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You go your way (and I’ll go mine)

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Feb 13, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

I can’t remember the last time I was genuinely excited to see the Grammy Awards, but I’ll be watching tonight.

I’m sure most of the ceremony will be rather forgettable, but mixed into the nonsense, Arcade Fire is scheduled to perform, Mick Jagger will be part of a tribute to Solomon Burke, and Bob Dylan will be the third act in a three-artist medley with Avett Brothers and Mumford & Sons. That’s a can’t miss combination.

That’s how I’ll spend my last night before the baseball chaos ensues. For now, here is one last batch of offseason notes and links. Have a good night, everyone. Pitchers and catchers report in the morning.

• Nice work by Marc Carig, who looked into the personality of new Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild. “He knows when to hit the accelerator,” Al Leiter said. “He knows when to hit the brakes.”

• Speaking of new faces, Anthony McCarron profiled non-roster pitcher Brian Anderson, the converted outfielder trying to reestablish himself as a pitcher. “Pitching was always what I wanted to do,” Anderson said.

• The Yankees are not necessarily a finished product. Jon Heyman reports that they’re still talking to starter Kevin Millwood, but no deal seems close. Remember what Brian Cashman has said time and time again: If any current free agent starters are going to land in New York, it’s going to have to be at the Yankees price.

• George King took a look at 10 issues facing the Yankees heading into spring training.

• Cool story in the New York Times about the history of the Negro Leagues at Yankee Stadium.

• Funny story from Buster Olney about a minor league run-in with Deion Sanders. The only time I can remember a player being angry and confronting me about it, the story in question — a blog post actually — had been misinterpreted by a family member, who told the player that I was pushing for the Yankees to release him. This was in spring training a few years ago, the player was new to the team, and he’s just been sent down from big league camp. The whole thing got sorted out pretty quickly, and he actually became a go-to guy in the clubhouse, but in that moment, he was not pleased.

Associated Press of Rothschild with Carlos Zambrano

 
 

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281 Responses to “You go your way (and I’ll go mine)”

  1. Betsy February 13th, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    Rothschild is going to be good for this club – I have a positive feeling about him. I don’t feel quite that way about Posada because I’m just not sure how he’ll cotton to the DH role. He surely was unceremoniously dumped, IMO – he couldn’t catch an entire season, but I still believe he can catch some. Frankly, I think allowing him to catch periodically would be a good thing.

  2. GreenBeret7 February 13th, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    Chad, have you got any news of Christian Garcia and what’s in his future? What a talent he was.

  3. igotid88 February 13th, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    Neil Young finally won one. I hope Pearl Jam wins.

  4. Vineyard Yankee February 13th, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    Thanks for the fresh threads and the links Chad.

  5. LGY February 13th, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    Face

    Didn’t realize it was that many fewer games. Must have read it wrong at first look.

  6. Betsy February 13th, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    Doreen, I promised myself I won’t ever get attached to another prospect again – and I won’t. Banuelos is my favorite of these kids, but I’m not going to go gaga like I’ve done before with players – it’s just not good for me, lol

    Also, didn’t you go to Disney World last year? I’m planning a trip for May – it will be my first time in over a decade. I love Disney, but each year something always seems to prevent me from going. This time, nothing’s going to stop me.

  7. GreenBeret7 February 13th, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    Doreen,

    Lamar was gorgeous but, extremely intelligent. She and a friend invented a device that scrambled the radio signals (frequency hopping) that were eventually used on topedos, back during the WWII. It was finally used on the subs used during the Cuban blockade of 1962. It’s now called Wi-Fi.

  8. BoJo February 13th, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    Betsy February 13th, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    Frankly, I think allowing him to catch periodically would be a good thing.
    _____________________
    I agree….I think–starting in 2012–once a year at the Old Timer’s game would be perfect.

    :-)

  9. Doreen February 13th, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    Betsy -

    Last year we went to Disneyland in California, but we got to Disney World almost every year. We have a Disney Vacation Club membership, and given our particular circumstances, it really works for us for a family vacation.

    We’ve never not had a good time there. There’s a lot to do. There’s a lot for people without kids to do to.

    You will have a great time. Do your research for things to do. There’s lots of good restaurants. And of course, the parks are just fun, fun, fun!

  10. BoJo February 13th, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    GB7–Since Christian Garcia had surgery just last year (was it May?), that would put him back on track for a September audition and perhaps winter ball if signed.

    I don’t expect we’ll hear anything about him until July.

    If he can make it back, I hope they put him in pen and let him close.

  11. 4 NYY February 13th, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    Posada has been a hell of a Yankee, I hope he does well in the DH role. But, I’m not so sure he will. Maybe Montero will hit up a storm in ST and make the team as a part-time DH and catch a few games also.

  12. Doreen February 13th, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    GB7 -

    that’s exactly what the article I read about Lamar was talking about. For some reason, I think it was a new book about her?

  13. Cashmoney February 13th, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    270 19hr 76rbi 450ish slugging for Po this year, just a number that pop into my head.

  14. Betsy February 13th, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    Doreen, I’m in my element when planning a vacation; I just love Disney so much – I can’t help but have a good time. That Mouse is something special, lol. MK and EPCOT are my favorites, so I’m going to stay in the Contemporary as that’s close to both (particularly the MK) and it’s a – yay- monorail resort, lol. Once I book my hotel (want to do this ASAP), I will get my restaurant reservations set – people book 6 months in advance, amazingly enough.

    I’ve been to Disneyland once, a long time ago; I have some vague recollection of my sister getting lost, lol

  15. 4 NYY February 13th, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    C. Garcia was released in May of 2010. Free agent ?

  16. BoJo February 13th, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    Garcia had TJ surgery April 26, 2010. He won’t be back for audition until late summer.

  17. Doreen February 13th, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    Betsy -

    We’re going april 2 thru 9 this spring. This is the first time we don’t already have all our dining reservations made. gotta get on that this week! (there have just been too many distractions in the every day…)

    We stayed at the Bay Lake Towers recently – that’s the Vacation Club resort that is attached to the Contemporary. The room looked out over the Magic Kingdom – we watched the fireworks from our room. It was incredibly convenient being on the monorail.

  18. SJ44 February 13th, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    Doreen,

    Here is the best way to look at Banuelos and Betances.

    If Banuelos stays healthy, there is a very good chance he is in the Yankee rotation next year.

    He is that good.

    He’s LH, already has a killer change up, an emerging FB, and really understands the art of pitching. Impressive for a kid that young.

    The only thing he’s missing right now is innings and experience. His body is even filling out right now.

    Honestly, I would be shocked if he isn’t in the rotation next year.

    Betances is different. He’s more like Randy Johnson at that age/experience level.

    I saw Randy Johnson pitch in the instructional League when he was an Expo. Believe me, it was not a pretty sight. You would have never thought he was future HOF’er.

    The potential is there for him to be a dominant, top of the rotation arm.

    For him, it’s not only innings and health, it’s about being able to consistently repeat his delivery.

    He’s made tremendous strides in that area in the past year.

    Like RJ, it takes bigger guys longer to get it together because there are more moving parts.

    If you are patient though, the reward can be sweet.

    For a guy like Felix Hernandez, I’d move Betances. For Liriano, I wouldn’t because his injury and consistency issues worry me.

    Baneuelos I don’t move for anybody because you can’t teach LH and the Yankees have a shortage of quality lefties in the system. Especially one as close to the majors as Manny is right now.

    Both kids though are upper level pitching prospects.

    If you look at recent baseball trades, those type of guys only get moved for healthy, durable Cy Young Award type of pitchers. Not for anything less.

  19. GreenBeret7 February 13th, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    Doreen, I didn’t know about a book about Lamar but, that would be interesting. She did the first fully nude full production movie back in the early ’30s. Needless to say, it wasn’t shown here in the states. Had her climbing out of a lake, somebody stole her clothes, so she was running through the woods. They showed it on TCM a few weeks ago.

  20. blake February 13th, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    “Pujols has turned down the latest offer from the club and unless a dramatic change is made, he will announce Tuesday that he’s shutting down contract talks for the rest of the season, a person close to Pujols told Bob Nightengale of USA TodaY”

    http://Www.mlbtraderumors.com

  21. Betsy February 13th, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    Doreen, I’m on the phone now (waiting) and I plan to ask for a MK view……hope I can get it.

  22. Betsy February 13th, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    Banuelos in the rotation at 20, 21?

  23. m February 13th, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    Sounds like Pujols wants a big payday, which he richly deserves. No hometown discount.

  24. Chad Jennings February 13th, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    GB -

    I haven’t heard anything about Garcia since the latest injury. I’ll try to ask around this week. I’m sure some of the guys in the clubhouse will know something. Garcia and Hughes were pretty good friends. I’ll check with Phil. If nothing else, I’ll ask Newman or Nardi when I run into them.

  25. Betsy February 13th, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    Actress Betty Garrett died…………she was apparently a Broadway star, but I k new her from All in the Family. RIP Ms. Garrett ; I wouldn’t mind living to 91

  26. SJ44 February 13th, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    Had Hughes not gotten hurt, he would have been in the rotation at 21.

    Andy Pettitte was in the rotation at 22.

    Derek Jeter was the starting SS at 21.

    If you are good enough, and ready, the age doesn’t matter.

  27. 4 NYY February 13th, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    I’ve been saying for mths. that Banuelos could make it this year. Most all have disagreed, saying he needs more development and is too young. B S ! Many 20 yr. old pitchers have made it to the show !

    If he doesn’t have a good ST, he won’t go north, though. Very, very smooth !!!

    Looks like a combo of Santana and Lester.

  28. GreenBeret7 February 13th, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    And now, the next exciting episode of “Desperate Moosewives”.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....ature=fvwp

  29. GreenBeret7 February 13th, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    Sounds great, Chad. Thanks. Hey!! This could be a new feature…”Where Are They Now?”.

  30. GreenBeret7 February 13th, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    Betty Garrett was in a lot of musicals in the movies…usually as the friend, movies with Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly and Betty Hutton, among others.

  31. SJ44 February 13th, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    Had Banuelos notmhad an appendectomy las tear and lost time and innings, he could be in the rotation now.

    Unfortunately, he needs more time and innings.

    He gets 130-140 innings in this year, he will be good for 160-170 innings next year and could be slotted in as the #5 starter in NY.

  32. GreenBeret7 February 13th, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    160 or so innings would be perfect for the #5 man in the rotation, SJ. Glad to see that Banuelos is adding some weight. He was really small last I saw him. About 175-180 pounds would be fine. That 155-160 would be tough.

  33. Betsy February 13th, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    That’s true, SJ

  34. SJ44 February 13th, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    GB,

    He reminds me of Teddy Higueras, who pitched for the Brewers.

    Same body type. Same style of pitching.

    IIRC, Teddy made the bigs at 20 or 21, and had a nice career until injuries derailed him.

    Manny is the equivalent of a college Jr. right now.

    He just needs to stay on the same development path and he’s going to be in the Yankee rotation in the next 12-18 months, IMO.

  35. Betsy February 13th, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    Doreen, I just booked my room: I’ll have a tower room, quiet and -yes – an MK view! It’s frankly a LOT more expensive than I expected or wanted to pay, but it won’t kill me.

  36. Betsy February 13th, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    Teddy Higera was a Yankee killer ………

  37. GreenBeret7 February 13th, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    SJ44 February 13th, 2011 at 8:23 pm
    GB,

    He reminds me of Teddy Higueras, who pitched for the Brewers.

    Same body type. Same style of pitching.

    IIRC, Teddy made the bigs at 20 or 21, and had a nice career until injuries derailed him.

    Manny is the equivalent of a college Jr. right now.

    He just needs to stay on the same development path and he’s going to be in the Yankee rotation in the next 12-18 months, IMO.

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    The first time I saw him in Charleston, I thought it was a version of the young Guidry. Just the appearance, minus the killer sloder. Was a couple of ticks lower on the fastball, but, what stuff. I never really saw a lot of Higuera, though. I need to find some clips of him. For 19 years old, he pitches like a 30 year old vet.

  38. GreenBeret7 February 13th, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    minus the killer ***slider***

  39. BoJo February 13th, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    SJ

    Teddy Higuera made big leagues at 26, not 21

    http://www.baseball-reference......te01.shtml

  40. BoJo February 13th, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    Perhaps you are thinking of Wilson Alvarez?

  41. Vineyard Yankee February 13th, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    What a riot George.

  42. GreenBeret7 February 13th, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    For those that keep up with Frankie Piliere, he’s moving tp another site, as yet unknown.

    “FrankiePiliere Frankie Piliere
    I expect to have answers this wk on the new “home” for my analysis so stay tuned. Excited about one particular option, should have news soon”

  43. BoJo February 13th, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    Frankie Piliere is the best I’ve seen in a while.

  44. tyanksfan36 February 13th, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    I saw Frankie Piliere at a game that Banuelos was pitching, he sat with Dellin Betances the whole time. I didnt know it was him until I saw an article about Banuelos a few days later.

  45. GreenBeret7 February 13th, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    Piliere is at least fair in his evaluations. Not something that can be said about a few of the others.

  46. BoJo February 13th, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    The other site I really like is http://www.baseball-intellect......g-reports/

  47. GreenBeret7 February 13th, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    A view of the very near future?

    http://web.minorleaguebaseball.....leries.jsp

  48. SJ44 February 13th, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    I was thinking of Juan Nieves, who was 21 when he made his big league debut with the Brewers and once threw a no hitter.

    Banuelos style of pitching still reminds me of Higueras though.

  49. BoJo February 13th, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    Ah yes—I remember him…And a good lesson to prospect huggers…he suffered a career ending arm injury at the young age of 23. Can happen to the best of them…

  50. Tom in N.J. February 13th, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    Auto-Tune is the worst thing to happen to music.

  51. West Coast Yankee Fan February 13th, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    Tom you are right about that, thanks to Cher.

  52. Dionysius Thelxinoe February 13th, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    I was thinking of Mordecai “Three Finger” Brown, who was also smallish at 5’10, and has the same initials as Banuelos.

    Never mind that he was pitching when my grandfather was a teenager.

  53. Doreen February 13th, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    SJ44 -

    So, you would trade Betances because he is farther away (likely) from being a contributing ML pitcher?

    Thanks for that breakdown, by the way.

  54. Jackson February 13th, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    To add onto GB’s post of the near future (most likely being Brackman & Warren):

    Because while Mr. Nova isn’t a heralded prospect, the pitchers clawing at his heels are. Manny Banuelos. Dellin Betances. Andrew Brackman. Adam Warren. All are itching to show that they can be a long-term solution for New York, and some could get their shot by the second half of this season.

    “They’re coming, they’re coming,” Mr. Girardi said. “You can talk about a Banuelos, a Betances, a Brackman, a Warren: We have good young pitching coming. At some point, there’s probably a chance that they’re going to play a role this year.”

  55. Nat February 13th, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    I didn’t know Jennifer Steinbrenner was at the Latin Baseball Hall of Fame in the DR. I wonder if she was representing the Yankees?

    http://www.daylife.com/photo/0.....rk+Yankees

  56. Nat February 13th, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    Oh here we go: “…receives from Felipe Rojas Alou, former MLB player and manager, a tribute award on behalf of her family, during a ceremony where eight retired players were inducted to the Latin Baseball Hall of Fame in La Romana, Dominican Republic.”

    http://www.daylife.com/photo/0.....rk+Yankees

  57. Doreen February 13th, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Betsy -

    That’s great! I know you’ll have a great time. You’ll have to let me know where you dine. :)

  58. tyanksfan36 February 13th, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    was it just me or did Lady Gaga sound just like Christina Aguilera? They could do a duet and no one would know who was singing.

  59. kd February 13th, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    manny in 12 to 18 months? wow, that would be awesome. i had thought more like two more full season in the minors, but what do i know?

    other than jesus and brackman are there any others that may contribute this year? noesi? warren?

  60. GreenBeret7 February 13th, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    It’s not like Nova’s not highly talented, but, he’s very similar to Noesi, but just a tick behind him. I like Nova. but, not as much as others. He’s got the talent that other teams will ask for.

  61. GreenBeret7 February 13th, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    Warren, Phelps, Noesi and Brackman are the most likely call-ups this year if everything stays on schedule.

  62. LGY February 13th, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    Law has said that he thinks Banuelos would make his debut sometime in 2011 on most teams.

  63. GreenBeret7 February 13th, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    Quite likely, Nunez and Laird, if they don’t break camp and go north with the big boys.

  64. LGY February 13th, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    Marc (Lancaster, PA)

    What does Banuelos need to work on to solidify himself as a top of the rotation pitcher?

    Klaw(12:37 PM)

    I don’t see much left for him to do. Tighten the breaking ball? He’s got command. He’s got present velocity. He’s not projectable. The change is plus. He’s pretty damn good right now.

  65. GreenBeret7 February 13th, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    Unless there’s an extreme pitching emergency in NY and 5 pitchers go down for the count, there’s no reason that Banuelos needs to be in NY until late September as a non-roster call-up. He needs innings capped.

  66. J. Alfred Prufrock February 13th, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    Chad Jennings February 13th, 2011 at 8:00 pm
    GB -

    I haven’t heard anything about Garcia since the latest injury. I’ll try to ask around this week. I’m sure some of the guys in the clubhouse will know something. Garcia and Hughes were pretty good friends. I’ll check with Phil. If nothing else, I’ll ask Newman or Nardi when I run into them.

    ///
    Can’t remember where I saw this,but Garcia has scheduled a showcase for teams to attend.Fantastic arm.We should bring him back,if possible.

  67. kd February 13th, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    thanks gb7. it’s a great time to be a yankee fan.

    if theo had just read your posts, i bet he just threw up a little in his mouth. can you say stacked?

  68. Against All Odds February 13th, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    # tyanksfan36 February 13th, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    was it just me or did Lady Gaga sound just like Christina Aguilera? They could do a duet and no one would know who was singing.

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    Not sure how that would work. Christina already went through her Gaga phase.

  69. Crawdaddy February 13th, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    The closest ManBan gets to Yankee Stadium this year is his non-roster callup in September. If all goes well with him then his ETA is some time next year.

  70. tyanksfan36 February 13th, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    AAO

    Their voices are very similar. I like Christina Aguilera but I cannot stand Lady Gaga

  71. LGY February 13th, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    Wouldn’t mind seeing Manny get his final 10-15 innings in the bullpen with the big club.

  72. Asd February 13th, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    Muse won a grammy, and a legit one too, so I’m happy.

  73. GreenBeret7 February 13th, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    kd February 13th, 2011 at 9:32 pm
    thanks gb7. it’s a great time to be a yankee fan.

    if theo had just read your posts, i bet he just threw up a little in his mouth. can you say stacked?

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    Sure thing, kd. Any time a team that drafts as deep into the rounds as the Yankees do and can go from near the bottom to #4 in less than 3 years, other teams need to be concerned. Their gold is in catching and starting pitchers…the biggest in-demand needs in baseball there is.

  74. Tom in N.J. February 13th, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    Mumford & Sons and the Avett Brothers were outstanding

  75. BJK February 13th, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    Against All Odds February 13th, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    Not sure how that would work. Christina already went through her Gaga phase.

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    You mean the phase when she was relevant?

  76. Asd February 13th, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    Boom. Roasted.

  77. kd February 13th, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    gb,

    are you up in the international free agent market? any outstanding new signings? we’ve done really well there.

  78. Against All Odds February 13th, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    # BJK February 13th, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    Against All Odds February 13th, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    Not sure how that would work. Christina already went through her Gaga phase.

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    You mean the phase when she was relevant?

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    I’m talking about the phase she went through a yr or so ago when she decided to go off the wall and basically copy Gaga’s style.

  79. GreenBeret7 February 13th, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    For anybody missing the sounds of the ’60s and ’70s music, tune in FM 107.7 WRRC, Rider University on the internet. Great music

  80. Asd February 13th, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    The amount of people who are unaware that Cee-lo is the guy from Gnarls Barkley is crazy.

  81. jacksquat February 13th, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    LGY February 13th, 2011 at 9:38 pm
    Wouldn’t mind seeing Manny get his final 10-15 innings in the bullpen with the big club.

    If it’s as a starter, sure. I don’t really like the idea of blue chip minor league starters being switched to reliever temporarily at the end of the season.

  82. Pat M. February 13th, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    GB……Cashman and his Associates drafted a very wise strategy when organizing the Yanks system by building the organizations foundation on pitching and catching, two of the most valued commodities…Now they can deal from a platform of strength

  83. Tar February 13th, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    Tom

    I have seen Avett Brothers quite a few times, they are outstanding. A lot of fun to see live.

  84. GreenBeret7 February 13th, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    kd February 13th, 2011 at 9:48 pm
    gb,

    are you up in the international free agent market? any outstanding new signings? we’ve done really well there.

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    Not really. Until something comes out about them, because so much info is in Spanish. I have enough trouble reading/speaking/writing in English. I poke around, but, so much of it is on pay sites. I usually wait until I see them in the Gulf Coast League or in Charleston. I prefer to make my own judgements.

  85. GreenBeret7 February 13th, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    Pat M. February 13th, 2011 at 9:56 pm
    GB……Cashman and his Associates drafted a very wise strategy when organizing the Yanks system by building the organizations foundation on pitching and catching, two of the most valued commodities…Now they can deal from a platform of strength

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    Absolutely, Pat. They’re trying to corner both markets. What Cashman has done over the last 3-4 years is remarkable. They are just beginning to bare fruit. Notice how all trade talks are centered around 5-6 players?

    What is your thoughts on Romine? Stay at catcher or move him to one of the four corners, like Inge?

  86. GreenBeret7 February 13th, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    Great radio station for music and Trenton baseball.

    http://comm.rider.edu/thebronc/?page_id=66

  87. pat February 13th, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    A friend texted me after the Cee Lo/Gwyeth performance- Sesame Street today is brought to us by the letters F and U. :wink:

  88. GreenBeret7 February 13th, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    OUCH!!! LMAO

  89. BJK February 13th, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    Against All Odds February 13th, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    I’m talking about the phase she went through a yr or so ago when she decided to go off the wall and basically copy Gaga’s style.

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    Oh yeah. The phase where she was trying to regain relevance. Got it.

  90. kd February 13th, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    over the course of this coming baseball season, there will be countless articles about how cashman is unhappy with the steinbrenners and that the feeling is mutual. and none of them will be true. he’ll resign and continue to build the juggernaut that the yankees want to become

  91. GreenBeret7 February 13th, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    Nothing is very sexy about a peaceful and harmonious Yankee organization.

  92. Nick in SF February 13th, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    ‘What Cashman has done over the last 3-4 years is remarkable.”

    Um, I read on LoHud that Cashman was a bad GM because he didn’t have a 5-year plan for the rotation and… something about the Twins.

  93. GreenBeret7 February 13th, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    OK. leave my grandkids out of this

  94. Against All Odds February 13th, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    # tyanksfan36 February 13th, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    AAO

    Their voices are very similar. I like Christina Aguilera but I cannot stand Lady Gaga

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    I like Christina too. I don’t mind Gaga at certain moments but sometimes I think ppl make it seem like she’s leading a music revolution. SMH

  95. Jackson February 13th, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    Good Cash quote, “When we didn’t get Lee, I sent out a firm message: ‘I don’t like what’s out there, so we’ll have to wait. Sorry.’” Cashman said. “I know New York is not the most patient city. But I’m from Kentucky.”

  96. BJK February 13th, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    What I demand to know is exactly how much weight CC lost. Obviously either he or Cashman is a big ol’ liar. I think determining which one to trust will be the main Yankee storyline until at least the All-Star break.

  97. exiledintampa February 13th, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    Cashmam says he reads lohud. http://www.nomaas.org/NoMaas_Cashman_March2008.pdf

  98. exiledintampa February 13th, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    Cashman

  99. Asd February 13th, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    BJK, from Chad’s post yesterday on this very blog:

    Last night, Sabathia went to the Knicks-Lakers game, where Mark Hale caught up with him and asked the big man just how big he really is. Apparently Sabathia was around 290 pounds last season, and he’s cut that number down to 265. A 25-pound loss is pretty significant.

  100. Against All Odds February 13th, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    # BJK February 13th, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    Against All Odds February 13th, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    I’m talking about the phase she went through a yr or so ago when she decided to go off the wall and basically copy Gaga’s style.

    ——————————————————————————–

    Oh yeah. The phase where she was trying to regain relevance. Got it.

    ——————————————–

    Yep things weren’t working out and someone probably told her this Gaga thing is out of control you need to step it up

  101. Nick in SF February 13th, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    CC could be loading up on carbs right now so he doesn’t contradict Cashman.

  102. Pat M. February 13th, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    GB….I haven’t seen much of Austin since his HS days although I did see play during the Futures game on TV……He’s always had a plus arm and good speed and he has improved by leaps and bounds since his days at El Toro HS……At some point I have to think they’ll expand his function ability as a corner OF and maybe even as a backup type at 3rd as an option in a pinch

  103. BJK February 13th, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    Asd February 13th, 2011 at 10:20 pm
    BJK, from Chad’s post yesterday on this very blog:

    Last night, Sabathia went to the Knicks-Lakers game, where Mark Hale caught up with him and asked the big man just how big he really is. Apparently Sabathia was around 290 pounds last season, and he’s cut that number down to 265. A 25-pound loss is pretty significant.

    ———————————————————————————————-

    Yikes. So they might both be liars!!!

    There’s obviously only one way to settle this once and for all: Weigh-in’s before each start during the line-up card exchange.

  104. BJK February 13th, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    Nick in SF February 13th, 2011 at 10:21 pm
    CC could be loading up on carbs right now so he doesn’t contradict Cashman.

    ———————————————————————————————
    I could see that. I heard CC’s opt out clause is nullified if he contradicts Cashman publically.

  105. West Coast Yankee Fan February 13th, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    A friend in Minnesota told me tonight that the Liriano rumors are flying fast and furious with Texas and the Yankees being mentioned as the most likely destinations for him. As far as the Yankees go, it’s a tough call for me. No doubt that he is an injury risk, but then again, a left-hander that may throw the best slider in baseball is awfully tempting. Like most deals, it depends on the price.

    I think it was Betsy who made what I thought was a good point the other day; that she was troubled that Minnesota was willing to deal Liriano, suggesting they knew something about his health and therefore were unwilling to sign him to an extension.

  106. GreenBeret7 February 13th, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    Pat, he has a lot of value as a catcher, but, I always saw him as a possible corner player, too. Sort of a Yogi Berra/Ellie Howard type…with footspeed. He could play left fairly well, but, right field with that arm. Not typical corner outfield power, but, some guy named O’Neill did ok out there.

  107. BJK February 13th, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    West Coast Yankee Fan February 13th, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    I think it was Betsy who made what I thought was a good point the other day; that she was troubled that Minnesota was willing to deal Liriano, suggesting they knew something about his health and therefore were unwilling to sign him to an extension.

    —————————————————————————————————

    That is an interesting point. My take on Liriano is that he should be valued by the Yankees as a #3. Even if he would function as their #2 right now. He’s yet to show conistency and that he can be great and healthy for multiple years in a row. He’s not Cliff Lee.

    Therefore, any package should not include Montero, Sanchez or Banuelos. If taking them off the table kills any deal potential, so be it.

  108. tyanksfan36 February 13th, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    Justin Bieber did not win Best New Artist at the Grammy”s. What a total scam. Where is Kanye West when you need him? Seriously.

  109. BoJo February 13th, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    tyanksfan36 February 13th, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    Justin Bieber did not win Best New Artist at the Grammy”s. What a total scam. Where is Kanye West when you need him? Seriously.
    ++++++++++++++++++
    Kayne West is stupid, but he’s not crazy. It is alright to interrupt a joung female winner, but Bieber’s teenage girls fan base would hunt him to the ends of the earth and kill him for messing with JB.

  110. randy l. February 13th, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    “Um, I read on LoHud that Cashman was a bad GM because he didn’t have a 5-year plan for the rotation and… something about the Twins.”

    it’s absolutely amazing what he does with so little resources.

    who would have thought pettitte might retire so suddenly without warning?

    what was brian supposed to do, start thinking about 2011 when it was still 2010?

    planning ahead is overrated.

  111. tyanksfan36 February 13th, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    Bojo

    Bieber didn’t win, that’s what I’m saying. Some girl won who I and no one on my facebook or twitter had ever heard of. Bieber definitely should have won. You can only be nominated for Best New Artist once and he would have deserved it. Instead they gave it to someone I’ve never heard of. And I listen to a large range of music.

  112. Asd February 13th, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    BoJo February 13th, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    >Justin Bieber did not win Best New Artist at the Grammy”s. What a total scam. Where is Kanye West when you need him? Seriously.
    ++++++++++++++++++
    Kayne West is stupid, but he’s not crazy. It is alright to interrupt a joung female winner, but anyone with ears would hunt him to the ends of the earth and kill him for suggesting such a travesty.

    There. Fixed that for you.

  113. West Coast Yankee Fan February 13th, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    BJK February 13th, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    West Coast Yankee Fan February 13th, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    I think it was Betsy who made what I thought was a good point the other day; that she was troubled that Minnesota was willing to deal Liriano, suggesting they knew something about his health and therefore were unwilling to sign him to an extension.

    —————————————————————————————————

    That is an interesting point. My take on Liriano is that he should be valued by the Yankees as a #3. Even if he would function as their #2 right now. He’s yet to show conistency and that he can be great and healthy for multiple years in a row. He’s not Cliff Lee.

    Therefore, any package should not include Montero, Sanchez or Banuelos. If taking them off the table kills any deal potential, so be it.

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

    Given the health concerns, I think Cashman would get killed if he included the Yankees top prospects. The similarities to Johan Santana are erie.

  114. BoJo February 13th, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    “The similarities to Johan Santana are erie.”
    +++++++++++++
    It’s almost as if they were twins!

  115. BoJo February 13th, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    Good night all!

  116. Pat M. February 13th, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    WCYF……If it does come down to The Bombers and Texas vying for Loriano, who does Texas have left to trade other than Young ??? Loriano’s stock will not get any higher than right now, young pitcher coming off a very fine season and his signed for 2 years

  117. Nick in SF February 13th, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    randy…. I have to admit, you go after Cashman with the tenacity of a pit bull terrier.

    And often the intelligence of one too, but that’s seperate matter.

  118. West Coast Yankee Fan February 13th, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    Pat M. February 13th, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    WCYF……If it does come down to The Bombers and Texas vying for Loriano, who does Texas have left to trade other than Young ??? Loriano’s stock will not get any higher than right now, young pitcher coming off a very fine season and his signed for 2 years.

    ******************
    I’m not that familiar with all Texas’s prospects but Zachary Phillips or Pedro Strop come to mind with Michael Young. If I’m the Twins, I’d love to have Young’s bat instead of Alexi Casilla’s.

  119. Asd February 13th, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    I’m not picking sides or anything, but it probably isn’t a good idea to insult someones intelligence in the same sentence in which you spell “separate” wrong.

  120. Betsy February 13th, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    Doreen, I will – I’ve already made a preliminary list. For sure I’m going to California Grille – it’s not only very good, but it’s in my hotel, lol. I’ll go to a seafood place – perhaps Flying Fish, perhaps this Bluezoo that’s getting good reviews. Cat Cora has a Greek/Med place called Kouzzia that has gotten raves and I’m also thinking of Artist’s Point in the Wilderness Lodge. I was there years ago and it was delicious. Citricos in the Grand Floridian might be my “splurge” restaurant. I’ll let you know when I’ve made up my mind; where did you eat?

  121. Against All Odds February 13th, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    Marc Anthony….wow what was that

  122. Nick in SF February 13th, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    How about… “but that’s another matter.”

    Those words are easier.

  123. Betsy February 13th, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    WC, yes that was me; look at the Twins’ rotation – it’s not that great and Liriano is the only power pitcher. Most baseball people think that one reason they’ve failed to advance in the playoffs is because they do not have enough power pitchers to deal with the thunderous AL East lineups. So then I do have to ask why they’d trade Liriano – it’s not like he’s due for a huge Santana contract. No, caveat emptor – let the buyer beware

  124. UnKnown February 13th, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    Wow this Arcade Fire thing is pretty out there….

    Holy Moly

  125. Jerkface February 13th, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    If I’m the Twins, I’d love to have Young’s bat instead of Alexi Casilla’s.

    Not for 48 million for 3 years. Also his bat isn’t that good.

  126. Asd February 13th, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    Man, Arcade Fire is rocking a totally unexpected style of performance right now. Love it. (Could do without the seizure inducing strobes, however).

  127. Jerkface February 13th, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    Some girl won who I and no one on my facebook or twitter had ever heard of. Bieber definitely should have won.

    If that girl is a better musician than Bieber, isn’t it right that she won, regardless of popularity? Popularity and talent are not inclusive.

  128. tyanksfan36 February 13th, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    Jerkface

    I looked up a song of hers on youtube and wasn’t impressed. Part of the Grammys is popularity, which is why Lady Gaga wins things when she isn’t that great. Its why Mad Men wins all the time. He won at the Teen Choice awards so that’s all that matters.

  129. exiledintampa February 13th, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    MLB-TV has game five of the 1995 A.L.D.S. Yankees and Mariners with
    Pinella and Cone as commentators on. Listed as 15th greatest game.

  130. West Coast Yankee Fan February 13th, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    I agree $48 million for three years is too steep, but it’s possible the Rangers might pick up some of his salary and Young’s bat is better than Casilla’s. The Rangers do have some really good arms approaching the major leagues.

  131. Betsy February 13th, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    Exiled, that game is still the most painful loss I’ve ever experienced; winning in 1996 did nothing to dull the hurt. Everytime I see a clip of Griffey flyiing around the bases, I flip the tv – I refuse to watch it.

  132. Jackson February 13th, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    Regarding Liriano, here’s a Twinkies beat-writers take:

    http://www.startribune.com/spo.....76604.html

  133. G. Love February 13th, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    Mad Men is probably one of the top 5 TV series ever made. It doesn’t win awards because it’s popular. It barely gets ratings on AMC. Sadly, millions more people watch 2.5 Men than Mad Men. It wins awards because it’s brilliant.

  134. Asd February 13th, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    Yes!!! Suck on that crappy pop world! Arcade Fire taking home the gold and then giving us a surprise encore.

  135. Jerkface February 13th, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    Its why Mad Men wins all the time.

    No. Just no. Sorry Mad Men is great TV full of great acting.

  136. m February 13th, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    Definitely going to watch the Grams. Good previews on LoHud.

    Is Bieber really considered a new artist? He’s been around for at least 2 years. Not a fan, but I think he could be alright in the Timberlake role. Not a good artist, but definitely a good laugh. That one commercial where bieber in character says, “bieber’s alright but he sounds like a girl” was funny.

  137. tyanksfan36 February 13th, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    G. Love

    I don’t have a problem with Mad Men, I’ve seen it and its good but there are other shows that deserve to won. I Love Dexter and its season 4 was amazing and Mad Men won again. I just think it gets annoying when the same show/group wins everything. Like Lady Antebellum winning everything tonight. They have their own awards show.

  138. Jerkface February 13th, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    Bieber is trashy pop, there is nothing good about anything he creates. Any new artist, assuming that person is actually creating their own music, should win over him.

  139. GreenBeret7 February 13th, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    The only reason that the Rangers haven’t traded Young to Colorado is because they won;t or can’t kick in the money. They won’t kick in any with the Twins, either.

  140. Doreen February 13th, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    Betsy -

    We’ve eaten at the California Grill, the Flying Fish and Artist’s Point. We enjoyed all three. It would be hard to choose between the Cal Grille and the FF. We are thinking about Kouzzia this time around. Bluezoo is on our list of places to try. We never seem to get over to the Swan/Dolphin.

    We’ve eaten at Narcoosee’s but have decided we won’t go back there – service not good both times, though the food and view are good.

    The Wave is a new restaurant in the Contemporary Hotel and we really enjoyed that. I can’t remember if we’ve eaten in Citrico’s. For our 15th wedding anniversary we ate at Victoria & Albert’s. THAT was an experience. If you ever try that, wear loose clothing!!! :) It is truly a dining experience. (And really a once-in-a-lifetime experience both from the pocketbook side of things and the amount of food!)

    We like the Brown Derby at the Disney Studios and Le Cellier in Canada at EPCOT.

    In the Animal Kingdom Lodge, Jiko is wonderful. If you like buffets, Boma, also at the AKL is a very good one. The food choices are a little out of the ordinary.

    Raglan Road in DT Disney was good, and also Wolfgang Puck’s Dining Room.

    We’ve had lunch at Bongo’s – it was fair. Fulton’s Crab House was surprisingly good.

    Let me know how you like Citrico’s. I don’t think we’ve gone there, and I don’t know why. :)

  141. Jerkface February 13th, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    Mumford & Sons is far superior to Bieber, they should have won.

  142. tyanksfan36 February 13th, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    Bieber does write his own music, along with other people. I have trouble hating on teen pop stars because when I was 10-14 I was a huge Backstreet Boys fan. His music isn’t for everyone clearly but he is popular with young girls which is a very passionate crowd.

  143. Jerkface February 13th, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    Yea, but being popular with young girls doesn’t make you a good musician or deserving of musical recognition.

  144. Doreen February 13th, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    Mad Men is the best thing I’ve watched on television in a long time. Thank Goodness for AMC, because it wouldn’t last on network television. I am going through withdrawal – it is not on for a long enough period of time before going on hiatus. I watch the episodes twice in a row when it’s on, because there are so many layers to each.

    It might be one that I will buy the DVDs.

    The Grammy’s have a history of honoring the flavor of the month. Christopher Cross anyone? :)

  145. tyanksfan36 February 13th, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    Jerkface

    I agree, I think the person who won was a far inferior talent than any of the others who were nominated. If Mumford and Sons had won, I wouldn’t complain.

  146. West Coast Yankee Fan February 13th, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    Mad Men is a great show. It’s extremely well written and the characters complex and well developed, especially Don Draper. And the attention to detail and recreation of that era is stunningly good. It is revered among film production pros.

    As to Lady Gaga, my music taste is classic rock but she is brilliant. She’s a flawless theatrical performer and good dancer with a strong voice. IMO her biggest attribute is that she’s honest and says to the kids out there, don’t worry if you aren’t the best looking or considered strange or different. You matter and just be yourself.

  147. G. Love February 13th, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    tyanksfan,

    Dexter is good. This past season and the last one with Lithgow were both good, but there are too many side stories/plots in Dexter that go nowhere. All the stuff with LaPuerta and Batista (and their marriage) was a waste of time this season. All the stuff with the Santa Muerte stuff was equally unnecessary. Dexter’s allegiance to filler side plots derails a lot of the action/fun of the show.

    But I can respect you liking Dexter. At least you’re not like the person who got into a heated argument with me because they felt True Blood was the best show on TV. That’s a soap opera when compared to actual writing.

    I actually get to vote on the writing awards and it was tough to decide between Mad Men, Breaking Bad and Friday Night Lights. After a lot of thought I went with Breaking Bad. I had voted Mad Men all the years prior. Breaking Bad knocked it out of the park this past season though.

  148. Pat M. February 13th, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    Here on the Coast we’re just getting to see the Grammys, but that opening tribute to Aretha was just off the charts…….

  149. tyanksfan36 February 13th, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    Jerkface

    I’m not going to argue with you about whether Justin Bieber is talented or not. Music is all about personal preference, if you don’t care for a 16 year old boy then I’m happy about that. You aren’t his target audience so he doesn’t need your approval.

  150. Doreen February 13th, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    I personally believe there are far too many awards shows these days anyway.

  151. Asd February 13th, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    I agree Doreen, that is why I ignore all but Grammys, Oscars and Emmys.

  152. Jerkface February 13th, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    Breaking Bad is so good. Dexter is great too but its kind of trashy and as G. Love said theres a lot of plots that don’t make sense or just go no where. Very weak resolution to Season 4′s finale in Season 5. I don’t even know how I’d describe it, but I don’t think it should win awards.

  153. West Coast Yankee Fan February 13th, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    Pat M. February 13th, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    Here on the Coast we’re just getting to see the Grammys, but that opening tribute to Aretha was just off the charts…….

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

    You’re not kidding. Wow, those were some voices. Aretha looked good too.

  154. tyanksfan36 February 13th, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    G. Love

    I wasn’t as impressed this season with Dexter but season 4 had me at the edge of my seat the whole time. It was seriously like bases loaded bottom of the 9th with 2 outs and Joba on the mound nerve wracking.
    I wasn’t so into this season, there was too much going on.

  155. Jerkface February 13th, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    You aren’t his target audience so he doesn’t need your approval.

    Right so then you obviously shouldn’t care about the Grammys then,eh? You did say you were happy with his teen choice award.

    Leave the grown up award shows to the good artists like the Black Keys, etc.

  156. Doreen February 13th, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    Asd -

    I look forward to the Tony Awards.

  157. Asd February 13th, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    I did as well, when I lived in NYC, but can’t catch as many musicals anymore, so I feel out of place watching it now.

  158. Pat M. February 13th, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    Lady Gaga must have watched Madonna as a kid growing up in NYC because she has taken The Material Girl’s act to a new level…….However lets see if her act passes the test of time…Like 20 years or so…….She is good though

  159. m February 13th, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    I’m not a music expert or snob, but I do think that guys like Ludacris lost some street cred by working with Bieber. At least in my eyes. ;)

  160. Pat M. February 13th, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    Doreen….The Tony’s are the best by far

  161. m February 13th, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    Pat M,

    Try you tube a live version lady gaga’s ‘speechless’. Amazing.

  162. Betsy February 13th, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    Doreen, I go on this fantastic Disney board (unofficial) and one poster probably saved me hundreds of $$$. The reservationist neglected to tell me that, for the time I am there (and into October), if you book a Theme park room (room only, though), there is a very substantial discount. I am going to call them tomorrow and request that they honor (well, insist, but nicely, lol) the special offer.

    Ooh, I forgot about the Brown Derby – I’ve always wanted to go there and especially to try this grapefruit cake I’ve heard so much about.

    I also forgot about the AK restaurants – they do get very good reviews; I definitely want to try one of those. Yes, I’ve heard of the Wave – I’ll probably end up there once or twice depending on how things work out. Victoria and Albert’s – it’s supposed to be great, but I never even considered it. I doubt I could get in even if I wanted to, but I’ll take a look.

    Raglan Road seems like a neat kind of place, a place to kick back and just relax after long day of sight seeing. There’s so much to plan. After I make my reservations, I’m going to start plotting out how to handle the Parks (what days to go and when). I’m going to have 2 days at EPCOT and MK so I won’t drive myself crazy trying to see everything.

    One thing on Bieber – I’m sorry, but his hair is hideous……who the heck advised him on that do?

  163. Nick in SF February 13th, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    Thanks for ignoring the BAFTA Awards. :mad:

  164. West Coast Yankee Fan February 13th, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    Longevity is what defines greatness in music IMO. So many acts you see on the Grammy’s disappear rapidly.

    Muse was excellent, I like power rock trios.

  165. UnKnown February 13th, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    MLB Network is replaying that 1995 ALDS game. Great game but what a heartbreaker.

    Tomorrow is the day it all starts on the road to #28.

  166. Asd February 13th, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    You should go see them live, WCYF. They’re my favorite band of all time, and I got to see them this past year… one of the best nights of my life.

  167. Doreen February 13th, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    Asd -

    Even if I don’t see as many shows as I’d like, I do listen to the cast albums, so that helps. And often we’ll choose a show to see based on what we’ve seen from the Tony awards – not necessarily the winners, either.

    We don’t get out to the movies – we usually catch movies along time after they’ve left the theaters. So I’m out of touch with the Oscars. I used to love, love, love them. it’s so much better when you have a rooting interest, though.

    I usually watch the Grammy’s but just wasn’t in the mood for it tonight.

  168. tyanksfan36 February 13th, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    Jerkface

    You don’t have to be rude. I’m not a teenager, but was just stating that he has a target audience of people younger than himself. He was probably happy with his Teen choice award because it was voted on by the people who are buying his music and going to his concerts.

  169. Asd February 13th, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    I payed a lot of attention to this years grammys, which I don’t normally do (really Muse performing is the only reason I had it on to begin with) but I picked a good year. A lot of good choices for the winners.

  170. tyanksfan36 February 13th, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    Pat M. says:

    February 13, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    Lady Gaga must have watched Madonna as a kid growing up in NYC because she has taken The Material Girl’s act to a new level…….However lets see if her act passes the test of time…Like 20 years or so…….She is good though

    I was just having that conversation with my friend.

  171. Jerkface February 13th, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    Jerkface / dont have to be rude? Doesn’t compute. I have never heard of Esperanza Spalding but this youtube is all I had to see to figure she was a better pick than Bieber: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6I6hVnTdnWU

  172. UnKnown February 13th, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    Why Buck Why? Don’t pull the great MO for Black Jack.

  173. UnKnown February 14th, 2011 at 12:00 am

    I love how even in 1995 Jeter was always the first one popping out of the dugout on every exciting play.

  174. Doreen February 14th, 2011 at 12:01 am

    Betsy -

    One of the reasons I haven’t made any dining plans yet is because my husband usually prepares a calendar of which parks we’ll go to when and then we plan from there, balancing favorites with places we haven’t been but would like to try. And we try to have just one large meal a day. It’s really become a project! I think you’d understand that. :) Anyway, he’s started a new job (within the same company) and right now it’s taking up so much time. He worked all this weekend (from home, at least), and he’ll be away the next 3 days. But we’re running out of time, so I’d better get on it!

    I wouldn’t “recommend” Victoria & Albert’s, per se, because of the expense. But if someone was looking for a one-time, special occasion thing, I’d definitely tell them to look into it – they wouldn’t be disappointed.

  175. Jerkface February 14th, 2011 at 12:02 am

    I wouldn’t “recommend” Victoria & Albert’s, per se, because of the expense. But if someone was looking for a one-time, special occasion thing, I’d definitely tell them to look into it – they wouldn’t be disappointed.

    You said to wear loose clothing, does it come with a lot of food? 120 bux per person up to 200 dollars per person it better be the best food ever.

  176. Doreen February 14th, 2011 at 12:05 am

    Pat M -

    I thought the same thing about Lady Gaga. Actually, tonight I watched an interview with her on 60 minutes. And I thought she’s a combination of Madonna and Elton John. :)

    And that’s not a bad thing – both Madonna and Elton John have done very well for themselves!

  177. m February 14th, 2011 at 12:05 am

    Bruno Mars is a local guy. There was a feature article on him and his family. His mom was some kind of singer and all the children could sing. Every one of them but Bruno was shy. He was doing an Elvis Impersonation show in Waikiki when he was 5 years old. My daughter saw him in December live, he’s a great entertainer. I hope he gets something.

  178. Jerkface February 14th, 2011 at 12:07 am

    Lady Gaga is interesting because she is a talented musician who was also savvy enough to craft such an outlandish persona that it helped propel her into fame. Looking at her before she was ‘Gaga’ and just a student at NYU you wouldn’t be able to tell its the same person.

  179. Betsy February 14th, 2011 at 12:08 am

    Doreen, what’s now annoying me is that I purposely avoided booking a trip during the Summer months only to find out that May can be busy because schools have already started letting out? I guess I’d better hope that parents don’t start their summer vacations until June/July/August, lol. In any case, I can’t wait until I have a set schedule as far as parks go, but what I can do is overbook for some nights that I can’t make up my mind and then just cancel the ones I don’t want.

    I sometimes go into NYC for a nice restaurant meal, so I don’t think I feel the pressing need to go to V&A. I don’t mind spending money on a meal because I love to eat, but looking at the many options, I don’t think this would be at the top of my list.

  180. Doreen February 14th, 2011 at 12:08 am

    jerkface -

    The food was really, really good. Along with the wines. It was multiple courses. We are glad we did it – once.

    I was seriously uncomfortably full afterwards, but enjoyed every morsel. And my clothing was tight. I could never do it again. Ever. :)

  181. West Coast Yankee Fan February 14th, 2011 at 12:09 am

    Asd I’ll plan on it, thanks.

  182. m February 14th, 2011 at 12:10 am

    Remember Brandon here? He was the first to bring Lady Gaga to my attention.

  183. tyanksfan36 February 14th, 2011 at 12:12 am

    Jerkface

    Well let’s just agree to disagree then.

  184. Doreen February 14th, 2011 at 12:13 am

    Betsy -

    You’ll probably be okay in May. It’s spring break time that’s the worst. We did it once. The only other time that was so incredibly crowded was the week between Christmas and New Year’s, which we also did once. At least at Christmastime, there are great decorations, extra events and shows, in other words, a pay back! At Easter/spring break – there’s nothing that makes you feel it’s worth the crowds.

    Just zig when everyone else zags. :)

  185. Doreen February 14th, 2011 at 12:16 am

    jerkface -

    the 60 Minutes piece on Gaga was good. Talked about just that – crafting her persona, etc.

    I take some of it with a grain of salt, but there’s more to her than shoes that rival anything Elton John ever put on his feet back in the day.

  186. GreenBeret7 February 14th, 2011 at 12:20 am

    This is starting to get ugly.

    “•Agent Dan Lozano has told multiple teams that the Cardinals have “no chance to sign [Pujols]” before free agency, tweets Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.”

  187. Betsy February 14th, 2011 at 12:21 am

    Doreen, I’m going to really do this right – and that includes rectifying a mistake I made when I was a kid. I distinctly remember being on line for Space Mountain ………and then splitting because I was too afraid. Now this is a MUST do for me – and it’s relatively tame compared to other coasters. I’m wondering if I would like Everest – I’ve heard it’s not too bad except for a part where you go backwards in the dark. I’ll probably do it- nothing ventured, nothing gained, lol. One of the best times to go, I’ve heard, is the period between Thanksgiving and Christmas. I would have gone in September/October of this year, but the Jewish holidays are late and before that, my 40th birthday is then (9/24) and my parents and I are going to Philadelphia. So, I’m fine going before Summer Summer – as long as the weather is nice, so I can take a pool break, lol

  188. GreenBeret7 February 14th, 2011 at 12:22 am

    m February 14th, 2011 at 12:10 am
    Remember Brandon here? He was the first to bring Lady Gaga to my attention.

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

    Will you still hold that against him?

  189. Jackson February 14th, 2011 at 12:26 am

    GB, Pujols is looking for the big deal. Lozano left BHSC I think last year to start his own private agency, and he took some top people with him.

  190. BJK February 14th, 2011 at 12:29 am

    GreenBeret7 February 14th, 2011 at 12:20 am
    This is starting to get ugly.

    “•Agent Dan Lozano has told multiple teams that the Cardinals have “no chance to sign [Pujols]” before free agency, tweets Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.”

    —————————————————————————————————–

    Wait, you mean there’s another organization willing to dare play hardball with their superstar franchise player? I thought Cashman was the only one who had the inappropriate, nervy, indecency to do that.

  191. Doreen February 14th, 2011 at 12:30 am

    Betsy -

    Everest is a must do. I am a chicken. I have waited (well, shopped) while my family goes on roller coasters. but at one point my older daughter was starting to chicken out, so, one by one, I’ve conquered my fears so she wouldn’t be able to say, well, mommy isn’t going on.

    With Everest, I actually got to the front of the line and was about to go in the ride and backed out. I did this twice. It is now one of my favorite rides, and I’ve graduated to actually opening my eyes on it!! the backwards part is not bad at all, and it’s not that dark.

    Rock N Roller Coaster I still can’t open my eyes entirely because of the loop, but once I sense the loop is done, I do open my eyes. I love the ride.

    There are 3 rides I don’t go on. Tower of Terror (because I’m afraid of elevators as it is), but I’m thinking about maybe trying it. Space Mountain (because it’s really bumpy, but I’ve heard they’ve smoothed it out – the ride was closed for renovations for a while). Cali River Rapids (because I don’t like getting soaked – it’s a hair/makeup vanity thing).

    We go to the parks really early and take a pool break before going back later afternoon. It works out well.

  192. GreenBeret7 February 14th, 2011 at 12:32 am

    It will be interesting to see what sort of contract he and Fielder get. Fielder’s will match Howard’s, I’d think. They’re they sme player. Also, if Gonzalez hasn’t signed yet, he’ll match that one. If he has signed, he’s kicking himself.

  193. Doreen February 14th, 2011 at 12:32 am

    Betsy -

    Yes! Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, specifically the first two weeks in December, is absolutely the best time to go. (Unless you get a live Christmas tree and can’t leave it, but you won’t have that issue!) It’s not crowded and you have all the benefits of the Christmas season at Disney.

  194. Doreen February 14th, 2011 at 12:33 am

    We used to go in November all the time when the girls were in grammar school. Teachers’ convention gave us a couple of days off and a couple of half days, so we didn’t mind if the girls’ missed school. We usually had good weather, it wasn’t too crowded, and mostly everyone there was from New Jersey!

  195. RalphieD February 14th, 2011 at 12:34 am

    “m February 14th, 2011 at 12:10 am
    Remember Brandon here? He was the first to bring Lady Gaga to my attention.”

    yea brandon…what ever happened to him? i enjoyed some of his commentary

  196. Jackson February 14th, 2011 at 12:37 am

    CAN’T WAIT! (for tomorrow) night all

  197. Doreen February 14th, 2011 at 12:39 am

    Is Girardi going to address the media tomorrow?

  198. Jerkface February 14th, 2011 at 12:39 am

    Rock n Roller Coaster is the best coaster in Disney, though Big Thunder Mountain always has a place in my heart from when I was a kid. Rock N Roller Coaster is just great fun. Everest was good too, and like Space Mountain isn’t as bad as the reputation it has. In the end they are rides for kids.

  199. Jerkface February 14th, 2011 at 12:40 am

    Is Girardi going to address the media tomorrow?

    At 10:30 AM, though I thought they had pushed back reporting due to Kay’s wedding?

  200. West Coast Yankee Fan February 14th, 2011 at 12:40 am

    Breaking News (AP) – The firm of Mumford, Avett and Dylan just filed suit against Justin Bieber for impersonating an artist.

  201. Doreen February 14th, 2011 at 12:47 am

    jerkface -

    Big Thunder is the one roller coaster I always went on and it’s still my favorite – especially at night. With RnRCoaster, I still get “fight or flight” right before the car goes into the tunnel but it is pure fun, and the music is a plus.

  202. pat February 14th, 2011 at 12:48 am

    Brandon was working up the courage to watch Raising Helen and then was never heard from again.

    Mock her acting abilities all you want but The baby daddy won a grammy tonite so her good luck charm status remains in place.

  203. GreenBeret7 February 14th, 2011 at 12:49 am

    ST Home Schedule.

    Girardi’s Press Conference at 11:00 AM Monday, per Brian Hoch

    http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com.....p?c_id=nyy

  204. GreenBeret7 February 14th, 2011 at 12:53 am

    First televised ST game is 26 February at 1:00 PM on YES

  205. BJK February 14th, 2011 at 12:54 am

    West Coast Yankee Fan February 14th, 2011 at 12:40 am
    Breaking News (AP) – The firm of Mumford, Avett and Dylan just filed suit against Justin Bieber for impersonating an artist.

    ———————————————————————————————-

    Saw Dylan at the Palladium about a year ago. Worst concert I ever attended. Didn’t play any hits and didn’t interact with the audience at all until he introduced his band on the way out.

  206. West Coast Yankee Fan February 14th, 2011 at 1:16 am

    BJK – I am not entirely surprised to hear that Bobby D. has always marched to his own drummer. I do understand artists not wanting to play old hits although most do.

  207. Pat M. February 14th, 2011 at 1:23 am

    Saw Dylan in 71 at The Bangladesh Concert

  208. BJK February 14th, 2011 at 1:23 am

    West Coast Yankee Fan February 14th, 2011 at 1:16 am
    BJK – I am not entirely surprised to hear that Bobby D. has always marched to his own drummer. I do understand artists not wanting to play old hits although most do.

    ————————————————————————————————

    I know some artists feel that way, but honestly I don’t understand not playing the hits. They’re hits for a reason- more times than not they’re the artists best songs, and that’s what we’re paying to hear.

    It’s like going to a Yankee game and resting the entire starting line-up.

    Mix in a couple, and at the very least interact with the audience a bit so we don’t feel like we’re listening to a CD.

  209. BJK February 14th, 2011 at 1:30 am

    Pat M. February 14th, 2011 at 1:23 am
    Saw Dylan in 71 at The Bangladesh Concert

    ————————————————————————-

    That must have been incredible. I imagine you got your money’s worth.

  210. West Coast Yankee Fan February 14th, 2011 at 1:36 am

    BJK – I totally get it from an audience perspective; I’m the same way when I go to a concert. A lot of artists like their new songs, they are pushing them for financial reasons and they desperately want to be relevant. I think doing both is the answer and most do. Even Robert Plant who is absolutely relevant does a couple of re-arranged Zeppelin tunes no matter what musical frame of mind he is in at the time.

    On a side note, I’ve met Skylar Gray who sang with Eminem tonight (she wrote the song), she’s been to my home a few times. A very good friend does her computer and web site work. She has a great voice and is a good writer – look for her to breakout this year.

  211. BJK February 14th, 2011 at 1:44 am

    West Coast Yankee Fan February 14th, 2011 at 1:36 am

    On a side note, I’ve met Skylar Gray who sang with Eminem tonight (she wrote the song), she’s been to my home a few times. A very good friend does her computer and web site work. She has a great voice and is a good writer – look for her to breakout this year.

    ———————————————————————————————

    Wrote the best song of the year, wrote and performed Coming Home, working with the likes of Eminem and Jay Z… yeah, I’d say the future looks bright for her… deservedly so.

  212. West Coast Yankee Fan February 14th, 2011 at 1:57 am

    Jagger was phenomenal! It was interesting to see the close-ups the director showed of all the stars in the audience during his performance. They were all fans with huge smiles, many in awe, country stars, hip-hop, etc. It’s Mick Jagger after all, rock n’ roll royalty still sounding great at 68 years old!

  213. West Coast Yankee Fan February 14th, 2011 at 2:10 am

    I know it will just bug the hell out of some here that I am the first to say this. (he he)

    HOW MANY DAYS TO PITCHERS AND CATCHERS BOYS AND GIRLS?

    ZERO!!!!!!

  214. Pat M. February 14th, 2011 at 2:47 am

    Goodnight from the coast and good morning morning people…….Spring Training has arrived and now the clock has begun………The race to October is now on……

  215. Doreen February 14th, 2011 at 6:52 am

    Good morning, morning people! :)

    Happy Pitchers & Catchers Day!!!

    Spring is in the air. Yay!

  216. Fran the original February 14th, 2011 at 7:07 am

    Good morning Doreen and everyone else.

    We finally made it to pitchers and catchers :)

    And Happy Valentine’s Day too.

  217. blake February 14th, 2011 at 7:13 am

    Everyone make sure you get your significant other a Happy Spring Training Card today.

  218. Doreen February 14th, 2011 at 7:19 am

    blake -

    Yes, of course, along with the traditional baseball-shaped box of peanuts and cracker jacks!

  219. tyanksfan36 February 14th, 2011 at 7:19 am

    Good morning morning people! And happy Valentine’s day to all the lovers! Haha. I’m taking my gbf to see the Jusin Bieber movie, unless he cancels on me.

    And a big woohoo for Pitchers and Catchers reporting today!

  220. blake February 14th, 2011 at 7:23 am

    Has music ever been worse than it is right now?

  221. MaineYankee February 14th, 2011 at 7:23 am

    Good morning everyone.

    Doreen.

    My wife would not approve of combining ST and valentines. :lol:

    I don’t think she shares the same feeling for each event.

  222. tyanksfan36 February 14th, 2011 at 7:25 am

    Blake

    I think bad music is cyclical. I think the reason I don’t think Justin Bieber is awful is because I LOVED the Backstreet Boys about 15 years ago. I listen to some of their songs now and say, wtf ever made me like that music.

  223. MaineYankee February 14th, 2011 at 7:25 am

    blake February 14th, 2011 at 7:23 am
    Has music ever been worse than it is right now
    ———————————————————————————–

    I may be biased but they will never have any to compare to the 60′s.

  224. Dionysius Thelxinoe February 14th, 2011 at 7:26 am

    blake says:
    February 14, 2011 at 7:23 am
    Has music ever been worse than it is right now?

    ————-

    You mean NEW music, dontcha?

    The “old” stuff still sounds the same.

  225. upstate kate February 14th, 2011 at 7:27 am

    good morning
    Happy Valentines day and Happy P&C Day
    MY- I would approve of combining both!

  226. blake February 14th, 2011 at 7:29 am

    Yes new music.

  227. Dionysius Thelxinoe February 14th, 2011 at 7:29 am

    Good Lord, the 60s!?!?!?

    I thought I was the only one left.

    You may not like hearing this, Maine, but most of it sounds kinda cheesy today.

    But, God, what memories!!!

  228. Dionysius Thelxinoe February 14th, 2011 at 7:32 am

    Blake, hope that didn’t come out as snarky, didn’t mean it that way at all. It was intended as a “yeah, but we’ve still got ……..”

  229. upstate kate February 14th, 2011 at 7:35 am

    I am tired of listening to most of the music I grew up with. My son has broad musical tastes and has discovered Led Zep, Pink Floyd, the Doors, etc etc. He even bought a lot of old vinyl this summer, and borrowed a turn table. I had to explain to him what a 45 was and how I listened to Light My Fire a million times, and never want to hear it again!

  230. blake February 14th, 2011 at 7:36 am

    DT,

    Nah I gotcha….maybe its just me but it seems like everything is pop these days. Even in the backstreet boys /nysc era there were other kinds of music being made. I do like some of the new stuff but it all for the most part just seems very american idol and pre-packaged.

  231. MaineYankee February 14th, 2011 at 7:37 am

    Dionysius Thelxinoe

    It still has staying power today.

    Lets see if some other type can have the staying power that rock had.

    CCR still sounds good today.

  232. Ys Guy February 14th, 2011 at 7:38 am

    morning all! happy P’s and C’s!

    bob dylan showed how long ago the 60′s were last night on the grammy’s. he was completly indecipherable.

  233. MaineYankee February 14th, 2011 at 7:40 am

    kate

    If I told my wife that ST was on the same level it would take alot of choclates to correct that. :lol:

  234. Doreen February 14th, 2011 at 7:40 am

    There were some pretty cheesy songs in the 60s and 70s but a lot of it has held up over time.

    Some of that I think is because the good stuff is just good. Like good music from any era. Cole Porter is as fresh today (fresher!) as he was in his day, for example.

    But if you ask my MIL, nothing after 1950-ish was worth listening to.

    So, some of it has to do with what was popular when you were really, really into music – constantly listening, buying lots of records, going to dances/clubs, trying to learn to play the songs on piano/guitar.

    But I know a good song when I hear one, and there is good stuff out there today. It’s just harder to come by because I’m not as active a music consumer as I once was.

  235. Dionysius Thelxinoe February 14th, 2011 at 7:41 am

    Speaking of music …

    Doreen, another favorite app of mine on the iPhone …

    Ive always been terrible with the names of songs. So an app called Shazam comes in handy for me. Whenever you hear a song and you want to know the name (radio, movie, etc), you turn on the app, it “records” about 15-20 seconds, and then names the tune

  236. MaineYankee February 14th, 2011 at 7:41 am

    Ys Guy February 14th, 2011 at 7:38 am
    morning all! happy P’s and C’s!

    bob dylan showed how long ago the 60?s were last night on the grammy’s. he was completly indecipherable.

    ———————————————————————————

    He’s been that way for probably 30 years.

    I never was a Dylan fan.

  237. Ys Guy February 14th, 2011 at 7:43 am

    its radio that sucks, there is more great music out there than you can even listen to, you just have to find it, which is much easier today than ever before.

  238. Dionysius Thelxinoe February 14th, 2011 at 7:43 am

    Suffering from PSS this AM (Premature Submit Syndrome).

    (Shazam cont’d) … And it’s free!

  239. Doreen February 14th, 2011 at 7:44 am

    What I don’t like about a lot of today’s entertainers is the sameness. This is mostly aimed toward female singers. I swear I don’t know who is who. And there’s a lot of (too much, if you ask me) embellishment. No one knows how to sing a song straight, it seems – or, to be more exact, no one knows how to attack a song with subtlety. Everything is a power punch. Like they have to show off all the time, and it’s off-putting to me. Not in every case, but mostly.

  240. Ys Guy February 14th, 2011 at 7:44 am

    i saw dylan with the dead up in highgate vt a few years before jerry dies. never have so many lyrics been forgotten or garbled on one stage.

  241. Dionysius Thelxinoe February 14th, 2011 at 7:46 am

    Only issue with Shazam is the free verson has a monthly limit on songs it names, 5 or something.

    I used it about 6 months, then finally decided to upgrade to the full version (5.99?).

    Shows you what a cheapskate I am.

  242. MaineYankee February 14th, 2011 at 7:47 am

    Doreen

    If I tried to play a song on a piano or guitar you would’t have a clue what the song was. :lol:

  243. Fran the original February 14th, 2011 at 7:48 am

    Dionysius,

    I have seen Shazam. Pretty cool.

  244. Tar February 14th, 2011 at 7:49 am

    Happy Valentines day to the all the Ladies of Lohud. You are the best!

  245. Ys Guy February 14th, 2011 at 7:51 am

    sweeny wants everybody who’s on the ledge to take a step back:

    http://newyork.cbslocal.com/20.....main-calm/

    “For now, barring unforeseen circumstances I would think that Freddy Garcia and Ivan Nova have the inside track on the 4th and 5th spots. With what these two provided in 2010 as a barometer (Garcia was 12-6, 4.64 ERA in 28 starts for the White Sox; Nova was 12-3, 2.86 ERA at AAA-Scranton and 1-2, 4.50 ERA with the Yanks), they could provide reasonable production in the back half of the rotation. Consider that the AL Champion Texas Rangers had Colby Lewis, Scott Feldman, and Rich Harden make a combined 72 starts last year totaling 24-29, 4.68 ERA, and anything close to .500 or better will be acceptable from these two spots in the rotation.”

  246. Doreen February 14th, 2011 at 7:55 am

    Dionysius Thelxinoe -

    I went to the App store yesterday for a few minutes – I was getting dizzy. There’s an App for Everything!! :lol:

  247. SAS February 14th, 2011 at 8:00 am

    Good morning from AZ everyone.

    Happy Valentines day and even more important happy pitchers and catchers. We waited what seems like a long time for todays.

    Onward and upward to the Yankees and my Yankee friends.

  248. upstate kate February 14th, 2011 at 8:01 am

    thanks Tar
    Happy V,P&C Day to you!

  249. Fran the original February 14th, 2011 at 8:05 am

    Thanks Tar.

  250. Ys Guy February 14th, 2011 at 8:06 am

    the post asked cashman if joba was a lock to make the team and cashman hedged:

    “Anybody who has [minor league] options is not a lock for anything,” Cashman said when asked by The Post if the 25-year-old was a roster-spot lock. “Any player with options has to re-earn everything. You earn more or you earn less — New York or Scranton [Triple-A]. I fully expect Joba to be in our bullpen. If not, he would have worked his way out of it.”

    http://www.nypost.com/p/sports.....P6pYzvMVjP

  251. Ys Guy February 14th, 2011 at 8:14 am

    its official, we are the underdogs:

    http://news.google.com/nwshp?i.....038;tab=wn

  252. Betsy February 14th, 2011 at 8:15 am

    I’m not going on Rock and Rollercoaster because I can’t stand loops and other really scary stuff. I LOVE Big Thunder, love it – but that’s a tame coaster.

  253. Betsy February 14th, 2011 at 8:16 am

    No one is going to buy what Cashman is trying to sell; Joba is going to be on the team.

  254. Mell February 14th, 2011 at 8:19 am

    “No one is going to buy what Cashman is trying to sell; Joba is going to be on the team.”

    Probably, but I think Cashman’s answer was the appropriate one.

  255. tom tresh 15 February 14th, 2011 at 8:30 am

    Speaking of Lady Gaga, She gets paid good money to do that ?

  256. Ys Guy February 14th, 2011 at 8:33 am

    ok ill ask, who was speaking of lady gaga and why didnt you include a link to what she did? (were you are referring to her ‘hatching’ last night.)

  257. sandy g February 14th, 2011 at 8:34 am

    just this one thing i want to talk about before i talk about the yankees. the grammy show last night was great until i read something in todays paper.they made a big thing about aretha franklin not being at the award show because she was so sick.dressed in white,a healthy looking franklin thanked well wishers for their prayers and cards in a taped segment.i wish that i could have been with you all tonight,but i could not attend because iam recoverning at home from an illness. but in todays paper written by the associated press with pictures showing aretha franklin and jesse jackson at a detroit pistons,miami heat game that was played friday night.she was well enough to go to a basketball game but not show up for the grammys.what a fraud.now i forgot what i was going to say about the yankees.

  258. coney1 February 14th, 2011 at 8:34 am

    From Frank Russo at NY Baseball Digest:

    “Yanks Won’t Give Millwood Big League Deal

    This entry was posted on February 14th, 2011 @ 8:08 am by Frank Russo.
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    After looking at the results of the NYBD poll over the weekend, it was clear the fans support Brian Cashman bringing in another pitcher. Over sixty percent of readers said they would give free agent RHP Kevin Millwood a big league deal in the $4-5 million dollar range.

    In reaching out to sources I was told that Brian Cashman doesn’t feel the same. If Millwood is going to wear pinstripes, then he will have to earn his spot in the rotation with a similar non-guaranteed deal given to Freddy Garcia and Bartolo Colon. The feeling is Cleveland will eventually meet Millwood’s price.

    It’s actually a smart move for the Indians who won’t be a contender this year. Give Millwood a big league deal, hope he pitches well, and trade him to a contender in July for prospects. The Royals probably will be doing something similar with Jeff Francis. The Yankees loss will be the Indians gain.

    Passing Thoughts

    As Mike Silva discussed last night, my Tampa source believes it will be very difficult for the Yankees to land Francisco Liriano. The prevailing thought is Twins GM Bill Smith is going to ask for an expensive prospect package (thinking 5 for 1). Would you do two of the Killer B’s, a positional prospect, and a couple of secondary prospect? Cashman won’t and that’s very well what it would take to land Liriano. Smith is letting it be known that Minnesota is looking to deal Liriano since it appears they will be unable to sign him to a long term deal.

    Unfortunately I see a Cliff Lee/Jack Zduriencik scenario all over again. Remember, Smith was the same guy who asked for Phil Hughes, Chien-Ming Wang, and Joba Chamberlain for Johan Santana. Brian Cashman has gone on record saying the Santana deal offered to him was far more expensive than what Smith wound up settling for from the Mets. The point is I wouldn’t expect to see Liriano in pinstripes anytime soon.”

    First of all, Smith didn’t get a 5-for-1 deal for Johan Santana. NO GM is giving him that for Liriano. Secondly, if the asking price is indeed much higher for the Yankees than it is for other teams (and it seems like this happens with many teams, not just the Twins), when are the Yankees going to file a collusion charge?

  259. 108 stitches February 14th, 2011 at 8:37 am

    Competition is healthy. Chamberlain is aware he has options left. He should assume nothing. If not careful, he could be looking over his shoulder and see Mark Prior.
    The Yankee philosophy is locks are earned – not given away or handed out.

  260. Mell February 14th, 2011 at 8:41 am

    “Secondly, if the asking price is indeed much higher for the Yankees than it is for other teams (and it seems like this happens with many teams, not just the Twins), when are the Yankees going to file a collusion charge?”

    Collusion, eh? Seems a bit of a stretch. Who was Jack Z colluding with?

  261. Mell February 14th, 2011 at 8:42 am

    “Competition is healthy. Chamberlain is aware he has options left.”

    True. Nothing wrong with Cashman sending that message.

  262. Doreen February 14th, 2011 at 8:42 am

    Betsy -

    The loop is what scared me off RnR Coaster for the longest time. And my husband told me, you hardly even feel it, time and time again. It’s so smooth, you won’t even feel it. That’s what he kept saying. He finally wore me down (that and my daughter starting to use me as an excuse to not go on), so I went on. I kept my eyes closed so that I wouldn’t know when the loop was coming. (I still do that – and the loop is right at the beginning of the ride.) I had a blast on it and I didn’t feel the loop. However, now I do feel the loop a little, but I guess I’m used to it and my eyes are still closed at that point. The ride is exhilarating to me now. To me, the scariest part is the initial speed up. But I totally get why you don’t want to go on a loop ride. :)

    Big Thunder will always be my favorite.

  263. coney1 February 14th, 2011 at 8:45 am

    Mell:

    How do you ask for Hughes, Chamberlain, and more from the Yankees and then settle for Carlos Gomez and Philip Humber from the Mets?

  264. coney1 February 14th, 2011 at 8:46 am

    Mell:

    Not to mention the Mariners asked for Austin Jackson from the Yankees for Jarrod Washburn and then took some 2nd-rate prospect from the Tigers instead.

  265. Ys Guy February 14th, 2011 at 8:46 am

    i dont want milwood on a guaranteed contract. i think nova can put up #’s as good or better than milwood. garcia was better than milwood last season. i see no reason to guarantee this schlub anything.

  266. Ys Guy February 14th, 2011 at 8:49 am

    i think that will become a thing of the past. the twins must see that they fleeced themselves in the santana deal. in the long run, it makes no sense for the twins to keep asking more from the yankees when the yankees might just be the best trading partner out there. i could see if they were in our division, but that’s just stupid.

  267. BIG AL February 14th, 2011 at 8:51 am

    Good morning all – ST has finally arrived.

    It’s spring in NC, temps upper 60′s to low 70′s this week, and I can’t wait for the first pitch to be thrown.

  268. BIG AL February 14th, 2011 at 8:52 am

    MTU -

    You up yet?

  269. Mell February 14th, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Coney:

    Personally, I don’t. That said, I don’t know what Cashman and the Yankees offered. I presume to know what the Twins asked for based on reports. If the reports are true, I don’t blame the Yankees for not making the deal. But did they counter? And if so, with what? And was whatever that counter ended up being better than what they ended up with?

    Bill Smith does himself no favors taking what he perceives to be a lesser deal. Neither does Jack Z. I think about 99% here believe that Jack Z made a mistake, but when it comes to prospects, a lot of this is “eye of the beholder” stuff. While I disagree with his assessment, I have no doubt that Jack Z liked Smoak moreso than he did Montero.

    Where’s the collusion in that?

  270. blake February 14th, 2011 at 8:56 am

    I don’t think its collusion. I just think other teams see the Yankees as having a financial advantage so if they are going to make a deal with them then they are going to make them pay the absolute full price.

  271. BIG AL February 14th, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Mell -

    My hope is Montero makes the club, sooner than later, and really starts tearing it up.

    Then when the Yankees go to the coast to play the M’s, I’d send him a note of thanks for not making the deal.

    I hate the GM’s that think it’s their right to screw over the Yankees on every deal, and then accept a fraction of what the Yankees offered in dealing a player. ie – Santana to the Mets for example.

  272. Ys Guy February 14th, 2011 at 9:00 am

    if there is an ‘absolute full price” and they are giving thier assets away at a discounted price to someone else, they are hurting themselves more than they are hurting the yankees. i dont thing that trend is going to continue.

  273. Against All Odds February 14th, 2011 at 9:00 am

    I guess better late than never to send a msg to Joba *shrugs shoulders*

  274. MTU February 14th, 2011 at 9:03 am

    Al-

    Just barely.

    Long day yesterday.

    Working on some pictures to post.

  275. BIG AL February 14th, 2011 at 9:06 am

    MTU -

    Did you read the E-mail I sent you this morning?

  276. MTU February 14th, 2011 at 9:10 am

    Al-

    I skimmed it.

    I need to read it more carefully to enjoy the full flavor.

    Thanks for sharing.

    :)

  277. Chambliss February 14th, 2011 at 9:12 am

    I will be in Tampa from 3/10-3/14. Any suggestions for good restaurants/entertainment?

    We are staying in St. Pete.

  278. BIG AL February 14th, 2011 at 9:12 am

    MTU -

    Got to go get ready, I have a follow-up with the doc this morning, catch you later.

  279. MTU February 14th, 2011 at 9:15 am

    Al-

    I hope everything turns out well for you.

    Catch you later.

  280. randy l. February 14th, 2011 at 9:43 am

    one thing that the twins accomplished by trading santana to the mets was making sure that santana wouldn’t end up with the yankees in a trade.even now santana will not be coming to the yankees.

    the twins do seem to play the yankees more often than not in the playoffs.

    why should they make trades with the yankees who they are likely to face in the playoffs?

    do the red sox trade with the yankees? the rays?why should the twins?

    i think it’s a waste of time for cashman to even talk to the twins simply because it’s no more to their advantage to trade with the yankees than it is for the red sox or rays. for anyone to even look at the possibilities of a trade is also just a waste of time.

    sure the twins will make a trade if it’s lopsided in their direction, but cashman isn’t going to do that nor would we want him to.

    the twins did do a trade with the rays with garza, but the rays are not as likely to come back and bite them in the playoffs though it could happen. that trade that looked so lopsided after a year, now isn’t looking so bad as delmon young put up an offensive year comparable to arod with an ops+ of 121.( arod at 123) .

    i think the yankees shouldn’t waste their time trying to fleece the twins. if anything it’ll be the other way around if they trade.

  281. Ys Guy February 14th, 2011 at 9:51 am

    if santana comes back beginning of june and pitches well, he will be on the market at the trade deadline. (i know the mets are saying he’ll be out till the asb, but he is already throwing.)

    if that happens, he could end up on the yankees.


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