Welcome to the 2008 version of the Game Threads. Those of you who were here last year know the deal. For everyone else, use the comments here as a way to discuss the game. Today’s is the first New York-televised Spring Training game, so enjoy.
The lineups and pitching schedule:
Andy Pettitte (2 innings)
Steven White (1-2 innings)
Krum, the Yanks’ 9th round pick in 2007 (and recipient of an above-slot $110,000) was arrested early Saturday morning for trespassing because he returned to a Tampa restaurant after police escorted him off the premises for trying to start a fight. He acted up enough that the cops had to wrestle him to ground to get handcuffs on him. Kontos was arrested for a very similar incident last April. Grow up and act like professionals guys. You play for the Yankees, not the Bengals. · (5) ·
The guys over at Project Prospect did something that was long overdue: they took all of this year’s major top 100 prospects lists (BA, Keith Law, BP, Moundtalk and of course, their own) and mashed them all together to come up with a composite list. The general consensus has Joba ranking as the fourth best prospect in the game, with IPK, Jose Tabata, and Austin Jackson coming at numbers 30, 37 and 38, respectively. Having four of the top 38 prospects in the game is pretty damn impressive.
If that wasn’t enough, they also threw together a mock fantasy draft, where each publication selected the top available player on its list. As expected, Joba was a first rounder, and the first pitcher taken. IPK was a fourth rounder, Tabata and Jackson both ninth rounders, Jesus Montero a 21st rounder, Alan Horne a 23rd, and Dellin Betances made a bit of a surprise appearance as a 28th rounder. Based on a quick glance, I’d say the Project Prospect crew came away with the best haul in the mock draft; they got some seriously premium arms in the later rounds. Very interesting stuff; check it out. · (4) ·
“Red Sox Nation?” What a bunch of [expletive] that is,” he [Hank Steinbrenner] said in an interview with The New York Times’ Play magazine. “That was a creation of the Red Sox and ESPN, which is filled with Red Sox fans.
“Go anywhere in America and you won’t see Red Sox hats and jackets, you’ll see Yankee hats and jackets. This is a Yankee country. We’re going to put the Yankees back on top and restore the universe to order.”
That’s the best thing to come out of Hank’s mouth so far.
(hat tip to Mike R.)
I know it’s one inning on the first day of Spring Training. I know that pitchers use Spring Training to hone their pitchers and refine their mechanics. But here goes: Kei Igawa entered today’s Yankee game against the University of South Florida in the sixth inning of a game in which USF had manage just one base runner. Igawa gave up two walks, hit a batter, threw a wild pitch and surrendered a Grand Slam. Why the Yanks declined to trade him when they could, I have yet to understand.
Meanwhile, here’s the first boxscore of the season. Soak it up; it’s a good one. The Big Three went a combined five innings, allowing one hit and striking out six. Jorge wasted his one triple of the year on a Spring Training game against a college team, and A-Rod drove in three runs. Baseball is back.
Two items of note concerning Phil Hughes today. Phil answered some readers’ questions on PeteAbe’s blog today. The answers are as exciting as you would expect. Meanwhile, head on over to this Yard Work post. The guys there completely nailed Phil’s blog, but their satire, according to everyone, isn’t funny. You’ve been warned. · (14) ·
Jonathan Mahler, the author of the excellent book The Bronx is Burning, penned a 7,000-word piece on the Steinbrenner brothers for this weekend’s Play magazine. It’s available now online here. Once I have a chance to read through the whole thing, I’ll break it down more. It is, by far, the most detailed look into the lives of Hank and Hal we’ve read this spring. Emma Span already has and offers up her take at Eephus Pitch. The reason for moving the tarp at the new stadium is money. Literally. · (8) ·