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Notes from Saturday

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 27, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

All of our best to first-base coach Mick Kelleher, who is away from the team following the death of his mother. She was 91. Kelleher is expected back from California on Tuesday.

Gardy

There wasn’t much going on at George M. Steinbrenner Field today. By the afternoon, it was pretty nice outside, but the morning was ugly and the Yankees stayed off the field. Instead, pitchers threw bullpen sessions and hitters took regular batting practice in the indoor cages beneath the stands on the first-base side.

One cool moment in the rain: Mariano Rivera went to a side field to throw off flat ground with Edwar Ramirez, then the two ran in the outfield. No one wanted to be outside. It was cold and wet and gross, but there was the greatest closer of all time on a back field getting his work done in the rain.

• Joe Girardi hasn’t settled on a lineup for Wednesday’s spring opener. In fact, he said the only spots set in stone for next season are 1, 3 and 4. Right now, he expects Nick Swisher to bat eighth, but he said that could change depending on who’s batting fifth, sixth and seventh.

• Girardi on getting Nick Johnson ready to be a primary designated hitter: “The only thing you can do is give him a lot of DH days in spring training so that he figures out what he’s most comfortable doing in between at-bats. I think sometimes guys can get too caught up with going to watch too much tape, they overanalyze their swing.”

• Later in spring training, there’s a good chance one or two of the top four starters will make starts at the minor league complex so that the Yankees can give the fifth-starter candidates a few extra starts.

• March 15 is an off day on the Yankees spring training schedule, and the Yankees plan for that to be the case in every way possible. “Our plan is, nobody will throw on the 15th,” Girardi said. A day in spring training without a single pitcher throwing? For me and the rest of the writers, it will officially be known as What-In-The-World-Are-We-Going-To-Write Monday.

Roy Halladay will face CC Sabathia on Thursday.

• Might be a light night for the blog. The spring rotation was the big news of the day, and all of the beat writers are having dinner with Joe Girardi tonight, so I won’t be around a computer. I do have another Five Questions that I’ll post this evening.

The picture at the top is Brett Gardner taking batting practice this morning. Outside of the indoor cages is a fairly dark tunnel which became the place to be today. Reggie Jackson was occasionally looking in on some of the hitters, and I was just trying to see over the top of the blue barriers.

Tunnel

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157 Responses to “Notes from Saturday”

  1. Tarheelyank February 27th, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    Gardner looks overmatched in that photo.

    I kid, I kid.

  2. Fran (the original) and OPPC member February 27th, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    Chad,

    Enjoy your dinner. What kind of food are you having?

  3. Chad Jennings February 27th, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    Sorry for the lack of audio today. Girardi did that weird thing again where he declared part of the interview off the record, even though what he said off the record was no big deal at all.

    Even so, I can’t post something if it includes an off-the-record comment. Trust me, it was pretty much a nuts-and-bolts session, and the important bits are posted.

  4. hardwired February 27th, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    I’m proud to announce that I have just been awarded the gold medal in Endurance Snow Shoveling.

    USA! USA!

  5. Rich in NJ February 27th, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    I wonder how long it will take for Girardi to admit that the competition for the 5th starter spot is solely between Joba and Phil.

  6. Tarheelyank February 27th, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    As for the line-up–I guess I subscribe to the La Russa thoery and bat my best hitter 3rd. Against RH pitchers

    Jeter
    NJ
    Alex
    Tex
    Grandy
    Jorge
    Cano
    Swish
    Gardner/?

  7. Erin February 27th, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    That’s too bad about Kelleher’s mom :(

  8. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day February 27th, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    RIP Mrs. Kelleher – we should all aspire to be 91 years old.

    Thanks, Chad – have a nice dinner tonight; I hope it’s on Joe!

  9. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day February 27th, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    I hope Nick can handle being a DH as it’s not for everybody.

  10. Anthony Murillo February 27th, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    I believe the Yankees lineup will be:

    Derek Jeter
    Nick Johnson
    Mark Teixiera
    Alex Rodriguez
    Jorge Posada
    Curtis Granderson
    Robinson Cano
    Nick Swisher
    Brett Gardner (with Randy Winn eventually taking over the job)

  11. Rick February 27th, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    Fortunately the Yankees have the amount of switch hitters they have with Teixeira, Posada, Swisher, and Winn when he’s in the lineup. Assuming Ramiro Pena is among the 25 players going north, he also hits from both sides of the plate.
    For opposing managers, it makes for tougher bullpen decisions late in the game for matchups.

  12. Erica - always OPPC February 27th, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    • March 15 is an off day on the Yankees spring training schedule, and the Yankees plan for that to be the case in every way possible. “Our plan is, nobody will throw on the 15th,” Girardi said. A day in spring training without a single pitcher throwing? For me and the rest of the writers, it will officially be known as What-In-The-World-Are-We-Going-To-Write Monday.
    **********************

    I think we should help Chad come up with something to write about.

  13. Bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes February 27th, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    CHAD:

    Can you see if you can get confirmation from the Yanks that we have signed Rafael DePaula?

    Rumour has it that that arm is now ours.

    DEPAULA! DEPAULA! DEPAULA!

  14. blake February 27th, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    Tarheel,

    Yea I think it looks like Gardner tryin to lift the ball there…:). How many will the heels lose by tonight?

  15. Tarheelyank February 27th, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    I predict a 9 point win. ;-)

  16. blake February 27th, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    Tarheel,

    Check that..I see they actually won. Wow..I’m usually as diehard about my heels as I am with the Yankees if not moreso but its been just too painful and I’ve stopped keeping up. I thought they played tonight or some reason.

  17. Tom in NJ February 27th, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    Requiescat in pace Ms. Kelleher

  18. Tarheelyank February 27th, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    blake

    And why isn’t he bunting anyway!

    I missed it as well, I also thought it was on tonight. If we can just find a way to win on March 6th, it will help ease the pain some. Not to mention shut some people around here.

  19. Pat M. February 27th, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    Nick in SF……..Congats to The Cal Berkley Bears Pac 10 Champions…..and they covered…..

  20. blake February 27th, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    Tarheel,
    Yes if they could beat dook then it would make me feel much better. The dookies better have their fun this year before Mr. Barnes and Co. Arrive.

  21. Nick in SF on BART February 27th, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    Yankees signed RuPaul???? What??? Yet another switch hitter.

    Pat M, thank you, it was a great game. Confetti on the floor, players cutting down nets… I got a lot of great pics. I cut across the baseball field on the way out and snapped a pic of a Xavier Nady billboard in his Cal uni. For the ladies.
    Lots of great feelings in Berkeley today, thank you, thank you!

  22. Bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes February 27th, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    LOL, NSF.

    Now it’s down to money, according to these pirate posts.

    Maybe Chad can get us some info on whether or not this is going down.

  23. GreenBeret7 February 27th, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    blake
    February 27th, 2010 at 6:21 pm
    Tarheel,

    Yea I think it looks like Gardner tryin to lift the ball there…:). How many will the heels lose by tonight?

    ————————————————————

    I disadeww. It looks like Gardner’s trying to jerk the ball and lift it over the 100 foot sign.

  24. GreenBeret7 February 27th, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    I disadeww

    Correction:

    ***I disagree***

    Warning” Don’t try this at home. Posting after being awake for less than one minute is dangerous.

  25. pat February 27th, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    “I can’t post something if it includes an off-the-record comment. ”

    Integrity over the story? So much for the public has a right to know. :wink:

  26. kd February 27th, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    is it official? did the yankees get depaula?

  27. GreenBeret7 February 27th, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    :MAO/ The US curling player is talking about skippimg the US Nationals of their “not having anything left in the tank”?

  28. Bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes February 27th, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    Nah, looks like these guys are full of it.

    It’s half-baked at this point.

    Sorry for getting everyone excited, but that’s why I wanted confirmation from the blog guys.

    Tell you what though, not gonna be happy if Seattle reels in DePaula to team up with Felix. Especially if the difference is a few hundred grand.

  29. GreenBeret7 February 27th, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    Let’s try this again.

    ***LMAO. The US curling player is talking about skipping the US Nationals because of their “not having anything left in the tank”?***

  30. Nick in SF on BART February 27th, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    I wouldn’t believe a word MAO says, dead or alive.

  31. Bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes February 27th, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    “Even though he’s sitting on an offer from the Mariners, the Yankees are still trying to sign Dominican righty Rafael DePaula. The 17-year-old was suspended by MLB for a year because he apparently lied about his age, however his birthdate has since been confirmed and he’s free to sign with any team. DePaula stands 6?-3? and has reportedly hit 97 in the past, which puts him in line for a seven figure payout. The largest bonus the Yanks have ever given to an amateur pitcher from Latin American is the $800,000 they gave Arodys Vizcaino back in 2007.”

    RAB posted this three days ago. That’s AFTER somebody jumped the gun and said Seattle had signed him.

    Maybe we’re just hanging in the weeds on the bidding. Either that, or we don’t think he’s worth it.

    The Boy Who Cried Wolf now just claimed Seattle will have him signed by Wednesday.

    Phhtt.

  32. GreenBeret7 February 27th, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    I goota wake up or quit posting until I do. Though, a roast beef sandwich on sourdough bread with extra mayo sounds good.

  33. Jairus February 27th, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    Any advice in purchasing a Yankee Universe membership?
    Well, I’m planning to buy the “blue pack,” $19.95 but if I can get a part time job next month I might purchase the “Pinstripe Pack”. And what can you say about the following
    * 2009 World Series DVD – only World Series? Not whole postseason?
    * Yankees Cap – is this a New Era fitted?
    * Yankees Mug – whatever :D
    * Portable Speakers – what can you say about the quality of this?
    * Yankee Stadium Tour – what if I can’t use this in this season, can I use it in other season? Like 2011?
    * Flash Drive with exclusive content – how many GB is this?

    How much exactly can I save if I buy the pinstripe pack instead if I buy the blue pack + 2009 world Series DVD, Yankees Cap, Yankees Mug, Portable Speakers, Yankee Stadium Tour, Flash Drive with exclusive content separately? I’m not really planning in going to NY right now so I can’t use the other privilege of the membership.

    And by the way, I’m a grade 12 student from MB,Canada. If that makes any difference in your answer.

    Thanks.

  34. GreenBeret7 February 27th, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    Make tht roast beef with extra mayo on sourdough bread without the “Goota cheese”.

  35. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day February 27th, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    Now the word is that the hold-up is $$ issues. I’m sorry, but I don’t get the Yankees here. They will never have a chance to draft an arm like this, so why quibble over a few million dollars? SJ has said that the IFA and draft budgets are separate from the major league budget, but I don’t know. Hal seems to have put the kibbosh on spending – I mean, allowing teams like the Ms and A’s to outbid us?

  36. Joe from Long Island February 27th, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    Jairus – I’m amazed that someone from as far away from NY as Manitoba (that’s the MB, correct?) follows the Yankees. Congratulations on following a truly great team. As far as the Yankees Universe membership, I’d try to ask about the duration of that tour opportunity. Touring the Stadium is a real thrill, at least it was at the old Stadium and I’m guessing the new one will be as well.

    Betsy – Maybe the Yanks’ scouts had arrived at a different conclusion about some of these international players. I wish they had arrived at a different conclusion about one in particular.

  37. Bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes February 27th, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    Betsy,

    We’re not even sure that’s what’s happened yet. I’m just thinking out loud.

    I can’t see us getting beat by the Mariners on DePaula – not after King Felix.

    Have you seen this tribute video? This will cheer you up:

    http://riveraveblues.com/

  38. pat February 27th, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    GB

    Blame it on the curling. “Goota” is the Canadian pronunciation.

  39. Andrew February 27th, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    Anyone read the Jayson Stark article on Jeter’s contract? I no longer have insider but if someone can share some of his points or highlights, I’d be super grateful.

  40. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day February 27th, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    Joe, are you referring to Chapman?

    Bodh, I had read on another board that the issue was $$$ -I really hope not. I saw a few minutes of that video -very nice; I’m going to watch the rest later.

  41. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day February 27th, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    Get this – how great is that quote? Mo is so great that he can choose to embarrass a player if he so chooses…..

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02.....eller.html

    MARIANO RIVERA Yankees, 2008

    Easiest guy I’ve ever caught. Plain and simple, the easiest guy I’ve ever caught. You know where the ball’s going to be every time. And it’s just amazing that everybody knows what’s coming, and nobody’s going to square it up. He’s thrown the same pitch over and over and over, and nobody’s done anything with it yet. You’re just picking a side. Not the pitch, you’re just picking a side. He has a two-seamer, which he started using for right-handers a little bit, just when I think he really wanted to embarrass them. But he could always lock the right-handers up because he’d throw the ball right at them, and they’d jump out of the way and it was strike three. It’d come right in the front door.

  42. Bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes February 27th, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    Betsy,

    It can’t just be money. It would have to be about value.

    If he’s the goods, and the buzz that he will be a lightning mover is valid, I’d assume we would sign him. We twice requested MLB to look into the age thing – would be do so if we weren’t all over the kid?

  43. GreenBeret7 February 27th, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    pat
    February 27th, 2010 at 7:49 pm
    GB

    Blame it on the curling. “Goota” is the Canadian pronunciation.

    ————————————————————

    I think that’s a better excuse than “the dog ate my dictionary”. ehhh.

  44. Jairus February 27th, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    Joe from Long Island – Yeah it’s Manitoba, actually I’m more far away last year, my family just moved here from the Philippines.

  45. m February 27th, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    Hey, guys.

    Thanks to everyone who asked about me.

    What’s new?

  46. Rich in NJ February 27th, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    They NEED to sign DePaula.

  47. Rich in NJ February 27th, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    m!

    Glad you’re safe..

  48. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day February 27th, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    Bodh, I hope so. I’m probably just overtired – when I get that way, I get a bit emotional.

  49. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day February 27th, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    Hi M

    Let me echo Rich’s comments…..glad you’re safe!

  50. Joe from Long Island February 27th, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    Betsy – I was actually referring to the K-man….

    Jairus – Best of luck to you. Hope you enjoy the season, and rooting for the Yankees.

  51. m February 27th, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    Rich,

    omg, lol. I was asleep on the couch.

    Someone called me at 3:30 in the morning asking what things (that belong to us) did we want saved.

    So, I’m up all morning cooking and doing laundry in the even we lose electricity.

    So, by the time the ETA came around, I was p-o-o-p-ed.

  52. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day February 27th, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    Joe, who’s the K-man?

  53. GreenBeret7 February 27th, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    Betsy – Romine wasn’t built in a day
    February 27th, 2010 at 8:22 pm
    Bodh, I hope so. I’m probably just overtired – when I get that way, I get a bit emotional.

    ————————————————————

    You must be tired a lot, Betsy.

    just teasing. Thought I’d say that before one of your antagonists did and meant it.

  54. m February 27th, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    Thank you, Betsy.

    Thank goodness it turned out to be nothing.

  55. Jairus February 27th, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    Joe from Long Island – Thanks, best of luck to you too.

  56. pat February 27th, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    So that’s how you get p- o- o- p through the filter!

    I take it you are on high enough ground to make cooking and laundry the priority over fleeing?

    Glad you are safe!

  57. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day February 27th, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    http://www.myyesnetwork.com/15.....redemption

    ***Jorge was also brutally honest about his opinion of Jesus Montero and his development. Posada said that “the kid could hit .300, hit 30 home runs, and drive in 100 right now.” Posada’s concern was for Montero’s gigantic frame and said that by coming in larger than he did last year, he took a few steps back developmentally.

    *****I thought this was interesting; I guess Jorge means Montero gained weight? That’s not a good sign. I also hope (and I believe) that the guy is jumping the gun on AJ and the pie thing. All AJ meant was that he’d like to be know for being a good pitcher and a contributor to the Yankees as opposed to just being a funny guy (at least, I’m sure that’s what he meant).

  58. randy l. February 27th, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    “:MAO”

    gb7-

    what are you, some kind of closet communist ?

  59. Joe from Long Island February 27th, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    Betsy – the winningest pitcher in Scranton-Wilkes Barre history, the one, the only….Kei Igawa! I think it’s fair to say, that deal hasn’t worked out like either party, Yanks or Igawa, dreamed, or wanted.

  60. Bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes February 27th, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    M!

    So good to see you in here.

    pat was asking earlier what island you live on?

    Very happy you are safe and sound.

  61. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day February 27th, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    GB, the sad thing is that I am emotional even when I’m not overtired. I just figured I could use that as an excuse. There, I said it before anyone else could say it – that means I have a sense of humor about myself. That means I come across as rather charming, right, instead of pathetic? LOL

  62. Erica - always OPPC February 27th, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    m-

    YAY!!!!!!!!!

  63. Bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes February 27th, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    Rich in NJ
    February 27th, 2010 at 8:22 pm
    They NEED to sign DePaula.
    ====

    Really, can we bear it if he goes to Seattle? I know I can’t.

  64. the thrill February 27th, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    chad, i love you dude, but this is 2010. somewhere the technology is available for you to edit the sound to excerpt the ‘off the record’ stuff.

  65. Bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes February 27th, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    Hey Betsy,

    I’m not exactly neutral on the subject myself, LOL. But I just can’t fathom letting this fish get away. Makes no sense.

  66. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day February 27th, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    Joe, oh – lol. On that we completely agree…

    M, I’m glad to hear that it wasn’t as severe as first thought. That must be scary…

  67. GreenBeret7 February 27th, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    randy l.
    February 27th, 2010 at 8:35 pm
    “:MAO”

    gb7-

    what are you, some kind of closet communist ?

    ————————————————————

    Just a sleepy, bad typist.

    Let me know when you need some golfing lessons. I’ll teach you everything I know.

  68. the thrill February 27th, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    the k man, you know that japanse import that SHOULD HAVE been recalled…

  69. Bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes February 27th, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    Betsy – Romine wasn’t built in a day
    February 27th, 2010 at 8:36 pm
    GB, the sad thing is that I am emotional even when I’m not overtired. I just figured I could use that as an excuse. There, I said it before anyone else could say it – that means I have a sense of humor about myself. That means I come across as rather charming, right, instead of pathetic? LOL
    ===

    You are very endearing, Betsy.

  70. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day February 27th, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    Bodh, I don’t even know much about him, but I hate to see the Yankees being penny wise, pound foolish….

  71. GreenBeret7 February 27th, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    Betsy – Romine wasn’t built in a day
    February 27th, 2010 at 8:36 pm
    GB, the sad thing is that I am emotional even when I’m not overtired. I just figured I could use that as an excuse. There, I said it before anyone else could say it – that means I have a sense of humor about myself. That means I come across as rather charming, right, instead of pathetic? LOL

    ————————————————————

    I have a sense of humor about myself and nobody ever called me “charming”.

  72. m February 27th, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    pat,

    LOL. Productivity came to a screeching halt as youth & school sporting events were canceled. UH volleyball & baseball (up 2-0 in the Oregon series) cancelled. Shopping malls closed.

    But productivity was going strong in our household. The good news is that I won’t have to do laundry until monday. :P

    I’m on Wahoo, the person called from the Big Island. Our local stations had a camera of Hilo Bay, so we kind of watched nothing. But there was some receding and surging of water (and then I fell asleep, and next thing I know I’m waking up to Disney Channel).

    The rest of you: thank you! I’m overwhelmed!

  73. Rich in NJ February 27th, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    Jayson Stark ranks players that have received 10 year contracts in MLB, and Jeter wins:

    http://insider.espn.go.com/esp.....ark_jayson

    Gold medal

    Derek Jeter, Yankees (10 years, $190 million, 2001-10)

    If everybody was like Jeter, I wonder how many more of these marathon deals you’d see. Now granted, Jeter still has one year to go. And with his 36th birthday approaching, there’s always a chance the Stuff that Happens to Everyone Else could still happen to him, too. But over the life of this contract, he’s averaged 150 games, 193 hits, 108 runs, a .315 average and a .384 on-base percentage per season. And that’s not all. He’s made only one visit to the disabled list. He’s made the All-Star team in every season but two. He’s never tested positive for anything but winning. He’s done a fine job dodging the paparazzi. And he’s turned himself into an official Yankees legend along the way. In other words, he’s been immune to just about everything that terrifies teams most about deals this long. And that’s what gold medals in this competition are made of.

  74. Erin February 27th, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    Glad to see you’re OK m! :)

  75. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day February 27th, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    Bodh, thanks – I appreciate that!

  76. Nick in SF February 27th, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    m, thank god you’re here!

    How’s the L :shock: ST set??

    :grin:

  77. mick February 27th, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    The new improved Betsy!

  78. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day February 27th, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    Rich, that’s hilarious. Stuff that Happens to Everyone Else? Tested positive for winning? I love it.

    GB, maybe you should go to charm school… you’ll emerge a fine young lady. Oops, wait…nevermind.

  79. Erica - always OPPC February 27th, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    nick in SF-

    I have been worried about you as well. I saw you popped up last night. Are you okay?

  80. Jim The VT Yankeefan February 27th, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    We drove 55 minutes in torrential rain to see the Yanks today only to find out they canceled (my son and I are hopeless optimists). Heading home tomorrow so now we will have to make our first trip to the new stadium to see them.

  81. m February 27th, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    lol, Nick.

    You’ll be glad to hear that they evacuated the crew up to the top floor of some hotel. They would’ve been safe and sound had the worst come to pass.

    Erin,
    Thanks!

  82. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day February 27th, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    Mick, and I was great before – it’s scary to think I could improve even more!

  83. stuckey February 27th, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    I’d just like to reiterate Betsy it’s just not seemly to imply the New York Yankees are cheap, or penny-pinching, or whatever euphemism there is for notion they aren’t spending enough than they should.

  84. mick February 27th, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    The reinvention of Betsy!

  85. mick February 27th, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    The Yanks can spend as much money as they want.

  86. GreenBeret7 February 27th, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    Betsy – Romine wasn’t built in a day
    February 27th, 2010 at 8:49 pm
    Rich, that’s hilarious. Stuff that Happens to Everyone Else? Tested positive for winning? I love it.

    GB, maybe you should go to charm school… you’ll emerge a fine young lady. Oops, wait…nevermind.

    ————————————————————

    I tried to get in, but, when they made me sit and try to remember, that “a lady reveils nothing” and they saw my legs, it was over.

  87. mick February 27th, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    They don’t have to watch their wallets to pacify ESPN “journalists” looking for an angle.

  88. m February 27th, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    The Yankees spend, they get slammed. The Yankees hold tight, they get slammed.

  89. GreenBeret7 February 27th, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    reveils

    ***reveals***

    Not to mention my spelling.

  90. the thrill February 27th, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    “The Yanks can spend as much money as they want.”

    ummm…i think they are…

  91. Erica - always OPPC February 27th, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    Erin-

    I have decided to go with chocolate peanut butter brownies for tomorrow.

    I am debating making cinnamon rolls as well, but I have concerns. What do you think?

  92. Joe from Long Island February 27th, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    By the way, Chad, if you’re reading this – Please pass along our sympathies to Mick Kelleher. Based on what I’ve read, he seems like a decent sort, who’s worked very hard on his profession. It’s tough to lose a parent.

  93. pat February 27th, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    So true-

    NJ_StevePoliti You have to respect the curling commentators. They make absolutely no attempt to explain what the hell they’re talking about to lay folk.

  94. Rich in NJ February 27th, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    “I’d just like to reiterate Betsy it’s just not seemly to imply the New York Yankees are cheap, or penny-pinching, or whatever euphemism there is for notion they aren’t spending enough than they should.”

    I don’t think it’s about whether or not they are cheap. I think the issue is whether or not Hal realizes (because I think it’s his decision) that spending a million or two on young talent is a wiser investment than spending it on the Gaudin’s of the world.

  95. Nick in SF February 27th, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    m, glad you and everyone else are ok.

    Erica, thanks, I have been ill, but I’m mostly better. I laid off the codeine so I could enjoy the fantastic Cal basketball games in Berkeley on Thursday night and this afternoon and I’m shortly on the way out the door for a concert. Hopefully I’ll hold up and then come home and take medicine and pass out. The worst is behind me.

  96. Erin February 27th, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    Erica – always OPPC
    February 27th, 2010 at 9:01 pm
    Erin-

    I have decided to go with chocolate peanut butter brownies for tomorrow.

    I am debating making cinnamon rolls as well, but I have concerns. What do you think?

    ***********************************
    Chocolate peanut butter brownies sound delicious!! I’m getting hungry just thinking about them!

    Cinnamon rolls sound good too, but I’d just stick with the brownies. You can’t go wrong with chocolate :)

  97. pat February 27th, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    The battle of the Sox?

    “”I want Adrian [Gonzalez] to be my teammate over here,” Peavy said.
    Interesting thought.
    Peavy said he has already discussed the idea with White Sox general manager Ken Williams. Williams didn’t really need the suggestion, because the talk in White Sox camp is that whenever the Padres decide to move on trading their first baseman, Williams will be one of the first in line to make a deal.”

  98. stuckey February 27th, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    “I don’t think it’s about whether or not they are cheap. I think the issue is whether or not Hal realizes (because I think it’s his decision) that spending a million or two on young talent is a wiser investment than spending it on the Gaudin’s of the world.”

    Rich, that your thoughts and not the sentiment I was responding to.

    That said, I’d remind you most young talent never even becomes Chad Gaudin.

  99. Erica - always OPPC February 27th, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    Nick-

    Hope you feel better :-)

  100. Bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes February 27th, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    Betsy – Romine wasn’t built in a day
    February 27th, 2010 at 8:41 pm
    Bodh, I don’t even know much about him, but I hate to see the Yankees being penny wise, pound foolish….
    ====

    Take it with a grain of salt, but he’s been compared with Felix at a similar age.

    An easy velo, clean delivery guy who apparently has a zillion off-speed pitches to go w/the 4. Somebody said the way he changes speeds ought to be illegal at his age – whatever that is.

  101. Rich in NJ February 27th, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    Just keeping driving up the price for A-Gone, no matter who gets him.

  102. Erica - always OPPC February 27th, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    Erin
    February 27th, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    Chocolate peanut butter brownies sound delicious!! I’m getting hungry just thinking about them!

    Cinnamon rolls sound good too, but I’d just stick with the brownies. You can’t go wrong with chocolate
    *************

    Thats what I am thinking. Cinnamon rolls are best served warm and they wouldn’t be. And I am not sure how to transport them without them being a giant mess. Plus, it may just be overkill

  103. mick February 27th, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    The Yanks are setting their new standard on salary. From now on take their 1st offer, cause that’s your fair value according to them. It’s only going down from there, so if you want to have the privilege to play for us, take it now.

  104. Rich in NJ February 27th, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    stuckey

    That’s true, but in investment terms, it’s a separate issue.

    Gaudin was a 34th round choice. So the seed money was small, but the ceiling was low.

    The Yankees have deep enough pockets to take bigger risks for high ceiling talent.

  105. Erin February 27th, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    Erica – always OPPC
    February 27th, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    Thats what I am thinking. Cinnamon rolls are best served warm and they wouldn’t be. And I am not sure how to transport them without them being a giant mess. Plus, it may just be overkill

    *************************
    Absolutely-save yourself the hassle. Everybody loves brownies!

  106. mick February 27th, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    Alice B. Toklas brownies are best.

  107. Pat M. February 27th, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    m, glad you’re well…I heard fog horns and sirens very early this am….I saw some neighblors running to the marina to move thier boats….When I asked why the concern, I was told that if the Navy is moving ships in Dan Diego, I better move my 30 footer….I went back to bed……Too many quakes as of late though

  108. Bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes February 27th, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    http://www.vimeo.com/5265661

    Here’s DePaula throwing.

    You can also see Gary Sanchez fire the ball and hit in the cage.

    Wagner Mateo and Guillermo Pimentel are on thumbnails also (They’re not Yankees).

  109. stuckey February 27th, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    Like Andrew Brackman ($4.5m) you mean?

    Or Joba Chamberlain ($1.5m)?

    Again, this is my point. They do spend. To suggest every time they don’t spend on something on our wishlist that they are somehow tight with their dollars or pennywise and pound foolish I just find unfair.

  110. stuckey February 27th, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    Oh, and they didn’t spend a few million on a 34th round draft choice. They spent it on a 34th round draft choice who years later established himself in the major leagues.

    I did understand the point to be that somehow spending money on his this year was better spend elsewhere, yes?

  111. Erin February 27th, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    Have a great night everyone!

    Erica-you’ll have to let me know how everyone liked the brownies :)

  112. Rich in NJ February 27th, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    Yes, stuckey, because they are high ceiling talent. Brackman was at the outer limits of what is prudent, imo, but on balance, it’s very smart model to follow for team with the Yankees’ resources.

    As for Gaudin, yes, he established himself as a ML, but he is a fungible talent.

    When you draft where the Yankees do, and an elite young talent is available, I think they need to go after them aggressively because it makes it less likely that they will have to investments tens of millions on older pitchers with more miles on their arms, who will often enter their decline phase at some point during the life of the contract.

    I don’t think they are tight, only that Hal may not fully grasp the model I have advocated.

  113. raymagnetic - Wins are nothing - FIP is everything! February 27th, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    “They will never have a chance to draft an arm like this, so why quibble over a few million dollars?”

    Gerrit Cole
    Joba Chamberlain
    Phil Hughes
    Christian Garcia

    The Yankees are able to draft arms like that all the time.

  114. Pat M. February 27th, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    Raymagnetic…I watched Gerrit pitch last night , he was very impressive vs. Vanderbilt…5 in. 2 runs, 4 hits, 2 walks, 8 k’s…..He’s 2-0 to start the season…Threw very easy, yet very hard…Had trouble locating inside, but talk about a riding fastball, man he’s going to be a good one…

  115. MTU February 27th, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    Pat-

    Any chance the Yankees get Cole on the rebound ?

    Pat-

    Any chance the Yankees get Cole on the rebound ?

  116. MTU February 27th, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    Pat-

    Sorry for the double post.

  117. whatever February 27th, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    Chad, can you please find out for us when individual game tickets go on sale?

  118. Pat M. February 27th, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    MTU, I think he can opt out of UCLA this June, however he just maybe the top pitcher in the nation…..The kid from Vandy ( Gray ) is another top arm, but he didn’t make it out of the 4th last night….Remember it’s real early in the season, but Gerrit looked real good…..He’s no londer the skinny kid I watched when he was at Lutheran HS….Throws harder than Phil ( he’s in the 98 range ), but doesn’t have the control or the snapping curve that Hughes at in HS…

  119. crawdaddy February 27th, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    I don’t think Cole is draft eligible until 2011.

  120. MTU February 27th, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    Let’s see if Slade the Blade can slice em and dice em in his first full season.

  121. Doreen February 27th, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    Hello All -

    I am sitting in a hotel room in Hauppauge, NY, visiting my daughter.

    First -

    m -

    Thank God you are okay. I had the new on in the car for almost the entire 4 hour trip from central NJ to Central Islip (don’t even ask!). Glad that the worst did not occur. :)

    Now, to catch up on what I missed today!

    :)

  122. MTU February 27th, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    I’m hoping tonite’s 5 questions
    are w. Golson.

  123. MTU February 27th, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    Here’s my first question to Golson:

    1) How much do you beat GGBG by in the 40 ? ;)

  124. Doreen February 27th, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    Glad to see the west coast contingent present and accounted for as well. :)

    Erica -
    Choc. PB brownies, eh? Just so happens my daughter (2nd one ) and I made Peanut Butter Mud Pie Brownies yesterday – basically a pb blondie with dark & white choc chps and pecans. They were delish. Can’t ever go wrong with brownies!

  125. pat February 27th, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    Time for Robinson Cano to go to the next level

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

  126. Doreen February 27th, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    Wow – USA gets gold in the 4-man bobsled? Wow. They looked awesome up at the podium.

  127. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day February 27th, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    Rich got what I was saying, except I have no problem with spending money on the Gaudins of the world, who can help a team. Hal isn’t perfect and I don’t think we ought to pretend he is. He’s a great owner and I wouldn’t want another, but if he’s not going to spend an extra 2 or 3 million to bring in high end talent (talent that he will never have the chance to draft), then I think he’s making a big mistake.

  128. Erica - always OPPC February 27th, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    Doreen
    February 27th, 2010 at 10:36 pm
    Glad to see the west coast contingent present and accounted for as well.

    Erica -
    Choc. PB brownies, eh? Just so happens my daughter (2nd one ) and I made Peanut Butter Mud Pie Brownies yesterday – basically a pb blondie with dark & white choc chps and pecans. They were delish. Can’t ever go wrong with brownies!
    ****************

    oooh– those sound good too.

    I just cut the brownies up. Not to brag or anything, but they are AMAZING

  129. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day February 27th, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    Ray, those are good examples, but still it’s rare that the Yankees get a chance to draft arms like this kid has. I just think they should not be afraid to take risks…….

  130. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day February 27th, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    Nice article on Yankee hopeful Hoffman:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02.....f=baseball

  131. stuckey February 27th, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    I can’t say I ever understood the “never have a chance to draft” argument.

    So long as baseball prospects are produced outside the United States, there will be talent available to the Yankees to sign outside of the draft perpetually.

    And they just signed a 16 year-old to $2.5-3m a few months ago (an organization record), to the already deepest position in organization.

    So I’ll ask this – where does the assumption the Yankees are being or becoming frugal come from exactly??

  132. Bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes February 27th, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    pat
    February 27th, 2010 at 10:37 pm
    Time for Robinson Cano to go to the next level
    http://www.northjersey.com/spo…..level.html
    ===

    Thanks pat.

    Klapisch is a complete idiot.

    He compares Cano unfavorably w/Pedroia in terms of OBP and RISP, and completely MISSES how the numbers show Cano is essentially the same player home and away, while Pedroia is such a product of Fenway Park.

    Put Pedroia o 2B on the Yanks and he’s flying out all night.

    Pedroia’s a good player, but Cano is at another level.

  133. Tom in NJ February 27th, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    Pedroia’s career splits:

    home: .332ba .391obp .505slg .896ops

    away: .283ba .350obp .406slg .756ops

  134. Bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes February 27th, 2010 at 11:24 pm

    Not to mention 90 career doubles courtesy of the Green Monster vs. 55 on the road.

    Here’s Cano’s career splits:

    Career:
    Home: .306/.336/.480 (45 HR) (88 doubles) (.816)
    Away: .307/.342/.479 (42 HR) (111 doubles) (.820)

  135. Chad Jennings February 27th, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    Hey everyone. So sorry, the dinner with Joe went much, much, much later than I expected. I thought I would be back by 8:30, instead we finished eating a little after 10. A few of a us stuck around for another half hour or so and I just got back to the hotel completely exhausted.

    Just ran through the comments very quickly. To respond to one…

    I’ve asked the Yankees when individual tickets go on sale, but last I heard, the date isn’t set. Last year, they didn’t go on sale until mid-March, so it’s probably a few weeks away.

  136. Tom in NJ February 27th, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    Bodhi, I’ll never understand why with Cano it’s what he “can’t” do.

    While with the ‘lil Duster it’s all praise.

  137. Bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes February 27th, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    Sure you can understand it, Tom.

    I’ve read your posts. You have a subtle mind.

    Dusty’s the kind of kid you want living in your neighborhood, maybe mowing your lawn in the summer. You know – a good, wholesome kind of kid. ;).

  138. Bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes February 27th, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    Damn, Tsunami now hitting Japan.

  139. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day February 27th, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    Chad, no need to apologize – you’re allowed to have some down time, lol

  140. Tom in NJ February 27th, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    Bodhi, Yeah there’s that too-the dog-whistle label of lazy that Cano has been pox marked with.

  141. Bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes February 27th, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    Chad,

    Can you get some feedback from the Yanks are DePaula?

  142. Bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes February 27th, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    ..on DePaula, that is. Thanks

  143. Bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes February 27th, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    Agree Tom.

    So he has to be twice as good.

    And he is.

  144. Bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes February 27th, 2010 at 11:45 pm

    Trisha,

    Where ever you are, I think we need to reprise your brilliant Dusty poem.

  145. Rich in NJ February 28th, 2010 at 12:11 am

    “Gerrit Cole
    Joba Chamberlain
    Phil Hughes
    Christian Garcia

    The Yankees are able to draft arms like that all the time.”

    That’s all the time?

    And it’s not just about arms.

  146. GreenBeret7 February 28th, 2010 at 12:34 am

    What does the pitcher that Ted Williams may have been the hardest throwing right hander that he ever faced (and former Yankee) and one of the greatest guitarists have in common?

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/articl.....8;c_id=mlb

  147. Frank Serpico February 28th, 2010 at 1:59 am

    An observation:

    This blog never changes: GB, Betsy, Doreen, M, Rich, Phil, MTU, Tom, Erin, Mick, Stuckey, Tom…that pretty much sums it up.

  148. GreenBeret7 February 28th, 2010 at 5:29 am

    Brian Hoch’s article on Robinson Cano.

    http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com.....8;c_id=nyy

  149. Doreen February 28th, 2010 at 8:25 am

    Wow – everyone’s sleeping in this morning? :lol:

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