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Wang on Wry
2008-06-18 08:58
by Alex Belth
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Pete Abraham's game-post last night was chock-full-of-goodies, but my favorite part, a bit of information that my wife also shared with me (she learned it from S. Waldman on the radio), came from Ron Guidry, who called Chien-Ming Wang and told him, "You can pitch but you can't run."

A Wocka, wocka, wocka

2008-06-18 10:52:24
1.   JL25and3
Pete Abe's also dead right about Minaya's press conference. I heard most of it on the radio, and it was, indeed, beyond embarrassing.

Omar kept saying over and over that it wasn't just about Willie, it was about the players and, yes, the GM as well. ("I take full responsibility" has become the standard way of dodging responsibility.) He said he's trying to do everything he can to make the team better, and he specifically cited this: "We picked up Trot Nixon."

I have to say, Omar, I thought you were doing a lousy job, but I guess I have to give you props. Picked up Trot Nixon? How can they lose?

2008-06-18 10:52:52
2.   kylepetterson
"You can pitch but you can't run."

It just goes to show you, if you've got a running Wang, sooner or later you're going to have to see a doctor.

2008-06-18 10:57:10
3.   3rd gen yankee fan
Yay more Muppet Show!

2 LOL!

2008-06-18 11:03:53
4.   williamnyy23
All these talk about firing Willie got me to thinking that the Yankees have not fired a manager in-season since 1990. At the time, no one would have believed that.
2008-06-18 11:19:49
5.   Raf
1 Trot Nixon... Heh. Reminds me of that line from Steinbrenner to Piniella; "I just won you the pennant. I just got you Steve Trout." :)
2008-06-18 11:28:53
6.   Jeb
Fellas, I'm heading to NYC tomorrow morning and will see the Reds/Yankees games (Friday and Saturday) live. I'll try to post from the ballpark. Let's Go Yan-kees!!!

and I agree --- Minyaya is a turd.

2008-06-18 11:30:40
7.   YankeeInMichigan
Just saw the following on RotoWorld (from the Daily News):

"Kennedy threw a bullpen session Sunday and is scheduled to pitch batting practice Friday, with an eye toward beginning a minor league rehab assignment next week. He figures to eventually replace Chien-Ming Wang in the rotation, but it likely won't be until next month."

When next week may the rehab assignment begin? The Yanks may try to get him to the mound on Sunday. That way, he can pitch a second rehab game on Friday and join the rotation Wednesday night, July 2 against Texas. Otherwise, he'll be returning against Boston.

Who will be the lucky Yankee to get the start on the afternoon of the 4th against the Sox? That will be the 25th aniversary of Righetti's no-hitter.

2008-06-18 11:31:14
8.   JL25and3
5 I thought of the same thing, except by now Nixon is probably worse than Trout was. (And I've always basically liked Trot Nixon.)

6 I'll be there Saturday as well.

2008-06-18 11:37:31
9.   Jeb
8 cool! It will be a virtual Banter-thon. I'll be up in the bleachers for that game (the ones above the monuments).
2008-06-18 11:38:07
10.   Jeb
9 actually a "real" banter-thon. The "virtual" bantering occurs here.
2008-06-18 12:07:48
11.   Chyll Will
1 You should go tell him that Naughty By Nature hasn't put out an album in years, so he should try Hip replacement elsewhere...

Who's down wit' OPP? (it's the new 70!)

10 Jeb, try the Bronx Zoo, where the meat is tender and fresh >;)

2008-06-18 12:18:44
12.   Bama Yankee
6 Have a safe trip, Jeb. Remember a couple of weeks ago when you offered me your tickets? Bet you're glad I didn't take you up on the offer... ;-)

Hopefully, you'll get better results than I got from my game. At least they are playing better now. Not that I'm trying to take any credit for the team's recent success or anything, but we have only lost once since I got to sit in the dugout...

2008-06-18 12:24:28
13.   Rob Middletown CT
This is sorta random, but during last night's game, for an inning or to, the announcer's feed must've been broken. The picture was fine, the ballpark noise was fine, but there was zero announcing. And it was really cool in a way (though also somewhat disconcerting... sooooo used to the constant talk from the booth, even if it's often stupid). I'm assuming I'm not the only one who noticed this.
2008-06-18 12:28:16
14.   Chyll Will
I'm gonna share this with you guys... I think pastrami tastes like peppered shoe leather, and rye is, well, a nice town in Westchester County where there's absolutely nothing to do until Playland opens. This bothers me to no end, because I think I should like pastrami, especially the way it's piled on like a mountain and such, but the taste drives me away. What can I do that is non-lethal or threatening to myself?
2008-06-18 12:31:15
15.   pistolpete
13 I've always thought that should be an option on one's TV — to hear the game & all the ambient noise but no commentary from the TV. I'd even tolerate more on-screen advertising if I could somehow mute the booth for 3 hours.
2008-06-18 12:31:24
16.   Chyll Will
13 talk about random... maybe YOU know something about the fireworks over the East River on Saturday I asked about yesterday? Huh, anyone?
2008-06-18 12:58:20
17.   Raf
13 I was in Corona, trying to stay dry.
2008-06-18 12:59:33
18.   Raf
17 er, make that 16 . I noticed the announcer's feed being broken.
2008-06-18 13:11:16
19.   Jeb
12 thanks Bama.

If you guys want a good laugh, check out Kissing Suzy Kolber's tribute to the Celtics. Freaking hilarious.

2008-06-18 13:19:04
20.   Rob Middletown CT
15 Yeah, that would be great - to be able to mute ONLY the booth.

It was really wierd to see the first two HRs (ARod, Giambi) w/o any "SEEYA!" stuff from Kay.

2008-06-18 13:19:08
21.   cult of basebaal
13 that happened earlier in the season during a yanks v red sox game on fox. only had the crowd mics for a couple of innings at the end of the game. it was awesome, sooooo much better than having to endure buck and mccarver.
2008-06-18 13:28:27
22.   JL25and3
14 Five years or so ago I supervised a grad student, and our sessions would often go far afield. He was just getting into jazz, and we talked about music a lot. I kept urging him to listen to Louis Armstrong - the Hot Fives and Hot Sevens - and eventually burned a couple of CDs for him. Despite my efforts, he still didn't much like them. So at the end of our year together, I made one demand of him: every year, on July 4, he had to listen to those CDs again - every year until he realized their genius.

Chyll, each year you should have at least one pastrami on rye. Repeat until you understand.

2008-06-18 13:34:41
23.   Raf
19 Nah, for a good laugh, you need to find KG's postgame interview from last night.
2008-06-18 13:50:12
24.   cult of basebaal
wow ... the yankees just signed the six-fingered man
2008-06-18 13:58:01
25.   RIYank
24 Inconceivable!
2008-06-18 14:27:39
26.   Bama Yankee
24 They also signed Sir Sidney for another go around...

Who's next...David Wells?

Why not bring back Karim Garcia while they're at it (actually, having Karim around might be kinda fun).

2008-06-18 15:03:11
27.   Chyll Will
22 Sounds like sage advice...

17 I was in Brooklyn Heights on a film shoot for German TV. Unbelievably, they were trying to film a stunt scene with a speeding car while the rain was pouring down in barrels. I was firewatching the camera truck when I heard BOOM! BOOM-BOOM! A dozen of us dashed down the promenade to watch the fireworks over the Manhattan skyline and thinking, "This is for Father's Day??"

(I was also standing thisclose to a really cute Polish girl, a fellow PA; the moment couldn't have been scripted more perfectly for romance... except [sigh] she's married.)

24 Me next! I have six fingers on both hands (though they're nubbed...) Maybe I can break out the ol' sidewinder for a few hundred (thousand) and write a movie about it...

26 Maybe he heard about Mussina getting the ice cream back in the clubhouse and wanted to "contribute"...

2008-06-18 15:35:30
28.   OldYanksFan
I read a number of article quoting Cashman as saying something to the extent that 'thankfully, Wang will be back in Sept., and the kids will get us by'. Now, I just read an article where Hank says almost the same thing verbatim. And I think, 'Strange, forcasting Wang's return so soon when he has a serious injury'.

And now I know why. Read PeteAbes 'Game 72' post. Looks like the odds of Wang pitching anytime in 2008 are very long. Me thinks the Yanks FO is in 'we don't really need a trade' mode, so look for a trade coming.

Will, go with Corned Beef instead.
Of course, I don't think you can get really good Pastrami in the South anyway.

2008-06-18 20:42:35
29.   bartap74
This may be too late for Will to notice, but my advice is this:

Try the Pastrami at Katz's Deli in downtown Manhattan. If you don't like it there, you're not going to like it anywhere.

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