Oct
05

Introducing the Yankees Attitude Matrix

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During the talk with Bernie Williams yesterday, one point stood out to me. Bernie talked about the attitude required to succeed on the big stage of New York. You need to be even-keeled, he said. Naturally, I asked him if he played with anyone who had that attitude, but failed as a Yankee. Yes, he said, and it can be doubly troublesome. If you have an even-keeled attitude and aren’t producing, you can be perceived as not caring. Lord, how many times have we heard people say that?

This leads to the Yankees Attitude Matrix. There are essentially four states of a player in New York. Either he has an even-keeled attitude, or he’s fragile. On the other end, he has either good numbers or bad numbers. Here’s what the combinations mean.

Bernie and Derek Jeter obviously fit in the upper left quadrant. A.J Burnett and Robinson Cano circa 2008 fit into the lower left. A-Rod used to be in the upper right, and I don’t think anyone exemplifies the bottom right better than Javy Vazquez. After all, he’s been here twice.*

*This is not to say that I believe that Vazquez is fragile. That’s just the perception.

So the next time you hear the media talk about a player, just understand where they fall on the matrix. It will make life a lot easier.

Categories : Whimsy
  • first time lawng time

    Bernie and Derek Jeter obviously fit in the upper right quadrant

    I think you mean…left?

    • http://www.twitter.com/brandonholley B-Rando

      I think you also missed the correct spots for AJ and Cano too…you said bottom right, where Javy also lives, which simply is blasphemous!

      CANO- M.V.P.!

      /BetIt’sATypo’d

    • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

      Joe calling Jeter and Bernie chokers, screencapped and saved for all time.

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

        Yeah. I fixed that for him. Oops.

  • http://twitter.com/joero23 The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

    Paul O’Neill breaks the matrix (like a water-cooler).

    • vin

      That was who I immediately thought of.

  • Peter

    Don’t you mean Jeter and Bernie belong in the upper left (not upper right)? What about AJ and Cano? Rwally in the bottom right?

    • first time lawng time

      Cano, probably bottom left, but not this year. Still a nice chart though.

  • http://twitter.com/firstheart42 seimiya

    Um, I think you got your left and your right screwed up.

  • first time lawng time

    Nice chart but posadas a a fragile choker lol whatevs

    • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

      You have done well, young Padawan.

    • vin

      Very nice.

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

      Aaaargh I didn’t see this joke when I made mine. :( Well played, at any rate.

    • first time lawng time

      Thanks.

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

    Introducing the Yankees Attitude Matrix

    • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

      I want to be able to embed pictures :(

      • vin

        Could you imagine the mayhem if we could embed pics? The inmates would be running the asylum.

        • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

          It would get real ugly, real fast I’m sure. Someone would post something disgusting/naked within 2 minutes, and that’d be that.

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

          And vin has discovered why we don’t allow embedding.

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

        That would end badly.

        • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

          Only for you, when I could finally post proof of President Taft’s illegitimacy.

          • first time lawng time

            Fact: Anyone born in Ohio is not a U.S. citizen, and, therefore, cannot be trusted.

            /Rose’d

            • http://twitter.com/joero23 The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

              /Salty Buggah’d

              (Sorry Salty, had to break this one out. It’s been a while.)

              • first time lawng time

                Is that a meme I don’t know about? Please, share.

                • http://twitter.com/joero23 The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                  (You basically made the same exact joke that you responded to, while explaining the punchline.)

                  • first time lawng time

                    Oh. I see. LOL. My bad.

                    • http://twitter.com/joero23 The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                      No worries, just a joke. No offense intended, obviously.

                    • first time lawng time

                      Ever wondered if that Rose guy still reads this site and sees these comments poking fun at him and his ludicrous idea that Taft wasn’t an American? If so, I wonder what he’s thinking.

                    • http://www.twitter.com/jordan_smed JGS

                      He’s not thinking anything. That was his problem in the first place.

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

                      I’d put the odds that Rose is still reading the site regularly and seething at being excluded at “sky high”.

          • Thomas

            http://tinyurl.com/36aclq3 (safe)

            I believe this is the diagram you’d like to post. The USA is in light tan. Foreign allies are the dark tan. Communist countries hell bent on destroying our political freedom and way of life are in red.

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

    I love this chart but A-Rod’s a choker lol whatevs

    • first time lawng time

      Nice!

  • vin

    Which players epitomize the 4 quadrants?

    Jeter, Alex
    IPK(?), Javy

    And does this matrix apply only to relevant players? What about Darrel Rasner? Does he not care? I think we need to flesh this out a little.

    • Thomas

      I think Rasner is the get out of town quadrant.

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

    I eagerly await the Yankees Fan Attitude Matrix.

    It will be terribly awesome (and awesomely terrible).

    • Thomas

      Simple version
      R = Reactionary
      E = Even keeled
      B = Feels Yankees are doing bad
      G = Feels Yankees are doing well

      ————-R—————————————————————-E
      G—Cracked out happy (eg philhughes65)——Incredibly confident (eg TJSC)
      B—The sky is falling (eg Rose)——————-Cashman is the Suxor (eg Bo)

  • brockdc

    David Justice: Doesn’t care AND true Yankee.

    Matrix destroyed.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      I’m sure we can find some bad numbers guys who are true Yankees.

      • http://www.twitter.com/jordan_smed JGS

        I mean, by definition anyone who played for the 1996-2001 Yankees was a True Yankee.

        Luis Sojo, perhaps?

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

          Sojo is one. Brosius I’d say is another (he had good and bad numbers but never lost his True Yankee status).

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

            He’s my boy, you know.

          • Thomas

            Homer Bush is the truest of the true.

            • http://twitter.com/joero23 The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

              Homer Bush set the single-game record for pinch-running stolen bases at 3.

  • MikeD

    The “Doesn’t Care” category is interesting. I remember a few years back when Tom Glavine’s career was coming to an end on the Mets, he would get criticized by members of the NY sports media because he seemingly “didn’t care” when he’d got his ass kicked in a game. It didn’t matter this was the same Glavine who while marching toward 300 wins was known for being undisturbed by any game situation, and was lauded for having “ice water” in his veins. Ahh, the NY media. Gotta love the stupidity. I’m sure they’ll be saying Mariano Rivera doesn’t care when his numbers start to slip.

  • Thomas

    Shoot! This is a reply fail.