Sorry I just can’t hold it in anymore. While TheBeezer, IhateMillen and other Red Sox fans have outstanding blogs, not just on the Red Sox, but on other topics as well, they should be commended for that. What I am writing about is IHateMillen lit a match in me that was started by TheBeez and other Red Sox fans.
Red Sox fans are very passionate about their team and rightfully so. They play in one of the greatest baseball stadiums of all-time. Their franchise is rich in history, nothing really to be ashamed of.
For those that didn’t read it this was reply to the last IHateMillen Blog :
“I just can't figure why Red Sox fans have it in for the Yankees. I don't want to hear the crap about them spending money for players. Every team has the same chance as the Bronx Bombers to go after players. The organization is playing by the rules that even the Boston Red Sox voted on. I don't give a rats ass about the Red Sox, yet you never hear me bad mouthing the team, in fact on one of my posts I congratulated them. When the Yanks won in 2009, I never once rubbed it in the face of the Red Sox fans. All I did was write a blog about the team winning. Even when your other teams win, you have to rub it in on the Yankees.”
“While Red Sox fans have shown class in the Rivera world retirement tour, I know they will do the same for Our Captain Derek Jeter, just as Yankee fans will honor Ortiz when he decided to hang them up.”
“Boston fans. just get over it already with the Yankees. You just making yourselves look like an ass”
By the way, Red Sox fans and Yankee fans can agree that Jeter is not on the Mount Rushmore of Yankess, or for that matter a top 5 Yankee.”
Let me just expand a little. It’s okay to dislike the Yankees, just like I dislike the Red Sox. But I don’t vent my venom on Boston fans. But I’ll be demand if I don’t go to a Yankee-Red Sox game whenever I go home to Brooklyn, New York and boo the hell at of the Red Sox.
7 World Series, 9 American League Pennants…Impressive Red Sox fans.
But it really boils down to the fact that Red Sox Fans have a Yankee inferiority complex because that is what it really sounds like to me.
#unapologetic. I get to go to some sexy places for work. It’s all quite glamorous. Some folks jet set to Abu Dhabi, sail off to do some off shore banking. Me? I go to Herkimer County, New York. The good news is that it’s not likely to snow. The high will be a balmy 21 with a low of 14. I told you, it’s sexy as hell.
It’s almost as sexy as the new Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition. Now, come clean. Who wouldn’t want a fine piece of Barbara Millicent Roberts rocking that 1959 vintage swim suit? Which is just my point here – why would SI team up with Mattel to cross promote Barbie? Just strikes me as wrong on so many levels. You're used to seeing Beeze posting shots of swimsuit models - I almost feel like I'm working his side of the street here.
Jeter Retires, No A-Rod to Darken His Sendoff. Derek Jeter announced this past week that he’s retiring at the end of the season. $253-Million in career earnings will let a guy in his 30’s call it quits on his own terms. There’s nothing for him to prove, and he will go out one of the all time great Yankees. So, why announce so far in advance that 2014 is the end of his career. He made $17-million to play in 17 games last year, he had a player option for just over $9-Million for this year. You could argue that in announcing his retirement, he got himself a $12-Million deal for 2014. He’s made a quarter Billion dollars - $3-Million more isn’t likely to be the answer.
Here’s my guess. It was only a few weeks ago now that Alex Rodriguez dropped his law suit and agreed to accept the 162-game suspension. It’s no secret that the two of them really don’t like each other, so perhaps it’s an acknowledgement that he either can’t or doesn’t want to play at the level he has played and since he doesn’t really have to, there’s no reason to play out the string. With A-Rod out of the picture for this year, he can go out as the leader of this team, without A-Roid obscuring the sunshine. Rodriguez has another 3 years or so on his deal, so even if Jeter could play he’d be second fiddle to Rodriguez for the rest of his career. This gets that giant distraction out of the way, and Jeter can lead this team for the last time with everyone bending over backwards to make sure it happens. That’s why he’s retiring, and that’s why we know about it. Ryan Dempster, on the other hand, has some "stuff going on," to walk away from $13-Million this year, pitching for the World Champions with a good chance to repeat. Why bring him up here? He's probably one of Jeter's favorite Sox players.
Behaving Badly. The “Wells Report” – the NFL’s investigation of the Miami Dolphins Richie Incognito/Jonathan Martin affair – was released Friday. 144 pages, 100-odd interviews and the result is apparently quite clear: Mike Pouncy, John Jerry, and Richie Incognito are just pukes. Pouncy catches my attention for having posed with his brother wearing the “FREE HERNANDEZ” gear. The players were busy harassing teammates, and the coaching staff were apparently willfully blind to it or in one case an active participant in it. According to the Boston Globe, former Patriot/Steeler/Seahawk Chad Brown said, “Every locker room at every level I’ve been in had hazing, tough jokes, etc., but I’ve never seen anything like the Dolphins stuff. Reading that stuff is crazy. Not sure how those guys thought that was going to end well.”
Of course Martin played the victim role until he couldn’t any more. His unwillingness or ability to say something empowered Incognito to continue. Striking to me is the leaderships refusal to do anything about it. In any other workplace, there would be all kinds of civil suits. Consider this for a moment: courts generally apply a rule of thumb that punitive damages can’t exceed $150,000:$1 of actual damages. Had Martin gone that way (he still could, that clock is still ticking), with a good lawyer he could get himself some big heap punitive damages against the Dolphins, the coaching staff individually, and the NFL. The only party here that mitigated their exposure was the NFL – they acted quickly to investigate. The Dolphins were too busy asking Martin to “Man Up.”
Assuming Incognito will not be with the Dolphins next season, could you imagine a situation in which he’s on a roster with Michael Sam?
Meanwhile, Sam’s announcement has even affected the CFL – even though he’s not planning to play in Canada. The CFL has fined a couple of players for making comments about the first openly gay NFL prospect. Beyond taking that step, the league says it’s entering into a partnership with a gay rights group. Interesting to me that the CFL is taking such a proactive step.
Something I have learned, that it's okay to grow old, and make new friends.,,,,,,
To replace a blogging legend, a man that I respect is never an easy thing to do,
But I will try.
To be the best father and husband is never easy, as they teach you something new every day. However, as with Mariano we must now prepare to say good-bye to another Yankee legend in Derek Jeter at year's end. Of all the Yankees from their 5 World Series winning teams, he is the one I respected the most of all, a quiet leader, who led by example with his actions both on and off the field. When Jeter joins Rivera in Cooperstown in 5 years, his legacy will be just that, he led by example.
I know it's the dreaded Yankees I am talking about, but how could you not respect him? 3200+ hits later and a lifetime .312 batting average along with 5 World Series rings speaks for itself. He is a winner, and maybe someday he will go down as the greatest to play his position.
But like always, age catches up with you, as it did with Derek. An ankle injury during the 2012 ALCS against the Tigers, started the beginning of the end of his baseball career.
Once again, it's okay to grow old and not recover from your injuries like you did in the past, it's only natural.
What will become of Jeter after he rides of into the sunset? Only Derek truly knows.....
Will A-Rod step up next year and become the new leader of the Yankees, who seem to lose more and more each off season?
I doubt it, even with Jacoby signing during the off season, the Yankees like all teams are going to struggle. Why?
Because there is no one who will step up and replace their "Captain," not even Jacoby can fill those shoes.......
The Winter Olympics started this week,
does anyone care about any sport other than hockey?
We follow our local stars, like Pavel, and Alex, Hank and Team USA......
But who really knows about the other sports,
because we have been waiting for the first game between Team USA and Slovakia, which at the moment I am watching
turn into a rout....
Tomorrow's the day
Pitchers and Catchers report,
Will the Tigers finally reach the pinnacle of their sport,
or be the best team once again,
not to reach their potential?
Adding Ian Kinsler and Davis were key acquisitions,
but signing Joe Nathan
will determine their fate,
a settling bullpen influence,
should make a difference
with an all-star lineup,
and a staff full of aces.
I am rooting for the Astros
for no particular reason
other than you root for the underdog,
just not when they are facing your team.
Thank you for reading my first Friday Blog, and feel free to leave your comments.....
Scott can’t shut up today…I got a lot to say so lets get started with
I’m Just saying…..
Mark Skiba came within 13 seconds of winning $50,000, as Florida State beat Auburn, in an exciting game, 34-31. Last January Mark’s dad was on vacation in Las Vegas when he placed a $100 bet for his son on Auburn to win the National Title at 500-to-1 odds.
Congratulations to Florida State. Thanks goodness the SEC streak is over!!
Not again. DeSean Jackson is seeking another pay raise. He has three years remaining on his contract which pays him $50 million over the duration of the contract. This is the same guy who came out, a couple of years ago, and said he wasn’t giving it all he had because he wanted a new contract. I hope the Eagles don’t renegotiate.
As a Yankee fan, I hope New York eats the contract of A-Roid and release him. Let another team sign him and have all the headaches that follow him around.
Seven-year, $126 million dollar contract. Wow, what great quarterback got that contract? Jay Cutler!! What the %&(@#%*. If he is worth that much, how much is Russell Wilson or Andrew Luck worth???? Stand buy for huge pay for elite, or above average quarterbacks.
Does Dion Sanders have to play in the pro bowl??? Please say it ain’t so.
This is Clark and he is the new mascot of the Chicago Cubs. Oh boy, like this is going to help them win.
Christian Laettner’s famous shirt was sold at auction for $119,500. Believe-it-or-not, this is the second-highest price for a game-worn basketball jersey. In 2011, a DR. J Virginia Squires game-used jersey sold for $190,414.
The Hall of Fame has three new outstanding players entering the shrine in Frank Thomas, Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine.
Thomas had a .301 average, 2,468 hits, 521 homeruns, 1,494 runs and 1,704 Rbi’s, 1,667 walks and 1,397 strikeouts. 1993, 1994 AL MVP, 1993 MLB Player of the Year.
Glavine won 60% of his games he started with a record of 305-203. He had a era of 3.54 with 25 shutouts, 2,607 strikeouts and 1,500 walks. Glavine won 2 Cy Young awards and was 1995 World Series MVP.
In his 23 years, Maddux won 61% of his games started with a record of 355-227 and a ERA of 3.16. He pitched 35 shoutouts, walked 999 batters and 3,371 strikeouts. Maddux won 4 consecutive CY Young awards, 4 time Sporting News Pitcher of the Year.
It is ashamed that Craig Biggio missed it by 2 votes.
Speaking of Hall of Fame, I agree with TheBeezer (did I just say that). Read his rant on the HOF selection here
He is right. There is no reason why a player who has a outstanding career can’t receive 100% of the votes. Aaron, Mays, Ruth, Maddux…etc, etc. all deserved to be admitted with 100% of the votes. There has got to be a better way to select players.
You'd think the New York papers would be celebrating. After all, the Yankees just pilfered Jacoby Ellsbury, two-time Series winner and 300-hitting, base-stealing champ from the Red Sox. But they aren't.
Instead, the prevailing sentiment seems to be 'not again'.
The Yankees are in the midst of trying to pare things down and rebuild themselves --- well, in Yankee terms at least, which means trying to get the payroll down to $189M. Signing a 7-year veteran speedster to a 7-year deal at a total of $153M doesn't seem to be a good start.
Not that the Yankees aren't going to have some spare change. Curtis Granderson is a Met (considered overpaid at $60M for 4 years). Robinson Cano has paddled out West. But Carlos Beltran, whom they coveted, signed for half Ellsbury's annual money, though for 3 years (Beltran will be 37!). And now we hear that Ellsbury wanted to stay in Boston but the Yankees outbid them by --- ready? --- $60M. Mixed messages out of Gotham, it seems.
The Yankees have been bitten by their own largesse, and it's the gift that keeps on giving --- to the rest of the AL East. How they'd love to shed A-Rod and his contract. The deal for Mark Teixeira, once a blockbuster, is now an albatross. CC Sabathia, their aging ace, slowly morphs into a high-priced inning eater who's locked in for three more years. There are more. And with baseball's player-centric contractual structuring, when they say X years, they mean X years --- moneywise, at least.
It is almost inconceivable that Ellsbury, whose 52 stolen bases led the league, is going to continue to produce such numbers until he's 37. Or 35. Maybe 33? His advancing age for a speedster is one dire omen. His proclivity for long DL stints is another. Players don't generally become faster with age. Or more durable. No matter how you look at the deal it seems risky, certainly expensive, and likely a bad long-term investment.
Arch-rival Boston takes risks too, but lately it's become a low risk, high reward approach. Napoli was a bit expensive, but only for a year, and even when he had to be benched for lack of production he was no threat to sink the franchise. He's been resigned for 2 years. Pedroia raised some eyebrows with a midseason deal, overpriced in some eyes, but wealthy baseball's version of a home-town discount. He delivered, and may be one of the least expendable elements on the team. David Ortiz had been signed for two years when everyone expected just one, and for good DH bucks. It was viewed as a Pink Hat move by many, yours truly included, but his clutch hitting and leadership proved invaluable. Maybe they were all Pink Hat moves, but it's doubtful. You don't dominate the AL East for most of the season and cruise through the postseason without a single playoff series going the limit with Pink Hatters. The cost center played well, but so did the kids and minor acquisitions. And they did it with chemistry more than anything else.
It's something the Yankees covet. Development from within, a few key pieces added along the way, and a great 'fit'. It's been their mission in rebuilding their success story. It'll have to be. Lowering the payroll doesn't win titles by itself.
They have a good manager. They were in the playoff discussion for most of the year. The NY press was pulling for Girardi as MOY. Such was their disdain for the Yankee roster, weighed down by superstars turned dinosaurs.
So why did the Yankees sign Ellsbury for absurd money, and worse, for a monstrous number of seasons? The chemistry factor isn't really there. Boston seems ambivalent at the loss. They're certainly happy they're not paying him Yankee money at least.
But these are the Yankees, and they surely have a few tricks up their sleeve. They haven't enjoyed their unparalleled success by being stupid. Rich, perhaps, but stupid? No. Right?
Yet swapping Granderson for Ellsbury for a ton more cash and commitment seems contradictory to their purpose. They filled Yankee Stadium in a year when it became apparent that they were peripheral contenders at best. Surely the fans would understand a rebuilding span. Boston fans filled Fenway this past season expecting the same thing. Gone were many of the big-buck superstars, replaced by a few holdovers, a bunch of fairly average-looking free agents, and a bunch of kids who, owing to injuries, manned the field for a big part of the season. Did their surprise contention help? Sure. But nobody truly thought it would last. Boston fans and media were prepared for a long haul. Most of the free agent signings were met with apathy. The attitude was to just bring up the kids and see what they could do. Red Sox management seemed to know better, but the fans still were willing to put up with big, if not immediately successful, changes. New York fans likely are too --- especially now.
With this move, they aren't getting that. The New York celebration and Boston angst surrounding the jumping of Johnny Damon some years back isn't repeating itself. NY writers have labeled him the 'Ellsbury Doughboy', a tag reminiscent of Giant pitcher Rube Marquard's '$11,000 Lemon' label from a century ago. They don't do this often.
They have some reason to be critical. Ellsbury may spend the next seven seasons making Mickey Mantle look like Ruben Amaro Sr., but it seems likelier that in the long run he'll become yet another costly boat anchor on what has traditionally been the league's flagship. Marquard eventually became a Hall of Famer. Ellsbury flies way under that radar. Beltran may cave to age and injury, and he's a Yankee until he's 39.
What it all adds up to is that Pink Hat syndrome isn't quarantined to Boston. Now New York is in its throes. The Yankees aren't headed for the mid-'90s again when a throng of unknowns was molded into a superteam by Joe Torre. Their obsession with Derek Jeter during a supposed cost-cutting makeover is difficult to fathom without a Pink factor. Clearly washed up, Jeter may be the modern Mr. Yankee, but nowadays he's no more than a nostalgic link to the Torre era. Even in the age before Marvin Miller and George Steinbrenner turned baseball into moneyball (the bad kind), New York wasn't above replacing aging stars. The Babe himself played his final season with the Braves. Roger Maris won his third and final title in 1967 --- with the Cardinals. Heck, they tried to trade Joe DiMaggio to Boston for Ted Williams. It seems almost naive that, in this age of team-hopping and mercenary rosters, the spectre of loyalty to one's players should hamstring New York, a team that thrives on mercenaries --- especially when they've seldom had that attitude before.
The signing of Ellsbury is a Pink Hat move, crafted as much to sell tickets and pay TV to pseudofans as to rebuild a champion. And now the Yankees risk being skewered by the carnivorous New York media as soon as Ellsbury goes down for a couple of months --- which seems more than likely. The Yankees will have gotten, ironically, just what they paid for... but not, perhaps, what they wanted. Whatever that was.