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Pregame notes: Cano in the dark about home run derby

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Jul 07, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Yankees Dodgers BaseballFor once Robinson Cano wasn’t smiling as he stood surrounded by reporters in the visitors clubhouse in Oakland. Everyone had questions about the Home Run Derby, and Cano didn’t have answers.

“As far as I know, I’m doing it,” he said. “I saw it on the computer that I’m not doing the derby, but nobody has talked to me… They should have let me know something and tell me about what was going on.”

Brian Cashman confirmed to me and just about every other beat writer that Cano will not be participating. Joe Girardi said the same thing, but called the apparent miscommunication with Cano an internal matter, “not something to hash over the airwaves.”

Cano acknowledged that his back has been sore. It’s bothered him since Sunday and he got extra treatment on it one day this week, but he said it doesn’t hurt him when he swings. He still wants to do the derby.

“Why not?” he said. “First time in your career. Go out there and have fun. Why not? That’s the kind of thing that might happen once in your life. We take BP every day, and it’s not going to be a big deal.”

The Yankees seem to see it differently. Kevin Long said without question he’d rather Cano not participate, and Girardi said the Yankees are worried about the impact the derby might have on Cano’s back. Girardi said Cano will be back in the lineup tomorrow, and he’ll still play in the All-Star Game, but the home run derby seems out of the question at this point.

Yankees Athletics Baseball• Jorge Posada came through last night’s game just fine. He’s DHing just because Girardi wants him at DH, not because he can’t catch.

• Similar thing with Curtis Granderson who’s getting a day off against a lefty. The Yankees will face left-handers in three of four games in Seattle, but Girardi said he expects Granderson to be a regular in the lineup those games. “We’re just giving him a day,” Girardi said. “And we might give Gardy one of those days.”

• Girardi said Alex Rodriguez will get a DH day in Seattle, but he doesn’t expect Rodriguez to get a full day off before the all-star break. He’ll DH one day, and Girardi thinks that should be enough of a break.

• Asked if he would let another Yankee take Cano’s spot in the derby, Girardi said yes, with one exception: “I’m not letting CC do it.”

Nick Swisher is back in the lead for the final all-star roster spot. “I did hear quietly that he moved ahead,” Girardi said. “It’s good. I think Swish is deserving, and we would love to see him there. Our fans are doing a great job and I’d just ask that they keep doing it. Get online and do it as many times as you can.”

Go here to vote for the final all-star spot.

• Speaking of Swisher, he’s gotten Twitter all-star endorsements ranging from Mike Bloomberg to Jessica Alba.

• Two Yankees were among five minor leaguers suspended for PEDs. Pitchers Daury Aquino and Alexander de los Santos each tested positive for metabolites of Stanozolol. They’re in the the Dominican Summer League. I’ve never heard of either of them.

• Girardi had a pretty funny line when he was asked again about the impact a home run derby has on a hitter. “I’ve never participated in one,” he said. “I’ve gotta believe I’ll never be asked to participate in one.”

UPDATE, 9:10 p.m.: Cano just met with the media. He said he has now talked to Girardi and Cashman, and he’s on board with their decision. Would he still like to participate? “After I talked to the trainer, no chance,” he said.

Associated Press photos of Cano, and of Rodriguez, Jeter and Curtis.

 
 

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141 Responses to “Pregame notes: Cano in the dark about home run derby”

  1. me July 7th, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    Come on, E. Long., hit a second homer here.

  2. me July 7th, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    Wild pitch by
    Wakie Wakie

    a run scores
    Hehe

  3. me July 7th, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    Can Pena and his 199 batting average do something productive here?

  4. me July 7th, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    Single.

    4-0 !

  5. Erin July 7th, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    • Asked if he would let another Yankee take Cano’s spot in the derby, Girardi said yes, with one exception: “I’m not letting CC do it.”

    ****************************
    Darn. LOL

  6. mick July 7th, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    seems like the yanks and cano have a parent – child relationship

  7. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos July 7th, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    I hate stuff like this. :(

    I prefer when everyone gets along…

  8. me July 7th, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    So many runs are scoring, GameDay can’t keep track of them all …

  9. Rich in NJ July 7th, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    I would call it an employer – employee relationship.

  10. mick July 7th, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    I hate stuff like this. :(

    I prefer when everyone gets along…
    ==========================
    maybe a therapist

  11. Bring in the Goose July 7th, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    Here’s a backpage Boston headline for tomorrow am:

    Swept ARay

  12. ben July 7th, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    After Wakefield walks 4 guys in one inning, Upton swings on 3-0?

  13. SJ44 July 7th, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    Where’s our favorite Red Sox troll who spent weeks on here telling us how the Sox were going to be in first place by now.

    Come out, come out wherever you are! lol

    5-0 Rays after 5.

  14. Erin July 7th, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    BryanHoch Robinson Cano spoke with Girardi & Cashman re: Home Run Derby and will address reporters in approximately 5 minutes.

  15. mick July 7th, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    I would call it an employer – employee relationship.
    ============================
    sometimes that’s the same thing

  16. Jerkface July 7th, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    I would call it an employer – employee relationship.

    Contractor relationship. There can be stipulations against activities.

  17. SJ44 July 7th, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    One day deal. Everybody will be fine tomorrow.

    No big deal.

  18. mick July 7th, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    SJ44 July 7th, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    Where’s our favorite Red Sox troll who spent weeks on here telling us how the Sox were going to be in first place by now.
    =========================
    SJ-You’re like I used to be with the impostors :)

  19. Moo July 7th, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    First place Sox by the All-star break!

  20. SJ44 July 7th, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    There are no contractual conditions preventing players from participating in MLB activities.

    Those conditions are reserved for things like mountain climbing, snow skiing, etc.

  21. me July 7th, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    Nava, McDonald, Hall, and Patterson may still homer in this game.

  22. DFox July 7th, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    That’s just terrible. It should come down to whether Cano wants to be in it or not. He does. That should be the end of the story. Now this is bad for baseball, and bad for Cano. If every manager and hitting coach were like Girardi and Long, then I guess there would be no homerun derby.

  23. the GM formerly known as Cashman now as Cashmoney! July 7th, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    I rather take Kevin Russo over Pena at second tonight. The kid hasn’t seen any live actions for weeks and is better hitter than Pena.

  24. JM July 7th, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    Where?s our favorite Red Sox troll who spent weeks on here telling us how the Sox were going to be in first place by now.

    –___________________________________________

    He/she has morphed into the rarely seen “Third Place Red Sox.”

    By the way, where has “Hit Girl” been lately?

  25. me July 7th, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    Look, McDonald scored another run!

  26. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos July 7th, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    I can’t imagine Cano would think he was doing something wrong; it’s the ASG, which is an MLB thing, and they asked him. I would love to see a poll of other guys who participated – how many asked permission?

  27. jpb1973 July 7th, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    Dellin Betances is having another fine night down in Tampa for the Yankees. In six innings he has given up 0 runs on 3 hits with 1 walk and 6 strikeouts. The T-Yanks lead 4-0 in the top of the 7th inning.

  28. tampayank July 7th, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    Did anyone see Rays owner Sternberg drinking a beer while getting interviewed by Todd Kalas? thought that was a bit odd for an interview ha

  29. Bring in the Goose July 7th, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    Just read Gammons latest on MLB.com summarizing first half.

    Of course he wasted a paragraph on Nava.

    I shouldn’t be so surprised.

  30. mick July 7th, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    I don’t understand the selfishness of letting a guy with a bad back call the shots about a derby that could effect his health and the team. How shortsighted can you be? He should realize this and drop the subject. If he expected to go w/out telling the Yanks he was dead wrong.

  31. ron July 7th, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    Here comes the rough patch for the rs that we were talking about.

    You cant lose becket,buch,ells,pedroia,vmart,tek & not feel it.

  32. Erin July 7th, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    Ledger_Yankees Cano says he’s out

  33. mick July 7th, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    # Doreen – GTLU Stuff & Photos July 7th, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    I can’t imagine Cano would think he was doing something wrong; it’s the ASG, which is an MLB thing, and they asked him. I would love to see a poll of other guys who participated – how many asked permission?
    =================================
    It’s a strenuous activity esp if you go deep into it.
    The team will eventually know and have the final say.

  34. Erin July 7th, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    BryanHoch Robinson Cano officially out of Home Run Derby – says he understands and is fine with decision. Everyone’s on the same page. #Yankees

  35. DFox July 7th, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    Well yeah he’s out because Girardi and whoever took him out, not because he wanted to be out.

  36. SJ44 July 7th, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    Mick,

    I hate Red Sox trolls. They waste bandwidth on here.

    Like the one who is on here tonight.

    The good news is, another 2-3 losses this week, they will be in panic mode.

  37. Erin July 7th, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    JackCurryYES Cano spoke w Cashman and Girardi and now said he won’t compete in HR Derby. “Whatever I have to do for the team is no problem,” Cano said

  38. Nick in SF in Larkspur July 7th, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    Go deep in the home run derby?

    Heavens!

  39. the GM formerly known as Cashman now as Cashmoney! July 7th, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    @ron… need to capitalize RS’s woe right now and get 5-7 game lead before ASG. when RS are at full strength ,they are more than a match for us , if not better at this point.

  40. mick July 7th, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    SJ

    As much as I hate impostors?
    It seems like , between the two of us, we have exterminated a good portion of them both.

    Keep up the good work. I will remain vigilant.

  41. mick July 7th, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    I like the way we refer to RS as RS, not the RS, just RS.
    Sort of like the IRS.

  42. SJ44 July 7th, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    Ron is right.

    You can’t lose what they lost and not begin to feel it.

    Especially with all of the road games coming up for them.

    A lot of talent out and a lot of road games does not make for a winning streak.

    You don’t have to lose a lot.

    Just fall 5-6 games out, and be behind two teams by early August and it becomes a big challenge.

  43. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) July 7th, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    I’m glad things are straightened out – and now I hope Cano wins the MVP of the ASG, lol. I actually would love to see him make a great defensive play more than I would a HR or a big hit – I want everyone to see how good he is.

  44. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos July 7th, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    mick -

    I agree that the Yankees are correct here – the health of their player and their team is more important than the HR derby in the grand scheme of things. I just don’t fault Cano for wanting to do it.

    Glad it’s been settled now. :)

  45. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) July 7th, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    Yankees are having a very good year down on their farm……….nothing like the promise of youngsters to bring a smile to your face.

  46. Erin July 7th, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    Ledger_Yankees Cano met with Girardi. Cashman was on speaker phone. He’s out of the derby. “They don’t want to take a risk,” Cano said.

  47. LGY July 7th, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    What is people making it sound like these guys are on their death bad anytime any sort of “injury” is reported?

    He now has a “bad back” mick?

    Where did that come from?

    His back is stiff and said it doesn’t bother him at all when he swings.

    It is the middle of the baseball season. Every single one of them have aches and pains.

    Don’t dramatize the situation to make your point.

  48. SJ44 July 7th, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    They aren’t going to be at full strength next week.

    Pedroia is out for two months.

    Varitek the same.

    Beckett needs three rehab starts.

    Youk is hurting. His ankle has a bulky brace on it tonight.

    Even at full strength, they aren’t as good as the Yankees.

  49. pat July 7th, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    Doreen

    Robbie didnt do anything wrong.

    The smart way to handle it would be for MLB to communicate the invitation through the team and not directly to the player but Bud’s office rarely does things the smart way.

  50. Erin July 7th, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    This is awesome:

    BryanHoch RT @YankeesPR: Teammates of @NickSwisher get into the act during BP in OAK; Gardy and Grandy help to #SendSwish http://twitpic.com/23c5g5

    :)

  51. mick July 7th, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    Doreen, we are on the same page
    LGY, calm down and don’t tell me what to do.
    Whether is back is bad or not is not the point.
    They don’t want him to go, so he cant go, sort of like what your parents do to you :)

  52. SJ44 July 7th, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    Mick,

    Just so you know, I’m headed out to the Futures Game on Friday and won’t be around for the weekend and then will be in NYC from the 15th to the 25th.

    That will help you on Imposter Watch! lol

  53. LGY July 7th, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    mick,

    I’m very calm. LBJ is coming to NY. I couldn’t be calmer :)

  54. ron July 7th, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    the GM formerly known as Cashman now as Cashmoney! July 7th, 2010 at 8:54 pm
    @ron… need to capitalize RS’s woe right now and get 5-7 game lead before ASG. when RS are at full strength ,they are more than a match for us , if not better at this point.
    ———————————————————————————————————————-

    I hear the same thing every year & once again we are looking down at them.

    Even in 2004 it took a miracle.

    Not worried at all.

  55. mick July 7th, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    J44 July 7th, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    Mick,

    Just so you know, I’m headed out to the Futures Game on Friday and won’t be around for the weekend and then will be in NYC from the 15th to the 25th.

    That will help you on Imposter Watch! lol
    ==============================
    How do I know this is the real you? :)

  56. Nick in SF in Larkspur July 7th, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    It’s not clear from that picture that Grandy and Gardy have figured out how to turn on the computer.

  57. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) July 7th, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    LGY, I hope so, lol. Stephen A. Smith said on 1050 ESPN radio that Lebron (and other players) won’t come to NY because they miss Isaiah Thomas, someone they can relate to. For a guy who was touting James to NY for awhile, he sure is adamant about it not happening.

  58. mick July 7th, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    # LGY July 7th, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    mick,

    I’m very calm. LBJ is coming to NY. I couldn’t be calmer :)
    =======================================
    Now we are speaking the same language (unless you are being sarcastic) :)

  59. Erin July 7th, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    # Nick in SF in Larkspur July 7th, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    It’s not clear from that picture that Grandy and Gardy have figured out how to turn on the computer.

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

    :lol:

    True!

  60. the GM formerly known as Cashman now as Cashmoney! July 7th, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    SJ44 July 7th, 2010 at 8:59 pm
    They aren’t going to be at full strength next week.

    Pedroia is out for two months.

    Varitek the same.

    Beckett needs three rehab starts.

    Youk is hurting. His ankle has a bulky brace on it tonight.

    Even at full strength, they aren’t as good as the Yankees.
    ———————————————————————————–

    that’s certainly is up for debate if RS r better or as good as the Yankees. I do feel that if RS is at full strength, at this point, they will have deeper bench and lineup than we do.

  61. SJ44 July 7th, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    MLB always contacts the players directly to participate in the HR Derby. They did the same thing for the Futures Game.

    They didn’t even tell the Pirates Tony made the team. He told them.

    It’s MLB’s show and they do a poor job communicating with the teams.

    Probably because they don’t like the teams keeping the players from participating.

  62. ron July 7th, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    The yankees will also get a bat at the minimum making us stronger.

  63. LGY July 7th, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    They can relate to Isiah Thomas?

    Uh oh.

    I am not so sure I wanted Bron to come here if he can relate to him.

  64. Wave Your Hat July 7th, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    As far as the Sox go, I hope it never becomes relevant who is better at full strength. If the Sox lose enough games over the next month, it won’t matter who’s theoretically better.

  65. upstate kate July 7th, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    great pix Erin…we all need to do our part for Swish :) maybe he can do the HR derby!

    just checking in to see the line up…I thought there were some interesting guesses, but Girardi tops them all…I think he cheats.

  66. Erin July 7th, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    Robbie on missing the HR Derby:

    “They don’t want me to take the risk that I go out there and make the thing worse in my back. They don’t know how many swings I’m going to make. They say I might feel good the same day, but you never know how you’re going to wake up the next day.

    “They don’t want to take the risk that they’d lose me for the second half – two weeks, three weeks, a month. I agree with them. I don’t want to put myself in a situation where they’re going to have to get someone else to play second base.

  67. mick July 7th, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    # Erin July 7th, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    Robbie on missing the HR Derby:

    “They don’t want me to take the risk that I go out there and make the thing worse in my back. They don’t know how many swings I’m going to make. They say I might feel good the same day, but you never know how you’re going to wake up the next day.

    “They don’t want to take the risk that they’d lose me for the second half – two weeks, three weeks, a month. I agree with them. I don’t want to put myself in a situation where they’re going to have to get someone else to play second base.
    ==========================================
    LGY
    Did you get this memo?

  68. the GM formerly known as Cashman now as Cashmoney! July 7th, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    i hope Cashmoney check in on KC royals about Mike Aviles , he is better than all the rumored names that yanks are going after. If the price is not too steep, Yanks can get themselves a super Utility guy who can def hit!

  69. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) July 7th, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    LOL LGY………

    I just want this over. I’ve gotten myself so psyched that if he doesn’t say NY tomorrow, it’s going to be hard to take. It’s been so long since the team was relevant, but Lebron has a chance to help bring the magic back to the Garden – I hope he wants to do that.

  70. Comet July 7th, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    LGY I remember a time when LBJ going anywhere did not produce calm. Not being BB fan that was the first LBJ I thought of when I saw those initials.

  71. the GM formerly known as Cashman now as Cashmoney! July 7th, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    @WYH,
    hoping for some separation btw RS & Us. really hoping we beat one of Lee/king Felix combo in Seatle. Grind some at bats out against Elite pitcher like we use to do and still does sometimes.

  72. Alex July 7th, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    Do you guys think we can sweep the Mariners?

  73. Wave Your Hat July 7th, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    “i hope Cashmoney check in on KC royals about Mike Aviles , he is better than all the rumored names that yanks are going after. If the price is not too steep, Yanks can get themselves a super Utility guy who can def hit!”

    Who are you, Aviles’ mom?

  74. mick July 7th, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    some of these guys don’t know who the 1st LBJ was

  75. the GM formerly known as Cashman now as Cashmoney! July 7th, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    master of the senate?

  76. tampayank July 7th, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    the Lebronstake…..my picks Miami or he stays in Cleveland

  77. mick July 7th, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    Did anyone notice the 1st 2 AB’s of last nights game.
    Gardy and Jete went almost 20 pitches against their pitcher.
    Both made out but he was done after that.
    Hope he gets back to that lineup.

  78. THE TRUTH July 7th, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    I love Cano’s drive and desire to participate, and I love the Yankees handling it the way they did. Props to both.

  79. mick July 7th, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    LBJ was made famous because of JFK.

  80. the GM formerly known as Cashman now as Cashmoney! July 7th, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    Wave Your Hat July 7th, 2010 at 9:14 pm
    “i hope Cashmoney check in on KC royals about Mike Aviles , he is better than all the rumored names that yanks are going after. If the price is not too steep, Yanks can get themselves a super Utility guy who can def hit!”

    Who are you, Aviles’ mom?
    ———————————————-
    nah, but his mother knows me.

  81. LGY July 7th, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    Comet,

    Sorry to bring back bad memories!

    The original LBJ may have been President, but the new LBJ is King.

    (King of NY that is)

  82. the GM formerly known as Cashman now as Cashmoney! July 7th, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    FDR had better vertical leaps than both JFK and LBJ.

  83. Wave Your Hat July 7th, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    “Who are you, Aviles’ mom?
    ———————————————-
    nah, but his mother knows me.”

    Then maybe you are Mike Aviles himself! Or his girlfriend…

  84. LGY July 7th, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    “nah, but his mother knows me.”

    Sounds dirty.

  85. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos July 7th, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    LBJ had his own “fame” before, which is why JFK chose him in the first place. Then came the infamy. :(

  86. mick July 7th, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    Timetable for the KIng:
    9pm apology to Cleveland
    9:10 enter Dantoni and Walsh with #6 uni
    9:25 enter tony parker acquired in sign and trade for d. lee
    9:45 Knick City Dancers entertain

  87. the GM formerly known as Cashman now as Cashmoney! July 7th, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    LGY July 7th, 2010 at 9:21 pm
    “nah, but his mother knows me.”

    Sounds dirty.
    ————————————
    i recalled dialing her phone once …. spoke to Cashmoney.

  88. mick July 7th, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    JFK chose LBJ because of his southern pull, nothing like the pulled pork you could have gotten at the Ga. Pig

  89. Comet July 7th, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    Hey Cashmoney he was the Master of the Senate before becoming VP and then President. Did a good job too. He actually wept most nights he was President over the casualties of the war.

  90. the GM formerly known as Cashman now as Cashmoney! July 7th, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    @Doreen, Robert Caro’s bio on LBJ was ‘informative and interesting’ almost as good as his bio on Robert Moses.

  91. sunny615 July 7th, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    Anyone know anything about the two suspended minor leaguers? Aquino and de los Santos? Were they at least decent prospects or just filler?

  92. blake July 7th, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    I really can’t see Lebron going back to Cleveland now. I think the attempt at the sign and trade with Bosh was his last ditch effort….didn’t work out so my guess is the Knicks. I think the allure of winning a title (on his own) in NY will be too great for him to pass up.

    That said, even if he did go to Miami, I’m not sure they are beating the Lakers with just Wade, Lebron, Bosh, and the players that would fill in. They would have no cap room left for roll players. Think what a disaster it would be if he went down to Miami and failed to win a championship on that team. He has more leeway to fail initially with the Knicks and Carmello is a possibility for next season as well… My guess is the Knicks…JMO.

  93. mick July 7th, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    ray allen signs with celtics 2yrs

  94. the GM formerly known as Cashman now as Cashmoney! July 7th, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    @Comet, from what I read , that is the case. LBJ did more than Kennedy ever did. But, you can’t quite blame Kennedy on that , can’t you. all second hand knowledge as I wasn’t born yet.

  95. mick July 7th, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    Has anybody seen Cyrus yet?
    Good movie with John C. Reilly, Marisa Tomei and Jonah Hill.

  96. pat July 7th, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    Gardy and Grandy should have borrowed Mo and Joba’s computer assistant

    http://twitpic.com/23c63v

  97. LGY July 7th, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    King of Cleveland? Sounds harsh. Sounds too German and with Germany’s defeat today…Nope

    King of Chicago? Doesn’t flow. Doesn’t sound right. Nope

    King of Miami? Makes him sound like a drug dealer. Nope.

    King of New York? For the win. YES! /Marv Albert voice.

  98. gfd July 7th, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    Tito waving the white flag, Papelbon in the game in the 7th

  99. Gator49 July 7th, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    gameday has papelbom in for RS in 7th inning…anyone watching the game that can confirm

  100. mick July 7th, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    I forgot to include the montage of Dave DuBuschere pumping his fist in the festivities!

  101. FYI July 7th, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    The Red Sox have hit 311 doubles so far this season.

  102. the GM formerly known as Cashman now as Cashmoney! July 7th, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    Pet Peeves, when i hear Joe G address the player Gardner as ‘Gardy’ especially with dental braces on , there is something weird about it…. like 13 year girl talking about New Kids on the block way…

  103. tampayank July 7th, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    “”# blake July 7th, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    I really can’t see Lebron going back to Cleveland now. I think the attempt at the sign and trade with Bosh was his last ditch effort….didn’t work out so my guess is the Knicks. I think the allure of winning a title (on his own) in NY will be too great for him to pass up.

    That said, even if he did go to Miami, I’m not sure they are beating the Lakers with just Wade, Lebron, Bosh, and the players that would fill in. They would have no cap room left for roll players. Think what a disaster it would be if he went down to Miami and failed to win a championship on that team. He has more leeway to fail initially with the Knicks and Carmello is a possibility for next season as well… My guess is the Knicks…JMO.:

    Pat Riley would be able to get good role players to sign for a discount, that Miami team would be LA. And for what it’s worth, Dan Lebatard tweet(don’t know why I’m following this, annoying but kind of addicting :) )

    Dan LeBatard tweet:

    “an awful lot of connected people i know have already dropped 66K each on heat season tickets. and it isn’t because of bosh and wade”

    I do think Lebron to the Knicks would be great, the East would be exciting with Orlando, Boston, New York, Miami, and Chicago

  104. pat July 7th, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    “The Red Sox have hit 311 doubles so far this season.”

    Home/Road splits? Guessing alot of that has to do with a green wall.

  105. mick July 7th, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    Boozer to the Bulls

  106. SJ44 July 7th, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    Who cares how many doubles the Red Sox have.

    They are in third place.

    Toronto has a lot if HR’s and they are in 4th place.

    None of it means anything unless you win.

  107. gus July 7th, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    I flipped to that game and can confirm.

  108. mick July 7th, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    # SJ44 July 7th, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    Who cares how many doubles the Red Sox have.

    They are in third place.

    Toronto has a lot if HR’s and they are in 4th place.

    None of it means anything unless you win.
    =============================
    SJ, give it up, they will never learn

  109. m July 7th, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    Why is pimplebutt pitching in the 7th of a 2-6 game?

  110. Tar July 7th, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    Try 111 doubles.

  111. Wave Your Hat July 7th, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    ““The Red Sox have hit 311 doubles so far this season.”

    Home/Road splits? Guessing alot of that has to do with a green wall.”

    123 doubles in 46 games at home. 77 doubles in 36 games on the road. So you may be onto something…

  112. SJ44 July 7th, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    I know what LeBatard means.

    My season tickets payment is due.

    I’m holding off until tomorrow night! lol

    Either way I’m renewing.

    I’d just do it faster if LeBron comes on board.

  113. Tar July 7th, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    On second thought try 200 doubles.

  114. pat July 7th, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    I”m no math whiz but 123 + 77 does not = 311

  115. Wave Your Hat July 7th, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    LeBron’s coming to the Rock! Pay no attention to anything else you may hear!

  116. SJ44 July 7th, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    Man, Youk is really hurting. He’s in a lot of pain in the dugout.

    I’m not a doctor but, if that’s a “cramp”, it’s the longest anyone has had a cramp in the history of medicine.

  117. Wave Your Hat July 7th, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    “I”m no math whiz but 123 + 77 does not = 311″

    I thought you were the 311 doubles guy. My numbers, meaningless though they be, were right as far as they went.

  118. Gator49 July 7th, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    why pap in the 7th?

  119. blake July 7th, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    tampayank,

    Maybe you’re right but I don’t think by any means that Miami would be a lock for a title even with all three. To me, Miami is kind of a lose-lose for Lebron. If he goes there and wins then he was supposed to and did it with the help of 2 other stars…if he goes there and fails then its a massive hit to his legacy.

    If I’m Lebron I’m looking at 2 things mainly, where can I make the most money and where can I elevate my status in history to one of the all time greats. The only way he’s going to accomplish that second one is to elevate a team the way Jordan did in Chicago, and do it with him clearly being most important piece of the puzzle. Maybe thats not that important to Lebron but NY offers both of those opportunities.

  120. Nick in SF in Larkspur July 7th, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    I think he meant that Youk bought this twice:

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wi....._cover.jpg

  121. Phil Columbus July 7th, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    why pap in the 7th?

    *******

    Maybe just to get some work in, has thrown 1 inning in the last 10 days. Maybe a showcase for a trade?:) RS in full rebuild mode, Bard as the new closer and the youth movement begins.

  122. the GM formerly known as Cashman now as Cashmoney! July 7th, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    ‘where can I elevate my status in history to one of the all time greats.’
    agree, LBJ could show us something by winning a championship first, never mind ‘all time greats’
    that my friend, is only reserve for lights of Anthony Mason or Mike Aviles.

  123. the GM formerly known as Cashman now as Cashmoney! July 7th, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    lebron James

    He has been known to cure narcolepsy, just by walking into the room.

    His organ donation card, also lists his beard.

    He’s a lover, not a fighter, but he’s also a fighter, so don’t get any ideas.

    When it is raining, it is because he is sad.

    Even his parents’ advice is insightful.

    If there were an interesting gland, his would be larger than most men’s entire lower intestines.

    His shirts never wrinkle.

    He is left-handed. And right-handed.

    Even if he forgets to put postage on his mail, it gets there.

    He once knew a call was a wrong number, even though the person on the other end wouldn’t admit it.

  124. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) July 7th, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    David Falk seems to think it’s Miami or Cleveland per an article in Newsday…….The writer says that his opinion carries more weight than most even though Falk admits that he has no inside.

    Despite this “momentum” towards the Knicks, most pundits still seem to think it’s between Cleveland and Miami.

    Here’s some of the article:

    http://www.newsday.com/sports/.....-1.2087151

    As for why he doesn’t see the Knicks as one of James’ best options, Falk dismissed the widely circulated belief that the main reason for James to come to New York would be to raise his marketability.

    As someone who has represented the most marketable athlete in history, I don’t believe that in 2010 you need to be in New York to be marketable,” he said. “You could be on the moon with the social media today. Put it this way: Could LeBron generate much more hysteria than he’s generated from Cleveland this week? How much more attention could he really get if he lived in an area other than Cleveland?”

    So what should be the determining factor? Falk thinks James’ decision will go a long way in determining his legacy, so finding a place where he can win should be of the utmost importance. “You can’t criticize LeBron if he goes to a place because he thinks he has a better chance to win,” he said.

    And clearly the Heat, having just Wednesday retained star guard Dwyane Wade and added forward Chris Bosh to the fold, present perhaps the most immediate opportunity for James to win his first championship.

    “It’s a pivotal moment in his legacy because 20 years from now guys in a barber shop will be saying, ‘Who’s better, Kobe, Jordan, LeBron or Bill Russell?’” Falk said. “They’ll say Russell had 11 titles, Jordan had six, Kobe had five, Wade had one. How many did LeBron have? Now if the answer is zero, well, he’s made the wrong decision. This is not about money. It’s about his place in the sun.”

  125. SJ44 July 7th, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    Blake,

    The cap is going up higher than expected. LeBron can sign for 3 years and go somewhere else if he wants.

    If all three guys don’t sign for max money, which is the latest rumor I heard, they all get hailed as “doing anything to win”.

    It also frees up more money to add parts.

    LeBron has so many ways he can spin this to look good, I don’t think his legacy gets hurt in the slightest if he picks Miami.

  126. me July 7th, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    Red Sox three outs away from being swept. Oh so sad.

    Hehe.

  127. the GM formerly known as Cashman now as Cashmoney! July 7th, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    more Sir James
    You can see his charisma from space.

    The police often question him, just because they find him interesting.

    He once punched a magician. That’s right. You heard me.

    When he orders a salad, he gets the dressing right there on top of the salad, where it belongs…where there is no turning back.

    If a monument was built in his honor, Mt. Rushmore would close, due to poor attendance.

    His beard alone has experienced more than a lesser man’s entire body.

    His blood smells like cologne.

    On every continent in the world, there is a sandwich named after him.

    He doesn’t believe in using oven mitts, nor potholders.

    His cereal never gets soggy. It sits there, staying crispy, just for him.

    His pillow talk is years ahead of it’s time.

    Respected archaeologists fight over his discarded apple cores.

  128. Steve July 7th, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    i’m not sure why so many on here think the Knicks are the best fit for Lebron. What makes the Knicks history so attractive . or playing at MSG so grand. ?? Some on here would think the Knicks are the ones with 27 championships . They don’t have the history the Lakers, Celtics or Bulls have. Hell San Antoino has more history !!!. And seriously what “great” players have the Knicks produced ???

    i just don’t get it

  129. Wave Your Hat July 7th, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    “I don’t believe that in 2010 you need to be in New York to be marketable,” he said. “You could be on the moon with the social media today.”

    So New Jersey is still in the running…

  130. tampayank July 7th, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    blake

    yeah I don’t know how he will fit considering him and Wade both want the ball in their hands, actually think the Heat would be better off using the rest of the money on good role players so maybe Lebron does take on New York or stays loyal to Cleveland…interesting to see what happens tomorrow night

    I guess Chicago is out w/ the Boozer signing?

  131. blake July 7th, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    “LeBron has so many ways he can spin this to look good, I don’t think his legacy gets hurt in the slightest if he picks Miami.”

    He’d have to win IMO…there would be pressure to win the title next season if all 3 sign there.

  132. Mike Ri July 7th, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    i have to agree with Steve . . The Knicks will always be the 3rd or 4th team in New York. Yanks , Mets , Giants , Knicks / Rangers

  133. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) July 7th, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    Carmelo Anthony will likely sign next year – the question is can Lebron wait a year to be on a serious contender? If not, if he has to win it all (possibly) next year, then no – he will not be a Knick. If he can see beyond this year then there’s a good chance he’ll be a Knick.

  134. SAS July 7th, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    :arrow: Game 84

  135. SJ44 July 7th, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    Watch the games from the Olympics to see how Wade and LeBron can play together.

    That’s where this whole idea began to take shape.

  136. Mike Ri July 7th, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    I think its has more to do with the New York Media than anything ! . . They have no Vilan anymore. . The Boss is silent . Arod is no longer a lightening rod ,,,, Eli Manning , , forget it . . Hockey ,, forget it .. David Wright .. not appealing

    The New York Media .. is foaming at the mouth for Lebron. Its a win . win situation . If he wins he’ll be hailed a king . . if he loses . .he’ll take more heat than the sun can deliever. Its about selling papers

  137. tampayank July 7th, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    “# Steve July 7th, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    i’m not sure why so many on here think the Knicks are the best fit for Lebron. What makes the Knicks history so attractive . or playing at MSG so grand. ?? Some on here would think the Knicks are the ones with 27 championships . They don’t have the history the Lakers, Celtics or Bulls have. Hell San Antoino has more history !!!. And seriously what “great” players have the Knicks produced ???

    i just don’t get it

    good point, the way some media and fans are portraying it like the Knicks are like the Yankees…not even close….they’ve been run horribly as an organization

  138. blake July 7th, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    SJ,

    it will be interesting to see how it all shakes out for sure.

  139. Phil Columbus July 7th, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    Betsy
    If the Nuggets can’t sign Melo they have already said they will trade him. Melo becoming a free agent isn’t a given.

  140. JoeyA July 7th, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    Has anyone read the Olney report of Alex battling hip issues this year?

    Anything serious to take away? I don’t have insider.

  141. 46fan July 8th, 2010 at 8:51 am

    Does anyone see a pattern with the young kids being suspended for PEDs – seems they are all either from or in the Dominican Republic – think the Yankees and MLB should do some kind of investigation?????


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