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End of the road: Pettitte approaches his final start

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Sep 28, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Andy Pettitte

Andy Pettitte knew this would be his final season, and it didn’t matter what the schedule said. He wasn’t looking for any sort of perfect-circle closure; didn’t need an end-of-the-year trip to Texas for things to feel complete. Even when he saw that the Yankees were closing the regular season in Houston — close enough to his home that Pettitte’s staying at his own house for this series — Pettitte saw it as practically meaningless.

“I just assumed that I wouldn’t be pitching here because I thought we’d make the playoffs and I figured that I wouldn’t be making a start here,” he said.

Instead of preparing for the postseason, the Yankees have a situation somewhat similar to Thursday: A perfectly meaningless game, with one especially meaningful element. It’s the final start of Pettitte’s career, and it’s going to happen in front of basically his entire family and his closest friends.

Andy PettitteHere’s Pettitte…

Last start will be more emotional or enjoyable?
“I think it’ll be enjoyable for sure. I think it’s going to be emotional. I’m not real sure what to expect to tell you the truth. There’s no doubt when I get out of the game it’s going to be sad because I know that’s it. The last game at (Yankee Stadium), I was of course sad after knowing it was my last game there. But like I told you all in the press conference, I had to win that game. I felt like I blew it. So I had all that going through my mind in that one. It wasn’t just solely focused on, this is it. So, I’m not exactly sure how it’ll be for me (tonight).”

Been bracing for the emotional part?
“I’m going to let whatever happens happens. … When I’m doing all my work now, when I’m doing my early running that I love to do and stuff like that, there’s a lot of stuff going through my head as far as all the stuff we’ve been through, all the good times, all the bad times. That’s definitely one thing that’s going on as I’ve been going through the last week, for sure.”

Hard to pitch with nothing on the line?
“I think knowing that this is my last start, and being here, it’s important to me. So I think it will be easy for me. Other than that, I can’t tell you (what it will be like). I don’t have a lot of meaningless starts in my career. I take it so serious. I want to pitch well, and I want to be prepared, so I don’t think that it will be hard. As a competitor, you know that you could go out there and give up seven or eight runs. Obviously that’s embarrassing. You don’t want to do that, so I’ll definitely try to prepare the best I can for it.”

How do you look back at the Houston years?
“Obviously it didn’t work out as far as the Yankees bringing me back. I had an opportunity to go to several other teams for a lot more money and it was, if I wasn’t going to go back to the Yankees, I wanted to come home, and hopefully, maybe able to do something special here. And I did look at this club and see the arms that they had — because really that’s all I was concerned with was the pitching staff — and I knew they had a few guys that were horses, and I felt that if you added me to that that we would maybe have a chance to get to the postseason. … They never won a postseason series (before). I believe we were the first. And to, in ’05, help take them to a World Series, it was remarkable because every night here it was very exciting. It was cool to feel like you’d brought some energy in baseball to the city. So that was definitely a good run we had for three years.”

Regret about not staying with the Yankees throughout?
“There’s not just because I just felt like, it didn’t work out. It was a time and a place where I understood, the Yankees had known that my elbow had been bothering me for a long time and I had been pitching with it, and I understand. But you know me. I believe God works everything out. I think I’ve told you, I had a very dear friend of mine die of cancer that year, and I just feel like everything worked out for a reason. I was able to be here with him when he passed away. It was like my second dad, so just the way everything plays into it, I just feel like God just worked everything out perfect for me.”

Which Yankees teammates were most influential?
“It’s kind of gone in stages. When I first came up, Jimmy Key, my first year, because he was who I wanted to be. I was in Triple-A watching. When he pitched, I was watching his game instead of watching our Triple-A game so I could try to see how he was getting guys out. Then it moved from him to Kenny Rogers, who was a close friend of mine. Then when Roger came over, obviously he made a huge impact on my career. Just so many people. I think of, like, Scott Brosius. There’s so many names. John Wetteland my first year was always there for me. Then past that, when I came over here to the Astros, I felt like it was me trying to impact and push everybody else.
“But there’s still the guys that you’re still kind of intertwined with that you kind of feel like you feed off each other. Obviously, for me here, (CC Sabathia) is just a huge guy for me now and a big reason for why I’ve always wanted to come back and pitch on the staff with him. The competitor that he is, and Hiro, these are guys that, if they weren’t here, it would kind of make my decisions a little bit tougher as far as when I think about coming back.”

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202 Responses to “End of the road: Pettitte approaches his final start”

  1. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 9:07 am

    Tonight.

    AP w the win and his Mo-ness w the save.

    That’s poetry.

    Hope it happens that way.

    :)

  2. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 9:10 am

    By the way, IMO Kendrys Morales would be a better get than the Cuban Abreu since he left-handed power for NYS.

    He could also spell Tex at 1b.

  3. jmills September 28th, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Jack Morris ain’t in the hall, so good luck , Andy! Look how long it took Bert Blyleven and his well over 3000 k’s to get in, ….and he had strongly consistant #s with forgotten teams!

  4. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Where is everyone this morning ?

    Too much excitement w the Yankees getting the win last night ?

    :)

  5. jmills September 28th, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Prufrock, if you’re out there, I know you don’t necessarily like Dougie Gilmore and Bobby Clarke ( that goes without saying ), but when I have to fill a 4th line in on a team Canada team, one of them has to be there, if only to keep the bloody Russians ( and their referees ),honest.

  6. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 9:16 am

    The Yankees have more holes than the donuts coming off the Krispy Kreme assembly line.

    :(

  7. blake September 28th, 2013 at 9:17 am

    I hope Andy throws a shut out and it’s possible against Houston

  8. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Blake-

    Even though it’s Houston it would be good to end the season w a sweep.

    :)

  9. pkyankfan69 September 28th, 2013 at 9:19 am

    Probably old news here but just in case

    “Jose Abreu to showcase at Yankees Dominican complex, Raicel Iglesias defects”

    http://www.pinstripedbible.com.....free-agent

  10. jmills September 28th, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Can u imagine only to having to have Dougie Gilmore as you 4th line centre? Incroyable!!! With Mantle in the middle outfield position, Doug can hardly creep you out.

  11. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 9:21 am

    Can anyone tell me why Chamberlain appeared in another close game ?

    He almost managed to lose it for us again.

    I wish him well w his next team but that guy should be nowhere a mound for us anymore.

    Talk about a fall from grace. My goodness.

  12. jmills September 28th, 2013 at 9:22 am

    ” Only having to have Doug Gilmore as your 4th line centre ” – stupid blackberry mistakes! But anyways, who’s marking grammar upon this fine Saturday!? :)

  13. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 9:23 am

    PK-

    I would rather get Morales than Abreu.

    Unless we can have both.

    It was rumored here the other day that Cuban players will now be able to sign w/o defecting.

    That will open up a larger talent pool. I hope we’re on it like white on rice.

    ;)

  14. jmills September 28th, 2013 at 9:25 am

    From a distance Middler, I hope Joba gets it together,…just not against, moi.

  15. 86w183 September 28th, 2013 at 9:26 am

    He has to get a win today. Gotta end the career without ever posting a losing record. A win last time out instead of a loss would have clinched it.

    Kuroda’s last 7 starts his ERA is 6.80. Last year his last 7 starts it was 4.63. IF he comes back they need to plan to skip his turn once a month to try and have him strong for the stretch run which he has not been.

  16. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Hughes and Chamberlain both need a change of scene.

    And they are going to get it.

    Wouldn’t surprise me in the least if one or both blossom elsewhere.

    It happens all the time in baseball.

    ;)

  17. jmills September 28th, 2013 at 9:29 am

    This is absurd, the Yanks vs Houston at this time of year. Enough of that money making inter league crap! I don’t care if I never go to Cinci again ( sorry, Sparkey, you’re a nice guy and all and you got to be on WKRP with Les and the others ).

  18. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 9:29 am

    86-

    I agree. He needs just a little more rest and he will deadly all the way to the finish line.

  19. jmills September 28th, 2013 at 9:31 am

    MTU, yeah, it occurs all the time, like Doyle Alexander winning seventeen in ’85.

  20. pkyankfan69 September 28th, 2013 at 9:32 am

    I don’t disagree that Morales might be the “smart/safer” move but if the Yanks truly think Abreu will be a beast in the majors I am more than fine with them rolling the dice for a guy that seems to have a very high ceiling… I know the competition level is lower there but consistently putting up an OPS of 1.300+ is insane and at age 26 he is just entering his prime.

    Sign em all Hal… Get us Abreu, Choo, McCann, Tanaka and bring back Robbie and Hiro

  21. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Mills-

    How bout AJ Burnett this year ?

    Great for the Buccos. Generally sucked for us.

    Some guys just can’t handle the spotlight for example.

    But they do great when the pressure is reduced.

    ;)

  22. jmills September 28th, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Oops, I was still thinking about the National Astros and JR Richards. The way the wind is a’ blowin’, next thing you know, I’ll wake up in bed with the Mets!

  23. 86w183 September 28th, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Morales makes a ton of sense since he and Tex could share 1B/DH. also, his splits are opposite Tex in that he’s much stronger as a LH hitter. He’s got to want to get out of that park and the lure of the right field porch has to be enticing.

    But be forewarned—- his agent is Dr. Evil (Scott Boras)

    There could be two Cuban pitchers and a hitter available. They should go after the reliever and Abreu in my opinion…. but obviously not Abreu AND Morales.

  24. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 9:35 am

    PK-

    I never hurts to dream unless there’s a rock under your pillow.

    :)

  25. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 9:36 am

    86-

    And they odds they do any of that ?

    :)

  26. jmills September 28th, 2013 at 9:37 am

    I’ll give Burnett credit,….at least he’s been relatively healthy. Granted, he didn’t have the mental constitution for you people, but I’m sure with a little more prodding from Doc Ellis, he’ll be fine for a while longer.

  27. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 9:38 am

    They missed their Cuban reliever.

    His name was Chapman.

    Blows my mind that they passed on him too.

  28. jmills September 28th, 2013 at 9:40 am

    MTU, when I’m really tired, it doesn’t matter if there’s a rock under my pillow. I just pass out, and then go and get myself arranged for the next drive.

  29. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 9:41 am

    We had that 1b guy from the Mexican league who was their version of Babe Ruth.

    He never panned out for us.

  30. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Mills-

    That’s quite a talent you have.

    ;)

  31. jmills September 28th, 2013 at 9:42 am

    A Cuban reliever named, Chapman? Sounds, fishy. I’m gonna’ scan for missiles first.

  32. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Mills-

    Nothing fishy about 100+ MPH from a lefty.

    Except the vacuum his FB creates over the top of the water.

    ;)

  33. jmills September 28th, 2013 at 9:44 am

    MTU, I give a lot of credit to, Gilles Villeneuve. Even if I’m in an inferior car, I get excited about the whole process.

  34. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Mills-

    And the Women fawn over you.

    Spray you w champagne.

    And try to tear your clothes off.

    And all for just driving a car.

    :)

  35. jmills September 28th, 2013 at 9:47 am

    MTU, yes,….it happens all the time….

  36. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Mills-

    these are more my style.

    Especially the last one.

    https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/109721757058432487394/albums/5921210977644043921?authkey=CO-j5rfh_oHOrQE

    ;)

  37. 86w183 September 28th, 2013 at 9:50 am

    I don’t know what the odds are of them doing anything, but I do believe they want to win and will make moves in that regard. The huge number of costly one-year decisions this year is proof of that to everyone who isn’t in the brain-dead “Hal is a Cheapskate” club.

    Abreu and Tanaka would be much cheaper in terms of the luxury tax than Garza and Morales for example and would be the smarter acquisitions in the context of trying to get to $ 189 M.

    Then again, there’s nothing wrong with spending $ 250 M and signing Cano, Morales, Garza, McCann, Choo, Kuroda, Tanaka and Balfour, right?

  38. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 9:53 am

    86-

    Whatever Hal’s little inner circle tells him to do is what he will do.

    So if Levine thinks those guys are a good move it will probably happen.

    If a real baseball Man says so probably not.

    So just hope that Levine’s computer lights up w the mention of those names.

    :)

  39. jmills September 28th, 2013 at 9:53 am

    http://www.sportskeeda.com/201.....ef=related

    MTU, for you! ( I’ve saved your pics, thanks! )

  40. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Mills-

    Wow.

    Thanks.

  41. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Let’s see :

    Japanese T-shirt sales for Tanaka- Check

    Increased market share in Asia-check

    Actual proven ability- who cares

    Abreu:

    Increased share of Latin market- check

    New merchandise sales- check

    Improved attendance- check

    Actual proven ability- who gives a fig

    Does Levine’s computer like these things ?

    ;)

  42. jmills September 28th, 2013 at 10:03 am

    MTU, glad ya’ liked it, Gladys :) I am so happy Gilles’ son, Jacques, took Indy and then the F1 championship from Schumaker in ’97.

  43. blake September 28th, 2013 at 10:05 am

    MTU says:
    September 28, 2013 at 9:18 am
    Blake-

    Even though it’s Houston it would be good to end the season w a sweep.

    Yea…..have to be careful not to lose draft positions though ;) that’s what we are playin for now

  44. pkyankfan69 September 28th, 2013 at 10:06 am

    I promise to buy an Abreu jersey if the Yanks sign him!

  45. blake September 28th, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Wonder if Abreu could man RF

  46. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Pk-

    Just let Levine know.

    ;)

  47. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Blake-

    Absolutely not.

    He can’t man a bus stop.

    He’s slower than a bowling ball rolling thru molasses.

  48. pkyankfan69 September 28th, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Just shot him a text

  49. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 10:10 am

    I’d bet Jose Molina could out run him.

    :)

  50. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Speed is one tool Abreu is missing.

  51. pkyankfan69 September 28th, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Every Yankee fan in the world should just send $5.00 yearly to Hal and we can forget about this $189 M nonsense… There have to be a good 10 million + Yankee fans around the world. Hal gets his money and we get a $230M + payroll every year.

  52. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 10:13 am

    But what does it matter if he has the money generating tool ?

    ;)

  53. jmills September 28th, 2013 at 10:15 am

    I’ll trade you guys a RFer who can move with an arm. Jesse Barfield for a pitcher who’s going to leave me just after he gets it all figured out – aint’t that the way it always goes, Sally Sunshine! :)

  54. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Pk-

    I think he should send us the money.

    ;)

  55. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 10:16 am

    Call it the 189 rebate.

    ;)

  56. jmills September 28th, 2013 at 10:17 am

    Pky, u might just have it all ED Figuroided out!

  57. pkyankfan69 September 28th, 2013 at 10:17 am

    I get a $0.10 cut of the $5.00 for coming up with the brilliant idea.

    I could go for $1,000,000 annually for doing nothing ;)

  58. jacksquat September 28th, 2013 at 10:17 am

    blake September 28th, 2013 at 8:33 am
    MTU,
    Morning bud….I think that lineup would take them close to the limit but might squeeze under depending on what happens with Alex and what they do with the pitching.

    I don’t know if Texas will trade Andrus or not but the yanks should try to get him…..

    You’re not getting under 189 with that lineup if you plan to have a pitching staff.

  59. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 10:18 am

    PK-

    Sounds to me like you are doing just fine.

    Leave the greed to those who are truly good at it.

    ;)

  60. jmills September 28th, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Poor Sparkey Lyle, he was doing fine by all accounts, then the Goose came along. I have an early Topps card of Gossage when he was nothing with the White Sox, who were,….nothing.

  61. blake September 28th, 2013 at 10:20 am

    MTU,

    Depends on how well he hits though…..unless they can get rid of Tex he will have to DH

  62. TKR September 28th, 2013 at 10:24 am

    no way NYY will get Tex SS… 8/120

  63. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Blake-

    I don’t see it happening.

    We could certainly use an upgrade there but we have plenty of older guys who are likely to be cycled thru the spot.

    I don’t think things are made for baseball reasons as much as they should be.

    More for the financial aspect.

    If both co-exist then it works.

    If the value part is missing or questionable it ain’t happening.

    How do you judge the WAR of a guy who has never played a single day in the majors ?

    Much easier when you have a real track record.

    ;)

  64. bardos September 28th, 2013 at 10:25 am

    A new Cuban law permits, starting in January of 2014, Cuban athletes to sign foreign contracts and play in foreign leagues.

    http://deportes.elpais.com/dep.....78090.html

  65. pkyankfan69 September 28th, 2013 at 10:25 am

    I hear ya MTU… And the Yanks are for sure truly good at it

    Though I do like money.

    Reminds me of one of my favorite movie quotes:

    ” I can’t believe you like money too. We should hang out.”

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

  66. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Bardos-

    Thanks for making it official.

    :)

  67. blake September 28th, 2013 at 10:27 am

    “You’re not getting under 189 with that lineup if you plan to have a pitching staff.”

    As I said…it would largely depend on wage happens with Alex….. If he gets suspended most of the season and they let cano walk then they might could .

    If say thy save 20 million on Alex and cano leaves then that’s somewhere between 40 and 50 million freed up……Andy and Mo won’t be back…..that’s another 25-30…..

    Tex: 23
    Sabathia 24
    McCann 15
    Choo 15
    Andrus 15
    Jeter 15
    Infante 8
    Granderson 13

    That’s around 130 million…..yea it’s be tight but probably possible /….of course they could always not care about the budget and act like the Yankees

  68. jmills September 28th, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Getting under 189 doesn’t matter to me. I don’t like caps. This artificial dissecting line doesn’t make sense.

  69. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 10:28 am

    Pk-

    For me money is a tool not an end in itself.

    I need it but I don’t love it.

    I don’t worship it.

    As long as I can meet my modest needs I’m happy.

    Of course, if I won lotto I wouldn’t turn it down.

    So I guess I’m a hypocrite after all.

    :(

  70. TKR September 28th, 2013 at 10:29 am

    who’s Andurs your talking about

  71. jacksquat September 28th, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Remember when freeing up money, a lot of that money is going towards the difference between this years payroll and 189 (or 178 or whatever the real number is).

  72. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 10:30 am

    Mills-

    They are just modeling the NFL.

    Get w the program !

    ;)

  73. jmills September 28th, 2013 at 10:31 am

    In hockey, Maple Leaf sports and entertainment should be able to spend what they want. I don’t care what Bettman does in Phoenix, I like my juggernauts. Give me Mike Bossy and the Isles for a while.

  74. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Sherman broke down the financials really well in an article the other day.

    I don’t have the link right now but it was pretty spot on.

    ;)

  75. TKR September 28th, 2013 at 10:32 am

    jmills September 28th, 2013 at 10:31 am
    In hockey, Maple Leaf sports and entertainment should be able to spend what they want. I don’t care what Bettman does in Phoenix, I like my juggernauts. Give me Mike Bossy and the Isles for a while.
    ——————————————————
    Big Bad Bruins..

  76. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 10:32 am

    The goal is parity.

    :(

  77. blake September 28th, 2013 at 10:33 am

    jacksquat says:
    September 28, 2013 at 10:29 am
    Remember when freeing up money, a lot of that money is going towards the difference between this years payroll and 189 (or 178 or whatever the real number is).

    Of course but I just broke it down for you …..they’d still have 50+ million to play with most likely. My point is that they should use the money available to get as many good players as possible and not sink it all into Cano…..

  78. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Blake-

    If Cano wants 200 Mil plus you might just get your wish.

    ;)

  79. bardos September 28th, 2013 at 10:34 am

    First paragraph of the Cuban article, translated:

    Cuban athletes will be able to compete in foreign professional leagues starting on January 1st, 2014- and in the case of baseball players, from November of this year, when the Cuban national tournament ends. The government of Cuba announced this historic decision on Friday through the official newspaper “Granma”. The measures that were passed imply that Cuban athletes and trainers will have a better income, with the aim of blocking the number of defections, especially to the USA to play in MLB.

  80. pkyankfan69 September 28th, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Agreed MTU… You can definitely consider me a work 2 live type.

    I don’t play the lotto but I hope someone in my family wins! lol

  81. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Excellent Bardos.

    A new resource has just opened up.

    Thanks.

    :)

  82. jmills September 28th, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Sorry, MTU, I get bored watching North American football, and the British stuff for that matter.

  83. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 10:36 am

    Now if we can just corner the market in Eastern Europe.

    :)

  84. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 10:38 am

    Mills-

    Bored ?

    Frightened maybe, but bored ???

    Rugby is a very raw game. A bare knuckles type of thing.

    They laugh at American football w all the protective gear.

    :)

  85. jmills September 28th, 2013 at 10:38 am

    TKR, Big Bad Bruins for sure! Since Punch Imlach screwed up on taking a flyer on a young 14 year old Orr, Boston here’s I comes!

  86. blake September 28th, 2013 at 10:39 am

    The Red Sox offense is good this year not because it has 1 star ….it’s because they have 9 pretty good and solid hitters. It wears down pitching staffs and gives them more opportunities to score runs….. They did this by signing Josh Hamilton ….they did it by spreading the money they had around to several players….Napoli, Gomes, Drew, Victorino, etc…..it’s ends up a net better production and also has kept them a lot more flexible because instead of having 1 big long lerm deal they have a bunch of small and shorter ones that are easier to move and also will be over sooner.

    Cherington has done a masterful job of rebuilding that roster…..masterful……and he did it quickly

  87. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 10:40 am

    Pk-

    I knew you were a smart one.

    You let them win and they gift you your wealth.

    No taxes that way.

    They pay ‘em.

    Doubly good. Pretty clever.

    The Yankees should hire you immediately.

    ;)

  88. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 10:42 am

    Blake-

    It took disaster to get him that power.

    And some great maneuvering and good fortune.

    Who’s doing that for us ? And when ?

    ;)

  89. jmills September 28th, 2013 at 10:43 am

    MTU, yes, that 4 down stuff really grates on me. Prefer, Conredge Hollaway, Dieter Brock, Tom Clemens, Warren Moon – a quick 3 and u turn it over. Vince Farragamo or whatever his name is, never configured it in Monteal.

  90. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 10:43 am

    Perhaps if G. Love were put in charge of things ?

    :)

  91. bardos September 28th, 2013 at 10:43 am

    Further down in the article, this caveat:

    What remains unclear is up to what point the Cuban players will be able to join the all-powerful Major Leagues in the USA, keeping in mind that the restrictions imposed by the embargo limit, among other items, transfers of certain sums of money to Cuba. According to the Associated Press, a spokesperson for the US Treasury Department warned, “This change of Cuban law does not affect our own licensing system

  92. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Bardos-

    Did you really have to burst my bubble like that ?

    :(

  93. jmills September 28th, 2013 at 10:45 am

    In rugby, I’d be running for whatever exit this still reasonably capable soul could find. I’m not about to have my ears ruined in a game like that!

  94. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 10:47 am

    Mills-

    It would be way more than your ears.

    You better be able run fast.

    ;)

  95. jmills September 28th, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Doug Flutie was made for the CFL – good times with John Candy, Gretzky and McNall owning the Argos.

  96. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 10:49 am

    Mills-

    Good player. Musical sounding name.

    :)

  97. jmills September 28th, 2013 at 10:50 am

    MTU, I may not be as fast as I once was ( but then again, even Vernon can’t go get like he did ), but,….I think I’m smarter!

  98. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 10:54 am

    I don’t know what “Karma” is but I know I seem to have the bad version this year.

    And I can’t figure out what I have done to deserve it ?

    Perhaps it’s all the ribbing I do. Or all my bad deeds.

    But it’s is just good-natured poking fun really.

    Anyway, I need to figure out how to reverse it.

    Perhaps, if I make a substantial donation to a Hindu shrine or something ?

    :)

  99. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Mills-

    Clever would be better.

    You can’t out run a Rhino.

    :)

  100. jmills September 28th, 2013 at 10:57 am

    MTU, in all honesty, you have to be the last person in my mind to pop up on the ” bad karma ” radar. – just doesn’t make sense, Alice.

  101. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Oops !

    I guess the first thing I’d better do is learn how to spell it.

    “Kharma”.

    Maybe that’s it. My poor spelling has created this mess.

    I’ll practice. I promise.

    :)

  102. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Mills-

    Well something is going on.

    How do you explain it ?

    VooDoo perhaps ?

    ;)

  103. jmills September 28th, 2013 at 11:02 am

    Kharma, smharma, I’ve given up at this point. Maybe I did burn an ant on the sidewalk in a previous life, I’ve got present day concerns to contemplate.

  104. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 11:02 am

    Reminds me of a movie title, “It happened one Spring.”

    Only this wasn’t a love story.

    It did start in the Spring though.

    ;)

  105. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 11:03 am

    I don’t know Mills.

    Maybe killing that ant is going to come back to “bite” you ?

    :)

  106. jmills September 28th, 2013 at 11:04 am

    MTU, the only voodoo I listen to is delivered by, the one, the only, Sir Jimi Hendrix.

  107. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Mills-

    Then I could use a little Spanish Castle Magic.

    So that I don’t drift into the Sea.

    ;)

  108. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 11:07 am

    I’d like to get rid of this Purple Haze surrounding my head.

  109. jmills September 28th, 2013 at 11:08 am

    MTU, I’ve been procratinating the whole morning long. I was supposed to take the ’91 Prelude in for the power steering problem, but what the hell, I’ve got 3 free tows for the year, I’ll just dump it on my Japanese loving mechanic at some point, I don’t have to transpire anywhere!

  110. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Good mills.

    We seem to have the mojo working.

    Why spoil it.

    ;)

  111. jpb173 September 28th, 2013 at 11:09 am

    There has been a lot of talk on this blog about the Yankees signing Jose Dariel Abreu or Kendrys Morales. But I wonder if the team might be better off spending its money elsewhere. I know that Mark Teixeira’s contract is up after the 2016 season and suggest waiting to see if Greg Bird develops further. The kid had 20 HR’s in 130 games this season with 100 walks. At age 20 we can expect that his body will develop leading to more power over the next few seasons. If Bird doesn’t develop, I suggest the possibility of Robinson Cano moving to first base if he signs a long term deal and gets too old to play second base.

    I’d rather see the Yankees sign a free agent pitcher or good hitting outfielder than blow their limited financial resources on a guy who can only play 1B or DH.

  112. jmills September 28th, 2013 at 11:10 am

    MTU, you’ll be fine, have fun with some castle in the sand. :)

  113. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 11:11 am

    Mills-

    We have the sand but it would be tough to find a real beach.

    Would a large lake suffice ?

    ;)

  114. jmills September 28th, 2013 at 11:12 am

    MTU, that’s Mr. Mojo Rising to you, fine sir.

  115. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 11:13 am

    Mills-

    Maybe someday 16 WILL be 9.

    ;)

  116. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 11:13 am

    or the Sun WILL refuse to shine.

    ;)

  117. jmills September 28th, 2013 at 11:13 am

    Yes, a large lake would suffice, we can even make one up if you want.

  118. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 11:15 am

    We have those. No need.

  119. jmills September 28th, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Someday 16 will truly be 9, and I don’t blame the sun, if one day, she’s too tired to get up.

  120. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Neither would I.

    After billions of years of providing free Light and Heat I couldn’t possibly assign blame.

    :)

  121. jmills September 28th, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Morrison and his, anagrams. ” Mr Mojo Risin’- indeed!

  122. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Well. He got his chance to break on thru to the other side.

    I hope he liked what he found.

    ;)

  123. jmills September 28th, 2013 at 11:22 am

    MTU, I wouldn’t either. Wouldn’t it be funny to wake up only to find she’s left? Damn cold I’d say prior to offering my last goodbyes.

  124. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 11:22 am

    And found the next whiskey bar w/o incident.

  125. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Mills-

    Don’t worry. She will change color first. To red. And grow quite a bit larger.

    Still might be a lot colder though.

    So you’d better get those prayers and wishes ready anyway.

    ;)

  126. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 11:26 am

    I do worship the Sun.

    Just like many before me.

    And the night sky too.

    Such perfection.

    :)

  127. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 11:28 am

    And a constant in an ever changing World.

  128. jmills September 28th, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Many people complain about how Morrison conducted himself, but, these same individuals don’t have a pulse if they can’t tap their right pointy finger on the dash when L.A. Woman comes on.

  129. jmills September 28th, 2013 at 11:31 am

    MTU, remember, ” Everybody wants to rule the world ” – fantastique song!

  130. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Old notions of the Universe were very romantic.

    The Greeks thought the Stars were embedded in a glass sphere that rotated about the Earth.

    Now the Hubble peers into the Darkness for us to reveal the secrets of the Universe.

    And still we can only see so far.

    So the mystery remains.

  131. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 11:35 am

    Mills-

    As you can probably surmise I really liked the Doors.

    In my youth most did.

    That seems like an Eternity ago though.

    But thru the magic of a memory we can recall it like it was now.

    :)

  132. jmills September 28th, 2013 at 11:35 am

    MTU, one can go on looking forever, the next extrapolation will forever remain,….thank lil’ goddess!!!

  133. jmills September 28th, 2013 at 11:37 am

    MTU, the Doors are the real deal, Ray and Jim are presently peeing themselves over it all. :)

  134. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 11:37 am

    Mills-

    Continuity is nice. But incongruity is bad.

    I believe in the former.

    ;)

  135. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 11:39 am

    mills-

    What better to reminisce about at the end of a long baseball season ?

    Those were carefree times for sure.

  136. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 11:41 am

    And it seems we have been abandoned.

    :(

  137. jmills September 28th, 2013 at 11:42 am

    MTU, on most days, I go for a large bit of continuity. And, yes, nothing better than to converse about the Doors in ’69, and where’d ya’ go, Sandy by the lake Koufax?

  138. jmills September 28th, 2013 at 11:44 am

    MTU, don’t take it personally, people have to eat and run their kids to all those precious events.

  139. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 11:46 am

    I can still remember riding in my cousin’s fire engine red fastback Mustang.

    Black interior.

    A beautiful machine.

    Windows down. Breeze rushing thru. Feeling free. Masters of the Universe.

    Damn. What a feeling.

    I’d like to go back.

    ;)

  140. Shame Spencer September 28th, 2013 at 11:47 am

    @PeterBotte Top-5 Mo-ments of year: 5. Twins’ broken-bat chair. 4. Metallica live. 3. Alone at All-Star Game. 2. Thursday’s sendoff. 1. Shushing Joba.

    Hehehehe..

  141. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Mills-

    I don’t. Not at all. Totally understand.

    :)

  142. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 11:48 am

    I see we are graced by the presence of one of our Femme Fatales.

    :)

  143. jmills September 28th, 2013 at 11:49 am

    MTU, in all due respect for a gentleman like you, I recommend playing ” Red Barchetta ” full blast when riding that Red Rider Mustang in true Neruda style.( If you can read Rimbaud at the same time, it will be a most honourable thing )

  144. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 11:51 am

    Mills-

    It wasn’t my car.

    And I had a head full of mush then.

    Not much better now but still very much enjoying Life.

    Perhaps the next time round, eh ?

    :)

  145. jmills September 28th, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Hi, Shame, hope your law studies are fruitful. My daughter is unsure about going there, and I would never force the point, but still, a great thing to have!

  146. cofuzz September 28th, 2013 at 11:53 am

    I see jpb173 interrupted the flow of the jmills/MTU sharefest.

  147. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Cofuzz-

    It’s open to all.

    Just passing the time on a lazy Saturday.

    I yield the floor gladly and w/o hesitation.

    :)

  148. Shame Spencer September 28th, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Morning/afternoon all. Watching Joba last night was painful. Since the games don’t matter I wasn’t nearly as outraged as I was 2-3 weeks ago… but it was still tough to watch.

    I can blame the Yankees for many things, but the performances of Hughes and Joba this year are not on that list.

  149. Doreen September 28th, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Hello All -

    Was enjoying the Doors conversation and didn’t want to crash the party! LOL

    I was about 10 when Light My Fire came out. Don’t care what Jim Morrison did with his life, he had an amazing, rich voice. I wonder how he would have sounded singing other than rock-n-roll – I think fantastic.

    Shame – the Shh moment, regardless of whether he & Mo got past it, was the kiler with a lot of fans. People always liked Joba and were “on his side,” whatever that means, but that really really rubbed people the wrong way, even his supporters.

    I LOVED the Rocking Chair of Broken Dreams. Best Gift Ever.

  150. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 11:57 am

    See. We’re back to baseball.

    It was easy.

    I always value your contributions and input Doreen.

    :)

  151. jmills September 28th, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Cofuzz, me and MTU had what seems to be a one on one sharefest going, but we have grand designs on selling out a large hall, the bigger the better, as long as Jim doesn’t miss a few flights, but even then,….its Morrison!

  152. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    I believe what Mills and I had this AM was a digression.

    It seems to be over now.

    Thanks for the duet Mills.

    ;)

  153. jmills September 28th, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    I think Morrison and Hendrix could have done some easy listening contemporary thing. What do u think, rabbit?

  154. yankee21 September 28th, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    The Doors were before my time but my favorite of their songs was Break on Through.

    Outstanding bass line in that song…

    Anyway, regarding Joba, he has been one of my favorites so really unfortunate how things turned out for him and his negative impact on the Yankees this year.

    His days as a Yankee are history and it really could have and should have been much better.

    I hope he dedicates himself to his craft and finds success with his next team.

  155. jmills September 28th, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    MTU, you can skate on my rink anytime, mon ami! ( Just don’t mess things up too much or make me drive you to that county hospital over that hopefully mild laceration ) :)

  156. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    If Hendrix could play a guitar with his feet I figure he could do just about anything.

    ;)

  157. jmills September 28th, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    ….I hope Joba finds success on my team.

  158. tucker September 28th, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    “jmills September 28th, 2013 at 9:29 am
    This is absurd, the Yanks vs Houston at this time of year. Enough of that money making inter league crap! I don’t care if I never go to Cinci again ( sorry, Sparkey, you’re a nice guy and all and you got to be on WKRP with Les and the others ).”

    True story, I met Sparky Anderson after 2000 and had a chance to briefly chat with him. It was about a week after the Yanks wrapped up their third consecutive World Series championship. I asked him how he compared that Yankees team to his Big Red Machine of the mid-70s.

    Sparky snarled and said there was no comparison. I countered that many people ranked the 98 Yanks among the best ever.

    Sparky’s response: “Who do they have behind the plate? Posada? …. He’s no (Johnny) Bench.”

    I can appreciate a baseball man who defends his masterpiece until the end. But I’d take the dynasty Yanks over the Big Red Machine, of course, maybe I have a bias.

  159. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Great way to put it Mills.

    Unfortunately, when I have attempted such a feat my ankles always buckled inward and I never got very far.

    So there is no chance of my winding up anywhere than on my butt w an embarrassed look on my face.

    You need not worry.

    :)

  160. RhapsodyInBlue September 28th, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    What a great band the Doors were. One of the groups I didn’t see live.

  161. jmills September 28th, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Haven’t seen Compass in a while – a great soul who knows all about Seattle’s Jimi.

  162. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Tucker-

    Johnny Bench was a great catcher.

    I can understand Sparky’s pride in him.

    ;)

  163. RhapsodyInBlue September 28th, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Back in the day one of my room mates used to play Hendrix on his banjo.

  164. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    RIB-

    Now that would be a feat.

    Would sound a bit tinny though.

    :)

  165. jmills September 28th, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    Tucker, when I was growing up in the Toronto ‘burbs about ’76, I had the ” Johnny Bench batter up ” firmly cemented in our small backyard. So, I can kinda’ understand Anderson’s position.

  166. RhapsodyInBlue September 28th, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    He was a gifted musician backed up John Hartford a few times at the Café Lena In Saratoga Springs.

    Then he moved on to the pedal steel, got married had kids and went into semi retirement.

    Plays out occasionally but I haven’t seen him in a few years.

  167. tucker September 28th, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    MTU, Bench was fabulous, no doubt. You’d expect Sparky to defend his team. Those Reds were truly great. But I had to stand up for my Yanks, too. I don’t think we’ll see another Yanks run like that again. Hope I’m wrong.

  168. RhapsodyInBlue September 28th, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    The Big Red Machine.

  169. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    RIB-

    Interesting bio.

    Thanks for the share.

    :)

  170. tucker September 28th, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Jmills, my
    Older brother, an aspiring catch, also had that Johnny Bench batter up in the back yard. I was not old enough to use it, but I remember the thick rubber bands that propelled the fiberglass arm would constantly break.

  171. jmills September 28th, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    MTU, remember buddy, I promised that Bench action card about ’73 to you. He is running towards the dugout and catching Willie Mays style. I also promised Pruf a Randolph # – stupid me :(

    Luis gets my action Munson card from the side.

  172. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    Tucker-

    114 wins would be hard to top.

    or even match.

    You never know with the Yankees though.

    The greatness tends to repeat.

    I’ve got to run some errands.

    Thanks for a great morning everyone.

    Catch you later.

    :)

  173. jmills September 28th, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    RIB, there are so many great musicians, I’m not one of them.

  174. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Thanks Mills.

    Very generous of you.

    Perhaps you should keep it ?

    Later.

    ;)

  175. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    And just as I go there’s a new one ——–>

    Enjoy.

    :)

  176. RhapsodyInBlue September 28th, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Me neither Mills, but I love music.

  177. jmills September 28th, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    MTU, in the words of Charlie Chaplin,…..smile!!!

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