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Pregame notes: “(If) I even think about it, I get emotional”

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

Joe Torre, Derek Jeter

Joe Torre is in town for this weekend series between his former teams. Last night, he was honored by the Milwaukee Braves Historical Assocition. Later this summer he’ll have his number retired at Yankee Stadium.

“It would always be special when you get honored by a particular team,” Torre said. “But when it’s the Yankees, you realize what their history is. You know you only have so many umbers to choose from. I remember when I came over, I wanted a single digit. That’s how I got the number, No. 6. I had worn 9, I had worn 15. Flip the six, it’s a nine, add it to nine, it’s 15; who knows? I wanted a single digit and I had it and there it was. Who could have ever dreamed at that point in 95-96 that this would be the result? It’s been awesome to me.”

Obviously Torre left New York on fairly bad terms, but he said those harsh feelings began to thaw four years ago.

“I think what really broke the ice was when Donnie (Mattingly) and I came back for George’s memorial at the stadium,” Torre said. “I had never hesitated about going back over there, it was just something I needed to exhale a little bit. It was both our faults when we split after the ’07 season. I don’t think either one of us knew how to say goodbye. I think that’s probably what broke the ice, because I saw the family that night. Then this job helped, because I’ve spent a lot of time over there because I’m in New York quite a bit.”

Derek Jeter did not know until pregame that Torre’s number was being retired.

“He’s going to go down as a great Yankee, not just a great Yankee manager,” Jeter said. “He’s meant a lot to this organization. When are they doing it? This year? Good. It’s well deserved. We have a great relationship. I’ve said it before, he’s been like a second father to me throughout my career playing for him and now even though he’s not the manager here, we still have a close relationship. So I’m extremely happy.”

Quite a year for Torre so far. He’s also being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame this year.

“I know the Hall of Fame is going to be emotional,” Torre said. “But I guarantee being at Yankee Stadium on the 23rd of August — I even think about it, I get emotional.”

Derek Jeter• Pretty good line from Torre about why Goose Gossage, Tino Martinez and Paul O’Neill are also being honored this summer but Bernie Williams is not: “Bernie is going to be honored next year because they can’t find him, right?” Torre said.

• Torre said he plans to be at Fenway for the final game of the season. It will obviously be the final regular-season game of Jeter’s career. “He’s special, he always has been special, and I feel very blessed that we still have a relationship where we stay in touch,” Torre said. “Just a text here and there. He’s going to be missed. I think it’s great that he’s retiring, where he can finally admire what he has accomplished. If there was ever a role model, what he represents is something that doesn’t come along very often.”

• Here’s Joe Girardi on the Yankees attempts to get their pitchers ready for interleague: “Well, we started (having them hit) in spring training, then gave them a little bit of break, and then we started over a month ago,” Girardi said.”Then we started swinging, tee, a little toss, and then BP and having them on the field. The good thing is within two weeks or whatever, our pitchers will be done hitting for the rest of the season, which is a good thing.”

• Girardi said he feels like his roster is pretty well suited for these games. “I grew up on (the National League),” he said. “My first managerial job was doing it. I do enjoy it. It’s nice that we have a full bench, a couple lefties, a couple righties, and guys that we can put in some different spots, so it works pretty well for us. Probably the most versatile team that we’ve had in years. Just because Solarte can play everywhere, Kelly Johnson can play a number of different positions, you can put Ich anywhere in the outfield – it’s pretty versatile.”

• Carlos Beltran has been pretty bad lately, and Girardi said he wonders if there’s been some carryover from that wall collision in Tampa. “There could have been,” Girardi said. “He swung the bat really well in Boston after that. But I’ve thought about that, wondering could there be something there. He says he feels good and doesn’t get a lot of treatment, but I still wonder about it.”

• Both Girardi and Brian McCann have said they don’t expect any sort of carryover from last year’s incident between McCann and Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez. “I respect the guy,” McCann said. “I respect the way he plays. He plays hard every single night. It’s way, way over.”

• A few minor league moves to have on your radar: 1B Kyle Roller and reliever Branden Pinder have been promoted from Double-A to Triple-A (both had extremely good numbers in Trenton). To make room on the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre roster, Yoshinori Tateyama has been released and Corban Joseph has been placed on the temporarily inactive list (I’m not sure what that’s about). Also, Chris Leroux has been sent to Double-A to fill a spot in their rotation. Trenton has also added Peter O’Brien, who was just bumped up from High-A and will apparently see most of his time in right field.

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43 Responses to “Pregame notes: “(If) I even think about it, I get emotional””

  1. Giuseppe Franco May 9th, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    jmills May 9th, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    GF, I hear Malcolm Young is not well. The band is on temporary hold.

    AC/DC lives on!!!!

    I just read a few days ago that the band has now moved on without Malcolm (he supposedly had a stroke) and is going to be replaced by his nephew “Stevie” Young. He supposedly replaced Malcolm for a short time back in the 80s when Malcolm sought treatment for alcoholism so this isn’t his first rodeo.

    They just entered the recording studio in Vancouver so they are indeed going to record a new album and tour as planned.

    And you can be damn sure I’ll see them them perform when they come to Chicago.

  2. Against All Odds May 9th, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    Jerkface May 9th, 2014 at 7:27 pm
    Great we’ll just wait for some other teams to do it for half a decade and it becomes en vogue then the Yankees can hire an intern to put it together


    They do tend to be reactionary.

    Red Sox turn toward the farm in the 2000s and the Yankees day hey let’s do that.
    The Rays become a good team and they say let’s become the Rays with money.
    Darvish proves to be a good pitcher and they say let’s go all out for Darvish.
    Rays shift and they say hey let’s shift to a high insane amount even though they were shifting already.

  3. Giuseppe Franco May 9th, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    Jerkface May 9th, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    Great we’ll just wait for some other teams to do it for half a decade and it becomes en vogue then the Yankees can hire an intern to put it together


    That’s just it. Instead of being proactive they tend to be reactive.

  4. Doreen May 9th, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    Do we actually know what the Yankees serve at their minor leagues before/after games?

    That should be a nutritionally balanced meal, so they at least get one a day.

    but I think the emphasis is on calories. A lot of calories. High calorie stuff regardless of nutrition.

    But this is definitely a tangible thing that, if lacking, could be fixed. As for the rest of it, coaching, etc., that’s tougher. You can have great coaching, but it has to stick. The player has to be able to put it into practice. And has to do the work.

    sometimes the ceilings are simply lower than hoped?

  5. Doreen May 9th, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    And again, the assumption is made the Yankees are doing things wrong, but no one knows exactly what they’re doing.

    Chad – really we need an investigative report on how the Yankees “develop” their minor leaguers. Who will sign up for that one?

  6. Jerkface May 9th, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    I believe minor leagues tend to have a pregame spread of bread and lunch meat and a post game spread of hamburger helper type stuff usually. Whatever a clubhouse attendant can make easily and a lot of.

  7. Doreen May 9th, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    Jerkface -

    Yep. that’s what I’ve read.

    And even if they had fruit and stuff – well, I’m a parent. You can stock all the fruit in the world. but you can’t force people to eat it. Unless that’s all there is!

  8. Giuseppe Franco May 9th, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    Professional athletes who are hitting the field hard everyday need to eat a whole lot more than a 375 calorie salad from McDonalds for dinner.

  9. SweetSpot May 9th, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    And who said they should only eat that GF? Not me.

  10. Doreen May 9th, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    Giuseppe Franco May 9th, 2014 at 7:43 pm
    Professional athletes who are hitting the field hard everyday need to eat a whole lot more than a 375 calorie salad from McDonalds for dinner.


  11. UnKnown May 9th, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    Tank T doing one heck of a jumping routine in right.

  12. Doreen May 9th, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    But mostly it’s about the money and the time and the accommodations.

    On the road is even more difficult, nutritionally speaking.

  13. Doreen May 9th, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    Also, these guys don’t get all their equipment for free, like the ML guys, who, ironically, could afford to buy their own equipment.

    Money only goes so far.

  14. SweetSpot May 9th, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    The point is I think they are taught what they should be eating and why. There are plenty of healthy options that don’t break the bank. Fruit, vegetables, lean chicken and turkey, salads, whole grains, nuts, etc.

    I didn’t say they should eat a 375 calorie salad every night. I am pointing out you can be taught good nutrition and eat right if you take the responsibility and eat right. I have eaten a pretty healthy diet for years. You can buy a rotisserie whole chicken and a good salad for $10-$12 dollars in any supermarket. No cooking required.

    You can’t force them to eat right, but if they don’t it’s a choice not due to money or lack of cooking facilities.

  15. Giuseppe Franco May 9th, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    Doreen May 9th, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    And again, the assumption is made the Yankees are doing things wrong, but no one knows exactly what they’re doing.

    Chad – really we need an investigative report on how the Yankees “develop” their minor leaguers. Who will sign up for that one?


    That really is a fantastic topic to investigate further.

    Chad probably has some answers to these questions since he covered the Scranton team, but it’s possible things are different in Triple-A being one step away from the majors as opposed to the lower levels of the minor league system.

  16. Jerkface May 9th, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    A portion of their minor league salary goes to home accommodations and daily clubhouse fees which washes their uniform and provides their meager food. Why can’t teams make deals with local establishments to provide rooms for their players? Why make them pay clubhouse fees? A billion dollar franchise like the Yankees can’t hire some cooks? Maybe make 1 a road chef? Provide players with a breakfast lunch and dinner designed to be both healthy and provide the fuel an athlete needs?

    Why do guys have to worry about where they are living, how they are going to get around, and what they are going to eat while also trying to develop enough to make the majors?

    Why are the Yankees not easing certain VERY easible stresses

  17. Shame Spencer May 9th, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    Coaches are like teachers…sure you can’t bring every kid along, but it’s more about employing people that understand everyone has different motivators and the job is to tap into them. The difference between teachers and the Yankees minor league coaches seems to be that one group has legit evaluation standards and are penalized for not reaching them.

  18. Jerkface May 9th, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    but if they don’t it’s a choice not due to money or lack of cooking facilities.

    This is where you are wrong.

  19. bigdan22 May 9th, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    So I was right about O’Brien. I’ve been saying since ST he should be in the OF as part of the “second wave.” Maybe soon he’ll be part of the first wave with Almonte and Flores.

    So they are saying Ausitn will play 1b. I think he’ll play 3b too with Segedin getting promoted soon. I still see Heathcott playing CF and Mason going to Tampa.

  20. Giuseppe Franco May 9th, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    SweetSpot May 9th, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    And who said they should only eat that GF? Not me.


    If we’re talking about McDonalds (or any other fast food chain), their options for quality nutrition is extremely limited.

    It’s not like they could eat the 375 cal salad and then add a Big Mac for added protein.

  21. SweetSpot May 9th, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    Athletes can snack on these foods. High calories and healthy:

    Nuts and seeds – High in protein, “good” fats, and, in many cases, antioxidants, nuts are a spectacular addition to any athlete’s diet. ½ cup of almonds is about 410 calories, while the same amount of macadamia nuts is closer to 470 calories.

    Dried fruit – A cup of mixed dried fruits totals up to around 335 calories, while ¼ cup of dried raisins is 108 calories.

    Smoothies – A “power” Strawberry Surf Rider smoothie from Jamba Juice is 580 calories!

    Guacamole – Averaging 275 calories in a medium-size one, avocados are 75 percent fat – the “good” fat. They are also packed with nutrients.

    Peanut butter – A fantastic low-cholesterol source of protein, peanut butter has nearly 100 calories per tablespoon.

  22. Doreen May 9th, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    SweetSpot -

    I believe that a lot of development is individual. What a player is will to do for himself. That’s what separates a player form the herd.

    But I also believe that at least one of that player’s meals should be p roved by the club, and it should not be an array of high sodium junk food and poor quality carbohydrates.

    I believe high quality coaching should be provided, but again, it’s up to the individual player to make the most of it to his abilities. The players that reach beyond are the cream of the crop.

    And sometimes the abilities are not what were hoped. Some players reach a lower ceiling than is anticipated.

    Sometimes it’s luck, sometimes it’s health, sometimes it’s timing.

    I just want to know what do the Yankees do that’s different than other teams. What teams “develop” more players who go on to the major leagues and how do they do that?

    But here’s another thing: the Yankees had a lot of players that were here for a long time. Not going anywhere. There was a natural log jam. How does that play into the development cycle?? It’s important, I think.

  23. Shame Spencer May 9th, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    Rob Thomson replaced Larry Bowa lol and that’s all you need to know about the Yankees and their coaching evaluations.

  24. Doreen May 9th, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    If the coaching and the system were/are so bad, why did a player like David Adams, and then Turley, decide to come back? They were let go and could have signed with other teams.

    Sure, familiarity. But if you think a team’s system is doing you wrong, or is lacking in some way, why would you go back?

  25. Doreen May 9th, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    No, it’s not Shame. Not really. I think that’s pretty harsh. Bowa left with Torre. He was Torre’s guy. And in most organizations, doesn’t the manager get to pick his coaches?

  26. SweetSpot May 9th, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    Jerkface, how many examples of healthy, high caloric foods that do not require a working kitchen do I have to post before you admit you are wrong about this? Pre-cooked chicken, turkey, lean beef and all the items I mentioned above are readily available in supermarkets everywhere. Tuna salad, etc.

    Even in cheaper restaurants there are many healthy items like salad bars, fish and chicken breast dishes.

    It comes down to a willingness to change bad eating habits and to make a commitment to eating right. It’s personal responsibility.

  27. Shame Spencer May 9th, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    Doreen – Log jams are good problems because players that are talented but blocked are still a very valuable resource. That’s often used as a way to excuse poor development practices, but from a business perspective it makes no sense.

    Also, I think the Yankees are doing very little differently from other clubs which is essentially the problem. When you have more resources you can afford to be more innovative. It’s not about reinventing the wheel, it’s about practical changes that could pay huge dividends.

  28. Doreen May 9th, 2014 at 8:01 pm


    the point is the team should provide one meal. And you’re talking about KIDS a lot of the time in the lower levels of the minor leagues.

  29. Shame Spencer May 9th, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    Maybe but Thomson is one of the worst 3B coaches I’ve ever seen. How does a guy like that stick?

  30. SweetSpot May 9th, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    Enough Iron Chef! Go Tanaka San!

  31. Doreen May 9th, 2014 at 8:03 pm


    I agree with you that the Yankees are in a position to spend more here, and make improvements, and be innovative.

    I don’t know about log jams being a good problem. I’m not sure I follow on that.

  32. SweetSpot May 9th, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    Doreen I agree totally the team should provide one meal.

  33. Doreen May 9th, 2014 at 8:05 pm


    I think Thomson has made more bad calls at third (sending AND holding) than I can count. But, I don’t know what other value he has. What other things does he coach that may be more effective?

    Peripheral coaches at the ML level have to do something egregiously wrong to get fired.

  34. Giuseppe Franco May 9th, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    Avocados may be healthy but they don’t have a very long shelf life, especially after they’ve been cut.

    Smoothies are fine, but the country doesn’t have a Jamba Juice on every corner in these dink towns they visit.

    If you are going to make your own smoothies you need frozen fruit and a blender. I had smoothies for breakfast every morning for almost 3 years and I can tell you finding the fruit wasn’t always an easy task and definitely gets expensive.

    And I wasn’t riding a bus and on the road half the year.

  35. Jerkface May 9th, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    How many times do I have to tell you that you’re talking about a bunch of people making wages below the poverty line with no real home or personal transportation and irregular working hours before you realize you are in fact wrong.

    No one is disputing that nuts and dried fruit is healthy, what is in dispute is your belief that its JUST SO SIMPLE for these people to eat healthy every day.

  36. Shame Spencer May 9th, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    I don’t know about log jams being a good problem. I’m not sure I follow on that


    When you have multiple good players at the same position you can trade them to fill other positions.

    The fact that we’ve done a poor job at developing INF talent is often attributed to having immovable contracts in the INF but those players are still commodities and therefore a resource that can be utilized.

  37. Doreen May 9th, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    Giuseppe & Jerkface -


  38. UnKnown May 9th, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    Buckle up Jerry Meals has the dish tonight. :grin:

  39. Doreen May 9th, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    Shame -

    Then I think the problem is the players they’re drafting.

  40. SweetSpot May 9th, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    Sorry, you are wrong GF and Jerkface. I don’t care what ho-dunk town you are in, you can eat pretty healthy in a Sizzler, I-Hop or Dennys if you intend to. They all have chicken breast, turkey, salads, cheaper cuts of steak which are going to be leaner, baked potatoes, I could go on and on and on. You can keep bags of nuts and granola bars and dried fruit in your pockets.

  41. jonnycat May 9th, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    is it just me, or does Jeter just seem really out in space these days? I can’t count how many times recently he’s admitted to not knowing something going on with the team or being tuned out of the game. He didn’t know about torres thing, the other day I remember he missed the big home run at the end of the game because he was in the bathroom. There were some other things.

    I know he’s getting up there in age and needs to rest, but it’s really bugging me. It’s like his head isn’t in the game, not being part of the team. Am I off base here?

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