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You’re as useless as an a$$hole right here (points to elbow) ahhh..Fantasy Baseball Begins!

March 23, 2010

Go See Rocket shes got a job for ya

To say my friends are an eclectic bunch is an understatement. We’ve got black folks, brown folks (Filipinos are brown skinned dammit!), yellow folks and of course the sprinkle of white folks. Not that it matters, I think we all have a common interest in girls, piff, cars, video games, clothing and of course sports. However, that does not stop us from ribbing each other with momma jokes, ethnic jokes and your’e not working tomorrow jokes. There are simply no rules, and if someone goes over the line its usually duked out by fists or lawn care tools in Dads backyard.

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Yankees are team of the decade

November 6, 2009

 

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The Yankees, with its 27th World Series championship, are officially the team of the decade

 

 

Now that the Yankees have won its 27th World Series championship, let the adulation begin.

Even though 2000 doesn’t technically count in this decade — for this post it will — the Yankees have gone to the World Series four times in the past 10 years and won twice. That’s twice as many World Series appearances than any other team in baseball since 2000.

They also have won 10 postseason series since 2000, two more than any other club in baseball during that time frame. In addition, the Yankees have the most wins – 965 – since 2000, 45 more wins than the second-winningest team, the Boston Red Sox.

So that’s nine playoff trips, four World Series appearances and two rings since 2000. The only team close enough to debate is the Red Sox, who have also won two rings in the same span. The Sox, however, are ranked second in wins (920), 95 -win seasons (six) and eight postseason series wins. Those all rank second behind the Yankees.

So is there even a debate?

Well, Phillies fans may have a gripe. Their team made it to back-to-back World Series. They won the National League twice in a row, and if they would have won this year, they would be only the third National League club in baseball history to win back to back titles.

However, the Phils only have three postseason appearances in the last ten years, and in 2000, when the Yankees were taking home its 4th title in five years, they were the losingest ball club in baseball, with 97 losses. They also don’t sport the most wins in the NL since 2000. The Cardinals, Dodgers and  Giants all won more games since the beginning of the decade.

The Cardinals, Braves and Dodgers also have double the amount of postseason appearances  (7, 6, 4 , respectively) than the Phillies.

So there it is.

The team of the 20th century is officially the team of the decade.

How do you like them apples.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A-Rod solidifies legacy

November 5, 2009
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Redemption

Heavy hangs the head that wears the crown.

Not for Alex Rodriguez.

No longer will the $3oo million man have to answer questions about his postseason failures. 

With the weight of the world on his shoulders, and a below .200 batting average going into the start of this year’s playoffs, A-Rod has expelled the demons. He has gotten something that  his annual paycheck can’t buy. 

A ring.

It’s been 15 ring-less years for Alex. But with the help of a steroid-use admission, a hip surgery, and the addition of Kate Hudson, A-Rod has transformed himself. No longer is he the goat of Yankee failures. He put aside the egoistic, me-first attitude that has characterized him his entire career. This time,the team came first.

A-rod has secured his legend. He batted a robust .365 (19-for-52) with six homers and a franchise-record 18 RBIs in the 2009 playoffs. Think they were meaningless RBIs? Not quite. Eight of them tied a game or gave the Yankees the lead.

He was clutch. He was Jeter-esque. He was everything Yankee fans wanted him to be when we signed him 5 years ago. I don’t know what Kevin Long said to him, but his approach at the plate, along with his demeanor, is completely different. He had a career high in walks this year. He bought into the Yankee concept of being patient, taking your walks and passing the baton.

This was the MO of the late 90s teams. Grind out at bats. Take walks. Let your teammate pick you up. And that’s exactly what A-Rod did. When Pedro pitched around him, he let Matsui pick up the slack. And oh, how he picked it up.

And when the team needed him most, he delivered. Game-tying jacks in Game 2 and 3 of the ALDS, one off Joe Nathan in the bottom of the 9th. The game tying jack off MLB save leader Brian Fuentes in Game 2 of the ALCS. He ravaged Phillies closer Brad Lidge for the go-ahead RBI double in the 9th inning of Game 4 of the World Series.

And oh yeah, A-Rod also hit the first video-reviewed HR in the WS, which also was a game-changer, cutting the Phillies lead to 3-2 in Game 3 of the WS.

A-Rod has shaken off the criticism. He has reinvented himself. As Dennis Green once said — though slightly tailored — He is who we thought he was.

It just took five years to find out.

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Who do you keep?

November 5, 2009
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Godzilla put the Yanks on his back in Game 6, but will that be enough to keep him in Pinstripes?

 

Now that the Yankees have won their 27th World Championship, General Manager Brian Cashman has some tough decisions ahead of him.

Damon, Pettitte and Matsui are all free agents, and most likely, the Yankees can only keep two of them. So who do you choose?

Damon had a career year in his final year with the Pinstripes. He had 24 homeruns –tying a career high –, a .280 batting average and drove in more than 80 RBIs. Matsui batted around .290, had 25-plus jacks and damn near drove in 100 RBIs. Pettitte was good ol’ reliable, being the second-half dominant pitcher the Yanks have come to expect from him. Oh yeah, he also closed out every playoff series this year.

I think that even though Matsui is the WS MVP, Game 6 was his swan song. The Yankees, who are moving more toward a younger, mobile group, rather than a bunch of power hitters, don’t have the space to have a full-time DH who can’t field. With aging players like Arod, Jeter and Posada, they need days off from the field, and having a permanent DH would leave them out of the lineup. 

So who’s more important? Posada, Jeter and Arod…or Matsui?

Easy answer.

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Damon had a monster year. But will that earn him another Steinbrenner check?

Damon may have swung himself into a one-year $8 million contract by batting .380 in the WS, but Matsui batted in 6 RBIs in one WS game! I think Damon gets the contract because he still has some life in his legs and he and Jeter have formed a formidable 1-2 punch at the top of the lineup. He can still play the outfield — barely — but that’s more than Matsui can. 

Sometimes it’s hard to say goodbye to old friends. It’s even harder to watch them detiororate in front of your own eyes. I think this is the best we’ll see of Matsui, and I’d rather see him go out on top, than struggling to stay in the lineup.

I wouldn’t keep Damon for more than a year or two, and I would definitely DH him if the Yanks choose to bring up Austin Jackson to play left field.

The question with Andy is easy though. Bring him back. Period. The crafty left-hander baffled the Phillies left-handed bats, and he provided a steady, veteran voice in the clubhouse. All the young pitchers love Andy. He teaches them. Directs them. And he leads by example.

He gobbled up 200 plus innings, again, and when it mattered most, he pitched great. He doesn’t let the moment faze him. He excels in the spotlight. He devours pressure. That was a key component to this club, and Pettitte epitomized it.

The Yankees can’t get caught up in the moment. We are building a dynasty, and though Matsui’s Game 6 was epic, he just doesn’t fit into the plans for 2010.

My idea: Damon, 2-year $16 million.

Pettitte: One year deal, $8 million with incentives to take it up to $13 mill.

Matsui: It’s been great old friend. Thanks for the memories. You’ll always be No. 55 to me.

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Core 4 at it again

November 5, 2009
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20 Rings Combined

27.

In 1996, four young, aspiring athletes came up from the minor league depths together, itching to put their mark on a storied franchise and end the Yankees 18 year World Series drought. 13 years later, those same four celebrate again, this time having collected  20 rings among them.

Posada. Jeter. Mariano. Pettitte. Four players who have etched their names into Yankee lore and will forever be remembered with the likes of Mantle, DiMaggio and Berra.

Did anybody think that Andy wouldn’t be up to the challenge? Well, there were some detractors — ESPN for one — but Andy proved it doesn’t matter how many days rest one has, just how much heart.World Series Phillies Yankees Baseball

He pitched with guile and strategy while maneuvering through a dangerous Phillies lineup. He gave the Yankees damn near six good innings. And that’s all he needed to. This championship was won before Game 6 started. Pettitte or Pedro? I’ll take the guy with 18 postseason wins, the most all-time, for the biggest game of the year.

The irony in WS ring No. 27  were the catalysts in  Game 6. Pettitte closed out every playoff series this year. The first three playoff series in the new stadium’s history, matter of fact. The Great Mariano closed them all out. Posada caught both pitchers, and Jeter contributed an above .350 batting average for the playoffs.

The old guys are at it again. And I bet this one was just as sweet.

Posada. Pettitte. Mariano. Jeter.

Official Yankee legends.

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27 outs to No. 27

November 4, 2009
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Critics have questioned Joe Girardi's managerial moves this postseason, but the Yankees are only one win away from their 27th championship

The biggest debate among sports media outlets for Monday’s World Series Game 5 was whether Yankee skipper Joe Girardi should start the $82.5 million man, AJ Burnett, on short rest, or go with Major League journeyman, Chad Gaudin.

Many critics — most from the biggest Yankee hater, ESPN — criticized Girardi’s decision to pitch Burnett over Gaudin, and from the outcome of Game 5, it may seem as if Girardi made the wrong decision. I disagree.

Gaudin had not pitched a meaningful inning in 30 days, and what most critics forgot is that, he’s Chad Gaudin. A journeyman with a plus 5 ERA in the National League, where left-handed hitters bat a robust .400 against him. Last time I checked, the Phillies biggest bats are left-handed.

Did anyone want Ryan Howard to regain his power stroke off a scrub like Gaudin? I sure as hell didn’t, and I’d bet my house that would have been the case. Howard would have devoured Gaudin like a fat kid staring at a red velvet cake after Ramadan.

Granted, Burnett got lit like a jack-o-lantern on Halloween, but did anyone think Gaudin would have faired any better? OK, I know what you’re thinking “The Yanks were 6-0 in his starts this year!” While that’s true, Gaudin started those game against primarily right-handed laden lineups, and by starting him in Game 5, Girardi would, without saying, acquiesced the game.

And that’s not how you coach, whether it be in Little League or the World Series. As my favorite Jets coach once said, “HELLO! You play to win the game!”

My point exactly.

Girardi went for the knockout punch. I can’t blame him for that. Unfortunately, Burnett whiffed on the haymaker and fell hopelessly through the ropes. But the Yanks have two games to win one for No. 27, and who better to have on the mound than Andy Pettite.

Cry all you want about Andy pitching on three days rest. Pettite is a big-game pitcher and owns a  3-1 record with a sub 3 ERA in five playoff starts on short rest. His worst outing on short rest, Game 6 of the 2001 WS against the Arizona Diamondbacks, was when he was notoriously tipping his pitches.

And does anyone think Pedro will throw another gem like he did in Game 2?  I don’t.

The Yankees are fierce against pitchers they’ve seen more than once, let alone twice in six days. I just don’t see Pedro navigating through the gauntlet that is the Yankee lineup…again.

With Jeter, Damon, ARod and Posada all hitting on all cylinders, I just don’t see him letting up less than four runs. The Yanks couldn’t buy a hit against Game 1 starter Cliff Lee, but the second time around, the Yanks dropped five runs on the “unhittable” Lee. And Lee won the Cy Young last year. So what would make you think that they couldn’t get to Pedro?

Pedro will pitch his first game of the post season on five days rest. His other two starts were on more than 8 days rest each. As the old adage goes, “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.” Pedro isn’t fooling anyone tonight.

In the words of Curtis Jackson — 50 Cent to all you hip-hop novices — tonight, the Yankees will be “poppin’ them thangs.” Dom Perignon for everyone. Let’s fuckin’ go.