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Let A.J. be A.J.

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Podcast on Jul 01, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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After a dreadful month of June, A.J. Burnett will return to the mound tomorrow afternoon, happy to have finally reached July. Pitching coach Dave Eiland is back in the fold, and Burnett said he felt more like himself in this week’s bullpen session.

“I felt like I got to throw a bullpen finally,” Burnett said. “I felt like my last Tuesday bullpen was what everybody else wanted me to try and not what A.J. wanted to do. Sometimes you’ve got to be selfish. We went in the pen and I told them what we were going to do, and that’s what we did. It was as good as all the other days so it’s a matter of taking it out to the field.”

It’s the last line that seems most important. Burnett said last month that his bullpen session felt good, but he wasn’t able to carry it onto the field during his starts. As he struggled, he dug himself into a hole.

“When you’re scuffling like that you want to get help,” he said. “You don’t want to be the guy that blocks everybody out (and thinks) I can figure this out on my own. Obviously that wasn’t the case.”

Here’s Burnett talking about tomorrow’s start.

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186 Responses to “Let A.J. be A.J.”

  1. Mariner 3 July 1st, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    first, the yanks ruined Carl Pavano, now they’ve ruined AJ. :(

  2. Rich in NJ July 1st, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    “first, the yanks ruined Carl Pavano, now they’ve ruined AJ. ”

    Are you high?

  3. SJ44 July 1st, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    The moron contingent in here keeps growing by the day.

  4. Patrick July 1st, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    Rich now you’re not being fair. Lopez was a second year player this year and the only legitimate option on offense for the worst team in the league. He was getting double teamed on every possession and he still nearly averaged 20-10.

    Even if the Nets don’t get Lebron they will get someone as a first or second scoring option to go along with Lopez. Not to mention they now have a very promising PF in Favors.

    Lopez is very close to being an elite player in the NBA.

  5. Giuseppe Franco July 1st, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    I’d argue that AJ has already been AJ.

    That’s the problem and has always been his problem.

  6. Laura - Plug it in, change the world! July 1st, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    I’m going to be very disappointed if he stinks up the joint again tomorrow with Eiland back.

  7. Tom in N.J. July 1st, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    What’s Gallinari’s ceiling, Peja Stojakovi??

  8. LGY July 1st, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    Frankie Piliere Top 25 Prospects in Baseball:

    http://mlb.fanhouse.com/2010/0.....ss=twitter

    Montero: 5

    Romine: 15 (!)

    Gary Sanchez: 25 (!!!)

  9. LGY July 1st, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    The Skinny: Three Yankee catchers in one list? That’s right. Sanchez was the only rookie level player I felt comfortable including based on what I’ve seen from him and the rave reviews he’s getting early on in his first pro season. This is another potential impact bat at the catching position for the Yankees, and although it’s a gamble to rank him this high, he has that type of upside.

  10. Giuseppe Franco July 1st, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    I don’t think Eiland can’t just snap his fingers and fix Burnett. Baseball isn’t that easy.

    The media likes to simplify things that way but it’s not always realistic.

    Just like the argument all last year was Cervelli or Molina, not Posada, brought out the best in Burnett.

  11. chan ho's runs July 1st, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    I’m pretty sure the person who ruined Carl Pavano’s buttcheeks was Carl Pavano. Or maybe what’s her face.

  12. Giuseppe Franco July 1st, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    Gotta love Sanchez but a Top 25 prospect already?

    That’s jumping the gun a bit.

  13. Joba Tips his Cap July 1st, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    game summary:

    Posada should apologize to CC and the team, he earned 2 runs
    A-Rod accidentally hit a 2 run HR, just powerful.

  14. Joba Tips his Cap July 1st, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    Another day game tomorrow?!

  15. Rich in NJ July 1st, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    Patrick

    If anyone has played at a disadvantage in terms of deficient complimentary talent, it’s Gallo.

    I don’t see Lopez as sniffing elite status. I don’t think he’s as good as David Lee.

    But we’ll let it play out over the next few years.

  16. Nick in SF July 1st, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    Thanks for dissing Cito Calver. :mad:

  17. NYY 2010 July 1st, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    “I’m going to be very disappointed if he stinks up the joint again tomorrow with Eiland back.”

    Perhaps you all should prepare for the worst. That way it wouldn’t spoil the holiday weekend right from the start as much.

    I, for one, is already expecting another loss and so have adequately prepared myself.

  18. SJ44 July 1st, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    Posada doesn’t owe anybody an apology.

    Mistakes happen in games. Good teams pick up the guy who messed up and win games.

    Fans whine and cry and want “apologies”.

    That’s why players are players and fans are fans v

  19. LGY July 1st, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    Nick, lol

    August Romaine noticeably absent as well.

  20. SJ44 July 1st, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    GF,

    I saw Gary Sanchez in EST and posted on here he was the best catching prospect at his age I’ve ever seen.

    If he stays healthy, he will be the best of the catching prospects, IMO.

    An amazing talent for his age.

  21. LGY July 1st, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    GF,

    Frankie P admits it is risky. He has got to be really impressed with him to do that. That is quite a vote of confidence for the kid.

  22. Joba Tips his Cap July 1st, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    well, when employees make a mistake, they say they are sorry. At least in the company I work for.
    Posada is Yankee’s employee. It’s nothing wrong to say you are sorry when you screw up.

  23. kd July 1st, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    sj,

    can you share with us what sanchez does so well? defense? arm? bat? game calling?

    thanks

  24. Rich in NJ July 1st, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    Deciding which catching prospect to trade and when won’t be easy. I would prefer that it isn’t for a pitcher (they’re too fragile).

  25. Tar July 1st, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    LGY

    Thanks for the link. That’s really impressive.

    Cash has to be salivating with all the bullets he has. it will be interesting to see how this all plays out.

  26. SJ44 July 1st, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    Stick with your job and stay away from sports.

    Mistakes happen in every game.

    There is no reason to apologize. You just keep playing.

    That’s the difference between playing sports at the professional level and the real world.

    Baseball is a game of failure. It’s what most dams can’t grasp.

    Teammates know that and don’t need apologies when a guy messes up but is putting in the effort.

    The only time a player needs to apologize to another player is when he dogs it.

    That’s not what Posada did today which is why an apology isn’t necessary.

  27. five iron from fenway July 1st, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    kd – from second hand reports Sanchez in an all around talent. Athletic, defense, very strong arm (he has already thrown runners out and picked them off bases), and he can hit (he is destroying the GCL – small sample size).

  28. Joba Tips his Cap July 1st, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    ok, no apology. Also don’t praise or give credits to the ballplayers when they do well.

    I am sticking with my job, well.

  29. Todd July 1st, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    That was identical to A-Rod’s HR off Lidge last year

    High fastball that he was late on, but barely got it over the fence anyway

    A-Rod’s demise was greatly exaggerated.

  30. Giuseppe Franco July 1st, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    SJ,

    I have no doubt this kid has some immense talent. Just haven’t seen too prospect analysts make that big of a leap with a kid so early in his pro career.

  31. SJ44 July 1st, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    lf,

    That’s just it…he does everything well.

    The ball jumps off his bat. Like it did Montero at that age.

    He moves very well behind the plate.

    He has soft hands andvwhen he catches the ball, the glove doesn’t move.

    Very good arm. Solid mechanics for a kid his age.

    He’s one of those kids whose skills jump out at you when you see him play.

    If he stays healthy, he has a chance to be a special player.

    Reminds me of a young Pudge. Best way I can describe him.

  32. Giuseppe Franco July 1st, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    Todd,

    Yep, I said the exact same thing on an earlier thread.

    http://yankees.lhblogs.com/201.....nt-1432559

  33. RS July 1st, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    AJ being AJ means that 5 horrendous starts will be followed by 5 dominant starts (let’s hope!)

  34. Rich in NJ July 1st, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    btw, I didn’t know Vizcaino has a partial elbow ligament tear.

  35. five iron from fenway July 1st, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    It has been a great year for the Yankees farm system.
    Outside of injuries to Garcia and Almonte everyone is pretty much doing what was expected. Montero is now adjusting and starting to hit the ball. Nunez has taken a step forward. Romine and Laird are kicking butt in Trenton. Adams was playing himself into legit prospect status. Heathcott and Murphy are settling nicely at Charleston. Sanchez is killing the GCL. There are a handful of players in the Dominican that are playing really well. Nova has been good. The injured pitchers: Brackman, Betances, Kontos and Marshall are all doing as well or better than anticipated. Stoneburner, Phelps (called up to AAA and will start tomorrow) have been great. Russo, Curtis, Cervelli, Pena, Huffman have all contributed at the ML level.
    Who is the most disappointing prospect this year (not due to injury but due to performance)?

  36. five iron from fenway July 1st, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    It has been a great year for the Yankees farm system.
    Outside of injuries to Garcia and Almonte everyone is pretty much doing what was expected. Montero is now adjusting and starting to hit the ball. Nunez has taken a step forward. Romine and Laird are kicking butt in Trenton. Adams was playing himself into legit prospect status. Heathcott and Murphy are settling nicely at Charleston. Sanchez is killing the GCL. There are a handful of players in the Dominican that are playing really well. Nova has been good. The injured pitchers: Brackman, Betances, Kontos and Marshall are all doing as well or better than anticipated. Stoneburner, Phelps (called up to AAA and will start tomorrow) have been great. Russo, Curtis, Cervelli, Pena, Huffman have all contributed at the ML level.
    Who is the most disappointing prospect this year (not due to injury but due to performance)?

  37. Carl July 1st, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    A-Rod wasn’t late on the fastball. He let the fastball travel deep so he could take it the other way.

  38. Rich in NJ July 1st, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    “Who is the most disappointing prospect this year (not due to injury but due to performance)?”

    I think McAllister.

  39. SJ44 July 1st, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    Vizcaino hurt his a elbow a month ago and tried to pitch thru it. Not the best thing to do.

    Young pitching is so fragile.

    It’s why people predicting greatness for Low A Ball pitchers go overboard.

    Too many things can happen along the way. Especially from an injury standpoint.

  40. EA July 1st, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    Too bad for Viz, he was putting up sick numbers before he got hurt

  41. Giuseppe Franco July 1st, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    Who is the most disappointing prospect this year (not due to injury but due to performance)?

    ——–

    My answer would be Melancon. That is, if you still consider him a prospect. I still do.

    Hope he turns things around.

  42. LGY July 1st, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    Noesi is killing it also this year.

    105 Ks to 15 BBs now.

  43. RS July 1st, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    Counting Vizcaino, there’s four Yankees/former Yankees prospects on that list ranging from age 17-21.

  44. LGY July 1st, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    *101* Ks

  45. Rich in NJ July 1st, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    “Young pitching is so fragile.”

    Which is an argument for keeping as many high ceiling pitching prospects as possible because so many get hurt. TNSTAAPP

  46. Circus July 1st, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    Montero

    For a guy who hit 17 HRs and .320? in a shortened season last year, the fact that he is at .250/6 at the half way point is disappointing.

    Melancon is another

  47. five iron from fenway July 1st, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    And only one Red Sox on the list – with a caveat because he is still adjusting to AA.
    Melancon is a good choice. Macallister is still young, Melancon was thought to be ready already.

  48. tampayank July 1st, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    Carl Pavano=mustache power

  49. Rich in NJ July 1st, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    “And only one Red Sox on the list – with a caveat because he is still adjusting to AA.
    Melancon is a good choice. Macallister is still young, Melancon was thought to be ready already.”

    But McAllister was on several top ten prospect lists this year. I haven’t seen Melancon on any.

  50. kd July 1st, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    thanks for the input guys.

    melancon is a guy that needs to get out of his own head, or at least that’s my naive interpretation. his arm seems to be too good.

    that’s great news about the prospects. time to sell high, get lee, and have a huge advantage going into the playoffs?

  51. SJ44 July 1st, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    It’s actuallyore of an argument to package unknowns for known commodities.

    For every 20 pitchers in an organizations system, if you get 3 that help you at the ML level, you are happy.

    The key is knowing which 3 to keep.

    Biggest disappointment?

    Definitely Melancon. I think they expected him to be better than he has been this year.

    Montero and McAllister are young guys in their first year in AAA. It’s not surprising they would scuffle a bit.

  52. five iron from fenway July 1st, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    SJ – And Montero is hitting the ball much better the last month or so.

  53. vinny-b July 1st, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    “Gotta love Sanchez but a Top 25 prospect already?
    That’s jumping the gun a bit”
    ————————————————–

    he admitted as such. Nonetheless, he is a scout. And knows his sh*t

  54. vinny-b July 1st, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    SJ:

    based on the Gary Sanchez reports, maybe it is time for NYY to begin scouting for a new home for Romine. : )

    I wouldn’t move him this year for Cliff Lee. But maybe Romine will bring the Yankees a very nice piece this off-season or before the 2011 trade deadline. The only problem is if they do end up signing Cliff Lee as a FA, who will the Yankees even need?

  55. vinny-b July 1st, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    tie game, baby

    GO TWINS!

  56. Giuseppe Franco July 1st, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    I think the disappointment with the Melancon hurts a little more than McAllister’s struggles because he was expected to contribute or perhaps even emerge as a key guy in the Yankee bullpen this season ala Dave Robertson in 2009.

    Especially when you consider how spotty the Yankee relief corps has been outside of Mo.

    They could most definitely use a reliable arm out there and will almost certainly have to trade for one.

  57. Carl July 1st, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    Jason Varitek out 4-6 weeks?

    Don’t know if this is true.

    http://wbztv.com/local/jason.v.....84387.html

  58. Rich in NJ July 1st, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    t’s actuallyore of an argument to package unknowns for known commodities.

    For every 20 pitchers in an organizations system, if you get 3 that help you at the ML level, you are happy.

    The key is knowing which 3 to keep.”

    But they are all unknown quantities at some point. Take that to it’s logical extreme, and you risk not having Pettitte or Hughes on the current staff.

  59. tampayank July 1st, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    The Boss celebrates his 80th Bday
    http://www2.tbo.com/content/20.....ty/sports/

  60. Giuseppe Franco July 1st, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    I haven’t seen this many injuries to a major league team since…..well, last year with the Mets.

    No matter how well the Red Sox have played the last month, there’s no way they can keep up that pace.

    The injuries are going to catch up with them sooner or later, especially without Pedroia.

  61. m July 1st, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    Cute kid story. Watching espnews and they’re showing LeBron. Daughter says, “I hope he chokes on that thing.”

    I thought she meant gum. She was talking about his mouth guard. I had to laugh b/c he’s always chomping on it.

  62. Tar July 1st, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    re: Melancon

    He has only pitched 4 innings. IMO kind of tough to call him a disappointment after 4ip.

    Also, there is still a lot of basball left to play this year. I am reserving judgement on MM.

  63. Rich in NJ July 1st, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    m

    How old is she?

  64. Giuseppe Franco July 1st, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    Tar,

    Wasn’t referring to his stats in the bigs this year. I was referring to his performance in Scranton.

    He really fell off a cliff for awhile.

  65. m July 1st, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    LOL, Rich. Almost 16. But she has zero interest in sports. :)

  66. RS July 1st, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    The Phillies have also had a ton of injuries this year. Rollins, Utley, Polanco, Lidge, Happ, Ruiz, Blanton, Madson. And many of those guys have missed a month plus.

  67. Rich in NJ July 1st, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    m

    Oh…that explains it. ;)

  68. Bill July 1st, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    LeBron’s daughter is 16?

    So he had her when he was 9? :?

  69. Nick in SF July 1st, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    m, you raised your daughter to hate a sports personality not named Youk? :(

  70. vinny-b July 1st, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    Eduardo Nunez, 3B: 3 for 6, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 K, 2 SB

    he just keeps it up.

    maybe the people who insist he is not Derek Jeter’s replacement, should start being less adamant.

  71. Tar July 1st, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    GF

    Yeah I understand. I just think he still has a very good chance to contribute this year.

    I haven’t followed him to closely but I do think you are right about falling off a cliff. He started real strong, got called up, got sent back and struggled. Very hot and cold year.

  72. RS July 1st, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    Manny Delcarmen is on the DL for the Sox.

  73. Nick in SF July 1st, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    Tar, you were right about their being something fishy about Patrick last night, he was being impostered in the most foul way.

  74. vinny-b July 1st, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    Twins score!

    4-3

  75. RS July 1st, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    Watching the Twins game. Great fundamentals as usual to manufacture the go-ahead run.

  76. Tar July 1st, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    Nick

    I went back and read it. Foul is a good way to put it. All I can say is I hope Chad took care of it.

  77. pat July 1st, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    “Jason Varitek out 4-6 weeks? ”

    Gordon Edes and Sean McAdam are running it too. Fouled ball off his foot Wed. night.

  78. Bret the Hitman July 1st, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    I think Laird, Noesi and Nunez (especially) are worth a ton and could easily fetch us a nice bat and a bullpen arm.

    RAB had a debate over would you trade Gardner for DeJesus.

  79. Tar July 1st, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    The Sox also traded for K. Cash from Houston (he was DFA). So is he now thier starting catcher?

  80. Rich in NJ July 1st, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    Buster_ESPN

    Nothing less than stunning: The D-Backs have fired GM Josh Byrnes and manager A.J. Hinch. Byrnes will be unemployed for about (more)

  81. pat July 1st, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    Rauch :sad:

  82. Rich in NJ July 1st, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    I wouldn’t trade Gardner for DeJesus. He’s four years younger and may be getting better, while DeJesus appears to be having an out of context season.

  83. RS July 1st, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    I would not trade Gardner for Dejesus. Maybe it’s just a coincidence, but it seems like the offense has really struggled whenever Gardner slumps or is out of the lineup. I think he’s a pretty key component of this year’s offense with Jeter having somewhat of a down year and no true #2 hitter.

  84. Look at the back of my baseball card July 1st, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    Sox still have Youkolis,Ortiz and Beltre and whatever they can get from Drew and Cameron. As long as Buckholz is healthy and makes his next start they will be fine

  85. Billy D July 1st, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    “So is he now thier starting catcher?”

    They expect Martinez back after the ASB, so til then it looks like it.

  86. RS July 1st, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    Beltre and Ortiz have been so hot lately, it’s hard to tell if they can continue it for much longer. It’s not like they’re in their prime like Cano, Morneau, etc. I expect Youkilis to be a steady bat for them.

    Buchholz will probably get a few days extra rest but not have to miss a start. The problem with the other injuries is that Beckett, Ellsbury, and soon Pedroia will have missed so much time that you can’t expect them to hit the ground running when they do finally return. Other than a couple of key homeruns, Posada and Granderson haven’t really done much since coming off long DL stints, and Jose Reyes slumped for about a month before he started playing like his old self.

  87. Carl July 1st, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    The worst umpire call in the history of umpire calls. Worst than that perfect game blown call.

  88. RS July 1st, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    Wow, what a BS call by the umps against the Twins.

  89. pat July 1st, 2010 at 11:45 pm

    E- Ump in the Rays/Twins game

  90. Bret the Hitman July 1st, 2010 at 11:46 pm

    It’s amazing that the Sox are missing Beckett, Ellsbury, Pedroia, VMart and now Varitek.

    If they get healthy, they’ll be right with us all year.

  91. Rich in NJ July 1st, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    Not if Alex, Teix, and AJ perform up to career norms.

  92. RS July 1st, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    A healthy Sox team has fallen off in the second half of the season pretty much every single year, so I wouldn’t count on a huge surge from them even when they do get guys back. They should still finish around 94-96 wins, but I think the Yankees can do better than that.

  93. Allan July 1st, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    Sox have certainly withstood injuries well thus far.

    They’ve basically made their entire run with no Beckett, basically nothing from Dice-K or Cameron, Ellsbury.

    They seem to be able to plug in role players and not skip a beat. Their pitching has predictably been subpar, but their offense has basically been on a roll for 6 weeks.

    I’ll be curious to see how many more Nava’s or Hall’s or McDonalds they can afford to put in the lineup. You expect them to struggle at some point but it hasn’t happened thus far. They even had no problem beating up Bumgarner, Lincecum, and Shields with their C lineups on consecutive days.

  94. BIG AL July 1st, 2010 at 11:53 pm

    Jason Varitek suffered a broken foot on Wednesday night and is expected to miss six weeks. That is what led to the Sox acquiring Kevin Cash from the Houston Astros. As reported by Pete Abe at the Boston Globe. The Red Sox traded for Kevin Cash to be their starting catcher.

    What’s with all these catcher’s getting broken feet?

  95. Carl July 1st, 2010 at 11:54 pm

    Darnell McDonald > Ellsbury

  96. BIG AL July 1st, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    Did you read, Pedroia was taking ground balls, on his knees, at Fenway. Boy, the Red Sox don’t seem to care if he gets injured worse. Love the player, hate the team.

  97. BD (Boston Dave) July 1st, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    what happened in the Tampa game?

  98. Nick in SF July 1st, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    “Pedroia was taking ground balls, on his knees…”

    How could they tell?

  99. BD (Boston Dave) July 1st, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    “Darnell McDonald > Ellsbury”

    ————-

    not quite

  100. BD (Boston Dave) July 2nd, 2010 at 12:02 am

    Allan,

    The Sox have been able to plug in AAAA guys and win games, but the Nava’s and McDonalds will not last. They are already starting to struggle, as was expected.

    David Ortiz, Beltre, Youk, and Pedroia have been exceptional, IMO, over the past few weeks if not longer.

    Those guys have carried the offense. The role players have been good enough to not screw up. That’s about it.

  101. BIG AL July 2nd, 2010 at 12:02 am

    Your right, he’s so small, he could have been standing.

  102. m July 2nd, 2010 at 12:04 am

    Yes, the Sox have sustained their injuries amazingly well. But they seemed to have played their whole season so far at home. Let’s see how the second half plays out.

  103. BIG AL July 2nd, 2010 at 12:05 am

    From Pete Abe’s post today. Glad that “Clown” is no longer here.

    If Alex Rodriguez broke his foot, cast aside his crutches and took grounders from his knees in the infield a few days later, he would be universally ripped as being a glory-seeking fraud.

    But when Dustin Pedroia did it yesterday, he was hailed as the personification of guts and dedication.

    Funny how that works, isn’t it?

    A few weeks ago, Pedroia said he would be snap out of his slump because he was the hardest working player in baseball. Nobody batted an eye. When A-Rod made that claim a few years ago, Trot Nixon called him “a clown” and even assorted Yankees rolled their eyes.

    Pedroia has what amounts to a lifetime free pass in the court of public perception while A-Rod has a life sentence. To be sure, A-Rod has brought it on himself with some of his antics. But let’s be honest, taking grounders from your knees is kind of silly a few days after you break your foot.

    If Dustin somehow stumbled and that fracture became displaced, what then? That said, I do think his intentions were genuine. The guy really does care and wants nothing more than to win. You have to admire that.

    What’s really funny is that Alex has paid advisers piles of money to craft his image and it never seems to work. Meanwhile Dustin looks like a homeless guy half the time and people love him.

    Having covered both players, I can tell you that A-Rod works every bit as hard as Dustin does. They’re both incredibly dedicated to getting better. No matter what you think of A-Rod, you can’t deny that he plays hard and he plays hurt. I do tend to agree with Trot, however.

    What’s your take?

  104. BD (Boston Dave) July 2nd, 2010 at 12:06 am

    “They should still finish around 94-96 wins”

    ——-

    certainly possible, but I would personally be shocked if the Red Sox have more than 91-92.

    94-96 is their current pace. I think they’ll fall off just a bit over the next few weeks with these new injuries.

    Plus, they’ve played more games at home than on the road. I have doubts about their bullpen as well as their ability to make any meaningful trades at the deadline to keep up.

    Still, should be a great race in the AL East this season.

  105. BIG AL July 2nd, 2010 at 12:06 am

    Pete Abe can’t get over A-Rod. Maybe he’s in love, and was told to get lost, not interested.

  106. BD (Boston Dave) July 2nd, 2010 at 12:10 am

    taking grounders on your knees is one of the dumbest things I’ve ever heard.

    If that isn’t a publicity stunt, or just done out of sheer boredom, I don’t know….

    what’s next? he’s going to run the bases on a pogo stick??

  107. m July 2nd, 2010 at 12:12 am

    Wow. What a hatchet job.

    I’ll just accept that Alex is a hard worker and forget I ever read the rest.

  108. BD (Boston Dave) July 2nd, 2010 at 12:12 am

    Big Al,

    I posted something about Pete hating ARod on his Sox blog and he emailed me ripping in to me stating I had no idea what I was talking about. He then proceeded to insult me.

    Pete Abe is obsessed with hating ARod. That’s his problem, not ours.

  109. BD (Boston Dave) July 2nd, 2010 at 12:17 am

    I thought you were saying that Pete called Arod a clown in his article, which he does not.

  110. m July 2nd, 2010 at 12:19 am

    He does it transitively. Pete says he agrees with Trot Nixon…who called Alex a clown.

  111. m July 2nd, 2010 at 12:21 am

    Wait. Didn’t Nixon call Alex a clown after Alex said that he was working out and stuff while other guys were still sleeping or something? And Trot said something about some guys take their kids to school and stuff?

  112. pat July 2nd, 2010 at 12:23 am

    “You expect them to struggle at some point but it hasn’t happened thus far. ”

    You can play on “adrenaline” for only so long and then you need reinforcements to start coming back.

  113. Rich in NJ July 2nd, 2010 at 12:24 am

    Pete doesn’t realize that by smearing A-Rod all he is doing is revealing what an insecure, disingenuous hack he really is.

    Pretending that Trot Nixon’s criticism of A-Rod is fact-based is as credible as invoking Rush Limbaugh as an objective source to attack a Democrat.

    Pete is why I never posted here after I saw what a petty man he really is.

  114. pat July 2nd, 2010 at 12:25 am

    Kevin Towers being considered for D-Backs GM job

  115. BD (Boston Dave) July 2nd, 2010 at 12:26 am

    m,

    yeah, basically. Trot Nixon probably should have been working out more. Even with PEDs, Nixon was a marginal player who couldn’t dream of having the talent, or work ethic, of ARod.

    I still don’t see where Pete alludes to ARod being a clown at all. He actually defends him in the comments section.

  116. BD (Boston Dave) July 2nd, 2010 at 12:27 am

    Sorry, the last line. I see it.

  117. Carl July 2nd, 2010 at 12:27 am

    # Rich in NJ July 2nd, 2010 at 12:24 am

    Pete doesn’t realize that by smearing A-Rod all he is doing is revealing what an insecure, disingenuous hack he really is.

    Pretending that Trot Nixon’s criticism of A-Rod is fact-based is as credible as invoking Rush Limbaugh as an objective source to attack a Democrat.

    Pete is why I never posted here after I saw what a petty man he really is.

    I think A-Rod called him fat before. That’s the only thing I can think of.

  118. Nick in SF July 2nd, 2010 at 12:27 am

    “he would be universally ripped…” is a big stretch.

  119. raymagnetic July 2nd, 2010 at 12:27 am

    AJ Burnett is a big baby. It’s always everybody’s fault with this guy.

  120. m July 2nd, 2010 at 12:30 am

    BD,

    Ohh…I was thinking that Alex shouldn’t have been critical of other players in light of what has come out.

    But, yeah, Nixon shoulda kept his trap shut, too. :)

  121. pat July 2nd, 2010 at 12:33 am

    BD

    “Trot Nixon called him “a clown” ” (4th paragraph)

    ” I do tend to agree with Trot, however.” (last paragraph)

  122. Carl July 2nd, 2010 at 12:33 am

    # raymagnetic July 2nd, 2010 at 12:27 am

    AJ Burnett is a big baby. It’s always everybody’s fault with this guy.

    AJ has always blamed himself. Never ever heard him make an excuse during this stretch.

  123. Bronx Jeers July 2nd, 2010 at 12:33 am

    I don’t interpret Pete’s post as an Arod smear job. Actually he’s kind of defending him isn’t he?

  124. G. Love July 2nd, 2010 at 12:34 am

    I love how the a former Red Sox front office guy (Josh Byrnes) gets fired as GM in Arizona and the media are already pitching another Red Sox front office guy (Cherington) to get the job.

    Towers should get that job. His Padres team is in first place. The other former Red Sox front office guy who took that team over got a team loaded with young pitching talent that Towers acquired.

    While I’d hate to lose him as an adviser to Cash, the man deserves to be GM of a major league team right now.

  125. chan ho's runs July 2nd, 2010 at 12:35 am

    At least Alex doesn’t have a pedophile for a brother. It’s funny how they swept that under the rug for the midget, and very few people are aware. If it were Alex, the whole world would know about it, and he would be crucified.

    As far as Fat Pete goes, he’s a petty, childish person. I figured that one out after the Nomaas “interested reader” thing.

  126. m July 2nd, 2010 at 12:36 am

    Bronx,

    That had so much backhanded compliments that Alex would look sunburned!

  127. G. Love July 2nd, 2010 at 12:37 am

    AJ always takes the blame for his bad performances. I’ve never seen him blame anyone but himself. The guy literally beats himself up in his post game interviews.

    He knows he’s been horrid. I don’t think he thinks it’s no big deal or that it’s someone’s fault other than his own.

  128. BD (Boston Dave) July 2nd, 2010 at 12:37 am

    m,

    A-Rod probably shouldn’t have said anything. However, he was/is one of the hardest workers. If he was asked about it, which I’m sure he was, then he’s free to answer honestly.

    As Larry Bowa said “He’s one of the hardest workers I’ve ever been around.”

    Not many people can dispute it. So why is it so bad if he was asked about it and answered truthfully?

    Anyway, no need to be discussing this. Let Sox fans hate the Yankees as much as they want to. It makes it more fun when the Yanks win.

  129. BD (Boston Dave) July 2nd, 2010 at 12:39 am

    San Diego’s bullpen is outstanding.

    Year after year…

    they seem to have mastered the art of a successful bullpen.

    the work of towers? surely he had something to do with it.

    please stick around Kevin!!! :)

  130. Rich in NJ July 2nd, 2010 at 12:42 am

    FrankiePiliere

    Hearing the Yankees’ scouting director, Damon Oppenheimer, will get serious consideration for DBacks GM job

  131. Who ? July 2nd, 2010 at 12:43 am

    Will tomorrow see gone, Gaudin or Chan Ho Park? I hope Chad!!

  132. G. Love July 2nd, 2010 at 12:44 am

    BD,

    Selfishly I hope Towers stays in the Yankees employ. At the very least, I hope someone in the organization is learning how he scouts pitching.

    That said, it’s a disgrace he lost his job and the team he built is now in first place under a different GM who is getting credit for the turnaround. Towers made that turnaround happen with scouting and with the Peavey trade.

    He also held onto Adrian Gonzales who his successor would have traded by now if the Padres weren’t winning games.

    The man is without a doubt a competent GM.

  133. Mike in WV July 2nd, 2010 at 12:44 am

    Rich in NJ July 2nd, 2010 at 12:24 am

    . . . . as credible as invoking Rush Limbaugh as an objective source to attack a Democrat . . .

    Or as credible as asking Corzine how to do tax cuts in NJ.

  134. Clare July 2nd, 2010 at 12:48 am

    Bronx Jeers,

    Pete Abe is not defending ARod. He’s trying to use him to stimulate hits and comments. Somehow, I doubt it will work as well at his new gig as it worked here.

    pat is right – Pete Abe is calling ARod a clown, again. He did it here a few years back (before the steroids disclosure). Initially he said something like Trot Nixon was right to call him a clown, and then when he was criticized in the comments he changed the original post, and then deleted comments noting that change.

  135. G. Love July 2nd, 2010 at 12:48 am

    Rich in NJ,

    I wouldn’t be shocked if the Yankees get raided for GM candidates and lose Oppenheimer or Towers. From all accounts, the minor league system is producing here like never before. Makes those Keith Law/Baseball American rankings look silly.

  136. Bronx Jeers July 2nd, 2010 at 12:51 am

    m,

    I think my reading comprehension brain cells went to bed an hour ago. I’ve been watching an Adam Sandler movie (Funny People) and I’ve even been enjoying it. . Bizarre.

    I’m not even sure if you’re agreeing with me or not. :wink:

    I do dislike Trot Nixon though. I mean a lot. He’s one of my least favorite Sox player from those years. I always said that he was pound for pound the most mediocre player per cc of noxious gas that he expels when he talks. Or something like that.

  137. what? July 2nd, 2010 at 12:51 am

    Limbaugh credible = oxymoron !

    Yuuuuuuk, look up hatred bigotry in dictionary, his picture is next to the defination.

  138. BD (Boston Dave) July 2nd, 2010 at 12:52 am

    Just realized that the Yankees play the Red Sox and Rays in 13 of their final 19 games.

    And the 3 games prior to those 19 are against 1st place Texas.

    Hope the Yanks can build a lead by September! :)

  139. BD (Boston Dave) July 2nd, 2010 at 12:54 am

    G Love,

    I agree. I’d love to see Towers stick around at least a little longer to help out. Then, he can have his pick of GM spots.

    I really hope the Yanks can keep Oppenheimer as well.

    The Yanks farm system has really become quite an asset.

  140. Nick in SF July 2nd, 2010 at 12:55 am

    Clare, do you have a ‘Pete Abe/LoHud/Arod comment’ notification program running?

  141. Bronx Jeers July 2nd, 2010 at 12:56 am

    Clare,

    “Bob Ryan was just on WEEI’s Dale and Holley Show and made a great point.

    If Alex Rodriguez broke his foot, cast aside his crutches and took grounders from his knees in the infield a few days later, he would be universally ripped as being a glory-seeking fraud.

    But when Dustin Pedroia did it yesterday, he was hailed as the personification of guts and dedication.

    Funny how that works, isn’t it?

    A few weeks ago, Pedroia said he would be snap out of his slump because he was the hardest working player in baseball. Nobody batted an eye. When A-Rod made that claim a few years ago, Trot Nixon called him “a clown” and even assorted Yankees rolled their eyes.”

    Isn’t he commenting on the disparity in the manner in which these two players are perceived?

  142. melladie July 2nd, 2010 at 1:01 am

    Pete only ripped A-Rod because he plays for the Yankees. Pete has another fraud – David Ortiz – playing for the team that he covers that he could easily rip. Pete does not – because his loyalties are and always have been with the Red Sox.

  143. G. Love July 2nd, 2010 at 1:02 am

    From reading Pete’s post, I’m not at all feeling that he’s taking cheap shots.

    I actually felt he was ripping Pedroia a bit for putting his gritty gutty image before the best interests of the team.

    It’s ludicrous that he’s out there on his knees taking ground balls with a broken foot.

    At the very least, Adrian Beltre could have stepped on him or something and sent another player to a long DL stint.

    If Arod did it, he would get ripped, but it would mostly be out of the “are you kidding me Arod???” variety.

    I think Pedroia is pretending to be all team first, but really it reeks of “me first”.

    I have a feeling Pete is using Arod to illustrate to Boston fans how dumb what Pedroia was doing is.

  144. Clare July 2nd, 2010 at 1:03 am

    Bronx Jeers,

    Yes, he is. But then he goes on to say (or imply) that ARod deserves to be perceived negatively because he employs media handlers, etc., and is still a clown.

    Plus, as I said, I think he’s trying to generate hits. People are more likely to comment when they disagree with a post, so he throws in enough backhanded compliments (as m pointed out) to get Sox fans riled up.

  145. m July 2nd, 2010 at 1:03 am

    So Bob Ryan made the initial comments? Softens it a bit, but Pete still ran with the ball, and he should get a penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct in the end zone for saying he agrees with Nixon.

    Two other things. Pedroia was looking for attention. And not even Alex would do something stupid like that.

  146. m July 2nd, 2010 at 1:04 am

    So, if Alex did that, he’d call him a clown. But because it’s li’l Pedey he’s not a clown?

  147. G. Love July 2nd, 2010 at 1:05 am

    m,

    I didn’t see the part where he said he agreed with Nixon calling Arod a clown. That’s a cheap shot.

    That said, I think he’s calling Pedroia out more than people think.

  148. melladie July 2nd, 2010 at 1:06 am

    Pedroia is a hard-working fellow with no history of cheating. Pedroia has a history of overcoming personal adversity and looking to help out others. A-Rod has not. Pedroia is not a clown.

  149. m July 2nd, 2010 at 1:08 am

    Well, I’ll give you that. He was calling Pedroia’s show clownish. But at the expense of A-rod. :?

  150. St Louis Yankee July 2nd, 2010 at 1:09 am

    Jason Veritek, according to NEN.com broke his foot Wed during the Rays game, and will be out 6 weeks.

  151. pat July 2nd, 2010 at 1:11 am

    “I have a feeling Pete is using Arod to illustrate to Boston fans how dumb what Pedroia was doing is.”

    Here’s Pete’s initial post about Pedroia taking grounders. Sounds more like he was praising the gritty by being sarcastic about the 6 weeks timetable more than calling it dumb.

    “Right now, as I write this, Dustin Pedroia is kneeling on the grass at second base taking grounders from Tim Bogar.

    Seriously.

    And not pitty-pat grounders to your kid in the backyard. These are big league groundballs. He then flips the balls to coach Rob Leary.

    Yeah, six weeks. That sounds right.”

  152. G. Love July 2nd, 2010 at 1:15 am

    pat,

    If that was Pete’s first post then he’s desperate for hits and trying to get people to talk on his blog.

    Either that or he’s such a sycophant that he had to ape what Bob Ryan said on the radio in the hopes people would forget he was praising the Keebler Elf initially.

    I didn’t realize he called Arod a clown in the piece. He’s getting desperate up there for hits. He’s probably trying to get some of his old Yankee traffic to come in and get mad and drive up hits or something.

  153. Clare July 2nd, 2010 at 1:15 am

    There’s no better illustration of the difference in how ARod and Pedroia are perceived than the “slap” play. Pedroia tried it unsuccessfully in a WS game and the announcers didn’t even mention it.

  154. Rich in NJ July 2nd, 2010 at 1:16 am

    “Pedroia is a hard-working fellow with no history of cheating. Pedroia has a history of overcoming personal adversity and looking to help out others. A-Rod has not. Pedroia is not a clown.”

    Give me a break. A-Rod’s name was selectively leaked in violation of his constitutional rights. Unlike Ortiz and Manny, when that violation occurred, he readily admitted he used even though he didn’t have to do that. In contrast, when Ortiz was outed, he said he would get back to reporters. He still hasn’t. Imagine if A-Rod had taken a similar tact?

    A-Rod hasn’t overcome adversity? He grew up in a one parent home and his mother didn’t make much money.

    So you’re post is demonstrably wrong.

    And you know that A-Rod doesn’t help others out?

    Jeez.

  155. Nick in SF July 2nd, 2010 at 1:18 am

    “Isn’t he commenting on the disparity in the manner in which these two players are perceived?”

    Yes, while simultaneously perpetuating it. Ingenius.

  156. pat July 2nd, 2010 at 1:22 am

    “Pedroia has a history of overcoming personal adversity and looking to help out others. A-Rod has not. ”

    Is being short and bald an adversity or is there something else he’s overcome that I’m not familiar with?

    As for the A-Rod not helping others out part…..

    “If you had to ask me for one player Robbie has learned the most from, I’d say he’s learned from Alex,” Mr. Cashman said. “Alex took him and Melky [Cabrera] under his wing, and those guys changed. He taught them pre-game structure.”

    http://online.wsj.com/article/.....Collection

  157. Rich in NJ July 2nd, 2010 at 1:24 am

    I love irony, Nick. Good point.

  158. melladie July 2nd, 2010 at 1:24 am

    Rich in NJ,

    My comment was of a sarcastic nature. There should be a sarcasm emoticon.

  159. Bronx Jeers July 2nd, 2010 at 1:24 am

    Let’s face it though. Arod has said some things in the past that could be perceived as him being something of an egotist. But he’s matured in that way and now he really does a good job of keeping things in check.

    He kind of quashed the Braden thing when that was beginning to spiral into a controversy and just past weekend he let bygones be bygones when he approached Torre and ended their little cold war.

    I think Pete was pretty fair and was actually trying to give Arod some credit. Is he trying to generate blog hits? Well sure. That’s pretty much why they hired him no?

    Did he have to end his post by agreeing with Nixon? Well, it is a Red Sox blog now isn’t it. I mean he’s kind of putting their most popular player in a negative light. Ya gotta throw something anti-Yankee in there to keep people tuning in.

  160. The Soupman July 2nd, 2010 at 1:25 am

    sheesh..everyone argues here…i vent on grouchman.com they should open a yankees section over there..hey! thats actually a gread idea..im gonna go email them. AJ’s next start should get a ton of opinions!

  161. Rich in NJ July 2nd, 2010 at 1:25 am

    “My comment was of a sarcastic nature. There should be a sarcasm emoticon.”

    Several.

  162. melladie July 2nd, 2010 at 1:26 am

    pat,

    Pedroia has overcome his family issues of having a child rapist/mo-lester for a brother.

  163. Rich in NJ July 2nd, 2010 at 1:27 am

    “I think Pete was pretty fair and was actually trying to give Arod some credit.”

    By citing a critical quote by Trot Nixon, who shrunk as the PED era wound down?

  164. Rich in NJ July 2nd, 2010 at 1:29 am

    “”Pedroia has overcome his family issues of having a child rapist/mo-lester for a brother.”

    What did he have to do to overcome that? He didn’t do anything.

    So not all of your post was wanting for a sarcastic emoticon?

  165. Nick in SF July 2nd, 2010 at 1:29 am

    Pedroia has to look at Youk’s mug everyday.

    That’s adversity.

    :shudder:

  166. melladie July 2nd, 2010 at 1:33 am

    Rich in NJ,

    A Pete-esque dig at Pedroia. However, imagine having to live with that stain on the name of your family. :shudder:

  167. GreenBeret7 July 2nd, 2010 at 1:39 am

    There was no attempt to pay any compliments to Rodriguez. Pete Abe would rather go on a diet before complimenting Rodriguez on anything.

  168. GreenBeret7 July 2nd, 2010 at 1:41 am

    The only one that has to live with “that stain on the family name” is Pedroia’s brother.

  169. Bronx Jeers July 2nd, 2010 at 1:46 am

    Rich,

    By citing Nixon, he’s exemplifying the difference in the reaction both players received after making claims to be the hardest working player in baseball.

    Arod gets called out. Pedroia? “nobody batted an eye”

    Pete was obviously a polarizing beat writer when he was here. Those that disliked him tend to see negativity in his words. I happened to like him so I guess I see a post that’s examining why one player gets heat for something another player gets praise for.

    Vive la difference?

  170. melladie July 2nd, 2010 at 1:47 am

    GreenBeret7,

    Very true, kind sir.

  171. Rich in NJ July 2nd, 2010 at 1:50 am

    “A Pete-esque dig at Pedroia. However, imagine having to live with that stain on the name of your family. :shudder:”

    By whom?

    I said:

    “What did he have to do to overcome that? He didn’t do anything.”

    So it wasn’t by me.

  172. melladie July 2nd, 2010 at 1:54 am

    Rich in NJ,

    A Pete-esque dig by me.

  173. Rich in NJ July 2nd, 2010 at 1:55 am

    “By citing Nixon, he’s exemplifying the difference in the reaction both players received after making claims to be the hardest working player in baseball.

    [...]

    I happened to like him so I guess I see a post that’s examining why one player gets heat for something another player gets praise for.”

    Pete said:

    “Trot Nixon called him “a clown” and even assorted Yankees rolled their eyes.

    A-Rod, you can’t deny that he plays hard and he plays hurt. I do tend to agree with Trot, however.”
    __

    So Pete exemplified the difference in reaction by agreeing with Nixon’s diss of A-Rod?

  174. Rich in NJ July 2nd, 2010 at 1:57 am

    “A Pete-esque dig by me.”

    First you said:

    “My comment was of a sarcastic nature. There should be a sarcasm emoticon.”

    Now, it’s a dig. You’re confusing me.

  175. melladie July 2nd, 2010 at 1:59 am

    “Pedroia is a hard-working fellow with no history of cheating. Pedroia has a history of overcoming personal adversity and looking to help out others. A-Rod has not. Pedroia is not a clown.”

    Sarcasm, with a hint of actual truth regarding Pedroia’s work ethic.

    “Pedroia has overcome his family issues of having a child rapist/mo-lester for a brother.”

    A Pete-esque dig at Pedroia by me, with a hint of truth regarding what he has overcome.

  176. Nick in SF July 2nd, 2010 at 2:01 am

    Has Pete’s post generated more comments on the Globe or on LoHud?

    :roll:

  177. Bronx Jeers July 2nd, 2010 at 2:12 am

    Rich,

    “If Alex Rodriguez broke his foot, cast aside his crutches and took grounders from his knees in the infield a few days later, he would be universally ripped as being a glory-seeking fraud.

    But when Dustin Pedroia did it yesterday, he was hailed as the personification of guts and dedication.

    Funny how that works, isn’t it?”

    To me, this is how Pete is saying that he sees something wrong. Something unfair in how these two players are perceived.

    I do think Pete’s little disclaimer on the end where he “tends” to agree with Nixon is lame. It does work to nullify nearly everything he states prior. But Pete never really attempted to mince words when it came to his disdain for Arod. And like I said, it is a Red Sox blog he’s writing for.

    I just thought there was some underlying praise in there or at the very least an attempt to ask fans to look beyond a rivalry and ask themselves why one player gets a pat on the back while another player gets pis-sed on.

  178. Nick in SF July 2nd, 2010 at 2:14 am

    The hidden non-scandal?

  179. Bronx Jeers July 2nd, 2010 at 2:22 am

    No, I just smoked too many peace pipes. It’s the San Franciscan in me.

  180. Nick in SF July 2nd, 2010 at 2:26 am

    Then perhaps you’ll join me in supporting the Dutch tomorrow morning. Peace pipes about in friendly Amsterdam.

  181. BJK July 2nd, 2010 at 2:30 am

    MLB.com also reporting Varitek out 6 weeks with a broken foot.

    So let’s see. That’s a #1 starting pitcher, a star infielder, an outfielder, starting and back-up catchers… Why does this sound familiar?

  182. Bronx Jeers July 2nd, 2010 at 2:36 am

    Tough to root against a South American team. Remember my better half is a native of that continent.

    Then again my grandmothers maiden name is Van Houten. I’ve got a bit of Dutch in me.

  183. m July 2nd, 2010 at 2:48 am

    I liked Pete when he was here. But I didn’t read that post in a positive light.

    I just think the personal digs at Alex by a professional writer are getting old. It’s stale. Obsess much, Pete?

  184. Nick in SF July 2nd, 2010 at 2:53 am

    Oh relax kids, I’ve got a gut feeling Uter’s around here somewhere hahahahaha, after all isn’t there a little Uter in all of us? hahahaha… hahaha, in fact, you might even say we just ate Uter, and he’s in our stomachs… right now! AHAHAHAHAHAHA!… Wait, scratch that one.

  185. leon July 2nd, 2010 at 3:35 am

    check out kids reaction to win @ arizona….classic

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-92KLYtLuk

  186. Stl, Yankee July 2nd, 2010 at 8:55 am

    bjk

    Manny Delcarmen out too with strained fore arm.!!

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