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Granderson’s glove keeps pace with his bat

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 31, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Curtis Granderson’s bat stole the show today, but his glove was just as impressive. Wrapped around his seventh-inning home run were three highlight-worthy catches: A diving catch in the first inning, a good-positioning catch in the sixth and running catch in the ninth.

Here’s Granderson talking about all three.

First inning
After going back with his first step, charged and made a diving catch against Will Rhymes
“After I was on my way to the airport (yesterday) someone said, how do you think you’ll feel on a dive? I go, ‘You know what, I hadn’t even thought about that because it didn’t come up in any of the games. It’s just one of those things that kind of happens.’ And sure enough, the first ball today I have to dive for. And I felt fine.”

Sixth inning
After Brandon Inge doubled with two outs, Granderson shifted for Alex Avila and made the final out of the inning
“Beforehand we were just looking at how Avila was batting against left-handed (pitchers) and he tends to go the other way with some of the best left-handed (pitchers in the game), so we were shifted that way. The fact that Inge had made it to second base caused me to move in even shallower. I just wanted to make sure I had a chance to possibly make a play at the plate if the ball was hit to me. It was kind of the situation all put me in the right position.”

Ninth inning
Playing shallow with Mariano Rivera on the mound, Granderson made a running catch at the end of the warning track in straightaway center against Inge
“Not sure at all. What Mariano likes to do, especially when he has a lead when he comes in the ball game, he doesn’t want balls to fall in in front, so Gardner, myself and Swisher we play a lot shallower than we might through the whole course of the game. Then, when the ball is hit where it is, I think the wind helped me a little bit. Just getting a chance to get a good read. It all started this spring we talked a lot about, let’s just keep pushing in. Let’s see how shallow you can play and trust that you can get to that ball. First test again today to prove that it worked out.”

Here’s Granderson speaking postgame.

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112 Responses to “Granderson’s glove keeps pace with his bat”

  1. MTU March 31st, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    Curtis.

    # 1 web gem tonite.

    :)

  2. Betsy March 31st, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    This reminds me of the game I saw where Granderson made 2 great catches in the first inning last year – the first catch he made coming in on a ball; the next on was a deep fly ball……….That inning and those catches completely changed the tenor of the game

  3. Sweet Swinging Cano March 31st, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    Player of the game for the Grandy Man

  4. CB March 31st, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    (repost)

    “So Jackson is not #betterthangranderson?”

    It’s funny. Jackson is a nice player. I hope he does well and has a long career.

    There isn’t even a comparison between his talent and Granderson’s at the plate.

    Granderson has such fast hands and can generate such massive power given his size. It’s really pretty amazing.

    Jackson doesn’t even have close to that skill set. He just doesn’t have close to as much hand speed.

    If you just watch the two play, it’s tough to understand how you can think these two guys are comparable when they really don’t play the same way at all.

    And I think you have to be concerned with how Jackson is going to fair this season. He looked absolutely awful at the plate today. He was able to reach out and take a mistake pitch up in the zone for a single. But that mistake really bailed him out. 3K’s where he wasn’t even close and in that at bat he got the hit in he already had two strikes and was looked like he was about to strike out.

    Jackson had an awful spring training and looked really bad.

    For any young player it’s a constant challenge to figure out how to respond as the league figures you out. Second years can be tough.

  5. ZMAN March 31st, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    “I’m really hoping those Gardner sac bunts were just a first game let’s get on the board type of thing.”

    Joe said he was bunting for a hit.

  6. Doreen March 31st, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    I’m just loving this.

    I especially like how Grandy seems to talk about the thought and conversation that takes place before every game. You make your own luck. :)

  7. G. Love March 31st, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    MTU,

    Come on. You know the web gem will be MVP Adrian Gonzalez catching the elfin Come Back of the Year Pedroia thrown to him by Jon Cy Young Lester.

  8. MTU March 31st, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    Doreen-

    Curtis Granderson is smarter than your average bear.

    ;)

  9. Doreen March 31st, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    I did see Gardner’s bunt early in the game. Looked like he was trying to get a hit. Afterwards, he was talking with Joe G. Anything on what they discussed?

  10. G. Love March 31st, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    Gardner bunting this early and often is great. It’s going to get into scouting reports and cause the corners to play in opening up holes for him to hit. It’s a good thing.

  11. Nick in SF March 31st, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    “So Jackson is not #betterthangranderson?”

    Think again after you check the BABIP.

  12. Erin March 31st, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    Granderson definitely stole the show today. :)

  13. MTU March 31st, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    G. Love-

    They have to do that in their playpen then because their off today.

    I do think Gammons will drool all over himself when he sees the catch.

    Maybe wet his depends too.

    ;)

  14. BigJPDC March 31st, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Great game, great way to start the season.

    I do not like the outfield playing shallow at all and think it is ridiculous. For years we have seen BJ Upton get torched out in center by fly balls that turn into game changing triples. Why the heck would you do that to cut off a couple of line drives?

  15. Doreen March 31st, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    Pujols is a bust!!!

  16. MTU March 31st, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    The new refrain for this season.

    “So and Mo. It’s time to go.”

    Like it ?

    :)

  17. blake March 31st, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    Jackson is a really good defender but I think he’ll be exposed at the plate this year. He doesn’t have a great idea of the strike zone and he has a really tough time staying back on breaking pitches…combine that with him having virtually no power and that doesn’t really add up to much of a threat offensively….he’ll hit ok for a CFer but Granderson could hit 40 homers this year as a CFer….

  18. Doreen March 31st, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    BigJPDC -

    I got the feeling from what Grandy said that this was specifically the OF setup for Mariano. Mariano tends to give up dunkers. Cheapie hits that a deeper playing outfield won’t get to. I think when Mariano is on the mound, it’s good to cheat shallow.

  19. MTU March 31st, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    This for Granderson. For his great day.

    https://picasaweb.google.com/cybermrb03/LocalNature?authkey=Gv1sRgCN6O7fbD48by9gE#

    :)

  20. tyanksfan36 March 31st, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    just noticed the picture on the side isnt AJ anymore. Yay

  21. LGY March 31st, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    For the people complaining about the turnout, it was packed in the first inning. But after that the concourses and stuff were packed.

    You wouldn’t believe how cold it was in the seats. Luckily I was somewhat covered by an overhang, but I completely understand people not staying in their seats. It was really friggin cold.

  22. austinmac March 31st, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    CB,

    I like Jackson. A former teammate of my son playednwith him in high school and said he was a good guy.

    However, he chases too much. A player has to be better in his second year because any weakness will be found, and the pitchers in the majors can exploit. I remember a guy named Steve Bilko as a kid. He could crush the ball, but couldn’t hit, I think it was, a high fastball. He didn’t last long.

    I hope Jackson can adapt. Heck, he may yet be a Yankee. Players do seem to return.

  23. blake March 31st, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    JackCurryYES

    1. Girardi gushing about CC, saying he relishes the role of being the ace 13 minutes ago via Mobile Web

  24. Doreen March 31st, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    MTU -

    What a “grand” tribute. Beautiful.

    LGY -

    I assume you stayed to the bitter cold end? ;)

  25. Bronx Jeers March 31st, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    Great day for The Bronx.

    Yankees win their opener and the Bronx Zoo cobra was found alive and well. :smile:

  26. Yankee Trader March 31st, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    I certainly hope that Andruw Jones does not take regular time away from either Grandy or Gardy when we face lefties-even the tough lefties as Jones hasn’t been able to hit offspeed stuff for years.

  27. Doreen March 31st, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    Bronx Jeers -

    LOL – thanks for the really important news!!

  28. MTU March 31st, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    Blake-

    CC was only responsible for 2 runs today. He didn’t have his best stuff but was more than good enough.

    Thing is with this offense and our lockdown BP we’re gonna win a lot of games this way.

    A lot.

    :)

  29. MTU March 31st, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Doreen-

    What can I say. Child of the sixties.

    :)

  30. blake March 31st, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    “I certainly hope that Andruw Jones does not take regular time away from either Grandy or Gardy when we face lefties”

    nor do I….there is no need for it, play the best 9 unless they need rest.

    MTU,

    That’s what he does….he battles, every start.

  31. Yankee Trader March 31st, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    Soriano looked great and was very impressed with Russell Martin behind the plate-good framing and didn’t disrupt the pitcher by making numerous trips to the mound.

  32. LGY March 31st, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    MTU

    Couldn’t miss Mo ;)

    Although I must admit I spent one inning moving between the heated bathroom, team store, and waiting in line to buy a hot chocolate. :(

  33. RobertGKramer@AOL.Com March 31st, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    Just watch Grandy have an MVP year!

  34. LGY March 31st, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    They played the I’m coming home song in the first inning, so I naturally started chanting Melo, Meelooo expecting him to come bursting out of the bullpen.

    But he was a no show :(

  35. GreenBeret7 March 31st, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    I’m disappointed in that picture, MTU. I was expecting photos of the Grand(erson) Canyon.

  36. BigJPDC March 31st, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Doreen – that could be a strategy for a close game with men in scoring position, but I really think you are asking for trouble. Even in srping training I noticed the OF playing short – remember the game where the RF (Nunez?) made one Willie Mays catch and the next inning dropped one?

  37. BD (Boston Dave) March 31st, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    “A player has to be better in his second year because any weakness will be found, and the pitchers in the majors can exploit.”

    ——–

    not saying he’s going to improve, but he has 4 AB in his ‘second year’ and he may have been rushed to the majors to begin with.

    I hardly would close the book on AJax already.

    He’s got talent and considering he plays a good CF, he doesn’t need to be an elite hitter to be productive for the Tigers.

  38. Yankee Trader March 31st, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Bronx Jeers-

    “The 20-inch- long snake likely found a safe place within the isolated area of the reptile house and would come out when he got hungry or thirsty.”

    “In the meantime, the Reptile House has remained closed, although it is not at all clear that thousands had been clamoring to get in.”

    Pity the other reptiles that were eaten when the Bronx Zoo Cobra got hungry! LOL

  39. Pat M. March 31st, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    Aren’t we all glad now that Curtis Granderson is a NY Yankee ????

  40. BD (Boston Dave) March 31st, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    “Aren’t we all glad now that Curtis Granderson is a NY Yankee ????”

    ————-

    I’ve been (more than) glad since the day they got him.

    Grandy is a great player and a great teammate… a perfect fit on the Yanks.

  41. blake March 31st, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    “Aren’t we all glad now that Curtis Granderson is a NY Yankee ????”

    yup, some of us always believed. Martin off to a good start as well….just one game but he plays hard man, like that. They gotta keep him healthy though with that style, he could put up a real come back season if they can.

  42. Benny Blanco March 31st, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    When was the last time a baseball team’s 8th hitter had 25 or more homeruns in a the season?

    I dont know the answer but it speaks volumes on how dangerous the yankee lineup will be this year.

  43. m March 31st, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    I can’t reiterate how glad I am they won. Not saying it was a must-win or something stupid like that.

    But it’s really nice to win the first.

    In the alternate scenario, people would be saying really dumb stuff here. :P

  44. BD (Boston Dave) March 31st, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    “When was the last time a baseball team’s 8th hitter had 25 or more homeruns in a the season?”

    ————–

    25??

    He might get 35 :)

  45. MTU March 31st, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    GB-

    Can’t have that.

    I’ll have them for you by Monday.

    I’m heading out to photograph the Granderson Canyon this Sat.

  46. ZMAN March 31st, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    “When was the last time a baseball team’s 8th hitter had 25 or more homeruns in a the season?”

    2009 Yankees – Cano

    2006 Yanks came close with Posada 23 HRs hitting 8th (and Cano’s .341 average hitting 9th)

  47. blake March 31st, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    Today obviously wasn’t a must win but opening day can set a tone and be important to certain players…..I think it was big for Martin to have a good game and show everyone and himself what he could do, I think it was good for Soriano to have an uneventful first appearance, and obviously it was great to Tex to get that big dinger after the start he had last year….hopefully he’ll relax and play like May in April this year and go on to have a great season.

  48. Doreen March 31st, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    m -

    For that reason alone, I am happy they won.

    ****

    Pat M -

    It was a happy day for me when they traded for Granderson. I had always thought he was an untouchable as far as Detroit went. Glad it turned out this way!!!

    ****

    BigJCPD -

    I guess it will depend on the fine tuning.

  49. blake March 31st, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    That Braves pen looked almost as good as the Yanks today….Kimbrel and company are dramatically better than what the Phils have out there.

  50. Betsy March 31st, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    Opening Day is like a holiday………there’s nothing like it

  51. Benny Blanco March 31st, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    Thanks Zman!

    I should have known that *facepalm* I forgot about cano! :(

  52. Jerzz March 31st, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    The 2006 lineup would have been sick if they had it for a full year together

    Damon
    Jeter
    Abreu
    A-Rod
    Giambi
    Sheffield
    Matsui
    Posada
    Cano

    Of course, it was one of the worst defensive teams of all time (Sheff at 1st, Abreu/Damon/Matsui in the OF. Yikes)

  53. blake March 31st, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    Cano didn’t even hit today….wait til he joins the party :)

  54. Nick in SF March 31st, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    Over/under on Curtis Granderson homers was 27.5

  55. LGY March 31st, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    Grandy won’t be the 8th hitter for long.

    Girardi will come to his senses :)

  56. Pat M. March 31st, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    Doreen….I remember you & Blake being very pleased when the trade went down……I don’t think the Yanks could have scripted today’s Opener any better…..Yanks wire to wire, don’t dismiss it….

  57. blake March 31st, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    Granderson hit 24 last year… that’s with missing 30 games and having his swing screwed up for more than half the season. Unless he gets injured he’s clearly 27.5 with plenty to spare. He might hit 40.

  58. GreenBeret7 March 31st, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    MTU March 31st, 2011 at 6:22 pm
    GB-

    Can’t have that.

    I’ll have them for you by Monday.

    I’m heading out to photograph the Granderson Canyon this Sat.

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

    A few more games like today in April, and there will be a hue and cry heard throughout yankeeLand to rename it….with thr roaring Colorado Rivera running through it.

  59. blake March 31st, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    *clearing*

  60. Pat M. March 31st, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    Blake….I always though that Curtis could hit 35 hitting in that lineup in that park…….

  61. MTU March 31st, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    GB-

    We should have an outstanding BP this season.

    It wouldn’t surprise me in the least if it’s the best in baseball.

  62. Doreen March 31st, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    Pat M -

    Tex and Grandy were two of the players I wanted badly and never thought they’d get. :)

  63. MTU March 31st, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    Blake-

    It was you and I who had to rescue Curtis after he was thrown under the bus last season.

    Good thing we didn’t give up.

    :)

  64. MTU March 31st, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    GB-

    Here’s a few pics of the Granderson Canyon with the Colorado Rivera
    running thru it.

    https://picasaweb.google.com/cybermrb03/Toroweap#

    Enjoy.

    :)

  65. blake March 31st, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    Pat M,

    yea I absolutely think he can

  66. Pat M. March 31st, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    Reda score 4 in the bottom of the 9th for the walkoff…..Maybe they can win 87 this season…..That was a tough one to call this season….

  67. Pat M. March 31st, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    Reds …..

  68. blake March 31st, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    MTU,

    there were a few that kept the faith in Curtis and admittedly he was bad early last season….but he also was humble enough and cared enough to ask for help and that can’t be discounted. He asked for help and he got it….the rest is history.

  69. Betsy March 31st, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    Wow, I just saw Granderson’s catch…….so smooth

  70. Betsy March 31st, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    It’s easy to just dump on a player when he’s doing badly, but not so easy to keep the faith. One of the reasons I stayed solidly behind him was because I felt he was unfairly maligned once he came back from the DL. It’s like no one remembered what he did in the Sox series – he dominated that. I mean, he hit a game winning HR in his first Yankees/Sox series – and at Fenway. That’s no mean feat.

  71. blake March 31st, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    That NL central is the toughest one to call to me….I have no idea who is winning that division. I know the Astros and Pirates won’t….and that the Cubs probably won’t, but the other 3 are hard to distinguish.

  72. CB March 31st, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    Cards up 3-2 in the 9th. Two outs and Franklin on the mound.

    Cam Maybin take him yard to straight center field.

    Opening day!

  73. MTU March 31st, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    Blake-

    It took a lot of courage for Curtis to ask to have his swing retooled in season.

    Long isn’t called “the Genius” for nothing.

    :)

  74. lounge lizard March 31st, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    ZMAN March 31st, 2011 at 6:23 pm
    “When was the last time a baseball team’s 8th hitter had 25 or more homeruns in a the season?”

    2009 Yankees – Cano

    ________________________________________

    Cano never hit 8th in 2009. Started in 6th spot, was given chance at 5th, when he struggled with RISP, he settled into 7th.

    I hope Granderson moves up.

  75. blake March 31st, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    I saw Maybin play in high school….he was ridiculous.

  76. blake March 31st, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    The worst part about opening day is they often have the next day off….but with the weather and AJ’s cold that’s not a bad thing this year.

  77. Fran the original March 31st, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    MTU,

    Nice pictures :)

  78. Joe from Long Island March 31st, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    Hi all – Wow! What an Opening Day! I was real busy, but was able to catch parts of the game while running between patients’ rooms –

    1. Tex’ dinger was a shot. Hope this portends a great April and May, and rest of the year.

    2. Grandy looked great, at bat and in the field. He’s poised for a terific year.

    3. CC battled. what else is new?

    4. Joba and Soriano did their jobs, 1-2-3.

    5. Mariano – what more to say.

    6. Can’t forget Russell Martin. I guess his knee is fine.

    Have to make dinner, but I am very excited, and happy.

    Oh, yes,

    7. Guys, forget the trolls. It really isn’t worth it.

  79. CB March 31st, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    Maybin is so talented. But he has a long swing with holes in it. Just shows how difficult it is to hit at that level. Every weakness gets attacked over and over.

    Good move for the Pads to take a chance on him.

    Pretty remarkable how the Marlins got basically nothing back for Cabrera.

  80. BIG AL March 31st, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    Good start. Jo – So – Mo in relief looks great.

    Where are all the trolls and naysayrs? Are they saving all their negative talk for the first loss?

    This could turn out to be a very special team and a great year.

    MTU -
    One stinking flower for the Grandy man, you’ve got more than that.

  81. MTU March 31st, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    Glad you enjoyed them Fran.

    My pleasure.

    The team deserved a good opening day tribute.

    And I couldn’t deny GB a look at the Granderson Canyon and the Colorado Rivera.

  82. jackamir March 31st, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    One of the ironic touches of the game was Granderson’s blast against lefty Coke ( who I really dislike) the trade makes sense now for me…… Coke was not well liked in the clubhouse and his attitude made him expendable. Karma is a powerful thing…….

  83. Irreverent Discourse March 31st, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    For the record, Maybin did in fact go yard and tie that game. Franklin is awful.

  84. BIG AL March 31st, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    Later.

  85. joeman March 31st, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    something looks dif with MO…could it be the uni pants ?

  86. MTU March 31st, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Al-

    Look above.

    There a few photos of the Granderson Canyon and the Colorado Rivera.

    More to come in the coming days.

    :)

  87. LGY March 31st, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Blake

    Luckily the Sox are on national tv tomorrow so we can watch them lose as we wait for Saturday

  88. LGY March 31st, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    Mo was rockin the high socks

  89. max24 March 31st, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    For people listening to John and Suzyn- what was Sterling’s call for Grandy’s hr? (besides the grandyman can, I heard he did a new one too)

  90. joeman March 31st, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    # LGY March 31st, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    Mo was rockin the high socks
    —————————————————–
    little strange looking for me….

  91. blake March 31st, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    CB,

    Yea he does….you could imagine though what he did to 84 MPH high school heaters, it wasn’t pretty.

    LGY,

    that is a good point, that’ll be an interesting game in Texas.

  92. Fran the original March 31st, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    max24,

    I usually don’t listen on the radio, but I was out so I did today. IIRC Sterling said that Grandy is dandy and then the Grandyman can.

  93. DocTodd March 31st, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Call me petty, but I’m hoping the Phillies lose lots of games to stick it to Lee…and I hope the Padres do too, to stick it to them for giving Gonzalez to the Sox for a bunch of scrubs…and of course I want the Sox,Rays,Jays and O’s to all lose…

  94. CB March 31st, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    A reporter asked Mo why he was wearing high socks during spring training. Mo’s response was something to the effect of,

    “Because I feel like it.”

    He evidently decided that high socks were going to be his look this season.

    No impact on the cutter fortunately.

    He’s a marvel. He’s 40 and throws the ball like he’s 10 years younger.

    One of the most unique athletes in the sports history.

    Everything’s worked out great for Mo. He’s been brilliant. But I often wonder how things would have played out if they had left him a starter.

    I think he would have been a lock down ace. He would have figured out how to develop other tools. He’s just a great pitcher with a deep understanding of his craft.

  95. Nick in SF March 31st, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    GIDP #3 for Pujols.

    He signaled his agent to accept the Cards’ last offer before he got back to the dugout.

  96. Fran the original March 31st, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    Doreen,

    Wow. Nice start. I thought I did well until I checked the scores.

  97. blake March 31st, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    I think Mo would’ve been a really good starter as well for the same reason he’s a great reliever….the ability to repeat his delivery unbelievably well. He’s such a great athlete that he is able to just do the same thing over and over. He could have been very successful starting with cutter, 2 seamer, changeup I think…..basically Doc Halladay minus a few curveballs.

  98. Fran the original March 31st, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    blake,

    IIRC didn’t Mariano come up as a starter? And then the Yankees converted him to a set-up man.

  99. blake March 31st, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    Fran,

    Yea he did, I’m not saying they shouldve left him as a starter….just that he probably would have been pretty good if they had I think. Probably wouldn’t have been the greatest ever as he has been as a closer….but he wouldn’t been pretty good I think.

  100. BIG AL March 31st, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    MTU -

    OK, now I see them, thanks.
    ——————————————————————–
    Not that it matters, but how can someone on the blog state Coke was not well liked in the clubhouse, where does that info come from? When Coke was in SWB, and Trenton, his roommate was Alfred Aceves, and Alfredo always spoke highly og Phil, just wondering.

  101. Fran the original March 31st, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    blake,

    Got it :) and I agree.

  102. pat March 31st, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    Melky with a 3 hit day. :smile:

  103. BIG AL March 31st, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    Fran -

    Mo did come up as a starter, got hit hard and was sent back down, and almost let go. When he returned and became a relief pitcher, all the rest is history.

  104. BIG AL March 31st, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    blake -

    Mo stunk as a starter, and was almost released.

  105. blake March 31st, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    AL,

    I think he would’ve figured it out…again it was the right move to make him a reliever clearly because he’s the greatest one ever…just sayin.

  106. BIG AL March 31st, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    blake -

    Who do you like in the Final Four?

  107. Fran the original March 31st, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    Big Al,

    Could you imagine if the Yankees had let Mariano go? A scary thought.

  108. BIG AL March 31st, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    Got to run, dinner on the table, later.

  109. BD (Boston Dave) March 31st, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    2 of SI.com’s 12 “experts” have Carl Crawford winning AL MVP.

    11 of 12 have the Sox winning the AL East and 9 have them as WS Champs.

    Almost as bad as ESPN.

  110. Benny Blanco March 31st, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    Question:

    I’m interested in buying a golfcaddie gps, anyone have any suggestions?

    Thanks in advance!

  111. Chase March 31st, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    You couldn’t get 45 people to agree on anything, yet at ESPN all 45 pick the Red Sox to win AL East.

    They might as well name the network NESN already, they haven’t even attempted to hide it for 3 years now.

  112. BD (Boston Dave) March 31st, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    Holliday just muscled one out to give StL the lead headed to the 9th

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