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More Cliff Lee plus a few notes and links

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc, Notes on Dec 15, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Phillies Lee BaseballA few notable Cliff lee comments from today’s press conference in Philadelphia, all according to The Associated Press.

On the factors that helped him make the decision: “There were a lot of variables. I enjoyed my time in Texas. We had a good team and made the World Series. Sometimes making these decisions is tough. When you get your family involved and weigh all your options, it became an easy decision with this team and this pitching staff and what they’ve accomplished over the years. I like the National League. I like hitting and I like facing the pitcher instead of the designated hitter. This is a special group of guys.”

On the money and the chance to win: “It’s plenty of money. When you hit a certain point, enough’s enough. It’s just a matter of where you’re comfortable, where you’re happy, where your family’s the most comfortable, what team gives you the best chance to win. At this point, it’s about trying to win championships. That’s really the No. 1 thing for me. I think this team gives me the best chance to do that. That’s really it.”

On the factors that kept him out of New York: “No one came up to my wife and spit on her. Nobody poured anything on her. You go to any stadium, the opposing team stands and starts cheering, especially in the postseason, fans are going to say things to them, they’re going to do things, that’s part of it. That story was way overblown and was false and had zero to do with the whole thing. Hopefully we can put that behind us because it was a non-issue. There wasn’t anything that scared me away from New York. I wasn’t scared to play there. It was just I wanted to have all my options in front of me. Once the Phillies were there, it was relatively close to everything, it was a no-brainer for me.”

ph_120485• Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees expect to hear a final decision from Andy Pettitte within a few days. He also reports that Pettitte is expected to return “because family supports it,” but Pettitte doesn’t want to be lowballed.

• Also from Heyman, the Mariners have “no interest” in trading Felix Hernandez. Sorry to shoot down those Felix-for-Melky Mesa rumors.

• Earlier today there was a radio report that A.J. Burnett was going through a messy divorce that might have affected his season. The report was quickly shot down in no uncertain terms.

• Scratch Randy Choate off the list of possible left-handed relievers. He’s reportedly going to the Marlins on a two-year deal.

Dave Miley, Butch Wynegar and Scott Aldred will be back in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre next season. That’s a big league staff in Triple-A, no doubt. Frank Menechino will come up from Trenton to join them as infield coach. The training staff of Darren London and Lee Tressell is also coming back.

• Down in Trenton, manager Tony Franklin is back for a fifth season. He’ll be joined by pitching coach Tommy Phelps, hitting coach Julius Matos (who held the position before Menechino), and coach Justin Pope. I assume that’s the same Justin Pope who was a first-round pick and pitched for a while in the Yankees system.

Don Zimmer is back home after having a pacemaker installed.

Associated Press photo from Lee’s press conference

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156 Responses to “More Cliff Lee plus a few notes and links”

  1. David in Cal December 15th, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    That’s disappointing news on AJ. I was hoping he had an excuse for his terrible season.

  2. cspaced25 December 15th, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    Really sick of the Lee posts…We didn’t get him, we will deal with it, we don’t need to see his face daily anymore.

  3. GreenBeret7 December 15th, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    Yeah, that’s Pope Justin, The First. He’s been there a couple of years. The Yanks have the only two popes in baseball. Just need a Bishop, a Priest and a Nunn.

  4. YankeesGirly December 15th, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    enough with cliff lee, yankees dont need to hear bout him, geeezzz.

  5. 108 stitches December 15th, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    Nice AAA staff. They’ll be busy as the next group emerges from doing well at Trenton.
    One year closer to the big show. Torre Tyson at Single A Tampa will play a large role in the development of those moving up from Low A Charleston.

  6. michaels07 December 15th, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    Andy is worth 15 million.

  7. Yogi Mantle December 15th, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    Just because the report of a messy divorce seems unfounded, that doesn’t mean there weren’t other things going on. He looked pretty beaten up a couple of times, his ear, his eye, and he wouldn’t answer questions on what happened.

  8. ChokeXOnXFailure December 15th, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    I hate these press conferences. I really do.

    The players, every last one of them, come out and fawn all over the city, and the chance to win, and blah blah blah. The truth is, and always will be, that the Phillies offered the opportunity for the most money.

    With his vesting option, Lee stands to make $144 million in 6 years. That is exactly $4 million less than we offered over 7 years. You mean to tell me that if he wants to pitch a 7th year, the Phillies won’t give him more than $4 million to do so? Unlikely.

    Cliff Lee is not the folk hero that everyone seems to want to believe he is. In the end, he took the most money, and should not be painted in any different light from anyone else.

    It’s a load of crap, and frankly, I’m tired of players doing it. Just be honest. “I went here, because they offered the most money”. Love him or hate him, but at least AJ Burnett said that the money was a primary force in him signing with us.

    “This team offers me the best chance to win”? Funny, since none of the 4 “aces” on the staff could stop the Giants offense. Personally, I have the highest of hopes that their offense continues on a downward trend, they can’t replace Werth, and all for of those clowns end up with league low run support, and a lot of 3-0 losses.

  9. Carlo December 15th, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    Andy is worth 12mm. Exactly what he was worth last year. He was awesome last year, but the injuries are a concern.

  10. Carlo December 15th, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    Choke – sorry, but playing in the NL East with that staff does offer him the best chance to win. Of the 3 suitors, with him in the mix, the phillies have the easiest road to the world series and getting there is 90% of the battle.

  11. J. Alfred Prufrock December 15th, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    We need to trump ChiSox for Wood.

  12. GreenBeret7 December 15th, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    The bottom of the 7th inning, I’m starting to dead. Can’t believe that Kubek was given an error on that hop. It was the start of his career decline, because it messed up the vertebrae in his neck when his head snapped back. hal Smith, you’ll hate. He was another former Yankee farm catcher.

  13. J. Alfred Prufrock December 15th, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    michaels07 December 15th, 2010 at 9:36 pm
    Andy is worth 15 million.

    ///If I’m Andy,after the BS they pulled with Derek,I’m not going to cave to any sentimental pleas.show me the cash, Cash! Andy’s never gotten a payoff from the yanks,but his time has come.

  14. GreenBeret7 December 15th, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    ***dred***

  15. Yogi Mantle December 15th, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    The Phillies might have painted themselves into a corner salary-wise though. They have players who have their contracts ending fairly soon. It remains to be seen how this move will play out for them. On paper they look impressive. They still have to play the games.

  16. joeman December 15th, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    # Carlo December 15th, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    Andy is worth 12mm. Exactly what he was worth last year. He was awesome last year, but the injuries are a concern.
    ———————————————————

    they want him this coming year they will have to pay more than 12 mil

  17. D-Man December 15th, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    White Sox offer Wood a 2-yr deal, per MLBTR

  18. GreenBeret7 December 15th, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    Sorry…I said 7th inning…it was the 8th inning.

  19. SAS December 15th, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    I give Andy a raise to say thanks for all the good here, and cheers to your best year in 2011.

  20. blake December 15th, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    “The Phillies might have painted themselves into a corner salary-wise though.”

    Anybody have thought on Sherman’s Swisher for Oswalt thought this morning. It’s a bit far fetched but makes a some sense for both teams. Of course the Yankees would need a RF replacement lined up….

  21. SAS December 15th, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    *all the good years

  22. Hopdevil December 15th, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    “Personally, I have the highest of hopes that their offense continues on a downward trend, they can’t replace Werth, and all for of those clowns end up with league low run support, and a lot of 3-0 losses.”

    Couldn’t agree more…but sad fact is that when you play teams like Nationals, Marlins, and Mets – even a craptastic offense is more than enough. At least on days Doc and Lee pitch – 2 runs is plenty. Barring injuries, Phils have a very, very easy path to playoffs/WS compared to just about every other team.

  23. yankeefeminista December 15th, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    Kerry doesn’t want to play for ChiSox. But either way, let’s get Wood back in the fold. He is certainly worth 2/12.

    If we have both Andy and Wood back, things will be looking up. :)

  24. Hopdevil December 15th, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    “Anybody have thought on Sherman’s Swisher for Oswalt thought this morning. It’s a bit far fetched but makes a some sense for both teams. Of course the Yankees would need a RF replacement lined up….”

    Can’t see the Phils doing that…the city would literally riot. Here they have hopes of this “historic” rotation and then Amaro trades one of them away? Yep. They would tear down Citizen’s Bank Park.

  25. 108 stitches December 15th, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    Burnett had a tough 2010. Even his pie throwing was nothing to speak of.
    In 2 years with the Yankees he’s 1 game under .500 with a combined ERA of 4.65.
    Catfish Hunter must be rolling in his grave with the thought of how he pitched his heart out with many complete games for just a fraction of the money Burnett is getting.
    Larry Rothschild has a real project on his hands.

  26. Yogi Mantle December 15th, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    While it could change, it seems like the Phillies are intent on keeping their rotation and willing to deal away others. I heard some of the PC and they were gushing over themselves about their rotation and how smart they are.

    I don’t see them dealing Oswalt, and I don’t really like the idea of dealing Swisher away.

  27. tyanksfan36 December 15th, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    Was reading about Bryce Harper and what they might do with him in the future with Werth in right field. They said he will probably start with class A Hagerstown. My friends husband pitched for them last season and since he isn’t that good he will probably stay there. I’m interested in hearing from someone who will get to see him everyday how good he is(I know he’s good already)

  28. KPB December 15th, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    # GreenBeret7 December 15th, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    Sorry…I said 7th inning…it was the 8th inning.
    ————————–

    This is unacceptable, where’s the nurse. :smile: How you doing tonight?

  29. blake December 15th, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    “Can’t see the Phils doing that…the city would literally riot.”

    maybe, but their outfield is currently very mediocre and they are extremely left handed in their lineup….plus they need to trim some payroll and they may not be able to move Ibanez or Blanton. I’ll admit it probably would never happen nor am I sure I would want it to.

  30. GreenBeret7 December 15th, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    Besides Stengel’s not starting Ford in game #1, his biggest screw-up was letting Shantz bat for himself in the 8th inning with blanchard on 3rd and Boyer on 2nd.

  31. mick December 15th, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    Phils will have their hands full with the Giants and their staff aint bad.

  32. blake December 15th, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    “I don’t see them dealing Oswalt, and I don’t really like the idea of dealing Swisher away.”

    I don’t either…especially without knowing who they could get to replace him.

  33. mick December 15th, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    what did casey have against Whitey. suicidal choice .

  34. pat December 15th, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    Conflicting Jenks reports now.

    Ken_Rosenthal Sources: Heavy action on Jenks. #Rays have interest, as do #Yankees and others. Not close to a decision. #MLB

  35. Dee December 15th, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    Ken_Rosenthal Sources: Heavy action on Jenks. #Rays have interest, as do #Yankees and others. Not close to a decision. #MLB

    I personally like the idea of Jenks. Soriano would probably cost too much in money and years, and although I would love to have him, Jenks would be a viable 8th inning option. But I’m sure both would rather have the opportunity to close somewhere.

  36. GreenBeret7 December 15th, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    He wanted a left hander starting game #3 at home in YS.

  37. Jason22 December 15th, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    Wow that baltimore chop was almost fair, that would have been the game.

  38. tyanksfan36 December 15th, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    Wasn’t Jenks like, Papelbon bad last year?

  39. Yogi Mantle December 15th, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    It was odd that Whitey didn’t start the series. I believe Whitey was convinced that they would have won that championship had he started game 1.

    GB7, do you recall what Casey’s reasoning was?

  40. J. Alfred Prufrock December 15th, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    Stengel wanted the BP for him.Guy was senile by then.if we won the ’60 series,it wouldn’t be considered a classic.some classic,the manager blew that series to an inferior team.& poor Terry.at least things would go better for him in 62.

  41. GreenBeret7 December 15th, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    KPB December 15th, 2010 at 9:56 pm
    # GreenBeret7 December 15th, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    Sorry…I said 7th inning…it was the 8th inning.
    ————————–

    This is unacceptable, where’s the nurse. How you doing tonight?

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

    evening, KPB. Doimg well here, thanks for asking. Hope all is well at your place.

    Must be my age that made me think 7th inning. “It’s getting late early here.”

  42. Bret The Hitman December 15th, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    re Nick Swisher’s trade value:

    I don’t see Nick Swisher being worth Roy Oswalt.

    The team that might value Swish the most is the offense-starved A’s. They need a big bat and a team leader. They have a surplus of pitching.

    I’m not sure if we match up because I don’t know if the Yankees like any of their starters. Their stats are padded by that ballpark.

  43. Yogi Mantle December 15th, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    # GreenBeret7 December 15th, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    He wanted a left hander starting game #3 at home in YS.
    __________

    Forgot about that being the reason. Thanks.

  44. GreenBeret7 December 15th, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    Yogi Mantle December 15th, 2010 at 10:05 pm
    It was odd that Whitey didn’t start the series. I believe Whitey was convinced that they would have won that championship had he started game 1.

    GB7, do you recall what Casey’s reasoning was?

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

    Everybody was pissed about that decision…before the game. Stengel said he wanted Ford opening at home in the 4rd game because he was left handed.

  45. J. Alfred Prufrock December 15th, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    That is the worst

  46. KPB December 15th, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    GB7

    Doing good, thanks. Since you gave a Yogi response, how can I hold it against you?

  47. Yogi Mantle December 15th, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    Can’t deal Swisher if they don’t have another move to replace him though.

    Ouch. Kubek. That was nastier than I recalled. (Course I was young when this game was played.)

  48. GreenBeret7 December 15th, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    People forget just how big Kubek really was. About 6’4″ and 200 pounds.

  49. SAS December 15th, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    Good evening GB and KPB,

    Glad you are enjoying the game.

  50. Carl December 15th, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    Man that bad hop. He turns that. Game over. Instead he gets hit in the neck.

    Just wasn’t meant to be.

  51. SAS December 15th, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    GB,

    and from a teenager’s point of view, a handsome hunk of humanity.

  52. SAS December 15th, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    The Yankees can’t trade Swisher without a 30 home run, or thereabouts, guy to replace him.

  53. Yogi Mantle December 15th, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    Carl, its funny how a game can turn so quickly. That had to have shaken up the players seeing that.

    It was some poor decisions that Casey had in this series.

    Man, I miss seeing Yogi and Mantle playing. Two of my favorites (in case you didn’t notice… lol).

  54. Kelvin December 15th, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    Damn bob feller just died breaking news

  55. blake December 15th, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    Would we rather have Jenks or Wood setting up? Jenksy was not very good last year.

  56. GreenBeret7 December 15th, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    Evening, SAS. hope all is well, and again, congratulations on your son’s great news.

    Kubek was a fine player and was really a good outfielder, too.

  57. Yogi Mantle December 15th, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    Talk about your melt down inning. Was AJ pitching? lol.

  58. GreenBeret7 December 15th, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    Whatever you do, don’t hang one to Smith, Coates.

  59. Carl December 15th, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    RIP BOB :(

  60. Tom in N.J. December 15th, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    Good read on Jenks:

    http://nomaas.org/2010/12/come-to-us-bobby-jenks/

  61. Yogi Mantle December 15th, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    # Kelvin December 15th, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    Damn bob feller just died breaking news
    __________

    Kind of figured this was coming soon as he had been put in hospice care recently.

    Thanks for the memories Bob, RIP.

  62. blake December 15th, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    RIP Mr. Feller….truly one of the greats.

  63. Carl December 15th, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    These check swings man lol

  64. tyanksfan36 December 15th, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    blake says:

    December 15, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    Would we rather have Jenks or Wood setting up? Jenksy was not very good last year.

    I’m glad someone else feels the same way. I think he was Papelbon bad last year. Maybe it was a bad season but if he is bad like that again for us, I don’t want him.

  65. GreenBeret7 December 15th, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    RIP, mr. Feller. You were truly a great pitcher and a true American hero when they needed it most.

  66. Tom in N.J. December 15th, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    Sad news about Feller.

    Rest in peace.

  67. CompassRosy December 15th, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    tyanksfan36 ~

    Thanks for passing along the nice words re: Nick Franklin.
    It’s fun to have a young player to follow, even on a team other than your own, because of connections elsewhere. My nephew was drafted after his junior year at UW by the Mets and played in their farm system for a couple of years. He was even named the Appalachian League player of the year at one point but unfortunately sustained an injury, had surgery, came home and finished his degree (on the Mets dime) and now he’s a cop :-)

    But I digress ….
    I’ll look forward to watching Nick when he makes it to AAA Tacoma (since it’s only 30 minutes from me I try to make it to several games/year – and, they will have a brand new ballpark this season!). He was only as far as single A this past season though, so it might be awhile (but did hit .281 w/23 HR and 65 RBI)

  68. 108 stitches December 15th, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    Rest in peace Robert William Andrew Feller. Some kind of pitcher and some kind of man.

  69. Betsy December 15th, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    How sad……….I hope Mr. Feller didn’t suffer. RIP sir.

  70. Yogi Mantle December 15th, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    Yeah, Jenks wasn’t stellar last season. Still had his strike outs and walks weren’t bad, but gave up too many runs.

  71. yankeefeminista December 15th, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    Jenks peripherals were good though, and he had 12.21 K/9 vs. lefties.

  72. Tom in N.J. December 15th, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    Bob Feller’s rookie season:

    5-3 with a .3.34ERA in 62.0 IP.

    He was 17.

  73. KPB December 15th, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    RIP, Bob.
    Great player, hero, and person.

  74. yankeefeminista December 15th, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    I’d rather have Wood, but still think Jenks would be useful.

  75. Yogi Mantle December 15th, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    A lot of what ifs in this game. Its fun hearing these guys talk about it.

  76. Angelo Silecchio December 15th, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    a lot of ppl have been killing cashman lately so i wanted to share this piece from an article espn just put up….this is darek braunecker speaking:

    “I’ve heard some New York media say that Brian Cashman got outworked,” Braunecker said. “That’s bull. Nobody outworks Brian Cashman. He did everything exactly the way he was supposed to do it. At the end of the day, Cliff and Kristen just wanted to be in Philadelphia. More than any other place. To the point that they left some money on the table to do it.”

  77. rodg12 December 15th, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    Rest In Peace, Mr. Feller. I’m proud to call you a fellow Iowan and American. Your supreme talent and heroism will forever be remembered…

  78. SAS December 15th, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    RIP Bob Feller. I saw you hawking autographs last year at a Spring Training game.

  79. blake December 15th, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    “At the end of the day, Cliff and Kristen just wanted to be in Philadelphia. More than any other place”

    it appears that that is the bottom line.

  80. SAS December 15th, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    rodg,

    Do you live anywhere near Grinnell, IA?

  81. D-Man December 15th, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    Wood had over 6 walks per 9 last year.

    Jenks had 2.8 walks per 9

    If I had to give multiple years to one of them, I’d choose Jenks just because his track record is much stronger and his peripherals were much better last year.

    Better start getting to work on relievers though… just today, 3 more good ones came off the board – Chote, Gurrier, and Crain. White Sox already have 2-yr offer to Wood, Boston apparently going hard after Fuentes. They won’t wait around forever.

  82. GreenBeret7 December 15th, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    This was Gil McDougald’s last major league game.

    Watch mantle’s base running moving at first base in a few seconds. If NYYs had won, it would have been remembered as one of the great WS plays.

  83. tyanksfan36 December 15th, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    Compass Rosy

    He supposed to be good though so maybe he will move quickly through the system. Maybe he gets called up late to AAA. Ill keep an eye on him though. My friends husband is a relief pitcher in the nationals system and I keep an eye on him too. Its fun to follow prospects, they advance and grow as players with much less criticism than the ML players. Its why I love going to the minor league games so much.

  84. Yank1 December 15th, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    “He did everything exactly the way he was supposed to do it.”

    Translation: Cashman made a series of strong bids, increasing his offer each time, which forced other teams that Lee wanted to go to (TEX, PHI) to bid even higher and at the end of the day, Lee got a great offer from the team he really wanted, and they have Cashman to thank because without him bidding, the numbers would have never gotten that high.

  85. rodg12 December 15th, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    Yes I do, SAS. I live about 40 minutes north in Marshalltown.

  86. Betsy December 15th, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    I appreciate Braunecker for saying that because knocking Cash for a decision the Lees made is ridiculous.

  87. Laura - I Bleed Blue December 15th, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    “At the end of the day, Cliff and Kristen just wanted to be in Philadelphia. More than any other place”

    I’ve been to Philadelphia. Don’t understand all the love. Nice city, but New York City it ain’t.

    As for Jenks, being in Chicago, I got to hear about his problems first hand. Pass on him and sign Wood. End of story.

  88. Jason22 December 15th, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    Wow what a play by Mick.

  89. Carl December 15th, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    holy ^&#$ at that Mantle Slide.

  90. SAS December 15th, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    Rodg,

    My son went to Grinnell College.

  91. ericns1 December 15th, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    Losing the 60 series must have been as traumatic for that generation of Yankee fans as 2001 was for us.

  92. RMS December 15th, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    RIP Bob Feller

  93. EA December 15th, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    Why wouldn’t Braunecker be appreciative of Cashman? Braunecker used him and shopped his offer to get an offer from a team that Lee really wanted to go to.

  94. I Like Inge December 15th, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    Yo the Mick son!!! What a play in the 9th inning of game. Respect. He was the man.

  95. yankeefeminista December 15th, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    Agree that Jenks peripherals were very good, reason I mentioned them when people were saying he didn’t have a good year. However, Jenks is more of a one-trick pony than Kerry. Kerry’s walks were a concern, but when he was good he was unhittable, and he can give you more than one inning. I will take both if I can get them.

  96. EA December 15th, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    This series is insane… baseball needs a WS like this in the present day in the worst way…

  97. Carl December 15th, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    # ericns1 December 15th, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    Losing the 60 series must have been as traumatic for that generation of Yankee fans as 2001 was for us.

    Naw they won the next year.

  98. UnKnown December 15th, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    Braunecker owes us for taking AJ a few years ago.

  99. KPB December 15th, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    SAS

    Good evening young lady, long time no see. How have you been doing? I hope all is well with your son.

  100. Captain Clutch December 15th, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    I really hope that Cashman signs Wood or Jenks. For the last couple of years Cash has been very cheap when it comes to signing a back of the bullpen reliever and then they have to turn to all of Scranton to try and help them. He should offer Wood 2/$10 and try to get it done. Feliciano or one of the lefties would be nice also.

  101. Yogi Mantle December 15th, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    So great to see the Mick playing. Will we ever see another quite like he was, let alone what he could have been?

  102. UnKnown December 15th, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    Except in 2001 New York got beat by a broken bat instead of a legit bomb.

  103. Mike in Chicago December 15th, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    Are those Canadian Mounties keeping fans from the Pirates on the field?

  104. Yogi Mantle December 15th, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    I would imagine this had to be one incredible moment for Pirates fans. You don’t get much more dramatic an ending than that HR.

    All from a melt down inning, all from a bad hop.

  105. Yogi Mantle December 15th, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    Sometimes the best team loses. That Yankee team was the better team.

  106. yankeefeminista December 15th, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    ChiSox already offered Wood 2/12, no?

  107. rodg12 December 15th, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    That’s a good school, SAS. Expensive, too.

  108. REZ12 December 15th, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    “ChiSox already offered Wood 2/12, no?”

    Appears so. However, the writer didn’t say if it was contingent on them signing Crain (which they did tonight).

    Lots of relievers coming off the board tonight. Hope they get one of Wood/Jenks and a lefty.

  109. GreenBeret7 December 15th, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    Regardless of that game’s outcome, it was great to finally see more than just short clips of it. Congratulations to MLb and Bob Costas and thank you.

  110. Yankee Trader December 15th, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    Wood, 33, is reportedly seeking a two-year deal worth $12MM, and interestingly enough a Wood-White Sox rumor was shot down last week. The former Cub pitched to a 3.13 ERA in 46 innings in 2010, aided greatly by his brilliant stint with the Yankees. After being acquired at the trade deadline, Wood pitched to a 0.69 ERA with 10.7 K/9 in 26 innings with New York, though he walked way too many batters at 6.2 per nine innings.

  111. GreenBeret7 December 15th, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    The Pittsburgh GM. Joe Brown during 1960 was the son of the great comedian, Joe E. Brown.

  112. Mike in Chicago December 15th, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    RIP, Mr. Feller.

    I had the privilege of meeting Bob Feller on several occasions when I was younger at baseball card shows. He was so generous with his time, and used to love giving tips on pitching to kids.

    A true gentleman, a baseball great, and a national hero. What an important life. He’ll be missed.

  113. Mike in Chicago December 15th, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    # GreenBeret7 December 15th, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    Regardless of that game’s outcome, it was great to finally see more than just short clips of it. Congratulations to MLb and Bob Costas and thank you.

    ———

    They did a great job with this one.

  114. SAS December 15th, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    KPB,

    We got the good news last night, I announced it on here. Thanks for caring. We leave for AZ on Friday if I can get my act together which I didn’t do today.

  115. Yankee Trader December 15th, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    Still quite a few good FA right=handed RP’s available-Soriano, Balfour,Wheeler, Wood, and I thought Jason Frasor was available.

    Would Brad Penny be worth a look? I understand his Dancing with the Stars wife has gotten him into the best shape of his career.

  116. SAS December 15th, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    GB,

    You always have the most interesting tidbits of info. I remember Joe E. Brown.

  117. Tom in N.J. December 15th, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    Is there anything on T.V. more enjoyable than Bob Costas on the MLB network?

  118. rodg12 December 15th, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    Here’s an interview with Bob Feller by a local reporter in 1994…

    http://bit.ly/gNIuNu

    It’s a good read.

  119. J. Alfred Prufrock December 15th, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    yankeefeminista December 15th, 2010 at 10:46 pm
    Agree that Jenks peripherals were very good, reason I mentioned them when people were saying he didn’t have a good year. However, Jenks is more of a one-trick pony than Kerry. Kerry’s walks were a concern, but when he was good he was unhittable, and he can give you more than one inning. I will take both if I can get them.

    ///boy I agree.this guy has 4 pitches and can pitch the 7th & 8th.if he didn’t have so many innings in his rearview,he’d be a candidate to start again.guy has an awesome arm.we sign him and maybe add ABrack late in the yr,whose on 40-man, and still have D-Rob in the mix.wouldn’t even need joba,who should be given a chance to start again,esp with some new blood in rothschild.either that or he can be part of a package.he’s wasted in the BP.

  120. SAS December 15th, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    Rodg,

    It was less expensive than most private colleges because it is extremely well endowed by Mr. “Intel”. I can’t think of his name. Old age does that. In any case, my son got a fine education and loved his experience there.

  121. GreenBeret7 December 15th, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    SAS December 15th, 2010 at 11:02 pm
    GB,

    You always have the most interesting tidbits of info. I remember Joe E. Brown.

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

    Thank you, SAS. I guess that I’m really old or just love reading and collecting trivial information. I love that sort of stuff. Jo E. Brown made a couple of baseball movies, ” Fireman, Save My Child”, “Alibi Ike” and Elmer The Great’. He was also a pro baseball player. Hos best part might have been late when he played Osgood Fielding in “Some Like It Hot”.

  122. West Coast Yankee Fan December 15th, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    As Costas detailed on the program. Mickey admitted he froze, he was fast and made it back to first but the right play was to head towards second and get caught in a rundown and the runner scores from third easily. He got lucky — if he was tagged out the game was over.

  123. Michelle B. of Yankee Stadium West December 15th, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    SAS;

    when did your son graduate from Grinnell; my partner graduated from there in 2000

  124. yankeefeminista December 15th, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    Pruf, couldn’t agree more about Wood’s arm. He has electric stuff, and his second half stats were very good.

  125. yankeefeminista December 15th, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    & yes, ABrack will be up. Still trying to give him every shot to be a starter, as it should be. But we will see him eventually in 2011 in the Bronx.

  126. Yogi Mantle December 15th, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    Werth looks so different having shaved most of the facial fur off.

  127. Yogi Mantle December 15th, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    I wouldn’t mind either Jenks or Wood. I don’t think they would go for both of them, and Jenks didn’t walk anywhere near as many as Wood. That might be why the heightened interest being reported for Jenks.

  128. michaels07 December 15th, 2010 at 11:24 pm

    I became a Yankee fan for good when i saw Joe DiMaggio hit a Homerun off Bob Feller in 1938. Bob was the greatest Rhp in my era.

  129. yankeefeminista December 15th, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    Wood’s walks were similar to DRob’s. He would sometimes have trouble with the lead off and then settle down, and often get out of a situation he created. Also his is a case where the peripherals really don’t indicate how well Wood pitched. He had very live stuff esp. toward end of the season. Also his lefty splits and June stats skewed his numbers. His righty K, BB rates were 7.82 K/9, 2.13 BB/9.

  130. West Coast Yankee Fan December 15th, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    Really sad about Feller. Talk about having “stuff”.

  131. SAS December 15th, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    Michelle,

    He graduated in 1993. It is a beautiful school in the middle of nowhere.

  132. KPB December 15th, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    SAS

    Glad all is well. Be sure and keep the pup out of trouble on the trip back.

  133. Yogi Mantle December 15th, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    Love that clip of Zambrano throwing out the ump.

  134. J. Alfred Prufrock December 15th, 2010 at 11:36 pm

    yankeefem – that’s interesting,and intuitively,you weren’t worried when he put people on,because he can just waste the next guy.good stuff.
    ////
    michaels07 December 15th, 2010 at 11:24 pm
    I became a Yankee fan for good when i saw Joe DiMaggio hit a Homerun off Bob Feller in 1938. Bob was the greatest Rhp in my era.

    ///it is thrilling to read a post from someone who goes way back.I wish more older commenters would be on here lending perspective and telling their stories.please come back!

  135. GreenBeret7 December 15th, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    Careful, SAS. Don’t let Rodg hear/see that you said Iowa was in nowhere. He insists that he knows where it’s at. There’s just no proof that it does.

  136. yankeefeminista December 15th, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    DiMaggio was my dad’s favorite Yankee. :)

  137. tyanksfan36 December 15th, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    all this talk of school reminded me to check my grades. I got 3 B+’s an A- and an S. not as good as the straight A’s ive gotten the past few semesters but I still havent gotten a C.

    I didnt watch the 1960 WS game tonight but I recorded it. Its funny to hear everyone that experienced this game when it happened. My dad was two in 1960 and my mom wasnt even born yet. When Im their age I am going to tell everyone all about how Johnny Damon stole second and then popped up and stole 3rd. The rest was history.

  138. Yogi Mantle December 15th, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    The thing that would concern me with Wood about his walks, is that sooner or later that comes back to bite you. No doubt Wood was effective and didn’t give up much, but can you keep it up?

  139. GreenBeret7 December 15th, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    Oh, oh!!! The Red Sox have signed the legendary portsider, reliever, Lenny DiNardo.

  140. JCPD December 15th, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    Oh, oh!!! The Red Sox have signed the legendary portsider, reliever, Lenny DiNardo.

    ————————————————————-
    GB, Yankee season now definitely over……. bring on 2012

  141. SAS December 15th, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    GB,

    I said Grinnell is in the middle of nowhere…not Iowa.

  142. BIG AL December 15th, 2010 at 11:49 pm

    I can’t believe that moran that said he was disappointed that AJ wasn’t going through a divorce because that would have been an excuse for his bad season last year.

    Disappointed some couple is not going through a divorce, really!

    When you see the idiot is from the left coast, I guess you have a better understanding of where the comment came from, since most of them are opposite from the rest of the country on most sunjects.

  143. Against All Odds December 15th, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    # Yank1 December 15th, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    “He did everything exactly the way he was supposed to do it.”

    Translation: Cashman made a series of strong bids, increasing his offer each time, which forced other teams that Lee wanted to go to (TEX, PHI) to bid even higher and at the end of the day, Lee got a great offer from the team he really wanted, and they have Cashman to thank because without him bidding, the numbers would have never gotten that high.
    ——————————————–

    Bingo we have a winner. W/o the Yankees bidding would the Lee drama have been that intense. It’s not Cashman fault that Lee is not here but let’s be honest the Yankees were used in this situation and Braunecker is throwing Cashman a bone.

  144. J. Alfred Prufrock December 15th, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    DiNardo,eh?Sox beginning to parody themselves there.

  145. yankeefeminista December 15th, 2010 at 11:53 pm

    Yogi Mantle December 15th, 2010 at 11:41 pm
    The thing that would concern me with Wood about his walks, is that sooner or later that comes back to bite you. No doubt Wood was effective and didn’t give up much, but can you keep it up?

    Wood’s #’s vs. righties was stellar. Only 2.13BB/9 & his overall BB/9 decreased and were decent in July and August. In Sept., those 2IBB skewed the numbers. It wasn’t like he regressed. He improved the more he pitched. I’ll take my chances.

  146. yankeefeminista December 15th, 2010 at 11:54 pm

    J. Alfred Prufrock December 15th, 2010 at 11:50 pm
    DiNardo,eh?Sox beginning to parody themselves there.
    ___
    lol, saw that. They are trying to sign Wheeler. Hopefully, they get no where near Wood or Soriano.

  147. yankeefeminista December 15th, 2010 at 11:54 pm

    *were* not “was”

  148. J. Alfred Prufrock December 15th, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    do they have any money left?they paid crawford like a slugging COF.

  149. yankeefeminista December 15th, 2010 at 11:57 pm

    tyanksfan36 December 15th, 2010 at 11:40 pm
    all this talk of school reminded me to check my grades. I got 3 B+’s an A- and an S. not as good as the straight A’s ive gotten the past few semesters but I still havent gotten a C.
    _____
    Good job, tyf36! :)

  150. yankeefeminista December 15th, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    J. Alfred Prufrock December 15th, 2010 at 11:56 pm
    do they have any money left?they paid crawford like a slugging COF.
    _____
    Nope, they are out of cash. Maybe they should go get Delcarmen back from the Rockies. ;)

  151. yankeefeminista December 16th, 2010 at 12:02 am

    Against All Odds December 15th, 2010 at 11:50 pm
    # Yank1 December 15th, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    “He did everything exactly the way he was supposed to do it.”

    Translation: Cashman made a series of strong bids, increasing his offer each time, which forced other teams that Lee wanted to go to (TEX, PHI) to bid even higher and at the end of the day, Lee got a great offer from the team he really wanted, and they have Cashman to thank because without him bidding, the numbers would have never gotten that high.
    ——————————————–

    Bingo we have a winner. W/o the Yankees bidding would the Lee drama have been that intense. It’s not Cashman fault that Lee is not here but let’s be honest the Yankees were used in this situation and Braunecker is throwing Cashman a bone.
    _____
    I don’t know if I would say “used.” Typical drive-up-the price negotiations, perhaps? As for people bashing Cash on this one, I don’t see how. And I will be the first one to bash Cashman when he deserves it.

  152. Steve Howe a True Yankee December 16th, 2010 at 12:04 am

    Wow, watch Cashman low-ball Andy and mess up this negotiation like all the rest – except for of course, the corpse of Russell Martin – he has no problem giving that guy top-dollar.

  153. yankeefeminista December 16th, 2010 at 12:05 am

    Looks like Kerry is going to get his wish and go back to the Cubs. As per mlbtr. %$#@!

    Cubs Close To Finalizing A Deal With Kerry Wood
    By Mike Axisa [December 15 at 10:44pm CST]

    “It appears that Kerry Wood will be going back to where it all started. David Kaplan of Chicago Now reports that the free agent right-hander is “moving towards finalizing a deal” with the Cubs, the team that originally drafted him.”

  154. yankeefeminista December 16th, 2010 at 12:06 am

    Andy has all the leverage here. I don’t think Cash can play hardball.

  155. bardos December 16th, 2010 at 6:27 am

    not signing wood to save a couple of million is stupid in my humble opinion.

  156. Gary December 17th, 2010 at 11:39 am

    tyanksfan36 December 15th, 2010 at 11:40 pm
    all this talk of school reminded me to check my grades. I got 3 B+’s an A- and an S. not as good as the straight A’s ive gotten the past few semesters but I still havent gotten a C.

    _______________________________________________________________________

    Good Job, my daughter got 2 A’s, a B and that dreaded C and a S also.

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