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Monahan: “Something you never thought you deserved”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Podcast on Jul 12, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Obit SheppardGene Monahan heard The Voice of God call his name a few times. Every time the full Yankees roster was introduced at Yankee Stadium, Bob Sheppard would announce the team’s trainer.

“It always was something you never thought you deserved,” Monahan said. “You never thought it would ever happen, and when it did and you never thought about it coming, it was always, ‘Oh my gosh. Bob Sheppard just said my name.’ It kind of gets you, man. It really makes you sting a little bit inside.”

Of all the people who said great things about Sheppard yesterday, Monahan was the best. Not that Derek Jeter and all of the players weren’t great, but there was something in Monahan’s voice that told you he really knew the man and appreciated the man. He called him the “most polite man” he ever met though his job.

“He would stop by every once in a while, during the course of the season,” Monahan said. “Maybe four or five times, poke his head around the door, wave over and call over me or Steve and very politely ask, ‘May I have a few lozenges?’ He was one of those guys that knew how to say that word. It took me 20 years. People can’t say that word, but he had it perfectly, of course, as he did with everything else.”

Here’s Monahan talked about Sheppard. Give this one a listen. It’s a very nice man talking about what must have been another very nice man.

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97 Responses to “Monahan: “Something you never thought you deserved””

  1. blake July 12th, 2010 at 8:57 am

    All the quotes on Bob Shepard are really cool. Thanks for sharing them Chad.

    I don’t see why the Yankees would trade Javy now. Their current MO is to make moves to strenghten their rotation…not weaken it. If you get Cliff Lee then yea it may make some sense but as things stand now I don’t see it.

  2. Apple byte July 12th, 2010 at 8:58 am

    There’s a world full of good stories that can be told about the great Bob Sheppard by the many people he crossed paths with and all of them hold truisms.
    Mr. Sheppard was put on earth to do what he did best with the grace and class and dignity he held.
    The likes of him will never be seen again behind a microphone and otherwise.

  3. GreenBeret7 July 12th, 2010 at 9:00 am

    If Seattle had come back to Cashman and said, “We have one team that offered us this. Can we get back to you?” It would have ended any Yankee deal because after the first exchange, Cashman apparently told them that this was the final offer. take it or leave it. Sounds like the Bill Smith/Minnesota deal again. It will take quite a deal to the Yanks for the two teams to deal again. They haven’t dealt with the Twins since 2007.

  4. GreenBeret7 July 12th, 2010 at 9:00 am

    There was no shady dealings when NYYs tried to get Washburn. Seattle just demanded more than fair value and he didn’t get it. Those overpayments are a thing of the past. NYYs have no major weaknesses that can’t be filled within and other teams know it and it concerns them A rich, powerful world championship team with no holes and a earlobe deep farm system scares them.

  5. Jim July 12th, 2010 at 9:03 am

    It was just a ‘given’ that you would hear his voice at Yankee Stadium. For decades, you never heard another person’s voice on the PA. Bob Sheppard was perfection.

  6. MaineYankee July 12th, 2010 at 9:06 am

    GB7

    Good morning.

    Did you see the video I posted for you yesterday?

  7. GreenBeret7 July 12th, 2010 at 9:08 am

    In a matter of a few short months, “The Voice Of God” and “Southern Comfort” have been silenced, except for those that heard and remember the voices of Bob Sheppard and Ernie Harwell. Two very cla ssy acts in a world that has far too few cla ss acts left.

  8. BetterLivingThruChemistry July 12th, 2010 at 9:10 am

    Have the Twinkies had anything to offer that the Yankees might want?

    I do think there would be reluctance to work with them, but for the right player its hard not to talk to club, even if the GM is one who won’t act honorably.

  9. EricNS July 12th, 2010 at 9:10 am

    Beautiful tribute by Gene M.

  10. GreenBeret7 July 12th, 2010 at 9:10 am

    Maine, I tried to open the link, but, couldn’t find the key to turn it on. I’ve got it saved and will keep trying.

    Hope all is well on your end of the universe. Thanks for the link, by the way.

  11. Tom July 12th, 2010 at 9:11 am

    of all people writing about Bob Sheppard – lupica. ugh

  12. Rich in NJ July 12th, 2010 at 9:12 am

    I’m still really disappointed that Cash would even offer Montero in that deal.

    Monahan is waaaay too modest. He is more of a Yankee than a lot of players that Sheppard introduced.

  13. GreenBeret7 July 12th, 2010 at 9:12 am

    I didn’t say NYYs would deal with the Twins or Seattle Pilots, only that it will only be a deal that helps them more than the other team.

  14. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos July 12th, 2010 at 9:14 am

    Teams are always going to ask for more from the Yankees. It’s just the way it is.

    GB7 -

    You bring up a good point – if Seattle says, we need to run this past one more team, it probably ends the deal with the Yankees, but maybe not.

    Obviously the Washburn dealings didn’t sour the Yankees on dealing with the Mariners – they reached out to them to see what Seattle wanted for Lee, after all.

    And it could be they haven’t dealt with the Twins because the Twins haven’t had anything the Yankees wanted.

    I repeat that if Sherman wants to call the Yankees vindictive, he needs to cite concrete examples.

  15. GreenBeret7 July 12th, 2010 at 9:14 am

    I didn’t say NYYs ***wouldn’t*** deal with the Twins or Seattle Pilots

  16. MTU(aka GBURL) July 12th, 2010 at 9:15 am

    GB-

    I think the M’s may have done us a big favor by pulling a “Smith”.

    We get to keep Montero and in all probability we’ll get Lee in the off season anyway.

    What a pair of geniuses Theo and Jack Z. are. :)

  17. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos July 12th, 2010 at 9:16 am

    To add to that, Sherman says Cashman has a good reputation among other GMs; I don’t think you earn that good rep if you’re vindictive.

  18. JohnC July 12th, 2010 at 9:17 am

    Looks lik Granderson is finallystartig to swing the bat like Yanks had hoped. Too bad the break comes when he is just starting to hit.

  19. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos July 12th, 2010 at 9:19 am

    MTU -

    I agree with that outlook, that the non-deal turns out to be better than the deal.

  20. GreenBeret7 July 12th, 2010 at 9:19 am

    Yeah, Doreen, the Washburn deal was just too much talent for what turned out to be a washed up player and Cashman wouldn’t bite. This was as much a matter of pride and Cashman refuses to be used. It won’t stop future talks, but, you can bet that it’s on Cashman’s terms.

  21. Haiku-man July 12th, 2010 at 9:23 am

    I believe the Angels when they said the M’s and Rangers were in cahoots to keep the Angels lock on the division for so many years from happening again. Who trades a type A ace, in their own division?

  22. MTU(aka GBURL) July 12th, 2010 at 9:26 am

    Doreen-

    It gets even funnier when you consider that the offer the Yankees made Seattle was better than the one they received from the Rangers IMO.

    Montero > Smoak

    Adams > The Texas infielder offered

    MCAllister > Leuke

    And the M’s traded to a division rival and had to subsidize the deal to boot.

    Thanks Jack. You returned a potential future Mike Piazza to us. :)

  23. Rich in NJ July 12th, 2010 at 9:28 am

    I don’t think the issue is vindictiveness, it’s common sense. Why negotiate with a GM if he you can’t rely on his word?

  24. GreenBeret7 July 12th, 2010 at 9:28 am

    From MLB-Rumors-R-Us.

    An interesting trade thought floating around for the Yanks. He’s just not worth a front line catcher, pitcher or shortstop/infielder. Maybe Luis Nunez, catcher Mitch Abeita and Zach McAllister for Gregg and bit of contract relief in the form of a DH/outfielder.

    “Blue Jays Make Kevin Gregg Available
    By Tim Dierkes [July 12 at 7:50am CST]
    The Blue Jays have made closer Kevin Gregg available, tweets Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun. Elliott adds that the Jays re-routed a scout to Seattle for the final two games of this weekend’s Yankees-Mariners series, implying that the Jays might consider the Yanks a potential match for Gregg.

    Gregg doesn’t appear concerned with trade rumors, based on his comments to MLBTR’s Ben Nicholson-Smith Saturday. Gregg’s one-year, $2.75MM deal with the Blue Jays seemed curious in February, but he was installed as the team’s closer in April when Jason Frasor struggled. Gregg has a 3.67 ERA, 9.7 K/9, and 4.7 BB/9 with three home runs allowed in 34.3 innings this year. He’s saved 20 of 23 and bumped his groundball rate from last year.

    After the season Gregg’s team can choose to retain him for zero, one, or two years. His club option is for $4.5MM in 2011 or $8.75MM for 2011-12. He currently profiles as a Type B free agent, and an arbitration offer seems possible. Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos figures to aim for more than the value of one supplemental draft pick if he trades Gregg now. Gregg has $913K remaining on his contract, plus a potential $750K buyout on the option.”

  25. MTU(aka GBURL) July 12th, 2010 at 9:31 am

    Rich-

    The object of the game is not to just win a battle but win the war.

    Jack Z. may have won a battle (may have) but certainly lost the war.

    What a dummy. Word gets around.

  26. BetterLivingThruChemistry July 12th, 2010 at 9:31 am

    I wouldn’t call it vindictive to be leary of engaging a snake in trade talks.

    Jack Z has shown himself to be a snake, so you only engage with caution.

    I was just pointing out that the Twinkies haven’t done much trading that I’m aware of since Santana, other than for minor swaps, so we don’t really know how much is due to there being a lack of action and how much a lack of desire to work with them.

    Its twice now that the M’s pushed things with the Yankees. This last time being a very poor way to run a business.

  27. MTU(aka GBURL) July 12th, 2010 at 9:32 am

    GB-
    Gregg might be OK as an EIG but I am not too crazy about him. Seen him blow up too many times.

  28. Tom July 12th, 2010 at 9:32 am

    Yanks have what many believe to be a superstar in the future in Montero, which I hope is true. They would not offer 2 other kids… Nunez and the young kid pitcher (name?) ? Sounds like we have 3 outstanding young kids we have in the system, which is outstanding for a team that never has high draft picks.

  29. Rich in NJ July 12th, 2010 at 9:33 am

    MTU

    The first line of Jack Z.’s obituary* will be that he turned down a deal that included the great Jesus Montero.

    *I’m not rushing him…

  30. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos July 12th, 2010 at 9:33 am

    Rich in NJ -

    Agree on that point. “Vindictive” was Sherman’s word. He said the Yankees were a vindictive organization. I don’t see that. And he offered no examples. I see what you see – it makes no sense to deal with GMs who deal as Seattle apparently did here.

  31. MTU(aka GBURL) July 12th, 2010 at 9:37 am

    Rich-

    On a scale of stupid Jack Z’s non-move was off the chart but hey what do I care.

    We should all chip in and buy the guy lunch for letting us hold on to Jesus.

    Thank you Mr. Z for your stupidity. We here in Yankeeland all appreciate it. :)

  32. GreenBeret7 July 12th, 2010 at 9:40 am

    Sherman’s run his mouth too long, and, if he keeps going, Cashman and the Steinbrenners will show Sherman the definition of “vindictive” in action.

  33. BetterLivingThruChemistry July 12th, 2010 at 9:40 am

    Rich in NJ July 12th, 2010 at 9:28 am
    I don?t think the issue is vindictiveness, it?s common sense. Why negotiate with a GM if he you can?t rely on his word?
    ________________________

    I agree. GM’s should be people who’s word you can trust. While every GM needs to get the best deals they can get, they also need to be known as being good to their word. Jack Z blew that.

    The ankle sprain was a BS excuse to use and all the GM’s know it.

  34. MTU(aka GBURL) July 12th, 2010 at 9:41 am

    You want another good laugh.

    Did anyone see the Future’s game ?

    Well, if you did, there was a rating of farm systems put up during the game.

    The top five according to the sportscaster’s.

    You know who was in the top five ?

    Guess. Yes. that’s right. The Suxers. What a hoot. That’s hysterical. :)

  35. MTU(aka GBURL) July 12th, 2010 at 9:43 am

    Chemistry-

    I heard it was that Montero had a “hangnail” and that’s what really killed the deal. :)

  36. STL Yankee July 12th, 2010 at 9:44 am

    Mlb has loaned the Rangers money to meet payroll and other expenses, until the team is sold. They still owe Alex 25MM, and yet they found 2.25MM to get Cliff.

    Someone said over the weekend that Boras should be on the phone with them demanding Alex get paid now.

    The Orioles swept the Rangers this weekend. M’s were swept by KC 1st, and won 1/4 from the Yankees at home going 1-6, both teams have been smacked already.

  37. GreenBeret7 July 12th, 2010 at 9:45 am

    My last word on “Z-Gate”. When other GMs line up with the Yankees and start talking about what they consider deceptive practices by another active GM, that guy has a real problem.

  38. Bret the Hitman July 12th, 2010 at 9:47 am

    Here’s video footage of Austin Romine’s RBI double in the Future’s Game.

    He ripped it – nice looking swing.

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/articl.....8;c_id=nyy

  39. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos July 12th, 2010 at 9:47 am

    STL Yankee -

    Well, if Cliff Lee does help get the Rangers to the playoffs, their economic situation will be better. So, I can see why MLB would not have a problem with their taking on some expense in order to increase revenues.

    Theoretically, during the season, Lee’s starts could put more fannies in seats. If they get to the playoffs there’s all that playoff money to be made.

  40. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos July 12th, 2010 at 9:49 am

    Bret -

    Wasn’t that a pretty double by Romine?? Nice throw to 2nd on the caught-stealing, too.

  41. STL Yankee July 12th, 2010 at 9:51 am

    Rich in NJ-

    “I’m not rushing him…”

    Have you seen him, he looks close to being there sooner than later!

  42. MaineYankee July 12th, 2010 at 9:53 am

    GB7

    Things are good here thanks.

    I went to that site and was able to open it this am. Not sure why you can’t.

    Click on the green arrow on the blue bar. I reposted it so maybe you need the first post.

  43. austinmac July 12th, 2010 at 9:53 am

    I think Gregg or Downs from Toronto would be good pen additions, but I don’t think it will happen. Firstly, I question whether Toronto would trade within the division unless it was a fabulous deal. Secondly, reading MLBtraderumors over the last weeks, when they discuss team needs, every team needs bullpen help. To get anyone good, I suspect it will be an overpay. In my mind, If Joba continues to throw 96+, he can get outs. It also sounds like the Yankees are noticing Alby’s stats. I think they will look within the organization.

  44. pat July 12th, 2010 at 9:55 am

    “They still owe Alex 25MM”

    Deferred to be paid 2016-2025 so it has nothing to do with Rangers finanacing now.

  45. Rick July 12th, 2010 at 9:58 am

    There’s still time to see if an in-house option can be used in the bullpen with either Ivan Nova or Romulo Sanchez from AAA before the deadline of 7/31.
    It would mean either Chad Gaudin or Dustin Mosely will be gone.
    Girardi said he’d continue to use Chamberlain but said nothing firm about what role. Right now he can’t be trusted in high leverage situations.
    Cashman is busy scanning rosters to look at outside options.

  46. STL Yankee July 12th, 2010 at 9:58 am

    Doreen~
    Rangers owe creditors $370 MM, they’ll never get that from a postseason berth in their bottom line this year.

  47. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos July 12th, 2010 at 10:05 am

    STL Yankee -

    Take a look at this article – scroll down to where it discusses finances:

    http://www.bbtia.com/home/2010.....trade.html

    This season could see a modest increase, but next season could also get a bigger boost.

    By the way, I attempted to read the book they use to get these figures, but it was way too “numerical” for me! :lol:

  48. GreenBeret7 July 12th, 2010 at 10:05 am

    Mac, I don’t think that Toronto is tied to the old “I won’t trade within the division” thing. The biggest stumbling block is that Downs and Gregg are Type A free agents and that’s the talent value the Blue Jays want back. They aren’t getting that for relief pitchers that are worth first round picks and especially two of them. Just not worth it.

  49. BetterLivingThruChemistry July 12th, 2010 at 10:06 am

    Even with Lee, there is no guarantee that the Rangers will win the West. They are a team that generally fades in the second half, mainly due to where they play (so its consistent), and the Angels aren’t that far behind that they can’t make up ground.

    The additional amount of people going to Lee’s starts isn’t going to add up to much either. Figure half the season is done so that leaves around 7 games with improved attendance.

  50. GreenBeret7 July 12th, 2010 at 10:07 am

    Thanks, Maine. appreciate the help.

  51. MTU(aka GBURL) July 12th, 2010 at 10:07 am

    IMO Both Russo and Curtis need to be upgraded.

    And our EIG, whoever it turns out to be, internal or external needs to be solid.

    We really got spoiled last year with YMH in that role.

    With our rotation, if we can visit the hell of a great EIG and the Great One in tandem, it will be crying time for the rest of the league.

    And the door to the post season will be swung wide open. :)

  52. BetterLivingThruChemistry July 12th, 2010 at 10:09 am

    Toronto was firmly in the “I won’t trade within the division” thing when it came to Halladay.

    Gregg is thought to be a Type B rather than Type A, but I don’t expect the Jays to be much different than the Rays or Orioles when it comes to dealing with the Yankees.

  53. MTU(aka GBURL) July 12th, 2010 at 10:11 am

    I don’t particularly want to trade Javy but I sure would like to know what we could get for him ?

  54. STL Yankee July 12th, 2010 at 10:11 am

    Doreen
    Cliff will be in pinstripes next year remember? So speculating on their future revenue with Cliff is moot!

    If Cliff chose to stay there, then that’s a different thing.

  55. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos July 12th, 2010 at 10:14 am

    Granted, the articles is Rangers-centric, and focuses on the possible positive economic outcome.

  56. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos July 12th, 2010 at 10:16 am

    STL Yankee -

    Well, there’s that. :)

    I’d imagine that even if they went deep into the playoffs, if they don’t have Lee next season it would certainly alter the picture.

  57. CountryClub July 12th, 2010 at 10:18 am

    Those walk numbers for Gregg are scary. No thanks.

  58. CRAWDADDY (Boycott ESPN-NY) July 12th, 2010 at 10:19 am

    “I’m still really disappointed that Cash would even offer Montero in that deal.”

    I’m proud of him that he doesn’t have the same prospect crush that inflicts some Yankee fans.

  59. Haiku-man July 12th, 2010 at 10:20 am

    Better living….-

    I read that the Texas stadium was so hot outside, (something Cliff has commented on himself prior to becoming a Ranger,) that their fans were lamenting the ownership not putting a ceiling on the building because of the heat. Cliff might not like Texas in the summer

  60. pat July 12th, 2010 at 10:21 am

    swbyankeesTT Jonathan Albaladejo named IL Pitcher of the Week. In last 9 days, has set SWB records for saves in a season and career saves.

    And yet many talent evaluators are unsure if he can do it at a major league level?

  61. MaineYankee July 12th, 2010 at 10:23 am

    GB7

    I hope you can open it because I think you will enjoy his comments on pitching today.

  62. STL Yankee July 12th, 2010 at 10:23 am

    Doreen-

    That’s my kind of thinking too! Cliff starts in boston Saturday, I hope he smokes them!

  63. LGY July 12th, 2010 at 10:24 am

    Gregg’s walk rates are unimpressive, but he has been better than anyone in our bullpen outside of Mo.

    If the package is right, sign me up.

    I’m tired of this group in the BP. There is no reason they should have stayed in tact this long.

  64. CountryClub July 12th, 2010 at 10:24 am

    I’d like to see Albaladejo get another shot. Only because he switched his whole pitching style. He’s no longer throwing a sinker and trying to get GB’s. He’s now throwing a 95 mph 4 seamer and is striking people out. And he’s been lights out doing it. He should get another chance.

  65. Erin July 12th, 2010 at 10:32 am

    pat July 12th, 2010 at 10:21 am
    swbyankeesTT Jonathan Albaladejo named IL Pitcher of the Week. In last 9 days, has set SWB records for saves in a season and career saves.

    ****************************
    Good for Albie!

    Maybe he’ll get another shot with the big boys soon. ;)

  66. austinmac July 12th, 2010 at 10:34 am

    GB–That may be true about Toronto’s willingness to trade within the division, but the problem remains cost in players. Maybe Gregg is a possibility if he is a Type B, but I still have my doubts. No one will trade the equivalent of two top picks for either of them, in my view.

    I understand Lee was a unique circumstance since it was a chance to get one of the best pitchers around. I wonder, however, if Cashman is willing to trade Montero for anyone else. Everyone on the board predicts he will be the next Miguel Cabrera, but the Yankees may have a somewhat different view of his value particularly if they see Romine as the catcher of the future.

  67. Alan July 12th, 2010 at 10:35 am

    Albaladejo has been overlooked. It would make sense for Cashman to bring him up to see what he does in 8th inning work. He’d have until the deadline to make a case for himself.
    It would also serve as a wakeup call for Chamberlain being used in no pressure games.

  68. GreenBeret7 July 12th, 2010 at 10:43 am

    Maine, I just listened to Mike Marshall. That is some great stuff, all broken down to where anybody can understand what he’s saying. His videos are a work of art. It’s a pity that the Yankees or some team doesn’t have him in camp and on payroll to teach and to eliminate the injuries. Personally, I think that today’s pitching coaches/instructors are afraid of him because they don’t understand him. The one thing about him, like he said, everything is available for free and supplied by him.

  69. upstate kate July 12th, 2010 at 10:48 am

    Chad-thanks for all the tributes to Bob Sheppard
    espn had a nice segment on him…they also had Flaherty in the top 10 for catching that foul ball in the broadcast booth

  70. MaineYankee July 12th, 2010 at 10:49 am

    GB7

    I’m glad you could open it. I thought of you when I heard him and knew you would enjoy it.

    He does make it easy to understand.

    Anyone else interested in listening to Dr Mike Marshall talk pitching here’s the link.
    http://www.cmsbmedia.com/2010/.....ching.html

  71. GreenBeret7 July 12th, 2010 at 10:49 am

    Mac, I agree. Nobody is coughing up the request talent for what is basically journetman relief pitchers, and until Toronto gets serious about it, they’ll either come down considerably or the can hold on and hug them.

  72. GreenBeret7 July 12th, 2010 at 10:52 am

    Thanks again, Maine. It’s much appreciated, even for someone of my youth. I can use this info when I grow up.

    I believe you already downloaded his videos, didn’t you?

  73. MaineYankee July 12th, 2010 at 10:56 am

    GB7

    I put it here again in case someone else wanted to hear it that didn’t see it before.

  74. GreenBeret7 July 12th, 2010 at 10:56 am

    I wonder if Matt has forwarded Dr. Marshall his thoughts on pitching and baseball? I’m sure that Marshall could make great use of Matt’s thoughts. Michigan State has a great psychology and psychiatric school. They always have need for unusual brains like Matt’s for case studies and dissection.

  75. MaineYankee July 12th, 2010 at 10:58 am

    GB7

    I chuckle everytime you and Pat M reference Matt. :lol:

  76. GreenBeret7 July 12th, 2010 at 11:00 am

    Maine, it’s such an easy target. It’s like having a laser range finder on a cannon. You just can’t miss at that range.

  77. MaineYankee July 12th, 2010 at 11:02 am

    GB7

    I’m really jealous that I don’t know the game that well.

    I try not to read to much of it so I don’t know less. :lol:

  78. Patriots 3 Time Champions July 12th, 2010 at 11:03 am

    The Red Sox will resume their place atop the AL East in 2 weeks.

  79. So Proud of you Cash! July 12th, 2010 at 11:06 am

    CRAWDADDY (Boycott ESPN-NY) July 12th, 2010 at 10:19 am
    “I’m still really disappointed that Cash would even offer Montero in that deal.”

    I’m proud of him that he doesn’t have the same prospect crush that inflicts some Yankee fans.

    lllllllllllllll

    Mee too!

    Proud as a papa of you Cash, for trying to unload Cano for Randy Johnson, and trying again to get rid of another upside bat, one some MLB scout yesterday described as ‘Edgar Martinez with power.’

    Way to go, Cash! Keep tryin’, I’m sure eventually someone will be stupid enough to take your (dread) prospect off your hands! You’ll get it done, we have faith! You show the world how unimpressed YOU are with phtt! prospects!

  80. MTU(aka GBURL) July 12th, 2010 at 11:07 am

    Maine-

    Wildlife update.

    Just got back from walking the pups.

    Saw Wil-E-Coyote and the RoadRunner.

    The Coyote was quite a nice specimen but I could also tell it was hungry because of the way he was eyeing the pups.

    I didn’t let them get more than 5 feet from me.

  81. CRAWDADDY (Boycott ESPN-NY) July 12th, 2010 at 11:08 am

    Hey smart guy, the Randy Johnson trade was made by Randy Levine not Brian Cashman because Cashman couldn’t come to agreement with Arizona on players.

  82. GreenBeret7 July 12th, 2010 at 11:09 am

    MaineYankee July 12th, 2010 at 11:02 am
    GB7

    I’m really jealous that I don’t know the game that well.

    I try not to read to much of it so I don’t know less.

    ———————————————————————————————————————-

    LMaO. Matt’s been doing that for years. He doesn’t want anybody to know his secrets.

  83. MaineYankee July 12th, 2010 at 11:10 am

    MTU

    If they get that close you’re in trouble.

    At least with the ones we have here.

    Maybe ours are just tougher because of the winters. :lol:

  84. MTU(aka GBURL) July 12th, 2010 at 11:11 am

    GB-

    I watched all of those MM videos you sent me the link to. They are fantastic. I agree with you and wish the Yankees would hire him as an injury prevention consultant if nothing else. :)

  85. Erin July 12th, 2010 at 11:11 am

    MTU(aka GBURL) July 12th, 2010 at 11:07 am

    Saw Wil-E-Coyote and the RoadRunner.

    *************************************
    Was Wile E. chasing the roadrunner???? ;)

  86. MTU(aka GBURL) July 12th, 2010 at 11:13 am

    Maine-

    If he got any closer he going to get a very unpleasant surprise.

    Fortunately for him he stayed Wil-E.

  87. GreenBeret7 July 12th, 2010 at 11:13 am

    I think that Matt is really Bobcat. He’s only telling us what he wants us to know.

    Personally, I wish that he’d keep the board in the dark about what he knows.

  88. So Proud of you Cash! July 12th, 2010 at 11:14 am

    Oh, right. They had Cash handcuffed and muzzled in a closet when they put Cano in a pick ‘em package for Arizona.

    He wasn’t really the GM back them, he was oppressed by the Tampa Regime. I wonder, when he trades that silly little prospect and he hits 35 HRs a year for someone else, who will the revisionist historians claim oppressed and over ruled the Great Cashman??

    More as it happens!

  89. vblade July 12th, 2010 at 11:14 am

    I almost feel bad for the 3rd place trolls that still hang out here. Masochist much?

  90. MaineYankee July 12th, 2010 at 11:16 am

    GB7

    I think he must have been a writer for Seinfeld.

    Writes alot about nothing. :lol:

  91. JM July 12th, 2010 at 11:16 am

    # Patriots 3 Time Champions July 12th, 2010 at 11:03 am

    The Red Sox will resume their place atop the AL East in 2 weeks.

    There are so many things wrong with this statement that I don’t know where to start. :)

  92. CRAWDADDY (Boycott ESPN-NY) July 12th, 2010 at 11:21 am

    You do understand that Cashman locked up Cano to a six year contract when he got total control of the baseball operations which probably saved the Yankees a lot of money over the next four years? Try again, Troll!

  93. Erin July 12th, 2010 at 11:23 am

    New Post: How bumpy is the road that lies ahead?

    :arrow:

  94. So Proud of you Cash! July 12th, 2010 at 11:24 am

    Oh, I understand! All because Arizona said ‘nuh uh.’

    Genius, I tell you!

    I’m so pumped, I think I’m going to go visit the Prospects Temple and smash some icons! Will I see you there, pal?

  95. Sam Borden July 12th, 2010 at 11:25 am

    New post – come on over

  96. champ809 July 12th, 2010 at 11:32 am

    MTU

    Josh Leuke has much better stuff than Z Mac. Beavan and Leuke are a better get than Z Mac alone as far as the pitching component of the deal….

    As far as the hitters….Montero I think has a higher offensive ceiling than Smoak but as complete players Montero right now is a best an average defensive catcher and would probably at best be servicable @ 1B whereas Smoak- a switch hitter- will be a plus to GG type defensive player eventually so it begins to even out when you consider the defensive upsides as well.

    The infielder from Texas also plays some OF as his bat is very similar to Adams although I think Adams will be a very very good hitter when he hits the majors. He seems to me to be a “natural” hitter.

    All in All I think, being fair , Seattle did well and got more than what we were offering although we were offering 2 A chips in Adams and Jesus and a B chip in Z Mac. I’m just glad that we still have Montero in the fold as I am not in the camp that Romine is the better prospect of the 2….I really hope Jesus gets a chance to be great for us and not the Diamondacks!

  97. pat July 12th, 2010 at 11:42 am

    MLB Network is running the latest news and press conferences from the All-Star game from 12:30-4:30 and BP from 4:30-8:00 et

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