Gator Aid?

You know the hot stove’s been firing on high when the Yankees can restock their coaching staff, A-Rod can get bitched out over his poker-playing (an old story), and the Giambino can win a man-of-the-year award—and these events barely make headlines. But here we are. We’ll skip to the important stuff:

-Tony Pena signs on as Yanks first-base coach, catching guru, and designated espanol translator for Robi Cano. (How do you say “What the heck are you swinging at?”)

-Maz is now the consigliere. This has to be bad news. Girardi, apparently, was a preparation nut and a stats guru, and if he and Torre didn’t always use those numbers in SABR-appoved fashion, well, at least they were thinking about things in a rational way, and they had the numbers at hand to work with. We sincerely hope that doesn’t change. Also, Maz will always be a Met. So that’s not so good.

-Gator as pitching coach. This has disaster written all over it. Guidry, however much we loved him, has basically zero experience. The Yanks are an awfully expensive car for a student driver. Moreover, Gator’s whole attitude as a player was “I can’t wait for the season to be over so I can go hunting.” So we wonder how long this honeymoon is gonna last. Finally, and most improtantly, Gator was always a fastball/slider pitcher, which means his points of emphasis (control of the slider….) are likely to be the same as Mel’s. But wouoldn’t it be nice to have someone who would push the use of offspeed pitching? We don’t know enough about Joe Kerrigan, the presumptive bullpen man, to know what his philosophy is, but it would be nice if it were to contrast with Gator’s.

7 comments… add one
  • One of the few TINY pleasures of watching the Yankees intermittenly and as a Sox fan these past two years was the absence of Maz. I always found his personality off-putting bordering on repellent; he seemed to strut at first base like he owned the grass he stood on, chomping on the bubblicious like he thought it would scare people or something. Unfortunately (or, based on his skills as a manager, fortunately) he’s back in the fold. Pena, on the other hand, was always fun to watch, so perhaps he’ll balance out Maz’s acidic and arrogant presence.

    SF November 4, 2005, 12:26 pm
  • “acidic and arrogant presence.”
    How much longer do the Sox have Schilling bleeding thru his sock and holding McBible meetings after games?

    walein November 4, 2005, 4:20 pm
  • Soxaholix linked to Schilling comments on SOSH. I’ve never heard a Born Again Christian use language like his.

    john yf November 4, 2005, 11:17 pm
  • Wow, you Yankees fans are obsessed with Schilling. Even when the topic has nothing to do with him, it comes back to the man. It can’t just be his politics or religious beliefs, can it? What did he do to you guys to make you hurt so? I can’t remember…

    SF November 5, 2005, 6:45 am
  • “obsessed”?
    You’re scraping the bottom of the barrel here,SF. Why?
    I’ve never read SOSH before, but Schillings comments are very weird.

    john yf November 9, 2005, 1:26 am
  • Irony, John. Every time we post about A-Rod some Yankees fan goes off on how we Sox fans are obsessed with him, regardless of the context of the post. Since it seems like everything always ends up back at Schilling for you guys, no matter the subject, it seemed like an appropriate barb.

    SF November 9, 2005, 9:31 am
  • So what you’re saying is you let your actions be determined by Yankee fans.
    My post was about a player. Isn’t that more interesting?

    john yf November 9, 2005, 10:52 am

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