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…”

Catching Up: Cliff Lee, College, Christmas

A lot has happened since the last time I posted, and I’ve had more than enough time to reflect. Yesterday was Christmas, and all I wanted was some Green Day sheet music and Cliff Lee. I got my music (yay!), but not Lee…he signed what seems an eternity ago with the Phillies. Little coward…At first I was devastated about Lee, but after awhile I began to think: he NEVER wanted to be a Yankee, so why the heck did I even want him in the first place? Baseball players, especially pitchers, are fragile creatures. If they aren’t happy, they will not be successful. Cliff Lee was to scared to come to NY, so whatever.

In other news, I found out on Thursday, December 17 that I was accepted into Marist College and received a hefty scholarship. It was my first and only choice, so thank God I’m in. I hope to Major in Sports Communications. Now that that big weight has been lifted from my shoulders, I can concentrate on more important things, like the blog. Being a nerd, I will still do all my schoolwork, but I won’t have spend as much time on it (it’s time to enjoy senior year). Instead, I will spend time doing fun stuff, like playing piano and putting myself on youtube, learning guitar, and blogging.  

Although I haven’t blogged in awhile, I have been staying on top of the baseball news. Johnny Damon is available, and I heard the Yankees might be interested in signing him. But I then heard that it will be “unlikely” for the Yanks to sign him. Personally, I’d love to see him back. I was crushed to see him go in the first place. Johnny Damon is a fan-favorite, and I think the Yankee organization owes it to the fans do make a move like signing Damon, especially since they couldn’t make the Lee thing work out. Damon can still play, and if he’s happy (in New York) he will be even better. And he’s such a good clubhouse guy…he might even be able to help straighten out A.J Burnett! I miss his smile, I miss is hair, and I miss his shirtless interviews…Aww, Johnny I hope you come back.

 

Johnny Damon.jpgI’ve learned this offseason to not take anything for granted. So for now, I’ll just expect NOT to get Damon. So if the Yankees do get him, I’ll be extra happy.

It’s been a pretty dull offseason for the Yankees, minus the whole Derek Jeter saga. They signed former-Met Pedro Feliciano to be a leftt-specialist with Boone Logan. They also signed former-Dodger catcher Russell Martin, which I don’t like. I mean he’s a fine player and everything, but I’d really rather see Jesus Montero play. I don’t care how “ready” he is. I know the offseason is not over, but I’m just not expecting the Yankees do make any big moves. And with their starting rotation in the shape it is right now, I honestly do not think they have what it takes to contend in 2011. Sabathia, Burnett, Hughes, Nova, Mitre…not too good. So if that is the case, then why don’t they just use Montero?

I have been saying it ever since the Yankees missed out on Lee: if they aren’t going to win next year, all I want is to see Jesus Montero, this phenom, get a full year in the Bigs under his belt. If the 2011 season started tomorrow, I wouldn’t expect to win. And I’d be okay with that. I think many Yankees fans, especially ones like me who are 17 years old, have been a bit spoiled: all we’ve ever known are Yankees who win. But every once in a while, even the best teams go through periods where they are not on top. And if 2011 is the start of that period, that’s okay: I’ll still be a fan with things to look forward to, like Montero. I’m just praying that they don’t trade him.

My Mom keeps saying that I’m not being a good fan because I’m “counting them out already.” I’m just being realistic. To win, the team has to have a dominant rotation. CC Sabathia is an ace who we can count on. A.J. Burnett is too inconsistent – actually last year he was consistently BAD. Phil Hughes is a question mark – he needs to prove that he can do it again. Ivan Nova? Yeah…young, we don’t know what we are going to get. And Sergio Mitre….now I love the guy, but he’s not good enough to pitch every five days for the Yankees. With that, the Yankees won’t win. But my Mom keeps on saying “the offseason is not over, maybe they are working on something we don’t know about.”

Okay Mommy, we’ll see…I think you are wrong.

But I hope you are right…

Carl Crawford – Whatever

So by now I’m sure most people have heard the news that Carl Crawford has been signed by the Boston Red Sox to a 7 year $142 million dollar deal. Many Yankees fans were upset by this news. But in all honesty, I really didn’t care.

I’m the only one in my family of Yankees fans who didn’t want Carl Crawford. Let me put it this way: if the Yankees signed him, that would be okay. I wouldn’t be jumping for joy or anything, but I wouldn’t be upset. And if they didn’t sign him, I would be okay. I preferred not having him over having him, but either way would have been fine.

Don’t get me wrong: I’m not just in denial because the Yankees failed to get him. I did a whole debate about how I felt they shouldn’t sign him. And I won.

http://fanvsfan.com/claims/the-yankees-shouldn-t-sign-carl-crawford

Carl Crawford is a good player, but I just feel that he’s not New York Yankees material, for a number of reasons:

1) If the Yankees really wanted him, they would have pursued him more actively and wouldn’t have backed down.

2) He’s seems like a troublemaker. I don’t know. I heard a bunch of stuff about him complaining about his spot in the lineup and how he doesn’t want to play centerfield. I didn’t want my Yanks to have to deal with that.

3) Somebody would have been the odd man out. Carl Crawford would push aside either Brett Gardner or Nick Swisher. I heard rumors that the Yankees would try and trade Swisher if they got Crawford, and I think I’d die if that happened. So whatever – who needs Crawford.

4) He looks like a gangsta. That tattoo on his neck is repulsive. I didn’t want to have to stare at that every time it was his turn to bat. I know some Yankees have tattoos, like CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett, but on the arms it’s okay. Even the shoulders. That’s fine – they can always be covered up. But the NECK? Eew…just, eew.

 

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Carl Crawford just doesn’t look like he belongs in pinstripes. And I’m glad he’s not.

But am I okay with his destination being BOSTON?

I expected the Red Sox to get Jayson Werth. And since that plan failed, I knew they would go after Crawford. I expected him to be a Red Sock, so I’m not that upset. We’ve dealt with Crawford for this long anyway. I’m sure the Yankee pitchers can figure out a way to get him out.

And another thing that bothers me: why is it, now that the Yankees didn’t get Crawford and the Red Sox did, that everyone is saying how “Carl Crawford is the BEST all-around player in baseball” ? Whaaaat? I’m sure if the Yankees signed him, no one would say that.

One thing I’m excited about, is that the AL East will be back to the way it should be: Yankees and Red Sox. I don’t think the Rays are going to contend again. They’ve let too many of their starts go: Crawford, Pena, Soriano, Bartlett, etc. Too bad. It’s actually quite sad. They just don’t have enough fans, and not enough revenue to keep their players. They had to GIVE AWAY 20,000 free tickets to fill the stands, and they only drew 30,000 that day. Pathetic.

So the Red Sox look pretty good on paper already with the additions of Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford.

Whatever.

If the Yankees get Cliff Lee, it won’t matter how much offense the Red Sox have, or how much offense the Yankees have.

I’m just hoping Cliff Lee DOES sign with the Yankees….I’m not feeling too good about this anymore. Why is it taking him so long?

Christmas is getting awfully close….and if my present isn’t there, I’m going to be really upset…

Close Call for Cervelli…

I really should have learned by now: every time my brother yells “Hey Virginia, come here!” to me to go see what he’s doing on the computer, it’s usually something I don’t want to see. Today was no different…

I really want to enjoy this day off from school. My brothers are both home, we are putting up the Christmas Tree later, it’s supposed to be a really great day. Now all I can think of is Cervelli…

My brother wanted to show me an article he found on the MLB Trade Rumors site:

Yankees, Five Others Interested In Russell Martin

The Yankees, who tried to trade for Russell Martin this week, are one of six teams interested in the 27-year-old free agent, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. Michael S. Schmidt of the New York Times reports that the Yankees nearly sent Francisco Cervelli to the Dodgers for Martin (Twitter links). In fact, the Yankees and Dodgers even exchanged medical records on Wednesday. 

The Dodgers are nearing a deal with Rod Barajas, but they still have interest in re-signing Martin. Agent Matt Colleran says the Dodgers view his client differently than most teams do.

“They want to continue discussions with the idea that Russ could come back and catch, play second base and third and a little bit out of outfield to see if he likes something like that in the event he ever wants to transition from behind the plate,” Colleran said.

It wouldn’t be surprising to see the Royals, Rangers, Mariners, Mets or Brewers look to upgrade behind the plate. ESPN.com’s Buster Olney reports that Martin, who is from Montreal, wants to play on the East Coast (Twitter link). 

                                      Apr. 27, 2010 - Washington, DC, United States of America - 24 April 2010: Los Angeles Dodgers' catcher Russell Martin in action against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park in Washington, DC. The Dodgers edged out the Nationals 4-3 in a thirteen inning game. ** Editorial Sales Only.

You can imagine what this did to me. I’m still in shock…the Yankees wanted to TRADE my Francisco Cervelli? What the heck has gotten into them this year? They’re having trouble signing Jeter, Cliff Lee is still not in pinstripes, and now this? WHAT ARE THEY TRYING TO DO TO ME????

They were so close to trading him…

But for now, my baby is safe. I just heard that the Dodgers have non-tendered Russell Martin, which means he’s out there on the free agent market for all teams so see…which means that the Yankees don’t need to trade for him if they want him.

But just the fact that they wanted to trade Cervelli worries me: just because he’s not being traded for Russell Martin doesn’t mean they won’t trade him.

                                   New York Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli pumps his fist after catching a pop-up hit by Chicago White Sox's Omar Vizquel to end the game at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago on August 29, 2010. The Yankees won 2-1.   UPI/Brian Kersey Photo via Newscom

And trading Francisco Cervelli would destroy me inside.

GOD I HATE THE OFFSEASON! It’s way, waaaay too stressful…

Black Friday Deals

I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving surrounded by family, friends, and yummy food! Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of year, and after Thanksgiving it gets even better. I LOVE Black Friday. It’s the kickoff to the Christmas season, and it’s the perfect time to shop! I have my eyes on a pair of boots that are on SUPER sale. I also want some sheet music. It seems that the prices of everything drop dramatically today.

If only.

Material things that I desire like boots and sheet music only go so far in achieving happiness. What really makes me smile are the people in my life. I am truly thankful for the people who make my life worthwhile: my family, friends, and my beloved New York Yankees.

I’m know it sounds silly, but I’m worried that some of the Yankees who’ve been a part of my life forever will not be in 2011…like Derek Jeter.

Derek Jeter is breaking my heart. Now I’m not sure if any of it is true, but I’ve heard a lot about the whole contract thing, and I can’t believe this is the Derek Jeter I’ve grown up watching. This Derek Jeter supposedly turned down the Yankees’s fairly generous offer of 3 years, $45 million, and may want something along the lines of 6 years, $150 million. Whoa.

 

Jeter.jpgThroughout his many years in pinstripes, Derek Jeter has been portrayed as a “good guy.” He’s a real team player, and he is the Yankees. I’m just baffled now. How could he be this greedy? Maybe he’s not the guy I thought he was…this is heartbreaking.

Money is the name of the game. And I guess it really does change people. This is Jeter’s first opportunity to be a free agent, and he’s surely trying to make the most of it. But if he really is this great team player everyone says he is, then wouldn’t he understand that he’s not worth $150 million, and that he should just accept what the Yankees offer (because it will be way more than any other teams anyway), because they have other things to do this offseason? Like signing this guy?

Meanwhile, I’m a little annoyed at the Yankees for not bringing back Kerry Wood. They let him go, and I thought they would offer him arbitration, but they didn’t. I think they are crazy for letting him go. He had the lowest single season ERA out of ANY Yankees reliever in their history last year. What more could they want from him? I say, give Kerry Wood whatever money he wants, because unlike Derek Jeter, he proved that he was worth it last year.

Hey, maybe if we’re lucky, these guys will go on sale for Black Friday…

If only…

Silver and Gold…and Cliff Lee!

 

 

Oh, Sam the Snowman…and my favorite Christmas movie. Since baseball is over, I guess it’s okay to start looking forward to the Holidays. I don’t really know what I want for Christmas this year.

The offseason has been relatively interesting so far. MLB Network’s “Hot Stove” has been filled with news about the Gold Glovers, the Silver Sluggers, and of course, Cliff Lee.

I’d like to congratulate the three Yankees who won awards so far this year.

New York Yankees Derek Jeter leaps and throws to first base in the second inning against the Texas Rangers in game 3 of the ALCS at Yankee Stadium in New York City on October 18, 2010.  UPI/John Angelillo Photo via Newscom

May 10, 2010: New York Yankees' Mark Teixeira (25) during the MLB baseball game between the New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan.

August 15, 2010: Second basemen Robinson Cano  of the New York Yankees makes a throw to first base for an out during a game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. The Royals won 1-0.

 

                                

Congrats to Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira, and Robinson Cano on receiving Gold Gloves at short, first, and second! A-Rod should’ve won, too, but I guess that would have seemed unfair. I’m proud to say that my Yankees have the BEST infield in all of baseball.

Robbie Cano didn’t stop at the Gold Glove. He ALSO received a Silver Slugger Award!

Congrats, Robbie! Put both those beauties on your Christmas Tree this year and make Sam the Snowman proud.

   New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano (24) smiles on his way to the dugout after hitting a solo homerun against the Boston Red Sox during game one the third inning of their MLB American League baseball doubleheader at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts October 2, 2010.  REUTERS/Greg M. Cooper (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)   

LOUISVILLE, KY - NOVEMBER 13:  The Silver Slugger Awards for Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees is displayed at the Louisville Slugger Museum and Plant on November 13, 2009 in Louisville, Kentucky.  Louisville Slugger presents the awards each year based on a vote of Major League Baseball coaches and managers for the best offensive producers at each position in both the National and American Leagues.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

 

 Speaking of Christmas Trees, I actually do know what I want under it…

                  Texas Rangers starting pitcher Cliff Lee speaks during a media session prior to practice for their MLB American League Championship Series baseball playoff against the New York Yankees in Arlington, Texas October 14, 2010. REUTERS/Mike Stone (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

 

-He says he doesn’t like the heat, so he might not want to stay in Texas.

-Texas says they might get Victor Martinez as an incentive for Lee to return to them.

-Cliff Lee’s stupid wife claims that she hates New York.

-Ryan Zimmerman said he’d give Lee some of his salary to bring him to Washington (lol).

-Brian Cashman is God.

Jeez this is really stressful. I’ve been a good girl all year long…and all I want for Christmas is Cliff Lee. Oh, Santa, Brian Cashman, is this so hard to accomplish?

These rumors are killing me. Cashman, just show him the money. I’m tired of waiting!

Yay for the Giants – Now It’s Our Turn

Congratulations to the San Francisco Giants on winning the World Series! And thank you for beating the Texas Rangers! The better, and more likeable team, truly won. I didn’t watch much of this World Series, since FOX was being all obnoxious. But I did watch the last game. Their on-field celebration after that final strikeout of Nelson Cruz brought a smile to my face…and just a slight tear to my eye. But I shouldn’t mope about the Yankees – this was the Giants’s year to shine.

I have to say, I don’t mind the Giants. In fact I kind of like them. They were indeed the underdogs, and they showed everybody how good they really were. They were the best this year. One player whom I REALLY adore is the Giants’s rookie catcher, Buster Posey. That dude is adorable. When the Giants let Bengie Molina go, (to the RANGERS…how ironic) they must have known how special Posey was.

            San Francisco Giants' Buster Posey celebrates after defeating the Texas Rangers in Major League Baseball's World Series in Arlington, Texas, November 1, 2010. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

 Aww

Yep, Buster Posey sure is something else…but I think my Yanks have their own Buster Posey. And his name is Jesus Montero.

Jesus Montero…tore it up in triple A Scranton-Wilkes Barre this year with a .289 avg, 21 HR and 75 RBI after what was a slow start. He’s been the Yankees’s most prized prospect for a little while now. He’ll turn 21 later this month.

I wonder if he has a place on this team next season…

Jorge Posada is clearly slowing down – in 2010 he posted his worst numbers. But clearly, the Yankee fans don’t want to see him go just yet.

Francisco Cervelli, the love of my life, put together a nice season, but he was incredibly streaky. I hate to say it, but I’m not stupid, so I’ll admit it: Cervelli is not an everyday catcher.

But neither is Jorge Posada.

What are the Yankees to do?

I say, BRING UP THE KID, ALREADY!!! The Yankees have claimed that they wanted to get “younger.” Doesn’t a hot 21-year old Venezuelan catcher make sense?

                             

                                                             Cuuuuute ;)

The young catcher worked for the Giants, it’ll probably work for the Yankees, too.

But at one point this past season, Jesus Montero almost wasn’t a Yankee. He was part of the package that would have been traded for Cliff Lee. But instead, the Seattle Mariners screwed the Yankees over, and sent Lee to the Texas Rangers for the player they were dying for: Justin Smoak. Justin Smoak, or Jesus Montero? Hm….Jeez that’s a tough one.

Whatever. Their loss.

Yankee fans were stunned when they heard that Cliff Lee was not going to be on their team in 2010. I was stunned, but pleasantly surprised. I didn’t want to have to give up the phenom, Jesus Montero, for Lee. Sure, I knew he would hurt the Yankees in the postseason, but it was a risk that I was willing to take.

But now that the Giants have officially beaten the Texas Rangers in the World Series, baseball is over….and you know what that means…

FREE AGENCY!!!!!

Oh yeah. Now it’s our turn to shine. I believe that the Yankees will sign Cliff Lee this offseason. That will make everything better. 2010 may have been a slight disappointment for Yankee fans because they didn’t win, but maybe that’s okay. Maybe it’s a sign of better things to come. Maybe not getting Cliff Lee this year was the best thing that could have happened for the Yankees. I mean, let’s say the Yankees had Cliff Lee and say that they made it to the World Series to play against the Giants. The Giants OWNED Cliff Lee this year! So even if we had Cliff Lee this year, there was no guarantee that we would have won.

And hopefully, in 2011, the Yankees will  have Cliff Lee AND Jesus Montero! It’ll be the best of both worlds!

Wouldn’t that be something? Hey Giants: Enjoy being the World Champs. You guys had an amazing season, and I think you’ve earned a lot of respect from fans throughout the nation. Congratulations.

But don’t get your hearts set on repeating.

In 2011, it’s NEW YORK’S turn to shine.

I LOVE YOU, YANKS!!!

Spicy Stuff: The Story Behind Dave Eiland’s Firing

The Yankees didn’t waste any time making changes to their team. Already this offseason, a lot of stuff has happened. But the most interesting move the Yanks have made so far was firing their pitching coach of three years, Dave Eiland. Like many others, I have been speculating to why Dave Eiland really was fired. Was it because of the Yankee pitching staff’s ineffectiveness during the postseason? Or was it something else? Something….more…

I’ve combined my theories with the many other theories I’ve heard, and I have to say: I’m pretty pleased with what I’ve got.

Here’s some stuff I’ve had to consider:

-Eiland’s extended personal leave of abscence

-Eiland’s relationship with the pitchers, especially A.J. Burnett

-A.J. Burnett’s ineffectiveness

-A.J. Burnett’s black eye.

A.J. Burnett started off the 2010 season with a 3-0 record and a sparkling 2.43 ERA in his first month. From then on, everything fell apart. Burnett never went back to the “Good A.J.” June, especially, was an atrocious month for him. He posted an 0-5 record with a frightening 11.35 ERA. He never lived up to his potential in 2010, and it was frustrating to watch A.J. take the ball having not made any improvements.

In June, the time when A.J. Burnett really started to stink, Dave Eiland took an extended leave of abscence. It was personal, and no one commented on the reason to why Eiland had to leave the team. I didn’t know how long he was going to be gone. It was long, but it seemed longer because of Burnett.

Everyone spoke of Burnett and Eiland’s great relationship and how they really connected with each other. When Eiland returned in July, Burnett did improve a bit. That month, he went 3-1 with a 2.00 ERA.

But from then on, Burnett was the “Bad A.J.” and didn’t even show ANY signs of successfulness. One day in September, Burnett randomly had a black eye. It looked painful. And no one said a thing about it. Joe Girardi refused to comment on that.

I think Dave Eiland had a serious alcohol issue. I think it showed, badly, and it was so bad in June that the Yankees themselves asked him to leave and get help for however long he felt was necessary. I think Burnett was stinky in June because he was not used to not having Dave Eiland around. I think Eiland helped get Burnett back on track in July. But I think Dave Eiland had a personal setback in his sobering process. And I think that’s why Burnett also had some serious setbacks on the mound.

A.J. Burnett kept saying he was working hard to fix his issues. I believe him. And I think he was, but Eiland was too messed up to help Burnett properly. I think A.J. Burnett confronted him in September, because he promised us, the fans, that he would do better. I think A.J. told Eiland he was sick of his behavior, and that Eiland needed to straighten himself out before he could help A.J. straighten himself out. I don’t think Eiland liked that very much…and I think there was an altercation between the two. I think Dave Eiland is the one who gave A.J. Burnett that nasty black eye.

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I don’t think the Yankees liked this very much, and I don’t think they liked the fact that almost all of their pitchers who had issues didn’t make any progress in the second half of the season. I don’t think the Yankees wanted to draw a ton of attention to poor Dave Eiland, so they waited until now to fire him.

But again, I’m just speculating… 

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