Spring Game 26: Yankees at Braves

March 28, 2012, 1:05 p.m. ET, Champion Stadium, Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

YANKEES
Eduardo Nunez SS
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Raul Ibanez DH
Eric Chavez 3B
Francisco Cervelli C
Dewayne Wise CF
Chris Dickerson RF
Justin Maxwell LF

Pitching: Hiroki Kuroda RHP

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We had live baseball a couple of nights a week starting from like ’97 and well, i kinda enjoyed watching it when i could (being a schoolie at that time y’know!) so that’s how i started. The Yankees were on regularly but i really got the bug when i was over in ’09. I did the stadium tour and it kinda was like being back home with the history & values of the club – being in the stadium when Castillo dropped the ball probably hooked me for life, i’ve only experienced that sort of atmosphere a couple of times, that was something else! Don’t get me wrong football (i can’t call it soccer) is only just behind my family in terms of loves of my life – even then it’s questionable at times if i love Rangers more – but baseball’s more relaxing for me. I enjoy going to a match, but spending the evening at the ballpark, couple of beers, some banter & some sunshine – that’s what makes baseball unique. It’s true there’s not a lot of exposure over here (even less now it’s only broadcast on satelite TV) but there is a following – although a majority seem to follow those in New England for some dumb reason!
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Besides, this year things for Rangers have been grim, so the Yankees are acting as a welcome distraction to the financial worries of the Gers, could be a distinct possibility of me giving up footie for baseball full time if things don’t turn round! (no Magic Johnson to bail us out – although apparently 2 US investment groups, one from Chicago the other from NY looking into buying us) But tomorrow night it’s a charity match Rangers XI v AC Milan Glorie – all the good old players from years gone by – that should be good for a laugh, kinda like Old Timers day :D

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Allan: How did I guy in Scotland become a fan of Major League Baseball and in particular the New York Yankees? I have a few scottish friends and they’re interested in golf and soccer but have no interest in baseball and especially the Yankees! Just wondering.

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haha i guess it’s a lingering side effect of the last couple of years – kinda have to be one of those guys who sees the good side of things when the bad side of things seems to be bigger! I agree Ibanez has been woeful, but lets not forget that yesterday he was plain robbed by a great catch from Heyward at the wall from what would have been a 2 run bomb. He needs to get it going big time up north, Posada last year atleast had a lot of goodwill to spare from past glories which Ibanez simply does not have – if he stinks out the joint for the first month or so then he’ll find life in New York very difficult.

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Allan: There’s a momentum and confidence thing that carries over from Spring training I think. The Jays look strong offensively and defensively. if they keep healthy they’re going to be tough. I don’t think the Yankees scored 9 runs in a game this spring have they? Anyway, time will tell. I like the pitching generally but the offense has really got to get into gear. Ibanez has been woeful so the Yanks pick up Cust who is at the end of his career too and has a couple of bad seasons. Tex certainly hasn’t been hitting anything out of the park or close to it. Even Cano has not been great. ARod looks like he’s back as long as he stays healthy. Grandy hasn’t done a lot at the plate either, or Gardnr. Anyway, I hope you’re right Allan. Let’s keep the chatter going. I’m the glass half empty guy and you’re the glass half full guy and it makes for interesting dialogue.

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Sorry, but I gotta disagree with you on this point. ST isn’t meant for teams to build up their momentum and confidence, it’s to get teams ready to play a 162-game season. These games are completely meaningless, they are meant for players to get themselves into playing shape and for organizations to look at some of their top prospects and look at the FA’s they brought on board. ST is no different than other pre-seasons in any other sport, the priority is to get these players ready for a long season. PLayers play differently and managers manage differently in ST

IF teams wanted to build up momentum and confidence in ST they would use everyday starters on an everyday basis, and ML baseball would allow teams to play games until there is an outright winner rather to mere tied ballgames. But none of that happens as teams shuffle in prospects and FA’s back and forth on a game by game basis. Why? Because games don’t matter!! Momentum and confidence is built up after the start of the season when games mean something. It doesn’t matter how an individual player does in terms of stats during ST, or how a team does. History is full of teams who do poorly in ST only to wind up in the WS, the Yankees are a good example of that.

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over a week before the bats need to start working – i know i’d rather the bats went cold during Spring Training than them being on fire then slumping come August/September! We might not have “lit it up” offensively in large chunks but check your box – 11 hits, that’s not all that bad, 4 for 12 RISP – or i’ll put it another way .333! Granted you’d like that to be higher, but not the doom & gloom report by any standard!

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Is this the same team the Jays beat 9-0 and we could only tie 5-5? I don’t call myself a prophet but I believe the Yankees are going to have a tough job staying ahead of the Jays this year. It’s only spring training but look at the two records so far. The Jays have really explosive hitting and a very good rotation and bull pen. If it hadn’t been for Chavez’ three hits today which produced runs we would have been in trouble again. We haven’t lit it up offensively so far in the spring season.

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That’s all folks!

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What a gift!

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Yanks signed Cust!

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Ichiro was hot in Japan!

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Raul was robbed!

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The Dodgers(#3) price will likely cause Forbes to raise their estimated value of the Yankees(#2) and Manchester United(#1).

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Let’s go Yankees!

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