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Pictures from Monday’s pool party

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

On the first day of HOPE Week, a group of Yankees spent yesterday at a pool party for 13-year-old Jorge Grajales and his friends and family. Today’s HOPE Week surprise begins in a little less than an hour. For now, here are pictures from yesterday, sent by the Yankees.

2010 Hope Week 8.16 (5)

2010 Hope Week 8.16 (1)

2010 Hope Week 8.16 (2)

That’s Mariano Rivera delivering the cake, Nick Swisher playing with Jorge in the pool and the group shot includes Swisher, Rivera, Brett Gardner and Dustin Moseley.

 
 

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61 Responses to “Pictures from Monday’s pool party”

  1. Joe from Long Island August 17th, 2010 at 10:56 am

    Beautiful.

  2. G-C August 17th, 2010 at 10:57 am

    The state of panic that surrounds this team on a day-to-day basis is just hysterical.

    One of my favorite things to read about is how Curtis Granderson is a “drain” on this lineup.

    Our friend Curtis is hitting .247/.314/.428. Meanwhile, there’s a “young superstar” talent in Tampa Bay named BJ Upton. He’s hitting .238/.326/.409.

    I love hearing about how Upton is a vital “cog” in Tampa’s core while Granderson has been a terrible disappointment who is certain to be replaced next year.

    Face it. Tampa Bay has one player (Crawford) who would be a starter on this team. ONE. The idea that the Yankees need to panic and make rash moves to avoid falling into second place is lunacy. There are 200 million dollars worth of pieces on this team and if they can’t get the job done, its their problem.

  3. YankeeBlue222 August 17th, 2010 at 10:58 am

    YankeeBlue222 August 17th, 2010 at 10:57 am
    Irreverent Discourse August 17th, 2010 at 10:46 am
    mike stanton, one of the biggest can’t miss hitting prospects this season got called up from AA to the majors and promptly batted .220-.240, and this is the BEST hitting prospect in the league at the time.
    *************

    Not sure if you noticed, but Stanton is killing the ball right now. Mutli-hit games in 5 of his last 10 games and a line of .275/.349/.565 and 14 HR’s in a little over 2 months of work.

    That is pretty darn impressive for a 20-year-old!

  4. Irreverent Discourse August 17th, 2010 at 10:58 am

    and now we know why swishers biceps hurts again

  5. pat August 17th, 2010 at 11:00 am

    “Swisher was a complimentary player, as was Cano, now they are looked on to carry the team.”

    How about Tex? Prime playing years for him too. Complimentary player or ready to carry the team?

  6. Irreverent Discourse August 17th, 2010 at 11:02 am

    yankeeblue – he only started mashing HR’s in the last like 2 weeks (@nats and @reds, no surprise there), and this is the biggest “can’t miss” young hitter in the league. until 10 games ago he was still hitting .230

    it is damn impressive, and 1/10th of that should not be expected from any other AA player.

  7. Irreverent Discourse August 17th, 2010 at 11:02 am

    pat – in case you haven’t noticed… teixeira IS carrying the team…

  8. Katie6542 August 17th, 2010 at 11:02 am

    Great pictures! Looks like they had a good time!

  9. pat August 17th, 2010 at 11:03 am

    “and now we know why swishers biceps hurts again”

    :wink:

  10. pat August 17th, 2010 at 11:07 am

    “pat ? in case you haven?t noticed? teixeira IS carrying the team?”

    Tex has had his moments but his streakiness is head scratching sometimes.

  11. TheKiid August 17th, 2010 at 11:08 am

    “The state of panic that surrounds this team on a day-to-day basis is just hysterical.”

    im glad someone else finds it hilarious. some fans are just spoiled…

  12. Erin August 17th, 2010 at 11:14 am

    Great pictures. :D

  13. Shame Spencer August 17th, 2010 at 11:14 am

    repost:

    # Shame Spencer August 17th, 2010 at 11:12 am

    [mick] lol, i like the self confidence…

    Personally, if we hypothetically lose Posada for the year, I think we’ve still got a chance. Then again, if we lose Posada for the year in a non-hypothetical situation and I was actually facing news that he would be shut down for the year… I’m not so sure. His bat makes such a big difference in our line up. Especially with Robbie coming back down to earth after a hot start and Granderson being sub par thus far.

  14. Irreverent Discourse August 17th, 2010 at 11:15 am

    pat – streakiness aside… leading the team in runs, hr’s, and BB’s and second in rbi’s is what it is. especially since he did none of that for 2 whole months to start the year.

  15. Irreverent Discourse August 17th, 2010 at 11:16 am

    can’t we talk about something positive, like how kevin long deserves a $50mil/year contract for being the greatest batting coach in history? granderson has done nothing but smoke the ball since the “changes” they put in place.

  16. CW August 17th, 2010 at 11:19 am

    Time for the new tradition: The good karma run. Unless Mariano punched an old man in the face at this party, then we’re SOL. Wait, wrong team.

  17. MTU August 17th, 2010 at 11:20 am

    G-C

    I just wanted you know that I have never stopped praying for you.

    Each and every day. :)

  18. 108 stitches August 17th, 2010 at 11:20 am

    The last 2 series have seen the Yankees playing to the level of their opponent and without a sense of urgency.
    The Rays played the Orioles and now Texas on their homestand as if a playoff spot were on the line before departing on a west coast trip to Oakland and L.A.

  19. jacksquat August 17th, 2010 at 11:20 am

    CB August 17th, 2010 at 11:01 am
    “So back to my original question, do people really think his defense/game calling would really totally offset his probable offensive improvement over Cervelli?”

    Sure. There’s definitely that chance.

    And on top of that it could have an enormously negative impact on his development.

    I could see that happening no problem at all – especially in NY with the Yankees and the media attention he’d receive.

    He would be under an intense microscope and one dropped pop up and he’ll have to listen to how he’s a bust for months on end.

    I would not call him up.

    But we’ll see by actions. The Yankees want to win this year. They can obviously see how bad Cervelli is.

    If they thought Montero could help they would call him up. If they don’t there’s a reason.

    This is a kid they’ve nurtured since he was 16. They know him him much better than anyone else.

    Well I have no idea what his mental makeup is and if he could hande the pressure, or if that would negatively affect him.

    On the other hand, Cervelli was called up straight from AA, and he wasn’t even hitting in the minors…

  20. da Rican August 17th, 2010 at 11:21 am

    That kid has MAD bragging rights when he goes back to Panama. How much do you want to bet Mo’s involvement with him continues in Panama, out of the spotlight?

    This story is awesome…yet another reason to be proud of our Yankees.

  21. JM August 17th, 2010 at 11:21 am

    Here is a story from the Star-Ledger about the pool party with some more great photos….

    http://www.nj.com/yankees/inde.....st_20.html

  22. MTU August 17th, 2010 at 11:23 am

    Re: Montero.

    IMO Montero’s defense would be a lot more suspect than his bat.

    Not sure he is ready for the bigs defensively. I wouldn’t be too worried about the bat.

  23. Irreverent Discourse August 17th, 2010 at 11:24 am

    108 stitches – the rays also got swept by the blue jays last weekend. where was the sense of urgency then? maybe you are just babbling about things that aren’t real, like judging a players/teams effort through your television.

  24. mick August 17th, 2010 at 11:33 am

    153. CB August 17th, 2010 at 11:20 am

    “Symbolic players” may be symbolic to the fanbase but hardly to the players on the team.

    Mariano Rivera is perhaps the single most respected player in baseball. Jeter is right there with him.

    Please, let’s no over inflate what Johnny Damon did here. He didn’t bring the 2004 Red Sox “idiots” marketing campaign to the yankees line up.

    Club house chemistry isn’t the issue unless it’s making Derek Jeter lose bat speed.

    Chemistry gets overblown all the time. Many great yankee teams have had no chemistry what so ever.

    Baseball is a team sport that is made up of a series of individual encounters. When Mark Teixeira is up at the plate I really doubt he’s worried that Johnny Damon is no longer here.

    Damon was in no way a core guy here. There’s no way he could ever assume that kind of status. Nice guy the players liked but he wasn’t fundamental.
    154. mick August 17th, 2010 at 11:26 am

    Baseball is a team sport that is made up of a series of individual encounters. When Mark Teixeira is up at the plate I really doubt he’s worried that Johnny Damon is no longer here.
    ========================
    Tex appreciated Damon being on base in front of him though.
    His 1st AB last night was 10 pitches.
    He must have seen about 30 or more pitches last night.

    Who is doing that nowadays?
    Not Jeter or Swisher anymore.
    Could that be some sort of leadership?
    155. mick August 17th, 2010 at 11:30 am

    NEW POST========>>>>>

  25. CB August 17th, 2010 at 11:33 am

    “On the other hand, Cervelli was called up straight from AA, and he wasn’t even hitting in the minors…”

    They called up Cervelli out of desperation.

    And he wasn’t nearly talented enough to prioritize his development over the organization’s immediate needs.

    He was never going to be a starter here let alone the run producer the team may build itself around for a decade.

    They are completely different situations.

    Montero if called up and asked to catch could turn out to be a disaster. No question about it.

    You can’t hide as a catcher. Remember that endless barrage of critical stories about Posada’s catching last season. Try handling that when you are 20.

  26. mick August 17th, 2010 at 11:34 am

    # mick August 17th, 2010 at 11:11 am

    Damon, Matsui, Melky were 3 huge pieces to the puzzle and players loved them. Tough to remove all 3 from the clubhouse, Molina too. Its 1 problem I have with Cashman, his offseason moves. We couldn’t have kept 1 of them ?
    ============================
    It was a complete overhaul of team chemistry, which is poo-pooed by most, but he gutted a world champion team.

  27. blake August 17th, 2010 at 11:35 am

    Nice pics. Great stuff!

  28. rodg12 August 17th, 2010 at 11:37 am

    Good stuff, Chad. Thanks for passing that along.

    Quick question for my blog mates…is there any place I can see a list of the Yankees draft picks that signed and for how much????

  29. mick August 17th, 2010 at 11:37 am

    # mick August 17th, 2010 at 11:02 am

    CB August 17th, 2010 at 10:50 am

    The idea that Johnny Damon was some kind of leader in a locker room with Mo, Jeter, Alex, Teix and CC is really stretching things.
    ==========================
    My point was that Damon was a symbol of the new, relaxed, loosey-goosey Yankees of 2009.
    The team that shed its uptight ways and cast pies upon one another on their way to a championship.
    So now that was a myth.

    Swisher was the complimentary player, now he is looked upon to carry the team, that’s pressure they didn’t have last year.

  30. Mike in Harrisburg August 17th, 2010 at 11:38 am

    “In related news, Red Sox pitchers Josh Beckett and Jonathan Papelbon marked the start of HOPE Week by visiting the South Boston home of 12-year old disabled boy Bobby Sullivan, kicking his dog and leaving a flaming bag of poop on the doorstep”

  31. Irreverent Discourse August 17th, 2010 at 11:39 am

    mick – nothing you just said is correct…

    pitches per plate appearance (2010)
    swisher – 4.04
    damon 4.09

    pitches per plate appearance (2009)
    swisher – 4.24 (second in the AL)
    damon – 4.06

    OBP (2010)
    swisher – .363
    damon – .362

    OBP (2009)
    swisher – .371
    damon – .365

    looks like swisher is helping teixeira… just as much… and would have been a better 2 hitter last season than damon was.

  32. CB August 17th, 2010 at 11:39 am

    “It was a complete overhaul of team chemistry, which is poo-pooed by most, but he gutted a world champion team.”

    You don’t put much value or stock in Jeter’s leadership or Mo’s never mind Posada’s, Andy’s or Alex’s.

    How in the world can a team built around a legendary group of players is the loss of an aging Johnny Damon and Matsui “gutting” a world championship team?

    You just don’t seem to put much value in what Mo, Jeter, Andy, and Posada have given to this franchise and what they mean in the locker room.

    It’s just strange. These are legendary player who are amongst the most respected in the game and you think the team has been crippled by Johnny Damon doing exactly what he did in Boston – leaving the team for a better deal?

  33. Andrew August 17th, 2010 at 11:42 am

    rodg12, here is the list of Yankees draftees and whether or not they signed from BA:

    http://www.baseballamerica.com.....?team=1028

  34. mick August 17th, 2010 at 11:43 am

    Ok, the losses of Damon and Matsui have had no effect on this year’s team.

  35. G-C August 17th, 2010 at 11:43 am

    “Swisher was the complimentary player, now he is looked upon to carry the team, that’s pressure they didn’t have last year.”

    He’s looked upon to carry the team now because he’s a lot better than he was last year.

    Swish has hit like an elite right fielder this year. Maybe it would make everyone feel better if he started hitting .240 again, thereby alleviating some of the pressure?

  36. Irreverent Discourse August 17th, 2010 at 11:44 am

    mick – hey, you finally got it right… but don’t call them losses when it was the player that decided to leave.

  37. clownthrowindown August 17th, 2010 at 11:45 am

    Kevin Long has $140M of position players and can’t get them to hit consistently as a team. Can he teach Jeter to hit a line drive? Can he teach Tex to hit for average and to even out his streakiness? Can he make Cervelli a passable major leaguer?
    And for someone who is always preaching the big picture, you seem awfully hasty in proclaiming Granderson a success. Let’s see if it lasts. Same with Swisher.

  38. mikey487 August 17th, 2010 at 11:46 am

    That is simply a great set of photos. I am so happy for that kid, Jorge. What a dream come true. Whoever came up with the Hope Week program deserves kudos galore. Wow !

  39. mick August 17th, 2010 at 11:47 am

    pitches per plate appearance (2010)
    swisher – 4.04
    damon 4.09

    pitches per plate appearance (2009)
    swisher – 4.24 (second in the AL)
    damon – 4.06

    OBP (2010)
    swisher – .363
    damon – .362

    OBP (2009)
    swisher – .371
    damon – .365

    =================
    Talk to me after the season is over if you want to compare Swish’s stats from this year to last.
    Both his pitches per app. and obp are down from last year and will be further down by year end.

  40. Andrew August 17th, 2010 at 11:47 am

    Irreverent Discourse that is not to mention that Gardner has seen more pitches per plate appearance this year than Damon and is OBPing at a .380 clip while playing exponentially better defense than Johnny could muster, and BG is the guy who directly replaced him in the field and lineup (although not in the #2 slot). Damon has had more extra base hit power than Gardy but in every other facet, Brett has been up to the task.

    But then again, Damon was the guts and glue of the team so I guess you can’t compare him to players by just using silly old stats.

  41. mick August 17th, 2010 at 11:48 am

    # Irreverent Discourse August 17th, 2010 at 11:44 am

    mick – hey, you finally got it right… but don’t call them losses when it was the player that decided to leave.

    ========================
    Just like Torre, they were not wanted back.

  42. mick August 17th, 2010 at 11:49 am

    Damon was the guts and glue of the team
    ============================
    Not my words.

  43. Irreverent Discourse August 17th, 2010 at 11:51 am

    mick – you are not doing so well today…

    swisher’s pitches per plate appearance are down because they decided he should take a more aggressive approach at the plate, which has promptly resulted in him being one of the best hitting outfielders in the game right now. such a terrible choice…

    there is absolutely nothing to indicate that swishers OBP will drop from where it is, so that’s just you wanted him to fail to make damon look better i guess…

    it’s ok to love damon as a player, but dont get all bent out of shape when it is shown to you that swisher is every bit the player that damon was for the yankees.

  44. rodg12 August 17th, 2010 at 11:52 am

    Thanks for the link Andrew. Looks like they did a good job getting their guys signed. Would have been nice to get Jordan, but we knew going in it was going to be tough to get him signed.

  45. Joe from Long Island August 17th, 2010 at 11:52 am

    Hideki Matsui’s OPS is .747 this year, and his OPS+ is 101, with a WAR of 0.1.

    As a comparison, Austin Kearns’ numbers, combined for Cleveland and NY, are .782 and 117. His WAR with Cleveland was 1.3, 0.3 since coming to NY.

    I don’t think Matsui’s absence has been killing the team this year.

  46. upstate kate August 17th, 2010 at 11:52 am

    Mike in Harrisburg
    that truly was a LOL post…thanks :)

  47. SJ44 August 17th, 2010 at 11:53 am

    Good lord, the overvaluing of Damon and Matsui has reached comic proportions.

    Brett Gardner replaced Johnny Damon as the everyday LF.

    Even while slumping, he’s having a much better year than Johnny.

    Matsui hasn’t hit much all year and hasn’t hit lefties at all.

    Meanwhile struggles and all, the Yankees are tied for first place while the Tigers and Angels are playing out the string.

    If Damon and Matsui are so “valuable”, how come they haven’t made their present teams better.

    The team wasn’t “gutted” in the off-season and there is nothing wrong with the chemistry in the locker room.

    If there was, it would have shown up a LOT earlier than August 17.

  48. Doreen August 17th, 2010 at 11:53 am

    Great photographs. Great memories for this boy.

    :)

  49. clownthrowindown August 17th, 2010 at 11:53 am

    Who in the current line-up would you rather have than Damon batting with the game on the line? Yeh, that’s what I thought – just about no one. You can’t use stats to quantify that.

  50. SJ44 August 17th, 2010 at 11:55 am

    You see less pitches when you take a more aggressive approach and look to drive in more runs mick.

    Swisher is having a MUCH better year than Damon. Its not even close.

  51. CB August 17th, 2010 at 11:56 am

    “Ok, the losses of Damon and Matsui have had no effect on this year’s team.”

    This is a straw man argument. No one has said their leaving had “no” effect. Setting up the argument using an extreme makes the proposition easily falsifiable.

    What’s being specifically addressed is the idea that Matsui and Damon chosing to leave caused a “complete overhaul” of the team’s chemistry.

    Could it have had a some impact. Sure. It may have had some effect.

    Did it cause some enormous “complete overhaul” given the legendary players that truly make up the core of the organization so much so that players like Swisher and Cano are lost? No way. Not even close.

  52. SJ44 August 17th, 2010 at 11:57 am

    Who would I rather have at bat with the game on the line?

    Well, Arod, Tex, Cano, and Swisher to name 4.

    Stop acting like a clown in trying to make a good player something he isn’t.

  53. Andrew August 17th, 2010 at 11:59 am

    Damon is hitting .190 with runners in scoring position this year by the way (only around 130 plate appearances, but that’s the number nonetheless), I guess his “game on the line” aptitude only applies when he’s a Yankee? Must be the mystique of the pinstripes that got him all those gutty clutch hits, I’m sure the Tigers are bummed it didn’t translate to Motown.

  54. Shame Spencer August 17th, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    even after watching him ground into a double play last night, i’d still take jeter at the plate in a big spot over most other players.

  55. Irreverent Discourse August 17th, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    clownthrowindown – kevin long has $140 million worth of position players that are currently leading the league in runs scored and very close in OBP/SLG.

    just because you dont perceive them as hitting “as a team” (which is a matter of coincidence, it’s not a teachable skill) doesn’t mean they are not performing well.

  56. Erin August 17th, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    New Post: HOPE Week continues with Jane Lang

    :arrow:

  57. ... August 17th, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08.....wanted=all

    Interesting read; study suggests that brain trauma can produce symptons similar to ALS.

  58. Bronx Jeers August 17th, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    The Yanks obviously wanted Damon back as they did extend an offer to him.

    I do think the two sides may have worked it out if Nick johnson wasn’t available but that’s what happened and nothing will change it.

    And maybe it’s a lesson learned on both sides as Damon ended up making less and the Yanks had to go out and spend more to fill the DH spot.

    And it’s still a weak spot in the lineup.

    I actually wanted Thome.

  59. clownthrowindown August 17th, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    Exactly what hitters are hitting well? Come on…tell me. Swisher is. Gardner is 15 points above his career average but is fading (or maybe leveling off). Cano is 13 points above his career, so he is up, but not dramatically. That leaves Tex, Arod, Posada, Granderson and Captain Ground Out. How in the world is Long praised as a guru?

  60. Irreverent Discourse August 17th, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    clown – the purpose of a hitting coach is not to rework and retool the swings of the best hitters on the team. minor tweaks here and there will be applied, but for the most part guys like jeter, teixeira, posada and a-rod have been working with their swings successfully for far to olong to expect miracles. the hitting coach comes into play with young guys like cano/gardner, or a guy like granderson/swisher that are borderline good batters that just need a little push in the right direction.

    but of course, the fact that you cited the guys being “up or down” based on their career batting averages just shows your lack of baseball knowledge and insight to the situation, so this is probably falling on deaf ears anyway.

  61. Jim August 17th, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    I assume that pool party meant Mariano was unavailable to pitch last night since it takes at least 24 hours for his circuitry to dry out.


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