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Spring Training Game 31: Yankees vs. Tigers

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Gameday Thread on Mar 29, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (12-15-3)
Brett Gardner CF
Derek Jeter SS
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada DH
Andruw Jones LF
Russell Martin C

RHP Freddy Garcia (1-1, 5.93)
Garcia vs. Tigers

TIGERS (20-13)
Austin Jackson CF
Will Rhymes 2B
Magglio Ordonez RF
Miguel Cabrera 1B
Victor Martinez DH
Brennan Boesch LF
Jhonny Peralta SS
Alex Avila C
Brandon Inge 3B

RHP Rick Porcello (0-2, 4.43)
Porcello vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., YES Network

WEATHER: There was some threat of rain, but the sky is fairly clear and it looks like the Yankees won’t have any problem playing their spring finale.

UMPIRES: HP Chad Fairchild, 1B Manny Gonzalez, 2B Tyler Funneman, 3B Chad Whitson

ON THE LINE: Nothing really on the line here. Oddly enough, the event that matters most is happening at the minor league complex, where Curtis Granderson and Chris Dickerson are trying to get back to game speed.

OUT OF THE BULLPEN FOR THE YANKEES: Rafael Soriano, Mark Prior, Luis Ayala, Bartolo Colon, Wilkin Arias, Andy Sisco, Eric Wordekemper and Pat Venditte.

OUT OF THE BULLPEN FOR THE TIGERS: LHP Fu-Te Ni and LHP Austin Wood are the only relievers listed for the Tigers.

OFF THE BENCH: C Austin Romine, 1B Eric Chavez, 2B Eduardo Nunez, SS Ramiro Pena, 3B Doug Bernier, LF Ray Kruml, CF Melky Mesa, RF Justin Maxwell

A FEW FINAL MOVES: The Yankees have quietly reassigned Warner Madrigal to minor league camp, and although there’s no official announcement about Manny Banuelos, his locker has been cleared out. But he’ll be here today because…

DAWSON AWARD: Banuelos will be given the James P. Dawson award this afternoon, recognized as the top rookie in camp. He went 1-1 with a 2.13 ERA. It was a close vote, and I actually voted for the second-place finisher. My pick was Ivan Nova, who went 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA and won a spot in the Yankees rotation.

NEW KIND OF SIM GAME: Joe Girardi said the game Dickerson and Granderson play in today will not be an official or even real game. They’re going to play through some sort of simulated game, getting at-bats and — I assume — tracking fly balls. Apparently the Yankees want them to go through this sort of game, then play in a regular game tomorrow. Assuming he comes through these games with no setback, Granderson will break camp with the Yankees.

UPDATE, 1:51 p.m.: Garcia is through three scoreless. He had the bases loaded in the third but got out of it with a soft line drive to Cano. It’s still a scoreless game, but the Yankees have two on with no outs in the bottom of the third.

UPDATE, 2:04 p.m.: A bases-loaded walk gave the Yankees a 1-0 lead in the third, but Robinson Cano’s line drive was caught at second base, robbing him of at least one RBI, maybe two.

UPDATE, 2:08 p.m.: From Donnie Collins: Phil Hughes allowed one run through five innings at the minor league complex today.

UPDATE, 2:20 p.m.: The Tigers have a 2-1 lead after a solo home run in the fourth. Also from Donnie over at the minor league complex: Mariano Rivera, Dave Robertson, Boone Logan and Joba Chamberlain all faced minor league hitters today. Sorry, tied at one. In my mind I was counting the run that Hughes allowed at the minor league complex. Can’t have two games in my mind at once!

UPDATE, 3:27 p.m.: Austin Romine just went deep for a 2-1 Yankees lead in the eighth. That’s his second homer of the spring.

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334 Responses to “Spring Training Game 31: Yankees vs. Tigers”

  1. Crawdaddy March 29th, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Curry reporting that Gardner is leading off Thursday against Verlander.

    http://twitter.com/JackCurryYE.....520478720#

  2. upstate kate March 29th, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    congrats to Banuelos

  3. austinmac March 29th, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    I was looking at the 40 man roster. Romulo will be removed. That leaves them Corona to remove or putting Marte on the 60 day DL. Wouldn’t that give them the two spots they need for BUC and Feliciano’s replacement? Am I missing anyone?

  4. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 29th, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    GO FREDDY!

  5. blake March 29th, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Congrats to Banuelos. Good choice.

    I like this lineup against righties.

    Stuckey,

    I haven’t seen Girardi or Cashman’s article calling Montero a failure …..link please :)

  6. jacksquat March 29th, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    BIG AL March 29th, 2011 at 12:48 pm
    jacksquat -

    Posada’s career CS % is 28%, so Girardi at 32 % CS is better than that of his successor.

    I made no mention of Posada and his CS% is irrelevant. Girardi is the one making the final decision. 32% is pedestrian, about average.

    Then again, some guys who weren’t very good players do later make good coaches and scouts, so who knows.

  7. Bronx Jeers March 29th, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    It’s not abundantly clear who is currently testifying in the Bonds trail right now but whoever it is just said that Bonds’ 2003 sample tested positive.

    This is the same test that Arod failed.

  8. jacksquat March 29th, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    Is Nova still technically a rookie?

    If so, he may have a shot at ROY.

  9. Irreverent Discourse March 29th, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    It’s gonna take me a while to see the words “Manny” and “Yankees” in the same sentence and think something positive. :/

  10. Against All Odds March 29th, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    # Irreverent Discourse March 29th, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    It’s gonna take me a while to see the words “Manny” and “Yankees” in the same sentence and think something positive. :/

    ———————————————

    Just go with Man Ban it’s easier and less stressful

  11. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 29th, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    Patrick – got it. :)

    I will post the udpated chart in a while.

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

    I don’t have to be around for you to be added to the chart, but just be sure you put my name in the post where you give your prediction. I will check later to see if there are additional predictions and the easiest way for me to do it is to do a search using my name.

  12. Irreverent Discourse March 29th, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    From MLB.com…

    Determining rookie status:
    A player shall be considered a rookie unless, during a previous season or seasons, he has (a) exceeded 130 at-bats or 50 innings pitched in the Major Leagues; or (cool.gif accumulated more than 45 days on the active roster of a Major League club or clubs during the period of 25-player limit (excluding time in the military service and time on the disabled list).

    Yes, I believe Nova still qualifies as a rookie.

  13. LGY March 29th, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    Granderson should hit behind Cano, if he plays OD.

  14. stuckey99 March 29th, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    “It is at least equally simple and straightforward to suggest that Cervelli was seen as the back-up, or was at least the front-runner, until his injury.”

    http://www.myyesnetwork.com/16.....or_montero

    I find Jack Curry to be one of the better guys out there on this stuff.

    I think the 2nd paragraph is particularly salient.

  15. blake March 29th, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    Maybe they should have a rookie award ….and a minor leaguers award.

  16. SJ44 March 29th, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    Are you trying to sell that Joe Girardi doesn’t know how to evaluate the catching position because he only threw out 32% of runners in his career? If so, it’s a pretty dumb way to reach that conclusion.

    Girardi and Pena forgot more about the catching position than anyone here will ever know.

    In this instance, I’ll take their judgment of Montero’s current skill level over just about anybody.

  17. stuckey99 March 29th, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    “I haven’t seen Girardi or Cashman’s article calling Montero a failure …..link please :)”

    This went over my head.

    I’m pretty sure I said if you have an issue with Sherman saying Montero failed (which btw, has a different context than calling him a failure”) than you should blame Sherman, not Girardi and Cashman indirectly.

  18. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 29th, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    http://members.cox.net/lsdorga.....0CHART.pdf

    Check you out later.

  19. J. Alfred Prufrock March 29th, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    Banuelos over Nova because of his tender age. Good stuff, Manny.

    I got little interest in the witch hunt. Dirty politicians pointing soiled fingers. What goes around, comes around.

    Hope Mesa gets a couple PAs tonight. Haven’t gotten tired of seeing that kid.

  20. Irreverent Discourse March 29th, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Girardi wants to study Montero’s catching abilities across full Spring Training games to see if Montero maintains defensive consistency, but he sounded enthused, not reluctant, about having Montero in the big leagues.

    That says it all to me.

    If he was ready and showed consistency he could have been the backup.

    It doesn’t say he would be the backup, just that it was possible.

    This indicates that the job was someone else’s until Cervelli got injured.

  21. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Frankie and Mickey. Great read

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/articl.....um=twitter

  22. blake March 29th, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    “This went over my head.”

    Sorry.

    I don’t think they meant to….but they opened the door for him to write it with their comments. Im moving on from the topic though as it really doesn’t matter…..just something to talk about until Thursday.

  23. stuckey99 March 29th, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    “defensive consistency” is the takeaway.

    Girardi said this and emphasized it BEFORE a game was played. And this is exactly what Montero didn’t show.

    All you need to do is draw the straight line.

  24. Nick in SF March 29th, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    First of all, stuckey, wasn’t Jack Curry was one of the sources you misused to argue against Gardner leading off?

    Nonetheless, Curry is a great writer, but it’s what Girardi said that’s important.

    Girardi did indeed express enthusiasm about Montero. Lots of fans make the mistake of taking the enthusiasm of a manager or coach and drawing incorrect conclusions, as you seem to have done.

  25. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    Tp of the first inning

    Jackson strikeout looking

  26. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    Rymes groundout to shortstop

  27. jacksquat March 29th, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    SJ44 March 29th, 2011 at 1:01 pm
    Are you trying to sell that Joe Girardi doesn’t know how to evaluate the catching position because he only threw out 32% of runners in his career? If so, it’s a pretty dumb way to reach that conclusion.

    Girardi and Pena forgot more about the catching position than anyone here will ever know.

    In this instance, I’ll take their judgment of Montero’s current skill level over just about anybody.

    I posted more than his CS%. Nice ignoring of that part. I’m just saying that he wasn’t exactly a perennial all-star with the glove. His probably got his rep as a defensive catcher because he wasn’t much of a hitter (72 career ops+).

    Pena was better, but he is not making the final decision. If he disagreed with Joe I’m sure we’d never know about it.

    And I did later post that some people know *how* something should be done, even if they weren’t formerly good/great players.

  28. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    Ordonez pop out to shortstop

  29. Fran the original March 29th, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    Nice easy 1st for Garcia.

  30. Doreen March 29th, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    Congratulations to Manny Banuelos!!!

    He helped make this Spring Training a lot of fun to watch.

  31. BeholdArNo March 29th, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    I am so excited at Chavez being with us. Such a gorgeous man and delicious piece of meat!

  32. LGY March 29th, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    All you need to do is draw the straight line.

    ——

    Your Gardner and Romine predictions lead me to believe you may need some more practice coloring inside the lines ;)

  33. upstate kate March 29th, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    thanks for the play by play GB

  34. stuckey99 March 29th, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    “First of all, stuckey, wasn’t Jack Curry was one of the sources you misused to argue against Gardner leading off?”

    No.

    His name was raised in a back-and-forth over the issue, but *I* did not cite Curry as a factor in my conclusion.

    “Girardi did indeed express enthusiasm about Montero. Lots of fans make the mistake of taking the enthusiasm of a manager or coach and drawing incorrect conclusions, as you seem to have done.”

    Fair enough. What factors contribute to your conclusion that Cervelli had the job to lose?

    Or are you just playing the role of contrarian? :-)

  35. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Bottom of the 3rd inning

    Gardner ground out to shortstop

  36. Fran the original March 29th, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    The Yankees have a workout at the Stadium tomorrow.

  37. stuckey99 March 29th, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    “Your Gardner and Romine predictions lead me to believe you may need some more practice coloring inside the lines ;)

    Your Pena and Montero predictions puts as at worst on equal footing!

  38. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    Jeter groundout to shortstop

  39. LGY March 29th, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    Cashman must have missed the straight line memo when he made his cagefight comment :(

  40. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    Teixeira pop out to left field

    End of first inning, no score

    You’re most welcome, Kate

  41. LGY March 29th, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    Hey stuckey, I never claimed to be a straight line thinker!

    Horizontal thinker FTW!

  42. stuckey99 March 29th, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    LGY, he made it when Montero was struggling and Romine returned from his personal leave, didn’t he?

  43. LGY March 29th, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Why hasn’t my Grandy should be hitting 6th comment caused any controversy?

  44. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    Top of 2nd inning

    Cabrera walk

    Martinez ground out to 1st base, bobble by Teixeira may have cost DP

  45. upstate kate March 29th, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    LGY
    if Grandy hits 6th, does that mean Swish is 2nd, and GGBG is 9th?

  46. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    Boesch groundout to 2nd base, Cabrera to 3rd base

  47. blake March 29th, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    LGY,

    Against righties I don’t think that’s a crazy idea….I like Swisher there as well.

  48. Doreen March 29th, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    And some of the rhetoric is motivational.

  49. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    Peralta strikeout

    No score

  50. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Bottom of the 2nd inning

    Rodriguez pop fly out to right field

    Cano groundout to 2nd base

  51. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    Swisher single to right

  52. LGY March 29th, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    Kate

    Gardner
    Jeter
    Tex
    Alec
    Cano
    Grandy
    Swish
    Posada
    Martin

    Vs Rhp

  53. blake March 29th, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    Thanks for the updates GB.

  54. Irreverent Discourse March 29th, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    LGY – 6th behind Cano? thats an odd spot… I like a switch hitter behind Cano. In a world where the end of last year is the reality, Grandy *should* be batting 2nd :)

  55. Tom in N.J. March 29th, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    Heyman just jinxed this year:

    Alex Rodriguez will win the American League MVP.

    And

    CC Sabathia will win the AL Cy Young award

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.c.....?eref=sihp

  56. blake March 29th, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    LGY,

    I like that either like that or flip Swisher and Granderson. Either way its stacked.

  57. Bronx Jeers March 29th, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    So apparently Bonds former girlfriend has given contradicting testimony concerning the amount of shrinkage Bonds testes underwent.

    If the defense team can establish that the prosecution knew about the discrepancy and didn’t alert the defense, could be grounds for a mistrial.

    I just think it’s funny that Bonds balls have become like OJ’s leather glove.

    “If the nuts did shrink, throw him in the clink”

  58. Pat M. March 29th, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    I think The Giambino is scheduled to take the stand today in SF…..Kimberly Bell’s testimony was sizzlingly stuff yesterday…….All this could couldn’t happen to a nicer guy!!!!

  59. LGY March 29th, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    I like Grandy ahead of Swish because he is a better hitter vs righties and cause Swish mashes LH so if they bring one in to face Grandy, the manager has a decision to make with Swish backing him up.

  60. Irreverent Discourse March 29th, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    That is the first thing in 4 months that Heyman has said that I agree with. A-Rod for MVP. CC for Cy Young? Pretty unlikely I think…

  61. Erica in NY March 29th, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    Pat M-

    Did you see my little Stevie post Sunday night?

    It was a GREAT show!

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  63. Pat M. March 29th, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    I see that Rick Sutcliff is still clueless….Great guy but just terrible with a mike

  64. Joe from Long Island March 29th, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Pat M. – what’s Sutcliff talking about?

  65. Tom in N.J. March 29th, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Bronx,

    It sounds like it’s getting testy in the courtroom…

    /shows self out

  66. Pat M. March 29th, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Erica….Yes I did see your Stevie comments about her Garden concert…..I keep checking on You-Tube for some video, so far nadda……

  67. Nick in SF March 29th, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    “What factors contribute to your conclusion that Cervelli had the job to lose?”

    That’s not what I said. I’m getting a better idea of why you make so many bad predictions and conclusions: you don’t always read things very carefully. What I actually said was:

    “It is at least equally simple and straightforward to suggest that Cervelli was seen as the back-up, or was at least the front-runner, until his injury.”

    Now if you want to know why that theory would be at least as simple as yours, fine.

    Cervelli has a proven MLB track record of effective backup catching. When he injured his foot, the rookie phenom competition still didn’t get the job and they opted for a guy whose hitting and defense are both worse than Cervelli’s. Therefore, it’s a pretty simple straight-line conclusion that Cervelli probably would have gotten the job absent his injury.

    Lots of fans make the mistake of taking their own pet theories and fantasies too seriously. As you’ve done, stuckey, this leads many of them to search for evidence to match their conclusions rather than letting the best conclusion flow from the evidence.

  68. Pat M. March 29th, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    Doctor Joe….He just mentioned that the flyball that Swisher caught would have been a dinger in The Stadium because of the short porch >>>>> Yo Rick, both parks have the same dimensions

  69. Betsy March 29th, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    Sherman’s article is exactly why I don’t like him. Montero failed? Ludicrious – the kid is 21. He just struggled. Then again, this is the same writer who said, after Phil Hughes’ debut against the Jays, that he didn’t see anything in him – after one game, lol.

    Are Phil and Nova pitching today against Yankee minor leaguers?

  70. blake March 29th, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    LGY,

    That is a pretty good point….however by the same token if Alex and Cano are on base with 2 outs then they could bring on a Lefty to get out Granderson and potentially get out of trouble.

  71. Pat M. March 29th, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Nick in SF…….I’m liking the Yanks, Giants, Angels,Twins or A’s on the overs as my big picks….I’m debating over either the Braves ( over ) or Philly under as the 5 th 2 bill picks…..The rest of the teams I’ll go 40.00 each…Any thoughts ??? Lots of love here for the Chi-Sox

  72. Joe from Long Island March 29th, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    Pat M. – last week, when MLBNetwork was showing the Phils at Yanks game, the Phillies TV crew made a similar comment. I thought professionals were supposed to be prepared before coming to work. Wouldn’t fly where I work.

  73. Betsy March 29th, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    As long as Grandy doesn’t bat at the top of the lineup……he’s got too much pop. Maybe bat him 6th and Swish 7th? Grandy’s speed could put him in scoring position for Swish

  74. blake March 29th, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    Pat M,

    Sutcliffe is the worst…..the a absolute worst.

    Hey did you see Drew II is enrolling at UCLA…subtraction by addition?

  75. blake March 29th, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    Good job by Jeter to get the runners over.

  76. Against All Odds March 29th, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    Sherman is like a shock jock. I remember him and Joe G getting into it back in 2008

  77. Bronx Jeers March 29th, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    It sounds like it’s getting testy in the courtroom…

    ————————

    Yes things have really GON ADrift for the defense.

  78. Betsy March 29th, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    LOL He kind of is a shock jock. The thing is, he’s very good at some things and when he’s being fair, he’s very good. I do think he’s a smart guy as well. However, sometimes he just sounds arrogant.

  79. Erica in NY March 29th, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    Pat M. March 29th, 2011 at 1:46 pm
    Erica….Yes I did see your Stevie comments about her Garden concert…..I keep checking on You-Tube for some video, so far nadda……

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

    I used to have great contacts for bootlegs.

    But I haven’t spoken to these people in about 8 years. E-mailing them out of the blue to ask what they have could be considered rude and awkward. LOL

    I am getting super excited for the new album though

  80. Nick in SF March 29th, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    Pat M., I’ll take another look at the Vegas Watch numbers this afteroon (doing a few things at once now). I think my conclusions will match those or be pretty close, but i’ll let you know.

  81. blake March 29th, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    The game is on ESPN for those that don’t know.

  82. Nick in SF March 29th, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    I have a bootleg of the great indie band Yo La Tengo covering the Fleetwood Mac song “Dreams”, is that what we’re talking about???

  83. Tank March 29th, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    “Sherman’s article is exactly why I don’t like him. Montero failed?”

    But didn’t he? The Yankees were not planning on bringing Molina north once Cervelli went down. Girardi’s past quotes suggested it was Montero’s job to lose once Cevelli went down. He lost it.

    Doesn’t mean his career is a failure, but he did fail to win a job that he was favored for. If he didn’t regress on both sides of the ball, he would have likely gotten the job.

  84. Yank 97 March 29th, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    Pedro Feliciano, still suffering from soreness in a muscle behind his left shoulder, will not pick up a baseball for the next 10 days in the hope that rest will cure what so far, the Yankees have been unable to.

    “it’s not healing as quick as we would like,” said Joe Girardi, who said that realistically, Feliciano will not pitch for a minimum of three weeks and probably longer. Feliciano will travel to New York with the team to continue his rehab, then return to Tampa when he is ready to resume throwing.

    http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/yankees/

  85. blake March 29th, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    Yanks hitters doing a really nice job keeping their hands back on that change up….

  86. teddy9000 March 29th, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    great at bat arod

  87. stuckey99 March 29th, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    “That’s not what I said. I’m getting a better idea of why you make so many bad predictions and conclusions: you don’t always read things very carefully.”

    I certainly leave myself open to criticism Nick, but say what you like about me, I don’t hedge in taking position. When you offered a rebuttal of my conclusion, I naturally concluded you were an advocate of a different, opposing position.

    My mistake. I’ll readjustment my thinking to assume tedium from you in the future.

    “Cervelli has a proven MLB track record of effective backup catching. When he injured his foot, the rookie phenom competition still didn’t get the job and they opted for a guy whose hitting and defense are both worse than Cervelli’s. Therefore, it’s a pretty simple straight-line conclusion that Cervelli probably would have gotten the job absent his injury.”

    Ironic you’d criticize me for not paying attention to you when you’ve clearly ignored or misunderstood me.

    I’ve clearly articulated that I thought Montero had the job to lose, but on a shorter lease than the one Nova and Nunez had. Cervelli injured his foot I believe in the 4th game of spring training, which at the time was his 2nd start compared to Montero’s 2 starts.

    The Yankees didn’t opt for Molina officially until over 3 weeks after that, and Montero got the bulk of the playing time behind Martin the entire time.

    This is entirely consistent with my position, corroborated by Curry, that Montero was very much in the mix for the BUC job, but that he had to earn it, and he did not.

    That he was not named the BUC on March 4th by default neither contradicts my position nor by itself suggests Molina instantly became the favorite. If PT is considered a relevant factor, then the evidence in fact suggests Molina did NOT immediate jump to the top of the depth chart until recently.

    Your fixation is showing…

  88. teddy9000 March 29th, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    how garcia looked , i didn’t know the game was on tv

  89. teddy9000 March 29th, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    swisher got robbed

  90. Betsy March 29th, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    That’s bad news on Feliciano, sheesh – he signs with the Yankees and now he has arm problems?

  91. Nick in SF March 29th, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    “When you offered a rebuttal of my conclusion, I naturally concluded you were an advocate of a different, opposing position.”

    You’re funny. Thinking that your conclusion is the natural, correct one even when it’s actually the incorrect one is what led to your bad prections. There’s nothing wrong with that, lots of fans make bad predictions.

    “Your fixation is showing…’

    Pffft, enough is enough: no more tears!

  92. Yank 97 March 29th, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    Heyman’s predictions:

    Playoff teams – AL: Red Sox, White Sox, Rangers, Yankees (WC)
    NL: Braves, Cardinals, Giants, Phillies (WC)

    Rockies over Rangers in WS (yet doesn’t have them in the playoffs?)

    MVPs: A-Rod and Posey
    CY: Sabathia and Jiminez

    Also predicts Jeter will get his 3,000th hit.

  93. teddy9000 March 29th, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    arod didn’t make that play last year

  94. Nick in SF March 29th, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    Great play and lateral movement by Arod, for those not watching. I know that’s something a lot of people have been looking for this Spring.

  95. Pat M. March 29th, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    blake….I saw that about Drew….Also Honeycutt is retaining an agent ( no surprise ) however Malcolm Lee might bolt however I cannot see him leaving UCLA as he’d be a projected 2nd rounder at this time……The Wear Brothers and Drew should have inked with UCLA from the beginning as they’re local guys……I used to watch the twins all the time when they played at Mater Dei HS ……I think the Kevin Love situation is what sent them to NC…..Drew has great talent but has a sense of entitlement from everything I’ve heard from hi LA HS days…..

  96. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 29th, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    stuckey, I definitely agree with Nick’s take. I don’t think that Montero was ever seriously in the mix and I think that the fact that he wasn’t chosen as the backup once Cervelli went down underscores that fact. But I also think a variety of factors were involved in Montero not being seriously in the mix to go north from jump street, and with a change here and there, he might have been tapped once Cervelli went down – but certainly not before.

  97. stuckey99 March 29th, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    Nick, so what you’re saying is you have no response to the substance of the discussion and instead opt to continue to serve as my personal troll.

    Weird, you’re known for being succinct. You’re really getting off track.

  98. ET March 29th, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    Pedro Feliciano, still suffering from soreness in a muscle behind his left shoulder, will not pick up a baseball for the next 10 days in the hope that rest will cure what so far, the Yankees have been unable to.

    “it’s not healing as quick as we would like,” said Joe Girardo

    ————–

    Very similar to how Marte’s problems started. Shoulder soreness that hasn’t healed in their projected time frame and are unsure of their next course of action, hoping rest cures it.

  99. Benny Blanco March 29th, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    Alex had a cannon arm!

  100. Mell March 29th, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    “Also predicts Jeter will get his 3,000th hit.”

    Really going out on a limb there, eh?

    Then again, picking a World Series participant who he has missing the playoffs is a pretty bold move.

  101. Erica in NY March 29th, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    Nick in SF March 29th, 2011 at 1:58 pm
    I have a bootleg of the great indie band Yo La Tengo covering the Fleetwood Mac song “Dreams”, is that what we’re talking about???

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

    Ummm… No

    Although, I am incredibly proud of the self control I am showing. Stevie and Rod are playing the Garden again on April 6th and I am not going. And Stevie is playing in Atlantic City on May 6th and I am not going.

    (I should really confess though…. this has more to do with work getting in the way of me having fun than any attempt at self-control)

  102. Benny Blanco March 29th, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    New nickname alert:

    Eric “Chavey” Chavez. That’s what giradi just said.

  103. Asd March 29th, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    I do like the awkward silence of them running out of things to say to Girardi, and the video feed of him just standing there, not being talked to.

  104. Erica in NY March 29th, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Mell March 29th, 2011 at 2:12 pm
    “Also predicts Jeter will get his 3,000th hit.”

    Really going out on a limb there, eh?

    Then again, picking a World Series participant who he has missing the playoffs is a pretty bold move.

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

    Maybe the Rockies are just going to be THAT good they can skip the Playoffs. LOL

  105. Dionysius Thelxinoe March 29th, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Yank 97, Heyman has the Rockies winning the WS, yet doesn’t have them making the playoffs?

    Link?

  106. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 29th, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    You know, I wondered to myself whether Freddy finally being chosen to be in the rotation would remove a layer of pressure and cause him to have a really good outing today.

  107. stuckey99 March 29th, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    “I definitely agree with Nick’s take. I don’t think that Montero was ever seriously in the mix and I think that the fact that he wasn’t chosen as the backup once Cervelli went down underscores that fact.”

    Fair enough Trisha, but unlike some others I will trust you’ll be willing to answer the following question and further trust you’ll probably have a legitimate answer.

    Girardi outright said what he most wanted to see from Montero was defensively consistency, and this is exactly what Montero didn’t demonstrate.

    How do you respond to the notion that Montero could have won the position by simply providing what Girardi is on record saying he wanted to see?

    Generally, as I told JF yesterday, I’m generally dubious of a conclusion that is arrived after the fact.

    Again, I don’t recall anyone offering the idea that Montero had no shot at making the team 3 weeks ago. If this conclusion is this sound, shouldn’t someone have been on top of it a before 3 days ago?

  108. blake March 29th, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Pat M,

    The Wear twins are pretty good….really hurt the Heels depth when they left. Drew is a good defender but can’t shoot and turns the ball over like crazy.

  109. teddy9000 March 29th, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    MLB and MLBPA establish new protocols on concussions, including the creation of a new 7-day disabled list for concussions.

  110. Irreverent Discourse March 29th, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    stuckey99 – you seem to retract into the same “logic” argument with everyone, it’s not a good habit.

  111. Nick in SF March 29th, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    “Nick, so what you’re saying is you have no response to the substance of the discussion and instead opt to continue to serve as my personal troll.”

    Is this where stuckey has officially jumped the shark? I thought your bag was logic and precision on words and arguments, not… that.

    I would be very surprised if anyone but you would draw such a conclusion.

  112. BeholdArNo March 29th, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    These ESPN guys are so idiotic! They said that Victor Martinez had a pretty good year defensively last year.

  113. stuckey99 March 29th, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    “I would be very surprised if anyone but you would draw such a conclusion.”

    As would I.

  114. Joe from Long Island March 29th, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    1. teddy9000 – that’s a good step forward.

    2. Maybe by Martinez’ standards it was.

  115. Nick in SF March 29th, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    And if this is all about patting ourselves on the back for making predictions, my prediction, before ST began, was that Cervelli would start the season as the BUC.

  116. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Sorry for the delay. Top 5th inning, 1-1

    Rodriguez with bases loaded walk

    Boesch with solo homer

  117. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Top 5th inning

    Inge single to right

  118. Fran the original March 29th, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    I am watching the game on YES. It is very pleasant listening to Bob Lorenz and John Flaherty.

  119. Irreverent Discourse March 29th, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Who schedules a ST game 2 days before a real game against the same club? /boggle

  120. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    Jackson flyout to warning track in right field corner

  121. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 29th, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    “Girardi outright said what he most wanted to see from Montero was defensively consistency, and this is exactly what Montero didn’t demonstrate.

    How do you respond to the notion that Montero could have won the position by simply providing what Girardi is on record saying he wanted to see?”

    Because Girardi said he wanted to see defensive consistency does not unequivocally mean that he was therefore saying that had that happened, Montero was on the team!

    Let me give you an example. Montero could have shown great defensive consistency and Girardi could have been nothing but pleased with that progress but still felt that given the totality of the circumstances (I’ve spoken to this quite a few times) it was best for both the team and Montero to start in AAA.

    “Generally, as I told JF yesterday, I’m generally dubious of a conclusion that is arrived after the fact.

    Again, I don’t recall anyone offering the idea that Montero had no shot at making the team 3 weeks ago. If this conclusion is this sound, shouldn’t someone have been on top of it a before 3 days ago?”

    Ah, but there were a number of us who said we believed that Cervelli was going to be the pick to go north. Since Martin was already on the team, you would have to impute from that, that we were also saying Montero was not going to make the team.

  122. Pat M. March 29th, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    Buster hits a homerun with his interview with Verlander….Great stuff on pitching

  123. munson15 March 29th, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    Just caught some of the game while I was home for lunch. Garcia looked pretty good. Even hit 90 a couple times.

  124. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    Rymes strikeout swinging (3rd strikeout)

  125. Yank 97 March 29th, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    Rosenthal’s predictions:

    AL: Red Sox, White Sox, As, Yankees
    NL: Phillies, Reds, Rockies, Braves

    ALCS: Red Sox over Yankees
    NLCS: Braves over Rockies

    WS: Red Sox over Braves

    MVP: A-Rod, Pujols
    CY: Lester, Hamels

    MOY: Francona, Tracey

  126. BeholdArNo March 29th, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    That was pretty good Bluster interview.

  127. Irreverent Discourse March 29th, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    How does Francona get MOY when they spend all that money in the offseason? Silly Rosenthal.

  128. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 29th, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    Yanks 97 – per usual I am interested in nobody’s prediction but my own! As an aside, push me over with a feather that Rosenthal picked the Sux to win it all. You talk about a Sux suckup, he leads the team.

    :)

  129. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 29th, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    “Silly Rosenthal.”

    About says it all.

  130. Fran the original March 29th, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    Trisha,

    I saw Girardi on the Yankees Spring Training report last night after the rainout. Another factor against taking Montero north was that Joe believes Montero should be playing every day which he would not be doing in NY.

  131. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    Pitching change with 2 outs in 5th inning
    Ayala pitching

    4.2 innings, 4 hits, 1 run (earned), 2 walks, 3 strikeouts, 1 homer allowed

    Ordonez double

    Cabrera groundout to shortstop

    Middle 5th inning, 1-1 tie

  132. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 29th, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    “Trisha,

    I saw Girardi on the Yankees Spring Training report last night after the rainout. Another factor against taking Montero north was that Joe believes Montero should be playing every day which he would not be doing in NY.”

    Geeze Fran, didn’t we also say that all ST?

  133. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    Bottom 5th inning, 1-1 tie

    gardner strikeout looking

  134. Fran the original March 29th, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    Trisha,

    We did. We think like Joe. Now if only I could do that for GTLU :)

  135. Jerkface March 29th, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    True Rosenthal Fact: Was cobbled together by an old wood-carver and given life thanks to a fairy. How he has circumvented the nose growing phenomenon is beyond scholars.

  136. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    Jeter soft roller to 2nd base

  137. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 29th, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    “True Rosenthal Fact: Was cobbled together by an old wood-carver and given life thanks to a fairy. How he has circumvented the nose growing phenomenon is beyond scholars.”

    :lol:

  138. Doreen March 29th, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    It is also plausible that people did not believe Montero would make the team, but were still excited that once Cervelli was injured a possibilty did exist, however slim, and it was fun to think about for a time.

    Maybe I’ll go watch the rest of this game. ;)

    Trisha -

    Put me down for 95 wins. Thanks.

  139. Jerkface March 29th, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    We did. We think like Joe.

    Except for where he said if Montero made the team they would find ways to give him consistent play time :(

  140. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    Teixeira ground out to 1st base

    End of 5th inning, 1-1 tie

  141. Carl March 29th, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    Marco Scutaro

  142. UnKnown March 29th, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    Sutcliff hasn’t gotten any better as a broadcaster, huh? Wow he is horrible.

  143. stuckey99 March 29th, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    “Because Girardi said he wanted to see defensive consistency does not unequivocally mean that he was therefore saying that had that happened, Montero was on the team!”

    No, it certainly does not. I didn’t suggest anyone, me, you, or anyone else has unequivocal evidence. Everyone is indeed evaluating factors and trying to cull the best conclusion.

    But the same threshold applies to the opposite conclusion. Is there any unequivocal evidence Cervelli was at the top of the BUC depth cart?

    “Montero could have shown great defensive consistency and Girardi could have been nothing but pleased with that progress but still felt that given the totality of the circumstances (I’ve spoken to this quite a few times) it was best for both the team and Montero to start in AAA.”

    Of course he could have. I’m not suggesting otherwise. I’m the one suggesting the situation was in fact fluid.

    As I understand it, its you, Nick and others who are arguing it was not, and pre-determined from the start.

    “Ah, but there were a number of us who said we believed that Cervelli was going to be the pick to go north. Since Martin was already on the team, you would have to impute from that, that we were also saying Montero was not going to make the team.”

    Fair enough.

  144. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 29th, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    Doreen, I guess I just don’t spend that much time obssessing about what’s going to happen with the team. I figured Cervelli was the pick. If Montero went north I figured it was until Cervelli came back. So Cervelli always remained my go-to.

    I’m pretty happy to let the Yankees do the thinking. But that’s just me.

  145. Niblick March 29th, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    Why does Chad say it’s 2-1 Tigers in the 4th. Does he even watch the games?

  146. Jerkface March 29th, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    Sutcliff hasn’t gotten any better as a broadcaster, huh? Wow he is horrible.

    No but he has gotten drunker and more incoherent

  147. Irreverent Discourse March 29th, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    I have always felt Jeter’s contact ability is actually too good. How many AB’s of his get cut short because he tapped a “ball” fair? If he would miss some more marginal pitches the GB’s wouldn’t be such a problem.

  148. Fran the original March 29th, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Except for where he said if Montero made the team they would find ways to give him consistent play time
    ***************************
    Joe may have said that, but not on the interview that I saw last night.

  149. charlestonchew March 29th, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Wow… it’s not even funny how horrible Wallace Matthews is. My god.. reading his article on Montero and Romine today… I felt as if I was reading perhaps the worst piece of journalism I’ve seen in months, maybe years. And his grammar! For someone who is supposed to be writing for a news organization, he lacked basic subject verb agreement and couldn’t seem to order his words in a coherent way.

  150. Jason Voorhees March 29th, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    No he reports false information because he hates you.

  151. UnKnown March 29th, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    Haha did you hear that one guy in the background on the ESPN broadcast:
    “Yankees Cards 2011 W.S.”

    Cards? Cmon buddy.

  152. Mell March 29th, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    “Why does Chad say it’s 2-1 Tigers in the 4th. Does he even watch the games?”

    It’s spring training for the beat guys too. Chad will be ready for Opening Day.

  153. UnKnown March 29th, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    I will always take an opportunity to hop on the Wallace is the worst reporter ever Train.

    HE IS BAD!!

  154. Pat M. March 29th, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    I thought Freddy looked good today….Mixed speeds well and moved the ball around quite well…..Tricia’s comments about being relaxed may have merit

  155. Jerkface March 29th, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    I have always felt Jeter’s contact ability is actually too good. How many AB’s of his get cut short because he tapped a “ball” fair? If he would miss some more marginal pitches the GB’s wouldn’t be such a problem.

    Considering his overall contact% is around league average, I don’t think he is ‘too good’. You can’t pick and choose what you miss or not, only what you swing at. If he missed more pitches, you’d see him missing some pitches he taps foul but also some he hit hard, and he would end up striking out more and being a worse hitter.

  156. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 29th, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    “We did. We think like Joe.”

    I think that’s basically all we (you and I) try to do. Think what the Yankees are probably thinking, since that’s really what matters in the end.

    :)

    stuckey, I do beleive it was predetermined rather than fluid. A number of factors went into my thinking that, but I did believe Cervelli was the choice from jump street.

  157. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Top of 6th inning, 1-1 tie, Ayala pitching

    Martinez deep flyout to left field

    Pitching change, garrison pitching

    Romine catching, Mesa in center, Chavez at 1st, Nunez at shortstop

  158. Jerkface March 29th, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    Andruw Jones, COME ON. /gob’d

  159. Irreverent Discourse March 29th, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    Jerkface – if he would foul the pitches off instead of tapping them fair, i would be perfectly happy with the results.

  160. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    Boesch Pop fly single to left field, Jones looking disintersted in catching it

  161. upstate kate March 29th, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    How did Porcello look? He is one of my fantasy pitchers, and a fav of mine since he rolled Youk.

  162. Erin March 29th, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    My apologies if this is old news already:

    BloggingBombers MLB and MLBPA establish new protocols on concussions, including the creation of a new 7-day disabled list for concussions.

    BloggingBombers Any player on the 7-day DL for more than 14 days will automatically and retroactively be transferred to the 15-day DL. Trial basis for 2011.

  163. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    Peralta strikeout swinging

  164. Erin March 29th, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    Jerkface March 29th, 2011 at 2:41 pm
    Andruw Jones, COME ON. /gob?d

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

    :lol:

  165. Jerkface March 29th, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    Jerkface – if he would foul the pitches off instead of tapping them fair, i would be perfectly happy with the results.

    He likely does foul off most of them. You happened to see one time where he didn’t and are trying to draw a conclusion from that. Maybe he wouldn’t have that problem if he didn’t swing at near everything? Maybe it isn’t that he is too good but that he is so bad? :)

  166. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 29th, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    “He is one of my fantasy pitchers, and a fav of mine since he rolled Youk.”

    :D

  167. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Avila weak ground ball single just about 45 feet from plate

  168. Fran the original March 29th, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Kate,

    Porcello looked fine.

    ***************
    Garrison gave up 2 hits to Left Handed batters, but to be fair the balls were not hit very hard.

  169. Doreen March 29th, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    trisha -

    I’m also fine with what the Yankees have decided. I wavered a bit on my own feeling that Montero should open the season in AAA, but only because of the “excitement factor.

    Not for nothin, trisha, but all of us here are a touch obsessed with the Yankees – or we wouldn’t be here! LOL (There are degrees of obsession, of course.)

  170. stuckey99 March 29th, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    Trisha, so long as you agree you don’t have any unequivocal evidence of that, then we’re good…

  171. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    Inge ground out to 3rd base

    Garrison looks pretty good today. Tough battle with full count to right handed Inge after about 4 foul balls.

  172. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 29th, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    Doreen, I’m obssessed with my love for the Yankees but beyond that, I really don’t get myself into a twist or sit with any kind of personal wish list. When I make guesses, again it’s based on trying to think the way I think the Yankees are thinking. When they feel Montero should come up, that works for me. If they thought he should have come up as the primary back up, that would have worked for me also. (It would have meant that I read their tealeaves wrong, but big deal.) I don’t get disappointed by things they do or don’t do. I will always say, and I can only speak for myself on this one, they know far more about running the team and making decisions than I could ever dream about knowing.

    That’s fine with me. I have enough on my plate.

    :)

  173. Doreen March 29th, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    What the heck is in Alex’s cheeK?????

  174. Patrick March 29th, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    People are still discussing the back up catcher? Who cares? I’m so over it.

    Montero will be a star in this league. Whether that starts in April, May, June or whenever.

  175. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    Bottom of 6th inning, Porcello still pitching

    Rodriguez gets decked by head high pitch

    soft groundout to 1st base

  176. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 29th, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    stuckey, of course I have no unequivocal evidence of anything. The best I can say is that it appears that I may have called the Yanks decision process correctly.

  177. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 29th, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    “Montero will be a star in this league. Whether that starts in April, May, June or whenever.”

    Absolutely believe that to be true Patrick.

  178. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    Doreen March 29th, 2011 at 2:53 pm
    What the heck is in Alex’s cheeK?????

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

    Jim Bouton’s “Big League Chew” or sunflower seeds

  179. Joe from Long Island March 29th, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    GB – think that was a purpose pitch?

  180. Doreen March 29th, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    trisha -

    We’re on the same page and think the same way in this regard. I was just poking a little fun at all of us – it’s hard to convey. Even smiley faces don’t always help!

    :)

  181. Doreen March 29th, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    The shortest name? Ni? :)

  182. Fran the original March 29th, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    John Flaherty says he expects a lot from AJ Burnett this season. Likes the way Rothschild helped AJ clean up his delivery.

  183. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    Cano strikeout

  184. Pat M. March 29th, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    Buster must have taken a refresher course this past winter in Interviewing 101….Most impressive today

  185. Doreen March 29th, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    GB7-

    The entire bag???? LOL

  186. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    Joe In LI, I don’t think so. Looks like it just got away….at the right time

  187. stuckey99 March 29th, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    “stuckey, of course I have no unequivocal evidence of anything. The best I can say is that it appears that I may have called the Yanks decision process correctly.”

    Beg to differ.

    Cervelli isn’t the BUC.

  188. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    Swisher pop fly out to right field

    End of 6 innings, 1-1 tie

  189. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    Doreen March 29th, 2011 at 2:58 pm
    GB7-

    The entire bag???? LOL

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

    Doreen, you wouldn’t be able to look at baseball cards of Nellie Fox. He went threw 4 bags of tobacco a game.

  190. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    top 7th inning, Prior pitching

    Jackson line out to 2nd base

  191. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Rhymes ground out to 2nd base

  192. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 29th, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    “Beg to differ.

    Cervelli isn’t the BUC.”

    Don’t beg. We’re all created equal here!

    :)

    Let me amend my statement. I’m convinced I called their decision process correctly, especially in light of Montero not even being considered for 2nd backup.

    When Cervelli comes back north as back up catcher, I will be as certain as certain can be.

    While I have no unequivocal evidence, I was always good with those, you know those books when you were a kid where you had to connect dots? I always connected dots well.

    ;)

  193. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 29th, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    “John Flaherty says he expects a lot from AJ Burnett this season. Likes the way Rothschild helped AJ clean up his delivery.”

    Saint Lawrence.

    :)

  194. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    Ordonez hard ground single up the middle

  195. MG March 29th, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    Nick in SF March 29th, 2011 at 1:58 pm
    I have a bootleg of the great indie band Yo La Tengo covering the Fleetwood Mac song “Dreams”, is that what we’re talking about???
    ————————————
    Nick, do you know how Yo La Tengo got it’s name?

    This is a true story about the Mets. During the 1962 season, New York Mets center fielder Richie Ashburn and Venezuelan shortstop Elio Chacón found themselves colliding in the outfield.

    When Ashburn went for a catch, he would scream, “I got it! I got it!” only to run into Chacón, who spoke only Spanish. Ashburn learned to yell, “¡Yo la tengo! ¡Yo la tengo!” instead.

    In a later game, Ashburn happily saw Chacón backing off. He relaxed, positioned himself to catch the ball, and was instead run over by left fielder Frank Thomas, who understood no Spanish and had missed a team meeting that proposed using the words “¡Yo la tengo!” as a way to avoid outfield collisions.

    After getting up, Thomas asked Ashburn, “What the heck is a Yellow Tango?”

  196. Fran the original March 29th, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    Jason Zillo is talking about HOPE Week and how hard it is to pick the 5 finalists. He is also flattered that the Twins want to have a HOPE week too.

  197. Carl March 29th, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Nasty pitch Mark

  198. Mell March 29th, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    “especially in light of Montero not even being considered for 2nd backup”

    Sure he was.

  199. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Cabrera strikeout swinging

    middle of the 7th inning, 1-1 tie

  200. upstate kate March 29th, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    good for the Twins…can never have too much HOPE!

  201. Pat M. March 29th, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    The Amazing Mets….Seems like some things just never change Nick In SF….

  202. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Bottom of 7th inning, 1-1 tie

    Posada strikeout looking

  203. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 29th, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    “Sure he was.”

    Sez you.

  204. Nick in SF March 29th, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    Yes, MG, I am aware of how the great Hoboken/Brooklyn band Yo La Tengo got its name.

  205. Doreen March 29th, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    MG -

    thanks for the belly laugh. Funny story. “yellow tango.” Maybe I’ll even be able to repeat that one to my husband and remember it! (Or I can always let him read it here.)

  206. Fran the original March 29th, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    Kate, like that line. That would be a good slogan.

  207. Jerkface March 29th, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    Thanks to Andruw Jones early success as star for the braves, my brain is having trouble reconciling the lumbering, gawky andruw jones which currently inhabits a yankee uniform.

    Trying to cheer for him this year is going to be trying :x

  208. pat March 29th, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    Joelsherman1 Hear #Redsox r getting minor lge C Mike McHenry from #Rockies for rlvr Daniel Turpin, who was in camp with #Yankees as Rule 5

  209. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    Jones with hard ground rule double down left field line

  210. Doreen March 29th, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    Well, nice last AB for Andruw Jones.

    Pretty funny that it was a GR double and he didn’t have to run, isn’t it??? LOL

  211. MG March 29th, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    Nick in SF March 29th, 2011 at 3:11 pm
    Yes, MG, I am aware of how the great Hoboken/Brooklyn band Yo La Tengo got its name.
    ———————–
    Nick, I knew you would but love that story so much I repeat it at every opportunity. Besides, I grew up in Brooklyn and went to college in Hoboken :)

  212. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Chavez strikeout swinging

  213. Doreen March 29th, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Will Eduardo Nunez get a different number when he comes up north?

  214. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    Behave yourself, Doreen. I’m the nasty remark maker around here

  215. Mell March 29th, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    “Sez you.”

    OH YEAH!!!!! :)

    By 2nd backup, I assume you mean the guy who would be named backup C in light of Cevelli’s injury. I don’t think there’s any question that Montero was seriously considered for that job. Just didn’t work out for him.

  216. Pat M. March 29th, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    Lumbering Face ????

  217. Fran the original March 29th, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    Think either team wants to play extra innings today? ;)

  218. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    Nunez flyout to right field

    end of 7 innings, 1-1 tie

  219. stuckey99 March 29th, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    “especially in light of Montero not even being considered for 2nd backup.”

    Yeah, Trisha, you lost me there.

    How have you concluded he was never considered?

  220. I Like Inge March 29th, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    These teams should call a tie now… and hit their charter flights home.

  221. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 29th, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Mell, okay, maybe I’ll give you that much. But no more!!!!!

    :)

  222. Jerkface March 29th, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Mariner’s beat declaring they won the cliff lee trade because Montero got sent down to AAA

    http://seattletimes.nwsource.c.....cation=rss

    Not realizing he would have made the Mariners out of spring most likely

  223. Joe from Long Island March 29th, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    I remember reading that story about Ashburn and Chacon. Stuff like this, you can’t make up.

  224. Fran the original March 29th, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    GB,

    Good job on the play by play. I am watching on TV, but I don’t think I could keep up and post as quickly as you do :)

  225. Pat M. March 29th, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    It just blows my mind how you wait and wait for pitcher and catchers to report and open up spring training and then before you know it it’s gone…..Next to December I think March is the quickest month…….I think College basketball has something to do with that perception

  226. Irreverent Discourse March 29th, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    Beg to differ.

    Cervelli isn’t the BUC.

    What an idiotic statement.

  227. MG March 29th, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    Pat M. March 29th, 2011 at 3:10 pm
    The Amazing Mets….Seems like some things just never change Nick In SF….
    ——————————-
    the two things I remember most about the Amazing Mets and 1962 is that Casey Stengel once went out to the pitcher’s mound to make what everyone thought was a pitching change and signalled for Choo Choo Coleman to replace whichever stiff was behind home plate. Casey’s reason for the change? He wanted the ‘low ball catcher’ in the game.

    the other thing was going to Gil Hodges night at the Polo Grounds (age 15) and having one of my friends drink about 10 beers courtesy of one of the other guys who could buy beer-he got so sick he threw up all over the 7th Avenue Express on the way home, it scattered the car so we all got to sit :)

  228. Jerkface March 29th, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    Lumbering Face ????

    Does that imply too much speed? Try plodding.

  229. blake March 29th, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    Andrew is starting his swing so early that a double down the line is about the only place he can hit the ball.

  230. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    Top of 8th inning, Wordekemper pitching, 1-1 tie

    Martinez flyout to left field

  231. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 29th, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    stuckey, I have my reasons but it’s really easier to concede the point.

    :)

  232. Patrick March 29th, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    Lumbering Face ????

    Lumbering, trundling, plodding, shambling, waddling, slogging, shuffling, galumphing

    Take your pick

  233. blake March 29th, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    Didn’t Smoak get sent down last year because he stunk so bad.?

  234. MG March 29th, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    I hope Buddy Carlyle is available out of the bullpen today to face a tough lefty…

  235. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    Fran the original March 29th, 2011 at 3:18 pm
    GB,

    Good job on the play by play. I am watching on TV, but I don’t think I could keep up and post as quickly as you do

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

    Thanks, Francie. As long as I keep it to one syllible, I’m pretty fast

  236. Nick in SF March 29th, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    Nick in SF Opinion Timeline:

    Before Spring Training: Cervelli would open season as backup catcher.

    After Cervelli injury: Montero would open season as backup catcher.

    After it became pretty obvious that Montero wouldn’t get job: G-Mole would open season as backup catcher.

    Now: Cervelli would have opened season as backup catcher absent injury.

  237. Irreverent Discourse March 29th, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    I’m really glad I stayed away from Miggy in fantasy this year, he looks like a blimp.

  238. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    doesn’t mean I can spell, though

  239. blake March 29th, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    I guess Soriano agreed to pitch again.

  240. pat March 29th, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    YankeesPR Gates open at 11 am on Opening Day (3/31); a hint on who will throw out the 1st pitch – he won three gold gloves with the Yankees…

  241. m March 29th, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    I hope more and more teams do Hope Week. It’s a great idea. Jason Zillo has done wonders fir the Yankees. Great asset.

    I saw somewhere that a person (maybe a layman?) had the surname O. They said that some databases kicked out the entry because it was too short. Some have lengthened it to Oh.

  242. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    G. Nunez flyout to center field

    Pitching change, Soriano pitching

  243. Jerkface March 29th, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    I’m really glad I stayed away from Miggy in fantasy this year, he looks like a blimp.

    Hitting .324 with 13 XBH in 70 AB…

  244. MG March 29th, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    I haven’t seen Andruw Jones play yet, is he approaching the size of a single or double wide?

  245. Jerkface March 29th, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    Haha Soriano, you have to pitch, eat it.

  246. Jerkface March 29th, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    Soriano does not look enthused.

  247. Mell March 29th, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    “I’m really glad I stayed away from Miggy in fantasy this year, he looks like a blimp”

    Probably still the best AL 1B fantasy-wise.

  248. stuckey99 March 29th, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    “What an idiotic statement.”

    Care to explain why?

    The person who made it decided to amend it.

  249. Fran the original March 29th, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    GB,

    Spelling doesn’t count so you’re good :)

  250. Irreverent Discourse March 29th, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    Only 3 gold gloves rules out bernie… I don’t even have a good guess. :/

  251. Irreverent Discourse March 29th, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    Mell – Yes, also the only AL 1B likely to pass out from heat exhaustion. Or get arrested again…

  252. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    correction, Boesch flied out to center, not G, nunez

    Nunez now batting, strikeout swinging

    middle of 8th inning, 1-1 tie

  253. Mell March 29th, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Mussina????

  254. MG March 29th, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Moose (and Squirrel) to throw out 1st pitch?

  255. Chase March 29th, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    This bullpen is going to be a hell of a lot of fun to watch. Strike-out machines who all look great this spring.

  256. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Fran, that’s a relief. I was afraid that I was getting sent to the minor leagues…(ESPN message board)

  257. Fran the original March 29th, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Soriano looking like Mariano there.

  258. MG March 29th, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    Bernie won 3 Gold Gloves…

  259. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 29th, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    “It just blows my mind how you wait and wait for pitcher and catchers to report and open up spring training and then before you know it it’s gone…..Next to December I think March is the quickest month…….I think College basketball has something to do with that perception”

    I swear it’s because you guys don’t live in the present. You spend your entire time trying to figure out what’s going to happen in the future, who’s going to be acquired in the off season, who’ll be on the team in 2020! I don’t find that the time went quickly at all. The reason is because I just mosey around and enjoy what was happening while it was happening. I can’t recommend it enough. I can’t believe the amount of talk that goes on during the season, and even during games, about who should be acquired for the next season, what players from what teams will be on the Yankees, etc.

    JMO but it does happen. I quote – yesterday is history, tomorrow is a history, today is a gift. That’s why they call it the present.

    (I mention this because I have seen you say in the past that you thought the season went by in a blink. And I thought about it in the above terms when you said it. I never feel the season flys by. But I truly believe it’s because I enjoy each moment for what it is and don’t worry about the next day, the next game, the next week, or anything else.)

  260. pat March 29th, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    “Only 3 gold gloves rules out bernie… I don’t even have a good guess. :/”

    A fairly recently retired pitcher is my guess.

  261. Mell March 29th, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    ID:

    I think he’ll get some decent DH time, with Martinez playing some 1B. He’s going to rake as always.

  262. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    Romine homers to left on first pitch

  263. Fran the original March 29th, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    Romine with an impressive HR there

  264. blake March 29th, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    Romine the new BUC? Nice swing.

  265. m March 29th, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    What a way for Romine to end spring training!

  266. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 29th, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    “Soriano looking like Mariano there.”

    My happiest moment in the off season was when the Yankees announced they picked up Soriano.

    :)

  267. Nick in SF March 29th, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    Updated Opinion: Romine will supplant G-Mole after Hank picks up the phone.

  268. Jerkface March 29th, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    That was hammered.

  269. MG March 29th, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    so did Joe Pepitone

  270. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    Mesa fly out to right field

  271. Patrick March 29th, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    Moose won 3 gold gloves with the Yanks..

    Bernie won 4

  272. Fran the original March 29th, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    Fran, that’s a relief. I was afraid that I was getting sent to the minor leagues…
    ******************
    GB,

    Maybe, but I am sure you’d be back before the All Star break.

  273. Irreverent Discourse March 29th, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    MG – Bernie won 4 GG’s as a Yankee. While not ruled out by the statement it seems an unlikely match.

    Moose only won 1. Pettitte has 0…. hmm

  274. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    Pena hard one hop out to 2nd base

  275. Irreverent Discourse March 29th, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    Sorry I see the 3 by mussina now, didn’t have the window wide enough :/

  276. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    Maxwell hustling ground ball single to 1st base

  277. Mell March 29th, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    Moose only won 1

    2001, 2003 and 2008

  278. m March 29th, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    Nice hustle to beat the pitcher.

    I think Yogi should do it. Until he can’t. :(

  279. MG March 29th, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    Irreverent Discourse March 29th, 2011 at 3:30 pm
    Sorry I see the 3 by mussina now, didn’t have the window wide enough :/
    —————–
    that’s how I missed Bernie’s 4th, he was listed as the 3rd outfielder down behind Jr and Jim Edmunds…

  280. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 29th, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    Bang bang Maxwell’s silver slugger came down on his head.

  281. ac1 March 29th, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    would actually rather romine started as the back up than molina. then when cervelli gets back, send him back.

  282. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 29th, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    “I think Yogi should do it. Until he can’t. :(

    :)

  283. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Maxwell stolen base

    bernier strikeout

    End of 8 innings, 2-1 yanks

  284. MG March 29th, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    was Romine’s HR off a major league pitcher? If so, put him on the squad! :)

  285. pat March 29th, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Romine everyone in the clubhouses favorite for possibly avoiding extras! :smile:

  286. MG March 29th, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    who needs a whole spring to make a roster decision when you only need one swing?

  287. Patrick March 29th, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Moose only won 1

    2001, 2003 and 2008

    You just listed 3 years. He won 3 while with the Yankees

  288. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Fran the original March 29th, 2011 at 3:29 pm
    Fran, that’s a relief. I was afraid that I was getting sent to the minor leagues…
    ******************
    GB,

    Maybe, but I am sure you’d be back before the All Star break.

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

    I sure hope so, fran. I heard the rumors about how the Yankees like to bury their rookies and never bring ‘em up until they’re past their prime

  289. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    Top of 9th inning, 2-1 yanks, Colon pitching

    J. Rodriguez ground out to 3rd base

  290. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 29th, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    Happy to have you with us Bartolo. You’re a good team player!

    :)

    Either it’s my television or he is a shadow of his former self.

  291. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    Diaz ground out to shortstop

  292. Irreverent Discourse March 29th, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    patrick, MG was quoting what I had incorrectly stated, that he had 1. :)

  293. Fran the original March 29th, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    And with that, spring training is over.

    Onto the regular season :)

    Going out to run some errands. Catch you all later.

  294. Pat M. March 29th, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    Tricia….I made the hoops reference because I try to earn a few dollars during this time of the year and between basketball and spring training games the days just fly by…….And yeah I’m guilty of the roster stuff as well…..It just seems that the grapefruit season is a blur

  295. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    Wells Ground out to 3rd base

    yanks win 2-1

  296. Irreverent Discourse March 29th, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    As soon as Girardi announced the rotation i went out and got tickets for Hughes on Sunday. So pumped.

  297. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 29th, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Well kids, we lived through another ST!!!

    Kudos to Brian Cashman and the Yankee organization for spinning straw into gold. They turned what could have been a disaster into quite a pleasant experience.

    Colon
    Pryor
    Garcia
    Soriano
    Chavez
    Jones

    But to name a few.

    :)

    Later y’all.

  298. West Coast Yankee Fan March 29th, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Spring Training 2011 R.I.P.

  299. blake March 29th, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Very easy inning for Bartolo.

    Romine is a big kid too…not Montero big but he’s a good sized guy.

  300. Doreen March 29th, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Great job by Romine!
    And good job by Barolo Colon to close it out.

    You know, there have been two players who haven’t struck me as looking “right” in yankees uniform, that is Colon and Ivan Rodriguez. Maybe Colon will look better in the pinstripes. :)

  301. Irreverent Discourse March 29th, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    Doreen – Add Randy Johnson to that list :P

  302. Fran the original March 29th, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    I sure hope so, fran. I heard the rumors about how the Yankees like to bury their rookies and never bring ‘em up until they’re past their prime
    ***************
    GB,

    Only if you are the BUC. See you later.

  303. m March 29th, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    Isn’t Molina on the 40-man roster already? If so, that was probably a big factor.

  304. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    Compared to Boston’s new lefty reliever, Dennys Reyes, Colon looks anorexic

  305. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 29th, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    Pat M, not trying to tell you what to do with your money of course but I would think that placing bets the way you do could really take away some of the real pleasure of the season. Since you do that over/under stuff on teams at the beginning of a season, naturally you’re waiting to see how it plays out. That takes some of the shine off the moment I would think.

    Just want you to slow down and smell the roses because you’re my friend.

    :)

  306. Pat M. March 29th, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    blake…..Austin has filled much more than I expected

  307. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Trisha, the only rose that Pat cares about saving himself for is that little flower that cleans his pool

  308. MG March 29th, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    does Colon getting the save today mean he’s in the running for the setup or closer role?

    After all, he could probably eliminate the competition in one sitting around dinner time.

  309. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    j/k Pat. Hope the weather has been kind to you out there

  310. Bronx Jeers March 29th, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Just want you to slow down and smell the roses because you’re my friend.

    ————————————————–

    Splendor in the Grass?

  311. MG March 29th, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    Irreverent Discourse March 29th, 2011 at 3:40 pm
    Doreen – Add Randy Johnson to that list
    ————–
    you’re not kidding-I was standing on the 7th tee at my golf club in San Francisco one day in the early 2000′sand look up and the Big Unit is walking down the adjacent fairway with this angry scowl on his face. He is one ugly dude (and plays golf right handed).

  312. rodg12 March 29th, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Pat M -

    Where can I see the lines for the wins O/U for the teams?

  313. pat March 29th, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    From Bonds trial :lol:

    gwenknapp On break, shared elevator with prosecutor Nedrow. A couple of us told him to ask Jeremy Giambi why he didn’t slide in ’01 playoffs.

  314. David in Cal March 29th, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    I’ll predict the Yanks win 89 games.

  315. BeholdArNo March 29th, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    That’s really thoughtful of you, trisha.

  316. MG March 29th, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    pat March 29th, 2011 at 3:50 pm
    From Bonds trial

    gwenknapp On break, shared elevator with prosecutor Nedrow. A couple of us told him to ask Jeremy Giambi why he didn’t slide in ’01 playoffs.
    ———————-
    maybe he had injectable PEDs in his back pocket and didn’t want to waste them…

  317. blake March 29th, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    Pat M,

    He looks a lot thicker than I remember him last year…..in a good way thicker.

  318. Pat M. March 29th, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    GB….Thursday is Openning Day & Pool cleaning day…Oh my….Rodg 12….Vegas Watch

  319. NYJim March 29th, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    As we are coming to the end of this Spring Training, I just want to thank you, Chad, for the GREAT job you did keeping all of us up to date. I am SO psyched for the season to start!!

  320. West Coast Yankee Fan March 29th, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Give him credit. Chris Russo just said he changed his mind after seeing spring training and now picks the Yankees to go to the world series. He thinks their bullpen will make the difference.

  321. Joe from Long Island March 29th, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    What a way to end it.

    Romine dinger and the new closer, Colon.

    Thanks again, Chad. Great, really great job on ST.

    C’mon Thursday……..

  322. Erin March 29th, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    BryanHoch Granderson faced live pitching in sim game. Plans to play vs. Pirates farm team tomorrow. Encouraged for opening day

  323. MTU March 29th, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    It’s not too late for Girardi to change his mind.

    Take Romine North.

    :)

  324. Irreverent Discourse March 29th, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    WCYF – You mean he changed his opinion after becoming more informed? That’s basically blasphemy, treason and adultery all rolled into one.

  325. MTU March 29th, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    As far as the Pen goes.

    Many games will be over after the 6th inning.

    I expect us to have one of the best pens in baseball.

    The 8th and 9th should be absolute lockdown.

    Hope everyone stays healthy.

  326. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    Pat M. March 29th, 2011 at 3:53 pm
    GB….Thursday is Openning Day & Pool cleaning day…Oh my….Rodg 12….Vegas Watch

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

    That’ll be some Opening Day, Pat. First game and cupcake cleans the pool. Some guys have all the luck. you have blonde pool girl and Randy has Nurse Karloff. OUCH!!

  327. rodg12 March 29th, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    Pat –

    I definitely like the overs for the Yanks, Twins, Giants and Angels. Then the under for the Phillies. That’d probably be my top 5.

  328. BeholdArNo March 29th, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Granderson is so cute and delicious. I could eat that cute little face of his right up!

  329. MTU March 29th, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    GB-

    Thing is Pat never invited us over. He’s kinda greedy dontcha think ?

    All we want to do is gawk a little. It’s not like he’d really have to share.

    Well maybe some of his spirits is about all.

    :)

  330. Erin March 29th, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    BloggingBombers I agree with @JackCurryYES that Gardner will lead off on Thursday, but Girardi insists no decision has been made. “We’ll talk on the plane.”

  331. MTU March 29th, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    New thread ==>

  332. Erin March 29th, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    New Post: One last hurdle for Granderson; Opening Day likely

    :arrow:

  333. brownies March 29th, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    Ridiculous weather for the opening . Cold

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