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Year in review: Second-half surge (which was still a low point)

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Dec 31, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Alex Rodriguez

If you’re looking for the three-month low point of the Yankees in 2013, this might be it. Yes, they traded for Alfonso Soriano in July, got some players off the disabled list in August, and made a bit of a playoff run in September, but those minor bright spots become hard to notice in the bigger picture. This three-month period started just as the Yankees fell to four games out of first place, and it ended with the opening of the Alex Rodriguez appeal hearing. It’s a three-month stretch largely defined by the idea of coming up short. There were good moments — including the most memorable on-the-field moment of the year — but these months were also heavily defined by Rodriguez, Biogenesis, and ultimately by the Yankees elimination from playoff contention.

JULY
Five minutes of fame for Dr. Michael Gross
This was the month when the Yankees traded for Alfonso Soriano, and when Derek Jeter returned from the disabled list to homer on the first pitch he saw. But this was also a month when the Alex Rodriguez frenzy was quickly reaching its boiling point, with one of the most bizarre twists coming from a surprise radio appearance by a doctor named Michael Gross, who went on WFAN and declared that Rodriguez’s quad — which had caused the setback that kept him on the DL longer than expected — was perfectly fine, before later acknowledging he’d never actually examined the quad beyond looking at an MRI. This happened on July 24, just two days after Ryan Braun received and accepted his Biogenesis suspension.
Worth mentioning: Derek Jeter’s return, injury, re-return, new injury; Mariano Rivera’s all-star game sendoff; Alfonso Soriano’s return to the Yankees; Hideki Matsui’s official retirement; Alex Rodriguez’s rehab assignment; The rocking chair of broken bats; HOPE Week

AUGUST
Alex Rodriguez hit by Ryan Dempster
It’s easy to remember the hit by pitch, when Ryan Dempster decided to send a message but instead made Alex Rodriguez into the least likely rallying point in baseball. That inside fastball seemed to spark Rodriguez and the rest of the Yankees. For a while, it seemed to be the moment that just might spur the Yankees into the playoffs. It’s easy forget, though, that on that very same day Brian Cashman spoke pregame about being unwilling to have a normal conversation with Rodriguez out of fear that such a conversation might become “distorted” in the legal process. The Rodriguez’s saga was the Yankees most significant ongoing storyline of the year, and no day summed up the bizarre back-and-forth better than August 18.
Worth mentioning: A-Rod suspended and almost immediately returning to the lineup; Francisco Cervelli’s suspension; Curtis Granderson’s return; Derek Jeter’s return (again) and injury (again); Ivan Nova’s dominance; Ichiro Suzuki’s 4,000th career hit; Mark Reynolds playing second base; Rodriguez accused to leaking Biogenesis names to the media

SEPTEMBER
Mariano Rivera’s emotional farewell
There were a lot of negative moments in the final month of the regular season, but none of those can eclipse Mariano Rivera’s final moments on the mound at Yankee Stadium. No need to rehash the details here, I’ll only say that it was easily the most memorable moment of the year, perhaps in all of baseball. “I was bombarded with emotions and feelings that I couldn’t describe,” Rivera said. “Everything hit at that time. I knew that that was the last time, period. I never felt something like that before.” I’d never seen something like it before, and I can’t imagine that I ever will again. If anything could overshadow the injuries and the drama of the 2013 season, it was the remarkable way that the game’s most remarkable closer walked away.
Worth mentioning: Start of the Alex Rodriguez appeal hearing; Andy Pettitte’s complete-game finale; Derek Jeter making one last trip to the disabled list; the trade for Brendan Ryan; CC Sabathia’a hamstring injury; That Girardi/Showalter argument in Baltimore; Playoff elimination

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139 Responses to “Year in review: Second-half surge (which was still a low point)”

  1. Captain Clutch December 31st, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    If the Yanks don’t sign Tanaka then this was a bizarre off season. They lose Cano and don’t add a quality pitcher to the rotation. The infield is an absolute mess and the bullpen isn’t much better. I think they are done spending if Tanaka doesn’t sign so they can stay under $189m and that will really stink. The players that they added are nice but not close to enough.

  2. yankeefeminista December 31st, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    Loved that homer after the dumpster hit by pitch. The season was fun there for just a little while, and as much as that team lacked, Alex getting hurt, losing Gardy, Sori hurting the thumb and Kuroda burning out put the nail in the coffin.

    Mo tribute games made an unbearable season end on a high even if it was a bittersweet one.

    chicken_stanley December 31st, 2013 at 3:21 pm
    Blake – no worries (at least on my part).. we seem to disagree quite a bit but at least have fun doing so.
    ___
    chicken, I think we all enjoy the civil sparring and like to be challenged.

    blake, you are always civil, and we have disagreed a lot, but it never spirals into gratuitousness.

  3. RadioKev December 31st, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    My final argument for Jimenez over Garza is this picture.

    http://www.sethspeaks.net/garzatwins06.jpg

    That is all.

  4. yankeefeminista December 31st, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    should read: high even it a bittersweet *note (celebrating Mo with the greatest fans in the world)

  5. yankeefeminista December 31st, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    How about not signing either Ubaldo or Garza…

  6. chicken_stanley December 31st, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    Hi YF! haven’t seen you around a lot lately (of course, I haven’t been on quite as much over the holidays so that may explain it :) )

    Hope you have a great New Year!

  7. blake December 31st, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    yankeefeminista says:
    December 31, 2013 at 3:31 pm
    How about not signing either Ubaldo or Garza…

    Sign Tanaka, sign the Johan to a minor league deal

  8. yankeefeminista December 31st, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    Hi chicken! that is because I haven’t been around much. Just an errant post here and there. Pretty busy myself, and not a lot to talk about until there is… if you get my drift. :)

    A Happy and Healthy New Year to you as well!

  9. yankeefeminista December 31st, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    blake, that works for me. And fill the back end with the kiddies who are already in the fold.

  10. J. Alfred Prufrock December 31st, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    chicken_stanley December 31st, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    JAP – I think it was my post, not austinmac’s, that probably started this whole thing. I didn’t mean to lump specific people into a category nor was I referring to a certain period of time. It was simply an observation.
    ///

    Fred,

    No, I’m not saying people or “witnesses” shouldn’t weigh in about the tenor of discussions. Not at all: I’m just pointing out that if you’re going to do that, be accurate, that’s all. I read the back and forth and one poster was civil and sticking to the argument, the other was failing on both counts.

  11. ac1 December 31st, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    I second Blake.
    Go all out for Tanaka
    See if Johan will sign a minor league deal
    They said they are spending 12-15M in IFA this year, so I look forward to seeing who they target.
    That SS is a MUST!

  12. blake December 31st, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    yankeefeminista says:
    December 31, 2013 at 3:36 pm
    blake, that works for me. And fill the back end with the kiddies who are already in the fold.

    I expect Banuelos to jump back on a lot of radars in 2014….dude has been left for dead at 23 after a very predictable surgery

  13. J. Alfred Prufrock December 31st, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    Banuelos hopefully returns cutter free.

  14. RadioKev December 31st, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    I expect Banuelos to jump back on a lot of radars in 2014….dude has been left for dead at 23 after a very predictable surgery
    ——–

    Left for dead at 23, at AAA! When he was just about to start knocking on the door.

  15. ac1 December 31st, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    People act like the Yankees just let Cano go.
    There was room for him here, but he went where the money was (don’t really fault him).
    I for one am glad they didn’t lock into yet another bad contract.
    Once Tex and A-Rod’s contracts are gone, we can finally move on.

  16. blake December 31st, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    J. Alfred Prufrock says:
    December 31, 2013 at 3:40 pm
    Banuelos hopefully returns cutter free.

    Yes he doesn’t need that thing….he can dabble with that later on after he’s made it if he wants

  17. blake December 31st, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    I wouldn’t have went to 235 for cano and supposedly that’s where they would have had to go to sign him…..

  18. yankeefeminista December 31st, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    blake, ditto. From all reports ManBan’s arm was pretty much back up to snuff; had some of the lower level teams made the playoffs he might have even gotten a start. Kid’s a little bull.

    Pruf, QFT. I cringe every time I hear a young Yankee pitcher/pitching prospect is adding a cutter.

  19. ac1 December 31st, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    Blake not just the 235, but I wouldn’t have gone 10 years either.
    MY most was 8/200.

  20. blake December 31st, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    ac1 says:
    December 31, 2013 at 3:44 pm
    Blake not just the 235, but I wouldn’t have gone 10 years either.
    MY most was 8/200.

    Yea that’s kinda where my limit would have been as well….can’t blame cano for taking the money either. The mariners are stupid….

  21. austinmac December 31st, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    JAP,

    I was hoping, perhaps vainly so, the offender would stop. Calling someone ignorant is unnecessary to any discussion. It certainly is not persuasive to the other person.

    Disagreements and discussion is what makes it interesting. How dull it would be if we all agreed. Argue facts, give opinions and predictions. I like it when done with some consideration. We are not debating life altering issues.

  22. ac1 December 31st, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    Yea that’s kinda where my limit would have been as well….can’t blame cano for taking the money either. The mariners are stupid….
    ___

    M’s offense will still suck even with Cano….

  23. blake December 31st, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    The cutter is the most abused and overused pitch in baseball…..too many guys try to throw them and all they end up being crappy fastballs.

  24. austinmac December 31st, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    The Astros have signed Jesse Crain per MLBTR.

  25. yankeefeminista December 31st, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    Who ever definitely said it would take 235? I wouldn’t have gone to 153 for Ellsbury.

    And I don’t know that ManBan was left for dead. He is just out of sight, so out of mind. As soon as he returns, he will get some love. And those of us who have kept up, are thrilled with the reports on Manny’s progress/velo.

  26. yankeefeminista December 31st, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    A bad cutter is a disaster. Marshall among others improved again once Yanks trashed that dumb cutter they had him throwing and gave him back his slider. And we know what that pitch did to Hughes. Seems like pitchers rely on it even when it is a sucky pitch.

  27. yankee21 December 31st, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    I view the cutter as a pitcher essentially taking a breather for one pitch. In most cases it comes in flat and hittable. Basically the pitcher is saying I’m going to take a minute to get my s together and then throws the cutter. When Hughes threw it did he ever get a swing and miss on that junk?

    Failure of Hughes to develop any secondary offerings including the cutter as an out pitch is what did him in.

    Most pitchers just don’t have the fingers or technique to throw a cutter, three of them that do though did quite well with it; Mo, Lee and Halladay.

  28. blake December 31st, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    “And I don’t know that ManBan was left for dead. He is just out of sight, so out of mind.”

    I mean by BA etc

  29. yankee21 December 31st, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    Good thing Banuelos is out of sight, hopefully that means he won’t get the Yankees royal development treatment like all the other victims did.

  30. Blojaldo December 31st, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    It’s about competing against other teams not just putting a respectable upgrade on the field. The Yankees pitching has to match up with Boston, Tampa, Detroit, Oakland, Texas, etc. There is plenty to worry about given Sabathia’s decline, Kuroda’s second half, questions as to Nova’s consistency and what if anything you have in Pineda. Signing Tanaka will not be enough. Of the established pitcher options out there, I would take a shot on Ubaldo if the cost is at all palatable.

  31. yankeefeminista December 31st, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    “I mean by BA etc”
    ____
    Yeah, well…

  32. yankee21 December 31st, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    Out of HS, Marshall was known to have an outstanding slider. According to some of the reports I read when he was drafted they immediately had him dump the slider in favor of a curve ball. Another successful development technique by the Yankees brain trust.

    I hope Marshall makes the Yankees pay, I don’t think they realize what they just threw away.

  33. J. Alfred Prufrock December 31st, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    austinmac December 31st, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    JAP,

    I was hoping, perhaps vainly so, the offender would stop.
    ///

    Totally got that. And I understand that your way is a way of not singling someone out, but trying to achieve an end. The problem with that is, it implies that there’s a bad faith discussion being waged by both parties, when the one is just trying to gracefully deal with the argument. I also think that by not directly expressing who’s transgressing, that person is allowed to slide under the radar and continue to behave in the same manner, since the other guy is unfairly just shuffled under the same banner of rudeness, even though he went out of his way to avoid capitulating to the rudeness. Your trying to be subtle is good willed; it’s just that it kind of puts the onus in the wrong place, and therefore, comes off as tacit approval, if that makes sense. Hey, that’s how it struck me. You’ll do as you see fit.

  34. yankeefeminista December 31st, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    rt, yep, a desperate rolling at a biga** cost when they are supposed to be showing fiscal responsibilty. If you are going spend, spend on Tanaka.

  35. yankeefeminista December 31st, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    yank21, I wish Marshall well too. He had been throwing the slider this year, but they had him shelve it for a cutter. That didn’t work, so they finally gave it back to him. Kind of a knee jerk and ill-advised move to add the pitch in the first place. I thought our cutter happy PC’s would have changed their stripes, but it still seems like their go-to pitch, and it certainly isn’t the pitch to replace a pitcher’s one breaking pitch.

  36. blake December 31st, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    “i think with park factor taken into account that the mariners offense may even be better than the yankees.”

    Highly doubt that….

  37. austinmac December 31st, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    Does anyone have an opinion on the relative level of play in the three main winter leagues?

  38. yankee21 December 31st, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    Put me on record in saying I will not miss Cano and the contract he would have represented.

    At the same time put me on the record as saying NY will need decades to find a 2B that approaches 80% of his all around ability. What a talent.

    Good time to part company but it will sting for a few years as I predict he will be a better hitter in SEA; rake doubles all over the place, hit .310 and drive in 100 runs even with that line-up.
    SEA is a good honest ball park in which Cano will not be tempted to pull as often like he did in YS.

  39. Blojaldo December 31st, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    IMO, desperate isn’t a business-like term and I don’t think General Managers and owners ever see moves that way. If you have needs you try to fill them and the market dictates the price for the most part. They want to put the best team they can on the field using whatever financial resources are available to them. If the motivation is there to win. If Ubaldo who is 30 in January wants four years at $11 million a year you don’t do it. If he will go for three at $9 million with a club option I think you do. Whatever one thinks about past trades, free agent signings we didn’t make and development shortcomings the reality is here they are. What are the best moves the Yankees can make to best be able to compete. Starting pitching is critical, there will be injuries you need depth. David Phelps isn’t the answer.

  40. blake December 31st, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    I wish we had the prospect we could have traded cano for in July…..not sure who that is but I’m sure they are better than a comp draft pick

  41. J. Alfred Prufrock December 31st, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    Pruf, QFT. I cringe every time I hear a young Yankee pitcher/pitching prospect is adding a cutter.
    ///

    Crap! Mitchell is throwing it for Ks against LHB but I’d like to see him rely more on his CB. Dellin has always had that cutting action on one of his fastballs, but he’s comfortable with that and it’s nearly impossible to put good wood on it. Manny I don’t want to see throwing one again.

  42. MTU December 31st, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    Finish the job Hal !

  43. luis December 31st, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    Good afternoon guys!

    Happy New Year to all!

    I am with YF…No to Ubaldo or Garza…We are better off using our own depth in that regard… Betances could be a much better option than Ubaldo…Phelps can give you about the same production of Garza at a fraction of the price it would take to sign him.

    But it wouldn’t surprised me one bit if they chose to go with either pitcher…They do like the “vet” sign at the side of the player tag

  44. J. Alfred Prufrock December 31st, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    Hey primo! :)

    Left you a voicemail. Best not to discuss here, though ;)

  45. luis December 31st, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    Yankee21,

    Yes..the contract Cano received was crazy…But so is Ellsbury’s, and he has a very poor track record on staying on the field…Not to mention that he is a far more lesser player than Cano is

  46. blake December 31st, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    “the mariners had a higher OPS last year.”

    Well yea but you’re adding Ellsbury, Beltran, Tex, Jeter, McCann, and a full season of Soriano to the yanks lineup and really only subtracting Cano.

    The Ms lineup is Cano and a bunch of ? rigjt now…..i mean its baseball so you never know…..but if I were betting Id lay money on the yanks having a better offense in 2014

  47. luis December 31st, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    J. Alfred Prufrock December 31st, 2013 at 4:21 pm
    Hey primo!

    Left you a voicemail. Best not to discuss here, though

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

    Did ya?!… I haven’t heard it :oops: I have been very busy this past few days… I will e-mail you my land line ;)

  48. J. Alfred Prufrock December 31st, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    If the Ms are smart enough to show patience with Montero he could eventually hit behind Cano… that’s what I envisioned…but not for the Mariners.

  49. luis December 31st, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    J. Alfred Prufrock December 31st, 2013 at 4:24 pm
    If the Ms are smart enough to show patience with Montero he could eventually hit behind Cano… that’s what I envisioned…but not for the Mariners.

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

    :( Me too

  50. Pat M. December 31st, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    ralphterry…. Do you still have that beautiful 1963 Corvette Stingray that Sport Magazine gave you for being the 62 World Series MVP ???? I remember reading that you complained that your clubs couldn’t fit in the trunk. If you go back to the trade deadline a few summer’s ago, you’ll see me hoping that the would Yanks trade for him . Montero wasn’t enough and The Rocks wanted an expanded package. Happy New Years to all LoHudders and that includes my pal Jerkface

  51. MTU December 31st, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    Happy NY Luis.

    Phelps only threw around 70 innings last season.

    He would better be use to piggy back someone.

    I think he can throw around 100 innings or so safely this coming year.

    You go much more and you are asking for trouble IMO especially after a forearm strain last year.

  52. J. Alfred Prufrock December 31st, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Good deal, primo. We’ll catch up :)

  53. MTU December 31st, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    Same to you Pat M.

  54. yankeefeminista December 31st, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Blo, unfortunately the Yankees evaluative skills leave much to be desired. If they did dispassionate clinical analysis of any worth, then they wouldn’t be “desperate,” but I stand by that word. Bidding against themselves with Alex’s last contract and the current Ellsbury contract is desperate, as is making some of the deals they’ve made. So have fun with the semantics of the word desperate, but I disagree.

  55. MTU December 31st, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Like Pat I extend my well wishes to all for a happy, healthy, and prosperous NY.

    :)

  56. luis December 31st, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    Hello MTU,

    He is over 26 now, so i think you can go a little higher..But yeah, it is a risk to bump his innings like they did with Hughes… They put themselves in that situation when they refused to give him the job of Garcia back in 2012 when he showed clearly that he was ready for prime time… Still, if they go the Garza route, then it will be his contract that will prevent Phelps to take the job… For me, plan A should be Tanaka…If not, I would probably stand pat and go with my depth

  57. yankeefeminista December 31st, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    rt, agree, these new Yankee players plus the ones already in the fold do have injury risk written all over them.

  58. yankeefeminista December 31st, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Again to those who didn’t see my previous email, a Happy and Healthy New Year to all. May 2014 be all you wish for and more!

  59. luis December 31st, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Same to you Pat M..Please if you happen to talk with Randy, please convey him my best wishes as well

  60. blake December 31st, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    i’d say take 20% of the production right off the top for injuries because of age and background.”

    But Corey hart and Lo Mo will be healthy?

  61. GregD December 31st, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    YF

    GregD. And happily Tanaka doesn’t affect our IFA $$.

    ——————
    I was aware….my increased confidence was based upon the fact that they were willing to spend on the IFAs so I believe they would be willing to go after Tanaka aggressively……..make sense?

  62. luis December 31st, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    YF,

    I am not reading my e-mails..I have them blocked to save a little money…But I will e-mail you my land line…And a wonderful NY for you my friend

  63. GregD December 31st, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    yankeefeminista December 31st, 2013 at 4:34 pm
    Again to those who didn’t see my previous email, a Happy and Healthy New Year to all. May 2014 be all you wish for and more!

    —————–
    Happy New Year to you and your family!!!!

  64. MTU December 31st, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    Luis-

    I very much doubt that will be what the Yankees do.

    If they miss on Mr. T they will sign another FA starter.

    Might be Garza. Might be someone else.

    I think they learned their lesson about too much inexperience in the same rotation after 2008.

    We nee to add certainty rather than more uncertainty to the rotation IMO.

    My take is to break in only 1 guy at a time thru the 5 slot. When they have demonstrated a full season or so of success they get moved up and the next one is slotted in. And so on.

    Have a good time in the Big Apple.

    :)

  65. luis December 31st, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    Thanks MTU!

    I am having a blast!…I am here with some family as well..Besides, I love winter… I agree, they won’t go the rookie route…I just hope that they don’t give a contract to either of those pitchers…That might hurt us in the long run more than you think, because those rookies we are talking about will be blocked and those contracts will be probably unmovable

  66. Pat M. December 31st, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    Luis…….I’ll certainly pass your regards on to The Tin Cup. Clearly he’s missed but somehow his spirit lives on !!! Much like SJ, CB, GB, and several others. For me, this joint has lost some luster due to his departure

  67. yankeefeminista December 31st, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    “I think they learned their lesson about too much inexperience in the same rotation after 2008.”

    The problem is they went to the opposite extreme. They seem to be zealots to extremes on most things. Wish they had a little more balance, eclecticism/judgment in some of the choices they make/have made.

    MTU, how is everyone doing? I hope 2014 treats you well.

    luis, you too, my dear friend. And yes, I will look for an email from you.

  68. MTU December 31st, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Luis-

    The 5 slot is for testing out and breaking in young pitchers.

    As far as blocking. I don’t see it for next season anyway.

    I doubt Kuroda will be back and that will create an opportunity for 5 to move to 4, and for a new #5.

    If Manny does well he might be the one, or possibly J-Ram.

    For example:

    CC
    Kuroda
    Nova
    Tanaka
    Pineda/Phelps

    Next year:

    CC
    Nova
    Tanaka
    Pineda or Phelps
    Banuelos

    If Pineda or Phelps are not ready for the 4 spot they acquire Bailey.

    Hopefully they would be after a successful 2014.

  69. luis December 31st, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    Pat M. December 31st, 2013 at 4:43 pm
    Luis…….I’ll certainly pass your regards on to The Tin Cup. Clearly he’s missed but somehow his spirit lives on !!! Much like SJ, CB, GB, and several others. For me, this joint has lost some luster due to his departure

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

    Yes it has… I miss the grumpy GB7, may he be enjoying himself up there… CB is another one that it is sorely missed…I think eventually they will all return…Here is hoping

  70. yankeefeminista December 31st, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    MTU, Tanaka would sure make Yankee fans a lot happier in 2014.

    Happy New Year, GregD, to you and yours as well! Hope to see you in Trenton at some point.

    Happy New Year, Pat M! Yes, Randy in his original “incarnation” is sorely missed. I hope he’ll return soon. GB7′s presence transcends time and space.

  71. MTU December 31st, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    YF-

    Lucky is about 90%.

    Still has a few small lesions from the Vasculitis. And the eye surgery is not healing as well as we had hoped.

    Other than that he is doing quite well.

    We have one other big issue going into 2014. We have to see how that turns out.

    The potential for a happier and healthier year is there if things break right.

    Thank you for asking and for the continuing prayers.

    I hope your 2014 is filled w health, happiness, and prosperity.

    May your every wish come true.

    You are a very fine person. I wish you only the best.

    :)

  72. luis December 31st, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    MTU,

    That looks like a sound plan… I would love some Tanaka on the fold rather than the Garza or Ubaldo types

    Got to go guys…I have to get ready…Happy New year to all again

  73. RadioKev December 31st, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    Betances is not better than Ubaldo Jimenez. That’s crazy talk.

  74. MTU December 31st, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Luis-

    The Yankees need to do whatever is necessary to insure a competitive rotation and a solid pen.

    I expect they will whether that is w Tanaka or someone else.

    Have a safe and fun NY’s Luis.

    See you in 2014.

    ;)

  75. luis December 31st, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    RadioKev December 31st, 2013 at 4:54 pm
    Betances is not better than Ubaldo Jimenez. That’s crazy talk.

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

    They are both high risk/high reward kind of pitchers at this point…The difference is in the price tag… So I rather go with the cheaper option…If he doesn’t turn out to be what he could be, you are not stuck with a very expensive contract that it is probably unmovable.

  76. luis December 31st, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Will do MTU ;)

  77. RadioKev December 31st, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    They are both high risk/high reward kind of pitchers at this point…The difference is in the price tag… So I rather go with the cheaper option…If he doesn’t turn out to be what he could be, you are not stuck with a very expensive contract that it is probably unmovable.
    ———–

    The difference is one will be in the minors at 26 and the other was a Cy Young candidate at 26.

  78. yankeefeminista December 31st, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    Feliz Ano Nuevo, luis!

    Thanks for the kind words, MTU. I will continue to keep your entire family/extended family in my prayers!

  79. Doreen December 31st, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    Just want to take the opportunity to wish a Happy New Year while there seems to be a surge of posters who’ve been MIA lately. My best wishes for a healthy and happy 2014, with as little strife as possible.

  80. Ys Guy December 31st, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    anyone still want to get in on the arod pool give your prediction for the lengh of the suspension to be announced by horowitz any day now?

    just put AROD POLL somewhere in your comment so i can search it and i’ll add you to the list.

    first prize is pride and the unending esteem of your fellow lohudders.

    average pick at this point is about 112 games.

  81. yankeefeminista December 31st, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    Doreen, good to see you, and you too! May you and your family have a wonderful 2014!

  82. Vineyard Yankee December 31st, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    Happy Healthy & Safe New Years to all Yankee Fans here ! !

    May Yankee fortunes be bright in 2014 !

  83. austinmac December 31st, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    YS,

    162

  84. Ys Guy December 31st, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    162 would be pretty interesting. i’d expect the yankees to immediately say that arod will not be put on the PS roster if that happens (like the giants did with melky) so that’s not hanging over their heads all season.

  85. MTU December 31st, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    Doreen-

    May the good Lord hold you and yours in the palm of his hand in 2014.

    :)

  86. yankeefeminista December 31st, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    Ys Guy, ARod poll. 65 games.

  87. blake December 31st, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    Happy new year Doreen and everyone else !

  88. jmv December 31st, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    Good evening, guys!

    Wish you all a Happy New Year!

    That includes Tanaka, of course

  89. Ys Guy December 31st, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    Somewhere in the U.S. tonight, many places actually, some miscreant is going to fire a gun into the air to celebrate the New Year.

    And somewhere else in American, not far away, someone is going to be hit with a bullet that was fired in celebration of the New Year.

    Fate should interceed and make sure that that bullet hits one of the other shooters!

  90. MTU December 31st, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    HNY jmv.

    Stay safe in 2014.

    :)

  91. MTU December 31st, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    All I am looking for from NY is a nice quiet evening safe at home with Mrs. MTU an the Mops.

    And an uneventful beginning to 2014.

    In my small town they roll in the sidewalks early even on NY’s.

    You big City folks would be bored to death.

    :)

  92. yankeefeminista December 31st, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    Chuck Greenberg @chuckgreenberg
    41 years years ago today the world lost a great player and better man. pic.twitter.com/FI1OICAVpe
    Retweeted by Jon Heyman

  93. blake December 31st, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    The ole egg is sluggish tonight…..cold and windy in these hills

  94. yankeefeminista December 31st, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    MTU, we are hanging in tonight as well. We did our traveling/celebrations out during Christmas week. Just need some good food and loved ones; that’s all. There’s no place like home.

    Feliz Ano Nuevo to you and yours, jmv. And a better 2014 for all of you in Venezuela.

  95. Ys Guy December 31st, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    its our anniversary but we will spend it quietly at home as it’s a work day tomorrow.

    happy and healthy new year everybody!

  96. yankeefeminista December 31st, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    You too, Ys Guy!

  97. MTU December 31st, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    Y’s-

    Happy anniversary.

    :)

    YF-

    In a big city environment you wouldn’t catch me anyhere near a bunch of drunken revelers.

    If I want to do that I can do it quite well in the safety of my own casa.

    ;)

  98. Vineyard Yankee December 31st, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    2014 New Year’s Wish List …

    ** ‘Roidboy’ heads down the road and leaves no forwarding address

    ** Tanaka comes to town ! (in NYY pinstripes)

    ** DJ has a healthy & productive 2014

    ** Levine becomes the ambassador to North Korea

    ** A giant sinkhole opens up & swallows Fenway Park

    Go Yankees ! !

  99. yankeefeminista December 31st, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    And Happy Anniversary!

  100. MTU December 31st, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    Blake-

    What’s on the menu ?

  101. Vineyard Yankee December 31st, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    Hi Mike, sorry to hear about ur pooch :(

  102. yankeefeminista December 31st, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    MTU, when I lived in NYC, we often spent the night at home, inviting friends in but we had a terrace from which we could watch the fireworks. So, it was quite ideal.

  103. MTU December 31st, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    VY-

    :)

    Have a happy and healthy NY.

  104. MTU December 31st, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    YF-

    We can watch any goings on from ours so I understand.

    VY-

    Thanks. I hope your babies are well.

  105. MTU December 31st, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    At my Stage of life peacefiulness is a good thing and to be preferred to raucousness.

    :)

  106. MTU December 31st, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    sp: peacefulness

  107. Vineyard Yankee December 31st, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    Mike:

    Back at u, also to the Mrs & ‘The Mops’ !

  108. J. Alfred Prufrock December 31st, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    Luis…….I’ll certainly pass your regards on to The Tin Cup. Clearly he’s missed but somehow his spirit lives on !!!
    ///

    I agree. Somehow, it does :)

  109. pete2 December 31st, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    As for the 2nd half run, well, they made a playoff run in August, for about 2 weeks when they went 11-3. The Rays losing for awhile after that kept them in it as they finished the season off going 17-18 due to poor pitching, the loss of Gardner and a hobbled Arod.

    Cashman saying they are out on Drew is no surprise. Looks like the 189′ers have won. Not optimistic on Tanaka so looks like this is the team except for a low cost BP arm and a utility RH bat like Reynolds. Looks like most of the AL East has got a bit worse or are standing pat, so if the perfect storm of everything goes right happens, they have an outside shot at it, but the odds are not good enough to bet on.

  110. MTU December 31st, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    If I can wake up tomorrow to feel the rays of the Sun shinning on my face I’ll be happy.

    It will be a good beginning.

    :)

  111. blake December 31st, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    MTU says:
    December 31, 2013 at 5:45 pm
    Blake-

    What’s on the menu ?

    Filet o cow and some snow crab legs

  112. MTU December 31st, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    Blake-

    Sounds good.

    And for liquid refreshments to keep you warm ?

    ;)

  113. Ys Guy December 31st, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    we had seared tenderloin with brie melted into sauteed wild mushrooms. roasted cauiflower parsnips and brussel sprouts and some rosemary red potatoes. it was really nice.

    We catered a dinner tonight and we always eat well when we cater dinners. We never cook like that for ourselves.

  114. J. Alfred Prufrock December 31st, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    jmv December 31st, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    Good evening, guys!

    Wish you all a Happy New Year!

    That includes Tanaka, of course
    ///

    same to you, jmv! :)

  115. tomingeorgia December 31st, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    There’re some advantages to living under MST and PST, you don’t have to stay up until midnight to watch the ball come down in Times Square, which is the real New Year!

  116. Jerkface December 31st, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    Ys Guy,

    Put me down for 0 games in the A-rod poll :evil:

  117. Vineyard Yankee December 31st, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    Mike:

    The Kids at Christmas 2013

    https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-ozMt_3uef48/UrIfiMrvTaI/AAAAAAAABdU/31p04yAq2cg/s720/LL%2520Saturday%2520afternoon%2520pictures%2520disc%25202%2520047.jpg

  118. MTU December 31st, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    VY-

    OMG.

    Wonderful.

    :)

  119. Vineyard Yankee December 31st, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    Mike:

    New pups from August ………..

    Bucket transport to the Vet.

    https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/6Ij-P0DymF7TF2uE2Q9R_L4w6bSsnvDLTJMDkOoW86s?feat=directlink

  120. MTU December 31st, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    Mister Tom-

    Don’t keep your entire neighborhood awake w all your partying, etc.

    Have mercy on your poor neighbors.

    That said, have a healthy and happy NY.

    We’ll leave a light on for ya’ out here.

    :)

  121. Vineyard Yankee December 31st, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    Tom:

    What’s midnite ? :) !

    HNY to you !

  122. jmills December 31st, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    jmv, if you’re out there, Schumacher’s doing a bit better. Maybe a bit of Western medical ” magic ” can pull this true racing wizard through. Such individuals recite the edge, it doesn’t mean its any easier when they’re at risk of going over. Best to him and his family, and they could only be touched by the wishes from Yankee fandom – I knew u guys had big hearts!

  123. J. Alfred Prufrock December 31st, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Jerkface December 31st, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    Ys Guy,

    Put me down for 0 games in the A-rod poll :evil:
    ///

    :evil: :D

  124. MTU December 31st, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    This how people out in high desert celebrate the Holidays :

    https://picasaweb.google.com/109721757058432487394/XmasInTheDesert?authkey=Gv1sRgCJTg2OfO_eHycA#

    Kind of quirky, huh ?

    :)

  125. MTU December 31st, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    VY-

    Adorable.

    :)

  126. jmills December 31st, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    MTU, every succulent is loveable, its all about how to encroach upon the embracement.

    Pruf, thanks for your speedy Schumacher energy!

  127. Vineyard Yankee December 31st, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    Gracias ! My babies ……..

  128. J. Alfred Prufrock December 31st, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    jmills, whatever ya need, I’ll do my utmost.

    Happy New Year, good fellow.

  129. jmills December 31st, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    Alfred, ditto :)

  130. J. Alfred Prufrock December 31st, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    jmills, for you:

    This is newness: every little tawdry
    Obstacle glass-wrapped and peculiar,
    Glinting and clinking in a saint’s falsetto. Only you
    Don’t know what to make of the sudden slippiness,
    The blind, white, awful, inaccessible slant.
    There’s no getting up it by the words you know.
    No getting up by elephant or wheel or shoe.
    We have only come to look. You are too new
    To want the world in a glass hat.

  131. jmills December 31st, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    Great game between the Canada – U.S. juniors….as usual – had it on in the car between aptes. The women really get it on as well!

  132. tomingeorgia December 31st, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    Mister MTU

    My lights are going to be off in a couple of hours. Mrs. Tom will have to tell me tomorrow if the ball actually did come down without hitting anybody.

    55 years ago, I went to Times Square for New Year’s Eve. There were no people pens, no pat-downs or bomb-sniffing dogs, just a couple of million drunkards like me and my company. It was fantastic, all the bars in the old, pre-Disneyized Square pumping out the brew, the porn theaters giving out free passes, the pickpockets doing land office business, spirits high. Welcome to the brave new world!

    Happy New Year to everyone.!

  133. Vineyard Yankee December 31st, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    New One :arrow:

  134. jmills December 31st, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Alfred, I hope I’m always too new,…never done, so that we all might meet around the corner and take another shot at the thing.

  135. jmills December 31st, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Tom,…..I think you’ve seen things that go beyond me :D Happy New Year to you and your consort!

  136. J. Alfred Prufrock December 31st, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    jmills,

    My boy Pouliot is on the Canadian Junior Team.

    He’ll fit in right nice with Letang, Maata, and Despres.

    The women’s programs have really taken off. Like anything else, if you have no money and no high-level coaching, you can’t really upgrade. They are now pouring money and support into such programs, so the women’s game reflects the investment. Like women’s basketball, hockey has taken some major strides. They have less of a power game, but the skills are crisp an the skating and “hands” aspects at a high level. I believe Mario’s daughter, who skates and moves so much like the old man it’s eerie, is playing for Team USA I believe.

  137. jmills December 31st, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    Ok, Alfred, Hull gave you Bret, and now, Mario, his daughter? I’m demanding something special from, Koufax!

  138. jmills December 31st, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    Alfred, we can continue this fine alteration on the other side,…or here, doesn’t matter to me; and if you spend enough time looking at it, you won’t know la differance anyways. Your dad lives.

  139. yankeefeminista December 31st, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    Break on through, jmills :arrow:


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