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Pinch hitting: Daniel Carmody

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 09, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Up next in our Pinch Hitters series is Daniel Carmody, a client delivery analyst – whatever that means — for a company in Connecticut. Daniel didn’t start really following the Yankees until the 2001 World Series (bad timing). He played soccer as a kid, but says that was really his father’s passion. “He was my coach for many seasons and even was the president of adult soccer in Connecticut for two years,” Daniel wrote. “But I truly bonded with my father when I was a teenager because of the Yankees and baseball.

Daniel’s post actually comes with fortunate timing. In the wake of Alex Rodriguez’s decision to accept his suspension and sit out the 2014 season without further appeal, there have been and will be plenty of negative stories about Rodriguez, but Daniel is here to share his own A-Rod memory that outshines all of the negativity. It’s one of those perfect moments. Everything else is just noise.

Alex RodriguezThere’s something about baseball, and sports in general, that captivates. It’s something so obvious that it often gets overlooked by everything from the business of baseball to the stupidity of individuals. What drives it are the single moments that manage to transcend the game and its players.

That sounds like Hollywood corniness, but there is a reason why Field of Dreams is a classic and the final scene of The Natural is iconic. It’s because they bring out The Moment of baseball at its best. These are the moments that last lifetimes.

My Moment, is April 7, 2007. For some, that game between the Yankees and the Orioles is notable for being Kei Igawa’s MLB debut. For a few more, it’s because of Alex Rodriguez’s walk-off grand slam. While that last part certainly played a part, I cherish this game for a far more personal reason. This was final game I attended with my father. My father was diagnosed with cancer less than a month later and he died on June 29th of that year.

It was a day that nearly didn’t happen. I was away at college and decided to buy two tickets on a whim. I had been to several minor league games with my father, but had only been with him to see the Yankees play once. With a new stadium on the horizon, it felt like time to go again.

My father drove us, because he did things his way. From the stadium stairwell we viewed the construction across the street before finding our seats in the right-field bleachers. Up next was Monument Park, the first time I had ever seen it. We made sure to grab hotdogs and drinks on the way back. My father had been on a healthy diet for several years, so this was a treat for him.

The game itself has become mostly a shuffle of memories. I recall my father asking me who was pitching for the Yankees, I remember Igawa constantly falling behind hitters before completely imploding later in the game, and I remember a two-run homer by A-Rod in the bottom of the first. Little things like my father making a complete mess with peanut shells stick out. I missed Jason Giambi’s three-run blast in the eighth, but I could hear the roar and feel the walls shake.

The energy of the stadium was electric. The crowd pulsed. Two quick outs quieted things down, but then Cano singled and Jeter worked a walk. Bobby Abreu got hit by a pitch. My father and I joked about taking one for the team. The stadium came alive again. There was a feeling that began when Cano got on base — it would all come down to A-Rod.

Two outs, bases loaded, the Yankees down 7-6 and with Alex down to his final strike, I’d like to say I remember the tension. I’m sure I was tense, but any trace of it was lost the instant A-Rod launched the next pitch over the wall. The stadium went insane. I was screaming ecstatically and my father had tears in his eyes. He looked at me and told me that this was the greatest game he’d seen in his life. It’s still mine as well.

Decades from now, if I ever speak of Alex Rodriguez, it won’t be about steroids, legal battles, money, MVPs, career home runs, or his place in baseball history. It will be about one game and one perfect moment with my father.

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351 Responses to “Pinch hitting: Daniel Carmody”

  1. austinmac February 9th, 2014 at 9:05 am

    Very nice, Daniel. Great memories. I hope your Dad watches the games with mine.

  2. Ys Guy February 9th, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Ed Randall’s Talking Baseball is back on WFAN starting today.

    For those of you who don’t listen to it, you might want to try it out.

    Its appointment radio for me and kinda kicks off the season!

    Ed’s weird, not a great speaker but he gets great guests every week.

    Give it a try if you can!

    First Day of the First Week of Baseball!!!!

  3. Ys Guy February 9th, 2014 at 9:09 am

    AP’s on randall right now.

  4. Cashmoney February 9th, 2014 at 9:11 am

    By David Schoenfield | ESPN.com

    Projected record: 82-80

    New York Yankees
    The final word: Hey, the Yankees will at least be far more interesting than last year (no offense to Jayson Nix, Chris Stewart, Vernon Wells or Lyle Overbay). But just how good are the additions? According to Baseball-Reference, McCann was worth 2.2 WAR and Beltran 2.4. Tanaka and Ellsbury should be big upgrades. But will that be enough? Don’t forget that they’ve lost a closer, a starting pitcher who had a good year, the infield is old and they’re counting on 39-year-old Hiroki Kuroda to give them 200 innings. It all adds up to a wide range of possible outcomes. The team will be better than last year, but they could actually end up winning fewer games. Such is baseball.

    How they can get to 90 wins: Score 86 more runs, allow 20 fewer. The Yankees won 85 games last season, but their true talent level in 2013 was much lower as they were outscored by 21 runs.

  5. MTU February 9th, 2014 at 9:15 am

    Cash-

    My current take is that the Yankees are better than last year as well.

    How much better only time will tell.

  6. TKR February 9th, 2014 at 9:15 am

    a healthy productive infield will be the key to winning 90 games ….

  7. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 9th, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Beautiful story, Daniel, thank you.

  8. Cashmoney February 9th, 2014 at 9:22 am

    MTU, we will see, just presenting one analysis. I think there could be a lot of volatility in performances on this team due to age, injury concerns and a few unknowns. I am looking forward to ST though.

  9. pat February 9th, 2014 at 9:23 am

    Impossible! Alex has never gotten a clutch hit in his life! :wink:

    Thanks for sharing Daniel and happy for you that you could share that with your Dad.

  10. tomingeorgia February 9th, 2014 at 9:23 am

    Daniel,
    Avery moving vignette, thanks.

  11. Baby Ruth February 9th, 2014 at 9:24 am

    RhapsodyInBlue February 9th, 2014 at 7:57 am

    AROD’s book?

    How can/would anyone believe a word coming from this man? He has zero credibility.

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

    Good Morning

    He couldn’t even sell comic books presently

  12. MTU February 9th, 2014 at 9:24 am

    Cash-

    It’s been a long Winter.

    ST should be very interesting.

    Expecting at least 1 surprise.

  13. Baby Ruth February 9th, 2014 at 9:26 am

    Cashmoney February 9th, 2014 at 9:11 am

    Tanaka & Pineda = 25 W’s ! !

  14. Cashmoney February 9th, 2014 at 9:26 am

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nGusbFzgbc

    Blake’s favorite.

  15. MTU February 9th, 2014 at 9:32 am

    Being an accountant Erica used to be able to get the ST countdowns to within seconds.

    Unfortunately she ran off to the Tropics w a cabana boy.

    :(

  16. pat February 9th, 2014 at 9:36 am

    Daniel brings up an interesting question. Most exciting Yankee moment in the last 5 years?

  17. TKR February 9th, 2014 at 9:36 am

    morning mike….seems like the winters are getting longer and the summers shorter

  18. Cashmoney February 9th, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Most exciting Yankee moment in the last 5 years?

    hard to narrow it down, I would say Rod’s performances in 09 playoffs along with Matsui personally.

  19. blake February 9th, 2014 at 9:39 am

    pat says:
    February 9, 2014 at 9:36 am
    Daniel brings up an interesting question. Most exciting Yankee moment in the last 5 years?

    I mean other than Matsuis homer in the WS Id say Jeters 3000th hit

  20. Cashmoney February 9th, 2014 at 9:40 am

    MTU, I see Nunez doing some good things if he is not traded or get sent down to AAA. I like his bat and his game on base. Nunez brings some excitements good or bad with him.

  21. MTU February 9th, 2014 at 9:41 am

    TKR-

    The Sun is in a quiescent state of late.

    People think weather is linear and constant.

    But that is because they view it in human terms rather than larger segments of geological time.

    As little as 500 or so years ago we had a “mini ice-age”.

    And also a medieval warming period.

    The ancient Indians of the SW were drive from their lands by persistent and unrelenting
    drought.

    Most of it is well documented.

    But I digress.

    ;)

  22. TKR February 9th, 2014 at 9:43 am

    MTU February 9th, 2014 at 9:41 am
    TKR-

    The Sun is in a quiescent state of late.

    People think weather is linear and constant.

    But that is because they view it in human terms rather than larger segments of geological time.

    As little as 500 or so years ago we had a “mini ice-age”.

    And also a medieval warming period.

    The ancient Indians of the SW were drive from their lands by persistent and unrelenting
    drought.

    Most of it is well documented.

    But I digress.

    ;)
    ——————————–
    maybe eye on another prize

  23. MTU February 9th, 2014 at 9:44 am

    My surprise candidate, who really isn’t, is J-Ram.

    I think he will open some eyes again this Spring.

    He may force the Yankees hand.

    Maybe Banuelos too.

  24. bigdan22 February 9th, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Interview with Girardi in today’s Post:

    “How are you going to address the holes at second and third base?

    A: We got Kelly Johnson, and we got Brian Roberts and we have Eduardo Nunez, and we have a number of guys that have come in and will compete for those spots. … Sometimes there are years where your infield is locked down, you know exactly who it’s gonna be and there’s questions in your outfield. … This year it’s a little bit of the opposite. But we’ll figure that out”

    So it’s Johnson, Roberts, Nunez and “a number of other guys.” Pretty much what we’ve been hearing for weeks now.

  25. Cashmoney February 9th, 2014 at 9:46 am

    They both could if healthy MTU, my guess is that both will go down to AAA for innings. I think if the BP falters, you could see those 2 along with Pineda as options.

  26. MTU February 9th, 2014 at 9:47 am

    TKR-

    Their are still some other surprises possible.

    Jocketty will not be able to extend Bailey.

    Stupid move to lose him for just a draft pick.

    Ubaldo is still out there.

    If our pitching is arrives at a surplus someone might become expendable.

    If someone becomes expendable who knows what might come our way.

    ;)

  27. MTU February 9th, 2014 at 9:49 am

    We’ll see how it plays out Cash.

    The sham #5 starter competition should be a hoot.

  28. Cashmoney February 9th, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Anyone remember Giambi’s grand slam to win the game against Minnie (I think) in the rain while trailing by 3?

  29. Cashmoney February 9th, 2014 at 9:50 am

    come to think of it, Yanks have had a lot of exciting moments against MN… they have definitely had MN’s number for awhile now.

  30. MTU February 9th, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Nunez, Anna, Sizemore, Solarte.

    OK.

    Whatever you say Joe. Remember 3b isn’t exactly a BP.

    :)

  31. austinmac February 9th, 2014 at 9:54 am

    MTU,

    Are you losing your belief they aren’t done? They seem it to me. It does seem a big risk after all the spending.

  32. austinmac February 9th, 2014 at 9:55 am

    Cash,

    I sure remember Giambi’s homer. It was his first big Yankee moment.

  33. joeman February 9th, 2014 at 9:57 am

    looks like the spent more money than they needed to in the OF…would rather seen a infield addition and a RP who could close if needed

  34. MTU February 9th, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Mac-

    Possibilities still exist.

    As long as they do I believe there is a chance of further action.

    How likely ? Now that I cannot say.

    If we happen to develop a pitching surplus much is possible.

    No idea if we will.

  35. Cashmoney February 9th, 2014 at 9:58 am

    MTU, I have some confidences in a Nunez/KJ platoon at 3b, or KJ and a combo of what shakes out.

  36. pat February 9th, 2014 at 9:58 am

    The 14 inning game against the Athletics was one of the first things I thought about when I thought recent exciting games.

  37. MTU February 9th, 2014 at 9:59 am

    Cash-

    And what would happen if Roberts injures himself ?

    KJ moves to 2b, right ?

    Who covers 3b then ?

    ;)

  38. Baby Ruth February 9th, 2014 at 9:59 am

    bigdan22 February 9th, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Interview with Girardi in today’s Post:

    “How are you going to address the holes at second and third base?

    A: We got Kelly Johnson, and we got Brian Roberts and we have Eduardo Nunez, and we have a number of guys that have come in and will compete for those spots ………..

    ===========

    The ole’ ALL STAR at every position thing again ? Lets see what these guys got first in the meantime watching for some internal BP arms to emerge

    I think K.Johnson and Roberts will give 25 HR’s, 70+ RBI’s and 15+ SB’s between them provided they can stay on the field that is

  39. Cashmoney February 9th, 2014 at 9:59 am

    Mac, it was sudden and finale…something to be said about power.

  40. Cashmoney February 9th, 2014 at 10:01 am

    KJ moves to 2b, right ?
    —–
    Nah, I give Nunez a chance to play everyday, maybe Anna could back up?

  41. MTU February 9th, 2014 at 10:01 am

    KJ has all of 9 games at 3b by the way.

  42. austinmac February 9th, 2014 at 10:02 am

    MTU,

    I think Ramirez would be a possible big bullpen addition. He has two very good pitches and seems to break down with too many innings. Sounds like a reliever, perhaps.

    I want Banuelos and Pineda to stay in the rotation, at least until they show they can’t.

    It would be nice to know how Teixiera is swinging. If he is out, we have huge problems. Canzler likely at first. Ugh. Overlay would look good by comparison.

  43. MTU February 9th, 2014 at 10:03 am

    Cash-

    I don’t see that as a good option.

    Could happen though.

    Just like it could that Betances finally knows where the plate is.

    :)

  44. Cashmoney February 9th, 2014 at 10:03 am

    I don’t see that as a good option.
    —–
    I actually do.

  45. MTU February 9th, 2014 at 10:05 am

    Mac-

    I have to believe that Yankees see what we see.

    ;)

  46. austinmac February 9th, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Baby,

    An all star at every position would mean a darn good team. Okay, by me. You would find that bad?

    This year, it would be nice to have a healthy player at every infield position. That seems very unlikely. With bad luck, the infield may need three replacements by April 1.

  47. MTU February 9th, 2014 at 10:07 am

    Kind of hard to believe the Yankees decided to roll the dice at such an important position as 3b.

  48. austinmac February 9th, 2014 at 10:08 am

    MTU,

    I have no doubt they see what we see. What they don’t see is money to spend. This is it, in my opinion, until spring training disaster strikes. Then, who will be available other than players to whom no other team would offer a minor league contract.

  49. joeman February 9th, 2014 at 10:08 am

    MTU February 9th, 2014 at 10:05 am
    Mac-

    I have to believe that Yankees see what we see.
    ————————————————–
    two more moves

  50. austinmac February 9th, 2014 at 10:11 am

    MTU,

    They are rolling the dice at 2B as well and using prayer beads for 1B and SS. I love what they have added, but the infield is amazingly questionable. It is that which results in the 82 win predictions we see.

  51. MTU February 9th, 2014 at 10:11 am

    mac-

    Bubba Crosby is our CF ?

    ;)

    Joeman-

    Would be nice.

  52. austinmac February 9th, 2014 at 10:12 am

    MTU,

    George operated the team during the Bubba days. Do you recall last year when we had Bubbas all over the field?

  53. Cashmoney February 9th, 2014 at 10:13 am

    Bubba Crosby is our CF ?
    ——
    The chasm between Bubba and Damon is far greater than a KJ vs whomever that is still out there that can be acquire via FA.

  54. MTU February 9th, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Mac-

    It might be unlikely but until the Team heads North who knows.

    ;)

  55. MTU February 9th, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Cash-

    Not necessarily.

    ;)

  56. blake February 9th, 2014 at 10:18 am

    When folks say that the dynasty didn’t have a star at every position that’s true…..however they are glossing over the fact that those teams had 3 sure fire HOFer…..2 or 3 more borderline HOF guys and then 2 or 3 more guys that were HOF caliber talents had they done it longer.

  57. RhapsodyInBlue February 9th, 2014 at 10:18 am

    I agree joeman.

  58. MTU February 9th, 2014 at 10:21 am

    The Yankees want value.

    They have some money left.

  59. Tar February 9th, 2014 at 10:22 am

    Daniel

    Thank you for sharing that great memory you have.

  60. Baby Ruth February 9th, 2014 at 10:24 am

    Mac:

    Just think with all the ‘adds’ so far they will roll with what they have on the INF in ST, evaluate and move forward based on what they see.

    Possible adds later in ST. Same thing with the pitching.

    Now Bailey is another story, they should package one of the ml C’s with a pitcher, perhaps Gardner and get Bailey.

    Young, throws gas and could be a nice piece in the rotation for years to come.

  61. austinmac February 9th, 2014 at 10:25 am

    Why do you think the Yankees have money to spend? Cashman has said otherwise.

  62. MTU February 9th, 2014 at 10:29 am

    Mac-

    Cashman said the “heavy lifting” was over.

    Doesn’t mean that the lighter lifts aren’t there.

    My POV was that the actual working budget was up to last year’s amount.

    That would leave w at least 10-15 mil to spend for the right deal.

    Not saying it will happen just that under the right circumstances it could.

    ;)

  63. austinmac February 9th, 2014 at 10:29 am

    Baby,

    I also think they will see what everyone looks like. The problem is at that point, options for replacements are very limited.

    Bailey would be great, but the Reds have been a 90 win team, and I doubt they want to lose another starter. Even if they would move him, many other teams have far more young, cheap talent to trade for him. Our hope for him is, as it always seems to be, via free agency.

  64. austinmac February 9th, 2014 at 10:30 am

    MTU,

    It all depends on what “heavy lifting” means. It seems to me to mean minor league deal type players are all that is left.

  65. bigdan22 February 9th, 2014 at 10:31 am

    I think the Yanks should regard Banuelos much the same way they regarded Pineda last year. He should not be considered a major league solution in any category. He was once a top prospect. He needs to return to that. That means he should be sent down to AAA and be basically left alone to compile innings and develop. He wasn’t a finished product before he got hurt.

    I believe Pineda will be considered solely as a starter and if he doesn’t win the competition for a 5th spot he’ll be sent down to AAA. I think Ramirez will be considered as a bullpen candidate. Probably Nuno too but I think that would be a mistake. He may actually win the 5th spot if given a fair shot. I think it’s quite possible Phelps could end up being the 8th inning guy. He’ll be given a shot at the rotation but I don’t believe the Yanks have any qualms sending him to the bullpen. Pineda will be treated much differently.

  66. DONNYBROOK February 9th, 2014 at 10:35 am

    - DANIEL -

    I’m Not much on the Pinch Hitter series, but your piece struck a note. This is what The Game is ALL about. Relationships, and memories about The Game that bring those relationships to mind and to Life again. Thanks

  67. austinmac February 9th, 2014 at 10:35 am

    MTU,

    Next weekend we are heading to Big Bend National Park. It is as close as we get the your wonderful scenery. Hiking here I come. You are in charge of reporting day since I will have no Internet. Make sure everyone reports on time throwing 95.

  68. joeman February 9th, 2014 at 10:37 am

    at this point I don’t think Cinn will trade Bailey unless they get knocked out with a deal..Gardner won’t do it & I believe they are going to go with Hamilton in CF

  69. DONNYBROOK February 9th, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Anything Cashman says is, “fly on the wall” stuff. He’s there, but that’s All he is.

  70. pat February 9th, 2014 at 10:39 am

    HardballTalk
    How each MLB general manager might explain his team’s 2014 World Series title http://wp.me/p14QSL-28UN

  71. MTU February 9th, 2014 at 10:39 am

    Mac-

    Will do.

    Have fun over there.

  72. Baby Ruth February 9th, 2014 at 10:39 am

    Mac:

    Can’t catch the fish if ya don’t drop the line in the water, not like a lot of our ml prospects r studs anyway. The Reds are always whining about $$ so why do they want to lose him for a DP ?

    A prospect is just that ….. a prospect until proven otherwise (see that Montero guy) :)

  73. Blojaldo February 9th, 2014 at 10:44 am

    I don’t agree with pre-assigning players like Banuelos roles. Everyone will get a chance in spring training to show their stuff and decisions will be made accordingly then.

  74. Baby Ruth February 9th, 2014 at 10:45 am

    joeman February 9th, 2014 at 10:37 am

    And when Hamilton can’t hit a lick he will be right back in AAA. Reds are kind of like the O’s, not proactive when they lose guys (Choo) which stinks cuz they have a good core

  75. austinmac February 9th, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Baby,

    Please be careful. Using the “M” name can lead to day long arguments.

  76. AAA February 9th, 2014 at 10:46 am

    at this point I don’t think Cinn will trade Bailey unless they get knocked out with a deal..Gardner won’t do it & I believe they are going to go with Hamilton in CF

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

    Someone would have to bowl them over with a prospect package for them to trade him. They won’t move him for another pending free agent.

  77. joeman February 9th, 2014 at 10:47 am

    Just don’t think want Gardner who will be a FA next year when they have a 22 year old CF er right now who if given the job fulltime will lead probably the majors in SB’s

  78. Yankee Trader February 9th, 2014 at 10:47 am

    Good morning-

    MTU

    Will this make you feel a little better about changes made to the developmental staff at the Tampa complex?

    http://riveraveblues.com/2014/.....aff-99341/

  79. joeman February 9th, 2014 at 10:47 am

    AAA February 9th, 2014 at 10:46 am
    at this point I don’t think Cinn will trade Bailey unless they get knocked out with a deal..Gardner won’t do it & I believe they are going to go with Hamilton in CF

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

    Someone would have to bowl them over with a prospect package for them to trade him. They won’t move him for another pending free agent.
    —————————
    agree

  80. blake February 9th, 2014 at 10:47 am

    I kinda think it’s unlikely the Yankees will spend big again next winter unless they can somehow find a way to get out of Arods money…..when it comes back they are gonna have like 160 million invested in 7 players or something like that.

    Hal isn’t taking the payroll to 250 million…..

  81. blake February 9th, 2014 at 10:48 am

    It would be pretty difficult for them to sign Scherzer or Bailey or really anybody else next winter and keep the payroll down…..

  82. joeman February 9th, 2014 at 10:50 am

    just a very small sample in the majors last year but those 13 SB in 13 games plus the 9 RS stand out to me

  83. Yankee Trader February 9th, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Tanaka NY Bound-Finally! :)

    The latest on Masahiro Tanaka, from Sunday, February 9, 2014.

    Tanaka and his wife boarded a Tohoku Shinkansen bound for Tokyo that left Sendai Station at 2:26pm on Saturday. Technical problems caused by the snow left them and other passengers stranded on the train for about an hour. They finally arrived at Tokyo Station about ninety minutes later than expected. … Tanaka is not sure if he will speak any English during his press conference in New York.

    Source: Nikkan Sports 2/9/2014

    Tanaka and his wife left for New York on a chartered flight. Before leaving, Tanaka held a brief press conference at the airport. … It took the couple about eight and a half hours to get to Narita Airport today because of yesterday’s snowfall.

    Source: Nikkan Sports 2/9/2014, Sanspo 2/9/2014, Sponichi 2/9/2014

    Tanaka held a mini-press conference at Narita Airport today before his departure. Sanspo has posted portions of it.

    This will be your first time at Yankee Stadium since you visited [the old stadium] when you were in high school.

    Not since high school. We were supposed to watch a game, but the weather was bad and we ended up with just a tour. I am not really feeling anything special.

    How will you approach camp?

    It will be different from Japan so I will have to adapt. The Majors will be a first for me. I will try to make the necessary adjustments.

    Were you able to sleep well last night?

    I was able to sleep normally.

    Is there one dish you want to eat before you leave Japan?

    Not really. I can eat anything.

    Are you feeling excited?

    I think once I get to New York. I have not been there, so I cannot really say. I think I will get excited once I got and experience all kinds of things.

    Source: Sanspo 2/9/2014

  84. AAA February 9th, 2014 at 10:51 am

    I kinda think it’s unlikely the Yankees will spend big again next winter unless they can somehow find a way to get out of Arods money

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

    We know what Arod’s going to get. He’s going to get $61 million. Question is probably going to be how that $61M is paid. Don’t know how a potential buyout, which I assume would spread the $61M out more years, would impact the lux tax number.

  85. joeman February 9th, 2014 at 10:52 am

    Hamilton needs to be given a chance in the majors..

  86. austinmac February 9th, 2014 at 10:52 am

    I think this is our spending year, and then back to hoping for farm help.

  87. blake February 9th, 2014 at 10:53 am

    “We know what Arod’s going to get. He’s going to get $61 million. Question is probably going to be how that $61M is paid. Don’t know how a potential buyout, which I assume would spread the $61M out more years, would impact the lux tax number.”

    I’m not sure there is any way around it and Arod isn’t taking a buyout of less than 61 million IMO…..I just don’t see that happening.

  88. bigdan22 February 9th, 2014 at 10:54 am

    “I don’t agree with pre-assigning players like Banuelos roles. Everyone will get a chance in spring training to show their stuff and decisions will be made accordingly then.”

    ——–

    That’s fine for major leaguers and prospects who are ready and knocking at the door. Lets not forget who Banuelos is. He’s a 23 year old pitcher coming off TJS who’s had a total of 13 starts at AAA and his last one was almost two years ago. I expect him to get knocked around a bit in Spring Training games. That’s fine. He needs to not to feel any pressure. The most important thing for him this year is to get his innings in.

  89. MTU February 9th, 2014 at 10:54 am

    YT-

    yes. To some extent.

  90. Yankee Trader February 9th, 2014 at 10:57 am

    AAA

    I believe that ARod’s 61M would still be taxed 2015 thru 2017 at the AAV of 27.5M. Then there would be the question of the homer milestones.

    Anyone else know the specifics?

  91. MTU February 9th, 2014 at 10:58 am

    Bailey will likely replace Kuroda.

    ;)

  92. bigdan22 February 9th, 2014 at 10:59 am

    “I’m not sure there is any way around it and Arod isn’t taking a buyout of less than 61 million IMO…..I just don’t see that happening”

    —-

    It’s not a “buyout” if you pay him his full compensation under the contract. That’s called honoring a contract. Which of course they will do. The only way the Yanks get out here is if Arod is medically unfit to take the field and insurance kicks in.

  93. AAA February 9th, 2014 at 11:00 am

    I’m not sure there is any way around it and Arod isn’t taking a buyout of less than 61 million IMO…..I just don’t see that happening.

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

    Exactly. There’s no way. My question is whether spreading out the payments of $61M has any impact on the luxury tax number? Can they pay him $5M for the next 12 years for example? If yes, does that reduce the impact of his lux tax number of $27M?

  94. blake February 9th, 2014 at 11:00 am

    “It’s not a “buyout” if you pay him his full compensation under the contract. That’s called honoring a contract. Which of course they will do. The only way the Yanks get out here is if Arod is medically unfit to take the field and insurance kicks in.”

    Right….he’s not giving them a money break IMO

  95. LevinsonSF February 9th, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Another terrific Pinch Hitter Post! T

  96. MTU February 9th, 2014 at 11:00 am

    If the Yankees wind up w Ubaldo Nova becomes a trade chip.

  97. bigdan22 February 9th, 2014 at 11:01 am

    austinmac February 9th, 2014 at 10:52 am

    I think this is our spending year, and then back to hoping for farm help.

    —-

    Yes I believe that is the plan. The Yanks are hoping their farm will rebound this year and provide them with trading options next year to address persistent problems like the infield.

  98. blake February 9th, 2014 at 11:01 am

    “Exactly. There’s no way. My question is whether spreading out the payments of $61M has any impact on the luxury tax number? Can they pay him $5M for the next 12 years for example? If yes, does that reduce the impact of his lux tax number of $27M?”

    JF is the guy to ask but I think he said before that this would probbaly fall under that “can’t circumvent the luxury tax ” clause…..it may come down to how MLB interpreted that clause

  99. blake February 9th, 2014 at 11:03 am

    MTU says:
    February 9, 2014 at 10:58 am
    Bailey will likely replace Kuroda.

    Arod is gonna replace Kuroda money wise….that’s the problem. Alex is gonna eat up most of the money coming off the books when his salary comes back on…..plus they are gonna have a lot of positions to film that will need money to address

  100. Tar February 9th, 2014 at 11:04 am

    “It would be pretty difficult for them to sign Scherzer or Bailey or really anybody else next winter and keep the payroll down…..”

    I would rather have Scherzer or Bailey next…… than Drew this year and next.

    Alex is an “asset” and will be on the team next year.

  101. blake February 9th, 2014 at 11:06 am

    For 2015 they have:

    Arod : 27.5
    Tanaka: 22
    Ellsbury : 22
    Tex: 23
    Sabathia: 24
    Beltran 15
    McCann: 15

    That’s 150ish million rigt there for 7 players…..and they’ll then need a whole infield…..a starter….an outfielder….a closer….and who knows what else.

  102. Baby Ruth February 9th, 2014 at 11:06 am

    Mac:

    Yes sir

  103. blake February 9th, 2014 at 11:07 am

    “I would rather have Scherzer or Bailey next…… than Drew this year and next.”

    Well yea but they need both and the infield issue isn’t going away…..they have zero infield options beyond 2014. They are going to need a whole more more or less next year

  104. Yankee Trader February 9th, 2014 at 11:07 am

    The only way the Yanks get out here is if Arod is medically unfit to take the field and insurance kicks in.
    —————–
    That is exactly why I believe the Yankees would be foolish to just hand over 61 million plus, to end their relationship. If the rumor is true that the insurance company is paying 75-80% in case ARod is on a protracted DH stint, and that there is no language in the insurance that will easily enable the insurance company to negate the policy, then with his history of hip deterioration, there is a possible likely chance that he will undergo further corrective surgery.

    Of course he still has a malpractice case vs dr Ahmad and the hospital.

  105. MTU February 9th, 2014 at 11:07 am

    Rick-

    They will do what they have to do.

    Especially when it comes to pitching.

    ;)

  106. bigdan22 February 9th, 2014 at 11:08 am

    MTU February 9th, 2014 at 11:00 am

    “If the Yankees wind up w Ubaldo Nova becomes a trade chip.”

    ——-

    That idea was thrown around about month ago and I pointed out then that trading Nova is simply not going to happen. You probably have to go back to Al Downing or Stan Bahnsen to find the last young pitcher like Nova the Yanks have traded. Jimenez is very doubtful as well. Aside from Tanaka, which has been the works for years, the Yanks were done almost two months ago.

  107. MTU February 9th, 2014 at 11:10 am

    meant to say Blake.

    Duh. Brain fart.

    Sorry.

  108. yankee21 February 9th, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Daniel, excellent post.

    Yankees will be competitive this year with the additions they made, especially upgrading C and landing Tanaka. I also think Yankee fans will take to Ellsbury right out of the box.

    That being said this is a team that might have spent nearly 1/2 B to find themselves looking in from the outside come October with the risks they have in this IF and BP.

    From my seat the key to the season is CC, will he pitch like most of his career or will he pitch closer to the 2013 version? I will be watching his velocity during the end of ST, and if Joe G and LR are making excuses and spin as to why his velocity is down then look out, it may be another 2013 CC in 2014. However, if he is airing it out and touching 95 on occasion then I like his and the Yankees chances a whole lot better.

  109. jmills February 9th, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Daniel, very sensitive story, and it made me think of that song ” Daniel ” by Elton John – ” I can see his red tail lights heading for, Spain ” ( or something like that ) I’m sure you catch a glimpse of your dad even at the new YS.

  110. Blojaldo February 9th, 2014 at 11:11 am

    bigdan22 February 9th, 2014 at 10:54 am
    “I don’t agree with pre-assigning players like Banuelos roles. Everyone will get a chance in spring training to show their stuff and decisions will be made accordingly then.”

    ——–

    That’s fine for major leaguers and prospects who are ready and knocking at the door. Lets not forget who Banuelos is. He’s a 23 year old pitcher coming off TJS who’s had a total of 13 starts at AAA and his last one was almost two years ago. I expect him to get knocked around a bit in Spring Training games. That’s fine. He needs to not to feel any pressure. The most important thing for him this year is to get his innings in.
    _________________

    I don’t see it that way. I think Banuelos has a great arm and that he will compete for a bullpen position in spring training – and I think that’s how the Yankees see it. If he doesn’t get the job done he’ll go down and work on things.

    As far as pressure is concerned, feeling it is a good thing. It’s New York and a player’s emotional makeup can be as important as their physical skills. It’s important to find out if they can handle pressure. The fifteen year old Russian figure skater last night had ice water in her veins and looked like she was skating alone in a neighborhood rink.

    I’m more and more inclined to discount the over-analytical coddling of pitchers as a means of trying to manage the future, prevent injuries, etc. I know there are certain parameters which make sense and are almost universally subscribed to but I think it’s overdone all too often. I like Nolan Ryan’s perspective; let them pitch. (within reason) I think he knew a little about pitching.

    Whitey Ford pitched an 11-hit shutout once and Case let him go the full nine. Warren Spahn
    had 363 wins and he threw more than 40 shutouts. (That’s at least 42 complete games and he never had arm issues.) Allie Reynolds started and pitched in relief on consecutive days, etc.

  111. tomingeorgia February 9th, 2014 at 11:12 am

    Existential angst over next off-season while this one hasn’t ended yet? All I care about is what happens on the field THIS year. There will be player moves coming, but I just want to see a baseball game!

  112. DONNYBROOK February 9th, 2014 at 11:12 am

    I do Not understand why there Has to be a choice between Drew and Scherzer or Bailey. This is the New York Yankees we are talking about. Hal has “Conditioned” some of you into his way of thinking. RESISTANCE is advised.

  113. pat February 9th, 2014 at 11:13 am

    If the Yankees DFA Alex, he would continue to be paid the 15th and 30th of the month, same as if he was playing, and the luxury tax implications would remain the same unless he agreed to rework a deal and why would he do that?

    Would love to know what the wording of the HR milestones looks like in his contract.

    Depending on the wording, there could be a scenario where the Yankees release him and if a team picks him up, the Yankees could be on the hook to pay the milestones he hits for another team.

  114. bigdan22 February 9th, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Yankee Trader February 9th, 2014 at 11:07 am
    The only way the Yanks get out here is if Arod is medically unfit to take the field and insurance kicks in.
    —————–
    That is exactly why I believe the Yankees would be foolish to just hand over 61 million plus, to end their relationship. If the rumor is true that the insurance company is paying 75-80% in case ARod is on a protracted DH stint, and that there is no language in the insurance that will easily enable the insurance company to negate the policy, then with his history of hip deterioration, there is a possible likely chance that he will undergo further corrective surgery.

    Of course he still has a malpractice case vs dr Ahmad and the hospital.

    ——

    Yes there are only three workable options for Arod and the Yanks starting next year. Arod plays for the Yanks, Arod is on the DL, or Arod retires for some medical reason like Albert Belle did. There will be no buy out. He is not going to be released. Remember, what Hal said last month. Arod is an asset and Hal isn’t the type of guy to just give away assets.

  115. Tar February 9th, 2014 at 11:14 am

    “Well yea but they need both and the infield issue isn’t going away…..they have zero infield options beyond 2014. They are going to need a whole more more or less next year”

    Hanley and Headley are two options that quickly come to mind for next year. I would think they both are more desirable than Drew. There are young trade targets as well.

  116. MTU February 9th, 2014 at 11:14 am

    Dan-

    You don’t know that.

    No one does.

    I’m not predicting anything just saying things are still possible.

    They will be until they head North.

    Whatever happens happens.

    ;)

  117. Baby Ruth February 9th, 2014 at 11:15 am

    NYY aren’t going to commit millions of dollars and multiple years for Ubaldo ………….. jeez

  118. Blojaldo February 9th, 2014 at 11:16 am

    “Arod is an asset and Hal isn’t the type of guy to just give away assets.”

    That was surely what the lawyers instructed Hal to say. The Yankees are rightfully being very careful to not provide any legal ammunition to A-Rod and his legal team that would support the theory they are trying to vacate his contract. That is all that was in my opinion.

  119. Yankee Trader February 9th, 2014 at 11:17 am

    ” It will be about one game and one perfect moment with my father.”

    Daniel

    Terrific post, that brought back cherished moments with my father. Thank you.

  120. Blojaldo February 9th, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Hey Baby can you still swing a bat

  121. blake February 9th, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Hanley and Headley are two options that quickly come to mind for next year. I would think they both are more desirable than Drew. There are young trade targets as well.”

    Well hanley is probbaly going to sign an extension and Headley can play 3B while Drew plays SS……but again I’m not sure they will pay for all this.

  122. DONNYBROOK February 9th, 2014 at 11:19 am

    A-Rod has Not been an “asset” for roughly 2 seasons. That’s pure Hokum.

  123. blake February 9th, 2014 at 11:19 am

    Hal saying Alex is an “asset” is about as meaningful as Alex’s soon to come apology…..it’s just words. Hal and the Yankees gain nothing now from saying anything else

  124. UpState February 9th, 2014 at 11:19 am

    “…but I agree there is some Red Sox bias there at ESPN….”
    ———————————————–
    Ya think ?
    ——————————

    Only when I watch or listen to it

    It is what it is…just too bad such a big sports power simply hates the NYY so much.

    and they don’t even try to camouflage it – or if they are trying – they suck at that too !

  125. Revenge of Stoneburner February 9th, 2014 at 11:20 am

    tomingeorgia February 9th, 2014 at 11:12 am
    Existential angst over next off-season while this one hasn’t ended yet? All I care about is what happens on the field THIS year. There will be player moves coming, but I just want to see a baseball game!

    ******

    +1000

  126. austinmac February 9th, 2014 at 11:20 am

    Yank21,

    I too will feel much better about CC if he adds a couple mph. A pitcher was on MLB radio the other day and he said it took him over a year to fully recover from bone chip removal in his elbow. Maybe we will see more. I think we will.

  127. bigdan22 February 9th, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Blojaldo February 9th, 2014 at 11:11 am

    “I’m more and more inclined to discount the over-analytical coddling of pitchers as a means of trying to manage the future, prevent injuries, etc. I know there are certain parameters which make sense and are almost universally subscribed to but I think it’s overdone all too often. I like Nolan Ryan’s perspective; let them pitch. (within reason) I think he knew a little about pitching.

    Whitey Ford pitched an 11-hit shutout once and Case let him go the full nine. Warren Spahn
    had 363 wins and he threw more than 40 shutouts. (That’s at least 42 complete games and he never had arm issues.) Allie Reynolds started and pitched in relief on consecutive days, etc.

    —–

    An interesting perspective. But you do realize that none of those guys are even close to good comps for Banuelos?

    But I love that you included “The Chief” Allie Reynolds! I think he was part American Indian. My dad really liked him. I think he threw two no-hitters one year (1951?). In one of them, as the story goes, the last hitter was Ted Williams. Ted hit a high foul pop up that Yogi dropped. The Chief was unperturbed. Ted did the very same thing again and Yogi caught it.

    I love baseball.

  128. blake February 9th, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Alex’s only chance to play in MLB again is to come out and apologize…..be totally transparent and contrite (or seem to be) and then literally go away for a year and leave the Yankees alone….maybe then they will give him a shot to come back in 2015……but as of now I think they’ll release him before letting him return and if they release him his career is over…..nobody is gonna sign a 40 year old guy with his baggage

  129. Baby Ruth February 9th, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Blojaldo February 9th, 2014 at 11:11 am

    So MannyB is coming off of TJS and they would put him in the BP ?

    Not regular work at Scranton to build up his innings as a SP, shake off the rust, refine his mechanics and prepare to replace Kuroda next year if he has a good year at AAA ?

  130. MTU February 9th, 2014 at 11:22 am

    I have to believe that the Yankees are hoping once again for a little bit of help form the Farm for next season.

    And w any kind of luck they should get some.

    I fully expect a breakout from at least 1 or possibly 2 guys.

  131. Revenge of Stoneburner February 9th, 2014 at 11:23 am

    Yankeesource ?@YankeeSource 9h
    Dermis Garcia might grow out of the SS position but he is athletic enough to stay at the spot. Smooth swing, raw power, immense potential.

    Yankeesource ?@YankeeSource 9h
    Yankees linked to Huascar Ynoa as well. Rumors of a big spending spree could hold true.

    Yankeesource ?@YankeeSource 9h
    SS Dermis Garcia heading to the Yankees in the IFA? That would be a huge addition to a team in need of SS depth in minors.

    Yankeesource ?@YankeeSource 9h
    Yankees could add more depth at the catching position in IFA’s with C Ricardo Rodriguez. Good pop and excellent arm strength behind plate.

  132. jmills February 9th, 2014 at 11:23 am

    It will be interesting to see what Kelly Johnson can do. He was a dissapointment here, but he does have some left handed bat power. Adam Lind is a guy I need production out of, its all been given up that he can attack lefties. Still, it will come down to having a semblance of a rotation, as it seems so dicy with Brandon Morrow. The point of getting Santana is to have a middle to lower part of the rotation guy that can post innings and save having to go with a guy like, Drabek, if he simply is not ready, which he may never be. Wouldn’t surprise me to see Stroman in things.

  133. blake February 9th, 2014 at 11:23 am

    Tom,
    Got a butt on the smoker I put on at 1130 last night…..12 hours into the cook at 225 degrees and I have yet to open the lid. Nope a Sasquatch didn’t steal it in the night !

  134. Baby Ruth February 9th, 2014 at 11:24 am

    tomingeorgia February 9th, 2014 at 11:12 am

    Existential angst over next off-season while this one hasn’t ended yet? All I care about is what happens on the field THIS year. There will be player moves coming, but I just want to see a baseball game!

    =====

    Yes sirree ……… ! !

  135. Blojaldo February 9th, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Baby Ruth February 9th, 2014 at 11:22 am
    Blojaldo February 9th, 2014 at 11:11 am

    So MannyB is coming off of TJS and they would put him in the BP ? Not regular work at Scranton to build up his innings as a SP, shake off the rust, refine his mechanics and prepare to replace Kuroda next year if he has a good year at AAA ?
    ______________

    Correct. I think the Yankees are going to see how he looks in spring training and let him compete for a bullpen spot. I can also see him starting the season in AAA and being called up if he pitches well and the need arises.

  136. bigdan22 February 9th, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Blojaldo February 9th, 2014 at 11:16 am
    “Arod is an asset and Hal isn’t the type of guy to just give away assets.”

    That was surely what the lawyers instructed Hal to say. The Yankees are rightfully being very careful to not provide any legal ammunition to A-Rod and his legal team that would support the theory they are trying to vacate his contract. That is all that was in my opinion.

    ——-

    I don’t think so. I actually have some experience in this area. A lawyer would have counseled Hal to say something like “this matter is in litigation and it would be inappropriate for me to comment about Alex at this time.” No, that was Hal all on his own.

  137. DONNYBROOK February 9th, 2014 at 11:25 am

    ESPN also has it in for the College Football version of the New York Yankees = Notre Dame

  138. Tar February 9th, 2014 at 11:26 am

    “nobody is gonna sign a 40 year old guy with his baggage”

    I would think a team that lists Joyce or Reimold as their DH would be interested.

  139. Yankee Trader February 9th, 2014 at 11:26 am

    Dan

    Question? During the suspension, ARod is still under contract and being paid more than 3 million by the Yankees. If he goes out and gets himself injured playing semi pro ball, or a pickup basketball game( Aaron Boone, his predecessor comes to mind), etc, I would think there would be language not only in the Yankee contract, but the insurance policy that would enable both parties to negate their deals.

    Thoughts?

  140. MTU February 9th, 2014 at 11:28 am

    Stones-

    The Yankees should grab all three: Diaz, Arrabarreuna, and Garcia.

    ;)

  141. DONNYBROOK February 9th, 2014 at 11:28 am

    You saw Manny signed and in the Bushes last season. This means there are those that will give A-Rod a look-see and most likely a Shot.

  142. pat February 9th, 2014 at 11:29 am

    I wonder if Alex kept his season tickets for this season.

  143. austinmac February 9th, 2014 at 11:29 am

    I certainly agree we can’t read anything about AROD said by Hal. They have at least until the end of the season to decide.

  144. braeburn February 9th, 2014 at 11:30 am

    “but as of now I think they’ll release him before letting him return and if they release him his career is over…..”

    alex rodriguez is associated with the yankees brand.

    it would be great to have him be released and play another 2-3 years for another team.

    let him last play for someone else.

    let another team’s fans have to read the ongoing saga that comes with alex being on a team.

  145. austinmac February 9th, 2014 at 11:30 am

    YT,

    Don’t trip him at the pick up game until we know the answer to your question. :)

  146. Blojaldo February 9th, 2014 at 11:31 am

    bigdan22 February 9th, 2014 at 11:22 am
    Blojaldo February 9th, 2014 at 11:11 am

    “I’m more and more inclined to discount the over-analytical coddling of pitchers as a means of trying to manage the future, prevent injuries, etc. I know there are certain parameters which make sense and are almost universally subscribed to but I think it’s overdone all too often. I like Nolan Ryan’s perspective; let them pitch. (within reason) I think he knew a little about pitching.

    Whitey Ford pitched an 11-hit shutout once and Case let him go the full nine. Warren Spahn
    had 363 wins and he threw more than 40 shutouts. (That’s at least 42 complete games and he never had arm issues.) Allie Reynolds started and pitched in relief on consecutive days, etc.
    —–
    An interesting perspective. But you do realize that none of those guys are even close to good comps for Banuelos? But I love that you included “The Chief” Allie Reynolds! I think he was part American Indian. My dad really liked him. I think he threw two no-hitters one year (1951?). In one of them, as the story goes, the last hitter was Ted Williams. Ted hit a high foul pop up that Yogi dropped. The Chief was unperturbed. Ted did the very same thing again and Yogi caught it. I love baseball.
    ______________

    I wasn’t meaning to draw a literal comparison between Banuelos and Ryan, etc. Just to opine in general on what I have come to believe about coddling pitchers. All the Joba Rules type of stuff, I wonder if it really helps or hurts or just doesn’t matter. Granted, a players early twenties physiologically is an important consideration. I just think sometimes the analysis, pitch counts, innings counts, etc., goes to far to no end.

    A visual of Reynolds throwing to Yogi with Ted at bat about in the ninth inning of a no-hitter is as good as one can imagine! Thanks for that!

  147. tomingeorgia February 9th, 2014 at 11:31 am

    blake,
    I think I can smell it cooking from here! I haven’t done anything lately because of the lousy weather. Now they’re calling for snow, sleet and freezing rain starting Monday night and running through Wednesday. That kind of weather here doesn’t bode well for you, either. Enjoy the pulled pork this afternoon!

  148. yankeefeminista February 9th, 2014 at 11:32 am

    Good morning! Beautiful story; thanks for sharing it, Daniel. My dad too is no doubt looking down from heaven, getting ready to watch yet another season of his beloved Yanks…

    Keep JRam in the SP until Sept. SWB season is over please. He needs to keep working on that slider. I don’t want him to shelve it for a short stint in the BP and regress. So, stay with the program, unless you want to give JRam some spot start SP innings when a starter goes down.

    Looks like we may also snag/are the favorites for Ynoa’s younger brother, Huascar. He’s arguably the top IFA pitcher and projects to have 3 potentially plus pitches. I’m liking it. The more IFAs, the merrier.

    http://sbb.scout.com/2/1369928.html

    As for top games (those I’ve attended) in the past five years that come to mind (in no particular order):

    1. 2009 WS clincher–stayed at the Stadium all night, celebrating.
    2. Derek Jeter 3,000 hits
    3. AJ Burnett game 2 (a must win) in 2009 WS (Jay-Z and Alicia Keys: “Empire State of Mind” in pregame, which was ominous!)
    4. Posada delivering in Sept. 21, 2011 game vs. Rays when we clinched the East division crown. Hip hip!
    5. Both Mariano tribute games, especially last one of 2014. (Andy’s last start.) Heartwrenching!
    6. 2010 Opening Day, getting our WS rings with Matsui returning as an Angel to also get his ring.
    7. 15 inning regular season win vs. Red Sox, –walkoff two out, 2-run homer by Alex vs. Tazawa at 12:42 a.m.
    8. Opening Game at NYS, even though we lost miserably. Bernie played “Take me Out to the Ballgame” on guitar.
    9. ALDS 2009 Game 2 win vs. Twins: Teixeira walk off HR after Alex had tied it with a 2-run shot in the 9th; DRob “Houdini” got the W, getting out of a bases-loaded jam in the top of the 11th.
    10. Bernie/Torre returning for OTD, 2011. Bern, baby, bern! The crowd was going nuts.

    Probably have omitted some other big
    games/historic/emotional moments. There have been so many… But I’ve taken up enough space. Go Yanks!

  149. J. Alfred Prufrock February 9th, 2014 at 11:33 am

    blake February 9th, 2014 at 9:39 am

    pat says:
    February 9, 2014 at 9:36 am
    Daniel brings up an interesting question. Most exciting Yankee moment in the last 5 years?

    I mean other than Matsuis homer in the WS Id say Jeters 3000th hit
    ///

    I was fortunate to be at both those games.

    Alex off the camera in Philly was one great LOL moment, but Damon’s ridiculous AB off Lidge and then seminal swiping of 2 bags off Lidge/Ruiz was hilarious and basically set up the deluge to follow and all but sealed the deal of 2009.

    Also great fun: watching Marte smoke the lefties in that WS, DRob doing his Houdini routine in ALDS that run, and what a joy it was watching Hughes just be nails down the stretch to deliver us to another AL East regular season division title.

    Best of all: with No. 27 officially in the books, really taking in the joy on the diamond after the 4-3 final out of 2009: Mo, Jeter, Alex, Posada, and (deep sigh) Robinson Cano.

  150. jmills February 9th, 2014 at 11:33 am

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=eNd-w9lZcHw#

    I posted this fun piece on Phil kessel last night. You have a very gifted player on the US team. He is a pure sniper, skates like the wind, while making crisp, remarkable passes. He scored again last night, and I think he is only behind, Ovechkin for league lead. No reason the US can’t be a winner. Very solid goatinding, and in quick one offs, that’s huge. Should be an entertaining tournament.

  151. braeburn February 9th, 2014 at 11:33 am

    “They have at least until the end of the season to decide.”

    why act now when you can procrastinate later ?

    what do you want to do?

    i don’t know ,what do you want to do ?

  152. MTU February 9th, 2014 at 11:34 am

    I want some brisket !

  153. Revenge of Stoneburner February 9th, 2014 at 11:34 am

    MTU February 9th, 2014 at 11:28 am
    Stones-

    The Yankees should grab all three: Diaz, Arrabarreuna, and Garcia.

    *******

    You mean grab http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRIr9MNmCwU

    :)

  154. yankeefeminista February 9th, 2014 at 11:36 am

    Both Mariano tribute games, especially last one of 2013*.

  155. JimK February 9th, 2014 at 11:36 am

    With the exception of Ellsbury and Tanaka, the Yankees signings this year are more in line with the additions they made during their late 90?s run; capable players to augment their established “ready for primetime” regulars. This was essentially the same strategy Boston used successfully last year.
    The main problem is, unlike the late 90?s teams, the current Y’s lack a core of established players at any key position; their remaining core players, Jeter and Teixeira are huge question marks and unless both players return to some semblance of their pre-injury status the Y’s have an offensively unproductive infield.
    The addition of McCann, Beltran, and retaining Soriano should help mitigate the loss of infield offensive production, but the Y’s have even more question marks in their starting rotation. Last season the RS had the same problem going into the season, but Lester rebounded from his 2012 season and Buchholz, despite being injured again, was dominant when he did pitch. The Y’s can only hope for a similar CC rebound and for Tanaka to live up to expectations. Both Nova and Kuroda are the remaining keys in their rotation; will Nova finally develop into a consistent SP? and were Kuroda’s final ineffective starts the result of fatigue or a true picture of a declining SP?
    As of now I am sticking with my original prediction of 88 wins, and although I doubt it, spring training may influence my decision to change that number

  156. Blojaldo February 9th, 2014 at 11:36 am

    bigdan22 February 9th, 2014 at 11:25 am
    Blojaldo February 9th, 2014 at 11:16 am
    “Arod is an asset and Hal isn’t the type of guy to just give away assets.”

    That was surely what the lawyers instructed Hal to say. The Yankees are rightfully being very careful to not provide any legal ammunition to A-Rod and his legal team that would support the theory they are trying to vacate his contract. That is all that was in my opinion.
    ——-
    I don’t think so. I actually have some experience in this area. A lawyer would have counseled Hal to say something like “this matter is in litigation and it would be inappropriate for me to comment about Alex at this time.” No, that was Hal all on his own.
    _____________

    But the matter isn’t in litigation. I’m referring to any future circumstances that would include the Yankees trying to get out of A-Rod’s contract for a breech of some sort, etc.. whereby A-Rod would sue the Yankees and claim that was always their goal. The Yankees could reference Hal’s statement as ‘part’ of their counter; “we always valued A-Rod as an asset.”

  157. Tar February 9th, 2014 at 11:36 am

    Great list YF…I’m envious.

  158. J. Alfred Prufrock February 9th, 2014 at 11:37 am

    Keep JRam in the SP until Sept. SWB season is over please. He needs to keep working on that slider. I don’t want him to shelve it for a short stint in the BP and regress. So, stay with the program, unless you want to give JRam some spot start SP innings when a starter goes down.
    ///

    yeah, this.

  159. austinmac February 9th, 2014 at 11:37 am

    Braeburn,

    You’ve aptly described my decision making. Well, I will think about that and let you know.

  160. blake February 9th, 2014 at 11:37 am

    “I would think a team that lists Joyce or Reimold as their DH would be interested.”

    Nope

  161. MTU February 9th, 2014 at 11:37 am

    Stones-

    Yup.

    All of those anyway.

    ;)

  162. yankeefeminista February 9th, 2014 at 11:37 am

    “Damon’s ridiculous AB off Lidge and then seminal swiping of 2 bags off Lidge/Ruiz was hilarious and basically set up the deluge to follow and all but sealed the deal of 2009.”

    Yes! Thought of this too of course. A moment or two of incredulity. What the eff is Damon doing? LOL. Kicking a**! Great moment. :)

  163. Yankee Trader February 9th, 2014 at 11:37 am

    Mac

    My basketball days are over. Remember the Larry David show where he goes to a Laker game and is sitting next to their bench, stretches his leg out, just as Shaquille is coming into the game and trips him, sending him to the hospital? He then tries to “sneak” out of the arena but is caught on the scoreboard.

  164. MTU February 9th, 2014 at 11:38 am

    YT-

    One thing that amazed me was that the Yankees have just hired a statistical guru.

    You mean they didn’t have one till now ?

    :shock:

  165. joeman February 9th, 2014 at 11:38 am

    jmills February 9th, 2014 at 11:33 am
    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=eNd-w9lZcHw#

    I posted this fun piece on Phil kessel last night. You have a very gifted player on the US team. He is a pure sniper, skates like the wind, while making crisp, remarkable passes. He scored again last night, and I think he is only behind, Ovechkin for league lead. No reason the US can’t be a winner. Very solid goatinding, and in quick one offs, that’s huge. Should be an entertaining tournament.
    —————————————————-
    I’ll take PK back with the B’s

  166. blake February 9th, 2014 at 11:39 am

    Tom,
    I got a fan system for the egg recently…..you set it to 225 and it’ll basically hold it there until the coal and wood runs out. It’s a heck of a lot better than adjusting dampers all the time in this weather! I set it at 225 lat night and it hasn’t budged since

  167. bigdan22 February 9th, 2014 at 11:39 am

    blake February 9th, 2014 at 11:19 am

    “Hal saying Alex is an “asset” is about as meaningful as Alex’s soon to come apology…..it’s just words. Hal and the Yankees gain nothing now from saying anything else”

    ——

    I don’t think you are reading Hal right Blake. He is not his father. He doesn’t make statements to “rally the troops” or to inspire anyone. He really doesn’t say much publicly at all. But when he does say something, the meaning can be derived directly from the words he utters. He’s actually pretty easy to read. He’s a straight shooter and he likes thinking of himself just that way. That’s why he keeps calling himself a “finance guy.” When he says that, he’s really saying “trust me, because I’m an honest guy.” He’s very different from his father.

    As far as Arod goes, I could care less what he says now and I think almost everyone else feels the same way except perhaps the media who are just looking for a story. At this point, it’s all spin.

    And comparing Arod to Hal is inapposite (another one for you JAP!). They couldn’t be more different as individuals.

  168. austinmac February 9th, 2014 at 11:40 am

    JAP,

    Ramirez seems to get hurt with too many innings. While I would love him to be a starter, they may doubt his ability to stay healthy. Frankly, I’m not sure if I ever heard why he disappeared last year. Man, except for his last game, he looked great last spring.

  169. Tar February 9th, 2014 at 11:40 am

    “we always valued A-Rod as an asset.”

    Especially when he STFU.

    Maybe they really value him as an asset, because they owe him a lot of money, he can still play and love him or hate him he still bring fans to the game.

    i think this whole notion that Hal said that to somehow rebut a possible future lawsuit…. is weak.

  170. Revenge of Stoneburner February 9th, 2014 at 11:42 am

    jmills February 9th, 2014 at 11:23 am
    It will be interesting to see what Kelly Johnson can do.

    *****

    agree – especially if he can approach 2010

  171. J. Alfred Prufrock February 9th, 2014 at 11:42 am

    YF, that Jorge hit that clinched the division in 2011 was another great one – good call.

    I think I have the DN back page somewhere still.

    Also, the overwhelming support from Stadium crowd for Posada the
    The AB where he worked the walk in his first game back after the Machiavellan FO stunt, was very emotional: fans had their emphatic say.

  172. MTU February 9th, 2014 at 11:42 am

    And if they wanted to hire more development types why grab so many Cubs guys ?

    When was the last time they won something ?

    Why not grab Tampa, Cards, or Braves guys ? Guys w a track record of success.

    2 of them were not from the Cubs org though. So there’s that.

    I’m not sure the Hendry/Rothschild connection is a good thing.

    ;)

  173. Baby Ruth February 9th, 2014 at 11:42 am

    Dump ‘Roidboy’, the cheating, lying, douche bag, pay him off and let him become someone else s problem should one choose to sign him

  174. austinmac February 9th, 2014 at 11:43 am

    YT,

    I remember that episode. A guy I know met Larry David at the airport. Larry asked him to borrow his cell phone since he doesn’t own one.

  175. jmills February 9th, 2014 at 11:43 am

    joeman, a lot were saying that here, but not any more, Kessel is consistant in making a case for himself over and over, and he stays healthy.

  176. joeman February 9th, 2014 at 11:43 am

    took jeter 17 years to get 3000 hits…no way the great Cano gets 3000

  177. yankeefeminista February 9th, 2014 at 11:44 am

    Tar, the great thing is that there are always more memories to be made. ;) Maybe you will see an historic game in Baltimore or at NYS in the future. I have that wish for you. The word passion gets overused, but you are such a great and passionate Yankee fan. Truly. Thank you for that.

  178. blake February 9th, 2014 at 11:44 am

    “I don’t think you are reading Hal right Blake. He is not his father. He doesn’t make statements to “rally the troops” or to inspire anyone.”

    No his father would have probably said something about releasing Arod by now…..Hal realizes that they have nothing to gain at this point by saying that.

  179. Tar February 9th, 2014 at 11:44 am

    “I would think a team that lists Joyce or Reimold as their DH would be interested.”

    Nope”

    So Raul Ibanez can find AB’s after 40, but an AL East team that can have Alex for league minimum and list a DH that hit .195 .250 .336 .586 wouldn’t be interested?

    Should we have another bet? add a second week perhaps?

  180. austinmac February 9th, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Interestingly, the Rays may now have a worse farm than the Yankees. The Cubs have a good one. The world turns, and the Rays see what it is like to draft late.

  181. Revenge of Stoneburner February 9th, 2014 at 11:46 am

    “On this date in 1971, Satchel Paige became the first Negro League star to be selected to the Hall of Fame. The right-hander, the oldest player in the majors to make his big league debut, became a legend during his professional career, which lasted from the 1920s until 1965, playing in several different Negro Leagues and with the Indians, Browns, and A’s.”

    props to one of the greatest

  182. austinmac February 9th, 2014 at 11:46 am

    In my opinion, the Yankees are the only team he could remotely play for and that is only because of money. He is a pariah.

  183. bigdan22 February 9th, 2014 at 11:47 am

    Blojaldo February 9th, 2014 at 11:36 am
    bigdan22 February 9th, 2014 at 11:25 am
    Blojaldo February 9th, 2014 at 11:16 am
    “Arod is an asset and Hal isn’t the type of guy to just give away assets.”

    That was surely what the lawyers instructed Hal to say. The Yankees are rightfully being very careful to not provide any legal ammunition to A-Rod and his legal team that would support the theory they are trying to vacate his contract. That is all that was in my opinion.
    ——-
    I don’t think so. I actually have some experience in this area. A lawyer would have counseled Hal to say something like “this matter is in litigation and it would be inappropriate for me to comment about Alex at this time.” No, that was Hal all on his own.
    _____________

    But the matter isn’t in litigation. I’m referring to any future circumstances that would include the Yankees trying to get out of A-Rod’s contract for a breech of some sort, etc.. whereby A-Rod would sue the Yankees and claim that was always their goal. The Yankees could reference Hal’s statement as ‘part’ of their counter; “we always valued A-Rod as an asset.”

    ——-

    It was at the time Hal made that statement.

    The Yanks have no basis to void Arod’s contract. That’s been covered exhaustively in the media and elsewhere. I’m sure their lawyers looked into the possibility in 2009. No, both parties made their bed and now they’ll have to sleep in it.

    Hal, “the finance guy,” is playing the dispassionate administrator of team resources. He’s good at that. He knows Alex isn’t going anywhere some he will try to derive as much value from Alex as he can. This is how Hal thinks.

  184. Revenge of Stoneburner February 9th, 2014 at 11:47 am

    Ramirez seems to get hurt with too many innings. While I would love him to be a starter, they may doubt his ability to stay healthy.

    ******

    austinmac February 9th, 2014 at 11:45 am
    Interestingly, the Rays may now have a worse farm than the Yankees. The Cubs have a good one. The world turns, and the Rays see what it is like to draft late.

    *******

    this poster is on fire this morning with his/her posts :)

  185. pat February 9th, 2014 at 11:48 am

    Who gets the first formal interview with Alex whenever he speaks (not that I think he should)?

    Francesa would be the easy guess. Costas would be a good possibility. Joe Buck would be a good dark horse candidate.

  186. jmills February 9th, 2014 at 11:48 am

    They made a movie on, Paige, I think it was called, ” Don’t Look Back “

  187. MTU February 9th, 2014 at 11:50 am

    Mac-

    What the Rays have be able to do is way more than just drafting early.

    They practically run an assembly line when it comes to producing pitching.

    And some of their trades have been very astute as well.

    The Cards are an extremely well run org too.

    The Cubs haven’t produced squat as of yet.

    Even Castro has some issues.

    Let’s see what the great and all powerful Epstein comes up.

    Baez has yet to play even though he is highly rated.

    This Farm system ranking stuff can turn on a dime.

    We have plenty of talent too.

  188. J. Alfred Prufrock February 9th, 2014 at 11:50 am

    “The game itself has become mostly a shuffle of memories. I recall my father asking me who was pitching for the Yankees, I remember Igawa constantly falling behind hitters before completely imploding later in the game, and I remember a two-run homer by A-Rod in the bottom of the first. Little things like my father making a complete mess with peanut shells stick out. I missed Jason Giambi’s three-run blast in the eighth, but I could hear the roar and feel the walls shake.
    /////

    This is my favorite passage, Daniel, including the wonderful detail of the peanut shells, that make your Yankee experience with your father really come alive for me.

  189. austinmac February 9th, 2014 at 11:51 am

    Stone, it only took me a few years. Who knows, I may have another good thought some day. Maybe.

  190. Yankee Trader February 9th, 2014 at 11:52 am

    MTU

    It’s all part of the work being done on the Yanks’ oft-criticized farm system. Down the hall from Newman’s office sits a “PhD in advanced math and statistics,” says Newman, a statistical analyst devoted to the player development department.

    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/spo.....z2sqOz2dmi

    The Rays have had more than one, assisting the GM and manager with their Shift -positioning, pitcher location, opposing batters cold zones.

    Hopefully the Yankees will incorporate this philosophy. The infield defense will be seeing a lot of ground balls this season with Kuroda, Tanaka and Nova.

  191. bigdan22 February 9th, 2014 at 11:54 am

    blake February 9th, 2014 at 11:44 am
    “I don’t think you are reading Hal right Blake. He is not his father. He doesn’t make statements to “rally the troops” or to inspire anyone.”

    No his father would have probably said something about releasing Arod by now…..Hal realizes that they have nothing to gain at this point by saying that.

    ——

    Now I don’t think you are reading George right. George would not have wanted to release Arod. I think he would have wanted to save him. George had a heroic vision of himself. I think he would have referenced Steve Howe, Strawberry and Gooden. I think George would have said something like Arod is part of our family and we take care of our own.

    Remember this. George was a bombastic blowhard. But he also was a shrewd businessman. Under no circumstances would he ever give away $60MM+ by cutting Arod.

  192. joeman February 9th, 2014 at 11:54 am

    TORONTO….took the B’s to the brink last year and will be a tough out in the playoffs

  193. blake February 9th, 2014 at 11:54 am

    @newsdaymarcus: AROD: His decision to withdraw suits will be explained at some point, source says.

    Maybe he and Ortiz can have a joint presser in 2050 to explain

  194. Tar February 9th, 2014 at 11:55 am

    YF thanks for the kind words. You are in fact the epitome of a what a great Yankee fan is.

    A 5 tool fan :D

    As a kid and young adult I’ve went to many games at Yankee Stadium. Back then it was really easy and cheap to go. Street parking (as long as you had a car no one wanted to steal haha), $5 tip to the usher and you were in the first couple of rows. Went to a bunch of games at Shea that way as well depending on who was in town. Just none of them quite up to the caliber that you have.

    I was able to attend the All Star game in 2009 and that was memorable for a lot reasons that hopefully sometime we will discuss in person. :D

  195. jmills February 9th, 2014 at 11:56 am

    I’ve been trying to find a book I have called, ” baseball’s Back in Town ” which was released for the Jays first season. The book gives a facinating look into the triple A Maple Leafs with lovely photos of their various parks. I think the team was lost by 67 or so. Elston Howard played on that team. Finding things in my place can be a bit of an archaelogical dig.

  196. J. Alfred Prufrock February 9th, 2014 at 11:57 am

    austinmac February 9th, 2014 at 11:40 am

    JAP,

    Ramirez seems to get hurt with too many innings. While I would love him to be a starter, they may doubt his ability to stay healthy. Frankly, I’m not sure if I ever heard why he disappeared last year. Man, except for his last game, he looked great last spring.
    ///

    But what’s discouraging about that mac is that the Yankees said they didn’t trust Vizcaino’s health, so they shipped him off, and that they could do so because they essentially had his double in Jose Ramirez.

    I have no idea if he is brittle or fragile by nature, or lacks stamina in his DNA, but that the Yankees see him that way has been suggested for a few years by Patrick Teale, who deals with the team’s developmental people all the time.

    Yete, they’ve been trying to have him hone his slider for a couple years now, presumably for him to start.

  197. yankeefeminista February 9th, 2014 at 11:57 am

    austinmac February 9th, 2014 at 11:45 am
    Interestingly, the Rays may now have a worse farm than the Yankees. The Cubs have a good one. The world turns, and the Rays see what it is like to draft late.
    ___
    Yanks’ rankings are BS. Their farm will catapult 10 spots after this season. As for Rays, when you graduate that many young players to your big club, your farm is going to take a hit. Plus they will jump up again, as they always have players to deal to get hauls like Odorrizi, Archer, Myers… Plus they too have had some injuries (Guerrieri, Lee…) and Guerrieri’s drug bust/suspension won’t helped their rankings in the short term.

  198. J. Alfred Prufrock February 9th, 2014 at 11:58 am

    *yet

  199. jmills February 9th, 2014 at 11:58 am

    joeman, I need a premium D guy, who doesn’t?

  200. joeman February 9th, 2014 at 11:59 am

    in 2015 ARod will have played 44 games in 2 years…don’t expect much

  201. Blojaldo February 9th, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    bigdan22 February 9th, 2014 at 11:54 am
    blake February 9th, 2014 at 11:44 am
    Now I don’t think you are reading George right. George would not have wanted to release Arod. I think he would have wanted to save him. George had a heroic vision of himself. I think he would have referenced Steve Howe, Strawberry and Gooden. I think George would have said something like Arod is part of our family and we take care of our own. Remember this. George was a bombastic blowhard. But he also was a shrewd businessman. Under no circumstances would he ever give away $60MM+ by cutting Arod.
    ______________________

    Steve Howe, Strawberry and Gooden were addicts with drug issues and personal demons. A-Rod is not. He’s a self absorbed narcissist who has exhibited time and time again he has no resect for the baseball, the Yankee brand, his teammates or management. I think George would have escorted him to the door with a check in hand.
    _______________

  202. yankeefeminista February 9th, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    This is my favorite passage, Daniel, including the wonderful detail of the peanut shells, that make your Yankee experience with your father really come alive for me.
    ____
    Ah, the smell of those peanut shells melded with the other smells at OYS. Nothing quite like it.

  203. bigdan22 February 9th, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    jmills February 9th, 2014 at 11:48 am

    “They made a movie on, Paige, I think it was called, ” Don’t Look Back “”

    ____

    And Woody made a son called Satchel! Now I think they call him Ronan.

  204. joeman February 9th, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    jmills February 9th, 2014 at 11:58 am
    joeman, I need a premium D guy, who doesn’t?
    ———————————————————-
    B’s do also.. they lost their #2 D-Man to year ending injury..they are looking for a stay at home D-Man who takes the body…

  205. joeman February 9th, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    would like to see them bring back Mark Stuart

  206. MTU February 9th, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    YT-

    Let’s hope so.

  207. J. Alfred Prufrock February 9th, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    austinmac,

    It was an oblique for Jo-Ram.

  208. yankeefeminista February 9th, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    Tar, right back at you! I would love to go to a game with you sometime. I do so miss OYS. So many memories there. I too loved moving down to sit in M3 or M1, but my seasons were up in Tier 1, of course right behind the plate. Are you referring to 2008* All Star game at OYS? That was really something including George coming out in the cart. The last game there was so bittersweet. Ugh. Still brings tears to my eyes.

    JRam’s injury was an oblique.

  209. bigdan22 February 9th, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    “Steve Howe, Strawberry and Gooden were addicts with drug issues and personal demons. A-Rod is not. He’s a self absorbed narcissist who has exhibited time and time again he has no resect for the baseball, the Yankee brand, his teammates or management. I think George would have escorted him to the door with a check in hand.”

    —–

    I’m not a psychologist but I bet Arod has some addiction issues tied in with a whole lot of personal insecurity. But whatever. Handing out checks for $60MM for free is, once again, the talk of people without skin in the game.

  210. tomingeorgia February 9th, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    blake,
    You’re way high tech! How much charcoal do you have to dump in that thing to do something like this?

  211. UpState February 9th, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    DONNYBROOK February 9th, 2014 at 11:25 am
    ESPN also has it in for the College Football version of the New York Yankees = Notre Dame
    ———————————————————

    Yup.
    ESPN just loves to dwell on any Notre Dame losses.

  212. jmills February 9th, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    Steve Howe had a fairly long and decent career despite all the problems.

  213. blake February 9th, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    tomingeorgia says:
    February 9, 2014 at 12:05 pm
    blake,
    You’re way high tech! How much charcoal do you have to dump in that thing to do something like this?

    It actually uses a lot less coal with the fan because it never lets it get too hot and only gives it the amou of air needed to keep it where you want it….I would guess it uses 40% less coal.

  214. Howler February 9th, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    I see ESPN is doing the schtick again…how anyone takes them seriously anymore is beyond me…They should do the broadcasts with Randy Levine hair and rubber noses just to give them some credibility back.

  215. blake February 9th, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    “Steve Howe, Strawberry and Gooden were addicts with drug issues and personal demons. A-Rod is not. He’s a self absorbed narcissist who has exhibited time and time again he has no resect for the baseball, the Yankee brand, his teammates or management. I think George would have escorted him to the door with a check in hand.”

    Yup

  216. pat February 9th, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    “George would not have wanted to release Arod. I think he would have wanted to save him. ”

    I’ve always seen George and Alex as having a lot in common.

  217. tomingeorgia February 9th, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    Are you using another wood for the smoke, and does it last as well?

  218. bigdan22 February 9th, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    pat February 9th, 2014 at 12:09 pm
    “George would not have wanted to release Arod. I think he would have wanted to save him. ”

    I’ve always seen George and Alex as having a lot in common.

    ——

    I think they both had personal insecurity issues and really needed the love and approval of the people around them.

  219. J. Alfred Prufrock February 9th, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    Well, I’m glad you guys have access to Alex’s psyche to know he doesn’t have any “inner demons.”

  220. jmills February 9th, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    Can I wear my Blue Jay hat if I come to a game? If not that, I have a Rush hat and a plastic Reds helmet from 1975. I had a Yankee cap as a kid that some damn seagull ruined. Maybe the same bird that Winfield got?

  221. blake February 9th, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Tom,
    It’s been almost 13 hours and I haven’t even been back outside…..it’s got a pit temp probe and a meat probe and I can see it from the window…..pit is at 225 and the meat is at 183.

  222. Blojaldo February 9th, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    bigdan22 February 9th, 2014 at 12:05 pm
    “Steve Howe, Strawberry and Gooden were addicts with drug issues and personal demons. A-Rod is not. He’s a self absorbed narcissist who has exhibited time and time again he has no resect for the baseball, the Yankee brand, his teammates or management. I think George would have escorted him to the door with a check in hand.”
    —–
    I’m not a psychologist but I bet Arod has some addiction issues tied in with a whole lot of personal insecurity. But whatever. Handing out checks for $60MM for free is, once again, the talk of people without skin in the game.
    _______________

    You’re right. I don’t disagree about the money, it’s theirs and we are all just speculating. That having been said I do believe, personally, that A-Rod has played his last game in pinstripes. I am guessing that the powers that be have discussed this and decided not to make a decision until next winter. There is a chance things could change think depending upon what A-Rod does, or doesn’t do, other circumstances, legal surprises, etc. I believe businesspeople on that level will evaluate all of it at that point. What would they get for their $60 million? If they decide they would get a player with no between the line skills, a huge distraction that won’t go away, substantial negativity and media attention for all the wrong reasons, threats of lawsuits, etc., they may very well decide that as painful as it is they would rather him leave.

  223. Tar February 9th, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    YF

    Yeah my mistake 2008… Hamilton had the place rocking for the HR contest.

  224. pat February 9th, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    I don’t know what insecurity issues they faced but I do know George and Alex both had a love for the game and no hesitancy to blur lines to make what they wanted happen.

    One guy who saw baseball as his life and got suspended might have more empathy for another guy facing that than the average Joe would.

  225. J. Alfred Prufrock February 9th, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    I think they both had personal insecurity issues and really needed the love and approval of the people around them.
    ///

    bigdan,

    Don’t know much about George’s upbringing, but we all know Alex’s father ran out on him as a boy and that Alex’s mother had to work 3 jobs, etc.

    We also know that Alex had trouble forgiving his father and has expressed how sad he felt when the other players’ fathers were in attendance for their sons’ games and his father was nowhere to be found, and we know that Alex has consulted therapists.

    We also have Cal Ripken telling Alex’s wife that Alex tries to please everyone, and we have the wife saying that when she asked Alex doesn’t he have that voice within him to rely on his response was, ‘no, I don’t.’

    So, I’d say your gauge, on Alex at least, is probably money.

  226. yankeefeminista February 9th, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    jmills, yes, of course, you can wear your blue jay cap. NYS is mellow as can be. Nothing like OYS in the old days. I remember once when in the upper deck, a few Yankee fans lifted an O’s fan cap from his head and put a match to it. These days though the territorial imperative/xenophobia isn’t as pronounced except when it comes to RS fans and of course Phillies fans (WS) and Mets fans. You are safe.

  227. Tar February 9th, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    “Yup.
    ESPN just loves to dwell on any Notre Dame losses.”

    Hey Upstate …..didn’t they play the Heels yesterday. Hmm i’ll have to go check the score

    :D

  228. bigdan22 February 9th, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    Yep, the world could be a lot different in a year. That Quantum Computer might even make the internet obsolete!

  229. tomingeorgia February 9th, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    blake,
    Set it and forget it! That’s great for the winter, but in better weather I like to screw around with the vents and chimney on my old rig while sharing a brew with whoever’s around.

  230. braeburn February 9th, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    here’s a message from me to hal on how to be decisive .

    all he needs to do is to take action and write a check.

    no more yankee fans would have to waste a second thinking about him.

    hal won’t act. i will. others can too.

    i wish alex well with the rest of his life ,both on the field and off.
    …i have written about alex for the last time on this blog.
    done . finish. goodbye.

    time for tanaka coming in a few days.
    2014 spring training starting thursday.

  231. yankeefeminista February 9th, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    pat, yep. And George was always pretty good about giving people a second and third chance when they were down. Kind of had a “Oakland Raiders” mentality when it came to roster building.

  232. blake February 9th, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    blake,
    Set it and forget it! That’s great for the winter, but in better weather I like to screw around with the vents and chimney on my old rig while sharing a brew with whoever’s around.”

    I hear ya…..it’s nice when you want to cook overnight though

  233. J. Alfred Prufrock February 9th, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    bigdan22 February 9th, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    Yep, the world could be a lot different in a year. That Quantum Computer might even make the internet obsolete!
    //

    Portentous, huh? :)

    I never thought I would see an allusion in this space to David Deutsch, unless I was making it!

    That thing is going to just shake us up and wake us up, book it.

  234. jmills February 9th, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    yf, thanks, I was joking around, I’m sure I’d have a great time. I would never go into Philly with a leafs jersey, at least Domi took care of that ” fan ” who decided to take Tie on in the penalty box. I remember Peter McNab and the Bruins going into the stands at MSG. There was a guy trying to escape and Peter would have none of it.

  235. bigdan22 February 9th, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    Thanks JAP for the stuff on Alex.

    I think George’s dad was pretty autocratic. I think George had a difficult time pleasing his Dad. I think the shipbuilding company had some serious financial problems as well. Could be wrong though. This is all from memory. The Times did a cover story on George for the Sunday Mag about a million years ago. It was titled “Patton in Pinstripes.”

  236. AAA February 9th, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    ESPN just loves to dwell on any Notre Dame losses

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

    Notre Dame’s football legacy and present product are vastly overrated. The Yankees isn’t.

    People hate the Yankees because of their winning ways, rich tradition, and money envy.

    People hate Notre Dame because they are promoted as something they’re not.

  237. bigdan22 February 9th, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    yankeefeminista February 9th, 2014 at 12:23 pm
    pat, yep. And George was always pretty good about giving people a second and third chance when they were down. Kind of had a “Oakland Raiders” mentality when it came to roster building.

    ——

    Even more, he’d keep re-hiring people he’d fire. I’m not talking about Billy. I’m talking about clerical folks. He’d fire someone, and feel real guilty. Then re-hire them or get a better job!

    George was also very big on giving to charities. He was seriously a pretty amazing guy.

  238. jmills February 9th, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    I think the St Louis Plager brothers both went into the stands in the early seventies.

  239. yankeefeminista February 9th, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    Tar, wasn’t that extra inning All-Star game great? How about the crowd chanting “Overrated” to Papelbon. LOL. I’ll never forget that. Of course before those events, I as a prospect hugger, was most interested in seeing my first Futures Game live. :)

  240. MTU February 9th, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Rome apple-

    MT will create a lot of excitement.

    Like Pontiac used to.

    ;)

  241. bigdan22 February 9th, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    J. Alfred Prufrock February 9th, 2014 at 12:24 pm
    bigdan22 February 9th, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    Yep, the world could be a lot different in a year. That Quantum Computer might even make the internet obsolete!
    //

    Portentous, huh? :)

    I never thought I would see an allusion in this space to David Deutsch, unless I was making it!

    That thing is going to just shake us up and wake us up, book it

    ——

    Haha, you need to read my posts more often! I speak of Quantum Theory quite a lot. It kind of applies everywhere. IMO quantum mechanics and evolution are the two most important scientific ideas in human history.

  242. AAA February 9th, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    I remember Peter McNab and the Bruins going into the stands at MSG. There was a guy trying to escape and Peter would have none of it.

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

    Crazy night that was. McNab surprised me. He was always a pretty mild mannered guy. Milbury smacking a guy with his own shoe didn’t surprise me at all.

  243. yankeefeminista February 9th, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    “I would never go into Philly with a leafs jersey, at least Domi took care of that ” fan ” who decided to take Tie on in the penalty box.”

    jmills, I have been shoved, punched, mooned and chased in Philly for wearing an opposition jersey. The Spectrum was the absolute worst place to be an opposition hockey fan, believe me. And the security was non-existent.

  244. J. Alfred Prufrock February 9th, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    I do read your posts, bigdan, when I’m around. I’m less inclined to back-read here these days, though, so I may have missed any quantum references, although talk specifically of a Quantum Computer brings up the trailblazing Deutsch.

    But I’ll read more carefully going forward ;)

  245. bigdan22 February 9th, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    pat February 9th, 2014 at 12:17 pm
    I don’t know what insecurity issues they faced but I do know George and Alex both had a love for the game and no hesitancy to blur lines to make what they wanted happen.

    —–

    That’s interesting point about George, that is, “no hesitancy to blur lines.” That’s the Patton in him. The end justifies the means. You do what’s necessary to advance your troops even if it means slapping a soldier.

    I’m not sure Arod’s conduct can be explained that way though. George saw the equation. I don’t think Arod does.

  246. jmills February 9th, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=fpbD6W7YT5A

    McNab really went up there in the stands. Miracle nobody got sliced.

    yf, if I never see another WS again, I can forever feast from beating, Philly.

  247. MTU February 9th, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    Time to go and create some Pupdemonium.

    later.

  248. austinmac February 9th, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    JAP,

    An oblique is hardly a long term concern. The ideal situation is they let their starters start and let the relievers relieve. Maybe one or two of them can help in the pen.

  249. Shame Spencer February 9th, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    There was this one game against Cleveland in 2007 where we had already taken the first two games of the series and were down by 4 runs with two outs in the bottom of the 9th.

    It’s the only reason I remember Josh Phelps’ name. He came up and hit what seemed like a meaningless HR. Now we were just down by 3. Posada singled with 2 strikes, Damon ran the count full and ended up with a walk, and Jeter came up next and scored a run with a single.

    Now we were just down by 2 and the Cleveland fans sitting next to me were beginning to get restless.

    Abreu slapped another single scoring yet another run. Just down by one run and you could feel it…everyone knew what was going to happen next. Alex came up and smacked the second pitch straight away into center field. I taped Sports Center that night and the post game from YES because you could see me and my friends jumping up and down as the ball landed.

  250. joeman February 9th, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    C&P

    WATERBURY CT — Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, benched for the 2014 baseball season after a performance drug scandal, can attribute his fall from grace partially to a former city resident with a criminal past.

    An ex-con sold telling documents to Major League Baseball investigators in exchange for a six-figure payoff. The con added lines to his criminal rap sheet when he walked Waterbury’s streets during the 1980s.

  251. blake February 9th, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    It’s hard to pick just one…..Nunie has given us so many memorable moments

    http://thebiglead.com/2013/08/.....ntre-turf/

  252. J. Alfred Prufrock February 9th, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    austinmac February 9th, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    JAP,

    An oblique is hardly a long term concern. The ideal situation is they let their starters start and let the relievers relieve. Maybe one or two of them can help in the pen.
    ///

    Yes, and Dan Burawa, speaking of guys coming back from oblique injury and who have lightning in their arms, is a viable BP option.

  253. Cashmoney February 9th, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    Yes, and Dan Burawa
    —-
    holy *&%% 42 walks in 66 innings. Let’s try get those down in AA first.

  254. Cashmoney February 9th, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    It’s hard to pick just one
    —-
    Yes Blake, you will learn to love Nunie.

  255. jmills February 9th, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    I don’t think I can tolerate Happ in the rotation. Seems like a decent guy and his getting hit in the head was one scarry incident. There’s a liner for the caps available now, let’s see who wear it.

  256. Blojaldo February 9th, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    The difference between A-Rod and some others who have strayed is that he is the most hated player in baseball and this is nothing new, it’s been that way for years, before Biogenesis. This from B/R in January 2011.

    “A-Rod is without a doubt, the most hated player in baseball.”

    “Alex Rodriguez has always been hated by players because of his egotistical nature and his co**y attitude. A-Rod frequently did things on the field that irked other teams and he was often hit by a pitch as a result.”

    “A-Rod is not very well liked by his team, the media, the fans, or anybody else for that matter. He is a liar, a cheater, and a disgrace to society.”

  257. Blojaldo February 9th, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    With a tip-of-the-hat to A.J. Pierzynski of course.

  258. J. Alfred Prufrock February 9th, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    Cashmoney February 9th, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    Yes, and Dan Burawa
    —-
    holy *&%% 42 walks in 66 innings. Let’s try get those down in AA first.
    ///

    That was primarily because he was coming off the oblique and fooling around with his arm slot like constantly.

    He cleaned up and in the second half he cut his BB rates nearly in half. He’s a power arm with great sink and doesn’t walk many RHB, whom he shuts down.

    If the injuries and the messing around are behind him, and he can take up where he left off, they have to give him a look and see what he’s got.

  259. Cashmoney February 9th, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    Don’t know much about Burawa, except big arm coming out of St. John. you have any recent video of him I can take look at it?

  260. joeman February 9th, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    If the story I just read about AROD is true he should have been banned for life..he caught a huge break

  261. J. Alfred Prufrock February 9th, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    I guess Sabbathia, Teix, Nunez, Phelps, etc. are not on the team, then, because all four of those guys have expressed support and friendship for Alex in the last few days.

  262. J. Alfred Prufrock February 9th, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    Cashmoney,

    You can probably find something on youtube, or if you have a sub to milb.tv, you can watch any Trenton home game from last season. Second half will show you improved Burawa, who has better numbers at home, admittedly.

  263. jmills February 9th, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    Alfred, what do think about the Russian hockey team?

  264. J. Alfred Prufrock February 9th, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    jmills,

    I think they have some great up-front skill players, but that this year’s edition will likely miss Nabokov from the slot on the power play ;)

  265. Cashmoney February 9th, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    jAP, don’t have the milb.tv. I am looking at his old videos from 11. looks like he comes at 3/4 angle with a big fb. I will pay attention this season. I can see him being an option if he has decent secondary offering and some semblances of command. Is he ticketed for AAA?

  266. joeman February 9th, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    Canada 2/1
    Russia 9/4
    Sweden 4/1
    USA 6/1
    Czech Republic 10/1
    Finland 10/1
    Switzerland 25/1
    Slovakia 33/1
    Norway 200/1
    Latvia 400/1
    Austria 1000/1
    Slovenia 1000/1

  267. J. Alfred Prufrock February 9th, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    Cashmoney, he throws more over the top now and gets really nice drop on his big FB. He’s got a slider that is good but inconsistent and a changeup but the sinker is his big pitch.

    I would guess he maybe starts off down here and then is moved to AAA. He could start there, I guess. He was fairly dominant to close out 2013.

  268. Blojaldo February 9th, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    From Cafardo. “Since 2010, CC Sabathia’s quality starts have decreased each season: 26, 22, 19, and 16.” That’s a real cause for concern as the decline started before the velocity drop.

  269. jmills February 9th, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    The Russians, like the Canadians, have questions in goal. When I reflect, the Czech, Dominik Hasek, might be the best goalie I’ve seen – lead his team to ’98 gold. Patrick Roy was special, I just don’t care for his not showing up for international tournaments. No no up here. Lemieux tried the same routine, but Gretzky got a hold of him. Martin St. Louis has filled in for, the hurt Stamkos. St. Louis was dying to play.

  270. Blojaldo February 9th, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    J. Alfred Prufrock says:
    February 9, 2014 at 1:14 pm
    I guess Sabbathia, Teix, Nunez, Phelps, etc. are not on the team, then, because all four of those guys have expressed support and friendship for Alex in the last few days.
    ————
    Defending immoral cheaters is everyone’s prerogative including posters here.

  271. Cashmoney February 9th, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    Is that a defense budget spread chart for NORAD?

  272. UpState February 9th, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Tar February 9th, 2014 at 12:19 pm
    “Yup.
    ESPN just loves to dwell on any Notre Dame losses.”

    Hey Upstate …..didn’t they play the Heels yesterday. Hmm i’ll have to go check the score

    :D
    ===================================

    Damn.

    UNC ————- 73
    Notre Dame — 62

    ….and

    #20 Virginia ——- 64
    Georgia Tech ——45

    …and just in case anyone missed it :

    #11 DUKE ——— 89
    Boston College — 68

  273. J. Alfred Prufrock February 9th, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    Kris Letang, the Penguins great defenseman, is off Team Canada, jmills, if you haven’t heard.

    A hole in Letang’s heart was discovered – he even suffered a mild stroke – and he has been shut down for the next month and a half.

    Big blow to the Penguins, but the enforced rest and being excused from Sochi Olys will give him a break any hockey player can use this time of year.

    He’s expected to recover fully, but if you can spare a prayer or two, I’ll say thanks in advance.

  274. AAA February 9th, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    USA 6/1

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

    Feels about right. Don’t think the team selected is necessarily the best one for the bigger ice surface.

  275. jmills February 9th, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    I’m surprised the Swedes aren’t favoured better. They did lose one of the Sundins, and I don’t know how great their depth is, but many rate their defence as the best.

  276. UpState February 9th, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    jmills February 9th, 2014 at 1:29 pm
    “… When I reflect, the Czech, Dominik Hasek, might be the best goalie I’ve seen…”

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

    Absolutely.

    If you’ve seen them all – then you remember correctly – Dominik Hasek was the best !

  277. PhiltheThrill February 9th, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    I still think the Yanks have a trade up their sleeves. They only seemed done 2 months ago because they were waiting on the disposition of ARod and Tanaka. That’s been settled. I don’t see them going to war with this infield.

  278. jmills February 9th, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    I didn’t know about, Letang. I certainly wish the young man well. You must be happy that Neal wasn’t taken. I understand that you might hope for a quick Canadian exit given, Crosby.

  279. J. Alfred Prufrock February 9th, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    jmills,

    Hasek was a history teacher back in the Czech republic.

    I have met Hasek and spoken with him several times. He’s very learned and thoughtful, and a little eccentric (as many goalies are).

    He used to drive up to the ATM, withdraw his money, and leave his card in the slot :)

    There was a story that he pulled the fire alarm in a hotel on a team road trip out of boredom, but he denied the story.

    He was great, if highly unorthodox.

    No one is on Fuhr’s level, however, IMO.

  280. jmills February 9th, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    As much as I detested the Flyers, Bernie Parent was premium, but had that unfortunate eye injury.

  281. J. Alfred Prufrock February 9th, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    jmills February 9th, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    I didn’t know about, Letang. I certainly wish the young man well. You must be happy that Neal wasn’t taken. I understand that you might hope for a quick Canadian exit given, Crosby.
    ///

    You’ll have to forgive me. As it is, my Cup hopes now hang in the balance, given Letang’s situation.

    Would I want Sid to get some rest? Well, yes. The Russians can go down early, too. I don’t need Malkin being a hero until May-June :)

  282. jmills February 9th, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    Maybe I’m under estimating Fuhr because of the teams he played on. Grant had a blow problem, ran out of finances, and had to have Glen Sather rub together lunch money etc

  283. blake February 9th, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    PhiltheThrill says:
    February 9, 2014 at 1:34 pm
    I still think the Yanks have a trade up their sleeves. They only seemed done 2 months ago because they were waiting on the disposition of ARod and Tanaka. That’s been settled. I don’t see them going to war with this infield.

    Lets hope….if Gregorius is gonna be the Dbacks SS then maybe Owings is available….of course they could just keep him and play him somewhere else but they really don’t have a spot at 2B or 3B now either …..

  284. AAA February 9th, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    As much as I detested the Flyers, Bernie Parent was premium, but had that unfortunate eye injury.

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

    He was incredible for short period of time. Those were good, deep Flyer teams in the mid 70′s, but they don’t get those titles w/o Parent. He was brilliant.

  285. J. Alfred Prufrock February 9th, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    mills,

    I had the strangest experience re Parent.

    I was hit hard by Pelle Lindbergh’s death. He was so young, such a robust, friendly, funny young man, and he had nearly perfect technique to go along with sensational reflexes.

    I happened to be at the Meadowlands a short while after Lindbergh’s passing. Bernie Parent (whom I only knew in passing to say ‘hi’ to), came up to me, patted me on the shoulder, and said something to me about Lindbergh’s passing that really made no logical sense.

    I still have, for some reason, the “Goodnight, Sweet Prince” back page of the Philadelphia Inquirer, and I can still hear Gene Hart quoting Frost:

    “The woods are lovely dark and deep/
    but I have promises to keep/
    and miles to go before I sleep/
    and miles to go before I sleep..”

    at the Spectrum during the Lindbergh memorial game (with Froese in net).

    That was one of the few times – the only time? – I felt a bond with Flyer fans.

    But the Parent thing makes no sense, really. We had no previous bond or anything at all.

  286. jmills February 9th, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    Parent was another Leaf that got away. He was originally in the Bruins system.

  287. Shame Spencer February 9th, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    The hot goalie will probably take the gold.. gonna be a fun tournament. I was watching the women play over the last couple of days and my nephew (who is 5 and has been learning to skate over the last year) was shocked to find out they were girls lol. He said he’s glad they don’t play with the boys because they’d probably beat him.

    blake – Not sure why they’d keep Gregorius instead of Owings. Isn’t Owings the more highly rated player with Gregorius’ stock sliding since last year?

  288. jmills February 9th, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    Pelle would have had a long, brilliant career, I’m sure.

  289. Shame Spencer February 9th, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    Cash – We need a games played qualifier for our bet.. should we say the bet is null and void if one or both guys play 100 games or less?

  290. J. Alfred Prufrock February 9th, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    Bernie Parent is one of just two players in NHL history to win back-to-back Conn Smythe Trophies.

    jmills, do you know who the other was? :)

  291. jmills February 9th, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    The women play a strong game – Canada and the US play some heated games. There was a brawl and players were slugging at each other’s cages.

  292. Shame Spencer February 9th, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    My favorite Frost poem is the classic Road Not Taken because of how often it is misrepresented lol. I did always feel bad after finding out that it resulted in a friend of his dying – apparently he wrote the poem to mock his buddy’s inability to make decisions and after reading it his friend enlisted in WW2, ultimately resulting in his death.

  293. jmills February 9th, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    Gretzky?

  294. Cashmoney February 9th, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    shame, I think 120 is a good qualifier.

  295. Shame Spencer February 9th, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    jmills February 9th, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    The women play a strong game – Canada and the US play some heated games. There was a brawl and players were slugging at each other’s cages.

    ————–

    Those head to head games are the best. There is such a rivalry there.. it’s great hockey. You both got gold in 2010, and you just know both the US men and women’s teams would love to even the score! :D

  296. J. Alfred Prufrock February 9th, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    jmills February 9th, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    Pelle would have had a long, brilliant career, I’m sure.
    ///

    You know, another weird thing happened re Lindbergh, whom I haven’t really thought about in years.

    We drove back from Philadelphia for the memorial game, and for some reason, we started singing Elton John’s “Your Song,” and for the entire hour-long ride. We just kept re-singing it, over and over again.

    When I read about the actual funeral, it was reported that “Your Song” was played during the service, at the request of Lindbergh’s fiance.

    I haven’t thought about any of this in years, but the whole weird thing is a “non-locality” advertisement, I guess.

  297. J. Alfred Prufrock February 9th, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    jmills February 9th, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    Gretzky?
    ///

    nope (he won two, but not consecutively).

  298. Shame Spencer February 9th, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    Cash – Okay, so each guy has to play 120 games minimum for the bet to be valid. Do we have a specific candy bar we’re using lol? Winner’s preference?

  299. AAA February 9th, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Parent was another Leaf that got away. He was originally in the Bruins system.

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

    One that got away for Boston. Bruins probably should have won 4-5 Cups in the early mid 70′s. They almost always had the best team on the ice, but the Flyers had Parent, the Habs had Dryden, and the Bruins had the good, but not great Gilles Gilbert or the 132 year old Eddie Johnston.

  300. Cashmoney February 9th, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Winner’s preference seem like a winner, we ‘shake’ on it?

  301. J. Alfred Prufrock February 9th, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    Shame Spencer February 9th, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    My favorite Frost poem is the classic Road Not Taken because of how often it is misrepresented lol. I did always feel bad after finding out that it resulted in a friend of his dying – apparently he wrote the poem to mock his buddy’s inability to make decisions and after reading it his friend enlisted in WW2, ultimately resulting in his death.
    ///

    Interesting, some of the back stories to these things. I like that poem, too. I have a greater appreciation for Frost, who has been hijacked by mediocrity, than I did when I was strictly into “plastic” poets.

  302. jmills February 9th, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    Those non locality events are strange.

    Sister Kessel is supposed to be a talent, and maybe not terribly shy like her brother. I actually think Phil’s quiet demeanor is to his benefit in this hockey crazy market.

  303. AAA February 9th, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    Bernie Parent is one of just two players in NHL history to win back-to-back Conn Smythe Trophies

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

    Super Mario in the early 90′s, I believe.

  304. J. Alfred Prufrock February 9th, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    PhiltheThrill February 9th, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    I still think the Yanks have a trade up their sleeves. They only seemed done 2 months ago because they were waiting on the disposition of ARod and Tanaka. That’s been settled. I don’t see them going to war with this infield.
    ///

    I don’t think they have a choice but to make a deal, if they really want to go for it this year, rather than just give the appearance of going for it.

  305. J. Alfred Prufrock February 9th, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    AAA February 9th, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    Bernie Parent is one of just two players in NHL history to win back-to-back Conn Smythe Trophies

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

    Super Mario in the early 90?s, I believe.
    ///

    AAA shoooooots! – and, in the immortal words of Gene Hart, “wins a case of tasty cakes!”

    Speaking of winning more Cups, if Lemieux had not suffered Hodgkins, the Penguins likely would have won at least one more, if not more, in the 90s.

    He had that amazing rally to catch LaFontaine for the scoring title after coming back, but he was never really the same. He himself said he lost his first-step burst. That, and the congenital back thing, robbed him of even greater dominance.

  306. Shame Spencer February 9th, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    JAP – One of my obnoxious classmates made a quote from that the one she used in our yearbook. She was explaining in class that she thought it reflected her life and the challenging paths she’d taken… I resisted the strong urge to correct her interpretation. It’s a shame the subtlety to his real message was lost, but if it means that much to people to think it meant something else I guess there’s no harm there. Inspiration is not monopolized by the truth lol.

  307. J. Alfred Prufrock February 9th, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    Bruins had the good, but not great Gilles Gilbert or the 132 year old Eddie Johnston.
    ///

    Johnston, for my money, was always a much better technical goalie and angles player than “Cheesy,” but Cheevers was the big personality goalie. I always rather liked Gilbert.

  308. J. Alfred Prufrock February 9th, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    Inspiration is not monopolized by the truth lol.
    ///

    True words. Art isn’t monopolized by the artist, either. Once he/she gives it to the world, the world will have its way with it.

    “Coat, let them take it/
    For there’s more enterprise in walking naked.”

  309. Ys Guy February 9th, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    So Ed Randall asked Tony Clark if the MLBPA is negotiating with MLB on stiffer penalties for PED violations.

    Clark said that he couldn’t comment directly on any ongoing negotiations but that changes being discussed did NOT include stiffer penalties.

  310. jmills February 9th, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    What’s a Stanley Cup?

  311. AAA February 9th, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    Johnston, for my money, was always a much better technical goalie and angles player than “Cheesy,” but Cheevers was the big personality goalie. I always rather liked Gilbert.

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

    I could go either way on Cheevers/Johnston. Johnston was near the finish line by the early 70′s. Gilbert was awesome at times, but played a little fast and loose at times.

  312. Revenge of Stoneburner February 9th, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    One prominent American League player told Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe that he believes players put quite a bit of pressure on Alex Rodriguez to withdraw his lawsuit against the union. “It didn’t go over too well and Alex heard about it a lot. Nobody ever understood it. He did the right thing by dropping it,” said the players. Someone who knows A-Rod well believes that he’s planning on resting up his hip for the year and coming back strong. Cafardo doesn’t doubt that the third baseman can make a comeback, but he wonders if the Yankees might just eat the remainder of his contract and cut him loose.

  313. yankeefeminista February 9th, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    jmills, don’t know if you saw my previous email: you need to reassess your opinion of the 1980 US team’s lack of talent: You mentioned Christian, but Pavelich, Johnson, Broten, and even McClanahan were all highly skilled forwards… and in their prime, Morrow and Ramsey were shutdown D-men in that era. And those US forwards with their skill and skating ability, less clutch and grab, and no two line offsides would thrive even more in today’s game.

    As for international hockey, I wish the Olympics were after the NHL season, not during it. That said, I have totally loved going to see Canada Cup/World Cup games live, and especially love attending the World Junior championships. Fierce rivalries, great hockey, hockey crowds/hockey conversation, and a mesmerizing international atmosphere. I’ve been to tourneys in Montreal, Alberta, Nova Scotia and Boston. Great fun. I hope the same spirit of internationalism comes off in Sochi. One of my dearest friends is there; I pray the two weeks in Russia are peaceful and everyone stays safe.

    Pruf, do you think Pelle was “channeling” Parent? Pelle was one hell of a goalie.

    Shame, all “truth” is relative anyway, especially when it comes to poetry. Subjectivity/multiple interpretations are part of the experience, no?

  314. tomingeorgia February 9th, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    The only goalies I can name before I lost interest in hockey are Gump Worsley, Jaques Plante, and Terry Sawchuck.

  315. joeman February 9th, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    Tim Thomas was right there with Cheevers

  316. Shame Spencer February 9th, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    Clark said that he couldn’t comment directly on any ongoing negotiations but that changes being discussed did NOT include stiffer penalties.

    —————–

    Hehehe.. I really hope once this next round of negotiations is over and we have a new CBA that people come around to the idea that regardless of the public sentiments expressed by the players about wanting a clean sport, they’re complacent and enabling. The fact that people still doubt this scares me, but it is what it is. Any changes made to the penalties will end up being cosmetic, I’d bet. Nothing serious. No contract voiding or future monetary penalties..

    Theoretically you could presume players use more often when they’re in a contract year. You could have rules in place that make any player suspended for PEDs not only lose their salary for the games suspended but they’d be forced to work for league minimum the following year – whether they’re signing a new contract or are already locked up.

  317. yankeefeminista February 9th, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    jmills, sorry, previous *post, not email. But I will send you some links as soon as I can get to that… :)

  318. jmills February 9th, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    Cheevers had just returned to the Bruins and was on the bench when Sittler got his ten points against that poor kid, Reese ( last game he ever played ). Don Cherry said that Cheevers had put a towel over his head and avoided all eye contact with him.

  319. Ys Guy February 9th, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    I thought Jaques Plant was awesome, Ken Dryden was great. Tretiak seemed unbeatable at times (nice to see him light the olympic flame) but my favorite was Billy Smith.

  320. Shame Spencer February 9th, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    Shame, all “truth” is relative anyway, especially when it comes to poetry. Subjectivity/multiple interpretations are part of the experience, no?

    ———

    Of course! But the irony in that particular case is always interesting to me. The truth behind the poem is very rarely mentioned. I had multiple English teachers that didn’t know about its background and that made/makes me sad. I should add many that were unaware were generally younger, which might explain it a bit.

  321. yankeefeminista February 9th, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    Shame, QFT. Players know what goes on in the “culture” of the game; they themselves, in general, are complicit. They don’t come down on players for using, except for a very few. It is more about taking your medicine and accepting it IF you get caught. So many gray areas.

  322. J. Alfred Prufrock February 9th, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    I could go either way on Cheevers/Johnston. Johnston was near the finish line by the early 70?s. Gilbert was awesome at times, but played a little fast and loose at times.
    ///

    Cheevers never could beat Habs. First-move goalies like him couldn’t withstand their precision or wait out that one last pass.

  323. Ys Guy February 9th, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    Clark did kinda say they were discussing other changes to the JDA. It seemed like he was implying that making the tests harder to beat was the focus. I was busy at the time and didnt quite hear all of it.

    when the show started AP was telling a story about the car he had in the minors and it breaking down, it sounded like a great story but i was waaay too busy to really listen.

  324. Shame Spencer February 9th, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    What the MLBPA should do is make sure they better define the current rules.. I’m still waiting to see what happens with the next guy caught for multiple substances lol. He’ll just get his 50, I’m sure. But the door has been open for further punishment that was not intended based on the designed rules.

  325. yankeefeminista February 9th, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    Shame, I like to read poems and look at paintings without any preconceived notions, and fill in biography afterwards. Then I will “re-look” at them. Also I would say that English teachers who don’t emphasize Frost in their studies are only getting a general education on the lit they teach, so I am not surprised they don’t know the full story behind the poem. Still think it doesn’t really matter/detract.

  326. jmills February 9th, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    yf, you sure set me straight! :D

  327. Ys Guy February 9th, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    imo arod’s lawsuit was only dropped to avoid the embarrasment of having it summarily dismissed.

    he’s still suing the Yankees and their doctur.

    so really, i dont see any difference in arod’s attitude and certainly the yankees, still having to defend a lawsuit won’t be thinking of letting him back into pinstripes.

  328. yankeefeminista February 9th, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    jmills, just wanted you to know that they were very good players in the NHL. Pavelich averaged @30 goals per year in his 3 main years, and Broten scored 20+ goals probably for something like 8 years in NHL. Each had a high 30′s goal season as well.

  329. tomingeorgia February 9th, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    They didn’t wear masks, until Plante became the first. Worsley’s face looked like ground beef.

  330. Ys Guy February 9th, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    Something that surprised me was that Ed asked him if they were going to do anything about the loophole that could have allowed AROD to go to Spring Training for a season in which he’s not even going to play and Clark brushed it off as an anomoly that he wasnt worried about.

  331. J. Alfred Prufrock February 9th, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    Pruf, do you think Pelle was “channeling” Parent? Pelle was one hell of a goalie.

    Shame, all “truth” is relative anyway, especially when it comes to poetry. Subjectivity/multiple interpretations are part of the experience, no?
    ///

    Stranger things have happened. It just made no tangible sense to me; I had no affinity with Parent, no nothing. Polite “hellos” or nods in the halls was the limit.

    Parent, however, was Pelle’s mentor. He really had a textbook style that Parent nurtured. He was very fond of Lindbergh, reportedly.

    I had no bond with Lindbergh, either. I got to “know” him from a distance, and he was not aware of me, so there was no bridge in that sense.

    Nevertheless, his passing just felt awful to many of us who understood, not just how good he was and was likely to be, but when you marvel at what strikes you as “perfect form,” in art, in an athlete, in a performance – anything – in nature; seeing it cut down feels so unjust, so wrong, so out of order. You just go about your day but you keep coming back to that part where you shake your head, ask ‘why’, etc. Yes, he was driving way too fast, on a treacherous curve, in a soupy red porsche (why are they always red: see Tim Horton).

    I remember reading a quote from Ted Sator, who had been an assistant in Philly before getting the Ranger head job. He said he awoke before dawn, and had this “kicked in the stomach” feeling, for no reason, so he thought. He shortly found out of Lindbergh’s fatal crash.

    Like I said, I had no waking reality connection, really, to Lindbergh or his inner circle. So it must have been one of those woo-woo synchronicities.

    It’s worth noting that Parent barely acknowledged me after that odd moment at the Devils-Flyers game… just the usual passing by kind of nod just because you are faintly aware of another person’s presence.

    & I agree, on subjective poetry and the pure “now” experience of the poem, regardless of intent, backstory, etc.

  332. jmills February 9th, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    Billy Smith and Eddie ” the Eagle ” Befour, two guys who’d stick you where it hurts and then look around like nothing happened. Eddie was good out of the crease with the puck which is such a calming thing.

  333. J. Alfred Prufrock February 9th, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    Francis decided Giacomin was his goalie when Maniago refused to go back into a game after getting cut.

    He shook his head, showed Francis the blood. Francis tapped Giacomin on the shoulder and that was basically it.

    Good one, folks.

  334. Ys Guy February 9th, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    Plante had made the mask after breaking his nose in 1956 but Toe Blake wouldn’t let him wear it in a game until Plante got his face busted open in a game in 1959 and basically refused to play (he was the only available goalie) without the mask.

  335. Hankflorida February 9th, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    Last year, Joe Girardi said that having Gardener and Suzuki play together would change the face of the team and they would manufacture runs instead of depending on the home run. The ratio of homers to runs was the same as most Yankee teams of 4.5, but unfortunately, 60 home runs less could not match the runs scored by those teams like the LA Dodgers noted for speed who with the same amount of
    homers scored another 200 runs. I think that Joe will say the same thing about the 2014 team, and this time, I hope he is right.

  336. Shame Spencer February 9th, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    Still think it doesn’t really matter/detract.

    ————-

    See this is where we disagree.. It doesn’t detract from the work or the meaning for individuals that choose to interpret it how they please, but there’s too much worth exploring in the history/intentions to just ignore them, IMO. I just think there’s more to uncover by being informed.. it’s like many of the gay and lesbian poets that were popular in the mid 1900s, their works are infinitely more interesting when you understand their perspective. Does it have to be relevant? No, of course not. But does it provide context for the work? Absolutely.

  337. jmills February 9th, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    I have a Worsely card at the end of his career, with the North Stars. He looks ancient. He was the last goalie not to be wearing a mask. Scared to death of flying but fine with the Bobby Hull slapshots. Us people are strange creatures. Glenn Hall used to puke before every game.

  338. tomingeorgia February 9th, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    Ys Guy
    Before the mask, every team had a cut specialist, just like boxing. Cold compresses and stitches on the fly.

  339. Ys Guy February 9th, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    Tretiak was the first guy I ever say wear the helmet with mask. I played goalie alot in street hockey and we wore masks, not because of the ball but to prevent being hit with sticks. I bought a lacrosse helmet with a mask to use as soon as i saw Tretiak’s.

  340. joeman February 9th, 2014 at 2:56 pm

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

  341. jmills February 9th, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    Those wet cold tennis balls could sting a bit, and we avoided those hard orange plastic balls. The French kid on the street impaled himself running down after a ball. His stick caught in a sewer grate, and the kid catapulted up and over that sewer with the stick jammed in his abdomen. We thought he had killed himself. His big sister came and carried him home.

  342. yankeefeminista February 9th, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    Shame, I actually agree ultimately; you lose something critical without the history. However, when I stumble upon something new, an author/artist I don’t know, I still like to read/explore first without the history for the pure emotional/aesthetic reaction to the art before it is stamped by a “narrative”/identity. That said, then I do want to understand the motivation for the poem/painting, put it in an historical context without which it loses something. I truly grasp both perspectives.

  343. jmills February 9th, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    Nobody jumped Stan Jonathan.

  344. Ys Guy February 9th, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    Not only did we use the hard orange balls, but we also played around with those pucks with the little wheels in them, and they were pretty heavy, you didnt want to get hit with one of those.

    Those pucks also curved all over the place, the shooters loved them but the goalies hated them.

  345. jmills February 9th, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    There were some nasty kids on some streets. The vibe approaching them was off. Crazy kids with sticks in their possession.

  346. jmills February 9th, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    Gotta’ figure out the food thing, folks. Lots of fun with all of you. One day I’ll come down and clean out your fridges. I’ll stand around looking pathetic until I’m fed. Ciao!

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