Baseball Toaster was unplugged on February 4, 2009.
Nothing much happening in Yankeeland this morning. Unless you want to just cry about how well the Sox are playing, I ain't got much for ya. So instead, check out the trailer for Joel and Ethan Coen's creepy new movie.
Trying to get back to my positive outlook about the Yanks I've taken to calling Hank and Hal the Righteous Brothers.
The Red Sox? Meh. May their dynasty be short-lived, as in, this one (if that) and done.
The NY backpages blew it with the Curt puns today. Should gone with the Rockies Horror Picture Show route if you ask me.
Name a manager today. That's all I ask.
also, here's an onion article on girardi tanking his interview:
david ortiz incorporates champagne goggles into his everyday uniform:
these guys and/or gals are brilliant.
5 Yes - lots of fun here in Boston. I think I am actually hoping the Pats (continue to) and Celts do well so the Nation will move on rather quickly.
Oh - and this is not a dynasty.
And it sounds like there is now more of a possibility Schill may be back next year.
Great. This time, let them be the ones who hang on to a diminished veteran a year or two too long.
5 I feel I took it for granted as well :(
I won't even talk about BC. I used to live near there and . . . let's just say I will never cheer for any BC team again.
8 i will keep my fingers crossed. i wish he could get a multi-year deal with a player option. i'm a dreamer.
BC? Their alumni are annoying. Their students are firmly in the Abercrombie and Fitch set. Very annoying to say the least....
Personally, can the Sox lose ? Man, I hope so. Yes, the Rockies gave them a good game but the karma/hitting/fans are really overwhelming.
13 Agreed - there is no way they should be thought of as even a "mini dynasty" at this point.
Also, I vote for Girardi as manager. BASEBALL NEEDS MORE CREWCUTS.
If they win this year, it certainly is no dynasty, but it's a lot better than what we've seen out of the Bronx in the past four years. How I long for the late 90's.
But I too haven't really cared about the series. Not only do I not care about the two teams, but I am much more interested in the Yankees doings. As always, Bud has managed to screw it up totally. Speculation will just continue to build and dominate the biggest market instead of just announcing it and being done. Is there anyone that has less of a grasp on how these things work than Selig?
Finally, you can't call a team a dynasty if they win 2 titles over the arbitrary span of 4 years (why not 5 or 6 years? or two years?) Especially when that team took 3rd place last year and is an almost entirely different team than the one that won before.
I see the Sox as actually a worse team next year no matter what they do. Another year older for Manny and Ortiz and Lowell and Varitek, another year of Lugo and Drew, If Schilling comes back, you can't expect him to be better. Wakefield really wasn't very good this year, and a year of Buccholz is a question mark. Lester has shown himself to be, well, not very good...
Of course, the same can be said for the Yankees...
Ortiz was no MVP, but having to sit him says more about the rest of their team than it says about him.
23 Good point. Brushbacks are just another wasted pitch, and unfortunately the Sox seem to wear down pitchers.
I expect this series will go back to Boston for game #6.
12 straight years in the playoffs is still impressive, though. Let's see Boston reel that off.
Glad to hear you thought so highly of it. I couldn't be more excited.
I fear that's how they may roll, ya know, like der daddy done.
Better get myself some lunch. I'm lightheaded.
So no, Ortiz is not an MVP, but only because he plays in the same league as A-Rod. He certainly had an MVP-quality season. In fact, despite his drop in home runs, RBIs and "SportsCenter moments," 2007 may have been Papi's best year, as he posted his best batting average, best OBP and second-best slugging precentge. What's more impressive is that he did all this without the protection of Manny for much of the season.
Not having Ortiz and Youkilis together in the lineup will undoubtedly weaken the Sox.
(And yeah, I know the Yanks' roster had changed that much between 1996 and 2001 - but that was 5 years' time. The Yanks' roster for 1998-2000 had at least 16 guys there all 3 years.)
That kind of dynasty works in football, with unguaranteed contracts and the average career of a player being a little less than 3 years - but not in MLB.
I haven't been in this much suspense since the last episode of the Sopranos.
Will joe get busted by his principal for spending too much time on the Banter?
Will the identity of Bronxer be found out before it is too late for joe?
Will joe develop a lesson plan that includes his students researching the archives of the Bronx Banter?
Is all this an elaborate scam to increase the ratings of the Banter during a slow time?
Will my boss find out that I am spending too much time... uh, gotta go.
These are just two articles, but I read quite a few - two things I found interesting - Jackie's intelligence was often mentioned as part of his being college educated. Frank's "surly" personality was referred to a lot.
Couldn't really find anything about Buck O'Neill and cerebralness, but didn't spend that much time on it.
I hope the cafeteria is not serving onion rings today.
Big brother is watching - we could all be in trouble.
But we don't want those MA brats coming to the Banter - we have a few too many trolls as it is.
when you have helton, holliday and atkins in your lineup and the score can be tied by hitting a solo HR, i think it is a close game.
just my opinion.
38 Think "PTA" ...
(oh, and I did not mean to call you "Surely"...unless that is your name)
44 Oh yes - but who will get to stay at the Plaza?
44 I was much happier when it turned out Bobby wasn't really dead. He was my favorite character.
FWIW Buster Olney is reporting that the Yanks will announce the new manager Tuesday and have picked up Abreu's option.
i met somebody here off the blog on a business trip and i know i have a buddy who reads here regularly but never, ever posts. but this between bronxer/joe is kinda cool. ooh, the suspense...!
61 good idea! glad i thought of it ; )
60 this is for you:
Hmmm PTA .... I'm wondering.....
to make time for yankees blogs.
71 Review sheets prepare for tests
72 I agree, but it's here to stay. Our kids (I've taught sophs for years) do very well on it
Records show you once won a teaching award. Become that teacher again.
See the ball, Danny. Be the ball ...
i'm on the edge of my seat over here...
i'm still more into this bronxer/joe film though!
(it has its own wikipedia page. wow.)
1. Which of the following is a bird?
d. All of the above
2. Name the greatest athlete of all-time
a. Ted Williams
b. Bobby Orr
c. John Havlicek
d. how could you pick just one of those guys
3. Name the most clutchiest of clutch hitters evahhhh
a. David Ortiz
b. David Ortiz
c. David Ortiz
d. Big Papi
4. If one of Tom Brady's ex-girlfriends is traveling east at 60 mph and another ex-girlfriend is traveling west at 70 mph, how many Superbowl trophies has Tom won?
5. Fill in the blank:
"Yankees ____ !!!!"
but only because i now fear you.
I fear Kariam/Keyser too.
New Yankees boss Hank Steinbrenner said that if the Red Sox had a Nation, then the Yankees have a universe.
Soon, "I'm a card-carrying member of Yankee Universe" ...
96 i think the yankees' official website were selling "yankees universe" t-shirts last year. he's already advertising the merchandise. maybe this will all work out after all.
A while back, I... uh, I mean... this guy I know who was already a member here, tried to register again under the name "Karim Garcia" but Ken caught it and did not let it go through. His comment was that he wanted to keep it "one person, one screen name" around here (at least that's what my friend told me that Ken said). Still, I'm not so sure that we don't have a few people with more than one name around here... Deadhorse, I'm talking to you... ;-)
how long does it take for him to get home, bronxer? i'm dying over here.
He'd already recognized me from my screen name, but had decided not to say anything.
98 Has anyone ever seen (or own) and "Yankee Universe" merchandise?
(it's all for charity!)
i hope that this keeps me in your good graces, sir or madame.
actually it's not like that at all now that I thought about it ....
I am signing off. I'll check back here in an hour to see if Joe is grading homework :) or posting :(
True / False:
26 > 6
that looked like a big hint, to me. what records? who has access to those records? this looks like a case for jd drew!
My biggest worry here used to be the Yanks not winning the World Series .....
Do I know you ???? !!!!!!!!!!
118 up until last week, every day was an off day for jd drew.
anyway, i'd still love to buy the tee shirt. anyone have one to know the size scheme. i seemed to get burned every single year buying yankee shirts online. (least i won't have to get the division champ shirt for this year...). that said, even if the shirt is of bad quality and bad size, it'll still go to a good cause. so, i guess i should just buy the damn thing already. it'd just be nice to know the sizes run normal...
nice to see you made it home safely, joe! : )
by joe for winning the award, and by bronxer... dang it...
Joe in Boston = Bronxer
Wait...Bronxer, are you Karim Garcia?
"AAaaaaaaarrrrrrggggggghhhhhhh.... [gasp] ...rosebud...."
then journey played.
I don't get it ?
i'll miss you, njyankee41. it's been real.
152 You're life won't be so boring any more ...
(will bronxer fall for this? it is worth a shot.)
joe obviously said something to piss off Bronxer. Bronxer says goodbye and poof- comment's gone.
Note to self: Never piss off Bronxer.
Anyone else think this is just too bizarre?
Gotta go. Have a good weekend all.
Rox / Sox / who cares ....
Maybe Bronxer is an "unknown glowing substance which fell to Earth, presumably from outer space."
No offense Bronxer...
...or DO i?!?
(kidding, I hope)
my question is:
was there a second gunman? a lot seemed to have happened within those 78 seconds.
unless this is the biggest red herring ever.
seriously, somebody get jd drew.
there had to be a hidden poster on the grassy knoll...
or was it: Bronxer...in a chat room...with a delete button? I don't have a clue... ;-)
So many clues, yet still no answer.
Bronxer = Oswald + Ruby + Castro + CIA + Mafia + Russians + DiMaggio's housecat
The COMMENTS header (between Alex's posting and the comments) says (right now) that there are 199 comments, but the last number of a comment is 200.
Who or what deleted post 134?
Is this all a setup by Bronxer?
What happened with Joe in Boston and is he all right?
What is the real truth to this absorbing mystery?
The answers to these questions and more will be answered in the upcoming hit TV mini-series: The Mystery of Post 134 (brought to you by Geico)
I'm just trying to figure out what happened today. At least it made me forget about the Yanks (and the Sawx) for awhile !
Bronxer: where/who are you ??????? !!!!!!!!
218 Did you type 134 ???
""There must be a way to cap what a team can spend without hurting player compensation ... without taking away from the players what they have rightfully earned in the past through negotiation and in creating tremendous value. There is a simple mechanism that could right a system woefully out of whack."
"Baseball doesn't have an answer for the Yankees," Henry wrote. "Revenue sharing can only accomplish so much. At some point it becomes confiscation. It has not and it will not solve what is a very obvious problem.""-John Henry, 2/18/04
I bet he's glad nobody took him seriously.
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mmm... Banter-Mallows... (harder to make than you think >;)
chyll, you get the 'mallows, i'll bring the beer! sierra nevada pale ale okay?
Steinbrenner also took what could be perceived as a jab at Torre.
"It's going to come down to who we think is the absolute best guy for the job, the guy that really can be the best leader," he said. "Joe was a great manager ... he was like a father figure to some of these guys. We want a guy who can do that, but at the same time, it's going to be a younger guy, and we want a guy who's going to be a real leader. This guy's got to take charge and be a real leader. We're not looking so much for a father figure now as a real leader."
Ya know, it's true I'm still sad about Joe, but DARY really scares me. It's like my boy Sherman set the Wayback machine for 1980.
Does anyone see just pure idiocy in those statements? How do you think you lead guys like Andy, Jeter, Giambi, Posada, Mo, Clemens, ARod and Moose. With pom-poms and cheers? Yeah, a lot of those guys are out soon but still.... are they gonna hire Giradi because "We really wanted a guy named Joe"?
I think it's obvious that they want Donnie, but his inexperience compared to also having Girardi as a candidate is making it hard.
What they ready wanted is for Torre to usher out the old guard for a year or 2, and then transition to a more experienced Donnie. I really like(d) having guys like Pena and Bowa around, and they have had an impact.
The truth is losing Joe isn't nearly as scary as gaining DARY. Some of the statements they make are just such a weird mix of infantile and insanity.
Bathwater, meet Baby. Baby, meet bathwater.
242 That would be a lot of fun - HA HA, I remember when all that went down.
In any event, I believe they will time the announcement in an effort to take some of the spotlight off the Sox if they win it all.
This quote in Pete's paper is strange though-
Steinbrenner said. "We've got to make the choice for the best manager possible. If it's Donnie, it's Donnie."
My $$ is on Girardi.
You're really killing me here.
another clue perhaps ?
"All these ladies are fine, I mean, they're all pretty much at the same level of hotness, but what I'm looking for is a lady who's going to be one of the hottest ladies of all time over a period of 10, 20 years. That's why I'm only considering three ladies, so I don't become even more confused, ya know?"
The Red Sox were actually managed by former Crimson Tide quarterback Butch Hobson back in the early 90's.
As RAB wrote, its the Yankees world and we're all just living in it...
278 i thought that right after i typed it! : )
And besides, as I said, the Yanks ARE the top two headlines on espn...
At the very least, I can imagine most people would be pretty uncomfortable in joe's position.
I don't think $30m will fly with ARod. His current contract calls for $32m in 2009-2010.
So Boras will be 'insulted' at the pay cut and ARod wil turn down $150 million (HA!)
Hicks really screwed up big. Think about it. $30m for a 40 yr old player won't be enough. It's really sick.
Well... Donnie is certainly not the 'best' they could find. Best because of DARY and Torregate? Best to resign our guys? Maybe. But this ain't just a managerial hiring. This is as much about damage control as anything.
I'd like Pena to manage and Donnie to bench coach. Has the throw-away thing if necessary, and if Pena is good, gives Donnie the next crack at it, whenever that comes.
You have no way of knowing that.
Anyhow. Let's get the Yanks put back together and go after #27. Go Rockies too!
and, yeah, where/what/how/why - 134!!! perhaps DARY had something to do with it??? ; )
DARY = dipshit accountants running the yankees
(i did not make it up - i am only repeating it because as zack said there are too many mysteries and we might as well solve one - so PLEASE let's not go down that route again)
"We don't throw $28 million at Roger Clemens."
Yes, douchebag, you throw it at Julio Lugo and J.D. Drew.
i don't follow/care for college football, but...GO NITTANY LIONS!!! (they probably have as much a chance as the rockies. sigh.)
DARY - Dysfunctional Accountants Ruining the Yankees.
Please... use with care.
No - I didn't coin the phrase. Can't remember who did. Maybe a week ago or so.
I just put the acronym to it to save typing. as it was beautifully telling, accurate and insulting without using any bad words.
316 Yeah I only know a few of the former. But even some of them I find to be a bit much with their hatred. RSN was out in full effect today
317 Sorry OYF - I though I remembered seeing the way I defined it at one time.
Joe-ey kid .....
320 We complain about the Yankee bandwagoners all the time. (handing you plate of apple-y pie) Cobbler?
319 when I lived in the Back Bay (1990-2001) I had no problem wearing my Yankee hat out in public - now ?... No way. (And I'm 40 mins north...
Nope, Mr. D.
this must be the 1st two day thread in about a year.
maybe alex & co. went all 134.
a thought i can't bear to dwell upon.
neh, emma would have posts that became the next days game thread. usually they were good luck and we'd win those games. even though there are no more games, i still miss emma's writing and hope she puts up a post soon!
323 325 i love it - guesses and getting closer! i leave for work w/in an hour, hopefully you'll figure out bronxer by then!!! : ~
Ms. October, whereabouts did you live in B'ham? I'm in forest park.
Just when I think I'm out.... he pulls me back in !
Time to put the kids to bed.
328 I hear ya. BTW, my original #23 comes out on special occasions ....
I lived right near UAB; then I moved a little further back close to the Vulcan near the Homewood border.
WARNING WILL ROBINSON: Foul Language!
337 Ha Ha - these guys were such jerks they would have probably been almost menacing to her too.
2004? No, they've been playing every other game at auburn since 1989 and the last legion field iron bowl was 1999.
I work on highland near UAB
Wow hideki....err kaz matsui looks good! I hate dais-suck.
i'm not watching the game - i'd rather be pleasantly surprised later.
Yanks fans sorry to talk off-topic with Miss October, but what the heck, it's the off season, right?
hopefully we will have some yanks news to return to on monday or so
but i will leave us with a memorable huntsville, al connection - jimmy key
I mean for Christ's sake.
You know, Simone, you make a great deal of sense and your observation almost (ALMOST) makes this all tolerable.
But yes, it would be nice for Boston to wear the bull's eye for a bit.
Oh my God, what am I saying? What loser talk.
Has it really come to this?
1 inning, with the bottom of their lineup, till 'Boner.
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