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Pinch hitting: Sarah Rosenberg

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jan 18, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Our next Pinch Hitter has been here before. Sarah Rosenberg is a 23-year-old senior in the Macaulay Honors program at Brooklyn College. She’s majoring in creative writing, and guest blog posts are hardly the peak of her young career. As a teenager she wrote a novel that appeared in the collection Nine Novels by Younger Americans, and she authored a prize-winning short story in this year’s Spotlight anthology. Sarah is spending most of this month in Hollywood to research for the novel she’s writing for her undergraduate thesis. And no, it has nothing to do with baseball.

For her guest post, though, Sarah brought a novelist’s voice to describe the passion of a baseball fan.

To me, baseball is romance on training wheels.

It was one of my first loves. You know, those passions that grab you and conquer your thoughts and dominate all the highs and lows of your emotional states. The ones that you can’t get enough of, and you read all the books and you learn all the names and you memorize all the stats and collect all the stories and it doesn’t feel like work at all because you are so in love.

But over time, maybe the intensity dulls. Maybe the novelty just wears off. Maybe your team is eliminated in the Division Series one too many times. Maybe your favorite player is traded (Alfonso Soriano, I still appreciate you!). Maybe a steroid scandal rocks you too hard.

And then you wake up one day and you realize you’re married to this game, or maybe to this team, but it’s not the game or the team you fell in love with. There are so many new names, new faces, new statistics, and they don’t have the same nostalgic value, and it all just keeps changing so fast you can’t keep up.

It’s still there with you when you come home, a steadfast companion, ready whenever you turn on the TV or flick on the radio or browse the sports shelves at your local bookstore. But sometimes, deep down, you wonder if you’re fooling yourself, if maybe it’s time to let go.

But then maybe something comes up and everything reverses polarity again. Maybe you meet a stranger on a bus and somehow get into a heated discussion over whether or not Tim Lincecum was just a flash in the pan. Maybe you go to a game and the lead changes hands 13 times and you’re on the edge of your seat for four hours straight. Maybe some non-fan disses your team, or the whole sport, and you snap to defend it, bristling with righteous indignation. Everything you love about this game is suddenly pouring out of you, from the extra-inning dramas to the rich history to the smell of the grass to the ridiculously overpriced beer to the home run calls John Sterling makes that are so incredibly awful they’re amazing.

And in those moments, you know you’re head-over-heels and that if you think you could ever just walk away, you’re kidding yourself.
It’s hard to give your heart, season after season, to something that you know might, in the pressure-cooker of October, crush it to bits. It’s hard to give your heart, again and again, to something that might not deserve it. It’s hard to give your heart, year after year, to something that’s not the same as it used to be.

But hey. That’s life, that’s love, that’s romance. Forget the training wheels. This game has taught me everything I know about being in love.

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134 Responses to “Pinch hitting: Sarah Rosenberg”

  1. MTU January 18th, 2013 at 9:06 am

    I can see what you mean about Sarah’s talent Chad.

    Nice post.

    :)

  2. Shame Spencer January 18th, 2013 at 9:07 am

    We should probably try to recruit Sarah to Team Greedy… these kinds pros would be useful to our cause!

    Nice work.

  3. FiretheUMPIRE January 18th, 2013 at 9:09 am

    Sarah maybe you can counsel Randy about Jesus Montero, that is, if you can stomach a full grown man sobbing and crying.

  4. Tackelberry January 18th, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Sign Luke Scott for lefty DH, bite the bullett and sign Delmon Young for rightyDH and backup OF, claim George Kotteras if he gets to us, and call it an offseason. ANyone else sad that 30 Rock is coming to an end?

  5. Yankee Trader January 18th, 2013 at 9:12 am

    Good post.

    Shame-

    Recruit her. Need more female input to Chad’s fine blog site.

  6. MTU January 18th, 2013 at 9:15 am

    YT-

    Shame can do it. She is a HR person.

    Perfectly suited to the job of recruiting.

    :)

  7. randy l. January 18th, 2013 at 9:17 am

    “But then maybe something comes up and everything reverses polarity again.”

    i remember the first time i decided to quit on baseball.

    i was about nine and we had a home run derby field set up. it was a hayfield that had a new fence along it put up when they built interstate 91 in ct.

    gary thurston had won every contest for weeks and i had yet to hit my first home run. yeah , he was a year and a half older, but still this was very frustrating. no matter how hard i tried, no home run.
    so there was only one thing to do and that was quit the game of baseball.

    that lasted for about three days.

    and by the way, i’m still pissed that harmon killebrew beat mantle in home run derby.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbS47sXKaoA

  8. austinmac January 18th, 2013 at 9:18 am

    I am thrilled to see The Netherlands has more upside minor league players than the Yankees. Thanks Peter for making my day.

    Good post Sarah.

  9. MTU January 18th, 2013 at 9:20 am

    The Earth’s core has been periodically reveresing polarity since inception.

    Why can’t we ?

    :)

  10. MTU January 18th, 2013 at 9:20 am

    sp: reversing. sorry.

  11. MTU January 18th, 2013 at 9:22 am

    I’ll leave you all alone now.

    It’s time to walk the Mops.

  12. Yankee Trader January 18th, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Just looked at Cot’s up to date 2013 payroll. It’s currently at 198.5M. That’s for 15 players + what is owed Burnett.

    https://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=tpQLwiiQL4kzEzLhsUqVjLQ&output=html

    The Yankees could well top their all time high opening day payroll of 2010: $213,359,389.

    Tackelberry-

    I wonder, now that the Yankees got some good news on A-Rod, that they will be going with in-house players in the system to fill out the 25 man roster?

  13. Shame Spencer January 18th, 2013 at 9:24 am

    “And then you wake up one day and you realize you’re married to this game, or maybe to this team, but it’s not the game or the team you fell in love with.”

    ——————-

    Sarah must read the comments section :)

    I hope she pops in so we can identify her and make her one of our own.

  14. blake January 18th, 2013 at 9:26 am

    “Everything you love about this game is suddenly pouring out of you, from the extra-inning dramas to the rich history to the smell of the grass to the ridiculously overpriced beer to the home run calls John Sterling makes that are so incredibly awful they’re amazing.”

    I love this line. Nice work

  15. austinmac January 18th, 2013 at 9:29 am

    YT,

    If the Yankees are relying on AROD that is a huge risk. We can be hopeful, but who knows what he will have as a player with two surgically repaired hips and one surgically repaired knee.

    I think they are not adding for the very reason you noted. Payroll. Hal does care about this year’s as well as the future. He is a numbers guy, you know.

    I do believe this is our team except perhaps a cheap DH type. Personally, I think they are finished. Who the heck else is left who can help?

  16. blake January 18th, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Shame,
    Maybe Sarah could write a letter to Hal so elegantly that he may decide to spend some money? We definately should recruit her!

  17. blake January 18th, 2013 at 9:31 am

    That Netherlands infield is must watch for sure….more upside in that infield than maybe any in the majors

  18. austinmac January 18th, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Randy,

    Harmon Killebrew came to my kid’s little league about fifteen years ago. Even understanding human shrinkage as one ages, I was amazed how short he was. That power packed guy of about 5’8″ could hit a ball as far as anyone at the time including Mantle and Howard.

  19. blake January 18th, 2013 at 9:34 am

    @ReillyRick: After years of lying to my face, Lance Armstrong apologizes in an email. He can keep it. My column: http://t.co/KGzyv4hp

    I must be getting older but I just don’t care as much about some of these stories as I guess other people do…..a 2 part interview with Oprah about how to get Justin Upton without killing the farm system I would have enjoyed much more

  20. Yankee Trader January 18th, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Blake-

    Now that Morse is off the board, and the Diamondbacks might keep Upton and trade Kubel instead[?Orioles], with the payroll currently at 198.5M [and likely to top their all time high opening day payroll], and no takers for Granderson—-

    Who’s the RH bat DH-Nunez, Canzler?

  21. Against All Odds January 18th, 2013 at 9:36 am

    Shame Spencer January 18th, 2013 at 8:57 am
    I’m seeing a lot of hate for Oprah this morning.. I thought she did a much better job than I expected. I didn’t think she soft balled him……. hehehehehehe.

    —————————————–

    Who is hating on her?

  22. ac1 January 18th, 2013 at 9:37 am

    Who’s the RH bat DH-Nunez, Canzler?
    ___

    Youkilis? Let Adams or Nunez split time with Youk at 3b.

  23. blake January 18th, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Oprah pretty much nailed the guy I thought….she was throwing high heat up and in like the whole time

  24. blake January 18th, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Trader,

    I still think Upton will be traded….and if the yanks can’t get anybody I probably would DH Nunez vs LHP or whatever RH bat he’s playing the field for that day

  25. randy l. January 18th, 2013 at 9:42 am

    austin mac-

    are you old enough to have watched home run derby.

    it was a very big deal back then. when you see the players who participated it’s easy to see why.

    aaron, mays, mantle, snider, mathews, banks , kaline, robinson(frank)

    to me that was the golden age of baseball.

    the game was at his best, after jackie robinson broke the color barrier and before PEDS.

  26. blake January 18th, 2013 at 9:42 am

    And i still wouldn’t say there are no takers for Grandy…..I think Cashman simply can’t trade him because the offense has lost a ton of power already

  27. Shame Spencer January 18th, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Who is hating on her?
    —————-

    I saw Lupica was one of them. But I wasn’t surprised. I sort of assumed before the interview that the sports writers that were the biggest hypocrites would come at her the hardest.

    I really thought she’d do a worse job, but I thought she kinda handed him his ass in that interview. She just kept giving him more and more rope to hang himself with and she knew it.

    I don’t think any of the guys at ESPN or even a national news network anchor would have come at him that much harder.

  28. blake January 18th, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Loopica is an idiot….nobody should ever listen to him about anything

  29. Shame Spencer January 18th, 2013 at 9:46 am

    blake – I don’t much care about it either, but I find it fascinating if that makes sense. The most interesting aspect of the interview, for me, was when he said he didn’t feel like he was cheating because everyone was on an even playing field. I think that’s a common opinion amongst those we might consider cheaters in all sports….. and that’s something that’s a lot of fun to examine.

  30. blake January 18th, 2013 at 9:48 am

    I thought Oprah pretty much crushed him….the first 2 minutes she left him zero wiggle room by essentially acting like a prosecutor and asking yes/no questions then used the rest of the time for explanations after the answers were already out there……my guess is that Lance may actually wish he’d chose someone else to do the interview to be honest

  31. FiretheUMPIRE January 18th, 2013 at 9:50 am

    I would love to trade Granderson. He should have more value now than at the deadline because the acquiring team gets the pick.

    Assume the Yankees can add a better player than Jaso for Granderson, do you do it?

    I think so.

  32. Against All Odds January 18th, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Shame Spencer January 18th, 2013 at 9:43 am
    Who is hating on her?
    —————-

    I saw Lupica was one of them. But I wasn’t surprised. I sort of assumed before the interview that the sports writers that were the biggest hypocrites would come at her the hardest.

    I really thought she’d do a worse job, but I thought she kinda handed him his ass in that interview. She just kept giving him more and more rope to hang himself with and she knew it.

    I don’t think any of the guys at ESPN or even a national news network anchor would have come at him that much harder.

    ———————

    I thought she would soft toss him too but she didn’t. She went after him and I was surprised. Lupica is a douche and I still can’t believe ESPN gave him a radio show wtf.

  33. FiretheUMPIRE January 18th, 2013 at 9:53 am

    I strongly feel a long-term addition better than Jaso is worth more than one final year of Granderson plus the pick.

  34. Against All Odds January 18th, 2013 at 9:56 am

    my guess is that Lance may actually wish he’d chose someone else to do the interview to be honest

    ———————–

    He probably did. He probably thought this is Oprah so she won’t press me with hard questions.

  35. austinmac January 18th, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Randy,

    Yes, I watched Home Run Derby religiously. Old Wrigley Field in LA. I was also POed when Mantle lost. I couldn’t believe it.

    I grew up near Orlando and the Senators and then Twins trained there. The Yankees always played there on the weekdays and my mother would never let me skip school to go. Still irritated about that too.

    I did get to watch Rod Carew come threw there. He could hit then too.

    Incidentally, my wife’s cousin is a good friend of Carew after her husband got to know him as his UPS guy. I was glad to hear he is a very nice guy.

  36. Shame Spencer January 18th, 2013 at 9:57 am

    I don’t wanna start a debate over sexism, but I do think her being a female journalist plays a part in the criticism. When women come at you with high heat, we do it with a smile and it throws people off ;)

  37. randy l. January 18th, 2013 at 9:57 am

    as far as armstrong, cheating has become acceptable in america if you can get away with it or you can spin it.

    same in baseball.

    anyone watching john mackey this morning , the whole foods ceo, trying to spin his political beliefs about fascism trying to get them acceptable to his customers. i believe him as much as i believe armstrong.

    people think if they can say something enough times it will be true.

    but eventually the truth comes out.

    the yankees are trying to spin some sort of nonsense to us as yankee fans, but it’s become obvious we’ll be hearing hal or cashman at some point in the future telling us what was really happening in 2013.

    what’s happened to simply being straight with people and telling it the way it is?

  38. blake January 18th, 2013 at 9:58 am

    “blake – I don’t much care about it either, but I find it fascinating if that makes sense. The most interesting aspect of the interview, for me, was when he said he didn’t feel like he was cheating because everyone was on an even playing field. I think that’s a common opinion amongst those we might consider cheaters in all sports….. and that’s something that’s a lot of fun to examine.”

    He’s probably right to be honest….all those guys doped and if he was gonna compete he had to as well. I mean I can see how this all happened…..when you build an empire like he did then you’re gonna protect it…..one lie begat a whole bunch of lies and sooner or later the thing had grown to a point where he was suing people to protect his name and legacy.

    People don’t like being lied to though and all the writers he lied to for years are going to bury him now…..it’s a tragic story really….I think he set out to do good….and he did do some good with his foundation but the whole thing spun out of control. It’s his fault and he’s admitting it now…..I didn’t get much sense of remorse last night though…..he actually said he regretting coming back because he wouldn’t have gotten caught if he hasn’t…..

  39. blake January 18th, 2013 at 9:59 am

    “He probably did. He probably thought this is Oprah so she won’t press me with hard questions.”

    I think that’s exactly what he thought….and she nailed him

  40. There Will Never Be Another Mo January 18th, 2013 at 9:59 am

    She’s majoring in creative writing

    ______________

    From one creative writing major to another, make it big kid. You do not want to have to go grad school to pursue something else and incur the current wrath of the price of grad school and student loans. I fortunately have my loans almost paid off (thank goodness), but you do not want to go through the current state of higher education (and where it is going price-wise). Sell that novel to Hollywood and live off the residuals of a successful series!!!!!!!! Your post shows that you can write effectively!! Best of luck!!!

  41. Yankee Trader January 18th, 2013 at 10:01 am

    Didn’t see the interview yet. Floyd Landis is the one who nailed him as the whistleblower, and stands to make millions

  42. austinmac January 18th, 2013 at 10:01 am

    As an Austin resident, I have heard from a number of people that Armstrong is a total jerk.

    As far as PED usage goes, it would have been very difficult for a cyclist or a baseball player seeing competitors clearly using them and knowing you would fall behind. I am honest enough to wonder what I would have done as a ballplayer close to either not making it or possibly making enough money to set me up the rest of my life if I do.

    It is easy to sit on the pedestal. Many have done much worse things for far less.

    I don’t condone it, but I do understand it.

  43. randy l. January 18th, 2013 at 10:01 am

    “Loopica is an idiot….nobody should ever listen to him about anything”

    murphydog-

    is that you?

  44. Shame Spencer January 18th, 2013 at 10:02 am

    I’m surprised no one has discussed if we might take a flyer out on Manny to solve our RH hitter situation…..

  45. Tackelberry January 18th, 2013 at 10:03 am

    FiretheUMPIRE January 18th, 2013 at 9:50 am
    I would love to trade Granderson. He should have more value now than at the deadline because the acquiring team gets the pick.

    Assume the Yankees can add a better player than Jaso for Granderson, do you do it?

    I think so.

    ________________________________________

    I agree, but you have to think that the Yanks have not liked whatever offers they have gotten on Granderson or else they might have traded him. Maybe they’re expecting too much for him, but if the Nats got a couple of good prospects for 1 year of Morse, you’d think the Yanks could get at least the same for Granderson, with the knowlegdge that the acquiring tema would get the draft pick if they got him before ST starts. Yanks are most assuredly not going to resign him, so it makes sense to trade him.

  46. Against All Odds January 18th, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Great post Sarah

  47. Yankee Trader January 18th, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Need to go. Everyone have a great day.

    Next Yankee addition? Kottaras? Hairston?

    Justin joins his brother in Atlanta?

    Pickings are slim.

    Until later.

  48. yankeefeminista January 18th, 2013 at 10:07 am

    yankeefeminista January 18th, 2013 at 10:06 am
    Randy, I always thought Montero would catch adequately enough to play back there, and I expect him to continue to improve. The thing is Montero is also progressing on the offensive side of the ball, and will continue to do so; adjustments to Safeco’s dimensions will also contribute to that improvement.

    Jesus Montero’s strikeout-rate splits:

    First half: 23% (292 plate appearances)
    Second half: 12% (257 plate appearances)

    The reduced strikeout rate is supported by an increased contact rate:

    First half: 77% contact (563 swings)
    Second half: 83% contact (440 swings)

    First half, vs. righties: 23% strikeouts (205 plate appearances)
    Second half, vs. righties: 15% strikeouts (156 plate appearances)

    First half, vs. lefties: 23% strikeouts (87 plate appearances)
    Second half, vs. lefties: 8% strikeouts (101 plate appearances)

    Nice job, Sarah. Although the smell of the grass in OYS was so much better than that in NYS. I also miss that OYS smell of popcorn combined with that incomparable pissy smell, and that view of the infield grass from field level. <3

  49. austinmac January 18th, 2013 at 10:08 am

    I have to believe the Yankees could have moved Granderson. He does have value with his power and still remaining speed. However, it would have made the team worse in 2013, and the team does not want the general fanbase to see where this is heading.

    They are giving us a semi-competitive team this year and praying somehow, someway the team will not be awful in 2014. I have said to frequent criticism, I see no way the team is .500 in 2014. Half of a team cannot be rebuilt in one year, particularly with a severe budget.

  50. Shame Spencer January 18th, 2013 at 10:09 am

    blake – Great points. I think the thing about Armstrong that hurts him is just that he really isn’t a nice guy. He’s clearly an egomaniac but at the same time, we sort of celebrate those types of personalities when they live up to seemingly unattainable expectations.

    I think the way he views cheating is exactly how baseball, football, basketball and hockey players would view using PEDs at this point.

    That story about Jason Taylor was insane. I think the curtain is slowly peeling back on how important competition is to these guys, but also how much pressure they feel from organizations as a whole.

    And if we wanna dive really deep (there are no games tomorrow, why not!) we gotta acknowledge that it doesn’t just come down to an entity like MLB or the NFL.. but there’s this societal image of what it means to be a man that’s at play here it’s almost insurmountable.

  51. yankeefeminista January 18th, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Shame, I have secretly been dreaming of adding Manny’s bat (if only he had his old bat speed). I always was a closet Manny fan and loved watching him whenever Red Sox came in, while at the same time loathing and fearing him. I’ll never forget the 2006 Melky catch on Manny. What a great great hitter.

  52. J. Alfred Prufrock January 18th, 2013 at 10:10 am

    i’m calling out girardi and pena because they are flat out failures in developing yankee cacthing. that guy datz in seattle is the real deal. i can tell just from listening to him talk about when he was weiters catching coach.
    ///

    But Randy, you obviously haven’t heard the good news from Girardi:

    Now, Seattle “has to worry about Montero’s catching…we don’t anymore.”

    :D

    The line from Datz on Montero that really stands out is: that when it’s good, it’s AS GOOD AS IT GETS.

    That’s right…..AS GOOD AS IT GETS….

    He’s not talking about his hitting (which we already understand can be as good as it gets). He’s talking about his CATCHING.

    So, how big an indictment is that of Joe Girardi & Cashman? Unless you think a guy like Datz is going to feign giddiness about a guy who has been summarily DISMISSED by the Yankees as ever having a career behind the plate.

    Remember: he’s the guy “without a position….” Isn’t that the line of BS we’ve been fed, and what the pod people have been shouting us down about since Jan. 13?

  53. yankeefeminista January 18th, 2013 at 10:12 am

    As for Armstrong, I really haven’t been following the story, nor know much about the man, but the reference to “using” as part and parcel of a level playing field says it all, and expect it is true in all sports. We just don’t know what goes on inside the games. So…

  54. J. Alfred Prufrock January 18th, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Jesus Montero’s strikeout-rate splits:

    First half: 23% (292 plate appearances)
    Second half: 12% (257 plate appearances)

    The reduced strikeout rate is supported by an increased contact rate:

    First half: 77% contact (563 swings)
    Second half: 83% contact (440 swings)

    First half, vs. righties: 23% strikeouts (205 plate appearances)
    Second half, vs. righties: 15% strikeouts (156 plate appearances)

    First half, vs. lefties: 23% strikeouts (87 plate appearances)
    Second half, vs. lefties: 8% strikeouts (101 plate appearances)

    ///

    Yankeefem – those are a great find. He seriously looked on the verge of breaking out several times during the second half.

    The stats support what I saw from him, and he dramatically reduced that front-foot shifting that perhaps made him more vulnerable inside, and was getting more and more comfortable pulling the ball.

    The changes to the stadium will only abet his cause.

    If he can stay healthy, he’s going to have a monster year.

  55. blake January 18th, 2013 at 10:15 am

    blake – Great points. I think the thing about Armstrong that hurts him is just that he really isn’t a nice guy”

    Seems that way yea

  56. Tackelberry January 18th, 2013 at 10:16 am

    J. Alfred Prufrock January 18th, 2013 at 10:10 am
    i’m calling out girardi and pena because they are flat out failures in developing yankee cacthing. that guy datz in seattle is the real deal. i can tell just from listening to him talk about when he was weiters catching coach.

    ________________________________________

    What do Girardi and Pena have to do with developing Yankee catchers? They’re not coaching them in the minor leagues. Thats the job of the minor league cochaes in the organization to help them develop and improve. Girardi and Pena only see them in ST and only have a certain amount of time to work with them.

  57. randy l. January 18th, 2013 at 10:17 am

    “I always thought Montero would catch adequately enough to play back there, and I expect him to continue to improve.”

    yankeefeminista-

    yes, you’ve always said that ,and you’ve seen him up close numerous times.

    the fact that yankee coaches and yankee management don’t see what is so plain to you or me is puzzling.

  58. randy l. January 18th, 2013 at 10:19 am

    “What do Girardi and Pena have to do with developing Yankee catchers?”

    precisely

    they don’t do sH%T.

  59. J. Alfred Prufrock January 18th, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Some guy on another blog I think gave the use of PEDs a more proper context.

    He said it’s more like you’re cheating in conditioning, not the actual playing of a sport.

    The idea being, the drugs won’t give you talent, but they’ll help you perform optimally, so your talent can shine.

    I know in hockey, tons of guys used. Guess what though – the ones who couldn’t skate, still couldn’t. The goons were still goons with no hands and no agility. Maybe they didn’t wear down as much.

  60. yankeefeminista January 18th, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Pruf, agree. I think many of those balls will start dropping. He had 24.1% LD on the road vs. only around 18% at home. That kind of says it all.

    You see the nice article in PP on Giovanny Gallegos. Sounds like his stuff is filthy. I hope we get him at SI. I’m very excited about him and some of these other lesser known prospect arms we have in the system. I think our pitching depth is going to become very obvious as these kids move up.

  61. yankeefeminista January 18th, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Those LD %, 24 on road, 18 at home was vs. RHP, which I meant to include. He was a whopping 30% vs LHP, I do believe.

  62. jacksquat January 18th, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Yankee Trader January 18th, 2013 at 9:23 am
    Just looked at Cot’s up to date 2013 payroll. It’s currently at 198.5M. That’s for 15 players + what is owed Burnett.

    https://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=tpQLwiiQL4kzEzLhsUqVjLQ&output=html

    The Yankees could well top their all time high opening day payroll of 2010: $213,359,389.

    Tackelberry-

    I wonder, now that the Yankees got some good news on A-Rod, that they will be going with in-house players in the system to fill out the 25 man roster?

    198.5 + Logan (2.8 projected) + David Robertson (2.7 projected) + at a minimum 8 more guys at 500k each + 15 other players on the 40 man at mostly minor league salaries.

    So at least 208 mil for the major leaguers which is within about 5 mil of their all time high and within 1-2 mil of last year, like I’ve been saying for a long time. Hughes made much more than projected with a league average ERA+ so Logan and Robertson could make the total even higher.

    I would imagine Hal doesn’t want to go above last year and Cashman has his hands tied unless he unloads some salary to acquire someone else.

  63. austinmac January 18th, 2013 at 10:24 am

    2013 Yankee free agents:

    Position Players

    Cano
    Granderson
    Youkilis
    Jeter(possible)

    Starting Pitchers

    Pettitte
    Kuroda
    Hughes

    Relievers

    Mo
    Logan
    Aardsma
    Joba

    Key returning players:

    CC
    Robertson
    AROD
    Ichiro
    Gardner
    Teixiera

    I don’t get it. I simply don’t get where they think they can go from here.

  64. Rich in NJ January 18th, 2013 at 10:24 am

    Very well written, Sarah.
    —–

    Montero will always suck as a catcher. You can’t be a true Yankee fan unless you acknowledge that. Because they would never have traded him if that wasn’t true.

    Isn’t that the way it goes?

  65. austinmac January 18th, 2013 at 10:28 am

    Rich,

    You finally get it. All decisions are correct ones. The future is safe with Hal and Brian. Buy tickets and products. Give them your money. How dare anyone doubt?

    Nah, I like Team Greedy far better.

  66. Rich in NJ January 18th, 2013 at 10:30 am

    austinmac

    I may not be very bright, but I am a good listener.

  67. yankeefeminista January 18th, 2013 at 10:32 am

    randy l. January 18th, 2013 at 10:17 am
    “I always thought Montero would catch adequately enough to play back there, and I expect him to continue to improve.”

    yankeefeminista-

    yes, you’ve always said that ,and you’ve seen him up close numerous times.

    the fact that yankee coaches and yankee management don’t see what is so plain to you or me is puzzling.
    ______
    Again, if you are looking at a catcher, you need to determine what he is giving you on both sides of the ball because the position in fact does hit. Also what is the criteria for determine who can and cannot catch. The Yankees have always had the advantage of the hit tool from the catching position over that of most other teams, to eliminate that strength is counterproductive. I mentioned yesterday how we are still trying to turn our power bats into catchers in the minors, for example Peter O’Brien is learning the ropes although he may be deemed, one of the latest who may not have the “body/skills” to stay behind the plate. Obviously Sanchez hopefully will remain there. Reports of progress are a good sign but at the same time we act like in ML we are eschewing offense at that position. I’d love to be a fly on the wall at these internal catcher meetings/quantitive catching evaluation sessions. Not sure who is making these evaluations on who can and cannot catch. Maybe I will do some minor league snooping. ;)

    GB too always thought Montero could and would catch, although after we lost the kid in the Seattle, GB lost interest in putting forth that argument because Montero was no longer ours. But he was staunchly another person who expected Montero to catch.

    Heading to PT, more from the table. :)

  68. yankeefeminista January 18th, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Sorry for typos.

  69. Shame Spencer January 18th, 2013 at 10:35 am

    yankeefeminista January 18th, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Shame, I have secretly been dreaming of adding Manny’s bat

    ————-

    You’re not alone lol.. I just wanna see the spectacle.

  70. randy l. January 18th, 2013 at 10:36 am

    “Montero will always suck as a catcher. You can’t be a true Yankee fan unless you acknowledge that. Because they would never have traded him if that wasn’t true.

    Isn’t that the way it goes?”

    rich in nj-

    that’s what i’m talking about people spinning the truth into a narrative that more fits their agenda.

    me saying montero could catch was the single most controversial thing i could say on this blog.

    how could i go against girardi and cashman? how could i know better?

    well, thousands of hours of catching had a little to do with it.

    i understand how my eyes with catchers is better than cashman’s. i’ve done it . he hasn’t.
    with girardi though it makes no sense. he knows as much about catching as anyone on the planet and obviously more than me.

    however he got it wrong wth montero.

    this is problematic because girardi controls the position for the near future. he makes the decision who plays there. cashman is involved , but it seems girardi will bury a guy if cashman imposes someone on him.

    for whatever the reason, it’s a myth that girardi and pena are good at mentoring yankee catchers.
    my question is what else are they supposed to be good at that they are really incompetent.

  71. yankeefeminista January 18th, 2013 at 10:36 am

    Shame, I fantasized about getting Manny for years. A Washington Heights kid in the Bronx would have been a natural. Plus he was such a special bat. Every AB was mesmerizing to watch.

  72. austinmac January 18th, 2013 at 10:37 am

    I am afraid the team who woldn’t consider Melky sure isn’t going to consider Manny. It would be fun though.

  73. Tackelberry January 18th, 2013 at 10:37 am

    YF:

    Gallegos was lights out last year. How hard does he throw? Not sure if he is a power pitcher ormore of a control guy. Also hope to see Dan Camarena and Jordan Cote this year. Both were very impressive last year. Have you heard any reports on Rookie Davis? He was also highly regarded after being drafted in 14th round. I agree that we have some exciting young arms coming though we’ll have to be patient. The one guy I expect to come fast though is DePaula.

  74. yankeefeminista January 18th, 2013 at 10:38 am

    austin, especially if he regained some bat speed. One of the greatest hitters I have ever had the privilege to watch.

  75. J. Alfred Prufrock January 18th, 2013 at 10:39 am

    “I always thought Montero would catch adequately enough to play back there, and I expect him to continue to improve.”
    ///

    Yankeefem – I really expected a total clutz when he arrived in Trenton, and lo and behold, he was way more athletic than his advanced billing. His strong arm was evident right away, he didn’t seem to have much trouble blocking the plate (his size is an asset I would say in this regard). There didn’t seem to be glitches in communication when he caught between Montero and the pitcher.

    Montero also worked extremely hard at catching, and dedicated himself to learning english well so he could converse better with his pitchers. They said he really applied himself to become as fluent as possible, and there was no more language barrier.

    In any case, the bat itself should have given the Yankees, including Mosquera and Wynegar at the miL, every bit of patience with his catching evolution.

    Instead, Seattle is going to take on that teaching curve and reap the benefits of that special bat.

    So wrong.

  76. BronxBorn January 18th, 2013 at 10:40 am

    Nice job Sarah. I am also a writer and the one thing I learned over and over again is that a writer writes. We write because we love words and we love the effect that they have on the folks who read them. We write because there is something so indefinably great as taking that concept in your head and putting it down on paper (or computer screen). So Write On!

  77. J. Alfred Prufrock January 18th, 2013 at 10:41 am

    I’d welcome Manny: he’s a New Yorker, to boot, from the Heights. :D

    Not happenin’, however. But he sure fits the target age range, doesn’t he?

  78. blake January 18th, 2013 at 10:41 am

    Good breakdown of Manny and Casper Wells as options at RAB…..I wouldn’t be opposed to manny on a minor league deal/ST invite…..but he’s probably either shot or juicing again

    www riveraveblues.con

  79. austinmac January 18th, 2013 at 10:42 am

    I never saw the terrible catching from Montero. He looked okay to my eyes. He got the ball to second at or under two seconds. He didn’t spend the game running to the backstop like Stewart.

    My friend’s son, a pitcher at a very good junior college, had labral repair the same week as Pineda. He is now throwing off a mound without restrictions. I understand the difference in jr. college and mlb, but I wonder why Pineda is nowhere near that in recovery.

  80. Rich in NJ January 18th, 2013 at 10:42 am

    randy

    I am waiting for Sanchez to be moved too, but they may wait until he reaches AAA to maximize his value. There is probably a 20 year old pitcher somewhere who they have already targeted.

    As for Cashman, he used to make more sense when he talked to the media. Something happened to change him.

    Someone will write a book at some point, and we will find out why things changed.

  81. J. Alfred Prufrock January 18th, 2013 at 10:44 am

    Rich in NJ January 18th, 2013 at 10:24 am

    Very well written, Sarah.
    —–

    Montero will always suck as a catcher. You can’t be a true Yankee fan unless you acknowledge that. Because they would never have traded him if that wasn’t true.

    Isn’t that the way it goes?
    ///

    I know your sometime stomping ground, RAB, is even more rabid should there be even faint praise pointed in Montero’s direction, and mild criticism, even, of his dispatch to Seattle. I’ve had a couple of those Schnauzers over there snarling and biting at my ankles on the subject.

    At least this place has some who don’t communicate solely in Cash-speak :D

  82. Rich in NJ January 18th, 2013 at 10:44 am

    I am Pro-Manny. You know that George would have been on that.

  83. yankeefeminista January 18th, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Tackel, thing is with Gallegos that gives him such upside is that he has both power and command. Just what I have read; I haven’t seen him live, but I can’t wait to. He supposedly sits 92-94 with a ton of deception, and has a swing and miss CB in the low 80′s. Camarena I think the big thing is that they are hoping he gets a little bump up in velo, like Manny did. Rookie Davis needs to stay healthy. He had a rough year health-wise with arm tendinitis and a depleting virus. As for DePaula, he is the pitcher I have been waiting to see for a few years. Gotta run.

  84. randy l. January 18th, 2013 at 10:47 am

    j.a.p.-

    you feeling a little smug today like i am now that montero has been given the starting catcher position in seattle?

    ( … and no, the above is not meant to incite controversy and blog sparring and to draw montero haters out from their hiding places )

    :)

  85. J. Alfred Prufrock January 18th, 2013 at 10:47 am

    You see the nice article in PP on Giovanny Gallegos. Sounds like his stuff is filthy. I hope we get him at SI. I’m very excited about him and some of these other lesser known prospect arms we have in the system. I think our pitching depth is going to become very obvious as these kids move up.
    ///

    Yes I did! If he becomes anything, what a great name for a Yankee pitcher!

  86. Rich in NJ January 18th, 2013 at 10:48 am

    I know your sometime stomping ground, RAB, is even more rabid should there be even faint praise pointed in Montero’s direction, and mild criticism, even, of his dispatch to Seattle. I’ve had a couple of those Schnauzers over there snarling and biting at my ankles on the subject.

    What I finally realized about RAB is that most of the posters disagree with Axisa most of the time (like about Montero), but they don’t have the guts to disagree with him, so they attack those who do.

    It was fun sparring for a while, but then it got tedious.

  87. ac1 January 18th, 2013 at 10:49 am

    If they trade Sanchez too…. I don’t even know what i would say anymore.
    It gets harder and harder to defend how things are run now.

    They should have been pushing some of the prospects harder and faster knowing what is going to happen in 2014. Adams should have been in AAA by now, and ready to play 3rd base everyday. If not 3rd, he and CoJo should be preparing to be the starting 2nd baseman in 2014. I am hopeful that they seem to want to get Heathcott up the majors by september so he can start in 2014. Hoping they push Austin and Williams and others….. If we are going to suck in 2014, i want us to suck while watching prospects grow into a competitive team….

  88. ac1 January 18th, 2013 at 10:50 am

    I know Manny is a two time PED offender but at 1M, what’s the harm? If he can still hit, we have protection for Cano. If not, we release him…

  89. J. Alfred Prufrock January 18th, 2013 at 10:50 am

    randy l. January 18th, 2013 at 10:47 am

    j.a.p.-

    you feeling a little smug today like i am now that montero has been given the starting catcher position in seattle?
    ////

    More like a little pissed. A lot pissed :D .

    They’ve got him running and doing agility foot drills this offseason. I guess we couldn’t have tried something like that.

  90. austinmac January 18th, 2013 at 10:52 am

    Right now spring training things to watch are Jeter’s ankle, Mo’s ankle, Youkilis back, Romine and the very young guys who I will probably not get to see. Manny would make it fun. Heck, he can still probably hit.

    I put Manny as unlikely as Upton.

  91. J. Alfred Prufrock January 18th, 2013 at 10:53 am

    One thing the pod people are right about: I’ll never get over it.

  92. FiretheUMPIRE January 18th, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Austinmac, the answer is investment.

  93. randy l. January 18th, 2013 at 10:55 am

    “If they trade Sanchez too…. I don’t even know what i would say anymore.
    It gets harder and harder to defend how things are run now.”

    i remember people saying that banelous and betances were the final straw for cashman if they didn’t pan out.

    cashman just keeps kicking the can down the road.

    my problem is too many on the blog have independently decided that cashman is a problem as far as developing young players.

    who am i going to fight with?

    this is an alarming trend :)

  94. FiretheUMPIRE January 18th, 2013 at 10:56 am

    I would trade Sanchez if Miguel Montero is coming back. This of course infuriates DONNY but oh well. I’d trade him for Carlos Santana as well but obviously Arizona is more inclined to trade Miguel Montero than the Indians are Santana.

  95. randy l. January 18th, 2013 at 10:57 am

    “They’ve got him running and doing agility foot drills this offseason. I guess we couldn’t have tried something like that.”

    oh yeah, you got a little smug in you today.

    :)

  96. austinmac January 18th, 2013 at 10:59 am

    JAP,

    I have been a lot pissed for some time watching my team go down the tube for for money reasons. It has been said by me the Yankees are among the least likely to sign free agents in the years ahead. That’s not good with eleven important players on your team who are free agents.

    Meanwhile, Cashman simply says “I believe everything Hal believes.” And I believe you are both dopes.

  97. J. Alfred Prufrock January 18th, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Don’t worry Randy, the pod people still vastly outnumber Cashman’s critics. You’ll have plenty of sparring partners.

    Good call, incidentally, on your Nettles’ comparison a while back with Montero: quick/agile upper body/ slow lower half. That is basically echoed in Datz’s critique.

    Montero is like a hockey player with fantastic hands but who doesn’t have that fast-twitch gear to jump into the hole and use his hands. Fortunately for him, you don’t need “quick feet” in the box, and with the hit tool and power he has, his bat won’t be denied.

    The Mariners are trying to compensate for the lower body sleepiness with some retraining. Good for them.

  98. J. Alfred Prufrock January 18th, 2013 at 11:02 am

    Austinmac,

    Your posts really have had me LOL’ing for months now. Very funny stuff – full of pathos, too.

  99. Shame Spencer January 18th, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Meanwhile, Cashman simply says “I believe everything Hal believes.” And I believe you are both dopes.

    —————-

    Did he actually say this..? That’s like something I would say about my boss with a smirk on my face lol.

  100. Rich in NJ January 18th, 2013 at 11:04 am

    The most optimistic thing I have read is G. Love’s posts about his contact, whose comments suggests that Hal has made this put up or shut up time for Cashman’s youth movement.

    I take it with a grain of salt, of course, but they are in line with Hal’s public comments.

  101. bruceb January 18th, 2013 at 11:04 am

    State of the (Yankees) Union:

    The LoHud faithful are still discussing the merits of trading Jesus Montero to the Mariners – one year after it actually happened – while others are suggesting we consider signing 40-year-old Manny Ramirez. When do the “Roger Clemens Returns” stories start?

  102. DONNYBROOK January 18th, 2013 at 11:05 am

    All you gotta do is Look at Montero. The guy is the antithesis of Benjamin Button. Dogs age at a far slower rate than Miguel Montero.

  103. austinmac January 18th, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Shame,

    Yes, he said that within the past week. He seems completely whipped by Hal. He needs to go Django on him.

  104. J. Alfred Prufrock January 18th, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Y’know what, my scorn is really reserved for Cashman, Girardi and ownership.

    Sure, the sniping in here gets you going, but in the end, the FO and owners have turned what could have been a late 90s renaissance into crumbling edifice that just doesn’t understand things like climate change and new innovations in structural engineering.

    They let the House that Ruth Built go to sod, let a key bat in that future get away.

    It makes me sick to my stomach.

    Time for real life.. have a good day, all :D

  105. budabear78 January 18th, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Sarah – great writing and amazing piece. bravo. my highest compliments. You nailed it on the head.

  106. Rich in NJ January 18th, 2013 at 11:08 am

    “The LoHud faithful are still discussing the merits of trading Jesus Montero to the Mariners – one year after it actually happened – while others are suggesting we consider signing 40-year-old Manny Ramirez. When do the “Roger Clemens Returns” stories start?”

    Everything will change when there are young, dynamic, players who are producing at a high level, thereby filling those roles.

    I can’t wait ’till that happens.

  107. DONNYBROOK January 18th, 2013 at 11:11 am

    I want Nuthin’ to do with Manny Ramirez. Reggie’s classification of George and Billy, is Manny inna nutshell. “Convicted and a Liar”, all rolled into 1 guy.

  108. randy l. January 18th, 2013 at 11:13 am

    “Good call, incidentally, on your Nettles’ comparison a while back with Montero: quick/agile upper body/ slow lower half. That is basically echoed in Datz’s critique.”

    j. a p.-

    i had the good fortune to be a couple of lockers down from nettles for one season. i caught during live BP with him hitting and know the kind of swing speed he had. i also ran along side of him in pre game warm ups. he had amazing upper body speed and coordination and not so much with his lower body. but it didn’t matter. nettles turned himself into gold glove infielder with hard work.

    i don’t think montero is going to be a gold glove catcher, but i think he’ll become close to average if he works as hard as nettles did.

    with the way he hits, approaching average defensively is going to make him really valuable to some team.

  109. randy l. January 18th, 2013 at 11:20 am

    as far as manny ramirez i’m all for getting his bat… just his bat though. manny himself is too old.
    that ship has sailed.

    :)

  110. Shame Spencer January 18th, 2013 at 11:21 am

    mac – Crazy. He’s being as sarcastic as any of us would be when discussing our boss. One thing I’m sure of with Hal is that the man is able to read. Maybe G.Love’s mole is right and Cash sees the writing on the wall.

    We might end up in a ‘devil you know verse the devil you don’t’ situation.

    Pacino playing Joe Pat??? HOO-AHHH!!!

  111. Bo knows January 18th, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Seventeen years of an average of 95+ wins. Seventeen years of the most money put back into baseball. Even now, the Yankees are 200 mil plus budget. The carping and the kvetching just goes on and on.

    Note: Save it for the season. At least then, it would be timely.

    All this running around in circles, squawking. If you straightened all that out, you’d be out of here.

  112. Chip January 18th, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Interesting read. It re-enforces what I’ve been saying about a disconnect between the two front office philosophies:

    http://riveraveblues.com/2013/.....ies-81364/

  113. DONNYBROOK January 18th, 2013 at 11:31 am

    I don’t believe there would be the “carping”, if there were NOT holes you could drive a truck through in the Yankee lineup. That, and the Fact Cashman has been chasing after Stiffs like Schierholtz to fill those holes.

  114. MTU January 18th, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Bo-

    All I know for sure I that I’d like to be transported to Wells-Gray this Summer.

    Maybe I go to sleep one night in Utah and wake up there.

    Now that would be cool.

    ;)

  115. austinmac January 18th, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Bo,

    Ah yes, all is well. Should Chad only have the blog during the season?

  116. jacksquat January 18th, 2013 at 11:38 am

    randy l. January 18th, 2013 at 10:47 am

    j.a.p.-

    you feeling a little smug today like i am now that montero has been given the starting catcher position in seattle?

    He has? Seattle said this?

  117. randy l. January 18th, 2013 at 11:43 am

    “He has? Seattle said this?”

    pretty much :)

  118. Rich in NJ January 18th, 2013 at 11:43 am

    “Seventeen years of an average of 95+ wins. Seventeen years of the most money put back into baseball. Even now, the Yankees are 200 mil plus budget. ”

    Why did that happen? Because they had the patience to develop a terrific homegrown core of high ceiling young players to build around. But it is foreseeable to anyone over 20 that time is the avenger, and as a result, they had to have have young, high ceiling replacements to receive the torch and carry on the winning tradition.

    They have had at least 10 years to plan for the exit of the core, but as of today, there is not one high ceiling young player on the team.

    The closest one is Cano, but he turns 30 this year, and in order to keep him, they will have to pay him $20 something million a year until he is almost 40 because they didn’t try to extend him again a few years ago.

    If you have four players making $100m, no high ceiling, cost-controlled young players, and the desire to shrink the payroll, $200m isn’t all that much to fill out a 40 man roster, especially when the effective figure is $170 something million.

    “The carping and the kvetching just goes on and on.”

    So really, we are just speaking the obvious truth. You are the one “carping and kvetching.”

    But do what you want, everyone should be able to express their opinion. I just wish they would do it without characterizing others, because it gives off the scent that unless you drink the Yankee Kook-Aid, you are a bad fan.

    That, however, is a crock.

  119. Nick in SF January 18th, 2013 at 11:48 am

    “that’s what i’m talking about people spinning the truth into a narrative that more fits their agenda.”

    This is one of the funniest things you’ve posted here, randy. Thank you.

  120. FiretheUMPIRE January 18th, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Yes jacksquat, spring training ended today and the Mariners submitted their 24 man roster, dontcha know?

  121. Bo knows January 18th, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Look, I enjoy baseball in all the details. The at bats, the pitching, the fielding, the minors, the off season. I enjoyed it more when I was a participant but needs must.

    I’m saying, the Yankee fans have had a hell of a run. Even the Yankees don’t have an infinite budget and the playing field is sloped against them. This year or three years from now they will fall back into the pack. The system is geared that way.

    I happen to think that Nunez and Cervelli won’t be that big a drop off. That the pitching, both starters and BP is solid and extra arms deep. In a perfect world the Yankees would have signed Beltran and traded Swisher last year and Granderson this off season. Didn’t happen.

    But for God’s sake, have some fun people.

  122. FiretheUMPIRE January 18th, 2013 at 11:49 am

    In fact the Mariners submitted their 24-man for the next decade and Jesus Montero is pencilled in at catcher. Zunino is on the trade block and we’re feelin smug.

  123. FiretheUMPIRE January 18th, 2013 at 11:51 am

    Donny are you suggesting Miguel Montero lied about his age like the artist formerly known as Fausto Carmona? Is his real name not Miguel Montero?

  124. DONNYBROOK January 18th, 2013 at 11:52 am

    We had some “back patting” of Boras around here, once Soriano got that Nats contract. Turns out, HALF the contract is deferred, and the deferred payments do Not start for 5 yrs. Also, the Nats commented that they did Not mind surrendering the draft pick, due to how low it was, and the shallow depth of the draft pool. So you guys that are all giddy about garnering draft picks, are soon gonna have those smiles turned upside down. Gimme the bird-in-the-hand anyday.

  125. austinmac January 18th, 2013 at 11:52 am

    I complain about how the team is run because it is being run, at least on the baseball side, very poorly. Half of the team will be gone next year under the current policies. The remaining half will include folks like Eppley, Rapada and the like.

    This has been coming for years as Rich said. Instead of spending more internationally, they spent less. Instead of spending more on the draft, they spent less. Instead of signing cost controlled players for multi years, they spent too much on old one year guys. Instead of investing in Darvish, they trade their best offensvie prospect in years for aguy who gets surgery.

    They have no realistic plan.

    I am absolutely convinced Hal is saying to Cashman “You said we would be able to build from within and win on a budget, so prove it.” Cashman’s job is absolutely on the line unless he can yes man his way a while longer.

  126. randy l. January 18th, 2013 at 11:55 am

    “This is one of the funniest things you’ve posted here, randy. Thank you.”

    you my friend are an enemy :)

    you are one of those who tries to spin it that i don’t know what i’m talking about when i say my eyes see something.

    how’s that working out for you?

  127. austinmac January 18th, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Exactly what fun have we had this off season? I have fun in other parts of my life, but watching the team self destruct by design is unpleasant. Enjoy the Youkilis signing and the two year Ichiro deal if you like, but I see great problems ahead. It would be nice to believe the Yankee management sees it too and intends to act, but not one sign says so.

  128. Shame Spencer January 18th, 2013 at 11:59 am

    austinmac January 18th, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Exactly what fun have we had this off season?

    ————————–

    I dunno guys, that one day when we got to make fun of Cash’s Santa dreadlocks was pretty effing fun!

  129. Shame Spencer January 18th, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    No seriously, though, some of us just like talking Yankees even if it doesn’t seem like the topic is fun… just the act of doing it, good or bad, is fun.

    :arrow:

  130. austinmac January 18th, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Shame,

    The most fun I have had baseball related is often laughing at your posts. You, my friend, are a breath of often odd, but funny, fresh air.

  131. G. Love January 18th, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    Great post Sarah! Really enjoyed it a lot.

  132. Rich in NJ January 18th, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    “have some fun people.”

    Do you really think you have a monopoly on what people find enjoyable?

  133. Nick in SF January 18th, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    Very nice post, Sarah. I hope you come back and write one next year, too.

    randy, I’ll answer you in the next thread. :arrow:

  134. Bo knows January 18th, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    It’s not Yankee kool aid. The Yankees are going down. The question is, for how long? The rest is PR spin. I want to shorten that time frame as much as possible, so signing Beltran and trading the two OFs, one per year, to me was an obvious choice. But if I, sitting on the sidelines could see it, I’m sure Yankee management could at least see that option. Didn’t happen.

    Ownership has been short sighted and bottom line focused. That isn’t baseball. Baseball is projecting that eighteen year old. So just as the core is coming to an end, Cash and co are put on a budget instead of priming the pump with smart signings. Instead of getting innovative, they started counting pennies in a macro kind of way. 210 mil a season isn’t pennies.

    It is what it is. Fact remains, that the Yankees are getting squeezed and how they respond to the challenge is at the least, interesting. I can’t wait to see what they will do.


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