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Burnett and Rothschild ready to work

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

ALCS Rangers Yankees BaseballJoe Girardi has not spoken to Cliff Lee this winter, but he has called CC Sabathia — “His rehab is almost complete,” Girardi said — and an Andy Pettitte phone call is in the not-so-distant future. As for the Yankees most unpredictable starter:

“A.J. and I have talked a lot,” Girardi said.

A.J. Burnett has three years left on his $82.5-million deal. He’s going to be in the Yankees rotation next season and beyond, and a repeat of 2010 would be an absolute debacle. Rebuilding Burnett is almost certainly the most important task of Larry Rothschild’s first season as the Yankees pitching coach.

And Burnett seems to know it.

Girardi said this afternoon that Burnett has already reached out to Rothschild, and the two will get to work this offseason. The problem is easy to diagnose but not necessarily easy to fix.

“Refining his mechanics,” is the way Girardi described it.

When Burnett is good, he’s very good. When he’s out of whack, last season happens. With all the moving parts, Girardi said Burnett has to be “on time” in his delivery. It’s not an unusual phrase in baseball circles, but it’s easier said than done.

Rothschild, it seems, has been given his first assignment.

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156 Responses to “Burnett and Rothschild ready to work”

  1. coney1 December 8th, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    AndrewMarchand

    RT @jcrasnick: Darek Braunecker, Cliff Lee’s agent, has left the winter meetings, so there won’t be any deal here. … Ay yi yi.

  2. Chip December 8th, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    DaSaint007 December 8th, 2010 at 3:04 pm
    Catherine Bach (Daisy Duke), Michelle Ryan (Bionic Woman), or Lynda Carter (Wonder Woman)?

    ——————–

    I thought Lindsay Wagner was the Bionic Woman.

  3. coney1 December 8th, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    Braunecker was originally supposed to stay in Orlando until Thursday. Has anybody seen Cashman? LOL maybe they are meeting offsite.

  4. DocTodd December 8th, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    I’m starting to hope Cliff Lee rots in Washington………..

  5. jesusmonterofordh December 8th, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    so cashman at the winter meeting for a few chats, but he did chat with crawford. i never seen a nagotion like this has been with lee and his agent

  6. jackamir December 8th, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    Girardi on MLB TV in two. No braces, thats official.

  7. Chip December 8th, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    the agent leaving could be a good sign – he got what he came for (the Yankee offer) and has no reason to stick around. Maybe.

  8. ac1 December 8th, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    maybe he left to go meet cliff lee and announce our deal?

  9. munson15 December 8th, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    I’m with you Doc Todd.

  10. Mell December 8th, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    “I thought Lindsay Wagner was the Bionic Woman.”

    She was. Think Michelle Ryan might have been the Bionic Woman of the newer generation.

  11. Bret The Hitman December 8th, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    Cliff Lee has left the building with Yankee offer in hand.

    Now execute the plan without an answer Cashman.

    GODSPEED!!!

  12. Wave Your Hat December 8th, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    In his 8 years in the majors prior to 2010, Crawford had an aggregate slash line of .295/.335/.437/.772, which translates to an OPS+ of 103.

    That’s fine and all, but for the price I don’t see it given what the Yanks have already.

    CB was completely on target this AM.

  13. munson15 December 8th, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    I think Cliff Lee’s agent has used up his 15 minutes.

  14. Erin December 8th, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    KenDavidoff The #Yankees met today with the representatives for free-agent LHP Pedro Feliciano.

  15. MTU December 8th, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    Brauneker better get is act together.

    He leaves the meetings with a more than a day to go.

    Unless he has an offer in his hand I don’t get it.

    :(

  16. Captain Clutch December 8th, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    Maybe Cashman left with Braunecker. Cash said he was going to meet with some players and hopefully he followed to meet with Lee. If not Braunecker is definitely making this into a circus, it’s Boras like.

  17. Chip December 8th, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    For what it’s worth:

    Heather Locklear circa TJ Hooker
    Erin Gray from Buck Rogers
    Rebecca Holden from Knight Rider
    Melinda Culea from A-Team

  18. Chip December 8th, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    and of course – almost all of Charlie’s Angels

  19. Erin December 8th, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    RAB sums up the attitude on Braunecker ;)

    RiverAveBlues I want to strangle this guy. What a half-assed negotiation on his part. RT @jcrasnick Darek Braunecker, Lee’s agent, has left the meetings

  20. pat December 8th, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Braunecker seems to be enjoying this too much to let it end. :sad:

    Braunecker told CBSSports.com that he may or may not return, but that it’s now very unlikely that Lee will sign a new contract before the Winter Meetings end Thursday.

    Braunecker wouldn’t say where he was heading.

    “We’re going somewhere,” he said with a smile.

  21. Wave Your Hat December 8th, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    IMO, while I’m sure the Yanks have a Plan B, there is no Plan B.

    Lee is calling the tune and the Yanks are going to have to dance to it.

  22. ac1 December 8th, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    Lee’s agent is NOTHING like Boras. This guy is working with Lee who we know is worth what he is demanding in the market. Boras often manages to get big deals for players well above what people think they should. Boras is the greatest at what he does.

    Even with A-Rod, he put 10/350 out there and got the Yankees to 10/275, no matter how it ended with Alex handling it ‘himself’.

    I would want Boras working for my future.

  23. austinmac December 8th, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    Doumit had a .532 OPS against LHP last year.

  24. DaSaint007 December 8th, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    Yes folks, Lindsay Wagner was the original Bionic Woman.
    I’ll admit that I forgot her name, looked it up and wrote down the modern-era replacement.

    Doesn’t even compare.

    My bad.

  25. GreenBeret7 December 8th, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    pat,

    Sounds like a secret rendezvous with the Steinbrenners and their bank account to me.

  26. Jerkface December 8th, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    Doumit has had some concussions too, he is too risky. A butcher on defense and no longer offers the positional versatility that made him useful because of his concussion risk at catcher. He is 1 big hit away from being put away for good ala Ryan Church.

  27. SAS December 8th, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    pat,

    I think you are absolutely right. Both Lee and his agent are enjoying the headlines. It might be time to give him an ultimatum. He’ll get lots of headlines in NY.

  28. upstate kate December 8th, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    honestly, how hard is it to make a decision? I am sure Lee has been thinking about what/where he would like since last year. He must have 4-5 offers to choose from, just pick and let the other teams move on.

  29. Bret The Hitman December 8th, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    Maybe Lee’s agent has the Yankees offer in hand and the Yankees want assurance that he won’t shop it, so he left the meetings to give them the assurance.

    The Yankees were hinting at wanting a faster pace and I bet that when they all met, the Yankees cut right to it and presented their final and very persuasive offer.

  30. DaSaint007 December 8th, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    Erin Gray from Buck Rogers

    Nice, Chip. Very nice.
    One of my favorite…shows of course…

  31. Mell December 8th, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    Be nice to think Braunecker has al the information he needs and is heading to Crapkick, Ar-Kansas to discuss with his client what’s what. Wouldn’t shock me if this is over sometime on Friday.

  32. Bronx Jeers December 8th, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    Maybe Lee’s agent has the Yankees offer in hand and the Yankees want assurance that he won’t shop it, so he left the meetings to give them the assurance.

    —————————————————————————————————————–

    I’ll assume you have heard of this thing called a telephone.

  33. Captain Clutch December 8th, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    Braunecker is obviously going to meet with Lee, and at this point they know the deal. Sign with Texas for less money or the Yanks at the highest. It’s time to make a decision. The only question is has Cash made an offer yet?

  34. austinmac December 8th, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    Barbara Hershey from The Monroes. Ah, those teen age fictional romances.

  35. GreenBeret7 December 8th, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    Randy l is still torn between Jane Hathaway and Granny. he likes ‘em much younger than he is.

  36. Nick in SF December 8th, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    Braunecker walked out when Cashman chose Ginger and Veronica. :(

  37. DaSaint007 December 8th, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    Lee: 5 years $115M, with a $15M 6th year player option that vests at 180 innings, or a $5M buyout.

  38. Angelo Silecchio December 8th, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    Unless the Yankees new pitching coach is a miracle worker, or a certified shrink I wouldn’t expect too much more out of AJ. HOPEFULLY the Yanks can get an 09-esque year out of Burnett.

    http://sportsthunderdome.blogspot.com/

  39. SAS December 8th, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    Comet,

    If you are still there, I am freezing in NY. Happy holidays to you and yours.

  40. blake December 8th, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    6/140

  41. Chip December 8th, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    Lee’s agent can’t make the decision for him. He’s collected all the offers so his job is done. He’ll head back to his office, wait for Cliff to finish his vacation deer hunting and then they’ll sit down and discuss where Cliff wants to go.

    I find it to be a positive that he left after getting the Yankee offer – as if that’s the one he was really waiting around for.

    More to the point it just confirms my guess that these 7 year offers Heyman was touting are bunk.

    As for Doumit – I don’t think you bring him in to be an everyday guy – but if you’re asking him to be a Marcus Thames type bat off the bench – I don’t see how you go wrong.

  42. Chip December 8th, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    DaSaint –

    Of course having been born in 78 – I grew up with crushes on Tiffany Thiesen (Saved by the Bell) and Alyssa Millano

  43. blake December 8th, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    Chip, cosigned on Kelly Kapowski and Alyssa ;)

  44. Erin December 8th, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    KenDavidoff #Yankees have other needs (RH OF, lefty relief, maybe C), but unlikely to commit more payroll until they know the deal with Cliff Lee.

    KenDavidoff And Pettitte will probably stay undecided until Lee decides. #Yankees

    Decide already Lee!!!!

  45. DaSaint007 December 8th, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    I hear ya Chip. Yes, that would be right for that generation.

    Anyway, I feel bad for the ladies here who are probably bored with this line of convo. Sorry ladies, we digress.

  46. GreenBeret7 December 8th, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    Latest On Athletics Designated Hitter Search
    By Tim Dierkes [December 8 at 2:32pm CST]
    This morning, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle posted the latest on the Athletics’ search for a designated hitter:

    •Vladimir Guerrero is now open to a one-year deal with any AL West team. The Mariners are probably not a match given the Jack Cust signing, and the Angels probably aren’t planning a reunion, so this news really only affects the Athletics.
    •The A’s still have Hideki Matsui atop their list, though he’s drawn interest from the Orioles and possibly Rangers.

    ***•Nick Johnson, said to be fully recovered from wrist surgery, is also in the mix for Oakland.***

    he hasn’t taken a deep breath, yet. That’s the first step in his rehab.

  47. Jerkface December 8th, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    As for Doumit – I don’t think you bring him in to be an everyday guy – but if you’re asking him to be a Marcus Thames type bat off the bench – I don’t see how you go wrong.

    Doumit isn’t as good as Thames was vs LHP would be where you’d go wrong. I see where you are coming from, and I don’t think I would be totally opposed to it, but I feel like Matt Diaz or someone like him would have more to offer.

  48. Shame Spencer December 8th, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    Having been born in 87, my major crush was Prince Eric from the Little Mermaid..

  49. pat December 8th, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    GB

    1 can hope but a Braunecker sighting on It’s A Small World or Tower of Terror and I would knock $10 M off the deal if I’m Cashman. :wink:

  50. austinmac December 8th, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    The Rangers and the Yankees both met with him today. Others probably did as well. To suggest he left because he now has the Yankees bid is probably a bit optimistic. I do tend to agree that it is approaching decision time, but how he is leaning or what the offers are, we have no real idea.

  51. Erin December 8th, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    blake December 8th, 2010 at 3:34 pm
    Chip, cosigned on Kelly Kapowski and Alyssa

    **************************
    At least we’re in the right decade now.

    For me-Luke Perry and Mark Paul Gosselaar (Zack Morris) :)

  52. Erin December 8th, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    Shame Spencer December 8th, 2010 at 3:35 pm
    Having been born in 87, my major crush was Prince Eric from the Little Mermaid..

    ***************************
    I love Prince Eric!!

  53. tyanksfan36 December 8th, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    I don’t know if Kate is around but I got news on the Buster Posey ball I’m supposed to get signed. I am pretty sure that sometime next week it will be in my hands. The person getting it for me said she is going up to Georgia and coming back with a surprise. At first I assumed she was going to stuff Buster in a bag and bring him to me but that seems unlikely so I’m thinking she got the ball signed.

  54. West Coast Yankee Fan December 8th, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    If Braunecker has all the offers, he might be on the way to meet with Lee.

  55. GreenBeret7 December 8th, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    pat December 8th, 2010 at 3:35 pm
    GB

    1 can hope but a Braunecker sighting on It’s A Small World or Tower of Terror and I would knock $10 M off the deal if I’m Cashman.

    ———————————————————————————————————————-

    If he thinks that he can string this deal out for another couple of weeks, he may as well be in FantasyLand.

  56. Erica in NY December 8th, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Jason Bateman (then from the Hogan Family) was my first celebrity crush!

  57. Erica in NY December 8th, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Erin December 8th, 2010 at 3:37 pm
    Shame Spencer December 8th, 2010 at 3:35 pm
    Having been born in 87, my major crush was Prince Eric from the Little Mermaid..

    ***************************
    I love Prince Eric!!

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

    Any girl born in the 80s loves Prince Eric!!! LOL

  58. blake December 8th, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Stacy Crincoli (Zack’s summer fling) wasn’t bad either….but she was no Kelly.

  59. vinny-b December 8th, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Tootie, ‘Facts of Life’

    and

    Lisa Bonet, ‘Cosby Show’ (before she got weird)

  60. Shame Spencer December 8th, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    Luke Perry was on my list too Erin!! I still remember that line from Clueless where Cher says that she’s saving herself for him.. I remember thinking to myself “why is that funny? so am i!”

  61. Doreen December 8th, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    I totally understand that it is Cliff Lee’s perogative to take his time, to mull things over, to make sure he makes the right decision for him and his family.

    But -

    His agent was even entertaining offers until, what, last night? At least, as far as we know. So what has he had to mull over exactly?

    His agent has not exactly made a great impression here. One has to wonder: how much of a reflection on Lee is his agent? How much of this is directed by an agent wanting to be the center of attention for as long as possible (or so it seems), and how much by a client who really doesn’t know what he wants?

    Whatever. What he ‘s managed to accomplish is making a lot of Yankees fans bored (and Yankees executives weary) with the entire process to the point where while they’d like the Yankees to acquire Cliff Lee, they’d much rather move on than be held hostage.

  62. Doreen December 8th, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    ** wasn’t entertaining offers** that is.

  63. Erica in NY December 8th, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    Shame Spencer December 8th, 2010 at 3:40 pm
    Luke Perry was on my list too Erin!! I still remember that line from Clueless where Cher says that she’s saving herself for him.. I remember thinking to myself “why is that funny? so am i!”

    ***********

    I would have chosen Brandon over Dylan.

    None of Kelly’s “I choose me” nonsense

  64. Erin December 8th, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    Shame Spencer December 8th, 2010 at 3:40 pm
    Luke Perry was on my list too Erin!! I still remember that line from Clueless where Cher says that she?s saving herself for him.. I remember thinking to myself ?why is that funny? so am i!?

    ***************************
    I love that line (and movie) :)

  65. Joe from Long Island December 8th, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    Chip – the scenario you painted about Lee and his agent having what they wanted – offers in hand – seems to make sense. Just because one doesn’t understand someone else’s actions, doesn’t mean that they don’t have a plan. I could see that they got the offers they wanted to get, including one from the Yanks, and will now act to finalize one of them.

    I don’t believe that Lee has been out of touch this whole time. He’s been looking forward to being a FA for years, and now, this is it. He and his agent have plotted out their moves, daily. More likely, I think, is that this story of him gone hunting is just to keep the writers away from bothering him, possibly at some relative’s home.

    Maybe Cash is meeting with Braunecker offsite somewhere. Cash does like to work quietly, out of the way of prying eyes/ears.

    As always, we fans will be the last to know.

  66. Erin December 8th, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    Erica-Kelly belonged with Brandon, and Dylan belonged with Brenda. End of story. :)

    Don’t even get me started on the infamous “I choose me”

  67. 108 stitches December 8th, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    Joanne Worley might have been a tigress in her time but the voice would wake up the neighborhood.

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

  68. Erin December 8th, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    JackCurryYES The winter meetings will return to Orlando in 2013. Dallas is the site in 2011 and Nashville in 2012.

  69. tyanksfan36 December 8th, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    I was a big Backstreet Boys fan. I had a whole wall dedicated to Nick Carter. He lived in Tampa too which I thought was real cool.

  70. Shame Spencer December 8th, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    Brandon was just too much of a goody-two-shoes for me lol. He was all faithful, and honest, and smart, and was still friends with the weird girl that edited the paper, and he never rode a motorcycle without a helmet like Dylan…though I did love it when he got drunk and got behind the wheel. Cracks in the armor.

  71. Tom in N.J. December 8th, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    Maybe look at somebody like Josh Fields on a MiLB deal as a ’4 corners’ type player. He has his flaws, obviously, but he’s has hit LH pitching well in his career- .293BA/ .357OBP/ .600SLG/ .957OPS.

  72. Erin December 8th, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    JackCurryYES Braunecker surely has his reasons for leaving meetings, but departure wont’t help pace of the Cliff Lee negotiations

  73. Chip December 8th, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    Jerkface December 8th, 2010 at 3:35 pm
    As for Doumit – I don’t think you bring him in to be an everyday guy – but if you’re asking him to be a Marcus Thames type bat off the bench – I don’t see how you go wrong.

    ?

    Doumit isn?t as good as Thames was vs LHP would be where you?d go wrong. I see where you are coming from, and I don?t think I would be totally opposed to it, but I feel like Matt Diaz or someone like him would have more to offer.

    ———————–

    Matt Diaz just signed a two year deal with the Pirates.

  74. Shame Spencer December 8th, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    tyanksfan36 – i’m still a die hard lol

    just got passes to meet them in june :D

  75. hardwired7 December 8th, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    First up on Rothschild’s A.J. agenda: How To Block a Left Hook.

    Wax on, wax off.

  76. pat December 8th, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    Richard Hatch from Streets of SF was my first celeb crush.

    Mark Harmon too and may I say he has aged well.

  77. Chip December 8th, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    Blake -

    There was no one who could hold a candle to Kelly Kapowski. Except maybe Alyssa Milano.

    Kelly was my generation’s Marcia Brady.

    and Sarah Michelle Gellar and Charisma Carpenter aint’ bad either.

  78. DaSaint007 December 8th, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    vinny-b December 8th, 2010 at 3:39 pm
    Tootie, ‘Facts of Life’

    and

    Lisa Bonet, ‘Cosby Show’ (before she got weird)
    ————————–
    Ditto on both. Good picks Vinny. Under the radar, not flashy, but talented in many ways.

  79. Erica in NY December 8th, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    Erin December 8th, 2010 at 3:42 pm
    Erica-Kelly belonged with Brandon, and Dylan belonged with Brenda. End of story.

    Don’t even get me started on the infamous “I choose me”

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

    I agree 100%

    I never understood why no one in the group was outraged by what Dylan and Kelly did behind Brenda’s back (and in the cabana). I spent all of the remaining Brenda years wishing Dylan would dump Kelly and get back with Brenda

  80. pat December 8th, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    Doreen

    Same agent as AJ and I don’t remember this much of a cat and mouse game then but AJ wasn’t the lead dog that year, CC was.

  81. randy l. December 8th, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    “More likely, I think, is that this story of him gone hunting is just to keep the writers away from bothering him… ”

    joe from long island-

    one of those tweeting reporters probably heard lee saying he was going after big bucks and somehow that turned into a deer hunting trip as the story made the rounds.

  82. Doreen December 8th, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    My first crush was Paul McCartney. Only lately has that dimmed a bit.

    Robert Redford, circa “The Way We Were,” “The Great Gatsby,” “Butch Cassidy,” and “The Sting” and “The Candidate,” was a later crush.

    Jimmy Smits and Antonio Banderas, current and long-time crushes.

    :)

  83. Jerkface December 8th, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    Matt Diaz just signed a two year deal with the Pirates.

    Or someone like him. If possible to find a better bat vs LHP or one with more defensive versatility. If Doumit had to play every day I don’t think he’d have the same impact Thames did.

  84. GreenBeret7 December 8th, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    I think some idiot has poured cold water on the Hot Stove and put the fire out.

  85. comet December 8th, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    SAS still here. Thanks for the warm wishes. All the best to you and family for the holiday season and 2011. Hope you are soon able to return to the AZ sun.

    MTU finally concluded I’m too old to go looking for lost gold mines.

    C

  86. Mell December 8th, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    “I never understood why no one in the group was outraged by what Dylan and Kelly did behind Brenda’s back (and in the cabana).”

    Because Brenda = rhymes with itch

  87. DaSaint007 December 8th, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    Ok, time to rachet this up:

    Halle Berry, Eva Mendez, or Angelina Jolie?

  88. Erin December 8th, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    Shame Spencer December 8th, 2010 at 3:44 pm
    Brandon was just too much of a goody-two-shoes for me lol. He was all faithful, and honest, and smart, and was still friends with the weird girl that edited the paper, and he never rode a motorcycle without a helmet like Dylan?though I did love it when he got drunk and got behind the wheel. Cracks in the armor.

    ****************************
    This past weekend I had to DVR the episode where Emily Valentine takes them to the underground club and spikes Brandon’s drink. That’s always been one of my favorites-I like the crack in the armor stuff too.

  89. DaSaint007 December 8th, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    For me I’m picking Halle Berry AND Eva Mendez.

  90. Chip December 8th, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    DaSaint

    One night stand: Jolie
    Relationship: Mendez

    Ideal world – all three.

  91. rodg12 December 8th, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    Angelina. It’s close, but Angelina.

  92. Mell December 8th, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    “Halle Berry, Eva Mendez, or Angelina Jolie?”

    Halle Berry by a country mile.

  93. joeman December 8th, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    Lee isn’t coming here and Andy will retire

  94. Bret The Hitman December 8th, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    My friend’s daughter has a crush on Sponge Bob.

  95. Doreen December 8th, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    Oh, and Donny Osmond. :oops:

    pat -

    No, the AJ process was much more straightforward – didn’t even know the agent’s name. Maybe he’s been waiting for this opportunity as much as Lee has been. You’re right – CC was center stage that time around.

  96. Shame Spencer December 8th, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Angelina Jolie circa Billy Bob Thorton was her at her best.. I think she looks a little skeletal now. Same goes for Brad Pitt circa Jennifer Aniston. She may have gotten Brads hottest years.

  97. Erica in NY December 8th, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Doreen December 8th, 2010 at 3:51 pm
    My first crush was Paul McCartney. Only lately has that dimmed a bit.

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

    Are you enjoying Paul McCartney “Band on the Run” radio?

    I miss the Bridge :-(

  98. upstate kate December 8th, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    wow tyanksfan, I hope you get that ball :)

    Joe from LI
    it is hard to be patient!

    I would choose Harrison Ford, and the Jack Sparrow version of Johnny Depp

  99. Erin December 8th, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Erica in NY December 8th, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    I agree 100%

    I never understood why no one in the group was outraged by what Dylan and Kelly did behind Brenda?s back (and in the cabana). I spent all of the remaining Brenda years wishing Dylan would dump Kelly and get back with Brenda

    ***********************
    Oh, I know. It was ridiculous. I loved all of the Dylan/Brenda interactions in season 4-even though they were broken up, they still belonged together!

  100. vinny-b December 8th, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    “Ditto on both. Good picks Vinny. Under the radar, not flashy, but talented in many ways”
    ———————————-

    DaSaint: thanks. : )

    btw if “guest stars”are included, then have to go with Charlene (aka Janet Jackson) via ‘Different Strokes’. Willis was one lucky kid, wasn’t he?

  101. Erica in NY December 8th, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    Erin December 8th, 2010 at 3:53 pm
    Shame Spencer December 8th, 2010 at 3:44 pm
    Brandon was just too much of a goody-two-shoes for me lol. He was all faithful, and honest, and smart, and was still friends with the weird girl that edited the paper, and he never rode a motorcycle without a helmet like Dylan?though I did love it when he got drunk and got behind the wheel. Cracks in the armor.

    ****************************
    This past weekend I had to DVR the episode where Emily Valentine takes them to the underground club and spikes Brandon’s drink. That’s always been one of my favorites-I like the crack in the armor stuff too.

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

    U4EA!!!!! LOL

    That episode is worth viewing just for the scene of Brandon on the hood of the car shirtless with the leather jacket

  102. tyanksfan36 December 8th, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    Shame Spencer says:

    December 8, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    tyanksfan36 – i’m still a die hard lol

    just got passes to meet them in june ?
    ___

    Jealous. My best friend from middle school got a job at their recording studio a few years back. She got to meet him on many occasions. Said he was kinda an as* but she still got starstruck everytime he would come by

  103. DaSaint007 December 8th, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    Chip,

    Jolie is mesmerizing, but there’s not enough ‘there’ there for me.
    Halle is awesome – but too many insecurites there. But would I kick her out, no.
    Mendez is just downright sexy.

    M, W, F: Halle
    T, Th, Sa: Mendez
    Sunday: I gotta rest.

    Disclaimer: This all takes place in a dreamscape 5 years ago…

  104. Doreen December 8th, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    Erica -

    Not as much as I thought I might. Lot of repetition.

    But there’s a concern at 8 p.m. on Monday night being broadcast only on XM from the Apollo theater – and I might have to take a long drive somewhere to listen to it!

  105. Doreen December 8th, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    Erica -

    And I miss The Bridge, too.

    McCartney is at least better than when they had Elton John for what seemed like forever.

  106. DaSaint007 December 8th, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    Jennifer Aniston – underrated.

  107. DaSaint007 December 8th, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    My wife has this thing for Denzel Washington.
    What can I say? I’m no Denzel.

  108. Doreen December 8th, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    Not a concern – a CONCERT!! Duh.

  109. Doreen December 8th, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    DaSaint007 -

    I was going to add Denzel, too!!!

    :)

  110. Erica in NY December 8th, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    Doreen-

    Yeah, all Elton John radio proved to me was that I really don’t like Elton John. And I certainly wasn’t a fan of when the Love song station became Neil Diamond radio.

    But I am enjoying Paul McCartney radio. I find it a little repetitive, but a good catalog is good music.

    I really miss the Bridge :-)

  111. Doreen December 8th, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    The only crush my husband has ever admitted to me was Jaclyn Smith.

  112. Shame Spencer December 8th, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    I was named after Jaclyn Smith :)

    And now you know Shame’s real first name.

  113. DaSaint007 December 8th, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    See, this is what happens when the top FA plays everyone for a week.

    The next best FA (position player) makes his rounds, as his value increases due to some dumb*ss contract to another player.

    Andy takes forever – again- to decide whether he’ll retire.

    No additions are made to the bench or bullpen and likely candidates start dropping off the charts.

    We reminice about gals and guys from yesteryear!

  114. DaSaint007 December 8th, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    Hey Jaclyn/Shame! ;-)

  115. Shame Spencer December 8th, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    tyanksfan36 – omg how cool for your friend! I have gotten to meet them before, but it still gets me giddy. I’m a teenybopper at heart when it comes to them.

  116. Doreen December 8th, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    Erica -

    Ha ha! I thought I liked Elton John UNTIL that Elton John radio was broadcast. There’s more I don’t like than do. But “Your Song” will always be a favorite.

    Last year they had a McCartney radio thing centered around his “Fireman” music and I liked it a lot better. Less repetitive. But when I don’t know what I want to listen to, invariably I will put on the Back to the USA Tour CDs. Love that.

  117. ac1 December 8th, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    No additions are made to the bench or bullpen and likely candidates start dropping off the charts.

    ___

    Yeah the Yankees will not show up in April unprepared. Everything doesnt always get done at the winter meetings.

  118. munson15 December 8th, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    Love Eva Mendez. But you really can’t go wrong with Halle or Angelina.

  119. GreenBeret7 December 8th, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    Shame Spencer December 8th, 2010 at 4:03 pm
    I was named after Jaclyn Smith

    And now you know Shame’s real first name.

    ———————————————————————————————————————-

    Smith seems like an odd first name for a girl.

  120. J. Alfred Prufrock December 8th, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    What’s Shane Spencer got to be ashamed of? raising expectations? just curious.

  121. Jacob Ruppert December 8th, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    Is this a baseball blog or a blog to discuss looks and crushes?

  122. Shame Spencer December 8th, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    Hey DaSaint! I agree with your take on the Aniston situation. If I look like that in my 40s I’ll be more than happy!!

  123. JD December 8th, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    Braunecker is out in the parking lot doing the Joba fist pump with a check from Cashman right now.

  124. J. Alfred Prufrock December 8th, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    natalie wood on right now. of all, i say natalie FTW

  125. comet December 8th, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    Erica I miss “The Bridge” as well. What in world happened to it?

    C

  126. Chip December 8th, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    Wil Nieves signs with the Brewers – great move for them…he’s got “great energy behind the plate.”

    (sarcasm)

  127. Shame Spencer December 8th, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    GB7 – Did I also mention I’m a middle child and therefore not my parents favorite?

    J. Alfred Prufrock – Nothing at all, just the best handle I could think of in a pinch ;)

    I was always hoping he would come back and just hit home runs every at bat for the Yanks again…those were good times.

  128. upstate kate December 8th, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    not much baseball news that hasn’t been discussed to death

  129. vinny-b December 8th, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    Boston’s interest depends on Martin’s willingness to play other positions than catcher, according to Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com (on Twitter).

  130. Howe Farr December 8th, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    Amen Jacob Ruppert, this is beyond the pale. I rather be hearing Betsy telling us her feelings on Cliff Lee’s 7th year

  131. comet December 8th, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    Cheryl Ladd! or Donna Douglas!

  132. Bronx Jeers December 8th, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    Modern day hotties?

    I’m really into Emily Blount. She’s a good actor too.

  133. J. Alfred Prufrock December 8th, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    I was always hoping he would come back and just hit home runs every at bat for the Yanks again…those were good times.

    gotcha. he did have his 15 minutes of fame though. good for him.

  134. Shame Spencer December 8th, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    Howe Farr – can’t wait till someone gets to remind you that you said that ;)

  135. Erica in NY December 8th, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    Doreen December 8th, 2010 at 4:05 pm
    Erica -

    Ha ha! I thought I liked Elton John UNTIL that Elton John radio was broadcast. There’s more I don’t like than do. But “Your Song” will always be a favorite.

    Last year they had a McCartney radio thing centered around his “Fireman” music and I liked it a lot better. Less repetitive. But when I don’t know what I want to listen to, invariably I will put on the Back to the USA Tour CDs. Love that.

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

    Don’t get me started on Fireman radio!!!

    I had a car accident at the end of January 2009 and drove a rental car for 3 weeks. The rental had Sirius and I got ADDICTED to the Bridge. As soon as I got my car back I traded it in for a new car (seriously, I got my car back Friday and went to Toytoa Sunday. I would have gone Saturday but I was in AC) and all I cared about was that the new car had Sirius so that I could have the Bridge.

    Anyway, when I got the Sirius installed a week later the Bridge was gone and I had Fireman radio….. I was not happy

  136. JD December 8th, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    Charlize Theron and Rachel Welch from back when.

  137. J. Alfred Prufrock December 8th, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    modern day I like Romola whatsername. a beaut & smart too. smart is required.

  138. Patrick December 8th, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    Ok, time to rachet this up:

    Halle Berry, Eva Mendez, or Angelina Jolie?

    F, marry, kill

    F Angelina
    Marry Halley Berry
    Kill Eva Mendez

    Jessica Alba, Scarlett Johanssen, Natalie Portman … tough call

  139. upstate kate December 8th, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    Hi Comet :)

  140. vinny-b December 8th, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    Crawford was at the dinner with GM Brian Cashman and agent Brian Peters, according to Mark Feinsand and Bill Madden of the New York Daily News. The Yankees are “very interested” in Crawford and could pursue him even if they sign Lee.

  141. Chip December 8th, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    Patrick -

    I would go Portman simply because I don’t want to have to compete with Derek Jeter.

  142. comet December 8th, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    Hi Kate: How is your snow situation? we have about 6 inches but Buffalo was hit hard. My niece who lives in London, ON has not been to school this week.

  143. Tom in N.J. December 8th, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    The Bridge returns December 26, featuring the mellow side of classic rock and ’70s folk rock: The Eagles, James Taylor, Fleetwood Mac, Simon & Garfunkel and more.

    http://www.sirius.com/thebridge

  144. Erin December 8th, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    Bronx Jeers December 8th, 2010 at 4:11 pm
    Modern day hotties?

    I?m really into Emily Blount. She?s a good actor too.

    ************************
    I’ve got a major crush on her hubby (John Krasinski)

  145. randy l. December 8th, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    “I think some idiot has poured cold water on the Hot Stove and put the fire out.”

    gb7-

    this is a lull week.

    just like everyone thinks they have all kinds of time to get ready for christmas, all of a sudden whammo it’s on us.

    lee will want to celebrate a nice christmas with all that loot under the tree.

    things should accelerate quickly.

    in the meantime, im thinking netfix streaming video is looking pretty good right about now.

  146. Tom in N.J. December 8th, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    The GF’s family in Syracuse says it’s been snowing since friday. 3 or so feet.

  147. comet December 8th, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    Erin I’m shocked at your infidelity. I thought you were truly devoted to Mr. Cano.

  148. Erin December 8th, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    New Post: Notes from Day 3: Girardi edition

    :arrow:

  149. Doreen December 8th, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    Erica -

    That’s too funny!

    I had the opposite feeling though – I never knew it was a temporary thing. I thought it was going to be a McCartney station much like the Springsteen station. So I was driving merrily along until one day I turned on my McCartney station only to have the Bridge again!!! (But I love the Bridge, so I got over it.)

    Also, the novelty of listening to one artist all the time wears off fast. I loved the Springsteen station at first, and now, only listen once in a while.

  150. J. Alfred Prufrock December 8th, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    The Yankees are “very interested” in Crawford and could pursue him even if they sign Lee.

    They have a history of interest in Crawford if you believe the chatter. why wouldn’t they be it’s an oppty to get him w/out giving up players just $$$. the draft pick they can make up since they pay way over slot anyhow and can get guys no one else would take chances on. guy can hit 20-25 hr and swipe 50+ bags. lethal

  151. Pat M. December 8th, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    Erica……Welcome back !!!! I think Paul will be on SNL and was invited to perform a concert a few days later at The Famed Apollo Theater……Doreen, I’m certain you still squirm whenever you here ” All My Loving “…It was his first song he ever wrote, the first song they sang on the Ed Sullivan Show, and sadly was the song playing over the Roosevelt Hospital intercom when John Lennon was rushed into the ER 30 years ago tonight……Time to hit some golf balls…….Ah The Beatles

  152. tyanksfan36 December 8th, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    Kate

    I got news on the baseball. I think ill have it by next week. She said she is going up to GA and is bringing me back a surprise which must be the baseball unless she is going to bag up Buster and bring him to me which is unfortunately unlikely so that must mean she got the ball signed.

  153. DaSaint007 December 8th, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    Martin turned down $4.2MM plus $1.5-1.7MM in incentives, so you’d think he thinks he can get somewhere north of $6M guaranteed.

    I think only boston offers that. Cashman wouldn’t, not with Posada and Cervelli as options in addition to Montero/Romine.

  154. upstate kate December 8th, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    tyanks
    hah, too bad it wont be Buster!

    Comet
    we have about a foot of snow, but it has come at a managible rate.

  155. GreenBeret7 December 8th, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    J. Alfred Prufrock December 8th, 2010 at 4:13 pm
    modern day I like Romola whatsername. a beaut & smart too. smart is required.

    ———————————————————————————————————————-

    So, you’re hot for Janet Reno?

  156. flyankee December 10th, 2010 at 1:34 am

    AJ WILL HAVE THE BEST YEAR OF HIS CAREER GARUNTEED11111111111111

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