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Rivera delivers another moment of thanks

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jun 13, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

During his farewell tour, many of Mariano Rivera’s “Mo-ment of thanks” situations have included a small group discussion with a dozen or so fans or employees. Yesterday’s moment in Oakland was a one-on-one surprise, without much media invited so that the surprise element remained intact. Here’s the Associated Press with the quirky details.

Mariano RiveraOAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Posing as a pizza delivery man, New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera surprised longtime Athletics employee Julie Vasconcellos by visiting her in the mail room where she has worked going on 25 years.

Rivera carried in a pizza box Wednesday night and brought Vasconcellos to tears as he thanked her for 2½ decades of hard work behind the scenes.

“This is my way to say thank you, thank you for what you do,” Rivera told Vasconcellos, who declined to give her age other than “old.” ”Twenty-five years, Julie, that’s great! You’re special, Julie, that’s what it is. People here love you.”

Rivera signed a ball for Vasconcellos, gave her several hugs and posed for photos — then he stuck around to chat for another 10 minutes or so.

“Oh, my heart’s going to town, oh my God,” said Vasconcellos, who had to sit down at one point. “I’m shaking. … Oh, this is too funny, thank you.”

Rivera asked if she was OK, to which she responded, “I’m just shocked. I’m never going to forget your face again.”

He chuckled at that one.

The 43-year-old Rivera said this is the most creative display of appreciation yet during his farewell tour before he heads into retirement after his 19th major league season.

He’s doing similar things in each city, getting a thrill in each stop by making one person’s day.

“Oh, I love it, yes. I’m enjoying every minute,” Rivera said. “They all have their own personality. I decided before spring training that I wanted to do something different and make sure I said thanks to the fans — not just the regular fans, but also those behind the scenes, like Julie, who has been here (more than) 20 years. That’s wonderful.”

Rivera, in his gray Yankees uniform before Wednesday night’s game against the A’s, entered the room where Vasconcellos works as A’s personnel told her she had a new trainee on her hands.

“Whew, this is really something,” Vasconcellos said. “In grammar school, we could only get the Yankees on our PA system. I grew up here, but there was no Oakland team yet.”

These two, strangers turned friends, do share one thing in common: pending retirement.

“I love my job, but I hope to retire soon,” Vasconcellos said.

“I’m done, Julie,” Rivera replied with a smile.

Associated Press photo

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147 Responses to “Rivera delivers another moment of thanks”

  1. Hassey June 13th, 2013 at 9:11 am

    Should dedicate a plaque with him and Scutaro, so it can be destroyed when they bulldoze the old park

  2. bruceb June 13th, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Much more of this offensive futility and most of them will actually end up delivering pizzas.

    Tex AVG down to .182 after another hitless night.

  3. Jesus Bustero June 13th, 2013 at 9:24 am

    “You hate to say it again, but we don’t have home runs right now,” Mark Teixeira said. “It’s tough to string together a whole lot of hits against good pitching – we faced some pretty good pitching the last two nights. Bartolo was really good last night, and their guy pitched really well tonight. Sometimes you need to pop a couple home runs off those guys, and we haven’t been able to do that. … We just haven’t gotten it done.””

    _________

    This proves Kevin Long’s job is as safe as can be. The organization’s flawed approach to hitting reverberates throughout the entire locker room. The players are an echo chamber for it. They’re so far brainwashed by it and have been for nearly a decade now that when things are going so wrong it’s absurd and all the evidence points to a flawed approach, instead of changing, they conclude the reason is because they’re not executing their flawed approach. Teams understand how inflexible our hitters have become and they have completely exploited our approach. For a leading hitter and superstar contract player to be totally oblivious that he is getting owned, we are getting own, he and we will continue to get owned, just goes to show you how stupid he is, how stupid they are and how stupid Kevin Long is. Is Cashman this stupid? I think so.

  4. JobaTipsHisCap June 13th, 2013 at 9:29 am

    as expected, Joba stinks again.
    soon this team will be 5+ games behind the div lead.

  5. Jesus Bustero June 13th, 2013 at 9:31 am

    It also blows my mind that in Randy’s blow-up-the-team fantasy, Kevin Long somehow manages to keep his job.

    I say we start small. Long is the endpoint and figurehead of a flawed philosophy. Cut off the nose first and go from there.

    George would have fired him long ago, fairly or unfairly and the front office would have gotten the message like the dominos following the first one tipped. You’re next. They would have scrambled to overhaul the entire approach and commit to the hard legwork necessary and the human resources required to identify, recruit, hire and appoint a whole new crop of hitting instructors, coaches and scouts guided by a more balanced approach on offense, a team approach to hitting, putting the ball in play, going the other way, hitting where the ball is thrown, not striking out, choking up on the bat, settling for a single, bringing action to the game, keeping the pitcher and defense on their toes etc. etc.

  6. Jesus Bustero June 13th, 2013 at 9:36 am

    I guess when you’re wrapped up in the front office long enough, insulated from critique and licensed to spout of BS to fans along with offensive remarks and insults to intelligence, you start to become spoiled and you lose touch with the hard work at hand. When you are not held accountable you grow complacent. Princess and Arod cost this team 50 million dollars a year and they both wholly embrace this selfish homer-happy approach to hitting. They both adore Kevin Long and want to bear his children. And Cashman runs out to his defense in the papers. The reporters fall under his spell as well. Has Chad Jennings our beat guy thought to ask Kevin Long a single tough question or is he brainwashed to? Joel Sherman went barking up the wrong tree last year with Girardi. Does Kevin Long not do interviews because he’s busy making reservations at the restaurants and clubs so he can go bar hopping with the guys and bag some babes?

  7. NYYROC June 13th, 2013 at 9:36 am

    Completely understand frustration with Long, team’s approach etc. But Long can only do so much with what he has. Most of the guys just plain flat out aren’t that good: Nix, Brignac, both catchers, are way past their prime: Wells, Ichiro Hafner, or are too stubborn/ stupid to change : Tex. He doesn’t have a team of Uptons to work with. His comments are either delusional or a case of him giving the company line.

  8. Tidrow June 13th, 2013 at 9:37 am

    All this venom thrown at Long; to me, is like killing the messenger. I think this is a directive from the top spearheaded by Cashman that values the homerun above everything else on offense. These guys are devoted to sabermetrics where strikeouts, high averages and fundemental, making contact baseball takes a back seat to the almighty homerun! Don’t see it changing anytime soon unless ownership comes to its senses and puts a different baseball guy in charge.

  9. hardwired7 June 13th, 2013 at 9:39 am

    This team really has to get its act together. They can’t send Mo out with anything less than a playoff run.

  10. Jesus Bustero June 13th, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Long is the front man. He is the public representative of their approach. If we call for his head, it sends a message to the front office that we disagree with their approach. We’re not asking for a different face with the same style, we’re asking for a complete overhaul with new personnel at multiple levels. But to get that you have to crack the armor first. And as you’ve seen Long is as good at selling this flawed philosophy as anyone. He gets protections from Arod, from Tex, from Cashman and excuses from ya’ll. You have to start somewhere and you can’t reasonably demand gutting everything spontaneously. If you do that you start to sound like Randy. Give me Long’s head on a platter. That’s all I ask.

  11. Jesus Bustero June 13th, 2013 at 9:47 am

    So while we would be shooting the messenger, if they keep coming back with the same message we just keep shooting. George taught me that.

  12. Tidrow June 13th, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Getting rid of Long would be Cashman admitting his organizational philosophy is flawed. What are the chances of that? I understand that sometimes you have to make change gradually but in this case i believe you have to start with Cashman and let the change trickle down through the organization onto the field. Get rid of long now the next guy will have same approach with Cashman the the helm.

  13. Chip June 13th, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Jesus Bustero June 13th, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Long is the front man. He is the public representative of their approach. If we call for his head, it sends a message to the front office that we disagree with their approach:
    ____________________________________

    3 things:

    1. Do you think anyone in the Yankee front office cares about what we’re “calling for” on the lohud blog?

    2. Kevin Long might be the “front man” as you call him, but are you taking the responsibility off of the hitters? These guys are professionals who should be able to go out there and hit and make adjustments.

    3. I completely agree that the “All or Nothing” approach that Yankee hitters have been taking lately stinks. Chicks dig the long ball was a media thing in the 90s. It’s not a way to win baseball games.

  14. Tidrow June 13th, 2013 at 9:50 am

    “Cashman at the helm”…..my bad

  15. Niblick June 13th, 2013 at 9:51 am

    I hate to say this, but the best thing that could happen to this team would be to miss the playoff, and have attendance continue to decline. Only when the idiot sons get hit in the pocketbook will they begin to change their ways.

  16. Chip June 13th, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Niblick June 13th, 2013 at 9:51 am

    I hate to say this, but the best thing that could happen to this team would be to miss the playoff, and have attendance continue to decline. Only when the idiot sons get hit in the pocketbook will they begin to change their ways.
    —————-

    I hate to say this, but you make a valid point.

    Fans complaining on message boards and radio shows doesn’t do anything. Fans not showing up and the stadium being dark in October – that’s what gets owners to take notice.

  17. Jesus Bustero June 13th, 2013 at 9:54 am

    It’s social media folks. It’s a new era. G. Love understands this.

    It starts with us, it goes to the reporters and media figures scanning the blog for themes and angles and material to spin off on their Twitter accounts. Eventually you get a big fish reporter like Sherman to ask a question. Someone aspiring to be Joel Sherman picks up the meme and follows with a question of his own and before you know it Kevin Long is getting grilled and the owners are having meetings with Cashman.

    You’re not going to get to Cashman through the press.

  18. Jesus Bustero June 13th, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Fans complaining on blogs and radio shows DOES work. Such sentiment influences the perception of other fans over time and deters a great number of them to join and protest and not waste money on games.

  19. MaineYankee June 13th, 2013 at 9:56 am

    I guess George wasn’t as smart as you think.

    He did after all leave this group in charge.

    If people here can see how dumb Hal and Cash are how could George have missed it?

  20. Jesus Bustero June 13th, 2013 at 9:58 am

    We just need a spokesperson (not Randy). Someone more measured and articulate, like G. Love. We need a vehicle, not just LOHUD but an independent fans site with a catchy hook.

  21. Niblick June 13th, 2013 at 9:58 am

    The media, for whatever reason (fear of losing their precious access to the players, mgr and GM, perhaps?) seem all to eager to give the team, its players, and its management a free ride. They do not ask tough questions and are rarely critical of anything management does.

  22. Niblick June 13th, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Parents never recognize how dumb their kids are. And there’s nothing worse than people who’ve done nothing but inherited an asset, feel a sense of entitlement about it, and are clueless as to how to preserve it.

  23. Jesus Bustero June 13th, 2013 at 10:00 am

    If people here can see how dumb Hal and Cash are how could George have missed it?

    __________

    Senility?

  24. mick June 13th, 2013 at 10:03 am

    We need a vehicle, not just LOHUD but an independent fans site with a catchy hook.
    ===================
    Sort of an underground LoHud.
    Lower LoHud?

  25. 86w183 June 13th, 2013 at 10:04 am

    I take it few if any of you were Yankees fans from 1982-94.

    During those years George ran the show exactly the way some of you want Hal to. The results were poor attendance, high payrolls and no post-season play.

    It was only after his second suspension that he backed off and let Gene Michael’s plan come to fruition.

  26. Jesus Bustero June 13th, 2013 at 10:05 am

    We need a numbers guy. Jerkface. We need some attorneys to write and edit blog entries on our independent fans site. Plenty of those here. We need someone to call in the stations with a really whiney, high pitched voice who complains so fiercely you want to blow your brains out. Randy and Pruf. We need someone to design images, visuals that support our case. MTU.

  27. Niblick June 13th, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Unfortunately Gene Michael’s plan has been replaced by Cashman’s bizarre and somewhat unsettling fetish for big hairy monsters.

  28. Ys Guy June 13th, 2013 at 10:08 am

    chad, save yourself some work. write this stupid ‘mo says goodbye’ story once and leave blanks to fill in the name of the team and city when he leaves each town along the farewell tour.

  29. mick June 13th, 2013 at 10:09 am

    As G. LOve pointed out…Tex is now the symbol for this frustration.
    He is quoted as saying not enough HR’s in his Capt Obvious kind of way.
    His arrival, no doubt, has them looking for miracles in the 9th the past 2 games Ibanez-style .
    Perhaps, it took off the edge of a patient overachieving bunch playing within themselves but his arrival seems to have changed the philosophy.
    It is no longer their team but , for the moment, it’s Tex’s.
    Might as well free Overbay.

  30. Jesus Bustero June 13th, 2013 at 10:09 am

    We’ll call ourselves the TEX MESSENGERS

    Our message is HIT A SINGLE FOR GODSAKES

    Our theme is we are FANS OF SINGLES

    We pray every night FOR SINGLES

  31. mick June 13th, 2013 at 10:10 am

    We need a numbers guy. Jerkface. We need some attorneys to write and edit blog entries on our independent fans site. Plenty of those here. We need someone to call in the stations with a really whiney, high pitched voice who complains so fiercely you want to blow your brains out. Randy and Pruf. We need someone to design images, visuals that support our case. MTU.
    ====================
    The NY Post and Daily News are on it.

  32. mick June 13th, 2013 at 10:11 am

    We pray every night FOR SINGLES
    ====================
    If they held a Singles Night at the stadium would anyone show?

  33. Jesus Bustero June 13th, 2013 at 10:17 am

    We launch TEXMESSENGERS.COM

    We cap registration at the first 20 members. For members who quit, we have a waiting list of registrants. Always stay at 20.

    We specialize tasks and delegate.

    We’ll have a Twitter account with an army of followers.

    We’ll interface with LOHUD, YESNETWORK.COM, ESPN.COM Yankees forum, NYYFANS.COM, anyone who will listen, a couple posters here, a dozen there, they tell their followers who tell still more followers.

    We grow the website over the next 5 years of Tex’s contract. It should blow up with traffic. You know the HERO BALL will still be in full effect. You know Kevin Long and Cashman will still be here.

    5 years is an eternity in social media hours and growth. We can raise the value of our website and sell at peak value.

    Then we divide the proceeds among all 20 founding members for season tickets. We protest at the games. Hold up signs. Get on TV. Get kicked out of games. Steal caviar and sushi from the Legends seats.

    :lol:

  34. bruceb June 13th, 2013 at 10:18 am

    I think G. Love is the Doctor T.J. Eckleburg of the LoHud blog. He of the all-seeing eyes.

    He knows what’s going to happen to Tex’s swing before Tex does himself.

    Fire KLong and get the Walrus of Love in to work on his mechanics.

  35. mick June 13th, 2013 at 10:21 am

    In the mind of Tex, he has appointed himself team captain.
    As the self appointed spokesman he has ratcheted up the pressure even more by bringing up the HR word.
    They need to right the ship today before they go to LA.
    Bench him, put Overbay back at 1st.
    He will most likely DH, day after night game.
    Adams to 3rd or Nix. Brignac SS. Is a righty going?

  36. mick June 13th, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Then we divide the proceeds among all 20 founding members for season tickets. We protest at the games. Hold up signs. Get on TV. Get kicked out of games. Steal caviar and sushi from the Legends seats.
    =============
    Sort of an Occupy Yankee Stadium thing.
    Do we get to wear those masks?

  37. Chip June 13th, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Wouldn’t occupying the stadium defeat the purpose?

  38. Shame Spencer June 13th, 2013 at 10:25 am

    LOL, I kinda love the business model.

    Seriously, let me tweet GLove now cause I just can’t wait to hear his commentary on that quote. I think Tex is a hard worker and I think he’s probably a good guy on a personal level. But some of the stuff he says just comes off ridiculous in print. The quotes from when we were down 3-0 to the Tigers, the comments about his salary and this one are the ones that stick out right now as being especially out of touch. .

  39. Shame Spencer June 13th, 2013 at 10:25 am

    We could occupy the outside of the stadium. There’s this perpetually drunk guy that wears an American flag out there.. we could make him our mascot!

  40. bruceb June 13th, 2013 at 10:26 am

    I thought Vernon Wells was the team spokesman…or was that just during the honeymoon period when he was actually hitting?

    I like to believe KLong when he says most of the guys are “close” but I just don’t believe him when it comes to Wells. He’s just guessing at almost every pitch. If he was 24, you could send him down to the Minors to work on his swing. Unfortunately, he’s 34 and there’s no time for that.

  41. Jesus Bustero June 13th, 2013 at 10:32 am

    We have to be INSIDE the stadium so we can teach these clowns how to cheer and so we can frame and model what it is to be a Yankees fan in the social media age. We can’t let the complacent fans have free reign of our stadium.

  42. Jesus Bustero June 13th, 2013 at 10:35 am

    And we TEX MESSENGERS need a dual platform approach to reach a larger audience. We use social media and go to the games to be covered by social media. We become celebrity fans. We need our signs to be on TV and in the papers, like the Overpass Light Brigade. Our messages will not be political they will be about the team.

  43. DONNYBROOK June 13th, 2013 at 10:36 am

    Any moaning and groaning should start with Hal. The guy issa skin flint, with all kinds of money. He simply refuses to use it. Gimme Hank any day. Hank would say and do some dumb stuff, but at least he would be attempting to improve this team. Hal’s attention is fixated on a ledger sheet.

  44. Chip June 13th, 2013 at 10:36 am

    What I find interesting about the Yankee approach is this:

    The players that the Yankees brought in this year, specifically Youkilis, Hafner and Ichiro, are all guys who are known for working deep counts, walking and putting the ball in play. Yet they come here and they turn into Curtis Granderson – all or nothing hitters.

    At the same time you’re seeing regression, not just in results but in approach, but two other guys who were always selective hitters who put the ball in play in Tex and Cano.

    You can’t fault Vernon Wells – he’s been a bad hitter for a couple of years now and we all knew that his early season success wasn’t likely to last – we were just enjoying it while it did.

    Long gets a ton of credit for the one season where Curtis Granderson hit well as a Yankee, and from what I understand the players all love him, but the approach that he is preaching is clearly not the one that helped the Yankees win championships. That model was to work the count, get starters into high pitch counts early and take advantage of the soft underbelly of every team’s pitching staff – middle relief.

  45. Jesus Bustero June 13th, 2013 at 10:36 am

    We’ll make Tex wish he never opened up a Twitter account.. We will hound him, mock his crummy commercials and shameless self-promotion.

  46. Chip June 13th, 2013 at 10:38 am

    Jesus Bustero June 13th, 2013 at 10:36 am

    We’ll make Tex wish he never opened up a Twitter account.. We will hound him, mock his crummy commercials and shameless self-promotion.
    ——————

    shhhhhhhh….

  47. hardwired7 June 13th, 2013 at 10:40 am

    I wonder if the pizza was any good?

  48. 86w183 June 13th, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Off to solve some of the world’s problems

    Have a good one all

    Boldprediction — 5 runs today –and Kuroda’s really good

  49. jacksquat June 13th, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Hughes to the Giants. Joba to the Tigers. Get what you can, doesn’t have to be major league ready.

  50. fantasygame101 June 13th, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Stewart pinch hitting for overbay is kind of let me see if I get lucky again decision. Adams must be thinking am I this bad that a journeyman catcher is pinch hitting and not me.

  51. Captain Clutch June 13th, 2013 at 11:02 am

    I think they would be better off releasing Hafner. I would use the DH for Overbay and Youk and bring up Musty to play 3rd base or let Adams play. With Hafner it’s like watching Tex bat back to back. They both get pitches on the outside corner and try to pull them and make out.

    Adams needs to get more playing time. The Yanks don’t give new guys a chance either you perform right away or you go back to AAA or sit on the bench. That is the one real negative about Girardi he doesn’t give kids a chance and live with the growing pains. That is what makes Showalter and Maddon good managers and because of it they get production out of players that you wouldn’t expect.

  52. Giuseppe Franco June 13th, 2013 at 11:05 am

    Wow. Bret yet again going off the deep end. LOL.

    I thought he supposedly stopped smoking weed? Or is he back on it again?

    The Yankee front office doesn’t give a damn what the fans think, and they shouldn’t, since the vast majority of fans are swayed by emotion and not logic and understanding how to run a major league ball club.

  53. Jesus Bustero June 13th, 2013 at 11:07 am

    If weed gave dullards like you personality like me, everyone would be doing it. Don’t get any ideas.

  54. Jesus Bustero June 13th, 2013 at 11:13 am

    I would rather send Joba to the Braves. Get him out of the AL just in case. Hughes to the Giants works. Dodgers too.

  55. Giuseppe Franco June 13th, 2013 at 11:13 am

    Not sure how some can’t understand why the offense has taken such a dive. Never mind that it’s been 3 years or so in the making.

    They’ve been decimated by injuries and several of their replacements were retreads on the downsides of their careers and not exactly wanted by other ball clubs.

    It’s amazing they were able to catch lightning in the bottle with their production as long as they did. The clock was inevitably going to strike midnight sooner or later.

    We were just hoping the team could tread water until the regulars started to return.

  56. Giuseppe Franco June 13th, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Personality? That’s what you call it? LOL.

  57. Jesus Bustero June 13th, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Borrrrrrrring

  58. Jesus Bustero June 13th, 2013 at 11:16 am

    Franco you could clear a room without farting.

  59. jacksquat June 13th, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Captain Clutch June 13th, 2013 at 11:02 am
    I think they would be better off releasing Hafner. I would use the DH for Overbay and Youk and bring up Musty to play 3rd base or let Adams play. With Hafner it’s like watching Tex bat back to back. They both get pitches on the outside corner and try to pull them and make out.

    Not true. Hafner hits to the opposite field. He just hit one to the wall in the first game of the series, did you already forget? Just because he is big and struggling doesn’t mean it’s for the same reasons as Teixeira.

  60. Giuseppe Franco June 13th, 2013 at 11:20 am

    The only one who clears rooms regularly here is you with your gibberish.

    We’ve all earned our reputations here – good, bad, strange, insane, etc. etc.

    You have certainly earned yours (although I hear the ranting and raving by yourself on the Mets blog was rather entertaining).

  61. jacksquat June 13th, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Can’t wait for Girardi to “shake up” the lineup. He should put the names in a hat, shake it and pick them out for the lineup.

  62. Jesus Bustero June 13th, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Franco, your material, is boring.

  63. Chip June 13th, 2013 at 11:21 am

    On another note, Clarkin is in Tampa today for a physical and expected to sign with the Yankees rather than go to college.

  64. Captain Clutch June 13th, 2013 at 11:22 am

    Not true. Hafner hits to the opposite field
    ———–

    Yeah, but not often enough. Most of the time he is trying to pull everything.

  65. Bo knows June 13th, 2013 at 11:24 am

    My theory is that retreads and scrubs had a time frame – Wait till the big guns come back, we just have to hang on until they get here – so it was all working in unison to combat adversity. Well the resurrected one showed up, they handed over the reins and he’s on the I route. And then the quotes “It’s the weak wrist” and “We need to hit more HRs”. Mensa material right there. What’s this “We, White Man? We done good, it’s your turn to shoulder the load”?

  66. Jesus Bustero June 13th, 2013 at 11:24 am

    RELEASE THE CLARKIN

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SqC_m3yUDU

  67. Hassey June 13th, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Jete may come back and still lead the team in hits

  68. Shame Spencer June 13th, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Guys… let’s not bring weed into this. Innocent bystander!!!

  69. Chip June 13th, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Bo knows June 13th, 2013 at 11:24 am

    My theory is that retreads and scrubs had a time frame – Wait till the big guns come back, we just have to hang on until they get here
    —————————–

    The problem with that is Tex and Youk are already back. Granderson will be back soonish but he’s not been a great offensive player, neither have Cervelli or Nunez and Jeter and Alex may not be back at all.

  70. Bo knows June 13th, 2013 at 11:29 am

    On another note, Clarkin is in Tampa today for a physical and expected to sign with the Yankees rather than go to college.
    ————
    That is good news indeed, if true. A potential front line lefty. He’s already touching mid nineties with a killer CB according to reports.

  71. Jesus Bustero June 13th, 2013 at 11:30 am

    True Chip but you just know the front office will use the returns as an excuse to do nothing.

  72. NYYROC June 13th, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Every Yankee mL touches mid 90s with killer CB until they get to NY. Don’t believe the hype..it is FO/ Cashman’s specialty. Hafta see it at ML to believe it.

  73. Russell Munson June 13th, 2013 at 11:34 am

    “That is good news indeed, if true. A potential front line lefty. He’s already touching mid nineties with a killer CB according to reports.”

    So you’re saying he’s left-handed edition of the minor league version of Phil Hughes?

  74. G. Love June 13th, 2013 at 11:35 am

    Tex’s comments are precious and classic “Tex”. He’s an excuse machine.

    I’m telling you guys we’re within weeks of hearing how the wrist isn’t “100%”

    And if a reporter were worth their salt, they’d launch at Girardi and Tex and demand to know why he only had a 2 game rehab assignment if the wrist wasn’t 100%.

    But reporters don’t do that to the Yankees anymore. The so called “NY Media” lacks teeth these days. The Yankees are getting the small town paper treatment. No one’s feet are held to the fire. It’s all so fat-free vanilla.

    As long as Tex holds a place in our lineup/middle of the order, we’re going to struggle. He can HR at most 40 times a season and even I think those days are over for him. That means every other at bat will be a zero and he’ll not help the team achieve wins.

    I honestly think he’s struggle to get 100 hits this season.

    But it’s not just him and Bret is right that Long/Cashman has preached a HR or bust dogma to this team. Remember when Donnie would hit 20+ HR’s and 40 Doubles in a season? Those players don’t exist here. Cano is the only one who can put up that amount of extra base hits.

    Placing your offensive strategy on your team doing the thing (HR’ing) they are least likely to do on a daily basis is the height of stupidity.

    It almost feels like, to me, that Cashman is stuck in the late 90′s mentally. He still thinks Sosa, Bonds and McGwire hitting 70HR’s a season is the “in” thing.

    Anyone with a brain can tell that since PED’s are being cracked down on, you want a team full of Olerud’s and not HR or bust sluggers. The hit tool is the most important tool to build an offense now. Having guys who can get on base with patience and a high average will win in this league over waiting for Tex to get a cookie he can crush.

    I wish I could say I think it’s just a slump, but I don’t. And I worry we’re going to give the Angels life this weekend since it doesn’t take aces to hold down our offense. Just guys who can execute a game plan that doesn’t allow our hitters cookies to pull.

    I’m not giving up on this season though. I think the front office, while it’s in denial, knows all of this.

    And if were them, I’d look to the minors and trade market to try to find 3-4 bats.

    The promotion of JR Murphy has me hopeful. Really, it does. I think they know Romine isn’t the answer and they’re treating him like a red headed step child. He’s JR Murphy having a good week or so at the plate in AAA away from going back there. They’re going to get offense behind the plate again and they realize it’s important.

    I’d also consider eating the money on Youk and Hafner and letting Adams play and/or Musty and Neal come up. We need guys who go up to the plate healthy.

    The team needs to turn over some of these guys.

    Because the wrong thing to think is Jeter, Grandy and Arod will come back and fix this offense. This offense has been HR or bust for 3 years before this one and while it gets us to the playoffs, it doesn’t win there unless pitchers make mistakes to our sluggers.

    And honestly, it breaks my heart to watch our pitching staff be this good the past years and have nothing to show for it because a bunch of sluggers with concrete between their ears just go up to grip it and rip it.

    Something’s got to give and preaching “when player X comes back we’ll be great” is dumb.

    They were pitching that line to us about when Tex/Youk came back. How’s that working out?

  75. Bo knows June 13th, 2013 at 11:38 am

    The problem with that is Tex and Youk are already back. Granderson will be back soonish but he’s not been a great offensive player, neither have Cervelli or Nunez and Jeter and Alex may not be back at all.
    ————-
    Yep, the subs handed off and the Saviors fumbled. Teix is doing SOS and the results are no different. He had three months to reassess, he ran around twittering like a flock of sparrows. He doesn’t have to go opposite field, just go up the middle occasionally.

  76. jacksquat June 13th, 2013 at 11:38 am

    Captain Clutch June 13th, 2013 at 11:22 am
    Not true. Hafner hits to the opposite field
    ———–

    Yeah, but not often enough. Most of the time he is trying to pull everything.

    Hafner:

    http://pitchfx.texasleaguers.c.....-chart.png

  77. jacksquat June 13th, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Teixeira (vs rhp):

    http://pitchfx.texasleaguers.c.....-chart.png

  78. bigdan22 June 13th, 2013 at 11:40 am

    It seems most here this morning have focused on Tex’s home run comments. They certainly made an impression on me. I looked at them as a validation of what I’ve been advocating the last few days. Tex needs to be platooned and compete for his left handed at bats. At least part of a three way DH 1b platoon with Overbay and Haffner. The Yanks need to address this problem with entitlement that riddles a lot of sports teams. That’s why I kept bringing up my Casey references.

    But if JB is right here, and Tex’s comments are part of a corrupt organizational theme, then things really are dismal. If that’s the case, firing Long won’t happen and it wouldn’t have no any impact anyway. No, only cleaning house by firing Cash would do that. I can’t see that happening until the off season and the Yanks would probably have to finish under 500 for that.

    I wish Joe had more power. I never really thought he totally bought into the Big Hairy Monster theme.

  79. Bo knows June 13th, 2013 at 11:45 am

    The problem is that they’re twitch happy. The Peter Principle full blown. Where is the Cano of the 2Bs leaders? The quality at bats are with Gardner, Nix and Stewart, the last two, way above their talent level.

  80. jacksquat June 13th, 2013 at 11:46 am

    I wouldn’t mind Teixeira if that mentality wasn’t seeping into the heads of Cano, Wells, Youkilis a little, etc.

  81. blake June 13th, 2013 at 11:47 am

    A new hitting coach isn’t going to help anything unless he has new hitters to work with.

    Maybe there are some approach issues at play and maybe Long has something to do with that (I have no idea)…..but the root problem is that the majority of the hitters in the lineup either have always stunk or they are too old to produce anymore.

    The lineup has 2 prime aged players in it…..the rest are has beens or never was’s……a hitting coach can’t fix that guys…..they need better hitters

  82. G. Love June 13th, 2013 at 11:49 am

    jacksquat,

    It’s exactly what I feared would happen to the offense when Tex returned. I tried to mentally write off the “hero ball” nonsense to Swisher, but you can see Tex brings it with him lock, stock and barrel.

    I think the fact that he goes up there just looking to HR then places pressure on the guys surrounding him. There’s less people on base and then everyone thinks they have to jack one out to help the team score. It’s contagious.

    And frankly, it wouldn’t be if Tex batted 7th and wasn’t relied on. You could carry a “hairy monster” or two in a lineup as long as the heart of it were guys who were solid all around hitters.

    Instead, we’re making the most one dimensional guy the center of our offense. Innings end before they begin.

  83. bigdan22 June 13th, 2013 at 11:49 am

    BTW, G.Love Tex is already blaming his wrist for his performance. Was in the NY Post yesterday. Tex said his results won’t improve until his wrist gains strength. Kind of makes you wonder why his strengthening program is being conducted in the Show.

  84. blake June 13th, 2013 at 11:51 am

    It’s not shocking at all that Tex is struggling given that he’s a slow starter and had no spring. He should have had a much longer rehab stint…..there is no logical explanation for him not

  85. G. Love June 13th, 2013 at 11:53 am

    bigdan22,

    I missed that one and frankly, I’m not surprised. I’m sure all the Yankees media gave him anti-inflammatories and a hug instead of delving into why the organization rushed back a declining player with a wrist injury to bat in the heart of the order while Overbay was putting up a great season vs RHP and could’ve been platooned with Youk at 1b.

  86. mick June 13th, 2013 at 11:53 am

    While Cano is prone to slumps, this one deserves more scrutiny.
    Hitting 2nd, he sees more fastballs with Gardy on base, so the slop theory is out the window.
    It does keep Gardy from stealing tho as they will pitch around him if he goes.
    He just looks awkward and behind as if he has lost bat speed.
    Maybe he is sulking about something (contract extension?) .
    He prolly doesn’t like hitting 2nd, after all, he is the HR Derby captain and wannabe cleanup hitter for the NY Yankees.

  87. bigdan22 June 13th, 2013 at 11:53 am

    There may be two things going on here. A general lack of hitting talent (Wells/Ichiro) and a bad approach. Look at Cano. His talent is immense, but over the last couple years it looks like he’s turning into a Big Hairy Monster.

  88. NYYROC June 13th, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Can’t understand how Mgmt could let team get to this state. Can’t do anything about injuries..but team has been aging with no young replacements for years. Sometimes when you have been successful for a long time you (Cashman) think you have all answers and are smartest guy in room. But success was mainly built on Stick’s core and GMS $. This team disintegrated on his watch. Need new voice.

  89. mick June 13th, 2013 at 11:54 am

    It’s not shocking at all that Tex is struggling given that he’s a slow starter and had no spring. He should have had a much longer rehab stint…..there is no logical explanation for him not
    ==============
    The geniuses in the FO prolly thought he was a gate attraction…

  90. Jesus Bustero June 13th, 2013 at 11:55 am

    How can some of these 100 millionaires not feel like thieves? I mean, really feel deep down inside like they don’t deserve their paycheck. Are their egos so big that they think they are worth it?

  91. G. Love June 13th, 2013 at 11:56 am

    mick,

    I hate batting Cano #2, but there is literally no one on this team that can bat 2nd.

    What I would do is this;

    Gardner
    Ichiro (using the bunt/hit & run here)
    Cano

    at the top of the lineup. While Ichiro has been bad, he can handle the bat enough to move Gardner over or give him a chance to steal and set up the inning.

    And I honestly surprised Cano is slumping like this. Contract years are usually victory tours.

  92. Russell Munson June 13th, 2013 at 11:57 am

    I don’t think wrist strength is going to help all that much if you’re striking out in half of your at bats.

  93. NYYROC June 13th, 2013 at 11:58 am

    I’m sure most players do feel bad when they struggle, but I think it bothers fans more than players.

  94. jacksquat June 13th, 2013 at 11:59 am

    This pic says it all:

    http://a.espncdn.com/photo/201.....11_576.jpg

  95. G. Love June 13th, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    NYYROC,

    I don’t know Tex personally, but I think the only thing he takes home with him after a loss is his paycheck.

    For awhile, we had gotten lucky with guys like Damon, Matsui, Sheff in free agency where guys getting big dollars wanted to win more than anything.

    Tex doesn’t strike me as that guy. If he was, he’d lay down a couple of bunts to get on base and help his team against the shift.

  96. bigdan22 June 13th, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Interesting point NYYROC. I’m not a big fan of Colin Cowherd but that’s one of his major themes. Fans care a hell of a lot more about their team’s performance than the players do. It’s a bit ironic and probably true.

  97. RadioKev June 13th, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Tex doesn’t strike me as that guy. If he was, he’d lay down a couple of bunts to get on base and help his team against the shift.
    ———

    Tex bunting from the clean up spot will win us those games. I just know it!

  98. austinmac June 13th, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Murphy had been significantly slumping at Trenton. I believe he is down to the .260s. Despite that, I do think they will bring him up if he hits some at AAA. Romine, for whom I held out some hope, simply doesn’t hit.

    Marchand has an article today saying the team’s biggest need is at SS. I disagree. Even if Granderson comes back, the biggest need a corner outfield bat. Nix is doing surprisingly well(adequate)at SS.

    Truthfully, they could stand an upgrade just about everywhere.i

  99. jacksquat June 13th, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    Gardner CF
    Ichiro RF
    Cano 2B
    Hafner DH
    Overbay LF
    Teixeira 1B
    Youkilis 3B
    Brignac SS
    Stewart C

  100. RadioKev June 13th, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    If a player consistently bunts against the shift, the shift is working. If Tex never hit an extra base hit again, I think teams would take that.

    What Tex would have to do is have good contact the other way to stop the shift. “Easier said than done.”

  101. Warning Track Power June 13th, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    I was so upset with Joba last night. Despite the good 7th inning, he fell apart in the 8th.
    I thought he claimed to have 4 quality pitches in his arsenal? Where was the change up last night? Where did that pitch go Joba?
    USELESS!!!

  102. bigdan22 June 13th, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    I don’t think Murphy is going to sniff the MLs this year unless he absolutely crushes AAA. I actually think his promotion had more to due with creating space for Sanchez and O’Brien who were far more deserving of promotion than Murphy. I think we’re stuck Romine until Cerv comes back.

  103. Warning Track Power June 13th, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    I have been a harsh Tex critic, but last night he hit the ball very, very hard 3 times. Had nothing to show for it.
    I can still clearly see he is pulling off every single pitch he makes contact with, but I give him credit for squaring up 3 balls last night.
    Maybe today he’ll get 3 bloopers that falls for base hits. Law of averages, right?

  104. RadioKev June 13th, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    austinmac June 13th, 2013 at 12:03 pm
    Murphy had been significantly slumping at Trenton. I believe he is down to the .260s. Despite that, I do think they will bring him up if he hits some at AAA. Romine, for whom I held out some hope, simply doesn’t hit.
    ————

    But Romine has more upside than Stewart, because he’s younger! That doesn’t make sense!

    Nah, not really… Romine isn’t this bad. He’s just a rookie still wrapping his head around the big league. It’s a tough spot to be in. He really should be in AAA.

  105. blake June 13th, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Marchand has an article today saying the team’s biggest need is at SS. I disagree. Even if Granderson comes back, the biggest need a corner outfield bat. Nix is doing surprisingly well(adequate)at SS.”

    Their biggest need is somebody that can hit…..I don’t care where they play….the need a legit prime aged player that can hit a baseball consistently hard

  106. bruceb June 13th, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    You can’t call this a “slump.” To have a slump, you need to have been doing something better in the first place.

    What’s frightening to me is that right now, Gardner, Nix and Stewart are actually playing ABOVE their ability. Imagine where we would be without that?

    Wells, Hafner and Ichiro are veteran players on a steady decline. Tex and Youkilis are also on a downward spiral. They were brought back quickly because they are “superstars” and, let’s face it, because their replacements were not.

    Cano’s current malaise is more worrying. If he were hitting, it would hide a multitude of sins. He’s not…and as has been pointed out many times, there’s nothing worse to watch than a veteran offense failing at the plate.

    Overbay might as well be DFA’d the amount of playing time he is seeing and Adams should be sent back to the Minors because he’s learning nothing riding the pine and I’m sure his confidence is being affected.

  107. Chip June 13th, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    I agree with two things on Murphy:

    1. He’s shown a lot this year and deserved the promotion
    2. The two catchers behind him also showed a ton and likewise deserve promotions so the move makes even more sense.

    The question is, where does this leave the Yankees when Cervelli returns? Does Romine go to AAA and split time with Murphy? Does Romine stay up and Stewart gets the release he so desperately deserves? Does Romine get released?

  108. blake June 13th, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    “Cano’s current malaise is more worrying. If he were hitting, it would hide a multitude of sins. He’s not…and as has been pointed out many times, there’s nothing worse to watch than a veteran offense failing at the plate.”

    It is but I think a lot of it is a function of him just having nobody around him. Cano is a great hitter….but when he doesn’t have help he expands and becomes much easier to get out because he gets himself out and pitchers are exploiting that. Tex is easy to pitch to….everybody in the lineup besides Cano and Gardner are pretty easy to pitch to

  109. RadioKev June 13th, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    The question is, where does this leave the Yankees when Cervelli returns?
    ———

    Who knows when Cervelli returns. He’s got a suspension cloud over his head right now. This all might just work itself out.

  110. Jesus Bustero June 13th, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Chip, maybe the Yankees will just release Stewart because at this point the depth at the catcher position is surfacing. We have guys who can step in an match Stewart on defense already.

  111. austinmac June 13th, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Blake,

    I couldn’t agree more with your assessment. Give me a hitter under 30. Give me three.

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    I love that Shame was actually sticking up for “weed”
    Now that’s a loyal friend!

  113. blake June 13th, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    austinmac says:
    June 13, 2013 at 12:16 pm
    Blake,

    I couldn’t agree more with your assessment. Give me a hitter under 30. Give me three.

    Yea….I would no longer trade all the prospects for Giancarlo…..that wouldn’t fix anything. They need way more than one bat

  114. Jesus Bustero June 13th, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Franco uses weed to denounce my character. He never realized Reefer Madness was unscientific propaganda. He is a square and a bore who needs to get out more. Weed is popular again, legal in 3 states now and finding its way into the docket in others. Don’t worry Franco, you don’t have to fish for those old bell bottoms or perm what remains of your hair. Throw on an old Bee Gees CD and that should do it.

  115. RadioKev June 13th, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    It is but I think a lot of it is a function of him just having nobody around him. Cano is a great hitter….but when he doesn’t have help he expands and becomes much easier to get out because he gets himself out and pitchers are exploiting that. Tex is easy to pitch to….everybody in the lineup besides Cano and Gardner are pretty easy to pitch to
    ———-

    That’s a function of Cano becoming a very undisciplined hitter without the same talent he used to have…

    I know it’s not Cano’s fault that the Yankees lost in the playoffs, nor is it his fault the Yankees are performing poorly right now, but he is not worth a mega deal. He falters under pressure. It’s a theme.

  116. bigdan22 June 13th, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    Assuming Long is not the problem for a moment, does anybody think that Long (or any batting coach) could have more success with Almonte than somebody like Wells or Haffner?

  117. jacksquat June 13th, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Chip June 13th, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    Does Romine stay up and Stewart gets the release he so desperately deserves? Does Romine get released?

    Stewart currently has the 2nd highest batting average on the team (.282), .001 behind Gardner. His .336 obp is lower than only Gardner, Cano and Hafner. And you (and others) want to release him now?

  118. Warning Track Power June 13th, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Jack-Don’t feed the morons who have asked for Stewart to be released. These fans would never be hired as a GM except in their fantasy baseball leagues.

  119. jacksquat June 13th, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    It’s Cervelli/Stewart when/if Cervelli returns. Murphy might get a shot if he impresses in AAA, Cervelli is out and it looks like he could be better than Romine.

  120. Jesus Bustero June 13th, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    I disagree with Blake. Even good hitters develop bad habits. You could bring in new blood and they will regress in this system. You have to change the philosophy and the organizational approach to hitting that is the context within which these players practice and experiment. You have to have that environment firmly in place before you spend more money and bring in new hitters. But you do need both new hitters and a new philosophy. I don’t think Kevin Long is versatile enough to do anything but carry out an outdated approach to baseball from the steroid era. He might be great on the Red Sox, but that’s because they’re all doing Insulin Growth Factor (IGF-1) for its anabolic effects.

  121. Jesus Bustero June 13th, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    You have to change the mindset in the locker room so you don’t get stupid counterproductive quotes like this latest one from Tex.

  122. blake June 13th, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    “That’s a function of Cano becoming a very undisciplined hitter without the same talent he used to have…”

    I don’t think he’s declining yet…I just think his approach gets him in trouble and when nobody is behind him it’s amplified.

  123. blake June 13th, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    “I disagree with Blake. Even good hitters develop bad habits”

    Who in the lineup would you say is a good hitter at this point in their career? Cano? Who else

  124. Jesus Bustero June 13th, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    For the first time, I’m open to dealing Cano at the deadline. This team is still saddled with two of the worst contracts in baseball in Tex and Arod. You could distribute a greater amount of talent more evenly across the roster with 25 million.

  125. UnKnown June 13th, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    http://espn.go.com/blog/new-yo.....s-d-rob-ok
    ———

    I hope their is nothing to DRob being injured. This ship can’t take on any more water.

  126. Warning Track Power June 13th, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    A win today will solve a lot of problems.
    The bats have been much too quite. The pitching has been terrific.
    What else needs to be said? Time for the offense to get an early lead and let the starter
    feel somewhat relaxed on the mound.

  127. Jesus Bustero June 13th, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    Blake Tex has regressed in this system. Arod (though much of that is due to rampant steroid abuse). Other hitters who might find new life in other systems have flatlined which is just as useless – Wells, Youkilis. You act like all these guys are old. Ortiz is older than all these guys except Ichiro.

  128. UnKnown June 13th, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    WTP – Perfectly said, nothing to add on that post. Let’s Play!!

  129. blake June 13th, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    @RiverAveBlues: Cafardo: Yankees made two offers to David Ross http://t.co/ANbLpqknfA

  130. blake June 13th, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    “You act like all these guys are old. Ortiz is older than all these guys except Ichiro.”

    They are….Wells didnt hit in LA…..Youk didn’t hit in Boston or Chicageo….Ichiro has been bad for over 2 years…..it’s not like these guys were good and then came to NY and were bad…..they actually were better in NY for awhile

  131. bigdan22 June 13th, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Just hit that ESPN link on DRob. Further down there’s a quote from K Long. It’s almost identical to Tex’s quote. Basically: When you face good pitching you need to hit homers because can’t string a lot of hits together. I guess it is the party line.

  132. blake June 13th, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    I think trading Cano would be bold and smart….you could always sign him in the winter still if you wanted.

    The yanks need to take a good Long hard look in the mirror over the next month….,if they really think they can win a title with this team then fine keep him…..but if not then trade him and build a little for next year

  133. Jesus Bustero June 13th, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    That’s right they were better, when they changed their approach. Then they reverted back into old habits because those old habits are reinforced here. We have a PEDS era dinosaur approach to hitting. It’s completely fossilized and other teams can exploit it to the fullest.

    But I agree we need better hitters. I just would not trust bringing them into this current system. It’s deeply flawed.

    Either that our we pump IGF-1 into our locker room. MLB I believe tests for HgH directly rather than looking at the primary indicators of HgH such as elevated IGF-1.

  134. Niblick June 13th, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    I wonder if Chad screwed up the quote by attributing it to Tex instead of Long?

  135. Jesus Bustero June 13th, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Bigdan can you cut and paste the quote here and put it on display so we can all see that Kevin Long ENDORSES this. He is the PR rep for this BS approach.

  136. bigdan22 June 13th, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Said hitting coach Kevin Long: “We need more guys on base. The old walks and home runs are not really coming. You hate to say it again, but we don’t have home runs right now. It’s tough to string together a whole lot of hits against good pitching. Sometimes you need to pop a couple home runs off those guys, and we haven’t been able to do that

  137. Against All Odds June 13th, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    blake June 13th, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    ——————–

    Yep trying to do to much. The Yankee line-up used to be circular and deep.

  138. bigdan22 June 13th, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    Study that Long quote and you can see how it really de-emphasizes the hit tool. It’s all about power and taking walks. That’s exactly the type of offense the Yanks have had prior to this year. An offense that really gets exploited especially in the post season when quality pitchers have a plan and can consistently execute. Get ahead of the hitter then throw off speed pitches away or off the plate.

  139. RadioKev June 13th, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    blake June 13th, 2013 at 12:32 pm
    “That’s a function of Cano becoming a very undisciplined hitter without the same talent he used to have…”

    I don’t think he’s declining yet…I just think his approach gets him in trouble and when nobody is behind him it’s amplified.
    ————-

    Well, empirically we know he’s not hitting lefties as well as he used to. And anecdotally, do you remember the last time he crushed a bad ball? It seems less often than he used to…

  140. BIG AL June 13th, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    So much for the thinking that once the “Big Guns” like Tex & Youk returned, the offence would go along with the good SP, and the Yankees would be OK.

    The joke is this team can be beat in most games, if the other team scores more than 2 runs.

    Now our SP is not what we expected, with CC being a #4 SP at best, sorry all you CC belivers, I just think he’s lost it in terms of what he was, to what he really is.

    Yankees SP
    #1 Kuroda: 6-5, ERA 2.84, WHIP 1.10
    #2 Pettitte: 5-3, ERA 3.82, WHIP 1.25
    #3 Phelps: 4-3, ERA 3.90, WHIP 1.27
    #4 CC: 6-5, ERA 4.07, WHIP 1.25
    #5 Hughes 3-5, ERA 4.89, WHIP 1.40

    So there you have it, the SP not as good as earlier in the season, and Gardner #1 & Stewart #2 in BA. Even a blind man can see this team is in big trouble if the bats we have don’t start responding, and/or Cashman doesn’t get a real good young bat, someone like Justin Upton, when he had the opening to get such an impact player.

    Hey Hal, all those empty seats, and soon YES ratings falling should tell you your plan has a few flaws.

  141. Bo knows June 13th, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    Long is toeing the party line. When he spoke up last year about hitting for average, he was slapped down with “We’re the Bronx Bombers, not Bronx Bunters.

    Long is known for simplifying the swing, trying to reduce excess movement. That’s it that’s all. People are naive when they say “Long created hairy monsters. Even the Hairy Monsters theme is based on taking walks, working the pitcher ala Oakland yesterday – if you don’t like the pitch or can do nothing with it, you spoil it. When was the last time you saw a quality at bat by the heart of the order?

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