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Red Sox 0, Red Cross 2…

In the “W” column, the Yankees have gotten the weekend off to a great start…

 

 

Nick Swisher (33) finds mates embrace efforts as his 3-run shot in 4th puts Yanks on board.

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Unfortunately, there were also a few casualties in Friday night’s 10-3 win over the Boston Red Sox.  Robinson Cano left the game in the 6th inning after he was hit in the left knee by Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett.  Nick Johnson is most likely headed for the DL due to his problematic wrist which he aggravated on a swing in the first inning and left in the 5th inning when he was unable to play through the injury. 

 

This is a tough formula for the Yankees so far…win a game and lose a player.  With Curtis Granderson on the DL and other Yankees like Andy Pettitte and Jorge Posada hurting, the Yankees can ill afford to lose Cano for any extended period of time.  Fortunately, it sounds like it is a day-to-day situation so more than likely, he’ll be back after missing a game. 

 

Marcus Thames becomes the Yankees’ primary DH.  I’d probably be more in favor of moving Jorge Posada to DH, when/if healthy, in order to keep Francisco Cervelli’s bat and attitude in the game.  It would also help save some wear and tear on Posada. 

 

The Yankees have already recalled pitcher Romulo Sanchez as a bullpen replacement for Sergio Mitre, who will take Andy Pettitte’s spot in the rotation on Monday.  Outfielder Greg Golson’s short stay with the team ended as he was sent back down to Scranton/Wilkes Barre to make room for Sanchez. 

 

In retrospect, Brian Cashman’s decisions run the gamut.  Clearly, his call to move Phil Hughes into the starting rotation, with Joba Chamberlain returning to the pen, was one of the best decisions made in the off-season so far this young season.  But conversely, the jury is still out on the Curtis Granderson trade.  Austin Jackson has performed well in Detroit, and Ian Kennedy has adapted very well to the Sonoran Desert environment in Arizona.  Also, the decision to sign Nick Johnson as the DH and forego pursuit of Johnny Damon was a mistake.  Granted, the Damon camp was asking too much at the time the Yankees had to make a decision.  If Damon had been willing to accept from the Yankees what he got from the Tigers, he’d still be in the Bronx today (well, Boston today, but you know what I mean). 

 

How Cashman responds to his team’s current needs will be critical in the coming weeks and months.  I am not saying that the Yankees should go out and trade top prospects for All-Star players and call it a day.  But they need to make smart, under the radar moves that help bring quality production.  Of the injuries, Nick Johnson concerns me the most since he’s had surgery on the wrist twice before (2000 and 2008).  This could be a potential issue that shuts him down for an extended period of time.  Andy Pettitte should be back after missing a start, but at his age, any injury bears watching as there could be continued issues throughout the season.  If the Yankees were getting what they had hoped for from Javier Vazquez, they could probably get by on smoke and mirrors.  But the hole in the 4th spot of the rotation and the inability of the Tampa Bay Rays to lose has magnified the Yankees’ short-comings somewhat. 

 

My friend, Julia, may have had a good night at Fenway Park last evening but obviously she did not have a great night since the Red Sox lost.  However, I’d be a fool if I gloated about a single win.  This series is far from over, and Julia stands no closer to losing our best than I do.  Even with CC Sabathia on the mound today, I am expecting a very charged and resilient Red Sox squad on the field today.  It will be a tough game today, as it will be again tomorrow. 

 

How about the impressive debut of Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro?  He had a homer and 6 RBI’s in his debut.  What a great way to introduce yourself to Major League Baseball fans.  “The kid – what a debut!”, Cubs manager Lou Piniella said after the game.  Yeah, there’s not much more that you can say about such a tremendous performance in the 20 year old’s first major league game.  I wish him the very best on a long and successful career at Wrigley Field.

 

 

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Well, it’s just about time to watch Game 2 of Yankees-Red Sox.  Best of luck to me, Julia!  J

The End of A Championship Year…

To all the great MLBloggers & Readers…

 

 


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I’d like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year!  I hope that 2010 is our best year yet…one and all!  It’s hard to believe that 2009 has come and gone, and it was quite a year.  However, I am anxious and excited for the possibilities of 2010.  Who knows if the Yankees will repeat or if the Phillies will recapture the crown thanks to Doc Halliday or if the Mariners move into the upper echelon with the brilliant moves to acquire Cliff Lee and Chone Figgins or if the dreaded Red Sox ride John Lackey and company to another championship.  Regardless of what happens, it will be a very fun and exciting year for all of us.  Who knows, maybe next year is this year…

 

 


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Not much sports news to talk about but I’ll try…

 

 

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I think that Jason Bay’s  decision to join the Mets was foolish on his part.  He had a great thing in Boston, and the park was very conducive to his offensive style.  It’s unlikely that he’ll hit 36 home runs playing half of his games at CitiField.  Given his weaknesses defensively and the poor second half that he experienced in Boston, the high expectations in Queens will be very difficult to meet.  Bay could very easily become the player the fans love to hate.  In an era where most of us are simply thankful for a paycheck, Jason will rue the day that he disregarded the very generous offer extended by the Red Sox.  From the Red Sox’ perspective, I don’t blame them for moving on.  The idea of moving Jacoby Ellsbury to left is intriguing given his offensive prowess (so long as he doesn’t move to San Diego in a potential trade for Adrian Gonzalez).  Not that I want the best-case scenario to work out for the Red Sox, but it may have happened when they decided to move on without Bay.  Meanwhile, it probably won’t be long before GM Omar Minaya is fighting for his job because of moves like Bay and other albatross contracts he has hung on the Mets.

 

 

 

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I was not closely following the situation with Texas Tech University and head coach Mike Leach, but at first, I thought that Craig James was just using his position as an ESPN college analyst to blow a situation with his son out of proportion.  However, after getting a better understanding of the facts, there is nothing that would justify locking a kid in a shed.  Regardless of the reasons and aside from the fact that Leach had been very disrespectful to the university prior to the incident, I felt his firing today was justified.  The sad part is that it is the university which will pay the highest price.  Leach will land on his feet with another school because he has proven that he can win.  The Red Raiders, meanwhile, will have to re-establish credibility with potential recruits and find a new coach who can continue the positive advancements made by Leach.  Any way you slice it, it’s a bad situation and a black mark on Big 12 football…

 

 

 

 

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I am a very disenchanted Vikings fan right now.  I have been a fan of the team all my life.  After enjoying several near misses with Fran Tarkenton at the helm, the team has suffered years of championship deprivation.  1998 looked like THE year, however, the season ended in disappointment with the loss to the Atlanta Falcons in the play-offs (a game that the Vikings could have won with better play-calling).  I almost gave up as a Vikings fan after Fran Tarkenton retired and the Vikings named Bob Lee the starting QB.  I know other fans who quit after 1998.  I have to admit that I am nearing the fork in the road once again.  I have never been a fan of head coach Brad Childress and now the team is in a funk that I am not so sure they can recover from.  Sure, 8 Vikings made the Pro Bowl.  However, it means absolutely nothing if the Vikings lose the first play-off game.  Several weeks ago, they were assured of a first round bye and had momentum on their side.  Now, it’s possible that they could lose the first round bye to the Dallas Cowboys.  There are many experts that say the two best teams in the NFC right now are the Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles.  It would be hard for me to argue against it.

 

 

 

 

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I recognized football before baseball when I was a kid, so for the first couple of seasons, I was a bigger Vikings fan than I was a Yankees fan.  Of course, that turned rather quickly and I was a baseball fan first by 1975 even though the Yankees had endured many losing seasons under the ownership of CBS.  George Steinbrenner was still a young and inexperienced owner, but I liked the guys on the team.  Catfish Hunter was my idol and Thurman Munson quickly became my favorite Yankee.  Nevertheless, I continued to follow the Vikings but it has never been the same since former owner Max Winter departed the organization.  I like and respect owner Zygi Wilf, however, I think he is making a mistake by staying the course with Brad Childress.  The 2009 team has so much potential, however, it won’t be realized because of Childress.  Put a good coach like Bill Cowher in charge of the team and the Vikings would be challenging the Saints for the best record in the NFC.

 

 

 

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The Vikings can turn things around on Sunday with a solid win against Wilf’s former favorite team, the New York Giants.  However, I am not so optimistic about the team’s chances.  Somehow, I see another lackluster performance with several key Adrian Peterson fumbles.  I hope that I am wrong…

 

 

 

 

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Well, this does it for me in 2009.  I am glad to be among such great MLBloggers and I look forward to a fantastic new year for each and every one of us! 

 

 

 

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