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Monday notes: “Today’s outing was beyond impressive”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 03, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Ivan Nova

Brian McCann hasn’t seen the ups and downs. He didn’t see Ivan Nova struggle early last season, didn’t see him shipped to Triple-A mid-year, and he didn’t see Nova return with a dazzling 2.78 ERA in the second half. What McCann has seen is what’s happened here in Tampa. He’s seen a 6-foot-7 right hander who pounds the bottom of the zone and flips 12-to-6 curveballs for strikes.

This afternoon, McCann saw Nova throw 36 pitches, and get 31 of them over for strikes. That’s in Nova’s second spring start.

“When you’ve got good stuff, you can pound the zone all day long and you can go right at hitters (ahead) 0-2,” McCann said. “It doesn’t matter. He changes eye levels. He does so many good things. Today’s outing was beyond impressive.”

Three innings. No hits. No walks. Four strikeouts. The Nationals got two of his pitches in the air. That was the latest Nova effort. Joe Girardi said he was impressed by Nova’s willingness to use his changeup against right-handers, and his ability to expand the zone and actually get a strikeout with his sinker.

“Love where he’s at right now,” Girardi said.

Of course, while Nova might be new to McCann, he’s not new to Girardi. The Yankees are well aware of just how good Nova can be. They’re also well aware that he’s shown a tendency to let that dominant stuff slip away. He’s talked about losing focus from time to time. He’s been great for long stretches, and he’s struggled for months at a time. Sitting at his locker today, Nova said he’s set many goals for this season, but he wouldn’t reveal them. Wouldn’t reveal most of them, anyway.

“I don’t want to be going back and forth every time,” he said. “I just want to be a pitcher that the team can trust every five days. I just want to do my job every five days. That’s one of the goals that I really want, that I want to be consistent. I think I can do that and be really good. My body feels good, so I’ll just wait until the season and prove what I can do.”

The only other goal Nova would discuss? A championship. And if he’s going to add consistency to his already terrific raw stuff — if he can be a No. 4 who pitches more like a No. 2 — the chances of the Yankees making a championship run would surely increase significantly. He already has one believer in the new guy behind the plate.

“There’s not many 6-7 guys that are able to get the ball to do what he does,” McCann said. “I haven’t really caught anybody similar to him. … There is no ceiling on a guy like him. He can do whatever he wants. If he gets into a groove, he can ride it out for a full season. Certain things click and players take their game to another level. He’s looking really good down here.”

Derek Jeter· With the Yankees playing a night game tomorrow, and going on a fairly long road trip on Wednesday, Derek Jeter will play tomorrow night. He’ll play back-to-back rather than go on the road. Girardi said Jeter will start at DH.

· After taking live batting practice today, Mark Teixeira will be scheduled for more live batting practice on Tuesday, a day off from live pitching on Wednesday, and then the game on Thursday. Girardi said he’s also planning to have Alfonso Soriano make his spring debut on Thursday.

· Speaking of Teixeira’s batting practice session, Girardi said he was happy with what he saw from both Manny Banuelos and Jose Campos. “I thought Campos did a much better job today throwing strikes than he did the other day,” Girardi said. “I thought his mechanics were more sound. So that was encouraging too.”

· Banuelos was technically throwing a simulated game — not much difference between that and live BP, really — but it’s an indication that he’s a few steps ahead of Campos. Girardi said there’s a chance Banuelos will get in a game next (though Girardi also acknowledged that there’s a chance Banuelos will throw another sim game first). The pitching schedule is basically all on Larry Rothschild. Girardi is just following Rothschild’s plan.

David Robertson· Dave Robertson plunked the first guy he faced today, but he followed that with a double play and a fly ball out in his spring debut. “It was OK,” Robertson said. “I got three outs. I can’t complain about that. I didn’t walk anybody. I accidentally hit the first batter on my second pitch. It was a decent outing. I felt like my velocity was good. I was behind everything. I pulled maybe five or six pitches that I shouldn’t have out of the zone. That was really it.”

· Because he needed just 36 pitches to get through three innings, Nova went to the bullpen after today’s game so that he could get up to 45 pitches. It’s worth remembering that in his previous start, 35 pitches wasn’t enough for Nova to get through the second inning. Much, much better today. “You want him attacking the zone, getting quick outs, getting us back in there, letting his fielders do some work behind him,” Girardi said. “He has the ability to strike people out. You get some quick outs, you get into games deep. That’s how you do it.”

· Girardi on Joe Namath: “It was a special day. I loved being around him. He was into it, too. He really was. He talked about how he played third base in high school and then he got moved to the outfield, and he liked the outfield better. But he talked about how at Alabama they wouldn’t let you play two sports back then.”

· Two random Namath notes: 1. Turns out, Yankees trainer Steve Donohue was some sort of interim trainer with the Jets back when Namath was playing, so those two knew one another already. 2. When Robertson was a freshman at Alabama, he had a class — he thought it was an English class — with Namath’s daughter, Jessica, who was here today, and Alabama quarterback John Parker Wilson, who Robertson played summer baseball with during high school. Robertson said Wilson was a five-tool type baseball player. He and Jessica spent some time catching up in the Yankees dugout this morning.

Brian McCann, Joe Girardi· Did Robertson see a bunch of Namath pictures and trophy’s in the Alabama athletic department? “They didn’t let baseball players in the athletic building,” Robertson said. “It’s football town.”

· Game notes: Brett Gardner had a double and is quietly hitting .429 in these early spring games. Francisco Cervelli had a double and a single and is hitting .571. Does it count as analysis if I write that I’m expecting Cervelli’s average to dip at some point? … Kelly Johnson had an RBI double for his second RBI of the spring. Zoilo Almonte also doubled. He had a two-hit day. … Three errors today. Jeter made one on a ball up the middle. Not an easy play, but one you expect him to make. Corban Joseph had his second error of the spring and Addison Maruszak had his third. Jeter and Brian Roberts turned two double plays. … Shawn Kelley allowed a pretty long home run to center field. … Scoreless inning apiece for Robert Coello, Yoshinori Tateyama and Jim Miller.

· Last time Andy Pettitte showed up as a guest instructor, he was coming out of retirement within a few weeks. Not going to happen this time. “There’s nothing in the works, I promise y’all,” Pettitte said. “It’s been good. I’m just enjoying being home.”

· Final word will go to Jeter for two pretty funny lines: Asked if he was going to follow Namath’s lead and guarantee a Yankees championship, Jeter said: “No. He had less newspapers back then, less internet. The story would go viral now if that were the case.” I’d argue that the Namath guarantee went about as viral as something can go (we’re still talking about it) but still, Jeter’s line was funny. Even before he said that, Jeter was getting a bit of a hard time from Reggie Jackson about how Jeter wasn’t going to talk to him while he was with the media. “I always talk (around the media),” Jeter said. “I just don’t stir (stuff) up like you do.” Reggie had no comeback.

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150 Responses to “Monday notes: “Today’s outing was beyond impressive””

  1. MTU March 3rd, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    Um. Excuse me for pointing this out but Ivan is not 6′ 7″.

    Try 6′ 4″.

    ;)

  2. MTU March 3rd, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    McCann, “I haven’t really caught anyone similar to him.”

    :shock:

  3. exiledintampa March 3rd, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    “I always talk (around the media),” Jeter said. “I just don’t stir (stuff) up like you do.” Reggie had no comeback.

    The straw that stirs the drink.

    Mr. October and Mr. November.

    Priceless

  4. MTU March 3rd, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Kuroda is the runt of the litter at 6′ 1″.

    :)

  5. BoJo March 3rd, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    I’m curious how Robert Coello looked….did he throw that forkball of his? He has great stuff if he can command that.

  6. chicken_stanley March 3rd, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    Um. Excuse me for pointing this out but Ivan is not 6? 7?.

    ———————

    reading the post, it sounds like he was 10′ tall and bulletproof :)

  7. MTU March 3rd, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    Glenn-

    He was as sharp as the proverbial tack.

    I’m amazed to hear that with all of the many good pitchers that McCann has caught he’s never caught anyone like Nova.

    That speaks volumes to me.

    ;)

  8. MTU March 3rd, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    I see Nova as a CMW w more stuff and natural ability.

    And look how successful CMW was.

    ;)

  9. chicken_stanley March 3rd, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    Mike – Nova definitely has the goods… Hopefully, his inconsistencies are a thing of the past

  10. Cashmoney March 3rd, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    i have high hopes for Manbam, most TJ guys recently has came back without any issues. It’s just matter of time for Banuelo to accrued some much needed innings. If all goes well, I would assume he can be a viable candidate in 15 and possibly help out the staff late this year in whatever capacity.

  11. MTU March 3rd, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    Glenn-

    That is what he must prove, and what the Yankees have gambled on.

    :)

  12. MTU March 3rd, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    Where are you now Glenn ?

  13. MTU March 3rd, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    Cash-

    Yup. If he has a good season look for a big jump in the Yankees Farm ranking.

    ;)

  14. chicken_stanley March 3rd, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    Mike – i’m in Atlanta this week and next… then off to Newark… then South Carolina… and it never ends! :)

  15. blake March 3rd, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    High praise from McCann who had caught a lot of good pitchers and a lot of guys with electric stuff…..SS caught Craig Kimbrel for example

  16. chicken_stanley March 3rd, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    Speaking of Newark – Ys Guy, if you’re out there, is your restaurant open for dinner as well as breakfast? Looks like I’m going to be scheduled pretty heavily the mornings of my visit.

  17. MTU March 3rd, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    Glenn-

    You’re like a pinball in a pinball machine.

  18. blake March 3rd, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    I’ve been kinda hesitant to get on the Nova train in the past…..I want to board it…..but I really want to see more consistency from him…..I want to see him keep that hard 2 seamer and be able to consistency throw his breaking pitches for strikes.

    What I saw today got me really excited……he looks like he belongs now…..looks like he’s in control. He looked mid season form on March 3…..that’s what you want to see from your starters

  19. Cashmoney March 3rd, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    MTU, I worry about the Yankee pen, the collection they have neither have great stuff nor have impeccable command. it’s bunch of fb,sinker and slider type. Betance could prove to the exception, though his command was an huge issue in the minor due to his size.

  20. MTU March 3rd, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    Cash-

    The Yankees will construct a BP that might surprise a lot of people.

    I expect to see some guys who everyone insists should be starters doing relief work.

    But I’m expecting them to very effective.

  21. chicken_stanley March 3rd, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    You’re like a pinball in a pinball machine.

    ————————

    There will undoubtedly come a time when I’m fed up with the travel but not quite yet. I love meeting new people…

  22. chicken_stanley March 3rd, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    Cash – good to see you. I share your concern to a degree but think the pieces will eventually come together. I do have faith in Joe G to effectively manage a pen, I just hope the arms are there that allow him to be successful

  23. MTU March 3rd, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    Blake-

    That combo of heavy sinker and wicked curve is what was so effective for him in the 2nd half.

    He seems able to command them both.

    He has been cutting back on the 4-seam which he does not command as well.

    He threw at least one beautiful change today as well.

    And I didn’t even see the slider which is another decent pitch for him.

    If he keeps it simple using his best stuff and mixing in the others to keep guys honest I think this might be the Nova we see from here on out.

    At least I hope so.

    ;)

  24. MTU March 3rd, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    Glenn-

    Your company is lucky to have someone like you.

    Not many people take that well to that much travel.

    ;)

  25. Cashmoney March 3rd, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    hello Chicken, I hope all is well with you.

  26. MTU March 3rd, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    I bet McCann’s eyes are being opened up wide by a number of guys on this staff.

    I bet he’s never seen a split like Tanaka’s either.

    Or too many sliders as good as Pineda’s.

    Enjoy Brian.

    ;)

  27. chicken_stanley March 3rd, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    Mike – I’m lucky to have the job I do… I get to do something I enjoy, plus (and more importantly) I’m home virtually every weekend and get to keep my sons.

  28. tomingeorgia March 3rd, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    Mister MYU,
    The year I was platinum on three airlines damn near killed me. Never again.

  29. chicken_stanley March 3rd, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    Cash – I’m doing great… I’m more concerned about you – the Yankees have a lot of work to do in ST in order to be ready to fulfill your win prediction! :)

  30. MTU March 3rd, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    Glenn-

    Don’t let your employer know that. Make ‘em think it is a massive sacrifice to travel so much.

    That way you can put the squeeze of ‘em for more moolah.

    Strategy my Man.

    :)

  31. Cashmoney March 3rd, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    blake March 3rd, 2014 at 7:16 pm
    I’ve been kinda hesitant to get on the Nunez train in the past

    What I saw today got me really excited
    ———
    welcome aboard to the Prime Time bullet train, blake!

  32. chicken_stanley March 3rd, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    blake March 3rd, 2014 at 7:16 pm
    I’ve been kinda hesitant to get on the Nunez train in the past

    What I saw today got me really excited

    ———————-

    WHA, WHA, WHAT? Cash, is this a fake post? If not, what did prime time do to get Blake excited?

  33. MTU March 3rd, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    Mister Tom-

    I travelled for work too and really racked ‘em up. I was the proverbial Road Warrior.

    It was fun at first being in different places and spending someone else’s dime.

    But it got old fairly quickly and I missed sleeping in my own bed.

    ;)

  34. Cashmoney March 3rd, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    I’m more concerned about you
    —–
    chicken, I am doing well in frozen tundra land… waiting for warmer days to strike!

  35. chicken_stanley March 3rd, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    Never mind. I saw the original post. Whew! Thank goodness, I thought for a minute that Hell had frozen over! :)

  36. blake March 3rd, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    Wow I meant to say Nova in that post….obviously I’m not excited about Prime time…..sorry for the misunderstanding

  37. MTU March 3rd, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    Glenn-

    If I were to live in Virginia I might never want to leave the Shenandoah Valley.

  38. blake March 3rd, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    Hey wait….I did say Nova. I’m suing for slander…..were is Austinmac

  39. Cashmoney March 3rd, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    Chicken, I only took the liberty in interpreting what blake really really wanted to say :D

  40. Howler March 3rd, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    So MTU…still up for trading Ivan the Incredible ;)

  41. chicken_stanley March 3rd, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    Mike – the Shenandoah Valley is beautiful… For anyone visiting northern or central VA, I highly recommend taking a few hours on a side trip to soak it in. I live a couple of hours SW of there – near the Blue Ridge Parkway in the Appalachian Mts… Absolutely beautiful in its own right but not quite the equal to the Shenandoah

  42. MTU March 3rd, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    Howler-

    If I knew this was the permanent Ivan Nova the answer would be no.

    Is this him ?

    Or is it the guy who pitched the first half of last year ?

    Because if he returns to that guy I sure would.

    For the record, I have always been a Nova supporter.

    Just don’t know which guy is the real one just yet.

    I’m hoping it’s the one I saw today and end of last year.

    By the way, you’re now on my SL because you have that D800 and are going to that place in BC w/o me.

    :(

    ;)

  43. MTU March 3rd, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    Glenn-

    Someday maybe.

    :)

  44. MTU March 3rd, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    Howler-

    As punishment you don’t get to kayak at Lake Powell.

    :)

  45. MTU March 3rd, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    Blake-

    Compass Rosy showed up today.

    I tried to trade her Phelps for Franklin.

    She never got back to me.

    She said they need SP w Hultzen, Iwakuma, and Walker all down.

    :(

  46. DaSaint007 March 3rd, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    Hello all.

    I know its still ST, so I’m trying not to get too excited about our rotation. But if Tanaka, Kuroda and Nova do well…and CC can return to form with skill if not power…could be an interesting rotation.

  47. Howler March 3rd, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    MTU…I better not tell you I bought a really nice Ballhead for my tripod today then…if it makes you feel any better I got it used.

  48. J. Alfred Prufrock March 3rd, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    McCann said Nova’s stuff “is as good as it gets” when it’s like it was Monday — with his curveball and two-seamer working.

    “There is no ceiling on a guy like him,” McCann said.
    ///

    duh :)

    http://www.nj.com/yankees/inde....._says.html

    Exiled,

    LOL on Jete/Reggie

  49. blake March 3rd, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    MTU,
    I think phelps for Franklin is pretty fair….

  50. J. Alfred Prufrock March 3rd, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    Did anyone see Burawa pitch?

    He’s got lightning in his right arm and should be given a shot.

    I missed him and sadly, missed an appearance by once-Yankee hopeful and killer arm, Christian Garcia.

  51. chicken_stanley March 3rd, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    JAP – thanks for the link. To me, the most exciting line in the story was:

    “Nova threw 36 pitches, 31 for strikes, in his second appearance of the spring.”

  52. MTU March 3rd, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    Howler-

    I have one of those.

    Got me a really nice Manfrotto a while back.

    Actually, If I could have only 1 camera right now it would be a Sony A7r w top glass.

    It’s the same sensor as in your D800. Sony sells them to Nikon.

    I’m really into mirrorless. Love the compact size and low weight.

    My current loves are Sigma Merrills but they are quirky and really only great for landscape.

    Very excited about the new Sigma Quattro’s.

  53. J. Alfred Prufrock March 3rd, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    chicken,

    Yeah he was in the zone and in the zone :)

    Nova’s on his way to front-end this staff. He is an ace-in-training.

  54. Howler March 3rd, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    That would be a good choice…I do need something smaller as well, but I keep throwing my money after different things, pretty much just trying to round out a more modern kit. This one kind of fell into my lap after the seller didn’t get the price he wanted.

  55. Howler March 3rd, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    I think Nova has the potential…I figured with age he’d show a little more consistency and more confidence. I’m hoping that’s starting to come about.

  56. pkyankfan69 March 3rd, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    Burawa looked pretty good to me… Lotta hard stuff down in the zone… Every ball they put in play were grounders, 1 hit was a roller up the middle, the other was a chopper over 1st… Once the guys got on base he got back to back tailor made DP balls but Jeter botched the first, K’d the final batter… Also threw 1 or 2 breaking balls that looked like they had pretty tight break. His stuff looked ML caliber to me, I guess he just has to work on command.

  57. BoJo March 3rd, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    How did Robert Coello look?

  58. BoJo March 3rd, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    Brian McCann looks like Tor Johnson from the old Chiller Theatre opening…Plan 9 From Outer Space

  59. pkyankfan69 March 3rd, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    I was only sort of half watching when skinny Joba in disguise pitched… He was definitely better than his last outing

  60. J. Alfred Prufrock March 3rd, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    Yanks should have a very good staff and shutdown bullpen.

    Tanaka looked superb and Vato is the goods. Kuroda will have shaken off the exhaustion from last season’s perpetual tight-rope act, and C will get people out.

    Not sure that lineup is going to cut it, up and down, and it’s an infield you can see the stitches on, which is a shame.

  61. BoJo March 3rd, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lfwu2n_f84g

  62. pkyankfan69 March 3rd, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    Hold the presses the Knicks have a 5 point lead over the Pistons at half time. #TheyWillStillBlowIt

  63. J. Alfred Prufrock March 3rd, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    pkyankfan69 March 3rd, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    Burawa looked pretty good to me… Lotta hard stuff down in the zone… Every ball they put in play were grounders, 1 hit was a roller up the middle, the other was a chopper over 1st… Once the guys got on base he got back to back tailor made DP balls but Jeter botched the first, K’d the final batter… Also threw 1 or 2 breaking balls that looked like they had pretty tight break. His stuff looked ML caliber to me, I guess he just has to work on command.
    ////

    Thanks for the scouting report. Another guy with a sinking fb who can get GB and can blow the ball by people.

  64. BoJo March 3rd, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    pkyankfan69 March 3rd, 2014 at 8:29 pm
    I was only sort of half watching when skinny Joba in disguise pitched… He was definitely better than his last outing
    ===
    I predicted a big year for him in Detroit. He will make Cashman look dumb…admittedly that won’t take much in the opinion of many here.

  65. J. Alfred Prufrock March 3rd, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    BoJo March 3rd, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lfwu2n_f84g
    ///

    Hey Bojo, I didn’t recognize the syntax similarities of that Blojaldo guy and WCYF (and “HighHeat” and “Occasional Poster”, no doubt), as per your mention the other night.

    I admit I never paid much attention to WCYF to begin with; found the posts pedantic and purple, with the occasional baseball cliche thrown in. But that kinda does describe the new guy to a tee. Never really bothered about the back story to the DN clique, either, so I wouldn’t have known any of that. Keep after him, though, will you? The crap he put luis through makes you want to climb into the computer and knock him for six.

    You and Tar, you keep swingin’ :)

  66. MTU March 3rd, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    Some guys just need a change of scene.

    Joba might be one of them.

    Castro is another IMO.

    ;)

  67. pkyankfan69 March 3rd, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    I think Joba might have a good year but he needed out of NY in the worst way… Even if he is good this year it was the right move IMO to let him walk. Same goes for Hughes, I think Phil will be fine this year, he needed out of NY also… Hughes was also a horrible match for NYS… Yanks were right to let both walk.

  68. J. Alfred Prufrock March 3rd, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    MTU – Castro upside is enticing but his being implicated in an abuse case, isn’t.

    To me, that’s genuine immorality, not PEDs use.

    And I’m not giving them – or anyone – Vato.

  69. MTU March 3rd, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    JAP-

    Abuse case ?

  70. BoJo March 3rd, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    JAP–

    I don’t really care to keep after him. He is a waste of time. But I just found it incredible that few here saw through the obvious. Perhaps it is because I have seen it so often. I spoke up because of Luis, but usually I just ignore him.

  71. J. Alfred Prufrock March 3rd, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    MTU, sorry, I meant to say assault case.

  72. MTU March 3rd, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    JAP-

    Do you have a link to the story ?

    I’d like to have a look.

    Thanks.

  73. J. Alfred Prufrock March 3rd, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    Bojo,

    You do as you see fit. I’m glad you called him out, though.

    Trolls suck but that guy is like “C R 9″ menacing/disturbed. I couldn’t care less about his hot air diatribes on how the “Yankee front office knows best,” but when he’s preying upon my good friend luis, and deliberately writing incendiary type stuff when people are dying in luis’s native land, it’s just too much to listen to.

    I think JF actually also made the connection, so 3 of you were onto him.

  74. J. Alfred Prufrock March 3rd, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    http://chicago.cbslocal.com/20.....l-assault/

    MTU, it was an allegation, so it’s possible he’s innocent. Don’t like it, though. The talent, yes. This story, no.

  75. chicken_stanley March 3rd, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    Bojo – Good call on the McCann/Tor Johnson thing – it clears things up for me. Before now, I always thought George “the animal” Steele retired from wrestling to become the new catcher for the Yankees :)

    http://www.bing.com/images/sea.....edIndex=17

  76. BoJo March 3rd, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    Hint–Anytime a poster compliments him for his insight, or agrees with a negative comment he makes in one of his guises, you can bet that is just another moniker of his. Baby Ruthm Canof Corn, perhaps Upstate, SockPuppet…the list is long.

    No surprise that JF spotted it…pretty smart fellow

  77. BoJo March 3rd, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    Chicken–Has anyone ever seen the three of them in the same place?! Did anyone ever see the dead body of Tor Johnson!?

  78. MTU March 3rd, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    JAP-

    Wow.

    :shock:

  79. BoJo March 3rd, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    If McCann is going to be the next face of the Yankees after Jeter retires, that will be one pretty ugly face.

  80. chicken_stanley March 3rd, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    Bojo – genius! I should have thought of it before! Especially in light of my Tom Petty/Martina Navratilova theory! :)

    http://www.bing.com/images/sea.....tedIndex=1

  81. BoJo March 3rd, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    That Castro issue occurred in Jan 2012. Seems like it would have been resolved by now, and I haven’t heard much about it. I presume it was closed.

  82. BoJo March 3rd, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    chicken_stanley March 3rd, 2014 at 9:03 pm
    Bojo – genius! I should have thought of it before! Especially in light of my Tom Petty/Martina Navratilova theory! :)
    ===
    OMG! I nevefr knew!

  83. MTU March 3rd, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    Thanks Bojo.

    That is a while ago.

    I would like to know the resolution.

  84. J. Alfred Prufrock March 3rd, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    Bojo,

    Just because nothing came of it, doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. Not saying it did, but I sure don’t like the possibility.

  85. pkyankfan69 March 3rd, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    Anyone watching the new HBO show True Detective?

    Season finale is next Sunday… Started a little slow and it’s very dark subject matter but its really turned into a great show. Can’t wait to see how it ends.

  86. joeman March 3rd, 2014 at 9:11 pm

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  87. joeman March 3rd, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    Mike..you give your win total yet ?

  88. J. Alfred Prufrock March 3rd, 2014 at 9:12 pm

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  89. BoJo March 3rd, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    JAP–

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  90. chicken_stanley March 3rd, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    Mike/Bojo/JAP – This is what I found regarding the Castro assualt case. FWIW:

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  91. BoJo March 3rd, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    Castro probably claims it was a misunderstanding. Obviously he didn’t understand that rape is against the law in our country.

  92. BoJo March 3rd, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    Thanks for link CS

  93. bigdan22 March 3rd, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    It’s early but at this point I’m somewhat underwhelmed by the bullpen. In today’s game you need big arms for the 7th and 8th. Strike out guys. And more than one. Strike out stuff is not as important in the 9th.

    So far, the only guy who I’ve seen who fits that profile is Burawa. He hit 97 today and had several FBs at 95. Some kind of “drop” pitch too which I wasn’t sure if it was a curve or splitter or what. He looks a little raw though so I’m not sure he’s ready. I’ve only seen Betances once, his last outing, and his fastball velocity was inconsistent. He looked more impressive a couple of years ago. It’s really a shame Ramirez is down. He had that kind of strike out stuff last year in ST.

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  94. J. Alfred Prufrock March 3rd, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    Fred,

    Thanks. Doesn’t sit right. When the girl has gone to the hospital, well,….

    Anyhow, sorry I brought it up. Depressing stuff. Good one, folks.

  95. chicken_stanley March 3rd, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    Fred,

    Thanks. Doesn’t sit right. When the girl has gone to the hospital, well

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    yep. Like I said with the link – “for what its worth”.

    Night JAP

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    Knicks now down 11 with 8 min to play… Typical

  97. MTU March 3rd, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    Joeman-

    Nope. Gonna wait till ST is over.

    Right now I see them as improved from last year’s total but I haven’t decided by how much just yet.

  98. chicken_stanley March 3rd, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    Mike – if you’re watching the Discovery channel right now, which is gonna win the bet, the 67 Mustang big block or the Chevelle?

  99. MTU March 3rd, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    Glenn-

    I have different programming.

    You’re a couple hours ahead.

    Sorry.

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