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Pinch hitting: David Brandwein

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Pinch hitters on Feb 02, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Next up in our Pinch Hitters series is David Brandwein, a college professor in the Department of Doctoral Studies at Kean University. He is a lifelong Yankees fan who said his fondest Yankees memory came during Picture Day at Yankee Stadium during the 1980’s where he saw Dave Winfield catch a batting practice fly by jumping at the right-field wall, all while “singing ‘Jump’ while Van Halen’s Jump was playing over the Stadium PA,” David wrote.

For his guest post, David made the case that it’s time for a Yankees youth movement… no matter the cost.

“Let Them Play, Let Them Play, Let Them Play”

OK, take your mind to October 2011. You wake up on the final day of the baseball season and see the following:

**Red Sox 100-62  –
*Rays 87-75 13
Yankees 86-76 14
Blue Jays 83-79  17
Orioles 76-86 24

** Division Winner
* Wild Card Winner

OK, I know this is enough to make some of you say, “I’m not reading this anymore”, but please… give me a minute or two of your valuable internet time.

Some you might have read the title to this blog entry and immediately went to the scene in The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training — my favorite baseball movie — where thousands of fans in the Houston Astrodome wanted to see two Little League teams more than the Astros (hey, in the 1970’s, would you have wanted to see the Astros play?)

But, that is not what I am talking about.

The “Let Them Play” refers to the kids, the prospects, our future… Montero, Romine, Brackman, Nova, Betances. Now, if Seattle calls up and offers Felix Hernandez for any combination of these guys, I will pack their bags, book their flights, and drive them to the airport. Outside of that remote possibility, though, I would be willing to give these guys a chance — now.

Put Montero behind the plate, make Nova the fourth starter, and let Brackman and Betances fight it out for fifth starter and/or long reliever. It might mean missing the playoffs in 2011, and it might be painful to watch at times, but I think the team needs to know if these kids can get the job done. I, for one, think they should get the shot.

If last season was any indication of what baseball is becoming, youth (especially young pitching) and speed will reign. Right now, the Yankees are behind the curve. We saw that, painfully, in the ALCS last year. Without the kids, will it be any different this year?

Now, take yourself to the last day of the baseball season in 2012. You wake up and see the following:

Montero .325 BA, 25 HR,  125 RBI
Nova 3.75 ERA, 17 wins, 8 losses
Brackman 3.90 ERA, 15 wins,  6 losses
Betances 4.10 ERA, 13 wins, 7 losses
Yankees 97 wins, 63 losses, 1st place

We could have the makings of a lasting, cheap dynasty, showing everyone that the Yankees can win without spending more than the gross national product of a third-world country. What would Red Sox fans say then?

Associated Press photo of Nova

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183 Responses to “Pinch hitting: David Brandwein”

  1. mick February 2nd, 2011 at 9:04 am

    Put a lot of thought into that one?

  2. Erin February 2nd, 2011 at 9:05 am

    Happy Groundhog Day :)

    “This is one time where television really fails to capture the true excitement of a large squirrel predicting the weather”

  3. BoJo February 2nd, 2011 at 9:07 am

    Why can’t Yankee fans have enough patience to NOT rush prospects until they are ready to play>

  4. MTU February 2nd, 2011 at 9:11 am

    Nice fantasy.

    But that’s all it is.

    I don’t agree with it.

    Kids should be broken in a systematic way not just thrown into the fire all at once willy nilly.

  5. mick February 2nd, 2011 at 9:11 am

    I think this guy is goofing on us…

  6. BoJo February 2nd, 2011 at 9:13 am

    Rushing kid pitchers to compete in majors before they are ready usually leads to bad things–like arm troubles, or loss of confidence, or early trades (IPK).

    The Yankees may finally have it right as far as managing the trade-off betweeen competing each year and developing prospects. They aren’t rushing them until they are ready with both innings limitation issues and competitive ability.

    Trying to say we should just play them and be patient with the results is exactly the wrong type of patience they need.

  7. MTU February 2nd, 2011 at 9:15 am

    And this guy is a college professor ?

    :(

  8. SJ44 February 2nd, 2011 at 9:16 am

    The biggest mistake fans, media, and talent evaluators in all sports make (especially baseball), is equate “youth movement” with correctly building a successful, winning franchise.

    If that was the tried and true method of success, then teams like the Pirates, Clippers, and Lions, among others who draft near the top of their respective drafts each year, wouldn’t go decades without winning.

    This is especially true in baseball, where the burn rate for young players is higher than any sport.

    The two most important qualities a winning baseball franchise can have is, being able to acquire top talent and be able to self scout.

    Knowing who to keep, and who to hype and trade, is very, very important to a franchises success.

    There is a reason why the Yankees have been to the playoffs 15 of the last 16 years and have won 5 WS. They excel in both of those areas.

    Want to put the brakes on winning? Start a “youth movement”.

    Works everytime.

  9. randy l. February 2nd, 2011 at 9:17 am

    “According to the Elias Sports Bureau, there has never been a World Series team with two rookies making a minimum of just 25 starts apiece, let alone 30-34! When that number is scaled back to 20, only four teams have reached the World Series.

    The four teams are: the 1982 Cardinals with Dave LaPoint and John Stuper; the 1976 Reds with Santo Alcala and Pat Zachry; the 1952 Dodgers with Ben Wade and Billy Loes; and the 1940 Tigers with Hal Newhouser and Johnny Gorsica.”

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

  10. mick February 2nd, 2011 at 9:18 am

    And this guy is a college professor ?
    =======================
    What is the Dept of Doctoral Studies?

  11. Dionysius Thelxinoe February 2nd, 2011 at 9:20 am

    Repost

    Dionysius Thelxinoe says:
    February 2, 2011 at 9:16 am
    108 stitches says:
    February 2, 2011 at 8:26 am
    Keith Law is to baseball what Mel Kiper is to NFL football.

    ——————-

    Interesting correlation.

    I think Kiper is a cartoon-like personality. Never took him serious.

    Law, on the other hand, I’ve read. THEN I stopped taking him seriously.

    Law’s “decrees” …

    Yankees’ 19-20 year old prospect? He’ll never be a catcher – they should make him a DH (at 20!!!!!).

    Red Sox 20 year old prospect with a balloon-like ERA at Double A? No problem, ignore the performance, future potential.

    Such BS.

  12. JsDad February 2nd, 2011 at 9:20 am

    It’s an interesting post, but it strikes me as at least 5 or 6 months too early. At this point, they have every reason to try and win this season, and that doesn’t mean playing prospects to see what they can do.

    If they’re out of it in late July or early August, then maybe it’s a different story. And that also gives these guys more than half a season in AAA or AA to hone their skills before they’re brought up.

    You can only have so many rookies and expect to be able to compete.

  13. MTU February 2nd, 2011 at 9:20 am

    He has to pulling our leg. You’re right.

    He can’t be serious.

  14. MaineYankee February 2nd, 2011 at 9:20 am

    I think most here want to see the prospects make it to NY.

    That being said it needs to be when they are ready.

    The Yankees seem to be aiming that way but they also have to win because they are the Yankees.

    I think as these players are ready they will be brought up to contribute.

  15. mick February 2nd, 2011 at 9:21 am

    He has to pulling our leg. You’re right.

    He can’t be serious.
    ======================
    This might come from that infamous prankster, whatwashisname?

  16. MTU February 2nd, 2011 at 9:22 am

    “What is the Dept of Doctoral Studies?”

    Sounds like a Dean of studies. An executive. Which is even scarier.

  17. mick February 2nd, 2011 at 9:26 am

    45 wins from Nova, Brackman and Betances?
    CC and Hughes winning 20?
    That’s 85 of the 97-63 predicted.
    Hey that’s only 160 games!

  18. BoJo February 2nd, 2011 at 9:26 am

    SJ44–

    I would add 1 more element to your most important things an org can do–player coaching/development.

  19. MTU February 2nd, 2011 at 9:29 am

    “No wine before it’s time.”

    Robert Mondavi

    “For there is a proper time and procedure for every matter”

    Ecclesiates 8:6

    That settles it.

    ;)

  20. MTU February 2nd, 2011 at 9:31 am

    sp : Ecclesiastes. my apologies.

  21. randy l. February 2nd, 2011 at 9:32 am

    “Montero .325 BA, 25 HR, 125 RBI
    Nova 3.75 ERA, 17 wins, 8 losses
    Brackman 3.90 ERA, 15 wins, 6 losses
    Betances 4.10 ERA, 13 wins, 7 losses”

    actually the above is what the yankees are hoping will happen three years from now. if 2 out of four actually happen in 2013 the yankees will be have done well with their young players.

  22. MTU February 2nd, 2011 at 9:32 am

    Throw ‘em all to the wolves.

    screw it.

    :)

  23. mick February 2nd, 2011 at 9:32 am

    What would Red Sox fans say then?
    ======================
    Who cares?

  24. MTU February 2nd, 2011 at 9:36 am

    The heck with all these rules and babying crap.

    These are Men not fine China, or valuable prospects.

    Right Dave ?

    Screw Verducci rules and the rest of that accumulated experience.

    That’s for saps.

    ;)

  25. sjb23 February 2nd, 2011 at 9:37 am

    I’ve been reading this blog for several years now but hardly ever comment. This pinch-hitter’s post has left me with no alternative — I must comment on how we live in a world where immediate gratification is just a natural way of life for so many people.

    Montero is not ready to catch in the ML on an everyday basis, and it’s not fair for him to sit on the bench and get maybe 200-300 ABs when he’s still learning how to deal with playing professional ball at such a high level. When Posada & Russell Martin are gone in 2012, the door will open for Montero. Do you realize that Jorge Posada was a backup catcher for almost 3 seasons before he took over the everyday job?

    Brackman has pitched 80 innings @ AA, Betances only 14 IP — neither has pitched @ AAA yet, and both of them are barely a year removed from surgeries.

    Do you think the organization should take the chance of ruining these young men’s careers and lives just because you don’t have enough patience to let them mature a little bit before throwing them “into the fire”? They have tons of money invested in these guys — how much have you invested in their futures?

    I bet you carry credit card balances on a regular basis. Calm down and wait until you can afford to pay for things you can’t afford right now-you’ll appreciate success and accomplishment much more.

  26. G. Love February 2nd, 2011 at 9:37 am

    Gotta disagree with this post entirely.

    Arod, Jeter, Mo, Posada, Tex, Cano, Swish, Granderson, Gardner and CC are enough of a win now in their prime (or past their prime) group of players that it would ludicrous to throw this season out to rush kids to the majors in the hopes it gave the team a new dynasty.

    The team was 2 wins away from the World Series and could have conceivably repeated making them a new dynasty.

    They have so much talent on the team now the mere idea that they should punt the season to give some young players a look is silly.

    Other teams would kill to have the talent the Yankees have.

    Can’t agree with this post at all. No surprise there to most of you I’m sure.

  27. BoJo February 2nd, 2011 at 9:37 am

    Wow! With the amount of ridicule and scorn thrown at this guy, I am surprised I am not reading about plans to fire bomb his department.

    Tough crowd…but yeah, the article was a C-/D+

  28. Erin February 2nd, 2011 at 9:39 am

    Groundhog Day gossip break part one:

    If anyone’s interested (guys especially) Minka is supposed to be on Regis and Kelly this AM.

    Gossip Break part two aka The A-Rod Report

    http://tiny.cc/powdk

  29. MTU February 2nd, 2011 at 9:39 am

    It’s called D-E-V-E-L-O-P-M-E-N-T Dave.

    When you get a moment you might want to look it up in your Funk and Wagnall’s.

    ;)

  30. MTU February 2nd, 2011 at 9:42 am

    Erin-

    How are you fairing ?

  31. G. Love February 2nd, 2011 at 9:43 am

    I just can’t believe with a lineup littered with current all star caliber players other teams would kill for the pinch hitter is suggesting we lose now in the hopes of winning later.

    He should have taken it a step furthur and suggested the Yankees trade CC, Tex, Cano, Jeter, Arod, Mo, Grandy, Swish, Gardner, etc. in order to acquire more top prospects we could watch grow and lose together.

    We have probably the best offense in baseball, the best bullpen in baseball and are a starting pitcher short and we should give up and rush kids from the AA and AAA level?

    Ugh.

  32. Erin February 2nd, 2011 at 9:45 am

    “Well, it’s Groundhog Day… again..”

    “I’ll give you a winter prediction: It’s gonna be cold, it’s gonna be grey, and it’s gonna last you for the rest of your life”

    “Come on, all the long distance lines are down? What about satellite? Is it snowing in space? Don’t you keep open a line for emergencies or for celebrities? I’m both. I’m a celebrity in an emergency”

  33. MTU February 2nd, 2011 at 9:45 am

    G. Love-

    Shame on you.

    The guy is a college professor after all.

    :(

  34. MTU February 2nd, 2011 at 9:46 am

    Erin-

    Now that’s a post worth reading.

    :)

  35. Erin February 2nd, 2011 at 9:47 am

    MTU-I survived the drive home yesterday. My boss was kind enough to let me out a couple hours early so I made it home just before the blizzard started. And I have a snow day today!!! We got hit hard. The cops are having to go around in pickup trucks because their cars won’t make it through. And people were stuck on Lake Shore Drive for 12 hours last night. Craziness.

    And with that I’m going to start my long, nonproductive day of doing nothing but watching TV (and of course popping in Groundhog Day) ;)

    Have a good day everyone.

  36. Chip February 2nd, 2011 at 9:48 am

    So I don’t know how many of you saw highlights from the Munson dinner last night but one thing really stuck out to me:

    Mike Piazza’s forehead is HUGE

    I mean it’s disturbingly huge.

    On another note –

    Felipe Lopez is a nice pickup for Tampa – fits in with their mold of having guys who can play lots of positions; and since it’s a minor league deal that means Boston doesn’t get a draft pick for him.

    RAB touts Oscar Salazar as a potential pickup for the last spot on the Yankee bench. Personally I would rather have Milledge.

    Good tip if you’re one of the people who is getting hammered by this ice storm and your car is frozen over – you can safely melt away some of the ice by pouring rubbing alcohol on the doors or smearing some hand sanitizer around the lock if that’s frozen over.

  37. MTU February 2nd, 2011 at 9:48 am

    Dave better go back to school and get another degree.

    This time in “common sense”.

    :)

  38. MTU February 2nd, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Erin-

    I heard they even called out the National Guard ?

  39. MTU February 2nd, 2011 at 9:50 am

    Chip-

    Better tip. Live in warm climate.

    :)

  40. Chip February 2nd, 2011 at 9:53 am

    MTU February 2nd, 2011 at 9:50 am
    Chip-

    Better tip. Live in warm climate.
    ——————

    I don’t mind the cold generally – and I love the snow. But this storm is just unreal.

  41. blake February 2nd, 2011 at 9:53 am

    Winning comes first with the Yanks. If winning and letting kids that are ready play coincide then that’s ideal but it doesn’t always work out like that. Im for letting kids play that are clearly ready and that are as good as the alternatives…..

  42. Erica in NY February 2nd, 2011 at 9:55 am

    Good morning everyone-

    Checking in from my desk at work.

    Fortunately, I have not fallen on my tush while walking on ice… yet

    Erin, glad you made it safe :-)

  43. MTU February 2nd, 2011 at 9:55 am

    Chip-

    I’m glad you don’t. I’ll send it all your way then, OK ?

    This Winter is going to be long remembered.

    Let’s just hope it’s a one off, and not the beginning of a trend.

    ;)

  44. MTU February 2nd, 2011 at 9:56 am

    Blake-

    The key word is “ready”.

    :)

  45. HipHipHorHay February 2nd, 2011 at 9:57 am

    I agree with most of the posters here. Ridiculous to just throw all the kids in at once. Judge their performance in the minors on an individual basis, and break them in gradually by using them to fill holes where needed. I agree the Yankees could be a little bit more aggressive than they have been (I’m still disgusted with how they ruined Joba, in my opinion), but they still have a really good team and have no reason to scrap all the vets for a bunch of unproven kids.

    Oh, and I believe Paul Masson (not Mondavi) said “No wine before its time.”

  46. Cashman needs to go February 2nd, 2011 at 9:57 am

    Was this David Brandwein that wrote the post…or was it Brian Cashman? Not sure who the bigger prospect hugger is..

    2 things i did agree with:

    1) With the current constructed roster – the yankees will finish in 3rd with a record of 86-76 (or somehwere in that neighborhood)

    2) As david suggested….I stopped reading after…”Put Montero behind the plate, make Nova the fourth starter, and let Brackman and Betances fight it out for fifth starter and/or long reliever”

  47. UpState February 2nd, 2011 at 9:58 am

    Chip February 2nd, 2011 at 9:48 am
    So I don’t know how many of you saw highlights from the Munson dinner last night but one thing really stuck out to me:

    Mike Piazza’s forehead is HUGE

    I mean it’s disturbingly huge.
    —————————————————

    “disturbingly huge”….. hilarious observation !!!

  48. MTU February 2nd, 2011 at 9:59 am

    Hip-

    Thanks for the correction.

    Need to get those things right.

    ;)

  49. HipHipHorHay February 2nd, 2011 at 10:00 am

    Upstate –
    I too thought that was a weird picture in general. Why were Piazza, Swish, and Dr. J posing for a picture together?

  50. GreenBeret7 February 2nd, 2011 at 10:01 am

    This group of young players is coming in like the group of Williams, Jeter, Rivera, Pettitte and Posada. The main difference is that that group was spread out over a couple of years and not all grouped together. I think this new group can make the same sort of impact. The major difference is that group was mainly offense and the new ones are pitching based. There is a lot of talent there, though.

  51. HipHipHorHay February 2nd, 2011 at 10:01 am

    MTU –
    Sorry, I’m just a wine-o.

  52. Bronx Jeers February 2nd, 2011 at 10:02 am

    ” Some you might have read the title to this blog entry and immediately went to the scene in The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training…”

    Ummm…. not exactly.

  53. MTU February 2nd, 2011 at 10:03 am

    Hip-

    Not a problem. I’m not whining about it.

    :)

  54. Barry February 2nd, 2011 at 10:03 am

    Of all the guest posts, this one has to be the most self-important, deluded and least knowedgable. Please abandon this concept. Send the amateurs back where they belong.

  55. blake February 2nd, 2011 at 10:04 am

    MTU,

    yes and that’s different for each guy. Banuelos and Betances need more innings. I do think that once a guy is physically and mentally ready for the big leagues there is some advantage to allowing them to “take their lumps ” in the big leagues……the quicker they learn the quicker and younger they hit their ceiling. Of course those struggles could set some guys back as well……just depends on the guy.

  56. MTU February 2nd, 2011 at 10:07 am

    Just as a counterpoint to this post why don’t we have one that advocates bringing back Angel Berroa.

    Or Julio Franco.

    The two oldest Men ever to don a baseball uni.

    :)

  57. randy l. February 2nd, 2011 at 10:07 am

    “Tough crowd…”

    blog regulars are pretty savvy on the yankees issues though they can polarize to different sides.

    i think if dave had spent more time in the daily trenches of the blog the unbridled optimism would have been tempered and would have been more realistic.

    cashman ironically tok a similar position to dave and in 2008 actually planned on having two rookies in the rotation. so if brian after all those years of experience made the mistake of putting two rookies in the rotation, i guess we can excuse dave’s over enthusiasm for rookies.

  58. Chip February 2nd, 2011 at 10:07 am

    Cashman -

    It’s not even a question of prospect hugging it’s a question of forcing prospects into situations they’re not ready for.

    Brackman and Betances haven’t thrown an inning above AA but they should be thrust into the fifth starter spot on a team that’s going to contend?

    Jesus Montero may be the best bat in the Yankee system but he’s still very young – you want him catching a veteran staff everyday?

    It’s just a dumb post and his projections based on what these guys did in AA and AAA is foolish as well.

    I’m also curious where he thinks all of Tampa’s wins are coming from – but I gather it was a baseless claim that he used to make a point.

  59. UpState February 2nd, 2011 at 10:08 am

    HipHipHorHay February 2nd, 2011 at 10:00 am
    Upstate –
    I too thought that was a weird picture in general. Why were Piazza, Swish, and Dr. J posing for a picture together?
    ———————————————————–

    Thurman Munson Awards dinner.

  60. SJ44 February 2nd, 2011 at 10:08 am

    This is not an 86 win team and it’s not finishing third in it’s present construction.

    Not even close.

    If Cashman was the prospect hugger you think he is, he wouldn’t still be looking for pitching.

    He would do what the guest poster suggested.

  61. MTU February 2nd, 2011 at 10:09 am

    Blake-

    Agreed. But that’s not what Dave the rave was talkin’ about.

    His genius thought was just to throw young guys at the wall to see who sticks.

    Before they are ready.

    Very different story.

    :)

  62. Bronx Jeers February 2nd, 2011 at 10:10 am

    Oh, and I believe Paul Masson (not Mondavi) said “No wine before its time.”

    ————————————

    Actually it was Orson Welles. :wink:

  63. MTU February 2nd, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Jeers-

    At this point I’d believe Rod Serling.

    :)

  64. MTU February 2nd, 2011 at 10:14 am

    SJ-

    You really opened my eyes up yesterday on how the Minors work.

    Thanks again.

  65. G. Love February 2nd, 2011 at 10:16 am

    SJ,

    I hope Tony makes it to the majors quickly so you can stop literally being a prospect hugger every time you hug him at family gatherings.

  66. randy l. February 2nd, 2011 at 10:17 am

    mtu-

    if some people think the morning blog is rough on pinch hitters , it would be really funny is to throw the pinch hitter post into the wild and wooly evening slot.

    then we’d really see some interesting counter arguments.

  67. Bronx Jeers February 2nd, 2011 at 10:17 am

    After seeing the proposed standings in this guest post I kinda feel like I’m in The Twilight Zone.

    We’ll start no prospect before it’s time !

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpj0t2ozPWY

  68. West Coast Yankee Fan February 2nd, 2011 at 10:18 am

    Didn’t get past “Bad News Bears” was his favorite baseball movie. Please.

  69. MTU February 2nd, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Randy-

    It would be much kinder to throw them into a meat grinder.

    Or to rip out their nails one at a time.

    It would funny in a kind of a sardonic way.

  70. MTU February 2nd, 2011 at 10:20 am

    edit: be. sorry.

  71. SJ44 February 2nd, 2011 at 10:22 am

    G Love,

    LOL. Me too!

    The prospects of spending half the summer in Altoona, PA isn’t all that appealing to me.

    At least if he was in AAA in Indianapolis, it’s a direct flight for me and ST. Elmos Steakhouse is nearby.

    Gonna be roughin’ it this summer.

  72. Erica in NY February 2nd, 2011 at 10:22 am

    Favorite Baseball movie-

    Hmmmmm…… (not ranked)

    1) 61*
    2) A League of their Own
    3) Pride of the Yankees

  73. MTU February 2nd, 2011 at 10:24 am

    SJ-

    Be careful.

    The people of Altoona might not take kindly to your comments.

    They might think it’s just like Paris.

    :)

  74. BoJo February 2nd, 2011 at 10:25 am

    Is Kean University accredited?

  75. MTU February 2nd, 2011 at 10:26 am

    Bojo-

    Definitely. You see them advertising degrees on TV all the time.

    They go to the highest bidder.

    :)

  76. G. Love February 2nd, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Despite lacking Walter Matthau, Bad News Bears Breaking Training was much better than the Bad News Bears Go To Japan.

    The fact that those lovable scamps illegally drove a van to Houston without their parents knowing only to be coached by Kelly Leak’s long lost father played by the scenery chewing William Devane was so bad it became good. Not to mention their starting pitcher was Scott Baio’s fast talking brother who wasn’t on the team in any of the other movies.

    It was the Return of the Jedi of the Bad News Bears trilogy.

    It also featured Bob Watson in one of the most underrated performances by a Houston Astro in a motion picture. Cesar Cedeno and JR Richard couldn’t act their way out of a paper bag in that movie, but Bob delivered the goods like a young Deniro.

  77. Chip February 2nd, 2011 at 10:27 am

    It’s truly the most inane of the fill in blogs that we’ve had thus far. I could have written a listing of some of my boneheaded trade proposals and it would have been more realistic.

  78. Bronx Jeers February 2nd, 2011 at 10:28 am

    Nothing wrong with “The Bad News Bears” Great movie.

    But the sequel? That’s a problem.

  79. MTU February 2nd, 2011 at 10:28 am

    Chip-

    LoL

    :)

  80. Chip February 2nd, 2011 at 10:28 am

    5 Favorite Baseball Movies (in no particular order):

    Major League
    Field of Dreams
    Bull Durham
    The Natural
    For the Love of the Game

  81. West Coast Yankee Fan February 2nd, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Great movie? Not.

  82. MTU February 2nd, 2011 at 10:29 am

    It’s time for some real baseball people.

    ;)

  83. MaineYankee February 2nd, 2011 at 10:31 am

    Chip February 2nd, 2011 at 10:27 am
    It’s truly the most inane of the fill in blogs that we’ve had thus far. I could have written a listing of some of my boneheaded trade proposals and it would have been more realistic
    ————————————————————————————

    I don’t know if I’d go that far. :lol:

  84. MaineYankee February 2nd, 2011 at 10:33 am

    SJ44 February 2nd, 2011 at 10:22 am
    G Love,

    LOL. Me too!

    The prospects of spending half the summer in Altoona, PA isn’t all that appealing to me.

    At least if he was in AAA in Indianapolis, it’s a direct flight for me and ST. Elmos Steakhouse is nearby.

    Gonna be roughin’ it this summer.

    ———————————————————————————

    You can come to Portland when he comes here and have some lobster. :loL:

  85. West Coast Yankee Fan February 2nd, 2011 at 10:33 am

    Ken Burns – Baseball
    Field Of Dreams
    Bang the Drum Slowly
    Bull Durham
    Pride of the Yankees
    The Natural
    Eight Men Out

  86. MTU February 2nd, 2011 at 10:35 am

    I guess GB laughed so hard when he read this post he split a gut and had to be taken to the Hospital.

    Sure would have been funny to hear what he thought.

    Oh well. Maybe after he gets out of surgery.

    :)

  87. MaineYankee February 2nd, 2011 at 10:36 am

    MTU February 2nd, 2011 at 10:09 am
    Blake-

    Agreed. But that’s not what Dave the rave was talkin’ about.

    His genius thought was just to throw young guys at the wall to see who sticks.

    Before they are ready.

    Very different story.

    ——————————————————————————–

    According to what has been posted here that’s how the vaunted Twins do it. :lol:

  88. MTU February 2nd, 2011 at 10:37 am

    Maine-

    I’m gonna let you and Randy work that one out.

    I’ll referee.

    :)

  89. MTU February 2nd, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Maine-

    You ought to be able to find common ground.

    You’re both from Maine, and have a fascination with lawn ornaments.

    :)

  90. MaineYankee February 2nd, 2011 at 10:42 am

    MTU

    randy has been tainted by living in Mass.

  91. Chip February 2nd, 2011 at 10:43 am

    MaineYankee February 2nd, 2011 at 10:31 am
    Chip February 2nd, 2011 at 10:27 am
    It’s truly the most inane of the fill in blogs that we’ve had thus far. I could have written a listing of some of my boneheaded trade proposals and it would have been more realistic
    ————————————————————————————

    I don’t know if I’d go that far
    ——————

    Just for that:

    A) Would anyone have any interest in signing Daniel Cabrera to a minor league deal? The guy is a train wreck but he still throws really hard – if nothing else maybe convert him to a reliever in the minors for depth?

    B) Nationals get: Joba Chamberlain and Austin Romine
    Yankees get: Michael Morse and Jordan Zimmerman

  92. MTU February 2nd, 2011 at 10:43 am

    Maine-

    I see. Does he know that ?

    :)

  93. randy l. February 2nd, 2011 at 10:43 am

    According to what has been posted here that’s how the vaunted Twins do it.”

    nah, they tend to bring them up in middle of the year for some starts, throw in some bullpen, send them up and down a few times, and finally after about 2-3 years of this give them a rotation spot when they are 24-25.

  94. GreenBeret7 February 2nd, 2011 at 10:44 am

    MTU, since I don’t tend to type like I talk….(whatever I think at the moment) I don’t often criticise other’s that attempt Guest Subjects. Regular posters are fair game. It was a bit of an odd way to bring up the suggestion, though. That is the end of my critique.

    Now that’s off of my chest and I was polite, I’ll go back to being my own sweet self.

  95. G. Love February 2nd, 2011 at 10:44 am

    My top 5 baseball movies

    The Natural
    Bad News Bears (The Original with Matthau)
    Eight Men Out
    Bull Durham
    Field of Dreams

    If anyone says Fever Pitch they get an automatic blog suspension and a concussion from me if we ever meet.

  96. MTU February 2nd, 2011 at 10:44 am

    Looks like the bell has sounded for round 1.

    :)

  97. UpState February 2nd, 2011 at 10:48 am

    Field Of Dreams with Kevin Costner

    Baseball by Ken Burns

  98. MTU February 2nd, 2011 at 10:48 am

    GB-

    It’s that Southern charm I guess.

    And your Gentlemanly nature.

    I completely understand sir.

    My humblest apologies for having cast aspersions on the smallest petal of your flowery virtue.

    :)

  99. MaineYankee February 2nd, 2011 at 10:48 am

    MTU

    You trying to start trouble?

  100. GreenBeret7 February 2nd, 2011 at 10:48 am

    Two of the best baseball movies not mentioned are “The Pride Of St. Louis” (Dizzy Dean) with Dan Dailey and “The Stratton Story” with James Stewart.

  101. David in Cal February 2nd, 2011 at 10:48 am

    I don’t disagree with all the commenters who say that Brandwein’s proposal would rush the kids to the Majors too quickly. However, one benefit of his plan is that promising youngsters won’t be traded before we get a chance to find out how good they are.

    Despite Cashman’s insistance that the team policy is now to develop our own players, many of the Yanks’ top prospects are not getting the chance to show the Yanks how they can perform in the major leagues. We traded Austin Jackson, Arodys Vizcaino, Ross Ohlendorf and Jose Tabata before they had a chance to play in the majors. We’ve offered Jesus Montero twice and might well trade him.

  102. MTU February 2nd, 2011 at 10:49 am

    Maine-

    Just practicing.

    I’m trying to learn from the best.

    :)

  103. pat February 2nd, 2011 at 10:51 am

    Jayson Starks all-unemployed team could probably have a better record than a bunch of teams.

    This week’s nominees for the All-Unemployed Team:

    1B Russell Branyan, 2B David Eckstein, SS Orlando Cabrera, 3B Pedro Feliz, C Bengie Molina, LF Scott Podsednik, CF Jim Edmonds RF Gabe Gross, DH Vladimir Guerrero

    Starting rotation for the All-Unemployed Team: Andy Pettitte, Kevin Millwood, Jeremy Bonderman, John Maine, Daniel Cabrera . . . (cont)

    Bullpen for the All-Unemployed Team: Chad Durbin, Manny Delcarmen, Mike Lincoln, Ron Mahay, Scot Shields, Elmer Dessens

    Not necessarily retired members of the All-Unemployed Team: Pedro Martinez, Jarrod Washburn, Jermaine Dye, Carlos Delgado, Gary Sheffield

  104. Erica in NY February 2nd, 2011 at 10:51 am

    Chip February 2nd, 2011 at 10:27 am
    It’s truly the most inane of the fill in blogs that we’ve had thus far. I could have written a listing of some of my boneheaded trade proposals and it would have been more realistic.

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

    I like that you admit they are boneheaded… j/k ;-)

    But next year you should consider compiling a “Best (or Worst!) of Chip” as a guest post

  105. Chip February 2nd, 2011 at 10:51 am

    From Joel Sherman:
    “They shouldn’t be caught up in our major league problems,” Cashman told me. Translation: No matter how short the rotation might be, it is not up to two inexperienced pitchers to solve the mess caused by Cliff Lee’s rejection and Andy Pettitte continued defection. Banuelos and Betances have each made three career starts at Double-A, which is the highest level they have attained. Both had injuries last year that severely restricted their workload. So you can expect that the Yanks will institute an innings cap not much above 130 – if that high. With that the case, it would be hard to begin or end the year with either Banuelos or Betances in the rotation. In addition, Cashman stressed that Banuelos is just 19 (he turns 20 next month).

    For now, both Banuelos and Betances are ticketed for Double-A. But keep this in mind: Many members of the Yankee organization feel breaking young pitchers in via the bullpen is worthwhile, so it is possible that the last 20 or 30 innings of their work could be out of the major league pen. And also, don’t forget, Soriano was not supposed to be a Yankee in 2001 nor was Hughes supposed to be with the team in 2007. So whatever the rules are in the chill of February, remember that they are always subject to re-write.

  106. GreenBeret7 February 2nd, 2011 at 10:54 am

    another movie that gets very little recognition is “Cobb” with Tommy Lee Jones and Robert Wuhl.

  107. NYY626 - Andy in 2011 February 2nd, 2011 at 10:54 am

    Favortie baseball movie – The Sandlot!!! ( I watched this movie about 90000x as a kid). Sandlot is tied with A League of Their Own, followed by *61.

    I actually just finished watching The Bronx is Burning last night. It was excellent and I didnt want it to end. I want to see 1978….lol

  108. Erica in NY February 2nd, 2011 at 10:54 am

    G Love-

    Fever Pitch does feature a Johnny Damon cameo :-)

    On a side note, while the ending of this movie obviously made me want to vomit (in real life and when I saw it in the movie). As a baseball fan whose mood changes with each win and loss… there were things I could identify with. I just would have probably liked it more if it was about a Oakland A’s fan or some other random team

  109. have a cigar February 2nd, 2011 at 10:55 am

    If anyone actually took the time to search Google about today’s pinch hitter, they would find this bit of information:

    “He specializes in the treatment and evaluation of children who have been victims of child abuse and other trauma, including bullying by peers, as well as forensic evaluations to assess parenting fitness and attachment between parents and children.”

    Sounds to me like the kind of person who should be lauded instead of ridiculed.

  110. Erica in NY February 2nd, 2011 at 10:55 am

    NYY626 – Andy in 2011 February 2nd, 2011 at 10:54 am
    Favortie baseball movie – The Sandlot!!! ( I watched this movie about 90000x as a kid). Sandlot is tied with A League of Their Own, followed by *61.

    I actually just finished watching The Bronx is Burning last night. It was excellent and I didnt want it to end. I want to see 1978….lol

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

    Oooh- I loved the Bronx is Burning

  111. ltl February 2nd, 2011 at 10:57 am

    SJ:

    I don’t know if you’ve been to Altoona before, but you can fly into State College, pick up a rental car, drive around the mountain and be at the Altoona stadium in about 30-45 minutes. Not much excitement in Altoona, but if you need info. about that area I can help.

  112. BoJo February 2nd, 2011 at 10:57 am

    GreenBeret7 February 2nd, 2011 at 10:44 am

    MTU, since I don’t tend to type like I talk….(whatever I think at the moment) I don’t often criticise other’s that attempt Guest Subjects. Regular posters are fair game. It was a bit of an odd way to bring up the suggestion, though. That is the end of my critique.

    Now that’s off of my chest and I was polite, I’ll go back to being my own sweet self.
    ++++++++++++++
    So you are saying you like to give them a chance to break in slowly before they are subject to crossfire, eh?

    No poster before his/her time?

  113. MaineYankee February 2nd, 2011 at 10:58 am

    Erica

    If it was the best of, it would be short. :lol:

  114. BoJo February 2nd, 2011 at 10:58 am

    The Winning Team with Doris Day and some bozo ( no relation)

  115. BoJo February 2nd, 2011 at 11:02 am

    Bang the Drum Slowly–the original telemovie with Paul Newman

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWVK-mJAElk

  116. MTU February 2nd, 2011 at 11:02 am

    Cigar-

    You are absolutely right. He should be lauded for that.

    But no one was ridiculing him for his work in that regard just for his guest post on a baseball matter.

    If I went a bit over the top, for that I apologize. The world needs people like him. No doubt about it.

  117. Fran the original February 2nd, 2011 at 11:02 am

    pat, that is a pretty good team. I hope Andy moves from that team to the Yankees :)

  118. DadinIowa February 2nd, 2011 at 11:03 am

    Anyone remember the movie “It happens every spring”? With “Pride of the Yankees”, my two favorites.

  119. GreenBeret7 February 2nd, 2011 at 11:03 am

    Baseball movies are difficult to make…much harder than football/track movies like “Prefontaine”. It hard to find actors that actually look like baseball players. Other than william ?Bendix as “Babe Ruth”, Gary Cooper in Pride Of The Yankees” was about as unathletic looking as anybody could get. He couldn’t throw or swing a bat left handed, so they sewed the lettering and uniform numbers on backwards and turned the film around. He was even worse than Anthony Perkins in “Fear Strikes Out”.

  120. YanksRule February 2nd, 2011 at 11:07 am

    David, while your blog is interesting and obviously filled with knowledge and stats, I don’t think it would work in New York. You’d be mixing in these under-developed youth with veterans who won the World Series a year-and-a-half ago. The results I predict for some of them would be the same that happened to Chase Wright on a fateful night at Fenway Park a few years back. Chase looked like a promising prospect who had just pitched a nice game against Cleveland. Due to injuries, Joe Torre had to use the young pitcher against Boston’s formidable lineup and for an inning or two, it seemed to be going well. The Yankees had even built a small lead. And then it happened. Right on ESPN Sunday night baseball, Mr. Wright served up four consecutive home-runs. The crowd (and ESPN announcers) erupted. Chase Wright’s confidence was shattered. He was never the same pitcher again. Now I’m not saying that will happen to Betances, Banuelos and Brackman – but I’m not willing to risk hurting them in a rush to “save money”. Sorry, your plan sounds good theory but won’t work for this franchise. You need to let them develop at their own pace.

  121. DadinIowa February 2nd, 2011 at 11:07 am

    I thought James Stewart was athletic looking, in the Stratton Story. But, I am testing my memory on that one.

  122. G. Love February 2nd, 2011 at 11:08 am

    Have a cigar,

    No one is ridiculing him personally on here. It’s a baseball blog. It’s a baseball post. You send it out into knowing full well some will disagree with you.

    If someone that accomplished is taking our reaction personally I’d be very surprised.

  123. GreenBeret7 February 2nd, 2011 at 11:09 am

    “It happens Every Spring” with Ray Milland as King Kelly and Paul Douglas and “the Skipper” Alan Hale, Jr. Fun movie of fancy.

  124. tyanksfan36 February 2nd, 2011 at 11:11 am

    I’d like to admit that during the 2nd game of the ALDS in 2009 I was so nervous that I stopped watching it at about the 7th inning and turned on The Sandlot. That is my favorite baseball movie. I have The Bronx is Burning but I haven’t watched it yet.

  125. GreenBeret7 February 2nd, 2011 at 11:11 am

    Dad, Stewart was a pretty good athlete, and one of the most talented actors ever…in every type of movie. Also took part in 3 wars as a pilot….WWII, Korea and Vietnam.

  126. DadinIowa February 2nd, 2011 at 11:12 am

    When the network played “it happens every spring”, you KNEW that spring training was just around the corner. And, GB, I don’t think Ray Milland looked much like a major league pitcher, either. :)

  127. MTU February 2nd, 2011 at 11:13 am

    YanksRule-

    Fortunately I had forgotten about that until you mentioned it.

    Another great example of how NOT to do things.

    It was done out of expediency, and though that is sometimes required, the results can be unfortunate.

    The less that happens the better.

    ;)

  128. West Coast Yankee Fan February 2nd, 2011 at 11:13 am

    The depiction of reality isn’t necessarily a prerequisite for a good baseball movie or any movie for that matter. It helps and filmmakers try but story, script, acting, directing and editing are far more important.

    Interesting to note. They filmed Cooper playing right-handed, and then reversed the film. They also had Cooper run to third instead of first, so it would look natural when reversed, and also had the numbers and letters on the uniforms positioned backwards.

  129. JCPD February 2nd, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Although some of the pinch hitting series articles are what I would call “out there” I find it pretty disappointing in all the ridicule they get. I mean, I don’t see too many of the “vets” on here with the cojones to do an article for the series. Why? That being said, I do enjoy a lot of the vets’ writings around here.

  130. GreenBeret7 February 2nd, 2011 at 11:14 am

    True about Milland, Dad, but, then, it was a fantasy ball player in a fantasy movie.

  131. DadinIowa February 2nd, 2011 at 11:14 am

    Stewart always seemed like a good guy, too. Much like Tom Hanks seems to be now. Kind of the “every guy” persona.

  132. Cashman needs to go February 2nd, 2011 at 11:15 am

    What was the movie with Robert Deniro and Wesley Snipes “The Fan”?…I didn’t think it was that good of a baseball movie but after reading some of the bloggers on here during a game it seems like they resemble good old bobby in that movie..

  133. Jerkface February 2nd, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Battlefield Baseball is the best baseball movie, all you pretenders get out.

  134. blake February 2nd, 2011 at 11:16 am

    Chip’s list is pretty my top 5 as well.. I did watch Sandlot 1,000 times as well and that’s a good one. Summer Catch is pretty much a horrible movie but has nice “scenery”. Field of dreams still gets me misty eyed every time at the end……I think For Love of the Game is under rated as well…..its not as good as the other 2 Costner classics and is a.little cheesy but I still love it.

  135. HipHipHorHay February 2nd, 2011 at 11:17 am

    Upstate –
    No, I know. But it’s a weird collection of people. And a weird pic for the blog. Just struck me as funny. Should have had Lady Gaga and Andre the Giant in the mix too.

  136. DadinIowa February 2nd, 2011 at 11:17 am

    That might not be a bad idea in the next couple of weeks….. get a list of baseball movies to watch…wonder how many are on Netflix play now?

  137. MTU February 2nd, 2011 at 11:19 am

    JCPD-

    Day off, Right ?

    Any plans ?

    :)

  138. DadinIowa February 2nd, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Blake, agree with you about Field of Dreams. I mist up every time I see it. When I first went to the real field in Dyersville, Iowa, I was surprised how the emotion came back to me. Visit the field if you ever get a chance. Although its for sale now, admission has always been free when I have been there.

  139. DadinIowa February 2nd, 2011 at 11:21 am

    Is Rodg here? I wonder how much snow they got where he lives. I presume we got more since we live in the S.E. part of the state.

  140. blake February 2nd, 2011 at 11:22 am

    DadinIowa,

    Not only my favorite baseball movie but one of my favorite movies period. For those who have a connection with their father and the game if really strikes a nerve….

  141. JCPD February 2nd, 2011 at 11:23 am

    Going to head up to Watkins Glens. Can’t go down into the gorge with Dakota and it’s probably closed anyway because of the season, but the view from above is nice. Then hit a few waterfalls. Come home and grill a nice filet for dinner with some rosemary roasted potatoes.

  142. MTU February 2nd, 2011 at 11:24 am

    JCPD-

    Sounds good. Mind if I come along ?

    :)

  143. MTU February 2nd, 2011 at 11:27 am

    JCPD-

    Before I forget. I sent Trisha some of your Winter photos.

    Just wanted you to know she loved them.

    :)

  144. GreenBeret7 February 2nd, 2011 at 11:28 am

    Dad, here’s a list of baseball movies. “Don’t Look Back” (Satchel Page) and the original “Angels In The Outfield”with Paul Douglas (1953) are top picks.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baseball_movies

  145. JCPD February 2nd, 2011 at 11:29 am

    MTU, be my guest………… train leaves here this morning as the Eagles would sing. No problem sending Trish photos. You can send her my e-mail to contact me if she wants to see more.

  146. NYY626 - Andy in 2011 February 2nd, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Nobody’s mentioned “Rookie of the Year”? Such a quotable movie: “pitcher’s got a big butt!”, “funky buttloving” “we want a pitcher, not an underwear snitcher”……

    ( sorry I am regressing to 8 years old today)

  147. tbone1570 February 2nd, 2011 at 11:31 am

    Just a flat out bad guest post. I should have known to just stop reading when it said “his fondest Yankee memory” comes from batting practice!

    Chad – You need to do a better job screening these things. There’s a lot on intelligent, deep thinkers on here who would do a much better job.

  148. Chip February 2nd, 2011 at 11:32 am

    While the best baseball movies are certainly up for debate – can we agree on the worst baseball movies:

    Major League Back to the Minors
    Fever Pitch
    Summer Catch
    The Rookie (though I do give it some props for being a true story)
    The Scout
    Rookie of the Year
    My Little Big League

  149. MTU February 2nd, 2011 at 11:32 am

    JCPD-

    You’ve got mail.

    Please check it out.

    I will give it to Trisha if I remember.

    :)

  150. SAS February 2nd, 2011 at 11:32 am

    Better late than never in commenting on the Guest Writer. How can this guy possibly guess the outcome of the season when the Yankees don’t even know who they will have pitching for them. I particularly loved it when the writer chose the Yankees to be in 3rd place by one game.

    By and large the Guest Writers, especially G. Love, have had something interesting to say. I think today’s comments were a joke at this point.

    ————————————————————-

    Loved most of the baseball movies you all have mentioned. I haven’t seen all of them, but most.

  151. Tom in N.J. February 2nd, 2011 at 11:33 am

    “The Baseball Game”

    From 1898:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42uezUZR5Ig

  152. Chip February 2nd, 2011 at 11:33 am

    GreenBeret7 February 2nd, 2011 at 11:28 am
    Dad, here’s a list of baseball movies. “Don’t Look Back” (Satchel Page) and the original “Angels In The Outfield”with Paul Douglas (1953) are top picks.

    ————-

    The remake of Angels with Tony Danza was attrocious.

  153. SAS February 2nd, 2011 at 11:34 am

    JCPD,

    It is nice that you can get around today. South of you, it is a sheet of ice or so my son told me. Ice scares me much more than a snow storm. Enjoy your day off.

  154. austinmac February 2nd, 2011 at 11:35 am

    GB,

    I loved “It Happens Every Spring.” The stuff Miland put on the ball would have made me a heck of a pitcher, at least in a wood bat league.

    Jimmy Stewart is one of the great men ever to be in Hollywood. He didn’t act his way through the wars, he fought them. He volunteered early and took no soft routes. Impressive. About as impressive as he was in “Harvey”.

  155. NYY626 - Andy in 2011 February 2nd, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Chip February 2nd, 2011 at 11:33 am
    GreenBeret7 February 2nd, 2011 at 11:28 am
    Dad, here’s a list of baseball movies. “Don’t Look Back” (Satchel Page) and the original “Angels In The Outfield”with Paul Douglas (1953) are top picks.

    ————-

    The remake of Angels with Tony Danza was attrocious.

    _________________________________________________________________
    LOL I disagree. That’s another movie I watched a million times as a kid. Haven’t seen it in years though

  156. Jerkface February 2nd, 2011 at 11:36 am

    You need to do a better job screening these things. There’s a lot on intelligent, deep thinkers on here who would do a much better job

    The intelligent deep thinkers would have to get off their butt and actually write something.

  157. Chip February 2nd, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Just re-read this morning’s post – still awful.

  158. West Coast Yankee Fan February 2nd, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Best baseball television series ever, “Eastbound and Down”.

    Kid in Gym Class: My dad said you ruined baseball.

    Kenny Powers: You know what? I can already tell that I don’t like you. And I’m probably not going to like you no matter how many pull-ups or push-ups you do. If anybody wants to pick on anybody in class, aim for him, cause I ain’t watching.

  159. blake February 2nd, 2011 at 11:37 am

    Major Leaugue back to the minors might be the worst movie ever made. I mean its like Jaws the Revenge level bad compared to the original.

  160. West Coast Yankee Fan February 2nd, 2011 at 11:39 am

    “In conversations with Yankees people, Sherman never got the impression that they liked Freddy Garcia that much. The team agreed to a minor league deal with Garcia Monday”.

    “There’s “a pretty good likelihood” that Andy Pettitte returns and the Yankees trade for a starter during Spring Training, Sherman writes”.

    –MLBTR

  161. JCPD February 2nd, 2011 at 11:40 am

    SAS, when I was out walking this morning the roads seemed fine. Once I head out I’ll know for sure and am smart enough to turn back if too dangerous. Either way, a day off is for enjoyment and Dakota and myself will enjoy it.

  162. blake February 2nd, 2011 at 11:42 am

    I think Andy will pitch…..whether they trade for a starter will depend on who is available and how much they need one.

  163. MTU February 2nd, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Speakin’ of movies and movie stars.

    I just watched “Tombstone” last night starring Kurt Russell as Wyatt Earp.

    I thought him and the others stars: Sam Elliott and Bill Paxton werer good too.

    But for me the the guy who stole the show was Val Kilmer who played Doc Holliday.

    I always loved watching Burt Lancaster too. Just watched “the Professionals” after having recently hiked thru where it was filmed.

    :)

  164. Chip February 2nd, 2011 at 11:42 am

    blake February 2nd, 2011 at 11:37 am
    Major Leaugue back to the minors might be the worst movie ever made. I mean its like Jaws the Revenge level bad compared to the original.

    —————————-

    I completely agree.

    Though seeing Keith Hernandez and Bret Saberhagen in Yankee Stadium for the Scout made me ill…You got George to do a cameo – you couldn’t get Mattingly and Key?

  165. blake February 2nd, 2011 at 11:47 am

    MTU,

    im your huckleberry :). Val has two shining moments in his career. Iceman and Doc Holliday. He made Tombstone as you say….

  166. mick February 2nd, 2011 at 11:47 am

    “He specializes in the treatment and evaluation of children who have been victims of child abuse and other trauma, including bullying by peers,
    ===============================
    Then he should be able to handle this…

  167. austinmac February 2nd, 2011 at 11:47 am

    MTU,

    Just wanted to tell you “You’re my huckleberry”. Makes me want to have a shot of red-eye.

  168. mick February 2nd, 2011 at 11:48 am

    blake

    how ’bout Val in The Doors ?

  169. blake February 2nd, 2011 at 11:49 am

    Mick,

    I actually haven’t seen that yet….but I heard he was good.

  170. mick February 2nd, 2011 at 11:50 am

    He WAS Jim Morrison.

  171. SAS February 2nd, 2011 at 11:50 am

    Has anyone watched the new show “Harry’s Law”. It is great. The language they allowed on one of the 4 big networks surprised me, but Kathy Bates is sensational.

  172. blake February 2nd, 2011 at 11:51 am

    Mick,

    I might have to check it out then.

  173. MTU February 2nd, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Blake-

    As you have said to me before, you have good taste.

    If you haven’t seen “The Professionals”, and you like Westerns, I highly recommend it. Not only for Burt Lancaster but especially for Claudia Cardinale (Whew !).

    It was filmed on Location at Valley of Fire State Park in NV. The scenery all the way around is breathtaking.

    Austin-

    Serve it up.

    :)

  174. MTU February 2nd, 2011 at 11:54 am

    Val Kilmer was also great in the movie with DeNiro called “Heat”.

    :)

  175. austinmac February 2nd, 2011 at 11:55 am

    MTU, I do have to blame you for putting the very old Wyatt Earp TV theme song in my head. Today, I will try to be brave, courageous and bold. I think that Wyatt Earp, Hugh O’Brien, was about 5’4″ so boldness was needed.

  176. MTU February 2nd, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Austin-

    A went with a buddy once to Western show (he likes to get autographs) and he was there.

    Along with quite a few of the old time stars.

    Pretty cool. Lot’s of fun if you like that sort of thing.

    :)

  177. DadinIowa February 2nd, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    GB, thanks for the list ! :)

  178. BoJo February 2nd, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    blake February 2nd, 2011 at 11:47 am

    MTU,

    im your huckleberry . Val has two shining moments in his career. Iceman and Doc Holliday. He made Tombstone as you say….
    ———————
    Top Secret and Real Genius were two of my all time Kilmer favorites

  179. BoJo February 2nd, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Who could ever forget?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbpPIYy_YQk

  180. CCBiggs February 2nd, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    I would be willing to sacrifice the 2011 season if we could be sure we’d get those numbers from the young guys in 2012. But that seems highly unlikely. Better to let those guys continue to develop in the minors for another season or two and use the free agent market for short term needs now.

  181. HipHipHorHay February 2nd, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    Re: Kilmer.

    Heat.

  182. HipHipHorHay February 2nd, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Whoops. Sorry MTU.

  183. sommerjd February 2nd, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    Your 2012 final record is 97-63. That leaves you two games short. But then the entire blog post is about 2 games short in terms of its persuasiveness.

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