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Yankees donate $100,000 to Japan relief and rescue

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 11, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

I mentioned it earlier, but here’s the official release from the Yankees regarding their donation to the relief efforts taking place in Japan, plus a couple of other notes about the situation and its connection to the Yankees.

The New York Yankees announced today that they have donated $100,000 to support rescue and relief efforts following the tragic earthquake in Japan. Of the total, $50,000 will be given to the Salvation Army and $50,000 to the Red Cross, both of which are already working in relief efforts on the ground in Japan.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by the terrible earthquake in Japan,” said Yankees Managing General Partner Hal Steinbrenner. “We hope that the international community does everything in its power to support and assist the Japanese people in their time of need.”

Brian Cashman spoke with some reporters in Tampa about Kei Igawa’s situation.

“Obviously he has family there and he’s trying to reach out to them,” Cashman said. “He’s trying to find out if everyone he knows is OK and so he’s home doing everything in his power trying to contact people. He’s obviously glued to the TV and trying to find out every which way he can because right now the phones are down as of this morning still. It’s a very difficult time.”

Cashman said he got a call this morning from Mark Newman who told him Igawa was leaving the minor league complex to try to reach his loved ones. Cashman said Igawa has permission to go back to Japan if he needs to or wants to. “No doubt about it,” Cashman said.

I know Igawa’s name is mud within the Yankees fan base, but take it from someone who’s been around the guy a lot the past few years, Igawa is an incredibly nice and funny guy. He’s a bit of a prankster and a goofball, but he was always well liked in the clubhouse. I’m obviously hoping everything is OK for him back home, or as OK as it could possibly be under the circumstances.

“Everybody’s got Japan in their prayers right now,” Cashman said. “We’re just going to have to wait and see and that’s the frustrating thing. I was up all night watching it on TV. I absolutely have a lot of passion and I love Tokyo, love going over there, love the people of Japan. To see the devastation that’s taking place is just tragic.”

Commissioner Bud Selig’s statement:

“All of us at Major League Baseball are thinking of our many dear friends and colleagues in Japan today. Major League Baseball extends its deepest condolences to all those who have been affected, and we have the families and friends of our players as well as our peers and business partners in our thoughts.

“We have been in communication with the members of our office in Tokyo. Through our shared love of baseball for more than a century, Japan is a particularly special place to us, and we are deeply saddened by the disaster that has confronted the nation.

“Major League Baseball will certainly provide aid with the relief efforts in the days and weeks ahead. We will do everything we can to help Japan.”

The Oakland A’s announced some fundraising efforts and released a statement from Hideki Matsui. Here’s the press release from the A’s.

In the wake of the 8.9 earthquake and tsunami which hit Japan Friday afternoon, the Oakland A’s announced today that the team will help raise funds to aid victims of the disaster. The A’s open the 2011 season with a three-game series at the Oakland-Alameda Coliseum against the Seattle Mariners and plans are being made to add a fundraising component for Japanese Heritage Day, scheduled for the series’ final game Sunday, April 3.

Details of the benefit game, which will feature Japan’s two greatest modern-day players in Oakland’s Hideki Matsui and Seattle’s Ichiro Suzuki, will be announced at a later date.

Matsui, a native of Ishikawa, Japan and resident of Tokyo in the offseason, issued a statement this morning about the devastation that occurred in the past 24 hours:

“I am deeply concerned and affected by what is happening in Japan. I pray for the safety of all the people that have been affected and continue to be affected by this disaster.”

The A’s said they will be working closely with Hiroshi Inomata, San Francisco’s Japanese Consul-General, and other community leaders in their efforts to support the tsunami victims.

Associated Press photos of Igawa and Matsui, top photo is from The Yomiuri Shimbun via the AP

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112 Responses to “Yankees donate $100,000 to Japan relief and rescue”

  1. Jerkface March 11th, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    I liked Igawa from before the Yankees won his bid to after, and always hoped that he would prove to be a major league pitcher. I still remember the list of 100 Igawa Facts that made me laugh my butt off. He seems like a nice guy, so its too bad that he had to spend all his time in AAA. It really sucks that his hometown pretty much got wiped off the map.

    Hope everything is ok for him.

    In his honor I will post Igawa Facts.

  2. Jerkface March 11th, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    1.Only has 10,000 Yen ($85) with him on road trip, to save money on remote control cars.

    2.Plays remote helicopter all day at off days. Offered a broken propeller to fans as a prize at a regular column called “Bat Corner” on Weekly Baseball Magazine.

    3.Ate 100 plates of sushi on Shinjo’s treat.
    (On philosophy of eating) “If you aren’t going to be full no matter how much you eat, then eat until you’re sick of it.”

    4.Pre-ordered the new PS2 online when it was first released. Had it the first day when it was on the market.

    5.Signature is like this: http://2chart.fc2web.com/2chart/igawa.html
    (Note: That’s the type font. Anybody can sign like this)

    6.Tried to avoid the throw-you-in-the-air celebration when team clinched division. However, teammates forced him into the circle and tossed him around.

    7.Practiced and pitched against the wall alone in his first all-star game. Shugo Fujii from Yakult Swallows couldn’t stand it and came to play catch ball with him.

    8.Team Hiroshima Toyo Carp made a special “Meka Igawa” (Robot Igawa) pitching machine, which could throw a lefty slider to imitate Igawa’s pitch.
    9.Really wanted to go home to watch “Pride GP” (Note: A Martial art fighting contest) and hence accelerated his pace of pitching.

    10.Answer to how he spends his free money (from right to left):

    1.Trainer’s fee. 2. Video game 3. Remote Cars 4. Convenience Store.

    11.Enthusiastic in pursuing accountant or data analyst career in high school, in order to have alternative choice for his “likely to fail baseball career”.

    12.Well-known Actress Yamaguchi (see photo) called him. He said, “I don’t know you” then hanged up. (Comment: Maybe our captain can give him some tips…)

    13.Discussed a lot about Japanese soccer in SPA! Magazine.

    14.Bought tons of game reviews and walkthroughs at Yokohama’s bookstore.

    15.Diligently finished “ALL” the chocolate gifts he got from fans.

    16.Quote: “I’ll be careful about the comebackers hit by Yomiuri Giants’ batters”

    17.Still a virgin when he turned pro. Manager Nomura ordered him to lose it.

    18.Though earned more than 100 M yen per year (roughly 1M $/year), he took only 30,000 yen (about $250) with him to the spring training camp. Used subway instead of taxi in moving days. The only thing he bought at the end of camp is a CD (3000 yen), which he took the bus to bought it at the nearest town

    19.Instantly gained much more weight after he moved out of the dormitory (note: Hanshin Tigers has its own dormitory for new players and rookies), and unable to be back into shape before next season.

    20.Teammates call him “Dappe”. When asked if it would to be too presumptuous, he answered, “No problem at all.” (Note: Dappe is the common suffix of the Ibaraki dialect, at where he was born)

    21.When lived in “Village of Tiger Blow” (Dorm for new players and rookies), the dorm supervisor shouted “Go out and have some life!” at him for he always spends all day in his room playing remote control model car. So he started to play remote control HELICOPTER instead.

    22.“It’s relaxing”, he said, about why he still lived in the dorm (at that time). Rent is lower than 40,000 yen (less than $400) a month. Finally he was forced to move out (reluctantly) after 2003 season (to accommodate other rookies).

    23.When he was forced to move out of the dorm, he asked his team if he could live in a trailer house in Koshien Stadium’s (home court) parking lot. Of course team rejected that.

    24.Tagline on the poster outside video game shop near Koshien Stadium: “Master Igawa, please buy me home”

    25. Die hard Japanese national soccer team fan.

    26. Drove to self-training facility at the speed of 20km/hr (about 13Mile/hr) on a road with no other turns or splits, and late for half an hour. Caught up by a farm tractor in the way and caused major traffic jam.

    27. Didn’t really care about the division title and go back to the dorm to take a nap before the game they clinched. He was called to the field when the team was about to win.

    28. Asked the recipe from the chef at the training camp about a French dish potaufeu, and practiced to do it himself after that.

    29. Attention is caught accidentally by the doll picking crane machine next to the video arcade where he really wants to go. Spent whole time there and even forgot his wallet there.

    30. Teammate gave him the game ball to celebrate his 1,000 inning. He threw that ball to the fans (it is recovered eventually).

    31. Not intend to join the division title beer shower. Tried to be unnoticed in the corner of the locker room and happily distributed the beers to all his teammates. Unfortunately he finally got his teammates’ attention and instantly got knocked out by the beer shower. Scheduled appointments for following days were all cancelled because of that. (Note: Igawa is probably the most vulnerable player to alcoholic beverage in the world.)

    32. (Answer to what he wants to work on about his 2006 season) “Ronaldinho” (Note: Soccer player, who is the middle field in Brazil national soccer team) (Note: WTF…….)

    33. Like to read realistic novel, in order to practice the ability to concentrate.

    34. Shown and demonstrated the remote control car as his favorite hobby on a TV show. Unfortunately, the remote broke down unexpectedly.
    35. Great appetite, fearlessly eat lunchbox in front of his manager.

    36. Ramen called “Igawa special” is on the menu at the players-only restaurant in Tokyo dome. Miso and Soy sauce are in this ramen. Nobody eats that besides Igawa himself.

    37. His minor league manager: “He can’t go back to the dorm from the field alone.”

    38. Wants to be a better player because he wants himself to have a better original setting in “Live Baseball” (Note: THE famous baseball video game in Japan”). Reason? Rumor says that Igawa’ brother compared Igawa to Koji Uehara (Yomiuri Giant’s Ace, starting pitcher against United States in World Baseball Classic) when he played this video game and complained, “If only my brother could be a little bit better….”

    39. Strongly recommend the team to add internet access in the dorm.

    40. As Hanshin Tiger’s ace, he plays tons of combat games in his computer and never misses any episode of “Conan”. (Note: Popular manga and anime about youngster detective.)

    41. Took an early leave at the division title celebration night to prepare for next day’s game. Needs only two hours and twelve minutes to complete a 1 earned run game next day.

    42. “No hair cut at winning streak”. It lasted about three months (12 wins) and his hair style became outrageous.

    43. He took taxi to the Yokohama stadium after he got off the subway to attend his second all-star game. He regretfully found out that the stadium is in walking distance.

    44. Bought a Toyota Celsior for his father and furnished their house at his expense.

    45. Too focused on his training. Knew his manager Nomura resigned from his neighbor (Note: after he went back from his self-training in Florida).

    46. Igawa’s mother: He used to play with his sister with girly stuff when he was a kid.

    47. Teaches his coach Wada about computers.

    48. From one rookie who’s about to join the team, “I want to see him naked.”

    49. At the off day after winning the division, spotted in second-handed video game store buying video games. Next day, he threw a shutout against the Giants.

    50. Advertised about his personal homepage in “Word from Tiger warriors.” (Note: Team PR program)

    51. Asked about where he wants to go at team’s group abroad vacation (team treat for division title), he said, “Dubai”. Reason? “I want to see where all this oil got drilled out.”

    52. “Who is it?” the response when he saw the picture of Livedoor’s CEO.

    53. Dined out with his teammate Kanemoto one day, but left right after he finished his own dish.

    54. Denounced that the baseball with his signature on at Yahoo Auction Japan website is fake.

    55. Refuse to go abroad vacation with his teammates to celebrate the title. His manager got really unhappy about it.

    56. Told his teammate, “Fix your broken PS2 disk by throwing them into your freezer” and it didn’t work.

    57. Play FF10 all the way to disk3 and complete all roles and characteristics.

    58. Rode more than 15 miles on bicycle from home to school when he was in high school .Usually woke up late so rushed every time, and that’s why he had such tough lower body.

    59. Had a shutout game in 2003 season garbage time, a no-hitter in 2004 season. Reason? Missed special broadcasting of “Conan” show and really pissed off.

    60. Busted into other rookie’s dorm and shouted at them by using his Ibaraki dialect. Took their remote control away.

    61. Really care about the stock market in CHINA.

    62. His catcher Yano: “Most unlikely pitcher to take suggestion.”

    63. If someone asks him to sign on a gameboy, he’ll sign something like,”I don’t know they got this color” or something like that.

    64. Watches the game (when he’s not pitching) in infield audience seats, not dugout.

    65. Diehard soccer fan. Joined the soccer club in middle school. He chose baseball club instead of soccer club in his senior high school because his school don’t have one.

    66. Interested in organizing his room.

    67. Likes to sleep

    68. Feel ashamed about his large appetite. Eat sukiyaki by facing the wall to feel better.

    69. Scolded by one taxi driver (Note: About his hair, I suppose).

    70. Contemporary pitcher Igayashi from Swallows told him, “Let me tell you a fine barber shop and get your hair cut.”

    71. Ordered his meal in Osaka Dome like this: “Please give me noodles which can help me win.”

    72. Doesn’t like other people see his face. Take night trains from Hiroshima to Osaka after night games.

    73. His coach Sato ordered him to get a hair cut, so he had it, half inch short.

    74. Moved out from the dorm and lived by himself starting from December 2003, but some of his stuff are still not unpacked yet.

    75. When he was asked to comment on his teammate Ramon Morel got the axe, he said, “(He) Press B but don’t know how to accelerate” (Note: If you ever played Super Mario Bros….)

    76. Had a trip to the famous Matsuyama hot spring. But only used the normal tub in his room instead of the famous outdoor hot spring.

    77. Have hundreds of video tapes about soccer in his house.

    78. Got a letter from his fan with cash in it, said “get a hair cut”.

    79. Made a lot of suggestions about tactics and formation to Japanese soccer team before Olympics in Athens. “This will give you medals”, that’s what he said.

    80. Soccer player Miyamoto took him to BBQ house then asked about his favorite. Answer: “BBQ fish”

    81. Got a cold before the trip to Hawaii (treat by the team to celebrate the title). Still came with team wearing a facemask. Sent to the hospital to get IV when arrived and sent back to Japan thereafter.

    82. After practice, decided to take a rest before going to the stadium when the division clinching game was playing. Couldn’t grab a cab to go to stadium then and went to the field without wearing any uniform. When arrived, the team’s already in celebration mode.

    83. Still using the buffalo skin purse that he bought before his class tour in elementary school.

    84. On the mound at the day when Final Fantasy 11 was released. Pitched devastatingly to have a shut out game.

    85. KO as the starting pitcher and demoted to minor league at the day when he knew the voice actress in “Conan” show just got married.

    86. Know nothing about English but went to the sukiyaki with foreign (other than Japanese) players anyway.

    87. Knew he needs to protect his left wrist when he was in elementary school.

    88. Does not play golf too often. Swing from right anyway to protect his left wrist.

    89. No meat from two days prior to his starts.

    90. Shocked to see his teammates smoking and drinking when turned pro. (Note: Igawa does not even drink soda or coke.)

    91. One coach said, “Anyway this guy won’t be with us forever” behind his back. He knew it but didn’t really care about the gossip.

    92. Asked about which team he roots for at the news conference when team announced his signing, he said, “Kashima Antlers (which is a J-League soccer team).

    93. Spoke at the fan appreciation day, “East West South (I’m) Igawa.” (This is the direct translation; don’t ask me what that means.)

    94. 99 Level in DQ8 ( a video game)

    95. Choked by food decoration and sent to hospital in Japan series.

    96. Answer to a reporter’s question, “See my hp (homepage)”

    97. Skipped the annual team gathering dinner because of watching anime show.

    98. Got an R-rated (sexual explicit) video game directly from the sound actress.

    99. Camp in line to buy DQ8 (a video game) at seven in the morning. Left his contract negotiation to his agent.

    100. He made his special edition of the traditional Hanshin Tigers pinstriped uniform, changed it from vertical to horizontal and wears it at pract

  3. NumberOnePositivePosterEver March 11th, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    I forgot Kei Igawa was even on the team.

  4. BeholdArNo March 11th, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    I saw a mention of Justin Smoak! Id say Smoak is worse for one’s health than smoke!

  5. stuckey99 March 11th, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    “I’m not happy with Jeter being 14th out of SS’s with 300 PA. Considering the guys under him probably play better defense.”

    Understood, but I take a practical approach to such matters. I don’t resent players for not performing up to certain standards and at the end of the day, you really have to ask yourself, what’s the alternative?

    Is Eduardo Nunez going to step in and be an above average league SS?

    Or which of #1-5 (assuming that’s your comfort level) are the Yankees going to pry away from another team? Drew?

    Ain’t gonna be cheap.

  6. RhapsodyInBlue March 11th, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    Jimmer putting a show, 20 of BYU’s first 28 pts.

  7. BoJo March 11th, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    Thanks for posting that JF–I always got a kick out of Igawa too…who else would wear shades while pitching? Too cool!

  8. Pat M. March 11th, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    Good stuff on Igawa Face….I too thought he’d be a decent pitcher…I remember his first spring training outing vs Pittsburgh ( I think ) and him and his shades….He’d get in trouble and then whiff the next 2 guys…..Just can’t fall behind every hitter and try to get by with upper 90 mph fastballs..They get hit hard and generally go a very long distance

  9. stuckey99 March 11th, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    Scary stat of the night:

    Bryce Harper has a .375/.412 /.563 line in Washington’s Major League spring training camp.

    The dude should be a senior in high school.

    Yikes.

  10. Carl March 11th, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    Pujols is hitting .273

    Harper > Pujols

  11. West Coast Yankee Fan March 11th, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    Stuckey – if he ever lives up to half his press he’ll be an all-star for years to come after he gets there.

  12. E . R . California March 11th, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    One wonders how much the R*d S*x will donate .

  13. Jerkface March 11th, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    Understood, but I take a practical approach to such matters. I don’t resent players for not performing up to certain standards and at the end of the day, you really have to ask yourself, what’s the alternative?

    Is Eduardo Nunez going to step in and be an above average league SS?

    You don’t replace Jeter if you think he is going to be 2009 Jeter or close to it, but if Jeter going forward is 2010 Jeter then he could be replaced with a bunch of guys and you can spend the millions of dollars you saved on something else.

    But of course, I wasn’t against re-signing Jeter, I just didn’t want them to re-sign him for too big a contract. I thought 1 year would be best, 2 years a good compromise, and 3 years was the likely deal. So I was ok with the signing.

  14. Jerkface March 11th, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    I think Nunez could be 2010 Jeter this year.

  15. RhapsodyInBlue March 11th, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    Red Sox have no need to give they already donated 50 M to Japan when they signed Dice.:)

  16. West Coast Yankee Fan March 11th, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    Congrats RT/ERC – the odds makers here had you as the overwhelming favorite to be the first douche bag today to make light of the tragedy in Japan. You never disappoint.

  17. GreenBeret7 March 11th, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    Pat M. March 11th, 2011 at 9:08 pm
    Jackson….Didn’t play that game…….I do have The Irish coming up next…..I hate Duke

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

    Any chance of bringing Kelly Tripucka, Adrian Dantley, austin Carr and John Sumate to ND to play this game?

  18. GreenBeret7 March 11th, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    ***John Shumate***

  19. E . R . California March 11th, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    How about the Freedom Fighters of Libra ?

  20. stuckey99 March 11th, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    “I think Nunez could be 2010 Jeter this year.”

    Have a hard time seeing his as much other than very optimistic and a grass is greener type thing.

    Nunez has has ONE minor league run where his OPS when appreciably higher than Jeter’s ML 2010 OPS, and this was this past year in Trenton. And .782 in AA doesn’t exactly jump out at you against a .710 ML line.

    Okay, Nunez maybe gets to more ball, granted, but what he does with the ones he gets will likely different greatly from Jeter.

    Not closing door to him have broken out last year, but it’s hardly a given.

  21. GreenBeret7 March 11th, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    I’d add Bill Lambeer to the ND bench but couldn’t stand him even in college.

  22. Pat M. March 11th, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    GB….The game is a pick-em……I’ve never forgiven Digger and his clan for beating UCLA to end their streaks, but from an investment point of view this was a no brainer….Besides I don’t care much for Patino ever since his Knick days

  23. BoJo March 11th, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    I’m not surprised at Harper’s performance. As I said weeks ago, I would still trade Montero straight up for him. The kid has the greatest swing I have seen–matched only by Josh Hamilton.

  24. BoJo March 11th, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    This Japan tragedy has me reading about the greatest disasters in history…

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L....._disasters

    fascinating…

  25. GreenBeret7 March 11th, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    ND is starting to pick up too many cheap fouls and starting to play a little sloppy. They need to clean it up or they be going home and praying to Father Ted Hesburgh for forgiveness.

  26. Jerkface March 11th, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    Okay, Nunez maybe gets to more ball, granted, but what he does with the ones he gets will likely different greatly from Jeter.

    If he gets to more balls it doesnt matter what he does with them so long as his additional errors are less than the additional amount of balls he gets to. He doesnt have to appreciably better by the way, his last 2 minor league seasons are better than Jeters major league one, so I think he could simply be 2010 Jeter. Hit for some average, get on base a little, hit for almost no power, while playing better defense and stealing more bases.

    Most importantly, costing 400k instead of 16 million.

  27. E . R . California March 11th, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    A tragedy has become just a form of entertainment for many .

    How sad .

  28. Pat M. March 11th, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    GB….Notre Dame will win this game going away….I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw it was a pick-em….The line last night was The Irish giving 1

  29. RadioKev March 11th, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    I think I’d put money down on:

    Next 2 years Jeter > Next 2 years Eduardo Nunez

  30. West Coast Yankee Fan March 11th, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    RadioKev. understand your thinking but Jeter is here for four years including this season – what happens then the last two years; he’s not a DH.

  31. jacksquat March 11th, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    RadioKev March 11th, 2011 at 10:39 pm
    I think I’d put money down on:

    Next 2 years Jeter > Next 2 years Eduardo Nunez

    That’s because Jeter is going to get to play more than 1-2 times per week.

  32. Jerkface March 11th, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    Next 2 years Jeter > Next 2 years Eduardo Nunez

    -

    We won’t be able to find out since Nunez wont get the same playing time (unless he is traded)

  33. GreenBeret7 March 11th, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    Pat, being raised about 10 miles from ND, I was always a worshipper. It was seldom that I could brag about their baskeyball and baseball teams. Carl Yastrzemski didn’t hang around their long enough to dream about him as a Yankee. Oddly, he went to ND on a basketball scholarship.

  34. West Coast Yankee Fan March 11th, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    I can’t see the Yankees trading Nunez unless it’s a “can’t refuse” type of deal. If Jeter goes down for any extended period of time, Peña is not an adequate replacement offensively IMO.

  35. Pat M. March 11th, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    GB….I read that Yaz took alot of heat in NYC for passing on St. John’s for Notre Dame considering he was a Long Island kid….But then again it is Notre Dame isn’t it ??? If you don’t mind as we near opening day if you wouldn’t mind passing on a few teams to me on the over /under …..Chi-Sox over are getting love….Vegas Watch is where you’ll get the lines just like last season…..I know you mentioned The A’s a few weeks ago, are there nay other clubs that look good ????

  36. Triple Short of a Cycle March 11th, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    In an interview today on Philadelphia’s WIP Radio, Cliff Lee said that his top priority as a free agent was to join the team with the best chance of winning. After the Phillies, his next choices were the Rangers and the Yankees, in that order. New York was the third choice since, Lee says, “I felt like with what the Red Sox had done and it seems like some of the Yankee guys are getting older, but I liked the Rangers.”

    Well we can assume Lee didn’t go to an Ivy League college with logic like this. The Phillies have one of the oldest teams in MLB. How could he say the Rangers were second and also ahead of the Yankees. Lets just compare the future rotations

    Sabathia,Lee,Hughes,Banuelos,Betances

    Lee,Lewis,Wilson,Perez,Schenepps

    I think any baseball novie would pick the Yankee staff. Figures this idiot is from Arkansas

  37. Doreen March 11th, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    I wish Cliff Lee would just come out and say his wife didn’t want NY and wouldn’t budge. It’s probably closer to the truth.

  38. GreenBeret7 March 11th, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    Pat, I’ll have my picks for you tomorrow evening if that’s ok.

  39. West Coast Yankee Fan March 11th, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    I wouldn’t expect a good ole’ red neck boy like Cliff Lee to put it on his wife. I think what he said today is probably the truth. He’s rapidly approaching Curt Schilling status in my book.

  40. Pat M. March 11th, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    GB…Anytime before March 30th is fine as I’m going to wait until we get near the end of spring training and take my chances on the lines changing……I worry about late camp injuries…

  41. Triple Short of a Cycle March 11th, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    I could buy the fact of him feeling the Phillies are better then the Yankees but how exactly are the Rangers better then the Yankees?

  42. Against All Odds March 11th, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    Weren’t the Yankees number 2 when Jack Curry interviewed him a couple of months ago?

  43. West Coast Yankee Fan March 11th, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    Triple – I can’t buy either, he’s a great pitcher but hardly a baseball savant. It will be great locker-room wall material should the moment arise.

  44. GreenBeret7 March 11th, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    here you go, Pat. Hopefully there are no injuries or trades before then.

    Under Arizona- 72
    Over Atlanta- 88.5
    Over Baltimore- 74.5
    Under Boston- 96
    Over Chicago C- 82
    Over Chicago W- 84.5
    Under Cincinnati- 87
    Under Cleveland- 71
    Under Colorado- 87.5
    Over Detroit- 83.5
    Over Florida- 81.5
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    Under Kansas City- 70
    Over LA Angels- 85
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    Over Milwaukee- 84.5
    Under Minnesota- 87
    Under NY Mets- 78.5
    Over NY Yankees- 91
    Over Oakland- 82.5
    Under Philadelphia- 97
    Over Pittsburgh- 65.5
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    Under San Francisco- 88.5
    Over Seattle- 70
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    Over Toronto- 75.5
    Under Washington- 72

  45. BoJo March 11th, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    Triple Short of a Cycle March 11th, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    I think any baseball novie would pick the Yankee staff. Figures this idiot is from Arkansas
    ____________________
    Arkansas–where they still think “Deliverance” was a love story.

  46. GreenBeret7 March 11th, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    Who cares what Lee says. He’s not on the Yankees.

  47. G. Love March 11th, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    The more Cliff Lee speaks, the more I’m glad he’s not a Yankee. The fact that this moron was conceding our division to the Red Sox even if we acquired him pretty much tells me enough what he really thinks about himself and what he contributes.

    He desperately doesn’t want to be the top dog. He went to Philly so he can cash all his checks and blend into the wallpaper.

    What a jerk.

    The only thing I’m hoping is his misguided fears about the Yankees aren’t shared by his “good friend” Sabathia when it comes time to opt out. At least CC seems like he’s up to a challenge. He doesn’t run away from it like his old pal Cliff.

  48. Carlo March 11th, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    After reading Lees comments, I for one am glad he is where he is. He’s out of the AL and its clear to me that he’s not a guy who has the heart I want in a player making what we would have paid him. If he won’t accept the challenge to overcome “an old team” or “the moves the red sox made” then he’s soft and not Yankee material. A pal of mine from the west coast would call cliff lee, a soft target.

  49. Jerkface March 11th, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    Just so you know GB7 you managed to take the under on every NL West team.

  50. GreenBeret7 March 11th, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    Just so you know…I’m aware of what I picked. My only error is that I meant to pick Washington as an over

  51. GreenBeret7 March 11th, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    Everyone on ND has decided that he’s Pete Maravich now.

  52. Carlo March 11th, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    Tough to call ND players selfish if that was the implication.

  53. Jerkface March 11th, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    Real disrespect for the Giants and Rockies!.

  54. Pat M. March 11th, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    GB….I like the Marlin selection as I think they could be the surprise team in MLB next season…Not as a Division winner but a club that could push to the high 80 win level….The question is the thinnest of the 25 ……White Sox getting props today….Carlo, welcome back…….Come on Irish !!!!

  55. GreenBeret7 March 11th, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    Pat, change Washington to an over. They have more than one bat, now, and Strasburgh will be a good late-season pick-up. I figure Colorado will come in at 87 and beat SF by 1 game.

  56. GreenBeret7 March 11th, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    The worst thing that ever happened to college and pro basketball was the 3 point play.

  57. Pat M. March 11th, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    If this keeps up my College Basketball account is going to tap out before Selection Sunday…..GB, noted on the Rocks and The Senators……I like the Rocks…..

  58. GreenBeret7 March 11th, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    ND has always broke my heart in their biggest games in basketball.

  59. Pat M. March 11th, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    Tough way to make a buck GB, maybe LGY was right earlier about me being an old guy….

  60. GreenBeret7 March 12th, 2011 at 12:08 am

    Pat, I hated to see that. I would have put money on ND only because my heart wouldn’t let me do otherwise. I’d never believe I’d win it, though. I hate that.

  61. Pat M. March 12th, 2011 at 12:15 am

    I’m still in the state of shock……I’m having an epic type bad day….Come on San Diego State and Santa Barbara

  62. Betsy March 12th, 2011 at 12:21 am

    GLove, yep …………..I don’t get why he’s going out of his way to trash the Yankees, who never did anything except offer him a bushel full of $$. I’m glad he’s not on the team as well -he clearly would have been here only for the $$. The Yankees are using walkers, huh? I guess the Sox have drunk from the Fountain of Youth. I really dislike this guy – arrogant beyond belief. It’s over – why does he keep talking about this?

  63. Rich in NJ March 12th, 2011 at 12:32 am

    “The worst thing that ever happened to college and pro basketball was the 3 point play.”

    I think the worst thing was the ability of underclassmen to leave school early. It hurt both college and pro, still does.

  64. tyanksfan36 March 12th, 2011 at 12:33 am

    Good night everyone. Hopefully in 12 hours ill be in Viera Fl getting ready to see the Yankees take on the Nationals. Really hoping my friends husband came through with our tickets. Excited to see Brackman too. Only one of the Bs I haven’t seen.

  65. Pat M. March 12th, 2011 at 12:34 am

    Rich in NJ…There’s a movement with the aim to install MLB type draft rules for Hoops…Not certain if it’ll fly though…..

  66. stuckey99 March 12th, 2011 at 12:41 am

    ‘Most importantly, costing 400k instead of 16 million.”

    Not trying to be snarky, but the appeal of advocating the never-going-to-happen is lost on me.

    As a mere intellectual exercise? Yeah, maybe, but to keep bringing it up in the discourse as it carried any real world weight seems oddly pointless.

    It was just NEVER, EVER going to happen. I doubt any one of the other 29 teams does anything different in similar circumstances.

    To each is own, but I would think people would have let go of this even before Jeter signed his new deal, which EVERYONE should have known was inevitable years ago.

    In fact, if you want to truly exercise your brain on this one, consider Jeter’s 2010 campaign probably did not cost them a WS (unless you want to argue getting homefield and Texas in the wildcard round changes all), and it may have saved them some years and dollars.

    There are legitimate ways to turn your brain and speculate that Jeter’s off year will in fact be a boon to the Yankees a few seasons down the road.

  67. Rich in NJ March 12th, 2011 at 12:43 am

    Pat

    Like either signing with the pros out of high school or, failing that, having to wait four years? That would be a step in the right direction,

    I’m old enough to remember when guys like Bill Walton played for four years, and as you know, it not only gave kids a chance to get an education and live a college life, it also gave the NBA players who really understood the fundamentals of the game as rookies.

  68. stuckey99 March 12th, 2011 at 12:46 am

    “I think the worst thing was the ability of underclassmen to leave school early. It hurt both college and pro, still does.”

    Well, I know what my next debate it going to be, because requiring young men who have every right to seek employment like any other U.S. citizen to make billions of dollars for the NCAA for appreciably little return, is about as distasteful a concept in the sporting world that I can think of.

  69. West Coast Yankee Fan March 12th, 2011 at 12:47 am

    Wonder what Sabathia thinks about his good bud’s comments.

  70. Jerkface March 12th, 2011 at 12:56 am

    In fact, if you want to truly exercise your brain on this one, consider Jeter’s 2010 campaign probably did not cost them a WS (unless you want to argue getting homefield and Texas in the wildcard round changes all), and it may have saved them some years and dollars.

    There are legitimate ways to turn your brain and speculate that Jeter’s off year will in fact be a boon to the Yankees a few seasons down the road.

    Jeter did not have a sterling postseason, but it would be hard to ask the Yankees to fail any more as a team than they did (certain players like Granderson and Cano excluded). I did say that his 2010 season would drive down his price, which is why I predicted he would receive a pay cut. The playoffs of course may have shook out different in the ALDS but thats arguing a very very theoretical point.

    Tell me how this contract will be a boon to the yankees down the road though.

  71. Copelius March 12th, 2011 at 12:58 am

    Nothing like a 52 point night by The Jimmer to put BYU back on track in preparation for the NCAAs.

  72. Pat M. March 12th, 2011 at 1:00 am

    Stuckey…..Well that’s the other side of the coin…….The thing is if a kid signs a scholarship contract at what point point is it a breach if he bolts for the Draft ???? Maybe they need to insatll the same type of rules as they do in Baseball, you have to wait 3 years before coming out ….

  73. Jerkface March 12th, 2011 at 1:01 am

    .The thing is if a kid signs a scholarship contract at what point point is it a breach if he bolts for the Draft ???

    Just so you know scholarships are year by year, so using that as an argument doesn’t really fly. Players on scholarship have to maintain good numbers in their sport or else they can lose it. its not a free ride like some people think. At least it works that way in football.

  74. Jerkface March 12th, 2011 at 1:02 am

    So I think its perfectly fair for students, even those on scholarship, to bolt for the draft whenever they want.

  75. UnKnown March 12th, 2011 at 1:03 am

    Can someone please post a link to these comments that Cliff Lee has been saying??

    I can’t find anything anywhere. Maybe that is a sign that I don’t want to see them, but still…

  76. Rich in NJ March 12th, 2011 at 1:04 am

    “Well, I know what my next debate it going to be, because requiring young men who have every right to seek employment like any other U.S. citizen to make billions of dollars for the NCAA for appreciably little return, is about as distasteful a concept in the sporting world that I can think of.”

    We’re talking about two different things.

    I am referring to the viewing enjoyment of the game, not the rights of any individual.

    So there really is no debate, unless you think the current game is more enjoyable.

  77. Pat M. March 12th, 2011 at 1:06 am

    Rich in NJ….I failed to comment on your Bill Walton point, Coach Wooden sat the Freshman so they could focus on the rigors of being a College Freshman as well as a Basketball player….Kareem’s Freshman team beat the UCLA Varsity team during a scrimmage which just won the National Title and would win The National Title again as he sat because he was a Frosh….

  78. West Coast Yankee Fan March 12th, 2011 at 1:06 am

    Text redcross to 90999 to donate $10 dollars to the Japan earthquake relief effort. How about it Yankee fans.

  79. Bronx Jeers March 12th, 2011 at 1:10 am

    Cliff Lee putting the Yanks as his 3rd choice:

    http://hardballtalk.nbcsports......lees-mind/

  80. Pat M. March 12th, 2011 at 1:12 am

    Jerkface, I know because I lost mine at Manhattan for crap grades…..I think there has to be a middle ground and Stern sees that as do the College Presidents…..Rich, I miss the quality that was basketball both at The Pro level and the College Athlete seems to have disappeared due to money

  81. Rich in NJ March 12th, 2011 at 1:12 am

    Pat

    I vaguely recall that. The good old days.

    (in terms of fan enjoyment STUCKEY, not civil rights)

  82. UnKnown March 12th, 2011 at 1:14 am

    thank you, let me read this crap.. i will be back with my report.

  83. West Coast Yankee Fan March 12th, 2011 at 1:22 am

    NFL just locked out players.

  84. Pat M. March 12th, 2011 at 1:24 am

    UNLV just took the lead, I’m winning all the nickle and dime games but getting drilled on the meat and potato games…..

  85. UnKnown March 12th, 2011 at 1:29 am

    Well first off it would be nice if Cliff would ACTUALLY win a W.S. ring before he annoints himself as being able to be a great predictor of who has a better chance of becoming champions over another team.

    Honestly, the whole thing hopefully will just go away with him in the N.L. and if the topic comes up again its not until late October. Which would be fine with me. And at that time everyone can beat the story to death as much as they want.

    I will take a repeat of 2009 in a heartbeat and stick it to Cliffy and his self-proclaimed great predicting mind. Loser!

  86. stuckey99 March 12th, 2011 at 1:42 am

    “Tell me how this contract will be a boon to the yankees down the road though.”

    Because he was getting a new contract any which way.

    He had 2010 campaign like his 2009 one, it stands to reason he would have gotten a BIGGER contract – more money, maybe even more years.

  87. stuckey99 March 12th, 2011 at 1:51 am

    “I am referring to the viewing enjoyment of the game, not the rights of any individual.

    So there really is no debate, unless you think the current game is more enjoyable.”

    Fair enough, though there are few basketball experts that will attest to the college ranks better developing high school players than the pros. It’s largely been debunked as a myth.

    Now were EVERY college coach John Wooden circa ’71, there might be an argument to be made.

    The NBA game has changed vastly, I agree, but it has little to do with players being younger and/or spending less time in college. It’s not a fix.

    But I am happy to leave it at that.

  88. Jerkface March 12th, 2011 at 1:52 am

    He had 2010 campaign like his 2009 one, it stands to reason he would have gotten a BIGGER contract – more money, maybe even more years.

    If he had a year like 2009 the Yankees maybe win the WS and who cares about his contract because it shows he is being elite even unto death. His 2010 is a portent of bad things to come especially his groundball rate which was a symptom of his inability to handle good right handed sliders and fastballs.

    But looking on the brightside, at the very least he is no longer being paid 20 million dollars and there is virtually no way he reaches enough escalators to make his 4th year option much more than 9-10 million.

  89. stuckey99 March 12th, 2011 at 2:05 am

    “If he had a year like 2009 the Yankees maybe win the WS”

    I thought we already covered this.

    If Jeter had a better 2010, all you can do is theoretically argue the Yanks would have faced the Rangers in the Wild Card round at home instead of on the road in the ALCS.

    Now I’m not a pre-determined outcome guy, but I have difficulty putting that much weight into the Jeter butterfly effect and believing the difference between 95 wins and MAYBE 97 carries them through the Giants to WS champs.

    “and who cares about his contract because it shows he is being elite even unto death.”

    So if he had a strong 2010 THAT means he’d never ever have an off year or trend downward?

    “His 2010 is a portent of bad things to come”

    I’m not sure I follow. What if he had a better 2010 but then his 2011 was similar to his 2010?

    Are you arguing that wouldn’t have been possible?

  90. stuckey99 March 12th, 2011 at 2:14 am

    “Stuckey…..Well that’s the other side of the coin…….The thing is if a kid signs a scholarship contract at what point point is it a breach if he bolts for the Draft ????”

    Pat, I think jerkface has the scholarship thing right, but it doesn’t concern me either way. My concern is the moral issue, rather than the legal or ethical.

    “Maybe they need to insatll the same type of rules as they do in Baseball, you have to wait 3 years before coming out ….”

    For what purpose?

    NCAA basketball is a whole other animal than NCAA baseball, and it’s a whole other animal than NCAA basketball in John Wooden’s era.

    It wasn’t a multi-billion dollar commercial enterprise then.

    College football players and basketball players generate BILLIONS, and for their trouble they aren’t allowed to hold jobs, while kids from Harvard and MIT can sell computer programs on the open market and still receive their degree.

    It’s really a corrupt system.

  91. Jerkface March 12th, 2011 at 2:25 am

    I’m not sure I follow. What if he had a better 2010 but then his 2011 was similar to his 2010?

    Are you arguing that wouldn’t have been possible?

    No of course not. But at the time, 2008 was an ‘outlier’ because he was injured and then he bounced back marvelously in 09 and then just had an ugly 2010. I think I’d feel better about projecting him to be good going forward if he had a good 2010. Instead he tanked it. Even his better months were propped up by lucky hits on groundballs in play since he rarely hit for power and couldn’t get anything off the ground.

  92. West Coast Yankee Fan March 12th, 2011 at 2:29 am

    I just read that Phil Hughes got 6 out of 12 outs on his change up today. Outstanding.

  93. Pat M. March 12th, 2011 at 2:31 am

    Stuckey…..I can’t really find a compelling argument to counter the points you’ve outlined, although I do think it can be tweaked somewhat ……The one and done for kids going to College is just not for me a good thing for the College game….Nor is it the healthiest thing for most of the 18 year old to be thrusted into the world of Pro Sports……Stern has a 1 year wait system in place, maybe a 2 year rule could resolve these concerns….Isn’t College a better alternative than kids going off to Europe to play ????

  94. Jerkface March 12th, 2011 at 2:35 am

    Isn’t College a better alternative than kids going off to Europe to play ????

    What about student athletes nowadays do you think college is giving them? A bunch of girls to bang and classes to not attend? Players who value education will go to college anyways like baseball players do.

  95. Pat M. March 12th, 2011 at 2:46 am

    On that note Face, I bid you goodnight….What I do know is that I won my last 2 plays to stop the bleeding…..

  96. Carlo March 12th, 2011 at 7:27 am

    The history of Notre Dame in the Big East semis is so brutal. Not just the 0-4 record, but some of the losses have been downright terrible. Tough one to call tonight with Uconn/Lville…..but that’s the Big East, never easy.

  97. tyanksfan36 March 12th, 2011 at 7:29 am

    Good morning morning people! The worst thing about waking up before 8am on the weekdays is that it always carries over to the weekend. Luckily I am on Spring Break so I get to try to sleep in until Thursday. I’m excited about the game today so that’s probably one reason I’m up early.

  98. Doreen March 12th, 2011 at 7:30 am

    tyanksfan36

    Have a safe trip and a great time today!

    Good morning, morning people. :)

    ****

    Headed to Westchester again. Basketball competition for daughter. Yay. :)

    In fact, it’s past time for me to start getting ready to leave.

  99. upstate kate March 12th, 2011 at 7:35 am

    Good morning all!
    Safe travels Tyanks and Doreen.
    We had a long but good trip back. The snow held off until this am, which, in light of the devestation in Japan, I am not going to complain about.

  100. tyanksfan36 March 12th, 2011 at 7:39 am

    Doreen

    Thanks. I hope your daughter has fun at her competition.

  101. Gary March 12th, 2011 at 7:45 am

    Hmmm, resting players for the long trip to Viera today. Done that trip myself, 2 hours and it took me weeks to recover from it. :-) I should have taken a bus instead or driving where I could listen to my headphones, text and tweet on my blackberry, and talk to my friends on my cell phone, and eat and drink. Then I wouldn’t have been so exhausted.

  102. blake March 12th, 2011 at 8:05 am

    Good Saturday morning morning folks.

    All I have to say to Cliff Lee is that if he wanted to go to a place with the best chance to win then perhaps he should have chosen the team that’s missed the playoffs one time in a decade and a half.

    If you wanna say you chose Philly because you liked it or because you don’t wanna face DH’s or because you like the Rocky statue…..then fine……or if you liked Cowboy boots and your teammates in Texas…..fine……but don’t stand there and give an interview saying you would have chosen either of those teams over the New York Yankees because you thought they had a better shot to win long term…..it just ain’t true and when the Braves and Angels have reclaimed their divisions in a couple years it’ll be crystal clear.

    Perhaps Chuck Greenberg rubbed off on Cliffie in his time there….but that’s fine. Anyone who chooses the Phillies over the Yanks doesn’t deserve to wear the pinstripes anyway.

    End rant.

  103. upstate kate March 12th, 2011 at 8:11 am

    nice rant Blake!
    I was one who wanted Cliffy, but I am long over it.

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