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Robertson: “I couldn’t recognize anything”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Apr 29, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Four months ago, I was back home in Missouri, spending New Years Eve weekend with some friends in St. Louis. There were sirens blaring and a voice on the radio was talking about tornado warnings in the area. Apparently a tornado had been spotted on the ground just outside the city.

My friend Ben and I were driving to lunch.

If you grow up with tornados, you get used to them. Storms come and go, weather reports issue tornado watches and warnings, and you deal with it. You seek shelter if you need it — I can remember twice rushing for a basement — but if you’re not believed to be in the path of the tornado, you can pretty much go about your day. It’s a big, windy storm.

What happened in Alabama and Georgia on Wednesday was beyond anything anyone gets used to. I’ve been around tornados, I’ve seen tornado damage, but I can’t wrap my head around a tornado this size, staying on the ground this long, tearing through the middle of a town. Reports say well over 200 have died.

“We get small tornados all the time,” Yankees reliever Dave Robertson said. “Trees blown down, things like that, but never anything this bad. This is the worst I’ve ever seen.”

Robertson grew up just outside Tuscaloosa, just a few miles from the devastation. His family still lives there, and after repeated attempts to reach his parents on Wednesdsay night, Robertson finally got in touch with his brother who told him everyone was fine. His best friend’s house was OK, despite being pretty close to the path of destruction. Robertson said he doesn’t know of anyone he knows being killed, but he’s worried he’ll hear about one eventually.

He’s instantly familiar with 15th street in Tuscaloosa, but he couldn’t recognize it when he saw footage on the news.

“It’s happened before,” Robertson said. “We had one in ’98 that was massive and only killed – I say only – but it killed nine people. You could see the trail it left when it went through the woods and stuff. This one, it hit the town. There’s businesses and houses all around there. It’s really sad because I haven’t been down there to see it so I don’t know how bad the damage is. I just know I couldn’t recognize anything when I was watching the videos.”

Associated Press photo of Tuscaloosa

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100 Responses to “Robertson: “I couldn’t recognize anything””

  1. Joe from Long Island April 29th, 2011 at 9:08 am

    Good morning –

    1. Tough, tough family situation for Robertson. We sometimes forget these guys are human, and have the family concerns we all do. A breat byproduct of the blowout last night was that Robertson didn’t have to worry about coming into a game.

    2. Chad – I noticed that Brett Gardner seemed to be letting his one hand off his swing, esp. when he hit his homer. Was that a sign that he may be backing off his two-hand approach that we’ve read about?

  2. Ys Guy April 29th, 2011 at 9:09 am

    horrible situation down south, best hopes and prayers for those folks. when i lived in missouri i had a job driving a truck all around the south-central part of the state and one time got to watch a tormado tear through a stretch of the ozarks from a reasonably safe distance, then had to drive though the path of destruction left behind (no major injuries, thank goodness). no matter how many pictures or videos you see of what a tornado does, you just cant get the scope of what one does till you are actually in it’s wake.

  3. Erin April 29th, 2011 at 9:10 am

    I was watching some of that footage last night-it’s awful. Glad that D-Rob’s family are OK.

  4. Ys Guy April 29th, 2011 at 9:12 am

    interesting piece by tristan coc kroft about the decline of former dodger’s closer jonathan broxton tracing his decline back to that blown save vs. the yankees last june 27th and placing the blame squarely on the back of joe torre;

    http://sports.espn.go.com/fant.....e=re110428

    mattingly is trying to cover for his old boss, but actions speak louder than words, mr. baseball

  5. Rich in NJ April 29th, 2011 at 9:12 am

    What Erin said.

  6. Rich in NJ April 29th, 2011 at 9:18 am

    When you have a manager that uses his best relievers without a conscience, and the GM and the owners don!t make him stop, any ensuing consequences are also imputed to them.

  7. Ys Guy April 29th, 2011 at 9:18 am

    for all the well-deserved credit kevin long got for working with cano and granderson last year, his attempts to ‘fix’ jeter and gardner seem to have failed miserably.

  8. Rich in NJ April 29th, 2011 at 9:21 am

    I think we need a bigger sample size.

  9. Ys Guy April 29th, 2011 at 9:23 am

    sample size wont matter moving forward because they both seem to have abandoned thier ‘new’ swings.

  10. upstate kate April 29th, 2011 at 9:26 am

    Glad D-rob’s family is ok..what a mess…guess I wont complain about snow storms anymore

  11. Rich in NJ April 29th, 2011 at 9:27 am

    Maybe they did that at Long’s suggestion. Most hitting coaches have very little impact. If Long is even making a small positive contribution, he is better than most of them.

  12. Tom in N.J. April 29th, 2011 at 9:27 am

    Was Gardner “broken” though? I think last year’s 2nd half drop-off had more to do with playing with a wrist that needed surgery than having a mechanical flaw in his swing.

  13. Rich in NJ April 29th, 2011 at 9:31 am

    Plus Gardner hit with more SLG before he got hurt last season.

  14. Erin April 29th, 2011 at 9:32 am

    I wonder if Swish is watching against his will ;)

    JoAnnaLGarcia My husband & I r watching all the royal wedding coverage! So exciting! What a wonderful, joyous occasion for the world to be focused on…

  15. Carlo April 29th, 2011 at 9:34 am

    Erin April 29th, 2011 at 9:32 am

    I wonder if Swish is watching against his will ;)

    JoAnnaLGarcia My husband & I r watching all the royal wedding coverage! So exciting! What a wonderful, joyous occasion for the world to be focused on…

    —————————————————–

    wonderful and joyous to her is a wasteful use of tax payer money to me.

  16. The Genius Maker April 29th, 2011 at 9:36 am

    Blake, to close out the last discussion, the play ARod made at home did not make up for the missed tag at 3rd. the play was pretty normal for a player.

    As for Kevin Long and his impact, I think he is a good hitting coach, I just don’t understand why they didn’t adjust Jeter’s pre swing bat movement

  17. Ys Guy April 29th, 2011 at 9:39 am

    the gender split on the royal wedding in this country is as wide as it ever is. i dont know of any guys who have any interest while most women seem unable to tear themselves away.

    im a republican when it comes to great brittain, i think its a ridiculous waste of money for a very strange group of people who hold no power anyway, but its not my tax dollars.

  18. randy l. April 29th, 2011 at 9:39 am

    a hitting coach can only suggest things

    ultimately the hitter has to figure out what works himself.

    there is no such thing as the right way to hit.

    yes there are principles, but a hitter has to experiment until he finds a way to hit that works under pressure.

    jeter did not get to be jeter without the ability to try out different things and to use what works and discard what doesn’t.

    i don’t know how long it will take him to figure out how to hit with his present body condition( age 37), but i have no doubt he’ll figure out a way to be an above average hitter again.

    the good hitters know how to adapt to changing conditions. aging is a changing condition. this doesn’t mean it happens overnight.

  19. 108 stitches April 29th, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Some players are quicker to adjust to batting flaws than others keeping in mind that most players have used the same batting approach for years and have difficulty in making changes.
    Kevin Long studies video and if a player is out of sync, he sees it.

  20. Rich in NJ April 29th, 2011 at 9:47 am

    I don’t care what GB does. I do care that every US network wastes airtime broadcasting the folly that is that wedding. That tornado got far less coverage… Priorities.

  21. Irreverent Discourse April 29th, 2011 at 9:48 am

    The “crown” owns over 80% of the wealth of the world, it means a lot actually.

  22. Rich in NJ April 29th, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Link?

  23. Ys Guy April 29th, 2011 at 9:50 am

    alot of a coach’s effect is in the mind of the player. if the player believes that a change is helping, even if it actually does nothing substantial, it can still have the placebo effect. with others, even if the coach has removed a mechanical flaw, if the player doesnt believe its going to work, it wont. last year, everything long touched seemed to turn to gold, which in turn inspired more confidence in his teaching. and maybe it even got into long’s head that he could do no wrong. but this year, the most-publicized changes dont seem to be working.

    i think coaches at the major league level have much less impact than they are often given credit or blame for. look at leo mazzone. with good pitchers in atlanta he was a god, with crappy pitchers in balitmore, he was a crazy old guy.

  24. Tom in N.J. April 29th, 2011 at 9:51 am

    I’m no fan of the Royals either. I see them as a group of people who charter members of the lucky sperm club. But if the British people want to keep funding their incestual brand of ‘class’ and whatnot, let ‘em. They have no effect on my life, or for that matter, on the world at large.

  25. Triple Short of a Cycle April 29th, 2011 at 9:51 am

    Rich in NJ,

    The topics that the news covers is not what is most important its what sells more. It hasn’t always been like this but it is that way now

  26. Erin April 29th, 2011 at 9:52 am

    Yikes…..sorry for bringing up the Royal Wedding.

  27. Tom in N.J. April 29th, 2011 at 9:52 am

    The British royal family owns 80% of the world’s wealth?

    Really?

  28. Ys Guy April 29th, 2011 at 9:54 am

    of course, i think anyone who spends tens of thousands of dollars on a wedding is crazy, so im in the minority.

    i also think that anyone who would spend more than 50 bucks to see a baseball game is crazy and im definitely in the minority here.

  29. upstate kate April 29th, 2011 at 9:55 am

    I am not crazy Ys Guy…it is a once a year treat for me and I want good seats :)

  30. Ys Guy April 29th, 2011 at 9:56 am

    wow, 80% huh? did you look that up on some website published in 1416? :)

  31. Ys Guy April 29th, 2011 at 9:57 am

    like i said, im in the minority. i’ve gone to hundreds of baseball games but never spend more than $30. for a ticket.

  32. Ys Guy April 29th, 2011 at 9:59 am

    the funny thing is that im a caterer and i make a lot of my money from weddings, so the huger they are the better for me, but i think they are crazy.

    also ironic is the fact that the more people spend on a wedding, the more cookie-cutter they seem. i can remember all the nice little weddings in people’s homes i’ve done, but the catering hall weddings all seem like a huge blur of bland sameness.

  33. blake April 29th, 2011 at 10:02 am

    “the play ARod made at home did not make up for the missed tag at 3rd. ”

    well I would say it did because they didn’t score. Alex got caught between being the cut off man and being at 3rd for the throw….it was a mental error but Alex makes so few of those that I’m giving him a pass and really don’t think it warrants that much discussion.

    “I just don’t understand why they didn’t adjust Jeter’s pre swing bat movement”

    I agree with you that it would probably benefit Jeter to calm down his pre-pitch movement….however Jeter has always been a “handsy” hitter and has several timing mechanisms that have been with him forever….at the big league level these guys are primarily their own hitting coaches so K. Long really isn’t going to make changes that a HOF isn’t on board with…..sure turning him into Paul Molitor would probably help him but that may not be realistic or something he’s comfortable doing.

  34. Ys Guy April 29th, 2011 at 10:08 am

    whenever people talk about bat movement i think of gary sheffield. that guy had the quickest wrists on the planet. i think pitchers used to try to time the waggle to pitch to him out of position but no matter what, he always got that barrel into the zone when it needed to be there. often a little too quickly actually.

  35. blake April 29th, 2011 at 10:08 am

    Really terrible stuff with the tornados. About 15 people died in the area that I live during the storm…….the worst of it missed us by about 5 miles.

  36. blake April 29th, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Sheffield has incredible ability…..if you watch though he was actually in a pretty good hitting position as the pitcher was releasing the ball as most guys with those kind of movements are (at least the guys who are any good). The problem when you get older is that it becomes harder to sync all those movements……it becomes harder to get your timing when you lose bat speed and can’t wait as long. In other words…..when you waggled the bat or whatever in the past is too late now and you have to try and compensate.

  37. Ys Guy April 29th, 2011 at 10:13 am

    of course growing up learning to hit off uncle doc might have had alot to do with shef’s development.

  38. upstate kate April 29th, 2011 at 10:13 am

    Sorry to hear that Blake. I was wondering about you southerners…GB, Big Al as well.

  39. Erin April 29th, 2011 at 10:15 am

    blake-glad you’re OK!!

  40. pat April 29th, 2011 at 10:18 am

    “the good hitters know how to adapt to changing conditions. aging is a changing condition. this doesn’t mean it happens overnight.”

    I think reports of Jeter’s demise are premature BUT aging would seem to be the toughest changing condition to make an adjustment to.

    A willing spirit sometimes isn’t enough to get the body to react the way it used to or the way you want it to.

  41. upstate kate April 29th, 2011 at 10:23 am

    Pat
    that is just the way I feel sometimes :)

  42. Mike_Boston April 29th, 2011 at 10:24 am

    # Irreverent Discourse April 29th, 2011 at 9:48 am

    The “crown” owns over 80% of the wealth of the world, it means a lot actually.
    —————————————————————————————————-

    Where did you get that from? 70 years ago they ruled 1/4 of the world’s population, but I highly doubt they own anything close to 80% of the wealth of the world, would love to see a link.

  43. Triple Short of a Cycle April 29th, 2011 at 10:25 am

    But what is Jeter at this point? A singles hitter who has limited range? At best he hits 270 – 280 with less then 10 home runs. he doesn’t drive the ball anymore. Hardly any extra base hits. Plus this is only year one in a 4 year contract. What is he going to look like in year 3?

  44. Rich in NJ April 29th, 2011 at 10:27 am

    “A willing spirit sometimes isn’t enough to get the body to react the way it used to or the way you want it to.”

    If it was proven that a PED could enable you to watch your favorite players perform at a high level longer, would most fans be in favor of legalization?

  45. Paul April 29th, 2011 at 10:29 am

    I’m still holding out hope that Jeter will play better as the season progresses and the weather gets warmer. I feel like we see this a lot with older players who start off slow and then get better in the warmer months (or is it just David Ortiz)…

  46. Ys Guy April 29th, 2011 at 10:31 am

    “King Arthur: I am your king.
    Woman: Well I didn’t vote for you.
    King Arthur: You don’t vote for kings.
    Woman: Well how’d you become king then?
    [Angelic music plays... ]
    King Arthur: The Lady of the Lake, her arm clad in the purest shimmering samite held aloft Excalibur from the bosom of the water, signifying by divine providence that I, Arthur, was to carry Excalibur. THAT is why I am your king.
    Dennis: [interrupting] Listen, strange women lyin’ in ponds distributin’ swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.

  47. LGY April 29th, 2011 at 10:34 am

    “i don’t know how long it will take him to figure out how to hit with his present body condition( age 37), but i have no doubt he’ll figure out a way to be an above average hitter again.”

    ————-

    Are we talking about golf?

  48. upstate kate April 29th, 2011 at 10:35 am

    Rich
    I would not.
    The young players deserve their time in the spot light.
    The use of PEDs is too risky for health reasons.

  49. blake April 29th, 2011 at 10:36 am

    “But what is Jeter at this point?”

    right now he’s a guy trying to adapt. He’s swinging the bat better…..we’ll just have to wait and see.

  50. Tom in N.J. April 29th, 2011 at 10:36 am

    Blake, I’m glad to hear you’re safe.

    Sorry to hear about the loss of life. Awful.

  51. Triple Short of a Cycle April 29th, 2011 at 10:37 am

    If PED’s are given under a doctors supervision I see nothing wrong with it

  52. blake April 29th, 2011 at 10:38 am

    Thanks everyone….its was a rough night. The storms came through after dark so we were afraid to go to bed and you couldn’t see if a tornado was coming. I just watched the radar until 1 AM or so when it was over…..a couple of bad cells came through where I live but the worst missed us thankfully. Others in the area weren’t so lucky sadly.

  53. MG April 29th, 2011 at 10:43 am

    blake, that’s a scary, awful situation, glad you are OK

  54. Ys Guy April 29th, 2011 at 10:45 am

    just heard on npr that the 4 biggest tornadoes ever recorded in the u.s. have been in the past 3 weeks.

  55. Joe from Long Island April 29th, 2011 at 10:46 am

    blake – glad to “hear” that you and yours are ok. This story is scary.

  56. ron April 29th, 2011 at 10:49 am

    I remember that movie,tornado,maybe,when a tornado struck in the night & it is right on you before you can see it.

    You see it between the lightning flashes.

    Scary stuff.

  57. Giuseppe Franco April 29th, 2011 at 10:51 am

    Perhaps you are referring to the movie “Twister”.

    If so, that was indeed the scariest scene of them all, the one that hit the drive-in movie theater at night.

  58. Tom in N.J. April 29th, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Jeter seems to be holding his hand/bat higher in recent years than he did in the past.

    From this past weekend:

    http://www.gettyimages.com/det.....ages-Sport

  59. Tom in N.J. April 29th, 2011 at 10:58 am

    2009 WBC:

    http://www.gettyimages.com/det.....ages-Sport

  60. ron April 29th, 2011 at 11:01 am

    GF:

    Yes,twister. t/y.

  61. Mike_Boston April 29th, 2011 at 11:03 am

    # Ys Guy April 29th, 2011 at 10:45 am

    just heard on npr that the 4 biggest tornadoes ever recorded in the u.s. have been in the past 3 weeks.
    ——————————————————————-

    This shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that’s been paying attention to what climate scientists have been saying for years…

  62. ron April 29th, 2011 at 11:03 am

    Here in ct we don’t get any scary weather for the most part but we lived in ca for a few years,many years ago & my mom told me a few earthquake stories that i was to young to remember.

  63. J. Alfred Prufrock April 29th, 2011 at 11:07 am

    I’m glad to hear people who post here are alright, too.

    The truth though is that none of us are “ok” when we know others are suffering so. I’m pretty far removed from what’s been goin down in other parts of the country, save for some heavy winds and rain and down trees here,& a little flooding. Yet I know that there are people who’s world has been reduced to rubble. Survival is one thing, but watching your home fold up like a house of cards not only puts you literally out of house, you also lose those artifacts of memory that add up to your years on this planet, symbolize relationships, etc.

    We went out for Japanese more than usual after the earthquake in Japan cos we wanted to support the Japanese in any way we could. I recall seeing the forced smile of the waitress as she approached our table (we’re regulars so she knows us and is always friendly and upbeat). The chef-owner’s shoulders were slumped behind the sushi bar as he worked, the sous-chef also was long faced. There was an air of exhaustion & melancholy in the whole place. My wife & I found ourselves navigating between keeping in character as “guests” & not over-stepping boundaries, because we didn’t want to pierce a tiny hole through the veil they required too even be able to get through their workday with too much outward “concern”, yet these are people we care about,even if we’re just “customers”.We asked the chef-owner if his family was alright & he said “my family in Japan? they are fine, thanks” & smiled slightly. What he didn’t say,nor did he have to, was ‘my country is NOT fine. My people are NOT fine. Therefore I am NOT fine.’ He didn’t have to say so, we understood, because we weren’t “fine” either.

  64. randy l. April 29th, 2011 at 11:09 am

    there could be a lot of things that are affecting jeter hitting.
    for example, his ability to see the ball at high speed may have diminished. he also might have spent too many years going the opposite way and lost the ability temporarily to turn on an inside pitch.

    that was a good strategy for a while , but pitchers adapt. there are a thousand and one ways for anyone hitter to swing the bat. look at youkillis with the right hand going way up the bat getting ready to hit.

    that said all hitters look most similar in the impact position and that’s where long can help jeter more if something is off. some hitters will always figure out a way to get the job done. they will try whatever it takes to get the bat on the ball. tie one of their hands, sprain their ankle, twist their neck, they will find a way.

    jeter did not get to where he is now by not knowing how to find a way. he will find a way to get back to an .800 ops.

  65. tyanksfan36 April 29th, 2011 at 11:12 am

    We don’t get tornadoes like that in FL either, just hurricanes. The good/bad thing about hurricanes is that you know it is coming for a week. They move so slow that you don’t know what to do, every “spaghetti model” has it coming right at your house, you have to think, well is it worth it to pack up and go? We did once and about an hour after we left it had changed course and it never even rained at our house. The worst thing is the anticipation. Because they move so slow you just have to sit back and watch it and hope it goes somewhere else.

  66. Carlo April 29th, 2011 at 11:14 am

    Mike_Boston April 29th, 2011 at 10:24 am

    # Irreverent Discourse April 29th, 2011 at 9:48 am

    The “crown” owns over 80% of the wealth of the world, it means a lot actually.
    —————————————————————————————————-

    Where did you get that from? 70 years ago they ruled 1/4 of the world’s population, but I highly doubt they own anything close to 80% of the wealth of the world, would love to see a link.

    ——————————————————————————

    No need to even request a link. the statement is so factually wrong it isn’t even worth attempting to look into.

  67. Wave Your Hat April 29th, 2011 at 11:15 am

    “jeter did not get to where he is now by not knowing how to find a way. he will find a way to get back to an .800 ops.”

    Ponce de Leon thought the Fountain of Youth was in Florida. Maybe that’s why Jeter built his home there.

  68. ac1 April 29th, 2011 at 11:17 am

    for all the well-deserved credit kevin long got for working with cano and granderson last year, his attempts to ‘fix’ jeter and gardner seem to have failed miserably.

    ____

    Sometimes things that should work don’t.
    Gardner and Jeter may be more comfortable with going back to their old style.

  69. Mike_Boston April 29th, 2011 at 11:19 am

    True Carlo…if I were making a rough estimate I would say these days the “crown” owns about .5% of the world’s wealth, maybe 1% on a good day.

  70. blake April 29th, 2011 at 11:24 am

    “The “crown” owns over 80% of the wealth of the world, it means a lot actually”

    when in 1600? The US is the wealthiest country in the world….China is 2nd.

  71. Shame Spencer April 29th, 2011 at 11:27 am

    Bill Gates might own more of the world’s wealth than the crown. I’d like to think so anyway. Especially since whenever I think of him, I inevitably think of his representation on Family Guy.

  72. LGY April 29th, 2011 at 11:30 am

    “jeter did not get to where he is now by not knowing how to find a way. he will find a way to get back to an .800 ops.”

    ————-

    Jetes has 19 XBH in his last 429 plate appearances.

    He may find a way to up his average and OBP, but 800 OPS Jeter is dead.

  73. RayVT April 29th, 2011 at 11:32 am

    Randy I

    IMO Jeter made changes to compensate for something he didn’t need to change. I believe he was injured last year (wrist) and it caused him to lose points BA/OBP & OPS. His style last year of jumping into the pitch is what I believe got him hurt. Pitchers were throwing more inside & he was basically defenseless against a inside fastball slightly above the belt. I think K Long wanted to address the injury proneness of last year’s stance/swing and it flopped. (No momentum into the pitch w/o the step or at least a shift of weight.)

    Now the vision thing is very true. Wade Boggs had that & he went for lasik surgery to restore his 20/10 vision. I suspect Jeter may need to as well.

  74. stuckey99 April 29th, 2011 at 11:33 am

    LGY,

    You SURE you can’t explain this Jeter fixation to me?

    Would seem to me the amount of posts you’re personally responsible for essentially repeating the same premise over and over again more than eclipses the time it would take to explain what the point of it is..?

  75. Tom in N.J. April 29th, 2011 at 11:37 am

    All this Jeter talk is making long for a good old Phil Hughes freak out…

  76. Wave Your Hat April 29th, 2011 at 11:39 am

    ID meant to say that 80% of the world’s crowns were wealthy…

  77. tyanksfan36 April 29th, 2011 at 11:40 am

    Tom

    I was just thinking the same thing re:Hughes. I think Hughes is okay though, he posted on his Twitter how stoked he is that the Lightning are on to the next round.

  78. LGY April 29th, 2011 at 11:40 am

    “Would seem to me the amount of posts you’re personally responsible for essentially repeating the same premise over and over again more than eclipses the time it would take to explain what the point of it is..?”

    —————–

    Yes, but the conversation you want to have promises to be 0% fun.

  79. Shame Spencer April 29th, 2011 at 11:43 am

    I hate the anticipation of the Hughes situation. He doesn’t see a doctor until Monday, right? Hopefully we’ll hear something back about that appointment by midweek.

  80. stuckey99 April 29th, 2011 at 11:51 am

    “Yes, but the conversation you want to have promises to be 0% fun.”

    Well then, I guess I’ll leave you to your reluctance and your repetitive, self-admitted Jeter-trolling-even-though-that-somehow-doesn’t-make-you-a-troll -according-to-your-self-serving-logic.

  81. LGY April 29th, 2011 at 11:51 am

    Yikes. Liriano’s ERA is approaching Phil Hughes territory. Up to 9.13.

  82. Triple Short of a Cycle April 29th, 2011 at 11:52 am

    46.3 % of all statistics are made up. Including this one

  83. G. Love April 29th, 2011 at 11:52 am

    I don’t know, I’m starting to think that Gardner is going to out homer Jeter by a large margin.

    I’m starting to think Jeter’s power/extra base hit days are almost gone. If he hits 7 HR’s this year I’ll be stunned.

    The adjustment he has to make is to get on base more. His average has to be close to .300 and he needs to work a fair amount of walks in there.

    Say what you want about Nunez, but it was kind of intriguing to see a SS tattoo a ball to LF last night in the middle of a rally keeping it going.

  84. blake April 29th, 2011 at 11:58 am

    “Say what you want about Nunez, but it was kind of intriguing to see a SS tattoo a ball to LF last night in the middle of a rally keeping it going.”

    it wasn’t intriguing seeing him be the cause for both times CC got in trouble last night.

  85. blake April 29th, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    I’m trying to decide if Garcia is a good or bad match up against the Jays…..Im going to go with good to be optimistic…..free swinging team vs junkerballer, if he locates he’ll be fine.

  86. Rich in NJ April 29th, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    Meanwhile, I’l bring the talk of the “crown” back to reality: Kate Middleton isn’t bad looking.

  87. Erin April 29th, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    Yankees Missed the Yankees’ six-run fifth inning Thursday? Watch it again and again … http://atmlb.com/mmYusf

  88. NYYROC April 29th, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    Nunez has to make those plays, but he’s definitely a very athtletic player. His first step out of the box on his IF hit was so quick it looked like fast motion and by his 2nd step he was at full speed. Great acceleration on the rundown play too. He has the arm, he just needs to concentrate and not be non-chalant on the routine plays. Nice to see Jeter counseling him too.

  89. Shame Spencer April 29th, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    # blake April 29th, 2011 at 11:58 am

    “Say what you want about Nunez, but it was kind of intriguing to see a SS tattoo a ball to LF last night in the middle of a rally keeping it going.”

    it wasn’t intriguing seeing him be the cause for both times CC got in trouble last night.

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    Well played.

  90. Triple Short of a Cycle April 29th, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    They better not give Bautista anything to hit. Seriously I don’t know why teams continue to pitch to him

  91. Rich in NJ April 29th, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    I think Nunez can be a decent SS/2B, but if he is going to start once a week, he shouldn’t be here.

  92. Shame Spencer April 29th, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    # Rich in NJ April 29th, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    Meanwhile, I’l bring the talk of the “crown” back to reality: Kate Middleton isn’t bad looking.

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    She def looks more like a princess than he does a prince. He looks so much more like Charles than Diana, poor thing..

  93. Erin April 29th, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    Rich in NJ April 29th, 2011 at 12:02 pm
    Meanwhile, I?l bring the talk of the ?crown? back to reality: Kate Middleton isn?t bad looking.

    ****************************
    She looked beautiful today. They’re such a cute couple-it looked like they were straight out of a Disney cartoon. :)

  94. Erin April 29th, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    New Post: Pitching matchups vs. Blue Jays

    :arrow:

  95. Carlo April 29th, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    Rich in NJ April 29th, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    Meanwhile, I’l bring the talk of the “crown” back to reality: Kate Middleton isn’t bad looking.

    —————————————————

    I would be willing to take “isn’t bad looking” to the next level.

  96. blake April 29th, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    I think Prince William married up.

  97. blake April 29th, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    she’s gorgeous to be totally honest.

  98. Carlo April 29th, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    I’m somewhere in between Rich in NJ’s “isnt bad looking” and Blake’s “gorgeous”. Skewing more to Blake’s side.

  99. Mell April 29th, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    They better not give Bautista anything to hit. Seriously I don’t know why teams continue to pitch to him

    ===============

    He’s been walked 12 times in the last 7 games, so it would appear teams are beginning to think that way. 40% of his PA’s with RISP have ended in walks. 7 of his 8 homers have been of the solo variety. Seems teams are being especially careful with him with men on base.

  100. Mell April 29th, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    “I think Prince William married up”

    Yeah, he outkicked his coverage on this one.

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