Feb
28

Spring Training Game Thread: Joba takes on the Twinkies

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aj-cc-and-jobaJoba Chamberlain will make his first appearance of the spring this afternoon, and luckily for all of us the game will be on YES. He’ll be opposed by some guy named Liriano, and according to LEN3 ex-Yank Sean Henn is scheduled to make an appearance.

Chad Jennings notes that Brett Gardner and Phil Coke will be presented with the 2008 Kevin Lawn Awards before the game, given to the organization’s Minor League Player and Minor League Pitcher of the Year. Back in September I gave those awards to Jesus Montero and Zach McAllister, respectively, but Gardner and Coke are certainly deserving.

First pitch is scheduled for 1:15. Here’s the lineup, courtesy of Bryan Hoch:

Damon, LF
Jeter, SS
Teixeira, 1B
A-Rod, 3B
Posada, DH Swisher, RF
Cano, 2B
Swisher, RF Molina, C
Molina, C Duncan, DH
Melky, CF

Scheduled Pitchers: Joba Chamberlain, Mike Dunn, Jose Veras, Dan Giese, Kei Igawa, David Robertson, Steven Jackson, Kanekoa Teixeira

Based on my highly scientific system of counting the number of pitchers scheduled to pitch and comparing that to the number of innings typically played in a game, I’m guessing we’ll get two innings out of Joba.

If you won’t be around to catch the live broadcast, MLB Network will be replaying it at 5pm, as will YES at 7pm. I might watch all three.

Update (1:01pm): Posada’s been scratched with shoulder discomfort. Hopefully it’s nothing serious. No word on the lineup change yet.

Update (1:07pm): Shelley Duncan’s the new DH.

Photo Credit: Reuters Pictures

  • Mike Pop

    That picture is sexy. Games 1, 2, and 3 starters for the playoffs.

  • Raf

    only one inning for Joba according to Kay.

    • http://RBIRadio.blogspot.com Joey H

      Wow. This top of the order is going to kill. Tex is bigger than I thought. What was with Joba’s velocity? just not trying to kick it to the next level right?

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

        88-89. He wasn’t even trying, it looked like he was playing catch in the outfield.

        • http://evilempire20.com Ryan S.

          I wish I could pitch free and easy like that and go 88 MPH. Hopefully everyone realizes this was actually an impressive showing by Chamberlain. God help Joba’s son when he’s old enough to play catch.

          • Mike R.

            88-89 MPH?!?!?1

            Joba:Bust

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

            Hopefully everyone realizes this was actually an impressive showing by Chamberlain.

            They didn’t.

      • http://RBIRadio.blogspot.com Joey H

        Where is the new first base coach from?

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

    Wooo, Joba’s bringin’ the heat. He doesn’t even look like he’s trying. Heh.

    • Expired Milk

      Is that him or are the Yankees treating treating him like a bubble boy

  • Raf

    Delmon crushed that. woof.

    • Mike Pop

      I think he will have a solid season. Still will probably be looked at as a bad trade because Garza has an electric arm but Delmon has the talent.

  • Tom Zig

    Why do they keep putting Kei Igawa out there?

    Don’t you think his inning or so of work would be better served if given to someone else?

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

      Not really. There’s plenty of innings going around. Maybe someone asks for him in a trade if he has a good spring.

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

        Maybe we can trade him to the Nationals for Jake Westbrook and Ted Lilly.

        • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops

          Plus Christian Parker!!!

      • Drew

        Lets trade him for sizemore.

        • Drew

          (tom)

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

            ietc

          • http://evilempire20.com Ryan S.

            Y’know, I would actually be in favor of this. He’d be the craziest, most drunk team mascot ever. We could have bullet-proof shield night and have him run around the field with a shotgun shooting at people.

  • Eirias

    He’s a bust. That wouldn’t have happened if he was relieving. Either move him back or trade him.

    • Mike Pop

      Him for Delmon Young.

    • Raf

      14 pitches in before the first reliever comment.

  • Mike Pop

    Joba getting roughed up.

  • UWS

    Clearly Joba is a bust.

  • Mike Pop

    I was hoping to see 3 strikeouts on 9 pitches. Bust.

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Kubel has been crushing the phenoms.

  • Mike Pop

    Aww, Michael Kay your such a joker. “You mean end up on the Mets?”

  • Mike Pop

    Wow, Matt Cassel to the Cheifs.

    • Arman Tamzarian

      link?

      • Mike Pop
        • Arman Tamzarian

          It says something about having traded Vrabel as well. Interesting move.

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

            Yeah, that one shocked me. I figured he was a Belichick lifer.

            • Mike Pop

              Now Shceffler said that there might be a 3rd “mystery” team in play. Saying there is some doubt about KC being his team to be traded to. Maybe it is the mystery team.

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

                ESPN says nothing of a mystery team, says Cassel is going to KC.

                http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/.....id=3942130

                WOW.

                • Mike Pop

                  Scheffler says different but they probably gave up a hefty amount since he was franchised. I wonder if they gave up their top pick this year.

              • Arman Tamzarian

                Reports are saying a second round pick for Vrabel and Cassell? Seems like a weak return

                • Mike Pop

                  That can’t be right. If they only gave up a 2nd round pick for both, NE is stupid. They aren’t that dumb…I think.

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

                  Maybe a second this year plus conditional picks for next year? They are clearing up a nice amount of cap space.

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

                  I bet there’s a 2010 pick in there somewhere. That’s textbook Pats.

                  I guess this means they’re confident Brady will be good to go come September. Risky…

                  I’m looking forward to seeing Matt Gutierrez flinging dead ducks 5 yards short of Randy Moss, personally.

                • Mike Pop

                  I bet you said the same thing about Cassel. I think O’Connel will be looked at ahead of Gutierrez though.

                • Mike Pop

                  Wow. Both for the 34th overall pick.

                • http://evilempire20.com Ryan S.

                  As much as I dislike the Patriots, their coach is the man. I will never doubt Bill Belichek when it comes to the personnel decisions he makes.

                • Arman Tamzarian

                  And then there’s Peter King’s take: Bill Belichick either didn’t get a better offer, or he did one of his best friends, Pioli, a favor with a player Belichick wanted to put in a good situation; Belichick is very fond of Cassel. It would not be surprising to see Belichick make the deal with Pioli because both were trained under Bill Parcells, and Parcells always made sure he watched out for his lieutenants and helped them whenever it didn’t hurt him.
                  Belichek doesn’t strike me as the kind of guy who would help out his mother

                • Mike Pop

                  I agree with you. I find it hard to believe there were not any better offers from other teams than just the 34th overall pick. Vikings, Bucs, and maybe even Chicago could of made a better offer I think. But we don’t know so I really can’t judge. Just thought they would definitely get more for him after what he did last year.

                • andrew

                  Vrabel was having his playing time cut down and there were rumors that the Pats were no longer interested in paying him as much as he was making for his decreased role. Also, the Pats wanted to trade Cassel because he’s a $16 million backup, assuming Brady is healthy, which I’m guessing the Pats are thinking. You have to factor in the 2nd round draft pick + whoever the Pats can sign with the new found cap space.

                • BklynJT
                • Mike Pop

                  Huh? It’s a game thread. You can talk bout whatever.

    • Drew

      Pioli making moves

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

    Textbook piece of hitting by Tex.

  • Jasper

    Solid oppo hitting by Tex.

  • Raf

    i could really get used to 1st innings like this throughout the season.

  • Mike Pop

    Swish swinging on the first pitch? Work the count you bum.

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      And Cano walked?! Bizzaro world!

      • Mike Pop

        Twilight Zone.

  • Money line

    I always wondered what it would be like to see joba throw BP…. now i know… haha toppin out at 88

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    Thought A-Rod had that one.

  • Jasper

    Robby with a walk, look at the plate discipline.

  • Jasper

    Molina would swing at the first pitch after Robby takes a 5 pitch walk.

  • Colombo

    holy crap…cano walked…very nice

    • http://RBIRadio.blogspot.com Joey H

      Yeah last year he would have fished at that pitch low and away.

    • Expired Milk

      Actually he beasted in ST last year also and we know how that went.

      • Mike Pop

        Womp, Womp, Wooooommmp.

  • Eirias

    Liriano is a bust. That wouldn’t have happened if he was relieving. The Twins should either move him to the BP or trade him.

    • http://RBIRadio.blogspot.com Joey H

      I totally feel the same way about Joba!….

    • UWS

      I feel the Yankees should do the Twins a favor and rid them of Liriano. Liriano for Nady and Shelley Duncan. Cash, you listening?

      • http://RBIRadio.blogspot.com Joey H

        Can we throw in the bust, ugh that guy uh.. Justin Chamberlain?

        • UWS

          Nah, he might be useful as a long reliever/mop up man or something.

          • Mike Pop

            Maybe a throw in for a C prospect or something.

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

      ICWUDT

  • http://RBIRadio.blogspot.com Joey H

    Is that Melky wearing 53? lol Is he gonna keep it providing he makes the 25 man?

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    First step is always back, Melky!

  • http://RBIRadio.blogspot.com Joey H

    Please tell me no one is wearing 45 this year.

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

      I don’t think so. I think that number should be banished from the Yankees’ organization forever.

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

        Wiki says MiL NRI Jason Johnson is wearing #45 this year.

        The same Jason Johnson who just got diagnosed with choriodial melanoma in his right retina, throwing even further doubt on his already slim chances of making the roster.

        That number might really be cursed.

      • Mike Pop

        Anyone ever buy a Pavano jersey?

  • John

    is there a place to watch this online?

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      MLB.tv

    • Arman Tamzarian

      mlb.com

      • John

        i mean for free? ;)

        • John
          • John

            never mind…that got changed to the devils game

        • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

          it’s free right now, haha. =)

          • John

            really? its making me subscribe

  • Expired Milk

    I seriously have never seen a pitcher/prospect babied as much as Joba.Wtf is going on???

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

      What the hell are you talking about? Seriously, what is this in reference to? It’s spring training. What, did you think he was going to go 9 innings? People get pulled from ST games for hangnails and bruised cuticles.

      • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops
      • Expired Milk

        What are you talking about? I dont expect him be sitting 95-96 but why put him out there to pitch like its batting practice.

        • Drew

          Uh… to see live game action maybe, as opposesd to a cage and his teamates

          • Expired Milk

            Really did him alot of good

            • Drew

              Lol ur actually worried about the results? Sh*t, Mariano can’t even throw yet lets cut him

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

          Because it’s SPRING TRAINING.

          Is this the first ST game you’ve ever seen? You’re seriously making a mountain out of a molehill.

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

            It’s not even a molehill. It’s like … a clump of sand left stuck together after the kids destroyed the sand castle.

            • http://evilempire20.com Ryan S.

              Its incidents like these that really separate the newbies from the guys who actually understand how baseball works.

              • Mike Pop

                That was me. But then I used Old Spice, who’s laughing now?…Me.

              • Expired Milk

                Oh sorry its just that I was waiting for Joba to throw a touchdown

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

                  Well, you certainly seem clueless, what with your excessive comments about the team “babying” Joba. You’re speaking like a man who doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

                  http://riveraveblues.com/2009/.....ent-291478

                • Expired Milk

                  Why didnt Phil Hughes pitch like that then?

                • Joop

                  I would cease posting for now because you’re embarrassing yourself.

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

        It’s funny, because if he wouldn’t have made this start and instead started with the rest of the regular rotation next week, no one would be saying they’re babying him.

    • Drew

      Girardis on record saying he expects 30 starts from Joba.

  • anonymous

    Melky just Gardnered that ball.

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

    Nice bunt by Melky. He was going for a hit there.

  • Paulie

    Nice bunt by Melky.

    • Paulie

      Now one by Damon.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    Nice bunt by Johnny

  • matt k

    Hank just leaned out of the luxury box and screamed . Swing at the Damn Ball!

  • Expired Milk

    Yankees playing the game “the way it should be played”

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      I really hope the Yankees don’t have too many innings with more than one bunt.

      • Expired Milk

        I was quoting Kay because he said that about the Twins

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    Man, it’s still weird to see Tex on the Yankees…and I LOVE seeing it.

  • UWS

    Michael Kay already in midseason form.

    /punches self in the face

  • Drew

    I finally agree with Kay!!! He does have a fat ugly neck

  • UWS

    This is not what I envisioned my first baseball-watching experience of 2009 to be :(

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

      Devs are up 2-0 after one :-D

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

        …I mean 3-0 =D

        • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

          … 6-1

  • Matt ’09

    Joba was a little up, but that can be worked on. That slider he threw was filthy.

    • http://evilempire20.com Ryan S.

      More like, he was putting absolutely zero stress on his arm and was just playing catch for an inning.

  • John

    good walk by A-rod

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

    I see it’s Spring Training for the trivia question makers as well. Laugher.

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

    http://www.gbnreport.com/

    (1:30 PM): Cassel trade update… The NFL Network is reporting that while New England and Kansas City have a deal in place to trade Matt Cassel to the Chiefs, another team may have entered the picture with a late offer. The early buzz is that if the Patriots-Chiefs deal does go through, the Patriots will get the Chiefs second round pick, the 34th overall, in the 2009 draft and a conditional pick in 2010.

    • Mike Pop

      Good news for Bowe and Gonzalez.

      In other news, Dawkins went to the Broncos.

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

        And, the Ray Lewis to the Broncos rumors won’t die either. Apparently he’s not super enthused to return to Baltimore.

        Can’t say I blame him, the Ravens are like a carcass getting picked clean by scavenger birds. Ironically.

        • Mike Pop

          I’m telling you man, Lewis is going to the Cowboys.

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

            Lewis has no connection to the Cowboys, and frankly, they’re a mess organizationally and you know it.

            The Broncos d-cordinator is Mike Nolan, who was Lewis’s coordinator with the Ravens. Plus, the coach is Josh McDaniels, who’s Patriot pedigree is more impressive than Grandpa Wade’s pedigree of ineptitude. And, the team is getting better (like Dawkins and Arrington), and Cutler and his wideouts >>> Romo and his wideouts.

            I can totaly see him preferring Denver. Better chance of success, as crazy as it sounds.

            • Mike Pop

              Na, I disagree. The AFC is a tougher conference than the NFC. The Cowboys are not that far off at all to be a championship caliber team. You got Romo, TO, RW, Austen, and Witten. Then you got Cutler, Marshall, Eddie Royal, Stokley, and Daniel Graham. They are both solid options but Cowboys have a huge edge in TE and Broncos have a better number 1 WR than the Boys but after that it is pretty even. Also, the Cowboys have a better run game and the Broncos have a whole new coach. Things could turn out to be not so good there. I know that the Skins and Eagles are getting better this offseason and will probably continue to but I don’t see how he has a much better chance at succeeding there than he does with the Cowboys. Injuries were more of a hurt to the Cowboys last year than TO and the organizational mess in my opinion. Wade Philips is not a great head coach but he’s a great defensive cordinator and he has a track record of that. When he took over the d playcalling last year, the Cowboys defense greatly improved…minus the last game of the season.

              • John

                dont forget tony Scheffler…he is really good and fast when he’s healthy

                • Mike Pop

                  That’s how I got mixed up to be honest.

                • andrew

                  Scheffler > Graham last year, even with Scheffler missing a bunch of games due to injury

                • Mike Pop

                  Still doesn’t matter when you compare them to Witten.

                • andrew

                  Agreed, but it decreases the amount of advantage that the Cowboys have at TE by a little bit

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

        Good news for Bowe and Gonzalez.

        I wonder if this convinces Gonzalez to stay.

        Oh, and this trade locks the first 4 picks in the draft in stone: mark it down now.
        1) DET – Matt Stafford
        2) STL – Jason Smith
        3) KC – Aaron Curry
        4) SEA – Michael Crabtree

        • Mike Pop

          I agree unless the Hawks go and get TJ. Of they get him, who do you think they go at 4?

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

            If the Hawks get T.J. Houshamazilli, I guess they go DL instead. McShay has them taking B.J. Raji at #4 in his mock, I could see that.

            I think after trading for Lito Sheppard, the Jets are perfectly positioned now to take a WR at #17, probably Darrius Heyward-Bey.

            • Mike Pop

              Heh. Remember last year at the draft. NO WR’s taken in the 1st. Donnie Avery the first guy taken. Kelly, Thomas, and Hardy were all hyped up way too much. My boy was stoked when the Bills took Hardy in the 2nd. He went wild.

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

                This year’s wideouts >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> last year’s wideouts.

                Not even remotely close.

                • Mike Pop

                  Of course.

      • John

        im not too happy with Dawkins (as a die-hard Broncos fan)

        he is getting too pld and probably cost a lot

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

          His old ass is still a whole lot better than Herana-Daze Jones, Vernon Fox,
          Marlon McCree, and Josh Barrett.

          • John

            haha thats true

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

      Pop, my prediction is that conditional pick has escalators that can turn it into a 2010 #1 pick. Watch.

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

        Forgive me if I’m wrong, but didn’t they end up with something like the 10th overall pick in addition to Randy Moss when they made that deal?

        • Mike Pop

          They traded a 4th rounder for him. They had the 10th from SF when they gave it to them for Joe Staley.

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

          You’re wrong. Moss was for a 4th rounder. The Pats got the 7th pick in the draft last year by trading down with the 49′ers the year before (when they moved up to take Joe Staley).

          The Pats then traded down from 7 to 10 when they couldn’t work a trade to move in front of the Jets at 6 (because they wanted Vernon Gholston). Ended up with Mayo instead… just another example of lucking out by NOT getting what you originally wanted.

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

            Ah that was it. I just remember complaining that they got Moss so cheap, and then complaining later on that they had such high pick after such a good season, and the two events got mixed in my memory.

            • K.B.D.

              Randy Moss for a 4th rounder.
              Wes Welker for a 2nd rounder.

              Wes Welker had more trade value than Randy Moss… and then Randy decided he wanted to play again at a HoF level. I can never look at that guy with anything other than utter disdain.

              • Mike Pop

                OAkland- Where players go to die.

      • K.B.D.

        It’s gotta be similar to the Brett Farve deal, and we all know how that worked out.

        I keed.

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

          As a Jets fan, the Brett Favre deal worked out wonderfully. I have no regrets.

          One year of Brett Favre was easily worth the rest of Chad Pennington’s life.

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

        Huh, apparently, no conditional: ESPN and the KC Star have both gone to press saying it’s Vrabel and Cassel for a 2nd only.

        Wow. Nice move for the Chiefs.

        • Mike Pop

          Scheffler knows his stuff.

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

            But apparently, he doesn’t know that his name isn’t “Schefter”, at least, according to Mike Pop. He’s been misspelling his name his whole life, what a dumbass!

            • Mike Pop

              Ya, well I fucked up.

              Kitna to the Cowboys.

            • Mike Pop

              Ya, well I fucked up.

              Kitna to the Cowboys.

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

                Meh.

        • K.B.D.

          Wow. That’s really surprising. Somehow I think they regret this trade during the season. I think Brady’s going to have some problems with his wheel.

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

            I hope so.

            I don’t normally root for a player to be injured (or be unable to recover from that injury), but I make an exception for that douchenozzle Tom Brady. Screw him.

  • http://RBIRadio.blogspot.com Joey H

    Where’s the new first base coach from?

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

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mick_Kelleher

      Kelleher has consistently worked in major league baseball since retiring as a player. He has been a minor league coach and a scout. He also served as a first base coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1986 and for the Detroit Tigers from 2003 to 2005. Prior to being named first base coach for the Yankees, he was a defensive coordinator for the Yankees’ minor league system. His main assignment with the Yankees will be to monitor the development of Robinson Cano, who he mentored in the minor leagues.

  • http://RBIRadio.blogspot.com Joey H

    Whiffle ball-like swing from Melky…

  • andrew

    AAHHHHHH TEXIERAAAA

    • John

      simply awesome!

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

    So yeah, Giambi wouldn’t have come close to making to that play.

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

      Giambi would have sprained his assbone and been on the DL for a month.

    • Mike Pop

      Na, Giambi just would of said fuck it and would have not even tried to make it.

  • GG

    This is a bad sign on the Posada front, Mike, what do you think our game plan on the whole catching situation should be?

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

      Here’s our gameplan:

      1) Don’t overreact to a scratch from a ST game.

      That is all.

      • GG

        I’m not proposing we go out and make a trade (mainly b/c we have so many options, unproductive offensive options but options). I certainly hope Jorge can catch but realistically hes pretty old and a big question mark when he starts to feel something in that shoulder w/o even throwing hard….BUT if we were to go out and get a young catcher who can hit a little it would be a great move as he’d probablly start like 35% of the time anyway, no?

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

          Yes. But whatever it would take to get that young catcher who would start 35% of the time would probably be way more valuable to us than a young catcher only starting 35% of the time.

          • GG

            I guess, but if this is a win it all year and you already have a ? in CF for now, you can’t leave the possibility of having two holes in the lineup which we all saw coming. Then after we miss the playoffs, the blogosphere goes nuts with why we shouldnt have been starting Gardner and Molina every day in important games.

            • GG

              If not a younger guy, Bengie Molina would be worth checking in on, and if they were willing to take on his brother in return, that would solve the roster spot issue.

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

              Every year is a “win it all” year. Which means that that statement means nothing, because any willingness to sacrifice the future for the present (since it’s a “win it all” year) must be balanced by an unwillingness to sacrifice the future for the present (since next year and all the years after that will also be “win it all” years.)

              • GG

                I dont deny validity to that argument. However every year you dont open a billion dollar new stadium and every year you dont sign the top 3 FA’s so its kind of more of a win it all year. What do you see Cervelli contributing the year?

        • GG

          Also I forgot to throw in which we all know, roster spots are at such a premium anyway, but its an issue and something decent might be cheaper now then in the summer.

  • Mike Pop

    Ugh, Igawa.

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      More like UGHawa! AMIRITE?!

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=15305165&ref=profile Doug

        U R

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

    Just had a crazy idea: Maybe the Pats traded Cassel to free up space to make a run at Ray Lewis.

    It makes sense…

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

        … yesterday. Yes, we know.

    • andrew

      That’s what i was getting at in my post earlier. The trade is more like: Cassel + Vrabel for 2nd round pick + free agent. What are the Pats best at? Building through the draft and signing key FA’s to fill roles for them. They traded a backup QB and an aging LB for a chance at two studs… good move by the Pats.

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

        It is a good move… but I still can’t believe they not only didn’t get more than one pick for a young, potential franchise QB, they threw Vrabel into the SAME DEAL.

        Vrabel should have been worth at least a 6th or a 7th by himself, and the Falcons got a 2nd AND a 5th for Matt Schaub. The lack of other late-round picks or future conditionals is a bit surprising.

        I see why the Pats did it, but this deal is a steal for the Cheifs. Not typical to see the Pats on the losing end of a “steal”.

        • andrew

          Agreed… that was my initial response as well… you’d think they could get more, but it isn’t a bad haul either.

      • K.B.D.

        Key FA’s like Adalius Thomas?

        And calling Cassell a back-up is misleading. He put up great numbers in the system and should have had them in the playoffs. They now have an aging (though prolific) starter quarterback coming off of very serious knee surgery. It’s not like Cassell was utterly useless to them, otherwise they wouldn’t have franchised him.

        And what studs are available in FA? Haynesworth is the only person I would’ve called a “stud” (and he went awful quick). Maybe Bart Scott, but he’s off the market. Ray Lewis is far from a stud at this point and would be an “aging LB” as Mike Vrabel is (though better, admittedly).

        This move is questionable in my mind.

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

          Not really. You know Brady’s your future. With the way FA’s moving, the Pats could probably get Jeff Garcia or some other backup like that at some point; some other decent backup-caliber guy will shake free.

          They really couldn’t keep Cassel forever. Might as well get value for him.

        • andrew

          And calling Cassell a back-up is misleading. He put up great numbers in the system and should have had them in the playoffs. They now have an aging (though prolific) starter quarterback coming off of very serious knee surgery. It’s not like Cassell was utterly useless to them, otherwise they wouldn’t have franchised him

          When i referred to him as a backup QB, I didn’t mean in terms of the league, Cassell would certainly start in many other cities. I meant he is the Pats backup QB and therefore his value to the Pats, is less than his value would be to the Chiefs, or some other time. Similar to people talking about the Yankees dealing from an area of strength (young pitching arms) for an area of weakness (CF).
          When I saw they franchised him, my initial reaction was that there was no way they’d have two QB’s making that much money at the same time. So yes, I agree, Cassell was not utterly useless to them, but his value to them (considering he was their back-up), was to trade him for something they can use.

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      Genius. Why didn’t Cash make this move?

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

        Good point. Why hasn’t Cashman signed Mike Vick yet?
        CASHMAN YOU TEH SUXOR!!!!!!!!!1!!!!!!11!!!!!!eleventy!!!!!!!!

        • GG

          I heard Vick plays a nasty CF

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

            He’s a pitbull of a defender. He never dogs it.

            • K.B.D.

              ICWUDT.

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

      Heh, the Fake Joba looks more like Turtle for Entourage than he does Joba.

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

        Ha, exactly what I thought.

        Hasheem Thabeet just missed a dunk after fumbling with the ball for half an hour. Have fun in the NBA, dude. My advice: stay for your senior year.

        • Mike Pop

          He will, he wants that championship. He won’t get it this year because of Tyler.

          • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

            You make me chuckle, Mike Pop. You make me chuckle.

          • Thomas

            UNC should be in good shape, if they don’t have to face any crappy bubble teams. They aren’t winning it all.

  • Thomas

    Juan Cruz finally signed. Royals for 2 years $6 million. I guess he is the 7th inning man.

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....n-cru.html

    • Mike Pop

      Suprised that he got that much.

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      He got less money than Kyle Farnsworth.

      • Thomas

        So over the past two years the Royals have signed Cruz, Mahay, Dotel, and Farnsworth for their bullpen. They should have pooled that money along with Guillen’s to get a good player or spent it on the draft/international FA.

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

          They spent almost $11M on the draft last year, a record. They’ve never been shy about spending on talent, they gave Hosmer, Moustakas, Hochevar and Gordon gigantic bonuses the last few years.

          If the alternative to spending money on Farnsworth and Cruz is not spending the money, then I’d rather see them spend it. They just need to make better decisions.

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

            Like, say, spending money on Adam Dunn or Orlando Hudson or Pat Burrell or something rather than Farnsworth or Cruz.

            Problem is, since they suck, they usually have to overpay to get quality guys. The Royals MO seems to be “all we can afford at market value is relievers, so lets sign some every year and then try to trade them for something good midseason”.

            Problem is, the midseason reliever market is shrinking because more teams are discovering these guys don’t make that much of a difference.

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

      Maybe they’re moving Soria back into the rotation.

    • Matt ’09

      You’re telling me the Yanks couldn’t have ponied up for that?

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

    Nice throw by Frankie.

  • Angel

    Sign Esteban German he is better than Ransonm and Berroa

  • http://www.YouTube.com/kevyyankees Kevin G.

    OMG it’s Jesus (Montero).

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

      And then AJax. I had the same reaction.

      Too bad SEAN FREAKING HENN had to ruin it for us. Douche.

  • Mike Pop

    Bust.

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

    Do they really need to play “New York, New York” in Tampa?

    YOU’RE IN TAMPA.

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      Only someone who isn’t a True Yankee would complain about “New York, New York” being played. I hereby revoke your fanhood.

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