January 2011

Prince Teixeira

I’m sure many of you have may have already noticed it, but if not, you really should. It’s scary! Mark Teixeira has a twin!

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Let’s hope Mark Teixeira gets off to a better start in 2011.

Pitchers and catchers report in just a few weeks!!!

Soriano Starts Out On A Bad Note…

I was one of the Yankees fans who loved the Rafael Soriano signing. But suddenly, I’m not smiling as much. It probably sounds ridiculous to you, but I think I have a very good reason to be mad at newcomer Rafael Soriano. This picture broke my heart:

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What’s wrong with that, you ask? Looks like an ordinary new player press conference…

If you know me, you should understand…

If you still don’t understand, I’ll give you a hint:

     

Look, it’s Cervelli!

Francisco Cervelli – #29.

Get why I’m enraged at Soriano yet?

WHY THE HECK DID HE TAKE CERVELLI’S NUMBER?!?!?!?!

I know what some might think, “Ooh it’s just a number…get over it.”

Just a number? No, it was just a number that belonged to my FAVORITE BASEBALL PLAYER. It was just a number that happens to be included in almost every single one of my passwords for every single thing. It was just a number that took me forever to find on the back of a Yankee’s shirt!

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It was JUST A NUMBER that I spent $40 when I went to Yankee Stadium last July.

What is my sweet Francisco Cervelli, not to mention what am I, going to do now? I’m so upset about this…It’s going to be hard for Soriano to make this up to me.

Rafael Soriano better be really good or else I’m going to HATE him even more…

Beast Bullpen!

I am still in shock. The Yankees actually signed a big free agent! And I am ecstatic! Some think it was a dumb decision, some think the Yanks overpaid, but I DON’T CARE! It just means the world to me that they actually did something – something worthwhile. With this one signing, I feel a whole lot better about next year for my Yanks.

The Yankees recently signed former Ray’s closer Rafael Soriano to a 3 year, $35 million deal. Expensive? Yes, but Soriano had a remarkable season in 2010 with a 1.73 ERA and a league leading 45 saves, so I’d say he’s worth it. Who cares if he’s setting up? I hate when people say “Ohh the Yankees are so dumb to pay that much for a setup man.” WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE? What, like they are going to use Soriano as a closer while they have Mo? Come on. The job of setup man is extremely underrated. It’s incredibly important. And since Soriano was amazing last year, and he said he wouldn’t mind being the setup guy for the Yanks, I’d say he’s worth every penny.

 

Rafael Soriano.jpgRafael Soriano makes the entire Yankees pitching staff better. And I know I’m really excited, so that might sound like an overstatement, but it’s really not. Soriano makes the whole bullpen stronger. He has a defined role: he is the setup man, and that’s final. The 8th inning belongs to him. And of course, the 9th is Mo’s. Remember what seems like a long time ago when the Yankees signed Pedro Feliciano? He’s a lefty specialist, which means Boone Logan might be able to pitch full innings, since the Yankees will still have another lefty reliever. So maybe the 7th can be Logan’s inning.

What I’m attempting to say, is that the acquisition of Rafael Soriano helps to shorten games. Pitchers, good pitchers, have defined roles. Now, that starting rotation that seems oh-so shaky, doesn’t have to worry about pitching really deep into games. They know they can go maybe 6 innings and still put the team in a position to win. I’d love it for the Yankees to bring in maybe 1 or 2 guys for the starting rotation, but even if they don’t, I’m feeling a lot better about the team. These relievers are going to make the starting rotation better.

Another reason I LOVE the Soriano acquisition, is because I think he will help Mariano Rivera. Trevor Hoffman, the all-time saves leader, has retired. Mo is second on that list, even though he’s still the greatest closer. Since Soriano is so good, and the 8th inning is pretty much his, he can give Mariano more opportunities to save games, whereas when the 8th inning belonged to Joba Chamberlain, save opportunities were flushed down the drain because Joba SUCKED and blew everything. Mariano has 559 saves, Hoffman has 601. Mo will play for at least 2 more seasons…I’d say it’s safe to say that he will eventually be the Saves King.

And speaking of JOBA…I heard the Yankees are willing to listen to trade offers involving Joba if a viable starter looms at the other end of the deal. So that’s good…maybe we won’t have to worry about Joba Chamberlain stinking anymore, because he might not be on the team!

Spring Training is coming but I wish it would hurry up. This offseason has been really boring aside from the Rafael Soriano signing. I miss baseball so much. Without it, I’m bored. So to entertain myself as well as others, I’ve been doing piano covers of Green Day songs. So if you like Green Day or just want to hear how AMAZING I am at piano, please check out my Youtube videos: http://www.youtube.com/user/southernbelle816?feature=mhum

I’d appreciate it.

And thanks to my readers for making me #28 on the 2010 Top 100 Blogs list. I finally got my little badge :)

“Are We, We Are…Are We, We Are the Waiting…”

…AND SCREAMING!

“ARE WE, WE ARE…ARE WE, WE ARE THE WAITING…”

Billie Joe Armstrong said it best, even though he wasn’t talking about baseball.

Ever since the Yankees didn’t get Cliff Lee, I’ve been waiting for them to spend some money elsewhere. And every time I think they are going after somebody, they don’t get him. And honestly, I’m getting a little fed up with all this. The Yankees need to make some improvements.

WHAT ARE THEY WAITING FOR?

I’m waiting to hear that they got another starter, because now that it looks like Andy Pettitte won’t be back, it is clear that they need somebody. But I really shouldn’t get my hopes up. I heard that the Yankees were “slightly” interested in Freddy Garcia for some time now, and yet they still have not made a move. I mean, it’s not like I’m dying for him or anything, he’s not that great, but they’ve got to sign SOMEONE…or else Sergio Mitre is going to be in the rotation.

It seems that every single time I think the Yankees are going after somebody, the next day I see a headline saying, “The Yankees are not interested in [insert player’s name here].”

I saw this the other day, and thought I finally had something to be excited about:

Rafael Soriano open to setup job with Yanks
Rafael Soriano – R – Tampa Bay Rays

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Jan. 6, 2011 – 4:50 PM ET

Rafael Soriano is open to serving as a setup man on the Yankees, his agent Scott Boras told ESPN New York on Thursday.

Soriano would still prefer to act as a closer, but the Yanks can have him if the money is right. “I don’t think there is a team in baseball where he could be asked to be a setup guy other than the Yankees,” Boras said. “There is also a value in playing with Mariano Rivera.” Soriano has drawn interest recently from multiple clubs, but he is maintaining a lofty asking price. The righty posted a stellar 1.73 ERA and collected 45 saves last year for Tampa Bay.

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Sounds good, right?
 
I woke up today and found out that it was a Snow Day and I wasn’t going to school. Great way to start the day! Happily, I go online to see what’s going on in the Yankee world, and I see this:
 

The Yankees are not really interested in Rafael Soriano

Craig Calcaterra

Jan 7, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

Tampa Bay Rays v Texas Rangers, Game 4

Rafael Soriano says he’d be willing to be a setup man for the Yankees. It takes two to tango, however, and Buster Olney says that the Yankees aren’t particularly interested in dancing:

Heard this: As of 6 p.m. on Thursday, the Yankees are not interested in Rafael Soriano. They’ve seen a lot of $ squandered on set-up men … Soriano would have to make himself absurdly cheap — on a very short-term (1-year or 2-year deal) — before NYY would even consider him

So there’s that.

Tough market for Soriano. I guess 45 saves and a 1.73 don’t go as far as they used to.

So I guess I’m still waiting…I don’t know what for. Yankees fans just need something to smile about, but the way things are going, I don’t think we’ll be smiling any time soon. I can’t guve up hope, though. I worry that the way the Great George Steinbrenner ran the team will cease to exist…but that just cannot happen. Something big has got to happen, it’s just got to.

Until then, I’m still “the waiting…”

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