Jun
17

Those lovable Yankees

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Smile if you love the Yankees. (Photo Credit: Paul Sancya, AP)

Forgive me while I try something different. We’re not going to analyze anything in this post, I just want to talk about the current crop of Yankees and how for the most part, they’re damn easy to like. I’m sure non-Yankee fans feel the exact opposite, but who cares about them. They’ll probably respond with something creative like “for $250M they should be likable.” Originality knows no limits, you know.

Anyway, the more I think about it, the more I realize how enjoyable this team is to watch and follow on a daily basis. Winning certainly has a lot to do with it, but the Yankees won a ton of games last decade and looked like a bunch of grumpy old men doing it. I’m not talking about clubhouse chemistry and all that stuff, I’m just talking about plain old likability. Gary Sheffield scowled his way to 6.4 WAR in three seasons in New York, but looked miserable 24 hours a day. The only time I ever remember him smiling was when he hit his 500th career homer as a member of the Mets last year. Kevin Brown was another one. He punched walls and threw his glove and posted 4.1 WAR in his two seasons with the Yanks, but was impossible to like. The list of grumpy, old, and productive Yanks goes on seemingly forever.

It’s pretty easy to pinpoint exactly when this shift towards more likable players began, it was the 2008-2009 offseason. CC Sabathia is a monster off the mound and seems like a teddy bear off it. A.J. Burnett can be infuriating when he pitches, but you’d be hard pressed to find louder cheers at the Stadium than after one of his pie jobs. Nick Swisher can make the routine look complicated on defense, but his outgoing personality and willingness to help others appeals to all. Curtis Granderson is the exact same way, even though he joined the team a year after those guys. It seems odd saying it, but these players simply seem to love playing baseball for a living. There were far to many that didn’t seem to appreciate the opportunity over the years.

Photo Credit: Bill Kostroun, AP

Another part of it is all the young, homegrown players. For whatever reason, it’s just easier to root for the guys who grew up Yankees, at least I feel that way. Maybe it’s because they’re closer to my age and I can relate. Robbie Cano‘s smile was MVP caliber long before his game was. Melky Cabrera was doing all sorts of silly stuff that never failed to put a smile on your face. Brett Gardner makes us all feel warm and fuzzy inside just because we can’t remember the last time the team had a player that exciting to watch. Frankie Cervelli … don’t even start with him. He could run for mayor of New York and I’m convinced he’d finish no lower than third in the voting. People love that guy.

And of course, there’s the old timers. Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte, Mariano Rivera, and Jorge Posada are beloved for being far more than great players. They’re beloved because they are all great people with no egos. I’m adding Alex Rodriguez to this group since he’s the longest tenured player on the team after those guys. He’s definitely a bit of a weird fella off the field, but he’s hands down the greatest player I’ve ever seen in pinstripes, and chances are the same is true for you. We all love a good comeback story, and his performance following last year’s PED fiasco and hip surgery should be enough to convince even the most determined of haters that he’s an amazing player and we’re lucky to have him. Watching world class players like A-Rod are what makes being a Yankee fan great.

Sure, Burnett stunk and the Yanks lost last night, but in the end who cares. In a week it’ll nothing but a distant memory and in the month it’ll be completely forgotten about. The Yanks are fun to root for not just because they’re a great team, but because they have great players who make the game fun to watch. The corporate baseball playing robots are gone, since replaced by players who would sleep at the park if you let them. If you can’t find this team easy to cheer for, then you take this game far too seriously.

Categories : Musings
  • deuce bag poster

    One guy on a Twins blog (Twinkie Town) said that the Yankees were the second least likeable group of people ever.

    The least likeable group of people ever? The Nazis.

    Yes friends, this person claimed that the only group of people less likeable than the 2010 NY Yankees were the Nazis.

    I kid you not.

    ??????

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

      That guy sounds like a real deuce bag.

      • deuce bag poster

        I think he was a terriost.

      • Yankeefan

        What is this guy talking about?

        • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

          Last night, a dude that’s barely above troll level called poster a “deuce bag” in the Game Thread. He has changed his username in response.

          /The More You Know’d

          • Mike HC

            Well, to be 100% accurate, the guy told poster he should add “deuce bag” in front of his name.

            Poster was just doing as told

    • Mike HC

      Unfortunately, many people probably have that rank flipped flopped. We should be happy he at least has it that way.

      • Mike HC

        Just ask Ronan Tynan how he now ranks the Yanks and Nazi’s.

        • http://twitter.com/marcos_aguirre Marcos

          IETC (in a non anti-semite way obv)

    • Ivan

      Is that Glenn Beck.

      • deuce bag poster

        Okay, huh?

        I seriously don’t get it. What does this have to do, at all, with Glenn Beck?

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

          Glenn Beck has a Nazi complex. He mentions them frequently and often compares people he disagrees with politically or philosophically to Hitler.

          • AndrewYF

            He’d be a huge hit on internet message boards.

        • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication
  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

    I really, really love this thread. I have nothing but buffing fabrics for it.

    /last thread’d

    No, but I love this team. In the past, it’s been very hard to root for some players, even when they won. Just love my Yankees. :)

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      And by “thread” I mean “post” durf durf.

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

      I really, really love this thread. I have nothing but buffing fabrics for it.

      /InstantClassicMeme’d

    • Yankeefan

      Great thread. I think these Yankees are great, and agree that A-Rod is the best player in pinstripes I have seen in my lifetime. I wish them success to get into the post-season and then another WS ring!

  • http://www.teamnerdrage.com dr mrs the yankee

    There’s actually been a huge and pretty stupid backlash against Posada recently (this year and last). You’d think after 2008 people would be more sensible.

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

    (golf clap)

    For me, though… I love pretty much all Yankees. I’m probably a little bit crazy/odd that way. I love everyone on this team, but I loved Sheff and Brown and Weaver and all the old, surly, sometimes shitty Yankees, the ones that other people hated.

    Hell, I even have a special place in my heart for fat, drunk, and stupid Sidney Ponson. Sure, he was a miserable fuck who was awful at both baseball and life, but he was OUR miserable fuck who was awful at both baseball and life.

    Two of my favorite Yankees of all time were LaTroy Hawkins and Morgan Ensberg. Just because they pissed off the stupid fans by wearing #21.

    I love Gerald “Ice” Williams. I love Fernando Seguignol. I love Andy Stankiewicz. I love Chad Moeller. Cody Ransom’s box jumping ability makes me smile.

    Scotty Bro is my boy.

    • Jose the Satirist

      Ensberg never wore #21, he wore #11.

      /nitpick

      • Nady Nation

        He wore it in spring training, I believe. He then switched to 11 after the initial stir it caused with the fans.

        • Jose the Satirist

          My bad. You are correct. Funny I only remember the Hawkins issue. Must be because that was during the season.

          • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

            Must be because that was during the season.

            That’s certainly part of it……..

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

              ICWUDT

    • deuce bag poster

      Sure, he was a miserable fuck who was awful at both baseball and life, but he was OUR miserable fuck who was awful at both baseball and life.”

      That’s so beautiful.

      Cries.

      You sure know how to compliment a guy!

    • Templeton “Brendog” Peck

      alvaro espinoza is offended his mustache and rec specs did not get a mention

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

        Melido and Pascual Perez are still above him in the namedrop pecking order. As is Sam Militello.

        • vin

          No way Sam Miltello is above Alvaro Espinoza. I loved his two-toned glove! The Perez boys, were definitely loveable.

          What about Pat Kelly?

          Also, Michael Kay is killing Homer Bush’s loveable-ness.

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

            I love Steve Sax, who’s still laying low somewhere in a safe house, because he’s probably wanted for murder.

            • Rick in Boston

              Has anyone seen Ozzie Smith lately? Or is he still visiting the Springfield Mystery Spot?

        • rbizzler

          Wow, Sam Militello is a pretty obscure reference. I remember him coming up and winning a bunch of games only to quickly fade away.

    • AndrewYF

      Was there ever a newspaper headline making the obvious joke on Stankiewicz’s name?

    • Rick in Boston

      Well said. If they a wear a Yankees uniform, I like them. But when they put on another uniform, I dislike them. Hence why Mike Stanley can go from a Yankee we all liked to a deuce bag in Boston, back to being a likeable guy when he came back to NYC.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      I loved Sheff because he just pulled off mean well. Can’t say I loved Brown much, or thought much of anything at all about Weaver.

      • Rick in Boston

        I still love seeing the video where he swung at the fan in Boston.

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

          I love watching his swing.

          It’s like poetic violence.

          • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

            I love watching his swing.

            If you spent 10 minutes teaching someone the game of baseball, then showed them 100 swings on video, and told them to guess which one swung and missed the most, it would be Sheff.

            And they’d be dead wrong. I don’t know how he did it.

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

              I really want him to go to the HoF. As a Marlin.

            • A.D.

              I remember baseball tonight showing him hit a HR off a 100 MPH Billy Wagner fastball…with his eyes closed.

    • Sweet Dick Willie

      But did you love Carl Pavano?

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

        (thinks)

        Yes. He was funny. He amused me, like a clown. He made me laugh.

        • CS Yankee

          Your love has no limit on expenses.

    • steve s

      The real test is do you still love Ruben Rivera after Mo disowned him and he was kicked off the team for stealing stuff out of Jeter’s locker (and further that he turned out to be a five tool fraud)?

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

        Yes, I do.

        I love a lot. I’m big-hearted (as well as big-other-thing’d).

  • Dick Whitman

    Boone Logan.

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

      I love Boone Logan.

      I love lamp.

  • Jose the Satirist

    “he’s hands down the greatest player I’ve ever seen in pinstripes, and chances are the same is true for you.”

    Tip of the hat to everyone here old enough to remember Mantle.

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

      Greatest player I’ve seen in pinstripes: Hensley “Bam Bam” Meulens.

      Book it.

      • Templeton “Brendog” Peck

        greatest player ive ever seen in pinstripes…mel hall….in his prison pinstripes…..

        too soon?

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        Can you step into my office, Gerald “Ice” Williams wants to speak to you?

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

          I love the IceMan, it’s true. But did he ever have a single season OPS+ of 415? No, he did not.

          That kind of amazing power doesn’t grow on trees, my friend. You’ve got to get up very early to top Bam Bam’s 1992 SLG of 1.200.

          • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

            But did he ever have a single season OPS+ of 415?

            /Jammy Jammers Baiting’d

    • deuce bag poster

      You younguns’ really don’t remember Wee Willie Keeler? I don’t care what your fancy “war” or “woba” says, if you saw him you’d KNOW he was the best ever.

      That was back when people played REAL baseball. Foul balls weren’t strikes and nobody used gloves, not like those deuce bags today. I’m still upset we’ve moved from Highland Park.

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

        I’m still upset we’ve moved from Highland Park.

        Me too. I’m sure if we had put our minds to it, we could have figured out a way to keep it from burning down twice a decade.

        • deuce bag poster

          Are you mocking me little man?

          Don’t make me call you a deuce bag. I don’t want to go there.

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

            Hold on, lemme go get my copy of Dante’s Divine Comedy to give you a real good old-school zinger comeback. One second.

            • deuce bag poster

              You ninth grade little boy.

    • jim p

      I was going to mention. I wonder how their stats compare.

      People don’t remember, but ol’ Mick spent a number of years being booed at NY. First, they didn’t like someone taking over from Joe DiMaggio. Then, as my mother explained to me when I asked why he was always being booed, that “he was conceited.” It wasn’t really until about 1959 that people started cheering him all the time.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    They’ll probably respond with something creative like “for $250M they should be likable.”

    I loved the whole post, but that line was the icing on the icing, if only because it’s so damn true.

  • Mike HC

    Loved the article. Well timed as well.

    I think it was a concerted effort. I remember Cashman stressing to the free agents (and swisher) to just be themselves. Don’t try to fit into the “Yankee way,” but just have fun out there.

    I think promoting Cano and Melky to the team was the first step, then adding Swish, AJ and CC was the final step. Cervelli and Granderson this year is just the icing on the cake.

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

      … just have fun out there.

      /BrettFavre’d

      • Mike HC

        ha, I have noticed an increase of butt slapping.

        • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

          Ain’t nothin’ wrong with that.

  • AndrewYF

    A more exciting player to watch than Gardner? Easy. Cano in 2006.

  • lardin

    I would like to add to Arod’s qualities. For the all the garbage the guy gets about being selfish and egocentric and a cheater, from what I see and hear he is a very good teammate. When a young player gets his first MLB hit, Its Arod standing on the top step of the dugout calling for the ball. When a young player cant afford a suit to travel with, There’s Arod footing the bill. When Robbie Cano has a problem with his swing it’s Arod he turns to. When Someone hits a walk off, there is Arod at home plate looking like a little kid cheering for his teammates.

    Arod does deserve a lot of the crap he gets, but can we try to accentuate the positive when it comes to Arod, he just might not be the jacka$$ we all think he is….

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

      CentWAR Centaur™ FTW.

    • deuce bag poster

      Didn’t he save a kid’s life once?

      I love how when Girardi helps save someone’s life he’s this big hero but when A-Rod does it nobody cares because he did some stupid shit when he was in his twenties. Double standard FTL.

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

        ARod was just doing it to get his name in the papers, that egomanaical bastard.

        • Yankeefan

          I think A-Rod is great. It will only be after he has retired and folks can look back on all the great things he has done off the field that he will get the appreciation he deserves. Right now, it sells more news papers to make him as controversial as possible. Go A-Rod!

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

        Yep. In Boston, to boot.

        http://www.boston.com/news/loc.....rom_truck/

        Of course all the comments were like THIS IS MADE UP!!!!!

        • deuce bag poster

          Sometimes I’m just amazed at how shitty people can really be.

          Those deuce bags.

    • jim p

      Plus, A-Rod seems to have finally matured as a person. He is still awkward, stilted, and weird when being interviewed, but I get a sense he really appreciates mortality and the thrill of just being in the game.

  • http://www.lessthismorethat.com/author/ddarrell Jamal G.

    The Yankees traded for my all-time favorite pitcher (Vazquez) and have my all-time favorite Yankee (Cano) currently playing in his prime. Also, Alex Rodriguez ranks right below Hanley Ramirez and Cano on the list of my all-time favorite players. I’m not one to ever boo or dislike players not named Cody Ransom or Ron Dayne (“Thunder & Lighting,” my ass, you fat POS), but this team has three players that I absolutely adore.

    I know plenty of rational and intelligent Yankees fans that don’t like A-Rod all that much, but I feel completely different – I absolutely love that guy. I’ve always imagined that every time a player or agenda-driven journalist grinds their ax in public, A-Rod just thinks to himself, “Yeah, OK, but I have more money than you, I am more successful than you, and your wife has probably fantasized about banging me. I win.”

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      I’ve always imagined that every time a player or agenda-driven journalist grinds their ax in public, A-Rod just thinks to himself, “Yeah, OK, but I have more money than you, I am more successful than you, and your wife has probably fantasized about banging me. I win.”

      I would be disappointed in him if he *does not* think that.

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

      I’ve always imagined that every time a player or agenda-driven journalist grinds their ax in public, A-Rod just thinks to himself, “Yeah, OK, but I have more money than you, I am more successful than you, and your wife has probably fantasized about banging me. I win.”

      More Money = Better Than

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aF8wLg5Asgo (safe)

    • Salty Buggah

      Same with me. This probably seems odd but A-Rod is actually my favorite all-time player. When he signed the contract, I was ecstatic because it meant 10 years of him. Although the Yanks might have overpaid, I was just happy Alex was staying a Yankee. I hope he can stay (get?) healthy and produce at elite levels for a while because I really enjoy those gaudy stats and Long HRs. PEDa and haters be damned, I’ll enjoy the day the HR record is held by a Yankee.

    • Salty Buggah

      Actual A-Rod quote: “When people write (bad things) about me, I don’t know if it’s (because) I’m good-looking, I’m biracial, I make the most money, I play on the most popular team…”

      Pretty much what you said.

      • Yankeefan

        Salty, you don’t have to apologize or feel wierd about liking A-Rod. A lot of people like him. It is just that the media loves to talk about how many folks don’t. And if you are ever at the stadium when he hits one of those amazing grand-slams or hits in a great clutch situation, you will see just how many people like him! We like winners in NY, and he is has been a winner.

        • Brooklyn Yank

          well since everyone is being honest, Im a Yankee fan and I don’t “like” A-rod. Even when I try really, really hard ambivalence is the closest I get. Calling that press conference in spring training to inform media he and Jeter aren’t friends? Does he not know that as a Yankee, you will never need MORE press? There’s always just that ‘thing’ about him that rubs me the wrong way. i.e. when the doofus pitcher overreacted, instead of blowing him off or rigthfully calling him out for the overreaction, he had to go one step further and say Braden was a nobody, therefore unqualified to criticize the might a-rod? please.

          That’s really just the tip of the iceberg, but I find Teix way more likable than A-rod. He’s businesslike, but he seems authentic and yeah, I just love watching him out there at 1st snag liners. Obviously he can’t hit the broad side of a barn right now, but hey…he’s likable. lol

          Loved his reaction to John Henry’s tweets too.

  • Salty Buggah

    Tex sheds a single tear for not being mentioned anywhere in this thread.

    I don’t think I’ve ever hated a Yankee but I agree that every single player is likeable. The bench players, despite having some major flaws, are even loved by fans that hate everyone for sucking even a bit.

    • Frigidevil

      Don’t be silly Salty, robots can’t cry.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      It’s the slump. And while I don’t see Tex as unlikeable, he is so business like he doesn’t jump out at you like some of the others.

      Maybe he should work on a fist pump?

      • Salty Buggah

        True. The slump hurts and he is like Jeter in going about his business quietly. However, I always see that Tex is one of the happiest people everytime a teammate does something good. He’s always the one of the first people to praise and celebrate others’ success. Maybe it’s me but I really enjoy that about him.

        • Templeton “Brendog” Peck

          yeah when someone is all like, so youre slumping pretty bad hes like, yeah did you see that game hughes pitched tonight? one hell of a job etc

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      You summoned Mr. Jones. :(

      Nah, I love Tex.

  • Frigidevil

    This made me smile. I know I became too used to winning in the early 2000′s, it was like a necessity. In hindsight, I didn’t care about the team, so much as I cared about being the best. A new batch of homegrown talent and genuinely good guys has me actually loving this team again.

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

      It sounds like you’re ready to love again.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2NRsl9sTOr4 (safe)

      • Frigidevil

        A little before my time, but fitting

  • Mr. Jones

    Mark Teixiara is so average. He has about 2 clutch hits this year. He can play 1st base….THATS IT!! He’s got a miserable attitude and for some reason thinks he had a great may when he batted .280. If there is one Yankee I hate it is that horse faced jackass Tex.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder
      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

        Well he’s talking about Mark “Teixiara” so we’re okay.

    • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

      He can play 1st base….THATS IT!!

      I know right? For that much money that asshole should at least be behind the plate catching, if not pitching, umpiring, and managing!

      • Mr. Jones

        He could also hit like a man for $18 million. Tex is a compiler and not only that he’s got a problem with taking responsibility for his below average hitting. If you want to get a defense only 1st baseman we could’ve called up Juan Miranda for 1/100 of the money.

  • STEVIS

    The Greatest Yankee I have seen is the one and only MICK!
    A-Rod certainly is great, but if Mickey was healthy there would be NO debate!!!

    • deuce bag poster

      Three words.

      Wee. Willie. Keeler.

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

        Lead the entire league of base ball players with 42 sacrifice hits in nineteen-aught-five. Did Mickey Mantle’s drunk Irish ass ever sacrifice like that? I think not.

        /Early20thCenturyRacism’d

    • Yankeefan

      I think it is OK for folks to differ on their opinions on this one. I know Mick is great, but I have never SEEN him play. So, I can’t see he is the best player I have ever SEEN play in pinstripes.

  • Dela G

    i think grit gutner is my favorite yankee to watch, and a-rod is a close second. they guy always seems to be having fun

  • Mister Delaware

    I hated Randy Johnson. Watching someone miserable play well is better than watching someone jovially suck, but I’ll take 25 Swishers, thank you.

  • http://www.lessthismorethat.com/author/ddarrell Jamal G.

    Oh, and even though he’s no longer wearing the interlocking “NY,” let’s all pour one for the dirtiest member of the You Ain’t Never Too Old To Be Dirty Crew, Jason “the Giambino” Giambi.

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

      The ‘stache abides.

    • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

      I was happy when he got picked up by the Rockies. A good team for the Golden Thong to be part of, for sure.

  • Dela G

    Sure, Burnett stunk and the Yanks lost last night, but in the end who cares. In a week it’ll nothing but a distant memory and in the month it’ll be completely forgotten about.

    trust me, dante won’t forget this outing and will find a way to come back to talk about it in august

    • deuce bag poster

      That deuce bag.

      • Templeton “Brendog” Peck

        this has gotten old in a matter of 45 posts

        • deuce bag poster

          Ol? Never, you ninth grade little boy.

          • deuce bag poster

            Old.

            Ugh. I need to be DFA’d.

            • Templeton “Brendog” Peck

              is this rose?

              • deuce bag poster

                Nope, it’s poster.

                Origin of the new name:

                http://riveraveblues.com/2010/.....ent-925314

                http://riveraveblues.com/2010/.....ent-925668

                It’ll be useful to link tothis discussion to, I think:

                http://riveraveblues.com/2010/.....ent-925736

                Enjoy.

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

                I disagree, Brendog. I think “deuce bag” is hilarious.

                He didn’t give the name to himself. It’s organic.

                • Templeton “Brendog” Peck

                  it was hilarious. but he has said it 4 times in this thread before there were even 40 comments and multiple in the previous one as well..

                  there is such a thing as too much of a good thing, therefore the this got old, not unfunny or dumb. it feels forced

                  • deuce bag poster

                    You know what? You’re just a ninth grade little boy and that’s it.

                    • Templeton “Brendog” Peck

                      seriously? wow.

                    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

                      That’s another thing the guy said, Templeton. So it might be old but he didn’t mean it as an insult.

                    • Templeton “Brendog” Peck

                      guess i just am not down with the lingo these days. maybe ti is time fr the rebirth of jsbrendog

                    • deuce bag poster

                      Yeah, it’s another Dante line I’m throwing out there.

                • CS Yankee

                  In a technical sense, the bag can’t be organic?

                  (looks for a MSDS on it)

                  /OSHA’d

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

      trust me, dante won’t forget this outing and will find a way to come back to talk about it in august

      PLAYOFF PREVIEW!!!!!!!!!

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

        Remember that game last year where Ichiro hit the walk-off home run against Mo and some commenter was like QUIT ACTING LIKE THIS ISN’T A PLAYOFF PREVIEW YOU POLYANNA!!!!!!! WTF was that?

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      Neither will dalelama. I hear AJ has mental problems.

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

        Yeah, he’s got mental problems, man.

  • http://MattOnEarth.blogspot.com Matt on Earth

    Wow…bit sentimental are we?

    I’ll admitt that the players this year seem to be a pretty easy going group. I don’t know if it’s me being weird though, but I don’t really have a whole lot of attachment to any of the players. I have never “loved” or “adored” any Yankee. I am dedicated to the team and I love watching the whole group play, but I never get emotionally attached to the individual pieces. It just seems kind of arbitrary to me.

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

      You heartless bastard.

      GO BACK TO RUSSIA!!!!!

      • Dela G

        In Soviet Russia, yankee players love you

        [/Yakov Smirnoff

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

          Awesome.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama
      • http://MattOnEarth.blogspot.com Matt on Earth

        Lol what are you insinuating about my comrades?

        I don’t mean to rain on your parade Bex. =P

    • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

      I can’t imagine being as, uh, ‘focused’ on the Yankees as I am without having an attachment and appreciation for individual players. I’m not a person to follow a team for one player or stop if a certain player leaves but baseball is the sport of individual accomplishments.

      Not having a surge of particular fondness and excitement when a guy like A-Rod hits a grand slam to push the Yankees ahead would just be odd. “Oh, one Yankee drove in four runs with one swing. Good for the Yankees.” I’m happy when any Yankee makes a good play or gets a hit in a high leverage moment but it’s better when it’s someone I’m fonder of or who has been struggling or a million other reasons.

  • Ivan

    I pretty much enjoy all the yankee players…

    CC is like my third fav pitcher (behind Mo and Hughes)

    Mainly because, the guy is like the coolest mothafucker rite now to grace a mound. He looks like he might smack the shit out ya if ya act up…Gangsta lol….

  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

    I’m just glad that Bernie Williams isn’t on the team any more. Such an asshole.

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

      Hey Andy, when you die, can I have your stereo?

      • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

        I was trying to think of the least offensive great player for the Yankees, and Bernie would definitely be him.

        • Slugger27

          mariano

          • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

            He’s still on the team though, right?

    • Templeton “Brendog” Peck

      but boy was he feared……

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK’s Mystique and Aura

    And of course, there’s the old timers. Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte, Mariano Rivera, and Jorge Posada are beloved for being far more than great players. They’re beloved because they are all great people with no egos.

    I enjoyed the vast majority of the post here, but c’mon, really? No egos?

    I’m not saying they’re all egotistical figures clamoring for fame and virgins feeding them grapes, but that’s too weighty a statement.

    All are known for charity work, but one is known for being headstrong/pee-handed with tremendous pride (which can be considered ego to some), another for being (at least formerly to a great extent) a playboy with endorsement deals up the hoo-ha, a Jesus-freak former steroid user (which suggests a strong possibility of ego) and another being God himself.

    I’d agree they’re likable and great players (though I don’t personally like Posada), but they very likely have egos.

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

      And the whole “I won’t talk about the possibility of moving off shortstop, ever, and ARod needs to move to third even though he’s better than me” aspect of Jeter’s tenure here smacks of ego.

      • Kiersten

        Was it Jeter who wouldn’t move, though? I was under the impression that the organization viewed it as “well he’s our shortstop and that position’s taken so you will move to third.”

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

          I would guess in a way it was implied, partly because they knew Jeter had quite an ego.

        • pat

          Plus Arod had the body type, arm strength and swing that could transform into a 3b slugger type long term.

    • Templeton “Brendog” Peck

      which one is the jesus freak?

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

        Pettitte.

        • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

          Mariano too, now that I think about it.

          • deuce bag poster

            He’s not a former steroid user though.

            • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

              I was gonna say “that we know of” but I don’t even want to say that about Mo :(

              Plus he doesn’t need steroids. They make them from his blood, after all.

    • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

      A Centaur isn’t a true god, they’re more of a demigod.

  • Kiersten

    I agree completely. Obviously I’m extremely biased in thinking this, but I’ve thought about the Red Sox and how their players are just so unlikeable. Pedroia, for instance. Obviously he’s a good player and fans are going to like him for that, but when he blamed the grounds crew for his botched ball in the ALDS last year, how are you, as a fan, okay with that? If any of our infielders made a comment like that, I’d be pissed, and I’d lose some respect for them. Youkilis charging the mound, how Ortiz handled the PED situation last year, Varitek punching A-Rod (with his mask on). Maybe it’s just cause I’m biased and maybe it’s just the baseball “culture” that they’re used to as opposed to what we’re used to, but I’d have a hard time liking players after things like that.

    One of the things I love most about the Yankees is the professionalism. You really never hear a Yankee say negative things about another person/player/manager/etc, I can’t remember ever seeing a Yankee charging the mound. This is something that also makes the Yankees very likable in my opinion.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      Varitek punching A-Rod (with his mask on).

      You forgot chest protector, shin guards, and glove.

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

        You forgot star-spangled chest protector, star-spangledshin guards, and glove.

        Fixed.

        http://allstarsportinggoods.fi.....ees_30.jpg (safe)

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

          I just threw up in my mouth a little.

        • The Fallen Phoenix

          Shame on you TSJC, that picture’s not safe anywhere.

        • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

          That’s disgusting.

        • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

          That’s so hideous it turns around and becomes beautiful.

          FOR ME TO SHIT ON.

      • CS Yankee

        I would think in a quick throwdown anyone would keep those on but when he starts on Arod with the cheap stuff and keeps the full headgear on…

        To me, it defines him as either a smart punk who wants Arod to break his hand punching at him or as a coward trying to play the role of a tough catcher to defend his pitcher.

        Jorge, would of took off the mask and told the batter to STFU and the batter would of went on to 1B.

        The “C” that ‘Tek wears isn’t for captain, is it?

        • The John Sterling Years

          would “have”

          • CS Yankee

            thanks

            (hangs head in shame for point missed due to lack of grammar skills)

            • The209

              No prob …

              Wasn’t trying to be the fun police — actually just checking to see if RAB had blocked my name or my entire IP address (!)

  • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

    Derek Jeter debuted on my 9th birthday. I like that. And where’s the love for Marcus Thames?

    • http://myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

      wow. I was a senior in HS. *feeling old*

      • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

        *feeling old*

        What are you, like, 2 years older than me?

        /Shannon’d

  • Pete

    Steve Lombardi’s head would explode if he read this.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      Can someone please send him the link then?

      • Templeton “Brendog” Peck

        seconded

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

        IETCVVVM.

  • The Fustration of Leiter

    “Robbie Cano’s smile was MVP caliber long before his game was.”

    Maybe the lamest line I’ve ever read.

    • Templeton “Brendog” Peck

      “the fustration of leiter”

      maybe the lamest line i’ve ever read

      • The Fustration of Leiter

        You haven’t read very many lame lines in your life, then. Lucky you.

        • CS Yankee

          Just asking (for reals), what is the frustration of Leiter?

          I’m guessing…
          A) solid pitcher, that was traded away from the Yankees due to under performance caused by blisters…was a Met…only returned when his velocity was that of Wakefield.
          B) being stuck in the booth during the playoffs with McCarver.
          C) missing on on the big contract.

          • The Fustration of Leiter

            I would expect someone who watches Yankees games to understand it.

            • pat

              The frustration of having to work side by side with Michael Kay?

              • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

                Pitchers these days don’t grind through 120 pitch, 5 inning outings like they used to?

            • CS Yankee

              I do…I don’t

              Do I need to repeat the question?

              • The Fustration of Leiter

                Have you ever heard Leiter say the word “frustration”? He does it a lot during every game. That’s where the handle comes from, quite simply.

                • CS Yankee

                  Ahhh…

                  I wish I could retrack my last reply to the spellcheck post by Link.

                  (returns to regularly scheduled program)

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

                  Hey “The Fustration of Leiter”, you’re not related to “touchttoneterriost”, are you?

        • http://myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

          Spellcheck.

          • CS Yankee

            …the “handle” to boot!

    • Mike HC

      If you can’t handle a little bit of cheesyness with your baseball, then I suspect you best be packing up your bags and get going.

      • The Fustration of Leiter

        I should leave for criticizing one line in an otherwise good article? That sentence was just too Kim Jones-like for me; that’s it.

        By all means, though, keep phonily feigning outrage over my original comment.

        • Mike HC

          I didn’t say you should leave for criticizing the line. In fact, I agreed that it was a little cheesy.

          I said if you can’t handle cheesy you should probably go for your own sake.

          Not feigning outrage at all. Sorry if it came off like that.

          • The Fustration of Leiter

            OK. Sorry for being a jerk to you in my other post.

            • Not Tank the Frank

              Aaawwwww! You see, I’ve learned that platonic love CAN exist between two men.

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

                GET A ROOM YOU PANSY HOMOS!!!!

                /IronHorse’d

    • Not Tank the Frank

      I just found a new pick-up line the next time I’m at the Playboy Mansion.

      That smile’s been Playboy cover material long before that boob job was.

      Instant. Sex.

    • Sean C

      Robbie’s smile accounts for .619 of his 1.034 OPS. Oh wait, that’s his slugging percentage.

      Was that lame enough for you?

      • The Fustration of Leiter

        Robbie’s MVP-caliber numbers put an MVP-caliber smile on my face daily.

  • larryf

    How about Girardi getting all teary-eyed when Farnsworth left? So likeable…

  • nsalem

    The Fustration is Luis Sojo and 16 bounces

  • Kiko Jones

    The 2009 Yankees are my all-time favorites behind the 1977-1978 clubs, and the addition of guys who wanted to be Yankees–along w/the new homegrown crop—are a big reason why. (Is anyone happier to be a Yankee than Nick Swisher?)

    Of course I rooted for the championship teams of the ’90s—much props for what they accomplished—but they always seemed too stuffy for my taste. I recall David Cone saying that he and Paul O’Neill were not thrilled by AJ’s pies at first, but Coney eventually got it, much to his credit. To see Melky, Canó and Swisher dance in the dugout after the Johnny Damon-Mark Texeira one-two HR punch during the 2009 Boston Massacre was a pure delight and one of my fave moments from last season. (Doubtful that sorta thing would’ve have gone down in ’98.) And #42 deserves a lot of credit for his hand in making the new guys feel at home: it was Mo, after all, who gave a reticent Burnett the green light to pie Jorge Posada last season. A small gesture but one that speaks volumes of The Great One’s leadership.

    As for this year’s bunch, Granderson has fit in here so seamlessly…and Cervelli? Who can’t help but love that kid? Even cranky-ass Posada—who I’ve come to respect more and more as he gets older—has showered him w/praise. Yeah…

  • Cam

    I’ve often said since last season that ’09 has gone down as my favorite Yankee team I can remember watching, other than the ’98 Yanks. I just could not wait for baseball to come on TV last season, and was so pumped when this season started. I love that you wrote this post because it’s exactly how I feel about the team prior to last season. Sure, they were winning, but even guys like Bobby Abreu made it tough to like them. Even A.J., beyond the pies, is very likeable to me. He doesn’t make excuses when he stinks, he’s always in the dugout watching the games, and he hasn’t caused a single fuss since signing. I can not pin point a single guy on the roster I don’t like where there used to be 2 or 3 at least. Definitely a great group.

  • sangreal

    Pretty funny how one of the reasons the White Sox wanted to get rid of Swisher is they hated his clubhouse presence.

    • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

      Plus, he’s a horseshit player!!

      -Ozzie Guillen

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

        I think you mean:

        plus he a horsemierda putabitch ju never bunt play ozball tumuch homer walk pussygirl swing bat coñaso shank pernil jefedora tiche tiche

        -Ozzie Guillen

        • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

          And:

          Jajajajajajajajaja!

          -Ozzie Guillen

          • Mike HC

            He no Bae Rue

        • Pete

          ::bows in awe::

  • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

    TPWA.

    The 2009-present Yankees behave in such a way that I look forward to following headlines and beat writers to see what they’re up to rather than dread it. Even the trashier stuff makes my heart soar (like a Marlin!), such as the Centaur and magic vaginas.

  • Chris0313

    I hate Cervelli. Not hate him as a person, hate him as a player. He is playing way over his head and the Yankees should consider trading him when Posada is healthy, and going with Posada, Moehller.

    • FIPster Doofus

      This whole thing lacks logic.

    • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23
      • FIPster Doofus

        Is that it, Chris? Did the penguin tell you to post this?

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

      Frankie Cervelli, career WAR: +1.0
      Chad Moeller, career WAR: -0.4

      I don’t think Cervelli can keep up his pace, but saying that Moeller is better than him doesn’t make sense. Moeller’s not better than anyone, he’s the definition of a replacement player. When Frankie Cervelli comes down to his true talent level, he’ll be a younger, slightly better version of Chad Moeller.

      You’re advocating a change that would produce a net zero effect at best and a negative effect at worst.

      • Kiko Jones

        More like a younger, slightly better version of José Molina, not Moeller. I hope he continues to exceed expectations, tho. And when is Cervelli’s drop off supposed to happen, anyway?

  • The209

    Totally agree. They have to trade Cervelli – plus Gardner, Hughes and all other young/homegrown/better-than-expected players ASAP.

  • Adam

    I just have to say this…

    Dan Pasqua.

  • forensicnucchem

    I completely agree with this whole post, except one thing. Melky always bugged me much more than made me like him. Maybe it was the absurd support of his abilities or the fake throws he would make toward the stands, but I could never like him.

    • Kiko Jones

      Why is that? Not even when Melky was the walk-off king?

  • http://Yes Yankee Fan in KY

    What’s the story with Dave Eiland? Thanks

  • Gwen

    I love this post. I think it describes the excitement of watching the Yanks play, even when they lose, just perfectly. Though I do miss being amused by Paul O’Neill’s temper tantrums and Scott Proctor’s…drunkenness(?)/anger…I can’t remember having this much fun watching a Yankees game even when they lose. The players still have the same passion for the game, but now it’s coupled with the ability to let things go, to take things in stride and to look at the bigger picture, which I appreciate. My mood is always screwed up when they lose, but watching them still smile and still have fun even when they’re down makes it a little easier to handle.