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Wednesday notes: Young pitchers living up to the hype

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Feb 23, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

All winter we heard about the Yankees young pitching talent, a series of arms that could help out sooner rather than later. A week and a half into spring training, manager Joe Girardi is sold on both the quantity and the quality.

“I’ve seen a lot of good things this spring, from a lot of the young kids as well,” he said. “I thought Phelps threw pretty well today. Warren. Brackman. All of these kids have thrown the ball extremely well at this point in camp. I’m happy. Very happy… We’ve talked about that we have pitching coming, and I really believe that.”

Today, Girardi was asked specifically quite a bit about Manny Banuelos, largely because Banuelos faced live hitters on the main field, with Girardi watching most of the BP session. Girardi said what he saw “matches up” with what he’d already heard about Banuelos. Right now, Girardi knows what he wants to see out of young pitchers, and Banuelos has shown it.

“Strikes, and good strikes,” Girardi said. “Not just strikes, but good strikes. If they throw a ball where they don’t want to, can they adjust quickly? Say he throws a curveball and leaves it way up, can they adjust and get it where (they want it)? What I’ve seen, he’s pretty good at it.”

That said, the plan remains the same. The Yankees are happy with their pitching depth, but they brought in some rotation options that might buy the kids a little more time to develop.

“You have to be open minded, you have to evaluate,” Girardi said. “But it’s not necessarily what you plan on going in.”

• More evidence that the Yankees take Bartolo Colon seriously as a rotation option: “He’s looked pretty good,” Girardi said. “It’s the Bartolo that I remember: A guy that keeps the ball down, uses his fastball a lot and is able to hit his spots.”

• New lefty Pedro Feliciano is used to pitching 85 to 90 times each year. Last year, no Yankees reliever made more than 73 appearances. Boone Logan, Damaso Marte and Royce Ring combined for fewer appearances than Feliciano made last season. “I talked to him about the way we do things here,” Girardi said. “That I’m not a big proponent of throwing guys three days in a row, so don’t be surprised if I do some things different. He’s important to our bullpen. We have to keep him healthy all year long.”

• Eduardo Nunez and Austin Romine were sent home sick today. “It’s the head cold and the throat,” Girardi said. “We gave them medicine and sent them home. We felt that was the best thing to do.”

• With Andruw Jones, Eric Chavez and Ronnie Belliard, the Yankees have given themselves some options for veteran experience on the bench. And not just experience, but guys who were very good everyday players before settling into supporting roles. “I think it’s great, because you know they know how to play the game,” Girardi said. “You know that situations when they get in that day to play, there’s not going to be an extreme emotional high. They’re going to prepare the way they’ve always prepared. They know the league, they know the ballparks and they know what it takes to be successful.”

• On the other hand, the Yankees have taken notice of Brandon Laird: “He’s obviously proven that he knows how to drive in a run, he knows how to put good at-bats together when guys are on base,” Girardi said. “He’s a guy that you might think about (on the roster).”

• Speaking of which… Charging choppers at third base this morning, Laird might a nice play on a short hop at the edge of the grass. Minor league defensive coordinator Torre Tyson, who was doing the hitting for the defensive drill, said, “You couldn’t get there two years ago.” Laird agreed, said he had no shot at making that play two years ago. He looks pretty good at third these days. Not implying he’s a defensive wizard, but I haven’t seen anything to make me think Laird can’t play the position.

• Didn’t see anything particularly out of the ordinary about defensive positioning during drills today. Ronnie Belliard continued to take some reps at first base, and I did see Brad Suttle go to first base for a while.

• Dave Robertson was the only pitcher I saw throw his batting practice without a protective screen in front of him. Some pitchers just hate having the thing in front of them and feel like it actually causes them to mess with their mechanics (they feel like their arm or the ball is going to hit the screen). Robertson pitched without it, and as soon as he was done, the screen was put back in place for Ivan Nova.

• Didn’t seem serious, but Colin Curtis fouled a ball off his calf and crashed to the dirt. He was hobbling around for a while, and got some ice for it, but he should be fine.

Here’s a must-read Times piece about the relationship between Yogi Berra and Ron Guidry. Four years ago, during my first spring training covering the Yankees organization, Berra was the very first person I saw when I first walked into the Yankees clubhouse.

Associated Press photos: Girardi surrounded by players; Berra with Derek Jeter; Alex Rodriguez laughing during drills

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156 Responses to “Wednesday notes: Young pitchers living up to the hype”

  1. Betsy February 23rd, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    LOL I love that picture of Alex

  2. joeman February 23rd, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    # 108 stitches February 23rd, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    Adam Wainwright going down looks like Millwood has a job.
    ——————————————————————————————
    sometimes a teams season takes a dive before it even starts, this guy is a top 5 SP in the ML & it will be hard to recover from this

  3. BoJo February 23rd, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    Betsy–Maybe the Knicks should try to acquire BRakman as their big man…Betances as back-up power forward…

    Come to think of it, the Yankees probably would have the best BBall team in major.

  4. BoJo February 23rd, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    If Millwood signs with Cards, that is one sleeper I’d pick in a fantasy league. Dave Duncan will have him winning with a low era.

  5. J. Alfred Prufrock February 23rd, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    Betsy,answered you on melancon.

  6. BoJo February 23rd, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    Nice to see that Yogi can get around and fly now.

  7. GMAN February 23rd, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    Yes Yogi Berra is at Spring Training – it really is baseball season !!!!
    Yogi is awesome !

  8. Betsy February 23rd, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    J Alfred, and I responded in the other thread; I don’t think your answer related at all to the point I was making

  9. doubla06 February 23rd, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    @joeman, Wainwright going down looks like the Cardinals just lowered their expectations, which looks like Carpenter just became that much more available in July.

  10. BoJo February 23rd, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    JAP–Thanks for flu info.

  11. 108 stitches February 23rd, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    The young arms that Trenton and Scranton / Wilkes-Barre has for 2011 will be outstanding and more at lower levels. They’re all impressive throwing live BP although the pitchers are slightly ahead of the hitters for a another day ot two.
    Nothing against Ramiro Pena but I’m in the corner to see Nunez and Laird go north. Lots of versatility between them and they can hit.

  12. LGY February 23rd, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    Betsy,

    For some reason, Isola spent two days taking shots at Tommy Dee earlier this week. He’s a real class act :roll:

  13. Betsy February 23rd, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    LGY, really? I didn’t know that……….I was referring to tweets saying that Dolan hijacked the presser. I get that people hate Dolan and it’s justified in many ways, but he didn’t say anything wrong…….and I’m not going to allow this bitter man (you should have seen him on the NBA network yesterday; he looked like an oompa loompa, his skin was so orange) to influence how I feel. Really? Donnie Walsh doesn’t believe Dolan? I’ll let Donnie tell me that, not some mediot…….the Daily News seems to have cornered the market on mediots.

  14. Betsy February 23rd, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    Why on earth would Itoldya want to take shots at a blogger? Nice.

  15. Jerkface February 23rd, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    J Alfred Prufock, all I ask is that you correctly place spaces after each sentence. You are a chore to read because all your words are jumbled up.like this and its really annoying.and since you happen to use spaces between your other words,i wonder why you don’t in some cases.

  16. pat February 23rd, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    Just saw Youkilis on MLB Network and he shaved the billy-goat off his face. :shock:

  17. joeman February 23rd, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    # doubla06 February 23rd, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    @joeman, Wainwright going down looks like the Cardinals just lowered their expectations, which looks like Carpenter just became that much more available in July.
    ———————————————————————–
    one would think

  18. J. Alfred Prufrock February 23rd, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    Betsy February 23rd, 2011 at 6:17 pm
    J Alfred, and I responded in the other thread; I don’t think your answer related at all to the point I was making
    ///
    yea you’re saying it’s also lack of patience to assume the young guys are just gonna rake from go.the patience thing works both ways,sure.but as I said in other thread,Montero is ready for prime-time as a hitter.that’s pretty unanimous.

  19. J. Alfred Prufrock February 23rd, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    BoJo February 23rd, 2011 at 6:17 pm
    JAP–Thanks for flu info.

    ///
    most welcome, Bojo.

  20. joeman February 23rd, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    the way they talk that team up on NESN …..looks like they will go 162 – 0

  21. LGY February 23rd, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    Betsy,

    Yeah, I was talking about the Dolan stuff as well. Just adding his jerkoffness is not confined to James Dolan and Isiah :)

    He refers to Tommy as the “pint sized blogger”

  22. BoJo February 23rd, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    Chad–

    Great story about Yogi and Gator! Thanks!

  23. LGY February 23rd, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    Probably jealous more people read that blog than his crap in the DN ;)

  24. GreenBeret7 February 23rd, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    If I see another commercial with the Boston Cwarf and his “Laser Show” remark, I’m going to puke. Compared to Cano’s hot streaks, it looked like 10 people cranking up Bic Lighters.

  25. LGY February 23rd, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    btw, oompa loompa. nice. :lol:

  26. Betsy February 23rd, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    JAlfred, Montero is basically ready, but I don’t think it’s fair to expect him to thump right away.

    LGY, that is so unprofessional; Itoldya sounds like an honest-to-goodness Lupica in the making. Tommy Dee (don’t know him at all personally) does a great job with his blog…….better job than Itolday does with his (or his tweets)

  27. Ruby Tuesday February 23rd, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    Any young Yankee pitchers out there who can last five innings with less than one hundred twenty eight pitches ?

  28. Ruby Tuesday February 23rd, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    ?

  29. GreenBeret7 February 23rd, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    ***Dwarf***

  30. yankeefeminista February 23rd, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    I have it all mapped out, and recommend for others in NY metro area who want to see the prospects to take advantage of this sched. Mega-prospect game choices in April.:

    April 7, 8 or April 18-21: SWB at Lehigh Valley (easy drive out 78 west right over NJ border, charming Bethlehem right nearby)

    April 14th – Opening game at Trenton–Dealin’ Dellin pitching(?)

    April 25-29, RiverDogs at Lakewood, NJ (only NY metro area chance the whole season to see Jose Ramirez and Brett Marshall)

    June 17th–Opening game at Staten Island Yankees (I am hoping DePaula is here instead of GCL. :) )

  31. Betsy February 23rd, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    LGY, but I love oomp loompas- I DON’T like Itoldya. It was so gross – he looked much better on Daily News Live (though compared to the NBA show, he looked more like a vampire, as pale as he seemed). I know I’m being snarky, but his tweets are beyond unprofessional.

  32. J. Alfred Prufrock February 23rd, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    Betsy,I think he’ll experience some immediate success, just because of his talent, then go through a slide,and then adjust.he’s not a guy pitchers have any hope of “figuring out” cos he doesn’t really have any holes.but he’ll still need to go through a period of adjustment,which he’ll best and then we get to just sit back & watch him rake for the long haul.

  33. Pat M. February 23rd, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    Does anyone have a suggestion on how I can catch The Knick game tonight ????

  34. GreenBeret7 February 23rd, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    Ramirez and Marshall should be back in Tampa along with Bryan Mitchell and Shaeffer Hall. Hall, only because there’s no room in Trenton for Hall at this time.

  35. MG February 23rd, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    Pat M. February 23rd, 2011 at 6:33 pm
    Does anyone have a suggestion on how I can catch The Knick game tonight ????
    ==============================
    Pat M, try this one: http://www.fromsportcom.com/v-.....96231.html

    The site I have used in the past, ATDHE, has been seized-if I can’t get a free stream I may break down and buy the NBA League Pass Broadband version, is $65 for the rest of the season.

  36. J. Alfred Prufrock February 23rd, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    yankeefeminista February 23rd, 2011 at 6:30 pm
    I have it all mapped out, and recommend for others in NY metro area who want to see the prospects to take advantage of this sched. Mega-prospect game choices in April.:

    April 7, 8 or April 18-21: SWB at Lehigh Valley (easy drive out 78 west right over NJ border, charming Bethlehem right nearby)

    April 14th – Opening game at Trenton–Dealin’ Dellin pitching(?)

    April 25-29, RiverDogs at Lakewood, NJ (only NY metro area chance the whole season to see Jose Ramirez and Brett Marshall)

    June 17th–Opening game at Staten Island Yankees (I am hoping DePaula is here instead of GCL. )
    ///
    I’ve got this all on my radar also,work permitting.I’m more excited about this than seeing the yanks.LOL I just looked up and on Whacked Out Sports they were talkin about groupers being dangerous, and were referring to one of them as “Manny.”could this be a metaphor from the universe for our young ManBan?

  37. West Coast Yankee Fan February 23rd, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    GreenBeret7 February 23rd, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    Maybe if it wasn’t a constant repeat of the same crap and a wall of text without paragraphs. Nobody reads it and it’s not your place to tell people what to do with their health just because someone told to to believe in their little agenda. You’re worse than some of the PETA freaks and anti-clinic freaks that think only you know “The Way And The Light’. Just cork it on the subject.

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

    Why don’t you cork it. What gives you the right to pontificate endlessly on political matters? You should have half the decency in you that a PETA member or anti-clinic activist does. Don’t like my politics in defense of animals? Tough.

  38. Cashmoney February 23rd, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    If B. Laird doesn’t tank in AAA i expect to see him with the yanks this season.

  39. LGY February 23rd, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    Just like to add to Face’s request.

    Prufrock

    Separating your long posts into paragraphs here and there would really help.

  40. LGY February 23rd, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    Pat M

    Here is another link you can try if MG’s doesn’t work out

    http://www.sportshunter.tv/sports/basketball.html

  41. Betsy February 23rd, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    JAlfred, I agree

  42. Erica in NY February 23rd, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    Oompa Loompa doopity do
    I’ve got another puzzle for you

  43. YankeesNmore February 23rd, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    The Yankees are raving about their magic beans early in camp?

    That wasn’t at all predictable.

    What’s next? They’re gonna tell how well all the broke down scrubs Cashman signed are throwing the ball??? Perhaps something about the way “the ball is coming out of their hands”???

    Serve that crap on toast. Can’t think of anything more worthless than praise from Joe Girardi praising people in February.

  44. J. Alfred Prufrock February 23rd, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    Jerkface February 23rd, 2011 at 6:22 pm
    J Alfred Prufock, all I ask is that you correctly place spaces after each sentence. You are a chore to read because all your words are jumbled up.like this and its really annoying.and since you happen to use spaces between your other words,i wonder why you don’t in some cases.
    //

    I’m a researcher, not a typist. i also have some stuck keys on this thing. I will do my best to become more readable, but I often am flying to other stuff. I will try, nonetheless. LOL, I now realize that you made a comment a while back about me having a space bar problem. Since you didn’t address me, I wasn’t sure if you meant me, but now I see you did. There. It is true, I’m used to typing stuff on the fly from recordings for my own use, not presentation (I have a secretary for that), and I use a kind of short-hand. Apologies, I will try harder, but only for SOME commenters, hee hee.

  45. Jerkface February 23rd, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    Can’t think of anything more worthless than praise from Joe Girardi praising people in February.

    Your posts! Zing!

  46. Giuseppe Franco February 23rd, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    Good grief.

    I have no doubt WCYF got the snot beat out of him weekly as a kid (and probably still does).

    Nothing but whine every single day in here.

  47. blake February 23rd, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    “Can’t think of anything more worthless than praise from Joe Girardi praising people in February.”

    I can….pretty much anything you post.

  48. Doreen February 23rd, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    Chad -

    I really want to say again how much I appreciate your in-depth ST reporting here. I don’t always have time to post during the day, but I always read your stories. Thanks so much. There’s not much you DON’T let us know about!

    ****

    Joe from LI -

    I’m hoping to hear about the car tomorrow. In the meantime, I’m too busy messing up my new iMac. Don’t even ask what I did this time. :(

    I did buy a printer today. But I think it’s going back tomorrow. I love it, but it just has too big a footprint. It’s a Canon Pixma MX882. Just overwhelms the space. Height-wise it’s okay, but front to back – not good. I didn’t take any of the packing materials (plastic) off, and the salesperson at Staples said I could bring it back. So, not a problem.

  49. West Coast Yankee Fan February 23rd, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    GF – Talk to your boy Green Beret who posts his political views here constantly.

  50. blake February 23rd, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    It seems to me that there is one person that continually brings politics onto this board and it aint GB7…..

  51. joeman February 23rd, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    # LGY February 23rd, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    Pat M

    Here is another link you can try if MG’s doesn’t work out

    http://www.sportshunter.tv/sports/basketball.html
    ——————————————————————————–
    the feds are shutting all these sites down, surprised some are still up

  52. Jerkface February 23rd, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    Apologies, I will try harder, but only for SOME commenters, hee hee.

    Ok good, because you have a lot of opinions you’re putting out there that may not get read in their current format. Since you actually post about baseball things, I wouldn’t want those posts to be ignored (unless they are bad).

  53. blake February 23rd, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    Doreen,

    I agree. Chad is doing an outstanding job….me thinks we should enjoy him while we have him.

  54. West Coast Yankee Fan February 23rd, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    It sure is. Read the thread.

  55. Pat M. February 23rd, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    MG /LGY….Thanks guys

  56. Crawdaddy February 23rd, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    GB7,

    I think Hall is headed to Trenton, but it’s hard to say right now due to so many good young pitching prospects.

  57. J. Alfred Prufrock February 23rd, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    LGY February 23rd, 2011 at 6:39 pm
    Just like to add to Face’s request.

    Prufrock

    Separating your long posts into paragraphs here and there would really help.
    ///
    Already on it, Jean, err..LGY. See? I’m a new man.

  58. Betsy February 23rd, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    Does it have to do with Sesame Street?
    If it does, then you won’t be beat

  59. joeman February 23rd, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    # Giuseppe Franco February 23rd, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    Good grief.

    I have no doubt WCYF got the snot beat out of him weekly as a kid (and probably still does).

    Nothing but whine every single day in here.
    —————————————————————————–
    I’m a changed man, don’t you agree

  60. J. Alfred Prufrock February 23rd, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    Jerkface February 23rd, 2011 at 6:46 pm
    Apologies, I will try harder, but only for SOME commenters, hee hee.

    Ok good, because you have a lot of opinions you’re putting out there that may not get read in their current format. Since you actually post about baseball things, I wouldn’t want those posts to be ignored (unless they are bad).

    ///
    Got it. Noted. :D

  61. Bronx Jeers February 23rd, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    • Eduardo Nunez and Austin Romine were sent home sick today. “It’s the head cold and the throat,” Girardi said. “We gave them medicine and sent them home. We felt that was the best thing to do.”

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

    I just hope they had their flu shots!

  62. Jerkface February 23rd, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    It seems to me that there is one person that continually brings politics onto this board and it aint GB7…..

    Yea I don’t think there is any political motivation behind GB7′s anti-intellectual, conservative claptrap.

  63. Doreen February 23rd, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    This blog has been around a number of years. Some of us date back to, if not the beginning, then pert dang near close to it.

    For the 4-plus years I’ve been here, it’s been just SOP that political matters are left to the side. Every once in a while someone will introduce a subject of a political nature, and when asked to refrain, will do so. It’s just easier – there are enough debates about baseball related topics without bringing in the any political topic.

    Joe from Long Island made a pleasant request, I thought.

  64. Giuseppe Franco February 23rd, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    # blake February 23rd, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    It seems to me that there is one person that continually brings politics onto this board and it aint GB7…..

    ——–

    Pete would ban anyone who tried to discuss political matters here, especially someone who posts that crap everyday in here.

  65. m February 23rd, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    Thanks for another great wrap-up, Chad.

    I’ve said before that Laird is the position player I’m looking forward to seeing. But I’m hoping he’s better than this: “Not implying he’s a defensive wizard, but I haven’t seen anything to make me think Laird can’t play the position.” ;)

    As for Crawford? I thought he was being dramatic there, but if it’s true that the Sox had someone tailing him in his private time then that is creepy. But I have no doubt teams do it all the time.

    But love the egg all over the Sox’s face. I don’t think Crawford knew it would cone out sounding that bad.

  66. blake February 23rd, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    SI_JonHeyman

    ran into girardi shopping in nordstroms, won’t bite to rip hank: “he’s just frustrated we didn’t win, like the rest of us.”

    Heyman had to buy some bigger 7 jeans because of all the Arby’s #lazycouchpotato

  67. Erica in NY February 23rd, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    Betsy-

    :lol:

  68. GreenBeret7 February 23rd, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    Craw, could be right, just can’t see the room right now, unless one of the youngsters screw up things by making the Yanks. Nitchell, Marshall, Ramirez, black, Hall and Romanski all need work. Watch out for Romanski. The three top levels are getting crowded with a lot of good. Somewhere, Bleich will need to be worked in this year.

  69. J. Alfred Prufrock February 23rd, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    Bronx Jeers February 23rd, 2011 at 6:49 pm
    • Eduardo Nunez and Austin Romine were sent home sick today. “It’s the head cold and the throat,” Girardi said. “We gave them medicine and sent them home. We felt that was the best thing to do.”

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

    I just hope they had their flu shots!
    ///

    flu shots are a scam.

  70. Jerkface February 23rd, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    For the 4-plus years I’ve been here, it’s been just SOP that political matters are left to the side. Every once in a while someone will introduce a subject of a political nature, and when asked to refrain, will do so. It’s just easier – there are enough debates about baseball related topics without bringing in the any political topic.

    On this blog, most of us are Yankee fans, and the arguments/discussions should be colored as such. Once political and personal leanings enter into things it will tinge the arguments with undue malice. Its like working. You never discuss politics at work because then the co-worker who you were friendly with suddenly is on the polar spectrum of your own political views and everything turns to crap.

  71. YankeesNmore February 23rd, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    Congrat’s to jerkface and blake for at least being able to pick out the obvious jokes.

  72. J. Alfred Prufrock February 23rd, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    Yea I don’t think there is any political motivation behind GB7?s anti-intellectual, conservative claptrap
    ///
    Ever read anti-intellectualism in american life by richard hofstadter? It was a great read some 20 years ago, or whenever I read it. Be interesting to take a look now, and see if some of it no longer applies.

  73. Bronx Jeers February 23rd, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    “Irish bar rules” should be in effect here.

    No religion/ no politics. (“Sleepers” reference)

  74. m February 23rd, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    Lol. Politics is banned, but saying “it’s political” wasn’t italking politics nor nflammatory.

    My only comment is that those posts were long-winded.

  75. tyanksfan36 February 23rd, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    I’m jealous of the Trenton rotation but I don’t think the Tampa one will disappoint. Glad too I found that USF flyer about the game on friday. I can look up the rest of their schedule and go to some games before the TY season starts.

  76. Jerkface February 23rd, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    Ever read anti-intellectualism in american life by richard hofstadter? It was a great read some 20 years ago, or whenever I read it. Be interesting to take a look now, and see if some of it no longer applies.

    I’ve never read it but it seems interesting. Might pick it up, but I’ve got a huge backlog of baseball books I’m tackling :)

  77. Betsy February 23rd, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    Erica, did you know they are coming out with some new Muppet Movie this year?

  78. joeman February 23rd, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    GreenBeret7 & Giuseppe… hows it going

  79. pat February 23rd, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    Mo, Robbie, Jorge and Alex doing the Yankee shirts this year.

    I’m guessing they are going to have some good looking designs from that group.

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/articl.....Id=rss_mlb

  80. Erica in NY February 23rd, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    Betsy February 23rd, 2011 at 6:58 pm
    Erica, did you know they are coming out with some new Muppet Movie this year?

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

    YES!!!!!

    Starring Jason Segal and Amy Adams.
    I CAN’T WAIT

    Meanwhile, Sunday my little almost 5-year old cousin asked me if I was going to Sesame Street Live. LOL

  81. J. Alfred Prufrock February 23rd, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    But in this instance, WCYF is right. People complain about political opinions and never fail to drag their own into their complaint, but because they’re the ones objecting, they get their freebie views in. I don’t care what your politics are, but let’s not pretend it’s a level playing field. It’s all about WHO is posting the opinion, or who is not. It’s not about upholding some standard.

  82. GreenBeret7 February 23rd, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    Jack Curry take a look at Montero

    http://www.myyesnetwork.com/16.....or_montero

  83. Betsy February 23rd, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    I haven’t seen a Muppet Movie since I think the Outer Space one; I still enjoy the first one and the GM Caper the best – I mean, any movie where a human romances a pig is bound to be good, lol

  84. Jerkface February 23rd, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Interesting that Curry seems to think Girardi is in favor of bringing Montero north. I’m for it.

  85. Doreen February 23rd, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    jerkface -

    Never mind working – we ban politics at family get togethers, and with some friends, when we know their political leanings are polar. :) (Both in direction and temperature)

  86. joeman February 23rd, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    # Jerkface February 23rd, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Interesting that Curry seems to think Girardi is in favor of bringing Montero north. I’m for it.
    ———————————————————————————–

    would be nice to see but maybe not the right move

  87. blake February 23rd, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    thanks for the link GB.

    I don’t think the Yankees would be making these comments unless Montero had raised some eyebrows this spring….perhaps they really are considering taking him north?

  88. Doreen February 23rd, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    Jerkface -

    In theory, I think starting Montero out in AAA, just so he can play regularly to start the season, seems like a good thing to do.

    BUT, you never really really know. And I’m willing to see what happens this spring. Situations may force themselves. It might be his time now. Might not, but I’m glad Girardi has an open mind, even if i lean toward him starting in SWB.

  89. Erica in NY February 23rd, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    Betsy February 23rd, 2011 at 7:06 pm
    I haven’t seen a Muppet Movie since I think the Outer Space one; I still enjoy the first one and the GM Caper the best – I mean, any movie where a human romances a pig is bound to be good, lol

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

    I watched the Muppets Take Manhattan in December for the first time in at least 20 years. I found myself as happy to see Kermit and Miss Piggy get married at the end as I was when I saw it in the theater when I was 3.

  90. Joe from Long Island February 23rd, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    Doreen – good luck with both the car and your electronic devices. Remember, though, they are instruments of the devil.

    Getting to Chad’s post –

    1. Chad – if you’re reading this, thank a million for your outstanding coverage. I hope the Journal News recognizes your hard work.

    2. You know, wouldn’t it be something if Brandon Laird makes the team. He can play both corner IF and OF, and looks to have some life in his bat. It would be something else if he were to beat out an Eric Chavez, because he would provide an extra OF, something Chavez doesn’t.

  91. Doreen February 23rd, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    Joe from LI -

    Thanks. I don’t know if they’re instruments of the devil, but right now my electronic devices sure seem to be bedeviling me!

    :)

  92. joeman February 23rd, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    my two surprise moves in ST were bringing both Montero and Laird north……

  93. Tom in N.J. February 23rd, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    The Muppets Take “Manhattan”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8A-A4g3WbZo

  94. GreenBeret7 February 23rd, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    blake February 23rd, 2011 at 7:08 pm
    thanks for the link GB.

    I don’t think the Yankees would be making these comments unless Montero had raised some eyebrows this spring….perhaps they really are considering taking him north?

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

    Blake, to bring Montero north would make one think something is brewing with either concerns about Martin’s health that’s being hushed or moving Cervelli in a deal. They have no roster room now and I can’t see 4 catchers going north, whether Posada is the DH or not.

  95. J. Alfred Prufrock February 23rd, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    Montero needs to open the season in NY or be put on a very short leesh at SWB. It’s possible if not probable that at some point Martin is going to have physical issues, so you don’t want to yank Montero up here and ask him to hit the ground running (from behind the plate).

    Montero isn’t some luxury item we have hanging around, he actually could be the tipping point in winning the division or making it to the World Series, all else being equal. His presence is critical, I would say, to our chances this season.

  96. blake February 23rd, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    Gb,

    Yea I agree and although the Yanks generally don’t worry about the arbitration stuff….it would be tempting to not pick up that extra year I would think. Let him get a little extra work at SWB and get the extra year of control at the same time…..but if they think he’s ready and that he can help them now, who knows…..

  97. Betsy February 23rd, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    Wow, when the Knicks came on the court there was a HUGE roar. This does not feel like a game – it feels like something special is beginning.

  98. Betsy February 23rd, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    Erica, I’ve never liked Kermit and Miss Piggy, but mostly because I don’t really like Miss Piggy, lol…….I’ve only seen bits and pieces of that movie.

  99. GreenBeret7 February 23rd, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    I doubt that Montero’s bat has opened anybody’s eyes unless they’ve been sleeping since 2007. I wouds say that the defense is what’s got them buzzing.

  100. GreenBeret7 February 23rd, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    ***would***

  101. blake February 23rd, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    GB,

    yea that’s what I meant….he appears to have showed up in great shape and has progressed defensively…..which is what they were looking for. Everyone already knew he could hit…..

  102. Erica in NY February 23rd, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    Betsy February 23rd, 2011 at 7:24 pm
    Erica, I’ve never liked Kermit and Miss Piggy, but mostly because I don’t really like Miss Piggy, lol…….I’ve only seen bits and pieces of that movie.

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

    I have never met a muppet I didn’t like ;-)

  103. GreenBeret7 February 23rd, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    WOW!!! Willica Rogers right here at LoHud.

  104. Pat M. February 23rd, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    GB……I had lunch ( liquid variety ) with a few of my pals before they embark to Arizona and Florida …..My old pal Bill ( scouted both Seaver and Hughes ) who last winter mentioned that one of the pitchers on the rise was Andrew Brackman fully expects him to be a player in The Bronx at some capacity by season’s end…….Most baseball circles see him as a big time arm out of the bullpen and after what happened with Chamberlain he doubts the Yanks will make the same error….He also said that the Yankee system is much different now than it was a few years ago as the Bombers were scrambling for starters, not anymore……What I didn’t know or ever knew in the 12 years I’ve known Bill was that he was friends with Bob Feller as he shared some stories with us about ” A Great American Hero ” as he referred to Mr. Feller…….Baseball is one big family regardless of the era

  105. Giuseppe Franco February 23rd, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    I’m thinking that the extra year of arbitration won’t really matter in the case of Montero.

    The Yanks aren’t very likely to pull a “Longoria” and keep him down there if they believe he can help them in April since they certainly have the money to sign him long term if and when he gets his chance to be a FA down the road.

    Then again, this is kind of uncharted waters for Cashman and developing someone that highly touted.

    At least not since Jeter, anyway.

  106. GreenBeret7 February 23rd, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    blake February 23rd, 2011 at 7:28 pm
    GB,

    yea that’s what I meant….he appears to have showed up in great shape and has progressed defensively…..which is what they were looking for. Everyone already knew he could hit…..

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

    I want to see the real test….catching Burnett and Chamberlain. He could catch Sabathia and Hughes in a rocking chair.

  107. DaSaint007 February 23rd, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    Hey everyone. Glad to see we’re all still getting along :-)

    Seems like Girardi is actually considering Montero breaking camp with the team. It’s still eary, but I though Cervelli was a lock as backup, at least early season.

  108. blake February 23rd, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    GF,

    Yea I agree because that’s not how they generally operate but if they would like to give him a little extra time in AAA anyway it would certainly be a nice perk….

  109. MG February 23rd, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    LGY, Pat M, both those links are working, it should be fun at the Garden tonight…

  110. Pat M. February 23rd, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    MG….I’m there my man….Thanks !!!!

  111. J. Alfred Prufrock February 23rd, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    http://www.parentdish.com/2011.....k3%7C45842

    picked this off AOL about Posada family.

  112. blake February 23rd, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    I’m actually watching the Knicks game and I’m not even a Knick fan.

  113. MG February 23rd, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    I don’t know if it work out the same, but when the Knicks traded a bunch of players for Earl the Pearl the talk was that he and Clyde couldn’t play together, that the Pearl needed the ball too much-they won a championship a couple of years later.

    The most overlooked part of this trade is Chauncey Billups-I really like Raymond Felton but Billups is just an outstanding player who should get a ton of open looks when Amar’e and Melo get double teamed. And Shawne Williams is going to have some great games when he’s hot behind the 3 point line.

  114. GreenBeret7 February 23rd, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    Pat M. February 23rd, 2011 at 7:30 pm
    GB……I had lunch ( liquid variety ) with a few of my pals before they embark to Arizona and Florida …..My old pal Bill ( scouted both Seaver and Hughes ) who last winter mentioned that one of the pitchers on the rise was Andrew Brackman fully expects him to be a player in The Bronx at some capacity by season’s end…….Most baseball circles see him as a big time arm out of the bullpen and after what happened with Chamberlain he doubts the Yanks will make the same error….He also said that the Yankee system is much different now than it was a few years ago as the Bombers were scrambling for starters, not anymore……What I didn’t know or ever knew in the 12 years I’ve known Bill was that he was friends with Bob Feller as he shared some stories with us about ” A Great American Hero ” as he referred to Mr. Feller…….Baseball is one big family regardless of the era

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

    Thanks, Pat. with Hughes and the youngsters coming fast, I always believed that Brackman was a closer in waiting. I saw him im relief two years ago after watching him make starts and it was two different guys out there. The first time I saw him stomp in from the bullpen, I thought of Gossage. he scared the little kids and old men. INTIMIDATION ON SIGHT.

    Would have loved the Feller stories.Don’t remember him as a pitcher, but, saw him every year when he’d come to the American Legion Post in Michigan and talk to the kids and the old, grizzled kids. What a great speaker. One time, he brought an old friend with him. Ted Williams. THAT was a day to dream about.

  115. Tarheel In NYC February 23rd, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    yankeefeminista February 23rd, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    “I have it all mapped out, and recommend for others in NY metro area who want to see the prospects to take advantage of this sched. Mega-prospect game choices in April.:

    April 7, 8 or April 18-21: SWB at Lehigh Valley (easy drive out 78 west right over NJ border, charming Bethlehem right nearby)

    April 14th – Opening game at Trenton–Dealin’ Dellin pitching(?)

    April 25-29, RiverDogs at Lakewood, NJ (only NY metro area chance the whole season to see Jose Ramirez and Brett Marshall)

    June 17th–Opening game at Staten Island Yankees (I am hoping DePaula is here instead of GCL. )”
    =================================================================

    Yankeefeminista,

    I can’t thank you enough for doing all of this legwork for me. I’m new to the NYC metro area, and I’ve been looking forward to catching some SI and Trenton games. I used to be able to catch Charleston a few times a year when they traveled to Asheville NC, as well as SWB when they came to Charlotte.

    I appreciate your tutelage :)

  116. Giuseppe Franco February 23rd, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    # blake February 23rd, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    GF,

    Yea I agree because that’s not how they generally operate but if they would like to give him a little extra time in AAA anyway it would certainly be a nice perk….

    ———–

    I’d still be surprised if Montero went north with the big club. But the way Cashman and Girardi are talking, it seems like they are much more open to that idea than I would have expected.

    I think GB is right. There must be something going on with the other two catchers (whether it’s Martin’s health or Cervelli’s suckage) that is kind of forcing their hand with Montero like that.

    I know one thing. ST is going to be a little more exciting this year than we’ve had in several years. Montero is obviously going to get a hard look so I’m sure he’ll be getting more playing time behind the plate than the other catchers.

  117. jackamir February 23rd, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    Go Carmelo & the Knicks!!!!!!

  118. Ys Guy February 23rd, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    if the hype was that these young guys could come in and throw good bullpens in february, then they are definitly living up to the hype.

    but i’d say that headline is more than a bit of a reach.

  119. Bronx Jeers February 23rd, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    True we are getting a little ahead of ourselves as far who is going in what direction come April.

    But we should have it all figured out by about 2:00pm this Saturday. :wink:

  120. BoJo February 23rd, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    Betsy February 23rd, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    I haven’t seen a Muppet Movie since I think the Outer Space one; I still enjoy the first one and the GM Caper the best – I mean, any movie where a human romances a pig is bound to be good, lol
    ______________________
    Any romantic film with this actress?

    http://www.cegtalent.com/artis.....854030.jpg

  121. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 23rd, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    QOTD This Yankee batted .342 in his second season with the New York Yankees and scored 117 runs. Who is he?

  122. GreenBeret7 February 23rd, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    Sounds like Robbie Cano. Trisha

  123. yankeefeminista February 23rd, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    GreenBeret7 February 23rd, 2011 at 6:34 pm
    Ramirez and Marshall should be back in Tampa along with Bryan Mitchell and Shaeffer Hall. Hall, only because there’s no room in Trenton for Hall at this time.
    ______
    Yes, of course, you’re correct about Marshall and Ramirez, likely. I had told tyanks to report on Ramirez for me from Tampa, so my bad. Wishful thinking on my part, lol. Although Bryan Mitchell *might* be with the Dogs. Turley for sure. O’Brien, maybe Greene?

    & Heyer could be in Trenton… Still depends on other moves. What a cornucopia of pitching! :)

  124. GreenBeret7 February 23rd, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    ooops. right Ba, wrong runs scored

  125. yankeefeminista February 23rd, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    Darn, I knew it was Cano. :(

  126. yankeefeminista February 23rd, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    It isn’t Cano?

  127. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 23rd, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    Not Robby. I wanted to make the nighttime question a bit tougher than the day. Plus I got insulted today by Bronx Jeers who said it was too early for Jim Leyritz…

    ;)

  128. GreenBeret7 February 23rd, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    YankeeFem. I was really surprised that Heyer wasn’t taken in the rule 5. He’s done everything right and starts, pitches long relief and closes.

  129. GreenBeret7 February 23rd, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    Ok, Tisha I got it but had to cheat. I’m disqualified.

  130. BoJo February 23rd, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    Combs

  131. yankeefeminista February 23rd, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    Tarheel In NYC February 23rd, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    Yankeefeminista,

    I can’t thank you enough for doing all of this legwork for me. I’m new to the NYC metro area, and I’ve been looking forward to catching some SI and Trenton games. I used to be able to catch Charleston a few times a year when they traveled to Asheville NC, as well as SWB when they came to Charlotte.

    I appreciate your tutelage.
    _______
    My pleasure. You sound like you too have “the bug.” If you need any more input, please let me know.

  132. GreenBeret7 February 23rd, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    ***Trisha***

  133. Pat M. February 23rd, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    GB……There were a few Bob Lemon stories that were more than entertaining…….

  134. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 23rd, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    GANG – THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS CHEATING IN THIS!

    I am not expecting people to be able to just spit out names, especiallhy because I am going to start to be very sparse with the clues!!!

    GB – with the sparsity of clues, I’m thinking that oftentimes the person with the quickest Google skills will be the one to get the correct answer. Please don’t hesitate to answer because you couldn’t get it with my sparse information!

    :(

  135. GreenBeret7 February 23rd, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    Pat, anything, including Bob Lemon’s name makes me chuckle. a funny, funny man and what a pitcher.

  136. BoJo February 23rd, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    Once again…Earl Combs

  137. GreenBeret7 February 23rd, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    You’re The Boss on this, Trisha. Thanks for the game, kiddo.

  138. Tarheel In NYC February 23rd, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    Yankeefeminista,

    I do have the bug…and I’ve got it bad!

    Thanks again, and I just might take you up on your kind offer before the season’s over.

  139. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 23rd, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    STOP THE PRESSES! The correct answer is Earle Combs and the correct poster is Bojo! Congrats Bojo!

    What I want to say before I present Combs is this. I don’t have a good knowledge of all of the Yankee players from the past, but what I am learning from doing this is that some of the most superb New York Yankees are the ones who played well in the past. For those of you who are like me, read their accomplishments and amazed and proud of this legacy.

    _______________________________________

    EARLE COMBS (New York Yankee 1924-1935)

    After Combs got his Major League feet wet with 24 games as a rookie in 1924, the outfielder barred a lofty .342 in his second season while scoring 117 runs for New York. That year started a stretch of eight straight seasons in which he scored over 110 runs, capped by an amazing 143-run campaign in 1932. The speedster also was a three-time AL triples champ.

    Yankee fans, I present to you a member of the best Yankee team ever – the 1927 Murderer’s Row – Yankee great Earle Combs!!! http://www.google.com/imgres?i.....38;bih=546

  140. Pat M. February 23rd, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    I want a picture of the new Prom Dress…..

  141. GreenBeret7 February 23rd, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    I had 3 names to chose from and Cano’s 2 year BA of .342 was my guess. My 2nd was Joe D and given his career BA of .325, Combs was my third pick

  142. BoJo February 23rd, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    Even better–read theior wiki bios

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E.....References

  143. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 23rd, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    Pat M, are you talking to me?

    :lol:

  144. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 23rd, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    That’s a beautiful bio Bojo. Hopefully all of the bios are available there.

  145. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 23rd, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    Which way do you like it better? More complete clues, or fewer? Or have you no preference?

    GB there is no question in my mind that with pretty complete info, you will spit these out like sunflower seeds!

    :)

  146. BoJo February 23rd, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    I think most are. I hope Gardner becomes the player Combs was…speed and defense…good role model

    Trisha–2 other people posted questions today. Should their questions count towards the totals, or is the contest specifically limited to your cards? either is fine with me, but wonder how you wish to do it.

  147. yankeefeminista February 23rd, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    GreenBeret7 February 23rd, 2011 at 8:08 pm
    YankeeFem. I was really surprised that Heyer wasn’t taken in the rule 5. He’s done everything right and starts, pitches long relief and closes.
    _____
    Don’t you know, sinker ball pitchers just aren’t sexy these days. Not enough K’s is probably the complaint, but that obscures what he has been doing. Great command. 0.59BB/9 in 92 innings. He has been pitching lights out w/3 legit pitches. And supposedly his velocity’s up, but I personally have not seen him pitch yet.

  148. GreenBeret7 February 23rd, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    Trisha, the clues are fine as is. Like I mentioned…I had 3 good names and I picked the wrong one. I didn’t want to peek It’s just fine as is.

  149. Bronx Jeers February 23rd, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    I do have the bug…and I’ve got it bad!

    ———————————————————————–

    I hear a flu shot will clear that right up!

    Trisha,

    Apparently, Leyritz has been hired as a pitching coach by the Newark Bears.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02.....bears.html

  150. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 23rd, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    Wow that’s crazy. So was his acquittal. I was positive he was going away for a long time. I think he was too.

  151. Joe from Long Island February 23rd, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    Pat M. – are you saying Brackman will be made into a reliever? Since he has only been pitching for a relatively short time (couple of years), and last year there were concerns over his delivery/mechanics – would only having to repeat his delivery one inning at a time be a factor? Help me here….

    GB7 – Bob Feller and Ted Williams – wow!

    In regards to Montero – I would ask that same question, what’s going on with Martin and Cervelli? I wonder more if Cervelli is being asked as part of a package to get a starting pitcher. The only other reason why Montero’s being talked up is to encourage him. Which isn’t a bad idea, but, you have to ask the question – what else is going on?

  152. GreenBeret7 February 23rd, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    YankeeFem, Heyer is going to get overlooked, I’m afraid. Pitchers like Heyer, Pendleton and Josh Romanski are never flashy enough, but, they tend to do well. We’ll find out. Not saying they would be stars, but, useful, yes….possibly.

  153. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 23rd, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    Thanks for the feedback GB.

    :)

  154. yankeefeminista February 23rd, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    Tarheel In NYC February 23rd, 2011 at 8:18 pm
    Yankeefeminista,

    I do have the bug…and I’ve got it bad!

    Thanks again, and I just might take you up on your kind offer before the season’s over.
    _______
    Yep, absolutely and if we are attending the same game, perhaps we can meet up. I am waiting to see who pitches when in order to set my sched. I am also excited that Trenton will actually have good position players this year. By the end of the season last year, the only player truly worth watching was Romine, and he was in a slump of sorts.

  155. GreenBeret7 February 23rd, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    Joe from Long Island February 23rd, 2011 at 8:40 pm
    Pat M. – are you saying Brackman will be made into a reliever? Since he has only been pitching for a relatively short time (couple of years), and last year there were concerns over his delivery/mechanics – would only having to repeat his delivery one inning at a time be a factor? Help me here….

    GB7 – Bob Feller and Ted Williams – wow!

    In regards to Montero – I would ask that same question, what’s going on with Martin and Cervelli? I wonder more if Cervelli is being asked as part of a package to get a starting pitcher. The only other reason why Montero’s being talked up is to encourage him. Which isn’t a bad idea, but, you have to ask the question – what else is going on?

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

    Joe, those visits by Feller to the American Legion posts were his passion. Very big in promoting Legion ball. I guess when he scheduled this on visit, Williams must have been visiting Feller. Both big on veterans and the military…..both were superpatriots. I’m hurt that Williams didn’t ask me if I smelled burning wood when I fouled off a pitch.

  156. GreenBeret7 February 23rd, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    Any time, Trisha. Looking forward to tomorrow’s contests. I’m in a slump.

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