Inside the manager’s office at Kauffman Stadium

Greetings From Kansas City.jpgThe visiting manager’s office at Kauffman Stadium is something like a trip down memory lane. Besides the fact that the clubhouse is decorated with all sorts of beer paraphernalia – the digital clock that tells the Yankees to hit the field is on Michelob Time – the walls of Joe Girardi’s office for the next two games have a few relics of days gone by.

Hovering right over Girardi’s desk is a framed commemorative poster from the 1991 All-Star Game in Toronto, as well as one from the 1990 Midsummer Classic at Wrigley Field. Besides the fact that they’re nearly two decades old, the posters are something of foreshadowing for the summer to come in New York. If these items are still displayed prominently, can you imagine what will be around from the final Yankee Stadium season in, say, 2026?

The office also has two very large prints of 33-cent postage stamps (remember those?) depicting Satchel Paige and Roberto Clemente. Those, also, are very nice and would be a suitable addition to any baseball office or library. It’s a nice day in Kansas City and, though I have to postpone checking out the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and the American Jazz Museum until at least tomorrow, I’ll be grabbing some Arthur Bryant’s barbecue before heading over to the Big K. See you all there.

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For all the people compaining about Betemit’s offense. Cano’s errors hurt us too and we could get more errors from someone with better offensive production. Also, I see Big G, Damon and Cano gets a longer lease even though they are struggling with the bat too.

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I think Gonzalez coming up signals Jeter will be out longer. Which to me says Ensberg needs to be in the lineup, unless you put Cano back to SS and move Duncan to 2nd. Posada could be going to the 60 day disabled list, Sal Fasano is in Toronto, Girardi could be an emergency option or Flarety, Moehler is NOT an option, he wasn’t even with us at the beginning of the spring. Molina is being overused and this is dangerous.

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The Yanks need an infielder who can actually provide some offense and most likely play ss.

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I am surprised Gonzalez didn’t join Sardinho. Why bring him up, Jason Lane might be better?

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Any blind person with half a brain could see what type of player Betamit is from Day 1. I like the idea of switching A-Rod aver to short and have Ensberg at 3B more than I do of having Alberto ” I’m Betamit’s clone” Gonzalez playing short.

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This just in, Yanks called up Alberto Gonzalez from minors.

Good news:
Will most likely mean, that we will finally see less of Bet “I’ll make chaz spew chunks tonight”amit.

Bad news:
Means Jeter will be DL’d

Good news:
Could mean we might see a little more offense.

Bad news:

Not likely, Gonzalez was hitting .154 in minors, and was only 1-14 last season with the team. Another Betamit?AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I just can’t believe this organization likes this guy so much!!!! What the heck do they see in him????????

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Amen!!!!!

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I don’t think anyone can present a compelling arguement based on Betemit’s time here in the Bronx for either of the following:
a) Why Scott Proctor for Wilson Betamit was a good trade.
b) Why Wilson Betamit earned a spot on the 25 man roster when there were at least 2 guys in camp that out-played him.

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Betemit isn’t the only option the Yanks have to go with. They can go with Gonzalez at ss and put Ensberg at 3B. Those two changes alone might help the offense , something Betamit can’t do. If the Yanks are lucky it will put Betamit on the scrap heap.

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I’m a big Hughes fan myself, but he has been with this team since last season, and he has yet to show the velocity he was said to have had in the minors at 95-98 mph. He has been more around 90-91 mph since joining the Yanks. He is going to need to show something, I’m just wondering if he is still not used to pitching at this level yet and just holding back and unwilling to let it go.

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I didn’t see yesterdays post about Arod. I agree that Betemit is a detriment but he is what we have to go with, I don’t know what Gonzales will do, He’s supposed to be great in the field but hasn’t shown that yet. Can he hit any better? Who goes down? It puts Bets back as a bench player, only good thing is Dunc will be back. I guess Moeller comes up from AAA if Jorge is on the DL… But as I said earlier we need some good ABs and score some runs to win. I think the pitching will eventually come around. Right now, we need some great offense and/or great pitching to keep us in the ballgame. we’re getting neither now. I sure hope Jete is back for the Bosox…..
“GO YANKEES”

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Give Hughes a break, he’s 21 freakin’ years old, in fact he’s the youngest starter in the majors, he makes me feel old and I’m only two years older than he is. He had an off day, he is going to have games like that, his velocity will come around, give him a little more time, I love the guy, he’s got great stuff.

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I’ll bet he’s hurt

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It was me that brought it up. I am wondering if he’s still not pushing himself because of that hamstring injury. I’m also wondering if he wore himself out starting so early this spring. Whatever his problem is, a “power” pitcher with an 89 MPH four seamer would get rocked at the college level. He needs to live up to the scouting reports.

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Fjr,
Check the post on the day of the game. We were blasting A-Rod plenty.

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I wouldn’t worry about A-Rod, it was only the fourth time in his entire career that he struck out 4 times in a game,I doubt he will do that again this season. Also someone bought up a good point about Hughes’s velocity which seems to be missing since last season. Last season his velocity was 90-93 mph for the most part, this season it seems to be around 89-91 mph. What happened to the velocity he had in the minors which we were constantly hearing was around 95-97 mph? Haven’t seen anything like that yet!!

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He is hurting the lineup. Having someone in the lineup who can’t hit is the equivalent of going with an eight-man lineup, with the injuries that have hit this team he hurts this lineup even more. He certainly hasn’t helped the situation at all, he just makes it worse. At least the other guys are capable of producing offense while Betamit has never shown that while with the Yanks, and has never shown that he was worth the price the Yanks paid for him. What this team needs is someone who can come in and provide an offensive spark, not someone who will strike out in more than half his ABs. I don’t want to see Betamit come to bat with a chance to win the game only to strike out.

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Ian Kennedy is going to have a great game tonight. He can’t pitch any worse than he did the last time out.

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I’ll take him, but like I said I would still take my 94-year old granny over Bet “You guys don’t think I can get that golden sombrero tonight” amit. Seriously,if the Yanks don’t move Rodriguez over then it is time for a call up like rcngolf said. Maybe a Cody Ransom.

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What’s all the fuss over Betimit, He’s not hurting us at Short. If you don’t hit you don’t score. When we get men on base, we don’t get them in. Arod fanned 4 times last night but there is no mention of that. Same as last year the hitless wonders, We know they’ll break out but WHEN?? With this long road trip we need to get going, We definitely don’t want a negative road record, We need the wins now! Our starters have been shakier than the pen…
“GO YANKEES”

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How about Wilson from Home Improvement? I bet even HE could make better contact! :P

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Tony Clark is now with the Padres. Nick Green worse than Bet “I’ll strike out 4 time in tonight’s game”amit? That’s not humanly possible!!!!!! Move Rodriguez over to short, and have Ensberg play 3B, anything to get that no-talent out of the lineup!! Betemit is going to break out? HA! That was just dumb luck for a player who has struck out more than half the time in his official ABs. Dumb move by this team to cut Woodward and keep Bet “I’ll be the next guy cut” amit.

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Mark Feinsberg at the Daily News blogged today that Alberto Gonzales was lifted from the game at SW yesterday in the 7th inning. To catch a flight to Kansas City???
Personally I am convinced Betemit is about to break out. I mean he did drive in half our runs last night.

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You’re right Chaz. That was annoying. Crying for a volleyball? My soon to be brother in law made fun of that part and I started getting all defensive. I then stepped back and looked at myself and said “I’m defending a volleyball from a movie.” Feels pretty stupid but there’s nothing you can do about it.

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Is Tony Clark on the free agent market?

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Hey it could be worse, Nick Green could be playing short.

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I guess “s-chmuck” is a bad word.

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Damn that Wilson anyway. I never thought I would get choked up over some poor ******* losing a volleyball. What kind of sadistic film has me reaching for a tissue over sports equipment?

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Well Betemit certainly has more power, but Wilson’s contact is definitely better. I guess it’s just whatever you’re looking for Chaz.

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Who would be a better hitter?

Wilson Betamit or Wilson from Cast Away?

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What am I talking about! I’m going to add Bet “I could strikeout on 2 pitches” amit to my fantasy roster. Who needs Albert Pujols when there is Wilson?

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I’m sorry, but if Meacham thinks that Betamit can fill in at short stop “absolutely”, he is an idiot. If he can fill in at short, so can I; and I’m left handed, slow, short, over-weight, and out of shape.

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That sounds like a Boston fan, Jeremy. Here in Idaho, New England team bandwagoners are simply the most obnoxious wastes of human skin on the planet. I’ve had several confrontations in bars with idiots simply for wearing my Yankee cap.

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I’ll only get to say it once (maybe twice) all year… so…

Yeah I’ll see you there Bryan! :P

Looks like a fine day for baseball… the weather reports say rain will likely come in the evening but when?! Hopefully not until this fella has KC in the rearview mirror…

It’ll be nice to see one of the new kids going tonight in Kennedy. I hope the bump in temps helps loosen the pitchers up a bit, we seem to be throwing tight and chilled.

Last time I went to KC I was gifted with a 2-game viewing losing streak and the Bombers got swept, and then well a KC fan or 3 wanted to pick a fight with us… simply because of our choice in team… heheh. Let’s hope this one goes a lot better (for the team at least). :P

I’m excited already!!

GO Yank-ees!

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