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Berkman: “Trust me, I’m booing myself”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Podcast on Aug 08, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Blue Jays Yankees BaseballLance Berkman was booed off the field twice on Saturday. Once when he bounced out to strand runners at the corners, and again when he grounded out to begin the eighth inning.

“As long as it’s not my wife or kids, I’m fine with it,” he said. “This is a big boy’s game and place to play, and if you can’t handle that, go home.”

Berkman has not hit in his eight days with the Yankees. It’s a remarkably small sample size — just 22 at-bats — but in that stretch, Berkman has just two hits. He’s also drawn two walks and struck out four times.

“Trust me, I’m booing myself,” he said. “I have no credibility here… I didn’t come up here to catch a break. I came up here to play well and win.”

His laid back, Texas demeanor could be taken as soft, but the guy’s been in the big leagues since 1999. Like he said, this is surely not his first 2-for-22 stretch, and he’s not surprised or upset that the fans are a little down on him.

“He’s an experienced player that’s had a lot of success that’s probably been in a slump before in his career,” Joe Girardi said. “He’s pretty even keeled.”

Mostly because I didn’t use it last night, here’s the Girardi postgame audio that goes into Berkman, CC Sabathia and Alex Rodriguez.

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143 Responses to “Berkman: “Trust me, I’m booing myself””

  1. Betsy August 8th, 2010 at 9:14 am

    Who would take his laid-back demeanor as soft? Idiot fans? I feel bad for the guy, but I love the attitude.

    Booing him after 22 at bats………..unbelievable.

  2. Fondo Motz August 8th, 2010 at 9:17 am

    I agree. I don’t see it being soft. He’s in a new environment (other than Texas) for the first time in his career. New York is the big show.
    We New Yorkers have a unique way of showing tough love. We are as frustrated as he is and some fans ( I wouldn’t boo him or anyone else on the Yanks) vent that way. Those same folk will embrace him once he starts clicking.

  3. randy l. August 8th, 2010 at 9:18 am

    jowls on a 34 year old “athlete” are usually an indicator that a winter appointment with the athletes’ performance institute in arizona is in order.

  4. Betsy August 8th, 2010 at 9:20 am

    I’m not even frustrated with Berkman……and I think fans that boo are hypocrites when they cheer. I thought this when they did that with Alex and I think that now.

    Soft? Seriously…..

  5. Fondo Motz August 8th, 2010 at 9:21 am

    Randy – I just think Berk has downed one too many double meat double cheeses at Roznovsky’s – a famous Houston bar/honky tonk

    http://www.texasburgerguy.com/.....uston.html

  6. MTU August 8th, 2010 at 9:26 am

    Randy-

    Good to see you around.

    How’s buisness ? :)

  7. Erica in NY August 8th, 2010 at 9:26 am

    Bold prediction:

    Within two weeks, Berkman will be hitting and people will be worshipping him

  8. Betsy August 8th, 2010 at 9:27 am

    http://www.nj.com/yankees/inde.....helps.html

    No wonder CC struggled early, lol

  9. Betsy August 8th, 2010 at 9:28 am

    Erica, probably……..

  10. Mark in Tampa August 8th, 2010 at 9:28 am

    Things aren’t that bad for Berkman. Just imagine the reaction if Arod had hit Jeter in BP early on in his Yankee career. He would have been blamed for every out Jeter made for the rest of his career.

  11. Erica in NY August 8th, 2010 at 9:29 am

    One more thought for this lovely morning-

    Tampa Bay has now lost 4 in a row. I’ll be sure to cry into my coffee for them :-)

  12. Fondo Motz August 8th, 2010 at 9:29 am

    I read that CC article earlier. Cute piece, but let’s face it, the 4th kid is usually on his/her own come wake up call. :)

  13. MTU August 8th, 2010 at 9:29 am

    Betsy-

    That was a rather interesting back and forth you had with Mick last night.

    I hope you have rid yourself of the night stalker ?

  14. sunny615 August 8th, 2010 at 9:32 am

    So what happened to arod? I read elsewhere he was distracted which taking grounders and then got hit. Out for the series? Longer? Not good.

  15. Fondo Motz August 8th, 2010 at 9:34 am

    Arod’s xrays were negative after getting hit by a batting practice ball hit by Berkman. He didn’t see it coming.
    He is day to day.

  16. Betsy August 8th, 2010 at 9:37 am

    MTU, I don’t know why I even get into it with him…….

    So far, nothing since that phone call – and nothing could make me happier. I hope no one else ever has to deal with that stuff

  17. blake August 8th, 2010 at 9:40 am

    As the Captain says…they boo but they really want to cheer. Those boos could turn real fast if Berkman starts to produce like he is capable of down the stretch.

    I love the word jowls BTW.

  18. Erica in NY August 8th, 2010 at 9:44 am

    Off to the beach :-)

    Since its an 8pm game, I will probably pop up some point during the game tonight.

    Bye everyone!

  19. Betsy August 8th, 2010 at 9:49 am

    Blake, I guess as a player that’s a good attitude to have (what’s the point in getting upset about it), but as a fan – I don’t buy it. Fans booing their own players are just spoiled idiots…

  20. Wang IS Taiwan August 8th, 2010 at 9:50 am

    Jowls are commonplace on folks with round faces/round cheeks. Fat isn’t always the issue…higher cheekbones would help. My brothers are in great shape, but their round faces belie their swelte bods. :)

    You really think Berkman is fat?

  21. MTU August 8th, 2010 at 9:51 am

    Betsy-

    I wouldn’t do it If I were you JMO.

    Good to hear about the other.

    I won’t be posting as much for a while. Feeling kind of subdued after some bad news on the homefront.

    Not my usual happy self right now.

    Things are in some disarray. Someone near and dear has been injured in an accident. They will most likely recover but it going to be a long road back.

    If I’m not around as much you’ll now know why.

    I’m hoping they will be out of danger soon and I can relax again.

  22. Crawdaddy August 8th, 2010 at 9:51 am

    So the Pirates fired Joe Kerrigan as pitching coach.

  23. murphydog August 8th, 2010 at 9:52 am

    I’m back after a week in Falmouth, MA, on Cape Cod. It was a week of seeing Red Sox spare tire covers on jeeps, Sox t-shirts and ball caps on men, women and children, Red Sox flags flying at gas stations and restaurants. Mrs. Dog and I were staying close to the ballpark so we took in the last game of the season, a night game, for the Falmouth Commodores of the Cape Cod Baseball League.

    One brave kid at the Commodores game was wearing a blue Yankee t-shirt. It cost us a $5 “donation” each and we received an eight and a half by eleven photocopy of the stats of each player on each team as we walked through the opening in the fence at the Gus Canty Rec Center, into the Arnie Allen Diamond.

    Mrs. Dog and I sat in the outfield bleachers, on the first base side. (There really aren’t bleachers on the 3d base side. Just grass and trees). There was a pillbox structure behind the plate and backstop screen from which the Field Announcer did his thing and a small but serviceable scoreboard behind third base. The lights weren’t bright enough to do a TV broadcast, but the players were able to see what they were doing so that was enough I guess. The teams sat on benches on their respective baselines. The place was filled with people of all colors and all ages.

    We watched the kids in the bleachers and the parents cheering on their team. The teams made some errors and hit a few line drives. At least one ball left the confines of the field right in front of us over the right field “wall.” The outfield wall is a temporary looking installation with plenty of mowed outfield grass behind it. There weren’t any feet markers so I don’t know how far the ball traveled.

    The kids would swarm the occasional player who walked on the track that ringed the field. Little kids with baseballs. The players, young, gangly but clearly athletic, stopped and signed the balls. They all looked like Phil Hughes and Joba Chamberlain did to me maybe two years ago.

    One older kid in the bleachers in front of me pulled out a blue Red Sox wallet with red and white lettering, removed some money and went to buy a soda. The teen behind me was riding his father about being too old to see the ball under the lights. From what I overheard, the kid had pitched a one hitter in a high school game this year.

    At one point early in the game, the field announcer said over the PA system that A-Rod had hit his 600th HR earlier that day. Some people clapped, there were a few boos. That’s when it hit me: Baseball is one big world, from Little League to High School, to college and the Bus Leagues on up to The Show. I was miles behind enemy lines, and A-Rod’s Home Run rippled all the way down to a night game in the Cape Cod league under the angry grey clouds in Falmouth. Regardless of whether we were Red Sox or Yankees fans, whether we liked A-Rod or not, something important happened in the baseball world and it was shared at a tiny, historic field in Cape Cod where college kids were dreaming of The Show. I’d say that having that insight under the lights at Arnie Allen Field was well worth the $5 it cost me to sit on the aluminum bleachers and deal with the gnats and the threat of rain.

    And Mrs. Dog is a trooper for braving the possibility of rain hitting her hair so I could watch my ballgame. When a beautiful Puerto Rican woman is willing to let her hair get wet so you can watch a bunch of college kids play ball, that, my friends is love.

  24. murphydog August 8th, 2010 at 9:53 am

    MTU:

    Sorry to hear your news. Good luck.

  25. randy l. August 8th, 2010 at 9:53 am

    “How’s buisness ?”

    mtu-

    i see you’ve been talking to gb7 a lot :)

    the recession appears to be over on our cape cod main st and people are in a good mood.

    … except for the die hard depressed red sox fan of course.

    it’s a crying shame i tell you, all those injuries they’re having.

    my 89 year old father who visits for the summer was really broken up over his favorite player to hate (youkillis) going down for the count this season.

    you haven’t seen youkillis’ stance imitated and ragged on if you haven’t seen an 89 year old grab an imaginary bat and and contort himself into whatever it that is that youkillis does up at bat.

    it even makes red sox fans next door at the local liquor store laugh .

    and that’s not so easy right now, which as i said is just a crying shame :)

  26. MTU August 8th, 2010 at 9:54 am

    Murphy-

    Thanks. I appreciate the sentiments. Glad you a great time in Enemy territory.

  27. Betsy August 8th, 2010 at 9:55 am

    MTU, I’m sorry to hear that; I hope your friend/relative recovers quickly – we’ll be thinking of you!

  28. Wang IS Taiwan August 8th, 2010 at 9:56 am

    MurphyD — was just telling Pete I missed you on the boards here. You must have had more time to post in the good ‘ol days when they blog was relatively new. I’m down to being lucky to catch the news Chad posts now.

    I particularly get a kick out of your Mrs. Dog! Take care!

  29. MTU August 8th, 2010 at 9:56 am

    Randy-

    I could see how that would break someone’s heart (not ours).

    Gotta take it easy right now feelin’ kind of raw.

    Glad you are well.

  30. blake August 8th, 2010 at 9:57 am

    MTU,

    Sorry to hear that buddy. Hope they recover quickly.

    Randy,
    Fried of mine that lives in the cape said they closed some of the beaches due to great whites in the area….be careful on those boogie boards ;)

  31. MTU August 8th, 2010 at 9:57 am

    Betsy-

    Thanks for the kind words.

  32. Eduardo August 8th, 2010 at 9:58 am

    Randy,
    Please come back to the blog on a daily basis.

  33. Wang IS Taiwan August 8th, 2010 at 9:59 am

    MTU — don’t know you, but I do know what it feels like to be in that situation. Lots of good wishes to you and yours. I hope the recovery is quicker than expected.

  34. murphydog August 8th, 2010 at 9:59 am

    Wang IS Taiwan:

    I’ve been busy lately, thank goodness. Even when I don’t have the time to post i still lurk. Take care.

  35. MTU August 8th, 2010 at 9:59 am

    Blake-

    I’m hoping they are out of danger soon.

    Thanks for the sentiments.

    You’ll have to run the “buisness” without me for a while.

  36. MTU August 8th, 2010 at 10:00 am

    Wang-

    Many thanks.

  37. ron August 8th, 2010 at 10:04 am

    http://www.boston.com/news/loc.....cod_beach/

    Beaches closed in the cape,shark sightings.

  38. BronxBorn August 8th, 2010 at 10:04 am

    My best to your dear one MTU…

    Nice to have you back Murph, Randy…

  39. Betsy August 8th, 2010 at 10:06 am

    Love sharks………

  40. randy l. August 8th, 2010 at 10:06 am

    ” That’s when it hit me: Baseball is one big world, from Little League to High School, to college and the Bus Leagues on up to The Show. I was miles behind enemy lines, and A-Rod’s Home Run rippled all the way down to a night game in the Cape Cod league under the angry grey clouds in Falmouth.”

    murphydog-

    the best part of the cape league is that it takes a fan watching back to a time when every town in america had a town baseball team. sitting on grassy hillsides watching games is a throwback to another time.

    if anyone is visiting the cape they definitely should take in a cape league game. chatham and orleans are also great places to watch a game.

  41. Crawdaddy August 8th, 2010 at 10:08 am

    “Love sharks………”

    I love them too as long as I remain in Michigan.

  42. Betsy August 8th, 2010 at 10:11 am

    LOL Craw – I tried to explain to my mother during shark week that the threat to humans is overstated, but she’s still squeamish thanks to Jaws…..

  43. ron August 8th, 2010 at 10:13 am

    They say that they are seeing great white sharks in the cape every day or almost every day because of the thriving seal population & their protection status.

    Friends of mine told me about it after they got back from the cape not long ago,that’s when i looked it up online.
    The shark spotters are seeing a lot of sharks in the waters there.

  44. Tar August 8th, 2010 at 10:14 am

    MTU
    Sorry about the news. :sad:

  45. 86w183 August 8th, 2010 at 10:14 am

    All the best MTU — we’re here when you need to escape reality from time to time

    Am I the only one expecting a little bean ball brawl this evening?

  46. Apple byte August 8th, 2010 at 10:14 am

    Crawdaddy August 8th, 2010 at 9:51 am
    So the Pirates fired Joe Kerrigan as pitching coach.

    ……………………………..

    There was a time when Peter Gammons labeled Kerrigan as a pitching guru. At that time, Kerrigan was the pitching coach for ……… Boston.

  47. murphydog August 8th, 2010 at 10:15 am

    “They say that they are seeing great white sharks in the cape every day or almost every day because of the thriving seal population & their protection status.”

    Or maybe they smell the blood in the water at Fenway.

  48. realistic August 8th, 2010 at 10:15 am

    on an unrelated issue.
    did anyone see Maddon’s comments on SI, about how they have to change the rules with the catwalks?
    so after all these years of other teams complaining, when Maddon would smugly say that the same rules apply for everyone, so its fair. now all of the sudden it affects them and the rules must be changed.

  49. Betsy August 8th, 2010 at 10:16 am

    Ron, yep – and great whites are my favorites. Seals are their main source of food because they are fatty…….fat = energy. I didn’t realize there was a significant seal population in Cape Cod.

  50. ron August 8th, 2010 at 10:17 am

    They spotted a 14 feet long 1500 lb shark,100 yards offshore of a large group of people sitting on the beach.

  51. Betsy August 8th, 2010 at 10:17 am

    Ron, Great Whites are my favorites………and seals are their main source of food thanks to how much fat they carry. I didn’t realize there was a significant seal population in Cape Cod.

  52. MTU August 8th, 2010 at 10:18 am

    To all of you who have expressed their well wishes I thank you, and very much appreciate it.

  53. Betsy August 8th, 2010 at 10:18 am

    That’s a pretty big shark……………..I would love to see one.

  54. ron August 8th, 2010 at 10:22 am

    I’m happy with seeing a picture of one.Very frightening.

    I was in the waters of key west a few years ago & felt something bump into my leg,never been in anything but a pool since.

    Probably not a great white because they like colder waters but they have a lot of other sharks there.

  55. Fran the original August 8th, 2010 at 10:23 am

    MTU,

    Hope that everything works out.

  56. Tar August 8th, 2010 at 10:24 am

    Randy

    Good to see you around. Your mention of “jowls” reminded me of this.

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wi.....ulldog.png.

    Hector that’s what his nickname should be. :D

  57. blake August 8th, 2010 at 10:26 am

    When I was in Maui a couple years ago I was snorkeling in well over 100 feet of water and thought I saw something really big swim by off in the distance (the water is so clear there you can see forever with goggles)…I really did think much of it but when I got back to the hotel I watch a show on discovery on how the Great whites were returning to Mayo to hunt seals and whales….needless to say I didn’t snorkel anymore that trip.

  58. Betsy August 8th, 2010 at 10:27 am

    Ron, I understand the fear people have….I’m not saying I wouldn’t be nervous if I saw one up close, but more people die of bee stings than of shark attacks. They have more to fear from humans than we have to fear from them……..You just have to respect the idea that when you are in the ocean, you are in their domain (I mean people in general, not you in particular) and take proper precautions.

  59. MTU August 8th, 2010 at 10:27 am

    Fran-

    Thanks. We’re hoping the immediate danger will be over soon.

  60. MaineYankee August 8th, 2010 at 10:28 am

    MTU

    Sorry about the bad news.

  61. blake August 8th, 2010 at 10:28 am

    Maui not Mayo

  62. Betsy August 8th, 2010 at 10:29 am

    Wow, Blake………..I know it’s impossible to convince most people of this, but sharks really have no interest in eating people.

  63. MaineYankee August 8th, 2010 at 10:30 am

    blake

    Do you have long wiskars and a little chubby? j/k :lol:

  64. blake August 8th, 2010 at 10:31 am

    Betsy,

    So they say…I’d still rather not be a choice on their menu if I can help it ;)

  65. Betsy August 8th, 2010 at 10:32 am

    Understood, Blake………but I hope you continue to snorkel since it’s something you enjoy.

  66. Joe from Long Island August 8th, 2010 at 10:32 am

    Good morning all –

    1. Randy – Hi, we’ve missed you around here. Glad business was good for you. Hope you can have more time to share your special brand of baseball insight and wisdom with us ;)

    2. MTU – sorry to here about your friend/family member’s accident. Hope all goes well.

    3. murphydog – that was a very nice essay about the game you went to. Especially the way you ended it.

    Got to run, lots of stuff to do today. Mrs. Joe is away, visiting family, so it’s me and the dog to do all the chores, and he’s usually the supervisor. Later.

  67. blake August 8th, 2010 at 10:32 am

    Maine….sometimes just after Christmas :(

  68. G. Love August 8th, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Y’all know me. Know how I earn a livin’. I’ll catch this bird for you, but it ain’t gonna be easy. Bad fish. Not like going down the pond chasin’ bluegills and tommycods. This shark, swallow you whole. Little shakin’, little tenderizin’, an’ down you go. And we gotta do it quick, that’ll bring back your tourists, put all your businesses on a payin’ basis. But it’s not gonna be pleasant. I value my neck a lot more than three thousand bucks, chief. I’ll find him for three, but I’ll catch him, and kill him, for ten. But you’ve gotta make up your minds. If you want to stay alive, then ante up. If you want to play it cheap, be on welfare the whole winter. I don’t want no volunteers, I don’t want no mates, there’s just too many captains on this island. Ten thousand dollars for me by myself. For that you get the head, the tail, the whole damn thing.

  69. MaineYankee August 8th, 2010 at 10:33 am

    The sharks are just waiting for the RS fans to start jumping. :lol:

  70. BIG AL August 8th, 2010 at 10:34 am

    Berkman did very well under the pressure of the WS, hitting .385. He is a big league hitter, that, after feeling more comfortable should be a run producer down the stretch, IMO.

    The fans that are booing are just not that well informed about this guy, but, once he starts one of his hot streaks, they’ll be cheering, it’s the way it goes in NY.

    Greater players have wilted under the pressure of playing in NY, he’ll be OK.

  71. JM August 8th, 2010 at 10:35 am

    MTU –

    Sorry to hear you’ve had bad news. Hang in there; I hope things improve really soon.

    Shark fans may appreciate this video, which was taken at the end of July in Seaside Park, N.J., on the Jersey Shore about an hour or so north of Atlantic City and about half an hour south of where I live. Very strange to see a shark come in this close.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFVeibNMhLg

  72. Fran the original August 8th, 2010 at 10:36 am

    The sharks are just waiting for the RS fans to start jumping
    ********************************
    Hopefully they will have all jumped in by the end of tomorrow’s game ;)

  73. blake August 8th, 2010 at 10:36 am

    G. Love,

    That’s such a great movie and a great character.

  74. Betsy August 8th, 2010 at 10:36 am

    GLove, channeling Quint, lol?

    Peter Benchley regretted writing Jaws…..He didn’t realize what it was going to do to people or the shark; years before he died, he became and advocate of the Great White.

  75. MTU August 8th, 2010 at 10:36 am

    Maine/Joe/JM-

    Thanks for the well wishes. I apologize if I have left anyone out.

  76. 86w183 August 8th, 2010 at 10:37 am

    Sharks don’t care what they eat and I doubt seriously they got together and compared notes after dinner and realized seal is tastier.

    Humans look weird to them so they brush against them to see if they bleed. If they do… SUPPER TIME!

    They are freaks of evolution. To paraphrase Richard Dreyfus from “Jaws”…. all they do is eat, swim and make little sharks

  77. MaineYankee August 8th, 2010 at 10:38 am

    murphydog

    I’m used to seeing all the stuff with the b on it. After 04 it increased in a big way.

    We went to a Yankees game a couple of years ago and it seem nice to be surrounded by fellow Yankee fans.

  78. esmee August 8th, 2010 at 10:38 am

    Has anyone won a ball yet? I am getting really impatient lol I want my Robbie :(

  79. blake August 8th, 2010 at 10:40 am

    Speaking of Jaws…has anyone seen Jaws the revenge (Jaws 4)…as good as the original was that might be the worst film in any movie series ever. Apparently, a decendent of the original Jaws chases the chiefs son and wife to the Carribean or somewhere (he knew they moved) then terriorizes the family again.

    The to cap it off the Shark let’s out a primal roar.during the kill scene at the end.

    Awesome.

  80. Fran the original August 8th, 2010 at 10:40 am

    I think part of the Berkman booing yesterday was because he hit Alex. And frustration on the fan’s part. You know that Yankee fans want immediate results. But I do think that Berkman will be ok.

    Yesterday AM people were ripping Granderson on the blog and he had a really nice game yesterday.

  81. BIG AL August 8th, 2010 at 10:40 am

    Any word on A-Rod yet?

  82. Betsy August 8th, 2010 at 10:41 am

    JM, that was cool – I didn’t like seeing the shark get that far up the sand because he was struggling to get back in the water.

    86, sharks will eat mostly anything, but they do not hunt humans – that’s just a silly notion. They don’t have hands, so all they can do when they are curious is to test something with their bite. Generally, they will release a human after realizing that it’s not their favorite prey item – humans are skinny runts that have very little fat to supply them with the energy they need. They do not brush against humans to see if they bleed- where did you get that notion from?

    Jaws is a great movie, but it’s just a movie – it’s not real life.

  83. randy l. August 8th, 2010 at 10:41 am

    Eduardo August 8th, 2010 at 9:58 am
    “Randy,
    Please come back to the blog on a daily basis.”

    trisha-

    is that you? :)

  84. pat August 8th, 2010 at 10:42 am

    Good morning-

    Might Montero, Nunez and Laird all see time in the Bronx in 2011?

    http://www.nypost.com/p/sports.....GFUrjI9S5L

  85. MaineYankee August 8th, 2010 at 10:42 am

    esmee August 8th, 2010 at 10:38 am
    Has anyone won a ball yet? I am getting really impatient lol I want my Robbie

    ———————————————————————

    I think Erin has been real quiet lately.

  86. Betsy August 8th, 2010 at 10:43 am

    Blake, that is one of the worst movies EVER – laughably bad. The acting is ridiculous (well, the shark should have won an Oscar) – even by Michael Caine, who I love. Yes, those sharks have a vendetta against the Brody’s because Chief Brody killed the original shark.. Jaws 3 wasn’t anything special, but 4 was like a comedy

  87. Betsy August 8th, 2010 at 10:44 am

    I mean Brodys, not Brody’s…….ugh

  88. JM August 8th, 2010 at 10:44 am

    Sharks definitely don’t hunt humans, and they only rarely attack, but when we’re swimming around in their territory, every now and then, an “accident” will happen. As an old fisherman once said to me, “when you’re in the water, where they live, you have to remember, you’re just meat to them.” :)

  89. Betsy August 8th, 2010 at 10:45 am

    I liked Jaws 2 even though it wasn’t as good as the original; my favorite part was when the girl waterskier gets taken down and then the shark goes after the mother and the boat she’s in ends up blowing up, lol

  90. MaineYankee August 8th, 2010 at 10:45 am

    randy

    It’s just like you to stir up trouble. What took you so long?

  91. BIG AL August 8th, 2010 at 10:45 am

    Nice piece by Frankie Piliere on Andrew Brackman this morning.

    http://mlb.fanhouse.com/2010/0.....man/#cntnt

  92. Betsy August 8th, 2010 at 10:46 am

    JM, lol – as I said, you just have to respect the idea that you’re in their domain. People probably don’t realize how close the sharks are to them when they are in the water – the sharks just aren’t paying any attention to them.

  93. G. Love August 8th, 2010 at 10:47 am

    Sometimes that shark he looks right into ya. Right into your eyes. And, you know, the thing about a shark… he’s got lifeless eyes. Black eyes. Like a doll’s eyes.

  94. Eduardo August 8th, 2010 at 10:52 am

    Randy,
    No. I post rarely; I have always enjoyed your posts and knowledge and experience within the game of baseball.

  95. JM August 8th, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Posnanski lists his choices for the 10 worst players in baseball…..

    http://joeposnanski.si.com/201.....?eref=sihp

  96. JM August 8th, 2010 at 10:55 am

    Interesting that Posnanski lists Francoeur, who hit the game-winning homerun last night for the Mets….

  97. randy l. August 8th, 2010 at 10:58 am

    maine yankee-

    speaking of stirring up trouble, becket drilled shelley duncan once or twice last start after duncan had 4 hits the night before. since the red sox are dead in the water right now with youkillis out and them already being a flawed team, it would be consistent with beckett’s past behavior to try to roll the dice and maybe try to shake things up by drilling someone important on the yankees. someone like cano maybe. no one said bectkett was smart. it’d be a dumb thing to do, but it wouldn’t surprise me a bit.

  98. 86w183 August 8th, 2010 at 10:58 am

    Betsy –

    I never said they hunted humans

    A scuba instructor told me a shark will brush up against something it doesn’t recognize to see if it might be edible. No shark ever admitted that to me and I have no idea why he concluded that was the reason, but you cannot disprove the theory either.

  99. MaineYankee August 8th, 2010 at 11:02 am

    randy

    I think if that happened it might revive the hatred of the 70′s.

    Never been a fan of Beckett.

    Some RS fans here aren’t either.

    He likes to start trouble and then wonder why people get mad.

    Kinda like my sister was growing up. :lol:

  100. randy l. August 8th, 2010 at 11:03 am

    sorry about that eduardo , it was just a little inside joke on past blog sparring.

    sunday mornings are almost always the best time to post if you want to post more. usually good people on.

  101. Erin August 8th, 2010 at 11:06 am

    MTU-very sorry to hear about your bad news. :(

    I hope things get better soon!

  102. Erin August 8th, 2010 at 11:08 am

    MaineYankee August 8th, 2010 at 10:42 am

    I think Erin has been real quiet lately.

    ********************************
    Sadly, still no e-mail informing me the ball is mine. :x

  103. murphydog August 8th, 2010 at 11:08 am

    Hmmmm… this is thought provoking.

    http://joeposnanski.si.com/201.....-steroids/

  104. Cashmoney August 8th, 2010 at 11:10 am

    realistic August 8th, 2010 at 10:15 am
    on an unrelated issue.
    did anyone see Maddon’s comments on SI, about how they have to change the rules with the catwalks?
    so after all these years of other teams complaining, when Maddon would smugly say that the same rules apply for everyone, so its fair. now all of the sudden it affects them and the rules must be changed.
    ——————————————————————
    Maddon will one day be wooed away as the next Bond Villain for eternity, thus ending his illustrious career as the Rays Mgr.

    I was listening to the sound bite on Girardi’s Post game, one thing i noticed is Joe and Suzyn Waldman gushing over R.Pena. More over his ability to hit in the clutch? As the incredulous Waldman seem to draw the conclusion that 13 rbis with 20 hits seem to be an astounding number. my mathematical sense tells me Joe G has a point making , but my baseball sense having watching most of game tells me that Pena is just plain bad hitter. so I went for a look.
    in 2010
    Pena sports 208 BA in 109 PA
    http://www.baseball-reference......=&t=b

    As many of you can see, the only number that even remotely jumps at your eyes under Pena’s Clutch stats are his 357 and 297 BA in game ties and within 1R, where he amass 5 hits 17 PA and 11 hits in 40 PA respectively. His Babip in those situation are 500 and 367 compare to his normal means 260 for his career. he also collect his only 2b in these situations. In summation, I think Pena has done relative decent job in driving in runs with a combination of very good luck (high BABIP) and above average hitting ( only when you compare to his season stats) The fact remains with his 464 OPS (slightly below his minor league norm), Pena remains a woeful hitter period. His one game performance where hit a base clearing double and his unusual luck in couple specific situations leads to the illusions that Pena can contribute anything other than replacement value player .

    Ramiro Pena is so many words, is abelow average player offensively and as his -0.3 WAR indicates , he is quite replacable, is fortunate that the baseball goddess( Waldman ) does not look anything deeper than the stats RBI before bestowing her hyperventilating Hyperbole.

    this one goes under Sunday morning mental masturbation.

  105. MaineYankee August 8th, 2010 at 11:11 am

    Erin

    I figured that would get a response. :lol:

    I think Chad said last night that tommorrow could be the day.

  106. Cashmoney August 8th, 2010 at 11:13 am

    realistic August 8th, 2010 at 10:15 am
    on an unrelated issue.
    did anyone see Maddon’s comments on SI, about how they have to change the rules with the catwalks?
    so after all these years of other teams complaining, when Maddon would smugly say that the same rules apply for everyone, so its fair. now all of the sudden it affects them and the rules must be changed.
    ——————————————————————
    Maddon will one day be wooed away as the next Bond Villain for eternity, thus ending his illustrious career as the Rays Mgr.

    I was listening to the sound bite on Girardi’s Post game, one thing i noticed is Joe and Suzyn Waldman gushing over R.Pena. over his ability to hit in the clutch? As the incredulous Waldman seem to draw the conclusion that 13 rbis with 20 hits seem to be an astounding number. my mathematical sense tells me Suzy has a point , but my baseball sense having watching most of game screams at me that Pena is just plain bad hitter. so I went for a look.
    in 2010
    Pena sports 208 BA in 109 PA
    http://www.baseball-reference......=&t=b

    As many of you can see, the only number that even remotely jumps at your eyes under Pena’s Clutch stats are his 357 and 297 BA in game ties and within 1R, where he amass 5 hits 17 PA and 11 hits in 40 PA respectively. His Babip in those situation are 500 and 367 compare to his normal means 260 for his career. he also collect his only 2b in these situations. In summation, I think Pena has done relative decent job in driving in runs with a combination of very good luck (high BABIP) and above average hitting ( when you compare to his season stats) The fact remains with his 464 OPS (slightly below his minor league norm), Pena remains a woeful hitter period. His one game performance where hit a base clearing double and his unusual luck in couple specific situations leads to the illusions that Pena can contribute anything other than replacement value player .

    Ramiro Pena is so many words, is any below average player offensively and as his -0.3 WAR indicates , he is quite replacable, is fortunate that the baseball goddess( Waldman ) does not look anything deeper than the stats RBI before bestowing her hyperventilating Hyperbole.

  107. MaineYankee August 8th, 2010 at 11:14 am

    randy

    One beef I had with Torre was how he let Pedro continue to hit Yankee players without some payback. I’m suprised seeing what his background is as a player.

  108. Eduardo August 8th, 2010 at 11:15 am

    Randy,
    I may not post much, but I am familiar with the blog sparring. Here is a post from yesterday that will give you shivers.

    # trisha – true pinstriped blue August 7th, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    Oh yeah.

    Well I guess the props crew isn’t here right now, and I know that when your hearts are in your throats fearing that the Yankees might lose the game, you can’t clear your minds enough to give credit where it’s die.

    So I guess I’ll just say it myself. Good call trisha, saying that the Yanks were going to take the lead and having it happen right after you said it.

    Why thank you!

    And good call trisha, never having any fear of the Sux.

    Why thank you!

    Enjoy the rest of the game all. I hate when I have to take these things to the car, but life does sometimes intervene!

  109. MTU August 8th, 2010 at 11:16 am

    Erin-

    Thanks for your sentiments. Much appreciated.

    That ball is yours.

    Randy-

    “usually good people on.”

    I’m the exception. Certified troublemaker. ;)

  110. MaineYankee August 8th, 2010 at 11:18 am

    I think Eduardo is trying to take over as head troublemaker. :lol:

  111. Patrick August 8th, 2010 at 11:19 am

    Denard Span talking about Carl Pavano, “He’s a warrior.”

    Hahaha don’t make me laugh

  112. MTU August 8th, 2010 at 11:20 am

    Maine-

    While I’m tryin’ to pull it together Eduardo can be the DTM (designated trouble maker).

  113. MaineYankee August 8th, 2010 at 11:23 am

    Lackey not giving the Yankees much credit for the win.

    http://www.bostonherald.com/sp.....what_it_is

  114. Fran the original August 8th, 2010 at 11:24 am

    Sadly, still no e-mail informing me the ball is mine
    ***************************
    Erin,

    I haven’t received an email either. I just assumed I didn’t win, but it doesn’t seem like anybody has received emails yet. I would even be happy with the Marcus Thames ball.

  115. Erin August 8th, 2010 at 11:26 am

    MaineYankee August 8th, 2010 at 11:11 am

    Erin

    I figured that would get a response. :lol:

    I think Chad said last night that tommorrow could be the day.

    *******************************
    Good deal. I’ll have to check my e-mail like crazy tomorrow. ;)

  116. MaineYankee August 8th, 2010 at 11:26 am

    MTU

    He’s either trying to steal it from randy or giving randy fuel for the fire.

    I’m not sure if you’ve been around long enough to know what I mean.

  117. MaineYankee August 8th, 2010 at 11:27 am

    Erin

    Starting at 1201 right? :lol:

  118. Erin August 8th, 2010 at 11:28 am

    Have a good afternoon everyone. I’m off to see Derek Jeter the movie star in The Other Guys. :)

  119. MTU August 8th, 2010 at 11:28 am

    Maine-

    I have. I know exactly what you are driving at.

  120. MaineYankee August 8th, 2010 at 11:29 am

    Fran

    You know with this bunch if somebody won you’d know it.

    If Erica won you’d here her screaming from the beach. :lol:

  121. jpb173 August 8th, 2010 at 11:30 am

    Good morning-

    Might Montero, Nunez and Laird all see time in the Bronx in 2011?

    http://www.nypost.com/p/sports…..GFUrjI9S5L

    ——————————————————————————————-

    Pat, probably won’t see Montero in the Bronx until 2012. Spots on the 40 man roster are going to be too valuable this winter. The Yankees have too many youngsters to protect from the Rule-5 draft. Montero (only 20 years old) doesn’t need protection this winter so he won’t be put on the the 40 man roster. I understand that the Yankees management still isn’t enthused by Montero’s catching and would like to see him stay in Scranton one more year to work on that part of his game. I don’t think they will add him to the 40 man roster in mid-season unless there are an unusal amount of injuries or he is having a super season at Scranton.

    Eduardo Nunez (23 years old) is already on the 40 man roster and Brandon Laird (22 years old)can play 1B/3B/OF/DH (none of which are high eleverage postitons) so they might indeed be in a position for a callup. Both Nunez and Laird are older than Montero so there is an expectation that their maturity level is higher.

  122. comet August 8th, 2010 at 11:30 am

    MTU take care my friend. Best wishes for you and your family!

  123. Fran the original August 8th, 2010 at 11:30 am

    I’m off to see Derek Jeter the movie star in The Other Guys
    *********************
    Wonder if Derek will win an Oscar to go along with all of his baseball awards ;)

  124. MaineYankee August 8th, 2010 at 11:31 am

    MTU

    Sometimes when you have troubles a distraction helps.

    Heaven knows there are alot of distractions here.

  125. jesusmonterofordh August 8th, 2010 at 11:32 am

    of course lackey won’t mention the lie drives jeter and nick hit that were caught in the 6th

  126. Fran the original August 8th, 2010 at 11:33 am

    You know with this bunch if somebody won you’d know it.
    *****************************
    MaineYankee,

    That’s true. Or they’d be complaining because they didn’t get the player they wanted :)

  127. MTU August 8th, 2010 at 11:34 am

    Maine-

    The only way Erica ‘s screams can be heard that far are if she wins a Berkman ball (not possible), or her Cabana boy does something to piss her off.

  128. MaineYankee August 8th, 2010 at 11:36 am

    jesusmonterofordh August 8th, 2010 at 11:32 am
    of course lackey won?t mention the lie drives jeter and nick hit that were caught in the 6th

    ————————————————————————-

    And some here think some of our young pitchers don’t give good interviews after a game.

    You’d think Lackey has been around long enough to own up.

    I wonder how his teammates will like his show of emotion when things don’t go right for him?

  129. BIG AL August 8th, 2010 at 11:37 am

    Those that are eager to throw stones at Pena, should first remember his value to the team as a defensive replacement, and consider how many players could hit well, while getting AB’s once every 7-10 days. No, he’s not Jeter, but, he still does his job well. He was never expected to contribute to the offense, so, whatever production they get from him is a plus.

  130. MTU August 8th, 2010 at 11:38 am

    Comet-

    Thanks. Maybe we can discuss Utah when the person in question is clear of danger. I await more news. Much appreciated.

    Maine-

    You are right. And I am sort of amazed that my sense of humor has not deserted me at a time like this. Strange critters those humans.
    Especailly me.

  131. MaineYankee August 8th, 2010 at 11:42 am

    Big Al

    Some expect him to come of the bench and hit like Arod.

    It would be hard to expect a veteran to get that little playing time and play well or be content with it.

  132. MaineYankee August 8th, 2010 at 11:45 am

    MTU

    Speaking of strange critters, I heard some coyotes howling last night.

    It’s hard to know why they howl when at times it’s to just too howl.

    Kinda like the game threads here. :lol:

  133. jpb173 August 8th, 2010 at 11:48 am

    Speaking of strange critters, I heard some coyotes howling last night.

    ——————————————————————————————

    Those were Red Sox fans you heard.

  134. ron August 8th, 2010 at 11:49 am

    I just don’t see going another year with cervelli as backup only because he will catch more games than he should be catching being that posada is getting older & it is his last year.

    In an ideal world montero is ready & catches most games with posada dh’ing but i doubt montero will be ready,not sure about romine either but the team will figure it all out.

    Cashman trying to trade montero says a lot imo.
    A bat that is almost ml ready with power at the catching position & we almost traded him tells me that he can’t catch in tha majors.

  135. MaineYankee August 8th, 2010 at 11:51 am

    jpb173 August 8th, 2010 at 11:48 am
    Speaking of strange critters, I heard some coyotes howling last night.

    ??????????????????????????????

    Those were Red Sox fans you heard.

    ——————————————————————–

    I didn’t even think of that.

  136. BIG AL August 8th, 2010 at 11:52 am

    MaineYankee -

    You know what it’s like on the blog, every day they need a whipping boy to make them happy.

    I never saw so many people so unhappy about having their team in 1st place, with the best record in MLB.

    If they went 161 – 1, they’d bitch about how that one game got away from the team because of this play or another.

  137. BIG AL August 8th, 2010 at 11:53 am

    RS fans don’t howl, they squeal.

  138. MTU August 8th, 2010 at 11:55 am

    Maine-

    Yup. But some of the sounds made during games threads surely would drown out the calls of a coyote.

    And some of the commentary is even more haunting.

  139. blake August 8th, 2010 at 11:58 am

    A 4 something ERA middle of the rotation pitcher is about what Lackey is in the AL east. If the Sox are surprised by that, they shouldn’t be.

    Hopefully Montero will be ready enough with the glove to catch 1/3 of the games next year and Posada will be healthy enough to catch the rest…that would be ideal IMO but we still don’t know how realistic that is.

  140. Nick in SF August 8th, 2010 at 11:58 am

    I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by LoHud.

  141. MaineYankee August 8th, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    Nick in SF August 8th, 2010 at 11:58 am
    I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by LoHud.

    ————————————————————-

    And you continued to come here?

    I know you like to take chances but I thought it was only when money was involved.

  142. BIG AL August 8th, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    Nick in SF -

    My condolences.

  143. JM August 8th, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    #Nick in SF

    What sphinx of cement and aluminum bashed open their skulls and ate up
    their brains and imagination?

    oh, never mind…

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