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Pinch hitting: Mike Nuckols

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Today’s Pinch Hitter is Mike Nuckols, who’s been reading the LoHud Yankees Blog since long before I showed up. Mike’s a writer (which is convenient), and he’s a longtime Yankees fan (naturally), but he’s also a father, and that’s the source material for his guest post.

Mariano RiveraThe Complications of Raising a Yankees Fan

I used to be a normal Yankees fan, but then my son, Jack, screwed the whole thing up for me. Everything got a lot more complicated. See, it’s not enough just to raise your kid to root for the Yankees and loathe the Red Sox. You also have to raise them to be good people. And sometimes the Yankees make that difficult.

Now don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of great lessons my son has learned from baseball. He’s learned that if you strike out, then get out to the backyard, practice your butt off and next time you’ll get a hit. He’s learned how to take a tough, tough loss. And there’s nothing like the double play to show the value of teamwork. But baseball — the Yankees in particular — also present some bad lessons.

As a dad, what do you do about A-Rod or Cervelli? Do you still root for them? Last season the Yanks only really started playing well when A-Rod was on the field. I remember him smashing a game-changing home run that had me screaming with joy. My son and I were exchanging high-fives. Which means I was essentially telling my kid: “Yeah he’s a creep and cheater, but the Yankees really need him and that’s more important.”

What kind of message does that send?

And what about the Steinbrenners and the money thing? I’m trying to teach my son that might doesn’t make right — but the Yankees are the exact opposite of that.

“Don’t worry that we didn’t make the playoffs. This offseason we signed McCann, Beltran, Ellsbury, and we outbid everyone else for Tanaka. We may not be able to win by being smarter or working harder, but money can make everything OK.”

It’s confusing, right? My son has turned my Yankees fandom upside down.

However, being a dad and a Yankees fan hasn’t been all bad. In fact, there are ways that my son has made being a Yankees fan a thousand times better. The 2009 season blows away any other championship for me. Jack and I would get up every morning and look at the standings. We tracked them the whole season, through the playoffs and all the way to the World Series. When Johnny Damon pulled the double steal in Game 4, we were literally dancing around our living room and hugging each other in delirium.

This past season I paid a small fortune to bring Jack to Mariano Rivera’s last game in Yankee Stadium. I found most of the game a little boring. The Yanks were out of the playoffs so it didn’t matter if they won or lost. When Rivera came in to Enter Sandman, it was kind of a letdown. It didn’t have the incredible drama of a real save.

Then something strange happened. Two guys were coming out of the dugout.

“What’s going on?” I asked.

“It’s Jeter and Andy Pettitte!” Jack screamed.

Rivera’s two longtime teammates came out and took the ball from him. Then Rivera’s head was buried on Andy’s chest and the greatest closer in all of baseball was crying like a baby. Suddenly my son and I were crying too. We were somehow managing the cheer and cry at the same time. Unforgettable.

There’s no hesitation teaching your son to root for Mariano Rivera. Baseball accomplishments aside, that guy is a model of class, sportsmanship, and doing things right. And we were there for that moment at the end of his career. There’s going to show that on SportsCenter 30 years from now and my son can say: “I was there. My dad took me to that game.”

That wasn’t just baseball history. That was part of the history of me and my son — and it’s there because we’re Yankees fans.

Woosh! I better start saving up in case Jeter retires next season.

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252 Responses to “Pinch hitting: Mike Nuckols”

  1. yankeefeminista February 2nd, 2014 at 9:15 am

    Beautiful! Reminds me of me and my Dad and siblings. Our Yankee bond is one of our strongest bonds, and it has taught us so much about life and love. And it looks like you have the smarts and values to be able to handle the gray areas of the game–Alex, Cervelli, Evil Empire questions your son may have. If you are a good role model for your son, he will realize life isn’t black and white, but gray. And he will be able to comprehend all the complexities of life, and make his own decisions. Just make sure to teach him not only to be a great Yankee fan, but to also have compassion. A win-win!

    ….

    Go Peyton!!!

  2. BD (Boston Dave) February 2nd, 2014 at 9:19 am

    Great story mike.

    Here’s to many more positive Yankee moments with you and your son!

  3. Cashmoney February 2nd, 2014 at 9:25 am

    Good read. Mo is simply class. He is a real good human being with skills that the lot of us wish we had. He is revered as much as rooted, for his almost perfection and the humility in which he goes about his business.

  4. Cashmoney February 2nd, 2014 at 9:31 am

    I can’t help but to think if Nunez shows that is not a disaster at 2b & 3b defensively, he will receive significant time at both positions. The key to me is coming out of gate strong and regaining brass’ trust. My opinion is that he would be okay 2b not so sure of 3b.

  5. yankeefeminista February 2nd, 2014 at 9:41 am

    My guess is they mostly go with Roberts at 2B until he breaks down. Nunie has been pretty good at 3B in a sss (UZR aside), and certainly give us better hitting there than the others will. Plus Nunie hit well in second half, and had decent splits. Interesting to see what the Yankees think about him with all the additional “detritus” vying for playing time.

  6. blake February 2nd, 2014 at 9:41 am

    @RealMichaelKay: Three years of worry about the weather on this day was all for naught. It’s a gorgeous day in NYC and NJ.

    Advantage Manning….really hope they win

  7. blake February 2nd, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Nunez isn’t a big leaguer….I don’t think he will be on the team. He’s had plenty of time to prove that he is and he just hasn’t ….

  8. MTU February 2nd, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Blake-

    Being that I really like and respect Manning, and that I live in a neighboring state I’m pulling for the Broncos all the way.

  9. Chip February 2nd, 2014 at 9:45 am

    I don’t have a problem with the Yankees looking at Kelly Johnson as the best of their 3b options currently on the roster – He could probably play a passable 3b and hit 25 HR for them out of the 7 spot in the order.

    My problem would be if the Yankees don’t look at potential upgrades or additions either before or during the season.

    Some suggestions include:

    Danny Valencia – he’s on the Royals right now but they have serious roster issues, Valencia is competing with three other guys for 2 roster spots and since Valencia is out of options the Royals might not be able to keep him. Danny can rake against LHP and would be a great back up at 3b and 1b.

    Aramis Ramirez – probably a midseason pick up. He’s an impending FA on a team that’s going no where. He’s lost a step but he’s still a dangerous RH bat…think Soriano from last year.

    Chase Headley – another midseason guy. We know the deal, big time free agent on a team that probably can’t keep him. Would be a guy the Yankees would look to deal for and then keep for the long term.

  10. Cashmoney February 2nd, 2014 at 9:46 am

    YF, my guess is that it is simply question of when on Roberts, I like Nunez’s bat and his athleticism. I will be pulling for him. But there is almost no margin for errors this time around, Literally.

  11. MTU February 2nd, 2014 at 9:46 am

    Every new day brings with it a fresh opportunity.

    ;)

  12. Cashmoney February 2nd, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Chip, my guess is mid season if Yanks current alignments don’t work out. I don’t see em spending money right now.

  13. Cashmoney February 2nd, 2014 at 9:48 am

    I meant Aram specifically.

  14. MTU February 2nd, 2014 at 9:50 am

    KJ has not played all that much 3b.

    Is he adequate ?

    Remember. We’ll have 3/4 GB type pitchers.

    Can’t have guys in the field who are going to screw that up.

    Decent gloves, range, and ability to turn 2 are going to be important.

  15. Chip February 2nd, 2014 at 9:51 am

    Cash –

    I agree, I don’t think they’ll deal for a major guy unless they get hit with injuries like last spring – but if a guy like Valencia is available towards the end of spring (like Lyle Overbay last year) it would make sense.

  16. MTU February 2nd, 2014 at 9:55 am

    .234 .316 .388 .704

    KJ’s 3 years playing in the AL.

    :(

  17. austinmac February 2nd, 2014 at 9:55 am

    Cashman has been surprisingly honest lately. He says the real spending is over. I think it is. They will see what they have, and go from there. Of course, the problem is by that time there is nowhere else to go except deep dumpster diving.

  18. Chip February 2nd, 2014 at 9:57 am

    MTU -

    He’s not new to the infield and in his NYDaily News interview he says he’s been working all winter on footwork at 3b.

    Clearly having a novice over there next to Jeter isn’t ideal, but I don’t think he’ll cost the team more than he helps.

  19. austinmac February 2nd, 2014 at 9:57 am

    MTU,

    That sure doesn’t look like a 3B bat, does it?

  20. Cashmoney February 2nd, 2014 at 9:57 am

    random thoughts, as I am typing leisurely in front of a computer, a guy like Nunez is going to ST knowing that his ML livelihood is more or less on the line in every play he makes or doesn’t, that’s decent amount of pressure he is facing.

  21. yankeefeminista February 2nd, 2014 at 9:59 am

    Cashmoney, agree. He has struggled at times, and it is at the point of put up or shut up.

    Johnson will fit in fine, marginal IF abilities and 27% K’s vs. RHP with some pop. Another hairy, no glove type. Fab.

  22. Chip February 2nd, 2014 at 9:59 am

    austinmac–

    Other than Stephen Drew who may or may not want to play 3b and Almedys Diaz there aren’t any FAs available who don’t qualify as dumpster diving at this point anyway.

    I would like them to sign Diaz ASAP but even if they do he’s not going to be ready to step into the bigs right away.

  23. MTU February 2nd, 2014 at 10:01 am

    mac-

    It makes no sense to me that they have stopped short of completing the Team by filling the remaining holes.

    Once they blew thru 189 they should have been able to at least match last year’s payroll.

    That would leave them with about 10-15 or so to spend.

    Kind of reminds me a little of last year when they took on Youkilis and Hafner.

    This year it’s Roberts.

    With Tex and Jeter as question marks.

  24. austinmac February 2nd, 2014 at 10:02 am

    Chip,

    I have no real info on Diaz, but the success of other top rated Cubans is sure encouraging me. Signing him, if scouting reports are good, seems like a great plan. A young middle infielder would be like manna from heaven.

    Drew is the only free agent option, I agree. That is not happening.

  25. MTU February 2nd, 2014 at 10:02 am

    Mac-

    No it doesn’t.

    It doesn’t look like much of anything actually.

  26. yankeefeminista February 2nd, 2014 at 10:03 am

    Yep, we are again a FA dependent team but one who can’t find any elite FA IF’s (aside from the one we let go) b/c there aren’t any. So, we are back to rickety past their primers and AAAA types. How about making a trade or doing something other than signing dumpsters? Where is the plan in all this? Or do we just make it up as we go along? (rhetorical question; I know the answer already.)

  27. austinmac February 2nd, 2014 at 10:05 am

    MTU,

    I must ask, who was Wanzies? He appeared and disappeared just as quickly.

  28. Cashmoney February 2nd, 2014 at 10:06 am

    The one move I did not see it coming was Ellsbury this off season.

  29. MTU February 2nd, 2014 at 10:07 am

    YF-

    There are still a few weeks or so left to make a move.

    Perhaps they will.

  30. Chip February 2nd, 2014 at 10:07 am

    Player A:
    .257 BA, .323 OBP, .422 SLG 20 HR/YR Avg

    Player B:
    .253 BA, .335 OBP, .427 SLG 19 HR/YR Avg

    Player B is Kelly Johnson, Player A is Scott Brosius

  31. mick February 2nd, 2014 at 10:07 am

    Right now it looks like owners have “colluded” to let the remaining FA’s sit it out.
    We were spoiled by the early flurry of signings but that came to a screeching halt.
    The FA’s left will have to take crummy deals or sit out some of the season.
    We are not done yet…

  32. yankeefeminista February 2nd, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Cashmoney, Ells signing was a bizarre move, especially considering we have Gardner and if we were letting Cano walk then you would expect we would actually need viable IF’s more. Shows that they had no plan.

  33. Cashmoney February 2nd, 2014 at 10:09 am

    153 millions sure doesn’t buy you what it used to worth in goods anymore. Inflation in FA further marginalize NYY’s financial advantage; they need to develop their farm big time with all the avenues avail to them.

  34. MTU February 2nd, 2014 at 10:10 am

    Mac-

    I really do not know.

    I think he was like some others from the past like “Bobcat” and “Lost”.

    He was here to do a specific thing.

    To guide us thru the Tanaka signing.

    That done. He decided his mission was over.

    I miss his input because he was chock full of interesting ideas.

  35. MTU February 2nd, 2014 at 10:12 am

    Chip-

    That is both AL and NL combined.

    Take a look at KJ’s avg. AL performance.

    It sucks.

    And he’s nothing special w a glove either.

  36. Cashmoney February 2nd, 2014 at 10:12 am

    YF, I would not have given either that money, but you have so many holes to address and a weak supply crop in FA. That’s the problem if they don’t some internal helps soon. This model is not sustainable.

  37. Chip February 2nd, 2014 at 10:13 am

    Ellsbury isn’t an odd move at all:

    Gardner’s a FA after this season
    The Yankees were trying to get better defensively and more dynamic and diverse offensively and he was a valuable player to their top rival.

    There weren’t any infielders worth spending money on in this FA class (other than Cano) and by increasing their OF depth it allows them to deal one or more of their OF prospects if high level INF help does become available.

  38. Cashmoney February 2nd, 2014 at 10:14 am

    I actually think Tanaka will be worth every penny from a performance, baseball and marketing standpoint. He doesn’t have to be great simply good will do.

  39. MTU February 2nd, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Chip-

    So they improved the OF and the IF is worse unless lot’s of things go just right.

    That leaves them vulnerable.

    Especially when you have a GB type pitching staff.

    How does that make sense ?

  40. austinmac February 2nd, 2014 at 10:15 am

    MTU,

    I don’t know if he had inside info, but he did have good thoughts. I had one one day myself.

  41. Chip February 2nd, 2014 at 10:16 am

    MTU – Johnson’s numbers in the AL are still as good (if not better) that Brosius was with the Yankees.

  42. RhapsodyInBlue February 2nd, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Gee Mike thanks for sharing, thanks for trying to do things with your boy the right way and thanks for the tears running down my face this Sunday morning.

  43. MTU February 2nd, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Mac-

    I do not know about “inside” but he had lot’s of knowledgeable contacts.

    I wish he would agree to return.

    Don’t think he will though.

  44. Yankee Trader February 2nd, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Good morning

    Watch this heaartwarming video. If you are rooting for the Broncos, at least root for this Seahawk.

    http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/vide.....m-22296138

  45. MTU February 2nd, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Chip-

    Brosius had a glove and was a very tough out.

    I don’t think Johnson is anything like that.

  46. AAA February 2nd, 2014 at 10:20 am

    I actually think Tanaka will be worth every penny from a performance, baseball and marketing standpoint. He doesn’t have to be great simply good will do.

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

    Not much evidence to suggest that Japanese pitchers do much for a team marketing-wise. To this point the marketing bang has come from everyday players like Matsui and Ichiro.

    He does have to be very, very good to justify the salary. Close to great.

  47. yankeefeminista February 2nd, 2014 at 10:21 am

    Cashmoney, yes this antiquated model has concerned me since 2010 when I thought we would try to get younger and reload. Instead we got older and remained status quo, filling up with dumpster divers to bridge the gap. I like what we have down on the farm, but we still have a few years until those guys prospectively make the jump. I am excited to see what we have a year later once MiLB commences. And I have to think something else shakes down at some point even if we stick with the current roster at the onset. I just worry about the fielding abilities of this infield, especially with no Robi at 2B to be the glue.

    MTU, I think we start off with what we have, but I can see changes during the season, as Roberts et al break down or don’t cut it. Not happy with the FA model; I still think the farm will at some point going forward a couple of years from now will have to carry the day. Wonder if we will ever get off our derrieres and actually make a trade for something of value.

  48. mick February 2nd, 2014 at 10:21 am

    In any year a team with major injuries will not win.
    Last year was the worst I’ve ever seen on the Yankees.
    If Jeter or Tex go down again, the same thing will happen.
    Unless we have some depth, as we did last season.
    I believe Drew and Baker are basing their value to the Yankees based on this.
    They want to be paid as more than backups as they know their roles are likely to change.
    The Yanks should get them both.

  49. Cashmoney February 2nd, 2014 at 10:22 am

    AAA, Valid point, but I think he will.

  50. austinmac February 2nd, 2014 at 10:23 am

    Many have questioned the Ellsbury signing, but I like it. He will the best player we have, in my view.

  51. mick February 2nd, 2014 at 10:23 am

    I wish he would agree to return.

    Don’t think he will though.
    ==================
    MTU
    Why did Wanzies leave?

  52. mick February 2nd, 2014 at 10:26 am

    Some don’t like the Ellsbury move as they think he took Cano’s money.
    Ellsbury is a ballplayer as is McCann and Beltran.
    These were 3 great pickups.
    Better off not whining about Cano, just a downer and won’t bring him back…

  53. AAA February 2nd, 2014 at 10:27 am

    Many have questioned the Ellsbury signing, but I like it. He will the best player we have, in my view.

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

    I think he’ll have the highest WAR among Yankees. Talking Cano at this point is beating a dead horse, but this club would be significantly better had they figured a way to keep Cano, forget about Ellsbury, and look to extend Gardner to a Bourn-like contract of 4/$48M or so.

  54. MTU February 2nd, 2014 at 10:28 am

    “I think we start off with what we have, but I can see changes during the season, as Roberts et al break down or don’t cut it. Not happy with the FA model; I still think the farm will at some point going forward a couple of years from now will have to carry the day. Wonder if we will ever get off our derrieres and actually make a trade for something of value.”

    The current spending spree has bought the Yankee Farm some more time.

    But I agree that it must at least produce an OF and another SP over the next couple of years.

    Hopefully more.

    Trades will also be affected by that productivity or lack thereof.

    If the Yankees added additional pitching this OS they could have sold high on Nova and maybe gotten themselves an IF for the future.

    GGBG might have been part of that equation but the Reds seemed to have solved their CF concerns.

    So he had no value in regards to Bailey.

    I’m hoping that Banuelos, j-Ram, and One of our young OF guys really breakout this year.

    We need it.

  55. yankeefeminista February 2nd, 2014 at 10:29 am

    Chip February 2nd, 2014 at 10:13 am
    Ellsbury isn’t an odd move at all:

    Gardner’s a FA after this season
    The Yankees were trying to get better defensively and more dynamic and diverse offensively and he was a valuable player to their top rival.

    There weren’t any infielders worth spending money on in this FA class (other than Cano) and by increasing their OF depth it allows them to deal one or more of their OF prospects if high level INF help does become available.
    ___
    Yours and the Yankees mistake is assuming the FA model is the only one. This was the supposed model we were discarding b/c teams are generally locking up their star players. It isn’t a viable model That the Yankees too buy into to this model 4 years later is hugely troubling.

  56. yankeefeminista February 2nd, 2014 at 10:30 am

    “The Yankees were trying to get better defensively and more dynamic and diverse offensively and he was a valuable player to their top rival.”
    ___
    A little late on this one by a few years. But at least they are trying if in a limited FA way…

  57. yankeefeminista February 2nd, 2014 at 10:31 am

    …but they forgot about the infield. But Brownie points for realizing Stewie and Hafner and Vern et al aren’t even the short term answer. Still have that 6.5 of Ichi’s on the payroll though. Great move, that.

  58. MTU February 2nd, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Mick-

    I do not really know.

    Just guessing from what he told me.

    I think he was here to usher in Tanaka, and he did not always like the level of discourse he found here. To much negativism for one thing.

    Too bad really because I thought he was quite an asset.

    Maybe he’ll pop in again.

  59. Yankee Trader February 2nd, 2014 at 10:33 am

    It’s the bottom of the ninth, Yankees tied, man on second, two outs against a lefty closer. Make it easier-Man on third.

    Which Yankee/Yankees do you trust to drive the run in and Yankees win, The Yankees win?!

  60. MTU February 2nd, 2014 at 10:35 am

    YT-

    Either Jeter or Beltran.

  61. mick February 2nd, 2014 at 10:35 am

    YT

    Is that a trick question?
    The Yanks are short on reliable RH hitters.
    Right now it’s either Beltran or Soriano.

  62. fuji February 2nd, 2014 at 10:37 am

    great story mike. i think the yankees have an intangible that you and your son witnessed and shared watching andy, derek, and mariano out there on the mound.
    as a father and yankee fan, what could be better than passing on that intangible to your son.

    the intangible gets passed on in different ways. when i had just in the back door of pro baseball as a bullpen catcher for a team managed by clete boyer, my dad came to a game at McKechnie Field in Bradenton to watch. he came early and was wearing his yankee cap which he always wore to baseball games ,whether the yankees were playing or not. between pitchers , i walked over to him on the first baseline and was talking when clete and graig nettles our third baseman came walking by from the clubhouse to the home dugout.

    clete glanced at my dad’s yankee hat and somehow read the situation and walked right up said hi to me and shook my dad’s hand with nettles following clete’s lead too. clete made some ‘nice day for a game” small talk and left saying enjoy the game and my father stood there in awe that he had just shaken the hands of the two greatest third basemen in yankee history.

    now two things. my dad had grown up watching babe ruth and gehrig play in old yankee stadium after driving down all night in back of the family farm pick up in maine so he knew his yankees.
    the other thing was that clete and graig didn’t know me from nothing. (i had only been there for a few weeks and they didn’t even know my name.)

    there is an intangible that the yankees have that brings out the best in their players whether they are perfect human beings or not. clete didn’t know that my dad grew up on a farm like clete did and had a brothers ken and floyd like clete did with ken and cloyd .

    clete wasn’t a perfect human being. who is? but that day , he did a really nice thing with my dad. maybe what we root for as yankee fans is for that intangible to come out . with alex, he has a hill to climb, but maybe he has his moments too where he gets it what it to be a yankee and passes it on

    for what it’s worth , i was rooting for him last summer too. i thought he showed a lot of courage coming out and playing the way he did under the pressure he was under.

  63. MTU February 2nd, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Ivan Nova better be good this coming season or we lost a tremendous trade opportunity.

    If he returns to being inconsistent we screwed the pooch.

    ;)

  64. yankeefeminista February 2nd, 2014 at 10:39 am

    “I’m hoping that Banuelos, j-Ram, and One of our young OF guys really breakout this year.

    We need it.”

    MTU, I think they will. Troubling though that everyone is learning the cutter. I wasn’t happy with that in the first place; I know Rick Peterson and O’s try to deter their pitches from throwing it, afraid of arm injury and drop in fastball velo. Although I would hope they let Bundy throw his. However, as per Yanks, I read in PP a few days ago that our PC Gil is a big cutter kind-of-guy. No wonder everyone in our system is learning it. I am hoping they don’t rely on it and waste their time like Hughes did, when it overthrew a pretty flat cutter for one whole year (groan).

    Also, I don’t know if it was reported b/c I wasn’t reading hte blog when he was inked, but I read that the Aussie Stenhouse who we just signed has a pretty mean splitter that he will throw in any count. I thought you’d like that, MTU.

  65. yankeefeminista February 2nd, 2014 at 10:40 am

    Sorry about typos…

  66. Yankee Trader February 2nd, 2014 at 10:40 am

    MTU

    I have the same-either Jeter or Beltran. If the consensus is those are the only two then the offensive unit is not very balanced, and if Ryan is in the game for Jeter as a defensive replacement then that leaves only Beltran as your biggest hope for a hit to end it before it goes into extras.

    Still concerned about the pen, especially in the first month or more when the starters are unlikely to pitch deep into games if the weather is still cold and damp, especially with the rotton winter we have had so far.

  67. yankeefeminista February 2nd, 2014 at 10:40 am

    “If he returns to being inconsistent we screwed the pooch.”

    How IS the real pooch? :)

  68. yankeefeminista February 2nd, 2014 at 10:43 am

    Nice story, fuji, and nice take. I heart you. May your dad stay forever young.

  69. MTU February 2nd, 2014 at 10:45 am

    YF-

    I think the Split is a very underappreciated pitch at the moment here in the US.

    I think HK and MT will change all that.

    It is huge in Japan.

    I am not a fan of the cutter either. Unless it’s Mo who throws it.

    Pitches go in and out of fashion.

    Lot’s of wive’s tales spring up about various of them.

    Sorry to hear that Patterson is such a fan.

    I have grown very sour of LR. I was hoping he would move on.

    Still optimistic on our MiLB pitching prospects.

    Lot’s of good arms w exceptional potential.

    It’s not the talent. It’s the development.

    You are going to be amazed watching Tanaka work.

    ;)

  70. Yankee Trader February 2nd, 2014 at 10:46 am

    fuji

    I met Clete Boyer a few years before he passed away. We spoke for a long time and he gave me this signed photo of him with Mantle and Maris. Doesn’t he look like George Clooney?

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/TWO-SI.....1047wt_662

  71. austinmac February 2nd, 2014 at 10:47 am

    YF,

    I don’t frequently post without typos. So, no apology needed.

    It seems odd they can sign Stenhouse, and he then returns to high school.

  72. MTU February 2nd, 2014 at 10:48 am

    YF-

    Holding steady at about 80-90 %.

    We have him on a different drug regimen trying to get rid of the last few issues.

    Even if he never gets to 100% he’ll be fine.

    He’s happy and playful.

    We sometimes call him the one-eyed jack.

    He has a very sweet disposition.

    Thanks for asking once again.

    :)

  73. MTU February 2nd, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Fuji-

    My Mother will be 89 this year God willing and she has a crush on Jeter.

    She thinks he’s cute.

    :)

  74. yankeefeminista February 2nd, 2014 at 10:50 am

    MTU, I have seen the footage, so I am already amazed. As I said at the onset, the splitter is special and the sliders I saw were plus. And he was locating everything. So, he just needs to bring that game to mlb and hopefully trust his stuff and not nibble. The only fb I saw was a few “rising” 4-seamers, which unlike what was reported here and I mentioned at the time, didn’t look at all flat, and got good swings and misses.

  75. Yankee Trader February 2nd, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Mick-

    It wasnt a trick question. I just wonder if this team in a close game will have to rely more on manufacturing a run rather than hoping for the long ball to bail them out?

  76. mick February 2nd, 2014 at 10:53 am

    YT
    I know. I thought right away that we were light RH hitting.
    Don’t forget Soriano and Roberts , if he plays against leftys.
    Maybe Baker…

  77. Yankee Trader February 2nd, 2014 at 10:54 am

    MTU

    Glad to hear the pup is doing well. Is your mother still up north?

    Tanaka is doing daily workouts with the larger baseball and is rumored to be coming here February 7th.

  78. MTU February 2nd, 2014 at 10:54 am

    YF-

    He needs a good FB to set up that split.

    Fortunately he has one.

    His mentality is superior. His competitiveness off the charts.

    He has Hiroki to help smooth his transition.

    We have cornered the market on best splitter in baseball.

    The Typhoon Twins are going to blow thru a lot of baseball towns wrecking havoc on the opposition.

  79. muddyduck February 2nd, 2014 at 10:56 am

    Hi all,

    Apologies if this has already been posted, but I only just saw it this morning. Got a good chuckle out of it…

    New Yorkers vs. Joe Buck

    http://www.funnyordie.com/vide.....bowl-promo

  80. MTU February 2nd, 2014 at 10:57 am

    YT-

    Good morning.

    Mother lives in E. Brunswick w one of my Sisters. Has for some time.

    Thanks for kind words regarding both.

    I hope all is well in Hotlanta.

    I am very optimistic about MT. He’s a smart cookie w a ton of talent.

  81. Yankee Trader February 2nd, 2014 at 10:58 am

    So what’s the order of the rotation?

    Split up the two Splitty”s!! :)

    I’m a big Nova fan. Evolved from a ground ball pitcher to a strikeout pitcher, and now could be a dominant pitcher armed with a 95-96 mph fastball that he still seems capable of throwing deep into the game.

  82. mick February 2nd, 2014 at 10:59 am

    If the Yanks are going real cheap only offering Baker a MIL deal then they are being penny wise pound foolish.
    He knows he’s worth more than that, at the very least to them.
    Drew, I’m sure, is asking big money and they won’t go there.
    They will be sorry if Jeter can’t come back unless they have other plans for him.
    Kind of a wait and see attitude.

  83. MTU February 2nd, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Next year if HK decides to hang ‘em up we grab Bailey to replace him.

    CC
    Bailey
    Tanaka
    Nova
    Pineda

    Phelps/Banuelos/J-Ram/Warren/Nuno

    Frickin’ depth galore.

    :)

  84. MTU February 2nd, 2014 at 11:02 am

    YT-

    Probably CC, HK, IN, MT, MP to start the season.

    Might look pretty different later on.

    ;)

  85. yankeefeminista February 2nd, 2014 at 11:03 am

    “Still optimistic on our MiLB pitching prospects.

    Lot’s of good arms w exceptional potential.

    It’s not the talent. It’s the development.”

    MTU, I am always optimistic about our pitching prospects in spite of the glitches. I cannot wait until the MiLB season starts. I am taking off April 3 and 4th, so I can go to the first two games in Trenton. Of the pitchers who I will see right off the bat (pun intended!) very hopeful that Bryan Mitchell takes the next step. I wonder if ManBan stays down in Tampa until the weather heats up, but think he is ready for games, so I wonder about the challenge of a A+ lineup.

    Yes, Japanese pitchers love their splitters. Iwakuma is another one who has a nasty split (and slider). Seems like these days for non-Japanese a lot of relievers throw the split moreso than SPs. Hope we have the infield to handle all the GB’s.

    Glad to hear the pup is doing well!

  86. MTU February 2nd, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Tick Tock Brian.

    Get ‘er done.

    ;)

  87. Ys Guy February 2nd, 2014 at 11:04 am

    aram and headley likely being available at the deadline is another reason they don’t need to sign drew to a 3 year deal. if they can get drew on a one year deal, im okay with it but i dont want him on a multi year deal.

    i like aram alot better than i like drew. Even with his injuries last season, aram has played something like 80 more games than drew the last 3 seasons.

  88. Yankee Trader February 2nd, 2014 at 11:06 am

    Nova was probably the best Yankee starter after the All Star break. Improve his numbers away from Yankee Stadium and against the Jays and Red Sox, based on last years splits, he’sd be a #2??

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/player/...../ivan-nova

  89. Ys Guy February 2nd, 2014 at 11:06 am

    “mick February 2nd, 2014 at 10:59 am

    If the Yanks are going real cheap only offering Baker a MIL deal then they are being penny wise pound foolish.”
    ==========================
    not if he accepts it which is becoming more likely every day.

  90. MTU February 2nd, 2014 at 11:08 am

    YF-

    I hope our IF is up to the task as well.

    If not we have a real problem w our staff.

    Iwakuma and MT were team mates. It was one reason I was a little concerned about the M’s.

    Manny and Jose at AAA at some point.

    Banuelos need to be challenged again.

    Only thing I think he might be lacking for the moment is his command.

    It will come back.

    Mitchell has a big arm.

    Many at the lower levels: DePaula, Campos, Severino, Hensley, etc.

    Teach ‘em all the split.

    :)

  91. mick February 2nd, 2014 at 11:08 am

    not if he accepts it which is becoming more likely every day.
    =====================================
    so you think if he took a MIL offer he gets 1m vs a minimum 2m offer in the bigs?
    seems hardly worth the difference if he gets scooped up by someone else.

  92. mick February 2nd, 2014 at 11:10 am

    If you DH Jeter with Drew and Ryan on the left side, nothing gets through.

  93. Yankee Trader February 2nd, 2014 at 11:13 am

    My typing is atrocious this morning, as is my spelling.

    I’m rooting for Peyton but also for Derrick Coleman, the Seahawk hearing impaired fullback.

    Thank goodness the weather in NJ should be fine, come game time. Had it been snowing and freezing rain, would all the bridges into New Jersey, have been closed!

    If the game was in Hotlanta this past Tuesday, all the players and fans would likely have had to walk to the Dome and abandon their cars and buses!

  94. MTU February 2nd, 2014 at 11:14 am

    YT-

    There are no guarantees w Nova.

    I thought he may have turned a corner after the ASB with his use of the 2-seam and curve but I’ve been wrong on him before.

    He needs to minimize the use of his 4 seamer.

    He does not command it well.

    I can easily see someone having a contrary POV, i.e that he hasn’t found it and will always be inconsistent.

    The history certainly supports that view.

    I just hope it’s wrong because if it’s not his trade value will plummet from where it is now.

    At the moment he brings you back some thing very good.

    Fingers crossed.

    ;)

  95. Chip February 2nd, 2014 at 11:14 am

    MTU – The argument can be made that based on what the Yankees knew when they signed him that Jacoby Ellsbury was a guy they absolutely had to have.

    Consider the following:

    1. Horowitz hadn’t ruled on Alex
    2. No one knew whether Tanaka would be posted
    3. The only assets the Yankees had that anyone would trade quality for were Ivan Nova and Brett Gardner

    If Tanaka hadn’t been posted the Yankees were going to need pitching help. The rumor most often floated was Gardner for Bailey…you can’t trade Gardner unless you sign Ellsbury though.

    I don’t think the Yankees, or anyone, expected the Royals to give as many years to Infante as they did – that was their Plan A for once Cano left.

  96. MTU February 2nd, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Y’s-

    Baker already has several MiLB offers.

    He wants a ML deal.

    ;)

  97. MTU February 2nd, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Chip-

    Good post.

    :)

  98. mick February 2nd, 2014 at 11:18 am

    With all the talk about Yanks GB pitchers, Drew knows his worth and Yanks are defense oriented these days.
    Seems like a no brainer to get Drews glove for either ss or 3b. doesn’t seem like they would cater to jeters “feelings” either.
    it’s a money issue and they won’t give him 3/30 no matter what the need .
    i doubt they’d even give him 1/10.
    not getting it…

  99. Chip February 2nd, 2014 at 11:19 am

    yankeefeminista February 2nd, 2014 at 10:29 am
    Chip February 2nd, 2014 at 10:13 am
    Ellsbury isn’t an odd move at all:

    Gardner’s a FA after this season
    The Yankees were trying to get better defensively and more dynamic and diverse offensively and he was a valuable player to their top rival.

    There weren’t any infielders worth spending money on in this FA class (other than Cano) and by increasing their OF depth it allows them to deal one or more of their OF prospects if high level INF help does become available.
    ___
    Yours and the Yankees mistake is assuming the FA model is the only one. This was the supposed model we were discarding b/c teams are generally locking up their star players. It isn’t a viable model That the Yankees too buy into to this model 4 years later is hugely troubling.
    ———————-

    They didn’t do a good enough job developing their players – plus prospects struggled with injury last year – what would you prefer they do, sit on their hands and hope that their prospects develop or make moves to improve the team?

  100. MTU February 2nd, 2014 at 11:20 am

    I like Ellsbury as long as he can stay healthy.

    Definitely an overpay though.

    He has a chance to be Johnny Damon 2. Maybe better.

  101. mick February 2nd, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Ellsbury is a line drive hitter who could morph into a 30 HR guy in this park.

  102. MTU February 2nd, 2014 at 11:24 am

    Jacoby and GGBG are going to create havoc on the base paths.

    Double steals anyone ?

    :)

  103. MTU February 2nd, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Just a guess but I think JE and GGBG will make each other better.

    Much like Hiroki and Tanaka will do for each other.

    “Synergy”.

    :)

  104. mick February 2nd, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Is there a football game today?
    Might be better than the lack of baseball talk here today.

  105. MTU February 2nd, 2014 at 11:26 am

    What will Michael Pineda be ?

    Another fascinating story to unfold during the coming months.

  106. yankeefeminista February 2nd, 2014 at 11:28 am

    “They didn’t do a good enough job developing their players – plus prospects struggled with injury last year – what would you prefer they do, sit on their hands and hope that their prospects develop or make moves to improve the team?”

    I prefer that they don’t in the future put themselves in such a vulnerable position in the first place: that they extend players before it is too late, that they move players instead of letting them walk without appropriate compensation, that they make deals to strengthen themselves long-term, and that they acknowledge and work with the dearth of FA. I am glad they have attempted to improve the team, but I also am troubled that they put themselves in this position, and that they only way they felt they could bail themselves out is to regress to free agency, to overextend players, giving extra years when they said they wouldn’t. Again we caved with the exception of Cano on contracts. So, I would love for them to be more 21st C viable, and in a stronger position, not at FA players mercy, going forward. Tanaka is a good start. But they kind of forgot about the IF…

  107. MTU February 2nd, 2014 at 11:29 am

    mick-

    I’d like to see JE spray the ball all over. And bunting like mad too. He’s good at it. GGBG should watch.

    I don’t want Long screwing him up by trying to get him to pull everything.

  108. MTU February 2nd, 2014 at 11:31 am

    YF-

    They’ve bought themselves another chance.

    Let’s hope it’s more successful this time round.

    In the meantime they did the only thing they could do.

    That Farm needs to produce at least a little.

    ;)

  109. pat February 2nd, 2014 at 11:32 am

    Double steals anyone ?

    Brett seems to have a confidence issue sometimes when it comes to steals. He would be a better follow runner than lead runner on double steals and that’s not likely to happen given where they are likely hitting in the order.

  110. blake February 2nd, 2014 at 11:33 am

    mick says:
    February 2, 2014 at 11:22 am
    Ellsbury is a line drive hitter who could morph into a 30 HR guy in this park.

    I’ll be happy with 15 and 145 games played

  111. yankeefeminista February 2nd, 2014 at 11:33 am

    MTU February 2nd, 2014 at 11:24 am
    Jacoby and GGBG are going to create havoc on the base paths.

    Double steals anyone ?
    __
    I like the D a lot. And think Yanks do too. Interesting though to see how much playing time GGBG gets. I wouldn’t move him unless that got something pretty nifty. Better to try to keep and extend him.

  112. yankeefeminista February 2nd, 2014 at 11:34 am

    And Chip, we still have a ton of injury risk. We didn’t address that at all.

  113. exiledintampa February 2nd, 2014 at 11:34 am

    How do the “Shoguns” effect each other in the rotation? Do you try not to pitch them back to back? Would it effect the second guy to pitch behind the first? Are they enough alike not to want them pitching back to back? I’m trying to ask a question but I’m having difficulty wording it. Anybody understand my confused questions? Does it matter in the order of the rotation?

  114. fuji February 2nd, 2014 at 11:38 am

    yankeefeministas-

    some people kind of shrug off the idea of yankee intangibles. i think some players get it and some don’t. i look for seeing it in young prospects. just tools aren’r going to make a yankee. guys like jr murphy get it already, and it was no accident that he was the catcher out there on the mound when jeter and pettitte went out to get mariano.

    some players just get it very quickly. it may take a while for mike’s son jack to realize it was murphy who was also out there during that historic moment, but maybe some day murphy will be one of jack’s favorite players.

    there are thousand’s and thousands of these little stories of the moments when the intangibles are there right before us. sometimes it’s a very public tv thing and other times it’s a chance meeting in a coffee shop between a fan and a player.

    when building a yankee team, the more players who get the intangibles the better.
    a really good yankee team isn’t one that has the highest cumulative WAR. it’s going to be the one that has a really good WAR plus the intangibles.

  115. Yankee Trader February 2nd, 2014 at 11:39 am

    “The Role of Risk in the 2014 Pitching Market”

    http://www.mlbdailydish.com/20.....in-santana

    Based on WAR the Yankees have signed the two best FA starters this offseason. Lengthy article but look who is #3- AJ Burnett!

  116. MTU February 2nd, 2014 at 11:42 am

    Exiled-

    I don’t think they will pitch back to back at first.

    Later on the order will likely be determined by performance.

    Giving opposing Teams different looks is worthwhile if it doesn’t affect your overall competitiveness.

    If everything goes well Tanaka and Pineda will be the best 4/5 combo in baseball.

    :)

  117. yankeefeminista February 2nd, 2014 at 11:43 am

    MTU, ok, but the Yankees arrived here because of the choices they have made since having won the WS. People act as if they made good decisions and everything backfired. They did not. And the edict to spend is a direct result of their inability to sell tickets and their loss of a viewer audience on YES. I hope we fill in magnificently and have a great season. However, I am not being lulled into believing this model is sustainable. And there is no way that Cashman believes it either. Their big thing was to become self-sufficient. Luckily we have the $$ to compensate, and we have had to do so. Tanaka is an ace in the hole and buying up IFAs right now will be another. These actions are based on hindsight; just hope that we have more foresight going forward. And don’t let opportunity in terms of mlb-ready talent, etc. slip by because of some chauvinistic and antiquated model. We are the Yankees. Act like the Yankees.

  118. Yankee Trader February 2nd, 2014 at 11:44 am

    Ellsbury sprays a number of hits to the opposite field. If he, Kevin Long “morphs” into a home run hitter, then expect he’ll be shifted and the OBA will decline.

    Is there a better defensive left fielder than both Alex Gordon and Bret Gardner in the AL?

  119. MTU February 2nd, 2014 at 11:45 am

    YF-

    There will not be a lot of balls touching green with those two out there.

    If GGBG has a good season in his walk year he will become expensive. Maybe too expensive ?

    The gamble on extensions sometimes makes sense for both sides.

    Yankees haven’t seen it that way in the past. Maybe they will change but I kind of doubt it.

  120. blake February 2nd, 2014 at 11:45 am

    @EyeOnBaseball: All-Time Single-Season Team: New York Yankees http://t.co/xnNhWYGISw via @cbssports

    Really interesting and cool

  121. mick February 2nd, 2014 at 11:51 am

    a lefty line drive hitter will hit 15-20 HR’s by accident in this bandbox.
    mattingly did it, he wasn’t a HR hitter.
    don’t be afraid of the HR and Long.
    Ellsbury isn’t Tex.

  122. MTU February 2nd, 2014 at 11:51 am

    YT-

    GGBG allows JE to shade to RT. to help out Beltran.

  123. fuji February 2nd, 2014 at 11:52 am

    “If everything goes well Tanaka and Pineda will be the best 4/5 combo in baseball.”

    mtu-

    i don’t see tanaka and pineda linked so closely.

    i think if everything goes well, tanaka is a solid #2 and wins 14-15 games this year.

    for things to go well with pineda he just needs to stay healthy and pitch most of the year in the majors.

  124. MTU February 2nd, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Good Mick because we don’t want to lose the avg. and the OBP.

    ;)

  125. mick February 2nd, 2014 at 11:53 am

    If GGBG has a good season in his walk year
    ============================
    Yanks could do some platooning with Gardy and Sori and don’t count out an injury or 2.
    He might not be worth all that much on the FA market.

  126. Yankee Trader February 2nd, 2014 at 11:54 am

    Blake

    Thanks for the terrific link. Whitey Ford still belongs in the top five. Definitely Roger Maris in RF. Often overlooked, but Maris was a terrific defensive right fielder.

  127. blake February 2nd, 2014 at 11:54 am

    My only concern with Ellsbury is health….if he can avoid fractures and can play 145+ games he will be worth 5 or 6 wins.

  128. mick February 2nd, 2014 at 11:54 am

    fujiyama-

    liked the intangible post.

  129. j9d February 2nd, 2014 at 11:55 am

    What a great post. Thanks, Mike!

  130. blake February 2nd, 2014 at 11:55 am

    Trader,
    Estimated that that lineup would score almost 1,400 runs! That might be low to be honest

  131. mick February 2nd, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Good Mick because we don’t want to lose the avg. and the OBP.
    ========================
    The Good Mick agrees.

  132. Howler February 2nd, 2014 at 11:57 am

    Go Hawks….yea man…go…
    Boy you don’t know how many times I’ve heard that this week..
    It’s seems like every conversation ends with that :)

  133. mick February 2nd, 2014 at 11:59 am

    I am so glad football season ends today.

    Heck, baseball season hasn’t ended yet…

  134. Shame Spencer February 2nd, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    You know, usually there’s a team in the Super Bowl I really don’t want to win but this year is the first in a long time where I’d be happy for either club. Like Peyton a lot and it’s hard not to root for a team like the Seahawks that have never won (also, Sherman yelling ‘I’m going to Disney Land’ at the camera would be a pretty amazing outcome). Hopefully we’ll just get a well played and exciting game.. also hoping I win in a pool or two.

    Once the game is over, it’s all about baseball!

  135. Howler February 2nd, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    I’m pretty excited to see what Pineda is going to bring to the table this year.

  136. mick February 2nd, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    Pete Carroll is root-worthy.

  137. Yankee Trader February 2nd, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    Blake-

    The 1961 lineup and bench.

    http://www.baseball-reference......1961.shtml

    From 1960 on, have the Yankees had a tougher more productive heart of the lineup for an opposing pitcher to navigate thru than the 61 Yankees?

  138. Shame Spencer February 2nd, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    blake – Thanks for posting the All Time Single Season team… pretty awesome seeing Robertson in there.

  139. Howler February 2nd, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    I’m more interested for my friends and letting them get their team finally winning something big, and the excitement it’ll generate in the area.
    I was even relegated to watching some lousy baseball movie the other night just because I’m dying for the season to start already.

  140. MTU February 2nd, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    Fuji-

    Just meant they way they are slotted to start the season.

    ;)

  141. Yankee Trader February 2nd, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    Shame-

    Rooting for both Peyton Manning and Derrick Coleman, the deaf Seahawks fullback.

  142. LevinsonSF February 2nd, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    Great Pinch Hitter this morning! Thanks for sharing it with us.

  143. mick February 2nd, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    If you live on the East Coast and are Yankee fan you need to bring your son or daughter to Fenway and Camden before venturing anywhere else exotic.

  144. mick February 2nd, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    1) Going to Wrigley is nice if the Yanks are playing there.
    2) Going anywhere else is nice if the Yanks are playing there.
    3) Any park gets old quickly esp. if the Yanks aren’t playing there.

  145. blake February 2nd, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    mick says:
    February 2, 2014 at 12:01 pm
    Pete Carroll is root-worthy.

    Really?? He ditched USC andwdt them to deal with the violations his team created…..go broncos

  146. mick February 2nd, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    Whether it’s the old YS or the new, I go for the game not the park.

  147. mick February 2nd, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Really?? He ditched USC andwdt them to deal with the violations his team created…..go broncos
    ==============
    But he acts like a kid.

  148. Howler February 2nd, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    I am sorry I never made it to Fenway while I lived back east…I did enjoy the pinch hitter this morning, although my father’s and I team allegiances were in opposite leagues. Considering he grew up in Brooklyn as a Dodger fan, hard not to understand. Something tells me if there is a heaven…he kicks Walter O’ Malley in the ass every morning just because :) Providing one or the other is there.

  149. luis February 2nd, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    Mike,

    Very thoughtful and great post… Kudos…

  150. jmills February 2nd, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    Mike, the fact that you fret over issues, means your son has a loving, contemplative dad. Your son is one lucky little guy for having a father like you. Now, if you both can only become Jays fans :D ( its not so bad on the other side )

  151. mick February 2nd, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    Instead of just wishing it were true you sit your ass down and make sure you make the road trips to fenway and camden.
    Hell, I did it in the same day…

  152. Ys Guy February 2nd, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    i go to watch the team, too which is a good thing, b/c if it were about the ballpark, i’d be a met’s fan.

  153. yankeefeminista February 2nd, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    MTU, agree, and I cannot wait to watch that OF. However, we have GB pitchers, so would that the IF would also be a run-saving machine.

    fuji, yes the Yankees have aura and mystique and that feeds into all kinds of possibility (“intangibles”) Any player worth his paycheck wearing the pinstripes has to not only honor that Yankee connection but be buoyed by it and at times even perhaps exceed his own abilities as a result of wearing the vaunted Yankee pinstripes.

    As for Fenway, I actually love watching games at Fenway; love the whole history, tradition of that ballpark. And having lived in Boston during my college years, I always loved the buzz around Kenmore Square on gameday. BUT I could never permanently live in Boston for one reason and one reason alone, the Red Sox are there and the Yankees are in NY. ‘Nough said.

  154. mick February 2nd, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Oh. Forget to mention the Skydome.
    Except for an empty , quiet park the ushers did a good job protecting the empty upper deck seats we wanted to sit in.

  155. fuji February 2nd, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    “I’m pretty excited to see what Pineda is going to bring to the table this year.”

    has a decent fork and spoon, but i still am not impressed with his knife.

  156. luis February 2nd, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    Yup… Citifield has better food… But heck, the team is the Muts…

  157. jmills February 2nd, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    Luis, I was an insomniac last night and ended up watching an old 1984 Detroit-Toronto Monday ABC game of the week with both Jim Palmer and Earl Weaver in the booth. The Venezuelan, Luis Leal, was on the mound. Thought of you and jmv. Dave Rozema went for Detroit. I posted the link about 4 in the morning. Fun to catch Toronto’s Exhibition Stadium. No bloody music between the pitches.

  158. Ys Guy February 2nd, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    luis, i go to see whoever the visiting team is at citi. i usually try to catch the cards most seasons, which i’ve been doing pretty much since the gibson, mccarver and torrre days.

  159. mick February 2nd, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    If Betances can get it together and Pineda can’t, I can see them in the 7th and 8th inning this year.

    Oh the possibilities….

  160. yankeefeminista February 2nd, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    luis February 2nd, 2014 at 12:23 pm
    Yup… Citifield has better food… But heck, the team is the Muts…
    ___
    Hi luis! Yanks used to have really good fish tacos until they got rid of them. And even Trenton has better beer than NYS.

  161. jmills February 2nd, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    mick, Skydome has its ways :D

  162. Shame Spencer February 2nd, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    Shake Shack was the biggest win for the Mets since 1986.

  163. yankeefeminista February 2nd, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    I refuse to give the Mets my money after they wouldn’t let SWB play at Newark. I may however have to renege on that though b/c the NY Penn League All Star game is at the Brooklyn Cyclones (Mets short season team) this season.

  164. Howler February 2nd, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    jmills…I’m sorry…I don’t wish Earl Weaver on anyone, but might cure Insomnia.

  165. mick February 2nd, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    mills…too many mascots.

  166. mick February 2nd, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    i once went to shea to see mcgwire
    little did i know he was a user

  167. luis February 2nd, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Nova is one of the reasons I will be watching… Keep on underestimating him… He will be a force by the end of next season… He has top of the rotation stuff and makeup… If he keeps his delivery in check ( which I think he will ) he is going to win 15+ games and probably be 1 or 2 of the staff… I would say in no uncertain terms that he will be the ace if not for the addition of Tanaka.

  168. Howler February 2nd, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    I’d go to Fenway to do my Manny impersonation and pee on the Green Handball Wall.

  169. Ys Guy February 2nd, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    the yankees shafted the mets out of scranton so that was payback. i was okay with both the yankees stealing scranton from them and with the mets retaliating.

  170. jmills February 2nd, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    I count myself lucky for the Jay teams I had between 83 and 93. Hats off to the architect, Pat Gillick. Crazy George Bell was a character who could hit balls off his shoe tops.

  171. mick February 2nd, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    I once met up with Steve Howe in front of Fenway.
    All he said was it smells like a sewer out here.
    True story…

  172. yankeefeminista February 2nd, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    jmills, I will be seeing your Jays AA affiliate Apr 3, 4th. Sure hoping to see Aaron Sanchez pitch one of those games. Sanchez facing Sanchez (our catcher Gary). Priceless!

  173. johnfrom85thst February 2nd, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    Another lesson: It’s how you play the game, not whether you win or lose. Before Boss Steinbrenner brought his Ohio State football mentality to the Bronx, you NEVER heard this sentiment around the Yankees.

    So I’m disappointed by Yankee fans saying and writing things about Mo’s last game like, “I found most of the game a little boring. The Yanks were out of the playoffs so it didn’t matter if they won or lost. When Rivera came in to Enter Sandman, it was kind of a letdown. It didn’t have the incredible drama of a real save.

    I was also at that final game. WHAT A GREAT EVENT! The final game of the greatest reliever ever and one of the finest Yankees ever. The stadium was in glorious anticipation for the first 7 innings. Then Mo came in during the 8th and the stadium went wild.

    One of the reasons Mo was so loved was that at the same time he was the best he was humble and he acknowledged that you can’t win them all. He lost some very big games for us (the Diamondback’s World Series final and the 2004 playoffs against the Red Sox, when the Yankees gave Mo 3 leads), but he always gave his best and understood that you can’t win them all. Expecially in baseball.

    The irony of Boss Steinbrenner’s harsh football attitude towards the Yankees was that the Yankees only won the World Series in situations in which Steinbrenner was not in control. The first was when he was a brand new owner, and he let Gabe Paul run the show. The second was when he was suspended from baseball, and Stick Michael built a great Yankee dynasty, with 5 WS in 6 years. Finally, in 2009, George was too old to run the show.

    When the Boss was fully in control—in the 1980s—was the ONLY decade in Yankee history that the team did not go to the post-season.

  174. yankeefeminista February 2nd, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    johnfrom85thst, agree. The whole Mo celebration day was anything but boring. It was one of my most treasured Yankee days in our illustrious Yankee history.

  175. jmills February 2nd, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    yf, I should really get to Buffalo for the Bisons. Good gallery in the Knox as well from what I hear. I love Mark Rothko.

  176. luis February 2nd, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Hi YF!

    I guess that we have to go to trenton then! ;)

    Hi Jmills!

    He was the first true big league Venezuelan pitcher… He started it all… Unfortunately he pitched for the Cardenales de Lara in the local league… So I always rooted against him! ;)

    Hi Y’s,

    I went to a subway series game at Citifield… The Philly cheese steak sandwich was amazing… But I rather go to NYS, my Yankees play there!… But the prices are insane

  177. Howler February 2nd, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    had the current format been in place in the 80′s, some of those teams would’ve been WC teams…so it’s hard to compare that era to now.

  178. mick February 2nd, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    Baseball is endurance.
    It’s not frenetic, nervous action on every play.
    It’s anticipation of what might come.
    Usually something else happens which makes it unpredictable.
    I have never been bored at a game for those very reasons.

  179. jmills February 2nd, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    Steve Howe R.I.P. Moderation just wasn’t his thing.

  180. luis February 2nd, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    Mariano didn’t lose that game… He broke Gonzales bat, it was a tough unlucky break… It happens

  181. mick February 2nd, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    Luis
    IF was in, made the difference.

  182. luis February 2nd, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    Howler,

    The current format is an ode to mediocrity.. All in the name of business… No that I don’t understand it, it’s just that I prefered the goal oriented format better..

  183. mick February 2nd, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    i once saw mcgwire hit about 50 HR’s at Fenway in an ASG HR Derby.
    even then i didn’t think of him as a user.
    did that make me naive?
    there were others there with me who were impressed..

  184. luis February 2nd, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    Pretty much Mick

  185. mick February 2nd, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    pretty much to what luis ??

  186. jmills February 2nd, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    Sublimate wild cards and inter-league play, and get Detroit and Milwaukee back here while you’re at it. Don’t forget, Cleveland, that rock and roll town that gave Rush their intitial American boost – thanks Donna Halper!

  187. luis February 2nd, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    To the fact that the IF was in… I was agreeing with you

  188. mick February 2nd, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    just sayin roidal use was in its infancy even in 99.
    not as looked down upon as it is now.
    wonder why??

  189. mick February 2nd, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    To the fact that the IF was in… I was agreeing with you
    ================
    oh i thought you were agreeing i was naive.

  190. Hankflorida February 2nd, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    yanks61 February 2nd, 2014 at 5:04 am
    And Hank, I remember well Score being hit in the face by Gil’s line drive. McDougald said he’d quit if Herb lost sight in his eye. And it’s true that Gil’s offense dipped noticeably starting the following year, at only the age of 30.

    You are right about McDougald as he moved from 3rd to short tot 2nd without missing a beat. Gil had a very open stance and he would really get his whole body behind his swing. I remember that game that Herb Score was injured. As a lefty, Score was compared to Koufax, and after the accident, both he and Gil were never the same.

  191. luis February 2nd, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Hank,

    Before I forget… Excellent posts regarding the greatest Yankee 2B ever… Loved your input from an era I never got the chance to see… Keep them coming please

  192. Howler February 2nd, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    I’ve never been a fan of inter-league play, the more they expand it the less interesting baseball becomes, don’t particularly like the added WC either. If they are going to keep it this way they’re probably going to have to go back to a balanced schedule, and that wasn’t the most interesting either.

  193. mick February 2nd, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    hate the buildup to super bowl…such an american game…commercialism at its best/worst?

  194. Ys Guy February 2nd, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    they could play the World Series today in New Jersey!

  195. mick February 2nd, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    wonder if my nap kicks in in the 1st or 2nd quarter…any odds on the over/under?

  196. jmills February 2nd, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    I have a friend who is a much bigger Rush fan than me. When I first met him, I pulled his chain and wrote him that maybe one day Rush will be able to make albums like, the Police. He wrote me back what must have been a three page dissertation on the merits of, Rush, longevity etc etc. When I simply responded that the guys in the Police were better looking, he knew he’d been had. Wonderful man with a big heart.

  197. yankeefeminista February 2nd, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Luis, you are on! I will email you the MiLB sched. I know, I know, I am slow… And totally agree about HankFlorida’s elegant and substantive writings on Cano. I meant to post to him about his reflections as well. As you always say, spot on.

    jmills, you definitely should. MiLB baseball and art; what could be better! I love Rothko as well. We have some good canvases of his in NYC. ;) Speaking art, if you are ever in DC (aside from the obvious ones), I also would recommend the Phillips Museum; the Rothko room is small, but has a human-scale to it. Kind of what Rothko preferred. And The Phillips is such a wonderful intimate museum, it should be visited in its own right. Don’t know if you know him, a less known but wonderful Russian artist Nicholas De Stael had an exhibit at the Phillips way back when. I think you would love him. Also do you like Paul Klee’s work? I missed a Klee retrospective in NY, but luckily while driving home from a summer language program just lucked into catching that same Klee exhibit on its very last day at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Serendipity!

  198. Ys Guy February 2nd, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    i’ll be turning on the SB at 6:15 to watch the National Anthem then wander away till kickoff.

    footall pregame stuff is unwatchable, imo.

  199. yankeefeminista February 2nd, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    Interesting how the weather is fine today, but it is supposed to snow late and drop into the 20′s again. Hopefully, the SB weather is a good omen for Peyton.

  200. mick February 2nd, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    football is much harder to watch than baseball

    and the reasons are: ???

  201. mick February 2nd, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    Interesting how the weather is fine today, but it is supposed to snow late and drop into the 20?s again.
    ===========
    NY comes through again..

  202. luis February 2nd, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    What I would do is get rid of the divisions and let the best 4 teams battle it out in a two level competition… No more interleague games, it takes something away from the WS… With the current format a lot of mediocre teams make it to the PS…

  203. yankeefeminista February 2nd, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    Ys Guy, much warmer right now than at most WS games with their late starts.

  204. mick February 2nd, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    No more interleague games, it takes something away from the WS…
    ================
    always thought that.

  205. Ys Guy February 2nd, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    what i would do is cut the season to 150 games with doubleheaders on sunday and only 1 national game on monday.

    then i’d start the season a week later and move the Postseason up 2 weeks.

  206. RhapsodyInBlue February 2nd, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    I can’t believe the weather in NYC. Almost like divine intervention.

    And then a storm late tonight dumping about 6 inches.

  207. mick February 2nd, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    what i would do is cut the season to 150 games with doubleheaders on sunday and only 1 national game on monday.
    ===================
    don’t bother sending in your resume for the commish job.

  208. Howler February 2nd, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    jmills, my first real concert was Rush back in 77

  209. Ys Guy February 2nd, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    then id mandate that Saturday and Sunday Postseason games be played during the day and move the first pitch of the evening postseason games up to 6:50

  210. mick February 2nd, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    rush sounds like the chipmunks on crack

  211. jmills February 2nd, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    De Stael escaped me – looked him up, right up my alley! Paul Klee and me go back a long way. I have a big Miro print hiding the square tv in my living room.

  212. Ys Guy February 2nd, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    you are correct, anyone wanting to make baseball fan-friendly again stands no chance of becoming commissioner.

  213. mick February 2nd, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    ys guy thats why i said it…

  214. Howler February 2nd, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    I do miss real doubleheaders…although I don’t like the idea of losing divisions, it’d take something away from the traditional rivalries. Some reformatting of how the league is divided would be best. I didn’t like the idea of Houston being made an A.L. team, and thought a Vancouver team would’ve been great…vibrant city, another team for Canada, and a west coast corridor for teams to play in. Of course a close team for me to go see play too…

  215. luis February 2nd, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    YF,

    NP ;) I will be lookinbg forward to it!

    One more thing about the format… A balanced schedule, if they want fairness, that ‘s the best way to achieve it… But it means less money, since there will be fewer top rated match ups like Y’s/ sox for instance

  216. mick February 2nd, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    well mtu and YT must be at the super party or this dia/monologue didn’t suit their tastes.

    enjoy the hoopla

  217. Howler February 2nd, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    The idea of Alvin strung out has me depressed now ;)

  218. jmills February 2nd, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    mick, my neighbour teaches composition in the music dept at the local U ( McMaster ). I took him to a Rush concert here. In the middle of it, I turned to see two big wads of cotton shoved in his ears. I didn’t think it was loud enough ( compared to the bad old days ). Suddenly my friend blurts out, ” Geddy Lee has good pitch “. My friend runs the only Gregorian chant group in Hamilton and had me come in to sing. Gracious guy, I was a mess.

  219. luis February 2nd, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    Got to go guys… Have a good one!

  220. mick February 2nd, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    mills…as long as you put the u in neighbour i will be sure to look u up when i visit the queen city, if thats what u call it…

  221. jmills February 2nd, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    Bill Lee and Montreal were arguably perfect for each other.

  222. jmills February 2nd, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    mick, I’m not quite sure what Hamilton is called other than, ” the hammer “, and, ” the armpit of Ontario “. Older city than Toronto. I live in the collectible west end. My street is at the base of the Niagara Escarpment. U R more than welcome here. Bring those Quicksilver albums.

  223. Ys Guy February 2nd, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    i wish i had been smart enough to wear ear protection at concerts when i was younger. I was very carefull about wearing both the plugs and the ‘mouseears’ when i worked in the engine room in the Navy, but didn’t think about the loudness at concerts.

    i wear those scrunchy earplugs to the movies now, they work great, i can actually hear better with them in because they filter out the really loud noises so I can better hear the more subdued sound.

  224. Howler February 2nd, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    Hope MTU is going hiking…he seems to disappear when I show up…I swear I plan to shower today.

  225. yankeefeminista February 2nd, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    Bye, luis! I just sent you an email, btw. Better late than never. ;)

  226. Shame Spencer February 2nd, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    Sad news for movie fans:

    @NewsBreaker: BREAKING: Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman dead in Manhattan apartment. http://wsj.com pic.twitter.com/RJgpPhILvn

  227. Howler February 2nd, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    i wish i had been smart enough to wear ear protection at concerts when i was younger.

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

    I can say the same thing…used to photograph some concerts and lost some of my hearing doing a Judas Priest concert one time…my ears buzzed for 3 days. For what I got paid it wasn’t worth a damn. Young and stupid.

  228. yankeefeminista February 2nd, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    jmills, I should have known, RE: Klee. And I knew you would adore De Stael. Even better in person where you can see the thick application of the paint and the rhythm of the brushstrokes.

  229. Ys Guy February 2nd, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    Howler it was Black Sabbath & Blue Oyster Cult that did the most damage to my hearing.

    I remember when i woke up the next morning my ears were still ringing.

  230. jmills February 2nd, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    Geez, Shame, sorry about, Philip.

  231. Howler February 2nd, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    Ys Guy…We were probably at the same show

  232. jmills February 2nd, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    yf, I’m lucky to have some great serpentine stone sculptures by Brighton Sango from, Zimbabwe. Brighton was tragically shot to death in only his thirties. His work borders the abstract with the figurative. Look him up!

  233. RhapsodyInBlue February 2nd, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    Terrible news about Hoffman we lost a great actor.

  234. Ys Guy February 2nd, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    hampton roads convention center, 1992?

  235. jmills February 2nd, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    For some reason, after all those Rush concerts, my ears remain happily acute. Genetics?

  236. Ys Guy February 2nd, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    sorry, 1982

  237. Howler February 2nd, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    Guess not…mine was an earlier version of their tour in MSG

  238. Howler February 2nd, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    82 sounds more like it.

  239. yankeefeminista February 2nd, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    jmills, his sculptures are beautiful. Biomorphic cubism?

  240. jmills February 2nd, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    Nothing like Alex lifeson slicing through your brain. Very inventive guitar player who used foot pedals to creat a synth effect. He handles both lead and rhythm responsibilities. I also madly love Andy Summers and his minimalistic offerings.

  241. blake February 2nd, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    I’m attempting to make pizza dough right now….it’s rising so considering how bad I am with dough I consider that a success

  242. Hankflorida February 2nd, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    Luis, thanks for your compliment! With age, those baseball stories never seem to exit from your memory banks, and in years to come, many of you will tell your tales to those who were not born yet about events that box scores never tell the full story like Gonzalas’s bat breaking hit on Mo’s cutter and falling untouched to end the series. As we were discussing the greatest 2nd basemens in Yankee history, I was thinking that the team never had a HOF player who played a number of years for the Yankees and was known for his play at either left field or 3rd base. The best that I could think of in left was Charley Keller or Lou Pinella, and on third, Red Rolfe and Gregg Nettles. I wonder who the stats guys on this blog with their WAR ammunition would pick.

  243. jmills February 2nd, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    yf, funny you mention the cubism thing. Brighton always said that his work was removed from Western influence. I will send Pruf pics of Brighton’s art I have to pass along to you.

  244. yankeefeminista February 2nd, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    jmills, I would love that. I would amend it to call the sculptures I spied transformative biomorphic cubism. :) And I will return the favor of sending you some cool things through Pruf.

    Also totally different, but how about Robert Quine’s and Tom Verlaine’s guitar playing?

  245. jmills February 2nd, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    Hank, I know nothing of WAR other than Stieb apparently crushes, Morris. Sir David Stieb, hall of famer.

  246. jmills February 2nd, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    I don’t know Robert or Verlaine, will look them up. Bruce C0ckburn is a very underrated picker up here, and I recently youtubed him with, Rik Emmett, owner of that crystal voice.

  247. johnfrom85thst February 2nd, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    Luis,

    Agree with what you say. By baseball’s scoring system, of course, he did lose.

    John

  248. J. Alfred Prufrock February 2nd, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    luis February 2nd, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Nova is one of the reasons I will be watching… Keep on underestimating him… He will be a force by the end of next season… He has top of the rotation stuff and makeup… If he keeps his delivery in check ( which I think he will ) he is going to win 15+ games and probably be 1 or 2 of the staff… I would say in no uncertain terms that he will be the ace if not for the addition of Tanaka.
    ////

    This
    ///

    Hey Mike,

    Helluva guest spot.

    Crying and cheering at the same time – sounds like Yankee fandom.

    The pinstripes run deep.

  249. MikeNuck February 2nd, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    yankeefeminista –

    Thank you for the compliment on the post. I write lots of sappy dad/baseball stuff at nuckolball.com.

  250. MikeNuck February 2nd, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    Thanks to BD and Cashmoney, too.

  251. MikeNuck February 2nd, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    And JMills. OK – I’m done. But thanks for the compliments. It means a lot.

  252. MikeNuck February 2nd, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    Thanks J. Alfred Prufrock. It was a hell of an event to be at. So glad we went.

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