Dec
17

CC visits the new Stadium

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He’s looking rather svelte, no? (h/t Brooklyn Ed)

Categories : Yankee Stadium
  • Sam

    He looks like a cuddly bear.

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      He’s the Ruben Studdard of baseball.

      And yes, Dustin Pedroia is the Clay Aiken of baseball.

  • Steve H

    For a guy who hates New York, the East Coast, and the AL, he looks pretty happy. And not even fat and happy, just happy.

    • Mike Pop

      Hes not happy, hes faking it

    • Steve

      Stud Free Agent Pitcher #1 LOVES New York=20 mil per year/5 years

      Stud Free Agent Pitcher #2 can take or leave NY=22 mil/6 years

      Stud Free agent pitcher #3 hates NY, wants to pitch in LA=24 mil/7 years

      • kunaldo

        uh, what?

        • Steve

          Its called negotiating. Who knows how he really feels about NY.

          Notice how Pettitte says “He only wants to be a Yankee” and they’re asking him to take a pay cut?

          • Steve H

            Who knows how he really feels about NY

            It’s funny, we heard that he hated it, but of course it never was said by him. (negotiation)

            Now that he’s signed, he’s obviously going to say he loves NY.

            And you’re right, we have no idea how he feels. Hate/Love/Indifferent, we’ll never know the truth. I’d lean towards indifferent if I had a guess, the hate was clearly negotiating, and the love is obviously what he’ll say, because it’s not like he came here for the money.

            • Steve

              “because it’s not like he came here for the money.”

              Hahaha! Of course not, he came here because “the fans are so knowledgeable” and he “grew up as a Yankee fan”. These signing ceremonies are so scripted, and its always the same playbook.

          • Ryan S.

            My guess is that he loves California more than he dislikes New York. I’m willing to give the guy an honest chance since negotiating is all business. Let’s see how he performs on the field and how he represents the team now that we’re done with the bullshit … at least for the next 3 years.

            • Steve

              Yeah, Thats pretty much my take. I look at this as a marriage of convenience for both sides, but I’ll try to keep an open mind about it.

              Though those Opt-outs are put there for a reason, and they usually get exercised.

              • Ryan S.

                I think that’s one of the reasons we gave him such an epic contracts. Even if the economy is better in 3 years, will teams be able to top the 4 year / $100,000,000 option? If he actually gets comfy in NY, I’d like to think he stays, even if he continues to be dominant.

              • Chris

                Usually, but not always. Posada had an opt-out clause that he did not exercise.

                Also, the highest offer CC got from someone other than the Yankees was for 5/$100, and he was coming off of 2 Cy Young caliber seasons. After the opt-out, he would have 4/$92 left on his contract. Unless the market changes significantly, there’s a good chance he won’t opt out.

                • Mike Pop

                  Unless he HATES being here.

                • J.R.

                  Or…

                  He hurts himself because of the previous heavy workloads. The main reason he wouldn’t opt out is that he would not be a $23 million a year pitcher.

                  My bet, is that this is a 7 year deal.

          • kunaldo

            ohhh that’s what you were getting at…totally went right over my head haha…i gotcha though, good point

      • Jay CT

        What does this mean? Is it a joke?

        • Mike Pop

          Yes, yes it is a joke

  • Steve

    He seems like a great guy, and is by all accounts.

    I’m going to be so sad when he opts out in 3 years. But hopefully, I’ll have a parade or two in between.

  • http://yahoo jad

    Weight loss resulted from the stress of figuring out how to spend 20+ Million a year. Betcha is wife didn’t lose too much weight or sleep over it.

  • Manimal
    • Mike Pop

      Im suprised thats still on youtube

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

        NBC Universal is actually allowing that to be on YouTube. It was part of the deal they made with The Lonely Island to air the song over the weekend.

        • Manimal

          Well that beats my answer.

        • Mike Pop

          Oh okay.. I remember when they took Lazy Sunday off and I was pissed lol

      • Manimal

        its SNL, if it was on TV, then why would it get yanked from Youtube(besides copy right reasons)

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

          Copyright reasons.

  • UWS

    I’ll bet he developed an eating disorder when he was trying to decide where he wanted to play. Hence the weight loss.

  • Brooklyn Ed

    tomorrow at 1 PM, CC will be introduced at the Old Yankee Stadium on the Yes Network.

    • Mike Pop

      With AJ too I think

    • yankeefan91 (sign manny asap)

      is it only cc being introduced or cc and aj

  • T-Dizzle

    how come he hasnt officially signed his contract yet

    • Steve H

      Because he’s having 2nd thoughts.

    • Steve

      Because he’s holding out hope that Arte Moreno will bust through the door at the signing ceremony screaming “STOP! CC, I’LL GIVE YOU THE 7TH YEAR!!!”

      • Mike Pop

        Or Sabean

        • Ryan S.

          I’m imagining this being just like the wedding scene from The Graduate. CC is with Cashman, right about to sign the contract, and from up above through a window, we see Moreno calling out “CC!!!!!!!”

          • Steve

            Exactly!

    • A.D.

      Cash is going to pull the contract and give an ultimatum to show he means buisness

  • Manimal

    They even put his picture up on the screen. Pretty sick. I just realized that the yankees need someone to take over the whiteboard duties since Moose is gone.

    • UWS

      Gah, thanks for reminding me. I’ll miss that cranky old bastard.

      *sniffles*

      • Manimal

        Yeah I just got really sad. But CC’s smile made it all better.

      • Ryan S.

        IF ONLY WE HAD LET HIM EAT CANDY THIS YEAR.

        • Matt M

          depriving him of junk food motivated him to his comeback season Girardi FTW!!1!!!!!!!11

          just think how motivated CC will be when Girardi denys him Fourth Meal

          • Smitt Dog

            just think how motivated CC will be when Girardi denys him Fourth Meal

            Best comment in a long time

            • Mike Pop

              To think how many fat jokes we will hear over the next 3 years at least

  • Tim

    Next up, Mark Teixeira!

  • Steve

    Mike, Ben, Joe or anyone else that knows the answer.

    Can anyone remember a player asking for an opt out who DIDN’T use it? I can’t think of one myself. A-Rod, JD Drew, AJ Burnett all insisted on opt outs, and all were exercised.

    • Ryan S.

      Wasn’t AJ Burnett actually the first pitcher to ever get a player option?

      • Steve

        No, that can’t be. A-Rod signed his landmark deal in 2001.

        • UWS

          He said pitcher.

      • Mike Pop

        A-Rod got it before him I would think

      • Ryan S.

        First PITCHER. And yes, he was. I just checked (source: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....id=3765754)

        • Steve

          You know, I could have sworn A-Rod was before Burnett.

          But what do I know.

    • Steve H

      Posada had one in his last contract to opt out after 2004.

      • Steve

        Good one, that’s the only other Yankee I could find.

        Cots has
        Roy Oswalt in 2012
        Vernon Wells after 2011
        Barry Zito 2014 (vesting).

        So to answer my own question, Jorge Posada is the only one who received an opt out that didn’t use it up to now.

        • Steve H

          I’d be willing to bet 2 out of those next 3 will join Jorgie in not opting out.

          • Mike Pop

            Oswalt is one of them right ?

            j/k

    • Steve H

      Vernon Wells has one after the 2011 season, and if he does opt out he’d be leaving 3/63 on the table, so he’d have to be batshit crazy to do that.

      • Ryan S.

        Jesus Christ. The Jays were batshit crazy to set up that contract like that.

        • steve (different one)

          Wells’ contract has to be the worst position player contract in baseball. it’s staggering how much money is left on that contract, and he’s just not THAT good.

          • Steve

            The Jays always overspend, since they have to pay their players in Rubles.

          • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

            Nah, at least Wells is an above avg producer with Gold Glove defense at a premium position.

            Check out Michael Young’s deal. Remember that 5yr $80M extension he signed back in March of ’07? Yeah, that is finally going to kick in this year. And he’s 32. And he sucks defensively. And he had a 96 OPS+ this year. Yikes.

            • Ryan S.

              I’m saying this in complete ignorance, but Wells seems to me like the kind of guy who is going to break down fast, early, and quickly – kinda like Andruw Jones but not quite disgusting of a meltdown.

              • steve (different one)

                nope, i think you have a point. i don’t think he’s even a great defensive CFer anymore.

                and he’s still got 6 years to go…

              • Steve

                I think that’s fair. He;s been known to take ABs off far too often and has been hurt a lot in recent years. You have to question his work ethic at some point.

            • steve (different one)

              good call.

              both are atrocious. i will concede that Young’s is probably worse, but just look at the money left on Wells’ deal:

              with the signing bonus that is paid in 2009 and 2010:

              09:$10M, 10:$21M, 11:$23M, 12:$21M, 13:$21M, 14:$21M

              for VERNON WELLS.

        • Mike Pop

          They gave him like 126 right ? But he had a HUGe signing bonus

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      I believe Carl Pavano had an opt-out to not play for the duration of his contract but still get paid.

      He exercised it, if memory serves.

  • http://www.blognameremoved.com Todd

    I want a C.C. jersey for Christmas.

  • Ivan

    CC lookin G’d up right now.

    • Mike Pop

      Thats the type of guy you want to lead your staff

      • Ryan S.

        Hell yes. Our ace wears his hat gangsta style when he pitches. And then Burnett looks like he’d fit right in either a Klan rally or an ostrich farm.

        • Steve H

          Or a Klan rally AT an Ostrich Farm.

        • steve (different one)

          this is a little wrong, but i laughed.

        • Mike Pop

          But they “mesh” as one of the best top 2 in baseball !!!

          • Ryan S.

            AND YOU STILL HAVE WANG AND JOBA. HOLY SHIT.

            • Mike Pop

              Omg !!!! And then Pettitte or Phil Hughes !! Pinch me Im dreaming

              • daneptizl

                Huuugghheeessss

              • kunaldo

                giggidy

              • Ryan S.

                The rotation is pretty god damn ridiculous. We got a nifty ‘pen too.

                Think about this: the Slowest fastball on our front 4 would be Chien Ming Wang’s, which seems to range from 92-95 mph.

                • A.D.

                  hughes is a bust that throws 91!!

                • Mike Pop

                  Trade him for Jermaine Dye ! Post Haste !!

  • http://www.consumerenergyreport.com Lancer

    That’s a damn good site to see :)

  • VO

    look at tht picture his mouth is wide open hes ready to drule, somebody had a hamburger

    • Ryan S.

      I think the reason he’s smiling in the first place is because someone is dangling a sandwich right over the camera.

      • pat

        thats how I get my dog to look into the camera

  • http://www.consumerenergyreport.com Lancer

    Looking at the picture again, he looks like the kind of guy that deserves a pinch on the cheek. He definitely looks happy, but then again, wouldn’t we all be after receiving a $160 million contract?

  • Ivan

    Yo when did the yankees had a player like CC who dresses like a rapper.

    CC should of put up the ROC sign and had his cap real low like Jay.

    • Mike Pop

      Melky and Cano dress like Reggageton artists but thats the best comparison I can give you.

  • Shep-nasty

    Haha isn’t it a little awkward that his picture’s up on the jumbotron??

    • Ryan S.

      All teams do that for all their new big free agent acquisitions. It makes them feel special and cool.

      • Mike Pop

        161 million makes you know your special and cool

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        They do it when they bring kids in for predraft workouts too.

        • Ryan S.

          Well prospects need to feel special and cool sometimes too.

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        All teams do that for all their new big free agent acquisitions. It makes them feel special and cool.

        Just like Jesus Shuttlesworth at Big State.

  • Steve

    Rocco Baldelli misdiagnosed?

    “Great news for Rocco Baldelli. A visit to the Cleveland Clinic last week revealed that doctors had misdiagnosed his illness. Baldelli missed much of last season, and when he did play, he was limited because of extreme fatigue. Doctors thought it was mitochondrial disorder, which can be fatal. The Baldelli family told me tonight that the Cleveland Clinic diagnosed his condition as channelopathy, a non-progressive, highly treatable disease.”

    MLBTR

    While I certainly hope this is true, the timing is a bit suspect. Its no secret that you can go to different Doctors and get different opinions, especially on a disease which is as poorly understood as his. But the “all is well” is tough to believe while he’s on the free agent market.

    I hope someone offers him a job, and he pulls a Josh Hamilton. I wouldn’t even mind it being the Yankees, but it would have to be an incentive laden deal with little guaranteed money.

    Again, I wish him well.

    • Ryan S.

      Here’s an honest question: I wonder if his agent referred him to a new doctor recently?

      • Steve

        And the new diagnosis may be the correct one, none of us are Doctors or have given him an exam. But the timing of this has to raise an eyebrow.

      • A.D.

        It was the Cleveland Clinic… one of the premier hospitals in the country. Don’t know where he go checked out before, but it would make sense for a pro athlete with a weird disease to get a 2nd opinion at Mayo or Cleveland clinic, etc.

        Timing is eerily good

    • Steve H

      Did Rocco hire Boras as his agent?

      Seriously I hope it’s true and that he recovers. I’d guess Boston, but I’d like to see him in pinstripes, like Steve said above, on an incentive laden deal. Be a nice way to luck into a young position player coming into his prime without giving up huge bucks or prospects.

      • Mike Pop

        If he gets back to being healthy it would be a GREEEEEAAAAAAT pickup

        • Brooklyn Ed

          I wonder if Cashman is secretly talking to Rocco?

          • Mike Pop

            He must of touched base… Most teams in the leauge probably have

            • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              In a related story, I just visited a doctor today and he said that I have an amazing ability to play baseball at a high level.

              He’s diagnosed me as having a 105 MPH fastball.

              • kimonizer

                see, he really does have ridiculous upside!

  • VO

    6:07pm: Kat O’Brien just got off the phone with Brewers GM Doug Melvin:

    He said: “Nothing new. At this point, I don’t anticipate it’s something that we would (do). … I haven’t talked to Brian (Cashman) since last week.” Melvin said they had originally looked at moving Cameron to gain some flexibility on the pitching front but that is no longer such a need.

    Melvin added that trading Cameron was “not something that we’re pushing at this time.” Sounds like it’s dead. (For now, anyway.)

    ——–MLBTR

  • Phil McCracken

    Why does it matter if he likes NY or not?

    As long as he performs, who cares. Its like any other job, you’d like to stay in your comfort zone instead of moving 3000 miles away. But if the money is somewhere else, you move and adapt.

    When Unit came, he was over the hill. If we had signed him in his prime, nobody would have cared about his lousy attitude.

    • Ryan S.

      It doesn’t matter. CC is a competitor, he can’t help himself. He’ll put his all into this team and carry it on his back if he has to.

  • Mike R.

    Tomorrow’s press conference is to announce the signing of Sabathia and the team’s move to Sacramento. It is believed that this was a condition of his signing, due to the fact that he hates NY and is only willing to play on the west coast.

  • Manimal

    So is it just CC or CC and AJ together. I keep hearing different things.

  • Manimal

    How many times has the Cy Young winner and MVP both came from the same team? Yankees have a pretty good chance with CC/Arod.

    • AndrewYF

      1986 Red Sox.

      • Mike Pop

        THE ROCKET !

        • Mike Pop

          1956 – Don Newcombe (ML Cy Young and NL MVP)

          1963 – Sandy Koufax (ML Cy Young and NL MVP)

          1968 – Denny McClain (AL Cy Young and AL MVP)

          1968 – Bob Gibson (NL Cy Young and NL MVP)

          1971 – Vida Blue (AL Cy Young and NL MVP)

          1982 – Rollie Fingers (AL Cy Young and AL MVP)

          1984 – Willie Hernandez (AL Cy Young and AL MVP)

          1986 – Roger Clemens (AL Cy Young and AL MVP)

          1992 – Dennis Eckersley (AL Cy Young and AL MVP)

          These are obviously only pitchers though

          • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

            Wow, Vida Blue won AL Cy Young and NL MVP in the same year? That takes talent.

            Watch out, Edinson Volquez AL ROY and NL Cy Young in ’09 baby!!!

            • Mike Pop

              Haha I found that on wikianswers or some shit.. Obviously its both AL

      • kunaldo

        2 different people though? clemens won both that year…

        • Mike Pop

          2005–Carpenter and Pujols
          2006-Mornuea and Santana

          • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

            Black Jack McDowell and The Big Hurt did it back in ’93.

            Hershiser and Gibson did it in’88.

            Steve Carlton and Michael Jack Schmidt did it too, I figure what year. ’79 or ’80.

          • kunaldo

            nice thanks

          • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

            It should have happened in both leagues in 2005 with Mariano Rivera winning the Cy Young over Bartolo Colon. Also, it should have never happened in 2006 because Derek Jeter should have won the MVP.

  • http://jobatheheat jobatheheat

    I was on another Yankee blog and someone asked a Redsux fan why the all out aproach on Tex. The person responded the sox arent so sure Ortiz still got it and basicaly are getting Tex for his replacement. What do you think of that opinion. Kind of makes sense

    • AndrewYF

      I think people are underrating Ortiz, and he is going to hit .280/.390/.510 next year.

      • Mike Pop

        I think he will be alright but he is not as much of a threat anymore

      • http://jobatheheat jobatheheat

        Im not underrating Ortiz. Just saying that now It makes more sense to me why the sox are going all out on Tex. Like how sox dont offer long contracts,they are to Tex. How the sox need to move infield around if they sign Tex. They will. Just saying maybe there is more to this Ortiz thing then we think.

    • A.D.

      Realistically no

      the issue is Ortiz & Lowell are signed through ’10 and they have Lars Anderson coming up. If they get Tex, they essentially eat Lowell’s contract, and move Youk to 3b. When ’10 comes around they have a team option on Ortiz and can make a decision based on Lars.

      Future core of Pedroia, Tex, Lars, Youk… not bad if everyone keeps it up.

      Downside could be if You doesn’t age well at 3b (hes currently 29) if he needs to play 1B you could have 3 1b/dh types.

      • Mike Pop

        Dont forget bout Ellisbury being in that core !!

        Dude can mash

        • Ivan

          Best CF in the game.

          • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

            Josh Becket’s stomach-flab says hi.

          • Mike Pop

            Best outfielder in the game, when he is out there you really don’t need the other 2. Drew and Bay took some innings off this year I believe