A very nice win, though it’s too bad Wang won’t get full credit in the box score. As for Tony’s clutch hit, well, we sure are happy it happend, but we’d still rather see Andy Phillips at second (and why the heck was he bunting in the 9th?!).
Saturday, April 30th, 2005
In a recent post on his Futility Infielder site, Jay Jaffe argues that Mel Stottlemyre has become the “sacred cow” of the Yankee organization, that his charges have a history of developing arm trouble, incoming talent has a habit of degenerating on his watch, and that he’s not had much success in helping players fix their mechanics. (Actually, Jaffe has been making these arguments for some time, but Allen Barra recently picked them up in a piece for the NY Sun.) Writes Jaffe: “The bottom line is that Yankee fans ought to assume the crash position. When this pitching staff goes over the cliff, don’t expect Mel Stottlemyre to be the one to pull it up to safety.”
Elsewhere, a post entitled “Mismanagement 101″ on the Replacement Level Yankee blog catalogues a series of questionable managerial decisions and concludes, “I think it’s time for the Joe Torre era to end, whether they win or lose this year. He’s had a great run, and I thank him for that, but he’s becoming more and more detrimental to this team’s chances every year.”
Is this Yankee Golden Age over? Is a new administration the answer? Unpleasant questions to ponder.
Friday, April 29th, 2005
If you’re a regular visitor to this site—and we certainly expect that you are—you’ve probably noticed some subtle changes around here. A couple of weeks ago we caved in to pent-up demand and began accepting advertising; today we’ve unveiled our snappy new three-column layout. We think it looks sharp, and has the added bonus of making navigation a whole lot more convenient.
We’ve got a few other things up our collective sleeve, so stay tuned—we don’t take our status as the “ultimate rivalry blog” for granted. In the meantime, thanks for reading, and please feel free to join in the fray.
YF & SF
…the vaunted Yankee offense. Is it out there? Has Arthur Dent seen it hitchhiking around the galaxy? It sure as hell ain’t in the Bronx. Three games, two runs, no wins. Jeets and A-Rod need some help fellas, and Andy Phillips, much as we like him, isn’t going to be able to do it himself.
PS: Joe, can we put an end to the Woemack-in-the-2-slot experiment?
Thursday, April 28th, 2005
We like to keep an eye on the periodic auctions of memorabilia from our national pastime; we’re not collectors, mind you—though we still prize our baseball cards—but know that some of the more interesting items from the game’s history crop up at these events. As for the mercenary aspects of this trade, we’ll let you be the judge. With that, we present a few of the more interesting objects up for grabs on a current on-line sale at Robert Edward Auctions (with their estimated sales prices).
-1910 Cy Young cigar box: $5-$10K
-1914 Babe Ruth Rookie Card (as an Oriole): $40-$60K [above]
-Pair of seats from the House He Built: $2-$3K
-1928 contract to renovate said House: $500-$1K
-1916 Red Sox-as-champs team photo (he’s in there, too): $1-$1.5K
-Bat used by Ted Williams to hit .406: $10-$20K
-1939 Walter Johnson signed check (for $44.80): $800-$1.5K
-Autographed photo of Eddie Gaedel (the only one): $1-$2K
-Darryl Strawberry’s 1986 World Series trophy: $2-$4K
Can’t find anything here to suit your interests? Sotheby’s has a sports auction of its own coming up on June 10. To be included: the contract that sold Babe to the Yankees. We’ll take it!
Wednesday, April 27th, 2005
Poor Lou Piniella. He’s stuck managing a loser in humid Tampa, and now Curt Schilling is questioning his baseball IQ and calling him a tough-guy poseur. We guess Curt’s got some extra time for reflection now that he’s on the DL. (The good news: A-Rod’s seems to have dropped from the #1 slot on his most wanted list—that riff was getting tired.)
Anyway, Lou’s pissed, and he’s waiting for an apology: “I have forgotten more baseball than this guy knows. I’ll tell you I’ve always admired his pitching ability and competitiveness, but I can honestly tell you I’ve lost a lot of respect for him. I’m looking forward to talking to Curt myself and get this matter cleared up….I was told Curt was going to call. I’ll he happy to pick up the phone if that’s what it takes.”
By the way, he left a number: 1-900-FUCKOFF
Please excuse this digression, but we feel compelled to note that there’s a Major League shortstop hitting .421 with an obp of .476, 4 homers, and 15 rbi. No, it’s not Derek, it’s not Miguel, and it sure as hell ain’t Edgar Renteria. So who is this mystery man? The Rockies’ Clint Barmes. B-A-R-M-E-S. Barmes. Coors Field is handy, isn’t it?
Feel bad that you missed this guy? So did everybody else. Baseball America ranked him behind not one but two other Colorado rookies, Jeff Francis and Garrett Atkins. (Admittedly, they predicted big production.) Expect an avalanche of feature stories to begin any day now.
John Massengale terms himself a "recovering architect", whereas I am in the denial phase of that profession. And John’s a classicist whereas I am a modernist. He’s also a Yankees fan though I am a Sox lover. Despite these differences, I can wholeheartedly recommend his blog "Veritas et Venustas", where he scribes about many things cultural, architectural, and baseball. Head over – he’s got some excellent things to say, despite his cockeyed worldview.
Sometimes this site just writes itself. Here’s Red Sox team physician Thomas Gill on the regimen planned for Boomer during his stint on the DL with a gimpy foot: “We expect him to be able to maintain his fitness activities and baseball training throughout the period of his rehab.”
Fitness activities? Boomer? Is there co-ed naked mud-wrestling at Centerfolds?
Tuesday, April 26th, 2005
A mishmash of ruminations, conjured up on the road tonight listening to the Sox, Mets, and Yankees, all on Mr. Marconi’s invention.
- Can you get insurance runs in the 4th inning? Tonight Sox announcer Jerry Trupiano called the bottom of that inning, and with the Sox up 5-3 and a man on second Trupe called for Manny Ramirez to bring in some "needed insurance runs". I was under the impression that at that point in the game they only qualified as more runs, not insurance runs.
- A-Rod – great game. How about some consistency, though? A-Rod’s performance tonight will get all the headlines, but I’ll take Manny Ramirez’ last 10 days and their dependability over A-Rod’s nearly historic and isolated feat. Still, quite a night by any measurement. He’s no Mark Whiten, though.
- Howie Rose on WFAN calls a pretty good game, but Gary Cohen is even better.
- Speeding through Connecticut on the way back to Gotham, I tried to over/under the amount of lunatic postings YF made about A-Rod. I pegged the number at about 4, and it seems that he hit the under, thank god for that. Game not over yet, though, so he’s still got a shot at the over.
- Are the O’s for real? Looks like it (or, rather, sounded like it), but I have a feeling that their pitching ain’t built to last through the summer heat.
- Watching games in HD is pretty amazing (kudos to YES and NESN for their efforts to bring us the games in 1080i), but nothing really beats the romance of a night drive and baseball on the radio.
Is Carl the new Andy? He’s big, he keeps his glove in front of his face, he throws strikes, he makes you put the ball in play (if you happen to be batting against him), he’s got a knack for playoff pitching (whatever that means), his last name starts with a P. Yeah, we know he’s a righty—but what the hell, you can’t have everything.