The LoHud Yankees Blog

A New York Yankees blog by Chad Jennings and the staff of The Journal News


Video: Pettitte and others honor Jeter in Houston

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

Taboola Home/Section Front Player


Derek Jeter ran onto the field, shook a few hands around the mound, watched a quick video montage, and then jogged right back in front of the Yankees dugout to finish his pregame warm up. It was the first of many pregame ceremonies honoring Jeter this year, and he did what he could to keep his routine intact.

“This is probably putting a little bit of a kink in his schedule,” Andy Pettitte said. “But it’s something that he’s got to do. He’s been too great of a player and an ambassador for this game not to let the fans in every city that the go to honor him.”

Derek JeterHonoring Mariano Rivera last season didn’t require much of a routine change because Rivera usually didn’t even make his way to the bullpen until the middle innings. His pregame routine was basically just sitting out and killing time. That’s why he was able to meet with fans and behind-the-scenes workers in every city. He had plenty of time.

Jeter is in his 20th major-league season, and he has a pregame routine that’s pretty refined. Stretching. Jogging. Playing catch in foul territory.

“The one thing as a player, when you’re used to doing something on a regular basis, you don’t like when your routine gets upset,” Joe Girardi said. “… It’s not a big deal, but he might be running his last few sprints at that time, you know? It’s just, you get used to going out at the same time every day, and you’ve got to adjust it a little bit.”

Jeter said the ceremony didn’t keep him from finishing his pregame routine — “It did not interfere with anything,” he said — and he was more caught off guard by the Astros bench giving him a standing ovation before his first at-bat of the game.

“I never even thought about that happening,” Jeter said. “I didn’t know what was happening at first, so no, I didn’t plan anything like that. … It’s appreciated, but it’s not something that I go out expecting. Today was nice. It was nice of them to do. It was not something I would expect.”

There are going to be more days like yesterday, and Girardi has said he’ll try to make sure Jeter takes some time to enjoy those moments. It’s not really in Jeter’s nature to want the spotlight in that this way, but he seemed to make it work yesterday.

“I don’t think he’s crazy about it, but I think he knows he’s got to go through that,” Pettitte said. “It’s good that he is. I know that Derek is crazy, crazy, crazy about his routine and his pregame routine stuff, but it’s real quick. I think that he’ll probably get used to doing that as he continues to travel from city to city, and I think each time it will probably get a little bit easier. He’ll realize what he’s got to do, but he’s a great professional. He’ll be ready to play the game.”

Two random but kind of funny notes about that Pettitte video up above.

1. The interview happened right after the pregame ceremony, and after Pettitte talked for about a minute and a half, an Astros PR person came in the room and said Andy had to leave right away. The PR staff had forgotten that Pettitte was also supposed to throw out the first pitch. Pettitte just started laughing.

2. As you’ll see in the video, Pettitte began answering his first question by saying: “You have a chance to honor Rocket, err, to honor Derek…” Apparently seeing Roger Clemens again stuck with him a little bit.

Associated Press photo

Comments

comments

 
 

Advertisement

178 Responses to “Video: Pettitte and others honor Jeter in Houston”

  1. bbb51 April 3rd, 2014 at 9:07 am

    MTU April 3rd, 2014 at 8:30 am
    And maybe we see Y-Sol against the lefty.

    The offense stinks, bring in the Y-Sol.

  2. austinmac April 3rd, 2014 at 9:10 am

    I am confident Cervelli will play considering a lefty and a night game with a long flight. Betting Solarte plays too.

  3. MTU April 3rd, 2014 at 9:18 am

    Good one Squat.

    I tee’ed that one up.

    ;)

  4. blake April 3rd, 2014 at 9:18 am

    austinmac says:
    April 3, 2014 at 9:10 am
    I am confident Cervelli will play considering a lefty and a night game with a long flight. Betting Solarte plays too.

    Agreed…..they got a lot of games in a row coming up. I think Cervy catches and McCann pinches hits later in the game maybe…..at least that’s what Id do

  5. Yankee Trader April 3rd, 2014 at 9:19 am

    Mac

    Forgot about Cervelli, the hottest hitter in ST. Maybe Girardi will bat him cleanup tonight!

  6. MTU April 3rd, 2014 at 9:21 am

    I’d rather McCann catches Nova.

  7. blake April 3rd, 2014 at 9:23 am

    Ellsbury
    Jeter
    Beltran
    Tex
    Soriano
    Cervelli
    Gardner
    Roberts
    Johnson/Solarte

    Is what Id do

  8. blake April 3rd, 2014 at 9:23 am

    Joe might play Ichiro as well if he believes in those splits from 2013

  9. austinmac April 3rd, 2014 at 9:24 am

    It would be nice to have a true clean up hitter. Tex there is not going to work, in my view.

  10. blake April 3rd, 2014 at 9:25 am

    How stubborn are the tigers being by not signing Drew…..Gonzalez is terrible….he’s gonna cost them games

  11. blake April 3rd, 2014 at 9:26 am

    austinmac says:
    April 3, 2014 at 9:24 am
    It would be nice to have a true clean up hitter. Tex there is not going to work, in my view.

    Like the one in Seattle?

  12. MTU April 3rd, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Mac-

    McCann would make an excellent CU hitter if needed.

    Only problem might be 2 lefties in a row against RH’er’s.

  13. Tackelberry April 3rd, 2014 at 9:29 am

    Solarte hit that ball right on the screws, unfortuantely at the 2nd baseman. Couple inches tp the left and could have been a different outcome. I’m confident Nova will get them back on track tonight.
    Also, the MILB seasons kick off tonight.

  14. MTU April 3rd, 2014 at 9:31 am

    Another well-pitched game and some O and everyone will be singing a different tune in the AM.

    :)

  15. 28in14 April 3rd, 2014 at 9:31 am

    You’re right. It’s Girardi’s fault for batting Tex 5th.

    But at some point, Tex should make it a priority of his to learn to hit off speed pitches.

  16. Yankee Trader April 3rd, 2014 at 9:33 am

    MTU

    A well pitched game? Nova might have to pitch a CG shutout!

    Is there a possible deal with the Mets for Nunez?

  17. mick April 3rd, 2014 at 9:34 am

    Wonder what Clemens was chirping to Jeter in the pre-game.
    Sure seemed funny to him, any lip readers?
    Why was Stanton standing between Andy and Clemens?

  18. MTU April 3rd, 2014 at 9:37 am

    YT-

    Maybe but I kind of doubt that.

    The O is set to explode soon.

    I will be very surprised and disappointed if they can’t something for Eduardo.

  19. Yankee Trader April 3rd, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Tex worked in the offseason three or four years ago, trying to hit the other way. Abandoned it soon after the regular season started, basically saying the team benefits from a 30/100 guy, and the BA means little.

    Maybe Tex should just bat righty until his right wrist is 110%

  20. mick April 3rd, 2014 at 9:38 am

    From the beginning I opined Bat Tex 6th till he awakens from Spring Slumber Party.
    Soriano looks like the Soriano they traded after swinging and missing every CB he’d ever seen.
    Ells and Garner have to be atop the order.
    So continue to lose games as the Capt looks old, Joe.

  21. Don Vito A. Bellamo April 3rd, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Getting swept by the mighty Astros to start the season, I don’t care HOW you try to spin that…it simply stinks. Admitting it’s only the 3rd game of the season, but they need to reverse this frustrating trend of playing down to their competition. Houston will have another over 100 loss season, and what,,,we are going to make their pitchers look like the best staff in baseball?

  22. mick April 3rd, 2014 at 9:40 am

    If someone doesn’t start hitting we will see Almonte sooner rather than later.

  23. mick April 3rd, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Getting swept might be the wakeup call they need but it will be ignored as they are coming home soon and everything will be alright with the short porch beckoning.

  24. The Fifth Core Foursman April 3rd, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Man are those some ugly boots or what? Good effort by the Stros and it’s nice having Andy and even Rocket there but all those boots (and probably the hat) are definitely going in the back of the closet.

    These 2 games had me thinking that ARod could have helped this team.

  25. MTU April 3rd, 2014 at 9:43 am

    No we won’t Mick.

    We may be concerned but I doubt Girardi and Cashman are.

    Way too soon for them to sweat it.

    JMO

  26. Yankee Trader April 3rd, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Nice article previewing the Yankee prospects on all their minor league teams:

    http://www.pinstripealley.com/.....-riverdogs

  27. MTU April 3rd, 2014 at 9:44 am

    If AR is who will help this Team we are in a world of hurt.

    No thanks.

  28. bruceb April 3rd, 2014 at 9:45 am

    As I said last night, stinks that we’re losing these games to the Astros, who no doubt in a month’s time will be on a 10-game losing streak or worse.

    Games one and two are just as important as games 161 and 162 in the standings. You can’t get em back.

    I don’t pay a whole lot of attention to spring training – it’s meaningless, as CC demonstrated on Tuesday night – but it does seem that some members of our starting lineup are underprepared.

    As Sweeny Murti keeps saying on WFAN, who’s going to believe Tex can still jack one out of the park until he actually does it?

  29. The Fifth Core Foursman April 3rd, 2014 at 9:45 am

    I didn’t see Feldman pitch but Cosart certainly looked pretty good.

  30. 28in14 April 3rd, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Just imagine how Feldman and Cosart will fare against the Red Sox. That’s all you need to know. They will be pounded like the worthless bums they are.

  31. The Fifth Core Foursman April 3rd, 2014 at 9:50 am

    A healthy ARod would be the best hitter in the infield but that fact amounts to so little that I question myself for even saying it. :-)

  32. mick April 3rd, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Last year we had injuries that opened doors for others.
    If Soriano is “hurting” than DL him for Almonte.
    You can see he’s not happy batting 6th and DHing.

  33. mick April 3rd, 2014 at 9:54 am

    Nova Tanaka and Pineda are the now and the future but Tex and Sori are killing us.
    Tell me this isn’t a big hairy monster team again.

  34. MTU April 3rd, 2014 at 9:56 am

    Mick-

    OK. I will.

    Ellsbury, Jeter, McCann, Roberts, Beltran, and GGBG all say hi.

    :)

  35. MTU April 3rd, 2014 at 10:00 am

    And the minute Soriano gets hot we will be saying how he is carrying the Team.

    He’s streaky. Always has been.

  36. Russell Munson April 3rd, 2014 at 10:01 am

    “Getting swept by the mighty Astros to start the season, I don’t care HOW you try to spin that…it simply stinks.”

    Does that mean I don’t have to watch tonight’s game since it’s already been lost?

  37. mick April 3rd, 2014 at 10:01 am

    Streaky is not what we need.
    Last year he was our best hitter, consistently.

  38. bbb51 April 3rd, 2014 at 10:01 am

    Guys, it’s been 2 games…

    Do you think Roberts is going to hit .429 for the season?

  39. MTU April 3rd, 2014 at 10:02 am

    I’m hoping that AR does not return.

    But I know it’s just a dream.

    :(

  40. Tackelberry April 3rd, 2014 at 10:02 am

    Yankee Trader April 3rd, 2014 at 9:44 am
    Nice article previewing the Yankee prospects on all their minor league teams:

    http://www.pinstripealley.com/…..-riverdogs

    ________________________________________

    Good article. Charleston looks like the most interesting team. Tampa could be excting too with bats like Bird, Jagielo, O’Brien, Gumbs and Cave in the lineup.

  41. MTU April 3rd, 2014 at 10:03 am

    Mick-

    Streaky is what he IS and always has been.

  42. MTU April 3rd, 2014 at 10:04 am

    Squat-

    Season is over.

  43. bbb51 April 3rd, 2014 at 10:04 am

    Soriano is 38 years old and was sick half of spring training. He probably feels like I did getting up at 5am this morning.

  44. mick April 3rd, 2014 at 10:04 am

    What I am hoping for is that the rotation as we go forward is in the order of 1-5.

  45. MTU April 3rd, 2014 at 10:05 am

    I’d like to see the Yankees continue to clear their deadwood.

    Don’t want the whole forest to burn down because of an excess of brush.

    :)

  46. blake April 3rd, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Tex worked in the offseason three or four years ago, trying to hit the other way. Abandoned it soon after the regular season started, basically saying the team benefits from a 30/100 guy, and the BA means little.”

    Cause he can’t do it…..I know he did it once…..doing it on a consistent basis is another thing. I think he tried last night and popped it up to the SS……that’s what will happen most of the time if he actually tries to go the other way

  47. MTU April 3rd, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Mick-

    We both know that the Pitching is designed to carry this Team.

    We have talent galore.

    It must perform and I believe it will for the most part.

    The O will be sufficient but not great IMO.

    We will not be slugging our way to victory as the standard MO.

    That is a Team like the Sux or the O’s.

    We have what it takes to go all the way if we perform near expectations FWIS.

    :)

  48. mick April 3rd, 2014 at 10:10 am

    Play Yanger today and drop Tex to 6th, Sori to 7th, Gardy to 9th.

  49. mick April 3rd, 2014 at 10:12 am

    Ellsbury is the key to this team.
    If he isn’t on base then we are in trouble.
    Gardner should really be batting 2nd.

  50. bigdan22 April 3rd, 2014 at 10:12 am

    “Calling a spade a spade….the lineup misses Cano”

    ——

    This statement is supremely dumb. First of all, this lineup never had Cano to miss. Second, the player “replacing” Cano is hitting over .400. Third, and most importantly, one player is just not that important to a baseball lineup and scoring overall. We saw last year how the great Cano couldn’t make that lineup score over 650 runs. Since he couldn’t do that last year I doubt he could this year as well.

    Baseball cannot be reduced to such simplistic pronouncements. I hope that now that we’ve almost gotten over the illogic of how infield defense can, on it’s own, lead an otherwise successful team to it’s demise, we won’t be blaming all of this team’s ills on the loss of one single player.

    In a two day old season, it’s hard to make any intelligent judgments. But so far, the starting pitching has underperformed as well as the offense which has almost been non-existent. It’s pretty much as simple as that. While it’s hard to believe that the starting pitching won’t come around like it did last night (although, I believe expectations for Pineda are unreasonably high), it doesn’t seem one can be as confident about the hitting. I doubt it makes much different how you set up a lineup if your hitters can’t hit. It’s possible the Yanks may have below average hitters right now at 1b, SS and 3b. I also believe McCann may be overrated offensively. When you put that all together with a streaky Soriano and the presence of probably no true elite hitters, you are going to have some dud nights offensively.

    But would it be nice to have Cano AND Arod in the lineup right now. Sure, because very simply, they are good hitters. But since we don’t, saying we miss them is like saying nothing at all.

  51. MTU April 3rd, 2014 at 10:13 am

    Mick-

    You know that Joe G. is very resistant to LU changes.

    Especially this early.

    I expect to see Soly today and possibly Dreamy eyes.

    That is about it.

    ;)

  52. Ys Guy April 3rd, 2014 at 10:13 am

    the other teams in this division are likely to go 5-1 or so against the astros. If they lose tonight, they’re just spotting the division at least 2 games in the standings.

  53. 28in14 April 3rd, 2014 at 10:13 am

    Tonight’s game was lost as soon as the schedule came out. It was meant to be.

    We sweep the Astros in 3 meaningless games to end last season. They sweep us to begin a new season. It’s poetic and displays just how pathetic an organization the Yankees are.

  54. mick April 3rd, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Alright MTU.
    So McCann DH’s , Sori sits v. a lefty?

  55. mick April 3rd, 2014 at 10:15 am

    He might as well sit McCann if cervy catches, in fact he almost has to if he doesn’t want to lose a dh if need be.

  56. MTU April 3rd, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Mick-

    I think McCann might sit early but I think JG sticks w Alfonso against the lefty.

    My only nit pick is that I prefer McCann catching Nova who can be erratic.

    He’s better at game-calling and settling pitchers down IMO.

  57. mick April 3rd, 2014 at 10:20 am

    They definitely need the kickstart that Cervelli and Solarte could provide MTU.
    He could also play Sori in LF, sit Gardy..

  58. MTU April 3rd, 2014 at 10:22 am

    Mick-

    I like the way GGBG works over pitchers.

    Like to see Jacoby get it going.

    He’s hit a bunch on the screws just needs a few to fall.

  59. mick April 3rd, 2014 at 10:24 am

    Maybe they just miss the warmer weather of NY and the short porch ;)

  60. mick April 3rd, 2014 at 10:25 am

    You see Pedroia was 4-5 last night.
    We need Ellsbury on base to win.

  61. Hassey April 3rd, 2014 at 10:26 am

    One thing that has developed on this site over time is that we have more and more people trying to mold the blog into their own image – lots of time being wasted complaining about complainers, whiners, pining for the old days, bridge jumpers, recognizing talent even on Boston, etc. etc.

    This blog is just an open mike night…say what you want to say and pass the mike. Save yourself time and headache by ignoring what you don’t agree with. It’s not Congress, or even important in any way. It’s not even baseball…it’s just TALKING about baseball…

  62. SweetSpot April 3rd, 2014 at 10:27 am

    Good post Hassey.

  63. Doreen April 3rd, 2014 at 10:35 am

    CC Underperformed. Kuroda did not. Kuroda did what Kuroda does. 2 runs in, what 6 innings? Should be good enough for a win.

  64. 4TrainNorth April 3rd, 2014 at 10:36 am

    I could so do without the Jeter farewell tour. I spent all last season happy for Mo but thinking, Jeter would never do something like this. And yet here we are, forced to watch what already feels like a retread of what happened last year. Gee, what creative gifts can all these teams come up with this time! Hey, we’re in Houston, Derek — here’s a sweet cowboy hat… and some golf clubs? Please. Even on ESPN this morning, they have to show the DJ pregame action. Just get to the highlights; I don’t want to see Clemens’s fat face or Jeter pretending to actually enjoy the song and dance. It’s just not at all consistent with his personality or the way he’s carried himself over the years.

    Meanwhile, someone said it several posts ago, and absolutely nailed it. The Yankees of the past several years play with the same kind of enthusiasm that I exhibit while working on powerpoint presentations, sitting at this desk. Wake up, guys — we’re asking you to hit and have fun, not fill out TPS Reports.

  65. Howe Farr April 3rd, 2014 at 10:40 am

    And yet here we are, forced to watch what already feels like a retread of what happened last year.
    _————

    we really aren’t forced to watch anything.

  66. bigdan22 April 3rd, 2014 at 10:40 am

    Like I said before, while it’s way too early to make final judgments on just about anything on this team, it’s not too early to say no matter how bad things get offensively, Jeter and Tex aren’t going anywhere. And it’s hard to believe any changes are possible in the OF, absent injuries of course, because so much money is invested there. Although I suspect we’ll be seeing Ichiro very very soon.

    If you look at this team, aside for 2b and 3b, it’s pretty much set for the long haul of the season. There’s not a lot of changes that can be made for underperformance. Second base can be changed probably but so far so good. Third base can be changed. Let’s face it, despite statements about his comfort at 3b, Johnson doesn’t look good there defensively. When he was acquired, I pointed out that for the last three years he’s hit around .230 which is simply not what I would want to see in a starter and neither should the Yanks. If Johnson is that, a .230 bad defensive third baseman than his starting job security shouldn’t be all that high.

    Which brings me to our switch-hitting former and until recently unknown non-roster player Solarte. If he can get hot at the right time, he’s very close to being a starting major league baseball player for the NY Yankees.

    It really is a funny game.

  67. DONNYBROOK April 3rd, 2014 at 10:41 am

    - THURSDAY MORNING MUSINGS -

    (1) ELLSBURY needed a cane and tin cup in CF the last 2 games. He’s lost in that vastness.

    (2) SOLARTE spit the bit in his Yankee debut. Where have you gone Eduardo Nunez?

    (3) GARDNER is currently the Best hitter on the team and batting 7th? Should be 2 Holed.

    (4) KURODA looked Very good against the Astro bats. Judgement awaiting AL East Sticks

    (5) Phelps turns into Chamberlain and heads Better roll.

  68. SweetSpot April 3rd, 2014 at 10:43 am

    I’m not a Joe Girardi detractor. I think he’s a good manager who does some things very well and other things not so well. However, what I did see the last two games was a team that was unprepared to start the season. They just didn’t look ready to play and I think the manager must take some if not all of the responsibility for that.

  69. pat April 3rd, 2014 at 10:46 am

    One thing that has developed on this site over time is that we have more and more people trying to mold the blog into their own image – lots of time being wasted complaining about complainers, whiners, pining for the old days, bridge jumpers, recognizing talent even on Boston, etc. etc.

    This blog is just an open mike night…say what you want to say and pass the mike. Save yourself time and headache by ignoring what you don’t agree with. It’s not Congress, or even important in any way. It’s not even baseball…it’s just TALKING about baseball…

    Seconded.

  70. 28in14 April 3rd, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Ellsbury made every groundball a close play at 1B with the Red Sox. Now, he’s getting thrown out easily by 3 steps.

  71. blake April 3rd, 2014 at 10:48 am

    Dan,
    No it’s not…..I’ve said repeatedly that I think this lineup will hit…..but they do miss cano as he’d be the best hitter they have by a wide margin. He would make the lineup better……

    I think the offense will be ok…..it would have been better with Cano

  72. blake April 3rd, 2014 at 10:49 am

    “(2) SOLARTE spit the bit in his Yankee debut. Where have you gone Eduardo Nunez?”

    One AB?

  73. MTU April 3rd, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Doreen-

    I could use a little help around here.

    You’re reasonable.

  74. 28in14 April 3rd, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Enrique Solarter. .444 in ST Enrique, everyone drooled about it.

    At least Enrique could hit Pedro. Who can Solarte hit?

  75. 28in14 April 3rd, 2014 at 10:52 am

    The Red Sox pitching is going to wipe their rears with our hitting next weekend.

  76. MTU April 3rd, 2014 at 10:52 am

    Blake-

    Didn’t you know that one AB makes a whole season.

    Get with the program.

    ;)

  77. 4TrainNorth April 3rd, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Heard on the radio that Papi’s selfie with the prez was part of a deal he had worked out with Samsung. Didn’t sit so well with some Boston fans. But then he jacks one last night and all is forgiven. I need to stop looking at Sox box scores — every time I look up it Pedroia going 4-5 and Papi parking one and driving in 3. Help.

  78. bigdan22 April 3rd, 2014 at 10:54 am

    4TrainNorth April 3rd, 2014 at 10:36 am

    “I could so do without the Jeter farewell tour. I spent all last season happy for Mo but thinking, Jeter would never do something like this. And yet here we are, forced to watch what already feels like a retread of what happened last year. Gee, what creative gifts can all these teams come up with this time! Hey, we’re in Houston, Derek — here’s a sweet cowboy hat… and some golf clubs? Please. Even on ESPN this morning, they have to show the DJ pregame action. Just get to the highlights; I don’t want to see Clemens’s fat face or Jeter pretending to actually enjoy the song and dance. It’s just not at all consistent with his personality or the way he’s carried himself over the years”

    ——

    Excellent point and something I totally agree with. And you know what’s sad for our culture right now? While there must be smart folks in the media who see the ironic potential in all this and think the very same way you do, not one person has the guts to say it. And insult Jeter, or the Yanks or Baseball or the networks or whoever really needs a good insult right about now.

    I was thinking about how much I miss Howard Cosell the other day. He was definitely a jerk but he didn’t mind taking on the powers that be. He didn’t care what the networks thought of him or anyone else. And he also was unintentionally quite entertaining.

    This whole Jeter thing absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody’s part . . .

  79. Shame Spencer April 3rd, 2014 at 10:57 am

    Seconded.

    —————–

    Thirded!

    Half the time watching the two factions battle (one faction normally being made up of multiples) is way more annoying than what any one person is saying. But we try to improve on this all the time and it never works.

    I can’t get on anyone for not commenting on the game – I’m literally the worst person to comment on something of the sort lmao – but commenting on the state of the blog is the weirdest phenomenon.

  80. Chip April 3rd, 2014 at 10:58 am

    It’s far far too early to start talking about changing the lineup around and stuff like that. Pitchers are always head of hitters when the season starts and I’m not going to read anything into two games.

    The bottom third of the lineup presents an interesting issue though. I get why Girardi wouldn’t want Soriano and Johnson back-to-back. Neither is a particularly high on-base guy so you’re looking at two all-or-nothing guys who could easily kill a rally. On the other hand, if you stack Gardner, Roberts and Ellsbury you’re looking at having 3 guys (four really with Jeter) who can put together long at bats and just kill you with small ball. Johnson in the 9 spot kind of acts as a bit of a rally killer there too, but at the same time, he gives you the potential of the 3-run HR with Gardner and Roberts on base.

  81. Hassey April 3rd, 2014 at 11:01 am

    Hey, at least we’ve only surrendered 3 runs in our last 14 innings pitched

  82. Chip April 3rd, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Three things about the “farewell tour”

    1. Jeter and the Yankees have nothing to do with it. Not their call.
    2. This is what happens when two icons from the same team announce their retirements before the season in back-to-back years
    3. This is actually the third farewell tour in three seasons – Chipper Jones had one two years ago.

  83. blake April 3rd, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Chipper started this thing…..but really who else will teams do this for? Jeter is the last iconic player to retire for awhile……

  84. 28in14 April 3rd, 2014 at 11:04 am

    The multiples claims are so lazy and tired. Who would waste their time conversing with himself/herself under a different name. Not even I have the desire or energy to do that.

  85. blake April 3rd, 2014 at 11:05 am

    They need to get a real 3b…..as soon as possible. Roberts will be fine at 2b so long as he stays healthy but they need a real 3b

  86. MTU April 3rd, 2014 at 11:05 am

    I could understand all this angst if we were much further into the season.

    But now ?

    After only 2 games.

    Talk about premature.

    Every Team goes thru several of these during the course of a season.

    A Team who has no business on the same field beats the tar out of you.

    And the sky seems to fall.

    But then we win a series or too against a red hot club and the perspective changes.

    All part of the ebb and flow of the season.

    That’s my take.

    ;)

    :)

  87. Hassey April 3rd, 2014 at 11:07 am

    I didn’t see even one Clemens interview about Jeter from last night?

    Anyone? Link?

  88. 4TrainNorth April 3rd, 2014 at 11:07 am

    I love the mix on this blog of manager-playing (Jesus, move Gardner up already!), prospect insight, postgame breakdowns/observations, and even straight-up kvetching about relatively meaningless things (like Jeter’s misguided and utterly uninteresting farewall tour). All that matter is balance. Now, if only our lineup had any.

  89. Hassey April 3rd, 2014 at 11:08 am

    My ebb just flowed

  90. mick April 3rd, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Agree with 4train , it makes jeter look like a sellout. Totally not in his image to take the Tour.
    Can’t help thinking he just wants his career over with as he doesn’t think he has it anymore +
    the ignominy of going out on a sour note as a Willie Mays hanger on.
    Also don’t think he wants to play aside Arod anymore and the circus he brings.
    Perfect time to say good-bye but I hope his teammates can pick up for him in his year of resignation.
    Can’t help feel this is not their team with Jeter hanging on and the sideshows don’t help.
    Might take a year to come together…
    …Can’t wait for the Papi Farewell Tour, then Pedroia.

  91. 28in14 April 3rd, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Here’s one thing I cant tolerate on here. The appeal to authority. Just because Girardi is a ML manager doesn’t mean he’s even intelligent enough to be a little league manager. Girardi’s a manager and he has a World Series title, so that must mean he’s a good manager.

  92. blake April 3rd, 2014 at 11:11 am

    I haven’t said anything I didn’t think before these 2 games …..2 games is meaningless…..but some issues have been there before

  93. bigdan22 April 3rd, 2014 at 11:11 am

    “Three things about the “farewell tour”

    1. Jeter and the Yankees have nothing to do with it. Not their call.

    . . .”

    —–

    Sorry, but so far this is the winner of today’s naivete award.

  94. pat April 3rd, 2014 at 11:11 am

    “Jeter and the Yankees have nothing to do with it. Not their call.”

    Not buying that. Derek knew what he was getting into by publicly announcing his retirement in advance and if the Yankees made it known on his behalf- even privately- that Derek wanted no ceremonies, do you think teams wouldn’t respect that?

  95. Ys Guy April 3rd, 2014 at 11:12 am

    i agree about the yankees not looking ready to play. but that’s because of the 3 days off prior to the first game. who scheduled two off days before the opener? in the past they’d play at least a sunday game.

    for that same reason, i wouldnt expect too much tonight from solarte and cervelli who havent played since, what friday?

  96. 4TrainNorth April 3rd, 2014 at 11:14 am

    The farewell tour is 100% on Jeter. If he didn’t want one, he could have held off on the retirement announcement until the end of the season, or close to it. I mean, what did he think would happen? I also think, as punishment for putting everyone through this, he should have to put his own unique spin on it — sort of like Mo talking to all the little people at each stadium. Maybe Jeter, after the game, could be a sport and help pick up beer cups and hot dog trays in the stands or something.

  97. Ys Guy April 3rd, 2014 at 11:14 am

    derek has every choice in the matter. if he told the astros that he didnt want a pre game ceremony, there wouldn’t be one.

    he made a buisness decision that will likely net him millions of dollars and the yankees even more.

    putting up with these gifts and ceremonies is the cost of cashing in.

  98. Poetkiosk April 3rd, 2014 at 11:14 am

    4TrainNorth – “Meanwhile, someone said it several posts ago, and absolutely nailed it. The Yankees of the past several years play with the same kind of enthusiasm that I exhibit while working on powerpoint presentations, sitting at this desk. Wake up, guys — we’re asking you to hit and have fun, not fill out TPS Reports.”

    This is what it looked like to me watching the last two games. The Astros were having fun, laughing, joking, diving, and having very good at bats. While, the Yankees looked like they were on the way to the dentist.

    I am sure part of that is that they have higher expectations and get paid 4 times what the Astros make (on average) if not much more. So there is a lot of pressure. But still they need to have some fun.

  99. Shame Spencer April 3rd, 2014 at 11:15 am

    We’re not gonna start the season getting swept by the Astros though… I see a win tonight from Nova.

  100. Shame Spencer April 3rd, 2014 at 11:16 am

    Hassey April 3rd, 2014 at 11:07 am
    I didn’t see even one Clemens interview about Jeter from last night?

    Anyone? Link?

    —————

    They seemed to be trying to avoid Clemens on YES lol… he still has those funky 90s highlights going on. He and Levine should start a boyband.

  101. blake April 3rd, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Jeter announced his retirement because he wanted everyone to know this was it…..that way if he struggled he woukdnt have to answer questions about his future. I believe he actually did do it to try and lessen the distraction…..at least this way it’s more of a planned distraction rather than a daily this with the uncertainty etc

    I never thought he would do it this way….but I understand why he did…..Jeter calculates everything…..

  102. 28in14 April 3rd, 2014 at 11:17 am

    An Astros sweep was predetermined, Shame.

  103. Against All Odds April 3rd, 2014 at 11:17 am

    blake April 3rd, 2014 at 8:16 am
    Calling a spade a spade….the lineup misses Cano

    ————

    I don’t know if it misses Cano as of yet but I was watching it last night and it felt ehhh. IDK maybe because the line-up turned over so much over the past yr but it didn’t feel like a normal Yankee team.

  104. blake April 3rd, 2014 at 11:18 am

    “derek has every choice in the matter. if he told the astros that he didnt want a pre game ceremony, there wouldn’t be one.”

    That’s like going to someone’s house for dinner and not eating…..it’s rude and he wouldn’t do that

  105. Hassey April 3rd, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Shame – Clemens looks like he ATE a boy band

  106. blake April 3rd, 2014 at 11:19 am

    The lineup can be good and still miss Cano…..he’s better than anybody they have….of course it would be better with him in it.

    Having said that…..I think the offense will be good enough if everyone stays healthy and they pitch…..

  107. mick April 3rd, 2014 at 11:19 am

    Girardi does want to mold this team in his image as any Mgr would. This is a scary thought.
    He was a gritty, but mediocre player, with great desire to succeed.
    Even tho he has his share of hairy monsters, he feels more comfortable with players like him.
    This is not the type of team Yank fans are used to and it won’t work.
    Speed is overrated as is versatility.
    Hope they are in talks with Kendry Morales, he’s a switcher and Joe would love to have an entire lineup of them. It’s just a matter of time till Tex goes down.

  108. MTU April 3rd, 2014 at 11:19 am

    Shame-

    I hope not too but even if we do it isn’t the end of the World.

    ;)

  109. blake April 3rd, 2014 at 11:21 am

    “Hope they are in talks with Kendry Morales, he’s a switcher and Joe would love to have an entire lineup of them. It’s just a matter of time till Tex goes down.”

    I don’t think they are spending anymore money unless someone actually goes down….

  110. bigdan22 April 3rd, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Sometimes a “key” injury is the best thing that could happen to a team.

  111. mick April 3rd, 2014 at 11:24 am

    I don’t think they are spending anymore money unless someone actually goes down….
    ===================
    Then they will cease to be the Yankees as we knew them.

  112. 4TrainNorth April 3rd, 2014 at 11:24 am

    Man, when the next iconic player retires, I can’t wait to see what kind of farewell tour he does. I’m thinking someone who’s totally self-centered and with real PR savvy. Someone who could put the finishing touches on a career with a flourish, sort of like Motley Crue are doing right now. Pyrotechnics and dragging-the-last-bar-of-a-song-out-for-minutes-on-end kind of stuff. Oh, yes, the A-Rod farewell tour will be the one to end all farewell tours.

  113. mick April 3rd, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Oh, yes, the A-Rod farewell tour will be the one to end all farewell tours.
    =================
    No one will honor arod.
    Papi is next.

  114. blake April 3rd, 2014 at 11:26 am

    “I don’t think they are spending anymore money unless someone actually goes down….
    ===================
    Then they will cease to be the Yankees as we knew them.”

    Eh they haven’t been that in a long time to some degree……Hal went out and basically rearranged the payroll and has the Media saying he spend half a billion dollars…..in reality they cut payroll by 25 million dollars and really wanted to get under 189 but feared a fan mutiny.

  115. MTU April 3rd, 2014 at 11:27 am

    You must be kidding if you think AR is getting anything but the boot.

    Farewell tour ?

    Yeah, don’t let the door hit ya’.

    Here’s gold-plated roll of toilet paper.

    Too funny.

    :)

  116. blake April 3rd, 2014 at 11:28 am

    There really aren’t any current players that are close to retirement that will get a Jeter tour that I can think of…..Pujols may have if he hasn’t left St Louis….but if you look at the 3 guys that has gotten this treatment…..they played with 1 team

  117. 4TrainNorth April 3rd, 2014 at 11:28 am

    When Papi comes to New York on the tour, they should give him a gift card to Jamba Juice.

  118. Russell Munson April 3rd, 2014 at 11:28 am

    “One AB?”

    This ain’t the Waffle House. Your eyes will tell you all you need to know after one AB.

  119. blake April 3rd, 2014 at 11:29 am

    Russell Munson says:
    April 3, 2014 at 11:28 am
    “One AB?”

    This ain’t the Waffle House. Your eyes will tell you all you need to know after one AB.”

    I still have no chicken and waffles…..it’s gonna be on my mind until I get some

  120. mick April 3rd, 2014 at 11:29 am

    George was an animal for winning and it got clumsy but Hal is a conservative.
    Certainly not a win at any cost type of guy.
    He made a foray into spending but always with the bottom line in mind.
    Either way he will make money..

  121. MTU April 3rd, 2014 at 11:29 am

    We have a very, very good Team.

    It will show soon enough.

    Relax.

    Drink a few brewski’s.

    :)

  122. pat April 3rd, 2014 at 11:29 am

    .it’s rude and he wouldn’t do that

    It’s rude to show up and refuse to take part in a ceremony already planned.

    It’s not rude to ask in advance that no ceremony be planned.

  123. Chip April 3rd, 2014 at 11:31 am

    blake April 3rd, 2014 at 11:18 am

    “derek has every choice in the matter. if he told the astros that he didnt want a pre game ceremony, there wouldn’t be one.”

    That’s like going to someone’s house for dinner and not eating…..it’s rude and he wouldn’t do that
    ——————————

    Correct. And Derek also understands the business side of things – teams are marketing games against the Yankees as Derek Jeter’s last trip to Houston or wherever.

    As for announcing before the season – that wasn’t about getting ceremonies or adulation for the season – that was about not wanting to have to answer the question all season long.

  124. blake April 3rd, 2014 at 11:32 am

    “It’s not rude to ask in advance that no ceremony be planned.”

    Come on though….he’s just not going to do that…..either way it’s refusing hospitality. I just don’t think it’s a big deal…..I enjoyed seeing what teams gave Mo……and Jeter deserves it to be honest. He’s been the face of the game for almost 20 years…..

  125. Chip April 3rd, 2014 at 11:32 am

    Blake –

    My guess is that the next guy who gets a farewell tour is Ortiz.

  126. mick April 3rd, 2014 at 11:32 am

    We have a very, very good Team.
    =====================
    We might beat their #3 starter today but what has to be seen is what they do against the # 1′s and 2′s.
    Like I said, our strength just might be in our 3-5 starters being better than most other teams.
    Too bad that doesn’t apply in the playoffs.

  127. Russell Munson April 3rd, 2014 at 11:33 am

    I don’t think this team really has any hairy monsters now.

  128. mick April 3rd, 2014 at 11:33 am

    My guess is that the next guy who gets a farewell tour is Ortiz.
    ==============
    See Chip, you agreed with me again..

  129. bigdan22 April 3rd, 2014 at 11:33 am

    blake April 3rd, 2014 at 11:05 am
    They need to get a real 3b…..as soon as possible. Roberts will be fine at 2b so long as he stays healthy but they need a real 3b

    ——-

    Everybody knows the Yanks took a flier on two infield spots coming into this season. Second and third base. If one of those works out, that’s not a bad outcome. The problem with 3b is the Yanks hands are tied with respect to long term solutions. Arod and his huge salary is hanging out there like a big matzo ball. I suspect the Yanks will keep this in-house until June/July. If the problem still persists, Aramis Ramirez will be very tempting. I also believe Hal has payroll reserved for an in-season course correction.

  130. blake April 3rd, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Chip says:
    April 3, 2014 at 11:32 am
    Blake –

    My guess is that the next guy who gets a farewell tour is Ortiz.

    Failed a drug test…..oh wait….nobody cares

  131. mick April 3rd, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Blake would give Jeter a Green Big Egg as a going away present.

  132. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 3rd, 2014 at 11:34 am

    1. The teams that always look to me like they are enjoying life are the teams with a lot of young guys. That’s because they are excited about being there and haven’t been dragged through the wars yet. Sure there are exceptions, but younger guys are just that – younger. We are not a young team.

    2. Of course I’m disappointed in the way we’ve played the last two nights, and I’m especially disappointed for Kuroda. I’m hoping that he isn’t feeling some immediate deja vu and regretting coming back.

    3. I don’t have any fears that the team won’t gel and get it together. Hopefully it starts tonight. Winning is contagious and losing can be too. Thankfully it’s early in the season. What we don’t need is for everybody to start pressing too hard for a win (meaning swinging for the seats on every pitch).

    4. I give credit to those of you who are able to participate in game threads in the face of obvious trolls and total nutcases. I absolutely understand anyone voicing concern, disappointment, etc. But when you get some of the abject stupidity that we have to read through, with posters comparing our players to those of other teams in the middle of the second game of the season; referring to our hitters as “mediocre” purely because they haven’t all shown up yet; and showing not an ounce of baseball intelligence but a lot of mouth; well then for me the ability to pleasantly share waiting to see how the game will unfold and even to be able to happily celebrate the good moments of the game, for me that’s entirely sapped. I can see now I am not long for game threads, especially those where the Yankees have the audacity to give up the first run. I will end up acceding to those who insist on selfishly and misguidedly crapping all over every minute of every game.

    Other than that, GO YANKEES!!! Hopefully Nova delivers what we need tonight. I do believe he will and that the hitting will back him up, unless the Astros have some other Cy Young ringer up their sleeves! :shock:

  133. blake April 3rd, 2014 at 11:35 am

    mick says:
    April 3, 2014 at 11:34 am
    Blake would give Jeter a Green Big Egg as a going away present.m

    I would but they are expensive…..Id give It to him and send him the bill

  134. 28in14 April 3rd, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Ortiz isn’t even 25% of Jeter or Rivera, or even Chipper. If he gets a farewell tour, I hope the Yankees ignore the cheat.

  135. MTU April 3rd, 2014 at 11:36 am

    Mick-

    It is way too early to be drawing conclusions of any kind IMO.

    Other than it’s way too early.

    :)

  136. austinmac April 3rd, 2014 at 11:36 am

    MTU,

    You do realize. I know, that you and the rest of we Yankee fanbase are about the only ones saying we have a very good team. Almost all pundits picked them to be just over .500.

    I disagree McCann is a cleanup hitter. He is a good hitting catcher, but his stats don’t warrant the middle of the order in my mind. His slugging percentage the last two years is something like .425.

    I love ya, but your glasses have been rosy for some time. I would be nice to see something to show the experts were wrong.

  137. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 3rd, 2014 at 11:37 am

    Also, I’m not a fan of the magical mystery tour. I’m just not. I see it as a distraction. I believe Jeter has more than earned the right to have one if he so desires, but I find them too much into self gratification, even though they may not meant to be that way.

    Have a great day y’all

    GO YANKEES!!!

  138. pkyankfan69 April 3rd, 2014 at 11:37 am

    Arod and Papi should hold hands and do a dual farewell tour

  139. bigdan22 April 3rd, 2014 at 11:38 am

    “As for announcing before the season – that wasn’t about getting ceremonies or adulation for the season – that was about not wanting to have to answer the question all season long.”

    —-

    I and others have pointed repeatedly how incredibly simple it would have been for Jeter to deflect in-season questions regarding his retirement, a skill he has shown in abundance throughout his career. Choosing a retirement route different than 99% of all the other great professional athletes in his history was clearly his choice. It may have been the Yanks’ choice as well.

  140. MTU April 3rd, 2014 at 11:39 am

    “I would but they are expensive…..Id give It to him and send him the bill”

    Guess you don’t understand giving.

    That is not a gift.

    :)

  141. MTU April 3rd, 2014 at 11:42 am

    Mac-

    “I love ya, but your glasses have been rosy for some time. I would be nice to see something to show the experts were wrong.”

    Then give it some more time and you will.

    We are looking at the Crack of Dawn here.

    Not Sunset.

    ;)

  142. MTU April 3rd, 2014 at 11:43 am

    I have to run.

    Catch you all later.

  143. bbb51 April 3rd, 2014 at 11:45 am

    austinmac April 3rd, 2014 at 11:36 am
    MTU,

    You do realize. I know, that you and the rest of we Yankee fanbase are about the only ones saying we have a very good team. Almost all pundits picked them to be just over .500.

    I disagree McCann is a cleanup hitter. He is a good hitting catcher, but his stats don’t warrant the middle of the order in my mind. His slugging percentage the last two years is something like .425.

    The pundits picked the Red Sox to not make the postseason last year.

    And who would you rather have hitting cleanup vs rhp? Tex? Sori? Johnson?

  144. austinmac April 3rd, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Blake,

    Yes, Cano would have been very nice in the middle of the lineup. It just won’t be our lineup.

    The one spot they can clearly upgrade is at 3B. Johnson is what he is–a capable part timer. He will not be good in the field and will hit .230 along with 15-20 homers, we hope. In other words, a less than average 3B to go with our 1B who will be lucky to hit 15 homers this year.

    This team is short on power without Tex contributing. I will be surprised if he does.

  145. Chip April 3rd, 2014 at 11:45 am

    blake April 3rd, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Chip says:
    April 3, 2014 at 11:32 am
    Blake –

    My guess is that the next guy who gets a farewell tour is Ortiz.

    Failed a drug test…..oh wait….nobody cares
    —————————–

    Andy was on the Mitchell Report – we still love him.

    Fact is that Ortiz is an extremely popular player (outside of Yankee fans) and even though he put as much effort into finding out the truth behind why he failed a drug test as OJ did into finding the real killer of his wife, he’s going to get his going away tour (or b!tch endlessly about not getting one)

  146. pat April 3rd, 2014 at 11:47 am

    LoHudYankees
    Looks like Carmen Angelini has been bumped up to AAA to play SS. Needed to fill that hole after Ryan injury, Nunez DFA and Maruszak release

  147. bigdan22 April 3rd, 2014 at 11:48 am

    Jeter’s farewell tour is very undude.

  148. austinmac April 3rd, 2014 at 11:49 am

    MTU,

    My point is we don’t have a prototypical cleanup hitter who can hit with power and hit .275 or above.

    The pundits also said the Yankees would not be good last year. All things considered, I wold rather people think my team is good.

    If you look at the spring training stats, and I know they are only spring training yadda yadda, but few of our regulars hit then either.

  149. Doreen April 3rd, 2014 at 11:51 am

    MTU -

    I’m on my way out, but…

    The way I see it – it’s too early to panic, but it’s par for the course and to be expected to a certain extent. The offense has looked flat against the Astros, and this was NOT expected.

    I think the offense can and probably will turn things around, BUT, there’s no track record with this particular Yankees team. Earlier, I said this team is like a bunch of strangers to me, and they haven’t really made the advance toward friendship yet. The new guys may have a track record elsewhere, but not here, not in pinstripes. I have nothing to fall back on like in years past (way past, now, 2005-20012 even), when you could say with a modicum of confidence, even when getting off to a slow start, that the team would get it going.

    I feel like I can’t say that yet with this team. But I’m not giving up on them.

    A thing to keep in mind is that if these guys are new to me, they’re also new to each other and it will take some time to play together. Spring training doesn’t really count – they were still trying out guys, and I don’t think they had all the guys in the opening day lineup in any one single ST game – the last game that was supposed to have Ellsbury in the lineup got rained out.

    It took the LA Dodgers three months until they started really clicking on all cylinders last year (and the Puig infusion didn’t hurt). I’m not ready to crown kings and kick paupers to the curb just yet, for any team.

    Yes, losses and wins count no matter when they’re experienced. However, to have a sense of urgency two games into the season is foolhardy. Season’s too long and too many twists and turns over the course of it.

  150. Shame Spencer April 3rd, 2014 at 11:52 am

    Are teams from Texas obligated to hand out cowboy boots though…??

  151. Jerkface April 3rd, 2014 at 11:52 am

    My point is we don’t have a prototypical cleanup hitter who can hit with power and hit .275 or above.

    Forget hitting .275, they dont have a guy who can get on base at .380 or better with power. They have a team of guys who will get on base around league average, most of them worse. So even with high averages and some power they will need to string together hits at the right time. With other Yankee teams with guys who got on base a lot, you could always count on base runners.

    Anyways I’ll be glad when this series is behind us. 2 losses doesn’t look that bad in the middle of the season (record notwithstanding) but starting the season 0-2 sucks.

    Nova should destroy the Astros if he has the stuff he showed in ST.

  152. Jerkface April 3rd, 2014 at 11:54 am

    There is a real chance that Ellsbury and Gardner end the season with the highest OBP’s on the team, and they will be separated by 5 & 2 batters in the lineup, thus snuffing out rallies.

  153. pat April 3rd, 2014 at 11:55 am

    RailRidersTT
    RailRiders lineup: Pirela 2b, Sizemore 3b, Almonte lf, Canzler 1b, Murphy c, Garcia cf, Flores rf, Romine DH, Wheeler SS.

  154. austinmac April 3rd, 2014 at 11:55 am

    Shame,

    Yes, boots are required in the Texas Constitution to be given out at all award ceremonies. Since I am never honored, I don’t own a pair.

  155. austinmac April 3rd, 2014 at 11:57 am

    The Railriders do play this afternoon. I believe I will check in on them during my mediation. I can get paid for that, right?

  156. Chip April 3rd, 2014 at 11:58 am

    pat April 3rd, 2014 at 11:47 am

    LoHudYankees
    Looks like Carmen Angelini has been bumped up to AAA to play SS. Needed to fill that hole after Ryan injury, Nunez DFA and Maruszak release
    ———————

    Didn’t realize Maruszak had been released – shame, I thought his defense made him a great utility guy and he had started to hit a little too.

  157. Mottsx April 3rd, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Very busy at work today but I wanted to share this link I found… Chicken and Waffles at the stadium… image within…

    http://greatideas.people.com/2.....on-snacks/

  158. Chip April 3rd, 2014 at 11:59 am

    pat April 3rd, 2014 at 11:55 am

    RailRidersTT
    RailRiders lineup: Pirela 2b, Sizemore 3b, Almonte lf, Canzler 1b, Murphy c, Garcia cf, Flores rf, Romine DH, Wheeler SS.
    ————————–

    Wheeler at SS? That has to be a misprint.

  159. Doreen April 3rd, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    Wow, I just posted something and it didn’t show up and I didn’t get a moderation message.

  160. Russell Munson April 3rd, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    Wheeler has played 141 games at SS. Not sure why it would be a misprint.

  161. pat April 3rd, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    @RiverAveBlues
    Report: Astros, Mariners among teams interested in Eduardo Nunez http://rab.me/1mE0dms

  162. austinmac April 3rd, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    Doreen,

    You are usually so well behaved. :)

  163. bigdan22 April 3rd, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    Just to get this out of the way early, successful major league seasons are usually made up of lots of short to medium winning streaks. Not by “winning” three game series. Why? Because it’s almost as easy to lose two of three as it is to win two of three and when you do both you accomplish almost nothing.

    The mindset should be to win as many games in a row as possible and to stay away from extended losing streaks. Def do not lose more than three in a row.

    This is how you get to 25-30 games above .500 and to the post season.

  164. Doreen April 3rd, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    Okay -

    i’ll try again.

    I don’t begrudge Jeter his farewell tour. But I hadn’t thought about a scenario where he announces his retirement and tells the Yankees, no farewell tour. I guess he could have done that. Mariano requested to make his farewell tour about saying his thank-yous too.

    I don’t, however, think it’s fair to compare what players do today in terms of marketing to what older era players did. The times are different.

    I do think it is reasonable to argue, too, though, that Willie Mays’ time with the Mets was one big farewell tour. It game New York fans especially the opportunity to see him at the end, after he was unceremoniously taken from them when the Giants moved to San Francisco. He certainly wasn’t productive at that point. It was a total PR, marketing move by the Mets.

  165. Doreen April 3rd, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    austinmac,

    I can’t figure out what I typed that got caught in the filter. Oh, well! LOL

  166. austinmac April 3rd, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    We never seem to end up with anything in the Nunez type situation. We will probably swing a trade for a 25 year old reliever in low A ball.

    They should have kept Nunez if they are down to Wheeler and Angelini in AAA.

  167. blake April 3rd, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    “Andy was on the Mitchell Report – we still love him.”

    No farewell tour for Andy

  168. Doreen April 3rd, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    Of course the Mariners are interested in Nunez….

  169. austinmac April 3rd, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    I’m not a big fan of the farewell tour. Jeter has that long history in Houston of now two games.

  170. Doreen April 3rd, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    austinmac,

    See, there’s the rub! Exactly – Houston should not have done anything at all in the first place. They have zero history with the Yankees and Jeter. Or close to zero. None of the National League teams should have to do anything either.

    But no one is going to want to be the team that didn’t honor Jeter in some way.

    I would expect Boston to do something, for sure, though, even if Jeter requested nothing. The games that have been played against Boston over the last many years have been legendary in their intensity and meaningfulness.

  171. Chip April 3rd, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    austinmac April 3rd, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    We never seem to end up with anything in the Nunez type situation. We will probably swing a trade for a 25 year old reliever in low A ball.
    ————————————-

    I’m not sure what you think fair market value is for a player like Eduardo Nunez.

  172. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 3rd, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    “The pundits also said the Yankees would not be good last year. ”

    austin, I love ya but it pays to get your information right. There were some “pundits” who had the Yankees in the mix, so I don’t know where you’re getting your information. And by the way, you might want to check out who the pundits had for their top picks. And what team was mentioned the least. I wonder if Sux fans were all lamenting that their team wasn’t picked to win it all or even make the playoffs!

    So much for the pundits and worrying about whether they think your team is good or not. They all thought the Sux were the bomb in 2011…

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/preview.....all-season

    (I can’t do more than one link in a post)

  173. Chip April 3rd, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    It’s not about what Jeter means to the Astros or the Rockies or the Red Sox, it’s about showing respect for what he’s meant to the sport.

    Plus, there’s the marketing side of it – they want the Yankee fan who lives in the Houston suburbs to come to the game

  174. Hankflorida April 3rd, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    Johnson hit .219 against right handed pitching last year and ended up with a .230 BA which tells me that he hit better against Lefthanded pitching. If this is true, will he play today? Next question, why did the Yankees choose him to replace A-Rod if his average his so low against righties and his RBI’s with him hitting 16 homers was pretty low?

  175. blake April 3rd, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    Can we get cliff lee back for nunez

  176. Doreen April 3rd, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    Chip -

    Yes. You’re right on that point.

  177. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 3rd, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    “The pundits also said the Yankees would not be good last year. All things considered, I wold rather people think my team is good. ”

    Is 1/3 of ESPN, of all “experts”, okay?

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/preview.....all-season

    They all think you team is good!

  178. pat April 3rd, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    I don’t begrudge Jeter his farewell tour

    Not sure begrudging is how I feel about it. I just find it odd that someone who spent their whole career talking about it being about the team would want to make it about himself. Since he did, he should embrace it and tell those around him to stop acting like he is a hostile witness to it.

Leave a comment below


Sponsored by:
 

Search

    Advertisement

    Follow

    Mobile

    Read The LoHud Yankees Blog on the go by navigating to the blog on your smartphone or mobile device's browser. No apps or downloads are required.

Advertisement

Place an ad

Call (914) 694-3581