Looney Contract Showdown: Yanks-Jays Gamer II

Some pitchers are worth huge dollars (see the post below). Others are not, but get that crazy cabbage anyway. Tonight we see two who most assuredly figure in the latter category: Jaret Wright (6-5, 4.29) and A.J. Burnett (1-3, 4.25) of the Jays. Together, they make enough in salary to repair the debt of a medium-sized Carribean nation. In pure dollar-per-performance terms, both will have an almost impossible time not living down to the “disappointment” billing. But don’t blame them for getting paid. Or maybe only a little. Anyway, the Yanks need to stop the bleeding tonight, and if there’s one man who really needs a break it’s our sad-sack third baseman, who’s taking more heat that Kitchen Stadium, most of it underserved. Let’s hope he unleashes those frustrations with one of his monster nights of which he is more than capable. We’ll be watching. And commenting here.

138 comments… add one
  • How many looney pitchers’ contracts are out there? Seems like every team has at least 1 pitcher they’re overpaying.

    Nick-YF July 21, 2006, 6:46 pm
  • Sox – Clement/Foulke

    NeffSox July 21, 2006, 6:56 pm
  • PAVANO!!!!

    yankeemonkey July 21, 2006, 7:00 pm
  • Big Ones
    Braves – M. Hampton
    Cubs – Kerry Wood
    Phillies – Randy Wolf
    Orioles – Russ Ortiz
    Some smaller ones
    LA Dodgers – Gagne, O. Perez
    WSox – Vazquez, Garcia
    Astros – Pettitte
    just to name a few

    NeffSox July 21, 2006, 7:00 pm
  • Let’s not even get started on the bad contract front.
    As for Damon starting off…..man on first!

    Anonymous July 21, 2006, 7:11 pm
  • Jeets chops out to Burnett. Damon to 2nd.

    Anonymous July 21, 2006, 7:12 pm
  • PB sends Damon to 3rd. Burnett crosses up Zaun.
    Speaking of bad contracts. Zaun has been the better Jays catcher despite the big contract for Molina.

    YF July 21, 2006, 7:13 pm
  • Grr. Giambi ks on high inside heat. Clocked at 99. You be the judge on that..

    YF July 21, 2006, 7:15 pm
  • Foulke a loony contract? He was a key piece in the championship, so no matter what he did the rest of the way I bet he hasn’t cost the Sox a huge amount in the big picture. Clement, on the other hand…

    SF July 21, 2006, 7:15 pm
  • Giambino strikes out. He’s been doing that a lot lately, hasn’t he?

    yankeemonkey July 21, 2006, 7:16 pm
  • I also think the “Loony Contract” title for this thread could probably be used for just about every Yanks game, but that’s just me…

    SF July 21, 2006, 7:16 pm
  • Oy. Alex looks at a curve for strike 3. Tough pitch. This Burnett guy looks pretty good!

    YF July 21, 2006, 7:18 pm
  • Jeter with his feet anchored to the turf on that one. Nice range, Cap’n!

    SF July 21, 2006, 7:23 pm
  • Oy. Reed Johnson drills a double up the line past You-Know-Who. Makable? Perhaps.
    And now Catalanotto puts one through the whole on the left past Jeter.
    Two seeing eye hits on hard grounders. Jays set up with men on 1st and third, none out, for Wells.

    YF July 21, 2006, 7:23 pm
  • “hole on the left past Jeter”
    Wow, that’s an understatement. That hole started about 6 inches to his right and goes on for miles…

    SF July 21, 2006, 7:24 pm
  • I smell popout and double play. Sooth coming?

    SF July 21, 2006, 7:25 pm
  • Wells walks. DANGER!!!

    YF July 21, 2006, 7:26 pm
  • No sooth. Fine by me. Wells walks.

    SF July 21, 2006, 7:26 pm
  • SF continues to needle this issue….LOL.

    Rob July 21, 2006, 7:26 pm
  • Not sure if Wright is going to make his usual 5 inning appearance.

    Rob July 21, 2006, 7:27 pm
  • No comment.

    YF July 21, 2006, 7:27 pm
  • Jeter has no range. And you rag on A-Rod for Johnson’s pea down the line? Again, unfair. Jeter shouldn’t get a free pass – he’s showed no range in this inning whatsoever.
    Meanwhile, Kay blames the artificial turf…

    SF July 21, 2006, 7:27 pm
  • Glaus hits the ball on the first pitch. Perhaps the Jays are a little dialed in right now.

    Rob July 21, 2006, 7:28 pm
  • That gapper would NEVER have happened on grass…

    SF July 21, 2006, 7:28 pm
  • Trade Hughes! Trade Hughes!!!

    SF July 21, 2006, 7:29 pm
  • Damon is getting run all over center now.

    Rob July 21, 2006, 7:29 pm
  • Well, Jeter didn’t have much shot with that one.
    Apropos of nothing, nice that they have GameCast in the outfield wall over in the SkyDome. Yeesh.

    YF July 21, 2006, 7:29 pm
  • Did Clement shave and get traded to the Yanks?

    Rob July 21, 2006, 7:30 pm
  • Wright…16 pitches, 4H, 4ER and 1BB

    Rob July 21, 2006, 7:30 pm
  • An out! Awesome 26 to go….

    YF July 21, 2006, 7:31 pm
  • from Boston.com regarding the Lowell trade. Notice the name on 1st:
    ESPN’s Buster Olney is reporting that the Padres are in talks with the Red Sox about Mike Lowell. The Red Sox would receive pitching in return. A deal would necessitate moving Kevin Youkilis to third base, likely putting someone like Hee-Seop Choi at first base. San Diego is desperate for a third baseman after releasing Vinny Castilla on Wednesday.

    Rob July 21, 2006, 7:33 pm
  • Jeter didn’t have much shot with that one
    It looks like he’s going to have to “Jenna Jameson” one to have a chance. In other words, the balls are going to have to hit him in the chest for him to make a play.
    (Dude, you’re walking into these…)

    SF July 21, 2006, 7:33 pm
  • 2 down! rollin’.

    YF July 21, 2006, 7:33 pm
  • I see we have stepped up from the random Ron Jeremy shots.

    Rob July 21, 2006, 7:35 pm
  • A defensive GEM from the Captain! Take that SF.
    (Your metahors are weaker than Keith Foulke’s comeback attempt.)

    YF July 21, 2006, 7:35 pm
  • A gem? Are you nuts? That was a routine play.
    (and come on, a Jenna Jameson reference woven into a comment on Jeter’s fielding ability? Gold, I say!)

    SF July 21, 2006, 7:37 pm
  • Gueil getting his balls washed by Kay. Why do I even have the sound on?

    SF July 21, 2006, 7:38 pm
  • Glaus doing what A-Rod can’t as he throws on target.

    SF July 21, 2006, 7:40 pm
  • “AJ Burnett is the kind of pitcher who has the chance to throw a no-hitter every time he takes the mound” sayeth Al Leiter (I think it’s Leiter – or is it O’Neill?). Come on…

    SF July 21, 2006, 7:41 pm
  • Is the game on YES? It’s blacked out in Portland for some reason.

    attackgerbil July 21, 2006, 7:42 pm
  • It’s on WOR in NYC.
    I wouldn’t discout Leiter so quickly. He’s not Orel Hershiser as an analyst, but he’s not Bobby Murcer either. Burnett does have some nasty stuff. And an interesting debate between him and Singleton.

    YF July 21, 2006, 7:45 pm
  • I like Leiter. I think Singleton is a bozo. My opinion of Kay is as a Jekyll/Hyde guy.

    SF July 21, 2006, 7:47 pm
  • Another 2b for Johnson. Oy.

    YF July 21, 2006, 7:47 pm
  • Yuck.

    attackgerbil July 21, 2006, 7:48 pm
  • How can you not like SIngleton?! He’s not Bill James, fine, but he’s a perfectly decent fellah.

    YF July 21, 2006, 7:48 pm
  • Hey Gerb – you ever eaten at Higgins’ (I think that’s the name). Great place, if I remember correctly.

    SF July 21, 2006, 7:48 pm
  • 106 degrees in the shade in Portland and I can’t even watch the game. So far, it least it looks like a game worth missing.

    attackgerbil July 21, 2006, 7:49 pm
  • Well, he’s better than Murcer, who is excruciatingly bad. Though neither guy quite hits the unattainable Hawk Harrelson level of “terminally painful hometown shill”ism.

    SF July 21, 2006, 7:49 pm
  • Higgins is fantastic. The owner is the chef, and he is absolutely devoted to food. Menus change weekly. It’s a must-eat place when in town.

    attackgerbil July 21, 2006, 7:50 pm
  • SF: How was your dinner at Batali’s new place?

    attackgerbil July 21, 2006, 7:53 pm
  • I love Portland – my sis lived there for several years (she is a writer, was friends with lots of other writers, artists, and tons of musicians). Loved visiting her – just a cool city, as far as I am concerned.

    SF July 21, 2006, 7:54 pm
  • Portland trivia: the name was decided on a coin toss by it’s two founders. One was from Portland, Maine. If he had lost the toss, it would have been called Boston.

    attackgerbil July 21, 2006, 7:55 pm
  • I think you really sell SIngleton short. He’s not a numbers cruncher, but he is a very smart guy; anyone who’s listened to the YES telecasts for the last couple of years can appreciate that fact. He brings a breath of interest that’s kind of surprising for a ballplayer. And his personal history is compelling, and he doesn’t use it as a crutch. Black players who came up before 1969 deserve some serious respect.

    YF July 21, 2006, 7:55 pm
  • Del Posto: food brilliant. prices, not so. Insanely expensive for stellar grub – the food is incredibly refined and impeccably made. But we’re talking WAY insanely expensive, such that I don’t think I can go back for a while. Also, the scene has a really weird Jersey/Vegas vibe, that I am not used to. And a pianist playing jazz standards and show tunes. Weird.

    SF July 21, 2006, 7:56 pm
  • Glaus throws out Cairo. Cmon, Johnny.

    attackgerbil July 21, 2006, 7:57 pm
  • Attaboy, JD. Line drive single.

    attackgerbil July 21, 2006, 7:58 pm
  • Dude, this has nothing to do with his skin color, so I think that’s a bit of BS, and it’s kind of like pulling out a gun at a knife fight: I don’t think it’s relevant to the fact that I don’t like listening to him and find his analysis often bone-headed and homerish. Respect for him as a person, which I have, and respect for his accomplishments as a player (I really liked him as a player) are independent of his abilities as an announcer. He was a much better player, I’ll just leave it at that.

    SF July 21, 2006, 7:58 pm
  • Out at first. Another gift for the Yankees after the horrendous Posada call earlier this week.

    SF July 21, 2006, 8:00 pm
  • Did Glaus have a play on that single?

    attackgerbil July 21, 2006, 8:00 pm
  • A tough call, for sure, just to be clear. And really, really close. Benefit of the replay shows him to be out.

    SF July 21, 2006, 8:01 pm
  • Sounds like he did. Another blown call?

    attackgerbil July 21, 2006, 8:01 pm
  • I see.

    attackgerbil July 21, 2006, 8:01 pm
  • I’d take SF’s thoughts on the food (not the price/decor) with a bit of a grain of salt. We dined together at another Batali joint (Babbo), and i thought it massively overrated. SF, to his credit, is a more adventurous eather than yourst truly. The Del Posto menu appeals to that kind of eater; I find it annoying. Fear Factor cuisine isn’t my thing.Also worth noting that Batali is apparently a total dick, who has no compunction about picking trash out of his bins, and then reserving it. Not nice!

    YF July 21, 2006, 8:02 pm
  • Gameday audio sucks when you are on a Mac. Just doesn’t effing work. i want my money back.

    attackgerbil July 21, 2006, 8:03 pm
  • ALEX!!!! Hit 2000, homer 450 is a monster bomb that makes this a ballgame again! GET OFF HIS BACK!

    YF July 21, 2006, 8:03 pm
  • Bang-bang at first, Gerb. He was probably out by about 1/24th of a second (one frame on the TV replay, right?), so it’s hard to blame the ump. But he did get it wrong.
    Kay made a good point about the aural aspect – the ump is listening for bang in the glove/bang on the bag.
    And A-Rod jacks a 3-run bomb off the unhittable $13M man to make it 4-3 Jays.

    SF July 21, 2006, 8:03 pm
  • YF – those be strong words. But I have always had this gut feeling about Batali being a bit pretentious, albeit more or less as knowledgeable about food as anyone in the business.

    attackgerbil July 21, 2006, 8:04 pm
  • ARod buys himself 5-6 minutes of peace until he steps back on the field. I hope he has a quiet day at the hot corner so the papers will leave him alone for a minute.

    attackgerbil July 21, 2006, 8:06 pm
  • Del Posto is more “refined” than Babbo, but I’ll take Babbo’s atmosphere any day. The “adventure dining” aspect is there for the taking, but mostly it’s just very serious, almost French-Italian food, if that makes any sense. The menu is very big, so it’s not like you risk eating something weird just by showing up. I didn’t eat any innards that night, just some straightforward stuff: a wonderful pasta tasting menu (there were some truffles, something with zucchini blossoms, and something with braised beef in it) and a superb veal chop, cleanly roasted. Great dessert too. Different than Babbo, by a long shot.
    And YF is a foodie, but he also doesn’t eat fish of any sort, in any kind preparation, so that either means he knows his meat and pasta quite well or he’s got a really limited palate. No comment from me on this one! ;-)

    SF July 21, 2006, 8:08 pm
  • Read “Heat” by Bill Buford, and you’ll see that Batali is probably insane. And an egomaniac. But also a great chef. One mediocre experience at someone’s restaurant isn’t really enough to dismiss a guy as overrated. Though not everyone has to like everything, that I grant. I’ve been to Babbo four times – three meals were just stellar, one was just average. Sometimes kitchens misfire, no doubt. The more you pay, the less they should misfire, obviously.
    (DP also has a great wine list, and the sommelier recommended the least expensive wine off of my shortlist, it was fantastic, exactly like he described That’s worth points.)

    SF July 21, 2006, 8:11 pm
  • I’m a foodie as well (and work in the biz). My girlfriend has never been to NYC. Next year our close friends, who live here in PDX, are having their wedding somewhere near Watertown. We are thinking of making a three-legged visit: a few days in Scottsville (outside of Rochester) to visit my Parents/GPs, the wedding, and then down to NYC for a game at the Stadium and a couple of days and nights in Manhattan. Might be tough with the baby girl (due this November) though. I’ll definitely get a short list of eateries from you both before I go if we make it to the Apple.

    attackgerbil July 21, 2006, 8:15 pm
  • Wow, Zaun is having a really good at bat.

    attackgerbil July 21, 2006, 8:16 pm
  • Cool, AG. Let us know when you’re in town. We can do a YFSF gathering at Alain Ducasse…

    SF July 21, 2006, 8:16 pm
  • Crap. Double.

    attackgerbil July 21, 2006, 8:17 pm
  • Is someone warming? Wright is struggling.

    SF July 21, 2006, 8:17 pm
  • Hinske scores Glaus on a single to Cairo? What, was it off the apron? Did he have a play?

    attackgerbil July 21, 2006, 8:18 pm
  • Two pickoff attempts with Hinske? The guy weighs 235. Where’s he going to go?

    attackgerbil July 21, 2006, 8:20 pm
  • Back to the bag.

    Rob July 21, 2006, 8:20 pm
  • Worry about Hill, Jaret.

    attackgerbil July 21, 2006, 8:20 pm
  • good K there

    Rob July 21, 2006, 8:21 pm
  • Rob: *chuckle*
    There you go, Wright. Good K.

    attackgerbil July 21, 2006, 8:22 pm
  • The foodie in me is right now very annoyed that my dinner, an order of nachos, is about 45 minutes in the making. How long does it take to make nachos?

    SF July 21, 2006, 8:24 pm
  • Awhile….you have to roll out the corn and make the tortilla’s. Don’t even ask how long it takes to slaughter the cow.

    Rob July 21, 2006, 8:24 pm
  • Wright plunks McDonald on a tailing fastball. Just a bad pitch, and Torre yanks Wright.

    SF July 21, 2006, 8:25 pm
  • Now he hits a batter. Wright seems to be experiencing a whole wide range of issues tonight.

    Rob July 21, 2006, 8:25 pm
  • And cheese – that stuff takes weeks, right?

    SF July 21, 2006, 8:25 pm
  • You have to brush it and let it age properly.

    Rob July 21, 2006, 8:28 pm
  • Now the olives and onions….

    Rob July 21, 2006, 8:29 pm
  • NWS in Portland: “Excessive heat warning in effect until Sunday.” If you can’t tell it’s excessively hot when the thermometer reads 106 degrees and going outside feels like stepping into a walk-in clothes dryer, how is that warning going to help?

    attackgerbil July 21, 2006, 8:31 pm
  • 2.2ip, 7h, 5er, 2bb, 2k
    Who does he think he is- Jason Johnson?

    Mayday Malone July 21, 2006, 8:31 pm
  • Shawn Chacon as an upgrade from Wright. Shudder.

    attackgerbil July 21, 2006, 8:32 pm
  • Those warnings are for the elderly and infirm, mostly, or their caregivers. But I sort of hear you.
    Meanwhile, the nachos are almost at the hour mark. I am getting a little scared, frankly. Are these things supposed to be aged?

    SF July 21, 2006, 8:32 pm
  • According to recent postings, SFs outnumber YFs 3 to 1. Not a good sign at all for this thread.

    attackgerbil July 21, 2006, 8:33 pm
  • AG…I lived for a few years on the Long Beach peninsula across from Astoria. I talked to my Momther today who is suffering in that heat. I definately feel for all of you up there, not like that whole region is used to heat waves over 85.

    Rob July 21, 2006, 8:33 pm
  • Well when our gamethread starts at 1000 est we have nothing left to do. These west coast road trips suck.

    Rob July 21, 2006, 8:35 pm
  • Been meaning to ask this for about a week. Who in the hell is Guiel? A minor call up?

    Rob July 21, 2006, 8:36 pm
  • Attackgerbil picks on the elderly and infirm, locks dog in car with windows up at mall. Story at 11.
    Meanwhile, Yankee bats are wearing out Aaron Hill’s glove.

    attackgerbil July 21, 2006, 8:36 pm
  • Guiel was claimed off waivers from KC.

    attackgerbil July 21, 2006, 8:38 pm
  • My nachos better be here by the first inning of the Sox’ game…

    SF July 21, 2006, 8:38 pm
  • He was DFA’d from Omaha (I think).

    attackgerbil July 21, 2006, 8:39 pm
  • Nachos with AGED chedder.

    Rob July 21, 2006, 8:40 pm
  • Melky does something finally; a single, a steal, and then another ground ball to Hill who got all three outs that inning.

    attackgerbil July 21, 2006, 8:40 pm
  • Nachos with Batali select aged garbage bin Vermont Cheddar.

    attackgerbil July 21, 2006, 8:41 pm
  • LOL!!

    Rob July 21, 2006, 8:42 pm
  • Chacon pitches around Catalanotto to set up the DP and get to Wells. At least that’s what I’m telling myself.

    attackgerbil July 21, 2006, 8:44 pm
  • Sox Lineup for tonight
    Red Sox
    1. Kevin Youkilis, 3B
    2. Mark Loretta, 2B
    3. David Ortiz, 1B
    4. Manny Ramirez, DH
    5. Jason Varitek, C
    6. Trot Nixon, RF
    7. Coco Crisp, CF
    8. Gabe Kapler, LF
    9. Alex Gonzalez, SS
    P–Kyle Snyder

    Rob July 21, 2006, 8:45 pm
  • SF: I just bought a carton of milk at the corner store on my way home. The bad news was there were a picture of your nachos on the side of it.

    attackgerbil July 21, 2006, 8:46 pm
  • I saw them on the wall of the post office today also.

    Rob July 21, 2006, 8:48 pm
  • They were last seen at a beach party in Aruba.
    God this game is awful. I hate baseball.

    Nick-YF July 21, 2006, 8:49 pm
  • A Rod with another E. The guy just cannot catch a break.

    Rob July 21, 2006, 8:49 pm
  • Somewhat funny joke ruined by horrible tense abuse of the predicates.

    attackgerbil July 21, 2006, 8:49 pm
  • Still no nachos.

    SF July 21, 2006, 8:50 pm
  • I just saw an Amber alert on CNN. “Nachos last seen in a greasy cooks hands headed up I-95.”

    Rob July 21, 2006, 8:50 pm
  • A-Rod makes the play on Wells in the rundown. Lucky for him, no throw to make.

    SF July 21, 2006, 8:51 pm
  • My gosh. I don’t know what to say about ARod.

    attackgerbil July 21, 2006, 8:51 pm
  • Nachos! On their way up with the delivery guy. I may disappear for a while…

    SF July 21, 2006, 8:52 pm
  • Condi Rice was quoted today saying we are making great strides in finding Iraq’s WMDs, ARod’s throwing arm, and SF’s Nachos.

    attackgerbil July 21, 2006, 8:52 pm
  • Chacon is pretty awful

    Nick-YF July 21, 2006, 8:53 pm
  • Stick a fork in Chacon.

    attackgerbil July 21, 2006, 8:54 pm
  • The nachos are, as expected, cold. I don’t have the strength to call and complain that 85 minute nachos are cold. I’d just get another order of cold nachos at 1015.

    SF July 21, 2006, 8:55 pm
  • Chacon wiggles out of that mess.

    Rob July 21, 2006, 8:55 pm
  • Thank goodness that inning is over.

    attackgerbil July 21, 2006, 8:55 pm
  • Wait, you didn’t order those nouveau cuisine vichyssoise nachos?

    attackgerbil July 21, 2006, 8:57 pm
  • The nachos were recovered, lightly nuked. Time for dinner.

    SF July 21, 2006, 9:01 pm
  • NY showing their versatility by grounding out this inning twice to Lyle Overbay instead of Aaron Hill.

    attackgerbil July 21, 2006, 9:02 pm
  • Digging this lede on ESPN right now:
    Jim Bowden is in a position to help some team win the World Series.
    Absolute Power – Trade deadline time is Jim Bowden’s favorite time — especially this year. The Nats GM controls the market, writes Tim Kurkjian

    Is his favorite time of year really that time of year when he can help another team succeed? Shouldn’t that be a warning flag to Ownership that the GM doesn’t have his priorities straight?

    SF July 21, 2006, 9:05 pm
  • That seems like a confused GM.

    Rob July 21, 2006, 9:07 pm
  • Kay blabbing about Lou Piniella’s shrink session with A-Rod. Zzzzzzzzzz.

    SF July 21, 2006, 9:11 pm
  • Well, this is the same guy that signed Castilla and Guzman to ginormous contracts to the Expos. At least no one was in Montreal to watch them not hit. Then the team moved to Washington and they have totally turned it around 360 degrees.

    attackgerbil July 21, 2006, 9:14 pm
  • Burnett is rolling after the blip in the third.

    attackgerbil July 21, 2006, 9:17 pm
  • The Yanks are making Burnett look like a good pitcher. A lot like how the Sox make scrubs look real good at times.

    Rob July 21, 2006, 9:17 pm
  • I think back to this post…good times.

    SF July 21, 2006, 9:20 pm
  • Checking out for a bit. Catch you all later, probably on the Sox/M’s thread.

    attackgerbil July 21, 2006, 9:21 pm
  • Bedtime. Zzzzzzz. Those nachos were like Sominex…

    SF July 21, 2006, 9:45 pm
  • Has anyone told Gibbons that Burnett is fragile? Seems near idiotic to keep bringing him back out.
    And now I am off to bed.

    SF July 21, 2006, 9:46 pm
  • Jeter singles. He’s 2-4 on the night. Let’s see if that matters. Jason, it’s your time.

    attackgerbil July 21, 2006, 9:53 pm
  • Nothing doing. This is dismal.

    attackgerbil July 21, 2006, 10:00 pm
  • R.I.P. Bethel Johnson, your legendary performance will always be remembered in New England

    Bethel Johnson 81 July 22, 2006, 10:42 pm

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