Quick Hits: IPK, the Boss and Yom Kippur baseball

Another reason to exercise patience with Joba
Game 133: CC for the sweep

Drive-time link dump, here we go:

Ian Kennedy throws first BP session since April

Working his way back from an aneurysm, Yankee prospect Ian Kennedy threw his first bullpen session today since April. The right-hander threw 30 pitches from the mound and said he felt good. “It was fun to finally get some competitive juices flowing and to see some hitters,” he said to the AP reporter who stakes out the Yanks’ complex in Tampa. “I’m surprised I wasn’t tired at the end.”

Kennedy will throw another BP session on Saturday before getting in some tosses during a simulated game on Tuesday. He will join an instructional league team later this month and pitch in the Arizona Fall League in October. If all goes well, he should factor into the Yanks’ plans for 2010. Lost amidst this injury was the fact that Kennedy had a better start to his AAA season this year than Phil Hughes did.

In other injury news, Brett Gardner is set to join AAA Scranton tomorrow for a rehab assignment. He’ll be back some time next week.

Steinbrenner Yankeeography to debut tonight

At 11 p.m. or following the completion of the Yankees-Orioles game, the YES Network will debut the George Steinbrenner edition of their acclaimed Yankeeography series. Marc Carig offered up his take:

After seeing the clips, I wanted to keep watching, which I suppose is the point. The producers do a good job of capturing Steinbrenner’s many sides and interests. A bit about the Boss and his family life is particularly touching. Looking back, it’s easy to gain an appreciation for what Steinbrenner did to turn the ailing franchise around when he bought the team.

Carig notes that the YES-produced bio is a bit light on the criticism, and The Post echoed those sentiments today. It doesn’t delve much into the history of George’s legal troubles or his run-ins with baseball’s Powers-That-Be.

Yom Kippur game moved to 1 p.m.

Displaying a bit of religious sensitivity, Major League Baseball has agreed to move the Sunday, September 27 game between the Red Sox and the Yankees to 1 p.m. Originally slated as an afternoon game, MLB moved it to 8 p.m. a few weeks ago at the request of ESPN. Sunset on Sunday though marks the start of Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of atonement. At the request of Jewish leaders and Congressman Anthony Weiner, baseball has agreed to move the game back to its original 1 p.m. start time, and my parents, ticketholders for the day, are happy to hear it.

Some self-promotion

I stopped by the YES studios last week to film a short web appearance on Pinstriped Weekly. While the video isn’t as timely today as it was last week, check it out right here.

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Another reason to exercise patience with Joba
Game 133: CC for the sweep
  • http://assets.nydailynews.com/img/2009/04/10/alg_aj-burnett.jpg Mike Pop

    Ben, did you ever imagine you’d be appearing on Pinstriped Weekly when you, Mike, and Joe started this blog?

    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      When we started this? Hell, no. I don’t think we ever expected RAB to get this big.

      I’ve done the talking head thing a few times this year, and I’m really getting to like it too. I think I understand why people make careers out of it.

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

        Ben Kabak the talking head >>>>>>>> Emmitt Smith the talking head

        • Tom Zig

          Sir Charles Barkley reigns supreme though

        • Mike HC

          I think Kabak is excellent as a talking head. He is calm, cool and collected, but he can’t top Emmitt Smith for unintentional comedy. I have come to the point where I actually prefer Smith to many of the other too serious analysts.

          • http://assets.nydailynews.com/img/2009/04/10/alg_aj-burnett.jpg Mike Pop
            • Mike HC

              haha … I’m kissing Kabak’s ass? or Smith’s? You didn’t think Kabak looked calm, cool and collected?

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

                Ruggedly handsome and suave and debonair to boot.

      • Tom Zig

        Are you going to be the only talking head? Or will Joe and Mike get some air time as well?

        • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

          I think we’ll all get some time, schedule-permitting.

  • Tom Zig

    That means the game will end at 8.

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

    At 11 p.m. or following the completion of the Yankees-Orioles game, the YES Network will debut the George Steinbrenner edition of their acclaimed Yankeeography series… Carig notes that the YES-produced bio is a bit light on the criticism, and The Post echoed those sentiments today.

    I’m shocked to hear this. Shocked, I tell you.

    • http://z.about.com/d/tvcomedies/1/0/F/-/-/-/judge310_72.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      TSJC watching the Steinbrenner Yankeeography:

      http://tinyurl.com/tommielovesgeorge (NSFW)

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

        I’d retort by saying that looks surprisingly similar to you watching an awesome Raul Mondesi highlight video, but we both know that no such video exists.

        • http://z.about.com/d/tvcomedies/1/0/F/-/-/-/judge310_72.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

          Ha, touche, you George-loving punk.

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

            Now, a Raul Mondesi pie-eating contest victory video… that may be floating out there.

            • jsbrendog

              before he goes to bed raul mondesi prays to go that one day he can meet his idol:

              kobayashi

              Mondesi: dear lord, please let me meet my idol one day so i can find out how he can eat so many hotdogs and other foods without gaining any weight. this is all i ask. thank you. good night god.

            • http://z.about.com/d/tvcomedies/1/0/F/-/-/-/judge310_72.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

              Nah I keep that stuff pretty secure in my Sexy Raul Vids safe.

              • jsbrendog

                sexy and raul?

                that’s like putting (i blanked and couldn’t think of something good enough) together

                • http://assets.nydailynews.com/img/2009/04/10/alg_aj-burnett.jpg Mike Pop

                  that’s like putting (i blanked and couldn’t think of something good enough) together

                  Yet, you hit add comment anyway.

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

                  I actually liked that one.

                  Bart: Well, I’m not calling you a liar, but … but I can’t think of a way to finish that sentence.

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

    You know, I hear nearly every single year about either the MLB or NFL deciding (well after the schedule is announced, BTW) that they’ve acquiesced to the NYC markets and moved their baseball or football games to afternoon games to avoid conflicting with Yom Kippur or Rosh Hashanah.

    I always wonder why the games weren’t just scheduled as guaranteed afternoon games in the first place. What, did you forget that the Jewish faith has these same holidays every year just like Christians have Christmas and Easter?

    ——————–

    Senior VP of Events Mike Supovitz: Hey, Roger, we need to move the kickoff of the Jets-Titans game up to 1pm. Yom Kippur.
    Roger Goodell: Jesus Christ, man, can’t you Jews take a damn year off with your crazy matzoh ball eating fake holidays? Gimme a break with that shit. Learn how to bake bread, numbnuts.
    Mike Supovitz: Take it easy, Goodell. Don’t crucify me, it was just a suggestion.

    … aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand, SCENE!

    • JGS

      because the holidays aren’t always on the same day of the week

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

        Yes, they’re not always on the same day of the week, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be predicted.

        I just went to Wikipedia and I already know when Rosh Hashanah will be happening through the year 2012. That took me all of two seconds to find out.

        Rosh Hashanah will occur on the following days of the Gregorian calendar:

        * Jewish Year 5769: sunset September 29, 2008 – nightfall October 1, 2008
        * Jewish Year 5770: sunset September 18, 2009 – nightfall September 20, 2009
        * Jewish Year 5771: sunset September 8, 2010 – nightfall September 10, 2010
        * Jewish Year 5772: sunset September 28, 2011 – nightfall September 30, 2011
        * Jewish Year 5773: sunset September 16, 2012 – nightfall September 18, 2012

        • jsbrendog

          hmm..i should put this in my calendar now to remember to clal my grandma…

          ps, http://riveraveblues.com/2009/.....ent-563937

          not trying to be a douche nozzle, just sayin i think i was unfairly ad hom’d

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

            Yeah, I saw. I was going to start typing a reply, but I don’t really give a crap about the issue anymore. I concede. I retract it (but not out of reconsideration, more like defensive indifference).

            • jsbrendog

              well, the evidence proves i am right

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

                (throws ball lazily back to the pitcher while jsb “steals” a meaningless second base while down by a score of 10-2)

                • jsbrendog

                  you just can’t/won’t admit you’re wrong. it wouldnt matter so much if it was anyone but you but you dropall these ad hominems and red herrings and comments and theyre funny, but theyre not always true. and you can’t admit you didn’t read all the comments and that i have a point. but whatever. i’ll drop it. i won’t even respond if you have to get the last word

                • http://z.about.com/d/tvcomedies/1/0/F/-/-/-/judge310_72.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                  Dude… I think you’re half kidding… But let’s wrap this up.

                  TSJC: His opinion x and his opinion y are completely unrelated, so one’s strength/weakness can’t be used to impeach the other.

                  You: I think his opinion x impeaches his credibility, thus affecting my reaction to his opinion y. It’s about his credibility.

                  That’s it, that’s the whole misunderstanding right there.

                  Now… jsb… I hear where you’re coming from, but I think you’re mistaken because, by your reasoning, if a commenter is wrong about one subject his credibility is so negatively affected that you think that ding affects reception of their other, unrelated opinions. And, dude, you’re the man and all, but I’m pretty sure you, and everyone else here, has been wrong about something at some point. You can’t ding someone like that. His opinion about Hughes/Joba had absolutely nothing to do with Andy Pettitte’s arsenal.

                  You disagree. Fine. Let it die, this conversation took place like 8 hours ago and you said your piece back then.

                • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

                  ok then.

                  damn…not even my argument and i have to weigh in…i couldnt stop myself…it was so beauuuutifulll…

                • http://z.about.com/d/tvcomedies/1/0/F/-/-/-/judge310_72.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                  Ok just one more thing, forgive me… jsb… But what you’re doing is the very definition of an ad hominem argument. It may not seem that way because you’re attacking the person’s credibility by attacking his opinion on another baseball matter, but it still is. Your argument is against the person, not the person’s argument. That’s an ad hom. You’re saying ‘he was very wrong about X, so now I think he’s wrong about Y because he was so dumb about X.’ Your objection to Y has nothing to do with the merits of Y itself, but rather with the person proposing Y.

                  You may still think you’re right, but it’s an ad hominem argument. It’s just one that you believe in.

                  And, with that, I’m out, friends. Later.

                • jsbrendog

                  and again, you are wrong.

                  Your argument is against the person, not the person’s argument. That’s an ad hom. You’re saying ‘he was very wrong about X, so now I think he’s wrong about Y because he was so dumb about X.’

                  you can continue to think what you want but it is wrong and misguided. but hey, everyone makes mistakes

              • http://z.about.com/d/tvcomedies/1/0/F/-/-/-/judge310_72.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                Is this never letting an argument die thing contagious?

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

                  Maybe it’s me. I bring out the worst in people.

                • jsbrendog

                  i hope you don’t go around doing it everywhere you go to everyone you know!!1!!!

                  /forgot who said that earlier’d

                • jsbrendog

                  just incase you couldn’t tell I am obv kidding and have no hard feelings

                • http://z.about.com/d/tvcomedies/1/0/F/-/-/-/judge310_72.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                  Oh hush.

                • http://z.about.com/d/tvcomedies/1/0/F/-/-/-/judge310_72.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                  “i hope you don’t go around doing it everywhere you go to everyone you know!!1!!!
                  /forgot who said that earlier’d”

                  Haha. You know who said that. Who else but?

                • jsbrendog

                  ;-)

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

                  WHO BUT?!?!?!??!

    • JSquared

      LOL. Damn Right!!

  • Drew

    I thought it was pretty foolish of ESPN to request an eight o’clock start time on that date. It’s an oversight that should not happen.

  • http://z.about.com/d/tvcomedies/1/0/F/-/-/-/judge310_72.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

    Benjamin, the sleeves on your suit jacket need to be shortened a bit.

    /Ben’s mom’d

    Kidding… Congrats dude, that segment was really cool. Awesome to see you guys getting publicity/face-time like that.

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

      Benjamin, the sleeves on your suit jacket need to be shortened a bit.

      Nevermind Ben, what’s up with Joe Auriemma?

      Where’d he get that suit from, the toilet store?

      • jsbrendog

        come on guys. say something! even the guy that can’t think said something!

      • http://assets.nydailynews.com/img/2009/04/10/alg_aj-burnett.jpg Mike Pop

        Ron Burgundy: Hey Garth, how’s the divorce?
        Garth Holliday: Oh, not so good, I’ll probably never see my kids again…
        Ron Burgundy: Fantastic!

  • KayGee

    If you don’t mind me asking, how old are Ben, Joe, and Mike? Getting face time like that is pretty impressive so congrats.

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

      Ben, Mike, and Joe are all 11 years old. Tops.

      /emac2’d

      • KayGee

        Thanks

  • jsbrendog

    Ben, one word of advice (whether you need/want it or not)

    you should try to project more and speak a little bit louder. Your voice is low and i feel (again, i know nothing) as a viewer it owuld behoove you to bring it up a notch.

    /meant constructively

    other than that it was awesome

    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      You’re right. I wasn’t speaking loud enough because the mic was right in my face. It’s a work in progress.

      • http://assets.nydailynews.com/img/2009/04/10/alg_aj-burnett.jpg Mike Pop

        Ben, don’t listen to him.

        You were calm, cool, and collective.

        • jsbrendog

          collected?

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

            Nope, collective.

            He’s a socialist.

            • jsbrendog

              so then should not it be

              calm, cool, and in ze collective?

        • Mike HC

          hahah … keep pushing that “calm, cool and collected” button, buddy … ha

          • http://assets.nydailynews.com/img/2009/04/10/alg_aj-burnett.jpg Mike Pop

            All in good fun. I’m not a serious person.

            • Mike HC

              neither am i … im just messing around too … smile on my face the whole the time

      • jsbrendog

        i know. just trying to help

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

        I wasn’t speaking loud enough because the mic was right in my face.

        Walk softly and carry a big stick, I always say.

        Sincerely,
        Glenn Beck

        http://www.pensitoreview.com/2.....-oligarch/

        • http://assets.nydailynews.com/img/2009/04/10/alg_aj-burnett.jpg Mike Pop

          That’s classic.

  • BRILLIANT!!!!!

    Ben,
    at the 2:16 mark, This dude Joe( who seems like a casual fan ),

    Asks you What do the Yankees need to do to secure a playoff spot?
    And you answered the most genious answer I ever heard…You answered “they must continue to win….Well DUHHHHHH.

    Just messin with ya, great job!

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

      Sideline Reporter: Tough matchup this week for you, coach, what’s your strategy for today’s game?
      Coach: Well, we’re gonna try to score more points than the other guys. It’s worth a shot, we’ll see if that idea works.

  • kimonizer

    Thinking of IPK, the fates of injuries and circumstances might have played out nicely for the big three and integration into the big league team. Rather than trying to get all of them in at once and dealing with inconsistency, innings, etc. together it looks like they might get inserted one at a time year after year into the rotation.

    Last year Joba got some time in the rotation along with bullpen work. This year he has been solely a starter but with an appropriate innings limit. Next year he will have the experience and virtually not innings limit and will be fully integrated into the rotation.

    This year Hughes had some rotation experience and now is getting some bullpen work. Next year he will be on the same limited starter plan as Joba is this year (hopefully) and will gain necessary experience in the less stressful role of the 5th starter.

    Next year Kennedy will probably start in AAA but if he does well could get some rotation time due to inevitable rotation injury woes (see Wang, Chien-Mien 2009) and then could play some kind of a role in the bullpen. That would put him in line for starting with innings limits in 2011 and then full integration in 2012.

    If things happened like that we would have CC, AJ, then three home growns all with good to excellent upside (of course no one would have truly ridiculous upside which is reserved solely for TJSC)

    Not bad

    Sorry for length

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

      Sorry for length

      Welcome to the club. The big penis club.

      http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_Ogei.....ations.jpg (Safe. No, really.)

    • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

      its almost if, i dont know, cashman made it work out that way

      :D

      so here’s the follow up (cause i have no clue): who are falling into their spots…who’s filling those roles they’re vacating?

      • kimonizer

        Not sure I get what you mean. Who are the next potentially good starters? or who fills their role in the bullpen? It would seem we have prospects like Betances, Brackman, et. al. filling the prospect slots and then hopefully a strong stream of bullpen options constantly coming out of the minors.

        Also meant to add that not having to spend on starters allows us to spend more money on free agent position players, where injury is less of a scary proposition and money is more often well spent. Once again, almost like Cashman planned it.

  • Lanny

    Would anyone expect a YES produced show to be hard hitting at the Boss??

    • http://sportssandwich.com Sports Sandwich

      It would be the rough equivalent of Michael Kay refusing to copulate with The Captain.

    • Nigel Incubator-Jones

      I would not expect it. YES is basically owned by George Steinbrenner, therefore it would not be in the best interest of those that produce shows to say much negetively about George Steinbrenner. This would be because he might get mad and fire someone. On the other hand, maybe he wouldn’t mind as long it was treated fairly and showed that maybe he’s grown and now feels he is a better person. Mostly though, I tend to agree with you on this because it doesn’t seem like a station that is owned by someone wouldn’t want said show to make him look bad. But I could be wrong. Most likely I’m not though. Still there have been those times where I’ve been wrong. Not this time though.

      • Nigel Incubator-Jones

        /answer literally for fun

  • http://sportssandwich.com Sports Sandwich

    New reports are emerging that George contacted Steven Spielberg in February about a biographical movie that would eligible for the 82nd Academy Awards, but quickly reverted to calling Clint Eastwood after the former proposed casting notorious liberal Alec Baldwin to play the part of the Boss in his earlier days.

    Associates say Steinbrenner dreamed of a movie that would rival Ray and Schindler’s List.

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

      Monty Burns: GET ME STEVEN SPIELBERG AT ONCE!
      Smithers: He’s not available, sir.
      Burns: THEN GET ME HIS NON-UNION MEXICAN EQUIVALENT!

  • pat

    Haha nice work Ben. I especially liked the first part..“I write River Avenue Blues with two of my colleagues.. (whose names I won’t mention, screw those guys).

    I keed I keed, awesome job all around homies.