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Gardner in left, Jones at DH

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

Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Russell Martin C
Nick Swisher RF
Andruw Jones DH
Brett Gardner LF

 
 

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54 Responses to “Gardner in left, Jones at DH”

  1. Erin May 31st, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    I’m really wondering how long I’m going to be able to watch tonight’s game-I had to go into work earlier today, so I’m thinking I’ll be lucky if I can get through the first three innings. ;)

  2. SoS May 31st, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    That beer video reminds me of people yanking down gas hoses to get every last drop into their tanks.

  3. michaels07 May 31st, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    Gardner has to hit tonite or he sits the next day.

  4. SoS May 31st, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    Wanted to share this to all and get opinions.
    I have a 12 year old boy that is playing in his final year of pop warner. He is a year advanced in school(put him in a year early) and has played linebacker throughout his time(biggest hitter every year). He will be 13 as a freshman and under sized(is at 104 now). I would assume he will no longer be big enough for linebacker next year and see him more at safety. I had a couple coaches come up to me and say that I should do what they are doing with their kids and hold him back a year or two. Toby Geirhard did and look where it got him. I thought they were crazy for thinking making their kid stay back just to play the NFL lottery. My kid is an A student and they said theirs were as well and it did not matter. Am I missing something here? I dont expect my boy to make it to the dance at the very most maybe a scholarship. But Im not in la la land even though my kid is good vs. his competition. Does this stuff happen often?

  5. LGY May 31st, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    Montero with a 2 run triple in the 1st inning.

  6. GreenBeret7 May 31st, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    MTU,

    That’s not “Killer”. That’s his brother, “Diller”.

    this is “Killer”. what a handsome brute, huh?

    http://geoffmackay.com/wp-cont…..ly-dog.jpg

    MTU, not likely that Hall makes it this year. Late 2012 possibly

  7. Joe from Long Island May 31st, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    Erin – I’m in a similar boat. I have to get up at 5:15 in the AM tomorrow. Don’t know how long I can do. Hate the West coast swings.

    SoS – Since you’re asking for opinions – do the best thing for your son’s education, and happiness. The pro career is a long shot, unless he’s a phenomenal talent. Just my opinion.

  8. MTU May 31st, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    GB-

    With those looks who needs money.

  9. Nick in SF May 31st, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    Sorry, suckers, but I’m going to the game, so it’s your LoHud duty to stay up for the duration.

    See ya!

  10. SoS May 31st, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    Joe,
    Thanks bro. I went to school with the backup running back to Berry Sanders. He was So.Cal High School MVP, #2 in the nation in rushing his senior year at Fresno State and had to be a walk on. If that guy who had the IT factor barely made it to the NFL. What does that say for the rest of us? I know my kid is not the next Ray Lewis. He will do what he can control. Which is keeping his academics up and pursuing the medical field if he still wants to in a few years.

    I was just shocked to see so many parents agree with the flunking method.

  11. Wang IS Taiwan May 31st, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    SOS — I hope you don’t mind me throwing in my two-bit opinion. I think it’s unwise to put all your eggs into that NFL basket. Injuries alone knock out a lot of the talent — sometimes even before college.

    If he really has enough talent to go pro, doing what’s best for his overall growth (education and socialization) is not going to hurt him.

    Some parents are only thinking of themselves when they push their kids towards one goal at the exclusion of everything else. That’s not good parenting, as far as I’m concerned.

  12. BoJo May 31st, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    That’s not “Killer”. That’s his brother, “Diller”.

    this is “Killer”. what a handsome brute, huh?

    http://geoffmackay.com/wp-cont…..ly-dog.jpg
    ______________
    How did you get that picture of my mother-in-law?

  13. Joe from Long Island May 31st, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    SoS – a few years ago, the son of a couple whom we were friendly with was a very good soccer player. Local soccer club, travel team, then HS first team. He was, per the accounts of people who know soccer (not me, please….) very good. Well, his parents saw this as a ticket to a scholarship at a big time school. They devoted their – and his – lives to his playing soccer. Morning, noon, and night. Summer camps, travel teams, two teams at a time, the works.

    Well, he wound up getting a couple of scholarship offers from a variety of brand name schools. He turned them all down, went to someplace else, no scholarship, pay the full amount thank you. Never played soccer again.

  14. LGY May 31st, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    Aceves getting smacked around.

    4 runs in 2 innings so far. 4-0 White Sox.

  15. Erin May 31st, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    DanBarbarisi ARod on being named baseball’s most overrated player: “I’ve been on this list before, and ill probably be on it again next summer.”

  16. SAS May 31st, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    SoS,

    Let me chime in here. My son was the youngest boy in his class. He played tackle in HS. Yes, he went to a rather small high school, but if he weighed 200 lb at best that was a lot. He was also a really good student. He went to a small fine college in the East who was interested in his football. No football scholarships there. Anyway, when he saw that the smallest tackle was 240 lb., he never went beyond meeting the Coach. Today, he is a successful business person, married to a great girl and expecting his second son. Don’t bank on the NFL, bank on his happiness and education. The only way I would hold him back is if he isn’t making it socially. JMO

  17. Tom in N.J. May 31st, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    My cousin did the return to 8th grade thing for baseball reasons.

    He had 3 coaches calling him telling him they were likely to give him an scholarship. Kid blew his shoulder out the summer before his SR year in HS. He never heard from those coaches after that. He ended up joining the army.

  18. BoJo May 31st, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    SOS–

    I probably would not have given the following advice 10 years ago, but my oldest brother did everything he could to get my nephew into Annapolis, and it turned out better than any sports scholarship I can imagine. Any of the military schools provide a great education, allow the student to get grad work on the gov dollar at top schools like Harvard Business or Law, provide excellent benefits, and full pay at retirement at 42 (if I recall all the details correctly).

    Given the economic uncertainty that lies ahead of us, I would propose this avenue for any family at this time.

  19. GreenBeret7 May 31st, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    Maxwell robs the batter of a homer, on a great leaping catch above the wall, but, hurts his shoulder coming down, whem his arm hit the top of the wall. Looks like a shoulder strain. he’s done for the night.

    Silva isn’t fooling anyone. allowing a solo homer, a single and two hard outs.

  20. SoS May 31st, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    Wang,
    100% agree.

    Joe,
    Wow!! Did the parents disown him? Talk about burn out. I will certainly keep that in mind.

  21. Erin May 31st, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    Ledger_Yankees “Consistency is underrated.” — Derek Jeter

  22. LGY May 31st, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    SOS

    Does your son want to repeat 8th grade?

  23. Erin May 31st, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    Nick-I can’t make any promises, but have fun at the game. :)

  24. Rob_NY May 31st, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    SoS — I played football for 16 years. Age 6 through college and met a lot of kids who stayed behind in high school. FWIW I didn’t take it further than the partial scholarship in college and ended up graduating law school last year. 13 is way too young IMHO to be making that decision. If he gets to his junior season in high school, you’re both still serious about it, and you think he is a legit prospect hampered by his age consider sending him to a Prep school. Prep kids can take a 5th year of high school and it’ll allow your son to “catch up” to kids his age. Whatever you do make sure to involve him in it as young guys often feel pushed into certain sports. Good luck.

  25. oldranger May 31st, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    SoS…
    Think about it, Pro football has only 1800+/- players every year, which ever position he may end up playing…he must be one of the top 60 players in the world. Odds are not to good. Go with the education, one can never take that away from a kid.
    I was in the same situation (to some extent) as your boy. I took a full ride to a midwest college, voted the best hands in the conference, got hurt…that’s that folks.
    In a way I have an insight that maybe others don’t have, as I lived through it. If your son is talented enough to make a full ride, take it but, not at the expense of education.

  26. Tar May 31st, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    SOS

    My two cents.

    At his age size is not critical. Heart, desire, ability, will all get him on the team and playing.

    If things are still looking good when it comes time to college ball, then you may have a tough decision to make.

    Right now let him compete against bigger kids, it’s good for him.

  27. GreenBeret7 May 31st, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    For tampa Yanks, Jairo Heredia is pitching a beauty. 6 innings, 4 hits (all singles), 0 runs, 1 hit, 5 strikeouts.

  28. SoS May 31st, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    Bojo, that is not a bad option in times like these.

    SAS, Im glad to hear your boy had a plan b. Congrats on the new grandkid coming. I believe great parenting goes a long way. As you im sure had alot to do with his success. For example. I have a 7 year old going to start his first year of tackle. His brother has a great reputation in the league. They are both different. Ones strong, ones more athletic(younger one). I will not expect the younger to barrel over his competition. But I do expect him to work hard at it and give it all he has when hes out there. I think kids should learn from a young age that life is competition and everyone wants your position or to beat you. When your successful your seat is usually hot. Learn to deal with pressure and continue to improve. You never know everything.

  29. SoS May 31st, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    SOS

    Does your son want to repeat 8th grade?
    =========

    LGY,
    No. He wants to move up with his class. He will be going to a High School that is well known in So.Cal for its football. Won the Socal Championship in 09. People transfer to this school. I just dont see punishing the kids academics for an EDGE in sports. Some of the coaches kids that are being held back are not even that good. My boy will keep excelling in school and anything extra, will be gravy.

    oldranger,
    That is a bleak way to put it. Better chance playing the states lottery.

    Rob,
    Glad to see it all worked out for you in school. At least you can give your kids the Al Bundy stories in the future. Alot to brag about. What ever happened to the kids that were held back?

  30. blake May 31st, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    Cliff Lee getting pummeled by the Nationals #notbetterthancolon.

  31. SoS May 31st, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    Tar,
    He’s always been in the top third in weight until last year. Where he played on an all star team and was actually in the bottom third in weight. He still won the linebacking job but im concerned that he is losing ground every year and will have to switch to another position because of his size. I just dont know what that position is. He doesnt have much speed and has never played anything else. It might be one and done. Or he might get pack on weight over night. We will have to wait and see.

  32. Joe from Long Island May 31st, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    blake – you know that line that some of the best trades are the ones that don’t happen? Same thing holds for FA signings, no? Let’s evaluate this one over the next couple years.

  33. blake May 31st, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    Still think Lee will be a good pitcher this year and that he would have helped the Yanks short term…..but Im really starting to think that whole deal worked out for the best from the Yankee perspective.

  34. blake May 31st, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    Joe,

    Agree…..still way too early to judge it….but if he’s going to win 12 games a year with a 3 something era then that’s a lot of cash for that.

  35. SoS May 31st, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    Phillies pitching is going to have to keep throwing gems for them to make the playoffs. Offense does not seem that scary.

  36. SoS May 31st, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    The stars are aligned.
    Toronto losing
    Tampa losing
    Boston losing

    YANKEES WIN!!

  37. oldranger May 31st, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    SOS…
    Your last four lines are music to my ears! When I asked my Great Grandson (a few years ago) the score of his game and did he win…his Dad (not my grandson), said, “oh we don’t believe in keeping score, we don’t want to hurt their young yad, had, mada, junk!
    My great grandson told me later, “we won”, then told me the score. He said all the guys keep score etc.!
    ========From SoS=======
    I think kids should learn from a young age that life is competition and everyone wants your position or to beat you. When your successful your seat is usually hot. Learn to deal with pressure and continue to improve. You never know everything.

  38. BoJo May 31st, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    blake May 31st, 2011 at 8:24 pm
    ____________
    But just think Blake–they got a guy who really WANTED to be there.

  39. Joe from Long Island May 31st, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    Cliff Lee entered today with a 4-4 record, and a 3.50 ERA. Yeah, W-L can be misleading, and it’s still relatively early in the season, but not exactly world-beating. Between this, age, and the duration of the deal, best to evaluate this one in a couple. Is this rationalizing? Maybe. But, can one imagine the angst is Cliffie just got clobbered by the AL equivalent of the Washington Nationals?

  40. Joe from Long Island May 31st, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    What was that animated movie – The Incredibles? – where they had the line – “When everybody is special, no one is.” Or something like that….

  41. BoJo May 31st, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    I would almost pay to hear what the Lohud posters would say about Lee had he signed here and performed like that. They would be calling for Cashman’s head, even thought they probably were the same ones calling to get Lee at any cost.

  42. SoS May 31st, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    oldranger,
    Thanks. Some think thats a sick way of thinking. That their just kids. I believe habits are formed at a young age. Such as accepting defeat, Not saying thank you in public, looking someone in the eyes when talking, borrowing money from family, bad study habits, not wanting to work on your weaknesses(i.e. science, running, etc.). I dont know how my kids will turn out. Maybe they will hate me for making them accountable at a young age. All I know is that my job is to prepare them for the real world and thats the only way I know how.

  43. SoS May 31st, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    The last big time pitcher we missed out on and Cash got a lot of heat for was Santana. That does not look all the bad right about now does it?

  44. GreenBeret7 May 31st, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    For tampa yanks, heredia went 8 innings, 4 hits, 0 runs, 1 walk, 7 strikeouts, 1 WP. TY has a 2-0 lead, bottom of the 9th. One out in the bottom of 9th and game is 1 hour and 30 minutes long.

  45. SoS May 31st, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    Prediction,
    Rays will be out of the AL East race by the first of July. It will be a two horse race from then on.

  46. GreenBeret7 May 31st, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    TY wins 2-0

  47. LGY May 31st, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    8-1 White Sox.

    The Alfredo Aceves starter experiment looks like it will be coming to an end.

  48. RadioKev May 31st, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    blake May 31st, 2011 at 8:21 pm
    Still think Lee will be a good pitcher this year and that he would have helped the Yanks short term…..but Im really starting to think that whole deal worked out for the best from the Yankee perspective.
    ——–

    Agreed. He’s still an elite “big game” starter, but his ERA wasn’t stunning the last couple of years either (off the top of my head). Still though, the years are definitely the hang up with that Yankee contract offer.

  49. oldranger May 31st, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    SoS…

    oldranger,
    That is a bleak way to put it. Better chance playing the states lottery.
    ==========
    Yes it is but, that is one of the truths of life. When one makes a choice, have all the facts before hand.
    I was one of those slow growers, 8th grade about 105#, 9th year 145# then 5’9″ 172# so don’t worry to much. Good luck!

  50. SoS May 31st, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    Have a good night fellas and thanks for all the input. I really appreciate it.

  51. LGY May 31st, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    LOLRedSox

    Down 10-1

  52. Tom in N.J. May 31st, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    I thought the Sox won the WS last week?

  53. LGY May 31st, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    The Sox are just toying with the Yanks.

    They plan to run away with the division any day now

  54. GreenBeret7 May 31st, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    SJ’s nephew, Tony Sanchez is 1-3 with an RBI single and a walk against Trenton. Trenton losing 2-0 in top of 8th inning. I guess that it’s ok to boo him. He can do whatever he wants against the rest of the league, but, lay off the yankees, kid.


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