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An extra-special day

Posted by: Sam Borden - Posted in Misc on Dec 25, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Hi everyone, Sam here. First, let me wish all who celebrate a very Merry Christmas. For those who don’t … well, Merry Saturday.birthday-cake

There is, however, something we all at LoHud can get behind today, regardless of religion: And that’s wishing Chad a very happy birthday. When Pete left there were, obviously, very big shoes to fill but Chad has done a terrific job as the beat writer at The Journal News and I’m glad to call him a friend.

As he mentioned earlier, Chad is home in Missouri with his family, so I can only imagine his birthday celebration will be fantastic. At the very least, I hope it won’t involve a medical board deciding whether or not to revoke his license or a surprise party that comes only moments after a key political ally switches parties in embarrassing fashion. I wouldn’t be at all surprised, however, if it involved watching some West Wing.

Whatever the fanfare, happy birthday Chad. We’re all glad you’re here.

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275 Responses to “An extra-special day”

  1. KPB December 25th, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHAD!!

    A Christmas baby, I knew there was something I liked about you. :wink:

  2. blake December 25th, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    Merry Christmas to everyone and Happy Birthday Chad. You do a great job here. Back to my turkey fryin.

  3. KPB December 25th, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    Re post

    Merry Christmas Chad and Sam, thanks for all your hard work you put into the blog.
    ——-
    tyanksfan36

    Merry Christmas.I got some cards too. Unfortunately I pulled a David Ortiz bat card. Oh well, it was still fun opening up all the packs. Hope you don’t freeze today. LOL
    ————–
    Betsy

    I know you don’t celebrate, but I still hope you have a good time with loved ones and enjoy your break from work. :smile:
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    Pat M.

    Merry Christmas, enjoy the game and thanks for what you contribute here. Regardless of what GB says about you. :wink:
    ————-

    To everyone else, I hope you enjoy your day and get what you’ve wished for. Happy Holidays.

  4. AldotheApache December 25th, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    Enjoy your doubly special day, Chad

  5. tyanksfan36 December 25th, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    Happy Birthday Chad!

  6. disco stu December 25th, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    Happy Birthday Chad … and a very Merry Christmas

  7. Rich in NJ December 25th, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    HB, Chad.

  8. West Coast Yankee Fan December 25th, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    Happy Birthday Chad.

  9. jacksquat December 25th, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    So Chad, how does it feel to be born on the same day as Rickey Henderson? :)

  10. Chase December 25th, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    Happy Birthday, Chad! And MERRY CHRISTMAS everyone!

    This is the greatest blog ever.

  11. Tom in N.J. December 25th, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    Merry Birthday, Chad!

  12. RadioKev December 25th, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    Merry Birthday indeed Chad!

    Thanks for all the great work.

  13. Doreen December 25th, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    Happy Birthday Chad!!!

    Merry Christmas!

    and A Happy Saturday, Peaceful Weekend to All!

    (I have a couple of minutes to check in. ;) )

    Hope everyone is well. I’m assuming there’s nothing new in Yankeeland. My husband loves his Disney/Yankee figures – a Mickey at the Bat, Goofy Pitching, and Donald Duck behind the plate. (Ooh, that reminds me, I have to go check to see if Goofy is lefty!!)

    Be back later tonight to catch up.

    TTFN.

  14. NYY626 - Andy in 2011 December 25th, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    Merry Christmas to all and happy birthday Chad! No Andy Pettitte under my tree this morning, but im thinking that he’s going to be a belated gift :)

    Enjoy your day everyone.

  15. David in Cal December 25th, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    Merry Christmas to all!

    Happy birthday Chad!

  16. SAS December 25th, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    A very Happy Birthday Chad and many more.

    I hope everyone is having a wonderful day.

  17. kd December 25th, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    Merry Christmas to the lohud blog community!

    Happy Birthday Chad! Hope you’re having a great day.

  18. Fran the original December 25th, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    Happy Birthday Chad.

    Hope everyone is having a great day.

  19. MTU December 25th, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    I just know you all behaved yourselves during the year so I hope Santa gave you what you wanted for Xmas.

    Happy B’day Chad and thanks for all your hard work during the year.

    Peace, health, happiness and prosperity to all.

  20. CBean December 25th, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    Happy Birthday, Chad! Thank you for all you do.

  21. Pat M. December 25th, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    Happy Birthday Chad, and thank you for all you do here for us……

  22. Yankee Trader December 25th, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    Merry Christmas to all my LoHud friends and family and all those who work to make this the best site ever.

    A very Happy Birthday to you Chad.

  23. nyisles December 25th, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    Why is it hard for some people to not just let things go.. Sam, I love your writing and I love this blog more then any others but I need to address “First, let me wish all who celebrate a very Merry Christmas. For those who don’t … well, Merry Saturday.”

    If I recall last year your compared Christmas to attending a movie or something similar. Why can’t you just leave it as “Those who celebrate I would like to wish you a Merry Christmas”. Merry Saturday is a little condescending a slightly offensive.

    It is sad how PC we try to act as a society but in the end I find it more offensive then not. Happy Holidays does not work for me. Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas. I’ll even accept Season’s Greetings!

    nyisles

  24. JoeyA December 25th, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    Geez,
    Someone has a pinetree branch stuck up their a$$.

  25. West Coast Yankee Fan December 25th, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    nyisles – I think Sam was just being considerate of those who may not be Christians or religious. Baseball fans are as diverse a group as any other segment of society and I sure that would translate here. It’s just polite and considerate.

  26. SAS December 25th, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    I was bored so I went back to last Christmas day which was very lively on here with lots of baseball talk. Obviously, it has been a slow and not very exciting December this year for the Bombers so hanging out on LoHud isn’t thrilling.

    Hope everyone is enjoying their day.

  27. SAS December 25th, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    WCYF,

    You are correct. Not all of us are celebrating Christmas today. I think Happy Holidays is great. After all next week is New Years, and that cranky Isles guy should be ashamed of commenting negatively about someone who is gracious.

  28. tyanksfan36 December 25th, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    Does anyone have the 2011 Yankees calendar? I got mine early this year because last year I waited and missed out on it. I really like that Phil is January because I’ve got a slight crush on him, but Cano’s picture on Feb looks like he just struck out, luckily I have a picture I printed out of him hitting a homerun. And Mariano is on my Birth month May :) just thought I’d share these observations for anyone else out there who might have the calendar.

  29. KPB December 25th, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    tyanksfan36

    I don’t have a crush, but glad he’s in January also. It’s cool to see a young favorite connected to my birth month in some way.

  30. DocTodd December 25th, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    Cliff Lee….bah humbug…

  31. SAS December 25th, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    KPB,

    I hope you are having a really good day/evening.

  32. Ruby Tuesday December 25th, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    This is the most miserable Yankee Christmas since ? ? ? ?

  33. Mike Ri December 25th, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    Happy Birthday Chad

    Just checked out Jeff Francis’s numbers in the 2007 world series against the sox.. NOT pretty . . I know its a different Sox team now . . .But Still

  34. tyanksfan36 December 25th, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    KPB

    That’s how I feel about Mariano being on May for my birth month. And Phil is less than a year older than me so I feel my crush is okay though he is a little tall for me.

  35. RMS December 25th, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    Happy birthday, Chad!!

  36. KPB December 25th, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    SAS

    Hello. How’s my favorite person in Arizona doing tonight? Things are going good, thanks for caring. Talked with my nephew earlier, he’ll be here sometime around New Years. Pretty excited, as I haven’t seen him in about 6-8 months. Has Princess been behaving herself?

  37. KPB December 25th, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    tyanksfan36

    Your crush is perfectly fine. As to the height issue, you can always stand on something. :smile:

  38. SAS December 25th, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    KPB,

    That’s wonderful about your nephew. I miss my grandson, and of all insults, he went to CA today with his other grandparents and parents to meet the family of my daughter in law’s brother’s fiancee. I hope that makes sense…lol. My sister will get to see him later in the week. I miss him so much.

    How old is your nephew?

    As for the pup, she has behaved of late, but she doesn’t like being left alone and acts up when we are out which we will be in a little bit.

  39. NYY fan in NH December 25th, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    Merry Birthday Chad!!

  40. KPB December 25th, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    SAS

    I had to read it a couple of times, but I think your talking about your daughter in law’s future sister in law. Or something like that. lol

    My nephew is 17 and rotten. He’s a good kid, polite and well behaved. I just tend to spoil him a little. :wink:

    Glad the pup is starting to adjust to the new surroundings.

  41. tyanksfan36 December 25th, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    KPB

    I guess I could stand on a stool or something, or wear high heels.

  42. West Coast Yankee Fan December 25th, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    Mike Ri – I think given the rotation right now Jeff Francis although far from ideal might be a good choice for the number five slot. IMO, the pros are he’s 30, cheap, had ok numbers considering he was pitching in Denver and he’s a ground-ball inducing lefty which is a plus in Yankee Stadium. The cons are the injury risk and that he isn’t a hard thrower with a fastball in the eighties.

    Slim pickings out there unless a trade is in the works under the radar; and I can’t believe we will go into the season with Nova and Mitre in the starting rotation.

  43. Ruby Tuesday December 25th, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    It was the grimmest of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of repentance, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of disenchantment, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the offseason of Discontent, it was the offseason of Darkness, it was the winter of hopelessness, it was the valley of despair, we had every misery before us, we had no light among us, we were all going direct toward the horizon of misfortune, we were all converging swift toward the singularity of denial–in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for ill or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only .

  44. KPB December 25th, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    tyanksfan36

    I think high heels would look best. I just didn’t know the height difference we were talking about.

    I’ve read that you collect autos of different players. Do you have any of Phil?

  45. Irreverent Discourse December 25th, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    Can someone please speed up this blizzard so I can go home on Monday? Thanks.

    Merry Xmas pals.

  46. Mike Ri December 25th, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    I agree West Coast Yankee fan. Considering whats out there Francis is probably the best option.

  47. tyanksfan36 December 25th, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    KPB

    Well he is about a foot taller than me so I too think high heels would be best.

    I do collect autographs but I really only have the minor league players. I have Betances and Banuelos autographs that I got before they were promoted and a few others. My pride and joy is my Buster Posey signed baseball that I got over Thanksgiving. I’m going to a few Spring Training games hopefully so maybe I can snag one or more there. I am going to a nationals ST game with my friend whose husband pitches for their minor leagues. I’m hoping I can use him to get Strasburg and Harper autographs.

    Its really unfortunate too that I worked so much when Phil pitched for the Tampa Yankees because I was in community college right next to the stadium and I had classes during games. Its really easy to get autographs at the minor league games too, especially pitchers because they sit in the stands and chart the games. Oh well, C’est la Vie.

  48. JCPD December 25th, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas. Chad, I must have been really bad this year. All I asked for from Santa under the tree was a “ruby free zone” but obviously that wasn’t to be. So, do you think for New Years you could give me an “ignore button” Hope you had a great birthday Chad and thanks for all you and Sam and the rest do for us.

  49. KPB December 25th, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    tyanksfan36

    If you’d like and Chad would be willing, I’d be happy to mail one to Chad and then he could mail it to you. But, it’s a card, not a ball. I’ve heard you talk about signed balls, but never cards. So I don’t know if you collect them or not.

  50. KPB December 25th, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    JCPD

    Saw your pics the other day. Awesome. I absolutely love the frozen waterfall ones. Keep up the good work and don’t let MTU give you too hard of a time. :smile:

  51. MaineYankee December 25th, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    tyanksfan36

    I can’t believe you didn’t skip at least 1 class to go to a game. :lol:

    I went to see Trenton play here in Portland and Warren & Brackman were charting pitches during the game.

    The bad thing was I didn’t know who they were till I looked it up when I got home. Naturally I wasn’t smart enough to get an autograph.

  52. tyanksfan36 December 25th, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    KPB

    That would be cool. What would you want for it? I really have no preference. My Banuelos and Betances autographs are on my tickets to the games they pitched. I could have one of Wade Boggs but I didn’t want a hall of famer signing a napkin. How did you get his autograph?

    Sorry it took me a while to respond, I had to return some movies to the Redbox and of course there was a line.

  53. SAS December 25th, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    Sounds like the East Coast is going to get a blizzard. Take it easy NY people.

  54. tyanksfan36 December 25th, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    MaineYankee

    I know! At the time I was so busy trying to graduate community college and working 40+ hours I didn’t really have any time to do anything else. I am sure I have seen Warren stoneburner etc. charting games but I wasn’t sure if it was them or not. Banuelos and Betances really stand out, I actually followed Dellin down the stairs to the field and he finally turned around and I got him to sign my ticket, and Banuelos, I didn’t notice him until someone walked up to him to ask him to sign a ball.
    There’s always next season, Warren should be in AA at least, and the other two B’s.
    What I really missed out on is Boggs, I was sitting across the table talking to him and his wife about their grandchildren but couldn’t say anything because no one recognized him and I didn’t want to draw unwanted attention to him.

  55. Erica in NY December 25th, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-)

  56. Siouxsie December 25th, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    Happy Birthday Chad! Xo

    P.S. I so prefer you to Pete :)

  57. KPB December 25th, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    tyanksfan36

    Because I live so far away, I’m unable to watch the Yanks play anywhere, except on my computer (THANK YOU mlb.com). So to make up for it, I collect their cards. I buy some, but most I trade for using cards I have no interest in (non Yankees). This was one I traded for.

    As far as cost, since you did well on your exams, consider it a reward. With a promise you’ll finish school.

    No need to apologize for taking to long to reply. It usually takes me a while to respond because I’m on another site making more trades, like I am now in between posts here.

  58. KPB December 25th, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    Erica in NY

    Merry Christmas. I hope you got everything you wanted. I know, no JD yet, but don’t give up.

  59. JCPD December 25th, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    KPB….. glad you enjoyed the pics. I did some more frozen waterfalls today on my drive back to Syracuse for my final three weeks being holed up in a hotel.

  60. MaineYankee December 25th, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    I think it’s time for JD to retire. :lol:

  61. Erica in NY December 25th, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    KPB-

    Its a long shot, but I hope it happens :-)

    And thanks!

  62. GreenBeret7 December 25th, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    MaineYankee December 25th, 2010 at 8:41 pm
    I think it’s time for JD to retire.

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    Erica’s about to hammer you with a HISSSSSSSSSEY fit.

  63. KPB December 25th, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    GB7

    Good evening. Hope you enjoyed today. Is killer still able to walk, or passed out already?

  64. tyanksfan36 December 25th, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    KPB

    That’s really nice of you to do. And I promise to finish school. I’ve got all of 2011 left, 4 classes and 2 internships and then ill be allowed to educate the masses! Most likely in Florida but hopefully in Connecticut, I can dream right?
    I also use mlb.com to watch the Yankees. I don’t like watching them on cable and refuse to watch them play the Rays, their announcers are awful.

  65. MaineYankee December 25th, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    GB7

    I couldn’t resist. :lol:

    How you doing today?

    I hope you were able to enjoy the day with the family.

    I got to play with my granddaughter and the nice part is when she has that look in her eye as if she has something going on all I do is give her back to her parents. :lol:

  66. GreenBeret7 December 25th, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    KPB December 25th, 2010 at 8:48 pm
    GB7

    Good evening. Hope you enjoyed today. Is killer still able to walk, or passed out already

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    had a fine day, today with the twins, KPB. Thanks. Hope yours was just as good with family.

    “Killer” is still out collecting his Christmas presents and leaving his for his ladies and their owners. I’m sure I’ll hear about it by tomorrow.

  67. Erica in NY December 25th, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    MaineYankee December 25th, 2010 at 8:41 pm
    I think it’s time for JD to retire.

    ***********

    Merry Christmas.

    Now that I have been nice…… HISSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

  68. Erica in NY December 25th, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    GB7-

    You know me so well.

    I swear, I did that before I saw your comment.

    Good job!

  69. MaineYankee December 25th, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    Erica

    I had left you alone for awhile but had to take one more shot.

    I won’t do it again till next year.

    I hope you had a nice day.

  70. Erica in NY December 25th, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    MaineYankee-

    Its okay. All is fair in love and hissing!!!!!!

  71. GreenBeret7 December 25th, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    Merry Christmas, Maine. Had a great day with the twins and family. It’s their first Christmas that they understood thhat something special was going on. Their momma could have saved a lot of money by just getting them a bunch of empty boxes and paper. They loved that stuff more than toys. Love watching the kids at Christmas. That’s the best part of it.

  72. GreenBeret7 December 25th, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, Erica. Hope you have a safe week with your new sled and Ernie mittens and hat.

  73. AldotheApache December 25th, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    Non-baseball true story.

    Would you say that this mom had her worst Christmas ever or was it her best ever? Hard to tell.

    At 2:30 this morning, the Florida Highway Patrol arrived at the Central Florida home of Christine Simpson to inform her that her 34-year-old son, Andrew, had been struck and killed by a car while out running. The patrolmen had a picture of Andrew and everything.

    The patrolmen advised Ms. Simpson, who was obviously out of it, that it was best to break the news to relatives at her house, to avoid having them drive distraught. Ms. Simpson called Andrew’s fiancee and asked her to come over alone. The puzzled fiancee arrived and was given the tragic news.

    The fiancee advised the mother that her son, Andrew, was back in HER home, and she had left him behind only because Ms. Simpson had insisted she come alone. She quickly called him and he sounded sleepy but was safe and sound.

    It turns out that our usually trusty FHP mistook the deceased for Andrew, who had been arrested recently. The decedent’s wallet ID bore a strong resemblance to Andrew.

    At last report …

    – FHP has egg on their face, and

    – Christine Simpson is one very happy and relieved mom.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40.....-miami_fl/

  74. KPB December 25th, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    tyanksfan36

    I tried watching on cable in 09 and it was more expensive, no HD, and had to watch the broadcast they chose on their schedule, and all around sucked. Last year I used mlb.com: paid less, have HD, I choose the broadcast on my schedule, and so many other things. Love it.
    ——-
    I can dream right?

    Set your mind to it and you’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish.
    ————
    I’ll send an email to Chad tomorrow to see if it’s OK and he’d be willing to do it.
    ————-
    That’s really nice of you to do.

    Don’t say they too loudly. If GB and MTU hear it they’ll sense weakness. If they smell blood in the water, They’re ruthless.

  75. Erica in NY December 25th, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    GreenBeret7 December 25th, 2010 at 9:00 pm
    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, Erica. Hope you have a safe week with your new sled and Ernie mittens and hat.

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

    I beg your pardon, but I opted against buying the matching Ernie hat.

    I do make an effort not to volentarily look like the local crazy lady.

  76. GreenBeret7 December 25th, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    LMAO. Erica, I’ll bet you could get away with it. Just one HISSSSSSSS, and they would never bother you again.

    Face it, little lady, you ain’t gonna look any crazier wearing the hat than wearing the mittens.

  77. tyanksfan36 December 25th, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    KPB

    I loved the mlb.tv premium this season. It was the first time I had used it and loved it. I thought it was really useful when I went to the game. I could watch the good plays over again( sept 14 at the Rays, Posada hit the tie breaking homerun in the top 10th and golson threw out crawford trying to tag up and take 3rd) this year I will contemplate season tickets to the Tampa Yankees or MLB.tv though I could probably babysit enough to eventually cover both.

  78. West Coast Yankee Fan December 25th, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    This is an interesting example of how signing premium players can reap dividends.

    According to the Associated Press, Zack Greinke already is paying off for the Milwaukee Brewers. Team officials say they’ve added more than 1,500 new season ticket holders since Sunday’s trade with the Kansas City Royals”.

    * Average ticket price is $22.10 or $1,790 for 81 home games.

    * 1,500 new season tickets x $1,790 = $2,685,150

  79. KPB December 25th, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    GB7

    Had a great day thanks. while it was nice to spend time with the folks, what I’m really looking forward to is in a week or so when my nephew comes. Haven’t seen him in about 6-8 months. I received something I’ve been after for awhile now, a Casey Stengel game used jersey card.

  80. MaineYankee December 25th, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    GB7

    My granddaughter was more interested in eating the paper than what was in it.

    She’s only 7mos. so I expect next year to be more fun.

  81. KPB December 25th, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    tyanksfan36

    If you have to pay all the money upfront I’d get the season tickets. As you can always get mlb.tv on a monthly basis. And if things get tight, you could cancel it.

  82. GreenBeret7 December 25th, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    KPB, anything Stengel is always good. Not my favorite manager, but, Lord, was he funny. Always liked Ralph Houk, personally. Hope you and nephew have a great visit.

  83. Erica in NY December 25th, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    GreenBeret7 December 25th, 2010 at 9:12 pm
    LMAO. Erica, I’ll bet you could get away with it. Just one HISSSSSSSS, and they would never bother you again.

    Face it, little lady, you ain’t gonna look any crazier wearing the hat than wearing the mittens.

    **********

    I don’t think either the hat OR the mittens alone make you look specifically crazy.

    But together…… crazy to whole new levels

  84. GreenBeret7 December 25th, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    MaineYankee December 25th, 2010 at 9:21 pm
    GB7

    My granddaughter was more interested in eating the paper than what was in it.

    She’s only 7mos. so I expect next year to be more fun.

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    Maine, the next 10 Christmases will be special. Take millions of pix and videos. You;ll never regret it. I ;oad everything on the computer and make DVDs for the family….and a set for the kids. Just have to add the background music and Christmas stories that their great grandmother used to tell the granddaughters that I always took videos of.

  85. GreenBeret7 December 25th, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    Erica in NY December 25th, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    I don’t think either the hat OR the mittens alone make you look specifically crazy.

    But together…… crazy to whole new levels

    Maybe so, but the pix posted on here of you wearing them would be perfect. I guarantee that nobody would giggle or laugh.

  86. tyanksfan36 December 25th, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    KPB

    Don’t know why I didn’t think of that, the tickets are an upfront thing so ill probably go for that and I think the mlb.tv price goes down as the season goes on.
    If you want an autograph of any of the Tampa Yankees in 2011.(Murphy, Heathcott etc.) I can get it for you. One of them has to make it one day.

  87. MaineYankee December 25th, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    GB7

    Maybe so, but the pix posted on here of you wearing them would be perfect. I guarantee that nobody would giggle or laugh.

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    It probably would be hard to keep it to just a giggle. :lol:

    More like a guffaw.

  88. SAS December 25th, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    Maine,

    I have to say it takes a couple of years until they get the gist of holidays, gifts etc. My grandson is going to be 3 next week, and he is just getting to understand about presents, but those first years are soooo adorable.

  89. KPB December 25th, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    # GreenBeret7 December 25th, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    KPB, anything Stengel is always good. Not my favorite manager, but, Lord, was he funny. Always liked Ralph Houk, personally. Hope you and nephew have a great visit.
    ———————–
    Thanks really looking forward to his visit.

    Ralph Houk, I have also. I work on Yankee past during the off season and current players during the season. That’s why I’ve been asking you about Montero. I’ve got a trade set up now for him if I want it, but waiting to see when he gets invited to the dance.

    Has MTU sent you the Bob Feller audio I emailed him? It’s pretty funny and asked that he pass it on.

  90. have a cigar December 25th, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    How absolutely pathetic a life must you lead to troll a Yankee blog on Christmas?

    Really, it’s beyond sad.

    I pray for you, Ruby Tuesday.

  91. GreenBeret7 December 25th, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    MaineYankee December 25th, 2010 at 9:35 pm
    GB7

    Maybe so, but the pix posted on here of you wearing them would be perfect. I guarantee that nobody would giggle or laugh.

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    It probably would be hard to keep it to just a giggle.

    More like a guffaw.

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    Well, I might laugh, but, I wouldn’t have the guts to say it out loud. She has a long reach and a vicious HISSSSS.

  92. MaineYankee December 25th, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    SAS

    It was alot of fun with her today.

    Her mom had her dressed in a little elf outfit with cap. (probably like someone might look with an Ernie hat on) :lol:

    I told her that some day someone could use a pitcure like that for blackmail. Of course that wouldn’t be me. :lol:

  93. MaineYankee December 25th, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    GB&

    Well, I might laugh, but, I wouldn’t have the guts to say it out loud. She has a long reach and a vicious HISSSSS.

    ——————————————————————————–

    I’m a risk taker.

    I figure the hiss will lose some of it’s strength by the time it gets here.

  94. GreenBeret7 December 25th, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    KPB December 25th, 2010 at 9:36 pm
    # GreenBeret7 December 25th, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    KPB, anything Stengel is always good. Not my favorite manager, but, Lord, was he funny. Always liked Ralph Houk, personally. Hope you and nephew have a great visit.
    ———————–
    Thanks really looking forward to his visit.

    Ralph Houk, I have also. I work on Yankee past during the off season and current players during the season. That’s why I’ve been asking you about Montero. I’ve got a trade set up now for him if I want it, but waiting to see when he gets invited to the dance.

    Has MTU sent you the Bob Feller audio I emailed him? It’s pretty funny and asked that he pass it on.

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

    If houk had been managing the Yanks before 1961, Ford would have gotten 7-8 more starts a year and could have possibly won 300. Stengel never had him in a regular rotation. He’d sit Ford out for up to a week to pitch him against team aces coming up. Cost Ford maybe 80-90 starts in his career.

    I haven’t looked at my e-mail in a week, but, I will tonight. Looking forward to hearing Rapid Robert talk. he was a walking history book.

  95. GreenBeret7 December 25th, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    MaineYankee December 25th, 2010 at 9:44 pm
    SAS

    It was alot of fun with her today.

    Her mom had her dressed in a little elf outfit with cap. (probably like someone might look with an Ernie hat on)

    I told her that some day someone could use a pitcure like that for blackmail. Of course that wouldn’t be me.

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

    Hope she looked better in her elf suit than Cashman did.

  96. KPB December 25th, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    tyanksfan36

    Yes the price goes down as the season goes on. I think I read this year it starts at $99.95 (full season) for premium. I don’t know the monthly price, probably $19.95 (I think) like last year.

    Thanks for the offer, but I haven’t a clue who’s there from which to pick from.

  97. KPB December 25th, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    I haven’t looked at my e-mail in a week, but, I will tonight. Looking forward to hearing Rapid Robert talk. he was a walking history book.
    ———————–
    This wasn’t regular baseball interview. It’s when he was a guest on the Jack Benny Program from 6/20/48 along with Bob Hope. If you don’t get it, let me know and we’ll try and work out a different way for you to get it.

  98. Pat M. December 25th, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    All that rain that soaked us here in Southern California earlier this week is now taking it’s toll on the East Coast in the form of snow……..Have fun guys……

  99. MaineYankee December 25th, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    GB7

    Hope she looked better in her elf suit than Cashman did.

    —————————————————————–

    My wife says she did. Although she might be biased. :lol:

  100. MaineYankee December 25th, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    Pat M

    You don’t need to share.

    It hasn’t arrived here but I think they are calling for some on Monday.

    So far we’ve only had enough to say we had a white Christmas.

  101. GreenBeret7 December 25th, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    MaineYankee December 25th, 2010 at 10:05 pm
    GB7

    Hope she looked better in her elf suit than Cashman did.

    —————————————————————–

    My wife says she did. Although she might be biased.

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

    Ya’ think?

    I’m sure she looked like a little doll. Maine. Do the little beauty a favor and don’t drag out that picture on the night she introduces you to her first date. you’ll never see her again.

  102. tyanksfan36 December 25th, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    KPB

    Well if someone has a breakout season in Tampa(I’m sure GB7 will be able to tell the both of us who is worth it to get the autograph) ill try to get a couple. In a few years if they make it I can return the favor and send it to you.

  103. GreenBeret7 December 25th, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    Sounds great KPB. Hope owned a piece of the Indians back then. Crosy owned a piece of the Pirates at the same time.

  104. KPB December 25th, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    Pat M.

    Don’t know if you saw it earlier, but I wanted to say thanks for the perspective that you bring to the blog
    —————–
    MaineYankee

    Thank you for trying to keep GB and MTU in line. :lol:

  105. MaineYankee December 25th, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    GB7

    I would’nt use it just anytime.

    Use it when it gives me the most leverage. :lol:

  106. GreenBeret7 December 25th, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    TY/KPB, the names to get will be Ramirez, Heathcott and Lyerly.

  107. MaineYankee December 25th, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    KPB

    It’s a losing proposition. :lol:

  108. tyanksfan36 December 25th, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    MaineYankee

    Your granddaughter sounds adorable. We don’t have any babies in my family unfortunately. My brother and his wife don’t want kids(yet) and I’m single, luckily I work with babies. You should take lots of blackmail pics, we do that at my work and give them to their parents, they love it. Wait til next christmas, the older they get the funnier they are.

  109. KPB December 25th, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    tyanksfan36

    I trust your judgment since you watch them regularly. Whoever you want to send that will be fine. Plus I can brag about someone I know got it for me, instead of just buying it. :smile:

    Returning the favor isn’t necessary, it was a reward.

  110. KPB December 25th, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    GB7

    Thanks. As always, your the man (of what I don’t know :lol: )

  111. KPB December 25th, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    MaineYankee

    It’s a losing proposition.
    ———–

    Just “prop” them int”o” p”osition” and call it a day. :lol:

  112. tyanksfan36 December 25th, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    KPB

    Its a deal.

    I’m hoping to get a ball or card signed sometime this coming season by Joe Mauer. My dad works with Michael Cuddyer’s uncle so he can ask him to have Joe sign a ball/card. I get the excitement of waiting for an autograph or finding something you’ve been searching for.

  113. MaineYankee December 25th, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    tyanksfan36

    This is our first granddaughter and my wife is thrilled to have a little girl to dress up. :lol:

  114. MaineYankee December 25th, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    tyanksfan36

    Matsui played here in Portland when he was rehabbing from his broken wrist a few years ago and my son got his autograph.

    He tried to get Nova’s 2 years ago but he was pitching that game so he wasn’t too willing at the time.

  115. KPB December 25th, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    tyanksfan36

    Wow! It seems as if you know somebody from all over baseball, your very lucky. I hope you choose your power for the good. :smile:

  116. tyanksfan36 December 25th, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    MaineYankee

    That is cool. When they were talking about Pettitte possibly doing his rehab with Tampa I was really hoping it would happen but he ended up in Trenton. I was willing to give up my tickets for the Yankees/Rays game too for it. I did go see Chase Utley do his rehab in Clearwater but he left before the game even ended.

    Congrats on your first grandchild. Girls are fun too because not only do they get the cute clothes but you can play with their hair when it gets longer. My parents want grandbabies but I think they’ll have to wait quite a while on that but I’ve told them it will be worth it.

  117. ericns1 December 25th, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    Chad – Happy Birthday – and Sam also thanks for your work on the blog – Sam did you do the “Jewish Christmas “Chinese food and a movie?”

  118. 4 NYY December 25th, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    Christmas is almost over, wonder if we’ll get another ” present ” by Monday ?

  119. tyanksfan36 December 25th, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    KPB

    I do know a lot of people who know people, its just a matter of being able to use them(for lack of a better term) to get what I’m wanting since I can’t get them myself. Eventually ill try to get Wade Boggs when he comes to my work. He always wears his WS ring so its not like he is hiding who he is.

  120. MaineYankee December 25th, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    tyanksfan36

    She isn’t our first grandchild. Just the first girl. We also have a 10yr old grandson.

    Playing with hair doesn’t sound like fun to me. :lol:

    Starting her on her way to Yankee fandom. I bought her a Yankee bib not long after she was born.

  121. ray from maine December 25th, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    Hey Maine Yankee! Congratulations on your new grand-daughter!!

  122. tyanksfan36 December 25th, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    MaineYankee

    Well I’m sure your wife would have fun playing with her hair. I’m glad you’re starting her on her way to be a Yankee fan. They sell lots of cute Yankees stuff for kids, its so unfair.

  123. Erica in NY December 25th, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    ericns1 December 25th, 2010 at 10:57 pm
    Chad – Happy Birthday – and Sam also thanks for your work on the blog – Sam did you do the “Jewish Christmas “Chinese food and a movie?”

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

    I did.

    And I am like, 99% sure I win the most obnoxious/annoying person in the crowded movie theater award.

    It was such a horrific/comedy scene that I am almost proud of it

  124. GreenBeret7 December 25th, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    Justin Christian had another big night in the Mexican Winter League….2-3 with a walk, 1 double, 1 homer, 2 runs scored and 2 RBI. he leads the league in batting average, runs scored, hits, doubles and stolen bases, OPS, OBP, Total bases and 3rd in Slugging and walks. He’s playing center field and hitting lead off.

  125. Triple Short of a Cycle December 25th, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    Erica in NY,

    Unless you were in the Manhasset movie theater where I heard the worlds loudest fart during the King’s speech I doubt it :)

  126. SAS December 26th, 2010 at 12:02 am

    Maine,

    I fell asleep. Your granddaughter sounds adorable. Girl children are a rare thing in my husband’s family. There is one this generation. However, she is not mine. I am hoping my kids have another child and maybe, just maybe I will get a little girl to dress. If not, another one would be wonderful. We shall see.

  127. Erica in NY December 26th, 2010 at 12:08 am

    Triple Short of a Cycle December 25th, 2010 at 11:56 pm
    Erica in NY,

    Unless you were in the Manhasset movie theater where I heard the worlds loudest fart during the King’s speech I doubt it

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

    Try me.

    First, I had the task of having to save 5 seats in the theater with my sister while my dad took care of more important matters like getting popcorn for only himself.

    Then after, I had to use the ladies room and got refreshments with my sister. As I tried to retake my seat, the rest of my group didn’t feel the need to stand so I could pass them and therefore I wound up knocking over a large soda causing a soda flood down the rows of the rest of the theater and dirty looks while we had to get up again so someone could mop.

    Then the little old lady complained behind me that she couldn’t see over my head.

    30 minutes into the movie my cell phone went off. (Oops!)

    Then of course halfway though the movie, I had to use the ladies room again. And once again, no one in my group felt the need to stand so I could pass. I literally had to jump over my dad’s friend and knocked into the woman sitting in front of her. I believe that earned me a very dirty look.

    I ran from the theater very quickly after the movie ended. I feared for my safety.

    (Btw- I saw the King’s Speech too in Westbury. Loved it!)

  128. KPB December 26th, 2010 at 12:20 am

    GB7

    Do you know where to find the roster for the 2011 Tampa Yanks. My discussions with tyanksfan36 earlier has me curious now. Thanks.

    Did you receive the audio?

  129. Triple Short of a Cycle December 26th, 2010 at 12:22 am

    Erica in NY,

    Wow that is some story. Did your party at least move their feet to the side as you passed? I felt bad for one lady in my theater who I guess had seen the previous showing. She had lost her glasses which she needs to drive home. She was looking up and down the row she was sitting in to no avail so she had to call a cab to get home.

    Was your theater packed?

  130. KPB December 26th, 2010 at 12:24 am

    Erica in NY

    Sounds like you need to quit being like those two old muppets that sit in the balcony causing trouble. :lol: Glad you had a good time, was what you saw of the movie any good?

  131. tyanksfan36 December 26th, 2010 at 12:25 am

    SAS

    I was reading your post to Maine and I saw you said girls are hard to come by in your family. My family is the total opposite. My grandma had 3 boys and said she always wanted a girl. Little did she know how many granddaughters she would end up with. After my brother was born, the rest of us have been girls…all 9 of us. It only took 23 years after their first grandson to finally get another boy who is adopted.

  132. KPB December 26th, 2010 at 12:28 am

    SAS

    Happy your with us again from your slumber. If you had to chose, who would be your top 5 Yankees of all time?

  133. Erica in NY December 26th, 2010 at 12:31 am

    Triple Short of a Cycle December 26th, 2010 at 12:22 am
    Erica in NY,

    Wow that is some story. Did your party at least move their feet to the side as you passed? I felt bad for one lady in my theater who I guess had seen the previous showing. She had lost her glasses which she needs to drive home. She was looking up and down the row she was sitting in to no avail so she had to call a cab to get home.

    Was your theater packed?

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

    My family is so tall, that moving their feet over didn’t matter. I am over the horror now and think it was hysterical. I told my sister that after the movie I should announce that I was the one that spilled the soda and run.

    It was pretty packed, but the theater was so big that there were still empty seats in the first rows and off to the sides in front. It was much better than last year when we went to the small theater in Bellmore and it was so packed that people had to spilt up their groups and fill in whatever empty seats they could find.

  134. Erica in NY December 26th, 2010 at 12:31 am

    KPB December 26th, 2010 at 12:24 am
    Erica in NY

    Sounds like you need to quit being like those two old muppets that sit in the balcony causing trouble. Glad you had a good time, was what you saw of the movie any good?

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

    I liked the movie a lot. It was actually one of the better movies I have seen in a while

  135. KPB December 26th, 2010 at 12:39 am

    tyanksfan36

    Do you know where to find the roster for the 2011 Tampa Yanks? Our conversation has me curious now. Thanks.

  136. Triple Short of a Cycle December 26th, 2010 at 12:42 am

    Erica in NY,

    I liked it as well. Of course Hollywood has to take its natural liberties with any non fiction movie. He didn’t have quite the stuttering issue in real life that the movie showed him to suffer from. That and Black Swan have been 2 of the better movies I have seen recently. Still waiting to see The Fighter and 127 hours

  137. SAS December 26th, 2010 at 12:47 am

    KPB,

    My top 5 Yankees by emotion or ability?

    I fall in love with players who are not the best of their generation.

    I guess I would start with Mickey and Yogi, skip to Mattingly, O’Neill (purely a love thing),and Jeter.

    They were not the best players of my time however.

  138. SAS December 26th, 2010 at 12:54 am

    Erica,

    I do really know the difference between a big movie theater and a small one. I have been to huge movie theaters like Radio City Music Hall and tiny ones. Back when I was a kid, the movies all held large numbers of people…in Manhattan that is.

  139. SAS December 26th, 2010 at 12:55 am

    *do not know

  140. KPB December 26th, 2010 at 12:55 am

    SAS

    After I posted I realized I asked it wrong. It should have been your favorites of all time.

  141. tyanksfan36 December 26th, 2010 at 12:58 am

    KPB

    I don’t think they will announce the roster until just before the season starts. But if you look up the Charleston Riverdogs roster from 2010 I would assume the team will be mostly made up of those players with a few exceptions. Heathcott and Murphy should be there if not to open the season but sometime during it.

  142. SAS December 26th, 2010 at 1:12 am

    KPB,

    Those are my favorites. I am sure I am forgetting others. I loved Stottlemyre. It is hard because some players played for many years. Others were great for a season or two. Others I can’t recall at the moment.

    Like Mattingly played at a time when there wasn’t much to love about the Yankees. I also loved Scott Brosius. and what he did for the Yankees, and he was far from even the best 3rd baseman. I loved Nettles and Boyer at 3rd, too, but Arod is probably the biggest star…just not a favorite of mine.

  143. GreenBeret7 December 26th, 2010 at 1:17 am

    KPB, there’s only a partial roster for any of the teams, so far. Basically, everyone will move up a noych, but, as soon as I locate the rosters, I’ll post them.

  144. GreenBeret7 December 26th, 2010 at 1:18 am

    For those interested…an interview with Pirates catcher, Tony Sanchez

    http://web.minorleaguebaseball.....;fext=.jsp

  145. tyanksfan36 December 26th, 2010 at 1:25 am

    GB7

    What would we do without you? I figured the majority of the riverdogs will be moving up, at least the ones that spent most of the season there and the ones that got promoted at the end of the season. That scott allen they got in the juan miranda trade is on the TY roster right now but besides the guys that got promoted late and the tampa yankees already on the roster are the only ones there. I’m looking forward to this new season. Hoping to see some good offense. I doubt Sanchez and Culver make it to Tampa in 2011 unless its really late in the season.

  146. KPB December 26th, 2010 at 1:30 am

    SAS, tyanksfan36, GB7

    Thanks.

  147. GreenBeret7 December 26th, 2010 at 1:37 am

    TY, I’m assuming that Sanchez and Culver will open in Charleston, unless they put Culver in extended ST and put him in short season Staten Island, but, I figure that the kids from last year’s short season leagues will start in charleston. You should see Brian Mitchell and brett Marshall in Tampa to start the season.

  148. tyanksfan36 December 26th, 2010 at 1:41 am

    GB

    Who do you think they will have catching in Tampa? Abeita and Baker started 2010 here and Abeita and Gil ended the season here. I’m thinking Murphy unless they still need him in Charleston.

  149. GreenBeret7 December 26th, 2010 at 1:53 am

    TY, it all depends on Montero’s location. They may also resign Jose Gil and move him and abeita to Trenton. Higashioka and JR Murphy should open in tampa.

  150. Steve Howe a True Yankee December 26th, 2010 at 2:10 am

    Why does God hate us ?

  151. Pat M. December 26th, 2010 at 2:18 am

    Let it snow let it snow let it snow !!!!

  152. KPB December 26th, 2010 at 2:38 am

    GB7

    Since I’m asking, who are your top 5 favorites all time?

    Also, I received a book today titled Field of Screams by Mickey Bradley (Yankee fan) and Dan Gordan (Red Sox fan). It tells stories of ghosts and other strange happenings from the players, coaches, FO personnel, umpires, and stadium personnel.. It covers on the field, club house, hotels, stadiums,and other places. So far it’s interesting. Ever read or heard of it?

  153. tyanksfan36 December 26th, 2010 at 7:44 am

    KPB

    That sounds like an interesting book. I decided to pick up “The Last Boy” about Mickey Mantle. Since I’m really only knowledgeable of the last 12-13 Yankee years I figured to spend my winter break reading about Yankees past. Its pretty good so far.

  154. 86w183 December 26th, 2010 at 7:44 am

    I just spent my first Christmas in NYC since I was an 11 year old in 1969. Unofrtunately it included re-booking my early Monday flight back to Florida to a Tuesday flight so it’s an extra day in NYC, much of it watching snow…

    It’s interesting looking at the possibilities for the rosters in the lower minor leagues and realizing how some decisions at the MLB level impact the status of 4-6 guys down the line.

    For some reason I expect something significant for the Yanks before New Year’s Day. Not something earth shattering in terms of acquiring an “ace” for the rotation, but something more in line with grabbing a Fausto Carmona, Edwin Jackson, Wandy Rodriguez or a relief pitcher like Kevin Gregg or Jon Rausch.

    They gotta a piece or two or three before training camp, don’t they?

  155. upstate kate December 26th, 2010 at 7:57 am

    good morning all

    tyanks
    for your viewing pleasure:
    the Ken Burns Baseball series has an episode that features NY. I haven’t watched it all yet, but it is good.
    Also, there was recently a Yankeeography called Award winners. It went back to the early days of the Yankees.

  156. tyanksfan36 December 26th, 2010 at 8:10 am

    Kate

    I actually recorded that episode on mlb network the other day, I watched part of it but haven’t had time to finish. Apparently next week is the episode featuring the mantle&maris home run race. They have the whole series at my school but its vhs and our vhs players either don’t work or eat tapes. The series is $50 on amazon so one day ill buy it. I can’t watch the Yankeeography episodes because I don’t have YES network:( we have the option to subscribe but since I don’t pay the bill I can’t get it.

  157. upstate kate December 26th, 2010 at 8:24 am

    thanks for the tip Tyanks, I will have to record that one also.

  158. Doreen December 26th, 2010 at 8:31 am

    Good morning, morning people.

    I have to go out this morning and try to buy a snowblower. The one we’ve had failed us twice last season, and we decided not to get it fixed again, throwing more bad money after bad money. I have a feeling we’re going to end up doing it the old-fashioned way…

    My parents, who have been here since the 16th, were supposed to drive upstate NY tomorrow to see my uncle, but they’ve decided not to. They’re supposed to fly home Thursday morning (a 6 am flight, so we need to drive them to Newark at 3:30 am – don’t ask! )

    Anyway….

    My brother-in-law, who’s always liked Cashman, has said he’s changing his mind. And he wavers between feeling Cliff Lee certainly had the right to go anywhere he wanted to wishing bad karma on the Phillies (and, of course, the Red Sox).

    This is my proof that this has been the off-season from H-e-double hockey sticks.

  159. MaineYankee December 26th, 2010 at 8:41 am

    Doreen

    This storm doesn’t sound like a good one to take care of the old fashion way. :lol: Unless you have a strong back.

    The proof that this has been a bad off season is more to the impatience of the fans and wanting a WS roster assembled before Christmas.

  160. Doreen December 26th, 2010 at 8:50 am

    Maine Yankee -

    We ended up doing it the old fashioned way twice last year. Sigh. Luckily, my hubby and I are pretty strong and determined and healthy. But I was thankful that one of our neighbors helped us out on the second snowstorm last season – I had done about 3/4 and he came over and finished the last bit with his snowblower. I prefer not to have to rely on anyone. Of course we should have bought the snowblower back before snow was ever a possibility, but that would have been smart!

    Frankly, aside from Cliff Lee, there was no one I had on my Yankees wish list. And this is the worst time to try and get players because it’s inflated pricing. We’ll see. This is a good team. Could use a few tweaks.

    Did someone on MLB really say Phil Coke has “electric stuff?” Hmmm..

  161. upstate kate December 26th, 2010 at 8:55 am

    It hasn’t been much of a FA market, I still think Cash is going to surprise us

    We have been fairly lucky w/ winter weather. We have about 2 feet of snow on the ground, but it has come in manageable amounts. Currently it is cold and sunny, no major storm predicted.

  162. austinmac December 26th, 2010 at 9:02 am

    I understand that no games will be played for over three months, but this team team needs more than tweaks. Nova and Mitre in the rotation is a disaster waiting to happen. Why are trades more doable in January, February or March? I don’t think they are. In spring training players who won’t make another teams 25 man roster become available, but that is no real improvement.

    Burnett’s velocity has declined the last three years. He has never had command, only stuff. That does not bode well for a bounce back season.

  163. MaineYankee December 26th, 2010 at 9:04 am

    Doreen

    Sometimes waiting works to your advantage. Prices get slashed in order to sell them so they don’t have to carry them till next year. Shop around and you may find a good buy.

    I agree this team isn’t as bad as some are trying to say. Alot of good pieces and a few of the right pieces and look out. If the RS can sign 2 players and then be hailed as the best the Yankees don’t need to do much.

    Of course we know it won’t be enough according to the media.

    I don’t care if they have a top 10 pitching staff. All I want are wins. That can be achieved in many ways.

  164. MaineYankee December 26th, 2010 at 9:11 am

    austinmac

    Your doom and gloom surprises me. I don’t recall you being that way in the past.

    Too much can happen between now and the start of the season to be writing them off now.

    As you know the games are not played on paper.

    As John Sterling likes to say “you can’t predict baseball”. :lol:

  165. austinmac December 26th, 2010 at 9:12 am

    MaineYankee,

    The Yankees added two players for 2009 and won the championship. The Red Sox did the same and will also be much improved.

    Prices won’t get slashed, if at all, until late July. As Jeter always says, it is about pitching. This starting staff is in shambles beyond CC and hopefully Hughes pitching like he did in the first half. I hate games where the starters last four innings and the game is effectively over. Right now, there will be lots of thosemon the horizon.

    They must add one effective starter and hopefully an EIG before April. Not before August. I truly believe that will be too late.

    I would like the team to have a good rotation. That is, in truth, the only way to win.

  166. 86w183 December 26th, 2010 at 9:20 am

    Doreen —- hire some service for that 3:30 departure… it has to be worth the $$$

    Not worried about the team at this stage. The off season is often a time when teams determine whether or not they’ll be able to sign young stars (starters) long term so there may be more guys on the market in the next two or three months.

    Obviously Pettite’s decision holds the key. If he retires I would consider trading for a “3″ or better starter a higher priority. If he returns, I’ll take my chances with Nova as the “5″ and try to add Rausch or Gregg to the pen.

  167. MaineYankee December 26th, 2010 at 9:20 am

    austinmac

    It’s only December. The team isn’t totally assembled yet.

    I don’t see any way that Mitre is the #5 starter.

    Because we see nothing being done doesn’t mean this is the team they go into the season with.

    Also some players step up and suprise in ST that you can’t forsee happening.

  168. BIG AL December 26th, 2010 at 9:24 am

    Good morning from the snow capital of the south, man, it’s not supposed to do this here in NC.

    Doreen, did your husband like the 3 Disney ball players?

  169. MaineYankee December 26th, 2010 at 9:29 am

    Big Al

    We don’t like to keep all this wonderful weather to ourselves. :lol:

  170. BIG AL December 26th, 2010 at 9:53 am

    Maine -

    Wonderful – My A**! I moved down here 2 1/2 years ago from NE PA, to get away from this weather, and it followed me down.

    I think JCPD directed some of this from Syracuse.

  171. BIG AL December 26th, 2010 at 9:54 am

    Got to go, be back in a bit.

  172. MaineYankee December 26th, 2010 at 9:59 am

    Big Al

    Maybe if you move further south it will follow you and leave us alone. :lol:

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