It seems like that’s all I’ve said this off season. I’m so sick of people saying the Yankees buy World Series Championships.
As you all know, I live in central North Carolina… Atlanta Braves country. I hear it from EVERYONE and frankly, I’m sick of it.
Yes, the Yankees spent a boat load of money this off season and YES, we scooped up the best free agents on the market, but does that mean we are buying championships? NO… hello if that was the case A-Rod would have brought a championship to the Bronx by now.
Don’t hate on me and my team just because we can spend money. It’s not our fault you either root for a team who has a cheap Owner/GM and it’s not my problem that you root for a team that sucks so bad no one goes to the games or buys their apparel.
Commissioner Bud Selig just said a few weeks or so ago that this is the first time in a long time that the playing field has been level between small and large market teams. Baseball is not played on paper… as much as us statistic nerds would like to believe that it is.
Get over it already. Stop being jealous of my Yankees. It’s not our fault we ROCK.
Final Whisper: 26 and counting…
Baseball Nerdish as Always,
Cashman to NY Post:
“Being the Yankees’ GM is easy.
I just listen to A Show of Their Own for all the answers!”
So, I’m pretty sure Brian Cashman or Mark Teixeira is a fan of “A Show of Their Own.” Last night, I asked for Tex to sign with the Yankees as my Yankees Christmas wish on air (Click HERE to listen). The next day, Tex is in pinstripes! Now Cashman, if you would just steal Grady Sizemore from the Indians, I’d be in a pinstriped heaven!
Ok, I’m sure the Yankees and Tex don’t get their career advice from a twenty year old chick in North Carolina, but I can dream right?
It really looked as if the Red Sox would end up with Tex. I know John Henry said the Red Sox wouldn’t be a factor, but he did leave the offer on the table, which, to me, seemed like he was bluffing. Every Yankees
specialist fan I’ve spoken with said I should give up on Tex being a Yankee, but I prayed hard and a Christmas miracle transpired.
I plead my case for Tex last night on the air. Honestly, Tex is the only guy who made sense. Bobby Abreu is gone and he took his big bat with him. We had no one to fill the number three spot in the line up. We needed a big bat to protect A-Rod our clean up guy. I mean who would have been number three? I’d die if Manny ever donned the pinstripes!
Maybe Xavier Nady – Not a bad choice, but Tex is an upgrade. Nady did well last year, but then had a period were he sort of fell off the face of the earth for a stretch towards the end of the year (but what Yankee didn’t).
Hideki Matsui – yea right, unless he returns to Godzilla form, but then he’d better serve as a 5 or 6 guy. Maybe even a number 7 guy. I’m not so sure Matsui will be with the big team all year, I say he lands on the 15-day DL at least once next year.
Jorge Posada – I actually started to laugh as I typed this one. Posada is too slow, he’s a catcher, come on. He’ll fill the 6th spot in the order.
Robinson Cano – Even though he’s been working in the Dominican this winter, he’s still not a viable number 3 guy. At his peak I see him as a 5 or 6 guy. This year, I think he’ll see a lot of time in the number 8 hole.
Nick Swisher – I’m not even sure why he’s a Yankee to be honest. Trade bait now I guess. It seemed odd to me that the Yankees would have signed Swisher to play first base all year. The man said himself that he didn’t have much experience at 1B, but he’d try. Great, “try” that’s what we need coming back from a crap year and going into a new stadium, a guy to “try” to play 1B. Swisher didn’t actually say “try,” but that was the gist of his little speech. Anyway… (sorry I go off on tangents a lot) Swisher would be lucky to bat 9th in the Yankees line-up.
Mike Cameron/ Melky Cabrera / Brett Gardner – which ever guy we go with here, will bat 9th Maybe Cameron bats 7th or 8th, but not 3rd. It’s my belief that the Yankees will stick with Melky in CF until the CF
savior Austin Jackson is ready to take over full time. Melky had a bad year this year, but I don’t think anyone should be counted out after one season. If he was in his late 30s or early 40s and he had such a bad year, I’d say sure get rid of him, but he’s only in his 20s. Keep the Melk Man, he’ll deliver… at some point. It’s also stupid of Cashman to trade for Cameron. Cashman keeps saying he wants to make the Yankees a younger team, but Cameron is no spring chicken. Why try one mediocre CF for an older mediocre centerfielder? If Cashman is going to talk the talk, he needs to walk the walk. I think the only reason the Yanks contemplated the trade was to appease CC. CC should have no say though. I don’t think CC demanded Cameron, but the Yankees knew they are buddies. Why does CC’s friendship with Cameron matter more than Cano and Melky’s friendship? Cano and Melky have been Yankees longer than CC. In my opinion CC has something to prove. Don’t get me wrong, I love CC and think he was a great acquisition. I also like the Cleveland Indians, so I know a thing or two about CC.
I’m not even going to bother writing Derek Jeter or Johnny Damon. If you think Jeter or Damon are 3 slot guys, then… I don’t know, you’re insane.
The Line-up Card
So, I’m going to go ahead and write it down, Girardi feel free to use this…
1 Damon – LF
2 Jeter – SS
3 Teixeira – 1B
4 Rodriguez – 3B
5 Nady – RF
6 Posada – C
7 Matsui – DH
8 Cano – 2B
9 Melky -CF
I’m happy about the pitching staff this year. I think this is the first year in a while where I feel confident in our starters AND our pen. A 10 million dollar deal is on the table for Andy Pettitte. He hasn’t accepted the offer yet and (although I love Andy) I hope he rejects the offer or the Yankees pull the offer. I know Pettitte has done a lot for the Yankees over the years, but he’s getting older, he’s worried about his elbow and back and frankly, so am I. It’s time for us to move on and go with the Young Guns.
Girardi… you can use this one too!
In Other Yankees News…
Ex-Yankees Pitcher, Chris Britton recently signed with the Padres. I really hope this guy does well with the Padres. I hear he can hit bombs so hopefully that will manifest into something out west. I had the pleasure of meeting him in Charlotte, NC in 2007. He was one of the funniest guys I’ve ever met. He’s like a big teddy bear, super fun guy. Chris Britton and Ruben Sierra are the two nicest baseball players I’ve met. Very fan friendly guys they are. Anyway… just wanted to say Good luck Chris!
Final Whisper: BIG thanks to Michelle Damon!!!!
Without her, CC may have went back to the Brewers or some other team that’s not the Yankees! So Michelle, thanks for showing Amber Sabathia that it IS possible to raise a loving family in the New York area and showing her the way to Saks!
Baseball Nerdish as Always,
I feel like reading a book now…