Padres-Yanks Gamer II: Breaking Freaking News!!!: Ponson is Back!!! !!! !!!

Before the gamer, the big news:

Sir Sidney returns!

Ken Rosenthal reports:

The New York Yankees, adding a possible alternative for their starting
rotation, have signed free-agent right-hander Sidney Ponson to a
minor-league contract, according to major-league sources.

Sidney Ponson was thrown off the Rangers for disrespecting the team. Texas management never specified what he did to piss them off. My guess is that Sidney was just too Rock-n-Roll for those small-town squares. New York City is, of course, a haven for the outcasts.

So here’s to another shot at greatness, Mr. Ponson! Keep on keeping on!

And now the gamer:

Jake Peavy would be the type of pitcher who could make a very hot team cold. This is only his second start after coming off the disabled list, so perhaps he’ll be a bit rusty. So there is hope for the Yanks to run their streak to six. Our heroes counter with Darrell Rasner. Go team, go!

15 comments… add one
  • Sidney Ponson. I think I just threw up in my mouth.
    Matsui out tonight to have his knee drained and – according to P. Abe – possibly have an MRI. Yeeechh.
    Let’s see if they can get at Peavy and give Rasner a lead. After winning his first 3 starts to the tune of a 1.89 ERA he has lost 4 in a row with opponents batting .326 off him over that stretch. This is no time for that mashing offense to take a breather!

    IronHorse (yf) June 18, 2008, 6:37 pm
  • I await the inevitable comment about how this is a great move for the Yankees, while the Colon move remains terrible for the Rred Sox.

    Paul SF June 18, 2008, 7:45 pm
  • The Pride of Aruba!
    No picking fights, Paul.
    Yanks up 2-0 after some sloppy d in the first, and 2bs by Cano (scorched) and Betemit (blooped) in the 2nd. Rasner sailing so far.

    YF June 18, 2008, 8:59 pm
  • JD! 3-0.

    YF June 18, 2008, 9:01 pm
  • Alright, Paul.
    This is a great move for the Yankees, because it will lead to a better farm system. With Ponson instead of Wang, the NYY will lose enough games to fall to last place in the AL East. The team will be able to begin its rebuilding with a very high draft pick.

    Andrew F (Sox fan) June 18, 2008, 9:02 pm
  • Jeez. Little League out there for the Pods. JD steals 2nd, takes 3rd on the 2nd crappy throw from their very green catcher. Yanks running at will.

    YF June 18, 2008, 9:03 pm
  • Alex! MONSTER shot. 4-2.

    YF June 18, 2008, 9:34 pm
  • Wow, there might be 25K Cubs fans in Tampa out of the 31K in attendance. It’s ridiculous, worse than the Sox fans in Baltimore.

    SF June 18, 2008, 9:54 pm
  • I know many a YF are waiting with baited breath for Sir Sidney’s Yankeeography.
    Sir Sidney, I salute you.

    yf2k June 18, 2008, 10:44 pm
  • “I await the inevitable comment about how this is a great move for the Yankees, while the Colon move remains terrible for the Rred Sox.”
    Hahahahahahahaha! So funny! Hahahahahahahaha!
    So here’s the question: Who goes down when that fat Colon comes back? Nah, couldn’t be Masterson.
    I’ve enjoyed Rasner outpitching Peavey. And by the way, he’s outpitched Colon too. That must mean he was a fantastically magnificent signing.

    A YF June 18, 2008, 10:58 pm
  • “Who goes down when that fat Colon comes back?”
    No-one if Wakefields back plays up again and he goes on the DL, or if Dice-K gets injured again, or Lester or Beckett for that matter.
    Masterson if he has some problem, or if they just want less innings on a young arm.
    Or if they really dont need him he can be ditched all together.
    It’s called having options. Options are those things that are good to have so you aren’t forced to do something like rely on Sidney Ponson being even remotely serviceable after being kicked off another team for being himself.

    Dan June 18, 2008, 11:22 pm
  • Clay Buchholz is also an option. So too is Charlie Zink. Colon, being an option ahead of at least Bucky (and soon Masterson) is subtraction by addition. We shall see…
    Yanks go to 19-9 with A-Rod back.

    A YF June 18, 2008, 11:37 pm
  • So having more options is worse than having less options?
    There is some evidence this year that having to throw all your kids in at the deep end is a risky plan.

    Dan June 18, 2008, 11:42 pm
  • I don’t think the Ponson move is a bad move at all. Much like the Ensberg (Yes I know he failed miserably, but again no risk…just ask the Indians who signed him) signing there is zero risk. Unfortunately I don’t see how it’s any different, better or worse than the Colon signing. Both teams have youth that could possibly fill in if need be, but rather than rush someone they signed a vet to fill the role for the time being. If the Yankees are truly going to stick to the gameplan, this is an ok move. The only thing I will say is that I would much rather give Karstens (this guy has NO LUCK) a shot before Colon, but the results are probably very comparable either way.
    With Zambrano possibly down, the price for Sabathia might have just gone through the roof. He will have MRI tomorrow.

    John - YF June 19, 2008, 3:20 am
  • Sidney Ponson is not a bad option given where the Yankees are. In other words, they don’t have many options other than those that would gouge what they are trying to build with young piching, so they have to make this move.
    But as someone who lived in DC for years and went to tons of games at Camden Yards during Sidney’s early years just to get my fill of baseball (this was pre-Nats), I quickly came to appreciate how much of a wasted talent and moronic social misfit Sidney Ponson is so you’ll have to excuse me if I don’t feel great about the signing even as I acknowledge that he is probably the best option they’ve got. He could very well give them a few very good starts while Wang is out. But I can not bring myself to be happy about his arrival.
    As for options, the Sox, so far, have gotten more out of their young pitchers than have the Yankees. That makes any management team seem prescient.

    IronHorse (yf) June 19, 2008, 9:06 am

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