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Week in review: Rodriguez has surgery; Yankees avoid arbitration

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jan 20, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

I always look forward to the Pinch Hitters series. I enjoy the new voices and outside perspectives, and it doesn’t get much more outside than an Australian fan writing about global branding.

This morning, Anthony made a fine point; one I hadn’t considered. Star power matters, and if long distance fans truly are drown to superstars, then the Yankees financial approach to 2014 might limit that appeal. I have to imagine that, for young fans just developing team loyalty, Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter and Ichiro Suzuki seem like stars of another time.

But I keep coming back to one universal truth: Winning trumps everything.

The Yankees were pretty bad for more than a decade, but as soon as those late 90′s teams began winning championships, they were once again the most powerful brand in sports. CC Sabathia and Robinson Cano still bring considerable star power to this roster — the kind of star power that’s still young and cool and in its prime – and the Yankees are putting at least some faith in the idea that Slade Heathcott or Mason Williams or Tyler Austin might become a star as well. As long as the Yankees keep winning, fans will keep coming. There will still be t-shirts in schools and posters on walls, in New York and beyond.

 Superstars might create championships, but championships can also create superstars.

• Alex Rodriguez’s left hip surgery went as planned. According to the Yankees, there were no complications and various reports have indicated that Rodriguez’s cartilage damage was less extensive that anticipated. That’s good news. Now comes the six-month rehab.

• Derek Jeter told reporters in Florida that he’s been cleared to begin baseball activities but won’t do so for a few more days. His walking boot is off and he’s been able to begin workouts.

• The Yankees avoided arbitration with Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain and Boone Logan this week. They still have Dave Robertson eligible for arbitration and there’s still time to come to an agreement.

• Mark Teixeira (USA), Robinson Cano (Dominican Republic) and Francisco Cervelli (Italy) were the only Yankees named to World Baseball Classic rosters.

• The Yankees added a draft pick when Rafael Soriano signed with the Nationals. Soriano got a two-year deal with a vesting option for a third year. He’ll make more money than the qualifying offer he turned down, but a lot of the money is deferred.

• Kevin Long told the New York Post that he’s already started working with new third baseman Kevin Youkilis, who’s slightly tweaked his batting stance in an effort to bring back some past success.

• Jorge Posada told The Associated Press that he has no plans of making a comeback, but he will join the Yankees as a spring training instructor.

• The Yankees announced plans to play an exhibition game at West Point on March 30. They’ll also play an exhibition in Washington D.C. on March 29.

• The Yankees made a minor league addition, re-signing former prospect Reegie Corona to add some middle infield depth. Corona was on the 40-man roster not so long ago, but a shoulder injury derailed his career. He’s been playing winter ball in Venezuela.

• Although there was some speculation that the Yankees might make a move for Mike Morse, it was the Mariners who actually traded for him. Interestingly, the move opens the catching position and leaves the potential for us to finally see how well Jesus Montero might handle that position full-time.

• Last night, a friend from back home texted me with the news that Stan Musial had passed away. When I was a kid, Musial was a real-life folk hero. The statistics and MVP awards were from a long gone era, but every once in a while, Stan would wear a red blazer, play a little harmonica and become one of us; a midwestern giant with small-town sensibilities and fairy tale charm. Outside of Busch Stadium, there’s a Musial statue that includes the words of commissioner Ford Frick: “Here stands baseball’s perfect warrior. Here stands baseball’s perfect knight.” For a kid growing up on a southeast Missouri farm – for myself, for my friends, for my father and his father — those words were perfectly true. Stan was The Man. He really was.

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163 Responses to “Week in review: Rodriguez has surgery; Yankees avoid arbitration”

  1. tomingeorgia January 20th, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    Pretty good 16 minutes for the Falcons.

  2. blake January 20th, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    “• Last night, a friend from back home texted me with the news that Stan Musial had passed away. When I was a kid, Musial was a real-life folk hero. The statistics and MVP awards were from a long gone era, but every once in a while, Stan would wear a red blazer, play a little harmonica and become one of us; a midwestern giant with small-town sensibilities and fairy tale charm. Outside of Busch Stadium, there’s a Musial statue that includes the words of commissioner Ford Frick: “Here stands baseball’s perfect warrior. Here stands baseball’s perfect knight.” For a kid growing up on a southeast Missouri farm – for myself, for my friends, for my father and his father — those words were perfectly true. Stan was The Man. He really was.”

    Well said

  3. tomingeorgia January 20th, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    Next 14, not so good.

  4. Nilsson January 20th, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    How did Kaepernick last until the 2nd round with his arm strength and running ability. The dude can play.

  5. tomingeorgia January 20th, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    Matt ain’t bad, either.

  6. Nilsson January 20th, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Yup. Matty Ice, he ain’t too shabby either. Nice answer by the Falcons.

  7. tomingeorgia January 20th, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    How does anyone who’s not a QB play 16 years in the NFL? G0nzalez is a marvel.

  8. Against All Odds January 20th, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    16 long yrs playing a position where the defense is looking to blow you up.

  9. tomingeorgia January 20th, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    AAO,
    TE is a position where you hit somebody, or somebody hits you, every down. This is a fun football game, by the way.

  10. blake January 20th, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    Billy Eppley on the radio….asked about the catcher position and he said that they view the catcher position as catch and throw as paramount with anything given on offense as gravy…..lol

  11. blake January 20th, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    Was asked why an offer wasn’t made to Martin…..said they were focused on pitching at the time and the timing wasn’t right…..huh? Back to JFs point about them not being able to do two things at once

  12. blake January 20th, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Asked about Cano: Said blah blah blah about him….said its an ownership decision there. Basically dodged that question

  13. blake January 20th, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    FWIW Bowden said he thinks boras will “start” with Fielders contract for Cano

  14. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 20th, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    For anyone who considers her or himself a student of the game of football – and not based on what is happening on the field right now – which team would have a better chance of knocking off the Pats, the Falcons or the 49ers?

    I’m counting on the Ravens to do it, but I’m curious to know how you feel the Falcons and the 49ers match up against the Pats.

    Thanks.

  15. Against All Odds January 20th, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    tomingeorgia January 20th, 2013 at 4:55 pm
    AAO,
    TE is a position where you hit somebody, or somebody hits you, every down. This is a fun football game, by the way.

    ———————-

    Very fun game. Ryan looks like he is on a mission

  16. Nilsson January 20th, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    Crap. Bad TO by Ryan. He looked like Mark Sanchez there.

  17. Against All Odds January 20th, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    blake January 20th, 2013 at 5:10 pm
    Was asked why an offer wasn’t made to Martin…..said they were focused on pitching at the time and the timing wasn’t right…..huh? Back to JFs point about them not being able to do two things at once

    ———————-

    SMH have they ever heard of multitasking wtf

  18. tomingeorgia January 20th, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    trisha,
    Any one of them could do it, but I think the Ravens will make it moo.

  19. austinmac January 20th, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    Anyone thinking Cano will sign for less than eight years and $200 million is dreaming. The Yankees need to decide now of they are willing to pay that. If they are not, you must move him. You cannot lose a premier player for a draft pick.

    He will be worth far less at the TD with only 40% of the season left and no draft pick if he leaves. Hard decisions must be made at the best times must made they must be.

  20. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 20th, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    GO RAVENS! GO RAVENS! GO RAVENS! GO RAVENS! GO RAVENS!!!!!”

    (Just practicing)

    Do it for Earl.

    :(

    I’d like to think that all of their pro teams support each other and feel each others’ losses.

  21. tomingeorgia January 20th, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    That’s “moot”.

  22. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 20th, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    “trisha,
    Any one of them could do it, but I think the Ravens will make it moo.”

    :)

    That would just be so sweet, tom.

  23. MTU January 20th, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    Blake-

    Guess Eppler never heard of Dickey, Berra, Howard, Munson, or Posada.

    Yea. O is gravy. Right.

    Jeez. Clueless. It’s one of the ways the Yankees built an advantage over their competitors.

    ;)

  24. austinmac January 20th, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    The deal with multi tasking is Cashman has a very limited pool of money. It appears once he found out Kuroda and Pettitte would sign he had no money. It is not the inability to mentally focus. It is the inability to do two financial deals at once since they impact one another.

    At least, that’s my read.

  25. Against All Odds January 20th, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    trisha – true pinstriped blue January 20th, 2013 at 5:15 pm
    For anyone who considers her or himself a student of the game of football – and not based on what is happening on the field right now – which team would have a better chance of knocking off the Pats, the Falcons or the 49ers?

    I’m counting on the Ravens to do it, but I’m curious to know how you feel the Falcons and the 49ers match up against the Pats.

    Thanks.

    ———————

    If it’s the 49ers you’re talking about a team with a good offense and a very good defense. Kaepernick is a better QB than Alex Smith but he is basically a rookie so you’re going to have to live with the growing pains.

    If it’s the Falcons their passing attack is similar to Green Bay. As a matter of fact that is oine of the reasons they traded up in the draft and picked up Julio Jones.

    The Pats can get beat deep because their secondary is shaky. But they are explosive on offense and their running game is improved.

  26. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 20th, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    “That’s “moot”.”

    :lol:

    I had no idea what “but I think the Ravens will make it moo” actually meant but I figured it was some kind of football shop talk for making the game come alive or something!

    LMAO!!!!! (at my own stupidity!)

  27. MTU January 20th, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    Trisha-

    FWIW I want the Pats to go down too.

    :)

  28. MTU January 20th, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    Mac-

    I think that has to be it too.

    With a limited budget one item becomes contingent on another.

  29. Nick in SF January 20th, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    Maybe the Yankees have already decided on a strategy for Cano.

  30. J. Alfred Prufrock January 20th, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    blake January 20th, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    Billy Eppley on the radio….asked about the catcher position and he said that they view the catcher position as catch and throw as paramount with anything given on offense as gravy…..lol
    ///

    Crap.

    Eppler is the little man behind the curtain, it seems. Same guy who drove the Joba Is a Reliever movement.

  31. Against All Odds January 20th, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    Nick in SF January 20th, 2013 at 5:32 pm
    Maybe the Yankees have already decided on a strategy for Cano.

    ——————–

    Bye bye Cano :(

  32. Against All Odds January 20th, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    he said that they view the catcher position as catch and throw as paramount with anything given on offense as gravy…

    ————————–

    SMH the Yankees have had a history of catchers that hit. It’s one of the advantages they had over the yrs but now they want to eliminate it.

  33. J. Alfred Prufrock January 20th, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    The statistics and MVP awards were from a long gone era, but every once in a while, Stan would wear a red blazer, play a little harmonica and become one of us; a midwestern giant with small-town sensibilities and fairy tale charm.
    ///

    That’s a beaut, Chad!

  34. MTU January 20th, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    AAO-

    Check my post @ 5:24

    ;)

  35. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 20th, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Against, in English, por favor (excuse my Spanish!)

    I don’t know anything about the Falcons’ passing attack or Green Bay or about Julio Jones!

    “The Pats can get beat deep because their secondary is shaky. But they are explosive on offense and their running game is improved.”

    Based on the above, which team is best-suited to knock them off?

    Thanks.

    :)

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

    Here’s the one thing I do know. A defensive foul when the opposition is almost off the field, and then watching them get it in the red zone (that’s the final 10 yards, yes?) has to be puke material to the player making the foul. (All’s well that ended well but still…)

    I wonder if coaches and players constantly drill into each other that everyone will have a turn at messing up at some point so you just need to forgive yourself, regroup, and go on. And I also wonder if, say, a team is poised to win the Super Bowl (for example) and a rookie mistake in the last 30 seconds (call it a defensive foul) causes the other team to win the game, is that rookie – or even a pro – inconsolable, and do his teammates secretly want to kill him? Do they shun the person in the locker room? Do they go and try to console him?

    I’m always thinking beyond the actual play on the field.

    :D

  36. Nilsson January 20th, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    Trisha, at least statistically SF’s defense is better ranked. And if you’re watching this exciting game, 49ers run a more varied, unconventional offense (e.g. read option play) that gives their defensive opponent fits. Not that the Falcons aren’t a worthy team, but 49ers seem like a tough match-up for anyone.

  37. Against All Odds January 20th, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    MTU January 20th, 2013 at 5:24 pm
    Blake-

    Guess Eppler never heard of Dickey, Berra, Howard, Munson, or Posada.

    Yea. O is gravy. Right.

    Jeez. Clueless. It’s one of the ways the Yankees built an advantage over their competitors.

    ————————

    Very well said MTU :)

  38. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 20th, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    “FWIW I want the Pats to go down too.
    :D

    It’s worth EVERYTHING I tell you! EVERYTHING!!!!!

    :)

  39. Against All Odds January 20th, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    trisha – true pinstriped blue January 20th, 2013 at 5:37 pm
    Against, in English, por favor (excuse my Spanish!)

    I don’t know anything about the Falcons’ passing attack or Green Bay or about Julio Jones!

    “The Pats can get beat deep because their secondary is shaky. But they are explosive on offense and their running game is improved.”

    Based on the above, which team is best-suited to knock them off?

    Thanks.

    ——————-

    49ers but it’s football any team can pull it off.

  40. Nick in SF January 20th, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    Is Eppler driving that theory or just playing along?

    “Eppler is well versed in the statistics of baseball, using them to sign Edwar Ramírez out of independent baseball.[4] He is considered by many, including Cashman and Gene Michael to be a future GM.[1]”

    For whom was not specified.

  41. tomingeorgia January 20th, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    AAO,
    A really fun game! He caught that one.

  42. blake January 20th, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    “Anyone thinking Cano will sign for less than eight years and $200 million is dreaming. The Yankees need to decide now of they are willing to pay that. If they are not, you must move him. You cannot lose a premier player for a draft pick”

    I think they’ll go with option C. Wait til next January and panic

  43. MTU January 20th, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    Harbaugh with the temper tantrum.

    :)

  44. Against All Odds January 20th, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    tomingeorgia January 20th, 2013 at 5:45 pm
    AAO,
    A really fun game! He caught that one.

    —————————————————

    The entire playoffs have been thrilling since like the 2nd Rd. ATL played a big game against SEA last week. Ryan stepped up big

  45. tomingeorgia January 20th, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    That last Rogers first down looked like a tractor pull.

  46. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 20th, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    Nilsson – thanks! That’s what I needed to hear by way of explanation. I was out and turned the radio on and Atlanta was leading something like 16-0. I came out of the store and the 49ers were within 3! I turned the tv on when I got home, probably sometime at the end of the 3rd or something.

    While I have no team preference in this game, my end-result preference would be for the team who matches up better against the Pats to be the victor. Then when the Ravens win tonight :) I’ll be happy to root for anyone’s favorite or the SB opponents! Though it would probably have to be the Ravens because they would become my new favorite team just because they beat the Pats!!!

    BTW, I definitely liked Thirty Dark Zero better than Argo. Argo just seemed too contrived to me (and it did say that certain events were fictionalized.) I’m not great at suspending my disbelief, and it appeared that quite a few of the “concurrent events” were far too coincidental to be real – though I know that the story itself was true. What did impress me, though was that it was a true story and wasn’t declassified until it was. I again have to wonder just how much is going on with our CIA that we’ll never know about. Kudos to them and certainly to agent Mendez!

  47. blake January 20th, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    I can see it now..,,we’ll be sitting here this same day a year from now and Cano won’t be signed….the Yanks will have put everything on hold waiting on him all winter and then the Dodgers will throw out some absurd number and the Yanks will be forced to either match or let him go………

    this is your future Brian Cashman If you do not change it.

  48. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 20th, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    Thanks Against.

    :)

  49. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 20th, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    Anyone. How do you get 2 points in football? Is that a touch back, and if so, exactly what is a touch back? Or is it a safety? And if so, how do you get a safety?

    Thanks.

  50. Against All Odds January 20th, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    Why do you want the Pats to lose so bad??? Did they beat your favorite?

  51. Against All Odds January 20th, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    It’s a safety and you do it by sacking a player in their endzone

  52. Against All Odds January 20th, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    You’re welcome

  53. tomingeorgia January 20th, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    Also, by running or passing for the extra point.

  54. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 20th, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    “Why do you want the Pats to lose so bad??? Did they beat your favorite?”

    :roll:

    I’ve answered this before and would think the truth would be self-evident! I HATE ALL BOSTON/ BOSTON-RELATED TEAMS!

    And above all, I think Bill Belicheat is scum.

    Other than that, the Pats are okay with me.

    :D

  55. Against All Odds January 20th, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    He’s a football genius though. Don’t you admire hard workers that love the game.

  56. tomingeorgia January 20th, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    Rats.

  57. Against All Odds January 20th, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    Tom is also right about that

  58. Against All Odds January 20th, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    Feel bad for Tony

  59. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 20th, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    Against and Tom, thanks!

    tom, that’s a pretty cool thing to pull off! Is one a safety and one a touch back?

    CONGRATULATIONS 49ERS!

    (But I do feel sad for Atlanta)

    :(

    It always hurts me to see those sad faces.

  60. MTU January 20th, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    Tom-

    Too bad Atlanta doesn’t have a D.

    Ryan screwed up on that last series IMO.

  61. Nilsson January 20th, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    Trisha, I haven’t seen Argo yet. It’s gonna be very hard for another film to top Zero Dark Thirty. And I saw Lincoln on Friday. Fine film but didn’t resonate like ZDT did for me.

    Exciting game. Now onto the next one.

  62. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 20th, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    “He’s a football genius though. Don’t you admire hard workers that love the game.

    Against, I hate that he cheated. I can’t get past that. He cheated on his wife too, FWIW. But I’ve always hated what I consider his arrogance. I hated that before Spygate. When Spygate happened, I considered him nothing more than a cheating fraud. JMO

  63. MTU January 20th, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    The Falcons had that game in the palm of their hands and let it slip away.

  64. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 20th, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Nilsson, I feel ‘zactly the same. I saw Lincoln and couldn’t imagine anything surpassing it. Then I saw Zero Dark. I can’t imagine anyone turning in a better individual performance than DDL, but as a movie, ZDT hands down. And I am going to see it again. Phenomenal.

  65. Against All Odds January 20th, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    Fair enough

  66. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 20th, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    MTU, but here’s what I wonder then, at least in terms of the Pats. If Atlanta let SF come back, wouldn’t it mean their defense couldn’t get the job done? And wouldn’t that bode poorly against a team like the Pats?

  67. Against All Odds January 20th, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    I couldn’t stand him either until I read an article about him.

  68. tomingeorgia January 20th, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    trisha,
    I will join the ABB (Anyone But Boston) Society. Let’s go Ravens, even if you have a dancing felon among you. Send Brady back into the arms of whomever is the top model of the moment. Don’t disable him for life, just let him have some discomfort tonight.

  69. MTU January 20th, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Trisha-

    Perhaps.

  70. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 20th, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    Against, if he had some kind of real hard-luck story or something, his parents beat the crap out of him when he was growing up (if they didn’t, maybe they should have, ha ha), if he was abandoned and was an orphan, if had got nothing but bad breaks in life, that might soften me a tad. I am a sucker for sad stories. Anything else likely wouldn’t move me.

  71. Tar January 20th, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    Trish

    For me to beat the Pats, you have to disrupt Brady. SF has the better D to do that. So IMO the team with the best chance to beat the Pats won. I do feel a little bad for Falcons.

    What is about Atlanta and the perennial almost teams?

  72. Against All Odds January 20th, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    Anything else likely wouldn’t move me.

    ————————-

    Trish the Ice Queen just kidding :)

  73. Nick in SF January 20th, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    Tar, I thought of you when I read Chad’s response to this morning’s Pinch Hitter post.

  74. smartchoices January 20th, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    The point was made on RAB that if they trade Cano now, it’s kind of like bidding against themselves since they have no way of knowing what price he’ll command on the market. That sounds to me like they don’t have a predetermined amount they’re willing to spend, at least at this point. Whether that’s that’s a good thing or not is open for debate. I change my mind almost daily. Cano’s great vs. another A Rod bad deal…

  75. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 20th, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    “trisha,
    I will join the ABB (Anyone But Boston) Society. Let’s go Ravens, even if you have a dancing felon among you. Send Brady back into the arms of whomever is the top model of the moment. Don’t disable him for life, just let him have some discomfort tonight.”

    :D

    You are my man!!!

    **********

    “I do feel a little bad for Falcons.

    What is about Atlanta and the perennial almost teams?”

    :(

    Tar, we’re wired the way we’re wired, but I definitely got far too much of the empathy gene – or the “feel bad” gene – or whatever the hell it is that makes you cry at the drop of a hat. I was listening to the game on the radio and I guess one of the security guards was knocked down by one of the players and wasn’t getting up. I immediately started to bawl. It’s almost like there’s no safety mechanism between a sad story/event and my heart. Oh wait, it can be a happy story too! Someone can make a spectacular play on the baseball field and I’lll get a catch in my throat. I cry in church if there’s a hymn that touches me. I cry when they play American the Beautiful at mass.

    My sister Gayle works VERY hard at her job and is under stress so much of the time. The other day she told me about a compliment one of the partners gave her and my eyes filled up with tears.

    It’s a TOUGH way to travel through life I’ll tell you. I feel like an idiot about 99% of the time.

    I googled crying and am now reading an article on why some people cry and some don’t. Funny that of all people Belicheat was mentioned in it!!! :)

    Don’t know the punchline, but here’s the link in case you want to read about crying fools!

    http://www.webmd.com/balance/f.....tearing-up

    :)

  76. Tar January 20th, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    Nick

    I had a post mentioning about how you should have added the little TM thingy, but I got sidetracked. So I thought of you as well. I guess it is safe to say you and Chad are on the same page.

  77. blake January 20th, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    “The point was made on RAB that if they trade Cano now, it’s kind of like bidding against themselves since they have no way of knowing what price he’ll command on the market. ”

    They should have a pretty good idea of what he will cost….Hamilton got 5/125….so more than that

  78. jacksquat January 20th, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    trisha – true pinstriped blue January 20th, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    BTW, I definitely liked Thirty Dark Zero better than Argo.

    If you liked it so much you should get the title right: “Zero Dark Thirty”

    Which is an unofficial military term like “FUBAR” or “Tango Uniform”, which loosely means “middle of the night/early morning” (military time zero one thirty, zero two thirty, etc.).

  79. Tar January 20th, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    Trish

    Empathy is maybe the most important of all human traits. I see nothing at all wrong, and everything right with displaying it.

  80. blake January 20th, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    @MjordanW9: Y’all kno what time it isssss!! #Patriots

  81. tomingeorgia January 20th, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    JS,
    That’s when anything worthwhile got done, zero dark thirty.

  82. yankeefeminista January 20th, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    Mason needs some schooling, and soon.

  83. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 20th, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    Tar – seriously. Own it to the nth degree and it is pretty embarassing. Even my family used to call me Toonces the Crying Cat. (in honor of Toonces the Driving Cat, if you remember him from SNL).

    :)

  84. smartchoices January 20th, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    “They should have a pretty good idea…”

    You’d think, but it looks like they’re willing to take their chances, otherwise the trade now thing makes more sense.

  85. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 20th, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    “If you liked it so much you should get the title right: “Zero Dark Thirty””

    Isn’t that what I said? Thirty Dark Zero!

    :)

  86. blake January 20th, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    yankeefeminista says:
    January 20, 2013 at 6:44 pm
    Mason needs some schooling, and soon.

    I say let him cheer for Boston from Arizona ;) Jk …sorta

  87. blake January 20th, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    Thirty dark Zero sounds like a candy bar

  88. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 20th, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    trisha – true pinstriped blue January 20th, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    “Nilsson, I feel ‘zactly the same. I saw Lincoln and couldn’t imagine anything surpassing it. Then I saw Zero Dark. I can’t imagine anyone turning in a better individual performance than DDL, but as a movie, ZDT hands down. And I am going to see it again. Phenomenal.”

    HMPH!

    Okay, off to root against the Pats.

    :)

  89. Nick in SF January 20th, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    “Zero Dark ’65– The Search For John Wilkes Booth” coming soon to a theater near you.

  90. yankeefeminista January 20th, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    blake January 20th, 2013 at 6:52 pm
    yankeefeminista says:
    January 20, 2013 at 6:44 pm
    Mason needs some schooling, and soon.

    I say let him cheer for Boston from Arizona Jk …sorta
    ______
    I wouldn’t go that far. He is a dynamo on the baseball field. I’m not willing to let him go. Hughes learned to root for the right teams; so can Mason.

  91. blake January 20th, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    Mason has a pretty good reason to cheer for the Pats

  92. yankeefeminista January 20th, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    Chad, thanks for the reflections on Musial. I really enjoyed reading them.

  93. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 20th, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    GO RAVENS!!! GO JOE FLACCO!!!

  94. yankeefeminista January 20th, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    blake, his dad was born in Texas and only played for the Pats for 3 years. And Mason lived in Fla. I am not buying it.

  95. blake January 20th, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    yankeefeminista says:
    January 20, 2013 at 7:10 pm
    blake, his dad was born in Texas and only played for the Pats for 3 years. And Mason lived in Fla. I am not buying it.

    Eh but that’s the only team his dad played for I believe

  96. yankeefeminista January 20th, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    Come on. Three years. 14 receptions. 228 measly yards. :)

  97. Nick in SF January 20th, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    Just say no to rooting for Boston teams.

  98. Nick in SF January 20th, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    If the Pats lose this game, I wonder if Welker’s prettiest critic will chime in again.

  99. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 20th, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    Just stopping by to say :)

    Here’s hoping it’s not premature!

  100. yankeefeminista January 20th, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    Woot!

  101. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 20th, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    YOWZA!!!!

    Now I’m here to say :D

    OMG…

  102. Bronx Jeers January 20th, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    You mean you guys aren’t feeling the Tom Brady love now that we have a connection through Youkilis? :wink:

  103. blake January 20th, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    My favorite thing about championship Sunday is that when it’s over there is only one more football game til baseball season

  104. blake January 20th, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    Is Welker the Pats only player?

  105. blake January 20th, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    That’ll do it

  106. blake January 20th, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    The HarBowl sounds super boring

  107. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 20th, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    And now, :lol:

    Quick, Gisele, the emails!!!

  108. Against All Odds January 20th, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    @ Blake its going to be very boring. Smfh blah just blah

  109. blake January 20th, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    Oh I’m sure we will hear about ray Lewis every waking moment for the next two weeks

  110. Against All Odds January 20th, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    I don’t mind Ray Lewis but the Ravens are so boring and now its going to be two weeks of how much the brothers love each other.

  111. Nick in SF January 20th, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    Brotherly love beats Braderly love.

  112. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 20th, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    You know, I’ve never found Tom Brady terribly attractive. I think he looks kind of like a martian. But seeing that pinched face expression on he sideline, he really is quite homely.

    :)

  113. Duh Innings II January 20th, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    Hold up Chad, only the 1982 and 1989-92 Yankees were bad.

    The 1980-81, 83-88, 1993-95 Yanks were good, they just didn’t have the wildcard save the ’95 team.

    The ’85 team would’ve won the wildcard had there been one.

    The ’87 team won two more games than the that year’s World Champion Twins, but they were just in the toughest division in baseball, unfortunately, so tough they finished only fourth out of seven with 89 wins, the same amount as the ’08 team with far less talent in each facet of the team (rotation, bullpen, offense, bench.)

    No World Series 1979-95 yes but that’s how it went.

  114. MTU January 20th, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    Game ovah.

    :)

  115. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 20th, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    You’d have to call this close to perfection. Had the Pats lost last week, we would have missed the excitement of this week! If they won this week, even if they ended up losing in the Super Bowl, they still would have made it there and I’m sure there would have been bragging-right claims.

    THIS…WAS…PERFECT!

    Life sure works out well when you just let it flow!

    OH YEAH! DROP KICK THEM AT HOME!!!!

    :) :) :)

  116. Shame Spencer January 20th, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    New England has a case of the sads.. the Rangers have started the season 0-2.. good stuff today.

  117. Nick in SF January 20th, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    Ranger hate on a Yankee board.

    But the SteinBros don’t care, their wallets are fattened by such satellite fans.

    :neutral:

  118. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 20th, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    MTU – I just gave you the biggest cyber-high 5 that you could ever imagine getting!!!!!

    :)

    My brother in crime, I couldn’t ask for better!!!

    Did you notice how gracious Belicheat was when Harbaugh went to talk to him? Of course you didn’t, because he wasn’t!!!!

    Sleep well Belicheat you jerk. I know I will!!! Karma for Spygate, and karma for well, just being you!

  119. Triple Short of a Cycle January 20th, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    I hate both teams in the Super Bowl but I hate Baltimore a little less then SF so go Baltimore. This is going to be a tough Super Bowl to watch though

  120. MTU January 20th, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    Trisha-

    They got buttsmacked.

    ;)

  121. Triple Short of a Cycle January 20th, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    At least the Rangers are 0 and 2

  122. yankeefeminista January 20th, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    Brady can now devote all his time concentrating on what’s important: Yankee ST. :mrgreen:

  123. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 20th, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    MTU, did you see the shots of Brady on the sideline? He looked like the ugly stepmother in Cinderella. He truly looks like he has morphed into Belicheat’s son. Instead of looking dejected or a little forlorn, an understandable look, he looked nasty and spiteful. Instead of growing into a mature but gracious hero, like Derek Jeter, he’s turned into a spoiled rotten punk.

  124. MTU January 20th, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    Trisha-

    I sum it up by saying every dog has it’s day.

    Brady’s may have come and gone.

  125. Against All Odds January 20th, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    Instead of growing into a mature but gracious hero, like Derek Jeter, he’s turned into a spoiled rotten punk.

    ———————–

    How is he a spoiled he sat there with a mad expression. He was gracious he congratulated the Raven players as he was going off the field.

  126. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 20th, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    If it has, and I think it may have, unfortunate that he’ll go out as surly and confrontational. But – he had a good teacher.

    Can’t wait to hear the “meaningful” words of wisdom from Belicheat.

    WAIT!!!! They just announced the a*shole refused an interview.

    But he threw McCourty out there? What a spineless punk Belicheat is. He is getting just what he deserves. In fact, it couldn’t happen to a more deserving person.

    ONWARD AND UPWARD RAVENS! 49ERS! You’re on!

  127. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 20th, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    From one of the CBS commentators – don’t know who it was: “Bill Belichick makes it easy to root against the Patriots. He does this all the time. He does this every time he loses.”

    What a seriously little man, but a big POS. I hope he gets run down by a zamboni!

    Night all! I’m going to enjoy the rest of this evening and certainly the next several days around here. It will be a “you could hear a pin drop” atmosphere around town. And I will be smiling broadly through it all.

  128. Triple Short of a Cycle January 20th, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    Jim Harbaugh is the most despicable coach in the NFL. He is overgrown baby. 40 times worse then Bill or Rex Ryan

  129. CompassRosy January 20th, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    Congrats to the Niners and Ravens as they advance to the “Har-bowl”

    I sure was wishing and hoping for a West vs East “Bird Bowl” (Seahawks/Ravens)

    oh well, all the more reason to start counting the days until P&CR :)

  130. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 20th, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    Against, pay much attention to the Patriots? Have you watched the full emergence of Tom Brady? Well I have. He went from being a rather humble and respectful player to a complaining, bitter jackass. He now yells at his teammates when he doesn’t like the way they’re playing, and he’s surly and nasty to the coaches too. F him and the man he’s married to.

  131. Against All Odds January 20th, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    Bill shouldn’t refuse to do interviews because he does them when he wins.

  132. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 20th, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    Amen! And that’s what I mean about him. What an ass.

  133. blake January 20th, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    The Har-Bowl or the Har-Bore?

  134. Triple Short of a Cycle January 20th, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    Amen! And that’s what I mean about him. What an ass.

    ——————————–

    Yet you are ok with Jim Harbaugh and his antics?

  135. Against All Odds January 20th, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    trisha – true pinstriped blue January 20th, 2013 at 10:18 pm
    Against, pay much attention to the Patriots? Have you watched the full emergence of Tom Brady? Well I have. He went from being a rather humble and respectful player to a complaining, bitter jackass. He now yells at his teammates when he doesn’t like the way they’re playing, and he’s surly and nasty to the coaches too. F him and the man he’s married to.

    ———————–

    One don’t disrespect the man’s wife she has nothing repeat nothing to do with this. Calling her a man is uncalled for.

    Two Brady is one of the most respected players in the NFL. Peyton yells at his teammates is he a bad surly guy. He sulks and hangs his shoulders when things go wrong but is he not humble. Of course not both of those guys are great players.

  136. mick January 20th, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    trish must incite riots in new england. no wonder that guy ran her off the road…

  137. mick January 20th, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    the patsies have become the yankees, always the bridesmaid never the bride…if we can’t have a dynasty neither can they…last time Super 04? 9 years?…only 3 years for us.

  138. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 20th, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    “Yet you are ok with Jim Harbaugh and his antics?”

    Yeah because I am such a football freak I know all about Jim Harbaugh and his antics, with him being a coach of a team right in my back yard!

    :roll:

    Maybe you can tell me about all the times he was caught cheating. I’d love to hear all about it.

    ***********

    I love Peyton Manning. I don’t believe Peyton yells at his coaches. Who the F does Brady think he is to berate a coach publicly? The lessons of the father. He has gotten more and more like Belicheat with his attitude. Well what goes around comes around Tom. Enjoy the rest of the football season.

    Anyway, I think I’ll feel the way I choose to feel about these people. I invite all of you to feel the way you choose to.

    That works right?

    :)

    See ya!

  139. mick January 20th, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    “F him and the man he’s married to.”

    Are these the words of a god fearing person?

  140. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 20th, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    Looks like I hit a nerve with you mick. Who’s your idol – Tom or Gisele? You’re obviously hot and bothered by my comments.

    Try to get over it.

  141. mick January 20th, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    not hot or bothered , just observing…

  142. Against All Odds January 20th, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    I don’t believe Peyton yells at his coaches

    ———————-

    He’s been playing for more than a decade I’m sure he’s barked on his fair share of coaches.

    You can not like them but don’t paint them as scum and leave his wife out of it.

  143. Against All Odds January 20th, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    mick January 20th, 2013 at 10:38 pm
    “F him and the man he’s married to.”

    Are these the words of a god fearing person?

    ———————

    I’d root for Satan before I root for the Patriots – Trisha

  144. Nick in SF January 20th, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    Peyton did coin the phrase “idiot kicker” — that was pretty funny.

  145. CompassRosy January 20th, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    Triple Short of a Cycle January 20th, 2013 at 10:17 pm
    Jim Harbaugh is the most despicable coach in the NFL. He is overgrown baby. 40 times worse then Bill or Rex Ryan

    ===

    I tend to agree, Triple.

    Since we’re of like minds, you might enjoy the little ditty linked below. It was put together by a Seattle sports talk show guy (he’s originally from Florida and grew up with Marino and the Dolphins but, has grown to love his “adopted” town’s home team over the last 18 years or so). Obviously, no love lost over Harbaugh ;)

    http://www.sportsradiokjr.com/.....e=10553361

  146. CompassRosy January 20th, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    btw ~

    Jim Harbaugh being the coach of the Niners is going to make it extremely difficult for me to stick with my “whoever is left in the West” mantra of rooting (in any sport)

    I just might have to go with John, Joe and the Ravens ~ at least they are “fellow birds” ;)

  147. UnKnown January 21st, 2013 at 12:49 am

    Rosy – That parody about Harbaugh is awesome. So funny!! Thanks for sharing.

    Triple – Jim Harbaugh is definitely far and away the biggest schmuck in the NFL. Mandatory pacifier needed for him at all times.

    I hate the Patriots too, but going on about it like a raving lunatic is a bit much. Leave the forum when you say you are going to and save yourself the embarrassment. There is no need to say goodbye 6 different times every night.

  148. Shame Spencer January 21st, 2013 at 8:09 am

    Lots of football talk last night, eh? I just want to add my two cents and say that while I hate all things Boston/New England and was thrilled to see the Patriots lose last night, I do love that sassy mouth Gisele lol. When the Giants beat the Pats and she snapped that her husband couldn’t throw AND catch the ball, the fire storm it caused and the fact that she refused to apologize was one of the most awesome things ever. BTW, for anyone that doesn’t know, Gisele is one of 5 children, her sisters being: Patrizia, Raquel, Gabriela, Graziela, and Rafaela. That right there is one spicy Brazilian family. I can appreciate spice (see: Ginger, Sporty, Scary, Baby, and Posh).

  149. Shame Spencer January 21st, 2013 at 8:10 am

    6 children*

    Something tells me it was/is hard to get a word in edgewise.

  150. blake January 21st, 2013 at 8:18 am

    I respect Gisele…she worked really hard to be born looking like that :)

  151. blake January 21st, 2013 at 8:32 am

    What is it….23 days until pitchers and no catchers report to Tampa?

  152. Shame Spencer January 21st, 2013 at 8:36 am

    blake January 21st, 2013 at 8:32 am

    What is it….23 days until pitchers and no catchers report to Tampa?

    —————-

    It’s less if you don’t count weekends :D

  153. austinmac January 21st, 2013 at 8:37 am

    All I know is the season doesn’t start tomorrow and Hal said we aren’t done. Or are we done now we have picked up another in the long line of released players.

    Is it me or does it seem like picking up players released by a last place team is not a good sign?

  154. blake January 21st, 2013 at 8:43 am

    “Is it me or does it seem like picking up players released by a last place team is not a good sign?”

    I think the strategy is to see if 12 Casey McGehees can equal one Justin Upton

  155. Shame Spencer January 21st, 2013 at 8:45 am

    Mac – Do we have any posters from New Orleans? Maybe this will take a tea leaf or tarot card reading….

    (I have a friend that wants me to go see a psychic with her.. would it be inappropriate to only inquire about the future of the Yankees? No?)

  156. MTU January 21st, 2013 at 8:50 am

    Shame-

    We have “DaSaint” and “KPB” both of whom I think are from Louisiana.

    There may be others.

    Hope that helps.

  157. Shame Spencer January 21st, 2013 at 8:53 am

    Thanks MTU! We might need to call in a favor….

    Incidentally, for anyone who has kids and hasn’t watched the Princess and the Frog, I highly recommend it. New Orleans AND Disney at it’s best.

  158. blake January 21st, 2013 at 8:55 am

    @RasmussenPoll: 80% View Martin Luther #King, Jr. Favorably… http://t.co/6qCaoXPb #MLK

    Who exactly would view MLK unfavorably?

  159. Shame Spencer January 21st, 2013 at 8:56 am

    I don’t wanna pull us into any political discussion today, but so far on the news all they’ve discussed are what Barak’s daughters are wearing

    I remember being an ugly little kid and feeling so bad for Chelsea Clinton. I dunno what’s worse sometimes, being good looking or being ugly. These girls are probably pretty smart and are reduced to whatever label they’re wearing, smh.

  160. Shame Spencer January 21st, 2013 at 8:57 am

    blake January 21st, 2013 at 8:55 am

    @RasmussenPoll: 80% View Martin Luther #King, Jr. Favorably… http://t.co/6qCaoXPb #MLK

    Who exactly would view MLK unfavorably?

    ———————-

    !!!!!!!!!!!

    20 PERCENT?! LOL.. oh man.. this world sometimes. I can’t.

  161. MTU January 21st, 2013 at 8:58 am

    Shame-

    You’d have to admit things are a lot better for Women than they used to be.

    ;)

  162. MTU January 21st, 2013 at 9:01 am

    New one ——>

  163. blake January 21st, 2013 at 9:02 am

    It’s always better to be good lookin


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