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Some late-night links

Posted by: Sam Borden - Posted in Misc on Nov 12, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Here are some nuggets for you to snack on if you’re not into “House Hunters International” on HGTV …

• Several teams have unveiled new uniforms recently and Craig Calcaterra has been doing uniform blog posts of his own. Here’s his take on the Yankees uniforms that includes several interesting tidbits.

• Like most people, I absolutely loved Target Field when I was there for the division series. Seems like Justin Morneau, who plays there, would like to see some changes to the dimensions.

• Nice read from Tim Brown on how changes to the offseason calendar could change the pace at which free agents come off the board.

• Have you seen the fallout from Paul Pierce’s mocking Tweet at LeBron after the Celtics beat the Heat? Hilarious stuff. Kudos to Pierce for an awesome dig that got the whole thing started, too.

• For those with a sweet-tooth: MLB has an official cookie deal now. Tasty.

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93 Responses to “Some late-night links”

  1. Rich in NJ November 12th, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    LBJ has become a punchline.

  2. Nat November 12th, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    Funny all the irrational LeBron hatred. Funny and sad for people who get so emotional over it. The Heat did very little to hype themselves up. Love when the media and fans talk incessantly about someone or something and then get sick of the very media monster they created.

  3. CompassRosy November 12th, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    Hey GB ~
    Where did you find fielding stats for AFL? I only see batting and pitching?
    or are you just going by individual boxscores?

    Dustin Ackley is killing the AFL right now…
    tied with Laird in RBI – and 1st in a LOT of major offensive categories

    http://tinyurl.com/23znenq

    He only had a so-so season in AA-AAA last year, so ?t will be interesting to see if he makes the cut out of ST?

  4. Mell November 12th, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    CR9 in da house

  5. AldotheApache November 12th, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    TR10, who is that? And why are you paying him any mind, brother?

  6. AldotheApache November 12th, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    I am expecting in 2011 that …

    - Grandy’s second half improvement will carry over to next season.

    - Brett Gardner will play all season like he did in the first half of ’10. I read somewhere that he hurt his wrist in midseason, and I think it showed at the plate in his inability to drive the ball at all, as he did occasionally in the first half.

    - Tex will not have a TWO month season opening slump again.

    - Jeter will hit better because he’s Derek Jeter.

    - Posada will put up good offensive numbers, not getting worn down by having to catch.

    I don’t think any of the above is unreasonable to expect. And if most or all of it happens, the offense will be much more consistent.

  7. tyanksfan36 November 12th, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    Aldo

    I agree that Posada will put up better numbers. He didnt like DHing this season but I think if he knows that is his primary job he will be more into it. I think he was just frustrated that he couldnt catch and it was transferring to his hitting.

  8. Tom in N.J. November 12th, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    Those seem ike reasonabe predictions, Aldo.

  9. TR10 November 12th, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    I’m not sure Aldo. But I welcome the challenge because whoever it is, is a coward.

  10. Rich in NJ November 12th, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    Gardner actually hurt his wrist in 2009.

    Jeter needs to be able to hit RHP. That will be the tell.

  11. Tom in N.J. November 12th, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    Jeter was up 23 times with the bases loaded this past season. And he only got 1 hit.

  12. AldotheApache November 12th, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    Tom, they’re less predictions, more ‘hopeful expectations.’

    Rich, I guess that’s what I’m recalling. But I seem to recall someone, maybe Girardi, revealing that he’d been playing hurt in the second half THIS past season. Not sure.

  13. AldotheApache November 12th, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    Tom in N.J. November 12th, 2010 at 9:39 pm
    Jeter was up 23 times with the bases loaded this past season. And he only got 1 hit.

    ————————————————

    Wow, Tom! That is BAD.

    23 PA, 7 K, only 2 BB, 1 HBP, just the 1 hit.

    Lifetime, he’s .326 with the bases juiced.

  14. REZ12 November 12th, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    Jeter was the anti-Teixiera… hit well in April/May, had an awful summer, and had a decent September.

  15. murphydog November 12th, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    “Jeter was up 23 times with the bases loaded this past season. And he only got 1 hit.”

    Broke my heart, it really did. That, and his GIDP rate were just lethal. But I think there is an argument to be made that he was unlucky as his BABIP was way off his career BABIP in 2010.

    “… Jeter’s BABIP has always been over .300 and last year [2009] it was an incredible .368, but this season [2010] it is only .298, below the norm of .300 and well below last season. His career BABIP is .356!”

    From “Bleacher Report.” (I’d include the full cite, but then I can’t post the one below in the same post). Curiously, Cano had a similar BABIP problem in 2008. See:

    http://www.beyondtheboxscore.c.....no-rebound

    He managed to turn it around pretty well and so will Jete. And better offense from Jeter in 2011 will quell much of the whining about his defense.

  16. West Coast Yankee Fan November 12th, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    Cashman made it clear how much he wanted Lee, but he said if the Yankees don’t get him they will just move on.

    “That’s when you have to be willing to roll with the punches and have Plan B’s, C’s, D’s and F’s up there,” Cashman said.

    – Andrew Marchand
    ESPN/NY

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

    Plan E must be the top secret plan.

  17. Occasional Poster November 12th, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    Gardner hurt his wrist (the first time) on June 27th, 2010.

    “Gardner showed up to Dodger Stadium the proud owner of a .321/.401/.408 (.373 wOBA) batting line on the morning of June 27th, but he took a Clayton Kershaw fastball off his right wrist in his second plate appearance of the game.”

    http://riveraveblues.com/2010/.....ner-38243/

  18. Rich in NJ November 12th, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    In 2008, Cano’s LD% was right in line with his career average (19.4 v. 19.3).

    In 2010, Jeter’s LD% was 4% below his caeer average (16.1 v. 20.2).

    SO there was more reason to expect that Cano’s BABIP would regress to his career norm than there is with Jeter’s.

  19. Rich in NJ November 12th, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    From 2009:

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

    “Considering the way Brett Gardner had played all day, when Joe Girardi found out 25 minutes after Saturday’s loss that Gardner had broken his left thumb, he couldn’t believe it.

    “Completely shocked,” Girardi said. “I had no idea he was even hurt. He didn’t let anyone know.”

    Gardner had a cast put on his left hand and was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday. Jon Albaladejo was recalled as a temporary long man in the bullpen. A position player will likely be called up on Monday.”

  20. Occasional Poster November 12th, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    The first time in 2010, Rich. The discussion was about Gardner’s performance in 2010:

    ” Brett Gardner will play all season like he did in the first half of ‘10. I read somewhere that he hurt his wrist in midseason, and I think it showed at the plate in his inability to drive the ball at all, as he did occasionally in the first half.”

  21. Mark in Tampa November 12th, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    It was the thumb in ’09, and the wrist this year.

    However, with the way he plays, it is not realistic to project a full season for him in which he doesn’t have some type of hand/shoulder injury. I would prefer to see him start sliding feet first more, but that is probably unrealistic to expect as well.

  22. AldotheApache November 12th, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    So Gardner broke his thumb in ’09 AND he hurt his wrist in ’10. I had the two confused.

    He’s due for a healthy season.

  23. Rich in NJ November 12th, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    I have read that the injuries are related to a degree.

  24. AldotheApache November 12th, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    You could have a point, Mark. Hopefully, he can adjust, wear a wrist brace, whatever. His hitting in the second half was totally different from the first half, and I don’t just mean the numbers.

  25. AldotheApache November 12th, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    Whatever, if Brett can stay healthy, he provides great defense and an exciting dimension on offense. They guy led the team in OBP and scored 97 runs while mostly batting ninth. How many teams have a guy at the bottom of the order producing like that?

  26. Rich in NJ November 12th, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    “They guy led the team in OBP and scored 97 runs while mostly batting ninth. How many teams have a guy at the bottom of the order producing like that?”

    I would hope not the Yankees. He needs to leadoff.

  27. AldotheApache November 12th, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    Rich, you’re OK with him at leadoff, I’m not … at least not yet. I like him better in the ninth slot.

  28. AldotheApache November 12th, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    He DID hit .290 in the leadoff spot, though.

  29. Rich in NJ November 12th, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    If Jeter is going to continue to OPS .316 v. RHP, he can’t leadoff (or bat 2nd) against them.

  30. Rich in NJ November 12th, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    Sorry OBP

  31. Jerkface November 12th, 2010 at 11:24 pm

    I’m not trying to start a war here, but I do want to point out that we still have not replaced their bats and as a result, there were many moments last year that they were missed. We hit 50 less HR’s in 2010 (201) compared to 2009 (248?). Let me put it to you like this..

    Damon + Matsui in 2009 – 285 games played, 52 HR, 57 2B, 4 3B
    Granderson + DHs 2010 – 312 games played, 42 HR, 37 2B, 8 3B

    its a bit harder to quantify, seeing as how Matsui was the full time DH and our full time DH died after a month. Its the reason why you need a full time DH, Matsui really helped out. But it wasn’t that different. The reason the yankees hit 50 less HRs is because of A-rod, Jeter, Tex, Cervelli, and the DH.

    Does go to show that you need a full time DH.

  32. Tar November 12th, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    “If Jeter is going to continue to OPS .316 v. RHP, he can’t leadoff (or bat 2nd) against them.”

    Rich you are relentless. Did Derek kick your dog or something?

    You conveniently fail to mention that he has a lifetime .377 OBP vs RHP. But I am sure you think his trend is nothing but down from here on out, right?

  33. Jerkface November 12th, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    You conveniently fail to mention that he has a lifetime .377 OBP vs RHP. But I am sure you think his trend is nothing but down from here on out, right?

    Sometimes numbers merely back up the observed results. Jeter in his career has never looked so beat on right handed pitching as he did in 2010. He got killed on sliders out of the zone an couldn’t put his A-swing on pitches inside.

    Its why he grounded out so much.

  34. tyanksfan36 November 12th, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    The other week, ESPN classic showed game 4 of the 2001 WS, whichever it was that Jeter hit the walkoff home run. Anyway. He grounded to short in 3 of his at bats before that homerun. He has been grounding out like that for years.

  35. REZ12 November 12th, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    “If Jeter is going to continue to OPS .316 v. RHP, he can’t leadoff (or bat 2nd) against them.”

    Totally agree. Simiarily, he can’t bat at the top of the lineup, vs. LH OR RH, if he hits like he did last year and Gardner hits like he did.

    Lost in all the talk about his defense and the GG and stuff, is how drastically he dipped in his offensive numbers.

  36. Jerkface November 12th, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    The other week, ESPN classic showed game 4 of the 2001 WS, whichever it was that Jeter hit the walkoff home run. Anyway. He grounded to short in 3 of his at bats before that homerun. He has been grounding out like that for years.

    Then explain the 10% increase over his career high in GB%. Jeter has always put the ball on the ground, but he also hit hard line drives. This year he added more ground balls, hit less line drives, and subsequently had his worst year ever.

    He swung more outside of the zone, made less contact, just bad in every facet.

  37. Red Lobster November 12th, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    Platoon splits tend to get more pronounced as players age and decline in their abilities.

    No surprise when you see how little authority he hit the ball with this year. Look at his GB rate.

  38. Tar November 12th, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    Jerk et al

    One thing we can all agree on is that Derek did not have a good year for Derek.

    Some of us think he will rebound.

    Some of us like to beat a dead horse. Just saying.

  39. Rich in NJ November 12th, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    Tar

    With aging players, career stats are often no longer predictive.

    But even granting your point, try not to gloss over the conditional language in my post. As such: “If Jeter….”

    I understand that painful facts are tough to accept sometimes, but just because I can and you can’t, you shouldn’t project your angst on to me.

  40. Tar November 12th, 2010 at 11:45 pm

    BTW Jerk

    Thanks for pointing out the balls hit in zone the other night. It was very interesting that 100 LESS balls were hit at Jeter than Pennington and Ramirez the assists leaders.

  41. Tar November 12th, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    Rich

    Which “painful facts” are you alluding to pray tell.

  42. tyanksfan36 November 12th, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    Jerkface

    Exactly, He had his worst year ever. Unless he was injured and didn’t say anything then there’s no explanation. His swing didn’t seem to change. We can only hope that it doesn’t happen again next year. I assume he will try to make the necessary changes this winter.

  43. Jerkface November 12th, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    Thanks for pointing out the balls hit in zone the other night. It was very interesting that 100 LESS balls were hit at Jeter than Pennington and Ramirez the assists leaders.

    He still converted less in the zone than either and less out of zone, look at his RZR

  44. Tar November 13th, 2010 at 12:03 am

    “Exactly, He had his worst year ever.”

    He sure did.

    BAbip was .307 lowest of his career. Coincidentally or not Alex also had the lowest BAbip of his career .274. And while Alex did good with some of his numbers, he also did not have a typically good Alex year.

  45. Tar November 13th, 2010 at 12:08 am

    “He still converted less in the zone than either and less out of zone, look at his RZR”

    OK I buy the fact that he converted less.

    Now subtract the error differnce and he is probably in the ball park. (Pun intended)

    And honestly I have no clue what a RZR is.

  46. tyanksfan36 November 13th, 2010 at 12:08 am

    A lot of our Yankees had bad years. I don’t care much about the defensive stuff, the offense drops were hard to watch all around. Thanks goodness for Robbie or it would have been even harder. I think they will turn it around next season. Sometimes things just don’t go your way.

  47. rb from LI November 13th, 2010 at 12:08 am

    Just a quick hit on the Jeter thing. All season long I thought Jeter had an injury he was not disclosing. I had a hard time believing his BA would drop so precipitously from May (.281) to June (.243) without some tangible reason. I will defer to others who are way more knowledgeable than I on this stuff. Pat M posted this earlier today. The conversation centered around fielding, but it applies to hitting too:

    Pat M. November 12th, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    LGY….Texeria saved the Yankee infield of at least 25 throwing miscues this season if not more….In regards to Jeter, the one thing that became evident to me was how short his crossover first step was when going to his right…..His reactions to me were normal, it was the shortness of the key step….I still maintain that he played 2/3rds of the season with an injury to that leg…Witness his at bats, it seemed to me that he couldn’t flex that front leg as he normally does resulting in so many times he was on top of the ball…….Just an opinion…

  48. Jerkface November 13th, 2010 at 12:15 am

    And honestly I have no clue what a RZR is.

    Its fielding percentage but for BIZ vs converted outs. Cliff Pennington had 100 more chances than jeter, but he also CONVERTED 100 more of his chances into outs. And he had 20 more out of zone plays.

  49. Tar November 13th, 2010 at 12:16 am

    Pat M is the Yoda of Lohud. Wise man is he.

  50. Rich in NJ November 13th, 2010 at 12:22 am

    Tar

    That Jeter MAY be in a steep, inexorable decline.

  51. Tar November 13th, 2010 at 12:24 am

    “Cliff Pennington had 100 more chances than jeter, but he also CONVERTED 100 more of his chances into outs”?

    Thanks. Too bad we wont know what Jeter would have done if 100 more balls were hit to him. Maybe he CONVERTS 100 into assists. :D

  52. rb from LI November 13th, 2010 at 12:27 am

    Absolutely, Tar. I think there is more in Jeter’s tank. He may not be a .315 hitter anymore, but I don’t believe he’s a .240 hitter either. I’d be surprised if he doesn’t hit over .280 next year.

  53. Rich in NJ November 13th, 2010 at 12:28 am

    btw, A-Rod MAY be as well.

  54. LGY November 13th, 2010 at 12:28 am

    Tar,

    Errors are factored into the UZR calculation.

    For example, Jeter 6.5 runs above average in the error department and that 6.5 runs above average were factored into his UZR score.

    He was however worth -11.8 runs below average in the range department though.

  55. Tar November 13th, 2010 at 12:30 am

    “That Jeter MAY be in a steep, inexorable decline”

    Rich

    He also MAYBE just had an off year. That’s my opinion.

    The sheer number of your posts (and others) chronicling Jeter’s decline (opinion) is the only source of my angst on the subject.

    Randy I had great post on Jeter the other day. Summed up my feelings quite well.

  56. Rich in NJ November 13th, 2010 at 12:32 am

    Again Tar, I have used conditional language.

    I’m going to keep posting on it, so you can either ignore them, or we can continue to have these pointless discussions.

    Most people like posts that they agree with.

  57. Tar November 13th, 2010 at 12:34 am

    LGY

    If you want me to say that Jeter does not have as good of range as some, possible even a majority of SS in the AL , you got it.

    But if you ask me who do I want playing SS for the Yankees next year, there is only one answer.

  58. LGY November 13th, 2010 at 12:37 am

    Tar,

    I’m not saying that. People keep referring to UZR as solely a representation of Jeter’s range and that his lack of errors makes up for his poor range.

    I’m just pointing out that UZR factors in his low error total.

  59. LGY November 13th, 2010 at 12:38 am

    Tar,

    What if Jeter continues to have an OBP of .316 or something in that area vs RHP. What do you do?

  60. Tar November 13th, 2010 at 12:42 am

    “Again Tar, I have used conditional language.’

    OK.

    Why?

    “I’m going to keep posting on it,”

    That’s obvious, for now.

    My bet is Jeter shuts you up next year. :D And I know as a Yankee fan you are hoping for that, right.

  61. Tar November 13th, 2010 at 12:47 am

    What if Jeter continues to have an OBP of .316 or something in that area vs RHP. What do you do?

    LGY

    If you are talking about batting order, I would drop him. If you are talking about big picture, that will depend on if the team has a SS that has demonstrated that he can do better.

    Really what I think is Jeter has way too much class to stick around when he is no longer helping the team. It is way to premature to be having that discussion.

  62. Rich in NJ November 13th, 2010 at 12:47 am

    Tar

    I think Jeter will bounce back, but not enough to justify a stupid contract, and probably only for one year. Then there is the issue of where his bat will allow him to play when SS is out of the question.

    But as with the other aging players on the team, the Yankees need to prepare for the contingency that they may not bounce back.

    *ignores your last sentence because it’s so weak*

  63. Tar November 13th, 2010 at 12:49 am

    I have exceded my posting % for the night.

    Good night all.

    Hey where is Erica? :sad:

  64. LGY November 13th, 2010 at 12:54 am

    Tar

    So while you are criticizing Rich you completely agree with him.

    Strange way of showing it though ;)

  65. GreenBeret7 November 13th, 2010 at 12:56 am

    If the contract isn’t stupid to the Steinbrenners and it has no affect on how they do business, why the Hell should you care? They have yet to not sign a player because of money. The only two reasons certain players weren’t yankees are because they didn’t want to come to NY or the Yankees had little interest in them.

  66. Tar November 13th, 2010 at 12:59 am

    “I think Jeter will bounce back, but not enough to justify a stupid contract”

    I am hoping for a lifetime contract, definitely not a stupid one. Also, I don’t buy into your Jeter’s contract as an albatross around the Yankees neck theory either.

    “But as with the other aging players on the team, the Yankees need to prepare for the contingency that they may not bounce back.”

    Of course they should. That’s why they drafted a SS first last year. Possible why they held on to Nunez last year as well.

  67. Tar November 13th, 2010 at 1:05 am

    “So while you are criticizing Rich you completely agree with him”

    Not even close. Nobody thinks Jeters is going to lead-off the rest of his career. Everybody thinks Jeter as he ages will show some decline. That is common sense.

    And I am not sure I criticized Rich. If I did, it was about his relentless pursuit to disparge Derek Jeter. ( with conditional language of course) :wink:

  68. Rich in NJ November 13th, 2010 at 1:09 am

    “If the contract isn’t stupid to the Steinbrenners and it has no affect on how they do business, why the Hell should you care”

    Because it does have an effect on how they do business, otherwise they’d offer another $15m to Soriano or Crawford or Werth as insurance.

    “They have yet to not sign a player because of money”

    See Beltran, Carlos.

  69. Rich in NJ November 13th, 2010 at 1:16 am

    “Of course they should. That’s why they drafted a SS first last year. Possible why they held on to Nunez last year as well.”

    That SS may be five years away under the best case scenario.

    I’m skeptical that Nunez is the true heir apparent.

    They need a player that can share time at SS and 3B and do so at a very high level in order to extend A-Rod and Jeter’s career/mitigate against their decline.

    Since PT may be an issue, throwing a tone of money at them will have to be a substitute inducement.

    Some here think they have an almost bottomless pit of money that they are willing to spend, despite the fear of an increased Yankee tax in the next CBA, so if they are right that shouldn’t be a problem.

    “I am hoping for a lifetime contract, ”

    He wants to own a team. There’s a probably conflict there.

    “disparage”

    *bows down before the deity that is Jeter*

    Freakin’ A.

  70. Bo knows November 13th, 2010 at 2:28 am

    With that A Rod albatross contract and the Jeter icon getting his wish and then CC/Lee long term, there’s a low percentage gamble waiting to happen as to the imposed 210 mil budget. Unless Teixeira modifies his swing this winter, the Holey Offense could reign for long periods of time. Pessimistic Prep is not totally bad going forward.

  71. Pat M. November 13th, 2010 at 4:24 am

    The LoHud will never be confused with Disneyland when it comes to being the happiest place on earth……..

  72. blake November 13th, 2010 at 7:49 am

    If Pat M’s observation is correct then that could certainly affect Jeter’s lateral range and ability to.drive the ball….of course there is no way to know that seeing as how Jeter never talks about such things. Either way I believe he will extremely motivated this winter to prove to folks that he’s got some gas left in the tank.

    One thing Lee may consider when making his decision is that the Angels may be poised to take the West back next year. They already will be adding a full season of Haren to their rotation and Kendry Morales back to their lineup and they are rumored to be willing to spend big this winter……if they go out and add Crawford and Beltre then they could win the division whether Lee returns to Texas or not.

  73. tyanksfan36 November 13th, 2010 at 8:05 am

    Blake

    I see the Angels winning the west next season. They normally take it but they had a down year. The Rangers will probably turn into the 2009 Rays and stink(or one could hope) but then make up for it the next year. Texas has got some interesting players but you can never overlook the Angels.
    And I too think that Jeter will spend his winter trying to do the work to prove that 2010 was just a bad year for him. You could blame it on age, injury, anything. Could be the stress that at the end of the season he was becoming a free agent for the first time. Sometimes when you’re tying to prove yourself, you end up making things worse. I’m confident he will be better next year.

  74. upstate kate November 13th, 2010 at 8:11 am

    good morning all
    I can’t wait for the Jeter contract to be signed…of course, no matter what the terms are, there will be complaints.

  75. blake November 13th, 2010 at 8:12 am

    The Angels are in a spot a little bit like the Red Sox are…..they have some holes but also the ability to fill them this winter. If they do then they could be pretty good.next year.

    Interesting that Heyman is reporting that the Phillies are making a strong push to keep Werth…..what if the Sox lose out on Werth, crawford, beltre, and vmart? Its possible..

  76. upstate kate November 13th, 2010 at 8:15 am

    why Blake they can rely on their outstanding farm system

  77. blake November 13th, 2010 at 8:21 am

    Kate,

    Oh yea….I forgot. Casey Kelly can play every position.

  78. MTU November 13th, 2010 at 8:32 am

    Blake/Kate-

    Good morning.

    It’s always good to see you two here in the AM.

  79. upstate kate November 13th, 2010 at 8:38 am

    good morning MTU
    hiking today?

  80. MTU November 13th, 2010 at 8:40 am

    Kate-

    Yes. I’m leading a 10-12 miler. Got to start getting ready fairly soon.

    How are you doing ?

  81. upstate kate November 13th, 2010 at 8:47 am

    sounds like fun
    nothing too exciting for me today…a run, some yard work, some play time w/ the pooch

  82. MTU November 13th, 2010 at 8:52 am

    Kate-

    Guess that depends on your definition of fun ?

    Some people would call it a lot of work. ;)

    I’ll be taking the pups along on some hikes soon.

    They love getting out there. They’re a blast to watch. And I really enjoy having them along.

    They like cooler weather.

  83. JCPD November 13th, 2010 at 8:56 am

    MTU, that may be work, but it’s a heck of a lot more fun than my 10 hour workday today. But, only 6 more of them after today. :-)

  84. Fran the original November 13th, 2010 at 8:59 am

    Good morning guys. Sorry I’m late :)

    Hope that the Phillies do keep Werth. Anything to keep him from the Red Sox.

  85. MTU November 13th, 2010 at 9:00 am

    JCPD-

    I empathize. I feel your pain. I worked in the Salt mines too. For at least 25 years.

    You are on to bigger and better things real soon.

    Do you have a preference in where they send you for training ?

  86. MTU November 13th, 2010 at 9:02 am

    Fran-

    We all know the Sox are Werth-less. Let’s just keep it that way. ;)

  87. JCPD November 13th, 2010 at 9:07 am

    MTU, it would be nice if they sent me south, that way I could miss 7 weeks of early winter. I have a hunch though that if there is an opening in their training store up in the Syracuse area, that’s where they’d send me. It would save them money on air fare and a rental car.

  88. Fran the original November 13th, 2010 at 9:09 am

    We all know the Sox are Werth-less. Let’s just keep it that way.
    *********************
    MTU,

    Great line. LOL
    Enjoy your hike today.

  89. MTU November 13th, 2010 at 9:10 am

    JCPD-

    Then let’s hope for that. I’ll try to get some photos on today’s trek to share.

    Have a good day all. Be nice to each other.

    :)

  90. Vineyard Yankee November 13th, 2010 at 9:14 am

    Top of the morning early birds………….

    MTU:

    What kind of pups do you have ?

  91. MTU November 13th, 2010 at 9:18 am

    VY-

    Shih Tzu’s. But they are not your typical lapdogs.

  92. Vineyard Yankee November 13th, 2010 at 9:24 am

    Reason I asked is I have two English Springer Spaniel Pups, just turned 11 weeks, got them when they were 5 weeks. They go with anothe Springer ( 1.5 years, same mom ) and a Jack Russell.

  93. SmellHall November 13th, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    I am always watching House Hunters International, if not in reality on my TV, then in my mind, cruising the Adriatic on my yacht with Duran Duran in search of a gourmet bungalo…

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