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What’s left to say about Robinson Cano?

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Oct 22, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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To be perfectly honest, I’ve more or less stopped asking questions about Robinson Cano. I still write about him all the time, but there’s not much for anyone to say. He’s clearly one of the top players in the league, a legitimate MVP candidate and the Yankees only consistent offensive weapon this postseason.

He’s the Yankees best hitter, but no one needs to say it to make it true.

“He had a few more home runs this year, but it’s really nothing new,” Derek Jeter said. “He’s just getting more attention now.”

Cano’s power numbers didn’t take a huge turn this season. He actually has fewer hits and a lower batting average than last year. His walks are up, but so are his strikeouts.

Truth is, Cano’s been very good since he got to the big leagues, but his real breakout year was last year. That’s when his production climbed significantly and that’s the year that prompted Joe Girardi to move him into the No. 5 hole. Cano’s production in fifth spot is what’s made the rest of the world pay attention.

Cano is better this year, there’s no doubt, but Jeter is right. He’s been good for a long time. This is simply the first year that everything has spoken for itself, and he’s been impossible to ignore in the ALCS.

“He’s hitting everything,” Rangers manager Ron Washington said. “He’s hitting breaking balls. Balls down and away. Hitting balls up. He’s just a tremendous hitter.”

He’s the kind of hitter who speaks for himself.

Speaking of Cano speaking for himself, here’s a short clip from yesterday’s workout, with Cano talking about his old friend Melky Cabrera. “I wish we could have him here next year,” he said.

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115 Responses to “What’s left to say about Robinson Cano?”

  1. Erin October 22nd, 2010 at 8:52 am

    Chad-great post on the birthday boy :)

    Cano for MVP!!!

  2. BD (Boston Dave) October 22nd, 2010 at 8:52 am

    Good thing the Yanks didn’t trade him for Matt Kemp as a good % of the blog was demanding Cashman to do.

  3. Doreen October 22nd, 2010 at 8:55 am

    Didn’t see the new thread. I’m reposting this because of the positive message.

    And totally against character, Steve Politi of the Star Ledger has a really good article today that references the 1958 Yankees WS against the Milwaukee Braves.

    Down 3-1 in the WS and heading for Milwaukee on a sullen and quiet bus ride, he relates:

    “So Mickey Mantle broke the silence himself. ‘For God’s sake! We’re here. We might as well win the da-n thing. Quite (peeing) in your pants!”

    He reminds us that the situation the Yankees of 2010 find themselves in is very similar:

    “The ‘58 club lost three of the first four games in that series. It needed to win the final two games on the road to complete the comeback and, to top off the challenge, beat a starting pitcher who had absolutely dominated its hitters during the previous postseason. Sound familiar?”

    And -

    Happy Birthday Robinson Cano!

  4. MTU October 22nd, 2010 at 8:56 am

    I hope Cano does all of his celebrating tonite with his bat. ;)

  5. Chambliss October 22nd, 2010 at 8:56 am

    I have to confess to wanting to trade Cano a few years ago. I won’t be quitting my day job anytime soon.

  6. upstate kate October 22nd, 2010 at 8:58 am

    great post Doreen
    I am sure this version of the Yankees feel the same!

  7. Jeff NJ October 22nd, 2010 at 8:59 am

    I realize it’s been a long year, but it was not last year that was Cano’s breakout year, it was this one. This is the first year he batted 5th, since Matsui was let go in the offseason.

    Anyway, the Yankees have been left for dead, they are decided underdogs in this series, so we have nothing to lose. The pressure is squarely on Texas and with each inning that the Yankees stay alive, the pressure grows on Texas.

    If the Yankees can pull this off, winning 3 in a row with the immovable object pitching game 7, it will be an outstanding achievement.

  8. Doreen October 22nd, 2010 at 9:00 am

    Politi’s article was an interview with Bob Turley, by the way. And this is how the article ends:

    “Never have they matched what their predecessors accomplished (come back from a 3-1 deficit) in 1958. Will they do it now against the Rangers, needing a victory in Game 6 just for one final shot at Lee?”

    Turley says: “If they really believe, they can. If they believe, then they can do anything.”

  9. CountryClub October 22nd, 2010 at 9:03 am

    Cano has been great. Granderson has been good through the two rounds too.

  10. Robin October 22nd, 2010 at 9:07 am

    20% chance of rain today.

    60% chance of rain tomorrow.

    http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Arlington.html

  11. JM October 22nd, 2010 at 9:07 am

    MTU,

    Repost from previous thread about Halladay’s injury last night….

    MTU,

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.c.....?eref=sihp

    He says he will be ready to go for his next start…..in the World Series.

  12. 108 stitches October 22nd, 2010 at 9:07 am

    This is the type of game where no at bat should be taken for granted. Approach each plate appearance like the game is on the line.
    Phil should look at each batter like he doesn’t want him to be the batter with a winning hit.

  13. LGY October 22nd, 2010 at 9:07 am

    There is one more thing to say Chad…

  14. LGY October 22nd, 2010 at 9:08 am

    Wait for it…

  15. LGY October 22nd, 2010 at 9:10 am

    BOOM!!!

  16. upstate kate October 22nd, 2010 at 9:10 am

    LGY
    :)

  17. MTU October 22nd, 2010 at 9:12 am

    JM-

    Thanks for the info. Doc was “off” again last night. Guess that explains why.

    You’re right. Very gutsy. Can’t believe he’ll be available again though.

  18. Erin October 22nd, 2010 at 9:14 am

    LGY- love it. :)

  19. 86w183 October 22nd, 2010 at 9:15 am

    To be fair to those of us who were open to trading Cano for Kemp or Andre Ethier you have to remember the state of the Yankees at that time. There was no Granderson or Swisher on the team and the system was (and pretty much still is) devoid of high end OF prospects.

    Cano had also had a drop off in every offensive category from the 2007 campaign to ’08 so it was a legitimate subject. Once the Swisher deal and Teixiera signings took play it made no sense to consider it any longer, but if they hadn’t made those moves it was something that should at least be considered.

  20. JM October 22nd, 2010 at 9:16 am

    MTU,

    Hard to believe they let him continue but I guess if Manual had tried to take the ball out of his hands Doc might have slugged him. LOL.

    I guess that explains why his fastball velocity was so low, for him at least.

  21. blake October 22nd, 2010 at 9:17 am

    So turns out there was a reason Halladay’s velocity and life on his pitches was down a tick last night….he pulled his groin in the 2nd inning and kept on pitching…

    Cano has been really good for a long time…he hit .342 as a 23 year old in 2006. However he took a step last year with regards to power and then took steps this year defensively and with plate discipline. He’s gone from a good “see it and hit it” hitter with a flashy but unreliable glove, to one of the best players in baseball on both sides of the ball.

    Great discussion last night….best we’ve had in awhile on here.

  22. minnesota yankee fan October 22nd, 2010 at 9:20 am

    Anyone watching the Yankees certainly saw the raw talent and potential in Robinson Cano and it is exciting to see him put it all together in the field and at the plate. He has a sweet swing! How about a grand slam on his birthday to even the series tonight! Can’t wait! Go Yanks!

  23. Out Pitch October 22nd, 2010 at 9:22 am

    I guess Chad’s trying to say that Cano’s numbers speak for themselves. But, in some way the numbers are worse than last year, that last year was his break-out year.

    What was Cano’s average with RISP last year? This year?

    That used to be his big prob.

  24. blake October 22nd, 2010 at 9:23 am

    “Good thing the Yanks didn’t trade him for Matt Kemp as a good % of the blog was demanding Cashman to do.”

    Now we’re talking about whether to attempt to trade Brett Gardner for Matt Kemp.

  25. Erica in NY October 22nd, 2010 at 9:27 am

    0 Days, 10 Hours, and 33 Minutes until Game 6 of the ALCS :grin:

  26. Erica in NY October 22nd, 2010 at 9:27 am

    I hope Cano gets a Game 7 for his birthday :-)

  27. blake October 22nd, 2010 at 9:28 am

    Cano hit .322 this year with a .921 OPS with RISP….he hit .207 last year with a .574 OPS last year.

    He was a really good hitter last year but he has taken a step both defensively and in plate discipline this year….

  28. Erica in NY October 22nd, 2010 at 9:29 am

    Programming Note:

    I will be hosting GTLU from 12-2 today.

  29. blake October 22nd, 2010 at 9:31 am

    Today is no different than Wednesday…just win baby. A big key could be jumping on Lewis early and giving Hughes some breathing room.

  30. MTU October 22nd, 2010 at 9:36 am

    Blake-

    Those bats had better come to life again. Early and often.

    Cano has matured. The talent was always there.

  31. Cashman needs to go October 22nd, 2010 at 9:37 am

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP)—Roy Halladay pulled his groin in the second inning and most of his teammates had no idea.

    The pitcher just stuck it out like the ace he is for the Philadelphia Phillies, who are headed home still with a shot at a third straight National League pennant thanks to Halladay’s latest gutsy effort.

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

    Enough said….

  32. Tom in N.J. October 22nd, 2010 at 9:37 am

    Cano is really good at baseball

  33. Shame Spencer October 22nd, 2010 at 9:45 am

    Morning all.. I have my song fully prepared. This is a little ditty I like to call “Future Ace” which should be sung to the tune of Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face.”

    Hem hem *clears throat*

    “Future Ace”

    He’s gonna hold ‘em. You think Texas will win? Please.
    He’s gonna win it, with the fastball you will see (You’ll love it)
    Luck is not a factor when we have Phil on to start
    Because you’ll see tonight that he’s not missing any heart

    Oh, oh, oh, oh, ohhhh, oh-oh-e-oh-oh-oh
    He’ll hit his spots, show you what he’s got
    Oh, oh, oh, oh, ohhhh, oh-oh-e-oh-oh-oh
    He’ll hit his spots, and not give up a lot

    Chorus:
    Can’t beat my,
    Can’t beat my
    No you can’t beat my Future Ace
    (He’ll strike out everybody)
    Can’t beat my,
    Can’t beat my
    No you can’t beat my Future Ace
    (He’ll strike out everybody)

    F-f-f-future ace, f-f-future ace
    (Mum mum mum mah)
    F-f-f-future ace, f-f-future ace
    (Mum mum mum mah)
    F-f-f-future ace, f-f-future ace
    (Mum mum mum mah)

    He’s gonna roll with them as hard as it may seem
    Betting on Phil would be smart if you ask me (You’ll win it!)
    Its do-or-die tonight without the bullets or a gun
    But I expect a duel in Texas, boy will it be fun!

    Oh, oh, oh, oh, ohhhh, oh-oh-e-oh-oh-oh
    He’ll hit his spots, show you what he’s got
    Oh, oh, oh, oh, ohhhh, oh-oh-e-oh-oh-oh
    He’ll hit his spots, and not give up a lot

    Chorus:
    Can’t beat my,
    Can’t beat my
    No you can’t beat my Future Ace
    (He’ll strike out everybody)
    Can’t beat my,
    Can’t beat my
    No you can’t beat my Future Ace
    (He’ll strike out everybody)

  34. blake October 22nd, 2010 at 9:46 am

    I can’t stand the Phillies but Halladay is a stud.

    MTU,

    I agree. I don’t think they can allow this game to be 2-1 or 3-2 in the 6th. The Rangers are very opportunistic and seem to feast on mistakes as pitchers tire (sorta like the Yankees). The bats need to show up early and give Hughes a cushion. The Rangers know they have Cliff Lee in the bank and if the Yanks can jump out early then that could affect their mindset. They can’t allow Lewis to hang around in this game IMO.

  35. jacksquat October 22nd, 2010 at 9:50 am

    With the Yankees facing Texas Rangers starter Colby Lewis in Game 6, Swisher did not take kindly to a reporter asking teammates a couple lockers down about Lee.

    “You guys are talking about Cliff Lee?” said Swisher out loud in a room full of reporters. “[Expletive], who cares?”

    As he walked off, Swisher said, “I can’t wait to hit against his [behind].”

    Later, when asked about saying this out loud with reporters present, Swisher cut off a question when the words “Cliff Lee” were uttered.

    “I’m not talking about Cliff Lee,” Swisher said. “I don’t give a [expletive].”

    :D

    http://sports.espn.go.com/new-.....id=5712106

  36. MTU October 22nd, 2010 at 9:50 am

    Blake-

    If you can. I advise you to eat Buffalo burgers tonite. ;)

  37. Doreen October 22nd, 2010 at 9:52 am

    Shame Spencer -

    That was cool!! Very good.

    :)

    This songfest has been a lot of fun!

  38. blackaccord October 22nd, 2010 at 9:52 am

    good morning all…

    Because of the 60% chances of rain, Just wondering if we make it to game 7 and the game is rained out tomorrow, will it be CC on short rest or Andy the following day??

  39. Rich in NJ October 22nd, 2010 at 9:54 am

    Cano could be the face of the Yankees for the next ten years.

  40. I Like Inge October 22nd, 2010 at 9:54 am

    Next time Swisher gets a Cliff lee question he should answer “Next question” like TO and Drew Rosenhaus.

  41. blake October 22nd, 2010 at 9:54 am

    MTU,

    I love buffalo burgers

  42. Erin October 22nd, 2010 at 9:55 am

    Shame Spencer-love the song!

    Swisher’s quotes are great-I started cracking up. :)

    Now I’m off to a really long, boring meeting. This should not be allowed on a Friday.

  43. MTU October 22nd, 2010 at 9:55 am

    Blake-

    Then you’ll do it ?

  44. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 22nd, 2010 at 9:57 am

    Look I already know how tonight is going to go. That’s why I am totally relaxed.

    So open a different browser and paste this in:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBzEqvXG5gI

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

    Then come back here and sing along!

    I changed a few words around but the outcome is the same.

    :)

    BACK TO THE DUGOUT AGAIN

    (Hughes sent them) Back to the dugout again
    Droopin’ antlers sit on Cliff’s pet hen
    Where the Texas Rangers look
    Like they’ve gotten mighty shook
    (Shucks!)
    Back to the dugout again

    Throw-in’, his curve once more
    Players marchin in and out the door
    Where they’re startin’ now to fight
    ‘Cause they’re dealin’ out of fright
    Back in the dugout again

    Whoopi-ty-aye-oh
    They’re rockin` to and fro
    Back in the dugout again
    Whoopi-ty-aye-yay
    Yanks came to play!
    Back in the dugout again

    Yanks back, to hittin’ agin
    Ron well, he needs him some gin
    Robby sends it to the night
    Rangers players are uptight
    Back in the dugout again

    Der-ek Cur-tis, Gran-dy, and Al
    Whackin that ole ball, it’s their pal
    Well they’re rackin’ up the score
    And then comin’ back for more
    Back in the dugout again

    Whoopi-ty-aye-oh
    They’re rockin` to and fro
    Back in the dugout again
    Whoopi-ty-aye-yay
    Yanks came to play
    Back in the dugout again

    Yanks bull-pen, comin’ alive
    Rangers players, no more talkin’ jive
    Well there’s antlers on the floor
    YANKS ARE COMIN’ BACK FOR FOUR!
    Back in the dugout again.

    Whoopi-ty-aye-oh
    Rockin` to and fro
    Back in the dugout again
    Whoopi-ty-aye-yay
    Yanks, they to play
    Back in the dugout again.

    *********

    I am looking forward to Erica and Shame’s victory songs!

    What I’m not looking forward to is walking in 40 degree weather.

    But I am looking forward to buying a Tim Horton’s Apple Cider donut after my walk. Never had one, but it sounds good.

    What I’m not looking forward to is the extra mileage I’m going to have to walk in order to justify eating the donut!

    Oh, never mind!

    :)

    Later y’all.

  45. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 22nd, 2010 at 9:58 am

    Oh my God! Didn’t see that Shame had posted her song. Gotta go check it out right now!

    :)

  46. JS October 22nd, 2010 at 10:00 am

    What a stud that Cano

  47. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 22nd, 2010 at 10:04 am

    Shame, that was FABULOUS!!!!

    Oh my God I love it!!!!

    Seriously, that’s a lot more inspiring than Back in the Dugoiut.

    :)

    You definitely are on the song payroll.

  48. Erica in NY October 22nd, 2010 at 10:04 am

    Cashman needs to go October 22nd, 2010 at 9:37 am
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP)—Roy Halladay pulled his groin in the second inning and most of his teammates had no idea.

    The pitcher just stuck it out like the ace he is for the Philadelphia Phillies, who are headed home still with a shot at a third straight National League pennant thanks to Halladay’s latest gutsy effort.

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

    Is he okay to pitch again??

    I think Roy Halladay and Mariano Rivera were cut from the same robot factory

  49. Erica in NY October 22nd, 2010 at 10:05 am

    Trisha-

    That apple cider donut sounds amazing. Can you please describe it in detail after you eat it?

    Thank you

  50. Erica in NY October 22nd, 2010 at 10:06 am

    Still marvelling at the wonder of Roy Halladay with only one good leg

  51. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 22nd, 2010 at 10:07 am

    Erica, absolutely will do. I got so excited when I saw the sign for it that on my errands run last night I stopped at a Tim Horton’s – where they told me it was a promo and they didn’t have it anymore. :(

    However, I know where I saw the advertisement so I will go to that Tim Horton”s right after my walk. It does sound awesome!

  52. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 22nd, 2010 at 10:11 am

    I find the best way to enjoy the songs is to listen to the original song while you read the words to the posted song. I opened Poker Face and had it on in the background while I read Shame’s version.

    It rocked!

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

  53. blake October 22nd, 2010 at 10:11 am

    MTU,

    yes, I think Fuddruckers has them :)

  54. Bronx Jeers October 22nd, 2010 at 10:15 am

    Remember when Robbie used to be just an excellent secondary player? Now he’s a guy you can build a team around.

    Next season is the last guaranteed year of his contract. After that he’s got a 14 mil team option and then a 15mil team option.

    I wonder what he would get if he was a free agent today. Is he a 100$ mil player? I think so.

    Who is the Yankees best 2nd baseman all time? I’d guess Tony Lazzeri and even the old timers in here aren’t old enough to see him play. I think when all is said and done we could be saying that Robbie was the 2nd baseman the Yanks have ever had. The skill is there. Only health or free agency can stop it.

  55. MTU October 22nd, 2010 at 10:16 am

    Blake-

    As you probably saw in the prior thread some of us are pulling out all of the stops for tonite’s game.

    In my case, I’ll be wearing my 2009 AlCS championship hat and shirt.

    I’ll be eating Buffalo burgers, with texas-style baked beans, and washing it all down with a bottle of “dead horse” amber ale brewed in Moab UT.

    As if that’s not enough, I’ll also slap around my wall mounted jackalope before the game, and have taken down my antlers from their wall mount.

    Please join me and JCPD with the Buffalo burgers. It’s good Karma. Besides they are awfully good. We can use all the help we can get. Chicken just wasn’t good enough.

    :)

  56. SJ44 October 22nd, 2010 at 10:16 am

    Heading to New Orleans for work this weekend.

    When I return on Monday, I fully expect to talk about the Yankees rotation for the World Series.

    Enjoy the game and the comeback everybody!

  57. MTU October 22nd, 2010 at 10:19 am

    SJ-

    Have a great trip. Hope you’re right. :)

  58. CountryClub October 22nd, 2010 at 10:19 am

    Real good article on Cano

    http://sports.espn.go.com/new-.....id=5712630

  59. Rich in NJ October 22nd, 2010 at 10:20 am

    “Heading to New Orleans for work this weekend.”

    Would you pick up a few beignets for me? Thanks in advance.

  60. ConcernedCitizen October 22nd, 2010 at 10:21 am

    If Fuddruckers has buffalo burgers, I will get a few. There’s a Fuddruckers right by me here in DC. I’m still not sure what to wear though. I wore my work clothes Wednesday…

  61. CountryClub October 22nd, 2010 at 10:22 am

    “I wonder what he would get if he was a free agent today. Is he a 100$ mil player?”

    —————

    He’s one of the 3 best second baseman in baseball (if not the best). If he was to hit the market after this season, at age 28, he’d get 6 or 7 years at 100-115 mil

  62. JM October 22nd, 2010 at 10:23 am

    Wearing the 2009 World Champions sweatshirt today for “dress-down” day at work.

    Enjoy N’Awlins, SJ. One of my very favorite cities.

  63. YankeeBlue222 October 22nd, 2010 at 10:24 am

    Did anyone ever find out what caused Pete Abe to hate ARod so much? He’s always taking shots (still) at him on his Twitter page.

    I love the guy and all, but I find it unprofessional for a sports writer to be so critical and show a legit vendetta against an athlete.

    ARod must have made fun of his meaty physique or something!

  64. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 22nd, 2010 at 10:24 am

    SJ, have a great trip.

    KNOW you’re right!

    :)

  65. MTU October 22nd, 2010 at 10:25 am

    Concerned-

    Thanks for pitching in. If you have a Yankee’s cap or shirt that would do it.

    :)

  66. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 22nd, 2010 at 10:25 am

    “Did anyone ever find out what caused Pete Abe to hate ARod so much? He’s always taking shots (still) at him on his Twitter page. ”

    ‘Cause Arod’s everything he isn’t?

    Just a guess.

    :)

  67. Jim October 22nd, 2010 at 10:27 am

    Cano’s ALCS reiminds me of Paul O’Neill’s 1997 ALDS where he was just unconscious at the plate. When he did sporadically make an out it was a very hard line drive. I just hope his effort doesn’t end up in vain like Paulies.

  68. Shame Spencer October 22nd, 2010 at 10:28 am

    *Catches Roses*

    *Bows*

  69. Jim October 22nd, 2010 at 10:28 am

    Did anyone ever find out what caused Pete Abe to hate ARod so much? He’s always taking shots (still) at him on his Twitter page. ”

    ——–

    It wasn’t too hard to figure out once Pete made the jump to the Globe was it? Pete Abe was a Red Sox fan – all the Sox fans hated Arod because he chose NY over Boston

  70. Shame Spencer October 22nd, 2010 at 10:29 am

    trisha you are totally right, listening to the songs while reading them makes them all the better. Just did the same with “Back in the Dugout Again” and LOVED it.

    I have a feeling our musical talents are being wasted here at LoHud. Clearly, the second we’re done with our Yankee cookbook a Yankee musical will have to be in the works.

  71. CountryClub October 22nd, 2010 at 10:30 am

    I think most of us believe that the Yanks will pick up his options for 2012 and 2013. That would make him a FA when he’s 31 (and he’ll be 31 for all of the 2014 regular season). At that time the yanks will probably have to give him a 5 – 7 yr deal.

    So the question is this, would you prefer to let Cano play out those option years at 14.5 mil per year and then sign him to a long term deal when he’s 31? Or, would you prefer the Yanks to decline the options and sign him to a long term deal when he’s 29?

    The thinking here is that if you’re going to sign him to a 5 – 7 yr deal, wouldn’t you rather do it when he was 29 instead of 31?

  72. ConcernedCitizen October 22nd, 2010 at 10:30 am

    @MTU I have two drawers full of Yankees gear. :D Wore my ’09 championship sweatshirt Monday, that didn’t work. Posada shirt Tuesday, no go. Maybe I’ll go back to the away jersey that I wore last Friday.

  73. upstate kate October 22nd, 2010 at 10:31 am

    great song tributes Shame and Trisha :)

  74. Shame Spencer October 22nd, 2010 at 10:31 am

    In all fairness to Pete, he never really lied about liking the Sox.

  75. upstate kate October 22nd, 2010 at 10:37 am

    Trisha
    the best donut I ever had was an apple cider donut from Fly Creek Winery, just outside of Cooperstown. There is a Timmy Ho’s where my son goes to college, I will have to check out their version and see how it compares.

  76. Fran the original October 22nd, 2010 at 10:37 am

    Shame and Trisha,
    Great songs! Looking forward to a game 7 song.

    Trisha, I love Tim Horton’s coffee. Went to one once up in Connecticut. Enjoy the donut :)

    SJ, Have a good trip.

  77. MTU October 22nd, 2010 at 10:37 am

    Concerned-

    That’s great. Whatever you think will work.

    Either way, enjoy the Buffalo burgers. I’m BBQ’ing mine and smothering them in green chile sauce.

    No matter what happens it’s been a great season. Many, many great moments.

    It’s extremely difficult to get get to the WS, and repeat as the Champs.

    All we can ask as fans is that our guys give it everything they’ve got. I’m sure they will.

    We all hope that will be enough but if it’s not I’ll be there if they fall, and will look forward to next season when I know they will be even stronger.

  78. Bronx Jeers October 22nd, 2010 at 10:38 am

    Would you pick up a few beignets for me? Thanks in advance.

    ——————————————————————-

    Get some zeppoles. Then get some sweet coffee and mix it in a blender with ice.

    Instant Cafe du Monde.

  79. Patrick October 22nd, 2010 at 10:38 am

    SJ44,

    Don’t kid yourself, we both know you’ll be checking the blog on your phone :)

  80. ConcernedCitizen October 22nd, 2010 at 10:41 am

    The best apple cider donuts are at a place called “Delicious Orchards” in Central Jersey. (Where I grew up.) They ship them all over the country, so if you’re a fan, order some. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.

  81. upstate kate October 22nd, 2010 at 10:42 am

    CC
    thanks for posting the article on Robbie, the following is my favorite part:

    “Now Cano stands among the game’s greatest hitters and most graceful fielders. He has maintained his elegant style — Cano still plays second base as if he’s wearing a tuxedo and a top hat — while increasing his effort to the ball.”

  82. TheStraw October 22nd, 2010 at 10:42 am

    Seems like a good time to dust this one off from Rocky Balboa:

    “But it ain’t how hard you hit; it’s about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward. How much you can take, and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done.”

    Part two of another great Yankee comeback tonight.

  83. MTU October 22nd, 2010 at 10:44 am

    For all of you who have written songs in support of the Yankees, and been such great fans this season I want to say thanks to you. They were great. You are great. :)

  84. TheStraw October 22nd, 2010 at 10:45 am

    And this one from Rocky IV:

    “No, maybe I can’t win, maybe the only thing I can do is just take everything he’s got. But to beat me, he’s gonna have to kill me, and to kill me, he’s gonna have to have the heart to stand in front of me, and to do that, he’s gotta be willing to die himself and I don’t know if he’s ready to do that. I don’t know, I don’t know.”

  85. MG October 22nd, 2010 at 10:46 am

    does it seem to anyone else that there were a lot more posters banned than just the one? The blog is so uncluttered with the usual garbage it’s a pleasure to check in.

  86. Joe from Long Island October 22nd, 2010 at 10:46 am

    Good morning –

    Wearing my NYY tie today. Like the song says, it’s going to be a good night tonight.

    With the weather forecast for Dallas, it raises the possibility that at least one of these two games will be decided by the bullpens. Joba, DRob, Logan may be called upon to step up. I see that CC is also in that mix.

    Just have to do it.

    Pulled pork and a beer tonight. That and a Game 7.

    Back to work.

  87. upstate kate October 22nd, 2010 at 10:47 am

    this morning is an online pep rally :)

  88. Bronx Jeers October 22nd, 2010 at 10:47 am

    “Cano still plays second base as if he’s wearing a tuxedo and a top hat…”

    Totally not his style. I’d say he plays second like he’s wearing a crisp linen suit…and he’s holding a Mojito. :wink:

  89. I Like Inge October 22nd, 2010 at 10:48 am

    Rocky II …. The lovely Talia Shire on the hospital bed to Rocky

    “There’s on thing I want you to do for me” …

    “Win”

  90. MTU October 22nd, 2010 at 10:49 am

    Jeers-

    You have style. ;)

  91. TheStraw October 22nd, 2010 at 10:49 am

    I Like Inge-

    Followed by the immortal “WHAT ARE WE WAITIN” FOR!”

  92. I Like Inge October 22nd, 2010 at 10:50 am

    No doubt Straw… That makes you want to run through a wall and keep on going.

  93. UnKnown October 22nd, 2010 at 10:51 am

    Oh Cano I love you and all. AL MVP, but we can’t afford to bring your boy back in Melky. Even though I am sure you guys used to crush the nightlife….

  94. CountryClub October 22nd, 2010 at 10:54 am

    Heyman is reporting that the Braves are interested in Nunez. iIadmit it was a small sample size, but from what I saw and also read about his time in the minors, I think the Yanks overvalue him. They should trade him and stop thinking he’s going to be an every day SS.

  95. Bronx Jeers October 22nd, 2010 at 10:56 am

    does it seem to anyone else that there were a lot more posters banned than just the one? The blog is so uncluttered with the usual garbage it’s a pleasure to check in.

    —————————————————-

    I was checking out the forum last night. It seems like the quality of the late night discussion increased tenfold in just one day.

    The only drawback as I see it is that when that nut was around, I could always say that there was at least one person more disturbed than myself in here.

    MTU, I need your help in this department more than ever now. :wink:

  96. West Coast Yankee Fan October 22nd, 2010 at 10:58 am

    N.Y. Times

    “Out to the Yankee Game, but Only for 4 Innings”
    By COREY KILGANNON

    Published: October 22, 2010

    “A pair of prosperous businessmen, having rushed up from downtown Manhattan, settled into their box seats on Wednesday afternoon, two rows from the Yankee Stadium field.

    It was any Yankee fan’s dream: Late October, the playoffs, the Yankees leading the game, and plenty of food paid by expense accounts and $11 beers being delivered by waiters. After some chat about business and baseball, the inevitable question was raised: when to head for the exit.

    It was the fourth inning.

    Nonetheless, with evening approaching, ballpark cheers gave way to the siren song of Manhattan and the comforts of an evening of luxury, a short Lincoln Town Car ride away.

    Despite paying $375 per ticket on StubHub, the men had no qualms about leaving early, the very idea of which, if introduced in certain other ballparks in certain other cities, might result in a Budweiser bath. And even at Yankee Stadium, heading home before the final out is vilified in certain sections where the ticket prices are lower but the fan fervor seems higher.

    The topic has been raised repeatedly this week during the Yankees’ three-game homestand in this American League Championship Series against the Texas Rangers. It has been the subject of blistering comments on Internet fan sites and has provoked a string of obscenities in Section 203, just over the right-field fence. That is the home of the notorious bleacher creatures, that band of rabid fans who enjoy $12 tickets in the regular season, and pay $27 during the playoffs.

    “If you leave early, you are not a real fan – period, end of story,” said Tom Hayes, a longtime creature. The bottom line, he said, was that the Yankees, facing elimination, won 7-2 and brought the series to a sixth game to be played Friday night in Texas. Still, it was indisputable that some fans, when the innings waned and the score became lopsided, took out cellphones and BlackBerrys, consulted wristwatches and made escape plans”.

  97. TheStraw October 22nd, 2010 at 11:00 am

    Somebody always has to show up to ruin our fun..

  98. Bronx Jeers October 22nd, 2010 at 11:02 am

    Just when you thought it was safe to back in the water…….

  99. upstate kate October 22nd, 2010 at 11:04 am

    ok, like that doesn’t happen in every stadium
    my boss live in CA for awhile and would attend Angels games…he said he never saw a fan base less interested in the game…and more interested in throwing beach balls around

  100. MTU October 22nd, 2010 at 11:05 am

    Jeers-

    Always glad to be of service. :)

    Here’s a great poem to keep in mind no matter how tonite’s game turns out :

    “Invictus

    Out of the night that covers me,
    Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
    I thank whatever gods may be
    For my unconquerable soul.

    In the fell clutch of circumstance
    I have not winced nor cried aloud.
    Under the bludgeonings of chance
    My head is bloody, but unbowed.”

    “I am the captain of my fate.
    I am the master of my soul. ”

    The Yankee soul will be strong now matter how things turn out.

    :)

  101. TheStraw October 22nd, 2010 at 11:05 am

    Kate-

    Don’t engage him…it’s what he wants you to do. I went down this road the other night and ended up with indigestion.

  102. blake October 22nd, 2010 at 11:07 am

    MTU,

    Your efforts will be rewarded.

  103. Ed October 22nd, 2010 at 11:10 am

    Check out this Robinson Cano and Bo Jackson’s commerical: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abEowl9jLT0

    CANO GOES BOOOOOOOM!!!

  104. Doreen October 22nd, 2010 at 11:12 am

    I know it’s from last year, but I find the montage from YES’ last broadcast last season to be very inspiring. So, I’ve been listening to it. It’s really motivating and inspiring (and better than this year’s, I think) and I love the message (Get Ready for Showdown!)

    So everyone, get ready for this year’s Showdown.

    I’m off to White Plains but will be back in time to prepare my version of the In-N-Out burger, just like last time Phil pitched a gem in Minnesota.

    It does feel like a pep rally in here this morning. I think it’s fantastic!

    By the way – stories about the handful of people who go to Yankees games as a business outing, the stories about the short porch making YS a bandbox, and every other negative angle story about the Yankees – I’ve had enough. This is not the time for those stories. Save ‘em for the winter, if you have to post them at all. Please and thank you. :)

    They’re legitimate topics of conversation, mind you. Just not today.

  105. ConcernedCitizen October 22nd, 2010 at 11:12 am

    Boston Herald

    “Fenway Still Empty In October”
    By SPORTS STAFF

    Published: October 22, 2010

    We went to Fenway just to check on attendance.

    Our research was conclusive: It’s still empty.

    *Members of our sports staff contributed to this report.*

    :P

  106. MTU October 22nd, 2010 at 11:12 am

    Blake-

    I know this sounds “corny” but I have already been rewarded. In the doing. It’s been fun.

    ;)

  107. blake October 22nd, 2010 at 11:15 am

    MTU,
    The joy is in the journey right.

  108. upstate kate October 22nd, 2010 at 11:15 am

    Ed
    thanks for the link

    Doreen
    have a good trip

  109. West Coast Yankee Fan October 22nd, 2010 at 11:23 am

    upstate kate October 22nd, 2010 at 11:04 am

    ok, like that doesn’t happen in every stadium
    my boss live in CA for awhile and would attend Angels games…he said he never saw a fan base less interested in the game…and more interested in throwing beach balls around.

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

    That is not correct. As a baseball fan I attend many Angels and nothing could be further from the truth.

  110. MTU October 22nd, 2010 at 11:25 am

    Blake-

    The journey is all there is. The Yankees are a proud and storied franchise. One series isn’t going to make or break that.

    No one is guaranteed success. Not even the Yanks. Most of us have to fight for it, and still be lucky.

    I try to live my life with one eye to the the present and the other to the future.

    It’s a wonder I’m not cross-eyed.

    Whatever happens I’ll still be looking forward to next season with at least one eye. :)

  111. West Coast Yankee Fan October 22nd, 2010 at 11:25 am

    And for the record, regarding Yankee Stadium, go to the article in the Times and you can read pages and pages of irate fan comments, many from bleacher creatures and fans in other sections who were there. I went to hundreds of Yankee games and never, ever even thought about leaving early.

  112. MG October 22nd, 2010 at 11:44 am

    West Coast Yankee Fan October 22nd, 2010 at 11:23 am
    upstate kate October 22nd, 2010 at 11:04 am

    ok, like that doesn’t happen in every stadium
    my boss live in CA for awhile and would attend Angels games…he said he never saw a fan base less interested in the game…and more interested in throwing beach balls around.

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

    That is not correct. As a baseball fan I attend many Angels and nothing could be further from the truth.
    —————————-
    having spent about the worst 18 months of my life living in SoCal, mostly in Orange County, the one thing you can be sure of is that the easiest way to tell if someone who lives there is lying is…..

    if their lips are moving or their keyboard is typing…

  113. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 22nd, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    West Coast Sux Troll – how about you take a one-way trip to hell.

    People don’t want to read whining crap and negative stuff today. Only someone with half a brain cell couldn’t have figured it out.

    Take your BS and go somewhere else.

    TROLL.

  114. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 22nd, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    Concerned Citizen – hysterical stuff!!!

    :D

    Okay today was the first time I ever tasted an apple cider donut. It was o-kay. I kept trying to tell myself that it was delicious but it kind of wasn’t. It wasn’t bad. I don’t know what they”re supposed to taste like, but I think I will order some from Citizen’s place in central Jersey. Then if I’m not impressed, I will just figure I don’t like apple cider donuts!

  115. CBean October 22nd, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    Happy Birthday, Robbie!

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