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Pettitte: “I had the desire to do the work”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Nov 28, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

When the Yankees season came to an abrupt end, Brian Cashman wasted no time trying to get Andy Pettitte back into the rotation.

“As soon as the season was over, I spoke with Cash,” Pettitte said. “(He) basically said that, ‘As soon as you can, we want you back. I don’t know what you’re going to do, but as soon as you decide, we want to sign you back.’ That’s obviously huge for a player. For Cash to reach out to me and tell me that, you feel like this organization feels pretty good about bringing you back and feels pretty good about what you’ve done, and that’s obviously a huge part of me coming back also.”

Pettitte went home. Spent roughly a month with his family. Helped his oldest son, Josh, choose a college. Made sure his wife was still okay with another season. About two weeks ago, he started working out again. He told the Yankees he wanted to comeback, and the basics of the deal were in place before Thanksgiving. Everything came together quickly, with few surprises or hesitations.

“The Yankees made it easy on me,” Pettitte said. “My agent called me and said, ‘Hey, this is what we’ve got. I don’t think they’re doing anything else.’ And I agreed. Then we just had the Thanksgiving weekend, so really the negotiations it seemed like were for a day or so. That was it.”

A few other Pettitte comments from today’s conference call:

On how strongly he considered retirement
“I think everyone, the way I was feeling, was kind of assuming I still had a great desire to pitch. It was still a point where I still felt like it was pretty important to go home whenever I tried to start making the decision on if I was going to play again or not, and obviously still talk to the family about the situation and what they were thinking. Just to make sure, they — especially my wife — hadn’t had a change of how she was feeling about things. So it was for me pretty easy once I started working out and trying to decide if I felt like I had the desire to do the work that needed to be put in. It was pretty easy for me to realize that this was something I wanted to try and do again.”

On whether last year’s injury factored into the decision to come back
“I’m not real sure exactly how that played into it. I definitely think that if I would have pitched a full season and thrown 200 innings that I definitely wouldn’t feel as fresh and physically feel as good as I do right now, and obviously (I) was able to I feel like that helped lead me to a quick decision. … I would imagine if I’d thrown a full season and 200 innings, my body would be beat up pretty good and it would have definitely been a more difficult decision. I may have maybe fully exhausted myself of feeling like this is something I can still do. With the injury, I still have the desire. For me, it was when I tried to start working out on the 16th or 17th of this month, really having strong desire still to work and looking forward to doing the work to pitch a big league season this year.”

On whether his competitive nature is as high as when he was younger
“When I retired, I just did not have the desire to work. Whenever I came back last year, when Cash spoke to me about would I consider coming back, when I started working out, that desire was there again. Last year, I felt my desire to compete was as strong as it’s ever been in my career. I still feel like that right now. There’s obviously a point where that desire will be there and the competitive nature will be there, but you just can’t do it. I feel like I’m healthy, the desire is there, the family is behind it and I feel good about it in my heart to do it. I would say it’s pretty strong.”

On whether he would consider pitching beyond 2013
“Whenever I shut it down again, that is going to be it. It wouldn’t be smart for me to just say right now that I would never play next year. I just don’t think that would be smart because I have no idea. I don’t know what’s going to happen. I don’t know what this year is going to hold. There’s a lot of things that will go on during the course of this year, I would imagine, that will play into that decision at the end of this season.”

On whether this team is good enough to win a World Series
“I think we’re good enough to go all the way, I really do. I’m at the point where, if I didn’t feel like we had a chance to win it, deep down, I wouldn’t do this. I feel like we’ve got a certain group of guys that are still there and that know how to win and know how to get it done, and we can go do that. Very disappointed in the way last year ended. I know everyone is. What I’m hoping is that we can learn from that. We can learn from the failure that we had last year in the playoffs, the disappointment, and we can be better and hopefully get back to where we were last year and have an opportunity to go to a World Series. That’s all you can ask. We know the division is going to be nasty, tough again. It is going to be an absolute grind the way the teams have built themselves up, but we’re looking forward to it. We’re looking forward to the competition and I know that we’ve got a team that has a chance to win.”

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102 Responses to “Pettitte: “I had the desire to do the work””

  1. Ys Guy November 28th, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    blake November 28th, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    “biggio yes, piazza yes, schilling, bonds, clemens, sosa, palmeiro and mcgwire no.”

    You don’t think Barry Bonds and Clemens are HOF’ ers?

    ———————————————-

    i think they are but i think the cheaters should have to wait a while.

  2. Against All Odds November 28th, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    There are cheaters already in the hall. They shouldn’t have to wait that long.

  3. blake November 28th, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    “I think we’re good enough to go all the way, I really do. I’m at the point where, if I didn’t feel like we had a chance to win it, deep down, I wouldn’t do this”

    Andy knows something we don’t !

  4. blake November 28th, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    “i think they are but i think the cheaters should have to wait a while.”

    So should all the guys who took amphetamines and who knows what else be suspended from the hall for awhile to punish them?

  5. Ys Guy November 28th, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    no

  6. Ys Guy November 28th, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    what year did they first ban amphetamines?

  7. blake November 28th, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    Ys Guy says:
    November 28, 2012 at 6:56 pm
    what year did they first ban amphetamines?

    What year did they first ban steroids?

  8. Against All Odds November 28th, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    blake November 28th, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    “I think we’re good enough to go all the way, I really do. I’m at the point where, if I didn’t feel like we had a chance to win it, deep down, I wouldn’t do this”

    Andy knows something we don’t !

    ———————–

    Andy is Mr. Optimistic…he would have being around here :)

  9. blake November 28th, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    The point is that there are tons of players in the hall that took substances that are now illegal…..

  10. blake November 28th, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Andy knows they are signing Josh Hamilton! (or Raul Ibanez)

  11. tomingeorgia November 28th, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Somebody said the lottery is the most regressive tax ever, and I agree. It’s also the only tax aimed solely at the stupid. OK, I’m $6.00 stupid tonight. Let’s pay a zillion for whatever player. I like my odds better.

    Glad to see Andy back, and I’d vote for the cheaters from an age of cheaters. They were the best among them

  12. Ys Guy November 28th, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    if they took a substance before it was banned then it wasn’t cheating.

  13. Against All Odds November 28th, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    hate not have smh

  14. Jerkface November 28th, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    Amphetamines were banned in 2006

  15. Ys Guy November 28th, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    so im guessing that there arent any amphetamine cheaters in the hall then unless one slipped in last year.

  16. blake November 28th, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    Ys Guy says:
    November 28, 2012 at 6:59 pm
    if they took a substance before it was banned then it wasn’t cheating.

    So why aren’t you voting for bonds and Clemens then?

  17. Ys Guy November 28th, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    because they cheated.

  18. blake November 28th, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    Ys Guy says:
    November 28, 2012 at 7:00 pm
    so im guessing that there arent any amphetamine cheaters in the hall then unless one slipped in last year.

    Dude Greenies were like candy in clubhouses in the 50s …..Aaron , mays….a those guys have said they took them

  19. Jerkface November 28th, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Steroids were simply an illegal substance until 2005. Same with Amphetamines. Creating a loophole to feel better about yourself is silly.

  20. blake November 28th, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    Does anybody think Mantle played like he did after staying out drinking every night without help? Little energy pills…..

  21. blake November 28th, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Ys Guy says:
    November 28, 2012 at 7:01 pm
    because they cheated.

    So did most of the people in the HOF by today’s standards

  22. blake November 28th, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    @jcrasnick: “Watch out for #phillies to surprise everyone and sign Hamilton,” said one prominent agent. A scout told me the same thing.

    Booooo

  23. Shame Spencer November 28th, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    @jcrasnick: “Watch out for #phillies to surprise everyone and sign Hamilton,” said one prominent agent. A scout told me the same thing.

    Well.. it won’t be much of a surprise now!!

  24. Shame Spencer November 28th, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    On another note.. I’ve been considering a post I made earlier and I’m thinking we might want to consider sacrificing one LoHud poster a month to get Doreen back in here semi-occasionally.

    Thoughts?

  25. Madrugador November 28th, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Hamilton, past his peak, substance abuse risk, and quits when the going gets tough? I hope the Phillies do sign Hamilton. They are just stupid enough to do it.

  26. blake November 28th, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    “On another note.. I’ve been considering a post I made earlier and I’m thinking we might want to consider sacrificing one LoHud poster a month to get Doreen back in here semi-occasionally.”

    How will they be chosen?

  27. blake November 28th, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    @JeffPassan: Sources: Royals “calling everyone” to trade Luke Hochevar and Bruce Chen. KC accelerating timetable to acquire starter, wants to free up $.

  28. Shame Spencer November 28th, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    blake November 28th, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    “On another note.. I’ve been considering a post I made earlier and I’m thinking we might want to consider sacrificing one LoHud poster a month to get Doreen back in here semi-occasionally.”

    How will they be chosen?

    —————-

    I think we should base it on ones knowledge of something vital… like Jennifer Lopez.

  29. Against All Odds November 28th, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    a those guys have said they took them

    ——————————-

    And who knows what else they took

  30. Shame Spencer November 28th, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    …whoever is the ugliest gets sacrificed first?

  31. Shame Spencer November 28th, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    Maybe we can make use of the alphabet.. if your name starts with “D” and ends in “Y” perhaps…

  32. blake November 28th, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    “I think we should base it on ones knowledge of something vital… like Jennifer Lopez.”

    I know she starred in the greatest and worst snake movie of all time!

  33. Shame Spencer November 28th, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    We could just vote.. like survivor.. that might hurt people’s feelings however, so maybe we should stick with whoever is the most ugly.

  34. Shame Spencer November 28th, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    Then you’re safe blake! Anaconda was a masterpiece.

  35. blake November 28th, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    @JeffPassan: Could be tough for Royals to get bites on either. Hochevar with 5.73 ERA last season, Chen with 5.07. Both going to make ~$4.5M this season.

  36. Shame Spencer November 28th, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    Oh! I have one.. whoever makes the thread go italic next lol!

  37. Shame Spencer November 28th, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    Those guys aren’t that good…. I feel like Chen has pitched for every team in the league.

  38. The Return of Stoneburner November 28th, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    I know she starred in the greatest and worst snake movie of all time!

    ******

    No

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070622/

  39. jacksquat November 28th, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    I don’t think because some players in the past may have “cheated”, or that some players recently may have used a banned substance and got away with it, should mean we continue to put known cheaters in the HoF for all eternity.

    The argument that some players who used a banned substance (or “cheated” before it was banned) and did not get caught may get in the HoF and that wouldn’t be fair to those who did so and were “unlucky” to get caught, is a stupid argument. Why care what is fair to known cheaters?

    What hardly anyone ever realizes or argues is the fact that players who did not cheat are going to have their stats compared to people who did, and look relatively not good enough to get in the HoF. What should happen when considering players for the HoF and comparing them to their contemporaries (from now forward) is elimination of the known cheaters from the comparison.

    Putting known cheaters in the HoF is morally wrong, and only encourages more players to cheat because the penalties are light.

  40. Shame Spencer November 28th, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    That’s a good one Stoneburner but let us not forget the instant classic: Snakes on a Plane.

  41. ron November 28th, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    The phillies are chasing long,bad contracts.
    They are old,need a lot of players,and another big contract will sink them.
    The dodgers are going to do the same thing.
    Max out their payroll with new toys,and not be able to spend,while we clear the books,and have a gazillion dollars to spend in 2015-2016.

    We are getting 420 million in 3 years,and the 85 million a year we get now from yes will go from 4 to 7 %.
    My math isn’t that great but if 85 million is 4 %,then 7 % is almost 170 million a year from their tv deal,and they will go up on their prices because they are said to be behind on prices compared to the rest.
    That is most,or all of their payroll paid from their tv alone,in addition to the 420 million.
    I don’t know if the dodgers have a better deal but…..

    The New York Yankees’ television rights fee is set to climb from $85 million in 2013 to about $300 million by 2042, according to news reports.

    The Lakers’ fee is $120 million this season, in the first year of a 20-year TWC contract that escalates regularly and averages $180 million per season, with a five-year option at about $280 million per season.

    The Dodgers’ deal, proposed for 25 years, would average $240 million per year at $6 billion, or $280 million per year at $7 billion.

    Absolutely insane money.

    Basically the yankees payroll will be paid by their tv deal alone.
    The dodgers also.With lots leftover.

  42. The Return of Stoneburner November 28th, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    That’s a good one Stoneburner but let us not forget the instant classic: Snakes on a Plane.

    ****

    True – - – -

  43. The Return of Stoneburner November 28th, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    Yankeesource ?@YankeeSource
    Powrball odds are 1 in 175,000,000? Those are better odds than the Yankees getting a hit with RISP. I’m feeling confident.

  44. The Return of Stoneburner November 28th, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    Yankeesource ?@YankeeSource
    I wonder if I could by the Marlins with this Powerball win, and of course immediately trade Mike Stanton to the Yankees for Eduardo Nunez.

  45. ron November 28th, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    I imagine the difference in the dodger deal that says either 240 million at 6 billion,or 280 million at 7 billion is because of the 1 billion dollar bankruptcy exemption that the courts had,or have the final say on ,even though mlb does not approve.

  46. Shame Spencer November 28th, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Winning the powerball wouldn’t be enough for a down payment on the team, would it?

  47. Jerkface November 28th, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    The difference between the yankees and dodgers TV deal is that the Yankees deal starts 85 and increases by 4% per year, and all of it is subject to revenue sharing. Where as the Dodgers deal is potentially fixed and is capped at 84 million when considering revenue sharing. So 60% of it is not shared with the rest of baseball.

  48. Barry November 28th, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    Jacksquat:

    Your arguments are well thought out.

    And Blake:

    Don’t compare Mantle to these corrupt players. You didn’t see Mantle play. I did and for virtually every home game. A great man and a great player. Jeter like. And what does that do to Derek–calculating his career against the PED crowd. If they are elected to the Hall, he should be anointed.

  49. Jerkface November 28th, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    Don’t compare Mantle to these corrupt players.

    He hurt himself getting an injection of steroids+amphetamines. Not a saint. No baseball player is.

  50. ron November 28th, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    Capped because of their bankruptcy?

    The yankees also get 420 million within 3 years.
    Is that sepparate from their yearly tv deal money,and did the dodgers get a payment like that?

  51. Jerkface November 28th, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    Capped because of their bankruptcy?

    The bankruptcy settlement limits the amount of tv money available to revenue sharing at 84.

  52. Jerkface November 28th, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    The yankees also get 420 million within 3 years.
    Is that sepparate from their yearly tv deal money,and did the dodgers get a payment like that?

    The yankees get 210 million now and 210 in 3 years. It is separate from the yearly amounts (its a signing bonus). It is probably susceptible to revenue sharing so they lose roughly 27% of it. The Dodgers TV deal is not finalized so no idea if they also get a signing bonus.

  53. ron November 28th, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    Well that might cover a lot of lost ground.

    Also,if invested properly,that 420 million will be a lot more.

    Bottom line,they are both fantastic deals,and if the dodgers didn’t claim bankruptcy,they would not be sitting as pretty,and i don’t know how many years they are protected before it becomes even ground.

  54. Shame Spencer November 28th, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Jerkface November 28th, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    Capped because of their bankruptcy?

    The bankruptcy settlement limits the amount of tv money available to revenue sharing at 84.

    —————

    Is this forever?? Are there any limits on it or does a new tv deal need to be signed?

  55. Ys Guy November 28th, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    the hof has almost no rules for admittance. it’s pretty much whatever floats each voter’s boat, assuming the guy’s name appears on the ballot.

    i dont consider it a moral thing to keep ped users out. i know there are guys who cheated in the HOF (gaylord perry for one). and i know more will get in. and i think clemens and bonds deserve to eventually get in.

    but if i had a vote, i’d just make them wait.

    i think what will eventually happen is that someone will get in (or already got in) and then later will be shown to be a roider. that will likely open the door for bonds and clemens.

  56. ron November 28th, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    There has to be a yearly limit on their protection.

  57. trisha - true pinstriped blue November 28th, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    I cried my way through all of the posts honoring GB. I loved YF telling him she loved him, and I loved the sensitivity of SoS’s post. And Tar’s and Tom’s and all of the others. I remember someone once saying he/she (don’t remember who) found it odd that people on a blog could say they had genuine feeling for one another since it was only posting over the internet to people you didn’t know. I think the sharing so many did regarding their thoughts and feelings about GB put that notion to rest. I think the innate goodness in the human soul comes out at times like this and reflects the true nature of humanity, and that is people genuinely caring about one another.

    ***********

    “Let’s put trisha in charge of an emergency contact chart lol. She likes keeping track of things! And I think she’d care if we died. Even those of us that can’t appreciate the Yankees enough, right trisha?”

    Shame, well okay, maybe there’d be a little of “Hmph, Yankees were never good enough for her/him. Never appreciated what she/he had right in front of her/him. Always had to ask for more!

    ;)

    Sure I’d care if something to happened to anyone here. Because I really agree with Hassey that even posters with whom we have vociferous disagreement we’d probably do fine with were we to meet up in “real life”. Heck I even have a soft spot for Randy. (some might say it’s on top of my head, ha ha!) I take forgiveness seriously because I realize that there are many times I need it in return.

    The only person I have total reservation on at this point in time – and no it’s not West Coast, I even think he has some redeeming qualities somewhere – is Unknown. That’s because she has been a total d-bag to me and played the role of Sam Gerard, even though I was never accused of injuring anyone in her family! But maybe I’d even feel some sadness if something happened to her. Not sure though…

    :shock:

  58. trisha - true pinstriped blue November 28th, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    Actually one of the most distressing things I read today is that Andy’s son is ready for college. What????? Mama mia! I’m remembering when they were mere lads playing toss with daddy after games!

  59. Shame Spencer November 28th, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    trisha – :D

    I was very happy to hear that tom and Doreen had considered telling their family they post on certain forums online. It would be fairly strange to be contacted by a recently departed family member’s online buddy. You guys would be like, “Has Shame died? And my dad would be like, ‘No, it’s alive and well in this house.’”

  60. Jerkface November 28th, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    Dodgers owned MLB on this basically:

    The “special terms” set the Dodgers’ annual TV rights fees from the regional network at about $84 million, plus a 4 percent annual escalator, for the life of whatever contract the team signs setting up the network, said the people familiar with the terms.

  61. Jerkface November 28th, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    So they negotiate a clause that sets their annual TV deal’s value at a ‘reasonable’ amount with a ‘reasonable’ escalator, then completely blow the door off of it with a gigantic TV deal worth more than the Yankees deal.

  62. Ys Guy November 28th, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    fistfight in the nets – celtics game. lpez and rondo i think.

    boston getting it’s a.. kicked…

  63. Ys Guy November 28th, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    humphries knocked garnett down under the basket and rondo came in and went after humphries then lopez got into it. the replay shows more elbows than fists actually…

  64. Ys Guy November 28th, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    total bs by rondo. garnet went down because he jumped out of balance not because the humper knocked him down then the punk rondo decided he had to protect garnett.

  65. jacksquat November 28th, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    So, the screwup of the former Dodgers owner(s) is going to benefit the new owners immensely, and probably even increased the value of the team for the sale (the buyers had to know this beforehand).

    It’s one screwed up world!

  66. Ys Guy November 28th, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    humpries, g wallace and rondo ejected.

  67. blake November 28th, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    “Don’t compare Mantle to these corrupt players. You didn’t see Mantle play. I did and for virtually every home game.”

    Didn’t see him no….but have read everything there is to read about him and he is the reason I am a Yankee fan today…..

    my point had nothing to do with criticizing him….it had to do with the slippery slope of trying to judge levels of cheating and then making moral calls on who should or shouldn’t be in the HOF

  68. jacksquat November 28th, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    The bullpen was a major strength for the Orioles this season, but that doesn’t mean they won’t look for upgrades this winter. Dan Connolly of The Baltimore Sun hears the team has some interest in Koji Uehara and Kameron Loe.
    Read more at http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/#yeSFubs6DQQioytK.99

    The Yanks should look into Uehara, he might not cost much, and he’s pretty damn good, despite being older.

  69. blake November 28th, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    @mikeaxisa: C. Granderson has been re-elected as an Association Player Representative, the highest elected position in MLBPA. J. Guthrie is the other.

  70. RadioKev November 28th, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    blake November 28th, 2012 at 8:46 pm
    @mikeaxisa: C. Granderson has been re-elected as an Association Player Representative, the highest elected position in MLBPA. J. Guthrie is the other.
    ———

    Does that increase his trade value?

    And is it me or has there been literally no talk in the media of trading Granderson? Is it the whole Cashman stealth-thing, or is it just not going to happen?

  71. Ys Guy November 28th, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    grandy’s a union guy. arent both of his parents teachers?

  72. blake November 28th, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    “And is it me or has there been literally no talk in the media of trading Granderson? Is it the whole Cashman stealth-thing, or is it just not going to happen?”

    There had been a little bit but not much…..yes both his parents are teachers I believe…..Grandy is good and smart guy….he will probably do a lot with his post baseball life I would imagine

  73. Triple Short of a Cycle November 28th, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    Humphries is a POS. Guy isn’t on Garnett’s level of dirtiness but he has his moments.

    I can’t stand the Nets

  74. blake November 28th, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    I don’t think it really does anything for his trade value…..but I do think he has value to the right team

  75. Ys Guy November 28th, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    well,, i this case, mr kardashian was not at any more fault than a regular shooting foul and rondo was the POS.

    i was a nets fan until they traded dr. j. havent rooted for them since. they are looking pretty good though.

    switch to the knicks now…

  76. jacksquat November 28th, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    The Phillies were in on Upton, so maybe they would be interested in Granderson. But you really can’t trade Granderson unless you have a good replacement. And I suspect the Yankees aren’t actively pursuing trading Grandy, although they could if the right offer came along.

  77. Ys Guy November 28th, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    i actually saw the nets play at the island garden pre-nassau colesium in the crazy days of the aba. that was some really cool basketball to watch.

  78. blake November 28th, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    The Phillies don’t have much to trade back though

  79. Ys Guy November 28th, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    well heyman has said a couple of times that the yankees are interested in victorino, which doesnt make sense to me unless they are moving grandy (for a 3b?)

    im pretty sure they have suzuki penciled into RF.

  80. Jerkface November 28th, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Uehara dominates righties, would be a good guy to have in the pen.

  81. Barry November 28th, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    Blake:

    You gave me a good answer, but whatever Mantle was, cheating on baseball was not on his table And I had been a Dodger fan until Mickey came along. Then split my time, until one day, with Jackie’s decline, there was only a single choice. The Giants were never on my table.

    Thanks for your response. Your a good man.

  82. Jerkface November 28th, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    You gave me a good answer, but whatever Mantle was, cheating on baseball was not on his table

    He definitely cheated by todays standards. Although his cheating was just in what substances he consumed or injected and not actually breaking the rules of ‘baseball’

  83. Tom in N.J. November 28th, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    Sorry to hear about GB7.

    I’ll miss his prospect updates and his cantankerous jovialness. Rest in Peace buddy.

  84. blake November 28th, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    “You gave me a good answer, but whatever Mantle was, cheating on baseball was not on his table And I had been a Dodger fan until Mickey came along. ”

    Honestly I am just sick of the whole steroid discussion….label the era and then put the best from the era in….simple as that ….let the fans judge for themselves whether they want to remember the players as cheaters or not…..I just want the game to move past it and focus on how awesome mike Trout is and how Hal Steinbrenner is ruining the Yankees etc. :)

  85. tomingeorgia November 28th, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    Shame,
    When I asked my wife if she’d do that, she said, “Sure, but you have to go on Facebook and do the same for me.” Jeez, that’s asking a lot. All I wanted her to do was to tell a small bunch of Yankee fanatics the news. She wants me to tell everybody in Farmville, and God knows whatever other games she plays. All I asked was a three-line obit. It’d take days to deal with all her “friends” in all those domains. I’ll do it, though.

    Let’s go, Yanks!

  86. blake November 28th, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    I would love to know mantles secret on how he played all those games on no knees and without modern medicine…..the crap he played through was probably more impressive than any of the homers he hit

  87. ron November 28th, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    Sign victorino,trade granderson for a 2b,then trade cano for a 3b,and pitcher,all while lowering payroll.

  88. pat November 28th, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    TBrownYahoo
    The day Scott Boras walked on Marvin Miller’s stage … and shared some soup: http://tinyurl.com/cmnl4ud

  89. Ys Guy November 28th, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    i just threw up my HOF voting in response to hearing the list on pti. although i really love the baseball HOF (and cooperstown) and have been there several times, i really don’t care that much who gets in or not. i have great appreciation for players who never came close to the HOF and couldnt care much for a big bunch of guys who are in.

  90. blake November 28th, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    “well heyman has said a couple of times that the yankees are interested in victorino, which doesnt make sense to me unless they are moving grandy (for a 3b?)”

    He said they were one of 7 teams….could be as an alternative to Ichiro….could be as an alternative to Gardner or Granderson…..could be just due diligence ….who knows.

    Victorino is interesting because he can hit lefties and he’s a bounce back candidate…..but I wouldn’t bet a 4 or 4 year deal that he will bounce back because he was borderline useless against RHP last year

  91. RadioKev November 28th, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    Shame Spencer November 28th, 2012 at 8:33 pm
    trisha –

    I was very happy to hear that tom and Doreen had considered telling their family they post on certain forums online. It would be fairly strange to be contacted by a recently departed family member’s online buddy. You guys would be like, “Has Shame died? And my dad would be like, ‘No, it’s alive and well in this house.’”
    ———

    :D

  92. ron November 28th, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    There was nothing in the past that helped players produce power numbers like steroids,and with power numbers comes money.

  93. Shame Spencer November 28th, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    tomingeorgia November 28th, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    Shame,
    When I asked my wife if she’d do that, she said, “Sure, but you have to go on Facebook and do the same for me.” Jeez, that’s asking a lot. All I wanted her to do was to tell a small bunch of Yankee fanatics the news. She wants me to tell everybody in Farmville, and God knows whatever other games she plays. All I asked was a three-line obit. It’d take days to deal with all her “friends” in all those domains. I’ll do it, though.

    Let’s go, Yanks!

    ——————–

    :lol: !!!!!!!!!!

    I made fun of Farmville until I found myself waking up at odd hours to harvest eggplants. I promptly deleted my Facebook account after that episode. :oops:

    Did you see my new plan to sacrifice a member of Lohud to get Doreen to post more? We’re working out the terms now.. so get your input out there while you can!

  94. Brian Cashman GMGMGM November 28th, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    The New York Yankees and Nick Swisher are PARTING WAYS!!!

  95. tomingeorgia November 28th, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    Shame,
    I’d love to have the old early morning crowd back. It’s tough to know who to trade, one for one, but people who use gratuitous Capitals Inna Sentence might be candidates.

  96. blake November 28th, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    Brian Cashman GMGMGM says:
    November 28, 2012 at 9:34 pm
    The New York Yankees and Nick Swisher are PARTING WAYS!!!

    Yes we know….how about Russ Martin

  97. Brian Cashman GMGMGM November 28th, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

  98. Shame Spencer November 28th, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    tom – Good points… I’m hesitant to try and sacrifice Donny because his posts are true conversation pieces.

    Maybe we should just go back to working on getting Rich in NJ back. The more good old poster that come back, the more dispensable we can make the others.. mwahahahahaha…

  99. Shame Spencer November 28th, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    Have to say though.. I appreciate that many seem to scan the threads, even if they don’t post.

    Seeing upstate kate and Doreen this morning was heartwarming :)

    I think Erin would have posted for the playoffs if we weren’t doing so poorly..

  100. tomingeorgia November 28th, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    Shame,
    Rich in NJ is over at RAB. I read over there just to see the stat stuff and the foul language.

  101. Shame Spencer November 28th, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    Great conversation starter, right this way :arrow:

    :|

  102. Shame Spencer November 28th, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    I rarely dip into the comments section at RAB.. because I feel like I’m cheating on you guys.

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