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Levine fires back at Rangers CEO, and other notes

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Jan 28, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The fire hasn’t completely disappeared from the Yankees front office.

Today, team president Randy Levine ripped Rangers CEO Chuck Greenberg for his public comments that the Rangers late push for Cliff Lee might have been what ultimately led Lee to sign with the Phillies.

According to the Daily News, Levine called Greenberg “delusional” and said he would be impressed if Greenberg could get the Rangers off “welfare,” a reference to Major League Baseball’s revenue sharing.

To be honest, I didn’t take Greenberg’s statement as any sort of boast or as a slam against the Yankees — he seemed to be saying that the Rangers made one last attempt to keep themselves in the mix and accidentally gave the Phillies time to swoop in — but I suppose Lee must be a sore spot with all of the Yankees front office, and it’s hard to argue with Levine when he says Greenberg should “let Cliff Lee speak for himself.” Also, it’s hard to ignore the fact that Greenberg made some negative comments about Yankee fans during the playoffs.

A few more notes and links from today:

• In other Yankees front office news, Hal Steinbrenner spoke to the New York Post and said disagreements between the front office and Brian Cashman have been blown out of proportion. That’s pretty much the same thing Cashman has been saying.

• The Associated Press moved a short story today about Derek Jeter and Kevin Long wrapping up their early work in Tampa. The final line of the story was this: Long is scheduled to spend time with third baseman Alex Rodriguez and designated hitter-catcher Jorge Posada next week.

• The Rays made another small move, signing Casey Kotchman to a minor league deal. Every time I hear Kotchman’s name, I think back to the Angels minor league system in the middle of the decade, when Kotchman, Dallas McPherson, Brandon Wood, Howie Kendrick and Erick Aybar seemed on the verge of giving the Angels an incredible young infield. Instead, Kendrick has been pretty good, Aybar has been solid and the other three — generally considered the best prospects of the bunch — have been massive disappointments.

• Speaking of AL East moves, Orioles are reportedly still after Vladimir Guerrero, but Buster Olney says the O’s have been told that Guerrero has an $8-million offer on the table. Why he’s not taking it, I have no idea.

• One more AL East move: The Orioles have agreed to terms with former Yankees infielder Nick Green to a minor league deal. I happened to witness the worst season of Green’s career — he hit .233 with Scranton in 2008 — and the next year he was the Red Sox regular shortstop for a while. Crazy. By the way, Nick was always great to deal with, even when he was at his very worst as a player. Good guy. I was legitimately happy for him when he got that gig with Boston.

• The Twins are making a slight change to the beautiful Target Field, improving the batter’s eye by — among other things — removing some trees that were distracting hitters. The news has nothing to do with the Yankees, but I really like that park, so I thought I’d mention it.

 
 

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156 Responses to “Levine fires back at Rangers CEO, and other notes”

  1. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 28th, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    Oh gosh. I thought I left for the movies on this note. Very slow baseball day/night. Fair enough. Levine and the Rangers yada yada yada.

    Y-A-W-N!

    Blue Valentine was just alright.

    Robby Cano has the most infectious smile I have ever seen! (looking at the picture on the last thread). When you see Robby smile, you just can’t help but smile too. Well, it makes me smile!

    :)

  2. Rich in NJ January 28th, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    Levine took the jerk’s bait, which is unfortunate.

  3. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 28th, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    “Levine took the jerk’s bait, which is unfortunate.”

    Seriously. It was just a tempest in a teapot. Not he’s turned it into teapot in a tempest.

    :roll:

  4. Bronx Jeers January 28th, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    Yeah this thread was so 4 hours ago. :wink:

    Trisha,

    Having seen that YES show on Robbie last night I’ll tell you that he gets that smile from his dad.

  5. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 28th, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    RI is one inch away from having their 3rd snowiest winter in its history. That will be fulfilled tomorrow. And a storm is on its way for next week. To quote Joe of the Hardy Boys, ZOW-EE!

  6. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 28th, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    Saw the show. In fact I taped it and have it on my DVR. I’m thinking that someday I will be able to show it and say “Yes, that was HOF Robby Cano as a young player.” I absolutely love that kid. How about his philosophy (from his dad) that it’s necessary to improve in some way every single year? And that’s what he’s working on. His talent is so natural, yet he doesn’t stop attempting to hone it. He’s just a bundle of awe-inspiring happiness!

  7. BoJo January 28th, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    Is it just me, or do others think we could use a more likeable CEO…perhaps like:

    http://reallyrome.com/blog/wp-.....ek_cat.jpg

  8. GreenBeret7 January 28th, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    after watching the Cano special and his father, I’d have to think that at sometime late in the 2008 year Robby Cano’s papa had a rather stern chat with son. he’s been an entirely different player, more focused than before. People forget that he had three outstanding first before 2008.

  9. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 28th, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    Bojo, he is who he is, and I’m sure he has good points too and I’m sure he cares about the Yankees. It isn’t like the Yankees were run by choir boys and all of a sudden Levine spouts off and ruins the image. I totally love the Boss but he certainly received his share of criticism for his outspokenness.

    Let’s save our indignation chits for something more meaningful. JMO. I just can’t get worked up about the interchange between him and the Texas two-stepper.

  10. BoJo January 28th, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    Trish–

    Was just looking for a chance to post that cute picture! And he wears boots too!

  11. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 28th, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    GB – I flipped out over Robby when he first came up and I’ve never changed my opinion. I know I’ve mentioned this several times, but I took continual heat in the past from a Yankee poster on another forum who said that Robby’s defensive talents were just “average” and I was crazy for saying that he had natural talent and was going to be an awesome 2B. Bojo if you’re still around, you may remember the poster. Yankguy.

  12. austinmac January 28th, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    Trisha,

    I do like Hardy Boy references. Chet, Biff and all the gang along with Aunt Gertrude. I loved those books.

  13. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 28th, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    Bojo – the picture is beautiful! :)

  14. Clare January 28th, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    GB7,

    I don’t know if it was his dad, or the team, but he definitely has had an attitude adjustment. It wasn’t that long ago when he said something like he still considered himself a rookie (several years after he actually was one) given all the other guys on the team. Clearly, he got the message that he’s no longer a rookie, he needs to be a one of the main guys. Last year he definitely stepped up in a major way.

  15. Bo knows January 28th, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    Jeter is a lot bigger than people may realize. He’s big in the upper body.

    —————————————————————

    I’m sure he does all right or the his hordes of twits ters would have splashed it all over by now.

  16. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 28th, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    austinmac, I think it was also a Disney thing on television!

  17. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 28th, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    Clare, something makes me think his dad was very instrumental in his re-invention. His father appears to be a total no nonsense person and it appears that Robby was glued to his side from the time he was a very young boy.

  18. GreenBeret7 January 28th, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    Clare, I don’t know for sure, either. It could have been more than one person. His dad is a former MLB pitcher and signed with the Yankees originally, the coaching staff and I know that Rodriguez swings big influence with Cano, so, you figure that he said a few things, too. His last two seasons ave been HOF type seasons for a middle infielder. Actually, 5 of his 6 seasons have been to that standard. I see that he’s now becoming an ‘elder statesman” for the team, taking kids under his wing. That, to me, says a lot. It’s time to lock him up for a long term.

  19. Bronx Jeers January 28th, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    Robbie’s father spoke English very well. Much better than Robbie in fact.

  20. austinmac January 28th, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    Trisha,

    Yes it was. Good stuff, or so it seemed then.

  21. GreenBeret7 January 28th, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    trisha – true pinstriped blue January 28th, 2011 at 10:35 pm
    GB – I flipped out over Robby when he first came up and I’ve never changed my opinion. I know I’ve mentioned this several times, but I took continual heat in the past from a Yankee poster on another forum who said that Robby’s defensive talents were just “average” and I was crazy for saying that he had natural talent and was going to be an awesome 2B. Bojo if you’re still around, you may remember the poster. Yankguy.

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

    How odd is it that the player that most people wanted moved for Matt Kemp or just about anybody has now been deemed untouchable by those same people…all because of one season. The guy that really rode him and kept him in line (father figure) left town and Cano slid backwards. Larry Bowa has long been Cano’s biggest booster.

    Hope you’re having a great winter and appear to be more of your old self. (Not saying that your old, Dolly). I’ve got bunions that have more birthdays than you. Nice to see you back.

  22. Clare January 28th, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    Wow – a whole lot more to the Madoff/Mets saga:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01.....ref=sports

  23. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 28th, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    “Robbie’s father spoke English very well. Much better than Robbie in fact.”

    Noticed the same thing. In fact it took a while for me to detect that he had an accent at all.

  24. Against All Odds January 28th, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    # Clare January 28th, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    Wow – a whole lot more to the Madoff/Mets saga:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01…..ref=sports

    ————————————

    Has to be hard being a Mets fan

  25. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 28th, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    GB thanks. It’s good to be back and it’s good to be feeling more like myself again.

  26. GreenBeret7 January 28th, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    Trisha, on Cano’s defense, I’ve seen and heard about the Robby Alomar comparisons, and he’s pretty close, but, and this is before your time, he reminds me more of Manny Trillo. It’s the hands, but, more than anything else, it’s that arm. You almost never see a bad throw. Thrown like a rifle shot and always chest high. He has at least one highlite play a game, it seems.

  27. Clare January 28th, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    Against All Odds,

    You’re right. And who would want to be a minority partner with this hanging over the team? Any bets on how long til Wilpon is forced to sell all of it?

  28. Against All Odds January 28th, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    # Clare January 28th, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    Against All Odds,

    You’re right. And who would want to be a minority partner with this hanging over the team? Any bets on how long til Wilpon is forced to sell all of it?

    —————————————–

    True who would want to do apart of that because who knows whats going to happen. The Wilpons say they aren’t selling but they also said they weren’t going to allow minority owners. We all know there are times when things change.

  29. BoJo January 28th, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    Chip–

    You always like to discuss trades…how about this one?

    Curtis Granderson or Brett Gardner for BJ Upton? Thoughts?

    I suspect BJ under Kevin Long would finally break out, and he gives us the best CF in baseball (gold glove) with outstanding base stealing, power, etc.

  30. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 28th, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    GB, Joe Morgan constantly compared him to some Hall of Famer but for the life of me I cannot remember who. I want to say Ozzie Smith but I’m not sure I’m right. (I know he isn’t a 2B).

    I feel just terrible for the Mets owners. It could have been the Yankees. That A-hole Madoff ruined a nation.

  31. Against All Odds January 28th, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    Take into account the team having a hard time selling tickets. You literally can’t give them away.

  32. GreenBeret7 January 28th, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    Watching one of the most under rated movies of the last 40 years: “The Odessa File”, based on Frederick Forsyth’s book by that name. Jon Voight is great in this movie as is Maximillian Schell.

  33. blake January 28th, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    So who is the “mystery team” with the reported 8 million dollar offer to Vlad? I’m sure Heyman is on the case…….

  34. GreenBeret7 January 28th, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    Trisha, not sure who Morgan was thinking of. I always turned of the sound when the Yanks were on ESPN and tuned in the radio feed on MLB.com

  35. Ruby Tuesday January 28th, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    The T*x*s R*ng*rs + Claude + Antler beat our Yankees .

    That is final . Plain and simple .

    Randy Levine just needs to shut up .

  36. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 28th, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    Working on a case with DVRd versions of Cash Cab on in the background. I can multitask but I think that I perhaps should stick to just one diversion while working on a case, and posting isn’t it! Cash Cab serves as white noise. Posting actually requires some thought – though it may not always seem like that is the case with my posts! :)

    Later y’all.

  37. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 28th, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    The Orioles reportedly offered Vlad a contract.

    Ruby Tuesday, since good things happen to good people and not-so-good things happen to sniveling little dirtbags, I’m positive that one of these days you are going to go to sit down and large chunks of broken glass will be right where you go to sit. You will so deserve it you balls-less punk. No offense of course. :)

    Bye for now gang.

  38. Betsy January 28th, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    Greenberg’s comment was dumb, but aimed at Rangers fans’………….why respond? I do like it when Levine fires back at bitter owners like Mark Attanasio

  39. Bronx Jeers January 28th, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    Thrown like a rifle shot and always chest high.

    ——————————————————————————–

    Rifle shot is a good way to describe some of his throws because I swear that sometimes they seem to defy the limits of musculoskeletal physiology.

    I find myself wondering how the ball arrives with so much authority while his body is moving towards left field and his arm barely leaves his side.

  40. GreenBeret7 January 28th, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    Cano’s arm is amazing. No matter where or what position his body is in, he whips the throw in any position and it always seems to end up in the same spot. A second baseman with a right fielder’s arm.

  41. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 28th, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    1923, 1927, 1928, 1932, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1941, 1943, 1947, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1956, 1958, 1961, 1962, 1977, 1978, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2009

    Years “our Yankees” won the world series and “our Sux” sucked wind.

  42. Bronx Jeers January 28th, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    He’s got an amazing sense of balance and what I guess they would call proprioception. Minimum movement / maximum energy. Super efficient.

    I bet you he would have an awesome wristshot.

  43. Jerkface January 28th, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    Good to know Morneau still has concussion symptoms and hasn’t actually done any baseball work yet.

  44. GreenBeret7 January 28th, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    Did you see his hitting drills on tape. It’s beem years since I saw a left handed batter hit a ball that hard and that far on a ball that gets inside as much as Cano does. He has to have the strongest wrists in baseball to do that. He’s bigger than Banks and Aaron, butm they had those kinds of wrists. yeah, maybe he could be the next Mike Bossey. Only Bobby Hull’s slapshots were harder.

  45. tyanksfan36 January 28th, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    I’m watching the Josh Hamilton special on MLB network. As much as I dislike the Texas Rangers, I can’t help to root for Hamilton.

  46. Rich in NJ January 28th, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    “True who would want to do apart of that because who knows whats going to happen. The Wilpons say they aren’t selling but they also said they weren’t going to allow minority owners. We all know there are times when things change.”

    Lot of peoples with big bucks will want to invest because: 1) the franchise/network is still a cash cow; and 2) the person(s) who buys in will almost certainly get a right of first refusal if a majority interest in the franchise/network is ever sold.

  47. GreenBeret7 January 28th, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    A couple of pitching notes: Looks like Duchscherer will be signing with somebody by early next week. Ohlendorff is going to arbitration with Pittsburgh over a $1 mil difference. PWill Pittsburgh trade him and would the Yankees be interested?

  48. Jerkface January 29th, 2011 at 12:06 am

    I don’t think they would trade him. If they did, I don’t think the Yankees would trade for him. Ohlendorf is a good guy, very smart, and would be awesome if the Yankees already had him on the team, but I don’t think he is good enough to warrant trading for.

  49. Bronx Jeers January 29th, 2011 at 12:07 am

    Didn’t somebody say they saw him hitting homers from the right side? He doesn’t even need to switch hit he hits lefties so well. 13 HR’s in 200+ ABs last season. He hit 16 in 400 ABs off righties.

    Thank God were getting kind of close to Spring training as I’m starting to chomp on the bit a little.

  50. jacksquat January 29th, 2011 at 12:09 am

    I don’t think Cano has the range of an Alomar, but he at least partially makes up for that with that great arm, plus he’s very quick turning a dp.

  51. GreenBeret7 January 29th, 2011 at 12:12 am

    Yes, in the clips they showed a couple of weeks ago, Cano took 7 swings and hit 2 homers from the right side. It makes one think about him as a switch hitter, doesn’t it. I’d like to see him bat right handed in a few ST games, just to see what he does in game competition

  52. tyanksfan36 January 29th, 2011 at 12:15 am

    I would like to see an inning between Cano and Rivera. To see Rivera get him out 3 times or to see if Robbie could beat Mo. Pit the Yankees best hitter against the games best closer.

  53. GreenBeret7 January 29th, 2011 at 12:15 am

    I’d consider trading one of Heyer, Pope or DJ Mitchell will cash (money) for Ohlendorff.

  54. GreenBeret7 January 29th, 2011 at 12:19 am

    ***two*** of Heyer, Pope or DJ Mitchell ***with*** cash

  55. Rich in NJ January 29th, 2011 at 12:21 am

    Cano would have had no chance v. the Rivera of 5 or 10 years ago. Now, he could probably get a hit now ant then.

  56. tyanksfan36 January 29th, 2011 at 12:21 am

    GB

    Talking to yourself? I say they should just give us oolendorf. We got them CHoP last season. Its the least they could do.

  57. West Coast Yankee Fan January 29th, 2011 at 12:23 am

    You will not believe this video of Giants closer Brian Wilson on “Lopez Tonight”; he went on dressed in a sea captain outfit, a gray beard and a pipe and talked about getting massages in Thailand and much more. This guy is certifiable! (and funny)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v....._embedded#

  58. tyanksfan36 January 29th, 2011 at 12:23 am

    Rich

    That’s why I say an inning. Preferably when Mo is on a hot streak. I know he hasn’t had the strikeouts and he seemed to mess up more in 2010 but he still makes it look easy most of the time. Except against Texas! Ugh

  59. GreenBeret7 January 29th, 2011 at 12:25 am

    Yeah, TY. It appears that way. I like Craig Heyer. He’s got the pitches to start and he can close, Pope was converted to a closer after starting..Good stuff. Mitchell is an extreme ground ball pitcher, in AAA and still young.

  60. tyanksfan36 January 29th, 2011 at 12:35 am

    I liked Heyer of what I saw of him. I get him confused with Warren. I thought I had seen Warren so many more times than I did last season and as it turns out it was actually Heyer. They must have some similarities. or it could be they wear the same uniform. I’m just hoping they sign or trade for somebody. I’m okay with Nova or another guy from AAA as the fifth starter but we really need a 4th starter or it might not be worth it to buy mlb.TV this season.

  61. UnKnown January 29th, 2011 at 12:39 am

    Ruby Tuesday is advising somebody to shut up. hahaha. That is almost as funny as watching Beckett pitch. Of course we all know that nothing is as good as watching Beckett cry on the mound and throw is usual hissy fits. Can’t wait to see that again this summer.

  62. GreenBeret7 January 29th, 2011 at 12:41 am

    TY, it’s always worth the $130.00 for MLB.TV. $30.00 a year is another great buy for http://www.MILB.com. Radio feeds and about 70-80 Scranton games a year.

  63. Jerkface January 29th, 2011 at 12:42 am

    MLB.TV had a promo for premium for 99 dollars but I’m not sure if its still up

  64. UnKnown January 29th, 2011 at 12:45 am

    MLB.TV is excellent. Leaving in the Midwest it is a great way to see all of the Yankee games. I really enjoy it and it is well worth the money.

  65. Pat M. January 29th, 2011 at 1:53 am

    From the West Coast Good Night and Good Morning Morning People…..

  66. Pat M. January 29th, 2011 at 5:49 am

    Kim Cliysters wins the Austrian Open….Back to back Grand Slam Titles…..She could win a few more Slams before she hangs up her racket at season’s end……..Now it’s Good Night

  67. Doreen January 29th, 2011 at 6:56 am

    Good Night Pat M and
    Good Morning, Morning People.

    :)

  68. SAS January 29th, 2011 at 7:23 am

    Good morning Doreen,

    I should be asleep, but I am not. I hope you had a better night than I did.

  69. upstate kate January 29th, 2011 at 7:36 am

    good morning!
    another snowy day in paradise!

    Did anyone hear the Lance Berkman quotes regarding TX? I didn’t catch the whole thing, but it wasn’t very complimentary.

  70. Doreen January 29th, 2011 at 7:38 am

    SAS -

    Good morning. I’m sorry you didn’t have a restful night. I am thankful that I do sleep well. My sister’s body “clock” is so off, she doesn’t sleep well at all.

    We’re driving up to Westchester today. My daughter has a tournament. She came home with a gold medal on Thursday for individual skills. She’s quite proud of herself. The guys were a little ticked that a girl beat them out for first place. I never knew I had an athlete for a daughter! But this is so good for her on so many levels. Physically she stays active and then socially, at the very least it gives her somewhere to go and something to do, but she’s met some people and expanded her horizons. I am so very glad she asked to do this.

  71. Doreen January 29th, 2011 at 7:51 am

    Link to Berkman’s comments:

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/articl.....8;c_id=mlb

    ****

    Seems to be the year of outspoken-ness in baseball. :?

  72. MTU January 29th, 2011 at 7:54 am

    I really grooved on all that Cano talk from last night.

    Can’t heap on enough praise.

    Potential for Superstardom and the name Cano are synonymous.

    What a talent.

    :)

  73. MTU January 29th, 2011 at 7:55 am

    All you early feathered ones.

    Bon Jour.

    :)

  74. MTU January 29th, 2011 at 7:58 am

    Grab the Duke for insurance and sign AP.

    If he is working out in front of teams he must be confident that they’ll like what they see.

    Perhaps he’ll come fairly cheap ?

  75. BIG AL January 29th, 2011 at 7:59 am

    MTU -

    I guess you missed the boat.

    Cano, and “Potential” for stardom. Let me tell you old hiker, Cano is a “Star”, and in fact “The Star” of the NYY.

    What’s the matter, no morning coffee yet, wake up.

    Hi Mike, just busting!

  76. upstate kate January 29th, 2011 at 8:00 am

    Doreen
    Thanks. That doesn’t look as bad as the mlb guys were making it sound. I just caught part of it. We had gotten home from watching a HS basketball game and I was watching Ghostbusters and flipping to mlb on the commercials, so I just caught a snippet.

    Does your daughter like to run? I would guess there are running clubs close by. She might enjoy doing some races.

  77. Erica in NY January 29th, 2011 at 8:00 am

    Good morning, morning people

  78. BIG AL January 29th, 2011 at 8:01 am

    MTU likes to run, he runs from Cougers and Sidewinders.

  79. MTU January 29th, 2011 at 8:02 am

    Al-

    I always like to leave a little wiggle room.

    It eases my existential doubt.

    Bust away. I’ve got broad shoulders amigo and thick skin from all this time wanderin’ the desert.

    Hope today is more diamond than stone for you.

    :)

  80. BIG AL January 29th, 2011 at 8:02 am

    Cougars …….. not Cougers dah

  81. upstate kate January 29th, 2011 at 8:04 am

    good morning poor Erica at work

  82. MTU January 29th, 2011 at 8:05 am

    Good morning Erica.

    Time for you get a job with less pressure.

    I recommend you hit lotto now, or find that one rich Man you seek.

    :)

  83. BIG AL January 29th, 2011 at 8:05 am

    Mike -

    No wiggle room necessary with Robbie, he’s the real deal, and will be the face of the franchize for many years to come.

    I realized this 3 years ago, and got Robbie to sign a photo of himself to me, now it’s gold.

  84. BIG AL January 29th, 2011 at 8:06 am

    franchise ……. not franchize GB7 got in my fingers this morning.

  85. MTU January 29th, 2011 at 8:08 am

    Al-

    Ever notice that some people these days seem to take offense at the drop of a hat.

    What has happened to people’s sense of humor ?

    When I grew up almost everyone and everything were fair game.

    And if you couldn’t handle it tough luck.

    Things sure have changed.

  86. Erica in NY January 29th, 2011 at 8:09 am

    MTU January 29th, 2011 at 8:05 am
    Good morning Erica.

    Time for you get a job with less pressure.

    I recommend you hit lotto now, or find that one rich Man you seek.

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

    I swear, I am working on both of those choices.

  87. BIG AL January 29th, 2011 at 8:09 am

    MTU -

    If Erica hits the Lotto, she’ll be rich, and she can pick any one she wants, hand raised.

  88. Erica in NY January 29th, 2011 at 8:10 am

    upstate kate January 29th, 2011 at 8:04 am
    good morning poor Erica at work

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

    Does anyone else find it strange that on a Saturday I can be at my desk by 7:30, but Monday-Friday, its a struggle to be here by 8:15?

  89. Erica in NY January 29th, 2011 at 8:10 am

    BIG AL January 29th, 2011 at 8:09 am
    MTU -

    If Erica hits the Lotto, she’ll be rich, and she can pick any one she wants, hand raised.

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

    I like to think that people would still like me for my sparking personality and wit :-)

  90. MTU January 29th, 2011 at 8:10 am

    Erica-

    I sure hope so because you are too smart not to.

    Something about you and the Carribean just fits together.

    :)

  91. BIG AL January 29th, 2011 at 8:11 am

    Erica -

    You just want to get it over with, early in, early out, I hope.

  92. BIG AL January 29th, 2011 at 8:12 am

    Erica -

    What’s not to like.

  93. MTU January 29th, 2011 at 8:12 am

    Erica-

    And forget Al’s desperate pleas.

    How can you respect a Man who loves Shih Tzu’s ?

    :)

  94. BIG AL January 29th, 2011 at 8:14 am

    MTU -

    Speaking of Shih Tzu’s, we each have 2, so what does that say about you?

  95. Erica in NY January 29th, 2011 at 8:15 am

    Doreen-

    When I got to work this morning, my HR person was here and we were chatting. She said one of the men in the office made fun of her for wearing Uggs when she is in her 40s and said she was acting like a child.

    I told her I just ordered a pair. And she goes “that makes me feel better” and calls the guy and says “Erica just got a pair of Uggs too so they aren’t just for kids”. And the guy says “that doesn’t disprove my comment”.

    I know that was an insult!

  96. Doreen January 29th, 2011 at 8:16 am

    upstate kate -

    You’re welcome.

    Spec Olymp has track in the spring.

    Many years ago she ran relays and was very, very good at it. This was a S.O. program in Illinois. When we moved back here, we thought she’d want to continue, but she was hesitant to “try out” for her school track team. I think she’s really going to enjoy the track segment. Next up after floor hockey is basketball. Another sport she enjoyed playing years ago. She’s a tiny girl, though, so I wonder how it will go. But if she’s doing okay in hockey, I guess her size doesn’t bother her. :)

    Sorry you have to work today Erica. I remember the days when my husband was working in public accounting. I almost literally did not see him for a couple of months.

  97. MTU January 29th, 2011 at 8:16 am

    Al-

    I’m a Man who loves Shih Tzu’s and will accept the ridicule of hearing them called dustmops by the unknowing amongst us.

    ;)

  98. Erica in NY January 29th, 2011 at 8:17 am

    BIG AL January 29th, 2011 at 8:11 am
    Erica -

    You just want to get it over with, early in, early out, I hope.

    ***********

    I am anticipating a 1pm departure. Then I have errands to do and a nap to take

  99. BIG AL January 29th, 2011 at 8:18 am

    Erica -

    Tell the jerk your Uggs are on your feet, his are in his head.

  100. MTU January 29th, 2011 at 8:19 am

    Al-

    or his face.

    ;)

  101. Doreen January 29th, 2011 at 8:19 am

    Erica –

    I know a LOT of women my age who have Uggs and love them. What do men know???? :lol:

  102. MTU January 29th, 2011 at 8:22 am

    Doreen-

    Any smart Man knows never to mess with a woman scorned.

    Or to get between them and their shopping cart.

    :)

  103. blake January 29th, 2011 at 8:23 am

    Erica,

    I see 30 and 40 year old women wearing Uggs all he time…….

  104. MTU January 29th, 2011 at 8:23 am

    Or never to get between them and their god given perogative.

    ;)

  105. blake January 29th, 2011 at 8:24 am

    MTU has several pairs himself.

  106. BIG AL January 29th, 2011 at 8:24 am

    Doreen -

    Me, I seldom look at a women’s feet, so I may never notice.

  107. MTU January 29th, 2011 at 8:25 am

    Erica-

    Do not ever surrender your right to wear uggs.

    That would be a severe blow to women’s rights, and cause of justice and freedom in our country.

    Or least in your office.

    :)

  108. tyanksfan36 January 29th, 2011 at 8:25 am

    That’s funny what Berkman said. CJ wilson needs to have a few drinks and get over himself.

    Other than that. Good morning morning people. I’m happy its finally the weekend but I don’t know why I am awake so early.

  109. BIG AL January 29th, 2011 at 8:26 am

    blake -

    MTU tells everyone they belong to Mrs. MTU, but, we know better.

  110. MTU January 29th, 2011 at 8:26 am

    Blake-

    Good for hiking.

    ;)

  111. blake January 29th, 2011 at 8:27 am

    AL,

    that fur inside helps keeps his.toes warm on the trail ;)

  112. upstate kate January 29th, 2011 at 8:28 am

    I don’t know why wearing Uggs is age related. I personally don’t own a pair, but that is b/c I don’t want to spend the money, not b/c I am too old.

  113. BIG AL January 29th, 2011 at 8:28 am

    blake -

    They keep him touch with his other side.

  114. BIG AL January 29th, 2011 at 8:29 am

    kate – My wife loves her Uggs, and she’s over 30, lol.

  115. MTU January 29th, 2011 at 8:30 am

    Blake-

    That. A kentucky long rifle, and a racoon cap.

    The perfect combo.

    :)

  116. Erica in NY January 29th, 2011 at 8:30 am

    upstate kate January 29th, 2011 at 8:28 am
    I don’t know why wearing Uggs is age related. I personally don’t own a pair, but that is b/c I don’t want to spend the money, not b/c I am too old.

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

    I used to make fun of them. But then a few weeks ago, I tried on my cousin’s and I swear, they were the most comfortable cozy outerfootwear, I have ever put my foot in. And I couldn’t stop thinking about ordering a pair.

    But I will still never be one of those girls who wear them with skirts and shorts in the spring/summer. That just looks ridiculous.

  117. Erica in NY January 29th, 2011 at 8:31 am

    MTU January 29th, 2011 at 8:25 am
    Erica-

    Do not ever surrender your right to wear uggs.

    That would be a severe blow to women’s rights, and cause of justice and freedom in our country.

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

    Hahahaha. Then I will do it for womankind

  118. BIG AL January 29th, 2011 at 8:33 am

    “Hahahaha. Then I will do it for womankind”

    Same reason MTU wears them. When he’s hiking and on the lookout for Cougars.

  119. MTU January 29th, 2011 at 8:33 am

    Erica-

    Right on ! For the cause.

    Be sure to let that smuck who bothered you know that.

    ;)

  120. blake January 29th, 2011 at 8:34 am

    MTU,

    Lol, is that your trail blazin outfit

  121. MTU January 29th, 2011 at 8:35 am

    Al-

    All of the Cougars who are on the lookout for me are in rest homes
    at the moment.

  122. Erica in NY January 29th, 2011 at 8:36 am

    MTU January 29th, 2011 at 8:33 am
    Erica-

    Right on ! For the cause.

    Be sure to let that smuck who bothered you know that.

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

    Its not the first time some one made a reference to me being immature. Somehow, I don’t think it will be the last…..

  123. MTU January 29th, 2011 at 8:37 am

    Blake-

    Not exactly but you never know when someone in Ca. will start a new trend.

    ;)

  124. BIG AL January 29th, 2011 at 8:37 am

    MTU -

    So now I have this picture of you, looking like Daniel Boone, walking in the desert, with Cougars lurking on the hilltops, and Sidewinders chasing you in your Uggs, while carrying the 2 Mops to safety.

  125. MTU January 29th, 2011 at 8:38 am

    Erica-

    If you try to grow up too fast you’ll just older quicker.

    Stick with your plan.

    You be the last one laughing.

    I guarantee it.

    :)

  126. Erica in NY January 29th, 2011 at 8:39 am

    MTU January 29th, 2011 at 8:38 am
    Erica-

    If you try to grow up too fast you’ll just older quicker.

    Stick with your plan.

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

    Thats exactly how I see it!!!

  127. tyanksfan36 January 29th, 2011 at 8:39 am

    In Florida there’s no reason for Uggs but people wear them anyway.

  128. BIG AL January 29th, 2011 at 8:39 am

    Erica -

    Perhaps you misunderstood them saying immature, when they meant to say, you look so young and vibrant for your age.

  129. MTU January 29th, 2011 at 8:40 am

    Al-

    Almost as good as Aaron Ralston’s story but not quite.

    Sounds more Mel Brooks to me.

    :)

  130. BIG AL January 29th, 2011 at 8:41 am

    I love Mel Brooks, so that’al work.

  131. MTU January 29th, 2011 at 8:42 am

    Al-

    You have re-interpreted the comments directed at the lovely Erica in precisely the correct way.

    I concur wholeheartedly Dr. Watson.

    :)

  132. BIG AL January 29th, 2011 at 8:44 am

    A picture of MTU in his Uggs, while hiking.

    http://www.uggaustralia.com/mens/index.aspx

  133. Erica in NY January 29th, 2011 at 8:44 am

    MTU January 29th, 2011 at 8:42 am
    Al-

    You have re-interpreted the comments directed at the lovely Erica in precisely the correct way.

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

    It is very impressive.

    Thanks Al :-)

  134. BIG AL January 29th, 2011 at 8:45 am

    MTU -

    You owe me for that one.

  135. MTU January 29th, 2011 at 8:46 am

    Al-

    No lie. Mel Brooks Mother – the adorable Mrs. Kaminsky lived in the same apartment building as us.

    It was then that I first realized the beauty of Anne Bancroft when I happened to spy her visiting Mrs. K.

    Not in “the Graduate” as most would assume.

    One of my more lucky days.

    :)

  136. blake January 29th, 2011 at 8:47 am

    My mental imagine of MTU is quite interesting….wonder how close I am to the real thing. The coonskin cap just adds another layer…

  137. MTU January 29th, 2011 at 8:48 am

    Al-

    Would a guided tour of the wonders of Utah work ?

    All expenses paid.

    That’s the best I can do.

    :)

  138. BIG AL January 29th, 2011 at 8:48 am

    MTU -

    Another picture in my mind I’ll not be able to erase, OMG, what are you doing.

    I’ll need to draw that curly hair on your picture.

  139. BIG AL January 29th, 2011 at 8:49 am

    Mike -

    Works for me.

  140. MTU January 29th, 2011 at 8:50 am

    Blake-

    Al seems to think I look like Goose Gossage, if that helps any.

  141. BIG AL January 29th, 2011 at 8:51 am

    blake -

    I posted MTU on his hike, see above, MTU wearing his Uggs on the hilltop. The best I can do.

  142. BIG AL January 29th, 2011 at 8:52 am

    blake -

    MTU looks like Goose, but, he can’t throw as well. MTU has a high OBP, he takes so many walks.

  143. MTU January 29th, 2011 at 8:53 am

    Al-

    Power up that new motorhome.

    Set the compass due West.

    And head out.

    We’ll leave a light on for ya’.

    :)

  144. blake January 29th, 2011 at 8:53 am

    AL,

    yea ….that’s funny.

    MTU,

    as long as you don’t favor Youkalis ;)

  145. BIG AL January 29th, 2011 at 8:54 am

    MTU -

    The RV’s 43′ long, you have room for me?

  146. MTU January 29th, 2011 at 8:55 am

    Al-

    And while you’re at it.

    Stop by and get Blake on the way.

    :)

  147. BIG AL January 29th, 2011 at 8:56 am

    Catch you all in a bit.

  148. BIG AL January 29th, 2011 at 8:56 am

    Is blake near me?

  149. MTU January 29th, 2011 at 8:59 am

    Al-

    Told you we’d find a way.

    I have a friend who owes me a few favors.

    If I can’t accomodate it. He can.

    Time to show you those Cougars and sidewinders in person.

    (I almost forgot. Fell free to pick up any other LoHudders who
    want to make the journey)

    :)

  150. MTU January 29th, 2011 at 9:00 am

    Al-

    Blake is right around the corner.

    :)

  151. Fran the original January 29th, 2011 at 9:02 am

    Good morning all.

    Count me in as the owner of Uggs. And believe me they are quite useful this winter.

  152. blake January 29th, 2011 at 9:03 am

    AL,

    im in Charlotte at the moment so Im pretty close…..

  153. blake January 29th, 2011 at 9:09 am

    Question :
    With the market seemingly collapsed for Vlad, should the Yanks kick the tires on him? Would he prefer a reduced role with a chance to win over playing every day for Baltimore? I know there is a report out there that he has an 8 million dollar offer but Im not sure I believe that…..

  154. MTU January 29th, 2011 at 9:12 am

    Blake-

    I think we need another Pitcher mor than we need a hitter.

    But hey, if he wants to come to work cheap enough, why not ?

    Don’t think he would though.

  155. BIG AL January 29th, 2011 at 9:24 am

    MTU -

    Don’t forget JCPD, he wants to work at the Matthews, NC location, so we’ll be on a straight line heading west, or you could come out this way, and take that ride down the river, while listening to to banjo playing locals, ha, ha.

  156. BIG AL January 29th, 2011 at 9:26 am

    blake -

    Charlotte at the moment, does that mean you move about, and are not in one place?


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