• Mike Pop

    Needless to say, X Gon Give it to Ya is perfect for Nady. I don’t even know if I want to trade him now because that is how perfect it is.

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      I loved his answer

      “Nady: “I don’t even know what the songs are, to be honest with you. I haven’t been on the team for very long, so I just told them to pick whatever they want. It’s been so crazy since I got here that I just haven’t paid much attention to it.””

      • Mike Pop

        Ha, he’s like fuck it man whatever you guys want, Im just trying to mash.

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

    Here’s a question: Does anyone remember what, say, Don Mattingly used as his AB music? I remember Paulie and Tino, but I can’t recall Donnie’s songs.

    • Mike Pop

      What were Paul’s and Tino’s?

      • http://photos-e.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-ak-snc1/v621/134/99/513321182/n513321182_2118948_7574.jpg Nady Nation

        Baba O’Reilly

        • Mike Pop

          Thank you sir.

        • usty

          Paul also used “Tenth Avenue Freeze Out” – I only remember cause I’m a huge Bruce fan too.

    • Flipper

      Didn’t they play the Batman theme for Donnie?

  • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

    “This is Why I’m Hot”-A-Rod

    OK, I’ll step back and let Sigmund Freud handle this one.

    • http://26ncounting.blogspot.com VO

      madonna picked it for him

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

      It gets worse:

      Alex Rodriguez, 3B
      Song: “This is Why I’m Hot” by MIMS; “Put On” by Young Jeezy

      Both of those songs are so utterly played out, and were like 2 seconds after they were “hot” in the first place, which similarly lasted about 2 seconds. And, don’t get me started on Daddy Yankee and “Gasolina”, which he used like EVERY SINGLE PLATE APPEARANCE in 2007.

      Alex is like the kid who wants to be cool, tries way too hard, and ends up looking even dorkier instead. Nowhere is that more evident than in his music choices.

      I can’t wait for 2009 for him to start pimping something lame, like… Rick Ross “The Boss”, Lil Wayne “Lollipop”, T.I. “Whatever You Like”, anything ever by Flo-Rida, or (god help us) “Swagga Like Us”.

      • A.D.

        Nah, goes Material Girl… Madonna wants some royalty money

      • Mike Pop

        Na, he’s gonna go old school with Simon Says by Pharoahe Monch.

        • usty

          “Yeah I said it…rub on your titties.”

          • Mike Pop

            Love that song

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

        I can’t wait for 2009 for him to start pimping something lame, like… Rick Ross “The Boss”, Lil Wayne “Lollipop”, T.I. “Whatever You Like”, anything ever by Flo-Rida, or (god help us) “Swagga Like Us”.

        Wait, wait, wait, fuck you, holmes; all those songs were the shit (except Flo-Rida, fuck that dude and his well-being). Awesome party songs. Rap is not a genre that should be looked upon as other music genres. They are all gimmicks, not to be taken seriously.

        • Spaceman.Spiff

          “Rap is not a genre that should be looked upon as other music genres. They are all gimmicks, not to be taken seriously.”

          I disagree, but whatever.

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

            OK, not all rap, but generally speaking. Hip-hop and rap are two different beasts, I don’t look at rap as something to generally pay attention to, lyrically.

            • http://thebronxzoo.wordpress.com iYankees

              That’s absurd. Rappers like Big L, Big Pun, Nas, just to name a few, have made songs that other musicians can only dream of…

              • Mike Pop

                Thats why he put “all” in italics.

        • http://photos-e.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-ak-snc1/v621/134/99/513321182/n513321182_2118948_7574.jpg Nady Nation

          Man, you will really defend ANYTHING involving A-Rod, won’t you? Haha

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

            Heh, it’s not ARod in this instance, it’s more my feelings toward rap music.

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

              Jamal, “The Boss”, “Lollipop”, “Whatever You Like” and “Swagga Like Us” are all horrid, horrid, putrid, vapid, steaming piles of cow dung that have no business being called rap, hip-hop, or music in general.

              They sound like they were written by 15 year old wannabes. Elementary-school caliber rap.

              Rakim isn’t dead but he is rolling over in his grave right now.

              • Mike Pop

                R-Rugged and rough thats how I do it
                A-Allah who I praise to the fullest
                K-Keep it gangsta
                I..stand alone
                M-My crown, my world, my throne

                I always loved that shit, sorry for posting it.

      • http://photos-e.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-ak-snc1/v621/134/99/513321182/n513321182_2118948_7574.jpg Nady Nation

        Not to nitpick, but I believe Gasolina was Jorge’s music. Don’t ask why, but I have a weird memory with those things. Needless to say, we are in agreement on how awful that song is.

        • Mike Pop

          It is about getting some. But yep it is pretty awful.

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

          Not to nitpick, but I believe Gasolina was Jorge’s music.

          Jorge did use it as well, but ARod ran that shit into the ground. I went to a bunch of games in ’07 and there was not one game where it wasn’t his music at least three times; most nights it was the only song they played for ARod.

          • http://photos-e.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-ak-snc1/v621/134/99/513321182/n513321182_2118948_7574.jpg Nady Nation

            Another amazing former A-Rod entrance song: “Numb/Encore” remix by Jay-Z and Linkin Park.

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

              Amazingly bad, yeah.

          • usty

            I have to disagree with you here. A-Rod definitely used “This is Why I’m Hot” for 2007 and 2008 most of his AB’s. (At least the 1st and 3rd) I remember specifically because A) A-Rod is my favorite player and B) 2007 was the first year I had my season tickets and on opening day 2008 I was like, “Oh crap, he kept the same music from 2007. I guess he thought it was lucky in his MVP year.” I swear, the girl who sat next to me in my Sunday package used to sing “This is why I’m hot” and dance in her seat to it. And I moved my seats in 2008.

            (Another note, just to show you how much I pay attention. A-Rod will never get in the box before the vocal actually starts in the song. It’s pretty ridiculous sometimes.)

            Gasolina was totally Jorge or maybe Abreu. (I remember my friend making fun of reggaeton when I brought him to his first game in years and it definitely wasn’t A-Rod.)

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

              This is true. He did pimp Mims for two years in a row.

              But he was all over Gasolina. This I do remember.

            • Mike Pop

              I always like Melky and Cano’s reggageton music, my Peruvian friend would always know the song. Kinda funny since there isn’t too much reggageton coming out of Peru, mainly PR and the Dominican.

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

        Oh, and as for “Gasolina”, don’t blame anyone for stupid little non-Latino girls running around the neighborhood singing that shit and not knowing what they were saying. Do you know how awesomely vile reggaeton songs are? Non-Spanish speakers love to sing them because they sound catchy, but damn, it’s hilarious hearing some chic who has no idea what she’s asking for when she sings that, thinking that it’s “cute”.

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

          Heh, I say the same thing about dancehall reggae.

          You almost need earmuffs to listen to Beenie, Tony Matterhorn, Kartel, Mavado, etc. I curse like a sailor and I still cringe at most of that stuff.

  • http://photos-e.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-ak-snc1/v621/134/99/513321182/n513321182_2118948_7574.jpg Nady Nation

    Anyone remember when Matsui used to come out to Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song”? I was always amused by that.

    • Ryan S.

      That’s probably my 2nd all time favorite player / entrance song combination, and #1 all time for a hitter.

      I’ve always wanted to know how the hell he picked that song … or maybe it was picked for him? Was someone being ironic because he’s, y’know, an immigrant?

      • Mike Pop

        Hmm, I’m going to go out on a limb here and say Enter Sandman is your favorite ?

        • Ryan S.

          Yes, of course. Its totally obvious and I have no problem with that.

          • Mike Pop

            Ya lol.. It is awesome, once you said #1 for a hitter. I knew the answer.

  • whozat

    I kinda want someone to pick like…something really ridiculous and hilarious. Like a Barry Manilow song. How funny would it be if Brett Gardner had come up last year and had them play “Copacabana” or something?

    • brettgardnerluver

      Lol, but he’s better than that.

  • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

    Sox got Smoltz as well.

    • Mike Pop

      This, I dont like.

    • whozat

      So…they’re going to spend at least 10 mil, perhaps almost 20, on pitching depth? I mean…I guess they only expect one of them to amount to anything, so it’ll be 15 or so. Does this imply that they:

      1) don’t think Buchholz is ready
      2) don’t think Buchholz has the guts to make it, or
      3) plan to trade him for a catcher?

      • Mike Pop

        Ill take 1.

    • Brooklyn Ed

      the Yanks still got a chance to rob Smoltz from the Sox. lol

      • Brooklyn Ed

        …actually who knows what’s the aftermath of how well he would pitch since he’s coming back from surgery.

  • A.D.

    Heyman confirmed:

    Yankees at least window shopping Nady & Swisher
    Damon and Matsui will not be traded

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

      Notice how earlier it was “actively shopping” and now it’s “window shopping”?

      I bet they’re both on our opening day roster.

      • A.D.

        well I said window shopping. He said “accepting trade offers” which is essentially window shopping, they’re letting teams come them and they saying no unless something intriguing comes across.

        • Brooklyn Ed

          I still want to know what did Bowden offered to Cashman?

          • Mike Pop

            Ross Detwiller?

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

              The rights to Eric Davis?

              • Mike Pop

                Speaking of Nationals, former Nat John Patterson retired. I always liked him, but he just could’nt do it anymore. He’s a guy who had some upside.

              • A.D.

                Sign Bernie Williams, then they trade Melky + IPK for a time machine.

                Bam
                Bernie in center, Davis in RF

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

                  Step 3: Sign Rickey Henderson

      • Brooklyn Ed

        Good. I also found it funny that Heyman mentioned that Damon is needed to be the leadoff hitter and play CF. So I’m guessing Swisher will be one of the corner OF.

        • A.D.

          Well Heyman said “part of a CF rotation” which would include BG & Melky

          • Brooklyn Ed

            well either Swisher or Nady goes to bench then. either Melky or BG will be the 4th OFer.

            • A.D.

              Of course, they’ll pick their spots, probably depend on ballpark who is pitches etc. If BG or Melk are hitting

        • Mike Pop

          I would be quite dissapointed if we moved Swisher without even letting him get an at bat. Unless the package was something great like Harang or a top OF prospect(highly unlikely), I would be dissapointed.

          • Brooklyn Ed

            I would be disappointed if Swisher becomes another Mike Lamb. Being traded again after trading/signing a top positional FA.

  • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

    Smoltz will NOT be successful in the AL east, the toughest division.

    • Mike Pop

      If Smoltz is healthy, he can pitch in this division. No questions asked.

      • A.D.

        agreed if smoltz is 100% he can pitch with anyone.

        Additionally Sox could use Smoltz out of the pen…

      • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

        But will he be healthy? In my mind, absolutely not. Red sox would have had a better chance with Pavano.

        • Mike Pop

          Na, Pavano will trip and hurt his buttocks coming out from the pen when he warms up.

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

          Meh, I disagree. If I’m the Sox, and I have Lester-Beckett-Matsuzaka-Wakefield-Buchholz-Bowden-Masterson + money, I’m more inclined to let Smoltz sit for the first half the season and gamble on the upside of his far superior pitching for the stretch run than sign Pavano, who can’t be expected to be much more than league average.

          You’re getting more volume of pitching from Pavano (funny to say that, but true) but much better quality from Smoltz, once he’s done healing.

          • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

            you and your upside…

            5.5 mil for taking a gamble on smoltz<1.5 for Pavano

            Both are incentive filled as well.

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

              Except:

              a) Smoltz is a way better pitcher than Pavano
              b) we’re talking about a one year deal
              c) the Sox haven’t spent any money yet this offseason, and are way under budget

              They can and should easily afford the extra 4M to gamble on the vastly superior pitcher.

              This is akin to us giving Andy 10M but not wasting 4M on Paul Byrd (not that we were considering the latter)…

    • Ryan S.

      Don’t forget they have Penny too. Just one of those 2 needs to perform well enough to be a serviceable back end of the rotation starter and its all justified. Anything more would be a bonus.

    • Jordan Wahba

      Smoltz to Red Sox makes no sense for John Smoltz.

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

        Make 5.5M + maybe pick up a ring on the cheap if you’re lucky = not bad

  • http://theenlighteneddespot.com NC Saint

    Remember when Matsui came out exclusively to Beatles songs? What happened to that? The Kill Bill song is great, but Get Back was awesome.

  • http://thebronxzoo.wordpress.com iYankees

    A-Rod needs to just embrace the bullshit and pick 50 Cent’s – I Get Money, for his AB music.

    • Mike Pop

      Or “Lickity Split’s” freestyle from 8 mile.

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

      A-Rod needs to just embrace the bullshit and pick 50 Cent’s – I Get Money, for his AB music.

      I’m telling you, dude. I GUARANTEE copious amounts of “Swagga Like Us.” That craptastic pile of garbage has Alexander Emmanuel Rodriguez written all over it.

      • http://thebronxzoo.wordpress.com iYankees

        Oh come on, I like that jam…

        • http://thebronxzoo.wordpress.com iYankees

          …oh hot damn… that is my jam (i had to do it)…

      • http://asportsaddictneedsdivineintervention.blogspot.com/ E-ROC

        Madonna’s 4 Minutes!

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

          Heh, heh.

  • usty

    Jeter also used Puff Daddy’s (that was his name then) Victory at the beginning of the year last year.

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

      Nobody’s perfect.

    • http://asportsaddictneedsdivineintervention.blogspot.com/ E-ROC

      I actually like that song.

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

        That’s exactly what the team of marketers and advertising executives who wrote it were hoping you’d say.

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

    I’ve got a new candidate for our CF mix for 2009:

    Adam “Pacman” Jones.

    • http://asportsaddictneedsdivineintervention.blogspot.com/ E-ROC

      That dude is going to be a career criminal. Maybe he has a legit sickness like addiction to the limelight.

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

        Maybe he has a legit sickness like addiction to the limelight.

        That’s “legit” now? Can I call in sick to work with that?

    • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

      Usain Bolt would be a good center fielder.

      • Ryan S.

        He could probably have a .300 average just by bunting.

    • Ryan S.

      And maybe we can get Michael Vick as a mid-season pick up and see how he does as a utility infielder.

  • usty

    A-Rod should just say F-it and come out to Nas’ Hate Me Now.

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

      Not lame and effeminate enough.

      How about Nas and Ginuwine’s “Owe Me Back”.

      • usty

        haha…how about C.R.E.A.M. but just the chorus repeated? I would just want him to do that to watch peoples heads explode in the stadium when they heard it.

  • Brooklyn Ed
    • Mike Pop

      OOHH NOOEESS!

  • mikeo

    The Yankees need to make another starting pitching move, something bigger than Pettitte. I’m thinking Lowe on a one year 25 mil/Sheets 1 year/ trade for Harang/ that type of big. Or Just call Up melvin croussette to occupy the third spot.

    But seriously though, I know Upside does sound funny but Brad Penny and John Smoltz are aces in the hole and the redsox now have incredible depth. I’d like the Yankees to get a veteran to fill out that 5th spot. I never thought John Smoltz would actually leave the Braves, I’d think hed be great for the Yankees. I thought hed be great. If Andy doesn’t like the 1 year 10mil offer I’d go 1 year 14ish with an option whether it be vesting, mutual, or club for Sheets. With the outfield surplus, I don’t think Cash is done, and yes in Cash I trust, but please Phil Hughes will get his innings in the majors this year regardless if he starts the year in the rotation. I’m all for the youth movement but this is the year the Yankees want to win, they need to just go for it.

  • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

    This is pretty funny

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKP-ysd4VEU

    The kings vets prank a rookie.

    • Mike Pop

      Ya, I have seen that before. Funny thing is Hawes is only a second year player. I have seen Thompson play plenty when he was with Rider. Always saw him play against my Marist Red Foxes! He was awesome in the MAAC. To go that high in the draft especially out of the MAAC conference, that is awesome.

  • Januz

    This is a very good pick up by Boston no doubt about it. If Josh Beckett returns to form, this may be the best pitching staff from top to bottom in baseball. However, they have major holes in the field starting at catcher, and their lineup is really not very impressive. I would put it behind the Yankees, Tampa, and maybe even Baltimore.
    The Yankees may have the most complete team, and Mark Melancon lives up to hype, they may very well catch Boston when it comes to pitching. Melancon was the one guy that Cashman refused to trade under any circumstances. Here is one opinion: Many consider Yankees prospect Mark Melancon the heir apparent to Mariano Rivera’s closer job. Melancon brings a mid 90’s fastball and hard slider to go along with his competitive, no fear approach on the mound, http://www.bigleaguebiz.com. I go back to his quote here at RAB in August: “The game of baseball is challenging,” [Melancon] said. “It’s really the game, it’s not the opponents. It’s getting strike one. It’s getting the first out. It’s throwing to the glove. Obviously I’m giving respect to the hitters but at the same time, if you locate the ball it really does not matter who’s up there. You know, sometimes guys are going to get a good pitch and hit it far, but you can’t worry about that. You have to worry about what you can control, and that’s throwing my pitches well.”
    Melancon, along with Tex, and CC (Plus the return of Posada, and of course, Joba & Jeter), will bring the winning attitude back to the Bronx, no matter what Boston and Tampa do.

    • Mike Pop

      I don’t think you can call Boston’s lineup not very impressive. They mashed last year.

      • Januz

        They mashed………… until Manny left. They were not the same team after that. Why else did they want Teixeira so bad?

        • Mike Pop

          I agree that losing Manny is great for us and horrible for them. I am going to feel much better bout facing them without him there. But they still have a great lineup. It really was necessary we kept Tex away from them. If they signed Tex, they would of ran away with the division.

          • Januz

            I think Tampa’s lineup is very underrated, and superior to Boston’s with Crawford, Longoria, Upton, Burrell, and Pena to name a few. If they had a closer, they would be sick.

            • Mike Pop

              They have one, David Price! Ha… They definitely have an awesome lineup. All 3 of us powerhouses do. It hsould be a fun year.

  • Januz

    Atlanta has had one miserable offseason. First AJ, then Furcal, now Smoltz. Does anyone really think Chipper Jones will stick around after the 2009 season, when his contract is up?

    • Mike Pop

      They might have to trade him. They really should have never traded for Teixeira. They gave away so much talent, if they kept those guys they might of been able to pull another run like they did for those 14 years.

      • Januz

        I honestly do not think they were going to have another great run in them. They are woefully mismanaged (Giving the Mets a first rounder for Tom Glavine, AFTER the Teixeira trade hurt their farm system, comes to mind). Throw in the Tim Hudson injury, the Jeff Francour collapse, and Casey Kotchman hitting .237 after getting traded, and you have a total mess.

        • Mike Pop

          Well they made a REALLY bad decision. They gave away Elvis Andrus, Salty, Netfali Feliz, Matt Harrison, and Beau Jones. In the end all they got out of it was some entertainment from Tex and Casey Kotchman in return. Elvis, Salty, and Feliz have chances to be great. Especially Feliz. He is the Rangers best prospect according to Baseball AMerica. And they have a DEEP farm. With those three guys and their young talent coming up like Hanson, Schafer, Jones, Hernandez, and Jurrjens I could of seen another pretty impressive run in them. But Wren and co. ruined that by making a trade that put them back a couple years.