• Cashman The Cubbie?

    Posted by on August 19th, 2011 · Comments (3)

    Well, the job is open if he wants to apply.

    Gene Michael Celebrity Charity Golf Classic, Awards Dinner, & Auction

    Posted by on August 19th, 2011 · Comments (0)

    The Gene Michael Celebrity Charity Golf Classic, Awards Dinner, & Auction will be held on Monday, August 29, 2011 at Brooklake Country Club in Florham Park, NJ. Click here for more information on this great event.

    Dream Or Nightmare?

    Posted by on August 19th, 2011 · Comments (2)

    I had a dream last night that the Rangers beat the Red Sox in the ALDS – and then they beat the Yankees in the ALCS.  But, the Phillies won the World Series.

    So, for sure, this means this year’s World Series will be the Indians against the Diamondbacks.

    Want To Feel Old Yankeeland?

    Posted by on August 18th, 2011 · Comments (3)

    I just realized that Duke Sims turned 70-years old this year.

    Seventy!

    Shoot, September 30, 1973 doesn’t seem that far away. But, I guess it is…

    A-Rod Praises Bored Jesus

    Posted by on August 18th, 2011 · Comments (10)

    Via the Daily News -

    Jesus Montero has two guys pushing for him to get a September call-up, including Alex Rodriguez.

    “The way he has caught the last two nights, he’s obviously good enough to catch in the majors,” Rodriguez said. “He played with a lot of intensity. He’s got all the tools.”

    A-Rod took his two days in Scranton with the Triple-A Yankees as an opportunity to mentor the Yankees’ top hitting prospect. He took him into the indoor batting cage Wednesday afternoon and worked with him on his swing, his approach and about making the next step for about 20 minutes.

    “We came in here and had a good session, talked a little bit about the mental side of hitting, the little bit about the mechanics,” Rodriguez said.

    Then A-Rod switched his batting practice group to hit with Montero , talking to him about hitting in between sessions. Triple-A hitting coach Butch Wynegar, who worked with Rodriguez in Texas, noticed the work the slugger did with Montero.

    “He has been great with all the guys, but really taken Monty under his wing,” Wynegar said. “He is trying to show him the work it takes at the major league level. And Monty is just absorbing it all.”

    Wynegar said that the brief visit has helped A-Rod get back in shape, but had an even bigger effect on the players here. Especially Montero.

    “I hate to say this, but I think Monty’s getting a little bored in the minor leagues, he’s ready for that next challenge,” Wynegar said. “I told Brian Cashman I think he needs that next challenge, and I hope he gets it next month.

    “But these two days, Alex has challenged him to get better,” Wynegar said, “and he’s learning from watching Alex work. This has been a good boost for him.”

    Wynegar said that he had recommended to Cashman, and is hoping, that Montero gets a call-up soon.

    “Monty’s one of the best. He thinks hitting is easy, so natural doesn’t work as hard on it as I would like to see him work on it,” Wynegar said. “I think we need to push him now. See what he can do, I am big on him getting called up in September.”

    Rodriguez’s tenure as a tutor was over after he was pulled from the game in the eighth inning Wednesday night and headed for Minnesota, but he told Montero he’d like to reconnect.

    “We talked about hopefully getting together this winter in Miami, working out with Kevin Long and Butch and whoever wants to come down to Miaimi and have a little bit of a winter hitting camp,” Rodriguez said. “Obviously he’s a guy we expect big things from and what saw tonight and the past few nights, he’s not going to disappoint.”

    “Monty”?

    Burns, Hall, and Montero. That just seems so odd.

    First Pro-Baseball Player Tests Positive For HGH

    Posted by on August 18th, 2011 · Comments (2)

    And, it’s not a Yankees player. Whew.

    Via the Times today -

    Mike Jacobs, a first baseman in the Colorado Rockies organization who has played over 500 games in the major leagues, including dozens with the Mets, is the first professional baseball player to test positive for human growth hormone, a banned performance-enhancing drug.

    Major League Baseball announced Thursday that Jacobs, who was playing for the Class AAA Colorado Springs Sky Sox this season, has been suspended for 50 games for failing the drug test.

    Jacobs, 30, who was drafted in the 38th round by the Mets in 1999 and has played for them, the Florida Marlins and the Kansas City Royals, provided the blood sample over the past few months, said a person with knowledge of the results.

    His blood sample was sent to U.C.L.A.’s Olympic drug-testing lab, which is accredited by the World Anti-Doping Agency, and scientists there detected H.G.H. in it. The drug, which is believed to boost lean muscle mass and aid in recovery, is illegal to possess in the United States without a doctor’s prescription.

    A-Rod Still Not Ready With The Glove

    Posted by on August 18th, 2011 · Comments (8)

    Via Donnie Collins -

    In two statements, Alex Rodriguez seemed to give the New York Yankees nothing to think about.

    Asked about his work at the plate Wednesday night, he said very simply: “Offensively, I feel like I’m there.”

    Asked about the groundball he botched in the field, he said, also very simply: “Which one?”

    No decision in baseball is this easy to make, of course. There are ins and outs and ups and downs and facets on top of facets to consider.

    You can’t judge what a team should do for a month – especially when that month is September, and when that team is embroiled in a pennant race with a hated rival – based on what one man did on one day in Triple-A.

    But rest assured, A-Rod got the DH question.

    After two nights in Moosic, we know that Rodriguez can get the job done at the plate – at a high level. On Wednesday night against hard-throwing Durham lefty Matt Moore, perhaps the best pitching prospect minor league baseball has to offer, he impressively worked two walks. Then, in the eighth inning, he lined a 1-2 fastball on the outside corner to right field for an RBI single.

    Rodriguez said he won’t be activated tonight when the Yankees open a series in Minnesota. But if he was, it would be fair to say he could be inserted into the cleanup spot and that he’d do a formidable job.

    Fact is, Rodriguez’s best position right now is batter, which brings up an interesting question.

    What do the New York Yankees need more? A third baseman? Or designated hitter who can carry the team in the middle of the order? Let’s get back to those questions later.

    Offense isn’t the concern anybody has with Alex Rodriguez, obviously. Not after this rehab stint. Not even after five weeks away from the big leagues following arthroscopic surgery on his right knee July 11.

    When he dropped a pair of foul popups Tuesday night, A-Rod joked that he hoped to be able to make a couple of those catches Wednesday.

    Asked about his defense yet again, all he could do was offer more self-deprecating humor.

    In the first inning, with runners on first and third and a chance to get youngster Manny Banuelos out of trouble, Rodriguez watched as Russ Canzler hit a grounder toward him.

    It rolled through his legs. Thought he had it, he said, but shrugged as he said he didn’t even get a glove on it.

    A second grounder, hit up the third base line by Brandon Guyer in the second inning, was hit a bit harder. It bounced in the dirt and skipped past him, under his glove again. “A bullet,” A-Rod called it. A play where you take one step, react and hope it gets in your glove. And it didn’t.

    That’s exactly the type of play that ended his rehab assignment and sent him to Minnesota. There, he can work on his reflexes and reactions with infield coach Mick Kelleher. He can get better defensively at his own pace, out of the sight of fans and away from the pressure of a big spot in a game.

    Imagine the tabloid headlines if A-Rod played this kind of defense two consecutive nights in the big leagues.

    I don’t get this, at all. When Don Mattingly was a player, you could probably wake him up in December, drag him out of bed and bring him to a field, and then have someone hit a screaming ground ball at him – and he would catch it.

    For someone who many claim is the greatest all-around player in the history of the game, A-Rod always seems to have these issues that require kid gloves and maintenance.

    El Segundo Doug Drabek?

    Posted by on August 18th, 2011 · Comments (3)

    Via Ken Rosenthal -

    I remember talking to Ian Kennedy before a start he made on FOX for the Yankees in late April 2008. Kennedy had opened the season in the rotation, but already was in danger of losing his spot. He sounded unsure of himself, almost scared.

    No more.

    “You can just see his swagger on the mound,” Kennedy’s teammate, Diamondbacks closer J.J. Putz, said Wednesday. “It’s not arrogance. It’s not cockiness. It’s just positive swagger.

    “I love watching him strike out a guy and walk off the mound. He’s got it, whatever that ‘it’ is.”

    And now, less than two years after getting traded to the Diamondbacks, Kennedy is one of the best pitchers in the National League.

    He still doesn’t look the part, not at 6-feet, 190 pounds. He still doesn’t act the part, either, at least not off the field. In fact, Kennedy just sort of smiled when I informed him of Putz’s words.

    The difference in Kennedy, though, is quite evident. He is tied for the NL lead with 15 wins, ranks 10th in the league with a 3.12 ERA and is effective both on the road and at hitter-friendly Chase Field.

    Kennedy, 26, also has won seven straight starts as he prepares to face the Phillies on Thursday night — the longest active streak in the majors and tied with the Yankees’ CC Sabathia and Tigers’ Justin Verlander for the longest this season.

    One scout remains skeptical of Kennedy’s success, noting that the right-hander is taking advantage of light-hitting NL West opponents. The numbers support the scout’s opinion somewhat — Kennedy is 6-0 with a 2.14 ERA against the NL West, 9-3 with a 3.86 ERA against all other opponents.

    Three other scouts, however, offered a contrasting view, saying that Kennedy is indeed becoming an elite pitcher. His strikeout-to-walk ratio and opponents’ OPS, both of which rank in the top 12 in the NL, suggest the same.

    “If you grade him out, his stuff doesn’t grade out great,” one scout said. “But if you watch him pitch, he grades out great.

    “I don’t want to compare him to (Greg) Maddux. He’s not Maddux. But he’s got a good pitching IQ, a really, really good feel for the flow of the game.”

    Aw, what do we care? We have A.J. Burnett!

    The Ticking A-Rod Bomb

    Posted by on August 17th, 2011 · Comments (6)

    Great stuff from Harvey Araton -

    There is no more doubting that [Alex] Rodriguez’s days as the prototypical five-tool player and even the most feared bat in the Yankees’ lineup — not with Robinson Cano around — are over. Age and mileage and possibly the chemical spikes he admittedly added to his spinach have taken their toll.

    Assuming his knee is fixed and he is able to drive the ball, Rodriguez can still do damage. He is only one season removed from 125 runs batted in. October is coming, and with the likes of Texas, Detroit and Boston in mind, the Yankees will be a more dangerous team with Rodriguez for the next two months.

    Increasingly and alarmingly, the larger question looming is: How will they manage to coexist for the next six years?

    If you think Yankee Nation has been in deep distress and debate lately over the investment return from pitcher A. J. Burnett, imagine what awaits Rodriguez all the way through 2017 if his physical decline continues at the rate it has been going.

    There was hip surgery in 2009, a visit to the disabled list last season for a calf injury and this year’s breakdown to go along with eye-opening drop-offs in power numbers. Is it a stretch to imagine a day when Rodriguez’s 10-year deal, which could earn him more than $300 million — including bonus money for breaking the career home run record — will be considered the most ill-advised player contract in the history of the game?

    Come to think of it, that very characterization might be the most fitting punctuation to an era bloated by illusion and greed.

    Because of the headlines Rodriguez has generated, with more possibly to come, he will ultimately bear the brunt of the contract abuse. He, of course, didn’t give it to himself, no more than he made the former owner in Texas, Tom Hicks, hand him a $252 million deal a full decade ago.

    Remember how Rodriguez opted out of that contract in 2007 and the Goldman Sachs people acted as intermediaries between player and team after negotiations collapsed and both sides announced they were moving on?

    With the heavy hitters reaching out in his behalf, establishing another proud Wall Street legacy, Rodriguez called Hank Steinbrenner and had him at hello.

    “Trust me, he would have gotten probably more,” Steinbrenner said in 2007, referring to a market that did not exist. “He is making a sacrifice to be a Yankee.”

    Next year will be interesting for A-Rod. He has to be available for more than 120 games in a season. Anything less than that is a joke. But, he sure is trending that way…

    Munson @ Baseball Biography Project

    Posted by on August 17th, 2011 · Comments (0)

    Nice write up.

    H/T to Mike “WFAN Not” Silva.

    Jesus Montero Vs. Ryan Lavarnway

    Posted by on August 17th, 2011 · Comments (6)

    Ryan Lavarnway:

    Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff G PA HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG
    2008 20 Lowell NYPL A- BOS 22 82 2 9 8 18 .211 .317 .366
    2009 21 Greenville SALL A BOS 106 466 21 87 50 113 .285 .367 .540
    2010 22 2 Teams 2 Lgs A+-AA BOS 126 550 22 102 70 104 .288 .393 .489
    2011 23 2 Teams 2 Lgs AA-AAA BOS 109 475 30 85 50 102 .294 .373 .561
    4 Seasons       363 1573 75 283 178 337 .285 .375 .520
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
    Generated 8/17/2011.

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    Jesus Montero:

    Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff G PA HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG
    2007 17 Yankees GULF Rk NYY 33 123 3 19 12 18 .280 .366 .421
    2008 18 Charleston SALL A NYY 132 569 17 87 37 83 .326 .376 .491
    2009 19 2 Teams 2 Lgs A+-AA NYY 92 379 17 70 28 47 .337 .389 .562
    2010 20 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre IL AAA NYY 123 504 21 75 46 91 .289 .353 .517
    2011 21 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre IL AAA NYY 98 417 13 55 32 88 .283 .343 .437
    5 Seasons       478 1992 71 306 155 327 .307 .365 .496
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
    Generated 8/17/2011.

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    Wouldn’t it suck if the Red Sox catching prospect turned out to be a better big league performer than the Yankees catching prospect?

    A-Rod Booed In Scranton

    Posted by on August 17th, 2011 · Comments (13)

    Via the Star Ledger-

    Boos were probably not what Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez was expecting to hear tonight at PNC Field as he started his scheduled two-game rehabilitation stay with the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees.

    He sometimes moved tentatively in the field at third base, and earned some negative feedback from the crowd after he misplayed two pop-ups in foul ground along the left-field line.

    The first miscue came in the fourth inning after he chased the foul ball up the line but allowed it to drop with his back to home plate; he was not charged with an error.

    Two innings later, Rodriguez misplayed another foul pop in the same general area after he over ran it and the ball dropped behind him.

    Rodriguez moved without his usual fluidity on both plays, and each was followed by a smattering of boos.

    The miscues provided a small indication of how Rodriguez’s knee was coming along as he rehabs his way back to join the Yankees since being placed on the disabled list on July 10 with a slightly torn meniscus in his right knee.

    Rodriguez played six innings in the field tonight and had a single to right field in three plate appearances.

    “I was a little tentative, a little hesitant,” Rodriguez said. “I think that’s something that comes with a little bit more time, a little bit more repetition. It’s only my third game. I had the same experience with my hip in 2009. Those last few hurdles are more mental than physical.”

    What I don’t understand here is why Jesus Montero didn’t come to Alex’s defense and tell the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre fans that it’s wrong to boo A-Rod? He should have told them that it’s in the best interests of the team for them to support Rodriguez. Man, he’s a terrible leader for being silent on this matter.

    Domingo Santana

    Posted by on August 16th, 2011 · Comments (7)

    “Domingo Santana” rolls off the tongue like “Inigo Montoya.”

    Astros just got him from the Phillies.  He’s just 18-years old.  So, no one knows if his bat will ever let him move up.  But, boy, can he throw.  I loved watching him let loose from right field. 

    That always gets me – someone with a cannon out in right. 

    Yankees have had a few in my time:  Winnie, Barfield, Mondesi, Gerald Williams.  And, out of those, I would say that Barfield was the biggest “shut down” arm they had out there.  He had a true weapon. 

    It’s a gift.  And, only a few get it.

    Did Denbo Fix Jeter?

    Posted by on August 16th, 2011 · Comments (6)

    Via the Daily News -

    When Derek Jeter went on the disabled list in June with a calf injury, he was hitting .260 with 20 RBI in 62 games. In the 33 games since he returned July 4, he’s batted .313 with 21 RBI and is hitting .356 this month. Much of his improvement is due to work he did at the club’s minor-league complex with Gary Denbo that made for some of the most interesting footage in the HBO documentary “Derek Jeter 3K.”

    Denbo was the club’s roving hitting instructor when Jeter was a minor leaguer and the big league team’s hitting coach in 2001. “I’ve been working with him since I was 18,” Jeter said. “I didn’t want to be injured, but when it happens you hope it’s a blessing in disguise. . . . I did things I needed to work on away from the game. So it was beneficial to be able to work on them, to be able to work with him.”

    Jeter said the time he spent in Tampa allowed him to focus on adjustments in his hitting. “A lot of times when you’re in the middle of the season there’s things you can’t work on because you have to play every day,” he said. “It was unfortunate to get hurt, but it was fortunate that I could spend that time working and getting something accomplished.”

    Bottom line, in his last 154 PA, Jeter’s BA/OBA/SLG line is .326/.382/.457 – and that’s what we expect from him.

    Hey, if Long can fix Granderson, why couldn’t Denbo fix Jeter?

    Gotta Admit…

    Posted by on August 16th, 2011 · Comments (15)

    When you consider that…

    • A.J. Burnett sucks.
    • Phil Hughes was a first-half bust.
    • Derek Jeter looked very old before going on the D.L.
    • Jorge Posada looks very old, period.
    • A-Rod’s power was MIA and then he went MIA for six weeks.
    • Nick Swisher hit like crap the first two months of the season.
    • Bartolo Colon and Freddy Garcia have been two of the Yankees better pitchers this season.
    • Mark Teixeira’s hitting two-fifty and that’s recently high for him.
    • To date, the Yankees have gotten little from Joba Chamberlain & Rafael Soriano.

    It’s really pretty damn impressive that the Yankees are in first place today with just 43 games to play.

    And, it speaks volumes to the jobs done this season by CC Sabathia, Curtis Granderson, Ivan Nova, Robinson Cano, David Roberston and Brett Gardner.  Without those six guys, there’s a great chance that the Yankees are not in first place today.

    Balls

    Posted by on August 15th, 2011 · Comments (7)

    Took the kids to see the Lakewood BlueClaws host the Delmarva Shorebirds this evening. It was a beautiful summer night at the ballpark – after all that rain we had on Sunday and early Monday. “The Chicken” was at the game – and the kids got lots of autographs before the contest. (In case you’re scoring at home, it was Mario Hollands, Mike McGuire, Lisalberto Bonilla, Ervis Manzanillo, Ryan Minor, Jose Hernandez, Garabez Rosa, Kyle Simon, Michael Planeta, Jacob Julius, Cameron Roth, Matt Bywater, Mike Wright and “The Chicken” – Ted Giannoulas.)

    Hey, and, A.J. Burnett won a game for the Yankees! Ain’t that a kick in the…

    No Triple-A-Rod Sneaky Peeky For Media

    Posted by on August 15th, 2011 · Comments (0)

    Via Jim Baumbach -

    With A-Rod headed to Scranton, the Yankees’ Triple-A affiliate announced today reporters are not allowed in clubhouse before his games.

    I’m guessing they don’t want anyone messing with A-Rod’s toothbrush. Then again, who wants to go to Scranton?

    Found, Forgotten & Puzzling

    Posted by on August 15th, 2011 · Comments (3)

    Today, I found an old “Master Lock” Combination Lock that I haven’t touched since the summer of 2006. In fact, I forgot that I had it, until I discovered it now…looking for something else.

    I’m terrible with remembering the combinations to these things. So, I usually put a code on the back of it, for a clue, that only makes sense to me. And, on the back of this lock, I wrote:

    TEAM
    BUCK
    DUKES

    Of course, like most things when it comes to me, there’s a Yankees connection. All of these tie back to a Yankees number.

    I do remember, in this case, that “BUCK” was short for “Bucky” and that means “20.” And, “DUKES” was short for “El Duque Hernandez” and that means “26.” But, boy, am I drawing a blank on “TEAM” right now.

    The combo to this is something-20-26, for sure. Just wish I could remember what that first number is…

    It’s between 0 and 39…those are the only options. I suppose that I could try each one to see what works…but, that takes out the fun of trying to remember this one.

    WasWatching.com 2011 Reader Survey

    Posted by on August 15th, 2011 · Comments (0)

    Last chance  to get in on the survey, today, if interested.  It will close this evening.  Click here for more.

    Donnie Mullet

    Posted by on August 15th, 2011 · Comments (0)

    Has it really been 20 years now?

    Taking The Field: A Fan’s Quest To Run The Team He Loves

    Posted by on August 15th, 2011 · Comments (0)

    A couple of weeks ago, unsolicited, a copy of Howard Megdal’s “Taking the Field: A Fan’s Quest to Run the Team He Loves” was sent to me.

    To be totally candid, when I opened up the mailing envelope, and I saw what was sent, at first blush, my reaction was:  “They sent this to the wrong guy.  I’m a Yankees fan.  Why would I have interest in anything that is likely to be Mets fan drivel?”  And, related, I threw the book in a pile with some other stuff that I was ignoring at that time.

    Then, by chance, in a moment of total boredom and morbid curiosity, I cracked it open one day and starting reading it.

    Guess what?  Right out of the chute,  ”Taking the Field: A Fan’s Quest to Run the Team He Loves” was very engrossing.  And, the further I read, the more I wanted to read on.

    I found Megdal’s book to be very well written, funny, and quite enjoyable – even if the subject matter was the Mets.  And, if you can get past the fact that it’s about the Mets, and just read “Taking the Field,”  you may see yourself in this book…if you’re a passionate fan of a baseball team.

    You can probably count the number of times you’re likely to see me recommend a book about the Mets on Carlos May’s right hand.  But, Howard Megdal’s “Taking the Field: A Fan’s Quest to Run the Team He Loves” is one worth checking out.  It’s a really nice read…even if it is about the Mets.

    Posada Open To New Team In 2012

    Posted by on August 15th, 2011 · Comments (8)

    Via Mark Hale -

    Jorge Posada wearing anything but Yankees pinstripes? That would have seemed impossible a few months ago.

    Not anymore.

    Posada, a career-long Yankee who is celebrating his 20th year with the organization, said he would consider playing for another team once his contract is up at the end of this season.

    “It could [happen],” Posada told The Post yesterday. “I don’t know what’s going to happen after this year. But we’ll see.”

    That’s quite a change from Saturday, when Posada lauded Yankees fans after smashing a grand slam and driving in six runs in a 9-2 win over the Rays in his first game in a week.

    Afterwards, manager Joe Girardi called Posada “a beloved Yankee.” And Posada, who took a curtain call after his grand slam, prasied Yankees fans for being “so supportive” of him.

    “The fans are a big reason why I love playing the game, and especially here,” Posada said Saturday. “I play for them.”

    Nevertheless, Posada would consider playing for another team, though he admitted leaving The Bronx would be difficult.

    And it almost happened before. Posada pointed out yesterday he had been “very close” to leaving the Yankees for the Mets after the 2007 season. He confirmed the Mets offered him a five-year contract, but he elected to turn down that deal and re-sign with the Yankees.

    Posada, who will celebrate his 40th birthday on Wednesday, is in the final year of the four-year contract he signed that year, and this season has been a maddening one.

    What’s the market for 41-year old designated hitters coming off a season in which they batted .237?

    Record Rain

    Posted by on August 15th, 2011 · Comments (0)

    Via the Daily News -

    New York broke an all-time record for a one-day rainfall Sunday as up to 8 inches of water soaked the city, snarling trains and flooding roadways.

    By 9 p.m., 7.7 inches of rain had fallen at Kennedy Airport.

    It was the most recorded there in a single day since the National Weather Service began keeping records 116 years ago.

    The heavy tropical rain is expected to continue Monday, and a flash flood warning is in effect until 9 p.m.

    The normal rainfall for all of August in New York is 4 inches – which means the city was socked with two months worth of rain in a single day.

    “This is what you would expect in a major hurricane,” said Steve Wistar, senior meteorologist at AccuWeather.

    Kennedy Airport’s old one-day rainfall record, 6.3 inches, set on June 30, 1984, fell by noon.

    Central Park, where the city’s official rainfall total is recorded, saw 5.8 inches by 10:45 p.m., making it the fifth-wettest day of all time there.

    The heavy rain caused scattered power outages and transit disruptions. Cars got caught in flash floods, and the Long Island Rail Road reported localized flooding and trees on the tracks, delaying several dozen trains and closing the Far Rockaway and Long Beach branches.

    In the subways, water flooded into tunnels, knocking out parts of seven lines in the morning. By evening, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said, things were under control.

    On Staten Island, firefighters rescued two construction workers who got trapped in a stalled elevator rapidly filling with water.

    “We thought we were dead,” said one of the rescued men, Ed Tyler, 26, of Milltown, N.J. “I literally thought I was going to die.”

    And, via the AP -

    Heavy rains soaked New Jersey on Sunday, spurring minor to moderate flooding in many areas and causing travel delays for drivers and airline passengers.

    The Pascack Brook in Hillsdale is known to swell during constant rainfall, and that’s what happened Sunday. It flooded parking lots and some of the roads there.

    But it was not just Hillsdale where a lot of water was causing a lot of problems.

    Sunday’s deluge drenched homes and businesses across the Garden State.

    In Bergen County, rains flooded roads and parking lots. In Hoboken, rain and high tide backed up the drainage system and forced water into the street. It’s a problem people in the area say they deal with during severe storms.

    “This is terrible,” one resident said. “But this is normal for this place. We need boats out here.”

    Authorities had to close some streets due to severe flooding, forcing drivers to find creative solutions. Some people put up sand bags to protect their property, but others couldn’t keep the rain out.

    “We live here, and the elevator was flooded through, and the parking garage was flooding,” one man said.

    Many people are resigned to their soggy fate for another day.

    “I did have rain boots, but I found out they had a hole in them,” one woman said. “And my feet got wet anyway. So my feet will be wet regardless.”

    Officials continue to keep a close eye on the Pascack Brook.

    At least two counties in southern New Jersey – Salem and Cumberland counties – declared states of emergency.

    Most areas had seen 1 to 4 inches of rain by early Sunday night. But about 11 inches had fallen in the Salem County town of Pittsgrove, and several Gloucester County communities had received 6 to 7 inches.

    In Bridgeton, Cumberland County, emergency management officials urged residents living along parts of the Cohansey River to evacuate their homes and head to a Red Cross shelter.

    Other communities also reported that bodies of water, such as Assunpink Lake in Trenton and the Millstone River in Somerset County, had flooded.

    Several major roadways were closed at times on Sunday due to flooding, causing headaches for drivers but no major problems.

    Meanwhile, delays of up to 90 minutes were being reported for arriving flights at Newark Liberty Airport.

    Better now than in October, I suppose…

    I never liked rain outs in the post-season. In my mind, they usual lead to bad news in Yankeeland. But, that could just be my memory playing tricks on me and/or my wanting to blame something else for the 2004 ALCS.

    Grandy Man’s Guns

    Posted by on August 14th, 2011 · Comments (0)

    What’s under the Grandy Man’s baggy uni? Some serious pipes.

    Source: Curtis Granderson, New Era Flag Bearer

    Did Kevin Long make those too?

    2011 Yankees By TRAA & RSAA

    Posted by on August 14th, 2011 · Comments (0)

    Yankees 2011 stats through yesterday, via the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia:

    TRAA                           TRAA     RCAA     FRAA    
    1    Brett Gardner                30        9       21   
    2    Curtis Granderson            26       32       -6   
    3    Nick Swisher                 23       15        8   
    4    Alex Rodriguez               17       14        3   
    5    Mark Teixeira                16       17       -1   
    6    Robinson Cano                14       21       -7   
    7    Russell Martin                4       -9       13   
    8    Andruw Jones                  3        2        1   
    9    Eric Chavez                   2        1        1   
    T10  Greg Golson                   0        0        0   
    T10  Ramiro Pena                   0       -3        3   
    T12  Brandon Laird                -1        0       -1   
    T12  Chris Dickerson              -1        2       -3   
    T12  Gustavo Molina               -1       -1        0   
    15   Francisco Cervelli           -4       -3       -1   
    16   Jorge Posada                 -9       -8       -1   
    17   Eduardo Nunez               -11       -1      -10   
    18   Derek Jeter                 -22       -3      -19
    RSAA                           RSAA      BFP      IP     
    1    C.C. Sabathia                25      777    190.2   
    2    David Robertson              14      196     46.2   
    3    Freddy Garcia                13      517    122.1   
    4    Luis Ayala                   12      161     38.2   
    5    Bartolo Colon                10      498    119.2   
    6    Mariano Rivera                8      173     45     
    7    Cory Wade                     5       91     23.1   
    8    Joba Chamberlain              4      110     28.2   
    T9   Boone Logan                   3      134     29.2   
    T9   Ivan Nova                     3      486    112.1   
    T11  Lance Pendleton               1       62     14     
    T11  Jeff Marquez                  1       18      4     
    T11  Hector Noesi                  1      164     38.2   
    T11  Rafael Soriano                1       87     21     
    T15  Kevin Whelan                  0       10      1.2   
    T15  Steve Garrison                0        2      0.2   
    T17  Brian Gordon                 -1       46     10.1   
    T17  Buddy Carlyle                -1       34      7.2   
    19   Sergio Mitre                 -5       30      5.1   
    20   Amaury Sanit                 -7       40      7     
    21   A.J. Burnett                 -8      645    148.2   
    22   Phil Hughes                 -12      202     44
    TRAA                           TRAA     RCAA     FRAA    
    1    Red Sox                     116      102       14   
    2    Yankees                      86       85        1   
    3    Tigers                       74       52       22   
    4    Rays                         73       64        9   
    5    Royals                       38       29        9   
    6    Angels                       10      -10       20   
    7    Rangers                       1        8       -7   
    8    Indians                     -11      -19        8   
    9    Blue Jays                   -13      -12       -1   
    10   Mariners                    -69      -83       14   
    11   Orioles                     -74      -51      -23   
    12   White Sox                   -84      -64      -20   
    13   Twins                      -103      -87      -16   
    14   A's                        -113      -76      -37
    RSAA                           RSAA      BFP      IP     
    1    Rangers                     104     4499   1070.1   
    2    Yankees                      67     4483   1060     
    3    A's                          59     4514   1062.1   
    4    Red Sox                      49     4512   1063.2   
    5    White Sox                    39     4525   1075.2   
    6    Angels                       22     4519   1088     
    7    Blue Jays                     3     4638   1075.1   
    8    Mariners                      0     4362   1048.1   
    9    Indians                      -3     4413   1048.2   
    10   Rays                        -31     4446   1065     
    11   Tigers                      -38     4495   1053.1   
    12   Twins                       -48     4536   1047     
    13   Royals                      -78     4688   1083.1   
    14   Orioles                     -87     4596   1045.1

    It’s a rainy day in Yankeeland. Feel free to discuss these stats or anything else Yankees-related in the comments section of this post.

    Jorgie’s Grand Day

    Posted by on August 13th, 2011 · Comments (13)

    Raise your batting glove-free hand if you think it was kinda cool for Jorge Posada to have a big day at the Stadium this afternoon…and on National T.V. too.

    My hand, by the way, is up. Way up there.

    I guess it’s true: Old tigers, sensing the end, they’re at their most fierce.

    Freddy Got Fingered

    Posted by on August 13th, 2011 · Comments (2)

    Via LoHud -

    Freddy Garcia cut a finger on his pitching hand four or five days ago in a kitchen accident, according to Joe Girardi, so he has been scratched from tomorrow’s start and the decision about who to cut from the rotation will now be delayed. A.J. Burnett will take the start tomorrow, weather permitting, because the forecast sounds bad.

    Amazing that this development was kept quiet for days until Phil Hughes had a solid start today.

    Sweet Ride

    Posted by on August 13th, 2011 · Comments (0)

    So, I’m driving up the Garden State Parkway North tonight just before 8 PM, and, I cannot believe what I see ahead of me…

    It’s a Yankees Ford Mustang GT. (See picture below.)

    Man, it was a work of art – and cherry!

    I quickly sped up to get along side of it.

    Once I caught up, my wife noticed my hand sliding on the steering wheel, and, before she could finish “Don’t you dare…,” I gave my car horn two quick taps.

    The driver of the Mustang looked over at me and I gave him the thumbs up. He smiled and gave a thumbs up back at me.

    Of course, my kids thought the whole thing was hilarious. My daughter said “Only you would give the Yankees car a thumbs up on the highway.” And, my son made a comment on how he couldn’t believe the whole thing just happened.

    It wasn’t until I got home that I found out the car was a “one of a kind.”  Dude, it was a sweet ride…

    It’s DJ3K Saturday

    Posted by on August 13th, 2011 · Comments (3)

    Via Bryan Hoch -

    Derek Jeter’s 3,000th hit came the last time the Rays were in town, and they’ll celebrate it all over again on Saturday afternoon. Here’s the press release from the Yankees, asking fans to be in their seats by 3:45 p.m. ET:

    YANKEES TO CELEBRATE DEREK JETER’S 3,000TH CAREER HIT WITH A SPECIAL PREGAME CEREMONY ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 13

    The New York Yankees tonight announced that a special pregame ceremony celebrating Derek Jeter’s 3,000th career hit will be held prior to Saturday’s game between the Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays, scheduled to begin at 4:10 p.m. Gates will open two hours prior to first pitch at 2:00 p.m. and fans are encouraged to arrive early and be in their seats by 3:45 p.m.

    On July 9, 2011, Jeter became the 28th player all time—and at 37 years, 13 days the fourth youngest—to reach the 3,000-hit plateau with a third-inning solo home run off Tampa Bay’s David Price. Jeter would finish the game 5-for-5 with the game-winning RBI single in the eighth inning. He joined Wade Boggs as the only two players to hit a home run as their 3,000th career hit, and became only the second player to record at least five hits in the game in which they recorded their 3,000th hit (also Craig Biggio).

    And, more:

    Details of today’s #DJ3K ceremony being kept under wraps even to Jeter. Says no one has told him a thing.

    Shame the game is on FOX today. I don’t know why the Yankees wouldn’t wait for Sunday so that they could show the whole thing on YES. I wonder what surprises they have in store for Jeter?

    What Folks Are Saying About WasWatching.com

    Posted by on August 13th, 2011 · Comments (9)

    First, thanks to those who have taken the time to complete our recent reader survey!

    It’s still open. And, if you haven’t taken it yet, and you are interested, click here to take it.

    Second, some background on why I launched the survey.

    I was thinking about this blog the other day, and it hit me that I’ve been doing this for seven seasons now. That’s a long time. How many other Yankees-related blog out there have been at it for the last seven seasons? You can probably count them on one hand.

    Pondering this, I started to consider hanging them up at the end of this year. And, then I thought “Why wait for tomorrow…?” After all, what’s the difference, two or three months? But, before I made that call, I wondered what people thought about this blog, these days.

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