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Josh Beckett is a Prick

http://scores.espn.go.com/mlb/recap?gameId=320510102

If there is one thing that this unabashed Yankee lover can identify with the rival Red Sox fans is the general hate/disdain of Josh Beckett.  What is this guys problem?  He is another elitist-prick douche bag professional athlete who just does not get it.  For the 2012 season he will make $18,750,000 or roughly more than everyone who ever reads this blog post will  in their lifetimes combined.

I want to call attention to one sentence he made during the post game press conference after his stellar (sarcastic) 2.1IP 7R performance last night regarding his recent golf excursion the day after he was scratched from a start with a sore back, “We get 18 off days a year, I think we deserve a little bit of time to ourselves.”  Are you fucking kidding me?!  Only 18 days off a year?!  What planet does this moron exist on?  As a professional athlete he gets 6 months + 18 days off a year, minimum.  But wait, Beckett is a starting pitcher, not a position player, so he actually only participates in approx 30 games a year (29 after skipping a start with a sore back that was not too sore to interrupt his off day plans).  Sure he might still be expected to show up in uniform and attend the game on days when would rather be out with his friends drinking beer, playing video games and eating fried chicken but, oh wait, he still does that too.

As an aforementioned Yankee fan I can not wait to see how this plays out.  We have only seen the tip of the iceberg here, things are going to get a whole lot uglier before they get better.  We’ve only scratched the surface.  Think I’m wrong?  Look at it this way, the fans actually cheered Bobby Valentine last night when he left the dugout to give Beckett the hook marking the first time Bobby V has  ever gotten cheers from the Fenway faithful.  If we are lucky there will be a trip to the DL in the near future and then the sparks will really fly.  I think I’m gonna grab myself a bucket of  the Colonel’s extra crispy, a couple of cold brews, sit back and anxiously watch as the rest of this soap opera plays itself out.  CAN’T WAIT!

PS . Sorry about the F-Bomb Grandma

PS PS.  Grandma if you know what a douche bag is then I’m sorry about that one too

Below is where you can find more audio from his post game press conference

http://youtu.be/fhG679PyfXU

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Rays 7 Yankees 6

Okay, mark your calendars, game 1 of 162, inning 1 of (at least) 1,458 and Girardi’s chronic micro-over-managing of his pitching staff has already begun.

Who had the under?

Only five batters into the 2012 season Girardi trotted out to the mound to advise the ace of his staff, CC Sabathia, to issue an intentional walk to Sean Rodriguez, yes thee Sean Rodriguez, and load the bases for Carlos Pena. Who, by the way, has been a “Yankee killer” ever since they cut him back in 2006. Worst case scenario ensued when Pena deposited a 3-2 pitch 428 feet away for a grand slam.

I don’t care if Pena is only 4-35 off CC while Rodriguez is 6-21, you don’t give a free pass to a light-hitting middle infielder with 22 career home runs to face a slugger with 258 career bombs who can hit the ball off any pitcher out of any ballpark. No matter what Girardi’s precious numbers say, you just don’t do that. It’s baseball 101. This is a perfect example of why human beings, and not computers, manage baseball teams. You can’t always go strictly with the numbers. Doing so is a cop-out. Sometimes you just have to let your pitchers pitch.

But despite all that, the Yankees were able to rally and take a 6-4 lead when Raul Ibanez blasted a 3run homer to cap a 4run 3rd inning.

A solo shot in the bottom of the frame off the bat of Evan Longoria made it 6-5.

Fast forward to the bottom of 9th, enter Sandman to close it out and preserve the 6-5 win. Needless to say things didn’t go according to plan. A leadoff single by Desmond Jennings followed by a triple from Ben Zobrist and suddenly its a tie game, save blown with nobody out  and a runner on third. Two intentional walks and a strike out later enter Carlos Pena with the bases loaded, again. This time all he did was hit a game winning single. Ball game over, Tampa Bay 7-Yanks 6.

Mo’s pitches looked flat and he left a couple out over the plate but he’ll be fine. All he did is confirm to me what I already knew after watching  11 runs scored through the first three innings, its still spring training for the pitchers. Rivera said it best in his post game interview, “thank god its only one game.”

Regardless of the blown save, how many games can the Yankees expect to win when they go down 4-0 in the first and the offense goes 2-11 with runners in scoring position stranding 12 men on base? I’d be much more concerned about that and Girardi’s cult-like devotion to “the numbers” then I would be about Mariano Rivera’s performance.

Despite the negative outcome and  bad taste yesterdays game left in the mouth of Yankee fans it wasn’t all doom and gloom for the Bronx Bombers. In his Yankee debut DH Raul Ibanez had 4RBI including the aforementioned go ahead home run.

David Robertson worked into and out of trouble in the 8th. Facing a 1st and 3rd, nobody out D-Rob, showing no ill-effects from the preseason foot injury he suffered, struck out two and got Jose Molina to foul out, inexplicably, trying to lay down a bunt with two strikes and hold the one run lead.

And finally, but maybe most importantly, Alex Rodriguez looked healthy and showed good bat speed going 2-3 with a double and also made a few nice plays at third.

All in all it was an ugly game but it was only 1 of 162 so lets keep it in perspective. I’m very interested to watch Hiroki Kuroda make his debut tonight and see how the Yankees respond.

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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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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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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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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/
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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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David Robertson Injury

http://espn.go.com/new-york/mlb/story/_/id/7660301/new-york-yankees-david-robertson-sprains-foot-home

Not good.  I already told you one of the main goals of the Yankees this March was too get through the month without any injuries and now we got one of our most important pitchers in a walking boot with dirty, filthy words like “Lisfranc” being tossed around.  And what? He hurt himself moving boxes in his home?  If you’re an all star for the New York Yankees shouldn’t you have someone following you around doing that stuff for you to avoid things like this?  I bet the Steinbrenners wish they would of thought of that a few days ago when they read this blog post. Then maybe our bullpen wouldn’t have been potentially screwed before the season even started.

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Cashman Stalker

So I’m trying to find something Yankee related to blog about and came across this article about the crazy broad Brian Cashman had an affair with Louise Meanwell: http://espn.go.com/new-york/mlb/story/_/id/7658445/accused-stalker-new-york-yankees-brian-cashman-testify-grand-jury. It’s a pretty straight forward article, telling us what we’ve already heard no less then 50x before.  I would like to call your attention to one sentence in it where it says Cashman wrote a letter of reference for her that described her as, “a tireless and imaginative contributor.”  I think that’s code for, “She sucks a mean dick”.  Lesson to be learned from this story?  Don’t get involved with broads that have conspicuously innocuous sounding names like “Meanwell” cuz they’re probably  nuts.

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