• WasWatching.com Water Cooler Talk 2/27/09

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    1. FourKings
      February 27th, 2009 | 8:22 am

      Besides seeing that he did well in Puerto Rico this summer, has anyone been following IPK to know how well he is doing with his development? For some reason I always had more of a soft spot for him than for Hughes (though I want to see them both succeed obviously).

      Second random question of mine: Has anyone bought the mlb.tv spring training package deal? If so, how is the coverage?

      Thanks in advance.

    2. FourKings
      February 27th, 2009 | 8:26 am

      er; this winter*

    3. February 27th, 2009 | 8:40 am

      It will be interesting to see Kennedy pitch this spring. But, from the lack of sound that you hear about him, it seems like he’s way back in the Yankees plans.

    4. MJ
      February 27th, 2009 | 8:44 am

      It will be interesting to see Kennedy pitch this spring. But, from the lack of sound that you hear about him, it seems like he’s way back in the Yankees plans.
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      Agreed, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. He’s obviously got some skills and abilities and maybe working with the spotlight off can help him gain some consistency and confidence in attacking the strikezone.

    5. February 27th, 2009 | 8:44 am

      BTW, in case you missed my comment on this last night…

      I have no idea why I’m doing this, but, you can now follow this blog on facebook, whatever that means…

      http://tinyurl.com/bn2tm5

    6. MJ
      February 27th, 2009 | 8:44 am

      I have no idea why I’m doing this, but, you can now follow this blog on facebook, whatever that means…
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      You’re doing it because you’re SO glad I got you to join Facebook! ;-)

    7. February 27th, 2009 | 8:49 am

      Yeah, I still don’t know if I should thank you or curse you for that one MJ. ;-)

    8. YankCrank
      February 27th, 2009 | 9:00 am

      Yeah, I still don’t know if I should thank you or curse you for that one MJ.
      —-

      Haha don’t feel bad Steve, the extra exposure always helps. Believe it or not, the ad agency I work for makes a good chunk of money for the work they do for brands on facebook. It’s not a bad thing to be on there!

    9. MJ
      February 27th, 2009 | 9:06 am

      Yeah, I still don’t know if I should thank you or curse you for that one MJ.
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      LOL, either way is fine! :-)

    10. MJ
      February 27th, 2009 | 9:27 am

      Not exactly Yankees-related but I was wondering who might’ve sold Manny Ramirez the crack he’s smoking for turning down the Dodgers for the fourth time this off-season. I could be wrong but I just don’t see anyone topping LA’s 2Y/$45M offer. What on earth is running through that guy’s mind?

    11. February 27th, 2009 | 9:39 am

      I have no idea why I’m doing this, but, you can now follow this blog on facebook, whatever that means…
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      Dude, Facebook is so yesterday. All the cool kids are on Twitter these days.

    12. February 27th, 2009 | 9:41 am

      Not exactly Yankees-related but I was wondering who might’ve sold Manny Ramirez the crack he’s smoking for turning down the Dodgers for the fourth time this off-season. I could be wrong but I just don’t see anyone topping LA’s 2Y/$45M offer. What on earth is running through that guy’s mind?
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      What mind? I will reiterate, though, that Manny is freaking awesome. Completely insane, but freaking awesome. Maybe he just wants a vacation?

    13. MJ
      February 27th, 2009 | 9:43 am

      Completely insane, but freaking awesome. Maybe he just wants a vacation?
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      He really is awesome at baseball. He’s a total idiot though. Frankly, if I were Scott Boras, I’d fire him as a client. He’s not worth the trouble.

    14. butchie22
      February 27th, 2009 | 9:53 am

      Not exactly Yankees-related but I was wondering who might’ve sold Manny Ramirez the crack he’s smoking for turning down the Dodgers for the fourth time this off-season. I could be wrong but I just don’t see anyone topping LA’s 2Y/$45M offer. What on earth is running through that guy’s mind?Quote MJ

      Completely insane, but freaking awesome. Maybe he just wants a vacation? Quote from Justin

      Justin you are so right about his greatness/insanity. He is definitely an idiot savant. As for MJ and Boras, is Boras telling him to turn it down? Why would Boras fire a guy that would potentially net him millions in commission? Manram wants the most money possible, PERIOD. It seems like the Giants are trying to drive up the price so why should Manram sign when the ball is in his court?

    15. Raf
      February 27th, 2009 | 10:07 am

      I have no idea why I’m doing this, but, you can now follow this blog on facebook, whatever that means…
      ———
      Dude, are you rocking a snuggy in that picture? :D

    16. butchie22
      February 27th, 2009 | 10:09 am

      It will be interesting to see Kennedy pitch this spring. But, from the lack of sound that you hear about him, it seems like he’s way back in the Yankees plans. Quote from Steve

      It seems that after last year’s failed Hughes/Kennedy experiment and Kennedy’s attitude , he’s not ready for primtime yet. At this point he might be more of a potential trade chip, than a future Yankee after the events of 2008…..

    17. YankCrank
      February 27th, 2009 | 10:12 am

      At this point he might be more of a potential trade chip, than a future Yankee after the events of 2008…..
      ——

      I’ll take either, honestly. If he turns into a solid Yankee pitcher, good for us. If he nets us an important piece in a trade, good for us too.

      Dude, Facebook is so yesterday. All the cool kids are on Twitter these days.
      ——

      So true, what’s your twitter name? I’m iRJ if you wanna follow…

    18. Raf
      February 27th, 2009 | 10:12 am

      I could be wrong but I just don’t see anyone topping LA’s 2Y/$45M offer.
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      I don’t see it either. And it’s not like the Dodgers need Manny either. I hope the Giants sign him.

    19. YankCrank
      February 27th, 2009 | 10:19 am

      could be wrong but I just don’t see anyone topping LA’s 2Y/$45M offer.
      ———
      I don’t see it either. And it’s not like the Dodgers need Manny either. I hope the Giants sign him.
      —-

      I hope the Marlins stumble upon a suitcase of $30 million and decide to hand it to Manny. Anything to keep those asshole Mets out of the playoffs.

    20. Corey
      February 27th, 2009 | 10:30 am

      I hope the Marlins stumble upon a suitcase of $30 million and decide to hand it to Manny. Anything to keep those asshole Mets out of the playoffs.
      ===
      lol he’d be making more than the rest of the team combined

    21. MJ
      February 27th, 2009 | 10:40 am

      I don’t see it either. And it’s not like the Dodgers need Manny either. I hope the Giants sign him.
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      I’m not so sure the Dodgers don’t need him. I love Kemp and I like Ethier but that’s not a team that looks like it can score that many runs. And with their pitching staff in transition, they might need to win more games at the plate.

    22. MJ
      February 27th, 2009 | 10:41 am

      I hope the Marlins stumble upon a suitcase of $30 million and decide to hand it to Manny. Anything to keep those asshole Mets out of the playoffs.
      ——
      It would be fantastic to see Manny crushing the Mets 19 times a year.

    23. MJ
      February 27th, 2009 | 10:46 am

      Dude, Facebook is so yesterday. All the cool kids are on Twitter these days.
      ——

      So true, what’s your twitter name? I’m iRJ if you wanna follow…
      ———-
      I’m only about 10-12 yrs older than you YankCrank but I have absolutely no idea what this means. Damn, I feel old right now :-(

    24. YankCrank
      February 27th, 2009 | 10:52 am

      So true, what’s your twitter name? I’m iRJ if you wanna follow…
      ———-
      I’m only about 10-12 yrs older than you YankCrank but I have absolutely no idea what this means. Damn, I feel old right now
      —–

      Haha don’t! Twitter is a social networking site that is basically you writing messages 140 characters at a time, very much like your Facebook update line. You follow people and basically write whatever is on your mind, what you’re doing, pass along links and such all at 140 characters. Big in the blogging community, and Nick Swisher and CC are both on Twitter. It’s lots of fun, try it out.

    25. MJ
      February 27th, 2009 | 11:07 am

      Nick Swisher and CC are both on Twitter. It’s lots of fun, try it out.
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      That’s all you had to say. Do you know their names on there? I’d love to give CC a shout-out and find out what he’s doing.

    26. Tcarda4
      February 27th, 2009 | 11:08 am

      im 24 and have no idea what twitter is, so no one else should feel bad that is older than me.

      Question: Ive lived in florida now for 3 years and usually get mlb.tv for the computer but i want to get MLB Extra innings this year thru comcast….has anyone else ever gotten this package? Will i get EVERY yankee game? or just like 4 or so a week? will i get to watch it on YES every game or only the home team’s broadcast? any input or advice would be greatly appreciated….

    27. YankCrank
      February 27th, 2009 | 11:19 am

      Nick Swisher and CC are both on Twitter. It’s lots of fun, try it out.
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      That’s all you had to say. Do you know their names on there? I’d love to give CC a shout-out and find out what he’s doing.
      —–

      CC_Sabathia and NickSwisher. Barry Zito is on there too

    28. YankCrank
      February 27th, 2009 | 11:27 am

      Def try it out MJ, CC was tweeting “the term used for updating on Twitter) while he was shaving his beard off for the first time as a Yankee. Fun stuff! Steve, wouldn’t be a bad idea to get your blog updates live on Twitter either.

    29. MJ
      February 27th, 2009 | 11:32 am

      YankCrank, I just jumped on it and am following you.

    30. February 27th, 2009 | 11:51 am

      Thanks guys. I’ll look into the Twitter thing this weekend.

    31. February 27th, 2009 | 12:22 pm

      So true, what’s your twitter name? I’m iRJ if you wanna follow…
      ====================
      Heh. Honestly, I just joined a week or so ago. Anyway, here’s the link to my twitter account, if any of ya’ll want to follow me:

      http://tinyurl.com/cnnak4

      And as long as we’re talking about important Twitterers, there’s no more important Twitterer than The_Real_Shaq. Who really is the real Shaq.

      Also, I really wish Manny Ramirez would start Twittering. Maybe he would even explain the reasoning behind rejecting all of LA’s offers.

    32. butchie22
      February 27th, 2009 | 12:34 pm

      I hope the Marlins stumble upon a suitcase of $30 million and decide to hand it to Manny. Anything to keep those asshole Mets out of the playoffs.
      Quote from Crank

      Easy now, Crank. Even if los Metropolitanos get Manny they’ll figure a way to tank! Trust me,the Madoff scandal effected them in more than one way. Be sure that they aren’t getting Manny. They also have a GM that makes Cash Man look like a genius. Most of the moves he makes get them to right before the big game or the playoffs.

      I’m not so sure the Dodgers don’t need him. I love Kemp and I like Ethier but that’s not a team that looks like it can score that many runs. And with their pitching staff in transition, they might need to win more games at the plate.Quote MJ

      The Dodgers do need him and how. In essence, they need him more than Manny needs them. It would be fun to see him sign with the Giants, who are an offensive non entity with another GM , Sabean, who must have pictures of his owner! That would be a coup for SanFran boys because they make Toronto look like an offensive juggernaut. That would give them an edge in a weak division,too.

    33. clintfsu813
      February 27th, 2009 | 1:51 pm

      Tcarda: I live in FL and got Extra Innings last year. You get most every game. Yankee home games are done through YES. Aways games are mostly done by the away team broadcasters. In Tallahasse I was almost never able to get Rays games. Most of those were on SUN. Unforunately if the game wasnt on SUN I missed out. But all in all I saw about 80% of the games..def. worth it!
      ST update: 3-0 Yanks. 2 IP for Kennedy, a few SOs. Solo HR by Leone. 2 hits for Gardner with a SB. This guy came to play!

    34. Corey
      February 27th, 2009 | 2:01 pm

      you guys think Damon is rooting for Melky this spring? If i was Damon I would be, as if the Melk man wins the starting job, they would need Damon to come back as the lead-off hitter

    35. Tcarda4
      February 27th, 2009 | 2:17 pm

      thanks for the info. its 200 bucks but mlb.tv is like 120 so its only an 80 dollar difference. 80 dollars spread over the whole year to watch the game on a big tv instead of a computer screen is worth it as long as i get the games.

    36. clintfsu813
      February 27th, 2009 | 2:23 pm

      Yea, and Comcast didnt make me pay all at once. Just tacked on like 40 bucks a month.

    37. YankCrank
      February 27th, 2009 | 2:26 pm

      you guys think Damon is rooting for Melky this spring? If i was Damon I would be, as if the Melk man wins the starting job, they would need Damon to come back as the lead-off hitter
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      This is a tough call. For one, I believe Damon is 35 and would root for whichever player helps the team win a World Series. Also, whether the Yankees “need” Damon back or not is a whole different issue. Damon will be 36 next year, how much do we want a 36-year-old Damon on the decline under contract? Would you take it for two years, or maybe one?

      Also, Damon is a Boras client and most likely won’t take a discount or average price to be a Yankee for 1-2 years. If he has a decent year he may use Boras to help him get his last contract as a major leaguer, which could mean a 4-6 year deal. Would we need Damon enough to give into that sort of contract? I certainly hope not and I really think this will be Johnny’s last year in the Bronx…along with Matsui and Nady’s.

    38. Raf
      February 27th, 2009 | 2:30 pm

      Jeter can lead off.

    39. February 27th, 2009 | 2:42 pm

      Jeter can lead off.
      ======================

      Get your nose out of your spreadsheet! When Derek was in Mrs. Jeter’s belly, an angel came to her in her sleep and declared that born unto her would be the world’s most naturalest number two hitter who ever did live. And, lo, thus it came to pass and was ever true and good. To suggest otherwise is the most vile of blasphemies.

      Also, I think Jeter should bunt more. Count teh ringz, baby!1!!!1!

    40. mpjapalmer
      February 27th, 2009 | 3:22 pm

      Hey Steve,

      Long time reader, first time poster.

      I think it would really cool if you posted a map of where all your hits to the website come from. I think you have a very widespread reader base!

    41. butchie22
      February 27th, 2009 | 3:43 pm

      Get your nose out of your spreadsheet! When Derek was in Mrs. Jeter’s belly, an angel came to her in her sleep and declared that born unto her would be the world’s most naturalest number two hitter who ever did live. And, lo, thus it came to pass and was ever true and good. To suggest otherwise is the most vile of blasphemies. Q from Justin

      No doubt mate, that is where Jeter belongs. It wouldn’t hurt if he bunt more either. Johnny Damonic should be the no 1 hitter and hopefully it pans out that way. Should Damonic be brought back in ’10? Ummm, on a one year deal if that can be pulled off. Boras represented Bernie and he came back on a one year deal for a reduced price, so maybe JD will too. Who knows what the market will be like next year, so maybe JD might resign if the Yanks show interest.

    42. February 27th, 2009 | 4:58 pm

      mpjapalmer – thanks for posting. We did something like that a long time ago.

      http://waswatching.com/2005/12/13/waswatchingcom-guestmap/

      Maybe it’s time to do something like that again!

    43. February 28th, 2009 | 8:42 am

      No doubt mate, that is where Jeter belongs. It wouldn’t hurt if he bunt more either.
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      Just to be clear, that post I wrote was a joke. I was parodying a certain type of baseball fan. I was not being serious. I think you should put your nose in a spreadsheet. I think Jeter would make an excellent lead-off hitter. I do not think he should bunt more. And I do not, in fact, think you should just count teh ringz1!11!!!

      Just wanted to make sure that came through.

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