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Okay, that's a diss, and I don't really mean it like that. But it's a Honeymooner's quote, and yo, I'm happy that ol' Rubes got a chance to stick around some more. Hey, better in Minnie than in the BX, right?
See the piece on Johnny Talk Show in the NY Times today? He did a radio interview with David Lee Roth? I imagine they laughingly commiserated about their shared 'rock star' experience of being replaced by inferior talents (see Sammy Hagar and Coco Crisp).
The more ingratitude Damon receives from Red Soxburgh, the more I like him (but not yet).
I like Ruben. He's a "lug", but in a good way. His time has passed, but I'll miss him and those bright red silk suits just the same. Too bad his style spoke louder than his bat last year. I wish him well in Minny.
Re: "Johnny Talk Show". Man - you guys are too freaking funny.
Well, who knows, maybe he can push the flakiness to unparalleled heights.
What? two weeks to go? Can't wait
You know, it just isn't fair. Its not like the guy can't already afford one, why not give ME a Ferrari??? Hell, I actually have room to drive the thing where I am.
Sliced, I think another great 'feel good' quality to this past offseason is that George didn't go on a complete rampage and start dealing major players on the team, simply because they didn't win a championship. If you expect any sort of harmony in a clubhouse, you've also got to let guys have some familiarity with each other.
End of 2003 into 2004 comes to mind - half our pitching staff was overturned, not to mention Soriano for A-Rod. Too many major changes every year may pacify the owner and even some fans, but you can't expect players to form any kind of relationship when they're constantly looking over their shoulder at the owner or GM...
Cano needs to learn patience while he is still young. We don't want a repeat of Soriano who averaged 30 walks a year for us. Cano is not going to hit 40 homers by swinging freely as Soriano did. So find him someone who can teach him to draw a walk. Does Giambi speak spanish?
No, but Cano speaks English. ;-)
Sliced. On Guidry. During the second season in 1980, Leach decked Reggie three times. When Gator didn't retaliate, Reggie returned to the field and acted like he wouldn't play any balls hit to him. Lemon wouldn't order Gator to retaliate, saying it was a personal thing. Question: Do Reggie, the Spring batting advisor, and Gator talk with one another? Will Gator order a pitcher to retaliate, say when Timlin hits Jeter?
I say, blab away Johnny-boy, and make this a more enjoyable team to follow!
>Cano, who was runner-up for AL Rookie of the Year in 2005,
>admitted he needs to improve his focus.
>"Sometimes I get lazy, but I'm going to get better this year."
Sounds like he hears the criticism and wants to work on it.
I think most of that criticism came from Torre and the coaching staff, so I think it's good that he's recognized it as a problem. Overall Cano seems more coachable than Soriano, so that's a plus. I realize that is just an impression I have, and it may be wrong, but my hope is we won't have to watch him make the same mistakes over and over again. That swing-and-a-miss at every breaking ball away got really tiring with Soriano.
I listen to O&A on XM - much funnier show IMO, plus with XM you get all the baseball games... :)
Other than the sports package and the personalities, both XM and Sirius aren't much different.
Sure, you can hear the Yanks on 880, but there's an awful lot of transplanted fans all over this great nation who don't get a clear signal on their local affiliate, or don't have a local affiliate at all. How great is it to be able to sit at a Yankees game with your XM MyFi and switch over to the Sox broadcast LIVE and see what's going on? AFAIK, Sirius's portable unit only allows you to record content, not listen to it as it happens...
And IMO, baseball's always been a better sport for radio - football is primarily a TV sport, as it's played on a Sunday afternoon - during the fall & winter- when everyone is usually home anyway... Baseball's a 'summer thing' to me - nothing better than cranking up Sterling while grilling some burgers and downing a few brews in the yard.
...And you're actually bragging about being able to hear the Knicks? ;-)
I don't know if switching over to the Sox broadcast would be a big selling point for XM. Castiglione and Tripiano with their "waaaay back, waaaay back, waaaay back, caught at the wall by Sheffield" would only serve as comic relief. I do think they are good to listen to, but I hate hearing them bust all over themselves when the Sawx are beating on the Royals. I do agree baseball translates well on the radio, but usually when I'm spending a ton of time at the ski resorts come December then listening to a 4 o'clock Giant game on Sirius makes the ride more pleasant - unless, of course, Feely is missing field goals to win the game.
Here's the link to the SI piece.
Good job, Alex. I did love this line:
After Tom Seaver, Ed Kranepool and a handful of others, there isn't much to lionize over the course of a full hour. What are they going to feature? The Art Shamsky Report, Late Night with Ron Swoboda, Fly Fishing with Kevin McReynolds, and Hot Dog Highlights starring Willie Montanez and Lenny Dykstra?
I think Glaus is already on the downside, and Overbay is on a cusp. . . But how could anyone pay that much money for BJ Ryan. I think the Ryan-Farnsworth-Gordon ERAs will be closer to each other than to Rivera or even to Wagner, no?
Did anyone else see this over at WasWatching? Yippee, now we're going to have room for even more of these 'Richard' Heads at the "new" Yankee Stadium. I'm sure there is an adequate adjective somewhere in the language with which to describe this heap of bovine after-birth but I can't quite seem to come up with it. Larry David is right, "you just can't leave the house".
Speaking of adequate adjectives, are people really paying to hear some broad fake an orgasm on the radio? What a country. What's next? Defecation-dial-a-date? Or have I already miss that one?
I think you're right, but they're sure doing their damnedest to test that theory.
One of the best things about CBS 880 is that I can pick it up in my car in the burbs of Boston. It gets static-y in places, but I still love the fact that I can hear Yanks games for free on the ride home from work.
Damon had always heard from others around the game that Steinbrenner held him in high regard, and he started to believe it after that quick conversation. "He was very cordial, very impressed, which led me to believe that was a big reason why he picked me this offseason," Damon said. "He said he respected the way I approached the game." They spoke again on the phone after Damon signed with the Yankees just before Christmas and Steinbrenner "was very delighted with my decision," Damon said.
Now they get the chance to celebrate in person together, and Damon is hoping to make his new boss proud, beginning with that new clean-cut haircut of his.
"It's great to be on his side," he said, "so now we can talk about the Yankee way."
I definitely prefer XM to Sirius because of the baseball - as far as music and content, there are positives and negatives to each. Also, I know this isn't really the place for the debate but I'd sooner drink paint than listen to that monkey Stern scratch himself all over the radio. The sound of my cat snoring provides me more thought-provoking material. And I've worked at Sirius.
As far as the metsblog boys' reactions to Alex's article, it's understandable. I read everything Alex does, and am a huge fan of BronxBanter AND a Mets fan. But his tone was a little petulant and overkill for making fun of such an easy target from the position of YES excess. Also, I can't imagine if Matthew Cerrone makes fun of the confluence of the 1,000th showing of Jeter's jump throw intersecting with the 10,000th use of the word "intangibles" when describing his career everyone here will be all that full of laughter and light.
For the record, I thought it about YES and I think it about the new stupid Mets network: TOO MUCH. Just another way to suck more money out of the fans. Sad. Unless I get to watch some random mid-season games from all the 4th-place years, when I learned to love the Mets circa 1978.
Lastly, I agree with whomever said you guys don't really want him mentoring Cano. Yikes. Let him ruin Justin Morneau. Bat-girl's going to have a field day with him.
Twins sold on Sierra's clout
In veteran Ruben Sierra, the Twins are adding a switch hitter with a good history of success in the Metrodome.
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