Monday Night Open Thread

Past Trade Review: Curtis Granderson
Jeter begins baseball activites in Tampa

Late last week, Derek Jeter sat down for the above interview with Harold Reynolds. They discussed his offseason and rehab from the various leg injuries, Alex Rodriguez, Alex Rodriguez some more, Robinson Cano bolting for the Mariners, Masahiro Tanaka, and a bunch of other stuff. I thought Jeter opened up a little more than we’re used to seeing but not a ton. Nothing controversial or anything like that. It’s only six minutes, so check it out.

This is your open thread for the evening. The various local basketball and hockey teams played earlier today, so you’re on your own for entertainment. You should know how these things work by now, so go to town.

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Past Trade Review: Curtis Granderson
Jeter begins baseball activites in Tampa
  • Anthony

    I really enjoyed that Jeter interview. I thought his comments regarding Cano leaving were interesting.

    • nyyankfan7

      Please – it was an obvious joke. And even if on some level it wasn’t – can you blame him? He’s absolutely 100% correct when he says “it’s a business” and 98% of fans do not understand that. Robinson Cano did not grow up a die hard Yankees fan like the people who visit this site daily. He is doing what every other person on this planet would do, going to work and trying to make as much money as he can before he can’t do it anymore – period. He doesn’t care what Yankees fans think of him, he doesn’t care what Brian Cashman or Hal Steinbrenner or Derek Jeter think of him – and he shouldn’t – he doesn’t owe us or them anything. Someone offered him a 20% bigger salary to do the exact same job elsewhere and he wisely took it. Because of that decision another 3 or 4 generations of his family will never ever have to worry about money. If you say you wouldn’t do the same you are either lying or stupid.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        “If you say you wouldn’t do the same you are either lying or stupid.”

        I’d never base any job decision on solely money. No. Neither lying or stupid.

      • RetroRob

        In defense of Anthony, what exactly did he say that drove your response?

      • Anthony

        I never criticized his comments, I merely said they were “interesting.”

  • Mick taylor

    Not one commentator mentioned that the world’s greatest cornerback, Richard Sherman, is a steroid cheat who was caught last year By the NFL and suspended but ala Ryan Braun got it overturned on a technicality. Of course not a word from bill madden or lupica who are too busy crucifying arod.

    • OldYanksFan

      Sherman doesn’t sell Newspapers… ARod does.
      99% of the media are simple whores, just trying to make a living selling what they can.
      What’s sad is baseball fans who buy into their garbage.

      • Alkaline

        “Sell me this pen…”

        • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

          And then get me some fucking quaaludes.

    • RetroRob

      I do think MLB and the Players’ Union would like to remove PED usage among the players, something that was not the case a decade back.

      The NFL, however, totally wants all its players on drugs.

      • vicki

        football fans aren’t as touchy about the sacred cow records of their childhood idols.

        • Silvio

          And good for them for being so touchy.

          • vicki

            that’s right. oldtimers played the game the right way. hung over and on speed.

            • Eselquetodolosabe

              Objection – Hearsay your honor – SUSTAINED !

        • RetroRob

          Yup. Football fans want to watch a video game with real live people. No matter the some of the live players will be brain dead from playing the game.

          The bigger they are the harder they hit each other. Pump ‘em up.

          I’m guilty. I watch the NFL, and I never really think about (or care) if a guy is on something.

          • Jorge Steinbrenner

            I think I really only truly gave a shit in baseball when it was Brady Anderson hitting 50 homers. That was just WRONG.

        • Now Batting

          That’s because the NFL never had sacred cow records.

        • Eselquetodolosabe

          Face to a name syndrome. Dare I say that the football uniform, specifically the helmet, creates a less personal relationship with the fan, and the judgement that ensues.

          • Jorge Steinbrenner

            …and, therefore, people want NFL players killing each other out there.

            I don’t agree with that, but it is what it is.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      I don’t mention it because, to be honest, I’m on PED’s myself.

      • Alkaline

        Well, that explains everything!

        • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

          He’s referring to parental enhancing drugs.

          • Alkaline

            Ah, I like it.

          • Jorge Steinbrenner

            Either way, they’re not working.

    • Bo Knows

      Adderol, there is a difference between steroids and ADD medication

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        Nice catch. Skimmed right over that.

    • Cool Lester Smooth

      …you know that Adderall isn’t a steroid, right?

      It’s an amphetamine. He was basically taking greenies.

  • RetroRob

    Seems like Harold Reynolds is the only person Derek will speak to at MLBN. Then again, if your choice is Harold Reynolds or Kevin Millar, seems he made the right choice.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    So not one team in the Tanaka chase knows what the others’ offer is? If true, that’s a bunch of shit.

    • Anthony

      Agreed, that’s very hard to believe.

      For what it’s worth, Julie DiCaro hears the Cubs and Yankees are playing a game of chicken. I assume that would require each team knowing what each other bids are.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        I’m convinced these are all friends of yours at this point.

        • Anthony

          They sincerely aren’t. Besides Julie DiCaro, I’ve never had any interaction with any of them. A lot of the guys are legit reporters (Bruce Levine, Gordon Whittenmeyer, Jesse Rogers). Some of them are radio personalties (David Kaplan), some of them are like the RAB guys that claim to have legit sources (DiCaro, Loxas) and, so far, haven’t given me a reason to distrust what they’re saying.

          I just tried to share whatever rumors/reports come across my timeline regarding Tanaka. You’re taking it like I’m trying troll you guys when that’s not what I’m trying to do at all. It just so happens that the Cubs are the team with millions of rumors surrounding them and Tanaka. Had all these rumorsinvolved the Yankees instead of the Cubs, I would’ve posted them as well.

          • Jorge Steinbrenner

            Nah, dude. I was just joking there. No worries.

            • Anthony

              Ah I gotcha.

    • RetroRob

      Well clearly they’re not reading MLBTR, which reports every tweet by every Chicago writer who seem to believe they are in the know, which surely means they are not!

    • Eselquetodolosabe

      The legacy, NPBL blind bidding system lives on ! How do commenters feel about the job Casey Close has done ? Seems to me that he’s been masterful. Either that, or the perfect storm of circumstances; TV Money, Wild-Card Teams and the over-all dearth of quality starting pitchers – has created this panacea named Masahiro Tanaka. I believe Casey Close has done a very good job, whether Tanaka’s talent is commensurate to the hype….., remains to be seen. One things for sure, it won’t come cheap to find out !

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        Makes it pretty hard to make teams play off each other, though, doesn’t it?

      • Alkaline

        No, no he won’t. But I rather pay him than the others. While at least with the others, there’s something about the devil you know, but on the other hand with Tanaka, you at least know the potential to grow into something more is there.

      • RetroRob

        Close is an excellent agent. He is able to secure excellent deals for his clients, but he does it without becoming part of the story himself, such as Boras (who I have no problem with either).

        No doubt that the leaks from Chicago are all being orchestrated by Close to drive up the deal value. It does not, however, give us any indication who is in the lead. It might be a Chicago team. It also might mean that Tanaka has no desire to go to Chicago at all, which is why they’re using that market to leak info to drive up the prices in the target markets.

        Fortunately, this will all be over soon. Wouldn’t be surprised if we know by tomorrow who the real leader is.

        • Eselquetodolosabe

          Ditto on The Cubs. Chicago is a great city, but to leave home for the dream of playing ML baseball, and not choosing a major market, a perennial contender and a historic/legendary organization of the ilk of The Dodgers or NYY, over The Cubs, doesn’t seem logical. Now, everyone can get woo’d. We’ll see if the honey poured into Tanaka’s ear by The Cubs, will be enough.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        I’m sure Tanaka will get paid, but this is a bit too much drama around one player. Some of it is because of the unprecedented nature of the negotiations, to be sure, but I’d rather have some updates and information, as a fan, than this “who will be pick?!?!” stuff.

        • Anthony

          Just heard Jon Morrosi on The David Kapplan Show.

          Kapplan said he heard from a reliable source that the Cubs rumored offer of 7 years, $160M is no where near their actual offer. A scout also told Kapplan that, in his opinion, it would take tens of millions to convince Tanaka to pitch in Chicago.

          • Jorge Steinbrenner

            I mean……that does count as tens of millions. :)

            You live in Chicago, don’t you?

            • Anthony

              Nah, I live in Jersey. Lived in the Bronx for most of my childhood.

              And bah, I meant “tens of millions more than the Yankees/Dodgers offer”

              • Jorge Steinbrenner

                Yeah. They’d have to Cano him away, and even then, I have a hard time believing he’s coming to the US solely for the biggest cash grab possible.

                Apparently, the Blue Jays are NOT in the running. being the 2012 off-season champs doesn’t get you what it used to.

                • Anthony

                  Morosi shares the same opinion as you. I wish I were that confident.

                  • Jorge Steinbrenner

                    I wouldn’t say I’m overly confident. I’ve taken the field the entire time here. The field’s getting smaller, though.

                    I’ll be massively disappointed, but I’m ready for anything at this point.

                    • RetroRob

                      I am fully prepared to be disappointed when he signs elsewhere.

                      I am also fully prepared to have major buyer’s remorse (not that I’m the one buying) as soon as it is announced the Yankees won the bid.

  • Dada I

    For what it’s worth,Jim Bowden had Wayne Graczyk from the Japan
    Times on his radio show and he says if he was a betting man Tanaka ends up with the Yankees

  • MaKun Migraines

    Who’s this Tanaka guy?

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      He was one half of the Orient Express in the WWF in the 90’s.

    • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

      Played outfield for the Indians during their magical comeback/World Series run in 1994.

  • JGYank

    http://www.azsnakepit.com/2013.....projection

    This gives me really high expectations for him no matter where he ends up.

    • Alkaline

      If we’re lucky to get him, I think we need to make sure we have reasonable expectations.

      • JGYank

        Sure, but think about his age, numbers, control, plus splitter and slider, velocity, and durability and it’s hard not to be excited.

        • Alkaline

          Agreed. I’ll be more than excited if we get him. But I expect some speedbumps along the way, that’s all.

          • Jorge Steinbrenner

            I’d expect a better 2015 than 2014……hopefully, unless he signs somewhere else, in which case I don’t give a crap.

  • MC

    Enjoyed that Jeter interview. Thanks for posting.

    I’m putting $500.00 down that CC wins the AL Cy Young this year. That’s right, windex your glasses, I just said it. I’m going against all of the stats on this one. Can I even make that bet in Vegas?

    • vicki

      oh, i’m sure you’ll have no trouble getting that action.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      God bless you.

    • Alkaline

      Would love if you’re right.

  • dicka24

    Guys, I hope we all sit back and enjoy what Derek Jeter brings this year, cuz he’s a once in a lifetime type player, and his career is unfortunately coming to an end. I hope he stays healthy, and has a solid year, like he’s always done.

    • Alkaline

      +1

    • Farewell Mo

      We can all agree about that.

      Hope he takes a victory lap farewell tour like Mo did.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    Does Tim Dierkes get paid by the “refresh?” If so….

  • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

    JESUS WHERE IS MY TANAKA POST???

  • RetroRob

    Momentarily stepping away from Tanaka-mania, an article on CC’s continuing weight loss/change:

    http://nypost.com/2014/01/20/t.....-new-look/

    • Pinkie Pie

      Well that sounds encouraging.