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The “Core”, sadly, has moved on…

The end of the “Core”?…

The deterioration of two-thirds of the remaining “Core” is very disheartening.  Both Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada have shown that it is time to pass the baton.  With both, I am not sure how you can gracefully move on but as long as both are in the lineup, the Yankees are in an inferior position to both the Tampa Bay Rays and the Boston Red Sox.

Sadly, the day is going to come when Mariano Rivera just doesn’t have it anymore.  Fortunately, he is not showing any signs of letting up and thankfully so since his closer-in-waiting, Rafael Soriano, is having a tough time staying healthy.

With players like Jeter or Posada, you’d like to think that they’d come to the realization that they are an albatross to the organization and would willingly step aside.  But egos and money are not forgiving.  At some point, the decisions will need to be made for the players.  I think that DJ has a longer leash than Posada, who infuriated the organization with his behavior this past weekend.  I’ve read that Posada has until about the All-Star Break to start hitting before the team explores other options.  My sense is that this is not going to end well.  As for DJ, I am sure that he’s secure the remainder of the year, but I really wonder what the future holds.  Perhaps if the team is able to improve the offensive production in other areas, they can be more accommodating with Jeter’s reduced output.  If this experience has proven anything to me, it is a renewed respect for GM’s like Theo Epstein who are not afraid to the cut the cords to star players sooner rather than later.  Baseball is purely all about ‘what have you done for me lately’, and the Yankees do not owe Jeter, a future Hall of Famer and the last recipient of the #2 jersey at Yankee Stadium, anything.  This is about wins and losses, and the Yankees should field the best shortstop in the organization, regardless of who that individual is.

A sad day for Twins baseball and all of MLB…

I was very sorry to see the passing of Minnesota Twins great Harmon Killebrew.  Earlier in the week, I saw the comments that Harmon was no longer seeking medical treatment for his cancer but I never realized that we were just days away from his passing.  Growing up in Iowa, I used to listen to Minnesota Twins games on a regular basis.  Killebrew had retired by the time I was listening, but I clearly knew who he was and his stature in major league baseball.  Frankly, I am surprised that I was never a Twins fan.  Rod Carew was the star of the team in those days, and they routinely fielded quality teams as they do today.  I guess they didn’t have that magical player on their active roster to endear me to the team.  Instead, I latched onto Oakland A’s star pitcher Jim “Catfish” Hunter as my favorite player and of course when he left to sign with the Yankees on 12/31/74, my fate as a Yankees fan was sealed.  Nevertheless, I am appreciative for what Killebrew meant to the Twins organization.  He will be missed…

No more LeBron, please…

How sweet would it be if the Chicago Bulls ousted the Miami Heat from the NBA Play-offs?…

The closet door may be open, but the key to victory remains unchanged…

For the record, I have no issue with Phoenix Suns President Rick Welts coming out of the closet to announce that he is gay.  His sexual preference has nothing to do with his ability to lead and develop a championship organization.

Collaboration at its finest…

I was glad to hear that Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder is seeking out the Vikings wide receivers for workouts and has plans to work with my favorite Viking, Percy Harvin.  I was also glad to see Sidney Rice reach out to Ponder to express his willingness to participate.  I don’t want the Vikings to lose Rice, but until the lockout is settled, it’s anybody’s guess what happens with Rice.  He is clearly the greatest WR the Vikings have had since Randy Moss (the Dante Culpepper version, not last year’s).  The NFL needs to put closure on the lockout and aggressively pursue resolution with the Player’s Association.

A toast to Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz…

I received my shipment of Jon Lester’s CabernAce and Clay Buchholz’s ChardonClay today.  You can buy the wine at www.charitywines.com.  For Clay’s wine, your contribution benefits Jimmy’s Fund, while Jon’s wine supports the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.  I can’t think of a better way to enjoy fine wine while supporting two great causes!

Have a great night, everyone!  J

–Scott

Derailed in Anaheim…

 

Unfortunately, I saw it coming…

 

 

I knew that the Yankees tie with the Boston Red Sox on Thursday night was going to be short-lived.  For whatever reason, the Yankees cannot beat the Los Angeles Angels, and last night’s game was further evidence.

 

Rose Palmisano/Orange County Register 

 

Joba Chamberlain had 5-1 lead in the fifth inning when the wheels came off.  The crushing blow was a three-run home run by Kendry Morales that tied the game.

 

Rose Palmisano/The Orange County Register 

 

The Angels proceeded to score five more runs in the 6th and 7th innings (against Mark Melancon and Brian Bruney) to pull away.   The Angels won the game, 10-6.

 

Mark J. Terrill/AP

 

Earlier in the evening, the Boston Red Sox had defeated the Kansas City Royals, 1-0, so the first place tie quickly evaporated into a one game deficit (I know, Julia is lovin’ every minute of it!).

 

Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia (second from right) and his Red Sox teammates celebrate the victory.

Barry Chin/Boston Globe 

Alex Rodriguez did hit his 568th home run to pull within one of Rafael Palmeiro for 10th place on the All-Time HR List.  But his error in the fifth did not help anybody…well, except for the Angels…

 

 

 

Joe Girardi keeps talking about Joba’s inexperience and youth as reasons for his struggles, but it is really up to Joba to decide if he wants to be a frontline starter.  The excuses from Girardi are getting kind of old…

“I don’t expect him to be perfect, I don’t. He’s probably got about 30 starts under his belt in the big leagues. That’s not a ton of starts”, Girardi said after the game.  “You can’t just focus on this kid. We had other chances to win this game and we didn’t do it.”

 

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The Yankees continue their series against the Angels.  I wish I could say that I am confident, but unfortunately, I am not.  Andy Pettitte pitches today, and of course, he has been consistently inconsistent this season.  There was a time when Andy could be counted on to follow a loss with a win, but those times have long since passed.  I am definitely a ‘glass is half empty’ kind of guy today… 

 

 

 

Congratulations to…

Jonathan Sanchez of the San Francisco Giants, for throwing the first no-hitter of the 2009 season against the San Diego Padres.  An error by Juan Uribe cost Sanchez a perfect game, but he was absolutely outstanding in the 8-0 victory.  He had 11 strikeouts as a replacement starter for Randy Johnson who was earlier placed on the DL.   Sanchez has been mentioned as possible trade bait, so the no-hitter will certainly enhance the Giants’ ability to get quality in return.  Nick Johnson anyone?

 

Jonathan Sanchez is mobbed by his teammates after strikin... (Liz Hafalia / The Chronicle)

Liz Halafia/San Francisco Chronicle

 

Manny Ramirez of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (JSOnline)

 

With a home run in last night’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Manny tied Mickey Mantle for 15th place on the All-Time HR List with 536 home runs.  It is sad to see the Mick soon fall out of the Top 15, and eventually the Top 20…

 

 

Angel Berroa, who was released by the Yankees last week, for signing a minor league deal with the New York Mets.  Good luck with that…

 

 

Alex Rodriguez, who moments ago homered in today’s game against the Angels for his 569th home run, tying Rafael Palmeiro for 10th Place.  The Yankees have a very early 2-0 lead.  Next stop, Harmon Killebrew at 573 home runs…

 

 

 

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