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Pinch hitting: Jesse Rosenthal

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Pinch hitters on Jan 31, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Jesse Rosenthal is our next Pinch Hitter. He’s a 28-year-old Yankees fan who grew up in Massachusetts, despite the fact his parents are from the Bronx. Now living in Hong Kong, Jesse works for Pepsi (which he proudly notes is the official soft drink of the Yankees).

Jesse attended the final game at the old Yankee Stadium, and the clinching Game 5 of the 1999 ALCS at Fenway. “When faced with the question of where I’m from, I always feel compelled to include the fact that, though I’m from Massachusetts, I’m a Yankee fan,” Jesse wrote. “It’s been a a very good conversation starter over the years, though it has been far less effective out here in Hong Kong.”

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months, you’re well aware that some of the most sensitive and confidential state secrets have systematically been exposed to the public through an organization known as WikiLeaks. These have been deemed “attacks on the international community” by the US, and have received both praise and criticism.

One school of thought is that the public should be privy to such information, regardless of the damage it could do to international relations. On the other hand, many believe that such sensitive and valuable information should be kept private no matter the degree to which it may affect our lives.

In November, just as the baseball season was coming to a close, WikiLeaks began releasing US State department diplomatic cables. With the Yankees disappointing postseason fresh in my mind, I naturally began to connect the news du jour with our beloved team and wondered about the impact of a hypothetical “WikiLeaking” of the New York Yankees,” a massive disclosure of all the top Yankee secrets that we never knew existed.

I asked myself first and foremost, what are the most treasured Yankee secrets? Surely in some vault or encrypted database only acceptable by fingerprints and eyeball scanners, there lies a massive volume of proprietary information. Within these volumes are not the normal batting average and ERA statistics that we can find on our own through a multitude of websites out there. There are not even the arcane, sabermetric stats that the guys with Harvard degrees enjoy analyzing until the sun comes up.

In this vault, I thought, are full biographies of each Major and Minor League player, with such minutia as their preferred meals, sleep cycles, deepest fears, and most embarrassing fetish. Within these volumes are the engineering plans of each stadium, complete with the location of the sprinkler systems in the outfield, the exact tilt of the first and third base lines, and the density of the dirt on the pitchers mound. There are the hand signals used by each team in every game over the past 25 years. There are the phone numbers and addresses of the 10 loudest and most obnoxious fans of each team, the ones whose voices travel to the field. Within these volumes that have remained secret to the rest of us for decades lies information that we as fans cannot even fathom, let alone understand how to utilize. Within these volumes lies the difference between a true off-season target and a phony offer made to increase the competitive bid.

After going through the limitless possibilities of what this information could be, I then began to wonder what type of damage would be done to the Yankees if the public was given unbridled access to it. After all, it can be argued that the 1988 World Series was decided by a single shrewd piece of private information. Kirk Gibson, barely able to walk and yet called on to pinch hit in Game 1, had been told by a scout named Mel Didier that, if faced with a 3-2 count against lefties, Dennis Eckersley threw nothing but back-door sliders. We know how that at-bat turned out.

Imagine if that private scouting report was made public prior to the game. We may very well have seen Gibson strike out on a chest high fastball to end Game 1, and the A’s could have gone on to win the World Series.

I pose the following 3 hypothetical questions to all Yankee fans out there:

1. What information could possibly be leaked to the public if WikiLeaks ever targeted the New York Yankees? (Creative responses appreciated).

2. What would be the aftermath of such information becoming public?

3. Would you, as fans, want to know these secrets, or prefer to be kept in the dark?

Associated Press photo of Joe Girardi, standing ready to protect his secret binder

 
 

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130 Responses to “Pinch hitting: Jesse Rosenthal”

  1. MTU January 31st, 2011 at 9:09 am

    1) Info. regarding the “real” reason Joba won’t ever start gain for the Yankees, and who gave AJ that shiner.

    2) endless controversy and speculation.

    3) yes. but only if they lead to fun.

    Very imaginative post. thank you. One of the better ones IMO.

    :)

  2. pat January 31st, 2011 at 9:11 am

    Do we really need more fiction written in this comments section?

  3. upstate kate January 31st, 2011 at 9:13 am

    questions from last season:
    why did Eiland really leave?
    who gave AJ that black eye, and why?
    are the whipped cream pies really whipped cream?

    and no, I don’t really want to know the answers…well maybe about the whipped cream

  4. YsGuy January 31st, 2011 at 9:14 am

    REALITY CHECK: justin duchscherer is 33 and got into only 5 games last year after missing all of 2009. he was also on the dl in 2008 and 2007. he has never pitched over 141 innings (then missed the entire following year.)

    on that alone, i barely had any interest on the guy.

    on top of that, he had demands about how he wanted to be used.

    …pass….

  5. BoJo January 31st, 2011 at 9:21 am

    Big Al-

    I agree with you regarding Josh Johnson over Feli]x.

    1) JJ has had the arm surgeries many pitchers need to get and is fully recovered. Felix still may face that–especially given how many innings he has thrown at such a young age.
    2) JJ is over 25 years old and his bopdy has fully matured–meaning he can stand the stress of 200 IPs–whereas Felix is under 25 and his nbody is not fully matured…meaning potential break down at some near point
    3) Felix had the choice to sign with the Yankees and choose Mariners. He has never shown any interest in playing for Yankees.–Whereas JJ is over 6’7″ (I have no idea how he feels about playing for Yankees)
    4) You’ll be sorely disappointed if you were expecting a 4th point.

    So yes, bring me JJ over Felix anyday.

  6. MTU January 31st, 2011 at 9:22 am

    Kate-

    Don’t forget the most important ones of all :

    Is the Moon really mad of green cheese ?

    Is there really a “tooth Fairy”

    And are Santa helper’s really subject to the minimum wage laws ?

    :)

  7. MTU January 31st, 2011 at 9:23 am

    edit: made. sorry

  8. SJ44 January 31st, 2011 at 9:25 am

    Perhaps it’s as simple as the Yankees preferring other options, including some of their homegrown arms.

  9. blake January 31st, 2011 at 9:26 am

    Bojo,

    So let me get this straight ….you prefer older and surgeries over younger and no surgeries? ;) JJ is good but Felix is better…..I would take either and be tickled pink though…..

  10. Rich in NJ January 31st, 2011 at 9:26 am

    Based on nothing other than a hunch, I think Pettitte will pitch for the Yankees this season.

  11. MTU January 31st, 2011 at 9:27 am

    SJ-

    That’s too simple.

    :)

  12. mjb January 31st, 2011 at 9:28 am

    I just want to know 1 thing: why did no one spend an afternoon teaching Jason Giambi how to bunt down the 3rd base line? With “the Shift”, he could have bunted for a double.

  13. blake January 31st, 2011 at 9:29 am

    Between Nova, Noesi, Phelps, Warren etc…..I think they can find someone to adequately fill the 5 spot. If Andy returns then their rotation is fine….if he doesn’t then I still would prefer guys that cost nothing and actually have a chance to get better over the scrap pile if a real upgrade isn’t available.

  14. MTU January 31st, 2011 at 9:30 am

    Blake-

    I kind of agree with you.

    King Felix reminds me a younger version of Halladay.

    Only the slightly higher octane version.

    Everything moves, uses all elements of pitching, and even has the pure power game on top of it.

    And by the way, save that tickled pick for your next child. A way better allocation IMO.

    :)

  15. 108 stitches January 31st, 2011 at 9:31 am

    15 more days until the pitchers and catchers take the fields of GMS Field for 1st workouts.
    Physicals the day before.
    Players arriving at the minor league complex this week for early workouts.

  16. BoJo January 31st, 2011 at 9:32 am

    Blake

    “Tickled pink”–exactly how did that phrase originate?

    as for the 2, I look at JJ as being past the big arm injury and Felix heading towards it. I really don’t like to see young pitchers throw so many innings before age 25. I read an article about it once that was posted on another site, and it explained the signifigance. I’ll try to find it and post it later.

    Time to get on the road..Have a great day all.

  17. MTU January 31st, 2011 at 9:32 am

    edit: pink not pick. sheesh. sorry.

  18. blake January 31st, 2011 at 9:33 am

    My 3 questions:

    What was the real cause of the attack of the midges and why didn’t Torre demand the game to be delayed.

    Why couldn’t Knobby throw the ball to 1B

    Why was Paul Oneil so awesome.

  19. Chip January 31st, 2011 at 9:36 am

    Morning folks – hope you all had a good weekend and are braced for Mother Nature’s latest temper tantrum in the northeast.

    I would like to go on record that I’m really not liking Jorge Posada right now.

    I’m not sure how many of you saw/heard about the quotes Posada gave at the Bernie Williams charity thing this weekend but (and hopefully I’m taking them out of context) it seems to me that Jorge is almost rooting for Russ Martin and Jesus Montero to fail by saying that he’s going to come into camp prepared to DH but knows that at some point during the season the Yankees will turn to him and want him to catch.

    He’s also, already, playing the “it’s going to be a tough adjustment” card. He went on to say that as long as the team is winning he’ll be fine with his role but it is going to be hard for him to sit quietly and DH if the team is struggling. Guess what Jorge, the team ain’t gonna win any more games by putting you behind the plate than they will by having you at DH. I know it is a major felony to call out one of the Core Four but I’m really getting sick of this guy.

    He’s got a tremendous bat and having that bat in the lineup 120-140 games a year is very important to the Yankees success – but he CANNOT CATCH. He is too old, too beaten up, did I mention too old.

    I’m not saying Posada’s a bad player, I’m not saying the Yankees are better off without him. What I’m saying is that I’m sick of his pigheaded nonsense and I fear that this is the start of what is going to be a long season of him complaining about his role and giving the team a headache it doesn’t need.

    After this season give him his gold wrist watch and send him on his way – with the understanding that number 20 will never be worn again – as is only right.

  20. YsGuy January 31st, 2011 at 9:37 am

    thaks for the post. kinda funny, kinda stupid but a decent read.

    mjb, giambi would have been thrown out trying to stretch it to a triple.

    when we have to pick between hernandez and josh johnson i will choose both.

    seriously, seattle will never get rid of felix, miami HAS TO get rid of johonson, it’s thier buisness model.

  21. DocTodd January 31st, 2011 at 9:41 am

    Does Meat Tray have pictures of Girardi in a compromising position??

  22. SJ44 January 31st, 2011 at 9:43 am

    The Marlins don’t have to trade Josh Johnson and most likely won’t.

    Their new stadium is opening next year and that will add about 40-50 more million dollars (depending how well they sell) to their bottom line.

    They are also a franchise that, thanks to the annual handout they get from MLB and a lucrative local TV contract, clears 20 million annually in profits.

    JJ is also signed to a team friendly multi-year deal.

    He is as unlikely to be available on the market as King Felix.

  23. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 31st, 2011 at 9:45 am

    Jesse – I prefer for the Yankees to keep their secrets. What I don’t know definitely will not hurt me. The ly Yankees have been very good to me through the years. They owe me nothing. If they have secrets, they are welcome to them.

    :)

    About 6 more weeks of winter. I will be stunned speechless if we are not in for 6 more weeks of winter. It just would seem pretty incongruous to have had this kind of weather this winter, only to find out we’re not in for more.

    That said. I’m tough. I can take it. :D

    On my way to get some work done on my car.

    Later y’all.

  24. YsGuy January 31st, 2011 at 9:45 am

    jorge is fierce, unyeilding and always a force to be rekoned with. as i’ve said many times this winter, jorge will not go quietly and he shouldn’t.

    who the hell is russel marin anyway, he’s not qualified to carry posada’s jock at this point. so the yankees bring him in and say he takes jorge’s spot. so jorge’s trying to be a good soldier, but c’mon, you expect him to just roll over and take it?

    jorge is playing for his baseball life. people all over expect that he will just dh this year, then retire. NOBODY wants to be told when they are going to retire, least of all jorge posada. he is being very good about the transition to dh NOW, but if russel martin hits like he did the past 2 years in la, posada SHOULD take his job back.

    get off jorge, a pissed-off jorge could be the best thing on this team. he’s deserved the right to say whatever he wants on this team and if he wants to warn people like russel ‘party boy’ martin’ that he’s going to take thier job if they dont produce, i think that’s great, because i feel the same way.

    hip, hip jorge!

  25. MTU January 31st, 2011 at 9:46 am

    SJ-

    I am under the working assumption that Cashman pretty much believes that AP is returning even though he is not saying so.

    True or false ?

    What’s your take ?

  26. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 31st, 2011 at 9:47 am

    Doc Todd – just because I saw your comment when I was posting mine (didn’t have time right now for all of the comments on the thread) let me say this. I have always believed in Mitre, and that hasn’t changed. FWIW, which I bet to you isn’t much.

    :)

  27. MTU January 31st, 2011 at 9:48 am

    Trish-

    You are tough.

    And you have proved you can take it (not that you need to).

    Be careful driving.

    :)

  28. blake January 31st, 2011 at 9:48 am

    SJ,

    What do you think about the situation with Danks? Do you think they’ll be able to sign him? What if not?

  29. MTU January 31st, 2011 at 9:57 am

    Blake-

    Jumping in on your question to SJ.

    I think Danks is angling for FA.

    IMO, he does not want to be locked up but prefers to try his luck on the open market.

    If that is true then the Sox will look to maximize their value and probably trade him next OS.

    I doubt very mucht they would move him at the half unless they were really out of it (which I don’t think they will be).

    From the Yankees perspective, he would command a baotload of prospects. I’m not sure I’m down with that.

  30. disco stu January 31st, 2011 at 10:01 am

    “He is as unlikely to be available on the market as King Felix.”

    SJ – I agree, but I do wonder with King Felix if a situation may develop where he either (A) Wants to re-negotiate his contract so he is paid “ace” money like CC and Cliff Lee or (B) Becomes so sick of pitching for a team that does not contend and give him no run support that he asks for a trade.

    Two facts always exist with professional athletes (especially, the elite) – they want to be paid handsomely and they want to win.

    Does King Felix feel he is being paid as much as he could be and does he feel like he will ever win with Seattle?

    If the answer is “no” to either or both of those questions, then the Yankees could conceivably be a team that Seattle comes to if King Felix forces their hand to deal him.

  31. Chip January 31st, 2011 at 10:01 am

    SJ44 January 31st, 2011 at 9:25 am
    Perhaps it’s as simple as the Yankees preferring other options, including some of their homegrown arms.

    ——————–

    I can’t get all that bent out of shape about the Yankees deciding to pass on a guy who has thrown 28 innings the last two years.

    And if they think Freddy Garcia and/or Jeremy Bonderman are no better than Sergio Mitre at this stage – who are we to argue?

    It’s not as if the guys available right now are difference makers – let’s see who the contenders and pretenders are come July and Cashman can augment the staff then.

  32. Chip January 31st, 2011 at 10:04 am

    YsGuy January 31st, 2011 at 9:45 am
    jorge is fierce, unyeilding and always a force to be rekoned with. as i’ve said many times this winter, jorge will not go quietly and he shouldn’t.

    who the hell is russel marin anyway, he’s not qualified to carry posada’s jock at this point. so the yankees bring him in and say he takes jorge’s spot. so jorge’s trying to be a good soldier, but c’mon, you expect him to just roll over and take it?

    jorge is playing for his baseball life. people all over expect that he will just dh this year, then retire. NOBODY wants to be told when they are going to retire, least of all jorge posada. he is being very good about the transition to dh NOW, but if russel martin hits like he did the past 2 years in la, posada SHOULD take his job back.

    get off jorge, a pissed-off jorge could be the best thing on this team. he’s deserved the right to say whatever he wants on this team and if he wants to warn people like russel ‘party boy’ martin’ that he’s going to take thier job if they dont produce, i think that’s great, because i feel the same way.

    hip, hip jorge!

    —————————

    Russell Martin will give the Yankees the best defensive presence they’ve had behind the plate since Joe Girardi in 96.

    Jorge has always been an average to sub average catcher and he made it work for the same reason Mike Piazza made it work – his bat would offset his glove. But between age, injuries, and general fatigue that wasn’t the case last year as Jorge was attrocious both at the plate and behind it.

    If you want to get something out of Jorge’s bat this year then the only way to do that is to get him out from behind the plate. 39 year olds aren’t meant to catch.

  33. West Coast Yankee Fan January 31st, 2011 at 10:05 am

    I think one of the more interesting unknowns about the upcoming season is how Posada’s going to adapt to DH. I think at this point in his career given the circumstances it’s a crap shoot trying to predict how he’s going to do.

  34. SJ44 January 31st, 2011 at 10:07 am

    Blake,

    The White Sox have the money to sign anybody they want. Reinsdorf doesn’t unreasonably limit payroll.

    I think they eventually get something done with Danks because lefties with his talent are hard to find.

    MTU,

    Cashman and Andy have talked all winter. There isn’t any bad blood or game playing going on and Cashman isn’t “waiting on Andy and doing nothing” as the more hysterical folks on here post each day.

    Look at the market. Nobody of any great value is available.

    The fact is, the best available option is……………Andy Pettitte.

    I also think a guy like Freddy Garcia, or guys like him, are always available.

    As far as upper end quality though, Andy is the best option.

    As far as Posada is concerned, show me a player with his pride that just accepts a lesser role, and I’ll show you a guy who is done as a player and is only interested in cashing a check.

    I have no problems with what he said.

    As protests go, it’s pretty minor on the player richter scale.

  35. MTU January 31st, 2011 at 10:10 am

    Chip-

    I have gone back and forth on this.

    And I think I understand both sides of the argument.

    Right now I am of the opinion that we should buy oursleves a little more cheap insurance in the form of a FG or KM.

    Mitre hasn’t pitched more than 100 innings.

    Nova is fine at #5 but inexperienced. AJ a ?.

    and even though the BP is strong I’d hate to see it overused due the uncertainties in the rotation.

    Also, if things happen to fall badly we could be looking at signifcant deficit by the half.

    With that in mind I favor a little more cheap insurance up front.

    We can always jettison who we don’t want and upgrade as needed.

    The cost would not be prohibitive.

    Give me a day or so and I’ll probably change my mind again.

    :)

  36. Chip January 31st, 2011 at 10:11 am

    West Coast Yankee Fan January 31st, 2011 at 10:05 am
    I think one of the more interesting unknowns about the upcoming season is how Posada’s going to adapt to DH. I think at this point in his career given the circumstances it’s a crap shoot trying to predict how he’s going to do.

    ——————

    I think it is going to come down to Jorge’s mentality. If he goes into this with a petulant “I don’t wanna be a DH” mentality then he’s probably going to stink at it the same way when we, as kids were told to clean our rooms and we didn’t want to we did a poor job of it. And then he’s going to complain in the press about how he can’t get into the game as a DH and how he should still be catching (and this will only get worse if Martin struggles by the way). I can see it now, Russ Martin’s first 1-10 stretch there will be whispers “why isn’t Jorge behind the plate.” Mostly started by Jorge.

    On the other hand if Posada accepts DHing as a reality and furthermore accepts it as his only means to staying in baseball – since no one is going to sign a 40-year old to be their everday catcher – then I think he’ll be very good at it.

    Keep in mind the only numbers we have of Jorge as a DH came when he was too hurt to catch but not so hurt that the team needed to put him on the DL.

  37. blake January 31st, 2011 at 10:11 am

    SJ,

    thanks, I tend to agree unless as MTU said he just wants to test free agency. He would get a boatload as a free agent. He is the guy from that staff that the ChiSox should lock up though.

    Posada’s comments don’t bother me either. Lot of pride there….he’ll be ok.

  38. MTU January 31st, 2011 at 10:12 am

    Thanks SJ

    Makes sense.

    We’ll see soon.

    :)

  39. blake January 31st, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Felix will start getting paid like an ace next year. The only way he gets dealt IMO is if 1) he asks for a trade 2) the M’s determine that they need a total rebuild and that they may be better off dealing Felix for top dollar and then spreading his salary around to fill other needs.

    I don’t know how likely either of these are but I so think the 2nd one is possible. The Mariners can afford him but would they become competitve faster by trading him?

  40. MTU January 31st, 2011 at 10:18 am

    SJ-

    By the way, best of luck to your nephew this coming season.

    He looks to be back to good health and ready to move up the ladder another notch.

    Must be very exciting for your family.

    :)

  41. blake January 31st, 2011 at 10:19 am

    What a mess the Mets are. They might finish last in the East ……Sandy has his work cut out for him.

  42. Chip January 31st, 2011 at 10:19 am

    SJ44 January 31st, 2011 at 10:07 am

    As far as Posada is concerned, show me a player with his pride that just accepts a lesser role, and I’ll show you a guy who is done as a player and is only interested in cashing a check.

    I have no problems with what he said.

    As protests go, it’s pretty minor on the player richter scale.

    ————————————-

    I don’t mind him wanting to catch – what I mind is that he came across as almost rooting for Martin and Montero to fail. What I mind is that he’s already loading up the “DHing doesn’t let me be part of the game” excuse.

  43. MTU January 31st, 2011 at 10:20 am

    Blake-

    It would be very hard to justify to your fanbase trading a young Franchise pitcher like Felix.

    Even with the potential return in mind.

    He’s a star.

    Tough sell.

  44. Chip January 31st, 2011 at 10:21 am

    MTU -

    I’m still holding out a little hope that Andy returns – if he does I’m fine with Mitre/Nova for a couple of months.

    If Andy doesn’t return – I’ll put on a brave face and hope that Mitre does a great Aaron Small impersonation.

  45. Chip January 31st, 2011 at 10:22 am

    What could the Yankees possibly offer the Mariners that would make it worth their while to trade Felix Hernandez?

  46. blake January 31st, 2011 at 10:24 am

    MTU,

    I agree there but as a fan would you rather have a star pitcher or a competitive team? Not saying they can’t have both but we saw last year that having the best pitcher in baseball and nothing else leaves you still in last place……heck they had Felix and Lee half the season and were still awful. I realize he puts butts in the seats but so would a winning team Id imagine……all Im saying is that it may be something they consider at some point, I don’t know when.

  47. MTU January 31st, 2011 at 10:25 am

    OK Chip.

    No problem.

    I go back and forth on it.

    It’s not a clear call.

    Reasonable people can easily disagree on this one.

    I’m an optimist so I always figure things will work out in the end.

    This decision, one way or the other, isn’t going to change that.

    I am really looking forward to harvesting our farm crop over the next
    few years. That should be exciting.

    :)

  48. SJ44 January 31st, 2011 at 10:25 am

    Thanks MTU.

    Posada certainly isn’t rooting for Montero to fail. He’s been mentoring him on and off the field the past two years.

    I don’t get the impression he’s rooting for Martin to fail. He just wants to be ready in case something happens.

    Let’s face it, there is no reason why he shouldn’t spend the off-season preparing to catch. It certainly won’t affect his ability to DH.

  49. blake January 31st, 2011 at 10:26 am

    Chip,
    Nothing right now….circumstances do change over time though.

  50. MTU January 31st, 2011 at 10:26 am

    yeah Blake.

    I see your POV too.

    Who freakin’ knows ?

  51. yankeefeminista January 31st, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Good morning!

    Interesting guest post. Although, I cannot think of anything I really need to know behind the scenes.

    Chip,

    Here is a Posada quote from the Daily News story. He hardly sounds irrational, and is as always a team player, contrary to revisionist history. Why not stick to the facts instead of assuming the worst about Posada?:

    “I can’t complain. I always like to catch, I’m used to catching, but if they want me to DH to help out the team, you have to do that,” Posada said. “It is what it is. I look forward to everything I do. I try to help out the team, and if that’s going to help out the team and that’s what they want, I’m OK with it.”

    http://www.nydailynews.com/spo.....ansit.html

  52. Chip January 31st, 2011 at 10:30 am

    SJ & Yankeefeminista

    I read those quotes – and as I said – I might be taking them out of context. It just seems to me that the line “at some point they’ll want me to catch” seems to be a smug way of saying “yeah at some point Girardi and Cash will realize what a big flippin mistake they made and will come to me on bended knee.”

  53. SJ44 January 31st, 2011 at 10:31 am

    It’s tough for a catcher to DH Chip.

    You go from being the most involved guy on the field to the least involved. That is an adjustment and he’s not making an excuse. He’s stating a fact.

    Having the off-season to prepare for it will make it easier……..as he has said in the past.

    Baseball is a game of finding a routine that works for you. When you find one that works, you hold onto it as long as you can.

    When your routine changes, it’s a big adjustment for players.

    That’s what Andy is going thru now. He has to decide whether he can be “all in” with an adjusted routine. One he will have to have in order to hold up physically over the course of the season.

  54. DocTodd January 31st, 2011 at 10:32 am

    I must say I feel totally vindicated concerning Posada….last year I stated around midseason that
    he was basically done at the catching position,only to be ridiculed…..well, like I said then,the guy is done behind the plate.I no longer read too many dissenting opinions now…

  55. randy l. January 31st, 2011 at 10:32 am

    “1. What information could possibly be leaked to the public if WikiLeaks ever targeted the New York Yankees? (Creative responses appreciated).”

    brian cashman will be forced to acknowledge that files and photos exist that prove george gave me the secret that was passed on to him on how to be a real yankee .

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/1.....404833348/

    brian is still ticked off that cashman told me he’d never give the secret to that suckup cashman.

  56. yankeefeminista January 31st, 2011 at 10:35 am

    Chip, I think your interpretation is a little skewed. Plus Posada *should* want to catch, but nothing here indicates that Posada is being controversial or self-centered.

  57. Jerkface January 31st, 2011 at 10:38 am

    It just seems to me that the line “at some point they’ll want me to catch” seems to be a smug way of saying “yeah at some point Girardi and Cash will realize what a big flippin mistake they made and will come to me on bended knee.”

    That is a pretty flowery narrative you just assigned to Jorge. Couldn’t you take it another way and that is: The Yankees have never had only 2 players catch a season in the past 10 years? And that simple game strategy means that at some point Jorge IS going to catch?

    But no, you’re right, he probably wants Girardi to propose to him. That is Betsy-levels of ‘reading negativity into a situation’

  58. ac1 January 31st, 2011 at 10:43 am

    I really hate that punk Ken Rosenthal. A whole article about comparing Kuroda 1/12 and Pettitte, saying he won’t accept tmkaing “kuroda’ money. How about the idea that HK is being overpaid, and there are pitchers with better numbers making less.

    How about this? – Pettitte would be making 3 Million MORE than Josh Johnson.

    Or at least compare Pettitte to maybe Beckett and Lackey, who make more than him and had worse seasons?

  59. Jerkface January 31st, 2011 at 10:44 am

    Rosenthal is a weasel, a literal anthropomorphic weasel that has integrated itself into human society.

  60. J. Alfred Prufrock January 31st, 2011 at 10:46 am

    Chip January 31st, 2011 at 10:30 am
    SJ & Yankeefeminista

    I read those quotes – and as I said – I might be taking them out of context. It just seems to me that the line “at some point they’ll want me to catch” seems to be a smug way of saying “yeah at some point Girardi and Cash will realize what a big flippin mistake they made and will come to me on bended knee.”
    ///
    Hey Chip – your interpretation of what was actually said is high fiction.& I wouldn’t be surprised to see Martin go down,since he had a bum hip & then an ankle problem on top of that.Maybe like me,Posada could see the guy having some sort of relapse,basing his comments on something practical rather than something snarky,which I don’t see at all.

    Montero has been Po’s pupil in ways.Wanting him to fail?That’s just deliberate mis-reading I would say.

  61. randy l. January 31st, 2011 at 10:50 am

    “Rosenthal is a weasel, a literal anthropomorphic weasel that has integrated itself into human society.”

    jerkface-

    wow, talk about the pot calling the kettle black.

  62. Jerkface January 31st, 2011 at 10:50 am

    Maybe like me,Posada could see the guy having some sort of relapse,

    I don’t even think Posada has to acknowledge who else is catching in a negative or detrimental way to believe that he will catch games. Its simply the coda of catching in the majors, at some point you will use a third catcher.

  63. Chip January 31st, 2011 at 10:50 am

    SJ -

    I don’t doubt that it’s tough – I just wish that for once Jorge would act like the team guy that people credit him with being.

    I fully admit, I’m biased against him going back a few years now – so maybe I’m making more of this than needs to be. But I’m very concerned that he is going to be a pain in the neck on a Sheffield level at points during this season.

  64. YsGuy January 31st, 2011 at 10:51 am

    russel martin is going to be coming into a completly different situation in tampa than he had with l.a..
    he’s going to be held back in ST as he recovers, so he is going to be standing around with joe g, tony pena, jorge posada watching montero, romine, cervelli and others catch.
    hell, yogi will even be there. that’s a really catching-heavy gang he’s going to be hanging with.
    he’s going to be hearing alot of catching philosophy, he’s going to see tp putting young guys through the wringer.
    he’s going to have alot of time to get to know jorge.
    lets hope alot of good stuff rubs off on him.

  65. randy l. January 31st, 2011 at 10:51 am

    whoops , forgot my smiley face :)

  66. Jerkface January 31st, 2011 at 10:51 am

    wow, talk about the pot calling the kettle black.

    Did you just call me a weasel?

  67. J. Alfred Prufrock January 31st, 2011 at 10:52 am

    DocTodd,never saw your remarks but context weighs heavy.For me,showing disrespect & even contempt for a much loved yank soldier turns what might be legitimate criticism into a potshot.Like I say,didn’t see what you wrote last yr but there are “fans” who seem to live to detect a weakness in an aging player & likes to stomp all over them.I got no use for that type of poster myself.

  68. yankeefeminista January 31st, 2011 at 10:53 am

    I should have addressed that aspect of the interpretation, ie, wanting Montero et al to fail, which is really “out there,” & it is true, Posada has been mentoring Montero ever since Montero came aboard. Therefore, be careful what you say unless you have your facts straight. It really isn’t fair to the player.

  69. YsGuy January 31st, 2011 at 10:53 am

    have to be carefull about hoping po rubs off on anybody …..if you get my meaning…..

  70. randy l. January 31st, 2011 at 10:57 am

    why would anyone not want to have a dh who catch in an emergency?

  71. J. Alfred Prufrock January 31st, 2011 at 11:00 am

    YsGuy – that’s kinda stupid,don’t you think?Po in his best yrs behind the plate became adequate there because of the huge effort he put in (with Tuck).he also has got some wisdom to share.what he can’t do because of some kind of physical limitation or natural tactile insensitivity does NOT get communicated.Is KLong’s mediocrity as a hitter been transmitted to Cano,Swisher,ARod,Gardner?Guys he helped improve?

  72. yankeefeminista January 31st, 2011 at 11:01 am

    Tell that to Kevin Long or almost anyone else who coaches.

  73. West Coast Yankee Fan January 31st, 2011 at 11:04 am

    ac1 January 31st, 2011 at 10:43 am

    I really hate that punk Ken Rosenthal. A whole article about comparing Kuroda 1/12 and Pettitte, saying he won’t accept tmkaing “kuroda’ money. How about the idea that HK is being overpaid, and there are pitchers with better numbers making less. How about this? – Pettitte would be making 3 Million MORE than Josh Johnson. Or at least compare Pettitte to maybe Beckett and Lackey, who make more than him and had worse seasons?

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

    Did you read the article? Rosenthal was pointing out that Pettitte is a better pitcher than Kuroda in a tougher division. Agents know who gets paid what and use such comparisons all the time.

    http://mlbbuzz.yardbarker.com/....._post=true

  74. Chip January 31st, 2011 at 11:04 am

    I have no problem with Posada wanting to catch. I only have a problem with it if he thinks “oh this will be like when the club brought in Kenny Lofton to take Bernie’s spot but Bernie ended up playing instead” and then throws a temper tantrum when he realizes that’s not the case.

  75. J. Alfred Prufrock January 31st, 2011 at 11:05 am

    yanfem – right on.I don’t strictly buy the “those who can’t, teach…” & I don’t see Po as one who “couldn’t” over his career,but it’s not like you’re hookin up a wire, nervous system to nervous system,when you teach.

  76. randy l. January 31st, 2011 at 11:08 am

    one thing that posada could pass on to the young catchers is how he made it past age 35 with never having been on the disabled list while being a catcher.

    people underestimate what a feat that is. pretty amazing. my hunch is that posada worked very hard behind the scenes at doing what he needed to do to be able to catch that many games.

    passing that on to montero wouldn’t be so bad.

  77. J. Alfred Prufrock January 31st, 2011 at 11:09 am

    The guest post was offbeat but interesting & well written.I’d of course love to see the complete Joba Chamberlain file.

  78. yankeefeminista January 31st, 2011 at 11:09 am

    Chip, “a temper tantrum?” You are fast losing credibility.

  79. yankeefeminista January 31st, 2011 at 11:11 am

    QFT, Posada is/was a workhorse who has had an extremely disciplined and rigorous regimen for preparing himself physically in order to catch every year.

  80. J. Alfred Prufrock January 31st, 2011 at 11:12 am

    randy – it also helped Jorge that he was a middle infielder & got a relatively later start than born catchers,but I’m sure he’s got some preservation tricks to bequeath.

  81. Chip January 31st, 2011 at 11:13 am

    yankeefeminista January 31st, 2011 at 11:09 am
    Chip, “a temper tantrum?” You are fast losing credibility.

    ————–

    I don’t mean he’s going to start crying and throwing things like a two-year old. I mean temper tantrum in the way a Gary Sheffield would have one – where he drops little complaints to the media and creates headaches for people. Much like he did a couple of years ago when the Yankees asked him to play some 1b because his throwing shoulder was hurt and Giambi was DHing and he complained that he didn’t want to do anything but catch.

  82. Jerkface January 31st, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Chip,

    It hasn’t happened yet so I don’t know why you should even bring it up? if any of the yankees hypothetically were stupid douches I’d have a problem with it.

  83. Chip January 31st, 2011 at 11:15 am

    yankeefeminista January 31st, 2011 at 11:11 am
    QFT, Posada is/was a workhorse who has had an extremely disciplined and rigorous regimen for preparing himself physically in order to catch every year.

    ——————–

    He’s also 39, coming off his worst offensive season and the injuries are piling up.

    His bat is too important to the Yankees for him to play only 2 or 3 times a week which is about all he can handle as a catcher.

  84. yankeefeminista January 31st, 2011 at 11:16 am

    Chip January 31st, 2011 at 11:13 am
    yankeefeminista January 31st, 2011 at 11:09 am
    Chip, “a temper tantrum?” You are fast losing credibility.

    ————–

    I don’t mean he’s going to start crying and throwing things like a two-year old. I mean temper tantrum in the way a Gary Sheffield would have one – where he drops little complaints to the media and creates headaches for people. Much like he did a couple of years ago when the Yankees asked him to play some 1b because his throwing shoulder was hurt and Giambi was DHing and he complained that he didn’t want to do anything but catch.
    ______
    You do realize you are comparing Posada to Gary Sheffield, who was a “me” player from the get-go. Posada is direct and uncensored, but he is not an egomaniac. Why would you even spend time worrying about something that likely won’t ever happen?

  85. Chip January 31st, 2011 at 11:17 am

    Jerkface -

    He has done it before.

    (this was just the first link on the subject I found)

    http://shysterball.blogspot.co.....osada.html

  86. J. Alfred Prufrock January 31st, 2011 at 11:18 am

    yea he is not catching every day so the point is moot.if martin goes down (& I could totally see it)& Jorge has to split time with montero & some Cervelli,that’s what’ll happen.I’m now done with this topic cos it ain’t real.

  87. tyanksfan36 January 31st, 2011 at 11:19 am

    I like Posada. I don’t take his comments negatively. I’m pretty sure we all know how he feels. When the numbers were low in my classroom I had to switch to another class I didn’t really want to be in. But I knew the only way to keep my job was to suck it up. Posada has been the primary catcher for 10 years so it makes sense that he would be upset they aren’t letting him do it anymore. There’s nothing wrong with him voicing his opinion, they all know how he feels about it.

  88. J. Alfred Prufrock January 31st, 2011 at 11:20 am

    agree YF,there could not be a less apropriate comparison.Chip,Gary Sheffield & Po? SMH.

  89. Jerkface January 31st, 2011 at 11:21 am

    Jerkface -

    He has done it before.

    When asked about his lack of time behind the plate. It doesn’t list the question, could it be: “So you haven’t caught a lot recently huh, looks like you’re not a catcher anymore, right?”

    Or something equally antagonistic or stupid. Or he could have been asked how he views himself going forward.

    I don’t think using that quote to rile yourself up about perceived or fabricated troubles is wise.

  90. randy l. January 31st, 2011 at 11:21 am

    J. Alfred Prufrock-

    i think he last played second base at about age 19 which does help a bit, but catching for 15 years and 12 at the mlb level without going on the DL. that’s pretty amazing.

    it would not surprise me if no other catcher in the last 20 years has had as long a streak. mauer can’t even make it through one season without going on the DL let alone 12 straight.

    even posada’s detractors have to give it to him that he’s one tough guy who worked really hard at staying in the lineup.

  91. yankeefeminista January 31st, 2011 at 11:21 am

    Chip January 31st, 2011 at 11:15 am
    yankeefeminista January 31st, 2011 at 11:11 am
    QFT, Posada is/was a workhorse who has had an extremely disciplined and rigorous regimen for preparing himself physically in order to catch every year.

    ——————–

    He’s also 39, coming off his worst offensive season and the injuries are piling up.

    His bat is too important to the Yankees for him to play only 2 or 3 times a week which is about all he can handle as a catcher.
    _____
    I was actually mentioning Posada’s regimen to reinforce Randy’s point that Posada is likely imparting to Montero how to prep and take care of his body for catching.

    2008 was actually worse if you consider SLG and wOBA. I don’t think the offense last year was as a result of being worn down, but of not getting consistent playing time and being transitioned. I think his bat will play very well in 2011.

  92. 108 stitches January 31st, 2011 at 11:23 am

    This is Jorge’s final year. He has enough pride to see that he goes out the door on a high note. For all his years he’s been the unoffical assistant captain. When he feels especially good, Girardi will recognize it and spot him in games behind the plate and use A-Rod, Swisher, or Teixeira in occasional DH roles.
    This team has a lot of flexability.

  93. Chip January 31st, 2011 at 11:23 am

    yankeefeminista January 31st, 2011 at 11:21 am

    2008 was actually worse if you consider SLG and wOBA. I don’t think the offense last year was as a result of being worn down, but of not getting consistent playing time and being transitioned. I think his bat will play very well in 2011.

    ————————–

    um…he didn’t get regular play because he was hurt for much of last year with a broken foot and a concussion

  94. J. Alfred Prufrock January 31st, 2011 at 11:24 am

    My final word:I want team players who are sanguine & leaders, not a bunch of corporate kiss as ses.

  95. Jerkface January 31st, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Posada was doing fine last season until he started getting all his nagging injuries. .900 OPS for a while.

  96. J. Alfred Prufrock January 31st, 2011 at 11:26 am

    even posada’s detractors have to give it to him that he’s one tough guy who worked really hard at staying in the lineup.

    ///
    randy,no doubt & you have to give it up to him for a bat that has kept pace through it all.

  97. J. Alfred Prufrock January 31st, 2011 at 11:27 am

    Jerkface January 31st, 2011 at 11:24 am
    Posada was doing fine last season until he started getting all his nagging injuries. .900 OPS for a while.

    ///
    yea the bat will benefit from less grind time behind the plate.i expect him to kill it as DH/infrequent catcher.

  98. J. Alfred Prufrock January 31st, 2011 at 11:29 am

    108 stitches January 31st, 2011 at 11:23 am
    This is Jorge’s final year. He has enough pride to see that he goes out the door on a high note. For all his years he’s been the unoffical assistant captain. When he feels especially good, Girardi will recognize it and spot him in games behind the plate and use A-Rod, Swisher, or Teixeira in occasional DH roles.
    This team has a lot of flexability.

    ////
    final yr in pinstripes probably.If he has a great yr offensively he’s not going down like the sun IMO.he’ll get a job.

  99. Chip January 31st, 2011 at 11:30 am

    J. Alfred Prufrock January 31st, 2011 at 11:26 am
    even posada’s detractors have to give it to him that he’s one tough guy who worked really hard at staying in the lineup.

    ///
    randy,no doubt & you have to give it up to him for a bat that has kept pace through it all.

    ———————–

    I absolutely agree that Jorge is a tough bugger who has always come to work ready to give whatever he’s got to the team.

    His bat is just too important for him to not be in the lineup everyday and the only way that’s going to happen is by accepting the DH role and performing like we know he’s capable of. I don’t want him going into this with ready made excuses about how it’s not a role he wants or how it’s hard to make the adjustment – I just want him to shut up, suit up and play the bloody game!

  100. J. Alfred Prufrock January 31st, 2011 at 11:32 am

    keep your toothless kiss as ses,Chip.I’ll take the Posadas every time.

  101. MTU January 31st, 2011 at 11:32 am

    Prufrock-

    Good year or bad year, I hope I never have to see Posada in another uniform.

    He is 100% Yankee and I hope he goes out that way.

    ;)

  102. 86w183 January 31st, 2011 at 11:32 am

    Odd column indeed. Wiki-Leaks taps into scouting reports?

    Chip I also think you are overreacting in a big way. I WANT Jorge to want to catch and to prepare as if he’s going to catch at least some of the time. If he’s back there once a week, that’s 27 games and he can DH for about 100 or so.

    Why not have Jorge catch Pettite (or someone not named AJ) on a regular basis? That could reap other benefits as well and Montero can DH when Jorge catches… or Alex or Jerek does. There are plenty of options out there.

  103. Jerkface January 31st, 2011 at 11:33 am

    His bat is just too important for him to not be in the lineup everyday and the only way that’s going to happen is by accepting the DH role and performing like we know he’s capable of.

    And by preparing to catch and accepting the possibility that being in the lineup every day means catching.

  104. J. Alfred Prufrock January 31st, 2011 at 11:33 am

    I’m laughin thinking of Po pointing to his own head jawing with Pedro.got a big hit after that IIRC.you go Jorgie!

  105. yankeefeminista January 31st, 2011 at 11:33 am

    Chip January 31st, 2011 at 11:17 am
    Jerkface -

    He has done it before.

    (this was just the first link on the subject I found)

    http://shysterball.blogspot.co…..osada.html
    _____
    Except this quote was from 2008 when Posada really still was the prime catcher and Girardi was bringing him back more slowly that Posada would have liked. And that article fails to include Girardi’s response which was OK with Posada’s reaction, so why wouldn’t you be:

    “We need Jorge. He’s one of the leaders on this team, one of the guys that is vocal about it,” Girardi said. “I told him the importance, ‘Just because you’re not behind the plate, doesn’t change. I need you to be the same guy.’ He wants to catch every day because that’s what he is. We hope to get him back to that spot.” Daily News.

    Yes, I know Posada was hurt in 2011, so the point is his numbers were not representative of what his bat will bring. He will hit and hit well. I think he was still in top % of DH’s in 2010 (too lazy to look it up), even with the injuries. I would agree though if you are making the point that at this point in his career, catching would detract from his bat.

  106. Jerkface January 31st, 2011 at 11:34 am

    Derek Jeter should be benched when he isn’t playing, keep that man away from the DH position.

    (Unless Jeter is hitting better than Russel Martin and Posada moves to catcher instead of to the bench)

  107. J. Alfred Prufrock January 31st, 2011 at 11:35 am

    MTU January 31st, 2011 at 11:32 am
    Prufrock-

    Good year or bad year, I hope I never have to see Posada in another uniform.

    He is 100% Yankee and I hope he goes out that way.

    ////
    sure I feel that,MTU,but if they shake hands with him & say bon voyage & he’s put up a great OPS as the DH,he’s not goin to be coming to OTD in 2012.

  108. yankeefeminista January 31st, 2011 at 11:35 am

    *than*

  109. Chip January 31st, 2011 at 11:35 am

    J. Alfred Prufrock January 31st, 2011 at 11:32 am
    keep your toothless kiss as ses,Chip.I’ll take the Posadas every time.

    —————————–

    Why? What possible good comes from Posada complaining about his role? How does that, in any way, advance the cause of the Yankees?

  110. Jerkface January 31st, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Posada would have been the 4th best DH last year. I look at him improving and being better than 4th best.

  111. randy l. January 31st, 2011 at 11:36 am

    i’m assuming that the yankees have hitting cages easily accessible to the dugout in the new yankee stadium. dhing with hitting cages to stay warmed up should be that big of a deal. without them , i think it takes an unusual hitter who can stay warmed up enough to dh well.

    in that case it’s the proverbial guy who can fall out of bed and hit. there are not many of those and i don’t think posada is that kind of hitter. sj44 is right that a catcher is so involved in the game that just hitting is a big change. after catching playing a regular position can be boring.

    i think posada will do fine as a dh and that it won’t take long to get a routine down. as a matter of fact , i’ll bet posada will use his time on the bench to begin noticing more about the game in preparation for when he’s the yankee manager in 2018.

  112. yankeefeminista January 31st, 2011 at 11:37 am

    I agree, Pruf. No way Posada’s done in mlb after 2011, the bat is still vital.

  113. MTU January 31st, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Prufrock-

    Maybe not but I still don’t want to see him put on another uniform.

    As practical as it might be I would find the sight of that horrifying.

    I HOPE that never happens.

  114. J. Alfred Prufrock January 31st, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Jerkface January 31st, 2011 at 11:34 am
    Derek Jeter should be benched when he isn’t playing, keep that man away from the DH position.

    (Unless Jeter is hitting better than Russel Martin and Posada moves to catcher instead of to the bench)

    ///
    Russell Martin outhitting Jeter?In your wet dreams maybe JF.All this talk of Po raging and throwing things is making me hungry.Time for a trip into town.Enjoy the sunshine folks before the big storm hits :D .

  115. yankeefeminista January 31st, 2011 at 11:39 am

    Posada is already discussing trying to create a routine, so that he can rely on it as a DH. The guy is the consummate professional, contrary to opinions otherwise.

  116. yankeefeminista January 31st, 2011 at 11:39 am

    MTU January 31st, 2011 at 11:38 am
    Prufrock-

    Maybe not but I still don’t want to see him put on another uniform.

    As practical as it might be I would find the sight of that horrifying.

    I HOPE that never happens.
    ______
    I hear ya, MTU!

  117. Chip January 31st, 2011 at 11:40 am

    MTU -

    I think Jorge’s going to want to play next year and I don’t think that Cashman has any intention of giving him another contract.

    Given how poor the market for DHs was this year I wonder if Jorge would find a team that would be willing to sign him. I can think of one – a team that will need at least a part time catcher and possibly a DH but you really don’t want me to voice that possibility.

    (though I will say that it wouldn’t be any stranger than seeing Mike Stanley suit up for them)

  118. yankeefeminista January 31st, 2011 at 11:40 am

    Jerkface January 31st, 2011 at 11:36 am
    Posada would have been the 4th best DH last year. I look at him improving and being better than 4th best.
    ____
    I was pretty sure he was in top 5. I completely agree.

  119. yankeefeminista January 31st, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Just keep in mind, Posada IS a pinch hitter. Someone like Thome has splits that lean heavily toward hitting only righties. Posada’s bat at DH could play for quite a few more years by being a switchy.

  120. yankeefeminista January 31st, 2011 at 11:42 am

    should have read *switch* not pinch hitter

  121. J. Alfred Prufrock January 31st, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Chip January 31st, 2011 at 11:35 am
    J. Alfred Prufrock January 31st, 2011 at 11:32 am
    keep your toothless kiss as ses,Chip.I’ll take the Posadas every time.

    —————————–

    Why? What possible good comes from Posada complaining about his role? How does that, in any way, advance the cause of the Yankees?

    /////
    you’re the one falsely correlating passion & leadership with complaining.you paint Po as some kinda clubhouse cancer,but he’s never been that a day in his career so you are just comin out of left field with that one.

  122. MTU January 31st, 2011 at 11:44 am

    Chip-

    Boy. RU ever right. I don’t even want to brook the possibility.

    Totally disgusting.

    Should be reserved for a Yankee fan’s worst nightmares which occur
    after a very heavy bout of indigestion.

    :(

  123. J. Alfred Prufrock January 31st, 2011 at 11:47 am

    MTU January 31st, 2011 at 11:38 am
    Prufrock-

    Maybe not but I still don’t want to see him put on another uniform.

    As practical as it might be I would find the sight of that horrifying.

    I HOPE that never happens.

    ///
    I get that totally,MTU.But I don’t think Jorge takes kindly to being told he’s washed up, if you know what I mean.It’s the spitfire we know & love.He may just find a niche at DH & it’s not crazy that we re-sign him,it’d be for a lot less than 13M you realize.

  124. yankeefeminista January 31st, 2011 at 11:50 am

    I agree that Jorge gets into coaching. Jeter and Jorge will run the Yanks one day. ;)

  125. J. Alfred Prufrock January 31st, 2011 at 11:50 am

    i think posada will do fine as a dh and that it won’t take long to get a routine down. as a matter of fact , i’ll bet posada will use his time on the bench to begin noticing more about the game in preparation for when he’s the yankee manager in 2018.

    ///
    Posada the manager.LOL.show up ready to play or run for your lives! LOL. Love it!

  126. MTU January 31st, 2011 at 11:51 am

    Prufrock-

    Jorge and non-Yankee should never be in the same sentence.

    Sacriledge my Man. Pure sacriledge.

    I do not want to see it. Can’t and wont accept it.

    I almost puked when someone showed a pic of Jeter in a Red Sux uni.

    Absolutely disgusting.

    :(

  127. J. Alfred Prufrock January 31st, 2011 at 11:52 am

    yankeefeminista January 31st, 2011 at 11:50 am
    I agree that Jorge gets into coaching. Jeter and Jorge will run the Yanks one day.

    ////
    Between ‘em they could probably buy the team,with a little minority help :D .I’m out,stomach’s growling.Later folks.

  128. J. Alfred Prufrock January 31st, 2011 at 11:54 am

    MTU,UR the right kinda yank fan IMO.that would hurt.later :D .

  129. austinmac January 31st, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    MTU,

    I still agree that Garcia should be targeted. SJ says such pitchers area alwasy available. While that is true, they will soon be available only by trade and may well be available only as the result of a bad contract. Unless Garcia wants too much money, he seems, as you say, good insurance.

    With respect to Pettitte’s pay, I can’t imagine money would be an issue if he decides to play. He has the Yankees over a barrell, but I don’t think he would sufficate them with it.

  130. GregB January 31st, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    Personal privacy is a basic human right, Governments on the other hand have no right to secrecy beyond that which they themselves maintain. If Personal privacy is breached, individuals can sue. If Government secrets are outted, too bad for them, it’s their own fault for lack of security.

    BUT, if the outted Government secret does not reveal illegal or immoral behaviour then for a media organisation to publish it is about profit and sensationalism, and ignoring national best interest, it’s tough to support their publishing such information.

    On-the-other-hand, if the Government secrets that are outted reveal illegal and immoral behaviour it should be exposed and doing so should not be a tough decision unless the media organisation suffers from moral turpitude.

    The media has regularly confused personal privacy and Government secrecy, surely they know they’re not the same.

    The media has also criticised WikiLeaks for exposing information that provides clear evidence of illegal and immoral behaviour, information that is clearly in the national interest.

    This is not an all-or-nothing situation and asking to see all-information-or-none reflects a lack of understanding of what WikiLeaks does, and damages our ability to accurately assess or Governments behavior.


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