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HOPE Week continues with Jane Lang

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Aug 17, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

HOPE Week continues this afternoon, and this time it’s the Yankees who are tagging along with a fan, not the other way around.

Joe Girardi, Joba Chamberlain, Chad Gaudin, David Robertson, Kerry Wood and former Yankee Tino Martinez have joined Morris Plains, N.J., resident Jane Lang, who is blind, for her trip to Yankee Stadium. Using the public transportation route Jane has followed hundreds of times, the Yankees will travel with Jane to the stadium where she will receive a private tour of Monument Park to feel the monuments for the first time. She will then go on a private tour of the Yankees Museum and feel the 2009 World Championship Trophy as well as one of Babe Ruth’s bats. Jane and her family and friends, as well as members from The Seeing Eye will then attend tonight night’s game. Jane will also be recognized with a special pregame ceremony.

From the Yankees, here’s Jane’s story:

Blind since birth, Jane Lang has been to hundreds of Yankees games. What makes her special is that she travels to the Stadium via public transportation on her own – walking to her local train station in Morris Plains, N.J., before taking two separate trains with her Seeing Eye dog, Clipper.

At age 5, her family enrolled her in the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, Mass., the same school that Helen Keller attended in the late 1800s. Though she learned as a young girl how to navigate around a city using a cane, she would eventually seek out the use of a Seeing Eye dog after a couple of key incidents left her stranded and helpless.

In June 1965, at age 22, Jane arrived at The Seeing Eye in Morristown, N.J., which is the oldest existing dog-guide school in the world. After four weeks, she finished training with her first dog, Sandy, and had met a new instructor at the school, Pete Lang, whom she wed just three months after their initial introduction.

After raising their three children, Sharon, Danny and Billy, along with owning and operating both a knitting business and a chair-caning enterprise, Jane decided to expand her life even further. In 2000, she and her guide dog Laramie learned how to navigate from their suburban Morris Plains, N.J., home to Yankee Stadium, solely using public transportation.

The trip begins with a walk to her local New Jersey Transit station, where they board the train for the 70-minute ride to Manhattan’s Penn Station. From there, they head up to the street and walk from Seventh Avenue to Sixth Avenue, where they descend underground again to catch the D train for the 30-minute ride to Yankee Stadium.

Prior to leaving the house, she places eight pieces of candy in one of her pockets. As the D train makes each of its stops along the way to Yankee Stadium, she moves one piece of candy to her opposite pocket. When there’s one candy left, it means the next stop is the Stadium. More than 250 solo trips to the Bronx later, the Yankees will join Jane in her trek to Yankee Stadium.

 
 

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113 Responses to “HOPE Week continues with Jane Lang”

  1. MTU August 17th, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    WoW !!!! :)

  2. GayleF August 17th, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    If this is who I think it is and I wont know until I see a photo, I have seen her at the games many many times over the years. Great story again.

  3. MTU August 17th, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    Jane Lang, I salute you. You have more guts in your pinky than I have in my entire body.

    G-d bless you. :)

  4. MTU August 17th, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    And G-d Bless that dog ! :)

  5. Erin August 17th, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    That’s amazing. :)

  6. GoldGlove9486 August 17th, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    I’d be more excited about Tino than any of the other guys going to see her, including our manager who is yet to scream at the team after one of these games. Chamberlain, Gaudin, Robertson, and Wood? Can’t they do better for this wonderful girl?

  7. Joe from Long Island August 17th, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    One word comes to mind – courage.

  8. Joe from Long Island August 17th, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    GoldGlove, please grow a brain.

  9. Shame Spencer August 17th, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    GoldGlove – I heard that Girardi had called a meeting after the last KC game. Could be wrong, but it seemed like he wasnt happy.

  10. YankeeBlue222 August 17th, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    GoldGlove9486 August 17th, 2010 at 12:07 pm
    I’d be more excited about Tino than any of the other guys going to see her, including our manager who is yet to scream at the team after one of these games. Chamberlain, Gaudin, Robertson, and Wood? Can’t they do better for this wonderful girl?
    **************

    What is wrong with you? I seriously pity you.

  11. Fran the original August 17th, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    Another amazing story.

    MTU,
    How is everything?

  12. Mike in Harrisburg August 17th, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    I can’t even make it to the bathroom in the dark. Amazing.

  13. GayleF August 17th, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    Gold Glove you have no idea what the manager has or has not said to this team first of all. Second perhaps screaming is not the way that these players respond. I would think the manager would know much better than any of us.

    Third if you are a Yankee fan as she has been for many many years you are happy that ANY player no matter who it is has taken the time to hear your story, to see what you deal with on an everyday basis and recognize the work you do.

    That is all.

  14. GayleF August 17th, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    From JOba’s twitter account and yes indeed this is the woman I see at the STadium with her dog

    2 amazing people! Hope week makes u understand what’s important in life and it truly keeps it all in perspective http://yfrog.com/0oqd2dj

  15. SJ44 August 17th, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    30 minute team meeting before yesterday’s game.

    These are grown men and not children. He’s not going to treat them like children. Nor should he.

  16. Bronx Jeers August 17th, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    That’s pretty cool but I think if I was Jane I probably wouldn’t mind a limo ride.

    It’s a scorcher today and the subways are hell.

    And yes I would want my limo “stocked” so I could do shots with Joba. He’s probably not available tonight anyway.

  17. MTU August 17th, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    Fran-

    Thank you for asking. Very kind of you.

    The first hurdle was cleared a while back. That is- survival.

    We are working on the second one- Recovery. That’s gonna be a longer road. The person is doing about as well as could be expected, perhaps even a little better. It’s literally and figuratively one step at a time right now. I am by nature an optimist. :)

  18. Erin August 17th, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    Bronx Jeers August 17th, 2010 at 12:17 pm
    That?s pretty cool but I think if I was Jane I probably wouldn?t mind a limo ride.

    It?s a scorcher today and the subways are hell.

    And yes I would want my limo ?stocked? so I could do shots with Joba. He?s probably not available tonight anyway.

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

    :lol:

  19. MTU August 17th, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    Jeers-

    I’m available but I don’t have a limo and the Dr. has advised me to cut back on my drinking.

    Sorry I can’t help. :(

  20. Andrew August 17th, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    Bronx Jeers based on this place I was led to assume that Joba was only good at giving up shots, not taking them. (Yes I went there, I apologize in advance).

    Hopefully Jane doesn’t offer any of her candy to Gaudin, he looks like he could do well to lay off sweets, wasn’t he sighted in the bullpen eating a box of cookies not too long ago?

  21. hardwired7 August 17th, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    “the Dr. has advised me to cut back on my drinking.”

    sounds like it’s time for a new doctor.

  22. MTU August 17th, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    HardW-

    Either that or a new Liver. :)

  23. Fran the original August 17th, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    It’s literally and figuratively one step at a time right now. I am by nature an optimist.
    ********************************
    MTU,

    That’s the best way to be. Hope the recovery continues to go well.

  24. Yanksgal07 August 17th, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    I just love Hope Week and the wonderful, inspirational stories about so many remarkable people. Could I dare dream that I would have half the courage and fortitude of these amazing people. Also to those who selflessly share in their lives and help them to a brighter and better future. I have to stock up on the tissues as I read each story during the week. Kudos to Jason Zillo for bringing it to life and to all the personnel of the Yankees who help make it so special.

    I was there last night …not a fun night with the loss but I’m grateful I was there to applaud
    Jorge Gralages for being one fantastic young man. I’ll be there tonight to applaud Jane just as loudly.

    I also gave a rousing cheer for Johnny D but once he stepped in the batter’s box I was yelling …”Strike him out” …lol. Here’s to the big guy …CC …to help get us back to winning ways.

    Go Yankees 2010 !!!

  25. MTU August 17th, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    Fran-

    I appreciate the sentiments and well wishes. :)

  26. Doreen August 17th, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    Wow!

    I am not comfortable navigating the NYC Subway system, and I can see.

    Plus, she raised a family and run a business.

    Just – wow!

    Great story. And I think it’s very, very cool that the Yankees are taking the trip her way.

  27. Abe Peterham August 17th, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    WOW! we are all VERY fortunate…
    Any ideas how to get a HOPE WEEK tshirt?

  28. Katie6542 August 17th, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    Wow great story!!!

  29. Fran the original August 17th, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    I am not comfortable navigating the NYC Subway system, and I can see
    ****************

    Doreen, you are not alone!

  30. MTU August 17th, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    Doreen-

    When she “feels” the Monuments and the WS trophy her smile and her joy is going to to be as wide and deep as the Mississippi. A grin from ear to ear. I’d love to see it. :)

  31. Erica in NY August 17th, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    Doreen August 17th, 2010 at 12:29 pm
    Wow!

    I am not comfortable navigating the NYC Subway system, and I can see.
    ************

    Me neither
    And I grew up in Queens

  32. icebird753 August 17th, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    Holy SCHINKS, the Bombers got some nice talent in the draft!

  33. icebird753 August 17th, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    ^made up word lol

  34. wsr August 17th, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    I’d love to see either Chad or Sam do a piece on Jason Zillo at some point. He seems to have done big things with the Yankees

  35. MTU August 17th, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    Some sighted people could have their eyes wide open and never ever “see” a thing, remaining totally clueless, whereas you could be totally blind and still “see” everything and totally get it. ;)

    Looking and seeing are 2 very different things IMHO.

  36. YankeeBlue222 August 17th, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    wsr August 17th, 2010 at 12:38 pm
    I’d love to see either Chad or Sam do a piece on Jason Zillo at some point. He seems to have done big things with the Yankees
    ***********

    Indeed. As a Communications/PR professional myself, I admire his work.

    On second thought, can I have his job? ;)

  37. Bronx Jeers August 17th, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    MTU,

    It’s all that Caribbean rum right?

    And not for nothing but this lady Jane Lang is definitely some sort of super fan.

  38. pat August 17th, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    Should have had Brett for this one because Jane is GGJL!

    Seeing Eye is a great organization. We used to live in that area and became aware of them from a neighbor who fostered puppies for them until they were old enough and socialized enough to be trained to be guide dogs. If you have the time and space and aren’t afraid you would get too attached to give them back, it is a great way of giving to others.

    In downtown Morristown, you often see trainers out with the dogs teaching them on harness how to negotiate streets and people before they are approved to work with their new best friends.

  39. Tyler August 17th, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    Stories like this put not hitting Brian Bullington into perspective. What a tremendous story. I would think it would be just as thrilling for the players to meet these real life heroes as it is for these fantastic individuals to meet the Yankees. You can really learn things about life by even sitting there for 5 minutes with these people.

  40. MTU August 17th, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    Jeers-

    Actually the Dr. likes to try help me by treating one thing so he can just kill in some other way. Trade-offs.

    I still like my beer. That aint goin’ away. Sorry Doc.

    P.S. It’s really the Dog that likes the Yanks. He’s/She’s got Jane wrapped around her paw. :)

  41. Patrick August 17th, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    Hope week is awesome, I love the Yankees.

  42. Doreen August 17th, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    Distracted by HOPE Week!

    Today’s GTLU is Now Open for Business.

    I’ll take lineups until an official lineup is posted.

    Good luck. :)

  43. RMS August 17th, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    Great job by Zillo and the Yankees.

  44. Erica in NY August 17th, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    Hmmm.. GTLU

    Raise your hand if you are a Yankee who isn’t hurt

  45. Tyler August 17th, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    1. Jeter SS
    2. Granderson CF
    3. Tex 1B
    4. Arod 3B
    5. Cano 2B
    6. Posada C
    7. Berkman DH
    8. Kearns RF
    9. Gardner LF

  46. Yanksgal07 August 17th, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    I take the trains everyday to work. It’s no piece of cake. I can’t imagine how someone does it without the benefit of sight. Whenever I see someone with a cane or guide dog on the platforms I am always in awe of their ability to navigate the numerous trains and stations of NYC. It really is amazing …

    Jane has quite a long hike to the game but she’s a gal after my own heart …anything to
    get to the game and our Yanks !!!

    Go Yankees 2010 !!!

  47. Bronx Jeers August 17th, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    MTU,

    That’s how those docs stay in business. Medicine? That’s the real “Evil Empire” :smile:

    —————————–

    I tell you taking the subway to the game is no picnic but it’s the return trip home that really kills you.

    She’s 67? That dog definitely does more than guide her. I’m sure he gives her a nice buffer zone.

  48. Fran the original August 17th, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    Are there enough healthy players to field a team tonight?

  49. CR9 August 17th, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    Hope Week! What a terrific story!

  50. Cashmoney August 17th, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    1. Ramiro Pena SS
    2. CC DH
    3. Mo Rivera CF
    4. Tex 3b
    5. AJ Burnett 1b
    6. Thames 2b
    7. Cervelli C
    8. Wood LF
    9. Mitre RF

  51. CR9 August 17th, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    Does anyone else have the feeling that we are going to pound Verlander for at least 3 runs tonight?

  52. Cashmoney August 17th, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    CR9 August 17th, 2010 at 1:08 pm
    Does anyone else have the feeling that we are going to pound Verlander for at least 3 runs tonight?
    ———————————
    my inside source told me that’s likely. AJ prolly will launch a few shots tonight, just a creeping feeling.

  53. MTU August 17th, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    Jeers-

    Just so Joe from LI knows I was only kidding. The loved one who was so badly injured wouldn’t be alive right now if it weren’t for the Miracle workers known as Physicians.

    Now that I got that out of the way I am free to continue taking potshots an being an Iconoclast, and certified troublemaker.

    All my pups do is lead me in circles guiding back to their “treats”. I’m the one being led down the garden path. They know what they’re doing. It’s a pity I don’t. :)

  54. Andrew August 17th, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    Cashmoney I think you’re working with a winning lineup there. I can’t believe Cervelli is STILL catching in that setup…

  55. Patrick August 17th, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    Does anyone else have the feeling that we are going to pound Verlander for at least 3 runs tonight?

    —-

    I certainly hope so! It’s about damn time the offense wakes up…

  56. Bronx Jeers August 17th, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    Later I’m sure they’ll have pictures of this.

    Let’s play GWBODLI

    Good Luck!

  57. Cashmoney August 17th, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    Andrew August 17th, 2010 at 1:11 pm
    Cashmoney I think you’re working with a winning lineup there. I can’t believe Cervelli is STILL catching in that setup…
    —————————————–
    you think so , i was thinking about hitting Mitre higher because of his natural line drive stroke and above average speed. But with him in the 9th hole, it’s almost like having two lead off hitter in Pena and Mitre.

  58. jacksquat August 17th, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    GTLU

    I don’t know if Arod or Swisher can/will play, but I would give them a day off. I would think Berkman still can’t play.

    Jeter – SS
    Granderson – CF
    Teixeira – 1B
    Cano – 2B
    Posada – C
    Kearns – RF
    Thames – DH
    Gardner – LF
    JalaPena – 3B

  59. pat August 17th, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    Mo vs. The Captain? from Joe Posnanski. Some of the expert opinions are interesting to read.

    http://joeposnanski.si.com/201.....e-captain/

    as a side note, anyone know when O’Connor’s book on Jeter is coming out?

  60. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 17th, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    The group that isn’t worried about the last two games, or “the record since the All Star Break” – the same group that knows they more than have the talent to make it to the postseason – actually the only group that counts in all of this – is the players themselves. They’ve been there, done that, many times before. They know what it is to go through slumps, to be playing poorly, to do what they need to in order to get back on track. Sometimes that just means waiting it out.

    The only thing I can say is that it’s a good thing that players have a lot more understanding of the situation and are much better prepared to deal with these eventualities than their fan base is. I guess fans are built to worry while players are built to believe in themselves and in their team, even through the leanest of times.

    I look at this as a snapshot in time and nothing more. We’ve been here too many times, during too many seasons, for me to think for a minute that the Yankees will not rebound.

    Hope (week) abounds.

    GO YANKEES!

  61. CBean August 17th, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    The Seeing Eye also has an online donation form
    https://www.seeingeye.org/Donate.aspx?Action=gs&M_ID=189

  62. MTU August 17th, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    Interesting Factoid:

    Since his “transformation” Grandy is 7 for his last 19. SSS for sure, but he making much better contact, and looking a lot better at the plate.

    I’ll be interesting to see if he can keep it up. :)

  63. Bill D August 17th, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    Wouldn’t you know it. Only Yankees to hit a homer off of Verlander are Swisher (x3) and Rodriguez. They also combine for 9 of the 14 rbi that the present Yankees have against Verlander.

    Good news:

    Jeter hits him to the tune of .389. 7 for 18 (all singles, no rbi)

    Not so good news:

    Teixeira – 1 for 14 with 6 K’s, a single and no rbi
    Cano – 4 for 17 with a double, no rbi
    Posada – 3 for 13, 2 doubles, 3 rbi
    Kearns – 1 for 5, 4 K’s, 2 rbi

  64. Cashmoney August 17th, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    good piece Pat,
    I like- @JaR45 Rivera over Jeter. WAR doesn’t work for the Yanks because they can afford to get top players. There are lots of good shortstops, only one Mariano.

    in Jeter’s prime , you can argue that there are a few SS who are just as good or superior.
    mmm.. I can think Tejada, Nomar, and Arod off the top of head.

    The perpetual dominance of Mo prolly put him of top in the Yank universe over Jeter IMO.

    But normally, you take a positional player over a closer anyday.

  65. Betsy August 17th, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    I’m sorry, but no – I don’t think Damon and Matsui’s absence has affected the team. You know what’s affected the team? Down years from Jeter and Alex, and a normal, but completely streaky year from Tex (and he was absent for a month and a half to start the season), and bad year health and performance wise from Jorge. That’s what has affected the team. Cano and Swish are slumping now – and everyone is having terrible at bats. I can’t say I’m confident they are going to find it again, but this is the team we have so if they don’t get it done, it just means they aren’t good enough. Their chemistry is fine – apparently it’s a very good clubhouse.

  66. Bronx Jeers August 17th, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    MTU,

    I’m not really anti-doctor myself either. I just went to one a few days back.

    I found out that I officially reached the age where prostate exams are standard fare.

    So just seconds after the old cough-and-turn and the testes check, I get the finger.

    Virgin no more!

    Best 20$ I ever spent. :wink:

  67. Betsy August 17th, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    And the 30 minute meeting didn’t help…………..why would it? It’s not like they aren’t trying; they may not be capable at this point.

  68. Cashmoney August 17th, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    amount all MLB SS
    Jeter
    BA 278 rank fourth
    OBP 339 rank 5th
    slug 387 rank 9th
    OPS 726 rank 7th

    The only thing that is extraordinary about Jeter’s season is that of his salary.

  69. Cashmoney August 17th, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    among .meh

  70. MTU August 17th, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    Jeers-

    Welcome to the fraternity ! Lucky you. :)

  71. SJ44 August 17th, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    Betsy,

    One day after a meeting is not how you evaluate it.

    What if they win 8 of the next 10? Wouldn’t you have a different view of the meeting results?

  72. Betsy August 17th, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    SJ, I don’t think the meeting would have an impression one way or the other – unless you think the Yankees haven’t been trying. If they start playing better, it’s because they are executing better, not because they want it more and are now motivated. They have bigger problems than not hitting if they need to be motivated.

  73. Joe from Long Island August 17th, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    While I’m eating lunch –

    SJ – so, if we’re going to upgrade the offense next season – do you go with Carl Crawford, or Adam Dunn? Or someone else?

  74. Shame Spencer August 17th, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    I wish we had a steady #2 hitter.. I feel like GTLU would be much easier for me..

  75. Betsy August 17th, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    http://riveraveblues.com/2010/...../#comments

    I agree with this, but it appears the Yankees aren’t going to do this. I hope Andy gets back soon, esp. as Hughes is going to be skipped a few times coming up……..They really should do that soon so that if he is under consideration to start in the post-season he can get his legs under him again (given how badly he has struggled after long rest).

  76. Bret The Hitman August 17th, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    Bronx Jeers,

    Did your Doc at least dim the lights and play some soft music?

  77. pat August 17th, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    Team meetings don’t have to be about motivating. Sometimes they are about relaxing, re-focusing or a manager/coach or player that just needs to vent a little.

  78. upstate kate August 17th, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    GTLU
    SS Jeet
    CF the new and improved Grandy!
    1B Tex
    2B Robbie
    C Po
    DH Lance
    RF Kearns
    LF GGBG
    3B Pena

    thanks!

  79. SJ44 August 17th, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    Joe,

    No on Dunn. He wants no part of DH’ing and wants to play first base. He can’t play first base in NY.

    Crawford or Werth, depending on how they configure the rest of the team in the off-season.

    Meaning, will be they be more RH or LH dominated?

    Is Andy retiring or coming back?

    Do they see Ivan Nova as a 5th starter next year? That would give them more money to work with in the off-season.

    The answer to those questions would determine which way I would go in re-shaping the offense.

  80. champ809 August 17th, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    GTLU

    SS Jeter
    CF Grandy
    1B Tex
    2B RobbieNeedsABlow
    C Jorge
    DH Thames
    RF Kearnsie
    LF Gritty
    3B ‘Miro

    CC “BullDoggyDogg” “Bathia….shutdown tonight!

  81. Giuseppe Franco August 17th, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    Team meetings have always been overrated, especially a veteran team. These guys have been around the block more than once and just won a WS last year.

    When they do start playing better, and they will turn it on sooner or later, the team meeting will have nothing to do with it.

    Go look back at 2009 the weekend they got swept at LAA before the All Star break and check out all the bridge jumpers who wrote this team off.

    It was garbage. Nothing but garbage – even from the usual patient Yankee fans.

    They turned it around. This team can as well.

  82. Bill D August 17th, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    “I found out that I officially reached the age where prostate exams are standard fare”

    Total bumme….well, you know.

    Luckily for me, I found out in advance. Accordingly I switched to a similarly qualified doctor with much smaller fingers.

  83. Doreen August 17th, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    Perhaps the pre-game meeting was not so much to motivate as it was to refocus, restate the objectives, just do a “let’s get all on the same page,” “we’re in this together” type of thing. Sometimes it’s just a good idea to all be in the same room together and go over a few things. I mean, obviously, I don’t know.

  84. Doreen August 17th, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    Ah, pat, we had the same thoughts about team meetings. You obviously type faster than I do! :)

  85. Joe from Long Island August 17th, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    SJ – Would Crawford make Gardner redundant, in terms of their style of play? Is there any potential downside to having two lefty hitters who’s games are very dependent on their speed, with relatively limited power (Crawford having more than Gardner)?

  86. champ809 August 17th, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    The Tampa rotation is stacked and dealing right now Bettances, Banuelos and Stoneburner are bringing it!

    As an organization the Yanks Major League club, AAA, AA and Hi- A clubs are all in 1st place and serious contenders for their respective championships.

    It would be fitting if in the year of “The Boss” ‘s passing they all won titles.

    KUDOS TO A WELL RUN SHIP!

  87. Betsy August 17th, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    Then Gardner is a 4th OF – which he’d be a great one. I’m not all that familiar with Werth, but is he really going to be worth the $$ he’d command? Except for Tex and CC, our most recent moves really haven’t worked and I admit it’s once bitten, twice shy.

    I guess if the Yankees have CC and Lee, they can afford an AJ, Phil and Nova…….but I think that’s shaky. They don’t even want to bring up Nova to see what he can do. Roster issues or they aren’t that high on him?

  88. Betsy August 17th, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    Maybe not shaky, but it’s bottom 3 that I would feel comfortable with. Even if Andy comes back, who’s to say he’s going to keep pitching like this? And he’ll be older, which will make him more susceptible to injury. The Yankees really need Cliff Lee.

  89. Doreen August 17th, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    If Gardner is going to be a fourth outfielder, I’d rather they trade him. He is tentative enough as an everday player; playing part-time, it’s a lot less appealing that he doesn’t or can’t or won’t bunt and that he is still reading pitchers in order to steal – just run!!!

  90. bruceb August 17th, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    Isn’t it about time they bought a guide dog for Derek Jeter to help him find home plate?

    Seriously, stories like this do act as a reminder that baseball is just a game and that people have far greater issues to overcome in life than the Yankees losing, even though I do take each defeat very hard.

  91. Irreverent Discourse August 17th, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    the meeting didn’t help them face one of the better young pitchers in the game… i can’t imagine why :)

  92. Giuseppe Franco August 17th, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    Nova is already on the 40-man roster.

    They probably don’t want to add anyone to the 25-man roster because they don’t want to lose any of the long men trio (Moseley, Gaudin, and Mitre).

    They are already going to have to make a roster decision soon enough with Aceves/Pettitte coming back if it’s before Sept 1st.

  93. Tom in N.J. August 17th, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    Did you sing Moon River, Bronx Jeers?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....re=related

  94. Doreen August 17th, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    I have the following people submitting lineups so far:

    Tyler
    jacksquat
    upstate kate
    champ809

    If I missed you, let me know.

  95. SJ44 August 17th, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    Joe,

    It depends on what they do with Granderson and how they build out the rest of the team.

    If they sign Crawford, a longshot, IMO, then either Granderson or Gardner would be moved.

    They won’t go into next season with 3 guys for 2 spots.

  96. Erica in NY August 17th, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    Jeter SS
    Granderson CF
    Tex 1B
    Cano 2B
    Berkman DH
    Posada C
    Kearns RF
    Pena 3B
    GGBG LF

    I will brag for the rest of the season if this turns out to be right

  97. Cashmoney August 17th, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    I take Manny Ramirez over all those guys, for one year @ 10 mil. DH mostly.

  98. Bill D August 17th, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    Jeter 6
    Granderson 8
    Teixeira 3
    Thames DH
    Cano 4
    Posada 2
    Kearns 9
    Gardner 7
    Pena 5

  99. champ809 August 17th, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    Craw to me would be a much better fit on this team than Granderson as he is the better overall hitter and player and the perfect # 2 hitter for this team.

    He would move Gardner over to CF and provide a defensive upgrade in CF along with a GG in LF which by default improves RF defense as well.

    With Craw and Gardy on the team you have 2 perennial 50 steals guys on your team which is a huge weapon to have in your offense particularly with guys like Jeter and ARod not running as much.

    The only issue would be the depressed value of Granderson on the market in the offseason barring a huge finish and postseason.

    The $ could be as well depending on the 2011 budget but I don’t believe Craw will get $100 mil from anybody and more see him in the 15mil per with 5-6yrs being the tops for him imo.

  100. pat August 17th, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    “Ah, pat, we had the same thoughts about team meetings. You obviously type faster than I do!”

    But you have a cleaner basement than I do. :wink:

    I know it probably wasn’t as funny for you as it was for me but I read that and remembered how we kept putting off painting our family room until #4 created “art” all over the walls. Kids more than team meetings can sometimes be motivating when you least want to be or least expect it!

  101. Irreverent Discourse August 17th, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    werth is not in the yankees picture, he is a product of the ballpark in philly. his away splits are terrible. 100+ points lower in SLG and this year he’s not even getting hits on the road, at least last season his away avg wasn’t so bad.

  102. Giuseppe Franco August 17th, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    Manny Ramirez won’t even cut his hair. There are better odds that I become the Yankee DH next season.

  103. Shame Spencer August 17th, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    Good point Giuseppe Franco, any ideas on who will be shuffled around when those guys make their way back?? I assume we will drop someone out of the bullpen and off the bench..

  104. Irreverent Discourse August 17th, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    why is everyone searching for a 2 hitter all the sudden?

    swisher is the perfect 2 hitter for this team.

  105. GayleF August 17th, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    For all the talk of Jeter and the GIDP I thought it might be a good time to revisit this article from June of THIS year

    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs.....condition/

  106. Irreverent Discourse August 17th, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    GF – do you at least bat switch?

  107. CB August 17th, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    It’s unlikely to happen, but I’d like to see Cash at least inquire on what it would take to trade for Matt Kemp.

    He’s had a disastrous year in LA and his relationship seems to be deteriorating with the Dodgers FO. I know Colletti has said they aren’t going to trade him, but this winter they may listen on him.

    And you never know what Ned Colletti is willing to do.

  108. Shame Spencer August 17th, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    ID – I agree Swish is a good fit there, but why does he seem to move around the line up so much? could just be my perception though, he’s probably batted there quite a bit since July and I’m just too caught up in GTLU.

  109. Shame Spencer August 17th, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    “…you never know what Ned Colletti is willing to do.”

    This should be on a tshirt.

  110. Irreverent Discourse August 17th, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    shame – he gets moved around because of girardi’s largest fault… over-matching batters/pitchers

  111. Erin August 17th, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    New Post: Yankees sign 29 draft picks

    :arrow:

  112. Cashmoney August 17th, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Giuseppe Franco August 17th, 2010 at 2:02 pm
    Manny Ramirez won’t even cut his hair. There are better odds that I become the Yankee DH next season.
    ———————————–
    no, GF , there are no odds that you will become Yankee’s DH at all, but hyperbole aside, I like Mandred over all those other guys .

    as far as Hair goes, the facial hair thingie with Yankees never made any sense to me. it’s a silly and arbitrary rule , that’s all.

  113. SportsGeek August 17th, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    Doreen GTLU

    SS Jeter
    CF Granderson
    1B Tex
    3B Arod
    2B Cano
    C Posada
    DH Berkman
    RF Kearns
    LF Gardner


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