The health of Mo just became a bit more urgent as Rafael Soriano will sign with the Nats, two years, $28MM. The Yankees get the #28 pick as compensation.
Tuesday, January 15th, 2013
Friday, January 11th, 2013
“It’s about, to me, being fiscally responsible,” he said. “I know everybody looks at our attendance and our revenues and all that. But you also have to look at our expenses — $100 million a year in revenue sharing; we pay for every dollar of the debt service on the bonds that build the stadium, which doesn’t cost the taxpayers anything. We pay it every year. We have significant expenses along with those significant revenues, believe me.” – Hal Steinbrenner
Last spring, Steinbrenner said that he was looking to the team’s younger pitchers — Manny Banuelos, Dellin Betances and Michael Pineda among them — to develop. Thus far, their returns have been minimal, but Steinbrenner said he remains hopeful that the progress of the Yankees’ prospects can help their financial objectives.
“In order to achieve that goal, these young players have to step up and get the job done,” Steinbrenner said. “How many World Series-winning teams the last 10 years had a payroll over $189 [million]? One. You don’t have to have a $200 million payroll to do that. And I’m a big believer in that.
I guess what he wants us to believe is that it’s complicated. Well, it’s not that it’s complicated, it’s that it is very complicated. Please understand that is really very complicated. Believe in that.
Sunday, January 6th, 2013
Thursday, December 27th, 2012
Immediately following surgery Friday to repair a broken wrist that will sideline him for at least three months, Hideki Matsui apologized for getting hurt.
Matsui was injured trying to make a diving catch in left field during the New York Yankees’ 5-3 loss to the Boston Red Sox on Thursday night. The broken radius bone ended his consecutive games played streak that dated to August 1993 and included 1,250 games with the Yomiuri Giants in Japan and 518 with the Yankees.
“Due to this injury, I feel very sorry and, at the same time, very disappointed to have let my teammates down,” Matsui said in a statement. “I will do my best to fully recover and return to the field to help my team once again.”
In the 2009 World Series against the Phillies, Matsui went 3-4 with a single, double and homer in what would be his final game as a Yankee, driving in six runs and winning the award of World Series MVP.
Hideki Matsui, baseball player.
Monday, December 3rd, 2012
Wednesday, November 14th, 2012
The Jays laundered money for Loria, Tigers hunted Toriis, and all is quiet – for now – at two significant stops nearby I95. I don’t see much reason to get worked up at this point. The stove’s barely warm, and what wood that has been tossed in is mostly spent.
Thursday, October 25th, 2012
Sunday, October 14th, 2012
Saturday, October 13th, 2012
Friday, October 12th, 2012
Thursday, October 4th, 2012
I’m no Ansel Adams and there is good reason why my blackberry (yes, I still have one) is not known for its camera feature, but here’s the one shot I took of the post-game celebration as the Yankees ended the 2012 season 2.0 games ahead of the Baltimore Orioles to clinch the AL East title and the best record in the American League.
Tonight brought to a close an extraordinary month of baseball during which at no point were the Yankees more than 1.5 games ahead of Baltimore until tonight. Indeed, the last time The Yankees’ division lead swelled to 2.0 games was one month and one day ago – September 2.
Baltimore proved an incredibly persistent and scrappy club, not only sticking with the Yankees but pulling even with them repeatedly throughout September. But even on those days when the Orioles won and edged in front of the Yankees by a half-game while the Yankees were still playing their own game, the Yankees held the line and ensured that no day of baseball ended with Baltimore sitting alone atop the standings. It is perhaps not as amazing as an Oakland A’s team that spent exactly one day in first place all year – the only day that matters – but YFs have been treated to an incredibly resilient team that never panicked, even while many of us did.
Enjoy a well-deserved 3 days of rest fellas. And see you on Sunday!
Tuesday, September 25th, 2012
This article in today’s NYTimes reminds me of the great Costner quote in Bull Durham: “Win 20 in the show, you can let the fungus grow back and the press’ll think you’re colorful. Until you win 20 in the show, however, it only means you’re a slob.”
Ichiro certainly is colorful.
Monday, September 10th, 2012
Derek Jeter has the most hits in the majors and his .324 BA is 4 points behind 21-year old phenom Mike Trout for the best average in baseball. Since 1930 only two players 38-year old or older have reached Jeter’s current total of 191 hits in a single season: Paul Molitor, who amassed 225 in 1996, and Pete Rose who totaled 208 in 1979. Jeter has been the only consistent hitter in the Yankee line-up this year and is well on his way to his 8th 200-hit season. We all know that father time eventually catches up with all of us, but until it slows Jeter’s bat, it will continue to be a privilege to watch him work.
Tuesday, September 4th, 2012
When I was in college my friends and I played a game in which we would each get a turn coming up with a question for the group along the lines of “would you rather _____ or _____?”. Depending on sobriety levels, the general depravity-levels of the participants on any given evening, and the level of trust in the group, the kinds of actions that would fill those blanks would range from the near-unimaginable to the stomach-turningly grotesque. We’d informally grade each other on the imagination reflected in the question and in the justifications each responder gave for why he chose one disgusting act over another.
It’s with this in mind that I ask: Would you – standing here on September 4, 2012 looking forward to both one more month of the 2012 regular season as well as to the 2013 season and beyond – rather be a Yankee fan or a Red Sox fan?
Thursday, August 23rd, 2012
Monday, August 20th, 2012