Much Ado About Nothing…

Meaningful Yankee talk has definitely been a rarity in recent weeks…

 

 

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We are rapidly approaching the start of training camp, so hopefully, we’ll have more to talk about than we’ve experienced in the past month and a half.  Of course, I don’t really want a repeat of last spring’s A-Rod saga with the steroids admission and hip surgery. 

 

 

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As we head to camp, many positions are locked up.  However, there are questions about left and center fields.  I know that Curtis Granderson is a centerfielder, but there’s obviously been talk about his possible move to left so we’ll put center in the ? mark column.  Otherwise, all positions are set.  If the season started today, the lineup would look like this:

 

Derek Jeter-ss

Nick Johnson-dh

Mark Teixeira-lb

Alex Rodriguez-3b

Curtis Granderson-cf

Jorge Posada-c

Robinson Cano-2b

Nick Swisher-rf

Brett Gardner/Randy Winn-lf

 

With this configuration, I am with the majority that still want the Yanks to find a way to bring Rocco Baldelli to camp. 

 

 

 

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I read the article about how excited Hank Steinbrenner was about the Yankees’ off-season additions.  However, I have to admit that I remain a bit skeptical.  The off-season losses were huge.  The Yankees will definitely miss Hideki Matsui and Johnny Damon.  I think the team will regret not bringing back at least one of those players.  Also, in Buster Olney’s blog post yesterday, he stated that as the dust has settled on the AZ-Det-NY trade, all of the players were flawed.  From a character-standpoint, Curtis Granderson is a first class addition…no argument from me.  However, he has trouble with lefties and he strikes out too much.  He’ll need to improve in these areas for long-term success in the Bronx.  Javier Vazquez is a quality pitcher and he strengthens the rotation, however, the fact remains that he struggled in the Bronx during his last go-around so he still has to prove himself regardless of his subsequent success in Chicago and Atlanta.  Meanwhile, the Boston Red Sox have clearly improved themselves so the gap between these two teams has probably faded… but don’t tell Julia that I said that!

 

 

Javier Vazquez is returning to the New York Yankees, where he in 2004 he was underwhelming for the Bronx Bombers.

 

Antonelli/New York Daily News

 

 

If you missed Harold Reynolds interview with Derek Jeter on MLB.com, I encourage you to listen to it.  Hat tip to Jane Heller, Confessions of a She-Fan for the heads-up about the interview.  DJ shows why he is a legend in our midst.  He has a quality that clearly sets him apart from others.  Sure, there are other players like him (Chase Utley immediately comes to mind), but I am glad to have witnessed the entire career of a great player.  I hope the Yankees find a way to ensure that DJ ends his career in pinstripes.  During the interview with Harold Reynolds, DJ mentioned how strange it was to see Don Mattingly in a Dodgers uniform.  I don’t really want to experience seeing DJ, as a player, in another uniform.  After he retires, if he decides to stay in baseball, he’ll most likely wear different colors but I can deal with that.  Don Mattingly remains my favorite living Yankee, and his presence in Dodger gear doesn’t diminish that respect.  I hope that Donnie Baseball is the next Dodgers manager.

 

 

 

 

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Speaking of the Dodgers, the Yankees travel to Chavez Ravine this year to face Joe Torre and company.  I definitely want to make the trip to see at least one game of the series.  It should be very exciting times. 

 

 

 

 

What else is there to talk about?  Despite my beloved Minnesota Vikings losing to the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Championship, I am pulling for the Saints in the Super Bowl.  I think the Vikings could have and should have beat the Saints, but that’s water under the bridge at this point.  While I want the Saints to win, do I think they’ll beat the Colts?  Not really.  Peyton and Crew are simply too superior to allow for an upset.  So, while I want the Saints, I am prepared for a Colts victory.  This is one time that I hope I am wrong…

 

 

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I have tickets to see Daughtry and Lifehouse in concert in early May.  I am very excited to see Daughtry perform.  I still can’t understand how Taylor Hicks beat Chris Daughtry on American Idol, but Chris has his revenge.  He has clearly had the best career of any of his AI opponents, and stands among the other AI greats like Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson.

 

 

 

Pardon me for saying this, but if I were New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan, I would have thrown the finger too!…

 

 

Jets coach Rex Ryan gets call on cell phone camera shooting MMA fans the bird.

7 Comments

You think Granderson will bat fifth? I’d rather have Jorge hitting behind A-Rod and swap Grandy for Johnson since he has more speed. I know Johnson has an unbelievable eye and gets on base a lot though. I guess we’ll see what Joe does with the lineup soon enough!

http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

You are going to love Daughtry in concert.
He is really high energy and does some great covers of current tunes during the performances.
When he came to the Trop to start his 2009 Tour, he did a rendition of Lady Gaga’s “Pokerface” that was amazing.
Seriously, you will love the show.
I also think the Yankees should give Rocco a Spring Training invite.
The guy is a gamer and can make believers out of you with his hustle and his uncanny ability to get timely hits. Still such a crime his illness has labeled him like this.

Rays Renegade

http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

I am glad you reminded me of that interview with D.J. I read it in Jane’s blog but I can’t watch videos at work and I meant to watch it at home. He looks great in that video that he can still play for years to come. I like him even more after that interview! Thanks!
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I’d love to meet you when you come to Dodger Stadium!
I do hope that Mattingly becomes the next Dodger manager!
Emma
http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/
http://dodgersblueblog.com

Mattingly is being primed to be the next Dodger coach, I believe. I hope to see all you Yankee fans at Dodger Stadium. I, for one, will be at the games. Please let me know if you will be there.
http://catlovesthedodgers.mlblogs.com

Don’t tell me what Scott? ;-) I can no wait for baseball to begin again! Truck day for the Red Sox is this Friday – I just hope they can get through the snow to Florida! I am SO glad you were wrong about the Colts! It was great to see the Saints win the Super Bowl! As a Patriots fan, the thought of Peyton Manning and the Colts winning was too much to bear!

Is it April yet? Have a great day!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com

lol. Nothing says New York like Rocco Badelli! Just the name makes me feel like a corned-beef on rye. I could possibly see Nick being swiched with Granderson in future, but your lineup looks accurate to me. Cool photos.

Take Care,

Jeremy http://homerfoodandhistory.mlblogs.com/

I hope you do enjoy Daughtry! I’ve liked what little I’ve heard from him (not being an AI viewer)! I picked the Colts to win also, but I was certainly glad I was also wrong!
Take care, Scott! It will be entertaining to watch you and Julia go at it again in 2010! :)

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