• Larry Lucchino & Hank Steinbrenner…

    Posted by on September 26th, 2009 · Comments (2)

    …were spotted the other day splitting a pizza with Amelia Earhart and Jimmy Hoffa. And, you know what…nobody cared. Oh, my, how times have changed…

    AM Attack Of Two Earworms

    Posted by on September 26th, 2009 · Comments (1)

    I woke up this morning with the hooks from both these songs, blended, in my head. No idea what that means…but, it’s a fair excuse to share some clips and help kill some time before today’s game…

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    September 25th vs. The Red Sox

    Posted by on September 25th, 2009 · Comments (14)

    Oh, this game was sweet

    That was sum’dee-pee to end it, eh?

    You know, a case could be made that this game was Alex Rodriguez’ 3rd or 4th best regular season game, ever, with the bat, as a member of the New York Yankees.

    And, without question, this was Joba Chamberlain’s 4th best start of the season – and his best one since July 29th.

    It’s all good in Yankeeland right now…yup…it’s sweet.

    WasWatching.com Water Cooler Talk 9/25/09

    Posted by on September 25th, 2009 · Comments (11)

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    Sox Want To Party In Yankeeland

    Posted by on September 25th, 2009 · Comments (3)

    Via mlb.com -

    With the Sox’s magic number for clinching the American League Wild Card berth down to three games, there’s a chance they could celebrate at Yankee Stadium this weekend.

    The earliest the Red Sox can clinch their sixth postseason berth in the past seven years is Saturday.

    A Bronx celebration for the Red Sox, who trail the Yankees by 5 1/2 games in the AL East but lead the Rangers by eight in the Wild Card standings?

    “Oh, we will … hopefully,” said slugger David Ortiz. “So [then] we don’t have to get our clubhouse dirty.”

    The Sox could be the first team to have a champagne celebration at the new Yankee Stadium. And Ortiz left no doubt that there will be at least some bubbly if that occurs.

    “Oh, we have to,” said Ortiz. “Of course. We have to roll like that. That’s how we do it.”

    Great…

    Can you just imagine the sight of the Red Sox partying on Yankee Stadium turf this weekend? And, of course, you know that there will be at least 7,000 members of RSN attending each of these games – and they’ll be hanging out, trying to get down to the field level, to cheer their “champions” on during the celebration…

    It’s one big reason to say “Let’s go Yankees…and let’s go Texas Rangers!” this weekend.

    Bosox Fan Teacher Picks On 9-Year Old Yanks Fan Student

    Posted by on September 25th, 2009 · Comments (0)

    Via syracuse.com with a h/t to BBTF -

    Van Buren Elementary fourth-grader Nathan Johns thought his teacher was kidding when he instructed him to go to the bathroom and turn his Yankees T-shirt inside out.

    The blue shirt read “New York No. 52” on the front and “Sabathia” for the New York Yankees’ pitcher CC Sabathia, on the back.

    “ I thought to myself ‘Is he serious or is he kidding,’” said Nate, 9, a student in Peter Addabbo’s fourth-grade class. “But he had this look like he wasn’t kidding at all.”

    Nate complied, and said he was later told to wear it that way until dismissal. At lunch, Nate said the fifth-graders made fun of him because he wearing his shirt inside out.

    “It was such a horrible day.” Nate said. “I don’t ever want anything like to happen again.”

    Nate said he felt he was treated unfairly.

    “Just because my teacher doesn’t like the Yankees I should still have the right to wear a Yankees shirt,” Nate said Thursday after school. The teacher has Boston Red Sox paraphernalia all over the classroom on display, he said.

    Baldwinsville Schools Superintendent Jeanne Dangle said Friday morning the district is conducting an investigation into the incident, and has told the parents she will get back to them on the issue in a few days.

    “We are investigating,” Dangle said. “This is a personnel issue, and we will be following up and doing what’s appropriate after we get all the information.”

    Sounds like Peter Addabbo should be forced to stand in front of an entire school assemby, wearing a Yankees shirt and cap, and read from a copy of “Why Is Everybody Always Picking on Me? A Guide to Understanding Bullies for Young People.”

    Going Behind Enemy Lines

    Posted by on September 25th, 2009 · Comments (0)

    Neil Keefe, of NESN.com, asked me a few Yankees-related questions yesterday. Click here to see what Neil and I discussed. (And, of course, my thanks to Keefe and NESN for asking!)

    Andre Ethier

    Posted by on September 25th, 2009 · Comments (24)

    Andre Ethier is my current, favorite, non-Yankee, active player, that I really know little about…

    I’ve never seen a game in which he has played.
    I’ve never heard him speak.
    I don’t recall ever reading a feature on him – sans maybe a blurb mention in Baseball America or something.
    The only time I’ve seen him, for the most part, is on highlight clips on ESPN, MLBN, etc.

    I know that he was drafted by the A’s and then traded to the Dodgers – for for Milton Bradley and Antonio Perez – when he was still a minor league player. And, that’s pretty much it.

    But, I do know that I like the guy as a player. He reminds me of Paul O’Neill, from what I can see…and the Dodgers getting him for Milton Bradley is sorta/kinda like the Yankees getting O’Neill for Roberto Kelly.

    Maybe it’s just me? I’ve always have a soft spot for players like Terry Puhl, Gary Thomasson, Johnny Grubb, Paul O’Neill…and Andre Ethier.

    How about you? Who is your current, favorite, non-Yankee, active player, that you really know little about?

    What The Yanks Are Saying About This Bosox Series

    Posted by on September 24th, 2009 · Comments (3)

    Via Mark Feinsand -

    “It’s always going to be amped up between these two teams,” Johnny Damon said. “It’s the best rivalry in sports.”

    “We know that we can get the job done this weekend,” Mariano Rivera said. “It would be nice to do that at home.”

    “Playing these tough games is important this time of year,” Joe Girardi said. “It gives you an idea of what you’re going to face as we move forward here in October.”

    “It’s great for everybody to get that feeling, to play in that atmosphere,” [Joba] Chamberlain said. “October is a little different, so it helps being able to play teams like Boston in this kind of series. Coming down the stretch, trying to finish strong and set the tone will be good. People are going to be getting excited for October, so it’s going to be crazy.”

    Kinda makes you think this is it for the Yankees, and those six games remaining this season against the Royals and Rays, after this series, are just going to be semi-exhibition games…

    A.J. Has A Pie Waiting For Girardi?

    Posted by on September 24th, 2009 · Comments (8)

    Tyler Kepner reports that Joe Girardi, the Yankees’ Taskmaster, Loosens Up. It’s a recommended read.

    If the Yankees do win it all this year, will General Joe get his share of the credit for making it happen? Does he deserve some credit? What do you think?

    WasWatching.com Water Cooler Talk 9/24/09

    Posted by on September 24th, 2009 · Comments (16)

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    Florida Winter Baseball League

    Posted by on September 24th, 2009 · Comments (6)

    The Florida Winter Baseball League has an old Yankees feel to it.

    Ken Griffey Sr. is the league commish. And, El Duque Hernandez owns one of the teams.

    Good luck to those guys. It will be interesting to see how the league does…

    Red Light: You Can Take Advantage Of A-Rod’s Holes In October

    Posted by on September 24th, 2009 · Comments (9)

    Curt Schilling talks about Alex Rodriguez and the month of October:

    Do you think Alex Rodriguez will look at the calendar and say, ‘Uh-oh — here comes October’?

    I would argue that’s already started — you know my response — when they clinched. His problem has always been that he’s a guy with holes and you can pitch to those holes. In October, I would argue that we pitched as well to them as well as anyone who’s played from Game 4 in ‘04. For a guy that’s as good as he is, he still strikes out a lot. Guys who strike out a lot tend to have a tough time in October. I don’t know what kind of pressure he puts on himself. Based on everything I’ve ever read about him, seen about him and heard about him, he puts immense amounts of extra pressure on himself in October. It hasn’t worked for him in the past. He gets in enough postseasons, he’s going to have a good one, though.

    What’s this? Schilling says something that I would endorse? Oh, these are crazy times…

    “I Breathe Baseball” On MLBN

    Posted by on September 24th, 2009 · Comments (0)

    I just got this via a MLB Network press release –

    MLB Network will air Month Look-Back: September, a one-hour live studio show recapping recent trends, transactions, leaders and stats on Sunday, September 27 at 8:00 p.m. ET. MLB Network’s Greg Amsinger, Billy Ripken, Joe Magrane and Dave Valle will break down the American League and National League teams and players of the month, as well as the top statistical leaders, home runs, defensive plays, finishes, bizarre moments and historical milestones. Month Look Back: September will re-air on MLB Network on September 27 at 11:00 p.m. ET and until 12:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, September 28.

    Immediately following the show, MLB Network will televise the premiere episode of I Breathe Baseball, a two-part documentary series from MLB Productions featuring actor and New York native Nick Turturro (“NYPD Blue,” “The Longest Yard,” “I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry”) and his fanaticism for the New York Yankees at 9:00 p.m. ET. The first episode follows Turturro at his home in Tarzana, California, where he keeps a shrine to the Yankees and to baseball, and at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles taking batting practice and talking with Dodgers manager Joe Torre. Episode two catches up with Turturro at a Yankees home game with his older brother and fellow actor John Turturro, and back to the Bronx for a one-on-one stickball game against Yankees left fielder Johnny Damon. The show also includes appearances by Yankees manager Joe Girardi, Yankees relief pitch Phil Coke and Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long.

    I wonder if Johnny Damon breaks as many bats playing stickball as he does playing baseball…

    Can Yanks Pitchers Handle Tigers Or Twins In ALDS?

    Posted by on September 24th, 2009 · Comments (3)

    The Yankees, this season, went 7-0 against the Twins and 5-1 against the Tigers.

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    Yanks, Bosox, Halos, Rangers…And O’s?…Want Chapman

    Posted by on September 24th, 2009 · Comments (24)

    Via Yahoo Sports -

    Cuban defector Aroldis Chapman is supposedly one of the two best pitchers in the world who is not in the majors (the other being Japan’s Yu Darvish). Now the 21-year-old is waiting in Andorra to find out when he becomes a free agent.

    The Baltimore Orioles supposedly had the inside track on getting this player but the team isn’t interested in getting involved in a bidding war, according to the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network. “If some of the big boys are going to go after him, like the Red Sox did with Dice-K, that’s not a risk that I would be willing to take,” O’s president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail.

    It’s looking like the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and Texas Rangers are all ready to jump in on this when the bidding gets started. Rumor has it Chapman may be granted free agency before the postseason starts and he may sign a deal before the regular free agent signing period even gets started.

    No truth to the rumor that the Yankees only want to sign Aroldis Chapman if it can be confirmed, as fact, that he would require Tommy John Surgery somewhere between 6 and 18 months after he signed a contract with them…

    And, no truth to the rumor that the Yankees intend to make Champan follow their “Igawa Rules” which require all high-priced internationally signed pitchers to “work” in Triple-A for the majority of the time on their contract…

    Kruk: Yanks A Mess, Red Sox Looking Good

    Posted by on September 24th, 2009 · Comments (11)

    John Kruk’s thoughts on October, via ESPN.com, with a h/t to BBTF -

    Who is going to pitch for the Yankees? How does their rotation set up? Overall, A.J Burnett has been awful, excluding some of his recent starts, and besides CC Sabathia, which arms can the Yankees call on? Can you deem Andy Pettitte healthy after having to miss a start or two because of his shoulder? What they’ve done in monitoring Joba Chamberlain’s workload has been unbelievable, but he’s not even in the equation to start.

    Boston is really the only team heading into the postseason that you can look at and say, “This team is ready for the playoffs.” Aside from the middle relief, which hasn’t been too good, Jon Lester is pitching well and Daisuke Matsuzaka has looked good. The Sox look to me to be the one, of all the teams likely headed to the postseason, that is the most dolled up and ready to play in the playoffs.

    Funny, wasn’t it just about six weeks ago where everyone was saying that the Red Sox starting pitching was a mess and the Yankees were steam-rolling their way towards a ring? Things can change pretty quickly, I guess…

    Something…

    Posted by on September 24th, 2009 · Comments (4)

    …you don’t know about me.

    Various people, throughout my life, have told me that “I’m walking too fast” when we’re walking together. And, a few months back, it finally got to me and I decided to test it.

    I do like to walk. And, when I can fit it in, I do take a walk whenever I can. Call me Eddie Yost, if you must. Further, at times, I have considered the Jules Winnfield retirement plan as well.

    So, I timed myself over a series of walks – none being less than 2.5 miles and many longer than that. And, the results were the same, consistently, every time.

    I walk at a speed of 4.05 miles per hour.

    Is that too fast? I dunno – guess it depends on who you’re walking with…

    Suzyn, Catch Phrases, And…

    Posted by on September 23rd, 2009 · Comments (2)

    Joe DeLessio, at New York Mag, takes a shot at: Deconstructing John Sterling, One Call at a Time.

    You know…the older he gets…Sterling’s starting to look a little like Jerry Springer. Just a tad, but, it’s there – at least to me.

    I just hope it doesn’t reach the stage where Nick Swisher and A.J. Burnett start liftng up their shirts for “Sterling Beads.”

    September 23rd @ The Angels

    Posted by on September 23rd, 2009 · Comments (10)

    So, the Yankees can win games out in L.A.? Cool…so…no excuses come October, right…?

    Well, this about does it – now, with this win, the A.L. East is a done deal…there’s no way the Red Sox will be passing the Yankees – even if Boston does win their next five games in a row…which I doubt will happen.

    Hey, how about Ian Kennedy? Things got a little tense there in the eighth…and, personally, I thought he was toast. But, Girardi stuck with him, and, Kennedy worked it out. General Joe knows more than I do, obviously.

    But, what’s with Mo? Is it just me, or, has he been un-Rivera like on this West Coast swing? I hope it’s not an issue.

    Lastly, yes, this is back-to-back good starts for A.J. Burnett! Well, here’s two words for you: Jose Molina. The Panda has caught both of these games for Burnett. That’s not going to happen in the post-season, will it?

    WasWatching.com Water Cooler Talk 9/23/09

    Posted by on September 23rd, 2009 · Comments (10)

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    Wild Thought: If Rocks Make Classic, Could Yanks Match-Up?

    Posted by on September 23rd, 2009 · Comments (1)

    Playing around with this query, leads to today’s wild thought. Which of these starting rotations would you rather have on your team, this season:

    Ryan Dempster / Carlos Zambrano / Rich Harden / Ted Lilly
    C.C. Sabathia / Andy Pettitte / A.J. Burnett / Joba Chamberlain
    Barry Zito / Matt Cain / Tim Lincecum / Jonathan Sanchez

    Is the Cubs front four better than the Yankees current front four? How about the Giants…are their starting pitchers, listed here, a better bunch this season than what the Yankees have?

    What about the 2009 Rockies?

    Would you rather have four of their starters from the group of:

    Jorge de la Rosa / Ubaldo Jimenez / Jason Hammel / Jason Marquis / Aaron Cook

    over the Yankees big four this season?

    It will be an interesting match-up if both the Yankees and the Rockies make the World Series this year, no?

    September 2009 Survey Question #3

    Posted by on September 23rd, 2009 · Comments (16)

    Please consider taking the following poll:

    {democracy:74}

    Thanks in advance. And, please feel free to add comments on your opinion in the comments section below.

    September 22nd @ The Angels

    Posted by on September 23rd, 2009 · Comments (8)

    Thank you Oakland A’s…

    And, more importantly, thank you Zack Greinke! (The Red Sox are not exactly the same team on the road, as they are at Fenway, are they?)

    So, the Yankees are in the post-season. And, thanks to this win for New York and Boston’s loss to the Royals, it’s looking somewhat more safe that the Yankees will win the A.L. East – and will not have to face the Angels in the ALDS…which they probably would have…if Boston had passed them and New York was the wildcard.

    Now, on to the game…

    Am I the only one seeing a pattern with Chad Gaudin in his starts? He’s good, when he’s good, for four or five innings, and, when he’s done…he’s done…there’s nothing left in the tank. Still, if managed properly…that’s better than what Joba Chamberlain’s been doing.

    Oh, and, let’s not lose sight of the fact that the Yankees almost lost this one – after having a 5-0 lead going into the bottom of the 5th inning. Alfredo Aceves was not pretty in the 6th inning and the whole Yankees team looked ugly in the 8th inning. Sure, the A’s had beaten the Rangers about that time…but, still…you want to see the team focus better, no?

    It will be interesting to see if the Yankees, and the Red Sox as well, now bother to show up for the series in the Bronx this weekend.

    September 2009 Memo To Yanks From Their Fans

    Posted by on September 22nd, 2009 · Comments (1)

    WasWatching.com Water Cooler Talk 9/22/09

    Posted by on September 22nd, 2009 · Comments (0)

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    Gary Sanchez, Better Than Wagner Mateo

    Posted by on September 22nd, 2009 · Comments (1)

    Via St. Louis Today -

    The Cardinals announced today that they terminated the contract of top Dominican prospect Wagner Mateo because of “pre-existing injuries and physical defects” discovered during a physical exam.

    Post-Dispatch baseball writer Joe Strauss reported Saturday that Mateo has vision problems.

    Mateo, a 16-year-old outfielder, signed a $3.1 million contract in July. But the contract could not go in force until all medical questions were satisfied.

    The club had 90 days from Mateo’s July 2 signing to void it or renegotiate based on medical conclusions.

    Wow. Good call, Yankees!

    Ay, Ay, Ay, YIA’s…

    Posted by on September 22nd, 2009 · Comments (12)

    An e-mail that I received today from a friend of mine, who is as big a Yankees fan as anyone else I know, when I asked them what’s up:

    I’m on complete Yankees lockdown. They’re giving me such agita that I don’t want to talk about them, think about them or watch them. I literally haven’t seen a pitch since they went to the west coast. I don’t know if that sounds ridiculous or not but I’m so upset about how the month is going and how the playoff prospects are dimming that I refuse to participate in anything Yankee related. Too stressful/hurtful…

    While I’m not on “lockdown,” I feel my friend’s pain. There’s nothing worse than “Y.I.A” – Yankees Induced Agita.

    How about you, are the Yankees giving you “Y.I.A” right now? Feel free to use the comments section below to vent and release – it might be good for your inner peace…

    Cashman: Joba’s Fighting For His Spot

    Posted by on September 22nd, 2009 · Comments (11)

    From Brian Cashman via Pete Caldera -

    “[Joba Chamberlian] needs to declare himself. He’s no different than anyone else. Everybody loves his tenacity. But we’re going to take the best 10 guys. There’s no assumptions there. He’s put himself in a position where the manager has to make a decision that there’s not one guy ahead of him that he needs to give the ball to. [He] might not realize it, but he’s in competition with any number of guys to take the ball.”

    Hey, they don’t call him the Teflon G.M. for nuttin’…

    Pearlman: Yanks Doomed

    Posted by on September 22nd, 2009 · Comments (5)

    Jeff Pearlman says: The Yankees are doomed. (H/T to BBTF.)

    Do you agree? Or, do we have to wait and see? And, if you agree, or, if you want to wait to agree, at the end of the day, whose Yankees feet should be held to the fire for this “dooming” – and why?

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