Monthly Archives: March 2012

Bad News Joba Fans

He’s done for this year, most likely next year and possibly forever.  He was playing on trampoline with his son when he suffered what they are calling an “open dislocation of his right ankle.”   And while I’m not completely sure what that means, it sounds pretty gruesome.  Here are three excerpts about it from ESPN New York website: “expected to remain in the hospital for several days for the injury, which resulted in an open flesh wound around the ankle… Chamberlain lost a significant amount of blood and was taken by ambulance to the hospital…The wound in an ankle open fracture/dislocation typically is treated promptly to prevent infection before a fracture reduction is performed with plate and screw fixation carried out.”  I have read that last one 5 times and i still have no idea what it means but it can’t be pleasant.  It sounds like some seriously gruesome zombie horror movie type of stuff though.  Nothing funny about this, I just hope Joba’s okay.

Here’s the link to the ESPN article: http://espn.go.com/new-york/mlb/story/_/id/7727304/2012-spring-training-new-york-yankees-joba-chamberlain-suffers-severe-field-ankle-dislocation

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Jeff Ireland needs to go

Jeff Ireland is turning the Miami Dolphins into a second-rate franchise that struggles to bring in top free agent talent unless they grossly over-pay them like Cleveland or Buffalo, if he hasn’t done so already.  How much longer does he get to try to convince us that he actually knows what he’s doing and isn’t just horrible at his job?

Tuesday afternoon he said, “We are halfway through the player acquisition period,’’ and “Let the process play out.”  I think he thinks that he’s going to have a big second half.  I don’t see how that is even possible, unless he knows some big huge secret which we don’t.  There will be no more players available that are anywhere near the caliber of Peyton Manning, Matt Flynn, Eric Winston, Mario Williams and Vincent Jackson. The right way to look at the Miami Dolphins current situation is, it’s already at the halfway point but all the free agents actually worth acquiring are gone and the Dolphins failed to get any of them.  That is a big time fail.

In regards to the acquisition of David Garrard, this is what he said, “I’ve kind of been chasing him since Chad (Henne) got hurt last year.”   There are so many problems with that statement I’m not sure where to begin.  I guess I’ll start with the obvious first: maybe if you spent less time chasing David Garrard around you would have actually caught PeytonManning.

Second, what does the fact that you even had to chase David Garrard say about your overall job performance?  It can’t be good.  If you’re the GM of an NFL franchise, and have to do anything more than just pick up a phone, call an unemployed David Garrard and say ” Hey Dave, this is an NFL team, want to be a millionaire again?”  in order to get him, then you are horrible to the point that you’re a joke.  That should be the final nail in the coffin to your firing.

Third, what’s Jeff Ireland trying to say here? What’s his point, purpose, goal, etc?  Does he really think that he is going to convince Miami fans that we didn’t lose the Peyton, Matt Flynn, and (to a much lesser extent) Alex Smith sweepstakes but rather we won the David Garrard 50/50? Does Ireland really think fans are going to start buying season tickets in droves for the chance to see David Garrard play QB?

Here is some more insight into the Dolphin free agent strategy from Ireland, “We’re going to always make value-based decisions,’’.  I don’t get this bargain basement, value shopper mentality that has permeated the Dolphin front office for years.  This constant need to scrounge through other teams trash hoping to find some buried treasure.  Fans are sick of the front office running the team like its a pawn shop by jamming second-hand players like David Garrard, Kevin Burnett and Marc Columbo down our throats. There is a reason their former teams either let them walk or let them go, it’s because they are just polished up turds and not diamonds in the rough as Ireland and Co would have you believe.

This makes me so angry that in protest I’ve cancelled my plans to buy a new Dolphin jersey this year (It was gonna be Odrick based purely on his awesome Pee-Wee Herman sack dance. Respect).  In fact, for as long as Ireland is with the team, I vow not to buy a new jersey, unless it’s a player he either signed or drafted and is now on clearance because they are no longer with the team.

Name me one thing, one move, one decision, that Ireland made which has worked out.  If you say Jake Long, then you must be kidding.  You really think that it’s a notable accomplishment when the team with the #1 draft pick makes a good decision?  Doesn’t that fall into the category of just “doing your job”?  What has Karlos Dansby really done?  You traded two 2nd round picks for a player (Marshall) who you traded after two years, and no playoff appearances, for two 3rd rounders.  Second round pick Pat White is not even in the league anymore and I’m pretty sure Shawn Murphy isn’t either.

Cameron Wake?  Maybe, but is that the best you got?  Because if that’s all, then I contend Ireland’s most notable accomplishment in his Dolphins tenure so far is calling Dez Bryant’s mother a prostitute, and that is ridiculous.  Right now if any reasonable GM in the league who was faced with the possibility of a wide receiver corps led by Brian Hartline would rather have Dez Bryant instead of Jared Odrick and Koa Misi.  And can someone please explain to me why in the 2010 draft, which was stocked full of tight ends, they did not get Jimmy Graham, Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez or even Dennis Pitta, when it was obvious that the team needed an explosive tight end?

I  do not understand the lowballing of Matt Flynn.  I have to admit, when I thought it would take no less then 5 years and at least 50 mil to sign him, I wasn’t so sure it was a good move.  But when I saw he signed for only 3 years 26mil total and only 10 guaranteed that seemed like a more then fair price to pay for a potential 26 year old starting quarterback who already knows your brand new offensive system.  Maybe he would have worked out, maybe he wouldn’t.  It’s widely speculated that Miami is now going to draft a quarterback, Ryan Tannehill with the 8th overall pick in the draft.  Maybe he’s the real deal, maybe he isn’t.  But if both players are going to involve significant levels of”maybe” then why not sign Flynn and use the 8th pick to fill one of the teams other glaring needs like SS, RT, WR and a second pass rusher?  That would seem like solid strategy to me.

And speaking of the draft, that stunt you pulled with Andy Dalton last year was ridiculous (during his standard pre-draft interview, getting to know you vist to Miami before last year’s draft one of the asst coaches barged in pretending to be a “diva receiver” and started yelling about getting the ball more).  I’m sure when that plan was concocted you probably thought it was so smart, you couldn’t wait to watch it play out, the suspense was killing you.  You were sitting there on the edge of your seat enjoying the smell of your own farts, thinking it was the most brilliant breakthrough in draft evaluation since the Jimmy Johnson value chart.  Wrong, it is the second dumbest thing I have ever heard of a professional sports franchise doing (2nd to calling someone’s mother a prostitute of course).  I’m willing to bet Andy Dalton still cracks people up with that story as he warns players around the NFL not to sign with Miami because they are a joke.

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Welcome Back Andy!

Reportedly, while down in Tampa with a church group, Andy was hanging around the Yankee camp and decided to throw a bullpen session.  He felt so good after this session,  that he basically said to himself,  Hey I can still do this.  Next thing you know Cashman organizes a clandestine 7:30AM bullpen session and in which Andy looked good enough to earn himself a 2.5 million dollar contract.

In 2010 Pettitte basically pitched until his arm fell off on his way to earning his 5th World Series ring.  After that season he was physically and mentally exhausted.  He didn’t need to retire, he just needed a year to get his mind and body right.  Crafty, veteran lefties like him can stay around forever.   He’s already shown the has the ability to still be effective without a mid 90’s fastball with an outstanding curveball and utilizing superior control.  At a soon to be 40 years old, Andy Pettitte is a pitcher, not a thrower, and there’s no way he forgot how to pitch in just a year.

This is a great move for the Yankee organization and i personally can’t wait to see #46 and his trademark stare back out there on the mound in pinstripes.

3/13 Boston 1 New York 0

Game Notes:

  • Man it is hard to watch a spring training game, even if it’s New York-Boston, that goes 9 innings of 0-0 baseball. But I did my best.  I was almost glad when Boston scored a run, just so the game wouldn’t end in a tie.
  • Has Bill Hall been cut yet?  I haven’t seen him do anything in the field or at the plate that says he deserves a roster spot with this team.  Hopefully Nunez is ready to go sooner rather than later.
  •  Good solid start out of Nova.  Four innings of shut out ball.  He was up in the zone a little bit but he was spotting his fastball well, had good movement on his breaking balls and effectively mixed in some change-ups.  Barring a melt down, I don’t see any reason why he’s not right on pace to take the ball, at worst, every fourth day.
  • Boone Logan has really impressed me so far this spring.  Another solid 1-2-3 inning out of him yesterday and he faced both righties and lefties.  He looks more and more like he’s going to be a major factor out of the pen and not just the teams obligatory southpaw.  So far this spring he’s got 4IP 2Hits 0Runs 0Walks 6K’s.  Now that’s getting the job done.
  • Another perfect 1-2-3 inning out of Mo and he broke two bats.  This guy is a machine.  He’s gonna be the Yankee we miss the most when he’s gone.
  • Zoilo Almonte was compared to Robbi Cano yesterday.  If by that they meant prone to stupid mistakes in the field and swinging at awful pitches at the plate, then i agree 100%.  I don’t want to be too hard on the kid, he’s only 22 years old and he hopefully  he can deem himself worthy of that comparison, but come on.
  • The David Phelps kid looked pretty good on the mound last night.  He worked fast and went right at the hitters.  He got the loss but it wasn’t his fault the aforementioned Z. Almonte turned what should have been a single into a triple and then let the only run of the game score with a throwing error.  He’ll have to be a guy I keep my eye on down in Scranton or Trenton or wherever he winds up.
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Brandon Marshall

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/nfl_star_belted_me_gal_KkFMFRvOerJNsHci3itYkO

So long and good riddance scumbag!  I knew when I saw you were traded to the Bears for only two 3rd round picks there was more to the story then we knew.  Men who are 6’4″ 230lbs should not be punching women in the face, regardless of circumstances.  Maybe if you fought for the ball as hard as you fight broads, Revis wouldn’t have completely embarrassed you with a 99yd pick 6 in week 6. I’m sure Miami will have no problem finding a receiver who drops 5 TD’s a year to replace you.  Good luck with this trash Chicago!

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Good News Yankee Fans

David “D-Rob” Robinson is out of the walking boot and proclaims that he will be ready for opening day.  Yankee fans everywhere can breath a sigh of relief.  With a 42 yr old Mariano Rivera, D-Rob’s position as set-up man is as important as it’s been for the Yankees since Mo manned the position in ’96 before he took over for then closer John Wettland the following season.  Hopefully the Steinbrenners have read my blog and hired Robinson a butler handle all the day to day chores like carrying boxes up and down stairs.

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Welcome Back Mo!

On Sunday the legendary Mariano Rivera made his spring training debut for the Yankees.  He worked a 14 pitch perfect 1-2-3 4th inning in their 3-0 victory over the Phillies.  10 of those pitches came during a Hector Luna at bat.  Rivera eventually won the showdown when he got Luna to ground out.  Hearing his trademark “Enter Sandman” brought out a little more excitement then usual because it’s widely speculated that Rivera’s 18th year in pinstripes will be his last.

CC Sabathia got the start and threw 28 of his 39 pitches for strikes, which means he’s right where he is supposed to be for March 11th.  He worked into and out of trouble in the first inning.  With two on and no outs he got two Philly regulars, Shane Victorino and Ty Wigginton, to fly out and end the threat.  Things like this are what I look for in spring training.  Because these guys know the games don’t count and just want to “get their work in”. But we also  know no pitcher, at any level, wants to give up runs.  Spring training or otherwise, no pitcher take the mound with the mindset  “I don’t care how many runs I let up today.”  So two on no out in the first inning against proven, legit MLB hitters (as opposed to roster fodder with a number in the 80’s or young AA prospects)  is about as close as you get to simulating a real pressure situation in March.

There wasn’t much offense to talk about.  The Captian, Derek Jeter, singled off of Philly starter Kyle Kendrick twice.  Again, good signs for Jeter being the hits came off a major league starter who will be in Philadelphia’s starting rotation and not one of their minor league affiliates.

Most of the Yankee offense came from Chris Dickerson. With bases loaded, 2 outs in the 4th, he worked a 2-0 count then slapped a 2 run single to right.  One of the Yankee hallmarks is working the count, so this coupled with the great relay throw he had the other day against Tampa to nail a guy a 3rd ,shows he may have enough skills to help out the big club either on the field or as part of a trade down the line if and when the Yankees need to add any pieces.  Like say a middle reliever if D-Rob’s foot doesn’t heal.

All in all a shut out by your pitching staff, regardless of when it occurs, is exactly what you want to see if you’re Girardi or Larry Rothschild (the pitching coach).  The Yankees have shown that their veteran group of players are right on target to be in the mix for the always contentious AL East crown.

One final note, again, why does Russell Martin have 4 stolen bases?  If it’s a matter of conditioning can’t he just run a few extra sprints after the game?  When he jams his thumb sliding into second in a meaningless spring training game we are all going to regret this and talk about how stupid/useless it was.

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Jets Extend Sanchez

Did i miss something?  When did Omar Minaya start calling the shots for the Jets?  Because this move is right out of his playbook.  Take a player who’s fallen out of favor with the front office and fan base, who only a week ago was speculated to be on his way out the door while the team pursues a sexy free agent name and then all of a sudden, for no apparent reason, sign him to a contract extension that makes him one of the highest paid players (for his position) in the league.  And the fact that the player happens to be of Spanish descent is just icing on the cake (think Ollie Perez here).  How did this business model work out for the Mets?  Not too good if I remember correctly.  The move  immediately reminded of the Pepper Brooks line from Dodgeball, “It’s a bold strategy, let’s see if it pays off for ’em”   Specifics are 3 year $40.5 million dollar extension and he can make another 10 million in “escalators”.

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Jose Canseco banned by league

http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/7667776/jose-canseco-suspended-mexican-league-refusing-doping-test

Really Mexico are you kidding me? Okay let me get this straight, you got crazy warring drug cartels that massacre people by the dozen and pay off entire police departments.  Mass graves, beheadings and forced prostitution all are a regular occurence but you choose make a stand on Jose Canseco and steroids?  Didn’t like 98% of the steroids in baseball come from Mexico?  Aren’t they right next to the aspirin in Mexican CVS’s?

 When you’re the GM of the Quintana Roo Tigers and you sign Jose Canseco aren’t you expecting, if not flat-out encouraging, him to be on the juice? He wrote a book named “Juiced”  in which he says he wouldn’t have of even been a major leaguer if weren’t  for the ‘roids.  What would make you think he would go clean at the age of 47, in Mexico of all places?  I thought it was no holds barred in Mexico, you invented the donkey show for christ sake.

And I hope Canseco has got a film crew following him around 24/7 down there.  In fact, if someone was smart, they’d get John Rocker and Jose Canseco on the same Mexican baseball team yesterday and start filming a reality show right away.  I think that would have the potential to rival season 2 of “Eastbound and Down”.

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Papelbon Rant

http://espn.go.com/boston/mlb/story/_/id/7661787/2012-spring-training-jonathan-papelbon-says-philadelphia-phillies-fans-smarter-boston-red-sox-fans

How the hell can you say that Philly fans are better, or smarter, than Boston fans when you haven’t even played a single game at Citizens Bank Park yet? Spring training is held in Florida, not Philly.Whole different ballgame there.

Now please don’t take this the wrong way.  Don’t misconstrue what I’m saying as me sticking up for Boston in any way, shape or form.  That is not what this is about.  This is about my disdain for one of the biggest douche bags in professional baseball, Jonathan Papelbon. Whom I’ve referred to as “Papeldouche” ever since he did that stupid jig in his underwear after the 2007 World Series.

Keep in mind, this is the moron who thought he should’ve been the closer for the 2008 all-star game at Yankee Stadium, not Mo, despite the fact that Mo was a perfect 23-23 in save opportunities and he (Papeldouche) had already blown four.  The real kicker was that his own manager (Francona) named Mo the closer.

And you’ve actually got a problem with some dude throwing  you his prosthetic leg for an autograph?  That’s freaking awesome!  That dude risked potentially losing a limb (albeit a fake one), which he needs to walk on, just to get you to write your stupid name on it. You’ve got to be a real jerk not to appreciate that level of fan-dom. If some dude that reads my blogs did that to me, I would be so honored that not only would I write my stupid  name on it but I’d also take him out and get him wasted.  And I’m not even a millionaire, or even a thousandaire.  Hell, I’m not even a hundredaire, but I’d still do it out of respect.

What about the Philly fan who got tasered when he ran on the field in 2010, was he smarter than Boston fans?  (watch it here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqtPUhYdz6M)

Or how about the Philly fan that intentionally threw up on an 11 yr old girl and her cop father? (read about it here http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Off-Duty-Officer-Daughters-Assaulted-at-Phillies-Game-90983739.html)

A Philly writer once called for fans to throw D batteries at one of your own teammates! (found here, and i don’t care if it was supposed to be humor, we all know most people are dumb and will basically do whatever they’re told to http://deadspin.com/5780992/
philadelphia-inquirer-encourages-fans-to-throw-batteries-at-bostons-jd-drew)

You thought a fake leg was bad? At least he wasn’t trying to give you brain damage. I can’t wait to hear what you’ve got to say after you hit a rough patch, blow 3 out of 5 and have to bob and weave your way around a few Duracells yourself.

So if there is anyone who looks stupid here it’s definitely Papelbon.  If I were a Boston fan I’d take his comments as a badge of honor.Oh yea, and one more thing Boston, don’t forget…YOU SUCK!  GO YANKEES!

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