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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

WFAN begins 2011 tryouts for chance to be on-air host for a year

5/27/11, "For the second consecutive year, WFAN will give up to 500 people a chance to become an on-air host for up to one year. In 2010, Gregg Sussman took home the title.

Round one of the 2011 audition dates and locations are: June 4 at Menlo Park Mall, 100 Menlo Park, Edison; June 10 at Roosevelt Field Mall, 630 Old Country Road, Garden City, N.Y.; June 18 at The Westchester Mall, 125 Westchester Ave., White Plains, N.Y.; and June 24 at The Livingston Mall, 112 Eisenhower Parkway, Livingston.

5/27/11, "Radio Waves," The (NJ) Record, Ray Edel, via RadioDailyNews

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Jimmy Rollins gift of gab helped Phillies win in 19th inning-Bill Madden

5/28/11, Bill Madden, "That was quite a wild one in Philadelphia Wednesday night into Thursday when the Reds and Phillies battled on for six hours and 11 minutes until 1:19 a.m. when Raul Ibanez's sac fly brought home Jimmy Rollins with the winning run in the 19th inning. Along the way, Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips got himself picked off second base (when the score was 4-4) [top of 11th] after Rollins engaged him in small talk. Phillies manager Charlie Manuel admits he hates using position players as pitchers, but he had no choice after running out of hurlers and had to use infielder Wilson Valdez to get the Reds out in the top of the 19th."

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Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day 2011

Above, World War II US Air Force pilot and his Stearman biplane; below same soldier in his Air Force Uniform sometime in the 1940's, surviving.
  • Thanks, Dad.
  • Born in Brooklyn in 1922.
  • Christmas Eve, 2010

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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Texas Rangers replace TV play by play announcer with radio announcer Dave Barnett

5/27/11, "The Texas Rangers’ experiment of hiring a TV play-by-play announcer with no play-by-play experience lasted all of 49 games. The Rangers fired John Rhadigan on Thursday, replacing him with radio announcer Dave Barnett. After taking a week off, Rhadigan will return to his former duties as host of the pregame and postgame “Rangers Live” shows on Fox Sports Southwest. Former Kansas City Royals pitcher Steve Busby will join Eric Nadel on the majority of the radio broadcasts. Pregame and postgame radio host Bryan Dolgin also will fill in for several games.
  • Reached at his home in Dallas, Rhadigan admitted he would have liked to have had a longer run as TV announcer.

“You know, I wanted to do it for 20 years,” he said. “It was unfortunate, but it was a fun ride. I had a great time doing it. I had eight weeks of fantasy baseball play-by-play.”

Rhadigan said he was informed of the team’s decision Tuesday morning. His final broadcast was Wednesday night’s rain-delayed telecast, which the Chicago White Sox won 8-6.

He said the team gave him no specific reasons for the change. “They said that there was a lot of negative feedback and that the learning curve was just too great to overcome,” he said.

Rhadigan, who turned 50 on Monday, also will rejoin Fox Sports Southwest, handling a variety of his previous studio shows, including college football and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

  • The Rangers hired Rhadigan to replace longtime TV voice Josh Lewin, who was let go after last season. Lewin still lives in the Dallas area, hosting a midday sports talk show on Dallas station KRLD-FM 105.3, “The Fan.”"

5/27/11, "Rangers announcer John Rhadigan on firing: ‘It was unfortunate, but it was a fun ride.’" The Oklahoman, by Mel Bracht, "Dave Barnett will move into the TV booth and Rhadigan will return to his previous role as pregame and postgame host"
  • via RadioDailyNews

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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Picture of Fred Wilpon, David Wright, Jose Reyes, Jason Bay, and Terry Collins from New Yorker Magazine article

Above, Fred Wilpon with David Wright, Jason Bay, Jose Reyes, and Manager Terry Collins. from New Yorker Magazine, 5/30/11, issue, photo by Steve Pyke
  • 5/30/11, "Madoff's Curveball," New Yorker Magazine, Jeffrey Toobin, "Will Fred Wilpon be forced to sell the Mets?"
Fred Wilpon did not become sole owner of the Mets until August 2002. In the 4th paragraph of this article it says he's been running the team since 1980, which isn't so. Perhaps this is explained later in the piece. "Wilpon, who is seventy-four, has run the Mets since 1980—for more than half his adult life."... "Einhorn is expected to receive a one-third share of the Mets in return for his investment, but could gain much more. He will have the option in three years of raising his stake to 60 percent, effectively ending more than three decades of control of the team by the Wilpon family."...

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Consumers forced to cut back discretionary driving such as to baseball games. 7 states make millions on higher gas prices via sales tax

"Every 50 cent jump in the cost of gasoline takes $70 billion out of the U.S. economy over the course of a year."... "There's less money this summer for hotel rooms, surfboards and bathing suits. It's all going into the gas tank.

High prices at the pump are putting a squeeze on the family budget as the traditional summer driving season begins. For every $10 the typical household earns before taxes, almost a full dollar now goes toward gas,

  • a 40 percent bigger bite than normal.

Households spent an average of $369 on gas last month. In April 2009, they spent just $201. Families now spend more filling up than they spend on cars, clothes or recreation. Last year, they spent less on gasoline than each of those things.

Jeffrey Wayman of Cape Charles, Va., spent Friday riding his motorcycle to North Carolina's Outer Banks, a day trip with his wife. They decided to eat snacks in a gas station parking lot rather than buy lunch because rising fuel prices have eaten so much into their budget over the past year that they can't ride as frequently as they would like.

"We used to do it a lot more, but not as much now," he said. "You have to cut back when you have a $480 gas bill a month."

Alex Martinez, a senior at Arcadia High School outside Los Angeles, said his family's trips to San Francisco, which they usually take once or more a year, are on hold. As he stopped at a gas station to put $5 of fuel in his car — not much more than a gallon — he said the high prices are crimping social life for him and his friends.

"We're always worrying, `How are we going to get home. We've got less than half a gallon left,'" Martinez said. "We definitely can't go out as much, and we can't go as far."...

  • A year ago, gas cost $2.76.

The squeeze is happening at a time when most people aren't getting raises, even as the economy recovers.

"These increases are not something consumers can shrug off," says James Hamilton, an economics professor at the University of California, San Diego, who studies gas prices. "It's a key part of the family budget."...

They're showing it by limiting spending far beyond the gas station. Wal-Mart recently blamed high gas prices for an eighth straight quarter of lower sales in the U.S. Target said gas prices were hurting sales of clothes.

Every 50-cent jump in the cost of gasoline takes $70 billion out of the U.S. economy over the course of a year, Hamilton says. That's about one half of one percent

  • of gross domestic product.

The Commerce Department reported Friday that consumer spending rose just 0.1 percent in April, excluding the extra money spent on more expensive gas and food, while wages stayed flat for the second straight month....

The median household income in the U.S. before taxes is just below $50,000, or about $4,150 per month. The $369 that families spent last month on gas represented 8.9 percent of monthly household income, according to an analysis by Fred Rozell, retail pricing director at Oil Price Information Service. Since 2000, the average is about 5.7 percent. For the year,

  • the figure is 7.9 percent.

Only twice before have Americans spent this much of their income on gas. In 1981, after the last oil crisis, Americans spent 8.8 percent of household income on gas. In July 2008, when oil price spiked, they spent 10.2 percent.

Average hourly earnings, meanwhile, have risen just 1.9 percent in the past year. That's only just enough to keep up with inflation....

"Drivers try to do what they can, but they have to go almost all the places they go," says David Greene, a researcher at the Center of Transportation Analysis at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and manager of the Department of Energy website fueleconomy.gov. "There's no magic gizmo that will drastically change someone's gasoline use.""...

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"California is one of seven states making millions of dollars more a month because of the recent spike in gasoline prices, reports the Tax Foundation, a Washington D.C. tax policy advocacy group.

The average American will pay $2,832 for gas this year, reports Register reporter Mary Ann Milbourn.

Every state charges excise tax on gasoline, the Tax Foundation says. But excise taxes are a flat rate per gallon, so taxes collected don’t change when gas prices fluctuate, the foundation says. In fact, tax revenues might decline as vehicle owners

  • curtail their driving when prices rise.

But seven states, including California, also charge a sales tax on gasoline, which is based on the dollar amount of the transaction, so as the price of gasoline goes up,

  • so do the tax revenues.
California’s sales tax rate on gasoline isn’t the highest in the nation, although its total taxes (including excise) on gasoline is the highest at 47.7 cents a gallon. California charges 2.35% sales tax on gasoline and local governments add 0.1% to 1%. By comparison, Connecticut and Indiana charge 7% sales tax. Michigan charges 6%. The other states that charge sales tax on gas are Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, New York and Virginia."...
  • California "was collecting $87.42 million a month when gas was around $3.10
  • and collected about $112.8 million a month at $4 a gallon.

That’s almost $25.4 million a month.

The Tax Foundation calculates that Indiana, with the highest sales tax rate, is making 5 cents more for every gallon purchased or

  • $202 million in the past year."
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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Tampa Bay Rays fan spent $30K on season tickets but not allowed to wear 'Yankees suck' t-shirt (purchased in Boston)

5/26/11, "Rays fan objects after T-shirt gets him ushered from Tropicana Field," St. Pete Times
  • "Melton Little loves the Rays, and he hates the Yankees.

He owns a T-shirt that captures these sentiments perfectly, especially when worn at Tropicana Field.

It is white with blue block letters, and it expresses fans' derision for the New York team in two simple words:

YANKEES SUCK.

The T-shirt got Little tossed out of the Trop during a Rays-Yankees game on May 16.

The Rays won that game 6-5. But they were behind when an usher came up to Little, who was sitting with his two sons, ages 8 and 19. The usher asked Little to come with him.

Little left. The next day, he learned that a pamphlet given to fans mentions prohibited items.

Little, who spent $30,000 on seven seats this season, penned a letter to the Rays asking them to reconsider their policy. To him, the word is neither obscene, indecent or offensive.

With it, he included photocopies of the online Merriam Webster's library definitions of those words.

Obscene: disgusting to the senses, repulsive. Indecent: not decent; grossly improper or offensive. Offensive: making attack; aggressive.

"I cannot rationalize how the shirt fits into any of these definitions," he wrote in his letter. "Unless, I guess, of course, you are a Yankees fan."

The Rays received but have not replied to Little's letter. Rays spokesman Rick Vaughn declined to comment.

Little bought his shirt for $10 outside Boston's Fenway Park about a decade ago. Back then, those T-shirts were banned from Seattle's Safeco Field during a Yankees-Mariners series.

  • Boston wouldn't allow them, either.

Banning strongly worded T-shirtsis common in sports arenas all over the country, said Milwaukee lawyer Nick DeSiato, who wrote a law review article last year about free speech in stadiums.

Most ballparks are built with public dollars or owned by their respective cities, DeSiato noted, and Tropicana Field is both. But franchises control things like stadium entry and ticket sales, so

  • in a courtroom a ballpark is not considered a public space.

"This is an ACLU lawyer's dream," DeSiato said.

But Little, a lawyer who practices civil and family law, just wishes the Trop's policy was more clear.

He wonders: Who's really complaining? Dozens of people at the stadium complimented him on his shirt, and it's not uncommon to hear "Yankees suck" being

  • chanted throughout the stadium during those games.

And, Little said, there are much worse words out there.

"I teach my kids to say that instead of other four-letter words," he said."

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Caller to 1010AM radio in Tampa, big Rays fan, went to game last night, was told by stadium personnel he could not wear the t-shirt. The fan was quite upset, wondered if management even knew this policy was being perpetrated. Said the Rays are very family-oriented and want a kid-friendly atmosphere, hence frowning on controversial t-shirts. 1010 host Bobby Fenton empathized with the fan, who also noted the place was awash in Red Sox fans, huge cheers when Youkilis came to the plate, almost nothing when Evan Longoria came up. Fan would've liked to have more Rays' spirit with inclusion of t-shirt.
  • via Poynter.org/Romenesko. photo by Melton Little from St. Pete Times

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Dave Robertson pitches to help tornado-ravaged Tuscaloosa, Alabama, with highsocksforhope.com

5/25/11, NY Times, "Reliever Dave Robertson has set up a Web site, highsocksforhope.com, to accept donations for the recovery effort in his tornado-ravaged hometown, Tuscaloosa, Ala. Robertson will donate $100 for every strikeout."...'Inside Pitch, "Andruw Jones homers twice to send Toronto's Reyes to a record" Dave and his wife Erin in Tuscaloosa, May 27, 2011. photo Tuscaloosa News, via Newsday (subscription)

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Mystique and Aura dropped by for a night as Jorge Posada received a standing ovation

Jorge Posada bottom of the 9th, Yankees trailing 4-3, one out, pinch hit double v Blue Jays, final 5-4 Yankees. 5/24/11, reuters. Jorge Posada electrified the crowd with a double to right-center off Frank Francisco. He was given a standing ovation as he was removed for pinch-runner Chris Dickerson, who moved to third on a groundout by Derek Jeter.

Curtis Granderson singled home Dickerson to tie the score, then stole second base before Teixeira singled through the infield, scoring him to make a winner out of Sabathia (5-3).

Teixeira may have been the hero, but he credited Posada’s double with getting things started, saying: “That’s huge. If that doesn’t happen, it may not have ended up the way it did.”"...

"The 17-year veteran arrived at the plate to raucous applause from the 41,519 fans in attendance."...MLB.com, 11/2/2001, "Mystique, Aura, and Timely Hits," Tim Sullivan

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Elaine's to close May 26

5/18/11, "Elaine’s, one of the most iconic restaurants in New York, is closing its doors on May 26th. The restaurant – which has served a wide variety of celebrities and writers, including Kurt Vonnegut, Norman Mailer, George Plimpton, and Gay Talese – simply couldn’t survive once its owner Elaine Kaufman died last December.

Diane Becker, who inherited the place from Kaufman, told The New York Times, “The truth is, there is no Elaine’s without Elaine. The business is just not there without Elaine.”

It’s a sad day for the city. We imagine that somewhere Woody Allen, who used Elaine’s in the opening of Manhattan, is feeling a little more cynical than usual today."

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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Brennaman says Cardinals most disliked team in baseball-Madden

"Say it Ain't So: "He earned the right to get into the Hall of Fame, and now he ought to keep earning that respect instead of abusing it."

Cardinals manager Tony La Russa lashing back at Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame broadcaster Marty Brennaman for calling the Cardinals "the most disliked team in baseball," Cards pitching ace Chris Carpenter a "whiner and excuse maker"

  • and Cards pitching coach Dave Duncan "infantile." Ouch."
Bill Madden, "It's time to scale back interleague play, especially considering MLB schedule inequities," NY Daily News, 5/21/11

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Writers remember Randy Levine glee beating then fine and well-liked Yankee pitcher Chien-Ming Wang in arbitration

Feb. 17, 2008, "Buscema: Yanks gloat now, regret later?" Dave Buscema, Times Herald Record
  • Wang defeat ($600,000) in arbitration Yankee omen
Tampa, "Finally, the Yankees have something to celebrate after one of the roughest offseasons in club history.

Finally, after a winter filled with losses — from the bitter departure of a legendary manager to the reputations of a pair of iconic pitchers — the Yankees notched a win so significant team president Randy Levine dashed off

  • a crowing press release the moment it had been recorded.

Even though the victory came against the team's own pitcher, Chien-Ming Wang.

In an arbitration case both sides could have avoided.

You can't make this stuff up.

Especially when it comes from the mind of Levine, who provided the latest example of how the proudest franchise in sports can look so

  • utterly shameless lately.

"It was a little disappointing, that's all," Wang's agent, Alan Nero, said of the bizarre release announcing the Yankees were "gratified and happy to prevail in this arbitration hearing" against a pitcher who is pivotal to their ability to win on the field. "The whole (arbitration) process is not something anyone should be proud of."

Who was to blame for the failure to split a $600,000 difference can be debated — as it was by Nero and GM Brian Cashman in interviews with the Times Herald-Record.

Either way, most arbitration cases are settled so a club doesn't have to go through the unseemly process of attacking its own player in a hearing that he attends.

So it certainly isn't something that should be boasted about. Such bragging could not only make players in the Yankees' clubhouse roll their eyes — it could eventually make free agents scratch their heads a little more about coming here.

Is that likely? Of course not. But if times change and winning is harder to come by, these types of moments — along with all those lovely Hank Steinbrenner sound bytes — could eventually matter.

A checkbook alone will not solve that problem — just ask teams like the Orioles, who couldn't counter their egotistical owner, Peter Angelos, in the late '90s, even when he was trying to throw cash away.

And with a slew of young prospects the Yankees are banking on for the present and future the Yankees might want to stop setting precedents of challenging their best players to fight for every dime.

Especially since they usually end up paying more later anyway.

Wang, thanks to his robotic ability to focus, should "be fine" as Mariano Rivera said — even though the closer remembered his own arbitration hearing as "not fun."

And Wang said he would ignore the Yankees' arbitration complaints that he didn't strike out enough people and "stay the same." That's good

  • since his game is getting doubleplays.

But one Yankee player said eventually this type of classless move by Levine "could tick someone off" and you could lose the player.

Again, you can debate whose fault it was the Yankees even ended up in arbitration with Wang over a mere $600,000, paying him $4 million instead of $4.6.

Nero said he would have accepted $4.3 million or a little less. Cashman said that offer was made only at the last minute after three counterproposals had been turned down and they paid legal fees to go to arbitration.

"By that time, it was too late," said Cashman, who insisted, "We didn't want to be in this thing."

Said Nero: "The whole process was very disappointing. The effort on their part was minimal at best."

Such disagreements surely led to Levine's gloating, which sounded like one of the confetti-laced

  • statements the Yankees used to reserve for World Series titles around here.

And added to the list of classless moves he's made that have turned off Yankees fans.

Last fall, he alienated fans as the face of the Joe Torre debacle.

Nearly four years ago, he alienated anyone with a working heartbeat and common sense when he called for the Devil Rays to forfeit a game because "¦

They were late due to travel problems caused by a hurricane.

Classy.

In any case, maybe Levine just got a little too excited about the prospect of the Yankees accomplishing something they hadn't done since 2000, the last time they went to arbitration.

Maybe he just needed someone to remind him he shouldn't confuse that victory with the Yankees' last World Series win, which came that same year."

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List of people it took to beat Chien-Ming Wang out of $600,000 including 3 people from the commissioner's office:

""We are gratified and happy to have prevailed in this arbitration hearing," Yankees president Randy Levine said in a statement. "It is important to recognize and thank our entire team for their hard work throughout this process, including

  • Brian Cashman,
  • Jean Afterman and
  • Mike Fishman from the Yankees,
  • Rich Rabin,
  • Ken Shaitelman and
  • Kelly Brown from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer and Feld, and
  • Dan Halem and
  • Paul Mifsud from the Commissioner's Office."
...The Taiwanese right-hander was awarded a 2008 salary of $4 million instead of his request of $4.6 million in a decision by arbitrators
  • Stephen Goldberg,
  • Jack Clarke and
  • Christine Knowlton,
who heard the case on Thursday in St. Petersburg at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort and Golf Club."
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Reference SI.com article by Jon Heyman, "Howard v Phillies," 2/20/08 (Wang story on p.2)
  • Heyman notes Wang's representatives didn't have their arguments lined up. Noted for the record but a separate issue.
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Yankees "partied like it was 1996" after beating Wang out of $600,00 (Collins, Times-Tribune) Chien-Ming Wang- "The most disrespected person in sports." ..."So here’s to New York Yankees right-hander Chien-Ming Wang. The most disrespected person in sports. Maybe, you’ll come to realize, the most disrespected person ever. Take these snippets from a celebratory statement sent out Friday by the president of the Yankees, the insufferable Randy Levine.
  • “We are gratified and happy to have prevailed in this arbitration hearing ...”
Well, congratulations to you and the entire Yankees organization, Randy. If you can’t beat Boston or Cleveland in the playoffs in October, then by all means, beat Chien-Ming Wang in a hearing in February.
  • “It is important to recognize and thank our entire team for their hard work throughout this process, including ...”
Little known fact, but if Levine ever wins an Academy Award for best supporting role in a salary arbitration, this is going to be the first line in the acceptance speech.
  • Since available copy inches are precious in this newspaper, I’ll spare you Levine’s thank-you list. Let’s just say it included the requisite number of role players a middling organization would need to chop down a mighty 27-year-old Taiwanese pitcher: Three Yankees front-office types, bigwigs from the Commissioner’s office and a handful of attorneys from the firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer and Feld, LLP — who, we can assume, weren’t working the case pro bono.
“It has been nearly eight years since this organization has gone to arbitration, and we do not pursue this process lightly. The Yankees only go to arbitration when we think the player and agent’s demand is over the proper market.”
  • The Yankees offered Wang a $4 million contract to avoid arbitration. Wang countered with $4.6 million.
When they have a pitcher who has won and worked as Wang has, most teams would kick in the extra 300 grand and call it even. Not the New York Yankees, though.
  • Thank goodness we can still count on someone in this country for fiscal responsibility. Make a budget and stick to it. Always been the Yankee Way.
We want to congratulate Mr. Wang and his representatives on their efforts. They did a credible job. It should be noted that the $4 million figure which we submitted is the highest arbitration award ever for a first-time arbitration-eligible starting pitcher.”
  • At least Levine is sportsman-enough to shake an opponent’s hand and let bygones be bygones after a tough, sweaty arbitration hearing.
But he’s playing fast and loose with his numbers.
  • While the $4 million might be the most ever awarded by an arbiter, it’s not the most ever given to a first-year arbitration-eligible player. Dontrelle Willis got $4.35 million in 2006. And he hasn’t had two seasons in his career as good as the last two for Wang.
“Therefore, this should not be viewed as ‘a loss’ for Chien-Ming Wang. He is a valuable member of our team and we felt that we had reflected this in our filing number.”
  • The last part may be true, but I wonder about the first part.
This is an organization so irresponsibl(e) with cash that Carl Pavano is still collecting it from them. This is the organization that gave Yankees fans the brutal last years of Kevin Brown and Randy Johnson, heaped cash on Jason Giambi and Jaret Wright and Steve Karsay, with little positive return. And now, they’re going to celebrate saving 600 grand on a guy who has done nothing but win for them?
  • It’s disgraceful.
Then again, they have to scrape up that extra cash to pay Akin Gump Strauss Hauer and Feld from somewhere."

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Saturday, May 21, 2011

1918 style megaphone for player intros at historic Cubs-Red Sox game in Boston

Brian Dwyer using megaphone for player intros in Boston for Cubs-Red Sox May 21, 2011, as was done in 1918, the last year the 2 teams met at Fenway Park. getty. Final 9-3 Cubs

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Friday, May 20, 2011

XM 210 and Sirius 93 add sports talkers Lupica, Kay, Waddle & Silvy

5/17/11, "SIRIUS XM RADIO has added three local Sports talk shows from ESPN RADIO's owned-and-operated stations.

4/19/11, "Mike Lupica to host on 1050 ESPN Radio," ESPNNewYork.com

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Yankee front office worries so much about media one wonders how they have time to conduct team business- Lupica

5/19/11, Mike Lupica, "The executives who run this baseball team need to back off now, because they do more talking than anybody with jobs like theirs in baseball. This organization worries about the media so much you sometimes wonder how they have enough time to actually go about the business
  • of running the Yankees.

You know why they could make Jeter have to endure that ridiculous conference call on Monday? Because they've created a culture now where that's all right now. When they didn't like something Jeter's agent said last winter, they pushed back so hard

  • it actually made you laugh.

At least with Jeter they didn't lose their minds over a big contract to an aging player after the player signed it. This time they let everybody know how upset they were before the ink was dry. So these days it is Posada and Jeter. Someday it will be A-Rod and Mark Teixeira at the back ends of their deals. Or CC Sabathia if he decides to stick around after this season. Imagine these players, forcing the Yankees to pay them all this money and keep paying it even when they are in decline.

"We're all on the same page," Jeter kept saying over and over again when reporters asked him about the conference call, and if you believe that, you also believed that people were going to keep paying $35 to park in that ridiculous garage across the street from the new Stadium.

Brian Cashman made great sense the other day, talking about how the Yankees need to go fight the other team instead of fight with each other. Good advice, for him, for everybody else over there. Sometimes the People in Charge act as if they're the big attraction here. They're not. Even the old man finally learned when to back off."

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Ortiz, "They're just wrong on Posada." Front office 'Classless'- Stephen A. Smith

"As Red Sox DH David Ortiz put it,
  • "they're just wrong" on Posada."...
"Cliff Lee went to the Philadelphia Phillies for nearly $40 million less than what the Yankees offered."...

"Of all the things in sports that qualify as absolute tragedy, few are worse than a team once lavished in splendor now dulling its name with pettiness and stupidity, sullying its reputation before our eyes.

Especially when that team is the New York Yankees.

The Yankees can make all the noise they want about Jorge Posada's unsportsmanlike conduct Saturday, accentuated by a profanity-laced tirade and a desire for a day off after he was told he was being dropped to ninth in the lineup versus the hated Red Sox. They can point numerous fingers of blame in the direction of captain Derek Jeter, too, accusing him of uncaptain-like behavior because of his assertion that Posada had done nothing wrong and, therefore, owed no one -- including his teammates and the Yankees organization -- an apology.

But once the dust settles, the most storied franchise in sports annals can't escape the fact that its problems are far bigger than two players performing badly. It's about an organization performing badly. From the owners to the president to the general manager, Brian Cashman, the Yankees' execs have displayed a level of classlessness that might have even made George Steinbrenner blush.

A show of hands for anyone salivating to play for the Yankees these days? Seriously! A hefty paycheck would be the only reason, considering the latest round of silliness.

Heard beneath all the noise surrounding Posada's rare moment of unprofessionalism was a quote from the former catcher few of us should forget: "I guess that's the way [Cashman] works now," he deadpanned.

Posada uttered those words after he'd learned Cashman had gathered with reporters during the game Saturday, which almost never happens, before going on national television to explain that the five-time All-Star had asked for the day off. The move was clearly done to humiliate Posada, to bring attention to the fact that he was angered by being moved down in the lineup for the Red Sox game because he was struggling with a major league-worst .165 batting average.

The Yankees would have us all believe things are that simple. But they should know this is New York City.

  • We know better.

We know Posada was wrong, that even a five-time All-Star and a four-time champion has no business bailing on his teammates, at any time. It explains why an apology from Posada came a day later. But where's the apology from the New York Yankees?

Where is Cashman's apology for embarrassing one of his team leaders with the hastily called press conference? Where's the elaborate explanation as to how willingly Cashman addressed the media, knowing this incident was exacerbated by public knowledge that he didn't want Posada around? That he didn't give Posada the opportunity to compete for the starting job this season? That he never wanted Posada around at all to collect on the $13.1 million he's earning this year, something Cashman made clear years ago?

"I apologize," Posada said Sunday for the way he acted the night before. "I just had a bad day."

Actually, it's been a bad season, despite his double down the right-field line in Tuesday's win over the Rays. Posada has simply looked awful.

His bat speed isn't there. He is 0-for-24 as a right-handed hitter this season. With his birth certificate collecting more dust with each passing day, his skills have clearly eroded. And he might not be alone.

Alex Rodriguez has had a miserable month, aside from his two homers Tuesday night. Mark Teixeira hasn't been much better. Nick Swisher looks as if he needs a month off, and we won't even get into the Yankees' rotation.

The thing is, the Yankees have made sure we've all gathered as much, which explains why, as Red Sox DH David Ortiz put it,

  • "they're just wrong" on Posada.

Ortiz appeared to be saying what all of us should be thinking: These sleazy tendencies are what epitomize the Yankees these days.

This same kind of behavior was illustrated during negotiations with Jeter when his agent had the temerity to use seven American League pennants, five World Series championships and an impeccable reputation to try to get his client much more than the Yankees and the rest of us knew he deserved. We saw hints of similar behavior in 2007, when Cashman was visibly vexed over being forced by Hank Steinbrenner to surrender $52 million and four years to Posada instead of two.

Somehow -- despite countless past moments of questionable behavior from The Boss -- his commitment to winning and his devotion to the Yankees took precedence over public perception and, in some cases, dollars. It helped make the Yankees the most successful franchise in history.

But -- can we say this now?

Cliff Lee went to the Philadelphia Phillies for nearly $40 million less than what the Yankees offered. Boston was on Carl Crawford's list, apparently higher than New York. And with names like Jeter and Posada making news for all the wrong reasons, the Yankees can open their wallets and crow about how much money they have to offer all they want. But from the looks of things,

  • that's all they'll have to offer.

"It's over. It's done," Jeter spewed, when asked yet again about the Posada incident. "Our job is to try and win games. We're all on the same page."

Somehow, you got the impression Jeter was talking about his teammates. Not the Yankees organization."

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Jason Giambi hits 3 consecutive home runs in Philadelphia

Giambi hits 3 home runs in consecutive at bats in Philadelphia, 1st, 3rd, and 5th innings

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Tampa Yankee business partner seeks land deal for minor league team, cites 'honor' of Yankees

"If you were a baseball fan, then you'd understand the honor that it is to have the Yankees (minor league team) in your backyard."...Armando Gutierrez, Jr., Yankee business partner "Armando Gutierrez Jr. wants to bring the Tampa Yankees to International Drive. They are a farm team for the New York Yankees.

They are Baby Yankees.

Gutierrez says he will build a 5,000-seat stadium on 12 acres next to the Orange County Convention Center.

The county owns the land, meaning we own the land.

Now, if Gutierrez wanted to buy or lease our land at fair-market value, I would say, "Play ball!"

But this is his offer: If we give him a 65-year lease, he will give us 75 cents for each ticket sold. According to the proposal, we will keep getting 75 cents for the next 65 years, no matter how much the tickets go up in price.

The economic-impact study calculates ticket sales will bring in $183,750 a year, based on selling 3,500 tickets for each of the 70 games.

  • I wonder how many shots of tequila it took to get those numbers.

We are not a baby baseball town. We have gone through our fair share of teams, each one striking out in front of sparse crowds at Tinker Field.

  • The last to leave was the Orlando Rays.

The team moved to Disney's Wide World of Sports in 1999 and

  • a few hundred people showed up.

The lines at Space Mountain were longer.

The Orlando Rays are now in Alabama, where they are

  • the Montgomery Biscuits.

Baby baseball works in places where there is nothing else to do

  • and there are lots of senior citizens.

No team that plays in the Tampa Yankees' league draws anywhere close to 3,500 fans a night. One reason is that it is Class A ball, near the bottom of the professional barrel.

Gutierrez says convention-goers next door would attend the games.

Remember what I said about these teams working in places

  • where there is nothing else to do?

We have seven world-class theme parks. We have Harry Potter. We have four water parks and shopping and entertainment districts. We have the NBA and, heck, one day maybe even a performing-arts center.

And visitors are going to sit outside in the summer humidity and watch baby baseball?

That's why you come to Orlando?

The project also would include some retail development and a baseball museum, which Gutierrez says would attract 300,000 people a year.

I asked him where the number came from, and he referred me to the person who did the economic study for the project.

That person said he got the number from Gutierrez.

  • Now I know how if felt batting against Gaylord Perry (ask a baseball fan).

No private landowners on I-Drive would do this deal or anything close to it. That's why Gutierrez isn't bringing it to them.

  • The odds of finding low-forehead, nose-picking yahoos are much better in government.

Only a yahoo would tie up such a valuable piece of land for 65 years based on phantom revenues. Do you know what that property would be worth if you could put a casino on it? And don't think that day isn't coming.

Here is a better idea.

Wait for the economy to recover, put the land on the market and take the best offer.

  • It will be better than 75 cents a ticket for baby baseball.

Handing this site over to Gutierrez is the equivalent of giving him a no-bid contract.

Apparently, former Mayor Rich Crotty blew off the deal, but now Gutierrez is back with current Mayor Teresa Jacobs' campaign manager as his lobbyist.

  • Talk about inside baseball.

As I pressed him with questions, Gutierrez got flustered.

"It's obvious you're not a baseball fan," he said. "If you were a baseball fan, then you'd understand the honor that it is to have the Yankees in your backyard."

If the Yankees want to be in my backyard, they can afford to buy it."

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Girardi declines to provide sports talk radio show prep

5/17/11, "And when asked if he felt a talk with Soriano was in order, Girardi shut down the conversation.

"What happens between the players and me is gonna stay here," he said. "It's not gonna be written on a piece of paper

5/17/11, "Yankees put Rafael Soriano on DL," ESPNNY.com, Wallace Matthews

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Champ contributes, great day for Posada

Posada top 7th inning double off James Shields, Posada went to third on Gardner bunt, Nunez went in to run for him and came around to score, reuters; middle, 5th inning lead off single v Tampa Bay, ap bottom, team mates greet Posada in dugout, 7th inning, ap. Final 6-2 Yankees

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Most Americans say high gas prices have caused life changes-USA Today

5/16/11, "As gas prices hover near $4 a gallon, nearly seven in 10 Americans say the high cost of fuel is causing financial hardship for their families, a new USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds.

More than half say they have made major changes to compensate for the higher prices, ranging from shorter trips to cutting back on vacation travel.

For 21%, the impact is so dramatic they say their standard of living is jeopardized.

Nationally, the price of a gallon of regular gasoline averages $3.96. That's up 38%, or $1.09, from levels a year ago.

In seven states, gas prices have passed July 2008's record of $4.11 a gallon.

The poll found widespread pessimism that gas prices will stop rising. Just 9% say they believe prices have peaked for the year, while 27% say they expect prices will jump 75 cents or more. Average price where consumers say prices will peak: $4.50 a gallon.

  • More than half — 54% — say high prices are here to stay."...
5/16/11, "7 in 10 Americans say high gas prices hurt," USA Today, Strauss via Lucianne.com

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Commenter on Yankee front office situation, anonymous smears through the media part of gang warfare mentality

Comment to WasWatching.com post, "Now Yankees upset with Jeter?"
  • May 16, "77 Yankees, 7:39pm
redbug wrote:

Here again I’m ticked at the yankees. Why did they find it necessary to tell the press there was a conference call among mgnt, ownership and Jeter? Why is Olney, a very reputable reporter, saying, “The team’s front office was so angry with what Posada did that they considered releasing the veteran immediately.”? Well, to me, it’s clear the Yankees want to show how tough they are publicly. Just like they did w/ Jeter this winter. Why did we all have to hear the disrespect shown toward Jeter?

It’s the gang warfare that permeates the Yankee front office these days to

  • anonymously smear through the media.

Girardi loathes most of the media, so he’s not part of it. I don’t even think it’s the H&H boys either. Hal is low-key, and Hank, foot-in-mouth prone as he is, at least puts his name behind it.

So from the front office, it either has to be Cashman, or everyone’s favorite lackey (And I’m not talking about the Red Sox pitcher)

  • who’s feeding all this dish anonymously to the media."

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  • It narrows down to the usual suspect. He and Bud Selig are both obsessed with using the media to try in vain to control narratives. ed.

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Rafael Soriano: Felix Lopez said I should take a couple weeks off to rest my arm-Davidoff

5/16/11, "There's already enough tension and lunacy around the organization. Ailing reliever Rafael Soriano said after the game that George Steinbrenner's son-in-law, Felix Lopez -- whose background is in gardening, not medicine -- advised him to take
  • a couple of weeks off to rest his ailing elbow.

Tough, tough times for the Yankees. "This is where you're tested as a team," Girardi said.

In that case, the people who run this operation need to study harder....

Successful industries, be they baseball, banking or bagels, place their personnel in a position to succeed. And calibrate their expectations accordingly.

Both on and off the field Monday, the Yankees failed at that skill. They can blame only themselves for the intensifying storm surrounding them.

Even an early knockout of Rays ace David Price couldn't give the Yankees a much-needed victory. A.J. Burnett's sixth-inning meltdown at Tropicana Field led to the Yankees' sixth straight loss, 6-5, to Tampa Bay....

At 20-19, three games behind the Rays in the American League East, the Yankees feel like a team in crisis. Of course, most teams carry that aura when the results stink.

The problem with the Yankees right now, however, is that they're behaving like a team in crisis. Joe Girardi and his superiors made highly questionable decisions on players with established track records Monday.

Could Girardi really have been surprised when Burnett, handed a 5-1 lead by his teammates -- how about the amazing Curtis Granderson, by the way? -- threw it all back and then some, as B.J. Upton's two-run homer capped a five-run sixth? Burnett set off all of the proper warning flares,

  • including two wild pitches earlier in the sixth.

And what in the name of Thurman Munson was Yankees brass thinking when it interrupted Derek Jeter's day to discuss the comments he made Sunday about Jorge Posada's Saturday boycott?

First, Burnett. He entered the game having pitched very well in 2011, and when the Yankees pounced on Price, you thought that OK, Burnett will be the stopper.

"Of course you have confidence he's going to shut them down," Girardi said.

This is still A.J. Burnett, however. He's 34 years old, and a good eight-start run shouldn't wipe out his 13-year profile. He tends to crumble.

That certainly appeared to be the case in the sixth, as Sam Fuld smacked a two-run homer and, two outs later, Evan Longoria and Matt Joyce singled. Burnett threw his pair of wild pitches to accompany the rally.

Nevertheless, Girardi said, he didn't consider lifting Burnett with Upton coming to the plate: "That's his guy to get out. He got him out twice."

True, but this was no longer a competent, confident Burnett. The Upton homer hardly surprised.

Speaking of not being surprised, you could have set your watch to Jeter's comments on Sunday. He defended his longtime friend and teammate while standing clear of Posada's feud with the Yankees' front office.

Of course Posada received preferential treatment from the team captain. Of course Jeter wouldn't have been so effusive had this been Alex Rodriguez or Nick Swisher pulling themselves out of a game against the Red Sox an hour before first pitch.

This is who Jeter is. He isn't much of a captain. The Yankees knew this when they agreed to bring back the iconic shortstop last winter for an over-market deal. So as long as Jeter isn't planning a rally on Posada's behalf,

  • it probably would've been better to ignore Jeter's comments."...

5/16/11, "Decision-Makers off-target again," Ken Davidoff, Newsday (Newsday is subscription)

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How Derek Jeter would look in different uniforms

Illustration of Derek Jeter in different uniforms appeared during Brian Cashman's public comments about Mr. Jeter in November 2010. 11/24/2010, "Only Hal Steinbrenner can fix the disconnect between the Yankees, Brian Cashman and Derek Jeter," NY Daily News, Mike Lupica

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Monday, May 16, 2011

Yankee front office tactics bring shame to the brand-Mike Lupica

"The Yankees" chose to make a particular move on Posada on the night of a nationally televised game against the Red Sox. The move could have been made anytime, but it wasn't. Then they made a special appearance on national tv about it. "Before Posada gets to give his version, "Yankee officials" go to the media and say that Posada "threw a fit." You wonder what Yankee official said that. Somebody who never played big league baseball is a good way to bet."...That "the Yankees" are "angry" about anything is-to borrow from another of their managerial scandals--"baffling." One has no choice but to assume "the Yankees" are trying to get Posada to leave without his money, something Kei Igawa and others neglected to do. Following are 3 Mike Lupica articles discussing the
  • disconnect of the new Yankee/new stadium mentality.
12/5/2010, "Shame on Yankees for dropping ball and insulting Derek Jeter during heated contract talks,"
  • Mike Lupica, NY Daily News
""They wanted it to look, in the more heated parts of this, as though Jeter was the greedy one. They were twitchy to get out there what they said Jeter wanted,
that Jeter wanted $23 million or $24 million a year, whatever the Yankees said he was asking for.
  • Not just delighted. Thrilled.
They thought it made them look good. But you know who has always made them look good? Jeter has.
It is Jeter, even more than the great Mariano Rivera, even more than Joe Torre did in the old days, before Torre's Yankees stopped winning the World Series,
  • who has been the face of the brand they say they're trying to protect.
Now they think they protect that brand by giving him this kind of hard time, taking this kind of hard line. I talked to one respected baseball guy in the middle of this, watching this all play out, and asked if Jeter will ever forget the way this all played out, being told in public to go find a better offer if he thought he could.There was a pause at the other end of the phone and then the guy said,
  • "Never."
Say it again: Leverage only matters in something like this if you're prepared to use it. And the Yankees did, until they calmed down. The idea that Casey Close, Jeter's agent, is the one who escalated the war of words by calling the Yankees' strategy "baffling" wasn't something that reasonable people ever should have taken seriously. But others did. It was never supposed to matter that
The company in a company town. "This isn't a licensing deal or a commercial rights deal," Yankees president Randy Levine said before Casey Close said a word to me. "(Jeter's) a baseball player." There is this idea that if you even suggested that Jeter shouldn't take a pay cut at this stage of his career, after all he's meant to the Yankees, that somehow he mattered more than Rivera, or other old champions.
  • It is a specious argument. In the whole grand scheme of things, maybe no winning Yankee has ever mattered more than Rivera. But the Yankees didn't ask Rivera to take a pay cut. Jeter, they did.
So he was supposed to want too much, at a time when the Yankees always pay too much, at a time when they charge too much for their high-end seats, at a time when they spent way more on their new stadium than they had to. This all happens, by the way, in the year when George Steinbrenner passed away, and because of the tax laws in this country, saved his family a fortune in estate taxes.
  • But they had to draw the line on Derek Jeter.
You always knew how this was going to end up. Maybe if it were five years ago, even three years ago, it would have been different. Maybe even if his contract had run out after he hit the .334 he did in 2009, with the 212 hits, with the Yankees winning another World Series. But it wasn't 2009, it was 2010, and he only hit .270 in 2010 and the Yankees didn't win the World Series.So here we are, close to what the Yankees wanted to pay. The Yankees acting as if they had some moral high ground on this.
of the team who helped win them five World Series, who was as valuable a player as they had between 1996 and 2000 when they were as great as any Yankee team ever has been.
  • You can't be a better Yankee than Jeter has been. It is the Yankees who will someday wish they had done things better on this."
NY Daily News back cover, 12/5/10 (Jeter was on the front page today as well. ed)
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11/24/10, "Only Hal Steinbrenner can fix the disconnect between the Yankees, Brian Cashman, and Derek Jeter,"
  • Mike Lupica, NY Daily News
"This is the way the Yankees want the conversation about Derek Jeter to go: They have arrived at what they think is a fair contract for Jeter and if he doesn't accept it, he's being greedy and unreasonable and unrealistic and should go test the market. That is what Brian Cashman said Tuesday. What he is really saying to Jeter about the Yankees' offer to him - $45 million for three years - is take it or leave it.

So we're already there. I said a few weeks ago that the leverage the Yankees have in this matter and they have most of it, mattered only if they were prepared to swing it like a baseball bat. That is what's happening now, in just about every news cycle.

You wonder how long Hal Steinbrenner - does the front office work for him or is it the other way around? - lets this go on.

As one American League East executive said Tuesday, "Out of all the guys in sports,

  • they're going to take this kind of hard line on Jeter?"

Over the past few days the Yankees seem to have lost their minds because Jeter's agent, Casey Close, told me Saturday night that he finds the Yankees' negotiating strategy

  • "baffling."

Not stupid. Not cheap. Not arrogant. Not insulting. Baffling. But in the thin-skinned world of the Yankees, they acted as if Close were Larry Lucchino of the Red Sox calling them the "Evil Empire" all over again.

The Yankees act as if Close is the one who ramped up the rhetoric and not the other way around. You know when the rhetoric really started on this thing? When Hal Steinbrenner said a few weeks ago that the Jeter negotiation "could get messy" before it ever really began. And you know who's the only one who can fix this now? Hal Steinbrenner.

Could Close and Jeter have come into this looking for too much money, way too many years? I'm sure they have. Just because the Yankees are being the Yankees doesn't mean that the other side is the Vatican. Close and Jeter probably want a lot more than three years. And a lot more than $45 million. If you were Jeter, so would you. Nobody can say he's been stealing money over the last decade.

But how about this as an idea for both sides to look at, before this whole thing becomes more viral than it is? How about you take the average that Jeter just made over the last 10 years - it would work out to $18.9 million a year - and make that the three-year offer. And if Jeter is still hitting .300 at the end of that, a fourth year, for the same money, automatically kicks in.

That way Jeter isn't asked to take a salary cut after everything he has meant to the Yankees and continues to mean. You know what the difference is between $57 million for three years and what the Yankees are offering Jeter? It's just a little more

  • than the Yankees paid Javy Vazquez last season.

The $45 million the Yankees are offering Jeter for three years? It happens to be $1 million less than the $46 million they paid to a scrub pitcher named Kei Igawa. You remember that deal, $20 million for five years and a $26 million posting fee in Japan.

It was no different with Igawa than anybody else: The Yankees are always greedy when they want somebody. Only now Jeter is supposed to be the greedy one if he doesn't take what they're offering. They put out their number and that's it and that's all, take it or leave it.

Test the market, Cashman says.

Come on. Brian Cashman knows better than anyone that the market is always different here. Especially here. Always here. The top market for CC Sabathia a couple of years ago was $100 million. That means the top market outside of the Bronx. Cashman paid him $161 million. Sabathia was an ascendant star at the time, you bet. Now the implication is that Jeter is in decline after his .270 year, even though he hit .334 in 2009 with 212 hits and the Yankees won the World Series.

As one former major-league player said the other day, "What, (Jeter) has one bad year and now it's going to be straight downhill from here?"

Always in this negotiation, of course, the elephant in the room is Alex Rodriguez. He opted out on the Yankees at the end of the 2007 World Series, but it appears that wasn't nearly as offensive to the Yankees as the word "baffling." Not long after that, the Yankees gave him an insane contract extension, justifying it at the time by telling themselves of the marketing possibilities of his growing home run totals. Then A-Rod turned out to be a juicer in an era of juiced home run hitters and the Yankees were shocked.

Now they want to talk about anything except A-Rod's contract. Jeter wants to talk about it, though. He saw what everybody saw last season, that A-Rod hitting his 600th home run didn't exactly set the big town on its ear. Jeter is also smart enough to know it will be a little different this season when he gets near 3,000 hits. There are a few legitimate milestones left in baseball. And legitimate stars. Derek Jeter is one of them, even at his current age. Even after hitting .270 at the worst possible time.

We now know, in great detail and absolute clarity, how much the Yankees think Jeter is worth. You just wonder

--------------------------------------------------------- "But in all the important ways, representing what the Yankees used to represent before they became like some bank of baseball,

It is why I hope he stays at shortstop as long as he wants to and I hope he gets paid again when the time comes.

  • George Steinbrenner is out of the picture now and Joe Torre is in Los Angeles. Maybe that is why the presence of the old Yankees and Jeter in particular seems more meaningful than ever before, as they try to do it one more time.
The main criticism of Jeter, before everybody moved in on his loss of range, is that he never said enough, that he wasn't a vocal enough leader or a fascinating quote. But he never signed on for that. He signed on to win, and after those first five years thought he was going to win as much as Joe DiMaggio did.
  • He is still everything the Yankees want to be. He is old-Yankee class at a time when they open this monument to excess and act as if they have done something as noble as building a library, or a church. If A-Rod is the face of the excess of this decade, Jeter is the face of the last one. The fans liked the last decade better.

Jeter has made his money, you bet. Signed that contract for $191 million right after A-Rod got his $252 million off the Texas Rangers (before Hank Steinbrenner came along to show Tom Hicks, the Rangers' owner, that he could sign Rodriguez to an even dumber contract than that one). But somehow, because of all the winning, he has never been thrown in with the $200-million-a-year All-Stars who haven't won it all since the Subway Series of 2000.

It was the end of what will be the last great time in Yankee history, the four in five and three in a row between 1998 and 2000, the closest thing in the last half-century to the Yankees winning five World Series in a row between '49 and '53. Jeter's Yankees doing that

Jeter's Yankees giving you 1998 and what might have been the best Yankee team of them all.

"We played the way you're supposed to play and won the way you're supposed to win," he said to me once.

It is not just Yankee fans that want things the way they used to be, on the other side of 161st St. It is Jeter, too. The Yankees will win another Series eventually, maybe even this season at McStadium. Jeter may still be at short when they do. But it won't be the way it was. The Yankees of today are the new place. They're A-Rod. Jeter was made for the place

  • across the street."...
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  • Letterman hosts Jorge Posada, Andy Pettitte, Derek Jeter, and Hideki Matsui, 11/05/09. photo from nyyfans.com
---------------------------------------------------------- Cashman goes on Fox TV saying Posada was not playing and it was not injury related.
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5/3/2008, Suzyn today on Yankee radio reminds in the mid 1990's Yankee attendance was lagging in the Bronx. It was said the Yankees "needed a new stadium,
  • because nobody would come to the Bronx."
"The Yankees didn't get to #1 in attendance in the AL until 2003.
  • 1995 1,705,263 Rank 7 of 14 AL teams
  • 1996 2,250,887 Rank 7 of 14 AL teams
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9/28/1998, "To (George) Steinbrenner's annoyance, the Yankees ranked
  • per home game through August (1998)."...
...From Business Week article, "The Yankees: Steinbrenner's Money Machine," 9/28/1998 by Anthony Bianco with Mark Hyman in Baltimore
  • ----------------------------------------------
The fans let Jorge know how they felt on Sunday night. I heard the broadcast on radio. I watched ESPN TV's replay of the game after midnight and Posada's entrance was completely cut out. They picked it up at the point he was in the batters box, looking at the pitcher. I didn't see the original telecast, so don't know when the edit was made--of the biggest sports story in town. In any case, the version I saw would have been Randy Levine's choice. ed.

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