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Cashman notes: Cano, Noesi, Colon and underdogs

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Feb 19, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

This morning, Mark Teixeira called the Yankees underdogs, and said he enjoys coming to camp with that kind of target on his back.

“It’s a lot of fun because we’re the underdogs this year,” Teixeira said. “I love it. No one’s picking us right now, and everyone in here should be looking forward to winning a championship. When you put on the pinstripes, that’s exactly what your goal should be every year. I think everyone understands that. Just because the public might not be picking us doesn’t mean we don’t believe it in here.”

Brian Cashman just came to the press box to talk to the media, and he said he likes Teixeira’s approach.

“I think it means, I want the collective to think we have to fight,” Cashman said. “We’ve worn the target of being the hunted. Let’s be the hunter, see if that works well for us.”

As he’s said previously this winter, Cashman said the Red Sox are a better team on paper because they seem to be a finished product. The Yankees still have some uncertainty and things that could be addressed down the road.

“I have more work to get accomplished,” Cashman said. “They’ve accomplished all of their roster goals. I have yet to accomplish all of my roster goals… If this were a horse race, they would have the inside lane as the race starts. They’d have the pole position. Doesn’t mean you win the race.”

• Cashman once again said he’s open to making a move, but he’s not close to a move. “I have nothing I’m involved with right now,” he said. “Zero.”

• Robinson Cano was a light arrival because he got the dates mixed up. He thought the physicals were tomorrow and the first workout was Monday. “No biggie,” Cashman said. This morning, Curtis Granderson was talking about how none of the position players working out at the minor league complex this week seemed to know for sure what day they were supposed to report.

• Hector Noesi is supposed to fly into town tonight. “Until I actually see him, I’m going to keep it at, there’s a chance,” Cashman said.

• Bartolo Colon’s weight doesn’t bother Cashman. “We saw him pitching in winter ball,” Cashman said. “We know what we signed.” Cashman said Colon is athletic enough to keep up with everyone, despite his size. “He is what he is,” Cashman said. “We’ll condition him like everyone else, but there’s no crack down on him. I signed him for a reason, and I know what I signed.”

• Asked about Alex Rodriguez showing up a little lighter this spring, Cashman zinged a one-liner: “He’s lighter. That’s all I’ll say.” Given this week’s Joba Chamberlain conversation, it was hilarious.

Associated Press photo of Rodriguez and Teixeira

 
 

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107 Responses to “Cashman notes: Cano, Noesi, Colon and underdogs”

  1. PhiltheThrill February 19th, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    I think ARod will have a big season.

  2. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 19th, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    I agre with Tex and I love it! I think being the underdogs is awesome. Want to see what a team is made of? Don’t give them an all star at every position and take a look at how they utilize what they have and how they utilize their farm system.

    I couldn’t be more excited about this season.

    I think it’s great.

  3. Pat M. February 19th, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    Chad……I’m wondering if Alex will see Colon next week when hitting groups are announced…..

  4. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 19th, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    I agree about Alex. I think it’s interesting that when he’s seemed to be really content in his personal life, his playing has been so much more relaxed. Keep that magic coming Cameron!

  5. PhiltheThrill February 19th, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    Everyone performs better when they are in their lovezone.

  6. Laura - I Bleed Blue February 19th, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    Man, Alex has some big hands. : )

  7. BoJo February 19th, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    The “lovezone?”

    I LIKE it! :-)

  8. Joe from Long Island February 19th, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Alex hitting against Colon – Now that would be hilarious.

  9. 108 stitches February 19th, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Cashman may be sly as a fox.
    He’s well aware that Boston has weak catching, is not strong up the middle, and Crawford / Gonzalez need to at least equal the production left by the departure of Beltre / Martinez.
    He’s also aware that Boston has no depth to rely on in the event of injury to the 1 – 5 starting pitchers. Their farm system is void of near major league ready talent for replacement or for trading chips.
    ESPN will say otherwise as will Gammons.

  10. Ruby Tuesday February 19th, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    I doubt Alex Rodriguez can elude the injury bug this season .

  11. BoJo February 19th, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    Hi Trisha–how did the tire rotation go this morning?

  12. Betsy February 19th, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    I think Alex is saying “per the experts, the gap between the Sox and Yanks is THIS” big, lol

    I have a feeling these guys have a huge chip on their shoulders – not a bad thing at all

  13. BoJo February 19th, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    Hi Ruby–

    This one is for you

    http://images.encyclopediadram.....-horse.gif

  14. Betsy February 19th, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    I mean, it’s hard not to take it personally when everyone is saying you’re old and you stink

  15. Ruby Tuesday February 19th, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    He also looks like he has been in a cooking oven too long .

  16. Betsy February 19th, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    Alex will have a huge season, I agree

  17. BoJo February 19th, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Betsy–

    I was thinking the caption was:
    “Freddo—you disrespected the family with that talk of being less than the Sux. Now I’m goona haveta put both hands on your cheeks and give the kiss of death….or maybe just the peck of stop that negative thinking already!”

  18. tyanksfan36 February 19th, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    I think its pretty funny that the Ted Williams museum is located in Tropicana Field. Its probably as close to Cooperstown as ill ever get. There aren’t many baseball museums here.

  19. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 19th, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    “Everyone performs better when they are in their lovezone.”

    Well not to throw controversy into this theory but – it seems to me that Derek played better without the distraction. Maybe he was never really bitten by the love bug before and so it was easy for him to love ‘em and leave ‘em, and forget a love life once the season began. This one unfortunately has a different feel. I would like to think that he will be back to form this season. All that continues to buzz in the far recesses of my mind is a pictured of him that was in the NY papers one day after the Yanks got embarrassed by the Suxers at the Stadium. There he was with Minka the stinka, at Forest Hills, looking like he didn’t have a care in the world. Very un_Jeter like!

    :)

  20. tyanksfan36 February 19th, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    Oh yeah, the new turf at Tropicana is really nice. Way better than that nasty fungus colored carpet they used to have.

  21. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 19th, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Is it just me or does anyone else wish they could get Ruby’s ugly little neck and squeeze it and squeeze it and squeeze it until his Suxian eyeballs pop out of his skull? And then get his blasphemous little tongue and pull it out of his head? And then kick him all the way down the Canyon of the Heroes?

    Can anybody tell me what this is the score of? 27-7? Would you want to be the team on the 7 side of things? That would be pretty embarrassing, wouldn’t it? If you were on the 7 side of the score and went and ran your mouth continually, wouldn’t you think that people would think that you were a total mental midget and probably not dealing with a full deck?

    Just curious.

  22. Fran the original February 19th, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    Tyanks, glad you had fun. Looking forward to the pictures :)

  23. Betsy February 19th, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    Bojo, lol – Tex does look like he’s being lectured too.

  24. blake February 19th, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    Arod is looking rather svelte in that pic….he’s got another MVP type season or two in him. Just has to stay healthy.

  25. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 19th, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    bojo, I was the second person at Town Fair and I got there at 7:30! The alignment didn’t go perfectly. It was the second time I was there for an alignment because the back tire was locked at a certain angle and I had my mechanic to do something to unfreeze it but they still couldn’t get it where they needed it. Obviously the degree it’s at isn’t good so I have to see if there is a bent axel, tierod, etc. I’ll do that next week and then go back for another alignment.

    And then while I was on the highway, my engine light went on. I was on the highway because I had to go and pick up an antenna at the Acura dealer, since my antenna decided to stop going up and down and I can’t go into a car wash until it’s fixed.

    Not a great day for my car! I stopped at a local station and they used that electric thing to figure out why the light was on and he said it could be because I had no gas in the car (I had some but not much.) So the light is off, the tank is full, and I have to keep an eye on things to make sure the engine light doesn’t go back on.

    :)

  26. BoJo February 19th, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Hmmm Trish—that must be the score of a one time event like a nY football team kicking a NEw England team’s tail…it couldn’t be something like the number of championships or something over a long period of time, because that would just be ridiculously lop-sided.

  27. blake February 19th, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    I love the fact that everyone thinks Boston has assembled a 25 man all star team. Its great.

  28. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 19th, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    “No one’s picking us right now, and everyone in here should be looking forward to winning a championship. When you put on the pinstripes, that’s exactly what your goal should be every year. I think everyone understands that. Just because the public might not be picking us doesn’t mean we don’t believe it in here.”

    :)

    Just another reason I thank the dear Lord for making me a Yankee fan. That is definitely a winner’s mentality.

  29. upstate kate February 19th, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    Tyanks
    You really should visit Cooperstown at some point in time. The HOF is amazing. I know you enjoy baseball history, you would really like it. Not to mention, Cooperstown is a lovely little village.

  30. BoJo February 19th, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    Wow—

    I hate car and car issues.

    Off for a while…see you later!

  31. tampayank February 19th, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    “# tyanksfan36 February 19th, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    Oh yeah, the new turf at Tropicana is really nice. Way better than that nasty fungus colored carpet they used to have.

    good to hear, that old turf was terrible

  32. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 19th, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    “it couldn’t be something like the number of championships or something over a long period of time, because that would just be ridiculously lop-sided.”

    Oh bojo, I’m sorry but no Ritter Sports Bar for you.

    :D

  33. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 19th, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    Bojo, I had car issues, true, but I put into quick perspective. I am someone with car issues who is driving with a plate that says NY Yankees. Who’s better than me?

    :)

    Cooperstown is gorgeous. The surrounding town and rolling hills are so beautiful. We went up one year right before Thanksgiving and the scenery reminded me of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman. It started snowing lightly that day and it couldn’t have been more beautiful. I am definitely due for another trip up.

  34. Pat M. February 19th, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    One of the best things about Spring Training besides Yankee baseball,,,,it’s Tricia and her no bs telling it like it is in your face !!!! The great equalizer….This is my 5th season here at the LoHud and every year I just appreciate her style regardless if I agree on all counts or not…..

  35. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 19th, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    :D

    Pat M, I am a character! That’s what my father always used to say anyway.

    Do I wish I could be more politic or ignore some things better? Sure. But at some point it does get to be too much. And then well, there it is.

    :)

    Actually as much as I detest Ruby’s sniveling cowardly jealous being, I wouldn’t really do the things I said. And I do feel kind of bad after I say it because he probably is full of self loathing that he can’t keep himself from hanging out here. I should really try to practice more compassion when it comes to the less fortunate.

  36. Betsy February 19th, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    Words can’t describe Cooperstown. 2 years ago, my mother and I went to Cooperstown and then the Hudson Valley. I asked my father why he wasn’t coming to Cooperstown – and he just said he couldn’t get away from work. So, my mother and I drove (about a 5 1/2 hour drive, but SO easy – no traffic, and nice and straight). We stayed in this wonderful little B&B……The next day, our first full day there, we got up and went down to breakfast. At one moment I looked up and there was my father,lol. He had gotten up at 6 am to drive to Cooperstown to surprise my mother and me. When I looked up, I was like “Dad!”….My mother was shocked. If you are a baseball fan, then you have to make it up there. I could have spent a week there -as it was, it took me a few hours just to make it through part of the historical timeline (and I only reached the 1930′s, lol). I love old-time baseball, the origination and such, so that took up much of my time. I don’t know when I’ll go back, but it’s truly a treasure for baseball fans.

  37. Betsy February 19th, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    LOL We went out on a boat on Glimmerglass lake one day…….and the boat crashed into the dock as we returned. The poor captain did not look too happy – his wife owns the boat!

  38. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 19th, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    “I just appreciate her style regardless if I agree on all counts or not…..”

    You think it would defile the Canyon of the Heroes?

    :)

  39. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 19th, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    Betsy, I’m thinking we’re not much further away from Cooperstown than you are. For some reason that doesn’t sound like it makes sense! Maybe we’re 7 hours from it.

    I really like the relationship you have with your family. There is nothing like that closeness. It’s beautiful.

  40. 108 stitches February 19th, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    tyanksfan36 February 19th, 2011 at 3:43 pm
    I think its pretty funny that the Ted Williams museum is located in Tropicana Field. Its probably as close to Cooperstown as ill ever get. There aren’t many baseball museums here.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    The tiny Green Sardine Can in Boston is too small to have a museum of any kind. Barely enough space for restrooms.
    Carl Crawford will get a real sense of how small the home clubhouse is compared to the large one he was used to at Tropicana Field.

  41. RhapsodyInBlue February 19th, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    Trisha

    I just went through the whole “check your engine” light routine on my truck.

    I have a Toyota Tacoma it’s 5 years old but mint with low mileage, not a mark on it, always garaged.

    Anyway the light came on twice before they figured out that all I needed was a new gas cap.

  42. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 19th, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    108, having nothing to do with my loathing for the Sux, and that’s the truth, I cannot believe what an ugly like park fenway is. It’s really horrible. Heck when the Yanks AA team was in Ct. I used to go to some games there. What always struck me was what a beautifully manicured park that was and how much care was given to it, in pure Yankee fashion. Then you go to that hideous green urinal, where the seats are so small and uncomfortable that you’re almost on top of the person next to you and where there are probably more obstructed views than unobstructedf. Okay that’s an exaggeration. But it is butt ugly.

  43. tyanksfan36 February 19th, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    My master plan is to move to Connecticut after I graduate so ill have to go to Cooperstown then. The Ted Williams museum and hitters hall of fame is at Tropicana and its nice, not too fancy but they have old pictures and memorabilia. They have a case for Jeters 3000 hits already and one for Jorge Posada when he won the Ted Williams humanitarian award or something. I didn’t get very many pictures because it was so crowded. We actually exited the museum and jumped into a group going to the Rays touch tank so we didn’t have to wait in that line. It took like 5 minutes to walk across the field because there were so many people, I couldn’t tell if we were standing in a line or not. We got to run the bases and go into the clubhouse.

  44. Betsy February 19th, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    Trish, I have 5 brothers and sisters and we are pretty close. I give my dad a ton of credit. This is the 2nd marriage for both my parents; my mother’s kids were very young when she married my father and he treated them like his own kids. His first wife married this very nice man and my mom’s first husband married a very nice lady. Granted, I probably would have been too young to notice, but I can’t recall there ever being any acrimony amongst the adults and given how sometimes kids are used as pawns between divorcing parents, it’s pretty neat. I kind of think of us as the Brady Bunch without Alice or Tiger.

  45. RhapsodyInBlue February 19th, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    Fenway park=Half Stadium

  46. Betsy February 19th, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    Trish, you’re in Rhode Island, right? I’m on Long Island…..Sometimes long drives are better than shorter ones, if the former has no traffic and the latter is full of stops and starts.

  47. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 19th, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    “Anyway the light came on twice before they figured out that all I needed was a new gas cap.”

    Oh my God. The guy actually went and checked my gas cap. I had no idea why. The light is off now. I had gone to another station in my town where I had gone before and wasn’t thrilled with the service. But there aren’t so many service stations left so I felt I had to do it. The guy told me he would have to do the whatever you call it and it was going to cost me $60 just for the diagnosis. So I waited ’til he went in the garage of his station and I left and went to another station that a lot of people I know go to. He closes at noon and it was just noon, but he actually did the diagnosis and didn’t charge me a penny! He said something about “lean”. Can’t remember what other word(s) but he said it could very well have been because my tank was just about empty. I’ll have to see if the light goes back on.

  48. tyanksfan36 February 19th, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    108 Stitches

    That’s true, I’ve never been inside Fenway, I saw it from the outside when I went to Boston back in 2000. I’ve never been to another stadium besides Tropicana and I don’t really have a problem with it, yeah its loud but besides that I don’t think its as awful as everyone makes it out to be though I have nothing to compare it to.

  49. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 19th, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    Betsy, that’s awesome. It sounds like you come from and are surrounded by quality people. I know lots of situations where there is nothing but acrimony and one parent or the other (or sometimes both) do whatever they can to poison the kids against the other parent. What an awful thing to do to kids just to get back at your spouse. Hey sometimes people find they just can’t live with each other or the usefulness of the situation has outlived itself. It happens.

    I’m one of six kids also and from my earliest memories, my parents’ mantra to us was to always stick close to each other. And we have. I feel very blessed.

  50. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 19th, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    Just about our entire trip to Cooperstown was highway. That is definitely better than a ton of stop and go.

  51. tyanksfan36 February 19th, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    Trisha

    My check engine light is always going on and off, once it came on because I ran over a series of reflectors in the middle of the road, and once because I went through a deep puddle. I have some emissions malfunction in some line but they said its not serious so I just go to the Autozone and have them turn it off for me, they ask if I want to know why its on and I always just say no, I don’t care.

  52. upstate kate February 19th, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    We spent very little time looking at the plaques of the HOFers as there was so much else to see. I especially liked the Babe Ruth, Negro Leagues and Women’s Leagues exhibits, and oh yeah, the ball park exhibits…and so much more! lots of Yankee stuff of course. When we went last summer, they had the 09 WS artifacts. I think the fall would be a nice time to visit, when the harvest festivals are going on.

  53. RhapsodyInBlue February 19th, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    Tricia

    The diagnosis is a racket.

    The first time I had the “check the engine” light looked at at Glens Falls Toyota they charged me $9.95 and told me my gas cap wasn’t on tight. That was about 4 months ago.

    I bought a new home so I went to a dealership a mile from my new house (Lia Toyota) last weekend, the engine light was back on but I needed to have a NY state inspection. They told me it costs $100. to run a diagnostics with the laptop on any vehicle.

    Looks like I’ll doing business with the people in Glens Falls although it is an hour drive from my new house.

  54. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 19th, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    What is an ABS light? That’s on too. I think it’s ABS. Maybe it’s telling me that it’s time for an oil change?

    Rhapsody that was the thing they were going to charge me $60 for and then the other guy did it free. The diagnostics with the laptop.

  55. upstate kate February 19th, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    RIB
    I think that is the same dealership Ys Guy had trouble with. And if you are from Glens Falls, do you have Jimmer fever?

  56. RhapsodyInBlue February 19th, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    Tricia

    Most of them are shysters. if you can one you can trust like I have in Glens Falls Toyota, stick with them. I bought a few cars from them when I lived saratoga county, they treated me great.

    ABS are brake related, here is a link I found regarding Acura/ABS light issues.

    http://autoforums.carjunky.com.....ys._P1089/

  57. RhapsodyInBlue February 19th, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    The people in Glens Falls are all excited about Jimmer.

    Real nice kid from a normal family.

    I spend a lot of time up there, I installed and take care of the phone system in GF Hospital.

    A big autographed plaque of Jimmer by the front entrance.

  58. P February 19th, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    We haven’t even thrown a pitch yet in a game and people here are being overly optimistic and in some cases gullible.. Do we have a shot of course.. But war too many risks and variables right now to be so certain.. Makes you look silly.

  59. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 19th, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Wow thanks for that info Rhapsody. I’m going to take a look at that link.

    I agree that they are all shysters. I am going to stick with the guy I ended up going to today. He didn’t even charge me for the diagnostic. I know a lot of people who go to him and love him.

    Think I’ll do some reading about ABS lights and Acuras and hope it doesn’t scare me too much…

    :)

    Later y’all.

  60. RhapsodyInBlue February 19th, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    upstate kate

    I’d be surprised of anyone having problems with Glen Falls Toyota especially the service dept.

    I was referred there by other Toyota owners and have since bought 3 vehicles from them.

    They’re great people and have always taken good care of my cars. I drive past other Toyota dealers to get to GF Toyota.

  61. blake February 19th, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    The Yankees are no worse than the 3rd best team in baseball on paper…..it ain’t that bad. They will be a really good team and have a chance for a championship just like every year.

  62. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 19th, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    “We haven’t even thrown a pitch yet in a game and people here are being overly optimistic and in some cases gullible.. Do we have a shot of course.. But war too many risks and variables right now to be so certain.. Makes you look silly.”

    Makes you look even sillier to lecture us. Some of us stay certain until and unless we find there is reason not to be. I live that way and it works just fine for me. More often than not I’m rewarded for keeping the faith. When it doesn’t work, it doesn’t take an ounce of enjoyment away for me since I support the team through thick and thin so will always feel good about them as long as the effort is there. And with the Yankees it always is.

    More than one way to look at the same situation, right? I can understand and respect your caution. I just don’t need to share it.

  63. West Coast Yankee Fan February 19th, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    This is for you darling Trisha. My original, famous rant that I wrote for my Red Sux friends:

    “Here’s your lesson for today Sux fans. Boston is a third rate team with a third rate tuna can for a stadium.

    You are perennial losers who try unsuccessfully to spin two winning seasons into some contrived delusion of glory. You’re frauds and pretenders. You’re Bill Buckner, Heathcliff Slocumb, Mark Whitten, Matt Mantel and Brain Daubach. We’re Babe Ruth, Lou Gerhig, Joe DiMaggio, Yogi Berrra, Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford, Mariano Rivera and Derek Jeter.

    We’re 27 and you’re 7. You’re no different than other recent pretenders, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Florida, the White Sox, Arizona, Anaheim and San Francisco. A brief moment in the sun, soon to be relegated to the stinking dung heap of failed sports franchises. Just take it from the famous Scott Arbeit.

    “Fenway is the ultimate symbol of how Boston sucks, it’s a dump. Period. Uncomfortable and poorly-placed seats, many of which don’t even face towards the infield. The new seats are in the most distant part of the park, with the worst view of the game, namely, the “Monster Seats”. And yet the Boston fans eat them up like they’re wonderful. The luxury boxes are literally trailers that have been secured onto the top of any load-bearing structure that could support them. You know, when a redneck builds an addition onto a trailer in a trailer park, and therefore makes it a permanent home, we chuckle. When the Red Sox do that at Fenway park, we call them luxury boxes. It really is as if Red Sox fans are abused wives, who don’t understand that they deserve better”.

    Next.

  64. upstate kate February 19th, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    sorry to not be clear RIB. I meant Lia Toyota, not GF Toyota.
    That is nice to hear about Jimmer.

  65. RhapsodyInBlue February 19th, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    I look at it this way with the Yankees.

    I believe the patience being displayed by Cashman will pay off.

    Come June when a few teams are 10 games out, there will be better opportunities then there are presently in late February.

    Teams will try to dump players for payroll relief or prospects both of which the Yankees have plenty of.

    If Garcia or Nova can give the Yankees 5 good innings with that offense and bullpen for a half of a year they’ll keep us close.

    People need to chill.

  66. RhapsodyInBlue February 19th, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    upstate kate

    No surprise on Lia Toyota, they charged $100 for a laptop diagnostic while GF only charged me $9.95 for the same procedure just a few months ago.

  67. West Coast Yankee Fan February 19th, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    If one has a relatively new car, most of the time the ABS lights, etc., are computer errors and mean nothing. Disconnect the battery for twenty minutes and they should go off.

  68. upstate kate February 19th, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    I love the beginning of baseball season. Every fan of every team can be hopeful. A team like the Orioles or Jays can be in first place for an extended period of time. It is a fresh start for everyone.

  69. RhapsodyInBlue February 19th, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    Jimmer takes his buddies during the summer months up to the Wilton Correctional Center which is a light security risk facility to play the inmates.

    He wanted to improve his game, in the process he has gained a few more fans.

  70. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 19th, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    Wow. I would be a total fraud and hypocrite if I didn’t say that I thought your Sux rant is a masterpiece.

    Awesome awesome awesome.

    Awesome.

    Keep it handy always.

    :)

  71. West Coast Yankee Fan February 19th, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    I thought you would enjoy it.

  72. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 19th, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    My car is a relic. Still looks pretty good, but nevertheless a relic. It’s a 1997. It has 83,000 miles. And I just love it.

    ********

    Kate, I so agree about the beginning of the season and it does my heart good for fans of all teams to think that they can have some kind of good feelings and hope, just as we do. (okay, for me not the Suxers. But all the rest.)

  73. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 19th, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    Enjoy it? It gave me chills.

    :)

  74. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 19th, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    And the best part is that every word is true.

    Poor Ruby. Rooting for that garbage heap of a team.

    Okay, off to read about my ABS light!

    :)

  75. West Coast Yankee Fan February 19th, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    I have one more let me find it . . .

  76. P February 19th, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    I always believe in the Yanks. When I was less than a year old my dad took me to games and I have always felt that they were family.

    But I am also realistic and I base my opinion on facts.. and if it wasn’t for our dominating pitching first half last year.. I don’t think the season would be as much of a success. Not trying to knit pick but, the magic wasn’t there as often as I would’ve liked. If this team plays like they did after the allstar break.. well, then we are “up the creek”.

    The Redsox are much better with Gonzo and Crawford, it’s a different dynamic no matter how close the stats are with vmart/beltre. I view Crawford as a younger Damon and Gonzo as dangerous as Manny/Ortiz on roids. Plus with Crawford in OF, that’s a huge difference then their platoon last year.

    I’ll tell you what.. if Tex pulls his usual hot/cold and freezing in April, it will be a tough start. We need his bat on point this year. If he has the same offensive season, people are going to be drooling over Albert, not that it’s realistic.. but people will be calling to kick him out of the Bronx for Albert.

    I do know there is one thing we can all agree on here, regardless of our different opinions.. “BASEBALL IS HERE and I can’t wait for the games to start !! ” FINALLY !

  77. upstate kate February 19th, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    well Trisha, yes of course, not the sox! just everyone else!

    that was good WCYF

  78. upstate kate February 19th, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    P
    CAN’T WAIT!!!

  79. 108 stitches February 19th, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    trisha – true pinstriped blue February 19th, 2011 at 4:26 pm
    108, having nothing to do with my loathing for the Sux, and that’s the truth, I cannot believe what an ugly like park fenway is. It’s really horrible. Heck when the Yanks AA team was in Ct. I used to go to some games there. What always struck me was what a beautifully manicured park that was and how much care was given to it, in pure Yankee fashion. Then you go to that hideous green urinal, where the seats are so small and uncomfortable that you’re almost on top of the person next to you and where there are probably more obstructed views than unobstructedf. Okay that’s an exaggeration. But it is butt ugly.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Fenway went out with the dinosaurs. John Henry is content with slapping a fresh coat of green paint periodically on the dilapidated place that will be 100 years old next year. He’s content with accepting some tax breaks from the city and squeezing in some seats wherever possible. The political climate doesn’t call for a new venue any time soon.
    The day may come when there’s seats on top of the Prudential Bldg. at a hefty charge. Oh, and the high powered binoculars will be rented out at $35.00 per customer-per game.

  80. West Coast Yankee Fan February 19th, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    I call them “pinkies” I hate men who wear pink hats. Look around Fenway next time:

    “Pinkie”, the entire sports world knows that Sux fans are nothing but whiny crybabies; when you don’t get your way you cry like a bunch of sissies, always bawlin’ about buyin’ players. Hypocrite.

    The Red Sox have one of the highest payrolls in baseball. As if you don’t spend free-agent money. As if you weren’t willing to pony up $170 million for Texiera, as if you didn’t go after A-Rod. You lost both, because you have the worst general manager in sports who got schooled like a kid.

    And don’t get me started on that piece of garbage ballpark Fenway. What a contrast between the new Yankee Stadium and that obstructed seat joke that can’t even seat 40k fans.

    The only one that matters, is 27 and 7. And allow me to remind you “Pinkie” that 5 of your world championships came before 1918! That would make it 27 and 2 since 19 friggin’ 18! “Pinkie”! 27 and 2!

    But no one has ever said it better than your own Mike Timlin, and I quote:

    “As the parade wound down, exhausted players climbed off their duck boats and waved to a throng of delirious fans before heading to their cars. Pitcher Mike Timlin said he had a great time but admitted it would have been better without the fans. “We all had a great time celebrating together and riding through the city on those duck boats,” Timlin said. “But man, the fans are obnoxious. They have gotten really dorky in the past couple years. I mean, Red Sox Nation credit cards? Really? And the less said about those pink hats, the better. Oh, and we beat the Rockies, not the Yankees, so you can stop with the ‘Yankees suck’ chant. Don’t get me wrong,” he added. “I love our fans, but there are so many bandwagon jumpers now that I hardly even recognize them”

    There you go “Pinkie”. Bandwagon jumpers in pink hats, straight from the mouth of your own player. Pathetic.

    Yours truly – Bucky Dent, Bill Buckner & Aaron Boone xox

  81. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 19th, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    “But I am also realistic and I base my opinion on facts”

    Me too! And it’s fact that a new pitching coach might be the bromide we need to help people like AJ and Joba get back to center. It’s also a fact that nobody could have predicted that an Aaron Small and Shawn Chacon would offer so much to the Yankees.

    I absolutely have no fear of the Sux. They traded Beltre and Martinez (HUGE because their catching is back to a total question mark) and they got Gonzalez from the NL and Crawford. More offense? Oh well.

    The thing that makes the difference – pitching – is totally suspect. And while we don’t have 1-5 neatly slated, we have a bullpen that will knock your eyes out and your sox off. That goes a LONG way in helping an unsure rotation. Try 5 good innings and then the bullpen we have, when all we can get is 5 good innings! You can count on CC and Hughes for more than that. I remain hopeful about AJ turning things around. But if not, you have a full pen to help out, plus you are going to have long relief and spot starters at the ready.

    And Soriano and Mo as the setup and closer?

    I’m psyched.

    The Sux are a well-written paper balloon. POP!

  82. P February 19th, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    Fenway is a great ballpark, but I like all the older stadiums.. I am not a big fan for “shopping Mall stadiums”..

    I will tell you though, if you’re gonna have a stadium built, next years Miami Marlins have one beautiful outdoor ballpark. Long time coming..

  83. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 19th, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    Wow WC. Those are works of art. I am totally impressed.

    Those are words not to be forgotten , even if the Sux do their usual every season and decide to occupy first place for a week or two.

    They are who they are, players down to fans. Also rans, have beens, and newbies.

    Not their fault, I realize.

    Tough.

  84. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 19th, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    “Fenway is a great ballpark”

    Okay, now I do question whether you are a fan or a shill, no offense.

  85. West Coast Yankee Fan February 19th, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Just today the Red Sox announced that an engineering group had done a survey and and determined that Fenway would be safe and sound for another fifty years and that accordingly, the Sox have no plans for an expansion or new stadium.

  86. P February 19th, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    well, there is a difference between a good team and a world championship team that is for sure.. but then again, look at SF last year. Who would’ve thought?

    When we brought CC/AJ/Tex to the club, the team was on fire from the first moment on.. a lot of clutch games, come form behind wins.. when you add significant pieces to your club, it effects the morale.. and when you don’t, the same as well.. Don’t think for a second that Sox aren’t pumped up and ready to go.. just like we were for #27..

    Oh and yes I know, sometimes I can be negative, but somebody please tell Joe G. That changing his # is the dumbest thing (On the field) a Yankee manager has ever done, to date.

  87. P February 19th, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    trisha, I love Fenway. I was born in CT. Half my family are sox fans the other half yanks.

    I love the green monster, always have.. it is the only park like it and ever will be.

  88. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 19th, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    P I must be one of the few who love that Girardi changes his number to 28. It doesn’t surprise me that I am one of the few, if I am.

    :)

  89. P February 19th, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    I should say that obviously the best ballpark ever is now gone.. and there will never be that nostalgia again.. at least not for me and my dad.

  90. West Coast Yankee Fan February 19th, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    Boomer (Hefty Lefty) on the weight issue today. He showed up having lost a lot of weight: (from USA Today)

    Wells has developed a new outlook about carrying too much weight. A type-2 diabetic, Wells also reflected on how extra pounds affected back and knee injuries.

    “That’s why now, some of the bigger dudes, if they do have weight problems, I’m here if they want to talk to me about certain things,” Wells said. “I would push them to lose the weight, not be a hard (guy) like I was because I’ve been through all the injuries. Do what they say. Get down to the goal they want you to, or get close to it. I’m sure they’ll compromise.”

  91. P February 19th, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    Trisha, IMO, it’s arrogant and childish. Then again I don’t really like Joe G. I wanted Donnie for the job.

  92. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 19th, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    P, I’ll go you one better. I am from RI and the only one in my family who roots for the Yanks. I think fenway is a disgrace. Ugly provincial little disgrace. That ridiculous green monster is a joke. Their park is pathetic IMO.

    But I think it’s fitting for their team.

    I’m sure the Sux are jacked, but I’m sure they also realize that Beckett, Lackey, Dice-K and Papelbum are all question marks. You can’t feel too jacked with that happening. I also think that they aren’t totally soothed that Victor Martinez was traded away. Talk about a huge question mark.

    On the other hand, the Yankees wear the pinstripes and if you don’t think that adds lift to every one of their steps, think again. They know how to win, and they have a mentality that they are always going to win.

    They’ve done it without bringing in huge names every season also.

    I’m psyched.

  93. P February 19th, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    “Anyone dreaming of Mark Teixeira for Albert Pujols trade can stop now. The Yankees first baseman told Joel Sherman of The New York Post (on Twitter) that “I’ve got that no-trade [clause] for a reason. I’m not going anywhere. I’m going to be buried in these pinstripes.” — Joel Sherman (Via MLBTR).

    Mark be careful what you say, if you have the same offensive struggles this year as last, people will wanna bury you in the pinstripes after this season.

  94. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 19th, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    P, :) I love Girardi and didn’t want Donnie. I just thought he would be a carbon copy of Torre and really felt the Yankees needed someone with a little fire in his belly, someone who would be more excited/excitable. I was thrilled when we got Girardi. I love the way he manages.

  95. P February 19th, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    Trisha,

    I like the ballpark, not the team. Big difference :-) Then again I used to design ballparks as a hobby growing up. I also play Jai Alai so I like smashing balls of walls :)

    You sure you aren’t the shill? No offense.

  96. P February 19th, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    Joe G was a mediocre player and has the same mediocre talent as a manager. He doesn’t get much respect around the clubhouse (that’s not to say he isn’t liked).

    Last year he made some really bonehead moves and cost us games a few times.. I just think he over-manages.

  97. West Coast Yankee Fan February 19th, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    I love baseball so I enjoy going to the historic old parks like Fenway and Wrigley Field and whenever I have gone to Fenway; it was to see the Yankees play.

    But as a ballpark goes, let’s be real. It’s a dump.

  98. West Coast Yankee Fan February 19th, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    P – to be honest I am not a huge Girard fan either. Just for the record, you are a Mets fan aren’t you?

  99. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 19th, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    P – you caught me. I’m the shill.

    That said, I can’t think of anything more ugly than fenway. Been there, hate it. Disgusting, uncomfortable, ugly pea green little pea shooter of a fraud of a park. That stupid ass “green monster” is ridiculous.

    Yes, without question, it is a DUMP.

  100. P February 19th, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    Mets fan? Your grasping at straws buddy. Wrong guy.

  101. West Coast Yankee Fan February 19th, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    I was just curious, your name linked to what I thought was the Mets page on MLB.com but it’s the main site. Sorry.

  102. P February 19th, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    I don’t look at the colors, and it’s age. Sure it’s in rough shape, how old is it?

    I’m not all that impressed with new yankee stadium and all of it’s modern day amenities.. my heart was across the street and it’s taken me time to accept the new home.. I like to go to the park for a game and some seat eats.. If I wanted a steak, I would go out for a steak.

    I don’t care about aesthetics, as much as design. The rich people only seats really piss me off.. and I have front row/Yanks dugout seats whenever I want them.

  103. West Coast Yankee Fan February 19th, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    From ESPN.com today. Muy interesante.

    “Manager Joe Girardi acknowledged the possibility that Cano could hit as high as third in the 2011 lineup, a spot occupied for the past two years by Mark Teixeira.

    “We’ll continue to talk about our lineup and how guys fit in. Right now we don’t expect a ton of changes,” Girardi said. “We’re going to discuss everything and try to put out the best lineup that we feel every day.”

    Asked if he foresaw Cano as a No. 3 or even a cleanup hitter, a spot he took over for 26 games last year when Alex Rodriguez was injured, hitting .324 with seven homers and 28 RBIs, Girardi said, “I think you could probably hit him anywhere you want.”

  104. West Coast Yankee Fan February 19th, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    For all you stat-geeks. This excerpt part of a disturbing perspective from Dave Cameron Managing Editor at FanGraphs:

    “An increase in Sabathia’s walk and ground ball rates combined with a diminishing strikeout rate do not bode well for his future”.

    “When the Yankees signed Sabathia, he was a dominating strikeout starter, worthy of the huge contract that they bestowed upon him. Now, at age 30 and with more than 33,000 pitches thrown in the big leagues, Sabathia appears to be transitioning out of being that kind of pitcher, and the new approach he is gravitating toward is less likely to lead to ace-like numbers.”

    While he’s still likely to be a good pitcher going forward, the Yankees could likely replace what Sabathia will give them from 2012 to 2015. He’s currently making $23 million per year and will probably make at least that much on his next deal, and for more years. When you consider Sabathia’s declining numbers, having him opt out of his deal wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world for New York.”

  105. P February 19th, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    West Coast,

    Shenanigans !

    How many seasons has he pitched for us? Also his knee was bothering him last season.. I am not concerned we’ve got a few more years with Ace CC (barring injury)

  106. m February 19th, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    Wow. We got us a Yankee clubhouse insider? Pretty neat.

  107. jukeofurl February 19th, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    Who gives a fat Rat Sox about on “paper?” Only the Strat-O-Maniacs play games on paper. . ..


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