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Postgame notes: “The percentages are on our side”

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How quickly things can turn around. After so much talk about the Yankees lack of production with runners in scoring position, they went 5 for 13 in those situations in an 11-5 win over the Angels on Sunday to take two of three against the Halos. Every Yankee in the starting lineup either scored or drove in a run, with six different Bombers finishing with at least one RBI. Make no mistake about it — this is still one of the most potent lineups in baseball.

“It’s not easy to get hits with runners in scoring position because the pitchers are bearing down,” said Derek Jeter, who went 2 for 5 with a double, two runs scored and a three-run homer. “But I think our at-bats have been pretty good for quite some time now, and the percentages are on our side.”

Jeter continued his resurgence, and is hitting nearly .330 in 72 games since he reached 3,000 career hits last July. Raul Ibanez also had a big game, coming through with runners on twice, including an absolute bomb into the upper deck in right field to put the game away in the seventh.

The 3-4-5 hitters in the Yankees order went a combined 5 for 12 with two doubles, two RBI, three walks and four runs scored after coming into the game with just three RBI through eight games. It was an especially rewarding night for Mark Teixeira, who reached base three times — including an RBI double from the left side a four-run third inning.

“Eventually, it’s going to change,” Joe Girardi said. “Sometimes we can get caught up in small samples. If you keep putting up good at-bats, good things are going to happen.”

• As usual, Jeter was borderline dismissive when asked about how he’s feeling at the plate. I think at this point he’s probably tired of the questions that insinuate he was slumping, because he has been swinging the bat well for quite some time. “I feel alright, but I’ve felt alright since the end of spring training,” he said. “All you want to do is feel comfortable. When you feel comfortable, the results will be there”

• Jeter has been consistent with his approach this season, and it’s been a great sign to see him staying back on balls and driving them the other way. But he’s also shown that he’ll take what the pitcher gives him, and can pull it or hit it straight away if the pitch calls for it. He seemed to think that the best contact he made all night was a loud out to left-center field in the bottom of the sixth. Off the bat, it looked like it had a chance to be his second homer of the night. “I did hit it better (than the home run), I just hit it to the wrong part of the field,” he said. “You have to hit it pretty good to get it out there.”

• The hardest hit ball of the night unquestionably came from Ibanez. According to the Yankees, the only other player to hit a ball into the upper deck in right field was Russell Branyan (who ironically is currently signed to a minor league deal with the Yanks). “He hit it pretty good,” Jeter said with a smile before pausing to rephrase his answer. “He hit it really good. That was one of the furthest home runs that I’ve seen here.”

• Without anyone bringing him up, Ibanez heaped praise on Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long. Ibanez’s bat looked extremely slow in spring training, but he’s turned it around and been very productive so far. “Kevin has been huge,” he said. “He’s there with the information and he’s helping me make minor adjustments everyday. Having a guy like Kevin Long has been tremendous.”

• Girardi was asked about whether or not he’s had any discussions with Teixeira about adjusting to the shift. “You don’t,” he said. “You tell him to swing the bat, hit balls hard, and things will work out. It’s not like it’s something new to him this year.”

• Ivan Nova picked up his second win of the season, allowing four runs on eight hits while striking out eight over six innings. Through two starts, Nova has displayed a higher strikeout rate than he had last year, while also surrendering quite a few hits in each outing — that tells me he’s challenging hitters, which is a good sign. He was not feeling well coming into the start, but gutted it out. He talked about feeling fatigued towards the end of this outing. “I came in today more sick than I was a few days ago,” he said. “I was feeling pretty good at the beginning of the game, but after the first couple of innings I lost all of my power.”

• Nova has now won each of his last 14 decisions. I doubt we’ll hear his name mentioned when the Yanks need to create a spot in the rotation for Andy Pettitte’s return. “I’m not worried about a winning streak,” he said. “I just worry about taking the ball every five days.”

• Girardi has been impressed with Nova’s ability to stay calm and work his way in and out of trouble. “He’s pitched pretty well,” he said. “It was something he had to learn. In his first year, he would get that lead, and we’d get to the fifth inning and it would get out of hand a little bit. But I’ve talked about his ability to control innings. Look at the first inning, he gave up the triple with less than two outs, and he was able to get out of it.”

• Girardi also talked about needing to get some guys in his bullpen more work. Rafael Soriano got into trouble in the seventh, with David Robertson coming into bail him out. “His inning started with a walk and his command wasn’t great,” Girardi said of Soriano. “He hadn’t throw in a while… So we probably have to get him more work.”

• The Yankees will begin a four-game set at home against the Minnesota Twins tomorrow, with RHP Freddy Garcia taking the ball for the first game.

• It’s been a lot of fun spending the weekend in the Bronx, and I wanted to thank everyone for all of the support. I’ll be back on Wednesday and Thursday to cover the final two games of the Twins series… And for the record, I’ve noticed a lot of back-and-forth debate between you all on the Montero-Pineda trade. My take: It’s wayyyyy too early to start drawing any conclusions. To me, an ace pitcher is more difficult to come by than a big bat, but neither has proved to be either of those things at the big league level on a consistent basis yet. We won’t be able to fairly judge this trade for a couple of years. Goodnight everyone!

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278 Responses to “Postgame notes: “The percentages are on our side””

  1. Crawdaddy April 16th, 2012 at 1:28 am

    Will Ibanez get any love from Rich?

  2. igotid88 April 16th, 2012 at 1:30 am

    Against All Odds April 15th, 2012 at 11:39 pm
    igotid88 April 15th, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    Against All Odds April 15th, 2012 at 11:24 pm
    igotid88 April 15th, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    Against All Odds April 15th, 2012 at 11:17 pm
    igotid88 April 15th, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    Hughes should not be moved to the pen

    ——————

    at all or at the moment?
    ———————————

    At all.

    —————–

    I don’t agree with that especially since we know he can pitch in relief.
    ——————————————————

    I don’t agree since we know he can pitch as a starter.
    Especially when we have 2 old pitchers on 1 year contracts. When our younger guys probably won’t come up next year or possibly traded away. Nova has been squeaking by so far even though he has pitched well for the most part

    ———————–’

    To be fair he has been up and down as a starter and who knows Andy and Kuroda could be back next yr based on how well they pitch this season.
    ————————–

    Yea up and down like any other pitcher starting out. Especially when he starting here and not starting. Like I said he needs to be given full seasons.

  3. Crawdaddy April 16th, 2012 at 1:34 am

    I agree with Rich, if Hughes struggles continue when Pettitte is ready and Garcia is pitching okay then send Hughes down to the minors to straighten him out instead of placing him in the bullpen.

  4. CompassRosy April 16th, 2012 at 1:51 am

    Trisha ~
    (sorry, just catching up – got a surprise visit today from my daughter who lives in Tahoe!)

    “But I think I am saying that no matter what Montero does this year, it is not a guarantee, one way or the other, that he would have duplicated it in the Bronx.”

    I would agree. One can never really know how a player would have done on another team – too many variables to assess.

    That said, it’s not hard to imagine (no matter how his first year turns out with the M’s) Jesus fairing even better with the Yanks – considering the pitching he would face and the stadium he would hit in for half his games.

  5. Nilsson April 16th, 2012 at 2:29 am

    Jeter’s not a spring chicken anymore and has battled injuries here and there. But I do wonder sometimes the effect of pursuing 3000 and the sort of influence it’s had on his offense prior to last July. Probably a good research project for the boys at fangraph.

    Anyhow, it’s good to see him drive the ball with authority.

  6. jacksquat April 16th, 2012 at 2:32 am

    Girardi was asked about whether or not he’s had any discussions with Teixeira about adjusting to the shift. “You don’t,” he said. “You tell him to swing the bat, hit balls hard, and things will work out.

    Words of wisdom from Joe Genius.

    It’s not like it’s something new to him this year.”

    Nope, and hitting .224 vs rhp wouldn’t be new either.

  7. tucker April 16th, 2012 at 2:38 am

    “Jeter’s not a spring chicken anymore and has battled injuries here and there. But I do wonder sometimes the effect of pursuing 3000 and the sort of influence it’s had on his offense prior to last July. Probably a good research project for the boys at fangraph.

    Anyhow, it’s good to see him drive the ball with authority.”

    It seems like Jeter did not like the hoopla surrounding the 3,000-hit mark. He reworked his mechanics with Kevin Long last spring to accommodate for his aging body, but those changes did not work for him. When he went back to his old mechanics, he started driving the ball again.

    He likely felt pressure from the combination of the new mechanics and the looming 3,000 hit mark. But I find it hard to believe that the prospect of 3,000 hits alone sent him into one of the worst stretches of his career. I’d say it was mostly the new mechanics that gummed up his hitting approach.

  8. m April 16th, 2012 at 2:39 am

    Girardi mentioned the distractions of going for No. 3000 were probably a factor. Whatever it was, he’s looking great now. He’s in “1 mo’ fo’ Mo” mode. :)

    So, um, Bobby V said Yuk’s not as committed as he was in previous years. And he knows this how? And feels compelled to share this because…?

  9. Pat M. April 16th, 2012 at 3:46 am

    Raul Ibanez, just 7 weeks ago he was on the rumored outside but looking in to nail done the Yanks left hand DH role which would also include being the clubs 5 th outfielder,,,,,,,,,,,Naturally all hell broke out there for 6 weeks , but then during the final week in Florida , Raul starts to drive rawlings baseballs in every direction, including a historic one to the upper decks in NY Yankee Stadium…..Looks like there is enough of player to squeezer one final curtail call season before saying goodbye………As Yankee fans, lets hope so,,,,As baseball fanswe just root for him

  10. jacksquat April 16th, 2012 at 4:01 am

    I thought Giambi went upper deck there several times? Or were they just close?

  11. Pat M. April 16th, 2012 at 4:26 am

    jasksquat…..The Giambi was long when the New Palace opened in 09…….Rarafied air up there…..Raul still has a quick bat, not tiger woods bat speed of course……..Lee Trevino was once quoted a few years ago at The Newport Bech C C……He went on to tell us this, Gentelemen, it is amazing how far you can and will hit a golf ball, when your not trying to kill it……………………………………Unless of course your Tiger Woods……Wonder if that was the Old Tiger Woods, or the new Tiger Woods the hump

  12. lounge lizard April 16th, 2012 at 4:33 am

    Giambino did have the opportunity to hit one HR at the new YS last year. It was a monster shot but it went to the second level of the right center bleachers, not the grandstand.

    Off AJ of course.

  13. jacksquat April 16th, 2012 at 4:34 am

    Yeah, I know he was gone before the new YS, but is the new YS upper deck in right further than the old one?

  14. Wang IS Taiwan April 16th, 2012 at 5:56 am

    m,

    That’s Valentine at his best. Thanks for posting. Talk about the worst manager to hire for that job. I think it’s going to be fun to watch the fireworks this year over there. Other than Ozzie, is there another manager that has a worse “foot-in-mouth disease”?

  15. Wang IS Taiwan April 16th, 2012 at 5:58 am

    jacksquat,

    Because, of course, things have worked out well with that approach so far…

  16. Mike Ri April 16th, 2012 at 6:37 am

    Boy…. what a shot by Ibanez last night ! …….. say what you will about his age and stuff . . .but not many homeruns land up there.

  17. Nick in SF April 16th, 2012 at 7:23 am

    Nice win, now back it up and take 5 out of 4 from the Twins! :mad:

  18. Nick in SF April 16th, 2012 at 7:24 am

    Ooops, I mean, goodnight! :mad:

  19. pat April 16th, 2012 at 7:35 am

    Bobby V quick on the trigger. Sox usually wait until players have left town before they trash them.

  20. blake April 16th, 2012 at 7:39 am

    I love some Ivan Nova……its been really fun to watch him progress and improve from two years ago when he couldn’t get past 5 to last year when he didn’t have an out pitch ….to now when its starting finally.come together…….he’s changed his ceiling….through hard work and just toughness……he has a Pettite quality about him where he just wins the game….

    Really happy for Ibanez and hope he can keep this up….he’s been hitting the ball hard for weeks now.

    What can we say about DJ…..great players sometimes figure it out….he looks 5 years younger this year…..keep it up.

    Starting to sound like Pettite will probably be ready first with Pineda hopefully soon to follow…..this is going to be a tricky situation and you have to think one of those spots is going to be Garcia’s…….I don’t necessarily like this but its starting to look like the other might be Phil’s because of his bullpen experience…..because he’s closer to free agency than Nova, and frankly because he’s not as good as Nova right now.

    Two months from now we may be looking at :

    Sabathia, Kuroda, Pettite, Nova, Pineda

    Rivera, Robertson, Hughes, Soriano, wade, Logan, Phelps.

  21. Villa Nova-Ya April 16th, 2012 at 7:42 am

    pat -

    Did Bobby V not get the memo, or simply disregard??? ;)

  22. pat April 16th, 2012 at 7:50 am

    Villa

    Youkilis might not be the most popular guy in the clubhouse but no one in there can like a manager having TV cameras waiting at a guys locker when they arrive to the park.

  23. blake April 16th, 2012 at 7:53 am

    What did bobby v do?

  24. blake April 16th, 2012 at 7:57 am

    Oh I read…bobby can’t stop himself from talking. Personally I think the Sox ruined Youkalkis when they brought in Gonzalez…….they moved Youkallos to a position he shouldn’t be playing and its contributed to his injuries I would guess.

  25. pat April 16th, 2012 at 7:58 am

    Blake

    Questioned Youkilis commitment.

    http://espn.go.com/boston/mlb/.....commitment

  26. Yankee Trader April 16th, 2012 at 8:03 am

    Good morning. Thanks Pat for the link.

    Valentine, two weeks into his first regular season as Sox manager, is the first to say he didn’t think Youkilis was as “physically or emotionally into the game” as in the past. It is not yet known whether he told the player that directly before making the comment publicly.

    Is Valentine the great communicator………………………to the press, avoiding the player?

  27. Yankee Trader April 16th, 2012 at 8:08 am

    Girardi was asked about whether or not he’s had any discussions with Teixeira about adjusting to the shift. “You don’t,” he said. “You tell him to swing the bat, hit balls hard, and things will work out. It’s not like it’s something new to him this year.”
    ———————————————-
    Chad-
    Your reporting is excellent as always. I’m glad this question was asked of Girardi with regards to Tex. I guess we won’t be seeing the bunt against the shift! :)

  28. Yankee Trader April 16th, 2012 at 8:10 am

    Brandon Allen hit his first homer as an A, into the upper deck of YS.

  29. Wang IS Taiwan April 16th, 2012 at 8:17 am

    YT,

    Chad is excellent, but that post-game report was written by Vince, covering for the weekend.

  30. Yankee Trader April 16th, 2012 at 8:21 am

    Wang-

    Kudos to Vince. Good morning or should I say good evening?

    Are Garcia’s starts numbered?

    Mauer is a ,419 career hitter against Freddy Garcia (0-0, 5.79), who starts Monday for New York, while Morneau is at .207 against him.

    Garcia will make his first home start after giving up four runs over 4 2-3 innings in Tuesday’s 5-4, 12-inning victory at Baltimore.

    The veteran right-hander went 5-0 with a 3.86 ERA in his final six 2011 home starts before he lost to Detroit in Game 2 of an AL division series.

    Garcia is 10-7 with a 4.04 ERA in 22 career starts against the Twins

    http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/g.....es-preview

  31. randy l. April 16th, 2012 at 8:21 am

    “Pineda is going to throw in a minor league game, probably by next weekend.”

    there goes stuckey for two months. the bet starts on the first pitch pineda throws in a minor league game.

  32. Wang IS Taiwan April 16th, 2012 at 8:23 am

    YT,

    It’s 8:22pm here. ;)

  33. Dionysius Thelxinoe April 16th, 2012 at 8:24 am

    pat says:
    April 16, 2012 at 7:35 am
    Bobby V quick on the trigger. Sox usually wait until players have left town before they trash them.

    ———-

    pat, hilarious!!!

    I was ecstatic when Bobby V was named Sox manager. And he has not disappointed.

    I wonder what would happen if you locked Ozzie and Bobby V in a room together.

  34. Against All Odds April 16th, 2012 at 8:30 am

    igotid88 April 16th, 2012 at 1:05 am

    Against All Odds April 15th, 2012 at 11:39 pm
    igotid88 April 15th, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    Against All Odds April 15th, 2012 at 11:24 pm
    igotid88 April 15th, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    Against All Odds April 15th, 2012 at 11:17 pm
    igotid88 April 15th, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    Hughes should not be moved to the pen

    ——————

    at all or at the moment?
    ———————————

    At all.

    —————–

    I don’t agree with that especially since we know he can pitch in relief.
    ——————————————————

    I don’t agree since we know he can pitch as a starter.
    Especially when we have 2 old pitchers on 1 year contracts. When our younger guys probably won’t come up next year or possibly traded away. Nova has been squeaking by so far even though he has pitched well for the most part

    ———————–’

    To be fair he has been up and down as a starter and who knows Andy and Kuroda could be back next yr based on how well they pitch this season.
    ————————–

    Yea up and down like any other pitcher starting out. Especially when he starting here and not starting. Like I said he needs to be given full seasons.

    —————————-

    He’s been given chances for full seasons but hasn’t delivered on those opportunities.

  35. Yankee Trader April 16th, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Garcia vs Pavano
    Sabathia vs Liriano
    Kuroda vs Marquis
    Hughes vs Blackburn

  36. Yankee Trader April 16th, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Hughes might be moved, but quite possibly not to the pen.

    The big question is Garcia. Does he give opposing teams a different look when both Kuroda and he are pitching the same series? Kuroda can at least throw a fastball with movement if the splitter isn’t there, or the teams aren’t swinging at it.

    Who might be the starting 5 by May 15th? By June 15th?

  37. randy l. April 16th, 2012 at 8:39 am

    i find the clemens trial, and all that’s in it, really offensive and a waste of neurons.

    it starts today.

    it’s the equivalent of trash talk radio that appeals to the lowest common denominator.

    certain people will be obsessed with it.

    i think chad should start another thread so that we don’t have to scroll past all the offensive commentary since clemens is no longer a yankee. :)

  38. LGY April 16th, 2012 at 8:39 am

    I was going to say Nova kind of had a weird outing last night but him being sick definitely explains a lot.

    Impressive and gritty performance.

  39. LGY April 16th, 2012 at 8:45 am

    @jtomase: Pedroia with firm rebuke of Valentine: “That’s not the way we do things here.” Adds that maybe that works “in Japan.”

  40. Yankee Trader April 16th, 2012 at 8:46 am

    LGY-

    Nova has been hit hard his first two outings in terms of extra base hits allowed-I believe 6 in the 1st outing.

    I’m impressed with those outings-good movement on the fastball, can strikeout players, and still can induce the groundball, inning ending DP.

    Maturing rapidly as a quality starting pitcher.

  41. randy l. April 16th, 2012 at 8:47 am

    nova competes.

    yankee stadium can bite a pitcher at any time.

    nove battles back when the cheapie homers happen.

    he limits the damage, gives the yankees a chance to win games, and doesn’t implode when things get sticky.

  42. Yankee Trader April 16th, 2012 at 8:49 am

    First manager to wear out his welcome with the players, fans, management, and subsequently let go?

    Guillen?
    Valentine?
    Other?

  43. Against All Odds April 16th, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Valentine hands down

  44. Giuseppe Franco April 16th, 2012 at 8:50 am

    For those who have been clamoring for Girardi or Cashman to publicly criticize Teixeira (or anyone else for that matter) like The Boss would have done in his heyday (GLove), take a long look at the Youkilis/Valentine flub and explain to us how that would solve any issues.

    All that crap does is make the problem WORSE. It becomes a story of it’s own and a major distraction in addition to straining the ballplayer/manager relationship – perhaps to a point that it can’t be mended.

    But as far as the RS are concerned, let the chaos ensue.

    This is why you’ll never see Girardi take that kind of approach with his ballplayers.

  45. Wang IS Taiwan April 16th, 2012 at 8:50 am

    LGY April 16th, 2012 at 8:45 am

    @jtomase: Pedroia with firm rebuke of Valentine: “That’s not the way we do things here.” Adds that maybe that works “in Japan.”

    Awesome. I hope it stays this entertaining all season.

  46. Villa Nova-Ya April 16th, 2012 at 8:51 am

    Nova didn’t walk anyone, right?

    Walks usually hurt. Players will get their hits, but if you can limit the guys you put on base yourself, you’re going to fare much better.

  47. randy l. April 16th, 2012 at 8:52 am

    youkillis sure got old in a hurry.

    33

    make that an old 33.

    … but pedroia calling out valentine can’t be good for team chemistry.

  48. jacksquat April 16th, 2012 at 8:52 am

    If Pedroia is speaking out against Valentine, I suspect Valentine is not long the Red Sox manager. They may already be looking.

    They need a tight lipped guy like Girardi.

    Trade them Girardi, hire Francona. :mrgreen:

  49. Yankee Trader April 16th, 2012 at 8:54 am

    Phillies at Giants tonight.

    Nick-You still awake?

    Halladay 0.60 ERA vs Lincecum 12.91 ERA

  50. Yankee Trader April 16th, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Villa

    Nova’s line

    6 innings, 8 hits, 4 runs, 2 BB’s, 8 strikeeouts 2 homers, 102 pitches, 66 for strikes.

  51. Wang IS Taiwan April 16th, 2012 at 8:58 am

    I’m with you, jacksquat.

  52. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 16th, 2012 at 9:01 am

    “And for the record, I’ve noticed a lot of back-and-forth debate between you all on the Montero-Pineda trade. My take: It’s wayyyyy too early to start drawing any conclusions. To me, an ace pitcher is more difficult to come by than a big bat, but neither has proved to be either of those things at the big league level on a consistent basis yet. We won’t be able to fairly judge this trade for a couple of years. Goodnight everyone!”

    Vin – which is why the Yankees traded the potential big bat for the potential ace. They haven’t been the most successful franchise in the history of organized sports by dint of taking the pulse of a rabid fan base!

    ;)

    “That said, it’s not hard to imagine (no matter how his first year turns out with the M’s) Jesus fairing even better with the Yanks – considering the pitching he would face and the stadium he would hit in for half his games.”

    Sis, that’s kind of a contradiction in terms there seeing that the AL East is the toughest division and he would be facing much more formidible competition than in the AL West – thereby washing out any gains the Stadium might bring. And then there’s the Bronxian spotlight – not the same kindly atmosphere as hitting in the gentle arms of Seattle fans.

    There is no way to know – I repeat no way because it’s impossible to know – how Montero would have fared in the Bronx.

    (My guess is that he would have continued to rake, but my premise was more a generic one anyway and remains the same.) There is no way to automatically transfer results from one team to another. The variables are entirely different.

  53. Wang IS Taiwan April 16th, 2012 at 9:03 am

    Against All Odds April 16th, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Valentine hands down

    Exactly — that’s why I find it so strange that they actually hired the guy. He was a blowhard on air all season on ESPN, and they thought he would be a good fit for their team?

    I’m enjoying listening to Francona doing commentary.

  54. Yankee Trader April 16th, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Bobby Valentine didn’t think it was necessary to name a team captain upon the retirement of Jason Varitek.

    Now Pedroia, who is their most respected player calls out Valentine-General, Admiral, Lord of the kingdom!

  55. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 16th, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Boy the Valentine disaster was predicted the minute the guy was hired. Who knew it would happen as quickly as it did.

    But as GF said, good for us! Yeow.

  56. Villa Nova-Ya April 16th, 2012 at 9:04 am

    YT – Thanks for the line on Nova.

  57. blake April 16th, 2012 at 9:05 am

    @jtomase: Pedroia with firm rebuke of Valentine: “That’s not the way we do things here.” Adds that maybe that works “in Japan.”

    Wow….train wreck.

    With Nova last night you could see him start to tire at around 75 or so pitches…..velocity dropped and he started getting the ball up and not finishing his pitches……looked like he just ran out of energy which is understandable given he was ill……he was pretty electric early…..he’s a tough hombre…….his line doesn’t tell the story of how he pitched.

  58. Erin April 16th, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Morning LoHudders

    YT-I’d say it’s a toss up between Valentine and Ozzie at this point. ;)

  59. Yankee Trader April 16th, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Also on Valentine. I rememberr him being interviewed shortly after Francona was let go. He was asked if he’d be interested in the Red Sox job. Not verbatim, but close-I don’t think I’d be a good fit.

    How true!

  60. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 16th, 2012 at 9:08 am

    And the elf making the statement he did just adds fuel to the fire. Maybe he should have talked to Valentine personally? Or is he afraid of him?

    This is just delicious.

    The Sux-tanic, 2012 version. Toot toot!

  61. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 16th, 2012 at 9:12 am

    Trader, as soon as Valentine was chosen, the guys on EEI started talking about Francona’s potential commentary when the Sux play the Yanks because they said it was KNOWN that Francona and Valentine couldn’t stand each other.

    Since Keebler boy was Tito’s main elf, it’s not surprising that he’d jump up to the microphone to make some noise.

    This is just going to get better and better!

    Toot toot!

    The three retreads that run the Suxers are in a world of hurt and are too dumb or disinterested to know it. Don’t forget that Bobby V was their choice, not Cherington’s. So they aren’t going to go out of their way to arabesque him!

  62. randy l. April 16th, 2012 at 9:12 am

    hoped for valentine response:

    “when i want an opinion from a midget, i’ll ask for it.”

  63. Yankee Trader April 16th, 2012 at 9:13 am

    It’s still early but I have great confidence in Nova and Kuroda and know Sabathia will be back on track. Pettitte possibly due back by mid May. Pineda once he regains arm strength and hones the CU in the minors, as well as the dominant heater-?mid June.

    Where do you see Hughes and Garcia if Pettitte is ready to join the rotation by the middle of May, even if they start to turn it around?

  64. Erin April 16th, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Since Keebler boy was Tito?s main elf, it?s not surprising that he?d jump up to the microphone to make some noise.

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

    :lol:

  65. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 16th, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Here’s another thing. Pukelisp is the one who started all the crap for Ellsbury. If Bobby V has taken a shine to Ellsbury, it could be that Pukey has gone on some kind of sabbatical and Bobby V has seen it. I mean it wouldn’t be un-Pukey like to pout!

  66. Yankee Trader April 16th, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Randy-

    “Little people”

    If he uses the other term-buyer beware! :)

  67. RayVT April 16th, 2012 at 9:16 am

    In a reverse pyschology kind of way Valentine may really help the RSox this year. With his mouth running every minute, he may become the story & the players may play under the radar so to speak. Who can think of choking when Valentine is going off on someone. So the players could really entrench in an against the world mentality and produce far better than if Bobby wasn’t there.

    Just a thought!

  68. randy l. April 16th, 2012 at 9:17 am

    ” that’s kind of a contradiction in terms there seeing that the AL East is the toughest division and he would be facing much more formidible competition than in the AL West ”

    it’s not so tough for yankee hitters because they don’t face the yankee pitchers.

    now for baltimore, i’d say it’s tough facing the yankees, the rays, the red sox, and toronto.

  69. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 16th, 2012 at 9:18 am

    Erin – :D

    You’d think Bobby V would have to make some kind of response to what elfkin has said. Maybe Kay will ask him about it on their weekly chit-chat.

    Stay tuned!

  70. blake April 16th, 2012 at 9:18 am

    Very true….Youkalis called out Ellsbury publically couple of years ago….but when the manager does it its different ….they are supposed to put out fires not start them….if the Sox win this will blow over…..if they don’t then Bobby may not last the season……he’ll be the fall guy

  71. Tackelberry April 16th, 2012 at 9:18 am

    What a shot by Ibanez. Even Montero couldn’t have hit one that far, even if he was lefty

  72. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 16th, 2012 at 9:19 am

    There are other very good pitchers in the AL East randy, other than the ones with the interlocking NY. Stay current!

  73. blake April 16th, 2012 at 9:20 am

    Yanks need to take care of business and take 3 of 4 from the Twins minimum….these are the series that you get fat on and it helps you later in the season…..plus the upcoming schedule is tough.

  74. Wang IS Taiwan April 16th, 2012 at 9:20 am

    trisha – true pinstriped blue April 16th, 2012 at 9:08 am
    And the elf making the statement he did just adds fuel to the fire. Maybe he should have talked to Valentine personally? Or is he afraid of him?

    ~~~~~~~~~~~

    I think he was simply returning tit for tat. In other words, if V can take it to the press, so can he.

  75. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 16th, 2012 at 9:21 am

    blake – I’m not saying what Valentine did was smart! Just that it might be true that Pukey could actually be pouting if Valentine has taken a shine to Ellsbury. Just a thought.

  76. randy l. April 16th, 2012 at 9:22 am

    ” I mean it wouldn’t be un-Pukey like to pout!”

    isn’t he in the last year of his contract?

    you would think he’d be going all out for his next one wherever it is.

  77. Yankee Trader April 16th, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Peter Abraham’s response to the Valentine comment.

    http://boston.cbslocal.com/201.....s-emotion/

  78. blake April 16th, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Next three series are Boston, Texas, Detroit. Need to beat up on the twinkies

  79. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 16th, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Wang – I do think that elfy’s ties to Tito helped spur that on. He’s probably hating Valentine as Tito’s replacement. Maybe he would have done it behind the scenes otherwise. No way to know for sure.

  80. blake April 16th, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Middlebrooks is hitting .364 at Pawtucket…..wonder his long they’ll stick with Youk if he continues to struggle and look old.

  81. Wang IS Taiwan April 16th, 2012 at 9:24 am

    trisha,

    No doubt.

  82. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 16th, 2012 at 9:25 am

    randy – not sure about his contract status.

    Whatever, this is a total train wreck! (I just hope it doesn’t have the opposite effect and spur the team on to play harder!)

    :)

    Unfortunately for me, my host wants his computer back. Later y’all.

  83. Tackelberry April 16th, 2012 at 9:27 am

    Youkilis plays the game very hard with alot of emotion. Thats one reason he gets injured alot, cause he goes so hard on every play. Bobby V not long for Boston with comments like that. Surprised he didn’t come out and say he thought Ellsbury was faking his injured shoulder

  84. Yankee Trader April 16th, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Randy-

    Youkilis has a club option for 2013 with a 1M buyout.

  85. blake April 16th, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Yanks have a tough rest of April….but the May schedule is fairly toothless….so if they can get through the next couple of weeks then hopefully they can put some distance between themselves and the pack in May.

  86. Yankee Trader April 16th, 2012 at 9:29 am

    13M club option with a 1M buyout

  87. Villa Nova-Ya April 16th, 2012 at 9:29 am

    There are some really good pitchers spread throughout the league. But Toronto and Tampa come to mind as being pretty darn good in the AL East besides the Yankees, and perhaps even better.

  88. CompassRosy April 16th, 2012 at 9:29 am

    “Sis, that’s kind of a contradiction in terms there seeing that the AL East is the toughest division and he would be facing much more formidible competition than in the AL West – thereby washing out any gains the Stadium might bring. And then there’s the Bronxian spotlight – not the same kindly atmosphere as hitting in the gentle arms of Seattle fans.”

    :::::::

    Sis ~

    Not a contradiction at all, as it was my point that it is not out of the realm of possibility that the pitching of the A’s, Angels and Rangers could be tougher for a batter to face than that of the ALE foes of the Yanks.

    As for the contradiction in atmosphere…
    True that about the worst it gets at Safeco Field is King’s Court chanting “Let’s go, Sonics!” ;)
    Something tells me Jesus would have withstood NYY just fine but, as you said, we’ll never know for sure.

  89. blake April 16th, 2012 at 9:30 am

    “Youkilis plays the game very hard with alot of emotion. Thats one reason he gets injured alot, cause he goes so hard on every play.”

    Also because he’s built like a rec league softball player and was moved to a position he shouldnt be playing anymore…..

  90. Against All Odds April 16th, 2012 at 9:34 am

    Wang IS Taiwan April 16th, 2012 at 9:03 am

    Against All Odds April 16th, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Valentine hands down

    Exactly — that’s why I find it so strange that they actually hired the guy. He was a blowhard on air all season on ESPN, and they thought he would be a good fit for their team?

    I’m enjoying listening to Francona doing commentary.

    ——————-

    Yea Tito is handling himself very well. I wish he stayed but it is what it is.

    Everyone says Valentine wins and turns teams around but they forget he completely destroys teams as well. Have fun Boston. :D

  91. randy l. April 16th, 2012 at 9:34 am

    “There are other very good pitchers in the AL East randy, other than the ones with the interlocking NY. Stay current!”

    it’s kind of an oversight to not realize that the american league east isn’t as tough for yankee hitters as it is for baltimore hitters.

    there are 4 teams in the american league west.

    the four teams were all in the top 5 in pithing in the american league in 2011.

    3 of the last 6 teams in pitching in 2011 in the american league were american league east teams.

    now we have some park factor issues, but at first glance the pitching is better in the american league west than it is in the american league east.

  92. Yankee Trader April 16th, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Blake-

    Good point. However I don’t recall Youkilis complaining that he was shifted to 3rd. I suspect, now that the most respected player on the team has spoken up, in Pedroia, that we haven’t heard the last of Valentine’s comments and responses to them.

  93. Tackelberry April 16th, 2012 at 9:38 am

    I for one would not shed any tears if Youk left Boston. He’s killed us for years

  94. MTU April 16th, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Good Morning.

    Way to go Bobby V.

    How about a one game sudden-death match mouth-off between you and Guillen ?

    Is this great or what ?

    Better buy extra straight-jackets.

    Too funny.

    :)

  95. MTU April 16th, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Launch Guillen and Valentine into deep space because that’s the only place large enough to hold their egos.

    I worry about the pollution though.

    :(

  96. MTU April 16th, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Nova is a win-magnet.

    :)

  97. blake April 16th, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Trader,
    I wouldn’t expect Youkallis to mind….he’s a competitor and they always think they can do things…..the organization should have realized though that by acquiring Agon they would be putting Youkalis (who was already injury prone) at more risk by moving hin to a more demanding position…..I posted about this a lot when the trade was made.

  98. JM April 16th, 2012 at 9:44 am

    AndrewMarchand First Pitch: Seattle reaping benefits of trade early on. espn.go.com/blog/new-york/… by @MattEhalt

    You can always count on the ever-cheery folks at ESPN NY

  99. MTU April 16th, 2012 at 9:45 am

    Can’t Ringling bros. always use more clowns ?

    How bout Valentine and Guillen.

    Perfect huh ?

    ;)

  100. Yankee Trader April 16th, 2012 at 9:45 am

    Last year the Orioles hit more homers in the league than all but 3 other teams but were last in pitching ERA.

    The A’s lost 3 starting pitchers- 5 if you count, Dallas Braden and Brett Anderson.

  101. MTU April 16th, 2012 at 9:46 am

    At the rate they are going the Sux might be lucky to finish 4th.

    :)

  102. vinny-b April 16th, 2012 at 9:47 am

    MTU:

    you have it right. Valentine is the story today.

    off of work, and receive this news. wow. Didn’t take long for him to make impression in Boston.

    Schilling will be on ESPN radio at 11:15 : )

  103. MTU April 16th, 2012 at 9:49 am

    CC
    Kuroda
    Pettitte
    Nova
    Garcia/Pineda/Hughes/Phelps

    Imagine having a Nova and a Pineda as your #4 an #5 starters.

    That simply isn’t fair is it ?

    And with our pen.

    Just downright criminal.

    :) :) :)

  104. blake April 16th, 2012 at 9:50 am

    What’s perhaps more interesting than the Valentine comments are Pedroia’s very strong response…..I don’t think he responds that strongly if everything was smooth sailing with Valentine in that clubhouse……

  105. Against All Odds April 16th, 2012 at 9:50 am

    stayed at Fox*

  106. MTU April 16th, 2012 at 9:52 am

    Guillen has Bobby V beat with Castro comments but it’s close.

    Stay tuned as the competition heats up.

    The fuse on both of these guys has been lit.

    Slow or fast they’re gonna blow.

    I pretty much don’t care which one goes first.

    ;)

  107. randy l. April 16th, 2012 at 9:52 am

    “At the rate they are going the Sux might be lucky to finish 4th.”

    mtu-

    i agree it’s hilarious that pedroia made the japan comment, but if the red sox win their 11;00 am game, they will be 1/2 game out of first.

    i think they’re leading the league in hitting.

    they’re not quite toast yet.

  108. MTU April 16th, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Blake-

    The Sux may have thrown Francona under the bus but my bet is that their are plenty of normal guys in that clubhouse who absolutely loved playing for him.

    Enter the loudmouthed egomaniac known as Bobby Valentine.

    How would you feel if you were one of those players ?

    Hint : Like a bull was just released in your China shop

    ;)

  109. Erin April 16th, 2012 at 9:57 am

    I think Martin has taken over Joba’s Jiminy Cricket tweeting style. ;)

    Russell Martin @russellmartin55 Good morning everyone! Let us all have a great week of productivity and positive energy… Be the change you wish to see in the world!

  110. Tackelberry April 16th, 2012 at 9:58 am

    Tyler Austin is absolutely killin it in Charleston! Wonder how long before he moves up to Tampa.

  111. Yankee Trader April 16th, 2012 at 9:59 am

    Ibanez who turns 40 during the season hit that mammoth blast off Iisringhausen who at 3months younger, also turn 40 this season.

    Who hit the most homeruns in a single season at the age of 40?

  112. MTU April 16th, 2012 at 10:00 am

    Randy-

    I didn’t say they were toast yet but they might get there.

    It can’t good when you have a Clown at the helm of your ship tryin’ to steer thru a treacherous course.

    If I’m on that ship I’m gettin’ off before it’s too late and we just hit the rocks.

    Would you be loyal in Cain mutiny circumstances ?

    Please.

    ;)

  113. 86w183 April 16th, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Barry Bonds hit 45 HR in 2004. He turned 40 that July. I’m pretty sure that’s the record.

  114. 86w183 April 16th, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Valentine versus the Clubhouse was bound to happen. I just never thought it would happen in the first 10 days of the season.

  115. Doc Iac April 16th, 2012 at 10:04 am

    theres gotta be a fake twitter bobby v account

  116. Yankee Trader April 16th, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Who hit the most homeruns in a single season at the age of 40?

    Randy-

    You probably know one of them, both if GB’s claims that you are older than Methusala, are true!

    Sorry i couldn’t refuse that jab! :)

  117. Bo knows April 16th, 2012 at 10:09 am

    I think Martin has taken over Joba’s Jiminy Cricket tweeting style.

    Russell Martin @russellmartin55 Good morning everyone! Let us all have a great week of productivity and positive energy… Be the change you wish to see in the world!

    ——————————

    You can be the change, Martin.
    ,
    Hit one to the opposite field.

  118. Erin April 16th, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Doc Iac- there is. @NotBobbyV is pretty amusing.

    There are probably more, but that’s the only one I’m familiar with.

  119. Doc Iac April 16th, 2012 at 10:10 am

    thanks Erin :)

  120. randy l. April 16th, 2012 at 10:10 am

    “It can’t good when you have a Clown at the helm of your ship tryin’ to steer thru a treacherous course.

    If I’m on that ship I’m gettin’ off before it’s too late and we just hit the rocks.”

    mtu-

    we don’t want them to crash on the rocks so fast that they get a new clown :)

    look what happened when bob lemom came in that year at the half way point.

  121. Yankee Trader April 16th, 2012 at 10:10 am

    86w183-

    Bonds was hurt his age 40 season in 2005. In 2004 he had 45 homers, 18 after he turned 40 that year, 5 in 2005 for a total of, 23.

    I would have thought it was him also, but it wasn’t.

  122. Yankee Trader April 16th, 2012 at 10:12 am

    Hint-

    One played for the Yankees, the other played when Randy played! :)-I think?

  123. randy l. April 16th, 2012 at 10:13 am

    “You probably know one of them, both if GB’s claims that you are older than Methusala, are true!”

    gb7 is so old he is carbon dated to figure out his age when he goes in for his annual check up.

  124. MTU April 16th, 2012 at 10:13 am

    At this point in time I’m not a big Russell Martin fan.

    I think we can do better especially if we have to pay 10 Mil to keep him in the future.

    Unlike Joe I like more O in my coffee.

    ;)

  125. Erin April 16th, 2012 at 10:13 am

    re: Clemens trial

    Jim Baumbach @jimbaumbach Brian Cashman still listed as a gov’t witness.

  126. MTU April 16th, 2012 at 10:15 am

    Randy-

    Now that’s a good point.

    I enjoy going to the circus.

    Why cut it short ?

    It’s amusing.

  127. DONNYBROOK April 16th, 2012 at 10:15 am

    We are Forced to watch the Yanks via ESPN, and as usual they produce an absolutely Horrible Baseball Telecast. Why they frequently go to that camera behind the catcher with NO one on base, I will never know. It makes it impossible to judge balls-and-strkes, or get an idea as to the movement of a pitch. The babble coming outta the booth is avoidable with the mute button, and even their own Buster Olney had to tell them to just leave him alone when they bugged him down at field level. And to top it off, we get forced into this same situation this Sunday from Fenway.
    Thought Nova was sub-par, and Girardi eluded to that with his comment about a SP being able to get into the 7th\8th inning inna game like last night’s. Soriano managed to turn a laugher into a grinder, and Robertson had to save the day\game onna night he shoulda been catching 40 winks on-the-clock. A-Rod made a Huge play with that stab of a grounder to end the inning. Offensively, he’s currently in The Twilight Zone. Yea, I saw his HR to CF Friday, but the guy is currently a “Walker” from “The Walking Dead”. Hope he gets it figured out, because he and TEX are killin’ the middle of the lineup\Cano.

  128. Yankee Trader April 16th, 2012 at 10:19 am

    Who hit the most homeruns in a single season at the age of 40?

    Dave Winfield for Toronto 26 in 1992
    Hank Sauer for NY Giants 26 in 1957

  129. MTU April 16th, 2012 at 10:20 am

    I want to crush Pavano tonight on national TV.

    Totally embarass him like he deserves.

    :)

  130. Erin April 16th, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Jim Baumbach @jimbaumbach Jorge Posada is no longer on gov’t witness list.

  131. MTU April 16th, 2012 at 10:21 am

    YT-

    Rich said yesterday that I can be the team’s Pitching coach.

    Would you like to be the team Historian ?

    :)

  132. Wang IS Taiwan April 16th, 2012 at 10:22 am

    MTU April 16th, 2012 at 9:41 am
    Launch Guillen and Valentine into deep space because that’s the only place large enough to hold their egos.

    I worry about the pollution though.

    :)

    Speaking of Ozzie, here’s a thoughtful column from Miami on his big mess. For the record, that would have been the proverbial straw if I were his boss. You alienate our paying customers, then you are OUT.

    http://www.miamiherald.com/201.....miami.html

  133. Yankee Trader April 16th, 2012 at 10:24 am

    Valentine’s response to the direct question- “What do you think of Youkilis’ season so far?”

    Old guard alignments taking place on the Red Sox.

    Youkilis went to Valentine, and supposedly Valentine apologized

  134. 86w183 April 16th, 2012 at 10:25 am

    To me “at age 40″ means the season he turned 40… which makes MY answer correct.

    Otherwise we’d have to calculate the HR hit from his 40th Birthday until the day before his 41st.

    I think Baseball-Reference.com uses a certain date around mid-season to define the “age” for that season.

    that’s rather arbitrary, whereas the actual year the player turns 40 is not.

  135. MTU April 16th, 2012 at 10:26 am

    Wang-

    I’m still not sure Guillen will survive the fallout.

    And yeah, I agree he should have been let go.

    But hey, I can’t stand the guy from the get go so I’m a little biased.

    ;)

  136. Erin April 16th, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Jim Baumbach @jimbaumbach Clemens’ witness list includes Posada and Paul O’Neill.

  137. MTU April 16th, 2012 at 10:29 am

    YT-

    Point is Valentine should never have said anything in the first place.

    ;)

  138. MTU April 16th, 2012 at 10:30 am

    If you wish to address a player’s performanceor other issues you do so in private.

    Period.

  139. MTU April 16th, 2012 at 10:32 am

    And the details of such a conversation should never be made public.

    ;)

  140. Wang IS Taiwan April 16th, 2012 at 10:32 am

    that “maybe in Japan” is a nice not-so-subtle slam by little Pedey.

  141. Yankee Trader April 16th, 2012 at 10:33 am

    MTU-

    I’m not old enough to be the teams historian. Just digging for the facts, after I witnessed the mammoth shot by soon to be 40 yo Ibanez off of soon to be 40 yo Isringhausen.

  142. Wang IS Taiwan April 16th, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Ya’ll have a great day. Gotta go.

  143. MTU April 16th, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Wang-

    Can you blame him ?

    Youk has been his team mate for quite some time.

    They been thru a lot together.

    Would you expect less ?

    I wouldn’t.

    Actually maybe more.

    ;)

  144. Wang IS Taiwan April 16th, 2012 at 10:36 am

    MTU — that, and Pedroia is a total Francona fan. But yeah, teammates are first — esp when the manager is most definitely in the wrong here.

    Not I’m really gone.

  145. blake April 16th, 2012 at 10:37 am

    “that “maybe in Japan” is a nice not-so-subtle slam by little Pedey.”

    That’s a strong statement to make about your manager….stronger than Id think would be made if there weren’t already some underlying problems…..

  146. blake April 16th, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Joe Casale @sportsJC16 2h For #Yankees fans like me, Bobby V is the perfect Red Sox Manager. A guy so in love with himself, his players end up hating him.

  147. MTU April 16th, 2012 at 10:41 am

    Wang-

    Have a great day.

    It’s good to see you around.

    Hope the photo still reminds you of your childhood.

    :)

  148. MTU April 16th, 2012 at 10:42 am

    That jerk Schilling predicted that Valentine would be the story in Boston and for once he was right.

    ;)

  149. MTU April 16th, 2012 at 10:45 am

    blake-

    It kinda makes think they they already don’t care for the guy, huh ?

    And that’s putting it mildly.

    Wouldn’t you defend your friend if you thought some clown was calling him out just to embarass him ?

    ;)

  150. Yankee Trader April 16th, 2012 at 10:46 am

    86w183-

    My bad, I should have rephrased the question- Who hit the most homeruns in a single season after they turned 40, before they turned 41. It looks like Bonds whose birthday is July 24th hit 18 homeruns in 2004 in August and September and 7 the month of July(? how many after the 24th I don’t know) and was injured in 2005 with a total of 5 homers after he turned 41.

    Boy-what a tough crowd!! :)

  151. Bret The Hitman April 16th, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Bobby Valentine is the perfect assh0le for Boston.

  152. Yankee Trader April 16th, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Up to date article attached on Youkilis:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/....._blog.html

  153. MTU April 16th, 2012 at 10:53 am

    The new Yankee competitive advantage.

    Our #4 and #5 starters are gonna be a whole lot better than a lot of team’s #2 and #3 starters.

    I like that.

    :)

  154. Yankee Trader April 16th, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 04/16/2012
    Kevin Youkilis is “confused” by Bobby Valentine’s criticism; Dustin Pedroia says “the whole team is behind Youk”

    By Cindy Boren

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/....._blog.html

  155. MTU April 16th, 2012 at 10:59 am

    So Valentine apologizes and then what ?

    He goes and does again to someone else later on.

    That’s his nature.

    This is just too funny.

    When the M’s dump Ozzie maybe they can hire him.

    :)

  156. Against All Odds April 16th, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 04/16/2012
    Kevin Youkilis is “confused” by Bobby Valentine’s criticism; Dustin Pedroia says “the whole team is behind Youk”

    By Cindy Boren

    —————

    Lol this is a mess

  157. MTU April 16th, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Aristotle was 1000% percent correct when he said ” A thing can only be what it is.”

    That it cannot change it’s “essence”.

    Valentine’s essence is to be a loud-mouthed eogmaniac who throws his players under the bus when the mood strikes him.

    It isn’t gonna stop, and he isn’t gonna change because that’s HIM.

    I’m gonna enjoy watching every delicious minute of it.

    :)

  158. MTU April 16th, 2012 at 11:05 am

    And unlike Muhhamed Ali who had a big mouth but at least could back it up Valentine can’t.

    :)

  159. blake April 16th, 2012 at 11:07 am

    From what I’ve gathered from this whole thing in Boston is….that the players didn’t really want a managerial change…..and they aren’t going to immediately respect Valentine because he tries to be a tough guy.

  160. MTU April 16th, 2012 at 11:07 am

    How bout we pound ole’ Carl Pavano tonight ?

    Wouldn’t that be nice just for old times sake.

    Since we all love him so much.

    :)

  161. MTU April 16th, 2012 at 11:11 am

    Blake

    Ya’ think ?

    Maybe he should have to earn some trust and respect ?

    Novel concept for Valentine apparently.

    He’s like the Sheriff in a town who just puts on a Badge and thinks everyone automatically respects him.

    Trust and respect need to earned. And that’s in most, if not all, wlaks of life.

    Dog walk time.

    later.

    :)

    :)

  162. Yankee Trader April 16th, 2012 at 11:11 am

    Have to go. Everyone enjoy their day.
    Valentine was asked when interviewed shortly after Francona was let go, that he didn’t think he was a good fit to be the GM of the Red Sox, if asked to be their manager.

    Ego got the best of him! :)

  163. BIG AL April 16th, 2012 at 11:23 am

    Bobby V eating crow, and saying he’s sorry. He’s days are numbered when the players speak out against him.

  164. G. Love April 16th, 2012 at 11:25 am

    So, if Youkilis comes out and hits .330 the rest of the season and plays like a man possessed and he & Bobby V come to a mutual understanding and things calm down, do you still think it was so horrible that Bobby said what was on his mind?

    Clearly, he sees the guy coasting and not giving his all.

    I also think this has a lot to do with who was the snitch in that clubhouse. It’s been rumored to be Youkilis for awhile. Perhaps Bobby put the bullseye on Youkilis to take the heat off of him in the locker room hoping all his teammates would rally to his defense and forget the snitch nonsense.

    Nowhere does it say the manager of the team has to be friends with these guys.

    There’s an ulterior motive here. It’s either to motivate his player or unite his clubhouse or both.

    Not saying it’s the right way, but it’s better to me than Girardi’s “he took some nice swings & hit a really hard foul ball so here’s a cookie” approach when a guy can’t mentally prepare himself for an at bat over an extended period of time.

  165. BIG AL April 16th, 2012 at 11:25 am

    The question is, will Bobby V start wearing his mustach around Boston?

  166. blake April 16th, 2012 at 11:28 am

    G love,

    Don’t you think Pedroria’s reaction suggests that things aren’t exactly going so hot with bobby in the clubhouse anyway

  167. G. Love April 16th, 2012 at 11:31 am

    blake,

    I think Pedroia’s reaction is exactly what Bobby wanted to elicit from his remark. I think he was just hoping it was going to be Beckett making it since it’s apparently starting pitchers vs. the rest of the team in that clubhouse.

    The snitch has been reported to be Youkilis or Ellsbury at times and Valentine knew he had a locker room that was divided.

    The one thing about Bobby is he thinks he’s smarter than everyone. I believe this was a calculated thing he did to unite his locker room. He doesn’t care if he’s the enemy if they win.

  168. BIG AL April 16th, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Youk should get a tattoo of a pair of lips on his butt that says Booby V kissed and made up here!

  169. RadioKev April 16th, 2012 at 11:40 am

    The one thing about Bobby is he thinks he’s smarter than everyone
    —————–

    He certainly believes that..

  170. blake April 16th, 2012 at 11:42 am

    G love,

    Maybe….but it wont benefit him if his players hate him and it gets him fired……I don’t think their roster is good enough to win right now….

  171. randy l. April 16th, 2012 at 11:42 am

    all the circus with valentine is fine, but i’d rather the yankees put some space between them in the plus column.

    the red sox have always been a macho team without much class. this reflects the low life southie mentality that permeated the teams for so many years. rascist and in your face. the one thing the red sox respond to is fighting. it’s no accident that varitek getting in arod’s face made them feel very good about themselves. alex should have beat the living SH*6t out of varitek at the time. and he could have. but that’s not alex. anyway, the red sox fighting is juts part of thier dysfunctional DNA.

    it may actually help them play with some intensity. you know when the yankees come into town , the red sox will turn all the inner turmoil against the common enemy, the yankees.
    so i wouldn’t write these guys off too soon.

  172. GreenBeret7 April 16th, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Valentine and Billy Martin are twins. Guillen is the hated cousin.

  173. blake April 16th, 2012 at 11:44 am

    Winning is the cure for everything ….and if they win things will be fine….but if they don’t sin then Bobby vs the players will result in Bobby being the fall guy for them losing.

  174. Joe from Long Island April 16th, 2012 at 11:44 am

    G.Love – I fully respect your opinions here, but on this point (11:25am) I could not disagree with you more.

    I’m not big on head games. If you’ve got an issue with someone, you speak to them, face-to-face, instead of calling them out to others. And, you respect that person by doing it behind closed doors.

    I don’t see any good by calling out someone in public. To me, it only serves as a method to try to embarrass that person, and it often backfires and embarrasses the person who went public. It does not make that person look good.

    I think the instances that come to mind, when a coach or someone calls out a player/worker publicly, and the worker seems to pick it up, it is a short-lived effect, and also poisons the atmosphere, for the relationship with that worker as well as the workplace in general.

    I think the Red Sox will wind up paying Bobby not to manage. It’s just a matter of when.

  175. blake April 16th, 2012 at 11:46 am

    I always think its hilarious when people say Varitek beat up Alex……his exactly did he do that fighting with his mask in a nothing fight where nothing even happened….

  176. Bo knows April 16th, 2012 at 11:51 am

    It just shows how a good a manager Tito was, to keep all that rabble under control and pulling together. Too bad for the team, Theo showed his true colors and parachuted out. Tito could only manage what he had to work with. Boston had a very thin starting staff and that blew up the overworked BP.

  177. rm April 16th, 2012 at 11:51 am

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  178. BIG AL April 16th, 2012 at 11:51 am

    randy i. -

    “the red sox have always been a macho team without much class. this reflects the low life southie mentality that permeated the teams for so many years. rascist and in your face.”

    ************************************************************
    Are you saying those in the south are all racist? I sure hope that was not your intent, because living in the south now for nearly 4 years, after 66 years of living in the north, I find race relations here are much better than in the north. Besides, those kinds of remarks have no place on this blog.

  179. jacksquat April 16th, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    Can’t believe Bard is still in there.

  180. jpmatrixfan88 April 16th, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Blake,

    Gonna have to agree with you on Varitek/Arod. Varitek didn’t “win” that fight. Unlessyou’re blind I don’t see how anyone can disagree with that! He had his mask and gear still on and all he did was shove his glove in Arod’s face. Arod is the one that got the punk in a headlock and rendered him useless. Arod’s 6’4 225 lbs and very strong, he would’ve beaten Fairytek to a pulp if he was man enough to take off his armor! At least his mask!

  181. JMZ April 16th, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    He said “southie,” man. South Boston.

  182. G. Love April 16th, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Joe From LI,

    I’m not saying it’s the right thing to do. There’s a difference between what Valentine did and what Girardi does. Girardi flat out lies to the media and the fans and talks to us like we’re idiots to see the things that happen on the field with this team.

    He doesn’t need to throw his players under the bus, but he also makes it seem like they are doing exactly what he wants them to do when they fail.

    To me, there’s little accountability in his approach. I think it’s unfair to players to tell them they’re doing great and bad luck is causing their issues and then a few weeks later cut them, or demote them because he wasn’t honest with them.

    Right now we all know Hughes is on the hot seat. But Girardi goes out of his way to make sure that he offers as many platitudes as possible. He doesn’t need to call Hughes a bum. But saying something to the effect of, “Results matter up here” would be refreshing to hear from him once in awhile.

    I think his personality of telling everyone is sunny when it’s raining can be just as destructive as telling someone like it is. There’s a middle ground. Torre was decent at the middle ground. He may not have said the words in his press conferences, but he gave the looks that you knew he saw the problems the team was having.

    I’m not applauding Bobby V. I think what he did is a huge roll of the dice this early in the season. He’s playing mind games with a group of men who are already fragile and on the defensive from last year. I don’t think he said what he did without intent.

    That being said, Girardi constantly selling soup and not telling players they need to be more accountable (he doesn’t need to name names) would be wonderful. What if he said, “if the middle of the order doesn’t hit, we’ll move guys around and find a middle of the order that does”. He wouldn’t have named names but he would’ve actually admitted that he sees what is happening with his team.

    Instead, he tries to tell us you’re not seeing what you’re seeing with this team. It’s frustrating as a fan and imagine you’re a player who he’s been telling the press is doing great because you’re hitting hard foul balls and then he drops you in the order.

    It’s about accountability to me and he takes such a long, patient, percentages always win out view, that I think he misses the human part of a coach motivating his players. That’s actually one of the best things about sports. A leader motivating guys to do better than they are.

    Girardi doesn’t do that. He sees these guys as data and data will prevail because data is reliable.

    It’s a soulless approach to me.

  183. GreenBeret7 April 16th, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Paul O’Neill, Mel Stottlemyre, Peter Gammons and Mike Stanton appearing on Clemens’ list is new this time around. Posada, also, who was on the government’s list last time. Pettitte is on goverment list, as well as mitchell.

  184. hardwired7 April 16th, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    Full bullpen today for Aardsma. That’s good news.

    The rotation is stacked, and the bullpen is loaded. The ’12 Yanks are taking on a familiar look.

  185. Erin April 16th, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    Joe from LI-totally agree @ 11:44

  186. pat April 16th, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    I would guess Andy isn’t coming to the Bronx until after testimony and a press conference.

    jimbaumbach
    During jury selection process, gov’t filed motion to allow Pettitte to testify about HGH use. Govt says Pettitte and McNamee still friends.

  187. m April 16th, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    Can TB get 6 more outs out of the sardine can?

  188. randy l. April 16th, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    “Are you saying those in the south are all racist? I sure hope that was not your intent, because living in the south now for nearly 4 years, after 66 years of living in the north, I find race relations here are much better than in the north. Besides, those kinds of remarks have no place on this blog.”- big al

    “He said “southie,” man. South Boston.”- JMZ

    thank you JMZ

  189. Erin April 16th, 2012 at 1:32 pm

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  190. hardwired7 April 16th, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    Aviles trying to muff that infield fly ball…such a Bobby V. move.

  191. Tyler April 16th, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    No idea why Bobby V left Bard in for Longoria… over 110 pitches for Bard in his 2nd career mlb start. The guy will be cooked come July.

  192. Joe from Long Island April 16th, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    G.Love – thanks for the response.

    I thought your original post was to compliment Bobby for taking that public stand; you clarified what you meant, and I can agree with that.

    As far as Girardi goes, I don’t have a problem with what you’re saying about holding players accountable. People should be accountable in their jobs, players included. The thing is, we don’t know what goes on behind those closed doors, and we only see the bland things that Joe says publicly, to the press and YES. If that was all there was, I’d be as upset as you. But, I’m willing to believe that we know only a fraction of what’s going on. So, I’m not too bothered by the public pronouncements. A matter of style between us, I guess, in how we view things.

    As an example, look at what Girardi has been saying about Ivan Nova, even after his game yesterday. Barring a blow up, Nova’s spot is looking pretty safe. Contrast that to what Girardi has said about Hughes. Joe doesn’t slam him, and tries to speak of the positives. But, you can see by what is said/not said, Hughesie is on a shortening leash. They will give him every chance, and not react to one or even a couple of bad starts. But, Joe has indicated that he’s got to produce. He may not bang that drum every day, every time he’s with a reporter, but he has done so publicly, and who knows how much more forcefully in private.

    To me, these are grown men. They know what what’s expected, what’s on the horizon, and what the score is. Seven pitchers into 5 starting spots doesn’t go. Joe doens’t need to beat anyone over the head about it.

    Kind of a long answer, I know. Just had lunch with a friend, and the topic of Hughes, and whether he knows his time is running out came up.

    Have a good afternoon, all. Later.

  193. randy l. April 16th, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    “Valentine and Billy Martin are twins”

    absolutely nothing in common between the two.

    martin has a great yankee record.

    yeah he was dysfunctional as hell as was most of the country at the time.

  194. m April 16th, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    1. Nobody likes to be thrown under the bus.
    2. Who knows what is said privately between the manager and the player?
    3. Bobby V. was wrong and admitted as much.

  195. blake April 16th, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    Bard gave up one run today….but he walked 7 guys….that ain’t gonna play against teams that can hit (not the Rays).

  196. Tyler April 16th, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Big at bat here for Longoria… The Rays could use a little cushion at Fenway heading into the 9th

  197. GreenBeret7 April 16th, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    randy l. April 16th, 2012 at 1:38 pm
    “Valentine and Billy Martin are twins”

    absolutely nothing in common between the two.

    martin has a great yankee record.

    yeah he was dysfunctional as hell as was most of the country at the time.

    ————————————————————————————————————————-

    They have much in common. Both think that they invented the game. Both think that they’re smarter than anyone in baseball. They share that in common with Larussa, Sciosca and Maddon. All of them are about the most obnoxious people in baseball. They could rival sabergeeks. You couldn’t get Martin’s or Valentine’s egos off the ground in a C-141 Starlifter.

  198. MTU April 16th, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    GB-

    “You couldn’t get Martin’s or Valentine’s egos off the ground in a C-141 Starlifter.”

    That’s why I suggested launch into space.

    Enough power and room.

    ;)

  199. Bronx Jeers April 16th, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    At least Billy had to be drunk to say stupid crap. Actually he just became unfiltered.

    What’s Valentines excuse?

  200. MTU April 16th, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    GB-

    If soldiers in Nam had a new Lieutenant like Valentine they’d be tempted to see that he had an “accident” during combat.

    ;)

  201. blake April 16th, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    Gordon Edes @GordonEdes 1h Valentine booed as he returns to dugout after lifting Bard

  202. Bronx Jeers April 16th, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    If they were still playing Tampa they could have asked Longoria for his AK.

  203. Mike Ri April 16th, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    At least Billy had to be drunk to say stupid crap. Actually he just became unfiltered.

    What?s Valentines excuse?

    good point !

  204. hardwired7 April 16th, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    The Sox could have won today if only Youk cared enough to earn his way into the lineup.

  205. MTU April 16th, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Jeers-

    IMO 2 of the more important qualities in any leader are empathy and selflessness.

    Seems to me Valentine has neither.

    ;)

  206. Hassey April 16th, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    If you’ve ever downed a drink at Morey’s (Billy’s last stop in Binghamton), you would think that he had no ego and little self respect. No disrespect to Morey’s, a fine little bar, but only alcoholism could have convinced Billy to be in that kind of bar on that kind of snowy night with that truck so far from his home. Trust me, I was in the same storm on the same road at the same time

  207. hardwired7 April 16th, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    #ifonlyYoukcared

  208. MTU April 16th, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Does anyone aside from me want to see Pavano completely embarrassed tonight ?

  209. Bronx Jeers April 16th, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    At least Ozzie knows he’s an idiot.

    I was very shocked when Valentine got that job. I thought it was just a move to get a big name in there to appease the fans.

    Now they’re booing him.

  210. Erin April 16th, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    hardwired7 April 16th, 2012 at 2:26 pm
    #ifonlyYoukcared

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

    :lol:

  211. blake April 16th, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    “Does anyone aside from me want to see Pavano completely embarrassed tonight ?”

    Me

  212. darbodla April 16th, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    Derek Jeter turned it around after rejecting the very poor batting stance/swing adjustments given him by Kevin Long – and going back to what has always worked for him under the tutelage of Gary Denbo.

  213. RayVT April 16th, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    A lot of what makes people successful is the drive or ego to win. Billy Martin was driven! Real intelligent folks don’t need the limelight to express their superior knowledge or to try to educate us that they are superior. Beware of the folks that do.

    That said, mind games or deflecting anger from fans toward players to the Coach or something else can work miracles for a team. Both Martin & Valentine did that & so did George S!

  214. RayVT April 16th, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Of course Billy was always drunk!

  215. RayVT April 16th, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Mike Ri April 16th, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Hello long time no see. Billy was ok when he was a Yankee, because he always was trying to honor the Yanks even though a lot of what he did was dishonorable.

  216. GreenBeret7 April 16th, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    For prospect huggers and other fanboys/fangirls. Something new on YESNETWORK.Com

    http://www.yesnetwork.com/fan_.....onthly.jsp

  217. Pat M. April 16th, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    There’s a great piece in today’s NY Times Sports section on Mariano’s Cutter in 3D animation…….Him and Koufax would be the two guys I would loved to dig in against…..

  218. Bronx Jeers April 16th, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    The legend of Billy Martin has probably become bigger than the actual Billy Martin.

    I doubt he would function as a manager in the MLB of today.

  219. Erin April 16th, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    Jack Curry @JackCurryYES Pettitte’s next start will not be in Tampa on Friday. Cashman said Pettitte will remain in Fla for one more start.

  220. Erin April 16th, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    Jack Curry @JackCurryYES Correction: Meant to say Cashman said Pettitte’s next start will not be in TRENTON on Friday. He will stay in Florida for another start.

  221. Bronx Jeers April 16th, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    For prospect huggers and other fanboys/fangirls. Something new on YESNETWORK.Com

    ———————————————————$

    Cool. Now there’s something to watch while they wax their poetics.

  222. Erin April 16th, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Jack Curry @JackCurryYES Cashman continued to speak highly of Hughes, who has struggled. Said Hughes’s “stuff is there.” Said Hughes’s pitch choices must improve

  223. Erin April 16th, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Bronx Jeers April 16th, 2012 at 3:05 pm
    For prospect huggers and other fanboys/fangirls. Something new on YESNETWORK.Com

    ???????????????????$

    Cool. Now there?s something to watch while they wax their poetics.

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

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  224. Duh Innings April 16th, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Jesus Montero so far:

    .286 BA (10 for 35), but .270 OBP, only two XBHs (D and HR), and NO WALKS.

    The no walks has to be alarming to the Ms. He’s not even being INTENTIONALLY walked which is odd cuz who’s hitting after him? That’s alot of ABs / pitches taken and no BB.

    His pluses are his BA, 5 RBI, and only 6 SO (if he doesn’t SO next AB that’s a SO every 6 AB or 1.5 games.)

    I predict 13-15 HR and no more than 70 RBI for Montero. Not a great rookie season but by no means a bad one – a nice one for any rookie everyday player – and not bad numbers for a team as wretched as Seattle. Something to build on. ‘Say he posts just 14 HR and 57 RBI. That’s pretty good considering the offense in front of him which is horrible. Ichiro is the only good hitter in front of him. The key with Montero is to not get down on himself for his RBI numbers cuz again look at the lineup he’s in. 57 RBI is actually pretty good for that team.

    Garcia vs. Pavano tonight. LOL @ Pavano. How sweet was it when Posada hit that homerun off of him after (Pavano) was cruising along with a 1-0 lead over the Yanks in the ALDS a few years back? The Yanks should win tonight. Garcia is already pitching for his job and possibly his future as a Yankee. Time he steps up.

    ‘Gotta say if he pitches well tonight, he has a leg up on Hughes who should not be handed anything. If Hughes sucks badly enough, the Yanks should exercise their last option on him and send him down to AAA before he can veto being sent down (I believe June 1.) I do NOT want him to suck this year then be good to great next and courted by 12-15 teams for 2014.
    If he sucks this year then goes a so-so 13-10, 4.30 ERA in 30 GS next, he could write his ticket. I don’t want that. I want this guy under control through 2014 if the Yanks are gonna keep i.e. not trade him.

  225. NYYanksFan April 16th, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    The Bronx YMCA will be on the field pregame at Yankee Stadium tonight to accept a $50,000 check. Frito Lay pledged $50,000 for any Yankee leadoff homerun during the home opener. A-Rod’s homerun earned them the check.

  226. Giuseppe Franco April 16th, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    Yes, I’m sure the M’s are alarmed that Montero hasn’t posted Miguel Cabrera numbers after one week of ballgames.

    Good grief.

  227. GreenBeret7 April 16th, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Davidoff has a trivia contest going. First question was “Who gave up Babe Ruth’s 714th homer?” Somebody tweeted that it was Jamie Moyer.

  228. Playedcatchwithmunson April 16th, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    The 5 for 13 with runners in scoring position was against the angels #5 starter and mop up crew, not against weaver or cj Wilson. We need to do it a few more time before we start ordained ourselves Murderers row. And Nick. How about actually looking at the ball when going towards the ball.

  229. Erin April 16th, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    New Post w/lineup

    :arrow:

  230. Duh Innings April 16th, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Giuseppe Franco April 16th, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    Yes, I’m sure the M’s are alarmed that Montero hasn’t posted Miguel Cabrera numbers after one week of ballgames.

    Good grief.

    ———————-

    Alarmed was a bad choice. I’ll say “concerned”. I’m sure they’re concerned that he has shown the inability to draw a walk in 8+ games worth of ABs. That’s not a large sample but it’s large enough where you have to wonder where his head is at the plate. It’s not like he has any pressure to produce as his team is losing 100+ games this year and guys after him are guys you don’t want to face.

    I never said they were alarmed that he isn’t putting up Miguel Cabrera numbers, but thanks for putting words in my mouth, as shole.

    If you wanna go at it with me on here this year, I’m game. Otherwise fu ck off re: my posts.

  231. Giuseppe Franco April 16th, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Bobby V didn’t call out Youkilis publicly because he’s just smarter than everyone else and had an ulterior motive. He just simply has chronic foot-in-mouth disease that is incurable.

    Joe from LI is exactly right. What we hear Girardi say to the media is what he wants us to hear. That doesn’t mean he treats everyone with kid gloves behind closed doors.

    Players aren’t stupid. They know when they’re struggling and don’t need us or the manager to bludgeon them over the head with criticisms after every game.

    Calling out players through the media rarely ever accomplishes anything positive. That tactic may work with a very young team but certainly not a veteran team like the Yanks or Red Sox (as evidenced by Pedroia’s comments).

  232. Giuseppe Franco April 16th, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    Duh Innings April 16th, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Alarmed was a bad choice. I’ll say “concerned”. I’m sure they’re concerned that he has shown the inability to draw a walk in 8+ games worth of ABs. That’s not a large sample but it’s large enough where you have to wonder where his head is at the plate. It’s not like he has any pressure to produce as his team is losing 100+ games this year and guys after him are guys you don’t want to face.

    I never said they were alarmed that he isn’t putting up Miguel Cabrera numbers, but thanks for putting words in my mouth, as shole.

    If you wanna go at it with me on here this year, I’m game. Otherwise fu ck off re: my posts.

    ———–

    The M’s aren’t drawing any conclusions whatsoever after one week of games. Period.

    If you say something stupid (and you tend to do that in every post) you’re gonna get called on it. That’s the way blogs work. Don’t like it, stop saying stupid things (or don’t post at all).

    Then again, nobody takes you seriously anyways so people here usually just scroll past your comments without reading them.

  233. RayVT April 16th, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    Duh Innings April 16th, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Montero started out 3-15 but he has been hitting well above .300 since. Also, he was batting .326 for the season until he went 0-4 last night. It isn’t like he is sucking! LOL! He is a tremendous hitter who usually gets hot after AS break. So I would be predicting the lows you have. BTW, he is out tonight with a stomach ailment. (Probably affected him last night too!)

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