Jan
18

Open Thread: Michael Pineda

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He hasn’t even thrown a pitch for the Yankees yet … hell, he’s not even officially a Yankee yet because the trade hasn’t been announced, but we’re already giving Michael Pineda his own open thread because today is his birthday. He’s turning the ripe old age of 23. That’s two years younger than Ivan Nova, a year and a half younger than Adam Warren, one year younger than Dellin Betances, and six months younger than Stephen Strasburg. Pineda is younger than all but 18 of the pitchers who appeared in the big leagues last year, and only three of those 18 threw more than 70 innings (Madison Bumgarner, Jordan Lyles, and Tyler Chatwood). Yeah, he’s quite young.

Once you’re done (electronically) wishing the soon-to-be newest Yankee a happy birthday, use this as your open thread for the night. Both the Knicks and Nets are playing, which sounds just awful. Talk about whatever you like here, anything goes.

Update: Please sign this petition to help fight SOPA, otherwise sites like this one won’t exist.

Categories : Open Thread
  • http://twitter.com/thewhite_dragon Drew

    I’m so glad the Yankees don’t do the whole let’s change our jersey to Los Yankees and try and be cultural. #amuricaaaed

    • Rainbow Connection

      Who did that?

      • Rainbow Connection

        ahhhhhhhh now I see.

      • Mike MzX

        This uniform has to make Met fans shake their heads…

        http://lauramartinez.files.wor.....large1.jpg

        I think those guys do an ethnic night for everyone…, even Australian Aboriginals.

    • vin

      Agreed. It’s always lame when Los Lakers play Los Suns. You can honor that segment of your fanbase some other way. Of course the primary motivation is to get people to buy new, goofy-looking jerseys.

      • Mattchu12

        I’m pretty sure that’s the only motivation.

      • Rainbow Connection

        Why do groups of people have to be honored, simply for existing (other than to make money off of them)?

        • Thomas Cassidy

          Because of liberals.

          All cultures should be respected, blah blah blah.

          • LA Sean

            +1

          • http://www.bronxbombersreport.com Craig Maduro

            Um, as opposed to conservatives who just want to sweep other cultures under the rug??

            • leftylarry

              The culture here is American.

              • http://www.bronxbombersreport.com Craig Maduro

                Part of the “American culture” is having a mixture of several different cultures in one country.

                • Rainbow Connection

                  Are you really THAT dumb???

                  • http://www.bronxbombersreport.com Craig Maduro

                    Unless I’m missing some sarcasm, I’m just sensing some ignorance.

                    As far as your question of “being THAT dumb”, I’d say ‘no’. I consider myself fairly well educated – socially and academically. With that said, I would prefer to come across as dumb if the alternative was coming across as a Budweiser guzzling, confederate flag saluting redneck.

                  • http://www.bronxbombersreport.com Craig Maduro

                    And you do realize, by the way, that I wasn’t even addressing your original question, right? Although it does bring up a point that would at least be worth discussing.

          • http://riveraveblues.com okyankee24

            The only culture is American culture if in fact you are in America. Being conservative isnt a negative, its not accepting everything you dicks wanna throw at the rest of us and call it progression.

            • Tim

              Oh, no. No one is telling you how you should feel or what you should think about certain people who may or may not be different than you. But your own opinions shouldn’t infringe on anyone else’s ability to live the life they want to live, so long as it doesn’t personally or financially harm you.

              And by the way, what exactly IS American culture? Because I’ve lived in NY, Chicago, Cleveland, and North Carolina. I’ve seen many different versions of “American” culture.

              • YankyPanky

                This comes across as elitist know-it-all speak!

              • ethan jf

                Hmmm, back in the 19th c that’s what people said about the Irish–they’re not American, they need to learn to adapt to OUR culture. Now we consider Guinness, St. Paddy’s Day etc. to be part of our culture. We consider bagels part of our culture even though they were brought here by (gasp!) JEWS from Europe. We happily chow down on sushi, pad thai, Peking duck, chicken tikka masala, tacos, pasta, and hummus also. All of THAT is American culture AS MUCH AS apple pie, hamburgers, etc. In fact all of that is the essence of American culture — we take the best of what everyone brings to our shores and make it our own. (Hamburgers were German, remember? French fries hail from Belgium.) The LEAST American thing about American culture is people who reject this…

                I LOVE that I can go to the ballpark now and chow down a hot dog if I want — or a taco, or BBQ, or … you get the picture. That’s what makes ‘merica great NOT your rejection of “progression.” So hell if teams think making “Los XXX” jerseys is a way of recognizing part of their AMERICAN fanbase why the hell not? They’re not forcing anybody to buy the jerseys

                • Kiko Jones

                  +1

        • vin

          By “honored,” they really mean “how can we sell them more of our product(s).”

          • Gonzo

            Didn’t the Suns do it in response to Arizona’s immigration policy?

            • vin

              I honestly thought they had done it prior to that issue, but you may be right.

              • Preston

                They had planned to do it at the start of the season. Then the new law made it controversial. The Sun’s owner thought about stopping it, but the players wanted to go ahead with it.

        • MannyGeee

          El Heat takes offense.

    • Jamey

      My friend who is half Cuban & Mexican actually got annoyed by Knicks doing the whole “Nueva York” thing. His reason was that “New York” is “New York” no matter where you’re referring to it from, he said it would be like if he went by “Juan” when he was with his family but “John” to everyone that’s not hispanic.

  • brucevodka

    Just watched the May 2011 game in Seattle that he pitched. Very easy delivery, the NYY announcers were very complimentary about him and he was very impressive. I wish I had bought that “Time forward” machine so I can get to opening day already!

    • hogsmog

      Just use relativity, dude. The ‘Time Forward’ machine exists if you can move fast enough.

  • Monterowasdinero

    Did he/does he have a nickname?

    Michael Seeyalayda Pineda?

    • Rich in NJ

      Girardi has made nicknames kind of nauseating. So I hope Pineda is merely called something like “Ace.”

      • Rainbow Connection

        He’ll probably go with ‘Pinny’.

      • Voice of Reason

        subscribes to the George W. Bush school of nicknaming

    • Rainbow Connection

      According the RAB commenters: ‘Bust’.

      • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

        If he was a Yankee farmhand for the past 3 years, he would be “untouchable”.

    • CJ

      I’ll predict Piney

    • MannyGeee

      ‘Not Montero’ taking the mound tonight for the Yankees…

  • CJ

    Nice work on age comps helps put him relative perspective.

    • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

      If he was in the minors at age 22, people would be talking about him ‘filling out’ and ‘adding a tick or two’ to his fastball. The lack of a 3rd pitch would be irrelevant, the talent would be all that matters.

      But since he performed at a high level in the majors last year, that’s . . . .worse for some reason?

      This is what I call prospect logic. Blinded by love.

  • pat

    He kind of looks really effeminate in that picture, almost like a lefty trying to throw righty.

    • Monterowasdinero

      “Squaring up”

  • Holy Ghost

    Is today the deadline for Darvish to sign with the Rangers?

    • CJ

      its a done deal

    • Ivan

      Yeah, he already sign. 6 year, 60 million dollar contract.

      • MannyGeee

        Holy fuck that’s less than I thought he’d pull. Wow.

        • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

          111M is the 4th largest outlay for any pitcher in MLB history, and most ever for a righthander.

          Insanity.

    • Holy Ghost
    • CP

      6 yrs / $60M plus the posting fee.

  • Rey22

    Jamie Moyer to the Rockies! The legend continues. More than twice the age of Pineda.

    • YankeesJunkie

      Jamie Moyer is last WWII veteran to still play in the majors.

      Fact

      • jramey

        loool

      • David

        I thought it was Civil War veteran?

      • Mike MzX

        Hey if he can still get it done, bordering on 50… that’s gotta give us all some shred of hope that the age of Mo may have much more gas in the tank than we think.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        It was called the Jamie Moyer award before Cy Young came along.

      • Pat D

        His ears are still ringing from the Big Bang.

      • thumper

        Jamie Moyer and Don Zimmer are the last members of the Brooklyn Dodgers still active in baseball. FACT

    • vin

      Too bad they have like a dozen other potential starters. He has a ton of competition, although it’s more quantity than quality.

  • Dan 2

    Who will be the first knucklehead NY sportswriter to substitute “pinata” for Pineda after a rough start?

    • The Big City of Dreams

      Lupica too easy for him to pass up.

    • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

      You say Pineda and I say Pinata.

  • Overrated Packers

    Don’t forget to thank your conservative christian buddies for SOPA guys!
    Ahh, America. Where we pretend we have more freedom even when we don’t.

    • Rainbow Connection

      Why are you pretending one party did this? Obama’s involved, too.

    • YankeesJunkie

      Lets not even get this started…this should be a happy place, except during games then shit gets real.

      • Rainbow Connection

        “anything goes”

        The truth is that neither party party wants true freedom. Obama is *saying* he’s against SOPA, but supported the media fairness doctrine, which would *coincidentally!* take out radio shows he happens to not like. Both parties are completely full of shit. They are both enemies of the people of this country.

        • Overrated Packers

          i never said i favored democrats. And in all seriousness here, Obama is a Romney clone. We’re screwed no matter which direction we go. We need a true Libertarian, not that fake Ron Paul crap.

          • Thomas Cassidy

            Ron Paul is as libertarian as you can get.

            • YankeesJunkie

              I have heard many things, but never as a fake.

              • Thomas Cassidy

                Some people just don’t know what they’re talking about.

                “we need a real true Libertarian, not that fake Ron Paul crap” is an amusing quote because Ron Paul was one of the first members of the Libertarian Party founded in Barry Goldwater’s home.

                But let’s just listen to Fox News and what they say!

                • Overrated Packers

                  Ron Paul wants to take away the right to abortion, still believes in the gold standard, thinks that sodomy laws should be up to the state…. Yeah good luck with that stuff

                  • Thomas Cassidy

                    Sodomy laws? What the hell are you talking about?

                    And no, he doesn’t want to take that right away. You should research it at least before you form an opinion on him. He wants to return the right to the states, where it properly belongs.

                    The gold standard is where it needs to be right now. There is no value in paper.

                    • Gonzo

                      I’ve always been curious about why people want the gold standard. The US has roughly $400 billion in gold deposits. The M2 money supply is over $9 trillion. Wouldn’t a return to a gold standard cause some serious, serious issues there?

                      Also, private ownership of gold had to be seriously tinkered with when we were on the gold standard. Wouldn’t a ban/restriction on ownership be against a cornerstone of libertarian thought?

                      What would happen when China, Japan, etc… decided they rather be paid in gold? There would be no gold left to back any US currency.

                  • MannyGeee

                    Wait… I like sodomizing… This Ron Paul guy sounds all right.

                    • Tim

                      I think you are misinterpreting – by saying this should be up to the states, he is in effect saying that certain states can (and should) prohibit the act, as is still done in some southern states. As a fan, you should be opposed to Paul on this one.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              You might ask a woman or person of color whether they feel the same way about that.

        • YankeesJunkie

          Agreed…but still no politics or religion or things get nasty.

          • YankeesJunkie

            He was only in the LP when he ran in 88′ although his views are more in line with the LP than the GOP.

            • Thomas Cassidy

              He’s always been a Republican, it’s just that the party has turned to crap. He ran as a Libertarian in 1988, yes. But he’s always been a Republican and a Libertarian. More of a fiscal Republican, I’d say.

      • Ray Fuego

        I agree. It’s ok to talk about it but lets not start bashing political parties. I believe its both sides o fthe political spectrum. I shut down my design blog in protest today. http://www.theoatemeal.com al so has a hilarious take on it.

        • Ray Fuego

          of the**

          • Ray Fuego

            also* damn I should proof read

            • pat

              I thought you were about to say you were the creator of The Oatmeal. I would have internet kowtowed in deference.

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

      Okay, let’s end the politics stuff here. That never ends well.

      • Landry

        Thank you.

      • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

        +1

  • JJ

    Not that I see this happening, but since Pineda has options, can he be sent down to AAA for the first few months and to give the yanks anything? Like an extra year of control? Not sure how it works.

    • Bo Knows

      Doesn’t work that way, his clock started when he made the Mariners last year, we have 5 years with him (definitely longer if he lives up to his talent and skill)

      • Needed Pitching

        the time in the minors doesn’t count as service time
        he wouldn’t be a free agent until after 6 full seasons of MLB service time (25-man roster or DL)

        • Bo Knows

          his service time began last year it’s not going to delay his arbitration and the only thing this does for the yankees is hurt them.

          • Needed Pitching

            service time would not accrue during any time he spent in the minor leagues. Sending him down for a while would delay his free agency, but the Yanks won’t do it because they want him to pitch (and I’m sure the union would throw a fit and file a grievance)

            • Needed Pitching

              *I believe the time spent in the minors has to be at least 20 days for the time not to count as MLB service time

  • Spicy Kuroda Roll

    Not gonna lie…I think not doing 6/110 for Darvish was a good play.

    • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

      I saw MLBN break down his 4 pitches. His fastball looks good, little tail on it. The curveball looks loopy, which doesn’t work in the AL East. The Slider was described as “slurvy”, which would be a knock if he was a prospect in this division, and the change looked good, some fading action.

      He looks like a FB-Change guy to me, with the other two needed work. That slurve and curveball is going to get crushed by MLB righties if he uses it regularly.

      Needless to say, not worth 111M in my book and Cash was right to bid modest.

      • Voice of Reason

        Figures to have much better control and fewer Ks, but his stuff and diverse arsenal reminds me a lot of the 2011 version of Ubaldo Jimenez.

  • http://Riveravenuesb John

    Happy Birthday “sure thing”

    • Ray Fuego

      I can’t tell if this is a joke or not.

      • vxx

        Suspicious quotation marks.

  • Gary

    Given how young he is, does anyone know if he’ll be on a pitch count in 2012? I don’t recall if the Mariners had him on one last year. It’ll be a slight letdown if there are going to be “Pineda Rules” to observe this season.

    • Needed Pitching

      they somewhat limited his innings by skipping his starts a few times in the second half, but he ended up with 171 innings. Yankees usually try to limit IP increases to around 30 or so, so he should be fine for about 200+ innings.
      As for pitch count, his season high was 110 in a start. I’d imagine the Yankees will be slightly cautious with his workload, but nowhere near the limits that Hughes/Joba have had.

  • Jon

    so Yu signed with the rangers for 110 million

    wonder if he will be 30m better than CJ Wilson

    • Thomas Cassidy

      I hope not. And it’s not because it’s the Rangers that signed him, but how annoying it has been about him for the past year. I hope he turns into Igawa 2.0. I’d cream my pants.

    • Pat D

      No, Yu signed for $60 million.

      The team paid $110 million for him.

  • Ryan

    Should be interesting to see how pineda,latos darvish and gio do on their new teams. Who will have a rough first yr and who will become an ace.

    • MannyGeee

      Gio will be what he is. Latos is the truth. Pineda will be nice. My money is on Darvish of the 4, but I think CJ Wilson is gonna have a tough go of it in LA tbh.

  • PinedaColada

    How many people here would of preferred Darvish for 6/110 over the Pineda/Montero swap? I personally am alot happier with Pineda even after the loss of Montero

    • dean

      I’d rather have Darvish and Montero than Pineda…..but then I could care less about the money

      • Mike MzX

        +1, but overall this is pretty good deal… and has calmed my previous anger over the Yankees token bid for Darvish. This was a pretty slick move from Cashman, not one I expected.

        • dean

          We have to give it time, probably won’t really know if it was a good move or not for a couple of years. They do have some very interesting young arms now in house now….

          • Mike MzX

            Yeah this is gonna be one of those time will tell kind of trades. Looks good on paper, it’s exciting.

      • dan gen

        agreed, no one hits like montero….he will be missed…only way i am happy is if they sign the fat guy.

    • FachoinaNYY

      Damn first good Pieneda name ive seen, unless ive mussed some.

      Well done.

    • Rookie

      Darvish would be instead of Kuroda. They could still have done Montero plus Noesi for Pineda and Campos.

      The question is who’d rather have Darvish for five or six years than Kuroda for one year?

      • Mike MzX

        I’d rather have Darvish for 5 or six on one hand, because I do believe this guy is gonna become the best Japanese import pitcher we’ve ever seen in MLB.

        On the other hand, there’s a lot of stellar arms that may be on the market in the next off season or two. Matt Cain, David Price, Tim Lincecum, this list goes on. So on the other hand, it be nice to be able to bring in another already established big game starter, instead of gambling on Darvish (who looks like a good bet, but you never know for sure).

        • Joe R

          No need for a gamble with Darvish when you can give the same amount of money or maybe less seeing how stacked the market will be for a proven top of the line starter.

      • MannyGeee

        Kuroda for one. As much as I loved and pined for Yu, still a roll of the dice bigger than any we’ve seen in a decade on this team. Bigger than Pineda, bigger than CC, bigger than Pavano or even A Rods abortion.

        At least with Alex, you knew you’d get some good before alot of bad. Yu offers no such assurance.

        But I still wanted Yu…. Real real bad. No homo, of course

    • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

      I’m not sold on Darvish, and even if I thought he was a finished product I would still have questions about how he will react here. The price tag was something you pay for elite production, and he hasn’t proven he’s worth that yet IMO.

    • Dave

      Darvish 6/110 minus whomever they couldn’t bring in trying to get under luxury tax.

  • P

    Who would win a bareknuckle boxing match- Pineda or Bentances.

    • Mike MzX

      Bentances, he’s a native New Yorker. Nuff” said.

      • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

        Dude, the DR is WAYYYYY tougher than NY. Kids play baseball to get out of desperate poverty.

        The weather is better, though.

    • Thomas Cassidy

      Neither, because there is no Bentances.

      • P

        Clearly, there is, because my auto spell says so

    • Avi

      Mitre

      • Reggie C.

        i thought Mitre’s thing was arm-wrestling? Or was it wrastling….

        • Bo Knows

          Mitre’s was kicking ass and taking names (through his fists, not pitching of course)

  • Avi

    I can’t get the thought of Prince big daddy in pinstripes out of my head.

    • mbonzo

      Yu Darvish helped your cause out.

    • RkyMtnYank

      You should though.

    • Avi

      Probably because it’s the only thing that’ll make me forget about Montero.

      • CMP

        Spending $150+ million on a DH would be plain stupid when guys like Hamels, Cain and Greinke could be available next year.

        • Avi

          Between Kuroda, Feliciano and freddy Garcia you have $18M coming off the books. Add another $4-5M and boom, you have Hamels.

          • Needed Pitching

            lot of guys getting raises (or likely raises) next season
            Cano, Granderson, Jeter, Soriano, Gardner, DRob, Hughes, Joba
            plus they’ll need to resign or replace Swisher and Martin (which may or may not cost more)
            the money goes quick, though it does seem like they could make Hamels fit if they really wanted to

      • murakami

        How I hate Cashman.

    • MannyGeee

      It’ll pass when Washington or Theo pays him a shit ton more than he’s worth soon.

  • dean

    Hopefully Texas will drop out on Prince and he won’t want to go to Washington and Boras calls the Yankees to talk about a 1 year deal.

    • Mike MzX

      I doubt Fielder is gonna want to take the 1-2 million the Yankees are willing to spend for a DH. I also doubt the Yankees would offer him anything more than that, it’s a buyers market for Prince… and the Yankees aren’t buying.

      I guess Prince Fielder should have made a club friendly extension deal with Milwaukee before this season and avoided FA until next year. Going on the market with Pujols made him worth much less.

      • CMP

        I’d bet my last dollar that Boras gets him a deal for $150+ million.

        It may not be in an ideal place for him but when has Boras ever failed to get his client a huge money deal?

        • Mike MzX

          Yeah, but usually his clients are a hot commodity. Fielder, because of a strange lack of need among the big spenders, is not a hot commodity at the moment. The teams that could really use him, don’t have the money, or wont spend it (Hrmph, Blue Jays, Hrmph.)

        • Soriano Is A Liar

          Ryan Madson?

        • Sarah

          Edwin Jackson?

        • dean

          Johnny Damon, Edwin Jackson (so far) , Ryan Madson, Adrian Beltre (the first time he tried)….look he usually does but sometimes the market he’s after just isn’t there and when it’s not Boras does have a history of trying one year deals and trying again the next season. It’s highly unlikely…but not unthinkable.

        • Avi

          Totally agree with CMP. I would bet my bottom dollar and borrow more that Prince gets at least $140M.

      • dean

        I think it’s possible they’d find more than the 1-2 million for him if it were just a one year deal…stretching short term likely would be less of an issue as it would still allow them to stay flexible for the dreaded 2014.

  • Mike MzX

    Speaking of a DH, with the news of discussions with Damon and Matsui who would you prefer (if either) to return to the Yankees.

    I’d go with Matsui, everyone loves the guy and he’s just about finished… would be nice to see him retire as a Yankee and I think his bat could still find the short porch.

    Damon really wants to get to 3,000 hits, and I doubt he’s gonna get enough plate apperances in NY to do that. He’d be better off on a team that could use a good clubhouse guy, like Baltimore or Oakland.

    • Karl Krawfid

      Give me Damon. Damon is a breath of fresh air in his post game interviews. Too much sugar coating from everyone else.

      • RkyMtnYank

        I prefer Damon at this point too. It’s funny, during his interviews it always sounds like he is trying to catch his breath at strange times.

        • Frank

          When he was younger, he had a stuttering problem. In an effort to control it, sometimes he speaks slowly and pauses so that he can connect his words better.

      • nsalem

        Signing someone because they should retire Yankee’s or they give good clubhouse interviews is truly a fabulous criteria for the acquisition of a DH. I really like this idea.

        • Karl Krawfid

          Choice was between Damon and Matsui. I responded to his post and picked Damon. No reason to post last years stats. My ultimate choice would be to trade for Billy Butler.

    • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

      All the old guys pretty much suck. Damon, Matsui, Ibanez, and Vladdy. They all OPSd below what the average was at DH last year, even when you look at their R/L splits. The Yanks need elite production as a team with championship aspirations. None of those guys make sense.

      The two that work are 1-Pena and 2-Betemit. The problem is they’ll both wnt to get paid AND get playing time, and I’m not sure the Yanks can offer both to either of them. That’s why I’m starting to think the opening day DH will be an internal guy like Vazquez, who sucks but could be a placeholder until you find something on the waiver wire or via trade.

  • Slu

    I don’t know. I like watching the NBA and the Knicks and Nets. I prefer basketball to hockey, to be honest. Don’t get me wrong, I like hockey, I just like basketball more.

  • Holy Ghost

    The Mariners need Jesus more than the Yanks. He could probably bat cleanup for them on opening day

    • Bo Knows

      Gary Sanchez right now could probably be the Mariners cleanup hitter

      • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

        My dog’s ass could bat 5th.

        • Bo Knows

          sounds like a good front five

          Ichiro
          Ackley
          Smoak
          Jesus
          Steve’s dogs ass
          some guy
          I’m to lazy to look it up
          who cares we know he sucks

  • http://goldenshowers.com Favrest

    I think he wins the CY award this year. 24-5.

  • CMP

    MIke, how about a scouting report on the Cuban pitcher just declared a FA, Gerardo Concepcion?

  • PinedaColada

    So Hamels just signed a 1 year deal. Doesn’t that all but guarantee that he becomes a FA next offseason? It also sounds like he wants to be a free agent his agent was quoted as saying his client will determine what his market is and they will give Philly a chance to match it. But the yanks can just throw Sabathia money at him.

    CC
    Hamels
    Pineda
    Nova
    Hughes

    Oh god I gotta change my underwear

    • dean

      I would hope they would…but they’ll probably just talk about the budget instead.

      • CP

        Yeah, just like they did with CC this offseason and Lee the offseason before.

        • dean

          They probably made the Pineda trade so that they wouldn’t have to pay Hamels should he become a free agent. I hope that’s not the case but they really seem worried about this 189 number.

          • Reggie C.

            Right … Hamels is probably going to sign with a pitching starved team like the Cards (who can afford Hamels now with Pujols off the book and Carpenter coming off the books after 2013).

            Yanks sign Zach Greinke.

            • dean

              Dodgers

        • dan gen

          that was before the new collective agreement…we r now small market

          • Needed Pitching

            210M+ payroll says otherwise

  • murakami

    Five days after the fact and I don’t feel any better.

    I feel like I did in ’89 when the Oilers sold Gretzky to the Kings.

    Sick to my stomach.

    • Monterowasdinero

      We have to move on. We are going through the usual stages of grief. Normal, painful, rationalizing, processing, accepting grief.

      I am just glad I have the MLB package so I can watch the Yanks followed by the Mariners even if I may only stay up to watch Montero’s first ab.

      Bat him 3rd please Seattle!

      • murakami

        I’ll be watching, too, with a heavy heart.

    • MayhemPuppet

      Really Dude? Like the Gretzky sell? GRETZKY!?!?!

      • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

        Of course. This is exactly the same as trading away the best player in the history of the sport. The Montero deal reminds me of how I felt as a young Red Sox fan when they traded Ruth to the hated Yanks for a pile of money to bail out Frazee’s bad debts and Broadway pipe dreams.

        No No Nannette, my ass (shakes fist)

    • Tim

      Hey, by the way. What did the Oilers do in 1990? Were they any good? And how many cups did Gretzky win in LA, STL, or NY after the deal?

  • CUYanks

    The true question is, what is the Sterling call when Pineda hits his first interleague hr?
    Ready, BEGIN:

    • Robinson Tilapia

      That’s where the pinata referenced above shows up.

    • Peter

      He just launched a grenade-a. A grenade-a from Pineda

  • A.Garcia

    Hey RAB support the cause against SOPA!

    • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

      +111

  • http://www.nesn.com/2011/01/2011-red-sox-will-challenge-1927-yankees-for-title-of-greatest-team-in-major-league-history.html Denver fighting tebows

    happy birthday mike

  • Tipsie

    Happy Birthday to you
    Happy Birthday to you
    If you pitch like Ed Whitson
    Cash will wish he’d signed Yu

    • MayhemPuppet

      Ok, that’s not bad…

  • Tyler

    Anybody know what number Pineda will wear? Or do we need to wait until it’s officially announced?

    • Mattchu12

      He wore #36 with the Mariners, but that’s Freddy’s number. I’d bet he’ll don #38, though he did wear #41 at at least one level of the minors.

      • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

        I suspect his number will be lower, not higher. But I could be wrong about that.

  • Karl Krawfid

    http://www.gettyimages.com/det...../137296549

    What do you guys think? Big Slim 2.0?

  • Turd Ferguson

    So now we know Fausto Ca… er Roberto Hernandez Heredia is 31, not 28. I wonder what Pineda’s real name and age are.

  • Matthew G.

    Yo no soy Marinero, soy Yankee now, soy Yankee now! Ah, la Bomber …