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One alternative that’s left

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 25, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

With Phil Hughes locked into the fifth starter spot and Chad Gaudin released into free agency, the Yankees have only one pitching decision to make: Whether to carry a second lefty.

If the Yankees carry all three of their leftover starters, then the seven-man bullpen will have  no room for either Boone Logan or Royce Ring. But Joe Girardi wouldn’t rule out the idea of sending Hughes to Triple-A for the first few games of the season and carrying eight relievers until the Yankees actually need a fifth starter.

“Those are things we still have to talk about,” Girardi said.

The Yankees could keep their top four starters on normal rest — or even extra rest — and still not need a fifth starter until April 17, their 11th game of the season. Girardi cautioned about skipping his fifth starter too often because it leaves his top four starters with more innings than he’d like at the end of the year, but it does seem to be a possibility.

“The only danger in skipping a guy a lot is you give the other guys too many starts,” Girardi said. “You can do it some. That is the next thing that we will iron out. We will probably try to do that in the next few days, how exactly we attack (Hughes innings limit). Try to take what we learned from last year, in a sense.”

 
 

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176 Responses to “One alternative that’s left”

  1. nature boy March 25th, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    make sure you don’t put on espn classic right now

  2. nature boy March 25th, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    make sure you don’t put on espn classic right now

  3. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day March 25th, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    Both lefty candidates have pitched well, to their credit.

    I agree about skipping the 5th too often possibly hurting the SP down the line; I think I’d probably send Phil to AAA for a few starts. The problem is that you’d be depending on Mitre to be halfway decent; if he’s not, we’d kill our pen. One of Sherman’s options was to start Phil, but just let him go 4 innings or so. I’m not sure if I’m a fan of that option; again, we’d be burning the pen in those starts. Also, would it be written in stone that Phil was coming out after 4 innings? What happens if he was pitching great? The more I think about it, the more I don’t like this option. We could do what the Tigers did with Porcello, but I’m not sure I love that either. What happens if Phil is on a roll and pitching great? Do we really want to shut him down? I think I’d rather just send him to AAA at the beginning of the season……..maybe we can even have Ace start a couple of games.

  4. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter March 25th, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    I give up-

    Whats on ESPN classic?

  5. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day March 25th, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    Champ, I guess you didn’t read the link where Cashman firmly stated that they still thought of Joba as a starter.

  6. Carl March 25th, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    alcs 2004? Man they play 4-7 all the time. I only seen the 2003 alcs once.

  7. Noreaster March 25th, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    Assuming Joba’s in the pen (and not in AAA):
    Mo – Closer
    Joba – 8th inning
    Marte – Lefty late in games
    Park – 8th or 9th inning as needed
    Robertson – 7th
    Ace – 6th/7th
    Mitre – Long guy

    Leaving Melancon/Logan in AAA as help is needed. It seems like Joba or Park could fit into the 8th inning role or close on nights Mo has off.

  8. Kevin March 25th, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    This is the problem with releasing Gaudin. He is a much better fill-in 5th starter candidate than Mitre.

  9. Erin March 25th, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    Erica – always OPPC – Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter
    March 25th, 2010 at 6:42 pm
    I give up-

    Whats on ESPN classic?

    **************************
    I’m guessing the Red Sox are involved.

  10. Phil the Thrill March 25th, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    Hughes is gonna have a big year in the 5 hole.

  11. stuckey (”its ok to agree to disagree”) March 25th, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    “What if CC or AJ or Javy went down? Isn’t it great to have guys like Phil Hughes to step in, just like it was great to have Hughes fill the void in the pen last year?”

    I don’t many contending teams would absorb losing their 1 or 2 well. Given the Yankees depth (Vasquez “4″, Hughes), I suspect the Yankees are likely better equipped to withstand such an event than most.

    And yes, it IS great. Who’s arguing that?

  12. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! March 25th, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    “It doesn’t matter if they have done a good job developing starting pitchers.

    It’s been the most successful franchise in the sport since 1996. They are coming off another championship last year and are favored to win this year.

    You don’t get extra wins for developing your own starting pitching. That’s the point.”

    Actually quite true. Nice thing if you have the luxury to do it. However you don’t set out to develop starting pitching every year at the expense of winning the world series. You need to prioritize. If you can do both cool beans. If not, guess which one trumps?

  13. Tom B March 25th, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    Who will have better success for the Yankee’s in the 5-hole, Hughes or Cano?

  14. Nick in SF March 25th, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    Yesterday I was looking for a VHS tape for a project I’m working on. I have a bunch of them in my car’s hatchback from when I moved a year ago. I grabbed the first one I found (no markings) and then plopped it in and hit play to see what was on it.

    It was the 2003 ALCS Game 7. The Yanks were down 4-0 at the spot where the tape was. Two random observations:

    1) The Matsui double off of Pedro is every bit as epic as I remembered it.

    2) Manager Joe Torre had dropped Jason Giambi to the #7 spot in the batting order. It worked out pretty well that day.

  15. Kevin March 25th, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    The Yanks gave Joba a spot in the rotation last year. They gave Hughes AND Kennedy spots in 2008. Hughes got a chance in April of 07.

    Let’s not act like the Yankees didn’t give these guys chances. Hughes was the only one who had a gripe because he had injuries.

    Joba got a spot last year and failed to perform. Thus, he didn’t have a spot this year.

  16. SJ44 March 25th, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    Rich,

    sorry for botching your name at the end of the other thread.

    iPhone has a mind of it’s own sometimes. My apologies.

  17. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! March 25th, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    Kevin, it’s possible the Yankees are looking at both Joba and Ace as their fill-in starters and therefore Mitre would be far enough down the line that it wouldn’t matter. Or it is also possible that the Yankees feel that Mitre is far enough ahead in his recovery (don’t forget that they’ve watched him all ST, including his bullpen sessions so know far more about his progress than we could hope to) and think he is in good shape to start. You have to believe they have a plan and are confident it’s going to work.

    Here’s another thought. The Yankees saw Gaudin as a starter more than they see Mitre that way but decided that they didn’t need 8 starters and would just be wasting their time and Gaudin’s if he stayed around and believed they could make better use of Mitre’s skills in the pen than they could Gaudin’s.

    There are a multitude of possible scenarios. It isn’t only confined to one way of thinking.

  18. nature boy March 25th, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    yeah game 7 of 2004 alcs…every time i see it i can’t help but watch it though because it almost seems like it wasn’t real

  19. LGY - Child Prodigy/GB7's Bestest Buddy March 25th, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    “And this whole discussion has started because the Yankees have held onto their top 2 pitching prospects.”

    They have also gotten very little value out of those guys in their cheapest years by bouncing them back and forth from rotation to starting. Joba will be spending his third service year, the year before he is arbitration eligible, in the bullpen. In terms of net cost and net value that is an incredible waste of money.

    “What cause do you have to be concerned the baseball worlds is passing them by? The 2009 World Series trophy?”

    Without CC there is no way they win the WS last year. They were incredibly fortunate he hit the market and it still took some serious hand wringing to sign him. And another CC-like arm is not hitting the market for the foreseeable future, so they do not have that option to bail them out again.

  20. blake March 25th, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    Wouldn’t the first 3 weeks of the season be a good time to limit Hughes innings since that is a concern? Sending him to AAA is just wasting the limited number of innings he can throw IMO..maybe I’m missing something.

  21. Joe from Long Island March 25th, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    So, Rich, let me understand this, the goal is not just winning this year, but everyear. And, low cost talent is important. Ok.

    Kind of like when Cash traded Ricky Ledee for David Justice, who subsequently became the teams MVP, in 2000. And being able to trade Soriano for Alex, in what might have been one of the alltime steals.

    And developing Robbie Cano, one of the best young players in the game.

    Yeah, they never do that.

  22. Noreaster March 25th, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    trisha, Joe had Mitre down in Florida so he knows how he pitches when healthy. I think the pecking order for the next slot goes Joba then Mitre. Ace is a bullpen guy or a starter on a lesser team. He doesn’t have the ‘stuff’ to crack the Yankee rotation without a disaster.

  23. Bronx Jeers March 25th, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    Giambi hit two bombs that game. Sometimes people forget that. If someone was on base for either of them, Aaron Boone would have been “just another guy” instead of the hero he is now.

    Mussina is another unsung hero of that game.

  24. GreenBeret7 March 25th, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    blake
    March 25th, 2010 at 6:58 pm
    Wouldn’t the first 3 weeks of the season be a good time to limit Hughes innings since that is a concern? Sending him to AAA is just wasting the limited number of innings he can throw IMO..maybe I’m missing something.

    ————————————————————

    Sitting out the first three weeks of the year would mean that he’d have to go back through the last month of spring training again. Hopefully, it doesn’t come to that, but, 11 days? At most he’d pitch 12 innings.

  25. Pat M. March 25th, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    NCAA Hoops…Time to make a buck…….Riding with the dogs tonight…..As for 2011, who in Scranton / Trenton will be a candidate for the roation next season ???? Besides revisiting Joba, if that does occur ….

  26. Nick in SF March 25th, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    Yup, Mussina saved the game.

    I left you a message in the previous thread:

    http://yankees.lhblogs.com/201.....nt-1266270

  27. S.o.S. March 25th, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    I never again watched any of the 2004 playoff games. But if i was going to see game 7 of the sox series. I would be convinced that there must be an alternate ending coming up in the 9th inning.

    It would be like the 12-11 loss in my senior league game on VHS that i kept. We were down 12-2 cameback in the last inning and with bases loaded 2 outs we lose by a strikeout. Till this day i swore alternate endings started on VHS and one that we comeback to win the game is somewhere in it.

  28. CR9 March 25th, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    It was not real.

    It was just a nightmare.

  29. GreenBeret7 March 25th, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    Pat M.
    March 25th, 2010 at 7:04 pm
    NCAA Hoops…Time to make a buck…….Riding with the dogs tonight…..As for 2011, who in Scranton / Trenton will be a candidate for the roation next season ???? Besides revisiting Joba, if that does occur ….

    ————————————————————

    McAllister and Nova, perhaps. Jason Hirsh, if he’s not converted to the pen or traded off. Bleich by mid-season?

  30. blake March 25th, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    GB,
    I didn’t mean not throw him at all for 3 weeks..just limit his innings during that span where the schedule doesn’t require a 5th starter.

    If the cap is 170 innings then I’d rather them save as many as they can early when they don’t need him so he could pitch more late in the year.

  31. S.o.S. March 25th, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    GB7,
    Hope you had a pleasent birthday. What flavor of cake did your nurse bake you? For some reason i immagine lots of whip cream.

  32. xxx March 25th, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    random thought of the day:

    Jorge Posada is one of the Top 5 offensive catchers in the history of baseball.

    bonus random thought of the day:

    Cecilia is one of the top 3 underrated Simon & Garfunkel songs of all time.

  33. Nick in SF March 25th, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    “Cecilia” could also show up on a list over overrated Simon & Garfunkle songs… kind of like Derek Jeter.

  34. GreenBeret7 March 25th, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    blake
    March 25th, 2010 at 7:07 pm
    GB,
    I didn’t mean not throw him at all for 3 weeks..just limit his innings during that span where the schedule doesn’t require a 5th starter.

    If the cap is 170 innings then I’d rather them save as many as they can early when they don’t need him so he could pitch more late in the year.

    ————————————————————

    He’d still only be there for a week and a half. 6 innings per start at the most. Assuming that he makes the normal number of #5 starts (around 27), he’s going to average 6 innings per start at best. That’s 162 innings.

  35. blake March 25th, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    GB, happy Bday BTW.

  36. GreenBeret7 March 25th, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    S.o.S.
    March 25th, 2010 at 7:09 pm
    GB7,
    Hope you had a pleasent birthday. What flavor of cake did your nurse bake you? For some reason i immagine lots of whip cream.

    ————————————————————

    LMAO. You S.o.B., you just made me barf on my new shoes.

  37. blake March 25th, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    Math isn’t my strongsuit

  38. Pat M. March 25th, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    GB, Bleich is going to be an interesting watch this year….Brackman also might be a fast mover….However I guess Nova & McAllister would make sense….They each threw 2-3 innings this spring ??? Vasquez could very well win 18 and upwards this season…Will the Yanks make a push for him to resign ???? That would leave just 1 spot open in the rotation…

  39. S.o.S. March 25th, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    LMAO. You S.o.B., you just made me barf on my new shoes.

    ======

    lol. So your one of those keep your socks and shoes on i see. Whatever floats your boat my friend.

    In all seriousness, hope it was good and that the rugrats didnt clean up on that cake before you got your slice in.

  40. Pat M. March 25th, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    This is where Syracuse says goodbye and gets bounced out….Sorry Rebecca

  41. S.o.S. March 25th, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    10-1 butler. Like i mentioned earlier. Cuse and W.V. are going down today. If that happens. My final two are out Kansas and W.V..

  42. Carl March 25th, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    Huuuuuuuuuuughes

  43. S.o.S. March 25th, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    Too bad W.V. and Syracuse werent at full strength today. Also dont know how Michigan State is going to move on after losing their guard the last game. Kentucky or Duke my have an easy finals which ever one gets there.

  44. Trevor March 25th, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    Game 3 of the ALDS is on YES.

  45. GreenBeret7 March 25th, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    Pat M.
    March 25th, 2010 at 7:17 pm
    GB, Bleich is going to be an interesting watch this year….Brackman also might be a fast mover….However I guess Nova & McAllister would make sense….They each threw 2-3 innings this spring ??? Vasquez could very well win 18 and upwards this season…Will the Yanks make a push for him to resign ???? That would leave just 1 spot open in the rotation…

    ————————————————————

    Unless both Pettitte and Vazquez are both lights out, I can’t see NYY keeping both of them in 2011. Nova’s ok, but, I can’t see him being more than a Mendoza sort of pitcher. Perhaps he moves into the Aceves role and Aceves is moved in a deal. McAllister is by bet, along with Chamberlain.

    Brackman’s a tough figure. A mid-season check on him should tell more about where he best fits. If he’s only average, he’d make a killer closer, in the Percival mood..big, hard throwing and scary as hell. We’ll find out by June, I’d think. DJ Mitchell and david Phelps are a couple of years away, as is Banuelos.

  46. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! March 25th, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    noreaster, I am a huge Mitre supporter and have been since last season. I was just trying to respond to Kevin’s concerns by presenting him different possibilities.

  47. xxx March 25th, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    SU has the best recruiting class in Boeheim’s history coming in.

    When this year’s team’s run ends, things only get better.

  48. GreenBeret7 March 25th, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    S.o.S.
    March 25th, 2010 at 7:18 pm
    LMAO. You S.o.B., you just made me barf on my new shoes.

    ======

    lol. So your one of those keep your socks and shoes on i see. Whatever floats your boat my friend.

    In all seriousness, hope it was good and that the rugrats didnt clean up on that cake before you got your slice in.

    ————————————————————

    I’d be a lot more upset if I were barefoot. Had a really nice day. Morgan brought the twins by, so it was happy times for me.

  49. Pat M. March 25th, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    GB, I was hoping to hear a more positive response….

  50. chris March 25th, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    another year maybe

  51. CU Tiger March 25th, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    Dave Eiland was on 1050 ESPN and said for this year Joba is a reliever and will not be moved to the rotation unless something major happens.

  52. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter March 25th, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    If we are talking Simon & Garfunkel, “My Little Town” never gets its proper due!

  53. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day March 25th, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    I have no problem with that – let Joba settle in and not go back and forth from pen to rotation. Cash clearly still thinks of him as a starter and that’s the key thing.

    I’m pretty excited to see how Phil will do over the course of a whole year; it’s been a long time coming

  54. chris March 25th, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    don’t look now. If you go to nytimes.com baseball section, they just posted the 67th articles on Jose Reyes — that is, the 67th article this week !!!!!

  55. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! March 25th, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    Pat M – when do my NCAA championship St. Mary’s Gaels play next, and who?

  56. GreenBeret7 March 25th, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    Pat, ideally, if they lose one of Pettitte/Vazquez, Chamberlain moves up and they bring Bleich and McAllister to work in the pen for a year to get settled in. If the Yanks lose both veterans, the McAllister will get first crack with Chamberlain. Bleich has only had about 2 months of AA ball so, he has time.

  57. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day March 25th, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    I love Cecilia, but I adore Bridge Over Troubled Water and I am a Rock. I also love Sound of Silence and Homeward Bound.

  58. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! March 25th, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    I adore Kodachrome and also the Boxer.

  59. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day March 25th, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    I said this yesterday, but the NY Times is a joke. Not only are there a ton of Met articles, but the guy that covers the Yanks has completely disappeared; The Times is all Mets, plus they are completely wasting Kepner. I’m sorry, but if I’m in NY, why do I want to be reading articles about other teams all year. What a waste; an article hear and there is fine, but all year?

    I think Andy is gone and even if he wants to return, I just don’t see how it can happen. If Phil solidifies his spot, then I think Joba will return to the rotation as long as he shows the Yanks what they want to see. I would re-sign Javy if he has a good year – I’m not intersted in Lee.

  60. MTU (aka GBURL) March 25th, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    I see the expected happened.

    Congratulations to PH.

    Hope he has a great season and makes the most of his opportunity.

    Also hope that JC once again return to dominance out of the pen, and gets another opportunity to compete for a starting spot.

  61. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day March 25th, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    I also love the name song – I forget what it’s called, but the one with “get on the bus, Gus”. Also, Feeling Groovy is cool….

  62. chris March 25th, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    Hi Chad, how come you’re not playing paintball with Girardi and Cashman now?

    Taylor Kepner and some other writers are.

  63. GreenBeret7 March 25th, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    Pat M.
    March 25th, 2010 at 7:30 pm
    GB, I was hoping to hear a more positive response….

    ————————————————————

    about brackman? He was awful in the rotation. after the first inning, he was usually all over the place for a couple of innings and settled in but used so many pitches. In his 10 relief games, he was absolutely monsterous. They couldn’t touch him. Hopefully, getting in more innings fixes that. Since he started college in 2005 and including pros, he’s only thrown 250 innings.

  64. MTU (aka GBURL) March 25th, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    GB-
    Happy birthday, and good health going forward. :)

  65. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter March 25th, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    Betsy – Romine wasn’t built in a day
    March 25th, 2010 at 7:37 pm
    I also love the name song – I forget what it’s called, but the one with “get on the bus, Gus”. Also, Feeling Groovy is cool….

    ***********

    That would be “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover” (Paul solo) and “59th Street Bridge (Feelin Groovy)”

    I know my Simon & Garfunkel

  66. Pat M. March 25th, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    Tricia, Our St.Mary’s Gaels play tomorrow vs. Baylor…They’re a 4.5 underdog, and it’s going to take an excellent game from them and a not so good performance by Baylor for them to advance…..Aren’t you glad you went to the Dunkin Donut Arena ????

  67. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! March 25th, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    50 Ways to Leave Your Lover. :)

  68. xxx March 25th, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    50 Ways To Leave Your Lover has the “get on the bus” line

    that’s Paul Simon solo

    great line, great tune (killer drum beat)

  69. Joe from Long Island March 25th, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    Betsy, the Times has always had a different way of looking at sports. Almost as if they and their readers are above it all. They have occasional analytical articles that can be very interesting, and their investigative stuff – like concussions in the NFL – are very good. But, sometimes, I get the impression that they regard beat coverage as somehow below them.

  70. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day March 25th, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    That’s it – thanks! Now I’m in the mood to listen to some S&G….

  71. GreenBeret7 March 25th, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    Here you go, Betsy

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hUy9ePyo6Q

  72. Pat M. March 25th, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    The Boxer……People only hear what they want to hear and disregard the rest…….Profound in it’s simplicity

  73. MTU (aka GBURL) March 25th, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    Perhaps the Yankees have decided that the model for developing young starters going forward is thru the pen to the rotation ?

    Other teams have tried it and it works.

    Lessons have been learned over the last few years.

    A mix of veterans and youngsters seems a good way to go.

  74. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day March 25th, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    Joe, I never noticed that, but I wouldn’t be surprised. They actually do a good job with their Sports section, though – or they did. It’s just that this year I’ve noticed a distinct lack of Yankees coverage. Tyler Kepner did a great job and I’m sorry that he is now a national sort of reporter.

  75. Chad Jennings March 25th, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    chris,

    The writer’s name is Tyler Kepner, the paintball game is tomorrow, and I’ll be there.

  76. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! March 25th, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    Pat M – I am exuberant beyond belief that I went. And you were the catalyst for my going. :) :) :)

    I told you I basically trust your judgement above all others!

    Do you know how much of an underdog they were with Richmond and Villanova? I understand of course that the deeper they get the harder it’s going to get. Here’s hoping the fairy dust doesn’t run out!

  77. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day March 25th, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    I never understood what the Boxer was about, though I agree that that line is profound

  78. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day March 25th, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    What is this about paintball, Chad?

  79. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter March 25th, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    My post about the Boxer is not going through :-(

  80. blake March 25th, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    Chad,
    Key stragegy in paintball…the more you shoot..the more likely you are to hit someone.

  81. Chad Jennings March 25th, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    The beat writers are playing the Yankees coaching staff and some members of the front office in paintball tomorrow morning. Cashman is going, as is Girardi and most if not all of the major league staff.

  82. GreenBeret7 March 25th, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    Here’s a little Cat for you ladies.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....re=related

  83. MTU (aka GBURL) March 25th, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    Pat M-

    “Patterns” is one of my favorite S and G songs.

    Some very profound thoughts contained therein.:)

  84. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day March 25th, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    So Chad, I guess it’s ok if the coaching staff and FO get hurt playing paintball, lol.. Wow, that sounds like fun; I’ve never played – I would love to, though.

  85. Nick in SF March 25th, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    Just a come on from the whores on Seventh Avenue…

    Wait, Gable Kaplar is covering paintball for the New York Times now??? Welcome back!

  86. Chad Jennings March 25th, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    I’ll post about it later tonight, but I’ve actually played a lot of paintball in my day. Used to play in some tournaments about 10 years ago. I haven’t played in years — and I certainly left my gun in New York — but I’m looking forward to playing again.

  87. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter March 25th, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    Pat M.
    March 25th, 2010 at 7:43 pm
    The Boxer……People only hear what they want to hear and disregard the rest…….Profound in it’s simplicity

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

    Only Paul Simon could write a song that uses the word “w—e” in a line followed by a bunch of “las”and make it sound completely beautiful :-)

  88. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day March 25th, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    GB, I love that song…….and also Morning has Broken!

    Erica, is it anything like the meaning of Summer of 69?

  89. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! March 25th, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    Pat M – so profound in their simplicity that it gives me chills to think about.

    And the sign said the words of the prophets are written on the subway walls, and tenement halls.

  90. Phil the Thrill March 25th, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    Brackman had a good game today, though he wasn’t throwing hard. I think he pitched 4.1 with 4 K’s and only gave up a hit against Philly minor leaguers.

  91. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day March 25th, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    I can’t wait to hear about it, Chad!

    http://espn.go.com/espnradio/p.....autoplay=1

    Here’s the podcast of Eiland on 1050

  92. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter March 25th, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    Nick-

    That was the line I was trying to post about-

    Wh-re is okay. But La and La together are not. Odd filter

    Chad-

    My apologizes for clogging up the filter with about 10 variations of that post

  93. m March 25th, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    Watched The Hurt Locker yesterday. It was good, but I couldn’t explain why.

    I have a question. Was Beckham the dead boy or not? I’m thinking, no.

    Also, anyone know the meaning of the title?

  94. blake March 25th, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    MTU,
    Its a good model and a good way to do it IMO. That’s a big leap from a AAA rotation to a big league one. Some guys can handle and some it wrecks their confidence and sets them back initially. I think for certain guys the pen is a nice stepping stone.

  95. Pat M. March 25th, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    Tricia, they were a 4.5 point dog to Nova, and if I remember correctly they were a slight fav vs. Richmond….I’m flattered, but I can’t handle the pressure anymore….

  96. Phil the Thrill March 25th, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    It was 4.2 and he gave up 1 walk and 1 hit and K’d 4.

  97. MTU (aka GBURL) March 25th, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    Betsy-

    Today is a happy day for you.

    Phil finally gets his chance.

  98. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter March 25th, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    Betsy – Romine wasn’t built in a day
    March 25th, 2010 at 7:51 pm
    GB, I love that song…….and also Morning has Broken!

    Erica, is it anything like the meaning of Summer of 69?

    ***********

    I think the Boxer is pretty straight forward. Its not a cheerful song

  99. Bronx Jeers March 25th, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    Nick,

    I lived in SF up until I was about 6-7. And I never went back but every now and then it would pop up in a dream and I was always curious to see if if my dreams/memories “matched reality”

    Eventually I did go back and visited some old spots and took some pictures so in that respect, there’s actually a lot more “worth” in your prize than you realize.

    But I do go back at least once a year in fact there’s a pretty good chance I’ll be there next weekend. Me and my wife just love it and it’s turned into a place where we go and sort of re-charge a bit.

    But I may have a spot for you to snap a pic if you’re serious. We’ll see. If I go next weekend you’re off the hook as it really wouldn’t be necessary. But I do appreciate it.

  100. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day March 25th, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    I also love the line from I am a Rock:

    Don’t talk of love,
    But I’ve heard the words before;
    It’s sleeping in my memory.
    I won’t disturb the slumber of feelings that have died.
    If I never loved I never would have cried.

    **I love the whole sound; the person talking is obviously wounded and has shut himself off from the world to protect himself from being hurt.

  101. GreenBeret7 March 25th, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    Everytime I hear about “Paintball” I think about “The Christmas Story” and Ralphie and his Red Ryder BB gun.

    Santa: You’ll shoot your eye out, kid.”

  102. Pat M. March 25th, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    Just saw them in October at The Garden….Nick in SF, very revealing quoting the 7th Ave line…Hmmm

  103. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day March 25th, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    I guess it’s just about Boxer down on his luck; it’s not my favorite song of theirs, but I like it.

  104. Nick in SF March 25th, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    m, I will answer, but no one else read below the asterisks if you don’t want to see spoilers.

    *****SPOILERS********

    He is not the dead boy, he is seen later in the movie, it’s kind of a big reveal. And the title refers to the foot locker of belongings of the KIA soldiers that is sent back to their family.

  105. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day March 25th, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    MTU, yeah – I’m pretty happy.

  106. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter March 25th, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    Pat M.
    March 25th, 2010 at 7:56 pm
    Just saw them in October at The Garden….Nick in SF, very revealing quoting the 7th Ave line…Hmmm

    ***********

    I WAS THERE TOO!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I hope they come out with a CD or DVD of that show soon

  107. GreenBeret7 March 25th, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    Erica – always OPPC – Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter
    March 25th, 2010 at 7:51 pm
    Pat M.
    March 25th, 2010 at 7:43 pm
    The Boxer……People only hear what they want to hear and disregard the rest…….Profound in it’s simplicity

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

    Only Paul Simon could write a song that uses the word “w—e” in a line followed by a bunch of “las”and make it sound completely beautiful

    ————————————————————

    I sang that song around my mom and never got any applause. Just my mouth washed out with soap…and I was 25 years old. She could get mean.

  108. Warning Track Power March 25th, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    I like the idea Giradi mentions here.
    If there is no need for a 5th starter until the 17th, Hughes would basically get “no work” for weeks.
    Sending him down to AAA for a start or two will keep him sharp for the MLB season.
    Plus, having an extra reliever in the pen for the first couple weeks can only be a positive.

  109. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! March 25th, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    Pat M, don’t think of it as pressure, because you know I am never afraid to fly solo. Maybe you can think of it as flattering in a perverse sort of way because I don’t take lead very much, if at all.

    :)

  110. JMZ March 25th, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    Re the new Yankees guy at the Times: He’s been out because his wife just had a baby, so I imagine they’ve been scrambling. He did a great job with the Mets the past few years, though, and I think people are going to like him when he gets back.

  111. m March 25th, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    Thanks, Nick. I knew I could count on you!

  112. Nick in SF March 25th, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    Bronx Jeers, I get around various parts of the city quite a bit and I also enjoy exploring different neighborhoods when I can, so the offer wasn’t made casually. That is, if the idea of having to go to a certain area was annoying rather than entertaining I wouldn’t have made that the prize. Anyway, no big deal, but I’m up for any challenge.

  113. CR9 March 25th, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    If PA ever played paintball, he’d have the distinct advantage, as anything that him would not even hurt due to all the flubber!

  114. MTU (aka GBURL) March 25th, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    Blake-

    I caution people not to expect too much from Phil.

    He is very talented but also very inexperienced.

    He is going to have some great games and some terrible ones which should be expected.

    He is, after all, still learning on the job in the toughest division in all of baseball.

    The good thing for Phil is that unless he completely falls apart (which he wont) he will be in the rotation for the entire season.

    I hope fans don’t turn on him when he inevitably struggles.

    Not a lot of patience in Yankeeland.

  115. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! March 25th, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    Pat M, how were they? I swear that I always thought that if I could go see anyone in person, I would willingly pay a king’s ransome for only two “groups” – Simon and Garfunkel, and CSNY.

  116. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter March 25th, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    GreenBeret7
    March 25th, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    I sang that song around my mom and never got any applause. Just my mouth washed out with soap…and I was 25 years old. She could get mean.

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

    Hahahaha-

    That kind of reminds me of when I was 15 and I thought “Let it Bleed” would be a nice song to play at my Sweet 16 cause I thought it was about people being there for each other.

    When I suggested it to my dad, he asked if I was insane.

    When I told him I didn’t understand the problem he started singing the dirty parts.

    I cleared the room rather quickly. LOL.

    To this day I can’t hear that song around my father

  117. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter March 25th, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    trisha – OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!!
    March 25th, 2010 at 8:03 pm
    Pat M, how were they? I swear that I always thought that if I could go see anyone in person, I would willingly pay a king’s ransome for only two “groups” – Simon and Garfunkel, and CSNY.

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

    I’ve seen both twice!! (No Y in the CSNY though)

    I prefer S&G live. They are amazing. If you ever get the opportunity, I highly recommend going for it.

  118. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day March 25th, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    JMZ, oh wow – congrats to Ben Shpiegel then. Thanks!

  119. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day March 25th, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    I saw S&G live a few years ago with the Everly Brothers as the other act – fabulous is all I can say.

  120. blake March 25th, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    MTU,
    Totally agree. He is likely going to struggle at times and Yankee fans have to understand that and realize this isn’t a short term investment but a longterm one. He doesn’t have to do much to be better than the ML average 5th starter.

  121. Pat M. March 25th, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    Erica, That’s right it was you who was there that night….We should have met up that night…..There’s this great Irish Tavern across the street on 8th that serves the best Irish Coffee…The crowd was a little too much NYC Yuppie in a way, but what a great atmosphere…Next time you go to the Garden for the Knicks, or Rangers or whatever check it out…..It’s right on 8th Ave and 33rd…I can’t recall the name as I only go there once every few years…Great Place….

  122. MTU (aka GBURL) March 25th, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    Blake-

    Onwards and downwards. Next controversy please. :)

  123. S.o.S. March 25th, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    NSF,
    I thought it was the same kid that died. Why else was the main character bent in that scene and also after? You must have gotten the special alternate ending scene on VHS.

  124. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter March 25th, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    Pat M.
    March 25th, 2010 at 8:09 pm
    Erica, That’s right it was you who was there that night….We should have met up that night…..There’s this great Irish Tavern across the street on 8th that serves the best Irish Coffee…The crowd was a little too much NYC Yuppie in a way, but what a great atmosphere…Next time you go to the Garden for the Knicks, or Rangers or whatever check it out…..It’s right on 8th Ave and 33rd…I can’t recall the name as I only go there once every few years…Great Place….

    **********

    We really should have met up!! Next time you are in New York you have to let me know

    I am still angry I had to miss the very end of the concert. If I had any idea that Bruce & Billy would be going strong at 1:20am, I would not have taken the train in. I was very worried about catching the last train out of Penn for 2 hours

  125. Pat M. March 25th, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    Tricia, They were outstanding and stole the show I think…Although Bonnie Raitt’s rendition of “Love has no Pride” was breath taking….It was the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Benefit Concert….. CS&N was very good as well

  126. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day March 25th, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    I’m hoping the folks on this blog will behave themselves better than other Yankee fans, lol. The moment Phil struggles, Yankee fans are going to call for his head – and for Joba to replace him. Fortunately, Eiland put that notion to rest as Joba will be in the pen this year; Phil won’t have to worry about him looking over his shoulder. I honestly believe that by the end of this year, we are going to see why Phil was the #1 pitching prospect in baseball. Fans will hopefully forget all about the velocity nonsense; this kid is a real pitcher.

  127. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! March 25th, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    Wow Erica. Good Lord. How were they without the N? How are their live harmonies these these days? (I wonder why N decided not to join us…) Do they have an N fill in?

    In terms of lyrics, I think their songs have some of the heaviest I have ever heard. It’s like they were probably tripping when they wrote some of their music. Think Deja Vu.

  128. GreenBeret7 March 25th, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    Erica – always OPPC – Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter
    March 25th, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    Hahahaha-

    That kind of reminds me of when I was 15 and I thought “Let it Bleed” would be a nice song to play at my Sweet 16 cause I thought it was about people being there for each other.

    When I suggested it to my dad, he asked if I was insane.

    When I told him I didn’t understand the problem he started singing the dirty parts.

    I cleared the room rather quickly. LOL.

    To this day I can’t hear that song around my father

    ————————————————————

    Parents don’t have a sense of humor. I suppose it’s having kids will do that to you.

  129. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day March 25th, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    Here’s a bit about the huge paintball match:

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

  130. MTU (aka GBURL) March 25th, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    Blake-

    By the way. How the heck did you get thru Dental school not being good at math ? :)

  131. S.o.S. March 25th, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    GB if your still out there. Or maybe someone else with more knowledge. My boy bought himself a machine gun bb gun(not sure if i have that in the right order). He is playing pretend war with his brother and asked me what the top skilled military people are. I know some have mentioned a variety before. I would appreciate it if you can remind me.

    Greenberet
    Rangers
    Commandos
    Delta Force
    ???

    Best in order would be great.

  132. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day March 25th, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    GB, but great-grandparents do, right?

  133. LGY - Child Prodigy/GB7's Bestest Buddy March 25th, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    “Perhaps the Yankees have decided that the model for developing young starters going forward is thru the pen to the rotation?”

    ———————————

    If indeed this is the Yankee plan then there are some serious issues with it.

    First and foremost, the Yankees are not a team that needs to be ahead of the curve. Small payroll teams are the ones who need to takes risks like this so they can catch up to a team like the Yankees. The Yankees also do not have the margin for error to be implementing something that has very little evidence of success with this generation of pitchers. The Yankees have enough resources where if some method is discovered as more effective they can catch up quickly and easily.

    Second and referenced above, there is very little evidence that this is a successful method. It could very well be a better method, but is that risk worth taking? Is it worth experimenting on 2 of the best pitching prospects you have had the past 15 years? Learning to be a SP in the minors and building up innings in the minors has a history of success. The Yankees have no clear incentive to deviate from that. Rather this “idea” I believe is a manifestation of poor decision making.

    Third, it is not very cost effective. Years 1-6 in a prospect’s career and particularly 1-3 is like a gold mine for a team. Those cheap years are the most valuable commodity in baseball. Using even 1 of those years in the bullpen when that production could be purchased cheaply on the market or replaced with slightly inferior production (ie D-Rob, Melancon, Aceves) is quite costly.

    Finally, even if Hughes is successful next season there is no proof pitching in the bullpen was what was best for him last year. If he had taken over for Wang in the rotation last year and made 25 starts I imagine he would feel much more prepared for a full season of SP and the Yankees would be much more comfortable with their decision if he was successful in that role last year. There is also much less risk with Hughes in the rotation this year if he was a starter last year because you have so much better info on him.

    Simply, this method is very risky and it is not a risk a team with the resources the Yankees have need to take.

  134. GreenBeret7 March 25th, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    betsy, here’s a song from one of America’s greatest balladeers.

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

  135. MTU (aka GBURL) March 25th, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    S.o.S-

    Don’t forget the SEALS. :)

  136. hk March 25th, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    can wait for tomorrow

  137. blake March 25th, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    MTU, you only have to count to 32. I can do that. ;)

  138. GreenBeret7 March 25th, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    Betsy – Romine wasn’t built in a day
    March 25th, 2010 at 8:14 pm
    GB, but great-grandparents do, right?

    ————————————————————

    It does help that I can spoil them rotten and send them home. I laugh as they’re pulling out of the driveway.

  139. S.o.S. March 25th, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    Erica,
    So did you revert to using a Lambada song and how did your dad take it when he saw how you dance to it? Im sure he would probably of accepted dirty words than dirty dancing.

  140. MTU (aka GBURL) March 25th, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    Blake-

    That simple.

    Maybe I should have been a dentist.

    Even I can count that high. :)

  141. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter March 25th, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    trisha – OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!!
    March 25th, 2010 at 8:13 pm
    Wow Erica. Good Lord. How were they without the N? How are their live harmonies these these days? (I wonder why N decided not to join us…) Do they have an N fill in?

    In terms of lyrics, I think their songs have some of the heaviest I have ever heard. It’s like they were probably tripping when they wrote some of their music. Think Deja Vu.

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

    It was CSNY without the Y. The N was there.

    They aren’t as pitch perfect as they used to be, but if you love the music its still a good show.

    They don’t perform Suite: Judy Blue Eyes though and that makes me sad

  142. S.o.S. March 25th, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    Greenberet
    Rangers
    Commandos
    Delta Force
    Navy Seals
    ???

    Thanks MTU. Now if only i can get more that i have forgotten and figure out the order from top to bottom.

  143. hk March 25th, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    “I caution people not to expect too much from Phil.”

    Well, I for one do not expect much from him. My low expectations are:

    (1) He will win at most 2 games
    (2) He will have an ERA of at least 5.31

    This way I will not get disappointed.

  144. NYY626 March 25th, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    Pat M.
    March 25th, 2010 at 8:09 pm
    Erica, That’s right it was you who was there that night….We should have met up that night…..There’s this great Irish Tavern across the street on 8th that serves the best Irish Coffee…The crowd was a little too much NYC Yuppie in a way, but what a great atmosphere…Next time you go to the Garden for the Knicks, or Rangers or whatever check it out…..It’s right on 8th Ave and 33rd…I can’t recall the name as I only go there once every few years…Great Place….
    ____________________________________________________________Pat M – is the bar called Stout??

  145. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day March 25th, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    GB, I love Jim Croce. I love Time in a Bottle, Operator, You don’t tug on Superman’s cape………..

    LOL my father says the same thing about his grandkids…How are the wonder twins these days?

  146. GreenBeret7 March 25th, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    S.o.S.
    March 25th, 2010 at 8:14 pm
    GB if your still out there. Or maybe someone else with more knowledge. My boy bought himself a machine gun bb gun(not sure if i have that in the right order). He is playing pretend war with his brother and asked me what the top skilled military people are. I know some have mentioned a variety before. I would appreciate it if you can remind me.

    Greenberet
    Rangers
    Commandos
    Delta Force
    ???

    Best in order would be great.

    ————————————————————

    Add the SEALS to your group, S.o.S.

    It’s hard to say because they have different missions. They do a lot of the same things, but, each has a specialized skill. Rangers are probably the least of the specialized skills and they have no picnic.

  147. MTU (aka GBURL) March 25th, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    S.o.S-

    I have a great fondness for Marine snipers as well but they are specialists.

    If you know what I mean. ;)

  148. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! March 25th, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    Songs your parents don’t like -

    I never quite figured this one out but this is a true story. My family is pretty musical and we all like to sing. When one of my younger brothers and my younger sister were probably 12 and 14 respectively, I would play the piano and teach them the harmonies to different songs and also songs from musicals. (South Pacific was one of our favorites). Well one day I was teaching them the lyrics to Open a New Window from Mame and my father had a fit and forbade me from teaching them the song and forebade them from singing it. I think he thought I was trying to teach them to be too independent or something. I never quite figured it out.

    CSY are on tour. I will definitely do it.

  149. S.o.S. March 25th, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    I can count to 27. Lets hope by the end of this year ill be able to count to 28.

  150. Nick in SF March 25th, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    S.o.S. Driving now (at red light), will have detailed Hurt Locker answer for you in about an hour or so.

  151. Pat M. March 25th, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    Erica, I too had to leave and catch the last train out of Grand Central back to Pelham …..Bruce and Billy were playing as I left ….I’m going back either in Mid-may or Mid-June ..Most likely June for the Yanks-Mets at The Stadium…..Then again in early October for the ALDS….We’ll get together…I always get to the Bronx early so I can have a slice of pizza at Yankee Stadium Pizza……One of my favorite pizza joints in the city…..

  152. GreenBeret7 March 25th, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    Betsy – Romine wasn’t built in a day
    March 25th, 2010 at 8:21 pm
    GB, I love Jim Croce. I love Time in a Bottle, Operator, You don’t tug on Superman’s cape………..

    LOL my father says the same thing about his grandkids…How are the wonder twins these days?

    ————————————————————

    The kids are doing just great. I didn’t get much chance to spoil them today, but, they still love pizza sauce and beer. I’m just happy that they can’t talk yet.

  153. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter March 25th, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    S.o.S.
    March 25th, 2010 at 8:18 pm
    Erica,
    So did you revert to using a Lambada song and how did your dad take it when he saw how you dance to it? Im sure he would probably of accepted dirty words than dirty dancing.

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

    My dad doesn’t care. The movie Dirty Dancing came out when I was 8 and I didn’t understand any of it. When I saw it again at like, 16 it made so much more sense. LOL

  154. S.o.S. March 25th, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    Speaking of military. Just watched the new spielberg series “the pacific” on HBO. It was much better IMO so far than band of brothers. Cant wait to see all 8.

  155. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! March 25th, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    I love Southern Cross

  156. Bronx Jeers March 25th, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    Nick,

    There may be a spot in Ocean Beach. It’s a restaurant on Taraval and I think 18th. It’s called The Gold Mirror. Italian .

    I tried to go a few years back and it was temporarily closed. I might ask you for a picture of the bar. It would be of great sentimental value to me.

    But I may be there myself next weekend. And if that’s the case I’d like to invite you if you’re free or perhaps a beer somewhere to celebrate the arrival of the season.

    I’ll keep you posted.

  157. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter March 25th, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    Pat M.
    March 25th, 2010 at 8:24 pm
    Erica, I too had to leave and catch the last train out of Grand Central back to Pelham …..Bruce and Billy were playing as I left ….I’m going back either in Mid-may or Mid-June ..Most likely June for the Yanks-Mets at The Stadium…..Then again in early October for the ALDS….We’ll get together…I always get to the Bronx early so I can have a slice of pizza at Yankee Stadium Pizza……One of my favorite pizza joints in the city…..

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

    I am a little sad, I have no concerts planned for this year.

    The Eagles are coming to the Meadowlands and I would love to see them again, but the Meadowlands are a pain for me.

  158. S.o.S. March 25th, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    Erica,
    Dirty dancing is pretty clean compared to the Lambada. Its basically bump and grind on leg from start to finish.

  159. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day March 25th, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    Pat M, I would love to meet you at YS if you’re coming in for a game.

  160. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter March 25th, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    trisha – OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!!
    March 25th, 2010 at 8:27 pm
    I love Southern Cross

    ***********

    So we cheated and we lied and we tested
    And we never failed to fail
    It was the easiest thing to do
    You will survive being bested
    Somebody fine will come along make me forget about loving you
    In the Southern Cross

    (One of my favorite verses in a song ever)

  161. S.o.S. March 25th, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    Pat,
    I see Syracuse just took the lead. Resiliant to say the least.

  162. austinmac March 25th, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    Chad, the Yankees now know of your paintball prowess. Since they read this blog, you will be a marked man. Sounds like a fun event. Is this a first time affair?

  163. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day March 25th, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    GB, I think they talk to each other in their own language and discuss what a silly great-grandpa they have.

  164. S.o.S. March 25th, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    S.o.S. Driving now (at red light), will have detailed Hurt Locker answer for you in about an hour or so.

    =======

    Nick,
    Can you save the responce till tomorrow. I leave to go home at 6 and never check back.

  165. GreenBeret7 March 25th, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    Erica/Betsy, did you girls ever give your parents a heart attack by singing along with this song?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wx-8_GI4d2c

  166. S.o.S. March 25th, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    GB, I think they talk to each other in their own language and discuss what a silly great-grandpa they have.

    =======

    GB,
    Has your kid figured out yet that the twins still slur their words because of the pizza suace and BEER you give them?

  167. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! March 25th, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    Erica, swear to God I got chills just reading those lyrics.

  168. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter March 25th, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    GreenBeret7
    March 25th, 2010 at 8:35 pm
    Erica/Betsy, did you girls ever give your parents a heart attack by singing along with this song?

    **********

    Can’t youtube at work (yup, still here). Will have to keep you in suspense until I get home

  169. Pat M. March 25th, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    NYY626….The Irish Tavewrb is right next door to The Stage Deli..On 8th abd I think 33rd…Just across the street from the Farley Post Office….I just can’t recall the name, and I’ve been there many times, as it’s part of my trip to The Garden…..Percocets scramble my memory at times…..

  170. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day March 25th, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    GB, I never gave my parents cause to have a heart attack. The one time I came closest was when I came home at 3 am from Passover dinner at a friend’s house. I didn’t think to call and they were waiting by the front door when I came home, lol. I asked why they never did that for my younger sister and they said that they weren’t used to me being out so late. Well, I never was – I hardly went out at all as a matter of fact. I decided to scare them even further by taking a picture with a beer in each hand (when I went on a cruise). I don’t think they bought that I all of a sudden had a drinking problem, lol

    I don’t even know what a Louie is – I HATE that song, lol.

  171. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! March 25th, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    This year’s musts – catch a few concerts that I really want to go to.

  172. GreenBeret7 March 25th, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    If you still enjoy shaking up the old folks, play Kevin Wilson’s “Living Next Door To Alice”

  173. Pat M. March 25th, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    S.O.S…The Washington Huskies are getting 5 pionts, I’m going to need more I fear…..Betsy, we do need to meet for a game this season….I always stay in The Pelham area when I return home for my visits….I know Erica is out by JFK, Tricia is near McCoy Stadium ( got a hit there ), are you in the NYC area ???? Are you a Jersey girl , big hair and cracking gum ?????

  174. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! March 25th, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    Erica, I’m definitely set for S and G. They are doing both the Mohegan Sun and Trump Taj Mahal, both in May.

  175. GreenBeret7 March 25th, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    S.o.S.
    March 25th, 2010 at 8:36 pm
    GB, I think they talk to each other in their own language and discuss what a silly great-grandpa they have.

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    GB,
    Has your kid figured out yet that the twins still slur their words because of the pizza suace and BEER you give them?

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    Pretty hard to slur goo goo. I’ll need to cut them off when they start talking, though.

  176. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter March 25th, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    we have a new thread :arrow:

    Thursday notes


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