March 2009

No Concerns…

I’m not a paranoid guy.  Really, I’m not…

 

 

So, what if Joba Chamberlain is throwing wiffle balls…

 

 

Okay, maybe Robinson Cano could show a little more maturity and hustle…

 

 

 

 

I’m not worried that Derek Jeter or Mariano Rivera will suddenly start acting their age…

 

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Or that Cody Ransom can’t hit a change-up or a curve…

 

 

 

I am hopeful that A-Rod will look as good to us upon his return in May as he does to himself…

 

 

No concerns…seriously…about Posada or Matsui’s knees…

 

 

 

 

 

Or that A.J. Burnett has a charter membership to the DL…

 

 

 

 

 

I do wonder if Andy Pettitte will manage to get by in New York on just $5 mil…

 

 

 

 

Or if Brett Gardner will join Hair Club for Men…

 

 

 

 

But is Joe Girardi on the Hot Seat?  I didn’t even notice…

 

 

 

 

I’m not worried.  We’ll just shuffle the cards, and pull out an Ace…

 

 

 

 

All is right in the world.  Let’s roll!

 

Go Yankees!

 

 

 

P.S.  Don’t worry Julia!  We won’t be going down in flames

 

 

 

A COLUMN TO READ…

 

This is a special shout out to Mark Feinsand and his Blogging the Bombers column in the New York Daily News for the great plug of our fearless leader, Jane Heller, and her book, Confessions of a She-Fan.  Too bad Mark isn’t the Yankees Media Relations Director…

 

 

Have a great day!

 

–Scott

The Toast of New York…

Congratulations to Brett Gardner, the new starting centerfielder for the New York Yankees!  

 

J. Conrad William, Jr./Newsday via MCT

 

He’s the Toast of the Town!  The King of New York!

 

 

 

 

Brights Lights, Big City…

 

 

 A VIP at the best restaurants and bars in Manhattan…

 

 

Broadway Shows, Fifth Avenue Shopping, and perhaps an appearance on the David Letterman Show…

 

 

He plays among the ghosts of Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle…

 

 

Life is grand!

 

 

BUT, if May or June finds Brett’s batting average at .220, he’ll be banished to…

 

 

 

 

Or perhaps even worse…

 

 

Or worse yet, Egads! (I hate to wish this upon any living soul)…

 

Traded to the Boston Red Sox!

 

 

FORMER YANKEES PRESIDENT PASSES AWAY

 

Former Yankees president Lou Saban died Sunday at his home in North Myrtle Beach, SC.  He was 87. 

 

 

Saban is perhaps best known as the head coach of the NFL’s Buffalo Bills, where he coached O.J. Simpson.  Lou was also coach of the Bills when they won the 1964 and 1965 American Football League (AFL) Championships (the last two years prior to the start of the Super Bowl, which began in 1966).  The AFL titles were the only championships in Bills history.  

 

Saban was also the first head coach of the Boston Patriots, who began play in 1960 when the AFL was formed (thanks for that information, Julia!).

 

In 1955, George Steinbrenner served on Saban’s coaching staff at Northwestern University (as receivers coach).

 

“He has been my friend and mentor for over 50 years, and one of the people who helped shape my life,” Steinbrenner said in a statement.   “Lou was tough and disciplined, and he earned all the respect and recognition that came his way.  He spent a lifetime leading, teaching and inspiring, and took great satisfaction in making the lives around him better.  This is a tremendous loss to me personally.”

 

Saban worked for George Steinbrenner as Yankees president in 1981 and 1982.

 

I like this Saban quote:  “You can get it done.  You can get it done.  What’s more, ya GOTTA get it done!”.

 

Saban was definitely one of a kind…

 

A Devastating Injury for the Yanks!…

The injuries have mounted for many teams this spring.  We’re concerned about Joe Mauer in Minnesota (well, some of us more than others…LOL!)  and Cole Hamels in Philadelphia.  Justin Duchscherer of the A’s will start the season the DL after surgery on his elbow.  There are too many injuries, both big and small, to count…

A review of current headlines show that the Braves’ Brian McCann is still hurting from getting hit in the ring finger by a foul pitch in yesterday’s loss to the Yankees…

…to Angels pitcher John Lackey’s stiff forearm.

We’ve seen Jason Johnson in Yankees camp be diagnosed with eye cancer in the Yankees camp, and of course both Damaso Marte and Robinson Cano came back from the WBC hurting.

 

But is the biggest injury in Yankees camp the hip surgery performed on A-Rod’s torn labrum earlier this month?

 

WFAA.com

 

No, the most devastating injury in Yankees camp is…

 

 

…Derek Jeters’s pinkie! 

Stop the presses!

 

Call the ambulance…quick!  Emergency treatment is needed now!

 

 

Yankeeville hangs in the balance, awaiting news of DJ’s injured left pinkie…

 

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Oh, he’ll play today against the Pirates? 

Well, Nevermind!…as Roseanne Rosannadanna would say…

 

 

TEIXIERA AND THE YANKS

In an interview with WFAN, it appears that Mark Teixiera’s signing with the Yankees wasn’t so improbable after all.  In words that are sure to infuriate both Angels and Red Sox fans, Tex clearly had the Yanks in his sights from the start.

AP 

It has been assumed that the Yankees came in with a late offer to swoop Tex away from the Red Sox.  However, it appears that this was destined to happen from the start as the Yankees were apparently the only team that complied with Teixeira’s request to keep negotiations confidential. 

As transcribed by Mike DiGiovanna in the Los Angeles Times:

“I always had the Yankees in my sights, and one thing my agent and I had asked every single team is, we’re not going to negotiate through the media, and we ask you not to. The Yankees were really the only team that did that. The other teams went out and told everybody their offers, told everybody that they talked to me, that they made this call, made that trip. The Yankees kept quiet. We talked all winter. When they were ready to make their final offer, it was a great offer, and my wife and I were excited about going to New York.” 

Teixiera was asked about the recruiting visit made to his Texas home by the Red Sox in December, and he responded: “I think in the end, it probably worked against them a little bit, because everyone thought the Red Sox were my No. 1 choice,” Teixeira said. “… The Yankees had a leg up all along.”

Regardless of how it went down, I will be glad to see Tex standing at first base for Opening Day at the new Yankee Stadium on April 16th.

Jared Max/WCBS

YANKEES NEWS

The Yankees will dedicate a new memorial for the victims of 9/11 today at Steinbrenner Field.  A piece of steel from the World Trade Center ruins was used to create the memorial which depicts the Twin Towers sitting on a Pentagon-shaped foundation.  The memorial sits on grass in tribute to United Flight 93 which crashed in Somerset County, PA.  It is a tremendous memorial that pays a great tribute to all those who lost their lives on that fateful day, and broke the heart of a nation.

Courtesy New York Yankees

According to many articles, it sounds as though the Yankees may opt to go with Jonathan Albaladejo in the bullpen, leaving long reliever candidates Brett Tomko, Alfredo Aceves, and Dan Giese on the outside looking in.  It’s unfortunate for Tomko, who has had a terrific spring, but the odds were stacked against him from the start since he is not on the 40-man roster.

Kathy Willens/AP

I had expected the Minnesota Twins to return Rule 5 draftee Jason Jones to the Yankees, but the teams opted to swap righthanders as the Yankees received 23-year-old Charles Nolte.  I don’t know anything about Nolte, but he’s three years younger than Jones.  He posted a 2.05 ERA in 44 Single A relief appearances last year, and had 75 strikeouts in 70 1/3 innings.    

With the attention that Ramiro Pena has drawn for his fielding prowess, is this the year that the Yankees start to experiment with Derek Jeter in an occasional start in other positions, like centerfield?  Given that there are other long-term solutions for centerfield to go with Brett Gardner (like potentially Jeter and the much anticipated arrival of Austin Jackson later this year or in 2010), I wonder if Melky Cabrera will become a trading chip at some point.  I am still not comfortable with the thought of Cody Ransom at third. 

Where’s Mike Pagliarulo when you need him? 

Former New York Yankees player Darryl Strawberry, left, waves to the crowd after sliding safely into third base ahead of the tag from Mike Pagliarulo during the Old Timer's game Saturday, July 7, 2007 at Yankee Stadium in New York.

Just kidding…

Speaking of Pena, it sounds as though he’s beaten out Angel Berroa for the infield utility spot.  I definitely feel for Joe Girardi.  He has some very difficult decisions in the coming days, and they are decisions that will dramatically shape the 2009 Yankees.  No pressure…

 

 

 

Meanwhile, I am trying to decide whether I want an apple or an orange.  Man, what a tough decision!  ;)

 

Congrats to the latest MLBlogs Leaders!…

In the great tradition started by the tremendous Yankees blogger, Jimmy Curran, I dedicate this blog to #12 (thanks to the latest Leaders List for Fan Blogs that Mark posted on Friday).  There are so many great bloggers on the list, and it is certainly an honor and privilege to be among such outstanding writers and fans.  Congratulations to everyone who made the list!  MLBlogs is the premier baseball blogging site because of all of you!

For number 12, I thought about who I should write about.  Unfortunately, the Yankees current #12 is not someone that I’ve been enamored with.  I have openly expressed a desire for the Yankees to pursue third base options other than Cody Ransom, so he’s out.  Then there’s Alfonso Soriano.  He was fun to watch as a Yankee, but he’s toiling at Wrigley Field these days.  So, I decided to write about the first Yankees #12 that I distinctly remember.

From www.baseball-almanac.com 

Jim Spencer, known for his excellent fielding skills, played for a few American League clubs in the early 1970’s (most notably the California Angels, although I probably remember him more as a member of the Chicago White Sox).

Spencer came to the Yankees in 1978, and played in 71 games for the World Championship club that staged one of the greatest comebacks ever against the Boston Red Sox.  It was a season that was highlighted by Bucky (bleeping) Dent’s home run in the one game play-off at Fenway Park.  .

AP

Spencer was the batter who preceded Dent before his historic homer, but he popped out with two runners on base.  Can you imagine how much differently we would have remembered Spencer had he hit the home run instead of Dent?

In 1979, Spencer hit a career high of 23 home runs.   He ended his career with the Oakland A’s in 1982.

I can still remember the comments Jim Spencer made about Catfish Hunter during the pitcher’s funeral in 1999.  “When we won in ’78, the team headed to New York for a ticker tape parade — 27 blocks, 27 million people. I was in it, Jimmy was only interested in coming home to Hertford (NC). Deer hunting season opened the next day,” remembered Spencer. “He was the kind of player whose competitive drive spilled over to his teammates.”  Considering that Hunter was one of my personal favorites, I recall being very touched about Spencer’s words since everyone knew how much the outdoors meant to Catfish.

Sadly, just three years later, Spencer was taken from us too soon when he died from a heart attack.  He will always be remembered as part of the historic 1978 World Champions that included Hunter, Dent, Goose Gossage,  Thurman Munson, Chris Chambliss, Graig Nettles, Willie Randolph, Mickey Rivers, Reggie Jackson, Lou Piniella, Cliff Johnson, Paul Blair, Roy White and others…

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YANKEES HAPPENINGS AND OTHER NEWS

It was a slow day for Yankees news on Friday.

CC Sabathia looked ready to roll in his spring training win over the Cincinnati Reds (retiring 16 consecutive batters at one point). 

Kathy Willens/AP 

It sounds as though Joe Girardi will be announcing the starting centerfielder later this weekend, with Brett Gardner the most likely selection.  It’s great that both Brett and Melky Cabrera had such good springs.  Just because one may be selected as the starter now does not mean that the other won’t be starting by June, or prevent Mike Cameron from arriving prior to the trade deadline.  But all things considered, I like the intangibles that Brett brings to the lineup.  His blazing speed is very exciting, and he makes things happen on the base paths.  But I also recognize that Austin Jackson will enter the mix next year, or perhaps even later this year.  So, nothing is set in stone in centerfield.

If the decision is between Alfredo Aceves and Brett Tomko, I’d go with Aceves…

I liked Derek Jeter’s comment about leading off instead of batting second:  “You hit 60 seconds earlier than you normally do.” 

It doesn’t sound like David Robertson will make the club.  I am hopeful that if he is sent down, he’ll continue to improve and make a speedy return to the Bronx.

As spring training nears an end, I am very pleased with the progress made by several areas of concern, most notably Jorge Posada and Mariano Rivera.  I am dreading the day Mo walks off the mound for the final time.

Al Bello/Getty Images 

There is continued concern over Joba’s loss of speed on his fastball.  After routinely hitting the gun at 98 MPH last season, he’s been more in the 88 to 92 MPH range and only hit 94 MPH a couple of times in his last start.  The Yankees and Joba don’t seem concerned, but there are definitely some mechanics that need to be worked out.  This could be a defining moment for pitching coach Dave Eiland.

I was pleased to hear that Aaron Boone’s open heart surgery went well on Thursday.  Here’s hoping for a speedy recovery!

It’s going to be a fun year in the American League East as even the Orioles and Blue Jays have solid talent on their teams.  Maybe not enough to contend, but they’ll have a say in the eventual Division winner.

Regardless of what happens, I have a feeling that this will be a very special year for all of us (baseball fans, not just Yankees fans).  It’s the dawn of a great season…

Have a great day!

–Scott

 

 

A Tip of the Hat to Julia’s Rants…

Julia (of Julia’s Rants) has successfully completed her required three pro-Yankee blogs.  I’ll add that she did a tremendous job with her “hat trick”!

 

First, she led off with the Iron Man himself…

 

 

Then, she knocked in Bobby Ray Murcer…

 

 Rich Pilling, MLB Photos via Getty Images

 

Finally, she slammed one out of the park with DJ…

 

 

Three outstanding blogs!  Julia’s debt is paid in full…well, at least, until we meet again in late April!

 

I do want to compliment Julia on her selections.  It is easy to write about past Yankees, such as Gehrig or Murcer.  But it takes courage for a Red Sox fan to write about Derek Jeter.  She could have taken the easy road and wrote about a “safe” Yankee like Jose Molina, Xavier Nady or coach Tony Pena.  She could have written about A-Rod for that matter, since there’s nothing she could say that would be more polarizing than what has already been said about him in the press.  She also could have written about Johnny Damon, a player with obvious ties to Red Sox history.  But she chose to write about one of the most despised Yankees in Boston, and I am very appreciative.  I find Dustin Pedroia to be somewhat similar to DJ.  Outwardly, it is easy to say that Dustin is your least favorite player, a lousy ballplayer, etc., but meanwhile, under your breath, what you’re really saying is ‘Man, this Pedroia kid really has some incredible skills!  Too bad he’s not on my team!’.  I hope the Boston fans can recognize that Derek plays the game the way it should be played, and he is always respectful of his teammates and opponents.  Excellent job, Julia!

 

By the way, it was fun being “teammates’ for a few days…

 

 

But now, we can resume our normal relationship…

 

 

Good times!

 

JULY 21, 1980

 

On this date, the Yankees lost to the Milwaukee Brewers, 7-4.  Tom Underwood was the losing pitcher, and the Yankees lineup looked like this:

 

2B Willie Randolph

LF Lou Piniella

1B Bob Watson

RF Reggie Jackson

DH Eric Soderholm

3B Graig Nettles

C Rick Cerone

CF Ruppert Jones

SS Bucky Dent

 

The opposing lineup included the likes of Paul Molitor, Robin Yount, Cecil Cooper, Stormin’ Gorman Thomas, Ben Oglivie, Sixto Lezcano, Don Money, Charlie Moore, and Jim Gantner.  The winning pitcher was Mike Caldwell. 

 

Nothing special about this day, right?  Wrong.  On July 21, 1980, in Vallejo, CA, Carsten Charles Sabathia was born. 

 

C.C. Sabathia

Newsday

 

The man destined to open the Yankees 2009 season in Baltimore on Monday, April 6th, and to throw the first official regular season pitch in the new Yankee Stadium on Thursday, April 16th (against his former team, the Cleveland Indians). 

 

AP

 

CC will always be remembered in Yankees history as the guy who opened the new Stadium.

 

An interior view of the new Yankee Stadium, shot with a fisheye.

Audrey C. Tiernan, Newsday

 

So, on a day that resulted in another “L” in the loss column, did the Yankees really lose?  No, I’d say they won that day…

 

I wonder if CC could help open this for me…

 

 

 

Have a great weekend!

 

–Scott

My Apology to Julia’s Rants…

I owe the great Irish ranter from Boston a huge apology…

 

 

I posted a blog last night, and said Julia of Julia’s Rants (loser of a recent bet that you may have heard about) couldn’t post a blog about certain Yankees that I have mentioned in the past, like Billy Martin, Catfish Hunter and Thurman Munson.  Unknown to me, Julia had already written a blog tribute to Number 15 and had to trash it as a result of my blog.  When my son was little, he was constantly changing the rules of any games we played to suit his advantage.  It used to drive me nuts.  So, of course, that’s exactly what I did to Julia and I am sorry. 

 

Nevertheless, her choice for an alternative second Yankees blog is terrific!  She wrote about the late Bobby Murcer.  I could never imagine what it must have been like to follow a legend like Mickey Mantle with unrealistic fan expectations.  But Bobby handled it with class and dignity.  Bobby was a great ballplayer, an awesome broadcaster, and wonderful human being. 

 

AP

 

Excellent choice, Julia!  Two terrific blogs in a row!  Keep up the great work! 

 

JR LOSES IN RETURN TO CHICAGO

 

The San Jose Sharks lost last night’s game, 6-5, in Chicago against the Blackhawks in a shootout.  The Sharks, who had trailed by three goals at one point, rallied to tie the score.  But the Blackhawks won the shootout 2-0.

 

Blackhawks goalie Nikolai Khabibulin keeps an eye on San Jose's Devin Setoguchi as Joe Thornton leaps out of the way and the Hawks' Colin Fraser dives to try block shot. Setoguchi scored on the play for San Jose's 1st goal, tying the score at 1-1.

Charles Cherney, Chicago Tribune

 

It was appropriate that the final shot in the shootout was delivered by Jeremy Roenick.  But there were no heroics as his former Phoenix teammate, Chicago goalie Nikolai Khabibulin, blocked the shot with his chest.  I can still remember the Coyotes fans screaming “Hob-ee-BOOOO-lin”!  Unfortunately, I wasn’t pulling for him this time.  Roenick blamed the miss on indecision, as he had planned to go short side on Khabibulin, but changed his mind at the last second.  Perhaps the loss had more to do with the fact that JR was raised in Boston!  Just kidding, Julia!

 

By tying the Blackhawks in regulation, the Sharks still picked up a point to put them atop the overall NHL standings (tied with the Detroit Red Wings).  But the team was disappointed with only a single point. 

 

“You never want to take satisfaction with one point,” said right wing Devin Setoguchi, who scored twice for the Sharks. “That’s not our mentality.”

 

JULIA, THIS TITO’S FOR YOU…

 

Considering Julia spent so much writing a draft about Thurman Munson that never reached her blog, I will post this photo of Tito for her.

 

 

Oops, not that Tito!

 

This Tito!

 

 

 

Per Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org), here is Tito’s highly successful Red Sox managerial record:

 

Year

Regular Season

Postseason

Won

Lost

Win %

Finish

Won

Lost

Win %

Result

2004

98

64

.605

2nd in AL East

11

3

.785

Won World Series

2005

95

67

.586

2nd in AL East

0

3

.000

Lost in ALDS

2006

86

76

.531

3rd in AL East

-

-

-

 

2007

96

66

.593

1st in AL East

11

3

.785

Won World Series

2008

95

67

.586

2nd in AL East

6

5

.545

Lost in ALCS

 

 

I look forward to Julia’s final pro-Yankees blog!  

 

Have a great day, everyone!

 

–Scott

What’s Julia Going To Write About Next?…

Julia (of Julia’s Rants) scored with her first pro-Yankees blog following the Yankees’ 7-1 win over the Boston Red Sox last night.  She wrote about my personal all-time hero, Lou Gehrig.  But then again, I’ve certainly given her enough hints about that.  Let’s see if she can come up with some unexpected names for the final two pro-Yankees blogs. 

 

I’ve mentioned the names of Catfish Hunter, Thurman Munson and Billy Martin in the past, so she’ll have to dig deeper than that.  Babe Ruth is too obvious, and Donnie Baseball was a contemporary favorite so he’s out (plus, he’s temporarily a Dodger anyway).  I’ll think she’ll probably just crack open The Yankee Years and write about Joe Torre…

 

No pressure, Julia!  Surprise me!

 

 

YANKEE LOSSES

 

Today was a sad day with the departure of two individuals with ties to the Yankees.

 

Arthur Richman, a senior adviser to George Steinbrenner, died during his sleep in New York City at age 83.  Richman, a former sportswriter and Mets executive, is credited with contacting Joe Torre in 1995 about the Yankees managerial post that had been vacated by Buck Showalter.  Recent books aside, I’d say that was a very good hire….

 

Former catcher Johnny Blanchard passed away of a heart attack in Wayzata, MN at age 76.  Blanchard played with the Yankees from 1959 to 1965, and was nicknamed “Super Sub”.  He had his finest year in 1961, when he was one of six Yankees who hit at least 20 home runs.  The others were Roger Maris, Mickey Mantle, Moose Skowron, Elston Howard and Yogi Berra.  He also achieved an incredible feat that year, hitting home runs in four consecutive at-bats spanning three games from July 21st to July 26th.  He just missed a fifth consecutive home run, when the ball was caught against the right field fence.

 

 

Johnny holds the Major League record with 10 World Series pinch-hit at-bats (he appeared in a total of 5 World Series). 

 

I came across this story of when Johnny was traded to Kansas City in 1965.  He was sitting in the Yankees clubhouse, sobbing.  Mickey Mantle sat down next to him and tried to cheer him up.

 

“Don’t take it so hard, John” Mickey said.  “Just think, in Kansas City, you’re going to get a chance to play.”

 

“Hell, I can’t play, Mick” Johnny replied.  “That’s why I’m crying!”

 

Johnny had been looking forward to making the trip to New York to see the new Stadium.

 

Both men will be missed.

 

THE RETURN OF JR

 

The San Jose Sharks (48-14-10, 106 pts) are in Chicago tonight to play the Blackhawks.  Jeremy Roenick, who began his career in Chicago 20 years ago, will be a game-time decision but is expected to play in what could be his final game in Chicago.

 

Jose Lepe/San Jose Mercury News 

 

JR, who has missed 39 games due to two shoulder injuries, is both mentally and physically ready to play.  He says that Joe Thornton has been kidding him that he can’t call this a year due to the time lost, so he has another year in the tank. 

 

My appreciation of JR developed when I lived in Phoenix and he played for the Phoenix Coyotes.  I have always admired his grit and determination, and would like to see him win the Stanley Cup as he moves into the twilight of his career.

 

Doug Pensinger/SI

 

FINALLY

I was forwarded this joke today, and although I don’t normally like to “forward” jokes, this was too cute to pass up…

A man was sitting on the edge of the bed, observing his wife, looking at herself in the mirror. Since her birthday was not far off he asked what she’d like to have for her birthday.

 

‘I’d like to be six again’, she replied, still looking in the mirror.

 

On the morning of her birthday, he arose early, made her a nice big bowl of Lucky Charms, and then took her to Six Flags theme park. What a day! He put her on every ride in the park; the Death Slide, the Wall of Fear, the Screaming Monster Roller Coaster, everything there was.

 

Five hours later they staggered out of the theme park. Her head was reeling and her stomach felt upside down.

 

He then took her to a McDonald’s where he ordered her a Happy Meal with extra fries and a chocolate shake.

 

Then it was off to a movie, popcorn, a soda pop, and her favorite candy, M&M’s. What a fabulous adventure! Finally she wobbled home with her husband and collapsed into bed exhausted. He leaned over his wife with a big smile and lovingly asked, ‘Well, Dear, what was it like being six again?’

 

Her eyes slowly opened and her expression suddenly changed. ‘I meant my dress size, you retard!’

 

The moral of the story: Even when a man is listening, he is gonna’ get it wrong.

 

P.S.

 

You have to check out Canuck’s (The Watercooler) blog entitled ‘For My Dad’.  It is very touching, and of course, Canuck has such a great way with words.  Maybe I’m a sap for father stories.  I tried to get my dad to play baseball with me when I was little but he never felt well enough and passed away when I was 10.  Needless to say, Canuck really hit my heart with an article about her dad… 

 

The Thrill of Victory…

The fat lady sang…

 

Thanks to Reggie…I mean Austin…Jackson and his 8th inning grand slam, the Yankees were victorious in the Great Showdown, Part II.  The Yankees won what had been a very tight pitching duel, 7-1, thanks to the late inning heroics of the Bronx Bombers.  I think I am going to enjoy watching A.J. Burnett pitch this year, but more importantly, when is Austin’s ETA to the Bronx?  Wow, that shot was tattooed!

 

 

I guess I won’t be researching any Red Sox players tonight!  Hmmm, I wonder who is going to be writing all those Yankee blogs…

 

 

By the way, Julia (of Julia’s Rants) reduced my number of blogs to three Red Sox players despite my obligation for more in our previous match-up.  Therefore, I will extend the same courtesy.  She is limited to no more than three positive blogs about current or past Yankees players (or coaches).

 

Julia, this video is for you…

 

 

Until the Yankees and Red Sox meet again…

Well, at least I’ll have a few great blogs read between now and then!  :)

 

The Great Showdown, Yankees-Sox, Part II

As Julia of Julia’s Rants so eloquently put it, GAME ON! 

Reuters

It’s Yankees-Red Sox, Round 2!  This time the game is on home turf (Steinbrenner Field in Tampa).  Derek Jeter, thanks to his two-out throwing error in the WBC game against Japan, is home early and ready to reclaim shortstop from Ramiro Pena. 

As much as I believe in the “I want your best against my best” philosophy, I can’t say that I am too disappointed to see the omission of the names Lowell and Youklis from tonight’s starting lineup.

YANKEES

Damon, lf

Jeter, ss

Teixeira, 1b

Matsui, dh

Posada, c

Cano, 2b

Nady, rf

Ransom, 3b

Gardner, cf

 

Pitching:  Burnett, Rivera, Marte, Ramirez, Robertson

 

RED SOX

Ellsbury, cf

Lowrie, ss

Ortiz, dh

Carter, lf

Baldelli, rf

Kottaras, c

Wilkerson, 1b

Green, 2b

Chavez, 3b

 

Pitching:  Wakefield, Delcarmen, Ramirez

 

I like my chances of achieving my first victory of the season against Team Julia.  Hopefully, when the game is over, Julia will be cryin’…

 

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Okay, that wasn’t very nice of me.  Sorry Julia… 

 

On a separate and completely unrelated subject, I’d like to honor Aaron Boone who is scheduled to undergo heart surgery on Thursday.  Godspeed, and our wishes for a quick  and successful recovery!

 

Oh, by the way, Julia, do you happen to remember this?

 

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Oh, c’mon Scott, that was so wrong!   

 

 

 

My Thanks to Julia’s Boston 2nd Graders!…

Here’s a very special note of thanks to Julia‘s second grade class.  They were working on Acrostic Poems today, and included one for me:

Yankees

A-Rod

New York

K-Count

Excellent

Enormous Crowds

Super

 

I am very touched by the generosity of Julia’s students to include me in their thoughts despite being their teacher’s antagonist.  I owe them a great big…

 

THE COWBOY RIDES AWAY

Curt Schilling was definitely an acquired taste.  He was a player you loved or you hated…nothing in between.  I will make no bones that I fell into the latter category, but I respect his accomplishments.

“You have enemies?  Good.  That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”

–Winston Churchill

It was easier for me when Curt pitched for Philadelphia.  I recognized him as a quality pitcher, but he was never a threat since the Yankees were not locked in any competitive battles with the Phillies.  The Yankees were still a few years away from their championship run when Curt won the 1993 World Series with the Phillies.  But all that changed when Curt was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

In 2001, Curt went 22-6 for the D-Backs and was 4-0 with a 1.12 ERA in the play-offs.  He was co-MVP with Randy Johnson in Arizona’s 7-game World Series victory over the Yankees.  I attended Games 2 and 6 in Phoenix, neither of which were enjoyable experiences for me.  I disliked Curt and the Diamondbacks prior to that World Series, but the belligerent Arizona fans ensured a lifetime of disdain. 

So, you can imagine how excited I was when Curt was traded to Boston in 2003.

 Naturally, Curt played a pivotal role in the Red Sox dramatic comeback from a three games-to-none deficit in the 2004 American League Championship Series.  Thus endeth the Curse of the Bambino.

I am not sorry to see him go, but I will tip my hat to a champion competitor…

X MARKS THE SPOT

Manager Joe Girardi has said that if the season started today, Xavier Nady would be the Yankees starting right fielder (replacing Bobby Abreu).  But even Nady recognizes that both he and Nick Swisher will see plenty of playing time.

The New York Post

Here’s hoping for a great 2009 season for the X-Man!

UH-OH, GUESS WHAT’S ON TUESDAY NIGHT?

Don’t look now, but the Red Sox and Tim Wakefield (again?) travel to Steinbrenner Field to face the Yankees and A.J. Burnett.  The game is at 7:15 pm.

So, Julia, care to make a little wager?…

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