Mets fans are starting to wonder…
Raise the Jolly Roger.
Via ESPN -
Baltimore outfielder Adam Jones continued his outspoken ways during the Orioles’ just-completed series in New York.
One day after lashing out about two fans who ran onto the field at Yankee Stadium, Jones said he wasn’t buying into the hype surrounding $155 million Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka.
“Why don’t you ask Tanaka about me? I’m the one who’s been over here in the major leagues for a while,” the Baltimore Orioles’ center fielder said Tuesday, according to Newsday. “Congratulations, he did it over there. Don’t make it like he’s the dirtiest guy in the world. He was 24-0 — in Japan.
Jones, who struck out twice against Tanaka on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium, still wasn’t impressed after the Orioles’ 5-4 victory.
“Am I [supposed] to go home and say I faced Tanaka tonight? Just go throw a party that I faced Tanaka? It’s another pitcher,” Jones told Newsday. “Another pitcher in the rotation. Nothing special to me. It’s just another guy that we have to go through to get to where we want to be.”
Do I sense the O’s trying to get some bad blood brewing?
Man, he can pick it. Where did the Mets ever find him?
Let’s see if they get more in return than the Yankees do, when New York trades one of their surplus catchers this spring.
Via CBS –
New York Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen apologized Wednesday for using a slur during a locker-room conversation with Daisuke Matsuzaka’s interpreter.
The slur was overheard by Wall Street Journal reporter Stu Woo.
“I apologize for the thoughtless remarks that I made yesterday in the clubhouse,” Warthen said in a statement released by the team. “They were a poor attempt at humor but were wrong and inappropriate in any setting. I am very sorry.”
Woo wrote Wednesday that he was “startled” when the 61-year-old Warthen approached Matsuzaka’s Japanese-American interpreter, Jeff Cutler, earlier this week and said, “I’m sorry I called you a ‘Chinaman’ yesterday.”
After Cutler replied “It’s OK,” Warthen added, “I didn’t mean to insinuate –- I know you’re not Chinese. … I thought it was a pretty good joke, though.”
Cutler told Woo he wasn’t offended by the joke referred to by Warthen. But it was a different story for the Chinese-American reporter.
“I didn’t want to be complicit in tolerating the use of a slur that should have been retired long ago,” he wrote.
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson also apologized for Warthen’s “insensitive remarks” — the slur was once commonly used to disparage Chinese immigrants, Woo wrote — on behalf of the franchise.
“The remarks were offensive and inappropriate and the organization is very sorry,” Alderson said.
The whole thing reminds me of a scene from a movie.
Via the Post -
In less than two weeks with the Mets in spring training, Jose Valverde has emerged as the leader of, what the reliever calls, the team’s “Dominican Mafia.”
The members include young pitchers Jenrry Mejia, Jeurys Familia, Rafael Montero and Gonzalez Germen, and meetings are held in a corner of the clubhouse near Valverde’s locker. Another veteran Dominican pitcher, Bartolo Colon, also presides.
“It feels like we are brothers here,” Mejia said Tuesday.
Valverde views his leadership of the “Dominican Mafia” as part of the job description, as he attempts to land a spot in the Mets bullpen, after signing a minor league deal with the club this month.
Omar Minaya could not be reached for comment.
Via Sean McAdam –
The rivarly between the players on the field — save for an occasional Ryan Dempster target practice at A-Rod — has cooled. But as long as Larry Lucchino and Randy Levine are around, the Red Sox and Yankees will always be the Hatfields and the McCoys.
In his annual spring-training meeting with the media on Friday, Lucchino seemed to take more than a little satisfaction in watching the Yankees spend more than a half-billion dollars this winter on free agents Brian McCann, Jacoby Ellsbury, Carlos Beltran and Masahiro Tanaka, trying to play catch-up to the world champion Red Sox.
“We’re very different animals,” the Red Sox CEO said of the Sox and Yanks. “I’m proud of that difference. I always cringe when people lump us together.”
By contrast, the Sox continued the philosophy that brought them a championship, signing complementary players — like catcher A.J. Pierzynski and pitcher Chris Capuano — to cheaper, shorter-term deals.
The Yankees, said Lucchino, “are still, this year at least, relying heavily on their inimitable old-fashioned Yankees style of high-priced, long-term free agents. And I can’t say that I wish them well, but I think that we’ve taken a different approach.”
Well, you knew Levine — the Yankees’ president and CEO, who has tangled with Lucchino in the past — wouldn’t take that lying down.
“I feel bad for Larry; he constantly sees ghosts and is spooked by the Yankees,” Levine said. “But I can understand why, because under his and Bobby Valentine’s plan two years ago, the Red Sox were in last place.”
“[Boston general manager] Ben Cherington and the Red Sox did a great job last year winning the World Series,” continued Levine, “but I’m confident [Yankee GM Brian Cashman and manager Joe Girardi] and our players will compete with a great Red Sox team to win a world championship this year.”
Lucchino and Levine are both blowhards who need to learn to stay quiet. Lucchino only talks when he team has done well and then he crawls under a rock when they tank. And, Levine needs to learn that playing the ghosts card died in 2004. On the whole, they both need to wake up and realize that they are not Williams and DiMaggio, or Fisk and Munson, or even Schilling and A-Rod, and no one wants to hear a couple of stuffed shirts trying to be macho.
Brian Johnson is a prospect in the Red Sox chain. If he makes it, I wonder how many times he will be asked about this:
Man, that was scary. Glad he turned out OK.
Not too shabby.
If you look at the top five single game attendance crowds at the previous Yankee Stadium, they are Opening Day crowds against teams like Oakland, Kansas City, Texas and Detroit where they drew 56,000+ fans.
If you look at the top five single game attendance crowds at the current/new Yankee Stadium, they are all games against the Red Sox from games played in July, August and September where they drew 49,000+ fans.
So, does this mean the only way the Yankees can pack their new Stadium to the rafters is when Red Sox Nation comes to town and takes over the Bronx?
Via the Daily News -
There is no going back now. Curtis Granderson not only put on a Mets jersey for the first time Tuesday, but he took on the long-suffering fanbase on his shoulders and the franchise’s new $60-million outfielder lobbed a salvo back across town.
“A lot of the people I’ve met in New York have always said true New Yorkers are Mets fans,” the former Yankees outfielder said after being introduced at the Winter Meetings. “So I’m excited to get a chance to see them all out there.”
True New Yorkers are Mets fans? Really?
Oh, this is going to be interesting.
You can make a case that the only times the Cardinals won in this series is when the Red Sox made sloppy throws.
Think about this: In the last 35 years, the Yankees have 5 rings and now the Red Sox have three. So much for the hammer and the nail…
Now, the count-down begins…until someone in Beantown does something totally unclassy in their celebration of this win in Fenway.
According to everyone and his brother, it’s a given that David Price gets traded this off-season.
Figure the Rays not to trade him to someone in the A.L. East.
So, where does he go?
This is just a gut feeling…but…I think it will be the Dodgers or the Tigers.
This would mean, in the last 10 years, the Red Sox would have made the playoffs 6 times and won 3 World Series.
Does that make them the best franchise in baseball over the last decade?
This is going to leave a mark.
Does it get any better than the Yankees-Jays, Orioles-Bosox, Rangers-Rays games last night?
It’s easy to say that the Red Sox did a great job recognizing and sending off Mariano Rivera last night.
Heck, there are probably long standing and/or fan favorite Red Sox players who didn’t get treatment from the team the way the Sox had that ceremony and gifts for Rivera…
But, there’s a part of me that does wonder if that was all for Mo, or, was a good part of that a way for the Sox to make themselves look good, on (Sunday Night ESPN) national TV?
Seriously, was the whole front office on the field during that thing? Talk about overkill and a media grab…
Via Steve Melewski –
Over the last 15 years, the Orioles have not won a season series once against the New York Yankees. They lost 13 times and tied the season series twice – going 9-9 last year against New York and 9-9 in 2007.
That is a lot of losing to the Yankees over the years.
The O’s are now 18-12 in their last 30 regular season games against the Yankees, but before that, they went 12-41 over a 53-game stretch. A lot of losing indeed.
But if the O’s win just one of the three remaining games in this series – and they’d like to win a lot more than that – they’ll take a season series from the Yankees for the first time since going 8-4 in 1997.
They lead the series this year 9-7 and one more win will clinch it. The last time the Orioles won 10 or more against the Yankees was in 1982 when they went 11-2.
Well, the Rays are better than the Yankees these days…actually, for a while now. And, we just saw Boston. More so that the O’s, perhaps, now, the big question will be: How long until the Yankees are worse than the Blue Jays?
I would love to know what that was all about, just a few moments ago, in the Yankees game.
I have a ton of respect for both Joe Girardi and Buck Showalter. It’s hard to believe that one of them was doing something wrong. But, I suspect that we’ll know what’s going on soon…
Sounded like boos tonight.
…but, he sure runs the bases better than Alfonso Soriano.