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Williams: “I just want to come back here”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 19, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

When Mason Williams went to first base to pinch run for Mark Teixeira last night, Joe Girardi gave the 20-year-old center fielder the green light. Williams was in a big league spring training game for the first time, and he wasted little time. He took off for second base and was thrown out by Matt Wieters.

“(Girardi) said sometimes first-timers are scared out there or whatever,” Williams said. “But I felt comfortable. I thought I had a good enough jump, but I guess not.”

Williams was candid after the game, and he seemed relatively comfortable surrounded by a crowd of roughly a dozen reporters for the first time. It’s part of what the Yankees like about him, a humble confidence that makes Williams more than a talented young athlete.

“I definitely talked to a lot of players on the team, picked their head,” Williams said. “When I was on the bench, just watching the game, see how they play and see what goes on in the dugout, hopefully learn from it. … It makes me more hungry, and the adrenalin doesn’t stop here. It keeps going if I play tomorrow in a spring training game with the other guys across the street. I just want to come back here. I want to play as hard as I can and hopefully make an impact.”

After being thrown out, Williams stayed aggressive. In his first at-bat of big league camp, he swung at the first pitch and singled to left field. He had family in the stands, and they made plenty of noise. Williams got to first base and tried to play it cool, only later admitting that he was smiling on the inside.

“I was here watching people, picking brains,” he said. “It all starts there.”

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145 Responses to “Williams: “I just want to come back here””

  1. blake March 19th, 2012 at 9:03 am

    MTU,

    No fee….though Im not sure there is a “no tourist season ” anymore.

  2. MTU March 19th, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Is Williams considered the Yankees top prospect ?

  3. randy l. March 19th, 2012 at 9:06 am

    “Let’s go for a hike in the Smoky’s.

    A Lohud bonding exercise.”

    blake and mtu-

    we should stay away from high places and deep water though :)

  4. blake March 19th, 2012 at 9:06 am

    Kinda doubt Mason has run across any catcher that throws like Wieters so far…..he may not have developed into “Mauer with power” at the plate…..but he’s a beast defensively.

    I agree that it was good to see Mason be aggressive….he’s an exciting kid….

  5. MTU March 19th, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Blake-

    I’ve kinda heard that.

    A friend is from Dalonaga, Ga.

    He said it can be a real zoo. Shame.

    Maybe we’ll just have to stay out this way then.

    ;)

  6. jacksquat March 19th, 2012 at 9:08 am

    Just to clarify, I still like Nova, and his comments seem out of character, but his comments were out of line. Maybe it’s a second language thing, but it’s pretty far from saying I just threw two bad pitches. However I don’t put too much weight on a couple of bad innings in spring training and am not saying he should be moved down in the pecking order yet.

  7. blake March 19th, 2012 at 9:09 am

    “Is Williams considered the Yankees top prospect ?”

    Most everyone considers Banuelos the top guy….but apparently a lot of Yankee people think Mason might be their best….the “experts” might agree in a year or two.

  8. randy l. March 19th, 2012 at 9:09 am

    “I agree that it was good to see Mason be aggressive….he’s an exciting kid….”

    blake-

    i’m really looking forward to the next wave of kids to come along. maybe mason williams is the next new yankee to be coming along. he does seem to have a bit of charisma to him. people are noticing him.

  9. blake March 19th, 2012 at 9:10 am

    MTU,

    Its not bad once you get off the beaten path…..its just the beaten paths are very beaten.

  10. blake March 19th, 2012 at 9:12 am

    Randy,

    I agree…..they have a pretty exciting group if position players in the lower levels….we just have to hope they process into an exciting group in the upper levels AND that the big league club can fend off age long enough for them to get ready….Montero was a bit of a hedge between the two…

  11. blake March 19th, 2012 at 9:13 am

    If Mason performs again in A ball this year he may jump into some top 25s for 2013.

  12. MTU March 19th, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Blake-

    Gotcha.

    Zion is a little like that during Tourist season.

    Not quite as bad I expect.

    Nothin ruins a wilderness experience more than a hoard of noisy Tourists.

    Solitude is a big part of the enjoyment.

    Randy-

    I have been to the White Mtns. many times when I lived back East.

    Never been to Maine but it looks worthy of exploration.

    Lot’s of wilderness. Few Humanoids. Plenty of wildlife.

    That’s what ya’ want.

  13. randy l. March 19th, 2012 at 9:16 am

    “i’ve gotta disagree with randy (there’s a shocker!) about the orioles. i think they are going to be horrible this year and i expect buck to be out on his kiester again before it ends”

    ysguy-

    i also saw that ricky peterson has been added as pitching coordinator for the whole system. i’m not sre what that means or even if the poistion exists with the yankees. the way it sounded it wasn’t just minor league pitching coordinator but for the whole system.

    unless buck and ricky’s testosterone levels are over the hill, i expect those two to do some serious base building.

  14. MTU March 19th, 2012 at 9:18 am

    Oh.

    And plenty of deeeeeeeelicious Lobstah.

    :)

  15. MTU March 19th, 2012 at 9:21 am

    When the good Lord was busy inventing food for Man the 2nd thing he put out there, after the apple, was Lobster with melted butter.

    :)

    P.S. the 3rd thing was NY style Pizza.

  16. blake March 19th, 2012 at 9:23 am

    “The Yankees have traditionally been one of the biggest spenders on the international market, but last year they only spent approximately $2.93M on players according to Ben Balder. That ranks 11th out of the 30 teams. The Rangers were by far the biggest spenders last year at $12.83M, with most of it going to two outfielders: Nomar Mazara ($4.95M) and Ronald Guzman ($3.45M). Those are the first and third largest bonuses in history. The Yankees top signing was Dominican third baseman Miguel Andujar at $750k.”

    http://www.riveraveblues.com

    Blah

  17. randy l. March 19th, 2012 at 9:23 am

    blake-

    one of the joys of a yankee fan is seeing a new kid emerge on the scene like williams.

    i remember the excitement of a tresh or a murcer or a munson. i think the excitement pettitte created in coming back shows it’s not just the laundry but a balance between rooting for the laundry and rooting for the individual player that drives most fans.

    a lot of yankee fans had developed a rooting interest in montero. they have none in pineda at this point. that’s what created the backlash with montero .

    sometimes the team has to make trades or they don’t get a tino or nettles or randolph or chambliss, but they have to have kids that come up from the system to really drive fan interest and push the tradition.

  18. Ys Guy March 19th, 2012 at 9:24 am

    no team needs more base-building than the orioles, who just seem to be adrift. buck and peterson should be there for a long time to build a foundation for the franchise. but it seems to me like management has no clue and is just grasping for straws then losing interest and starting over again and again and i think that it may end with buck being thrown out or walking away in frustration.

  19. blake March 19th, 2012 at 9:24 am

    The Yanks knew the rules were changing yet Texas spent 4x as much internationally last year….unless they were saving it for Soler…which doesn’t seem to be the case….then that kinda sucks.

  20. MaineYankee March 19th, 2012 at 9:25 am

    MTU

    Lot’s of wilderness. Few Humanoids. Plenty of wildlife.

    ————————————————————-

    If you want that you’d want to avoid the coast.

    Nothing but a tourist trap pretty much the whole lenght.

    Also you might avoid randy. :D :

  21. MTU March 19th, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Blake-

    Soler isn’t off the board just yet.

    ;)

  22. MTU March 19th, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Maine-

    yup.

    That’s what I’d want. To avoid the Tourists.

    Bringing Randy along would be a smart move because he’d challenge the bears and pumas, and then I could go on my merry way while they had something to eat.

    The interior of your State looks like a great place to explore.

    As we say out here “Miles and Miles of Miles and Miles”.

    :)

  23. MTU March 19th, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Does Maine have it’s own beer brand like Texas has “Lonestar” ?

  24. blake March 19th, 2012 at 9:34 am

    Randy,

    Im excited about Pineda but I know what you mean….

  25. MTU March 19th, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Blake-

    Well then you’ll be happy then because Pineda is on ESPN tomorrrow.

    :)

  26. MTU March 19th, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Blake-

    I hope he fits on my big screen.

    ;)

  27. randy l. March 19th, 2012 at 9:37 am

    “If you want that you’d want to avoid the coast.

    Nothing but a tourist trap pretty much the whole lenght.

    Also you might avoid randy. ”

    mtu-

    maine yankee is a farmer.

    he lives real close to my father’s side of the family who are dairy farmers and loggers at heart. my mom’s side are ocean people as in lobstermen fisherman and sea captain types. the farmers and the ocean people are two separate peoples. they don’t necessarily like each other.

    the tourists are an invading army to add spice to the mix.

    one thing i like about maine is that it’s the kind of place where if the power grid shuts down a whole bunch of people just keep on going there. it’s kind of off the grid in teh sense of having back up systems still in place.

  28. MaineYankee March 19th, 2012 at 9:38 am

    MTU March 19th, 2012 at 9:32 am
    Does Maine have it’s own beer brand like Texas has “Lonestar” ?

    ————————————————————

    I don’t know.

    I think so but not a drinker so not familiar with it.

  29. Shame Spencer March 19th, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Yawwwwwwn… morning all. Nothing like a Monday to make you appreciate every other day of the week.

  30. randy l. March 19th, 2012 at 9:39 am

    “Im excited about Pineda but I know what you mean….”

    blake -

    i’d be more excited about pineda if he didn’t keep reminding me of losing montero.

    too bad they couldn’t have gotten him by trading someone else.

  31. Tackelberry March 19th, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Seems doubtful they’ll sign Soler based on their new philosophy about their budget

  32. MaineYankee March 19th, 2012 at 9:41 am

    randy

    he lives real close to my father’s side of the family who are dairy farmers and loggers at heart. my mom’s side are ocean people as in lobstermen fisherman and sea captain types. the farmers and the ocean people are two separate peoples. they don’t necessarily like each other.

    ——————————————————————————

    Fairly accurate description.

    The only thing is I do have some affinity for the coast.

    My wife’s from the coast and I do enjoy sea food.

  33. MTU March 19th, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Randy-

    Thanks for cultural Anthropology lesson.

    As far as the off-the-grid thing goes I think that’s kind of cool.

    An Independent, self-sufficent type spirit is good IMO.

    There are pockets of that still left in America.

    The Mormons have a long tradition in that regard.

    It comes from having been harrassed and persecuted by the mainstream.

    They dealt with it by flipping ‘em the bird and learning to take care of themselves.

    It continues to this day (Not so much the flip off but the independence).

    It’s something I admire.

    Too many people looking for Big Bro’ to take care of them these days IMO.

    ;)

  34. MTU March 19th, 2012 at 9:45 am

    maine-

    You drink.

    Milk.

    :)

  35. Shame Spencer March 19th, 2012 at 9:45 am

    As far as the off-the-grid thing goes I think that’s kind of cool.

    An Independent, self-sufficent type spirit is good IMO.
    ————————-

    It’d be extremely beneficial in the event of a zombie-apocalypse.

  36. MTU March 19th, 2012 at 9:47 am

    Shame-

    Isn’t that what a lot of the Human Race is ?

    :)

  37. MaineYankee March 19th, 2012 at 9:48 am

    randy

    the tourists are an invading army to add spice to the mix

    —————————————————————————–

    What they really add to the mix is greenbacks.

    I guess it’s okay if they swarm the coast.

    Means less of them inland. :D :

  38. randy l. March 19th, 2012 at 9:50 am

    “Too many people looking for Big Bro’ to take care of them these days IMO.”

    when the whole connecticut power grid went down form one unusual fall snowstorm for over a week last fall, i knew it’s time to be thinking of back up plans.

    the whole system is fragile now. people assume things will work. that electric power will always be there. not necessarily.

  39. MTU March 19th, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Maine-

    Just take away the paved surfaces and walmarts and replace them with a line of Killer bee hives.

    That should do it.

    Have them mail in the Greenbacks.

    ;)

  40. MTU March 19th, 2012 at 9:51 am

    randy-

    It goes way beyond just the power grid.

    ;)

  41. Shame Spencer March 19th, 2012 at 9:51 am

    MTU – That’s just how it feels on a Monday morning lol.

  42. MaineYankee March 19th, 2012 at 9:52 am

    MTU

    An Independent, self-sufficent type spirit is good IMO.

    ————————————————————————

    We can have a snow storm of upwards of 2ft and we just are out in force with our 4×4′s.

    Lots of people heating with wood too.

    Gardens and a few critters for the freezer in the fall.

  43. MTU March 19th, 2012 at 9:53 am

    Maine-

    Sounds like an easier form of Alaska.

    :)

  44. pat March 19th, 2012 at 9:53 am

    ESPNNewYork
    BREAKING: Mets owners settle Madoff lawsuit for $162 million. http://es.pn/xtMp8m

  45. MTU March 19th, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Shame-

    I remember the Monday Morning Blues.

    :(

  46. randy l. March 19th, 2012 at 9:59 am

    maine yankee

    my parents and sisters live in a ct town that was like a thrird world country for a week just because the power was off for a week last fall. it’s on the interstate and the regional mall is there. i git there three days after the storm and there were still wires all over the road, no police or lights at major intersections. just very surreal.

    we evacuated them to maine to my sisters condo where power came back on pretty quick. that’s how i got into going back up there more. one of the things mane has going for it is it’s behind the times in a good way. that is , it’s much more independent than other areas of the northeast.

  47. Erin March 19th, 2012 at 10:00 am

    Morning LoHudders

  48. blake March 19th, 2012 at 10:00 am

    “too bad they couldn’t have gotten him by trading someone else.”

    Yea don’t think they coukd have…Jack Z targeted Montero specifically…..now could they have traded other guys for another pitcher…..maybe I have no idea.

    MTU,

    I know…should be a home game too right so maybe an accurate gun….should see an uptick in velo from the big guy.

  49. MTU March 19th, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Blake-

    It will be nice to watch him on the big screen.

    Especially with the sound off.

    :)

  50. blake March 19th, 2012 at 10:04 am

    “Especially with the sound off.”

    Lol…maybe Kay wont be on there.

  51. MTU March 19th, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Top of the Mornin’ Erin.

    (I know. A few days late.)

    :(

  52. randy l. March 19th, 2012 at 10:05 am

    mtu -

    the biggest problem i see with maine is there is a very scary creature up there you have to watch out for.

    it’s way scarier than the bears.

    it’s the red necked die hard yellow belly red sox fan.

    way worse than shame’s zombies too.

    although it’s hard to tell the difference between the two :)

  53. austinmac March 19th, 2012 at 10:06 am

    I read some months ago it wasn’t clear that Soler would be available before the July signing date. I don’t know if that is true, and the current delay may be with the State Department but I could see Comrade Selig stalling so that he doesn’t get a huge bonus.

  54. MTU March 19th, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Randy-

    Turn Karloff loose on ‘em.

    ;)

  55. MaineYankee March 19th, 2012 at 10:06 am

    randy

    When the power goes out for an extended time that’s where the wood stove comes in handy.

    You can always keep warm and have a hot meal.

    I prefer to be independent.

    Stayed in Nashua with friends once in a big appt. complex.

    In the morning I look out the window and realized they were totally dependent.

    Lets just say it was good to go home. :D :

  56. Ys Guy March 19th, 2012 at 10:07 am

    part of the wilpon’s settlement agreement is that they don’t have to pay the money for 3 years. so met’s fans agony is likely to go on much longer than expected.

  57. Shame Spencer March 19th, 2012 at 10:08 am

    My zombie name would be Shame Braiiiiiiiiinnnnnnssss.

  58. MTU March 19th, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Mac-

    When I mentioned Soler earlier I was just trying to raise Blake’s spirits.

    He’s frustrated that the Yankees did not take advantage of this last opportunity to grab some more International talent w/o complications.

    ;)

  59. randy l. March 19th, 2012 at 10:10 am

    “Turn Karloff loose on ‘em.”

    mtu-

    that would be risky because she might look good to the die hard red necked yellow belly red sox fan up there.

    if they mate, they’d have to nuke the whole place like in that movie “outbreak” to save the world as we know it.

  60. Erin March 19th, 2012 at 10:13 am

    MTU-no worries. Only 2 days late. I think McDonalds is still serving Shamrock Shakes, so it’s all good. ;)

  61. Shame Spencer March 19th, 2012 at 10:18 am

    The monkey from the movie “Outbreak” creeped me out when I was a kid. ….Then again, so did Dustin Hoffman.

  62. MTU March 19th, 2012 at 10:18 am

    Randy-

    I never thought of that. Quite a risk then.

    You’d know the indigenous species way better than me.

    ;)

  63. blake March 19th, 2012 at 10:22 am

    The issue with Soler continues to be the type of deal….if its a major league deal then i cant see the Yanks putting that money on the payroll unless they like him so much that they can see him as a big league option by 2014.

  64. MTU March 19th, 2012 at 10:23 am

    blake-

    Would getting DePaula into the US satisfy your craving ?

    :)

  65. MaineYankee March 19th, 2012 at 10:24 am

    it’s the red necked die hard yellow belly red sox fan.

    —————————————————————————-

    They may look like zombies after watching the product on the field.

    If you ever watch the RS on tv or listen on the radio it’s evident that 04 didn’t get rid of the Yankee demons.

    The radio broadcast has the RS outdoing the Yankees in some way or other. I rarely hear the Yankee broadcast making reference to the RS.

    When the Yankees play the RS I only get the RS feed. If you think ESPN is bad try putting up with those guys.

  66. blake March 19th, 2012 at 10:27 am

    If the Yanks thought that Soler could be their starting Rfer by 2014 then it could be a huge bargain to sign him….but I don’t know how they evaluate him and if he didn’t work out then it coukd wind up being wasted payroll…..and something they really dint have room for given the budget.

  67. MTU March 19th, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Maine-

    I think I’d rather have my fingernails pulled off one by one.

    That must really suck.

    A whole crew of Gammons clones.

    Now that is scary.

    :(

  68. blake March 19th, 2012 at 10:28 am

    MTU,

    That’d be nice….it would be nicer if he were a position player though ;)

  69. MTU March 19th, 2012 at 10:28 am

    Blake-

    I tried to cheer you up but you’ve resisted.

    :)

  70. MTU March 19th, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Blake-

    Gold can be used to buy just about anything.

    ;)

  71. blake March 19th, 2012 at 10:30 am

    MTU,

    Im cheerful :) ill be more cheerful if Kendall Marshall’s wrist is ok :(

  72. MTU March 19th, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Blake-

    I do not know who Kendall Marshall is.

    Sorry.

    :(

  73. upstate kate March 19th, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Blake
    no worries, the ‘Cuse is going to win it all anyway :)

  74. randy l. March 19th, 2012 at 10:33 am

    maine yankee-

    having ma. plates on my car throws off the red necked die hard yellow belly red sox fan.

    being conflicted slows them down from bothering me. they don’t like mass people, but they like the red sox.

    for some of them that’s really confusing.

    their big decision is what body part to scratch while they’re “thinking”.

  75. randy l. March 19th, 2012 at 10:36 am

    “Then again, so did Dustin Hoffman.”

    i think dustin hoffman peaked in the “graduate”.

  76. MaineYankee March 19th, 2012 at 10:37 am

    randy

    they don’t like mass people, but they like the red sox.
    ————————————————————–

    I don’t like either. :evil:

  77. MTU March 19th, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Randy-

    hoffman did a lot more than peek in the Graduate.

    ;)

  78. MTU March 19th, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Randy-

    Perhaps if you laid down some Skunk scent and traps.

    Would that attract The RNYB sux fan ?

  79. MTU March 19th, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Randy-

    Just send ‘em out this way.

    We’ll convince them that there’s plenty of water in the Desert and then send them on a hike.

    That should be easy since they’re so quick.

    ;)

  80. upstate kate March 19th, 2012 at 10:45 am

    I have 2 sisters who live in MA and are sox/pats fans. Also a mom who lives in FL and is a Rays fan. It makes for interesting family get togethers

  81. DONNYBROOK March 19th, 2012 at 10:45 am

    To say Hoffman “peaked” with “The Graduate” is cinema ignorance. “Midnight Cowboy”, and Hoffman’s, “I’m walkin’ here” line are easily his high point. Just like in baseball, you actually gotta see a “player” perform. The spread sheets, numbers, and opinions of other critics count for Nothing.

  82. MTU March 19th, 2012 at 10:46 am

    kate-

    Well we know who the brains in your Family is.

    :)

  83. randy l. March 19th, 2012 at 10:48 am

    mtu-

    i’m not sure what attracts the RNYB red sox fan , but i know what repels them:

    YANKEE CHAMPIONSHIPS :)

  84. MTU March 19th, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Randy-

    They’ve been stung 27 times then. Soon to be 28.

    That had to hurt (not that I care).

    :)

  85. Against All Odds March 19th, 2012 at 10:50 am

    pat March 19th, 2012 at 9:53 am

    ESPNNewYork
    BREAKING: Mets owners settle Madoff lawsuit for $162 million. http://es.pn/xtMp8m

    —————————

    Figures lol

  86. MaineYankee March 19th, 2012 at 10:53 am

    MTU

    You should see the glares I get when I wear my Yankee hat around here.

    Most of my sons friends know that I’m their father because you don’t see many Yankee hats here.

  87. MTU March 19th, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Just curious.

    If toilets flush in the opposite direction in Australia do breaking pitches break opposite there too ?

    That could get pretty confusing.

    :)

  88. randy l. March 19th, 2012 at 10:53 am

    “To say Hoffman “peaked” with “The Graduate” is cinema ignorance.”

    see, now that’s inflammatory.

    how hard is it to say “i disagree, hoffman peaked in ” midnight cowboy”.

    then we have a discussion. or not.

    but things stay civil.

    there’s no where to go when someone starts off like the above.

  89. Bronx Jeers March 19th, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Coming back in here after a few days away and i find myself singing “let’s do the time warp again!”

  90. DONNYBROOK March 19th, 2012 at 10:54 am

    I accept your admission of error.

  91. MTU March 19th, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Maine-

    Is that all part of your “independence” thing ?

    I can feel the “daggers” all the way out here.

    Just carry some beer and chicken wings with you.

    That should calm ‘em down.

    :)

  92. MaineYankee March 19th, 2012 at 10:56 am

    randy

    If you go to Portland to see Trenton play you’ll see plenty of Yankee gear.

    More fun if Trenton is winning. :D :

  93. Ys Guy March 19th, 2012 at 10:57 am

    zack britton was scratched by the o’s from making his first ST start because of continuing shoulder stiffness (which goes back to last season. britton was expected to make the O’s starting rotation but now it is likely he won’t be available for opening day.

    step right up brian matusz! (1-9, 10.69 era 2.11 whip last year)

  94. MTU March 19th, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Matusz sounds like a wine from Portugal I used to drink in college.

    The wine was very good by the way.

    Came in a funny shaped bottle.

    :)

  95. austinmac March 19th, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Randy,

    I agree with you that one can disagree without calling the other person an idiot or an ignoramus because they have a different opinion. Imagine that in person. People are braver when they are anonymous.

    I also must say you have broadened your posting topics.

  96. MTU March 19th, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Mac-

    Randy is many-faceted.

    :)

  97. Mike_Boston March 19th, 2012 at 11:02 am

    re: Dustin Hoffman…how about All the president’s Men, Lenny, Marathon Man and Kramer Vs. Kramer? For my money Midnight Cowboy was his best work though.

  98. blake March 19th, 2012 at 11:03 am

    MTU,
    tarheels point guard…..let’s put it this way….losing him would be a much bigger deal to UNC than losing Cano would be for the Yankees..

  99. MTU March 19th, 2012 at 11:05 am

    Blake-

    Sorry to say, I don’t like basketball.

    No wonder I don’t know who he is.

    Good luck though.

    :)

  100. MaineYankee March 19th, 2012 at 11:05 am

    randy the blog moderator.

    Who’d ever thought. :lol:

  101. champ809 March 19th, 2012 at 11:07 am

    The Yanks have a few in house candidates who could be knocking on the OF doors come 2014…

    2yrs from now Mason Williams will be the 4th or 5th best position prospect in the system behind

    Sanchez C
    Ravel Santana OF
    Dante Bichette 3B
    and possibly Greg Bird C/1B
    Mason Williams OF
    Slade Heathcott OF
    Miguel Andujar 3B
    Tyler Austin 1B/3B
    Angelo Gumbs 2B
    Jake Cave RF
    Abe Almonte OF ( sleeper for RF in 2014 )

  102. DONNYBROOK March 19th, 2012 at 11:08 am

    “Kramer vs Kramer” was too syrupy for me. And in spite of the critical praise it received, “All The President’s Men” is a slow “procedural”. I do prefer Redford’s body of work, over that of Hoffman’s, and wish “The Candidate” was shown Far more often.

  103. Tackelberry March 19th, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Lets not forget Hoffman’s amzing performance in Tootsie.

  104. Erin March 19th, 2012 at 11:10 am

    Is it Dustin Hoffman day on the LoHud? :)

    My favorites of his: The Graduate, All the President’s Men and Stranger Than Fiction

    Guilty Pleasure Hoffman flick: Hook

  105. DONNYBROOK March 19th, 2012 at 11:16 am

    My kids always loved “Hook”. It was on non-stop around our house for a year.

  106. Erin March 19th, 2012 at 11:17 am

    Oh, and of Tootsie of course. Duh. ;)

  107. MTU March 19th, 2012 at 11:17 am

    I liked Hoffman in “Little Big Man”, and “Straw Dogs’.

    Midnight Cowboy was my fave though.

  108. Ys Guy March 19th, 2012 at 11:18 am

    hoffman was doing “Luck” on hbo i think. i watched the first episode and didn’t think much of it, now i hear it’s been cancelled at least partly because of 3 horses being killed in the production.

    considering his early success and his many many high profile roles, hoffman has really been very disappointing, imo.

  109. MaineYankee March 19th, 2012 at 11:18 am

    Erin March 19th, 2012 at 11:10 am
    Is it Dustin Hoffman day on the LoHud?

    My favorites of his: The Graduate, All the President’s Men and Stranger Than Fiction

    Guilty Pleasure Hoffman flick: Hook

    —————————————————————

    I’m looking for my marbles.

  110. MTU March 19th, 2012 at 11:20 am

    It’s just like Woody Allen.

    IMO his best stuff was his earliest stuff.

    When he stuck to Comedy.

    When he thought he was a real director is when he started goin’ off the rails IMO.

    OTOH. Clint Eastwood seems to be getting better and better.

    Costner was good when he stuck to Western themes.

  111. Ys Guy March 19th, 2012 at 11:21 am

    ubaldo jiminez is having a terrible spring and word is that his velocity is way down. a scout at yesterday’s game said he was at 89-90 with maybe one pitch at 92. his command has been terrible, too.

  112. Ys Guy March 19th, 2012 at 11:22 am

    costner’s a stiff, but that made him perfect for the crash davis role in bull durham, imo.

  113. MTU March 19th, 2012 at 11:24 am

    Y’s-

    maybe in general but I thought he was great in “dances with Wolves”, and more recently “open range”.

  114. Ys Guy March 19th, 2012 at 11:25 am

    i have to disagree somewhat about woody, i thought “broadway danny rose” from 1984 was his best, much richer than his early slapsticky stuff. also “crime and punishment” was one of his best imo.

  115. MTU March 19th, 2012 at 11:26 am

    Y’s-

    That’s what makes the world go round.

    ;)

  116. DONNYBROOK March 19th, 2012 at 11:26 am

    I agree on Costner and the Westerns, but the female viewers would probably disagree. To me, “Open Range” is the best Western in the last 30+ years, and I did Not forget Eastwood’s “Unforgiven”.

  117. randy l. March 19th, 2012 at 11:26 am

    “Randy is many-faceted”

    I’m like a virus ,
    I mutate

    Or to put it another way , inspired by Pineda , I’m working on my change up :)

  118. CompassRosy March 19th, 2012 at 11:27 am

    Rainman.

  119. Shame Spencer March 19th, 2012 at 11:27 am

    “i think dustin hoffman peaked in the “graduate”.”

    One word: Hook.

  120. Central Scrutinizer March 19th, 2012 at 11:28 am

    Death of a Salesman.

  121. MTU March 19th, 2012 at 11:28 am

    DB-

    Have you seen “Last of the Dogmen” with Tom Berenger ?

    If not, check it out. I think you’ll like it if you like Westerns.

    Did not get much notice but a really good movie IMO.

  122. Mike_Boston March 19th, 2012 at 11:28 am

    Woody’s Midnight in Paris was a fabulous film IMO.

  123. Central Scrutinizer March 19th, 2012 at 11:29 am

    so glad we didn’t give up Montero for Ubaldo!

  124. Ys Guy March 19th, 2012 at 11:30 am

    fbb opinions about pineda are all over the place. he’s rated by rotographs as the 22nd best pitcher in all mlb which would put him in the top 100 players, but then in the xmsirius fbb draft over the weekend, he want #177 (16th round). thats a huge variation even for a young pitcher.

  125. MTU March 19th, 2012 at 11:31 am

    “Rainman” was great.

    Teriffic acting job.

    ;)

  126. Ys Guy March 19th, 2012 at 11:31 am

    mike, i forgot about that one. i havent seen it yet but one of my friends was raving about it a couple of weeks ago.

  127. Central Scrutinizer March 19th, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Yeah, have to agree with Rainman as a great acting job. Death of a Salesman right up there with it IMHO.

  128. Shame Spencer March 19th, 2012 at 11:34 am

    “Rainman.” – Yes.

    “Death of a Salesman.” – Yes.

    Hook: Little known fact for you Hook fans out there… do you guys remember when a lone pirate dared to doubt Captain Hook and was placed in the ‘boo box’? If anyone on here can name that pirate you’ll win a prize (my undying love).

  129. Mike_Boston March 19th, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Check it out Ys, you won’t be disappointed…I thought his “Match Point” from 05 was a bit underrated too.

  130. champ809 March 19th, 2012 at 11:36 am

    The O’s are at least 3yrs away and still have alot of work to do to upgrade their talent base…time for their young pitching to get it’s sealegs and get going while they procure more talent on the player position side. All they have are Wieters @ C and Machado @ SS and maybe Reimold in LF as far as building blocks….They should be looking to move Adam Jones and Markakis on any kind of strong start to the season to get their rebuild kicked off..

  131. Bronx Jeers March 19th, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Allen just won an Oscar but I can’t really argue that his work in the late 70′s wasn’t his best.

    Hoffman is still a very relevant actor. Just as much as others from his “class” like De Niro and Pacino.

  132. stuckey March 19th, 2012 at 11:39 am

    Shame,

    Glenn Close.

  133. DONNYBROOK March 19th, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Agree with “Rainman”. Different role for Cruise in that flick also.

  134. Shame Spencer March 19th, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Hoffman is still a very relevant actor. Just as much as others from his “class” like De Niro and Pacino.

    ———————-

    Love De Niro and Pacino but can’t for the life of me consider either one ‘relevant’ without thinking of Gigli.

  135. Shame Spencer March 19th, 2012 at 11:46 am

    stuckey – You’ve earned plus points!!

  136. MTU March 19th, 2012 at 11:46 am

    Makes sense that Rosy would think of “Rainman” considering where she’s from.

    :)

  137. MTU March 19th, 2012 at 11:47 am

    New thread ——>

  138. mick March 19th, 2012 at 11:48 am

    Field of Dreams for Costner.
    Tootsie-Dustin

  139. Shame Spencer March 19th, 2012 at 11:50 am

    Seeing Costner on the streets of Newark a few weeks ago was… neat.

  140. mick March 19th, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Marathon Man.
    “Is it safe?”

  141. J. Alfred Prufrock March 19th, 2012 at 11:53 am

    randy l. March 19th, 2012 at 9:09 am
    “I agree that it was good to see Mason be aggressive….he’s an exciting kid….”

    blake-

    i’m really looking forward to the next wave of kids to come along. maybe mason williams is the next new yankee to be coming along. he does seem to have a bit of charisma to him. people are noticing him.
    ///

    That’s a good word for him. He’s got a world of talent and he’s got game, only thing he doesn’t have to date, it seems, is power, but as a lefty who can hit line drives, he’ll get on friendly terms with the RF fence. He’s the kind of kid the opposing manager always waxes poetic about. I remember reading, after an SI postseason game, what the losing manager said: “Williams – he beat us,” and enumerated the ways. I’ve heard other quotes where opposing managers gush over the kid; he may have some Jeter in him.

    When I saw him (the one and only time) in Brooklyn in the Hughes rehab start, he really did it all that day. What surprised me was his arm, which isn’t talked about but he launched a throw from CF that was eye popping – an he’s just a string bean.

    I like the noise that he may start in Tampa. Who knows? At the rate he’s climbing the ladder, he may wind up in my back yard for 2013 :D .

  142. randy l. March 19th, 2012 at 11:54 am

    i’m still going with ” the graduate” because none of the other movies inspired me as a 18 year old to drive home from the movies with the top down in february , sell my 64 corvette that had about 400 horsepower and buy a VW bus that i headed to california in a few months later.

    it was an odd time. one unusual thing was i lost my driver’s license for five years right before i left for california for eating a fake drivers license a friend who worked at the dmv got for me. the authorities were not amused at my slight of hand .luckily i got a california license before i had to send my ct one in. limited computers back then.

    the other interesting thing was camping out at resurrection city in washington on the way to cal after martin luther king was killed.of course i was so naive, i thought it was just a lot of black people having a get together.i remember drinking whisky with them sitting around a campfire next surround by white plywood “tents”. they didn’t ask me and my friend what we were doing. i’m sure they were assuming we couldn’t be that stupid.

    wrong :)

    so if it wasn’t for dustin hoffman in the graduate i would have never got to do that. so on a subjective basis, i’m going with the graduate as his best movie.

  143. mick March 19th, 2012 at 11:54 am

    Mason reminds me of Jeter when he came up.

  144. mick March 19th, 2012 at 11:56 am

    randy as forrest gump…

  145. J. Alfred Prufrock March 19th, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    mick, I see it. He’s got a certain innocence, boyishness, earnestness, but also an unflappable confidence (this was apparent in Brooklyn as well; he just has a way of wordlessly asserting that he’s “somebody” like Jeter does, and like Jeter, without strut or arrogance).

    He also seems to have Jeter’s alertness to what’s going on around him, and his brand of respectful, old world charm.


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