Out of all of the people on the YES Network, the one I miss the least this offseason is Michael Kay. I think March through October is more than enough time to deal with him and his schtick. He is just getting to be too much for me.
should have equaled a cute photoshopped picture but Stacey is awful at photoshop and has no idea what she’s doing. (Sorry.)
It’s the thought that counts.
Anyway, Happy Thanksgiving to Yankee fans everywhere! Thank you for reading our blog and for supporting us in our first year at Aerys.
We’re thankful for you and for the Yankees for providing us with some pretty spectacular moments this past season – from Jeter’s 3000th hit (and his 5 for 5 day) to Ivan Nova’s great rookie season and everything in between – and even though it may not have ended the way Yankee fans would have liked, we still have a lot to be proud of and thankful for as Yankee fans.
CC Sabathia’s coming back, Alex Rodriguez will (hopefully) be healthy and we may even get a Christmas gift or two from Brian Cashman this offseason.
Here’s to looking forward to the 2012 Season and hoping we get number 28!
Have a great day full of food, family and fun!
From Ashley, Stacey and Margaret
So I’m in the kitchen with my mom, shooting the breeze and talking about our day when I hear someone on the TV saying some nonsense about the Yankees fearing the Red Sox should Bobby Valentine become their manager. I laughed it off because it was some person on The Wheelhouse on SNY and I usually laugh them off. Then in a span of an hour, I heard the sentiment repeated two more times. Adam Schein and Frank Isola also said the same thing on Loudmouths, twice.
I know that SNY is the Mets channel but why on earth would the Yankees have to “fear” the Red Sox “if” Valentine becomes their manager?
Will his mere presence make them win 140 games? I don’t get it.
And apparently this meme is spreading like wildfire. People who write for ESPN NY and Harold Reynolds on MLB Network are also kissing Bobby V’s ass. (By the way, every time I’ve type Bobby I’ve had to correct myself because it keeps coming out as Booby. What does that say about him? Kidding.)
Is he a good manager? Sure. I’ll give him that but he hasn’t managed in a while. He’s been too busy torturing viewers on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball broadcasts this past season.
And how about waiting until he actually signs with Boston before making these crazy proclamations? Didn’t these people learn anything this past season? Remember all of “the Philly and Boston will be in the World Series!!” crap we had to endure before the season started? And look at what happened there. Yeah.
So, come on people. Chill.
I hope you don’t mind but I have some things I have to get off my chest. So just hear me out.
I can’t believe it’s been over a month since I’ve seen you. It feels like it was only yesterday that we were together. You made me smile nearly every day for eight months. And I know our time together didn’t end on such great terms but I wanted you to know that I do still care about you, a lot.
You see, when you have something in your life that you count on seeing or at least hearing from nearly every day for so many months and they disappear abruptly, it hurts. What’s worse is that I won’t be seeing you for at least another three months.
To be honest, I feel like you’ve abandoned me and I feel like you’ve taken me for granted. You think that I’ll always be around, waiting here for you like a lost puppy…
Well, you’re right. I am that weak. I will wait here for you until you come back. I will wait night and day until that glorious day in February when you make your first appearance and even though you’ll be hundreds of miles away from me, I will still be ecstatic because I will know that you are that much closer to being here with me; where you belong.
I love you Yankees baseball and I miss you so much.
I will be counting the days until you come back to me.
Here at Spreadin’ the News, we love Ivan “Super” Nova and he’s our Rookie of the Year. He provided us with lots of fun game recaps (and titles). And it was nice to have someone in the second half who was as reliable (and sometimes even more reliable) as CC Sabathia as a starter.
His season may have ended on a sour note – the arm injury that cut his outing short in Game 5 and which resulted in a series loss for the Yankees against the Tigers – but Nova was a revelation. He was cool under pressure and finished with an impressive 16-4 record. He had an ERA of 3.70 and at one point had an eight game winning streak.
Jeremy Hellickson of the Tampa Bay Rays won the AL award with 17 of 28 first place votes. He had a 13-10 record but led all Major Rookies in innings, ERA and starts. Closer Craig Kimbrell of the Atlanta Braves won the NL award. He picked up a record setting – for a first year player – 46 saves which tied the Brewers John Axford for the lead in the NL.
As for Nova, his forearm strain is completely healed and he’s been given full clearance to start preparing for the 2012 season.
“Don’t even bring Gold Gloves into this house. Ellsbury over Peter Bourjos is where I finally checked out into completeapathy over this damn award.” -Former MLB scout.
So yeah, Gold Gloves were announced yesterday. And no Yankees received the honor. OK. So, here’s the thing.
Come on, you didn’t really think Brian Cashman was going to leave the Yankees, did you? I know some people were dreaming up worst case scenarios in their heads when Theo Epstein left Boston. “What if Cashman goes to Boston!” Panic!
Alas, he didn’t. And Brian Cashman is so badass he signed CC Sabathia to a new deal before his own deal was even announced.
So Cashman held a conference call with the media today. He discussed a range of topics from his own $9 million deal to Sabathia and even A.J. Burnett’s place in the Yankees rotation – he’s staying there. Suck it haters. (More on that later)
“He’s certainly the most important piece as we entered this process. CC provides us a lot of security, and that’s obviously why he makes what he makes.”
About what the Yankees are looking for this offseason:
“Pitching, pitching, pitching. That will be the main thrust. I don’t anticipate a bat being of need at all. I anticipate people knocking on our door about the current bats we have.”
This year’s free agent pitching pool is shallow. The big names are Edwin Jackson, C.J. Wilson, Mark Buehrle and Hiroki Kuroda. Now, bats are more plentiful, with sluggers Albert Pujols -now a two time World Champ – and Prince Fielder, Mets infielder Jose Reyes and outfielder Carlos Beltran on the market.
More quotes from Cashman:
On Jorge Posada: “He’s been one of the best catchers in Yankee history and a borderline Hall of Famer and obviously is in the free-agent category currently. So I think that’s something that we’ll have to discuss here in the short term but it’s not something I’m prepared to talk to about today.”
On Russell Martin: “He came in here and we thought he was Thurman Munson-like. I wasn’t here in the ’70s, but you know what Thurman Munson stood for, represented, how he played the game and leadership that he provided in the clubhouse.”
On AJ Burnett: “He’s had to deal with adversity because of the inconsistent performance. He hasn’t shied away from it and he continues to take that ball every five days and do everything he possibly can to secure a win and be the best he could possibly be. … I expect him to be in the rotation going forward.”
On Nick Swisher, whose option was exercised Saturday: “He has been one of the better offensive right fielders in the game ever since he’s been here. … We’re lucky to have him. It was any easy call.”
Yes people, even with the subpar postseason performances.
Cashman has been the Yankees General Manager since he took over for Bob Watson in 1998. The only other GM to serve longer is Ed Barrow who was with the Yankees from 1920-45.