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Chavez: “I just want to win”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Aug 09, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Two days ago, it was Eric Chavez who spoke up. With the Yankees struggling to win consistently, Chavez said “there should be a high level of concern” in the Yankees clubhouse. With a veteran team like this, players rarely talk about concern and usually talk about confidence. Chavez looked at it the other way and certainly wasn’t apologizing for it after last night’s win.

“We’ve been losing,” Chavez said. “So if anybody’s comfortable with that — I know I wasn’t. We had a nine-game lead two weeks ago, and that’s gone. I just want to win. I just want to get back to the postseason, and I’d like to have the biggest lead we possibly can have to do it.”

A win this afternoon would give the Yankees a split of this four-game series before they head to Toronto for a weekend set against the Blue Jays.

“I don’t think I’m really concerned about how we play, as long as we just win,” Chavez said. “However we get it done, if it’s a one-nothing shutout or whatever it is. This time of year, a W is all that matters.”

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60 Responses to “Chavez: “I just want to win””

  1. Don Vito A. Bellamo August 9th, 2012 at 8:47 am

    1 down and 11 to go. It’s gonna be fun to watch this team knock out 12 wins in a row ! :-)

  2. Yankee Trader August 9th, 2012 at 9:01 am

    “Injuries are starting to catch up. We go away with it early. Alex is a huge part of the lineup. This shows how big a part of our team he is,” Chavez said.

    It’s more than injuries. I think that opposing teams have figured out ways and have good game plans to beat the Yankees. For instnce, they can use these exaggerated shifts, exposing those hitters that just cannot shoot a ball the other way.

  3. Shame Spencer August 9th, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Morning all!

    Glad to see Team Greedy was reppin’ last night. I think Trisha is just misses the point of Team Greedy. You can’t love having Soriano and Mo on the same team as much as she does without acknowledging that you’re, on some level, a fan of Team Greedy (aka, The Yankees, since that might not be clear). Team Greedy isn’t about spending all of the Yankees money… team greedy is about winning at all costs. Big difference, IMO.

    How can anyone that is a fan of a team that spends the most money try to join Team Reasonable and FAIR?!

  4. blake August 9th, 2012 at 9:16 am

    .” I just want to get back to the postseason, and I’d like to have the biggest lead we possibly can have to do it.”

    Preach brother preach….

  5. blake August 9th, 2012 at 9:19 am

    . “Team Greedy isn’t about spending all of the Yankees money… team greedy is about winning at all costs. Big difference, IMO.”

    Yes….

    Team Greedy is about Yankee domination….

    Team Greedy is about not being satisfied with “making the playoffs and rolling the dice”

    Team Greddy is about kicking a&% and taking names as being the #1 priority.

    Team Greedy doesnt care about Hal’s profit margin and how many yachts he can buy.

    Team Greedy demands excellent and the pursuit of excellence

  6. Hassey August 9th, 2012 at 9:20 am

    magic number 48

  7. Villa Nova-Ya August 9th, 2012 at 9:25 am

    Shame -

    If Team Greedy means that you are so against the idea of an organization (MLB) dictating how a business can spend the money that it has earned, then count me as in on team greedy.

    Unfortunately, MLB does not like it that the Yankees have more money than other teams AND are willing to spend it to improve their team. Having failed at redistributing the funds in order to give teams the Yankees money to also improve their competition (because the competition still wouldn’t spend the money, and even if they did, the Yankees could still spend more), they have set limits on what teams (i.e., the Yankees) could spend in as many areas as they could control.

    This is what I’m against.

    I think if a team makes money and chooses to spend that money to make their team better, that is their right. If a team’s owners just like the idea of owning a team but like the idea of keeping their money in-pocket more, that’s their right.

    My hope is that the Yankees play by the rules for this next couple of years, while still remaining among the teams to beat (in contention), and then blow the other teams out of the water when the austerity period is over (i.e., the luxury tax goes away). And that in the meantime, the Yankees find other ways to invest in the team that is not prohibited by MLB.

    But I think I’d really categorize myself as Team Reasonable, in that I think I understand the way the Yankees are going for the next couple of years, and I’m keeping an open mind on that.

  8. pat August 9th, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Weather sounds rough in Detroit this morning.

    Alex spent yesterday morning touring the University of Michigan athletic facility.

    A Detroit newspaper printed Tweets from people at U of M about meeting him.

    He told one of the athletes he met, “You pick on things when ur winning and pick up spirits when ur losing. Most ppl do it backwards.”

    He’s come a long way from the guy who used to always stick his foot in his mouth.

  9. Bo knows August 9th, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Hot Damn, I like that man Chavez. He’s an add-on on this team and he knows his place. But even he had had enough.

    Tell it like is, man. Whack em on the pee pee.

  10. Cashmoney August 9th, 2012 at 9:42 am

    that last playoff spot in the AL is gonna be hotly contested. I see some really good who simply are unlikely to pull away from each other.

    Chavez is right. you got to win games. Old steiner would have put a boot on their collective ass instead deadfish preaching the inevitable pitfalls of mlb season .

  11. Cashmoney August 9th, 2012 at 9:42 am

    *good teams*

    *

  12. disco stu August 9th, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Chavez chaneling his inner Paul O’Neill … love it!!!!!

  13. Bronx Jeers August 9th, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Big spending on team personnel is one thing but I’d like to see far less taxation at the spectator level.

    How about a general admission-first come/first served admission structure and BYOB policy.

    Im like the Tea Party wing of Team Greedy. :smile:

  14. Tackelberry August 9th, 2012 at 9:44 am

    This is their last visit to Detroit so they’ll wait as long as possible to get this game in

  15. G-C August 9th, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Chavez is the second best hitter on the team right now…

  16. Chad Jennings August 9th, 2012 at 9:50 am

    By the way, it’s pouring in Detroit right now. Based on the radar, I still think they’ll play eventually, but I’m not feeling great about my flight tonight.

  17. Shame Spencer August 9th, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Villa Nova-Ya August 9th, 2012 at 9:25 am

    Shame -

    If Team Greedy means that you are so against the idea of an organization (MLB) dictating how a business can spend the money that it has earned, then count me as in on team greedy.

    ——————–

    YES!!!!

  18. Shame Spencer August 9th, 2012 at 9:53 am

    blake August 9th, 2012 at 9:19 am

    . “Team Greedy isn’t about spending all of the Yankees money… team greedy is about winning at all costs. Big difference, IMO.”

    Yes….

    Team Greedy is about Yankee domination….

    Team Greedy is about not being satisfied with “making the playoffs and rolling the dice”

    Team Greddy is about kicking a&% and taking names as being the #1 priority.

    Team Greedy doesnt care about Hal’s profit margin and how many yachts he can buy.

    Team Greedy demands excellent and the pursuit of excellence
    ——————————————–

    Team Greedy….. ASSEEEEEEEEEEEEEEMBLE!!!!!

    (this is when we all join together like some sick transformer beast and pluck Justin Upton from the OF during a Diamondbacks game.. we then travel with him in our hand ala-King Kong, and drop him at our NY based offices.)

  19. Cashmoney August 9th, 2012 at 9:53 am

    remember this guy, Adeiny Hechavarria, the highly touted ss prospect who spun the Yanks because of Jeter has reached the show. I really like the way AA has gathered so many talents in a brief period time. Imaging a GM who netted you a bautisa and a Encarcacion and a brett Lawrie. smart smart guy.

  20. Villa Nova-Ya August 9th, 2012 at 9:53 am

    Bronx Jeers -

    Hey, if we’re dreaming, why not dream big? Right? :)

    I don’t get the fascination with the “If George were here” stuff. George’s antics made for a lot of splash on the back pages, but didn’t necessarily translate into championships. It was show business.

    If it had that much impact, there surely would have been even more championships????? They Yankees did NOT win every year.

  21. Shame Spencer August 9th, 2012 at 9:53 am

    Aw, sorry Chad. Hopefully you’ll have these comments to keep you occupied :D

    I bet the writers read this stuff out loud to each other on the regular.

  22. Cashmoney August 9th, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Bautista and Encarnacion… stupid iphone.

  23. Tackelberry August 9th, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Chad,

    What does the radar look like? When is the rain expected to pass?

  24. DONNYBROOK August 9th, 2012 at 9:58 am

    Girardi Not wanting to admit his batting order with Grandy leading off was a Bust, is Exactly why this Yankee team has gone through the season in fits-and-starts. He aint gotta clue. When it takes a Vet like Chavez to step forward and basically pull a Mr Christian, the Mgr has obviously been circumvented. Chavez’s comments got Girardi off-the-dime, and off that lame lineup, though Now you gotta wonder what Capt Bligh’s next fool hardy move will be to recapture control of this Yankee vessel.

  25. Cashmoney August 9th, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Villa, when George was alive. I always enjoy those moments when the king hands out his edicts. some are absurd, some are utterly hilarious, but sometimes it was needed. Anywho, it is show biz but he made it interesting. If one enjoys the monotonous rational response to every situations, I can simply go look at a mortuary table.

  26. blake August 9th, 2012 at 10:03 am

    “Chavez is the second best hitter on the team right now…”

    Pretty much…..I dont know that he is actually the team’s 2nd best hitter……but right now he is so they have to keep his bat in the lineuo as much as possible vs RHP.

    Shame,

    Lol…

  27. DONNYBROOK August 9th, 2012 at 10:03 am

    You look atta mortuary table and I guarantee you’ll find Hal atop it.

  28. Shame Spencer August 9th, 2012 at 10:04 am

    BTW, Villa – “But I think I’d really categorize myself as Team Reasonable, in that I think I understand the way the Yankees are going for the next couple of years, and I’m keeping an open mind on that.”

    These things are not at odds with each other as far as I’m concerned. Team Greedy wants all the members even if some subscribe to being reasonable on some level. Personally, I think the term ‘reasonable’ has a lot of different layers… I’m of the thought process that wanting to win at all costs is a very reasonable goal :D But I don’t expect others to agree. Welcome aboard either way! We’re lucky to have you!

  29. yankee21 August 9th, 2012 at 10:05 am

    You could take any passionate fan for any sports team and they don’t give a rat’s behind about budgets, CBAs, revenue sharing, luxury tax etc. They just want their team to win and to dominate. A knowledgeable fan couples this passion knowing there are ramifications to going hog wild with signing anybody and everybody and saddling yourself with stupid, long term, poor value contracts ultimately.

    Most passionate fans are on Team Greedy, and knowledgable fans also have a foot in team reasonable (villa words, not mine).

    The issue I have with NYY ownership is that apparently they signed onto an agreement that will severely restrain its competitive advantage (gobs of money to spend) in order to control costs. They willfully went along with a CBA that impacts their ability to win. While at the same time never failing to trumpet that NYY is all about winning championships.

    Don’t BS the fans Hal and Cash!!

  30. blake August 9th, 2012 at 10:05 am

    “Villa, when George was alive. I always enjoy those moments when the king hands out his edicts. some are absurd, some are utterly hilarious, but sometimes it was needed. ”

    George did some nutty things but it was never dull…..

  31. Bo knows August 9th, 2012 at 10:05 am

    What the hell was Girardi going to do? Yell at Cano for lollypopping, call out Jeter for holding gabfests and butt smacking? He put Granderson at lead off for a few games, trying to kick start this bunch of self satisfied slackers.

    6 and 12 wasn’t because Grandy was batting lead off.

    Fire Girardi – there, fixed that for ya.

  32. Shame Spencer August 9th, 2012 at 10:08 am

    disco stu August 9th, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Chavez chaneling his inner Paul O’Neill … love it!!!!!
    ————-

    What up disco stu?! It’s been a while. Nice to see you around.

    Bronx – Even Tea Party factions are welcomed on Team Greedy. Unlike Team Reasonable and Fair, we are an organization open to all members no matter what your ideals are based upon (sort of ironic that Team Fair is okay with shutting it’s doors on people ;) ).

    ….I really should have went into politics. Not sure I could get elected on a Team Greedy platform. (cue the jokes, ‘Well, the democrats/republicans manage to pull it off!’)

  33. blake August 9th, 2012 at 10:08 am

    “Most passionate fans are on Team Greedy, and knowledgable fans also have a foot in team reasonable (villa words, not mine).”

    If Hal wants to put me on the payroll then Ill consider the merits of team reasonable …..but so long as Im just a fan then just win baby…..thats all I really care about.

  34. Cashmoney August 9th, 2012 at 10:08 am

    yeah, blake. George was bombastic, irascible, kind on lot of levels, vindictive at times and above all, the man had charisma. This aint some kind romanticize eulogy of the king, it is simply who he was.

  35. Shame Spencer August 9th, 2012 at 10:09 am

    DONNYBROOK August 9th, 2012 at 10:03 am

    You look atta mortuary table and I guarantee you’ll find Hal atop it.

    ———————–

    Ahahahaha!!… Donny, care to align yourself with Team Greedy?

  36. Against All Odds August 9th, 2012 at 10:10 am

    then just win baby

    ————————————–

    Blake is our Al Davis :)

  37. Tackelberry August 9th, 2012 at 10:10 am

    George did some nutty things but it was never dull…..

    ________________________________________
    He sure did. I remember after the yankees lost the 1981 WS. He ordered his troops to report to ST 3 weeks early,feeling it was important to get a jump on the other teams. he also reportedlt fired a secretary one time becuase she ordered him the wrong sandwich. One fo my favorite stories was when I beleive Bill Bergesch was the GM. He had gotten a couple of days to go to Florida to attend his daughter’s college graduation. As he got to the airport, he was beeped and ordered back to the office at George’s orders. To his credit, he ignored the page and kept going.

  38. Shame Spencer August 9th, 2012 at 10:13 am

    Team Reasonable doesn’t have more knowledgeable fans.. they have more apologists that are cool with ‘reasonable’ results and, therefore, ‘reasonable’ expectations.

    If you want to be a fan of reasonable expectations, the Phillies and Red Sox are within a stones throw. Those teams have won… a bit. They make the playoffs… sometimes. They have strong fan bases.. histories.. etc.

    I can’t imagine anyone that is a fan of a team that has won 25% of all the WS ever played is interested in reasonable results.

  39. blake August 9th, 2012 at 10:14 am

    “Blake is our Al Davis”

    Ouch ;)

  40. blake August 9th, 2012 at 10:16 am

    “He sure did. I remember after the yankees lost the 1981 WS. He ordered his troops to report to ST 3 weeks early,feeling it was important to get a jump on the other teams.”

    George didnt always make the correct choices but personally I enjoyed having an owner that I knew when the Yanks lost he was as pissed as I was if not more……..that was fun…….

  41. Bo knows August 9th, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Granderson and to some extent Swisher have top end, Major League talent. You saw that last night.

    All of a sudden Swisher was a perfect #2. Hit and walked and was a force. Where was this guy all season?

    Granderson ditto. He struck out once, but put up a challenge all game long. The Yankees need those two performing like that, to compete to the end of the season.

    Chavez calling them out might be a watershed moment this year. The talent is there, it’s the focus.

    The old photographer joke “Look out Mary, he’s going to focus”.

  42. blake August 9th, 2012 at 10:18 am

    I dont think Hal should try to be his dad….his dad wasnt perfect and he hurt the team at times….but I do wish he had that same pashion……maybe he does but he hasnt dont much to change the perception that he doesnt.

  43. Against All Odds August 9th, 2012 at 10:19 am

    blake August 9th, 2012 at 10:14 am

    “Blake is our Al Davis”

    Ouch ;)

    ————————-

    Early AL Davis….better :D

  44. DONNYBROOK August 9th, 2012 at 10:20 am

    I remember George exiting that Dodger Stadium elevator with a black eye. Team Greedy hadda Capt back then that was also a pugilist. Maybe Not a good pugilist, but a pugilist none-the-less.

  45. Shame Spencer August 9th, 2012 at 10:20 am

    “He sure did. I remember after the yankees lost the 1981 WS. He ordered his troops to report to ST 3 weeks early,feeling it was important to get a jump on the other teams.”

    —————-

    LMAO!! Ahh.. Georgie boy. RIP.

    I’m also a fan of the Cowboys.. who have their own irascible owner. Jerry Jones may be many things, but no one can charge him with the fact that he is okay with losing. They spend a lot of money. They win absolutely nothing. I love my owner, but the results need to be there. George was the same way. I think the part about George I preferred was that even though he could be completely wrong about a lot of things he always wanted to hear all of the thoughts on it. He probably just did what he wanted anyway.. but at least he kept the door open, knowing no idea should be ignored.

  46. Tackelberry August 9th, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Hal can’t possibly be like his dad. There was only one George Steinbrenner.

  47. Against All Odds August 9th, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Tackelberry August 9th, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Hal can’t possibly be like his dad. There was only one George Steinbrenner.

    ————————-

    Hank has some similarities to George but he was out on time out.

  48. DONNYBROOK August 9th, 2012 at 10:23 am

    Hal voted in favor of that CBA. George woulda lit a cigar with that CBA, and defiantly voted NO. Hal aint gotta hair on his butt.

  49. Shame Spencer August 9th, 2012 at 10:24 am

    Hank has George’s bravado, that’s for sure.

    Hal must be cut from his mother’s cloth lol.

  50. DONNYBROOK August 9th, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Hank is alot like George, but he’s been exiled somewhere with Ross Perot.

  51. ghastly August 9th, 2012 at 10:28 am

    When Cashman signed Kuroda I said he was the Japanese Javy Vazquez….I was wrong..I think..

  52. Shame Spencer August 9th, 2012 at 10:30 am

    ghastly August 9th, 2012 at 10:28 am

    When Cashman signed Kuroda I said he was the Japanese Javy Vazquez….I was wrong..I think..

    —————-

    Definitely. Personally, I’d like the Yanks to lock him into another one year deal asap. Having him signed for next year would be a really big help. Andy is a question mark and you still have Nova and Hughes in various stages of development.

  53. blake August 9th, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Kuroda can really pitch

  54. Shame Spencer August 9th, 2012 at 10:36 am

    Who would you guys rather re-sign next year: Kuroda or Pettite?

    (Everyone on Team Greedy should get this answer right..)

  55. raymagnetic August 9th, 2012 at 10:37 am

    “I dont think Hal should try to be his dad….his dad wasnt perfect and he hurt the team at times….but I do wish he had that same pashion……maybe he does but he hasnt dont much to change the perception that he doesnt.”

    What has he done that says he doesn’t have the passion?

  56. Shame Spencer August 9th, 2012 at 10:39 am

    vinny milano ?@baldvinny

    LAST CALL on the staten island yankees trip this saturday. $20/all you can eat plus a FREE hat!

  57. Shame Spencer August 9th, 2012 at 10:39 am

    :arrow:

  58. blake August 9th, 2012 at 10:42 am

    “What has he done that says he doesn’t have the passion?”

    Really?

  59. jmv August 9th, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Shame, I’ll go for both of them. Team Greedy at its best. Why settle for one? Just for the record, I don’t consider Team Greedy as a free-expender. It’s about making the team better without MLB breathing on your neck.

    Chavez must be the best bench player in the history of the game, LOL. Bat, glove and attitude (George+O’neill, LOL)

  60. ghastly August 9th, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Kuroda or Pettite?…That’s simple…neither..

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