Victory is at hand…
“Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory.”
–General George Patton, Jr.
I have figured it out! I have found Julia’s (of Julia’s Rants) weakness!
It’s her Achilles Heel!
It’s her Kryptonite!
It’s Samson with a haircut!
Peter Paul Rubens, Samson and Delilah 1609 – 10 National Gallery, London
I can trash talk all I want, and then play the Toby card…
That’s all it takes…a simple photo of Toby Keith and she forgets she’s a Red Sox fan and has trouble remembering her own name! 😉 The “battle” begins on April 24th (three game series between the Red Sox and Yankees), but it is never too soon to start building one’s arsenal.
A preview of the Great Showdown is coming this Friday (Friday the 13th no less!). The game will be played at Ft. Myers. I have not made any bets with Julia about the game, but if the Red Sox win, I will include a positive write-up about a Red Sox player in subsequent blogs. The margin of victory will determine how many blogs I have to swallow my pride. If the Red Sox win by 3, then I’d have to include the positive player reference in each of the next three blogs. If the Yankees win, I propose that Julia has to write one blog about her favorite Yankees player (with no negative comments or references to the Red Sox).
Speaking of Julia, she’s planning a get-together in Boston for a pre-Opening Day celebration on Sunday, April 5th. I am seriously considering making the trip. A little reconnaissance before the Great Showdown is probably not a bad idea! It’s a little scary traveling so deep into enemy territory, but it should be a lot of fun.
Why can’t we all just get along?…
Well, I guess if Joba can do it, so can I…
Surgery Day for A-Rod
Shortly, Dr. Marc Philippon will be performing the surgery to repair A-Rod’s torn labrum in Vail, CO.
Since A-Rod is not scheduled to return until the second month of the regular season, does that make him the new Mr. May? Just wondering…
It would be tough for me to be in Vail and not be able to ski. But then again, I don’t have a torn labrum, nor do I have a $275 million contract…
As for potential replacements, there seems to be more talk among us fans than the Yankees organization itself.
According to Dick Kaegel of MLB.com, the Royals and Yankees deny any talks involving Mark Teahen. “They’re saying it on ESPN, but there’s nothing on our end,” said a Royals official.
I remain steadfastly in Blake DeWitt’s corner. I think he would be a great addition to platoon with Cody Ransom at third, and would provide great depth upon A-Rod’s return.
Dr. Marc Philippon indicated that the odds of A-Rod playing through the entire regular season upon his return are in the “85-90 percent” range.
It is the margin of doubt that leads me to believe that the Yankees have to do something to reinforce their options for third base.
While Johnny Damon may feel that Cody Ransom is “probably the best athlete on this team”, the career journeyman, 33, with 183 major league at-bat’s in 6 MLB seasons, is not exactly who I would want to entrust the keys to the kingdom to. You don’t go out and buy a stable of Ferrari’s to be protected by a Yugo…
I realize that the Yankees cannot be hasty in any decisions. Teams are probably lining up, hoping to capitalize on the Yankees’ potential desperation.
I am sure that Brian Cashman will do the right thing for the organization before the team takes the field on Opening Day.
Perhaps the best deal is no deal at all (if the price is simply too high), but with questions in other areas, I am hopeful that something surfaces which makes sense for the Yanks to pursue.
I know, I know…spring games mean nothing. Still, it was nice to see the Yankees pick up a 12-3 win against the Tigers.
A.J. Burnett tossed two scoreless innings, but more impressively, Phil Hughes followed with three hitless innings and four strikeouts.
Audrey C. Tiernan/Newsday
The Yankees are now 4-5-1.
On a side note, Team USA advanced to the second round of the World Baseball Classic with a 15-6 win over Venezuela.
It seems so strange to see Jeter as a teammate of Dustin Pedroia and Kevin Youklis. I guess that just goes to show I need to make the trip to Boston next month…
The A-Rod Decision
You CAN have your cake and eat it too!
Regarding A-Rod’s torn labrum, his options are:
1. Attempt to play with rest and rehabilitation, and have surgery after the season.
2. Have the full surgery now, and miss the next 4 months.
3. Quit baseball (oops, where did that one come from?).
4. Less invasive surgery now, with shorter recovery period, followed by full surgery at the end of the season.
According to Pete Abraham of the LoHud Blog, A-Rod has decided upon the fourth option. Dr. Philippon met with the press this morning, and according to Pete Abe, A-Rod has an impingement (which means bone is striking bone).
Dr. Marc Philippon, M.D.
Steadman Hawkins Clinic, Vail, CO
The initial surgery to be performed on Monday will fix the labrum. Following the season, Alex will undergo full surgery to repair the bone deformity. Recovery time for the initial surgery is expected to be 6-9 weeks.
According to Pete Abe, this should put A-Rod back on the field by the end of April.
Great scoop, as usual, Mr. Abraham!
I still think the Yankees would be smart to secure a solid replacement at third for A-Rod. I am not fully confident in Cody Ransom’s ability to adequately fill in at third. Some have suggested a platoon, and I could buy into that with the right platoon partner.
There are countless names being bantered about. The latest I’ve seen is the Royals’ Mark Teahen. Teahen, 27, hit .255 with 15 home runs and 59 RBI’s last season.
Another possibility is Oakland A’s shortstop Bobby Crosby. With the A’s signing of Orlando Cabrera, Crosby is the odd man out. He doesn’t want to fill a utility role, and would like the opportunity to start. Of course, the downside is that he has never played third, and of course, when A-Rods returns, he would be pushed into a utility role.
I still like the Dodgers’ Blake DeWitt. He, too, was pushed out of a starting position when the Dodgers signed Orlando Hudson to play second. I lived in Los Angeles last season, and had the opportunity to watch a number of Dodgers games, and I liked the attitude and determination I saw with the player. Of course, whether the Dodgers would part with him is another story.
Regardless of what happens, the Yankees need to make sure that they have a solid plan in place in the event that A-Rod’s recovery is slower than expected or if he suffers any setbacks.
Terrell Owens is a Bill
I was very surprised to see that the Buffalo Bills had signed Terrell Owens to a one year, $6.5 million contract. I did not think that would be a move they’d make, but I know that they’ve struggled with receivers opposite Lee Evans.
It will be interesting to see how Owens interacts with QB Trent Edwards, but this marriage seems to be like one of those poorly thought out Britny Spears type of wedding decisions.
I was reading Kevin Cusick’s “The Loop: 3/08/09″ in the Pioneer Press (www.twincities.com), and he put it best:
“The Buffalo Bills signed T.O. to a one year deal Saturday. Living in Buffalo should extinguish what’s left of Owens’ “25 million reasons to live”.”
Too funny! I am not trying to knock Buffalo (I used to live there myself about 25 years ago), but I just can’t see this working out.
My brother is a die-hard Bills fan, so I’ll be interested in seeing what his reaction is. Of course, he’s the obnoxious ‘my team is best’ kind of fan, so he’ll probably just say that Super Bowl dreams have returned to Buffalo.
But I think team chemistry is one of the most important attributes of a successful team, and the Bills have assured themselves chemistry will not be a component of the 2009 team.
On the bright side, I was pleased that my team, the Minnesota Vikings, went on record prior to the Owens signing to say that they had no interest in T.O. Of course, Brad Childress saw the cancerous effect T.O. had on a team during his days on Andy Reid’s staff in Philadelphia. But still, I am appreciative that I’ll never be forced to root for T.O.
I guess we’ll be seeing a lot of scenes like this during the upcoming season:
Hopefully, the Yankees will keep me pre-occupied through at least October and spare me from having to endure TV shots like this…