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Survival of the fittest

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 26, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

It was the third game of todays Yankees-Media Paintball Challenge, and the goal was to grab a bucket from the far end of the field and take it to the other team’s base.

Without being shot, of course.

Teammate Sweeny Murti had already gotten the bucket, and he was almost to the base when he was hit. Sweeny had to drop the bucket on the spot, so I decided to pick up where he left off. Grabbing the bucket on the way, I made a mad dash for the base. I was no more than four feet away, at a full sprint…

It was Kevin Long who got me. Four shots. Two to the chest. One to the side. One to the stomach.

I’m pretty sure I took the biggest beating today. I also have three welts on my left arm and one on my right leg – I honestly don’t remember being hit there — but we all had a great time this morning. Brian Cashman showed up with a camo hat that had a skull and crossbones on it. That’s when we knew it was serious.

My team captain was Bryan Hoch. My teammates — if I can remember them all — were Brett Weber, Billy Eppler, Jason Zillo, Michael Margolis, Marc Carig, Sweeny Murti and Mark Feinsand. I’m pretty sure Cashman took me out in the first game, but I’m also pretty sure I got Joe Girardi in the second. I know I got Erik Boland with a head shot in the fifth, which was a big win for Team Hoch. At one point, Tony Pena announced that anyone who didn’t shoot Mike Harkey was automatically eliminated. Harkey had a hard time hiding.

One bit of honesty as we move forward: My coverage of the Yankees scouting department might take a bitter turn for the next few weeks. I believe it was the fourth game and Eppler was behind me in a group of forts and trees. He  decided to advance, and as he was sprinting, he accidentally pulled the trigger.

He drilled me in the back of the head from a dozen feet away.

 
 

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111 Responses to “Survival of the fittest”

  1. jennifer March 26th, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    Sounds like fun. I guess we can see why Joe didn’t want his players taking part.

  2. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 26th, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    LOL Chad – sheesh, you guys need to wear armor the next time you play this game.

    Chip, Phil’s hamstring/ankle injuries had nothing to do with his mechanics; by all account, Phil has very clean, repeatable mechanics. Why mess with that? There are so many conflicting reports on Phil’s velocity, on whether the Yanks changed his mechanics (and if so, why) that it’s just very confusing.

  3. Erin March 26th, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    That sounds like a lot of fun :)

  4. Keep It March 26th, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    That’s why Long is the HITTING coach! Get it? See what I did there?

    Anyone? Is this thing on?

  5. JohnC March 26th, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    I wish Lupica had played. Would have loved to hear about that little pip-squeak getting pummeled.

  6. Chip March 26th, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    LGY –
    Given what you’ve seen thus far would you rather have:
    Johan Santana
    or
    CC Sabathia
    Phil Hughes
    Nick Swisher
    Javy Vazquez

    Cashman took a calculated risk – he could have given up Hughes, Melky and Marquez to get Santana in 2008, but he didn’t. He was betting on CC getting to free agency and was prepared to open up the wallet to bring him to New York.
    As a result he held onto his young players and was able to use Marquez to get Swisher and this year moved Melky to get Javy.

    It’s the same gamble he’s playing this year in LF. He could have brought Johnny Damon back, could have traded for someone – but he’s willing to take a calculated risk with his LF spot for this year and hope that Carl Crawford hits the free agent market next year.

    He could have traded Montero and other parts for Halladay and had Halladay and CC at the front of the rotation for the next 5 years – but he’s gambling that Cliff Lee will be available and he’ll be able to pair CC with another Cy Young guy (maybe two if they bring back Javy) and still have Montero.

  7. Erin March 26th, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    Keep It
    March 26th, 2010 at 1:37 pm
    That’s why Long is the HITTING coach! Get it? See what I did there?

    Anyone? Is this thing on?

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

  8. Chip March 26th, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    Betsy -

    In the minors Phil was shut down a couple of times with arm problems. Those are the injuries I was talking about that led them to tweak his mechanics.

    As for his velocity dropping – I’m not sure it’s really true. There have been a lot of stories of teams (all teams) adding an extra MPH to a prospect’s fastball.

    I mean, do you really believe the gun readings at the stadium?? They put it up near 100 mph for Joba because it adds to the mystique.

  9. Chip March 26th, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    Chad,

    If you believe any member of the Yankee staff “accidentally” shot a member of the media then I have a bridge to sell you.

  10. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus March 26th, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    Oh, oh dear!

    Ice! Ice packs!

  11. Jeff March 26th, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    CHAD CAN YOU PLEASE POST RADER GUN READINGS ON PHIL TONIGHT….THANKS

  12. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 26th, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    Chip, when did they tweak Phil’s mechanics? When he was in AAA? Either way, I think Phil or any pitcher should use the mechanics that come naturally to them. I think that’s how they will have their greatest success; why try to fit a square peg in a round hole?

  13. Mike RI March 26th, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    He drilled me in the back of the head from a dozen feet away.

    -LOL LOL thats hillarious !!

  14. Phil the Thrill March 26th, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    Both Cashman and Nardi deny that Phil’s mechanics have been changed.

  15. upstate kate March 26th, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    keep it
    that was good :)

  16. Phil the Thrill March 26th, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    btw, for whoever asked the other day: the Yanks are still in it for DePaula.

  17. Bronx Jeers March 26th, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    Please don’t tell me you went paint balling wearing just a white T-shirt! :wink:

    Was there a bulls-eye on the front as well?

  18. Keep It March 26th, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    Speaking of prospects….

    It’s been officially announced the Jason Heyward is the starting RF for the Braves.

  19. Alex March 26th, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    Joba’s mechanics have been changed though – that’s why NYYfans is so upset. And it probably accounts for his loss of velocity. Even in the pen, he maxed out at 96 (and that pitch ended up in the seats because it was flat).

  20. GreenBeret7 March 26th, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    Makes you wonder if Loopica and Sherman had been playing, just how many times they would have been shot in the back….by their own team mates? I’m guessing at least 20 times a piece.

  21. Keep It March 26th, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    *that.

  22. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 26th, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    Phil, I just wonder why there is so much conflicting information about Phil on the web; it’s very odd.

  23. CU Tiger March 26th, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    Because it is Friday … It Is High reposted the classic Cashman Hears a Hughes yesterday

    Because Cashman let his young players to mend,
    The Yankees next winter had big bucks to spend.
    So he traveled out west and fell on bended knee,
    And flirted and romanced the Mrs. C.C.
    Then managed to purchase the best one could get,
    Like Sure Thing Teixiera! Iron A.J. Burnet!

    And all of those deals happend due to the Muse,
    That told Cashman he better not peddle Phil Hughes.
    And so Hank and the Yanks would win later than sooner,
    And the Boss in the corner yelled, “LET’S GET JAY BUHNER”

  24. bsure March 26th, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    Whatever happened to proofreading, or using spell check, especially for a headline ?

    Survival of the “Fitest” . . . or is “Fitest” some sort of pun ?

  25. Phil the Thrill March 26th, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    Betsy, because some idiot on the internet got a tape of Hughes throwing two different ways, and assumed it represtented something other than an anomaly. It was picked up on by other idiots and here we sit.

  26. I like Inge March 26th, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    Bsure,

    Dude the guy just got whacked in the head and shot up with paintballs all over his body. Cut him a little slack.

  27. Crawdaddy March 26th, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    Phil,

    What is the name of that site you use in whcih you can see all the articles posted on the net about the Yankees?

  28. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter March 26th, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    Erin-

    Rubber Duckie on the iPod!

  29. murphydog March 26th, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    “Makes you wonder if Loopica and Sherman had been playing, just how many times they would have been shot in the back….by their own team mates? I’m guessing at least 20 times a piece.”

    No Lupica; a player must be “this tall” to play paintball.

    Sherman? Too cool for paintball ;)

  30. Warning Track Power March 26th, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    Sounds like a fun time. Good for you and the rest of the people who participated. I have to see a pic of Cashman with his skull n cross bones outfit.

  31. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter March 26th, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Okay-

    Coworker heard me listening to Rubber Duckie and asked me “what the f is that”??

    Evidentally, Rubber Duckie does not qualify as a timeless classic to some people :roll:

  32. Erin March 26th, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    Erica – always OPPC – Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter
    March 26th, 2010 at 2:02 pm
    Erin-

    Rubber Duckie on the iPod!

    ***********************
    Awesome! :)

  33. Erin March 26th, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    Erica – always OPPC – Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter
    March 26th, 2010 at 2:10 pm
    Okay-

    Coworker heard me listening to Rubber Duckie and asked me “what the f is that”??

    Evidentally, Rubber Duckie does not qualify as a timeless classic to some people

    ************************
    You’re kidding me! Rubber Duckie IS a classic

  34. upstate kate March 26th, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    murphydog
    where have you been hiding?

  35. blake March 26th, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    For those of you that haven’t been hit with a paintball from 12 feet away…It does not feel good.

    is the game on TV or internet tonight?

  36. Pat M. March 26th, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    Blake, No TV coverage tonight….Bummer

  37. champ809 March 26th, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    the Yanks did change Hughes mechanics when they first brought him into the organization.

    In high school he threw from more of a 3/4 arm slot and his fastball was 93-95 and his out pitch was his slider.

    The Yanks made him more of a tall and fall guys, as they do with most all their young pitchers, by raising his arm slot to be more over the top and they had him put the slider in his back pocket and develop his curve as their philosophy is that the slider puts more strain on the arm and 3/4 arm slot guys are more prone to arm injuries.

    He’s lost 1-2 mph off the fastball but his command and control improved dramatically and as a result of near perfect mechanics and repetition his fastball and curve come from the exact same slot and made his curve deadly and very hard to pick up for hitters.

    the hope with Phil is that after his stint in the pen he will keep his aggressiveness and when need be know that he has 94-96mph heat when he needs to and in spots go to it…however he can and will be very successful living 90-93 if he keeps his command in tact.

    Halladay for instance touches 94-95 when he needs to but he sits and pitches 90-93 with impeccable command…

  38. blake March 26th, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    Pat M, that’s no good. Maybe Chad can take a home video and post the footage.

  39. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter March 26th, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    Erin
    March 26th, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    You’re kidding me! Rubber Duckie IS a classic

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

    I know!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    And I am still getting made fun of

  40. GreenBeret7 March 26th, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    bsure
    March 26th, 2010 at 1:58 pm
    Whatever happened to proofreading, or using spell check, especially for a headline ?

    Survival of the “Fitest” . . . or is “Fitest” some sort of pun ?

    ————————————————————

    Or, you could just ignore it instead of being a jerk. By the way…there are no spaces between the last letters of questions and sentences and the punctuations. Just so you know.

  41. CR9 March 26th, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    Patrick March 26th, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    Cr9

    I’m on attack mode because McNabb is my favorite player and it’s completely moronic to say he’s classless.

    __

    How can McNabb be your favorite player unless you are an Eagles fan?

    If you’re an Eagles fan, that’s great, I would wish all the best to the Eagles with Vick as their Starting QB.

    It’s my right to question the classless behavior of a player.

    And, if I’m not mistaken, an actual Eagles fan (Ben) agreed with me.

  42. GreenBeret7 March 26th, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    murphydog
    March 26th, 2010 at 2:07 pm
    “Makes you wonder if Loopica and Sherman had been playing, just how many times they would have been shot in the back….by their own team mates? I’m guessing at least 20 times a piece.”

    No Lupica; a player must be “this tall” to play paintball.

    Sherman? Too cool for paintball

    ————————————————————

    Yeah, but, he does get on carnival rides and into movies for children’s prices and gets the “kids eat free when accompanied by adults” meals.

  43. Ben March 26th, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    I’ve had worse welts from paintball. Coworker shot me point blank in my leg.

  44. blake March 26th, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    Verlander vs Heyward coming up on ESPN.

  45. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 26th, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    Champ, that’s very interesting, thanks for the info! I’m eager to see how much of the bullpen mentality he takes into the starting rotation…good point about Phil being able to go with the heat if needed.

  46. murphydog March 26th, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    “murphydog
    where have you been hiding?”

    upstate kate:

    Been busy with litigation in back to back cases. Really kills your outside activities when you’re as compulsive as I am before a trial or hearing. Plus, honestly, some of the statistical warfare here a few weeks ago sapped my blogging spirit. But I’m sticking my toe back in the pool.

    Looking forward to a really great season. The more I think about it, the two most important moves may wind up being Vazquez and Chan Ho Park. Great rotation one through four and great bullpen with nice depth in the minors. Good starting pitching plus a better CF (or LF) glove in Granderson equals run prevention; that plus a solid pen shortens the game. If AJ’s changeup is for real, and he doesn’t revert to old ways under pressure this year, he could really dominate. Then they have two no. 1 starters.

    If Grandy fixes his swing against lefties, they don’t really need Gardner to become an offensive force. And I’m really liking the bench with Winn and Thames. If Nick JOhnson gets hurt, swap out Johnson for Montero and put Granderson in the 2 hole. Right now I like it a lot.

  47. Erin March 26th, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    Erica – always OPPC – Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter
    March 26th, 2010 at 2:30 pm
    Erin
    March 26th, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    You’re kidding me! Rubber Duckie IS a classic

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

    I know!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    And I am still getting made fun of

    ******************************
    Does Oscar need to pay a visit to your office? He’d set everybody straight. :)

  48. Joba Chamberlain March 26th, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    Crawdaddy

    What is the name of that site you use in whcih you can see all the articles posted on the net about the Yankees?

    ——————————

    Personally, I like this site. Is this what you are referring to?

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.c.....k-yankees/

  49. Wave Your Hat March 26th, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    “bsure
    March 26th, 2010 at 1:58 pm
    Whatever happened to proofreading, or using spell check, especially for a headline ?
    Survival of the “Fitest” . . . or is “Fitest” some sort of pun ?
    ————————————————————

    Or, you could just ignore it instead of being a jerk. By the way…there are no spaces between the last letters of questions and sentences and the punctuations. Just so you know.”

    What’s wrong with pointing out a typo?

  50. ML March 26th, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    “If AJ….doesn’t revert to old ways under pressure this year, he could really dominate.”

    Not to pick on you (cause I think the rest of your analysis is pretty good), but if I had a nickel for every time a team said that about AJ in spring training, I’d be a billionaire!

    He is what he is: an incredibly talented SP with dominant stuff who isn’t always able to harness it. So he’ll always be a bit inconsistent. Plus, he’s injury-prone, and I think he’ll hit the DL at some point this year. Luckily, we have the starter depth to deal with that this year. Thank you, Brian Cashman!

  51. Erin March 26th, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    Ledger_Yankees Cash on Joba: “I think he’s a starter.” #nyy 31 seconds ago

  52. LGY - Child Prodigy/GB7's Bestest Buddy March 26th, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    Responding to stuckey and Chip on the CC thing:

    I think Cash did a fantastic job to get CC. However a lot of luck and a lot of good fortune resulted in that. He had a ton of money coming off the books the year CC hit the market. He was also very lucky that CC was traded to a team midseason that did not have the cash to sign him to a huge deal. The prediction he made in 2008 was correct, but I do not think he was planning on signing CC for years. When he was putting together the teams in 2003, 2004, 2005, etc. I doubt he was thinking that if I do not trade for this guy or I do not develop that guy I can always get CC for 2009.

    My point was much more than getting CC but having to get CC. Santana and CC were not the only 2 options to frontline this rotation in 2008 or 2009. They could have already had a guy there. The team’s lack of a frontline starter and poor FA signings when they did try to sign a frontline starter made it so Cashman needed to get Santana or CC.

    If the choice was between those 2 I commend him for having the cojones :) to pass on Santana and risking it for CC. So while his move to pass on Santana really was very smart, he in a way created his own predicament. Considering the resources the Yankees have it is almost astonishing that in a way they had to spend $240 million. CC and AJ were not really luxuries like say Tex was. They were almost a necessity.

  53. Wave Your Hat March 26th, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    Tex was not a luxury.

  54. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 26th, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    Murphy, I love your post – very positive (yet very true).

  55. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! March 26th, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Fi-test. To see whether you are worthy of the marines.

    :)

    Okay, the prediction chart is open from now until the end of ST. If you want to get added to it, please put my name (trisha or tricia) in the post so I can be sure to find it.

    People who are already on the chart can feel free to make changes between now and the end of ST. I will put up a chart reminder from time to time between now and the end of ST.

    Chad, you, Sam, and Josh are welcome to join up.

    http://members.cox.net/lsdorgan/2010%20SEASON.pdf

  56. Erin March 26th, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Ledger_Yankees “I think when they stop talking about me then I should be worried.” Joba on the neverending debate. #nyy 2 minutes ago

    pcaldera A-Rod not on the travel roster for Lakeland tomorrow. 2 minutes ago

  57. tex's friend March 26th, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    Cash on Joba: “I think he’s a starter.”

    ???

  58. LGY - Child Prodigy/GB7's Bestest Buddy March 26th, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    One of the other peculiar things about Cashman so far and what his “legacy” will be, is that A-Rod will be a huge part of it.

    He will very likely and almost definitely go down as the best player to be a part of the Cashman era. A-Rod has been and will be a HUGE part of the success the Yankees have will reflects directly on the GM.

    However, while Cash made a great trade to get him he also wanted to let him walk after he opted out. Many criticize Hank for the $300 million contract, but it seemed at the time Cashman was ready to move on with the Yankees without A-Rod.

    While, the length of the deal is pretty crazy maybe a lot of the criticism is misplaced…

  59. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 26th, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    I almost wonder if people want AJ to go on the DL so they can prove they’re right. He’s not the same pitcher he was on Toronto or Florida as far as how he pitches or how he treats his body.

    Murphy, I believe you’re right about the change; AJ’s throwing it too much in ST, and he devoted too much time during the off-sesaon, for me to think that he’s just going to revert back to his “old ways”. He seemed disappointed in his year last year and committed to improving.

  60. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 26th, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    Geez, these Feds are really drilling Alex……

  61. tex's friend March 26th, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    If you’re an Eagles fan, that’s great, I would wish all the best to the Eagles with Vick as their Starting QB.

    ___

    Vick will not be the starter, Kolb will.

    Just an FYI.

  62. LGY - Child Prodigy/GB7's Bestest Buddy March 26th, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Wave Your Hat
    March 26th, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    Tex was not a luxury.

    ————————-

    Care to elaborate?

  63. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 26th, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Why didn’t Beltran or Reyes have to go through this?

  64. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter March 26th, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    Erin
    March 26th, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    Does Oscar need to pay a visit to your office? He’d set everybody straight.

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

    Trust me. At this point in busy season, Oscar the Grouch would fit right in with my office

  65. LGY - Child Prodigy/GB7's Bestest Buddy March 26th, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    Betsy -Romine wasn’t built in a day
    March 26th, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    Geez, these Feds are really drilling Alex……

    —————————–

    The feds are always trying to stick it to the man.

  66. Wave Your Hat March 26th, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    LGY-

    Not really, we went through it in approximately 15,000 comments last year. But to make a long story short, take Tex off the Yanks, put him on the Sox and things would look a lot different last year and this year too for that matter.

  67. Erin March 26th, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    Erica – always OPPC – Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter
    March 26th, 2010 at 2:59 pm
    Erin
    March 26th, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    Does Oscar need to pay a visit to your office? He’d set everybody straight.

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

    Trust me. At this point in busy season, Oscar the Grouch would fit right in with my office

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

  68. LGY - Child Prodigy/GB7's Bestest Buddy March 26th, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    Fair enough. You know we hate beating discussions to death here on LoHud :)

  69. blake March 26th, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    Damon is on TV Erica.

  70. CR9 March 26th, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    tex’s friend

    Probably, but I’d be surprised if they did not have a QB competition in camp.

  71. Smarty Pants March 26th, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    So part of his legacy won’t be the three repeat championships from 98-00? It won’t be all about A-Rod. Just because you’re obsessed with him doesn’t mean that’s what the intelligent people feel…

  72. tex's friend March 26th, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    I hope we pummel boston next sunday night. You think they will start Lester on Opening Day since he is a lefty?

  73. Keep It March 26th, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    Being a GM sometimes takes high risk/high reward. Cashman played his cards right with CC. He knew what he was doing.

    The Tigers have raised a frontline starter, as of the Mariners, and the Royals? How are they doing?

    When you have the funds, sometimes it’s better to buy the talent than raise it yourself. Yankees have that luxury.

  74. Keep It March 26th, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    *as have

  75. Alex March 26th, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    Probably because Reyes/Beltran do not have backgrounds dealing with shady people and/or performance-enhancing drugs.

    Same reason why the coverage of these guys is not equal.

  76. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter March 26th, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    blake
    March 26th, 2010 at 3:05 pm
    Damon is on TV Erica.

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

    Blow him a kiss for me!!!!!!

    I am stuck at work for the rest of my life. There is no tv here!

  77. Jay March 26th, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    I can see this Boston series being rough for us.

    CC never gets off to a good start. Remember his start in Baltimore last year? Whereas Beckett seems to have gotten off hot the last few years.

    AJ bombed in Fenway last year and has gotten inconsistent work in the Spring. I could see him coming out of the gate slow.

    Andy has always been a guy who gets better as the year goes on, don’t remember him being a fast starter.

    Just find a way to take 1 game and move on.

  78. Frank & Beans Go Kentucky March 26th, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    Wow Joe Torre would make a great baseball comish.

  79. m March 26th, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    tex’s friend,

    Checked out PeteAbe last night, and he had a blurb about everyone being on the travel roster–even Beckett.

    Pete said that was a giveaway (slip) that Beckett was going to get the call on opening night, as their last spring training game is the night before.

  80. tk March 26th, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    “Geez, these Feds are really drilling Alex……”

    Where are you seeing the questions??

  81. tex's friend March 26th, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    I can see this Boston series being rough for us.

    __

    on the flip side, we hit beckett pretty well, lackey does not pitch well at fenway, and lester (usually pitches well against us, but not the last couple times or so).

    I think we can hang in there.

  82. Erin March 26th, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    Joelsherman1 A-Rod in building, back from feds in buffalo, may play tonight about 1 minute ago

  83. Rishi March 26th, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    Joelsherman1 A-Rod in building, back from feds in buffalo, may play tonight
    3 minutes ago via UberTwitter

  84. tex's friend March 26th, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Joelsherman1 A-Rod in building, back from feds in buffalo, may play tonight

    ___

    must be all drilled out.

  85. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 26th, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    tk, if Alex is not playing tomorrow, I’m assuming he’s going to be stuck in Buffalo answering questions for a 2nd day; I assume that means they’re drilling him.

  86. m March 26th, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    Also, they know Beckett will throw a hissy fit if he’s not the “ace”. And he’s throwing well. And Lester hasn’t been as dominant as he was in ’08 (?).

  87. vb03 March 26th, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    Bosux need to kiss Beckett’s behind so he’ll resign with them, so he’ll likely be the Opening Day starter.

  88. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 26th, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    LOL Are you kidding me? I just get through semi-fretting about this and here comes Alex?

  89. ML March 26th, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    Betsy,

    That’s ridiculous. I predict that an injury prone player will become injured this year and you suggest that I’m ROOTING for an injury?

    Just because I disagree with you doesn’t make me evil. I would love for AJ to have an injury free Cy Young season. But I don’t expect it.

    Every player on the team is not going to have a career year. The Yanks are not going to go 162-0. And saying that does not mean that I’m hoping they lose so I can be proven right!

  90. Chad Jennings March 26th, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    “Fitest” happens when you have an hour to get to your hotel room, write a blog, take a shower, grab a sandwich, get back to the stadium and be in the clubhouse when it opens.

    It’s a bad typo and I don’t mind someone pointing it out, but I’m not going to beat myself up over this one. It happens.

  91. SJ44 March 26th, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    He probably wasn’t scheduled to go to Lakeland.

    Isn’t he back in Tampa?

  92. Erin March 26th, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    Betsy -Romine wasn’t built in a day
    March 26th, 2010 at 3:23 pm
    LOL Are you kidding me? I just get through semi-fretting about this and here comes Alex?

    ************************
    LOL See, it wasn’t nearly as bad as you thought it was! ;)

  93. tk March 26th, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    “tk, if Alex is not playing tomorrow, I’m assuming he’s going to be stuck in Buffalo answering questions for a 2nd day; I assume that means they’re drilling him.”

    Oh, I gotcha. Looks like he just got out, so that’s good. Hopefully this stuff has pretty much run its course, I’m so ready for the season to start.

  94. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 26th, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    Wow, calm down ML. I wasn’t even directing my post at you specifically – are you paranoid? I have seen a zillion posts on different boards predicting that AJ will suffer some trauma that will land him on the DL. Forgive me if I get a little tired of people assuming that AJ’s going to fall apart or that he’s the only one that could get injured. I can’t take you seriously when you imply that I called you evil, lol.

  95. m March 26th, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    Chad,

    If you beat yourself up over every typo, you’d look like you just got pummeled in paintball!

  96. Joe from Long Island March 26th, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    chad – sounds like you were beat up in paintball.

    I don’t get the “sport”. Sounds brutal.

  97. stuckey (”its ok to agree to disagree”) March 26th, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    “However a lot of luck and a lot of good fortune resulted in that. ”

    I think you could say the same about “developing” young pitcher… probably more so. Probably much more so…

    “My point was much more than getting CC but having to get CC. Santana and CC were not the only 2 options to frontline this rotation in 2008 or 2009. They could have already had a guy there. The team’s lack of a frontline starter and poor FA signings when they did try to sign a frontline starter made it so Cashman needed to get Santana or CC.”

    Well, I’m not certain the Yankees would have passed on CC Sabathia under anything but the Atlanta Brave mid/late 90′s circumstances, but also bear in mind part of the “need” you describe was certainly exasperated by a consecutive 19 game winner suffering a freak accident. As well as Phil Hughes funky injury history.

    What if Christian Garcia was healthy?

    There are many circumstances where Sabathia becomes a uniquely Yankees want or luxury, rather than what I agree was last year a “need”, circumstances I don’t necessarily think you can blame Brian Cashman for.

    “Considering the resources the Yankees have it is almost astonishing that in a way they had to spend $240 million. CC and AJ were not really luxuries like say Tex was. They were almost a necessity.”

    Other than done something different to prevent injuries to Wang, and Hughes and prospects like Christian Garcia and Ian Kennedy, what do you propose he should have done?

  98. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 26th, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    Chad, you shouldn’t even respond to these people. It’s not a bad typo, it’s just a typo; we forgive you, lol.

  99. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter March 26th, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    Chad Jennings
    March 26th, 2010 at 3:24 pm
    “Fitest” happens when you have an hour to get to your hotel room, write a blog, take a shower, grab a sandwich, get back to the stadium and be in the clubhouse when it opens.

    It’s a bad typo and I don’t mind someone pointing it out, but I’m not going to beat myself up over this one. It happens.

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

    You don’t have to explain yourself.

  100. MTU (aka GBURL) March 26th, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    The season hasn’t even started and there are people already worried about the Sox ?

    May I remind all the type A’s that we started last season against the Sox 0-8 and by the time the season had ended what had happened ?

    And we won the WS right ?

    If you need something to worry about Hope that Mo, Posada, A-rod, and Jeter all stay healthy this season.

    Otherwise just sit back and enjoy the ride to 28. ;)

  101. Frank & Beans Go Kentucky March 26th, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    Chad Jennings
    March 26th, 2010 at 3:24 pm
    “Fitest” happens when you have an hour to get to your hotel room, write a blog, take a shower, grab a sandwich, get back to the stadium and be in the clubhouse when it opens.

    It’s a bad typo and I don’t mind someone pointing it out, but I’m not going to beat myself up over this one. It happens.

    YOU TELL THEM SIR!!!

    Chad is awesome. Get off his back

  102. tk March 26th, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    “And Lester hasn’t been as dominant as he was in ‘08 (?).”

    I think your other reasons are more to the point. Lester was beastly last year. His ERA was up a tick, but he increased his K/9 from 6.5 to almost 10. Fielding independent metrics suggest his ERA should have been lower in 2009 than 2008. BOS really hit it big with Lester, without him they would have little chance of making the playoffs.

  103. Erin March 26th, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    Joe from Long Island
    March 26th, 2010 at 3:28 pm
    chad – sounds like you were beat up in paintball.

    I don’t get the “sport”. Sounds brutal.

    ************************
    I don’t get it either.

    A couple of my friends in high school were obsessed with paintball. They’d go every weekend. They even went to a tournament where William Shatner was playing. lol

  104. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 26th, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    Erin, I think someone is trying to teach me a lesson – not to be so darn negative. Boy, it’s a hard thing to overcome.

  105. Erin March 26th, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    New Post: Still waiting for a lineup

  106. ML March 26th, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    LGY,

    You’re right on in your analysis of The Cash Man and starters. He failed to maintain the rotation in the mid 00′s, which led to the 04 collapse and subsequent 1st round losses for which Torre took the fall. Then he righted the ship by not panicking for Santana and signing Pettitte, Sabathia and AJ.

    But I don’t think he will be tied to ARod. ESPECIALLY since it’s well known that he didn’t want to resign him. Which may still be proven wise. We can’t judge ARod’s deal until it’s completed. The out years are scary. If he can’t stay healthy into his 40′s, the Yanks will be stuck with a monster contract.

  107. stuckey (”its ok to agree to disagree”) March 26th, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    “Considering the resources the Yankees have it is almost astonishing that in a way they had to spend $240 million. CC and AJ were not really luxuries like say Tex was. They were almost a necessity.”

    Btw – this sounds to me like a argument that not only should the Yankees at least play in the World Series every year, but every off-season they should be so well-stocked that trades and free agent acquisitions should almost be a afterthought, or building on a strength.

    Seriously, the NY Yankees can NEVER have a weakness or need, ever?

  108. m March 26th, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    tk,

    Thanks for that.

  109. ML March 26th, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    Betsy,

    I know you weren’t speaking specifically of me, but my point applies to anyone who you wish to tar with that brush. Why would anyone be rooting for him to get hurt?

    I just think that questioning people’s motives instead of refuting their opinions is a cheap shot.

  110. S.o.S. March 26th, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    I once got hit in the neck paint balling and it immediately turned into a hickey. Try explaining a guys day out to paint ball turns into coming home with a blood clot on the neck. Not an easy task. Lots of if you loved me you would…

  111. tk March 26th, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    “If you need something to worry about Hope that Mo, Posada, A-rod, and Jeter all stay healthy this season.”

    You nailed it MTU. Going into the season this team looks absolutely stacked. I think one could make a pretty good argument the Yanks have the league’s best rotation and bullpen. I think the offense would have to be considered the best. You can’t really argue the defense will be the best, but it was respectable last year and should be even better this year, considering the upgrade from Damon to Gardner and Melky to Granderson, in addition to having a healthy A-Rod. So until we start seeing injures, I’m with you…no worries.


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