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We’ve got Bill James, you’ve got Dionne Warwick.  Not only does Yankees "team psychic" Azra Shafi-Schelierini mistakenly think that "all Mets fans are happy", but she may very well be spending quality time monitoring Jason Giambi’s BMs.  And by "BMs" we don’t mean "Bar Mitzvahs". 

Joe Torre, watch your back.

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  • “The Yankees have the best fans in the world …”
    If she is a psychic, she’s not a very good one. :-P

    Paul SF March 29, 2007, 10:36 am
  • I’d love to hear the reading that a psychic would give to A-Rod. It might turn into a lengthy therapy session about his childhood.

    Devil Rays' Fan March 29, 2007, 10:51 am
  • Actually, wouldn’t it be about his future childhood?

    SF March 29, 2007, 10:54 am
  • Not so much about a psychic, but certainly idiotic:
    http://tinyurl.com/2d3rmy

    yankeemonkey March 29, 2007, 11:08 am
  • Ack, sorry for the double-post!!!

    yankeemonkey March 29, 2007, 11:09 am
  • How is it at all “likely” that this is Rivera’s last year with the Yankees? The definition of the term “likely” is something that is bound to happen, which Rivera leaving isn’t. He’s frequently said he wants to pitch with the Yankees, and why not? They’re the best in the game, and that’s all he’s known for his career. Same with Posada, while it’s more likely his tenure as a Yankee is done after this season than Rivera’s, it’s not at all “likely” in the general sense of the term. In fact, the most ‘likely’ situation is A-Rod leaving after this season, and I’d rather that happen than lose Rivera or Posada. Seriously.

    Andrew March 29, 2007, 11:31 am
  • He was on TMKS yesterday, he’ll be back. Deep breath.

    Triskaidekaphobia March 29, 2007, 11:45 am
  • Bill James did a great job last year contributing to the Sox’s solid third place showing. I need to start talking to that hot psychic, because I had them pegged for fourth.

    tom yf March 29, 2007, 11:56 am
  • Yes Tom, you’re right, Bill James really let us down we he stopped using his magical power that cures injury, the bastard.

    LocklandSF March 29, 2007, 12:10 pm
  • ah, the injury excuse

    dc March 29, 2007, 12:33 pm
  • DC, you can honestly say that injury, especially late season injury, wasn’t a large factor in the Red Sox finish last year?

    LocklandSF March 29, 2007, 12:43 pm
  • There were many factors the contributed to the Red Sox finishing behind the Blue Jays – injuries and front office screw-ups among them. The Sox traded away some pitching that they ended up needing if I recall.
    What was the excuse for not winning the division the year before that?

    lp March 29, 2007, 1:47 pm
  • The Indians not tying for the wild card lead?

    Devine March 29, 2007, 1:56 pm
  • Maybe you geeks over in RSN would prefer a night talking about the relative value of batting order functionality with Bill James, but this YF will gladly take a scented candele, some Warwick on the stereo, and an evening with The Wiz.
    Just don’t tell the wife.

    YF March 29, 2007, 2:26 pm
  • …and in 2004 you guys got lucky. In 2003 it was Grady – as if pulling Pedro would have made a title automatic. Then from 2002 back to 1919 you had “The Curse”.
    It’s always someone else’s fault when Boston loses.

    lp March 29, 2007, 2:35 pm
  • Lucky in 2004 lp? You don’t win for game in 8 playoff games in a row on luck.
    I won’t even bother to address the rest of your idiotic post because it’s so absurd.

    LocklandSF March 29, 2007, 2:38 pm
  • Lucky in 2004 because you have never been able to repeat that accomplishment. In fact outside of the timeframe between the Tek-Arod brawl and Game 7 of the 2004 World Series the Red Sox have been a shade above a .500 ballclub. You got lucky.
    Count your blessings pal.

    lp March 29, 2007, 2:45 pm
  • “In 2003 it was Grady”
    I’ve always attributed 2003 to Giambi’s performance enhanced 2 HR game 7.
    I have a mental asterik next to McGwire and Bonds “records,” and one next to the outcome of that series.

    Tyrel SF March 29, 2007, 2:45 pm
  • sour grapes are so good when eaten regulary.

    Brad March 29, 2007, 2:49 pm
  • It’s tough to repeat that accomplishment considering the fact that no team in baseball history has done it besides the 2004 Red Sox.
    For the love of god, is it a#%hole Yankee fan day around here today?
    Hey lp, your team, with two known steroid/HGH users helping your offense in a BIG way, hasn’t won since 2000, so what’s your excuse?

    LocklandSF March 29, 2007, 2:50 pm
  • “In fact outside of the timeframe between the Tek-Arod brawl and Game 7 of the 2004 World Series the Red Sox have been a shade above a .500 ballclub. ”
    I’m not sure what you mean here. Before the Brawl, we were 52-44. After the Brawl, we finished the season 46-20 and won the WS. I’m not sure how luck played into it, we just kicked a**.

    Tyrel SF March 29, 2007, 2:52 pm
  • there are no excuses, Lockland. They’ve gotten progressively less far (?) every year since then, a trend that will hopefully continue for awhile.

    Brad March 29, 2007, 2:53 pm
  • “Hey lp, your team, with two known steroid/HGH users helping your offense in a BIG way, hasn’t won since 2000, so what’s your excuse?”
    The reason why the Yankees haven’t won a WS championship isn’t because of some stupid-ass curse, or a manager making ONE wrong move in ONE game, nor is it becuase of “injuries”.
    They haven’t had the starting pitiching to win. Moves like Johnson and Pavano yielded no fruit. It’s as simple as that. I’m sure Cashman and Co take responsibility for that.
    Try it sometime, I might respect you as a man.
    “sour grapes are so good when eaten regulary”
    Coming from a Red Sox fan that’s rich! LMAO
    Oh, and I didn’t even address this pearl:
    “Lucky in 2004 lp? You don’t win for game in 8 playoff games in a row on luck.”
    Genius, how often does it happen in pro sports that a team goes up 3-0 in a best of seven series then loses the next four games?
    That’s what I mean by lucky.

    lp March 29, 2007, 2:59 pm
  • “I’m not sure how luck played into it, we just kicked a**.”
    And what have you done since except talk s**t? And what did you do before – except talk more s*&t?

    lp March 29, 2007, 3:00 pm
  • “your idiotic post”
    ” is it a#%hole Yankee fan day around here today?”
    Chill out, Lockland – no need to get personal.

    Andrews March 29, 2007, 3:01 pm
  • “haven’t won a WS championship isn’t because of some stupid-ass curse, or a manager making ONE wrong move in ONE game”
    What Red Sox fans do you think you’re talking to here?
    Do you really think serious fans have ever believed any of this?
    You’re a joke, run along now and let the adults talk.

    LocklandSF March 29, 2007, 3:02 pm
  • Sorry Andrews, but your brothers are being tollish a%#holes today and it’s annoying the crap out of me, this place is supposed to be different, that’s what make this place great, if I wanted to hear this nonsense, I just go to a bar in NYYFans.com.

    LocklandSF March 29, 2007, 3:06 pm
  • Rally, LP, the shtick is old. Either stick to rational arguments or play somewhere else. You and Jim are doing a fine job making the YFs look terrible today.

    Paul SF March 29, 2007, 3:07 pm
  • Now Lockland actually thinks he’s an adult after spewing:
    “your idiotic post”
    ” is it a#%hole Yankee fan day around here today?”
    Dream up some more sorry excuses, and at least try to be more creative next time around.

    lp March 29, 2007, 3:08 pm
  • Paul, you don’t rep Sox fans all that well in my book either. Never have.

    lp March 29, 2007, 3:09 pm
  • Off-topic, but did anyone else the Sox’ bats showed up yesterday aginst Santana? Even Coco got in on the fun…
    ” The Sox pounded defending Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana for four runs on eight hits in five innings. Manny Ramirez [stats], who missed the previous two games with a sore throat, put the Red Sox ahead in the third inning by lining a two-run double down the left field line. Julio Lugo [stats] (2-for-3) and Kevin Youkilis (2-for-3) added RBI singles in the fourth.
    Coco Crisp had a successful return to batting right-handed for the first time since March 11 by going 2-for-2 against Santana with a pair of doubles. The switch hitter didn’t bat from the right side for more than two weeks due to a sore right shoulder.”

    Tyrel SF March 29, 2007, 3:09 pm
  • Thanks for the compliment, LP.
    Yes, yesterday was very encouraging, Tyrel. Both because the Sox actually hit against Santana, and the fact that Schilling looked remarkable. A great game to watch…

    Paul SF March 29, 2007, 3:11 pm
  • The bats showed up for sure, but Santana couldn’t locate, so I wouldn’t read too much into it.

    Andrews March 29, 2007, 3:12 pm
  • “in 2004 you guys got lucky.”
    “It’s always someone else’s fault when Boston loses.”
    “outside of the timeframe between the Tek-Arod brawl and Game 7 of the 2004 World Series the Red Sox have been a shade above a .500 ballclub.”
    Any YFs care to second those sentiments?

    Paul SF March 29, 2007, 3:14 pm
  • I had to leave after the third inning, but when I saw it, Santana’s change looked very good, and he was locating the fastball for strikes. It looked like the Sox started jumping on the first-pitch fastballs, and it might have been then that he was unable to get the breaking pitches for strikes…

    Paul SF March 29, 2007, 3:17 pm
  • Dream up some more sorry excuses, and at least try to be more creative next time around.
    LP, what are you trying to get started around here today? Was it luck when a thirteen year old boy snatched a wall ball double for a HR? Was it luck when Mo blew the save? Luck is part of all baseball games. One misplaced pebble, and a sure out turns into a boot 100% of the time. I’m not sure why you’re so hung up on it?
    The Red Sox had better pitching, and won because of it. Was luck involved? Absolutely. But was that an amazingly talented group of guys that never gave up? Absolutely.
    That’s baseball. Sometimes the breaks go your way, and sometimes they don’t.
    There’s no need for a flamewar, and FWIW, Paul does an excellent job of staying away from the homerism and putting up some pretty darn good posts- Otherwise, you wouldn’t keep coming back and commenting, which is most of the time, on the level.

    Brad March 29, 2007, 3:18 pm
  • “There were many factors the contributed to the Red Sox finishing behind the Blue Jays – injuries and front office screw-ups among them. The Sox traded away some pitching that they ended up needing if I recall.”
    They traded Wells away BECAUSE EVERYONE WAS HURT and they were throwing the season. Also the reason why they finished 3rd, because they were beyond caring at that point, 80% of the team was on the DL.
    It sure was nice seeing Coco smash the ball yesterday. Encouraging sign. Lugo’s been hitting pretty consistently lately, although J.D.’s been on a 4 game cold streak.
    Buchholz had an OK day against a lot of the D-Rays regulars. Cruised through a few innings, but gave up some successive hits for a few runs near the end of his outing. Radio announcers were saying he had his fastball/change working well to keep guys off balance.
    Less than a week until it really matters…

    Steve March 29, 2007, 3:18 pm
  • I know, it’s still spring training, and I’m trying not to read too much into it, though I think it is a step in the right direction for Coco. His inability to hit righty has had me worried that we’d be seeing another 2006. Two doubles is encouraging.

    Tyrel SF March 29, 2007, 3:18 pm
  • The Arroyo trade also hurt, but believe me, having Beckett and Arroyo as the only healthy starters would not have helped the Red Sox do any more than avoid third place, a distinction that apparently is worthless to everyone but YFs, who mind you do NOT obsess about the Red Sox and how they finish in the standings in any way…
    And that assumes Arroyo would have been so dominant in the AL East as the NL Central, which most assuredly he would not have been.

    Paul SF March 29, 2007, 3:24 pm
  • lp, again, since you obviously have reading comprehension problems, when was the last time you heard any real fan use any of those excuses? Have you ever heard a Sox fan here use any of those excuses?
    This isn’t the cast of Fever Pitch.
    The injury point isn’t an excuse, it’s one of the major reasons for the Red Sox finish last year, not an excuse, a reason, which is a lit different.

    LocklandSF March 29, 2007, 3:40 pm
  • Actually Paul, since the Sox were only in third place by a game, having Arroyo probably would have made a huge difference.
    And Buchholz had a pretty mediocre day against four real major leaguers (Crawford, Young, Cantu and Iwamura…although who knows how good a hitter he really is) and a bunch of fringe major leaguers because the Devil Rays just don’t have a good offense, although that does include super-prospect Elijah Dukes. Not surprisingly, the Rays’ best player went 2-3, and the super-prospect went 2-2. Buchholz I think is starting in AA and won’t be a factor for the majors this year, but he could elevate himself to near Hughes-like prospect status if he mirrors his single-A stats in AA. I say near because Butch is 2 years older than Huge. I like these nicknames for our prospects :)

    Andrew March 29, 2007, 3:44 pm
  • Woops, I misread Paul’s post. Scratch that first paragraph.

    Andrew March 29, 2007, 3:45 pm
  • No, that’s what I was saying, Andrew. Arroyo would have kept the Sox in second place, but that’s about it. When you’re talking about losing “just” three starters instead of four to injury, you’re not talking about a good end to the season no matter what.

    Paul SF March 29, 2007, 3:46 pm
  • Ha! Too late. Gotcha :-)

    Paul SF March 29, 2007, 3:47 pm
  • “I had to leave after the third inning”
    I came on in the fourth; Johan was falling behind every hitter, unable to locate his change or his fastball. Even the twins radio announcers made a point to mention how he didn’t have control of the change yet.

    Andrews March 29, 2007, 3:49 pm
  • …the sox were jumping on 1st pitch fastballs then, too…

    Andrews March 29, 2007, 3:51 pm
  • I’m actually with Andrews on this…his control was not Santannish in the later innings. That said, Coco (I think it was Coco, it may have been Lugo) slapped a pretty good changeup diving out of the zone, and Pedroia smashed a double off the top of the LF wall when Santana tried to sneak by a high FB (I’m pretty sure that was the pitch he was trying to throw, as it was probably out of the zone but Pedroia crushed it anyway). His change was off, and Boston took advantage; that’s just what big league teams do. Unless they’re Kansas City or Houston.
    That said…this shouldn’t make us any less pleased to see some of their bats waking up a bit. I’m of the opinion that most offensive droughts are a result of an inability to hit mistake pitches…guys don’t go 2/22 because they aren’t getting anything to hit, they go 2/22 because they’re missing the balls they should be lacing. So this can only be a good thing. And the fact that it came off Santana, well, nobody in the league can hit him when he’s on anyway, so clearly something wasn’t right.

    desturbd1 March 29, 2007, 3:57 pm
  • Heh. He probably got by the first couple of innings then, getting fastballs over for strikes and using the change to get swings and misses. Once the Sox started jumping on the first-pitch fastballs and he had to keep those out of the zone, his other pitches wouldn’t cooperate.

    Paul SF March 29, 2007, 4:00 pm
  • Now, this is AWESOME!!
    http://www.projecta13.com/index.html
    I don’t know what to say – and “anti-boo” movement?

    Brad March 29, 2007, 4:03 pm
  • My guess is that Alex is behind this!

    Brad March 29, 2007, 4:05 pm
  • And Buchholz had a pretty mediocre day against four real major leaguers (Crawford, Young, Cantu and Iwamura…
    Crawford, Young, Cautu, Iwamura, Dukes, Upton. That’s 6 pretty good hitters right there. The only guys missing from the opening day lineup are who, Wigginton, (hurt) Baldelli, and Navarro (who can’t hit?)
    Like I said, he was cruising for a while, but then the Rays strung a few hits on him. The radio announcers were raving about his performance after the fact, though. No walks, 3 Ks in 4IP, not a bad showing for a kid seeing ML talent for the first time.
    I actually don’t think the Rays’ offense will be that bad. Zobrist is a joke, but they’ve got some good sticks with Baldelli, Young, Crawford, Dukes, Upton, Wigginton, Gomes, etc.

    Anonymous March 29, 2007, 4:18 pm
  • Me.

    Steve March 29, 2007, 4:19 pm
  • I actually think ’07 is the year TB meakes it to fourth place…

    Paul SF March 29, 2007, 4:25 pm
  • ochoa made contact for the first time this spring with a homer in the eight, and then diaz (argenis/juan?) hit’s one in the 9th to tie it. lopez, okajima, and papelbon all had 2 k’s in hitless/walkless innings of work.
    oh the mayors cup tastes sweet.

    sf rod March 29, 2007, 4:28 pm
  • I can’t see the Rays getting out of the basement until they get some pitching. Kazmir is great, but after that their staff is virtually the same as the Nationals. I’ve love their hitters though.
    I bet Crawford could fetch them something nice in a trade, if they had the balls to do it. It’d be tough, as he’s a rising star, but Upton could then play LF, and he’s supposedly a star in te making as well. Baldelli probably needs a full healthy season before he brings much on the market.

    Tyrel SF March 29, 2007, 4:39 pm
  • Wow, why the Clay Buchholz microscope? The guy was only recently converted to starting, and is probably at least a year, if not more, away. He’s still a level below Hughes, so what do people expect from the guy against full ML talent?

    SF March 29, 2007, 5:01 pm
  • I don’t think TB escapes the basement for at least another two-three years. Baltimore may not be great, but they have some pitching. TB has Kazmir…and absolutely nothing else, starting rotation or pen. They’ve got some guys at the A-ball level, hence the timeframe above.
    I only brought up Buchholz to say that he had some decent success against ML-caliber hitting, it was nice to hear about.

    Steve March 29, 2007, 6:34 pm
  • SF was talking to me. And he didn’t have success, the real major leaguers hit him. Just sayin’

    Andrew March 29, 2007, 9:15 pm
  • Maybe, Ortiz, and Varitek use Hgh, Varitek Decline last year.. Look at the stats Redsox Fans.

    JeterFan March 29, 2007, 10:09 pm
  • TINY sample size. Just sayin’.
    Look, how can anyone extrapolate anything from an appearance like this? Does it change Buchholz’ status as a primo prospect? Does it mean he’s further away from the majors than we thought? It doesn’t mean a damn thing. They guy isn’t close to being ready for the big time, but this appearance shouldn’t do anything to lessen his status as a prospect in the long-term.

    SF March 29, 2007, 10:12 pm
  • Four scoreless innings, no walks, 3 Ks, before the wheels came off. They started to score the third time through the lineup, when a good major league pitcher would be making adjustments. I’m sure this was a good learning experience, and he didn’t make a fool out of himself. I’d call it a decent first showing for a kid not too far removed from college.

    Tyrel SF March 29, 2007, 10:32 pm
  • Jeterfan, since they don’t currently test for HGH, why would Tek’s off year in any way suggest he was a user?
    On the other hand, Jeter’s recent defensive improvements are possibly attributable to the increased focus that a $500 a day cocaine habit brings. Look at the stats.

    Tyrel SF March 29, 2007, 10:38 pm
  • Cocaine=Better Defense, no wonder the ’86 Mets were able to come back and beat you guys. Thanks for clarifying that Tyrel.
    I really cannot wait for the games to begin, the arguments have become so redunkulous!

    Triskaidekaphobia March 29, 2007, 10:56 pm
  • 100% with you Trisk on Opening Day.
    And no matter what anyone else says about him, at least we can be reasonably certain that Billy Buckner wasn’t on the powder.

    Tyrel SF March 29, 2007, 11:03 pm

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