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What to look for from Nova and other pregame notes

Posted by: Sam Borden - Posted in Misc on Feb 27, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Greetings from Clearwater, where the sun is shining and there’s a light breeze as we get ready for a second day of Yankees-Phillies.

Not much going on in the clubhouse in Tampa this morning, though there was some chatter about tonight’s Academy Awards. Who do you like? I’m sticking with “The Social Network” to win big, though I know some people think it may have peaked a little too soon.

Joe Girardi talked a bit about Ivan Nova during his session with reporters, specifically the issues Nova seemed to have getting out of trouble. While acknowledging that did seem to be a problem for Nova, Girardi also pointed out that it was a pretty small sample size – Nova pitched just 42 innings – so “maybe it’s not an issue and we’re making an issue out of it.”

“Let’s not forget the guy’s ERA was (4.50),” Girardi said. “For a rookie in a pennant race? There are a lot of guys who can’t put up a 4.50 in our division.”

Nova will be backed up by Sergio Mitre today, who is also competing for a starter’s spot. Boone Logan, Dellin Betances and Adam Warren are among the others scheduled to pitch.

• I know there was some discussion about Jesus Montero and the jump from Triple-A to the majors (if, in fact, he makes that jump this year). Girardi reiterated, unequivocally, that Russell Martin is the starter but that Montero is in the mix for the backup job. What’s the biggest difference for a catcher going from the minors to the majors? “Earning the trust of your staff,” Girardi said. If that’s true, then being a big league backup and getting to know the pitchers could only help.

• Interesting to see Eric Chavez at first base today. Girardi said Chavez will play third and first this spring, as will non-roster invite Jorge Vazquez, who impressed with his moonshot over the batter’s eye yesterday. Could Vazquez challenge for a bench spot? “It’s possible,” Girardi said. “We’ve always said he could swing the bat.”

* That’s an AP shot of Nova from last season.

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80 Responses to “What to look for from Nova and other pregame notes”

  1. Betsy February 27th, 2011 at 11:13 am

    I wonder how Tex’s toe is – poor guy doesn’t have any luck; I wonder if it wouldn’t be a good idea not to play him for a couple of days until it clears up (so he doesn’t even inadvertently change his stance )

  2. Betsy February 27th, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Oh ok, glad to see he’s not in the lineup today. I’m hoping Chavez has a decent spring and makes the team.

  3. Joe from Long Island February 27th, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Good morning – Baseball is a daily game, and I love it!

    1. Sam – I really like your work, so don’t take this the wrong way. But, what happened to Chad? Hope it’s just a few days off, and that he’s ok.

    2. Hope Nova pitches well. I’d like to see him and Garcia make the rotation. I know Colon can walk if he doesn’t make the team, but, if he pitches ok he could be packaged – maybe with a catcher? – for a good return.

    3. Doreen – how’s the car?

  4. BIG AL February 27th, 2011 at 11:23 am

    Question is, why have the Yankees not placed toe protection on Tex’s shoes. If he continues to foul balls off his toes, he’ll be finished before the season begins.

  5. BIG AL February 27th, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Joe -

    Chad went to a wedding this weekend.

  6. J. Alfred Prufrock February 27th, 2011 at 11:24 am

    I would like to see Montero catching the incumbents. Today’s a good start.

  7. Joe from Long Island February 27th, 2011 at 11:25 am

    BIG AL – thanks

  8. BIG AL February 27th, 2011 at 11:26 am

    I hope to see both Nova and Montero excel today.

  9. GreenBeret7 February 27th, 2011 at 11:27 am

    Here’s today’s starting players and their replacements.

    Yankees
    LF Brett Gardner/Austin Krum
    RF Nick Swisher/Jordan Parraz
    CF Curtis Granderson/Melky Mesa
    DH Jorge Posada/Daniel Brewer
    1B Eric Chavez/Brandon Laird
    C Jesus Montero/Gustavo Molina
    2B Eduardo Nunez/Kevin Russo
    3B Ronnie Belliard/Bradley Suttle
    SS Ramiro Pena/Doug Bernier
    P Ivan Nova

    Following Nova: Sergio Mitre, Boone Logan, Dellin Betances and Adam Warren. The Phillies’ Joe Blanton opposes the Yankees.

  10. BIG AL February 27th, 2011 at 11:29 am

    Sam -

    Do you have the Phillies starting lineup yet?

  11. GreenBeret7 February 27th, 2011 at 11:29 am

    Hopefully, Hughes can lose all of that excess weight and rediscover his curveball as well as find extra pitches, such as change-up and cutter.

  12. yankeefeminista February 27th, 2011 at 11:31 am

    There you go, GB7, Melky Mesa in the mix. Ok, I see Warren is the added pitcher. I knew we needed one more. Would have liked to see him and Betances a little earlier in the game before all the scrubs are in, but I won’t complain.

    Prufrock, agree with Montero w/incumbents too, catching Nova qualifies, plus someone who he knows; so that is a good start. I can’t wait for this game. Off to find the perfect Sunday muffins (quite a task out here in the NJ “boonies”). Back later.

  13. BIG AL February 27th, 2011 at 11:32 am

    GB7 -

    Are you saying Phil got fat?

    My guess you are busting again. Hope you and Killer are having a great day.

    How’s the house coming along?

  14. tyanksfan36 February 27th, 2011 at 11:32 am

    My 2010 Tampa Yankees are all over this game! I wish I could watch it.

  15. BIG AL February 27th, 2011 at 11:34 am

    tyanksfan36 -

    No YES Network?

    Take a drive and go see it in person.

  16. 108 stitches February 27th, 2011 at 11:34 am

    Adam Warren, David Phelps, and Hector Noesi should stay sharp at AAA. If anything happens to the front line starters they could get a quick call-up.

  17. GreenBeret7 February 27th, 2011 at 11:35 am

    YankeeFem, a lot of the Phillie hitters in camp have at least 500 MLB at bats, but, I imagine that the guys like Warren and Betances will get better hitters to face by the end of next week. Not expecting much from Mesa and the kids today, facing the Phillie starters.

  18. BIG AL February 27th, 2011 at 11:36 am

    I liked what I saw from Noesi yesterday, he has a verry smooth delivery. Its early in ST, so I expect he’ll be getting better.

  19. pat February 27th, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Tom in NJ

    I think you should enact the Girardi Rule in regards to the new puppy and call him “Cuddy” when calling him Mr. Cuddles might prove to be embarassing to you or him. :wink:

    Congratulations on getting a new best friend.

  20. GreenBeret7 February 27th, 2011 at 11:37 am

    BIG AL February 27th, 2011 at 11:32 am
    GB7 -

    Are you saying Phil got fat?

    My guess you are busting again. Hope you and Killer are having a great day.

    How’s the house coming along?

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

    Yeah, another three hour discourse last night on all of Hughes issues.

  21. yankeefeminista February 27th, 2011 at 11:37 am

    tyanksfan36 February 27th, 2011 at 11:32 am
    My 2010 Tampa Yankees are all over this game! I wish I could watch it.
    ______
    It’s on mlb-tv (online), and replay on mlb network at 8PM b/c the latter is showing Angels-Dodgers at 3PM. Later.

  22. pat February 27th, 2011 at 11:37 am

    Ledger_Yankees Belliard scratched with calf problem, Laird starts at third.

  23. J. Alfred Prufrock February 27th, 2011 at 11:38 am

    YF – Yea & if Martin’s health is a game to game proposition, catching chores may default to Montero. He has to gain a level of comfort, regardless, with the starters. More so if he’s suddenly the main man. Hopes he rips one today! The bells of Princeton this morning have been heralding the First Coming! On Mesa, it would be great if he could figure it out.Would love to get a homegrown power guy onto one of the corners one day soon.Like you said, he has come around some on the breaking stuff, or so they say. Otherwise, he’s quite the package. Enjoy the game! (and the muffins :))

  24. Betsy February 27th, 2011 at 11:38 am

    You’ve got a problem with my post, GB? Jesus, your a bitter old man

  25. Betsy February 27th, 2011 at 11:39 am

    Oh excuse me, You ARE

  26. Betsy February 27th, 2011 at 11:40 am

    But yes, you hit on the truth in your sarcastic reply, lol. Seriously, you get on my case, but you think Phil has nothing to work on, that he can’t improve. Yep, you are always right and everyone else is wrong………got it. It’s nice that you start your morning on the wrong side of the bed.

  27. BIG AL February 27th, 2011 at 11:40 am

    GB7 -

    Without going back, I’m sure I could guess who lead that charge, again.

    Getting the final repairs on the house done? Hope all is going well.

    I could send MTU down there, and let him hike the lawn with his mountain goats, that should get things cut down.

  28. GreenBeret7 February 27th, 2011 at 11:41 am

    Phelps wasn’t great last night, but, he’s basically a AA-AAA pitcher facing ML experienced hitters. He’ll get better, though. Very much a Mussina type of pitcher. Not saying he will be Mussina, just the type of pitcher…good fastball (not great) and a good assortment of other pitches to go with control.

  29. Betsy February 27th, 2011 at 11:41 am

    Don’t get on ME for bringing the HOFer Phil Hughes up again this morning – that’s all on the dynamic duo of this morning.

  30. BIG AL February 27th, 2011 at 11:41 am

    GB7 -

    Even before I could get my post up, lol.

  31. Rich in NJ February 27th, 2011 at 11:42 am

    “I would like to see Montero catching the incumbents. Today’s a good start”

    Co-sign.

  32. BIG AL February 27th, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Back later, play nice.

  33. Tom in N.J. February 27th, 2011 at 11:46 am

    Pat, I’d sound too much like Dr. House if I called him Cuddy.

    Mr. Cuddles was found in a box by my sister’s lab. Luckily for him, my sister’s a veterinarian who devoted countless hours feeding him by bottle. Her daughter would hold him like a baby and ‘cuddle’ him. I had no choice but to take him once my sister said my niece wanted him to stay in the family.

  34. tyanksfan36 February 27th, 2011 at 11:46 am

    Big Al

    No, in Tampa we can get Yes but they don’t show the games. If it wasn’t clearwater and their home opener I would definitely go down there. I saw that they are showing the Phillies vs. Yankees tonight on MLB network so I set that up to record, hopefully they don’t cut a lot out of it.

  35. GreenBeret7 February 27th, 2011 at 11:47 am

    Betsy February 27th, 2011 at 11:38 am
    You’ve got a problem with my post, GB? Jesus, your a bitter old man

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

    neither bitter nor old, Betsy.

    Nobody has ever said Hughes has nothing to work on. There isn’t a pitcher anywhere, or a hitter for that matter, that can’t improve on something. Hughes isn’t the bottom of the rotation pitcher you tend to paint him. He’s not a one pitch pitcher and he’s not fat.

    I’m not going to get personal, because you couldn’t deal with the truth, so don’t start that.

    Just saying that Hughes is a Hell of a good pitcher, as young and inexperienced as he is.

  36. Betsy February 27th, 2011 at 11:53 am

    GB , we’re all just posting our opinions here, so yours isn’t any more right than mine. I never said Phil was a bottom of the rotation pitcher – I said that, IMO, he looks to be more of a middle of the rotation pitcher. Now I still have not received an explanation as to why that is a bad thing. Early last eason, I remember specifically saying that if Phil didn’t become a frontline starter, it would be disappointing. I also remember SJ (maybe some others) saying that if he becomes a #3, how is that bad? It means he’s a good pitcher. I’m not saying you were one of those, but I find it hard to believe that just a year ago, it was ok if Phil became a #3, but now it’s not. We have no idea at this point what kind of pitcher Phil is going to be going forward; clearly you are higher on him than me and that’s fine. That said, I did not bring him up again this morning – but I was not going to let your comments go unresponded to because I don’t think they’re fair. He has a FB and a decent cutter (which is overrated since he gives up a ton of HRs with it) – even CB has said that his cutter isn’t particularly great on it’s own, like even Lester’s. His curve is not good because it’s not consistent and he doesn’t have a changeup to speak of yet. He works hard, so lets see what he does this year, but I am under no obligation (nor is any poster here) to agree with you about how good Phil is or is not.

  37. Joe from Long Island February 27th, 2011 at 11:54 am

    Ah, yes, another episode of As The Blog Turns…..

  38. Betsy February 27th, 2011 at 11:58 am

    I never would have brought this topic up again had not the conversation turned this way…….we all know how we feel about the subject, so it simply wasn’t necessary.

  39. Betsy February 27th, 2011 at 11:59 am

    Joe, I’m not thrilled about it either, believe me. The topic has been hashed to death a million times, lol

  40. BeholdArNo February 27th, 2011 at 11:59 am

    Is anyone else as excited about the potential of Chavez as I am?

  41. Betsy February 27th, 2011 at 11:59 am

    Behold, I’d like to see him make the team – he could be a real asset for the Yanks when they need to rest Alex.

  42. pat February 27th, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    JackCurryYES Just spoke to Cliff Lee. Before Phils got involved, said signing with Yanks was “likely possibility.” See interview during game on YES 2day.

    JackCurryYES Cliff Lee said he had 3 good options in Phils, Yanks, Rangers. Called Yanks “attractive,” but thinks he can win multiple titles with Phils.

  43. Rich in NJ February 27th, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    “JackCurryYES Just spoke to Cliff Lee. Before Phils got involved, said signing with Yanks was “likely possibility.” See interview during game on YES 2day.”

    Cash detected the change of heart and wanted to move on. The fatuous owners didn’t listen to him.

  44. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 27th, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    Just broke down and reactivated DirecTV until November. As unbelievable as this sounds, the basic package I am charged for is $29.99 a month, plus I have to add the SportsPak to it. I am charged that because I have had DTV forever and they grandfather you in to prices. That same basic package on their website is now $60 per month. Holy crapski!

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

    mel, if you are here, that movie was fantastic. I have to tell you I fell asleep in one part toward the end (I know that sounds strange since I said it was fantastic but I started watching late) but I do not want to know what happened because I don’t want to think that either of the characters didn’t make it home, so I will live without that information.

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

    Interesting that Chavez is starting at 1B.

  45. GreenBeret7 February 27th, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    Nothing better than to see the Yanks smack Phillie around a few times this year and again in the WS. They had it all over the Giants last year and that didn’t work out too well.

  46. Betsy February 27th, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Ugh, enough with Lee. He’s not here……..I can’t wait until we get away from the Phillies and all this garbage. Who’s Lee kidding? He could have accepted the Yankees’s offer once they upped it to 7 years, but he was waiting for the Phillies to jump in. It’s over and done with, but the media won’t let this go. We get that he thinks the Phills have a better roster – good luck to them (well actually not; I’m starting to hate them)

  47. Giuseppe Franco February 27th, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    Opinions can most definitely be proven right or wrong. Happens all the time.

    It was the opinion of most in the Yankee Universe that Cliff Lee would eventually sign with the Bombers. That opinion proved to be wrong.

    One could make the argument that Eric Chavez will be [or won't be] healthy at the end of March. We’ll find out for certain in another month.

    It’s a cop out to always claim that opinions aren’t right or wrong.

  48. Joe from Long Island February 27th, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    Forget As The Blog Turns, we now have daily epidsodes of As the Mets’ Financial Mess Turns…..

    The Sunday Times is reporting that ticket sales are in a free fall, less at this point in time than last year, when they drew more than 600,000 fewer fans to CitiField. In response, the team has canned longtime management in the ticket office, and cut back on personnel who answer phones and handle accounts.

    Further, with the players soon to draw major league paychecks, the Mets’ cash needs will soon increase dramatically. Normally, they could rely on ticket sales and concessions sales to get some of that cash, but if ticket sales are dropping….. One can see where things are headed.

    The average price for a Mets’ ticket on the resale market is reported as $57, down from $100 last year.

    Much of the Mets’ payroll is tied up in unproductive players, who may be difficult to move.

    According to the Times’ story, a sense of “panic had begun to take hold in the team’s front office.”

    No wonder Fred refuses to talk about the team’s finances.

    One of their productive players, for whom I imagine there would be good demand, is David Wright. According to the story, he is owed $14M this season. I would not be surprised if he is traded in-season.

    This is not about fielding a competitive team, and what the Mets’ fans would think. This is about the Wilpon’s financial survival.

  49. Betsy February 27th, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    GF, that’s fine, but the book hasn’t been written on Phil Hughes yet. Maybe GB is right and I am wrong – I’d like that to be the case. Or maybe I’m right and GB is wrong. We’re not going to find out anything about the kind of pitcher Phil will be for another few years (though I think this year will be telling as to which way he goes). Until then, neither of us are right or wrong.

  50. zsag February 27th, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    I’m really anxious to see Betances pitch today. Played against him in high school, I want to see how far along he has come.

  51. GreenBeret7 February 27th, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    Chavez has limited experience at 1st base, but, he should be at least Nick Swisher decent. Regardless, it’s his bat that gets him on the team. Much like Belliard, he’s not of much value if he can’t hit or play more than one position adequately.

  52. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 27th, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    Well it is my opinion that Joba will remain with the Yankees! Not everyone shares that opinion, but oh well. (I do not see him as trade bait, the way some others do.) I will say that is also my ardent hope that he stays with the Yanks. How much does hope overlap into opinion? Hard to say.

    I will say, though, many people thought he would be trade bait in the off season (how much of that was hope, who knows) but I didn’t.

    IMO if Joba is able to get back on his game – and I believe we will see this happen – he’s got too much value to the Yanks to let him go anywhere. If he were to remain in the bullpen, I could conceivably see him as setup to closer Rafael Soriano.

    We shall see.

    :)

  53. MG February 27th, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    I can only speak for myself but I love having Phil Hughes in the Yankees starting rotation, he will continue to improve each season for the next 4-5 years, just as so many other talented starters have done before him. He has a great work ethic, understands and respects the game, and has a terrific arm. I don’t care if he’s a #1, #2, #3, #4, or #5, I just want to see him in the rotation for many years.

  54. GreenBeret7 February 27th, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    Not possible that Liz Taylor is 79 year old today.

  55. West Coast Yankee Fan February 27th, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    What is this obsession with labeling pitchers number ones or number twos etc. It’s absolutely meaningless after the first week of the season.

  56. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 27th, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    GF, if hope and opinion intersect, I can tell you that my intersection said that the Yankees would NOT sign Cliff Lee…

    ;)

  57. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 27th, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    In my perspicacious state of mind I still see Phil leading the rotation at some point.

  58. Rich in NJ February 27th, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    “In my perspicacious state of mind I still see Phil leading the rotation at some point.”

    So you also see CC opting out….

  59. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 27th, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    “So you also see CC opting out….”

    Certainly opting back in if he does opt out.

  60. pat February 27th, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    “Not possible that Liz Taylor is 79 year old today.”

    Very sad that her multiple health issues (some self inflicted) have taken her out of the public eye for years at a time. She was a force to be reckoned with back in the day.

  61. Fran the original February 27th, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Hi Joe,

    I read that article this AM in the Times. They also said that the Mets owners used to move money between their various holdings to sustain the club, but they can’t do that now. I don’t see how the Wilpons survive the season.

  62. MG February 27th, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    As for the future, the Yankees obviously have lots of starting pitching talent coming up in the next few years. Noesi looked like a Nova-clone to me yesterday with promise. Phelps looks a little like Mussina on the mound but it’s more likely he becomes Jeff Karstens than Moose. I haven’t yet seen the B’s but you could easily see at least two of the prospects filling rotation spots in the next couple of years, when added to Hughes that’s something Yankees fans haven’t seen in at least 60 years (and maybe never).

  63. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 27th, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    I find Helena Bonham Carter very odd looking (she’s considered to be an English beauty). I’m watching Biography right now, well DVRd biography.

  64. Betsy February 27th, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    MG, I hope it works out because it’s tiresome that they always have to go out and sign the next big pitcher. It was depressing having to depend on signing Lee this off-season.

  65. Betsy February 27th, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    Trish, did you see the King’s Speech yet?

  66. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 27th, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    But by not signing Lee, the Yankees were forced into having to be very creative. What will be better than winning the World Series with a rotation that was still in flux in February of 2011! I absolutely love having Garcia and Colon competing for a rotation spot. It isn’t like they don’t know how to pitch! And it isn’t like we don’t have a number of options.

    It also forced the Yankees to shore up its bullpen. What in hell is better than that? I don’t care who your starters are. If your bullpen doesn’t finish it off, you’re sunk.

  67. Against All Odds February 27th, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    # trisha – true pinstriped blue February 27th, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    Well it is my opinion that Joba will remain with the Yankees! Not everyone shares that opinion, but oh well. (I do not see him as trade bait, the way some others do.) I will say that is also my ardent hope that he stays with the Yanks. How much does hope overlap into opinion? Hard to say.

    I will say, though, many people thought he would be trade bait in the off season (how much of that was hope, who knows) but I didn’t.

    IMO if Joba is able to get back on his game – and I believe we will see this happen – he’s got too much value to the Yanks to let him go anywhere. If he were to remain in the bullpen, I could conceivably see him as setup to closer Rafael Soriano.

    We shall see.

    :)

    ——————————

    If Joba turns it around I think the Yankees will trade him the first chance they get.

  68. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 27th, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Betsy, I cannot say enough about that movie. I also cannot believe that I almost didn’t see it. It was all the things you guys here said about it that made me go to see it. SPECTACULAR doesn’t even do it justice. ABSOLUTELY PHENOMENAL. And HBC was great in it.

  69. Against All Odds February 27th, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    The Mets are in such financial trouble every single day something new appears in the paper and the organization takes another hit.

  70. GreenBeret7 February 27th, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    pat February 27th, 2011 at 12:18 pm
    “Not possible that Liz Taylor is 79 year old today.”

    Very sad that her multiple health issues (some self inflicted) have taken her out of the public eye for years at a time. She was a force to be reckoned with back in the day.

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

    Along with Meryl Streep and Olivia D’Havilland, three of the best actresses of the 20th century

  71. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 27th, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    “If Joba turns it around I think the Yankees will trade him the first chance they get.”

    Not really the Yankees way of doing business. I don’t know why they’d start now. Hell they hang onto mistakes rather than admit they got it wrong. Someone with real promise?

    But hey, time will tell. I just don’t see it.

  72. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 27th, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    Against All, I’m not sure if I am mixing you up with someone else, but are you the poster who always thought the Sux were going to trump the Yankees, something like that?

  73. GreenBeret7 February 27th, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    Add Katherine Hepburn to that group

  74. Betsy February 27th, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    Trish, HBC was ok; I liked her better the 2nd time, but to me the movie was ALL Colin Firth (and Geoffrey Rush was great as well). I am not a movie person and have never seen any of these fine actors in anything – until now. I’m so glad you loved the movie. As a history fan, a fan of the royal family and a fan of George VI, I ADORED it………….I can’t wait until it comes out on DVD

  75. Against All Odds February 27th, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    # trisha – true pinstriped blue February 27th, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    Against All, I’m not sure if I am mixing you up with someone else, but are you the poster who always thought the Sux were going to trump the Yankees, something like that?

    ————————————-

    I think you have me mistaken with someone else.

  76. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 27th, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Betsy, Colin Firth was magnificent.

  77. Against All Odds February 27th, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    # trisha – true pinstriped blue February 27th, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    “If Joba turns it around I think the Yankees will trade him the first chance they get.”

    Not really the Yankees way of doing business. I don’t know why they’d start now. Hell they hang onto mistakes rather than admit they got it wrong. Someone with real promise?

    But hey, time will tell. I just don’t see it.

    ————————

    I’d rather see him stay here and start but we all know that’s not going to happen. The reason I said they will move him if he turns it around is because Cashman mentioned getting fair value in return for Joba. He won’t give him away but if his stock rises and the Yankees need a starting pitcher it wouldn’t surprise me if Joba is in the package. Besides Joba starting over with another team might be the best thing for him.

  78. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 27th, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    I know, it was really so amazing to see Sandringham, Balmoral, and the like!

  79. randy l. February 27th, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    “Along with Meryl Streep and Olivia D’Havilland, three of the best actresses of the 20th century”.

    gb7-

    coming from someone who stood in line to see Gone From The Wind when it first came out, that’s quite a compliment.

  80. yankeefeminista February 27th, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    Ok, all set with glorious morning muffins and malaysian/taiwanese dim sum to follow. And excited to see Laird gets the start. :) Play ball!

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