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Kind words from Damon, plus some notes and links

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Mar 03, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

I only covered Johnny Damon for about a month in the playoffs, but he’s an instantly likable personality, and the other New York writers seem to always enjoy saying hello to him. Today Damon said he was never close to coming back to the Yankees this winter, but he spoke pretty highly of his time in pinstripes.

“My time in New York was nothing but great,” he said. “I loved every minute of it. I loved going back there. I loved a bunch of the players over there, the coaching staff, the way the organization is. It’s going to be four years I’m always going to remember. Now it’s time for me to help my home team win a championship. It’s been a long time coming for me to have this opportunity to come play for Tampa, so I’m excited about it.”

Here are a few notes and links to wrap up the day.

• At this point I’m guessing we won’t hear anything definitive on Francisco Cervelli until tomorrow. His MRI results are being reviewed by team doctors in New York.

• Nice story by Dan Barbarisi about the Yankees rallying around Red Sox first-base coach Ron Johnson, whose daughter lost her leg in a terrible accident. Johnson used to be Kevin Long’s manager in the minors.

Great interview with VP of baseball operations Mark Newman. There’s a lot of good stuff about the Yankees minor league system in there, including some notes about guys who could very well make the big league roster this year.

• Writing for Baseball America, George King notes that Brandon Laird could put himself into the big league mix at some point this season as a power hitter who can play all four corners.

• Speaking of Baseball America, they’re reporting that the Yankees have signed 1B Nick Ebert, a non-drafted free agent out of South Carolina.

• Yankees single-game tickets go on sale Saturday morning.
Sorry, went to the wrong page on Yankees.com. Single game tickets are on sale March 11 at this link. Saturday’s ticket thing is for season tickets.

Associated Press photo of Damon

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166 Responses to “Kind words from Damon, plus some notes and links”

  1. Nick in SF March 3rd, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    Damon was a Yankee?

    I had forgotten.

  2. m March 3rd, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    I notice he kept up the Yankee clean cut standard. That must be Erica’s doing.

  3. pat March 3rd, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    Johnny has now played for 6 teams and probably played more games as a Royal but will likely be remembered most a Sox because of the WS/ Idiot thing.

    Royals have lots of talent coming. A return to the Royals in Johnny’s future so he can finish where he started and where he’s”always wanted to be.”? :wink:

  4. rb from LI March 3rd, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    Nick, you like to live dangerously. ;)

  5. Betsy March 3rd, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    I think Manny pitches tomorrow, right? Other than that, I can’t get excited about a Sox/Yankees ST game – oh, except that we get to see Buchholz, of course, lol

  6. Nick in SF March 3rd, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    I’m counting on Erica being too busy/tired to read this . :oops:

  7. m March 3rd, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    Magic are 15-25 three pointers. Heat are 2-11. That’s how the Magic erased a 24 point lead.

  8. rb from LI March 3rd, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    You should know better. She’ll see it…or someone will tell her :D

  9. West Coast Yankee Fan March 3rd, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    Romine’s defense has been slammed here pretty hard:

    SICKELS: Austin Romine, your other strong catching prospect behind Montero. Good arm, good defensive reports, but he threw out just 23% of runners last year.

    NEWMAN: I don’t worry about his glove, Romine can really catch. He turns bullets into marshmallows. His arm is strong and accurate. By the internal defensive metrics we use, Romine rates as a very strong defender, and Montero isn’t far behind him.

  10. tyanksfan36 March 3rd, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    They’re having a Johnny Damon bobblehead giveaway on July 17, when the Rays play Boston. I’m contemplating whether I want to go. The only thing is its only a giveaway to kids so I will have to hope someone was careless enough to leave theirs behind and that I find one before someone else.

  11. Jackson March 3rd, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    West Coast Yankee Fan March 3rd, 2011 at 10:34 pm
    Romine’s defense has been slammed here pretty hard:

    -

    How so?

  12. rb from LI March 3rd, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    From previous thread:

    # Fran the original March 3rd, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    Rb,

    Yes, he mentioned it Tuesday night when Robbie was singing.

    They had a huge rally Tuesday night for him at the school to watch the show and vote.

    —————

    The link I posted earlier has video from the school with interviews with the kids and teachers.

    It’s a shame he didn’t make it to the next round.

  13. m March 3rd, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    What a wild finish to this game. Wade trying to pull a Jeter. The ball gets batted around. Lebron “WHAT?!” James fouls Nelson. And then Wade is finally extracated from the seats. Crazy.

  14. m March 3rd, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    Not a foul.

  15. Fran the original March 3rd, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    Rb,
    I am posting from my Blackberry and couldn’t open up the link, but I definitely will as soon as I can get on to my computer. Thanks for it.

  16. rb from LI March 3rd, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    You’re welcome, Fran. I check that site for local news (it’s free, unlike Newsday), and it was one of the headline articles yesterday .

  17. West Coast Yankee Fan March 3rd, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    Romine’s defense has been criticized here, so Newman’s comments are interesting. I like Romine defensively.

  18. Erica in NY March 3rd, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    Nick in SF… FAIL

    I was going to pass out without checking the blog, but I decided to look. Obviously, it was meant to be

    Chad, did Johnny ask about me?? LOL

  19. yankeefeminista March 3rd, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    FYI, Chad. Yankee tickets on sale Saturday are NOT single game tickets, but new or additional season ticket plans. Single game tickets for the general public go on sale on Friday, March 11th at 10AM on yankees.com

  20. rb from LI March 3rd, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    The only criticism I’ve seen of Romine on this board is that he gets too many catcher’s interference calls.

  21. rb from LI March 3rd, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    I told you Nick!! :lol:

  22. Ys Guy March 3rd, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    a johnny damon post just doesnt seem right without erica…

    class act that damon…

  23. Patrick March 3rd, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    Romine’s defense has been criticized here, so Newman’s comments are interesting. I like Romine defensively.

    When was the last time you saw him play?

  24. Jerkface March 3rd, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    The only criticism I’ve seen of Romine on this board is that he gets too many catcher’s interference calls.

    And he has trouble catching balls.

  25. Patrick March 3rd, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    Erica, I’m assuming work is rough right now? Hang tough, the Yankees will start playing real games soon!!

  26. Nick in SF March 3rd, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    I smell a rat.

  27. rb from LI March 3rd, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    Ys Guy March 3rd, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    a johnny damon post just doesnt seem right without erica…

    —————-

    True this.

  28. Jerkface March 3rd, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    When was the last time you saw him play?


    He didn’t, he just likes him defensively because Mark Newman does. But it is reassuring that the Yankees have their own proprietary metrics and that they aren’t worried about Romine.

  29. GreenBeret7 March 3rd, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    RB, in judt over 230 games catching, Romine had 21 errors, but, 15 of them, by my count, were catcher’s interference calls. he’s cut them back a lot. His arm is strong and accurate, but, a problem he’s had from his first season is dropping pitches and the runners take off on him.

  30. tampayank March 3rd, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    I thoroughly enjoyed the Magic comeback from 24 down to beat the Heatles. I’ve had several friends meet Dwight Howard and they all say he is most down the earth superstar athlete they’ve come across, easy to root for him and when the Magic get their shooters going it’s a thing of beauty

  31. Patrick March 3rd, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    He didn’t, he just likes him defensively because Mark Newman does. But it is reassuring that the Yankees have their own proprietary metrics and that they aren’t worried about Romine.

    Man it’d be cool to get my hands on those internal stats

  32. rb from LI March 3rd, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    I’m sure it looks that way, Nick. But Erica always shows up when there’s a JD post. It’s like she has a sixth sense about these things.

  33. Ys Guy March 3rd, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    i knew you’d show up erica!

  34. West Coast Yankee Fan March 3rd, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    Jerkface March 3rd, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    When was the last time you saw him play?

    He didn’t, he just likes him defensively because Mark Newman does. But it is reassuring that the Yankees have their own proprietary metrics and that they aren’t worried about Romine.

    ***********

    No, actually moron, it has nothing to do with Newman. I have seen numerous videos of Romine, followed him in the minors, read scouting reports from numerous sources, read statistics, etc.

  35. Bronx Jeers March 3rd, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    Perhaps it’s just the angle but Johnny is looking kind of… portly.

    A little extra braciole around the middle.

  36. ron March 3rd, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    Banuelos going a few innings against the rs tomorrow.
    Nice.

    It would be sweet if ban pitches great & montero mashes

    I would love if they had to face hughes,banuelos,betances,brackman,in that order,oh & montero crushes a monster hr.

  37. rb from LI March 3rd, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    Oh, okay GB. I remembered you mentioning the CI, but I’d forgotten you’d mentioned the dropped pitches.

  38. Jerkface March 3rd, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    No, actually moron, it has nothing to do with Newman. I have seen numerous videos of Romine, followed him in the minors, read scouting reports from numerous sources, read statistics, etc.

    The scouting reports all question him defensively, and the stats certainly do as well, so I highly doubt it.

  39. West Coast Yankee Fan March 3rd, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    I think Romine has an excellent arm and quick feet. From memory, I think his pop times were consistently under 2, in the high 1′s.

  40. Jerkface March 3rd, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    Man it’d be cool to get my hands on those internal stats

    They are probably really awesome to look at, since they’re likely bet on detailed play-by-play data.

  41. Jerkface March 3rd, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    dunno why I wrote bet, but I meant based on.

  42. West Coast Yankee Fan March 3rd, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    I also thought he got a raw deal when criticized for his below average caught stealing percentage — lots of that is on the pitcher.

  43. Erica in NY March 3rd, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    rb from LI March 3rd, 2011 at 10:58 pm
    I told you Nick!!

    **********

    We’ll call it a strange coincedence since I haven’t checked the blog in 3 nights :-)

  44. Nick in SF March 3rd, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    “No, actually moron…”

    What a sad display.

  45. Bronx Jeers March 3rd, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    David Ortiz sounds like he’s doing some early campaigning.

    “The Yankees, they always found a way to get s— done. I don’t know how they do it,” Ortiz said.

    Ortiz said that word of mouth around the league from those who play — or have played — for the Yankees is that New York is the best place in the majors to play.

    “Their players always pass that around, that the Yankees are the best team to play for, this and that and blah, blah, blah,” Ortiz said. “That’s why there are a lot of players who want to go there and see what’s up, and then they come out with the same communication. Why? I don’t know.”

    That practice occurs in Boston, too, but Ortiz said he’s never been asked by another player what it’s like to play in Boston.

    “Actually, I never get to talk to anyone about playing here,” he said. “I never get asked by players: ‘What’s it like to play for the Red Sox?’ That’s interesting. I never get: ‘How is it over there?’ You’ve got more fans asking you that than players. That’s funny how it sounds, but that’s how it is.”

    Even Ortiz has inquired about what it’s like to play for the Yankees.

    “I asked Alex and Johnny, ‘Hey, how do you like it over there?’ They say, ‘Oh, man, it’s awesome. It’s top of the line.’ You ask the next player, and they come out with the same thing. Alex has said, ‘Dude, there is no better team to play for than this.’ Johnny said the same thing.”

    http://sports.espn.go.com/bost.....id=6178031

  46. Jerkface March 3rd, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    I also thought he got a raw deal when criticized for his below average caught stealing percentage — lots of that is on the pitcher.

    Didn’t stop Cervelli and Yadier Molina from putting up amazing CS rates in the minors. And his issue is not arm strength or footwork, it is the act of catching the ball. Which is probably the most important part of catching.

  47. Erica in NY March 3rd, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    Patrick March 3rd, 2011 at 11:03 pm
    Erica, I’m assuming work is rough right now? Hang tough, the Yankees will start playing real games soon!!

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

    Yeah, work is brutal these days. I left work early tonight for the first time in weeks and had a giant dilemma over whether I should use this bonus time for grocery shopping or two loads of laundry.

    I opted for both. Fresh groceries and clean underwear are both pretty important

  48. rb from LI March 3rd, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    Too funny Erica…I totally know where you’re coming from. But like I said, you have a sixth sense. You just KNOW. :)

  49. Erica in NY March 3rd, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    Ys Guy March 3rd, 2011 at 11:08 pm
    i knew you’d show up erica!

    ***********

    I aim to please :-)

  50. West Coast Yankee Fan March 3rd, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    Right Nick. You conveniently ignore Jerkface saying “he just likes him defensively because Mark Newman does.”

    That comment warrants the moron comment.

    Don’t like it Nick. Tough.

  51. Erica in NY March 3rd, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    rb from LI March 3rd, 2011 at 11:16 pm
    Too funny Erica…I totally know where you’re coming from. But like I said, you have a sixth sense. You just KNOW.
    ***************

    I also have uncanny ability to change a radio station right as a Stevie Nicks song is starting. It amazes people everytime.

  52. PhiltheThrill March 3rd, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    Please be nice to each other.

  53. GreenBeret7 March 3rd, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    RB, I still can’t understand the dropped pitches. they all seem to hit right in the pocket and it’s like a spring pops ‘em back out. I saw most of his Charleston games and that’s when I really noticed both problems. I went back and checked the boxes and 4 of his 6 errors were CI. I saw quite a few of the Tampa games while going back and forth to the VA. Same problem. Counted 8 of 10 errors on CI. Another 3 last year. On the drops, I thought that maybe he was closing his eyes or blinking when the ball hit the mitt. Couldn’t tell. On the game yesterday, it looks like his mitt is new and stiff, not quite broken in. I assume he gets a new one every year, because they all look new.

  54. Bronx Jeers March 3rd, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    Heavy words are so lightly thrown…

  55. Nick in SF March 3rd, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    But there’s a very good chance that Jerkface was right.

    Please don’t abandon your “I won’t insult people” pledge so quickly.

  56. rb from LI March 3rd, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    I’m like that with reruns of tv shows I watch. Out of nowhere I’ll think of a specific scene, and the next time I see the show it will be that episode.

  57. rb from LI March 3rd, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    GB, is it common to replace a mitt every year? Seems to be the kind of thing you would use a couple of seasons, simply because it’s broken in.

  58. kd March 3rd, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    that ortiz article is kinda sad for the red sox. they spend like the yankees and are still the little brother

  59. GreenBeret7 March 3rd, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    RB, I would think they’d have about 3 in various stages of breaking in, but, compared to Posada’s the glove just looks new, and not as flexible. Good question to ask Pat, SJ or Randy, though.

  60. LGY March 3rd, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    The Heat may get bounced in the first round.

  61. Jerkface March 3rd, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    Romine had the ball pop out of his glove against the Astros when it was thrown back into the infield, allowing a runner to reach 2nd. Which is weird because it wasn’t pitched.

  62. pat March 3rd, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    If Jorge has a good year at DH, they could bring him back year to year if the price was right.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/new-.....id=6178221

  63. rb from LI March 3rd, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    Thanks GB, Hopefully I’ll see one of them around when I have the time to post.

  64. Tom in N.J. March 3rd, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    Yankees thought highly of Ebert at one time:

    “Ebert was drafted in the 32nd round of the Major League Baseball draft by the New York Yankees in June but turned down a $100,000 singing bonus.”

  65. GreenBeret7 March 3rd, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    ok, RB. One of them will pop in tonight and I’ll find out something

  66. GreenBeret7 March 3rd, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    Tom in N.J. March 3rd, 2011 at 11:32 pm
    Yankees thought highly of Ebert at one time:

    “Ebert was drafted in the 32nd round of the Major League Baseball draft by the New York Yankees in June but turned down a $100,000 singing bonus.”

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

    That’s great that he got a bonus for his singing voice, Tom. at least he has another career to fall back on.

  67. rb from LI March 3rd, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    Oh I thought Tom meant the movie critic, not the singer. ;

  68. Erica in NY March 3rd, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    Going to bed… good night Yankee people!

  69. rb from LI March 3rd, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    Thanks again, GB. I suppose Pat might be checking in soon, but I’ll be heading to bed soon.

  70. rb from LI March 3rd, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    Night, Erica. Hang tough, we’re halfway through. :)

  71. Nick in SF March 3rd, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    I was waiting for Erica to say goodnight to reveal that I too change the station whenever a Stevie Nicks song comes on.

  72. GreenBeret7 March 3rd, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    Nick Ebert’s college career numbers at U of So Carolina

    http://www.thebaseballcube.com.....nick-ebert

  73. GreenBeret7 March 3rd, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    Pat’s still looking at his bikinied pool cleaner. I guess she missed a few spots

  74. rb from LI March 3rd, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    Nick, :lol:

  75. Jerkface March 4th, 2011 at 12:11 am

    Orlando left Miami in a state of shock, scoring 18 straight points in the second half Thursday to erase a 24-point deficit.

    ESPN not good at math

  76. PhiltheThrill March 4th, 2011 at 12:17 am

    they should have busted out and en route in there.

  77. Dionysius Thelxinoe March 4th, 2011 at 12:29 am

    Jerkface says:
    March 4, 2011 at 12:11 am
    Orlando left Miami in a state of shock, scoring 18 straight points in the second half Thursday to erase a 24-point deficit.

    ESPN not good at math

    ————-

    But they’re right about Miami left in shock, though. Saw the game. It was a genuine meltdown after Miami was running away with the game. 40-9 run by Orlando after Miami was up by 24.

  78. BoJo March 4th, 2011 at 12:37 am

    I was saying earlier today that I believe Romine will be the first to go because he has trouble catching the ball. Weirdest thing I have seen in a long time.

    I’ll take Cervelli defensively over him anytime.

  79. jacksquat March 4th, 2011 at 12:46 am

    Bronx Jeers March 3rd, 2011 at 11:15 pm
    David Ortiz sounds like he’s doing some early campaigning.

    My guess would be he’s not happy he did not get an extension.

  80. m March 4th, 2011 at 1:05 am

    I don’t like Ortiz shaking the Yankee tree. :mad:

  81. West Coast Yankee Fan March 4th, 2011 at 1:20 am

    Big Popanother – not wanted, see ‘ya.

  82. Pat M. March 4th, 2011 at 2:25 am

    Goodnight & good morning morning people

  83. UnKnown March 4th, 2011 at 3:04 am

    I love Man-Ban’s interviews. Great stuff.

  84. joeman March 4th, 2011 at 5:44 am

    Safety is a word with meaning, It is up to us to make it work.

  85. Doreen March 4th, 2011 at 6:15 am

    Good morning, morning people.

    :)

  86. m March 4th, 2011 at 6:25 am

    Good morning, Doreen. :)

  87. Doreen March 4th, 2011 at 6:36 am

    Hi m.

    Staying up for GTLU? LOL

  88. Fran the original March 4th, 2011 at 6:56 am

    Good morning.

    Doreen, are we playing GTLU today? Saw your post to m.

  89. Doreen March 4th, 2011 at 7:02 am

    Fran -

    Yes. From 9 to 11 this morning, even though it is a night game. I’m trying to beat the clock – the lineups have gone up so early, and I’m hoping a night game lineup will go up a little later. I guess we’ll see. :)

    Too bad about Robbie last night. He sang very well. When they said they were going to choose a third wild card, I was sure it would be him. He’s also so likable. The one thing that has always bugged me about AI is that the BEST singer may not make the cuts – the popularity contest aspect of it. But I have to say, at least among the men, 4 out of the 5 I would be happy with as the eventual winner. Of the ladies, 3 of the 5. Better than most recent years.

  90. Doreen March 4th, 2011 at 7:03 am

    And I hated JLo’s video. LOL

  91. Fran the original March 4th, 2011 at 7:10 am

    Doreen,

    I’ll have to get ready for GTLU. I am not in line-up guessing mode
    Good thing it’s still spring training for us :)

    I was hoping when Robbie sang as a wild card he’d get in. He sang much better last night than on Tuesday. Guess it’s back to Merrick and school for him.

    The finalists are good, although I found a few of the girls a little over the top. It is definitely a popularity contest until you get down toward the end. I think then voters get serious. It’s the same with a lot of the reality shows.

  92. Doreen March 4th, 2011 at 7:19 am

    Fran -

    I want to do a few GTLU before the season starts, just to get back into the habit of it.

    I agree about the girls. Many of them seem to think they have to “be” a certain way, and I’m tired of the “growling” in their voices (for lack of a better word). Many of them don’t know how to sing a song straight.

    I was listening to the Sinatra station on my radio the other day and Ella Fitzgerald was singing. Just a pure, silky, gorgeous voice. But she would get nowhere on AI, because on that show they seem to LOVE the vocal acrobatics.

  93. Fran the original March 4th, 2011 at 7:27 am

    Doreen,

    Look at Jennifer Hudson. She was voted off early and she is now probably a bigger star than any of the idol winners, except maybe Kelly Clarkson.

    It’s like the All-Star games. Fans vote for who they want to see, not necessarily always the best.

  94. Doreen March 4th, 2011 at 7:44 am

    Fran -

    Absolutely.

    And I think that now that a few seasons have gone by where some non-winners have made it and some winners have not, that even the contestants know that you don’t have to win to succeed. :)

  95. Ys Guy March 4th, 2011 at 7:46 am

    morning all! i’m really excited about april baseball! i got 2 tix for that yanks april 2nd game ($22 each), 4 tix to the phils/mets at cpb april 7th ($16 each) and 2 tix for trenton hartford april 17th ($12 each)

    who says mlb is too expensive!

  96. upstate kate March 4th, 2011 at 7:53 am

    good morning!! and TGIF!! and Yankees/Red Sox baseball tonight!!

    good for you Ys Guy. I am still trying to figure out some baseball games for us this summer.

  97. Mell March 4th, 2011 at 7:55 am

    “Many of them don’t know how to sing a song straight.”

    Only watching Idol on a peripheral level (read: half watching while I’m working on the laptop), but a fine example of simply singing a song straight was that 15 year young lady who belted out that Irene Cara tune from Fame. She actually got me to look up from what I was doing. She was quite impressive.

  98. Ys Guy March 4th, 2011 at 7:55 am

    mark it on your callendar! a dual bobblehead of man ban and dellin b!

    from mike ashmore:

    “?The Thunder have saved their best bobblehead announcement for last.

    Originally listed as a “TBD” on the promotional schedule, the team has revealed that the first 2,000 fans who attended the August 26th game will receive a dual bobblehead of prized pitching prospects Dellin Betances and Manny Banuelos.”

  99. blake March 4th, 2011 at 7:57 am

    Red Sox/ Yankees in prime time tonight……must win!

  100. Ys Guy March 4th, 2011 at 7:57 am

    blog gossip question: wasnt it mike ashmore who stole rebecca from us?

  101. Doreen March 4th, 2011 at 7:59 am

    Mell -

    YES!

    She’s our favorite here so far.

    Y’s Guy -

    Enjoy your games!!!!

    I’m not into bobbleheads, but I just may have to go to that game. Perhaps they could be GTLU prize. :)

  102. pat March 4th, 2011 at 8:03 am

    Good morning.

    I hate the “Man Ban” nickname and while I’m going there, most of the other cutesy nicknames too. :sad:

  103. Mell March 4th, 2011 at 8:05 am

    “I hate the “Man Ban” nickname and while I’m going there, most of the other cutesy nicknames too”

    Cosigned

  104. blake March 4th, 2011 at 8:06 am

    How bout just “Manny”…..the other one can’t hit a fastball anymore so he’s old news.

  105. JCPD March 4th, 2011 at 8:07 am

    A Friday off from work and I get to watch a Yankee – Sox game. Life is good today. Can’t believe the Yanks are near the bottom of the standings. They have to win or else.

  106. Ys Guy March 4th, 2011 at 8:07 am

    arod, hanram, agon, mcab, manram, manban…

  107. tyanksfan36 March 4th, 2011 at 8:08 am

    I want that bobblehead. They don’t do cool giveaways like that down here. Ill just have to stick with my plan of going to the Rays/Boston game in July and hoping I find a Johnny Damon bobblehead.

    Doreen

    So you are planning on being at the Tampa Yankees home opener on the 8th?

  108. Ys Guy March 4th, 2011 at 8:08 am

    actually i usually find myself referring to him as manny b

  109. JCPD March 4th, 2011 at 8:08 am

    I hate the “Man Ban” nickname and while I’m going there, most of the other cutesy nicknames too”

    Cosigned

    ——————————————————

    I’ll cosign that too.

  110. MTU March 4th, 2011 at 8:09 am

    Well.

    That’s what makes the world go around I guess.

    I like the nicknames. The more the better.

    :)

  111. tyanksfan36 March 4th, 2011 at 8:12 am

    Ys Guy says:

    March 4, 2011 at 8:07 am

    arod, hanram, agon, mcab, manram, manban…

    I’d say he is in some pretty successful company with that nickname. When he signed my ticket stub before he got promoted, he signed it Manuel Banuelos, not even Manny.

  112. Betsy March 4th, 2011 at 8:12 am

    I like Man Ban much better than the Killer B’s – tiresome nickname already, IMO

  113. Doreen March 4th, 2011 at 8:12 am

    tyanksfan36 -

    It is pencilled into our vacation schedule. We leave for home the next day, so we’ll play it by ear. But I’m thinking we’ll need a night off from Disney, no? :)

  114. Doreen March 4th, 2011 at 8:14 am

    I’m not one for the nicknames either, and for some reason “ManBan” is among the worst to me.

    “Banuelos” works just fine! :)

    Three Caballeros, or whatever was also trite (and premature), as is Killer B’s.

  115. Ys Guy March 4th, 2011 at 8:15 am

    tyanks, by next season he’ll be glad to sign ‘man ban’ and get out of there!

  116. Betsy March 4th, 2011 at 8:18 am

    Doreen, that’s the thing – besides being tiresome, I think it’s premature for these kids to have nicknames. That said, Killer B’s is a LOT better than Joel Sherman’s incredibly pathetic nickname, Generation Trey.

  117. tyanksfan36 March 4th, 2011 at 8:18 am

    Doreen

    Definitely. You’ll have to keep me updated on whether you decide to go. I will be there.

  118. Doreen March 4th, 2011 at 8:22 am

    tyanksfan36 -

    I will definitely let you know!

  119. tyanksfan36 March 4th, 2011 at 8:22 am

    YSguy

    That is true, he took his time to sign it too, poor him though, some idiot woman had him sign a ball for her and when someone asked who he was she told them it was Dellin Betances. Don’t know how you can confuse the two. Betances by the way, has a very quick signature.

  120. MTU March 4th, 2011 at 8:24 am

    “Betances by the way, has a very quick signature.”

    Goes with his FB.

    ;)

  121. upstate kate March 4th, 2011 at 8:25 am

    Tyanks
    did you see the monster HR your boy Posey hit yesterday?

  122. Ys Guy March 4th, 2011 at 8:25 am

    hey if they can do dual bobbleheads, the could probably immortalize ‘the relay’ on one and have damon noodle-arming the ball and man ram cutting it off on the same bobblehead!

    i see a big promo day for the rays

  123. blake March 4th, 2011 at 8:26 am

    I like the Boston 7 dwarfs: shorty, ugly, pouty, grumpy, pappy, baby, and sucky.

  124. MTU March 4th, 2011 at 8:27 am

    Speaking of nicknames.

    If my real given name was “Buster” I would make sure I had one.

    ;)

  125. Erin March 4th, 2011 at 8:27 am

    blake March 4th, 2011 at 8:26 am
    I like the Boston 7 dwarfs: shorty, ugly, pouty, grumpy, pappy, baby, and sucky.

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

    :lol:

  126. upstate kate March 4th, 2011 at 8:28 am

    blake
    :)

  127. upstate kate March 4th, 2011 at 8:29 am

    Hi Erin
    where have you been? Its been awhile since we have seen the E&E twins

  128. MTU March 4th, 2011 at 8:29 am

    Blake-

    Stop hating on the Suxers.

    Show some mercy.

    After all, they just recently emerged from 80 years of suckitude.

    Let them enjoy there brief moments in the Sun, and their 15 minutes of fame.

  129. Erin March 4th, 2011 at 8:31 am

    hi kate!

    Sadly, nowhere exciting. Just a crazy week at work.

  130. blake March 4th, 2011 at 8:32 am

    Of course the Yankees have their 7 as well: Cervy, Gardy, Grandy, Texy, Robbie, Hughesy, and Swishy.

  131. upstate kate March 4th, 2011 at 8:33 am

    and the new guys Monty and Raffy…and yes, I have heard both referred to that way :)

  132. blake March 4th, 2011 at 8:35 am

    Im sure there will be Raffy…..but Monty …..oh my!

  133. MTU March 4th, 2011 at 8:35 am

    Fan Poll question :

    Who thinks the Yankees go all season w/o trading for another starting pitcher ?

    What probability would you place on that happening ?

    :)

  134. Doreen March 4th, 2011 at 8:35 am

    Monty??!!??

    Oy.

  135. Erin March 4th, 2011 at 8:37 am

    I actually kind of like Monty. LOL

  136. upstate kate March 4th, 2011 at 8:38 am

    Doreen
    I heard an interview w/ Bruce Wynegar, and he referred to Montero as Monty

  137. Betsy March 4th, 2011 at 8:38 am

    And all those nicknames suck, lol……..except for Grandy and Robbie……..Swishy is just weird, lol

  138. MTU March 4th, 2011 at 8:38 am

    I’d say it’s 80-20 in favor of them trading for another arm before the season’s end.

  139. blake March 4th, 2011 at 8:39 am

    MTU,

    Yes I think they will at some point.

  140. tyanksfan36 March 4th, 2011 at 8:39 am

    Kate

    No, I did not see it, maybe they have it as a highlight somewhere. He has been having a pretty good spring so far.

    MTU

    Buster Posey’s given name is Gerald. I think I’d go by Buster too.

  141. Doreen March 4th, 2011 at 8:40 am

    Monty isn’t awful, but the idea that almost every player is “y’ed” by Girardi sometimes makes me cringe. :)

  142. MTU March 4th, 2011 at 8:41 am

    Ty-

    Did you know that John Wayne’s real first name is “Marion”.

    :(

  143. blake March 4th, 2011 at 8:42 am

    And if he’s healthy and available then Carpenter would be perfect. He’s good and they would have the option of picking up his option or letting him walk if they don’t think they’d need him in 2012.

  144. MTU March 4th, 2011 at 8:43 am

    blake-

    I think the Yanks are gonna make the Playoffs but I think they’ll need to strengthen their rotation to go all the way.

    ;)

  145. MTU March 4th, 2011 at 8:47 am

    I’ll take Liriano for anyone not named Banuelos, Betances, Brackman,
    Montero, or Sanchez at the TD.

    Carpenter has the experience to help get it done too.

  146. Ys Guy March 4th, 2011 at 8:48 am

    10% chance they wont go for a starter, maybe less. if hughes and aj both have good years, they will still want to upgrade @ #4 for the playoffs.

    even if they come up and pitch well, they wont be able to use any of the killer b’s in the PS.

    the only way they dont trade for a SP is if they are out of the race by the trade deadline and only major injuries could cause that imo.

  147. blake March 4th, 2011 at 8:48 am

    MTU,

    yes I agree. Either strengthen it or have someone from within step up…..Burnett and Nova could be those guys. They are very solid everywhere else and if they actually allow Montero to start with the big club then he could be a difference maker before its over.

  148. MTU March 4th, 2011 at 8:49 am

    Y’s-

    My take too.

    Won’t get to the finish line with what they have.

  149. BIG AL March 4th, 2011 at 8:49 am

    JCPD -

    Good to have a Friday off, and be able to enjoy a ball game.

    MTU -

    My reference the other day of Goyote Gultch Month was the picture on the calander for this month.

    Good morning all.

  150. tyanksfan36 March 4th, 2011 at 8:50 am

    MTU

    I think I have heard that before, there is someone else with a weird given name that goes by a much tamer name but I can’t remember it.

  151. Erin March 4th, 2011 at 8:50 am

    New Post: An honest competition behind the plate

    :arrow:

  152. BIG AL March 4th, 2011 at 8:50 am

    I think the Yankees win 98 games this season.

  153. J. Alfred Prufrock March 4th, 2011 at 8:51 am

    Chad – much thanks for posting that Newman interview. Am I ever stoked about also having Stoneburner in my backyard this season to go along with the B&B boys. I’m also intrigued hearing about this Anderson Feliz who is supposed to be a switch hitter as well. Sounds like he is really moving up fast and may wind up in Trenton before you know it.

  154. Fran the original March 4th, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Wonder if we’ll hear about Cervelli today. If he is hurt and misses time, Montero will probably make the team as the back-up.

  155. pat March 4th, 2011 at 8:52 am

    I like nicknames that come from teammates, friends and family- Jete or Jetes, Sado, Georgy, Mo, The Big Guy, etc…. Even Girardi’s adding “Y” at the end of names is more amusing than annoying to me at this point.

    But, if teammates and friends don’t refer to the player by the nickname it’s more an exercise in creative writing, laziness or someone trying to be cute than a nickname. Ever notice how few teammates call Alex, A-Rod? I’ve never heard a teammate call Manny, Man-Ram?

  156. Mell March 4th, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Swishy???? That’s just wrong.

  157. MTU March 4th, 2011 at 8:54 am

    Blake-

    Pitching wins championships.

    It was unusual for a team like the Giants with so many young, talented, but relatively inexperienced starters to make it all the way.

    Especially with that offense.

    I doubt that gets repeated anytime soon. Experience counts even with the crapshoot that is the Playoffs.

    In that regard, if the Phils make it to the dance again this year I consider them deadly.

  158. MTU March 4th, 2011 at 8:55 am

    Al-

    sorry. I missed that one.

    Thanks for the P T Barnum correction the other day.

    :(

  159. blake March 4th, 2011 at 8:57 am

    Im not.sure I’ve ever heard a teammate call him Arod….usually Alex or AL.

  160. BIG AL March 4th, 2011 at 8:58 am

    MTU -

    To P.T., life was truly a circus.

  161. blake March 4th, 2011 at 9:00 am

    MTU,

    yea I agree but Im not as afraid of the Phils as everyone else……love their top 2 in the rotation obviously but I think their lineup is closer to middle of the pack than the top and their pen has the potential to be a real hole IMO. Hamels may be the key for him. He has the potential to be every bit as good as Lee and then they really would be tough in a playoff series…..until he takes that step though…..

  162. BIG AL March 4th, 2011 at 9:01 am

    A-Rod, A-Gon etc. were made up by the press, too lazy to spell out the comple names, or the inability to spell them correctly.

    In most cases, if a player has a nickname they prefer, they tell their teammates when they join the team what their preferences are.

  163. MTU March 4th, 2011 at 9:02 am

    Blake-

    If the Phils get to the WS with that rotation intact I really can’t see anyone beating them.

    That’s just my take.

    Al-

    A three ring one.

    ;)

  164. MTU March 4th, 2011 at 9:02 am

    New thread ===>

  165. BIG AL March 4th, 2011 at 9:03 am

    blake -

    A sea of blue tomorrow night. I love UNC freshman, he could be the difference.

  166. BIG AL March 4th, 2011 at 9:07 am

    MTU -

    I understand your point about the Phillies rotation, but, Lee hass rarely won more than 14 games a season lately, the Phillies offense is average at best, which means their pitchers will need to be near perfect to win a WS. Doc is getting older, and I’m looking for both he and Lee to spend some time on the DL this season. No, I’m not wishing them bad luck, its just a feeling I have had for quite some time, especially with Lee.

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