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Counting the losses

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Aug 30, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Joe Girardi

The Yankees have 29 games left, and at this point, it seems worth counting their losses rather than their wins. How many losses can they withstand and keep their playoff hopes alive?

Last year, the Tigers made the playoffs with 88 wins. To get there, the Yankees can afford only 11 more losses.

But the Tigers advanced by winning their division last year. They wouldn’t have had enough wins for the wild card. If you go back two years — the last year with only one wild card — the Red Sox would have been the second wild card at 90 wins. To get there, the Yankees can afford to lose only nine games the rest of the way.

But even 90 wins might not be enough. Last year, both wild card berths required 93 wins. To get there, the Yankees can afford to lose only six games. Six.

“Any loss at this point in the season is rough on us,” Chris Stewart said on Wednesday, when the Yankees let one get away in Toronto. “Time is ticking away and we don’t really have much room for error.”

It really is a tiny margin with three teams to pass. Each win moves the Yankees incrementally closer. Each losses moves them devastatingly backwards.

“We need to win games; we need to win series,” Joe Girardi said. “We need to have a really good home stand is the bottom line. We’ve got 29 games left, and we’re home I think for 10 games. Playing some teams in our division. We need to have a really good home stand.”

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166 Responses to “Counting the losses”

  1. Shame Spencer August 30th, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Repost:

    Shame Spencer August 30th, 2013 at 8:59 am

    Sherman also brought up another interesting point worth considering, however: Does Arod try to settle after finishing out this season?

    I hadn’t even thought about that tbh.

    Man, that would help out a lot.

  2. MTU August 30th, 2013 at 9:03 am

    “We need to have a really good home stand”

    You sure got that right Joe.

    In fact, if you don’t, you can turnout the lights cause the party is over.

    ;)

  3. yanks61 August 30th, 2013 at 9:04 am

    yanks61 August 30th, 2013 at 9:00 am
    Good morning everyone. I’m sorry to hear that there’s been more nonsense on the game thread.I’m especially sorry to hear that Lohud may be losing a great poster in Doreen. I hope she’ll reconsider, but I competely understand her position. I’ve mentioned before that she’s one of the many reasons that I read this blog.

    I’m sure that a lot of you have probably read the recent threads on RAB. In one of the latest, Axisa made a case for trying to buy low on Danny Espinosa. If you’ve read Mike’s post, does anyone here have an opinion on that?

  4. Wang IS Taiwan August 30th, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Sherman also brought up another interesting point worth considering, however: Does Arod try to settle after finishing out this season?

    ~~~~~~~

    Read sth about that scenario in a cab tonight, Shame. I believe it was the NYP or the Pinstripes Bible? It was listed on the APP called NY Yankees news or sthg like that.

    The writer was saying that these last few games may be the last hurrah of Alex in pinstripes as he and the Yanks will probably try to negotiate a settlement of his contract after he serves out his suspension. Wouldn’t surprise me at all.

  5. MTU August 30th, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Joe.

    You should have a short hook with each and every pitcher who does not perform.

    Use your reinforcements to help out.

    On the O side play the hot hands, if there are any.

    Hope Cano is back tonight.

  6. MTU August 30th, 2013 at 9:07 am

    Wang-

    I expect that too.

  7. Shame Spencer August 30th, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Do you know what’s going to suck most about this off season? This is the year all MLB teams start getting that $20+ million annually from the Fox deal.

  8. Shame Spencer August 30th, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Wang – I’m not sure I would be either, but then again, that means the cap hit would still remain until the end of his contract. I don’t know that I see the Yankees going that route either…

  9. jacksquat August 30th, 2013 at 9:11 am

    I think the chances of Arod settling the rest of his contract are so low it’s not even worth thinking about.

  10. MTU August 30th, 2013 at 9:12 am

    Jack-

    So you think the Yankees will want him back after the suspension ?

    I kinda doubt that.

  11. Tackelberry August 30th, 2013 at 9:14 am

    I’m hoping he does not catch Willie Mays and gets that 6 mill bonus either

  12. MTU August 30th, 2013 at 9:14 am

    The Yankees wasted around 50 mil on Pavano, and around 40 on Igawa.

    I would think they could handle paying A-rod around 60 to disappear for good.

  13. Tackelberry August 30th, 2013 at 9:16 am

    WOW! The O’s are claiming everyone is sight in search of a bat. They claimed Willingham, Morse, and there is speculation that they were the team that claimed Morales. They could get Morse in time for him to be in the lineup tonight against CC.

  14. jacksquat August 30th, 2013 at 9:17 am

    I don’t think Arod will take less than he is owed.

  15. MTU August 30th, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Tackel-

    I noted that yesterday.

    Even thought Morales was pulled back it showed we had the opportunity to try and didn’t.

    He would have cost practically nothing.

    The others are good hitters too.

  16. MTU August 30th, 2013 at 9:19 am

    Jack-

    So they’ll pay him the 60 to go away.

    Isn’t that what he would be owed after next year’s suspension ?

    I’m expecting a full year.

  17. jacksquat August 30th, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Arod reaching Mays this year is good financially. It means he couldn’t possibly come back after a suspension for only part of the season next year and put that on the 2014 payroll.

  18. Wang IS Taiwan August 30th, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Oh, MTU! Did you just post Pavano’s and Igawa’s names? Let us NEVER mention those two again…

    But…hah! Good point!

    Gotta go run off the fried chicken I had for dinner. See ya’ll later.

  19. jacksquat August 30th, 2013 at 9:21 am

    I also can’t see the Yankees paying 100% of Arod’s remaining contract just to make him go away. That’s not even a negotiation, they could just release him.

  20. MTU August 30th, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Jack-

    If they release him they are still on the hook for the money aren’t they ?

    Contracts are guaranteed.

  21. blake August 30th, 2013 at 9:25 am

    “I expect them to bid aggressively on Tanaka for instance and maybe make a run at Garza since he requires no draft pick compensation.”

    I hope they bid aggressively on Tanaka (though I doubt they will) but even if they got those two the offense would be terrible still…..and you cannot win in the AL with no offense…..

  22. MTU August 30th, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Time to walk the pupperazzi.

    Be back.

  23. Jeter August 30th, 2013 at 9:27 am

    I don’t want anyone to mistake the following kindness as weakness.

    Doreen,

    I owe you many apologies, but one will have to do. You never treated me in a disrespectful manner, you never insulted me, and furthermore, you treated me with kindness. I sincerely apologize for bringing up your children’s names, for bringing you in the ‘fray’, and for the threatening. I assure you I never did anything with your children’s names, as my posts yesterday suggested, and I never would do anything. I do have some semblance of a heart, no matter how much boston and referees have stripped it away from me.

    Please continue to post here for the benefit of the other readers. You do provide insightful thoughts and opinions regarding the Yankees and other matters. I assure you that you will never be brought into the fray again.

  24. jacksquat August 30th, 2013 at 9:30 am

    MTU August 30th, 2013 at 9:24 am
    Jack-

    If they release him they are still on the hook for the money aren’t they ?

    Contracts are guaranteed.

    Yes, the whole thing, probably even the bonuses. So since I don’t see either side budging on the money, I see him staying.

  25. Tackelberry August 30th, 2013 at 9:31 am

    I hope they bid aggressively on Tanaka (though I doubt they will) but even if they got those two the offense would be terrible still…..and you cannot win in the AL with no offense…..

    Blake,
    Those are just 2 examples. I didn;t mean thats all they should do.

  26. yanks61 August 30th, 2013 at 9:43 am

    MTU August 30th, 2013 at 9:12 am
    Jack-

    So you think the Yankees will want him back after the suspension ?

    I kinda doubt that.

    ——————————————————————–

    MTU, I wouldn’t think so either and I certainly hope not. Regardless of what one thinks of the justice of his suspension (and we still don’t have all the détails with which to make a fair judgement about that), going forward, Arod gone is good riddance. Get the money off the budget and the monkey off the Yankees back.

    Even if the Yankees make a miracle run to the post season, we all agree that this team needs to start looking forward to a real injection of youth. The transisition (while still trying to stay reasonably competitive) will almost certainly take a few years, obviously, but they need to be working in that direction. They might have to take on an older player here or there on a short term basis in order to help them along the way, but they should be wanting to minimize that in every way possible going into the next few years.

    I think, too, that we’ll know for certain just how serious Hal and Co, are going to be about making this a better club, if and when they achieve their goal of $189 next year. If they’re not open to dramatically increasing their spending in 2015, then we’ll obviously be in for some very lean times. I realize most folks are not with me on this, but I’m OK with a mediocre 2014 if it leads to more youth and a much more open check book in the following years.

  27. yanks61 August 30th, 2013 at 9:49 am

    By the way, doesn’t anybody want to relieve my curiosity and tell me what they think about my question at 9:04!!

    I’m sure that a lot of you have probably read the recent threads on RAB. In one of the latest, Axisa made a case for trying to buy low on Danny Espinosa. If you’ve read Mike’s post, does anyone here have an opinion on that?

  28. blake August 30th, 2013 at 9:56 am

    “Those are just 2 examples. I didn;t mean thats all they should do.”

    yes! Lets buy lots of players! The Yankee way!

  29. blake August 30th, 2013 at 9:57 am

    “By the way, doesn’t anybody want to relieve my curiosity and tell me what they think about my question at 9:04!!”

    if they could then sure. I think buying low on anybody is a good idea if you can actually “buy low” on them……

  30. randy l. August 30th, 2013 at 10:01 am

    “I’m sorry to hear that there’s been more nonsense on the game thread.I’m especially sorry to hear that Lohud may be losing a great poster in Doreen.”

    yanks61-

    posters like you and i have to raise the level of our disagreements with each other because the snarky comments we send each others way actually attract the crazies.

  31. randy l. August 30th, 2013 at 10:02 am

    “I’m sorry to hear that there’s been more nonsense on the game thread.I’m especially sorry to hear that Lohud may be losing a great poster in Doreen.”

    yanks61-

    posters like you and i have to raise the level of our disagreements with each other because the snarky comments we send each others way actually attract the crazies.

  32. 86w183 August 30th, 2013 at 10:02 am

    hey Yanks61——–

    Espinosa is a talented kid with pop and speed but is really undisciplined.

    I wonder if he’s be better off hitting RH full time rather than being a SH.

    His stats vs RHP (.667 OPS) are awful, but against LHP he’s a very solid .787.

    But if he could be had cheap he’s solid 2B insurance if nothing more.

  33. Doreen August 30th, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Mike, I appreciate and accept your apology.

    I would ask you to consider that those times when you stick to baseball you have a lot to offer and you are a good contributor here.

  34. tomingeorgia August 30th, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Wonder what the next handle will be.

  35. MTU August 30th, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Doreen isn’t going anywhere.

    She’s staying.

    And will continue to provide her usual high quality posts.

    Right Doreen ?

    :)

  36. hardwired7 August 30th, 2013 at 10:10 am

    If you go way, way back into the archives, some of the best original posts on this site were from Doreen. Always level-headed and on point.

  37. MTU August 30th, 2013 at 10:11 am

    HW-

    I’m level-headed too especially where I was hit by that mallet.

    :)

  38. Tackelberry August 30th, 2013 at 10:13 am

    blake August 30th, 2013 at 9:56 am
    “Those are just 2 examples. I didn;t mean thats all they should do.”

    yes! Lets buy lots of players! The Yankee way!

    ________________________

    Where did I say buy everyone? GEEZ! How we jump to conclusions on this board so quickly.

  39. Wang IS Taiwan August 30th, 2013 at 10:17 am

    Hey, why not buy everyone? It’s not like we have a farm system…

  40. hardwired7 August 30th, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Growing up in the city, I have no doubt you took a mallet or two to the head, MTU.

    I’m sure you’ve got some stories. NYC was a different place then.

  41. yanks61 August 30th, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Thanks 86. I really appreciate your take.

  42. MTU August 30th, 2013 at 10:23 am

    HW-

    It certainly was.

    I call it BG and AG.

    Before Gulliani and After Guilliani.

    He made an enormous difference.

    Deserves a world of credit.

    I wish we had people like him in charge when I was growing up.

    ;)

  43. randy l. August 30th, 2013 at 10:26 am

    “I’m level-headed too especially where I was hit by that mallet.”

    mtu -

    for me it was falling off the logging truck at age four 8 feet down on the railroad track dumping pulp wood in the river. then the baseball bat to the forehead at recess at age 10, oh, i forgot the week in the hospital at age 8 when the snow plow pile was pushed down on top of me a flight of stairs while playing hide and seek. that was the first year of jingle bell rock. you do not want to listen to that song on a major concussion.
    the doctors told my parents i would have really bad headaches the rest of my life. i’ve never had even one headache. strange how things work out.
    maybe i misunderstood what he said . maybe he meant i’d be a headache for the rest of my life. well it was one or the other :)

  44. MTU August 30th, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Actually HW I am a very peaceful person.

    More likely to take the beating than to dish one out.

    I have an usual sense of humor though.

  45. MTU August 30th, 2013 at 10:27 am

    edit: unusual. sorry.

    Duh.

    Some would say it’s quite ordinary I’m sure.

    :)

  46. tomingeorgia August 30th, 2013 at 10:28 am

    Mister MTU,
    You mean Wagner, Beame and Dinkins didn’t get it done for you? Kind of liked Ed Koch, though.

  47. Shame Spencer August 30th, 2013 at 10:30 am

    Wang IS Taiwan August 30th, 2013 at 10:17 am

    Hey, why not buy everyone? It’s not like we have a farm system…

    —————–

    :twisted:

    I agree as well.

    People forget that the Yankees have been good because they buy players, not develop them. It isn’t that I’m trying to take away from the achievement of drafting and delivering the core 4.. but those guys were all tremendous talents. Nature vs. nurture and all that.

  48. MTU August 30th, 2013 at 10:32 am

    Randy-

    You are way more courageous than I’ll ever dream of being.

    But I always was adventurous.

  49. blake August 30th, 2013 at 10:33 am

    “Where did I say buy everyone? GEEZ! How we jump to conclusions on this board so quickly.”

    oh I wasn’t being sarcastic…..I want to buy lots of players

  50. MTU August 30th, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Mister Tom-

    You forgot Lindsey.

    Those clowns made an absolute mess of NY.

    Koch was kind of OK for me.

  51. blake August 30th, 2013 at 10:36 am

    Tom,

    my phone died yesterday…..I never bet on Carolina football anyway ;)

    I made some chicken breasts last night that were amazing….1 hr brine in salt and sugar water…..rub…..pecan and cherry wood……smoked at 300 for about an hour I guess until they hit 160 then glazed them with some sauce for a couple of minutes.

  52. 86w183 August 30th, 2013 at 10:36 am

    I lived in The Bronx in the 1960s…. what happened to NYC in the 1970s was so depressing.

    I too have a deep gratitude to Rudy Gulliani for his cleanup efforts. will back in the world’s greatest city in October. Try to go at least 2X a year.

  53. austinmac August 30th, 2013 at 10:37 am

    If AROD is believed to be capable of producing and the team owes him $60M or more, I believe they will play him. Everyone else plays players after suspension.

  54. MTU August 30th, 2013 at 10:37 am

    Blake-

    You talk about food like that to torture me, don’t you ?

    :)

  55. Shame Spencer August 30th, 2013 at 10:39 am

    oh I wasn’t being sarcastic…..I want to buy lots of players

    —————-

    Cano, McCann, Tanaka, and Choo. ….maybe that Abreu kid.

    Also… how is it possible nothing else has been sorted out regarding the Cuban SS, Aledmys Diaz???????????

  56. MTU August 30th, 2013 at 10:40 am

    Mac-

    I think the rift between him and the Yankees is so great they will want him gone.

    And will pay to see it happen.

    By the time his suspension is over they will have acquired a new 3b.

  57. blake August 30th, 2013 at 10:42 am

    “Cano, McCann, Tanaka, and Choo. ….maybe that Abreu kid.”

    that’s the ticket right there.

  58. MTU August 30th, 2013 at 10:42 am

    86-

    The NYC I grew up in and remember was a craphole.

    I could not wait to put it in my rear view mirror.

    The only things I missed were my Family and the food.

    Since that time most of them have migrated West.

  59. blake August 30th, 2013 at 10:42 am

    MTU,

    what better to talk about than food! :)

  60. MTU August 30th, 2013 at 10:49 am

    Blake-

    I’d much rather it eat it.

    :)

  61. Wang IS Taiwan August 30th, 2013 at 10:50 am

    I made some chicken breasts last night that were amazing….1 hr brine in salt and sugar water…..rub…..pecan and cherry wood……smoked at 300 for about an hour I guess until they hit 160 then glazed them with some sauce for a couple of minutes.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~

    Drool…slobber.

  62. MTU August 30th, 2013 at 10:51 am

    I’m just jealous because I can’t afford a smoker and don’t have a clue about how to use ‘em anyway.

    A good friend of mine has one though and he is kind enough to share his bounty with us every once in a while.

  63. tomingeorgia August 30th, 2013 at 10:52 am

    blake,
    Sounds good. I’m going to try that tandoori chicken over the weekend.

  64. MTU August 30th, 2013 at 10:53 am

    I do like BBQ’ing a lot.

    I have a nat. gas BBQ but it has been out of commission because of a broken line.

    That hurt.

    It has reduced me to using a George Foreman for the time being.

    :(

  65. Frankg August 30th, 2013 at 10:53 am

    No problem with A-Rod. He has about the same level of ability as Jeter, Pettitte, and Texeria.

  66. austinmac August 30th, 2013 at 10:53 am

    MTU,

    You maybe right. I sure hope we do get a real 3B.

    61,

    I sure think Espinoza should be looked into. Young players with ability are very much in need.

  67. blake August 30th, 2013 at 10:55 am

    “Sounds good. I’m going to try that tandoori chicken over the weekend.”

    fancy

  68. blake August 30th, 2013 at 10:55 am

    “It has reduced me to using a George Foreman for the time being.”

    Mr Tom said he’d build you a stick burner and mail it to Utah

  69. yankeefeminista August 30th, 2013 at 10:56 am

    For those who missed it: Great game by Bryan Mitchell last night for Trenton in only his third AA start: 7.1 IP 4H 1R 1ER 0BB 10K. I missed it, but am going to watch the archive. Fastball command has been iffy in the lower minors, but Mitchell’s done a heckuva job so far in Trenton, especially last night (minimizing the walks). He’s another uber arm if he can continue to improve his fastball (and changeup!) command. I’m excited to get a look at him in a playoff game next week (hoping he pitches Wed. and not Thursday when I have tix to Red Sox game in the Bronx…)

    Tonight’s weather might be the best all holiday weekend. Right now cloudy but it is not supposed to rain tonight. Looks like we are going to have scattered thunderstorms in the Bronx starting tomorrow. Looking for a big game out of C. tonight.

  70. MTU August 30th, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Blake-

    I would be ever so grateful provided he comes along to teach me how to use it.

    ;)

  71. MTU August 30th, 2013 at 10:59 am

    YF-

    Can you tell me a little more about Mitchell’s stuff ?

    He’s a lefty isn’t he.

    I think GB was high on him.

  72. yankeefeminista August 30th, 2013 at 11:01 am

    MTU, no, he is a righty. I have to make a couple of phone calls but will be back in a little bit.

  73. MTU August 30th, 2013 at 11:01 am

    I will kill for some 1st rate Texas-style dry-rubbed Brisket.

    Payment in advance, of course.

    :)

  74. blake August 30th, 2013 at 11:04 am

    “I would be ever so grateful provided he comes along to teach me how to use it.”

    you like to play with fire right?

  75. MTU August 30th, 2013 at 11:04 am

    Thanks YF.

    I have to run some errands soon myself and hit the gym.

    If I happen to not be here when you return I’ll check back later to see what you had to say.

  76. MTU August 30th, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Blake-

    Let’s just say I’m impressed by it and what it has done for Mankind since it’s discovery.

    :)

  77. RayVT August 30th, 2013 at 11:08 am

    **************************************************************
    Yanks August 30, 2013
    **************************************************************
    DIVISION LEADERS
    **************************************************************
    0.) Boston Has 19 Tough Games (56 Losses) 79 56 58.519%
    NYY-7; Balt-6; TB-3; DET-3
    **************************************************************
    0.) Texas Has 16 Tough Games (55 Losses) 78 55 58.647%
    Oak-6; KC-3; TB-4; Pitt-3
    **************************************************************
    **************************************************************
    WILDCARD LEADERS
    **************************************************************
    1.) TB Has 17 Tough Games (57 Losses) 75 57 56.818%
    Boston-3; Balt-4; NYY-3; Tex-4; OAK-3 2.5 (Games Out 1st Place)
    **************************************************************
    1) OAK Has 9 Tough Games (58 Losses) 75 58 56.391%
    Texas-6, TB-3 3 (Games Out 1st Place)
    **************************************************************
    **************************************************************
    NEXT IN LINE
    **************************************************************
    2.) Balt Has 20 Tough Games (61 Losses) 71 61 53.788%
    TB-4; NYY-7; Cleve-3; Boston-6 3.5 (Games Out WC)
    **************************************************************
    3.) Cleve Has 12 Tough Games (62 Losses) 71 62 53.383%
    Balt-3; Det-3; KC-6 4 (Games Out WC)
    **************************************************************
    4) NYY Has 17 Tough Games (63 Losses) 70 63 52.632%
    Boston-7; Balt-7; TB-3 8 (Games Out 1st Place) 5 (Games Out WC)
    **************************************************************
    5) KC Has 15 Tough Games (64 Losses) 69 64 51.880%
    Det-6; Tex-3; Cleve-6; 6 (Games Out WC)
    **************************************************************

  78. randy l. August 30th, 2013 at 11:09 am

    mtu -

    i wasn’t courageous as a kid . i was what they now call hyperactive :)

  79. MTU August 30th, 2013 at 11:09 am

    There was a great old Sci-Fi movie called “Quest for Fire”.

    I highly recommend it if you can locate a copy.

    ;)

  80. Wang IS Taiwan August 30th, 2013 at 11:10 am

    7.1 IP 4H 1R 1ER 0BB 10K.

    ~~~~

    WOW. Hope he keeps it up.

  81. Tackelberry August 30th, 2013 at 11:11 am

    YF:

    Mitchell has always had electric stuff but his lack of command has frustrated the coaches at times. Good to see him finish the year strong. I beleive he needs to be protected this year from the Rule V draft. Girardi raved about him in ST.

    Incidentally, what is wrong with JRAM? Hasn’t pitched in quite a while. HOpe its not a shoulder issue or something

  82. 4TrainNorth August 30th, 2013 at 11:14 am

    This headline should be Cutting Their Losses. No way we’re going 20-9, much less 23-6. And look at our record against some of these top teams: we’ve definitely lost the games we’re supposed to lose.

  83. MTU August 30th, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Randy-

    I might have had that.

    I was quite mischievous and a handful for my Mother.

    She always said I was “different”.

    For years I kept asking her, “different how, in a good way, or a bad way ?”.

    She never seemed to want to answer the question directly until I was a grown Man.

    I was relieved to learn it was in a “good way”.

    To this day I am the “black sheep” of my family marching to the beat of my own drummer.

    I kind of relish the role. Who wants to be just like everyone else ? We have enough in common just being Human.

    ;)

  84. tomingeorgia August 30th, 2013 at 11:19 am

    MTU,
    I’d be happy to, if I could only get out that way.

    blake,
    Scratch the tandoori; I’d have to drive 50 miles to the nearest Indian market to get some of the spices I’d need. I’ll just pick them up next time in have to go to Athens anyway. East Nowhere is not particularly rich in Asian culinary supplies. Maybe some baby backs instead.

  85. austinmac August 30th, 2013 at 11:23 am

    YF,

    I noticed Mitchell’s game. He is pitching great at AA. Have you seen him pitch? He’s supposed to have very good stuff.

  86. MTU August 30th, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Mister Tom-

    You’re welcome here.

    We’ll leave a light on for ya’.

    :)

  87. austinmac August 30th, 2013 at 11:26 am

    MTU,

    My mother, who had a lot of wisdom, used to say “It takes all kinds to make a world.” Who would want it any other way?

    Of course, there’s Randy. . . Just kidding. I’m still hurt I wasn’t one of his favorite posters.

  88. blake August 30th, 2013 at 11:26 am

    “I will kill for some 1st rate Texas-style dry-rubbed Brisket.”

    I’m from Carolina so I love my pork but really good brisket is hard to beat…..I’m still workin on that.

    “Maybe some baby backs instead.”

    can never go wrong with ribs

  89. MTU August 30th, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Mac-

    I have lived many “different” lifestyles in my years.

    Fortunately Mrs. MTU was just as adventurous as me. She went along with my craziness.

    We have lived on a boat, out in the mountains in the middle of nowhere, on a tropical island in house we built with our own hands, and overseas.

    It has been a fun ride. Wouldn’t have it any other way.

    When I lived in NYC I was like a fish out of water. I was born there but I never really fit in with big City life.

    It was only my Family that kept me there so long.

    That and working up the courage to try something totally different.

    Once I let go I have never looked back.

    :)

  90. MTU August 30th, 2013 at 11:35 am

    Blake-

    When you get it perfected let me know.

    Maybe we can barter ?

    ;)

  91. blake August 30th, 2013 at 11:35 am

    MTU,
    you have lived a good life it sounds like…..full of adventure.

  92. blake August 30th, 2013 at 11:35 am

    MTU,

    I’m pretty good at ribs now….got a good technique there but brisket is my nemesis…..it’s hard to get right.

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    Blake-

    Thanks. We lived it the way we wanted. Can’t ask for more than that. We were fortunate.

    No regrets whatsoever in that area.

    Not everyone desires the same things. Some folks like being rooted and connected to one place. Preferring few surprises.

    We always thrived on change.

    We were childless so that allowed us the luxury.

    I would never have moved around as much if we had children.

    They need stability IMO.

  94. MTU August 30th, 2013 at 11:43 am

    Blake-

    Ribs are like diamonds. Brisket like a fine emerald.

    Keep working on it.

    You’ll get it eventually.

    Maybe Manning can help you out ?

    We also have some posters here from Texas. See if they might help.

    ;)

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    Well. It’s time for some E and E.

    Exercise and Errands.

    Catch you all later.

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