. GreenBeret7 July 13th, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    dennis-Costanza
    July 13th, 2009 at 5:31 pm
    GB7.

    Likewise.

    Too many pretend folks on these sites IMO. I would rather deal like I was sitting with someone at lunch or at a pub.

    And no, the picture is Samantha on Amy’s website, not me.

    However, we both shed.

    -dennis

    ————————————————————

    I’ve been shedding for years. My hair is now flesh colored. I’m now allowed on sofas and chairs. Sat down today and watched a series of discs called Baseball: The Golden Age. Great stuff. I’ll be rewatching Ken Burns Baseball this week and start on His jazz and Civil War sets afterwards. He’s as good as it gets with documentaries.

  83. Vince July 13th, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    On the NESPN crawler, Roy Halladay said he could consider the NL rather than face Jeter, A-Rod, Teixeira, and Matsui.
    This could be in jest with the idea that he would in fact approve a deal to the Yankees.

  84. Giuseppe Franco July 13th, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    Pat M,

    I understand that but losing a couple of 4-run leads is nothing compared to how many times the duo of Kennedy/Hughes put this team in a hole because they couldn’t get out of the 3rd inning on several occasions.

    These were two guys who were handed rotation slots and couldn’t have blown up worse than they did.

    Joba may have taken a step back, but it’s nothing compared to the disasters of Hughes and Kennedy last season. Not even in th same stratosphere. These guys combined for ZERO wins last season and 10.00 ERA.

    That’s why all the Joba isn’t going to develop into a starter talk is a bunch of hogwash. His arm is too valuable to give up on him this early in his development.

    I can’t stress this enough – there’s still the second half of 2009 to play.

    A lot can happen between now and then.

  85. Tarheelyank July 13th, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    very well. Thanks dennis

    Rebecca
    It was meant as a compliment. I think he was trying to say that you can offer up a stat, to support an argument, in an instant.

    I’ll be honest, RBI’s ERA and a couple of others are the stats I grew up. A lot of the new one’s are hard for me to wrap my brain around.

  86. Tom in N.J. July 13th, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    Ken Burns did a documentary on Mark Twain for PBS.

  87. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus July 13th, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    “I understand that but losing a couple of 4-run leads is nothing compared to how many times the duo of Kennedy/Hughes put this team in a hole because they couldn’t get out of the 3rd inning on several occasions.

    These were two guys who were handed rotation slots and couldn’t have blown up worse than they did.

    Joba may have taken a step back, but it’s nothing compared to the disasters of Hughes and Kennedy last season. Not even in th same stratosphere. These guys combined for ZERO wins last season and 10.00 ERA.”

    You would argue that Hughes has taken a huge step forward this season, yes?

    Because that would support your argument further.

    You need to have patience. Hard to do that on a team where it’s “win or you’re fired”, but there it is.

  88. Drew July 13th, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    Seriously, “Yankees Universe” sounds really stupid.

  89. Betsy July 13th, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    SJ, I was listening to Joe and Evan and they made a point of saying how the Yankees are hypocritical in how they’ve treated Phil and Joba. That is – when Joba started off in the pen last year, they made no bones about him being a starter – despite the fact that he was brilliant as a reliever. Now, they are leaving Phil in the pen even though they’ve said they view him as a starter …..What’s the difference? Joe and Evan said they think it’s because Joba just burst onto the scene whereas Phil didn’t (well, he had that near no-hitter, but then he got hurt). Up until Phil got hurt, he was the gem of their system; since then, Joba has eclipsed him. Do you think that has anything to do with the way both have been treated?

  90. Giuseppe Franco July 13th, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    I watched Baseball: The Golden Age last season. Good stuff.

    Alec Baldwin was the narrator.

    I’m a big fan of “When it was a Game.” HBO did that three part series.

  91. john July 13th, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    well it comes with gameday audio so its not a horrible deal

  92. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus July 13th, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    “.What’s the difference? Joe and Evan said they think it’s because Joba just burst onto the scene whereas Phil didn’t (well, he had that near no-hitter, but then he got hurt). Up until Phil got hurt, he was the gem of their system; since then, Joba has eclipsed him. Do you think that has anything to do with the way both have been treated?”

    That has everything to do with it.

  93. Uncle Ellsworth July 13th, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    new post

  94. Giuseppe Franco July 13th, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    Rebecca–Optimist Prime–Montero Fanaticus Primus July 13th, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    You would argue that Hughes has taken a huge step forward this season, yes?

    Because that would support your argument further.

    You need to have patience. Hard to do that on a team where it’s “win or you’re fired”, but there it is.

    ————-

    Of course Hughes has taken a big step forward this season. I thought Cashman was absolutely right not to give up on him and have him earn his way to the big club in 2009.

    Same with Kennedy although his season is now lost because of something out of his control.

    My argument is simple; Cashman isn’t going to give up on Joba and his upside simply because he has struggled this season when he didn’t give up on Hughes and Kennedy last season when they were a lot worse and don’t have Joba’s upside.

    All the fire and brimstone stuff and career grave digging is way too premature.

  95. jpb1973 July 13th, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    SJ, I was listening to Joe and Evan and they made a point of saying how the Yankees are hypocritical in how they’ve treated Phil and Joba. That is – when Joba started off in the pen last year, they made no bones about him being a starter – despite the fact that he was brilliant as a reliever. Now, they are leaving Phil in the pen even though they’ve said they view him as a starter …..What’s the difference? Joe and Evan said they think it’s because Joba just burst onto the scene whereas Phil didn’t (well, he had that near no-hitter, but then he got hurt). Up until Phil got hurt, he was the gem of their system; since then, Joba has eclipsed him. Do you think that has anything to do with the way both have been treated?

    ——————————————————-

    Timing has a lot to do with Hughes’ not being put into the rotation. Last year, Joba was moved into the rotation in May…there was still over 4 months left in the season. So the process of stretching him out, which took about a month, only used 25% of the remainder of the season.

    If Hughes were moved into the rotation now there would only be 2-1/2 months left in the season and a month of that would be consumed stretching him out. That would mean the stretching out process would take 40% of the remainder of the season. Thats too long. Also, what happens if Wang comes back in September?

  96. Pat M....Section 211 July 13th, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    Thank’s Tarheelyank. as that was my attempt…..Mr. Franco, we agree that the 2nd half performance will have an effect on the decision making process in the off-season….As for your reference to 08 and the performances of Ian & Hughes you’re right…Ian was not ready even though he was excellect in his September callup…As for Hughes, he came back very strong after his hamsting injury in 07, won a playoff game in Cleveland…..Although the Spring of 08 was not kind, as he was pitching with a cracked rib….Did well when he came back in late August 2008……You’re point is well taken, however his starts va. two first place teams ( Detroit & Texas ) on the road do deserve merit, don’t you think ??????

  97. Doreen July 13th, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    m –

    Yeah, I do love my Disney!

    Listen, I like dependable and clean, even if it is somewhat corporate.

    I still don’t think there’s anything wrong with the Yankees making a dollar or two to give to Sloan Kettering by capitalizing on the “Yankee Universe” moniker. It’s silly, it is. But I take it as very “tongue in cheek.”

  98. Vince July 13th, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    Drew
    July 13th, 2009 at 6:09 pm
    Seriously, “Yankees Universe” sounds really stupid.

    ““““““““““““““““““““““

    Nothing – absolutely nothing can be any more stupid than Red Sox Nation. Beyond laughable.
    Peter Gammoms came close to being elected president.

  99. Tiffany Leigh July 13th, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    Freaking size queens. I see your schwartz is as big as mine!

    “Um, the Sox have RED SOX NATION. We GOT to top ‘em!”
    “How about… Yankees UNIVERSE, boss?”

    I thought this was ground they covered post-2004 when RSN was getting a lot of ink after the WS. Wasn’t there a Steinbrenner-esque dig in Spring Training 2005 that referenced “universe?”

  100. Dave L. July 13th, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    Great — I’m glad the guy who pays $19.99 will get easier access to the stadium the the guy (me) who spent $12k on season tickets.

  101. Mike S. July 13th, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    The Lehigh Valley Yankee Fan Club has been in existence since 2002.

    http://www.lvyankeefanclub.com/

  102. Yankee Fan 1978 July 14th, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    Comparing the Lehigh Valley Yankee Fan Club to this Yankee Universe Fan Club is like comparing chopped liver and prime rib. The Lehigh Valley Yankee Fan Club offers a lanyard for $40 and the Yankee Universe Fan Club offers discounts and more for $20.

  103. The Populator July 14th, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    //Population of NYC 8,274,527//

    Wow! There’s that many people in NY City?

    ….and you can’t sell out the new statdium every game?

    …..sad

  104. Mike S. July 14th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    Yankee Fan 1978
    July 14th, 2009 at 12:46 pm
    Comparing the Lehigh Valley Yankee Fan Club to this Yankee Universe Fan Club is like comparing chopped liver and prime rib. The Lehigh Valley Yankee Fan Club offers a lanyard for $40 and the Yankee Universe Fan Club offers discounts and more for $20.
    ——————————————————-

    Excuse the LVYFC for not having the financial backing of the team or having any kind of team sponsorship. The LVYFC doesn’t have that kind of financial muscle. The board of directors of the LVYFC are a bunch of blue-collar people, not millionaires. It was the idea of one person who had a lot of Yankee fan friends. After running a bunch of bus trips with the same number of people going to the games, he decided to make a club out of those people, and it grew. But as far as “Yankee fan clubs” are concerned, especially one that gives back to its community, the LVYFC has been around for seven years. Not starting up now.

  105. scoopemup July 14th, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    Low rent.Further evidence how far this organization has sunk.WE’RE THE YANKEES GOD DAMNIT……….Seriously we don’t need this stupidity.

  106. Simon July 14th, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    I don’t need no fan club to show people I’m a Yankees fan. I don’t care if its $40 with a free lanyard and a newsletter that has spelling and grammar errors or $20 and gives me preferential access to a museum I have now seen twice since everyone is obsessed with visiting Monument cave.

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