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Kearns: “Better things I’m worried about than playing time.”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jul 30, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Yankees passed along some of the comments from Austin Kearns after tonight’s Indians game in Cleveland. The line that stands out the most is his response to a question about what his role will be with the Yankees.

“I think when you get the opportunity to go there, you don’t really worry about that kind of thing,” he said. “Bigger and better things I’m worried about than playing time.”

Kearns said he didn’t find out he was traded until after the game. He wondered if something might be in the works when he was pulled for a pinch runner, but it was also a blowout so he thought he might be getting a little bit of a rest.

“I’ve only been traded once, but it’s kind of like, you don’t know what’s going on,” he said. “I didn’t know anything. Came out of the game and was just hanging out. After the game they brought me in there.”

In there — I assume he meant some sort of office — Kearns was told about the trade, that he was going to play for the team he was just playing against 24 hours earlier.

“You always enjoy playing teams like that,” he said. “Teams that are playoff caliber and World Series caliber teams.”

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62 Responses to “Kearns: “Better things I’m worried about than playing time.””

  1. YanksfaninPA July 30th, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    good trade for the bench

  2. Chip July 30th, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    Seems like the right attitude.

    MTU

    I have no idea what it would take to get Theriot and Marshall, maybe Nova and another guy.

  3. Nick in SF July 30th, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    Will he stay in Johnny Damon’s old house? :grin:

  4. Yankee Trader July 30th, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    repost-

    Bloomquist. Thought it might be Helms before they traded away Cantu, however Marlins still looking for a reliever-Park for Wes Helms!!!

    Kearns will help. He’s better against righties than Thames.

  5. MTU July 30th, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    If I were Kearns I would try to get #47 if it were available.

    Why ?

    AK- 47 . It makes him deadly. :)

  6. Betsy July 30th, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    Love the quote………….just another in the long line of good guys/valuable players acquired by Cash

  7. G. Love July 30th, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    Kearns has had a rocky career, but it’s good to see that kind of enthusiasm to come here.

    Hit lefties, play decent defense and enjoy the ride.

  8. Yankee Trader July 30th, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    Sean Marshall is not on the trading block. Suspect it would take a lot to get him.

  9. miggs July 30th, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    Let’s go Kearns.

    Love this move, as it means less Thames and less Grandy vs. tough lefties.

    Then Berkman becomes official tomorrow and they give up basically nothing for him? Let’s get real Melancon wasn’t going anywhere here.

    Great moves as our bench just went from one of the worst to the best in the major leagues in less than 24 hours.

    The price of pitching was high so Cash gets 2 upper level bats. This lineup is going to be circular again… EVERY night, even when 2 starters are being rested.

    Just an amazing offensive team.

  10. ccutler15 July 30th, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    good move

  11. G. Love July 30th, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    Nick,

    If not Damon’s old house, I hear CC has on helluva rumpus room in the south east wing.

  12. MTU July 30th, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    Chip-

    I don’t care about Marshall. I’m interested in Theriot. I always liked him.

  13. Betsy July 30th, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    Kearns should ask for #21

  14. Chip July 30th, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    Can’t see them going for helms anymore. The only other player they can replace is Pena which means whomever comes in has to be more versitile than helms

  15. Ed July 30th, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    I think Kerns will keep #26, since 26 is Russo’s number but he’s not here.

  16. Chip July 30th, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    MTU – for just Theriot I figure a b or c level prospect….don’t know though.

  17. Ed July 30th, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    MTU;

    I think the Yanks should go after Joe Inglett. that guy could basically play every position besides catch. Even though he has limited playing time, he still bat for average with a .394 OBP.

  18. CR9 July 30th, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    Forgotten tonight is how well Joba pitched. Is that a sign of things to come?

  19. MTU July 30th, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    WYH-

    If you’re still around.

    Congrats. You were right all along about the platoon partner for Grandy. :)

  20. ridman229 July 30th, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    I agree with ccutler15…good move because it helps the bench and will allow some guys to get some rest.

  21. Rich in NJ July 30th, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    I guess the Granderson can hit LHP project is being postponed.

  22. SAS July 30th, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    Betsy,

    It is not time to give 21 out yet.

  23. Yogi Mantle July 30th, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    # MTU July 30th, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    If I were Kearns I would try to get #47 if it were available.

    Why ?

    AK- 47 . It makes him deadly. :)
    ————-

    LOL! Great line.

  24. miggs July 30th, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    I’m actually really content with the pitching since I know the postseason bullpen will be much stronger with Hughes sliding into a late inning role.

    CC, AJ, Pettitte , Vasquez start. I’d be shocked if they used a 3 man rotation this year, especially if all 4 listed above are healthy.

    You will have a bullpen of Rivera, Hughes, Joba, Robertson, Marte, Aceves (hopefully), Mitre and maybe Logan.

    That’s plenty. When you can improve the offense so drastically and not take on any large or long-term money while at the SAME TIME giving up so little….that’s just a no-brainer.

    I don’t like to jump too far ahead, but this team is going to be a beast in the playoff the way its now built. Its gonna take a lot to keep this team from another long October run.

  25. Rich in NJ July 30th, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    A great prospect like Montero should wear 21.

  26. MTU July 30th, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    Ed-

    Guys like Theriot and Inglett should be huge upgrades over Pena’s stick. Maybe not with the glove though.

    More offense, less defense ?

    That’s how I see it.

    Love to get a glove man with a decent stick who plays a good ss and 3b.

  27. Betsy July 30th, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    SAS, I was kidding……….but I also completely disagree. I have absolutely no problem with any player wearing #21; the idea the Yanks have to hold it out under pain of the player wearing that # being treated like he’ s sub-human is disgraceful.

  28. pat July 30th, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    Lilly rumor lives

    ed_price Source: #Cubs continue to talk to #Dodgers and #Yankees about LHP Ted Lilly.
    7 minutes ago via TweetDeck

  29. Betsy July 30th, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    I loved Paulie, but I don’t care who wears his #

  30. Chip July 30th, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    I hope when this guy from AOL says the Cubs are discussing Lilly with the Yanks he means that cashman is asking about Theriot and Marshall and Hendry is saying “what about Lilly” and cash is saying “no thanks”

  31. Betsy July 30th, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    Lilly makes NO sense for this team; if Phil is pitching well, he’s better than Lilly – unless they want to shift Phil to the pen for all of September (which is dumb), then huh?

  32. Ed July 30th, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    Rich in NJ;

    Yep, but I think the Yanks will give him 12.

  33. Ed July 30th, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    I thought Casman doesnt want Lily back??

  34. Betsy July 30th, 2010 at 11:36 pm

    http://www.newsday.com/sports/.....-1.2157943

    “My fastball was good and my curveball was about the best it’s been this year,” said Hughes, who struck out six and walked two. “Those are positive notes to build on from tonight, but you can’t take [back] that pitch. You can’t take back this game.”

  35. Yogi Mantle July 30th, 2010 at 11:36 pm

    I wonder when Berkman will be coming in to the Yanks. I know he has that 24 hour chance to change his mind, but would he leave and be at the game tomorrow?

  36. SAS July 30th, 2010 at 11:36 pm

    12 was Russo’s number? or one of the guys who are going down. Does anyone know what number Berkman was in Houston?

  37. Ed July 30th, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    SAS,

    Russo’s # is 26. Berkman’s # is 17 but 17 is available. Chad Moeller wore 17 before.

  38. MTU July 30th, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    Gonna rub my Alladin’s lamp before I go to bed tonite.

    That will give me all the wishes I want, or need.

    So.

    When I wake up in the morning I Will hear about our UI upgrade, and our BP addition. :)

    Sleep tight everyone. More Cavalry will be arriving soon. We lost a battle but we’re gonna win the War.

  39. SAS July 30th, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    Betsy,

    If numbers mean nothing in baseball, why are they retired. Actually all 4 major sports retire numbers.

  40. Bronx Jeers July 30th, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    SAS,

    “Bergman” was # 17.

    Just like the last Swede they had on the roster. Micky Riverson.

  41. SAS July 30th, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    Thanks Ed

  42. SAS July 30th, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    lol…Bronx Jeers

  43. Rich in NJ July 30th, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    I thought Hughes seemed to tire after 90 pitches.

  44. Betsy July 30th, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    SAS, tell me where I said #s mean nothing? I said I don’t hold Paulie’s # in the same regard as you do and I don’t care who wears his #.

  45. CR9 July 30th, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    Rich

    He did begin to tire. The leadoff hit with 2 strikes proved to be costly. What time is the deadline tomorrow?

  46. Copelius July 30th, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    MTU

    We already have an AK-47 out here in Utah for the Jazz, but he really isn’t all that deadly.

  47. Bret The Hitman July 30th, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    Jayson Stark
    Too soon to assume Lilly is going to #Dodgers. Sources confirm #Yankees still in on him. Yanks also asked about Theriot. #trades
    1 minute ago via web

  48. Rich in NJ July 30th, 2010 at 11:45 pm

    CR9

    4PM ET

  49. Betsy July 30th, 2010 at 11:46 pm

    Ugh………..:mad: Lilly

  50. SAS July 30th, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    Yes, Betsy,

    I do hold him in high regard. Besides just liking him the way you feel about Hughes, there are many others out there who feel the same way. During his time with the Yankees he won 4 world series which is a tidy 5 for his career.

  51. pat July 30th, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    jonmorosi Austin Kearns, talking about trade from #Indians to #Yankees: http://bit.ly/bCow5Y #TRADES #NYY #CLE #MLB

  52. MTU July 30th, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    Copelius-

    Another Ute. Whereabouts are you ? :)

  53. Drivenbyjeter2 July 30th, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    Will Berkman be in the lineup tomorrow night???

  54. SAS July 30th, 2010 at 11:49 pm

    No Lilly except the flower please

  55. Ed July 30th, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    “Will Berkman be in the lineup tomorrow night???”

    most likely since tomorrow is a night game.

  56. Betsy July 30th, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    Once Pettitte back, yes. The Yankee IP limits. RT @6P8OJoba: I feel like Lilly acquisition can only mean sending all-star Hughes to the ‘pen
    3 minutes ago via TweetDeck

    ********

    How I hope this isn’t true

  57. Betsy July 30th, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    SAS, you’re misreading my posts so let’s drop this

  58. SAS July 30th, 2010 at 11:53 pm

    Me too Betsy

  59. Lost July 30th, 2010 at 11:54 pm

    new post

  60. SAS July 30th, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    No problem, Betsy

  61. Bronx Jeers July 31st, 2010 at 12:01 am

    I thought Hughes seemed to tire after 90 pitches.

    —————————————————————

    I thought I saw one fastball at 88 somewhere late but regardless, Joyce didn’t exactly hit a cookie.

    there’s really nothing you can do about games like that one. Tip your cap?

    And now they’re in on Lilly? It’s okay Cash. We forgive you for Igawa. Sure the extra 194$ tacked onto the end of his contract which was meant to represent his league leading strikeout total in Japan seemed gratuitous back then… but now it’s kind of funny.

    It’s Ok . Really.

  62. MikeY July 31st, 2010 at 3:38 am

    Hughes needs to be in pen

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