The LoHud Yankees Blog

A New York Yankees blog by Chad Jennings and the staff of The Journal News


Postgame notes: “I’m hurting the team”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on May 26, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

CC Sabathia, Austin Romine

In his five seasons with the Yankees, CC Sabathia has allowed seven runs three times. Today was one of them. Sabathia hasn’t won a game since April 27, and he’s allowed 28 hits in his past three starts. As you might expect, none of that sits very well with the Yankees ace. Here are three perspectives — Sabathia himself, pitching coach Larry Rothschild and manager Joe Girardi — discussing what’s going on with the Yankees No. 1 starter.

SABATHIA: “I’m hurting the team. I’m not helping the team out. I just need to get better. … With this crew, this team that we have, we battle to the end. We did it tonight. I just didn’t give us a chance. Just not being able to keep the game close and giving these guys a chance to feel like they can come back and win the game.”
ROTHSCHILD: “Well, I don’t blame him (for being frustrated). Look, this is a guy that has a lot of pride and has pitched really well for us, and he’ll pitch well again for us. It’s some inconsistencies. He’s missing some spots at times, and he’s not getting away with any pitches. I think you’ll see that all modify itself and take care of itself. Every bad pitch he made, it got hit, and there’s no excuses, but it’s more inconsistencies than anything else.”
GIRARDI: “I think he’s just trying to pitch. To be as successful as he’s been in his career, I think you have to be pretty strong mentally because there’s times we’ve seen him, when things don’t go his way, he figures out ways to get on a roll. He’s been through a lot, so there’s no doubt in my mind that he’ll figure it out.”

CC SabathiaThe easiest thing to notice is that Sabathia’s velocity has been declining for two years now, and he’s now sitting in the low 90s without reaching up to 95 or 96. Of course, the Yankees point out that Sabathia had a strong stretch in April when he was pitching with that same velocity.

SABATHIA: “I feel fine. It’s just one of those things. I feel like the ball’s coming out pretty good. It’s getting on guys. I’m just not making pitches. The ball Rodriguez hit cut right back over the middle. It was just a bad pitch. … I’m just not being aggressive and throwing in like I normally do. That has nothing to do with my velocity; I’m just not doing it while I’m out there.”
ROTHSCHILD: “The only way the velocity (is the biggest problem) is if it’s changing his arm angle because he’s trying to muster or anything else. I don’t really see that. I think he’s trying to make pitches with what he’s got on a given day and staying within deliveries and trying to execute pitches. Early in the season he had the same velocity and pitched really well. I think it’s just executing pitches a little bit better. … He’s made a number of good pitches, but like I said, it’s the inconsistent pitches that are catching up with him. Maybe a few times behind in the count a little too much.”
GIRARDI: “(Velocity) is probably part of it. The bottom line is, you’ve got to locate. You’ve got to change speeds, and he’s able to do that. When you throw a sinker that cuts to the middle of the plate, a lot of times it’s going to be trouble.”

After the game, when the clubhouse opened to reporters, Sabathia and Rothschild were sitting together in front of Sabathia’s locker. Their conversation was calm and quiet, and although neither would discuss the details, the basic topic was pretty easy to guess. The Yankees need their ace to pitch winning baseball again.

SABATHIA: “It’s everything; not being able to make pitches with two strikes, fastball command. It’s just not being good. I just need to work and make sure that I can get better and try to help the team. … I’ve just got to make better pitches, do a better job of getting outs, pitching to contact and not getting behind in hitter’s counts.”
ROTHSCHILD: “(I tell him), ‘Look at what you’ve done and what you are when you take the mound. That’s what you have to know.’ Not only does he know it, but everybody he faces knows it. That’s all part of the game. That’s part of the game within a game. The track record is there and it’s not there just because of the stuff he’s had, it’s because of the way he competes. There’s a lot of guys with great stuff that don’t win the games that he’s won. I think you’ll see him get back to it.
GIRARDI: “We’ve seen him early in the year struggle in certain months, whether it’s April or May. We’ve seen that. It’s kind of been a little bit of his DNA. Hopefully this month is behind him and he can take off in the next month. … I just think he’s too smart and he’s too talented not to figure it out.”

David Adams• Mild scare in the second inning when Robinson Cano came down hard after a play at second base. Because of a high throw from David Adams, Cano got his left foot clipped as Yunel Escobar slid into second. Cano said he was fine. In fact… “It’s my fault,” he said. Basically, Escobar made a good slide, but Cano got himself in the way because of the throw.

• Actually, most everything about that second inning was kind of a mess. “We just gave them extra outs,” Girardi said. “What was the count on Rodriguez, 0-2? He hit him. Then we have the hard-hit ball to David. It’s a tough play, but it’s a play he’s able to make. Then CC doesn’t get over.”

• Girardi pretty quickly dismissed Sabathia failing to cover first on that play. Girardi said that, when Sabathia comes off the mound in his delivery, it’s sometimes hard for him to get going toward first base. It’s an accepted tradeoff. “It’s part of what it is,” Girardi said.

• After a couple of cheap runs in the second inning, Sabathia gave up five more on balls that were legitimately hit hard. Both home runs were fastball mistakes. “I think a few fastballs were not located,” Rothschild said. “They cut on him. The pitch to Rodriguez instead of staying down and away and missing the bat, the ball cut right to where he was swinging and ends up going out of the park. There were a couple pitches like that.”

• If you’re curious, Girardi said Sabathia has not complained about any sort of injury, and Sabathia said he has no injury to complain about. “I feel great,” he said. “I have no complaints. I’ve just got to be better.”

Brett Gardner• Speaking of being better: The Yankees had three hits in their first eight innings, then they had three more in the ninth. Brett Gardner homered — his fifth of the season — and David Adams had a two-run double — his third of the year — to at least get the Yankees on the board.

• Pretty much goes without saying, but Alex Cobb was great tonight. Cano was raving about his changeup/splitfinger that had a ton of movement down in the zone. The Yankees never had much of a chance against him.

• David Huff made his Yankees debut. He struck out his first batter, but he ultimately walked two and allowed an RBI double. Not exactly a flawless first impression. Seems like a really nice guy, for whatever that’s worth.

• Looking for a bright side, it’s pretty obvious. The Yankees actually won two of three at Tropicana Field, winning a series in this ballpark for the first time since April 2010. “It’s been a while since we did that,” Girardi said. “We had a pretty long losing streak for a while. To be able to win two out of three, it’s good.”

• Give the final word to Cano: “We know what kind of player (Sabathia) is. He’s going to go now and figure out what’s wrong, what he’s not doing. Most of his pitches were over the plate, but I know he’ll figure out what’s wrong. That’s the last guy I worry about.”

Associated Press photos

Comments

comments

 

Advertisement

219 Responses to “Postgame notes: “I’m hurting the team””

  1. Pat M. May 26th, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    Man it seems as though Larry Rothschild is reading exactly what Rich in NJ wrote a few threads ago…..

  2. dan l May 26th, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    CC needs more ground ball outs….keep the damn ball in the ballpark.

  3. fantasygame101 May 26th, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    of course velocity counts. If you make mistake with a 96mph, you can get away more than a 91mph. The margin of error shrink with less velocity specially if your bread and butter pitch is your fastball. Also with less velocity on your fastball, the other pitches is also affected bec. of less difference in velocity. It is amazing that CC has suddenly turns into andy petite.

  4. Bo knows May 26th, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    Maybe it’s a mantra but Gardner is looking very, very good in CF and he looks like he’s ready to break out offensively. He changed his approach this year, he’s no longer hitting flat footed and he’s been treading water while he adjusts. I think that is about to change. He put a good swing on that HR today. He’s had some good swings in the last few days with varying results.

  5. Hassey May 26th, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    Cc gets killed by tampa’s righties even when he pitches in Tampa with his good velocity

  6. igotid88 May 26th, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    Ibanez does it again

  7. the vaunted chris May 26th, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    Why do they even ask coaches questions at all? What useful information do you ever get? What real, truthful information do you ever get? It’s all so fake and pointless. BS answers.

    Always with the RaRa when someone is stinking it up. Everybody’s always just going to figure it out, right? Except when they don’t, which happens a lot.

  8. mick May 26th, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    I said it in pre-season Gardner could hit 15-20 HR’s.
    I had them close to 200 again when guys like francesa said 1/2 of what they hit last year, if that.
    I had overbay wells and hafner in the mix, and ichiro who still could hit 10-15 if he wanted to.

  9. luis May 26th, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    CC will be fine…He just needs to adjust as many pitchers have had in the past… I still have Moose fresh in the memory.. He had to adjust pitch sequences and velocity of his CU to make it effective again… He said good bye on top of his game with a mid 80′s FB… Pettitte has done so with outstanding command… C pitched very well in April with outstanding command as well… What we must be aware of is that he won’t get away from mistakes as easily as he did in the past… I think he has lived up to his end of the bargain

  10. the vaunted chris May 26th, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    Not everybody can adjust.

  11. cogen777 May 26th, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    I had overbay wells and hafner in the mix, and ichiro who still could hit 10-15 if he wanted to.

    He doesn’t want to?

  12. randy l. May 26th, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    “i understand the concept of hitting rock bottom in order to rise up and change of the philosophy of an organization but how can you openly root for that. It would be one thing if the team was 20 games under and everyone felt it was time to move on.”

    the yankees are spending 230 million this year with mostly one year signing to prove they are not going to fall apart with hal’s 189 plan. they will fall apart eventually. i root for sooner than later. i expected them to win 91 games this year. i root for them to fall way below that because there is no way they will do the 189 thing and be competitive next year.

    we’ll see how much you all like hal when cano signs with someone else. there’s a high likelihood it’ll happen.

    with all due respect i look at all of you who openly root for this team as enablers. now that doesn’t make you bad people, but at the same time i don’t think you see the big picture.

    time will tell on this. 2014 and 2015 will get here.

  13. cogen777 May 26th, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    with all due respect i look at all of you who openly root for this team as enablers.

    Clear concise post. Does watching with amused skepticism count as enabling?

  14. cogen777 May 26th, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    mick May 26th, 2013 at 7:13 pm
    rip alvin lee…he will go in posthumously.

    I’m a fan. He went around March of this year correct? I just got a 3 CD set of Ten Years After the Chrysalis years. On top of that a 2 CD set TYA Live at the Fillmore East. Put them in the 6 CD Changer in my SUV. I’ll be listening to Alvin for the next few weeks.

    I won’t express any opinions on how good I thought he was. Clapton and Cream fans get upset.

  15. randy l. May 26th, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    “Clear concise post.”

    i respect people like doreen and others enough that i should explain my position.

    people may not agree with it now, but i unless hal changes course i think more and more fans will see it similar to how i’m seeing it.

  16. the vaunted chris May 26th, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    I’ve always been on board with the “if you aren’t going to win, lose really big to clear out the crap” mentality. I just don’t think this can happen in NY because of the retarded fans and media.

    Having said that, I’m not referring to this year…because it’s amazing to me this team is near first place. Although I do not expect that to last. And if they go in the tank beyond repair, I want them to really go in the tank. This season is the best case scenario for people wanting the organizational philosophy to change. Injuries like never before have forced them to play younger players that would otherwise NEVER get a chance on the Yankees. Hopefully they see the sky won’t fall if they rely on these guys in semi-important roles.

  17. luis May 26th, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    Ichiro is over the hill… As sad as this may sound, it what it is… Awful contract given to him… To his credit, Cashman appeared to be against it.

    Randy,

    It will happen… How soon is debateable, but we are heading to a downward period… Too much age on the roster… Perhaps our pitching depth allows the team to stay competitive, but our Ofeense will continue to regress.

  18. the vaunted chris May 26th, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    Signings like ichiro for 2 years this offseason just make no sense to me. And everything I’ve ever known about Cashman tells me he couldn’t possibly be behind something like that…which is even more troubling than the signing itself.

  19. the vaunted chris May 26th, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    Will Japan wage war on us if we DFA Ichiro? The money is a sunk cost at this point. Why make it worse by playing him?

  20. randy l. May 26th, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    “It will happen… How soon is debateable, but we are heading to a downward period… Too much age on the roster”

    luis-

    that’s the way i see it. i actually wouldn’t comment here so much on this if the yaysayers didn’t throw out so many challenges to where i am or you are or j. al. pru is when they perceive the yankees to be doing well.

    i figure when people ask where i am they’re asking for whatever they get back :)

  21. jmills May 26th, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    Happy birthday, Peggy Lee!!! ” I’m a Woman “, ” Fever “, etc.. Hats off to you :D

  22. Nick in SF May 26th, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    The Yankee players are also enablers. Even more so; they’re the ones winning the games.

  23. Against All Odds May 26th, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    randy l. May 26th, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    ——————————–

    They most likely won’t be able to do 189 and compete because of the money already on the payroll and the numerous holes to fill. I think Hal is too optimistic about everything going according to plan but still how can any fan root for these guys who busting their a** to fail. Guys who were thrown off other teams have come here and performed well.

  24. randy l. May 26th, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    “The Yankee players are also enablers. Even more so; they’re the ones winning the games.”

    you mean yankee players like ibanez or swisher or burnett or martin?

    are these guys really yankees?

    were they ever really yankees?

    who are these yankee players you speak of. it appears to be like smoke and mirrors. not really real.

    here today. gone tomorrow.

    youkillis is not a yankee. he’s already gone. so is hughes and granderson and joba.

    not a single one of these guys will care about the yankees a year from now.

  25. Doreen May 26th, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    Well, sure, if they’re going to fail they would have to fail big if you want them to change course entirely.

    But it all depends on what you’re looking for from a baseball team. I want them to remain competitive ith a decent chance of going to the playoffs every year, with a WS victory being the cherry on top. I don’t expect to win the WS every year, no matter what the Yankees mantra is.

    Would failing to make the playoffs this year be a big enough failure, or would finishing with a .500 record do it? Or something worse?

    I also think the are on the right course in general. They’re just being obtuse about it because they can’t admit they are in a rebuilding phase. You have to ad it that being “the Yankees” brings challenges other teams do not have to face.

    The gripe I had with Hal’s statements earlier in the week was they are premature. They are not even halfway through the season. Let’s see where they are at the All-Star break or the trade deadline before we declare the experiment a go. Let’s see whether Jeter and/or ARod make it back and produce,

    What happens if next season the want to be under 189 and they have injuries like this season? Will they get reinforcements from outside?

    Well have to see. I think ARod and Jeter’s status will be the predictor of what happens with the budget.

    They will duping Cano. Cano wants to stay. The Yankees have been vocal about wanting him to stay.

  26. Doreen May 26th, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    I seriously dont know how signing turned into duping. They are not duping cano. The are Signing Cano.

  27. randy l. May 26th, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    “Guys who were thrown off other teams have come here and performed well.”

    that’s character.

    the player is playing for himself the way ibanez did last year. he’s not going to lay down. but i’s not because he was playing for the yankees. he was playing for himself.

    when you hir all these guys for one year who do you think they are rooting for?
    they are of course rooting for themselves.

    i seriously want guys who somehow get some “yankee ” in them. i think guys like jeter, mariano, posada, oneill, bernie, etc were yankees in the real sense. i don’t see it with youkillis , hafner, ibanez, martin,swisher, etc

  28. Against All Odds May 26th, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    The gripe I had with Hal’s statements earlier in the week was they are premature

    ——————————–

    Yea he shouldn’t be taking bows this early.

  29. Against All Odds May 26th, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    Those guys you mentioned all won rings with the team and were here for a long time of course you’re going to consider them to be “Yankees in a real sense ”

    The guys in the second group all try/tried their best and that’s all you can ask for.

  30. Nick in SF May 26th, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    randy, with all due respect and in this case with more respect than is due, your “here today gone tomorrow not really Yankees” argument is thoroughly unpersuasive.

    A player doesn’t have to be signed to a long contract to contribute to the team he’s currently playing for. The 1996 team doesn’t have to give back their title because Cecil Fielder and Wade Boggs and Tim Raines and Charlie Hayes weren’t longtime Yankees.

    “you mean yankee players like ibanez or swisher or burnett or martin?”

    Two of the four players you mentioned contributed to a World Series title. Ibanez contributed to some great post-season moments (as well as some others) and Martin contributed to some bilingual French-Canadian Yankee tweets.

    Of course you’re free to hope that Mariano Rivera’s final season ends in bitter failure because you don’t like Hal or Cashman. But all these games count whether you like the players or not.

  31. luis May 26th, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    i figure when people ask where i am they’re asking for whatever they get back

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

    Lmao….. I am on ignoring mode ;) Tired of the back and forth on the issue…. But I understand you… As I said before, I am not willing to go as far as you go, but I respect and understand your position… I couldn’t root against my team, even though it might hasten the much needed retooling… It will happen no matter what, there is one thing that they can’t avoid and that is aging and the inevitable retirement of the remmants of the old core… The problem I see is that it will take longer as a result

  32. Doreen May 26th, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    Randy, the days of a core of players who stay with a team throughout heir career are pretty much done…

    And plenty of players have played for the Yankees after coming from another team and done excellently here, playing exciting baseball, and then moving on.

    Part of the problem is free agency itself though. Great Players get their biggest money and longest contracts closer to the downside of heir careers. Perhaps with PEDs being on he wane, this will self adjust, and only the truly superstar payers wll get those unreal contracts, instead of every middling player.

    Maybe the Yankees are really trailblazers here. Certainly watching the Dodgers and Blue Jays saw a lot about spending money without concern about how you’re putting together your team.

    Again, I say, lets see how this goes.

  33. Doreen May 26th, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    Show a lot, not saw a lot.

  34. Nick in SF May 26th, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    There is a theory that the Yanks are trying to dupe Cano with the $189 talk, Doreen. Sneaky stuff.

  35. Giuseppe Franco May 26th, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    Please tell me we aren’t debating which players are “True Yankees” and which aren’t.

    It’s the dumbest argument that exists in the Yankee blogosphere.

  36. igotid88 May 26th, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    Anybody looking forward or not looking forward to the trade deadline?

  37. luis May 26th, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    igotid88 May 26th, 2013 at 8:35 pm
    Anybody looking forward or not looking forward to the trade deadline?

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

    I always dread it

  38. GregD May 26th, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    are we still in first place?

  39. randy l. May 26th, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    nick in sf-

    first of all when i said i thought some posters deserved an explanation. you are not one of those i mentioned. you deserve nothing. you are the enemy. you are the one i compete against.

    so think what you want.

  40. randy l. May 26th, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    “It’s the dumbest argument that exists in the Yankee blogosphere.”

    yes , you think mantle was a mercenary like youkillis .

    they both wore the laundry. both are the same?

    you think that’s true. fine, i don’t.

  41. Doreen May 26th, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    Greg D

    Tied with Boston.

  42. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 26th, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    “with all due respect i look at all of you who openly root for this team as enablers.”

    I think that’s pretty unfair randy. I’ve gone on the record saying that I absolutely understand why you’ve chosen the course you’ve chosen and it isn’t because of any lack of love for the Yankees. It’s a course that works for you in terms of your beliefs about what will happen. I absolutely respect that.

    I don’t agree with your prognostication about the future. And I believe in the team and the thought that the Yankee organization knows what it’s doing and will continue to do what it has to in order to field winning teams. I truly believe that. So I see my openly rooting for this team as part of my Yankee fandom, and I am a loyal Yankee fan and one who sincerely believes that things are under control and will continue to be under control.

    I have no harsh criticism for you following your beliefs even though they aren’t the same as mine. For those of us who still believe in the organization and believe they will continue to focus on putting up winning teams in whatever way they feel is best – and we’re good with that – openly rooting for the team is just an indication of rooting for what we believe in.

    I we’re enabling anything, we’re enabling something we consider solid and right.

  43. GregD May 26th, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    Doreen

    we need to beat them this weakend….I’ll be there Saturday

  44. GregD May 26th, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    I’m going to continue to root for the Yankees……

  45. Nick in SF May 26th, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    “first of all when i said i thought some posters deserved an explanation. you are not one of those i mentioned.”

    Right, but you’re the one who quoted my post and then replied to it when you incorrectly thought it gave you some slim rhetorical advantage, so then as usual you do a little dance when you paint yourself into a corner.

    “you deserve nothing. you are the enemy. you are the one i compete against.”

    Well you might want to see somebody about that.

    So what’s the second of all?

  46. luis May 26th, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    Doreen,

    Sorry to cut in… But I don’t think the era of career long players is over… At least on a team like the Yankees… What I think it might happen is that players are signed for extensions earlier in their careers so their prime years are assured… What I think it might happen is that careers might be shorter as a result of no PED use.

    Which poses a challenge to the Yankees if they choose to go the FA route instead of the building from within route. Since those FA available will be mostly past their primes.

    Also, all our dynasties have been built around a homegrown core.

  47. Doreen May 26th, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    Greg D

    “the battle for last place.”.

    I’m not thrilled Boston is doing well, but I am thrilled that both hese teams have made the pre-season prognosticators lookmrealkynsilly. :)

    Have fun at the game. The more things change, the more NY and Boston stay rivals!!!!

  48. the vaunted chris May 26th, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    the yankees put themselves into a lot of these messes by almost never negotiating contracts with players before their arb years are up. You can’t continue to roll the dice on players staying healthy through their mid 30′s. They are finding that out the hard way. It makes no sense to me.

  49. ObviousMan May 26th, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    Hey Yankee fans,

    If theyankees are such a terrible team, as you contend, why are they I first place despite the injuries and underperforming stars? Shouldn’t a terrible, injury- ravaged team, be, I don’t know, somewhere BEHIND first place in late May. Please, Yankee ” fans,” enlighten me. You’re obviously convinced this team is the worst in baseball– explain why.

  50. GregD May 26th, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    Doreen — thank you, tis easy to have fun at a Red Sox Yanks game…. :)

  51. Pat M. May 26th, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    Doreen….I always enjoy reading your contributions here, always….Tricia, I’m looking forward to this !!! Should I be expecting an e-mail ????

  52. Tar May 26th, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    Nick

    In the interest of fairness and impartiality I have to say you don’t treat Randy the same way you do other posters. You should be more non-discriminatory.

  53. Tar May 26th, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    Time for bed Good night all.

    :twisted:

  54. luis May 26th, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    GF,

    I won’t get in to that debate of who is or who isn’t a true Yankee… But homegrown players always give the extra mile that hired guns may not give ( with notable exceptions like Ruth or O’neal )

  55. ObviousMan May 26th, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Luis,

    The collapse you so confidently predicted never came. Even though the aging core had already declined. You were wrong and Cashman was right. That’s why he’s the GM and you are the guy that whines about the GM on the message board.

  56. Nick in SF May 26th, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    “In the interest of fairness and impartiality I have to say you don’t treat Randy the same way you do other posters.”

    Tar, my friend, I treat randy very fairly given the intellectual and emotional content of his posts here. So are you saying I’m less than fair to everyone else?

  57. luis May 26th, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Good night Tar… Is always a pleasure to have you around ;)

  58. Bo knows May 26th, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    I think the story of the Yankee demise is totally premature. The emergence of young starting pitching is totally heartening. A year ago if CC was struggling and Pettitte was on the DL, the sky would be falling, not so this year.

    The Yankees seem to have patented good young BP arms, the latest example being Claiborne. There is a whole mess of them in the pipeline dealing with various degrees of success.

    In the infield, (living with the Teix melodrama is a given,) Cano, Nunez and Adams are pretty respectable. In the OF, Wells and Gardner are more than respectable, granted Ichiro is a disaster. They need a middle of the order bat and they can compete.

  59. Giuseppe Franco May 26th, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    You can find plenty of examples where these “True Yankees” were looking out for their own best interest first before looking out for the Yanks’ best interest…ya know, like every contract negotiation.

    Bernie almost became a Red Sock. Jeter’s last contract negotiations was very long and public.

    Pettitte had the gall to retire when he still had plenty left to be with his family. That selfish beeyotch!

    Btw…isn’t Mo doing the very same thing right now? Ditto!

    No offense, Randy. But I think you are really grasping at straws with this argument.

  60. Pat M. May 26th, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    The 1976-1978 Yanks were not really a homegrown lot, granted Thurman was the foundation but Gabe Paul built that club from the outside in

  61. Doreen May 26th, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    Luis,

    I think in terms of a core, it’s not like it was. You may see one or two players staying throughout their careers, but not a thing like eve been privileged to see here

    The game changer would be if a team wins two or more consecutive WS, or 3 of 5 or so, with the same bunch of players, and those players are young, and the team has a lot of money.

    The game has changed so much since the late 90′s.

    And Luis, your needing quality players to build around. Right now there are no no-brainers in the Yankees system. There are a few very promising players and I have my fingers crossed, though. But it’s probably two years away, and I’m okay with stop gap moves if it means these promising players are not traded away and allowed to develop. And it could mean that next season is a huge question mark. But maybe not.

  62. Nick in SF May 26th, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    And Tar, I know that comment was tongue-in-cheek, but others might not get the joke.

  63. Tar May 26th, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    “Good night Tar… Is always a pleasure to have you around”

    Same to you Luis, but I’m not really going to bed… just goofing around with Nick. I do have some stuff to do, I’ll be back soon to take my inevitable tongue lashing.

  64. ObviousMan May 26th, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    Randy is a Red Sox fan disguised under the thin veil of being a “realistic!” Yankee fan.

  65. randy l. May 26th, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    do the yankees stand for anything?

    is there a yankee way anymore?

    if so what is it?

    does what dimaggio said still mean anything?

  66. luis May 26th, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    OM,

    It will happen… Is not a matter of if but when, that’s what’s up for debate… There is too much age on the roster, as simple as that… Whether that’s a downward period that has the Yankees as a bottom club or a competitive club remains to be seen… It will mostly depend on the pitching side of the equation… Of course, provided that the FO sticks to their 189 mil CAP… If they don’t, things may be different to a degree… We may have a taste of the 80′s if they don’t develop a homegrown core

    But I know you only read the negatives in order to lash out

  67. cogen777 May 26th, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    luis May 26th, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    Also, all our dynasties have been built around a homegrown core.

    Even recently. Bernie, Jeter, Mo, Posada, Andy for the most part. Even Paulie, Knoblauch and Brosius, didn’t they retire Yankees?

  68. ObviousMan May 26th, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    Doreen,

    If the yankees farm system is terrible, why have important home grown players like Adams, Robertson, Hughes, nuno, phelps, Claiborne, Gardner, and cano…. Actually contributed this year. If their farm sucks, all these guys should suck. They don’t.

  69. ron May 26th, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    simmons
    heyward
    upton
    freeman
    uggla
    Francisco
    bj upton
    laird
    Teheran

    This is tonights Atlanta braves lineup.Arguably the best team in baseball,and for one,you have a pitcher hitting.
    Point is,i am not impressed with that lineup whatsoever,meaning you do not need great players at every position.
    Imo,when we get tex,granderson,jeter back,our lineup is better than the braves,and nationals,by a lot.
    Same with the nationals.A few good hitters,good pitching,good pen.

    Simmons is batting .234 with a .631 ops.
    heyward batting .170 with a .602 ops
    uggla batting .186 with a .690 ops
    fransisco batting .253 with a .726 ops
    bj upton batting .151 with a .496 ops.
    laird batting .262 with a .650 ops
    juston upton is great
    freeman is doing pretty good,but nothing graet..793 ops.
    the pitcher.

    So only j upton is ops’ing over .800,with almost all of the rest,absolutely horrible in ops,and ba.
    The braves are 5th in rd with a + 52,in all of baseball,and have a 5 game lead over the nationals,who have a – 25 rd.

  70. ObviousMan May 26th, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    What about cano, Gardner, Adams, Robertson, Claiborne, phelps, nuno, nova, Nunez, cervelli, Pineda is not a good, young home grown core Luis? A lot of people here are blinded by anti- Cashman sentiments. It’s not about who or who’s not the GM… It’s about whether or not the right moves or made. I don’t care if its Cashman, theo, or billy beans. Evaluate the moves themselves, not the person behind those moves, and you’ll see the true “realistic” light.

  71. randy l. May 26th, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    “No offense, Randy. But I think you are really grasping at straws with this argument.”

    Giuseppe Franco -

    simple question.

    why do you root for the yankees?

  72. Doreen May 26th, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    What is the extra mile the home grown yankees go that outsourced players don’t? CC is not home grown. I can’t imaging he’s holding back. Or any other player that signed with theZyNkees Yankees with the hoopoe the Yankees would be their last team.

    Even a mercenary like Johnny Damon gave his all while he was here. What about Matsui???

    There are dozens of examples.

    The Yankees were incredibly blessed with Jeter, et al.

    But what about all the other home growns that fizzled out? Did they not get the memo??

  73. cogen777 May 26th, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    So only j upton is ops’ing over .800,with almost all of the rest,absolutely horrible in ops,and ba.
    The braves are 5th in rd with a + 52,in all of baseball,and have a 5 game lead over the nationals,who have a – 25 rd.

    Curious? Is anyone in the Nats lineup outside of maybe Harper and Desmond putting up over .800?
    As I recall the Nats are also missing starters in LF, 2b and C.

  74. luis May 26th, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    Pat M,

    Yes.. I knew someone would bring up 1977-1978… It was at the start of the FA age, so they managed to build a team around great players in their prime… That’s not possible anymore and when they tried during the 80′s, it was horrible… It took a ban to the “Boss” for the team to take a step back and rebuild from within… We owe this past 17 years in no small part to that downward period… So if you ask me if I am willing to go through that in exchange of ten more years of dominance, I am all for it

  75. comnsnse May 26th, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    Analogy….If you owned a very large successful corporation with multi billion dollar value and presumably were good businessmen, the strategy looking forward would always be to review your business plan when business was good.

    If in addition you had aggressive partners with a substantial investment in that business they would expect no less.

    This then is the case with the YES empire valued at 3-5 billion which News Corp has purchased 49% of the network entity essentially for broadcast/product.

    Now economic students, why would this successful enterprise in it’s own right invest this money with the option to purchase the entire network operation, knowing that the success of said operation is solely dependent on the success of the baseball team being competitive year in and year out?

    Why would this segment of the empire want a “show” which viewers don’t watch because it’s simply average?

    This is a transitional period for the organization and perhaps a prelude to a sale by Steinbrenner interests because of estate planning.

    But surely you can’t believe either the Yankees/ News Corp or the Dodgers who obtained a 30 billion dollar deal( I’m not completely sure of the final number) from Time Warner are in the habit of paying big bucks for crappy entertainment product. I mean sports is the ultimate reality show!

    So not withstanding all the angst by posters constantly dwelling on minor issues ,as a fan of some 65 years and a businessman myself, I would simply say let successful people do what they do best and everyone else (Fans and media) prattle on about line ups, prospects etc. and other minutiae.

    For anyone who has had the privilege of watching this team for 65+ years and knowing that they are the ultimate pro sport’s franchise and despite my own regular complaints, I will always be a fan.

    And from a business perspective I do believe you hire competent people and let them do what they do best.

  76. randy l. May 26th, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    “What about Matsui???”

    matsui felt like a yankee to me.

    still does.

  77. Doreen May 26th, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    Randy, what did DiMaggio say?

    I’d imagine he liked being a Yankee for a lot of reasons that had nothing to do with baseball. He was a great player, but as a person? Give me Yogi.

  78. Nick in SF May 26th, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    Doreen, you make excellent points. I would say that it’s easier for fans — or some fans — to have stronger emotional connections with players who come up as Yankees (witness the strong reactions and overreactions when some farm hands get traded or flop) but I doubt it can be substantiated that homegrown players go any extra miles or give extra effort. These are all professional baseball players.

  79. ron May 26th, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    All the players past their prime will not get long,big contracts,but still can be usefull,in addition to drafting,trading,but the most important thing is pitching.
    You only need a few homegrown players on a team,the rest you aquire through other means.
    3 homegrown position players,not including pitching is enough,or even if it is 2 real good ones,and 2 ok ones.
    Your prospects do not have to be all 9 of your starting position players.

  80. Giuseppe Franco May 26th, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    luis May 26th, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    GF,

    I won’t get in to that debate of who is or who isn’t a true Yankee… But homegrown players always give the extra mile that hired guns may not give ( with notable exceptions like Ruth or O’neal )

    ——–

    I agree that this team must develop a young core of homegrown talent and they do have to prove themselves for a longer duration than your typical free agents.

    In fact, although I may be in the minority, but I would be willing to endure a rebuilding period to do just that if I felt the organization was headed in the right direction.

    The problem is that I’m not real confident they are indeed headed in the right direction and I’m not exactly thrilled with the way the organization has developed young position players or starting pitchers.

    Cashman took over the farm system in 2005-ish and promised to put far more emphasis on player development. It all sounded good at the time but I have been rather disappointed with the lack of fruit they’ve produced since that time.

  81. Bo knows May 26th, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    Personally, I hope Jeter hangs em up – even with his stash of unused gift baskets.

    I’m selfish, I don’t want him hobbling about in his faded glory. He and A Rod hanging out in Florida poaching the hard bodies. There is a never ending supply.

    In the unlikely event that they come back, I hope the stay will be a short one. Time to move on, time to reminisce. Remember when…

  82. Doreen May 26th, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    Obvious Man,

    You are barking up the wrong tree.

    For one, I did not say the farm system was terrible. I said there are no sure things knocking down the door.

  83. ObviousMan May 26th, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    Randy,

    Simple question: if the yankees suck, why are they in first place?

  84. ObviousMan May 26th, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    Giuseppe,

    You mean that same disappointing farm system that produced busts like cano, Gardner, Robertson, phelps, nuno, warren, Claiborne, Adams, cervelli, and Hughes? Yea, that’s a terrible and disappointing young core. Fire Cashman and all the scouts, as you suggest so wisely!!!

  85. Giuseppe Franco May 26th, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    randy l. May 26th, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    “No offense, Randy. But I think you are really grasping at straws with this argument.”

    Giuseppe Franco -

    simple question.

    why do you root for the yankees?

    ———

    I was a Mattingly fan first but the team eventually grew on me back in the mid 1980s.

    That was a time when they weren’t winning and fielded a team that was full of hired guns for the exception of Mattingly.

  86. mick May 26th, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    Man. I leave for 5 minutes and all hell breaks out. Randy, ya gotta love em….

  87. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 26th, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    Pat M – sent to me by a friend. People with me are two of my closest friends. Taken at least several years ago. :) You can vote on that or prom picture. I’m not terribly self promoting with mug shots but I have to admit I so like this. It was also an awesome day.

    http://public.fotki.com/trisha.....ewood.html

  88. comnsnse May 26th, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    cogen777, based on your interpretation of my definition of “disingenuous” which I will immediately send to the goofy response wastebasket.

    Accept a slight change in your screen name, you are now Cogen 666, because the devil must have made you do it!

    Sleep tight!

  89. randy l. May 26th, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    doreen-

    http://www.searchquotes.com/qu.....e./144980/

  90. ron May 26th, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    cogen777

    not sure about the nats ops,but if you look at their lineup,and the braves,it is nothing special.
    Ours on paper is a ton better,and cano neutralizes j upton.

  91. Doreen May 26th, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    Nick in SF,

    I know. I find myself rooting double for David Adams. I wanted all the caballeros and bees and the other guys who passed through Trenton to do well. There’s definitely a bit of pride to that.

    But I also enjoyed rooting for the ‘Stache to get to the All-star game as a write-in, and I make CC meals when Sabathia pitches in the playoffs.

    The team I root for is the team that is on the field today. If some of that team came up through the system, that’s the feather in the cap.

    Heck, I rooted for Randy Johnson and I could not have not wanted a player to wear pinstripes more, unless you count pudge rodriguez.

  92. Nick in SF May 26th, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    comnsense, what was it that was said that was disingenuous and what was disingenuous about it?

  93. luis May 26th, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    Doreen,

    Good post… And I agree in general terms on your take… Especially in relation on the Yankees holding their prospects to build from within… But if they hold true to this, we may face two or three seasons where we may not be the big dog in town… Heck, most of the media wrote us off at the start of the season… I am fine with it as long as they hold true to rebuilding the team…That means giving the kids their fair shot and knowing before hand that there will be growing pains to deal with… i don’t want another 2008-2009 redux… We no longer have the core to do those knee jerk moves.

    Also, doing that means not going to the scrap bin vets, when you have younger, cost controlled players that can produce the same but with an opportunity to give even more… In other words, don’t wait until you have no option to promote the kids

  94. randy l. May 26th, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    “I was a Mattingly fan first but the team eventually grew on me back in the mid 1980s.”

    sounds like a good reason to me. mattingly was a great yankee.

  95. Tar May 26th, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    “Tar, my friend, I treat randy very fairly given the intellectual and emotional content of his posts here. So are you saying I’m less than fair to everyone else?”

    No, I’m saying if Randy had 1 post out of a hundred you would comment on it. And with you scolding me for not treating all posters the same, I was just pointing out that perhaps you don’t either.

    And while I do think you usually talk to him in a respectful manner, and sometimes he doesn’t respond in kind, I still think you needle him on purpose. I think you unfairly single out his posts.

    But mostly I am just responding like this because I think the whole idea of being completely impartial on this blog is kind of goofy. It may be honorable, but really is kind of impractical, don’t you think?

    Sorry for my punctuation, I’ve always had a problem with it.

  96. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 26th, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    But what in hell is feeling like a Yankee? You know who feels like a Yankee to me? Lyle Overbey. Because he is loving wearing those pinstripes and he is doing everything he can to help this team win.

    Actually I don’t see that there is any need to justify rooting for the team you love. I will aways respect Randy’s right to do it his way because it has meaning to him, but I will never apologize rooting for this team. They’re breaking their butts to win. Despite an incredible run of injuries, they manage to be tied for first place.

    And I love anyone who loves putting on those pinstripes, and the guys who came over this season unequivocally love putting on those pinstripes. They feel a sense of pride and it’s Yankee pride. What’s better than that. They should have to show some kind of acceptance ritual to be considered “true Yankees”? To me, that’s ludicrous.

    This Yankee team has every once of my loyalty because I believe in them. That’s reason enough for me.

  97. Doreen May 26th, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Randy,

    I thought maybe he’d said something else I knew that quote. And I’d say there could have been a few reasons for him to be thankful for being a Yankee that had nothing to do with being a Yankee.

    Of course I don’t know this but he was a pretty cold guy I’ve heard.

  98. ObviousMan May 26th, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    Randy predicted the yankees to win 70 games this year in last place. How’s that going, randy?

  99. comnsnse May 26th, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    Randy, are you actually asking fans why they root for the teams they do?

    There are any number of reasons from geography to prior family rooting interests ,to on an amateur basis the school you attended.

    I’m curious though why you think how something originates is important or relevant to any discussion.

    Are you working on some provocative clinical study with this being a supposedly a “trigger” question?

  100. luis May 26th, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    GF,

    I don’t know why, but sometimes my computer doesn’t allow me to do “copy and paste”… Suffice is to say that we are on the same boat regarding the general direction of the team.

  101. Niblick May 26th, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    Let’s face it. Midnight is fast approaching, Cinderella.

  102. Nick in SF May 26th, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    “No, I’m saying if Randy had 1 post out of a hundred you would comment on it.”

    But I don’t comment on the vast majority of randy’s posts. So I think your imagination is getting the better of you.

    “And with you scolding me for not treating all posters the same, I was just pointing out that perhaps you don’t either.”

    There’s an important difference, one I’ve discussed before. You (I think) have posted about keeping a respectful tone and level of discourse but then very selectively applied that standard. I have not. Not all commenters here deserve to be treated in the same way.

    “And while I do think you usually talk to him in a respectful manner, and sometimes he doesn’t respond in kind, I still think you needle him on purpose.”

    randy needles pretty much this entire site on purpose. The absurdity of it all amuses me. but really, posting something like “you deserve nothing. you are the enemy. you are the one i compete against” is so over the top inappropriate and bat-guano crazy, I’m impressed you can ignore it.

    “But mostly I am just responding like this because I think the whole idea of being completely impartial on this blog is kind of goofy.”

    None of us are really impartial, it’s an unrealistic standard. If you just admit that you ignore the transgressions of your buddies and even stick up for them, that’s not impartial but at least it’s honest.

  103. luis May 26th, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    comnsnse,

    In response to your post on previous threads… I prefer the term “naive” at least it only means that I have no clue of what I am talking about or that I am an idealist… The find the other term denigrating, because it means that I am not being honest… Again, I may be wrong, but I always express what I think, with no ulterior motives

  104. Giuseppe Franco May 26th, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    I think guys like Overbay and Wells were just thankful for having jobs since both are on the downsides of their careers and weren’t getting much interest from other ball clubs.

    Yes…Wells was still with the Angels but I can’t imagine he was too happy there.

  105. mick May 26th, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    With all due respect, what is your plan ?
    Should we rush ahead to 2014 or 15 right now?
    Are these kids ready yet and will they be then?
    They were always a big market team but now will have restrictions going forward.
    In this transition period it will take time but they are playing to win now, what more do you want them to do?

    This is directed at luis and randy.

  106. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 26th, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    MTU is impartial.

    “If you just admit that you ignore the transgressions of your buddies and even stick up for them, that’s not impartial but at least it’s honest.”

    The forum alpha and omega.

  107. igotid88 May 26th, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    Remember when everyone was like Heyward is the next big thing?

  108. Tar May 26th, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    Comnsnse

    If I am connecting the dots…. correctly, rooting for “true Yankees” makes one a lifelong Yankee fan.

    GF might be a case study. Says he doesn’t believe in “true Yankees’.

    But as a youngster Really liked Mattingly, and here he is 30 plus years later.

  109. comnsnse May 26th, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    Nick, I’m too tired to go into this again but my comment was directed to Luis.

    This was followed by some not so subtle criticism from Rich the Interventionist, Cogen666 and Luis.

    It was several threads ago but the gist was the word I used which Luis and Rich apparently felt was “over the top”. The word being “disingenuous” which was apparently to “wordy” and which Rich called false relevant to my comment to Luis.

    What over the top means in relation to a word is beyond me, but my final response was maybe I should use two syllable words like obtuse” in a similar context. My snide self escaping it’s restraints. ;)

    Guys being competitive is my guess or a tempest in a teapot, but there you have it.

  110. TheStraw May 26th, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    Niblick May 26th, 2013 at 9:25 pm
    Let’s face it. Midnight is fast approaching, Cinderella.

    The just took two of three in a place they haven’t won a series at in many moons. But you keep wishing for midnight. Maybe you’ll be right one of these times.

    I have more confidence in this team than even the past few successful teams, because they seem to be more complete. I think getting rid of free swingers like Swish and Russell has been te best thing to happen to this team. I love Curtis as a person, but he’s the next free swinger to go.

  111. luis May 26th, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    I am a fan of the Yankees since 1977… I was lying on a hospital bed after having surgery… And it was the first time they were broacasting the WS live… Those 3 Reggie homers still make me smile

  112. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 26th, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    “I think guys like Overbay and Wells were just thankful for having jobs since both are on the downsides of their careers and weren’t getting much interest from other ball clubs.”

    Without getting too mawkish here, it’s pretty well accepted that playing for the New York Yankees is considered to be the pinnacle of baseball. Maybe if you read the words these guys spoke about what it means to them to wear the pinstripes, you’d feel differently.

    We know what the Yankees mean to the game of baseball, and we’re mere fans. Can you imagine how much more the guys playing the game know it and what it truly means to them to be part of that history?

    I truly think you underestimate the aura and mystique, if you will, that comes with any new player putting on that uniform. I believe it transforms them in a very big way.

  113. Nick in SF May 26th, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    comnsnse, you didn’t remotely answer my question, you only spoke of the aftermath.

    My question was, what was the thing that was disingenuous and how was it so, not what happened after you used that word.

  114. comnsnse May 26th, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    Tar, luv ya bro but this is getting out of hand and absurdly funny!

    A single word is causing a wildfire of silliness and unintentional interpretations.

    So here’s another word…stop!

  115. luis May 26th, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    Mick,

    This team is overachieving… Which is great and fun to see… But at some point they will need to take a step back…Probably 2014

  116. igotid88 May 26th, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    If Mattingly played now he’d be top 3 MVP every year. 30 hr 100rbi 200 hits and doesn’t strike out more than 40 times a year

  117. Pat M. May 26th, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    Trish the Dish …..Whirlpool, steam bath & massage…There’s a reason why Randy is called ” Tin Cup ” I’m tail lights, later

  118. Giuseppe Franco May 26th, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    Tar May 26th, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    GF might be a case study. Says he doesn’t believe in “true Yankees’.

    But as a youngster Really liked Mattingly, and here he is 30 plus years later.

    ———

    It seems to me that the term “True Yankee” really just means beloved Yankee whether he is homegrown or not.

    Its just a really stupid and very subjected term.

  119. mick May 26th, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    randy we know answers to no one but luis i expect more from you.
    ignoring someone doesn’t hurt that person it just exposes you as cowardly.
    we are all legitimate fans here, not posers.
    certainly i am sure you know i am not.
    if you can’t answer my question in any other way than you usually do then please don’t.
    meaning we have to get younger and need a core.
    that is not an answer anyone would disagree with.
    just tell me your plan.
    randy’s is to blow it up…

  120. comnsnse May 26th, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    Nick, the word “remotely” used in what I take is a demanding tone smells of you wanting to have an internet jousting contest.

    If I’m wrong I apologize but when you want direct answers do not use words suggesting you are gearing up for “battle”.

    Thank you and if you are indeed curious try going back a few threads and review the various comments after my original one using the word “disingenuous”.

  121. Tar May 26th, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    “But I don’t comment on the vast majority of randy’s posts. So I think your imagination is getting the better of you.”

    Maybe my perception is getting the better of me, or maybe not. No imagination required.

    “You (I think) have posted about keeping a respectful tone and level of discourse but then very selectively applied that standard.”

    Very selectively? If I was to comment on every yellow card, my fingers would be bleeding from all the typing. If you want to talk specifics, go for it.

    “is so over the top inappropriate and bat-guano crazy, I’m impressed you can ignore it.”

    I didn’t “ignore” it. I chalked it up to two old adversaries going at it again. He responds like he does, and you respond like you do. Two different styles.

    If you just admit that you ignore the transgressions of your buddies and even stick up for them, that’s not impartial but at least it’s honest.”

    OK guilty as charged, but wouldn’t I do the same for you?

  122. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 26th, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    mick – why even indulge that conversation? They have no more idea about the composition and outcome of the Yankees for the next several years than the man in the moon. That’s the craziness involved in all of the voodoo prognostications of doom and gloom.

    Because the Yankees are not going in the direction they want the Yankees to go in, all of a sudden the Yankees are going to fall apart and go into some rapid decline.

    Let them put their money where there mouths are then. $200 says the Yankees will be fine and competing the way they always do, in 2014 and 2015. Now let’s see who takes the bet.

  123. Doreen May 26th, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    Overachieving is certainly a better way to go than underachieving. ;)

    But maybe they’re right where they are supposed to be.

    They are mainly winning because of their pitching, which was an acknowledged strength coming into the season. I never believed their offense would be quite as bad as was feared – I figured there was enough there that some timely hits could happen. They are putting it together better tan antone could exact, even so. Especially since the injuries seem to keep on coming.

  124. mick May 26th, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    this is not political science its sports.
    so now we are not real yankees and will spend less money.
    nothing you say here will effect anything they do
    maybe protests worked in the 60′s but it doesn’t work in sports.
    sure don’t spend your money on them, vote with your dollars.
    some people just need a cause…

  125. Doreen May 26th, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    ***better than anyone could expect.

  126. randy l. May 26th, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    why do people root for anything. i rooted for apple as far back as the early 80′s.

    as a kid, i liked ford better than chevy’s though i had a 1964 sting ray right after high school.

    i rooted against the vietnam way. i rooted against nixon. j edgar hoover too. rooted against bush and clinton and i root for honda now . drive a honda fit. i root against mcdonalds and root for chipotle. against dunkin donuts and for organic coffee shops. rooted for whole foods until i found out the CEO is against genetically modified labeling. now i will buy at smaller places if i have the choice.
    i root against invading foreign countries and i root against a centralized high tech national grid. root for apple. don’t like pc’s.

    rooting is something we all do.

    give me real yankees and i’ll root for them.

  127. Tar May 26th, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    “It seems to me that the term “True Yankee” really just means beloved Yankee whether he is homegrown or not.

    Its just a really stupid and very subjected term.”

    I agree about beloved, disagree about “stupid”.

  128. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 26th, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    “But maybe they’re right where they are supposed to be.”

    +100

    Maybe they are right where they are supposed to be. That is as likely a scenario as any.

  129. mick May 26th, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    i smell stuckey nick get your money…

  130. luis May 26th, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    Mick,

    Read my previous posts to Doreen and the countless ones I have made during most of 2012 and 2013 and you may have a clear idea of what I think they should do.

  131. mick May 26th, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    Randy-
    Are you Crash Davis from Bull Durham?

  132. Nick in SF May 26th, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    comnsnse, I was trying to get a handle on why you chose that word and whether there was any reason to back it up. I still don’t know, but if that’s the way it’s going to be then that’s the way it’s going to be.

  133. Giuseppe Franco May 26th, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    trisha – true pinstriped blue May 26th, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    Without getting too mawkish here, it’s pretty well accepted that playing for the New York Yankees is considered to be the pinnacle of baseball. Maybe if you read the words these guys spoke about what it means to them to wear the pinstripes, you’d feel differently.

    We know what the Yankees mean to the game of baseball, and we’re mere fans. Can you imagine how much more the guys playing the game know it and what it truly means to them to be part of that history?

    I truly think you underestimate the aura and mystique, if you will, that comes with any new player putting on that uniform. I believe it transforms them in a very big way.

    ———

    I’ve heard and read plenty about what players say to the media about putting on the pinstripes.

    Its usually the first question they get asked when they are interviewed for the first time as Yankees. What else are they going to say?

    We are all diehard Yankee fans here so we’re biased in that regard. But that doesn’t mean every player who ends up in NY feels that same kind of emotion that we do.

  134. mick May 26th, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    luis

    there is nothing you can do. you wait for the kids, play who you have, make some trades.

    anything i missed?

  135. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 26th, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    randy, you are the real deal in terms of having your ideals and sticking to them. There is nothing wrong with that.

    However –

    “give me real yankees and i’ll root for them.”

    this becomes very personal and very definitional.

    One person’s real Yankees, it seems, might be another person’s team of poseurs.

    I’m rooting for real Yankees all the time. Truly.

  136. joeman May 26th, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    CC has a lot of innings on that arm for his age…

  137. mick May 26th, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    anybody watching that liberace thing on hbo?

  138. Bo knows May 26th, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    You can’t make this stuff up. In six innings Atlanta is sporting ten, that’s right ten SOs against Shawn Marcum. Shawn Marcum of the 85 mph FB.

    Snicker

  139. Nick in SF May 26th, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    Tar, you’re right, “perception” would have been a much better word to use than “imagination”.

    “I chalked it up to two old adversaries going at it again. He responds like he does, and you respond like you do. Two different styles.”

    I think I remember the Doctrine of Moral Equivalence from the Cold War. I didn’t buy it then and I don’t buy it now. Might I suggest “that’s just randy being randy” instead?

    But you’re right, that is how he responds, especially when he has no response to the topic at hand. That an ostensible adult responds in such a manner on the comment section of a Yankee blog is pretty strange, but it’s tolerated and, dare I say, enabled here.

    “OK guilty as charged, but wouldn’t I do the same for you?”

    Mostly you stand up to me and for them, but thanks — in theory.

  140. Jerkface May 26th, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    liberace thing

    The word you’re looking for is movie.

  141. luis May 26th, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    Plenty Mick…. But I am too tired

  142. Jesus Bustero May 26th, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    mick May 26th, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    i smell stuckey nick get your money…

    :lol:

  143. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 26th, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    GF – I would suggest that the two guys you mentioned in fact do. I wish I had the articles but the one on Wells especially could really put a catch in your throat. If I can find it I will link to it. His dad was a Ys fan growing up and if I remember the article correctly, his dad had always wanted him to play for the Yankees.

    Anyway, they know the value of being New York Yankees. Even though we’re diehard, we still know we root for the most storied franchise in the history of organized sports. We didn’t make that up! Well if we know it, players sure as heck know it.

    The House that Ruth Built. Just saying that makes me feel really emotional. What a legacy this team has.

    But anyway, let me say that I am so happy you are back with us. I haven’t had a chance to tell you that because I haven’t been around when you have lately, but I do want you to know that. You sure went through some amazingly tough stuff.

    I have a prediction based totally on my faith in God. It will either happen or it won’t – and if it doesn’t it won’t lessen my faith. :) I think the Yankees will win the WS this year and I think it will be God’s gift to Mariano. I constantly say that many people like to talk the talk but there is no question that that man walks the walk. I think his faith is going to be rewarded a thousand fold. Maybe that’s why this team is in first place tonight – maybe there’s a little help from above.

    :)

  144. comnsnse May 26th, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    Nick, you are in San Fran I am presently in N.J. with a 3 hr. time difference and I’ve had a long a happy day except for the game’s outcome but I am tired.

    Don’t be argumentative or suggest I don’t want to give you what you want, because based on most of your posts you are an intelligent fellow with good word skills and understanding.

    So, if you like remind me tomorrow and I’ll go back and rehash this nonsense with you.

    But do me a small favor or two, one tell me how you would use that word in any context which by definition implies a lack of candor although not necessarily pejoratively.

    And two, relationships of any kind should not include dismissive sign offs.

    Talk tomorrow and thanks again.

  145. Giuseppe Franco May 26th, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    No thanks on Liberace.

    I’m watching the new season of Arrested Development instead.

  146. ObviousMan May 26th, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    Randy,

    Maybe you can buy the yankees and fire Cashman and Girardi?

  147. mick May 26th, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    Plenty Mick…. But I am too tired
    ==================
    no excuses. your internet works.

  148. Tar May 26th, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    “Mostly you stand up to me and for them, but thanks — in theory.”

    In theory I would, but you never need my help. :sad:

  149. mick May 26th, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    The word you’re looking for is movie.
    ============
    oh did i say something wrong?

  150. luis May 26th, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    I am turning in…So good night everyone

  151. mick May 26th, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    I believe in the Church of Baseball. I’ve tried all the major religions, and most of the minor ones. I’ve worshipped Buddha, Allah, Brahma, Vishnu, Siva, trees, mushrooms, and Isadora Duncan. I know things. For instance, there are 108 beads in a Catholic rosary and there are 108 stitches in a baseball. When I heard that, I gave Jesus a chance. But it just didn’t work out between us. The Lord laid too much guilt on me. I prefer metaphysics to theology. You see, there’s no guilt in baseball, and it’s never boring… which makes it like sex. There’s never been a ballplayer slept with me who didn’t have the best year of his career. Making love is like hitting a baseball: you just gotta relax and concentrate. Besides, I’d never sleep with a player hitting under .250… not unless he had a lot of RBIs and was a great glove man up the middle. You see, there’s a certain amount of life wisdom I give these boys. I can expand their minds. Sometimes when I’ve got a ballplayer alone, I’ll just read Emily Dickinson or Walt Whitman to him, and the guys are so sweet, they always stay and listen. ‘Course, a guy’ll listen to anything if he thinks it’s foreplay. I make them feel confident, and they make me feel safe, and pretty. ‘Course, what I give them lasts a lifetime; what they give me lasts 142 games. Sometimes it seems like a bad trade. But bad trades are part of baseball – now who can forget Frank Robinson for Milt Pappas, for God’s sake? It’s a long season and you gotta trust it. I’ve tried ‘em all, I really have, and the only church that truly feeds the soul, day in, day out, is the Church of Baseball.

  152. luis May 26th, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    Mick,

    I am tired…. But if you want a more comprehensive response you will have to wait until tomorrow

  153. mick May 26th, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    thats from a movie.
    not the liberace one…

  154. mick May 26th, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    luis ….forget it.

  155. Nick in SF May 26th, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    “In theory I would, but you never need my help.”

    Tell me more about this sweet theory world. :grin:

  156. Jesus Bustero May 26th, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    Mick slept with ballplayers??? WHAT THE?

  157. mick May 26th, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    Well, I believe in the soul, the c*ck, the p*ssy, the small of a woman’s back, the hanging curve ball, high fiber, good scotch, that the novels of Susan Sontag are self-indulgent, overrated crap. I believe Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. I believe there ought to be a constitutional amendment outlawing Astroturf and the designated hitter. I believe in the sweet spot, soft-core pornography, opening your presents Christmas morning rather than Christmas Eve and I believe in long, slow, deep, soft, wet kisses that last three days.

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

    from same movie.

  158. Jesus Bustero May 26th, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    The Natural?

  159. comnsnse May 26th, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    Luis, my goodness I can’t escape “The word”.

    As I noted in my last post to Nick the word “disingenuous” does not imply dishonesty as a general principle of any individual, but simply a lack of candor in a given moment.

    We disagreed on a statement you made , I attributing a intellectual faux pas on your part suggested you were being “the word” in a non pejorative manner, or so I thought.

    I could have also used the word “obtuse” which would have suggested you were being less than candid or dissembling to make your point.

    In the end Luis I believe something was lost or misinterpreted in the translation and maybe naïve would have been more appropriate.

    Mea culpa, mea culpa, now the sandman calls!

    The Yemeni PO has not forwarded your mail!

  160. mick May 26th, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    that would be annie savoy speaking and crash davis on the reply buster.

  161. Jesus Bustero May 26th, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    Bull Durham? I was going to say that at first.

  162. mick May 26th, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    night to all and to all a goodnight…

  163. comnsnse May 26th, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    Mick, are you in your cups? ;)

    Night!

  164. randy l. May 26th, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    mick-

    you santa claus?

  165. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 26th, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    mick got near that darned peyote again!

  166. luis May 26th, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    comnsnse,

    No problem…All is good… I just don’t like that word in particular…About the e-mail, I’ll e-mail Chad first thing in the morning, I didn’t today

    Mick,

    The reason I didn’t have Internet was because I was in a “Hacienda” in Bolivar state ( That’s one of the southern most provinces of the country, in the middle of the jungle )… Not because I was ducking any questions about Montero… You know where I stand, I have written about it “ad nauseum”… Don’t have much to add, except that unfortunately, there hasn’t been new information about it that has changed my mind on that regard… Didn’t have to give you this explanation, but it certainly takes away some of the fun right?

    About “Forget it” in only leads me to think that you weren’t that interested in the first place… I guess you were playing your constant game of “gotcha” and try to dismantle any argument by using single phrases and take them out of context… Not going to go there again.

  167. Nick in SF May 26th, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    There is a Bolivar in Venezuela; his story checks out.

  168. Giuseppe Franco May 26th, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    Trisha,

    I appreciate the kind words.

    My doctors continue to shake their heads in amazement whenever I visit them. By all accounts, I’m not supposed to be feeling this good.

    But its a monumental ego boost because I’ve earned it by living in the gym the last few years and working my ass off.

    Three years ago, I was terrified that I was going to be permanently disabled and would need help with many daily activities that we all take for granted.

    But now my concerns are improving my footwork at Second Base on my local baseball team and improving my 5K time since last year. A lot has changed since then.

    I’m not a man of faith and never have been but I certainly hope you are right that the Yanks win the WS this season.

  169. pat May 26th, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    On the off chance that m is still around and just lurking……

    m

    THE SHIRT!

    VernonWells10
    Hey look, Twins! @bennyfresh_8 and my JNix pic.twitter.com/iNGkzsxpOx

    I miss m.

  170. blake May 26th, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    So stuckey is back?

  171. Nick in SF May 26th, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    No, stuckey is not back.

  172. blake May 26th, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    Nick in SF says:
    May 26, 2013 at 10:44 pm
    No, stuckey is not back.

    He probably wouldn’t want to come back under a name that owes you money

  173. blake May 26th, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    The Braves are gonna have to probably deal for some bullpen help…..it’s suddenly a pretty big problem for them

  174. Against All Odds May 26th, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    Let them put their money where there mouths are then. $200 says the Yankees will be fine and competing the way they always do, in 2014 and 2015.

    ————————–

    A lot of that depends on their kids taking the next step.

  175. Nick in SF May 26th, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    Nah, he already came back under the same name after not paying off the bet, so why not again? The bet was so absurd that I wouldn’t be surprised if he deliberately made if to lose just to annoy me by not paying it off.

    Is there any evidence that stuckey has ever come back under any name other than his own or some very close and identifiable variation? I think his ego is too big to come back under some other name and pretend to be someone else, as a matter of fact.

  176. Giuseppe Franco May 26th, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    I know Nick was not a fan of Stuckey due to welching on a bet but Stuckey usually did provide reasonable arguments and was never a “sky is falling” kind of guy.

  177. luis May 26th, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    Odds,

    Who made the 200 dollars bet?

  178. Against All Odds May 26th, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    Trisha did

  179. luis May 26th, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    Thanks Odds

  180. Nick in SF May 26th, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    Club America scored twice in the final minutes to go from 0-1 to 2-1 to tie up a big home-and-away match with Cruz Azul, 2-2 on the aggregate. Pretty exciting stuff, now in an OT period.

  181. Tar May 26th, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    Wheres that Stuckey?

    let me at em I tell you let me at em!!! Give me five minutes alone with him and he will be signing a different tune. Welsher!!

    See :wink:

  182. Nick in SF May 26th, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    I hope there are no Welshmen among us. :neutral:

  183. Tar May 26th, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    As long as they are not welshing Welshman, well be ok. :shock:

  184. Nick in SF May 26th, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    “A related colloquialism is the verb to welsh/welch (‘to renege’) as in ‘to welsh/welch on a deal or bet’, which is derived from an age-old ‘English’ stereotype of the Welsh/Celtic peoples as unreliable oath-breakers,[1] making it a somewhat pejorative term.”

    :cry:

  185. Jerkface May 26th, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    Red card, Nick.

  186. Nick in SF May 26th, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    Red card for Welsh slur or for talking about Mexican soccer?

  187. Nick in SF May 26th, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    Falsely accusing someone of being stuckey should be good for a yellow card, I think.

  188. Jerkface May 26th, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    Most of the people on this blog have terrible instincts.

  189. Tar May 26th, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    welsh, welch /w?l?/
    vb (intransitive) often followed by on: slang
    to fail to pay a gambling debt
    to fail to fulfil an obligation
    Etymology: 19th Century: of “unknown origin”

    ” Unknown origin”

    I’m innocent.

    Red Card for good measure.

  190. Jerkface May 26th, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    Tar,

    Come on now.

  191. Nick in SF May 26th, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    Everyone in Cardiff knows the origin.

  192. Nick in SF May 26th, 2013 at 11:44 pm

    Penalty kicks in the Estadio Azteca, very tense stuff.

    Pouring rain, too. The Club America manager is going crazy.

  193. Tar May 26th, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    “Everyone in Cardiff knows the origin.”

    Cardiff by the sea? I love that place.

    As for the etymology, it never occurred to me. Thought I was being nifty. A wordsmith I am not.

  194. Against All Odds May 26th, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    You’re welcome Luis

  195. Nick in SF May 26th, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    What does this say about the University of North Carolina??? :shock:

  196. Tar May 26th, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    Not much since I never went.

    Some of my college years were spent oddly enough in Cardiff by the Sea. Are you familiar with the Encinitas, Solana Beach part of So.Cal? Great place.

  197. Nick in SF May 26th, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    Well I never went there either, but I prefer it to Duke, so I guess it all makes a kind of sense.

    Cardiff, Wales is really the place I was talking about. Haven’t been to Cardiff-by-the-sea, but that makes me wonder: how many cities/towns have hyphens in their names?

    http://www.gorillamovers.com/o.....he-sea.jpg

  198. sammiejohnson May 27th, 2013 at 2:21 am

    mick May 26th, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    i smell stuckey nick get your money…

    ________________________________

    Since you bring up “Stuckey” and bets….

    I may date myself as to my Lohud lurking days, but I seem to recall that “Stuckey” and randy had a bet here as well. Didn’t the bet involve who would spend time in AAA first, Michael Pineda or Jesus Montero? If memory serves me correctly, and sometimes it does not (a sure sign of a misspent youth), “Stuckey” bet that Montero would be the first to spend time at the AAA level and randy was certain (as he always is) that Pineda would be the first to be sent to AAA. I think the stakes were that the loser would leave the blog for a month (or was it two months?)

    Although “Stuckey” doesn’t seem to post here any longer, it now appears that the bet is complete. Jesus Montero is now a proud member of the AAA Tacoma Rainiers, while Michael Pineda has still not spent one single day on any AAA roster. It seems that randy lost (again).
    Perhaps with randy’s “Dick Cheney” like ability to find old posts, he will enlighten us as to this interesting bet he had with “Stuckey”.

    Some could probably argue that “Stuckey” would not have paid off had he lost the bet (a “Welsher”), but can the same be said for randy? After all, a gambling debt is a debt of honor. It remains to be seen if randy is a man of honor. Will he honor his debt and leave the blog for a month? (Or was it two?) Stay tuned.

  199. Giuseppe Franco May 27th, 2013 at 6:50 am

    I would imagine that alleged bet between Randy and Stuckey would be void considering Pineda’s injury.

    While Pineda hasn’t spent a day on the Triple-A roster, he also hasn’t spent a day on the Yanks’ active roster either.

  200. randy l. May 27th, 2013 at 7:47 am

    http://yankees.lhblogs.com/201.....e-hitters/
    stuckey March 4th, 2012 at 12:17 pm
    randy,
    Any clarification on the bet I took you up on?
    You’re free to abandon it, it was your idea to begin with.
    I just want to know the terms if you still expect either side to abide by it.

    randy l. March 4th, 2012 at 12:31 pm
    Stuckey

    I’m on an iPhone right now so let’s clarify later

    Basic idea Is whoever goes to minors first
    Montero or pineda fro any reason

    Loser stays away from blog for two months

    It’s a win / win for some on the blog no matter who wins

    stuckey March 4th, 2012 at 12:32 pm
    “Loser stays away from blog for two months”

    Consecutively, starting the day of that minor league game, right?

    sammie johnson-

    i think “goes to the minors” is the operative phase.

    pineda has definitely been in the “minors” rehabbing for a year, but since stuckey made the express point of saying,” minor league game” that implies not just being down there , but actually who first played in a minor league game for any reason.

    since pineda has not actively take part in any official minor league game and montero has, and since you sammie johnson are calling me on this technicality , i will leave the blog for two months starting now.

    that’ll be july 27th.

    as a parting shot, if five or more regular posters will take the bet, i also bet that the yankees won’t be in first place when july 27th comes . loser/losers of the bet will have to leave for two months starting july 27th :)

  201. MTU May 27th, 2013 at 7:55 am

    Randy-

    If Stuckey is not around to claim his victory there is not need for you to honor terms w a ghost.

    If a tree falls in the Forest and no one is around to hear it fall kind of thing.

    ;)

  202. MTU May 27th, 2013 at 7:56 am

    In other words, the only person who can call you on that bet IS Stuckey.

    No one else.

    ;)

  203. blake May 27th, 2013 at 8:07 am

    Happy Memorial Day to all…..thank you to all our troops past and present!

    Summer has begun

  204. MTU May 27th, 2013 at 8:09 am

    Blake-

    “Summer has begun”

    Tell that to the folks in the Northeast.

    ;)

  205. tomingeorgia May 27th, 2013 at 8:13 am

    Who ever named the town of North Pole, NY, knew what he was doing!

  206. MTU May 27th, 2013 at 8:16 am

    1816 was known as “The year w/o Summer”.

    It stayed cold. It was the year after the eruption of Krakatoa. Crops failed.

    There is no comparable event this time. Unless you belive in Global Cooling.

    Will this be the 2nd recorded year w/o Summer ?

  207. blake May 27th, 2013 at 8:19 am

    “Tell that to the folks in the Northeast.”

    Yea….well it’s the beginning of summer in Dixieland anyways ;)

  208. MTU May 27th, 2013 at 8:22 am

    This Memorial Day is particularly poingant for me.

    I have an Uncle, who is a WWII vet, who is about to pass from the stage.

    When his time comes he will be buried at the Veterans Cemetery in Boulder City, NV. w full military honors.

    And I also salute GB who is no longer with us but gave so much for his Country.

  209. Madrugador May 27th, 2013 at 8:36 am

    I am confident that we will have a summer this year.
    To many of the younger amongst us, who have only known the climate of more recent years, it may appear as though the heat is late in arriving but to those who have seen more seasons pass, this year seems more typical of times long gone.
    The rule of planting after Mother’s Day has not yet failed us in the Mid Atlantic States.

  210. blake May 27th, 2013 at 8:38 am

    I have enjoyed actually having a spring this year….my allergies have not however.

    The rhododendrons and azaleas were the prettiest I can remember them where I live

  211. MTU May 27th, 2013 at 8:43 am

    Blake-

    I think you live in a very pretty part of the US.

    I hope to explore more of it one day.

    It is a very different environment than where I reside.

    It interests me.

    Make sure to enjoy it w. those you love.

  212. tomingeorgia May 27th, 2013 at 8:47 am

    Memorial Day means a great deal to me. Too many names on that wall were friends. RIP.

  213. blake May 27th, 2013 at 8:47 am

    MTU,
    I love it….a taste of each season

  214. blake May 27th, 2013 at 8:49 am

    Thanks for your service Tom. Guys like you are why we can enjoy a beautiful May day in freedom

  215. MTU May 27th, 2013 at 8:50 am

    Mister Tom-

    I also salute you for your service.

    Thank you for your sacrifice.

  216. MTU May 27th, 2013 at 8:53 am

    And since life is for the living. It’s almost time to walk the Mop.

  217. austinmac May 27th, 2013 at 8:55 am

    Thank you all for your service and may all the families members left behind find peace.

    I personally thank Tom and our other members on our blog for keeping us free.

  218. Madrugador May 27th, 2013 at 8:58 am

    Each part of this great land has a beauty of its own though there are areas I do prefer.

    I was once told that since I was ignorant of the service that each had preformed, I should not thank people for their service. To those I say, Welcome Home. To the rest I still say, Thank You.

    Tough night in the “salt mines”. Back for the game perhaps.

  219. MTU May 27th, 2013 at 8:59 am

    I’ll see you all later.

Leave a comment below


Sponsored by:
 

Search

    Advertisement

    Follow

    Mobile

    Read The LoHud Yankees Blog on the go by navigating to the blog on your smartphone or mobile device's browser. No apps or downloads are required.

Advertisement

Place an ad

Call (914) 694-3581