Monday, February 21st, 2011
Wednesday, February 16th, 2011
Jacoby Ellsbury is looking forward, not back, and feels great.
Clay Buchholz would like an extension but feels great.
Kevin Youkilis hates talking to people and feels great.
Alfredo Aceves wants to stick it to the Yankees and feels great.
Josh Beckett thinks the Sox could win 100 games and feels great.
John Lackey feels great.
Mike Cameron feels great.
Hank Steinbrenner feels great.
Daniel Bard would like to start someday, but feels great, especially after his Grammy win.
Terry Francona feels great.
Jonathan Papelbon doesn't get what the fuss is about. He feels great.
Bobby Jenks knows his role and feels great.
Dustin Pedroia looks like Giovanni Ribisi but feels great.
Daisuke Matsuzaka wonders where all the media went but feels great anyway.
Michael Bowden has a new pitch, feels great.
Theo Epstein hopes the team feels this great all season long.
Wednesday, February 9th, 2011
Really, who wants to talk about statistics, our great second basemen, or anything about this coming season? We'd rather discuss the insanity of a certain franchise's third baseman, a guy who apparently lives in a world where sitting in the Owner's box in full public view while at the most-watched sporting event of the year in the US means you are off-limits to the cameras.
We have a word for this type of guy here in Brooklyn. Hint: it rhymes with "Masshole".
Friday, January 21st, 2011
The Red Sox have certainly upgraded their roster, so the dramatic offseason construction work at the club's home park has largely been ignored. But Larry Lucchino is letting the cat out of the bag, one paw at a time.
Fenway Park is in the midst of renovations, including the addition of three new video boards.
“We made a lot of proposals with changes this offseason. A ton of them have been approved and are under way," Lucchino said. "We’ve got about $40 million worth of work under way. This one [moving the right-field wall] did not pass mustard and we’re going to re-examine and see if we can come up with some alternative plans that might give us a chance to have a more safer and more competitive bullpen facility.
“It’s down the road somewhere. We have enough to do this year, believe me. Our fans are going to be pleasantly surprised when they come to the ballpark and see the three video boards in center field and the improvements with the access and mobility around the ballpark, the new seats down the right-field line. It’s going to be a full offseason when it comes to the construction work.”
But that's not all that Lucchino is unveiling! Larry reveals this year's slogan, which hearkens back to an old one (so says the article):
“These are exciting times: You gotta be there.”
That does beat last year's catchphrase: "The Bridge Year: We're sorta meh about this whole thing. Don't get us wrong. We'd be thrilled if we won, but we're probably not going to. So watch out!"
Meanwhile, the Yankees have yet to announce their rallying cry, although there are rumors of a front office conflict over the issue. Randy Levine and the Steinbrenners supposedly want "Championship or you're fired!" Brian Cashman's prefers "Don't know what you've got until it's gone."
Wednesday, January 19th, 2011
The role of Brian Cashman will be played by Steve Carell
The role of Tom O'Connell, voice-only, will be played by Shelly Levene
The one scene of ACT ONE takes place in a cold, modern, corporate office, wallpapered on two sides in white with thin pinstripes. An enormous wood desk sits in the center of the office, a picture window behind the desk with credenza below looks onto the Deegan Expressway. Cars mired in traffic sit stationary on the roadway. Dull honking can be heard through the window.
A phone rings
Cashman: Cashman here.
O'Connell (ambient, off-stage, muffled as on a phone call): Brian. It's me. O'Connell. Long time.
Cashman: Hey, Mike!
O'Connell: No, not Mike. Tom. Carl Pavano's agent.
Cashman hangs the phone up softly and spins in his chair, puts his feet up on a credenza, and stares at the cars idling on the expressway.
The lights dim.
Saturday, January 15th, 2011
So during a jaunt to look at some real estate we were at a reasonably nice house. We took a peek at the ground floor, then headed up the stairs. As we walked into one of the bedrooms, we saw this. Needless to say, we are no longer a viable option for the seller. We may have made the crazy decision to live in New York, but we aren't going to compound our own foolishness by buying into a place with this guy hiding around the corner holding a piece of lumber!
Tuesday, December 21st, 2010
Brian Cashman says the Yankees are prepared to enter 2011 without a major pitching acquisition:
Having finished second, or maybe third, in the Cliff Lee sweepstakes, the Yankees are prepared to go into the 2011 season with a pitching rotation of CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett and Phil Hughes, with the remaining spots filled out by youngsters, many of whom have never pitched above the Triple-A level.
"I'm not saying I want to do it," general manager Brian Cashman said in a telephone conversation Monday morning, "but I may have to do it."
Which can only mean the Yankees are about to swing a massive seven-team trade for Jon Lester, Tim Lincecum, Ubaldo Jimenez and Felix Hernandez.
Cashman also says he's operating under the assumption that Andy Pettitte will retire, which means Pettitte is finishing up a pact with the devil to become eternally young, thus ensuring his place in the Yankee rotation for decades to come.
Friday, December 17th, 2010
Early this week a satirical blog post about Carl Crawford opening an antiquarian bookshop in Boston went viral across the twitters, leading us to believe that people are quick to overestimate the amount of time professional athletes have outside their day job to indulge their hobbies (or maybe just kind of stupid). So we want to pose a challenge to our readership: what fictional second job/hobby might a Sox or Yankee player have, could they monetize this hobby, and could we tweet about their intentions do turn "pro" with such a hobby and end somewhere like the LA Times culture section because of a preposterous hypothesis about said hobby. What say you, dear YFs and SFs?
First stab: Jonathan Papelbon, Dungeons and Dragons addict, founder and proprietor of an on-line purveyor of wacky dice.
Tuesday, December 14th, 2010
Cliff Lee has signed with the Phillies, which means the Yanks have been eliminated from the postseason, and it's only December 14th.
Here are things Yankees fans can look forward to in 2011:
- Moral Victories: The juggernaut Red Sox come into Yankee Stadium and do not sweep the Yanks. That's a moral victory.
- Books: It's time to take a crack at Proust.
- Lower blood pressure. AJ Burnett gets ahead in a count 0-2. He then proceeds to throw 4 pitches in the dirt. A walk. Jeff Mathis is now on first base. The good news is you don't care. You didn't even notice.
- The New York Mets: Hilarious any day of the week, and they make you feel strangely better about yourself.
- Watching friends who are Sox fans care so much about other guys dressed up in ridiculous outfits swinging wooden sticks at balls: I mean, how funny is that? Those guys over there are screaming and getting all worked up and it's just a freaking game! Ha! I'm going to do something real, like run in a marathon or write a novel or a memoir about the time I rooted for a team that mattered and I felt something and even the lows felt good and I was involved and I cared so much, so very much. And now this! Oh, I can't stand it! Life was so good then…
Thursday, December 9th, 2010
Sunday, December 5th, 2010
Monday, November 22nd, 2010
From the “Pen is mightier than the Saber” department…
Did writers bully other writers? Does math+baseball=bandwagon? I don’t know the pressures faced by a writer at a newspaper, but I do know that the great thing about math is that it is an open-door party with no velvet ropes. Come on in and have a seat, or a pulpit. No rope. There is a caveat: you have to accept that a lot of people do a lot of work to bring you those numbers. It’s the same barrier you accept when you start writing analyses of games you aren’t playing (or watching) in the first place. It is physically impossible for any one person to watch every pitch of every game played. It can’t be done. Instead, we have lots of people that put results together and use math to try to make those numbers relevant. What are you going to do with this bounty?
Take note of the use of the word “trendy”, in Phil Rogers’ quote, as if some day this “trend” of open, peer-reviewed statistical analysis and inclusive debate about the evaluation of talent will abate. I pine for those days as a young baseball fan when I eagerly awaited for the Times-Union final edition because the morning paper didn’t have the west coast games’ box scores. I assumed that there was a network of trust regarding reporting and that “top people” were delivering this information via the papers. That’s the only way that until the invention of cable, games west of Chicago were not considered a complete fabrication. Gimme some more of that, and less information, and less conversation. And turn off the lights at Wrigley.
And every time someone links to Murray Chass’ not-a-blog, a kitten gets eaten by a weasel.
Thursday, August 5th, 2010
Thursday, June 3rd, 2010
When history is in your grasp, the The courageous call is the
easy thing to do is embrace it. With two outs in the ninth inning in Detroit on
Wednesday, the first-base umpire, Jim Joyce, could have called the Cleveland Indians’ Jason Donald out on a
close play at first base. Make a fist, raise a forearm, and Armando Galarraga
becomes the 21st pitcher — and third in the last four weeks — to throw a
one Joyce made.
When history is in your grasp, the
The courageous call is the
other things that Tyler Kepner thinks are "courageous"
- Optioning to "keep
drilling" instead of "shutting down the rig since it might
explode and sink into the ocean"
- Playing in traffic
- Blindfolded log-tossing
- Quelling hunger with a big plate of Pasta con Atropa Belladonna
- Bringing a knife to a gunfight
Tuesday, May 25th, 2010
Perhaps one of our favorite works of contemporary art of the past year is this greeting card shown at LAND, the creative outpost of the League Treatment Center in our home neighborhood of DUMBO. This simple piece brought a huge smile to our face on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. The caption, if you can't discern, reads "Marilyn Manson, Hillary Duff, Mariah Carey, and Derek Jeter in Goth would like to wish you a Happy Birthday". That is quite an infield. As well as a work of artistic genius and immense humor.
Someone get Hallmark on the line.
Sunday, May 9th, 2010
"…I leave symbols to the symbol-minded"
- George Carlin
CC Sabathia threw a ball that hit Dustin Pedroia on the butt and now John Harper is all: the world has changed symbolically and crap and the Yanks have turned a page and we're now in a new chapter, much better than that previous chapter in which the Yanks won only four world series and they were pushed around by the Red Sox so much that the Bombers failed to win the whole thing for 10 years! And all the fans are like, "Yeah! CC!! Roarrrrrrr!" And there are manly chest bumps and self righteous gulps of beer at bars and in living rooms, and maybe a Nick Swisher/K-Rod double point or two to the heavens, and intense approving nods of the head, and it's so much awesomer now that CC did what he did! Oh yeaahhhhhhhh! Hulkamania is running wild! Even Josh Who Plays The Game The Right Way knows what's what and the silence in the Sox dugout is an acknowledgement of the unwritten rules. Josh hits batters left and right, loses command, yada yada, it's not intentional maybe but, come on, Josh knows that this had to happen, and so did the Sox. But that's the crazy thing. During the Torre era, none of that ever happened!, although there seemed to be far more brawls and even Zimmer was all ROAAAR!! during one game, but, well never mind, this was a change for the better. The Yanks are back and that's cause there's a new sheriff in town!
Or what John Harper writes in his own words:
But there was a better reason for him to go ahead and drill Dustin Pedroia in the backside. Essentially, he told the Red Sox, the days of them sending Yankee hitters to the trainer's room without fear of retaliation are over.
If that engenders more good feeling in a Yankee clubhouse already oozing confidence and unity, well, perhaps it's the type of thing that will help the Bombers repeat as champions.
You got that sense after the Yankeesfinally finished pounding on the Red Sox for a second straight day, winning 14-3. For while on the surface Sabathia's plunking of Pedroia got lost in the slaughtering, as Mark Teixeirahit three home runs and Francisco Cervelli drove in five runs, it hardly went unnoticed in the clubhouse.
"It just tells you that CC's got our back," one player said. "It means a lot to the guys in here."
Retaliation as it applies to the Red Sox has been a touchy issue since the Joe Torre days, when the Yankee pitchers rarely, if ever, even knocked Manny Ramirez or David Ortiz off the plate – no matter how many times Pedro Martinez came up and in, decking or hitting Yankee batters.
To a degree, Joe Girardi has changed that philosophy with his intensity, and he had let everyone know he doesn't like when his hitters get plunked.
Sabathia wouldn't admit to a payback pitch, of course.
"It was just a fastball that got away," he said when asked about the Pedroia pitch. "I was trying to get inside and it got away."
Players on both sides knew better. There's a new sheriff in this rivalry.