A rare off day…
The Yankees have an extra day of rest before they embark on the second half of the season. Hopefully, it will give them the necessary distance from last weekend’s debacle in Anaheim. Of course, it doesn’t get any easier as the Detroit Tigers invade Yankee Stadium. But with a little pitching, a little hitting, a little fielding, and a whole lot of hustle, I’ll take my chances…
The Yankees deal with 16-year-old Dominican shortstop Damian Arredondo was voided by the league when they found out that he wasn’t 16 and his name is not Damian Arredondo. Sure, the league saved the Yankees over $800,000, but I would have thought that the Yankees would have done a little due diligence before signing the alleged “prospect”…
I am surprised, but Derek Jeter is building a monster mansion on Davis Islands in Florida (not far from downtown Tampa). The square footage per the county is 30,875. The home has 7 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms. According to the Tampa Bay Tribune, the average Best Buy store has 39,700 square feet (to put it in perspective). The home is on Bahama Circle, and is expected to be completed by the end of 2010. I want to be Derek Jeter when I grew up! 😉
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According to the Associated Press, Yankees owner George Steinbrenner spent three hours at his office in the Tampa spring training complex. He reportedly said that he is doing well. Hopefully, he is putting the finishing touches on that deal for Blue Jays pitcher Roy Halladay…
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Apparently, Brett Favre has set a deadline of July 30th to decide if he’ll play for the Minnesota Vikings this fall. The date is when the Vikings open camp. The Star Tribune has created The Brett Favre Page to track the developments between now and Favre’s imposed deadline. At this point, I have to believe that we’ll see #4 in purple when the team reports to Mankato. I guess that means Erin is going to become a Bears fan… ;(
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Let the second half begin!…
Coke is definitely the Real Thing!
Melky Cabrera got the accolades for the Yankees 7-4 victory over the
Anaheim Los Angeles Angels, however, I give the star to Yankees reliever Phil Coke.
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He has quietly and consistently been a reliable weapon in the bullpen. Considering that most of the guys seem have ERA’s around Yogi Berra’s retired uniform number, it’s refreshing to see Coke come in and just do his job. He hasn’t been perfect this year, but he is learning and he is getting better. That’s all I can ask.
He earned the victory for last night’s game in relief of A.J. Burnett, who went 7 innings and gave up 4 runs. Coke pitched the 8th inning, with 1 strike out and no runs. Every day that I don’t see Jose Veras or Damaso Marte coming out of the pen is good day!
Speaking of Cabrera, how clutch was his single in the 8th inning? He ripped it into right field to score the go-ahead run. Ramiro Pena subsequently drove in two insurance runs with a double. They were the first 2 RBI’s of Pena’s major league career. I still can’t get used to him wearing Dave Righetti’s number even though others, like Aaron Boone and Luis Sojo, have worn it since.
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The Yankees always lose to the Angels so it was nice to see them win for a change. Hopefully, they’ll keep it up since I will be making my first appearance at Yankee Stadium on Sunday (the final game of the 4-game set with the Angels).
Of course, I have to credit the Yankees recent success on Jane Heller’s Pen. All hail the Pen! No pressure on the She-Fan. She just has to keep the pen happy, safe…and full of ink!
Courtesy Confessions of a She-Fan (Jane Heller)
I wonder if she has taken the Pen to see any of the vineyards in the wine country near Santa Barbara, or if they’ve hung out at the beach. The primary mission is to keep the Pen happy!
So, Jane, remember that if you and your husband are in the car and Michael’s driving, the Pen has dibs for the front passenger seat. You are relegated to the back seat…or worse, the trunk! Sorry, it is now all about the Pen…
JULIA’S JOURNEY TO NEW YORK CITY
As you know, Julia will be traveling to New York City with 7th and 8th grade musicians from her middle school. They are attending a music festival. Most likely, she’ll be attempting to infect the fine citizens of New York with a bad case of Red Sox flu. Of course, this is all in her dreams, so to protect the good citizens of the city of New York, I have decided to post a dream catcher to ensure that everyone is safe from a Red Sox epidemic.
The New York State Police should set up a roadblock so that when Julia enters New York, they can confiscate any contraband (i.e., Kevin Youkilis jersey).
Julia, please be sure to check out how the pink Yankee hats look (considering that you’ll be a proud owner of one soon!).
A PERFECT NIGHT
Watching the Tampa Bay Rays’ Matt Garza nearly throw a perfect game against the Boston Red Sox made me realize that a “perfect” night is anytime the Yankees win and the Red Sox lose. Last night was one of those nights. At some point, I should really learn to hate the Rays but so far, I haven’t been able to do it. There is always great satisfaction in seeing the Rays put one over on the Red Sox, and like last year, if the Yanks can’t win it, it’s good to see someone other than Boston take it (well, except for maybe the Orioles). Garza came oh so close to a perfect game. If he could have only handled that grounder up the middle by Jacoby Ellsbury…
Why is it that every time you see a player do great things, their name is usually preceded by “former Minnesota Twin”? The next time the Twins decide to cut a player, I want to make sure that he signs with the Yankees! So, Erin, please give me the heads-up, okay? Any chance that the Twins will be cutting Joe Mauer? LOL!
I have avoided commenting on the latest A-Rod allegations. I dislike the timing of Selena Roberts’ book (release coincides with his return to the Yankees). There are apparently claims that Alex used steroids in high school and in New York after he was traded to the Yankees (which contradict A-Rod’s previous statements that he only used steroids in Texas). At this point, there is nothing gained by repeatedly dragging A-Rod through the mud. He used steroids, yes, and it is not something that should be condoned. But it’s over. Let’s move on. Let A-Rod be judged for the man he is today. If he is found to be using steroids from this point forward, then banish him. But I don’t care what he did when he was 6 years old…
I am not trying to be delusional or hide from the fact that Alex did something very wrong. But the truth is that steroid use was not a capital offense during the times of his alleged use. Perhaps if it continued into his Yankee years, it may have but there is no concrete evidence. If evidence is found, then convict him. But until then, back off and let the man play baseball.
Have a great weekend!
A week ago, the Yankees faced the Boston Red Sox and lost 8-4. Thanks to the loss, I was fortunate enough to spend the weekend immersed in the Red Sox Nation as I wrote three blogs about Red Sox players (the penalty for losing to Julia of Julia’s Rants). The Yankees have not lost since that game. What’s up with that? Guys, where were you when I needed you?
Next time I need you, please be ready! Hint: It involves Fenway Park!
So, when you see the Bat Signal, be ready to play!
You know the phrase ‘It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game’? It DOES NOT apply here!
“Sure, winning isn’t everything. It’s the only thing.”
— UCLA Football Coach Red Sanders, 1955
April 24th through April 26th. I expect three victories..nothing more, but absolutely nothing less! Do you want me to lose to this woman again? C’mon, please help out a desperate Yankee fan!
Hey, Elizabeth and Bob, your votes don’t count! 😉
Today, the Yankees defeated the Minnesota Twins, 4-2. I will start by offering my apologies to Erin of Plunking Gomez. The outcome may have been different had Joe Mauer played or if Jose Mijares didn’t, as Erin suggested.
But it was great to see Mark Teixeria’s first spring homer and a solid pitching performance by Phil Hughes. Also, it was great to see Robinson Cano back in pinstripes.
For Erin’s benefit, I offer a photo of who she thinks would have been the star only if…
POTENTIAL VIKINGS QUARTERBACKS
There is actually a subject that Erin and I agree upon…the Vikings are the greatest (well, NFL-speaking of course)!
I am listening to Kelly Clarkson as I type this so forgive me if I am momentarily distracted. Uh-oh, Julia may have figured out my Achilles heel…
Now, about the Vikings and their QB quandary…
Naturally, I remain hopeful that the team will be frontrunners for the services of Jay Cutler should the Broncos decide to trade him. Listening to the continued comments regarding the rift between Cutler and Head Coach Josh McDaniels, I don’t see how this is going to end happily for Denver. Even owner Pat Bowlen said that unhappy players shouldn’t stay despite his stated preference to retain Cutler.
My Life Would Suck Without You is such a great song…
Sorry, I was distracted again…
I saw an article that indicated the Vikings should pursue Tennessee Titans QB Vince Young or Cardinals QB Matt Leinart. I absolutely do not want Vince Young. There is no scenario that I’d prefer him over Sage Rosenfels (or even Tavaris Jackson, for that matter). Matt Leinart, who thus far, has failed to fulfill expectations, might be a different story. I do think that one of these years, Matt is going to “get it”. I could see him having a Rich Gannon-like career. But don’t we already have one over-hyped USC quarterback on the roster (John David Booty)? My preference remains Cutler since I can’t have Matt Cassel…
Kelly Clarkson has 7 dogs? Wow.
Well, I would be willing to take Georgia QB Matthew Stafford, but of course, the Vikings do not have the Number 1 pick in the upcoming draft or anything remotely close. So, I guess the Vikings will be shopping at Nordy’s Rack for their QB hopes…
Have a great weekend, everyone! J