Nov
30

Open Thread: Brian Cashman, ninja (or elf)

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"Derek said he'll sign for 3/45 if you rappel down the side of the building." (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

When he’s not busy chasing Cliff Lee or staring down Casey Close, Brian Cashman is a community man. He’s going to spend this upcoming weekend dressed up as an elf and rappelling down the 22-story Landmark Building as part of the Stamford Downtown Special Services District’s annual Heights and Lights event. He’ll be accompanied by local weatherman Rick Reichmuth and, of course, Santa Claus. The trio will make a practice run on Friday, then do the real thing at 4:30pm this Sunday. I assume Cash will then jump on the Steinbrenner’s G6 and head to Orlando for the Winter Meetings.

If you’re in the area and are going to the Heights and Lights events, snap some pictures and email them to us so we can post them on the site. Thanks in advance. Otherwise, here’s your open thread for the evening. The Knicks and Nets are playing each other in the Garden tonight, which is all we’ve got for Tri-State Area sports. Talk about whatever the hell you want, just be cool about it.

Categories : Open Thread
  • vin

    New favorite name, current player division:

    http://www.baseball-reference......burq001alb

    • Jose the Satirist

      Too bad he isn’t in the Dodgers farm system. Him on their AAA team would be awesome.

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

        It’s a shame this guy never played for the Indians.

    • I Voted 4 Kodos

      That looks like something baseball-reference made up just to mess with us.

      • vin

        Kind of like when a video game adds in random players to fill out rosters or for guys who aren’t in the players’ association.

        • I Voted 4 Kodos

          Haha, exactly. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen that as a made up video game name before.

    • http://Www.twitter.com/jordansmed JGS
      • I Voted 4 Kodos

        Wow, words don’t exist to describe a name that awesome.

      • S

        Stonecipher is good, but I still gotta stick with Stoneburner

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

          Sequoiyah >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Graham

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

            Sequoyah Trueblood >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Graham Chappell

    • http://creativejamie.com jdogg

      what kind of parents let that happen? Jeez, why don’t they just change their last name to Caholic and just get it over with?

  • Squishy Jello Person

    Micheal Kay might wanna read this http://community.livejournal.c.....21905.html

    • Oliver Queen

      Sounds like a bunch of hooey.

    • JerseyDutch

      That’s pretty fascinating. I had no idea that adults could be that selective in their eating habits. (And for the record, I’m the exact opposite — I’ll try anything.)

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

    I sense a lot of Phil Rogers Specials* in our immediate future in the wake of the news that Grienke declaring the Yankees in play.

    (*He’s the new king of “your trade proposal sucks”.)

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

      He’s the reigning and defending “Your Trade Proposal Sucks” champion, everyone’s favorite hit show!

      I’m sure we’ll see several people challenge him for the title this winter, though.

      • Dirty Pena

        I dunno, I suspect a large number of people who propose idiotic trades are the same idiots who are like “grenkey is too big of a headcase/girl/etc to be a true yankee!”

        • radnom

          I dunno, I suspect a large number of people who propose idiotic trades are the same idiots who are like “grenkey is too big of a headcase/girl/etc to be a true yankee!”

          Which is just as idiotic as people saying he’d be totally fine as a Yankee, and overcoming his mental illness means he has strong will. We have literally zero information (although medical information suggests that a recurrence of one of his conditions is as likely as it is not to happen) yet everyone here seems to jump on one side of the narrative with joy.

          Its an issue and risk, but it doesn’t mean he couldn’t succeed here (nor is there anything guaranteeing he wouldn’t flame out).

          My opinion is that he probably knows his mind best – if he is willing to come here then he must have it under control but don’t act as if this is a chicken little concern. Its a real condition.

          • Dirty Pena

            Of course it’s a real concern. I was talking more about the people who belittle him because of it and therefore will have no reason to consider trading for him.

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

    I only wish Brian Cashman would stop wasting time on these kind of things. Didn’t he see Ryan Theriot signed omg!!!!

    • I Voted 4 Kodos

      Another wasted opportunity. Cash is clearly the Tony Womack of GMs.

    • http://twitter.com/bryanl26 Bryan L

      I still can’t believe that was trending worldwide.

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

        People are booooooreedddd

    • Oliver Queen

      Wasn’t Theriot traded?

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

        Bah. You’re right.

  • http://www.twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

    Jeter and Close are having a meeting right now… I hope it goes along the lines of Close saying that there are no serious bidders so they’ll have to take whatever the Yankees give them.

    • Jose the Satirist

      No. He is suggesting that Derek seek a deal comparable to the one Tulowitzki got.

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

        Close: Tulo just signed a phat extension that will pay him through his age 26-35 seasons, like you did 10 years ago. You know what he’s going to do when that’s over? He’s going to ask for 6 more years at 25M per, that’s what he’s going to do.

        This changes nothing. NOTHING!!!!

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

    http://espn.go.com/blog/new-yo.....eping-joke

    the Yankees’ front office… is treating a report in Tuesday’s editions of the New York Daily News that Pettitte had received a feeler from Rangers president Nolan Ryan as a “total [bleeping] joke.”

    The report, since denied by Ryan to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, drew an irate reaction from a member of the Yankees’ hierarchy, who requested anonymity for fear of alienating Pettitte, who, the source said, has yet to inform the Yankees whether he will pitch in 2011.

    “Pettitte’s gonna pitch here or he’s gonna pitch nowhere,” said the source…

    As others have pointed out, it’s probably Randy Levine blabbing to the media again. But the fury of this amused me. It’s like it was me rambling on, or something!

    • Xstar7

      Those guys at ESPN New York must think the Rangers going after Pettite is some kind of retaliation for the Yankees going after Cliff Lee.

    • Hughesus Christo

      Why can’t these people stay out of the media sounding like idiots? When did we turn into the Mets?

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

        Because someone let Randy Levine and Hank Steinbrenner free?

      • All Star Carl

        Didn’t the Yankees have exclusive rights to talk to Andy during that time period?

        I may be wrong.

  • Reggie C.

    since i’m unfashionably late for the Greinke-likes-NY thread, i’ll put my 2 cents on this open thread.

    Cashman should only go hard for Greinke if the Lee signing doesn’t happen. Hopefully Lee makes a decision in the winter meetings and puts this board at ease (largely). Even if Pettitte retires, I can’t imagine Cashman would try to replace the loss with a Greinke trade. The need to pull that off just wouldnt be there with CC and Lee on board. It just isnt worth the cost.

    Brackman might be more than capable of contributing in the opener of 2012. Brackman might very well need just ONE more season before he’s ready to come in and be the #5 guy.

    Till then…WEBB on a one-year flier?

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

      You were doing so well, until that regrettable final sentence.

      • Corporate Scum (Formerly Joe West’s Music Career)

        +1.

        Or really:

        +80. Tops.

        • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

          Hah. You fun-nay.

    • Jose the Satirist

      I always liked Webb, but let someone else deal with him at this point.

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

        And I bet Webb would have next to zero interest in signing on with the Yankees, where the road to climb would be steep. He’d sign on with a smaller-profile club with fewer big-dollar starters to displace (and stave off) to make it back into a big league rotation stalwart.

        Like what Dontrelle Willis did, signing with the Reds, who have both a larger need and a greater opportunity for a reclamation project starter.

        • Corporate Scum (Formerly Joe West’s Music Career)

          There’s another similarity to Dontrelle.

          He’s finished.

      • I Voted 4 Kodos

        He’d be interesting on a minor league deal, but I can’t imagine that there are no teams willing to take a flier on a major league deal. And even if he does have to settle for a minor league deal, he’ll probably looking for a team where he’s got a better chance of sticking in the rotation immediately.

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

      How about calling up Syd Thrift and asking what it’d take to get Bob Walk in pinstripes?

    • Accent Shallow

      Webb on a minor league deal couldn’t hurt.

      Counting on him to contribute in 2011 is going to get someone burned, though.

      Not to mention, he’d likely sign with a club with a less settled rotation — although maybe he’s confident enough in his past track record to think he can crack anyone’s rotation — and he certainly could, if he’s even 90% of what he was.

  • Hughesus Christo

    Question, bros:

    If Troy Tulowitzki can get that contract today from the Rockies, how much would Troy Tulowitzki be worth on the FA market?

    At least 8/180, probably more.

    • Corporate Scum (Formerly Joe West’s Music Career)

      Now? Dunno. 10 years in the future? 6/150.

    • bonestock94

      Idk how many years, but I would bet 25M/yr.

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

        Yup. 10/250M is reasonable. A 25 year old cornerstone SS who’s put up 19.0 bWAR over the past 4 years? A plus player both offensively and defensively who puts up a .300/30/100 in the Triple Crown stats, who hasn’t entered his prime yet? That’s probably the most valuable player since ARod hit the market a decade ago.

        The only real knock on him is that his numbers are Coors-inflated, but he’s still a stud who should easily best the recent Mauer and Tex deals (and better the Jeter deal from a year ago) and at least equal the first ARod contract (which was so big, it’s still an outlier).

        • Accent Shallow

          The only real knock on him is that his numbers are Coors-inflated

          Disagree. The Coors issue is a problem, but he’s shown he can hit on the road. I’d be more concerned with his injury issues, as such things tend to recur.

      • http://twitter.com/bryanl26 Bryan L

        8/190 in my opinion. I’d have a tough time giving him 10 years or over 200 million.

    • vin

      If he were a FA today (at age 26), he’d be a 10/210-230 kind of guy.

      He might be able to get more AAV with fewer years.

      His road splits would drive his price down a bit.

    • CS Yankee

      It would be years before he could go anywhere, therefore staying the face of the ballclub while taking all the risk of injuries/decline out is a smart move.

      Mauer, King Felix, Cano, etc. have all taken the that risk away while securing their futures at a discount to their actual market worth. In every case I believe it was the smart play, but to some the extreme money left on the table was a poor decision.

      For every Matt Holliday (that didn’t take the early $), there seems to be several that make the safe bet. Non-Boras clients though.

  • vin

    Is it just me, or does this year seem to have an especially large class of quality relievers?

    Not a ton of huge names, but plenty of ability to go around:
    Soriano
    Benoit
    Choate
    Fuentes
    Downs
    Feliciano
    Gregg
    Rhodes
    Romero
    Rauch
    Wood
    Balfour
    Crain
    Durbin
    Frasor
    Putz
    Dotel
    CHoP

    There will almost certainly be some useful relievers in this year’s bargain bin.

    • JerseyDutch

      Chan Ho Park, Part 2. This time it’s personal.

  • bonestock94

    Giants sign Tejada. I wish the hot stove woul…ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

      If Sandoval plays 3B and Tejada is SS again, that’s gotta be less range than Jeter and A-Rod. That’s kind of frightening.

      • bonestock94

        Significantly less I think.

    • http://twitter.com/Carlosological Carlosologist

      ;_;

      Typical Sabean deal. Why couldn’t he swing a deal with the Twins for JJ Hardy (even though Minnesota would be better off with Nishioka at SS and resigning Hudson to play 2B with Casilla as the backup)?

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

        But Sabean is a GENIUS because Edgar Renteria was WS MVP!!!! the Yankees are just old and lame and doomed though

    • Corporate Scum (Formerly Joe West’s Music Career)

      Hmmm. Ol’ Derek sure could use a Scott Boras brand Mystery Team®

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

    A-Rod’s #7 on the Prime 9 3B.

    • VO

      Pretty sure he holds a similar position on the SS list.

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

        He’s #2. Which is too ludicrously high (and no one’s a bigger A-Rod fan than me). Like, Cal Ripken Jr. was #3… what.

        • Xstar7

          Was Derek Jeter #4?

          • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

            No, #7. Which as I said in the Open Thread – too low. He should be over Smith and Banks at least. And A-Rod too (we’re just talking their careers at SS, not their overall careers).

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

              At least A-rod has still spent more than half his career at short, though that won’t be true by the end. Banks also was less than half.

            • JobaWockeeZ

              A-Rod as a SS >>> Jeter as a SS. He was a better fielder and a much better bat. If we’re not knocking A-Rod for not staying on SS, I don’t know how he can be worse than Jeter.

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

                That. I have no problem keeping ARod above Jeter at SS, particularly since he didn’t move off of the position naturally due to decline (but instead artificially due to politics).

              • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

                I consider longevity at that position so I am knocking him for staying at SS, not that it was his fault. He’s still probably a top nine SS of all time because SS have sucked historically, but not #2.

                • Jimmy McNulty

                  Ehhh…he probably is the second best player ever to play the shortstop position. I would say he’s the second best player ever to play Third Base too.

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

                    Yeah, each half of ARod’s career is better than probably 99% of all other big leaguers’ careers.

                    • Jimmy McNulty

                      To be fair, like a top 100 player is probably like the 99.99999th percentile of major league players. There’s plenty of Troy Glauses throughout history along with guys who were just rock solid players their whole careers but never impact guys.

                    • Jimmy McNulty

                      Oddly enough though, on the subject of A-Rod’s place in baseball history I think he’s behind:

                      Ruth
                      Wagner
                      Mantle
                      Bonds
                      Williams
                      Cobb
                      Mays
                      Hornsby
                      Aaron
                      Gehrig
                      Musial
                      Morgan
                      Schmidt
                      Henderson
                      Collins
                      Foxx

                      There’s a few Negro Leaguers that were probably better than he was, and a few pitchers but then there’s the group of “maybes” that I have: Frank Robinson, Joe DiMaggio, and a few others.

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

                      Oscar Charleston, Josh Gibson, John Henry Lloyd, and Martin Dihigo would be good names to name.

                    • Jimmy McNulty

                      Cool Papa Bell, Cristobal Torrente, and a few others…I just don’t really know how to rank all of them.

                    • Accent Shallow

                      Half of those guys (Collins, Foxx, Schmidt) I don’t think are in A-Rod’s league.

                • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

                  also, A-Rod’s career bWAR with Seattle and Texas: 61
                  Jeter career bWAR: 70.1

                  A-Rod’s career >>>> Jeter’s career, but Jeter’s SS career > A-Rod’s career.

                  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

                    of course, that should be Jeter’s SS career > A-Rod’s SS career.

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

                      But ARod’s SS career was artificially cut short. He stopped playing SS at 27, while his body clearly could have continued doing so.

                      Add on just four more years to his SS career, and his bWAR rockets past Jeter’s total (89.7 through the first four years of his Yankee career). And that’s assuming he moves off of SS at age 31… which is still probably way too soon.

                      ARod put up 61.7 bWAR in 8 years of SS. It took Jeter TWICE AS LONG, 16 full seasons, to put up 70.1 bWAR at SS.

                      The 8 years of ARod’s SS career >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> the 16 years of Jeter’s SS career

                    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

                      This is a “if things were different they wouldn’t be the same” argument. Was A-Rod’s peak better – by a lot? Yeah, but so was Nomar’s.

                      The fact remains, Jeter’s 16 years of SS have been worth more, even with crap defense, than A-Rod’s 8 years of SS. Do I wish Alex hadn’t gotten moved off the position? Hell, yes. There’s some alternate universe where he’s the Yankees SS and that’s probably an awesome alternate universe. But it’s not this universe.

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

                      The fact remains, Jeter’s 16 years of SS have been worth more, even with crap defense, than A-Rod’s 8 years of SS.

                      I still disagree, though, because you’re ignoring the massive rate-stat difference. The focus shouldn’t be that Jeter’s been 9 wins better, but that ARod is only 9 wins shy of Jeter’s total in half as many seasons.

                      What you’re saying is akin to saying that the 20 seasons of Frank Tanana’s career at pitcher (54.6 bWAR) is worth more than the 10 seasons of Sandy Koufax’s career at pitcher (54.1 bWAR).

                      I don’t think I can agree with that.

                    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

                      I can understand this argument, sure. And I definitely think there’s room for objectivity in these sort of lists. But 9 wins is a lot (though granted it’s in double the time) – you can probably write off 0.5 WAR between all the static that gets involved in the calculations and stuff. But 9 WAR isn’t really something you can write off.

                  • JobaWockeeZ

                    In overall value then yes because Jeter’s had much more playing time at SS than A-Rod. The fact it’s close like that speaks of A-Rod’s insane years at SS.

                    If A-Rod was a Red Sox he’d probably be killing Jeter is both forms of WAR.

                • JobaWockeeZ

                  Got it. I misunderstood your wording here. “And A-Rod too (we’re just talking their careers at SS, not their overall careers).”

                  If we do consider A-Rod not staying at SS then Jeter probably should be ahead of him but if we just compare their SS years, even if we ignore Jeter’s ‘declining’ years I think A-Rod is considerably better.

    • Kevin in Delectable Princeton

      He has to be the only player on two lists, no?

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

        Babe Ruth? Robin Yount? Ernie Banks?

        (FULL DISCLOSURE: I have no idea how the Prime 9 show works. Never seen it.)

        • Xstar7

          How would Babe Ruth make it on two different lists?

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

            Outfielder and pitcher?

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

              He wouldn’t be among the top 9 of all time in any conceivable pitching category

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

                Like I said, I have no idea how the show works.

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

                  They just run down what they feel is the top 9 of something.

                  Top 9 home runs
                  Top 9 World Series
                  Top 9 ballparks (Fenway over YS? come one)
                  Top 9 pitching seasons
                  Top 9 characters
                  Top 9 unique pitching deliveries

                  et cetera, et cetera

            • Xstar7

              Babe was a terrific pitcher but only pitched for the smaller half of his career. And he wasn’t one of the best 9 pitchers all time (which is what I assume these lists are all about.) Maybe if it were a top 50 he could be considered in that category.

          • JobaWockeeZ

            OF and pitching.

        • nsalem

          and Pete Rose and George Blanda

        • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

          meh they’re ok. the top 9 comebacks involved like 30 games in which the Yankees lost. And the 86 Mets were on there about 8 times. the 2004 red sox were #1.

          • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

            Prime 9 World Series was like “here is a list of ways the Yankees lost in gut-wrenching ways”

        • Jimmy McNulty

          Ernie Banks as a top nine 1B? No thanx.

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

        They talk about the 1986 Mets in like every damn Prime 9.

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

    Dear Anthony Mason:

    You’re 43 years old now. We love you, bro, but it’s not cool to have your nickname shaved into the side of your haircut anymore.

    Sincerely,
    Knicks Fans

    • Adam

      Could be worse…he could have “point forward” shaved in.

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

        Touché.

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

    As a light-skinned black man, I’d have a soft spot in my heart for the Nets for having the most high-yellow backcourt in the NBA in Farmar/Harris…

    … if they weren’t the Nets.

  • S

    Honestly its crazy that people treat Greinke like he’s a leper because of his Social Anxiety Disorder. He has gone something far more stressful than a game, and came out all the better. Considering half the damn nation is on anti-depressants and/or anxiety the chances are very high that more than a few players and superstars are battling the same issues but aren’t saying anything unlike Greinke.

    No one says a single thing about addicts like Miguel Cabrera or Hamilton not being able to handle the spotlight. (an addict is always an addict, hence why no one is ever cured from an addiction) You don’t turn to drugs or booze because your happy, no people turn to those poisons because they are suffering from those same demons as Greinke is yet they weren’t strong enough to seek help.

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

      You don’t turn to drugs or booze because you’re happy…

      /blanketstatement’d

      • bonestock94

        Yea, I thought it was pretty common for people to go down bad paths just from getting blasted at parties too often.

    • pat

      Alcoholism does not equal social anxiety disorder. I don’t understand what the two have to do with each other. Greinke isn’t addicted to anything

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        Alcoholism does not equal social anxiety disorder. I don’t understand what the two have to do with each other. Greinke isn’t addicted to anything

        T.H.I.S.

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

        Furthermore, the comparison is inartful, because the reason nobody “says a single thing about addicts like Miguel Cabrera or Hamilton not being able to handle the spotlight” is because the drug or alcohol addictions they suffer(ed) with don’t necessarily have anything to do with a neurological anxiousness related to the spotlight.

        SAD does. SAD is a disorder involving anxiety in social situations. Drug and alcohol addition is not, it’s an addiction to a substance than can be manifested in any number of ways, none of which necessarily would theoretically impair a player’s ability to play baseball in pressure situations.

      • S

        but it does usually have an underlying cause of depression

        • S

          like all self destructive behavior it has some form of mental instability as an underlying cause

    • nsalem

      If he came to New York I think the sicker elements of the MSM would be his problem rather than the fans. It’s really disheartening to see how low they have sunk. On the other hand, their inefficiency
      and irrelevance have facilitated the growth of great sites such as RAB. There is good in everything.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    That building is right near my intern school; I need to schedule an impromptu field trip.

    • pat

      Bring a net or a large inflatable bounce house. Saving the GM from a potentially fatal harness malfunction = instant front office job.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        Definitely.

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

          Finally, Mimbro will have the power to give us fans the cotton uniforms and doors that go all the way to the bottom of the stalls that we’ve been clamoring for!

          • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

            Fitted caps for cap day, baby.

            • FIPster Doofus

              You could probably convince Danny Tartabull to partake in that PBS telethon, too.

  • http://twitter.com/SteveH_MandAura Steve H

    Tedy Bruschi breaking the #1 code of being a media member, admitting he was wrong.

    http://espn.go.com/blog/boston.....on-sanchez

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

      ESPN 1050 was hilarious today. Hilariously bad.

      In the 2:00 hour, McDonald & Tierney gave Bruschi props for admitting that his earlier comments that Sanchez was a “frontrunner” and a poor leader were a mistake and too hasty, saying that it took a real man to publicly admit that his criticism was off the mark.

      In the 5:00 hour, during The Michael Kay Show, the station was running promos featuring Bruschi’s initial statements (the ones he has now-publicly retracted) that were critical of Sanchez, and basically challenging Jet fans to “shove it in Bruschi’s face!”.

      Same day.

      [facepalm]

      • http://twitter.com/SteveH_MandAura Steve H

        Wow, that’s pretty awful.

      • http://creativejamie.com jdogg

        it’s not like ESPN NY is running the Boomer and Carton show (what is Boomer thinking?)… and I thought Mike and Mike was bad. I turned Boomer and Carton on once and they were making chicken noises for like 5 minutes. it was ridiculous. Its got to be the worst sports show on radio

        Steve Somers is a ridiculous hater – his head shot on the WFAN website looks like its from the 70s.

        Jody McDonald is totally nuts, I wrote about him last August: http://bomberbanter.com/2010/0.....ly-insane/

        I think Joe and Evan have the best show on radio; Mike Francesa’s show is also good, but not AS good.

  • AJ

    Tejada signed, Jeter has no options left. Cashman smells blood.

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

      If Casey Close was Scott Boras, he’d have been floating the “mystery team” that was prepared to offer Jeter the 5/125M he wants.

  • Esteban

    While I like Wilson Chandler overall, he’s missing just a little something from his game. He’s got some nice moves with the ball, but he’s just not talented enough to hit the shots in the positions that the moves get him into. Of course, if he were talented enough to hit those shots, he’d be Kobe Bryant.

  • Esteban

    Raymond Felton is coming on strong and it’s awesome to see the chemistry that he and Amare are building.

  • Esteban

    Which championship ring is Al Trautwig wearing?

  • http://twitter.com/SteveH_MandAura Steve H

    So Tejada’s 1/$6.5 sets the market for well past their prime statues at SS right? Give Jeter a week to sign, then pull it.

    • Reggie C.

      wow. aggressive much?

      let Dj come to you. he eventually must find a port to call home … once more.

      • http://twitter.com/SteveH_MandAura Steve H

        Yeah, I probably really wouldn’t pull the offer anytime soon, but I wouldn’t increase it either.

        • FIPster Doofus

          There’s no reason to budge from 3/45. I hope the Yankees don’t, but they probably will.

          • http://twitter.com/SteveH_MandAura Steve H

            Yeah, I expect them to budge a little, but only on $$. I think it’s 3 years no matter what.

            • Avi

              I totally agree with you Steve. Tell them the offer is time sensitive. I wouldn’t pull it but tell them in seven days the offer goes down to 12M a year.
              There are all kinds of players available this off season and the Yanks need to know if that money is going to go to Jeter or if they should start looking to improve their team in other ways.

  • http://twitter.com/SteveH_MandAura Steve H

    Any chance Larry Fitzgerald gets dealt? I know they won’t want to deal him, but I wonder if he’ll demand it, unless they find a sure thing to shore up the QB situation. Pats and their 7 picks in 4 rounds might be a fit…..

    • Reggie C.

      I think TSJC and all Jets fans on this board just fainted at the thought.

      Fantastic fit. Fitzgerald is an ambassador of the game and would add a deep threat second to none to that Pats offense.

  • http://twitter.com/kschmidt2 Kiersten

    Gruden to The U is picking up steam.

    There’s been way too much smoke for there not to be any fire.

  • http://twitter.com/SteveH_MandAura Steve H

    So the Yankees are going to agree to deal with Jeter and not announce it. Once they agree with Lee, they’ll announce the Jeter deal and he will have a press conference the next day announcing he gladly took a paycut to help the team remain competitive and leave more money to bring in new players. Next day magically Lee signs. Jeter saves face as “ultimate teammate”, Yankees save money.

  • Avi

    I’m having mixed feelings on Greinke here. His ERA went up two runs this year. While no one can be expected to maintain a 2.16 ERA (his ’09 ERA) 4.17 is eh.. His hits allowed went up significantly while his K’s went down. He also gave up seven more homers than ’09. He def didn’t perform at an elite level this year.
    Is the real Zack Greinke 2009 or 2010, or something in between?

    • JobaWockeeZ

      In between. He was a victim of a horrendous defense which must have inflated his ERA a bit. While his 2009 probably won’t happen again, I think Greinke is still a solid number 1 or 2 guy.

    • Accent Shallow

      Greinke 2007-2010: 773 2/3 IP, 3.32 ERA, for a 132 ERA+. I’d say ~120 is a reasonable expectation.

      And while his HR rate and BB rate both got worse, they’re still well within acceptable ranges. His K-rate went from excellent to merely good, though. Is that a cause for concern? Who knows.

      • Avi

        He struck out sixty one less batters in only nine less innings. That’s a substantial drop off for a guy going from his age 26 to age 27 season. Did his Velo drop?

        • http://twitter.com/Carlosological Carlosologist

          His FB velocity in 2010 was 93.6. In 2009, it was 93.7. It was pretty much a regression in LOB% and K/9. The K/9 regressed to his career numbers and got unlucky with his LOB%.

  • Mattchu12

    Anybody considered that maybe Greinke’s anxiety issues on par or maybe even lessened with the ones he has/had in Kansas City because he’d be expected to be a third starter in New York instead of an Ace.

    I mean, i know New York is worse just because it’s New York. But would it be fair to say that being a third starter in New York has roughly equal pressure as being the Ace of most teams?

    • Mattchu12

      The third starter notion is of course dependent on signing Cliff Lee. Which, we have to.

    • Hughesus Christo

      Nope. The media situation is night and day even compared to other big cities. To Kansas City? Welcome to the terrordome.