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Today in The Journal News

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 20, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Joba Chamberlain and Phil Hughes pitched side-by-side in the bullpen on Friday, unofficially beginning the competition for the final spot in the rotation. The Yankees say the real competition won’t begin until the exhibition schedule starts, but it’s like Chamberlain said, “what you do today is going to prepare you for the rest of the year.”

Andy Pettitte did not pitch on Friday, but the veteran left-hander said his body feels good and he’s ready to get started. The notebook also has items on the bullpen, two other pitchers taking this slowly, Jose Molina signing with Toronto and the arrival of Yogi Berra.

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33 Responses to “Today in The Journal News”

  1. Will February 20th, 2010 at 8:26 am

    GB, Pat M – re your discussion in yesterday’s last post in which you brought up Petersen, Kekick, Beene, Kline etc:

    I saw Steve Kline pitch a nine inning shutout at the Stadium back in those lean old days. Roy White beat Gaylord Perry with a single up the middle in the bottom of the ninth.

    At the time, my wife worked for Citibank, I think, in the department that handled the bank’s tickets. There weren’t many takers in the middle of the week, believe it or not, so I’d sometimes get box seat freebees a few rows behind 3rd base. One day I’m sitting there with a friend during batting practice. There couldn’t have been more than a few hundred people in the place. Danny Cater finishes his swings and starts jogging around the bases – carrying his bat. Well,as Cater approached third, my friend yells out, “Hey, Cater, you huckleberry (or words to that effect), you don’t carry your bat around the bases.” Well, Cater stops in his tracks and does this real stare down in our direction – like a challenge. At that point, my friend, who was about 6?4?, 240 lbs, and as strong as he looked, stood up. Cater didn’t waste a second in completing his jog to home, to the laughter of most of the fans in the Stadium.

    Those may have been amongst the worst of times for Yankee fans, but boy was it great to walk up to the ticket office and easily get good, and not terribly expensive, seats the day of the game.

  2. Joe from Long Island February 20th, 2010 at 9:21 am

    Nice story, Will. Indeed, those were the days – except for the losing.

    Interesting quote from Matsui, that Chad reported on the previous post, that his knees aren’t 100% – at the start of ST. Yeah, the Angels probably aren’t thrilled by that. Starting to look like Cash knew what he was talking about, when he said he considered it a miracle that Matsui made it through the season last year. And it was a real gift that Pedro, Matsui’s personal pinata, made that start in Game 6.

  3. Rich in NJ February 20th, 2010 at 9:35 am

    Playing on turf all those years in Japan, and that stupid consecutive game streak, have really taken a toll on Mat.

  4. rover February 20th, 2010 at 9:38 am

    Who’s This Yogi Guy??

  5. Tom in NJ February 20th, 2010 at 9:52 am

    Matsui only started 116 games last year. Even last year-as a full-time DH-his knees didn’t hold up.

  6. pat February 20th, 2010 at 9:56 am

    Albaladejo in the running for this years Bruney Award for biggest body transformation in an off season.

    http://www.nj.com/yankees/inde....._this.html

  7. Rich in NJ February 20th, 2010 at 10:01 am

    “Albaladejo in the running for this years Bruney Award for biggest body transformation in an off season.”

    If they traded Albaladejo now, would they be selling low?

  8. randy l. February 20th, 2010 at 10:01 am

    “I actually met Fritz at a Chicken Delight as a kid, and the first Mrs. Peterson, Marilyn, who was pregnant at the time, was in the car.”

    rich in nj-

    wow, i didn’t know you were that old.

    i guess that makes you kind of a sabermetrisaur or sabersaur for short.

    so what does it feel like to be a minority in the sabemetric community where most of the young people who compose the majority of the movement grew up on video baseball games while you grew up actually playing sandlot as a kid and maybe beyond?

    yes i’m tweaking that 22 year old ,let’s go yankees, who told last night gb7 to grow up and added that was harsh coming from him since he was so young himself.

    let’s go yankees should ask gb7 what he was doing when he was twenty two.

    i’ll bet if let’s go yankees crunches the numbers , he’ll feel kind of stupid.

    all kidding aside, i do appreciate the back and forth with you guys. intelligent baseball discussion even from opposite sides of the fence is welcome any day.

  9. pat February 20th, 2010 at 10:10 am

    “If they traded Albaladejo now, would they be selling low?”

    Good question. My heart wants to say yes and to give him another year but my head says it’s likely he is what he is.

  10. GreenBeret7 February 20th, 2010 at 10:14 am

    Will, thanks for your reminiscences of a long gone era. Like we were talking about last night, NYYs had the makings of a great pitching staff, but, within those two years of ’73-’74, it was completely shattered. It started with that horrible decision to trade Bahnsen for 3rd baseman Rich McKinney. After that, Paul redeemed himself by robbing Cleveland of their best players, Nettles, Chambliss and Tidrow. Then finishing it off with the others. The real mistakes were in selecting Bill Virdon and Billy Martin to manage the teams. They killed moe pitching staffs than Murderer’s Row.

  11. Doreen February 20th, 2010 at 10:15 am

    “Don’t cook tonight, call Chicken De-Lite!”

    My uncle had a job deliverying CDL all those years ago. :)

    I’m not happy about a movie being made about that topic and particularly being made by two people who couldn’t hate the Yankees more. Of course that’s the Yankee story they would choose to tell on screen. It was quite the story at the time, though – :lol: . Isn’t that about the time of the movie “Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice?” I watched that movie one day a couple of years ago, and could not believe it was controversial at the time. It was pretty boring, but it didn’t help that Elliot Gould played one of the male leads. Loved him in MASH but in not much else.

  12. Doreen February 20th, 2010 at 10:19 am

    pat -

    I feel the same way about Albaladejo. He always seems to show some promise, and then, kaput. Who knows?

  13. Doreen February 20th, 2010 at 10:24 am

    A little off topic, but is anyone else a little, well, “confused” by how many competitors in specifically ice skating are not really from the countries they’re representing? There was a woman in the ice dancing pair last night who is from the US who is representing Georgia – her “citizenship” papers were rushed through so she could compete for them, and she said, “I’m hoping to visit that country in the summer.” Her brother and sister are competing for Japan (their mother is Japanese). There was another girl in the figure skating pairs who is from Japan, but since Japan didn’t have a well developed pairs program she went to Russia and became a Russian citizen. There was another couple, the Kerrs, who competed for Great Britain, but who live in Princeton, NJ. The Canadian couple trains in the US.

    Maybe it’s me, but there seems some of the Olympic spirit missing in all this.

  14. Rich in NJ February 20th, 2010 at 10:25 am

    randy i

    The freakin’ board ate my long reply in response to you post.

  15. randy l. February 20th, 2010 at 10:34 am

    rich in nj-

    i hate it when that happens.

    i almost always copy my comments before sending because the eating of comments happens just enough to be really annoying.

    i’m quite happy with that name “sabersaur” by the way.

  16. GreenBeret7 February 20th, 2010 at 10:34 am

    Doreen
    February 20th, 2010 at 10:15 am
    “Don’t cook tonight, call Chicken De-Lite!”

    My uncle had a job deliverying CDL all those years ago.

    I’m not happy about a movie being made about that topic and particularly being made by two people who couldn’t hate the Yankees more. Of course that’s the Yankee story they would choose to tell on screen. It was quite the story at the time, though – . Isn’t that about the time of the movie “Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice?” I watched that movie one day a couple of years ago, and could not believe it was controversial at the time. It was pretty boring, but it didn’t help that Elliot Gould played one of the male leads. Loved him in MASH but in not much else.

    ————————————————————

    You’re pretty close on the times of B&C&T&A and the Fritz and Mike Caper, Doreen. The movie was from the late 60s and the “Trade” was in ’73. Peterson said that the whole thing started as a joke at dinner one night, and sort of took on a life of it’s own.

    Peterson and Susanne have now been married over 30 years. he’s fighting cancer.

    Kekich and marilyn broke up after 4 months.

    The movie was pretty much a coming out party for Dyan Cannon and it kind of shocked Hollywood when Natalie Wood filled the screen. Robert Culp was the other guy. After this one and MASh, Gould became not much more than a character actor in movies like “Bugsy” and “A Bridge Too Far”.

  17. Rich in NJ February 20th, 2010 at 10:38 am

    randy

    I actually found it by pushing the back button but it still won’t show up even thought I edited it.

    The Cliff Notes version:

    1) Yes, I grew up with standard metrics.
    2) I eagerly awaited the Sunday NYT because it ranked every player in MLB according to AVG.
    3) My late mom would have kicked my butt if I ever tried to stay inside instead of playing some kind of ball.
    4) The only video game I ever played was Space Invaders while under the influence at bars in the early 1980s.
    5) The internet changed the way I look at baseball, and I’m grateful for it.

  18. clagon February 20th, 2010 at 10:38 am

    Doreen,

    Check out this “scary” picture.

    http://moviesblog.mtv.com/wp-c.....ankees.jpg

    Actually, despite the duo’s affinity for all things Boston, I do trust them to prioritize the film’s quality over their probable contempt of the Yanks.

    Ben shocked many with his directorial debut “Gone Baby Gone”. It was a very good movie.

  19. Carl February 20th, 2010 at 10:39 am

    Nick Johnson back to number 26

  20. Doreen February 20th, 2010 at 10:41 am

    GB7 -

    Dyan Cannon was (is) a pretty lady, isn’t she? And I guess up until then, Natalie Wood was more of an “ingenue” as far as the roles she was cast in? Love Robert Culp. He used to show up every once in a while in the Cosby series (I know they did a show together previously, and the name escapes me right now). Eliot Gould is just not sexy enough to be a leading man in “relationship” movies. But as a character actor, he is okay.

  21. Bronx Jeers February 20th, 2010 at 10:42 am

    You gotta look for any word that has the word ass in it.

    It’s silly but you can get away with that word but have trouble with benign words such as p*ass and ass*es

  22. GreenBeret7 February 20th, 2010 at 10:43 am

    The Olympics lost me when they went professional. It was so much better when it was kids living out a dream and every so often, a guy that starred in the Olympics came back 8-12 years later to finally get it out of his system like Al Oerter.

  23. Doreen February 20th, 2010 at 10:44 am

    clagon -

    Scary, indeed. :lol: It just looks wrong. :)

    They’re both good actors, and I’m sure they will do a good job, it’s just seems an interesting choice. Sigh. I’ll probably watch it. That’s sad.

  24. Tom in NJ February 20th, 2010 at 10:47 am

    Swisher spent some of the offseason working with Long. He apparently has “completely [overhauled] his batting stance from both sides of the plate.”

    http://www.northjersey.com/spo....._camp.html

  25. Doreen February 20th, 2010 at 10:48 am

    GB7 -

    As far as the Olympics go, I do not sense national pride in most of the American athletes. Can’t really tell in the other ones. I’m not sure that’s an issue – not sure it’s really different than other times. It’s about personal achievement. Again, that’s not a bad thing – these people train all their lives and the Olympics is the pinnacle of competitions. But it’s not about nations, really. I’d feel better if they call a spade a spade and end the charade.

  26. GreenBeret7 February 20th, 2010 at 10:51 am

    Doreen, it was “I Spy”. Natalie Wood was one of the true Hollywood beauties of the late 50s and ’60s. Not sire, but, I believe that was one of Dyan Cannon’s first movies. You’re right though, she’s still a beauty. Her best movie was in a singing role with Wilie Nelson and Amy Irving in “Honeysuckle Rose”. Have you ever seen her and Cary Grant’s daughter, Jennifer? Another beauty. Look like her mother and has the coloring of her father.

  27. m February 20th, 2010 at 10:57 am

    Doreen,

    Oh! I don’t know, I see lots of nationalism from the Americans.

    I haven’t been paying attention as much as I should, but from what I see and hear this has been a very good showing for zee americains.

    msnbc sports/business analyst carl rovell (?) was on the radio talking about it. Saying how it smashed Idol. People are tuning in at night even though they know the results. They already know that Lindsey Vonn won, Bode miller medaled, Sean White threw his mcdouble twist, etc. But because the americans are doing well, people are tuning in.

    I didn’t see Lyscek (sp?) beat Plushenko, but I’m sure that was a great moment for the United States contingent. Did you hear Plushenko’s sour grapes comments?

    Admittedly I stopped to watch the Reed girl because she is striking (same racial background as me-lol) and they said she was the youngest. And I was fascinated by the brother/sister/mother angle because the Reed girl doesn’t look Japanese at all.

    As for the playing for another country? I got over that when Becky Hammond and Chris Kaman played basketball for Russia & Germany. At least they got to play.

  28. Bronx Jeers February 20th, 2010 at 10:57 am

    “As far as the Olympics go, I do not sense national pride in most of the American athletes.”

    You mean seeing Shaun White play “air guitar” during the National Anthem didn’t give you goosebumps? :wink:

  29. Chad Jennings February 20th, 2010 at 10:58 am

    New post.

  30. stuckey February 20th, 2010 at 11:02 am

    ‘so what does it feel like to be a minority in the sabemetric community where most of the young people who compose the majority of the movement grew up on video baseball games while you grew up actually playing sandlot as a kid and maybe beyond?’

    LOL…

    Wave Your Hat, you still think I deserved your reprimand you gave me over my hypothesis about Randy’s underlying motivations? :-)

    for the record Randy, I played baseball from 7 to 35 including at the college level and if you asked me right now I couldn’t tell you how to calculate ERA+, or WAR.

  31. Bo knows February 20th, 2010 at 11:05 am

    Tom in NJ
    February 20th, 2010 at 10:47 am
    Swisher spent some of the offseason working with Long. He apparently has “completely [overhauled] his batting stance from both sides of the plate.”
    http://www.northjersey.com/spo….._camp.html

    ———————————
    God, I hope it eliminates all that prancing in the batter’s box. That man was the antithesis of good hitting, as in “a quiet, balanced lower half”. All those moving parts. That’s how bad baseball instruction is. That old bromide “Don’t mess with success”

    Swisher learning to throw in the Majors, Swisher overhauling his swing at 30. His father was a baseball player, what the hell did he teach his son?

  32. GreenBeret7 February 20th, 2010 at 11:09 am

    The idea of Olympics were lost when the kids without sponsors could no longer compete with the pro athletes. Nobody would have ever heard of or seen a nobody kid from Coos Bay, Oregon run for the love of it like Steve Prefontaine or watching Billy Mills run for the pride of his tribe. Those are the things that are missing. And, yes, the pride of competing for your country is pretty much gone now, too. It’s everyone for himself.

  33. Bo knows February 20th, 2010 at 11:54 am

    Another “Doh” about baseball. All this pumping iron for no reason. Baseball is all about loose muscles and core strength. Lincecum is the perfect example of flexibility and loose muscles. Two Cy Youngs and baseball will clue in ten years from now.

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