Monday, June 20th, 2005
Saturday, June 18th, 2005
It took 136 at bats to get the GS monkey off Our Hero’s back, a fact that we can only attibute to the Captain’s commitment to putting team need ahead of personal glory. But we were nevertheless thrilled to see DJ’s first slam today, and also note that this clout extended his latest hit streak to 11 games. Look out Joe D!
It’s all or nothing with these Yanks, and we most definitely prefer the all. After the monster swoon of a road of a road swing, now we have four straight home victories, including two nifty come-from-behinders. We’re not kidding ourselves into thinking this squad has all of a sudden morphed into a world-beating juggernaut, but it is nice to see Hideki breaking out of his slump and the other stalwarts of the lineup—A-Rod, Sheff, Jeets, Posada, Rivera—producing as we had expected. Where this goes, we can only wonder. But here’s to hoping Mr. Hyde stays hidden for the foreseeable future.
Friday, June 17th, 2005
“There’s probably a half a dozen other teams, a dozen other teams, I could be playing for,” Payton said. “Actually, as far as playing time, this is one of the worst situations I can be in because if I’m hitting .800 I still wouldn’t be playing any more than I am right now because they’ve got their boys.”
Jay Payton wants out, and why should we care? This peabrain voluntarily signed in Boston at his agent’s and his own behest, and now he’s complaining that he isn’t playing every day? How did he not know that the Sox had three guys signed and ready to play? What else doesn’t Jay know? That we sent men to the moon? That Katie and Tom are engaged? That Lindsay might be on blow? Someone get Jay a subscription to the Times, or, at the very least, to the Rototimes.
[EDIT: commenter mattymatty is right down below the fold in the comments, and I stand corrected - Payton was acquired in a deal with San Diego. My (embarrassing) bad. Still, he voices his opinion NOW, and not after the deal?]
We know George and Donnie T are pals. It seems, too, that the Yankee ballmen have a taste for the architectural stylings of the Man of Bronze. Derek, of course, makes his home in Trump World Tower, just a ducksnort away from the UN. Now A-Rod will be joining Jeets as an Upper East Side resident. New York real estate blog Curbed, helmed by someteimes YFSF guest editor Lockhart Steele, reports the third baseman is moving into a 3br on the 19th floor of Trump Park Ave, over on 59th Street. The asking: $8.67 million. Take a peek at the floor plan after the jump.
Thursday, June 16th, 2005
AHA! So Yanksfan thinks he can get away with a post about the new Yankee Stadium while pulling one over on us unsuspecting Sox fans? We don’t think so.
Our deeply embedded sources at HOKSport, the "designers" of the new Bombers’ ballyard, have forwarded us some of the original renderings of the Behemoth in the Bronx, and it looks like YF spent some quality time with the clone stamp getting rid of some realistic flourishes. Below is the original presentation drawing, and, unlike YF’s airbrushed fictions, it rings true. My guess is that the brutally long hours of architectural internship drove an overworked young Bostonian to add this little detail — we just wish YF had the guts to present the stadium as the architect intended. FYI, the first image is the untouched overall shot that YF should have shown. After the jump, a blowup of the detail YF so conveniently erased.
New York Times architectural critic Nicolai Ouroussoff is not impressed with the new House of Jeets. “As architecture, it could not be duller. A predictable mix of old and new, its conventional interiors and faux historical skin are a quaint version of the existing Yankee Stadium.”
Actually, a quaint version of the ’23 Stadium, but nevermind—accuracy isn’r really their thing over at the Times. But there’s more:
There are those, no doubt, who will complain about the loss of the site of some of the most memorable moments in the history of sports. I am not one of them. The current stadium, which was severely altered in the mid-1970′s, has little architectural merit. Its most famous feature, a kitschy bronze frieze that decorated its exterior facade, was replaced with a poor concrete replica.
Ouroussoff’s objections, just as his predecesor’s, seem to be purely formal: he’d be pleased if only the thing were, you know, cooler looking. Like maybe designed by a famous European architect. As if that were at issue here. Must we continually point out that what makes the place special is not what goes on outside, but its great populist layout: so big, so cramped, everyone a part of the action. As usual, the Times misses the point.
It seems the Yankees like the plans for George’s new stadium. Certainly Jason did. Congratulations on the big hit, a great comeback win, and a thoroughly enjoyable ballgame (so that’s what infield defense is supposed to look like.)
PS: Tony Womack seems to be getting testy. Not happy with his role. Ditto.
Wednesday, June 15th, 2005
Tuesday, June 14th, 2005
We wonder what George is thinking. A couple of weeks ago, as we reported here, he was all set to present his plans for Yankee Stadium Deux to the public. What a show it would have been. Neat-o architectural models, press everywhere, a smiling Derek Jeter locked in arm with Mr. Torre. But it was not to be. Politics intervened. Bloomie was having problems with his Green Giant, and Big Stein”s advisors (ie, former Guiliani aide Randy Levine) knew better than to upstage His Honor. And now look what’s happened: the hated Mets are the new stadium darlings, and—insult to injury—they’ve even stolen his architects. Worse still, the Yanks are playing like those boys from Queens.
There is, of course, a silver lining for George. Whatever the Mets get from the public till, you can be sure he’s going to draw as well (and then some). And of course it’s always nice to have attention diverted when you’re doing something dirty. Like, say, sacrificing one of America’s great public spaces for a few extra bucks. As we’ve noted here, and repeatedly, a new Yankee Stadium is a bad idea. It will have fewer seats, they will be more expensive, and they will be further from the action in a place with no history. And the public is going to pay through the nose for it. Some $300 million. Sounds like a debacle, right? Yep. But don’t tell Richard Sandomir. The Times, as we’ve reported ad nauseum in our ballparks thread, continues to misrepresent this project.
Sunday, June 12th, 2005
So many people are performing below our expectations and below our projections that this isn’t easy to fix. If this is the best that this pitching staff can pitch, then I really miscalculated and it’s time for changes.
This line, from a story in today’s Boston Herald, is just another example of why young Theo Epstein has gained the trust of a legion of Sox fans (the World Series title nothwithstanding). His bluntly articulated grasp of the current Sox’ woes tracks that of the fans’, and for this we are grateful (peruse the rest of the article for what kind of moves might happen). It’s rare to see a GM state the obvious: he messed up. It’s about time some other team architects, or at least team owners who proxy for their titular GMs, stood up and made the same proclamation. But, does anyone really expect those in the front office 180 miles to the south to ante up any kind of personal responsibility for the woes of their team? It’s clear that they’ll just leave it to the classy Joe Torre to twist in the wind and take the fall for the results of (what now look like) horribly drafted plans, not his own.
Saturday, June 11th, 2005
So said Joe Torre. It’s always something. Another sloppy loss, another closed-doors meeting, more quotes about underperformance and lack of effort. It’s getting tired. Sixty games is a reasonable sample. They’re not underperforming. They’re performing at just about the level that we should expect from a horrible defensive team with serious lineup issues and some questionable pitchers. So please, Yankees, accept this reality, and cut off the feedback loop of recrimination, which is only making things worse.
PS: Congratulations Derek Jeter on career hit #1,800. Derek. We always have Derek.
Friday, June 10th, 2005
There it is Sox fans. The Dirty Deed itself. The 1919 contract of sale that sent the Bambino to the Bombers. Singatures plain as day. Read it and weep. Or maybe it just doesn’t matter any more. Whatever the case, it was sold off today at Sotheby’s for $996,000. Fair enough. That and another $200 million will get you a team treading water just under .500.
Thursday, June 9th, 2005
We may hate him. We may have an unhealthy obsession with him. We may just be so residually sad that he wasn’t able to work out his contract so his therapy-visiting, mirror-gazing, narcissistic ass achieved history in Boston (yeah, right). Who knows why we’re so fascinated by the man we love to call "Slappy". But we do know a huge talent, a future hall-of-famer, and all-time great when we see one (who says us Sox fans are out of touch?!), so congrats to Alex Rodriguez on his 400th home run.
Tuesday, June 7th, 2005
As the Yankees gamble on the Derekness of a college-bound hoopster (vitals detailed below by YF), the Sox spent their time drafting guys who actually want to play baseball. (Yep, that’s right, C.J. Henry, the Yankees’ first-rounder, has made a verbal commitment to play basketball at the University of Kansas). I am so sure that Henry won’t take advantage of his interest in basketball to extort a few extra bucks from the Boss, but as Henry contemplates his future hobby Theo and the BoSox were busy angling for 5 of the first 47 picks, picking two first rounders and three supplemental round players. Theo went for the following:
1 (23) Jacoby Ellsbury, CF, Oregon St.
1 (26) Craig Hansen, RHP, St. John’s
1A (42) Clay Buchholz, RF/RHP, Angelina JC
1A (45) Jed Lowrie, 2b, Stanford
1A (47) Michael Bowden, RHP, Wabonsie Valley HS
Prediction for success? You won’t get one from my uninformed self. History has shown the amateur draft to be worse than a total crapshoot, and I ain’t biting. However, judging from the nerdish draftniks at SoSH Theo did just fine. We’ll see, in around 2010.