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Granderson preparing for Roll Call

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc, Podcast on Feb 24, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Curtis Granderson needs to chase some fly balls in the outfield and he needs to take some swings during batting practice, but moving from Detroit to New York requires one other bit of preseason preparation: He has to decide how to address the Bleacher Creatures during Roll Call.

“I’ve got to prepare for that,” Granderson said. “I’ve got to talk to these guys to understand the full logic and understanding and concept of it all to make sure I don’t mess it up.”

This is still a get-to-know-you period for Granderson — “It’s kind of like the first day of school all over again,” he said. “There are a bunch of names that, if you quiz me right now, I might forget them.” — but he’s come to camp with a well-documented reputation as a good guy, easy talk to and willing to work.

“Very pleasant, very hard worker,” Joe Girardi said. “We’ve heard all about his community efforts and all of the things that he does. He just seems like a real quality person.”

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122 Responses to “Granderson preparing for Roll Call”

  1. Jerkface February 24th, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    Are the creatures going to surprise (say with Cur-Tis) or go with the standard Gran-Der-Son

  2. sab February 24th, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    I think a Michael Jackson “Off The Wall” type of dance move with a 2 second Moon Walk with be awesome for Roll Call.

  3. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day February 24th, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    LOL he’s taking it so seriously…

  4. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day February 24th, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    Maybe the Yankees should wear name tags: Hi, My name is Alex. Hi, my name is Jeter…….

  5. Rob A from BBD February 24th, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    Wouldn’t want to see him pull a Melky Cabrera.

  6. Erin February 24th, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    Ledger_Yankees “There’s wonderful memories from 2009. But we have to make new memories.” – Girardi about 1 minute ago

  7. Erica - always OPPC February 24th, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    Jerkface
    February 24th, 2010 at 4:54 pm
    Are the creatures going to surprise (say with Cur-Tis) or go with the standard Gran-Der-Son

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

    Gran-Der-Son!
    Gran-Der-Son!
    Gran-Der-Son!

  8. Phil the Thrill February 24th, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    I hope he has a great season.

  9. Erica - always OPPC February 24th, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    Bronx Jeers
    February 24th, 2010 at 4:58 pm
    I was a little bummed going in to that last game against Tampa thinking that ARod was going to lose that 30HR/100RBI streak.

    What an inning!

    Really, it was such a great year for him. Just helping the team win games…it’s the best thing a player can do.

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

    I loved that totally defeated look on Joe Maddon’s face

  10. Rich in NJ February 24th, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    “I’ve got to prepare for that,” Granderson said. “I’ve got to talk to these guys to understand the full logic and understanding and concept of it all to make sure I don’t mess it up.”
    __

    Don’t overthink it, Curtis.

  11. Erin February 24th, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    Erica – always OPPC
    February 24th, 2010 at 5:01 pm
    Bronx Jeers
    February 24th, 2010 at 4:58 pm
    I was a little bummed going in to that last game against Tampa thinking that ARod was going to lose that 30HR/100RBI streak.

    What an inning!

    Really, it was such a great year for him. Just helping the team win games…it’s the best thing a player can do.

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

    I loved that totally defeated look on Joe Maddon’s face

    **********************
    Me too! I don’t know what it is about him-I just can’t stand the guy

  12. GreenBeret7 February 24th, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    I’ll settle for Granderson having a normal .280 average, 160 hir, 90 runs scored, 30 doubles, 10 triples, 25 homer, 80 RBI, 20 steal season with solid center field defense.

  13. GreenBeret7 February 24th, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    ***160 hit***

  14. Erica - always OPPC February 24th, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    Erin
    February 24th, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    I loved that totally defeated look on Joe Maddon’s face

    **********************
    Me too! I don’t know what it is about him-I just can’t stand the guy

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

    It bugged me that he walked Texiera to load the bases for A-Rod. I am glad that plan backfired on him!

  15. Erica - always OPPC February 24th, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    GreenBeret7
    February 24th, 2010 at 5:06 pm
    ***160 hit***

    *********

    I thought 160 hir was a fancy stat I didn’t know about. Thanks for clarifying!

  16. Pat M. February 24th, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    GB, Those are some very nice numbers….Who was the Bombers last 30-30 guy ???

  17. Tripps78 February 24th, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    He hasn’t played one game as a Yankee and Grandy is already my favorite Yankee. Yankee fans are going to love him and his game.

    Go get em Curtis!!!

  18. rodg12 February 24th, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    GreenBeret7
    February 24th, 2010 at 4:40 pm
    WOW!!! I thought that no father ever missed on laying those guilt trips on their kids. I tried it on mine, but, snow stories sort of lose their affect when you live in Austin, Texas or Savannah, Georgia. Yeah, I remember those outside smoke houses. Trust me, they still use them in the military in Iraq and Afghanistan and the winters make those trips rather rough, too.
    ——
    Oh trust me, he laid on his fair share. His were more of the ‘in my day, we had to solve that math problem entirely by hand without a calculator’ or ‘you shouldn’t complain, we used to have to write papers like that entirely using pen and paper, not on the computer’ variety.

  19. GreenBeret7 February 24th, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    Bobby Bonds, wasn’t it, Pat? Only one, I believe.

  20. Erica - always OPPC February 24th, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    Pat M.
    February 24th, 2010 at 5:08 pm
    GB, Those are some very nice numbers….Who was the Bombers last 30-30 guy ???

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

    Was it Soriano?

  21. Erica - always OPPC February 24th, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    Erica – always OPPC
    February 24th, 2010 at 5:09 pm
    Pat M.
    February 24th, 2010 at 5:08 pm
    GB, Those are some very nice numbers….Who was the Bombers last 30-30 guy ???

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

    Was it Soriano?

    ***********

    Yes, Erica it was. In 2002, he was 39/41 and 2003, he was 38/35

    Good job with the trivia!!

  22. Erica - always OPPC February 24th, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    Oh-

    You were talking about doubles, not home runs!!

    Soriano had 51 2Bs on 2002 and 26 in 2003

  23. Pat M. February 24th, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    High Fives to Erica…..No more bets vs. her…..

  24. GreenBeret7 February 24th, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    rodg12
    February 24th, 2010 at 5:09 pm
    GreenBeret7
    February 24th, 2010 at 4:40 pm
    WOW!!! I thought that no father ever missed on laying those guilt trips on their kids. I tried it on mine, but, snow stories sort of lose their affect when you live in Austin, Texas or Savannah, Georgia. Yeah, I remember those outside smoke houses. Trust me, they still use them in the military in Iraq and Afghanistan and the winters make those trips rather rough, too.
    ——
    Oh trust me, he laid on his fair share. His were more of the ‘in my day, we had to solve that math problem entirely by hand without a calculator’ or ‘you shouldn’t complain, we used to have to write papers like that entirely using pen and paper, not on the computer’ variety.

    ————————————————————

    I suppose if we’d had those in my day, I’d have heard that one, too. Not sure that I would have used a the “snow up to here” variation and told him it was because people are smarter than in his day, though. My dad didn’t have a great sense of humor back then. It could be that raising 6 animals was all that funny to him.

  25. Erica - always OPPC February 24th, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    Typo- Soriano had 36 in 2003

  26. GreenBeret7 February 24th, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    ***wasn’t*** all that funny to him.

  27. Erica - always OPPC February 24th, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    Pat M.
    February 24th, 2010 at 5:13 pm
    High Fives to Erica…..No more bets vs. her…..

    **********

    Thank you!!!!!!!!!

    I may be blog fluff, but I only play dumb :-)

  28. Bronx Jeers February 24th, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    I went to one of the exhibition games they had against the Cubs at the beginning of last season and I saw Johnny demonstrating the finer points of his particular method of answering the roll call to some of the rookies.

  29. Tom in NJ February 24th, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    “I loved that totally defeated look on Joe Maddon’s face”

    The thing about that INTL walk to Teix that bugged me at the time was that it had more to do with Maddon making sure that Teix didn’t hit a home run-he was tied with Carlos Pena-than it did about the game itself.

  30. Doreen February 24th, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    I vote for Gran-Der-Son. :)

    —-

    Those Alex moments last year were truly, truly magical. Of course the first at-bat, first pitch HR was like – POW! HE’S BACK! But to bookend his (regular) season with the day he had in Tampa was the stuff of legends. So, so, special. The post-season was pure ganache!!

  31. GreenBeret7 February 24th, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    Completely forgot about Soriano’s 30-30 seasons. Well done, Erica. I’d tip my hat, but, without my hair and hat, my head would get cold.

  32. Rich in NJ February 24th, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    Here’s what I want to see:

    An OPS+ > 120
    An OPS v. L approaching .700
    A wOBA > .365
    A wRC+ > 120

  33. Pat M. February 24th, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    Erica, the term is sandbagger….You and The Tin Cup

  34. Erica - always OPPC February 24th, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    GreenBeret7
    February 24th, 2010 at 5:16 pm
    Completely forgot about Soriano’s 30-30 seasons. Well done, Erica. I’d tip my hat, but, without my hair and hat, my head would get cold.

    ***********

    Thank you, thank you. I only remember that really well because when the Yankees traded Soriano for A-Rod, a Yankee-hating friend was giving me the business that it was an awful trade for the Yankees.

    Part of his argument was “The Yankees are giving up a guy who was almost 40/40″.

    To which I countered, “Yes, but they are gaining a guy who WAS 40/40″.

    And I won!

  35. Erica - always OPPC February 24th, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    Pat M.
    February 24th, 2010 at 5:17 pm
    Erica, the term is sandbagger….You and The Tin Cup

    ************
    I hate that term. I don’t try to be malicious about it. I would just always rather exceed people’s expectations, than disappoint them

  36. Pat M. February 24th, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    Alright Rich in NJ, In the spirit of understanding and compatability, what does that all mean ???

  37. S.o.S. February 24th, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    I just thought i would drop in and say Happy Birthday to Pat and that my wife promised me im getting sum tonight. I asked yesterday and she said”damn cant i surprise you sometimes?”. So an hour later, i said “is it time for the surprise yet?” Is that TMI?

  38. GreenBeret7 February 24th, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    Soriano should have been a 40-49 that one season, but, he spent the last 2 weeks trying to jerk that last homer out of the park on every pitch. He finally did get his 40-40 with Washington in 2006, though. He could have been the only double 40-40.

  39. S.o.S. February 24th, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    BTW,
    I wish i wouldnt have dropped in here sooner. I would have proved as did Erica that deep down inside. I know my baseball too.
    Soriano was my final answer.

  40. Erica - always OPPC February 24th, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    SoS-

    Just a little ;-)

    But congratulations. LOL

  41. GreenBeret7 February 24th, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    S.o.S.
    February 24th, 2010 at 5:24 pm
    I just thought i would drop in and say Happy Birthday to Pat and that my wife promised me im getting sum tonight. I asked yesterday and she said”damn cant i surprise you sometimes?”. So an hour later, i said “is it time for the surprise yet?” Is that TMI?

    ————————————————————

    Popcorn or ice cream and cake?

  42. Comet February 24th, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    Rodg12 that’s exactly how I wrote my term papers. Some Profs wanted them typewritten which was even worse because I had to find someone to type the essay then proof read it and take it back for corrections, proofread it again and then hope everything was ok. Just writing them by hand was ok. I hand wrote a 70 page essay? thesis for my Honours degree in Canada. That took some time.

  43. S.o.S. February 24th, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    GB7,
    So the mens hockey team beat Canada the other day. Does that rank in the top 3 best wins or do they have to do it in the medal rounds?

  44. rodg12 February 24th, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    Comet February 24th, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    Rodg12 that’s exactly how I wrote my term papers. Some Profs wanted them typewritten which was even worse because I had to find someone to type the essay then proof read it and take it back for corrections, proofread it again and then hope everything was ok. Just writing them by hand was ok. I hand wrote a 70 page essay? thesis for my Honours degree in Canada. That took some time.
    ————————
    70 pages?? Yikes. I’m getting a hand cramp just thinking about that…

  45. stuckey February 24th, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    Good gosh I hope Granderson was being facetious…:-)

  46. S.o.S. February 24th, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    Popcorn or ice cream and cake?

    ====

    Not a popcorn guy, its too cold for ice cream in the cold house and is very messy when you take your time. My answer would be bake the cake and eat it to. German chocolate doesnt sound all that bad.

    What was going on here last night with mel and Jose the american?

  47. randy l. February 24th, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    “I hate that term. I don’t try to be malicious about it. I would just always rather exceed people’s expectations, than disappoint them”

    pat m-

    i think you need to explain to erica how you are using term “sandbagger ” .

    in golf, opponents really don’t like it when you exceed their expectations ,
    especially when there is some money involved :)

  48. GreenBeret7 February 24th, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    S.o.S.
    February 24th, 2010 at 5:28 pm
    GB7,
    So the mens hockey team beat Canada the other day. Does that rank in the top 3 best wins or do they have to do it in the medal rounds?

    ————————————————————

    doesn’t have to be in medal rounds. The 1980 win over the Russians weren’t in the medal rounds. I’d still go with 1960, 1980 and, although, contrary to popular belief, I didn’t see it, Jesse Owens medal runs in Germany in 1936, when Adolph walked out of the Stadium so he didn’t have to shake Owens’ hand.

  49. upstate kate February 24th, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    I am so glad Granderson is taking the roll call seriously. I look forward to hearing it every time we attend a game (which isn’t that often) At home I try to tune out Michael Kay during the broadcast so I can hear it, but that is hard to do.

  50. GreenBeret7 February 24th, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    3 more wins and USA wins hockey gold

  51. S.o.S. February 24th, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    So i read that the nfl wants to have HGH testing. Did they figure out a way of testing for that?

  52. wait for it..... February 24th, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    johnny damon !

  53. S.o.S. February 24th, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    2 more GB7.

  54. GreenBeret7 February 24th, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    S.o.S.
    February 24th, 2010 at 5:32 pm
    Popcorn or ice cream and cake?

    ====

    Not a popcorn guy, its too cold for ice cream in the cold house and is very messy when you take your time. My answer would be bake the cake and eat it to. German chocolate doesnt sound all that bad.

    What was going on here last night with mel and Jose the american?

    ————————————————————

    Some idiot pops up on here two nights ago making stupid comments and then started with the rather distasteful (to many people) about his personal life.

  55. S.o.S. February 24th, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    The 1980 win over the Russians weren’t in the medal rounds.

    =====

    I thought it was in the semi finals? no?

  56. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day February 24th, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    Joe Maddon showed a complete lack of integrity when he walked Tex to get to Alex. He basically told his team it was more important to accrue individual goals than to try and win a game. Alex showed him, though – and Tex’ look after that GS was priceless, lol

  57. Rich in NJ February 24th, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    Pat M

    I replied but it says my comment is awaiting moderation, maybe because I posted two links.

    Here it is w/o links:

    Pat M

    OPS+ is a league adjusted, park adjusted version of OPS. 100 = average, so 120 would be 20% above average.

    OPS is the unadjusted version. OBP + SLG. Last season, league average OPS for a CF was .732, so if he can put up . 690ish OPS (it wasa .484 v. LHP last season) along with a .900ish OPS v. RHP, that’s a very good season for him.

    wOBA is like OPS, but it assigns weights to the component parts relative to an out. IOW, a HR is worth more than a 1B, so it gives you more information. .332 or so is league average, so .365 wOBA is very good, but it would be less than his 2008 number (.374), but more than his 2009 number (.340).

    wRC+ is the league adjusted, park adjusted version, similar to OPS+, with 100 being average. In 2008 his wRC+ was 130; in 2009 it was 107.

  58. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day February 24th, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    Why wouldn’t it be CUR-tis GRANDerson ? It has a certain ring to it, lol

  59. Pat M. February 24th, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    S.o.S…Thanks and congrats to you, in advance….Now will you be clutch tonight ?? Are you going to perform under pressure ??? Will you rise to the occasion ???? Erica, I say that with great respect……I wish I knew how to save and re-post CB’s input from the last post……He’s so Vince Scully like, true gentlemen….Randy, you are a legendary sandbagger, even on the West Coast

  60. GreenBeret7 February 24th, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    S.o.S.
    February 24th, 2010 at 5:36 pm
    2 more GB7.

    ————————————————————

    Are you sure? I thought it was 3. Hey!!!! I’m all for just needing 2 wins. You can bet, though, that it’s the Russians and Chechs that the USA faces.

  61. Macfan February 24th, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    Mark it down guys Granderson will be a stud for us in Yankee Stadium next season. Here are his numbers at Comerica Park vs Away

    2006 Home – .249 AVG, .326 OBP, .389 SLG, .715 OPS, 7 HR, 33 RBI ?
    2006 Away – .271 AVG, .343 OBP, .485 SLG, .828 OPS, 12 HR, 35 RBI

    2007 Home – .286 AVG, .351 OBP, .512 SLG, .863 OPS, 10 HR, 36 RBI ?
    2007 Away – .318 AVG, .370 OBP, .592 SLG, .962 OPS, 13 HR, 38 RBI

    2008 Home – .277 AVG, .361 OBP, .493 SLG, .854 OPS, 11 HR, 35 RBI ?
    2008 Away – .283 AVG, .368 OBP, .495 SLG, .863 OPS, 11 HR, 31 RBI

    2009 Home – .230 AVG, .307 OBP, .388 SLG, .695 OPS, 10 HR, 34 RBI ?
    2009 Away – .267 AVG, .345 OBP, .516 SLG, .861 OPS, 20 HR, 37 RBI

    Career

    Home – .260 AVG, .336 OBP, .445 SLG, .781 OPS, 38 HR, 138 RBI

    Away – .284 AVG, 356 OBP, .522 SLG, 878 OPS, 56 HR, 141 RBI

    My prediction has been

    .270-.275 AVG, 30+ HR, 85-90+ RBI’s.

  62. S.o.S. February 24th, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    They just beat the Swiss 2 nil.

    Is it true that Adolf designed the interlocking rings olympic sybol?

  63. upstate kate February 24th, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    GB/SoS
    show a little sensativity- Comet is a Canadian, and hockey is their national religion :)

  64. Phil the Thrill February 24th, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    I think he’s gonna get a big bump from NYS. Comerica was killing him.

  65. pat February 24th, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    Could the difference between being a great hitter and an elite hitter be this simple? And by simple I don’t mean doing it, I mean explaining it.

    Quote from Mark McGwire:

    “The way I look at it is, guys hit at the baseball instead of through the baseball. “Only one or two guys have energy swinging all the way through the baseball: Albert Pujols and Alex Rodriguez.”

  66. Pat M. February 24th, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    Rich in NJ, Very detailed, and somewhat confusing….Then again, I cannot program my TV

  67. Erica - always OPPC February 24th, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    Pat M-

    I know you mean no disrespect. But I hear “sandbagger” and think of the nights my dad came home from playing cards cursing cause some dude sandbagged him. I don’t want to be that guy!!! LOL

    Anyway, I have to pack up now. I will catch you guys much later tonight!

  68. upstate kate February 24th, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    Betsy
    I don’t blame Maddon. Winning or losing that game did nothing for the Rays, they weren’t going to the post season. He was protecting Pena, who was injured when CC was pitching (and yes I know, CC did not intentionally hit him, and it was probably Pena’s fault…but still, he was injured at YS)

  69. Macfan February 24th, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    Very telling and bodes well for coming to Yankee Stadium to see how much of a better hitter Granderson has been his entire career away from Detroit.

    With those career splits I posted above Granderson outside of Comerica Park in his career gains

    +24 points on his AVG
    +20 points on his OBP
    +77 points on his SLG
    +97 points on his OPS

    That is astounding. At 29 this was a terrific move by Cashman getting him.

    I wouldn’t be surprised at 30 HR, 33+ Doubles, 8+ Triples, 20+ steals.

  70. S.o.S. February 24th, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    S.o.S…Thanks and congrats to you, in advance….Now will you be clutch tonight ?? Are you going to perform under pressure ??? Will you rise to the occasion ????

    ========

    Pat,
    O.k. not only did you make me realize that this is an embarrassing subject for a grown man to talk about in public. But your going to make me have to go to my b-12 and risk a heart attack or at the very least eyes wide open through the night with high or low blood pressure(never could tell the difference). The pressure that men have to go through is equivelant to women having babies. Maybe ill fake a headache. Go ahead and have the cake for both of us why dont you.

  71. Macfan February 24th, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    “Phil the Thrill – I think he’s gonna get a big bump from NYS. Comerica was killing him”

    ++++++++++++++++

    Without a doubt when you look at those career splits at home and away. Those numbers cannot be ignored, they are very drastic.

  72. GreenBeret7 February 24th, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    S.o.S.
    February 24th, 2010 at 5:37 pm
    The 1980 win over the Russians weren’t in the medal rounds.

    =====

    I thought it was in the semi finals? no?

    ————————————————————

    Damned. You caught me. Yeah, it was. I just didn’t remember who won the silver and bronze, though it was the Russians and Swedes in order. Amazing how many people think that the USA believe that the game with the Russians was the final game, though. It was the “Miracle On Ice” game, though.

  73. m February 24th, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    SoS,

    Stop begging your wife for cookies and start reading.

    Baseball is going to test minor leaguers for HGH.
    Football proposed it, but the union shot it down.

  74. matt February 24th, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    Comprehensive NY SPorts info:

    http://newyorkstateofsports.spruz.com

  75. Bronx Born February 24th, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    Happy Birthday Pat M. Have a great one!

  76. GreenBeret7 February 24th, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    Pat M.
    February 24th, 2010 at 5:39 pm
    S.o.S…Thanks and congrats to you, in advance….Now will you be clutch tonight ?? Are you going to perform under pressure ??? Will you rise to the occasion ???? Erica, I say that with great respect……I wish I knew how to save and re-post CB’s input from the last post……He’s so Vince Scully like, true gentlemen….Randy, you are a legendary sandbagger, even on the West Coast

    ————————————————————

    If S.o.S slips the clutch, I don’t want to hear anything about it. Actually, I don’t want to hear anything bout it if he pops the clutch, either.

  77. S.o.S. February 24th, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    GB/SoS
    show a little sensativity- Comet is a Canadian, and hockey is their national religion

    ========

    My bad upstate. Now if i can only figure out what this thing that you call hockey is.

  78. Pat M. February 24th, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    S.o.S…..Hit a home run tonight, touch em all……Erica, you do it with style & class….

  79. m February 24th, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    maddon was wrong.

  80. Pat M. February 24th, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    Bronx Born, Thank You….Glad you survived the brawl last night

  81. GreenBeret7 February 24th, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    S.o.S.
    February 24th, 2010 at 5:41 pm
    They just beat the Swiss 2 nil.

    Is it true that Adolf designed the interlocking rings olympic sybol?

    ————————————————————

    No, the rings were used in the early years of the 20th century.

  82. Bronx Jeers February 24th, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    Wasn’t it Al Michaels who famously said “Do you believe in Miracles?” 30 years later he still looks and sounds good.

    There’s a great HBO documentary on the game and Mike Eruzione says about the goal he scored “6 inches to the left and I’d be painting bridges right now”

  83. Bronx Born February 24th, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    It was a bit touch and go. I really do understand the use of stats but without the other stuff, what good are they? you have to apply the information to the situation. just spouting numbers does nothing. you have to analyze the condition and apply the right technology or skills to it. Doing that would be ummmm clutch don’t you think? :)

  84. upstate kate February 24th, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    I lived in Saranac Lake during the ’80 Olympics, which is 10 miles from Placid. You could take a bus over. You were supposed to have tickets, but the drivers didn’t care, so you could go over and wander around. I got to see one of the US hockey games, but it was very early on when no one expected them to win anything.

  85. Nick in SF February 24th, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    Pat M, the word is out, Happy Birthday!

    Erica is not a sandbagger, she just appealed to darkness and defeat while you (and I) appealed to optimism and joy. I say that as someone who is now batting .750 in LoHud wagers — that’s a straight percentage, not a weighted average.

    Finally, while it pains me to do so, I have to join the chorus and complain about the spring training coverage… word has it that “Glory Days” got played on the press box PA yet NO BLOG UPDATE!!!

    Who’s getting screwed here?? You, the LoHud reader. :mad:

  86. GreenBeret7 February 24th, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    I think that it’s great that USA has a connection to the 1980 and 2010 hockey teams, with Mark Johnson coaching the USA women’s hockey team. Maybe a double gold this year.

  87. S.o.S. February 24th, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    Stop begging your wife for cookies and start reading.

    Baseball is going to test minor leaguers for HGH.
    Football proposed it, but the union shot it down.

    ======

    mel,
    Now why do you have to bang on my illiteracy problem? BTW,Cookies are every Sunday night(chocolate chip). You should try it sometime.
    Soooo… are you saying that they have come up with a way to test for hgh? I thought they were still working on it and wanted players blood samples for the future?

  88. S.o.S. February 24th, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    S.o.S…..Hit a home run tonight, touch em all……

    =====

    Pat,
    With all the stress iv been going through these days. Im more like a infield track power. Gardner like.

  89. Chip February 24th, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    GreenBeret7
    February 24th, 2010 at 6:06 pm
    I think that it’s great that USA has a connection to the 1980 and 2010 hockey teams, with Mark Johnson coaching the USA women’s hockey team. Maybe a double gold this year.
    ———————-

    Don’t get ahead of yourself…Burke was right, USA got outplayed by Canada and Ryan Miller saved them and there’s no way today’s game should have been as close as it was.

  90. m February 24th, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    An English rugby player got busted.

    They will (try to) test it in the minor leagues so they can stay out of the long tentacles of the players union.

    It’s a blood test. How accurate? As one critic said, they’ve only caught 1 person in 6 years.

    Do you want the link? Or no need? :P

  91. GreenBeret7 February 24th, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    S.o.S, the Brits have come up with a test and caught a rugby player, who when caught, admitted to it.

    I guess the availabilty to the testing kits right now is the delay.

  92. GreenBeret7 February 24th, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    Chip
    February 24th, 2010 at 6:11 pm
    GreenBeret7
    February 24th, 2010 at 6:06 pm
    I think that it’s great that USA has a connection to the 1980 and 2010 hockey teams, with Mark Johnson coaching the USA women’s hockey team. Maybe a double gold this year.
    ———————-

    Don’t get ahead of yourself…Burke was right, USA got outplayed by Canada and Ryan Miller saved them and there’s no way today’s game should have been as close as it was.

    ————————————————————

    They won both games, didn’t they? That’s all that matters.

  93. S.o.S. February 24th, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    Real sad news in Sea World Orlando.

    ORLANDO, Fla. – A killer whale attacked and killed a trainer in front of a horrified audience Wednesday at a SeaWorld show, with at least one witness saying the animal leaped from the water, dragged her under and thrashed her around violently.

    Distraught audience members were hustled out of the stadium, and the park was immediately closed.

  94. Erin February 24th, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    Betsy – Romine wasn’t built in a day
    February 24th, 2010 at 5:38 pm
    Why wouldn’t it be CUR-tis GRANDerson ? It has a certain ring to it, lol

    *********************
    I vote for this one. You have to get the whole name in there. :)

  95. Erin February 24th, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    S.o.S.
    February 24th, 2010 at 6:14 pm
    Real sad news in Sea World Orlando.

    ORLANDO, Fla. – A killer whale attacked and killed a trainer in front of a horrified audience Wednesday at a SeaWorld show, with at least one witness saying the animal leaped from the water, dragged her under and thrashed her around violently.

    Distraught audience members were hustled out of the stadium, and the park was immediately closed.

    ***********************
    That’s horrible!! And I’ve always thought of Sea World as such a happy place.

  96. S.o.S. February 24th, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    That’s horrible!! And I’ve always thought of Sea World as such a happy place.

    =====

    I never felt confortable with them feeding those whales fish from their hand. Just like Bears, sooner or later they might have that urge for a bigger meal.

  97. Chip February 24th, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    GreenBeret7
    February 24th, 2010 at 6:13 pm
    Chip
    February 24th, 2010 at 6:11 pm
    GreenBeret7
    February 24th, 2010 at 6:06 pm
    I think that it’s great that USA has a connection to the 1980 and 2010 hockey teams, with Mark Johnson coaching the USA women’s hockey team. Maybe a double gold this year.
    ———————-

    Don’t get ahead of yourself…Burke was right, USA got outplayed by Canada and Ryan Miller saved them and there’s no way today’s game should have been as close as it was.

    ————————————————————

    They won both games, didn’t they? That’s all that matters.
    —————–

    Very true – and a hot goalie can carry you through a short tourny like this.

  98. pat February 24th, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    m

    If it gives the particulars of how the testing would be done, I’d like to see it.

  99. S.o.S. February 24th, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    Just watched for the first time the Ovechkin hit on Jagr. Arent they teammates? Would you do that? Can you picture Rivera drilling Jeter in the back in the WBC?

  100. GreenBeret7 February 24th, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    Orcas are more dolphin than whales. Hard to say why he’d drag a trainer under water, though. Since the “killer” made no attemp to eat the trainer, I doubt that it’s nothing more than a fluke. They’re normally pretty fond of humans. Did the trainer tease the animal with food…mistreat the animal? These are intelligent animals….smart enough to throw up food to attract birds so they can eat the birds.

  101. MTU February 24th, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    S.o.S-

    Shamu turned into Slam-U the evil twin. ;)

  102. pat February 24th, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    Name the Yankee:

    http://www.daylife.com/photo/0.....?q=yankees

  103. Erin February 24th, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    pat
    February 24th, 2010 at 6:33 pm
    Name the Yankee:

    http://www.daylife.com/photo/0…..?q=yankees

    ***********************8
    That’s Ramiro “El Nino” Pena out in front!

  104. GreenBeret7 February 24th, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    With all of the talk of Jeter’s improved defense in 2009, I was happy to see that, for the most part, he junked that side arm flip that lead to most of his errors.

  105. m February 24th, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    Not too many details:

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....id=4938135

  106. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day February 24th, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    Upstate Kate, we usually agree, but not this time…….

  107. Jim Pir - one February 24th, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    “Just watched for the first time the Ovechkin hit on Jagr. Arent they teammates?”

    No.

  108. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day February 24th, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    Wow – what a tragedy. Orcas are real killers in the wild, but they are highly intelligent and very social. Remember Siegried and Roy? I forget which one, but one of them was attacked by his favorite tiger. Siegried and Roy believe that the tiger was just protecting him from what he thought was a threat. That’s the danger of working with wild animals. I’m sure this orca loved the trainer, but we can never know what was going on in his mind. Animals have instincts that don’t go away just because they’re trained in captifity. How horrifying.

  109. Jerkface February 24th, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    They are called killer whales for a reason. Many a sailor was lost to the murky depths, leg or arm locked in their monstrous jaws.

    The japanese fishermen call them the Black and White Sea Demons, and kill them out of spite, for they hold no blubber, only murderous contempt for humanity.

  110. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day February 24th, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    Jerkface, I hope you’re being sarcastic in saying orcas have something against humans. Are you saying the Japanese think that? If so……..grrrrrrr; that makes me SO mad

  111. Jerkface February 24th, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    You’re an orca fan apparently? I live in Orlando, so I hope it doesn’t get loose.

  112. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day February 24th, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    Jerkface, I love animals of all kinds, even those that people deem dangerous and killers. I wouldn’t say orcas are my favorite animal – I much prefer sharks – but one of my pet peeves in this world is people just wanting to eradicate any species that isn’t as cuddly as a teddy bear. You live in Orlando? I fear for you, lol. Don’t go out at night, lock the doors and don’t make fish for dinner

  113. S.o.S. February 24th, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    I see we are still on the tragidy subject. Betsy, I heard that the sigfried or was it Roy had a heart attack and the Tiger was trying to save him.
    I live by Sea World in San Diego and wouldnt be caught anywhere near sniffing distance.

  114. Comet February 24th, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    GB7: We HAVE to beat the Russians tonight. If we can’t do that then we don’t deserve to be there. Miller is the best goaltender in the NHL this year and he could well carry the US to gold. we’ll wait and see.

    The Czechs just about lost to Latvia last night.

    Upstate Kate what time do want me to pick you up tomorrow?

  115. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day February 24th, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    http://d.yimg.com/a/p/ap/20100.....lkw114.jpg

    Doesn’t get much better than this

  116. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day February 24th, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    SOS, yep – that’s the story I recall. Animals can sense things humans can’t……….I’m in awe of them. You don’t like orcas in general?

  117. GreenBeret7 February 24th, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    Betsy – Romine wasn’t built in a day
    February 24th, 2010 at 6:45 pm
    Wow – what a tragedy. Orcas are real killers in the wild, but they are highly intelligent and very social. Remember Siegried and Roy? I forget which one, but one of them was attacked by his favorite tiger. Siegried and Roy believe that the tiger was just protecting him from what he thought was a threat. That’s the danger of working with wild animals. I’m sure this orca loved the trainer, but we can never know what was going on in his mind. Animals have instincts that don’t go away just because they’re trained in captifity. How horrifying.

    ————————————————————

    They do not normally attack people and they aren’t whales. they are dolphins. They will usually eat fish, birds, sea gulls, sharks, differnt types of whales, penguins and maybe seal pups. Human attacks are rare, usually because of stress.

  118. Chad Jennings February 24th, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    New post

  119. MTU February 24th, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    GB-

    This Orca must be bad seed. I just heard on the radio that it has killed before.

  120. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day February 24th, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    GB, I’m sure that’s true that they rarely attack humans, but these types of stories always get the press. More people die of bee stings than shark attacks, but no one ever reads about the former, while you can bet they will read about the latter.

  121. GreenBeret7 February 24th, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    not sure how many are watching the clips on MLB-TV with Harold Reynolds explainations of Jeter’s improved defense. He mentions that defense depends on the pitchers on the team and knowing their tendancies and how many times a guy like Pettitte hits his spots. worth a watch.

  122. lets go yankees February 24th, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    Orcas are indeed Dolphins.

    But, while the common perception is that dolphins are sweet cuddly animals, in reality dolphins are incredibly aggressive by nature.


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