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Familiar questions for Hughes and his changeup

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 01, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Phil Hughes seemed to know the changeup questions were coming, though I doubt he expected that he’d spend six minutes talking about a pitch he threw a total of three times today.

“I do want to get my curveball going and my cutter going,” Hughes said. “I’m not just going to throw a ton of changeups just to throw it because I want to get my other pitches going as well. I just feel like right now it’s a start, and hopefully when I get some more pitches the next time out, I’ll throw some more of them.”

Hughes said he’s been throwing a lot of changeups in his side sessions, and he’s more committed to the long-term success of the pitch. Hughes developed the changeup a lot last spring, then hardly used it when he got off to a terrific start last season. He’s not looking to re-invent the pitch, he just wants to gain the confidence to use it even when his fastball, cutter and curveball are working.

“The pitch itself is the same changeup,” Hughes said. “It’s just making sure I throw it enough that it’s actually a factor and in some of these hitters’ heads.”

One small adjustment is a combination of mental and physical. Like a lot of Yankees pitchers, Hughes said Larry Rothschild found a way to give him a little bit of advice that’s already paying dividends.

Pitchers are often told that they need to throw the changeup the same way they throw a fastball, because arm speed is important to create deception. Rothschild explained it a slightly different way, focusing on the finish instead of the beginning.

“Exploding my hand to the end,” Hughes said. “Really get that arm speed going to the end, not necessarily get it going from the beginning because hitters are only going to see your hand come through the zone. They don’t know your back stroke or anything like that. (Rothschild said) not to get too aggressive with it where it sails up out of the zone, just make sure you pop your hand at the end. It’s really stuck with me.”

 
 

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197 Responses to “Familiar questions for Hughes and his changeup”

  1. m March 1st, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    Good stuff. As long as he does well, I don’t care how many of which kind of pitch he throws. He’ll get to the point where he has a whole sinkful of pitches.

    repost:

    ?When I approached [Terry] Ryan, he said that he wasn’t here to scout the Yankees and explained how the Pirates were one of the teams he is covering this spring. When I asked follow-up questions about the Yankees, Ryan repeated that they were not on his agenda.?

    ?The Twins have six starters competing for five spots in the rotation, but two of them (Nick Blackburn and Scott Baker) had elbow surgery in the offseason. The uncertainty surrounding Blackburn and Baker would appear to make it even more unlikely that the Twins would part with Liriano this early.?

    “There’s a reason I wouldn’t trade Nova when I had those discussions with Seattle last year,” Cashman said. “I was already going to give them a middle-of-the-order hitter. I wasn’t going to give them a guy who projects as a No. 3 starter, too.”

    http://www.myyesnetwork.com/16…..al_liriano

  2. West Coast Yankee Fan March 1st, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    A perfect example of why game results don’t matter much in Spring Training. Hughes threw only three changeups today in his first game, but acknowledged throwing lots in his side sessions. That’s what’s important. As is the work Rothschild is doing with him on the change.

  3. Jerkface March 1st, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    Awesome tidbit on pitching. I want more stuff like that.

  4. blake March 1st, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    I think Rothschild is going to make a difference.

  5. BeholdArNo March 1st, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    Bigot applies.

    Did anyone know that “No” in German is Nein, pronounced Nine

  6. GreenBeret7 March 1st, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    Although his time has passed, it’s sad to see Garrett Anderson announce his retirement today. A Yanjkee and especially, a Pettitte killer. Never a great outfielder but made few mistakes, the guy was a lass act and a Hell of a hitter and run producer, whether he drew walks or not.

  7. Patrick March 1st, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    Awesome tidbit on pitching. I want more stuff like that.

    —-

    Agreed.

  8. GreenBeret7 March 1st, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    Although his time has passed, it’s sad to see Garrett Anderson announce his retirement today. A ***Yankee*** and especially, a Pettitte killer. Never a great outfielder but made few mistakes, the guy was a ***class*** act

  9. G. Love March 1st, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    I’d love to see Hughes’ curve he had when he first came up. That pitch was a thing of beauty. Almost like a Knuckle-curve. With his fastball location, that is the K pitch he lacked last season.

  10. Jerkface March 1st, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    Though he rarely got on base, and was never a great power hitter, nor did he reach 100 RBIs very often, Garret Anderson will always be remembered as one of the outfielders for the Angels.

  11. Mell March 1st, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    “Though he rarely got on base, and was never a great power hitter, nor did he reach 100 RBIs very often, Garret Anderson will always be remembered as one of the outfielders for the Angels”

    LOL

  12. Abe Peterham March 1st, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    its crazy how much is involved w mlb pitching,,,fascinating….id love to follow rothschild around

  13. West Coast Yankee Fan March 1st, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    In his prime GA was a really good ballplayer. Saw him many times in Anaheim; a tough out.

  14. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 1st, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    How did we do today? How did the Pirates look? Because I feel bad for them I want them to have some good outings.

    Anyway, I’m hoping that tomorrow is Burnett day. It has to be, right? Well I guess it doesn’t have to be, but I REALLY want to watch him pitch, and I know tomorrow is televised.

    Really busy day, first time at the computer. How did Phil look?

    Thanks!

  15. Doreen March 1st, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    Really good information. Rothschild has done his homework, and I like what I’m hearing of his approach to his pitchers. It seems each one they’ve spoken to can share a particular about what Rothschild has imparted, rather than generalities.

    ***

    So far, to me, this spring training is going very, very well. I know it’s early, but there are definitely some things to latch onto from a positive perspective.

    ***

    A GTLU note, of sorts. It seems that Girardi is putting out his lineup very early in the morning (I’m sure it’s ready now, as a matter of fact!! :) ), far too early for us to get a good round of GTLU going.

    Rather than cancel it outright, I would like to suggest that anyone interested in playing tomorrow’s scheduled GTLU submit a lineup between 7 and 9 pm this evening. I know upstate kate has already said she cannot do this. But if others are interested, I will be here taking lineups. If not, just FYI, there will be no GTLU tomorrow.

    Let me know what you prefer – tonight between 7 and 9 pm or no GTLU for tomorrow’s game. Thanks. :)

  16. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 1st, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    Just flew through Chad’s lead-in.

    I am just so thrilled that the Yanks have Rothschild. I know I have already deified him, but to me anyone who cares enough to get to know pitchers as “individuals” and cares about their off-field life as well as their on-field, will definitely pay dividends with pitchers like Joba and AJ, not to mention the good he can do with other guys who might be having trouble.

  17. Pat M. March 1st, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    Face….An All Star for the Angels, with a Championship Ring……He also won the HR contest one year for what it’s worth……You better look up his career in detail face, he was just a bit better than you’re making him out to be….The guy was a very good baseball player…..Later guys

  18. GreenBeret7 March 1st, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    And the Mets hole keeps getting deeper.
    “Money Pity”

    “Mets Seek New Loan
    By Ben Nicholson-Smith [March 1 at 1:52pm CST]
    The Mets are ‘desperately’ seeking a new loan for tens of millions of dollars to cover their operating expenses, according to Josh Kosman, Mark DeCambre and Dan Mangan of the New York Post. The Wilpon family, which owns the team, faces a $1 billion lawsuit and says they are open to selling 20-25% of the Mets.

    JPMorgan Chase is working with other companies to put together a loan that would provide the Wilpons with cash until they sell part of the team, according to the Post. The team received $25MM from MLB in November but has exhausted its credit with the league, according to the New York Times.”

  19. I Like Inge March 1st, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Pat M. March 1st, 2011 at 4:52 pm
    Face….An All Star for the Angels, with a Championship Ring……He also won the HR contest one year for what it’s worth……You better look up his career in detail face, he was just a bit better than you’re making him out to be….The guy was a very good baseball player…..Later guys

    ———————–

    Plus he roped Yankee pitching in the playoffs. He was definitely getting on base, showing power, and driving in runs in the playoffs.

  20. West Coast Yankee Fan March 1st, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Garrett Anderson played 17 seasons.

    - 2,529 hits and 287 home runs.

    - Knocked in more than 115 runs 4 times.

    - Hit over .300 7 times and finished with a lifetime .293 BA.

    Pretty damn good career and a great guy.

  21. GreenBeret7 March 1st, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Other than walks, Anderson’s numbers are about as close to Bernie Williams’ as you’ll get.

  22. GreenBeret7 March 1st, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    And the Mets hole keeps getting deeper.
    “Money Pity”

    Supposed to be “Money Pit”, but, maybe I was more right than I thought

  23. RayVT March 1st, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    Jerkface

    I replied to you on previous post! Don’t want to continue that thread here! LOL!

  24. 108 stitches March 1st, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    The beginning of ST is for pitchers to stretch arms, gradually build up velocity, and work on breaking pitches. Their final outings are to fine tune what they’ve worked on and build up innings for the starting rotation.
    Larry Rothschild will have full knowledge of what the pitchers have by the 3rd week of March.

  25. GreenBeret7 March 1st, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    Doreen March 1st, 2011 at 4:50 pm
    Really good information. Rothschild has done his homework, and I like what I’m hearing of his approach to his pitchers. It seems each one they’ve spoken to can share a particular about what Rothschild has imparted, rather than generalities.

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

    Doreen, have you read about whether it was Chamberlain or Rothschild who noticed that Chamberlain’s hands had moved higher in his set over the years?

  26. BeholdArNo March 1st, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    Despite Rothschild’s less than stellar career resume, I think we will all be pleasantly rewarded with great pitching this year.

  27. Doreen March 1st, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    GB7 -

    I thought you were being “cute.” But “pity” kind of fits.

  28. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 1st, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    Hey Chad, if you’re around, can you tell how today’s game went? Thanks! How did Hughes look, etc. Is AJ on the docket for tomorrow?

  29. Doreen March 1st, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    GB7 -

    What I heard was that Rothschild contacted Joba to tell him about his hand position, and Joba had already looked at tapes and had begun doing so without anyone telling him to. So Joba was pleased that he and his new pitching coach were already on the same page.

    So to answer your question, they both noticed it independently of of each other.

  30. GreenBeret7 March 1st, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    And here I was led to believe that RBIs didn’t mean very much in baseball as far as judging a player’s worth.

  31. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 1st, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    Joba made the change himself but was impressed Rothschild also mentioned it to him because he said it meant that they are on the same page.

  32. BoJo March 1st, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    CHAD–

    And how did Brian Anderson look? Interesting story to follow…

  33. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 1st, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    Wow 2-0 shutout. Good for the Pirates. Obviously the Yanks also did a good job if the Pirates scored only two runs.

    Thanks for the help gang! Of course I could have done what I just did – went and looked up the score, but I thought it was easier to ask people who knew already!

    Later.

    :)

  34. GreenBeret7 March 1st, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    Doreen March 1st, 2011 at 5:02 pm
    GB7 -

    What I heard was that Rothschild contacted Joba to tell him about his hand position, and Joba had already looked at tapes and had begun doing so without anyone telling him to. So Joba was pleased that he and his new pitching coach were already on the same page.

    So to answer your question, they both noticed it independently of of each other.

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

    Sounds great that they both were trying to figure out the issues. Wonder why Eiland and Harkey hadn’t noticed the difference.

    I guess Chamberlain isn’t as lazy and stupid as they say.

    as far as the “Money Pity” remark goes, no…just my normal typo.

  35. Jerkface March 1st, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    Face….An All Star for the Angels, with a Championship Ring……He also won the HR contest one year for what it’s worth……You better look up his career in detail face, he was just a bit better than you’re making him out to be….The guy was a very good baseball player…..Later guys

    Meh, career OPS under .800. His peak is 4 seasons where he put up this line: .299 .324 .519 .843

    He only ever got on base above .340 3 times in his career. He made a lot of outs. Only averaged 16 HRs a year. He hit for a good average, but he was just about an average hitter for his career. I mean, average against the league, not batting average.

    Career OPS+ of 102.

    It takes a lot to play in the majors for 17 years, so kudos to him. I still would never have wanted him on the yankees.

  36. Mell March 1st, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    WCYF:

    Career 102 OPS+, .324 OBP, sub .800 OPS. Exceeded a WAR of 3.5 only twice in his career.

  37. Giuseppe Franco March 1st, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    I wouldn’t describe Rothchild’s career as “less than stellar.”

    He’s been around a long time. Coaches who suck don’t usually stick in the major leagues for a few decades.

  38. BoJo March 1st, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    I wonder what would happen if Mets had to default on a player payment because they can’t raise the money….

    I guess Selig would go over the limit and give them a bigger loan, but when does it stop?

  39. Jerkface March 1st, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    Bernie William’s 8 season peak: .321 .406 .531 .937

  40. Cashmoney March 1st, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    I always thought garret as good player with medium power. But a pretty dangerous hitter in clutch situations.

  41. BoJo March 1st, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    Giuseppe Franco March 1st, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    I wouldn’t describe Rothchild’s career as “less than stellar.”

    He’s been around a long time. Coaches who suck don’t usually stick in the major leagues for a few decades.
    ________________
    Doesn’t Rothschild have a World Championship on his resume as pitching coach of the Reds?

  42. GreenBeret7 March 1st, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    GF, 37 years in baseball for Rothschild. Somebody thought he was pretty good, huh?

  43. LGY March 1st, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    Other than walks, Anderson’s numbers are about as close to Bernie Williams’ as you’ll get.

    —————————

    Bernie in his prime (age 27-33) hit .323 with a .946 OPS. SLG .538 in those years topping out at .575 and lowest at .493 (his only sub .500 SLG year in his prime).

    Gary Matthews SLG over 5 only twice in his career and topped out at .541. His highest BA in his career was .315. Never topped a .900 OPS in his career.

    Bernie was leaps and bounds better than Garret Anderson.

  44. Jerkface March 1st, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    But a pretty dangerous hitter in clutch situations.

    He hit the same with RISP as he did for his career, which is all you can really ask of a hitter to do. By that measure he was dangerous.

  45. Cashmoney March 1st, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    err.. Bernie was ‘much’ better than Anderson. you can make a case Bernie was the best overall CF behind Junior for a period of 4-6 yrs at his peak.

  46. Giuseppe Franco March 1st, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    # GreenBeret7 March 1st, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    GF, 37 years in baseball for Rothschild. Somebody thought he was pretty good, huh?

    ———-

    I would think so. Either that or he’s fooled a helluva lot of people in his 37 years.

  47. Jerkface March 1st, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    If you take away most of A-rod’s HRs, he is very similar to Jeter.

  48. BoJo March 1st, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    As well as a WS ring in 97 with the Marlins?

    Not too bad…

  49. RayVT March 1st, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    JF
    I left another comment on previous post

  50. Mell March 1st, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    “I always thought garret as good player with medium power. But a pretty dangerous hitter in clutch situations”

    Provided he wasn’t facing the Red Sox.

    12 for 37, 3 homers, 11 RBI against the Yankees in the postseason
    7 for 41, 0 homers, 0 RBI against Boston in the postseason.

  51. blake March 1st, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    Anderson gets deductions in my book for being associated with the rally monkey but he was a good player for a period of time and a serviceable one for quite a long time.

  52. Cashmoney March 1st, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    a general impression Mell, i haven’t look at the stats. but interesting numbers against rs and nyy. not surprising consider our lack of success against the Angels til 09. plus the sample size is too small. I know as a fan, the guy i want the least to come up in those 2000s angels was Anderson.

  53. Mell March 1st, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    “but he was a good player for a period of time and a serviceable one for quite a long time.”

    This describes Anderson pretty well. No matter what, anyone who stuck for 17 seasons and produced in most of them has lived the dream.

  54. Chad Jennings March 1st, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    I didn’t see Anderson. We were already in the clubhouse when he pitched.

    Hughes looked pretty good, but it’s too early to know much. He was up a little bit with his fastball, and there was no gun to know velocity.

    The Yankees lost 2-0. Only had four hits, two by Eric Chavez. Pena and Nunez both made some solid plays on defense, Montero threw out two base runners (one of them more legitimate than the other).

  55. BeholdArNo March 1st, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    I did not say that Rothschild was a terrible pitching coach or that he had a bad career. I did not imply that either. I just said “less than stellar.” That can mean good or very good. Just not stellar. As GB said, he’s been in the league for many decades. You can’t fool people for that amount of time.

  56. blake March 1st, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Mell,

    Agreed, you keep a job in the big leagues for 17 years and you’ve done well for yourself no matter what.

  57. Giuseppe Franco March 1st, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    # BoJo March 1st, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    Giuseppe Franco March 1st, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    I wouldn’t describe Rothchild’s career as “less than stellar.”

    He’s been around a long time. Coaches who suck don’t usually stick in the major leagues for a few decades.
    ________________
    Doesn’t Rothschild have a World Championship on his resume as pitching coach of the Reds?

    ————

    I think he was the bullpen coach for Cincy in ’90. But he was the pitching coach for the Marlins when they won in ’97.

    He had a few pretty good rotations to work with in Chicago as well – especially when Wood, Prior, and Zambrano were all throwing smoke. Too bad it was short lived (thanks Dusty).

  58. Nick in SF March 1st, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    A Phil Hughes changeup thread?

    No one here gets out alive.

  59. Mell March 1st, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    “a general impression Mell, i haven’t look at the stats”

    Career numbers did suggest he raised his game a little in high leverage situations, at least as defined by baseballreference.com

  60. KPB March 1st, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    GB7

    Thanks for the game updates. Are you honing your skills for this?

    http://mlb.mlb.com/dreamjob/index.jsp

  61. G. Love March 1st, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    “Nick in SF March 1st, 2011 at 5:21 pm
    A Phil Hughes changeup thread?

    No one here gets out alive.”

    Nick,

    There will be blood. Someone may drink up someone’s milkshake.

  62. Cashmoney March 1st, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    M, Yanks and RS in mid 2000s always had comparable teams in terms of pitching,offense. I always wonder why RS seem to match up against the angels. I think the fact they had two dominant hitters (Manny and Ortiz) and one dominant starter( Schilling or Beckett) made all the difference in the world.

  63. Giuseppe Franco March 1st, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    # BeholdArNo March 1st, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    I did not say that Rothschild was a terrible pitching coach or that he had a bad career. I did not imply that either. I just said “less than stellar.” That can mean good or very good. Just not stellar. As GB said, he’s been in the league for many decades. You can’t fool people for that amount of time.

    ———-

    Describing someone’s career as “less than stellar” tends to imply that he’s been rather mediocre.

    That’s how I interpreted it from your post and I would imagine others who read it felt the same way.

  64. GreenBeret7 March 1st, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    Chad, any word on when the first cuts are coming? I assume around 15 March?

  65. blake March 1st, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    “Less than stellar” generally means not good when used in sentences.

  66. Tarheel In NYC March 1st, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    GB7,

    I assumed “money pity” was a clever play on words. You should just run with that!

    **She-Heel

  67. GreenBeret7 March 1st, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    KPB March 1st, 2011 at 5:25 pm
    GB7

    Thanks for the game updates. Are you honing your skills for this?

    http://mlb.mlb.com/dreamjob/index.jsp

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

    Not if they count off for spelling and a voice like a frog.

  68. BeholdArNo March 1st, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    “Less than stellar” had no negative connotation to it. Sorry for the confusion. I did not feel like analyzing every part of my post. Just type and submit

  69. Betsy March 1st, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    RayVT, that’s right………I enjoy having a discussion with someone over something we disagree with, but when that person starts out by saying how clueless I am because I don’t agree, well really -that’s not a person that’s interested in a conversation. You’re right, I don’t respond well to being told I am wrong and the other person is absolutely right (even though it’s just an opinion).

    Jerkface, I have 2 brothers, so believe me I know from how brothers act and believe me, SJ was no brother. He can’t ignore me, which I find hilarious. He hates me and my posts, but he can’t seem to help responding.

  70. Mell March 1st, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    “Less than stellar”

    Try “functional” as your adjective. I’m told it has sorta positive connotations.

  71. GreenBeret7 March 1st, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    Tarheel In NYC March 1st, 2011 at 5:28 pm
    GB7,

    I assumed “money pity” was a clever play on words. You should just run with that!

    **She-Heel

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

    Ah, Little Tar-Hee;, you’ll learn that on here, a good Snark or Punist never takes credit for a typo….unless you’re at a loss for a good one, then, even typos and stealing from others is fair game.

  72. GreenBeret7 March 1st, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    See what I mean, tar Heel….I’m a born typoist.

  73. icebird753 March 1st, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    and Betsy, I’m sorry if you felt I intruded, I was just disgusted at the time. But I’ll leave it at that

  74. KPB March 1st, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    # GreenBeret7 March 1st, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    KPB March 1st, 2011 at 5:25 pm
    GB7

    Thanks for the game updates. Are you honing your skills for this?

    http://mlb.mlb.com/dreamjob/index.jsp

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

    Not if they count off for spelling and a voice like a frog.
    ————————-

    Your spelling looked good during the updates and with a voice like that, you know you already have two fans from here. :smile:

  75. Betsy March 1st, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    I enjoyed the above as well……..and I think it’s a good idea that Phil not concentrate solely on the change. AJ never got his curve down last year, perhaps because he also spent too much time on it during the offseason and ST. There needs to be a happy medium.

  76. Betsy March 1st, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Icebird, I’m not sure what you’re referring to. Once I saw SJ lambasting me, I skipped the posts immediately following………..

  77. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 1st, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Chad – thank you.

  78. Giuseppe Franco March 1st, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    less than stellar

    An english term meaning that something doesn’t meet the expectations set in it or is less good than a similar thing coming before or after it.

    http://everything2.com/title/less+than+stellar

  79. BeholdArNo March 1st, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    Thank you for the English lesson kind sir. I am not an English major. As I stated, I meant no negative connotation with “less than stellar.” I’ll leave it at that. However, if you’d like to continue teaching me, I’m all ears. Well, in this case, I’m all eyes. : )

  80. RayVT March 1st, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    Betsy March 1st, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Betsy I like you! By my nature I usually have more patience than others. That said I always look for your posts to read & SJ’s too for that matter. Sometimes when I read your words, I think you are hoping that something bad isn’t going to happen or you are trying to not be overly optimistic. It doesn’t matter, because it is our Blog for better or worse.

    From my perspective, right or wrong, you & SJ discuss things as a brother/sister atmosphere. I know he really likes you Betsy! He seems to feel like he needs to move you out of negative space. I on the other hand don’t think your type written words are negative, but words of trying not to be a homer or overly positive.

  81. SJ44 March 1st, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    I don’t hate you Betsy.

    I hate your constant negativity about almost everything concerning this team. Especially when it comes to pitching issues.

    No matter how many times numerous people point out the constant negativity and fractured logic on these issues, it falls on deaf ears.

    Don’t confuse that with personal hatred. It would be incorrect.

  82. GreenBeret7 March 1st, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    KPB March 1st, 2011 at 5:33 pm
    # GreenBeret7 March 1st, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    KPB March 1st, 2011 at 5:25 pm
    GB7

    Thanks for the game updates. Are you honing your skills for this?

    http://mlb.mlb.com/dreamjob/index.jsp

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

    Not if they count off for spelling and a voice like a frog.
    ————————-

    Your spelling looked good during the updates and with a voice like that, you know you already have two fans from here.

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

    My application was toast when the first thing was “strong writing skills” It was torpedoed when they mentioned a background check that could be verified.

  83. Jerkface March 1st, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    I don’t hate you, I just hate the things you say.

  84. Cashmoney March 1st, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    stats don’t matter much in St, but i assume for vets or rookies competing for a job, how well they execute their crafts does just not necessarily result oriented.

  85. Betsy March 1st, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    SJ, what you view as negativity, I view as realism………. I am not capable of being a rosy-eyed optimist, I’m just not, and I don’t think that’s a bad thing. There’s nothing inherently better about being an optimist than being a realist/pessimist.

    Maybe I shouldn’t have been so nitpicky about the FBs today- ok, not maybe – but I don’t think that my being “concerned” about Phil needing to improve his breaking pitches means I don’t know squat. While there are plenty of people who don’t doubt him, there are also plenty of people who have questions about how good he’ll be. It’s not necessary to get into that now or tomorrow or even in the near future, but my point is that evaluations about this particular pitcher are by no means unanimous.

  86. Betsy March 1st, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    All I said earlier was that I would like him to develop a 2 seamer……I don’t see anything so controversial about that.

  87. SJ44 March 1st, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    Try again Jerkface.

    I hate the constant negativity. Particularly when it’s unfounded.

    If you are going to involve yourself in something that isn’t involving you, at least accurately describe it.

    That shouldn’t be too difficult, even for you.

  88. KPB March 1st, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    GreenBeret7 March 1st, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    My application was toast when the first thing was “strong writing skills” It was torpedoed when they mentioned a background check that could be verified.
    ——————————

    Oh well, I’ll look the other way if you wish to blame the background check on killer.

  89. Jerkface March 1st, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    I think my take is pretty accurate.

  90. Giuseppe Franco March 1st, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    I’m one of those who believes this organization’s success since the mid-90s (and their entire history, for that matter) should have earned them the benefit of the doubt with fans.

    No franchise in any sport can come close to duplicating that kind of success. For that reason, I’ll never understand the constant negativity day after day on this blog from some people.

    Sure, this team has some areas of concern. Every team does. But they have fewer concerns up and down that roster than almost every team in baseball.

  91. Jerkface March 1st, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    Unless Betsy is somehow sending out negativity signals when she isn’t posting and you have no issue with what she is posting in which case why are you aggressively taking her down so often anyways?

  92. KPB March 1st, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    SJ44

    Has your nephew played any games yet this ST? If so, how has he done?

  93. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 1st, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    I feel the need to take up for “rosy-eyed optimists” here. We certainly feel that our optimism is reality. So I think our distinction would be that there’s nothing inherentlhy better in being a pessimist than being a realist/optimist!

    :D

  94. 108 stitches March 1st, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    Some of the best pitching and hitting coaches made little or no impact as players but were exceptional students of the game. Among the best are Dave Duncan and Larry Rothschild as pitching coaches and Kevin Long and Rudy Jaramillo as hitting coaches.

  95. Jerkface March 1st, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    Nick the Stick signs with the Indians, may you rejoin the Yankees at the deadline!

  96. SJ44 March 1st, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    Your take isn’t accurate and I don’t think I need posting instructions from you.

    That will fall on deaf ears.

    Find another battle to fight because this one is over.

  97. Jerkface March 1st, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    It is over. You lost.

  98. Jerkface March 1st, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    And you can post all you want, SJ44, just don’t heap crap on Betsy and call it chocolate.

  99. LGY March 1st, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    Personally, I’m disappointed that SJ has not told Jerkface that his handle suits him yet.

  100. SJ44 March 1st, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    KPB,

    He’s played in 1 game do far and was 2-2 with a double and an RBI in their opening game.

  101. SJ44 March 1st, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    It was only a “contest” in your own mind.

  102. Betsy March 1st, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    Trisha, I never said that being a realist or pessmist was better, but it is absolutely not worse than being an optimist. Really, fans have no business judging how other fans go about their rooting.

  103. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 1st, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    Nick, as much as the Stick had injury problems, I really loved the guy. He definitely had a ton to offer when he wasn’t playing hurt.

  104. GreenBeret7 March 1st, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    KPB March 1st, 2011 at 5:45 pm
    GreenBeret7 March 1st, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    My application was toast when the first thing was “strong writing skills” It was torpedoed when they mentioned a background check that could be verified.
    ——————————

    Oh well, I’ll look the other way if you wish to blame the background check on killer.

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

    I think that it’s “Killer” that caused the bad background check. he’s just bad news.

  105. blake March 1st, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    Tell you what I do not hate……this Oreo McFlurry Im eating….

  106. Cashmoney March 1st, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    I generally skip Betsy’s posts about hughes. feel like i am getting overdose of it for one man on the 25 man rosters. what’s word i am looking for… redundant.

  107. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 1st, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    Betsy I was just making a joke. I thought you were using realist/pessimist as a term as opposed to two separate entities.

  108. GreenBeret7 March 1st, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    I wonder if kicking the tires on Nick Johnson is what put him on the 60 day DL?

  109. Giuseppe Franco March 1st, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    trisha – true pinstriped blue March 1st, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    I feel the need to take up for “rosy-eyed optimists” here. We certainly feel that our optimism is reality. So I think our distinction would be that there’s nothing inherentlhy better in being a pessimist than being a realist/optimist!

    ————

    Indeed. To me, it’s very difficult to be a pessimist with a franchise that has been to the postseason in 15 of the last 16 years – including 5 championships and 7 pennants.

    They’ve earned my patience.

  110. KPB March 1st, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    SJ44

    Good deal. Sounds like he has put the jaw incident behind him and isn’t nervous batting.

  111. icebird753 March 1st, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    That will fall on deaf ears.
    ———-
    If that were true you would have stopped responding long ago lol. Let’s just drop it, it’s not worth it.

  112. blake March 1st, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    NJ should probably have someone sign his contract for him….carpel tunnel risk.

  113. Wave Your Hat March 1st, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    I don’t get it, in the ranks of annoying commenters Betsy doesn’t even make the top 20.

  114. Cashmoney March 1st, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    wave, i did not know u rank them. who is number 1?

  115. Jerkface March 1st, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    Betsy asks a lot of questions, which opens up the discussion, for those that take responding to her posts as a teaching experience instead of a berating one.

  116. Wave Your Hat March 1st, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    “wave, i did not know u rank them. who is number 1?”

    I better not say, he’ll (I think it’s a he) will suddenly appear and start annoying me. :)

  117. Cashmoney March 1st, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    okie wave :)

  118. Betsy March 1st, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    Trish, I sort of was. As I explained to SJ, I don’t view my comments as negative, I view them as being realistic……….if others don’t, there’s not much I can do about it.

    Wave, thanks, but even if I did, I’d still keep slugging away. I’m stubborn to be sure, lol

  119. KPB March 1st, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    GreenBeret7 March 1st, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    I think that it’s “Killer” that caused the bad background check. he’s just bad news.
    ——————————
    Thanks for the warning. It will give me reason to paws, if ever I should run into him.

  120. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 1st, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    “I don’t get it, in the ranks of annoying commenters Betsy doesn’t even make the top 20.”

    Hey Wave, stop talking about me!

    :)

  121. GreenBeret7 March 1st, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Thanks for the warning. It will give me ***reason to paws***, if ever I should run into him.

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

    LMAO. that’s really pathetic.

  122. LGY March 1st, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    “I’m one of those who believes this organization’s success since the mid-90s (and their entire history, for that matter) should have earned them the benefit of the doubt with fans.

    No franchise in any sport can come close to duplicating that kind of success. For that reason, I’ll never understand the constant negativity day after day on this blog from some people.”

    ————————-

    Since 96, the Lakers have been to 7 finals and won 5 of them. The Bulls won 6 championships in the 90s.

    Plus soccer teams like Barcelona and Man U

  123. Nick in SF March 1st, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    “I better not say, he’ll (I think it’s a he) will suddenly appear and start annoying me.”

    Yes, I am a he, and now it’s open warfare, Wave You Hate. :mad:

    “Really, fans have no business judging how other fans go about their rooting.”

    This is true, but analysis is not the same as rooting.

  124. Mell March 1st, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    “Some of the best pitching and hitting coaches made little or no impact as players but were exceptional students of the game”

    And most make little or no impact as coaches. It’s all about talent. If Kevin Long were the hitting coach for the Royals, nobody would know who he is and the Royals would continue to have a shyte offense. He’s a coach for an allstar laden team. That’s why the Yankees offense is what it is.
    Leo Mazzone was a genius when he was coaching Maddux, Glavine and Smoltz, he was a bleeping genius. When he was coaching the Orioles and their collection of stiffs, he was Rain Man.

  125. Betsy March 1st, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    Jerkface, I ask questions because it’s my belief that the only stupid question is the unasked one. I admit it bothers me when I am told to buzz off because I’m wrong – no, I’m not wrong necessarily nor am I right. Scolding posters (whether it’s me or someone else) because me (or another person) holds a minority view goes against everything boards like these are supposed to be about. That said, I will try very hard not to post about Phil because all it does is reactivate old arguments that no one wants to rehash.

  126. Wave Your Hat March 1st, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    trisha-

    I don’t think you’re a he, so it can’t be you!

  127. Wave Your Hat March 1st, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    Nick in SF, then I surrender because you are much more clever than I am! :)

  128. Giuseppe Franco March 1st, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    LGY,

    I didn’t realize basketball is still a sport that people care about. Oh yeah, and soccer for that matter, too.

  129. BoJo March 1st, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    Jerkface March 1st, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    Nick the Stick signs with the Indians, may you rejoin the Yankees at the deadline!
    __________________
    They must Dental and Eye Glass coverage too. What’s the over/under on games played before DL?

  130. LGY March 1st, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    The Detroit Red Wings have won 4 SC in 5 tries since 97.

  131. RayVT March 1st, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    Wave Your Hat March 1st, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    So Wave you are talking about me then! LOL! Go VT! LOL!

  132. LGY March 1st, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    “I didn’t realize basketball is still a sport that people care about. Oh yeah, and soccer for that matter, too.”

    ————

    Get with the program GF! Ratings are through the roof.

    Melo debut highest rated MSG game since 96. Get on the Melo bandwagon!

  133. KPB March 1st, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    # GreenBeret7 March 1st, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Thanks for the warning. It will give me ***reason to paws***, if ever I should run into him.

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

    LMAO. that’s really pathetic.
    ———————–

    Been out in the cornfield, I must have gotten some on me.

  134. GreenBeret7 March 1st, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    Ken_Rosenthal Ken Rosenthal
    Source: Johnson in verbal agreement with #Indians. Some physical details pending. Deal will include club or mutual option for 2012

    ———————————————————————————————————————

    I assume that means checking for 2 arms and 2 legs, but, most of all, that he’s still breathing.

  135. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 1st, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    Wave – :lol:

    I didn’t say you had to be referencing me as number 1. You did mention the top twenty…

    ******************
    But Betsy that’s the thing. Optimists also believe they are being realists. So we view pessimism as the unreality!

    I could be wrong about this but I think that optimists have a much harder time with pessimists than pessimists do with optimists. You might be able to tell me better about that. I know that constant negativity drives me crazy (I’m talking any kind of negativity any time, not being specific to posting.) It’s because I see true pessimists as people who will always go for the negative, always look for the worst and believe it’s going to be the case, never find good in any situation. I have always said I admire that you have the ability to move out of pessimism. I’ve seen you do it on numerous occasions and I think that has to be a pretty difficult thing. Yet you do it. I don’t have the ability to move from optimism to pessimism – not that I would want to because to an optimist, pessimism is not a happy place. But I seem to be stuck in happy. (By the way I know people who feel that it’s pretty unrealistic for me to always be that way. But I can’t help it. It’s the way I’m wired.)

  136. Nick in SF March 1st, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Congrats to Arsenal FC, the big winner in today’s Chelsea-Man U match.

    Yes, that’s futbol.

  137. Betsy March 1st, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    People in NY care about basketball, but why would they talk about it when the Knicks have been so awful for so long?

    Earl the Pearl was on WFAN today – what a class act.

  138. BeholdArNo March 1st, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    People don’t care about soccer? It’s the most popular sport in the world.

  139. LGY March 1st, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    The Montreal Canadians won 9 Stanley Cups in 10 tries from 1956 to 1970!

  140. Giuseppe Franco March 1st, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    # LGY March 1st, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    Get with the program GF! Ratings are through the roof.

    Melo debut highest rated MSG game since 96. Get on the Melo bandwagon!

    ———–

    Couldn’t care less about basketball – college or pro.

    I was a Laker fan back in the day Magic Johnson was still playing. Once he retired, watching basketball was like eating brussel sprouts as a child.

  141. Mell March 1st, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    SF 49ers won 5 Superbowls and appeared in 9 NFC title games from 1981-1995. About as strong a 15 year run as the Yankees have had.

  142. GreenBeret7 March 1st, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    Doreen, talk about sending out positive waves…(last night’s talk of Manny Sanguillen and Tony Pena)

    MLB MLB
    Love this pic. Manny Sanguillen with his 1980 replacement as @Pirates catcher, Tony Pena (AP) http://hitpix.com/10v

  143. Giuseppe Franco March 1st, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    # BeholdArNo March 1st, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    People don’t care about soccer? It’s the most popular sport in the world.

    ———–

    It’s not in the US – the most powerful nation in the world.

  144. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 1st, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    Aw GB, that’s a sweet picture!

  145. GreenBeret7 March 1st, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    KPB March 1st, 2011 at 6:09 pm
    # GreenBeret7 March 1st, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Thanks for the warning. It will give me ***reason to paws***, if ever I should run into him.

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

    LMAO. that’s really pathetic.
    ———————–

    Been out in the cornfield, I must have gotten some on me.

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

    Hey!!! Are you really Roy Clark?

  146. Jerkface March 1st, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    Are we going to begin bombing futbol pitches around the world now?

  147. Betsy March 1st, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    Trish, lol, I know, lol – the point is, I think, that there really is no reality except that which we create ourselves. Wow, I think I’m overtired, lol.

    I don’t think I personally look at the glass half empty, but I believe in preparing myself for the worst so that I won’t be disappointed. I’d rather do that then expect the best only to be disappointed. I have no problems with optimists at all – at all. I wish I were among them. I just have a problem with the assumption that if you’re negative or a worrier, then you’re a worse fan than those who are more optimistic.

  148. LGY March 1st, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    “Couldn’t care less about basketball – college or pro.”

    ——————-

    Your care for basketball doesn’t have anything to do with the Yankees success relative to other franchises.

    You included all sports in your statement, so I am not sure what the argument is.

  149. GreenBeret7 March 1st, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    trisha – true pinstriped blue March 1st, 2011 at 6:15 pm
    Aw GB, that’s a sweet picture!

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

    Two of the best of our bygone youth, Trisha, and two really great catching instructors.

  150. BeholdArNo March 1st, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    No way can
    I believe that
    Chicago is a dog’s city
    Kitties love the wind

    Even birds do too
    Does anyone own a bird?
    My cousin used to have a pet bird
    Until he died in a terrible accident
    Never before has
    Death affected me that way
    Such is life and death

  151. Giuseppe Franco March 1st, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    Betsy March 1st, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    People in NY care about basketball, but why would they talk about it when the Knicks have been so awful for so long?

    ———-

    People in NY care a lot more now than they did 10 days ago.

    I’m a Chicago guy, so I have no idea what New Yorkers talk about at the water cooler.

  152. Doreen March 1st, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    Great picture GB7 – thanks! Sanguillen looks pretty good!

  153. Mell March 1st, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    Boston Celtics won 11 titles in 13 years and in one 20 year stretch won 13 titles and appeared in 17 conference finals.

  154. Jerkface March 1st, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    Boston Celtics won 11 titles in 13 years and in one 20 year stretch won 13 titles and appeared in 17 conference finals.

    Lets see them do it on the baseball diamond.

  155. Doreen March 1st, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    Okay -

    Since I’ve had no responses, GTLU is hereby cancelled for tomorrow. Next attempt at GTLU is Friday, which is a night game, so perhaps it may actually happen.

    :)

  156. KPB March 1st, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    Hey!!! Are you really Roy Clark?
    ———————

    If I had all those pretty ladies, do you really think I’d be here? :smile:

  157. Doreen March 1st, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    Why would the Celtics play basketball on a baseball diamond???? :)

  158. Betsy March 1st, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    GF, even before the trade, people in NY were talking Knicks………but now it’s through the roof, lol

  159. Mell March 1st, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    “Lets see them do it on the baseball diamond.”

    I’m sure that’ll happen right after the Yankees do it on the basketball court.

  160. MTU March 1st, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    GF-

    Many ballplayers see watercoolers differently than fans do.

    Talking is not what’s on their minds.

    :)

  161. BoJo March 1st, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    Betsy March 1st, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    I don’t think I personally look at the glass half empty
    _________________________
    Rather than look at the glass half empty or half full, drink the ale and ask for another! (That’s my motto–still trying to figure out what it means.)

  162. Betsy March 1st, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    Well, at least that’s how it is on the radio…………there’s hardly been any baseball talk on WFAN

  163. LGY March 1st, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    What does how powerful a nation is or brussel sprouts have to do with sport franchise success???

  164. GreenBeret7 March 1st, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    Doreen. he’s not pretty, but, still fun loving and loves to teach. Was actually traded for the late manager of the Pirates, Chuck Tanner. Baseball can’t survive without great teachers. Kind of too bad that the best players could be the best instructors, but, their paychecks might stop that. Imagine a coaching staff of Posada, Jeter, Rivera, Pettitte, Rodriguez and Williams? The things they could teach kids about baseball, life and people.

  165. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 1st, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    Betsy, anyone making that assumption is a fool. Anyone who couldn’t see your love for the Yankees would have to be blind.

    I can only speak for myself, and I guess there are degrees of optimism, but it takes so little to make me happy that I don’t get greatly disappointed. So in my believing that the Yankees are always going to prevail, when they don’t, I can still find reasons to feel good about what they have achieved.

    If it sounds whacked out to some people, so be it. I come by it honestly. It’s not an act. So if there are people who see it as mindless, then I was born mindless. Oh well.

    :)

  166. KPB March 1st, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    # MTU March 1st, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    GF-

    Many ballplayers see watercoolers differently than fans do.

    Talking is not what’s on their minds.

    :)
    ———————————

    It’s my understanding some get a kick out of them.

  167. Mell March 1st, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    “What does how powerful a nation is or brussel sprouts have to do with sport franchise success???”

    The Yankees never coulda pulled it off in Luxembourg.

  168. BoJo March 1st, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    I remember Ted Williams teaching Frank Howard a new apprach to hitting that helped Howard put up better numbers….

  169. GreenBeret7 March 1st, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    KPB March 1st, 2011 at 6:20 pm
    Hey!!! Are you really Roy Clark?
    ———————

    If I had all those pretty ladies, do you really think I’d be here?

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

    Point well taken. If those were waiting for you and you were here, people would question your sanity…among other things.

  170. BoJo March 1st, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    Trisha–

    Never change.

  171. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 1st, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    Where’s MTU when you need him? I need to make decisions about dinner!

  172. Giuseppe Franco March 1st, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    LGY,

    Cut the BS already.

  173. Cashmoney March 1st, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    eating brussell sprout was like corporeal punishment for me as a kid.

  174. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 1st, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    Bojo, thank you.

    :)

  175. LGY March 1st, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    LGY,

    Cut the BS already.

    —————-

    ?

  176. Vineyard Yankee March 1st, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    Mell March 1st, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    Good one Mell, saw Joe Montana at a wine tasting a couple of weekends ago. A class act.

  177. Betsy March 1st, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    Bojo, or like the klutz I am, just break the darn glass

  178. 108 stitches March 1st, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    The best the Yankees could do was to win 9 championships beween 1949 and 1962.

  179. MTU March 1st, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    KPB-

    They’re SMD’s.

    ;)

  180. RayVT March 1st, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    Trisha!

    If you like Salmon, Outback Steakhouse has very good Salmon. LOL! I really don’t like their steaks, but their Salmon is very good with a good remoulade sauce.

  181. MTU March 1st, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    Trisha-

    Chicken curry, or vindaloo would be a good choice.

    I think it’s time you sampled some Indian cuisine.

    ;)

  182. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 1st, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    Ray, I seem to be in a small minority, in terms of the people I know anyway. I do not like salmon. I’ve tried it, I’ve tried to like it. I can eat it in really small doses. Thanks for trying to help though! When it comes to fish I am someone who favors the mildest-tasting kinds.

    :)

    I’m thinking it will be pork souvlaki and sweet potatoe fries again. Good thing I did my walking today!!!

  183. BoJo March 1st, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    Betsy March 1st, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    Bojo, or like the klutz I am, just break the darn glass
    ______________
    :-)

    That’s why it is wise to always buy in 6 packs!

  184. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 1st, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    MTU – :lol:

    By the way, I LOVE vindaloo!!! I’ve always been disappointed in tandoori chicken because it is always so dry. Don’t know why. It always sounds like it should be delicious – but it isn’t.

    What they say about RIers and their disdain for travel is true. The closest Indian restaurant – and a very good one – is 10-15 minutes away at the most. To me, that’s too far to travel for take out!

  185. RayVT March 1st, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    Trisha!
    Pork souvlaki and sweet potato fries sounds great too! I usually have the Salmon with a baked sweet potato (w/ real butter only) & the remoulade sauce & a side salad. I actually love a Bernaise Sauce with it so I might be one who prefers the sauce! LOL!

    Hope you enjoy!

  186. MTU March 1st, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    Trisha-

    Tomorrow then.

    ;)

  187. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 1st, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    I don’t know if I’ve ever had remoulade sauce. I may have and not known it! Is it relishy at all? (Do not like relish except in the sauce they give you with fish and chips.)

  188. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 1st, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    MTU have you ever had good tandoori?

  189. RayVT March 1st, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    REMOULADE SAUCE – Something like this.

    3/4 c. olive oil
    1/4 c. lemon juice
    1/4 c. Creole mustard
    2 tbsp. horseradish
    2/3 c. onion, chopped
    2/3 c. celery, chopped
    1/4 c. green onions, chopped
    2 tbsp. parsley, chopped
    2 tsp. paprika
    1 tsp. salt
    1/8 tsp. white pepper
    Dash of Tabasco
    1 tsp. Polander’s chopped garlic

  190. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 1st, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    Ray, doesn’t sound like anything I’ve ever had. What kinds of things would it accompany?

  191. MTU March 1st, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    Trisha-

    I avoid it so I guess the answer is no.

    I like the spicy vegetarian things they whip up too.

    I also would recommend Thai food for one of your evenings.

    Coconut shrimp, or satay chicken make the grade.

  192. RayVT March 1st, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    REMOULADE SAUCE has the appearance usually of Thousand Island dressing! LOL! But it doesn’t taste like it! LOL! The horseradish gives it a bite & the rest provides a smooth taste. I love it with Salmon & Crabcakes.

  193. LGY March 1st, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    :arrow:

  194. RayVT March 1st, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    BERNAISE SAUCE (My favorite)

    1/2 c. dry white wine
    4 shallots chopped fine or 4 chopped green onions
    2 tbsp. fresh or 2 tsp. dried tarragon
    3 egg yolks
    Pinch of cayenne
    1 tbsp. lemon juice
    1/2 c. butter cut in small pieces

    In small saucepan simmer wine, shallots or green onions and tarragon until reduced to about 2 tbsp. Remove and set aside. In saucepan whisk beaten yolks, salt and pepper and lemon juice over low heat until thickened to consistency of heavy cream. Beat constantly and add butter piece at a time until whisk is coated heavily. Fold in wine mixture and serve. Wonderful over beef, potatoes, eggs, seafood, & vegatables.

  195. Doreen March 1st, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    Speaking of radio -

    I heard a song today on Siriusly Sinatra which was a tribute song to Doris from Rego Park by a fellow named Don Rosler (I think that was his name). It hasn’t been released yet, apparently. It was charming.

  196. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 1st, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    I LOVE Thai and one of my very favorite things is chicken pad Thai!

    I just might break down and do the Indian thing tonight…

    Big decisions here.

    :)

    I’ll get in my car and see where it takes me.

    See you in a while.

  197. RayVT March 1st, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    LOL! I love Thai too!


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