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“All I care about is we’re hot right now”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Aug 23, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

As the Yankees head into Tampa Bay for a big weekend series against the Rays, it’s clear that the rest of baseball has taken notice of how well the Yankees are playing. David Ortiz made that much clear with his comment to USA Today about Ryan Dempster hitting Alex Rodriguez with a fastball on Sunday night.

“That pitch woke up a monster in the Yankees’ team at that moment,” Ortiz said. “You saw how the game ended up. CC (Sabathia) was throwing 91 (mph) and started throwing 96. Alex later hit one way out there. You’re talking about a good team that you can’t wake up.”

Alex RodriguezIs there anything to that? Did that moment wake up this team?

Joe Girardi: “I don’t know. We had played pretty well before that, but I thought that was a big win for us, gave us some momentum coming home knowing that we need to win series and slip-ups can be very costly for us. Maybe it did.”

Brett Gardner: “I don’t know, man. I think we were motivated before that. We went in there knowing what we had to do. Yeah, we’re playing good baseball, but we were playing good baseball before that, too. Won a couple of games against Detroit, and you never know, but maybe it added a little bit of motivation. I don’t know.”

Chris Stewart: “I don’t know if that awakened us, or if we were just hot at the time and continued to stay hot. It doesn’t matter either way. All I care about is we’re hot right now, we’re playing well, and hopefully we can keep it up.”

Curtis Granderson: “We were playing well before that. We had played well against Detroit and Anaheim, and we were in a situation where we had an opportunity to win that series against Boston, but the main thing is we’re still in the situation where we have to go in and win series. That was another one that could have went one way or the other, and from that point, Alex was able to rebound back and get a home run after that. In terms of that, possibly, but it’s only one game, one moment, and once everything is over have to reset and get ready for the next one.”

Andy Pettitte: “I know everybody was fired up, and as a club we felt like we were going to win that game no matter what. I know that this whole deal, I feel like Alex has handled well from the standpoint of just focusing on baseball as far as when we’re here and in the clubhouse. You hope Al continues to play well.”

Alex Rodriguez: “I don’t know about that. I just know that we feel pretty good, but we’ve got to keep getting better. I mean, we’ve got a lot of work to do and every game is precious. We just want to keep taking small bites.”

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154 Responses to ““All I care about is we’re hot right now””

  1. MTU August 23rd, 2013 at 9:03 am

    Alex.

    Sharks don’t eat minnows.

    And they don’t take small bites.

    The swallow things whole.

    :)

  2. MTU August 23rd, 2013 at 9:04 am

    ed: they swallow.

  3. J. Alfred Prufrock August 23rd, 2013 at 9:05 am

    “Every game is precious”
    :)

  4. J. Alfred Prufrock August 23rd, 2013 at 9:07 am

    Lol MTU – I dOnt know if he needs the lesson ;)

  5. Tar August 23rd, 2013 at 9:09 am

    “Sharks don’t eat minnows.

    And they don’t take small bites.

    The swallow things whole.”

    Ahhh Patience young Grasshopper.

    The best way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time.

  6. MTU August 23rd, 2013 at 9:09 am

    Every great achievement begins with the belief that it is possible.

    ;)

  7. J. Alfred Prufrock August 23rd, 2013 at 9:10 am

    I have not been this jacked about a series since..last Friday. I think like Joey Ramone I Want to be Sedated

  8. 86w183 August 23rd, 2013 at 9:11 am

    Good morning all —–

    Really key weekend coming up with the Yanks in Tampa, Boston @ Dodgers and Oakland in Baltimore.

    Best case scenario… 3 games out of first place and 1/2 game out of Wild Card

    worst case scenario… 9 games out of first, 6.5 out of W/C.

    BIG THREE DAYS

  9. luis August 23rd, 2013 at 9:12 am

    Good morning guys,

    MTU,

    Very nice pics… Thanks for sharing

    We need to keep the broom fest going…. Let´s sweep tampa in their home turf!

  10. MTU August 23rd, 2013 at 9:12 am

    Tar-

    Be Sharks not Herring.

    Or Barracuda.

    Or Pirrahna.

    No time left to be patient little nibblers.

  11. J. Alfred Prufrock August 23rd, 2013 at 9:13 am

    TAr – true dat. I M concerned about turf will Jete DH tomorrow? I don’t even want Alex
    On turf for consecutive games.

  12. luis August 23rd, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Tar,

    We need to think big in order to pull this off… I don´t know, but I have a feeling that we might

  13. MTU August 23rd, 2013 at 9:14 am

    My pleasure Luis.

    They did not match the splendor of Canaima though.

    Must have 2 of 3.

    And make Maddon pucker up.

    :)

  14. Melkmanisinhotlanta August 23rd, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Too little too late. Sickening that steroid boy gets to play while awaiting arb. Only in liberal jack thug union America.

  15. MTU August 23rd, 2013 at 9:15 am

    86-

    Without a doubt.

    ;)

  16. luis August 23rd, 2013 at 9:17 am

    Not a shark…. We must become “Megalodon”

  17. J. Alfred Prufrock August 23rd, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Morning primo! :) need to find. Way to get to 7pm without harming myself!

  18. MTU August 23rd, 2013 at 9:19 am

    Luis-

    Now you woke up Shame.

    She loves those things.

    I’d rather us be a hungry Kodiak Bear since baseball is a terrestrial game.

  19. Shame Spencer August 23rd, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Is trisha still around? I saw her posit in the last thread that steroids can still be found in a persons system for 18 months.. I’m not sure she’s quite understanding what that means.

    If someone tested my blood for THC right now, for example, I’d 100% fail… but I can assure you I’m not feeling the effects at this moment. :twisted:

    Any sort of drug will stay in your urine, blood or hair follicles for varying amounts of time before being completely flushed from your system. Because you can find evidence of usage doesn’t necessarily translate to continued effects.

    Anyway… back to baseball… 86 has it right… we win this series this is a whole different race. I’m already feeling a little greedy… but this series is going to be the deciding factor on bringing back Team Greedy full force.

  20. luis August 23rd, 2013 at 9:23 am

    J. Alfred Prufrock August 23rd, 2013 at 9:18 am
    Morning primo! need to find. Way to get to 7pm without harming myself!

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

    I know exactly how you feel… I haven´t been this pumped up since 2009 to be honest…. It would be very rewarding and at the same time hilarious if we actually pull this off… :D

  21. luis August 23rd, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Mrs President ;)

    Team Greedy is alive and well…. Keep up the broom fest!!… Our team is a completely different team nowadays

  22. J. Alfred Prufrock August 23rd, 2013 at 9:25 am

    I’m doing Taoist reverse breathing to aid the cause _’like PEDs, it has Lon lasting effects – at least through tonight’s game

  23. J. Alfred Prufrock August 23rd, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Primo – feels like fate.

  24. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 23rd, 2013 at 9:28 am

    You wonder how people get wired the way they are. Nature? Nurture? A combination? Aaron Hernandez was indicted yesterday and he’s shown grinning in the courtroom. That photo is the one I’ve seen posted in just about every publication. Plus stories that went along with it said he was basically smiling and joking througout the proceeding. Does he realize that he’s never going to see the outside world again, that the rest of his probably many days will be spent in prison? And how does someone fire 5 bullets into someone and then go home and go to bed as if nothing happened? How does someone become a sociopath? Are they born that way? They apparently go throughout life without any kind of conscience.

    It must really be fascinating to actually study and understand the processes that go into the “making” of a sociopath.

  25. MTU August 23rd, 2013 at 9:28 am

    levels of Hot :

    Hot as the Sun.

    Hot as the inside of a Volcano.

    Hot as melted Tungsten.

    Hot as blowtorch.

    Hot as a Salma Hayek.

    Hot as a “ghost chile”

    How hot are the Yankees ?

    :)

  26. MTU August 23rd, 2013 at 9:29 am

    sp: chilli. Not the country.

  27. Shame Spencer August 23rd, 2013 at 9:29 am

    luis August 23rd, 2013 at 9:17 am

    Not a shark…. We must become “Megalodon”

    ——————

    That’s right, MTU!

    Did anyone catch Ghost Shark last night on SyFy…?? It was a shark… that was a ….ghost. But it could still eat you. Cray.

  28. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 23rd, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Shame – I’ve been trying to understand what it means. I think I misstated it. I’m pretty sure the 18 months had to do with the effects, as opposed to the half-life, which has to do with the detection.

    I’ll find that article again and clarify what it said.

  29. pat August 23rd, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Shame

    Can’t see a JLo story anymore without thinking about you. Her stalker did housework? I need a stalker!

    Better JLo Yankees stalker- Bill Madden, Mike Lupica or Pete Abraham?

  30. luis August 23rd, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Shame,

    If shark ghost could actually eat us we would be in a hell of trouble…. They don´t need water to get to you….OOOOOHHH!!!

  31. Shame Spencer August 23rd, 2013 at 9:35 am

    trisha – If Conte is giving us the run down, the reality is that any extra testosterone put in the system is flushed out fairly quickly, which is why they need to take it daily.

    It’s worth noting that (I believe) once you begin using synthetic testosterone, the body actually stops producing it at normal rates. So not taking the supplemental stuff would/should cause quick drop offs.

  32. luis August 23rd, 2013 at 9:36 am

    MTU,

    How about “Hot as a SuperNova”? It has a right ring to it, doesn´t it?

  33. Shame Spencer August 23rd, 2013 at 9:36 am

    luis – It was puddle hopping!!!!! Seriously!!

    pat – In some way I’m happy to hear that. :D

    I think Pete Abe takes the cake.. (PUN!).

  34. luis August 23rd, 2013 at 9:37 am

    J. Alfred Prufrock August 23rd, 2013 at 9:28 am
    Primo – feels like fate.

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

    Yup…. Magical

  35. MTU August 23rd, 2013 at 9:37 am

    Trisha-

    The person you describe is not a “sociopath” but a “psychopath”.

    A sociopath lacks feeling or empathy for his fellow man and displays minimal levels or conscience or remorse.

    A Psychopath shows none. Not even capable of it.

    Ted Bundy would be an example of a complete “Psychopath”.

    Or a guy like Manson.

    Matter of degrees like on a spectrum.

    As to how they get that way. No one knows for sure.

    My theory is that a part of the brain that should be working isn’t.

    Others might say it comes from abuse and neglect and is environmental.

    might be a combo effect.

    That was clearly not the case with Bundy for example. Not your typical abused youngster.

    Was educated and came from a well heeled family.

  36. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 23rd, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Shame, you’re right, it has to do with detection. I haven’t been able to find anything that talks about effectiveness.

  37. ac1 August 23rd, 2013 at 9:39 am

    With the offense clicking and hughes and pettitte pitching better now, cc has to be the biggest concern…

    I know the yankees will never do this, but i would think if cc has another bad start this weekend, the yankees need to consider putting cc on the dl for something and maybe trade with the nats for haren who has pitched really well since the all star game.

  38. 86w183 August 23rd, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Too little too late. Sickening that steroid boy gets to play while awaiting arb. Only in liberal jack thug union America.

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

    Senator Joe McCarthy is alive and well

  39. Shame Spencer August 23rd, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Consider this: Arod, naturally, is producing about 50% less testosterone than he was in his 20s. Add to that the fact that he’s probably taken synthetic testosterone – further depleting what would have been his normal testosterone production – yet he’s still a pretty good ballplayer… kinda goes along with what blake’s been saying. He really likely never needed the stuff. And with him getting tested 5 days a week lol… I dunno. If he isn’t getting nailed you’d just have no choice but to believe that every player is using something and flying under the radar.

  40. MTU August 23rd, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Luis-

    That’s pretty hot !

    Does have a familiar ring.

    I think we’re beginning to boil but we can get even hotter.

    :)

  41. ac1 August 23rd, 2013 at 9:43 am

    I like when people claim america is a liberal country. This country is about as conservative as any free first world country. Can barely curse on tv.

  42. Shame Spencer August 23rd, 2013 at 9:43 am

    trisha – I’m telling you.. I’m not excusing anything or saying PEDs don’t help players in any respect.. but a lot of the dialogue on here is accurate: they’re not going to make generational talents.

    Arod, despite being a jackoff, is a generational talent and if people can’t recognize that given his play at the age of 38, on two bad hips, after lord knows how many years of messing up his natural hormone production, it’s a shame. People are of course still free to seriously dislike/distrust him.. but I’m sort of in awe at the fact that he’s even put together this type of season since returning. I know Pat M. and blake have had similar comments. Tar and Tyler too.. probably plenty more. It’s just sort of amazing.

  43. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 23rd, 2013 at 9:45 am

    MTU – I think Hernandez could come under “sociopath”. I believe OJ is a sociopath, and also Scott Peterson and the guy from Boston who murdered his wife and unborn child and pretended it was a racially-motivated crime. I think of serial killers more as psycopaths.

    Anyway, here’s a list of differences put together by a behavioral psychologist.

    http://voices.yahoo.com/sociop.....06224.html

  44. Shame Spencer August 23rd, 2013 at 9:45 am

    ac – KURODA is going tonight, right? We gotta find away to win this one and take at least a little pressure off CC. I don’t think he’s pitched very well at the Trop historically… #Sads.

  45. luis August 23rd, 2013 at 9:46 am

    MTU,

    :D I think we are getting there… At least we are performing like a contender again… And if we finally make it, I think we are going to be pretty dangerous

  46. RadioKev August 23rd, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Shame Spencer August 23rd, 2013 at 9:43 am
    trisha – I’m telling you.. I’m not excusing anything or saying PEDs don’t help players in any respect.. but a lot of the dialogue on here is accurate: they’re not going to make generational talents.
    ———–

    I guess I’d say we don’t really know for sure. Steroids But did make a generational talent perhaps the best player in history, Barry Bonds. So who knows?

  47. MTU August 23rd, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Trisha-

    Agreed. Those types are not “psychopaths’.

    They are a much more dangerous lot.

    They are human predators. They stalk and hunt other humans.

    Scary stuff.

    I assume you have seen “Silence of the Lambs” ?

    That was actually somewhat loosely based on an actual FBI case.

    Buffalo Bill really existed.

  48. Doreen August 23rd, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Shame, that’s about where I stand on ARod. Lots of conflicting personal feelings about him, and about everything that is going on. But also a deep curiosity about why such a natural talent would feel the need to go down that road. I’m sure the answer is not simple. And of course, as I said above, truly amazed at the performance he is giving now.

  49. MTU August 23rd, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Luis-

    Many times the hottest team coming into the PS is the one that takes it all.

    Witness the Cards who limped in w 86 victories.

  50. MTU August 23rd, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Motivation is one of the strongest tools in the toolbox.

    Never underestimate it’s power.

    ;)

  51. Shame Spencer August 23rd, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Kev – Bonds was a great player before he grew a back on top of his back though.. There were guys that got records and attention because of steroids, like McGwire and Sosa, but would you ever consider those guys generational talents? To me, they’re not even in the same league as guys like Bonds and Alex.

  52. pat August 23rd, 2013 at 9:57 am

    “I guess I’d say we don’t really know for sure. Steroids But did make a generational talent perhaps the best player in history, Barry Bonds. So who knows?”

    I read an article that the age of the player had a lot to do with the extra benefit. A male sometime between 20 and 30 years old is at peak testosterone naturally so adding more to the equation could result in less added benefit than adding testosterone to the same male in his 30′s.

  53. J. Alfred Prufrock August 23rd, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Irony is afoot: talk of sociopathy.

  54. Shame Spencer August 23rd, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Doreen – I don’t know if he can keep this up but so far I think there have only been 2 games since he’s been back where he hasn’t been on base. There were 2 additional games where he didn’t get a hit but still took at least 1 walk.

  55. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 23rd, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Shame, here’s the problem I have with that. There is no way to know how long Arod used and what that use did to accelerate his talent. It’s something we’ll never know. Think about players who have come along and absolutely lit up the sky – and then fizzled out like a shooting star. Would steroid use have caused their glory time to have been extended? Tough to get a good perspective on it.

    About detection. I was reading an article that said (don’t quote me, I’ll try to find it again) that about 20% of all track and field stars have said they use steroids, yet only 9% have tested positive. I think the conclusion was that they’re using a lot of stuff that avoids detection. Now I probably got the numbers and the conclusion wrong :) but I’m pretty sure I’m somewhere in there. I’m going to see if I can find the article.

  56. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 23rd, 2013 at 10:02 am

    “Motivation is one of the strongest tools in the toolbox.

    Never underestimate it’s power.

    ;)

    With this I agree 100%!

    :)

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

    “Irony is afoot: talk of sociopathy.”

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  57. JimK August 23rd, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Shame
    Have your THC levels dropped because you no longer feel the need to mellow out while watching the Y’s? If that is the case this is a good thing; those munchies are killers.

    PS: loved the post

  58. J. Alfred Prufrock August 23rd, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Alex is ours.
    He has my unwavering support.
    I pray for him every morning.
    I’m with Joe: judgment is a loser’s game.

  59. austinmac August 23rd, 2013 at 10:05 am

    I am going to enjoy the rest of the year and not worry about PEDs. The season is coming to a close. We have come back from the mortuary. Alex has been a factor. I hope he continues to be. Let the off season deal with the suspension etc.

  60. luis August 23rd, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Got to go…Enjoy the rest of the day… Hopefully I´ll see most of you guys later on

    :D

  61. RadioKev August 23rd, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Shame Spencer August 23rd, 2013 at 9:55 am
    Kev – Bonds was a great player before he grew a back on top of his back though.. There were guys that got records and attention because of steroids, like McGwire and Sosa, but would you ever consider those guys generational talents? To me, they’re not even in the same league as guys like Bonds and Alex.
    ———

    Well, you’ve got a good point. We think of McGwire and Sosa as kind of a dime a dozen talents, despite their production. They would have been perceived as generational talents… had surrounding players also not juiced just like they did.

    In today’s environment when seemingly less people are using PEDs, or at least putting up those gaudy PED numbers, if one guy manages to duplicate McGwire’s career, wouldn’t we consider that generational? The guy’s career OPS is .982.

    I think we’d perceive it as such, whether it’s true or not.

  62. Shame Spencer August 23rd, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Actually, there were people on here raging at JF a while back because he was saying how Olympic athletes probably do use even with the toughest testing in the world. I’m not sure if anyone saw, but there’ve been some reports on the Jamaican track team that would raise an eyebrow or three…

  63. RadioKev August 23rd, 2013 at 10:06 am

    And for fun… Alex’s career OPS currently stands at… .944.

  64. luis August 23rd, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Mac,

    You rock!! Did you know this? later ;)

  65. Shame Spencer August 23rd, 2013 at 10:08 am

    JimK August 23rd, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Shame
    Have your THC levels dropped because you no longer feel the need to mellow out while watching the Y’s? If that is the case this is a good thing; those munchies are killers.

    PS: loved the post

    ——————

    :lol:

    It’s been sort of the opposite. UnKnown told us we had to do ‘whatever it is we do’ to get the good juju going during games… I’ve been sleeping very well lately, thankyouverymuch.

  66. MTU August 23rd, 2013 at 10:09 am

    The line between things Human is often a lot more fine than we ever imagine.

    Between success and failure.

    Between life and death.

    Between sanity and insanity.

    Between joy and despair.

    Pays to try to keep it in mind before judging things.

    ;)

  67. MTU August 23rd, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Luis-

    You will if you see instead of just looking.

    :)

  68. Shame Spencer August 23rd, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Kev – Don’t forget Alex has played like 1,000 more games than Mark. I think McGwire always would have been a slugger but his consistency doesn’t match Alex’s. And when you look at the defensive side of the game… it’s not apples to apples, IMO. But I’d love to hear more thoughts on it.

  69. BIG AL August 23rd, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Shame -

    This should answer your questions about steroid detection.

    http://www.steroidtips.com/detection.htm

  70. RadioKev August 23rd, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Shame Spencer August 23rd, 2013 at 10:12 am
    Kev – Don’t forget Alex has played like 1,000 more games than Mark. I think McGwire always would have been a slugger but his consistency doesn’t match Alex’s. And when you look at the defensive side of the game… it’s not apples to apples, IMO. But I’d love to hear more thoughts on it.
    ——-

    And I agree again. I just think that when you look at the numbers, blind taste test, McGwire looks like a generational talent. And they both used! So… didn’t the roids kind of make him one?

  71. blake August 23rd, 2013 at 10:15 am

    “I read an article that the age of the player had a lot to do with the extra benefit. A male sometime between 20 and 30 years old is at peak testosterone naturally so adding more to the equation could result in less added benefit than adding testosterone to the same male in his 30?s.”

    as I’ve written before….Bonds was a perfect storm.

    He was already a HOF talent with a HOF swing and HOF hitting approach…..steroids allowed him to keep peak physical ability into the years where he was basically a master level hitter. Most guys get smarter as they age but the physical tools wane and it either cancels out or they decline……Bonds was able to get exponentially better because he was playing with both increased physical ability and increased mental ability because of his experience.

    It resulted in a monster that you basically could only get out if you got lucky.

  72. BIG AL August 23rd, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Good morning Mike, you seem to have lives questions well in hand. :)

  73. MTU August 23rd, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Mac-

    There was a 37 yr. old guy who was pronounced clinically dead for 47 minutes when his son begged him not to die.

    At that moment, while wheeling him to the morgue, a faint heartbeat was noticed.

    They once again began treatment to revive him.

    The heartbeat just kept getting stronger and stronger.

    He survived.

    No one could explain it except to say it was a bona fide miracle.

    Maybe that’s the Yankees. A potential miracle team with an ever stronger heartbeat.

    ;)

  74. blake August 23rd, 2013 at 10:17 am

    I think if Alex had never used steroids….his prime years would have been the same and although he’d still be in decline now it’s possible he would have been healthier the last few years……he’d still have over 600 homers and we’d be celebrating him as an all time great.

  75. JimK August 23rd, 2013 at 10:17 am

    Shame
    I would say Unknown’s advice was excellent and you should continue to do what you have been doing: If the Y’s keep on smoking, you should keep on toking.

    In my case, the Y’s began to win when I left for Florida; I am supposed to return next week but I may just send the wife and kid home.

  76. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 23rd, 2013 at 10:19 am

    austin – I am really happy for you and for everyone else who is reveling in this Yankee comeback. I envy you because the joy has been stripped for me and there’s not much I can do about it.

    I won’t apologize for the way I feel or for my standards, nor do I think I should be made to feel that there’s anything wrong with the way I’m feeling. You’re not doing it, but the more posts I read about refraining from judging – in terms of Arod that is – the more I realize the hypocrisy involved because those same people are having no difficulty judging me or others who feel the way I do.

    Odd to be put down because I can’t abide cheating and it has affected my view of things.

    (For Tar’s sake, I will add that the only cheaters I can be sure of are the ones who have been caught.)

  77. austinmac August 23rd, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Trisha,

    To each his or her own. There are a lot of good apples in this barrel you are missing. At least one of whom we will never see again. Probably more.

  78. austinmac August 23rd, 2013 at 10:29 am

    MTU,

    Good analogy. I will readily admit to have been looking for a pulse.

    My goal every season is not necessarily to win, but to have fun watching the team compete. There were a couple of months that they weren’t competitive. The last couple of weeks seems like old times.

  79. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 23rd, 2013 at 10:31 am

    “Trisha,

    To each his or her own. There are a lot of good apples in this barrel you are missing. At least one of whom we will never see again. Probably more.”

    Believe me I know what you’re saying. And that’s the biggest kick in the ass. I can’t tell you how great it was to watch the game the other night. But fortunately or unfortunately, my principles have always guided the way I live my life and I just can’t get there with this one. Believe me I wish I could because Yankee baseball has always been my greatest passion.

    To simplify it (make no sense to do otherwise), it is what it is. For all of us. Right?

  80. BIG AL August 23rd, 2013 at 10:33 am

    I imagine, if we were to judge everyone by articles in the press, and random statements made by seedy characters, then quite a few persons would be convicted of things they be be innocent of.

    Call me old fashion, but, I prefer to hear all the facts, in a proper setting, before deciding on a persons guilt or innocence.

  81. BIG AL August 23rd, 2013 at 10:34 am

    May be innocent of. >

  82. Shame Spencer August 23rd, 2013 at 10:34 am

    I am supposed to return next week but I may just send the wife and kid home.

    —————–

    And people question the commitment of this fan base lol!

  83. MTU August 23rd, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Mac-

    Maybe Soriano and A-rod were those first few beats after the flatline.

    Then the whole rest of the Yankee heart took over.

    No one can explain it either just like with the Man.

    Team was on their way to the morgue.

    Then the woeful cries of the Fans were heard.

    And Voila. A potential miracle comeback.

  84. MTU August 23rd, 2013 at 10:38 am

    Go to run some errands on this gully washer of a day.

    Big rain in the Desert for the next 2 days.

    Hope their won’t be too much Flash Flooding.

    Later.

  85. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 23rd, 2013 at 10:40 am

    This could turn into a real conundrum for those who have called for the heads of Hal and company.

    :D

    Have a good day y’all.

  86. BIG AL August 23rd, 2013 at 10:40 am

    trisha -

    Does this mean if A-Rod got a 50 suspension, and returned to the Yankees after that, you’d not watch the Yankees play anymore?

    In the past we forgave, drunks, drug users, and a host of scoundrels, but not PED users – makes no sense to me, but that is your decision. We all have to listen to our hearts and minds.

  87. longtimefan August 23rd, 2013 at 10:44 am

    Lots of points of view on Arod but after its all said and done most people know he is guilty and will be suspended, maybe not for 200+ games but suspended for a long period. Personally I believe he has the right to appeal under the bargaining agreement but that doesn’t mean he is not guilty, while playing on appeal he continues to earn better than $160,000 per game, so it really is a money issue. I prefer to focus on the positives the yankees are staring to display, Romine coming into his own, the great find in Clayborne, the nice pick up of Soriano, Nova’s improvement and the right direction the team seems to be moving in–go yanks

  88. Wang IS Taiwan August 23rd, 2013 at 10:44 am

    Shame Spencer August 23rd, 2013 at 10:34 am
    I am supposed to return next week but I may just send the wife and kid home.

    —————–

    And people question the commitment of this fan base lol!

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Pretty darn funny. This morning’s conversation has been quite entertaining. I’m just back to say ‘night to ya’ll. Hope to get a chance to chat with you tomorrow during the game.

    GO YANKS!

  89. BIG AL August 23rd, 2013 at 10:47 am

    Later, y’all have a great day.

    GO YANKEES!

  90. Shame Spencer August 23rd, 2013 at 10:49 am

    Night Wang!! Keep coming back, you’re missed!

  91. pat August 23rd, 2013 at 10:51 am

    “…his prime years would have been the same and although he’d still be in decline now it’s possible he would have been healthier the last few years”

    I think injuries would have manifested with PED use or not. 162+ games for 20 years is hell on a body no matter what someone did or didn’t take. As was said yesterday, if anyone except Derek suffered the injuries he has the past year, it would have been said it was because of PED use.

  92. randy l. August 23rd, 2013 at 10:55 am

    “Is there anything to that? Did that moment wake up this team?”

    how many times did i say that alex giving the ultimate suit upstairs, hal, the finger when hal wanted alex to never play another day for the yankees was the catalyst and wake up call for this team.

    no player is going to say “YES!!!!”in public when alex tld hal off and forced his way on the team. no player is going to show that to chad. but there is no doubt in my mind that the players who are real players know hal is a joke. huys like stewart , wells, hafner, youkillis are just happy to be collecting a check. they have no problem with hal.

    guys like marino, jeter, posada, granderson, sabathia,hughes, and yes alex know hal is a baseball lightweight who happens to be a billionaire. so they won’t say anything unless they have to. alex had to or his career was over. hal has doen everything he could to sabatage his third baseman and get out from under that contract.

    when alex hit that homer in boston, you know hal was cringing and rooting against him. the big point os hal is no longer in control of this team. he has to kiss up to anyone else who’s important because if one more player publicly comes out and opposes hal either in a lawsuit or just general criticism it’ll look really bad for hal.

    do hal has been knocked back and the players have taken some control.
    i would never root for a hal team . and i didn’t . this is no longer a hal team so i root again for a yankee team.

    there is no doubt that alex taking on hal changed the energy. hal will come back fighting in some prep school passive agrressive way and he will win in the end because he’s a billionaire. he will get alex. by himself or with the other billionaire owners who do not want alex to set a precedent that other players will follow.

    alex will likely go down, but not before maybe leading the yankees to another world championship.
    alex really is taking one for the team , because eventually hal’s money will beat him.

  93. Chip August 23rd, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Pat—

    You speak wise words. In fact someone the other day accused Ken Griffey Jr of PED use citing all the soft tissue injuries that plagued him late in his career. I’m sure someone, at some point, will accuse Jeter of having used as well.

  94. JobaTipsHisCap August 23rd, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Arod needs to continue to shut up and only focus on baseball.
    Just win Rays series!

  95. JimK August 23rd, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Have a good one all; try and check in later.

  96. TheStraw August 23rd, 2013 at 11:05 am

    Need 2 of 3 this weekend– stay hot, boys.

    Most excited I’ve been for a series this year, other than the Detroit series where I attended both walk-off wins.

    Is it a coincidence the Yanks got hot after I went to see them? (:

  97. Against All Odds August 23rd, 2013 at 11:08 am

    austinmac August 23rd, 2013 at 10:05 am
    I am going to enjoy the rest of the year and not worry about PEDs. The season is coming to a close.

    —————

    Exactly why deprive yourself of something good when it comes to something trivial like steroids.

  98. Tar August 23rd, 2013 at 11:10 am

    Trish

    Thanks for the disclaimer :wink:

    This may be the article about track athletes you mentioned.

    “More than 2,000 track and field athletes participated in the study, and according to the findings, which were reviewed by The New York Times, an estimated 29 percent of the athletes at the 2011 world championships and 45 percent of the athletes at the 2011 Pan-Arab Games said in anonymous surveys that they had doped in the past year.

    By contrast, less than 2 percent of drug tests examined by WADA laboratories in 2010 were positive”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08.....&_r=0

    Sorry for the PEDS post. :sad:

  99. Shame Spencer August 23rd, 2013 at 11:13 am

    @BNightengale MLB investigators: No evidence that Braun used PEDs beyond latter part of 2011 season.

  100. DONNYBROOK August 23rd, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Girardi can continue to throw up a smoke screen with his jabber about A-Rod looking better after a day off, but yesterday it was there for All to see. A-Rod is slower that hell charging the ball, and his lateral movement is Now a Total of 1 step. With Pettitte on the mound, the Jays were foolish to Not bunt toward 3B often. Tampa has Madden, Speed, and several players that can bunt. I ain’t even gonna get into his hitting, as there is Nothing there. Tampa has made the Change Up a fad of late, but a good Heater inside chews A-Rod up. It’s only a matter of time till Girardi is Forced to eat crow, and drop him in the order.

  101. blake August 23rd, 2013 at 11:15 am

    “I think injuries would have manifested with PED use or not. 162+ games for 20 years is hell on a body no matter what someone did or didn’t take. As was said yesterday, if anyone except Derek suffered the injuries he has the past year, it would have been said it was because of PED use.”

    it’s impossible to know with Alex…..it’s possible that the PED use affected his ligaments, tendons , etc but there no way to know…..I do think when healthy he would have been just as good without them.

    Regarding Jeter…..I don’t really think so…..he’s 39 years old and had a terrible ankle injury and these other things have likely really stemmed from that. They are probably indirectly related

  102. Chip August 23rd, 2013 at 11:15 am

    There’s no point worrying about what will or won’t happen with Alex. If the Yankees win the WS and Alex is a big part of it then clearly there might be a funny taste to it, mostly because members of the media will point out that Alex was a big part of it…that said, we’re a long way from there.

    There are very few people who have been more vocal about wanting to see Alex and all cheaters punished as much as MLB can get away with punishing them, but I don’t feel the need to take it to another level and say that as fans we have an extra obligation to not enjoy the game because a cheater appealing his punishment is helping the team win. Much like when Alex concludes his suspension and returns to the Yankees I won’t say that he shouldn’t be allowed to play.

  103. blake August 23rd, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Ben Affleck playing batman is way more of a problem than PEDs.

  104. Chip August 23rd, 2013 at 11:22 am

    blake August 23rd, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Ben Affleck playing batman is way more of a problem than PEDs.
    ————————–

    I completely agree. The closest thing to a positive remark I’ve seen about this is that since we survived Val Kilmer and George Clooney we can survive Affleck.

  105. tucker August 23rd, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Per the earlier conversation, it’s hard to tell where a player’s natural abilities end and where the steroids begin.

    With a player like Bonds, he was a borderline Hall of Fame player on his natural abilities. A fabulous ball player who could naturally hit 40 HRs per season.then he grew jealous of the adulation of McGwire in 98. The juice made him the most dominant hitter that ever played the game in the modern era.

    For a player like Braun, who knows? There is a lawsuit from a college buddy that alleges Braun has been on steroids since his college days. Who knows the truth. Braun obviously has incredible baseball skills and likely would be a solid baseball player without the junk. But steroids help turn some of those doubles into HRs, fist shots into bloopers over the shortstop’s head (ala Luis Gonzales) instead of infield pop ups. Steroids make a difference.

  106. randy l. August 23rd, 2013 at 11:27 am

    “But fortunately or unfortunately, my principles have always guided the way I live my life and I just can’t get there with this one”

    trisha-

    give me a break. your principles have no trouble supporting your religion with all it’s flaws, a conventional lifestyle with all it’s built in dishonesty, and yet you go overboard on peds and baseball players and compare them on a morality scale to what seems like serial killers.

    your principles are incredibly inconsistent.

  107. Tar August 23rd, 2013 at 11:30 am

    “But steroids help turn some of those doubles into HRs, fist shots into bloopers over the shortstop’s head”

    Maybe.. but how many pitchers were on PEDS that threw the pitch that turned a double into a HR?

  108. blake August 23rd, 2013 at 11:31 am

    “With a player like Bonds, he was a borderline Hall of Fame player on his natural abilities. ”

    borderline? He had an OPS over 1 for like 8 or 9 straight years before he even started taking steroids……gold glover….he could do it all. He was the best player of the generation arguably before he ever juiced…..won 3 MVPs before that too.

  109. pat August 23rd, 2013 at 11:31 am

    Blake

    Right. It is impossible to know so I don’t presume PED use played a part for one athlete breaking down but age was the only thing that caused injury in the other.

    Maybe if Derek had used a little HGH in 2012, his ankle never would fractured. :wink:

  110. 86w183 August 23rd, 2013 at 11:31 am

    We don’t know and cannot know the effect of PEDs on anyone’s career unless and until we know EXACTLY what he/she took and PRECISELY when he/she took it.

    Otherwise it’s just swatting flies off an elephant’s butt. A useless exercise.

  111. Shame Spencer August 23rd, 2013 at 11:34 am

    blake August 23rd, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Ben Affleck playing batman is way more of a problem than PEDs.

    ——————–

    I can think of five actors right now who would be better and that’s off the top of my head..

  112. Against All Odds August 23rd, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Chip August 23rd, 2013 at 11:22 am
    blake August 23rd, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Ben Affleck playing batman is way more of a problem than PEDs.
    ————————–

    I completely agree. The closest thing to a positive remark I’ve seen about this is that since we survived Val Kilmer and George Clooney we can survive Affleck.

    —————————-

    You’re also forgetting “Daredevil was not that bad. The writers and director ruined the movie”

    “He has rebuilt his image over the yrs” Ppl are forgetting his rebuilt image is mostly based on him becoming a good director not necessarily a good actor.

  113. luis August 23rd, 2013 at 11:35 am

    Hello again,

    Two things I´ll like to say:

    1) As per Randy, this is NOT Hal or Cashman´s team… Just the fact that since Alex´s return the team has made a 180 degree turnaround must be eating their guts… And that makes me smile, so there is no conundrum to deal with other than laugh at their expense.

    2) I am on record as saying that Arod is probably guilty and that he should pay for his mistakes… I do feel pity for the guy… But taking PED´s is hardly a capital crime… So I don´t get all worked up for it… And it won´t stop me from rooting for my team

  114. Against All Odds August 23rd, 2013 at 11:35 am

    Shame Spencer August 23rd, 2013 at 11:34 am

    ——————-

    Would you mind naming them???

  115. Shame Spencer August 23rd, 2013 at 11:35 am

    Maybe.. but how many pitchers were on PEDS that threw the pitch that turned a double into a HR?

    ——————

    The fact that pitchers are rarely included in the PED conversation is alarming… their peak years based on statistics are shorter than that of hitters, so you almost have to question every late bloomer (Halladay, Lee, etc). It’s exhausting.

  116. blake August 23rd, 2013 at 11:36 am

    “Maybe if Derek had used a little HGH in 2012, his ankle never would fractured. :wink:”

    I don’t believe stronger bones are an effect of HGH.

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  118. luis August 23rd, 2013 at 11:37 am

    Wait until you see Ben affleck wearing a Boston cap on top of his Batman suit…

  119. blake August 23rd, 2013 at 11:37 am

    Daredevil wasn’t that bad? huh……

    I’m still hoping Bale will come up and say….just kidding guys i’ll take the 50 million

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  122. luis August 23rd, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Scary Shame!!

  123. tucker August 23rd, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Blake, borderline because we don’t know what Bonds’ natural production would have been as he reached his mid and late 30s.

    Mattingly would have been a hall of famer if he sustained his early-career production to his later years. He did not, and he’s not in the Hall of Fame. Granted, Mattingly was never the ball player that Bonds was.

    Bonds likely would have been a Hall of Famer had he just followed his natural career path. But we can’t really answer that question because he did not.

    If I had a vote, I’d still put him in the Hall despite the steroids.

  124. Against All Odds August 23rd, 2013 at 11:42 am

    blake August 23rd, 2013 at 11:37 am
    Daredevil wasn’t that bad? huh……

    I’m still hoping Bale will come up and say….just kidding guys i’ll take the 50 million

    ———————————-

    Nah he’s finished completely and I’m still not clear if Nolan will be apart of it or not. He is either an executive producer in this sequel or not involved at all.

  125. Against All Odds August 23rd, 2013 at 11:44 am

    http://24.media.tumblr.com/aba.....o1_500.png

    lol

  126. luis August 23rd, 2013 at 11:45 am

    Blind red batman? lol

  127. Doc Iac August 23rd, 2013 at 11:45 am

    I love the NFL but is there a more corrupt sport in the world? I mean PED’s run wild in there and now there is rumor that the NFL ‘pressured’ ESPN to back out of the documentary about concussions and the effects.

    Not surprised with NFL and ESPN remeber ‘Playmakers’? A show that showed the dark side of football, it was canceled after one season even tho it had good ratings and players said it was pretty accurate

  128. Shame Spencer August 23rd, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Against All Odds August 23rd, 2013 at 11:35 am

    Shame Spencer August 23rd, 2013 at 11:34 am

    ——————-

    Would you mind naming them???

    ——————

    Alright… here are just a few ideas: Michael Fassbender, Kevin Zegers, Jake Gyllanhaal (might be too soft.. but if you’re going Affleck you’re not worried), Anthony Mackie, Michael B. Jordan, Idris Elba (seriously a black Batman would not kill America), Ryan Gosling, Charlie Hunnam, Jeremy Renner, Wes Bentley, Colin Farrell, Matt Bomer, Hugh Jackman, Timothy Olyphant….. I think I’m at more than ten, and I didn’t even Google search anything yet…

  129. randy l. August 23rd, 2013 at 11:51 am

    ” As per Randy, this is NOT Hal or Cashman´s team… Just the fact that since Alex´s return the team has made a 180 degree turnaround must be eating their guts… And that makes me smile, so there is no conundrum to deal with other than laugh at their expense.”

    luis,

    my opinion and yours and also pat m’s is a minority opinion.

    i have no doubt that’s what’s going on.

    it is not hal’s team.
    he can not walk in the clubhouse the way he could have a month ago.

    he can’t go on talk show show or host a press conference wthout alex having backed him into a corner . hal has been marginalized.

    he’ll be back once he figures out how to spin it. billionaires have people who will figure it out for him.
    he will do everything he can to sabotage alex. alex needs to watch his back. hal won’t come right at him. but through levine or whoever he’ll be coming at alex.

    we actually have an owner who wants to get in the way of his team winning.

  130. Shame Spencer August 23rd, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Doc Iac August 23rd, 2013 at 11:45 am

    I love the NFL but is there a more corrupt sport in the world?

    ————–

    Probably not!

  131. blake August 23rd, 2013 at 11:56 am

    “Nah he’s finished completely and I’m still not clear if Nolan will be apart of it or not. He is either an executive producer in this sequel or not involved at all.”

    what I read suggested he’d be an executive producer or something…..

  132. Shame Spencer August 23rd, 2013 at 11:56 am

    blake August 23rd, 2013 at 11:36 am

    “Maybe if Derek had used a little HGH in 2012, his ankle never would fractured. :wink:

    I don’t believe stronger bones are an effect of HGH.

    —————-

    No but it speeds up the healing process and Jeter probably had a hairline fracture long before it busted…

  133. 86w183 August 23rd, 2013 at 11:57 am

    Randy I —

    Please change medications. What you’re taking isn’t working. If you are not taking anything for your delusions, please seek help. I care.

  134. blake August 23rd, 2013 at 11:59 am

    “Blake, borderline because we don’t know what Bonds’ natural production would have been as he reached his mid and late 30s.”

    again I don’t think that matters much…..Game of Shadows suggests Bonds started using around 2000 I believe……even if he had retired in 2000 all together he still was probably a HOFer based on what he’d done up until that point.

    up until that point he had over 400 homers…..over 400 steals…..3 MVPS. and a career OPS of .963. He had already OPS’d over 1 in 8 straight seasons before he even reportedly started using ……so even if he had fallen off a cliff entirely in his mid and late 30′s….the body of work was already there

  135. ac1 August 23rd, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Had to chime in after reading commenters not on here still whining about Alex playing during his appeal. Braun played through his appeal after his positive test. I don’t remember all of the uproar. It all just feeds Alexs argument that he is a target.

    Also read Pete abe trying to compare dempster taking his suspension like a man vs Alex not accepting his. News flash it isnt manly to hit someone and then hide behind a warning and your teammates. Also a 5 game paid suspension is not even in the same world as a 211 unpaid one.

    These idiots are doing what Alex couldn’t and making him sympathetic and rallying people around him.

  136. blake August 23rd, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    “No but it speeds up the healing process and Jeter probably had a hairline fracture long before it busted…”

    sure….but I think being 39 also played a big part in the healing or lack of for Derek…..honestly if you can take HGH and heal faster then I think that should be legal.

  137. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 23rd, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    “Randy I —

    Please change medications. What you’re taking isn’t working. If you are not taking anything for your delusions, please seek help. I care.”

    Thanks for saving me the trouble.

  138. blake August 23rd, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Pete Abe is basically a fan writing biased drivel for his own blog…..at least he can be transparent in his writing now.

  139. Shame Spencer August 23rd, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    Also read Pete abe trying to compare dempster taking his suspension like a man vs Alex not accepting his.

    ———————–

    That’s the most ridiculous comparison I’ve ever heard… leave it to Pete..

  140. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 23rd, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    “Braun played through his appeal after his positive test. I don’t remember all of the uproar. It all just feeds Alexs argument that he is a target.”

    ac1 – the difference I can see is that Braun staunchly denied while Arod, this time around, is part of an entire probe that has seen the players in question taking their punishment and Arod never answering the question about whether he used, yet still playing. So of course that makes him the target.

  141. Against All Odds August 23rd, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    blake August 23rd, 2013 at 11:56 am
    “Nah he’s finished completely and I’m still not clear if Nolan will be apart of it or not. He is either an executive producer in this sequel or not involved at all.”

    what I read suggested he’d be an executive producer or something…..

    ——————–

    Hopefully because if he is not involved in someway then that’s two strikes already lol.

  142. tucker August 23rd, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    I think Randy’s theory has a kernel of truth. Players do feel under siege a bit — and I have no doubt that guys like Alex, Jeter and Andy see Hal as a bit of a fraud.

    Jeter shared a ride with Alex in Tampa during some of Alex’s darkest days. Papi expressed his support for Alex and stated his opinion that the investigation is partly rooted as a way to undercut Alex’s contract.

    And I’m sure Jeter still stings over the way Hal and Cashman handled those contract talks. Remember, Hal fired this first shot in that contract battle during an interview on MLB radio. Jeter’s agent publicly responded and it spiraled down from there.

    Jeter has a right to be angry. He has down more to improve Hal’s personal wealth than Hal ever could. Jeter was building the Yankee brand and winning championships while Hal was figuring out ways to shortchange his hotel/motel customers with subpar soap and shampoo options.

  143. tucker August 23rd, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Edit: he has done more

  144. Against All Odds August 23rd, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Shame Spencer August 23rd, 2013 at 11:47 am

    ———————–

    Some good choices in there especially Michael Fassbender and Elba.

  145. J. Alfred Prufrock August 23rd, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    And I’m sure Jeter still stings over the way Hal and Cashman handled those contract talks. Remember, Hal fired this first shot in that contract battle during an interview on MLB radio. Jeter’s agent publicly responded and it spiraled down from there.
    ///

    Jeter also still stings over the way Posada was treated and Mariano was not happy with the Bernie stuff: the only reason he pretended he might take the temperature of other teams’ interest in him before re-signing.

  146. astrocityfan August 23rd, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    I have to jump in and comment on the most pressing issue of the …Ben Affleck as Batman. As a lifelong nerd i can tell you i feel letdown. Worse than when Arod was exposed. A dark, dark night of a day for fandom. I think Nolan is a general consultant for the warner superhero films. They think since everybody went to see his batman triliogy that everything has to be made that way. And Affleck being cast is just then trying to hedge their bets with a known actor ti mitigate risk. Other possibility is that they may be trying to convince Affleck to direct the Justice League movie. He turned them down a few months ago but this could signal a partnership.

  147. J. Alfred Prufrock August 23rd, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Randy did not make up Jeter’s comments, which are dead clear:

    TAMPA, Fla. — Alex Rodriguez has found himself at the center of several different controversies lately — from Major League Baseball’s investigation into the Biogenesis clinic to his recent Twitter post that irked general manager Brian Cashman — but Yankees captain Derek Jeter said A-Rod won’t be a distraction whenever he returns to the Bronx.

    “Why would he be a distraction?” said Jeter, who worked out at George M. Steinbrenner Field with Rodriguez on Thursday morning. “You guys [in the media] may be a distraction to him if you ask him questions, but I’ve never seen how someone can be a distraction to a team, you know what I mean? Because we don’t have to deal with it.

    “As far as [reporters] being a distraction to him, I’m sure he probably gets tired of answering questions. There’s no way he can be a distraction to us.”

    and….

    “Jeter and A-Rod fielded ground balls, took batting practice at the Yankees’ Spring Training home and drove back to the club’s Minor League complex on Himes Avenue together Thursday. Jeter spoke highly of the effort Rodriguez has put into his rehab from left hip surgery and expressed confidence that Rodriguez could be a valuable contributor when he rejoins the Yankees.

    “Of course, yeah. Alex works extremely hard,” Jeter said. “He’s working hard now to get back, so of course.”

    There has been speculation that Rodriguez is contemplating retirement, according to an anonymous source cited in a New York Post report. Yet Rodriguez, who drove past reporters as he left the Yankees’ complex Thursday afternoon, has issued statements through a publicist stating his desire to “get me back in pinstripes and help my team win.”

    Jeter doesn’t see a player who’s even considering calling it a career, either.

    “He’s here,” Jeter said. “I don’t see why he would be looking to retire in terms of how hard he’s playing.”

  148. 86w183 August 23rd, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    There has always been a significant “players versus management” aspect to professional sports and that will never change. you may have noticed not one player let any of those upsets or issues get in the way of cutting the best deal he could with the team.

    The notion that on field success makes it awkward for Hal to be around is laughably inane. The team’s success has resulted in lots of additional ticket sales.

    Exactly who does that benefit? Hmmmmmmm

    Besides, the addition of Soriano — who Hal pushed for — has had more to do with the Yanks improvement than A-Rod.

  149. Against All Odds August 23rd, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Other possibility is that they may be trying to convince Affleck to direct the Justice League movie.

    ——————-

    He might do that and the Batman reboot.

  150. 86w183 August 23rd, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    have a day gang

    SeeYa

  151. randy l. August 23rd, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    doreen -
    this is what i wrote a month ago:

    randy l. July 27th, 2013 at 12:21 pm
    “Chris Archer, #22 RHP
    5-3, 2.76 ERA, 41 SO
    Archer picked up his fifth win on Sunday at Toronto after allowing one run in seven innings. He has now won his last three starts and has allowed just three earned runs over his last 28 1/3 innings pitched over a span of four starts.”

    spring 2012 pre warm ups pawtucket red sox vs durham bulls

    neil:
    “randy, watch this kid archer in the first game. we’re not letting him throw his slider . he can dominate with it at this level, but we want him to be able to win with just locating his fastball. the organization has decided shields is gone after this year, and archer is going to replace him in the rotation next year.”

    archer got hammered that night giving up 6-7 runs with just his fastball . he couldn’t put red sox hitters away 0-2, 1-2 because they were sitting on the fastball. they knew what was coming without the slider as his out pitch.

    from what i saw over the next month archer was forced to do this for quite a few games. he eventually started getting hitters out with just his fastball.

    think how this contrasts with what the yankees did with hughes. he dominated triple a with his plus pitches and was never forced to improve his weakness like archer was. it was also a plan thought out two years in advance by the rays. then they executed it.

    you might notice that the kid, will myers, who came over for shields is hitting third today. neither shields or archer were high draft picks.

    to say the rays do things a little different than the yankees is an understatement.

    they’ re simply a better run organization dollar for dollar.

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