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Teixeira and Pettitte playing for Team USA

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jan 14, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The World Baseball Classic rosters will be announced on Thursday, but a few names are already leaking. Andy Pettitte and Mark Teixeira are among them.

Pettitte will be back with former Yankees manager Joe Torre, who will manage the U.S. team. Seems like a cool situation for Pettitte, especially at this stage of his career. Also seems fair to wonder whether it makes sense for a 40-year-old to add this sort of spring workload, but I’m honestly not sure whether the workload will be significantly different than a regular spring training. And obviously Pettitte hasn’t pitched many innings the past three years.

As for Teixeira, Bryan Hoch makes a good point: Given his history of slow regular season starts, perhaps this is a new way of trying to avoid those April struggles.

 
 

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102 Responses to “Teixeira and Pettitte playing for Team USA”

  1. Nick in SF January 14th, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    Team USA will not be deprived of juice cleansing opportunities, that’s for sure.

  2. Ys Guy January 14th, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Ys Guy January 14th, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    i think it (matsui rumor) doesn’t make sense mainly because he was in NY for his retirement presser and you’d think they would have asked him if he was interested before going through that.

    there’s also the LH heaviness of the roster.

    not that it couldnt happen, it just doesnt sound likely.

    somehow i think mlbtr could find someone to translate for them if nobody speaks japane

  3. Jerkface January 14th, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    Ys Guy,

    Not sure what you’re implying. I said that Japanese media is reporting that Matsui will sign a 1 day contract, join Ichiro in the OF with Kuroda on the mound for a game, then retire. It will likely happen in spring training.

    Theres nothing untoward about that.

  4. Jerkface January 14th, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    somehow i think mlbtr could find someone to translate for them if nobody speaks japane

    They’d have to know the article was about Matsui first :) Which is where the lack of speaking comes to play. MLBTR is a news aggregator, their guys just scan the news.

  5. Nick in SF January 14th, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    In Japanese culture it is considered impolite to traffic in rumors.

    In fact, the Fleetwood Mac record “Rumors” had its worst sales in Japan of all industrialized First World nations.

  6. Ys Guy January 14th, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    ok i thought you were saying there was a rumor about him playing for the yankees.

    i love godzilla but i dont want to see him on the roster.

    im not a big fan of those one-day fake contracts, but if they want to do it, thats fine.

  7. Jerkface January 14th, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    im not a big fan of those one-day fake contracts, but if they want to do it, thats fine.

    Why?

  8. Rich in NJ January 14th, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    OTOH, there were rumors emanating out of Japan at one time that Igawa was a credible starting pitcher, at least that is what someone in the Yankees’ FO seems to have heard.

  9. randy l. January 14th, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    pettitte will be lucky to make most of his starts as it is for the yankees.

    i think its a really risky idea for him to do it.

    do the yankees have to pay him if he’s injured while with team usa?

    if so even dumber idea.

  10. Patrick January 14th, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    Generally pitchers don’t get enough work if they play in WBC so I’m ok with Pettitte being there.

  11. Ys Guy January 14th, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    hey, maybe thats the plan. bring back matsui, damon, posada, bernie, maybe mussina…

    they’d all suck now so they would probably work for a million bucks apiece!

    82 old timer’s games in one season!

    :)

  12. JoeyVegas January 14th, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    At those prices you can only really afford 2 out of those 4 groups you’ve listed at free agency prices.
    ——————

    Maybe. Depends on which guys – Hart, Peralta, Saltalamachia – might fall on the lower end. Either way, it does seem like there are some options and some room in the budget to bring in some quality players. Hopefully not just bring back Youkilis and Kuroda.

    As far as only having 25M after giving 25M to Cano, that’s just not right. If they give 25M to Cano they have 57M or 64M left depending on Jeter. I think the public opinion is much graver than reality. The point of my post was to show that even after re-signing Cano (and Hughes) to a more-than-reasonable salary, there is room for FA signings, potentially big ones.

  13. Ys Guy January 14th, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    im the other way around, i dont worry about pettitte. he knows what he needs to do to get ready.

    he won’t let the competition pull him into overthrowing like alot of younger guys might.

    i dont like any yankees pitchers participating in the WBC, but i worry about pettitte the least.

  14. randy l. January 14th, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    “hey, maybe thats the plan. bring back matsui, damon, posada, bernie, maybe mussina…

    they’d all suck now so they would probably work for a million bucks apiece!”

    if posada came back he’d probably be their best hitting catcher.

  15. Patrick January 14th, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    if posada came back he’d probably be their best hitting catcher.

    Sad but true

  16. Rich in NJ January 14th, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    “if posada came back he’d probably be their best hitting catcher.”

    Ibanez on the road was Damon/Matsui-like. It’s possible that Posada or Damon could do damage at YS, somewhat similar to what Ibanez did, although I think Ibanez was really lucky given how awful he looked at times, so that degree of luck might not translate, but yes, I would take Posada back in a second.

  17. Ys Guy January 14th, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    i agree that people are a little crazy about how impossible they think it will be to field a team. but it isnt gonna be easy.

    and you are still leaving out the $10M in expenses that get charged against the 189M.

    and raises for nova, gardner and robertson.

    its really really tight. being able to count on nova, phelps and pineda in the rotation going into 2014 would really really help.

  18. Shame Spencer January 14th, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    They let Billy Crystal take an AB in spring training.. it’d be cooler to see Matsui do it than Billy Crystal.

  19. Ys Guy January 14th, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    i like billy crystal, but i hated that.

  20. Ys Guy January 14th, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    if they want to do the billy crystal thing, i think they should do it in place of the ceremonial first pitch.

    people would like it and it wouldnt be taking ab’s away from (most likely) minor leaguers who may have busted ass for years to get those ab’s.

    it could be a nice draw to have ‘stars’ take a ceremonial ab.

  21. Jerkface January 14th, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    Maybe. Depends on which guys – Hart, Peralta, Saltalamachia – might fall on the lower end. Either way, it does seem like there are some options and some room in the budget to bring in some quality players. Hopefully not just bring back Youkilis and Kuroda.

    The point of my post was to show that even after re-signing Cano (and Hughes) to a more-than-reasonable salary, there is room for FA signings, potentially big ones.

    Not sure Hart, Peralta, and Salty are components of a very good club. With Cano at 25 mm AAV & Jeter accepting his option, you have 56.6 million for the remainder of the roster.

    Now you have to pay Robertson, Gardner, Logan, & Nova arbitration. Potentially Cervelli or Nunez (if he is a super 2) as well will be first year eligible. Nova should only make 1.5-2 million. The other guys will be around 10-12 million combined at worst.

    So now you’re down to 44.5 at the rosiest. You still have not paid cervelli or nunez. You still have 15 other roster spots to account for. Thats around 5-7.5 million. Lets say Cervelli gets like 650k as veteran respect in his first year of arbitration & nunez is not a super 2 so he makes 550k which is about what the yankees give a 3rd year position player who isnt arb eligible.

    So now we’re at 38.4 and you have under contract:

    A-rod
    Tex
    Jeter
    Ichiro
    Cano
    Gardner

    Nunez
    Cerveli

    Robertson
    Logan

    CC
    Nova

    38.4 million for C, DH, LF, 2 Bench, 4 bullpen, 3 starters

    Oh and you have to potentially leave room for A-rod’s bonus, jeter’s bonuses, any other performance bonuses.

    Here are Jeter’s

    $4M for AL MVP; $2M for 2nd-6th in MVP vote; $1.5M for Silver Slugger; $0.5M each for Gold Glove, ALCS MVP, WS MVP
    if 2014 option is exercised at less than $17M, Jeter may earn same bonuses in 2014, up to $17M

    So throw on 6 million+whatever you feel comfortable assuming Jeter could potentially get from that grab bag.

    Its tight. Real tight.

  22. CompassRosy January 14th, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    G. Love January 14th, 2013 at 12:50 pm
    “There’s a huge difference between being asked to hit in the middle of the order playing 1/2 your games in Safeco and being asked to hit in the bottom part of our order playing 1/2 your games in YS.”

    ~
    Indeed.

    ====

    “Wait’ll you see Ibanez’s numbers in Seattle this season unless they moved the RF fence in 300 feet.”

    ~
    Interesting that from 2004-2006, Raul actually had a slightly better BA at home (Safeco)
    While in 2007 and 2008, he hit significantly better on the road (and over the entire 5 years, he typically hit more homers and doubles at Safeco Field)

    Anyhoo, Rauuuuuuul is likely back for depth, clubhouse chemistry and mentor-ship as opposed to being an everyday player.

    Speaking of the fences at Safeco, the “moving project”…
    pic.twitter.com/CdsQLw0O

  23. Ys Guy January 14th, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    thanks for the breakdown jf. it is tight!

    like i said, if they can pencil phelps and pineda into that rotation it helps a ton, but it’s still crazy tight.

  24. Jerkface January 14th, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    Here is the Matsui article: http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/h.....anspo-base

  25. Jerkface January 14th, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    like i said, if they can pencil phelps and pineda into that rotation it helps a ton, but it’s still crazy tight.

    Its fun to look at the cost savings of guys like Phelps/Pineda/Heathcott potentially being on the team in 2014, but of course we need them to be more than cheap. They have to be good :)

    Looking over that roster you’re like “Oh yea, A-rod, Tex, Jeter, Ichiro, these guys rock!” But will they rock in 2014? 2 years older?

  26. Ys Guy January 14th, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    at least safeco, petco and citi field were designed with deep fences that could reasonably easy moved in.

    they really screwed up with YS (and cbp) by leaving pretty much no easy way to move the fences out, imo.

    they could raise the fence a little bit or maybe go with some kind of plexiglass thing so people in the bleachers can see, but neither is idea.

  27. Ys Guy January 14th, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    neither is ideal…..

  28. Jerkface January 14th, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    I don’t think NYS needs walls moved back.

  29. MTU January 14th, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    Doesn’t seem all that tight if 2 of your 3 pitchers are Phelps and Pineda.

    Your C is Romine/Cervelli.

    Your penners are Mongomery, Cabral, etc.

    Bench Guys are Nix and Nunez.

    That leaves quite a bit for the remainder.

    But there’s alot of assumptions built into what I said.

    Many guys would have to pan out who we don’t know will.

    Maybe that is what this year is partially about. To see.

    ;)

  30. Rich in NJ January 14th, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    What the Yankees need is some young power hitters who can take advantage of the current dimensions.

  31. hardwired7 January 14th, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    The more opportunities we get to see Andy Pettitte pitch, the better. He’s still an absolute master at his craft.

  32. Ys Guy January 14th, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    tex is soooo key to the yankees next 2-3 seasons.

    at his best, he can be the main man.

    he hasnt been at his best very often the last couple of years.

    but he is in his prime, so it’s certainly possible.

  33. Rich in NJ January 14th, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    Given Tex’s LH swing, and that the majority of pitchers are RH, it’s not very likely that he is still in his prime, or can return prime-like production.

  34. Patrick January 14th, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    Basically the Yankees need several prospects to hit their ceiling or near to it by 2014. Unlikely at best.

  35. Rich in NJ January 14th, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    I agree, Patrick, and to increase the chances of that happening, they have to have the patience to play them throughout 2014, even if they struggle for long periods.

  36. Ys Guy January 14th, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    personally im very excited for this season.

    i have high hopes for nunez and im really looking forward to seeing how romine progresses.

    it seems likely that phelps is going to get plenty of starts given the age of kuroda and pettitte.

    meanwhile in trenton, we get to see how well williams and austin (or is it mason and tyler ) fare moving into the upper levels…

  37. randy l. January 14th, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    “personally im very excited for this season.”

    i’m personally unexcited ,and i’m on strike as far as giving the yankees any money to reward them for their austerity program.

    i do acknowledge that the pitching if it stays healthy will keep them in contention for a playoff spot.

    next year is when the crap hits the fan without kuroda and pettitte.

  38. yankee21 January 14th, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    Interesting the other day that Hal called out the prospects to perform as keys to his team being both competitive and cost controlled yet he didn’t mention how key it would be for veterans such as TEX or Grandy to step it up as well.

    I wonder why.

  39. Ys Guy January 14th, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    hal said they needed the young guys to step up, which is definitely true.

    to me that’s not ‘calling them out’ which suggests some type of failure that needs to be overcome.

    to me it sounded more like him saying they all had an opportunity to become contributors.

    if i were one of the guys he named, i’d be pumped, not insulted.

  40. randy l. January 14th, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    “Basically the Yankees need several prospects to hit their ceiling or near to it by 2014. Unlikely at best.”

    there is no indication that the yankees can take a high level prospect all the way through the developmental process and transition him smoothly onto the major league level. all their players are fizzling when they seem close to being ready. they don’t stay the course with austin jackson and they don’t stay the course with montero.
    the closest they have come to developing a player all the way is hughes and his development has been a mess at times.
    the players that do well are ironically older minor league players like nova and phelps who weren’t high level prospects.

    the chance of the yankees developing a few players for the 2014 season is not based on any success they have had so far.

    i wouldn’t count on it.

  41. blake January 14th, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    @jimcallisBA: Ask BA: Why #Padres system doesn’t rank higher, a hypothetical Granderson/Upton 3-team trade, minor lg free agents. http://t.co/CKLh6UEr

  42. Against All Odds January 14th, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    Patrick January 14th, 2013 at 3:49 pm
    Basically the Yankees need several prospects to hit their ceiling or near to it by 2014. Unlikely at best.

    ——————

    Very unlikely. I don’t think Hal realizes that. Whenever he brings up the kids it’s always well we have these guys down there and they’ll help us stay under 189.

  43. blake January 14th, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    @jonmorosi: Free agent Jair Jurrjens, limited by injury in 2012, told me today he’s already throwing bullpens and doing well physically.

    Id take a minor league flyer deal

  44. Against All Odds January 14th, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    Ys Guy January 14th, 2013 at 4:17 pm
    hal said they needed the young guys to step up, which is definitely true.

    to me that’s not ‘calling them out’

    —————————————

    He’s not calling them out but he is putting undue pressure on them.

  45. There Will Never Be Another Mo January 14th, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    Now you have to pay Robertson, Gardner, Logan, & Nova arbitration.

    __________________________________

    I thought Logan is a free agent after the 2013 season?

  46. Jerkface January 14th, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    I thought Logan is a free agent after the 2013 season?

    You’re right he is! So add 2 million to the budget and also you don’t have a LOOGY now :v

  47. randy l. January 14th, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    patrick-

    you and i have been talking about how the yankees develop players since 2007. it was hughes, joba, and kennedy back then.

    the one thing that’s obvious is that cashman is just winging it as far as development. i have no problem with the yankees saying they have to take a step back to go forward, but is cashman the guy be on charge of developing yankees?

    he’s been pathetic at developing players.

  48. Ys Guy January 14th, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    if these kids are going to make it in NY, they are going to have to be able to handle the pressure.

    if the owner tossing their names out in an offseason presser is too much pressure for these guys, release them now b/c there is no chance for them in the bronx.

    you know some people react quite well to both pressure and opportunity. those are the keepers.

  49. blake January 14th, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    JF,

    Your next mission is to find out definatively if AAV is carried over after a player is traded

  50. Shame Spencer January 14th, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    blake January 14th, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    JF,

    Your next mission is to find out definatively if AAV is carried over after a player is traded

    —————-

    Chad should have asked that when he was doing his fact-checking!!

    We need to get Chad to find out. If JF hasn’t figured it out yet there’s a reason and that’s gotta be because the CBA itself is vague. I’m sure he’s tried multiple times already… we need Chad to intervene.

  51. yankee21 January 14th, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Why didn’t Hal call out or challenge the veterans like tex or Grandy?

  52. Jerkface January 14th, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    I’m on the phone with the commish office now, heh

  53. Against All Odds January 14th, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    if the owner tossing their names out in an offseason presser is too much pressure for these guys, release them now b/c there is no chance for them in the bronx.

    ————————

    The fact that he expects all these kids to make it is the problem. He’s looking at them to save the day. That’s where the undue pressure comes from.

  54. Nick in SF January 14th, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    The need for the veterans to produce in 2014 should be assumed.

    Hal is not the Prime Minister facing the hostile loyal opposition during Question Time.

  55. Jerkface January 14th, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    The CBA people are out of the office :x Also pronouncing LOHUD is harder than it looks.

  56. randy l. January 14th, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    the real problem is that it’s likely some people on this blog spend more time thinking about yankee players than hal does.

    hal seems a little say out of touch with reality concerning young players.

  57. There Will Never Be Another Mo January 14th, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    Justin Upton comparables that Baseball Reference uses.

    21.Ruben Sierra (973) 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 C
    22.Jason Heyward (968) 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 C
    23.Ruben Sierra (965) 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 C
    24.Ruben Sierra (958) 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 C

    Nice company. Sierra was quite the player early on. Ruben’s 23 year age season, he came in second in MVP balloting.

  58. Shame Spencer January 14th, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    Jerkface January 14th, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    The CBA people are out of the office :x Also pronouncing LOHUD is harder than it looks.

    ———————-

    These people shouldn’t be allowed to take vacations when the rest of us are working so hard to figure this out :P

    I don’t think Hal is ‘calling anyone out’.. he is bringing attention to a lot of players that aren’t developmentally ready for the bigs, though. I think the focus for me is more on whether or not he understands how far off they are and what he might do with them if they can’t contribute in 2014.

  59. Rich in NJ January 14th, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    No, Hal is the King who thinks questions are beneath him.

  60. blake January 14th, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    “the real problem is that it’s likely some people on this blog spend more time thinking about yankee players than hal does.”

    If I had a bin full of money and looked like Tino Martinez I wouldn’t think about the Yankees either :)

  61. Nick in SF January 14th, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    The peasants are revolting.

  62. randy l. January 14th, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    hal thinks he has binders full of young players ready to contribute in 2014 :)

  63. Shame Spencer January 14th, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    I think I’m more concerned about Tex playing in the WBC than Andy..

  64. blake January 14th, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    @si_vault: Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris look over a telegram from fans during their home run record chase in 1961: http://t.co/1vWCcJcx

  65. Shame Spencer January 14th, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    Hasn’t Tex has a few leg issues the past two years? Strains and the sort?

  66. Duh Innings II January 14th, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    I’m not into Pettitte and Teixiera participating int he WBC at all and I can’t believe the Yanks are allowing them to participate in this baseball exhibition, if permission from the Yanks was required.

    Yeah, let’s have a 40-year old who made only a dozen starts due to injury last season and is slated to make as many millions of dollars to pitch this season risk getting injured playing a baseball exhibition which has nothing to do with MLB.

    Let’s also have a 32-year old who played only 123 games due to injury who is slated to make $22.5M in 2013 and $90M through 2016 also do this.

    Anyone who doesn’t have a problem with these two playing the WBC is lying if they tell me they wouldn’t be screaming bloody murder if Pettitte and/or Teixiera get injured so badly a third, half, or all of 2013 is missed. Pettitte is more replaceable than Teixiera if he gets hurt because the Yanks could simply slot Hughes, Nova, and Phelps into the #3, #4, and #5, respectively, but rotation depth is lost unless the Yanks somehow convinced Derek Lowe to pitch in AAA and take a deal the Yanks gave Kevin Millwood in 2011 where (Lowe) could opt out of the contract on May 1 if he isn’t promoted to the big club. Who replaces Teixiera? Youkilis, ok, but then who plays 3B since Youkilis would have to move from there to 1B? Nix? Canzler? Nunez? Adams? Joseph?

    I just don’t see the sense in the Yanks #3 starter (#2 if Sabathia or Kuroda gets injured) and starting 1B who MUST have a bounceback 2013 to make up for lost HR and RBI from the departure of Swisher playing an exhibition series.

  67. Rich in NJ January 14th, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    “The peasants are revolting.”

    According to dictionary.com, the 1. definition of revolting is disgusting. The 2. definition is rebellious.

    http://dictionary.reference.co.....olting?s=t

    Hal would probably use the 1. definition.

  68. Ys Guy January 14th, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    if only hal was half the man his father was….

    …george never put undue pressure on anybody! :roll:

  69. Nick in SF January 14th, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    It’s not just the peasants, it’s all the people:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYpYs9GBXwY

  70. Against All Odds January 14th, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    George was a bully no doubt about that

  71. yankee21 January 14th, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    If I were an owner of a team bent on holding the line payroll wise while at the same time espousing a championship or bust mentality I’d probably be more apt to “challenge” underperforming veterans taking up a significant piece of my payroll (tex, Grandy examples) then “challenging” 20 year old kids who have never played at the big league level. But that is just me….

  72. Shame Spencer January 14th, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Are we peasants or people? If we’re going to be people can we be the Village People?

  73. Rich in NJ January 14th, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    “…george never put undue pressure on anybody!”

    For all his faults, and admittedly as the beneficiary of the fragmentation of media market share that made the ownership of fragments that can command a disproportionate share of the market so valuable, George turned $10m into billions.

    That’s the only reason anyone knows Hal’s name.

  74. Rich in NJ January 14th, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    ” If we’re going to be people can we be the Village People?”

    Which one are you? ;)

  75. Warning Track Power January 14th, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Happy for Tex and Pettitte
    Both can use the work, especially Tex. Any extra AB’s he gets during that tournament
    is a bonus

  76. Nick in SF January 14th, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    King Hal expands on his feelings about the people and peasants:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dk47saogI8o

  77. Shame Spencer January 14th, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    One of my favorite stories about the Steinbrenners was one regarding a bit about George’s grandson.

    Apparently, they were watching a Yankee game and someone (aunt, George’s wife maybe) was going to change the channel. Someone decided to tape the game before switching it or shutting the tv off and the grandson said something along the lines of, ‘Don’t worry, we own the rights.’

    I’d really like whichever grandkid that was to start running the team. It’d be like that AT&T commercial I love so much….

  78. Shame Spencer January 14th, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Rich in NJ January 14th, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    ” If we’re going to be people can we be the Village People?”

    Which one are you? ;)

    ————————

    I always saw myself as the black guy. Might be all my swag.

  79. Rich in NJ January 14th, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    “I always saw myself as the black guy. Might be all my swag.”

    k… :D

  80. Shame Spencer January 14th, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    Just to let everyone know, this is a big week. Mariah Carey will be on American Idol and there will be a lot of JLo comparisons from me that I relate to the Yankees (whether they make sense or not).

    So…ya know.. be prepared.

  81. Shame Spencer January 14th, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    Also, JLo brought Casper Smart to the Golden Globes yesterday and he dressed like a valet.

    None of you should be surprised. None of you.

  82. Rich in NJ January 14th, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    Mariah Carey?

    I have always suspected that when Jeter reflects back on that period of his life, he says to himself: “What was I thinking????”

  83. Ys Guy January 14th, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    how can you guys expect a sensitive guy like mark teixeira to perform with all that extra undue pressure he’d be under if hal ‘called him out’?

    its so unfair!

  84. Shame Spencer January 14th, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    Rich in NJ January 14th, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    Mariah Carey?

    I have always suspected that when Jeter reflects back on that period of his life, he says to himself: “What was I thinking????”

    ————————

    I dunno, she was pretty fly back in the 90s: http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/90s%20couple

    We can’t all age like Derek (aka, not at all) ;)

  85. Shame Spencer January 14th, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    They would have made a pretty baby.

    Mariah knew how to pick her boyfriends, that’s for sure… no back-up-dancer-dating for a real Diva.

  86. Rich in NJ January 14th, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Too each their own, Shame. If I had had his choices (not that I should complain about mine, because I wouldn’t), I would choose someone else.

  87. Shame Spencer January 14th, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    “I was intrigued with Mariah because we had a lot of similarities. Like me, she has a mixed heritage. She has White Irish mother and an African-American Venezuelan Father. Like me, she had a dream in life that she zealously pursued. She knew she wanted to be a singer, and made that her mission. Like me, she still works extremely hard at her profession. she’s a beautiful woman, on the inside and outside, and I had a deep respect for her and the way she handled herself. she started out with nothing but a dream that she would be a BIG STAR, and to this day, she still works hard at fulfilling that dream. She’s constantly writing, she’s constantly in the studio, she’s constantly trying to get better. She’s someone a lot of people can learn from. I know I did. Whether you like her music or you think it’s terrible, you could learn a lot of the way she pursued her goal.”

    -Derek Jeter talking about Mariah Carey

    Awww.. isn’t that sweet guys? Perhaps we should let it rest there and not relive other 90s Yankee relationships like David Justice and Halle Berry :shock:

  88. Shame Spencer January 14th, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    Rich in NJ January 14th, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Too each their own, Shame. If I had had his choices (not that I should complain about mine, because I wouldn’t), I would choose someone else.

    —————

    Eh, he got her when she was attractive and has been handing out gift baskets ever since ;)

    I’m sure even Derek regrets a few.

    Still.. I’d rather be the Mariah Carey Yankees than the janky JLo Yankees.

  89. Patrick January 14th, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    “the chance of the yankees developing a few players for the 2014 season is not based on any success they have had so far.

    i wouldn’t count on it.”

    Agreed, which is why i said it’s “Unlikely at best” to happen.

    “but is cashman the guy be on charge of developing yankees?

    he’s been pathetic at developing players.”

    His past track record is less than stellar in this area but I don’t think Cashman is incapable of doing this. Up to this point he didn’t need to develop players. With a huge payroll advantage the Yankees could afford to overpay for free agents and develop their prospects to a point where they would be valuable in a trade.

    With the new self-imposed payroll limitations the Yankees will absolutely have to pay more attention to player development. They can’t just develop prospects either, they have to develop major league ready talent.

    The main problem is that they are trying to change their organization philosophy in one season. Prospects of the level we are talking about take a lot longer than one season to develop. Hal either doesn’t realize or doesn’t care that there will be a 2-3 year window where the Yankees aren’t spending money on big ticket free agents and also don’t have major league ready prospects to fill in the gaps.

    I think it’s too early to say that Cashman can’t develop minor league players into major league players. And with the way the organization is currently positioned I think it will take at least 2-3 years for us to make that determination.

  90. Ys Guy January 14th, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    i personally couldn’t care if jeter dates mariah carey or johnny depp.

  91. Rich in NJ January 14th, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    I wish I could afford (or um, could have afforded) gift baskets. ;)

    “Still.. I’d rather be the Mariah Carey Yankees than the janky JLo Yankees.”

    I would rather the Yankees be the Yankees of Derek’s “youth.”

  92. Jerkface January 14th, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    i personally couldn’t care if jeter dates mariah carey or johnny depp.

    The latter would be shockingly news worthy. I’d care a lot about that.

  93. Rich in NJ January 14th, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    “i personally couldn’t care if jeter dates mariah carey or johnny depp.”

    Good point. If a really, really high profile athlete came out of the closet, it would do great things for LGBT rights.

  94. Patrick January 14th, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    At this point Johnny Depp is arguably prettier than Mariah Carey …

  95. G. Love January 14th, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    After reading this post, 2 things immediately came to mind;

    1. We need to sign another starting pitcher/spot starter. If Andy will pitch competitively that early in the season, he’ll most likely struggle to make it through the whole season. He’ll probably end up needing a break at some point to recharge for the home stretch.

    2. If Tex uses playing in the WBC & fatigue as an excuse for why he’s struggling and still declining next season with the focus squarely on him with Arod out, I (and many other fans) will pitch a fit.

  96. austinmac January 14th, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    I once saw Jeter with Minka. She was no Johnny Depp. Sadly, she was far secondary to seeing Jeter. Jeter, I must brag on my rare brush with greatness, held the door for me at Starbucks.

  97. Jerkface January 14th, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    I’m hoping that the WBC helps Tex get ready for the season.

  98. igotid88 January 14th, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    Hope Andy comes out of it healthy.

  99. austinmac January 14th, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    I’m hoping the team adds a good right handed hitter.

  100. Ys Guy January 14th, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    “igotid88 January 14th, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    Hope Andy comes out”
    ————————————————
    it would be a shock to his wife and kids!
    j/k :)

  101. blake January 14th, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    The other countries better be practicing their shifts for Tex

  102. Ys Guy January 14th, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    he’s working on his bunting as we speak.

    …and so is gardner…


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