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Pregame notes: “It opened doors for everybody”

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I had a feeling that Curtis Granderson would be the perfect man to talk to about today being Jackie Robinson Day, and he didn’t disappoint. Always well-spoken, the Yankees’ centerfielder pointed out that Robinson’s courage created opportunities for more than just African-Americans.

“As you look around this clubhouse and see other minorities such as Latin-Americans, Asian-Americans, Europeans and everywhere else get a chance to play this great game all because of one person,” Granderson said. “I don’t think Jackie’s intention was just, ‘Hey, I want to get African-Americans to play,’ because in the negro leagues what a lot of people don’t realize is that they had Latin-Americans playing baseball because they couldn’t get a chance to play in the major leagues. It opened up doors for everybody, and I think that’s something he would be proud of.”

Granderson noted that he’s worn his socks high “for as long as I can remember” to pay homage to all of the players who played in the negro leagues. Tonight, he’ll be wearing a pair of custom made shoes with the number 42 on them, which will be auctioned off, with all of the proceeds going to the Jackie Robinson Foundation.

Players all over the major leagues will wear No. 42 today to pay tribute to Robinson.

“I think it’s extremely important that we recognize Jackie every year because of what he endured, and he how did it with such dignity and how well he carried himself,” Joe Girardi said. “It’s an example for all of us, because I think at times we’re all going to be tested in life. It’s a great day, and I think players look forward to it. It’s an honor to put on No. 42.”

• Once again, the majority of Girardi’s press conference was focused on the lack of production from the middle of the order — particular Mark Teixeira. In the offseason, Tex altered his swing and lost some weight in an attempt to raise his batting average and become less pull-happy. The switch-hitting first baseman hit .248 last season — the lowest mark of his career — and was especially prone to pulling the ball while hitting from the left side (where he hit.224, compared to .297 while hitting right-handed). As we’ve seen so far this season, more and more teams are using the shift against Teixeira, and he’s been hitting right into the teeth of it. “Sometimes you hope when a guy makes changes that he gets hot right away so he can really buy into it, but Tex is a notoriously slow starter,” Girardi said. “We’ve been through this before, and he’s put up some pretty good years, so I don’t get too worried about 30 at-bats — I really don’t. I think it’s something you’re going to see hitters go through. If he goes through it in the middle of the year, people aren’t really going to say much, but if you go through it in the beginning, it’s a glaring stat”

• Girardi was also asked about Robinson Cano, who is also off to a slow start. There seems to be less concern about Cano, who is almost unquestionably the Yankees best hitter at this point in his career. One thing I have noticed, though, is while Cano used to draw criticism about his lack of patience, he seems to be taking more pitches so far this season. He uncharacteristically struck out twice yesterday — including one strikeout looking. Patience is a good thing, Cano’s Guerrero-like ability to make contact is nearly unmatched. “I look at some of Robby’s at-bats, and he’s hit some bullets just foul with runners in scoring position,” Girardi said. “He’s a guy that’s going to spray the ball all over the place, and we want him to continue to do that.”

• Here’s Girardi’s take on the hitting with runners in scoring position statistic, which the Yanks have struggled with at times. “It’s a stat where you’re going to see players that are very successful at it, you’re going to see some struggle with it and do you have to look deeper?” he said. “Do their at-bats change? Are they running into bad luck? Those are the things I think you have to look at the most, but I think there’s something about being able to relax in those situations and being able to come through.”

• Good news on the Andy Pettitte comeback trail. The 39-year-old lefty pitched four scoreless innings for Class A Tampa this afternoon, allowing two singles and no walks while striking out three. Apparently, his fastball was sitting in the 87-89 MPH range, but there was no official word on how many pitches he threw. He was expected to be around 45-50. ” I heard he had 12 outs via the groundball or strikeout, so that’s obviously a really good sign if that’s the case,” Girardi said. “He has the sinking fastball and the cutter, and anytime you can get guys to hit the ball on the ground, you have a pretty good chance of getting outs.”

• Girardi said that Pettitte’s pitch count should increase by about 15 pitches in his next outing, but there was no word on where that would be. He expects him to make about four more minor league starts, which makes a mid-May return very realistic. “I consider this his second start,” Girardi said. “And you usually give a guy six starts.”

• Girardi also had an update on Michael Pineda. He’ll throw a bullpen on Monday, and Girardi noted that, “Everything so far has went well.” With Pineda officially getting hurt about two and a half weeks ago, his timetable to get back to the majors should be a little longer than Pettitte’s. “The more time he’s off, the more starts he’s going to need,” Girardi said.

• I thought I was going crazy for a minute, but new YES Network reporter Meredith Marakovits asked Girardi about what he was looking for from Freddy Garcia tonight. Girardi answered the question, as I sat there scratching my head thinking that I had possibly missed an injury announcement on Ivan Nova. Thankfully, upon further questioning, both Girardi and Marakovits each realized that it will be Nova taking the ball tonight. Here’s what Girardi said he’s looking for out of the right-hander. “Just continue to do what he did last time,” he said. “He attacked the zone. I thought he pitched inside effectively; I thought he used his changeup effectively. He’s going to see his share of right-handed hitters tonight, so I think his curveball and slider will be important.”

• The biggest positive to come out of yesterday’s 7-1 loss was the emergence of reliever David Phelps. Girardi said Phelps will get at least three days off after his long outing, possibly throwing a side session in between. What impressed Girardi most about the rook? “That he’d be able to relax in the situation and make his pitches,” he said. “When we talked about the three guys – (Adam) Warren, Phelps and (D.J.) Mitchell – we talked about them being really close, and we went with Phelpsie. But the real test is going to be when they get into a game, are they going to be able to make the pitches that they’re capable of making? It’s not easy being a rookie in the American League East. You’re going to come in for some tough situations, and he so far has passed with flying colors.”

• Here is the Angels lineup: 1. Aybar (SS); 2. Kendrick (2B); 3. Pujols (1B); 4. Hunter (RF); 5. Wells (CF); 6. Abreu (LF); 7. Trumbo (DH); 8. Izturis (3B); 9. Iannetta (C).

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84 Responses to “Pregame notes: “It opened doors for everybody””

  1. Bret The Hitman April 15th, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    Giuseppe Franco April 15th, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    I must say, I do hope Montero becomes what many of us expect of him but I can’t watch him play (or watch highlights of him play).

    It’s like somebody stole one of my favorite toys as a child and are now forcing me to watch my playground enemies play with it (ala A Clockwork Orange).

    ************

    :lol:

    :(

  2. Nick in SF April 15th, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    We as a community have totally dropped the ball on obsessing about Tabata and Melky, who are both playing their own game today.

    Part of that is my fault.

    :oops:

  3. Giuseppe Franco April 15th, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    Meh, at least I’m not crying over Melky Cabrera or Jose DeJesus.

    Montero actually had a future in NY.

  4. Giuseppe Franco April 15th, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    Oops. That’s David DeJesus.

    He wasn’t even worth remembering his first name!

  5. Chase April 15th, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    I miss Kim Jones.

  6. randy l. April 15th, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    so there are people rooting against montero on the blog today.

    interesting.

    did he do something to them?

    oh yeah, he caught a shutout and proved them wrong about his catching.

    shame on him.

  7. Nick in SF April 15th, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    Please no trolling, randy.

  8. Bret The Hitman April 15th, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    .270 OBP

    troll back at ya

  9. Crawdaddy April 15th, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    “so there are people rooting against montero on the blog today.”

    I’m rooting against him because I want the Yankees to come out on top on every trade. I root for the uniform first and the player second.

  10. Rich in NJ April 15th, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    “I miss Kim Jones.”

    Low bar, imo, but so far, yeah.

  11. mick April 15th, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    so there are people rooting against montero on the blog today.

    interesting.

    did he do something to them?

    oh yeah, he caught a shutout and proved them wrong about his catching.

    shame on him.
    ==============
    is that the moment you were waiting for?

  12. Crawdaddy April 15th, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    Give young Meredith a chance. She’ll get better as Kim was terrible her first couple of years.

  13. Rich in NJ April 15th, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    I thought Kim was better early and got worse.

  14. Nick in SF April 15th, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Kim Jones’ finest moment:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k66p1ALnnmI

  15. Rich in NJ April 15th, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    She should have decked him.

  16. Giuseppe Franco April 15th, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    It is funny that some dude had the cojones to do something like that.

    Or had enough booze in him.

  17. Stoneburner April 15th, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    This blog post will live in infamy: http://yankees.lhblogs.com/201...../#comments

    The disgusting nature – the overreaction of the wax poetic fan boys – for someone not even on the team anymore – the paranoia that Joe G conspired to get rid of Montero – classic stuff – will post this link over and over – yet interesting – interesting – these same posters are not around after an big donut for 4 game with two strikeouts – interesting – interesting – this total overreaction both ways is terrible and shows that these fans root more for Montero than the Yankees – the comments show from this post – it is crazy – but the wax poetics for this trade of the generational guaranteed has taken over their fandom to the point that they prefer the following:

    The generational guaranteed prediction fan boys would rather see the Yankees fail THIS season than see them succeed in the end on the January 2012 trade – and it is the reason that their Yankees fandom – on this date – is called into question – yes – they are not Yankees fans anymore – they may post on a Yankees blog – and still root for the Yankees – but no – I am officially questioning that they are no longer Yankees fans – they are the same as the fan that roots for both the Yankees and Red Sox – it does not compute. This blog has become a fan boy fantasy playground. I will continue posting the Montero versus Pujols numbers – but it has gone to the deep end – yes – yes it has – the constant borrowing from other sites to form this alleged prospect opinion – the ownership over the prospect – the favoritism shown towards Montero over other Yankees prospects last September such as Romine was disgusting. . . .Montero versus Pujols year one updates to follow. . . . .

  18. ET April 15th, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    What do clubhouse reports actually contribute anyway? Break news that before the game that was already broken 3 hours prior?

    Curry is the guy with the real sources and insight anyway.

  19. Bret The Hitman April 15th, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    Cashman trades a mixed bag.

    Losers:

    Tyler Clippard for Jonathon Albaladejo
    Nick Johnson and Juan Rivera for Javier Vazquez
    Melky Cabrera, Mike Dunn and Arodys Vizcaino for Javier Vazquez and Boone Logan
    Jeff Karstens and Jose Tabata+ for Xavier Nady and Damaso Marte
    Ted Lilly for Jeff Weaver

    Winners:

    Wilson Betemit, Jeff Marquez for Nick Swisher

    Even:

    Mark Melancon for Lance Berkman
    Ian Kennedy, Austin Jackson and Phil Coke for Curtis Granderson

    The odds are not in favor of Cashman but let’s hope Montero and Noesi for Pineda and Campos lands in a favorable category.

  20. Nick in SF April 15th, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    Stoneburner, not to aid and abet your nuttiness, but you should like to the particular post you’re talking about if you’re really going to post it over and over, rather than to the enormous thread in which it appeared.

  21. mick April 15th, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    This blog has become a fan boy fantasy playground.
    ================================
    classic.

  22. Bret The Hitman April 15th, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    Stoneburner April 15th, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    This blog has become a fan boy fantasy playground

    ***********

    In Guiseppe Franco’s own words.

  23. Bret The Hitman April 15th, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    Stoneburner,

    Nick is right about the link. You can click on the date after the name of the poster in the referenced post and you can index it rather than the whole thread.

    I don’t think you’re nutty.

  24. randy l. April 15th, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    ah , it’s been great being so right about montero for the past 18 hours or so and watching the doubters suck on those lemons.

    …and now an espn game yankee game with nova ,my favorite yankee pitcher.

    of course, now some people may root for nova to fail simply because i like him.

    i can see the dilemma though.

    anything to shut me up :)

  25. mick April 15th, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    of course, now some people may root for nova to fail simply because i like him.
    ============================
    how full of yourself can one guy be?

  26. Rich in NJ April 15th, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    “I don’t think you’re nutty.”

    Nick may have been too charitable.

  27. Nick in SF April 15th, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    randy, nobody would dare try to shut you up.

    In fact, I’m rooting for you to get your belt and shoelaces back.

    Because you live in a twisted dreamworld of your own creation.

  28. randy l. April 15th, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    “I will continue posting the Montero versus Pujols numbers ”

    could you post pujols numbers right now so far this year?

    thanks :)

  29. randy l. April 15th, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    i wonder how sushi lemon would taste.

    oh yeah.

    it’s already raw.

    my bad.

    never mind.

  30. Giuseppe Franco April 15th, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    As usual, Bret doesn’t have a clue what he’s talking about.

    I don’t comment how Montero is doing now and I don’t watch him play so I’m not the guy calling play-by-play every time Montero comes up to the plate.

    I also don’t wish anything bad to happen to Pineda and hope he becomes the pitcher Cashman traded for (Campos as well).

  31. Giuseppe Franco April 15th, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    It appears both Stoneburner and Duh uses the same brain.

  32. RMS April 15th, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    randy, nobody would dare try to shut you up.

    In fact, I’m rooting for you to get your belt and shoelaces back.

    Because you live in a twisted dreamworld of your own creation.

    ——————————————————————————————–
    lol

  33. Rich in NJ April 15th, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    What’s funny is that the Pujols obsession. The prospect/young player who shall remain nameless could have a career that falls well short of Pujols’, and still cost Cashman his job.

  34. hardwired7 April 15th, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    “wax poetics”

    damn if that doesn’t crack me up every single time.

  35. Betsy April 15th, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    Why the heck should I root for Montero? He’s no longer on my team. If that makes me a bad Yankee fan in some eyes, so be it – not that it matters. It’s getting to the point where I would actually root against him, so unpalatable have things become. No it’s not his fault, but since he doesn’t know me from adam, I don’t think he’ll care what I think.

  36. luis April 15th, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    Stoneburner,

    This is a Yankees blog designed for Yankee “FANS”…Being fans doesn’t mean to blindly follow the corporate line every time out… You can question a move and still be a Yankee fan…In this particular case, I think this is the biggest blunder that management has made. As i said earlier, a mistake has short legs.

    I understand to a point your position, what i don’t understand is your constant campaign against people that see a move that it is and will impact negatively the team for years to come.

  37. randy l. April 15th, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    “how full of yourself can one guy be?

    mick-

    try being right sometime.

    i’m telling you it’s exhilarating.

    pick the color of the sky. something easy.

    the last 18 hours have been a lot of fun, i gotta tell you.

    plus it’ll be good practice for non stop gloating when montero really gets going :)

  38. mick April 15th, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    this attachment to montero is borderline incomprehensible
    if he weren’t a power hitter would anybody care?
    even mantle didn’t get this adulation before he actually established himself as a major leaguer.

  39. mick April 15th, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    try being right sometime.
    ================
    you, my friend, are an egomaniac.
    wonder why someone with you r talents isn’t somewhere in the major leagues?

  40. Rich in NJ April 15th, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    “Why the heck should I root for Montero? He’s no longer on my team.”

    Yup, it sucks, but it is what it is.

  41. randy l. April 15th, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    “if he weren’t a power hitter would anybody care?”

    good point mick.

    how’s it feel to be right?

    see, i told you it would feel good :)

    j.a.p.-

    i think we’ve won mick over to our side.

  42. Rich in NJ April 15th, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    “this attachment to montero is borderline incomprehensible
    if he weren’t a power hitter would anybody care?”

    Sht, yeah. If they traded Jeter in ’95 or ’96, I would have punched someone.

  43. ET April 15th, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    “What’s funny is that the Pujols obsession. The prospect/young player who shall remain nameless could have a career that falls well short of Pujols’, and still cost Cashman his job.”

    Agree.

    The own GM compared him to Piazza and Cabrera – that wasn’t a fan invention. After the trade was made, he still went on with those comparisons.

    His offensive talent is rare. You hope Hal realizes what an enormous risk his GM took and will hold him accountable for it. Actually, the own GM himself said the trade was an enormous risk from his standpoint, so he’s not going into this blind-folded either – he knows it has a realistic chance to backfire in a big way, not so much based on what Pineda does but based on what the aging, creaky lineup doesn’t do in coming years.

  44. Betsy April 15th, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    Rich, you missed my point. I get that you think it sucks – I don’t. The point is, not actively rooting for a player who isn’t on my team is not wrong…….and even if I were to root against him (for whatever reason), it still wouldn’t be wrong.

  45. mick April 15th, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    jeter did not come up with this kind of fanfare

  46. Bronx Jeers April 15th, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    It’s almost a shame there going to be a game thread up soon because this particular thread has great potential to be enshrined in the Insanity Hall of Fame.

  47. RMS April 15th, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    Montero, DH, 0 for 4 with 2 strikeouts.

  48. Rich in NJ April 15th, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    Betsy

    There are too many double negatives in there for me to get exactly what you are saying. :)

  49. mick April 15th, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    i could care less what montero does and wouldn’t know if some didn’t shove it down our throats for their own personal amusement.

  50. Giuseppe Franco April 15th, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    You’re comparing apples and oranges with Montero and Mantle.

    The media access we have at the touch of a finger is not even in the same stratosphere as it was in 1951.

    Not many Yankee fans even knew who Mickey Mantle was in 1950.

  51. Rich in NJ April 15th, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    “jeter did not come up with this kind of fanfare”

    Wrong. He was the sixth pick in ’92 and was extremely highly rated.

  52. mick April 15th, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    Montero, DH, 0 for 4 with 2 strikeouts.
    ========================
    good news

  53. luis April 15th, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    Hi Betsy,

    Good to see you around. Nobody is questioning those who choose to just follow the team and that’s it. But those who choose to follow other players that were part of the team are being questioned for their choice, that’s not fair, don’t you think?

  54. J. Alfred Prufrock April 15th, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    Nick in SF April 15th, 2012 at 6:43 pm
    We as a community have totally dropped the ball on obsessing about Tabata and Melky, who are both playing their own game today.

    Part of that is my fault.
    ///

    Speak for yourself ;)

  55. randy l. April 15th, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    “jeter did not come up with this kind of fanfare”

    yeah, but he couldn’t hit like montero can.

    plus he couldn’t catch either.

    i’m kidding.

    of course jeter was huge when he came up.

    what are you thinking?

    if he would have been traded, yankee fans would have freaked out.

  56. Nick in SF April 15th, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    You could always print it out and have it laminated — or waxed, if you will.

    I’m printing out two copies; one to save and one to send to Neil Allen. ;)

  57. J. Alfred Prufrock April 15th, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    mick April 15th, 2012 at 7:18 pm
    …and only you can appreciate Posada.
    ///

    Well, I certainly wasn’t in here saying he was toast. Many here appreciate Posada. But there were Posada trolls who needed to be slapped. And the Yankees needed to treat him better in his final year.

  58. mick April 15th, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    Wrong. He was the sixth pick in ’92 and was extremely highly rated.
    ===============================
    who cares what pick he was.
    montero mania is a creation of another breed.
    he was expected to be a savior.

  59. J. Alfred Prufrock April 15th, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    That’s a crazy story. Sounds like something out of a movie but it’s real. Stuff like that reminds you it’s a business.
    //

    Odds, that it is. But it’s the feel of it that it’s much more that makes a fan. After all, what good does a Yankee win do any of us? My father used to say that his uncle used to say ‘That, and a nickel, will get you a ride in the subway.’ What’s comical is Yankee fans telling other Yankee fans that players are merely assets and teams can do what they want with them, etc. as if it’s they making the deals and they who sit around counting profit margins. LMAO. If I didn’t get attached to the players, why not just become a global fan and appreciate the artistry of all players the same? Fandom is partial and irrational by definition. You can’t just decide that’s silly when it suits your purposes.

  60. Betsy April 15th, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    LOL Rich – some English major I am, lol.

    I meant to say that it’s not wrong to not root for a player not on my team. If others want to do so, that’s great, but if people didn’t post his stats every game, I wouldn’t think about him at all. I might have actively rooted for him at one point, but that’s just not the case now. Fans can root against any player they choose and it doesn’t make them bad – unless they are rooting against their own player.

  61. randy l. April 15th, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    “Not many Yankee fans even knew who Mickey Mantle was in 1950.”

    i did, and i was only one.

    gb7 did and he was already a hundred and one :)

  62. Rich in NJ April 15th, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    Betsy

    OK. Got it.

    All I am agreeing with is that I can’t root for him.

    I don’t fault others for feeling otherwise though.

  63. Tar April 15th, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    “It’s almost a shame there going to be a game thread up soon because this particular thread has great potential to be enshrined in the Insanity Hall of Fame.”

    No kidding. This place is whack! Or is it this place is crack! I always get that confused.

  64. Betsy April 15th, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    whoa, that’s still 3 negatives. Ick – well you know what I mean.

    Hi Luis,

    I don’t judge other fans; as long as they don’t do any judging themselves, (like deciding who is and isn’t a good fan) they can do whatever they want to.

  65. MTU April 15th, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    All I care about right now is taking this series from the Halos.

    I hope we ride to victory on the wings of the Dominican Condor know as Ivan Nova.

    Good luck tonight Ivan.

    You have a lot of fans here on the LoHud.

    :)

  66. J. Alfred Prufrock April 15th, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    Against All Odds April 15th, 2012 at 7:35 pm
    Good point getting attached to.certain players is something that happens. It’s apart of what makes it fun seeing a guy you root for finally come.through. I think so many fans are pissed off.because Montero was billed as a guy who would become apart of the core going forward. Before anyone freaks out not the core 4 but the new core that Hal and Cash mentioned they wanted to establish yrs ago.
    ///

    Indeed, and well said. Now looking ahead to the Sanchez/Williams years. Hoping they can be a core and remain in Pinstripes.

  67. Against All Odds April 15th, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    This blog has become a fan boy fantasy playground

    ————–

    Coming from the person that said Campos is the best pitching prospect in the org. after 11 innings

  68. DocTodd April 15th, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    LMAO at ‘Phelpsie’ !

  69. Betsy April 15th, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Rich, the thing I find frustrating is that it almost seems like some want this trade to fail (and no, I am not thinking of anyone in particular). I really don’t know why Montero’s game stats need to constantly be updated; it’s like an itch that will never get scratched. This trade can’t be fairly judged for another few years, but even if you think it burns like he*** now, I still don’t get the Montero updates. As long as that continues, there will be no moving on. For those who like the trade or who are willing to wait it out, it’s aggravating. For those who hate it, it obviously stinks to high heaven. It’s a free blog so I guess this will continue, but it’s not beneficial IMO.

  70. mick April 15th, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Odds, that it is. But it’s the feel of it that it’s much more that makes a fan. After all, what good does a Yankee win do any of us?
    ===========================
    Now I have heard it all.
    I am speechless.

  71. Nick in SF April 15th, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Campos is the best pitching prospect in all of baseball.

    In fact, he’s probably the best prospect in any sport, not counting that 8 year old who signed a contract with Barcelona FC.

    That kid’s got game.

  72. Rich in NJ April 15th, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    “LMAO at ‘Phelpsie’ !”

    I also need a filter for the silly nicknames.

  73. Against All Odds April 15th, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Probably is if they do make it up to the show what does the rest of the roster look like. Arod older, Tex past his prime, Granderson probably gone, etc

  74. Betsy April 15th, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    Oh and I could never ever root for a team just for the laundry; I always get attached to my players.

  75. Tar April 15th, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    “wax poetics”
    damn if that doesn’t crack me up every single time.”

    It would me too, except I can’t get the vision out of my head of a Poet being held down and forcibly waxed.

    It’s a nightmare I tell ya. :mad: :mad:

  76. Betsy April 15th, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    Phelpsie? Oh for pete’s sake……….

  77. luis April 15th, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    J. Alfred Prufrock April 15th, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    JAP,

    This post of yours reminded me of why i don’t follow so wholeheartedly my local team any more. The local league format prevent the teams for having the same guys playing the whole season, the team that plays the first month has nothing to do with the one that ends up playing in the playoffs, save some very few exceptions.

    What I am trying to say is that you follow teams in great part because of the players that comprised that team. I became a Yankee fan because of Munson, Reggie, Gossage, W Randolph, B Dent,Nettles and Chambliss…I kept them folllowing because of Donnie Baseball, Righetti and to a lessser extent Winfield (never liked him much). Then it came the renaissance of the 90′s, and follow it for the core that has given us so many satisfactions.

    I don’t root for faceless uniforms, i root for people that make my team great.

  78. Against All Odds April 15th, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    Problem is not probably is. I hate typing on a phone

  79. Nick in SF April 15th, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    “The local league format prevent the teams for having the same guys playing the whole season, the team that plays the first month has nothing to do with the one that ends up playing in the playoffs…”

    This kidnapping epidemic isn’t just ruining Venezuelan baseball, it’s keeping tourists like me away.

  80. luis April 15th, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    Nick in SF April 15th, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    “The local league format prevent the teams for having the same guys playing the whole season, the team that plays the first month has nothing to do with the one that ends up playing in the playoffs…”

    This kidnapping epidemic isn’t just ruining Venezuelan baseball, it’s keeping tourists like me away.

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

    LMAO! :D

  81. randy l. April 15th, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    “Fandom is partial and irrational by definition”

    j.a.p.

    i’ve tried to give it up at various times.

    really

  82. yankeefeminista April 15th, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    Nick, Yes to rooting for Melky and don’t forget Chien-Ming Wang in that group of ex-Yankees that some of us still root for. Those two and Montero, I keep a constant watch over.

  83. J. Alfred Prufrock April 15th, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    hardwired7 April 15th, 2012 at 7:22 pm
    “wax poetics”

    damn if that doesn’t crack me up every single time.
    ///

    It’s “wax YOUR poetics”. And yes, it’s hilarious.

  84. J. Alfred Prufrock April 15th, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    luis April 15th, 2012 at 7:48 pm
    J. Alfred Prufrock April 15th, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    JAP,

    This post of yours reminded me of why i don’t follow so wholeheartedly my local team any more. The local league format prevent the teams for having the same guys playing the whole season, the team that plays the first month has nothing to do with the one that ends up playing in the playoffs, save some very few exceptions.

    What I am trying to say is that you follow teams in great part because of the players that comprised that team. I became a Yankee fan because of Munson, Reggie, Gossage, W Randolph, B Dent,Nettles and Chambliss…I kept them folllowing because of Donnie Baseball, Righetti and to a lessser extent Winfield (never liked him much). Then it came the renaissance of the 90?s, and follow it for the core that has given us so many satisfactions.

    I don’t root for faceless uniforms, i root for people that make my team great.
    ////

    Primo! :D .

    That’s a weird league you’ve got there. Players are tied to certain eras, certain times in one’s life. I cannot watch Jeter’s inside-out swing without recalling my father’s delighted chuckle every time he saw it, for instance. All of these “I root for the cloth” people, I wonder, if tomorrow our whole team switched rosters with Boston’s, would those folks not miss a beat and root for transplanted Red Sox wearing Pinstripes? Montero is more Yankee to me than most on this site, and some even, in uniform ;) .

    Vamanos, Vato!


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