Jeter gets the sign

We knew it. Derek Jeter has finally admitted what souvenir he wanted from Yankee Stadium, and as expected, the Joe DiMaggio “I’d like to thank the good Lord” sign is in the Captain’s possession.

Jeter had kept mum on what he wanted to keep from the Stadium’s closing days for fear that someone else would walk off with it. But Jeter certainly made his intentions known and, hours after the Yankees’ final game on Sept. 21, the sign was unbolted from the runway between the dugout and the clubhouse.

Public relations director Jason Zillo said at the time that the Yankees knew where it went – i.e., it wasn’t stolen – but he was sworn to secrecy as to who had asked for it.

That said, it didn’t take Columbo to figure out who’d passed it every day for 12 years and actually had the clout to have that request honored. I mean, it wasn’t going to be hanging in Sidney Ponson’s basement. I asked Jeter if he wanted to say anything about it during the last series at Fenway Park and he grinned, saying, “Nope.”

Hey, but there’s hope yet for anyone who was a Yankee … or wanted to be one. Steiner Sports is selling a replica of the sign that would look great in your home or office.  

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I don’t doubt you but in past we’ve carried an extra pitcher.

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Even with all OF options, there is still number 13 Roster spot for uif (Ransom or Berroa), plus Molina as backup catcher and 12 Pitchers.

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Ransom or Berroa make Roster as back-up uif. That projects to 13 position players and 12 pitchers.

Yanks can carry Damon, Garner/Cabrera, Nady/Swisher and Matsui at OF/1B/DH and still make Roster work, with only c Molina and one uif added. Do the math…

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Re Melky, he is 1 of 2 option for CF, with Gardner, and can also backup at either corner of spot

By tigernyc@mindspring.com on February 2, 2009 11:07 AM
He is but if we don’t trade Swisher, Matsui or Nady, he has no spot because we need a backup infielder.

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I’d rather have had Giambi DH’ing that Sui and look at how little Giambi is making less than the 5M we offered him

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Hell, I would hire O’Neill NOW if he were willing, and fire Girardi. But don’t think Pailie wants the job.

By tigernyc@mindspring.com on February 2, 2009 10:46 AM
I am not sure he does either but if asked I bet he’d consider it but he has integrity and wouldn’t do anything behind Girardi’s back. BRING TORRE BACK.

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As currently structured, I don’t see a problem with Yanks’ line-up of:
Damon, lf-dh
Jeter, ss
Teixeiria,ib
Rodriguez, 3b
Matsui, dh-lf
Posada, c
Cano, 2b
Nady/Swisher, rf
Gardner.Cabrera,cf
++ Molina, c
++Ransom OR Berroa, iif

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Re Melky, he is 1 of 2 option for CF, with Gardner, and can also backup at either corner of spot

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“The Warrior”

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Kick ***, Take No Prisoners….

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If George Steinbrenner was still health wise well enough to be running the Yankees, Paul O’Neill would be the Manager now. A latter day Billy Martin at the helm…

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*Paulie, sorry typo

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Hell, I would hire O’Neill NOW if he were willing, and fire Girardi. But don’t think Pailie wants the job.

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Giambi was actually a “class act.” It wasn’t his fault that he was a rookie with “Bash Brothers” McQuire/Canseco A’s. I recall well Opening Day at the Stadium in 1996, all the A’s wee juiced, looked like the Oakland Raiders lining up on the Into baseline. And, G actually told the truth apparently to SF Grand Jury.

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Really, out of options? Melky is still so young. Could rally and save career. Alot depends on which version of Gardner emerges in 2009, early or later season version from 2008.

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I am going to miss Giambi. He was on base almost every other time he batted last year.

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I want O’Neill too but Girardi doesn’t because if this team gets off to a slow start, he’s gone. Right now Pena would be the candidate during the season to replace Girardi.

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Giambi, “the Juicer,” at least took walks.

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Melky is out of options. He is our 5th or 6th outfielder as the team stands.

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With A-Fraud in a “big game clutch momemt,” the issue is whether he will Strike Out or ground into a DP.

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I still want O’Neil back as the “Bench Coach” to instill some offensive life in the Yankees GAME and “kick some ***” in the Clubhouse, like Zimmer did for the half asleep Torre.

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Agree re Jeter in the clutch. Giambi and Damon too. But don’t discount Matsui’s clutch potential as well. All are “Gamers,” unliike A-Fraud, the “numbers hanger.”

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Sorry I really don’t like the idea of Swisher’s defense in problem area ever since O’Neill retired.

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Indications are that Swisher can be an effective CORNER OF and 1B defensively and SH, taking lots of pitches, with some Power. Batting him Lead Off and playing CF w/ ChiSox last season was nuts.

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I think Cashman will make a trade if a team like the Braves make a decent offer for Nady or Swisher. I do think he needs to atleast explore things with Matsui.
Let’s face it, it was NEVER like an OMG the Game could change here moment when Abreu and A-Fraud were due up like when it was Big Popi and Manny!!! ;)

By tigernyc@mindspring.com on February 2, 2009 9:54 AM
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Arod hit the homer off Papelbon and the grand slam against Bmore but our most clutch hitter is always Jeter and most feared was Giambi. Damon has his moments too.

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Also, re Nady and Swisher. Nady is FA to be Boras client (i.e. FA to sign for best available offer) while Swisher is signed for 3 years. With Damon and Matsui also in last contract year, that makes Swisher more valuable long term to Yanks, IF he can rebound from putrid year with ChiSox when misused as Lead-Off hitter and CF, neither of which he is suited for.

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Posada’s long term contract at his age for a catcher seemed crazy. If he can’t catch any more, the Yanks (with their group pf developing farm hand catchers a few years away ) are in a World of hurt.

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bpark, I doubt that Cashman will trade any of them. But for final players, # 24 and 25, I think the Roster is set for start of 2009. Of course, it will change later, as it always does. But for uif and final BP slot, it is pretty much done, for better or worse.

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Let’s face it, it was NEVER like an OMG the Game could change here moment when Abreu and A-Fraud were due up like when it was Big Popi and Manny!!! ;)

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If is a big word with a player who hasn’t completed the past 3 years. Plus we have the issue of what to do with Posada if he can’t catch. I’d rather keep Nady and deal Swisher. I think Cashman has to atleast talk to the Mets and Mariners about Sui.

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Well, if Bruney and Marte fail, that will only hasten Melancon’s deployment. Look at his “rehab” numbers thru minors last year. Baseball America projects Melancon as Mo’s eventual Closer replacement. (One year removed from Tommy John surgery, may be too soon yet.)

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With Matsui locked in to final year of deal at $13 M and as DH with two surgicllly repaired knees, adding defensively impaired Abreu seems unlikely. Bobby should be a DH for some team? Matsui, on the oher hand, should be productive DH for Yanks.

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I am not comfortable with Marte either.

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We’ll see on Bruney, I am not comfortable with him bases loaded tied game.
Abreu’s agents have said they will accept a 1 year deal now.

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bpark, read somewhere that Bruney was on great offseason training program for 2009, and finally ready to have great season. He did major off season retraining last year, losing a lot of weight, then had foot injury. Reportedly, he’s even more “ready” now. Think the Yanks have him projected as main 8th Inning “Set Up” guy for Mo. Time will tell….

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If true, Abreu at one year at $7 M would be be good addition in place of Nady (Borus client and on 1 year deal before FA). Not likely tho. Abreu’s defense sucks (afraid of near wall, etc), but effective hitter.

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Bruney has great potential as 2009 set up man; look at his 2008 numbers when healthy. Marte and Veras can also contribute. Longer term Melencon is on horizon. Pretty good 7th – 8th inning potential covreage. (Not to even speculate about rehabbing Abejahjo (sp?) and Sanchez). In long run, Melancon is the key, sooner or later….

By tigernyc@mindspring.com on February 2, 2009 8:39 AM
Bruney? I hope he duplicates his 08 form but his wild man history is never history.
Coke is a split salary and is a good candidate to stay in the minors because of that.

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Interesting that Yanks desiginted Chase Wright for assignmnet to clear Roster spot for Andy, His minor league numbers were pretty good, tho failed mightily when rushed to “Show” two seasons ago

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SP shapes up as:
Sabathia
Burnett
Wang
Pettitte
Chamberlain
With at AAA as fill ins later:
Hughes
Aceves
Kennedy
Horne (back from lost 2008 to top ten Baseball America Prospect)
+ 1 ?

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Yankees Bullpen shapes up now as:
Rivera
Bruney
Marte
Veras
Ramierez
Coke
? + 1 from Robertson, Geice, Melancon or ?

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Bruney has great potential as 2009 set up man; look at his 2008 numbers when healthy. Marte and Veras can also contribute. Longer term Melencon is on horizon. Pretty good 7th – 8th inning potential covreage. (Not to even speculate about rehabbing Abejahjo (sp?) and Sanchez). In long run, Melancon is the key, sooner or later….

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Congrats to Flash, he just suckered Zona into a 2 year deal. I really liked him when he was here. What was that 10 years ago? I wish we had a setup guy like him now. Brian Fuentes would have been great.
Pudge is running out of option and may try a minor league deal here.

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Abreu lowered he demands further to 7M now

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I would love to get Hudson but we not as Cano’s backup with what Hudson cost, he’d have to start. I warmed up to Dunn over Manny because of the power and shorter contract but I’d take Hudson over Dunn anyday. Cano is also the biggest trading chip we have outside of Hughes. Cano however like Soriano may be in a future outfielder and we will need outfielders next year. I agree bring in Hudson.

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Ozzie Guillen says Marquez is their 5th starter and Betemit can play all 4 infield positions.

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That why I think Hudson would be a better addition than Dunn; in the event that either Nady or Swisher were moved this off-season, Hudson might be able to sub in the OF for 1 year. Than, in 2010, Jeter could man right (if A-Jax is in center) while Hudson moves back to the infield to man SS. Plus, Dunn would just be another power bat who is slow on the pads in a line-up full of power, another .300 hitter would be great for this team– could also lead-off next year if Damon is gone. This is a big maybe but if one or two of our outfielders get moved and Hudson would come cheap than I think this could be a good move for the Yanks. That said, I am perfectly find with Jeter at SS until he is 100… That said, a 3-4-5 of Teix, A-Rod, Dunn wouldn’t be too bad– 120 homers 360 RBI 320 Runs?

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Also, if we keep Melky and Nady, that’s 5 OF we don’t need Swisher as 6th.

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Damon may not be gone, there is already extension chatter. I like Sui but he has failed to make it through the past 3 seasons. Swisher is not really as great as you are making him out to be, he is more of a utility player, I wouldn’t count on him consistency.

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Eventually, might it not make sense to move Jeter to CF ? No shame in that (SS to CF), like HoFer Robin Yount late in career, or Mantle, Tresh and Murcer early. Jetes has always been great at going for ball in the air and has a great arm. Not saying NOW, but eventually….

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Shedding Matsui, Danon and Nady after 2009, would take about $32 Million off payroll for other moves. Plus Pettitte ($5.5 – $12 M) might also be gone.\

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After 2009, with Matsui, Damon and Nady gone as FA, Yanks can add Holliday as FA (as they did predictably in adding Teixeieria to line-up this year) and hipefully A Jackson will be ready to take over another OF spot. Swisher will remain, with maybe Gardner/Cabrera. Damon could be signed for an extended term.

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Matsui with two surgically repaired knees, and always a great clutch hitter, will be a significant contributor in 2009 from Number 5 batting order hole as DH.

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Swisher is SH, plays 3 – 4 positions. Signed for three years (with Damon, Matsui and Nady contract s up after 2009), has power, takes pitches. Yanks would be uts to toss him now.

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Number of Type A or B FA was upped to 8. Yanks could sign more. Tho not likely.

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To my understanding, the Yanks can’t sign another type A or B free agent for the rest of the Winter. Though Dunn would help create one of the scariest line-ups in the history of the game, I’d almost rather not see the Yanks get him and rely on the guys they did get.

By yanknuck on February 1, 2009 7:28 PM
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Was an errorant report, we can sign 8. Giants signed 5 already.
Forget Swisher he’s gone.

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bpark, Swisher should be pretty similar to Giambi if he gets his AB’s, plus better defensively. Low avg, high OBP, and a good amount of power.

http://statisticianmagician.mlblogs.com/

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To my understanding, the Yanks can’t sign another type A or B free agent for the rest of the Winter. Though Dunn would help create one of the scariest line-ups in the history of the game, I’d almost rather not see the Yanks get him and rely on the guys they did get.

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Matt my proposal is not get Washed pitchers but to open a lineup spot for Adam Dunn and if Posada can’t catch, the DH spot for him. The Mariners still have a need for Matsui as the rumors don’t die. We should try to make any deal we can there. The washed up pitchers can go away one way or another.

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Happy Super Bowl Sunday.

Bryan, we need a new post from you with your Super Bowl pick.

Sean Serritella

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I don’t want Washburn or Batista but I believe Matsui won’t give us a full season or anything in the outfield.

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Well, if anybody was going to get the famous sign with the Joe DiMaggio quote: “I’d like to thank the Good Lord for making me a Yankee” [that was on the wall of the runway between the Yankees clubhouse and dugout], then, certainly, the “captain” Derek Jeter deserves to be the person to get the sign !!! … All Yankee fans, and all in the Yankees Organization, can be sure that the sign will always be in good hands with Derek Jeter ! Jimmy [27NYY], “BY&L” … http://baseballtheyankeesandlife.mlblogs.com/

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We don’t NEED to do anything else on the off-season, anything more would be a mere luxury. Trading Matsui would be a bad idea for two reasons: 1) We would have to eat most of his salary and would receive little in return due to the clout of free agent outfielders left who would only cost a club money (and cheap due to this years economy 2) It is very reasonable that Matsui will have a good year playing at DH, his numbers were better last year in the DH rather than the OF. Teix counts for more than just Abreu, he is capable of hitting twice as many homers and 40 more RBI’s than Abreu. With the Addition of Swisher and Nady (for a whole season) with Teix our offense will not skip a beat. No one will pick up either Washburn or Batista due to the FA left on the market, all around horrible trade for the Yanks– Looper, Wolfe, etc. Plus, we have a full rotation and bullpen, why would we want those two?

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If we can’t move them, we can try them in long relief or simply cut them. We must get rid of Matsui and he seems ok with Seattle and the Asian American community there. If asked I believe he will waive his no trade.

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If we have to take Washburn or Batista back for Matsui, we should still do it. There are plenty of clubs who take them off our hands. Seattle hasn’t been able to move them not because they are not pitching well but because they hold teams hostage asking for prospects AND paying these players salary. Not gonna happen with these back of the rotation guys. We could move them easily by simply paying a portion of their salary or giving them away.

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We replaced Abreu’s product with Tex. We have not replaced Giambi’s production.
Sui has not made it through the last 3 seasons. He didn’t play OF last year and he won’t this year.
If Seattle wants Sui, we should try to make it happen.
A better option to replace Giambi’s production is not Manny but Dunn. Dunn and Damon can split LF/DH. Sui and Damon cannot.
I would not be interested in Dunn for 1 year, we would need to sign him for 1 and an option or 2 years. Due to unsettled OF in 2009.
The unknow in all these situation is Posada who we need in the lineup, he will produce even as a DH. This however would mean Damon in center or Dunn in RF.

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Agreed all around, a7989. Very good points.
http://heartlandpinstripes.wordpress.com/

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Also, a overpriced veteran for overpriced veteran trade like Matsui for Washburn is a bad idea. It’s also a lowsy deal for us, even if Matsui plays only 60 games all year, he will give us more production than a whole season of Washburn as spot starter and long reliever. Washburn is not the type of pitcher you want clogging up a roster spot ahead of Hughes or Aceves.

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Matsui has a full no trade clause and I doubt he will agree to a trade to Seattle or some other team without a real chance to win. That doesn’t fit with his personality.
Anyway we would be lucky to get more than a mid level prospect for him unless we eat most to all of his salary. Especially with the quality of outfielders still on the market and their low prices now, there simply isn’t a market for Matsui.

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We should seriously consider giving them Sui, pay part of his salary and get prospects back. I really don’t want Wash or Batista.

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Washburn’s 2009 salary is actually over $10 million–$10.35. Big benefit-cost in favor of Pettite.

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I’m glad the Yanks didn’t make that deal for Washburn. He can be tough at times, but his best days are far behind him–23-43, 4.55 ERA in his last 3 seasons. If healthy, Matsui will produce. Washburn? Not so much. Plus, with Washburn at nearly $10 million, Pettite is a far better option.
http://heartlandpinstripes.wordpress.com/

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Foxsports: Seattle still wants Matsui but doesn’t want to pay his salary. Atleast not 13M. They proposed giving us J-Wash again but still want us to pay most of Sui’s salary.

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I like Bryan Hoch’s blog a lot and I enjoy coming here but I wish it wasn’t so hard for me to log into. Maybe it’s my computer.

Derek Jeter should put the sign at the new Yankee stadium.

Wells is fat.

Sean Serritella

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Seattle would take Matsui if we take his salary. We won’t, so Abreu is their newest target,

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Seems to be some debate because we lost Mussina and Abreu…some insiders say we can still sign free agents because technically we have lost those 2.

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Boomer has tried to return to the Yankees several times and met Cashman’s brick wall.

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When does the signing freeze end? When the season starts? Trade deadline? Until then we can sign Mike Mussinas and Abreu only? We can still make trades? Can we sign people who get released?

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I get where Wells is coming from to a degree, feeling that Torre breached a certain locker-room etiquette with his subject material compared to past statements. But I can’t help but feel that Wells is still a bit bitter that the Yankees didn’t bring him back. Maybe Wells should have kept himself in better shape, tended to a chronically bad back, and thrown and worked in between starts–none of which he did with any regularity. He did the Yanks no favors in Game 5 of the 2003 WS after the 12-inning loss in Game 4, but continues to sing the sour grapes refrain as though he’s been wronged. He’s one guy the Yankees cut bait on at the right time.
http://heartlandpinstripes.wordpress.com/

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You would think the way Boomer and his jealousy talked, Clemens would be pitching for the Dodgers now.

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Why wouldn’t they put the sign up in the new Stadium?

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

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Boomer has been angry at Torre for years. I thought Jeff Nelson’s interview was interesting. He was really surprised that Torre would spill stories – especially about Bernie leaving his son at the ballpark.

http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

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Boomer Wells just interviewed and he is very angry at Torre.

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