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Who was just called up?…

Who is Amaury Sanit?


The newest Yankee is a
31-year-old career minor league reliever who was most recently with AAA
Scranton/Wilkes Barre.  A Cuban emigrant,
he is also the same pitcher that was suspended for 50 games in 2010 after
testing positive for a banned performance enhancing drug.  Infielder Ramiro Pena was sent down to make room for Sanit.  Pitcher Jess
, recently signed after being cut by the Cleveland Indians, was
released to clear space on the 40-man roster for Sanit. 

Despite giving up three runs
in 4 2/3 innings of work tonight, Sanit provided length after Ivan Nova
imploded (giving up 4 runs in the 2nd and 2 more in the 4th).  So much for the quality Nova starts…

The Yankees have a tough
stretch coming up as they face the Boston Red Sox and then the Tampa Bay
Rays.  For the three-game series against
the Sox this weekend, I have made yet another wager with Julia of Julia’s Rants.  At stake is a bottle of wine.  If the Sox win, I will give Julia a bottle of
a Sangiovese-Cabernet Sauvignon blend (aptly named Cabiovese) from a fantastic
boutique winery in Northern California’s Livermore Valley, Rodrigue Molyneaux
Winery (www.rmwinery.com).  The wine, which is 75% Sangiovese and 25%
Cabernet, was aged for 12 months in American Oak.  The blend of the Sangiovese’s high acidity
with the Cabernet’s tannin structure makes for an incredibly smooth wine.  Of course, the Sox won’t win so I’ll just
drink the Cabiovese myself!  If I win,
then Julia has to pick a wine from the New England region to send to me.  Somehow, I just don’t think that’s going to
compare with Livermore Valley!  😉

As a Lakers fan, it was sad
to see the season come to an abrupt end at the hands of a sweep by the Dallas
Mavericks.  It’s ironic that the Lakers
were defeated by Dallas given that I was a Mavericks fan for the 14 years I
lived in the city, but that was long ago. 
When I was a Mavericks fan, Rolando
was the star and Roy
was the problem child.  It
was also pre-Mark Cuban.  My biggest disappointment with the Lakers
loss is that Phil Jackson deserved a
better farewell.  Still, he leaves as
perhaps the premier coach in NBA history. 
I wish the Zen Master the very best for whatever he decides to do next.  I’d like to see Phil stay connected with the
NBA so a TV role would be fantastic unless he aspires to be an exec with a
team.  It would be great for us as fans
to experience the wit and wisdom of the legendary coach. 


My other sports team, the
NHL’s San Jose Sharks, is also having its own set of problems.  Once possessing a commanding 3-0 series lead
against the storied Detroit Red Wings, the Sharks face a do-or-die situation
tonight in Game 7.  The Sharks are the
more talented team, but time will tell if talent will prevail or if it will be
the gut, guile and determination of a championship Detroit squad. 

I’d mention the Minnesota
Vikings to get a full representation for all of my teams, but of course with
the lockout, QB Christian Ponder is
probably sitting by the pool, sipping Mojitos…

Lastly, I will be participating
in the 100th running of the Bay to Breakers 12K Run in San Francisco
on Sunday.  Being San Francisco, you see
about everything which is probably more than you ever wanted to, but it is
still a fun experience.  From the
Embarcadero to the Pacific Ocean, the day is a thrill.  There’s nothing like getting slapped by
hurled pancakes at the starting line, and of course, enduring the drive up the
Hayes Street Hill.  But it’s always a
thrill to reach Golden Gate Park.  This
will be my fourth time with the run, and the first in an odd year. 

Reader photo from the 2009 Bay to Breakers.



After Rainout, All Things Good…

The first game of the Yankees home series against the Oakland A’s was postponed due to rain, and will be made up in July.  Fortunately, there was much better weather on hand for Tuesday.

The Yankees emerged victorious, with a 5-3 victory.  Andy Pettitte (2-0) was the winning pitcher, and most notably, he did not give up any home runs.  Johnny Damon hit the day’s only home run in the ballpark which has become a launching pad in its short history due to the apparent wind tunnel.  Brian Bruney was touched for a run, but he and Mariano Rivera successfully closed out the game…as usual.

John Munson/The Star-Ledger

It was nice to see Jason Giambi do good…but not too good.  He had a hit and a run scored, but no homers or RBI’s.  Brett Gardner also made a leaping catch to take away a potential base hit.  I won’t mind seeing Giambi hit some home runs in this series, so long as the Yanks have a comfortable lead, of course.

Nathan Denette/The Star-Ledger

On the good news front, right fielder Xavier Nady has been diagnosed with a ligament strain in his elbow and he won’t need season-ending surgery after all.  He is expected to miss six weeks.  All things considered, that’s great news!

Also, the Yanks announced that pitcher Chien-Ming Wang will miss his next start and will go to Tampa to pitch in an extended spring training game.  Wow, why didn’t I think of that??!!  Too funny!  But that is the ONLY solution that I could see when Wang stunk it up the last time he pitched.  Well, the other option was to put him on waivers…which obviously was not going to happen.  Hopefully, Wang will be able to work out his mechanics in Florida.

Wang had been scheduled to open the series in Boston on Friday night.  Instead, Joba Chamberlain will get the start.  I feel much better heading into the weekend showdown with Julia of Julia’s Rants

I don’t know what to say about my San Jose Sharks.  I am disappointed that they’ve lost the first two games of their series against the Anaheim Ducks.  The Ducks were playing much better at the end of the season than an eighth seed, while the Sharks were struggling.  The playoff series has been more of the same. 

Gary Reyes/San Jose Mercury News

Game 3 is tonight in Anaheim.  Obviously, this game is huge for the Sharks and will most likely determine if they can turn this series around.  I remain hopeful of a Sharks-Bruins Stanley Cup Final, but I recognize for I am failing my part of the equation.  Rest assured Julia, it is not a sign of things to come this weekend…

Go Yankees! 



My Apology to Julia’s Rants…

I owe the great Irish ranter from Boston a huge apology…



I posted a blog last night, and said Julia of Julia’s Rants (loser of a recent bet that you may have heard about) couldn’t post a blog about certain Yankees that I have mentioned in the past, like Billy Martin, Catfish Hunter and Thurman Munson.  Unknown to me, Julia had already written a blog tribute to Number 15 and had to trash it as a result of my blog.  When my son was little, he was constantly changing the rules of any games we played to suit his advantage.  It used to drive me nuts.  So, of course, that’s exactly what I did to Julia and I am sorry. 


Nevertheless, her choice for an alternative second Yankees blog is terrific!  She wrote about the late Bobby Murcer.  I could never imagine what it must have been like to follow a legend like Mickey Mantle with unrealistic fan expectations.  But Bobby handled it with class and dignity.  Bobby was a great ballplayer, an awesome broadcaster, and wonderful human being. 




Excellent choice, Julia!  Two terrific blogs in a row!  Keep up the great work! 




The San Jose Sharks lost last night’s game, 6-5, in Chicago against the Blackhawks in a shootout.  The Sharks, who had trailed by three goals at one point, rallied to tie the score.  But the Blackhawks won the shootout 2-0.


Blackhawks goalie Nikolai Khabibulin keeps an eye on San Jose's Devin Setoguchi as Joe Thornton leaps out of the way and the Hawks' Colin Fraser dives to try block shot. Setoguchi scored on the play for San Jose's 1st goal, tying the score at 1-1.

Charles Cherney, Chicago Tribune


It was appropriate that the final shot in the shootout was delivered by Jeremy Roenick.  But there were no heroics as his former Phoenix teammate, Chicago goalie Nikolai Khabibulin, blocked the shot with his chest.  I can still remember the Coyotes fans screaming “Hob-ee-BOOOO-lin”!  Unfortunately, I wasn’t pulling for him this time.  Roenick blamed the miss on indecision, as he had planned to go short side on Khabibulin, but changed his mind at the last second.  Perhaps the loss had more to do with the fact that JR was raised in Boston!  Just kidding, Julia!


By tying the Blackhawks in regulation, the Sharks still picked up a point to put them atop the overall NHL standings (tied with the Detroit Red Wings).  But the team was disappointed with only a single point. 


“You never want to take satisfaction with one point,” said right wing Devin Setoguchi, who scored twice for the Sharks. “That’s not our mentality.”




Considering Julia spent so much writing a draft about Thurman Munson that never reached her blog, I will post this photo of Tito for her.



Oops, not that Tito!


This Tito!




Per Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org), here is Tito’s highly successful Red Sox managerial record:



Regular Season




Win %




Win %






2nd in AL East




Won World Series





2nd in AL East




Lost in ALDS





3rd in AL East






1st in AL East




Won World Series





2nd in AL East




Lost in ALCS



I look forward to Julia’s final pro-Yankees blog!  


Have a great day, everyone!



What’s Julia Going To Write About Next?…

Julia (of Julia’s Rants) scored with her first pro-Yankees blog following the Yankees’ 7-1 win over the Boston Red Sox last night.  She wrote about my personal all-time hero, Lou Gehrig.  But then again, I’ve certainly given her enough hints about that.  Let’s see if she can come up with some unexpected names for the final two pro-Yankees blogs. 


I’ve mentioned the names of Catfish Hunter, Thurman Munson and Billy Martin in the past, so she’ll have to dig deeper than that.  Babe Ruth is too obvious, and Donnie Baseball was a contemporary favorite so he’s out (plus, he’s temporarily a Dodger anyway).  I’ll think she’ll probably just crack open The Yankee Years and write about Joe Torre…


No pressure, Julia!  Surprise me!





Today was a sad day with the departure of two individuals with ties to the Yankees.


Arthur Richman, a senior adviser to George Steinbrenner, died during his sleep in New York City at age 83.  Richman, a former sportswriter and Mets executive, is credited with contacting Joe Torre in 1995 about the Yankees managerial post that had been vacated by Buck Showalter.  Recent books aside, I’d say that was a very good hire….


Former catcher Johnny Blanchard passed away of a heart attack in Wayzata, MN at age 76.  Blanchard played with the Yankees from 1959 to 1965, and was nicknamed “Super Sub”.  He had his finest year in 1961, when he was one of six Yankees who hit at least 20 home runs.  The others were Roger Maris, Mickey Mantle, Moose Skowron, Elston Howard and Yogi Berra.  He also achieved an incredible feat that year, hitting home runs in four consecutive at-bats spanning three games from July 21st to July 26th.  He just missed a fifth consecutive home run, when the ball was caught against the right field fence.



Johnny holds the Major League record with 10 World Series pinch-hit at-bats (he appeared in a total of 5 World Series). 


I came across this story of when Johnny was traded to Kansas City in 1965.  He was sitting in the Yankees clubhouse, sobbing.  Mickey Mantle sat down next to him and tried to cheer him up.


“Don’t take it so hard, John” Mickey said.  “Just think, in Kansas City, you’re going to get a chance to play.”


“Hell, I can’t play, Mick” Johnny replied.  “That’s why I’m crying!”


Johnny had been looking forward to making the trip to New York to see the new Stadium.


Both men will be missed.




The San Jose Sharks (48-14-10, 106 pts) are in Chicago tonight to play the Blackhawks.  Jeremy Roenick, who began his career in Chicago 20 years ago, will be a game-time decision but is expected to play in what could be his final game in Chicago.


Jose Lepe/San Jose Mercury News 


JR, who has missed 39 games due to two shoulder injuries, is both mentally and physically ready to play.  He says that Joe Thornton has been kidding him that he can’t call this a year due to the time lost, so he has another year in the tank. 


My appreciation of JR developed when I lived in Phoenix and he played for the Phoenix Coyotes.  I have always admired his grit and determination, and would like to see him win the Stanley Cup as he moves into the twilight of his career.


Doug Pensinger/SI



I was forwarded this joke today, and although I don’t normally like to “forward” jokes, this was too cute to pass up…

A man was sitting on the edge of the bed, observing his wife, looking at herself in the mirror. Since her birthday was not far off he asked what she’d like to have for her birthday.


‘I’d like to be six again’, she replied, still looking in the mirror.


On the morning of her birthday, he arose early, made her a nice big bowl of Lucky Charms, and then took her to Six Flags theme park. What a day! He put her on every ride in the park; the Death Slide, the Wall of Fear, the Screaming Monster Roller Coaster, everything there was.


Five hours later they staggered out of the theme park. Her head was reeling and her stomach felt upside down.


He then took her to a McDonald’s where he ordered her a Happy Meal with extra fries and a chocolate shake.


Then it was off to a movie, popcorn, a soda pop, and her favorite candy, M&M’s. What a fabulous adventure! Finally she wobbled home with her husband and collapsed into bed exhausted. He leaned over his wife with a big smile and lovingly asked, ‘Well, Dear, what was it like being six again?’


Her eyes slowly opened and her expression suddenly changed. ‘I meant my dress size, you retard!’


The moral of the story: Even when a man is listening, he is gonna’ get it wrong.




You have to check out Canuck’s (The Watercooler) blog entitled ‘For My Dad’.  It is very touching, and of course, Canuck has such a great way with words.  Maybe I’m a sap for father stories.  I tried to get my dad to play baseball with me when I was little but he never felt well enough and passed away when I was 10.  Needless to say, Canuck really hit my heart with an article about her dad… 


Can We Talk About Baseball Yet?…


Unfortunately, it’s not exactly in that order.  I was very hurt and disappointed when I first heard about Alex Rodriguez on Saturday and I decided in my mind what he needed to do.  But I’ll admit what I expected him to do and what I thought he would do were two entirely different scenarios.  I did think that he’d come off smugly, trying to play the cameras.  I realize that many are taking issues with the words Alex said during his confession, but from my perspective, he was talking from the heart.  I really could not have asked for more.  Unlike others, I do not feel that Alex’s achievements should be stricken from the record.  There are many others who have cheated and weren’t caught, and the names of the other 103 players from the list of those who tested positive in 2003 are still unknown.  There were no penalties for what Alex did in 2001-2003, and assuming that he is telling the truth about no subsequent drug use, he has continued to put up numbers to justify the size of his contract. 

I am still very distrustful of Joe Canseco.  It does bother me that the entire A-Rod situation has given Canseco more credibility.  “I think I have the ear of the nation now,” Canseco said Tuesday.  “I think everyone realizes that I have not in any way, shape or form tried to create smoke and mirrors like Major League Baseball has and the players have.  I have been excrutiatingly honest about what’s going on in baseball”.  Why do I keep getting the visual of Tom Cruise?

Help Me Help You

I am in full agreement with Lance Berkman’s take on the steroid issue.  “Nobody’s going to be believed anymore.  I can sit here and crow and say I’ve never done steroids or never done anything illegal from a standpoint of performance enhancing drugs, but who’s going to believe me?  The point’s well made, because we’re all guilty by association.  One side of me is glad that these guys are getting outed”.  Lance, please be sure to tell Miggy hello for me…


Karen Warren Houston Chronicle

Derek Jeter is justifiably ready to talk about baseball and only baseball.  As he indicated in Tampa, “I’m not addressing Alex’s situation until everybody’s here.  I’ll do it the first day over there” (Steinbrenner Field for the first full squad workout on February 18th).  Jeter also stated “If you’ve got baseball questions, I’ll do that…I don’t want to talk to you guys today and tomorrow three more people.  It’s better to get everyone together”.  DJ, I bet you’re looking forward to giving A-Rod a big hug when you see him, huh?

Lastly, I also agree with Joe Girardi’s take.  I think I saw one blog that predicted an 18 HR, 45 BRI season from A-Rod due to the controversy/distraction.  But as Joe so aptly put it “I would probably be worried if he had never been through a controversy before…”.  Alex will have a rough couple of weeks when he reports to camp, and while he is playing in the WBC, but I think the controversy will die down as the season gets underway and Alex will put up his usual numbers.  Joe also lent his support to A-Rod by saying, “I felt he told the truth and we have to move on.  It’s going to take some time.  It’s going to take some time healing.  But we’ll get through this as a team.”  As the saying goes, “What doesn’t kill us, makes us stronger”…

Joe Girardi, who has pledged his support to Alex Rodriguez, said of the team,

David Goldman The New York Times


A great win by the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night.  The Boston Bruins were 26-0-2 this season when leading after two periods.  With Boston ahead 2-1 after two periods last night, the Sharks scored four unanswered goals in the final period (including three in the span of 6:16 minutes by Patrick Marleau, Milan Michalek and Joe Thornton).  Thornton, facing the Bruins for just the second time since the November 2005 trade that brought him to San Jose, said “We just turned it on, and usually when we turn it on, teams can’t handle us”.

AP Photo/Elise Amendola

By the way, a very nice drop pass from Dan Boyle to Michalek who beat Boston goalie Tim Thomas high on the glove side.

The Western Conference leading Sharks, with 81 points, trail the Eastern Conference leading Bruins by four points.  Hopefully, these two teams will have the opportunity to meet again for the Stanley Cup championship…