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Notes from the clubhouse

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Oct 06, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

First thing I learned during my first day on the job: The 4 train goes to the stadium. The 5 train does not.

I got to see a little more of the city than I expected this morning, but I ultimately got to the park in plenty of time for the Yankees workout day, which seems as good a day as any to say hello.

I’m Chad. I’ve been in Scranton for a little more than six years, and after a few days spent packing and searching for a place to live, I’m thrilled to be back at work. I’m sure we’ll get to know one another a little better through the coming days and months, but for now, please know that I’m happy to be here and look forward to being a part of this community. I’ve followed the Lohud blog for years and hope to keep up the information flowing with Sam and Josh.

A few things I noticed in the clubhouse this afternoon…

• The Yankees haven’t announced an active roster for the first round, but 30 players still have a name plate on their lockers. That likely means a group of five extra players traveling with the Yankees through the playoffs.

• Among the players who still have a locker in the clubhouse: Francisco Cervelli, Freddy Guzman, Ramiro Pena and Sergio Mitre. Among the players who do not: Edwar Ramirez, Jonathan Albaladejo, Mark Melancon and Shelley Duncan.

• Derek Jeter was the first player surrounded by media. It amazes me how good he is at answering every question without saying anything remotely controversial. We’ve all seen it happen on television, and I’ve seen it happen a few times in person, but he really does find a million ways to say, “I don’t care who we play in the first round.”

• Brett Gardner does not expect to start in the playoffs.

• Phil Hughes has shaved. The first thing I said to him was that he had the worse mustache I’d ever seen, to which he laughed. “The worse the better,” he said. Hughes shaved the thing last night. “It was starting to get irritating,” he said.

Sam and Josh had the breaking news of Jose Molina starting ahead of Jorge Posada at least once this series. I have the breaking news of Phil Hughes’ facial hair.

It’s nice to pull my weight on my first day.

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417 Responses to “Notes from the clubhouse”

  1. Yankee44 October 6th, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    Great to have you at the blog, Chad! You did a fantastic job reporting on the Scranton team :)

  2. mick October 6th, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    as you 1st heard it here:

    AJ got his way (yes betsy and m AJ whispered in Joe’s ear)

  3. mike eff October 6th, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    welcome aboard chad- loved your SWB blog-i’m sure everyone here is happy you have joined the LoHud team

  4. rconn23 October 6th, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Welcome Chad. I’ve admired your work covering Scranton and know you will be a great addition here.

  5. lswaha October 6th, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Welcome Chad! I grew up in Scranton, and just moved south after 24 years. Glad to see you are doing well, and I look forward to reading your work!

  6. Free Mike Vick October 6th, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    CHAD IS IN THE HOUSE!!!!!

  7. 100 pitches of fun... October 6th, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Welcome Chad!!!!

  8. SP October 6th, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Haha, welcome Chad! I’m glad you found your way eventually…and thank goodness Phil shaved that hideous thing.

  9. EricVA October 6th, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    Nice scoop! Welcome to the big show.

  10. Carl October 6th, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    Welcome Chad

  11. Jeter's Edge - Pete, we need registered names and an edit button! October 6th, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    Welcome Chad! You have BIG shoes to fill!

  12. Erica - always OPPC October 6th, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    Poor Chad-

    5 is only one more than 4 (thank you again Sesame Street) but what a world of difference it makes.

  13. m October 6th, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    Aloha, Chad. Your reputation preceded you. (nothing but good)

  14. S.A.--Now the real fun begins October 6th, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    Welcome Chad!

    “Phil Hughes has shaved. The first thing I said to him was that he had the worse mustache I’d ever seen, to which he laughed. “The worse the better,” he said. Hughes shaved the thing last night. “It was starting to get irritating,” he said.”

    OMG. Thank the good lord in heaven that boy finally shaved that thing off. :lol:

  15. gayle October 6th, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    Believe it or not the Phil Hughes shaving the mustache finally is more of a surprise than Molina catching AJ

  16. vin October 6th, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    Welcome Chad! Nice start.

  17. Perry B October 6th, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    Welcome Chad, I’m looking forward to seeing what you bring to the table, good luck! Big shoes to fill…

  18. Shawn October 6th, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    Welcome Chad! Man am I glad Hughes shaved that mustache…

  19. Erica - always OPPC October 6th, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    “Phil Hughes has shaved. The first thing I said to him was that he had the worse mustache I’d ever seen, to which he laughed. “The worse the better,” he said. Hughes shaved the thing last night. “It was starting to get irritating,” he said”

    Rest in peace lip fungus

  20. Andrew GTLU Bronze Medalist October 6th, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    Classic rookie mistake, Chad. It happens to a lot of people, though, so no sweat–plus, you get to see parts of the Bronx on the 5 train that not many people otherwise venture to (except residents of course, no offense intended!)

  21. Ed October 6th, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    Hi Chad. Welcome! I’ve enjoyed your writing on SWB and look forward to reading your blog on loHud.

  22. Hoffa October 6th, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    Welcome Chad! Glad to have you on board!

  23. Yankees Rule October 6th, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    Welcome on board, Chad! I’m sure you’ll do great. Phil’s facial hair is just as important. :D a great start!

  24. Paco Dooley October 6th, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    Glad to see Chad has arrived and will bring his knowledge from Scranton to the big leagues. This should give us a lot of great insights for several years as those minor leaguers make their way to MLB, or get traded away. I like Sam and Josh, but something tells me that Chad is going to be a great replacement for Pete.

  25. 46fan October 6th, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    Welcome Chad and your breaking news about the mustache is something I’ve been waiting to hear since, oh I don’t know, I guess the first time I saw it!!!! And yes, you will find that Jeter finds a way to say nothing about any question you can ask – and NEVER bring up a streak EVER….lol

  26. Chris October 6th, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    Welcome, Chad. Nice to see a fellow Tiger on board.

  27. Clark October 6th, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    Welcome Chad!

    Your first assignment? To analyze and report on Posada-gate!

  28. m October 6th, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    Bronx Jeers,

    The big plate of shutup is only served to those who said some very unflattering things about AJ. Last time I saw him in the Bronx he was pinstripes.

  29. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus October 6th, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    welcome aboard!

  30. Scott October 6th, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    welcome Chad. I am glad that the Journal news got a credible beat reporter in here and I look forward to your coverage of the Yankees.

  31. pat October 6th, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    Welcome Chad!

    Tell Phil the dirt on his lip had been irritating me too.

  32. Jole October 6th, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    Chad – Hope we see your Cardinals against our Yanks in the WS… that should be fun.

  33. betsy October 6th, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    Hi Chad and welcome ! We are glad to have you!

    Thank god Phil shaved that thing – but what is he trying to do? What’s next – nipple rings?

  34. Irrational Thinker October 6th, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    Those who disagree with the decision to start Molina are not true fans… that’s the bottom line.

  35. john October 6th, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    Welcome Chad.

  36. Nick in SF October 6th, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    m, what makes you think that a single Yankee fan here would root against AJ?

  37. Pound 1 October 6th, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    Get us some more juicy quotes from the clubhouse about this Posada decision, Chad!

    Go to each player and ask them how they feel about this and ask them their reaction if AJ gets bombed in game 2!

  38. Richard C October 6th, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    Hi Chad.

    Don’t worry about filling anyones shoes.

    Just have fun and be yourself.

    Welcome!

  39. Bill Porter October 6th, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    Welcome aboard Chad!

  40. DT - OPPC member October 6th, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    all these “look what Pete said” posts are getting stale.
    Wish the ex-man well and look to the future.

    We have the cool NKOTB now. Chad “He’s bad” Jennings.
    We have Smilin Sam I am Borden.
    We have Josh “Tampa is overrated” Thomson.
    It’s all good.

  41. Chaz October 6th, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    The Chad was great

  42. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and a believer in baseball karma October 6th, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    Chad, welcome! You’ve been here before and that’s a good thing. For you and for us.

    :)

  43. Kevin October 6th, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    Welcome aboard Chad….the only thing we ask is you post news at all hours of the day to prevent us from getting any work done lol.

  44. RCK October 6th, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    Welcome, Chad!! So happy to have you here.

  45. Bill October 6th, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    Welcome aboard, Chad.

    Should be a very fun month.

  46. betsy October 6th, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    M, are you telling me to shut up? I guess you are since you implied I am not a real Yankee fan…….

  47. Patrick from CT October 6th, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    Welcome Chad,
    Let’s change the subject away from AJ pitching to Molina.
    We need to get over that and talk about the team the Yankees will play and the roster.
    Until tomorrow you all….

  48. NYYROC October 6th, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    Welcome Chad! I read your SWB blog daily and I’m sure you’ll do a great job covering the NYY!!! Fans love clubhouse info, so thanks for the update!!

  49. MT October 6th, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    I don’t know anyone who would root against AJ…that would be insane. No matter how much I loathe this decision, I want to win!

  50. master bra'tac October 6th, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    Welcome to the bronx Chad!!

  51. betsy October 6th, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    Nick, are you implying that I will root against AJ? Nice…..sheesh

  52. m October 6th, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    I didn’t say they would root against AJ. But some have had such a visceral reaction to this whole thing. (Some) people are literally flipping out. Like it’s the end of the world.

    I guess not everyone is like myself. I (almost always) accept what the Yankees decide and what they do.

  53. Joe October 6th, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    Welcome abord Chad.

  54. CM October 6th, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    Welcome Chad, good luck, can’t wait for your game thread tomorrow!

  55. Jay October 6th, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    yanks won’t win a WS while posada is the catcher…

  56. PGPick October 6th, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    Best of luck, Chad. I always enjoyed your blog on the SWB Yankees and am certain you will be outstanding on this one.

  57. Jensen October 6th, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    welcome! I have enjoyed this blog for a while now, and while you have some rather large shoes to fill (especially in terms of number of posts per day) it is actually sort of nice to see a changing of the guard, and I look forward to a fresh perspective! Seeing how Pete is off to Boston now though, an up-front statement about your allegiance (or lack of allegiance) to the yanks would be nice to see.

    Good luck for the next couple weeks.

  58. Bb October 6th, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    I want AJ to bring his good stuff, because he’s definitely got it. We want him to succeed. If it means with Molina, then so be it. But theres a lot invested in him and we must get it out of him.

  59. Michelle b. speaking from yankee stadium west October 6th, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    Welcome CHAD! Glad to have you!

  60. Ed in PR October 6th, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    lol did you get out at 149th Street and 3rd? Great neighborhood!

    I’ve made the same mistake myself Chad dont sweat it

  61. Erin October 6th, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    Welcome Chad!!

  62. Nick in SF October 6th, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    Betsy, I did not imply that, I quoted what the Voice of Reason had to say on the subject and asked her about it.

    The suggestion that any of us will be rooting against AJ or are not real Yankee fans is not a wise one.

  63. m October 6th, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    Betsy,

    Half the comments were, “I hate it but it’ll be okay if AJ wins”

    or “AJ better win”.

    So if he’s lights out, then he’s done his job and people can stop talking about how bad he is for this club. Ruining it with his divaness.

  64. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and a believer in baseball karma October 6th, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    mel, I think you know that right now those who support Girardi’s decision (or lobbied for the same thing in the past) are in a no win situation.

    The other thing I want to say is that I don’t think that everyone from “the other side” would have been nearly as gracious if the decision had gone the other way. In fact I think we would have been dumped on and crucified mercilessly and a few posters would have demanded that I acknowledge that I was wrong all along. Glad to have escaped that misery anyway.

    :)

  65. Ben October 6th, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    Mr. Jennings,

    If you approach this blog the same way you did with the Scranton one, the transition to the big leagues will be seamless. I have faith in you considering the quality of your work in Scranton. Please enjoy yourself and welcome to the LoHud Yankees Blog sir.

  66. Harper M October 6th, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    Burnett loves Molina

    Suzyn said he waited until the game was over to hug him and thank him.

    What is wrong with pairing up our #2 starter with the guy he is most comfortable with?

  67. NYY626 October 6th, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    I was a little down over the AJ/Molina thing, but the news of Phil shaving off his mustache completely cheered me up :)

  68. East Side Jeff October 6th, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    Welcome Chad, I was an avid reader of your Scranton blog and I’m happy to have you here. Cheers!

  69. JT October 6th, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    Welcome Chad.

    Atleast you got your unexpected train tour of NYC today instead of on a more important day, say, like tomorrow…

  70. Laura October 6th, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    I’ve read articles in the media about how the pressure is on A-Rod to perform in the postseason. In truth, the pressure is going to be on the pitchers to perform, especially AJ. If he pitches poorly with Molina behind the dish, this place will be unbearable.

  71. betsy October 6th, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    You’re mostly referring to me, M…….I don’t feel like getting into an argument with you, so I’m going to drop it.

    Nick, it’s not only unwise, it’s ridiculous and stupid to accuse or even imply that a Yankee fan would root against one of their players because of personal feelings.

  72. Christina- Here come the bandwagoners... October 6th, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    Welcome Chad. Perfect time to start a new job, right? It doesnt get any better than this (well, unless the Yankees lose a game, or are losing in the 1st inning, then beware of crazy posts and/or insane emails). Enjoy the ride.

  73. upstate kate October 6th, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    welcome Chad, and thanks for the update on Phil’s mustache, I really didn’t like it.

  74. ter0722 October 6th, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    Welcome Chad and Good Luck!!

  75. Erica - always OPPC October 6th, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    Nick-

    My Better Midler tickets on New Years Eve are a prize for no one other than myself and my friend :-)

  76. Y 27 October 6th, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    The way both of them acted in that Boston game was probably the last straw.

    Burnett shouting obscenities every other pitch and screaming “WHY WOULD YOU THROW THAT”, and Posada saying after the game that it is frustrating to keep getting shaken off. I imagine that was the boiling point.

  77. Bb October 6th, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    I have not seen our guys cower once this season. There is a certain fire in the belly

  78. MIKE C. October 6th, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    Congrads on your promotion Chad. Lots of luck to you and your family. Welcome aboard.

  79. UKYankee October 6th, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    Welcome Chad and congratulations!
    Loved your work at the old blog. I’m sure I’ll love it here too. Fascinating to get your insight on the kids we have now and next year too.
    I see you’re getting a warmer welcome than Pete at his new gig hahah!

  80. G. Love October 6th, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    This is a dumb question, but I’m heading to the game tomorrow night and want to take Grand Concourse through the Bronx to the River Ave lot where I’m parking.

    I usually take the Deegan or the train, but I have to drive tomorrow night and people keep telling me to take the Concourse.

    So, do I take Saw Mill to Mosholu Parkway South and stay on that until I can make a right onto the Grand Concourse? It looks like I can make a right onto the Grand Concourse from the Mosholu after I pass Jerome Ave on the Mosholu from the maps.

    Also, is the Grand Concourse clearly marked?

    Thanks to anyone who can help & keep me off the Deegan.

  81. Mike in Harrisburg October 6th, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    Hi Chad. Congrats on escaping SWB

  82. betsy October 6th, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    Harper, it was incumbent upon AJ to work with the best catcher on the team. He pitched great to Jorge in July and August…..Well, as others have said, AJ will find the kitchen very, very hot if he doesn’t pitch well….

  83. m October 6th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    No, Betsy, I’m not referring to you.

    Unless you said that AJ should be traded because he’s a diva.

    I addressed you earlier when I told you that it SEEMED like AJ was dead to you.

    But otherwise, you were not the target of my “plate of shutup” comment.

  84. jk October 6th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    Welcome aboard and good luck.

  85. Nick in SF October 6th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    Erica, when things get snippy in here, you are the wind beneath my wings.

  86. CountryClub October 6th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    Did someone just say the Yanks wont win a WS with Posada catching? Introduce yourself to the late 90′s. His catching skills were the same then as they are today. As a matter of fact, he probably throws a little better now than he did back then.

  87. 100 pitches of fun... October 6th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    Too bad they couldn’t get AJ comfortable with Cervelli instead of Molina. At least Cervelli can hit. Molina will have no chance against Verlander otherwise it will probably be the Idle Pavano.

  88. G. Love October 6th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    Oh and welcome aboard Chad! I loved the Scranton blog.

  89. Doreen October 6th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    Chad – Welcome aboard!

    Great first official post here. And the most important news of the day.

    I always knew Phil Hughes was a sensible boy. Willing to try new things, but knowing when to give it up! :) First the long hair – cut it because it was too much work; then then the mustache – shaved it because it was irritating. Sensible, sensible boy! :lol:

  90. kill.schill(ing) October 6th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    Welcome to the majors Mr. Hobbes.

  91. mick October 6th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    betsy

    so now you hate AJ?

    yesterday you thought it was speculation about him wanting molina.

    what do you think now?

    still no proof huh?

  92. DT - OPPC member October 6th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    easy mistake to make Chad. Completely understandable…

    In Scranton, I think the # 5 train drops you off at the stadium.
    The # 4 train takes you to the Kei Igawa statue.

  93. CK in LA October 6th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Welcome, Chad …. thanks for the updates and keeping the humor!!

  94. austinmac October 6th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Welcome Chad. I enjoyed your SWB work and look forward to your keeping us informed at the bigt league level.
    I do believe the facial hair story is a critical one. Can’t we all agree that was not a world champion mustache? Could the Yankees have overcome it? That worry can be set aside. I can sleep a little better thanks to your news.

  95. Laura October 6th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    “What is wrong with pairing up our #2 starter with the guy he is most comfortable with?”

    AJ is a big league pitcher, who should be able to throw to anyone who is behind the plate. That is the sign of a true professional. By pairing AJ up with Molina, Girardi and Cash are implying that AJ’s success is dependent on Molina when in truth, the responsibility to pitch well is on AJ.

    While I do believe that a catcher does have some hand in how well a pitcher does, it is a very small percent. In the end, it’s going to be up to AJ to pitch well because all hell is going to break loose if he doesn’t.

  96. ditmars1929 October 6th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Don’t worry about the mistake on the train, Chad. It’s pretty easy to do. The 4-train goes to Yankee Stadium. The 5-train goes to the Bronx Zoo. So it’s pretty easy to understand the confusion on your first day.

    Good luck!!!

  97. chris October 6th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Welcome, Chad! Looking forward to reading your work! Good luck!

  98. kd October 6th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    welcome chad.

  99. DC 212 October 6th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Josey knows how to call a game. He is a calm, cool, and collection. Burnett wants to throw a pitch, Josey lets him. They are on the same page. He blocks balls in the dirt and AJ is confident in throwing that 2-2 slurve in the dirt because Josey will block it. He can throw that curve that clips the outside corner to a lefty because Josey knows how to frame it and get the call strike 3.

    Josey is a true catcher and knows how to call a ball game. He will help Burnett.

  100. Eugene October 6th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    Chad welcome to the area and good luck.

  101. Mark in Tampa October 6th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    Erica,

    I missed your Sesame Street post when you first did it, but I think Jorge is the perfect Oscar the Grouch. Jeter and Arod are Bert and Ernie, in no particular order. And Jose Molina is a dead ringer for Snuffulufugus. Yes, I have seen too much Sesame Street in my life. :) Nephews.

  102. Nick in SF October 6th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    “What is wrong with pairing up our #2 starter with the guy he is most comfortable with?”

    We did, but unfortunately it was Chien-ming Wang with Dr. Andrews. :(

  103. DT - OPPC member October 6th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    “My Better Midler tickets on New Years Eve are a prize for no one other than myself and my friend ”

    my condolences Erica.
    just remember –
    ” it’s been a long journey from Milan to Minsk, Rochelle, Rochelle”

  104. The Mad Prince in Pinstripes October 6th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    I love how overly-sensitive people are on here.

    To Nick’s defense, he’s a fun loving, witty fella who strives to have good conversation and fun on this blog.

    That should be the sole purpose of this blog, no?

  105. jk October 6th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    >do I take Saw Mill to Mosholu Parkway South and stay on that until I can make a right onto the Grand Concourse? It looks like I can make a right onto the Grand Concourse from the Mosholu after I pass Jerome Ave on the Mosholu from the maps.

    Yes, make a right. It will be immediately after you go under the 4 train.

    > Also, is the Grand Concourse clearly marked?

    Yes.

  106. talltenor October 6th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    Welcome, Chad!

    As we say in opera, “in bocca al lupo!”

    talltenor

  107. JD October 6th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    So Nino is still there?

    Can someone explain this to me, please? Maybe I’m not seeing something, that everyone else is seeing?

    I don’t get why the Yankees would take Guzman over Pena.
    Is there really that much of an upside? Yeah, Guzman can run, but so can Pena. Pena also is a plus defensively, with some light at the plate. He can pr late int he game also?
    Like I said, is there really that much of an upgrade in Guzman?

  108. #9 October 6th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    Hi Chad!

    What’s playing on your iPod right now?!

  109. mick October 6th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    What happens in the World Series, assuming we get there?

    Will Posada sit 2 games?

    The lineup for the 2-3 road games won’t be pretty with Molina and the pitcher at the bottom.

    Well alls well if we win.

  110. Rick (Columbus) October 6th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    Welocome Chad!
    I am sure you will be great. Enjoy!

  111. The Mad Prince in Pinstripes October 6th, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    “We did, but unfortunately it was Chien-ming Wang with Dr. Andrews. :(”

    Case in point.

  112. TZ October 6th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    Remember.. if AJ doesn’t pitch well this winter, Cashman will take a hit too for signing him when everyone said it was a risky signing.

    He was probably on board with this decision because it is the best chance to get AJ to pitch well.

  113. G. Love October 6th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    Thanks jk!

  114. Jones October 6th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    AJ is a big league pitcher, who should be able to throw to anyone who is behind the plate. That is the sign of a true professional. By pairing AJ up with Molina, Girardi and Cash are implying that AJ’s success is dependent on Molina when in truth, the responsibility to pitch well is on AJ.

    While I do believe that a catcher does have some hand in how well a pitcher does, it is a very small percent. In the end, it’s going to be up to AJ to pitch well because all hell is going to break loose if he doesn’t.
    ________________________________________________________
    AMEN!!!!!!!!!!

  115. Scott October 6th, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    And the other sidebar to Game 2?

    Pavano will be starting for Minnesota if they make it.

    As if that game wasn’t intriguing enough.

  116. m October 6th, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    mick,

    The thinking around the club is probably this: “Let’s get out of the first round first before we start worrying about the World Series”.

  117. Seven October 6th, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    That has to be rough for Pena if Guzman who has been on the yankees since the middle of september makes the alds roster over him.

  118. Blueshirt Brawler October 6th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Welcome to New York Chad. You’ll learn from the Great Subway Race at the Stadium that the “B”, the “D” and the “4″ trains all go to the 161st Street, Yankee Stadium stop. The “5″, the “6″, the “F” or the “V”, do not. I’ve followed the SWB blog for about a year now and I have to say we are all very lucky and very happy to have you to write the LoHud blog after losing Pete Abe. Your relationship with the SWB players will be an interesting read for sure being that you saw a lot of them for the last couple of years come up through the system.

  119. mick October 6th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Would Posada’s feelings be less hurt if he were the DH for game 2?

    Surprised he might not be but Matsui will probably bat against a righty.

  120. Wilson October 6th, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    If AJ pitches poorly in game 2, then him and Girardi need to leave the Stadium in their Gorilla suits before the media can talk to them….

  121. ThePocketgeek October 6th, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    Welcome Chad. We’re glad to have you.

  122. nettles October 6th, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    Welcome Chad! Loved your work covering SWB and was glad to hear you were stepping in. Any other breaking facial hair news? :)

  123. Carl October 6th, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    TZ October 6th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    Remember.. if AJ doesn’t pitch well this winter, Cashman will take a hit too for signing him when everyone said it was a risky signing.

    He was probably on board with this decision because it is the best chance to get AJ to pitch well.

    And do you think Cashman will care?

  124. Wave Your Hat October 6th, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    The optimists around here seem to be completely ignoring the possibility that the Yanks won’t score many runs for AJ.

    If it’s the Twins, their bullpen is as good as ours, if not better.

    I vote for as much offense as possible, as early in the game as possible.

  125. NYY626 October 6th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Erica – always OPPC
    October 6th, 2009 at 3:36 pm
    Nick-

    My Better Midler tickets on New Years Eve are a prize for no one other than myself and my friend
    ____________________________________________________________
    I saw Bette in Vegas last March.! I am 95% positive that we were the only people at the concert under age 50 (well besides the gay men), but she was AMAZING live!

  126. Doreen October 6th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    If the Yankees make it to the WS, they will have to try to work the rotation so that AJ only pitches at home, so long as they continue to pair him with Molina. They are not going to have a 7-man lineup. No way.

    And AJ is probably going to pitch at home, because, apparently his splits are better when he pitches at home.

    Interesting thing, though – what happens to all this careful planning, choosing the “long” series, etc., if the weather doesn’t cooperate????

  127. mick October 6th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    if they make it to the WS, things might be going well with AJ and Molina, so let it be.

  128. Veras Must Go October 6th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Good see you made it Chad. Welcome!

  129. Brandon Awesome "BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!" October 6th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Welcome to the big leagues Chad. Where today you are a promising future star.. today, but if you ever screw up we will band together and await your banning from ever working in the big leauges again.

    But hey it’s no pressure, it’s only day 1. :D

  130. Carl October 6th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Seven October 6th, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    That has to be rough for Pena if Guzman who has been on the yankees since the middle of september makes the alds roster over him.

    Where would Pena play?

  131. Jones October 6th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    “That has to be rough for Pena if Guzman who has been on the yankees since the middle of september makes the alds roster over him.”
    __________________________________________
    Yup. I’d prefer Pena.

  132. Rockks October 6th, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    If I’m Jeter, MO, or Andy… I lose all respect for Girardi and AJ after this

  133. SteveB October 6th, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    Welcome to New York, Chad, The Land of 1000s of Comments!

    SteveB
    POTY

  134. Shaun P. October 6th, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    Welcome, Chad! I am thrilled to have you here.

  135. mick October 6th, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    m

    so do you think AJ “requested” Molina yet?

  136. Erica - always OPPC October 6th, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Mark in Tampa
    October 6th, 2009 at 3:40 pm
    Erica,

    I missed your Sesame Street post when you first did it, but I think Jorge is the perfect Oscar the Grouch. Jeter and Arod are Bert and Ernie, in no particular order. And Jose Molina is a dead ringer for Snuffulufugus. Yes, I have seen too much Sesame Street in my life. Nephews.

    ****

    I thought to better to stay away from Posada as Oscar today. Too intense. LOL.

    I went with the following (thanks again Erin):
    Jeter= Ernie
    Posada= Bert (they are BFFS)
    A-Rod= Big Bird (tall and just enough innocence)
    Damon= Elmo (oddly childlike)
    Tex= Grover
    Swisher= Cookie Monster
    Cano & Melky= Two Headed Monster
    Matsui= The Count
    Molina= Mr. Snuffleupagus (thats a keeper)

  137. JD October 6th, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    “Where would Pena play?”,

    Well neither one would probably play at all, except PR. I’m just saying, I’m not seeing a major upgrade with Guzman.

  138. Doreen October 6th, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    Hey, Randy l, some of those games that Molina caught AJ in September, how many of them were because Jorge had the stiff neck or the sore hand? And how many earlier in the season were when Posada went down with the leg injury (before Molina himself went down)?

    ‘Cause I think that may have started the whole thing snowballing. Posada can’t catch AJ if he’s not available, which gave AJ the chance to be caught by other catchers, and delayed a smoother relationship between AJ/Posada.

    As opposed to it necessarily being a poor decision by Girardi to have Molina catch most of AJ’s games. Which could have been the case. I’m just offering another explanation.

  139. Keith October 6th, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    Welcome aboard Chad … as a fellow Scrantonite it was great hearing you would be handling the LoHud Blog. Look at the brightside … you no longer have to work with Joby. ha ha!

  140. m October 6th, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    mick,

    Do you know something I don’t?

    And like I told you yesterday. It’s up to Girardi to squash it.

    But it looks like this has been in the works since Jorge’s suspension/stiff neck/trap issue.

    Who cares? It’s a done deal.

  141. Erica - always OPPC October 6th, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    NYY626
    October 6th, 2009 at 3:46 pm
    Erica – always OPPC
    October 6th, 2009 at 3:36 pm
    Nick-

    My Better Midler tickets on New Years Eve are a prize for no one other than myself and my friend
    ____________________________________________________________
    I saw Bette in Vegas last March.! I am 95% positive that we were the only people at the concert under age 50 (well besides the gay men), but she was AMAZING live!

    ****

    Awesome

  142. Tom October 6th, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    So you think Pavano is going to shut us down and AJ is going to get rocked?

  143. upstate kate October 6th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    I am not that impressed w/ Guzman, he is fast, but doesn’t seem to get a good lead. I would rather see Gardner or Pena.

  144. Nick in SF October 6th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    Ah, thank you Mad Prince. I’d rather be drinking a beer with you at Yankee Stadium West than being served a plate of shut up!

    That said, I have to take off, but I would like to close with a parting thought. I pretty much agree now with what one commenter said on this blog back on June 15:

    “…some pitchers do get it in their heads that they work better with a particular catcher, sometimes for good reason.

    There is no good reason why AJ Burnett can’t be just as successful with Posada as he can be with Cervelli or Molina. In fact, we’ve seen it happen with our own eyes.

    But as Yogi said, “”Baseball is 90% mental — the other half is physical.” If a knucklehead like AJ does better throwing to another catcher and they can match it up with Jorge’s off days, no problem for now. But down the road, AJ will have to throw to Posada.”

    That sounds about right, but ‘down the road’ is still a little ways to go.

    Enjoy the playoff.

  145. Erica - always OPPC October 6th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    Nick in SF
    October 6th, 2009 at 3:37 pm
    Erica, when things get snippy in here, you are the wind beneath my wings.

    ****

    Aww- thanks Nick :-)
    I will let you know when the next declared “Happy Day” is LOL

  146. Erin October 6th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    Erica – always OPPC
    October 6th, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    I went with the following (thanks again Erin)

    ******

    My pleasure Erica. That was a fun way to lighten the mood. Getting a bit tense in the other thread.

  147. Nick in SF October 6th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    I meant “I’d rather be drinking a beer with you at Yankee Stadium West than be served a plate of shut up!”

    Poor grammar can sometimes be an early indicator for poor fandom. :(

  148. Manger October 6th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Chad, I read your SWB blog from time to time. I was very relieved to hear you’re one of the guys replacing PeteAbe, couldn’t think of anyone more deserving of the opportunity!

  149. Cam October 6th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Welcome Chad! Nice to see you on board.

  150. upstate kate October 6th, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    Erica-
    can you declare a happy hour? No discussing catchers for a little while?

  151. stuart a October 6th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Welcome Chad enjoy the ride.

    Melancon will be better for the struggles this year and contribute big time next year.

    Gaudin deserves to make the roster…The molina move is because of burnett. who better come thru else him being a knucklehead will really hurt the yanks……….

  152. MR.OCTOBER October 6th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    WELCOME TO THE BIG LEAGUES CHAD!!!

  153. Seven October 6th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Carl
    October 6th, 2009 at 3:46 pm
    Seven October 6th, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    That has to be rough for Pena if Guzman who has been on the yankees since the middle of september makes the alds roster over him.

    Where would Pena play?

    ————————————

    Pena could of been a pinch runner he has good speed. You already have Gardner on the team if you need a stolen base. I think it is very unlikely that they will need both Gardner and Guzman to steal bases in the alds. I even thought they would of been better off carrying an extra bullpen pitcher.

  154. Mo-Butter October 6th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    I loved the Scranton blog, welcome aboard Chad! Cant wait for tomorrow, pleeeeeeaase not the Twins… please…..

  155. sar515 October 6th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    So Chad…
    What kind of a guy is Michael Scott in real life?

    Good to have you here!

  156. Greg Cohen October 6th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Welcome aboard Chad!

  157. Mark in Tampa October 6th, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    The problem with Pena is that he would only see the field as a pinch runner, and Guzman is faster. Neither is going to pinch hit for anybody, and the Yanks won’t need defensive replacements in the infield. However, they may need a late innings defensive sub for Damon. Guzman is suited for that, Pena hasn’t played enough outfield to trust him there in the playoffs. Guzman makes more sense for the playoff sprint, Pena for the regular season.

  158. Storm October 6th, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    does anyone know what time the gates will be opening tomorrow and friday?

  159. Pris October 6th, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    “Brett Gardner does not expect to start in the playoffs.”

    At all? Since when? I thought everyone (except Joe of course) already panned him down as one of the 25….
    Did I miss anything between now and then?

  160. rconn23 October 6th, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    Jose Molina was the third worst hitter in the AL this year.

    Unless A.J. Burnett pitches lights out because of his magic chemistry with Molina it’s a

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/pi/shareit/myShh

  161. UConn Fan October 6th, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    With Molina starting at least one game does this assure that Cervelli makes the PS Roster?

  162. William October 6th, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    The problem is that steroids have been prevalent in baseball for over a decade and it is a problem that developed under Selig’s watch. We were all spectators though and cheering the McGuire/Sosa HR chase because it revived the sport after the strike. However, turning a blind eye to it is coming back to haunt us now. Al though I think all of them should be allowed in the hall just because they were unlucky to get caught doesn’t mean they should be penalized.

  163. rconn23 October 6th, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    *poor decision.

  164. Sean Ryan October 6th, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    Welcome Chad.

    Keep on f*cking that chicken!

    (NYC inside joke, lol)

  165. Bronx Jeers October 6th, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    “Sam and Josh had the breaking news of Jose Molina starting ahead of Jorge Posada at least once this series. I have the breaking news of Phil Hughes’ facial hair.”

    Well….at least you got to break the “good news”. :wink:

    Welcome Aboard Chad!

    I’m sure I speak for many when I say that we’re excited to have you here.

  166. m October 6th, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    Oooh. Don’t go to espn.com. It’ll just upset you guys.

  167. Rich October 6th, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    Chad, you can take the 5 but have get off at 125th and take the bus.

  168. saucY October 6th, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    welcome Chad. now are you ready to rent some cahs? ;)

  169. The Mad Prince in Pinstripes October 6th, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    No doubt Nick…soon enough my friend, soon enough.

    Why don’t we all just let AJ get out on the mound and see what he’s got before we judge him a failure.

    He has the ability to be lights out and he has shown that he can get shelled.

    Twins or Tigers, Apples or Oranges.

    If the Yankees play their game the way they have all season, AS A TEAM, then they can be successful.

    Remember…this team has played about as good of regular season baseball as any team we’ve had this decade. The ability is there.

  170. Jeff NJ October 6th, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    Chad, welcome. I’ve been reading your Scranton Blog for a few years, it’s great. Glad you got this job, many of us, I’m thinking thousands of people, love this site and look to it first for Yankee news. You have big shoes to fill, but you’re the right man for the job. Congrats!

  171. Debbie October 6th, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    Welcome, Chad, A lot more people posting here than at SWB. Jersey Girl that I am, I once was supposed to meet someone in the Bronx and ended up in Brooklyn. You found your way, now enjoy the ride.

  172. saucY October 6th, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    m, i’ve noticed recently that the only reason i go to espn.com is to get myself upset over something.

    when nothing on their front page irritates me i don’t feel like i’m getting my moneys worth..

  173. Wolf In Pinstripes October 6th, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    Welcome to the Chadmeister. Like others, I have followed you over at the SWB blog for a while and was thrilled to hear you were the choice to take over.

    Great first post – from the train story to the news and notes. Way to pull your weight, man.

  174. Blackaccord October 6th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    Welcome Chad.. Loved ur blog on the scranton yankees.. Looking forward to a great playoff series and greater blogging from you on the series..

  175. Y 27 October 6th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    Cervelli is better than Molina. If you are going to use the backup catcher atleast use the better backup.

  176. The Mad Prince in Pinstripes October 6th, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    And also, I don’t see why people are so terrified of Molina catching AJ when AJ is a wild thrower and Jose is the better defensive catcher.

    Jorge wants to play and I DIG that about him, big time. He’s a competitor, is tough as nails, and has a lot of pride. But he is also a team guy and a leader and will back up his manager’s decision when its all said and done.

  177. m October 6th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    saucY,

    Then, by all means, go!

    Click, saucY, click!

  178. Ant928 October 6th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    Chad:

    Welcome aboard and congrats on your post season “call up”. We’re a rowdy and demanding bunch…but lovable…kinda like the Bleacher Creatures.

    So that being said rookie boy…repeat after me…B…D…4…..B….D…..4!

    Welcome to Da Bronx! :)

  179. Erin October 6th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    Pris
    October 6th, 2009 at 3:56 pm
    “Brett Gardner does not expect to start in the playoffs.”

    At all? Since when? I thought everyone (except Joe of course) already panned him down as one of the 25….
    Did I miss anything between now and then?

    *******

    Pris, I just took that to mean that Gardner doesn’t expect to start any games as center fielder-he’ll be coming off the bench as a pinch runner/late inning defensive replacement.

  180. E-Rod October 6th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    huh?

    What is upsetting about Sam Bradford hopeful about returning Saturday for the Sooners?

  181. Rick October 6th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    Bottom line… if we don’t hit Pavano, we don’t deserve to win anyway.

    IDC what he has done against us in the regular season. Lots of subpar pitchers have shut us down during the regular season, does that mean they are going to shut us down in October?

  182. RalphieD (OPPC) October 6th, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    does everybody agree that theres no way that molina catches a decisive game 5? i dont think there is any chance of that…elimination game, you gotta go with your best

  183. saucY October 6th, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    m, all i see is a preview for the twins/tigers game with “edge of your seat” as the headline. maybe they changed it since you were there?

  184. Jensen October 6th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    huge news: MLB.TV is now available for the postseason (and tonight’s tigers/twins game) for $10 extra. Great value for someone like me who has internet but no cable.

  185. Rafael October 6th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    Mr. PeteAbe in his second post at Globe.com

    “I spent the last four seasons covering the DREADED Yankees and the three years before that on the dreadful Mets”

  186. Melissa October 6th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    Hey Chad, welcome to the blog! I hope you enjoy it here as a writer as much as we do as readers.

  187. pat October 6th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    Pris

    You missed the word start. Gardner is going to make the roster but Melky will start the games in CF.

  188. Wilson October 6th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    Well, if Burnett pitches well in game 2 with Molina… can they really go away from him? What if he gets lit up in game 5 with Posada? Then Girardi will get crucified for going away from what worked the first time.

    If he gets rocked ing ame 2, then there is no question we go to Jorge in game 5

  189. upstate kate October 6th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    m-
    that is teasing, of course we have to look :)

  190. The Mad Prince in Pinstripes October 6th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    Rafael…that’s a compliment to the Yankees. They’re dreaded by the Sox because we’ve dominated them so thoroughly throughout the rivalry :)

  191. m October 6th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    Sam and Josh had the breaking news of Jose Molina starting ahead of Jorge Posada at least once this series. I have the breaking news of Phil Hughes’ facial hair.

    It’s nice to pull my weight on my first day.
    =====================================================

    Chad,

    Don’t be so hard on yourself. The Molina story wasn’t exactly breaking news. Second worst kept secret behind the Series A decision. :)

  192. AZ Four October 6th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    I might cry trying to see Molina catch up to Verlander’s 99 MPH moving fastball

  193. Jbro October 6th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Glad to have you Chad. I wasn’t a fan of Petes, but he was good at what he did. As long as you don’t make cracks at the Jets while I’m half a handle of Jaeger deep after a loss I should be back for good.

  194. m October 6th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    saucY,

    Look harder. There’s a link under the headlines. Very inflammatory lead-in.

  195. 4time October 6th, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    Maybe AJ punched Posada like The Raiders coach did to his Defensive Coordinator.

  196. Rishi October 6th, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    Welcome, Chad – great to have you onboard!

  197. Rick October 6th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    He meant dreaded, as in, dreaded for Sox fans (and he is one). Not dreaded as in awful.

  198. melky gardner October 6th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Welcome to your new home Chad! As one of the fans who followed your excellent Scranton reporting I’m glad to see you on board.

  199. 108 stitches October 6th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Welcome aboard Chad. You’ll do the same great job as you did with the SWB blog. I can’t imagine the players not taking to a writer with your style.
    All the best !

  200. Christina- Here come the bandwagoners... October 6th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Rafael, he said DREADED not DREADFUL, which is what he called the Mets. In case your vocabulary is limited:

    dread (drd)

    1. To be in terror of.
    2. To anticipate with alarm, distaste, or reluctance: dreaded the long drive home.
    3. Archaic To hold in awe or reverence.
    v.intr.
    To be very afraid.

    So the Red Sox feared the Yankees. If anything, think of it as a positive remark for Yankee fans. Stop reading into the posts. It’s going to be a long postseason if everyone is going to try and tear apart every sentence Pete writes.

  201. Yank1 October 6th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    Cabrera apologizes to teammates for being drunk?

    Pretty funny headline, but not inflammatory

  202. Ralph October 6th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    Glad to have you here Chad. Good Luck with the new job.

  203. m October 6th, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    “miffed”

  204. X-Mann October 6th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    “Posada miffed to hear that Molina is Burnett’s personal catcher”

  205. saucY October 6th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    :evil: :D

  206. Pris October 6th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Erin – Thanks!

    “Start” is the key word I guess I missed~

  207. CT_chris October 6th, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    Welcome aboard Chad! Followed you at SWB and glad to see joining the major league team.

  208. Jones October 6th, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    & Welcome Chad! I read your blog for SWB. You’re one of the best.

  209. Mike R October 6th, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Welcome Chad! It will be nice to get a fresh take on things with a new writer.

    I hope you don’t have any personal vendettas against any of the players yet!

  210. Jones October 6th, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Sam’s great too.

  211. Tim October 6th, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Why does Cabrera have to apologize for being drunk?

  212. Samantha Cifelli October 6th, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Chad!! 4, D, and B are all Yankee Stadium trains silly.

  213. Mac Daddy October 6th, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    The Pete Era is now offcially over! YAY

    Chad, dont disappoint!

  214. 100 pitches of fun... October 6th, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    The media just asked Charlie Manuel who his closer is? He said we will see, it depends on the situation lol. I would obviously rather have the Posada gate issue than not having a closer.

  215. MG October 6th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    this decision doesn’t make nearly as much of an impact if AJ pitches the 3rd game in each series as it does if he’s the 2nd game pitcher all the way through. In that event, if Molina is catching, Jorge sits 2 games in the ALDS plus 2 in both the ALCS and WS. That’s potentially 6 games out of 19, way too many times for the backup to be in the lineup-the real number should be ZERO, no one needs rest in the post season and there are no day games after night games.

    I don’t think Girardi should have allowed Jorge to take the heat on this, he should have made it public before Jorge spoke with the press and gave specific reasons why he made the decision. As Randy says, if its ‘managers intuition’ that’s fine because it could be a one game decision. If it’s a game 5 ALDS with AJ on the mound Jorge has to be in the lineup along with Matsui. If not, and the Yankees lose, Girardi will be skewered along with AJ and deservedly so.

    it’s entirely possible that Jorge will DH when Molina is catching since Matsui ended the season in a cold spell-he is very streaky and if he doesn’t hit the ball well in game 1 then Jorge (who has been hot all September) should be the DH.

  216. Sey October 6th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    So far I am licking Sam, John, and Chad more than Pete.

    No snarky comments, no vendettas, etc. just great commentary. Keep up the good work.

  217. m October 6th, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    If you’re Omar, how comfortable are you with the rumour that a big name like Towers or Ricciardi could be joining the Mets?

  218. Ber October 6th, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    Welcome aboard Chad, and welcome to the NYC subway system.

  219. betsy October 6th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    Mick, I don’t HATE anyone…….I just don’t feel the same way about him, so sue me. What is this, 5th grade, where you go “nah nah, I was right and you were wrong”?

  220. Erica - always OPPC October 6th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    This dissection of every word on Pete’s Boston blog kind of reminds me of how someone would act asking if an exboyfriend was talking about you. Leave Pete alone

  221. Mike in CT October 6th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    Welcome Chad an good luck!

    When are you getting your Yankee’s Tattoo?
    Did the Lohud mention it was required after Pete’s recent turncoating. I think its line 7885 of your contract

  222. Cross-T October 6th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    Brad Lidge has handled his uncertainty about being the closer better than Posada has this.

    Did Lidge say that he hopes Madson does well and thats it?

  223. betsy October 6th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Tom, Pavano has shut us down twice……….and Doreen, how ridiculous is it that the Yankees would have to jump through hoops to make this work with AJ should they make the WS? They paid $15 million for this? I have never once thrown $$$ around in my posts, but seriously…Laura is exactly right.

  224. Mike October 6th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    The only reason that Riccardi or Towers would take the Mets job as an adviser is because they know Omar is on thin ice and can take his job soon.

    Mets job is very attractive. Largest payroll in the NL, a division that is much easier than the AL East, good fans, big market.

    Omar is doing it for PR reasons to try and show the world that he is bringing smart baseball people to help turn the Mets around. If they win, Omar stays and he looks good for hiring them. If they lose, he’s fired and replaced by one of them. No lose situation for him. He’s going to be fired if he loses anyway so might as well try and get as much help as possible.

  225. 100 pitches of fun... October 6th, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    Who cares what Pete says. It’s time to move on people. I am happy I don’t have to hear about all of the Arod BS anymore from a Yankee hater.

  226. Danny F October 6th, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    You don’t feel the same way about Burnett anymore because he likes another catcher more?

    That makes no sense…

  227. Chris G October 6th, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    Welcome Chad. Great news to hear Hughes got rid of the porn ‘stache.

  228. steve October 6th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    pete was a red sox fan… good riddance…

    chad is a cardinals fan. cardinals you can respect.

  229. tom tresh 15 October 6th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    Welcome Aboard Chad

  230. teddy October 6th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    welcome chad

  231. m October 6th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    Mike,

    Totally agreed. Guys like Towers/Ricciardi aren’t going to the Mets to play wingman.

    Not with jobs like San Diego (lol) and the Nats (another lol for different reasons).

  232. Carl October 6th, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    http://www.nydailynews.com/blo.....-rota.html

  233. Pat M. October 6th, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    Let the second guessing begin, which it has……..Ballgame in 30 minutes……..SJ, Good to see you back,great explanation about catching breaking balls as opposed to hitting them….GB asked that last night….Hitting them is hell, recieving them not so

  234. sab October 6th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    Chad – Tell us now…do you have family still living in Michigan (or from wherever you originally are) and one day plan to move back for a better job blogging the Detroit Tigers? We want to bring you in as family but after what Pete did we don’t want our hearts stomped on again…

  235. Carl October 6th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    AJ to start game 2. Bruney,Pena,Mitre are off the roster.

  236. randy l. October 6th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    “In fact I think we would have been dumped on and crucified mercilessly and a few posters would have demanded that I acknowledge that I was wrong all along. Glad to have escaped that misery anyway.”

    trisha-
    let me understand this.

    so you are saying you are right that molina would catch burnett in the playoffs.

    that’s fine. no problem there

    there’s a distinction to be made though.

    that isn’t the same as saying that the yankees should have all along groomed molina to catch burnett in the playoffs.

    i personally think that was a mistake.

    i think the yankees should have had posada catch bunett the whole summer to get ready for having him catch burnett in the playoffs.

    your position seems to be that the yankees were right to have had molina catch burnett most of the summer and at the end of the year.

    there appear to be layers to your position.

    if part of your position says molina should have caught burnett the last few months
    making the decision inevitable that girardi would pick molina to catch burnett in the playoffs, then that’s different than just simply saying molina would catch in the playoffs.

    sj44 , me and a lot of others are saying the yankees should not be going into the playoffs with the back up catcher who is one of the worst hitters in baseball starting games, and that it’s not even close to ideal.

    i think what would have been ideal is for burnett to have gotten used to pitching to the yankee starter posada so he could still roll out his nasty stuff and still have posada’s bat in the whole game.

    you do realize if molina gets bombed or loses a close scoring game where molina doesn’t hit wll you really haven’t escaped anything.

    girardi too. this is a high wire act without a net. pull it and off and it’s going to look great.

    but have it blow up and girardi may not have a job.

    it’s a kind of bet the business kind of decision.

    if the yankees are one and done and molina catches two losses by burnett, girardi will be on the hot seat.

  237. betsy October 6th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    Danny F, you have completely reduced my argument to a childish leveal of reasoning. I detest personal catchers – there is nothing (almost nothing) in the game that bothers me more. I still think Greg Maddux’ situation was ridiculous……..and he’s an all-time great. I definitely think Joe erred by letting it get this far, but then, as the pitcher, it’s up to AJ to realize that his performance is on HIM, not the catcher. I’ve already explained my reasoning a million times – it’s certainly not as simple as “AJ likes Molina better so phooey on him”.

  238. pat October 6th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

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  239. Walter October 6th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    Rather than directing all the anger and viciousness towards Girardi, Burnett, Jorge etc,. why not direct some happiness towards Molina? He is a great guy who is getting a chance to start a playoff game. Why not feel good for him?

  240. anon October 6th, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    Chad have LoHud make a message board for all these pathetic losers already will you.

  241. Mac Daddy October 6th, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    as i told you all weeks ago, girardi had to start molina with burnett…jorges reaction also shows what a clown he is…what happened to the yankee way and being all about winning and team? the captain talks bout how important team is and to check attitude and selfishness at the door…apparently jorge isnt held to those standards…

  242. Starks in Tampa October 6th, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    Chad,

    nice to have you, I look forward to having you run the show from this point on. Welcome!

  243. Bronx Jeers October 6th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    m October 6th, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    Bronx Jeers,

    The big plate of shutup is only served to those who said some very unflattering things about AJ. Last time I saw him in the Bronx he was pinstripes.

    ————————————————————-

    I hear you. I’d root for Papelbon pitching to Carlton Fisk if they were playing for the Yankees. I think most, if not all, in here would.

    Some are upset because they feel that Posada in the line-up gives them the best chance to win.

    Personally I think AJ pitching lights out ball gives them the best chance to win.

    If Molina gives AJ some sort of a mental boost, a better level of comfort, so be it.

    It may not be optimal but it’s on AJ to prove that the move was worth it.

    Hopefully next season as AJ becomes more comfortable, the situation resolves itself.

  244. Starks in Tampa October 6th, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    whats the big deal if Molina does catch AJ? Ever thought that maybe Girardi asked AJ who he feels more comfortable with and he opted for Molina? Loosing Posada’s bat will hurt but the Yankees still have plenty of hitters to make up for it in return for a comfortable AJ and better defense.

    Not a big issue to me.

  245. Laura October 6th, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    “Why does Cabrera have to apologize for being drunk?”

    Cabrera is the star on a team that was limping down the stretch and he’s going out drinking with the opponents during the final games of the season? It’s not like DET had a 7 game lead. The Twins were breathing down their necks and instead of being focused on the task at hand, he’s staying up late drinking. That’s wrong any way you look at it.

  246. Arun October 6th, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    Strange to say, but welcome to YOUR blog Chad! This must be such a thrill for you after toiling in the minors! I am really, genuinely excited for you, what a story to start this job on the eve of the playoffs at Yankee Stadium! Thrilled for you sincerely! :)

  247. MB October 6th, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Chad. Good luck on the new job, enjoyed what I briefly read of your SWB blog this year. Hope to see Sam stay very involved as Chad gets his legs.

  248. BJK October 6th, 2009 at 4:36 pm

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    October 6th, 2009 at 4:22 pm
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    No snarky comments, no vendettas, etc. just great commentary. Keep up the good work.

    ——————————————-

    Really? How often did you lick Pete?

  249. Carl October 6th, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    Joe Girardi announced that A.J. Burnett will pitch Game 2 and Andy Pettitte will start Game 3.

    The roster has not been announced, but Girardi said Brian Bruney, Ramiro Pena and Sergio Mitre will go to Tampa to stay in game shape, meaning they will not be on the roster.

    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/blo.....z0TBqmO4FY

  250. Doreen October 6th, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    Betsy -

    Sigh.

    It is what it is. I was really confident that when push came to shove, Posada would be the catcher, period. I don’t blame AJ, I don’t “blame” anyone. I just hope it works out.

    It’s true that other big name pitchers in the history of baseball have had catchers they preferred to work with. It’s not a crime. So, it’s not really unprecedented. I guess we should have read between the lines a little better – Jorge did, apparently – when Girardi said he was not for or against “personal catchers,” but he was for doing whatever a pitcher needs to feel comfortable (I believe he said something like that a couple of times).

    In a perfect world, AJ and Jorge work out their communications problems in the month of September (at the latest!). But I’m not ready to condemn AJ, Betsy. We don’t know what was said, we don’t know what exactly went on in the meetings about the playoffs.

    I do think it’s going to work out. The Yankees are a strong team and they’ve worked together unselfishly all season. No reason for them to stop doing that now.

    And also, you never really know someone until you live with them. So, now we know a little bit more about the care and handling of AJ Burnett. I knew he’d be inconsistent. I didn’t know he was high maintenance (which is not meant as a criticism – some people just are that way).

  251. UKYankee October 6th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    I appreciate what you guys (and evrybody else) seems to be saying. But increasing the chance of AJ being good while Molina swings and misses surely improves our chances more to win than AJ being bad but Posada hitting well. Jorge could go 4-4 and contribute no runs but if AJ is good we have a great chance to win.
    NB: I would play Posada. But Giradi knows AJ better than anyone here

  252. RonH October 6th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Welcome Chad, and best of luck! Great first post.

    Talk about jumping right into the fire with the playoffs starting.

  253. Starks in Tampa October 6th, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    funny story about Pete. He banned me from posting many months ago because I told people on this blog that anything negative to he says about AROD to take it with a grain of salt since he(pete) is a redsox fan. He wrote me an email telling me off and saying how dare I question his professionalism.

    Don’t get me wrong I loved Pete’s updates and work on this blog but the dude has some issues. Needless to say I welcome Chad and am pleasently suprised I am allowed to post again.

    Many thanks,

    Starks

  254. Starks in Tampa October 6th, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    UKYankee,

    very well said man, I agree 100%

  255. NYYROC October 6th, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    Outside of Joe’s loyalty to Mitre, why is he even there? Under what possible circumstances would the NYY ever use him in a post season game this year?

  256. Mike Parch October 6th, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    Welcome Chad.

    I think that players facial hair is 100x more important that any silly starting catcher anyway!

  257. Lauren October 6th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    Welcome Chad !! I enjoyed reading your SWB blog. I hope you’ll enjoy our fair city !!! Like your first post.

  258. iwingame October 6th, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    I’m going to enjoy Mr. Jennings.

  259. Stu H October 6th, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    Hi Chad! It sounds a little bit like an AA meeting. Or maybe a AAA meeting.

    Glad you’re here.

  260. k October 6th, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    Dude, you took the 5 to Yankee Stadium!?!! How am I supposed to respect you when you don’t even know how to get the ballpark!

  261. Potch October 6th, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Welcome aboard Chad! Best of luck!

  262. Rishi October 6th, 2009 at 4:54 pm

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  263. Larry October 6th, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    Vintage Chad Jennings. Great first post. Good luck in the Big Apple. SWB just won’t be the same.

  264. Frankie D October 6th, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    You’re the man, Chad. I followed your Scranton blog for the past 2 years. Good luck and great to have you here!

    By the way, I am more interested in Phil Hughes’ mustache. We all already knew Molina was going to catch Burnett.

  265. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and a believer in baseball karma October 6th, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    “Oooh. Don’t go to espn.com. It’ll just upset you guys.”

    mel, you knew that was just a matter of time.

    Randy there are no guarantees and life is full of Monday morning quarterbacks. I refuse to be one of them. You know that is Posada were the choice and it bombed, there would be just as many questioning Girardi and villifying the decision. It’s the nature of disgruntled fans. What can you say.

    I have always had the ability to understand that I don’t know better than the manager. As much as I root for certain players, if a decision is made that they are going to be traded, etc., then I support the team’s decision. That comes from TRULY understanding that I don’t know better than the team’s manager.

    I’m surprised that you aren’t more supportive of the “pitching wins championships” school of thought. I would rather feel that my pitcher was in control than worry about one hitter, especially with the lineup the Yankees have.

    My statement about what mel and I would have put up with, were the decision the opposite, stands. That’s because I saw what we put up with throughout the discussions.

  266. Lauren October 6th, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    YAY!! Welcome aboard Chad and good luck to you. :)

  267. Ryan Loghry October 6th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    haha… I know how you feel Chad. On my way to my first game at O.Y.S. I boarded the 4 train, and stood smiling vacantly out the window, in my jersey and cap. After a couple of stops a New Yorker looked up from his paper, and said “If your going to the game, you wanna go uptown, not downtown.” hahahaha… Yutz.

    Good luck Chad, welcome aboard.

  268. EtC October 6th, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    Cool. I like your writing, Chad. Looks like the LoHud editors made a good choice.

  269. B.E. Earl October 6th, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    Ah…the 5 train. Rookie mistake. ;)

    Welcome to the bigs, Chad!

  270. cardiganfox October 6th, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    LoHud won out, great start Chad!

  271. SG October 6th, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    Hey Chad, great to have you here after your fine work at the SWB blog. Good luck to you.

  272. Vader October 6th, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    Good Luck Chad!

    You definitely deserve this and I believe you were the man for this job, after reading your blog several times on the SWB Yankees.

    Keep up the good work and I hope you have long career here.

  273. Summer October 6th, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    Nice first post! Good luck and have fun with your new job. :)

  274. Noreaster October 6th, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    Very nice…welcome to the team.

  275. Rogger October 6th, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    Welcome Chad.

  276. Luca10 October 6th, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    Welcome aboard Chad!

  277. Sean Serritella October 6th, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    Chad, good luck.

  278. wanger October 6th, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    welcome chad. the good thing about the 5 train mistake is that you will only make it once in your life. i think it happens to everyone once.

  279. Carla October 6th, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    Looking forward to your posts, Chad! Glad you asked Phil about his stache.

  280. Yankee Fan in VA October 6th, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    Welcome to the Show, Chad!

  281. Don Fanucci October 6th, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    Chad,

    Enjoyed your work with the SWB Yankees; your promotion is well-deserved. Looking forward to reading you here.

  282. Joey's Poodle October 6th, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    More comfortable or not, babycakes will have to adjust next season because his nanny will be gone.

  283. Bill October 6th, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    Chad,
    Welcome and good luck.

  284. jzappola October 6th, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    Wait till you find out not all D trains stop at The Stadium. Best of luck!

  285. lenNY's Yankees October 6th, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    Welcome aboard, Chad!

  286. Peter October 6th, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    I’m sure Chad’ll do just fine, but to hire a new guy in October is, well, I guess The Globe is more responsible for that; but to hire a guy that doesn’t know what train takes you to 161st street? Seriously? Ugh.

    Yanks in 3

  287. KJ October 6th, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    Chad. Nice first post. Welcome to the show.

  288. AK October 6th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    Hey Chad nice to see you! I look forward to your work

  289. John Cerra October 6th, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    Welcome to NY Chad. Both of my parents are from the Scranton area (Carbondale and Pittson) so I have always had an affinity for the team and your blogs. I hope you enjoy it.

    John Cerra

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    Appreciated your work covering the SWB Yankees very much. Thanks for that and good luck.

  291. jv October 7th, 2009 at 7:17 am

    Chad it’s *great* to have you on board. I’ve followed your SWB work for a few years & I’m rather beside myself that you’re taking over for Pete. Best of luck, buddy, and congratulations!

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