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Chamberlain trying to get back on track

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Podcast on Mar 17, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Phil Hughes seemed to raise the bar with his four scoreless innings on Tuesday. This afternoon, Joba Chamberlain has to keep pace against the Phillies. It will be Chamberlain’s third outing of the spring, and it needs to be better than his first two.

“I told him, just pitch. Do what you have to do,” Joe Girardi said. “We’re not expecting you to work on things any more. We’re expecting you to compete. Show us what you’ve got.”

Despite the fact Chamberlain opened last season in the bullpen, Girardi said he never considered the fifth-starter role to be Chamberlain’s to lose. Girardi said he wouldn’t rule out sending Chamberlain to Triple-A, but it remains more likely Chamberlain will end up in the bullpen if he’s not in the big league rotation.

“I believe he really wants to start,” Girardi said. “For him, he knows this is the time you really have to show us something.”

Here’s Girardi’s morning media session.

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• Clearly the most important thing that happened this morning was that Brett Gardner showed up with his hair cut short again. He said his hair was the longest it had been since 2001. That’s him with Posada in the AP photo.

• Girardi told all of the starters that they no longer have to work on things. They can simply pitch for results, but Phil Hughes still used his changeup in key spots last night. “It shows me that he has confidence in it,” Girardi said.

• The pitching plan is the same as yesterday except with different names: Andy Pettitte for four innings, then Damaso Marte for one, then Chamberlain for four. Royce Ring, Amaury Sanit and Ryan Pope are also available.

• Brandon Laird has a sore elbow, but it doesn’t sound serious. “He’s not going to play for a couple of days,” Girardi said.

• Jason Hirsh threw in the bullpen this morning.

• Scheduled to play off the bench: C Mike Rivera, 1B Juan Miranda, 2B Reegie Corona, SS Eduardo Nunez, 3B Jorge Vazquez, LF Jamie Hoffmann, CF Reid Gorecki, RF David Winfree, DH Jon Weber.

• Scheduled Phillies pitchers: RHP Joe Blanton, RHP Jose Contreras, LHP Sergio Escalona, RHP Chad Durbin, RHP David Herndon.

• Top Phillies prospect Domonic Brown was sent to minor league camp yesterday, so you won’t see him this afternoon.

• The Phillies elected not to use a designated hitter, but the Yankees will use one. Cody Ransom is starting at third for the Phillies.

• The Phillies lineup:

Jimmy Rollins SS
Shane Victorino CF
Jayson Werth RF
Ryan Howard 1B
Ben Francisco LF
Cody Ransom 3B
Juan Castro 2B
Carlos Ruiz C
Joe Blanton P

UPDATE, 11:22 a.m.: Yikes. Just saw my mistake in the Yankees lineup. Brett Gardner is leading off and playing center field. Sorry about that. I posted the lineup from my phone in the clubhouse, then drove to Clearwater and started working on this notes post before checking the comments of the previous post. I guess I’d gotten used to putting Jeter’s name at the top.

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130 Responses to “Chamberlain trying to get back on track”

  1. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 17th, 2010 at 11:21 am

    Thanks, Chad! Interesting that Phil used the change even despite what Joe said – good stuff.

    Are Ring and Logan considered to have good chances to make the team? Can both be sent to AAA if they don’t?

    Laird’s had a good spring – I hope he’s ok.

  2. Erin March 17th, 2010 at 11:22 am

    I kind of liked Gardner’s longer hair. lol

  3. bru March 17th, 2010 at 11:22 am

    is this a good fantasy team

    points league

    Runs (R) 1
    Singles (1B) 1
    Doubles (2B) 2
    Triples (3B) 3
    Home Runs (HR) 4
    Runs Batted In (RBI) 1
    Stolen Bases (SB) 1
    Caught Stealing (CS) -1
    Walks (BB) 1
    Pitchers Stat Category Value
    Innings Pitched (IP) 1
    Wins (W) 10
    Losses (L) -5
    Saves (SV) 5
    Earned Runs (ER) -1
    Walks (BB) -1
    Strikeouts (K) 1

    C Miguel Montero

    1B Prince Fielder

    2B Robinson Canó

    3B Ryan Zimmerman

    SS Derek Jeter

    OF Andre Ethier

    OF Michael Cuddyer

    OF Carlos Quentin

    Util Adrián González

    Util Carlos Peña

    BN Lance Berkman

    BN Chris Coghlan

    BN Julio Borbón

    BN Martín Prado

    BN Ryan Theriot

    BN Rod Barajas

    SP Johan Santana

    SP Chad Billingsley

    RP Joakim Soria

    RP Trevor Hoffman

    P Jered Weaver

    P David Aardsma

    P Frank Francisco

    BN John Danks

    BN David Price

  4. m March 17th, 2010 at 11:26 am

    Thanks, Chad.

    Was reading through the last thread, good back and forth.

    It’s put up or ??? time for Joba it would seem. (2007 would be a reference to Jobamania some of you were talking about)

    “He set the bar high for himself when he came up in 2007 as a reliever,” Eiland said. “I know he gets a lot of play and a lot of talk, but whatever has happened in the past, it’s in the past. It’s time for him to go out there and step it up.”

    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/blo.....z0iRp3Xjg4

  5. MTU March 17th, 2010 at 11:28 am

    Thought I don’t want to see JC pitch like a banana, or a pinneaple today.

    I wouldn’t mind seeing him pitch with aplomb. :)

  6. m March 17th, 2010 at 11:28 am

    Erin,

    Let’s hope it has some kind of reverse-Samson effect on Gardner. (but keep the walks)

  7. CR9 March 17th, 2010 at 11:29 am

    Schmoltz has joined TBS!

    Addition of Smoltz, subtraction of Caray, TBS has made some improvements this offseason.

  8. Doreen - 2010 GTLU March 17th, 2010 at 11:29 am

    Girardi still won Guess The LineUp, so, no harm, no foul. :)

    miggs -

    I know I’ll have big shoes to fill – Erica did a superb job. But I have been practicing both with last seasons guesses and during the futility of trying to outguess Girardi this spring. I’ll be away next week (Sunday to Friday), so there’ll be a respite from GTLU (unless I can surreptitiously find a way to bring the laptop into WDW, find a free wifi area and do lineups while my family rides the Rock-n-Roller Coaster – :) ). But I’ll be back in the saddle the following Sunday and ready to go for the season.

    ——-

    Did Gardner cut his hair or shave his head? I kind of liked him with hair.

    ——–

    Good luck to Joba today.

  9. MTU March 17th, 2010 at 11:29 am

    m-

    It was really Delilah that made Samson wasn’t it ?

    The hair was just a ruse. ;)

  10. Rich on the 6 train March 17th, 2010 at 11:30 am

    When was the last time Hoffman started. It is not looking good for him at this point.

    Look at Gardner playing center again.

    Even though I am rooting for Hughes, I still want Joba to do well.

    I have been thinking more and more about Mitre and Gaudin. At first I thought Gaudin would be traded. Now I am more inclined to think it will be Mitre. He is cheaper, younger, and not as good out of the pen. If he does go I hope they get more than they did for Edwar. They should he is on the 40 man.

  11. CR9 March 17th, 2010 at 11:31 am

    I’m not sure that it matters, since they wear helmets, but if it does matter, he should remain with a shaved head, so there is less wind resistance, than with a full head of hair.

    Gardner’s best attribute is his speed.

  12. Erin March 17th, 2010 at 11:31 am

    m
    March 17th, 2010 at 11:28 am
    Erin,

    Let’s hope it has some kind of reverse-Samson effect on Gardner. (but keep the walks)

    ************************
    LOL

  13. Erica - always OPPC March 17th, 2010 at 11:31 am

    miggs – GTLU Reigning Champion
    March 17th, 2010 at 11:10 am
    I’ll be saving all my GTLU bullets for the regular season… no spring training guesses for me.

    Erica, you had a great run. As an active participant in the game, I can tell you that you were both respected and feared.

    Doreen has some big shoes to fill.

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

    Thank you Miggs. I appreciate the kind words. :-)

  14. Boston Dave XXVII March 17th, 2010 at 11:32 am

    “When are we getting Joe Mauer? …The Only teams that can spend the bucks are NY and Boston, and Boston is a small market team remember. They don’t spend money either….”

    ——————-

    Boston is a small market team? What makes you think that?

    They have more than enough money to sign Mauer. Don’t confuse being frugal at times with not having any money.

    Boston assigns values to players based on as many factors as they can throw into the pot. Mauer’s value is very high. They’d pony up for a guy like that…

    especially when catcher is probably their position in the most need with no viable solution in sight outside of FA or trade.

  15. GreenBeret7 March 17th, 2010 at 11:32 am

    Don’t be worried about Chamberlain, today. He’ll throw a peach of a game.

  16. RayVT March 17th, 2010 at 11:34 am

    Rich on the 6 train
    March 17th, 2010 at 11:30 am

    Gaudin is younger than Mitre.

  17. MTU March 17th, 2010 at 11:35 am

    GB-
    “Don’t be worried about Chamberlain, today. He’ll throw a peach of a game.”

    Good to have you back. How are you feeling ?

    Concern was evident on the part of some posters but I told them not too worry that you were just out enjoying your new found freedoms. :)

  18. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 17th, 2010 at 11:36 am

    Hi GB – how are you feeling? We missed you around here!

  19. Erin March 17th, 2010 at 11:36 am

    GreenBeret7
    March 17th, 2010 at 11:32 am
    Don’t be worried about Chamberlain, today. He’ll throw a peach of a game.

    *************************
    Hi GB!! Happy St. Patrick’s Day. How are you feeling?

  20. Boston Dave XXVII March 17th, 2010 at 11:36 am

    “When was the last time Hoffman started. It is not looking good for him at this point.”

    ————–

    If I had to guess, Hoffman was brought in to be a defensive replacement OF (I believe he was voted several times as the Dodgers best defensive OF in their minor league system) who could also act as a pinch runner.

    I can’t see him beating out Randy Winn but as far as I’m concerned, Hoffman still is the guy the Yanks thought they were getting when they invited him to spring training.

    If he doesn’t make the team, it shouldn’t be a slight on Hoffman. It’s very unrealistic to have expected him to tear the cover off the ball in a few AB’s in spring training.

  21. MTU March 17th, 2010 at 11:36 am

    Gb-

    If JC were to throw a peach of of a game that would make me berry berry happy. :)

  22. RayVT March 17th, 2010 at 11:36 am

    Good to see you back GB!! We were concerned you weren’t around for a few days! Hope all is well!!!!

  23. CR9 March 17th, 2010 at 11:37 am

    “The Only teams that can spend the bucks are NY and Boston, and Boston is a small market team remember.”

    Boston Dave

    I might be wrong, but I think that was a joke, as the Red Sox and the media would have us believe that they are a small market team.

  24. upstate kate March 17th, 2010 at 11:37 am

    YAY GB is back!!! We have been worried about you :)

  25. m March 17th, 2010 at 11:39 am

    Helloo, GB7… (in my most nefarious Newman voice)

  26. burrman March 17th, 2010 at 11:40 am

    id hate to lose gaudin or mitre. gaudin did a great job last year when we aquired him. mitre i thought improved as the year went along, until he took that comebacker off his wrist. after that gaudin pretty much took over his role. mitre is coming off surgury though and all reports are that he is stronger and pitching well. hes young too and i think long term id take him over gaudin. losing either one will hurt our pitching depth because both can start and gaudin can come out of the pen. mitre is yet to be seen how he fares in the pen.

  27. ariel March 17th, 2010 at 11:40 am

    It’s good to hear Girardi “telling it like it is” vis-a-vis Joba….it’s time to perform, no more nonsense, excuses, working on stuff, and the like. Hopefully, the brass has come to realize that his constitutional makeup is that of a reliever and not an ML starter….when he doesn’t have to think but just fire away he’s tough…when he thinks about mixing up his pitches he is in deep trouble. It’s not rocket science but simply a clear and compelling picture for all too see.

  28. MTU March 17th, 2010 at 11:40 am

    Kate-

    “YAY GB is back!!! We have been worried about you”

    he was out there takin it to the Docs. There is no way GB was goin to the BP. He’s a starting poster ! :)

  29. MaineYankee March 17th, 2010 at 11:40 am

    GB7

    Good to see you around.

    I thought maybe LGY had kidnapped you and taken you to RAB. :lol:

  30. Erin March 17th, 2010 at 11:41 am

    m
    March 17th, 2010 at 11:39 am
    Helloo, GB7… (in my most nefarious Newman voice)

    **************************
    LOL

    Gold star for you!! :)

  31. GreenBeret7 March 17th, 2010 at 11:41 am

    MTU
    March 17th, 2010 at 11:35 am
    GB-
    “Don’t be worried about Chamberlain, today. He’ll throw a peach of a game.”

    Good to have you back. How are you feeling ?

    Concern was evident on the part of some posters but I told them not too worry that you were just out enjoying your new found freedoms.

    ————————————————————

    Morning, MTU. It’s been along 5 days. Still only limited freedom. Thanks for the kind words, Bud. Hope all is well on your end.

  32. I like Inge March 17th, 2010 at 11:43 am

    Brett Gardner looks like Scott Caan.

  33. MTU March 17th, 2010 at 11:44 am

    GB-

    “Hope all is well on your end.”

    All’s well that ends well GB.

    I told them it takes a while to polish off a case of beer.

    And I warned the townspeople to hide their pizza.

    That there was a new sheriff in town. ;)

  34. Erin March 17th, 2010 at 11:47 am

    BryanHoch Brian Cashman and Kevin Towers having a powwow behind the batting cage 2 minutes ago

  35. GreenBeret7 March 17th, 2010 at 11:48 am

    Thanks for the kind thoughts and concerns, kids. Nurse Karloff tried to woo me back into her clutches but, I was too fast for her. I still get the shakes when i think about that foot dragging down the hallway.

    The good news is that i get to see the twins…as long as they aren’t sick. The bad news is I still have to use a mask and the dog can’t come home just yet. Check-ups were better, though. That’s the best news.

  36. MTU March 17th, 2010 at 11:48 am

    Erin-

    “Brian Cashman and Kevin Towers having a powwow behind the batting cage ”

    And smoke signals were evident ! :)

  37. Erin March 17th, 2010 at 11:48 am

    I like Inge
    March 17th, 2010 at 11:43 am
    Brett Gardner looks like Scott Caan.

    ***********************
    OMG, he does. Why did I never realize this before???

  38. upstate kate March 17th, 2010 at 11:49 am

    glad to hear you can see the twins again :)

  39. GreenBeret7 March 17th, 2010 at 11:50 am

    MaineYankee
    March 17th, 2010 at 11:40 am
    GB7

    Good to see you around.

    I thought maybe LGY had kidnapped you and taken you to RAB.

    ————————————————————

    That would never happen. I’d cut my throat first.

  40. MTU March 17th, 2010 at 11:51 am

    “glad to hear you can see the twins again”

    But what about the diapers !!!!!

  41. m March 17th, 2010 at 11:51 am

    I don’t know who Scott Caan is, but I do know who Nick from CSI is. Gardner’s a dead ringer. Same jawline.

  42. I like Inge March 17th, 2010 at 11:52 am

    Erin,

    Last week, I was watching a movie Scott Caan was in, Dallas 362, and it just popped in my head.

  43. GeorgeInJax March 17th, 2010 at 11:54 am

    Chad,
    How is Golson looking?
    Any chance he stays on & Hoffman/Thames are let go?

  44. SJ44 March 17th, 2010 at 11:55 am

    GB,

    Good to have you back!

    Hang in there. The regular season is coming up and we can’t afford to have you on the DL.

    Take care of yourself and listen to your doctors.

  45. GreenBeret7 March 17th, 2010 at 11:55 am

    upstate kate
    March 17th, 2010 at 11:49 am
    glad to hear you can see the twins again

    ————————————————————

    Yeah, I can’t wait. Unfortunately, Morgan has them out of state for the next couple of weeks. I’d kill to see her dealing with twins and a dog in a 800 mile trip in a car. Might even be worth another piece of lung.

  46. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 17th, 2010 at 11:55 am

    I’m picturing Towers and Cash going at it with boxing gloves…….How cute. Two best friends working closely together – that’s just the sweetest thing.

  47. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 17th, 2010 at 11:56 am

    They’re probably rehashing 1998 – good times.

  48. CR9 March 17th, 2010 at 11:57 am

    Don’t know about Scott Kaan, but Gardner definitely looks like the shaved George Edes, I think that’s his name. CSI guy

  49. randy l. March 17th, 2010 at 11:57 am

    “Brian Cashman and Kevin Towers having a powwow behind the batting cage ”

    i still find two male bears on the same hunting territory odd.

    maybe this will work, but i think towers arrival will create quite a bit of palace intrigue as it changes the dynamic of yankee management . other guys may have to watch out. especially ones who are 60 years old and have dui arrests.

    of course , brian make just be trying to keep up with theo in the ex gm competition as in “my ex gm is better than your ex gm”.

  50. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 17th, 2010 at 11:57 am

    Aww, GB – you can see the Wonder Twins? I’m so glad – they missed their great-grandpa.

  51. MTU March 17th, 2010 at 11:57 am

    GB is back.

    bad pun free for all .

    Woo Hoo !!!! :) :)

  52. GreenBeret7 March 17th, 2010 at 11:58 am

    MTU
    March 17th, 2010 at 11:51 am
    “glad to hear you can see the twins again”

    But what about the diapers !!!!!

    ————————————————————

    I asked her to save them up. Expect an aromatic package in the mail any day.

  53. Joe from Long Island March 17th, 2010 at 11:59 am

    1. It sounds like Joe really liked Phil’s work last night. Given that he has said he likes Ace’s versatility out of the pen, it’s looking like Joba might be destined to be the 8th inning guy this year.

    Nothing wrong with that. It seems to have been beneficial for the team and Phil that he went there last season. David Cone was right on this one. IF Joba can get it together in the pen, he will have had a year of sustained success in the bigs. It will make him a stronger pitcher going forward, whether that’s in the pen, or conceivably in the rotation in 2011. Nothing is ruled out, and it will be determined based on how he does. Either way, it works out for the team and for Joba.

    2. Erica – hope you are better.

    3. Back to work.

  54. blake March 17th, 2010 at 11:59 am

    Wise move by Hughes to still continue to work on/utilize his changeup in last nights outing. Putting up 4 scoreless while showing confidence in his changeup is much more impressive than had he chose to go without. As has been said many times, its more about how he gets the hitters out than that he actually did. Sounds like Girardi was impressed. Hopefully Joba follows his lead today.

  55. MTU March 17th, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    GB-

    “I asked her to save them up. Expect an aromatic package in the mail any day.”

    Am I the best straight man ever ?

    Not that you need any help or anything.

  56. Bronx Jeers March 17th, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    Welcome back GB7. Good to hear you got some positive news.

    And I think LGY must have been too heartbroken over your absence to post as we haven’t seen much of him lately. :wink:

  57. Joe from Long Island March 17th, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    How could I forget GB7?!

    Hope you’re getting healthy. You got three weeks to get in game shape.

  58. GreenBeret7 March 17th, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    SJ44
    March 17th, 2010 at 11:55 am
    GB,

    Good to have you back!

    Hang in there. The regular season is coming up and we can’t afford to have you on the DL.

    Take care of yourself and listen to your doctors.

    ————————————————————

    Thanks, SJ. Much appreciated. Have I missed anything on the boards over the last five days….anything worth going back to read?

    I see that JB Cox will most likely be retiring as well as Kyle Anson. A couple of years ago, I though Anson was going to develop into a good catcher, but, he just stopped developing. Too bad, because he was a good guy.

  59. MTU March 17th, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    Gb-

    You wont believe this either but I have developed a way to control Randy when he gets into his Raging Bull mode.

    I will show you if the need arises. ;)

  60. S.A.--Relax, Relate, Release March 17th, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    Hope all is well GB7. Take care of yourself mister. :)

  61. GreenBeret7 March 17th, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    Bronx Jeers
    March 17th, 2010 at 12:01 pm
    Welcome back GB7. Good to hear you got some positive news.

    And I think LGY must have been too heartbroken over your absence to post as we haven’t seen much of him lately.

    ————————————————————

    Thanks for the kind words Jeers. Yeah, the news was better than the last time. still need to go back next month and if all is good, it’ll be cut back to 6 month stretches.

  62. MTU March 17th, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    GB-

    “it’ll be cut back to 6 month stretches”

    That’s a lot of time to devote to stretching GB.

    You sure you want to do that ?

  63. Doreen - 2010 GTLU March 17th, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    Glad to see you back GB7 – you were missed. :)

  64. randy l. March 17th, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    gb7-

    pat m was wondering where you were.

    i told him you were on a cruise with nurse karloff.

    glad to have you back.

    now i’m not the oldest one on the blog :)

  65. GreenBeret7 March 17th, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    Joe from Long Island
    March 17th, 2010 at 12:01 pm
    How could I forget GB7?!

    Hope you’re getting healthy. You got three weeks to get in game shape.

    ————————————————————

    Thanks, Joe. The sad part is that I’ll miss opening day in Charleston and Savannah. I’ll still need to wait until summer. Hope all is well up north. I couldn’t get away to the Tampa ballpark this time. The first time in years that I’ve missed getting to at least one weekend’s worth of games.

  66. Erin March 17th, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    randy l.
    March 17th, 2010 at 12:11 pm
    gb7-

    pat m was wondering where you were.

    i told him you were on a cruise with nurse karloff.

    *************************
    LMAO I have a feeling GB would jump ship. ;)

  67. GreenBeret7 March 17th, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    Doreen – 2010 GTLU
    March 17th, 2010 at 12:10 pm
    Glad to see you back GB7 – you were missed.

    ————————————————————

    Thank you, Doreen. I appreciate that very much.

  68. SJ44 March 17th, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    GB,

    You didn’t miss much. Some good discussions and already panic in the game threads. The panic stricken in the game threads have been using ST to get ready for the season.

    Other than that, nothing crazy.

    Glad you are back. I can’t ward off the trolls alone! lol

  69. MTU March 17th, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    Erin-

    “I have a feeling GB would jump ship.”

    That would be preferrable for GB.

  70. becca March 17th, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    is the game today on TV anywhere?

  71. Butch Cavendish & gang March 17th, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    GB ;

    Good news that you’re back and well. Avoid Nurse Karloff at all costs. Any lousy peaches Chamberlain throws today should be mailed to her for Friday’s breakfast.

  72. randy l. March 17th, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    “LMAO I have a feeling GB would jump ship.”

    nurse karloff would throw him a life raft and jump in after him.

    gb7 doesn’t know it , but while he was on sedatives nurse karloff implanted a GPS device in him.

    she likes to know where he is at all times.

  73. GreenBeret7 March 17th, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    randy l.
    March 17th, 2010 at 12:11 pm
    gb7-

    pat m was wondering where you were.

    i told him you were on a cruise with nurse karloff.

    glad to have you back.

    now i’m not the oldest one on the blog

    ————————————————————

    randy l.
    March 17th, 2010 at 12:11 pm
    gb7-

    pat m was wondering where you were.

    i told him you were on a cruise with nurse karloff.

    glad to have you back.

    now i’m not the oldest one on the blog

    ————————————————————

    A sea cruise with Nurse Karloff would be worse than mating with a shark. Watching her eat is like watching a shark feeding frenzy.

  74. MTU March 17th, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    Randy-

    “gb7 doesn’t know it , but while he was on sedatives nurse karloff implanted a GPS device in him.

    she likes to know where he is at all times.”

    OMG. I did not know that. He is in mortal danger. Nowhere to run nowhere to hide.

    He needs to contact the Chinese Gov’t immediately and have them knock out the US GPS system. It’s his only chance.

  75. GreenBeret7 March 17th, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    SJ44
    March 17th, 2010 at 12:16 pm
    GB,

    You didn’t miss much. Some good discussions and already panic in the game threads. The panic stricken in the game threads have been using ST to get ready for the season.

    Other than that, nothing crazy.

    Glad you are back. I can’t ward off the trolls alone! lol

    ————————————————————

    Yeah, I’m afraid the olny way to lose Randy is on a golf course chasing his slices.

    he’ll always find his way back here. He’s like gum on your shoes.

    It was Randy you were referring to as a a troll, wasn’t it?

  76. DaSaint007 March 17th, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    Hey everyone.
    Guess I was wrong about Igawa…

  77. Erin March 17th, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    randy l.
    March 17th, 2010 at 12:20 pm
    “LMAO I have a feeling GB would jump ship.”

    nurse karloff would throw him a life raft and jump in after him.

    gb7 doesn’t know it , but while he was on sedatives nurse karloff implanted a GPS device in him.

    she likes to know where he is at all times.

    ********************
    :lol:

    Poor GB, he can never escape Nurse Karloff

  78. GreenBeret7 March 17th, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    randy l.
    March 17th, 2010 at 12:20 pm
    “LMAO I have a feeling GB would jump ship.”

    nurse karloff would throw him a life raft and jump in after him.

    gb7 doesn’t know it , but while he was on sedatives nurse karloff implanted a GPS device in him.

    she likes to know where he is at all times.

    ————————————————————

    I’ve been sick and thoughts like that ain’t helping my recovery.

    Some friend.

  79. Giuseppe Franco March 17th, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    GB,

    Didn’t know you were sick. Hope you are doing better.

    It’s time for some of the long time regulars like you and me to get our butts healthy in time for the regular season to start.

    I’ve lost my freedom as well. Can’t walk up stairs just yet so I’m confined to my house for awhile. I also need a walker to get around.

    Seems like this place hasn’t changed much the last few months. Most of the regulars are still the same.

  80. randy l. March 17th, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    “It was Randy you were referring to as a a troll, wasn’t it?”

    gb7-

    that did it.

    i’m posting that photo of you in your younger days:

    http://image.absoluteastronomy.....hotgun.jpg

  81. GreenBeret7 March 17th, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    I missed the big day here in Ssvannah. The 4th largest St. Patty’s Day in the country. Lord, I hope the bars on
    River Street don’t go broke. I’m their best customer.

  82. DaSaint007 March 17th, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    Hey GB. Glad to see you escaped.

  83. JK March 17th, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    Chamberlain is losing the battle between him showing fastball command and Hughes developing his changeup.

  84. blake March 17th, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    The mental image I have of GB7 vs Nurse Karloff is pretty funny. Glad you’re back and doing good GB.

  85. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 17th, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    GB, you can have your own parade with Nurse Karloff……

  86. GreenBeret7 March 17th, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    Giuseppe Franco
    March 17th, 2010 at 12:28 pm
    GB,

    Didn’t know you were sick. Hope you are doing better.

    It’s time for some of the long time regulars like you and me to get our butts healthy in time for the regular season to start.

    I’ve lost my freedom as well. Can’t walk up stairs just yet so I’m confined to my house for awhile. I also need a walker to get around.

    Seems like this place hasn’t changed much the last few months. Most of the regulars are still the same.

    ————————————————————

    Thanks, GF. This was just some treatments and a tune-up. No surgery. They also did some tests to finds the reasons for the headaches, but, nothing wrong in the head…just the eyes after 35 years of heat and reading maps at night. Hope you’ve gotten your issues cleared up. That was some nasty stuff you had.

  87. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 17th, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    Someone needs to find a Nurse Lugosi to keep Nurse Karloff occupied – maybe she can put a bite on Nurse Karloff.

  88. GreenBeret7 March 17th, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    DaSaint007
    March 17th, 2010 at 12:29 pm
    Hey GB. Glad to see you escaped.

    ————————————————————

    Had to gnaw my arm off at the shoulder, but, I finally got away. BRRRRRR…

  89. MTU March 17th, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    Betsy-

    ” maybe she can put a bite on Nurse Karloff.”

    That won’t work that will just make her immortal. ;)

  90. GreenBeret7 March 17th, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    Thanks, Blake. She looks surprisingly like her brother, Boris. She does have a better mustache, though.

  91. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 17th, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    3 bites, MTU – of course, after that Nurse Karloff would turn into a bat. When that happens, she can haunt GB no matter where he gos. Did you ever see Love at First Bite with George Hamilton?

  92. GreenBeret7 March 17th, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    Betsy, you’ve gotten cruel in the last week. You were alaways such a sweet girl. You never used to think such ugly things. Now, i’ll be afraid to go to sleep at night.

  93. blake March 17th, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    GB, lol, ill add the mustache to my image.

  94. Erin March 17th, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    TylerKepner Green jerseys and caps for the Phillies. Not for the Yankees. Never for the Yankees. about one minute ago

  95. Steve March 17th, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    Let it Fly Joba !! you have the stuff . .jsut believe in it

  96. MTU March 17th, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    Betsy-

    Nope. But I did see the Bride of Frankenstein which is a documentary about Nurse Karloff.

  97. GreenBeret7 March 17th, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    randy l.
    March 17th, 2010 at 12:28 pm
    “It was Randy you were referring to as a a troll, wasn’t it?”

    gb7-

    that did it.

    i’m posting that photo of you in your younger days:

    http://image.absoluteastronomy…..hotgun.jpg

    ————————————————————

    LMAO. I don’t know why I bothered to even look. I knew that it wasn’t going to be a Clark Gable look.

  98. DaSaint007 March 17th, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    Betsy,

    I remember that movie! Funny stuff.

  99. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 17th, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    GB, once I get my beauty sleep, I’ll revert back to the sweet girl I was. If you’d like, I’ll send you a cross, a star of david and a string of garlic; with those things, you shall be well-protected!

  100. ray (sox fan) March 17th, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Welcome back GB!

    Even my dog Yaz missed you. :)

  101. m March 17th, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    Saw a link “Nationals suddenly release Dukes”. Too afraid to click. Fear that it’s Elijah Dukes.

    Countdown until Brandon shows up and says we gotta grab Dukes.

    5…4…3…2…1…

  102. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 17th, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    MTU, maybe they can enter Bride of Frankenstein in documentary category at the next Oscars…….

    Da Saint, classic stuff, huh? LOL I am in such a mood to see that now……..

  103. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 17th, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    I’m so glad the Yanks don’t go in for that gimmicky stuff like odd uniforms. Green pinstripes? Blech…

    Patrick might chime in on Dukes as he wanted Milton Bradley.

  104. MTU March 17th, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    betsy-

    “MTU, maybe they can enter Bride of Frankenstein in documentary category at the next Oscars…….”

    I think that would be an electrifying entry.

    A real shocker !

  105. RayVT March 17th, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    m
    March 17th, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    Dukes does sound intriguing! 25 Yr Old corner OF with RH power and still has minor league options. Bats R & Throws R! Somebody will pick him up! Loads of talent!

  106. GreenBeret7 March 17th, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    Looking forward to seeing what Chamberlain looks like today. Even if he goes to the pen, a very good game will do much for his confidence. Happy to see Aceves pitching well again, but, he really does belong in the pen. He’s more valuable to the yanks there. with a bad back, even temporarily, he couldn’t hold up under a starting role.

    I see that Laird is finally mentioned in this column, but, it took a sore arm to get a mention. People shortchange him. The change in his throwing motion may have caused the issue because he’s throwing more overhand than sidearm this year. He’s still going to be a good player, even if it’s in the outfield.

  107. MTU March 17th, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    Betsy-

    I do fear however that people would bolt from the theaters when they saw it.

  108. m March 17th, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    “Relationships take work. The one between A.J. Burnett and Jorge Posada, that’s going to take some serious work. Can it be saved? Is it worth saving? ”

    Teaser for Buster’s Insider article today. I can only assume that Olney either witnessed or was told about the meetings of the minds on the mounds yesterday. :roll:

  109. GreenBeret7 March 17th, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    ray (sox fan)
    March 17th, 2010 at 12:43 pm
    Welcome back GB!

    Even my dog Yaz missed you.

    ————————————————————

    Morning Ray. How are you and the (sox fan) family? Did you finally get Yaz unfrozen from that outside waterpump?

  110. Erica - always OPPC March 17th, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    GB7… YAY! :cool:

  111. GreenBeret7 March 17th, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    Betsy -Romine wasn’t built in a day
    March 17th, 2010 at 12:42 pm
    GB, once I get my beauty sleep, I’ll revert back to the sweet girl I was. If you’d like, I’ll send you a cross, a star of david and a string of garlic; with those things, you shall be well-protected!

    ————————————————————

    Along with that and silver bullets and wooden stakes, i should be able to at least scare her a little. Top that off with some mirrors and I should be able to finish her off. If it doesn’t she can fly up to see Randy. she has her own broom, you know.

  112. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 17th, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    M, are you kidding me? I’m glad I don’t have an Insider account – Buster is becoming a bore. There was never any problem between AJ and Jorge, not personal anyway. Are they the first battery mates to get crossed up? That teaser makes it sound like Buster is writing for a soap opera.

    AJ was on WFAN this morning and he reiterated what he’s been saying all along. He felt badly that people misinterpreted his “why” in Boston – that he was directing it to himself, not Jorge. He said he and Jorge spoke immediately after the game and that he felt very badly every time he walked past Jorge’s locker, knowing Jorge’s bat wasn’t in the lineup. He clearly felt badly that Jorge didn’t get to hit in his games in the WS.

    They get along fine and my word, a catcher going out to speak to a pitcher, particularly one who was a bit wild? Heavens – that screams problem to me.

    MTU – you’re very punny.

  113. GreenBeret7 March 17th, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    Morning, Erica. Hope you’re still in the book juggling business…..ooops…CPA business.

  114. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 17th, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    GB, silver bullets only work on werewolves – you should know that, lol. What you do is make sure she stays up until the sun rises, then watch her turn to dust….

  115. Rishi March 17th, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    m
    March 17th, 2010 at 12:50 pm
    “Relationships take work. The one between A.J. Burnett and Jorge Posada, that’s going to take some serious work. Can it be saved? Is it worth saving? ”

    Teaser for Buster’s Insider article today. I can only assume that Olney either witnessed or was told about the meetings of the minds on the mounds yesterday.

    ========================================

    Read the article – basically he said it doesn’t matter if they don’t get along…let Cervelli catch Burnett they way Molina did last year. It’s good to let them try to work it out in Spring Training, but not worth the potential impact to real games.

  116. RayVT March 17th, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    GreenBeret7
    March 17th, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    I think Laird has a great upside and has done seemingly well with little fanfare. I guess if he were an OF he would get more love, but being behind ARod hurts his exposure chances.

    I guess I need to go to MLB.com and see how all the soon to be ready guys are doing, even though it is just ST.

    Sorry you are going to miss Tampa ST this year GB! Maybe I’ll see you there next year!!

  117. DaSaint007 March 17th, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    Betsy,

    Thing is, I remember the music even more than the movie itself:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DN2qImB0sT0

  118. Chad Jennings March 17th, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    The game post is up.

  119. MTU March 17th, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    Betsy-

    I don’t think I’m punny. I weigh 165 lbs.

  120. Erin March 17th, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    Game post up

  121. CR9 March 17th, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    I wonder if Maura Tierney (ER) really died?

    It says it on her Wikipedia, but nowhere else.

  122. m March 17th, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    Rishi,

    Thanks. People get all kinds of angry at A.J., but I don’t think that’s fair.

  123. GreenBeret7 March 17th, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    Betsy -Romine wasn’t built in a day
    March 17th, 2010 at 12:58 pm
    GB, silver bullets only work on werewolves – you should know that, lol. What you do is make sure she stays up until the sun rises, then watch her turn to dust….

    ————————————————————

    She has multiple personalities, Betsy. Sort of a horror film Sybil.

  124. SJ44 March 17th, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    Biggest non-story of last season was the AJ-Posada relationship.

    If Girardi had it to do over again, he would have never paired Molina with AJ knowing it would cause this kind of firestorm. He has admitted privately to people he had no idea the firestorm it ended up creating.

    It also made AJ look bad. The Yankees could have brought Molina back for next to no money if they felt AJ needed a crutch. They didn’t because he doesn’t.

    What’s worse is, folks who know nothing about catching, nor are interested in learning, used the supposed “rift” to rip a guy who has been an all-time great Yankee.

    AJ and Posada are fine. They were last year and they are this year.

    Its too bad both guys have to do dumb stuff, like having their arms around each other when they speak, to keep the media and blogosphere free from the “AJ Hates Jorge” nonsense.

  125. GreenBeret7 March 17th, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    RayVT
    March 17th, 2010 at 12:59 pm
    GreenBeret7
    March 17th, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    I think Laird has a great upside and has done seemingly well with little fanfare. I guess if he were an OF he would get more love, but being behind ARod hurts his exposure chances.

    I guess I need to go to MLB.com and see how all the soon to be ready guys are doing, even though it is just ST.

    Sorry you are going to miss Tampa ST this year GB! Maybe I’ll see you there next year!!

    ————————————————————

    i can see him as a right fielder, but, also as a good corner infield safety net, too. NYY has a lot of young kids that can learn other spots. Laird is one of those. Mainly, i love that bat. Much like cano, though, not many walks or strikeouts. what power in the gaps, though.

  126. ray (sox fan) March 17th, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    Good afternoon GB.

    Things are going pretty well up here. We have had some decent weather and most of the snow is gone.

    I haven’t been on here much, but have been observing. It will be most interesting how the Yankees deal with the fifth starter position with Joba, Hughes, etc.

    The Sox have some similar decisions to make. Certainly Lester, Lackey, and Beckett will be in the rotation but then how do things settle with Dice-K, Wakefield, and Bucholtz?

  127. RayVT March 17th, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    SJ44
    March 17th, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    Amen SJ!!!!!!!!!

  128. Brandon Awesome (B/c I'm more AWESOME than RAW w/ no Miz) March 17th, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    Laird will get traded, hopefully in a package w/ Randy Winn.

  129. randy l. March 17th, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    “What’s worse is, folks who know nothing about catching, nor are interested in learning, used the supposed “rift” to rip a guy who has been an all-time great Yankee.”

    you tell em sj44 .

    i try to be open minded with fans who haven’t ever touched a baseball except to look at it because they may they may have some fresh outsider input from their expertise in another field or because there’s nothing wrong with just being a fan.

    what’s wrong is that fan bashing a borderline hall of famer and really a co captain of the yankees and being really wrong with that analysis.

    the yankees of the past 12-13 years would not be the same team without posada. they would not have won last year without him.

    posada is an integral member of this yankee era.

    he’ll go down as one of the all time great yankees.

  130. Jack March 17th, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    HIP HIP …JORGE ! HIP HIP …

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