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Sunday morning notes: “You’ve still got the job to do”

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

Kelly Johnson

Kelly Johnson has played 118 major-league innings at third base. That’s exactly 100 more than he’s played at first base.

“It would be a lot weirder if I was a little bit younger, a little bit newer in the game,” Johnson said. “I’ve been around just enough to feel a little more comfortable in doing it and handling it.”

This afternoon, Johnson will get his first spring start at first base. Although Alfonso Soriano is doing some drills at first, Johnson is currently considered the Yankees backup at the position. He’s made two major-league starts as a first baseman, and he got in another game as a late-inning replacement.

“I tried to sneak in there a few times (during drills),” Johnson said. “I did early work (Friday). I did it with Tex not too long ago last week which was huge because he’s awesome about teaching the stuff. I’ll try to get some ground balls. Probably the most important thing for me at first is footwork around the bag, being ready to make the right move to the ball if it’s a bad throw or a throw that’s off the bag, making sure you gain as much ground as you can and still stay on the bag.”

Johnson has so far played only third base this spring. I can’t remember a particularly tough play he’s had to make — and the spring defensive stats tell me he’s made just four plays total — but the position actual seems to be a non-issue for him. Johnson’s played 16 major-league games at third, and he came up as a shortstop, meaning he’s used to that side of the infield. If the Yankees had any worry about his ability to play there, that worry seems to have faded away. He’ll keep getting time at third, but that transition doesn’t seem to be a source of concern. Most of his big league time as come at second base and left field. This year, most of it might come at first and third.

“Either way you show up to play the game,” Johnson said. “Whatever the lineup card says. It’d be kind of like saying, are you going to be OK, usually you hit second but today you’re hitting eighth. It’s the same thing. You’re showing up to play so you’ve still got the job to do.”

Brendan Ryan· Brendan Ryan said his sore oblique is a complete non-issue. He said it felt a little “gluey” the other day (whatever that means). “This isn’t one of those things where it’s like, if it was Game 7 I could tough it out,” Ryan said. “No. Back end of a quadruple-header, I’d be upset if I wasn’t in there. … I’d say they’re being cautious to say the least. This is only happening because it’s March. Really quite a small deal.”

· Ryan expects to be fully active on Wednesday.

· Scott Sizemore isn’t playing today, but he’s been encouraged by the way his left knee has felt this spring. He wears a pretty large stabilizing brace during games, and said he’s gotten used to moving with it. Running the bases has been a non-issue, and Sizemore had to make a diving play in the field his very first game. He said he’s still waiting to have his range truly tested — said he wants to find out if he can still make a Web Gem play when necessary — but so far, so good. He’s moving pretty well for a guy who’s coming off back-to-back ACL surgeries.

· Manny Banuelos feels fine after yesterday’s first spring inning. “It feels great,” he said.

· Didn’t get a chance to talk to Tyler Austin this morning, but the one time I did see him in the clubhouse, he was wearing batting gloves and seemed to be heading toward the cage. Seems like a positive sign.

· Adam Warren will make his next start Saturday in Panama. For now, he’s throwing a simulated game today. Said he expected to only do an inning or two with some bullpen work in the next week. Shawn Kelley also threw a simulated game. That comes after a one-out appearance in his previous spring training game on Friday. Corban Joseph and Austin Romine are the hitters.

· Branden Pinder, Jeremy Bleich and Pat Venditte are back in big league camp for the day. They’re here as emergency relievers.

· Tomorrow is a true off day in big league camp. In fact, the sign that marks Monday as an “Off Day” is designed so that the O in Off is a smiley face. No pitchers scheduled for any sort of action. Maybe some daily medical treatment for a few guys, but it’s scheduled as a true day with no baseball activity.

David Robertson· Today’s bullpen sessions:
Bryan Mitchell (to Roman Rodriguez)
Shane Greene (to Francisco Cervelli)
Jose Campos (to Gary Sanchez)
Vidal Nuno (to Jose Gil)
Jim Miller (to Austin Romine)
Dave Robertson (to Austin Romine)
Matt Thornton (to Francisco Arcia)
Hiroki Kuroda (to Roman Rodriguez)

· Batting practice groups:
Group 1: Derek Jeter, Brian Roberts, Alfonso Soriano, Ichiro Suzuki, Brian McCann
Group 2: Carlos Beltran, Jacoby Ellsbury, Brett Gardner, Kelly Johnson, Mark Teixiera
Group 3: Dean Anna, Russ Canzler, Yangervis Solarte, Zelous Wheeler, John Ryan Murphy
Group 4: Adonis Garcia, Ramon Flores, Jose Pirela, Mason Williams, Jose Gil
Group 5: Zoilo Almonte, Corban Joseph, Eduardo Nunez, Antoan Richardson, Scott Sizemore
Group 6: Francisco Arcia, Francisco Cervelli, Pete O’Brien, Austin Romine, Gary Sanchez

· Today’s second string: C John Ryan Murphy, 1B Russ Canzler, 2B Zelous Wheeler, SS Dean Anna, 3B Jose Pirela, LF Ramon Flores, CF Mason Williams, RF Adonis Garcia, DH Jose Gil

· Today’s scheduled relievers: Dellin Betances, Mark Montgomery, Bruce Billings, Danny Burawa, Matt Daley (with Preston Claiborne, Branden Pinder, Jeremy Bleich and Pat Venditte available if necessary)

· Travel squad for Vierra on Tuesday:
Pitchers: Dellin Betances, Danny Burawa, Cesar Cabral, Matt Daley, Brian Gordon, David Herndon, Fred Lewis, Jim Miller, Mark Montgomery, CC Sabathia, Chase Whitley
Catchers: Francisco Arcia, Francisco Cervelli, Jose Gil, Brian McCann, Austin Romine, Gary Sanchez
Infielders: Dean Anna, Corban Joseph, Eduardo Nunez, Jose Pirela, Scott Sizemore, Yangervis Solarte, Mark Teixeira, Zelous Wheeler
Outfielders: Zoilo Almonte, Jacoby Ellsbury, Ramon Flores, Adonis Garcia, Brett Gardner, Antoan Richardson, Mason Williams

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61 Responses to “Sunday morning notes: “You’ve still got the job to do””

  1. DONNYBROOK March 9th, 2014 at 11:16 am

    Doesn’t matter what he says to bolster his own confidence, or for PR purposes. The Fact that CC is learning a “new pitch”, tells you all you need to know. The Yankees need and a SP to step forward and become the Ace of this staff.

  2. Hankflorida March 9th, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Repost:
    Tar, I get your point and understand about giving Cano the extra money, and Cano with Tanaka, Beltran and McCaan would have been a better team. It is for this reason That I have brought up the loss of Joe Gordon where the Yankees got Allie Reynolds and replaced his 30 home runs with Yogi. This year they a got a pitcher and a catcher, Tanaka and McCaan who may play the same role, but in order to duplicate the past when Gordon left, they need some pop from the outfield. We will not know until we see what Ellsbury gives us, and as history shows us, the Yankees have never had two players like Mickey Rivers playing together in the outfield on a championship team.

  3. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 9th, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Kelly Johnson alert!

    MTU, take note.

    :)

    (By the way, I hadn’t seen this thread when I posted my alert!!!)

  4. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 9th, 2014 at 11:44 am

    I am going on record as saying that I have a feeling that I should ratchet down my prediction from 101 to 97. (But I’m not quite ready to do it.) Maybe it was a little disquietude from watching yesterday’s game.

    I’m also going on record as suggesting that maybe Brian McCann needs to be Nova’s catcher. I am not suggesting that Cervelli is not a good catcher, rather I am suggesting that certain pitchers may need more guidance in pitching. I’m thinking back to the game where McCann counseled Nova on things he was doing and how Nova made the immediate adjustment and it worked beautifully. Maybe McCann’s experience helps him to be better at catching more things.

    JMO, just a thought, just a suggestion.

    Signed,

    The duchess of perspicacity

    :D

  5. UpState March 9th, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Good Morning !!!

    Just in case anyone missed it …..

    DUKE …………..93

    N. Carolina……81

    Mr. Parker took the Baby Blues to school.

    30 Points and 10+ rebounds !

    House-full of DUKE fans last nite (2 SoftBlue fans, also).

    A Fun-time Saturday Nite !!!

  6. yankeefeminista March 9th, 2014 at 11:50 am

    reposts:

    yankeefeminista March 9th, 2014 at 11:34 am
    blake, thank you. Sanity restored to the blog. Danger averted.

    Should be a fun game. I think we are facing Archer to start. Interesting. I read Odorrizi is in the mix for Rays fifth starter and Cobb is teaching him his splitter. Odorrizi said the grip Cobb uses feels comfortable after Odorrizi had been trying a ton of different grips to throw a change that hadn’t felt right. Maybe Tanaka can teach everyone (Pineda!) how to throw a split. LOL. But wasn’t Felix showing Pineda his version of the change? (if I recall correctly). Someone mentioned that Pineda threw a few changeups. Wish we could see them. May our young pitchers thrive.

    Watched the game on archive, and yeah Nova just didn’t have command of the fastball, agree Manny was just knocking off rust, and I have to say I loved the Zoological AB in the 6th. Please let that kid play.
    _____
    yankeefeminista March 9th, 2014 at 11:40 am
    blake, agree. Especially pumped to watch the pitching and the OF D. Also some big pop from the C position.

    Marc Topkin ?@TBTimes_Rays 3h
    #Rays lineup: Jennings cf, Joyce LF, Myers rf, Loney 1b, s-Rod 3b, Figueroa 2b, Hanigan c, Molina DH, nix SS, archer p

    blake March 9th, 2014 at 11:44 am
    YF,

    The rotation has more upside than it has in years…..some risk too but if the dominos fall right it could be awesome
    _______________
    blake, yep. The rotation gets better every year. The part of the game I love watching most. Hopefully, we now have the pop to go with it, but IF still needs work. Love one more formidable bat there.

  7. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 9th, 2014 at 11:50 am

    repost:

    “We will not know until we see what Ellsbury gives us, and as history shows us, the Yankees have never had two players like Mickey Rivers playing together in the outfield on a championship team.”

    Hank, this is the team we have, so you might as well put on a smile, a sense of adventure, and a sense of positivity, and decide to enjoy the season.

    In addition, history also showed that no team in the world series had come back down three games to win the next four – until 2004.

    Baseball is a continually evolving sport, both in terms of the mix of players on the field, the strength conditioning available to them, and the managing of games.

    I wouldn’t let history serve as a boogeyman here.

  8. Revenge of Stoneburner March 9th, 2014 at 11:50 am

    Subtle changes at plate key Rickie Weeks’ strong start

    Read more from Journal Sentinel: http://www.jsonline.com/sports.....z2vTuP9rCC
    Follow us: @JournalSentinel on Twitter

  9. PhiltheThrill March 9th, 2014 at 11:52 am

    In the picture of Johnson at the top of his post, his finish is very reminiscent of Tino’s.

  10. yankeefeminista March 9th, 2014 at 11:55 am

    Great news on Manny (feeling good!) and hopefully on Austin (wrist).

  11. Revenge of Stoneburner March 9th, 2014 at 11:55 am

    O’s will have had a really good offseason if they sign Santana – getting their guys at discounts

  12. Revenge of Stoneburner March 9th, 2014 at 11:56 am

    posters on other forums saying Brewers are pinging the Yankees heavily

  13. pkyankfan69 March 9th, 2014 at 11:57 am

    Fun bullpen group for today… Betances, Burawar, and Montgomery!

  14. Ys Guy March 9th, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Agreed about the O’s and Santana. He would really improve their rotation. George would be getting involved to keep him from Baltimore or at least push up his price.
    I’m not saying that would be a good move, just saying it would be George’s move.

  15. Ys Guy March 9th, 2014 at 11:59 am

    Revenge of Stoneburner March 9th, 2014 at 11:50 am
    Subtle changes at plate key Rickie Weeks’ strong start

    Read more from Journal Sentinel: http://www.jsonline.com/sports…..z2vTuP9rCC
    Follow us: @JournalSentinel on Twitter
    ====================================
    Brewers trying hard to move Weeks, I’d like to see the list of Pitchers he’s been hitting all these ropes off of.

  16. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 9th, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    A poem of positivity!

    Gratitude to Edgar Albert Guest and every danged person who ever said “Oh yeah? Just watch me!”

    IT COULDN’T BE DONE

    Somebody said that it couldn’t be done
    But he with a chuckle replied
    That “maybe it couldn’t,” but he would be one
    Who wouldn’t say so till he’d tried.
    So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin
    On his face. If he worried he hid it.
    He started to sing as he tackled the thing
    That couldn’t be done, and he did it!

    Somebody scoffed: “Oh, you’ll never do that;
    At least no one ever has done it;”
    But he took off his coat and he took off his hat
    And the first thing we knew he’d begun it.
    With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,
    Without any doubting or quiddit,
    He started to sing as he tackled the thing
    That couldn’t be done, and he did it.

    There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,
    There are thousands to prophesy failure,
    There are thousands to point out to you one by one,
    The dangers that wait to assail you.
    But just buckle in with a bit of a grin,
    Just take off your coat and go to it;
    Just start in to sing as you tackle the thing
    That “cannot be done,” and you’ll do it.

    GO YANKEES!!!

  17. Revenge of Stoneburner March 9th, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    Agreed about the O’s and Santana. He would really improve their rotation. George would be getting involved to keep him from Baltimore or at least push up his price.
    I’m not saying that would be a good move, just saying it would be George’s move.

    *****

    I just do not want to see him go to that team – I would be fine with the Jays or even the M’s – best one would have been the Rockies, but they bowed out before they even got in yesterday it looks like

  18. Hankflorida March 9th, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    I wouldn’t let history serve as a boogeyman here.

    Trisha, you know that it is hard to teach an old dog new tricks as history has been my Pavlovian conditioning. You predicted this hybrid team and it has come to pass, but I still cling to the idea that we will get the 2011 Ellsbury at the Stadium just as we got some power from Damon when he came here from Boston. The Yankees have always won with power in the outfield even in the era of the DH, and you know how I was against Suzuki and Gardener playing together last year.

  19. Revenge of Stoneburner March 9th, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    Brewers trying hard to move Weeks, I’d like to see the list of Pitchers he’s been hitting all these ropes off of.

    ****

    Lol – you are right! The article reads like a PR piece put out by the Brewers’s organization.

  20. jmills March 9th, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    Did Santana drop his agent? This has been quite the remarkable fall off in contract expectations. I think he turned down that 14.1 mill QO from the Royals. If the Jays get him for one year on for less than that, fair enough, but they would have to measure in the possibility of the guy simply being a waste.

  21. Revenge of Stoneburner March 9th, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    I have Ellsbury hitting b/w 18 and 21 HRs

    Johnson hitting low 20s – but with a low average

    assuming all stay healthy

  22. yankeefeminista March 9th, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    HankFLA. with those two you want some pop in RF. At least there is Beltran (RF), Zoo (LF, RF), and Sori in LF (Gardy maybe getting some time in RF in the latter case/depending on the pitcher, but at home sacrificing D, makes more sense with Gardy in RF when we are on the road…) And at least Ells (RE: pop) has the RF wall at NYS. Interesting to see what his bat looks like

  23. Revenge of Stoneburner March 9th, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    jmills March 9th, 2014 at 12:03 pm
    Did Santana drop his agent? This has been quite the remarkable fall off in contract expectations. I think he turned down that 14.1 mill QO from the Royals. If the Jays get him for one year on for less than that, fair enough, but they would have to measure in the possibility of the guy simply being a waste.

    *****

    I think it is a good deal for your team. The Jays cannot lose their 2 first round picks. If they sign him before opening day, they can still QO him after this season and recoup another higher pick next year than the second round pick they would be losing this year.

    I think your team could make some noise if they sign Morales and Drew (so you lose your 3 and 4 round picks – you have two first round picks!!) and then trade Lind for pitching

  24. Ys Guy March 9th, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    The Yankees OWN Santana, (0-5 7.42 era the past 3 seasons) so from that standpoint having him in the division doesn’t hurt. But he would a vast improvement for their rotation and thier rotation is really the only thing that’s been holding the O’s back.

    I’m rooting for the Jays to win this one.

  25. jmills March 9th, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    There’s always the possibility of a surprise, a Jim Spencer chipping in 23 homers in limited ABs. I’d be happy if Adam Lind can do that.

  26. yankeefeminista March 9th, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    Hank, everyone is big into run saving in the OF these days; it has been going on for quite a few years. Just hope that Gardy keeps driving the ball a la last season, that Ells has at the least great home splits and we get that extra pop in RF that we lacked last year with Ichi out there.

  27. Revenge of Stoneburner March 9th, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    Ys Guy March 9th, 2014 at 12:06 pm
    The Yankees OWN Santana, (0-5 7.42 era the past 3 seasons) so from that standpoint having him in the division doesn’t hurt. But he would a vast improvement for their rotation and thier rotation is really the only thing that’s been holding the O’s back.

    I’m rooting for the Jays to win this one.

    ****

    Very true – but I am more worried about the other teams Santana would face – though Camden would not be the greatest with his HR tendencies

  28. Ys Guy March 9th, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    Apparently Santana switched from one agent to another within the same agency. He talked about negotiating his own contract but switched representatives instead and let it be known that he would take a pillow contract.

  29. yankeefeminista March 9th, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    Hi jmills! E. Santana was with ProFormance and was thinking of switching. Has he done so?

  30. yankeefeminista March 9th, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Ugh, Ervin beat us when it counted in that ALDS deciding game 5 in 2005 when Colon had to leave prematurely. Bad bad bad memory.

  31. jmills March 9th, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    With the protected picks it is curious they ( the Jays ) haven’t spent some. There is spin here about double talk from ownership, and double A having to balance the line. This thinking obvious gets stirred due to the great financial resources of Rogers.

  32. Revenge of Stoneburner March 9th, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    Do the Yanks sign Santana, allow Pineda to start off in the minors, and then when he looks ready, deal Santana midseason for prospects, then slot in Pineda

  33. Revenge of Stoneburner March 9th, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    With the protected picks it is curious they ( the Jays ) haven’t spent some. There is spin here about double talk from ownership, and double A having to balance the line. This thinking obvious gets stirred due to the great financial resources of Rogers.

    ****

    Yeah, I just don’t get why your ownership does not spend and get it rocking up there like it is the late 80s/early 90s

  34. jmills March 9th, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    Hi yf et all. I don’t pay much attention to talk here with spins about ownership. I’ve been absolutely tramatized by the Maple Leafs :D

  35. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 9th, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Hank, I think you will definitely see some power from Ellsbury. He’s a strong kid! And with the revolving outfield, we’re going to be seeing Beltran and Sori also, so I think we have the potential to see power.

    Don’t forget that Gardner was near the top of the heap in triples! So while it isn’t yard, it’s a potential run producer!

    And when’s the last time we had a catcher with HR power! This hybrid team will show that power may come from unexpected places.

    This is going to be an exciting team to watch!

    :)

  36. Ys Guy March 9th, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    I dont expect to see a rotating outfield. I expect Ells in CF and Gardner in LF pretty much every day with Beltran in RF most days and Sori when Beltran is off.

    If he’s still on this team, I dont see Ichiro getting over 100 AB’s.

  37. jmills March 9th, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    Stone, it would be great to get rocking again, its been one half hearted step after the last since ’93. Of course filling the dome relies on making the jays the ” event ” again amongst fans that aren’t fans. There are many knowledgeable fans throughout Ontario though, and I used to meet many at Sunday afternoon yard sales in the country while I scooped their fifties ceramic lamps. They’d be decked out in lawn chairs with la radion on.

  38. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 9th, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    “Ugh, Ervin beat us when it counted in that ALDS deciding game 5 in 2005 when Colon had to leave prematurely. Bad bad bad memory.”

    Horrible. Series ending. That was the series were Bubby and Sheffield collided also.

    You talk about Angels in the outfield, infield, dugout, and on the mound!

    :(

  39. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 9th, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    “I dont expect to see a rotating outfield. I expect Ells in CF and Gardner in LF pretty much every day with Beltran in RF most days and Sori when Beltran is off”

    I said revolving, not rotating!

    :)

  40. Howler March 9th, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    Good aft/morning..I enjoyed watching Montero launch the HR off of Beckett last night…but man oh man does he ever look portly…

  41. Hankflorida March 9th, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    And at least Ells (RE: pop) has the RF wall at NYS. Interesting to see what his bat looks like

    Yankeefeminista, you have hit on the most important question as to what will Ellsbury do with the wind tunnel and short right field porch in right field? We know that the most successful Yankee teams have depended on the three run homer and not manufacturing runs. In order to save money and tailor their team to their ballpark, the Mets have concentrated their efforts to pitching, speed and defense, and so far, it has not worked. If we do not get the 2011 Ellsbury, then this Yankee team would do better playing in Citi Field where our pitchers do not have to worry about short fly balls leading to three runs.

  42. yankeefeminista March 9th, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    We have some big arms going in the pen today. I like. Dellin, Burawa, Montgomery, maybe Pinder. Also love to get to see some more AB’s from Flores and Mason when the second string gets in.

    jmills, FWIW, you are doing a good job of signing premium position IFA’s.

  43. Howler March 9th, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    I don’t think it’s bad having them bouncing around the OF…gives them the opportunity to stay fresh at each position in case someone goes down. I think it’s more important for Soriano than the others. I would keep Ellsbury in CF whenever he’s playing though.

  44. yankeefeminista March 9th, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    YsGuy, very likely. We even have Sori taking reps at 1B. But don’t forget the injury factor, and it is a long season. I’d love to see Zoo get reps, but he won’t. We have a lot of depth at OF but not much beyond replacement level at IF. Still wish we had saved that Ichi second year 6M for the IF.

  45. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 9th, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    I have some really vivid bad memories etched in my memory bank, the kind that when you think about them can almost bring you back to the moment. Not many, but some. Interestingly enough, 2004 isn’t in there. The Yankees were lucky to have even made it that far based on their wounded warrior rotation throughout the season. Plus Jack Daniels and a few other things being done by the Sux really bas*ardized the whole thing for me.

    But oddly enough (?) one that really has stayed with me is Mussina’s game in fenway where he was one strike away from a perfect game. That one has haunted me forever, and apparently it still haunts me.

    SMH sadly

  46. jmills March 9th, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    yf, thanks, I heard something to that extent as well. On a positive note, I was standing last night in the living room after changing a bulb in a beloved chandelier and thought, ” hey jmills, you’ve never know the disappointment of losing a WS “. I like to mentally trick meself this way.

  47. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 9th, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Hank, actually the key is for out pitchers to keep them on the ground.

    But – God bless you if you do worry through the season. I know that I can’t help you there, even if I want to – which I do. That’s something that generates from within, and all the words in the world won’t make it go away.

    Sorry man.

  48. Ys Guy March 9th, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    I’m guessing Ichiro is also sorry he took a 2 year deal. Had he just signed for one, he likely could have found a team to sign him (for less than $6M) that would give him a decent shot at 300-400 AB’s and keep his hopes for 3K hits alive.

    I think he’d rather have a shot at 3K and a couple less million dollars.

  49. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 9th, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    “On a positive note, I was standing last night in the living room after changing a bulb in a beloved chandelier and thought, ” hey jmills, you’ve never know the disappointment of losing a WS “. I like to mentally trick meself this way.”

    A man after my own heart! The silver lining in every cloud!

    Seriously!

    :)

  50. jmills March 9th, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    I got through half of the ’78 one off between the Yanks and Sux last night and will resume later. So much fun to revisit Guidry. Running home from school I missed most of it, but of course captured Dent. Nettles was such a calm stabilizer at third.

  51. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 9th, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    Ys Guy – something makes me think that Joe Girard will find a way to get Ichiro AB and won’t let him grow roots in the bench. Maybe not as many AB as if he were starting, but he can use him at DH from time to time also. Girardi is a players’ manager. He’ll do it.

  52. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 9th, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Well, I’m off to smile my way through the rest of the day.

    Remember, always let a smile be your umbrella. That way the rain never wins.

    ;)

  53. jmills March 9th, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    trisha, one must build oneself up, because sometimes there’s noone who’s going to do it :D in fact, as you and I know, there are many who are just digging for holes in another anyways.

  54. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 9th, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    jmills – I am my own greatest cheerleader. I love myself as much as I love others. Not more than, but as much as. We were always taught that there was nobody walking the earth better than we – but also nobody walking the earth that we were better than.

    It was a very good lesson.

    :)

  55. Howler March 9th, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    not necessarily true…but at least a good way to look at things I guess.

  56. Hankflorida March 9th, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    Revenge of Stoneburner, your prediction of 18 to 21 homers may be in the right ball park(pardon the pun). Most left handed batters playing at Fenway except Ted Williams would set their sights on the left field wall and Yaz and Boggs were great examples. In 2011, when Ellsbury hit 32 home runs and batted .320, what happened to him the following two years that made him return to being a spray hitter? The answer may have been that the injuries that plagued him may have altered his hitting style making him more inclined to try to take advantage of The Green Monster.

  57. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 9th, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    “not necessarily true”

    Totally true. And in the way my parents explained it (God created us all) it made all the sense in the world. And still does.

  58. austinmac March 9th, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    Trisha,

    Good philosophy from your parents.

  59. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 9th, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    austin – thank you!

  60. yankeefeminista March 9th, 2014 at 3:19 pm

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    Nah, I know for certain that Dellin wanted to start, but it is what it is now.

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