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Week in review: Rodriguez in the news; Hafner at DH

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 03, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Robin Ventura played only a year and a half with the Yankees, so why have a Pinch Hitter post about him? Because you just never know who or what is going to create a connection. For Jeff, it was Ventura — a transport from Chicago by way of the Mets — who made him a Yankees fan. For someone else it might have been CC Sabathia or Curtis Granderson or Ichiro Suzuki. I’m sure somewhere out there is a huge Kevin Youkilis fan who’s swallowed hard and bought a Yankees jersey this winter.

On the flip side, it’s worth remembering that there are some huge Alex Rodriguez fans out there.

In the wake of last week’s bombshell out of Miami, there has been a lot of talk about cutting ties with Rodriguez. There was a lot written and said about his negative impact on the game; a lot of speculation about whether he might retire in shame. Scattered in the fallout, though, are some fans either defending their favorite player or trying to figure out what to think of the latest accusations.

We’ve all had favorite players at one point or another. You just never know where they’re going to take you.

• The Yankees filling their designated hitter opening last week. A one-year deal with Travis Hafner gives the Yankees a left-handed power hitter with a patient approach at the plate (one of Brian Cashman’s big, hairy monsters). If he can stay healthy, Hafner and his pull-heavy approach just might be a perfect fit for Yankee Stadium.

• Hafner was the big acquisition of the week, but clearly the report out of Miami was the big news. Melky Cabrera, Nelson Cruz and Gio Gonzalez were also among those mentioned in the story, but of course it’s Rodriguez who’s generated most of the attention. The Yankees have not publicly commented on the situation other than saying they support the league’s investigation.

• Derek Jeter has been taking groundballs and taking batting practice in Florida. The Yankees continue to say that he’s expected to be ready for Opening Day. Jeter won’t start running until spring training officially starts.

• Speaking of Tampa rehabs: Michael Pineda has progressed to throwing off a half mound.

• Andy Pettitte has reportedly decided against playing in the World Baseball Classic.

• Former Yankees prospect Juan Rivera signed a minor league deal to compete for a spot as a right-handed outfielder and designated hitter.

• Speaking of right-handed outfielders… To make room for Hafner on the 40-man roster, the Yankees designated Russ Canzler for assignment.

• The Yankees announced 44 non-roster invites to big league camp. That’s a huge number, and it includes a lot of guys who are at least a year or two away from the big leagues. Slade Heathcott, Gary Sanchez and Tyler Austin are among those invited.

• Sanchez, Austin and Mason Williams were listed among MLB.com’s Top 100 prospects.

• No longer in the Yankees system, Chris Dickerson has signed a minor league deal with the Orioles. Freddy Garcia signed a minor league deal with the Padres.

• Michael Kay signed an extension with YES Network to remain as the network’s primary play-by-play announcer. I like Michael, so I’m happy he’s sticking around for a while. Congratulations to him.

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189 Responses to “Week in review: Rodriguez in the news; Hafner at DH”

  1. luis February 3rd, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Chad,

    He might be a nice guy ( I don’t knowhim personally ), but I don’t like his broadcasts. Iwoud rather see Ken Singleton and the others.

  2. mick February 3rd, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    Robin Ventura played only a year and a half with the Yankees, so why have a Pinch Hitter post about him? Because you just never know who or what is going to create a connection. For Jeff, it was Ventura — a transport from Chicago by way of the Mets — who made him a Yankees fan.
    ===============================
    Again, why not become a Met fan? There is a disconnect…

  3. Rich in NJ February 3rd, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    It’s a shame for multiple reasons, not all of which are his fault, that the legacy of a historic talent like A-Rod will forever be stained by PEDs* even though they probably affected the performances of far more players in MLB over the last 20 or so years than will ever be known or held accountable.

    So, in some sense, there has been a selective prosecution of A-Rod that has gone beyond any reasonable bounds of fairness.

    That is not to excuse what he has done, only an attempt to put it in context.

    *or at least until or unless there is a reassessment of the effect of PEDs on performance

  4. mick February 3rd, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    It is ironic that a talent like Alex would have contributed more if he never began the PEDs.
    No doubt he would not have had these injuries and might not have had as many HR’s, which are his legacy, but what would have been wrong with 5-600?
    He tainted his career and we do not know to what extent, as now it can be premised he began his usage from day 1 and not with Texas.

  5. tomingeorgia February 3rd, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    Phil the Thrill!

  6. Against All Odds February 3rd, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    • Michael Kay signed an extension with YES Network to remain as the network’s primary play-by-play announcer. I like Michael,

    ————————-

    So do I

    *ducks rocks and arrows slung by his friends on Lohud*

  7. mick February 3rd, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    It’s a shame for multiple reasons, not all of which are his fault, that the legacy of a historic talent like A-Rod will forever be stained by PEDs* even though they probably affected the performances of far more players in MLB over the last 20 or so years than will ever be known or held accountable.
    ==================
    It would never have been brought up before Congress if the big HR boys didn’t draw attention to it.
    Before them and even today players using would be overlooked if the sacred numbers would not have been assaulted.

  8. mick February 3rd, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    glad to see your back mr tom..

  9. luis February 3rd, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    Rich,

    He got caught in the act and he confessed that he did used it. So that makes him a very big target. It is sad, but that how the media works. But you are right, the use of performance substances was rampant.

  10. jmills February 3rd, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    Everybody enjoy the game, I’m just not a football guy and find the cheerleader thing rather unfortunate. Somehow, I don’t see Plath as the cheerleader type. Anyways, I guess, to each’s own. I’m sticking to baseball and mascots dressed up in chicken outfits. Have a good one, and remember, we have to get up tomorrow. :)

  11. Against All Odds February 3rd, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Again, why not become a Met fan? There is a disconnect…

    ——————-

    AL vs. NL?

  12. jacksquat February 3rd, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    J. Alfred Prufrock February 3rd, 2013 at 12:53 pm
    All those two do here is rail at imaginary foes and make a public display of their persecution complexes.

    No one here is trying to exclude you.

    J. Alfred Prufrock February 3rd, 2013 at 12:57 pm
    I think it’s extremely generous of Tar and Odds to keep seeking the better nature in people who really don’t warrant the benefit of the doubt. But that’s what seriously nice people do. Don’t push your luck.

    I’m not trying to exclude you.

    I don’t know why you talk to these inferior beings.

    :roll:

  13. jmills February 3rd, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    There’s no way inter league play should be happening – keep it sacred or else it might end up a mess like hockey where you have to be the Leafs not to make the playoffs.

  14. mick February 3rd, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    One thing about Alex. He appears to be a serial liar.
    If he says something, be it an apology or an admission of a starting or stopping point of his usage, we can assume it to be a lie.
    If he says he’s sorry he used, he means he was sorry he was caught, also a lie.
    Why should we believe a thing he says?
    In fact, why shouldn’t we just assume the opposite?

    He prolly thinks it’s none of our business and if he wants to use, he can.

  15. Jerkface February 3rd, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    Gotta respond to this craziness, I left a lot of prospects off my ‘watch list’ because gee whiz I’m obviously interested in all of the Yankees but I picked out a bunch of guys who are going to be in AA or higher next year as they are closer to making an impact (with the exception of Greg Bird, who I just like). Corey Black is a new draftee, and while potentially exciting, is hardly going to pitch in big league games this spring.

    I shall have you note, that you have consistently failed to mention Jose Pirela, Vidal Nuno, Mustelier, Rob Segedin, and many others in your crazypants posts. Clearly you do not know of them, or do not care about them. I suggest you self-flagellate over this until you are no longer capable of posting here. Tia!

  16. jmills February 3rd, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Mick, maybe Alex should join the Ashley Madison crowd up here.I’ve been enjoying Gram Parsons BTW. Took me a long time, I’m kinda’ slow that way.

  17. tomingeorgia February 3rd, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    What does “Tia!” mean? “Aunty”?

  18. Rich in NJ February 3rd, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Rich
    Again, Hal’s mindset since then is steadfast, I think he was overruled and he thinks it was a mistake. My point is about other teams giving up much for a Cano rental when they can get him for free.
    __

    You give him far more credit than I do, mick. What I see is a guy who isn’t being honest with the fans in terms of the percentage of payroll being reduced to reach the tax threshold, and someone who keeps repeating that they have to be able to win the WS every single year even though that is a counterproductive goal, especially in terms of his budgetary plans, and frankly, kind of goofy

  19. jmills February 3rd, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    Tom, I have no idea. I better expand my horizons.

  20. Jerkface February 3rd, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    What does “Tia!” mean? “Aunty”?

    Thanks in advance! Please use google next time, Tia!

  21. Rich in NJ February 3rd, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    luis

    No sports figure is a bigger target. It must simultaneously suck and be great to be him.

  22. tomingeorgia February 3rd, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    Thanks, Jerkface, for educating me in your typical manner.

  23. jmills February 3rd, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    Rich, Alex certainly isn’t Molitar – what a beautiful hitter who liked to burn you deep on that first pitch offering. Very happy he got his ring here and a WS MVP to boot.

  24. blake February 3rd, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    Stoneburner 4 will be going straight to DVD…..maybe the syFy channel

  25. jmills February 3rd, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    ” Tia ” – I’m going to use it in the future as my very own :)

  26. Rich in NJ February 3rd, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    jmills

    At his best, he was (is?) versatile enough to do almost anything, at the plate or in the field. Alas.
    _

    I’ll miss that one on Netflix, blake.

  27. Run it Out February 3rd, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    Mary Kay just may be the most lazy play-by-play announcer in all of baseball. Awful!!!!

  28. luis February 3rd, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    blake February 3rd, 2013 at 3:26 pm
    Stoneburner 4 will be going straight to DVD…..maybe the syFy channel

    ===================================

    In 3D :D

  29. luis February 3rd, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    Rich,

    To be honest…. I think it is not worth the agravation, of course I am not being paid millions ;)

  30. Ys Guy February 3rd, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    very sorry to hear about michael kay. its hard for me to believe the yankees can’t find top-notch announcers to do their games. throughout the decades they fire the good announcers (barber, kubek kaat) and keep the hacksI(messer, sterling, kay, waldman).

    kay was a decent newpaper writer. somehow that got him a job as radio color man which he was ok at. somehow that got him the main tv announcer’s gig, which he’s terrible at.

    this is the yankees dammit, its the premier team announcing gig in america. they should have the best talent doing it not just hacks who toe the company line.

  31. tomingeorgia February 3rd, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    I like caddie races.

  32. tomingeorgia February 3rd, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    Ys,
    A Ballantine Ale and a White Owl, good combination.

  33. jmills February 3rd, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    I have to say in Tom Cheek ( RIP and going in the hall ) and Jerry Howarth who is still going strong and a Juan Marichal Giants boy, I was indeed blessed.Tom – ” Touch ‘em all Joe, you’ll never hit a bigger one! “

  34. jmills February 3rd, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    Tony Kubek used to do TV games up here about 82 onwards with the wonderful Don Chevrier ( RIP ) Tony predicted a Jays win vs KC in 85, but, alas, Stieb wasn’t right and his nagging health cost us ever so dearly when that wind blown Jim Sundberg fly hit the wall.

  35. tomingeorgia February 3rd, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    Ravens 31, Niners 28.

  36. blake February 3rd, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    Here is my Super Bowl prediction: Who is playing again?

  37. jmills February 3rd, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    Blake, the Argos won it back in the fall, why are they playing again?

  38. blake February 3rd, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    The Super Bowl to me mainly means that ST is really close ….I do like eating the food and pretending i care about the game though

  39. jmills February 3rd, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    The food is good and the excuse to drink.

  40. yankeehotelfoxtrot February 3rd, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    Been reading this blog for a while now… you guys are well informed, and often hilarious! Figured I’d introduce my self and junk. Hello all.

  41. JobaTipsHisCap February 3rd, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    one of the most important reasons people hate A-Rod is being jealous.
    like I said, A-Rod’s contract is his biggest enemy.

    omg, extension with Michael Kay? oh no.

    Go Ravens!!!!!

  42. yankeehotelfoxtrot February 3rd, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    I hold with those who would have preferred to say “see ya” to Mr. Kay. My biggest pet peeve with him is how he pronounces Hughes “use.” I even tweeted him about it. He didn’t respond lol.

  43. jmills February 3rd, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Hello yankeehotelfoxtrot ( bloody long one )- don’t worry, we’ll wear u out soon enough :) these people are gracious enough to have me as the resident Blue Jay.

  44. yankeehotelfoxtrot February 3rd, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Correction from earlier: myself* not “my self.”

  45. tomingeorgia February 3rd, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    yankeehotelfoxtrot February 3rd, 2013 at 4:01 pm
    Been reading this blog for a while now… you guys are well informed, and often hilarious! Figured I’d introduce my self and junk. Hello all.
    ——
    Used to fly those flags when I lived on an old boat.

  46. Yankee Trader February 3rd, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    Isn’t it TIA, capitalized for Transient Ischemic Attack- a sudden decrease in blood flow to the brain? :)

    Tom- Where have you been? Any need for the tornado shelter this week?
    Not looking for Ray Lewis ending his career with a SB win after his 2000 arrest in Atlanta for obstruction of justice in two murders prior to the SB, in which no one in his entourage ever was indicted.

  47. jmills February 3rd, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    Don’t worry, grammer means nothing around here; I’m the biggest offender.

  48. tomingeorgia February 3rd, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    Revision: I used to fly “yankee hotel tango” alternating with sierra oscar tango.

  49. jmills February 3rd, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    Hi, YT, go ahead, get all medical upon us :) if I hadn’t left my dental leanings away I would’ve caught that one. Damn it!

  50. jmills February 3rd, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    Tom, for a change mon ami, I have no idea what you are conversing about ! :D

  51. smartchoices February 3rd, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    The thing about this “A Rod won’t play another game in pinstripes,” is that it might be next to impossible to get out of the contact, but they don’t have to play him.

    What I don’t understand is why would the Yankees make it public they’re trying to void the contract? I don’t see Hal being happy about having to lose that battle and walk away with his tail between his legs.

    It might just be they don’t want the distraction, they don’t consider someone with even those allegations as fit to be a Yankee. Maybe some things are more important than money, even to Hal.

  52. tomingeorgia February 3rd, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    YT,
    Tornadoes close by, just straight-line wind around here. Lots of branches down, but no damage. Thanks for asking.

    I meant “sierra oscar oscar lima”.

  53. Tar February 3rd, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    yankeehotelfoxtrot welcome.

    What should we call you for short? hotel? fox? trot? Wilco? :D

  54. tomingeorgia February 3rd, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    jmills,
    Just NATO phonetic alphabet. Read between the letters.

  55. yankeehotelfoxtrot February 3rd, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Hi jmills. Feel free to call me yank, or yhf. Has anyone else noticed how he pronounces certain words that way, e.g. “humid” as “you-mid” or is it just me?

    Btw jmills, I have respect for the other AL East teams (except Boston lol) and hope Toronto doesn’t “fail” after making so many big moves this winter.

  56. Yankee Trader February 3rd, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    Tom-
    Glad you are OK.
    Sierra Oscar tango? Military for?- TSFO?

  57. smartchoices February 3rd, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    Hughes “use.” Francesa does that too. Just the accent.

  58. jmills February 3rd, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    Yhf works for me. I hope John Farrell drowns in his own committments.

  59. yankeehotelfoxtrot February 3rd, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    Very well played, Tar!! Am I correct to assume that you’re also a fan? Best Album of this generation, hands down (imo of course).

  60. Ys Guy February 3rd, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    tom, i couldn’t find the balentine, but i’ve got a cold shaeffer in my hand right now.

    you know, when you’re having more than one…

  61. Ys Guy February 3rd, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    niners 34 ravens 31

  62. tomingeorgia February 3rd, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    Ys,
    They still make Schaefer? My deceased brother in law won a Clio for that ad campaign. My favorite was the rookie delivery man singing the song while standing on a keg in the locker room. Not a dry eye in the house. Didn’t Stroh’s buy the brand?

  63. yankeehotelfoxtrot February 3rd, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Agreed smart, but Francesa has a pretty heavy NY accent (and is a “uge” know-it-all lol). Kay’s “accent” seems to only affect those specific words.

  64. jmills February 3rd, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Best album of this generation. Hard one considering all the perspectives. ” Thriller ” is definitey not on my list. Hell, let’s go for the first Doors album. Nothing like a little upbeat Monday morning greeting. In, ” Apocalypse Now,” I think they unfiltered the original swear words about the Oedipus mother thing. The Doors gave a lot of comfort to soldiers there.

  65. blake February 3rd, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    I just signed up to play in my high school alumni game this spring….I’m scheduling TJS for the following Monday just in case

  66. Yankee Trader February 3rd, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    Ys Guy-

    Hope your prediction comes true!

    As a reminder-”Ray Lewis’ Atlanta legacy not so storied

    Baltimore football star embroiled in 2000 murder case that changed Buckhead.”

    http://www.ajc.com/news/news/r.....ied/nWD2Q/

  67. Tar February 3rd, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    Wilco

    Hey-That is an excellent album. I have it on my IPOD so it was an easy spot for me. Again welcome to the blog.

  68. tomingeorgia February 3rd, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    blake,
    stay out of double plays. The runner may not remember you with fondness.

  69. jmills February 3rd, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    Hi Tar, I was going to say Rush made the best album of all time, but I didn’t want to make everybody puke.

  70. blake February 3rd, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    tomingeorgia says:
    February 3, 2013 at 4:43 pm
    blake,
    stay out of double plays. The runner may not remember you with fondness.

    They’ll want me to pitch so they better beware

  71. Ys Guy February 3rd, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    shaeffer is made in milwaukee now, idk who the actual brewer is.

    it was a brooklyn beer in the days before behemouth national brands and was the biggest selling beer in america into the 1970′s.

    they moved the brewery and the brand fell apart.

  72. Ys Guy February 3rd, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    singing beer bottle commercial

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

  73. tomingeorgia February 3rd, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    YS,
    America’s Oldest Brewery, Since 1840. My favorite, too, over Rheingold.

  74. Ys Guy February 3rd, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    i couldnt believe the other day when ray lewis feigned being so offended that the deer-spray guy disrupted the sanctity of the super bowl.

    this is the second super bowl that’s been upstaged by his behavior.

  75. Yankee Trader February 3rd, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    Does your Schaefer beer bottle sing to you?

  76. Yankee Trader February 3rd, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Looks like it was purchased by Stroh’s which in turn was purchased by the Pabst brewery Co.

  77. jmills February 3rd, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    YS, hilarious! Anybody got a singing frog?

  78. tomingeorgia February 3rd, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yw9on9UIkoE
    This one’s better.

  79. stanzy February 3rd, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    jmills, which album would that be? Been a huge Rush fan for a long, long time. I have a few nominees in mind, but am curious to know which you’d choose.

  80. tomingeorgia February 3rd, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    This is the best one from that campaign.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8__0FfSR_mw

  81. yankeehotelfoxtrot February 3rd, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    Jmills, lmao! Perhaps a Canadian thing? I gotta admit that they’re pretty rockin, especially for “only” three dudes; I’m a big fan. Tar, have you seen Wilco live? If not, I highly recommend doing so. As good as a lot of their studio stuff is, their shows are amazing!!

  82. jmills February 3rd, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    Hi Stanzy, I pick, ” Carress of Steel “. ” The Necromancer, ” goes from hard to harder. Plus, they were still dealing in tube amps and of course , Terry Brown ( Broon ) had his hands all over the thing.

  83. pkyankfan69 February 3rd, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    Wilco is probably my second band to My Morning Jacket… Yankee Hotel Foxtrot is an excellent album, one of my favorites.

    Michael Kay sucks.

  84. Yankee Trader February 3rd, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    Check out this Scaefer video:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jVXOKBwImc

  85. yankeehotelfoxtrot February 3rd, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    Tough call…toss up between “Moving Pictures” and “2112″ although “Fly by Night’s” pretty good too :)

  86. jmills February 3rd, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Tom, they don’t make ‘em like that anymore.

  87. yankeehotelfoxtrot February 3rd, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    Pkyank, that’s a quite a coincidence…wow! MMJ (absolutely incredible love) and Wilco are my two favorite bands.

  88. Ys Guy February 3rd, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    i think that moog ad was the week before bud passed them in sales… :)

  89. tomingeorgia February 3rd, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    jmills,
    Got that right, or city-based breweries, either, like Labats used to be, or Iron City, Grain Belt, Hamm’s, Stroh’s, Hampton, even Lone Star and Narraganset. Not all were drinkable, but they belonged to the city they were born in.

  90. jmills February 3rd, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    Sometimes my favourite album is , ” the Trinity Sessions, ” by the Cowby Junkies. It was remade a few years ago and filmed. Margot Timmins graciously stepped aside for the likes of Natalie Merchant and Ryan Adams. Talent, talent, talent.

  91. Yankee Trader February 3rd, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    Back to baseball-

    “Cashman’s legacy one to admire 15 years later

    Yankees GM establishes winning tenure, reshapes front-office philosophy”

    By Richard Justice | Archive2/3/2013 4:17 P.M. ET

    http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com.....8;c_id=nyy

  92. jmills February 3rd, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    Tom, Labatts got bought out by Belgian interests that didn’t give a damn about the Blue Jays.

  93. pkyankfan69 February 3rd, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    MMJ live is just an awesome experience. Easily my fav band to see live… Z is an awesome album but my fav of theirs will always be It Still Moves. The new Jim James solo album is also great, the man is a genius.

  94. tomingeorgia February 3rd, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    YT,
    All I’ve known for the last 17 years are Yankees teams winning or in contention, before that, every once in a while, before that, every year, before that, I was born. Have I been blessed? Guess so.

  95. Yankee Trader February 3rd, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    Tom-

    Yes we have been blessed.

    I’m looking forward to the next home grown Baby Bombers to lead the Yankees to many more successful seasons, like Posada, Rivera, Jeter and Pettitte.

  96. jmills February 3rd, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    I’m going to spend some time now looking up MMJ, because I don’t like being clueless.

  97. Yankee Trader February 3rd, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    Looks like Phil is about to finish up the Phoenix Open with his most dominating performance to date in his 41st career win.

  98. tomingeorgia February 3rd, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    YT,
    It’ll happen, or not. If it takes a couple of years, so be it, but I’m a Yankee fan, so I’ll guarantee it.

  99. Stoneburner - The Return of Wax February 3rd, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    Stoneburner 4 will be going straight to DVD…

    *******

    Sadly there will not be a Stoneburner 4

    Stoneburner 1 was self-terminated by SB1 because SB1 was offended by a lohud poster’s comments that made light of sexual assault victims – - – -

    Stoneburner 2 was self-terminated by SB2 because SB2′s wife forced SB2 to end the account because SB2 was being too much of a jerk – - – -

    Stoneburner 3 is being funded on the down low – so hopefully the significant other will not find out – so far with my controlled hit and runs I have been able to minimize my time on this blog – but worry now – I have a new format that lets me continue on with my mission, work, and project – - – -

  100. sevrox February 3rd, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Blake – thanks for the GB7 news. Sorry to hear – enjoyed his somewhat curmudgeonly take on things/dealing with posters. I seldom check in here until spring training starts due to paths many idle minds take when there’s nothing substantial/significant to discuss. I think the Yanks will be fine offensively this year – health permitting(!).

  101. tomingeorgia February 3rd, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    Phil just trashed the field. Drives me crazy, because it seems like he could do it every week when he looks like this. And whatever he does, he does it with a smile. Why I’m a fan. Felt sorry for some of the guys who were 20 under, but not very.

    Just mentioned on TV: Last time Phil won this tournament, the Ravens won the Super Bowl, just sayin.

  102. Stoneburner - The Return of Wax February 3rd, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    Lohud Posters – the final frontier – these are the voyages of the Stoneburner Project. Its 12 month mission: To explore excel spreadsheets and incorrect analysis of the joint drug agreement in mlb, to seek out elitist snobs and know-it-alls, To Boldly Go Where No Yankees Fan Has Gone Before – - – -

    This is Stoneburner, reporting from Ceti Alpha V, signing off to watch the Super Bowl – - – -

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ba9FcQCVmQY

  103. Yankee Trader February 3rd, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Tom-

    Time to go, but I have these predictions, always subject to change. :)

    Ray Lewis will be a loser tonight.

    ARod will not play with the NYY this season.

    The 2 AL wildcards will come from the AL West with those teams feeding upon the lowly Astros.

  104. tucker February 3rd, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    If we’re talking Wilco releases. I’ll go with “Being There,” as my Fav.

    Though, if you want a really excellent album, go with Wilco’s predecessor, Uncle Tupelo, and the band’s final album — Anodyne.

  105. Jerkface February 3rd, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    Tsk tsk, not a mention of Jose Pirela at all despite his good showing in AA. Not a good fan.

  106. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 3rd, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    Just walked in and turned on the Super Bowl. I don’t even know what to do with the emotion I’m feeling. God bless America and God bless those children.

  107. JobaTipsHisCap February 3rd, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    That is one of the worst national anthem performance.

  108. Against All Odds February 3rd, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    Stoneburner – The Return of Wax February 3rd, 2013 at 5:35 pm
    Stoneburner 4 will be going straight to DVD…

    *******

    Sadly there will not be a Stoneburner 4

    Stoneburner 1 was self-terminated by SB1 because SB1 was offended by a lohud poster’s comments that made light of sexual assault victims – – – -

    Stoneburner 2 was self-terminated by SB2 because SB2?s wife forced SB2 to end the account because SB2 was being too much of a jerk – – – -

    Stoneburner 3 is being funded on the down low – so hopefully the significant other will not find out – so far with my controlled hit and runs I have been able to minimize my time on this blog – but worry now – I have a new format that lets me continue on with my mission, work, and project – – – -

    ————————–

    http://www.reactiongifs.com/wp.....nfused.gif

  109. tomingeorgia February 3rd, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    trisha,
    Thanks from earlier. I just wish some of these fine singers would realize the Star-Spangled Banner should be played or sung in 128 beats per minute, without embellishment. It shouldn’t take nearly two minutes to sing the Anthem. See how it was done by Whitney Houston for an example.

  110. jacksquat February 3rd, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    I think Stoneburner’s posts are entertaining. Don’t take things (or yourself) too seriously.

  111. Tar February 3rd, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    I thought Alicia Keys nailed it. I really liked her rendition.

  112. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 3rd, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    I was really torn about what team to root for. I studied the stats for both teams, feverishly poring over the offenses and defenses, strengths and weaknesses, and found them to be pretty evenly matched. But I couldn’t overlook something that I considered entirely essential and an obvious tipping point. Joe Flacco is Italian.

    :D

    GO RAVENS!!!

  113. tomingeorgia February 3rd, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    What is Kaepernick? No idea. Go Ravens, anyway.

  114. tomingeorgia February 3rd, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    Kaerpernick is good, I know that.

  115. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 3rd, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    tom – no idea! But yeah, Go Ravens!!!

    :)

    I think of them as an AL East team of sorts, so I have to root for them. Of course if it was the AL East team of sorts from Foxboro, I’d be San Fran all the way!

  116. jmills February 3rd, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    I’m glad, Gary Newman ( short people got no reason to live ) is going into the hall with, Rush, and of course, Heart and the rest of them.

  117. tomingeorgia February 3rd, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    trisha,
    Me too.

  118. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 3rd, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    I don’t follow football enough to make a difference so didn’t know a heck of a lot about Kapernick until I read some stuff this week. He sure has an illustrious athletic past, including no-hit baseball! And a 4.0 GPA in high school. Talk about being blessed with talent and brains!

  119. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 3rd, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    tom, we’re usually on the same page anyway.

    :)

  120. jmills February 3rd, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    I was playing a CD of Dinah Washington once for an idiot, and they callled it elevator music!

    Grrr!

  121. tomingeorgia February 3rd, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    trisha,
    We’re both to be damned.
    Go Flacco!

  122. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 3rd, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    “I was playing a CD of Dinah Washington once for an idiot, and they callled it elevator music!

    Grrr!?”

    Hate to say it, jmills, but that was an idot.

  123. CompassRosy February 3rd, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    trisha – true pinstriped blue February 3rd, 2013 at 6:47 pm
    I was really torn about what team to root for. I studied the stats for both teams, feverishly poring over the offenses and defenses, strengths and weaknesses, and found them to be pretty evenly matched. But I couldn’t overlook something that I considered entirely essential and an obvious tipping point. Joe Flacco is Italian.

    GO RAVENS!!!

    =====

    Sis, :)

    Here’s MY rationalization for rooting for the Ravens…

    I typically root for the last “west” team standing ~ in ANY sport

    This one might be tough though ~ Jim H is SO easy to dislike.

    I think I’ll have to go with the “fellow birds” as opposed to the “western angle” ~ especially since I’m currently hooked on a mystery novel series set in Baltimore and sort of have a hankering to visit there now…

    Besides, any place where Edgar Allan Poe (who happens to share my birthday) lived can’t be all bad ;)

    Go, Ravens!!!

  124. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 3rd, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    “trisha,
    We’re both to be damned.
    Go Flacco!”

    Can’t imagine many people with whom I’d be more proud to be damned, tom.

  125. jmills February 3rd, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/embed/8.....#038;rel=0

    Thought u guys would get a giggle out of the above. What was Burton thinking ? ! :)

  126. tomingeorgia February 3rd, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    jmills,
    What a difference a day makes.

  127. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 3rd, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    Sis, this is certainly a surprising turn-about for you! But how about we add a beautiful baseball reason to our highly relevant and appropriate reasons for rooting for the Ravens. Baltimore was the birth place of one George Herman Ruth, Jr. !!!!!

    GO YOU GORGEOUS RAVENS!!!!!

    :)

  128. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 3rd, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    Wonder if the 49ers are trash-talking Lewis about his run-in with the law. I guess nothing is off limits when it comes to trash talk.

  129. jmills February 3rd, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    Tom, ” Red Sails in the Sunset, ” is my #1 all time favourite Dinah Washington song.

  130. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 3rd, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    There is something very relaxing and enjoyable about watchng a big game in which you really have no vested interest. Think I’ll sit back and enjoy this one.

    :)

    Later y’all!

  131. tomingeorgia February 3rd, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    jmills,
    There were a bunch of them. Glad you discovered her. She sang music.

  132. jmills February 3rd, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    Yeah,Tom, I speak highly of the lady wherever I go.

  133. Bronx Jeers February 3rd, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    I keep forgetting to watch the commercials because you know, commercials suck.

  134. tomingeorgia February 3rd, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    What in the world was the commercial with the old guy escaping the nursing home about? What do they want me to buy?

  135. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 3rd, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    re: the Ravens.

    Just wow!!!!

    IMO, the Pats aren’t even worthy to touch the hemlines of their garments. Boy do they look like a team of skill and balance incre-dible!

  136. Bronx Jeers February 3rd, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    What in the world was the commercial with the old guy escaping the nursing home about? What do they want me to buy?

    ——————-

    Tacos of course.

  137. tomingeorgia February 3rd, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    Thank you, Bronx, never saw what it was about. I like Hardees better.

  138. tomingeorgia February 3rd, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Really dumb half-time show. The best America can do? Good game, though, so far.

  139. Bronx Jeers February 3rd, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    Yikes! A grand slam in the bottom of the fifth.

  140. JobaTipsHisCap February 3rd, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    New Orleans just stinks, hopeless.
    At least sf is losing big

  141. JobaTipsHisCap February 3rd, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    All songs in half time show are just ugly.
    Btw, beyonce looks to be ready for women wrestling.

  142. jmills February 3rd, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    rtsp://v8.cache1.c.youtube.com/CjYLENy73wIaLQlKfvLdSgxmNxMYJCAkFEIJbXYtZ29vZ2xlSARSBXdhdGNoYOWmtbK2zNzaUAw=/0/0/0/video.3gp

    Sorry about the half time crap, here’s from my home town, Glenn Gould.

  143. jmills February 3rd, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/embed/2.....#038;rel=0

    A great tribute to a guy who should have lived to race Senna!

  144. tomingeorgia February 3rd, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    It’s W’s fault.

  145. Bronx Jeers February 3rd, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    Why couldn’t they just play on? They play during snowstorms.

  146. Bronx Jeers February 3rd, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    It’s W’s fault.

    ——–

    Heck of a job Brownie!!

  147. tomingeorgia February 3rd, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    Thrown out of the TV room for Downton Abbey. Good luck, all.

  148. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 3rd, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    Happy to see SF score. Though I’m rooting for the Ravens, I’m anti-routs. Also, I like to see both teams feel validated in any match – except of course for the Sux, Pats, and Celts.

    :)

    GO RAVENS! But, keep the heat on, 49ers.

  149. Against All Odds February 3rd, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    The half time show wasn’t bad. The songs weren’t terrible.

  150. Bronx Jeers February 3rd, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    My wife approves of the Budweiser/Clydesdales spot. Tears were spotted.

  151. JobaTipsHisCap February 3rd, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    This looks like a fixed game.
    And they want SF win.

  152. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 3rd, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    LOVED the Clydesdales commercial. Cried almost unabashedly (for a change…)

    Animals need our love and protection. And they give back a thousand fold.

    Wish I could save the world. Drives me crazy that I can’t.

  153. Bronx Jeers February 3rd, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    @TheTweetOfGod: And I said, “Let there be no light”. And there was no light. And lo, the 49ers were good.

  154. jmills February 3rd, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    Trish, I remember an old Carlsburg commercial up here with wonderful Clydesdale horses.

  155. jmills February 3rd, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    Remember folks, I don’t have tV, so I’m realying on u 4 the score Mr. Bobby Orr.

    Is it almost over?

  156. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 3rd, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    “@TheTweetOfGod: And I said, “Let there be no light”. And there was no light. And lo, the 49ers were good.”

    :D

    But it does make me wonder. I mean I have no reason to believe that New Orleans has a rooting interest in this. Right?

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

    jmills – they’re such beautiful horses. :)

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

    And this game just got a lot more interesting! I still think the Ravens will pull this out, but Ravens fans have to be puking at least a little right now. Having your team in a final game is a stressful event!!!

  157. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 3rd, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    jmills – you don’t have television???

  158. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 3rd, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    jmills – 31-29 Ravens. 7:32 to go, Ravens have the ball.

  159. jmills February 3rd, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    Trish, no, the whole damn thing hurts me too much. I have a big old square set whereupon I can watch a Corrs concert or Das Boot or something.

  160. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 3rd, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    jmills – you can watch it here – http://www.cbssports.com/video.....ent_stream

    :)

  161. jmills February 3rd, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    Trish, thanks!

  162. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 3rd, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    :)

  163. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 3rd, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    I think I just heard “Buffalo by 5″

  164. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 3rd, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    Hold that line, Ravens, hold that line!

    Okay, be back when this fantastic game is over. Definitely a worthwhile watch – and I’m not even a football fan.

  165. Bronx Jeers February 3rd, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    The team named after a poem has defeated the team named after a year.

  166. joeman February 3rd, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    49ers will be back in SB next year

  167. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 3rd, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    I think Colin Kaepernick is going to make people forget they ever had a love affair with someone named Tom Brady. I’m not taking anything away from Brady, just thinking that Kaepernick is going to be one of those raren talents that doesn’t come along very often.

  168. Against All Odds February 3rd, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    It will be very hard for ppl to forget Brady. He’s a first ballot lock HOF. Kap would have to have a Joe Montana type career

  169. Against All Odds February 4th, 2013 at 1:07 am

    With that being said he is a very talented player and the sky is the limit.

  170. CompassRosy February 4th, 2013 at 1:40 am

    joeman says:
    February 3, 2013 at 11:00 pm
    49ers will be back in SB next year
    ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

    Boy, I sure hope not ;-)

  171. UnKnown February 4th, 2013 at 1:46 am

    “I think Colin Kaepernick is going to make people forget they ever had a love affair with someone named Tom Brady.”
    ———————–
    Brady = 8× Pro Bowl (2001, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)
    3× Super Bowl champion (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX)
    2× Super Bowl MVP (XXXVI, XXXVIII)
    5× AFC Champion (2001, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2011)
    10x AFC East Champion (2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)
    2× AP NFL MVP (2007, 2010)
    23× AFC Offensive Player of the Week (All-Time Record)
    2× AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year (2007, 2010)
    3× AFC Offensive Player of the Year (2007, 2010, 2011)
    New England Patriots All-time leader (Passing touchdowns, Passing yards)
    NFL 2000s All-Decade Team
    —————————–

    Yeah should be no sweat at all… :roll:

  172. Your Worst Nightmare February 4th, 2013 at 1:52 am

    We are so lucky to land Hafner……………..Nick Johnson all over again………..LMAO !

  173. Nick in SF February 4th, 2013 at 2:56 am

    What an incredible day… a new My Bloody Valentine record after all these years. :shock:

  174. RadioKev February 4th, 2013 at 6:47 am

    Boy do I hate the Ravens. What a bummer. Flacco as Superbowl MVP? I think I need to puke.

    And that new mbv is awesome.

  175. blake February 4th, 2013 at 6:56 am

    So I saw Ray Lewis was able to shoot enough PEDs during the blackout last night to hang on to victory

  176. Mike Ri February 4th, 2013 at 7:17 am

    Not the biggest Ravens fan.. . but I am happy for Ed Reed . Boldin and Flacco.

  177. pkyankfan69 February 4th, 2013 at 7:20 am

    Saying Cap is going to make people forget about having their love affair with Tom Brady is like saying Elvis Andrus is going to make people forget about having their love affair with Derek Jeter. Tom Brady will go down as a top 5 QB of all time, Cap has a LONG way to go to even be mentioned in the same breath.

  178. RadioKev February 4th, 2013 at 7:33 am

    Yeah, not sure about a Kaepernick/Tom Brady comp. The only way I see that making sense is if Kaepernick really does lead a sea change in NFL QBs, in terms of atheletic ability.

  179. austinmac February 4th, 2013 at 7:44 am

    Is it time for baseball now?

    Cashman said he is still looking for a RH OF bat. Who in the world could be available?

  180. AAA February 4th, 2013 at 7:53 am

    I think Colin Kaepernick is going to make people forget they ever had a love affair with someone named Tom Brady

    ===============================

    High praise for the man who was quite clearly the 2nd best QB on the field last night.

  181. Chip February 4th, 2013 at 7:55 am

    *TRADE*

    Dodgers get: Cano and Granderson

    Yankees get: Andre Ethier, Yasiel Puig, Mark Ellis, Alex Castellanos and Corey Seager.

  182. AAA February 4th, 2013 at 7:55 am

    The only way I see that making sense is if Kaepernick really does lead a sea change in NFL QBs, in terms of atheletic ability.

    ======================================

    Not sure he’s the guy leading it. Griffin and Wilson also carry the water for outstanding athletic QBs who can also effectively manage the cerebral and leadership requirements of the position.

  183. AAA February 4th, 2013 at 7:56 am

    Dodgers get: Cano and Granderson

    Yankees get: Andre Ethier, Yasiel Puig, Mark Ellis, Alex Castellanos and Corey Seager

    =========================================

    Ugh!

  184. blake February 4th, 2013 at 7:59 am

    Chip,

    Late night last evening? ;)

  185. AAA February 4th, 2013 at 8:07 am

    Flacco as Superbowl MVP? I think I need to puke.

    =========================

    Could argue he’s been the best postseason QB in the NFL since entering the league in 2008. Slow start, but he’s 9-4 in the postseason with 19 TD’s and 8 ints. With the 9 postseason wins since 2008, he leads the NFL by a decent margin (I think Roethlisberger and Rodgers have 5 each, Eli 4, Brees 4). 11 TD’s, 0 interceptions on this year’s run to the SB. He deserves the MVP.

  186. RadioKev February 4th, 2013 at 8:23 am

    Could argue he’s been the best postseason QB in the NFL since entering the league in 2008. Slow start, but he’s 9-4 in the postseason with 19 TD’s and 8 ints. With the 9 postseason wins since 2008, he leads the NFL by a decent margin (I think Roethlisberger and Rodgers have 5 each, Eli 4, Brees 4). 11 TD’s, 0 interceptions on this year’s run to the SB. He deserves the MVP.
    ———

    I wouldn’t be able to argue against that because I’d be incapacitated from all the puking I would be doing, if you were to make that argue.

    Open your eyes. Flacco feasted on blown coverage. His receivers did a great job fighting for those bombs that he throws, I’ll credit them. But he’s not comparable to any of the QBs you’ve just listed, record or no, just because he’s on a solid team. It’s a team sport.

    Also, while I agree Kaepernick is hardly the only quality athletic QB, he certainly headlined the charge this season. That’s really not my point anyhow, I don’t see how Kap and Brady are comprable beyond the backup story.

  187. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 4th, 2013 at 9:27 am

    About Kaepernick – wait and watch. Apparently listing all of the accomplishments of a highly-accomplished 12-year veteran in the NFL with a QB who has only spent one full season in the NFL would certainly give the nod to the veteran. Again, taking nothing away from Brady, I think Kaepernick is going to outshine Brady when all is said and done. My opinion is that Kaepernick has it all over Brady when it comes to athletic ability, and that has to count for something. Granted, my opinion is colored by reading about Kaepernick’s background. He also has one hell of an arm.

    (As an aside, can less-then-effective receivers and running backs drag down a QB who is amazing, or is it the QB who makes the others shine? Fo example, has Brady been more-than-fortunate to play with some of the offensive players he’s had on his team, or has he made them look maybe better than they are? Not a football maven, but I wondered about that in the grand scheme of things.)

    Anyway – go Yankees!

  188. yankeehotelfoxtrot February 4th, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Pkyank, not sure if you’ll see this since it’s now yesterday’s news but when I said MMJ is “absolutely incredible love,” I mean to say live lol. It Still Moves is my fave (LOVE Mahgeetah). I think Circuital is excellent and has become my 2nd favorite. He IS a genius…have been meaning to check out the solo album on NPR and will asap. Stand by for a report :)

  189. yankeehotelfoxtrot February 4th, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Jeter’s infamous head first dive into the standsagainst the Sox (7/1/04) is on on. I was there…still the best game I’ve ever seen in person. I remember predicting that Paul Quantrill would give up Halsey’s lead. Thank God for Jorge and Flaherty!

    Btw, someone on here guessed the right score to the Superbowl but had the teams mixed up lol.


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