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Rangers at Yankees Mediocrity Bowl 2014 continues tonight after last night's 14 inning affair

This Rangers at Yankees four game set is one of the most punishing series I can remember. In the first game, the Yankees gave the Rangers… I dunno, five extra outs? Last night, the Bombers gave Texas 5 EXTRA INNINGS instead.

Look, the Yankees are bad this year, we all know this – but the Texas Rangers are positively LOATHSOME. As bad as the Yankees are at scoring runs, 4 runs in 25 innings over two games is BEYOND PATHETIC!

Eventually, new arrival Chase Headley (and late arrival – dude couldn’t make it to the Bronx by game time) delivered us from evil with last night’s walk off single in the 14th. This happened only after Quest Love and Wyatt Cenac left after the 13th inning, so… racism. Amiriiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight?

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I know the Yankees are trying to piece it together by adding low cost rental players because they’re fairly close int he second wild card hunt, but it seems like they should really be trying to get the moon for David Robertson instead of adding aging players. But who knows – maybe the injured pitchers will come back, the veterans will return to form… Maybe Mark Teixeira will get back in there at first, Beltran will start hitting, Derek Jeter will stop his never ending GIDP skid and this team will actually score some runs. Because they have Headley now. Right.

At least the infield defense got better – one less thing for the over taxed pitching staff to sweat!

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"…our next huge embarrassing failure." (Or, the Yankees stink right now PT 2)

The Yankees actually have a better record on the road than they do at home. Maybe they’ll play better when they start their road trip…

The Yankees have not only lost another series, but they’ve now lost two series in a row to teams with records under .500. That is unbelievable… or, it makes perfect sense if you’ve been watching these guys.

Last night’s loss certainly wasn’t Hiroki Kuroda’s fault. Here’s his line: 8 IP, 9 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K. You can’t ask for much better than that.

I know David Price is a good to great pitcher (depending on who you ask), but the Yankees offense is friggin horrible. Here is the offense’s line:

4-31, 1 XBH, 1 R, 5 BB, 11 K, 8 LOB, 1-9 w/ RISP.

Four hits. And Derek Jeter had 2 of them.

Let me just reiterate: the non-Derek Jeter Yankees went 2-29 last night. That’s it. Again, David Price is great and all, but it’s not like he’s Randy Johnson in his prime.

In other comedy news, Vidal Nuno will try to avoid the sweep this afternoon. Cue the end to Deer Hunter.

Raissman is advocating… I dunno… Jeter contract extension, ownership of Yankees?

This is a little old, but whatever. This was written in reaction to the latest ARod/PED thing.

I’m pretty sure Bob Raissman got one of those famous Derek Jeter gift baskets for writing this article…

"Yankees brass should figure out a way — quickly — to keep Jeter long-term, past whenever he decides to call it a day."

[snip]

"The next time around, it’s worth considering his value as the face of the franchise. It must be factored in. His contract would be a bargain.

"The Yankees need Derek Jeter.

"For moments like these."

I’m sure Hal & Cash will jump right on that. They’ll just back up a dump truck of money onto Jeter’s front lawn and throw in partial ownership of the Yankees for fun. No problem.

I like Derek Jeter too, but sheesh.

Wallace Matthews: “Derek Jeter is a Liberal Spendocrat who believes in Climate Change”

derek-jeter-captain-planetOh, was that how he phrased it?  Right, I remember now – he called Jeter Captain Planet.

Tomato, to-mat-oh.

The Worldwide Leader’s Wallace Matthews caught Jeter red-handed in a post he titles Captain Planet: Jeter on climate change.  The following Jeter quote is from his appearance at the World Economic Forum… in Switerland… where he spoke to a reporter from another publication.  (Obviously, Wally can’t do any of his own reporting or write more than 250 words.)

“I was in New York for Hurricane Sandy,” Jeter told The Dispatch. “It’s just something that’s gotten so much attention. Regardless of how you feel about it, it’s something that needs to be addressed because we’re seeing more and more natural disasters each year, it seems like. Something has to be causing it.”

Whoa Derek, settle down there!

Jeter sounds like some sort of crazy liberal pinko commie.  He might as well be Al Gore at this point.  Next thing you know, Jeter will be organizing screenings of An Inconvenient Truth on the jumbo-tron at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees projected 2013 opening day batting order as of Dec 12

Now that the Kevin Youkilis deal is done and the Ichiro deal is all but done, we can start goofing around with the Yankees opening day batting order.

Ichiro
Jeter
Teixeira
Cano
Granderson
Youkilis
[dh - Ibanez?]
[catcher - Stewart?]
Gardner

The latest Red Sox player to make the trek from Boston to New York is Kevin Youkilis, following in the footsteps of Babe Ruth, Wade Boggs, Roger Clemens, Johnny Damon. All iconic players in their own way… fascinating!

I was concerned about the Yankees lack of thump without Nick Swisher, but now that I look at this on paper, it’s not so bad. If the heart of the order is going to be Teix, Cano and Granderson – well, the Yankees could do worse. Youkilis is good for 15 homers and one would expect more out of Teixeira, even if that’s unlikely… Maybe you flip flop Granderson and Teix, but then, I think Teix needs all the protection he can get.

I thought about placing Gardner at the top of the order, but he’s had so few ABs in the last year, I think the Yankees are better off starting with Ichiro (and his amazing bat control) at the top of the order and waiting to see where Gardner is at. His ABs look good at the end of last year… but I’m still on a wait and see approach with him. You could say the same for Jeter, but then, he’s Derek Jeter and I’m willing to roll the dice and assume he’ll be some version of himself, even if he’s not the 2012 Jeter who was setting the world on fire.

I thought the Yankees were going to sign Raul Ibanez, but it hasn’t happened yet. Maybe they have their eyes on an upgrade? Or maybe they prefer someone who backs up the infield rather than the outfield in light of A-Rod injury? Who knows. As for a starting catcher… who the hell knows who the Yankees will end up with. I assume that the Yankees got Chris Stewart because they don’t think much of Francisco Cervelli, so maybe that is your catching tandem, in that order if they don’t go get somebody.

Well, it’s still early, so we’ll have to wait and see how the quesiton marks shake out and even longer to see what A-Rod has left when he comes back, but either way, this sure will be an interesting team to watch.

Voldemort/Ibanez works his magic, but it’s not enough as Jeter FRACTURES HIS EFFING ANKLE

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“Only I can hit home runs forever!”

Lord Voldemort AKA Rual Ibanez did what he was does, but his game tying home run (not to mention Ichiro’s two run blast), just wasn’t enough on Saturday night.   There were so many points when the game could have gone differently:  Cano’s hard hit ball off Doug Fister and the resulting blown call at first, Nick Swisher’s less than sparkling right field play, not to mention the inability of those men and A-Rod and Granderson to give any real offensive support.

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This. (sportsnetwork.com)

These guys are supposed to be good to great and they’ve all been FRIGGIN TERRIBLE.  Now that Derek Jeter has fractured his ankle, I assume Edwardo Nunez (aka Scissorhands) will get activated, but somebody is going to have to pick it up now that the Yankees have lost their most productive hitter.

I know David Phelps has only made two appearances and he was probably rusty in both, but 5 hits, 3 runs and 1 walk in 2.1 innings is NOT getting it done.  I’ve been a Phelps booster all year long, but he’s just not getting it done.

So where does this leave the Yankees at this point?  Outside of the struggling bats coming to life in a series where the Yankees can’t score runs to save their lives, things are looking bleak.  As they did in the first series, the Yankees pitching staff is probably going to have to do all the heavy lifting going forward.

“Things are going great, and they’re only getting better…”

Things are going well for the Yankees of late.  They’re winners of five of their last six games and ten in the last thirteen.  Sure, I’d like to see better numbers for the hitters with runners in scoring position and bases loaded, but I have to believe those will improve with time – these guys are too talented for it not to.

Meanwhile, there’s this picture.  I think we’ll all come to regret this.

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Relax… you guys aren’t playing THAT good.

Yankee Offense-less

David Robertson needed to do his job last night, and he didn’t – but he wasn’t the only one.

The Yankees offense needs to get their collective act together, ASAP. D-Rob gets a pass from me for last night – he’s allowed to screw up every once and a while. I’ll also excuse Derek Jeter and Curtis Granderson, because those guys have been dominant in 2012. The rest of you guys are slacking.

Last night:

0-8 with runners in scoring position

1 RBI (Robinson Cano, double, scoring Jeter from first)

That’s it. Nick Swisher had that great 11 pitch at bat, but nothing came of that. Hitters are supposed to win those long duels! Mark Teixeira is really starting to worry me – I know he always starts slow, but it’s May – let’s pick it up, guy!

9 hits, 1 extra base hit

9 hits isn’t bad, but one extra base hit coupled with 1 RBI is shameful. They need to figure out a way to string three hits together or… something! Hopefully, Brett Gardner can get these guys going, but I don’t really buy the idea that Gardner is the missing piece because Jeter is sitting at the top of the line up hitting .400.

Tonight, the Yankees face David Price. I don’t think he has great numbers against the Yankees, but he is a great pitcher.

Yankees First 6 Games Of 2012

The Yankees will play their home opener this afternoon, but before that, let’s take a look back at their first 6 games of the season in the road trip that started in disaster and ended in triumph.

Let’s break it down:

The Starting Rotation
Holy hell, what a disaster. Sure, it’s still early and I’m not rushing to judgement, but Ivan Nova is the only starter who’s put in a decent performance so far. C.C. Sabathia can’t command his fastball, Phil Hughes is looking better than last year (but that doesn’t say much), Freddy Garcia is trying to kill the dirt in front of home plate with his splitter and Hiroki Kuroda was up in the zone all night long. Here’s hoping he’ll be better today and everyone else will straighten out. I’m not worried about C.C. Sabathia, and what we’ve seen from Kuroda isn’t his reputation, so not much to worry about there, either – as for Hughes and Garcia… well, the clock is ticking. Andy Pettitte and Michael Pineda are on the way. How Sabathia got through six innings last night is anybody’s guess…

The Bullpen
All hail the bullpen! For it is the bullpen corps that were the road trip saviors! Sure, Mariano Rivera did blow that first game, but whatever – that’s going to happen from time to time – he’s rebounded nicely. Just because I worship the guy doesn’t make him an infallible god. David Robertson likes to make us sweat, but he gets the job done. Boone Logan and Rafael Soriano also deserve high praise for their performances last night.

The Offense
Some ups, some downs, but mostly, I’m happy with the overall production – what I’d like to see is some POWER! What do Mark Teixeira, Robinson Cano and Alex Rodriguez all have in common? No homers. I guess if they hang out with Derek Jeter, it’s a No Homers club – they’re allowed to have one. Derek Jeter is on fire so far this year – that guy sure is good at putting naysayers in their place.

The Defense
For the most part, I’m happy, but let’s do our best to keep Raul Ibanaz on the bench as the DH, hmm? And Eduardo Nunez… I just don’t know what to say about Eduardo Scissorhands. I’d need to see how he plays on a day to day basis (and I am starting to hope I never find out what that looks like) to know for sure, but I’m starting to think that this guy is just not an infielder.

Joe Girardi’s Match Up Binder
I’ve enjoyed Girardi’s tenure as manager so far, particularly his skill with the bullpen and keeping those guys healthy – a refreshing change after Joe Torre’s reign of terror (ask Scott Proctor, Mike Myers, Paul Quantral… you know, anybody that pitched out of the pen for Torre). Still, when he plays match ups in the first inning, I get annoyed – you can imagine what I was thinking when he went to match up strategies and started intentionally walking guys in the first inning of the first game of the season with his ace on the mound! On the other hand, I loved when he brought the extra infielder into the game, even if it was Eduardo Scissorhands.

Going Forward
I think things can only improve from here. Sabathia and Kuroda should round into form, I’m sure Sweaty Freddy will find his splitter and reinforcements are on the way.

Derek Jeter Sculpture at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory

I’m sure you’ve already heard, but the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory has unveiled a Derek Jeter sculpture, or statue, or whatever. Sorry, this sat in my inbox for nearly two months and I’m just now getting to it. The press release is below… if it says what the sculpture is made out of, I don’t see it. The thing has a weird look… is he wood, or maybe wax? I can’t tell. Also, it doesn’t look much like Jeter, although I do think they sorta got his expression right, if that makes any sense.

I’ve never been the Louisville Slugger facility, and this isn’t really motivating me to change that. In fact, the whole thing is sorta weird. Now, the museum has four statues: Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Ken Griffey, Jr. and Derek Jeter… that’s a Cooky Quartet if I ever heard of one. Griffey was a great player (though often injured) and Jeter has obviously amassed a career that few could boast, but I would never say either of them are on an even playing field with Ted Williams and Babe Frigging Ruth. It boggles the mind!

Anyway, here’s the press release.

Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory Unveils Derek Jeter Sculpture

Museum will honor Yankee Captain with “Derek Jeter Day” on Saturday

Louisville, KY (October 12, 2011) — Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory added another superstar to its roster Wednesday as it unveiled a lifelike sculpture of Derek Jeter, team captain of the New York Yankees and future baseball Hall of Famer.

To welcome the new sculpture, the museum will celebrate “Derek Jeter Day” this Saturday, honoring the Yankee Captain. As part of the celebration, a game used Derek Jeter bat will be added to the museum’s Hold a Piece of History exhibit, allowing guests to hold a bat actually used by Jeter. Guests will also receive Jeter mini bats at the conclusion of each factory tour, while supplies last.

In addition, for “Derek Jeter Day” the museum will offer a special $2 admission in recognition of Jeter’s #2 jersey. Proceeds from Saturday’s ticket sales will be donated to Derek Jeter’s Turn 2 Foundation.

“We are thrilled to feature Derek Jeter in the museum,” said Anne Jewell, Executive Director at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. “Jeter is a baseball rockstar, an ambassador for the game and a huge fan favorite. We’re proud to include him in our lineup of baseball greats and we know our guests will love it. ”

Jeter, the longtime Yankees shortstop, joins elite company as he is just the fourth person honored with a statue at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. The only other player sculptures in the museum are baseball legends Babe Ruth, Ted Williams and Ken Griffey, Jr.

“It’s a true honor to be recognized in this way by Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory,” said Derek Jeter. “Louisville Slugger is synonymous with baseball. I’ve used the same bat model (P72) throughout my career and it’s a privilege to have such a tribute in this great museum devoted to the skill and history of hitting,” he said.

Since his major league debut in 1995, Jeter has been one of baseball’s most popular figures and is currently the all-time New York Yankees hit leader. He has been selected as an All-Star 12 times, won the Silver Slugger award four times and earned the Gold Glove award on five occasions. He won the Rookie of the Year Award in 1996 and helped the Yankees win the World Series the same year.

Jeter was also an integral part of World Series championship-winning teams in 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2009. He is the only player in history to win both the All-Star Game MVP Award and the World Series MVP Award in the same year. He has served as the Yankees’ team captain since 2003 and collected his 3,000th career hit earlier this season.

The sculpture unveiling coincides with Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory’s 15th Anniversary Year. In May, the museum welcomed its record 3-millionth guest. With 234,771 visitors last year, Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory broke its attendance record in 2010; a record unmatched since the museum opened for its first full year in 1997.

Earlier this year, the museum unveiled its newly renovated, 3,000-square-foot Museum Store, which was designed with a fresh layout to bring a feel of the museum to the store that offers hundreds of gifts, apparel and collectibles.

Also new in 2011, Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory announced that its factory is now producing bats year round on Saturdays, and for the first time ever also producing bats during tours on Sundays and holidays, enabling visitors to view bat production on every tour.

Follow Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory on Facebook for more information.

About the Turn 2 Foundation

The Turn 2 Foundation was created during Derek Jeter’s 1996 rookie season with a goal to create and support signature programs and activities that motivate young people to turn away from drugs and alcohol and “TURN 2” healthy lifestyles. Through these ventures, the Foundation strives to create outlets that promote and reward academic excellence, leadership development and positive behavior so that children of these programs grow safely and successfully into adulthood and become the leaders of tomorrow.

About Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory:

Experience history-in-the-making as you stroll through the factory where world-famous Louisville Slugger bats are created. Award-winning factory tour, newly renovated galleries with interactive exhibits, historic memorabilia, the World’s Biggest Bat, and more. Create a Louisville Slugger bat with your very own name on it, just like the pros. Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, 800 West Main Street, is open Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sundays 12 noon – 5 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors (60+), $5 children (6-12), and free for children 5 and under. For more information, log on to sluggermuseum.com or call 502-588-7228.

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