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I still love you New York

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 30, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

In the past three days, I’ve probably listened to this Ryan Adams song 20 times.

Almost seven weeks after pitchers and catchers reported to spring training, it’s finally time to go home. The games begin to count tomorrow afternoon.

The Yankees got out of Tampa last night, and at least one new Yankee said he’s planning use part of today to look for a place to live. The team has an official workout at the stadium this afternoon, and Brian Heyman will be there to check in with updates.

As for me, I’m flying home this morning, landing in time to host a chat at 1 p.m. Stop by. Jump into the conversation. When the chat ends, I’ll have a month and a half of mail to open. I’ll be trying to postpone that as long as possible.

As for the Yankees, they have most of their answers. All that’s left is for Curtis Granderson to get through this afternoon’s minor league game without a setback, and for Brian Cashman to look around for proven alternatives at backup catcher and seventh reliever. For the most part, all of the preseason work is done.

“I think we’ve answered a lot of questions about who’s going where,” Joe Girardi said, “about what players are going to be in the rotation and what players are going to be in the field. I can’t say if we’re going to make a move or not make a move, but I like the guys we have. I feel good about this team.”

Associated Press photo taken at Yankee Stadium yesterday

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150 Responses to “I still love you New York”

  1. joeman March 30th, 2011 at 8:37 am

    Very Cosmopolitan

  2. MTU March 30th, 2011 at 8:39 am

    Chad-

    Safe flight home.

    Thanks for your tireless efforts.

  3. Betsy March 30th, 2011 at 8:41 am

    Later all!

  4. blake March 30th, 2011 at 8:42 am

    Mell,
    I agree….right now Carpenter is the most likely target if they aquire.someone as the Cards are fairly likely to.fall out of contention (though they may not) and its doubtful they will pick his option up next year anyway…..plus if he’s healthy he’s the type of guy that could really help a staff. Also….as I’ve said several times, it wont shock me if Felix is.made available at some point for a King’s ransom…..price may be top high for anyone to bite though.

  5. MTU March 30th, 2011 at 8:42 am

    ” and for Brian Cashman to look around for proven alternatives at backup catcher”

    And I hope he finds one.

    ;)

  6. blake March 30th, 2011 at 8:44 am

    Yes Chad.. safe flight and thanks for the great spring coverage.

  7. MTU March 30th, 2011 at 8:46 am

    If Jones doesn’t produce I hope they give him the Winn treatment.

    The big heave ho.

    No room for deadwood on the Yankees.

  8. Erin March 30th, 2011 at 8:46 am

    If the backup catcher is this team’s biggest problem, they don’t have a lot to worry about IMO.

  9. blake March 30th, 2011 at 8:48 am

    MTU,

    If he doesn’t then they will. They don’t need platoon partners and they have a few guys that could capably back up outfield spots.

  10. Ys Guy March 30th, 2011 at 8:48 am

    b/u catcher for 1 month that is…

  11. MTU March 30th, 2011 at 8:48 am

    Erin-

    I agree with you BUT.

    There should be no room for deadwood on the Yankees.

    It might be a tight race this year. All the competition has improved.

    Enjoy watching Ninja Robbie.

    ;)

  12. Doreen March 30th, 2011 at 8:49 am

    Safe flight, Chad.

    Have fun going through all that mail!

    And thanks again for your terrific spring training coverage.

    :)

  13. Ys Guy March 30th, 2011 at 8:50 am

    wynn and chan ho got booted pretty quickly last year.

  14. MTU March 30th, 2011 at 8:51 am

    Blake-

    That’s a good thing.

    You don’t need an All Star at every position just people who produce
    and contribute to the overall success of the team.

    Complete mediocrity should not be tolerated IMO.

    :)

  15. Ys Guy March 30th, 2011 at 8:51 am

    the last few days girardi has added that tag, ‘if we don’t make move’ again and again. i get the feeling that something is on the table…

  16. MTU March 30th, 2011 at 8:53 am

    Y’s-

    Me too.

    And I would guess it’s a BU catcher. Maybe more.

  17. Ys Guy March 30th, 2011 at 8:56 am

    i drafted alot of yankees onto my fantasy teams (except the lohud). one team has arod, tex, jeter, cc, granderson and gardner.

    with robbie on most boards at #6, tex at 13 and arod at 16 or so, i couldn not figure a way to get all three of them in a snake draft and in the auction draft, where you theoretically have a chance at every player, i couldnt afford all 3 (and still compette).

    arod is going to be a monster this year

  18. pat March 30th, 2011 at 8:57 am

    Travel safe.

  19. MTU March 30th, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Fan poll :

    What do you all think.

    Should I do a Nova victory tribute this year ?

    1 for each win.

  20. 108 stitches March 30th, 2011 at 8:59 am

    I’m of the mind that MLB (Selig) should leave the dinosaur status and raise roster amounts to 26 for the month of April (27 would be even better) with any player not counted as losing an option.
    For the Yankees it would have given breathing room to carry Greg Golson or Chris Dickerson in the event of Granderson not being 100% or a catcher from the waiver wire.

  21. Tom in N.J. March 30th, 2011 at 9:00 am

    Nice Ryan Adams reference, Chad.

  22. Ys Guy March 30th, 2011 at 9:01 am

    somebody brought up ryan doumit the other day. i know the bucs would love to move him he’s got $5.1M left guaranteed on his contract (options for the next 2 years will be declined). i would not be at all surprised if they were haggling over the terms of a deal for him.

  23. MTU March 30th, 2011 at 9:03 am

    The bucs would have to kick in money on that one.

  24. Ys Guy March 30th, 2011 at 9:05 am

    mtu, exactly, the yankees dont want to pay $5M for a b/u. probably want pitt to pay half, and of course the buco’s owners want to pocket the whole 5.

  25. Ys Guy March 30th, 2011 at 9:07 am

    personally i think doumit is worth gustavo molina and a bag of balls, but thats not how it works.

  26. MTU March 30th, 2011 at 9:08 am

    Y’s-

    Doumit is a switch-hitter. A plus.

    I’d give them a pitcher from the surplus pile and they eat at least half.

    The more money they are willing to take back the better the player(s).

  27. RadioKev March 30th, 2011 at 9:08 am

    Thanks Chad, top notch spring training coverage!

  28. MTU March 30th, 2011 at 9:09 am

    I think Doumit can also play the OF in a pinch.

  29. BIG AL March 30th, 2011 at 9:10 am

    Good morning all.

    With Roger’s trial to start soon, I keep wondering, why did his trainer keep all the used syringes, was he planning all along to use them to blackmail Roger? This whole story makes no sense to me, and I don’t remember Roger ever testing positive, perhaps I mis-remembered.

  30. Erin March 30th, 2011 at 9:10 am

    BloggingBombers Looks like Luis Ayala is going to be the 12th man on the pitching staff. He’s sitting next to me on the flight to Newark. #Yankees

  31. MTU March 30th, 2011 at 9:10 am

    Morning Al.

  32. MTU March 30th, 2011 at 9:11 am

    Got to run soon.

    Hike day.

  33. BIG AL March 30th, 2011 at 9:11 am

    A big thank you to LoHud for finally changing the side picture from AJ to Jeter.

  34. BIG AL March 30th, 2011 at 9:12 am

    Good morning Mike. Have a great hike, if you were here, you’d need a boat.

  35. ac1 March 30th, 2011 at 9:12 am

    With Roger’s trial to start soon, I keep wondering, why did his trainer keep all the used syringes, was he planning all along to use them to blackmail Roger? This whole story makes no sense to me, and I don’t remember Roger ever testing positive, perhaps I mis-remembered.

    ___

    You are right. I dont think a former cop who deals drugs and holds onto syringes for 8 years is a real credible witness either. Plus, there is no chain of evidence with the needles. The steroids could have been added to the blood anytime in the last 8 years.

    While i dont believe Roger, from a legal standpoint, they dont have much on him.

  36. ac1 March 30th, 2011 at 9:13 am

    So ayala over Garrison? Dont know why you wouldnt want a second lefty when you have to face Minny and Boston next week….

  37. Erica in NY March 30th, 2011 at 9:14 am

    Ryan Adams…. He opened for the Rolling Stones at the Garden a few years back and the same conversation was heard around the Garden about 20 times that night:

    Person #1: Who is opening tonight?
    Person #2: Ryan Adams
    Person #1: Bryan Adams!!!!! I love that song Summer of 69!!
    Person #2: No…. Ryan Adams
    Person #1: Who?

  38. Erica in NY March 30th, 2011 at 9:16 am

    upstate kate March 30th, 2011 at 8:33 am
    I am w/ Betsy, I don’t pay any attention to predictions.

    I was cleaning my office the other day and came across the USA Today baseball preview my boss had given me in 2009. I kept it b/c it has Erica’s PBF on the cover. Only 1 of 5 had the Yankees winning the WS that year. 2 of 5 didn’t even have them making the play offs.

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

    Funny.. I bought it and kept it for the same reason!!!!!!!!!!

    ::cough::cough::pretendboyfriendstealer::cough::cough

  39. BIG AL March 30th, 2011 at 9:17 am

    ac1 -

    Although Roger is not one of my favorite people, I dislike it when people find others guilty, before a trial, because one day it could be you that is falsely accused of a crime, and you’d want your day in court, I’m sure.

  40. Rich in NJ March 30th, 2011 at 9:19 am

    I don’t think the Yankees will need to add a starting pitcher this season. They may anyway because the owners and Levine may force Cash to do it, but I really don’t think they will have to because of performance.

  41. ac1 March 30th, 2011 at 9:24 am

    ac1 -

    Although Roger is not one of my favorite people, I dislike it when people find others guilty, before a trial, because one day it could be you that is falsely accused of a crime, and you’d want your day in court, I’m sure.

    __

    I agree 100%

  42. teddy9000 March 30th, 2011 at 9:24 am

    i really hope luis isn’t the 12 man, guy just awful

  43. upstate kate March 30th, 2011 at 9:25 am

    Erica
    thank you for not hissing :)

  44. Asd March 30th, 2011 at 9:26 am

    Whoa! Chad kinda snuck that 1PM chat mention in there. Pretty sneaky, Chad, pretty sneaky indeed.

  45. Ys Guy March 30th, 2011 at 9:28 am

    roger who?

  46. Ys Guy March 30th, 2011 at 9:29 am

    luis who?

  47. Erica in NY March 30th, 2011 at 9:29 am

    upstate kate March 30th, 2011 at 9:25 am
    Erica
    thank you for not hissing
    ******************

    You are welcome pretend boyfriend stealer

  48. blake March 30th, 2011 at 9:31 am

    Rich,

    They may not and hopefully they wont….it’ll just depend on how they do and probably primarily what they get out of AJ.

    2 questions will need to be answered. 1) can the rotation get to the postseason as is? 2) and if so can it win a WS after getting there?

    Whether they make a move may depend on that 2nd question more than the first.. the Rangers were going to the playoffs last year with or without Lee, …..but they weren’t going to the WS after they got there without him most likely.

  49. 108 stitches March 30th, 2011 at 9:31 am

    MTU March 30th, 2011 at 9:08 am
    Y’s-

    Doumit is a switch-hitter. A plus.

    I’d give them a pitcher from the surplus pile and they eat at least half.

    The more money they are willing to take back the better the player(s).
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Looking over all rosters, it may be the best option the Yankees have. It would allow Cervelli to not rush his rehabbing. Doumit might be a better fit than the aloof Andruw Jones is.

  50. Fran the original March 30th, 2011 at 9:31 am

    Good morning.

    Safe travels Chad.

    Thanks for all of the ST coverage. Looking forward to a great season of Yankees baseball and all of your reports.

  51. Ys Guy March 30th, 2011 at 9:31 am

    the presumption of innocence allows roger clemens to live at home, go to his kids games and live a free life, which is great.

    however i believe that he lied to congress.

    what to do about that is someone else’s problem

    but clemens is despicable in my book.

  52. murphydog March 30th, 2011 at 9:32 am

    Rocket will get his day in court. Doesn’t look like he’ll take any kind of plea, unless its right before or after jury selection. I haven’t read anywhere that there have been serious plea negotiations although I could have missed it.

    McNamee is a nightmare witness from the Prosecution’s perspective. He’s the core of the case, yet he has a seedy background (thisclose to prosecution for rape and basically a leech/trainer) and his testimony was bought with a no prosecution deal from the Feds in exchange for cooperation in a private, corporate “investigation” (if you can use that word), aka The Mitchel Report.

    But the case is bigger than Mac. There are other witnesses who can corroborate the essence of what McNamee is going to say (Pettitte for example). Rocket will almost certainly have to take the stand to make his defense and will be subjected to pitiless cross examination and he’s not very good on his feet. Unless there is some jury nullification (we’re mad as hell that you wasted our tax money prosecuting and investigating Rocket for steroids when Charlie Rangel gets a pass for blatant tax fraud), Rocket, IMO, gets convicted of something. The question for me is only whether Roger has to do time when all is said and done. I wish him the best of luck. Just hope he doesn’t do that thing where he has somebody rub tiger balm on his junk before he goes to court each day, like he used to do before he went out on the mound.

  53. Ys Guy March 30th, 2011 at 9:33 am

    sj44 hasnt been around in a while that i’ve seen, but im sure he’s rooting for the yankees to get doumit!

  54. LGY March 30th, 2011 at 9:36 am

    Ryan NoMitt is like Posada behind the plate but without the bat.

    Of course, he passes the better than Imposter Molina test, because he has an actual baseball pulse.

    Unless the Pirates are kicking in considerable money can’t see the Yankees paying that much for 6 weeks of someone as bad as NoMitt.

  55. pat March 30th, 2011 at 9:37 am

    “He’s sitting next to me on the flight to Newark. #Yankees”

    Now that’s a scoop that finds you rather than vice versa.

  56. Ys Guy March 30th, 2011 at 9:38 am

    if they get doumit, cervelli will not play for the yankees again.

  57. Ys Guy March 30th, 2011 at 9:39 am

    “pat March 30th, 2011 at 9:37 am
    “He’s sitting next to me on the flight to Newark. #Yankees”

    /////

    who’s sitting next to whom?

  58. BIG AL March 30th, 2011 at 9:41 am

    Why would you want Doumit? His CS % last year was 12%, and lifetime only 25%.

    Molina is still out there as a free agent, and does not cost you any players.

  59. Rich in NJ March 30th, 2011 at 9:41 am

    blake

    Good points and you could be correct. I am an admittedly prospect-centric, but I believe that Nova will become a fixture in the rotation this season, possibly pitching like a #3 after a period of adjustment, and I also think it’s likely that the Yankees will be able to get another significant contribution from a mL pitcher, if necessary, possibly even from Banuelos.

    Speaking of Nova, I heard Gammons on with Francesa yesterday, and he said, in his typical concern troll way, that he “isn’t as worried about Nova as some people are.” The guy is so unselfconsciously anti-Yankee.

    As an aside on Banuelos, I heard a small segment of Andrew Marchand on ESPN radio last night, and while he thinks that the Yankees will trade for a starter, he doesn’t think they would be willing to include Banuelos.

    Now, if Felix or Josh Johnson become available, most of what I said is probably wrong.

  60. murphydog March 30th, 2011 at 9:42 am

    Why did I do this to myself? I read Wally Matthews over at NESPN today.

    Walmat basically obsesses about Girardi’s weight and gets steamed when he thinks Girardi is lying about the stress of the season. A little creepy when you think about it. I mean, is Walmat checking Girardi out when he walks into the room? (Does he like his men a little beefier?) Walmat also seems put out that Girardi isn’t a big phony like Torre with the media. I guess some sportswriters try to disguise the fact that they have only the most obvious observations to make by making them with a sneer and a pose.

    Looking forward to another season of Walmat and Lupica ruining my morning paper :(

  61. BIG AL March 30th, 2011 at 9:42 am

    Later folks.

  62. pat March 30th, 2011 at 9:42 am

    “Rocket will almost certainly have to take the stand to make his defense and will be subjected to pitiless cross examination and he’s not very good on his feet.”

    He also strikes me as someone, even with good prep, who could inflict collateral damage in what he might say trying to dig himself out.

  63. Ys Guy March 30th, 2011 at 9:43 am

    “Erica in NY March 30th, 2011 at 9:14 am
    Ryan Adams…. He opened for the Rolling Stones at the Garden a few years back and the same conversation was heard around the Garden about 20 times that night:

    Person #1: Who is opening tonight?
    Person #2: Ryan Adams
    Person #1: Bryan Adams!!!!! I love that song Summer of 69!!
    Person #2: No…. Ryan Adams
    Person #1: Who?

    /////

    they should just merge and put out a duet album “(B)Ryan Adams Coming Together”

  64. Shame Spencer March 30th, 2011 at 9:43 am

    Ahhhh.. Roger.

    The problem with these trials (Bonds, Clemens) is they stand as reminders that there’s still not a testing system in place that.. I dunno.. actually serves its purpose.

  65. LGY March 30th, 2011 at 9:44 am

    “Doumit might be a better fit than the aloof Andruw Jones is.”

    —————–

    Last year he hit LHP to the tune of .186 with a .532 OPS.

    In his career he hits LHP to .256 with a .694 OPS.

    How is he a better fit than Jones?

  66. pat March 30th, 2011 at 9:45 am

    “who’s sitting next to whom?”

    BloggingBombers Looks like Luis Ayala is going to be the 12th man on the pitching staff. He’s sitting next to me on the flight to Newark. #Yankees

  67. Pat M. March 30th, 2011 at 9:47 am

    Andruw Jones will be just fine….After he hits a few dingers in April the LoHud will embrace him…….Remember not too many were overwhelmed with Thames last spring at the start of his season in Pinstripes….

  68. murphydog March 30th, 2011 at 9:48 am

    “He also strikes me as someone, even with good prep, who could inflict collateral damage in what he might say trying to dig himself out.”

    Absolutely. If I’m Rusty Hardin, once Rocket starts talking, I’m treading on hand grenades floating in nitorglycerine.

    The Hypocrisy of the US Attorney’s Office prosecuting someone for lying to Congress in view of who sits in Congress, plus the fact that it’s yet to be demonstrated what legitimate purpose was served by those hearings, is mind boggling. But that’s your Federal Government at work folks, stand back and enjoy the show.

  69. Niblick March 30th, 2011 at 9:48 am

    Good. Ayala appears to be a much better pitcher than Garrison. Better pitcher is more important than just being a left handed body.

  70. Ys Guy March 30th, 2011 at 9:48 am

    well now we know if we see ayala in a game its time to change the channel, girardi has given up…

  71. LGY March 30th, 2011 at 9:51 am

    Anyone concerned about the rotation? Want some perspective on OD rotations of years past?

    “I’ve compiled the following table featuring the Yankees’ Opening Day rotations going back to 2003.”

    The most interesting ones:

    2004:
    Mussina
    Brown
    Vazquez
    Contreras
    Jorge De Paula

    2005:

    Johnson
    Pavano
    Mussina
    Wright
    Brown

    2006:

    Johnson
    Mussina
    Wanger
    Chacon
    Wright

    2007: (You may want to close your eyes for this one)

    Pavano
    Pettitte
    Mussina
    Igawa
    Rasner
    :shock:

  72. LGY March 30th, 2011 at 9:51 am

    oh and the link: http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/.....past-27798

  73. Shame Spencer March 30th, 2011 at 9:52 am

    This whole thing: “The Hypocrisy of the US Attorney’s Office prosecuting someone for lying to Congress in view of who sits in Congress, plus the fact that it’s yet to be demonstrated what legitimate purpose was served by those hearings, is mind boggling. But that’s your Federal Government at work folks, stand back and enjoy the show.”

    ..made me laugh. (Unfortunately). Amen brother.

  74. Ys Guy March 30th, 2011 at 9:53 am

    fade in on YES:

    well, we go to the bottom of the 6th inning and with the yankees trailing 8-1 we have a new battery, luis ayala takes over on the mound and ryan doumi

    CLICK

    beltran stands in, he’s 2 for

    CLICK

    Lee pitched another gem today but the phils still trai

    CLICK

    Oh My! What a beeeutiful day it is here at chavez ravine….

  75. 108 stitches March 30th, 2011 at 9:54 am

    LGY March 30th, 2011 at 9:44 am
    “Doumit might be a better fit than the aloof Andruw Jones is.”

    —————–

    Last year he hit LHP to the tune of .186 with a .532 OPS.

    In his career he hits LHP to .256 with a .694 OPS.

    How is he a better fit than Jones?

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Jones thinks he’s entitled. At least Randy Winn tried. Jones will draw the ire of fans in the Bronx with his lackadaisical effort at bat and in the field. The one and only bad move Cashman made in the offseason.

  76. blake March 30th, 2011 at 9:54 am

    Rich,

    Nothing wrong with being that way. I too have a lot of confidence in Nova going into the season….he will struggle some but be also has a chance to be a better pitcher at the end of the season than the beginning…..which I always like.

    I think it would have to be a young proven #1 before they’d consider trading Banuelos….I almost think he’s more untouchable than Montero because unlike the catching position….they don’t have 3 or 4 legit left handed pitching prospects.

  77. Ys Guy March 30th, 2011 at 9:55 am

    if you lie in congress you should go to jail

    please make reservations for 435 at the minimum security prison nearest the capitol.

  78. Mell March 30th, 2011 at 9:56 am

    Pirates are probably hanging on to Doumit for now as their #1 catcher Snyder might start the year on the DL.

  79. murphydog March 30th, 2011 at 9:57 am

    I guess my lack of rotation concern is due to 1) denial, 2) fantasies about Nova and Hughes being as good as Hughes was first half of ’10, 3) it’s only March, 4) they haven’t lost a game yet and 5) the knowledge that there wil be a deal for a legit #2 or # 3 starter by the All Star Break.

  80. Ys Guy March 30th, 2011 at 9:57 am

    i liked what gammons said about the staffs yesterday. cc and lester are both great, aj and beckett are equal and dice k vs. nova is pretty even.

  81. Triple Short of a Cycle March 30th, 2011 at 9:58 am

    LGY,

    I thought Lieber was in the rotation in 2004. he was one of our better starters that year

  82. stuckey99 March 30th, 2011 at 9:58 am

    “Anyone concerned about the rotation? Want some perspective on OD rotations of years past?”

    This is Stuckian in nature… I like!

  83. blake March 30th, 2011 at 9:58 am

    My 2 biggest concerns with Andrew are 1) how he will adjust to playing just every now.and then…..remember Thames accepted that role and thrived in it…2) his swing which is just awful. He has been starting it so early this spring that about the only place he can hit the ball is down the 3rd base line……

    I hope Im.wrong and he really is Thames with defense…..but Im not optimistic.

  84. Ys Guy March 30th, 2011 at 9:58 am

    make it 434. bernie sanders can go home to vermont.

  85. murphydog March 30th, 2011 at 9:59 am

    “if you lie in congress you should go to jail

    please make reservations for 435 at the minimum security prison nearest the capitol.”

    I’d padlock the place today and make ‘em all serve life sentences but that’s exactly what they want: to be in Congress forever. Better we throw the bums out.

  86. blake March 30th, 2011 at 10:00 am

    “i liked what gammons said about the staffs yesterday. cc and lester are both great, aj and beckett are equal and dice k vs. nova is pretty even.”

    Pretty true…..although would it be a big surprise if Garcia has a better season than Dice K……I don’t think.so.

  87. stuckey99 March 30th, 2011 at 10:01 am

    “CLICK”

    What is this “click” you refer too?

    My dad once told me when he was a small child you had to change the TV channels by hand with a dial and it made something of a noise?

    Is this what you are referring to?

  88. Ys Guy March 30th, 2011 at 10:03 am

    stuckey, exactly! and you have to hope that the cord on the wall mounted rotary dial phone reaches all the way to the set so you can talk and change channels at the same time.

  89. blake March 30th, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Well the Cavs got their revenge last night…..but when its almost April and its your 15th win…..isn’t it a somewhat hollow victory?

  90. Mell March 30th, 2011 at 10:04 am

    “remember Thames accepted that role and thrived in it”

    Probably helped that it’s the only role Thames ever had in his MLB career. Jones was a longtime starter, but hasn’t seen 350 PA’s since 2007, so he too shouldn’t have to make much of an adjustment to his Yankee role.

  91. BD (Boston Dave) March 30th, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Why is their panic over a flippin backup catcher for, perhaps, 4-5 weeks?

    It’s ridiculous.

  92. rodg12 March 30th, 2011 at 10:05 am

    The Hypocrisy of the US Attorney’s Office prosecuting someone for lying to Congress in view of who sits in Congress, plus the fact that it’s yet to be demonstrated what legitimate purpose was served by those hearings, is mind boggling. But that’s your Federal Government at work folks, stand back and enjoy the show.
    ————————————————————————–
    Well said, Murph. Well said.

  93. Triple Short of a Cycle March 30th, 2011 at 10:06 am

    rodg12,

    Anyone he lies under oath should be prosecuted

  94. BD (Boston Dave) March 30th, 2011 at 10:06 am

    Y’s guy –

    I’d be shocked if Gammons said Buchholz was equal to Hughes, though.

    Did he comment on that?

  95. Ys Guy March 30th, 2011 at 10:06 am

    “Ys Guy March 30th, 2011 at 10:03 am
    stuckey, exactly! and you have to hope that the cord on the wall mounted rotary dial phone reaches all the way to the set so you can talk and change channels at the same time.”

    ////

    ….and while you’re there, you can adjust the rabbit ears so there’s less fuzz.

  96. blake March 30th, 2011 at 10:07 am

    Mell,

    True but that was an advantage for Thames. When Andrew signed he said it was because he thought he’d get a lot of PT with the Yanks…..how will he react if he doesn’t? …..because he shouldn’t.

  97. Rich in NJ March 30th, 2011 at 10:07 am

    “He also strikes me as someone, even with good prep, who could inflict collateral damage in what he might say trying to dig himself out.”

    What’s the under/over on his use of the word misremember?

  98. BD (Boston Dave) March 30th, 2011 at 10:07 am

    I love murphydogs “legal” posts.

  99. Rich in NJ March 30th, 2011 at 10:08 am

    “I’d padlock the place today and make ‘em all serve life sentences but that’s exactly what they want: to be in Congress forever. Better we throw the bums out.”

    They don’t elect themselves. Just sayin’.

  100. SCX March 30th, 2011 at 10:08 am

    My main concern is the weather. Brother flying in for Opening Day, and I hope it doesn’t get rained or snowed out! Had to get tickets for Saturday as insurance.

  101. rodg12 March 30th, 2011 at 10:08 am

    Ys Guy -
    I also find myself flipping to the Dodgers games on summer evenings. Just to listen to Vin Scully. Guy’s the best.

  102. Ys Guy March 30th, 2011 at 10:08 am

    yeah, he left those 2 out but francessa was kinda rushing him into the next questoin.

    not that it really matters what gammons thinks, but it was interesting that he didnt seem to be giving the socks the huge pitching advantage that i keep hearing less informed people cite.

    i like gammons.

  103. pat March 30th, 2011 at 10:08 am

    kristenaiken I’m totally eating Jeter and A-Rod meals tomorrow to gear up for Opening Day! @iVillage http://tinyurl.com/4mwntyd #yankees

  104. Ys Guy March 30th, 2011 at 10:09 am

    rodg, i had to get vin in there and i thought someone would recognize the ‘beeeeutiful day’ reference! :)

  105. Pat M. March 30th, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Farmer John !!! See you good folks later as the sun has risen and it’s time to hit the pool …..

  106. Shame Spencer March 30th, 2011 at 10:21 am

    “They don’t elect themselves. Just sayin’.”

    Lol, tell that to Al Gore.

  107. Mgumpher March 30th, 2011 at 10:25 am

    The whole thing with Clemens is just a facinating affair.

    First we have the holier than thou media… their first comments after the Mitchell report stated Clemens used was “the only way I will believe Clemens didn’t use is if he brings a suit against McNamee and pursues it all the way.” Then when he did they turned it around to “he has no choice to keep going because he lied.”

    The Congressional hearing that he requested. The suit against McNamee. The phone call.

    While I have serious doubts that Clemens was clean, when you look at everything that he has done over the course of this, it sure doesn’t look like the actions of someone who is guilty. If he is, which still needs to be proven, then he sure went to the mat to try to prove otherwise.

    The other portion of this is that it was a report put together by a politician (former or current never seems to change the way they operate) and used government resources and government enforcement. Where has there been any investigation into this illegal action? The trial against Clemens pushed all those questions aside. Mitchell was paid for the report, and it heavily relied on government resources – which was paid for by us taxpayers.

    The only party that will come out ahead in any of this is the lawyers and Mitchell who got millions for the report.

  108. West Coast Yankee Fan March 30th, 2011 at 10:25 am

    Heyman for Congress!

  109. mick March 30th, 2011 at 10:26 am

    Lol, tell that to Al Gore.
    =================
    Excellent!

  110. Shame Spencer March 30th, 2011 at 10:31 am

    I try, mick.

    Sometimes when I’m in a dark place I find myself looking at the 485 members of our government and think, “This was the best we could do? Really?”… and then I cry silently before turning on YES and forgetting about it entirely. How bad can the world be when baseball is being played?

  111. stuckey99 March 30th, 2011 at 10:32 am

    So this is apparently settled…

    http://www.nydailynews.com/spo....._staf.html

    Are we still in for one last March surprise?

    BUC?

    Granderson?

    Lead-off hitter against righties?

  112. Ys Guy March 30th, 2011 at 10:33 am

    “Shame Spencer March 30th, 2011 at 10:21 am
    “They don’t elect themselves. Just sayin’.”

    Lol, tell that to Al Gore.”

    /////

    speak for yourself, i vote every election and there is only 1 nationally elected politician that i have EVER cast a vote for.

  113. LGY March 30th, 2011 at 10:37 am

    Heyman for Congress!

    ——

    A lobbyist’s dream.

  114. mick March 30th, 2011 at 10:37 am

    How bad can the world be when baseball is being played?
    ====================================
    Ah yes, most sports will do that for you.
    Yankee baseball seems to work best.

  115. pat March 30th, 2011 at 10:37 am

    I was disappointed in the Letterman/ Yankee Spring Training segment last night.

    Much better when Biff used to do it.

  116. Ys Guy March 30th, 2011 at 10:38 am

    all winter long i’ve been going to thrift stores and buying basically all the baseball logo’s stuff that i could for a buck or two, now the baseball season is here and i busted some of it out.

    i got a really cool relica mr met (circa 1969) t shirt, an awesome chief wahoo T (just the face no words) and another wahoo that someone drew a teardrop on in magic marker.

    i got an oriole’s thermie, which has been my go-to for a few weeks now.

    i’m wearing my al leiter #22 Met’t T and when i went out i wore my 1999 Yankee’s WS sweatshirt.

    ….and i’m going to NYS for the first time sunday!

    FIRED UP FOR BASEBALL!!!!

  117. murphydog March 30th, 2011 at 10:40 am

    Mgumpher:

    Indeed!

  118. BoJo March 30th, 2011 at 10:40 am

    Ys Guy March 30th, 2011 at 9:31 am

    the presumption of innocence allows roger clemens to live at home, go to his kids games and live a free life, which is great.

    however i believe that he lied to congress.
    _______________
    If you want to send everyone who has lied to Congress to jail, you might as well start with all the politicians.

  119. upstate kate March 30th, 2011 at 10:40 am

    Ys
    what are you wearing to YS?

  120. SAS March 30th, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Chad,

    Better late than never on this, But SAFE FLIGHT and a million thanks for all the news from Tampa.

    I look forward to another great season with all your info. and good humor.

  121. Ys Guy March 30th, 2011 at 10:41 am

    opening day should be a national holiday!

  122. mick March 30th, 2011 at 10:42 am

    murphdog

    see Lincoln Lawyer yet?

  123. BoJo March 30th, 2011 at 10:42 am

    Darn–should have read furhter down before posting such a redundant post.

  124. Ys Guy March 30th, 2011 at 10:42 am

    kate, its a day game, so i think i’ll probably go with my red yankees T and my red yankee’s hat with my red chuck T high tops.

    and bring the yankees WS sweatshirt for the end

  125. pat March 30th, 2011 at 10:44 am

    Time to institute a term limit and perhaps retroactively.

    SI_JonHeyman Selig doesnt commit to dec 31, 2012 as final day as commish, saying, “that is my goal … those are my thoughts today.”

  126. stuckey99 March 30th, 2011 at 10:44 am

    Y,

    Red????

    Isn’t that … you know … blasphemous?

  127. murphydog March 30th, 2011 at 10:45 am

    Another season. Excellent!

    “The Church of Baseball” (Annie Savoy speaking Ron Shelton’s words).

    http://www.whysanity.net/monos/bull2.html

  128. upstate kate March 30th, 2011 at 10:47 am

    I didn’t know Yankee gear came in the color red

  129. Fran the original March 30th, 2011 at 10:47 am

    Pat,

    I thought the same thing about the ST segment on Letterman. Seemed they spent more time on that hot dog scene then the Yanks. And Alex and the popcorn is so played out.

  130. mick March 30th, 2011 at 10:48 am

    Nice pick, Murph!

  131. murphydog March 30th, 2011 at 10:48 am

    mick:

    “see Lincoln Lawyer yet?”

    No. Not sure I can deal with Matt McConaughey as the star of a movie. Although I do know some lawyers who essentially practice out of their cars, Lincolns or otherwise. Last movie I saw was with my daughter and we took in Rango. I suspect I’d rate Rango higher than Lincoln Lawyer.

  132. I Like Inge March 30th, 2011 at 10:48 am

    Its going to rain all day tomorrow. Wear a hoodie and a poncho. Forget that go in a winter coat. low 40s and rain is no fun.

  133. Ys Guy March 30th, 2011 at 10:49 am

    “stuckey99 March 30th, 2011 at 10:44 am
    Y,

    Red????

    Isn’t that … you know … blasphemous?”

    /////

    you know when i was a young guy, i used to think, so. but they over the years the yankees have given me a hot pink yankees hat and a white yankees hat so i stopped worrying about it.

    i also have a green one (and a pair of green chuck T’s)

    …wish i still had the hot pink hat!

  134. mick March 30th, 2011 at 10:50 am

    murph

    not a big fan of mcC either but had a good nap and movie was ok…interesting, he defends a guy he knows is guilty and gets him in the end.

  135. murphydog March 30th, 2011 at 10:51 am

    SI_JonHeyman Selig doesnt commit to dec 31, 2012 as final day as commish, saying, ?that is my goal ? those are my thoughts today.?

    He better hope God doesn’t intervene and pick a final day for him.

    Really, Bud. Nothing lasts forever. You had a nice run, go home, enjoy your family, give the young guys a chance.

  136. mick March 30th, 2011 at 10:52 am

    Torre next Commish?

  137. Ys Guy March 30th, 2011 at 10:54 am

    no way the owners every let an ex player become commish

  138. murphydog March 30th, 2011 at 10:54 am

    mick:

    “not a big fan of mcC either but had a good nap and movie was ok?interesting, he defends a guy he knows is guilty and gets him in the end.”

    A story written by a lawyer trying to assuage his own conscience no doubt. (If it were only as simple as all that).

    Most of the stories I start to write, but don’t finish, feature lawyers getting killed for one reason or another. Whoever wrote Lincoln Lawyer was smart enough to kill the client.

  139. mick March 30th, 2011 at 10:55 am

    time for a shower, need to wash off my yankee pinstripes and repaint myself for the opener…

  140. Ys Guy March 30th, 2011 at 10:55 am

    i want to become commish!

    150 game schedule, double headers ever other w/e, season starts a week later and ends 2 weeks earlier, post season day games…

  141. Shame Spencer March 30th, 2011 at 10:57 am

    # mick March 30th, 2011 at 10:52 am

    Torre next Commish?

    ———————–

    Is George Bush still eligible for the job after serving as President? Wasn’t that the job he really wanted? …Google should know..

  142. mick March 30th, 2011 at 10:57 am

    whoever wrote Lincoln Lawyer was smart enough to kill the client.
    ============================================
    not sure if he dies but gets the crap beat out of him(McC did say the hospital not the morgue)
    interesting characters and twists

  143. mick March 30th, 2011 at 10:58 am

    Is George Bush still eligible for the job after serving as President? Wasn’t that the job he really wanted? …Google should know..
    =====================
    The country would be better of now if he were the commish all along.

  144. mick March 30th, 2011 at 11:01 am

    time for a shower, need to wash off my yankee pinstripes and repaint myself for the opener…
    ===============================
    …who needs clothes?

  145. Ys Guy March 30th, 2011 at 11:01 am

    “Is George Bush still eligible for the job after serving as President? Wasn’t that the job he really wanted? …Google should know..”

    /////

    and he’s in great shape for a guy who’s 86!

  146. Shame Spencer March 30th, 2011 at 11:04 am

    Ys – I meant W. of course. And according to numerous sources, Georgie really did want the Commish job above anything else and was apparently led to believe he’d get it by none other than… Bud Selig! Who then apparently undercut him to get the job. Bet he’s glad he did, considering how well history will remember his stint as Commish..

  147. murphydog March 30th, 2011 at 11:05 am

    Torre next Commish?

    Not sure an anti-former-player bais would rule him out. After his infamous tome, The Yankee Years, it’s not like the players consider him one of their own anymore. He sold out. He violated the players’ deeply held, unwritten rules.

    Besides, Joe as we know from his time with the Yankees, Torre is the consummate salesman, exactly the kind of guy you want as your CEO, which, for want of a better term is really what the Commissioner is these days, between scandals, that is. Torre knows the product, how it’s made and how it makes money. And he’s plenty open to the Owner’s point of view because despite free agency, the owners’ side still has the most money.

    Not sure how long Joe wants to stay in the Game, but unless Chirs Christie wants the job, I see Torre as a serious candidate.

  148. Fran the original March 30th, 2011 at 11:07 am

    New post :arrow:

  149. JMZ March 30th, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    Chris Christie should get the job and start tomorrow.

  150. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 30th, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    :mad:

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