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Get off my mound, and my back

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jul 06, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

122695275A t-shirt has caused quite the uproar here in Oakland, and believe it or not, Dallas Braden wants no part of it. I wasn’t in the A’s clubhouse when Braden talked to a few reporters last night, but apparently his message was simple.

“It’s just a serious, gross lack of tact,” he said, according to The Daily News.

Oddly enough, the Yankees didn’t seem to have a problem with it. Rumor is that Robinson Cano wore the shirt to tease Alex Rodriguez, and before yesterday’s game, Joe Girardi said he hoped Braden and Rodriguez might sign a few shirts that the A’s could sell for charity.

“An organization is having a little fun with it, trying to take advantage of the situation a little bit,” Girardi said. “I don’t have a problem with it. They’re selling T-shirts. Maybe A-Rod should have gotten a cut of it. Organizations always look for creative ways to do things. The more money they bring in, the more they can spend on players, so I d0n’t necessarily blame them.”

After Braden came out against the shirt, the A’s actually released a statement… about a t-shirt!

“We regret that Dallas has expressed concern in regards to the ‘Get Off My Mound’ t-shirts that are being sold throughout the stadium. The organization created these shirts in response to numerous fan requests and made them to generate interest in this series. The shirts represent the competitive nature of the team, which Dallas epitomizes, and were intended as a fun way to engage the fans. We will speak privately with Dallas about this to clarify our position and make sure we have a clear line of communications going forward.”

 
 

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106 Responses to “Get off my mound, and my back”

  1. SJ44 July 6th, 2010 at 8:58 am

    Braden may be a jerk but, he handled this the right way.

    Sometimes, people learn from mistakes. It seems Braden did in this case.

    As Girardi suggested, have he and Arod sign a bunch of shirts, auction them off to charity, and move on.

  2. jennifer July 6th, 2010 at 9:00 am

    The A’s organization is a bunch of hypocrites. They told Dallas to shut his mouth about the whole incident, but than when they realize they can make money off of it they put out a t-shirt. How is any player supposed to take what management says seriously if what is good for the goose isn’t good for the gander?

  3. Erin July 6th, 2010 at 9:01 am

    That’s hilarious that Robbie had one on. :)

  4. damon (think 28) July 6th, 2010 at 9:07 am

    “We will speak privately to Dallas about this to clarify our position, and make sure we have a clear line of communition going forward.”

    Translation from the A’s front office to Dallas Braden: Shut your pie hole if you know what’s best and like playing here.

  5. SJ44 July 6th, 2010 at 9:10 am

    That’s not it. Translation: we won’t be selling anymore t-shirts.

    Once they didn’t get Union permission to license the product and went ahead with the production, they were in the wrong and they know it. In this instance, Braden is in the right.

    They miscalculated the fallout. Which is why this “promotion” is now dead in the water.

  6. MTU (aka GBURL) July 6th, 2010 at 9:15 am

    I did good work in the lab in removing Javy’s “loser gene” didn’t I ?

    He is 100% cured. No chance of a relapse.

    Now if I could just remove AJ’s nagging “inconsistency gene” I’d be up for the fickle finger of fate award.

    That ought to keep me plenty busy in my spare time. :)

  7. Jim July 6th, 2010 at 9:16 am

    Something tells me that not having a single win since his perfect game has something to do with his humility on the t-shirt. Perhaps Arod was right about him after all.

  8. JM July 6th, 2010 at 9:26 am

    Just voted for Swish and Votto for another 20 minutes….I must be crazy! LOL.

    Nice night last night for Votto with two homers in Red’s win. Swish is heating up at the right time as well. Send Swish!

  9. raymagnetic July 6th, 2010 at 9:27 am

    Sorry but Braden is the LAST person who should be talking about a gross lack of tact. He and his family have no tact whatsoever.

    I really don’t see what the big deal is anyway. It’s a t-shirt making fun of a silly situation. They play a GAME for a living for pete’s sake.

  10. 86w183 July 6th, 2010 at 9:28 am

    This is hardly worth discussing.

    As I wrote on the previous thread… what would have or could have been funny would be a song parody using the re-named Rolling Stones Classic

    “Hey, You, got off of my Mound”

    Good pitching match up tonight. Hope I can stay awake past the third or fourth inning, but two nights in a row is a lot of this old man

  11. MTU (aka GBURL) July 6th, 2010 at 9:28 am

    An truly enterprising organization wouldn’t be selling T-shirts to the faithful they would be selling “no-doze” over the internet to all the poor East coast fans who were trying to stay up to watch these games.

    They coulda made a killing. There’s still time. :)

  12. damon (think 28) July 6th, 2010 at 9:31 am

    Yankees played Astros , that club played up the Roy Oswalt complete game win, years ago vs Yankees. (marketing ploy)

    Next the Diamondbacks, marketed the 2001 WS win over the Yankees, even though they don’t have a contending team this year. AZ fired the GM and Mgr the following week because team is in the basement., but it FILLED THEIR STADIUM, 3x’s what they were seeing this season. (Marketing ploy)

    A’s not winning their division and need to keep butts in the seats at this point of the season, hence another Marketing ploy!

    Being a rival of the Yankees is a profitable thing now days, everybody wants their 15 minutes.

  13. MTU (aka GBURL) July 6th, 2010 at 9:32 am

    Last night’s win shows how we roll in the 718. ;)

  14. Erin July 6th, 2010 at 9:34 am

    86w183 July 6th, 2010 at 9:28 am

    As I wrote on the previous thread? what would have or could have been funny would be a song parody using the re-named Rolling Stones Classic

    ?Hey, You, got off of my Mound?

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

    :lol:

  15. Bret the Hitman July 6th, 2010 at 9:36 am

    It’s looking more and more like Javy will secure a spot in the playoff rotation and Phil Hughes will join Joba and Mo in the bullpen for the post season.

    I still want to add League or Soria.

  16. vey July 6th, 2010 at 9:39 am

    Braden was right about the T shirt pitting player against player, something the Players union doesn’t advocate. It needs them to stay united and move as a unit.

    His grandmother was more tactless if you ask me, I hope she was reminded.

  17. vinny-b July 6th, 2010 at 9:40 am

    Chad (or anyone):

    when was the last time the Yankees were +20 games over .500, before the All-Star break ?

    does anyone know?

    thanks.

  18. MTU (aka GBURL) July 6th, 2010 at 9:41 am

    Bret-

    It appears to me that you are about to learn the answer to the age old question “How does it feel to want ? ” :)

  19. Corey July 6th, 2010 at 9:41 am

    The whole thing is a joke. I love how Braden played the tough guy act and wanted to fight Alex. It should be a non issue now.

  20. vinny-b July 6th, 2010 at 9:43 am

    “Sorry but Braden is the LAST person who should be talking about a gross lack of tact. He and his family have no tact whatsoever”
    ————————————

    what the hell did he do, that was so bad? Are some crtitical peeps on the internet these days.

  21. RhapsodyInBlue July 6th, 2010 at 9:46 am

    “The shirts represent the competitive nature of the team, which Dallas epitomizes, and were intended as a fun way to engage the fans.”

    More likely an attempt to enrage not engage.

  22. haiku-man July 6th, 2010 at 9:47 am

    I heard Cano sported the Tee in the Yankees locker room and everybody erupted in laughter, including Alex who said he should get a cut of the profits!

  23. Corey July 6th, 2010 at 9:48 am

    Yankees in 09 were 51-37 after the break.

  24. Bret the Hitman July 6th, 2010 at 9:48 am

    MTU,

    No worries, my friend.

    Sunday, the preacher at my church gave a sermon on prayer and how to prayer so that God answers our prayers. Here’s the outline that I will follow leading up to July 31st.

    1)Humble – You must be totally desperate and broken when you pray. You have to no other choice or ability to make something miraculous happen of your own free will.

    2)Specific – You must be specific in what you ask for.

    3)Persistent – You must keep praying for what you need.

    Let’s all join hands together and have a group prayer to bring Joakim Soria to the Yankees for the 2010 season. We are desperate. We are broken. Please God let the New York Yankees acquire Joakim Soria via trade for the 2010 MLB season. Give Cashman the strength.

    Repeat

    Repeat

    Repeat

    :lol:

  25. Corey July 6th, 2010 at 9:49 am

    Soria would be a great pickup. I will pray for that lol

  26. raymagnetic July 6th, 2010 at 9:53 am

    “what the hell did he do, that was so bad? Are some crtitical peeps on the internet these days.”

    The whole wanting to fight Alex over a perceived slight was tactless. The whole “we don’t do much talking in the 209″ nonsense was tactless. I guess it was okay for you, but me it was classless of him.

    Braden – “the two of us will have to settle it with knuckles”

    I guess in your world that’s some real cool thing to say and do.

  27. Bret the Hitman July 6th, 2010 at 9:56 am

    Corey,

    EXCELLENT!

    The power of group prayer mustn’t be underestimated.

  28. raymagnetic July 6th, 2010 at 9:56 am

    By the way Vinny B,

    The whole settle it with knuckles statement was made 3 WEEKS after the incident. Perhaps you weren’t aware of it?

    But you’re right, he didn’t do anything that was so bad. I’m just being critical. :roll:

  29. JM July 6th, 2010 at 9:56 am

    Plus didn’t the grandmother talk trash as well?

  30. MTU (aka GBURL) July 6th, 2010 at 9:58 am

    Bret-

    I understand the power of prayer.

    And mine fulfill all of the three conditions you mention.

    Doesn’t hurt to hedge your bets. ;)

    Gonna escape the heat for a few days. The season is heating up and so is the GZ.

  31. gfd July 6th, 2010 at 10:00 am

    raymagnetic

    When he said knuckles, he meant knuckle curve ball, you know hit by pitch! bwahaha

  32. Bret the Hitman July 6th, 2010 at 10:01 am

    MTU,

    SPLENDID!

    Will you join Corey and I in our Joakim Soria prayer circle?

  33. pat July 6th, 2010 at 10:03 am

    Braden better never get traded or sign with a big market team because rolling with the punches is not his strong suit. If the roles were reversed, the NY papers would be full of “Lighten Up, Francis” articles aimed at Alex this morning.

    To Braden’s credit, maybe he learned something from the experience and perhaps took Alex’s words to heart about it being better to be known for what you do on the field.

    Negative marketing is not a new concept. The Jays have been doing it to promote Yankees series for years.

    The A’s going forward with the T-shirt after their own players asked them not to shows a lack of respect for their employees though. Difference with these shirts and the hundreds of much more offensive ones out there is this one was team sanctioned.

  34. damon (think 28) July 6th, 2010 at 10:03 am

    haiku-

    PeteAbe called Alex greedy for wanting a cut.

  35. blake July 6th, 2010 at 10:04 am

    Wouldn’t it be better to just pray that Joba pitches like last night more frequently…I know it would be cheaper.

  36. MTU (aka GBURL) July 6th, 2010 at 10:05 am

    Bret-

    Sorry but I’m saving my bullets for when we really need ‘em.

    Time to visit my Cathedral. All are welcome.No dogma.

    I’m sure you’ll do fine in your crusade.

    Stay classy. :)

  37. raymagnetic July 6th, 2010 at 10:07 am

    “PeteAbe called Alex greedy for wanting a cut.”

    Boston Dave was just joking when he said that last night.

  38. Shame Spencer July 6th, 2010 at 10:10 am

    “I’m not a big hype guy,” Braden said. “It is what it is. Done deal.”

    Ahahahahaha..

  39. upstate kate July 6th, 2010 at 10:10 am

    altho it does sound like something Pete Abe would say!

  40. J July 6th, 2010 at 10:13 am

    Braden is a bigger crybaby than I thought. He is under contract and being paid by the A’s., who are paying him almost half a million dollars. STFU…

  41. Bret the Hitman July 6th, 2010 at 10:13 am

    Idea to Help Yanks Bullpen: Trade for Joakim Soria

    By Mike Silva ~ July 3rd, 2010. Filed under: Mike Silva, New York Yankees.

    I thought the Yankees bullpen was going to be one of the best in baseball going into the season. You had Mariano Rivera to close game, hard throwers who miss bats in Joba Chamberlain and David Robertson, and a top lefty specialist in Damaso Marte. If any of them needed help Boone Logan, Mark Melancon, and Chan Ho Park could move into a more prominent role. Things haven’t turned out according to plan as Rivera is the only one performing to expectations as the rest of the pen has an ERA just under 5 combined. I am not sure bringing in someone, let’s say Octavio Dotel, is the answer since they already have versions of him in the fold. Acquiring a closer would accomplish two things: 1) lock down the eighth inning reliably and 2) prepare for the heir apparent to Mariano Rivera.

    According to Jon Heyman of SI the Royals might be inclined to move their closer Joakim Soria for the right price. He would be the perfect solution as he has dominated AL batters in the obscurity of Kansas City. For his career he has an ERA+ of 208, 110 saves, 0.977 WHIP, and a 4/1 strikeout to walk ratio. He probably is the best closer you haven’t heard of.

    Obtaining Soria won’t come easy. He is signed through 2014 to a reasonable contract with club options. His salary is still reasonable going into next year ($4 million), but the cost conscience Royals may see an opportunity to trade him for prospects which the Yankees have plenty to offer.

  42. Mark in Tampa July 6th, 2010 at 10:15 am

    “I’m not a big hype guy,” Braden said. “It is what it is. Done deal.”

    So he went on every radio and TV show he could find for a month afterwards talking about what a bad person Arod is, and promoting himself;, but now that he has gone 8 starts without being able to ‘put up’, he wants everybody to ‘shut up’ about it. Okay, sounds about right.

  43. the GM formerly known as Cashman now as Cashmoney! July 6th, 2010 at 10:16 am

    Funny shirt that would be in high demand amongst married women.

  44. the GM formerly known as Cashman now as Cashmoney! July 6th, 2010 at 10:18 am

    To Dallas Braden,
    Dear Braden , you need to STFU & STFD , just win baby, just win.

  45. Bronx Jeers July 6th, 2010 at 10:19 am

    Let’s play internet “telephone”

    So I hear Arod took some of those T-shirts and cut them up in anger.

  46. vinny-b July 6th, 2010 at 10:21 am

    “Braden – “the two of us will have to settle it with knuckles”
    I guess in your world that’s some real cool thing to say and do”
    ———————————————–

    raymagnetic: I didn’t know of the “knuckles comment”. Not a fan

    my take on the incident was the classist/hypocrisy of it all. Not walking on the pitcher’s mound violates baseball’s unwritten rules but because Dallas Braden is a journeymen pitcher it is not in his place to challenge Alex Rodriguez? Pitchers like him should be seen from but not heard? What the hell is this classist rhetoric??

    I don’t like the type of redneck/macho and arrogant behavior you elluded to. It is why i choose to not live in the south. But my problem with the controversy is outlined above. As a result, i could hardly blame his family for acting the way they did

  47. the GM formerly known as Cashman now as Cashmoney! July 6th, 2010 at 10:22 am

    what kate hudson last said to Rod , “get off my mound!”

  48. blake July 6th, 2010 at 10:25 am

    I’m afraid the Royals would ask for the moon for Soria…anybody would love to have him but its probably not realistic unless you want to part with Romine or Montero…

    Its unfortunate that Hawk has cheered the ChiSox back into the face because they were probably would have been a good source for a reliever.

  49. Bret the Hitman July 6th, 2010 at 10:27 am

    Blake,

    I’d offer them Austin Romine + David Robertson.

  50. Mark in Tampa July 6th, 2010 at 10:28 am

    “So I hear Arod took some of those T-shirts and cut them up in anger.”

    Well, I heard that the scissors he used were stolen from Jeter, and he is now feuding with Arod again. He went to the other A’s pitchers and suggested that they yell at Arod anytime he steps on ‘their infield’. :)

  51. pat July 6th, 2010 at 10:28 am

    “Asked last night if he had talked with Rodriguez since the April 22 incident when A-Rod crossed the mound on his way back to first after a foul ball, Braden said, “No, I must have lost his phone number.”

    A few minutes later the lefty was seen boxing up an autographed poster and some other goodies that were sent over to the Yankees clubhouse as a peace offering to A-Rod.”

    Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/sports.....z0suahKvN4

  52. paul c July 6th, 2010 at 10:30 am

    I seen a T-shirt on a woman the other day put out by Bush beer with THE snow capped mountains pictured on the can of beer with the Bush beer logo.

    It read , “If you like my mountains, you’ll love my Bush.”

    If a guy gave a woman a shirt with that on it, the he’d never hear the end of criticism, she was all smiles.

  53. SSDD July 6th, 2010 at 10:30 am

    Not that it matters, because it’s just a stupid t-shirt, but Dallas Braden is left-handed. The pitcher on the shirt is right-handed.

    You’d think the people who designed it would’ve taken that into consideration.

  54. Paco Dooley July 6th, 2010 at 10:31 am

    Good for Dallas Braden to state that this is a stupid t shirt.

    Speaking of pitchers, how about the Yanks take a shot on a minor league contract for the D Train not that he’s been released by the D Backs?

  55. BetterLivingThruChemistry July 6th, 2010 at 10:33 am

    vinny b, while it may be an “unwritten” rule in baseball to not walk over or on the mound, it is also a practically unknown one. Many of the pitchers who are in the major league never even heard of such a thing.

    Seems to me that Braden uses anger to fire himself up over nothing. He is doing all this whining to get his name recognized, with the hopes of getting some team to over pay for him. He isn’t anything special as a pitcher, despite the perfect game.

    Alex might have been wrong in stepping on dirt, after all, it might have actually moved a few grains of it and caused Braden to fall off it. Braden acted like a two year old throwing a tantrum over it, and has been doing everything he can to keep the sparks going as its the only thing he that he had done up to that point where he was even noticed.

    If very few people in the game of baseball know about this “unwritten” rule, then apparently, its only the bush league players who would make this kind of deal about it.

    Braden and his grandmother are both extremely immature people.

  56. blake July 6th, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Brett,

    That might get it done but I just don’t think I’d make that trade. If Romine does become expendable then I probably save him as a trade chip for something other than a relief pitcher….they are just too unpredictable for me. He would certainly help this years team thougj no question.

  57. the GM formerly known as Cashman now as Cashmoney! July 6th, 2010 at 10:34 am

    much ado about nothing (T shirt ), Bring up Juan Miranda , platoon him with Thames , send down Pena or Russo. DFA Chop Suey and Gaudin , call up a combo of Melancon, ABBA or Sanchez. Let’s Roll da dice and see if come out ahead.
    Cashmoney, work your magik! let’s spend more steiner dollars.

  58. damon (think 28) July 6th, 2010 at 10:35 am

    Jack Cust was outspoken in the San Francisco Chronicle yesterday against the T shirt too, http://www.sfgate.com he said basically, you don’t want to provoke Alex because of his abilities and what he could do.

  59. Bret the Hitman July 6th, 2010 at 10:36 am

    Blake,

    That’s just the thing about Soria.

    He’s no ordinary relief pitcher.

    He’s a proven closer with an extensive track record of dominance.

    He’s lock down.

    He’s a sure thing.

    He’s predictable.

    When I hear “relief pitcher” and “unpredictable” or “volatile from year to year”, I think about Dotel and guys of his ilk.

  60. blake July 6th, 2010 at 10:38 am

    I think the T-shirt idea was poor taste but I’d say the A’s are trying to create revenue any way they can….not a lot of folks going to those games in that stadium these days.

  61. rconn23 July 6th, 2010 at 10:39 am

    Braden strikes me as a guy who is trying to become a bloaviator like Curt Schilling, only without about a third of Schilling’s talent.

    Whether he likes the idea of selling T-Shirts is irrelavent. If he hadn’t stomped off the mound and thrown a temper tantrum in the dugout none of this happens.

  62. five iron from fenway July 6th, 2010 at 10:41 am

    Seattle is looking for a big league ready catcher for Cliff Lee.

    Would you do Montero for Lee straight up (presuming you can speak to Lee and lock him up long term)?

  63. blake July 6th, 2010 at 10:42 am

    Brett,

    He’s dominate in a closer role in KC…that doesn’t neccessarily mean he will be as good in a set up role in NYC. Maybe he would, but its enough of a question IMO to not trade away one of my best prospects for him.

  64. SJ44 July 6th, 2010 at 10:43 am

    Bret,

    The Yankees aren’t going to get Soria to set up Rivera. It’s not even on their radar.

    The assets they would have to give up for him, a guy KC doesn’t want to trade, make mo logical sense.

    In other words, they would have to get fleeced ny KC in order to get him.

    That’s not what Cashman is looking to do.

    Especially for a guy who has mo desire to be a setup man.

    Whether you want to believe it or not, that’s a demotion for a guy in the prime of his career.

  65. the GM formerly known as Cashman now as Cashmoney! July 6th, 2010 at 10:44 am

    mike Aviles to da Yankees! the kid is legit!

  66. vinny-b July 6th, 2010 at 10:45 am

    “vinny b, while it may be an “unwritten” rule in baseball to not walk over or on the mound, it is also a practically unknown one. Many of the pitchers who are in the major league never even heard of such a thing”
    ————————————

    based on Joel Sherman and other NY writers, what you stated above is not the case at all.

    if in fact you are right (which is definitely possible) than my view of the Dallas Braden matter is a faulty one.

  67. Bret the Hitman July 6th, 2010 at 10:46 am

    Let us bow our heads in prayer…

  68. Nick in SF July 6th, 2010 at 10:46 am

    The word at the stadium last night was that Arod was so upset about those t-shirts that he cut himself. :(

  69. the GM formerly known as Cashman now as Cashmoney! July 6th, 2010 at 10:47 am

    kila ka’aihue of da Royals to the Yankees as DH, the kid is a beast.

  70. Joe from Long Island July 6th, 2010 at 10:51 am

    Good morning –

    1. I think Joe G. has the best take on T-shirt-gate.

    2. Interesting Sanchez was moved to the Scranton pen. It suggests a few things a)They’re looking at him for the Yanks’ bullpen woes b)They want to keep Nova and Noesi as starters c)They don’t completely trust Albie is the answer d)they’re not in a great hurry to make a trade for a reliever e)bargaining ploy for other teams to see that they are not necessarily desperate.

  71. blake July 6th, 2010 at 10:52 am

    SJ,
    If the Ramos/Hicks offer for Lee rumor is true (which who knows), that’s a pretty good return for the M’s no? Do you see anybody beating that offer? If that were true, it would represent a pretty stark change from how the Twins have done business in the past…perhaps Target field is moving them more towards a big market train of thought?

  72. GreenBeret7 July 6th, 2010 at 10:53 am

    KC would request a catcher, a starting pitcher, a middle infielder (that NYYs don’t have enough of) and an outfielder or 3rd baseman. That’s way too much to pay for a relief pitcher that has no sesire to be a set-up. That makes him an unhappy pitcher. the only way to reduce the cost is to take on another ugly contract such as Guillen or farnsworth. They could move Dejesus a lot easier and get something back. They’ll get nothing for Guillen (owed $6 mil) or Farnsworth (owed almost $8 mil).

  73. Bret the Hitman July 6th, 2010 at 10:53 am

    e)bargaining ploy for other teams to see that they are not necessarily desperate.
    ******

    Is the correct answer.

  74. Hoffa July 6th, 2010 at 10:54 am

    I normally agree with SJ, but I have to disagree with his take on this issue.

    The original situation got blown out of proportion, to the point of absurdity, by both Braden and ARod. Now that time has past and tempers have (or at least should have) cooled, both parties should be willing to relax about the matter.

    For Braden to respond in the manner demonstrates that he takes himself way to seriously and that he appears to lack maturity.

    I also think there is zero chance the A’s pull these shirts off the market. Why would they do that? Dallas Braden is NOT the A’s compass for what is appropriate.

  75. GreenBeret7 July 6th, 2010 at 10:59 am

    That t-shirt will get pulled because the team doesn’t have Braden’s or MLBPPA permission to market and use the player’s permission to use his likeness or quote.

  76. GreenBeret7 July 6th, 2010 at 11:01 am

    and ***have*** the player’s permission

  77. gfd July 6th, 2010 at 11:01 am

    KC beat the Mariners yesterday, Felix Hernandez on the mound went 7 innings, gave up 2 HR, Cordero lost it for them, he’s 0-11

  78. pat July 6th, 2010 at 11:03 am

    SOmething to keep in mind next time you want to complain about the Yankees being stupid because they bid against themselves for a player…..

    “In free agency, it’s not about cutting the best deal, it’s about securing the player,” Cashman said. “I gave CC an extra year and an out after three years because we needed him. We couldn’t afford to lose him. He was the most vital piece to our entire game plan in free agency.”

    “You don’t get a gold star for saving money on a deal; your goal is to win championships,” Cashman said. “You can’t enter the free-agent market as a buyer hoping to beat the other teams by one dollar. You can’t mess around and lose the player.”

  79. vey July 6th, 2010 at 11:08 am

    The T shirt will be vigorously pushed the next two days, shelved until the next time the Yankees come to town, unless MLBPA gets it shut down.

    The A’s are using it as a revenue stream/scheme/way to sale seats/rev up the base.

  80. the GM formerly known as Cashman now as Cashmoney! July 6th, 2010 at 11:11 am

    At Dirty Dick’s and Sloppy Joe’s
    We drank our liquor straight,
    Some went upstairs with Margery,
    And some, alas, with Kate;
    And two by two like cat and mouse
    The homeless played at keeping house.

  81. Billy D July 6th, 2010 at 11:11 am

    “when was the last time the Yankees were +20 games over .500, before the All-Star break ?”

    55-31 in 2004

  82. GreenBeret7 July 6th, 2010 at 11:12 am

    pat, that quote from Cashman sounds familiar. Seems to me that those “impostors and blowhards” SJ, CB, Randy and Pat M. said the same thing for the last few years. Shame on them for being accurate.

  83. gfd July 6th, 2010 at 11:12 am

    Cashman was out bid for Dice-k (thank you) and seems determined to not to be again.
    Who says guys don’t like to shop! Now I’m waiting for him to ask for directions, to break another stereotype!

  84. the GM formerly known as Cashman now as Cashmoney! July 6th, 2010 at 11:14 am

    but we were NOT outbid on Kei Igawa! the Pride of Edo!

  85. GreenBeret7 July 6th, 2010 at 11:16 am

    Cashman offered what he thought was more than a fair deal for Matsuzaka. He was stupidly outbid (secret bid) by at least 2 other teams. One team is still paying for that stupidity.

  86. the GM formerly known as Cashman now as Cashmoney! July 6th, 2010 at 11:19 am

    ,personally I am glad we got Igawa, He cost only half of what Maz cost.

  87. LGY July 6th, 2010 at 11:20 am

    “You can’t enter the free-agent market as a buyer hoping to beat the other teams by one dollar. You can’t mess around and lose the player.”

    ——————————-

    I guess Theo Epstein didn’t get that memo in 2008.

  88. Billy D July 6th, 2010 at 11:22 am

    “2. Interesting Sanchez was moved to the Scranton pen. It suggests a few things a)They’re looking at him for the Yanks’ bullpen woes b)They want to keep Nova and Noesi as starters c)They don’t completely trust Albie is the answer d)they’re not in a great hurry to make a trade for a reliever e)bargaining ploy for other teams to see that they are not necessarily desperate”

    f) there are no relievers available who are significantly more reliable then the present occupants of the Yankees bullpen.

  89. SJ44 July 6th, 2010 at 11:22 am

    Blake,

    On the surface, that’s a solid offer. We just don’t know the competing offers to know if its the winning offer.

    The Japanese bidding process is different than American free agency.

    Blind bidding ( the Japanese process) is always a risk.

    In American free agency, you do what you have to do to secure the player.

    That’s why Cliff Lee, no matter where he gets traded, tests the market.

    You don’t ever want to be a player that asks himself, “what if”, when it comes to free agency.

    You hit the market and make your best deal.

  90. the GM formerly known as Cashman now as Cashmoney! July 6th, 2010 at 11:25 am

    Cashmoney Reigns Supreme. Look no further than the astute signings of Wynn, NJ, Park and Thames in Co. Cashmoney has shown us not only his ability to go big i.e. CC but also, his ability to play small ball in identifying undervalued assets.

    it’s good to be the king in the jungle, Theo can only look afar with envy.

  91. JM July 6th, 2010 at 11:25 am

    the GM formerly known as Cashman now as Cashmoney! July 6th, 2010 at 11:14 am

    but we were NOT outbid on Kei Igawa! the Pride of Edo!

    the all-time Scranton wins leader! Plus he has nifty shades

  92. champ809 July 6th, 2010 at 11:26 am

    If Sanchez transitions well to the bullpen role over the next few games I think we see Gaudin DFA’ed and Chop relegated to mop up work with Sanchez getting a crack at locking down the 7th and maybe working his way into some 8th inning work when Joba’s not available…..I’ve been hoping for that since Sanchez came up in May….his stuff could play up bigtime coming out of the major league ‘pen if he can keep the walks to a minimum…

    This would also I think pave the way for Noesi to get promoted to Scranton for the second half as he’s just been lights out in Trenton( 6-1, 1.83era and a bunch of Ks )….

    Warren in that scenario I think would be the next logical guy to get a promotion up to Trenton to take Noesi’s spot….

  93. Rishi July 6th, 2010 at 11:26 am

    :arrow:

  94. GreenBeret7 July 6th, 2010 at 11:29 am

    The tampa Yankee rookies are playing. Culver gave them a 2-0 lead with a 2 run triple. Sergio Mitre with 2 perfect innings and 5 strikeouts. 19 year old center fielder Kelvin Duran is 1-1 with a steal.

  95. the GM formerly known as Cashman now as Cashmoney! July 6th, 2010 at 11:31 am

    @JM, the shades was part of stipulations in signing his 46 mils contact with da Yankees. Cashman deems Igawa’s potential meteoric rise would blind the rest of baseball world. As a precaution to him and to the team, he was requested to wear shades on and off the field.
    right now, he is just honing his skillz in SWB, the reports are that he will be up for the 2015 season at the latest.

  96. JM July 6th, 2010 at 11:34 am

    #the GM formerly known as Cashman now as Cashmoney!

    agreed. his future’s so bright, he HAS to wear shades.

  97. the GM formerly known as Cashman now as Cashmoney! July 6th, 2010 at 11:35 am

    Igawa’s pet peeves, really , only one, DO NOT CROSS HIS MOUND, rumor has he threaten to commit Seppuku in Edo when someone violated his sacred battleground, unsubstanstiated, but that sounds like our warrior.

  98. GreenBeret7 July 6th, 2010 at 11:35 am

    Gary Sanchez’ batting average has pumitted all the way down to .447 to go along with a paltry 3 homers and 12 RBI in 10 games..

  99. GreenBeret7 July 6th, 2010 at 11:36 am

    batting average has ***plummeted*** all the way down to

  100. JimDC July 6th, 2010 at 11:37 am

    Braden didn’t handle this the right way as someone suggested. When asked to comment he should have said “speak to the A’s front office.” If he had a problem with the t-shirt he should have gone to GM Beane and/or the A’s player representative. Braden never met a reporter he didn’t want to talk to or a microphone he didn’t want to talk into.

    It would surprise me if the $25 t-shirt was pulled unless the MLBPA filed a grievance. The quote on the t-shirt isn’t exactly what was said and the pitcher’s likeness may not actually be Braden. Yes, small legal issues but certainly issues favoring the A’s.

  101. the GM formerly known as Cashman now as Cashmoney! July 6th, 2010 at 11:37 am

    @GB7, Sanchez has been beastin! you think he will stay in GCL for the year or will he get a taste of Staten Island yanks?

  102. damon (think 28) July 6th, 2010 at 11:38 am

    http://www.soxblog.projo.com/2.....ster-a.htm has a great article on, “sox 40 man roster almost entirely in boston.” They got nothing left folks a good read.

  103. Joe from Long Island July 6th, 2010 at 11:55 am

    Billy D – absolutely. At least, not at a price that Cash wants to pay right now.

  104. David in Cal July 6th, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    It should be no surprise that a pitcher who’s ultra-sensitive about another player walking across “his” mound would be ultra-sensitive about the T-shirt.

  105. Marky Mark July 6th, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    “The shirts represent the competitive nature of the team.”

    I thought the shirts represented being eight games back in the division and two games under .500. My bad.

  106. derwood morris July 6th, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    I like the fact that the pitcher on the shirt is right-handed.


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