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Thursday, May 26, 2005

Psycho-Babble

Dear A-Rod,

Thanks for letting me know you are a troubled soul. Wow, I was so shocked to hear you are in therapy too! I really thought rich guys with hottie wives and awesome jobs didn't get bummed out. I feel so close to you now, even though I worry about my bills every month, and eviction notices, it is nice to know millionaires are as screwed up as me. I really did think mental illness was an affliction of the poor. Tomorrow when I watch the Yankees on YES, I am going to root for you even more than before. A-Rod, you are my american idol.

ps..you think we can get Giambi committed?

Friday, May 13, 2005

Jason Giambi Conundrum

Jason Giambi is a fraud, he injected steroids, which made him a better player than he likely would have been otherwise. To me that is deception. Now both he and the Yankees are paying for it through his lack of output. He is on the bench because he deserves to be on the bench. Joe Torre would have to be insane to write his name on that lineup card right now. If Giambi wants to get back on the roster on a frequent basis, he needs to earn his spot. Tino came back to the Yankees with the knowledge that he was going to be a back up to Giambi, but Tino has earned his role as the everyday first baseman, now Giambi must prove he deserves a chance to play. If he continues to be unable to contribute then, so be it, he will sit.

Giambi needs to go to the minors, F! his feelings, and the fact that he may be 'humiliated' by going down to the minors. This is a baseball team, not a new age retreat, his feelings are of no concern to me, or many fans who pay money to see the Yankees play. If he doesn't think his present situation isn't humiliating, he really is still fuzzy in the head.

He has squandered the good will afforded him during his return in spring training and the early part of the regular season. That too, he will need to earn back.

Giambi, go to the minors immediately, work on your hitting, improve, gain confidence if that is what you are lacking. Don Mattingly would have to be Jesus Christ at this point to get you hitting again, and I've yet to see Mattingly walk across the Hudson river. Go down to Columbus, and if you regain your groove, you can try to earn a position with the team. If you fail in the minor leagues, I guess then you are done, and the Yankees will be fine without you. Don't worry, you'll still get paid. You may have turned out to be a bad investment with poor long term results, but that's OK, the Yankees have lost money in the past, and will probably lose money on players in the future. At least they'll save some lunch money from the luxury tax on you.

---The difference between Tino and Giambi---
(from an article on Yesnetwork.com) Martinez, who agreed to a $3 million, one-year contract on Dec. 31, helped the Yankees win four World Series titles from 1996-00. No Yankee had homered in four straight games since Martinez did it from June 27 to July 1, 2001.


"I told him in the spring that numbers weren't important to me,'' Torre [regarding Martinez] said. "He never stops demanding things of himself. He suffers so much when he doesn't feel he's earning his keep.''

This post can also be found on the yesnetwork.com message boards where I posted it last night.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Pink Pinstripes Player of the Game

The Pink Pinstripes player of the game for May 10, 2005 (Yankees 7, Mariners 4) is once again Tino Martinez. Tino's bat has been on fire and shows no sign of letting up.

May 11th's, Pink Pinstripes player of the game (Yankees 13-Mariners 9) is a shared award to the strong Yankee hitting. Tino had his 5th consecutive hr (Tino's 8th for the season) in the 4th inning to put the Yankees tied with the Mariners 9-9. Every strating hitter during this game had a hit, and home runs were also recorded for, Gary Sheffield, Jorge Posada, and Derek Jeter.

The Yankees appear back on track. Although Pavano's outing was a disappointment, and there were some fielding blunders, the Offense made up for those missteps, and provided the key to this win.

The Newsstand

YANKEES RELEASE RHP STEVER KARSAY
May 12, 2005, YES NETWORK.COM -- The New York Yankees announced today that they have released right-handed pitcher Steve Karsay.
The 33-year old Karsay was 0-0 with a 6.00 ERA in six games with the Yankees in 2005 (6.0IP, 10H, 5R, 4ER, 2BB, 5K). He appeared in only seven games for the Yankees in 2004 and missed the entire 2003 season after rehabilitating from right-shoulder surgery. He was signed by the Yankees as a free agent to a four-year contract with a club option for a fifth year on December 7, 2001.


SIERRA COULD RETURN NEXT WEEK
May 12 2005, YES NETWORK.COM

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- New York Yankees designated hitter Ruben Sierra is scheduled to take batting practice on a field Friday as he rehabilitates a partially torn right biceps.
Sierra has hit the past couple days in a batting cage at New York's spring training complex. He hopes to begin a minor league rehabilitation assignment by Monday and rejoin the Yankees later next week.
``I'm feeling better,'' Sierra said Thursday.
Sierra was hurt while swinging at a changeup during an April 20 game against Toronto and was placed on the 15-day disabled list two days later.
Sierra is hitting .269 with two homers and eight RBIs. He batted .244 with 17 home runs and 65 RBI in 307 at-bats last season.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

The Newsstand

JASON'S CAREER ONE STEP AWAY FROM THE JUNK PILE
May 10, 2005, NY POST -- JASON Giambi, leaning his head into the dugout as Matt Thornton was summoned from the bullpen last night, listened to some advice from hitting coach Don Mattingly about the Seattle lefty reliever. Deeper in the dugout, Joe Torre was not yet ready to signal just how far Giambi has fallen. But that day is coming.


May 10, 2005, NY POST -- Randy Johnson didn't take his vintage Big Unit stuff to the Stadium mound last night. Still, Johnson's second-tier stuff is better than most pitchers' top-drawer stash.
On this night, that was good enough to pitch the Yankees to a 4-3 victory over the Mariners in front of 38,079.
It took the Yankees 33 games to string together three consecutive wins.


THE MAN OF STEAL
Jason may as well be pickin' The Boss' pockets
May 10, 2005, NY DAILY NEWS -- Brian Cashman was asked yesterday morning what he is going to do about Jason Giambi if this is all Giambi has left. For the time being, maybe forever, Giambi owns as bad a contract as there in sports, certainly the worst since the Chargers gave all that money to a stiff like Ryan Leaf.
After last night's game against the Mariners, Giambi is hitting .195. Three home runs, six RBI. His salary for this season is $15.5 million. It goes to $19 million next season. In total, if you count what the Yankees have already paid Giambi for his .195 batting average, he is still on the books for around $81 million. At the present time, the Yankees couldn't give him away.
"Right now, this is a worst-case scenario you ever could have anticipated," Cashman said
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May 10, 2005, NEWSDAY -- In orthopedic sandals and a demure pantsuit, Marguerite Torre stood at a podium in Huntington Station Monday, looking every bit like the Catholic nun and elementary school principal that she is. But as she spoke about how her father used to beat up her mother, her words carried none of the same reserve. As a teenager growing up in Marine Park, Brooklyn, Sister Torre told the crowd how she once held off her father with a table leg. And later, after she left for the convent, she recalled how she would cry herself to sleep.
In her first public speech about the abuse she witnessed growing up, Sister Torre -- the older sister of Yankees manager Joe Torre -- spoke candidly to an interfaith group of domestic violence advocates about her childhood, her siblings' difficulty in coming to terms with their past, and her frustration with the male-dominated Catholic church.She recalled how her baby brother, Joe, would check to see if their father's car was in the driveway before coming into the house. "No one should have to live in fear," she said.

May 10, 2005, NY TIMES -- It is no big deal anymore, Derek Jeter says, barely an inconvenience. Change has become his routine, his expectation. It is the lifestyle he has become more wedded to than any double-play partner.
Miguel Cairo in the American League Championship Series last fall, Tony Womack in April, Robinson Cano in May and who can say come September? "At this point, you can pretty much throw anybody out there," Jeter said before the Yankees defeated Seattle, 4-3, last night behind Randy Johnson. Jeter shrugged with resignation, not indifference, and added, "It doesn't make any difference."