• Pavano Forces Me To Think Backward

    Posted by on March 31st, 2007 · Comments (2)

    When I was around 11-years old, I used to help out Pete Pellegrino (who lived around the corner) with his afternoon paper route. Pete was about three or four years older than me. I started out by helping him lug the papers on days where it was a heavy edition. Eventually, Pete would let me do the route by myself on days when he had something else to do. In total, it was around 100 houses on the route. Pete would pay me when I did the route – albeit not that much. The real draw for me was his promise that the route would be mine once he was ready to quit. And, pretty soon, that day came.

    When Pete shared the news, I was pumped.

    But, the week that Pete told me that he was quitting, John “Pinky” Newman came looking for me as well. Newman (who lived about a half-mile from me) was, like Pete, a few years older than me. They called him “Pinky” because his complexion was always, well, kind of pink. From what I was told, he didn’t like the nickname – so, it was something that you never called him, to his face, unless you were bigger than he was (and I was not). Newman also had a rep for roughing up the younger kids, like me – so, I was not thrilled when I heard he was looking for me.

    When Newman finally got me, he told me that he was taking Pete’s route – that he had it all worked out with the paper already (as he was on a waiting list). I was upset and I told him that Pete promised me, etc. I’m not sure what else I said to him – it probably didn’t matter as he was mostly laughing me off.

    Still, I was determined to show up the next week and start doing my route.

    That next week, both Newman and I showed up at the paper drop. When the distributor drove up, he pulled me aside. He said that I was too young to have a paper route – and it didn’t matter that I used to help Pete and that he promised it to me. The distributor said that he was giving the route to Newman. While he was nice in his breaking the news, I was heartbroken, pissed, you name it.

    When the distributor was done talking, I just walked away. I had to pass Newman who was now loading “his” papers into a shopping cart. (All the paperboys would steal a cart from the supermarket and use it to deliver their papers.) Just as I passed “Pinky,” he said to me: “I have to give you credit. I was sure that you were going to cry like a baby. But, you took it like a man.”

    Don’t get me wrong, at that time, I was still heartbroken, pissed, etc. But, after Newman said that to me, I, at least, also felt proud over the fact that I didn’t back down and that I had earned the respect, even if it was just for that moment, of someone who usually treated people like me (meaning a little kid) with great disdain.

    Moving to the Yankees…If Carl Pavano pitches well on Opening Day, great, good for him. And, I’m sure many will love him for it. But, if things don’t go Pavano’s way on Monday, he can still gain some respect (like I did back-in-the-day with Newman) of the fans, his teammates, and the media, by not backing down (during the tough moments as they arise) and by taking whatever happens in the end “like a man.”

    I often say, in baseball, it’s all about the results and not the methods. But, in this one situation, meaning the case of Carl Pavano’s first start of 2007, it’s actually more about the method rather than the results – at least to this Yankees fan.

    Leave it to Carl Pavano to make me start thinking backwards.

    Boss: Staying Healthy Key For Yanks

    Posted by on March 31st, 2007 · Comments (2)

    Via the AP -

    “We should be good this year. It’s a strong team and if we can avoid injuries, stay healthy, I’m hopeful that we can bring in a championship,” Steinbrenner said. “In my opinion, we really have to perform well for the fans. We’re selling more tickets than ever before. We’re more popular than ever before, and we really have to win. We’ve got to stay sound. We’ve got to stay healthy. We have great trainers and the ability to help them stay healthy.”

    The Yankees strength and conditioning coach, Jeff Mangold, got the pink slip last winter. Marty Miller and Dana Cavalea are now on the hook. I wonder how they feel today seeing this quote from Big Stein? Little pressure? Ya’think?

    Torre On The Bullpen

    Posted by on March 31st, 2007 · Comments (7)

    Via Yankees.com -

    MLB.com: You’ve said often this spring that you’re very comfortable with the state of the bullpen. Do you feel like that was the biggest improvement this team made going forward?

    Torre: Leaving here, I think we’ve improved it, because we added [Luis] Vizcaino. To me, that was a huge get for us. We really wore [Ron] Villone down last year, we wore [Scott] Proctor down last year. Vizcaino is durable to the point where, not that we’re going to use him multiple innings, but he’s probably going to pitch multiple days and I think that’s important.

    [Kyle] Farnsworth, after the first year, figures to be more comfortable here. Proctor, after last year, he came as an extra pitcher at the end of Spring Training and turned into somebody very necessary. So I’d like to believe that our strength was there.

    But again, the strength of your bullpen only depends on how well your starters do. Last year, your fourth and fifth starters, we didn’t get a great deal of length out of them, so we really had to go to the bullpen more times than we wanted to.

    We really wore [Ron] Villone down last year, we wore [Scott] Proctor down last year.

    We?

    Did he really say “we”? “We” who? “We” as in me, myself, and I?

    Having A Scooter Moment

    Posted by on March 31st, 2007 · Comments (0)

    Happy birthday to Worm Killer, who turns 27-years young today. Holy cow! How ’bout that White? Oooh, are those cannolis? Gotta go, there’s a bee in the booth.

    Another Media Yankees Blog In Town

    Posted by on March 31st, 2007 · Comments (0)

    Dom Amore of the Courant is now blogging.

    He’s around my age, grew up a Yankees fan, and is now living what many of us would consider a dream. I bet his blog will be worth checking out this season.

    Time To Celebrate For Andy Phillips

    Posted by on March 30th, 2007 · Comments (3)

    Joe Torre, on telling Andy Phillips that he did not make the big league team this year, via Yankees.com -

    The Yankees’ 25-man roster is set to go north, a little younger and less expensive than some anticipated, and with just one exhibition game standing between Legends Field and Yankee Stadium.

    Josh Phelps has made the team as a first baseman over challenger Andy Phillips, while Wil Nieves will serve as the club’s backup catcher, beating out non-roster invitee Todd Pratt.

    “It was tough,” Torre said of his conversation with Phillips. “He thanked us. The last thing he said was that he wanted to know if Phelps knew, because he wanted to congratulate him.”

    Reading this, you might find yourself feeling sorry for the classy Andy Phillips. But, even if Andy Phillips never plays another game in the major leagues, no one should feel sorry for him.

    Andy Phillips got to play in the big leagues. How many people can say that?

    Andy Phillips hit a home run on the first pitch of his big league career. How many people can say that?

    Andy Phillips spent an entire season with the New York Yankees? How many people can say that?

    Andy Phillips can tell his grandchildren (if he has them someday) that he personally knows Alex Rodriguez, Mo Rivera, and Derek Jeter – and they know him back. How many people can say that?

    Andy Phillips had a chance to face Barry Zito, Dontrelle Willis, John Smoltz, Johan Santana, and Roy Halladay while standing in a major league batter’s box. How many people can say that?

    Andy Phillips got to bat in the post-season. How many people can say that?

    For a guy with not that many lines on the back of his bubble-gum card, Andy Phillips has a lot of neat baseball pelts hanging on his belt. Be happy that a nice guy got to do these things – rather than sad over a nice guy not making the team this year. I betcha that’s how Phillips is looking at it now as well.

    It Could Be Worse

    Posted by on March 30th, 2007 · Comments (0)

    Think Carl Pavano is an odd pick to get the pill for Opening Day in the Bronx – given his recent track-record?

    Try thinking back to 1991.

    The Yankees first game of the season in ’91 was played on April 8, 1991. The Yankees starter for Game 1 of 1991? Tim Leary.

    Yeah, Tim Leary who was coming off a 1990 season in New York where his record was 9-19 with an ERA of 4.11. (The AL average ERA that season was 3.92.)

    But, there’s more!

    In the season opener for 1990, Dave LaPoint pitched Game 1 for the Yankees that season – on April 12, 1990, Yes, Dave LaPoint – who, for the Yanks, had a record of 6-9 in 1989 with an ERA of 5.62 (compared to the A.L. average of 3.89).

    So, sure, having Carl Pavano pitch the first game of your season in 2007 doesn’t sound all that great – but, it’s still better than the days of Dave LaPoint and Tim Leary.

    One In A 56 Million?

    Posted by on March 30th, 2007 · Comments (0)

    Sweeny Blog notes how long it’s been since Carl Pavano has taken toe to rubber in a real game for the Yankees. (Hat tip to Pete Abe.)

    Taking it a step further, if you consider the game time for LVP’s last start, and the expected time of the first pitch of the Yankees home opener on Monday, it’s been at least 55,609,200 seconds since Pavano’s last “official” pitch.

    The guys in the YES booth should refer to this fact.

    “Yes, that’s Carl Pavano on the mound for the Yankees. If you want to know how long it’s been since Pavano last pitched in a regular season game for New York, you should count to fifty six million. When you’re done counting, around 16,000 hours from now, you’ll have an idea of how long it has been.”

    Heavy Legs Has A Heavy Heart

    Posted by on March 30th, 2007 · Comments (5)

    Casanova Carl’s gal-pal fires back after Pav-Dog shows her the Lucy van Pelt trick (with “I love you” instead of a football).

    From the Post:

    Just days away from the most important game of his life, much-maligned Yankee pitcher Carl Pavano has been given the hook – by his gorgeous girlfriend.

    Stunning model Gia Allemand said yesterday she put Pavano on waivers, ending a rocky one-year romance with the high-priced, oft-injured pitcher.

    “We’re taking some time apart,” Allemand told The Post yesterday from Las Vegas, where she’s vacationing with friends and family.

    Allemand yesterday declined to discuss what led to their breakup.

    But in an upcoming issue of Steppin’ Out magazine, the curvaceous beauty says she dumped Pavano, 31, because he played the field despite her dedication to his comeback effort.

    After weeks of trying to patch things up, the sizzling Queens native finally decided to call it quits.

    “I was the one that trained him and got him there all year,” she told Steppin’ Out’s Chaunce Hayden.

    “I stood by him and didn’t work so I could help him out, and he cheats on me. Nice, right?”

    Great timing, huh?

    Final 2007 Opening Roster Decisions

    Posted by on March 30th, 2007 · Comments (2)

    Via The LoHud Yankees Blog -

    LHP Sean Henn, C Wil Nieves and 1B Josh Phelps are on the team.

    No word on yet on the No. 5 starter other than that RHP Jeff Karstens is headed to the DL.

    Looks like youth has been served in Yankeeland today. Can’t say that I would have done anything different here. Villone looks baked, Pratt is old, and Phillips can’t hit. These calls really made themselves.

    As The Melk Turns

    Posted by on March 30th, 2007 · Comments (1)

    I have to confess, with Opening Day just a few days away, that I am a little concerned about Melky Cabrera this season – in terms of his production and playing time.

    Last year, The Melk Man was on fire during Spring Training, and he kept it up to start the season in the minors. Once he was called up to the bigs, he was ready to go.

    This spring, Cabrera has not hit well down in Tampa. And, now I’m beginning to wonder if he’s going to be able to find “it” when the team heads north. How much playing time can Torre give Melky this season – to find and maintain his groove? I think of it this way:

    Matsui, Damon and Abreu are only going to accept around 2 days “off” per month – based on how much they are used to playing. So, assuming Cabrera plays in the outfield when one of these guys sits, that’s around 25 PA for Melky (each month).

    Now, Giambi will also take “off” around 3-4 games per month – with Matsui, Damon, or Abreu filling in at DH. That’s another chance for Cabrera in the field (as a sub). So, add another 35 PAs for Melky – when Giambi sits (each month).

    Also, there should be around 5 games a month where Giambi plays first – creating another chance for Matsui, Damon, or Abreu to fill in at DH – and that should mean another 20 PA for Cabrera per month.

    In total, this means that Melky should expect to see around 80 PA per month. That’s nearly full-time duty. Therefore, Cabrera should have a chance to find his stroke.

    Perhaps the bigger question is: Will Torre give Cabrera another 80 PA in May if he struggles in his 80 PA during April? I hope that Joe sticks with the kid – rather than let him rust on the bench if he doesn’t get out of the blocks in a hurry.

    Torre seems to be a Cabrera fan. We may see next month just how much of a fan he is – - again, if Melk continues to slump.

    SG’s 5 On Yanks at THT

    Posted by on March 30th, 2007 · Comments (0)

    SG of RLYW makes an appearance at The Hardball Times – addressing Five Questions: New York Yankees. It’s worth checking out – even just for the Igawa projection alone.

    Torre: Basak Impressive

    Posted by on March 30th, 2007 · Comments (1)

    Via Newsday:

    Chris Basak would not seem to have much of a road to the major leagues.

    Basak, who signed with the Yankees as a six-year minor-league free agent during the offseason, plays primarily shortstop and third base. With perennial All-Stars Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez, the Yankees have those two positions covered pretty well.

    Plus Basak, 28, has never played a game in the majors despite playing 306 games in Triple-A with the Mets.

    But Basak, who hopes to get a major-league opportunity as a utility player at some point, has had an excellent spring. He is hitting .325 with five extra-base hits, five RBIs and six runs scored.

    Manager Joe Torre said: “He’s been very impressive.”

    Said Basak: “I wanted to come into spring training and just show my versatility.”

    Miggy Cairo better keep those hamstrings loose all season.

    Shiver Me Timbers, It’s Swindal Season

    Posted by on March 29th, 2007 · Comments (4)

    Bucco Blog rings in on Steve Swindal:

    Over the years, I had a chance to meet many of the Steinbrenners and passionately fell in love with some of the work done by a trainer that Jo Steinbrenner had working for her at Derby Lane Greyhound track, where she once owned the Jo Brett kennel.

    I never officially met Steve Swindal other than to shake his hand one day but I did meet his wife Jenny once. However, I did hear many rumors. To this day, I never understood why she married Swindal, but that’s none of my business.

    Well, if A-Rod is the Yankees version of Sanjaya Malakar, then maybe Swindal can be the pinstriped Antonella Barba?

    Andy Phillips Placed On Outright Waivers

    Posted by on March 29th, 2007 · Comments (2)

    Via the Star-Ledger

    Andy Phillips, who had been competing with Phelps to platoon at first base with Doug Mientkiewicz, yesterday was placed on outright waivers. The move (which was revealed by a major-league official who asked not to be identified because waivers are confidential) means that by tomorrow Phillips will be claimed by another team or sent to the minors by the Yankees.

    Andy’s a nice guy. But, the reality of his situation is that he’s a Four-A player. It makes sense for the Yankees to make this move.

    What About Joe & Cash In the Post-Swindal Era?

    Posted by on March 29th, 2007 · Comments (0)

    Looking at the Steve Swindal news now, I have to wonder: What does this mean for Brian Cashman and Joe Torre?

    Swindal pulled Torre back from the dead after the 2006 ALDS. And, it was Swindal who inked Cashman to stay.

    Swindal was an ally for Cashman and Torre – in terms of dealing with the Steinbrenner family. With Steve gone, will Brian and Joe have less of a lifeline in Yankeeland these days?

    Steve Swindal Out?

    Posted by on March 28th, 2007 · Comments (0)

    Peter Abraham has the story. Time to re-new my fears from July 2005.

    Yankees Authentic Game Performance 59FIFTY On-Field Cap

    Posted by on March 28th, 2007 · Comments (5)

    Yanks59FIFTYOnFieldCap.jpg

    USA Today recently had a feature on the new caps that players will be wearing this season. Here are the highlights of that report:

    Big-league caps traditionally have been made of 100% wool. The new caps, debuting opening day [2007], look just like the old ones despite being 100% polyester.

    MLB and its cap manufacturer, New Era, say the new fabric is designed to “wick” away sweat and evaporate it while reducing the stains, odor, shrinkage and fading that come with wool.

    In the old caps, the bottom of the brim was light gray. In the new caps, it is black, aimed at reducing glare. The cloth headband inside the cap, also advertised as new and improved for removing moisture, has gone from white to black.

    Wicking technology has been used in an array of sports apparel but “it’s new for us, and it was unique for us in that it’s headwear,” DeWaal says. “But the properties are similar to some of the other products that you see out there.”

    Howard Smith, senior vice president/licensing for MLB Properties, says the change is in keeping with Commissioner Bud Selig’s focus on “getting our athletes the best product we can.” MLB also was careful not to change the look.

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    If you use this link to order your hat, WasWatching.com will be awarded a very small royalty as a result of your purchase. Yes, it’s only pennies per hat – but, if enough people use this link, then it will help support this blog (in the end).

    Thanks in advance for considering this option – if you were planning on getting a new Yankees cap this season.

    “Project A13″ Is Underway

    Posted by on March 28th, 2007 · Comments (5)

    Hat tip to Yardbarker on this one:

    See: http://www.projecta13.com

    where it reads:

    Are you tired of being against him? Are you tired of expecting him to fail, and standing up to boo when he does so? Are you tired of not feeling good about having Alex Rodriguez play third base for your favorite team? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you are ready. Welcome to The Movement.

    Well, it’s not “Plan 9 from Outer Space,” but, I suppose it couldn’t hurt.

    Farns For Lieber (& Coste)

    Posted by on March 28th, 2007 · Comments (18)

    Peter Abraham is suggesting this trade.

    The Good Phight suggested Farns For Lieber back on January 26th.

    I’ve been suggesting for almost three months that the Yankees should trade a pen-arm for Lieber. Ten days ago, I suggested that the Yankees should trade a spare pen part for Coste.

    How many more people have to suggest this in order for it to happen?

    Predicting The A.L. East In ’07

    Posted by on March 27th, 2007 · Comments (5)

    I was just looking at the team stats in the A.L. last year – focusing on the teams in the East:

    AL2006Stats.jpg

    Once again, the Yankees should have one of the best offensive attacks in the A.L. East. Even if the O’s and D-Rays improve in leaps and bounds, they will still be far behind the Yankees with the sticks.

    Can Boston and Toronto match the Yankees at the plate?

    Well, as a team, you know that I like the Blue Jays this season. And, I expect to see the Jays hit better this year – but, still not in the Yankees class.

    The Sox? Last season, Boston was a two-man attack. Maybe Varitek and Crisp will do better in 2007? Then again, maybe not? J.D. Drew is a factor – if he can stay on the field. But, even if many things go right for Boston, they cannot match the Yankees line-up from top to bottom.

    For New York, Toronto, and Boston, the big deal is all about pitching. In 2006, the Jays had pitching – whereas the Yankees and Bosox had pitching issues.

    Toronto’s pitching this season should be just as good, if not better, than it was in 2006. Boston is hoping that Josh Beckett can have a better season now (compared to last) and that Daisuke Matsuzaka can be a winner. New York replaced Randy Johnson with Andy Pettitte and is hoping that Carl Pavano and Kei Igawa can be winners.

    I’m predicting that Beckett will be better, but not great, meaning an ERA around four and change. I’m also forecasting Matsuzaka to have a nice year – but I do not expect him to win more than 15 games this season.

    In New York, I expect Pettitte to give the Yankees the innings and wins that Johnson provided – with a better ERA. I’m also forecasting Pavano to tap out around 100 IP this season. While I’m not 100% sure on what Igawa will provide, the Yankees should get 160 IP and a dozen wins from him.

    Therefore, since Matsuzaka will be better than Matt Clement for Boston, and Beckett will be improved, the Red Sox have improved their pitching. The question is: Have the Yankees improved their pitching just as much?

    I can see Carl Pavano being this year’s Jaret Wright for New York – and that leaves Igawa to cover for Shawn Chacon/Cory Lidle. Sounds possible to me. But, it’s really not that much of an improvement here.

    Since the Yankees have a better bullpen than the Red Sox, and with Boston needing to take Papelbon out of their rotation, on the whole, I guess it’s a close call between the two teams – in terms of pitching. But, again, the Yankees hit better. So, I’m saying here it’s edge New York (overall as a team).

    What about Toronto-Boston and Toronto-New York? Boston should out-hit Toronto and New York will out-hit Toronto. The Jays should out-pitch both Boston and New York.

    Confused yet? I’m starting to get a tad dizzy myself.

    At the end of the day, I suspect that this year’s A.L. East will end up the same as last season:

    1. Yankees
    2. Blue Jays
    3. Red Sox
    4. Orioles
    5. Devil Rays

    Yeah, I know that’s boring; but, it’s what I’m seeing now.

    Josh Be Careful When Looking At The Spring Stats

    Posted by on March 27th, 2007 · Comments (7)

    I know that Josh Phelps went deep again today – and is having a fine spring for the Yankees. He’s batting .438 so far with 3 taters to his credit. But, as I warned the other day, the Yankees need to be careful with making the call on him – if they’re going to do it based on his spring numbers.

    Last spring, Mitch Jones hit .308 for the Yankees with 4 homers – and we know how well he did in 2006.

    Sometimes big feet just mean big feet. And, sometimes spring stats are just spring stats.

    If there’s someone else who becomes available in the final days of Spring Training, the Yankees should not dismiss that player just because of the way Phelps has been hitting. It does make more sense to take Phelps’ spot on the roster and fill it with someone who can play more than one position in the field – assuming he’s not Enrique-Wilson-like with the bat.

    Looking Back & Thinking Forward

    Posted by on March 27th, 2007 · Comments (0)

    I just realized that the two-year anniversary of WasWatching.com will also be the 1,000th day since July 24, 2004. You remember that game, right?

    For the record, if you want to know what I was thinking back in July 2004, click here.

    Notice the study that I did then about win totals that a World Champion had (in a full season), three years after winning a ring. I should update that one to reflect the 2004 Red Sox after this season. That will be interesting to see.

    HGH List Going To Bud Soon

    Posted by on March 27th, 2007 · Comments (2)

    From the L.A. Times -

    Major League Baseball should get a better handle on the scope of a state and federal investigation into the illegal distribution of steroids and human growth hormone when the Albany (N.Y.) County district attorney’s office forwards customer lists to professional sports leagues today or Wednesday.

    Please, please, please, don’t let any current Yankees be on this list. That’s the last thing this team needs now.

    Jerry Girard Passes Away

    Posted by on March 27th, 2007 · Comments (4)

    From the Journal News with a hat tip to BaseballThinkFactory.org -

    Jerry Girard, a New York City sports broadcaster known for his deadpan wit, died Sunday of cancer at Westchester Medical Center. The Bronxville resident was 74.

    Girard worked as a weeknight sports anchor on WPIX-TV Channel 11 from 1974 to 1995, when he resigned rather than switch to weekend duty. He was replaced by Sal Marchiano.

    “He was very popular with the viewers, very popular in the newsroom,” Karen Scott, news director for WPIX-TV Channel 11, said yesterday. “He was a hard worker, and he definitely knew his sports.”

    The Bronx native, born Gerard A. Suglia, went on the air for the first time at the age of 41, after seven years as a news writer for the station. The Manhattan College alumnus’ early radio career included stints in South Carolina, Pennsylvania and Indiana.

    In addition to rooting for his beloved Yankees, Girard was a boxing, basketball and horseracing fan. He liked to read and play pool.

    Girard was a significant thread stitched in the patchwork of the fan experience during the overall Steinbrenner-Yankees quilt making process. And, his section of the fabric represents what many Yankees fans consider a more fun time than the present day. I enjoyed watching Girard. I hope the Yankees acknowledge his legacy, in some form, during Old-Timer’s Day this season. It would be nice for the fans to be able to cheer for him one last time.

    Even I Can’t Believe It’s Reached This Level

    Posted by on March 26th, 2007 · Comments (7)

    Where the music stinks,
    and they water the drinks,
    the nudie bar.

    Where the girlies dance,
    in their underpants,
    the nudie bar.

    Where you see their butt,
    and their trap stays shut,
    at the nudie bar.

    - Al Bundy

    So, I’m driving home from work tonight, listening to XM’s MLB Homeplate, and what do I hear? Some guys calling in to discuss rumors of a sighting of Alex Rodriguez hanging out, Saturday night, at some place called the Penthouse Club in Tampa.

    Appropriately, the X-M show hosts, Rob Dibble and Kevin Kennedy, laughed off the story with lines like “Boys will be boys, and men will be men,” etc. – and they did not make a big deal of it.

    If the media somehow decides to run with the story, which is always possible, it would be a shame. I would bet that more than half of the players, coaches, and managers of big league teams (out there today) – single and married – are going to gents-clubs like this (at some time or another). If you’re going to make a big deal out of it for A-Rod, then you better a big deal out of it for all the rest of “the boys” in MLB.

    Hey, everyone knows that I’m not shy about calling on Alex when I think he has a shortcoming. But, this is not an issue that deserves to be discussed about on baseball-talk radio. Actually, shame on the X-M call screeners – if they knew what these callers wanted to bring up – for allowing this to get on the air.

    Really, there is a line. And, this type of stuff crosses it.

    Meanwhile, In Macombs Dam Park….

    Posted by on March 26th, 2007 · Comments (5)

    A recent photo of the new digs.

    I pity the guy who gets seats sitting right behind the crane.

    March 2007 Survey Question #5

    Posted by on March 26th, 2007 · Comments (3)

    What will be the Yankees record at the end of April 2007 – in your opinion?

    Update: This poll is now closed. Click on the thumbnail below to see the results:

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    Posted by on March 26th, 2007 · Comments (0)

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    The Tiger Days of August

    Posted by on March 26th, 2007 · Comments (4)

    August 16, 1981

    August 12, 1983

    Maybe I’m just letting a couple of bad game memories, like the ones above, cloud my mind with this one, but, back in the ’80′s, it seemed like Sparky Anderson had the Tigers flying high and sticking it to the Yankees whenever they had the chance.

    I’m starting to get a feeling that Jim Leyland’s current Tigers are going to be the same type of nemesis for the Yankees now.

    The Yankees play the Tigers eight times in twelve days this season – from August 16th through August 27th.

    Maybe, instead of the “Dog Days of August” making or breaking the Yankees this season, New York will have to deal with the “Tiger Days of August” this year?

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