Seven years, $153M. My MFRS is now a Bomber? I think of Gardner-Ellsbury-Ichiro on defense and I get a very warm and tingly feeling in my thing to be broken later.
Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013
Friday, November 1st, 2013
The Yankees have signed the Captain to one more year, boosting the option price of 9.5 million. Jeter played 17 games at the age of 39 last season. Is this strictly for PR and continuity — the baseball equivalent of undercoating — or does the Captain have something left in the tank?
Tuesday, September 24th, 2013
All these, seen once again, have been as familiar to us as our dad’s light cough from the next room, or the dimples on the back of our once-three-year-old daughter’s hands, but, like those, must now only be recalled.
Monday, September 23rd, 2013
A hamstring injury has ended Sabathia’s season, and the injury has no bearing on the Yankees’ playoff chances whatsoever this year. However, I sincerely hope that the big man’s rather ample and thoroughly over-employed hamstring recovers fully in the down-time for next year, because right now this is another check mark in the “reasons why 2014 will suck more” column as the Yankees’ supposed ace has shown that his legendary durability is now moving into the realm of nostalgia, as has so much Yankee legend in the last couple of days.
Friday, September 20th, 2013
Wednesday, August 7th, 2013
The past few months have been bizarre for Yankee fans. CC stinks, Kuroda is having a Cy Young-worthy season but can’t rack up wins because the Yankees have no offense, and the only real constant – the A-Rod Circus – keeps throwing up fresh fodder for the back-pages and radio talk-shows with none of it having anything to do with what is actually happening on the field.
And then there is Mariano Rivera, turning in another stellar year to close out a career full of them. The guy’s performance is simply unbelievable, which is a very over-used word but is appropriate in his case. If he is perfect over his next three innings, then his career WHIP will dip below 1.000, putting him in the company of just two other pitchers in baseball history, both of whom have been dead since long before anyone reading this was born.
I have been sparse around these parts of late for many reasons, with the diminished state of the Yankees actually being pretty far down the list. And for those same reasons I have been unable to get to a single Yankee game for the first time in years and won’t be able to do so before re-locating my family overseas next week.
But by the grace of the same God that Joe DiMaggio thanked for making him a Yankee, work will bring me back to NY for a few days that happen to coincide with the Yankees’ last home-series of the season, and so yesterday I splurged on tickets to the September 26 game against the Rays for me and my brother. The game will almost certainly mean nothing for the Yankees’ post-season prospects, as they will probably have long-since been mathematically eliminated from October ball. But I am praying that Mariano will still be healthy and that Girardi will bring him in for that last home game regardless of the score so Yankee fans can watch him trot in from the bullpen just once more and give him the goodbye he deserves.
As tough as this season has been to watch, that memory alone will make the 2013 season a very rich one in my life as a Yankee fan.
Friday, July 26th, 2013
Some railed against the Yankees trading Soriano for ARod. Some railed for giving ARod big money on his last contract. Now, in the twilight of their careers, can ARod and Soriano both play at the same time for the same team? Yes, I was one of “some.”
It’s a dream of mine, but it’s late and it’s made possible by the fact it won’t ever happen that Soriano, Jeter, and ARod would work the infield together. Instead, now the Yankees may get a strong-hitting outfielder..
Yep, He’s back.
This bodes well.
Friday, July 19th, 2013
Wednesday, June 26th, 2013
Alex Rodriguez tweeted yesterday that, according to the surgeon in charge of his surgery and rehab, he was ready to play. According to Andrew Marchand at ESPN, made Brian Cashman Furious because team doctors haven’t made that call, and the Yankees want to control the flow of that information.
That’s perfectly understandable; player injury/preparedness news should come from the club, not from the player. What if ARod really is ready to go, but the Yankees don’t want him back? David Adams is having an atrocious rookie season at the plate. There is no doubt ARod’s bat would have a positive impact on the lineup. But the Yankees sit only 2.5 back of Boston despite the extended absence of supposedly key components such as ARod, Teixeira, Jeter, and Granderson. It is interesting to note that if Rodriguez comes back before the break and hits near the approximate clip of his HR rate prior to injury, he will have enough games this season to likely pass Mays, which would cost the Yankees six million dollars bonus money. No wonder Cashman is furious.
Thursday, May 23rd, 2013
Friday, May 17th, 2013
Pineda, Michael – Right anterior labral tear (wait, did you say ANTERIOR? AS IN REAR OR IN THE BACK?)
Cervelli, Francisco – broken hand (bad backstop, but when he went out he was hitting better than Russell Martin)
Nunez, Eduardo – ribs (bad back)
Pettitte, Andy – Tight left trapezius muscle in upper back (bad back)
Hafner, Travis – shoulder (bad back)
Jeter, Derek – cankles
Chamberlain, Joba – oblique (oblique means no right angle whatever way you look at it)
Nova, Ivan – upper back soreness (bad back)
Rodriguez, Alex – Hip surgery (no not that one, they already fixed that one.. ) okay, right hip surgery (bad back pocket contract. Don’t carry your fat-ass wallet in your back pocket when you sit)
Stewart, Chris – (groined, but only leftly, not rightly)
Teixeira, Mark – bad wrist (he’s ambidextrous and rich so don’t cry for him, it’s called a stranger)
Youkilis, Kevin – bad back.. really, this time. Lumbar. Those suck. Hurts, and it lingers so, all the way down in your scrotocracy.
Cabral, Cesar – Broken left elbow (for LHP this might be a concern)
Fans, Paying: broken spirits, tax revenues, wallets, coffers…
Wednesday, May 8th, 2013
Kuroda pitched a great game yesterday, but the Yankees couldn’t muster any sort of threat. Girardi must be looking to inject some juice into the order – strike that – inappropriate metaphor. Anyway, this ought to work. Could it be worse?
3 Charles Ramsey
5 Wellsnerbay, the mutant three headed beast
6 Dinger, Rockies mascot just picked up off waivers
7 Bag of rocks
8 Anyone not named Francisco
David Ken Phelps
Sunday, March 24th, 2013
Already preparing for Opening Day without Granderson, Teixeira, A-Rod, Hughes, and now likely Jeter, the Yankees – owners of the worst contract in baseball – are apparently looking to buy a piece of the second worst. Let’s hope it’s a very small piece. All signs point to Vernon Wells joining the Yankees in the next few days though details, including how much the power-packed Angels will eat of his contract, are still to be hammered out. I can’t recall ever feeling so ambivalent about the start of a baseball season.
Wednesday, March 20th, 2013
In his last nine games of the 2012 regular season, Robinson Cano went an astonishing 24 for 39, yielding a line of .615/.628/1.026, practically single-handedly keeping the Yankees a step ahead of the Baltimore Orioles in the race for the division title.
In the eight games of the World Baseball Classic he hit .469/.514/.781 on his way to winning the MVP and helping the DR take the title.
Unfortunately, in between these stretches of batting genius, he went 3 for 40 in the 2012 ALDS and ALCS, yielding a line of .075/.098/.125.
Baseball is such a tease.