Apr
01

Open Thread: Sabathia, Yanks dominate SI season preview

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That is a very big picture of a very big man, and today, that image graced newsstands across the country. Sports Illustrated unveiled their 2009 baseball season preview this morning, and it’s very Yankee-centric except when it counts. More on that in a second.

The centerpiece of the issue is a lengthy article, not yet online, about CC Sabathia. In it, S.L. Price talks about how great a fit Sabathia will be for New York. While he may not have been ready for the big stage three years ago, according to Price, after a few years of elite pitching, Sabathia has come to embrace what he can do on the mound.

I had the opportunity to read through a PDF of the profile, and it’s very illuminating. I know I run the risk of sounding like a mouthpiece for SI, but check it out and see for yourself.

The SI issue also contains team profiles of each of the 30 clubs. Mostly, they read as fluff pieces focusing, as the Yanks’ one does, on team chemistry and Nick Swisher‘s enthusiasm.

And of course, no SI preview would be complete without some season predictions divorced from reality. SI picks the Yanks, Twins and Angels as the division winners in the AL with the Red Sox as the Wild Card. The Yanks are picked to face — and lose to — the Angels in the ALCS, and the Mets are somehow picked to win the World Series. Yeah, right.

Derek Jeter update
Not to toot our own horn too much, but Joe Girardi confirmed today that Derek Jeter will be in the leadoff spot on Opening Day. Just remember where you heard it first.

The Fine Print
This is your open thread. In a few days, we’ll be able to do Game Threads at 7 p.m. That will be glorious. Play nice.

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

    I’m at the point right now that I feel my life is a waste of space without regular season baseball.

    And how much does this suck: I have class from 2.30-5.00 on Opening Day and there’s no way I can get out of it!

    • Yankeegirl49

      My daughter just called with a similar complaint. She thought the opening game in Balt was at 1..she has class from 3-5 and is pissed!!

      On a good note….I was just given a ticket to tomorrows workout day…WHOO FREAKIN HOOO!!!!! IM PSYCHED!

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

        I have tickets to Friday…

        When it’s supposed to rain and thunderstorm.

        Maybe now you can understand why I’ve been feeling so depressed!

        • Yankeegirl49

          I have Fri too…and I have checked the weather every half hour for the last 3 days!!

          • 27 this year

            I am going on Friday too. If it rains out, do we get anything? Or is it just a waste of money?

    • donttradecano

      ive got work, but will be calling in sick.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      And how much does this suck: I have class from 2.30-5.00 on Opening Day and there’s no way I can get out of it!

      If you’re not there you’d better be DEAD, or in jail, and if you’re in jail… BREAK OUT!!!!!

      • Mike Pop

        tommie, how do you feel about KRS One/Boogie Down Productions?

        Little music talk.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Well now you’re forced to listen to the teacher and the lesson
          Class is in session so you can stop guessin
          If this is a tape or a written down memo
          See I am a professional, this is not a demo
          In fact call it a lecture, a visual picture
          Sort of a poetic and rhythm-like mixture
          Listen, I’m not dissin but there’s somethin that you’re missin
          Maybe you should touch reality, stop wishin
          For beats with plenty bass and lyrics said in haste
          If this meaning doesn’t manifest put it to rest
          I am a poet, you try to show it, yet blow it
          It takes concentration for fresh communication
          Observation, that is to see without speaking
          Take off your coat, take notes, I am teachin
          a class, or rather school, cause you need schooling
          I am not a king or queen, I’m not ruling
          This is an introduction to poetry
          A small dedication to those that might know of me
          They might know of you and maybe your gang
          But one thing’s for sure, neither one of y’all can hang
          Cause yo I’m like a arrow, and Scott is the crossbow
          Say something now … thought so
          You seem to be the type that only understand
          The annihilation and destruction of the next man
          That’s not poetry, that is insanity
          It’s simply fantasy far from reality
          Poetry is the language of imagination
          Poetry is a form of positive creation
          Difficult, isn’t it? The point? You’re missin it
          Your face is in front of my hand so I’m dissin it

          • Mike Pop

            Ha! Listening to that right now.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              Pre-Wu-Tang/NWA Hip Hop:

              1. Rakim
              2. KRS-ONE
              3. Slick Rick
              4. Kane
              5. LL

              • Mike Pop

                No Public Enemy or Cypress Hill? Haha, just kidding. All those guys were awesome, I like LL more than Kane and Slick Rick but it’s probably cause of my age.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  I’d put P.E. and Cypress Hill in with the early NWA/Wu era that started in about 1989. This is pre ’89 music (and yes, P.E. did some stuff before that, but it’s kind of a moot point because P.E. still would have been behind those 5.)

                • Mike Pop

                  Gangstarrr?

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  Again, Gangstarr is largely after those guys.

                  Don’t let LL throw you off… I’m talking 80′s rap here.

                • Mike Pop

                  I just wanted to hear your opinion on them, they started in 87 so was just wondering.

                • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

                  Kool Moe Dee

                • Andy In Sunny Daytona

                  UTFO.

                  Roxanne, Roxanne

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  UTFO. Roxanne, Roxanne

                  Yo, Kangol, I don’t think that you’re dense/
                  But you went about the matter with no experience/
                  You should know, she doesn’t need a guy like you/
                  She needs a guy like me, with a high IQ/

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                Top 10 most underrated/unappreciated rappers:

                1. Black Thought of the Roots
                2. Mos Def
                3. Jeru the Damaja
                4. Dres of Black Sheep
                5. Starang Wondah of OGC
                6. Del tha Funkee Homosapien
                7. O.C.
                8. Steele of Smif ‘n’ Wessun
                9. Big L
                10. AZ

                • Mike Pop

                  Agreed, Big L is amazing.

                • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

                  You think Mos is underrated or unappreciated? I would no go there. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t think his first album (black on both sides) was amazing. And the Black star before that and sound bombing were of the charts and everyone knows it. I wouldn’t call Del or Big L underrated either. I lived in LA for 3 years a while back and he is just about everywhere. I would call Kool Kieth (AKA: Dr. Octagon) underrated.

                • Mike Pop

                  Blackstar is great, those two together work magic. I agree with you on Doc Oc, but I do think Mos is a little underappreciated because of the way rap is looked at today.

                • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

                  It’s crazy. I see Del pop up everywhere, but it seems like no one knows who he is. It’s also pretty cool that he’s Ice Cube’s lil cuz. They sound a lot a like.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  I almost put Kool Keith on there, too.

                  Mos Def and Black Thought are both top 10 MC’s of all time, hands down, but they’re not often mentioned as amongst the best ever, just as “good” MC’s. That’s why I’d call them underappreciated.

                  As for Del… I’d venture a guess that probably 90% of white people in this country have never heard of him. That figure may be low. He’s underrated/unappreciated.

                • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

                  “As for Del… I’d venture a guess that probably 90% of white people in this country have never heard of him. That figure may be low. He’s underrated/unappreciated.”

                  Yet those 90%+ probably love “Clint Eastwood” (though I enjoyed Del more on Rock The House).

                • Mike Pop

                  You racist!!!

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  Who’s the jester? Under pressure?
                  Not me! I hate emcees a lot, flee
                  Escape, I’ll tape your mouth closed
                  Dispose of your flows
                  The ones that you chose don’t compare
                  Where is your other shit? When I discover it
                  I’m shovin that shit Right back in your mouth,
                  And start with another kick
                  Good riddance
                  Suds of blood like the Red Sea splashes when I smash kids
                  Ashes and cremations, we wait in
                  The torture chamber, of course you blame a
                  Brother like Del for murder, word up, on a mission
                  It’s in my heart, rippin fools apart
                  You dart and dash but I’ll remove your heart fast
                  With my bare hands, that’s the end of their plans
                  I’d like to see it pulsate in my palm
                  Squeeze it, squish it, eat it with a biscuit
                  For breakfast, you’re next if you step with
                  Your bright ideas, I might apply years
                  Of rhymin ’til the time when I blind men
                  With a flash of light I’ll blast you right
                  In the corneas… I’m warnin ya’s [I'm warning ya's]
                  So take heed to that before you bleed, in fact
                  I’m keepin ni$%&s outta my head
                  Outta my head
                  Instead, they bled, they dead,
                  call the Feds

                • Jack
                • steve (different one)

                  come on man, us white people remember Del from his collaboration with Dinosaur Jr. as part of that “rap/rock” fusion on the Judgement Night soundtrack.

                  but yeah, that’s about all i’ve got.

                • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

                  Mos took the intelligent approach. I don’t look at him as unappreciated because of the scope he reaches. Rap in general now is rather shitey, if that’s what you mean.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  come on man, us white people remember Del from his collaboration with Dinosaur Jr. as part of that “rap/rock” fusion on the Judgement Night soundtrack.

                  Heh, ironically, as a black man, I have no idea who Dinosaur Jr. is, I’ve never heard the Judgement Night soundtrack (or seen the movie) and never heard of the collabo you speak of.

                • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

                  90%? really. I don’t know. Maybe I’ve just been around people with good musical knowledge, but I’d lead toward 25% know him.

                • Mike Pop

                  I was introduced to him in the Tony Hawk game. Listened to him on and off ever since.

                • Crab Dribble Ointment

                  Mista Dobalina gets regular airtime on my iPod.

                  Most people around these parts (the dirty Jerz) know Del as part of Deltron 3003 rather than his Funkee Homosapien self.

                  By the way, Redshield, Debaser, Blue Scholars, and Sandpeople are so underappreciated I’d wager 99% of y’all have never even heard of them! A travesty in itself.

                • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

                  you mean 3030? I want y’all to meet Deltron Zero, and Automator. He is more well known for that now a days, but I think I more of a 3 eye vision kind of guy. Del and Casual rip it. I’m talking about that Me-O-Mi-O I’m talking bout the fly bro that I know.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  I’m impressed…

                • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

                  I bow courteously. I’m a music fan. Don’t get me going on metal or punk either cause this thread will never end.

    • Joey

      Hah, I have class at 6 but might accidentally miss it, this Yanks game is 1/162 more important. Hey, every game counts!

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Just go to class and then show up for the 8th inning. It’s all that matters anyway.

    • Kilgore Trout

      Who doesn’t skip a class or two?

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

        It wouldn’t be an issue except this professor can single handedly make or break my career.

        Seriously, if I’m not in class, she’ll have the police banging on my door…

        • Joey
          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside
          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside
            • Joey

              Lt. Jim Dangle: [performing an anti-crystal meth song for a class of kids] You can monkey with a gibbon, You can fiddle with a bow / But before you snort that crystal meth, there’s some things that you should know / Meth is made from antihistamines, in basement labs it’s cooked / And possession is a felony, which means that you’ll get booked / With a snort it zips right up your nose, and eats away your brain / It kills your sense of good and evil, and it makes you go insane / Here we go… / So don’t meth with meth, Beth / Don’t meth with meth, Seth / Don’t meth with meth… Gwyneth / Don’t meth with crystal meth!

              [pause]

              Lt. Jim Dangle: Any questions? We do have about 45 minutes left… any requests? I know some Rush… a little bit of Floyd.

              • Drew

                New season tonight :)

  • yankeefan91 Arod fan

    Rebecca and yankeegirl49 ya are so lucky i wanna go badly i doubt theirs any tickets left i would of gone.

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

      I know someone that bought tickets for section 118 today. It doesn’t hurt to check.

  • Drew

    Why the hell is there 6 weekday afternoon games in the first 2 weeks of the season? Do people not work or go to school? I am dumbfounded by this.

    • Mike Pop

      Well, I am going to be skipping some class, unfortunately.

      • Drew

        Same here but it just makes no sense.

        • Mike Pop

          Ya, I hear ya.

    • Johnny

      Would you rather play baseball in cold rainy weather, or play baseball in cold rainy weather at night?

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    “SI’s World Series Pick: It’s the Mets!”

    No, Really! Seriously!

    Okay, Guys, Stop Laughing! We Mean It, The Mets!

    Yes, We’re Talking About The 2009 MLB Season! What Kind Of Question Was That?

    No, We Feel Fine! No Head Injuries Or Dizziness, No!

    Where Are You Going? Hey! What’s The Matter? Come Back!

    • Yankeegirl49

      THAT should be an April Fools joke!

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

        That IS an April Fool’s Joke!

        • Tom Zig

          it was the Mets over the Angels…..

          Are the Angels even going to win the West this year?

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Eh, probably by default.

    • steve (different one)

      i’ll tell you the most annoying thing behind it (and i haven’t read it or anything, i’m just talking out of my ass), you KNOW they picked the Mets b/c of K-Rod and Putz.

      bullpens have officially jumped the shark.

  • Drew

    Where are the Cuban defectors!? I haven’t heard from them since they recorded that video.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Ben, Mike, and Joe are socialists with tarnished credibility. You think those Cuban defectors are going to tell RAB anything? We’re friggin spies for the Castro brothers.

      • Drew

        ah, that makes sense.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Didn’t Juan Cruz get signed to the Royals or soemthing? Or is that completely my imagination?

      • Drew

        Yes, what the hell does that have to do with anything? lol

  • andrew

    In a few days, we’ll be able to do Game Threads at 7 p.m. That will be glorious

    Don’t tease me, Ben.

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

      That makes me feel so much better…

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      I can see Blue! He looks GLORIOUS!!!

  • http://thebronxbombersblog.com Vin R

    ESPN says Sheppard is denying the times report. interesting

  • Frank

    You’ll never guess who ESPN picked to win the AL East…

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Here’s my guess:

      1 Red Sox
      2 Rays
      3 Jays
      4 Orioles
      5 Tigers
      6 Yankees

      • Frank

        Nah they gave the Yanks some credit and had them 3rd with 91 wins.

        It’s nice to know that replacing Dan Giese, Sidney Ponson and Carl (he’ll revert to 2003 form simply b/c he plays for the Indians now) Pavano with CC, AJ and Joba will give us a whole extra 2 wins!

        I guess it’s just not enough…

        • Troy

          that was all computer simulated…

          ESPN I don’t think actually predicted that…just reported the Accuscore projections.

        • whozat

          Nah, that got them an extra 35 wins, but “converting” Joba to a starter is going to cost them 33. And everyone that played well for the Yanks last season had a career year, while everyone that didn’t is on an inevitable decline.

        • Thomas

          ESPN’s fantasy projections have Pavano at like a 3 ERA and WHIP of .95, while pitching 175 innings. I have a feeling he won’t be that good.

          • Mike Pop

            With our luck…..

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            ESPN’s fantasy projections have Pavano at like a 3 ERA and WHIP of .95, while pitching 175 innings. I have a feeling he won’t be that good.

            No, that’s a typo.

            It was supposed to be:
            ERA of 175
            WHIP of 3
            .95 innings pitched

            • Greg G.

              +1, indeed!

          • Steve H

            Are they off their meds????? 3.09 and 0.95 whip in 175 innings, but their 2009 outlook says

            The 2004 version of Carl Pavano was something to be excited about. Five years later? He has barely seen the mound since then. Yes, he’s in the starting rotation, but the best advice would be to let him be somebody else’s headache, because the upside here is not all that “up” at all.

            How could that possibly make any sense?

  • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

    Here’s a name we should be hearing a lot of in the upcoming year, Pablo Sandoval.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....id=4027794

    • andrew

      wow i just got done reading that article a few minutes age. The swing percentage on pitches outside the strike zone does not bode well for him on his 2nd time around the circui thought. He might have natural hitting ability, but not every is Vlad Guerrero and can succeed as a free swinger.

      • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

        I agree, that’s his downside. But he appears to have the ability to compensate for that. The dude hit .345 last year in 145 ABs (won’t qualify for ROY)and flew through the minors last year. His contact rates are good and his OBP is above average, so he is selective for the type of hitter he is. He’s not Jeff Franceour, his walk rates are much higher and Frenchy never put up numbers like Pablo did last year.

        I think he’ll be fine.

        http://www.thebaseballcube.com.....oval.shtml

    • pat

      From the article- Bengie Molina has walked 171 times in 4223 career plate appearances, yowsers.

      • steve (different one)

        that is 167 more times than Jose.

    • Steve H

      He’s catcher eligible in fantasy leagues too.

  • Troy

    The Yanks are picked to face — and lose to — the Angels in the ALCS, and the Mets are somehow picked to win the World Series. Yeah, right.

    That is absolutely hilarious. No way, IMO, do the Angels get past the ALDS. And the Mets?

    wow…that pretty idiotic predicting on SI’s part, eh?

    • Troy

      heh, I just checked the actual projections…Angels beating the Sox? Have the SI people been whacked out the past two years?

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        A. Nothing is as important as the 8th inning
        B. The only thing remotely as important as the 8th inning is the 9th inning
        C. Experience and knowing how to win is also good, so teams that were in the playoffs before will be in the playoffs again
        D. Therefore, the teams most likely to be in the World Series are teams that have been in the playoffs before who did something to win the 8th and 9th innings during the offseason
        E. The Angels and Mets signed the three best players in baseball during the offseason: Brian Fuentes, J.J. Putz, and K-Rod
        F. Fuentes is only one guy so he can only pitch the 9th, but K-Rod and Putz are two guys so they can pitch the 9th AND the 8th
        G. Therefore, the Mets and Angels are hands down the two best teams in baseball
        H. The Mets might possibly be the best team in the history of sports

        Q.E.D.

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

          Well, that explains the B-Jobbers

        • Troy

          Well done.

  • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

    I want somebody to tell me who SI, ESPN, and Fox Sports picked to win the WS last year. Or the year before.

    • Steve H
      • Jack

        I love that Pedro Gomez picked Swisher to win MVP.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Yeah, but it was Most Valuable Pothead.

        • Steve H

          I think the Torii Hunter pick was even more out there than Swisher. At least you could say Swisher was heading into the prime of his career. Hunter is already on the backside and had 1 top 10 finish in his career. There really was no way in the world Torii Hunter had a chance at winning an MVP heading into last year, Swisher at least would have been at .0000001% chance. Swish was coming off 3 straight improving seasons and a 127 OPS+, at age 27, moving to a much better hitters park with a better hitting team around him.

      • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

        Only 5 guys picked the Phillies to get into the playoffs, and NONE of them picked them to either get to or win the WS.

        Nobody picked the Rays to even make the playoffs.

    • Steve H

      SI picked Tigers over Cubs.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Ah, the Tigers. I like how we get slammed for having an old, overpaid team full of DH’s and rely on too many over-the-hill, good in name only starters and too many untested kid pitchers, but it was totally cool and trendy to pick the 2008 Tigers to win the whole thing.

        Good times.

        • Steve H

          You know why they were the trendy pick right? Again, all about the 8th inning, all Zumaya all the time.

          • steve (different one)

            on ESPN’s preview today, Tim Kjurkian said that the most important thing for the Tigers was to get their closer settled. that’s the key to the season.

            out of control.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              Saying the most important thing for the Tigers to take care of is their closer is like saying the most important thing for Barack Obama to take care of is picking that dog for his daughters.

              Everything else can wait!

            • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

              My friend who lives in Michigan said that Porcello will be breaking camp in the rotation. The Tigers are so fucked.

              • andrew

                Nothing like the usual jump from High A ball to the Majors…

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Good point.

            8th inning fireballer + lots of homeruns + catcher who won an MVP and a World Series at some point in his lifetime + couple of scrappy gritbearders like Inge and Raburn + dessicating, crusty, curmudgeonly throwback old-school manager + not the Yankees = WORLD SERIES WINNER!!!

        • steve (different one)

          Steve Phillips said they would have the BEST OFFENSE IN HISTORY.

          in history.

          yup.

          • Steve H

            Gee, sounds like the idiots at ESPN who were saying the Cowboys had the best offense in history after a few games, just a year after the Pats set 18,000,000,000 records. I might be the only Pats fan on here, but ESPN gives them the same damn treatment as the Yanks.

            • andrew

              Derek Jeter = Tom Brady
              and I know there’s more if you guys wanna help…

              • Drew

                Ramiro Pena = Teddy Bruschi

              • Drew

                A-rod = Giselle Bunchen?

              • andrew

                For some reason i’m thinking
                Brett Gardner = Wes Welker

  • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

    Marty Brodeur is really shitting his pants.

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

      Ugh, it’s awful. I’m embarrassed.

  • Johnny

    my pick:
    Royals over Orioles(they switch leagues after Selig is replaced by a monkey pulling ideas out of a hat and deciding their fate with a magic 8 ball)

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

    My picks:

    Yankees over Angels
    Rays over Twins

    Yankees over Rays

    [what? don't look at me like that!]

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      My Picks
      Yanks over Indians
      BoSox over Angels (as usual)

      Yanks over BoSox

      Yanks over Cubs

      • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

        The Yanks are just getting warmed up. Having beat everyone in the US, they go on a world tour:

        Yanks over Havana Idustriales

        Yanks over Mexico City Red Devils

        Yanks over Nippon Ham Fighters

        They finish the world tour by coming back and beating the Long Island Ducks 37-1. Edwar Ramirez gives up the one run, and is thrown head first off the team bus immediately after the game.

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

          And then the B-jobbers call for Joba to the pen again even though he just won the Cy Young Award.

  • Mike

    Looks like they photoshoped a few pound off CC.

    • Steve H

      It’s the vertical stripes.

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

        The men here know an astoundingly lot about fashion

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

      • anonymous

        CC needs to get in the high socks club.

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    I love how everyone harps on the Mets great new bullpen but refuses to acknowledge that their rotation is not very good at all.

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

      It’s the B-Jobbers. They’ve moved on.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        It’s the B-Jobber virus. They’ve moved on found a new host.

        Fixed.

  • LC

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....notto.html

    Rangers released Catalanotto to make room for…wait for it…Andruw Jones. The Tigers definitely started something when they releases Sheffield. Do you think he gets a contract from an NL team?

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

      It’s amazing what one collapsed economy can do

      • andrew

        Except that the Tigers are still paying Sheffield

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

          Probably with assets they received under TARP…

          • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

            I think the TARP money is really going to help the Tigers with the draft. It is my understanding that the front office has allocated all of the money for bonuses.

            AIG BURN!

            • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

              I like this.

          • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

            Don’t be rediculous! Everyone knows that if there is one place that will never see a cent of relief money it is Detroit.

            Congessional class discrimination against the auto industry burn!

    • Brooklyn Ed

      I wouldnt mind signing him as a utility player. he could get on base when coming off the bench.

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

        I feel like he’d basically be playing the same role as Swisher at this point, though.

        • Steve H

          Except that Swish is the future starting RF.

          • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

            I should’ve qualified that.

            He’d basically be playing the same role as Swisher at this point and the same as Nady in the future when Swisher wins the job away from Nady. ;)

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            If we could move Melky, I’d be okay with Catalanotto.

            If not, meh.

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      I think the Phils should take a good look at Sheff. I know they don’t need another all hit no/field corner OF after adding Ibanez, but they could really use a right handed bat.

      • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

        He’s really a DH, and not a very good one anymore. Though that ballpark could be interesting.

        I see him going back to the Braves. I think he lives in Atlanta, and Cox always liked him.

        • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

          ’08 was awful for him, but he did post a 120 OPS+ in ’07. He did manage to hit 19 homers last year as well. In a small park against NL pitching, I think Gary could do some damage.

  • Steve H

    Interesting article by Jim Caple on ESPN (http://tinyurl.com/cfmma9) regarding team chemistry, especially considering the debates that have been had here regarding chemistry’s impact. Not really the article, but the quotes from players and managers, and I really like what Jason Schmidt has to say.


    “I’ve been on teams where there was one guy — and it wasn’t Barry — who made everyone miserable. But you’re not thinking about that when you’re on the field. Not at all. It’s a nonissue. I don’t really see how it affects the team’s play. Will you throw 95 instead of 90 because you’re happier in the clubhouse?
    Will you throw strikes?”

    When I hear that, I think Schmidt is right. Chemistry doesn’t play much of a role. Put it this way: When the Rays went from 97 losses in 2007 to the World Series last year, was it the departure of Delmon Young’s attitude or the arrival of Evan Longoria’s bat, Jason Bartlett’s glove and Matt Garza’s arm that made manager Joe Maddon’s quotations suddenly seem so wise? (And if you think it was Young’s departure, why did the Twins do so well with him on their team?)

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Yup. The only time “chemistry” is an issue is when your team sucks and is full of crappy players.

      Good players = wins = good chemistry

  • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

    If SI were smart they’d stop wasting their time with this Sabathia guy and put Junichi Tazawa on the cover. LOSERS!

    Tazawa’s contract >>>>>>>>>>> Sabathia’s contract

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....id=4030641

    • Steve H

      Jaw meet floor.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Analysis FAIL.

    • andrew

      Robinson Cano and Brett Gardner are in their starting lineup, Joba Chamberlain is in the rotation and Phil Hughes, Austin Jackson and Ramiro Pena are on the immediate horizon

      I know we’ve been hearing more and more about Pena recently, but now he’s being put on the same level as Austin Jackson? Are we all missing something, or did his bat really improve that much?

      Or is it just the clever thing to say because everyone wants to guess Jeter’s replacement and be able to say “see, i told you so” in a couple years?

      • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

        I liked Jim Callis’ take on this in his chat the other day

        “Chris (Staten Island, NY): Jim, several Yankee beat writers have commented on opposing scouts coming away impressed by SS’s Ramiro Pena and Eduardo Nunez. Both seem to have a superior glove but will either hit enough to play regularly in the majors?

        SportsNation Jim Callis : Writers have to churn out a lot of stories in spring training, and often they make prospects sound, um, a lot better than they may actually be. Pena is the best defensive infielder in the Yankees system and Nunez is also a slick fielder, but both would have to show a lot more with the bat than they have so far to become regulars. I think it’s fair to say they’re being at least a little overhyped. ”

        http://proxy.espn.go.com/chat/.....t_id=25683

        Pretty much sums it up.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Chances anybody will remember you mentioned Ramiro Pena once in one column 5 years from now if he’s a bust: practically zero

        Chances you’ll trumpet from the mountaintops over and over again the fact that you mentioned Ramiro Pena once in one column 5 years from now if he’s a success: 100%

        It’s a win-win.

        • Steve H

          Same reason plenty of people will pick against the Uconn women’s team in the Final 4. There’s absolutely no basis to making the pick, so if you pick against them and are wrong, who cares, you went out on a limb. If you’re right (with no good reason for being right other than luck) you can brag that you called it. Happens every single time there is a long winning streak, you’ll get the Tom Jackson’s of the world to pick against the streaking team game after game after game until they are finally right, then want credit for it.

          • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

            The only way the women’s team can lose is if they let Maya Moore disguise herself as Jerome Dyson to play in the men’s Final Four. Even then, I don’t know if they’d lose.

        • whozat

          Ah, but idiots like Steve Lombardi will cite the Pena hype as a reason to pooh-pooh the progress of some kid in a couple years.

          “I don’t care that Angelini walked more than he struck out in AA at age 21 and only K’d once every 35 ABs…All Yankee prospects are overhyped! Remember that Pena kid?”

          • Steve H

            Hopefully it’s at least driving up his trade value. If there are truly scouts out there touting this guy, and we don’t think he’s anything special, keep letting people blow smoke up his ass and then trade him.

            • Johnny

              this is the second gammons article in which he refers to tex and cc as “in their thirties”

              both 28 years old

              • Steve H

                And both younger than Youk.

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      . . . . . . . . I’m speechless.

    • anonymous

      Baghdad Peter

  • John Duci

    My Picks:

    Yanks over A’s
    Rays over Twins

    Yanks over Rays

    Yanks over Dodgers

    • pat

      Yanks over dodgers would be deeeeeelicious.

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

    The thing I like about the predictions is that the Rays, who are predicted to finish in 3rd in the AL East, have a better record than 4 out of 6 non Yankee and Red Sox teams predicted to be in the playoff.

    But I hate the fact that they predicted the Mets to win the World Series. Who’s even in their starting rotation?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      I could be wrong, but I believe their opening day rotation is Johan Santana, Mike Pelfrey, Ron Darling, Sid Fernandez, and Jesse Orosco.

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

        It makes perfect sense now. The Mets will win the World Series in 2009.

      • The Evil Empire

        Oliver Perez?

        • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

          Replaced by Doc Gooden.

  • yankeefan91 Arod fan

    check out this video

    http://cbsrny.cbsradio.com/glo.....8;at1=News – Special Coverage&h1=Inside Look at Yankees Stadium

  • Tom Zig

    ESPN has the Yankees listed as one of the three most improved defense this year. Unfortunately it is behind the insider wall.

    As I am sure you are all well aware, the Angles are listed as one of the “three down” defensively.

    I checked through the position by position break down for the yanks (available in the magazine)

    They have Gardner and Damon as “so-so” defenders and Nady listed as a “sieve”.

    Abreu is listed as “so-so” in LF on the angels.

    Perhaps a bit off on the ratings, no?

  • Peter

    I think everyone is missing the point. The title of the article should have been:

    OH SHIT SOMEONE ALLOWED CC TO DON THE COVER OF SI IN PINSTRIPES FOR THE SEASON PREVIEW EDITION AND JINX THE SEASON.

    OK so it’s a long title and…there are some who think it’s a jinx and others who could care less about such filly fally…but still…come on…I want so bad to believe it’ll happen in ’09…did they also include some pics of AROD kissing himself in the mirror as well…

    For the love of mo.

  • Drew

    MLBTR quoted Mike A. about Dallas.