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Pinch hitting: Ryan Lee

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jan 26, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Our next pinch hitter is Ryan Lee, who brings an unusual perspective to a blog about baseball’s most successful franchise.

Ryan is 15 years old. He doesn’t remember 1996, has no real memories of 1998 and can hardly remember anything from the Yankees 2000 season. For him, 2009 was the first championship experience. He wasn’t waiting for the Yankees to do it again, he was just waiting. 

Originally from New York and New Jersey, Ryan now lives on the West Coast. “Which means I’m 99 percent of the time hated by everyone when baseball’s on,” he wrote. “But, I get to watch games at 4 pm, which is a plus.”

To be perfectly honest, I asking a 15-year-old to write one of these didn’t seem like a great idea, but Ryan nailed it.

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A couple of days ago, I had a conversation with a New Orleans Saints fan. He was ecstatic about the results so far in the NFL playoffs. “Ah, you wouldn’t understand,” he said. “Usually I expect them to lose, so this is amazing.” When I shrugged and said that I was used to watching the Yankees lose for most of my baseball-following life, he shook his head. “No,” he said. “You always expect the Yankees to make the playoffs.”

That’s true, but as any Yankees fan knows, the playoffs are just the beginning. Clinching the playoff berth is a minor victory on the long, nearly seven-month journey to the World Series. As a young fan, 2009 was the first time I experienced a full victory.

I was finally able to comprehend the rules of baseball around the age of 5, when I was in T-ball. By 6, I was watching games on TV, but I don’t remember an emotional response to any of it. At 7, I was following baseball on-and-off. By 8, I was a true fan.

That was 2002.

I grew up watching “Pinstripe Destiny” with my Dad — watching the glory days — but by the time I started watching the Yanks, those glory days were over. I waited, holding on to hope they would eventually get back to the glory I kept witnessing on those old World Series films.

Disappointment in ’03. Heartbreak in ’04. Losses in ‘05, ‘06, ‘07, and ‘08. I came to the realization that the Yankees might be descending into mediocrity. My friends didn’t share my feeling of dread — they followed the San Francisco Giants, and were wrapped up in Barry Bonds, Barry Zito, and Tim Lincecum. Team accomplishments, to them, became almost secondary to individual wins, ERAs, Home Run records and Cy Young Awards.

Then came 2009. Now in high school, my attitude about the world had taken a considerable turn to the pessimistic. When it came to baseball, I tried to keep the faith, but midway into April, I almost gave up. After seven years of patiently waiting, I was getting tired.

Then they started to win.

I watched all the old tapes again. “Pinstripe Destiny.” “100 Years of Pinstripes – Greatest Teams.” I was reliving the glory days.

November 5, 2009 was one of the greatest days of my baseball-following life. As I watched the players celebrating, I played a montage in my mind. John Wetteland jumping into the air, holding up his finger in victory. Scott Brosius jumping for joy in San Diego. Mariano celebrating on the mound.

I now have the 2009 World Series DVD. I’ll add it to the collection, and eagerly await more.

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309 Responses to “Pinch hitting: Ryan Lee”

  1. MTU January 26th, 2010 at 9:29 am

    Repost from prior thread (off topic):

    GB-

    Why was Marshall blackballed ?

  2. Doreen - Ain't it Just "Grand"? January 26th, 2010 at 9:35 am

    Great post, Ryan!

  3. Erin January 26th, 2010 at 9:35 am

    Great job Ryan!! I’m glad you finally got to see a championship :D

  4. JGL January 26th, 2010 at 9:37 am

    Good post! It’s also a good reminder that even though we still have the core four, we’re truly entering a new generation of Yankee championships.

  5. David in Cal January 26th, 2010 at 9:38 am

    Nice post Ryan. I’m a lot older than you, but I went through similar emotions in 2009. When the team started badly, I was afraid it was another wasted season. But, the excitement when ARod returned and team turned around! And, then they turned into baseball’s dominant team. Wow!

  6. 86w183 January 26th, 2010 at 9:38 am

    Ryan —- Nice journey through memory lane through the eyes of someone learning from video histories.

    Just don’t get caught up in that old, tired unsuccessful Yankees mantra that “the playoffs are just the beginning”. Sage, veteran Yankees fans (45+) have always known better and fans of a more recent vintage (25-45) learned in 2008 that making the playoffs should never be taken for granted.

  7. Paco Dooley January 26th, 2010 at 9:39 am

    I agree that the mid decade teams made you wonder which direction the team would head in, especially after the low point of 2008.

    I am still bitter from their last two World Series loses (especially 2001, when obviously we all thought they had it won), but the 2009 team helped take away the bitterness of two straight WS defeats!

  8. Thomo January 26th, 2010 at 9:43 am

    Nice Job Ryan -

    you have a nice writing style – keep at it!

    it never gets old -my earliest memories of the Yankee was 1956 – Mick wins the triple crown; Larsen pitches “the” perfect game and the Yankees win the world series.

  9. Frank January 26th, 2010 at 9:43 am

    Well done Ryan.

    As a fan, there’s nothing like 1st time your favorite team takes home the title.

    FWIW, I kind of doubt you were any more frustrated with 2002-2008 than any other posters here.

    That said, if there is any upside to seeing your team go an extended period without winning a title, it’s that when they finally do recapture championship glory, it feels like the first time all over again. 1977, 1996 and 2009 are by far my favorite three championship teams.

  10. GreenBeret7 January 26th, 2010 at 9:47 am

    MTU
    January 26th, 2010 at 9:26 am
    GB-

    Why was Marshall blackballed ?

    ————————————————————

    Because baseball viewed him as an educated freak. He has theories that are based on motion that threatens the teachings of old time pitching instructors like Billy Connors. He has a series of videos on training and instructions that aren’t acceptable to them. Quite interesting viewing. It worked quite well for him. It allowed him to pitching in 2/3rds of his teams’a games. A relief pitcher that was logging over 100 innings a year with a high over 200 innings? He’s a doctor of kinesiology at Michigan State.

  11. stuckey January 26th, 2010 at 9:53 am

    I think it bears reminding that when Yankees fans use terms like “finally” and “extended period” in relation to championships teams, it should be done so not so much with humility, but just pure factual perspective.

  12. MTU January 26th, 2010 at 9:59 am

    GB-

    So Marshall is the “Galilleo” of the current era, and was punished for his pitching heresy.

    What a shame.

  13. Chip January 26th, 2010 at 9:59 am

    XM’s morning baseball show had an interesting discussion going on today – what were baseball’s top dramas this offseason (non Mark McGwire category)

    Some of the nominees were:

    1. Johnny Damon’s lack of a contract
    2. The he said he saids between Cliff Lee and the Phillies and Jason Bay and the Red Sox
    3. Robbie Alomar not being put in the Hall of Fame
    4. The Carlos Beltran knee surgery saga
    5. Miguel Cabrera’s entrance into rehab

    Any thoughts of your own?

  14. Bill January 26th, 2010 at 10:00 am

    Ryan,

    Great post. My first memories of the Yanks was in 1964 – ya, I’m that old -then the team sunk to an all-time low in ’65. I’ve been a fan ever since. The best memory I have was “calling” Chris Chambliss’ homer to put us back in the WS… The second best memory I have is back in ’78, listening to Bucky Dent put his fly ball into the left field screen in gross little Fenway Park – I almost rear-ended the car in front of me driving in Boston…

    Great knowing that a young guy like you has embraced the best franchise in sports..

    Looking for #28 this year,

    Bill (#45) Rasmussen – still living in Massachusetts :(

  15. Erica - always OPPC - Bring Back Johnny!!!! January 26th, 2010 at 10:02 am

    From MLBTR-

    Athletics Eyeing Sheets Or Damon
    By Tim Dierkes [January 26 at 7:54am CST]
    TUESDAY, 7:54am: CSNBayArea.com’s Mychael Urban tweets that the A’s have in fact made a “competitive” offer to Sheets, and hope to have answer today or tomorrow.

    ********************

    Take the offer Ben!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. Yazman January 26th, 2010 at 10:02 am

    Great post, Ryan. Thanks!

    Age is a great lens for perspective. It’s interesting that 15 year old Red Sox fans knew 2 championships before 2009.

    Sox fans who were 15 years old in the 30′s grew up, had kids, grand kids, and died without seeing a championship.

    I lived in Massachusetts in 2004, and heard more than one story of people visiting their dads’ graves, wishing they could have witnessed that October’s events together.

    It’s good to be a Yankee fan.

  17. stuckey January 26th, 2010 at 10:03 am

    “Any thoughts of your own?”

    Me calling Erica “illogical”…

  18. Tony C January 26th, 2010 at 10:04 am

    Nice job Ryan. Yankee fans have a different perspective when it comes to winning the World Series. To us, a drought is 5+ years. No other team’s fanbase looks at dry-spells in this manner. Ask a Cubs fan or a pre-2004 Bosox fan about droughts and they’ll have a different story to tell.

  19. GreenBeret7 January 26th, 2010 at 10:05 am

    MTU
    January 26th, 2010 at 9:59 am
    GB-

    So Marshall is the “Galilleo” of the current era, and was punished for his pitching heresy.

    What a shame.

    ————————————————————

    He still holds his instruction camps down in Florida where he lives, just outside of Orlando. I have links to his videos if you want them. There’s about 10 or so.

  20. Erin January 26th, 2010 at 10:06 am

    Erica-that Sesame Street cake was the coolest thing ever!!!! I wouldn’t even want to cut into it-I would just stare at it all day. :)

    And I loved Cookie Monster’s reaction when they brought out the giant cookie.

  21. Ed January 26th, 2010 at 10:07 am

    Great post. Hopefully you will get to see many more Championships.

  22. Frank January 26th, 2010 at 10:09 am

    “A relief pitcher that was logging over 100 innings a year with a high over 200 innings?”

    208 1/3 innings, all in relief in 1974. For all the crap we tend to give those who vote for MVP’s, CY’s and HOF placement, you have to give it to the 1974 Cy Young voters, who recognized the value of what Marshall did that year. He was on a team that won 100 games, feautured a 20 game winner (Messersmith 20-6) and a 19 game winner (Sutton 19-9), yet he won the Cy Young in a rout. That was one of Marshall’s four Top 5 finishes for the Cy. Also had two Top 5 finishes in the MVP balloting. He was quite a pitcher.

  23. MTU January 26th, 2010 at 10:10 am

    GB-

    Yes. I would like to have a look at them. Thanks.

  24. randy l. January 26th, 2010 at 10:11 am

    ryan-

    in my lifetime the yankees have won the world series 16 times so that’s about one world series every 4 years, but they tend to come in bunches. my first 5 years on earth were all word series wins.

    actually during your “watch” the yankees have won 5 times so you’re at a one world series every three years pace.

    not bad.

    and like i said they tend to come in bunches so be ready for a few more in these next few years :)

  25. Captain Chaos January 26th, 2010 at 10:12 am

    Wow!!!!! If I could only get my 15 year old to put together something that coherent. Great job, great perspective.

    Chad, I hope you provide this budding sports writer another chance to share his perspective sometime in the future….

  26. Alex January 26th, 2010 at 10:14 am

    Ryan,

    I am in a somewhat similar boat to you, though at 18, I am able to remember 1998, 1999, 2000, and particularly the latter one. Yet, I too went through similar trials over the past decade in regards to the Yankees winning. When they lost ’01, which I have many distinct memories of, I thought it was an aberration. I knew they couldn’t win every year but then again they pretty much had my whole life. But with 2003 and 2004, obviously I understood otherwise, and with the middle to later years of the decade, I just could not fathom that the Yankees were totally unable to reach the World Series, or even the ALCS. Yet, I kept the faith, and was always brought to earth by my Dad who had a similar experience to me; he got into baseball in the ’70s, experienced Yankee wins in ’77 and ’78, losses in ’76 and ’81, and then horrific years in the 1980s and 1990s. He put it into perspective for me, because while I got playoff hope, his Yankees were cellar dwellers. 2009 was great, and finally brought our collective suffering of the 2000s to an end. And now, if the Yankees don’t win in 2010, or 2011 or even 2012, I surely will be disappointed, but I doubt I will ever be as depressed as I was in say 2004, or 2006 a year I thought the Yankees were going to go all the way for sure.

  27. G.R. January 26th, 2010 at 10:16 am

    Great job, Ryan! Very well written.

  28. upstate kate January 26th, 2010 at 10:16 am

    Enjoyed your post Ryan.
    I have been a fan since the 70s and got to see some great championship teams. I didn’t get to enjoy the teams of the 90s as much as I would have liked. My son was young then and more into Star Wars than baseball. It was 2001 before I started watching games seriously again, and we all know how that turned out.

  29. GreenBeret7 January 26th, 2010 at 10:18 am

    MTU
    January 26th, 2010 at 10:10 am
    GB-

    Yes. I would like to have a look at them. Thanks.

    ————————————————————

    My pleasure, MTU. You can click on the left side panel for each video. Add it to your favorites. It takes a while to go through them. Enjoy them. If you have sons, you might want to use them for instructions.

    http://www.drmikemarshall.com/

  30. Frank January 26th, 2010 at 10:18 am

    “1. Johnny Damon’s lack of a contract
    2. The he said he saids between Cliff Lee and the Phillies and Jason Bay and the Red Sox
    3. Robbie Alomar not being put in the Hall of Fame
    4. The Carlos Beltran knee surgery saga
    5. Miguel Cabrera’s entrance into rehab”

    I’d go Beltran, Cabrera, Alomar, Damon.

    Can’t be a he said, he said with Bay and the Red Sox because the Red Sox haven’t said a peep. Doesn’t seem like they’re going to either. Not up to speed on what transpired between the Phils and Lee, ‘cept that the Phils thought they couldn’t sign him.

  31. GreenBeret7 January 26th, 2010 at 10:21 am

    randy l.
    January 26th, 2010 at 10:11 am
    ryan-

    in my lifetime the yankees have won the world series 16 times so that’s about one world series every 4 years, but they tend to come in bunches. my first 5 years on earth were all word series wins.

    actually during your “watch” the yankees have won 5 times so you’re at a one world series every three years pace.

    not bad.

    and like i said they tend to come in bunches so be ready for a few more in these next few years

    ————————————————————

    Only 16? I figured it was 27 and you were there when Wee Willie was hittin’ ‘em where they ain’t.

  32. YG January 26th, 2010 at 10:24 am

    Well done, Ryan!

    My daughter got into baseball in 1998, she was 9 years old. After game 7 of 2001 she threw a fit screaming “we are the Yankees, we do NOT lose”. I just rolled my eyes, remembering the 80′s and being one of the couple of thousand people sitting in the stands watching a team that did in fact lose.
    She is 21 now and after we won it all this year, she told me this was the most gratifying of all the wins she has seen. When I asked why she replied “because back then I expected it, it seemed like it was so easy and we would win, or at least be there every single year. This one I had to wait for”.
    Ryan…here’s hoping this was only the first of many you will see in your lifetime.

  33. talltenor January 26th, 2010 at 10:28 am

    Good job, Ryan.

    But I totally agree with 86w183… *PLEASE* don’t get caught up in the “anything less than a championship is a failure” garbage. You’re way too young to be(come) so bitter & jaded.

    Enjoy last year’s WS win… my daughter (14) and I sure did!

  34. SJ44 January 26th, 2010 at 10:29 am

    Very nice post Ryan.

    The first championship you experience is always the best. You can never top it.

    As Paco said though, never take making the playoffs for granted. Its never a guarantee, regardless of payroll size.

  35. Bronx Jeers January 26th, 2010 at 10:31 am

    A young NY transplant Yankee fan living in the Bay Area?

    Seek out Jedi Master Nick in SF young squire Ryan. Show you the ways of the force will he.

  36. SJ44 January 26th, 2010 at 10:34 am

    The Red Sox have said more than a “peep”….

    They just use their “sources” (Gammons, Edes, etc) to put out bogus info on Bay’s health.

    Pretty much standard procedure from their front office on players they don’t get or let go the past few years.

  37. NYYROC January 26th, 2010 at 10:43 am

    Ryan, well written! Your line about almost giving up in April 2009 though; as a NYY fan remember one thing. Yogi is right, “It ain’t over ’till it’s over.” That’s not just a saying. I have been a NYY fan for 50+ years and 1978 proved this to me.

  38. EdWhitson January 26th, 2010 at 10:43 am

    Good job, I agree with what the other posters, there is nothing like winning your first WS as a fan. I was 3 in 1977 and 4 in 1978, so those don’t count. October 26, 1996 (10:56 P.M.) is a day that I will never forget.

    1998, 1999, 2000 and 2009 were all great too, obviously, but there is nothing like your first time.

  39. HenryfromDC January 26th, 2010 at 10:46 am

    Good job, Ryan. Wow, so in your entire 15 years, the Yankees have missed the playoffs only once or twice? Man, Yankees fans in their late 20s on remember the last place finishes of late 80s to early 90s. Rooting for guys like Andy Hawkins, Steve Howe, Tim Leary on WPIX seems eons ago.

  40. PaulF January 26th, 2010 at 10:52 am

    I know how Ryan feels. I’m 18 and have been Yankee fan all my life, but I didn’t really get into watching baseball everyday and loving the game until 2004. That was a great start…

  41. Erica - always OPPC - Bring Back Johnny!!!! January 26th, 2010 at 10:53 am

    stuckey
    January 26th, 2010 at 10:03 am
    “Any thoughts of your own?”

    Me calling Erica “illogical”…

    *************

    Hahaha, but you’ll never make that mistake again. ;-)

    And look- I have even started responding to you again. LOL

  42. Erica - always OPPC - Bring Back Johnny!!!! January 26th, 2010 at 10:54 am

    Erin
    January 26th, 2010 at 10:06 am
    Erica-that Sesame Street cake was the coolest thing ever!!!! I wouldn’t even want to cut into it-I would just stare at it all day.

    And I loved Cookie Monster’s reaction when they brought out the giant cookie.

    *******************

    You have no idea how much I want that cake for my next birthday. LOL

    That was the most amazing thing I have ever seen. I melted when they gave Ernie the Ernie figure at the end. Awwwww

  43. 86w183 January 26th, 2010 at 10:54 am

    My earliest Yankee memory was watching them lose the World Series in 1964. I was six and cried like a…. well, six year old.

    The drought till 1976 was brutal, but the incompetence that led to the drought of 1982-95 was far worse.

    Losing the “winning it all is all that matters” mind set served them well in 2009 and will continue to do so. This is a highly competitive business and every time you are one of only eight teams to survive the six month gauntlet and play in the post-season is something to be enjoyed… as is each step advancing to the World Series.

    THEN you get greedy!

  44. Chip January 26th, 2010 at 10:56 am

    If I were Sheets I think I would rather pitch for an NL team than the A’s. Granted that’s a good park to pitch in, but if I’m trying to re-establish myself I would much rather face the shorter lineups of the NL teams than go toe to toe with the Rangers, Mariners and Angels.

    I thought a great fit for him would have been the Dodgers, big park, no real offensive powerhouses in the division, lots of pitcher friendly parks, and a team that’s going to contend for the post season.

    I also don’t see Johnny being a great fit for the A’s – they’re not going to win and have a ton of other guys out there in the outfield:
    Crisp
    Davis
    Fox or Cust (whichever one isn’t DHing)
    Ryan Sweeney

    Yes, Damon’s better than any of them, but the team’s going nowhere so what’s the point? Pick him up and hope to spin him like they did Orlando Cabrera and Matt Holliday? I don’t really know how much they can expect to get for him.

  45. Rishi January 26th, 2010 at 10:56 am

    Great post!

    I feel the same way a lot of the time – was a causal fan through 2001 (I remember clicking away when Mo was pitching the bottom of the 9th thinking it was all over and watching the shocked NYY fans, but not really feeling it) and have become increasingly rabid since – this was the first one I really enjoyed (as much as you can watching the Yankees win it all in Phillies territory :))

  46. Erin January 26th, 2010 at 11:00 am

    Erica – always OPPC – Bring Back Johnny!!!!
    January 26th, 2010 at 10:54 am

    You have no idea how much I want that cake for my next birthday. LOL

    That was the most amazing thing I have ever seen. I melted when they gave Ernie the Ernie figure at the end. Awwwww

    ***************************
    I would love to have that cake too, but I just don’t think I could bring myself to cut into it- it was just so beautiful! lol

    That was adorable when they gave Ernie his figure. I wish they would have given Bert his at the same time!

  47. Patrick January 26th, 2010 at 11:05 am

    No offense Ryan, but making the playoffs every year but one is nothing to complain about.

    Imagine if you were born in Pittsburgh, they haven’t had a winning season since before you were born.

  48. blake January 26th, 2010 at 11:05 am

    If i was a pitcher trying to re-establish myself then I would be calling St. Louis. Weak division, great fans, chance to win, and maybe the best pitching coach of all time. Oakland is Ok because of the ball park but its a bad team and its still the American League..good teams in that division next year.

  49. John in Ohio January 26th, 2010 at 11:08 am

    “He wasn’t waiting for the Yankees to do it again, he was just waiting.”

    Great stuff. I was “waiting for them to do it again” when they finally did…..in 1977.

  50. EJS January 26th, 2010 at 11:14 am

    This blog really stinks these days.

  51. Rick In VA January 26th, 2010 at 11:14 am

    Good job, Ryan.
    When Yogi Bera leaped into Don Larsen’s arms after the perfect game in 1956, I became a Yankee fan. I was watching my first World Series with my Dad and brother on our new, floor model TV. I’d never seen grown men act so happy and seem to have so much fun. I doubt I’d ever seen any men do more than shake hands. They became my guys, my team, through thick and thin, from that day forward.

    And always will.

  52. Damon enjoy 27....think 28 January 26th, 2010 at 11:17 am

    The WS win drought is finally over, and it was great.

    Has anyone noticed the amount of teams shedding Boras clients?

    Maybe the GM’s are sick if his tactics. A lot of the teams have none, some have 1, and a few have over 3.

    Is there a secret boycott brewing, I CAN ONLY WISH ?

  53. Chip January 26th, 2010 at 11:21 am

    Blake – I think I would still opt for the Dodgers over the Cards if I was Sheets.

    The guy doesn’t need Dave Duncan’s help – he certainly knows how to pitch (unlike guys like Looper, Suppan, Piniero etc.)

    There is almost no offense at all in the NL West outside of the Dodgers

    All the parks are pitcher friendly – whereas in the Central he would have to go to Cincy, Milwaukee, Wrigley and Pitt.

    The only downside to the Dodgers situation is having to pitch for Torre who has a history of blowing out pitchers like birthday candles.

  54. Lucas January 26th, 2010 at 11:22 am

    Ryan,

    i was about your age when the Yankees won in ’96. I remember the heartbreak of ’95 and the season that almost was in ’94. I remember watching the 96, 98, and 99 series with my dad who is my best friend. it wasn’t until the 2000 series when i was away at college that i realized how much i loved my dad and enjoyed watching baseball with him…because he wasn’t there to high five or to say “it is high, it is far, it is gone” when someone homered. I guess what i’m saying is, enjoy every minute of watching the Yankees win with your dad. Not many teens today can enjoy much of anything with their dads…you will remember the ’09 series for the rest of your life. great job!

  55. pat January 26th, 2010 at 11:23 am

    Good job, Ryan.

    Enjoying the baseball more than the outcome is the recipe for lifelong fan-dom.

  56. Dr. Cox January 26th, 2010 at 11:23 am

    Reminds me of When I was 15 and saw my last Yankee Championship. Though I remember it all, it still didn’t feel like it was mine.

    2009 was mine…all mine.

  57. Ponch January 26th, 2010 at 11:26 am

    First off, excellent job Ryan. Not only was this post well-written, but it prompts a lot of great reflection and discussion.

    Second, although I’m a few years older than you (19), I also feel like 2009 was the first World Series that I was a “part” of. I remember ’96-’00, but I was still only 10 the last time they won. So the memories are there, but the passion and dedication of being a die hard fan weren’t there yet.

    2009 meant so much to me because for the past four or five years, I’ve turned into a real Yankee fan: watching every game I could, researching and tracking the farm system, reading the daily blogs such as LoHud. It was an entirely different experience, and like you said, so rewarding.

  58. Chip January 26th, 2010 at 11:27 am

    XM’s baseball show just reported the following rumor (I have not heard or seen it anywhere else)

    Seattle and Cleveland are working on a deal (it is not likely to happen any time soon) where Seattle would get Sizemore and the Indians would get Ryan Rowland-Smith, Brandon League and a prospect.

    I assume, if it happened, that Milton Bradley would become the primary DH and Griffey would assume a bench role.

  59. Irabu's Son January 26th, 2010 at 11:30 am

    kid, when I was 8, the ace was Rick Rhoden. I hate to rag on a teenager but it’s the sense of entitlement that gives Yankees fans a bad name.

  60. Frank January 26th, 2010 at 11:30 am

    SJ:

    Respectfully disagree. Boston hasn’t said a bad word about Bay thru anyone. Further, the story as told by Bay to the guy at ‘EEI was largely consistent with what Gammons indicated when the story of the $60M contract and how a disagreement in the medicals led to it falling apart came out.

    Certainly, they’ve built a history of being the triggerman in the character assassinations of some on who are on the way out the door, as they did with Ramirez, Martinez, Garciaparra and Lowe (perhaps not shockingly, all holdovers from the previous ownership/management). However, they had nothing bad to say about Damon as he headed south and I don’t see anything particularly unseemly in the Bay case.

  61. austinmac January 26th, 2010 at 11:30 am

    Nothing Billy Beane does would surprise. Last year, for no apparent reason, he traded for Holliday when they had no chance for the playoffs. So I would not be at all surprised for them to go after Damon.

    I am quite confident the Wang ship has long since sailed. The Yankees are not going to assure him of a rotation spot as he tries to regain his health and his pitching prowess. A second division team will do that. I wish him well.

  62. sunny615 January 26th, 2010 at 11:31 am

    I’m confused. Maybe someone can explain to me the Damon market. According to most reports, just about everyone who needed an OF or DH, got one. Damon’s asking price shot him out of all openings and it’s almost February. The Yankees definitely could use him, have a spot on the roster for him, but only are willing to spend $2 mil for a LF (assuming they don’t trade Mitre and/or Gaudin and their ~$2 mil salaries). Most say Damon would never accept a pay cut of that magnitude and Hal won’t go over the $200 mil mark. So his options are pretty much to get paid less than the $5-7 mil he was once offered and play for another team – (and this part I don’t get) because it would be better for him to accept a pay cut from another team than it would from his old team? Does the opportunity to win another World Series title not play into this at all? Why can’t Damon see the market for what it is, take a low year deal, establish some value and enter a market that doesn’t have a glut of OF in 2011?

  63. Erica - always OPPC - Bring Back Johnny!!!! January 26th, 2010 at 11:32 am

    austinmac
    January 26th, 2010 at 11:30 am
    Nothing Billy Beane does would surprise. Last year, for no apparent reason, he traded for Holliday when they had no chance for the playoffs. So I would not be at all surprised for them to go after Damon.

    ***************

    If Billy Beane signs MPB Johnny Damon, I am all-out boycotting the movie “Moneyball”. Even if Brad Pitt is starring in it

  64. Frank January 26th, 2010 at 11:34 am

    “Seattle and Cleveland are working on a deal (it is not likely to happen any time soon) where Seattle would get Sizemore and the Indians would get Ryan Rowland-Smith, Brandon League and a prospect”

    Can’t believe the Tribe would be that stupid.

  65. teddy January 26th, 2010 at 11:35 am

    frank.

    the sox fo leaked bay “medical issues”

    to make themselves look bettert in the press.

    they have always done this.

    their fo is a oustanding when it comes to baseball, but there the king of cheap shots and spreading the proganda and their fan base drinks it up everytime

  66. Matt January 26th, 2010 at 11:35 am

    So you’re the one that stole my pinch hitter idea. I was going to write about a similar topic, since I am also a hard-core Yankees fan living near San Fran. Though I’m a few years older than you, my first real season as a true Yankees fan was 2001. So like you, 2009 was amazing for me. And I know what you mean about Giants fans. They take as much pride in Bonds and Lincecum as in their team; not that I can blame them.

    Anyway, great job on the post; it’s probably better than I would have done. Keep up that Yankees pride on the West coast.

  67. Frank January 26th, 2010 at 11:36 am

    Plus Sizemore is signed thru 2012 at reasonable money. Tribe would want a king’s ransom. A package led by League and Rowland-Smith ain’t a king’s ransom.

  68. haiku-man January 26th, 2010 at 11:37 am

    I’m angry at how Jim Edmonds used the Yankees name to procure interest in him coming out of retirement. Cashman had to refute interest.

    He originally offered the Cardinals a league minimum carrot to come back, and they were mulling it over.
    Next he says he’s got interest from the Yankees and “some other clubs.” He only names the Yankees in his fiasco.

    Now MLBTR is reporting 2 teams have interest, and the Cards would’ve offered league minimum.

    No matter how much the Yankees are hated, everybody pays attention when they think the Yankees are involved. No matter that the person involved is 3 yrs older than the holdout that left.

  69. Jeff NJ January 26th, 2010 at 11:40 am

    Good post Ryan! You’re folks should be proud of you.

    I’m pushing 40 and have been a Yankees fan my whole life. Things were different in the 70′s though, all the games were on channel 11 with Rizzuto broadcasting. I remember going to games as a boy and collecting Yankee yearbooks each year starting in 1978. It wasn’t until I got the 1979 yearbook saying the Yankees were back to back champions that I realized they had won two in a row. I remember hearing that Thurman Munson had died in a plane crash and was very saddened. Then I was always watching, whether it was the strike year of 81 when the Yankees made it back to the WS, or seeing a kid name Mattingly come up, or watching our home grown lefty Dave Righetti mow down the opposition as a starter or a closer culminating in a no hitter. Then there was the big man Dave Winfield and the power hitters such as Jack Clark, Mike Pagliarulo, Matt Nokes. I went to college and watched many of the worst Yankee teams of my lifetime as many games as I could. I even caught some double A games played in Albany with a few players named Williams, Bernie and Gerald. Every season ended the same until 1996 when I was already 26. So I consider that the first championship I really remember. You are lucky to have one at 15. There is no guarantee another one will happen in the next 5 years, you just never know in this sport. Thanks for making me think about this.

  70. Matt January 26th, 2010 at 11:41 am

    “First off, excellent job Ryan. Not only was this post well-written, but it prompts a lot of great reflection and discussion.

    Second, although I’m a few years older than you (19), I also feel like 2009 was the first World Series that I was a “part” of. I remember ‘96-’00, but I was still only 10 the last time they won. So the memories are there, but the passion and dedication of being a die hard fan weren’t there yet.

    2009 meant so much to me because for the past four or five years, I’ve turned into a real Yankee fan: watching every game I could, researching and tracking the farm system, reading the daily blogs such as LoHud. It was an entirely different experience, and like you said, so rewarding.”

    I feel exactly the same way. Literally, like to the word this is my story as well.

  71. Tom in NJ January 26th, 2010 at 11:41 am

    “Imagine if you were born in Pittsburgh, they haven’t had a winning season since before you were born.”

    So true, Patrick. I have a 17 year old cousin from the Pittsburgh area. He loves baseball and the Pirates are ‘his team’, even more so than the Steelers of the Penguins, despite the fact that the Pirates haven’t had a winning season during his lifetime.

  72. Tom in NJ January 26th, 2010 at 11:48 am

    In a way, the Sox did ‘bash’ Damon on the way out the same way they ‘bashed’ Bay, by saying he was an injury risk.

    I don’t look at it as bashing though; I see it as the Red Sox trying to ‘control the conversation’ through the media just like a political party would do. That way it can be said that they don’t make mistakes and that they are never really wrong-the data, be it medicals or what have you, is.

  73. Chip January 26th, 2010 at 11:48 am

    Very good long term investment move by the Reds to sign Jose Arrendando – assuming he comes back from his shoulder surgery with the same live arm he had before it he could be their closer in 2011.

    Not sure I understand the move of the Rangers signing Toby Hall. They’ve certainly got no shortage of catchers (Salty, Teagarden, Ramirez) but I guess you can never have too many catchers around.

  74. SJ44 January 26th, 2010 at 11:48 am

    Frank,

    Nobody had issues with Jason Bay’s physical health throughout the 2009 season. Three people, Gammons, Edes and Nick Carfado, all Red Sox FO shills, have written about the Sox “worry” about Bay’s knee and shoulder.

    Any player over 30 will have stuff show up on X-Rays that give pause. Its the wear and tear of being a professional athlete.

    However, this current Red Sox regime always seem to have an issue when a player decides to go elsewhere. When that happens, just by “coincidence” their health becomes a question mark.

    Given the Mets precarious financial situation, if Bay was as much a health risk as the Red Sox (through their shills) have been trying to spin, he wouldn’t have passed the physical.

    Those stories got so much play, the NY papers picked up on it and we saw the “Bay may not pass the Mets physical” stories cropping up prior to his press conference.

    When have you ever seen the Yankee front office leak player health info to their beat writers/friends in the media?

    In fact, the opposite always holds true. They never say anything about it.

    They could have said that Javy Vasquez’s shoulder was hurting so bad (which it was) in 2004, they had real questions as to whether or not to have him on the ALCS Roster.

    They never talk about player injuries in the media.

    The Red Sox front office, through their friends in the media, always seem to bring it up.

    Coincidence? I don’t think so.

  75. Frank January 26th, 2010 at 11:54 am

    Teddy:

    Yeah, probably some truth in that. So long as they don’t violate HIPPA, that’s fair game. My point was that there was no character assassination and nothing they did cost Bay any money.

    Tom:

    I don’t even recall much of that. I think in that case, Boston just got caught with their pants down. Their 4 year/$40M offer was the only one he had for awhile (and a 4 year offer doesn’t do much to support Boston’s claim of injury risk if that’s what they did). Then Cash made his offer and gave him and Boras a short window. He apparently called the Red Sox and they didn’t believe him.

  76. Carl Butler January 26th, 2010 at 11:58 am

    Terrific Post, Ryan!
    I’ve been a Yanks fan since the mid 60′s, after the great championship years. My dad used to listen to the Syracuse Chiefs on the radio (the Yanks AAA farm team back then) and then we’d hear the same names on the Yankees Radio network after a couple of years. It’s great to be a Yankees fan because the entire system is geared for winning. But sometimes we lose perspective on winning and the bottom line is simple, as far as I’m concerned: it’s a game, just a game, and that’s all it will ever be. Granted, on the ML level, it is the best baseball capable of being played in the entire history of the world and we get to watch it in our own generation and that is just terrific! And yes, even average players make more in one season than a lot of fans will make in a lifetime, and the great ones? Way, way overpaid for playing a game but it’s not their fault they live right now, lol. Still in all, it’s the best game ever invented and even though long stretches can be boring and certain players make the game tough to watch, it’s still the greatest game going. It’s a great time to be a Yankees fan, for sure.

  77. Toledo Yankee January 26th, 2010 at 11:58 am

    “First off, excellent job Ryan. Not only was this post well-written, but it prompts a lot of great reflection and discussion.

    Second, although I’m a few years older than you (19), I also feel like 2009 was the first World Series that I was a “part” of. I remember ‘96-’00, but I was still only 10 the last time they won. So the memories are there, but the passion and dedication of being a die hard fan weren’t there yet.

    2009 meant so much to me because for the past four or five years, I’ve turned into a real Yankee fan: watching every game I could, researching and tracking the farm system, reading the daily blogs such as LoHud. It was an entirely different experience, and like you said, so rewarding.”

    I also feel the same way, couldn’t have worded it better!

  78. SJ44 January 26th, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    They won’t violate HIPPA laws because they aren’t say it themselves. They use their shills in the media to spread rumors.

    Did it cost Bay money? Well, for a guy who had the year he had, his suitor list was quite small.

    In the end, as Boston Dave will attest since he knows guys on the team, their players are sick and tired of the front office pulling this kind of nonsense.

    Wait until you see the stories circulating about Josh Beckett if he decides to depart after the season for Texas.

    You will think his arm is going to fall off, once the Boston spin about his shoulder kicks in.

  79. JDS January 26th, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    Been a Yankee fan since my first baseball memory: Mazeroski’s unfortunate World Series homerun. I love the Yankees and spend considerable time following them. That said, I’d add that they are entertainment, and I define a good season as an entertaining one. Loved 2009 because it was special, but I don’t define 2001-2007 as “failed seasons.” They made the playoffs and sometimes the World Series, extending the entertainment (a 3 hour version of “Avatar” would be better than the current 2 1/2 hour version after all). 2008 was paintful. But this “Win the World Series or it’s a failure” mantra or the “Been waiting sooooo long for a Series win” complaint explain why Yankee fans are dumped upon. It’s one thing for the players to say “it’s been a long time” when their active careers are so brief. But 50 years into my fandom, I figure I’m maybe 2/3 through my career as a Yankee fan. I’m patient and looking forward to being entertained for many more years.

  80. teddy January 26th, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    no, buy leaking the info, it makes the sox look better for passing on bay.

    this case about proganda.

    they had second though on bay 4 year deal and found a way out of it, while looking goo in the press

  81. blake January 26th, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    Chip,
    I don’t disagree with you about the Dodgers. I think either would be good for him..I was more talking about CMW and the cards.

    I would stay away from the AL all together if I was a pitcher looking to rebound unless an AL team wowed with cash.

  82. Frank January 26th, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    “However, this current Red Sox regime always seem to have an issue when a player decides to go elsewhere. When that happens, just by “coincidence” their health becomes a question mark”

    Thing is, SJ, in this particular case the “health concerns” came into play at a time when he was their property and while they were the only team with negotiating rights. This is confirmed by Bay. So your coincidence theory as it relates to this case comes up a little light. I’d grant you that the story of the negotiations getting out was likely an effort to mollify the fan base.

  83. Bronx Jeers January 26th, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    “Imagine if you were born in Pittsburgh, they haven’t had a winning season since before you were born.”

    Think about the Cubs fans. 1908

    Think about it.

    Do you know anyone 102 years old?

    Have you ever known a person that reached that age?

  84. SJ44 January 26th, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    However, their “health concerns” weren’t so bad that they didn’t offer him a 4 year deal. They did.

    The health issue became a “concern” when it became clear to them Bay wasn’t interested in staying there for the numbers they put on the table.

    He wanted 5 years and more money. He didn’t all of what he wanted. However, that may not be because of health concerns. It may just have been because nobody wanted to give a 31 year old OF a 5 year deal in this current economic climate.

    Nobody would have known anything about Jason Bay’s health if it wasn’t leaked by the Red Sox.

    Clearly it was because the folks who had the story are favorable writers/columnists to the organization.

    My point is, its a bad way to do business and it turns off players. They do it because they want to have the upper hand in the media game. Doesn’t make it right, its just the way they choose to do business.

  85. austinmac January 26th, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    Erica–If the A’s sign Damon, I will boycott Angelina Jolie movies in solidarity with you. As an aside, the genius Beene sure has had a lot of very bad teams which don’t seem to be improving. His reputation was made off several very good pitchers the A’s were fortunate enough to find.

  86. yankeeslover January 26th, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    Im 14 i became a real fan in 2003 this was my first world series as well

  87. Erin January 26th, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    Bronx Jeers
    January 26th, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    Think about the Cubs fans. 1908

    Think about it.

    Do you know anyone 102 years old?

    Have you ever known a person that reached that age?

    *************************
    I know a lot of Cubs fans (some of them relatives), and I honestly don’t know what they’d do if the Cubs were to win a WS. lol My cousin starts every season with the attitude of “there’s always next year”. Even when they make the playoffs, there’s excitement, but it’s like they expect them to get knocked out. I don’t know how they do it.

  88. John Doe January 26th, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    I hope you all recognize 75% of baseball fans would punch anyone who made such a gripe public outside of Yankeeland, lol. I mean…you are complaining about two world series appearances three alcs appearance, and only one year without the playoffs. I love winning and I love that the Yankees do it so darn well but…get real, you almost gave up? Excuse me? Do you know how ridiculous that sounds to not only any Yankee fan that lived though the eighties but any sports fan, forget baseball, that is not a Yankee fan? The only sport fans that can enjoy the successes we have are those of individual sports like Roger Federer or Tiger Woods or the Williams sisters.

  89. Tom in NJ January 26th, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    “Do you know anyone 102 years old?”

    I have a great aunt who’s 101 years old. She’ll turn 102 later this year.

  90. John Doe January 26th, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    When I was in seventh grade the Yankees got knocked out of the playoffs by the Mariners. One of my best friends was crying because we’d waiting our whole lives to see our team in the playoffs, and see Donnie Baseball in the playoffs, and we got knocked out after a suspenseful first round. Go to a NY Rangers blog and talk to Rangers fans about what wanting to give up feels like. You just sound ridiculous saying you feel like giving up and I actually lose respect for this blog for finding this post worthy of posting, albeit that means that this blog is the best sports blog on earth as opposed to a blog written by the hand of God himself. I felt frustrated as hell sometimes, 2004-2006 watching these teams with no Ace and awful defense slug their way through atrocious games was painful. But to cry about us not winning the World Series to the point of almost “giving up”? I excuse the poster of this only because he’s 16, the grown men out there who sound just like him, and lived through the 80′s and root for teams like the Jets or the Rangers or the Islanders…no excuse

  91. Frank January 26th, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    “However, their “health concerns” weren’t so bad that they didn’t offer him a 4 year deal. They did.”

    True

    “The health issue became a “concern” when it became clear to them Bay wasn’t interested in staying there for the numbers they put on the table”

    False. By Bay’s own admission, he contacted his agent and told him he wanted to accept Boston’s offer of 4/$60M in July.

    “Nobody would have known anything about Jason Bay’s health if it wasn’t leaked by the Red Sox.”

    Nobody does now. However, you are right that any questions about Bay’s health would not have arisen if not for Boston leaking it.

    “My point is, its a bad way to do business and it turns off players. They do it because they want to have the upper hand in the media game. Doesn’t make it right, its just the way they choose to do business.”

    Don’t disagree. Don’t have as much issue with this as I did with how things went down with some other guys (though in the case of Ramirez, I believe he was a genuine turd), calling them out as drunks, malingerers, prima donas. etc., but I can understand the players’ point of view and was happy to see Bay take the opportunity to fill in some the blanks the Sox left.

  92. GreenBeret7 January 26th, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    Boston putting out the story on Bay was more about reducing his offers and getting him on the cheap. It’s not like it was a once in a while incident. One only has to look back at the Teixeira situation to realize just how low the Boston front office will stoop. You don’t think that Gammons came up with that little attack on Teixeira’s wife, do you?

  93. Roger(The tallest guy in HongKong) January 26th, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    Will this Damon drama ever end?Just sign the guy already!

    I bet Erica agrees btw

    And has Molina(name that molina)(jose!!)signed?Always liked the guy and he seems to be the perfect back up catcher.
    Aren’t we trusting Cervelli a bit too much?

  94. Bronx Jeers January 26th, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    Tom in NJ January 26th, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    “Do you know anyone 102 years old?”

    I have a great aunt who’s 101 years old. She’ll turn 102 later this year.

    ————————————————————–

    That’s great. Is her birthday before or after the World Series.

  95. murphydog January 26th, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    Very well done, Ryan.

    Keep at it and stayed tuned here as it is a very good place for baseball discussion. Of course you have to make allowances for how adults can get, but you already know that, right? ;)

  96. Tom in NJ January 26th, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    SJ, do you know anything on Adam Warren?

    I was just reading a scouting report on him this stood out:

    “That wasn’t the only positive sign from Warren’s time in Staten Island. An astonishing 70 percent of balls in play against Warren were hit on the ground”

    Also:

    “Towards the end of the season, he was sitting 93-94 and occasionally touching 96 with good command”

    He also doesn’t walk many hitters. Is he worth keeping an eye on? Also, did Tony face him at all?

    thanks.

    http://pendingpinstripes.net/2.....no-13.html

  97. John Doe January 26th, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    Roger, give me a break, Cervelli is going to be a backup. Everyone on the the team loves him. He performed exemplary service, he may not hit .298, but noone is expecting that from the back up. Catch a good game. That’s all he’s supposed to do. He’s displayed an uncanny ability to work with the pitchers, and he HAS SOME SPEED thank god!

  98. Erica - always OPPC - Bring Back Johnny!!!! January 26th, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    Roger(The tallest guy in HongKong)
    January 26th, 2010 at 12:26 pm
    Will this Damon drama ever end?Just sign the guy already!

    I bet Erica agrees btw

    *************

    I do!!! I do!!!!!!!!!!

  99. John Doe January 26th, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    Why sign Damon again? So our best offense in baseball can be better? I think at this point defense is more important than a little bit more offense. That said if he’s willing to take a very significant pay cut his locker room presence and clutch hitting is worth going over our two million dollar budget by a couple mil. I love seeing some more responsible spending. There’s no reason to have a payroll that is 70 million more than the next teams. I would love to see them drop it closer to the 150 range. It would be a sign of good player development which I think most of us agree is incredibly important. Just look at the Angels

  100. murphydog January 26th, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    Boston also majorly crapped on Clemens when he left Boston; if the recent conversation with Carlton Fisk is to be believed, that one was an accurate dressing down.

    http://www.boston.com/sports/b....._steroids/

  101. Tom in NJ January 26th, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    Bronx Jeers, no her birthday is in late December.

    She tells some great stories. She worked in the Concourse Plaza Hotel when Babe Ruth was living there

  102. MTU January 26th, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    Tom-

    Warren is a “sleeper”, and I think he is going to be a fast mover. ;)

  103. murphydog January 26th, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    “She worked in the Concourse Plaza Hotel when Babe Ruth was living there”

    Yowza! I’ll bet those are great stories indeed. I’m in the neighborhood occasionally for court. She’d never recognize the place today.

  104. GreenBeret7 January 26th, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    Tom in NJ
    January 26th, 2010 at 12:17 pm
    “Do you know anyone 102 years old?”

    I have a great aunt who’s 101 years old. She’ll turn 102 later this year.

    ————————————————————

    Randy comes immediately to mind.

  105. Erica - always OPPC - Bring Back Johnny!!!! January 26th, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    Athletics Eyeing Sheets Or Damon
    By Tim Dierkes [January 26 at 11:24am CST]
    11:24am: Urban elaborated on his earlier tweet, reporting that Sheets is seeking a one-year deal worth $8-9MM, and that Oakland’s offer is “absolutely” in that range. He notes that if the team signs Sheets, they won’t make an offer to Damon.

    One scout said that it’s a win-win situation for both the A’s and Sheets, because if they fall out of contention, they can trade him for prospects and he’ll get to go to a contender.
    ****************

    SIGN THE OFFER BEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  106. murphydog January 26th, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    Tom in NJ:

    Tom, would Grandma consider doing a piece for the Blog?

    Chad, wanna interview the lovely lady?

  107. Erin January 26th, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    Tom in NJ
    January 26th, 2010 at 12:34 pm
    Bronx Jeers, no her birthday is in late December.

    She tells some great stories. She worked in the Concourse Plaza Hotel when Babe Ruth was living there

    *************************
    How cool!! She must have some great stories

  108. Erica - always OPPC - Bring Back Johnny!!!! January 26th, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    John Doe
    January 26th, 2010 at 12:32 pm
    Why sign Damon again? So our best offense in baseball can be better? I think at this point defense is more important than a little bit more offense. That said if he’s willing to take a very significant pay cut his locker room presence and clutch hitting is worth going over our two million dollar budget by a couple mil. I love seeing some more responsible spending. There’s no reason to have a payroll that is 70 million more than the next teams. I would love to see them drop it closer to the 150 range. It would be a sign of good player development which I think most of us agree is incredibly important. Just look at the Angels

    ***************************

    Cause having a payroll 72 million more than the other teams rather than 70 million really makes that big of a difference???

    (Side note- I am using the number thrown out above, I do not know how much higher the Yankees payroll is than other teams. I am just making the argument that another 2 million really makes no difference)

  109. murphydog January 26th, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    “Randy comes immediately to mind.”

    I laughed so hard I blew out my hernia – again!

  110. John Doe January 26th, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    Damon was also treated poorly when he left town. Didn’t matter where he went he would’ve been maligned. Lived outside Boston when it happened. Even before he had left for the Yankees he was being maligned by fans everywhere. Boston does APPEAR to manipulate extensively to gain leverage and/or to get the fan base on their side. The Mets should have their PR guy go have a long chat with Boston’s PR guy

  111. Rick January 26th, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    Peter “Mr. Red Sox” Gammons has his casket picked out in advance.

    http://blogs.app.com/saywhat/2.....he-market/

  112. murphydog January 26th, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    Slideshow on Worst Breakups in Sox History

    http://www.boston.com/sports/b....._breakups/

  113. GreenBeret7 January 26th, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    murphydog
    January 26th, 2010 at 12:33 pm
    Boston also majorly crapped on Clemens when he left Boston; if the recent conversation with Carlton Fisk is to be believed, that one was an accurate dressing down.

    ————————————————————

    Wade Boggs wasn’t exactly treated well by the team, press and fans, either…..neither before or after signing with NYY. Fisk was another, but, of course, that was only a clerical error.

  114. Roger(The tallest guy in HongKong) January 26th, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    John,

    I like Cervelli but Molina did a great job last year.

    And Posada isn’t getting any younger.What if Cervelli get’s hurt.You have Cervelli and……??
    Just saying that the depth isn’t there.

    Last year we had Posada,Molina,Cash and Cervelli.
    This year we have Posada and Cervelli(Montero and Romine don’t seem ready)

  115. GreenBeret7 January 26th, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    murphydog
    January 26th, 2010 at 12:39 pm
    “Randy comes immediately to mind.”

    I laughed so hard I blew out my hernia – again!

    ————————————————————

    Just send me your medical bills, Murph.

  116. John Doe January 26th, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    The 70 mil figure was in regards to a couple years ago. We are now more like 40-50 mil. That was a afterthought to the Damon comment. I said I support signing Damon if he’ll come for 4-5 mil. I was commenting on how I was happy about the trend towards responsible spending a consistently reduced payroll year after year. I would love to see this team reach 150 mil, get under the luxury tax, which i believe to be 160 and maybe use that money to improve the food, or put urinal dividers in, or pay back the city etc etc etc etc. The Angels are an example of why you don’t need to spend a fortune to have a chance to win every year. And the 2000′s were an example of no matter how much you spend you still wont win every year

  117. gfd January 26th, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    Dusty Baker destroys Aroldis Chapman’s arm within minutes of his arrival. Some funny stuff, but describes Dusty to a tee!

    http://www.theonion.com/conten.....r_destroys

  118. gayle January 26th, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Nady agrees to deal with Cubs according to Tim Brown at Yahoo another OF option gone for Yanks

  119. Tom in NJ January 26th, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    Murphy,

    Well she can’t hear very well and her eye sight is shot.

    I fear if Chad tried the transcrpt would look like this:

    Chad: Can you share with us any stories from your time working at Concourse Plaza Hotel?

    My great aunt: What I never flew on the concord? Where are you?

    Me and my sister have been, over the last 10 years or so, transcribing her, my families really, ‘oral history’ from county Clare to today.

  120. murphydog January 26th, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    GB7:

    “Just send me your medical bills, Murph.”

    At this point, I fix ‘em myself, it’s like sewing a button back on ;)

  121. Erica - always OPPC - Bring Back Johnny!!!! January 26th, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    gayle
    January 26th, 2010 at 12:43 pm
    Nady agrees to deal with Cubs according to Tim Brown at Yahoo another OF option gone for Yanks

    ******************************

    YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  122. MTU January 26th, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    “Nady agrees to deal with Cubs according to Tim Brown at Yahoo another OF option gone for Yanks”

    Another one bites the dust.

    IF the A’s sign Sheets where you gonna go Johnny ? ;)

  123. Erin January 26th, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    gayle
    January 26th, 2010 at 12:43 pm
    Nady agrees to deal with Cubs according to Tim Brown at Yahoo another OF option gone for Yanks

    *******************
    Best of luck to Nady

  124. Chad Jennings January 26th, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    New post. Nady has signed with the Cubs.

  125. Carla January 26th, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    Ryan, your post made me teary-eyed. I’m 25 years old, but, like you, this was my first real victory. I was just a casual fan until a high school boyfriend of mine really got me into baseball…. in 2001 :) And what an amazing feeling now– to feel what most Yankee fans have felt before!!!

    Cheers to new fans, OUR first championship, and many, many more!

  126. GreenBeret7 January 26th, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    murphydog
    January 26th, 2010 at 12:44 pm
    GB7:

    “Just send me your medical bills, Murph.”

    At this point, I fix ‘em myself, it’s like sewing a button back on

    ————————————————————

    LMAO. Just don’t sew your belly button onto your ear.

  127. Nick in SF January 26th, 2010 at 12:48 pm

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