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Trade Deadline Results in Hilarity

Sox add to the comedy that has been their 2012 season by trading for native son and all-time comedian, Steven Wright, at the deadline. Unsurprisingly, Wright is a knuckleballer.

 

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General Yankees

“You can observe a lot by watching”

All happy teams are happy in the same way. All unhappy teams are unhappy in their own ways. Or something to that effect. Right now, the Yanks are super happy, just like every team is in early March. Joe Girardi is into hokey team-building activities that build team happiness, such as nights out at the improv, pizza parties, and this:

With an eye toward team unity, Joe Girardi decided that one afternoon at the Improv wasn’t enough. The manager has implemented a new tradition that calls for a different player or two to stand in front of the entire team every morning and recite a quote of his choosing, followed by an explanation of what the quote means to him.

“Words from your teammates can be really powerful,” Girardi told the Daily News. “They can be motivating. It also tells you a little something about that person from what they pick, so we get to know them. It’s worked out well.”

Rodriguez, however, impressed by taking a unique approach. He declined to discuss his presentation, but a witness said that instead of reciting a quote, the third baseman took the word “score” and used each letter to deliver a different message.

“What Alex did, it blew me away,” Eric Chavez said. “To get up in front of the whole team, out of your element, he really embraced it. I don’t see myself doing that. I can’t knock down those walls, so to see Al do it, it was like, ‘Wow.’”

Said A-Rod: “One of the hardest things to do is to communicate in front of your peers. I bet if you asked them, some guys would probably be more nervous about doing that than playing in the World Series. It’s hard to stand in front of 85 people that you trust and respect. It makes you feel vulnerable. It’s a great exercise and it’s setting the right tempo for our team.”

Girardi came up with the routine as he sought to better use the 15-minute block of time he had set aside to meet with the team each morning

“It just kind of came to me,” said Girardi, who often receives inspirational quotes via email from his friend, basketball Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman. “The biggest fear in life is public speaking, so this really encourages them to do a lot of different things.”

Girardi gave his players only two rules they must follow when choosing their quote. They were not allowed to use any of the motivational quotes that hang in and around the clubhouse at Steinbrenner Field or ask Chad Bohling, the team’s director of mental conditioning, for help.

Why a Yankee player would use a quotation from anyone besides Yogi Berra for this exercise is beyond me. Still, I continue to rue the day I was born with the genes with which I was born, since they did not lead to a career in baseball and the opportunity to witness A-Rod's "score" speech first-hand. I have my guesses for what each letter stood for, but am only mildly confident that the slugger's odd mix of bland corporate-speak and peculiar psycho-sexual revelation led to the "S" standing for "Synergy" and the "E" representing "Erotic". It's the middle letters that are a mystery. Any guesses?

h/t to waswatching.

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General Yankees The Wire

Yanks Trade Jesus for Pitching

And pitching wins championships. It is being reported that the Yanks have dealt Jesus Montero and Hector Noesi for young stud Michael Pineda and Jorge Campos. It's the second time Brian Cashman has agreed to send Montero to Seattle.

You always are more worried about young pitchers getting injured than position players, but then again maybe calling Montero a position player is a misnomer. Not to toot my own horn, but I've never developed an attachment to the young slugger because I always thought this day was coming. It was clear that the Yanks didn't buy their own hype about his catching prospects. He was essentially stuck as a DH since he never would have the chance to take over first base with Teixeira around.

Both clubs do well here. The Mariners get the best hitting prospect in the game. The Yanks get the #2 they've desperately wanted for a while. Heck, Pineda has the stuff to be a number one. Campos and Noesi both rate as B prospects according to John Sickels, with Campos having more upside and Noesi ready to contribute now. Seems like a fair trade to me.

Update: Word is the Yanks also got Kuroda on a one-year deal. Suddenly the pitching staff is a strength!

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General Red Sox

The Jig Is Up

Papelbon

Jon Papelbon is no longer a Red Sock. 

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General Yankees

CC Opts In

CC Sabathia chooses not to opt out! The big guy has signed an extension. My analysis: Yay!

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General Yankees

Meanwhile at Yankees Headquarters

There is some guy in the front office whose job it is to look at video like this over and over and over.

He’s probably also supposed to collect as many of the fantastically lurid articles about the Red Sox as possible.

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Current Affairs Humor

Awkward

From this point forward, there is a direct relationship between the number of Derek Jeter fist pumps makes in the next week and a half and the happiness of SF (to choose just one Sox fan at random). It turns out the schedule-makers were geniuses this season.

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Yanks Gamers/Postmortems

The King and We: Yanks-M’s gamer

The Rays won again, pulling to within 3 games of the Sox and 6.5 of the Bombers. There's a good chance that number goes down to 6 (and if Man is 5, then the Devil is…) because the Yanks drew the King for tonight's affair. The good news is that Phil Hughes drew the Mariners' offense. So there's hope yet.

Go Yanks!

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Make It Boring Please

The Red Sox are doing their damndest to make the season interesting. After falling to the Rays, Boston's lead in the loss column is a mere 5 games. That puts their chances to make the postseason to a rather low 95% or some such number in the 90's. Meanwhile, I'm no odds maker, but I've got to imagine another Sox loss pushes the Yanks' chances to something north of the 99.9% mark, which is to say that this game, the one currently twixt Angels and Yanks, is not interesting. Yeah, it's baseball so there is the possibility always of an interesting development or two, but usually that means an injury. So let's go the boring route. Beat the Angels or lose, who cares? Just don't get hurt! Make it boring.

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General Red Sox

Second Half Batting Order Switch

Here are the second half slash lines for two players.

Player A: .306/.352/.583

Player B: .315/.380/.397

Player A bats lead off. Player B usually bats third.  Small sample size and all, but it's a little strange that both players seemed to have switched bodies, although in fairness to Player A, he's been knocking the crap out of the ball all year. But what's up with Player B?

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Yanks Gamers/Postmortems

Long Day’s Journey Into Night: Yanks-O’s Doubleheader

Bartolo just struck his way out of a jam in the top of the first, and I detected a message: Believe in me! I am Bartolo Colon, my butt cells have been injected into my right arm and I am a #2!

The message is important because if we all believe it, including Cashman and the Steinbrenners, then the Yanks hold onto Montero, Betances et al, and Ubaldo or Kuroda don't come here. This game is interesting for the subtext. And if you all started believing more in subtext, then a Baltimore Orioles game can be a fascinating thing. Two of them makes life doubling fascinating!

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Yanks Gamers/Postmortems

$&@*(!))##)!): A’s-Yanks Gamer

Anyone else think the Yanks might need to add a bat at the trade deadline? Derek Jeter is the DH today. So what's the point of Jorge Posada? The Yanks went down 1-2-3 in the first. They will do that in innings 2,3,4,5,6 et al. In other words, odds are we're going to see history at the stadium today. Oh yeah, Andruw Jones, post-April Russell Martin, Eduardo Nunez, the immortal Brandon Laird and yours truly(!) are set to strike out against Gio Gonzalez.

%&@()#))*!

(The Yanks are really closer to the Rays than the Sox, despite what the records say).

Go Yanks!

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General Red Sox General Yankees Humor

Red (Sox) Scare

Alarming. That's the first word that comes to mind after reading the reports out of our nation's capital:

And if there were that many tens of thousands of local Red Sox fans just thirsting for some Red Sox action in D.C., it stands to reason that someone would eventually find a way to tap into that market, even in summers when the Red Sox don’t visit the area.

And thus, welcome to the first day of the first year of Red Sox Camp — the official summer camps of the Boston Red Sox — in, yes, Bethesda. It’s believed to be the first team-branded MLB camp outside of a team’s home market. The camp was open for up to 125 kids ages 5-13; it sold out. In, yes, Bethesda.

This insiduous plan must be stopped dead in its tracks. But let's not pretend that MLB, on its own, is up to the job. The Yanks must lead the way. So I say, anywhere a Sox camp is built, 10 Yankees camps should be set up surrounding it! We're in a battle for hearts and minds. We cannot afford to  lose lest anarchy rule the day.

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General Yankees

Why hasn’t Jesus arrived yet?

The Yanks have a very good farm system at the moment, but Baseball Prospectus' prospect guru Kevin Goldstein (subscription only) argues Brian Cashman and the front office "seem almost scared to bring their prospects up." For instance, why did they bring up thirtysomething Brian Gordon instead of Betances, Banuelos or Warren? One scout he talks to thinks Jesus Montero's relatively poor showing in Triple A is a result of frustration. “He looks like a player who knows he's stuck in Pennsylvania.” Hmm, that last observation seems a little too psychology 101 for my tastes, but the larger point does stand. What are the Yanks afraid of? The team has obvious needs at DH, back-up catcher, in the starting rotation. There are players in the system who can fill those positions now. They aren't playing for the Yanks right now. What's the deal?

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Yanks Gamers/Postmortems

Congratulations!

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It's not every day it's your birthday. It's not every day you hit a homer in a major league baseball game. So it's more than a little special when you combine the two.

Congratulations to Eduardo Nunez on a once-in-a-lifetime moment! Happy 24th!

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General Yankees Yanks Gamers/Postmortems

Texas is the Reason

That the Kobe Bryant era is over. But is it also the reason another legendary player is back from the dead? And can you serve porridge hot?

Stay tuned…