Results tagged ‘ Chris Cook ’

Yankee losses may not be over…

 

Good luck, well, not so much…

The Los Angeles Angels’ search for a new GM has me nervous as they’ve interviewed both Damon Oppenheimer and Billy Eppler.  Eppler, but not Oppenheimer, has been called back for a second interview which probably means that the chances are great the Yankees could lose a valued member of the front office.  I don’t dispute that either Eppler or Oppenheimer would make great general managers, but I truly believe that Kim Ng deserves an opportunity.  She’s held Assistant GM positions with both the Yankees and the Los Angeles Dodgers, and she’s currently working for MLB.  She has a tremendous background, and if I was starting a franchise, she’d be my pick for GM.

Ouch, that photo hurt…

I wasn’t very pleased to wake up to the morning photo of CC Sabathia in Boston Red Sox gear.  Courtesy of the New York Daily News…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I recognize that the Red Sox will be a very active player in the search for quality rotation arms, and they’d be aggressive with Sabathia if he hits the open market for no other reason than to drive up the price for the Yanks.  Just like I think the Yankees need to lock up GM Brian Cashman before the end of the month, they need to re-negotiate CC’s deal before he can opt out…not after.

The Yankees are the reason for all of the World’s problems…

At the gym this morning, I was listening to guys talk about how the Yankees make it impossible for other teams to compete.  I always find this talk so narrow minded given how much the Yankees contribute to other teams through luxury and payroll taxes.  Baseball is about good decisions at the end of the day.  The size of your contract does not ensure greatness.  As for this morning’s conversation, I just don’t think the Minnesota Twins have made the same quality decisions under their current GM that they did in years past when they won the World Series.  I know that a mistake by a small market team is going to be more severe than if the Yankees make the same mistake, but if memory serves correctly, there’s a team in the World Series…with the advantage…that was in bankruptcy court not too long ago.  They made the right decisions and persevered.  Their decisions were subsidized by Yankees money, so I am not going to feel sorry for other teams simply because the Yankees happen to reside in the largest market.

Go Theo…

I am not a Chicago Cubs fan, but I am excited about the front office re-build with Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer, and Jason McLeod.  Mike Quade might be a great guy and a good manager, but I just don’t see how he survives the regime change.  I remain hopeful that Terry Francona will get the job, but I agree with those who say that he might be best served by staying out of managing for a half season or so before re-entering the grind.  I would like to see a Chicago Cubs World Championship in my lifetime.  Maybe not with Alfonso Soriano on the roster, but I think if anyone can end the drought, it is Theo.  I will be watching the Cubs with interest next year.  My favorite NL team is probably still the Los Angeles Dodgers as long as Donnie Baseball is the manager, but the Cubs will be fun to watch.  As for the Dodgers, they would be easier to take if Frank McCourt is forced to sell the team.  Owner to owner, I’d take Tom Ricketts any day.

Time to Ponder a great future…

Breaking away from baseball, it was fun to see the debut of Minnesota Vikings rookie QB Christian Ponder.  He made his fair share of mistakes, but the energy he infused into the team was tremendous.  I think he’ll continue to grow with each start, and I am glad that he finally gained the starting opportunity after the lethargic performance of past-his-prime QB Donovan McNabb.  It sucks that we had to find out what Philly and Washington already knew, but at least that saga has reached its conclusion.  I am looking forward to seeing what Ponder can do in the coming weeks.  He is incredibly bright, and I think that his football smarts will offset some of the physical limitations.  They always talk about the “it” factor, and I think that Ponder, like Aaron Rodgers, has it.

The Cops must love the Vikings…

CB Chris Cook beat his girlfriend?  I agree with the felony charge and the suspension.  His loss to the defense is huge, but his behavior is not acceptable and cannot be tolerated.  There may be another side to the story, but there is no denying that this involved physical abuse.  Very disappointing.  As a former first-round pick, there’s no way that the Vikings can simply cut bait.  But they have to send a message to Cook that character and personal code of ethics are greater attributes than football ability.

Friggin’ 49ers…

As for Aaron Rodgers, I hate to say anything pro-Green Bay, but he has clearly surpassed Bart Starr and Brett Favre as the greatest QB in franchise history.  Tom Brady was the best QB in the NFL for a few years, along with Peyton Manning, but there’s no doubt that Rodgers is now setting the bar.  I continue to ask myself, why did the San Francisco 49ers select Alex Smith over Northern CA local Aaron Rodgers.  That has to be one of worst draft decisions in recent memory.  Where’s Carmen Policy when you need him?…

Is it time for Spring Training yet?…

 

–Scott

Watching CSI in October is so wrong…

 

What’s on TV?…

With the Yankees at home for the year and an AL team that I don’t care for still playing, I have to admit that I have not been watching the World Series this year.  Of course, that cost me the chance to watch history last night as Albert Pujols showed why he is a living legend with three home runs, ala Reggie Jackson.  Somehow that huge contract that he’ll get in the off-season just got a little bigger.  I am not saying that the Yankees should try to sign Albert (I’m satisfied with Mark Teixeira at first and feel that the money is better served for weaker areas like starting pitching), but the Yankees do need someone like that who is capable to singlehandedly taking over a game.  I have no doubt that Robby Cano is that type of player, but with the deteriorating skills of Alex Rodriguez, it puts so much pressure on the rest of the lineup to pick up the slack.

Back to Albert, I do hope that he continues his drive and helps deliver another world championship to the city of St. Louis.  As much as I would like Albert on my team, I really hope that the Cardinals do what it takes to keep him in the organization for the duration of his career.  To this day, Stan “The Man” Musial is still a huge part of the Cardinals and their history, and Albert would have that same impact for years to come.  If he departed and played a few years for, say, the Chicago Cubs, it would definitely taint his Cardinals legacy.

If there are no concerns, why am I concerned?…

I keep hearing that there are no concerns about getting a new contract in place for GM Brian Cashman, but as each day passes and we draw closer to the end of the month, I do grow a bit more concerned.  Given how difficult the Derek Jeter negotiations were last year, what if the team tries to short pennies on Cash?  What is Plan B if Cashman opts to leave?  With Damon Oppenheimer and Billy Eppler talking to other teams, the best in-house talent could be gone.  I doubt if both of those guys leave and from the sounds of it, neither one is the leading candidate for the Angels GM job.  Still, a team could turn to one of them.  I’d really prefer to go to Oppenheimer or Eppler should Cashman leave in order to maintain the continuity within the organization.  That’s very similar to what the Red Sox will be doing by promoting Ben Cherington to GM to replace Theo Epstein.

Can he replicate the success of Larry Lucchino?…

I do wish Theo Epstein and soon-to-be GM Jed Hoyer the best of luck in Chicago as they try to end the World Series drought for the Cubs.  I know that the road is much more difficult than it was when Epstein became the Red Sox GM, but I’ve certainly learned to never under-estimate Theo.  He has made his share of poor decisions (such as signing John Lackey), but that only means that he is not afraid of making difficult decisions.  Some will pan out, some will not.  I am sure that there are a few moves that Brian Cashman would like to undo.  But I’d rather see a GM make the bold moves and potentially uncover great talent and chemistry for the betterment of the team.  Given that Theo will be bringing a few of his guys to Chicago, I wonder when manager Mike Quade gets the ax.  It would be interesting to see if Theo and Jed would go for a top managerial candidate with Red Sox connections like DeMarlo Hale or go to a Cubs legend like Ryne Sandberg.  I think either move would be sound should they decide to part ways with Quade.

It’s only money…

Put me in the category of those who would like to see the Yankees pursue Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish.  I know that the past success of Japanese pitchers has been mixed, but I really feel that Darvish is a special talent.  He would like great in the middle of the rotation.  I am also anxious to see what pitcher Hector Noesi can do in winter ball.  As much as I thought Freddy Garcia did everything asked of him, I’d really rather see the Yankees develop a younger arm in the rotation.  Just like last year, A.J. Burnett will come to camp as a question mark.  Plus, there’s the potential that CC Sabathia opts out and takes an offer from another city despite how well he has adapted to New York.  I have come to not rely upon Phil Hughes, so that means the only certain reliable starter at the moment is Ivan Nova.  I would aggressively go after Rangers starter C.J. Wilson regardless of whether CC stays or goes.  I wish the Yankees could find a way to unload Burnett, but it’s probably not going to happen.  The Red Sox will probably have better luck getting rid of John Lackey.

You have the right to remain silent…

As a lifelong Minnesota Vikings fan, I’ve faced my share of disappointment over the years.  I have never had to deal with losing Super Bowls like I did as a kid, but that’s only because the team has never been back.  I think character is a quality component to building team chemistry and unity, and the Vikings have had more than their fair share of poor off the field decisions.  Now we have the latest news that starting cornerback Chris Cook is in jail for the weekend on domestic assault charges.   This is very disappointing news.

The Vikings certainly have their hands full this weekend as they will be facing the undefeated Green Bay Packers with a rookie QB (Christian Ponder) making his first NFL start.  It looks to me as if the deck has been stacked against Ponder, but hopefully, he’ll show why he was a surprise, but great, early selection in the first round of the last NFL Draft.

–Scott

 

 

 

 

 

Thus Endeth The Streak…

 

He gave up two home runs and a total of four runs, and four walks over 5 1/3 innings…

 

 


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…and got the win.  Unfortunately, it was Scott Kazmir of the Los Angeles Angels and not Javier Vazquez of the New York Yankees.  Javy had worse line (5 hits, 5 runs and 3 walks in 3 2/3 innings).  This isn’t exactly what GM Brian Cashman was looking for when he traded for Vazquez in the off-season.  Perhaps the Yankees should have stayed with a ‘been there, done that’ approach and left Vazquez in Atlanta.  It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know who’ll get the biggest boos when the team returns to Yankee Stadium.  Javy is now 1-3 for the season, with an ERA of 9.00, after today’s 8-4 loss to the Los Angeles Angels.

 

 

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The loss also ended the Yankees streak of series wins to start the season.  Tied with the 1926 Yankees for the best start to the season with series wins, the 2010 missed a chance to take the record for themselves.  The Angels took two of three, also winning Friday night’s game.  The only Yankees win was Saturday’s 7-1 win behind a terrific performance by Andy Pettitte. 

 

 

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If Vazquez has competition for boos at home, it will come from reliever Damaso Marte.  The game was still close (5-4) with Marte on the mound today.  With Yankee killer Kendry Morales at the plate, manager Joe Girardi thought about lifting Marte.  He left the dugout but changed his mind on the way to the mound and turned around.  Morales subsequently pounded a three-run homer to give the Angels their margin of victory.

 

 

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If I can take away any positives from today’s game, it was that Angels DH Hideki Matsui did not collect his 1,000th career hit against his former team.

 

 

 

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I am sure that somewhere far, far away, someone is enjoying the Yankees loss on her birthday…

 


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Happy Birthday to my friend, Julia!  By the way, how did the Celtics and Red Sox do for you today?  ;)  Sports aside, I hope it was a great day for you!

 

 

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I felt Friday night’s collision at home between Mark Teixeira and Angels catcher Bobby Wilson was clean albeit quite unfortunate.  It left Wilson with an ankle injury and a concussion.  Baseball can be a violent game and Teixeira was focused on scoring.  I know that there is probably no one who feels worse about what happened than Teixeira.  Well, perhaps Wilson himself.  Here’s hoping for a speedy recovery by Bobby Wilson!

 

 

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Monday the Yankees will head to Washington to meet with President Obama at the White House.  Then, it’s off to Baltimore for a three-game set in Oriole Park at Camden Yards.  At 12-6, the Yankees are in second place, 1 ½ games behind the Tampa Bay Rays….but 4 ½ games ahead of the fourth place Boston Red Sox.

 

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The NFL Draft has finally concluded.  I am not a fan of the new format (Round 1 Thursday night; Rounds 2-3 Friday night; and Rounds 4-7 Saturday).  I definitely prefer the previous Saturday-Sunday format much better. 

 

As a fan of the Minnesota Vikings, I was a bit underwhelmed with this year’s draft.  With the 30th pick in the first round, I thought the Vikings were in great shape to draft Notre Dame QB Jimmy Clausen, but they opted to trade down with the Detroit Lions.  With the pick, the Lions were able to grab RB Jahvid Best who will definitely help improve Detroit’s running game.  In Detroit’s slot (second pick of the second round), the Vikings again passed on Clausen and went with Virginia cornerback Chris Cook.  Later in the second round, the Vikings traded up with the Houston Texans and drafted Stanford RB Toby Gerhart.  I can’t dispute the Vikings needed secondary help, and after losing RB Chester Taylor through free agency to the Chicago Bears, the Vikings needed a backup for Adrian Peterson.  But…

 

 

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I personally thought this would be a great year for the Vikings to draft a “Quarterback of the Future”.  Assuming that Brett Favre returns for at least one more year, he would have been the perfect mentor for a young QB.  The Vikings did draft a QB in the sixth round (Joe Webb from UAB), but he will most likely transition to Wide Receiver in the NFL (assuming he makes it, of course). The Vikings also signed undrafted free agent QB R.J. Archer of William & Mary but he’s nothing more than training camp fodder.  I guess I have something to look forward to in next year’s NFL Draft…

 

 

 

 

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