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Granderson: “I couldn’t really talk too much”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Aug 21, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Curtis Granderson was fine, he just needed a minute. He’d just sprinted around the bases, slid head-first for an inside-the-park home run, and now he was retreating into a sea of high fives in the dugout.

That’s when he realized he was winded.

“It was good until everyone wanted to talk,” Granderson said. ” As we’re coming in, everyone was asking about it, and I couldn’t really talk too much.”

Here’s the play-by-play of the home run, in Granderson’s words:

“I thought the way they were going after it, OK, it’s going to hit the wall, let’s go ahead and make sure we get to third. My normal read is, if they don’t have it by the time I get to second, I’m advancing to third base, and sure enough, that’s what I did.

“… The only time I realized it was when the third baseman wasn’t covering third once I had already rounded second base. I saw our third-base coach, Rob Thomson, then beginning to wave, and I could hear our dugout saying keep going. At that point I wasn’t sure I was going to make it because I could see the catcher getting himself ready to make a play, and luckily the throw was up the line and gave me the back side of the plate to slide in safely.”

As you might expect, Joe Girardi said the whole thing started with Granderson going hard out of the box.

“That’s where it starts,” Girardi said. “Curtis is a guy that hits a lot of triples, and to get that, you have to run hard. That’s the way Curtis plays. It’s an outstanding job. In a lot of ballparks, that’s a homer the normal way and you don’t have to run so hard. This is a big ballpark, it hit off the wall high and took a long bounce. Curtis was hustling the whole way.”

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89 Responses to “Granderson: “I couldn’t really talk too much””

  1. BD (Boston Dave) August 21st, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    the Yankees could quite possible finish the season with the most runs scored and the least runs allowed in the league

    nice

  2. BJK August 21st, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    MVP.

  3. Vineyard Yankee August 21st, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    In watching Granderson run on his HR today he didn’t pickup Rob Thomson till late as his turn at 3B was kind of squared up. I started to LOL at the time thinking that Curtis said to himself, oh sh*t another 90 feet.

  4. Bronx Jeers August 21st, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    Inside-the-parkers are very cool.

  5. RSM August 21st, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    MVP
    +1

  6. blake August 21st, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    That ball should have been a HR anyway….Granderson is just a guy that has the speed to have actually turned it in to one. I must say I really can’t blame Mauer and Morneu too much for complaining about that wall in RF…..it certainly takes a poke to get one out of there.

  7. Nilsson August 21st, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    Granderson’s splits:

    vs. Left = 947 OPS
    vs. Right = 974 OPS

    Can’t get more consistent than that. While it sucked to lose A-Rod for a significant amount of time, his absence may actually end up helping Granderson’s chances for MVP when the writers vote.

  8. Benny Blanco August 21st, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    Blake,

    Its funny how things play out isnt it? Cliff Lee stiffed us, AP retired, everyone in baseball thought our pitching staff would be a complete laughing-stock, and now look a us; the yankees have the second best era in baseball and we have a farm system full of pitchers with talent. Looks who’s having the last laugh now.

  9. BJK August 21st, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    Our rotation has run the marathon very well. Here’s hoping when it’s time it can handle the sprint with similar success.

  10. Rich K. August 21st, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    Benny blanco I agree with you all the way! Granderson for MVP!!!!!!

  11. blake August 21st, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    Benny,

    We’ll see but things certainy look good right now….Nova has really been a pleasant surprise…..I always thought he could be a decent backend starter….but it’s looking like his ceiling may be higher with the development of his slider, better command, and a velocity uptick. He and Hughes are exciting for this year and beyond.

  12. blake August 21st, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    Granderson is the MVP right now.

    Yanks may have a chance to take a little cushion into Fenway next week if they take care of business this week….7 games against Oakland and Batomre and the Sox have a 4 game set at the Rangers starting tomorrow.

    Night alll…..good road trip

  13. Vineyard Yankee August 21st, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    Don’t count your chickens before they hatch, still got 6 weeks to go.

  14. Tabbert August 21st, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    cc- has been amazing
    colon- has been a a nice surprise,most of time keeps us in games, starting to worry about his innings
    Nova- couple shaky starts, but has been a absolute gem most of season
    Hughes- injured, rocky starts, but starting to regain his old stuff
    Garcia – another nice surprise, can give u innings and most of the time keeps u in games.

    Burnett- Always awful.

    all in all you have to like our rotation. We might not have a true ” number 2″ but we have a group of guys that more times then not can be counted on giving us innings and keeping us in ball games.

    Also helps we have the best bullpen in the majors. : )

  15. Bronx Jeers August 21st, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    Our rotation has run the marathon very well. Here’s hoping when it’s time it can handle the sprint with similar success.

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    I never would have thought this as little as a month ago but Phil could turn out to be a big help in October.

  16. Tabbert August 21st, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    the weird thing is, i would rather us play on the road then at home right now. I feel like all of these late road games are a blessing in disguise. They will really help prepare us for the playoffs if we happen to be the wild card team. I honestly believe this years teams is better than last years. I go into every game ( excluding ones aj starts) expecting to win now.

    Also, the media gives the redsox a pass for their awful start and only being a .5 game out at this point in the season. Their awful start was self inflicted. The fact that we have not played well vs them this year, no arod for 6 weeks, lost half the bullpen, chavez, jete, and still have a .5 lead on them speaks absolute volumes of our body of work. of course, none of it matters if we don’t start beating the sox. But, the fact that we have scored more runs, given up less runs, have more homers, and all of this is despite having absolute awful starts by gardy, swish, jete, posada. So, i am very very confident in this team come october.

  17. Betsy August 21st, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    LOL Granderson is just a beast -

  18. Niki August 21st, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    I love Granderson…really hope he gets MVP.

  19. waka flocka August 21st, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    I love Granderson, I love the Yankees, but hes not the MVP. Bautista is having a Barry Bonds-esque season without the steroids.

  20. Rob_NY August 21st, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    Granderson has been amazing. Best player on the team this year. But Jose Baitista is putting up video game numbers. He has to be the MVP like Felix Hernandez had to be Cy Young. Bautista has a 195 OPS+ … That’s insane.

  21. Rob_NY August 21st, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    Bautista even.

  22. Nilsson August 22nd, 2011 at 12:24 am

    Bautista’s numbers are ridiculous. No doubt about it. But I think Granderson will be a strong candidate if he continues on the current path.

    For what it’s worth, Curry mentioned on Saturday’s broadcast that he talked with two unnamed writers who have MVP votes this year. One said it’s Grandy’s to lose right now and the other said he’s right in the mix.

  23. Bo knows August 22nd, 2011 at 12:27 am

    Another name to follow in the minors 3B Tyler Austin 2010 13 rd pick. Started in the GCL and was promoted Staten Island – had a 6 for 6 day with 3 DBs and a HR. 13 SB with no CS.

    http://riveraveblues.com/2011/.....win-54868/

    Tyler Austin is a 2010 C/3B/P with a 6’2”, 200 lb. frame from Conyers, GA who attends Heritage HS. Well developed strong durable body. Quick transfer behind the plate, plus arm strength, has good athleticism and can shift his feet, works hard, should continue to get better. Prime power bat, extremely strong, projects to plus-plus power, good simple hitting mechanics, compact stroke with small load, outstanding hitting tools. Highest level prospect.
    From perfect game scouting service. I saw him in a Staten Island game a couple weeks back and he sure looks the part too.

  24. jacksquat August 22nd, 2011 at 12:41 am

    A lot of people won’t vote for an MVP from a 4th place team. It’s not the same as CY because of the words “Most Valuable” in the description. Many people reason “how valuable was he on a 4th place team”, which is a defensible perspective. Plus he’s way behind Granderson in the traditional runs and rbi categories, and as of now only 1 HR ahead.

  25. BJK August 22nd, 2011 at 12:41 am

    There’s a difference between Cy Young and MVP. Cy Young is best pitcher, which Felix clearly was. MVP isn’t best position player… it’s Most Valuable Player.

    And some voters feel that in order to be considered Most Valuable, you have to play for a contender.

    Regardless, Granderson leads the majors in runs scored (not even close) and RBI. And he’s only 1 homer behind Bautista for major league lead.

  26. BJK August 22nd, 2011 at 12:42 am

    jacksquat- great minds…

  27. West Coast Yankee Fan August 22nd, 2011 at 1:20 am

    I have a novel idea. How about waiting until the season is over and seeing what the final stats are before claiming to know who the MVP should be.

  28. BJK August 22nd, 2011 at 1:28 am

    West Coast Yankee Fan August 22nd, 2011 at 1:20 am
    I have a novel idea. How about waiting until the season is over and seeing what the final stats are before claiming to know who the MVP should be.

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    OK, Debbie Downer.

  29. Jacob Ruppert August 22nd, 2011 at 1:31 am

    How does Bautista have a 195 OPS+ ?

  30. Jerkface August 22nd, 2011 at 1:36 am

    He is hitting .316 .457 .639 1.096 in a down offensive year.

  31. West Coast Yankee Fan August 22nd, 2011 at 1:45 am

    BJK August 22nd, 2011 at 1:28 am

    West Coast Yankee Fan August 22nd, 2011 at 1:20 am
    I have a novel idea. How about waiting until the season is over and seeing what the final stats are before claiming to know who the MVP should be.

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    OK, Debbie Downer.

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    My pleasure!

  32. Jacob Ruppert August 22nd, 2011 at 1:46 am

    WOW

  33. waka flocka August 22nd, 2011 at 3:40 am

    The whole ‘you must play for a contender to be MVP’ thing is such a terrible institution in baseball. Its people basically saying that a player can have an outstanding season but it doesn’t matter because of the team he plays on. That’s ridiculous. I am not even going to get into the RBI and runs scored thing. That is largely a product of the lineup, not Granderson himself.

  34. West Coast Yankee Fan August 22nd, 2011 at 5:30 am

    Jon Heyman Tweet – as of today, i think curtis g is al mvp. #nobodyisbetterthangranderson
    web • 8/21/11 5:03 PM

  35. jacksquat August 22nd, 2011 at 7:21 am

    waka flocka August 22nd, 2011 at 3:40 am
    The whole ‘you must play for a contender to be MVP’ thing is such a terrible institution in baseball. Its people basically saying that a player can have an outstanding season but it doesn’t matter because of the team he plays on. That’s ridiculous. I am not even going to get into the RBI and runs scored thing. That is largely a product of the lineup, not Granderson himself.

    I am not arguing those points, just saying that’s how many voters think, so Bautista is not going to run away with it.

    Speaking of runs, Granderson is on pace for 148. That’s a ton of runs in any lineup.

  36. blake August 22nd, 2011 at 7:27 am

    Mariano has looked like Mariano again after his annual struggle period. He was nasty last night….cutter was cutting and locations were razor sharp.

    Really can’t say much else about Nova……its just a great story. The Yankees have been so seemingly reluctant to trust him…..he’s always been the odd man out…..maybe its because he wasn’t a top prospect ……but his attitude througout has just been incredible. They send him down when he didnt deserve it…..and what does he do……he goes down and works and.gets better.

    Everybody including myself at times has looked past this kid…..he’s starting to force people to notice him though and that’s a beautiful thing.

  37. blake August 22nd, 2011 at 7:31 am

    The Bautista thing is a different argument …..if we want to debate what the MVP award should be defined as then ok…….but the general thought of most writers is that the MVP needs to be on a contender. So assuming that…..Granderson is the MVP this year to this point.

  38. Villa Nova-Ya August 22nd, 2011 at 7:32 am

    I don’t buy the whole “runs and rbi have more to do with the team than the player.”

    Yes, someone has to be on base to get an rbi; yes, if you’re on base, someone else has to get hit to allow you to score.

    However, someone who is leading the league in those two categories is getting on base A LOT. You have to get hits in situations to get rbis, and if you get on base, you are helping to create the situation where you get to score the run. Again, if you are LEADING THE LEAGUE in both those categories, you are indeed an extremely valuable player. Runs are the name of the game.

    What good is leading the league in average if your hits don’t lead to runs scored by your team? It is personally good. But the MVP is as much about what you do for your team as it is about what you do as an individual. That is why is it is called the Most Valuable Player and not something like ‘The Ted Williams Award for Best Hitter.’

  39. jacksquat August 22nd, 2011 at 7:33 am

    Since Joe D scored 151 runs in 1937, only 2 players have led baseball in runs scored with 148 or more, Ted Williams with 150 in 1949, and Jeff Bagwell with 152 in 2000.

  40. Villa Nova-Ya August 22nd, 2011 at 7:37 am

    To clarify my last post:

    I don’t buy the whole runs and rbi have more to do with the team than the player with respect to the point of view that Runs and RBI as a stat are not indicative of a player’s value to his team and that they should not hold much weight when assessing a player’s MVP worthiness.

  41. blake August 22nd, 2011 at 7:38 am

    Ellsbury, pedroia, and Gonzlaez should all be ahead of Granderson in runs shouldn’t they…..seeing as how they play on the best offense ever.

    Granderson scores so many runs because he gets a lot of extra base hits, because he can steal a base to get into scoring position, and because he can score on a lot of hits that other power hitters can’t.

  42. Villa Nova-Ya August 22nd, 2011 at 7:42 am

    blake -

    Personally I believe there ought to be a whole other award for a position player who has the most outstanding year.

    I think that does two things: it clearly represents what an award is given for – a hitter’s award for a hitter; and it does open up the MVP more seriously consider pitchers as recipients, without shutting out position players.

    But, that won’t happen, if it hasn’t already.

  43. blake August 22nd, 2011 at 7:45 am

    Villa,

    Yea…..I agree. Its just how the MVP award is currently defined. As of now…….the MVP award essentially goes to the best position player on a contending team.

  44. raymagnetic August 22nd, 2011 at 7:57 am

    They have the silver slugger and Hank Aaron awards.

  45. Villa Nova-Ya August 22nd, 2011 at 8:00 am

    Seems to me that the only place Bautista is truly leading Granderson is in taking walks. He has 103 to Grandy’s 66, and only 18 of those 103 are IBB.

    And Granderson K’s more – 131 to 78.

  46. Villa Nova-Ya August 22nd, 2011 at 8:02 am

    raymagnetic -

    I forgot about the Hank Aaron award! You are right. So maybe, the Hank Aaron award needs to be played up more?

    Silver slugger – same as Gold Glove in that it goes to someone at every position?

  47. Villa Nova-Ya August 22nd, 2011 at 8:05 am

    Also, Bautista leads in average, but that is the one thing I was sure of, so I didn’t bother to look that one up. ;)

  48. Betsy August 22nd, 2011 at 8:15 am

    Blake, they need to re-define the award so that voters have parameters as to how they are supposed to vote. If you want to have a best player award, that’s fine, but IMO, how valuable can you be if your team isn’t very good? Granderson combines the best of both worlds – he’s on a top team and he’s been invaluble to them. Without him, I’m not sure where they’d be but he’s been brilliantly consistent.

  49. Betsy August 22nd, 2011 at 8:18 am

    As to the pitching, Blake, it seems the Yankees do better with guys who fly under the radar. They rushed Joba, they rushed Phil – Nova they took their time with. I’m not sure they’ve been so reluctant to trust him. They had to do something if they were going to bring Phil Hughes back up and Nova was the only one who really could be sent down. IMO, they’ve shown a lot of trust in him. They could have pitched Phil after his Boston inning, but instead they wanted to see Nova pitch instead, so they skipped Phil…………….That says alot about how they view both pitchers (not sure if they’ve changed their minds about Phil now). Cashman has absolutely gushed about Nova in the papers….

  50. Niblick August 22nd, 2011 at 8:19 am

    Who cares who wins the award?

  51. blake August 22nd, 2011 at 8:19 am

    Betsy,

    Grandy for MVP!

  52. Villa Nova-Ya August 22nd, 2011 at 8:21 am

    Baseball fans.

  53. Betsy August 22nd, 2011 at 8:23 am

    Blake, I hope so as he deserves it – that said, it’s too early to even think about it.

  54. Erin August 22nd, 2011 at 8:26 am

    Let’s see….it’s Monday. And no Yankee game. Not a good combination. ;)

  55. GreenBeret7 August 22nd, 2011 at 8:27 am

    Niblick August 22nd, 2011 at 8:19 am
    Who cares who wins the award?

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    Who cares what you care?

  56. tomingeorgia August 22nd, 2011 at 8:27 am

    I think the players contending for MVP care who wins, if only because players of that caliber usually have healthy MVP bonus clauses.

    To compare value between Granderson and Bautista, one way is to wonder where their teams would wind up without them. As Betsy said, would the Yankees be so good without Grandy? Without Bautista, I think Toronto would be about what they are WITH Bautista.

  57. GreenBeret7 August 22nd, 2011 at 8:28 am

    baseball does have awards for the top players in each league. it’s called The Player Of The Year.

  58. 86w183 August 22nd, 2011 at 8:28 am

    Both awards are largely subjective. Yet for some reason the voters by and large play up “valuable” in their MVP voting and lean towards players on contenders unless someone has a season far and beyond anyone else… such as A-Rod in Texas, Andre Dawson and some others.

    The Cy Young goes to the “best” pitcher, but “best” is a very subjective word.

    To me, the best pitcher should pitch in meaningful games. He must get big wins under pressure. It is easier to post great raw numbers when you pitch in a weaker division and don’t have the pressure of trying to get your team into the post-season.

    Last year my ballot would have been Price, CC, Felix in that order.

  59. Yankee Trader August 22nd, 2011 at 8:29 am

    Good morning all-

    Wandy Rodriguez has today to be claimed. If not he clears waivers. I’m not sure that the lefty can handle the AL East, but for the Astros, if they want to clear payroll for the new owner, trading him now might be their best option, rather than wait until the offseason.

    I know trading Burnett for him would not be realistic, but if the Astros kicked in, let’s say 30% of his remaining salary would it be worth getting an extra lefty for the rotation? Or would some scenario of the Astros taking on some salary like Igawa and Brackman while eating less of Wandy’s salary make sense?

    Thoughts?

  60. Betsy August 22nd, 2011 at 8:31 am

    Unless you want Wandy kicking Hughes out of the rotation, why bother?

  61. GreenBeret7 August 22nd, 2011 at 8:33 am

    Years ago The Tporting News was a very prestigious paper and their awards meant something. It’s demise to nothing more than fish wrappings is a real pity.

  62. 86w183 August 22nd, 2011 at 8:33 am

    Villa-Nova —-

    Completely disagree with you on runs and RBI. They are the MOST important stats in baseball if you place a priority on helping your team win.

    A high battgin average guarantees nothing. A high OBP, SLG, OPS guarantee nothing. They measure an individual’s performance.

    Runs and RBI measure contributions to winning. You don’t need a lot of baserunners to score runs, but you need runs to win games. Runs and RBI measure the effectiveness of things like OBP and OPS.

    I’ll take 1-4 with a 2-run double over 3-4 with no runs and no RBI every time.

  63. GreenBeret7 August 22nd, 2011 at 8:34 am

    ****The Sporting News***

  64. Erin August 22nd, 2011 at 8:38 am

    Joba_62 Morning! Today is a new day with new adventures and new encounters. Keep an open mind and heart u never know what ur gunna find!

  65. Yankee Trader August 22nd, 2011 at 8:40 am

    Unless you want Wandy kicking Hughes out of the rotation, why bother?
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    No -Hughes, Nova, CC,would still be set in the rotation. This adds another lefty starter for this year as well as in the future. The only FA lefty on the market is CJ Wilson.

    We need starters who can give the team a solid 6, preferably 7 innings to preserve the bullpen down the stretch.

  66. 108 stitches August 22nd, 2011 at 8:41 am

    Washington might be a good destination for Burnett. He’d be close to Baltimore with his wife which he wants. The Nationals have the financial stability to do a deal with the Yankees needing to eat some of Burnett’s 2 remaining years. In the next 2 years, Burnett is blocking the way of good arms in the Yankee system.

  67. BD (Boston Dave) August 22nd, 2011 at 8:42 am

    I used to love reading the Sporting News.

    I agree with GB.

  68. GreenBeret7 August 22nd, 2011 at 8:42 am

    Chamberlain needs to put his sayings (where ever they came from) and sell them to restaurants. Little wedge shaped cookies with sayings inside that you break open. Call the “Joba Cookies”.

  69. Betsy August 22nd, 2011 at 8:43 am

    YT, I have to go, but we have 6 man rotation as it is………adding another pitcher is not what we need. We need to go back to a 5 man – and if we desperately need to give someone a rest, bring up a kid from AAA instead of a retread from the NL

  70. Yankee Trader August 22nd, 2011 at 8:44 am

    As much as I love Granderson, if the MVP ends up going to a player on a team that ends up going to the playoffs don’t forget Miguel Cabrera.

    .321 .426 .546 .972 73 strikeouts

    VS. Granderson
    .281 .375 .594 .969 131 strikeouts

  71. GreenBeret7 August 22nd, 2011 at 8:45 am

    BD, for years, that was the only way for me to keep up with baseball. Back then, they had short game recaps and box scores. Of course, it was usually about a month to 6 weeks late in getting to me, but, it got there a lot more than Stars And Stripes did.

  72. Erin August 22nd, 2011 at 8:46 am

    GreenBeret7 August 22nd, 2011 at 8:42 am
    Chamberlain needs to put his sayings (where ever they came from) and sell them to restaurants. Little wedge shaped cookies with sayings inside that you break open. Call the ?Joba Cookies?.

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    I support this idea. :)

  73. Yankee Trader August 22nd, 2011 at 8:49 am

    Just bringing up W. Rodriguez because of today’s NY Post article by George King. Actually the article has some other interesting tidbits:

    http://www.nypost.com/p/sports.....7s8nKxhBdP

  74. GreenBeret7 August 22nd, 2011 at 8:49 am

    Erin August 22nd, 2011 at 8:46 am
    GreenBeret7 August 22nd, 2011 at 8:42 am
    Chamberlain needs to put his sayings (where ever they came from) and sell them to restaurants. Little wedge shaped cookies with sayings inside that you break open. Call the ?Joba Cookies?.

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    I support this idea.

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    He needs to get moving on this idea fast, before somebody steals this idea and sells these things to places like Oriental restaurants. .

  75. 108 stitches August 22nd, 2011 at 8:50 am

    GreenBeret7 August 22nd, 2011 at 8:33 am
    Years ago The Tporting News was a very prestigious paper and their awards meant something. It’s demise to nothing more than fish wrappings is a real pity.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Gone are the days when the Spink family of St. Louis owned and operated the Sporting News which was exclusively a baseball paper featuring such good writers as Joe Falls, Dick Young, Hal McCoy, Shirley Povich (Maury’s dad) and so many more. It would take me a week to finish reading the whole paper. Box scores from even Class D leagues and reports from everywhere. Nothing comparable to it today.

  76. GreenBeret7 August 22nd, 2011 at 8:53 am

    108, about 10 years ago, a thing called National Publications tried that and sold it in vending machines like USA Today about 2 or 3 times a week. It didn’t last long…about a year, but, it wasn’t bad.

  77. GreenBeret7 August 22nd, 2011 at 8:56 am

    Sporting news was the first paper that introduced the out of town people to minor league players on the rise. What a pity that it couldn’t have survived. Now, if you see it at the newstands, walk on past because it’s not worth the price.

  78. Yankee Trader August 22nd, 2011 at 8:56 am

    Do any of you get USA Today’s Sports Weekly which concentrates solely on baseball and football?

  79. Erin August 22nd, 2011 at 8:57 am

    GreenBeret7 August 22nd, 2011 at 8:49 am

    He needs to get moving on this idea fast, before somebody steals this idea and sells these things to places like Oriental restaurants. .

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    LOL.

    I would also support a Joba “Thought of the Day” calendar for 2012.

  80. pat August 22nd, 2011 at 8:57 am

    Joba found enlightenment in Dr. Andrews scalpel or spending a whole summer with a 5 year old?

  81. Erin August 22nd, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Yankee Trader-did you watch CYE last night?

  82. Erin August 22nd, 2011 at 8:59 am

    pat- both?? ;)

  83. 86w183 August 22nd, 2011 at 8:59 am

    For minor league coverage I love Baseball America. They do an excellent job, especially before and after each draft. College coverage is excellent, too.

    A Wondy Rodriguez acquisition wouldn’t make much sense to me. They are already struggling with getting from 6 starters back to five and they’ll have to cut to 4 or maybe just 3 in the post-season.

    AJ to the Nationals next year could be a good fit. They can absorb some $$$, maybe all of them if they can get AJ for nothing prospect-wise. Problem is whether or not they’d be on his 10-team list of clubs he won’t go to.

  84. GreenBeret7 August 22nd, 2011 at 9:00 am

    One small magazine that is pretty good and comes out about once a month is baseball Digest. Mostly articles and some stats pages. Not really indepth writing, but, some great stories about long forgotten players from our youth…if your youth was in the distant past…like Randy’s. Randy used to go watch the great Greek slugger, Aesop.

  85. Yankee Trader August 22nd, 2011 at 9:06 am

    Erin-

    Curb is on my to do list today.

    86w183-

    AJ to the Nationals makes sense. He would most likely waive his partial NT to go to the NL and stay close to home since his wife won’t fly.

    Matchups for the Oakland series:

    McCarthey vs. Colon
    Cahill vs Sabathia
    Harden vs Hughes

    last game is a 1:05 game and by Thursday Harden might be on another team as I believe he was claimed.

    Gotta go. Have a great day all.

  86. Erin August 22nd, 2011 at 9:07 am

    New Post: Thoughts on the way home

    :arrow:

  87. blake August 22nd, 2011 at 9:12 am

    The Astros want to shed payroll so there is no way I can see the Yanks trading AJ for Wandy without adding to their own payroll………Wandy isn’t good enough to do that IMO and the Astros likely wouldn’t be wild about it either unless they save a lot of cash.

    If the Yankees decide to move AJ then the best thing try try IMO is to just eat a large portion of his contract and try to find a

  88. Villa Nova-Ya August 22nd, 2011 at 9:16 am

    86w183

    If my post was convoluted, I apologize, but I was saying exactly what you are. I agree – I’ll take 1 for 4 with a 2 run double over 3-4 with no runs and no RBI every time.

    That’s why I said, what good is a high batting average if it doesn’t net your team runs. That runs are the name of the game. And that if you are leading the league or among the league leaders in runs and RBI that means you are putting your team in a position to score runs and are a very valuable player on your team.

    I was responding to someone earlier who said that runs and rbi are largely dependent on what other people on your team do, and I do not believe that over the long haul of a season that this is true, especially if you lead the league or among the top 5 in BOTH categories.

    Sorry for the long repost, but I felt I had to clarify my position. We are on the same page here, 86w183.

  89. filthy slider August 22nd, 2011 at 9:31 am

    As much as I love Robby Cano , he would have ended up on second on that play.

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