Saturday, December 31, 2011

With hours to go, it's Yogi v. John for SEXIEST YANKEE ALIVE honor.

This morning, the Master held the lead.

Voting ends tonight. Meanwhile, take the Sexiest Yankee quiz:

"It aint over 'till it's..."

a) Soup.
b) Miller Time!
c) 2012.

"It's like (--) vu all over again."

a) peeka-
b) parley-
c) Scooby

"Nobody goes there anymore. It's..."

a) the lice.
b) the coming End of Times.
c) Chicago.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Send canned food to Hal and Hank Steinbrenner

It's that time of year when good Americans do what they can to help the less fortunate among us. And judging by their recent pockets-pulled appearance, the social welfare of Hal and Hank Steinbrenner should be center stage in the prayers of Yankee fans everywhere in 2012.

They had no money for Yu , the IRS, or any big name free agents (beyond the Gus Molina threshold)this winter. Supposedly, they're not even going to bid on the Cuban superstar, Human Centepedes, or the Japanese sensation, Hiroki Kuroda. Do they have money to eat? Are they selling their vinyl album collections ("Smoke on the Water," "We Built This City on Rock n' Roll") for sticks of wood that will heat their cookfires? Are the Yankee owners living hand to mouth in dirty hobo jungles, eating their former race horses and running from the billy clubs of marading cops like lice fleeing a flame?

Friends, this holiday season, when Yankee fans in North Korea are mourning the loss of Fearless Leader, let's try to keep Hank, Hal, Lonn and Levine in our hearts. Canned food might not seem like much, but when you consider the plate of beans that the Redsocks just traded to Oakland for Andrew Bailey, it can make a difference!

Friends, there is a time when basic concern over the human condition must trump all our hopes and dreams for the coming baseball season. And that time is now. The Yankee owners need your help.

Check the expiration dates and send canned food to:

Yankee Owners Relief Fund
Yankee Stadium
East 161st Street
The Bronx, NYC 10451-2100

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Yankee fans mourn death of Kim Jung Il

Just months after sending Moamar Ghaddafi to his ultimate showers, Yankee fans are back in the international spotlight. Yesterday, the entire world saw a cuddly North Korean boy mourn the death of supreme pooh bah Kim Jung Il, while wearing a Yankee cap.

Did you notice it, Redsock fans? A Yankee cap. Not a Mets cap. Not Hello Kitty, Twilight: Breaking Dawn or even The X Factor. A Yankee cap.

The child is obviously of high intelligence and superior discipline, presented to the world as proof of  North Korean progress. He looks respectful, thoughtful, wise - yet with a glint of revolutionary spirit and compassion - attributes commonly associated with Yankee fans.

Not a Cubs cap. A Yankee cap.

When the free world needed someone to plug Moamar G, it turned to Yankee fans. And now, the bridge to a future free and open North Korea taking shape - unfortunately, moreso than our rotation.

Yogi, John, Tino, Gator, battling for Sexiest Yankee Alive

It's all in the look.

Some Yankees have it.

Some Yankees don't.

Yes, Lenn Sakata and Colter Bean - hot as they may have been as 15-year-old cabana boys - just didn't make the cut for the First Annual Sexiest Yankee Alive poll (or pole, get it? haha.)

Last we looked, John Sterling and Yogi Berra are leading the wolfpack in the Final Confrontation of pure, rampant, musk-scented, felony-grade Yankiness. The winner will be crowned Jan. 1.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

A-Rod to receive enhanced A-Rod blood

An A-Balm for A-Rod? Alexander the Great coagulates again?

Hilarity aside, the idea that Alex is dashing off to Germany, the land of lugers, to get his own re-spun blood squirted into a barking knee - based on the advice of famed microsurgeon Kobe Bryant - doesn't exactly inspire hope for 2012. Why?

a) His knee is bad enough to need it.

b) If A-Rod tries to frootch a fraulein, he'll get his bash bashed in.

c) If the German therapy worked, Bartolo Colon would have already tried it.

There is, however, one hopeful scenario:

The Russian KGB, seeking to plant a spy in America, will kidnap A-Rod and replace him with a younger, highly-trained lookalike. The secret agent will hit .290 with 30 home runs, and send back to his masters at the Kremlin detailed sketches of the great Jeet estate. 

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Yankeetorial: Georgie deserves justice

Amid the Kardashian wedding-level celebrations regarding our re-signing of Gus Molina, one news byte seems to have evaded the Yankiverse radar: Jorge Posada is mulling offers from enemy teams.

Jorge doesn't want to retire, God love'm. Who can blame him? For six months last year, the Yankee brass wouldn't let him catch; then injuries neutered us, so he donned the mask and did the job. For eight months, the writers buried his hitting; then he became our best bat in the playoffs. Remember the terrible night when Girardi batted him in a pitcher's slot? Jorge pulled himself from the lineup, then ate shit for a month, just to defuse the spat. Now, we tell him to take a hike, thanks for the memories, Georgie old pal, HEY LOOK, GUS MOLINA! Yeah, right.

Listen: Nobody worth keeping retires gracefully. The best ones leave clawing tiles off the floor. David Wells and David Cone - the bastards - signed with Boston. Bernie boycotted Old Timers Day. Even now, Roger Clemens is lifting weights, dreaming of his return. (Is Ricky Henderson still with Newark?) Nobody quits. The great ones believe in themselves, long after everybody says goodbye.

So Jorge is mulling offers. Well, here's a question for Mr. Cashman:

WTF, man? Does your phone work? Do we let a lifetime Yankee - perhaps the best managing prospect among the recent generation - go out as a Tampa Ray? Are there no coaching positions, announcing positions, Reggie Jackson positions - missionary positions - available for a Core Four member?

Yeesh, if the Yankees were Rutgers football, Jorge already would be on the payroll, handshaking the alumni. Come on, Yankees: This is not the retirement of David Justice. This is Jorge. Georgie needs justice. Make him an offer. Nobody wants him hitting for the Mets.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Top 10 Yankee Science Stories of 2011

10. Altered immune cells appear to block aging process.


9. Social media stoke rising 
unrest among the 99 percent.

8. Severe weather events grip planet.


 7. Physicists find some things may be faster than light.

6. Scientists seek to build super humans.

5. Archeologists find 100,000-year old hair.


4. Kepler satellite photographs "Goldilocks" planet,
with ideal conditions to support life.


3. Studies show Neanderthals used speech to attract mates.


2. "God particle" found.


1. Hadron Collider confirms Berrian theory
of time-space relativity:
"It ain't over until it's over."


On New Year's Eve, we will crown the Sexiest Yankee Alive

You elected them. Now it's time to separate the man from the boys.

The Fine Four

T-No

Gator

Lawrence


Johnny


Sunday, December 25, 2011

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Lingk

Top 10 ways Yanks C-brate C-Maz

Stairway to Christmas

Backdoor Santa

A special Christmas Eve message to you, and you, and YOU!

On this, the holiest of nights, may all the blessings of hope and love be yours and for your loved ones, and may you all live happily in peace with all the joys of the yuletide season, not only today but throughout the coming year, without regret, and with new understanding that each day is sacred in our hearts, and may your dreams forever guide your own personal sleigh, lit by the beacons of truth and peace on earth, plus goodwill to man, and to all, with love, as stated earlier, and may prosperity shine upon your family throughout the next year, and the year after that, and frankly, forever, even long after you and your family are in their graves, feeding microbes that also are blessed in the holiday spirit, whether they know it or not, and may this Christmas wish for you never fade or abruptly collapse, like a team coached by Tom Coughlin, for such is the splendor and pureness of this holiday wish, which I wish not just for you and everyone, not just today and forever, but from the deepest depths of your internal molecular core, which may or may not include the Higgs Boson particle, to the expansion of farthest regions of outer space, where entire universes of dark matter are currently being obliterated in black holes, which are joyful in their own ways, according to the plan, which none of us may ever understand, but on this Christmas Eve, may everything you've ever wanted be yours, and may nothing you never want to happen ever happen, for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, may the Yankees win in 2012 and may God strike me down right now if this message is in any way insincere, and what the hell is happening up on the rooftop, click, click, click?

Donight, ve vin the var on Chwismast

Friday, December 23, 2011

Yankeetorial: We are the job-creating, overtaxed 1 percent

Intoxicated by their own arrogance, the radical socialists at MLB no longer feel any need to hide their utter contempt for America and capitalism.

Che Selig and his tie-dyed, welfare-mob Noam Chomsky owner-cronies are slathering themselves in peanut oil, so they can run buck naked in the streets, glistening amid the light from burning U.S. flags, as they deliriously celebrate their illegal and unjust $13.9 million blood-luxury tax on the Yankees.

This horrible draconian crackdown has cowed the Steinbrothers - known to be meek and otherwise good-hearted fuckups - into accepting a winter where our greatest free agent acquisition is Gus Molina.

We have abdicated our seat of Yankee prominence, letting the Angels, Marlins and Rangers grab players and headlines that are rightfully ours. And now this:

We must pay the Madoff Mafia $13.9 million for its phony, flesh-peddling Ponzi scam?

No justice, no peace.

Fourteen million dollars? That's a year of Roy Oswalt. That's two bullpen arms. We should not pay blood money to MLB. Let's refuse. What can they do? Kick us out of the league?

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Cashman nails it: Yankees dodge the bullet called Gio Gonzalez

For much of the last 30 years, George Steinbrenner never met a sore-armed innings-eater that he couldn't live without. 

He saw Rick Rhoden in Pittsburgh and had to have him. So we traded Doug Drabek.

He saw Jeff Weaver in Detroit. Same story. We dealt away Ted Lilly and two others.

He saw Kevin Brown in LA. The itch returned. We traded three, including Jeff Weaver.

One rotten deal after another. Randy Johnson. Denny Nagle. Javy Vazquez. We traded future stars for those of other teams' past.

Not this time, though.

The Oakland A's go throw pitchers like nursing homes go through creamed corn, like Syracusans go through road salt, like Newt Gingrich goes through terminally ill wives: They squeeze out everything, then trade them before the rent comes due.

For Gonzalez, Oakland GM Billy Beane wanted Jesus Montero, Manny Baneulos and Dellin Betances. I would have punched him in the nose. Today, Cashman simply said no. We didn't trade the farm for a guy who's 26, going on 34. 

Merry Christmas? I'll take it.

Christmas with the Cranks

Welcome to our debate for Santa Claus of the United States. I’m your host, George Spendandshopalot, and our first question goes to Herman Cane. Sir, if elected Santa, how will you make Christmas merry?

Simple. My “nine-nine-nine” plan will replace the current twelve-tier system with one flat verse. Everyone, regardless of income, will give nine drummers drumming, nine ladies dancing, and so on - down to nine partridges and nine pair trees – for nine days. That’s “nine-nine-nine,” from yours truly, “the ranger from a stranger manger!” (Applause)

Speaker Grinch, how would you save Christmas? (Shout from crowd, "LET IT DIE!" Applause.)

Bah! (Applause.) As nominee, I will challenge Claus to 12 night-long debates, without milk or cookies, based on the model of the Michael Faraday Royal Institution Christmas Lecture series of 1825. (Applause.) But to answer your stupid question, (applause) as an historian, I will end the current illegal, single-night, global redistribution of wealth, shut down the socialist workshop at the North Pole, and send Claus to jail on repeated counts of home invasion! (Applause.)

OK. This goes to Governor Chimney. You helped create SantaCare, which guarantees free toys for every tot. But are you now for the program, or against it?

Absolutely! Under my plan, instead of toys, children will receive vouchers, allowing them to buy clothing or lumps of clean coal. But let me address an earlier question: I support Christmas. I have always supported Christmas. And unlike Santa, I will not apologize for Christmas! (Applause.) It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

Congressman Michele Blitzen, how will you win the war on Christmas?

For starters, we should take a page from China, which has no Santa. Secondly, I will trim the tree, branch by branch. (Applause.) Also, I want to address the moms in the audience: As Santa, I will not come into your house on the holiest night of the year and leave you a personalized NFL jersey or a lawn mower. (Applause.)

Governor Rick Merry, what is the true meaning of Christmas?

Hey, can we get back to that first question, to, um, whatzhisname? When I make my Christmas list, I will start at zero gifts. That’s right, nothing – naughty or nice. Nobody gets anything, unless I think of a reason. And right now, I can’t think of any. (Applause.)

Congressman Ron Pole, you’re shaking your head?

We need to get Christmas out of other holidays, now! Santa has no business in Thanksgiving. What if the Easter Bunny showed up Christmas morning with colored eggs under the tree? Wouldn’t we resent it? Also, let’s end the surveillance. We don’t need Santa seeing us when we sleep. (Applause.)

I’m sorry. We’re out of time. Apologies to candidates Santarum and Harksman, who appeared as ornaments. Happy holidays … and God help us, everyone!

The Chorus... with the Master

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Oh no, now we can't trade our entire farm system for John Danks!

A crippling bolt of news last night sure took the tinsel out of my holiday: Those money-pissing Betty White Sox - the Optimists Club of MLB - hocked all their gold fillings and signed superstar John Danks to a long-term contract, rather than peddle the ticking time bomb to us.

What a shame. All they wanted from us was Jesus Montero - near Jesus' birthday, no less - and a few young pitchers. Oh snap. Now, we can't make a horrible deal, unless the heavens part and God (or Oakland) allows us a chance to obtain the great and all-powerful Gio Gonzalez!

Wow. I know humankind has evolved,  but really - did any of us ever imagine a chance to spake those words: Gio Gonzalez in a Yankee uniform. Why, it's a wonder the Internet doesn't crash, just thinking about it!

Listen: We've had Jesus since 16, when he was healing pitchers in Venezuela. To trade him now would be like reading a 400-page Agatha Christie novel until page 397, then throwing it away without learning who done it. We've raised the pup. We kept him through Cliff Lee and all those King Felix rumors. Did we really want to trade him for John Danks? Or Gio Gonzalez, (which is Latino for Jeff Weaver.)

Three shopping days until Christmas. Roy Oswalt, anybody? I don't care. BUT WE MUST NOT BETRAY JESUS ON HIS BIRTHDAY.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Lingks

Rocket on Santa's pocket
 

Here comes Santa Claus, er, Trembly... by the Master

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Top five acquisitons targeted by Yankee brass this winter

By avoiding costly bidding wars for the likes of Yu Darvish and CJ Wilson, the crafty Yankee braintrusters have identified some grand off-season bargains.

1. Yacht: Brother Hal can finally shed his wonky, Doogy Howser-in-prep-school image by purchasing the love boat of his dreams -- a Delaware-sized, traveling superfortress, featuring disco casino, sandy beach for volleyball, IMAX porn theater and "bungle room," modeled after the mattress-floored pit where the great Wilt Chamberlain served sexytime to 1,000 ladies. Price: 1 season of Yu Darvish.

2. Private island: Once the cannibals are replaced with drunk Swedes and the ex-cast of "Lost," a remote South Pacific Gilligan's atoll can serve as the ideal sanctuary for lump brother Hank to play Lord of the Flies and smoke imported Turkish cigarettes, which make him feel grownup. Tab: 1 year of Wilson.

3. Secretariat XI: Look for the Steinbros in 2012 to take their beloved Yankee fan base to the ultimate prize: the Kentucky Derby. Tab: 1 year of Prince Fielder.

4. Tasteful pyramid: Hey, we're not talking about one of those hideous monstrocities in Egypt; they're for kid despots and Dan Brown novels. But dammot, papa George deserves more than that North Korean dwarf with the Elvis hair. A 10-story solid gold memorial could stylishly overlook the White House. It would be cheaper in Tampa, closer to the slaves. Tab: 1 Pujols, 1 Darvish, 1 Fielder.

5. Divorce: At last! Hal and Hank can escape their earthly, marital Gitmos -- and become free billionaires, able to sire supermodels, Fox News anchors and congressional aides. Yes, they'll want five year deals. But at least nobody has to return calls to Scott Boras. Tab: 1 Arod, 1 Jeet, 1 Pujols, 1 CC.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Elvis and John welcome Santa

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Two Jolly Old St. Nicks... combined

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Have Yourself a Monkey Little Christmas

Yankeetorial: Yankees bid for Darvish was like their effort in the post-season: "Modest"

Yesterday, Texas snagged Yu Darvish without even surrendering a Colter Bean. They bought him. They spent some of the avalanche of free money that will fall upon them next year from Fox News Corp. -- the Murdoch phone hacking and pure evil cartel, which hopes to not only win the 2012 Presidential election but the World Series (the way it did in 2004, when we doubled-down with both feet into the Iraq War bear trap.) The Rangers have signed a huge broadcast contract with Fox Sports. From now on, money means nothing. They intend to become the new New York Yankees.

They might as well. The old New York Yankees seem happy to abdicate their responsibilities. After all, we satisfied our goals last year, right? We made the playoffs.

The Steinbrothers - lions of victory in 2008-09, when they signed CC, Tex and AJ - are doing their best imitation of Barack Obama. They stand back, avoid fights and seek to appease those owners that hate us. Of course, they hate us anyway. Whenever a free agent hits the market, they rant about the Yankees buying him. We hang back. They still point to us.

OK, Darvish is off the board. There remains the two Cuban outfielders - the 26-year-old human video, Human Centipedis, and the 19-year-old Jorge Somethingorother - who hit the market next month. After that, every decent pitcher will bring a huge price tag of human flesh.

When the A's decide to peddle Gio Gonzalez, they'll demand twice as much from us as everybody else. If we balk, they'll trade him to Boston for a burger and fries. That's how it's worked for 10 years: Offer him to the Yankees, and if they don't pay up, trade them to their opposition.

We had nothing to lose but money. We refused to spend it.

Final note, regarding Presidential analogy: Newt Gingrich could be the 2011 Redsocks of the GOP. Two weeks ago, he held a 10-game lead in the NL Central. Michele Bachmann had no hitting, Herman Cain pulled his groin, Rick Perry couldn't throw strikes, and Ron Paul only plays in Japan. Now Newt is sinking, and I'm not sure whether Mitt Romney has the pitching to win it all.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Darvish Does Dallas



10 TRUE Fun Facts About Yankee Auction Purchase Hiroyuki Nakajama

1. Hiroyuki belted 43 homers for his high school team, where he was also the ace pitcher!

2. Hiroyuki smacked his first major league hit off right-hander Satoru Kanemura!

3. In 2004, Hiroyuki earned his pay: He played every inning of every game!

4. Shortstop Hiroyuki led the league in errors three straight years!

5. In 2008, Hiroyuki hit .331, losing the batting title to the always-tough outfielder Rick Short!

6. As a Seibu Lion, Hiroyuki wore uniform No. 3, succeeding the great SS and New York Met, Kazuo Matsui!

7. In 2008, Hiroyuki bore down and won a Gold Glove award!

8. Hiroyuki is known to hold the bat high over his head, like a Kendo fighter!

9. In the 2009 World Baseball Classic, Hiroyuki hit .364, leading the Japanese team, and driving in seven runs!

10. The Yankees won the rights to sign Hiroyuki with a bid of $2 million!

What made Kim Jong ill?



What made Kim Jong ill?
Where had Nathan lain?
What gives you faith, Hill?
Where’s the john, McCain?
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When is Barney frank?
Whom did Albert gore?
Who made Hillary swank?
Who drew Barrymore?
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Who paid the bill, O’Reilly?
What made Orlando bloom?
Why was Tavis smiley?
Where’s the Brit, Hume?
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What made Russell crow?
What was Peyton manning?
Why did you rob Lowe?
Who was Dakota fanning?
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What gave Nancy grace?
What did Ethan hawk?
Who did Chevy chase?
How’s the kid, Rock?
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Where was Christopher walkin’?
What was Kevin bakin’?
What cracks were Macauly caukin’?
Why was Clay achin’?
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Can’t we all just Cher?
Who gave Steve jobs?
Where’s the gym, Leher?
Where’s the loo, Dobbs?
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Let’s stretch Howie long!
Let’s make Diana crawl!
Quick, let’s lance Armstrong!
And then we’ll rush Limbaugh!
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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Letter to the Editor: We thrive on your bile

The New York Post
December 11, 2011 Sunday

Dear Editor:

Memo to Bobby Valentine: Nobody cares that you hate the Yankees, especially the Yankees themselves and their fans. As a matter of fact, we thrive on it. We've been hated for decades by people better than you and it hasn't exactly thwarted our success. Here's hoping you hate us even more come October.

JIM POLLIO
Brooklyn

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Friday, December 16, 2011

Let it be noted that on the day the Toronto Blue Jays outbidded all of baseball to win the rights to sign Yu Darvish, the celebrated New York Yankees resigned Gus Molina

No slap at Gus. (You'll never catch me takin' a slap at Gus.)

Just sayin.'

Am I The Only One Paying Attention?

The word is out and has been out for some time.


The Yankee's have decided that they are a back-up shortstop away from repeating last year's performance.

They intend to stand pat. They have enough talent.

The team, as currently composed, reflects a great combination of superstars nearing 40
(and at least one critical player already watching that milestone recede in the rear-view mirror), a couple of slow footed underachievers, and a ragtag group of pitchers ranging from reliably great to "WTF."

So Yu can go north, Melancon can haunt us for our past idiocy and bad luck, the Big Unit II can pitch near the Ohio river, and we can argue about whether Phil Hughes and Joba are better suited for starting, garbage time, set-up, or pinch running.

Personally, I think they are both done and will amount to nothing as Yankees.

If the Yanks are right with their current strategy, we can again just miss getting out of the first round. That's like looking forward to the Giants being 8-8 again.


Outgunned... by the Toronto Yu Jays?

That's what everybody says.

The franchise that dumped Roy Halladay, AJ Burnett, Aaron Hill, Orlando Hudson, Vernon Wells, Eric Hinske, Alex Delgado, Chris Carpenter - didn't they own Celine Dion as a rookie? - outspent us for Yu Darvish.

It may be Christmastime, but it sure sounds like Easter.

Because all I hear is... cheeps.

Apparently, we went to the Yu Darvish auction only in spirit

Across the Yankiverse today, the conventional wisdom being spread around like manure on a mushroom farm says B-Cash's bid for Yu Darvish came in somewhere between Greg Golson's paycheck and last month's cable bill. In other words, to buy the latest Japanese pitching sensation, we needed an extra zero on our bid. Maybe two.

So continues a winter that represents one of the great fiscal indiginities of modern Yankee times. In fact, the words I am about to type feel like the acid-blood in those Alien movies: They might burn directly through your computer and ruin the Internet, but here goes:

This winter, we were outbidded by the Marlins, and now, perhaps the Blue Jays.

What the...? The Blue Jays? you say. Who are they? According to Wikipedia, they play in Toronto and are members of the AL East. Did you know that they once had Doc Halladay and AJ Burnett? As soon as the contracts came due, they said "So long," which is Canadian for "So long." (Hey, Toronto fans, do you love watching Jose Bautista? Better take his picture!) According to the Secret Order of Gammonites, the Blue Jays submitted either the highest bid for Darvish, or at least a number higher than ours.

OK, I know what you're thinking: Cash will sit back and let the Marlins have Jose "Take me out so I can win the batting title" Reyes and the Blue Jays have Darvish, while we land next year's Freddy Garcia and Bartolo Colon. Great. If it works.

After Darvish, here's what the free agent landscape looks like: Prince Fielder (nope), Hirodi Kuroda (probably stays out west) and the two Cuban outfield sensations, Cespades - (have no place for him) - and the 19-year-old (ready in 2015.) The pitchers we want - Gio Gonzalez and John Danks - will have to come in a trade.

Remember Jeff "The Wrong Weaver" Weaver?

Remember Javier "Go ahead, Johnny Damon, try to hit this fastball!" Vazquez?

When we trade for that 25-28 year-old pitcher who is "just about to blossom into a star," we bundle up our farm system and deal it for a guy who has thrown 200 innings each of the last two years, and whose arm might be "just about to blossom into an MRI."

One deal like that... It is how the Yankees enter a dark void.

Well, I guess it doesn't matter now. Darvish seems to be gone. We came up a zero too light. We better put that zero on the offer to Kuroda. Otherwise, kiss Jesus goodbye.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Boston Research Team: Yankees are overpaid

"The Yankees’ players were the most overpaid in pro baseball in 2008 compared with their individual performance, according to a new data evaluation tool developed by researchers at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts."

Maybe the esteemed research team can do an empirical analysis comparing the consumption of fried chicken by players during ballgames to the measured decibel levels of bleats from their fans.

Ten Quatloos for the Newcomer? Have the Yankees turned chinzy?

From the realm of Pure Speculation, which is where most sportswriters live these days, comes the intuitive sense - translated into rumor and then distilled down to raw, felony-grade conventional wisdom - that the Yankees secretly punted yesterday in the great silent canasta tournament being played for the new Japanese pitching sensation, Yu Darvish.

Is it true? Who knows? But I'm starting to speculate that the Steinbrothers have decided they do not want to be their dad - a decision with many good and bad ramifications.

I'm all for it, if it means we won't trade any more young Mark Melancons for those aging Ingrid Bergmans, because we always seem to have enough of them already, thank you. But it frightens me to think the Yankees - the mighty, high-spending team that values winning more that life itself - suddenly are collecting bottle deposits to fix that shower that drips. We are charging fans $500 a seat. That money needs to win games, fix drug tests and payoff local politicians - not to finance new boats for the Steinboys.

Listen: In 2009, the Yankees led the nation - briefly albeit - out of recesssion. We spent the house for CC Sabathia, Mark Teixiera and AJ Burnett. And it worked. We won the World Series. America seemed to rebound. But ever since, the Little Steins have pinched their nickels with the tenacity of scorpions squeezing the heads off red ants. Moreover, some trogdolytes in the Yankiverse now seem bent on judging players by the money they're paid - a dangerous, Kansas City-like mentality. Yesterday, I read some fool who wanted to compare AJ Burnett to Ed Whitson, as the worst free agent signing in our history. Folks, that is absolutely insane. We are starting to resemble the Christine O'Donnell wing of the Tea Party. Has Lyndon Larouche resurfaced to run Yankee blogs?

Sorry. Off topic there. But mark these words: The Redsocks will not stand pat. By spring, they will be vastly improved, and as much as we want to laugh at them now, they missed by an inch last year. They get to make deals that we cannot. Most GMs in baseball will only trade with the Yankees if it's a slam dunk. And those trade ideas blathered by the AJ-Burnett-is-Ed Whitson voices? You know... Nick Swisher and so-and-so for King Felix? They're from that other realm - Planet Speculation.

Yu Darvish would come to us with no cost, aside from money. Last time I looked, we have a shitload. Steinboys, you're charging $500 for a seat. You owe us more than Bartolo Colon and clam dip.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The Redsocks get Mark Melancon for a plate of fried chicken

Fess up. You never thought the 2010 midsummer Lance Bergman deal - with its three-pronged horror of a) Bergman sucking as a Yankee; b) Mark Melancon excelling as an Astro and c) Bergman then returning to form as a 2011 Cardinal -- could possibly worsen. 

Well, it did today.

Boston traded Jed "Leadfeet" Lowrie and an inflatable car mannequin for Mark Melancon, their future closer and hopefully the lifetime symbol of the last late-summer trade the Yankees ever make for an aging bumbledorf.

But let's face reality: There was nothing Brian Cashman could have done to prevent today's trade other than go back two years in time and strangle Bergman with his bare hands. Had we made Houston an offer for Melancon, we all know what the Astros would have demanded: Jesus Montero, Dellin Betances, Manny Bannelos and an everyday starter, either Brett Gardner or Nick Swisher. Plus cash. And maybe the Cashman family puppy.

Way I see it, Eduardo Nunez and David Phelps would be far more than what Houston received, and to make that deal, I would swim Onondaga Lake, the biggest cesspool since New Orleans drained. But hey, that's why Houston has become the MLB powerhouse that it is. Can't wait to play them in the American League. Buy your tickets now.

This is a bad day. A very bad day. Now, watch Boston sign Jimmy Rollins, peddle Marco Scutero for a middling starter, find themselves a rightfielder and dammit, they're back in business. They're like a rattlesnake in the road. It might look dead. But don't turn your back.

Linx



The dream of Andrew Brackman, the Big Unit II, has ended

I don't like this.

I don't like this, because it suggests the Yankees have become penny-pinching, Dickensonian grubs - when we're supposed to be the one team in American professional sports that would give Satan a no-trade clause, if it ensured a pennant. But here we are, sitting by our coal fire, counting our dubloons and cackling over the nickel bottle deposits we just took from the bottom of Bob Cratchit's couch.

A few weeks ago, we measured the gills of former first round pick Andrew Brackman and then pitched him back into Lake Selig. A few writers winked and said we were simply lowering his price. Yesterday, the Wee Willie Winkies proved wrong, because the 6'10" Brackman signed with Cinncinati - the club that once scored Josh Hamilton from the scrap heap, after another team soured on that former first-round dream. 

Brackman was a bust. Couldn't throw strikes. I admit it. But he was our bust. He looked like a giant squid encased in ethyl alcohol, and if he ever calibrated those tentacles, he might be lights-out unhittable. Something tells me he will do just that - maybe around age 30. Won't matter. We let him go. To save money, I guess.

In my life, the Yankees always embodied the one earthly pleasure where I never had to sweat about money - where I was rich, where I never worried about a player contract, and come Christmas, there would always be a new star waiting under my tree. Now, we're pinching pennies.

I don't like this.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

New York Football Giant victories explained

Finally, after all these years, somebody has cracked the Coughlin Code.

This... from my friend Jack:

All Giant wins are random. They occur for no particular reason and in no particular order.

The first review of my book came out yesterday

"The Juju Rules" will be published in April by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Yesterday, Publishers Weekly weighed in.

Juju, an “anecdotal science rooted in the theory that every living being has a cosmic purpose...,” can be applied to all sports, but Seely’s expertise is baseball. The Syracuse Post-Standard journalist’s affections are for the New York Yankees; he even accepts credit for being the reason “so many people hate the Yankees.” Seely, who was ironically spawned by a father with an “all-consuming hatred” of his son’s team, weaves his life as a Yankees fan with instructions on how to apply the rules in a fast-paced, hilarious fashion—at times touching, but never dull. Included are historical tidbits that only a true fan would know or care about. This rollicking exposition unveils a rabid fan who claims to have a “Jekyll/Hyde” complex with respect to the Yankees. There is no Jekyll or Hyde—there is only Seely, a true fan. (Apr.)

Life of Jeet (Continued): “He basically gave her the same gift twice because he’d forgotten hooking up with her the first time!”

That's the latest tale from Gomorrah in today's Murdoch:

Jeet's memory aint what it used to be.

Like all of us, el Capitan these days tends to forget names and faces of the supermodels and aerobics instructors he routinely sires. Hell, we've all known the feeling. They're like ground balls during infield practice: You scoop them up, hold them a second and then fire hard to first. At least Jeet maintains the good grace of having his driver pick them up at the front door, where a special courtesy gift basket of official Jeet memorabilia - hopefully spiced with fine Hickory Farms meats and cheeses - awaits.

Today, the value of one of those unopened Jeter gift baskets has increased by 500 percent.

Open Letter to Brian Cashman: Buy, don't trade

Dear Madam or Sir:

I've waited 50 years for the New York Yankees to build a solid farm system and actually harvest it... instead of treating our young players like Pogs in a swap meet.
Today, we're on the verge of growing our own. So let's do it. Let's hold our cards and see what the hell happens.

Last week, news trickled from the Winter Meetings in Dallas that White Sox GM Kenny Williams tried to deal us pitcher John Danks in exchange for Jesus Montero, Manny Bannelos and Dellin Betances.

All I want in life is 10 feet of open space between myself and the next GM who insults us with such an offer.

Had I been there, as Williams flapped the flipper on his pig fat mouf, the nearest wall would have grown a tunnel. I call my left fist "Jeet" and my right fist "Mo." And nobody talks trashy deals without receiving a noodlegram from my forehead, "Claudell."

Hell, let Chicago trade Danks to Boston for a pocket comb and the lice that still clings to it. Next year, he's a free agent. Next year, if we want him, we'll buy him.
Then there's Oakland's Gio Gonzalez, who is Dellin Betances in two years. Why trade the 2013 Gio Gonzalez for the 2011 Dellin Betances? If  GM Billy "Moneyballs" Beane wants to hang a Yankee scalp next to his Oscar, the hell with him. He can do Brad Pitt's laundry for a year, but he still won't catch a glimpse of Angelina Jolie - and he won't get Jesus Montero. 

No trading youth, OK? No trades with nobody. Let's play the kids and see what happens. I've waited 50 years for a farm system. We have one. Let's use it. Let's grow our own.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Sign the Petition and Change the World: The great Sep. 28, 2011, loss to Tampa Bay must become a Yankees Classic

For once in our miserable lives, let's stand up and fight for something we believe in: Self-pleasurement, through the mastery of YES Yankees Classics!

SIGN THE PETITION. ALERT YOUR FRIENDS. TELL THE MEDIA. OCCUPY YES NETWORK TIME AND SPACE.


The walk-off 8-7 loss to Tampa Bay in 12 innings - eliminating the Boston Redsocks from the playoffs - provided the greatest single moment of the entire 2011 New York Yankee season. This golden event needs to be relived again and again and again.

Due to the YES Network's understandable policy of rebroadcasting only Yankee victories in its Yankee Classics series, true Pinstriped fans are being denied the opportunity to enjoy and honor this magnificent defeat in the privacy of their own homes.

We, the Yankee Classics Appreciation Consortium - a non-profit, all volunteer organization that seeks only world peace and maximum self-pleasurement through the use of Yankee Classics - hereby ask that the owners of YES present the game of Sept. 28, 2011, on Yankee Classics, even though the Yankees suffered a defeat at the hands of the Rays.

Furthermore, we ask that a second audio option be presented, allowing the true Yankee fan base to hear the golden voices of John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman call the action, mitigating the otherwise overwelming despair of re-experiencing a Yankee loss. Only through the prism of their truth, wisdom and streaming advertisements for New York Life - keeping your family safe and secured - can the implications of the defeat be not only understood... but savored.

AIR THE GAME ON YANKEE CLASSICS, YES MASTERS OF REPLAY REALITY!

WE, THE UNDERSIGNED, ARE STRONG ENOUGH TO TAKE IT!
AND WE CRAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO RELIVE THE ECSTACY OF THAT GRAND YANKEE DEFEAT.

Sign here. And here. And... here.!

Nick Swisher, who fanned on October, named November Yankee Employee of the Month


Not the month for which you want to be honored, necessarily. But congratulations, anyway. And no reason to fear the IT IS HIGH curse. This time, it already came.