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Sunday notes: No lineup until Opening Day

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Mar 27, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Joe Girardi said he plans to announce most of his final roster decisions tomorrow. The Yankees might have to wait a day or two to determine Curtis Granderson’s status, and they might not immediately name a replacement for Pedro Feliciano, but Girardi said he expects to announce his backup catcher, utility infielder and reserve corner infielder.

He will not announce an Opening Day lineup.

“I’m still thinking about it,” Girardi said. “I haven’t turned my brain off to it by saying, okay, this is what I’m doing. I’m still thinking about it. We’ll still have one long conversation about it.”

Based on recent lineups, my best guess is that the Yankees are going to use the two-lineup approach: They’ll have Brett Gardner leadoff against right-handers and Derek Jeter leadoff against lefties. It’s a pretty solid plan, actually. Girardi said he probably won’t announce an Opening Day lineup until Opening Day itself.

Otherwise: Eduardo Nunez seems to be the favorite for the utility job, Gustavo Molina seems to be the favorite for the backup catcher position and Eric Chavez is all but official as the reserve corner infielder.

“We just haven’t announced it yet,” Girardi said. “I’ll talk to Cash one more time, but we’ll announce it probably tomorrow. Like he said, we’ve got to make sure people are healthy.”

• Pedro Feliciano had an MRI this morning. It showed some sort of muscle problem — Girardi wasn’t sure of the exact diagnosis — but the bottom line is this: “It’s pretty hard to think that he would start with us,” Girardi said. “I’m hoping it’ll be shorter (term), but you can never predict.”

• As possible replacements for Feliciano, Girardi once again mentioned Luis Ayala and Mark Prior, but neither of those two is on the 40-man roster, and today’s conversation certainly made it seem like the Yankees are leaning toward Steve Garrison. “He’s done a good job for us against left-handers, and he’s a viable option for us,” Girardi said. “We’ll probably see him throw one more time before we leave and then we’ll make a decision.”

• Here’s Girardi’s cryptic comment about why Romulo Sanchez was scratched from this road trip: “That got cancelled for reasons I can’t give to you at this point.” Someone mentioned a trade and Girardi gave a weird look that suggested a trade is in the works (or certainly some kind of move).

• Girardi on how quickly he knew Chavez could make the team: “Right when he got to camp, we saw the bat speed in Chavez. We said, ‘Wow, if he’s healthy, he can help us.’ Because, you’re not going to really forget how to hit, it’s just if you’re physically capable, and he looked great.”

• Pat Venditte faced two hitters today. He pitched right-handed to one and left-handed to the other. Turns out, the decision to bring in Venditte had a lot to do with the new pitching coach. “Larry (Rothschild) wanted to see it,” Girardi said. “The kid has done well in the minor leagues wherever he’s been.”

• Speaking of Venditte, those paying attention in the crowd seemed to enjoy it: “You heard a little ‘Ohhh’ when he switched,” Girardi said.

• A nice early version of HOPE Week today with the little girl who saved the even littler girl’s life. The families were hanging around the Yankees dugout throughout batting practice. It was pretty neat to see.

• The Yankees lost 7-6 today, but they had 13 hits, including three by Austin Krum and two by Mark Teixeira. Krum is, by most accounts, a pretty good fielder but he had a rough time today with two errors and a missed attempt at a diving catch. Austin Romine and Robinson Cano homered today.

• Garrison faced two big-time lefties today. He got Justin Morneau to pop up, but Jim Thome took him deep.

• Buddy Carlyle was knocked around a little bit in his start, but for the most part, the other guys brought up from minor league camp pitched well today. Wilkin Arias had a rough third of an inning — hit a batter and walked a guy — but Francisco Gil, Josh Schmidt, Andy Sisco, Eric Wordekemper and Venditte combined for 4.2 scoreless.

• Today the Yankees faced Carl Pavano. Girardi said there was a time this winter when there really seemed to be a chance that Pavano would return to the Yankees. “It was a possibility that he was going to be with us,” Girardi said. “We talked about it. His name was thrown around. It never came to a fruition, but he’s resurrected his career. He’s pitched well for the Twins and he’s given them innings. When we’ve faced him in the playoffs, he’s pitched well. The guy knows how to pitch. The big thing is for Carl that he’s been healthy.”

Associated Press photos of Krum, Carlyle and Girardi with 12-year-old Julianne Ramirez

 
 

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172 Responses to “Sunday notes: No lineup until Opening Day”

  1. BoJo March 27th, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    I always thought they should have kept Pavano. After he finally came back late in 2008, he pitched pretty well, and even went head to head and out pitched AJ.

    I like this Krumy kid…seems like a nice little ballplayer…great glove from what I understand

  2. DocTodd March 27th, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    I get a kick out of Girardi’s Secret Sam act …all info is kept under wraps….

  3. BoJo March 27th, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    The Yankees are still the best in generating fan interest over little items…they know it is show business.

  4. Joe from Long Island March 27th, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    I’ve long had the impression that Pavano’s problems, while with the Yanks, was heavily weighted by attitude issues. And that the clubhouse atmosphere was a big reason why he wasn’t asked back. If the club was serious about it, I’d think they’d go to the team leaders for input. JMO.

  5. m March 27th, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    You would think that Pavano would be resistant to a reunion. I don’t think he could deal with the pain.

    When is the last ST game and when do they head north?

  6. Fran the original March 27th, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    I thought Pavano had burned his bridges with the Yankees after he failed to tell them about the car accident.

  7. GreenBeret7 March 27th, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    Joe,

    I can’t see any way to prevent them, unless they can make a lightweight shock absorbing mask. Maybe gel filled. I see that the umpires behind the plate are positioned differently this year to try eliminating some of the umpire concussions.

  8. Fran the original March 27th, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    Mel,

    Last ST game is Tuesday afternoon. I know the welcome home dinner is Wednesday night.

  9. Betsy March 27th, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    Some sort of muscle problem? That sounds like what Marte started out with……..either way, not great news.

  10. GreenBeret7 March 27th, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    Not sure what happened with Krum today. He’s a lot better glove than he showed. Don’t know if it was a brighy, high sky or if that 12-15 MPH wind played tricks. The dive could just be a rookie trying to make up for the error. Either way, be had a rough defensive day, plus almost running into Nunez on a pop-up. He did have a 3-3 game at the plate, though. I think he has as many hits as Andruw Jones in half of the at bats and the same amount of errorrs.

  11. LGY March 27th, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    Came this far so will ride these predictions out until the end.

    Go Montero and Pena!

  12. LGY March 27th, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    I got the pitching situation right at least :???:

  13. m March 27th, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    Fran,

    Thanks! Are you hosting the dinner? Need help? :)

    Betsy,

    I thought Marte had shoulder problems?

  14. tyanksfan36 March 27th, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    GB7

    Damon Sublett made a bad dive in yesterdays trenton game. Krum should be good at dealing with the sun. It has been nothing but clear skies for the past 2 weeks in Tampa. Probably just needs to get to offseason rust off. I think he did great though going 3-3; if they could have driven him in more than once maybe they win.

  15. Betsy March 27th, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    M, he did………but it started out as some kind of muscular weakness and then got worse from there. This isn’t exactly the same obviously, but it’s odd that they can’t put a name on this………….Cash has terrible luck with signing LOOGY’s to long term deals.

  16. LGY March 27th, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    With Nova in the rotation and Joba traded lohud has remained puke free.

    Have a feeling that changes tomorrow

  17. LGY March 27th, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    Not traded*

  18. Doreen March 27th, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    I have been out all day and just finished dinner and re-set my computer.

    I started to catch-up on today’s posts, but after a few, realized that maybe this wasn’t the best morning/early afternoon around here, so I skipped ahead . :?

    ****

    Pat M -

    I saw your reference to GQ and the Phillies fans thing. Mrs. Cliff Lee seems to be the only person with any connection to baseball (or sports of any kind, for that matter) who didn’t know that Philly has the worst fans EVER!!! LOL

    ****

    So, Feliciano on the DL, Romulo Sanchez probably going to be traded and Grandy perhaps ready for opening day. Is there anything else I need to know?

    ***

    OMG the VCU/Kansas game!!!!!!! Need I say more?????

  19. Betsy March 27th, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    Why?

  20. Carl March 27th, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    Betsy March 27th, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    M, he did………but it started out as some kind of muscular weakness and then got worse from there. This isn’t exactly the same obviously, but it’s odd that they can’t put a name on this………….Cash has terrible luck with signing LOOGY’s to long term deals.

    Marte had a shoulder injury in 2009.

  21. GreenBeret7 March 27th, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    TY,

    the Lee County Sports Complex in Ft Myers is a tough sun field about that time. Still no excuse, though. Plenty of hits all around him, just at the wrong times. The 9 spot had a 4-4 game, though.

  22. Tom in N.J. March 27th, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    Marte had shoulder weakness.

  23. Joe from Long Island March 27th, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    “joba traded”?

    did I miss something?

  24. Betsy March 27th, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    I know, I wasn’t clear – I just meant at the time, that Marte was diagnosed simply with weakness…………and he never got any better. I’m not saying that’s how it is with PF, but there’s obviously quite a bit of uncertainty there.

  25. West Coast Yankee Fan March 27th, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    Unfortunately not.

  26. LGY March 27th, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    Not traded! :)

    You do not have to open up a MLB trade rumors tab lohudders!

  27. Doreen March 27th, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    Sounds like the Yankees have things in perspective re: Carl Pavano. That surely would have been an interesting turn of events and if it had happened, Carl would have had his very soul tested by many fans. :)

    ***

    Has anything been announce re: Romulo Sanchez? Does anyone have any guesses?

    ****

    So was today minor leaguers get a last chance to play day?

    ***

    Nice that Romine had an HR.

    ***

    What else did I miss????

  28. Betsy March 27th, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    Why is the blog not going to remain puke-free, lol?

  29. West Coast Yankee Fan March 27th, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    Ouch!

    “Obviously we’re dealing with a man at this stage of his career who’s not willing to face the facts. What he’s done for the last few years in his career, except for a two-month period, is way below major league standards. And he seems to have the continual problem of blaming everybody but himself.”

    – Cubs general manager Jim Hendry on Carlos Silva

  30. Rich in NJ March 27th, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    I’m resigned to whatever roster decisions they may make because there is (or should be) enough talent on the roster to compensate for any suboptimal decisions.

  31. LGY March 27th, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    Imposter Molina does not digest well.

  32. GreenBeret7 March 27th, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    Doreen, Sanchez to the Twins for Drew Butera, the catcher?

  33. Fran the original March 27th, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    Thanks! Are you hosting the dinner? Need help
    ******************
    Mel,

    I wish I was :) Or that I could afford to go.

  34. Joe from Long Island March 27th, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    all right, then.

    time to grill. Steaks, GB – are you out there?

  35. West Coast Yankee Fan March 27th, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    Doesn’t it make sense that Joe Girardi and Tony Peña might just be a little qualified to make a call on what catcher the Yankees take north?

  36. Triple Short of a Cycle March 27th, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    West Coast Yankee Fan,

    Yet they continue to employ Carlos Zambrano

  37. Joe from Long Island March 27th, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    Sanchez traded? for sure?

  38. Tom in N.J. March 27th, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    When was the last time the Yankees broke camp with a rookie position player pegged in as a starter? Was it Soriano in ’01?

  39. Doreen March 27th, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    m -

    Skimming a bit through some of the prior threads and saw your qustion about Girardi giving OD lineups ahead of time. I don’t really remember past last season. And last year OD lineup was given on OD.

    :)

  40. GreenBeret7 March 27th, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    Joe from Long Island March 27th, 2011 at 6:44 pm
    all right, then.

    time to grill. Steaks, GB – are you out there?

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

    Yeah, Joe, and my mouth is already watering. A side of cow with a salad and baked potato sounds about right for a snack.

  41. stuckey99 March 27th, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    Seems odd if the decision is already made that Montero and Romine got the playing time today.

  42. West Coast Yankee Fan March 27th, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    TSC – Hendry was responding to Silva’s criticism of pitching coach Mark Riggins after he was let go — and I’m sure the little tussle in the dugout with Aramis Ramirez was part of it.

  43. GreenBeret7 March 27th, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    Joe from Long Island March 27th, 2011 at 6:47 pm
    Sanchez traded? for sure?

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

    Joe, that was just me saying what I would take for Sanchez. Haven’t heard a word. If we knew where Cashman went today, we’d have an idea.

  44. West Coast Yankee Fan March 27th, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    Video of Karl Ravech’s interview with Derek Jeter.

    http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=6263472

  45. Rich in NJ March 27th, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    It would have really liked to have seen Pavano confront his demons in NY, and hopefully shut them up. At least they tried to do it. I give them credit for that.

  46. stuckey99 March 27th, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    “When was the last time the Yankees broke camp with a rookie position player pegged in as a starter? Was it Soriano in ’01?”

    How soon people forget the Cody Ransom era…

    :-)

  47. ac1 March 27th, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    Brett Gardner 2 years ago?

  48. stuckey99 March 27th, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    Forget it that attempt at humor.

    Forgot Randon was like 35 :-)

  49. GreenBeret7 March 27th, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    How soon we forget that Ransom wasn’t a rookie

  50. m March 27th, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    Doreen,

    Chad has recently reported that Girardi will make the announcement on opening day.

    He’ll need every last minute with Granderson’s status up in the air. ;)

  51. stuckey99 March 27th, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    “@jcrasnick #Whitesox have placed pitcher Jeff Marquez on waivers, source says #espnst about an hour ago”

    He used to be pretty well regarded.

  52. Tom in N.J. March 27th, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    It was Gardner, forgot about him being named opening day CF’er in ’09.

    Ransom wasn’t a rookie, he was just bad.

  53. stuckey99 March 27th, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    “How soon we forget that Ransom wasn’t a rookie”

    D’oh! 1 minute too late…

  54. ac1 March 27th, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    i like that baseball starts on a thursday this year. will break up the tedium that is work…

  55. ac1 March 27th, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    It was Gardner, forgot about him being named opening day CF’er in ’09.
    ___

    Probably because it lasted three weeks before Melky took the job back from him.

  56. Doreen March 27th, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    m -

    I sure hope he waits until opening day, or GTLU is shot to he-double hockey sticks for 10 days or so!!!!! LOL

    ***
    GB7 -

    Ah, so nothing formal yet.

    ****

    Rich in NJ -

    I am actually impressed that the Yankees looked to Pavano this off-season. (I know I am in the minority on that)

    ****

  57. ac1 March 27th, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    i was in a cab with sox fans in boston last night, and one insisted Boston would score 1200 runs this year, and he was bring serious.

    swore they gained crawford and gonzalez and lost nothing. i had to remind him beltre was their best hitter last year and Martinez was no slouch either. Then they stuttered through a bunch of excuses as to why he was still right.

    ridiculous.

  58. m March 27th, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    Kentucky is uncanny with their timely 3′s.

    This color guy is really irritating. Besides being captain obvious most of the time, he doesn’t have a good broadcasting voice.

  59. Jerkface March 27th, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    Gardner had already played with the club in 08 before being named starter in 09. Find a guy with zero mlb experience that came out of camp. Just don’t think the Yankees like to do that.

    No way we are trading Romulo Sanchez for Drew Butera. Bill Smith loves Butera and won’t trade him. The Astros had already inquired on him for a better piece than Sanchez and got shut down.

  60. Nick in SF March 27th, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    So Joba has NOT been traded.

    In a related story, Angel Berroa still looks old.

    And the Carolinas will be unrepresented in the Final Four.

  61. Doreen March 27th, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    GB7 -

    Is Krum going back to AA or to SWB this season?

  62. Rich in NJ March 27th, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    “i like that baseball starts on a thursday this year. will break up the tedium that is work…”

    I like that the second say of the season isn’t an off day (weather permitting).

  63. Fran the original March 27th, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    WCYF,

    Thanks for the link to the Jeter interview.

  64. stuckey99 March 27th, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    “swore they gained crawford and gonzalez and lost nothing. i had to remind him beltre was their best hitter last year and Martinez was no slouch either.”

    Beltre actually had a better year tan Gonzalez.

  65. Jerkface March 27th, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    I think over the offseason someone wrote in an article or tweeted to the effect of Cashman asked the team about bringing back Pavano and they werent against it. Then he made a pretty good offer to Carl.

  66. Jerkface March 27th, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    I like that the second say of the season isn’t an off day (weather permitting).

    It is for the Yankees :)

  67. blake March 27th, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    When the team you’re playing makes about 60% of their 3′s it’s kinda tough……I would have rather lost to Ohio State.

  68. ac1 March 27th, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Gardner had already played with the club in 08 before being named starter in 09. Find a guy with zero mlb experience that came out of camp. Just don’t think the Yankees like to do that.
    ___

    Are there many teams that start people with zero time the year before?

    dont most rookies get their feet wet late the season before?

  69. Pat M. March 27th, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    Nick in SF……A buddy of mine punked down a C-Note on VCU and the money line, it paid 750.00…..

  70. Rich in NJ March 27th, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    “tweeted to the effect of Cashman asked the team about bringing back Pavano and they werent against it.”

    Which is smart. After Pettitte and old man Lee, Pavano was the BPA.

  71. stuckey99 March 27th, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    “I like that the second say of the season isn’t an off day (weather permitting).”

    Yeah it is.

  72. Doreen March 27th, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    My last dog in the fight has succumbed, but by now I was rooting for Kentucky anyway! LOL

  73. ac1 March 27th, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    “swore they gained crawford and gonzalez and lost nothing. i had to remind him beltre was their best hitter last year and Martinez was no slouch either.”

    Beltre actually had a better year tan Gonzalez.

    __

    I just looked at him and said, “god your stupid”.

  74. Jerkface March 27th, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    Are there many teams that start people with zero time the year before?

    dont most rookies get their feet wet late the season before?

    Heyward?

  75. Tom in N.J. March 27th, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    Ed Yarnall

  76. mick March 27th, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    heels choked

  77. Rich in NJ March 27th, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    “It is for the Yankees ”

    Damn senility.

  78. GreenBeret7 March 27th, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    No, Doreen, but a better BU catcher or left handed reliever are the only things that make sense for the Yanks. Seems like Sanchez has been around forever, but he’s still not quite 27. Throws hard and could start or relieve for some team needing help. KC or maybe Washington.

  79. Jerkface March 27th, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    Pujols.

  80. blake March 27th, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    “heels choked”

    they didn’t play their best game but Kentucky shot the lights out from 3….that was the difference. They miss a couple of those in the 2nd half and the outcome would’ve been different.

  81. ac1 March 27th, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    Heyward

    ____

    Yes there are a few I am sure, but the insinuation was this was a Yankee thing, but in reality, not many people start a season with no major league time at all…

  82. Jerkface March 27th, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    I can’t believe the Yankees have disrespected Montero by not treating him like Albert Pujols. :x

  83. Nick in SF March 27th, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    Weren’t Austin Jackson’s feet very dry last season? Maybe Detroit is too dangerous for wet feet.

  84. CecilioGuante March 27th, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    final fo!

    Two more KU wins locks up 28 for NYY

  85. Doreen March 27th, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    I’m so bad on things that start with the same letter: Kansas/Kentucky; my daughter’s name/my sister’s name. It’s not a good thing, I tell ya! LOL

  86. West Coast Yankee Fan March 27th, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    You are welcome Fran. Very good interview I thought, Jeter was funny and still very direct in his answers at the same time.

  87. Jerkface March 27th, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    Yes there are a few I am sure, but the insinuation was this was a Yankee thing, but in reality, not many people start a season with no major league time at all…

    Most teams don’t do it because of financial reasons though.

  88. ac1 March 27th, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    oh and soriano played on the big league club in 2000, so he was not a man with no time in mlb starting in 2001.

  89. Doreen March 27th, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    GB7-

    Why do I feel like it’s not going to be one player involved?

  90. GreenBeret7 March 27th, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Doreen, I think Krum is scheduled for AA now with Dickerson, Parraz and Golson, along with Laird playing 4 corners.

  91. Nick in SF March 27th, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    Perhaps Rich in NJ is projecting his fears that our Thursday game will be rained out and we won’t start the season until Friday. Which is what the stupid schedule is made to accomodate.

    Nobody would mind waiting an extra day for the season, right?

  92. ac1 March 27th, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    Weren’t Austin Jackson’s feet very dry last season? Maybe Detroit is too dangerous for wet feet.
    ___

    Again, i never said there was no one, but there arent MANY.

  93. Jerkface March 27th, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    Rick Porcello, Mike Leake

  94. Fran the original March 27th, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    WCYF,

    It was a good interview for Derek.

  95. mick March 27th, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    Ky was better team

  96. GreenBeret7 March 27th, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    Doreen, you could be right. I can see a multi-[;ayer deal with spare parts like Pena, Sanchez and some excess minor league arms going for a bigger contract.

  97. Nick in SF March 27th, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    By they way, you are all completely wrong about the BUC situation. It won’t be G-Mole. He’s just being showcased for lazy GMs who haven’t figured out that he’s not an authentic Molina brother. #soundssocrazyitjustmightwork

  98. blake March 27th, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    Ky was better team

    -

    Nah….played better today, as in couldn’t miss from 3 point line. Just like VCU isn’t better than Kansas. That’s the way the tourney is.

  99. mick March 27th, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    G-Mole was voted off the island thanks to this blog

  100. mick March 27th, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    Ky was better team…today.

  101. blake March 27th, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    Plus Henson didn’t play half the game due to foul trouble….that was huge as well

  102. Doreen March 27th, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    I HATE fantasy baseball!!!!!!!!

  103. Nick in SF March 27th, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    Pat M, your buddy showed smarts and courage. I wanted to buy a little VC +11.5 but then I backed out when I knew I couldn’t watch the game. #nothingventurednothinggained

  104. Tom in N.J. March 27th, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    Hideki Matsui.

  105. mick March 27th, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    I HATE fantasy baseball!!!!!!!!
    =========
    i warned you…

  106. Fran the original March 27th, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    Doreen,

    Why do you hate fantasy baseball?

  107. Jerkface March 27th, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    Griffey Jr

  108. mick March 27th, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    heels have no outside game

  109. blake March 27th, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    On to Yankee baseball….who did LGY trade Joba for?

  110. Nick in SF March 27th, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    I’ll see your Matsui and raise you a Kei Igawa.

  111. Rich in NJ March 27th, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    “Perhaps Rich in NJ is projecting his fears that our Thursday game will be rained out and we won’t start the season until Friday. Which is what the stupid schedule is made to accomodate.”

    Projection > senility

  112. Tom in N.J. March 27th, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    Fold

  113. Nick in SF March 27th, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    Actually, the Matsui example isn’t apt because he did get his feet wet before his pintriped debut.

    Although they were only wet from leaky knee fluid.

  114. Doreen March 27th, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    Nick in SF -

    Except this season, they’re only expecting rain/bad weather once in about 15 days!!!!

  115. blake March 27th, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    Mick,

    Barnes is about it….kentucky played better today….that’s all you can say.

  116. mick March 27th, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    whats the line on vcu-butler?

  117. mick March 27th, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    looks like a uconn-butler final

  118. Pat M. March 27th, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Nick in NJ……Just 2 weeks ago today I had to listen to Icky Vitale and his cronies just go on and on how VCU had no right even being a consideration for the Big Dance….And here they are in the Final Four…..It just amazes me how these ESPN guys watch tons of games, and when they’re asked to predict a winner on games they can’t get 50 % of the outcomes correct and this is without the point spread……All they keep saying was how all the # 1′s were going to be playing in Houston…….Diaper Dandy this Icky V

  119. mick March 27th, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    uconn-ky line?

  120. Doreen March 27th, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Fran -

    Well, I hate the “DTD” designation; I hate that I had a starting CF and his team traded for another OF and now there might be a platoon; I had a starting 1B and his team got a veteran 1B and now he’s a platoon OF.

    I have one and maybe two players who coudl be on the DL to start the season, but they ahven’t been officially designated yet, so I can’t do anything!!!

    I hate the uncertainty!!!!!! LOL

  121. m March 27th, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    I saw that clip of Jeter on an espn article. I thought jeter was saying to buck, “see? It works.”

    But watching it today (and listening more closely) I get it now.

    Has there been a final 4 with no 1′s or 2′s? Or an avg seed of 6.5?

  122. mick March 27th, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    vcu had a play-in game, have won 5.
    they are not as hot as uconn but hot enough

  123. Rich in NJ March 27th, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    “Nick in NJ”

    Let’s do lunch. ;)

    (sorry, Pat)

  124. Yankee Trader March 27th, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    Doreen, you could be right. I can see a multi-[;ayer deal with spare parts like Pena, Sanchez and some excess minor league arms going for a bigger contract.
    —————————————–

    GB7- Hope you’re not thinking of a bigger and fatter “contract” like Carlos Silva!

    I see no benefit to keeping the only Molina who can’t hit his weight-batting .051 this spring-Montero at .250 is leading all catchers in camp.

  125. Doreen March 27th, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    Poor LGY. A little typo and he’s started a rumor….

    :)

  126. Pat M. March 27th, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    Butler should be a 2 / 3 point favorite

  127. blake March 27th, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    I hope Uconn pounds Kentucky.

  128. Fran the original March 27th, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    Doreen,
    Well that explains it :)

    Most of the DTD are precautionary. If you read the post-it next to the player, it seems most will play.

    Once the season starts the designations will change faster.

    ******************
    Mel,
    2006 was the last time there were no #1s and George Mason, a #11 was in the final 4.

  129. Nick in SF March 27th, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    I am not in NJ but I would love to be dining at the Clam Broth House in Hoboken followed by some indie rock at Maxwells.

  130. Yankee Trader March 27th, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    m-

    Had to google it:

    As of the 2008 March Madness, that was 2006 when Florida (3 seed), UCLA (2 seed), George Mason (11 seed), and LSU (4 seed) made the Final Four.
    That also happened in 1980 when Louisville (2 seed), UCLA (8 seed), Purdue (6 seed), and Iowa (5 seed) made the Final Four.

  131. mick March 27th, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    you would blake.
    uconn -1?

  132. GreenBeret7 March 27th, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    No Trader. Silva would only be a $400,000 deal for anyone dumb enough to want him. I could see Boston, maybe, since they’re looking for piyching and they have a pitcher that make Silva look like Adonis (Dennys Reyes). Reyes is bigger than Colon.

  133. Tom in N.J. March 27th, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Creepy: http://games.espn.go.com/tcmen.....ID=1079446

  134. Pat M. March 27th, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Nick in San Francisco…….Ten Hail Marys for me…Sorry about the Garden State thing…..And yeah, The Clam Broth House is quite the place……..

  135. m March 27th, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    I hate Kentucky basketball and Calipari, but I don’t care for Jim Calhoun one bit.

    I’ll definitely be cheering for the other semi-finalist in the final.

  136. mick March 27th, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    butler no longer the darling of tourney

  137. mick March 27th, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    butler should be the favorite to win whole enchilada

  138. mick March 27th, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    i’d love to see vcu win it all

  139. ron March 27th, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    Take out adrian beltre’s & vmarts 2010 production & add crawford’s & agone’s & you have only 2 hr/10 rbi more.

    That is with crawford having his best year as a pro in 2010.

    The rs are going to have a helluva offense but ours is between almost as good or better.
    It will be pitching that decides it.
    I like our pen better,i also expect cashman to pull off a very big trade using montero,imo.

  140. blake March 27th, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    Mick,

    Id almost rather lose to Duke than Kentucky ….not wild about Uconn either but they are the lesser of 2 evils. Go Butler/VCU!

  141. Yankee Trader March 27th, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    GB-

    Since Boston is looking for insurance in a starter, I believe that’s why Cashman jumped in to sign Millwood to a minor league deal.

  142. m March 27th, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    So there’s never been a Final Four without a 1 or 2 in it?

  143. Nick in SF March 27th, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    President Obama’s ringers rang wrong:

    http://games.espn.go.com/tcmen.....ID=4267886

  144. mick March 27th, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    Id almost rather lose to Duke than Kentucky
    ======================
    why the ky hate?

  145. GreenBeret7 March 27th, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    Yankee Trader March 27th, 2011 at 7:37 pm
    GB-

    Since Boston is looking for insurance in a starter, I believe that’s why Cashman jumped in to sign Millwood to a minor league deal.

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

    I’d bet that Cashman brings him up to NY and trades him the next day to the NL.

  146. blake March 27th, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    Calipari

  147. mick March 27th, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    dont like his face?

  148. mick March 27th, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    i dont know how some get the energy to hate coaches?

  149. Doreen March 27th, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    WCYF -

    Thank you so much for the link to the Jeter interview. One of the best if not THE best I’ve ever seen!

    Loved the very last part about owning a team. :)

  150. Pat M. March 27th, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    Calipari….That means Kentucky will be facing NCAA Sanctions in about 3 years or so……

  151. Tom in N.J. March 27th, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    Good read on John Calipari. It’s from last year, but it still resonates.

    The Sleaziest Coach in a Sleazy Game

    http://www.slate.com/id/2248019/

  152. Doreen March 27th, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    Fran -

    I’ve not only read the little post-its next to each player, but I google their names and their teams to find out the latest. I’m obsessed. Not good……. ;)

    I think I”m getting the hang of things — too much so!!

  153. RhapsodyInBlue March 27th, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    Young Tarheels really stepped this year.

    Starting 5 one Jr, 2 sophs and 2 freshmen.

    Nothing to be ashamed of.

    BTW, Dick Vitale predicted before the tournament started that Kentucky would cut down the net as Nat’l Champion.

  154. blake March 27th, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    Mick,

    I don’t hate him….hate is too strong a word for anyone in sports (except maybe Beckett). Dislike like him in his professional life is more like it.

  155. mick March 27th, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    calipari never wins the big one…is UConn it or does he lose to Butler?

  156. Doreen March 27th, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    Is the Clam Broth House still open? I ate there about 30-some years ago! Strange, but I don’t feel like it was that long ago, but it certainly was!

  157. blake March 27th, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    “Calipari….That means Kentucky will be facing NCAA Sanctions in about 3 years or so…”

    Yes

  158. West Coast Yankee Fan March 27th, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    ron March 27th, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    Take out adrian beltre’s & vmarts 2010 production & add crawford’s & agone’s & you have only 2 hr/10 rbi more.

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

    A-Gon’s 2010 stats include 81 games played at Petco park aka the Grand Canyon. And RBI wise, he didn’t have Ellsbury, Pedroia and Crawford hitting in front of him.

  159. Fran the original March 27th, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    Doreen,

    You’re a real hands-on owner :)

  160. m March 27th, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    I read that as “Clam Brothel”. :oops:

  161. mick March 27th, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    Fran

    Can VCU do it again?

  162. blake March 27th, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    n. And RBI wise, he didn’t have Ellsbury, Pedroia and Crawford hitting in front of him.

    -

    Neither did Beltre most of the year

  163. mick March 27th, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    Is Uconn considered a small team compared to KY?

  164. Fran the original March 27th, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Mick,

    I think so. They just seem to be on a magical ride. I think beating Kansas was the hardest game they had to play.

  165. mick March 27th, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    Butler is also like them. A little engine that could.

  166. West Coast Yankee Fan March 27th, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    Ellsbury and Pedroia played just under 100 games between the two of them and scored 63 runs.

  167. m March 27th, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    The Rockets and Heat have scored 93 each…through 3 quarters!

  168. West Coast Yankee Fan March 27th, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    A-Gon is a monster. IMO.

  169. Fran the original March 27th, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    Mick,

    Butler has the advantage of having been there last year, but I just think VCU is on a magical run and has a ton of confidence. But whichever team gets into the final, it’s nice to have an underdog.

  170. MG March 27th, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    Pat M. March 27th, 2011 at 7:34 pm
    Nick in San Francisco…….Ten Hail Marys for me…Sorry about the Garden State thing…..And yeah, The Clam Broth House is quite the place……..
    ———————-
    seeing the name of The Clam Broth House brings back long lost memories-I went to college in Hoboken in the ’60s when it was still mostly a slum and the Broth House and Schaeffer’s Restaurant (around the corner across from the Tube Station) were the only places you could eat without potentially being poisoned. Schaeffer’s had a special deal for students, a filet mignon dinner for either $3 or $4 (I kid you not).

    Does the Broth House still have sawdust on the floor of the bar? Oh, the stories that dust could tell…

  171. Rich in NJ March 27th, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    An interesting segment on “60 Minutes” about Bob Hurley, on now.

  172. NYY626 - Retire 46 March 27th, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    That Jeter interview was great. Loved the part about him only managing a little league team :P

    If anyone is bored, this is one of my favorite jeter interviews, its a segment from “On the Couch” with Ripculpepper. He’s basically just laughing the entire time.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnmD1CD1LqU


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