If you are wondering why I haven’t posted anything this week, it’s because this has been the worst week of my life to say the least. I usually tell you all everything, but I don’t feel comfortable discussing this on my blog (I should note that it’s nothing involving the law)…
Anyway, back to baseball…
So, tomorrow is the Super Bowl. I’m pulling for the Cardinals. Only because I think Kurt Warner is a great person (not to mention he carried my fantasy football team this year). I’m not emotionally invested in the game, but I like sports so it’s all good.
Recently, I heard on the radio that someone (I forget who, sorry) did a study and the sale of Viagra, and other like products, goes up drastically during the week leading up to the Super Bowl. Now, that’s all we need at Super Bowl parties… some of those commercials are getting very vulgar (especially the PETA commercial that was banned).
Any who… I decided to investigate. I’ve decided that it’s baseball players (the super stars) who are buying all the Viagra… I mean how else could A-Rod keep up with Madonna? haha totally kidding about all of that.
OH!! I just went to my mail box and guess what. Joe Torre sent me a nice invitation to his annual Super Bowl party. “BYOB” what a penny pincher… I thought it wasn’t about the money, Joe… good thing I don’t drink. I go every year, but this year should be interesting, what with A-Fraud, Golden child Jeter, Boorish Boomer, and the likes all getting together to watch football. Maybe they’ll take some Viagra before they get to the party… wait, that’s not what I mean…
I guess I’ve got to go play peace maker at this thing…
I hear Larry King will be there too… Brian Cashman hasn’t RSVP’d according to Joe.
FINAL WHISPER: But seriously, that would be some interesting party wouldn’t it?! What I would give to just be a fly on the wall
Baseball Nerdish as Always,
Pitching, Pitching, Pitching. That was Brian Cashman’s off season mantra. We came, we saw, we conquered the free agent pitchers market. We nabbed the best pitcher on the market. Sure, we spent a lot of money, but we upgraded and made moves that are perceived to bring the World Championship back to the Bronx. I’d like to use this forum as a way to plead my case for the Yankees’ prospects; namely, Phil Hughes. Ok, so you all have probably guessed by now, Phil Hughes is my favorite Yankee, so this may be bias, but so is everything else on the blogosphere.
So, last night on A Show of Their Own, we got into the argument of prospects or free agents/trades. I don’t consider one option better than the other. It all depends on the players involved. I’m emotionally attached to 25 men! I really want Ian Kennedy, Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain, Austin Jackson, Brett Gardner, Melky Cabrera, Robbie Cano, Phil Coke, et al to succeed in pinstripes. They are great guys that we’ve (I guess I should say the Yankees and not we, since I’m not working for the Yankees… yet) developed in our farm system. OK, Phil and Ian went 0-8 together last year, but they shouldn’t have even been up in the majors. YES, Phil had some moments of greatness in 2007, but he was only 21 at the time and he hadn’t matured as a pitcher completely. The fact of the matter is that IPK and “The Franchise” were rushed through the minors. Phil was pitching hurt for the majority of the 2008 season AND he couldn’t see at night. HELLO… I announced on my old blog that Phil was hurt and couldn’t see before the news came out (except I diagnosed him with a strained oblique rather than a broken rib), but if I could see that (all the way in NC) why couldn’t Joe Girardi, or a trainer? Phil needs to take some of the blame too, I suppose. He should have told someone he was hurt, but that comes with maturity as a pitcher.
I think Phil is a great pitcher. Obviously the Yankees feel the same way or they wouldn’t have by passed Johan Santana and all the other deals that flew their way. In 2008, Phil changed his mechanics (that worked so well for him in 2007) subconsciously to compensate for his injury. It happens… Phil worked his problems out this fall with the Peoria Javelins. I think this will be a comeback year for him and IPK. I’m so sick of people dismissing players after one bad year. Everyone hates Cano, Melky, IPK, Phil, EVERYONE… people are actually starting to hate DEREK JETER of all people. Geez, lose some range and you’re just crap in some fans’ eyes. I know I get impatient with players during games, but I think we should all take a moment to remember that these guys are YOUNG. They still have some maturing and growing to do.
All that being said, I don’t know what I want to happen… The Yankees play the Braves in July, I’ll be at all three games. I’m going to Cleveland to see the Yankees and I’ll be at Yankee stadium too… so, I want Phil to be in the majors flourishing, because that’s what is right for him. But, for selfish reasons I want him to be with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre during May 12-15. Why? Because Scranton will be in Charlotte to play the Charlotte Knights. I go every year to see Scranton play Charlotte. I’ve made friends at the stadium with guys who work there… they always tell me how to get autographs and find the visitors. If Phil’s with Scranton then I’ll have a better chance at meeting him (which is my new goal in life, sorry Grady).
So, that’s my big dilemma…
Final Whisper: Don’t give up on our young guys. They just need time to get adjusted and realize their potential. They’ll be fine!
Baseball Nerdish as Always,