Obi Wang Kenobi – Sinkerballer and Jedi Knight extraordinaire!
Obi Wang Kenobi – Sinkerballer and Jedi Knight extraordinaire!
For the love of god can we please attempt to sign our “non ace” to a longer term deal. With the boatloads of money we’re paying Carl Pavano, Jason Giambi and Kei Igawa why are we dragging our feet over some $$$ that would make for a lot wiser investment. There are obviously no sure things when dealing with contracts but even if Wang’s right arm fell off directly after sealing the deal he would have more than earned his money from his previous years performance where he earned next to nothing, comparatively speaking.
Speaking of Carl Pavano and other injured players, i was wondering that since we’re paying them, are we allowed to assign them other duties when they are unable to play? Who wouldn’t love to see Carl Pavano cleaning the toilets at Yankee stadium? Or being a bat boy? Or being the practice dummy for Shelley when he’s practicing his take out slides? Actually, having now thought about it in more detail, i wouldn’t like to put actual valuable Yankee employees out of a job just to accommodate worthless players.
Right – it has to be said – I love Chien Ming Wang. There are so many ways to make saying that sound very very dodgy…….but (in public at least), I’ll refrain.
This time last year he was 0-2 with a 5+ ERA, and still put up a 19 win season with a sub-4 ERA.
Barring any more freaky goings on with his fake fingernail (yeuch…), well, I’m not even going to bother saying he could put up a huge season any more….. It’s obvious what he could do.
Also – I’m can only hope it will happen, but how hilarious would it be for the team to play Wild Thing over the PA as Phil comes out when he makes his next start….
Also – Great to hear/see Bobby Murcer back in the booth tonight. He was loving the bleacher creatures’ roll-call as well – Nice work!
In other matters, NASN are showing the Marlins – Padres game just now. The Marlins have a “bring your dog to the ballpark” night going on. What the hell is that about!? Oh, and I wonder if they count them in attendance to boost it a bit…..
Another night, another flat performance from the Yankees. I know that a lot of attention will be paid to Ian Kennedy’s struggles, and rightly so, but lets not forget that the offense has failed to be productive all year. Last nights game was very similar to the previous nights – a great first ining then almost nothing the rest of the way.
With Hughes headed to the DL it would also appear that the Yankees will likely try and acquire a starting pitcher from somewhere. With any luck, Darrell Rasners numbers will somewhat translate into Major League success and he can have an Aaron Small like affect on the ball club. One thing is for sure, something needs to change with the Yankees because watching a bunch of multi millionaires who seem completely unable to execute the fundamentals of the game is not an enjoyable experience. In short, while it is becoming commonplace to blame the youngsters, there are actually very few players on the roster who are performing to expectations, far less beyond them.
Also, at some point it would be nice to see Joe Girardi involve himself in the game. Where is the fire that he was supposedly going to bring to the team? Surely one of the reasons Torre was replaced was down to his ultra laid back nature. It’s a virtue when working with the press but in my opinion, a little on field drama was sometimes needed. Girardi seems to be saving all his anger up for the media when it could be better used on the diamond.
Another annoying thing about this whole situation is that we’ve come to rely so heavily on a select few players. Wang, Joba and Mariano have been next to perfect this season but at some point they are going to go through a bad patch(which they are entitled to) and where are we going to be then? Right now, the only good thing we can say about the rotation is that we’ve got a good shot at getting a win every five days – other players need to start stepping up, otherwise we’ll be seeing a lot more series’ like the one we’ve witnessed over the last three nights.
What would every other MLB team do if they were in the current predicament? So, we’ve lost our starting catcher and now fans are in panic mode(again) over the whole season. Seriously, some fans are like spoilt kids. This situation is exactly why we signed Jose Molina to a longer term deal. This situation is exactly why we have a minor league system. The real worry should be that apparently we have no faith in the catchers we have. Hell, some people on the Yankee forum have been talking about trying to sign Mike Piazza? I think having a concrete block behind home plate may be more effective in getting out runners at 2nd, if only from the ball rebounding.
Lets get a few things straight:
1 – A lot of teams would love to have Jose Molina as their starting Catcher.
2 – We are still unsure about how serious Jorge’s condition is and we’re already talking about who to acquire when replacing him??
3 – Chad Moeller could very well clear waivers.
4 – Why give up a prospect(if a trade was to be made) when we’re not sure how bad the situation is.
Posada will be a huge loss to the Yankees, but please, lets not get too carried away. Molina has done an admirable job this year and he’s actually caught 14 games already. I have every faith he can handle the extra responsibility.
Forgetting the side matter of Yankees and Major League Baseball, it’s time for the real competition to begin. If you haven’t already guessed, i am of course talking about the Glasgow Softball league. The schedule was officially released today and has pitted neildo84’s Giants against ph34’s Saltires in a matchup that rivals the Yankees against the Red Sox.
The game, between the top two teams in Glasgow, takes place on Thursday 8th of May and we’ll report back with it’s outcome. The smart money is on the Saltires who are in the middle of a dynastic era with 5 titles in 6 years. The Giants have been the only team to beat them in the league over the previous two years and should not be underestimated.
On another note….. After all the media crap questioning whether Joba was too emotive on the mound after the Toronto series earlier in the month, I assume the same people that were slamming Joba are going to be jumping on CC Sabathia’s back after his fist pumping and celebrating after getting out of a jam last night?