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Right and wrong: The infield

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

Quick quiz: Who’s second on the Yankees in RBI this season? Alex Rodriguez leads team with 32. Second most belongs to Mark Teixeira who has 30. That tells you a little bit of how worthless RBI is as a statistic, but it also tells you that Teixeira has done some things to help this team win even when he’s off to a horrible start.

Yankees Red Sox BaseballWhat’s gone right?

Robinson Cano
Derek Jeter has shown some signs of life recently, and Rodriguez started showing some power this month, but the Yankees early season MVP is clearly their second baseman. Cano is a very, very good baseball player and he’s shown it with his glove and his bat. He’s hit for power, he’s hit for average and he’s even shown some occasional patience at the plate.

A lot of teams would gladly take a .276 average and four home runs from their shortstop, but this is clearly not the best of Jeter. Seven hits in his past four games, though, might be a sign of things to come. Rodriguez was hitless yesterday, but seven of his past nine games included multiple hits.

Other bright spots: The infield defense has been very good; If we’re counting catcher in this group then Jorge Posada’s hitting has been a definite plus; Jeter’s month of April; Teixeira’s three-home run game; We’ll get more into the greatness of Francisco Cervelli in a post about the bench.

What’s gone wrong?

Mark Teixeira
If we’re counting Posada and Nick Johnson among the infielders — and I guess we are because I’m not planning a post for catchers and DH’s — then those injuries certainly fall into this category, but ultimately Teixeira is the easily the headliner of the What’s Gone Wrong Club.

Earlier this month, Teixeira seemed to have really turned a corner. He was finally crushing the ball again, and doing it against the Red Sox. Then he went cold, just like he’d been the whole month of April. I’m sure everyone expects Teixeira to turn this thing around, but so far Ramiro Pena has a higher batting average.

Other problem areas: Jeter’s recent slump; Rodriguez’s slow start; Johnson’s awful start to the season and seemingly inevitable injury; Posada’s bizarre series of knee, calf and foot injuries.

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137 Responses to “Right and wrong: The infield”

  1. Patrick May 24th, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    The all-star game means something, its in the best interests of the fans to send the best players for their league.

    Thats why I only vote by wRC+ and ngUZR

    —-

    Who should go to the all-star game? let me go get my spreadsheets

  2. upstate kate May 24th, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    remember last year when at one point GGBG had more HR than big Papi? How did that end up? I have no doubt Tex will get hot again, I just hope it is soon.

  3. Jerkface May 24th, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    VORP is the second most fun Sabr stat to say, closely behind WOBA.

    1. WOBA
    2. VORP
    3. FIP
    4. DIPS
    5. DERP

    Were I to see a stunning girl on the street, I often find myself saying “Woba Woba! Check out the DIPS on her!” vorp!

  4. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 24th, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    Jerkface

    What is DIPS and DERP? Suprisingly, I know the first 3. :oops:

  5. Chip May 24th, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    I’m surprised. I figured the Yankees would put Christian Garcia on the 60 Day DL but did not think they would take the step of releasing him as they did.

    It’s sad, I’ve always been a big fan of Garcia – thought that he could emerge as the closer of the future for this club. If ever there was a player who was derailed by injuries it was Garcia.

    I remember a couple of years ago when he and Hughes were both in the system and there was a thinking that Garcia would actually emerge as the better pitcher. Hughes was the more polished product but Garcia was just filthy on the mound with is raw stuff.

    Best of luck to him in whatever comes next.

  6. Patrick May 24th, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    I’ve never even heard of DERP but that’s easily the most fun to say

  7. randy l. May 24th, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    “Were I to see a stunning girl on the street, I often find myself saying “Woba Woba!”

    which may explain why you are on here so much on friday and saturday nights :)

  8. Nick in SF May 24th, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    Tex got 29 of those RBIs in one game.

    And Erica probably sat him that week.

    :(

  9. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter May 24th, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    Jerkface May 24th, 2010 at 4:09 pm
    VORP is the second most fun Sabr stat to say, closely behind WOBA.

    1. WOBA
    2. VORP
    3. FIP
    4. DIPS
    5. DERP

    Were I to see a stunning girl on the street, I often find myself saying ?Woba Woba! Check out the DIPS on her!? vorp!

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

    How well does that work out for you :-)

  10. Patrick May 24th, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    Ho-ho! Shin-Soo Choo doesn’t belong in the allstar game you say? Let me get my warp vorp morp spreadsheets to prove you wrong!

  11. Jerkface May 24th, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    DIPS is like FIP in that its a defense independent pitching stat, and DERP I made up! But was featured in this article: http://www.baseballprospectus......cleid=2789

  12. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter May 24th, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    Nick in SF May 24th, 2010 at 4:13 pm
    Tex got 29 of those RBIs in one game.

    And Erica probably sat him that week.

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

    I have had him active every week until now

    Patrick should be THANKING Lohud. He probably masterminded the Lohud peer pressure attack!

  13. Jerkface May 24th, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    How well does that work out for you

    Fip :x

  14. Chip May 24th, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    I think we’re seeing a trickle effect in the lineup.

    Jeter and Tex are slumping and Brett is trying to do too much – meaning he’s being less selective and chasing pitches (much like Melky did when he was pushed up in the lineup in 2008.

    At the bottom, you have Swisher who is a .240 hitter coming back to earth, Winn is cooked (in fact I think the Yankees might release him and keep Russo at this point when Granderson comes back) and so on.

    What I would consider doing, at least until Granderson gets back, is go with the following lineup:

    Jeter
    Swisher
    Tex
    Alex
    Cano
    Thames/Miranda – DH
    Cervelli
    Gardner
    Russo

  15. Patrick May 24th, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    The only thing I masterminded on this blog was the massive derail about hot men/women over 40. What a trainwreck that was.

  16. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) May 24th, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    Actually, Derp is from South Park – you stole that from Trey and Matt, Jerkface :mad:

  17. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 24th, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    Jerkface -

    You never should have said DIPS and DERPS. I can never take you seriously again!!! :)

    What is the difference between fielding independent and defense independent? If you say none, I will scream!!!!!

  18. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! May 24th, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    A song has been going through my mind all day. I never knew all of the lyrics but always really liked the music. Then it hit me that it can almost be a euphemism for what’s happening right now with the Yankees and what fans need to do to put it in its proper place.

    It’s Hazy Shade of Winter by Simon and Garfunkel and here are the relevant lyrics.

    Hear the salvation army band
    Down by the riverside, it’s bound to be a better ride
    Than what you’ve got planned
    Carry your cup in your hand
    And look around, leaves are brown now
    And the sky is a hazy shade of winter

    Hang on to your hopes, my friend
    That’s an easy thing to say, but if your hope should pass away
    It’s simply pretend
    That you can build them again
    Look around, the grass is high
    The fields are ripe, it’s the springtime of my life

    Kind of do whatever you have to do to hang on through the rough patches and fake yourself out if you have to, because soon enough you’ll have that faith restored. If the Yankees bring you to it, they will get you through it.

  19. Jerkface May 24th, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    Actually, Derp is from South Park ? you stole that from Trey and Matt, Jerkface

    Woba, now, Betsy. Derp has been an onomatopoeia since humans of a low faculty uttered their guttural howlings!

  20. Patrick May 24th, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    Oh man I just checked my fantasy baseball team and saw I barely lost this week. Then I noticed that I had Mike Napoli and Jason Heyward sitting on the bench. 60 points from two players on the bench :(

  21. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter May 24th, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    Patrick May 24th, 2010 at 4:15 pm
    The only thing I masterminded on this blog was the massive derail about hot men/women over 40. What a trainwreck that was.
    ***************

    LOL. A mistake I am sure you will never repeat

  22. Jerkface May 24th, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    What is the difference between fielding independent and defense independent? If you say none, I will scream!!!!!

    FIP is basically created with your HR, K, and BB rates. DIPs uses weighted formula that includes percentage of LD, GB, and FB hit as well!

  23. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) May 24th, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    I think you’re thinking of BURP, not DERP – but DERP is a funny word. I say it in a particularly funny way :)

  24. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter May 24th, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    Patrick May 24th, 2010 at 4:17 pm
    Oh man I just checked my fantasy baseball team and saw I barely lost this week. Then I noticed that I had Mike Napoli and Jason Heyward sitting on the bench. 60 points from two players on the bench
    ******************

    Don’t feel so bad. My best pitchers for the week were also sitting on the bench.

    I also had like 3 more starts than my opponent.

    I got completely crushed this week :mad:

    I blame Joe Girardi

  25. Patrick May 24th, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    Jerkface the only dip around here is you

  26. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter May 24th, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    Jerkface May 24th, 2010 at 4:19 pm
    What is the difference between fielding independent and defense independent? If you say none, I will scream!!!!!

    FIP is basically created with your HR, K, and BB rates. DIPs uses weighted formula that includes percentage of LD, GB, and FB hit as well!
    **************

    FIP sounds like a soda

  27. Patrick May 24th, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    LOL. A mistake I am sure you will never repeat

    Indeed.. I have to come up with a new master plan to end all baseball conversation on the blog!

  28. Jerkface May 24th, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    Jerkface the only dip around here is you

    :x fORC :x

  29. Jerkface May 24th, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    FIP sounds like a soda

    Well, I’m sure you’ll love rad new xFIP. Now with splenda!

  30. miggs May 24th, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    Trisha!

    What’s up?

    Haven’t seen you on here in awhile.

    Hope all is well up there in red sox country!

  31. Patrick May 24th, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    Prince Fielder is very Vorpulent

  32. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter May 24th, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    Patrick May 24th, 2010 at 4:21 pm
    LOL. A mistake I am sure you will never repeat

    ?

    Indeed.. I have to come up with a new master plan to end all baseball conversation on the blog!

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

    Non-baseball talk is my specialty!!!

  33. Wave Your Hat May 24th, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    trisha-

    You are misinterpreting that song IMO. The relevant metaphor is not cyclical with the winter giving way to spring but linear in which springtime is birth and winter is death.

    In which case it’s not a very good song to call our attention to right now, for those of us to whom “simply pretending” does not come easily.

  34. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 24th, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    Jerkface -

    Is DIPS then figured on they hit ‘em where they ain’t? Or does one need to examine UZR first? If someone catches those GB,LD and FB, then they’re not DIPS are they?

    And I guess that DERP thing really isn’t going to be working out for Torre any time soon, is it????? :lol:

  35. Patrick from CT May 24th, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    Posada being hurt and Tex stinking are the problems on the infield.
    Nick Johnson has been replace by Miranda and Thames. I think it’s a good thing Thames will get some DH at bats rather than being in the OF.

  36. Jerkface May 24th, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    Is DIPS then figured on they hit ?em where they ain?t? Or does one need to examine UZR first? If someone catches those GB,LD and FB, then they?re not DIPS are they?

    Actually I was mistaken. There is a pitching stat which includes LD/GB/FB but its only for the purpose of looking at how many each pitcher gets, because obviously LD are worse than GB and you want more GBs than FBs and blah blah blah. DIPs is just a more complicated FIP.

    http://www.baseballthinkfactor.....sexpl.html

  37. miggs May 24th, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    Off topic….

    Subway Series crowds @ Citi were the most electric and raucous I have seen/heard since game 6 of the WS last year.

    Just powerful energy and people having a great time.

    I am close friends with the Mets bullpen catcher so he got us seats where all the player’s families sit.

    Jeff Francoer’s wife dropped a hot dog on me (luckily she hadn’t put any ketchup or mustard on it yet). She’s a really nice girl although she couldn’t possibly be a day older than 22 (good for Francoer). I had a great conversation with Pagan’s wife on her husband’s recent success. Just funny sitting near all those families and catching bits and pieces of the conversations.

    I took a picture with Jerry Seinfeld, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Matthew Broderick who were sitting in the suite directly to the left of us. Really really nice people and they had all their kids at the game.

    Lots of fun but obviously ended with a Yankees loss that night.

  38. Patrick May 24th, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    Non-baseball talk is my specialty!!!

    Favorite sesame street character?

    Mine is easily cookie monster

  39. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 24th, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    Jerkface -

    So I went to that link. My eyes are now crossed. :)

    But it was hysterical to see at the bottom of the post, “I hope this was clear. If not, send me an e-mail.” What should I do????? :lol:

  40. Patrick May 24th, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    That’s pretty cool miggs. How is Francoeur’s wife? She’s gotta be hot right?

  41. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 24th, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    miggs -

    Wow – sounds like you had a nice night in spite of the final score. :)

    But why “good for Francoeur” based on her age?????????????????? :evil:

  42. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 24th, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    miggs -

    See what you’re going to start??? :roll:

  43. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 24th, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    For anyone who wasn’t around this morning, I wanted to announce that I have to cancel GTLU tomorrow. I forgot about a doctor’s appointment that is about an hour and a half away from home, and from there I have to drive another 2 hours to White Plains and won’t be home till 8 pm at the earliest.

    The only way I could do it is if I do it from 8:30 to 10 in the morning, and honestly, I would prefer not to.

  44. Patrick May 24th, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    Doreen,

    What guy doesn’t want a younger good looking woman?

    Also, Jeff is only 26 so having a 22 year old wife isn’t a big deal…

    And I’m around both of their ages so it’s not gross for me to ask if she was hot. So there.

  45. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter May 24th, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    Patrick May 24th, 2010 at 4:33 pm
    Non-baseball talk is my specialty!!!

    ?

    Favorite sesame street character?

    Mine is easily cookie monster
    *************

    Cookie Monster is awesome
    But Ernie is my favorite.

  46. miggs May 24th, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    Patrick-

    Let’s just say she wasn’t unattractive. I would say more but I then run the risk of inciting the wrath of the female contingent on this blog.

    Although I find it puzzling that the women on this blog can talk about how hot a player is and its ok.

    Eh what the heck. She was blazing. There, I said it!

    Pagan’s wife was pretty amazing too and she spoke surprisingly good english.

  47. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter May 24th, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    Doreen-

    If you want, I can start the GTLU festivities for you at 1:30 and close the game at 4

  48. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter May 24th, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    miggs-

    Umm, lately its not “the women” talking about the hottness of players. Its one person.

    Who is male

  49. Patrick May 24th, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    Thanks miggs :)

    Erica,

    I also love the Yip Yips

  50. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! May 24th, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    “You are misinterpreting that song IMO. ”

    Wave, I put my own interpretation on it, which is why I just picked out the lyrics I did! And I took some poetic license and just kind of expanded the “simply pretend” concept to mean do whatever you need to do in the in-between time because –

    (drum roll)

    Look around, the grass is high
    The fields are ripe, it?s the springtime of my life

    The Yankees will prevail.

    :)

  51. miggs May 24th, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    Doreen-

    Without getting too personal… is everything alright?

    Seems like a long way to drive to see a doctor.

    Again, I’m not trying to invade your privacy and feel free to decline to answer, just wanted to express my concern if its something serious.

  52. Mike CA May 24th, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    Are you still accepting GTLU for tonight? No offical lineup is posted yet so hopefully I can get it in quickly.

    Jeter SS
    Gardner CF
    Tex 1B
    ARod 3B
    Cano 2B
    Swish RF
    Miranda DH
    Cervelli C
    Russo LF

  53. Jerkface May 24th, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    In terms of lyrical meaning equating to the Yankees, the winner is Queen – Princes of the (Yankee) Universe

    Here we are, born to be kings
    We’re the princes of the universe
    Here we belong, fighting to survive
    In a world with the darkest powers, heh
    And here we are, we’re the princes of the universe
    Here we belong, fighting for survival
    We’ve come to be the rulers of you all

  54. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 24th, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    Patrick -

    I’m just busting chops. :)

  55. miggs May 24th, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    Oh and one more thing.

    Razor Shine’s kids (Met’s 1st base coach) are total brats. In case anyone was wondering.

  56. Andrew May 24th, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    Mike CA I think you are going to win GTLU tonight.

  57. Jerkface May 24th, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    Razor Shine?s kids (Met?s 1st base coach) are total brats. In case anyone was wondering.

    What are their names? Sun and Moon?

    Monkey? :x

  58. Wave Your Hat May 24th, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    “Are you still accepting GTLU for tonight? No offical lineup is posted yet so hopefully I can get it in quickly.”

    You probably have more time than you think…

  59. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! May 24th, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    Hey Miggs! I don’t get to come around so much during the day. I’ve got quite a few things going on now. I make the as sumption that people who can be here 24-7 either are out of work or have pretty sweet jobs! Plus I not worried about the Yankees so can’t see spending time talking about who should be traded or why the Yankees won’t win this year.

    :)

  60. Patrick May 24th, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    Jerkface,

    Nice one, reminds me of the Moonunit Zappa joke from Austin Powers 2.

  61. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter May 24th, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    Andrew May 24th, 2010 at 4:50 pm
    Mike CA I think you are going to win GTLU tonight.
    *************

    LOL

  62. miggs May 24th, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    Doreen-

    Ok I have to choose my words carefully here. Most men (if they are moderately attractive or able to draw interest from attractive women) tend to find themselves lured towards women anywhere from their age to significantly younger depending upon personal preference.

    Personally, I want my wife to look great for as long as possible and I have a much better chance of that happening if I choose a women that is younger than myself who takes good care of herself.

    I will now put on my full body armor as I anticipate an onslaught from the females on this blog.

  63. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter May 24th, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    Jerkface May 24th, 2010 at 4:46 pm
    In terms of lyrical meaning equating to the Yankees, the winner is Queen ? Princes of the (Yankee) Universe

    Here we are, born to be kings
    We?re the princes of the universe
    Here we belong, fighting to survive
    In a world with the darkest powers, heh
    And here we are, we?re the princes of the universe
    Here we belong, fighting for survival
    We?ve come to be the rulers of you all
    ***************

    Is this when I start typing lyrics to “Eye of the Tiger”??

  64. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! May 24th, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    Here we are, born to be kings
    We?re the princes of the universe
    Here we belong, fighting to survive
    In a world with the darkest powers, heh
    And here we are, we?re the princes of the universe
    Here we belong, fighting for survival
    We?ve come to be the rulers of you all

    OH MY GOD THAT ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  65. austinmac May 24th, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    Jerkface–My son played on a select team with Razor’s son. Razor is a good guy, and boy could he keep the 14 year old boys in line. His son plays at Oklahoma State, or at least did, until he got hurt this year.

  66. stayorgo May 24th, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    Is Cr-9 dead

    I am wishin’’ and hopin’’ and thinkin’’ and prayin’’

  67. austinmac May 24th, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    Miggs–Is this the time you should suggest men age more gracefully than women? :)

  68. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 24th, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    miggs -

    I happen to be a vain female who comes by the vanity naturally (both my grandmothers were very careful about their appearance for most of their lives). So I can’t fault you.

    However I hope you take care of yourself in turn? So that those lovely ladies will want to be seen with you??????????

    :)

  69. randy l. May 24th, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    “Then it hit me that it can almost be a euphemism for what’s happening right now with the Yankees and what fans need to do to put it in its proper place.”

    trisha-

    a song about the hazy shade of winter

    patchy snow on the ground

    trisha it’s spring

    and oh by he way, ian kennedy still isn’t a yankee.

    keep trying though.

    you’re bound to get something that makes sense just by trial and error.

  70. Nick in SF May 24th, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    Lack of inspirational song lyrics killed us in 2008.

    Why didn’t anyone care then? :(

  71. stayorgo May 24th, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    Trisha -

    Die

  72. Nick in SF May 24th, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    Oooooh, blog synchonicity! That’s a song too!

    “A connecting principle
    Linked to the invisible
    Almost imperceptible
    Something inexpressible
    Science insusceptible
    Logic so inflexible
    Causally connectable
    Yet nothing is invincible”

  73. miggs May 24th, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    Austinmac I am NOT going there. lol.

    Doreen notice in my post I specified men with the ability to draw interest from attractive women. Some guys need to just take what they get.

    And yes I can tell by the pics on your blog that you do take good care of yourself.

  74. miggs May 24th, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    Ok gotta run.

    Catch you guys later.

  75. joelh May 24th, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    Jerkface May 24th, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    VORP is the second most fun Sabr stat to say, closely behind WOBA.

    1. WOBA
    2. VORP
    3. FIP
    4. DIPS
    5. DERP

    —————————————————————————–
    Ufff!!

    I have no idea what any of that means and I have no plans on looking it up either! :D

    Jerkface do you post at Nomaas?

  76. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter May 24th, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    “Its the eye of the tiger
    Its the thrill of the fight
    Rising up to the challenge of our rival
    And the last known survivor stalks his prey in the night
    And he’s watching us all in the eye of the tiger”

  77. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter May 24th, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    Nick in SF May 24th, 2010 at 4:59 pm
    Lack of inspirational song lyrics killed us in 2008.

    Why didn?t anyone care then?

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

    I followed the blog then, but I was petrified of the comments section.

    Still am a little sometimes……

  78. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! May 24th, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    Here’s what I think. Let the guys express their views on women, as long as they are not vulgar or graphic in the expression, and let women express their views on men – same thing goes.

    I admit I’m not always comfortable with discussion of the opposite gender when it seems to be objectifying the opposite sex – talking about body parts that are considered sexual for instance. I own up to having been taken with Francisco Cervelli’s eyes.

    Miggs – you are exactly right that women here do talk about players they consider hot. Because of that I can’t see anything wrong with men talking about women they consider hot. Hot of course is in the eye of the beholder. Some men might find airheads 20 years their junior desirable while others might think that highly intelligent older women are where it’s at. That’s why there are so many flavors of ice cream, or something like that.

  79. pat May 24th, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    miggs

    Many women can appreciate a women who is “blazing” and take no offense to guys saying that.

    The details that sometimes follow the “blazing” is where things go awry. :wink:

  80. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 24th, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    miggs -

    I’m not above the fray – I preferred to date attractive men who were a bit older, and who had a healthy sense of ambition, intelligence, a sense of humor and kindness of manner. I got really, really lucky with my husband. :)

  81. Jerkface May 24th, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    Jerkface do you post at Nomaas?

    Once upon a time.

    And the last known survivor stalks his prey in the night | this lyric is ‘hell yea’ amazing :x

  82. Sey May 24th, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    Remember… Girardi is the ASG manager. He can take some players with him like Torre did.

  83. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter May 24th, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    Jerkface May 24th, 2010 at 5:07 pm
    Jerkface do you post at Nomaas?

    ?

    Once upon a time.

    And the last known survivor stalks his prey in the night | this lyric is ?hell yea? amazing
    ***************

    Last summer at a party, I did a kareoke version of “Eye of the Tiger” that absolutely brought the house down!

  84. stayorgo May 24th, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    Trisha -

    Cr-9 is a fa gg ot.

    What about that.

    He cannot be allowed to post that crap here.

  85. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! May 24th, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    “Trisha -

    Die”

    Hmmm. Interesting command. The only thing I see dying are the zeroes that play in fenway who are playing so far over their heads right now it isn’t funny but will manage to do what they did in last year’s postseason – making total as*es of themselves when it counts the most! So they will be the ones who are dying. Hope you’ll take second best!

    :)

  86. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 24th, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    At this point I’d rather Girardi let his guys rest and burn out some Devil Rays!!!! :lol:

    (Sort of kidding)

  87. Jerkface May 24th, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    Very convuluted riposte there.

  88. Jerkface May 24th, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    convoluted :x

  89. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter May 24th, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    Leaving work soon-

    Bye for now everyone!

  90. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! May 24th, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    The song I will always equate with the Yankees – We Are The Champions. I will never forget the montage that CBS (?) put together after the Yankees won the 1998 World Series. They used We Are The Champions as the background music. Seriously I can still get choked up thinking about it. I bet that has to be archived somewhere (the entire montage). I’d love to see that again.

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

    Off Topic but in case anyone has heard of this. I was looking up music and found a free download from something called iMesh. I downloaded it, it’s a free service, and you can download any song out there! Something is making me uncomfortable about this because I thought there was some kind of problem with downloading songs from the internet. I figured at some point I was going to be asked to join something and pay – but it didn’t happen. Has anyone heard of iMesh?

  91. SAS May 24th, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    Hi All,

    Just returned from the City and running errands. I turn on LoHud and find out most people on here today are enjoying themselves and not being mean. Kind of nice for a change. A couple of things I would like to add.

    1. I haven’t voted for the All Star Game players yet because I need our ‘boys’ to improve, i.e. Tex
    2. I thought this was an English speaking blog, but no we have to learn a new language…VORP,
    DIPS, DERP, etc.
    3. My grandson loves Elmo, so I do too

  92. Jerkface May 24th, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    2. I thought this was an English speaking blog, but no we have to learn a new language?VORP,
    DIPS, DERP, etc.

    As RBIs (ribbies) and the ole ERA have made the lexicon, some day soon it will be filled with the song of VORP.

  93. I Collect Brett Gardner Cards May 24th, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    Funny, I was reading an article in the Denver post about the Rockies needing to bench Todd Helton.

    hes hitting 269
    1hr
    9 rbis
    343 slugging

    so tex dont seem so bad in comparison. lol

  94. MTU (aka GBURL) May 24th, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    Since it is not possible to watch the Yankees tonite it’s time to go to plan “B”.

    What is plan “B” ?

    It’s watching the Rays and Sox bash each others brains in knowing full well that whoever wins or loses still benefits us.

    That’s what you call win-win. :)

  95. Jerkface May 24th, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    Todd Helton:

    .269 .393 .343 28 BB, 23 K

    vs

    .209 .327 .378 28 BB, 37 K

    I think I’d take Todd, who would probably be a lot more helpful in our lineup than Tex. Being that he gets on base and hits for a decent average.

    but of course in the long run, you go with Tex!

  96. pistol pete May 24th, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    We need a bat, now, our outfield/dh position is short a bat since Johnson’s departure. Can’t wait for him, he’ll never come back this year, if he does he’ll only get hurt again. Go get Ichiro, he 36 makes 17m has 2 yrs left on his contract and Seattle is going nowhere, furthermore they’ll lose Lee next year and be even worse. He solves the outfield problem, has speed, could hit one or two and allow Gardner to be protected at the bottom of the order. He’s also allow a rotating dh. Imaging Jeter, Ichiro, Tex, Arod, Cano, Posada, Granderson, Swisher, and Gardner. Longer lineup, less pressure on Swisher and Gardner, allows Granderson to thrive near the bottom and Posada plenty of days off with Cervelli catching a couple times a week. Makes the bench better, too. We’d get rid of Winn but still have Cervelli, Thames, Pena for the bench. I think Seattle would deal, they stink, are going nowhere and could dump a high salary aged player and use the money next year to get younger. If the Yankees are going to compete this year they need a bat, the lineup just isn’t long enough, missed veterans they had last year, and were screwed out of a DH position when Cashman got bluffed into signing the always hurt Johnson, what a blunder.

  97. SAS May 24th, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    One other thing. You can marry a gorgeous woman, young or old; however, we all age, some better than others. You can’t be sure what will happen with time. There are men and women who are terrific at all ages, and there are men and women who don’t care about their looks right after they marry. I also have always cared for myself.

    Take it from this old lady, some of the best looking people are better looking as they mature.
    By the way, good looks are in the eyes of the beholder.

    There is also much more to a good relationship than looks.

  98. Wave Your Hat May 24th, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    “It’s watching the Rays and Sox bash each others brains in knowing full well that whoever wins or loses still benefits us.”

    If you are an optimist you are rooting for the Sox.

    If you are a pessimist you are rooting for the Rays.

  99. Count Dracula May 24th, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    The problem with a sabremetric All-star game is that you won’t have any big name players!

    No one wants to see Ben Zobrist, Sin Choo-Choo, Frankling Guthirrez, Figgins, etc.

    I don’t care about defense, fielding, etc. I want to see big names!

  100. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 24th, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    SAS -

    I do agree with you there!

    Also, no matter what you do, there’s only so much you can do. As long as you do it with grace and a sense of humor, everything’s good!

  101. Mark in Tampa May 24th, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    pistol pete,

    Interesting thought on Ichiro. Wouldn’t mind that at all, but I think the Yankees reluctance to take on payroll would keep it from happening. On the other hand, it would be just part of the year, and next year they wouldn’t have NJs and a couple other salaries which would balance it out.

  102. SAS May 24th, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    Jerkface, When I find out what these words mean and can remember them as with a foreign language, I might agree with you…by the way, very funny.

    MTU, I sent you a thank you note

  103. William Buckner May 24th, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    Does Granderson get activated for tomorrow?

  104. I Collect Brett Gardner Cards May 24th, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    possibly, Jerkface.
    But he’s have to get rid of that devils beard!
    :)

    Our boy Giambi invested in a fashion networking site and is suing the guy who he gave his money too.

    Seemed it wasn’t up to snuff.

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/i.....;FEEDNAME=

  105. randy l. May 24th, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    mtu-

    i’m hoping to watch the rays run wild on v mart tonight and turn him back into a head case back there behind the plate.

    you don’t learn how to throw again at the point martinez is at in his career which is what the red sox are saying has happened.

    i say keep running on him until the patch they put on the arm blows out. i think his arm was hurting him and that was why he was throwing so bad. there’s one way to find out . keep testing him.
    make him throw some maximum effort throws.

  106. Mark in Tampa May 24th, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    RE: All-Star game.

    Since the only Angel even close to deserving is Morales, who will get frozen out, here’s an idea-Have Vlad Guerrero, who is leading at DH, wear an Angels uni for his first AB, then Rangers for the 2nd. That will open up another all-star spot without having to put an Angel in there.

  107. upstate kate May 24th, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    WYH
    I am an optomist, but I am rooting for the Rays to win the series 2-1

  108. Marcus May 24th, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    What’s wrong with Miranda?

    The guy, if given 450 ABs, will drive in 25 runs, take his walks, and be a productive bat at the bottom of the lineup. He has power, hits balls in the gaps, and has a nice swing for the stadium.

    We don’t need all-stars at all 9 positions….

  109. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! May 24th, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    “If you are a pessimist you are rooting for the Rays.”

    And this will be the FIRST time in my life that someone accuses me of being a pessimist!!!

    :D

  110. upstate kate May 24th, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    Randy
    you know the Rays are going to run on V-mart, they may try to break their record!

  111. Cokey May 24th, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    Madden is a good manager…. he will exploit V-Mart for what he is. Not sit back and wait for the 3-R HR with a bunch of guys who are ice cold and replacement level players at the bottom of the lineup…

  112. CRAWDADDY (Boycott ESPN-NY) May 24th, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    Granderson probably won’t get activated until Friday.

  113. Mark in Tampa May 24th, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    I don’t know that saying Miranda will drive in 25 runs in 450 ABs is exactly selling point. I assume you meant 65 or 75, which is what I think he can do playing mostly full time.

  114. MTU (aka GBURL) May 24th, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    Randy-

    Absolutely agree on V-Mart.

    You don’t learn to throw at this late date.

    It was hysterical last season watching the rays run all over the Captain.

    I think they had 6 stolen bags that game, and I personally think V-Tek throws better than V-Mart.

    So. Let the games begin.

    V-Mart. A good defensive catcher.

    What a hoot.

    Who said “Ripley’s Believe It or Not” has gone off the air ? :)

  115. upstate kate May 24th, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    Do you think Granderson will start in LF so he doesn’t have so much ground to cover? Where has he been playing in AAA?

  116. William Buckner May 24th, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    “Granderson probably won’t get activated until Friday.”

    That stinks. 3 games played. i hope they get him up tomorrow. He was 2-4 today.

  117. MTU (aka GBURL) May 24th, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    SAS-

    Yes. Thanks. I read your reply and I attempted to answer your questions. :)

  118. William Buckner May 24th, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    Today he DH’d.

  119. William Buckner May 24th, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    yesterday CF.

  120. MTU (aka GBURL) May 24th, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    WYH-

    Since I brought it up I’ll tell you what I’m hoping for.

    A 20 inning game in which both teams exhaust themselves, sustain injuries, and which results in a tie that is rained out.

    Since that can’t happen. I’ll take whatever comes my way. ;)

  121. Mark in Tampa May 24th, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    “Madden is a good manager”

    It’s funny, because the fans down here are constantly killing him. They hate his resting of players who don’t need it, his quick hook of the starters, and bullpen management. They also don’t like the way he makes moves that sometimes seem like he is trying to show everybody how smart he is.

    I guess the grass is always greener on the other side.

  122. SAS May 24th, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    Thanks MTU

  123. Jerkface May 24th, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    Joe Maddon will matchup in a 10 run ballgame. He is the ultimate by the bookster.

  124. Carl May 24th, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    Curtis was 3-5 today 2 rbi 0 strikeouts.

  125. SAS May 24th, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    On Mike Francesca, he has been talking about New York getting the Superbowl in 2014. It will be decided tomorrow. Anyone here having anything to say about that. He and I think it is a great idea.

  126. stayorgo May 24th, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    nig ger

    Trisha is a bit ch

    Cr-9 is a fa gg ot

    ni gg er

  127. Tom in N.J. May 24th, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    SAS, don’t you, and Mike Francesca, mean NEW JERSEY getting getting the Superbowl in 2014?

  128. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 24th, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    Tom in NJ -

    That’s the unkindest cut of all. NJ will have all the headaches and none of the glory. :(

  129. I Collect Brett Gardner Cards May 24th, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    no giambino fans?
    tsk tsk

    NOT true Yankee fans in here, then.
    But then again, according to Pepitone and a few others, most of the posters in here, aren’t. So no shock no one cares about him! lol

  130. Tom in N.J. May 24th, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    Seriously?

    Grow up…..

  131. Tom in N.J. May 24th, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    Doreen, I agree.

    However Peter King wrote this this today:

    On the New Jersey/New York Super Bowl: Notice I put New Jersey first. That’s because the 2014 Super Bowl would be played in New Jersey. The teams would fly into Newark. The teams would stay in New Jersey. The teams would practice in New Jersey. The parties would be in Manhattan, and the media would stay in Manhattan, but so what? It would be a New Jersey Super Bowl through and through.

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.c.....z0ot8jFNY6
    Get a free NFL Team Jacket and Tee with SI Subscription

  132. RSM May 24th, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    No way I take Madden over Girardi.

  133. MTU (aka GBURL) May 24th, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    I think Joe Maddon represents an eyewear experiment gone terribly and horribly wrong. :)

  134. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 24th, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    Is Giants vs Cubs a hot ticket?

  135. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 24th, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    That would be Giants v. Cubs in San Fran?

  136. Rick May 24th, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    MTU (aka GBURL) May 24th, 2010 at 6:27 pm
    I think Joe Maddon represents an eyewear experiment gone terribly and horribly wrong.
    ///////////////////////////

    Joe Maddon is a Clark Kent wannabe.

  137. SAS May 24th, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    Tom in NJ and Doreen,

    Actually, the way he described it the week long festivities would be in a place like the Javits Center in NYC. Only the game itself would be played at the NEW Meadowlands. It certainly would assure that the roads going to and from the game would be cleared with alacrity. The idea behind it is to thank Wellington Mara for allowing revenue sharing many long years ago. I don’t think the perfect conditions that some of these cities have because they have a dome make them the best cities for the Superbowl, and yet their cities get all that revenue.

    It certainly would be more realistic than playing indoors in February. The people who come to NY would have lots of money to spend. When Phoenix had the Superbowl a couple of years ago, you wouldn’t have even know it was happening on the side of the Phoenix area I live in. If you were going to an upscale restaurant, you had to make a reservation. That was about it.

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