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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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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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Phil Hughes “Last Year Was A Failure”

http://espn.go.com/new-york/mlb/story/_/id/7652149/new-york-yankees-phil-hughes-says-last-year-was-failure

Here is a list of people i can not stand in this world. 1., The homeless who are only homeless because they’re drug addicts and want your sympathy/money.  EFF you, I wish I could wake up every day with my only worries being where am I gonna sleep next and how am I going to get $10 so I can score some meth.

2.,Alcoholics who say they have a “disease”.  Garbage.  If enjoying getting wasted by noon is a “disease” then I got it too. But i also got something known as self-control and only choose to do so when appropriate.

3., Meter-maids.  There’s a difference between “just doing your job” and doing your job with a raging hard-on.  Kill yourself right now.

4., Politicians. Slimy grease-balls who make a living screwing you and I over while trying to convince us that they’re doing so in our own best interest.

And finally 5., Professional athletes who can’t stay in shape.  I have absolutely zero tolerance for you.  You get paid millions of dollars to play a kid’s game and you can’t even stay physically fit enough to do so?  People will gladly fork over hundreds of dollars that they really can’t afford to just for the chance to watch you play live and you can’t even give them the goddamn decency of showing up in shape?

I am/was a big Phil Hughes fan.  I like his calm demeanor on the mound and the way the ball just explodes out of his hand (when he’s on).  Plus there’s nothing I like better out of my favorite professional sports teams, especially the Yankees, then nice home grown talent to cheer for (as opposed to hired scrubs like AJ Burnett, Randy Johnson, Kevin Brown etc).

I was glad he wasn’t traded for Johan Santana or Roy Halladay or anything like that but something like this does make me wonder. If he’s having problems like these in his mid 20’s, what’s it gonna be like when he’s 30, 32 years old and even less motivated to put his work in during the off-season?

I hope Phil Hughes realizes that he messed up, this is unacceptable and returns to form this year.  That last year was just a momentary lapse for an incredibly talented kid who maybe never stopped celebrating winning his first World Series at such a young age because I really like the way this rotation looks with him in the 5 spot.  Plus I  have no faith that Freddy Garcia can come anywhere near approximating what he did last year.

One final note.  The other day somebody asked me if I think the Yankees regret getting rid of Ian Kennedy and not Phil and my answer was absolutely not.  I’m glad he’s doing well out in Arizona but Arizona ain’t New York and Kennedy does not have the make up to be successful in New York and he would have never worked out here.

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