The Man-Ram Negotiations…

Longest Records

Gunsmoke holds the record for the longest running TV Series.  It aired on CBS for 20 years, from 1955 to 1975…

The Simpsons, which debuted in 1990, is the longest running animated series.  It was recently renewed for at least two more seasons which will make it the longest running TV Series…

The longest running TV Show is Meet The Press, which went on the air November 6, 1947…

The longest running marathon is the Boston Marathon, which has been run for 112 years…


The longest running Broadway Show is The Phantom of the Opera, which opened January 26, 1988…

The longest recorded duration for balancing on one foot is 76 hours and 40 minutes.  This was accomplished by Arulanantham Suresh Joachim at Vihara Maha Devi Park Open Air Stadium in Sri Lanka from May 22, 1997 to May 25, 1997…

On a related note, Manny Ramirez has finally re-signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers…


The deal is at $45 million for two years.  Manny will get $25 million for the 2009 season and has until November to decide whether to void the second season, which calls for $20 million.  There is some deferred money involved despite Scott Boras’ reluctance to accept same.  The deal also includes a full no-trade provision.

This ordeal might have been just as excrutiating as long season’s debacle with the Packers and Brett Favre.

But at least it’s done, and Manny can take his bat and dreadlocks to Arizona.  But considering that Derek Lowe is in Atlanta, Brad Penny is in Boston and Clayton Kershaw is not quite ready to reach for his potential, Manny should have the month of October off to contemplate his future…


A-Rod, Repeat After Me, “No Comment”…

According to, Alex Rodriguez was reaping praise about the New York Mets’ very talented shortstop Jose Reyes, and he made a comment that he wished Reyes was on the Yankees.  Of course, the comment slams not just one but two players…shortstop Derek Jeter and leadoff hitter Johnny Damon.

After weeks of listening to Alex say the wrong things, maybe he should consider saying nothing…

Where is Agent Smith when you need him? 😉

Then again, you can’t always believe what Alex says…


Coke, It’s The Real Thing…

After watching Phil Coke pitch this spring, I am very impressed.  His fastball is only 92 to 94 MPH, however, it looks faster…deceptively faster. 

It definitely makes me appreciate that he was not included in the Pirates trade that brought Xavier Nady to the Yankees. 

I am looking forward to watching Coke out of the bullpen for the entire season this year.  I am with the majority that believes the Yankee bullpen will be very solid this year (with or without Joba Chamberlain serving in a setup role). 

I suspect that Joe Girardi will be reaching for a Coke quite often this season…


Scott – I was watching Hot Stove on MLB Network tonight. When the show opened, the on-air personalities hat on party hats, were throwing confetti and blowing horns to celebrate the end of the Manny saga. It was a riot!


So you like the pen so far, Scott? I’m not so sure. I agree that Coke shows promise, but I need to see more of him. I wouldn’t mind a veteran arm in there. Dare I say Tomko?

So glad the Yankees didn’t sign Manny. Whew.

Scott – Maybe the Vikings could sign T.O.!😉


Excellent lead in to the Manny signing. I agree with you that he will most likely have the month of October off to get an early start on next year’s drama.

Hi, Scott …

I’m impressed with the record you listed above …
The longest recorded time for balancing on one foot: 76 hours, 40 minutes … Wow !!! That is: 3 Days; 4 Hours; 40 Minutes !!! …
His name also has to be a record: Arulanantham Suresh Joachim.
Anyway, I’m happy the whole Manny situation is finally over !!! … Let “Manny Be Manny” in L.A. !!! … Also, I agree, Phil Coke was very impressive at the end of last season, and should be very effective out of the Yankees bullpen in 2009 … Hopefully, Mariano Rivera is healthy all year, and our great starting pitchers are allowed to pitch 7-8 innings a start !!! … I think the rest of the bullpen will be okay, as long as they are not overused … In my view, the key for a successful Yankees season in 2009, is for the starters to stay healthy, and pitch in the range of 190-210 innings [Joba will be more in the range of 170 innings — the dreaded “Joba Rules”] !!! … Ah, baseball has gone a far way from the days when, like in 1956, the Yankees had 5 complete game pitching performancs in the ’56 World Series [great stat, Scott, in your tribute to Yankees pitcher, Tom Sturdivant] !!!
Finally, thanks for including my blog on your “Link Lists” … Also, very nice description of my mlblog !!! … It is my pleasure to also add your blog on my Yankees blog “Link List” !!! … And, I will be rooting for the Yankees to sweep the Red Sox in their first series of the season vs. Boston !!! … I look forward to you winning your wager with Julia of “Juia’s Rants” !!! … But, of course, all in good fun, as Julia does excellent work on her “top rated” mlblog !!!
Scott, take care; and, have a great day !!! … Go Yankees !!!
— Jimmy [27NYY], “BY&L”

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