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No Concerns…

I’m not a paranoid guy.  Really, I’m not…

 

 

So, what if Joba Chamberlain is throwing wiffle balls…

 

 

Okay, maybe Robinson Cano could show a little more maturity and hustle…

 

 

 

 

I’m not worried that Derek Jeter or Mariano Rivera will suddenly start acting their age…

 

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Or that Cody Ransom can’t hit a change-up or a curve…

 

 

 

I am hopeful that A-Rod will look as good to us upon his return in May as he does to himself…

 

 

No concerns…seriously…about Posada or Matsui’s knees…

 

 

 

 

 

Or that A.J. Burnett has a charter membership to the DL…

 

 

 

 

 

I do wonder if Andy Pettitte will manage to get by in New York on just $5 mil…

 

 

 

 

Or if Brett Gardner will join Hair Club for Men…

 

 

 

 

But is Joe Girardi on the Hot Seat?  I didn’t even notice…

 

 

 

 

I’m not worried.  We’ll just shuffle the cards, and pull out an Ace…

 

 

 

 

All is right in the world.  Let’s roll!

 

Go Yankees!

 

 

 

P.S.  Don’t worry Julia!  We won’t be going down in flames

 

 

 

A COLUMN TO READ…

 

This is a special shout out to Mark Feinsand and his Blogging the Bombers column in the New York Daily News for the great plug of our fearless leader, Jane Heller, and her book, Confessions of a She-Fan.  Too bad Mark isn’t the Yankees Media Relations Director…

 

 

Have a great day!

 

–Scott

Happy St Patrick’s Day to All!…

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all MLB.com Bloggers and Readers!

 

Simply reading The New York Post can assist any Yankees blogger with the hot topics of the day.  A scan of today’s paper yields the following observations:

·         A-Rod is truly in love with himself

·         Robinson Cano knows he was an idiot for hiding his injury

·        Joba Chamberlain is struggling to get his fastball back to its normal speed

·         Hideki Matsui would be a very expensive bench ornament

Yikes!  It was more fun researching Boston Red Sox players!  Not really, but the drama never ends in the Yankees Universe…

 

JANE HELLER WILL BE BUYING DETAILS MAGAZINE

This is just an assumption on my part, but after seeing some of the seductive, brooding photos on Details.com, the She-Fan is probably making a mad dash for Barnes & Noble as we speak! 

 

Photo by Steven Klein

 

The She-Fan may have had greater influence on A-Rod than meets the eye, given that the name of the Details article is ‘Confessions of a Damned Yankee’. 

I don’t know for sure, but I’m just saying…  ;)

 

JOBA’S DRIVING IN THE SLOW LANE

During yesterday’s win over the Philadelphia Phillies, Joba Chamberlain’s fastball was clocked about 5 mph slower than his normal speeds of 97-98 mph. 

The article in the New York Post was quick to note that it’s still early in spring training and that Joba’s fastball was “flat” yesterday.  My only concern is the shoulder tendonitis that benched Joba toward the end of last season.  He did not have surgery, but instead opted to go the rehab route.

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My belief is that the ‘early in spring training’ is the most likely cause, but this does bear watching in the coming months. 

 

“POTENTIAL VIKINGS QB”

I know that I am probably the only one who is interested in Jay Cutler as the next QB of the Minnesota Vikings.  Erin of Plunking Gomez has already said that she wouldn’t get excited about it until they actually called the press conference to announce the acquisition.  Still, I can’t help but notice that the Twin Cities’ Pioneer Press is referring to the Denver quarterback as ‘Potential Vikings QB’ Jay Cutler.  So, at least I am not alone in my thinking as a Vikings fan.  Of course, Trent Dilfer later burst my bubble on ESPN by saying that while Cutler would be a great PR move, he wasn’t so sure it would help football-wise.

I am sure this topic’s getting much airplay on the Minneapolis-St. Paul sports radio stations.

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Have a safe and enjoyable St. Patrick’s Night!  J

 

 

 

In A-Rod We Trust…or Not…

MORE A-ROD THOUGHTS

A day later, I am still stunned by the developments revealed on Saturday regarding Alex Rodriguez and his apparent steroid use in 2003.

The last thing I wanted to see was vindication for Jose Canseco but here it is for him with A-Rod’s name smeared across every sports page in America.

I am troubled that A-Rod knew he had tested positive and he had to have known there was always the possibility the information would be leaked one day (particularly considering the ongoing government investigation and the case against Barry Bonds).  He had over five years to think about this day, yet none of A-Rod’s subsequent statements has given any hints of possible drug use. 

When the “A-Fraud” comments came out through Joe Torre’s book, The Yankee Years, Johnny Damon and Derek Jeter came to A-Rod’s defense…even Larry Bowa.  It will be interesting to see if they are so quick to come to A-Rod’s defense this time.

Alex needs to be honest about his past drug use, giving us some insight into why.  An apology for all concerned is expected, and it is up to him to convince us that the drug use did not continue.

The next few days will be very critical for A-Rod, and they will shape the future perception of him.  He has a chance to right the “wrong”.  Alex, it is up to you…

YANKEES CAMP OPENS ON FRIDAY THE 13TH

On the bright side, Yankees camp open on Friday for pitchers and catchers.  It will be great to see CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett arrive in Tampa.  The first photo of Sabathia and Burnett together with Chien-Ming Wang, Andy Pettitte, and Joba Chamberlain will be a classic.

It’s unfortunate that Joe Girardi will be beseiged by A-Rod questions, but hopefully, he’ll have the time to enjoy the presence of the greatest Yankee pitching staff in years.

NO PRESSURE ENVIRONMENT

Andruw Jones is clearly seeking a pressure-free environment.  By signing a minor league deal with the Texas Rangers, he’ll avoid the media glare that would have accompanied a signing with Boston or New York.  But his chances of actually making the team are no less secure.

Andruw is a mystery to me.  In 1996, he looked like he was poised for a Hall of Fame career.  But by 2008, he looked tired and worn out.  He was offered an invitation to go to camp with the Yankees, which he declined.  When asked about Boston, he said “it’s too cold”.  That sounds like someone who clearly wasn’t up to the task of ‘trying to be the best, with the best’.  Good luck in Texas, Andruw…well, at least until you get the pink slip in late March…

ANOTHER QUALITY MOVE BY THE PHILLIES

Good for the Phillies in re-signing arbitration eligible first baseman Ryan Howard to a three-year, $54 million contract.  Ryan succeeded in achieving his desired annual salary of $18 million and the Phillies locked up one of their young stars through 2011.  It is going to be fun watching the Mets and Phillies slug it out this year…

JANE HELLER, YANKEE FAN EXTRAORDINAIRE

Jane Heller wrote a great article for The New York Times today.  When all else fails, visit a psychic!  A very funny approach about predicting the Yankees’ 2009 season… 

I have started reading my copy of ‘Confessions of a She-Fan’.  So far, so good, except for the natural physique reference about A-Rod in the prologue in comparison to “those ‘roid guys with their cartoon muscles…”.  Oh well, he fooled all of us.  Jane’s book has that great, refreshing ‘we’re right there with you’ feel to it.  I am definitely re-living my emotions and feelings about the 2007 Yankees as I read the book…

And for the prediction?  I’ll go with Jane’s “Nope, I’m good”…

 

 

Which book to read first?…

BOOKS ARE ON THEIR WAY…

 

I received the e-mail from Amazon that the two books I ordered are on their way (Joe Torre’s The Yankee Years and Jane Heller’s Confessions of a She-Fan).

 

After Joe’s softball interview with Larry King on Friday, his book tour gets underway this week.  I agree with those who say that Joe is backpedaling, and his “clarification” of his A-Fraud comments is case in point.  In the book, he does not reference that it was in jest, but now he supports Larry Bowa’s comments that it was a fun-natured comment that was made to A-Rod directly. 

 

Bob Klapisch of The Record (newjersey.com) interviewed Mike Mussina last week, and I thought Mike had some very insightful comments:

 

“it’s not just what goes on in the clubhouse, it’s sitting on the bus, or if you’re out having lunch. As a ballplayer you need to know who you have to watch out for and who you can trust. First and foremost, you should be able to trust your manager.”

 

Mike went on to say several statements of the obvious:

 

“I mean, people knew that Brown was out there, and that Randy was ornery all the time. And Pavano is whoever he is. But if you’re their manager, you can’t go out and write about them like that.”

 

It’s unfortunate that Joe Girardi has to learn on the job, but in the end, I think the Yankees will be much better off with Mr. G. than Mr. T.   I personally wanted Donnie Baseball to get the job after Joe T. left, but for personal reasons, he clearly wasn’t ready.  Although I am hopeful that he gets his opportunity one day, I believe that the time is now for Joe Girardi, and he deserves every opportunity to lead the ship to battle. 

 

As much as I am looking forward to reading Torre’s book, I have to admit that I am more excited about Jane Heller’s Confessions of a She-Fan.  Clearly, her book will get preferential treatment upon receipt.  I can relate to her story first and foremost as a fellow Yankees fan.  But I can further relate to her story.  The Minnesota Vikings have been my favorite football team since 1972, and I was so upset when Fran Tarkenton retired and they gave the QB job to Bob Lee (I hated that guy!).  As a product of my frustration, I wrote a letter to the Vikings organization informing them that I had resigned as a fan.  I came back around with Tommy Kramer, but admittedly there are incredible highs and lows when you are passionate about a sports team.  I have thoroughly enjoyed every blog Jane has written, and I am very excited about the book.  I will provide my review after I have received my copy. 

 

I have been a Yankees fan for over 33 years, and I met the first Yankees fan that I am proud of during the 2001 World Series.  I attended Games 2 and 6 in Phoenix, and during Game 6 I encountered a very knowledgeable Yankees fan from New York who made me realize that the World Series was beyond anything short of a Yankees championship.  He had attended the games in New York, and the magic and inspiration that he shared that day were incredible.  Of course, the Yankees then got shellacked by the D-Backs, but it was still an experience I’ll always remember.  Jane sharing a story that is so engrained in our hearts is incredible. That places her among the top two Yankees fan I’ve encountered.  Considering that the Yankees are THE most storied franchise, she has written a book about us, among us, with us…

 

Thanks Jane.

 

OTHER THOUGHTS…

 

Congratulations to the Pittsburgh Steelers and their record 6th Super Bowl championship.  Perhaps we can put an end to the talk of the Cowboys as “America’s Team”.  I want to say that the TD catch by Santonio Holmes was one of the greatest acts of concentration and attention to detail that I’ve seen in a Super Bowl in a long time.  It was a incredible catch, and certainly deserves placement up there with the likes of the “Immaculate Reception”. 

 

The latest rumors have the New England Patriots placing the franchise tag on QB Matt Cassel and then trading him to the Kansas City Chiefs (due to the Scott Pioli connection).  I think that the Chiefs and Vikings rumors will run rampant until a trade actually happens, but I do hope that Cassel is wearing purple and gold when all is said and done. 

 

As Kevin Millar says, the Orioles aren’t going to win this season, but they have quietly been making some very sound acquisitions…

 

If the Dodgers are down to making a one year, $25 million offer for Manny Ramirez, why don’t the Yankees enter the game?  Trade Xavier Nady and Nick Swisher (there is significant interest in both), and ensure YES ratings with Manny in right field.  Sorry, I just can’t let go of my totally gluttonous dream!

 

Adding a Jim Edmonds to platoon in center with Brett Gardner or Melky Cabrera is probably not a bad idea…

 

I hated to hear that Andrew Bynum of the Los Angeles Lakers will miss 8-12 weeks due to a tear in the medial collateral ligament of his right knee, but at least it wasn’t a season-ending injury.  I wonder how much different last year’s NBA Championship would have looked had Bynum been healthy and available to play.

 

Bobby Knight at the University of Georgia?  C’mon, Bobby, give it up.  I am sure that ESPN will provide for a very comfortable life in your remaining years.  But you are like the guest who stayed too long, we’re ready for you to leave…

 

Just 10 days until pitchers and catchers report…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Future of “Pleasantville” Yankees Books…

CONFIDENTIALITY AGREEMENTS

The word is that the Yankees want to incorporate confidentiality agreements into their player and management contracts to include a “non-disparagement clause” and prevent future books like The Yankee Years, or those written by Jim Bouton, Graig Nettles, David Wells, et al. From my perspective, they should.  If you pay CC Sabathia $181 million, you should not have to be subject to a potentially harmful book at the end of the contract if there is player dissatisfaction.  Joe Torre was paid very well during his years as Yankees manager.  By the end of his tenure, I believe (although I have not confirmed it) that he was in the upper echelon of the pay scale for MLB managers.  Maybe he hasn’t said anything in the book that he hasn’t said before or there are quotes that are improperly attributed to him, but the fact remains that he wrote a book that has caused controversy and does not help team chemistry or morale. 

The Yankees have the right to protect the confidentiality and the sanctity of the clubhouse.  No one is going to write a ‘behind closed doors’ book about the Kansas City Royals clubhouse, but because the Yankees are the big market, high-profile team that is committed to winning, they will always draw more scrutiny than other teams, including Boston.  Well, unless you live in Boston, of course.  As such, the Yankees deserve the added measure to ensure “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas”.

RECOMMENDED BOOK 

Speaking of The Yankee Years, I have ordered my copy through Amazon.  In the way of “Good Cop, Bad Cop” with the Torre book representing the bad cop, I also purchased Confessions of a She-Fan by Jane Heller.  Yankees fans should be familiar with the great works of Jane Heller through her outstanding blogs, and judging by the reviews I’ve read, we will be even greater fans after reading her latest book.

 

If you pull up the book through Amazon, there is an excellent editorial review and description of the book.  I am looking forward to reading the book, and I get more jazzed about it with each review I read.  Personally, I think this book is a must-read for any baseball fan…

DID YOU SEE THOSE PHOTOS?

The photos on the WCBS Newsradio 880 website showing the different colors of Yankee Stadium are tremendous.  The blue lights as shown below are fascinating, but the website also has photos of the stadium in red, pink, and green.

Photo:  Tom Kaminski/WCBS 880

April can’t get here fast enough!

JUST WONDERING…

With free agent prices continuing to drop, would the Yankees try to make a counter move should the Red Sox sign Adam Dunn to bring his 40 home runs to Fenway?  I know, I can’t let go of the fascination with having Manny Ramirez in the lineup.  I know the baggage that comes with the player,  but I lived in Los Angeles last year and the city was electrified by what Manny brought to the team.  I have admired Manny since his days in Cleveland and he was always a favorite even when he played in Boston.  He’s a great clutch hitter (obviously) and he has that extra “something-something” that Reggie Jackson possessed.  Plus, as a side benefit, you’d take the player away from, as Derek Jeter would say, Mr. T.  Okay, $75 million for retribution is a high price to pay.  But even a Yankees fan can dream, right?

Another free agent that I think still makes great sense is pitcher Juan Cruz.  Working out of the Arizona Diamondbacks bullpen in 2008, he was 4-0 in 57 games with 2.61 ERA and 71 strikeouts.  He is a 30 year old right-hander.  Granted, Damaso Marte could close if necessary, but having Cruz late in the game would give Joe Girardi another very valuable weapon.  Mariano Rivera has been great, arguably the greatest closer the Yankees have ever had.  But time takes its toll and he is more vulnerable to injury at this point in his career than ever before.  Like with Jorge Posada and the catching position, I feel very strongly that the Yankees need a strong contingency plan in place behind Mo.

I guess this is Super Bowl week, so here’s my prediction…Steelers 31, Cardinals 17.  My kids live in Arizona and are Cardinals fans, but I just can’t bring myself to pick them to win.  They surprised me by making it this far, but I think the bubble bursts on Sunday.  As a long-suffering Vikings fan, I hate seeing ex-Vikings always winning Super Bowls, but Mewelde Moore and coach Mike Tomlin should add their names to the list…

 

 

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