The A-Rod Watch never stops

Phil Hughes should start on Tuesday
Same rivalry, new faces

As the Yanks head up I-95 to Boston this weekend, they’ll do so without their offensive centerpiece. While A-Rod isn’t with the team, he is making steady progress, and if I were a betting may, I’d take the under on the May 15th date the Yanks keep putting out there. Yesterday, A-Rod, according to the AP, ran the bases for the second straight day. He went from home to first four times and from first to second six times. He took 28 swings off curveballs and another 63 in BP. I say A-Rod returns in time to face Boston or Tampa in New York during the first week in May. The crowd should cheer lustily and loudly for him.

Phil Hughes should start on Tuesday
Same rivalry, new faces
  • Jeremy

    “The crowd should cheer lustily and loudly for him.”

    Sad commentary that you need to write this about the return of the team’s best player.

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      Agreed.

      • Jill Santana

        I will be there to cheer and give a standing ovation!

  • Steve B-BALL

    Can we throw a going away party for Cody???

    • jsbrendog

      like have a triple h come knock him out with the sledgehammer then spit water everywhere while the refs not looking so arod can go in for the pin?

      • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

        Have the Texas Rattlesnake come Stun him.

        • jsbrendog

          then get in his face yelling and bobbing his head and flicking him the bird

          “thats what you get for hitting so poorly you sunuvabitch!’

          • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

            Finally, him and A-Rod cracking Budweisers and chugging 2 each. Be so badass!

            While flicking the whole crowd/media the bird.

          • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

            …then chug budweisers.

            • jsbrendog

              yeah him and arod. cheersing over foaming budweisers.

              • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

                Hehehe, would be so awesome to see something like that. Until heel Youkilis comes out of the dugout and sucker punches Arod. Hits em with a chair and all.

                (Okay, I’m done now).

                • jsbrendog

                  but then hank comes out and says he just talked to theo and at backlash arod and joba will face ortiz and youk in a cage ladder match.

                  (its an obsession man, i couldnt lay off)

                • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

                  Lol. I <3 wrestling, and I enjoyed this convo.

                  True story – Brett “the hitman” Hart is coming to my town on tuesday. Signing autos/taking pics or w.e like 3 minutes from my house. I’ll be there!

                • jsbrendog

                  awesome.

                • Thomas

                  True story, this actually happened:

                  http://tiny.cc/lmkBX

                • jsbrendog

                  this link safe for work?

                • Thomas

                  Yes it is safe for work.

                • jsbrendog

                  DAMN youtube blocked. sad. ill watch when i get home

                • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

                  Heh, no wonder the economy is in the tank.

                  Zing…..

            • Klemy

              This whole scenario would make my day.

  • Yankeegirl49

    When he does come back, it will not be a day too soon!!!

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

    I can’t imagine how awesome this line up will be with A-Rod. Oh man it’s gonna be awesome.

    • Rich

      Not only will we be getting A-Rod back, but CC and Tex haven’t really gotten it going yet. This team has a chance to be really good.

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

        Imagine if Wang put it together.

        • Stormrider6

          This is the beauty of depth. Even without the 06-07 Wang and A-Rod, we’re still 9-6. We have Hughes ready and waiting for Tuesday. Nady’s out, but we kept Swisher and he’s been productive. Melky and Gardner battling for the CF job means there’s a late inning defensive replacement or pinch runner on the bench. Ransom is obviously an issue, but I highly doubt any other team could handle having a black hole like him in the line-up day in and day out and still win games. Oh, and if you still don’t like the bullpen, how about Melancon and Robertson? DEPTH.

      • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

        Not only will we be getting A-Rod back, but CC and Tex haven’t really gotten it going yet. This team has a chance to be really amazingly good.

        Already are really good ;)

  • Roman

    I can see the team truly establishing a consistent run over a long strech. There’s no reason a healthy Yankee team which finds themselves in midseason form shouldn’t win 100 games or more . I can say the same about Boston . I think were all in for a memorable year

    • Jeremy

      Take out Wang’s horrendous performances and the team is already off to a fantastic start.

      What makes me so excited about this team it that it look so strong despite Wang pitching terribly, CC not being dominant, Nady going down for the season, and Ransom playing below replacement level. It is a deep team for the first time in many years.

      • jsbrendog

        nady is not down for the season

        • Jeremy

          Good to know. Even better, we can survive even if he needs surgery.

    • jon

      2 or 3 years ago this team could win 100 games

      no one can win 100 games in the al east

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

    If the Yanks can stay over 500 until Arod comes back I will be happy.

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      I definitely think they’ll be able to do it. They’re scoring 5.6 a game w/o A-Rod and with the two worst 8-9 hitters since…well, a long time. Getting Rodriguez back, along with an upswing from Tex and CC, will be such a shot to this team it’s not even funny.

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

      No reason they can’t do it.

  • Klemy

    Good things coming with the end of the month. I feel it.

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

      Well, seeing as this month can’t possibly get any worse for me…

  • jsbrendog

    arod = 75 hr, 191 rbi, 2 sex scandals, 4 shirtless pic fiascoes days after big losses, and 2 “thats not funny!!” responses to nick swisher pranks this yr.

    • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops

      I’ll take the over on all of those.

  • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

    When A-Rod comes back, if indeed is the Boston series. They should play this when he’s coming up to bat.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VxLzGvDKN_U

  • http://www.wiredtowns.com Short Porch

    The key word is ‘healthy.’ The Yanks are an old team. Matsui, Nady, and yes A-Rod have already broken down. Damon, Jeter, and yes the ageless Holy Mo, esp post surgery, may have trouble staying healthy and/or effective. Pettitte’s no spring chicken either.

    Great teams — most recently the 1996-2001 Yanks — are strong up the middle — C, CF, SS, 2B. This is a team in transition. Cano is solid for the next several years. Montero and Jackson are are heir apparents at C and CF. Jackson ain’t Bernie, but what do you want? Montero could be Posada, with that bat.

    But who should replace Jeter at SS? Who in the low minors at SS projects to be anything?

    Any SS FAs in 2011 we should be aware of?

    As for success in the Bronx this year, there’s no getting around how misconceived this new stadium is. It is a bandbox that also keeps the real fans far away from the field. It is a symbol of Wall Street excess and mall culture, to the excesses of the last 30 years.

    They spent 1.5 billion, but failed to transplant real baseball from 161st and River Avenue.

    Like the Empire State Building, completed in 1931, the new Yankee Stadium will be a decades long white elephant.

    Teams with bandboxes have a tough time winning. They overrate their hitting, underestimate their pitching. At least — and unfortunately — you won’t find the fans at the New Yankee Stadium breathing down the players necks as in Fenway or Wrigley. Nor will they be the Yank’s tenth man either.

    The Yanks spent a lot of money in the off season, but for a team with a payroll of 200 million + there are a ton of holes — an old and fragile roster in key positions.

    As for the new stadium, the architects either knew they were building a wind tunnel in a cynical attempt to build offense esp for the lefties, but certainly for A-Rod and his ten year 270 mil contract, or they had no idea that they were doing this. In either case a travesty.

    I have been rooting for the Yanks for 44 years now. There will be a lot of back page of The Post drama, but I don’t see rings this year, and with that new stadium Yankee pride takes a huge hit.

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

      Holy fuck talk about a mood killer.

      Yeah, the Yankees are old and some are breaking down. They’re still winning. Why not just enjoy that?

      The New Stadium is massively flawed. We know. We get it. It’s still our home. We might as well make the most of it.

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

      You’re more of a buzzkill than Buzz Killington. How ’bout we wait more than six games to declare the New Stadium the root of all evil, mmmkay?

      • jsbrendog

        and now its time for our new segment, bitch pleazzzzzzzzzze!

        the stadium is a bandbox and we’re an old team that isnt gonna win the world series?

        bitch pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeazzzzzzzzzzzzze

        • jsbrendog

          oops sorry meant to reply to the original comment

    • Stuckey

      I have been rooting for the Yanks for 44 years now. There will be a lot of back page of The Post drama, but I don’t see rings this year, and with that new stadium Yankee pride takes a huge hit.

      Cynicism is usually best when it has some focus.

      What is your point about the long-term future of shortstop?

      Not sure how that is relevant to how the Yankees might do THIS year?

      Also not sure what your displeasure with the new Stadium has to do with the Yankees chances of winning this year?

      Teams with bandboxes have a tough time winning.

      You mean like Boston and Philadephia?

      I’ll take those tough times, how about you?

    • Doug

      And did you know that Feline AIDS is the biggest killer of domestic cats?

      http://www.sadtrombone.com

      • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

        My doctor says with my arteries in their condition, it’s highly unlikely I’ll live to see seventy.

        (camera closeup) Womp, womp, womp!

      • jsbrendog

        well played

      • JeffG

        Nice.

    • Reggie C.

      Cash did address the top 2 slots in the rotation. CC’s struggles aren’t anywhere near as f*’ed up as Wang, so my concern is minimal. AJ looks like he could win 16 games minimum. Cash didn’t “underestimate” the impact of a strong rotation. Even if the new YS construction is indeed vulnerable to a natural or artificial wind-tunnel, the Yanks do have 2 of the best power hitters in the game in Arod and Tex. Teams don’t get young overnight. We’re headed in the right direction in signing Tex (young) and Swish (young).

      I know looking at Mats labor and realizing both Dj and Damon are 33+ is jarring. I do get it…

    • JeffG

      Finally an answer to who the hell votes 1 on the fan confidence poll.

      Our stadium may play small for now but both teams take the same field. My feeling is that this year we are better equipped with our staff to win in any stadium and perhaps more in ours. We have a rotation that either strikes guys out (more than norm – AJ Joba, and CC) or Guys that get ground balls (Wanger & Pettitte). If anyone might get balls knocked out it could be Andy but he’s a lefty and knows how to play the big part of the field anyways.

    • huuz

      or…like the empire state building…the new Yankee stadium becomes an ICON of the sport of Baseball and symbol of the ongoing dynastic tradition of Yankee baseball…

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      They spent 1.5 billion, but failed to transplant real baseball from 161st and River Avenue.

      Pardon my French but…what the fuck does that even mean? How is the baseball being played on the field at the new Stadium any different than the baseball being played at the old Stadium? If you don’t like the place, then don’t go. Stay home and watch the game on TV. If that’s what you want to do, fine with me. That’s another seat that I can take if I want it/can afford it. But your ridiculous assertion that because it’s a new stadium the baseball isn’t “real” is one of the most ridiculous things I’ve read recently. What does that even mean? Are they using metal bats? Are the bases not 90 feet form each other? Is the mound not 60’6″ away from the plate? It’s real baseball, new stadium or old.

      Teams with bandboxes have a tough time winning. They overrate their hitting, underestimate their pitching.

      Except the last two WS champs who play in very hitter friend parks and still have good pitching. Not to mention the Chicago Cubs, one of the NL’s best teams last year, also plays in a small, hitter friendly park. Your point? Moot. Good teams win no matter what their stadium is like and guess what? The Yankees are a good team. The old stadium wasn’t exactly a pitcher’s haven either, was it? Nope, but the Yankees still won games.

      And another thing, the Yankees are strong up the middle this year. Jeter is still one of the best offensive SS in the American League and, to this point at least, is playing good defense (do we expect it to last? probably not) and Cano is hitting out of his mind and is one of the finer offensive 2B’s you’ll find, bad ’08 notwithstanding. Gardner/Melky may not hit like Bernie, but they’ll sure as hell defend better than him and that adds some value. Posada is probably the best offensive catcher since Mike Piazza, too. So, yeah, the Yankees are fine up the middle. And, if we want to count pitching as up the middle…they’re good there too.

      • http://mantisfists.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/julius-carry-aka-shonuff.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        Dude, chill. Clearly the guy didn’t literally mean they don’t play “real baseball” in the new stadium, he was (a little less than eloquently) exaggerating about his displeasure with the new stadium.

        And I’d love to stop seeing comments like “if you don’t like the place, then don’t go” in response to those who criticize the new stadium. Yankees fans who don’t love the new stadium will continue going, because they don’t have a choice. And what’s the intent of that statement, anyway? That people should just not go to the new stadium if they don’t like it and should stop criticizing/complaining if they don’t like the new stadium? F that. People who don’t like the new stadium have every right to speak their mind.

        • Bo

          The wolves attack. Growl. Cheer up, Short Porch. Actually being worried about an aging team staying healthy isn’t as crazy as these guys think it is.

        • Andy in Sunny Daytona

          There is reason to panic! Don’t you realize that the Yankees have never won a World Series in the New Yanke Stadium?

  • JeffG

    Obviously you don’t want to rush him and risk injury but I’d be so happy to see him at the start of the home series vs the Angels. April return would have a nice ring to it.
    Really can’t wait to see Teixeira and A-Rod together in the 3-4 spots.
    …man if Mastui’s knees were better they would make a hell of a 3-4-5 but what can you do. At least Cano and Posada have shown they are back.

  • Bo

    Just as long as we don’t have to see Ransom play again.