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Replacement level

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jan 30, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

A few spots will be decided in spring training, but for the most part, we now know how the 2009 Yankees have transformed into the 2010 Yankees.

Of the 31 players who got at least 70 at-bats or pitched at least 25 innings last season, 11 will not be back. All but two have been replaced by someone younger.

Out: Johnny Damon
In: Curtis Granderson
Whether it’s Granderson, Gardner or Winn in left field, this seems to be a defensive upgrade. Offensively, Damon’s replacement seems to be Nick Johnson, who generally has a better on-base percentage, but almost certainly has less speed and power.

Out: Hideki Matsui
In: Nick Johnson
Actually, Johnson is Matsui’s replacement in title only. In reality, the Yankees will probably look for Granderson to replace Matsui’s offense. Granderson actually has a higher career slugging percentage than Matsui, but only time will tell whether he’s actually a more productive hitter in New York.

Out: Chien-Ming Wang
In: Javier Vazquez
Perhaps the biggest difference for the Yankees rotation is that Wang threw fewer than 100 innings each of the past two seasons, and he threw more than 200 innings once in his big league career. Vazquez has thrown at least 200 innings each of the past five years.

Out: Melky Cabrera
In: Randy Winn
This is the spot for a switch-hitting outfielder who will go into spring training to battle for a starting job, and is capable of playing all three outfield positions well off the bench. Cabrera is younger and had much better stats last season. Winn is cheaper and had much better stats in 2007 and 2008.

Out: Phil Coke
In: Boone Logan
Coke held lefties to a .195 batting average and .218 on-base percentage last season. Logan didn’t come close to those numbers – .231 average, .318 on base — but he did keep the ball on the ground and limit lefties to a .308 slugging percentage (left-handers slugged .366 against Coke). Despite having pitched in almost twice as many big league games, Logan is actually two years younger than Coke.

Out: Jose Molina
In: Francisco Cervelli
So far, this is true. Molina is still a free agent, Cervelli is the only backup catcher on the 40-man roster and the Yankees seem content to leave it that way. Cervelli actually had more Yankees at-bats last season than Jerry Hairston Jr., Eric Hinske or Cody Ransom. He was better than Molina in every offensive category and — subjectively — was just as good defensively.

Out: Brian Bruney, Jose Veras
In: David Robertson, Alfredo Aceves
Bruney and Veras were on the Yankees opening day roster last season. Robertson and Aceves were not. Things changed by the end of the season, and that change will likely carry into 2010. Bruney, Veras and Coke are the only Yankees relievers who won’t be back after throwing at least 25 innings last season.

Out: Jerry Hairston Jr., Cody Ransom, Angel Berroa
In: Ramiro Pena, Kevin Russo, Reegie Corona, Eduardo Nunez
Berroa didn’t have 70 at-bats, but he was one in a string of utility infielders last season. The front-runner to open 2010 in that role is the same guy who opened 2009: Pena. If he can’t handle the spot, the Yankees have three other young infielders on the 40-man. If none can do it, last year taught the that it’s pretty easy to trade for a replacement.

Out: Eric Hinske
In: Jamie Hoffmann
Hinske was brought in mid-season for depth and power off the bench. He was good to have, but ultimately expendable (hence the one postseason plate appearance). Hoffmann is kind of the same. He hits right handed and probably doesn’t have Hinske’s pop, but he’s being brought to camp as a Rule 5 wild card, a low-cost gamble trying for a bench job.

 
 

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193 Responses to “Replacement level”

  1. hi Yank-yee January 30th, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    At least the core 4 are still here!

  2. DT - OPPC member January 30th, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    “Bruney, Aceves and Coke are the only Yankees relievers who won’t be back after throwing at least 25 innings last season.”

    Chad, I think you meant Veras, not Aceves.

  3. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day January 30th, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    I thought this was a pretty fair article:

    http://www.nydailynews.com/spo….._zone.html

    So fans have every right to wonder if the chemistry will be the same. You can go all the way back to the 1986 Mets, who never had quite the same bulletproof bravado after management dumped heart-and-soul guys Ray Knight and Kevin Mitchell, deciding that Kevin McReynolds – talk about joyless – was a better fit.

    Only it’s hard to imagine that will be the case here. By all accounts, GM Brian Cashman has added high-character, high-intensity guys in players such as Curtis Granderson, Nick Johnson and Randy Winn to a clubhouse that is now full of players who share Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada’s commitment to winning.

    With that in mind, you can argue with Cashman’s reasoning for moving on without Damon – or Matsui, for that matter – but you can’t argue that his moves this winter have helped put his ballclub in position to build on last season’s success.

    Who’s kidding whom? The Yankees are loaded.

    On pitching alone it’s impossible to imagine them not making the playoffs. The Big Three carried the Bombers through the playoffs, and now nobody in baseball will have a better No. 4 starter than Javier Vazquez, while Joba Chamberlain and Phil Hughes each figure to take another step forward, Joba free at last of innings restrictions, Hughes finally a proven commodity.

    Such pitching depth, delivered via the trade with the Braves for Vazquez, is a small price to pay for Cabrera, even if he did add to the 2009 karma that helped make it a special season for the Yankees.

    Of course, there could very well be big moments in October when you’d kill to have Damon or Matsui at the plate instead of Granderson or Johnson. We’ll see about that clutch gene with the new guys.

    But the postseason is the postseason. And until then the issue isn’t whether the jettisoning of World Series heroes, particularly Damon, will dramatically affect this ballclub in 2010.

    Indeed, if there is an issue, it’s simply age and the potential for injuries.

  4. lets go yankees January 30th, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    SJ and GB,

    Someone accused me of overreacting, but you two are taking it to a whole new level. I for one never accused Rebecca of “ripping off” Posnanski. In fact I stated several times that I am sure Rebecca’s intentions were genuine.

    It is funny though, because several of the guest posters here have been heavily criticized, much more then Rebecca has, and there was not a peep from anyone about criticizing people. Chad and Sam are criticized on a daily basis, and I do not think we even have to get into how much Pete was when he was around. Rebecca should not be held any different. Just because we all may like her, the work she does on her blog, and her writing does not mean she is immune from criticism. It comes with the territory. If all this blog was nice post Chad! Great work Sam! it would be pretty boring around here. And, finally no one has personally attacked Rebecca. Others, like myself have simply raised their concerns about her article, which is perfectly fair.

    SJ,
    the reason you will not find many cases is because no one like Posnanski would ever file a suit over a 3 page article her wrote, not because journalists often do not have merit to do so. There is simply too little to gain and too much to lose from doing so.

    And GB7,
    The whole tough guy, I am always right thing is getting a little old. Many days around here you are the first to personally attack someone. Everyone here has different opinions and that is why this blog is interesting to read

  5. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day January 30th, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    Chad, good job – nice and thorough. Thanks!

  6. lets go yankees January 30th, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    January 30th, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    “Holy crap, I even tried to reverse the order and it would not let me! Okay, I am going to type four words, in four separate posts. It is the third word in front of the fourth word that seems to be the offender. See if you can figure out some filthy elision in the combination.”

    —————————

    At least you got “crap” through the filter

  7. Chad Jennings January 30th, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    Yep, should have said Veras instead of Aceves. I fixed it.

  8. Erin January 30th, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    Out: Jose Molina
    In: Francisco Cervelli

    **************************
    Don’t get me wrong, I loved Molina, but this just makes me so happy :D

  9. lets go yankees January 30th, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    I think you can make the case that really Marte is replacing Coke, and not Logan.

  10. Erica - always OPPC - Is Done with Brian Cashman!!!! January 30th, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    Funny with a “B” because a banned word when the troll with that name wreaked havoc during the season

  11. Michael January 30th, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    Terrific post/analysis. That is why I love this Blog. Thanks Chad.

  12. Erica - always OPPC - Is Done with Brian Cashman!!!! January 30th, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    Argh- that should have read BECAME a banned word.

    I am exhausted

  13. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! January 30th, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    “At least you got “crap” through the filter”

    :D

    Pretty funny!

    Okay I can type funny rabbit.

    But I cannot type b*nny rabbit without using the asterisk. Can ANYONE figure that out????

  14. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! January 30th, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    Erica – YOU SOLVED IT GIRL!!!!!!

  15. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! January 30th, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    Erica – YOU SOLVED IT GIRL!!!!!!

  16. Erica - always OPPC - Is Done with Brian Cashman!!!! January 30th, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    Trisha-

    I answered your question at 4:30

  17. Erica - always OPPC - Is Done with Brian Cashman!!!! January 30th, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    trisha – OPPC forever – (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS!
    January 30th, 2010 at 4:33 pm
    Erica – YOU SOLVED IT GIRL!!!!!!

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

    I try :-)

  18. SJ44 January 30th, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    Accusing someone of plagerism, which some did, is a serious charge.

    Saying someone would “lose a civil suit, which you said, is not only a serious charge, it’s factually incorrect, given case law on the subject.

    Criticism is welcome here. Accusing someone falsely of something is not.

    If you aren’t able to differentiate between the two, I can’t help you.

  19. Doreen January 30th, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    I’m getting dizzy just thinking about all the changes! :)

    But really, on a day-to-day basis, the changes are big. No Damon, Matsui or Melky in the starting lineup. 33%.

    I think Coke will be missed, but I’m glad they got Granderson.

    I can’t wait to see this team play.

    And because there are so many new faces, I look forward to seeing what Girardi has in mind as a team-building exercise this season. They don’t have the same amount of time, though, without the WBC.

  20. GreenBeret7 January 30th, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    Trisha, did you plagerize your last post from the Trisha in the last suject? She wrote the exact same thing.

  21. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! January 30th, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    That was brilliant! That is the very reason it wouldn’t post. They still have that as a banned word in the censor!!!

    Good job Erica. I spent a ton of time trying to figure out what bad word was contained in those two words!!!

    :)

  22. lets go yankees January 30th, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    I would not be shocked to see Molina brought back.

    What could his contract demands possibly be at this point in the offseason?

  23. lets go yankees January 30th, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    “Look, you little twit. I didn’t accuse you of anything. I will accuse you of a guilty conscience, though.”
    ————————

    Like I said the tough guy act is getting old. Name calling over an anonymous internet blog is ridiculous and I am not going to sink to that level of maturity.

    What do I have a guilty conscience about?

  24. Doreen January 30th, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    Erica -

    Good Sherlock Holmes-ing!

  25. GreenBeret7 January 30th, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    lets go yankees
    January 30th, 2010 at 4:20 pm
    SJ and GB,

    Someone accused me of overreacting, but you two are taking it to a whole new level. I for one never accused Rebecca of “ripping off” Posnanski. In fact I stated several times that I am sure Rebecca’s intentions were genuine.

    ————————————————————

    You little moose twit. I didn’t accuse you by name of anything. Looks like a case of paranoia or guilty conscience to me.

  26. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! January 30th, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    GB, I swear my stomach hurts from laughing when I read your posts!!!

    I cannot tell a lie. I did copy from the other thread…

  27. Erin January 30th, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    Doreen
    January 30th, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    And because there are so many new faces, I look forward to seeing what Girardi has in mind as a team-building exercise this season. They don’t have the same amount of time, though, without the WBC

    ***************************
    I was just talking about that the other day with somebody! We couldn’t think of anything though. It was a pretty short conversation. lol I’m sure Girardi will come up with something good :)

  28. iYankees January 30th, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    Nice stuff, Chad.

    I don’t get Jamie Hoffmann’s purpose, but I guess that’s a hindsight issue. Since 2005, only in 2009 did Hoffmann hit lefties well as a right-hander. His minor-league splits are .287/.362/.390 versus lefties and .284/.353/.407 versus righties. I just don’t see him sticking with the Yankees during the regular season. I feel like they would be better off signing a guy like Baldelli, Gomes or Thames as an actual right-handed threat.

  29. SJ44 January 30th, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    Let’s go,

    Do you know how many riders quote Hemmingway?

    It’s about context. The context here is clear.

    While both quoted Hemmingway re: Rivera, the context in which they quoted him are in two different ways.

    This isn’t a law school problem.

    This is a young woman writing a story for a blog and nothing she wrote rises to the level of plagerism.

  30. GreenBeret7 January 30th, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    lets go yankees
    January 30th, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    Like I said the tough guy act is getting old. Name calling over an anonymous internet blog is ridiculous and I am not going to sink to that level of maturity.

    What do I have a guilty conscience about?

    ————————————————————

    You seem to think everything is referring to you. It’s either conscience or paranoia.

  31. lets go yankees January 30th, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    “Saying someone would “lose a civil suit, which you said, is not only a serious charge, it’s factually incorrect, given case law on the subject.”

    ————————

    It is certainly not a fact, as with probably 99% of the law.

    It is a matter of opinion.

  32. SJ44 January 30th, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    Writers, not riders. Darn iPhone. Sorry for the typo.

  33. SJ44 January 30th, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    Let’s go,

    when you get out of law school, you will find out that’s not the case as, murph, myself and several other lawyers on the blog can attest to.

  34. lets go yankees January 30th, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    “This is a young woman writing a story for a blog and nothing she wrote rises to the level of plagerism.”

    ———————-

    Again, that is a matter of opinion.

    Like I said before, I did not see the difference. If there was any difference, I believe it was much too minimal to matter. I saw it as just Posnanski’s article with some added lines about Rebecca being a Yankee fan.

  35. GreenBeret7 January 30th, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    trisha – OPPC forever – (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS!
    January 30th, 2010 at 4:37 pm
    GB, I swear my stomach hurts from laughing when I read your posts!!!

    I cannot tell a lie. I did copy from the other thread…

    ————————————————————

    I thought that looked familiar. Wasn’t sure until I went back 5 minutes and checked.

    How’s the weather up your way? I almost froze in this 65 degree weather, today.

  36. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! January 30th, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    I have an even more serious infraction. I might have to turn in my Yankee badge with this one, but I am owning up to it as a way of confession. (I’m making a joke out of it but on some level, I swear it bothered me.)

    Last night I played this little game with myself called “Would you agree to become a Red Sox fan if…”

    I really challenged myself and was feeling pretty puffed out because I realized that I didn’t have a price! No house, no trip, no lottery, no nothing.

    Then I added people to the mix – would I change places with… Angela Jolie, Malinda Gates, nobody even tempted me. I was surfing the net while I was doing this and all of a sudden came across an article on Padma Lashkmi.

    Being Padma Lashkmi stopped me dead in my tracks. Of course I didn’t come up with a definitive answer but that I even could consider it made me sick!!!

    Yes I know, I have too much time on my hands. It’s the winter duldroms. Not much going on with my beloved Yankees.

    I KNOW that if the season had started, there would be nothing. But how could I even consider it!

  37. lets go yankees January 30th, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    “You seem to think everything is referring to you. It’s either conscience or paranoia.”

    ———————

    In direct reference to something I said, you wrote “look you little twit.”

    If “twit” was directed at someone else, you need to do a better job of letting that person know.

  38. KhanArtist January 30th, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    Yankees 2010 25-man roster:
    Lineup:
    Derek Jeter SS
    Nick Johnson DH
    Mark Teixeira 1B
    Alex Rodriguez 3B
    Jorge Posada C
    Curtis Granderson LF
    Robinson Cano 2B
    Nick Swisher RF
    Brett Gardner CF

    Bench:
    Randy Winn OF
    Francisco Cervelli C
    Jamie Hoffmann 1B/OF
    Ramiro Pena IF

    Rotation:
    CC Sabathia
    AJ Burnett
    Javier Vazquez
    Andy Pettitte
    Phil Hughes

    Bullpen:
    Alfredo Aceves
    Mark Melancon
    Chad Gaudin
    Boone Logan
    Damaso Marte
    David Robertson
    Mariano Rivera

    In AAA:
    Joba Chamberlain
    Zach McAllister
    Jesus Montero
    Ivan Nova
    Eduardo Nunez
    Juan Miranda

  39. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! January 30th, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    Here is one reason I believe that my beloved Jose Molina would never be brought back as a Yankee.

    There was too much consternation last season regarding his catching AJ. I don’t think the Yankees would go near that again, especially if they didn’t have to. With Cervelli there, you know they don’t have to.

    JMO

  40. SJ44 January 30th, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    That’s your mistake in analyzing this issue.

    The fact that she discussing HER experience differentiates it from a profile on Rivera.

    That’s not a “minimal” distinction. It’s the central distinction between the two stories.

    If she was doing a story on Rivera, without her personal loves and experiences thrown in, that’s a different story.

    Since that’s not the case, it isn’t a plagerism issue.

  41. lets go yankees January 30th, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    “when you get out of law school, you will find out that’s not the case as, murph, myself and several other lawyers on the blog can attest to.”

    ————————–

    So you have a law degree, connections to the game, didn’t you say you owned a minor league team at one point also… Interesting career path. What the hell is it that you do?

  42. Bronx Born January 30th, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    Let’s Go – Have you read Rebecca’s blog? I think if you did, you would have a better feel for her work and give you some appreciation of her style.

    http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com/

  43. Chip January 30th, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    Seems to be a better team than the group that finished out as champs.

    One theme that I’ve heard a lot is “why did the Yanks jump for Winn rather than keep waiting on Damon? Even if Winn did go to dc they still could have gone after Johnson.”

    The answer is easy. The Yankees liked Winn better than Johnson since Randy doesn’t get hurt and has shown he can play everyday in this league. It wasn’t that long ago that Winn put together a very strong season and I wouldn’t be shocked if he ends up starting.

    With Nicks injury history it wouldn’t shock me if Johnson spends some time on the dl swisher goes to dh and Winn spends some time in rf or that he beats Gardner out for the starting lf spot.

  44. DT - OPPC member January 30th, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    “Of the 31 players who got at least 70 at-bats or pitched at least 25 innings last season, 11 will not be back”

    Good stuff Chad. I didn’t realize it was that many.
    A lot of World Series rings will be taking the FedEx route.

    I watched the 2009 World Series video this weekend for the first time. Of course it was filled with Damon and Matsui exploits. Those parts were hard to watch a little bit.

    Of course the replacements are younger and might turn out great – but in a way the Yanks are trading in the “known” for the “unknown” – and I think that is where apprehension sneaks in.

  45. Rick January 30th, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    Among the intangibles with this 2010 team :

    . Teixeira, Sabathia, Burnett, and Swisher can have a comfort zone with their 1st year out of the way and knowing their roles and teammates.
    . A full year of David Robertson and hopefully, the same with Damaso Marte.
    . Frankie Cervelli and Ramiro Pena got major league experience and can feel part of the team.
    . A-Rod can start the season healthy and knowing he has shed the past postseason failures.
    . The players have a season of the new Stadium under their belts.
    . All new acquisitions come with the labels of good teammates and not clubhouse distractions.

  46. lets go yankees January 30th, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    Rick,

    Javy pitching in a contract year should not be overlooked as well

  47. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! January 30th, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    GB – it is flippin’ FREEZING up here! I think that today’s high was predicted to be 23. Yesterday we might have hit 17, but the wind was horrendous. It was so bad that when I threw bread out from my top deck, I threw it in a straight line, to hit under the bird feeders, and it landed about 3-5 feet south of the feeders.

    It is a very grey day, but one of those where it actually feels too cold to snow! Is that possible? Or maybe it’s too cold and too dry.

  48. Bronx Born January 30th, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    Padma ain’t got nothin on you Tricia. Don’t even think about it. :)

  49. GreenBeret7 January 30th, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    lets go yankees
    January 30th, 2010 at 4:47 pm
    “You seem to think everything is referring to you. It’s either conscience or paranoia.”

    ———————

    In direct reference to something I said, you wrote “look you little twit.”

    If “twit” was directed at someone else, you need to do a better job of letting that person know.

    ————————————————————

    The last remark was indeed aimed at you. The remarks made prior was to any of the whiners that were accusing Rebecca of plagerism. The fact that you seem to believe that I singled you out is your problem…not mine.

    Now, I’m through with the stupidty of this subject.

  50. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! January 30th, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    Well at least nobody called me a turncoat for considering being Padma Lakshmi. Thanks!

    :)

  51. KhanArtist January 30th, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    Yankees 2011 Team:
    Lineup:
    Derek Jeter SS
    Carl Crawford LF
    Mark Teixeira 1B
    Alex Rodriguez 3B
    Jorge Posada DH
    Curtis Granderson CF
    Jesus Montero C
    Robinson Cano 2B
    Nick Swisher RF

    Rotation:
    CC Sabathia
    Cliff Lee
    AJ Burnett
    Phil Hughes
    Joba Chamberlain

    Bullpen:
    SU: Damaso Marte
    SU: David Robertson
    CL: Mariano Rivera

  52. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! January 30th, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    Bronx Born – I love you for that!!!!

    And anyway, someone who would marry Salman Rushdie has to have a screw loose!

    I changed my mind.

    :)

  53. Ess Jay January 30th, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    I have a degree in everything and I take my private spaceship to the moon whenever I’m bored.

    You can’t question what I say because I’m an anonymous figure on the internet!!

    P.S. My IQ is 210 and I have a toilet seat made of uncut diamonds.

  54. Doreen January 30th, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    Trisha -

    I think if they end up not bringing back Molina it will be because of his age, some showing of slightly diminishing skills, but mostly, Cervelli is cheaper and proved more than up to the task defensively.

    I think the Yankees could give a hoot about the AJ stuff, as much as it was a catalyst for some heated discourse here.

    The arrows always point to money.

  55. Tom B January 30th, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    you guys suck the fun out of this blog. i hope you realize that your bickering ruins it for every else.

    maybe you should all just step away for a few days.

  56. Bronx Born January 30th, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    Tricia, that would indeed be a most difficult match, yet somehow poetic don’t you think?

  57. Vincio January 30th, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    Not trying to take one side or the other but I didn’t think an entire piece of work had to be copied to be considered plagiarized. Since using the Hemingway/Rivera reference made so many people think of the Pos article, wouldn’t that at least be enough for a case? Especially since that isn’t a comparison made all the time or if ever.

    I really don’t care one way or the other but I honestly can see both sides.

  58. lets go yankees January 30th, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    Could Molina even get $1 million in this market and this late?

    Would he come back for less or just retire?

  59. David in Cal January 30th, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    Great article, Chad. As you say, this team is loaded. Their defense is better; their offense is just as good, their starting pitching is a lot better. Only the relief pitching is potentially weaker. Coke and Bruney weren’t great, but their likely replacements (Boone Logan and Marc Melancon?) don’t appear to be as good. Note that Aceves and David Robinson weren’t on the opening day lineup, but they played significant roles during 2009, especially Aceves. Right now, this team looks better than last year’s.

    When things look too good, one can afford to worry. Things I worry about:
    – Injuries
    – Deterioration of “Core Four” players and Burnett
    – Regression to the mean (Most Yanks had better than average seasons last year.)
    – Failure of the bull pen
    – Boston and Tampa Bay might improve so much as to become better than the Yanks.

  60. GreenBeret7 January 30th, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    DT – OPPC member
    January 30th, 2010 at 4:51 pm
    “Of the 31 players who got at least 70 at-bats or pitched at least 25 innings last season, 11 will not be back

    ————————————————————

    That may be somewhat misleading, though. A few were gone before mid-season. 2 were out of the system, one hit the DL and never came off and 2 were sent back to the minors to never return.

  61. Doreen January 30th, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    Trisha -

    What about her would turn you? Just curious, because I’d never heard of her till I googled her just now.

  62. Pat M. January 30th, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    I just finished swimming my laps and I noticed that Rebecca and her outstanding piece from earlier today is still getting air time……I look forward to her writings and I hope that todays events will not chase her away…I don’t that will happen as she’s a young Lady with moxie and great self esteem….I do think her piece was misunderstood by several here, and it’s time to move on………GB, you must have taken your Geritol today, and you must have a putter in hand……Funny stuff as always, Let’s go Yankees has a good track record as far as I can recall……He was in the wrong place at the wrong time

  63. Doreen January 30th, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    And I can’t believe “googled” is a word! :?

  64. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus January 30th, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    Wow, it looks like I missed all the fun.

    For what it’s worth, I take an accusation of plagarism extremely seriously–hence why I might be a little uptight about it.

    But I guess for what it’s worth, I know I didn’t plagarize. And that will have to do.

    Catch you all later.

  65. GreenBeret7 January 30th, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    trisha – OPPC forever – (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS!
    January 30th, 2010 at 4:52 pm
    GB – it is flippin’ FREEZING up here! I think that today’s high was predicted to be 23. Yesterday we might have hit 17, but the wind was horrendous. It was so bad that when I threw bread out from my top deck, I threw it in a straight line, to hit under the bird feeders, and it landed about 3-5 feet south of the feeders.

    It is a very grey day, but one of those where it actually feels too cold to snow! Is that possible? Or maybe it’s too cold and too dry.

    ————————————————————

    You New Englanders must really be starving. Throwing bread outside to try and trick those little birds and animals to hang around so you can capture them for supper.

    My mom does the same thing with birds and squirrels. She used to have them lining up at the door, waiting for cookies in the morning, when she’d get up. Funniest thing you ever saw. about 5 of them would line up when the kitchen light went on in the morning. She’d open the door and say “cookie time”. They’d come in, get a cookie and run off until the next day.

  66. lets go yankees January 30th, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    It has been rumored the Yankees are looking to add a Baldelli/Thames type on a minor league deal.

    Since Chip has not done so already, I will do the honor…

    I would not mind Sheff back on an mL deal.

  67. bobby boomer January 30th, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    You’re uptight about it because you know subconsciously that you referred to Hemmingway and Rivera, just as Posnanski did.

    Yuck. I hate liars. Especially unoriginal ones.

  68. Pat M. January 30th, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    Let’s go Yankees….Say no to Sheff, Marcus Thames is the stick I’d love to have coming off the bench to hit for Gardner or Winn with the game on the line when you need a big flyball……Aren’t you the guy that uded to be let’s go Twins ???? I remember you now….

  69. DT - OPPC member January 30th, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    ” …and 2 were sent back to the minors to never return.”

    that sounds pretty ominous.

    Did they ever return?
    No they never returned
    And their fate is still unlearn’d
    They may ride forever
    ‘neath the streets of Scranton
    They are the men who never returned.

  70. lets go yankees January 30th, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    “Aren’t you the guy that uded to be let’s go Twins ???? I remember you now….”

    ———————

    Yeah. I took the lets go twins part off b/c it was confusing people into thinking I was a Twins fan.

  71. GreenBeret7 January 30th, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    You mean like the original practice of punching up a new SN so nobody knows which idiot you are?

  72. Bronx Born January 30th, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    Greetings Pat, GB. I think we really need baseball to happen fast. We are getting cabin fever.

  73. Dr Mustard January 30th, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    Jamie Hoffman will not make the Yankess 25 man roster. there is no need to carry him when Randy Winn can cover all 3 OF positions

    Hopefully Cashman can bring in someone with some pop for the bench like Thame,or just promote Miranda

    And im surprised Nick Johnson aint injured yet

  74. GreenBeret7 January 30th, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    Pat M.
    January 30th, 2010 at 5:21 pm
    Let’s go Yankees….Say no to Sheff, Marcus Thames is the stick I’d love to have coming off the bench to hit for Gardner or Winn with the game on the line when you need a big flyball……Aren’t you the guy that uded to be let’s go Twins ???? I remember you now….

    ————————————————————

    As far as just a right handed bat, I’d like to see Mike Sweeney. His problem is that he can’t stay healthy or play defense anywhere.

  75. GreenBeret7 January 30th, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    Bronx Born
    January 30th, 2010 at 5:24 pm
    Greetings Pat, GB. I think we really need baseball to happen fast. We are getting cabin fever.

    ————————————————————

    Evening, Bronx. hope all is well in the deepest south.

    Trust me, this is no cabin that I live in….a shack, naybe. Complete with dirt floors and everything.

    I got “The Fever”, though. The longest off-season that I can remember since I returned to the states. Those were some long winters.

  76. bobby boomer January 30th, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    I’m almost as original as a bitter old man being a tough guy on an internet forum. Nobody wants to hear your holier than thou attitude. Keep it to relevant baseball topics and not immature name calling. You should be better than that, no?

  77. lets go yankees January 30th, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    Thames probably has more power in his bat then Sheff at this point, but I would rather sacrifice a little power in exchange for Sheff getting on base at a much higher clip

  78. Bronx Born January 30th, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    Hey GB- I hear ya on that.. We got rain in sunny Florida… But the temp is pleasant high 60′s. You do have plumbing dontcha?

  79. Bronx Born January 30th, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    I would say a resounding no to Shef. I cannot even fathom the concept. Just don’t see it.

  80. Wait till we do it all over Again January 30th, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    Don’t be shocked if Johnson has a similar amount of HR’s as Damon.

  81. Bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes January 30th, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    let’s go,

    I liked Sheff when we had him, but even then he couldn’t really field any more.

    Too old, too past it.

  82. Pat M. January 30th, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    Let’s go Yankees….Gary Sheffield’s bat grew very slow torwards the last of the 09 season….Besides, I can’t imagine Cashman or the Front Office willing to take him back after his departing pot shots at Torre and the organization…..Bronx, it’s been a bumpy off season here at The LoHud, and to think we just won the World Series…..Certainly the blog has become very deversified in it’s culture and it’s attitude…….I see GB made another friend today…..

  83. GreenBeret7 January 30th, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    Bronx Born
    January 30th, 2010 at 5:33 pm
    Hey GB- I hear ya on that.. We got rain in sunny Florida… But the temp is pleasant high 60’s. You do have plumbing dontcha?

    ————————————————————

    Of course I have plumbing in the house. This is georgia, after all.

    Does having two buckets and a trough leading to an outside ditch mean the same as indoor plumbing?

  84. GreenBeret7 January 30th, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    Pat M.
    January 30th, 2010 at 5:37 pm
    Let’s go Yankees….Gary Sheffield’s bat grew very slow torwards the last of the 09 season….Besides, I can’t imagine Cashman or the Front Office willing to take him back after his departing pot shots at Torre and the organization…..Bronx, it’s been a bumpy off season here at The LoHud, and to think we just won the World Series…..Certainly the blog has become very deversified in it’s culture and it’s attitude…….I see GB made another friend today…..

    ————————————————————

    Yep. I’m a regular Dale Carnegie.

  85. Bronx Born January 30th, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    GB- Is the path to the trough covered? If it is, it qualifies as indoors. Perhaps even a tarp will do.

    Pat- Yes, there are time in the LoHud, I would have thought the Yankees did not even make the playoffs, let alone winning the W.S. How are your pins doing?

  86. GreenBeret7 January 30th, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    Bronx Born
    January 30th, 2010 at 5:41 pm
    GB- Is the path to the trough covered? If it is, it qualifies as indoors. Perhaps even a tarp will do.

    Pat- Yes, there are time in the LoHud, I would have thought the Yankees did not even make the playoffs, let alone winning the W.S. How are your pins doing?

    ————————————————————

    Of course the trough is covered, Bronx. I’m no country bumpkin.

  87. Bronx Born January 30th, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    Well, GB I am no expert in zoning laws but I do believe under the current statutes that you qualify for indoor plumbing despite your typos. :)

  88. lets go yankees January 30th, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    “Besides, I can’t imagine Cashman or the Front Office willing to take him back after his departing pot shots at Torre and the organization”

    ————————–

    I think Cashman would love to take some of his own shots at Torre…

    In the end I think they bring Thames on board, but if I were Cashman I would not dismiss Sheff without a look.

  89. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! January 30th, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    Doreen – I think she may be one of those most gorgeous women I have ever seen. She’s on Top Chef and that’s where I first saw her. So it is totally superficial. I would like to look like her.

    :(

    GB, Boddy was saying before he considered squirrels to be pretty bright creatures. They absolutely know my voice. I call them “kookies” because I think they are really a riot to watch. So every morning I go out on my deck and yell “KOOKIES, kem (New England for come) on!” I swear they come from near and far. It’s obviously the timbre in my voice because when I say “birdies and blue jays*” they show up too. BUT – the squirrels come when I say kookies and the birds come when I say birdies and blue jays.

    * I realize that blue jays are birds; but they are bigger than the others, hence birdies (little birds) and blue jays

  90. GreenBeret7 January 30th, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    Bronx Born
    January 30th, 2010 at 5:47 pm
    Well, GB I am no expert in zoning laws but I do believe under the current statutes that you qualify for indoor plumbing despite your typos.

    ————————————————————

    LMAO.

    I’m having a pretty good day, watching old movies, reading this blog and even better, listening to Kevin “Bloody” Wilson and Rolf Harris. They’re absolutely insane.

  91. Billy Z January 30th, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    Sheff’s a cancer. No way he comes back.

  92. Bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes January 30th, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    Trisha,

    Blue Jays are birds with boxing gloves on.

    signed,

    -One Who Lived to Tell It

  93. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! January 30th, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    Doreen – I totally disagree but then you might be right. I don’t think for a minute they would consider bringing Molina back after that nation-wide maelstrom that happened with jorge, Molina, and AJ. Blah blah blah.

    I believe I said “one of the reasons.”

    Joe Girardi would not want any part of that, and why would he? Talk about a distraction!

    JMO

  94. Bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes January 30th, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    Sheff’s harmless.

    Except if you attempt to play him in the OF. Then, he becomes very, very dangerous.

  95. GreenBeret7 January 30th, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    trisha – OPPC forever – (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS!
    January 30th, 2010 at 5:51 pm
    Doreen – I think she may be one of those most gorgeous women I have ever seen. She’s on Top Chef and that’s where I first saw her. So it is totally superficial. I would like to look like her.

    GB, Boddy was saying before he considered squirrels to be pretty bright creatures. They absolutely know my voice. I call them “kookies” because I think they are really a riot to watch. So every morning I go out on my deck and yell “KOOKIES, kem (New England for come) on!” I swear they come from near and far. It’s obviously the timbre in my voice because when I say “birdies and blue jays*” they show up too. BUT – the squirrels come when I say kookies and the birds come when I say birdies and blue jays.

    * I realize that blue jays are birds; but they are bigger than the others, hence birdies (little birds) and blue jays

    ————————————————————

    My mom lives in Illinois, but, luckly they have a large fence around the back of the house. I’d be embarrassed as hell if people knew that she talked to squirrels and birds like they were human. She enjoys it, though.

  96. lets go yankees January 30th, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    “Sheff’s a cancer. No way he comes back.”

    ———————–

    You really think as a 41 year old part time player, he is going to stroll into a Yankee clubhouse with Jetes, Posada, Mo, Alex, ZZ, etc. and have any impact?

  97. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! January 30th, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    Bod – :D :D :D

    They are definitely the king of the barnyard, or at least they try to be. I would throw out peanuts for the squirrels, and they would swoop down and get them. And, God forgive me for saying this, they are very unattractive birds. The combination was starting to make me not look kindly on them until one of my sisters-in-law told me that when there is danger they shreik to warn the other birds. After that they were okay with me.

  98. lets go yankees January 30th, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    Joe Girardi would not want any part of that, and why would he? Talk about a distraction!

    ————————-

    Wait for the same BS to start if Cervelli catches AJ a couple starts and pitches well to him.

  99. Bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes January 30th, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    Your mother is the wise one.

    The rest are fools.

    As Trisha can attest, squirrels and birds have plenty to say. They just know the value of not always tipping their hand.

  100. Bronx Born January 30th, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    Oh Man GB – Rolf Harris – Mr Tie Me Kangaroo Down. IJeez dude you are making us feel old!!!

  101. Pat M. January 30th, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    Bronx..The left knee gets a lubricant shot Friday….Good thing the rains have made their way to the East Coast and normal weather ( 71 degrees ) has returned…..I’m early into my rehab and I plan on hitting the links by April 1st…..However the days of running 10 flat 100′s are long gone…..

  102. GreenBeret7 January 30th, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    There’s no reason to bring Molina back for a $1.5-2 mil contract. Cervelli does the same or better job at 2/3rds the cost. NYY has a couple of veterans at Scranton to take the emergency spot. They had Kevin Cash and Chris Stewart last year and.

  103. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! January 30th, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    “My mom lives in Illinois, but, luckly they have a large fence around the back of the house. I’d be embarrassed as hell if people knew that she talked to squirrels and birds like they were human. She enjoys it, though.”

    GB, people goof on me all the time for it. But as with anything else that makes me happy and doesn’t hurt anyone else, I’m totally unaffected by the “abuse”.

    And I think they like me (meaning the squirrels and the birds), which makes me kind of happy. At the beginning when I would go and put seed in the feeder, the birds would head for the hills. Now some of them just retreat to a nearby branch and wait. I like that.

    :)

  104. Bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes January 30th, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    The combination was starting to make me not look kindly on them until one of my sisters-in-law told me that when there is danger they shreik to warn the other birds. After that they were okay with me.
    =====

    Yes, they give advice freely, the thing that is mandatory is taking their advice. If you don’t – you’re dead to them.

    BTW, having recently revisited Alice In Wonderland, I must tell you how welcome the image of your squirrels having their chocolate cake party was.

    For me, that was the most poetic post or blog entry of the day. :D

  105. Dr Mustard January 30th, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    Anyone wanting Sheffield back on the team is an idiot.

    The chemistry in 09 was perfect…and people want a wild card and clown like Sheff ? Jeez

  106. Bronx Born January 30th, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    Hey Pat, sounds good.. Understood about the legwork. Glad you be progressing. How is that PT of yours anyway?

  107. GreenBeret7 January 30th, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    Bodhisattva – Destiny Wears Pinstripes
    January 30th, 2010 at 6:00 pm
    Your mother is the wise one.

    The rest are fools.

    As Trisha can attest, squirrels and birds have plenty to say. They just know the value of not always tipping their hand.

    ————————————————————

    She enjoys it, and it’s wild to see these 5 squirrels all come into the house one at a time to get their cookie and take off. She has feeders for the birds, but, the squirrels never bother it. Orioles and cardinals, and hummingbirds in the summer mainly. No sparrows or jays. My dad was just as bad when he was alive…but, he’d feed them peanut butter, jelly and toast.

  108. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! January 30th, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    Bod, they are so damned cute! Seriously one day I threw out little pieces of pistacchio cake for them. The next day all I had was bread. Well you had to see the indignation on their faces when they saw it. They went right past it and wouldn’t eat it – at least for a while.

    I remember giving them something one day that they didn’t seem to like – who knew. I wanted to go out and give them the lecture “Squirrels in South Providence would give their eye teeth for that food!” It’s when you’re in that deep that you know you’re really gone! I really do love them.

  109. GreenBeret7 January 30th, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    Trisha, the squirrels must have some intelligence and recognition talents, because if it wasn’t my mom or dad when he was alive, they wouldn’t come into the house. They wouldn’t accept the cookies from anyone unless you laid them down outside and walked away.

  110. Pat M. January 30th, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    Bronx, She’s beautiful….Former Tri-athelete….She had a shot to be on the 2000 US track team but tore up her Aciledes tendon in the trials…..She pushes me too hard though……Why hasn’t Joba report early ????

  111. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! January 30th, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    GB, the thought of that really brings tears to my eyes. You talk about God’s innocents. I used to worry myself sick about what would happy to b rabbits when it was really cold outside until my father convinced me that “nature provides” for animals in different weather conditions. It sounded good, so I let it go.

  112. DaSaint007 January 30th, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    I just returned from some shopping with the missus at the mall. Seems like I missed some more fireworks here. Shrapnel everywhere.

  113. lets go yankees January 30th, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    I do not think anyone would want Molina back at 1.5-2, but is there any reason to suggest he could get that much at this point? I do not think any team has even showed an interest in him.

    I like Cervelli a lot as the backup, but I think it is a distinct possibility Posada gets injured this year given his recent track record. I think Cerv and Molina splitting time in that case would not be bad, because by himself Cervelli would probably get over-exposed big time.

    My opinion on Molina though would all be contingent on having him back for less then 1 million, maybe even less then 750,000.

  114. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! January 30th, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    GB, I always said that if I could have a designer law practice, I would represent only animals, children, and the elderly. I would actually love to prosecute people who abuse animals, but that comes out of the AGs office. So maybe I’ll just track them down and beat the crap out of them!

    :)

  115. Bronx Born January 30th, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    Pat – do you have any inside scoop on Joba’s off season. did he work with a trainer?

  116. Bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes January 30th, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    I’m guessing of those Orioles she gets, Boog Powell is often among the group.

    I don’t think Boog would ever refuse free food.

    Your mother’s a doll and a hoot.

    My Dad’s like that too – always thought to feed the birds.

    He had a very close war buddy up in Plattsburg, NY (they were Battle of the Bulge chums) who had a fascinating relationship with squirrels.

    When I was a kid, I was amazed when “Uncle” Emerson sat on the porch and allowed the squirrels to climb up his arm. He’d then patiently and lovingly fed them out of his hand.

  117. GreenBeret7 January 30th, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    Bronx Born
    January 30th, 2010 at 6:00 pm
    Oh Man GB – Rolf Harris – Mr Tie Me Kangaroo Down. IJeez dude you are making us feel old!!!

    ————————————————————

    Rolf Harris is great, but, Kevin Wilson is on a different level. His Christmas songs and others like “Tazmanian Love Song”, “She’s The Kind Of Sheila For Me”, “Country Bumpkin” and especially “Alice? Who The F— Is Alice” are classics.

  118. Bronx Born January 30th, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    Amen Tricia, I work with several human rights groups, especially in human trafficking and some pretty disgusting stuff goes on.

  119. m January 30th, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    Who’s reported so far? I know someone said they were very disappointed that Joba hasn’t shown up 2 weeks before P&C. But I thought that was sarcasm!

  120. Bronx Born January 30th, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    I am getting a bit of an earful as we speak GB, he is from another planet entirely.

  121. xxx January 30th, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    Matsui was clutch for the Yanks.

    It’s hard to quantify that…it’s just one of those things you know when you see it.

    I’m going to miss seeing that #55 jersey…

  122. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! January 30th, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    I may be alone in this thought (for a change, ha ha) but I do not think the Yankees would touch Molina because of last year’s situation. Good Lord, how many times did you hear national broadcasters weighing in on how they believed Molina should be AJ’s personal catcher. Do you remember the questions put to Molina and Posada when the playoffs began and what a distraction that was. Do you remember how unhappy Posada was not to be starting all the postseason games?

    I don’t think the Ys would touch that with a ten-foot pole.

    That said, and of course, I would love for Molina to come back. As a defense queen, watching Molina made me quiver.

    I have no problem watching Francisco Cervelli, however.

    ;)

  123. Pat M. January 30th, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    Bronx, Not a word on Joba and his off season conditioning ….Quite a few players report early in around late January to get ready for Spring Training…Usually Jeter sets the tone for these early workouts, but Joba is not one of them

  124. GreenBeret7 January 30th, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    Bodhisattva – Destiny Wears Pinstripes
    January 30th, 2010 at 6:19 pm
    I’m guessing of those Orioles she gets, Boog Powell is often among the group.

    I don’t think Boog would ever refuse free food.

    Your mother’s a doll and a hoot.

    My Dad’s like that too – always thought to feed the birds.

    He had a very close war buddy up in Plattsburg, NY (they were Battle of the Bulge chums) who had a fascinating relationship with squirrels.

    When I was a kid, I was amazed when “Uncle” Emerson sat on the porch and allowed the squirrels to climb up his arm. He’d then patiently and lovingly fed them out of his hand.

    ————————————————————

    My dad was never an animal person. Never cruel or mistreat them, even dogs and especially cats, but, for whatever reason, they loved him. Always crawl up in his lap to sleep. In his later years, he changed and started teaching the dogs and cats to do tricks. I suspect that he’s the one that started hand feeding the squirrels and a few of the birds.

  125. lets go yankees January 30th, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    Trisha,

    Have you ever done any work on an animal law case? If you love animals it gets soul crushing really quick.

  126. whatever January 30th, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    “NEW YORK — Checking in quickly on this chill (and chilly) Saturday afternoon…

    Baseball Prospectus adjusted its 2010 PECOTA projections.

    Originally, the Yankees were projected to win 93 games and miss the playoffs, finishing third in the American League East. Now, the Yankees are still projected to win 93-games, but that will be good enough to tie with the Red Sox for the division title.

    The Rays, according to the projections, would finish 92-70, just out of the playoffs.

    With the adjustments, the records have changed. But the general idea stays the same: expect a tight three-team race in the AL East.

  127. Bronx Born January 30th, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    Pat M. January 30th, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    Bronx, Not a word on Joba and his off season conditioning ….Quite a few players report early in around late January to get ready for Spring Training…Usually Jeter sets the tone for these early workouts, but Joba is not one of them
    —————————————

    That is sad to hear Pat. I would have thought he would have jumped on the opportunity and reported early and got himself in a good place. Have you heard anything about Master Hughes?

  128. vinny-b January 30th, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    “With Nicks injury history it wouldn’t shock me if Johnson spends some time on the dl swisher goes to dh and Winn spends some time in rf or that he beats Gardner out for the starting lf spot”
    ——————————————

    solid point, Chip.

    maybe Winn will do well. Perhaps am selling him short

  129. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! January 30th, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    My favorite moments are when I throw sunflower seeds out and the squirrels, jays, mourning doves, and cardinals are all on the ground, sharing. I could sit for hours and just watch. It strikes me that they all get along and none are threatened by the other. Unfortunately the further you get up the food chain, the more nasty and selfish and discriminating they become. That’s called intelligence…

    Speaking of cardinals, a little birdie told me that Pujols is on the juice.

    :D

  130. GreenBeret7 January 30th, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    Bronx Born
    January 30th, 2010 at 6:21 pm
    I am getting a bit of an earful as we speak GB, he is from another planet entirely.

    ————————————————————

    Yeah, Harris is a riot…somewhat tamer than Wilson, but, funny. Both are great story tellers and outstanding musicians.

  131. Bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes January 30th, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    GB7,

    When animals take to someone like that, that means there’s a heart of gold in that person.

    The cat always knows first who’s who and what’s what.

    She’s unimpressed with nearly everyone, but she knows what she knows, and treats people accordingly.

    This ability of hers saves us a lot of wasted time.

  132. Doreen January 30th, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    aarh! I just lost a post because of my stupid computer connection!

    Trisha -

    I think we’re both right. I hadn’t thought about it your way. Anyway, I won’t be surprised if Cervelli ends up catching AJ and I’m staying the heck away from that!!!! :lol:

    I wondered if there was more to Padma because, you don’t seem the type of person who would trade principles for looks (even hers – she’s drop-dead gorgeous) unless there was something else to her. Although, it makes you think, would Rushdie fall for simply looks?? Eh, he’s a guy, so ya never know. ;?

    Blue Jays have nothing on starlings. We had moved into a new house when my daughter Vanessa was born, and i was up one night with her and I heard these strange noises in our vents. It turned out starlings had gotten into our vent system through a vent at the top of the house. Freaky. they worked their way all the way down to our kitchen vent. We had to have someone come in and get them out. Needless to say, I never opened that particular cabinet in the kitchen again!

    When I get on my other computer, I will try to post a couple of pictures I took this winter of birds feeding in my bradford pear tree outside my kitchen window. A robin and a cardinal. Beautiful.

    My brother-in-law fed the squirrels and birds in his yard, but recently had to stop. He said it got really out of control. BUT he swears to their absolute intelligence.

    Pat M – I agree about Marcus Thames. I’d like to see him on the team. I give myself a silent “yes” whenever I read your posts that say what I’ve been thinking – it’s a kind of validation. Weird. Sorry. I mean it as a compliment.

  133. GreenBeret7 January 30th, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    trisha – OPPC forever – (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS!
    January 30th, 2010 at 6:29 pm
    My favorite moments are when I throw sunflower seeds out and the squirrels, jays, mourning doves, and cardinals are all on the ground, sharing. I could sit for hours and just watch. It strikes me that they all get along and none are threatened by the other. Unfortunately the further you get up the food chain, the more nasty and selfish and discriminating they become. That’s called intelligence…

    Speaking of cardinals, a little birdie told me that Pujols is on the juice.

    ————————————————————

    Everyone knows that cardinals, blue jays and orioles love the imported juices from the Caribbean.

  134. hardwired January 30th, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    My first Yankee Stadium memory was about a month after Thurman died.

    Reggie hit one out to Right on the first pitch of the bottom of an inning.

    The Yanks were playing the Tigers and Chet Lemon hit a bomb for Detroit.

    In the end, the Yankees won and I left a happy kid thinking NYC was a pretty damn cool place.

    Not much has changed.

  135. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! January 30th, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    let’s go yankees, funny that you say that. I can’t let myself think too heavily about this because it upsets me just to think about it. When I first out of work I thought about volunteering at the SPCA, feeding animals, cleaning cages, whatever – and I quickly decided that I couldn’t do it because it would break my heart to see those animals without homes.

    I’m really pretty much mush as a person when it comes to things like that. Sometimes I wish I were tougher because I could do a lot more good if I were.

    :(

  136. Bronx Born January 30th, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    I agree with you Bod. We have a Maine Coon and she is most decisive about who she likes and dislikes. Funniest cat I have ever met in my whole life. She drapes her legs over the foot-board of the bed and watches TV with us. She loves Iron Chef and especially Kat Kora. I kid you not. If she hears Kat’s name mentioned she runs to her position on the bed.

    http://www.facebook.com/photo......=692960935

  137. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! January 30th, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    “Everyone knows that cardinals, blue jays and orioles love the imported juices from the Caribbean.”

    :lol: out loud!!!

  138. vinny-b January 30th, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    the North is turning Senior Bowl into the Battle of Gettysburg.

    go North.

  139. GreenBeret7 January 30th, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    Bodhisattva – Destiny Wears Pinstripes
    January 30th, 2010 at 6:30 pm
    GB7,

    When animals take to someone like that, that means there’s a heart of gold in that person.

    The cat always knows first who’s who and what’s what.

    She’s unimpressed with nearly everyone, but she knows what she knows, and treats people accordingly.

    This ability of hers saves us a lot of wasted time.

    ————————————————————

    I’ve never been much of an animal person, either. I just never had time for them. Never really been much of a people person either, probably for much the same reasons. Maybe that changes, since I have my first dog in 45 years. with people, I just choose not to deal with most of them.

  140. Glenner January 30th, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    The YANKEES basically traded Bruney for Hoffman and I continue to believe that he is way better than most of us think right now. He will show some pop, way more speed than you might expect from a players his size, and he is supposed to be a great defensive player. I believe he was considered the Dodgers best defensive minor leaguer. Not the best outfielder, the best defensive player.

  141. Bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes January 30th, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    True Story:

    The executive editor of a newspaper I worked for was of a disposition that so rankled his new wife’s two cats, they ran away after failing in their efforts to have him eliminated from the household.

    When the inevitable divorce finally took place (the wife was heart broken on the loss of her beloved cats), the cats returned to the woman’s home.

    Her comment: “I’m so happy my family is back together.”

  142. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! January 30th, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    Doreen – it is totally about her looks. I really disappointed myself. That’s why I think it’s just the winter doldroms – and I obviously have too much time on my hands. It’s time for me to work again!!! Well I’m working on it anyway.

    I would love to see those pictures. I have a few that if I can find them I will link to. One is of the squirrels eating raspberry applesauce on the deck.

    :)

    Gonna see if I can find them.

  143. Doreen January 30th, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    Animals love my Vanessa. She is the daughter with autism. It’s amazing to watch.

  144. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! January 30th, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    Bronx Born, she’s beautiful!!!!!

  145. Alan January 30th, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    The likelihood of ever seeing Sheffield in a Yankee uniform again stands as much of a chance as seeing Richie Sexson doing the same.

  146. vinny-b January 30th, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    my mother always said BlueJays were ‘bad’ birds.

    maybe, but they beautiful (not the ones in Tor. Canada)

  147. Doreen January 30th, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    I (we, but really I) never had a pet. I know my limitations in caretaking and never wanted to take on the extra responsibilities. My children never asked for a pet. If they had begged, I woulda caved. We came close last spring when my daughter and this dog just looked so incredible together, and I thought she would benefit. But, she really didn’t push it and I took my cue from her. But I still have that picture in my head…

  148. Tom in NJ January 30th, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    My cat is always leaving dead blue jays by my car.

    It’s really gross.

  149. Bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes January 30th, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    with people, I just choose not to deal with most of them.
    ====

    One of the reasons I left journalism was because of all the glad handing that goes on.

    There are people I like, but with whom I wouldn’t necessarily want to spend a lot of time with. Then there are the people I love, with whom I spend time. Then there are the lot I have no interest in – the glad handers to this world.

    I wish them well, but “I would prefer not to” (know them)…as Bartleby would say.

  150. Erica - always OPPC - Is Done with Brian Cashman!!!! January 30th, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    Doreen-

    You are a baker. I have a very important question I need your opinion on.

    I am planning on baking cinnamon melt muffins for brunch tomorrow. Should I bake them tonight to ensure they will be fully cooled by the time I need to leave, or force myself to get up earlier tomorrow so I can make them.

    Also, the recipe says that paper liner cups are not recommended. What else is there???

  151. Erica - always OPPC - Is Done with Brian Cashman!!!! January 30th, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    I am not an animal person either at all.

    I blame my father for this. He is very allergic to anything with fur so I was always kept away from animals growing up. I just never got the warm and fuzzy pet thing. When I see them now I just don’t get it.

    I always joke I would have a baby before I got a dog

  152. Bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes January 30th, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    vinny-b,

    I hope you’re giving the cat props for that.

  153. Doreen January 30th, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    Erica -

    You can make them tonight. If you want to warm them just put them in a low oven (250) for a few minutes.

    They make these silicone liners that are great – they stick to nothing. I suspect they don’t recommend the paper because if they are cinnamon melt muffins, whatever is melting will stick to thepaper and the paper won’t come off easily.

    There is a product called Baker’s Joy which is a combo oil/flour spray that you can spray into the muffin pans and that should work if you can’t find the silicone liners (Bed Bath and Beyond has them)

  154. Bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes January 30th, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    Sorry, I meant Tom in NJ!

    The cat is showing you her hunting skills and expects some praise.

  155. Bronx Born January 30th, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    Thanks Tricia, her name is Luna

  156. vinny-b January 30th, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    “I hope you’re giving the cat props for that”
    ————————————————-
    Bodhisattva: what do you mean

  157. Erica - always OPPC - Is Done with Brian Cashman!!!! January 30th, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    Doreen-

    If I use the foil liners does that count as paper?? I have foil liners in my cabinet and it may be a little too cold to venture out to BB&B now…. (and my pjs are really comfy)

  158. Bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes January 30th, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    vinny-b,

    I don’t know if they are “bad” birds – as they do everything a bird does well and perhaps better.

    Maybe she means they are bad-a** birds, in which case, I would reluctantly agree.

  159. Bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes January 30th, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    Sorry vin,

    got my vins and toms mixed up there.

  160. Doreen January 30th, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    Erica -

    I don’t know if this would work, I’ve never tried it, but if you have Pam in the house, why not spray the paper liners before putting the batter in? Especially if you’re not about to go out to buy Baker’s Joy or silicone liners just to make brunch tomorrow.

    (But I do suggest that if you’re ever in BB&B, buy the silicone liners.)

  161. Tom in NJ January 30th, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    I know Bod. Woody (my cat, named after Woody Guthrie) is quite the hunter. He once left some sort of oragn on my sisters car-which she identified as a liver (she’s a vet).

    I always give him some tuna when he leaves ‘gifts’ for me.

    He’s a great cat who has been with me for the past 13 years.

  162. GreenBeret7 January 30th, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    Erica – always OPPC – Is Done with Brian Cashman!!!!
    January 30th, 2010 at 6:50 pm
    Doreen-

    You are a baker. I have a very important question I need your opinion on.

    I am planning on baking cinnamon melt muffins for brunch tomorrow. Should I bake them tonight to ensure they will be fully cooled by the time I need to leave, or force myself to get up earlier tomorrow so I can make them.

    Also, the recipe says that paper liner cups are not recommended. What else is there???

    ————————————————————

    Spray muffin pans with butter-flavored Pam for ovens.

  163. Doreen January 30th, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    Erica -

    Usually the foil liners are lined with paper. But, in any event, I still suggest lightly spraying the foil liners with a little pam.

    In any event, the worst that will happen is your guest will have a little bit of a tough time, maybe, getting the liners off the muffins.

  164. John Sterling January 30th, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    Posnanski’s article was posted 7/2/2009. On 6/29/2009, just a couple days commenter #10 on Tyler Kepner’s popular NYT blog wrote:

    There are certain athletes who, when they come to mind,
    immediately remind me of (and are worthy of) the same simple but complete appreciation Hemingway showed when he described the Yankee Clipper as “The great DiMaggio”.
    Ali; Clemente; Pele; Nicklaus; Unitas; Jimmy Brown; Russell; Byrd; Magic; MJ.
    There are more.
    The great Mariano.
    -LG

    http://bats.blogs.nytimes.com/.....memorable/

  165. Erica - always OPPC - Is Done with Brian Cashman!!!! January 30th, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    Doreen
    January 30th, 2010 at 6:57 pm
    Erica -

    I don’t know if this would work, I’ve never tried it, but if you have Pam in the house, why not spray the paper liners before putting the batter in? Especially if you’re not about to go out to buy Baker’s Joy or silicone liners just to make brunch tomorrow.

    (But I do suggest that if you’re ever in BB&B, buy the silicone liners.)

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

    I have Pam!!!!!!! I will look for the silicone next time I am in BB&B. It couldn’t hurt to keep handy

  166. Bronx Born January 30th, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    Tom–Great that you named your cat after Woody. One of my favorite artists of all time.

  167. Doreen January 30th, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    BTW – Baker’s Joy is basically pam plus flour.

  168. lets go yankees January 30th, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    “I blame my father for this. He is very allergic to anything with fur so I was always kept away from animals growing up. I just never got the warm and fuzzy pet thing. When I see them now I just don’t get it.”

    ————————

    This changes for a lot of people if they bond with a certain dog or cat. To an extent it is like people who never believe in love until they meet that certain person (except it is a lot easier to fall in love with a dog then a person!)

    If you foster a dog for a rescue organization for a couple weeks, I would be willing to bet that (1) that dog is not leaving at the end of the foster period and (2) that will not be the last dog you own.

  169. vinny-b January 30th, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    “got my vins and toms mixed up there”
    ——————————————–
    no problem

  170. Erica - always OPPC - Is Done with Brian Cashman!!!! January 30th, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    Doreen
    January 30th, 2010 at 7:02 pm
    BTW – Baker’s Joy is basically pam plus flour.

    **********

    I have flour too!!!!! Thank you very much for your help :-)

  171. Doreen January 30th, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    Erica -

    The silicone liners are great. They’re pretty, for one – they come in colors. They stand on their own, for two, so you don’t necessarily need a muffin tin. And you wash and reuse them, so they’re “green” and if you make a lot of cupcakes and muffins, cost effective.

    Although, I have to say, there is something about peeling the paper off a cupcake that is tactile-ly satisfying. :) And part of the charm of cupcakes. Muffins are a different story.

  172. Bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes January 30th, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    Bronx Born
    January 30th, 2010 at 6:34 pm
    I agree with you Bod. We have a Maine Coon and she is most decisive about who she likes and dislikes. Funniest cat I have ever met in my whole life. She drapes her legs over the foot-board of the bed and watches TV with us. She loves Iron Chef and especially Kat Kora. I kid you not. If she hears Kat’s name mentioned she runs to her position on the bed.
    http://www.facebook.com/photo……=692960935
    =====

    Dude,

    Mine’s a Maine Coon/Russian Blue. I am obssessed with these (and admittedly, all) cats. Maine Coons are extremely social among cats, so your little TV viewer doesn’t surprise me.

    I just sent my GF your link because I can’t open. Can’t wait to take a look at her.

    The thing is, cats are a great judge of character. I love dogs, but dogs are needy enough that they’ll like nearly everyone. Cats need no one, so they can be more detached in their ruminations re character. That’s not to say that cats aren’t loving – they are loving and also quite protective. Nor is it to say that dogs aren’t emotionally intelligent, because I know they are.

    But there’s just something about cats…

  173. DaSaint007 January 30th, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    “The more people I meet, the more I like my cat.”

    I have that on my desk at work.

  174. Bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes January 30th, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    Bronx,

    She can’t link it, either. Got a Jpeg? I’m feeling deprived.

  175. GreenBeret7 January 30th, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    Just remember one thing about baking, Erica. You’ll lick the bowl and spoons, but, when you lick the beaters to your mixer, wait until they stop turning.

  176. Bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes January 30th, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    DaSaint007
    January 30th, 2010 at 7:09 pm
    “The more people I meet, the more I like my cat.”
    I have that on my desk at work.
    ===

    LOL. I think Twain said something like: “If you crossed man with the cat it would improve the man but diminish the cat.”

    Something like that.

  177. bru January 30th, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    David in Cal
    January 30th, 2010 at 5:04 pm
    Great article, Chad. As you say, this team is loaded. Their defense is better; their offense is just as good, their starting pitching is a lot better. Only the relief pitching is potentially weaker. Coke and Bruney weren’t great, but their likely replacements (Boone Logan and Marc Melancon?) don’t appear to be as good. Note that Aceves and David Robinson weren’t on the opening day lineup, but they played significant roles during 2009, especially Aceves. Right now, this team looks better than last year’s.

    When things look too good, one can afford to worry. Things I worry about:
    – Injuries
    – Deterioration of “Core Four” players and Burnett
    – Regression to the mean (Most Yanks had better than average seasons last year.)
    – Failure of the bull pen
    – Boston and Tampa Bay might improve so much as to become better than the Yanks.

    ———————————————————

    as one poster already said you can argue that marte replaces coke & i agree totally

    he did not pitch much at all

    yes he played a huge role in the ws but not during the year

  178. Bronx Born January 30th, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    That is so cool Bod… First time I ever had a Maine Coon and I tell you I think they are the top cats. And I so agree with you about cats. I love the attitude. Would love to see photos of your MC am sure my wife would too if you want to send a link. you can reach me on Facebook if you like.
    http://www.facebook.com/larryjaffe

  179. lets go yankees January 30th, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    I find comfort in knowing that my dog, if she had the chance would not begin eating me within hours of my death…Definitely a dog person

  180. Bronx Born January 30th, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    Bod How do I reach you. I have to run out now…

  181. Bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes January 30th, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    Tom in NJ
    January 30th, 2010 at 6:59 pm
    I know Bod. Woody (my cat, named after Woody Guthrie) is quite the hunter. He once left some sort of oragn on my sisters car-which she identified as a liver (she’s a vet).
    I always give him some tuna when he leaves ‘gifts’ for me.
    He’s a great cat who has been with me for the past 13 years.
    ====

    By your car is better than ON the car.

    Our cats always left their triumphs on the garage doorstep. You had to remember to look before leaping.

    Great name, BTW. Hope he’s with you for 13 more years.

  182. Bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes January 30th, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    Bronx Born
    January 30th, 2010 at 7:15 pm
    Bod How do I reach you. I have to run out now…
    ====

    jjlearsfool@gmail.com

    Thanks

  183. Bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes January 30th, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    DOG DIARY

    8:00 am – Dog Food! My favorite thing!
    9:30 am – A car ride! My favorite thing!
    9:40 am – A walk in the park! My favorite thing!
    10:30 am – Got rubbed and petted! My favorite th ing!
    12:00 pm – Lunch! My favorite thing!
    1:00 pm – Played in the yard! My favorite thing!
    3:00 pm – Wagged my tail! My favorite thing!
    5:00 pm – Milk bones! My favorite thing!
    7:00 pm – Got to play ball! My favorite thing!
    8:00 pm – Wow! Watched TV with the people! My favorite thing!
    11:00 pm – Sleeping on the be d! My favorite thing!

    CAT DIARY

    Day 983 of my captivity.

    My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects.
    They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while the other inmates and I are fed
    hash or some sort of dry nuggets.

    Although I make my contempt for the rations perfectly clear, I
    nevertheless must eat something in order to keep up my strength.

    The only thing that keeps me going is my dream of escape.

    In an attempt to disgust them, I once again vomit on the carpet.

    Today I decapitated a mouse and droppe d its
    headless body at their feet. I had hoped this would strike fear into
    their hearts, since it clearly demonstrates what I am capable of.
    However, they merely made condescending comments about what a ‘good
    little hunter’ I am.

    There was some sort of assembly of their accomplices tonight. I was
    placed in solitary confinement for the duration of the event. However,
    I could hear the noises and smell the food. I overheard my confinement
    was due to the power of ‘allergies’. I must learn what this means, and
    how to use it to my advantage.

    Today I was almost successful in an attempt to assassinate one of my
    tormentors by weaving around his feet as he was walking. I must try
    this again tomorrow – but at the top of the stairs.

    I am convinced that the other prisoners are flunkies and snitches. The
    dog receives special privileges. He is regularly released – and seems
    to
    be more that willing t o return. He is obviously retarded.

    The bird has got to be an informant. I observed him communicating with
    the Guards regularly. I am ce rtain that he reports my every move. My
    captors have arranged protective custody for him in an elevated cell,
    so he is safe. For now…

  184. trisha - OPPC forever - (new lucky picture from last day at the old Stadium) BRING ON THE GHOSTS! January 30th, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    Photography is not my strong suit – as you will soon see. Neither is uploading pictures. My favorite winter shots are gone with the wind. :(

    But I hope you like them, when I finally get to link to them.

  185. ortforshort January 30th, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    The Yankees have gone backwards on just about every “replacement”, pleading poverty every step of the way. A little bit of history shows that after Cashman ran the club into the ground with his miscues, culminating in missing the playoffs in 2008, he then spent $420 million to right the ship. Now the descent begins again, probably culminating in another huge spending spree in another year or two. Meanwhile, Cashman uses lack of money as an excuse for his bad moves. Which is at least partially true. The problem is that his excessive spending to get out of the previous holes he’s dug is the reason there’s no money to keep things going on an even keel. A vicious cycle for which Cashman, remarkably, gets no blame.

  186. mick January 30th, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    Neil Young tribute at beginning of the Grammys tomorrow nite.

  187. joeman January 30th, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    being a Yankee fan longer than most of you have been on earth…this is a down-grade….

  188. joeman January 30th, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    Curtis & Vasquez were nice moves…..should have brought back Damon & Matsui…Johnson is a bad move

  189. DaSaint007 January 30th, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    Bod, loved those diaries!

    As for the rest of the ‘sky-is-falling’ types on here:
    CF: Melky to Granderson is an upgrade.
    LF: Damon to Gardner is a defensive upgrade, offensive downgrade.
    SP4: Mitre/Gaudin/Aceves to Vazquez is an upgrade. Anyone who pitches 200+ innings, wins 14+ games, is in the last year of a contract, and is the #4 pitcher is a winner in my book.
    SP5: Hughes/Joba/Gauding competition is what it should be. It’s a #5 slot for pete’s sake.
    DH: Matsui to Johnson is an offensive wash.
    RP: Coke to Logan is probably a downgrade.
    C2: Molina to Cervelli is an offensive upgrade, defensive wash, financial savings.
    Utility: Hairston to Pena & Co. is TBD. In my opinion, I would have kept Hairston as he’s a ‘super’ sub, but I can live with it.

  190. DaSaint007 January 30th, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    Oh, I forgot…

    LF/CF/RF: Gardner to Winn is an upgrade defensively and offensively.

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  192. manunited2512 February 1st, 2010 at 1:42 am

    Trades and offseason moves can sometimes be heartbreaking. As an avid Yankee follower, I am disappointed to see both young and clutch talent go. The three names I am talking about is Damon, Cabrera and Matsui. Lets face it, these guys provided in a big way this year. Matsui was the “DH” and Cabrera wasnt your everyday but gave the Yankee’s the solid play they relied on him for. Damn was “the lead-off hitter” and has no business departing. Randy Winn? Seriously? The guys numbers have been declining since the 2007 season. Winn and Damon are close in age but in no means close in play. I think the Yankee’s should have taken the extra million and given it to Damon for another couple years even if it meant getting rid of Cabrera to save money.

  193. manunited2512 February 1st, 2010 at 1:45 am

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